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- 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.
- Once Raditz died, King Yemma attempted to put him in his "patented Yemma Lock". However, unlike in canon where he was subdued, Raditz just kicked him in the balls and escaped.Raditz: (has a halo on his head) He didn't keep his eye on the birdie!
- 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.
- He may not have gotten respect for it, but Krillin using a Limit Break to kill three Saibamen in one attack is pretty cool. Nappa even states that at least he's proven that he's stronger than Raditz.Raditz: I. Hate. All of you.
- This episode gives us some pretty good lines from Tien courtesy of GanXingba, but the best one is before his Suicide Attack on Nappa. Adding to that, it even managed to surprise the bald Manchild; it didn't actually do anything, but still.
- 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!
Gohan: I'M GONNA SKULLF*CK YOU! MASENKO HA!
- 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):
- 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!
- In a meta sense, it was also rather reserved of the crew to subvert a certain meme:Nappa: Vegeta! What does the scouter say about his power level?Vegeta: (takes off scanner) It's... 1006.
- They did it earlier, when Team Four Star's subscriber count literally hit over 9,000.
- 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: 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...
- 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.
- How about Gohan's Big Damn Heroes moment in saving Dende before he gets killed by Dodoria?:
- 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.
- And to add insult to injury, he left a note:
- 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.
- 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.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.
- 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.
- Previously, Krillin verbally owned Burter. With a simple That's What She Said, of all things.
- 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. Who said the art of the promo was dead?
- 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.
- After an entire episode of the Ginyu Force destroying Team Three Star, Goku appears and decimates each of them in a few seconds.
- STOP. Goku Time.
- This line.Goku: (without a hint of irony) Now, where are the fighters?
- What was Bulma doing while Gohan and Krillin were out? KILLING CRABS! IN THE OCEAN!! KILL IT FAST, PAIN EXPLOSION!!! YEAH!
- 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.
- There's a sort of meta moment of awesome in this episode. Now, Goku and Ginyu have exchanged bodies. Now, you may think that Voices Are Mental just as they were in the main series, but nope. Goku and Ginyu have each other's voices... but still ''talk'' like themselves throughout two-thirds of the episode. It really shows some competent voice work and attention to detail.
- Gohan Calling the Old Man Out upon seeing it's Captain Ginyu in Goku's body. (If anything he was saying was even remotely Goku's fault this time...)
- Vegeta Vs Jeice was even better then the actual version in the show. Not only is Vegeta more badass, 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: Okay. "Warrior race...", "full moon...", "lose your tail...", "stronger every time you almost—" Oh, well I'm right proper 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)
- Freeza's genuinely chilling entrance at the endVegeta: 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 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?
Freeza: Funny, because I expect to hear the same from the next person when I ask them about Namek.
- Earlier in the episode, there's his Badass Boast to Nail.
- 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!
- 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.
- Freeza seethes with rage after finding out about Dende and Nail just reacts in the most deadpan manner possible.
- 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?!
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.
- There's 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.
- That part was more awesome than in the actual series! (This seems to be a trend throughout the entire series)Freeza: Alright, who has the balls!?
Krillin: Kiss my ass bitch, I'm immortal! (Note: he isn't.)
Krillin: *flying off* SUCK MY DIIIIIIICK!!!
- That part was more awesome than in the actual series! (This seems to be a trend throughout the entire series)
- 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 "Krilled 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.
- Which is itself another one. This series can have the villain earnestly say that and still be a legitimate comedy.
- 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!
- 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!"
- And then Freeza's response to the giant Masenko Gohan fires at him is yet another moment. While a legitimate threat to him in the original anime, in TFS's series it barely phases him, to the point where he can play along just to get the Earthlings' hopes up.Freeza: Oh no, the invincible Lord Freeza defeated by a mere child! Oh, what dramatic irony... just kidding!
- And then Freeza's response to the giant Masenko Gohan fires at him is yet another moment. While a legitimate threat to him in the original anime, in TFS's series it barely phases him, to the point where he can play along just to get the Earthlings' hopes up.
- This gem.
- 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.
- Which includes this:
- 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 concious.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 SAI—YAUGH!
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 HeelFace 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 amazing 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.
- 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. Cracking up hilarious jokes amidst the momentum of the action — this is what most shows lack.
- 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 subvertedFreeza: No, seriously, "Kaio" what?
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!
- Which is immediately followed by the Kaio-What? gag finally getting subverted
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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—
- 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.
Piccolo: Well that's not so bad...
Goku: —for five minutes. And considering how bad he was kicking my butt...eh, I'm sure you can handle it.
