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Dragon Ball Z: Dynasty is a Dragon Ball Z fanfiction written by Feraligreater328.

On his way to King Kai's planet, Goku decides to take a short nap. Unfortunately, he moves while he's asleep, and falls from the Snake Way... all the way down to hell. Upon waking up there, he meets a Saiyan woman named Gine who claims to be his mother, as well as his father, Bardock, and his brother Raditz, who had just been sent there. After spending a few days bonding with the parents he never met and reconnecting with the brother he helped to kill, they help Goku to get out of Hell so he can continue his journey to King Kai's planet and get the training he needs in order to defeat Vegeta and Nappa.

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Such an event, naturally, leaves a lasting impact on the Saiyan hero: once the time to be resurrected arrives, Goku asks for his parents and older brother to be resurrected as well. Naturally, the presence of Goku's biological family changes how many events unfold from canon.

There's a comedic spinoff, Prince Vegeta's Struggles With Friendship, set in the same universe, which focuses on Vegeta and Android 18's Odd Friendship.


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Tropes appearing in this fanfic:

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Bulma notes she is this after meeting her future self and noting she barely seems to have aged at all. Both note that they get that from their mother.
  • Action Mom:
    • Double Subverted. Gine will fight if necessary, but she doesn't enjoy it nor actively trains to get stronger like the male Saiyans. However, after Namek, she vows to train in order to get stronger so she can help her family and not being a burden they have to protect. Doubly so after she unlocks Super Saiyan during the climax of the Garlic Jr arc.
    • Slightly downplayed with Chichi. Thanks to her friendship with Gine, she learns how to use ki attacks and fly, and even contributes in some fights to the point that she manages to save Gohan from Recoome on Namek, can use the Kamehameha, briefly distracts Frieza and took on a horde of Abo and Kado's invasion force soldiers (as well as Bojack's Galaxy Warrior) on her own with ease. While she isn't a regular fighter, it is implied by Gine that she will eventually catch up with the others in due time as long as she keeps training.
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    • Queen Cassava, before marrying King Vegeta III, was known as the Warhammer who commanded an army of Saiyans. She was also stronger than Zarbon and Dodoria due to her Alpha-Type powers.
  • Adaptational Badass: Plenty.
    • Chichi in canon never fights after marrying Goku aside from training Goten. Here, she continues her training, learns to use Ki Manipulation from Gine and even participates in some of the fights.
    • The human Z-Fighters are motivated to train and fight more this time, helped by the fact that most of them learned Kaioken during their training with King Kai. Especially notable are Yamcha and Chiaotzu, who managed to defeat their respective Cell Jrs. Yamcha has even developed a variation of Kaioken that can allow him to fight somewhat equally with a casual Super Saiyan 2 Gohan for a brief time.
    • King Cold, big time. In canon, King Cold was easily dispatched by Super Saiyan Future Trunks. In this story, he can contend with both Goku and Vegeta simultaneously in their Super Saiyan forms with considerable effort in his base form alone, even incapacitating them at a certain point after they transform into their Golden Oozaru forms. His One-Winged Angel form is strong enough to fight three Super Saiyans and a Great Ape evenly. His abilities have also been overhauled so that he can use his ki to manipulate gravity, lightning, air, fire and ice. He is also a proficient swordsman.
    • Cell as well. In his first form, he was a weakling that spent most of his time running away, and didn't actually start fighting until he absorbed hundreds of thousands of humans' worth of power. Here, he starts kicking ass from the moment he shows up.
    • Gohan this time around actually chooses to fight Cell on his own after seeing his father being beaten close to death.
    • While still a weakling compared to the Z-Fighters, Mr. Satan is able to fight a horde of Galaxy Soldiers by himself, only losing to a war of attrition.
      • His Bad Future counterpart is even more awesome, able to one-shot Imperfect Cell.
    • In the movie, Zangya only used generic ki attacks and the Psycho Threads. Here, she has truly terrifying hydrokinesis as well as Prehensile Hair.
    • In canon, the Androids effortlessly killed Piccolo in Future Trunks' timeline. Here, Piccolo still falls to them, but only after singlehandedly destroying Androids 13, 14, 15, and 19. Android 18 even suggests that he would've put up a better fight had he not exhausted himself against the other Androids.
    • Being among the earliest movie villains of Z, Lord Slug wasn't that strong compared to later threats, and was defeated by Goku before he could even become Super Saiyan. Here, he can go toe to toe with Super Saiyan Bardock, and it's implied to be almost as powerful as Perfect Cell.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Abo and Kado are the main antagonists from Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, which takes place after the Buu saga. Here, they appear at the beginning of the Android Saga replacing Mecha-Frieza and King Cold, since both of them were dead at this point.
    • King Cold gets mentioned by almost everyone in the Frieza force (and Bardock) before he's formally introduced.
    • Lemo, a Frieza Force soldier who appeared in the Dragon Ball Super : Broly movie, appears in Frieza's flashback in chapter 35 as a janitor.
    • Gryll, the loan shark and one of the main antagonists from the Copy - Vegeta Saga of Dragon Ball Super, appears in chapter 51.
    • Kikono and Berryblue from the Broly movie and Dragon Ball Minus appear in the 2 different places in the story: The latter first appeared in a flashback Frieza had about Ginyu in chapter 31, and the former first appeared at the end of chapter 40, alongside King Cold.
    • Played with in regard to Lord Yao and Mamba the witch. They were antagonists in the Dragon Ball GT special A Hero's Legacy. In this story, they were both defeated by Grandpa Gohan before the story began, and appear in a flashback shortly before the Cell games.
    • As a result of being conceived earlier, Goten appears during the events of Bojack Unbound.
    • Spopovich and Mr. Satan get their early appearance in chapter 56 when Chi Chi and Goku watch them fight in the 24th world martial arts tournament.
