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  • Big Name Fan: Team Four Star are Big Name Fans for Dragon Ball; many other Internet projects about the franchise, like Death Battle and Honest Trailers, turn to them as the unofficial "official" voices of the characters.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Takahata101 does not take it well when Attack on Titan Abridged is mentioned in a past Twitch lifestream. This isn't really him disliking the work itself so much as being salty that it got Screwed by the Lawyers and cancelled, and annoyed because people keep twisting the knife by bringing it up even after they've explained this over and over.
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    • They get pretty annoyed when people quote memes from their own shows at them. While they have been Actually Pretty Funny, quoting them when they're say, playing The Jack Box is a good way to get them mad, especially because if it's one of the game that's up to the audience vote, it's more or less guaranteed to win because of the shameless pandering.
    • When asked whether they would like to redo the first few episodes of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Lanipator's answer was an immediate, unqualified "Yes." Indeed, they spent an entire video during their "TIBA" event lambasting the poor quality the first episode.
  • Creator's Pest:
    • The members of TFS are quite up-front about their dislike of Broly, considering him to be all the worst elements of DBZ with no real redeeming qualities. That said, Lani and Kaiser both expressed enthusiasm and cautious optimism for Dragon Ball Super: Broly, hoping that Toriyama's rewrite might actually redeem Broly.
      • The team would end up loving the new version of Broly, highlighting his very real and believable character moments, sympathetic backstory, his more nuanced and complex relationship with his father Paragus and the new characters Cheelai and Lemo, as well as being a genuinely well written and lovable character with great potential for future development. Lani even said Broly was the kind of character you don't want to see die.
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    • The team aren't fond of Jiren, from Dragon Ball Super, disliking him due to just being a generic obstacle for Goku to overcome. Came to the point where in the epilogue for the Cell saga, Cell states that he considered naming himself that, but thought it sounded boring.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: At times. Of special note is MasakoX. It's creepy how Masako X can sound like a genuine woman at times.
    • Which is somewhat appropriate considering his online name comes from the Japanese voice actress for Goku, Masako Nozawa.
  • Doing It for the Art: Part of the reason it takes so long for a DBZ Abridged episode to come out is because KaiserNeko cleans up and fixes the original animation wherever needed/possible, for, essentially, free.
  • Fan Nickname: When Yes Yes Love Adventure Go! first started a lot of people have called it "Creepy Anime Bullshit: TFS Edition".
  • Hire the Critic: Kirran and Grant were both big critics of DBZA in the pastnote , but they joined the team and will occasionally crack jokes about how they're sell-outs for working for people they hate.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: For a while, their older Let's Plays were unavailable online due to having been removed from Blip. Thankfully, they have since been reuploaded to their gaming channel on YouTube.
    • Unfortunately, the first 8 videos of the Bloodbourne livestreams are cutdown versions of them, unlike their later streams and let's plays, to only what they considered the best bits. While this can be good for the people who like the funny moments, it isn't known if they, or anyone else, have the unedited versions of the streams.
  • Name's the Same: Tantor, the protagonist of the SoulSilver Nuzlocke, has nothing to do with the elephant from Tarzan.
  • Old Shame: As has become clear in their streamed marathons of old work such as Dragon Ball Z Abridged and Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, they dislike many of their old jokes and feel they've aged poorly due to either relying on memes that are no longer current or being generally immature and insensitive in light of the changing times.
    Lanipator (After the entire couch cringes at a rape joke): The internet was a very different place in 2009.
  • The Pete Best: Vegeta3986, one of the original voice actors in the series, was asked to leave midway through season 2. While the show had been improving late in season 1, this helped mark the point in which the series found its bearing.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Several TFS members have "graduated" up to professional voice acting, thanks to Funimation being fans of their work (and because many of them live in Texas, which is where Funi is headquartered). Just to name a couple, General Ivan is Gecko Moria in One Piece while Kaiser is Gundam Tanaka in Danganronpa 3 and a Freeza minion in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.
      • Kaiser also tried to invoke this; in one of the Bloodborne streams, Lani says that Kaiser told him not to speak ill of Dragon Ball Super for fear that it would ruin their chances of being cast in the inevitable dub. Unfortunately that didn't come to pass, seemingly because of Toei's interference (see below).