Piccolo: Did...you 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?
- And Goku's response when Freeza finally notices the Spirit Bomb.
- Goku finally ascends to become the legendary Super Saiyan. Yes, it is just as epic as the original anime!
- This exchange is particularly epic, if only for how it the stupidest and most badass thing in the history of all media:
- 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 IM 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: You...you'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]
Goku: (leans forward unharmed and smiles) Saiyan.
- Gohan's REALLY not in the mood for backtalk.Bulma: Oh, well how nice of you to finally come and get me! Only left me stranded all alone to fend for myself! Planet's going to hell, I almost die, and I'm freaking the f**ck out!
Gohan: Bulma, how high would you have to fall from to reach Terminal Velocity?
Bulma: *Death Glare*
Gohan: I thought so.
- 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.
- To wit: He might be even ballsier then Nail!
- Props to Goku for delivering what may be the best quip he's ever had while watching Freeza have a breakdown.
- 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.
- 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.
- Popo assimilating Garlic Jr., complete with Bond One-Liner.Mr. Popo: (nonchalant) Clean that up.
Garlic Jr.: I beg your pardon?! Have you an inkling in that simple little head of yours who you're speaking to?
Mr. Popo: (with a Psychotic Smirk) Oh, please, do go on.
- This also ends the Garlic Jr. Saga, showing TFS's apathy for filler.
- MARON of all characters gets one when she reveals that she's actually an undercover government agent investigating Krillin for tax fraud, and scamming him in the process. Pretty impressive considering her status as a Dumb Blue Ms. Fanservice in the original series.
- 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?"
- 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.
Freeza: You know, the only reason you continue to breathe is because I need something to entertain me until the Super Saiyan arrives.
- You could also consider his Pre Ass Kicking One Liner prior to going Super Saiyan one:
Trunks: Oh, really? Because if its a Super Saiyan youre looking for.... I can fill the part.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Before his fight with #19, Vegeta asks the Android if it can feel fear, with #19 responding "results inconclusive". Vegeta's response before turning Super Saiyan: "Let's fix that, shall we?"
- Then, after Vegeta's thorough asswhooping:
- 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.
Offscreen voice: MINEMINEMINEMINEMINEMINEMINE
Tien: And it sounds an awful like like...
THWAM! Android 19 is knocked backwards by a fist belonging to...
- Vegeta then proceeds to provide a "count down sequence", via the number of hits it takes to defeat him. And actually gets it right.
- Tien's response to Dr. Gero's proposal to fight him instead of Vegeta was pretty awesome. Gero immediately reconsidered the offer.
- Tien: Anytime, old man.
- 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.
- Then again, since the androids are trying to kill Goku, and Vegeta is trying to stop them (if only because he wants to do it himself), being called a cunt is the least 18 deserves. So it's also a CMOA on Vegeta's part.
- 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.
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.
- And the fact that, once the androids state their intention to go off and kill Goku, he actually stands up to them. They completely disregard him as a threat, but it took guts to challenge them to begin with.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- And following that up, we're treated to the first appearance of the Hellzone Grenade.
- 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!
- And then later we have this one:
- 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.
- 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.Tien: ENOUGH! I AM NOT A SPECTATOR! I AM A WARRIOR!
- 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:
- 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) HeelFace 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...)
- 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 better 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?
Tien: BLOW YOURSELF UP OR LEAVE! I DON'T CARE WHICH!
Android 18: (stammering quickly) Yeah, okay!
- Tien manages to make Semi-Perfect Cell, who just had no-sold 16's attack, actively pissed.Cell: UPSTART TRICLOPS BITCH!!!
- 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 you 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:Tien: Kiko-f**k yourself.
- 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.
- And then he rains Kikoho after Kikoho down on Cell, a being who is magnitudes more powerful than Goku, AND TIEN KEEPS HIM DOWN.
- Goku arrives to rescue a downed Piccolo and Tien, but leaves a rather surprising choice of parting words for Cell.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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 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.Trunks: Blow yourself up or leave, I don't care which!
18: Y-Yeah, Okay...
- 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.
- 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.
- He also offers this Badass Boast before round 2 even begins.Vegeta: Now if you don't mind, it's time to turn your little coming out party into a funeral.
Cell: Aaaaaaannnd time's up. Prince, while there's absolutely nothing I'd rather do than stand here and listen to you bluster at me until the heat-death of the universe, I literally have a million better things to do. So here's the deal: I want you to hit me as hard as you can.
Vegeta: Oh, is that ri—
Cell: Now hold on, you might have misheard me. Not "half as hard". Not some arbitrary percentage. I want you. To hit me. As hard. As. You. Can.
