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For an Abridged Series, Dragon Ball Z Abridged still has its share of pretty awesome moments.

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    Season 1 

Episode 2

  • Often overlooked, but even though Raditz is probably second on the Butt-Monkey scale next to Yamcha, he still manages to give Goku and Piccolo the fight of their life. And while Piccolo is charging his Makankōsappō/Special Beam Cannon, he actually has Goku on the ropes the entire time. He also tricks Goku into letting go of his tail twice as opposed to once like in canon.

Episode 3

Between Episodes

  • The "Make A Man Out of You" Music video is nothing more than awesome when you see everyone of the Z-Fighters training against the oncoming Saiyans.

Episode 8

Episode 9

  • Gohan kicking Nappa into a rock face comes with a pretty awesome line:
    • Then after Piccolo's Heroic Sacrifice, he utters one of the best threats a 5-year-old could muster to a man more than four times his own size (once again, even though Nappa No-Sold Gohan's attack):
      Gohan: I'm gonna eviscerate you and use your gastrointestinal tract as a condom while I fornicate with your SKULL!
      Nappa: What?
  • Goku beating the crap out of Nappa in under half a minute!
    • There's also the implication that, unlike the original source, Goku didn't even use the Kaio-Ken in the fight!
    • They did it earlier, when Team Four Star's subscriber count literally hit over 9,000.
      Nappa: Wait! so you mean...
      Vegeta: Yes, Nappa! It's...
      Nappa: It's...
      Vegeta: It's over...!
      Nappa: It's over...!
      Nappa: WHAT?! EIGHT...wait, what? Vegeta, you didn't do it right!
      Vegeta: Yes I did, Nappa! Yes. I. Did.

Episode 10.

  • Goku vs. Vegeta. Oh, yeah. TFS made it look more awesome than the real fight. While making it funnier, too.
  • Then there's the Beam-O-War between Goku and Vegeta, just like the original. The first time MasakoX says "Kamehameha" in Goku's voice is also inherently awesome. Also, this line:
    Vegeta: This is the end, Kakarot! You don't stand a chance! I've put all of my power into this attack! Now perish with the rest of your pathetic world!
    Goku: (clearly struggling) Kaio-Ken...
    Vegeta: Noooo...
    Goku: Tiiiiiimes...!
    Vegeta: No, no, no...!
    Goku: FOOOOOOOOUUUUUR! (the blast overpowers Vegeta's Galick Gun)
    Vegeta: No, no. no, no, no no no no(he gets blasted into the sky) —FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...

    Season 2 

Episode 11

  • Gohan finally tells Chi-Chi off. The word fuck coming out of a kid's mouth has never been so awesome. Well, since he told Nappa he was going to skullfuck him.
    Gohan: SHUT YOUR F**CKING FACE!!! (beat) ...I'll be going to Namek now...
    Chi-Chi: (Opening the door) ...You best. (Door closes)

Episode 14

  • Moori, like in the original canon, gets the MVP moment by essentially handicapping Freeza and his men by destroying every single scouter available, making it difficult for them to find any other villages left. The does lead to him and Cargo's death in brutal fashion, but he went down with a giant middle finger towards his killers.
  • How about Gohan's Big Damn Heroes moment in saving Dende before he gets killed by Dodoria?:
    Krillin: Breathe, Gohan. You're a leaf, a leaf in a calm stream!
    Gohan: F*CK THE STREAM!

Episode 17

  • The sheer audacity Vegeta had to stay in Freeza's ship, search for the Dragon Balls and throw them away before leaving.
    • And to add insult to injury, he left a note:
      Freeza: It just says "dear Freeza," and there's a picture of a butt.
  • Vegeta effortlessly dispatching Zarbon after all the grief he put him through. Especially his final words to Zarbon immediately before killing him:
    Vegeta: Now let me put this is a way you'll understand: I'm about to blow my load all over your insides.
    Zarbon: What the...?
    Vegeta: No homo. (Blasts Zarbon point-blank through the stomach) Freaky Alien Genotype.

Episode 18

  • Krillin letting loose some pent-up aggression against Bulma. Of course, Bulma punches him for it, but still.
  • Followed by Gohan having the audacity to steal a Dragon Ball from Vegeta right as he stole one from Krillin and Bulma. The realization Vegeta has when he learns of this leads to The Scream, so powerful it went through time and space. Frieza heard it across Namek, Goku hears it in his spaceship King Yama in the afterlife, and Trunks in the ruined future timeline!
    Gohan: Hey Krillin, you hear that?
    Krillin: I feel that.
    • Krillin's response to The Scream? Tell Gohan to head to Guru's while he tries to slow down Vegeta.
  • Just the fact that when Nail meets Vegeta, he isn't intimidated by him at all, and shit-talks him mercilessly.
    Nail: Hello? Can I... help you with something?
    Vegeta: Yeah, the first thing you can do is go die, save me the trouble.
    Nail: Ooh! Ooh! Is this really happening? [grins] 'Cause I really hope it is.
    Vegeta: [laughs] Oh trust me, you don't want any of what I am now.
    Nail: Then come on, bring on all four feet of you. Or should I count your stupid hair?
    Vegeta: Pretty big talk coming from a bipedal slug.
    Nail: Big talk coming from a bipedal bitch.
    Vegeta: Ohoho! Oh, I gotta admit, you are the best challenge I've gotten out of your people yet! Then again, all I have to compare you to are those villagers I slaughtered.
    Nail: [ready to kick his ass] Oh, you are dead!

Episode 19

  • When the Ginyu Force hears that Vegeta has betrayed Freeza and stolen the Dragon Balls, Recoome and Burter are genuinely impressed that Vegeta had the testicular fortitude to do it.
    Recoome: Whoa, whoa, whoa; Vegeta?
    Burter: Little Veggie?
    Guldo: What's a Dragon Ball?
    Recoome: Recoome can't believe he had it in him!
    Burter: I know, right?!
  • When they first meet the Ginyu Force, Guldo attempts a ZA WARUDO on Krillin (read: dropping a steamroller on him) and Krillin shrugs it off while interrupting his ranting.

Episode 20

  • Recoome (in this universe, a combination of The Rock and Hulk Hogan) No Selling Vegeta's attack ("The only thing Recoome sells is merchandise"), along with his Badass Boast
  • Recoome's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Vegeta, it's on target and actually shuts him up for a moment.
    "Vegeta, you think that just because you're the Prince of all Saiyans you're the best there is at what you do... But let Recoome tell you something, brother: you ain't no Wolverine! And you ain't got what it takes to step up to a five... time... champion! [...] You see, Vegeta, you sit here and brag about how the Saiyans are the mightiest warriors in all the universe; how they're the most ruthless. Well, look at where they are now: DEAD! You talk about your legends, and your warrior race, and your pride, but that doesn't mean a damn thing to this man! Because the name's Recoome, and it rhymes with doom, and you're gonna be hurting... all... too... SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!"
  • And for those who found said speech a little too scathing (it's not really nice to rub it in that your whole race is dead), Gohan makes a brilliant comeback on Vegeta's behalf with the subtle message that Recoome constantly talking about himself and mentioning his own name isn't any different from Vegeta's cultural posturing and affirming that he still loves his father in spite of his less-than-perfect parenting.
    " talk about who you are all the time. "Recoome" this, "Recoome" that. But... you are nothing... compared to my dad."
  • Goku leaving his spaceship Namek... to the tune of I Am A Real American!!!!
    If you hurt my friends, then you hurt my pride. I gotta be a man! I can't let it slide...
    • Despite being hilarious, considering the fact that the whole episode was one long series of wrestling jokes, it was also dead on because Goku was acting as the face coming to the rescue which has long been an element in wrestling. Even more fitting is that Hulk Hogan in his early days especially, was considered the Big Good of the face wrestlers in the then World Wrestling Federation and often came to the rescue of other wrestlers being beaten by the heels.
    • But the real kicker is this: Kinnikuman, the Trope Codifier of Shōnen Fighting Series like Dragon Ball, is an anime about wrestling. Goku's paying tribute to the origins of his entire genre!

Episode 21

  • After an entire episode of the Ginyu Force destroying Team Three Star, Goku appears and decimates each of them in a few seconds.
    Recoome: That's IT! Recoome has had enough. Feel the strength of the Recoome ULTRA FIGHTING MIRACLE-
    Goku: SIR! *ELBOW JAB*
    (Recoome collapses.)
    Goku: I will fight you in a minute.
  • STOP. Goku Time.
  • This line.
    Goku: (without a hint of irony) Now, where are the fighters?

Episode 22

  • What was Bulma doing while Gohan and Krillin were out? KILLING CRABS! IN THE OCEAN!! KILL IT FAST, PAIN EXPLOSION!!! YEAH!
  • Despite eventually going to fight a losing battle against Freeza in terms of power, Nail drops some exquisitely snarky retorts on the space tyrant's thinly-veiled demands that he show him how to use the Dragon Balls.
    Nail: Did you try working the shaft?
    Freeza: Classy....I have the distinct impression you're going to be difficult.
    Nail: Well, sir, if you're having a problem with our technical support, you can call 1-800-Eat-A-Dick.

Episode 23

  • A more low key example: Krillin getting Bulma, after all her frustration and anger at getting left behind on Namek, to calm down and give them to Dragon Radar simply by calmly talking to her.
    Bulma: [enraged] WHY!? Why would you leave me alone here!? I don't know this place! Did you know there are giant crabs down there!? I do! I killed one!
    Krillin: Okay, Bulma, let's just calm down. Why are you upset?
    Bulma: Why? Because I am always alone.
    Krillin: Okay, Bulma. If we were to stay here — what would that accomplish?
    Bulma: ...just take the f[bleep]ing radar.
  • Gohan Calling the Old Man Out upon seeing it's Captain Ginyu in Goku's body. (If anything he was saying it was even remotely Goku's fault this time...)
  • Vegeta vs Jeice. Not only is Vegeta more badass this time, but he's darkly funny as well.
    Jeice: What the hell happened to you? You were NOT this strong when you fought Recoome!
    Vegeta: Looks like you have some required reading to do. (Holding his Saiyan Handbook, which cuts to scene of Jeice reading it.)
    Jeice: Alright. Let's see here... "Warrior race...", "full moon...", "lose your tail...", "stronger every time you-" ...oh. Well I'm right f***ed, aren't I?
    Vegeta: Right in the down under. (teleport boot to the face, chop to the ribs, and Jeice opens his eyes just in time to see Vegeta about to blast him point blank)
    Jeice: Clever girl... (KABOOM)

Episode 24

  • Freeza's genuinely chilling entrance at the end. note 
    Vegeta: Don't you understand!? If it didn't grant my wish, then I'm not immortal, and Freeza's going to... g-going to... (All freeze, making sounds of abject terror).
    Freeza: Oh-ho-ho no, don't mind me. By all means; give me some ideas.
    • Earlier in the episode, there's his Badass Boast to Nail.
      Freeza: Tell me, have you ever heard of Planet Vegeta?
      Nail: N-No?
      Freeza: Funny, because I expect to hear the same from the next person when I ask them about Namek.
  • Nail laughing right in Freeza's face after he just got curbstomped by him. It takes serious hutzpah to do that.
    • Freeza seethes with rage after finding out about Dende and Nail just reacts in the most deadpan manner possible.
      Nail: Yeah, if I had to guess your biggest mistake it would be not stopping him. That or the purple lipstick.
      Freeza: I WILL F(bleep)ING MURDER YOU!
      Nail: Whatever.
      • The above is made more awesome by the fact that Freeza tried to piss off Nail on the way over, only for Nail to get under his skin with one remark.
  • This Call-Back is an awesome moment for Gohan:
    Vegeta: SO WHAT ARE YOU DOIN'?!
    Gohan: What am I doin'?
    Vegeta: WHAT ARE YOU DOIN'?!
    Gohan: Nothing much.
    Vegeta: THWARTIN' MY PLANS?!
    Gohan: Thwartin' your plans?
    Vegeta: ARE YOU?!
    Gohan: ...Yes.
    Vegeta: ...I'M GONNA F[bleep]ING KILL YOU!
  • Super Kami Guru's crowning moment of jerkassery through forcing himself to die when Vegeta is about to make his immortality wish, thus disabling the Dragon Balls is awesome in a weird way. Especially when you consider he is literally sacrificing himself in order to be the biggest dick in the universe, and (unknowingly) preventing Vegeta from gaining immortality.

