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  • Ability over Appearance: James Marsters as Zamasu was initially viewed by some as unfitting, or just sounds older than you'd expect Zamasu to sound, since he sounds nothing like Shin-ichiro Miki, Zamasu's Japanese actor, who gave a great performance in the original version and gave what some felt to be a Tough Act to Follow performance. Luckily, Marsters was able to impress most of the skeptics, as his performance steadily got much better after starting off good already. People were reportedly in awe of Marsters' screams in the last episodes of the Funimation dub broadcast.
  • Amateur Cast: In the Polish dub, bunch of voice actors hadn't typical acting training at that time, while most of people working as voice actors in the Polish dubbing industry are somehow required to have it, excluding children. Many of them were former or still active fandubbers. The most notable examples include Karol Gajos (Son Gohan, Hermilla), Marta Czarkowska (Chiaotzu, Dende, Pan, Marcarita), Oliwia Dymowska (Puar, Fish Oracle, Maki), Agnieszka Wiśniewska (Android 18, Marron, both Zen'os, Marron, Bulla), Dariusz Kosmowski (Daishinkan, Rabanra, Borareta, younger Kuririn), Jakub Kisiel (Ea, Agu), Dagmara Niemiec (Arale Norimaki), Patryk Kasper (Pirozhki, Shisami, Auta Magetta, Giin, Hyssop, Roselle) and Paweł Wojtaszek (Monaka, Murisam, Za Pricco, Panchia).
  • Anime First: It's in a unique position in regards to production. The series was conceived as being specifically television, though technically the manga version predates the TV version by a few weeks, with the Broad Strokes of the story written by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. The manga version is drawn by "Toyotarō", who also did the Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ manga), and it is based on Toriyama's same story outline with a closer level of supervision from Toriyama himself (to the point of occasionally drawing pages for reference and rewriting sections, mostly jokes), plus Toyotaro's own twists, but the anime is considered the main product. That said, the anime bases its storyboard composition off the manga, even though the anime versions of some events come out first, and Toriyama says the manga should "keep [the animators] on track", complicating things.
  • Approval of God: Toriyama only provides a broad plot outline and relatively little supervision (more in the manga than the anime, but still), meaning Toei and Promoted Fanboy Toyataro have to come up with a lot of stuff on their own. However Toriyama has stated many times that he's happy with both products.
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • A common fan theory about why Goku never used the Kaioken with his Super Saiyan forms was because it was far too stressful for anyone to handle. This turned out to be true. Old Kai explained that the Kaioken is extremely stressful on the body and Super Saiyan is already a strain. Combining both together is suicide.
    • Fans started calling the newest form of Super Saiyan "Super Saiyan Blue" because "Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan" is too much of a mouthful. The term is now being used in the show and manga adaptation, specifically because characters lampshade that "Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan" is too much of a mouthful!
    • The term "Omni-King" was coined by Jake Schutz (a.k.a. Herms) of Kanzenshuu, one of the most trusted translators in the fandom, to call Zen'o-sama. The term is a fairly direct translation of 全王 (Zen'ou), but the English dub by Funimation started to use the term.
      Todd Blankenship: I see it as a catchy but still fairly direct translation of 全王/Zen'ou, so I don't know how much credit I deserve for "coining" it. It's not like I pulled it out of thin air or something. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't happy.
    • Any fan debates regarding Brian Drummond Vs. Christopher Sabat as Vegeta have been taken to their logical conclusion, with Drummond voicing Copy-Vegeta in the dub.
    • The concept of an interdimensional fighting tournament had already been done in the Dragon Ball Multiverse web comic.
    • Not to mention the numerous "Goku goes evil/alternate evil Goku" fanfics out there. Now there's an official one, Goku Black.
  • Author Existence Failure:
    • Narrowly averted with Hiromi Tsuru, the voice actress of Bulma. Despite passing away on November 15, 2017 at the age of 57 of an aortic dissection, she still managed to complete all of her lines. She was replaced with Aya Hisakawa for further appearances, starting in Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
    • Also averted with Unshou Ishizuka who voiced Mister Satan among others passed away due to esophagus cancer; despite this, he finished all of his lines months in advance. Any further appearance of the character will require another voice actor.
    • José Lavat, the narrator for the Latin American Spanish dub, passed away on May 16, 2018. As such, he was replaced by Rubén Moya for the final part of the series.
    • Master Roshi's Hungarian voice actor Ferenc Végh passed away on April 2, 2019, midway through the dubbing production of the series' second half, with his final episodes being released posthumously.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Goku looking at his hand and internally thinking "So this is the power of Ultra Instinct?" In reality, at that particular shot, Goku remains silent, and only speaks after Kefla taunts him.
  • Big Name Fan: A bit downplayed, as the series do have fans who are well known in the community, but they are also quite critical about the series importunities.
    • Team Four Star, the creators of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, are a downplayed example. They are critical of the show misportunities and problems from the first two arcs, but otherwise enjoy it, even making some short parodies of the series.
      Kirran: Super is not a bad show… after the movie recaps. It's got plenty of wonderful moments that explore the characters we grow up with and it has numerous opportunities to tell new stories with them. While we put a lot of time ragging on about it, we want to acknowledge that it only got us this fired up because there are legitimately enjoyable facets that keep us coming back. While the series can be frustrating in its grandiose moments, its down-to-Earth Slice of Life episodes has been fantastic, and when the series does manage to nail the drama and action, it often supplies superb character moments. There is plenty to enjoy in Super, you just have to be invested.
    • Jake Schutz, one of the translators at Daizenshuu EX who usually translates information unavailable from Japan like interviews and characters biographies. He was the first who coined the "Omni-King" term for Zen'o before the English dub adopted it. The fandom holds him in high regard.
    • AnimeAjay is a complex example. He actually thinks very poorly of the series in regards of its writing decisions outside of the Future Trunks Saga (and even then he thinks poorly of the saga's ending), but is still a fan of the franchise and an enthusiast when it comes to the animation and direction. He hosted a series of animation breakdowns for the episodes of the Universal Survival Saga, and thanks to him, many animators and their opinions have been more known in the community. Thanks to him, fans are more aware of the countless artists working in the series.