Vegeta: And if I don't play along?
Cell: Well, then I guess your father was right about you — (Vegeta kicks him in the neck) — oooh, consider that nerve touched!
- Just before he knocks Vegeta out, he gives him this line to further shatter his pride.
- To sum it up Perfect Cell utterly thrashes Vegeta; not only his body, but everything up to his pride. He doesn't even break a sweat and you can clearly see Cell isn't even throwing serious punches or kicks at all.
- He also offers this Badass Boast before round 2 even begins.
- 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.Perfect Cell: Aww, how cute. He named i-- OH, SHIT!
- 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.
- Vegeta and Cell both get a Badass Boast before the blast as well.
- 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.
- 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 its 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—!
Krillin: WE DON'T HAVE DRAGON BALLS, TRUNKS!
- An even better one when its clear that Vegeta's losing.
- 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.
- Althought he actually ended up losing that fight, Trunks' Badass Boast is quite awesome. Highlighted by Krillin's reaction.Trunks: This fight was over before it began.
Krillin: BAD. ASS.
- Cell gets a badass boast of his own when squaring off against Trunks.
- A stealth one for Vegeta: despite the Ultra Super Sayan form increase in power, Trunks himself admits never doing much damage to Cell during their fight, and Cell never even blinks or looks worried, while the Final Flash got a sincere Oh, Crap! out of him. So, despite Trunks claims of being much stronger, and the more powerful form, Vegeta actually surpassed his son in that regard.
- Goku turns out to be quite erudite when he's got fighting on the brain, leaving Gohan utterly lost for words as he spells out the scientific reasoning behind the Ultra Super Saiyan form's Mighty Glacier tendency.
- While both terrifying and saddening on Trunks' end, Cell's practically running on the awesome throughout this episode. Whether it's mocking Trunks on his various failures (be it Gohan's death, allowing Cell access to the past, or thinking using the Ultra Super Saiyan form would actually let him beat him) or completely outmaneuvering him after letting him think he might have a chance, combined with an absolutely INCREDIBLE performance by Takahata101, Cell just doesn't let up on showing why he's the most powerful being on the planet as of this moment. And he absolutely knows it.
- 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!
- After seeing Trunks little freakout over Cell easily beating him, Vegeta calls him pathetic, and tells to find some honor in defeat.
- "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 several years later. And he apparently did all this in his Imperfect form.
- Goku hopping on the Vegeta-mocking-train from last episode after coming out of the Hyperbolic Time chamber:
- 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!
- A minor example, but in the original series Goku needed King Kai's help to locate New Namek in order to teleport over there. Here, Goku figures out where New Namek is all on his own and teleports there and back with Dende now in tow within a matter of seconds.
- Dende. Mouths off. Mr. Popo. The sheer balls of it actually seems to earn him some respect.Popo: Well I'm gonna call you Little Green.
Dende: Your funeral.
[Beat as Popo's face contorts into a smile]
Popo: I like you.
- Followed by finally getting Krillin to call him by name, now that he's the god of Earth.Krillin: Don't feel bad Mr. Popo. I'm his best friend, so that means only I can call him Little Green, right Little Gr—
[Dende smashes Krillin across the face with Kami's walking stick]
Dende: You will call me Dende...DENDE! SAY IT! SAY MY NAME!
Krillin: [Scared out of his mind] Dende! DENDE!
Dende: No... [smiles] Super Kami Dende.
- Followed by finally getting Krillin to call him by name, now that he's the god of Earth.
- Credits to Team Four Star for giving us a pretty professional animation for Android 16's backstory. Toriyama told us this information 20 years after his manga concluded, so there was no way this was ever going to be adapted by Toei Animation, but the fact they did with a great respect shows how much these guys care about the series.
- A meta example for this episode: now we finally know how Chi-Chi managed to conceive not one, but two kids from Goku. Basically, she convinces him it's a challenge, Goku likes the challenge, and they keep at it for Dende knows how many times. Doubles in awesome since, due to Goku's intensity throughout the whole thing, we now also have an explanation for Goten being able to go Super Saiyan so easily in the next season.
- For a slightly hilarious awesome moment: the fact that Chi-Chi is having a week long nonstop fuckathon with a Super Saiyan and Goku is the one that gets too tired to continue. No wonder people are terrified of her, that stamina and endurance is inhuman.
- 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.Kiko-how ya doin?
- 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!
- Hell, just him taking the job of broadcasting the Cell Games when no one else wanted to. Why?
- 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.