Episode 25

  • There's a CMOA for Vegeta, Gohan, and even resident Butt-Monkey Krillin.
    • Vegeta holds his own against Freeza's first form and forces him to transform. And even gets a Badass Boast out of it. "Go ahead and mock me, Freeza. But I'm not afraid of you. So why don't you doll yourself up and get ready for a night on the town, because I'm about to take you to a ballroom blitz!"
    • Gohan gets pissed all to hell and lays an epic (and ineffectual) smackdown on Freeza after Freeza impales Krillin.
      "Gohan SMASH effeminate alien! GOHAN STRONGEST THERE IS!"
    • And Krillin has himself a Big Damn Heroes moment when Freeza's about to crush Gohan, throwing a Destructo Disk that slices off Freeza's tail.
      Freeza: Alright, who has the balls!?
      Krillin: Kiss my ass bitch, I'm immortal! (Note: he isn't.)
      Krillin: *flying off* SUCK MY DIIIIIIICK!!!
    • Also, Piccolo uppercutting Freeza while he's telling one of his sadistic jokes.
  • A Call-Back to episode 18, this time demonstrating just how powerful Freeza is.
    Gohan: Krillin, do you feel that!?
    Krillin: I taste that!
  • Freeza single-handedly brought the "Krillin Owned Count" all the way up to 25, for 11 Ownings at once.
    Freeza: One down. Ahh, I think impalement is my favorite way to kill a person.
  • While ultimately useless, there's something awesome about seeing Vegeta, Krillin and Gohan firing at Freeza with all they got, complete with a Badass order from Vegeta.
    Vegeta: Dust this bitch!

Episode 26

  • Piccolo gets some quality snark in on Freeza.
    Freeza: To think your race had the ability to produce such capable fighters. I'm surprised I hadn't destroyed you sooner.
    Piccolo: And to think your race has the ability to produce such whiny bitches. I'm surprised anyone can take you seriously.
  • Dende takes out his aggression towards no one using his proper name (and Vegeta's casual slaughter of his people). On a mortally wounded Vegeta asking him for a heal.
    Vegeta: Oh, no... do not be that guy right now...
    Dende: Oh, I'm going to be that guy right now.
    • "Nobody f*cks with the white mage." Nobody but Freeza, anyway.
  • Gohan pulls off another Badass Bookworm boast in episode 26:
    "Hey Freeza! The human body is composed of 70% water. I am 100% death! HAVE SOME!"
  • This gem.
    Freeza: I have a question for you though.
    Piccolo: What's that?
    Freeza: Die.
    Piccolo: ...That's... not a... questio(gets cut off and spiked into the ground by Freeza)
    Freeza: That's because I don't do requests.

Episode 27

  • Freeza utterly curb stomping Vegeta after a particularly egotistical Badass Boast.
    But before we part ways, Vegeta, let me tell you a tale. *whacks Vegeta with his tail* The end.
    • Which includes this:
      Freeza: [While hitting Vegeta in the back repeatedly.] Stop hitting yourself. [WHACK!] Stop hitting yourself. [WHACK!] Stop hitting yourself. [Lets go of Vegeta, letting him fall to the ground]
      Vegeta: Aahh! ... Aahah, you're the one hitting me... !
      Freeza: Au contraire, Vegeta. You brought this upon yourself.
  • Earlier in the series, Freeza mentions keeping track of how many times he hears various Badass Boasts, since the Namekians are unable to come up with one he hasn't heard at least twelve times. When Goku arrives to stare down Freeza, he immediately delivers one Freeza's never heard before.
  • This little exchange is a CMOA for both Vegeta and Freeza:
    Freeza: It seems our game is over, Vegeta. Now that we're done here, it's time to send you crying home to mommy.
    Vegeta: My mother's dead.
    Freeza: I know.
    • It's a Crowning Moment for both VAs, that's for sure.
  • Vegeta swallows his pride and delivers a Badass Boast for Goku while fighting to stay conscious.
    Vegeta: You see, Freeza? You aren't dealing with the average Saiyan warrior anymore.
    Freeza: Ooooh myyyy GOOOOOD...
    Vegeta: He has risen above, and become a legend! The legend that you fear! He has become... A SUPER SAIYAUGH!
    Goku: (Gasp) Vegeta!
    Freeza: No, seriously, you have no idea how old that got.
    • It's distinctly possible he had been repeating the Super Saiyan Speech on purpose. Why? Because that is literally the only thing Freeza is afraid of!
    • It's an epic Heartwarming Moment and Crowning Moment Of Heel–Face Turn as well, since that was the Badass Boast he had been using for himself the whole time he was fighting Freeza.
  • After Goku insulted him without any malice, Freeza starts shooting an entire volley of beams at Goku. Who nonchalantly diverts each one of them without breaking a sweat, while still describing how ridiculous he thinks Freeza looks. When you consider that one of those beams is enough to kill Vegeta, that's quite impressive.
  • When Freeza shows how quick his attacks are now that he's in his Final Form, he fires a beam at Gohan. The only one quick enough to see the attack and react to it in time to save Gohan ... is Vegeta. Nobody else, not even Piccolo, could react fast enough.
  • After Vegeta gives his little Super Saiyan speech for the second time, Freeza delivers this retort.
    Freeza: Okay, seriously, first off... Super Saiyan. What is that, what even is that? I'll tell you what it is. It's just some stupid legend passed by your filthy monkey ancestors around a campfire like it was their own dung. Let me tell you Vegeta, I don't deal in legends... I deal in facts. And here's a fact; by the end of this, you are going to be crying... like a little... bitch.

Episode 28

  • Freeza and Goku's banter for all of episode 28. It's equal parts hilarious and amazing that Goku is driving Freeza up a wall without even trying.
    Freeza: Sending your friends off to fight me alone. How gutless.
    Goku: Wha— How is that gutless?
    Freeza: Because... suicide is the coward's way out.
    Goku: (bored) Can we fight now?
    Freeza: Sonaova— YES!
  • An Episode 28 comment really summarizes what makes DBZ Abridged so great:
    Nevikx666: What separates the TFS DBZ Abridged series from most abridged shows is that they can be both hilarious and still retain the likeness of show they're parodizing without bastardization of plot, characters or any part of the show holistically. By cracking up hilarious jokes amidst the momentum of the action.
  • Also from episode 28, Goku firing off his Kamehameha at Freeza, another very well-done moment from Goku's voice actor.
    • Which is immediately followed by the Kaio-What? gag finally getting subverted:
      Freeza: No, seriously, "Kaio" what?
      Goku: Kaio-Crap.
      Freeza: I thought so. (blasts Goku)
    • The lead-up to that gag is, even though it didn't work, really made of win in itself:
      Freeza: Any last words monkey? I mean besides "gurgle gurgle."
      Goku: (breaking free of Freeza's grip) Yeah! KAIOKEN!
      Freeza: Kaio-wha—?
      Goku: KA-ME-HA-ME-HA!
  • The fight ITSELF between Goku and Freeza, being so awesome and intense like the original show (with much less filler to drive the point). If you're not laughing at the banter, you're enjoying the clash between titans.

Episode 29

  • King Kai, of all people, beats (almost) all of the Ginyu Force single-handedly (offscreen).
    King Kai: (after being insulted by all of them) Yeah, all of you can just go straight to hell.
    Recoome: Oh, yeah?! And who's gonna make Recoome?
    King Kai: (smiles ominously)
    (cuts to Hell's Bloody Pond with the Blue Ogre Goz singing and on a chair, and then all the Ginyu's crash land into the pond)
  • Freeza calling for God himself to strike him down, then surviving the result.
    Freeza: Ha! Nice try, jackass. Next time, give it your A-game.
  • Another right near the end. Namely, Freeza finally being serious.
    Freeza: By the way... Not dead. KTHXDIE.
  • Goku's deconstruction of Freeza's posturing through sheer stupidity continues, culminating in the tyrant's Rage-Breaking Point after Krillin blabs about the Spirit Bomb. And because of Freeza's fury, Goku's poor deflection works.
    Freeza: What is that fool yammering on about?
    Goku: He's talking about... ghosts.
    Freeza: (disbelieving silence) ...Ghosts.
    Goku: Yeah, you know, spirits... ghosts...
    Freeza: What do ghosts have to do with this?
    Goku: Everything.
    Freeza: That's stupid! You're stupid! STOP BEING STUPID!
    Goku: Or... maybe I'm just being rhetorical.
    Freeza: NO! NO, YOU'RE NOT! God, it's like you just use words you hear randomly to try and sound smarter!
    Goku: Huh! Well, now you're just acting transcendent!
    Freeza: HHRRRR! (flies in and furiously kicks Goku)
  • Piccolo getting a taunt in before stalling Freeza to buy time for Goku. He was going to get wailed on either way, so why not make the most of it?
    Freeza: And I just keep getting reminded of my failures!!
    Piccolo: You mean your failure at killing me or just in general?
    • This was followed up by Goku's Ironic Echo to Piccolo when asking him to buy time so he can charge the spirit bomb. Remember the fight with Raditz? Because Goku does.
    Goku: I've got the Spirit Bomb, but I need both arms to charge it. You'll have to distract him while I gather energy—
    Piccolo: Well that's not so bad...
    Goku: —for five minutes. And considering how bad he was kicking my, I'm sure you can handle it.
    Piccolo: just hold a grudge?
  • He's terrifying, and a complete asshole, but Freeza's almost-Pre-Mortem One-Liner, as he plays along with Goku's suggestion of a game of "20 Questions" is ice cold.
    Freeza: Alright then. First question: are you about to die?
    Freeza: Ah ah ah! [aims finger at Goku's head] No lying.
    • And Goku's response when Freeza finally notices the Spirit Bomb.
      Goku: Are we still playing 20 Questions?
  • As Freeza is trying to push back the Spirit Bomb he notes that his only real regret is that he's dying. Obviously that's not how it ultimately plays out but that doesn't change the fact that there's a moment where Freeza believes that Goku has beaten him before the transformation into a Super Saiyan.

