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When the South Galaxy is mysteriously destroyed, King Kai sends Goku to investigate who is the one responsible. Meanwhile, a Saiyan survivor and his son offer Vegeta the opportunity to rule a new Planet Vegeta they've christened, which the Saiyan Prince-'now King-'accepts, not knowing that their offer and Goku's investigation are interconnected...

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  • Absentee Actor: Nail and Kami don't say anything in this special, compared with the other ones. Despite this, they do appear in the "English (Canada)" gag subtitles; when Piccolo calls Vegeta out for being a crying baby, the subtitles claim that Nail and Kami reacted surprised.note 
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  • Adaptation Distillation: The movie cuts out the plot of Vegeta having to find the Legendary Super Saiyan to face him, Broly recognizing Goku at first sight, and the first confrontation with him. Instead, Paragus made Vegeta the new king of a doomed planet to fill his ego, Paragus' plans are revealed at the end of Part 1 instead of the first act of the original movie, and Broly is just triggered by Goku's Saiyan name, Kakarot, not his entire presence.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed, but present. Paragus is much more of a sympathetic Anti-Villain than in the original, being concerned mainly with (admittedly misplaced but still deserved) revenge against Vegeta, whereas the original version also had ambitions of universal conquest, taking over Earth as the base of operations for this conquest, and brainwashed Broly to accomplish this. Speaking of which, Broly in this version is not brainwashed by Paragus, and is instead a meek, Adorkable boy who happens to have a Superpowered Evil Side, one that Paragus does not want to take advantage of. The destruction of South Galaxy is also implied to be an accident, and the aliens that Paragus enslaved are totally into the submission.
  • Adapted Out:
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    • The abridged movie skips the scene where a suppressed Super Saiyan Broly attacks Goku at night, and it changes the trigger of the Legendary Super Saiyan transformation— from a broken Power Limiter (his crown) to a Split Personality with a trigger word— so his blue-haired Super Saiyan form is only seen briefly when he loses control and immediately initiates his transformation into Legendary. It also gives the implication that it's simply a transition state as his body prepares to go from normal form straight to Legendary.
    • Most of Master Roshi, Oolong and Krillin scenes from the original movie were cut. Probably justified, since they were comic relief in the original, which is considered redundant in a parody.
  • Admiring the Abomination:
    • Vegeta changes his mind about Paragus being a "shit-stain of a Saiyan" when Trunks reveals to him that Paragus built the new Saiyan kingdom off of the slave labour of other alien races.
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    • He also shifts between doing this at Broly's awesome power and being disgusted at his lame backstory.
  • All There in the Manual: The "English (Canada)" subtitles have a lot of fun with the episode, but they also point out some of the minor characters names. They also reveal that Nail and Kami had a line of dialogue in the episode.
    Vegeta: You don't understand, the Legendary Super Saiyan is motivated by a crying infant! He is a literal giant fucking baby!
    Piccolo: So, kind of what you're being right now?
    Nail: Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh!
    Kami: Damn!!!!!!!
  • All Your Powers Combined: After Broly sweeps the floor with all of them, Goku requests energy so he can defeat him already. And unlike the canon version, where Vegeta resists it for pride, here he is more annoyed at Broly than hurting his ego.
    Goku: Give me all of your energy. Right now. I'll end it in one punch, man.
    Piccolo: Done.
    Trunks: Doing it.
    Gohan: Please make it end.
    Goku: Now, Vegeta. I know you're probably not going to...
    Vegeta: F*ck it. You have it. Just go.
  • As You Know: Paragus tells Vegeta about how he managed to acquire a new Planet Vegeta off-screen while the viewer is being shown King Kai's call to Goku. When the viewer returns to Vegeta and Paragus' conversation, the former restates everything Paragus told him, clueing the audience in on the situation. Paragus, meanwhile, is mildly thrown by Vegeta repeating his words plainly for no in-universe reason.
    Vegeta: So you're telling me that you've acquired an entirely new Planet Vegeta for me to rule over.
