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* AdaptationDyeJob: Played with. Bulma suffered this trope when Dragonball made the jump from page to screen, with her purple hair becoming blue. Here it's switched back to the original purple, making ''Path to Power'' the first, and to date, only time Bulma has been depicted with her original hair color in animation.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Played with. Bulma suffered this trope when Dragonball ''Dragon Ball'' made the jump from page to screen, with her purple hair becoming blue. Here it's switched back to the original purple, making ''Path to Power'' the first, and to date, only time Bulma has been depicted with her original hair color in animation.



* DarkerAndEdgier: It isn't the darkest movie by any means, but it has a more serious tone compared to the stories it's retelling. The Red Ribbon Army is shown as more of a threat who successfully captures Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, Oolong, and even Master Roshi and gains six of the Dragon Balls. Officer Black is able to fight off Goku and kills Android 8 in a somewhat brutal fashion. Basically, it's a ''Dragon Ball'' movie with the tone of ''Dragon Ball Z''.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: It isn't the darkest movie by any means, but it has a more serious tone compared to the stories it's retelling. The Red Ribbon Army is shown as more of a threat who successfully captures Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, Oolong, and even Master Roshi and gains six of the Dragon Balls. Officer Black is able to fight off Goku and kills Android 8 in a somewhat brutal fashion. Basically, it's a ''Dragon Ball'' movie with the tone of ''Dragon Ball Z''.''Anime/DragonBallZ''.



* OddballInTheSeries: Of the 4 movies for the original Dragon Ball, it's the only one that starts from an already retold point, starting at the same point that ''Curse of the Blood Rubies'' told. There's also the fact that the movie is the only part of the original ''Dragon Ball'' to feature some close form to Super Saiyan.

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* OddballInTheSeries: Of the 4 movies for the original Dragon Ball, ''Manga/DragonBall'', it's the only one that starts from an already retold point, starting at the same point that ''Curse of the Blood Rubies'' told. There's also the fact that the movie is the only part of the original ''Dragon Ball'' to feature some close form to Super Saiyan.



* ReusedCharacterDesign: Commander Red's design in the movie is based after Mr. Borbonne from the Dragon Ball Z episode "A Girl Named Lime", which is funny as both characters in the original timeline are short and hired Tao to deal with a Saiyan.

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* ReusedCharacterDesign: Commander Red's design in the movie is based after Mr. Borbonne from the Dragon Ball Z ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' episode "A Girl Named Lime", which is funny as both characters in the original timeline are short and hired Tao to deal with a Saiyan.

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** Ninja Murasakiís role was merged with General White to become a single character.


** Goku did this is Bulma as he refused to give his dragon ball to her.

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** Goku did this is Bulma as he refused to give his dragon ball to her.her and later when trying to defeat the members of the Red Ribbon Army in the climax.


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* ReusedCharacterDesign: Commander Red's design in the movie is based after Mr. Borbonne from the Dragon Ball Z episode "A Girl Named Lime", which is funny as both characters in the original timeline are short and hired Tao to deal with a Saiyan.


* ChickenWalker: Many of the members of the Red Ribbon used bipedal walkers.



* EyelidPullTaunt: Goku did this is Bulma briefly after they met, though in a friendly manner.

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Goku did this is Bulma briefly after they met, though in a friendly manner.as he refused to give his dragon ball to her.
** Puar pulled this towards Oolong when the two clashed each other.

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* EyelidPullTaunt: Goku did this is Bulma briefly after they met, though in a friendly manner.

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* CompositeCharacter: Android 8 dies and ends up resurrected from a wish on the Dragon Balls, much like Bora, the very first character to be revived with the Dragon Balls.


* AdaptationAmalgamation: Has the initial story arc's character introductions, but is otherwise based on the Red Ribbon Army arc.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Played with. Bulma suffered this trope when Dragonball made the jump from page to screen, with her purple hair becoming blue. Here it's switched back to the original purple, making ''Path to Power'' the first, and to date, only time Bulma has been depicted with her original hair color in animation.
* AdaptationalBadass: All the main fighters except General Blue are made more powerful than their canon counterparts, but Goku, Android 8, and Officer Black really stand out:
** While Goku is ''never'' a wimp in any media, this film amps him up quite a bit. Case in point: in the original manga and anime, his first attempt at the Kamehameha Wave only results in a small energy beam that's ''only'' strong enough to destroy Bulma's car, while in ''The Path to Power'', said first attempt results in a WaveMotionGun that completely obliterates a good chunk of the Red Ribbon Army's armada.
** Android 8. He is quite powerful in the series proper (stronger than Goku at the point they met), but his strength is UpToEleven in the movie. He is able to fly, dash, and nearly kills Goku. He also fights a mecha that knocks Goku unconscious for several minutes and pushes it back.
** Like most characters in the movie, Black gets a major power-up thanks to his battle mech. In the series proper Black's Battle Jacket gives Goku some problems, but is easily dealt with. Here, that Battle Jacket is now a building size mech that can fire a giant laser and tank a Kamehameha that is strong enough to wipe out an armada. It's also loaded with missiles that are powerful enough to knock out Goku. He even manages to kill Android 8 by crushing him and he's stronger than Goku. [[RageBreakingPoint It takes Goku's losing his temper]] and reaching into his latent power to defeat Black.
* AdaptationalWimp: General Blue. In the series proper, he is the ''one'' member of the Red Ribbon Army to actually give Goku serious trouble, and in fact nearly kills him ''three times'' using his psychic powers. He also has enough martial arts prowess to handily defeat Krillin, and it takes the worlds greatest assassin to finally put him down. Here, his sole claim to fame is punching [[ButtMonkey Yamcha]] in the face, and he is simply killed by a regular firing squad.