    • Videl appears in chapter 96 as an 11 year old girl watching the Cell games with her mother, Miguel.
    • Tarble, Vegeta's younger brother who only appeared in Yo! Son Goku and his friends return, gets numerous mentions by Vegeta and Gine, and also appears as a child during Vegeta's flashback in chapter 104 and again when Vegeta in chapter 115 gets reminded of his mother.
    • Giru appears during the ten day break from the Cell Games and ate the Dragon Radar while Goku, Raditz and Vegeta go searching for the newly restored Earth Dragon Balls.
    • Zamasu or at least a version of him is appears after Future Cell's death, apparently prepping the Future Z-Fighters time line for an invasion of some kind.
    • Zoonama from GT appears in chapter 55 when Chi Chi and Goku go to the mountains due to the earthquakes he was causing.
    • Bulla was born much earlier and much closer to Trunks in age rather than Pan in Super.
    • Sangabo's Galactic Bandit Brigade appear during the Moro arc in canon, but they show up before the Buu arc here.
    • While they don't necessarily appear physically, the following characters still get mentioned before their canon appearances: Elec, Broly, Tights, Jaco, Merus, Shin, Kibito, etc.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Raditz and Bardock develop into much nicer and far more heroic characters than they were in canon.
    • Turles started out as a weak but smart Saiyan that loved his big brother Bardock, though how he became evil is unclear so far. His original version is evil through and through.
    • Future Android 18, while undergoing Adaptational Villainy, also seriously considers a Heel–Face Turn after Future Krillin's speech to her and her brother, which is only interrupted by Future 17 killing Krillin mid-sentence. According to Cell, she regretted not following through it when Future 17 threw her under the bus to save his own life. Her canon counterpart, in comparison, most likely never saw Krillin as no different from any of her other victims.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: From what little we see of him in Bojack Unbound, X.S. Cash is a relatively kind man. Here? He’s a Corrupt Corporate Executive who takes advantage of Miguel's passing to hold a huge event to squeeze money out of her grieving fans. He also has absolutely zero empathy for a grieving Videl, blackmails Mr. Satan by holding the rights to his wife's IP hostage, and even goes as far as to attempt to sabotage him by giving him food poisoning before the match.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance:
    • Lord Slug is among the earliest Z villains, whose movie presumably takes place before the Namek Arc. Here, he doesn't appear until after the Cell Arc.
    • Same goes with Turles, whose movie takes place at least before the Androids Saga. Here, he doesn't get mentioned until Bojack's invasion, and doesn't appear in person until after said arc.
    • Dr.Wheelo and Kochin are also a part of this trope since their movie appearance coincides with the conclusion of the Saiyan Saga. Here, they do not make an appearance until after King Cold arc.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Zigzagged. Cell still goes by his canon name, but here it's revealed that Dr. Gero gave him another name: Android 22. And it is heavily implied that means there is also an Android 21. Same with Grand Elder Guru, Dr Briefs and Ox King who was given the names Molluska, Boxer and Ushio respectively. It was also revealed that Gero's wife (who is currently nameless in canon) is called Gean.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Chichi is considerably more understanding and less strict than her canon self.
    • Goku in canon, while generally pure-hearted, selfless and compassionate, could sometimes be a rather selfish Blood Knight whose love for a good fight gave him a bad case of Skewed Priorities. Here, he's far more open about his love for his family and friends, and is able to rein in his lust for battle when the situation is dire enough.
    • Raditz develops into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and at moments is outright Adorkable.
    • Vegeta has developed into a better character faster than in canon as it was shown with his interactions with Bulma and Future Trunks. He's still a Proud Warrior Race Guy, but much less of a Smug Super.
    • Surprisingly, Mr. Satan. While he's still a blowhard and an Attention Whore, he's a bit less of a Glory Hound than in canon, and refuses to trash talk Goku after learning that he's a former Martial Arts World Champion, and even chided Jimmy Firecracker and Ms. Piiza for doing so. He is also extremely reluctant to accept the praise and adoration after accepting the credit for defeating Cell and expresses shame over it. In fact, if it wasn't for his wife Miguel's passing, he'd have revealed the truth. Throughout the battle between Cell and the Z-Fighters, he also gradually comes to accept and admit to himself that Ki techniques are not "parlor tricks" or mere gimmicks, but actual abilities that can be attained by skilled martial artists, which his former master tried to teach him. In Future Trunks' timeline, it is revealed that an older Mister Satan has extensively re-trained himself in martial arts and learns to harness the power of Ki after the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter, and was powerful enough to kill Future Imperfect Cell with a single attack.
    • Turles during his early years under the Cold Force was abnormally kindhearted for a saiyan and was particularly close to his formerly conjoined twin brother Bardock.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Zangya's sexuality is unknown in canon. Here, she's a Depraved Bisexual.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection:
    • There's nothing in the official work that links Saiyans with the Makyans (Garlic Jr's race). Here, they were nearly exterminated by the Saiyans.
    • Turles, Slug and Bojack never met each other, being simply the villains of their respective Non Serial Movies. Here, a flashback shows that the three of them formed some kind of alliance in the past, before the former two had a falling out with the latter. Though, Turles and Slug have worked together in non-canon video games such as Dragon Ball Z: Xenoverse 2.
  • Adaptation Species Change:
    • Chi-Chi is revealed to be part demon here.
    • Instead of an alien, Zoonama is a monster type earthling.
    • Chapter 118 reveals that Fasha/Celipa is a half breed between a Saiyan and a Tuffle, which explains her purple eyes.
    • Dr. Wheelo is implied to be human in canon, but is a Tuffle here.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Despite being described as a kind woman and lacking her peers' bloodlust, Goku encounters Gine in Hell. Subverted when it's later revealed she was originally meant to go to Heaven, but chose to go to Hell so she could stay with Bardock.
