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Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (known in Japan as Doragon Bōru Zetto: Kono yo de Ichiban Tsuyoi Yatsu; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest Guy") is the second Dragon Ball Z movie. It was originally released in Japan on March 10, 1990, between episodes 39 and 40, with it premiering at the 1990 Toei Cartoon Festival (along with movies from the Akuma-kun and Sally the Witch series).
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Two evil scientists, Doctor Uiro (spelled "Wheelo" or "Willow" in translations) and Doctor Kochin, were trapped in an icy mountain range fifty years ago. Kochin somehow managed to escape and gathered the Dragon Balls, ordering Shen Long to reveal their sunken laboratory once again, so that they might continue their plot to take over the world. However, the accident left Uiro without a body, and he plots to steal the one belonging to the strongest man in the world.

For the Dragon Ball Z Abridged version (which has a significantly altered plot) see here.


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  • Big Damn Heroes: Gohan and Krillin show up just in time to save Goku from being completely frozen by one of the bio warriors.
  • Brain in a Jar: Doctor Wheelo.
  • Brain Theft: The plot of the movie is that Doctor Wheelo is trying to replace Master Roshi's brain with his own, so that he can have the body of the world's strongest warrior and escape his status of being a Brain in a Jar. He changes his target to Goku when he learns he's the actual world's strongest warrior. It's not quite clear how he's expected to fit inside Goku's cranium though, since his brain is huge.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Piccolo, briefly.
  • Butt-Monkey: Krillin laments the fact that he's the only warrior not to get a solid hit in on Uiro during the closing moments of the fight. This begins a Running Gag that continues in later DBZ movies whenever he, Gohan, and Piccolo triple team an enemy, where the same thing continues to happen to him.
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  • Combat Tentacles: One of the bio-warriors has these, and he can channel electricity through them.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Goku easily defeats all of the bio-warriors. Dr. Wheelo delivers these himself to the rest of the Z-Warriors.
  • Cyborg: Dr. Wheelo. The only organic thing about him is his brain.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Until Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ came along, this was the only Dragon Ball Z film to feature Roshi as one of the main characters, letting him fight against Dr. Wheelo and his minions alongside Goku and the others.
  • Dub Name Change: The dub uses "Willow" while the subtitles use "Wheelo".
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Ends on one of these.
  • Edible Theme Naming: After "uiro", a gelatinous sweet from Akira Toriyama's home prefecture of Aichi. All his mooks are also named after foods from the area (Misokattsun -> miso-katsu, Ebifuryā -> ebi-furai, Kishīme -> kishimen soba).
  • Evil Is Hammy: Kochin fully embraces all the hamminess that comes with being a Mad Scientist.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Genius Bruiser: Dr. Wheelo's goal is to have the world's mightiest body, since he believes himself to have the world's greatest intellect. It also creates the question of why he needs Goku's body when it's pretty obvious his giant body is stronger than all of the Z fighters combined, Goku included. The most probable reason was that he wanted to feel himself in a living body again.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Dr. Wheelo is the first of many of the movie villains. He's an evil scientist who wants to take over the world, just because.
  • Grand Theft Me: Dr. Wheelo wanted to steal the strongest body on Earth, which he initially believed was Muten Roshi's, but later learned it was Goku...because Bulma couldn't keep her mouth shut.
  • An Ice Person: One of the bio warriors is engineered to be able to fire freezing blasts.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: In the original, Bulma's reaction to seein Wheelo is to shout "Oh no!" because "no" in Japanese means brain. Kochin bluntly tell her it was a bad joke.
  • Mad Scientist: Doctor Wheelo and Kochin again.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Wheelo and Kochin are both doctors, and are both very evil.
  • Old Master: For the first time since the early days of Dragon Ball, Master Roshi gets a surprisingly good showing in this film. Despite taking on all three of Kochin's Bio-Warriors at once, Roshi has no problem keeping pace with them in hand-to-hand combat, only running into trouble once they begin using their special abilities.
  • Robotic Reveal: Doctor Kochin.
  • Rubber Man: One of the bio warriors is essentially a huge balloon that's exceedingly difficult to pop.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Uiro/Willow/Wheelo.
  • Take Over the World: Dr Wheelo's grand scheme. He abandons this plan during his Villainous Breakdown in favor of blowing up the planet.
  • They Called Me Mad!/You're Insane!: In the dub, Wheelo's always been called a "lunatic" which he hated.

Alternative Title(s): Dragon Ball Z The Worlds Strongest Guy

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