    • Geekdom101 is a well-known member of the English-speaking community. Not only is he in touch with most of the well-known members of the community like Ajay and MasakoX, he is also known for interviewing the members of the English voice cast, being friends with Chris Ayres, and doing in-depth articles about the franchise in general beyond Super. Like with everyone, he is quite critical of the series, especially the manga.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Dragon Ball has always been big, especially since its revival in 2008. However, thanks to Super, Dragon Ball is now Toei's biggest franchise followed by One Piece internationally. In Japan, it's a close number two to One Piece - which ain't too bad for a series that had previously been taking a two-decade break.
  • The Cast Showoff: At the end of the Battle of Gods Saga, Sean Schemmel does a near-perfect impression of Christopher Sabat's Vegeta when referencing the "My Bulma" scene.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Polish dub, Oolong was voiced by You Tube personality Martin Stankiewicz and some additional voices were provided by rapper Michał Witak alias Numer Raz.
    • Also Polish voice cast included some recognisable television and theater actors, like Sebastian Perdek (Son Goku), Jakub Wieczorek (Mr. Satan), Michał Sitarski (Pilaf), Waldemar Barwiński (Freeza, Frost), Tomasz Borkowski (Ginyu), Krzysztof Szczepaniak (Geppuman, Referee, Cae, Damon), Marcin Przybylski (Barry Khan), Paweł Ciołkosz (Basil, Catopesra), Przemysław Stippa (Quitela), Robert Jarociński (Casserale) and Sławomir Pacek (Vermoud).
  • Creator Backlash: Akira Toriyama has complained about the Super anime adaptation according to the 30th Anniversary Collection Book. What exactly were his complaints are vague, but most fans think it was the animation and production issues from the God of Destruction Beerus through Universe 6 arcs.
  • Creator's Apathy: Dragon Ball Super: Broly director Tetsuya Nagamine, during an interview, was quite critical of Toei Animation's direction of Super before Broly, calling them out for their indiference over the series.
  • Creator's Favorite:
    • Toshio Yoshitaka, one of the anime writers has stated to have fallen in love with both Caulifla and Kale, the Saiyan women of Universe 6.
    • In an interview with Salón del Manga, Hiroyuki Sakurada, the producer for Dragon Ball Super, admitted to liking Android 17 a lot and feeling he didn't have many fights to show his potential, resulting in 17 receiving a lot of focus in the arc, having his newfound power hyped by Goku and the participants/spectators in the tournament at every opportunity, getting to eliminate a bulk of U2 fighters and U4, playing a big part on the defeat of Anilaza and Toppo, and culminating in him winning the entire tournament and making the wish that saved all of the Dragon Ball multiverse.
    • Is heavily implied that the God of Destruction Liquiir is a personal favorite of the creative staff, as he is a rather minor character yet he receives a lot of focus from both the anime and manga. The fans don't mind.
  • Crossdressing Voices:
    • In all languages, Zeno and his future counterpart are voiced by women, matching his young, childish appearance.
    • In the English dub, Meli Grant voices the male Quitela.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: During the Universal Survival Arc, there has been a lot of magazines promoting the saga, but a lot of the information presented was either downright wrong, or changed by Toei Animation during the process.
    • Originally, one magazine got the powers of Bergamo and Lavenda from Universe 9 wrong.
  • Directed by Cast Member:
    • Once again, Eduardo Garza is directing the Latin American Spanish dub.
    • Chris Sabat is, once again, directing the Funimation English dub.
    • Attila Bartucz, voice of Gregory since the Z days, is directing the Hungarian dub. He also voices Cae and random extras.
    • Dariusz Kosmowski, who directed the Polish dub, also voiced Daishinkan, Rabanra, Borareta, young Kuririn and some additional characters.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Enforced by Executive Meddling in the Hungarian dub to preserve continuity with the old dub of Dragon Ball Z, originally adapted from AB Groupe's infamous French version.note  The dub was required to keep many old French-based names, such as "Star Warriors" for the Saiyans, "Crystal Balls" for the Dragon Balls, "Genious Turtle" for Master Roshi, "Young Satan" for Piccolo, "Hercules" for Mr. Satan, "Bubu" for Buu, and so forth. This practice even extended to keeping other old imperfections, like French mispronunciations ("Zsinő" for Ginyu) and dubbing simplifications (Gotenks, a fusion, having a single voice). However, some corrections were also made, like "Trunk" being fixed to Trunks, "Gotrunk" to Gotenks or "Kamehame" to Kamehameha, and Vegeta was allowed to refer to Goku as Kakarot, which never happened in DBZ.
      Aside from the enforced changes, the translator also renamed multiple new characters and previously unnamed techniques to keep the pun in their names. The most controversial is "Hagymágyú" for Galick Gun, a Portmanteau of onion and cannon ("Oniannon").
    • The exact same thing happened in the Italian dub, with all the dub changes from the older series being still here.
  • Doing It for the Art: In order to summon Super Shenron, the characters have to speak backwards, so many voice actors simply say the direct line and then the production team backwards it, leading a bit of awkwarness. However, Masaya Takatsuka (Grand Priest) and Shinichiro Miki (Zamasu) learned their lines backwards in order to make the voice acting more convincing.
  • Dueling Dubs:
    • Keeping in line with Dragon Ball's prolific history with this trope, two English dubs are being produced for the show. One is done by Funimation (who have previously handled almost all the other Dragon Ball shows and movies in the United States) for its official American release. The other, made specifically for the show's broadcast on Toonami Asia, is being done by Bang Zoom! Entertainment.
    • Lampshaded, inverted, subverted and parodied by Copy Vegeta in the Funimation dub, who is voiced by the original Ocean Group dub's Vegeta, Brian Drummond. Normally, you don't literally have two different dubs' versions of a character get into an actual canon fight!

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  • Fan Nickname:
    • Monaka has been called "Nipples" by various fans due to his nipples. His name even means large nipples.