Episode 30

  • Goku finally ascends to become the legendary Super Saiyan in retaliation for Freeza killing Krillin. Yes, it is just as epic as the original anime!
    Freeza: Oh, out of all the people I've blown to bits, that one will hold a special place in my heart.
    (Goku writhes in pure rage while the original Super Saiyan theme plays in the background)
    Freeza: Oh what's wrong, monkey? Come on now, give me something funny.
    Goku: You...killed my best friend...!
    Freeza: Ha! That is pretty funny. Hilarious, actually.
    (after a little bit of the planet falling apart with lightning striking everywhere, Goku lets out a particularly chilling Skyward Scream as he turns Super Saiyan)
    Freeza: What?!
    Gohan: Dad?
    (Goku then turns his gaze towards a now-fucked Freeza)
    Freeza: That's...that's not funny!
  • This exchange is particularly epic, if only for how it's the stupidest and most badass thing in the history of all media:
    Goku: I'm going to break you.
    Freeza: What?
    (Goku crushes Freeza's fingers in his hand, Freeza screams)
    Goku: Like a Kit-Kat bar.
    Freeza: ...What? (gets instantly punched into the distance) WHAT!?
    • Goku grabbing and crushing Freeza's hand. Unlike in canon, Freeza isn't able to break free from Goku's grip. He only gets free because Goku sends him flying.
  • Freeza, hopelessly outclassed, manages to talk Goku into giving him extra time to power up, before beating him down.
    Freeza: Wait! I'm only at half my Full Power!
    Goku: I don't see how that's my problem.
    Freeza: No, listen! ...If you let me power up... I'll give you a pizza!
    Goku: You killed my best friend, Freezer! That's not gonna work anymore!
    Freeza: Two pizzas!
    Goku: I SAID I’M DONE! Hraaaaaaaaaaa-!
    Freeza: (Smiling calmly) With stuffed crust.
    King Kai: Goku...!
    Goku: Now hear me out, King Kai...
  • Goku's (somewhat botched) "I Am" Speech.
    Freeza:'re different... What happened? What the Hell Are You?
    Goku: Can't you tell, Freezer? It's just like Vegeta said.
    Freeza: No you f**king don't.
    Goku: I am the hope of the omniverse! I am the light bulb in the darkness! I am the bacon in the fridge for all living things that cry out in hunger! I am the Alpha and the Amiga! I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am Son Goku, and I am a Super-
    [Freeza laser blasts his face]
    Freeza: Hurrrgh...!
    Goku: (leans forward unharmed and smiles) Saiyan.
    Freeza: HurriURRRRGH!
    • A minor one regarding Freeza shooting Goku in the face. In the original story, Goku tainted Freeza into taking a free shot at him just to show that he could survive it. In this series, Freeza tries to silence Goku by shooting him mid-speech and not only does Goku survive it, he finishes his Badass Boast.
    • Freeza's rather impressive retort just before detonating Namek. In the original version, Freeza had become an unnerved, frightened and frenzied wreck once Goku turned Super Saiyan for the rest of the fight. Freeza in this version manages to collect himself into his usual casual, smug self after the initial beating, for the most part, enough to remind the viewers that this is still the tyrant that rules more than half the galaxy for decades.
    Freeza: I have to admit, this is new, monkey! This is definitely new! But a monkey is still a monkey, and I've killed plenty in my day. Millions. Literally millions. What's the matter, run out of quips? Cat's got your tongue? No more words to fail?! You think now that you're this so called "Super Saiyan" that you're better than me? Lord Freeza?! Well you're NOT! I OWN you! I own your planet! I own THIS planet! In fact... (Charges up MASSIVE energy blast crackling with electricity) F*** THIS PLANET!!!
    • Gohan's REALLY not in the mood for backtalk, especially after Bulma being nagging for the umpteenth time while the planet is about to explode at any moment .
  • The Namekians finally turning on Guru, as he channels Capt. Rhodes.
  • Dende swiping Freeza's wish from under him, and taunting him as he's teleported to Earth.note 
    • To wit: He might be even ballsier then Nail!
      Freeza: Filthy wish dragon! Grant me immortality as so I may rid myself these vile creatures and secure myself as ruler of all creation!
      Porunga: (in Namekian) Your wish has been granted.
      [Everyone on Namek begins to teleport to Earth]
      Freeza: What? No! This isn't what I wished for! What's going on!?
      Dende: Down here!
      Freeza: YOU. Nooo...Nooo you didn't.
      Dende: So what if I did? What're you going to do about it, huh? Come at me bro!
      [Freeza shoots at Dende who teleports before the blast hits]
    • Furthermore, unlike canon, Dende wasn't in on King Kai's plan. He just wanted to screw over Freeza.
  • Props to Goku for delivering what may be the best quip he's ever had while watching Freeza have a breakdown.
    Goku: Y'know, if it makes you feel any better, I'm not immortal either. And I'm okay with that.
    Freeza: (incoherent furious growls)
    Goku: (with the smuggest grin he's ever had) Are you just mad cuz' I'mma outlive you now?
    Freeza: GRRRH! (completely loses his composure and decks Goku)
    Freeza: HAAAAH!!! (Summons Death Ball) Bigger. (Death Ball expands) Bigger! (Death Ball expands even more) BIGGER! (Death Ball expands to maximum size) Perfect.
  • This Call-Back was equal parts awesome and funny.
    Goku: (while Freeza's gripping him from behind) KIDNEY SHOT! KIDNEYSHOT-KIDNEYSHOT-KIDNEYSHOT! And paaauuse... STOMACH PUNCH!!
    Freeza: (pukes blood) Gonna wiz red.
    • Goku avenged Vegeta here, even for a part he wasn't there for.
  • Goku slapping the crap out of Freeza so hard slow motion was used.
    Goku: Are you sorry yet?
    Freeza: I think I peed a little.
  • Goku's reaction to Freeza's energy disks is to immediately suggest that he's stealing Krillin's move, and jokingly asks if he should watch out for attacks used by Tien, Vegeta, and Piccolo as well. (Longtime fans will catch this as Foreshadowing for the Cell Saga as well)
  • A semi-major plot hole from the original series is closed off and entirely explained by... MUFFIN BUTTON!
  • Honestly, most of Season 2 can be a CMOA for Krillin. After the "Krillin Owned" counter and becoming the resident Butt-Monkey in Season 1, the fact that he survives almost the entire Namek Saga with only Gohan, on a planet with such strong characters as Zarbon, Dodoria, the Ginyu Force, and Freeza is a huge accomplishment.

    Season 3 

Episode 31

Episode 32

  • Freeza and father land on Earth and Freeza begins laying out the rules of a scavenger hunt (humans are one point, Namekians twenty points, Gohan fifty, and Vegeta is an instant win). He dismisses his troops with a cheeky "Off you go!", a chorus of "Yes sir!" comes from the group, they fly away... and fall to the ground as a series of slashes cuts through them. Future Trunks stands in front of them, drops his sword into scabbard, and simply snarks "So. How many points are those?"

Episode 33

  • Trunks spends a good bit of Episode 33 being awesome, but this moment sticks out:
    Trunks: (after killing a minion in about a second) Consider that a warning. Either leave now or die.
    Freeza: Ooh, is that an ultimatum? I love ultimatums! Here's mine. Either die to him or die to me!
    (Trunks takes a stance as the soldiers rush him... and slashes them all faster then can be seen; all the soldiers are still standing, immobile)
    Freeza: What... What just happened?
    Trunks: Give it a second.
    Freeza: No, really, they're just...
    Trunks: No, no, hang on...
    (Trunks sheathes his sword and the bodies all drop)
    Trunks: Yeah, took me a whole three months to get that one down. They make it look a lot easier then it really is.
    (one soldier is shown still alive, visibly terrified of Trunks)
    Trunks: REAL hard part was that guy's armor.
    (said soldier's scouter breaks in half, and his armor follows suit as Trunks keeps talking)
    Trunks: Went through a dozen mannequins before I cinched that one.
    • You could also consider his Pre Ass Kicking One Liner prior to going Super Saiyan:
      Freeza: You know, the only reason you continue to breathe is because I need something to entertain me until the Super Saiyan arrives.
      Trunks: Oh, really? Because if it’s a Super Saiyan you’re looking for... I can fill the part.

Episode 34

  • Goku blocking Trunks' sword strikes with one finger. And, unlike in the source material where Trunks warns Goku that he was going to attack, Trunks just attacks out of nowhere here and Goku still casually stops him and then goes right back to what he was talking about a second ago. Badass.
  • You know how much Goku cares about Krillin's safety? While wondering if Krillin died, he is able to think coherently.

Episode 35

  • Amazingly enough, Yamcha gets one that doubles a Heartwarming Moment in Episode 35. The Androids are killing helpless civilians and he's the only Z Warrior in earshot. He's completely aware that he's almost certainly out of his league and could very well die (for the second time!), and he's freaking out about it. So what does he do? Go in anyway to try to help people.
    • Also, be aware that no one knew where he was. If he wanted to, he could simply ignore the cries and claim ignorance later on, yet he still goes in anyway.

Episode 36

  • Vegeta's brutal takedown of #19, every bit as wonderful as it was in the show.
    Vegeta: [#19 hits Vegeta in the face, to no effect] Hrm, what a shame. Looks like you just initiated your self-destruct sequence.
    • Vegeta then proceeds to provide a "count down sequence", via the number of hits it takes to defeat him. And actually gets it right.
      Vegeta: One. Big Bang Attack!
    • His one-liners during the fight are also awesome.
      Vegeta: [after kicking #19 in the belly so hard that you can see his foot through the android's back] Well, well, well... Looks like I'm a size nineteen.
    • Vegeta's Kai theme song (Saiyan Blood) being played as he goes Super Saiyan.
    • His entrance into the scene. 19 is whooping everyone's asses, and it looks like he and Dr. Gero have won, and 19 is draining Goku's energy, and then very faintly in the distance...
      Offscreen voice:...Mineminemineminemineminemineminemineminemine...
      Krillin: Does anyone else hear that?
      Offscreen voice: ...minemineminemineminemine...
      Yamcha: Yeah; it's getting closer.
      Tien: And it sounds an awful like like...
      THWAM! Android 19 is knocked backwards by a fist belonging to...
      Vegeta: Mine.

Episode 37

Episode 38

Episode 39

  • After seeing Vegeta's abuse of Future Trunks, it's extremely satisfying to see 18 break his arm.
    • Between his poor treatment of his family, his sexist comments towards 18 during their fight, and his general dickery for the past few episodes, it's safe to say that no one was rooting for Vegeta on this one. Then he calls 18 a cunt. Needless to say, what happened next was well deserved.

