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Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound (known in Japan as Doragon Bōru Zetto: Ginga Giri-Giri!! Butchigiri no Sugoi Yatsu; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy") is the ninth Dragon Ball Z movie. It was released in Japan on July 10, 1993, between episodes 196 and 197. The English version was dubbed by Funimation Entertainment in August 17, 2004, and it was digitally remastered and re-released on February 10, 2009.
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The Z Fighters compete in a martial arts tournament advertised as "intergalactic," but it's really a birthday gift for a rich kid who wants to meet aliens. His parents and Mr. Satan plan for a group of actors to show up as "aliens," but when the tournament is taken over by Bojack, an evil scourge from Planet Hera who escaped the imprisonment placed upon him by the four Kais when King Kai's planet was destroyed, and his fellow Heraian space pirates the Galaxy Soldiers, Gohan and his friends must work together to stop Bojack and his minions.


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  • Affably Evil: According to the pre-battle comments in the videogames, Zangya is very polite, well-spoken, cool, and somewhat sarcastic.
  • Aliens are Bastards: Bojack is an alien Space Pirate.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: At the end of the movie, Zangya, who has been consistently being portrayed as loyal to her boss, is betrayed and killed by Bojack.
  • Badass Baritone: Bojack. Especially since his first scene has him walk from a shadowed doorway, musing (in his deep register) about how long it's been since he's (and we quote) "snapped someone's neck". Might even cross into Basso Profundo.
  • Badass Bookworm: Gohan has been established as this in the anime/manga, but this movie really drives this down. At the beginning of the film, it is said that he had been studying so much that even Chi-Chi became worried, which is why she let him participate in the tournament, and after going Super Saiyan 2 in the climax he gives Bojack a run for Cell's money.
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  • Badass Longcoat: Bojack sports one, until he powers up.
  • Badass Normal: Tien and Yamcha (when compared with who they're fighting against). They could sense that who they were fighting was powerful, but they charged in swinging.
  • Bad Boss: Bojack, as his beautiful henchwoman Zangya finds out the hard way.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Zangya. And Krillin certainly agrees.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Goku, big time. He defies the laws of Other World to save Gohan from being crushed to death in a bear hug from Bojack and inspire him to tap into his inner strength and defeat Bojack. It works…wonderfully.
  • Blood Knight: All of the Galaxy Soldiers, especially Bojack.
  • Breakout Villain: Zangya, she is very popular among fans, and is the only consistent Galaxy soldier that appears along Bojack in videogames (outside of Xenoverse 2, but then again, Bojack was a DLC character).
  • The Bus Came Back: Meta example, the anthropomorphic population returned as background characters after being absent in the franchise since the Saiyan saga.
  • Car Fu: Mr. Satan actually saves Gohan by accident when his vehicle goes out of control and almost crashes into the bad guys, distracting them from their attempted finishing blow.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Super Saiyan 2 Gohan versus anyone. After getting curb stomped himself for a good portion of the movie, Gohan manages to kill two of the Galaxy Soldiers in a single hit, then proceed to impale Bojack with a single punch.
    • Zangya wastes Krillin in record time. Even though he was a bit "distracted."
    • Earlier in the movie, Tien goes up against Trunks and... actually does pretty well. Once Trunks goes Super Saiyan, however, the fight is over in 5 seconds flat.
  • Dark Action Girl: Zangya
  • The Dark Chick: Zangya qualifies given how brutally she beats down Krillin.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Goku is advertised on the films' poster performing a Kamehameha but in the movie he performs no such technique. His screen time in the film is also minimal, due to the film taking place after he died in the Cell Games, but very significant.
  • Demoted to Extra: One of the few Dragon Ball movies where Goku isn't the protagonist, on account of taking place after he died in the Cell Games.
  • The Dragon: Zangya for Bojack.
  • Dub Name Change: Gokua, the Galaxy Soldier with the sword, was renamed Kogu in the English version because his name was too similar to "Goku" and might cause confusion. Possibly as a Casting Gag, the Latin American Spanish dub actually gave him the same voice actor as Goku.
  • Evil Redhead: The Galaxy Soldiers all sport orange-red hair.
  • Flat Character: All of the Galaxy Soldiers, save perhaps Zangya. It doesn't help that they don't have enough dialogues to get some sort of personality or motivation for their acts. Zangya remains quite memorable among fans due to being the only major female villain (save for Android 18 and Princess Snake) in the Z saga.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: While Bojack has some sort of backstory, he and his crew are pretty much this. They don't have a clear backstory or motivation other than mindless destruction and proving they are superior. While King Kai said they were trapped in a star by all the Kaiosamas, how he became that powerful that the Kaiosamas had to intervene or any information about Bojack crew is left untouched. All we know is that they are really powerful Space Pirates, and that's it.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Two of the Galaxy Soldiers end up getting ripped in half in one blow from Gohan. For added insult, Bido gets this via Offhand Backhand.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Krillin got distracted by Zangya's sexiness in the movie.