- 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!!!"
- 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 Imperfect 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. 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
Piccolo: GOHAN DOESN'T LIKE FIGHTING, YOU MORON!!
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!
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.Mr. Satan: I have a daughter at home, Jimmy. Little girl, about the age of that boy out there. And right now Im being told that I might be able to save the world. And all I gotta do is throw this robots head in spitting distance of that crazy killer bug monster? Sure, that may sound crazy
Jimmy Firecracker: Oh, its 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 shit talker who challenged him. And he didn't say a word.
Episode 60 Part 2
- What's the first thing Gohan says to Cell upon becoming Super Saiyan 2?
- Rather than flat out ignoring the Cell Jr threatening Krillin, Gohan coldly points out the futility of taking hostages in a world where death is cheap before continuing his rampage.
- Gohan's "World of Cardboard" Speech:Cell... you don't get it. I hate this. The vibrations through my fists on contact... the taste of blood in my mouth... the sound of my heart in my ears... I hate it. I always have. But right now... in this moment... the only thing I hate more than it... is you. [...] Because you were right about me. I was a coward... Scared of what would happen if I snap... Afraid that... if I lost it this time... I'd... never come back. That I'd finally... kill someone. But I'm not scared anymore, Cell. [...] Because there's no point in being afraid of the inevitable.
- Gohan countering the Perfect Kamehameha is a thing of beauty. Cell required a huge shouted windup to fire off his planet busting Kamehameha, but then everything but Gohan's voice goes quiet and we hear him basically mutter everything but the ending "Ha!" and it tears through Cell's beam.
- After barely surviving Gohans Kamehameha, Cell tries to compose himself and regroup:Cell: (panting while thinking) Alright Cell, we saw what losing your cool got you. So tone down the Freeza and chill the hell—
Gohan: (interrupting) Done getting your shit together up there?! Because I'm starting to get bored.
Cell: (flies down to Gohan enraged) WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY TO ME, YOU HAPLESS LITTLE SHIT?!
Gohan: I said I'm bored. You're boring me.
- After barely surviving Gohans Kamehameha, Cell tries to compose himself and regroup:
- If Goku getting called out by Piccolo for being a bad parent was a verbal beatdown, then Gohan calling Goku out for his idiotic tendency to constantly spare the villain was the knock-out punch.Goku: Uh... kiddo? I understand you're angry but—
Gohan: But WHAT? YOU'RE gonna give me advice now? Let me guess: I should ''let him go'' so he'll be an even BETTER fight later! Or maybe I should let him power up to 100% so I can teach him HUMILITY! Wait! I know! I should throw him a GODDAMN senzu bean and have YOU FIGHT HIM!
Goku: I... see what you're getting at Gohan...
Gohan: Then shut up and put on your poncho... you're in the splash zone...
- As it turned out, this was true in the original series. In DBZ Abridged, Goku let Frieza power up to 100% because he was promised 2 pizzas with stuffed crust though he did toss out that reason as a flimsy justification to King Kai.
- The "awesome" factor of this is diminished, however, by two things: 1, Goku actually wanted the enemy to be defeated immediately this time, but his good intentions were thrown back in his face, and 2, Gohan's decision eventually comes around to bite him in the ass. Even he realizes it when he's faced with the dire consequences of his hypocritical choices.
- Cell's Villainous Breakdown. He is clearly absolutely infuriated that Gohan has managed to best him.Cell: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK! FUCK! FUCK, FUCK, FUCK, FUCK, FUCK, FUCK, NO, NO, NO, FUCK, FUCK, FUCK, FUCK! FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! UWAAARRGGGHHHH!
- Krillin standing up to Vegeta.Vegeta: What are you doing with that? (referring to Android 18)
Krillin: I'm taking her to a... doctor? Mechanic? A Bulma... I'm taking her to a Bulma.
Vegeta: You put that RealDoll down this instant.
Krillin: Yeah, how about no?
Vegeta: I can RIP. YOU. IN. HALF!
Krillin: I know you can.
Vegeta ...When did you get the balls?
Krillin If I said it didn't have anything to do with holding a beautiful woman in my arms, I'd be a liar.
- Cell's return from self-destruction and murder of Trunks is every bit as bone-chillingly awesome as in the original. What makes it even better? The Dark Reprise of "P.E.R.F.E.C.T.".Cell: "F" is for how fucked you are, now allow me to reprise (blows a hole through Trunks' chest)
- Even better? As revealed in the next part, he didn't even mean to blow a perfect hole in Trunks' chest; he was aiming for Tien!