Episode 40

  • 18's beatdown continues:
    Android 18: Hey so, who's got two broken arms and is a total bitch?
    Vegeta: You stupid bint, you only broke one of my
    (18 crushes Vegeta's other arm, making him wheeze in pain again)
    Android 18: This guy!
  • Toriyama, the bird Goku saved in the Cooler special, returns in episode 40. And, believe it or not, it has taught a dinosaur to ride a ball. A little bird, smaller than a grown man's fist, taught a beast several times its size to ride a ball. That bird is awesome.
    Android 16: I would love to see your dinosaur.
    Toriyama: (chirps)
    Android 16: It does what?!
  • Krillin being the only Z-fighter on the scene to actually keep his head and realize the androids would waste him, immediately. He gets the team back on their feet and plants the seed of Piccolo fusing with Kami in the most casual way.
  • Just how ominous the end of episode 40 was. The tone completely shifts as we're about to be introduced to... Cell.
    • No jokes (apart from Popo pointing out how creepy it is), no snarky remarks or any wisecracks, they let you know the moment the tone shifts that the you know what is about to hit the fan the next episode.

Episode 41

  • Krillin appears to have gotten a lot less scared and a lot more snarky, now that he's not the only piece of cannon fodder on the team. This growth spurt in balls will probably help him with 18 in later episodes.
    • Krillin all but taking charge about moving Goku's location. Despite moving him to Kame House, which is literally the second place the Androids would look.
      Krillin: Less lip, more ship.
    • Similar to how Krillin seems to have grown a backbone this season, Yamcha actually spends all of this episode graduating to the Deadpan Snarker level, noting the idiocy of Krillin's plan to move Goku to Kame House (literally the second place they'd look), and opining that Trunks' deployment of his time machine in the Capsule Corp ship reignited Goku's anguished screams. He never actually gets picked on this episode, either.
  • Chi Chi might be overbearing but teaching Gohan theoretical physics note  so he can explain Trunks's time traveling predicament was pretty awesome. Next is cellular biology!

Episode 42

  • Piccolo's rant to Kami.
    • Kami shutting him the hell up with a summation of what exactly Piccolo is asking of him.
    • Hell, the whole scene with those two. For such a silly series, Team Four Star is able to do the drama surprisingly well when they need to.
  • Cell's introduction at the end is scary and awesome.

Episode 43

  • Piccolo taking oh so much pleasure in surprising Cell with his new power.
    Cell: So, Piccolo fused with Kami. So that's a thing— (gets spinkicked in the back)
    Cell: (thinking to himself while Piccolo is in front of him) He's gonna kick me again isn't he? (gets kicked in the face)
  • Piccolo tricking Cell into telling him his entire backstory by invoking Just Between You and Me.

Episode 44

  • Tien in general throughout all of season 3 thus far. Almost every line of dialogue from him is a hilarious snark that serves to demolish Vegeta. And he knows he can get away with it.
    Krillin: Why do you antagonize him like that? You know he can kill you, right?
    Tien: At this point, it's a game. If he gives in, I win. And he knows that.
  • Few abridged series can be as close to the original's feeling. Most of them go in for cheap jokes and amusing satire. The ENTIRE last half of Episode 44 is dripping with nightmare fuel, making it possibly scarier than the original. The CMOA goes to Team Four Star for pulling off something so genuinely scary in the context of what amounts to a comedy series.

Episode 45

  • While there was no actual threat, Chi-Chi was fully prepared to defend Goku from the Androids when she thought they'd arrived to kill him in episode 46, no doubt fully aware of just how much stronger they are than her. She really does care!
  • Android 16 speaking up for himself and demanding they just fly to Kame House.
  • When everyone's in the middle of a panic attack about not having Dragon Balls, their champion shows up and calms everyone down:
    Goku: (teleports in) I'm taking Gohan, bye! (teleports out)
    Gohan: Wh— (teleports with Goku)
    Piccolo: Good news, we have Goku!
    Krillin: Bitchin'! Let's go hang at Kame House!

Episode 46

  • Popo shows a return to form by knocking Goku off the lookout after mispronouncing "hyperbolic" one too many times.
  • An easily overlooked one, but it turns out Mrs. Briefs wouldn't let her husband put a bomb in Bulma's chest. Considering their... relationship, this makes the list.
  • This line, in response to Android 17's confusion to the term Kami in episode 46.
(Fires a beam of energy at the prone 17)
  • And following that up, we're treated to the first appearance of the Hellzone Grenade.
    Android 17: Um, I stopped dodging! Seriously, are you even trying to hit me?
    Piccolo: No!
    Android 17: The hell do you mean "no"? (Looks around at the minefield now surrounding him) Oh...ohhhh... ohhhhh shit.
    Piccolo: Hellzone Grenade!
    Android 17: (thinking) Oh man, it's even got a cool name!
  • Krillin continues his ascension to master Deadpan Snarker with the way he argues with Yamcha over who is the biggest Butt-Monkey.
    Yamcha: I've been stabbed and blown up, too. And dumped by the only girlfriend I ever had!
    Krillin: Same. But, you know the difference? When mine left, she took all my money. When yours left, she took all her money.
    Roshi: Gonna need a senzu for that one.
    • And then later we have this one:
      Yamcha: Well, at least I slept with Bulma!
      Krillin: Yeah? Well, unlike Vegeta, you can't prove it!

Episode 47

  • While pointless Piccolo's Light Grenade attack seems to be powerful enough to make the normally smug Android 17 just to go "nope" and leg it.
  • Android 16 gets to be badass and takes over the fight against Cell. In particular, he makes a really good Pre-Asskicking One-Liner when he prepares to fight Cell, after 17 points out 16's desire to only fight Goku.
    Android 16: This "Cell" is comprised of 10.78% of Son Goku's DNA. These parameters... are acceptable.
    • Made even better by the fact that 16's lines are accompanied by the legendary Gundam sound effects.
  • There's an even more amazing moment after he's tossed Cell underground and is about to use his Arm Cannons to obliterate him.
    Cell: Now I see a light.
    Android 16: Walk towards it! [energy blast]
    Cell: WHAT. THE. HELL?
  • What instigates the fight counts, too. Cell is boasting that once he achieves perfection, he will kill everyone on the planet, including Goku. 16 does not take that well.
    Android 16: Would you care to repeat that, you son of a bitch?! (punch)
  • Upon being told to wait, Tien finally snaps and flies away to join the battle.
  • Cell stabs Android 16 in the neck with his tail, gloating about how he's won the fight. When he tries to absorb 16, though?
    Cell: What're you made of, pure metal!?
    Android 16: (smirks) Affirmative. I am ANDROID 16.
    Cell: Oh... errors have been made.
  • And this:
    • Of course, after Cell rapidly regenerates his tail, 16 continues his string of one-liners.
      Android 16: My mistake was starting at the wrong end. My next attempt will be on your head.
  • Goku of all people successfully reasoning with Gohan to not go off on a suicidal attack on Cell to try and avenge Piccolo, a far cry from the original canon where he just punched Gohan to keep him from rushing off instead.
    Gohan: Mr. Piccolo would let me go!
    Goku: No, he wouldn't! And he's smarter than me!
    Gohan: I... uh... wow. Ok, that's... actually a good point.
  • 16's (sort of) Heel–Face Turn speech, which is powerful enough to convince even 17 and 18 to give up their plans of wreaking havoc across the world. Shows you that these three really do care about each other.
    • (Not killing Goku, though? Let's not get too crazy...)

Episode 48

  • Tien's annoyance of being overshadowed by androids, Namekians, Saiyans, and power levels reaches a breaking point.
    Cell: Come on, buddy! You can't be serious... With your power level!? You're no android... You're no Namekian... And you're certainly no Super Saiyan! You're just human...
    Tien: Yeah... well, you know what?! F**k power levels! F**k Super Saiyans! AND F**K YOU! SHIN! KIKOHO!!
    Cell: Oh, that's adorab— SHIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!
    • And then he rains Kikoho after Kikoho down on Cell, a being who is magnitudes more powerful than Goku, AND TIEN KEEPS HIM DOWN.
      • Of course, it's worth noting that this is exactly the same as in the original series. However, this abridged series version takes a scene that was already Tien's Moment of Awesome and manages to make it even more awesome through a combination of Awesome Music ('Counterattack' from Shadow of the Colossus) and Gan Xingba's mind-blowing vocal performance! With every roar of "KI! KO! HO!!!" he convinces you that Tien is THE biggest badass in the entire series.
      • The entire scene is also awesome due to Word of God. They know this is the last hurrah for human characters in general in DBZ (or at least one of them) before they end up being Demoted to Extra due to Overshadowed by Awesome, and they had written the scene out a few years in advance so as to have them go out with a bang. Literally.
    • Shortly after the first blast he turns to 18 and gives her a very... exact order. She listens:
      Tien: YOU!
      Android 18: (flat footed) Huh?
      Android 18: (stammering quickly) Yeah, okay!
    • Tien manages to make Semi-Perfect Cell, who just had no-sold 16's attack, actively pissed.
      Tien: KIKOHO!!
      Cell: (screams as he is blasted back down)
    • There's a point where he very deliberately lets Cell fly out of the crater his blasts created... just so he could smash him back down again!
      Cell: Are ya done?! Because I'm coming out, and I swear to God, if you do that again... I will be so freaking nettled! (slowly flies out of hole)
      Tien: (quietly) Kikoho.
      Cell: OH, DAMMIT! (crushed into another hole)
    • Finally, after expelling all his energy, he still has the strength to spit out another insult:
    • It should be noted that the previous time he used the Kikoho he could only do it once before it killed him, this time he does it more than 15 times, and still manages to survive!
    • Despite how incredibly angry and frustrated he is, even Cell is impressed with Tien's performance, especially that last line before he passes out.
  • Goku arrives to rescue a downed Piccolo and Tien, but leaves a rather surprising choice of parting words for Cell.
    Goku: Okay, I'm about done here. See ya tomorrow! Oh, and by the way, Cell... (camera zooms in on Goku's face; Goku glares at Cell for a few seconds) You're gonna die. (teleports out)

Episode 49

  • Cell dismisses Vegeta and tells him to bring Goku, which pisses him off:
    Cell: Oh, what's wrong, prince, did I touch a nerve?
    Trunks: You pressed the Goku button.
    Cell: Excuse me, but what— (Vegeta punches through his goddamn torso)
    Vegeta: You shouldn't a'did that.
    • Plus, how similarly it plays to the scene of 18 breaking Vegeta's arm, showing he really is starting to have some character development despite his best efforts.
  • An understated moment of Calling the Old Man Out in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, when Goku explains what their training regimen is going to be like.
    Goku: Also, we're gonna fight! A lot.
    Gohan: (depressed) ...I need an adult.
    Goku: I am an ad
    Gohan: No. No, you are not.