* AdaptationDyeJob: Played with. Bulma suffered this trope when Dragonball made the jump from page to screen, with her purple hair becoming blue. Here it's switched back to the original purple, making ''Path to Power'' the first, and to date, only time Bulma has been depicted with her original hair color.
* AdaptationalBadass: All the main fighters except General Blue are made more powerful than their canon counterparts, but Goku, Android 8, and Officer Black really stand out:
** While Goku is ''never'' a wimp in any media, this film amps him up quite a bit. Case in point: in the original manga and anime, his first attempt at the Kamehameha Wave only results in a small energy beam that's ''only'' strong enough to destroy Bulma's car, while in ''The Path to Power'', said first attempt results in a WaveMotionGun that completely obliterates a good chunk of the Red Ribbon Army's armada.
** Android 8. He is quite powerful in the series proper (stronger than Goku at the point they met), but his strength is UpToEleven in the movie. He is able to fly, dash, and nearly kills Goku. He also fights a mecha that knocks Goku unconscious for several minutes and pushes it back.
** Like most characters in the movie, Black gets a major power-up thanks to his battle mech. In the series proper Black's Battle Jacket gives Goku some problems, but is easily dealt with. Here, that Battle Jacket is now a building size mech that can fire a giant laser and tank a Kamehameha that is strong enough to wipe out an armada. It's also loaded with missiles that are powerful enough to knock out Goku. He even manages to kill Android 8 by crushing him and he's stronger than Goku. [[RageBreakingPoint It takes Goku's losing his temper]] and reaching into his latent power to defeat Black.
* AdaptationalWimp: General Blue. In the series proper, he is the ''one'' member of the Red Ribbon Army to actually give Goku serious trouble, and in fact nearly kills him ''three times'' using his psychic powers. He also has enough martial arts prowess to handily defeat Krillin, and it takes the worlds greatest assassin to finally put him down. Here, his sole claim to fame is punching [[ButtMonkey Yamcha]] in the face, and he is simply killed by a regular firing squad.

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* OddballInTheSeries: Of the 4 movies for the original Dragon Ball, it's the only one that starts from an already retold point, starting at the same point that ''Curse of the Blood Rubies'' told. There's also the fact that the movie is the only part of the original ''Dragon Ball'' to feature some close form to Super Saiyan.

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* DiesDifferentlyInAdaptation: The Red Ribbon Army executives are killed off in completely different way from how they die in the original anime and manga.
** In the original manga and anime, General Blue is given the chance to redeem himself by fighting and defeating Tao Pai Pai which is also meant for Tao to prove what he is capable of. Tao kills General Blue with his tongue. In Path To Power, [[AdaptedOut since Tao doesn't even appear]], General Blue is executed for his failure right away by low-level privates.
** Although Commander Red is still shot by Staff Officer Black, it plays out differently. In the manga and original Anime, he is shot in the head. In Path To Power, Black shoots him in the side causing him to [[DisneyVillainDeath fall off a ledge]].
** When Staff Officer Black fights Goku in the manga and original anime, Goku kills him by punching a hole in the machine he is piloting, causing it to explode. In Path To Power, Goku kills him using a Kamehameha in retaliation over Black [[DeathByAdaptation killing Android 8]].


* TheDragon: Officer Black serves Commander Red loyally, until he learns that he wanted the Dragon Balls to wish for height. In the dub, it's made more questionable about how loyal Black was, given that he supposedly built the Battle Jacket in secret.



* TheDragon: Officer Black serves Commander Red loyally, until he learns that he wanted the Dragon Balls to wish for height. In the dub, it's made more questionable about how loyal Black was, given that he supposedly built the Battle Jacket in secret.

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* ImpossibleTaskInstantlyAccomplished: Instead of Ox King's burning mountain, Roshi's introduction of the Kamehameha Wave is used to wipe out a portion of General Blue's navy. When Blue instantly comes back on a second wind, and Roshi reveals the blast wiped out his stamina, they all run for cover, except Goku, who just goes through the motions of the Kamehameha while the missiles explode around him, and finally fires off a WaveMotionGun just as big as Roshi's, wiping out the last of Blue's armada and flooring everyone. The kid learned a technique in seconds, that took Roshi fifty years to develop and perfect.

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** Tao Pai Pai, a major obstacle in the Red Ribbon Army arc, doesn't show up.


* CallForward/MythologyGag: An Android makes a seemingly SenselessSacrifice which causes the Saiyan hero to experience a rage-induced power boost. Are we talking about Android #8 and Goku, or Android 16 and Gohan?

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* CallForward/MythologyGag: CallForward / MythologyGag: An Android makes a seemingly SenselessSacrifice which causes the Saiyan hero to experience a rage-induced power boost. Are we talking about Android #8 and Goku, or Android 16 and Gohan?

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* CallForward/MythologyGag: An Android makes a seemingly SenselessSacrifice which causes the Saiyan hero to experience a rage-induced power boost. Are we talking about Android #8 and Goku, or Android 16 and Gohan?

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* PillarOfLight: Goku creates one during his rage-induced power-up at the end of the movie.

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