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Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler (ドラゴンボールゼット 激突!!100億パワーの戦士たち Doragon Bōru Zetto: Gekitotsu!! Hyaku-Oku Pawā no Senshi-tachi, lit. "Dragon Ball Z: Clash!! 10,000,000,000 Powerful Warriors") is the sixth Dragon Ball Z movie, originally releasing on Japan on March 7, 1992. It was released on VHS and DVD in the United States in August 2002 by Funimation. This film is a direct sequel to the fifth movie, Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, and the first appearance of Vegeta in a movie.

The story revolves around a gigantic parasitic cyber-planet known as the Big Gete Star, which attachs itself to the recently recreated Namek. The native Namekians are enslaved by the forces of the Big Gete Star, which attracts Dende's attention back on Earth, thus he implores Goku and his friends to save his home once more. Once the gang arrive on New Namek, they encounter a familiar face spearheading the enslavement, none other than Cooler from the previous film, now in a metallic body.

For the Dragon Ball Z Abridged version of the movie, see here.


This movie contains examples of:

  • Big Damn Heroes: Midway through Goku and Cooler's fight, Vegeta drops in to save his rival from a deadly chokehold, joining the fight from then on.
  • Came Back Strong: Despite being based off of his fourth form, Meta-Cooler is even stronger than he was in his fifth form. And that's not even getting into his fusion with the Big Gete Star.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Although its direct predecessor could loosely fit in the timeline, the same can't be said for this movie - all signs point towards this taking place during the Android Saga, which couldn't have happened since Future Trunks was completely absent, Goku not suffering from his heart virus, and Goku and friends having to travel to New Namek via spaceship (as opposed to having Goku just IT everyone over).
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: After the Phlebotinum Overload, Cooler in a fit of rage takes whatever he has left and assembles a giant mechanical body to try and kill Goku and Vegeta.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After having a fairly even match against Cooler, Goku and Vegeta then have to fight an entire army of Coolers just as powerful as the one they just destroyed. It ends in a flash of light and cuts away to the inside of the Big Gete Star, Goku and Vegeta obviously utterly defeated.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Big Gete Star. It is also a rare example of a mechanical one. Basically, it's a planet-sized tumor that drains the resources of the planet it infects.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Cooler is just as equally brutal and civil as he was last movie, only now he's at an even greater extreme than last movie, enslaving Namek with an iron grip, yet also constantly complimenting the Saiyans for their combat abilities.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The Big Gete Star was originally just a small computer chip floating in the wastes of space, before it started assimilating everything in sight, including the remains of Cooler.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Cooler bites off more than he can chew when he attempts to finish off the Saiyans by sapping their power. See Phlebotinum Overload.
  • It's Personal: Downplayed but Cooler definitely wants to get back at Goku for his previous defeat.
  • Non-Serial Movie: Probably one of the hardest movies to slot into continuity for a number of reasons, ranging from Gohan's age, Dende's status as Guardian of the Earth, etc. Supposedly it takes place between the ten days before the Cell Games, but even then that's a tough pill to swallow. Bizarrely, the movie came out when Piccolo was fighting Android 17 in the manga. Dende wasn't even back yet.
  • Off-Model: This film is one of the more cited examples that people use for it's choppy animation and poor-looking art.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: How Cooler and the Big Gete Star die. Cooler attempts to absorb Goku and Vegeta's Super Saiyan power, only for them to forcibly overload the Star, causing the Starbut's system's to go haywire.
  • Send in the Clones: Just after Goku and Vegeta defeated Cooler and sat back in victory, they notice yet another Cooler on top of the cliffs above them. They then learn why the Japanese title of this movie is 10,000,000,000 Powerful Warriors, as an entire army of Coolers start sliding down the cliffs.
  • Teleport Spam: The favored technique of Meta-Cooler. This results in various scenes where both Goku and Cooler seem to do battle in this state of high speed movement.
    Goku: It's called Instant Transmission.
    Cooler: I know. It's one of my favorite techniques.
    Goku: ''Your'' favorites?!
  • Villain Ball: Cooler probably would have won if he just killed the Saiyans on the spot instead of bringing them into the heart of his hideout, giving them a slim chance to defeat him.

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