Episode 50

  • Vegeta handing Cell his ass after his training, reducing what used to be walking talking Nightmare Fuel into a child throwing a tantrum.
    • He even gets in a pretty good shot how Cell could've been a threat if he actually trained instead of just eating people.
    • Though Cell rebounds at the end of the episode when he plays to Vegeta's ego and desire for a more entertaining fight into letting him absorb 18.
    • Also, Vegeta fires off some phenomenal one liners all throughout the fight, it's very clear he's having a disturbing amount of fun beating Cell senseless.
      Cell: How? HOW? How did you get this strong?!
      Vegeta: I trained all day yesterday.
      Cell: Oh, you think you're being cute?
      Vegeta: Bitch, I'm adorable!
    • Just like the last episode, Vegeta's development is highlighted by reversing an earlier dynamic where he was on the receiving end, in this case his fight with Freeza (especially made clear by reducing Cell to crying about wanting to reach his perfect form just like Vegeta became a Super Saiyan, and then interrupting it).

Episode 51

  • Trunks ki blasting Vegeta away after the latter decided to aid Cell just to feed his ego with something more challenging. After Vegeta's treatment of Trunks and overall behavior, this scene is brief but nothing short of satisfactory.
    Trunks: Oh, that is it! I am stopping this now!
    Vegeta: Oh? What are you doing?
    Trunks: What am I doing?!
    Vegeta: Thwartin' mah plans?!
    Trunks: Thwarting your PLANS?!
    Vegeta: Are you?!
    Trunks: ...YOU KNOW WHAT?! YES!! (Trunks blasts Vegeta with his ki attack)
    Vegeta: —FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU... (as Vegeta gets blasted into the sky)
  • Trunks performing a You Shall Not Pass! on Cell and doing what he can to prevent him from absorbing Android 18. Fails, due to factors out of his control, but did better than Piccolo or Tien.
  • Even if it is in vain, Krillin and Android 16 trying to protect 18 from Cell despite being outclassed earns a mention, especially Krillin. Even when he's helping his friends in battle against opponents he himself has no chance against, (which is all the time) he still shows reluctant fear. When Cell threatens 18?
    Krillin: You leave her alone OR I SWEAR I'LL—!!
    • While also an example of What the Hell, Hero?, Krillin destroying the detonator only after getting 16 and 18's promise to not kill anyone (except for "a Goku").
  • What does 18 do just as Cell is about to absorb her? She rushes him.
  • Perfect Cell does the "I taste that" bit with Freeza one better, as even Bulma can feel his power level, despite not being able to sense them.

Episode 52

  • When Cell is doing some katas as he gets a feel for his perfect form, he casually asks who wants to go first (in testing it out). Krillin, absolutely furious and fighting back tears at losing 18 moments after realizing his feelings for her, immediately skips any physical assault by hurling a Kienzan intending to decapitate Cell. Sure, it breaks against the skin of Cell's neck, but points for effort.
    Krillin: GIVE HER BACK!!!
  • Perfect Cell basically spends all of this episode beating the crap out of Vegeta and shooting down all his efforts to Trash Talk. He also throws Vegeta's line back to him.
    Cell: Because Prince, like a soon to be broken man once said: You're either perfect, or you're not me.
  • Vegeta's Final Flash attack, which not only causes Perfect Cell, who is MASSIVELY more powerful than Vegeta at this point, to show fear for the first time but annihilates half his body. Unfortunately Cell quickly turns it on its head with his regeneration ability. To make the moment even more awesome, the soundtrack switches to a cover of Bruce Falconer's fan favorite Super Saiyan Vegeta theme.
    • Hell, even Vegeta's response to Cell goading him make it clear that shit is about to go down before he even begins charging up.
      Perfect Cell: Buuut since I know you have trouble following directions, I'm going to give you one last chance. You, me, [hit me as] hard as you can. Are we clear?
      Vegeta: (seething with rage) Crystal.
      • Vegeta and Cell both get a Badass Boast before the blast as well.
        Cell: Ohoho! That's much better. I can actually feel that.
        Vegeta: In mere moments... all you'll be feeling... IS OBLIVION!!
        Cell: That, or disappointment. Go ahead... flip that coin.
    • Word of God (as in Akira Toriyama Himself) has stated that Vegeta's "Final Flash" would have destroyed Cell utterly. Cell was only able to survive because he dodged at the last instant. If he hadn't, Vegeta could have ended everything right then and there.
  • Krillin chewing out Trunks for holding back his power for the sake of Vegeta's pride, resulting in 18's absorption and the world being put in serious jeopardy.
    • An even better one when it's clear that Vegeta's losing.
      Krillin: Alright Trunks, you're out of excuses now. He's gonna kill your dad.
      Trunks: Y-you don't know that! He could just knock him unconscious and then I'll—!
  • One for Goku: Originally, Gohan asked Goku to fire at him to push into going Super Saiyan. Here, he came up with an actual plan to do this, using his knowledge of Gohan to put his son in a position where he'd have to transform.
    • Plus, the realization that across the entire series, the Running Gag of Gohan's inability to dodge has actually been building up to his trigger for going Super Saiyan.
    • For added, the music background of Gohan's realization is his theme from Dragon Ball Z Super Butouden 2. This song represents his calmess and at the same time his fury.
    • This song was used when Gohan saw Android 16 crushed by Cell, triggering his transformation to Super Saiyan 2.

Episode 53

Episode 54

  • The two of the biggest Butt Monkeys in DBZA both get burns against Vegeta and they both get off unscathed.
    • After seeing Trunks little freakout over Cell easily beating him, Vegeta calls him pathetic, and tells to find some honor in defeat.
      Krillin: (under his breath) View must be great from that glass house of yours...
    • And later when Vegeta is mocking Yamcha.
      Vegeta: (sarcastically) Hello earthling, how's that gaping chest wound?
      Yamcha: Just fine... how's your spine?
    • Chi-Chi also gets in on the action.
      Chi-Chi: I'm a fighter too, you know? How do you think I landed the strongest man on the planet?
      Vegeta: (muttering) Arguably.
      Chi-Chi: Do not make me come over there. I will rip your world a-f*cking-sunder.
      Vegeta: (grunts nervously, averts eyes)
      • Let's note. Vegeta is afraid of Chi-Chi. That's fucking awesome on Chi-Chi's part.
    • Even Mrs. Briefs gets a shot in... and Vegeta doesn't even seem to notice.
      Bulma: Where's my baby?
      Mrs. Briefs: You're holding him, darling.
      Bulma: No, the big baby.
      Mrs. Briefs: Well, Vegeta's right over there... across from Trunks.
    • Bulma too gets a shot in without even trying.
      Cell: Unless one of your champions can best me in one on one combat.
      Bulma: So Goku then.
      Vegeta: Shut up!
  • "Feel free to pray to your god, but spoilers... I won't be listening." A major Badass Boast by Cell.
  • For an off-screen moment, one of the towns Cell absorbed was Penguin Village. That means he had to have confronted, and possibly defeated, Arale! Keep in mind that this is the same girl who would go on to defeat a much stronger Vegeta, complete with literal god ki, several years later. And he apparently did all this in his Imperfect form.

Episode 55

  • Goku hopping on the Vegeta-mocking-train from last episode after coming out of the Hyperbolic Time chamber:
    Goku: Alright now Gohan. When you get out there, try not to brag.
    Gohan: About what?
    Goku: That's it, son. Don't slip just how much stronger we are. Otherwise Vegeta will be all "OH BUT MY PRIDE, GRR, I WISH I WERE A CARROT!"
    Gohan: That's not inaccurate.
  • Goku meets Perfect Cell in person well before their showdown, and tensions are high. But a subtle thing that happens is that Cell is not taken aback by Goku's...eccentric personality. Keep in mind that Vegeta and Freeza went unhinged because of the dumb stuff that came out of Goku's mind, and yet Cell is as cool and focused as ever. Extending on that, Cell perfectly understands Goku's train of thought. When he mentions stakes, he immediately knows Goku's excitement is over steaks, not stakes. And even after all of his innuendos go over Goku's head, he simply says he's going to miss him.
  • Vegeta calls Popo "Black Man" and is warned not to do so again, visibly unnerved by Popo's existence. This being Vegeta, he doesn't learn his lesson and says it again. Pecking order!
  • Trunks finally lets go with his need for his father's approval with the simple act of just leaving the Lookout rather than just hanging around when Vegeta wants something to do while Piccolo is in the Time Chamber.

Episode 56

Episode 57

  • When everyone arrives at the Cell Games arena, Cell is particularly venomous toward Tien. He hasn't forgotten the Kikoho incident... and Tien is more than happy to mock him about it.
    Tien: Kiko-how ya doin?
    • Not that Cell doesn't fire back in kind, mocking him for the fact he reached his Perfect Form anyway.
      Cell: Perfect.
  • Jimmy Firecracker threatens to bitch slap Cell himself if no one else shows up to fight him. And he's just a Muggle.
    • Hell, just him taking the job of broadcasting the Cell Games when no one else wanted to. Why?
      "Because Jimmy Fire-crack corn and he don't give a fuck! He'll take any job! He'll take every job! HE'LL TAKE YOUR JOB!"

Episode 58

  • Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Mr. Satan being able to get up after being sent flying by Cell is pretty impressive, especially since he must have hit that rock hill much harder than in canon. To put this into perspective, Mr. Satan has no special training, can't fly, or use Ki attacks. And he still wants another go as soon as he gets over his concussion. Not bad for a guy who's only strong by real world standards.
  • Unlike the rest of the Z Fighters, Gohan has no trouble at all keeping up with the fight between Goku and Cell. Even knowing they are warming up.
    • Like the original series, Goku and Cell get one for putting all the other Z-fighters to shame with their warm-up. Tien even remarks that for the clone technique, since it halves the power of each copy.
  • Team Four Star deserves some level of credit for turning the "We Are Number One" meme into an awesome soundtrack that actually fits Goku and Cell's fight.
  • When Vegeta talks smack to Tien, asking how many planets has he blown up, Tien smugly reminds him that unlike Vegeta, he's actually beaten Goku. Also, Tien shut down Vegeta's remark about blowing up planets by being proud he never blew up one (as any decent person would be), effectively curb-stomping him once again in their verbal sparring.
    • Tien is the only person so far to push the Goku Button without getting hit for it.

Episode 59

  • Even though he wasn't really trying to, Goku forfeiting his duel wound up getting under the skin of the unflappable Cell. Cell was literally born to have the "perfect" fight with Goku, and it's pretty much been his sole motive during the entire arc. Despite the horrifying implications of Goku sending his own son to fight an unstoppable monster, it's the first time that Cell truly doesn't get what he desires. His ensuing frustration is very satisfying to watch.
  • Goku massively fakes out everyone by acting like he's going to shoot a Kamehameha down into the Earth, only to teleport right below Cell at the last second. Cell is caught so off guard his Gohan DNA takes over for an "Oh CRAPBAAAAASKETS!!!"
    • Also awesome for Cell in a sense that when he realizes what might happen, he starts applauding Goku for being willing to potentially destroy a planet to make this fight truly perfect. Going out "in a ball of molten rock and death" is totally fine with him at this point, showing a truly in-saiyan lack of fear.
    • Which may make one realize that if Cell has Gohan's DNA...maybe that just proved he doesn't know how to dodge so well. Foreshadowing, fridge brilliance, or just something really funny? You make the call!
    • For bonus points, this is one of the few times we've seen Goku both utilize cunning in a fight, and look well and truly pissed.
  • Goku gets yet another one for (unintentionally) calling out the many times he's been called a terrible father to Gohan, compared to Piccolo:
    Goku: (to Piccolo, who's called him out for having Gohan fight Cell) He's been keeping pace with us since he was a baby. I mean, you should know. You kidnapped him.