    Paragus: That is... exactly what I said. Yes.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The Shamoshans suddenly realize they've made a terrible mistake when Broly decides to give them the ultimate punishment by destroying their homeworld.
  • Big Eater:
    • Vegeta attended the wedding reception exclusively for the banquet, and he is pretty pissed off when he finds out it's a potluck instead.
    • This becomes even funnier when you remember that Goku was only interested in attending for the exact same reason.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The threat of Broly has been stopped and the Z-Fighters can continue their focus on defeating Cell...But unfortunately, Goku's continuous neglect for his family prompt Chi Chi to finally had enough of his antics and starts to consider divorcing him, unknowingly crumbling his family in the process. And South Galaxy is still destroyed.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • A rare example of the series doing so following the second season.
      Gohan: Man, this just isn't my day.
      Goku: Eh, don't worry. I think it's your movie, next.
    • Turns out they're doing Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans first. Oops.
      • Technically still played straight, considering "Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans" is an OVA.
  • The Bus Came Back: King Kai returns for the first time since the end of Season 2.
  • Bus Crash: Dr. Wheelo, the subject of the last movie, is mentioned that he died of brain cancer.
  • Butt-Monkey: Trunks. He gets dubbed Princess Trunks, told to mate with Broly to propagate the Saiyan race without his consent, gets called a filthy half breed by his own dad, vaporizes his trademark jacket upon turning Super Saiyan, and is targeted by Broly when the latter calls Trunks out on supposedly "lying to [him]" about his gender.
  • Call-Back: Even more so than usual for a DBZA movie:
    • In Episode 29, King Kai went to the bathroom only to find a tree thrown through the roof of his house. South Kai goes to the bathroom for five minutes and he loses a whole Galaxy.
    • Korin and Yajirobe's wedding happens, albeit offscreen, and when we catch up with the Z-Fighters, they're at the reception.
    • Bulma references Vegeta leaving her while she was pregnant when he goes off to New Vegeta.
    • Talking Movie Bubbles from the Lord Slug movie returns, as it is yet another DBZA movie.
    • The "My Son, The Planet, or Me" gag returns, this time with Paragus taking the random messenger's place.
    • Nappa's position as vizier crops up again, and his instruction to stab the baby Broly is made hastily so that King Vegeta won't be late for his meeting with Freeza.
    • Gohan, not realizing that Goku was trying to get him to access his Super Saiyan 2 power, assumes that he is being ordered to get the ship and get everyone off the planet. He promptly does so, this time without question. And before Goku can finish the sentence.
    • Vegeta demands to know how Broly managed to reach such an awesome power level, listing off the ways he claimed to have achieved the Super Saiyan form in Episode 36.
      Broly's #1 Fanboi: How many push ups did he do? How many sit ups, WHAT KIND OF JUICE DID HE DRINK?!
    • Gohan summons Piccolo to the battle by shouting "Piccolo, help!" as a blast is about to hit him (which Piccolo stops with another blast). The exact same thing happened in Super Android 13.
    • The TFS-remix of Bruce Faulconer's Super Saiyan Vegeta theme that played during the Final Flash scene in Episode 52 starts playing again as Vegeta powers up to fight Broly, only to cut out as Broly smashes him into debris.
    • After being beat up by Broly, the others start wishing for other threats - Piccolo wishes for Garlic Jr., Trunks would take the Androids again, Vegeta wouldn't mind getting hit in the dick a thousand times and Gohan wouldn't mind about Turles, whom Vegeta is surprised about. Piccolo is upset that nobody mentioned Lord Slug.
    • Most of the panning footage with Goku and Broly as infants is mirrored from the original movie, which subtly keeps continuity with Bardock: The Father of Goku; Broly was to the left of Goku's Saiyan pod in that special, rather than the right as in The Legendary Super Saiyan film itself.