    • Future 17 and 18 are already irredeemable monsters in canon, but they're even worse here. In addition to treating Earth as their own personal playground, they now possess a sadism streak that'd make Frieza wince and a god-complex that makes Zamasu almost look humble in comparison.
  • Adapted Out: Since Future Trunks returns to his own time shortly after Cell is defeated for good, he doesn't appear in the arc that adapts the Bojack Unbound movie.
  • Affably Evil: Turles still genuinely loves his brother Bardock and is nothing short of affable towards anyone he meets in the present day. He's also, in Bardock's words, "unhinged" and wants to Take Over the World.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: In order to bring more girls to the all male Z-fighters, aside from Gine, this fanfic gives us Ranch/Future Ranch, Raditz and Launch's daughter as well as Chika, Goku and Chichi's daughter and Goten's twin sister.
  • Almighty Mom: Like canon, Chi-Chi is this. It is far more justified as this one is a lot more powerful than her canon-self.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Future Ranch shoots up in height and grows more muscle after spending a year on the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, even mocking Future Daikon about how "she can't hear him from down there". Her boyfriend Future Trunks is left speechless and blushing a deep red upon seeing her looking like that.
  • Amazon Chaser: Goku admits that he finds Chi-Chi becoming a fighter again to be pretty cool.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Frieza loses his right leg when hit by Goku's Spirit Bomb.
  • And This Is for...: Bardock recites the names of his fallen squadmates as he tears Dodoria's fingers off.
  • Ascended Extra: This fic features many examples.
    • The biggest ones are Raditz, Bardock and Gine. The former was DBZ's Starter Villain who never appeared again and was never acknowledged after his death, while the latter two are Posthumous Characters. Here, they're brought to life at the beginning and go on becoming main characters.
    • Launch. In the manga, she stopped appearing after the original Dragon Ball finished its run, with Toriyama himself admitting he forgot about her. Here, she has a much bigger role, being both Bulma's best friend and Raditz's eventual wife, whom she has a daughter with.
    • Suno was a very minor character in the original Dragon Ball and makes a very brief cameo as an adult in Dragon Ball Z in the Buu Saga. Here, she returns during the Android Saga, becoming a recurring character as well as Yamcha's love interest.
    • Same goes with Android 8/"Eighter", who only appeared in the Red Ribbon saga and made brief cameo appearances in Dragon Ball Z and Super. Like Suno, he returns before the Cell Saga, and even strikes a friendship with Android 16 due to their similar personalities and interests.
    • Android 17, thanks to never being absorbed by Cell has a much bigger role in the Android/Cell Saga than in canon.
    • Both Nail and Bulma get to be more involved in the Namek saga than in canon.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Android 16's look post-Cell Games.
  • Back from the Dead: The very premise of the fic. Bardock, Gine and Raditz are resurrected alongside Goku during the Saiyan arc, and become main characters of the story.
  • Badass Family:
    • The whole point of the already formidable Son Family. In addition to Goku, Gohan and eventually Goten, the grandparents Bardock and Gine are there, Goku's wife Chi-Chi returns to training, Goten's fraternal twin sister Chika, then the extended family in Raditz, Launch and their daughter Ranch. Turles, who is Bardock's twin brother, is a formidable combatant and brilliant scientist. Grandpa Gohan and the Ox-King seen in flashbacks have certainly shown their chops as master martial artists, with Chika I (Ox Queen) showing great fighting prowess as well when it comes to Ki manipulation.
    • The Briefs/Saiyan Royal Family are certainly no slouches either. In addition to Prince Vegeta IV, King Vegeta III, and Trunks, there is Queen Cassava, who not only served in the royal army like Gine and Bardock, but is also an Alpha Type, just like Broly and Gohan.
  • Battle Couple:
    • Future Trunks and Future Ranch, who are a couple and often fight together (though many of those times they also fight alongside Future Daikon/Goten as well).
    • As a part of their date, Goku and Chi-Chi fight Zoonama together.
    • When Android 18 shows up to fight against Bojack's invasion, she and Krillin fight together.
  • Beach Episode: The title of chapter 58, which, naturally, is a Breather Episode with the main cast relaxing and having fun on a beach.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For Bulma, do not break the Dragon Radar.
    • If you're cruel to animals, pray to the gods above that Android 16 isn't nearby.
    • At the beginning of their battle, Cell made the mistake of threatening to break both Bulma and Baby Trunks' necks. Vegeta then proceeds to calmly and methodically brutalize and humiliate him while in a seeming state of tranquil fury.
    • Unless you are a friend or family member, do not speak of Turles in Bardock's presence. Especially if you insult him. You will regret it.
    • Do not harm or even threaten Goku's family, especially his children. Otherwise, he will literally tear your head off.
    • Bardock realized he made a huge mistake when he, during a heated moment, told Gine that her cooking tastes like shit.
    • Do not hurt Gohan's family and friends, because he will both physically and psychologically break you down in retribution until you are a pathetic, sobbing heap on the ground that will be *begging* him to stop. Cell learned this the hard way after killing his grandfather.
    • Bringing up Slug's Namekian heritage in front of him will set him off real quick.
    • Mister Satan is an extremely hot button for Chichi after he took credit for Cell's defeat. It literally took specialized sedatives - which were designed to keep Android 18 unconscious - just to calm her out of a homicidal rage.
  • Beta Couple: Raditz/Launch is this to the alpha couples Goku/Chichi, Vegeta/Bulma and Bardock/Gine.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Alpha-Type Saiyans, a rare kind of Saiyans, are described as usually very kind and friendly, but once they lose their temper, they unleash a massive hidden power and their personality takes a 180º turn. The only recorded Alpha Type was Cassava, Vegeta's mother, whom his father married hoping to pass her power onto his offspring. He also mentions that "some brat King Vegeta had banished" might be an Alpha Type too. In his fight against Cell, Gohan turns out to be an Alpha-Type as well, as Bardock theorized before.