- MasakoX continues to show He Really Can Act as not only does he perfectly provide Gohan's Tranquil Fury, but manages to keep it just distinct enough from his Goku voice.
- How about his Gohan voice being absolutely terrifying, and still be absolutely consistent with all the characterization thus far?
Episode 60 Part 3
- Vegeta's reaction to Trunks dying:Vegeta: MY BABY BOY! (launches himself at Cell)Gohan: Vegeta, no!Vegeta: VEGETA YES!
- And while Cell does survive the attack and smack Vegeta senseless in retaliation, just before it hit, you can see Cell react with shock and have to actually defend himself before the blast hits him.
- 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.
- 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 everyoneincluding Cell, who proclaims this to be a more fitting final fight.
Gohan: Yeah. I guess you're right.
- 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: Dad, I... I don't think I can do this! He's so much stronger, and it's all my fault! It was my cowardice, then my hubris, and now my weakness! We're all gonna—Goku: Gohan, I want to tell you, that if you don't do this Piccolo is gonna die. Your mom's gonna die. Everyone is gonna die. But before all that, if you don't do this... You're gonna die.[Gohan growls in anger][Gohan gasps in surprise, and the Kamehameha grows stronger, bringing the Beam-O-War back to a stalemate]Cell: Whoa, Nelly!Goku: See? I'm not even close to that strong! (Yet.) You are more than just my son. You are Son Gohan. Now, plant your feet, grit your teeth, and EAT! THAT! HORSE!!![Gohan then screams in anger, nearly overpowering Cell.]
- 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.
- The whole speech is one really long moment of awesome, really.
- 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 winwhich he does by vaporizing Cell for good.
- Even better? This is actually closer to the manga, which didn't have the endless filler of the Z Warriors trying to uselessly help Gohan fight Cell like the anime did. They just skipped right to Vegeta giving Gohan the window he needs. DBZ Abridged lives up to their name, and it's arguably closer to the source material as a result.
- 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.
- 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 cella 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: ... Well. Jimmy, and all you at home... I won't lie to you. Cell is dead.
Mr. Satan: ... AND I AM THE ONE WHO TOOK! HIM! DOOOWN!
[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.
- Kudos to Teamfourstar for giving Mr. Satan actual emotional depth - at this point in the source material, he's an intensely unlikable spotlight hog, but they made his characterization complex enough to make him likable!
- 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 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.
- 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.
- The screen that made a million fans breathe a sigh of relief after several months of worry on whether or not the team would continue the series after Cell: "Dragon Ball Z Abridged will return in SEASON 4!"
Episode 60 Epilogue
- 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.Android 17: Any chance I can talk you out of this?Trunks: What was my master's name?Android 17: Huh?Trunks: Wrong answer! [kicks 17 and blasts him to smithereens]
- And then there's his confrontation with Cell.Cell: How? How do you know all this?! noteTrunks: Because, as someone once told me... Multiverse theory is a bitch.
- 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)
- 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
- Throughout their entire run, the crew has either mocked or avoided the "Over Nine Thousand" meme, so it is fulfilling to finally hear Lanipator yell that line out in his best Chris Sabat impersonation.
- Goku killing the entire Ginyu Force by accident.
- Episode 3 turned out to be a more thorough retelling of the Garlic Jr. Saga. Yes, it was All Just a Dream, but they finally got around to abridging one of the most notorious Filler Arcs in anime.
Christmas Tree of Might
- Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell ROCK THE DRAGON, DRAGON BALL Z!
- "THIS IS CHRISTMAS, MELON FARMER!"
- And "YOU NEVER WASTE FIGGY PUDDING!!"
Bardock: Father of Goku
- The Touch. Applied to Bardock.
- Make a Man Out of You. Showcases some great singing skills, as well as some funny moments.
- Goku showing up:
- Goku: NOBODY RAKES CHRISTMAS! [proceeds to destroy Slug's men] And that's how I saved Christmas...again!
- 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!
Gohan: ONE OF THOSE DOES NOTHING!
Slug Mook: HOW ABOUT A HUNDRED?! [sounds of guns cocking]
- Piccolo channeling equal parts Bugs Bunny and his father and curbstomping one of the cliche minion characters while cracking jokes.
Revenge of Cooler
- Cooler Just... Cooler. Some standout moments include:
- His refusal to believe Goku is dead until he sees a body.
- Basically, Cooler is Bane.
- His Single-Stroke Battle with Piccolo.Sauza: You may have killed our men, but he won't let you get away with this!
Piccolo: Oh really? And who's "he?"