  • Call-Forward:
    • At the beginning of the movie, King Kai suggests that Beerus may have been responsible for the sudden annihilation of South Galaxy. Interestingly, his Leitmotif in Dragon Ball Super is the music that plays when Broly, the true culprit of South Galaxy's destruction, transforms into the Legendary Super Saiyan.
    • When Goku excitedly goes to "New Vegeta" thinking it's literally another Vegeta to fight, King Kai mutters a "This guy is going to be the death of me". Gues what's going to happen in a few episodes.
    • Goku, upon realizing just how powerful Broly is, starts to tell Gohan that he needs "to let go" with regard to his power (even mentioning that he "was going to save this for Cell"). However, Gohan misinterprets this as his father giving him permission to leave the battle and immediately flies off, to Goku's confusion.
    • In The Stinger, Chi-Chi flatly tells Goku that she wants a divorce after his antics this movie. She'll be away from him soon enough, alright, but maybe not in the way she'd probably like.
  • The Cameo: Cell and Mercenary Tao show up for brief scenes.
  • Continuity Nod: All of the previous movie villains are mentioned as someone the protagonists would rather fight than Broly.
    [the main characters are lying around, beaten into the dirt]
    Goku: Okay, guys. Be real with me. Is this the worst, or what?
    Piccolo: Frankly, at this point, I wish we could open up the Dead Zone and bring back Garlic, Jr.
    Trunks: Can't believe I'm saying it, but I'll take some more androids, please.
    Vegeta: And I'd rather get kicked in the dick a thousand more times than hear that idiot scream Kakarot's name again.
    Broly: KAKAROT!
    Vegeta: [groans]
    Gohan: I'd even take Turles, and he was just an evil version of my dad.
    Vegeta: [surprised] Wait, that guy with the tree? Is he alive?
    Goku: Not anymore. Also, that Wheelo guy! He was nice.
    Gohan: Oh, yeah. Too bad he died of brain cancer.
    [much later, when the characters are returning home on the ship]
    Piccolo: Okay, just going to drop this one out there. But, earlier, nobody brought up Slug, and I feel that's kind of racist.
  • Cool, but Stupid: Vegeta thinks Broly is awesome, but falls into a Heroic BSoD on hearing about his utterly moronic motivation.
  • The Day the Music Lied: The TFS-style remix of Bruce Faulconer's Super Saiyan Vegeta theme from Episode 52 shows up again as Vegeta begins powering up to fight Broly, only to cut out as Broly smashes him into debris.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Goku's disregard if Gohan dies is because they can bring him back in a day, plus he'll meet King Kai.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: When he learns that Broly hates Goku because he cried a lot when they were both babies, Vegeta wastes no time in calling it "so dumb".
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Vegeta, taking the opportunity to be a dick to his son again, proclaims that Broly can bed "Princess Trunks" to breed more Saiyans, to which the latter quickly objects to. After Broly turns into the Legendary Super Saiyan he accuses Trunks of lying to him only to call him a dirty boy afterwards which causes Trunks to Freak Out and asks Goku to Instant Transmission him out of there.
  • Drunk with Power: Vegeta as King Vegeta, naturally. Besides the Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male above, he has all the soldiers call Trunks "Princess Trunks' after Paragus mistakes him for a woman and promotes Paragus for enslaving a race to build Vegeta's castle.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • We hear South Kai's voice for the first time when he talks to King Kai, although we don't see him.
    • King Kai suggests Beerus as a suspect for the destruction of South Galaxy, but South Kai brushes it off by staying that he's still asleep. (Which was the case in canon - Beerus slept for 39 years, just long enough to sleep through the entirety of Z.)
  • Everyone Has Standards: The aliens Paragus enslaved are masochists who enjoy being enslaved, and at first are open to Broly's threats... then start trying to remember their safe word when Broly prepares to blow up their planet.
  • Flanderization: After Broly transforms into the Legendary Super Saiyan, he slowly loses any trace of what little personality he actually had and devolves into only saying Kakarot. This is both a Lampshade Hanging and a Take That! at what happens to Broly in his actual film trilogy.