    • If you thought Gohan gave Cell quite the beatdown in the original anime, just wait until you see everything he does in Chapters 103 and 104. That makes Gohan from the anime seem like Cell's best friend!
  • Beyond Redemption: While Krillin convinces the Z-fighters and even the future trio to give the present timeline androids the chance to turn a new leaf (after all, there were precedents like Piccolo and Vegeta), the future timeline androids are considered this, not without reason, given that they drove humanity close to extinction. It's *rather telling that Android 17 himself executes his own future counterpart. Future Goten is the only one implicitly willing to give them a second chance by the time of their deaths.
  • Big "NO!": Cell lets out a big one at the end of Chapter 84 after he's unable to cling to his Semi-perfect from without Android 18 inside him, and reverts back to his Imperfect form.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Monty Cash is this initially, thinking he's entitled to Videl while simultaneously being completely apathetic to her grief. He grows out of this over the course of the Bojack arc however.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: More "extremely skeptical" rather than "lazy", but despite being one of the best students of the Satan Martial Arts School, Hercule/Mr. Satan never bothered to learn the techniques that involved Ki Attacks because he thought they were all smoke and mirrors. Future Mr. Satan, however, does, much to Future Cell's dismay.
  • Canon Character All Along: In Chapter 87, it's revealed that Future Daikon isn't Raditz and Launch's presently unborn son, he's actually Goten using a fake name.
  • Character Development: Future Goten goes from hating even the present Androids for their future selves' atrocities to warming up to them, befriending Present 17 and even being the only one willing (if implicitly) to spare Future 17.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: It is mentioned that Bulma used nanorobotic technology she found on King's Cold ship in order to build Android 16's new body, which was developed by a Dr. Gete. This might appear at first to be just a reference to the Big Gete Star. The Brothers in Space arc not only revealed that Dr. Gete is still alive, but she's also one of the last four living Tuffles, and it looks like she'll play a significant role during that arc.
  • Christmas Episode: Chapter 115, right after Bojack's invasion, is about the entire cast celebrating Christmas.
  • Combat Pragmatist: One of the biggest differences between Bardock and Goku, to the point that Bardock sucker-punching a villain in the middle of their Evil Gloating is basically a Running Gag.
  • Composite Character: According to Frieza, the events of Episode of Bardock happened with Yamoshi, the very first Super Saiyan, taking the time-displaced Bardock's place as the golden haired warrior who defeated Chilled.
  • Cool Big Sis: While she was initially a Big Sister Bully, Tursa eventually shows she loved Bardock and Turles all along.
  • Crapsack World: Flashbacks to Bardock and Gine's youth shows how an absolute hellhole Planet Vegeta was for anybody who wasn't an Elite. It's little wonder that neither them nor Raditz miss Planet Vegeta in the slightest. The NAIL arc also reveals that Tursa had plans to leave Planet Vegeta and settle in the West Galaxy with her little brothers Bardock and Turles for these reasons.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Chapter 83 features Ascended Super Saiyan Vegeta beating the ever-loving crap out of Semi-Perfect Cell, culminating in Vegeta using Spirit Fission to make him throw Android 18 up.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Instead of getting send to the Dead Zone, Garlic Jr is killed by Super Saiyan Gine, who blasted him into the sun.
    • Abo and Kado befriend the heroes after being defeated. Here, they both are killed by Future Trunks. Justified since, when they appeared in canon, they were hardly a threat despite being almost as strong as Frieza, while in this fic they appear when they're still formidable opponents, and would have killed Gohan hadn't Future Trunks intervened.
    • Also happens to the frog that Ginyu ends up changing bodies with. In canon, it hopped away after the switch and was never seen again. Here, it dies from the wounds Ginyu suffered before the switch.
    • Lord Yao and Mamba, the main villain and one of his minions from Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy, respectively, survive their encounter with Goku Jr. (implied in the former's case, shown in the latter's). Here, both of them are killed by Grandpa Gohan in a flashback.
    • In canon, Caroni and Pirozhki made fools of themselves trying to fight Cell, but their defeat was played for laughs and they survived, not even with major injuries. Here, not only does Cell kill them in an extremely cruel and brutal fashion, but he does in a way so they need their bodies to be wished back on Earth so that they can be wished back to life. Same goes with Ms. Piiza.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Chapter 91 focuses heavily on Kami, with Goku taking him to Namek, allowing Kami to reconnect with his kinsmen and learn about his origins and culture. Downplayed in that at, the end, Kami doesn't die per se, but permanently merges with Piccolo.
  • Death Is Cheap: Android 18 name-drops this trope when she mentions that, even if they do kill Goku, his friends will just gather the Dragon Balls and wish him back to life. Android 16 doesn't care, claiming that he's ready to kill Goku as many times as needed.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Chi-chi names her daughter Chika after her late mother.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Zangya attempts to kiss Krillin and Android 18 when she has them at her mercy and about to kill them. Neither of her victims is amused.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation:
    • Instead of being killed by Vegeta for being too injured to fight, Nappa gets killed by both Gine and Raditz.
    • In canon, Piccolo sacrifices himself to save Gohan from Nappa's blast. Here, he sacrifices his life stopping Nappa from escaping by being engulfed by Gine and Raditz's combined attacks.
    • Instead of getting killed by a blast from Vegeta, Appule dies from Vegeta snapping his neck.
    • Zarbon, in his monster form, gets his head chopped off by a Destructo Disk during his battle against Krillin, instead of getting blasted by Vegeta.
    • Instead of dying by getting his head chopped off by Vegeta, Guldo dies from the combined efforts of Bulma and Nail.
    • In canon, Burter gets his snapped after Vegeta stomps on him and Recoome dies from getting blasted by Vegeta. Here, Recoome dies from a Kamehameha by an enraged Goku and Burter dies after getting disintegrated by Vegeta's blast, save for his legs.
