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Dragon Ball Z Abridged is an Abridged Series of Dragon Ball Z created by Team Four Star, which ran from 2008 to 2019. The series quickly set itself apart from others of its kind for featuring a Super Group of Abridged Series content creators, and is far and away one of the most popular on the internet.

Compared to most of its counterparts, DBZA is notable for having very character-driven, Call-Back heavy humor, making a genuine effort at faithfully adapting Dragon Ball Z's plot, and containing almost no fourth-wall breaking (well, after the first season, anyway). That said, it does still have plenty of Lampshade Hanging and in-jokes relating to the franchise as a whole, and some of the jokes in question are obscure enough that they would probably go over the heads of even the most die-hard Dragon Ball fans. Essentially, Dragon Ball Z Abridged is what would happen if you put Dragon Ball Z and Archer in a blender.


The series is also notable for its voice acting, which audiences compared favorably to the official dub. Notably, Chris Ayres praised LittleKuriboh's performance as Freeza, and several members of Team Four Star were hired to do voice work in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse series.

Although the episodes persist on YouTube, continued issues with people claiming the content has resulted in them uploading the series to Twitch. Since the Cell saga, episodes premiered on Twitch at Team Four Star's video game streaming channel.

The series lasted three seasons, each one covering the Saiyan Saga, the Namek/Freeza Saga, and the Android/Cell Saga, respectively, along with several specials and a majority of the movies. Initially, Team Four Star stated they intended to continue with a Season 4 that would cover the Buu Saga and included a stinger promising such at the end of the third season's finale. However, on February 1, 2020, KaiserNeko announced that Episode 60 would indeed be the ending of Dragon Ball Z Abridged: the team decided it was no longer worth it to continue the abridged style (in part due to struggles with various copyright claims as well as with longstanding creative burnout that had hit a tipping point with the cancellation of the show's adaptation of Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound), and any future content would be original content. The now-outdated stinger was subsequently excised from the Season 3 finale by way of YouTube's editing tool.


Team Four Star is currently producing an original animated series called Dragon ShortZ, which presents new stories set in the DBZA continuity, beginning in the immediate aftermath of the Cell Saga. When the series began TFS planned to make season 4 of DBZA in that style, but the February 1 announcement walked that back, stating that such an effort would be untenable and take too much time to produce, and confirmed that the abridged series was indeed over.

The series has a recap page, currently under construction. For a similar concept executed differently, see Alternate Reality DBZ.

This list includes tropes from videos of two Dragon Ball movies made with most of TeamFourStar's cast, but pre-dating TeamFourStar, for convenience's sake.

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