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* NamedInTheAdaptation: The video game adaptation gives Chi-Chi the last name of ''[=McRoberts=]'' of all things.

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* NamedInTheAdaptation: NamedByTheAdaptation: The video game adaptation gives Chi-Chi the last name of ''[=McRoberts=]'' of all things.

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* NamedInTheAdaptation: The video game adaptation gives Chi-Chi the last name of ''[=McRoberts=]'' of all things.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: At the end of the BeamWar between Goku and Piccolo, Goku somehow uses the Kamehameha to propel himself towards Piccolo - while that is similar to what happens in the source material, the reason it's not an example of this trope there, but is in this movie, is because in the series proper, Goku used the Kamehameha as a means of propulsion, and charged Piccolo head-on to penetrate through him[[note]]in fact, the official name of the move that Goku killed King Piccolo with is Penetrate[[/note]]. Here, however, the Kamehameha somehow acts like a reverse tractor beam, despite the fact that, if anything, it should push Goku away from Piccolo.


This movie is infamous for another reason as well, as Creator/AkiraToriyama reportedly hated this movie so much that he returned to work on the Dragon Ball franchise to do what he felt was redeeming his creation. This was one of the factors resulting in Dragon Ball's revival in the mid 2010's, starting with ''Battle of the Gods''.

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This movie is infamous for another reason as well, as Creator/AkiraToriyama reportedly hated this movie so much that he returned to work on the Dragon Ball ''Franchise/DragonBall'' franchise to do what he felt was redeeming his creation. This was one of the factors resulting in Dragon Ball's ''Dragon Ball'''s revival in the mid 2010's, starting with ''Battle of the Gods''.


* AlternateDVDCommentary: A [[Podcast/RiffTrax riff]] provided by [=TeamFourStar=] of the ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' series.

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* AlternateDVDCommentary: A [[Podcast/RiffTrax riff]] provided by [=TeamFourStar=] Creator/TeamFourStar of the ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' series.



* CompositeCharacter: Goku and Chi-Chi could just as well have been called Gohan and Videl, Noku here can also be called [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]].

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* CompositeCharacter: Goku and Chi-Chi could just as well have been called Gohan and Videl, Noku here can also be called [[Comicbook/SpiderMan [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]].



** In the only tournament fight shown, Chi Chi is fighting Mai. These are, most likely, the only two female participants. They later fight again, when Mai has taken Chi Chi's form.

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** In the only tournament fight shown, Chi Chi Chi-Chi is fighting Mai. These are, most likely, the only two female participants. They later fight again, when Mai has taken Chi Chi's Chi-Chi's form.



* FirstGirlWins: Chi Chi for Goku.

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* FirstGirlWins: Chi Chi Chi-Chi for Goku.



* IJustWantToBeNormal: At the beginning, Goku cares more about dealing with bullies and getting with Chi Chi than with his kung fu-ing, which is a complete 180 to the source material, where Goku cares only about fighting and can barely comprehend the fact that he's engaged to Chi Chi without her sitting him down and explaining it to him.
* InNameOnly: The movie has ''some'' elements in common with the original manga, such as the presence of Goku and a girl named Bulma who are in search of the seven [[MacGuffin Dragon Balls]]. But nearly everything else is heavily modified from the original canon. Goku went from a twelve-year old [[ChasteHero Chaste]] WildChild to a sixteen-year old negative High-Schooler who wants to get with a girl. He learns the Kamehameha too late, and is too serious to even be considered the same character. Krillin, a highly important character in the original, was cut out (While [[FunnyAnimal Oolong and Puar]] may be understandable). Bulma and [[AscendedExtra Mai]] go the other way and TookALevelInBadass. It was declared CanonDiscontinuity by Toriyama.

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: At the beginning, Goku cares more about dealing with bullies and getting with Chi Chi Chi-Chi than with his kung fu-ing, which is a complete 180 to the source material, where Goku cares only about fighting and can barely comprehend the fact that he's engaged to Chi Chi Chi-Chi without her sitting him down and explaining it to him.
* InNameOnly: The movie has ''some'' elements in common with the original manga, such as the presence of Goku and a girl named Bulma who are in search of the seven [[MacGuffin Dragon Balls]]. But nearly everything else is heavily modified from the original canon. Goku went from a twelve-year old [[ChasteHero Chaste]] WildChild to a sixteen-year old negative High-Schooler who wants to get with a girl. He learns the Kamehameha too late, and is too serious to even be considered the same character. Krillin, a highly important character in the original, was cut out (While (while [[FunnyAnimal Oolong and Puar]] may be understandable). Bulma and [[AscendedExtra Mai]] go the other way and TookALevelInBadass. It was declared CanonDiscontinuity by Toriyama.



* LittleMissBadass: Chi Chi is a teenaged girl who takes part in martial arts tournaments.

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* LittleMissBadass: Chi Chi Chi-Chi is a teenaged girl who takes part in martial arts tournaments.



* OpenMouthInsertFoot: When Chi Chi reveals that she knows of the existence of ki and states that her name doesn't mean she's an idiot, Goku proceeds to embarrass himself this way.

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* OpenMouthInsertFoot: When Chi Chi Chi-Chi reveals that she knows of the existence of ki and states that her name doesn't mean she's an idiot, Goku proceeds to embarrass himself this way.