    • In canon, Frieza survived the fight with Goku on Namek and was killed by Future Trunks on Earth. Here, he gets killed on Namek by both Goku and Vegeta.
    • In canon, King Cold was killed on Earth by Future Trunks. Here, he gets killed on Cold Planet 1 by Bardock.
    • Instead of getting killed by Android 17, Gero gets killed by Cell after Gero tells him that he plans to put his brain in Cell's body in order to become the perfect being and revive his wife.
    • In the original series, Chi Chi's mother dies from an illness a few days after Chi Chi was born. Here, she dies from getting assassinated by Crane School assassins when Chi Chi is a little girl.
    • Instead of dying shortly after Videl is born, Miguel dies from an illness a few months after the Cell games, when Videl was 11.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: In this fic, Turles was born without an arm.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Roshi mentions that Mercenary Tao murdered most of the members of the Satan School of Martial Arts over a disagreement about a food bill.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Cell becoming increasingly unhinged as he fails to absorb the Androids, to the point that claiming that he needs to absorb them, and that he could absorb every other being in the universe and still not feel satisfied, reminds one of a junkie extremely desperate to get their next fix.
    • Chi-Chi filing her horns and the loathing she associates with them is a pretty clear metaphor for self-harm, with Goku even pleading with her to stop hurting herself.
  • The Dreaded: 17 claims that prior to the Saiyans' arrival on Earth, Gero was scared of Chiaotzu due to the latter's psychic abilities.
  • Dumb Muscle: The Cell Juniors are almost as strong as their father, just as evil, and have access to almost all his techniques. However, they have none of his intelligence, and while they overwhelmed the Z-fighters at first with their superior power, the Z-fighters turned the battle around by using teamwork and clever tactics.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Trunks' full name is Trunks V. Briefs. What does the V stands for? if you think the answer is "Vegeta", you're only partially right. It stands for "Vegetathefifth". Yes, with no space. No wonder the poor kid feels embarrassed.
  • Empty Nest: Chi-Chi briefly experiences this when looking at a pregnant Launch and Bulma. They comfort her and tell her she can have another kid if she wants.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: Tien's State of Sunyatta, an ability that allows him to empty his ki out of his body into the air, so it can be used more freely without the limitations of the flesh. In order to use such power, a great deal of spiritual enlightenment and inner peace is needed.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: An Anti-Hero version with Vegeta. Spending some time with Piccolo and his sort-of adopted human parents reminds him of his childhood with his little brother Tarble and his mother Queen Cassava, who treated and raised them with love. Enough that he chose not to embarrass Piccolo as he originally planned to.
  • Eye Scream: In Chapter 19, Freeza blasts Zarbon's right eye out as punishment for letting Vegeta escape with the dragon balls.
  • A Father to His Men: Distaff example with Queen Cassava.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: King Cold's One-Winged Angel form is a three headed dragon, with one head having a breath of fire, another a breath of ice, and the other a breath of lightning.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: During the battle with Iryokago, Android 18 unveils a fire-based Super Mode while Krilin reveals that he had learned the Turtle School's Virtue of Flowing Water. 18 even points out the sheer coincidence of them learning to use opposite elements at once.
  • Fish out of Water: Inverted with Gine, who has a much easier time relating to human beings than she did to any Saiyan not named Bardock, and considers life on Earth a paradise compared to life on Planet Vegeta.
  • Flat "What": Goku and Vegeta's initial reaction when Giru happily tells them he just ate the Dragon Radar.
  • From a Single Cell: Aside from Cell, there's also Android 16's new body, made of millions of nanomachines. As long as one nanomachine is left, it will replicate itself until there's enough to form a new body. The process takes time, and 16 needs more than two weeks to have enough nanomachines just to form his head.
  • Future Me Scares Me: 17 is genuinely disturbed upon learning what his counterpart from Future Trunk's timeline ended up doing, and shivers upon realizing that, without 16 he could have ended up like that.
  • The Goomba: The Galaxy Soldiers' foot soldiers are so pathetically weak that not only are the Z-Fighters able to kill them with literally no effort at all, but even the likes of Mr Satan can defeat scores of them with little issue. Later on, they receive a power boost from Bojack which makes them each as strong as Demon King Piccolo, making them a serious threat... to Mr Satan.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Aside from the Saiyan hybrids, Chi-Chi is a half-demon.
  • Heinz Hybrid: Chapter 116 reveals that Chi-Chi is half-demon, making Gohan, Goten, and Chika 1/2 Saiyan, 1/4 Human, and 1/4 Demon, though Chika is the only one who manifests any demon traits.
  • Heroic Suicide: For a given value of "heroic", given that it's Android 17 when he still technically a villain, but when 18's Infinite Energy Engine is damaged beyond repair, and Bulma claims that she needs a new one if she hopes to live, 17 offers his own even if he knows it will result in his death. 16 talks him out of it since he makes him realize that 18 would be absolutely devastated and likely inconsolable, if she wakes up to find out that her brother died for her.
  • Higher Education Is for Women: While Bardock is content working on the Son Family farm, Gine is aiming to get a college degree in order to become a teacher.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Cell really loves to boast all the abilities of his genetic donors. Unfortunately for him, he also has Bardock's future sight, and was assaulted by a vision when he was about to win a Beam-O-War with Gohan, which distracted him long enough for Gohan to push back.
  • Hope Spot: Many of them during the Androids/Cell Saga.
    • In the Bad Future, Krillin talks to Future 18 and tries to convince her to pull off a Heel–Face Turn. 18 is genuinely moved, but Future 17 kills Krillin before he can finish his speech, and the Future Androids remains Ax-Crazy maniacs from there.
    • In the Bad Future, after a long string of painful defeats at the hand of the androids, the one-armed Future Gohan unveils his trump card: Super Saiyan Great Ape. It gave him the power boost he needed to finally beat the androids. Unfortunately, they were able to cut off his tail before he could finish them off. That fight would be Future Gohan's last.
