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Dragon Ball Z Abridged is an Abridged Series of Dragon Ball Z created by Team Four Star, beginning production in 2008. 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 abridged brethren, 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 head 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 some have 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.

Three seasons — each one covering the Saiyan Saga, the Namek/Freeza Saga, and the Android/Cell Saga respectively — have been completed, along with several specials and a majority of the movies.

The fourth season, covering the Buu Saga, is in early development, but the creators of the show have stated that they will take a break to work on their other projects before its releasenote , and that it will take a different form than previous seasons (with the creators indicating that episodes will be shorter, but also released in "waves" between hiatuses). There has also been talk of remaking the Saiyan Saga to keep the style of editing and humor closer to the the following seasons.


Team Four Star is also preparing a series of new content called Dragon ShortZ, which currently will present new stories set in the DBZA continuity between the Cell and Buu sagas.

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 have premiered on Twitch at Team Four Star's video game streaming channel.

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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Dragon Ball Z Abridged - Gohan Predicts Goku's Advice

From Episode 60 part 2 of Dragon Ball Z Abridged: Gohan isn't through toying with Perfect Cell, but is definitely through with Goku.

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