    • Carryovers from the Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’ movies that Super adapts: Goku is sometimes called Godku; Vegeta when he attacks Beerus—after the god slaps Bulma, natch—is called Ragegeta; and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan is referred to as "Blueper Saiyan" and "Super Cyan". The Super manga referred to the SSGSS form as "Super Saiyan Blue", which eventually became the name used in the anime. Golden Frieza has the nicknames of "Oscars Frieza" and "Bling Frieza".
    • Fans will often refer to Champa as "Fat Beerus". Doesn't help that Goku initially calls Champa by that name.
    • Botamo's design earned him the nickname of "Winnie-the-Pooh". In Latin America, thanks to the Mexican parody series Doctor Goku, he has also being referred as "El Winnie", and Hit followed trend, being named "El Jit" thanks to the parody.
    • The design of Super Shenron, the Eternal Dragon of the Super Dragon Balls, have some within the fandom calling it "The Winged Dragon of Ra" or "The Blue-Eyes White Dragon".
    • Goku Black is often called Rosé because of his Super Saiyan Rosé transformation.
    • Fusion Zamasu, being the fusion of two Zamasus, just calls himself Zamasu. Some fans have jokingly given him a more traditional fusion—a combination of the names of the two fusees, in this case Goku Black and Zamasu—which, in this case, is the terrifying name of Zack.
    • The sword that Future Trunks creates to slice Fusion Zamasu received the nickname "Spirit Sword"—not to be confused with Vegito's sword—both as a nod to Trunks absorbing the Spirit Bomb and merging it with his energy sword and a reference to Kuwabara from YuYu Hakusho. It has also been called the "Monado" or the True Monado since they are both BFS made of light used to slay a god.
    • The Future Trunks Saga is often called the Goku Black/Black Saga or the Zamasu Saga among the fandom.
    • Fans use "Manga Black" when talking about the manga version of Goku Black, since Goku Black is an almost completely different character in that medium.
    • Belmod, the clown God of Destruction seen in the Universe Survival Arc trailer, quickly got the nickname of "Buggy D. God of Destruction"—a reference to the Evil Clown from One Piece. He also has the nickname "Booze", which is a reference to both Bozo The Clown and the alcoholic drink Theme Naming of the Gods of Destruction. A small subset of fans call him "The Joker" and refer to his angel as "Harley Quinn".
    • Kale, prior to her name reveal, was referred to as "Brolady", "Cauli" note , "Girl-Broly", "Braly" or "Broly-chan" for her Super Saiyan transformation and form resembling that of Broly.
    • Some users in 4chan refer to Jiren as "Captain Ayy Lmao" because of a particular alien meme involving The Greys and the fact that he is also a superhero. Likewise, the Spanish-speaking community has referred to him as "El Marcianito 100% real no fake", which is inspired by a different meme involving aliens.
    • Liquir, a Kitsune with three tails, is often called "Tails".
    • Sidra, whose hair and skin colors are the same as the Big Bad of The Legend of Zelda, is called "Ganondorf" or "Ganondwarf" by some.
    • After Fat Buu lost a ton of weight training for the Tournament of Power, the fandom begame calling him "Skinny Buu" or "Fit Buu".
    • A classic from the original days of DBZ: Ultimate Gohan is often called "Mystic Gohan".
    • Majora, the blind canine/fox fighter from Universe 4 who made an Early-Bird Cameo in the introduction, was frequently called "Smug Pup" by the fandom—specifically, This Very Wiki and 4chan.
    • Ribrianne has been consistently been compared to a Teletubby since first revealed, as such, she is known as "The Teletubby" in a lot of circles.
    • The member of Universe 3, Katopesla, due to his superheroic look and the P on his chest, has been referred as Pepsiman. His red speed mode has been been named "Cola Man" in some circles.
    • Due to a huge amount of shitposting on 4chan, which involves some absurd conflict between the Latin American fandom and the English-speaking community, and something about a fan theory about a "Super Saiyan White" transformation (It's a Long Story), the Grand Priest earned the nickname "El Grande Padre" (The Great Father, on broken Spanish) on 4chan.
    • Goku's Ultra Instinct transformation is often referred to with one of two different names: the "Limit Breaker" form or "Super Saiyan Silver". Its mastered stated however, quickly gained the name "Goku Blanco" (Goku White) due to the Memetic Mutation of Gohan Blanco.
    • Kefla, the fusion between Kale and Caulifla, has been jokinly called "Mia Khalifa" by almost everyone, expecially fan parodies. Sometimes even Caulifla alone is called like that.
    • Vegeta's form that is beyond Super Saiyan Blue (sometimes actually called "Beyond Super Saiyan Blue") and gives him darker blue hair is still called "Super Saiyan Royal Blue" by many fans, even after its official name of "Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Evolution" was confirmed. Many people prefer the nickname because 1) it's a better fit for the Prince of All Saiyans and 2) The term "Evolution" does not exactly evoke beloved memories in the fandom.
    • In Latin America, Dr. Rota is nicknamed as "Dr. Pumbaa", not only because he looks like that character, but also because he is voiced by Pumbaa's regular voice actor, Francisco Colmenero.
  • Fandom Nod: In the manga, Goten calls Super Saiyan God "Super Saiyan Red" when it first appears, before Trunks corrects him. "Super Saiyan Red" was a common nickname used by the fandom to refer to the Super Saiyan God transformation after it first appeared on Battle of Gods.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Many fans were confused and worried over a set of episode 94-98 spoilers revealed on message board site 2chan, which seemed to throw the Tournament Survival arc on its head again. (spoilers on notes) note  One person asked one of the animators on Twitter, who seemed to both confirm and deny these spoilers, with at least one commentator feeling that this was Toei being a Trolling Creator (in the same vein as the Suite Pretty Cure ♪ Sixth Ranger trolling). Ultimately, the animator's comment turned out to be correct, being right in some cases and not in others. note 
  • I Knew It!:
    • A lot of people correctly predicted that the unnamed planet on which the Universe 6/7 Tournament took place was actually the seventh Super Dragon Ball.
    • Many fans were not surprised to see Future Trunks attack Goku on sight due to triggered PTSD from fighting Goku Black. Since Goku was supposed to stay dead in Trunks's timeline, the poor boy didn't know that Goku was brought back to life by Old Kaioshin.