Cooler: That's "He" with a capital "H", by the way! [Blasts Piccolo in the chest]
- Especially his beatdown of Goku after he transforms.
- Goku powers up with the Kaioken and breaks out one of his strongest moves, the Kamehameha. Cooler's response?Cooler: Oh, this is gonna be great!
- He then flies up the Kamehameha stream like it was made of water and decks Goku in the face.
- His refusal to believe Goku is dead until he sees a body.
- 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?
Bardock: B.C. or A.D.?
Chilled: The hell are those?
Bardock: I'm in the f*cking past. OF ALL THE STUPID! ASININE! SHARK-JUMPING BULLSHIT!
(Bardock screams to the heavens and turns 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.
("Ode to Joy" cues up during said beatdown)
Chilled: YOU PETULANT, IMPUDENT, CONTEMPTUOUS WHOOOOOORE!!!!
Bardock: You mad bro?
Chilled: A LITTLE, THANK YOU FOR ASKING! *throws Death Ball*
Bardock: Then MAYBE YOU SHOULD CHILL! *throws energy sphere that grows into a Beam Spam, which dissolves Chilled's attack.*
Chilled: I'M ALWAYS CHILLED!... oooh I get it Nooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww~ *blasted away into space*
- And the dialogue just beforehand and after is epic.
- 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.
- Likewise, TFS took the Plant race from the original (themselves widely disliked) and made them into the aforementioned primitive Saiyans, complete with plenty of Fridge Brilliance involving their culture (such as seeing threats on their lives as them making friends, or getting pregnant by getting kneed in the stomach)
- Piccolo taking good care of Pepper.Piccolo: Not so tough without your two back dancers, are you ugly?
Pepper: Now why you gotta be throwing out mean words like that!?
Piccolo: You know, that's fair. How about I grab a couple of friends and try to murder you instead?
Pepper: Well, personally, I think that would be uncalled f-[punched across the room]
Piccolo: You're right. Because, unlike you... [ki blast coup de grace] ...I don't need help.
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.
- 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."
- Master Roshi curbstomps a couple of Biomen without breaking a sweat. Considering that the Abridged version of Roshi has been nothing but useless, it's a hell of a surprise.Roshi: Ohhhh... it is a bad time for this.
Bioman: Prepare for comba-
Roshi wipes the floors with the Biomen, effortlessly.
Roshi: I do not hold back when I'm toasted.
Kochin: Excellent! To be expected from the world's strongest fighter.
Roshi: Well, I'm not one to brag.
Kochin: Dr. Wheelo will be humbled to have you as his honored guest... whether you like it or not.
Roshi: Are the bodies not a clear indicator on how this is going to go down?
- Turtle gets one as well:Biomen: BRING US THE ROSHI OR BE DESTROYED.
Turtle: How about you get the hell off our island?
Biomen: THERE ARE 6 OF BIOMEN AND 1 OF TURTLE.
Turtle: I am 999 years old. I don't give a f*ck.
- Turtle gets one as well:
- Dr. Wheelo's monologue just before his robotic body powers up is incredibly chilling.Wheelo: Fifty years, I was alone. And when I am finally saved from that loneliness, all I find is horror. In this form, I am powerless, doomed to witness these atrocities. I need a body. I WILL HAVE A BODY!
- Wheelo, upon discovering his robotic body, almost immediately crushes the ground beneath Kochin's feet, sending him falling to his death. After seeing everything Kochin put him through, it's very cathartic.
- Roshi's Pre Ass Kicking One Liner when he leads Goku and Krillin against Dr. WheeloRoshi: A KAME AND A HAME AND A-SEND 'EM HOME TO MOMMY!
- Yamcha's brief cameo in the movie somehow manages to be this in context, despite him still being a Butt-Monkey. Before getting blown up by one of the Bio-Men, he mentions that he was out training and happened to be around the area. The fact that he was wearing his regular martial arts gi without any apparent temperature issues is impressive considering that Gohan and especially Piccolo were freezing in that area, which Gohan stated was literally the coldest place on Earth. Also, Yamcha survives taking another explosion to the face, unlike how he first died fighting a Saibaman.
- In the proper special, when Kochin starts firing on Krillin with his arm cannon and he has to dance to dodge the bullets. In Abridged, he shows how his training has left him Made of Iron by just standing there while the bullets ineffectually ping off of him, all the while wondering whatever happened to Launch.
- Master Roshi curbstomps a couple of Biomen without breaking a sweat. Considering that the Abridged version of Roshi has been nothing but useless, it's a hell of a surprise.
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?
- 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...!