* RaceLift: The movie got a lot of flak by casting white Justin Chatwin as Goku, with fans claiming that Goku is supposed to be Asian. Most defenders noted that race in ''Dragonball'' is more along the lines of human/demon/alien (and Goku is an alien). Bulma is played by the white Creator/EmmyRossum, and Creator/JamesMarsters[='=] Piccolo is under so much makeup it doesn't ''really'' matter. Besides that, all of supporting characters (Master Roshi, Chi Chi, Yamcha, Mai, Grandpa Gohan) ''are'' played by Asian actors.

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* RaceLift: The movie got a lot of flak by casting white Justin Chatwin as Goku, with fans claiming that Goku is supposed to be Asian. Most defenders noted that race in ''Dragonball'' is more along the lines of human/demon/alien (and Goku is an alien). Bulma is played by the white Creator/EmmyRossum, and Creator/JamesMarsters[='=] Piccolo is under so much makeup it doesn't ''really'' matter. Besides that, all of supporting characters (Master Roshi, Chi Chi, Chi-Chi, Yamcha, Mai, Grandpa Gohan) ''are'' played by Asian actors.

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** Piccolo, on the other hand, keeps most of his traits, but also gains a few possessed by Emperor Pilaf - most notably having Mai as his assistant (in the series proper, it would be Piano), his wish to take over the world (in the series proper, it was to become young again), and being the first villain fought. On top of that, his usage of the Saibamen comes from Nappa and Vegeta.


* ActionGirl: Chi-Chi and Bulma, though the latter is a FauxActionGirl when it comes to her gun while the former doesn't even join the heroes during the climactic battle.

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* ActionGirl: Chi-Chi and Bulma, though the latter is a FauxActionGirl when it comes to her gun while the former [[FauxActionGirl doesn't even join the heroes during the climactic battle.battle to decide the fate of the Earth.]]

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* AdaptationalVillainy: The Nameks were described as being conquerors from across the stars, when in the source material, they are mostly peaceful.


* ActionGirl: Chi Chi and Bulma, though the latter is a FauxActionGirl when it comes to her gun.

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* ActionGirl: Chi Chi Chi-Chi and Bulma, though the latter is a FauxActionGirl when it comes to her gun.gun while the former doesn't even join the heroes during the climactic battle.


* BeYourself: Goku must learn to embrace what makes him different in order to save the world.

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* BeYourself: Goku must learn to embrace what makes him different in order to save the world. This definitely counts as an AdaptationalAngstUpgrade, since Goku is usually so carefree and wouldn't be so concerned with fitting in.


* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Goku is choleric, Yamcha is sanguine, Roshi is melancholic and Bulma is phlegmatic.

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* %%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Goku is choleric, Yamcha is sanguine, Roshi is melancholic and Bulma is phlegmatic.


So, what does this actually have to do with ''Dragon Ball''? Well, the dragon balls appear in the film, the characters have the names of ''Dragon Ball'' characters, and the dragon balls give the holder absolute power, and... [[InNameOnly that's about it.]] [[{{Understatement}} The reception it got was a bit icy.]]


This movie is infamous for another reason as well, [[Creator/AkiraToriyama Akira Toriyama]] reportedly hated this movie so much that he returned to work on the Dragon Ball franchise to do what he felt was redeeming his creation. This was one of the factors resulting in Dragon Ball's revival in the mid 2010's, starting with Battle of the Gods.

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This movie is infamous for another reason as well, [[Creator/AkiraToriyama Akira Toriyama]] as Creator/AkiraToriyama reportedly hated this movie so much that he returned to work on the Dragon Ball franchise to do what he felt was redeeming his creation. This was one of the factors resulting in Dragon Ball's revival in the mid 2010's, starting with Battle ''Battle of the Gods.
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This movie is infamous for another reason as well, [[Creator/AkiraToriyama]] reportedly [[AuthorRevolt hated this movie so much that he returned to work on the Dragon Ball franchise to do what he felt was redeeming his creation]]. This was one of the factors resulting in Dragon Ball's revival in the mid 2010's, starting with Battle of the Gods.

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This movie is infamous for another reason as well, [[Creator/AkiraToriyama]] [[Creator/AkiraToriyama Akira Toriyama]] reportedly [[AuthorRevolt hated this movie so much that he returned to work on the Dragon Ball franchise to do what he felt was redeeming his creation]].creation. This was one of the factors resulting in Dragon Ball's revival in the mid 2010's, starting with Battle of the Gods.


This movie is infamous for another reason as well, [[Creator AkiraToriyama]] reportedly hated this movie so much that he returned to work on the Dragon Ball franchise to do what he felt was redeeming his creation. This was one of the factors resulting in Dragon Ball's revival in the mid 2010's, starting with Battle of the Gods.

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This movie is infamous for another reason as well, [[Creator AkiraToriyama]] [[Creator/AkiraToriyama]] reportedly [[AuthorRevolt hated this movie so much that he returned to work on the Dragon Ball franchise to do what he felt was redeeming his creation.creation]]. This was one of the factors resulting in Dragon Ball's revival in the mid 2010's, starting with Battle of the Gods.

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