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The Granolah the Survivor Arc is the eighth major story arc in the Dragon Ball Super series.

The story arc debuted in chapter 67 of the manga, in the same chapter where the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Arc ended.

After defeating Moro, a few months of peace transpired in the galaxy. However, the remains of OG-73 were recovered by the android's original creators. They decided to clone the robot for the sake of conquering the universe with an army, but their plans were stopped by a bounty hunter named Granolah, who stole the android for the mafia family known as the Heeters. Once they obtain the android, they inform Granolah that Frieza has been revived. Deciding to kill Frieza and avenge his people, Granolah begins to train getting even stronger—all while an ominous prophecy states that the strongest warrior in the universe will soon be born...

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Tropes found in the arc:

  • Anti-Villain: As of now, Granolah is a professional bounty hunter who's only concern is revenge against Freeza for wiping out his race.
  • As You Know: Granolah and Oatmeel know each other for a long time. Yet, Oatmeel acts like he's a stranger to Granolah for the sake of asking questions in order to fill the reader in.
    • In chapter 68, Granolah wakes from a recurring nightmare of his home being destroyed. Oatmeel then asks him if he still despises the Freeza army, Granolah says yes, and Oatmeel tells him to get over it as Freeza died. Granolah then explains to Oatmeel that the Saiyans Freeza employed were responsible for it, but they died due to a meteor. Considering Oatmeel knows of this already, this comes as needless exposition, as the nightmare already shows the Saiyans, and the only relevant thing it shows is Granolah being unaware Saiyans and Freeza are alive.
    • In chapter 69, Oatmeel asks Granolah why he doesn't live with the Sugarians on Cereal. Granolah then explains to Oatmeel how the Sugarians bought the planet from Elec Hiita, something Oatmeel must have been familiar with.
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  • Audience Surrogate: Oatmeel asks the questions in order for Granolah to tell his backstory or reasoning for his actions, for the sake of the reader. This has the awkward side effect of falling into them telling things they already know, as the story makes it clear Oatmeel has been with Granolah for a long time.
  • Bounty Hunter: Granolah's main profession with the Heeters setting up jobs for hunters like him.
  • Foreshadowing: At the start of chapter 68, Goku has to catch the Oracle Fish for Whis to give him some medicine to help his insomnia. He mentions to Goku and Vegeta that usually when that happens, it's a bad omen... though it likewise could be nothing.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Granolah believes the Saiyans were wiped out by a meteor, and ignores Freeza was revived until Elec tells him about it. Once he learns about it, he gets motivated to take the emperor down in order to avenge his people.
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  • Past Experience Nightmare: Granolah has one while going to deliver OG-73, showing Frieza's army attacking his planet with a few Sayians' Oozaru forms stomping around. Bodies of his people littered everywhere. He ducks into a destroyed building only for an Oozaru to find him, causing him to wake up. Apparently it's been a recurring dream of his.
  • The Reveal: Chapter 69 reveals some major secrets about the Dragon Ball universe.
    • The Namekians didn't originate from Planet Namek—they originally were from another universe entirely, then settled in Namek and other planets, such as Cereal.
    • Each of the Dragon Ball sets vary in number and size depending on their creators. One such set exists on Cereal, and only contains two Dragon Balls.
  • Revenge: Granolah's main motive: he wants revenge against Frieza for killing his people, he at first figured it out of his reach since he thought Frieza was dead. But once the Heeters mention that he was resurrected, Granolah instantly goes off to search for him.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Seemingly, Bardock is the one responsible for wiping out Granolah's race under the orders of Freeza.
  • Villain Has a Point: Elec tells Granolah that while he understands his motive for revenge against Freiza, in his state he'd barely last a minute against him especially since Frieza has gotten stronger. This gets proven when Gas blindsides him and subdues Granolah with ease. Granolah doesn't listen at first, but after an encounter with some rival bounty hunters that he manages to subdue, he concedes he's not up to full strength at the current.
  • Wham Line:
    • In Chapter 68, Beerus asks Vegeta if he wants to learn Ultra Instinct too. Vegeta declines, leading to this exchange.
      Vegeta: I'll surpass Kakarot my own way.
      Beerus: Oh yeah? It might be possible, but it's up to you. Cause Ultra Instinct ain't the only technique of the Gods.
    • Also from the same chapter the Oracle Fish mutters these final lines of the issue in his sleep.
      Oracle Fish: Universe 7... Balance shifting... Strongest warrior in the universe... will soon rise up...
  • Wham Shot: The Oozaru ripping off the roof of the building Granolah is in...revealing a familiar scar on its cheek.
  • World's Strongest Man: More like "Universe's Strongest Man", but this arc teases the arrival of the strongest warrior in the universe.
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