  • Humanoid Alien: Bojack's race are similar to humans, except that they have green skin and orange hair.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: What Gohan eventually did to Bojack after transforming into a Super Saiyan 2, although unlike Super Android 13 or Broly (kind of), this didn't quite finish him. The beam attacks sure did, however.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Exactly what Bojack and his crew are never explained, yet he is more powerful than a Super Saiyan.
  • Kick the Dog: When Bojack mercilessly bearhugs Gohan, nearly killing him. Gets another when kills his own henchwomen Zangya.
  • Meaningful Echo: Early in the movie, Chichi tells Bulma that Gohan is his father's son. At the climax of the movie, Gohan reminds Bojack that he is his father's son.
  • Meaningful Name: Bojack's name comes from the Japanese word bōjakubujin, which means "arrogance" or "audacity". Bujin's name comes from the same source. Kogunote  and Bido's names come from gokuakuhidō, meaning "heinous injustice". Zangya comes from zangyaku, meaning "cruelty" or "brutality".
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Zangya is at least stronger than Frieza, but is even thinner than 18.
  • Non-Serial Movie: The film is set sometime after the Cell games. The only thing that prevents it from completely fitting in the timeline is Future Trunks being present, but in the anime Future Trunks explicitly mentoins paying the past one final visit to tell them of how he freed the future (he is interrupted by his timeline's Cell, and the last seen of Future Trunks in Z is him taking care of that Cell), so there's that.
  • Not Just a Tournament: The Intergalactic World Tournament is a tournament that was featured in the movie that was sponsored by the millionaire X.S. Cash as a birthday present for his only son Monty. The tournament was supposed to feature fighters representing the four corners of the galaxy; in reality, the four fighters were actually pupils of Mr. Satan, made-up to look like aliens. The winner of said tournament would win a prize of 100,000,000 Zeni and gone on to fight Mr. Satan.
  • Not So Stoic: Zangya is The Stoic for most of the movie, but she is very scared once she sees Gohan transformed into SSJ 2.
  • Off Hand Backhand: Gohan kills Bido by performing one to him that rips him in half.
  • Papa Wolf: Goku teleports to Earth to free his son from Bojack's crushing grip. Vegeta arrives within enough time to set himself up to throw Trunks' sword (and its scabbard) to save him from impalement with a fraction of a second to spare.
  • Pirate Girl: Zangya.
  • Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Bojack and his crew are supposedly pirates, and they aren't seen doing anything pirate related, just causing random destruction.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Gohan gives one to Bojack and the Galaxy Soldiers moments after he turns Super Saiyan 2:
    Gohan: [to Bojack] I know your kind. You think you can waltz in and just take our planet. But you forgot one thing: I'm my father's SON!
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Inside a star, even, for the Galaxy Soldiers.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Bojack is about as strong as Cell, if not stronger. Unfortunately for him, he came after Gohan had unlocked a form that ultimately made that a cake walk. Unlike most Non-Serial Movie villains, Bojack also doesn't seem to be stronger than the previous movie villain, Broly, as Broly could take on Gohan, Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo and Trunks at the same time, which puts him well above Perfect Cell, who would at the very least have a decent workout on his hands with any single one of those. Bojack is roughly on Cell's level and defeats Vegeta, Piccolo and Trunks in succession, although each of them holds their own for a bit.
  • Space Pirates: Bojack and his Galaxy Soldiers.
  • The Stoic: Virtually nothing else about Zangya's personality shows for most of the movie save her brief moment of panic right before Bojack kills her to try and get Gohan.
  • Super Mode: The race of Hera can do something similar to Saiyans turning Super Saiyan.
  • Theme Naming: See Meaningful Name above. The Galaxy Soldiers' names are all based on qualities of evil.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Vegeta blocks an attack that would have impaled Trunks by throwing Trunk's sword.
  • Tournament Arc: The film takes place as a tournament, which leads to some friendly matches between the heroes early into the movie.
  • Wealth's in a Name: The Cash family. The father is named X.S (excess cash), his wife is named Lotta (lot of cash), and their son is Monty (sounds like money). The Japanese version is more blatant, where their family is named "Money" of all things, and Monty's given name is Dollar (Dollar Money is his actual name).
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Galaxy Soldiers had no problem attacking Gohan.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Bojack blasts through his female minion Zangya just to get to Gohan.

Alternative Title(s): Bojack Unbound

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