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.Goku: HEY, BROLY! SAY MY NAME!
- 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 dont' want to tell you how to be the Legendary Super Sayian... 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.
Broly: AND IT WILL BE BROLY'S FIST!
- 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.
- The first, after Broly's already proven just how strong he is.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Hell, knowing Kenshiro, if he can predict Cell's regeneration abilities, he probably "programmed" his Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken to make Cell explode many, many times. Cell would be too busy exploding to even be able to retaliate by the time Kenshiro leaves! That, of course, assumes Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken didn't already come with the ability to make the victim explode multiple times and Cell was just the first guy who could take it-Hokuto Shinken has a wide array of moves for unlikely and strangely specific situations, after all.
- Light Yagami naturally just whips out the Death Note. Except Cell has more than one heart. And Ryuk loves it.
- 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.
- 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. Cell was unable to regenerate any of his limbs during and after the fight... the Merc with a Mouth might've given the next challenger a serious chance to win.
Plan to Eradicate Christmas
- Bulma gets a particularly special one this time: while the boys were busy fighting the doubles of Frieza, 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... that he of all people came up. And it wasn't even downplayed even 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.
- Episode 30 part 1 debuted on June 17, 2012. Within five days, it got over two million hits. It reached over 4 million after almost two weeks. Most of their videos have been up for years and not gotten that many. Currently it's at more than 12 million views.
- Episode 60 part 1 debuted on August 31, 2018. Within 48 hours it reached the two million mark.
- Episode 33, KaiserNeko's reading for Trunks is just awesome. Seriously, you could place his lines in the original material and it would fit perfectly.
- Christopher Sabat telling Takahata101 that he's jealous of Team Four Star.
- Or how about the time Chris Sabat was starstruck when he met MasakoX, the voice of Goku in the abridged series?
- Also, Kyle Hebert voicing Santa in one of the specials. Now that's official recognition for you!
- Along those lines, LittleKuriboh's voicing of Freeza. It sounds like Creepy Awesome and Wicked Cultured had a beautiful baby.
- Just the fact that out of all of the abridged series out there except for his own, this is the only one LittleKuriboh, the creator of the Abridged Series genre, actually appears in. note
- LittleKuriboh's Freeza voice has been complimented by Chris Ayres, the voice of Freeza in Dragon Ball Kai
- Chris Ayres's Freeza sounds significantly different from Linda Young's, but interestingly enough, sounds VERY similar to LittleKuriboh's. And Little Kuriboh's first performance as Freeza in the Bardock special came out BEFORE Ayres's debut as Freeza in DBZ Kai. It's doubtful, due to lack of knowledge of recording schedules, but maybe - just maybe - Chris Ayres was influenced by LittleKuriboh's Freeza voice.
- The voice acting of all of TeamFourStar. They had quick Vocal Evolution and all do an incredible job on the voice acting.
- The amount of attention KaiserNeko puts into each and every episode, shown in the episode breakdowns. He even fixes problems with the original episode.
- The early episodes of the Imperfect Cell Saga is one of the darkest and most ominous in the entire Dragon Ball series. And Team Four Star managed to make the episodes leading up to Cell's arrival (ESPECIALLY Episode 42) both darkly hilarious AND extremely tense and unsettling. Show me another abridged series that matches the tension of its original series as well as these guys.
- Guest star Lee Rastus' voicing a Captain Ersatz Claptrap from Borderlands in Cooler 2, which was so convincing that many fans thought that Team Four Star had actually gotten Claptrap's voice actor.
- Negated somewhat by another CMOA, Lee Rastus is a Pseudonym used by David Eddings, who is Claptrap's voice actor. Still, the fact that they did get him is pretty awesome.
- The team gets one for managing to condense the Namek Saga (notorious for Arc Fatigue) into 7 minutes for Kai Abridged 2.
- Takahata101 becomes a Promoted Fanboy by lending his Abridged!Nappa voice as a male voice option (No.8) for Dragon Ball Xenoverse!
- And now they're doing a playthrough of the game using his voice.
- Lanipator (voice 15) and KaiserNeko (voice 13) join him for Dragonball Xenoverse 2, channeling Mr. Satan and Zarbon respectively.
- In the 20th episode of the TFS podcast, Kaiser explains how much he really wanted to do Trunks' transformation scene right, despite the pressure it would bring. Kaiser's voice as he practiced that sorrowful scream practically turned hoarse at the end of it. To further add to it, Kaiser was sick throughout the whole thing. Props to Kaiser for giving the best and heart-rending performance despite the illness and voice turning hoarse.
