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Guardian is a Dragon Ball fanfic written by Mr. Arkham, best known for writing The Fall of Lord Frieza. Much like the previously mentioned fic, this story is a For Want of a Nail tale but unlike it's predecessor, this tale takes the DBZ universe in much more radical new directions.

The story involves a small malfunction in Kakarot's space-pod causing him to crash down not in Grandpa Gohan's mountain, but right on Kami's Lookout. Reminded of his own coming to earth, and fearing what might happen if an aggressive alien child is set loose on the planet, Kami decides to adopt the Saiyan child as his own and starts to raise him as a successor for the title of 'Guardian of Earth.'

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And from there, the universe diverges VASTLY from canon, showing what would happen to the Dragon Ball universe if Goku hadn't been around. The results are...interesting to say the least. Word of God claims that the story was inspired by Superman: Red Son and The Nail, so that should give an indication of how different this world is.

It can be read here.


Guardian Contains Examples Of:

  • Beam-O-War: Comes with the territory.
  • Beware the Superman: When the Androids come about, they render King Furry's army completely impotent
  • Big Good: Kakarot is the official Guardian of Earth in this verse. Then he starts up a galatic parliament.
  • Bishōnen Line: The canon examples remain though the change is also more drastic with Cell, going from a hunched and insectoid beast straight to a more handsome and humanoid shape.
  • Blood Knight: Whenever an Android absorbs the power core of another Android, their anger levels and craziness seem to rise in addition to their power as they suffer from personality clashes.
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  • Body Surf: Captain Ginyu. It allows him to steal King Cold's body in his pursuit of revenge against Raditz and his allies
  • Broken Pedestal: Chiaotzu once believed Tien was an unstoppable badass, and that he'd be the one to save him. Years of Mind Rape and having his brain forced into a robot body left him so jaded that he hates Tien most of all.
  • Can't Catch Up: Explored and treated with sympathy. Despite their best efforts and abilities like an enhanced Kaioken, the non-Saiyans can't attain the same level of strength that a Saiyan can. It's most notable when Kami gives it his all against Cell, just to be of some use to the others.
  • Character Death: Vegeta, after getting ripped clean in half by a Piccolo-possessed Kami.
  • Childhood Brain Damage: Averted for Kakarot. He never received a blow to the head to remove his Saiyan instincts, he simply has to suppress them through meditation and training.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Tanip, Kakarot's daughter.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Cell, as in canon.
  • Cool Old Guy: Kami Until he got his youth restored and became a cool young guy.
    • Master Roshi and Grandpa Gohan
  • Cool Ship: The Valiance, a mercenary craft in Kakarot's employ.
  • Cyborg: Tien becomes Android 17 in this universe.
    • Mr. Satan also seems set to go down this route.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kakarot.
  • Deconstruction: The story takes a deeper look at the galactic politics of Frieza's rule and how many problems a power vacuum there could cause.
  • Deep South: Android 13
  • Demonic Possession: King Piccolo manages to take over Kami's body when he's sufficiently enraged. Merging with Nail seems to remove the problem.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Raditz, briefly.
  • The Dragon: Android 13 becomes this to the Emperor. AKA Chiaotzu.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Definitely the case for Gohan and Tanip in the future timeline.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Averted for Namek this time.
  • Edible Theme Naming: All over the place, but considering the source material...
  • Emergency Energy Tank: Senzu Beans, in addition to Bulma's newly created Senzu Tonic.
  • Evil Counterpart: Turles to Kakarot. Funnily enough, they never actually encounter each other.
    • Also Lord Slug to Kami.
  • Evil Overlord: King Piccolo, Frieza, Lord Slug, Cooler, Chiaotzu, Garlic Junior.
  • Expy: The story really plays up the comparisons between Goku and Superman, to the point where there seems to be no ties to the Sun Wukong character of Journey to the West.
  • Eye Beams: Quite often.
  • Eye Scream: Raditz in the future timeline had his eyes gouged out.
  • Fat Bastard: Yajirobe
  • Flip Personality: Launch.
    • Kami for a brief while after merging with King Piccolo.
  • Flying Brick: Every major player.
  • Foreshadowing: Broly was first referenced about halfway through the Cell Saga when a group of refugees from the South Galaxy tell Kakarot of a mysterious green entity wiping out worlds in their galaxy.
  • For Want of a Nail: Without Goku around in the 'Dragon Ball' period of the series, we get things like: The Red Ribbon Army never being destroyed and becoming a global superpower, Chi Chi becoming more interested in her royal duties and training to be a warrior rather than obsessing over romance, Mister Satan never becoming a global mega-star, etcetera.
  • Freudian Trio: The Redcoats
  • From a Single Cell: Guess who...
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Chiaotzu
  • Future Badass: Future Raditz. Even after getting his eyes gouged by the Androids, he manages to train his other senses to the point where he can still fight them efficiently.
  • Gentle Giant: Android 16
  • God Job: Guardian of Earth, first Kami and then Kakarot.
  • Gorn: The author indulges in this from time to time. Most notably, Android 13 tearing a man's tongue out and then stomping his head.
  • Grand Theft Me: Ginyu hijacks King Cold's body.
  • Happily Adopted: Kakarot to Kami. He views the old man as a father.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Raditz, as well as Jeice and Burter
  • Heroic BSoD: Tien after Chiaotzu blows himself up.
  • Heroic RRoD: The Kaioken, initially.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted by Android 16.
  • Hero Killer: Cell
    • The future Android's count as well.
  • Implacable Man: Frieza.
    • Tien after he became an Android
  • Interspecies Romance: Kakarot and Bulma, and Raditz and Chi-Chi.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Raditz started off as the Blood Knight he was in canon, but has come to care for his brother, comrades and even Earth.

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