    • There has been debate since the days of DBZ as to whether Future Trunks had reached Super Saiyan 2 after being brought back to life. note  When Goku spars with Trunks in Super, however, Goku flat-out says Trunks is Super Saiyan 2. The fact that he was shown to have single-handedly defeated Dabura—who was as powerful as Cell—only further solidifies this fact.
    • Future Mai surviving Goku Black's first attack was no shock, given how heavily she was promoted as a major character in the arc.
    • Several fans—and Bulma—speculated that Zamasu murdered Gowasu and took the Time Ring. Lo and behold, they were right (however they thought he was poisoned by his tea).
    • Damn near everyone initially thought Goku Black is Zamasu. Then it looked like it was a lie, only for it to be true—after a road of many plot twists that left behind even more questions.
    • Subverted: A lot of people thought Black was related somehow to Future Goku, thanks to a scene where he touches his heart after fighting main Goku in the present, implying he had the same heart disease that almost killed Goku. Turns out this is not the case. According to Black himself, he traded bodies with present Goku (one year into the main timeline's future specifically), thus it is not the same Goku who died of the disease.
    • People called it when the preview for Episode 62 mentioned the technique that would defeat Future Zamasu would be the Evil Containment Wave. Sure enough, Piccolo mentions the technique and Goku goes to Master Roshi's to learn how to use it.
    • Ever since Goku Black was shown with a Potara earring, speculations came about that he would either fuse or was fused with someone. Once Future Zamasu showed up, he became the top fusion candidate. Lo and behold, Black and Zamasu did indeed fuse together using the Potaras.
    • Due to the nature of the Future Trunks saga, fans speculated Vegito may come back at some point. And thus did he come back, stronger than ever as a Super Saiyan Blue.
    • Many people speculated that Goku Black and Future Zamasu fusing together would be their downfall, as Fusion Zamasu wasn't 100% immortal. This ended up being correct, as while Fusion Zamasu still was durable, any attacks strong enough were powerful enough to deform his body and ultimately lead to Future Trunks slicing him in half.
    • It was a popular theory that Goku hired Hit to assassinate him so he could fight Hit at his best. Another popular theory was that Vados hired Hit to kill Goku so U6 would have one less foe to deal with during the Zen'o tournament. Another theory claimed that Whis did it to train Goku. Turned out, all three were right to some extent. Goku begged Whis to hire Hit to kill him, so he contacted Vados to set up the job.
    • Some YouTube users managed to guess correctly that one of the Gods of Destruction would be a fox.
    • Many users, including from this very wiki, managed to correctly guess the Universe 11 fighters were a Superhero team due to their uniforms.
    • A mysteriously strong female Saiyan, who was introduced during the Universal Survival Arc, was officially named "Caulifla" (a pun on "Cauliflower"). However, it was not the same female Saiyan seen in the Genkai Toppa×Survivor opening transforming into a Legendary Super Saiyan form. It was one of her shy underlings: Kale.note .
    • Some fans weren't buying the idea that the emerging appearance of Caulifla was a redesign of the, then, mystery Legendary Super Saiyan, going so far as to say that there were two new female Saiyans being introduced. Episode 89 confirmed the two Saiyans to be two different people that happen to work with each other.
    • Many people called it that the first universe to kick the bucket by Zen-O would be Universe 9, especially due to how high Ro's, the Surpreme Kai of that Universe, Smug Snake behavior would bite him in the ass.
    • Many people guessed in advance that three of Universe 3's warriors would fuse as a Combining Mecha, judging by their similar colours. However, not many people didn't expect Dr. Paparoni to later fuse with them to form an even stronger warrior.
    • There was a long rumor that, similar to how Kale is an Expy of Broly, another of the Non-Serial Movie villains would inspire another character in the Tournament of Power. People guessed it was going to be Janemba or Hirudegarn with Universe 4 but that ended up being partially Jossed, because Universe 3 was the one with a character like that: Aniraza, who is primarily inspired by Hatchyjack. Several aspects of Hirudegarn and Janemba are incorporated into Aniraza, however.
    • Honestly, nobody really thought that any of the erased universes would be gone for good; it's just too dark for the series. What most people didn't expect was that 17 would be the last man standing, or that the Zen'os and the Grand Priest were counting on the winner to wish the erased universes back and the whole thing was a Secret Test of Character.
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  • Jossed: In general, fans tended to come up with theories that ended up being far more convoluted than what the show actually ended up doing:
    • Goku Black got this a lot, which is unsurprising given how big of a mystery his character was. Two notable ones were that it was actually Goten (which became prominent enough to become a major Memetic Mutation even after it was jossed) or that it was Goku from a timeline where he didn't get a head injury. He's actually a body-swapped Zamasu.
    • Some fans theorised that Universe 6 would be the universe from Dragon Ball GT. They were all brand new characters instead, and it became evident in the Future Trunks arc that alternate timelines and ultimate universes were seperate concepts altogether. (Of course, this theory never really made sense to begin with, given how Universe 6's earth was explicitly said to be destroyed.)
    • The Future Trunks arc also jossed the theory that the pre-BoG movies and Dragon Ball GT were from different timelines - there were only five when the arc started, and all of them were created in Dragon Ball Z.
    • Many of the fan theories involving the Tournament of Power involved some sort of major reveal, plot twist or interruption, often involving the Grand Priest turning out to be evil or a major uprising occuring among the fighters and directed at the gods. Ultimately, although there is a reveal at the end (see I Knew It! above) it only really changes how the tournament is framed rather than actually affecting the tournament itself - it goes as Zen'o and the Grand Priest planned it without any real hitches along the way.
    • Some fans theorized that Frieza would win the Tournament of Power and make a big, dramatic wish that would setup a Cliffhanger for the series after it. Android 17 ultimately won and the ending was of the And the Adventure Continues sort, albeit with a Sequel Hook or two embedded in.
    • A sorta-kinda example with the female Broly. While fans were right in that Universe 6 would have a female Saiyan named after cauliflower, Caulifla is a different character (the spikey haired Saiyan woman) than Kale, said aforementioned female Broly (though, since Kale is related to Broccoli, the connection to Broly is still there).