    • Even in his imperfect form, Cell has proven to be an unstoppable monster. However, Android 16 proves to be more than a match to him, finishing with a devastating Hell's Flash. Cell survives, but he's so badly wounded, he's at death's doorstep... until his skin crystalizes into a chrysalis-like state, coming out with a new, undamaged body, with a huge power increase thanks to the Zenkai boost.
    • Unlike in canon, not only did Vegeta not grab the Idiot Ball, but even forced Cell to throw Android 18 up, causing Cell to revert back to his Imperfect form. It seems that Cell won't reach his perfect form this time around, huh? Too bad that, after Future Trunks and Vegeta brought the Androids from the former's timeline to the present in order to repair present Android 18's Infinite Energy Engine, Cell kidnaps Baby Trunks, forcing Vegeta to hand him the Androids, allowing him to reach his perfect form..
    • So, the Cell Juniors are beating the crap of the Z-Fighters, Gohan is too scared and horrified to fight, so Bardock steps in to fight Cell himself... and succesfully traps him using the Evil Containment Wave. Too bad that a couple of the Cell Jrs. were still there and released their father.
  • Humans Are Special: Android 16 is a firm believer of this, going out of his way to prevent 17 and 18 from throwing away their humanity.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: While there's no shortage of otherworldly brutes and tyrants, there are humans can rival them in terms of sheer malice, Dr. Gero being chief among them. Android 17 is also a firm believer.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Aside from the Saiyan hybrids, there's Chi-Chi, whose father is human and her mother is a demon.
  • I'm a Humanitarian
  • Immortal Immaturity: It's unknown if the Race of Hera are immortal or just very long lived, but Bardock didn't change his mind about Zangya and Gokua being a couple of idiotic brats after they revealed to be thousands of years old.
  • Interspecies Romance: Aside from the expected Human/Saiyan couples, there's also the Ox King, a human, being married to the late Chika/Gyuhime, a demon.
  • Kill Steal: An example that weirdly enough, doesn't involve killing. When Android 18 was about to give the coup de grace to Zangya, Bardock traps her inside a pot with the Evil Containment Wave.
    Bardock: Dick move?
    Android 18: Dick move.
  • Karmic Death: Dan Lazarus and Moonwater, 17 and 18's abusive and negligent parents, meet their ends at the hands of Cell.
  • Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: Given that Saiyans are a bunch of Blood Knights who value strength above everything else, non-fighters, or even weak fighters rarely get any respect. One of the reasons Bardock was credited (against his will) with the creation of the Power Ball is because the actual creator (his twin brother Turles) was both disabled, had a low power level and was kind-hearted, traits looked down by Saiyan society, and it was feared that most Saiyans wouldn't use the Power Ball if the truth behind its creator was known.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: When Cassava makes a "I'm just Saiyan" pun, people around her silently cringe and she has to threaten them to laugh at it.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Both Bardock and Piccolo point out the absurdity of, only a few months after narrowly defeating Cell (and at a great cost), they now have to fight against a guy who, in his base form, is just as strong as Super Perfect Cell.
    Piccolo: Where do these stronger fighters keep coming from? Is there really no upper ceiling?
    Bardock: I suppose we should just always be prepared at this point. There's no end to it...
    Piccolo: A never-ending line of challengers. Goku would kill to be here right now...
  • Last of His Kind: Drs. Wheelo, Myuu, Raichi and Gete are the last four living Tuffles.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: During his battle with Piccolo, Bardock and Vegeta, Frieza said he was going to make them suffer so badly that "five minutes would feel like an eternity".
  • Let Them Die Happy: A very downplayed case, but when Gero reunites with his dying former colleague Flappe, he doesn't tells him that he just killed his nurse and caretaker Latte, instead stating that "she laid down for a rest". Flappe dies shortly after, giving his inheritance to Latte, unaware Gero killed her.
  • Lightning/Fire Juxtaposition: Both Android 17 and 18 develop Super Modes based on lightning and fire, respectively, called Turbovolt and Terrablaze, based on the flaws of their Infinity Energy Engines (17's produces a surplus of electricity, 18's overheats).
  • Little Bit Beastly:
    • As with any Dragon Ball story, the Saiyans have furry, monkey-like tails, which they wear loosely around their waists. In fact, Goku, Vegeta, Gohan and Future Trunks grow their tails back, and every Hybrid Saiyan in this story is born with one. Additionally, they can not only use the Great Ape form, but the Golden Great Ape form from Dragon Ball GT. Raditz can also use a variation of this transformation called Oozaru Force, which allows him to channel the power of a Great Ape into his humanoid form, similarly to Broly
    • Chika (Chi-Chi's mother) was a cow demon who was almost identical to a human aside from her prominent horns. Chi-Chi was also born with horns, however, up until Goku convinces her to stop, she's been filing them down to nothing since she was a child due to her childhood trauma and fear of her heritage being discovered. Chika (Goku and Chi-Chi's daughter) is also growing horns.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: DBZ was already this trope, but this fanfic adds dead characters that were either revived or spared (Bardock, Gine, Raditz, Android 16), Ascended Extras from the original Dragon Ball (Suno, Android 8, Launch), movie villains and a bunch of OCs.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: On top of Krillin refusing to remotely shut down the androids like in canon due his developing feelings for 18, 18 returning those feelings earlier than in canon makes her go back to save Krillin from being killed by Cell instead of fleeing with 16 and 17. While she does save him, it comes at the cost of Cell absorbing her, making an already dangerous enemy even moreso.
  • Mage Marksman: Unlike pretty much any other character, Future Ranch fights by channeling her ki through modified shotguns rather than just fighting with martial arts or standard ki attacks.
  • Master Swordsman:
    • During the first half of his battle against the Saiyans, King Cold fights with a sword, and is quite proficient with it.