  • Fun with Subtitles: The close captioning of the film on Youtube (currently, this is set at the Canadian English subtitles in the Youtube settings) has its own set of jokes, half of which are labeling the characters with certain joke names based on what they've been recently referred to as.
    • The most prominent one is Trunks being labelled as "Princess Trunks" or some variation of "Princess Trunks", such as "Princess Trunks [SUB]" when Broly as the Legendary Super Saiyan starts flirting with him, and "Goldilocks Princess Trunks" when Trunks goes Super Saiyan. He's even called "Lavender Hobbit" after Vegeta refers to him as a filthy half-breed.
    • Paragus is briefly labelled as "Grand Vizier Paragus" when Vegeta promotes him, then "Ex-Grand Vizier Shitstain" after the ruse falls apart.
    • Vegeta is addressed as "King Vegeta II" for a large chunk of the movie, but when he starts gushing over how cool Broly is, the subtitles take to referring to him as "Broly's #1 Fanboi" and make frequent jokes about Vegeta being aroused while doing so.
    • When Piccolo makes his Big Damn Heroes entrance to save Gohan and starts worriedly asking about his wellbeing (in stark contrast to Goku's casual excitement that Gohan would get to meet King Kai if Broly killed him), the subtitles refer to Piccolo as "Gohan's Dad".
  • Genre Throwback: In general, the film feels like one to early Abridged Series: It derives most of its humor from Mythology Gags, Lampshade Hanging, usage of fandom memes, and copious usage of Take That! towards both the film itself and its various dubs. There's even an instance of Breaking the Fourth Wall.
  • A God Am I: Vegeta and Broly trade this when they meet:
    Broly: What is a king to a god?
    Vegeta: And what is a god to a non-believer?!
    [Vegeta powers up... and is promptly smashed into debris]
    Broly: Do you believe now?
    Vegeta: Uh-huh... so cool...
  • Godzilla Threshold: Parodied. Goku attempts to get Gohan to go Super Saiyan 2. However, Gohan takes it as a Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.
  • Happily Married:
    • The episode opens with Korin and Yajirobe's wedding reception, where both are already talking on what they're gonna get for their Honeymoon.
    • Rather sadly subverted with Goku and Chi-Chi. After Goku ditches Chi-Chi in the middle of Gohan's college application, forcing the Ox-King to pay through the nose to get Gohan accepted, and Goku acts nonchalant about it Chi-Chi asks for a divorce.
  • Happiness in Slavery: The people that Paragus has enslaved for Vegeta's benefit are apparently okay with being violently subjugated. At least two of them outright get off on it.
  • Happy Ending Override: Done in regards to Dr. Wheelo. At the end of the previous movie, he'd departed on good terms with the Z-Fighters after they'd used the Dragon Balls to restore his original body (albeit redesigned to hold his now-giant brain). Here, Gohan mentions offhandedly that he ended up dying of brain cancer.
  • Heroic BSoD: Unlike the original, where Vegeta is driven into this due to how powerful he is, he's driven into this because of how cool he is. At the same time, his BSOD increases when he is told Broly's motivations to hate Gokunote , which conflicts with how cool and HOW DUMB he is at the same time.
  • Hope Spot: For a moment, it seems like Paragus actually managed to get through to Broly… then his son crushes him to death in his spacecraft.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Goku tells the others that he came to investigate the destruction of a galaxy, with Paragus asking who would want to destroy South Galaxy. That is the galaxy that was destroyed, but Goku didn't tell them which galaxy it was. While Goku doesn't catch on to Paragus's slip up, the English (Canada) subtitles notice it.