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  • In Memoriam: Due to the untimely death of Hiromi Tsuru (Bulma's original seiyuu) because of aortic dissection, a memorial of her was aired after the broadcast of Episode 116 of Dragon Ball Super in Japan.
    • When the series was aired in Italy for the first time, Episode 1 was introduced by a small tribute for Paolo Torrisi, Goku's original voice actor who died ages before, while also introducing Claudio Moneta as Goku's new voice by comparing their respective Kamehameha yellings in a "passing the torch" way.
  • Name's the Same: The blind wolf fighter from Universe 4, Majora, is not to be mistaken for an Eldritch Abomination from a very popular Zelda game about masks.
  • The Original Darrin: After being replaced by Daman Mills for the last few episodes of the Golden Frieza Saga and the initial airings of the Tournament of Power episodes, Chris Ayres rerecorded Frieza's dialogue for the Tournament of Power episodes for the home media release.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In the Japanese version:
      • Shin'ichiro Ota again takes over the role of Kibito-shin from Yuji Mitsuya, as he also did for Dragon Ball GT. (Mitsuya had reprised his role for both Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Kai, which makes his absence somewhat surprising.)
      • Joji Yanami originally returned to reprise his roles as Kaio and the narrator, but 11 episodes in, he was replaced with Naoki Tatsuta in both roles, due to medical reasons. It was originally announced as a temporary recast, but that was 2 years ago now, and Yanami has still sadly not returned. Ryōichi Tanaka also replaces Yanami as the voice of Dr. Brief.
      • Ken Uo takes over as Master Karin in Episode 48 from Ichirō Nagai, who passed away two years earlier of a heart attack and whose final appearances in Dragon Ball Kai aired posthumously.
      • After Hiromi Tsuru, the voice of Bulma, died in November 2017, Toei recast the role with Aya Hisakawa of Sailor Moon fame; while episode 96 of Super was the last to air in Tsuru's lifetime, Toshio Furukawa confirmed on Twitter that episode 128 will be the final one to feature recorded performances from her.
    • In the English dub:
      • Alexis Tipton takes over as the voice of Kid Trunks from Laura Bailey due to the latter being mostly in union-only projects years after moving to Los Angeles. The result, unlike most of the Kai recastings, however, is one that pretty much everyone can agree is nearly flawless, as Tipton replicates Bailey's voice for Trunks with a good amount of accuracy. Fridge Logic applies in this situation though, as she makes him sound slightly older, but seeing as the series takes place several years after the defeat of Buu, but before Trunks' voice would change completely, it makes sense.
      • In June of 2017, Chris Ayres had to check himself into the hospital due to suffering from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and emphysema, which will require major surgery to replace his lungs, thus resulting in him taking a long break from voice acting. Luckily, they have a good soundalike to fill in the role, Daman Mills, who started voicing Frieza in the last several minutes of episode 26 and will most likely be taking over the role from him for Frieza's future appearances from the show and video games. Ayres was able to reprise Frieza for the Broly movie, whereas Mills handles the main series for the remaining episodes in the Tournament of Power arc.
      • In the English dub of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Hit was voiced by Aaron Roberts. As of the dub of the Champa Arc, he's voiced by Matthew Mercer.
      • Beginning with episode 89, Bryan Massey has once again replaced Bradford Jackson as the voice of Oolong, after Jackson returned to the role in 2014.
    • In the Italian dub:
      • Goku's original voice actor, Paolo Torrisi, died in 2005 of complications from biliary obstruction, so the casting director decided to replace him with Claudio Moneta (who had previously voiced Zarbon and Cooler). Also, Beerus and most of the movie characters have different voices because of the change of cities (Rome to Milan).
      • Frieza's original voice actor, Gianfranco Gamba, died in 2004, so he was replaced by Federico Zanandrea.
      • In April 2017, Monica Bonetto, who voiced Kid Trunks, died after a short illness. She was replaced by Patrizia Mottola starting from midway through episode 47. Also, Gotenks, who up to this point talked in Trunks's voicenote , is now voiced by Jacopo Calatroni.
      • While Mottola was the voice of Gregory in the original series, here she was replaced by the male Stefano Dallavalle.
      • Alberto Oliviero, Piccolo's original voice actor, reprised the role for the first 27 episodes, then he retired and was replaced by Luca Ghignone.
      • Champa was voiced by Matteo Zanotti in his earlier appearances, but when the 6/7 Universe Tournament arc began he was replaced by Matteo Brusamonti.
      • Vados was originally voiced by Deborah Magnaghi, who also voices Android 18. Since Italian fans don't like when the same voice actor does more than one character in the same show, in the Universe Survival Arc she was replaced by Jolanda Granato.
    • Some character voices in the Latin American Spanish dub have been changed, like it happened during Dragon Ball Kai: The Final Chapters.
      • Mister Satan is no longer voiced by Ricardo Brust due to Toei preferring Bardo Miranda, Satan's voice actor in Kai, and Majin Buu isn't voiced by Mario Sauret since he retired in 2013 after voicing him for Battle of Gods, and was replaced by Marcos Patiño, Buu's voice actor in Kai: The Final Chapters.
      • Despite Irwin Daayán returning to reprise his role as Dende in Kai: The Final Chapters, he didn't reprise his role in Super for unknown reasons; Javier Olguín, his actor for Battle of Gods, replaced him.
      • Old Kai's original voice actor, Enrique Mederos, died in April 2004 of a hepatitis infection, and was replaced by Ernesto Lezama (Oolong).
      • Master Roshi's original voice actor, Jesús Colín, also died in May 2011, and was replaced by Miguel Ángel Sanromán, his actor for Battle of Gods and Resurrection 'F'.
      • Android 18 is an interesting example. She was voiced by Cristina Camargo in the original Z, who returned for Battle of Gods and Resurrection 'F'. However, in Super, she is voiced by her Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly and Kai: The Final Chapters actress, Mónica Villaseñor.