- Episode 52 featured two remixes of two fan favorite Bruce Faulconer's scores: Super Saiyan Vegeta's theme and Perfect Cell's theme. Kaiser has gone on record that he has a preference for the original Japanese Score, and these two themes are remixed in a way to better mesh with them. The final results are really good.
- Similarly, Episode 53 has a battle-style remix of "Hikari no Willpower", Trunks' theme from some of the video games, during his fight with Cell, and it proves to be even more epic than the original version. Listen to it here.
- IMDb rates Dragon Ball Z Abridged higher than the original series!
- The Dragon Ball Super short featuring Goku and Black needs to be listed because MasakoX, much like Masako Nozawa herself, absolutely aced the part of Black, still sounding just enough like his rendition of Goku to be familiar but being deeper and more sinister to fit Black's speech perfectly.
- Also, Goku manages to discombobulate Black by being an idiot.
- Theres also Black giving a Badass Boast to Vegeta that rivals Cell's "Wait for Goku" line.
- The redub of the scene where Future Trunks finishes off Merged Zamasu. All set to the Leitmotif of the Shining Gundam.Trunks: Do you see it, Zamasu? The future... the future is burning blue! ("Moeagare Toushi" plays) This sword of mine glows with an awesome power! It's burning blade tells me to defeat you! (attacks) TAKE THIS! MY LOVE! MY HOPE! AND ALL OF MY SORROW! SPIRIT SWORD! (bisects Merged Zamasu in half)''
- Episode 54 includes Twitter culture in the Cell Games announcement with #CellGames, and Yamcha noting that it's already trending. An hour after the episode debuted, #CellGames trends on real life Twitter.
- Plus another great remix, with Cell's theme starting off sounding like a music box before turning into something much darker.
- And then the team released said remix for listening! Enjoy Cell Announces "The Cell Games"!
- The fact that Whis gets adapted with a very similar voice to his English VA. Beerus also gets the same treatment.
- The fans of the series themselves get an awesome moment in wit and humor. A lot of optional comedy can be enjoyed from the YouTube release of the Broly : The Legendary Super Saiyan Abridged movie by selecting the English (Canada) CC option for some Fun with Subtitles. Doing so provides a hilarious Gag Sub full of snarky asides and silly labels. What makes this an awesome moment on the fans' part? The fact that the YouTube viewers alone wrote those Gag Sub jokes, not Team Four Star, yet TFS was so amused by it that they decided to retain the fanmade jokes by switching it from the standard English option to the English (Canada) option (since the standard English option needed to be a straight sub for the hearing impaired viewers).
- Such is their popularity that the English (Canada) Gag Sub has become a staple of DBZA, as well as other abridged works that allow fan subs (such as Hellsing Ultimate Abridged and Fate Cero), and even original works like RWBY Chibi.
- Episode 91 of Dragon Ball Super had Popo. Yes, OUR POPO, telling Vegeta that if he breaks the Time Chamber again. (Cue Evil Eye closeup) He's Banned. Toei actually took notes from DBZA! There is also a closeup of the two Zenos before fading to black, leaving only one each of their eyes, creating the same shot of Popo's face.
- They did that before with Goku going "Kaioh-ken!" and his opponents (Hit and Zamasu) going "what?" before getting hit.
- After Shantza gets ringed out by Piccolo, Quitela yells at Shantza, asking why he didn't dodge.
- And speaking of Goku, his portrayal in Super is eerily similar to how he is in this series: dumber to the point of being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, a massive Blood Knight, and though he still cares about his friends, his focus is more on eating and fighting. As it turns out, Akira Toriyama always envisioned him acting like that, meaning that Abridged!Goku was, ironically, the most accurate portrayal of the manga's version of the character. It's almost as if Super is a sequel to the abridged series instead of the anime version of Z.
- During the Episode 60 (Part 1) premiere on Twitch, they managed to get upwards of 30,000 people watching live. And then, when they were done, they decided to send all of their remaining viewers over to another Twitch channel that only had eight people at the time, giving him a massive boost to his channel... because he's a nice guy.
- Lani: Are you ready to break this boy?
Taka: "We're about to change someone's life today."
Taka, Lani and Goombah: ''(singing)'' KILL THE WABBIT! KILL THE WABBIT! KILL THE WABBIT!
- And then the freakout from the aforementioned streamer as he suddenly had 8,000 new people viewing his channel was glorious. It can be watched here.
- You thought the Father-Son Kamehameha was a thing of beauty already? Well, our good friend, Scott Frerichs, decided to make it even more epic by syncing it up to "You Say Run"! Here it is, in all its glory.