  • Ironic Echo: While boasting to Vegeta about Broly's power, Paragus states that he's "not dealing with the average Saiyan warrior anymore." This is the exact phrase that Vegeta threw in Freeza's face multiple times regarding both his and Goku's powers at the end of the Namek arc. Vegeta, paralyzed in awe at Broly's strength, can only offer a weak "Nooooo." in response.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After Vegeta causes Broly to go berserk by saying "Kakarot" over and over, he finds himself getting sick of that name once Broly begins saying nothing but.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Paragus very nearly says the name 'Kakarot' in Broly's hearing, but catches himself at the last syllable and winds up pronouncing it 'Kakarku'.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Piccolo's reference to opening up the Dead Zone shows that he is unaware of Garlic Jr.'s escape from it (and unaware of the fatal encounter Garlic Jr. had with Mr. Popo). That is, unless the Alternate Continuity the Broly movie is set in doesn't include that event as part of its canon.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The masochistic aliens were so into their punishments that they fall into despair that they forgot their safe word when Broly destroys their homeworld.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Chi-Chi's first line in the movie is, "Goku, I'm gonna show you!" This is a reference to the title of Goku's Gonna Show You, an in-character Let's Play series by MasakoX featuring Goku and Gohan à la Two Saiyans Play (which is in turn a reference to the original English theme song of Dragon Ball).
    • When Goku tried to figure out Broly's trigger word, one of his guesses is "Frieza with an i", referencing the western spelling of house name.
    • The Stinger has one to the original Dragon Ball series, with Chi-Chi telling Goku she wants a divorce and Goku mistaking it for a type of food, just like when Chi-Chi told Goku she wanted to marry him during the Red Ribbon Army arc and Goku mistaking marriage for a type of food.
  • Not Me This Time: Goku initially thinks Cell was the one who destroyed South Galaxy, but when he questions him, it turns out that he'd never even heard of South Galaxy.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • After fighting Broly for the first time (and not doing very well), Goku tells Broly he needs to start small and work his way up to going all out... and Broly replies this is him starting small. Even Goku realizes how bad of news that is.
    • Trunks has a rather big one once Broly goes Legendary Super Saiyan and directs his attention at Trunks. He literally begs Goku to get him off the planet once that happens.
    • The Shamoshians get one when they realized Broly is going to destroy their planet.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Goku is intimidated by Broly's power. To the point of outright trying to pull out Gohan's Super Saiyan 2 form very early on, despite having been wanting to save it for Cell.
    • While Canon!Vegeta's pride has in many occasions get in the way, to the point he almost let the world end rather than help Goku save the day, in this case Vegeta gives energy without a word so they can get over Broly already.
  • Papa Wolf: Piccolo to Gohan, taken Up to Eleven. While the rest of the series and movies up until this point have had him serving as a Parental Substitute who was either weary about it ("Why can't you save your OWN DAMN SELF?!" in the Lord Slug movie) or understated in showing affection (hiding how touched he was about the clothes beam in Episode 55), in Broly, he pretty much graduates to Doting Parent. Upon rescuing Gohan, he worriedly inquires as to whether or not he needs some juice and if he got into the school he wanted (expressing a Big "NO!" when Gohan indicates that he probably didn't). And when Gohan asks how he got to the planet, Piccolo is extremely proud of the fact that he managed to arrive immediately after Gohan called his name.
  • Plot Hole: Pointed out by the subtitles; Paragus almost says "Kakarot" when he first sees Goku, but immediately changes it to Goku instead to avoid triggering Broly, even though he never formally learned Goku's name in any prior scene.
    • Paragus had plenty of time to plan his revenge against Vegeta. He had to build the fake kingdom to lure Vegeta off Earth. He had to have known that Vegeta was even on Earth to begin with. It might not be a stretch to say Paragus scouted Vegeta and those he associated with while the kingdom was under construction.
  • Say My Name:
    • At one point, Paragus realizes that Broly is getting worse when Broly can only talk by saying "Kakarot".
    • Goku invokes the trope verbatim when he unleashes his final attack to defeat Broly.
  • Saying Too Much: Goku says he is investigating the destruction of a Galaxy, never mentioning which. Paragus responds with "But who would destroy SOUTH Galaxy???" Naturally this passes over Goku's head.