      • Kibito's voice actor, José Luis Castañeda, had already retired from dubbing in 2010, so he was replaced by Humberto Solórzano, who had played Kibito in Kai: The Final Chapters.
      • Future Trunks's original voice actor, Sergio Bonilla, reprised his role for the Future Trunks arc, but he was changed for his last appearance in episode 67 by Víctor Ruiz for unknown reasons. Even Eduardo Garza, the dub's director, was puzzled by this, as he was out of the country at the time.
      • Due to José Lavat's death in May 2018, the narrator is voiced by Rubén Moya for the second half of Super, cementing him as the de facto voice actor for the role.
    • In the Hungarian dub:
      • Péter Bozsó and Gábor Csőre declined to return as Vegeta and Gohan, so Roland Czető and Bence Penke took up the roles, respectively. Other newcomers include Bence Berkes as Krillin (his main actor in DB and DBZ, Zoltán Breyer died in 2009), Róbert Harcsik as Yamcha (replacing Péter Forgács), Csongor Szalay as Oolong (replacing Gábor Melis), Dániel Hamvas as Bubbles (replacing Péter R. Kárpáti), Lilla Hermann as Mai (replacing Ági Kökényessy), Zsolt Gyurin as Frieza (replacing Lajos Cs. Németh), Attila Bodrogi as Ginyu (replacing Nándor Holl), Adrienn Pekár as Pan (replacing Anikó Haffner), Tibor Pásztor as Android 17 (replacing Rodrigo Crespo), Gábor Seder as Puar (replacing numerous actors) and unannounced voice talents replacing Chiaotzu and Dende. Péter Beregi returns as King Kai (replacing his GT replacement, Gábor Forgács). Confusingly, Goten's VA, Judit Koltai replaced Péter Szokol as Gotenks, even though Szokol reprised his main role of Trunks.
      • Some characters retain their GT voices: Ferenc Végh as Roshi (Tibor Kenderesi passed away in 2011), Lajos Csuha as Mr. Satan (having replaced István Imre), István Fazekas as Buu (Csaba Csík mostly quit voice acting), Erika F. Nagy as Android 18 (Claudia Liptai hated DBZ, and is too busy and expensive), Endre Botár as Old Kai (György Vizy died in 2004), Victor Posta as Kibito Kai (Pál Sztarenki retired from voice acting) and Máté Endrédi as the narrator (having replaced András Bordi).
      • Characters to change voice actors within Super's dub include Beerus (János Bordás quit midway into the final arc, Attila Szatmári took over), Buu (twice; his original actor returned after a while), King Kai (Péter Albert took over when Péter Beregi quit due to scheduling issues), Gotenks (voiced by both actors instead of one or the other due to fan complaints), Roshi (whose actor passed away before completing the dub, Péter Albert inherited this role too), Gowasu (László Bartók replacing Zoltán Várday), Marron (Kira Kobela replacing Bori Csuha), Magetta (Gábor Sótonyi - Gábor Beratin - Gábor Kossuth), Helles (Ilona Molnár - Réka Laurinyecz), Shen Long (Róbert Bolla - Attila Szatmári), Dende (Miklós Horváth - Zoltán Renácz, his GT voice) Kibito (Victor Posta - Páter Barbinek, his Z voice), and Chichi (Zsuzsa Rácz temporarily filling in for Tünde Törtei). Sorbet, Champa and Vados had temporary voices for their first appearance, before the director settled on a more suitable casting. Puar also went through multiple voices and even genders before the dub decided to make the character a male, dubbed by Gábor Seder.
    • In the Polish dub:
      • Although two of the Dragon Ball movies (Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn and Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon) were dubbed in early 00s, Polish dub of Super introduced mostly new cast, with only few old actors (and none of them was reprising their old roles).
      • Leszek Filipowicz voiced Dr. Brief in episode 33, only to be replaced by Wojciech Żołądkowicz for the rest of the series.
  • Playing Against Type: Rina Kitagawa, whose more well-known role is the heavily pacifistic Yuuko Omori/Cure Honey of Happiness Charge Pretty Cure, plays the Hot-Blooded Brianne de Chateau.
  • The Other Marty: Chris Ayres became this to Daman Mills for the home media release of the Tournament of Power episodes in the English dub.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Toyotarō, the artist behind the manga adaptation of Super and Dragon Ball Heroes, used to work on his own doujinshi of Dragon Ball AF, a fan-made sequel to Dragon Ball GT. As of the Universal Survival Arc he collaborated with Toriyama to desgin the remaining Gods of Destruction According to an interview, he considers Dragon Ball his life.
    • Ian Sinclair, the English voice of Whis, watched Dragon Ball during Z's glory days on Toonami. His glee of being part of Super while it was being broadcast on the same block is quite clear.
    • Arturo Castañeda, the Latin American Spanish voice of Whis, was actually the one who convinced his father, Mario Castañeda, to take up the role of Adult Goku back in 1997 because he wanted his Dad to be Goku, and has tweeted screenshots of Goku from Super with the hashtag #MiPapaEsGoku ("My Dad is Goku"), so it's safe to say that he qualifies.
    • Like in Xenoverse and FighterZ, James Marsters, after having become a Converted Fanboy, voices Zamasu in the English Dub.
    • Vegeta's new Hungarian VA, Roland Czető used to watch Z and at first couldn't believe who he was cast as, fearing a backlash from fans. Ironically, this is a stark contrast to the previous actor, who never concealed his dislike/disinterest regarding the franchise and fanbase.
    • Nathan Sharp (NateWantsToBattle) has done a couple of fan-made Dragon Ball music covers in the past on his Youtube page. When it came to dubbing the Universe Survival Arc's main theme, "Limit Break x Survivor", Funimation picked him up to do it.
    • After voicing Cooler and Dr. Gero for Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Chris Guerrero became the English voice of Lavender in Super.
    • Much like the previous entries, Dawn M. Bennett grew up loving Dragon Ball during their youth, and even voiced a one-off role (Fairy C) during Super's early days. That being said, she also really likes the Incredible Hulk for the same amount of time. Once the Universe Survival Saga dub rolled around, she managed to snag up Kale, a role that combined both her interests into one.