    • The best-known example, however, would be Taka being cast as one of the create-a-character voices in Dragon Ball Xenoverse, wherein he essentially plays Abridged Nappa and drops a metric ton of references to DBZA. For the sequel, Lani and Kaiser join him, though they provide more standard lines as opposed to being purely "joke voices" like Takanote .
    • Christopher Sabat is a huge fan of Team Four Star and loves working with them, so they're technically Promoted Fanboys of each other. Sabat has even done work for DBZA, performing the country-western version of "Cat Loves Food".
    • This finally reached its peak when the main four (Lani, Kaiser, Taka and Masako) were actually cast in Dragon Ball Kai, playing characters in the cheesy "dramatization" of the Cell Gamesnote . Unfortunately, at the last minute the audio for this scene was swapped with audio from Funimation's dub of DBZ, with many fans speculating that Toei ordered the change (since they're clearly not very fond of TFS). However, the complete clip was leaked online, and Lani is still in the edited version (thanks to the bit at the end where he, in his Krillin voice, advertises Mr. Satan's merchandise).
    • Several members of the team are also fans of RWBY, and some of them got hired by Rooster Teeth. Howard is the most prominent, playing Weiss' brother Whitley, while Kaiser and Lani play minor characters in Volumes 4 and 5. On the flipside, Monty Oum was TFS's first choice to play Future Gohan in History of Trunks Abridged (and he was friends with Lani), but his tragic passing prevented this from happening.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Justin Briner did several voices for TFS (like Cloud in Final Fantasy 7 Machinimabridged and Buu-era Gohan in Super Android 13 Abridged) before he started landing big roles with Funimation, most prominently My Hero Academia's protagonist Izuku "Deku" Midoriya.
    • Amber Lee Connors, who voices Android #18, would start doing roles for Funimation as well, most notably Keijo!!!!!!!!.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers:
    • Toei Animation, the company that owns the rights to the Dragon Ball anime, hates Team Four Star. A couple of times every year, like clockwork, they file copyright claims against DBZ Abridged and get it taken off of YouTube for a week or two until Kaiser can sort out the disputes (they can't actually do anything about the videos on TFS's own website, though). It's not confirmed, but it's strongly suspected that Toei is the reason TFS's performance in Dragon Ball Kai was removed from the Toonami broadcast and replaced with audio from the original DBZ dub. Finally, during a livestream in late October 2017, Lani mentioned that he and the rest of the group wouldn't be working with Funimation for a while because they'd effectively been "graylisted" as a result of Toei pressuring Funi not to hire them, be it for anything produced by Toei or otherwise.
      • However, it seems that this decision only really affects the most prominent members of the team like Lani, Kaiser, Taka, and maybe Masako (who's from the UK and doesn't do a lot of actual voice work outside of internet projects). Other team members are unaffected, as seen with Chris "General Ivan" Gurrero and Howard "Teh Exorcist" Wang, both of whom were cast in the dub of Dragon Ball Super.
      • It's also suspected that part of the reason Adult Gohan is being recast in DBZA Season 4 is because TFS doesn't want to risk getting Justin Briner on Toei's bad side, especially given that he's currently starring in one of Funi's OTHER big properties.
    • Attack on Titan Abridged was unfortunately struck by this, leaving it with only one episode and a complete script for a second episode before getting cancelled.
    • A bizarre and hilarious variation of this regarding their gaming content that came up during their sixth Fan Mail Friday; due to an astoundingly thorough restraining order filed by a fan with the Superior Court of Texas, Scott "KaiserNeko" Frerichs is legally barred from playing League of Legends, logging into a computer containing League of Legends, entering a building containing such a computer, and coming within 100 ft. of such a building, which he has no problem with.
    • This has led to an amusing Running Gag in their Let's Plays of the Kingdom Hearts games, which are partly owned by Disney. Because of Disney's notoriously strict copyright policies, they have taken to not only muting the opening/ending theme songs whenever they play, but putting hilariously non sequitur talking or their own off key singing over the songs.
      • Realistically with this one, though, they only had to do that with the theme songs; 'Simple and Clean' and 'Sanctuary,' and the credits songs
  • Teasing Creator: Videos during the unusually long intermission between seasons 1 and 2 would often tease about season 2, only to change the subject or run out of time. The show's Schedule Slip was finally addressed in an FAQ Bubbles.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Team Four Star Wiki.

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