  • Sequel Hook: After Goku breaks it to Gohan that he might not be going to his college of choice, he tries to comfort his son by saying his movie might be next.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Goku proclaims that he's going to finish Broly in one punch, man.
    • Vegeta and Broly have an exchange that quotes lyrics from "No Church in the Wild".
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Paragus acts with the goal of getting revenge on King Vegeta by killing Prince Vegeta.
  • Skewed Priorities: Gohan's college submission being in jeopardy is at the same level of importance or higher than surviving Broly for Goku, Gohan and Piccolo.
  • Split Personality: Broly doesn't have a Power Limiter in this version. Instead he has a meek, submissive, and friendly personality, and if triggered his Ax-Crazy galaxy killing personality comes to the surface.
  • Take Me Instead: Parodied; the aliens Paragus enslaves keep asking the torturers to punish themselves instead of the ones who made the mistake in the first place, but that's because they want it for themselves.
  • Take That!:
    • Vegeta snaps at Broly for constantly asking about power levels, a jab at power level obsessed fans who glorify Broly.
      • Also serves as a "Take That" to power levels in general, which had ceased being relevant once Freeza came into the picture... which in-universe was four years ago.
    • The movie takes no time mocking how stupid Broly's hatred for Goku is with Vegeta having a Heroic BSoD over how someone so cool looking could have such a pathetic wangsty Freudian Excuse. For the record, the reason for said hatred is "Goku cried for three hours when they were babies." That's it. It is easily the single weakest excuse for being a villain in the entire franchise, and this includes the man who wanted to take over the world to be taller.
    • The characters, after Broly beats them with very little effort, say that they'd rather be fighting any of the previous film villains, with Vegeta in particular saying he's sick of hearing Broly say "Kakarot". A number of Team Four Star members have admitted that they dislike Broly.
    • Lord Slug is excluded when the heroes talk about the previous movie villains they'd rather be fighting than Broly. Piccolo later comments on this, finding it kind of racist.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • When Vegeta refuses to stop calling Goku 'Kakarot', Paragus takes a quick look at Broly and suggests everyone run.
    • Goku, to his credit, realizes that fighting Broly is a bad idea when the latter singles him out. Unfortunately, his Blood Knight nature overrides that, and he tells Broly to Bring It instead.
  • Third-Person Person: Broly lapses into this for a while.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Goku didn't know he can't breathe in space, even though in "The Final Cut (Part 3)" he knew that space was a vacuum and was surprised Freeza could breathe in space.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Master Roshi gets hungover and carsick during the carriage and the scene cuts after the first second he starts to vomit.
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: The entire movie is basically one for The Cell Saga, as Cell is shown to still be waiting to finish his one week countdown for the Cell Games when Goku runs around asking for the identity of the person who destroyed South Galaxy.
  • Wangst:
    • The movie treats Broly's hatred for Goku, stemming from the latter crying when they were infants, as this in-universe. Especially since, unlike in the movie, Goku was only next to Broly for about three hours when they were infants yet his name is still enough to trigger Broly. Vegeta has a Heroic BSoD over how stupid it is that the Legendary Super Saiyan is motivated by something that whiny. invoked
    • For that matter, Vegeta's Heroic BSoD over Broly's flimsy, Wangsty motivation is also seen as Wangst by Piccolo.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Vegeta and Broly quote "No Church in the Wild" during their dueling Badass Boasts.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Paragus calls out King Vegeta for wanting to kill his son despite Broly having the potential to be a weapon against Freeza, being already insanely strong out of the crib.
    • Much like in the actual movie Piccolo calls Vegeta out for staying on the side lines having his Heroic BSoD while everyone else is fighting for their lives. He even calls Vegeta a giant baby for whining about how stupid Broly's Freudian Excuse is.
  • You Monster!: Strangely, out of all of his former foes that are still alive to be considered viable suspects for the destruction of South Galaxy, Goku only considers the Pilaf Gang to be this.

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