    • Many of the people working on the Polish dub suit this trope, especially those raised in 90s and being old/young enough to watch Dragon Ball, Z and GT during the biggest hype in Poland.
    • Dorina Móricz, the translator for the Hungarian dub, is a promoted fangirl.
  • Quote Source:
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub, two of the children of José Luis Orozco (Beerus) have supporting roles in the Universe Survival Saga. Luis Fernando Orozco voices Ea, while Andrea Orozco voices Caulifla. Oddly enough, it doubles as a Casting Gag for Luis Fernando, since he previously voiced Future Trunks in the first 98 episodes of Dragon Ball Kai.
    • In the Polish dub, younger version of Yurin in episode 90 was voiced by Joanna Wiśniewska, sister of Agnieszka Wiśniewska, who voiced Android 18, Marron, Bulla and both Zen'os.
    • The Hungarian dub features three Czető family members: Roland as Vegeta, his younger brother Ádám as Cabba and their sister Zsanett as Kale.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Voice acting, in this case. Joji Yanami is nearly 85 years old as of his work on Super, and that's not an age at which you can strain your voice anymore, in most cases. As a result, his inflections for King Kai are mainly monotone, no matter what the animation has him reacting to. Eventually, he was replaced by Naoki Tatsuta.
  • Recast as a Regular: Some of the fighters from the Tournament of Power voiced Time Patrollers from the Xenoverse games, such as Nobuyuki Hiyama (Barry Kahn and Prum), Masumi Asano (Cocoa, Helles and Lilibeu), Yuka Komatsu and Elizabeth Maxwell (Caulifla), Ryoko Shiraishi (Sanka Ku), Jiro Saito (Gril), Caitlin Glass (Vados).
  • Referenced by...:
    • Jiren, Caulifla, and Hit were the topic of an episode of Artists Draw Characters (That They've Never Seen) of the The Drawfree Channel.
    • Yusuke Murata, the artist behind One-Punch Man, did some fan work of characters from Dragon Ball which includes Beerus, Whis, Vados, and Zen-Oh with his bodyguards with a touch of his style.
    • Not exactly referenced, but more like copied. An indian cartoon named Chota Bhem team took the designs from Basil and Champa for two of their characters.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Could be unintentional, but the original idea for Dragon Ball GT was to be an interquel to Dragon Ball Z, set between the final battle of the Majin Buu arc and the series' Distant Finale, before that one turned into a full-on Sequel Series instead. At the very least, the basic idea survived into this installment.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: While Chris Ayres was (initially) unable to reprise his role as Frieza due to illness, his brother Greg Ayres plays Frieza's Universe 6 counterpart, Frost.
  • Role Reprisal:
    • Incidentally, Wendee Lee reprises her role of Bulma in the Bang Zoom dub, having played her before in the Harmony Gold dub of Dragon Ball back in 1989.
    • Almost all of the Latin American Spanish voice actors from the original series reprise their roles in the dub of Super, as they had done previously on Kai: The Final Chapters (after the first 98 episodes of Kai replaced them). In addition, José Luis Orozco and Arturo Castañeda reprise their respective roles as Beerus and Whis from the Battle of Gods and Resurrection 'F' movies in that dub.
    • With a few exceptions, most of the original cast from the Italian dub came back, with the most amusing one being Massimiliano Lotti being back as Pilaf after being replaced by Sergio Romanò midway throught the original series.
    • While not his actual role, Brian Drummond, the original English-language voice of Vegeta in the Ocean dub, returns to voice Copy Vegeta for FUNimation.
    • A number of actors returned for the Hungarian dub. Most notably, Péter Beregi as King Kai, who quit the role at the tail-end of DBZ in 1999 (though he also quit Super after a few episodes); István Wohlmuth as Tien, who has retired from voice acting around 2007; and Judit Koltai as Goten, who rarely gets dubbing roles and can still do the voice.

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  • Schedule Slip: The Bang Zoom! dub has been taking so long to get their Universe 6 Saga dub out that it's speculated by many, including their voice actre.ss for 18 and Vados, Tamara Ryan, to have been quietly cancelled. This now seems to be the case, as Toonami Asia, one of the primary networks airing and funding the dub, is seemingly ending broadcast, thus leaving the future of the dub in doubt.
  • Stunt Casting: The casting of Brian Drummond as Copy Vegeta was a stroke of brilliance on Sabat's part, as it allowed old 90s Ocean fans to hear the original English Vegeta's voice again, as well as hear him side-by-side with the current English voice of the character. English fans also have said that the short filler arc was elevated by Drummond's casting as Copy Vegeta adding some much-needed enjoyment to the episodes. Drummond has also, jokingly, tweeted in response to a fan that if Ocean were to ever dub Super, he'd personally see to it that Sabat would get cast and flown up to Canada so they could reverse the roles for that dub, which Sabat isn't against.
  • Talking to Himself: In general, Goku and Goku Black share the same voice actor/actress in all the dubs, and Vegeta and Copy Vegeta too (Except in the Japanese, German, Polish and Funimation English dubs).
    • Masako Nozawa voices Goku, Gohan, Goten, and Goku Black in the Japanese version.
    • Sean Schemmel still voices Goku, King Kai, and will voice Goku Black as well because he already has for Xenoverse 2.
    • Chris Sabat still voices Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, and Shenron as always in the English dub. Which in turn gave us this gem.
      Vegeta: You're a bad actor, you know that?
      Piccolo: Says you!
    • Takeshi Kusao voices both Kid Trunks and Future Trunks, and they talk to each other in several scenes the Future Trunks Arc.
      • Similar situation with Maksymilian Michasiów in the Polish dub.
    • Ryusei Nakao voices Frieza and Frost. This is inevitable in episode 96, where the two meet before the Tournament of Power starts.
      • Kept in the Polish dub, with Waldemar Barwiński voicing both of them.
  • Throw It In!: Chris Sabat described Sean Schemmel's lines as Goku faking a punch from Mr. Satan as "one of the most funny outtakes-become-actual-takes I have experienced".