Episode 60 Part 1

  • Gohan finally learns how to dodge!
  • Goku of all people turns out to be quite clever after he reveals to Piccolo, who is actually shocked when he realizes Goku's telling the truth, that he masterminded most of the events leading up to this moment: He purposely poked Vegeta's ego and let him and Trunks go into the time chamber first because he knew that if he and Gohan went first, they'd have just killed Cell immediately. He knew Vegeta would screw up and let Cell attain his perfect form. Then while Vegeta and Trunks were still in there, he appeared before Semi-perfect Cell just long enough to tease him with the idea of a death battle knowing Cell would be too thirsty to resist instead of just nuking the planet right away after becoming perfect. All of this to push Gohan to become his successor because as he puts it, “One day, death is just gonna… stick, you know?”
  • Piccolo points out the one crucial flaw in Goku's plan while also finally calling him out on being a horrible parent to his face:
    Piccolo: Well, it seems like you thought of almost everything.
    Goku: Eh, I just treated it like one big fight... kinda like everything in my life.
    Piccolo: Unfortunately, you skipped one small detail…
    Goku: Whazzat?
    Goku: Whaaaaaaaat? Nooooooo… [looks back and sees Gohan getting crushed to death and not fighting back] I mean… right…?
    Piccolo: Have you ever, in your life, actually asked your son what he likes?
    Goku: Um… but… he went into that chamber with me for that whole year!!
    Piccolo: Because he wanted to spend time with you! His FATHER! The man who spends half his time training, and the other half DEAD! SOMETIMES BOTH!!
    Goku: I-I mean… does anyone else…?
    [the other Z Fighters all trail off but ultimately side with Piccolo]
    Cell: [still crushing Gohan] Eh, no one's perfect!
    Goku: ...I've made a terrible mistake.
    Piccolo: "OH, I'VE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE!!" That's you.
  • After Goku realizes that he screwed up royally in having Gohan fight Cell, his first action is to try and get a senzu bean and finish what he started. Some actual Papa Wolf parenting from Goku of all people.
  • Cell's "Reason You Suck" Speech to Gohan when the latter makes a pathetic plea to stop the Cell Jrs from killing the Z-Fighters. Not only does he call Gohan out on his Suicidal Pacifism/Cowardice, but he also gives his backhanded respect to the Z-Fighter for continuing to fight despite the odds stacked against them, holding Gohan in disdain.
    Cell: And there it is!
    Gohan: Huh?
    Cell: That right there… that is why I despise you. You know what they all have in common? The Saiyans might be fools, the humans might be weak, and the Namekian might not belong… but, they're still out there fighting. Not just for their lives, but for this dung hill of a world. (Krillin getting owned by a Cell Jr.) See? Even Krillin's doing his best! […] But, none of them, boy — NOT A ONE — Shares that trait with you. So vile, it drives me to retch! You, Gohan… are a coward.
    Gohan: No… I'm just a pacifist!
    Cell: So a coward patting himself on the back. Congratulations, pint-size, you can stand proud next to the bodies.
  • Mr. Satan volunteering to carry 16's head into the battlefield, talking about his daughter at home and how he has to do this if there's any chance it will make a difference. For all his amusing cowardice, in that brief moment he's a badass, even Android 16 looked impressed by it.
    Mr. Satan: I have a daughter at home, Jimmy. Little girl, about the age of that boy out there. And right now I’m being told that I might be able to save the world. And all I gotta do is throw this robot’s head in spitting distance of that crazy killer bug monster? Sure, that may sound crazy—
    Jimmy Firecracker: Oh, it’s definitely crazy. Larry?
    Larry: I have been finding God throughout this entire experience.
    Mr. Satan: Well then, who better to leave it to than the World's Martial Arts Champ, Mr. Satan? And besides, what did I tell you, Jimmy? It's all a buncha tricks.
    Android 16: They are not. You could die.
  • Android 16's final speech to Gohan, unlike the gentle, encouraging words in the original, is a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech that works.
    Android 16: Gohan. GROW. UP. You act like you are the only one suffering. But I believe that Trunks has some stories for you. And I can assume they all end with "And then he died too." And before you start whining about your father, again, and I get it, take a moment to consider that my father made me a soulless killing machine to kill your father. And that doesn't even come close to the complete tragedy of fatherhood that is Vegeta. […] Cell was right. You think you're better than everyone else. But there you stand, the good man doing nothing. And while evil triumphs, and your rigid pacifism crumbles into bloodstained dust, the only victory afforded to you is that you stuck true to your guns. You were a coward. To your last whimper. Of fear and love, I fear not that I will die, but that all I have come to love, the birds, and the things that are not birds, will perish with me. So please… Gohan… Stop holding back.
    • MasakoX's voice acting during this scene is bone-chillingly good as he manages to portray Gohan on the razor's edge of losing it, always sounding on the verge of breaking down crying as #16 lays into him. Once Cell crushes #16's head his sorrow and anger reach a fever point until finally culminating in a shriek of rage set to an English cover of the iconic Day of Destiny ~Spirit vs Spirit~ with the much more dramatic sounding name: Day of Fate ~Spirit vs Spirit~. It's such an awesome moment that there's no Stinger, no post-episode transition, it just shows the DBZA logo and then cuts back to Gohan with the words "Continued in Part 2…"
    • The entire sequence, from 16's death to the credits is pretty much faithful to the original, save for the English version of the song playing. That's right. The original version was so perfect, Team Four Star decided not to change it.
    • The moment Gohan snaps, Cell is completely struck dumb. He doesn't say a word throughout the entire thing. This guy has not stopped talking since he showed up, repeatedly trouncing every other trash talker who challenged him. And he didn't say a word.

Episode 60 Part 2

Episode 60 Part 3

  • Vegeta's reaction to Trunks dying:
    Vegeta: MY BABY BOY! (launches himself at Cell)
    Gohan: Vegeta, no!
    Vegeta: VEGETA YES!
  • Gohan blocking a shot from Cell meant to kill Vegeta, and then facing Cell with this Badass Boast:
    Gohan: As long as I'm still breathing, you won't kill anyone else.
    • And Cell's answer to that?
      Cell: No prob, I can free up five minutes. Or however long it takes to charge this. (puts his hands together for the Kamehameha)
  • Gohan has one good arm, with the other made unusable by Cell, and is about to face down his Kamehameha blast. The young Saiyan decides to use his one working hand and throw out his own Kamehameha blast. Seeing him charge the blast with one arm amazes everyone—including Cell, who proclaims this to be a more fitting final fight.
    • Especially noteworthy since unlike the original series, Gohan only needed Goku's guidance after firing off a massive Kamehameha.
    • Rather than being intimidated by Cell's Ironic Echo about being scared of the inevitable, Gohan is only further motivated by it, and gets ready for his last stand without any fear or hesitation.
      Gohan: Yeah. I guess you're right.
    • Related to above, Gohan gets help from both his father figures. Piccolo snaps Gohan out of his rut saying he can still make it up to Goku by not being scared of Cell, which he responds with a one-arm Kamehameha. He is slowly being overpowered, and Goku calls him at that moment when Gohan's at his lowest. Unlike in canon where Goku keeps egging his son to let his power out, Abridged!Goku calmly explains everything is at stake (his loved ones dying), and that Gohan is better than anyone (even his father) to simply die like this. Gohan didn't win this fight because of some arbitrary power well based on more Saiyan anguish; he won because of the love of both his daddies, which doubles up as a heartwarming moment.
    • Piccolo's final words to Gohan are much shorter, but no less badass.
    Piccolo: (with unmistakable pride) Kill 'em, runt.
  • Vegeta intervenes during Gohan and Cell's Beam-O-War by throwing a ki blast to distract Cell. This causes Cell to have an Oh, Crap! moment as he realizes that Gohan is about to win—which he does by vaporizing Cell for good.
    Cell: (realizes what Vegeta just did) Oh, shit...!
    Goku: (Telepathically) DO IT NOW!!!
    Gohan: (Screams as his Kamehameha overpowers Cell's)
    Cell: OH, SHIT!!!
    • Best part about this? You can tell from Cell's response to Vegeta's attack that he just realized that he's left his back exposed to the only other person on the planet who can hurt him. Just like Gohan had earlier, Cell became so fixated on his fight that he was blinded to the possibility of a threat he couldn't defend himself from.
  • The true nature of the final fight. Whether by convoluted power-up or extensive training, almost every single fight in Dragon Ball Z (including the vanilla version, to which this moment of Awesome applies only slightly less) has been a one-sided fight. The Saiyans? Dodoria, Zarbon, and the Ginyus? Even Freeza came down to the tyrant completely outclassing Goku until the unleashing of the Super Saiyan reversed the Curb-Stomp Battle. Mecha Freeza, Android 17, Imperfect Cell, Android 16, Semi-Perfect Cell, Trunks and Vegeta? The final fight with Cell even starts this way, with Cell being trashed by SSJ2 Gohan. Most exceptions come down to the party escaping or surviving. But this one last time, the villain is leagues stronger than the heroes, who are already injured and literally dead, and they put together everything they've got and kill him dead. A true struggle for victory, rewarded.
  • Cell's send-off, with Takahata101 singing a glorious rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as the show runs through Cell's ups and downs in life, has to go here. The scene ends on a shot of Cell finally disintegrating, down to his last cell—a perfect death, if ever there were such a thing. It's so perfect, in fact, that the "DRAMATIC FINISH!" voice chimed in afterwards.
  • Gohan's line after the fight with Cell ends:
    Gohan: Horse eaten.
  • Dende managed to make friends with Shenron, to the point where the Dragon refers to Dende as "Big Green". Shenron actually seems happy for once.
  • Trunks and Vegeta flip each other off before Trunks leaves for the future. Never has Flipping the Bird been so gentle and reflected such pride.
  • Abridged gives Mr. Satan a different motivation for claiming to have killed Cell: Rather than fluff an already-massive ego, Satan needs to come up with a story on the spot to stop his fans from rioting and, more importantly, give the terrified world's population a savior and peace of mind. He does so with minimal effort.
    Jimmy Firecracker: Mr. Satan! We found some working equipment in the van! We've only got audio, but the people can hear you! Would you like to tell the world what just happened!?
    Mr. Satan: I-I don't... I... I'm not really...
    Jimmy: Mr. Satan. Would you like to tell the world - including your millions of scared, confused, and apparently rioting fans... WHAT. HAPPENED?
    Mr. Satan: (takes a long, hard look at Jimmy while he processes what he just told him) ... Well. Jimmy, and all you at home... I won't lie to you. Cell is dead.
    [The whole world erupts in cheers]
    • In fact, when Jimmy asked Mr. Satan to "tell the world what just happened", the latter didn't even think about taking the merit; he does so only after Jimmy not-so-subtly explained to him that he needed to calm down the population.
  • Gohan manages to help Chi-Chi accept that Goku is dead in a way that calms her down rather than causes her further anguish. This doubles as a heartwarming moment.
  • In the mid-credits scene, 18 shows up at Kame House to make good on the promise she made with herself to rock Krillin's four-foot world if they survived Cell. When she orders Krillin to drop his pants, the sound heard next is a surprisingly hefty thump as something hits the floor. 18's reaction (after an initial "OH. MY. GOD.") is to enthusiastically order Krillin onto the bed. The Krillin Owned Count appears on the screen...and goes down by 1.
    • In the post-credits scene, night has fallen, 18 and Krillin are still going at it, the Krillin Owned Count has dropped all the way down from 39 to 1. Cue Krillin climaxing with a Scattering Bullet that obliterates the counter.
      • On a more lewd note, Krillin and 18 start having sex during what appears to be the late morning or early afternoon and are still doing it well into the night. Based on the time difference, Krillin's been… "rocking her world" all day, and it's heavily implied that the KOC has been going down with every rocking. That's about four times GOKU'S record!
      • What's even more impressive is that Androids 18 and 17 are said to have unlimited stamina. Yet Krillin was not only able to keep up with her at LEAST 38 times, but he did something a mere human shouldn't be able to and seemingly tired her out first.
        Krillin: HA HA!
        18: Oh…wow!
    • Krillin gets some bonus vindication given how the KOC was built up. The season began with Krillin failing at his love life, which contributed to the counter, and it now ends with him succeeding and destroying the counter. Also, his first owned count in the entire series happened when he got smacked into Kame House by Raditz, and now he destroys the counter by firing an attack out of Kame House. The Book Ends just make it all the more satisfying.