    • Zigzagged with Gokua. He seems to be a decent swordsman, but in Bardock's opinion, Gokua only has a fraction of Future Trunks' skill with the blade.
  • Morality Chain: Even if he's rather permissive with some of their antics, including petty crimes, 16 will stop 17 and 18 from killing anybody not named Son Goku. Since he wants to become human but can't, he won't stand seeing his fellow androids casually throwing away their humanity. The chapters focused on the Bad Future show how horrible 17 and 18 can be without 16 acting as their moral compass.
  • My Future Self and Me: Aside from the canon examples, Bulma meets her Bad Future self when the latter returns to the present.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Inverted. 17 is hoping for Krillin to hook up with 18, and is a bit frustrated with their Almost Kiss in chapter 95.
  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • Chi-Chi's mother, who went nameless in canon, is named Chika in this fic.
    • The Nameless Namekian (the original Namekian that split into Kami and Piccolo) was, well, nameless. Here, his name is revealed to be Sumari.
    • Zigzagged: Grand Elder Guru, while still keeping his name, is also given the name Molluska.
    • Chapter 116 reveals that before taking the title of Ox King, Chi Chi's father was named Ushio.
    • Doctor Gero's wife, who is currently nameless in canon, is given the name, Gean.
    • In chapter 33, it's revealed that the two nameless Saiyans that were with Vegeta, Raditz and Nappa at the beginning of Dragon Ball Super: Broly when planet Vegeta got blown up were named Quassh and Cucuo.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: The main reason behind Bardock urging the Z Fighters to take the fight to Cold rather than letting him make the next move. While Frieza refused to blow Earth up from afar until he personally beat Goku as it happened in canon, Cold is far more pragmatic and would use that as his first resort.
  • Not So Above It All: Chi-Chi admits that she sometimes goes on foot instead of flying because she finds it fun.
  • One-Winged Angel: King Cold's only transformation, which he calls his "Pleasure Form", is a large three headed dragon.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: A comedic example with Chi-Chi and Gine. In Chapter 110, while defending against Bojack's soldiers, Gine and Chi-Chi decide to take advantage of the rioting to steal money from cash registers and safes in a giftshop owned by X.S. Cash. The women cheerfully treat this activity like a fun shopping spree and justify the theft by explaining how it will help expand the business of their farm and will pay for the kids' college funds(though Chi-Chi also states that this is compensation for Mr.Satan stealing the credit of Cell's defeat from her family and friends). Ox-King laments that this is likely due to Bardock's influence.
  • Original Character:
    • The most prominent are Ranch and Daikon, Raditz and Launch's children. Though Daikon is a subversion, since he is Goten using a fake name.
    • Goten has a twin sister named Chika.
    • Hiki Komori, a young shut-in girl whom Cell "befriends".
    • Iryokago, an elderly Squishy Wizard Heran that acts as Bojack's advisor.
    • Lord Mara, the guardian of earth before Kami/Sumari, who was also a barbarian warrior.
    • Jicama, Bardock and Turles' abusive, overweight mother who had over 48 children.
    • Tursa, Bardock and Turles' mid class older sister who cared more about the twins than their other siblings.
    • Queen Cassava, Vegeta IV and Tarble's mother, who was a badass, ruthless yet kind and caring general who commanded an army of saiyans under the nickname The Warhammer. She was also the first known Alpha Type.
  • Papa Wolf: Goku, Bardock, Piccolo, Raditz, Vegeta and Mister Satan.
  • Patchwork Fic: Uses the Z manga/anime as a base, but also includes characters and elements of the movies, filler, video games, GT, Super and MasakoX's Dragon Ball What Ifs.
  • Parting Words Regret: In the timeline that led to the Bad Future, Gohan's last words to Raditz were calling him a weakling and a coward for his inability to become a Super Saiyan, which caused Raditz to go back with Vegeta to fight the Androids, a fight that ended in the Saiyans' deaths. After they learn of Raditz's death, Gohan was so consumed by guilt and self hatred that he unlocked Super Saiyan.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Android 16 delivers a pretty epic one to Imperfect Cell before their fight:
    Android 16: This is the moment I would standardly offer peaceful negotiation. But, as with Son Goku, you have no access to such option. Prepare to face oblivion, Cell.
    Cell: So, you think you can kill me!?
    Android 16: Affirmative.
  • Prehensile Hair: Zangya's main method of combat involves manipulating her Rapunzel Hair in various forms. Notably, she didn't have this ability in her movie nor in any adaptation.
  • Power Trio: The Future Trio, formed by Trunks, Ranch and Daikon/Goten.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Paint. The. Chicken. Coop!
  • Rage Breaking Point: Similar to canon, Cell brutally killing Bardock pushes Gohan past this point.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Vegeta surprisingly is into dance, sorry, Performative Karaoke. So such a restaurant that had the Karaoke bar had a dressing room made for him.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Nothing in canon suggests that Bardock and Turles are related to one another aside from the fact that they look identical to each other. Here, they are twin brothers.
    • Bido was nothing but one of Bojack's henchmen in canon. In this fic, Bido is Bojack's younger surrogate brother.
    • Kooky, a character from the video game DBZ : Kakarot, has no relation to Lime and Lao in the series. In this fic, she's Lao's daughter and Lime's widowed mother.
    • Canonically, Cumber and Yamoshi have no explicit relation to one another, but in this fic, they are brothers.
    • Yuzun and Zarbon have no relation to one another aside from being of the same race. Here, it's revealed that they're from the same dynasty, which implies that they're related.
  • Revenge Before Reason: After Cell absorbs Android 18, her brother 17 wants nothing more than to beat the shit out of the monster, not caring that he doesn't stand a chance against Cell.
  • Sacred First Kiss: When Monty Cash gives Videl a surprise kiss on the lips while invoking Under the Mistletoe, Videl angrily punches him in the face in retribution for spoiling her first kiss.