  • Troper Critical Mass: Hoo boy. One of the largest Cash Cow Franchises in the world and the Gateway Series for children the world over to anime is getting a sequel with the full support and guidance of the creator? This series was destined to achieve critical mass before it even aired. After it aired, well it is noteworthy that afterword the Character Sheet absolutely exploded with many characters getting their own pages for themselves, something that is still uncommon on this site. Goku alone has more tropes listed on his Character Sheet than entire franchises have! To the point that he has to be separated into subpages just for how big it is! As a positive example, thanks to the growing interest in Super, much development went to the characters folders in the franchise, fixing many old problems the subpages may had.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • Akira Toriyama was this as far back as Dragon Ball. When he got requests not to kill off certain characters or to draw his characters more round, he would kill off that character and purposely drew with more angles. He would even go as far as to kill characters just because they were popular. Several decades later, this hasn't changed. In the Champa Saga, Buu and Monaka were hyped as part of the U7 team. Buu didn't even fight since he failed the test and Monaka turned out to be a Joke Character. Frost was also billed as a Good Counterpart to Frieza before it's revealed that he's a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. For the Future Trunks Saga, Vegito returned and Future Trunks got the kill on Fusion Zamasu. Then it all got turned around when Vegito got an one-hour time-limit and Fusion Zamasu returned and killed everyone in Trunks' time before Future Zen'o nuked the rest. For the Universal Survival Saga, we got a diverse ten person team with many forgotten characters. This got turned on its head when Buu fell asleep, yet again, and they had Frieza replace him.
    • The synopsis for the final episode, as shown in various Japanese publications, proclaimed that Goku was going to be ringed out by Jiren, only to have everyone realize that they missed someone — Frieza, who would begin his assault on Jiren. Episode 130 proved this was not the case at all: Frieza actually saves Goku from getting ringed out and Frieza is joined by a surprisingly alive Android 17, with the final episode being a three-on-one match.
  • What Could Have Been: See Dragon Ball.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Dragon Ball Wiki.
  • Word of God:
    • V-Jump released a "Rival Danger Scale" to show how Goku's various rivals were a threat to him, with a score out of twelve given. Although these scores themselves are not necessarily a statement on a characters' power level as much as the threat they pose to Goku's life, the flavor text does confirm a few things. Golden Frieza is still a threat to Super Saiyan Blue even at the time of the Future Trunks Saga, when this issue was released, and that Fused Zamasu cannot be approached by any of the other fighters.
    • Toriyama got the idea for Goku Black from the "evil copies of the hero" such as Fake Man, Fake Kamen Rider, with the name "Black" coming from Kamen Rider BLACK.
    • Trunks training to become a Supreme Kai disciple and Vegeta going Super Saiyan God in the manga were Toyotarō's ideas. Many twists in the saga were also his idea, but they don't go into further specifics.
    • An interview with Producer Satoru Takami and Series Director Ryōta Nakamura shed some light about the Tournament of Power saga development.
      • Toppo, Jiren and Dyspo designs were created by Toriyama. The anime staff wanted to give Jiren a personality similar to the one that ended up being Toppo's, but Toriyama declined, stating that Jiren is a "stoic character with a tragic backstory", which is why they gave that personality to Toppo. Dyspo's personality was decided based on his voice actor, and the rest of the Pride Troopers were later made by Toei.
      • Ribrianne was designed by Toriyama, but her magical girl schtick and her base form were anime ideas. This presumably also applies to Kakunsa and Rozie.
      • Kale and Caulifla weren't in the original draft. Kale was created by the anime staff thanks to Broly's popularity, and after her creation, Toriyama created Caulifla.
      • The order and manner of eliminations was decided by Toriyama, this includes Krillin's and Piccolo's infamous ones. However, Android 18 and Ribrianne's fight for their different ideas of love weren't in the draft.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: The Universal Survival Saga was this for the parties involved. Toriyama had a vague outline for a tournament rumble involving 80-something fighters, but there were only 4 new character designs from his part alongside the established 15 designs from Universe 7 and 6. However, the anime staff had to improvise the personalities of the new characters (the three designs becoming a superhero team called the Pride Troopers; Dyspo's cocky personality was based on his voice actor, Bin Shimada, who had previously voiced Broly; Toppo's Large Ham personality was originally meant for Jiren, but Toriyama refused the idea; and Ribrianne being a magical girl parody was Toei idea, due to having broadcast magical girl anime before), and to help create many of the new characters (creating many of the new characters, including the other 7 Pride Troopers; with Kale being an idea of Toei based on Broly's popularity, with Toriyama approving of this and creating Caulifla as a pair). The anime staff had to create a more complex story than the last arcs, give a personality to the new characters, recruit the members of the Universe 7 team (including Android 17 and Frieza), and also to follow the original outline, with the order of eliminations, and some small touches from their part (like Frieza giving energy to Goku as a Call-Back and Ribrianne being eliminated by 18 over The Power of Love). By comparison, Toyotaro's manga version is closer to the outline, but adapting the designs created by Toei Animation for the side characters.
  • Write What You Know: Toshio Yoshitaka, who wrote the Baseball Episode (Ep 70), is a Baseball aficionado in real life.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Toshio Yoshitaka, one of the writers for the anime, has some beliefs that aren't confirmed by either Toriyama or Toyotaro.
    • Toshio believes Android 17 is equal in power to Gohan during the Universe Survival Arc. Likewise, both of them are stronger than Frost, who is stronger than Piccolo.
    • When a fan asked him if Dyspo was related in some way to Beerus and Champa, he suggested they could be from the same race, but wasn't entirely sure. Apparently, Toriyama wasn't either, according to the anime director.
  • You Look Familiar: Well, more like "You Sound Familiar", but with the Tournament of Power being loaded with characters, is no surprise some voice actors play more than one character who never talk with themselves (thus averting Talking to Himself). Daisuke Kishio is the actor with more played up characters in the saga, playing more than six characters, as he voices the young and gentle Cabba, the jovial God of Destruction Liquiir, Universe 10 fighter Mechiōpu, Nigrisshii, Bollarator, and the One-Scene Wonder of Mosco's true identity, Mule.

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