Episode 60 Epilogue

  • Wombat, one of the radio hosts, apparently organized a resistance against the cyborgs. While he and his men obviously die, they deserve some bravery points for surviving this long and going out swinging, Wombat even chipperly broadcasting in the middle of the fight.
    Wombat: Watch out, TJ! I'M COMING HOME, BROTHER!
  • The old man who, despite just barely surviving his car getting flipped over, manages to empty his revolver into Android 17 without missing a single shot. Even though he milks how hopeless it is for all its worth, 17 commends his aim as he walks up to shoot him in response. The old man's final retort is to sing a few bars off "If You're Reading This", presumably because it's common knowledge by now that the two hate country music.
  • When Trunks finally stops screwing around 18 only gets one horrified word before he turns her to dust.
    Android 18: Wait—!
  • Trunks' Pre-Mortem Speech to Android 17, fresh off of seeing his sister casually vaporized, is just so satisfying for the kid.
    Trunks: What was my master's name?
    Android 17: Huh?
    Trunks: The man who taught me. The man whose arm you took. The man you killed. What was his name?
    Android 17: [beat] Go... ku Junior?
  • And then there's his confrontation with Cell.
    Cell: How? How do you know all this?! note 
  • His Pre Ass Kicking One Liner counts too, since it shows he's more of a chip off the old block than he seems.
    Cell: Oh-ho-ho! You think you're cute? (powers up)
    Trunks: Bitch... (goes Super Saiyan) I'm adorable.
  • During his actual fight with Cell, Trunks refuses to let him finish charging a Kamehameha and simply blasts him right away.
    Trunks: GET OUT OF MY FUCKING TIMELINE! (vaporizes Cell with the Heat Dome attack)

    Movies & Specials 

Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged

Christmas Tree of Might

  • Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell ROCK THE DRAGON, DRAGON BALL Z!

Bardock: Father of Goku

  • The Touch. Applied to Bardock.
    • Ditto for "Dare" at the start of the special.
    • From the same special, Bardock beating up Dodoria's squad while his Leitmotif, Solid State Scouter, plays in the background.
  • Chilling as it is, Dodoria's speech to Toma as she's getting ready to kill him is also incredibly badass.
    Toma: Don't you see? Chances are, someday (Freeza)'s just going to kill you too.
    Dodoria: Yeah, well, see... I'm more of a "in-the-now" kinda guy.note  Like... "What am I gonna eat now? What am I gonna kill now?" And in this regard... You're probably gonna be both.

Lord Slug

  • Goku showing up:
    Goku: NOBODY RAKES CHRISTMAS! [proceeds to destroy Slug's men] And that's how I saved Christmas...again!
  • Piccolo's Big Damn Heroes moment, set to the tune of "Glass Shatters", the entrance music of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. With the glass shattering being provided by Piccolo throwing a Mook into a light. He then proceeds to beat the mooks up both physically and mentally, being a Deadpan Snarker all the while. Cued by this:
    Mook: OH MY GOD ARE YOU Batman?!?! (mook is promptly thrown into a spotlight.)
  • When Gohan takes on Slug's mooks, they aren't backing down:
    Gohan: You can't touch me up here!
    Slug Mook: WE HAVE BLASTERS!
    Slug Mook: HOW ABOUT A HUNDRED?! [sounds of guns cocking]
    Gohan: Wolverines?

Revenge of Cooler

  • Cooler Just... Cooler. Some standout moments include:
  • Goku going Super Saiyan. He also says, in reference to the theme song CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA, "Go, Toriyama. And teach a dinosaur to ride a ball!"
    • Cooler blasts Super Saiyan Goku point blank and Goku shrugs it off like it didn't happen.
    • "Now get off my planet!"

Episode of Bardock

  • Bardock going Super Saiyan. And the trigger for his transformation was him finally figuring out he had been sent back in time and raging over how stupid and ridiculous this plot is.
    Bardock: (thinking) Wait, hold on! Now I remember what I was thinking about. They call themselves "Saiyans"... and the friggin' blasters... and Planet Vegeta... and his name is Chilled...! And...! And...! (out loud, to Chilled) Hey! You! What year is it?
    Chilled: 2222.
    Bardock: B.C. or A.D.?
    Chilled: The hell are those?
    Bardock: I'm in the f*cking past.
    (Lightning flashes in the sky and strikes the ground around Bardock as he begins to slam his head into the ground in rage)
    (Bardock screams to the heavens and goes Super Saiyan)
    • They managed to make the ensuing beatdown of Chilled even more epic by setting it to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
      • And the dialogue just beforehand and after is epic.
        Chilled: ...Please don't break my butt.
        Bardock: OK.
        Chilled: Truly?
        Bardock: No.
        ("Ode to Joy" cues up, with Bardock giving Chilled a brutal beatdown)
        Bardock: You mad bro?
        Chilled: (throwing a Death Ball) A LITTLE, THANK YOU FOR ASKING!
        Bardock: (while firing his own energy blast) Then MAYBE YOU SHOULD CHILL!
        (Bardock's energy sphere grows into a huge beam, which dissolves Chilled's attack)
        Chilled: I'M ALWAYS CHILLED!
        (The beam draws closer to him)
        Chilled: ...oooh I get it (gets hit by Bardock's attack) nooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww~
    • Rather than the controversial canon take of Bardock bonding with the primitive Saiyans and becoming more heroic, he stays a Villain Protagonist the entire special.

Dead Zone

Cooler 2: The Return of Cooler's Revenge: The Reckoning

  • Piccolo's Terminator style Big Damn Heroes.
    • To elaborate on this more, Kaiser (who hates the film like you wouldn't believe) gripes about how Piccolo seemed to be weaker than Goku and Vegeta in the original film despite it being implied that he fused with Kami at that point, therefore he should be stronger than both of them. Thanks to Kaiser's edits, Piccolo wipes out an army of Meta-Coolers in a single blast.
    • Vegeta continues his trend of badass one liners, regardless of how horribly outclassed he may be:
      Cooler: Saiyan, hm? Forgive me, I was under the impression there was only one of you.
      Vegeta: Oh, trust me. There is only one of me.
      • Cooler gets an epic one right after:
        Cooler: Then my eyes must deceive me, because I believe I see two dead monkeys!
      • Then there's the "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner he and Goku get as they're charged by the legion of Meta-Coolers.
        Goku: Well, Vegeta. You take the five hundred on the right, and I'll take the five hundred on the left.
        Vegeta: Screw you, I'll take five hundred and one!
        Goku: That's the spirit!
      • Later, Vegeta scores a little payback for getting repeatedly attacked in the nads by Cooler.
        Vegeta: [Slices Cooler's arm off] That. Was for. M'dick.
    • Despite Cooler's inattentiveness towards Vegeta, the latter's Badass Boast is worth noting.
      Vegeta: I am Vegeta, Prince of All Saiyans! Last of my royal blood, bringer of death, destroyer of worlds, and wrecker of your shit!
    • Krillin actually gets small one in. While Piccolo verbally tears into Cooler for basically doing the same thing Freeza did (razing Namek, returning as a cyborg for revenge), Krillin shouts "SHOTS FIRED!", which leads to Cooler immediately ordering his death. Seconds before getting smacked into a plateau, Krillin, in a distinctly non-panicked tone, quips that Freeza did that too already.

History of Trunks

  • Special props to all of them for taking "History of Trunks", arguably one of the saddest of the DBZ specials, and adding in some genuinely funny moments while maintaining the gravitas of the more emotional moments. Team Four Star are one of the few abridging groups who can retain the feel and even the drama of the source material they work with while still turning the whole thing into a comedy.
  • They turn a Tearjerker moment into a minor moment for Future Gohan.
    Gohan: You're right. What can I do with only one arm?
    Trunks: Thanks, Mr. Gohan! I promise I won't let you-
    Gohan: (knocks Trunks unconscious and lowers him to the ground) That! I can do that with one arm! (thinking) Now, what can I do to the cyborgs with one arm?
  • KaiserNeko's performance during the aftermath of Future Gohan's death as Trunks is spine-chilling, and not at ALL taken lightly. The screams in Dragon Ball normally fall in Narm territory, but here, you can feel Trunks' anguish, rage, pain—everything—which culminates in his Super Saiyan transformation. The whole scene reminds us that becoming a Super Saiyan is not easy. For this level of talent to go into a comedic parody series is astounding.

The World's Strongest

  • This one is very much a general crowning achievement in the editing and writing, considering they managed to change most of the plot in its entirety, including the ending, and went to extensive effort to make sure the changes blended almost seamlessly with the original footage. Team Four Star was also on record (going from the video breakdown of Cooler's Revenge) that they were looking forward to abridging this movie, especially since "Roshi got to be a badass one last time."

Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan

  • During the interview, it's mentioned that Gohan is at a 12th grade level. And it's implied Chi-Chi got him there! While still providing for him! Even though it hasn't had the best effect on Gohan so to speak, that's still really impressive.
  • When Goku goes around interrogating all the living villains (including Cell), he manages to scare Mercenary Tao into screaming like a little girl. This is the same man that, once upon a time, almost succeeded in killing Goku! And all Goku's doing is casually asking him if he destroyed South Galaxy. How the tables have turned, eh Tao?
  • Credit to Broly: even in his "passive" base form, he gets some damn good jabs at Vegeta when they first meet and even gets away with it.
    Vegeta: And who's this scrawny puke?
    Broly: I'm a foot and a half taller than you, but whatever...
    Vegeta: What was that?!
    Broly: I said I can't hear you from down there...
  • Just like the example with Wheelo above, Paragus' rant-inducing slight is chilling, complete with very good acting. Maybe it's just the music accompanying it...
  • Despite Team Four Star's often stated dislike of the character, they manage to make Broly's transformation into the Legendary Super Saiyan a moment befitting the title.
    Vegeta: I couldn't care less about any South Galaxies, or lack thereof. So if you're done wasting everyone's time, grab your friends, grab your shit, AND GO HOME, KAKAROT!
    (Broly nearly snaps)
    Paragus: Please do not say that again.
    Goku: It was "friends", wasn't it?
    Vegeta: I SAID SHUT IT, KAKAROT! (Broly screams out)
    Paragus: Please, stop saying that name!
    Trunks: Father, just call him "Goku"!
    Vegeta: And disrespect my heritage?! I will address him with the name given to him by the glorious Saiyan race! Kakarot, Kakarot...!
    Broly: KAKAROT!
    Vegeta: See? He's slow and he gets it.
    Paragus: I suggest we all run.
  • Goku's response to Broly boasting about his power level. Regardless of the fact that it's him saying it.
    Broly: Because my power... IS! MAXIMUM!!!
    Goku: (unimpressed) ...Prove it.
  • To Goku's credit, he very quickly realizes and acknowledges how screwed they are against Broly and tries to get Gohan to go Super Saiyan 2 early. Gohan doesn't listen, but considering this is Goku we're talking about, this is really saying something.
  • Goku beating Broly with one punch (man). He asks the others to give him their energy. To his surprise, even Vegeta was willing to without putting up a fight because they were all sick of Broly.
  • Team Four Star has not been shy in their hatred of Broly, saying he represents the worst aspects of Dragonball. But they still made this episode, made it over half an hour long, got both comedy AND action out of the fight scenes, and through Vegeta voiced how dumb it was that a character as strong as Broly is literally driven by a crying infant- by far the dumbest motivation in the entire Dragon Ball franchise (and remember, this series once had a guy try to take over the world so he could be taller).
  • Related to the above, Broly gets several epic Badass Boasts, all of which he backs up by utterly decimating the Z-Warriors. His Curb-Stomp Battle with them gets to the point that they all start wishing they were fighting any of the other movie villains.
    • The first, after Broly's already proven just how strong he is.
      Goku Listen, Broly. I don't' want to tell you how to be the Legendary Super Saiyan... But you're not supposed to start all out. You're supposed to start small and then work up to it.
      Broly: I am starting small.
      Goku: Oh... good for you. Holy crap.
    • Shortly after Piccolo arrives, which also counts as one for the crew for mocking DBZ's penchant for Ass Pulls.
      Piccolo: Goku, can we beat this guy?
      Goku: I don't know... I'm sure I'll pull something outta my butt.
    • The Z Warriors end up giving Broly ones by proxy before Broly rails off a truly awesome one.
      Piccolo: Let's see how you fare when it's four on one, monster!
      Broly: Monster? Broly is not a monster. Broly is... (thinking) dhurrr.
      Gohan: A genuine demon?
      Goku: A true freak?
      Broly: THE DEVIL.
      Vegeta: OH MY GOD, HE'S SO GOD. DAMN. COOL!
    • Broly's final exchange with Vegeta, awesome for doing what many people have failed to do: shut Vegeta up.
      Vegeta: You have been ignoring your king!
      Broly: What is a king to a god?
      Vegeta: And what is a god... TO A NONBELIEVER!? (turns Super Saiyan)
      (Broly oneshots Vegeta, cutting off his theme music in the process)
      Broly: Do you believe now?
      Vegeta: (weakly) Uh-huh... So cool.
  • Piccolo calling Vegeta out for having a Heroic BSoD over Broly being cool yet having an awful backstory while the rest of the Z-Warriors are getting curbstomped by Broly.
    Vegeta: He is a literal giant fucking baby!
    Piccolo: So kinda like what you're being then?
  • A series of unique offscreen awesome moments for Piccolo. He somehow heard Gohan call him, through space, arrived to save Gohan just in the nick of time by somehow acquiring his own spaceship, and he knows about Gohan's college application. He truly is Gohan's Dad.

Cell Vs.

  • The simple fact that Cell faces off against other Anime/Video-Game protagonists, namely their Abridged counterparts.
  • Yusuke and Kazuma show up to fight in the Cell Games, each giving a Badass Boast about their powers. Cell sends them running with the tidbit that he could destroy the planet with his finger.
  • Yami challenges Cell to a game of Duel Monsters after letting him read the rules. Cell proceeds to Rules Lawyer every move Yami tries to make until he Rage Quits. He beat the KING OF GAMES in HIS OWN GAME after learning the rules in 1 day.
    • For clarification: Cell just learned how to play Duel Monsters! In the abridged universe the game so complicated that not even the most advanced computer in the world could understand it, but Cell did it in just 1 day.
  • Ryu and Ken Masters challenge Cell to one-on-one combat each. It ends as well as you might expect.
    • Ken is the first up, unleashing a full combo on Cell...whose health bar doesn't even drop a small bit. Ken only has time for a brief Oh, Crap! before Cell Shoryukens him into A Twinkle in the Sky.
    • Ryu ends up tapping into the power of the Satsui No Hado, becoming Evil Ryu, and both he and Cell shout out war cries as the former charges forward and unleashes the Raging Demon. The screen goes black, impact shots are seen flashing...and then the next shot is Evil Ryu on the ground unconscious while Cell stands over him, with the kanji for "perfect" glowing behind him and his back to the camera ala Akuma.
    • Just think for a moment on that last one. Cell manages to defend himself against the Raging Demon attack! Only two characters in Street Fighter lore have been able to defend themselves from that attack. Not only that, but from his expression, he was fighting completely clueless as to what was going on.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog challenges Cell to a race, to which he shows off that he's so fast he can appear in three places at once. He also swiped the Chaos Emeralds, causing Sonic to get an amazing Oh, Crap! expression and book it. Oh, and he just raps Knuckles on the head to put him down.
  • After having easily defeated or scared off most of his challengers, Cell is feeling pretty good about himself ... right up until Kenshiro shows up and subjects Cell to his Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken technique. At first, it seems Cell did a No-Sell to his attack, but if you know Kenshiro, you know what happens next.. Of course, he regenerates, but Kenshiro gets major points for being the first one to not only wound Perfect Cell, but also becoming the first person to actually piss him off and end the video not defeated. After Cell regenerates, now thoroughly enraged, you'd think he'd then curb-stomp Kenshiro as he has the others right? And then Cell explodes again...
    Cell: (after Kenshiro asked him if he could eat his severed arm) Sure, make it your last meal, because after that, you're dead!
    Kenshiro: No, you are. Already. Again.
    (Cell explodes, screaming in agony and splattering Ken with green blood.)
  • Light Yagami naturally just whips out the Death Note. Except Cell has more than one heart. And Ryuk loves it.
    • Credit where it's due, Cell killed Light immediately because he was scared of what the Death Note could do to him and stopped playing around.
  • Ash Ketchum arrives and challenges Cell to a Pokémon battle. Needless to say, he No Sells Squirtle and Charizard, while mixing it up with Duel Monsters.
    • The OTHER Ash also apparently gets in on the action in another universe, and Ash catches Cell in a Master Ball. Which is then sent to Professor Oak, mistaken for Celebi, and turned into the GS Ball. The mentally challenged 10 year old just beat Cell and unintentionally saved the Earth.
  • Deadpool deserves credit: he's the only one other than Kenshiro to humiliate Cell and get away with it. In fact, he actually managed to out-troll Cell just by being insanely annoying, working Cell up into a Tranquil Fury, then taking a call from the X-Men to help pacify Phoenix at her time of the month, but not before quickly coming back to cut Cell's head off just to get a final dig in. Also points for actually being fast enough to catch Cell off guard multiple times.
    • Something else to note — Deadpool was using his Carbonadium Sword, which explicitly nullifies any sort of Healing Factor. And yet, Cell was able to regenerate his limbs even if it took him a bit longer than usual.
  • Bobby manages to get a solid hit that causes Cell to scream out in pain. All with his signature "THAT's MY PURSE" attack.

Plan to Eradicate Christmas

  • Bulma gets a particularly special one this time: while the boys were busy fighting the doubles of Freeza, Cooler, Slug and Turles to no avail, Bulma was taking samples of the pollution brought to the Earth by the machines; deducing it to be pure Naughtiness, she derives an antidote using samples of Baby Trunks' blood, then dispenses it in capsules to destroy the machines from the inside out, rendering the doubles vulnerable to complete destruction. Then she flew off to go after African drug lords. All in all, a nice way to send off Bulma, along with Hiromi Tsuru.
  • Team Four Star somehow found a way to have a plot involving both an irredeemable Bad Santa and the True Meaning of Christmas and it is laid out in one awesome "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    Goku: You see Santa, Christmas isn't about the presents. It's not about the figgy pudding. Or the pretty lights, or the obnoxiously catchy music. And most of all, it's not about you!
    Piccolo: (preparing the Special Beam Cannon) Goku's right! It's about the bonds that bring us together!
    Trunks: (prepares Burning Attack) It's about friends!
    Gohan: (prepares Masenko) And family!
    Vegeta: (Prepares Final Flash) And killing Santa!
    Goku: And that's the true meaning of Christmas!!
    • All set to the climax of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Carol of the Bells.
    • Goku actually undergoing Character Development in this OVA, regarding Christmas at least. While at first he was overjoyed at meeting Santa Claus, he had to come to grips that he had turned evil and came to a well thought conclusion on what doesn't make Christmas... which he of all people came up. And it wasn't even downplayed by his usual Malaproper tendencies. Not only that, but Piccolo, Trunks and Gohan agreed with him without any irony.
    • Watching how Freeza and Cooler interact together at long last. Every bit of sibling squabble that was hinted at from the first moment Cooler was introduced up until now... Is completely true. Every time these two trade words they are arguing about something and it's both parts funny and awesome all thanks due to the superb voice acting of their voice actors (LittleKuriboh and Christopher Guerrero "General-Ivan").
    • There's something awesome about Turles recognizing Vegeta.
      Oh my god, Prince Vegeta?
    • From a writing perspective, with the previous Christmas special, the series' Freeza Day Running Gag, and changing the villains into two forms of the same character, the special actually works better in the context of the Abridged Series than it ever did in the original.

Alternative Title(s): Dragon Ball Abridged