    • In Chapter 125, Bardock takes Cassava's first kiss and offered to be her husband in a desperate bid to convince her to stay with him. This causes Cassava to break down in tears as she is forced to acknowledge that she had romantic feelings for Bardock for awhile and tried her best to ignore them due to her forced betrothal to Prince Vegeta (III).
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Invoked by Bardock, who learns the Evil Containment Wave from Roshi. While it fails against Perfect Cell due the Cell Juniors releasing him, he successfully manages to beat Zangya this way.
  • Sins of the Father: Demons are widely hated and feared by humans due to the actions of Demon King Piccolo... which leads to a heavy dose of Dramatic Irony since we, the readers, know that he wasn't even an actual demon.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Sole Survivor: A single Cell Jr. survives the Cell games, and decides to leave the Earth for its own security.
  • So Proud of You: Vegeta said this to Future Trunks after defeating their pair of Cell Jrs, though Vegeta will deny it if Future Trunks ever said anything about this.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Tsuno, the Namekian elder that was killed by Vegeta on Namek and sadly wasn't revived due the way the wish was worded, manages to live here.
    • Vegeta survives the whole Namek arc and even goes Super Saiyan alongside Goku.
    • Even if barely, Android 16 survives the Cell arc. So do Goku, King Kai, Bubbles and Gregory.
    • All of Bojack's minions died in canon. Here Zangya survives by virtue of Bardock sealing her inside a pot with the Evil Containment Wave.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Android 18. Her brother even namedrops the trope when he claims she can be a "sugar-and-ice bitch".
  • Superpowered Evil Side: In addition to the Super Saiyan 2 transformation that Gohan gains like in canon, during his fight with Cell he awakens to a new state called Alpha Saiyan, that's basically the Evil Saiyan form used by Cumber, who's even name dropped in Chapter 105 and revealed to be spiritually bonded to Gohan in Chapter 111.
  • Take That!: Chapter 89 features two TV anchormen named "Han Seannity" and "Carl Tuckerson" who claim that Cell's many rampages are a hoax perpetrated by Capsule Corp to keep people confined inside their homes, while verbally attacking a victim who survived said attacks. As soon as this happens, Cell makes his appearance and kills them in a rather gruesome manner before announcing the Cell Games.
  • Team Dad: Bardock is largely this throughout the Namek Saga towards Krillin, Gohan, and even Vegeta (to their mutual disdain).
  • Teleport Spam: Raditz's Instant Warp, a teleporting technique that's faster than Goku's Instant Transmission (albeit with a much reduced range) and can be used in quick sucession.
  • That Man Is Dead: Future Goten hid his true name and parentage from the Z-Fighters out of shame for his self-perceived failure to life up to family's legacy. He drops this once it clear to him that neither Goku or anyone else think any less of him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Mr. Satan's students attempt to fight Cell despite even Mr. Satan himself telling them not to and stay at the dojo. They get killed for their troubles.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gine starts out like her canonical self, a weak non-action girl. Though after Namek, she starts training in order to catch up with the rest of her family becoming an Action Mom, culminating in achieving Super Saiyan at the climax of the Garlic Jr. arc, putting an end to the villain herself.
  • The Unfavorite: Cooler seems to be this to King Cold. Best summarized in this exchange:
    King Cold: My Frieza. My pride and joy. My overwhelmingly strong, youngest child...
    Goku: (pointing to a portrait of Cooler) What about the other one? The guy in the back there?
    King Cold: Yes. He exists as well.
  • Villain Episode: Chapter 76 focuses exclusively on 16, 17 and 18, their backstories, and have them undergo some serious Character Development.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Zangya can't understand how a beautiful woman like 18 is interested in a noseless, bald midget like Krilin.
  • World's Strongest Woman: During Bardock's flashback to his youth it was shown that Cassava, who would become Vegeta and Tarble's mother, was the most powerful Saiyan with a power level of 28000, even higher than Co-Dragons Zarbon and Dodoria.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Vegeta might not get along with the rest of the Z-Fighters, but he does acknowledge their power and resolve to become stronger, and admits that them being his rivals pushed him into becoming stronger.
    • Vegeta averts this with Cell, though. Despite the Bio-android's power and potential, Vegeta despises him, considering him a weakling at heart that can only steal others' strength. This mindset plays a huge part in Vegeta rejecting Cell's proposal of letting him achieve his Perfect Form in order to give Vegeta a good fight, since Vegeta takes no pleasure fighting him.
    • Tien and Bido consider each other as such.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Cell has no qualms about holding baby Trunks hostage in order to force Vegeta to let him absorb the Androids. While Future Trunks was ready to kill his younger self, Vegeta was unable to sacrifice his son and surrendered to Cell's demands.
  • You Are Already Dead: Everybody can tell that the moment Caroni and Pirozkhi engage Cell, they're living on borrowed time:
    Bulma: Those two are going to die, huh?
    Chi-Chi: Oh yeah, they're super dead.
    Korin: Uber-dead.
    Roshi: They'd have better luck swatting flies with a blade of grass than surviving this...
  • You Are Worth Hell: Despite being kind-hearted enough to be eligible for Heaven, Gine chose to be with Bardock in Hell.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Despite Vegeta not only not grabbing the Idiot Ball unlike in canon, but also forcing Semi-perfect Cell to throw Android 18 up, reverting him to his Imperfect form, Cell still manages to achieve his Perfect form by absorbing the Androids from Trunks' timeline that Trunks and Vegeta had brought to the present in order to save 18 from dying due her damaged Infinite Energy Engine.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: King Vegeta II had his mate executed the moment his son was born.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Cell compliments Future Trunks for his ruthlessness and his willingness to sacrifice his younger self just to kill Cell. Future Trunks takes this very badly, and in the next chapter he begs Vegeta and Bulma to punish him somehow.
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