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Masako X's Dragon Ball What If is a series of discussion videos on Youtube headed by Lawrence Simpson aka MasakoX of Team Four Star fame as part of his Dragon Ball Discussion series of Youtube videos.

As the title states, the videos are generally a series of "What If?..?" scenarios in which certain events play out differently from what happens in the main canon and explores the consequences of paths that weren't taken as a result. The series started off with What If Senzu Beans Never Existed and spiraled from there, with What If Raditz Turned Good? being the first of the more popular topics. Eventually, Masako decided to dedicate a week of these theories on the first of every month, but once Dragon Ball Super ended, it turned into one What if per week on a Tuesday. They covered a wide range of topics. You can find the playlist here.


They are, as followed:

  1. What If Senzu Beans Never Existed?: Senzu Beans have been a lifesaver for Goku in the past. So what would happen if they were never created?

  2. What If DBZ Movies Were Canon?: Covers how the movies could fit into the main story.

  3. What If Goku Never Met Bulma?: What if the trigger that started the whole DB series never happened?

  4. With If Piccolo Fused Early?: Explore what would happen if Piccolo fused with Kami during the events of the Sayian Saga?

  5. What If Kid Goku Turned Super Sayian?: What if Goku gained Super Sayian earlier then expected? This was the first topic to be covered in more than one video.

  6. What If Raditz Turned Good?: A story that follows Raditz in becoming a part of the Z Fighters. His most popular one by far.

  7. What If Krillin Killed Vegeta on Namek?:

  8. What If Trunks Was Stuck in the Past?:

  9. What If Dragon Balls Couldn't Resurrect People?:

  10. What If Vegeta was the first Super Saiyan?: Delves into how the overall focus of Dragon Ball Z would have changed if Vegeta became a Super Saiyan first instead of Goku.

  11. What If Future Gohan Survived?: What if Future Gohan has survived the Android fight that killed him in the canon story?

  12. What If Goku Married Bulma?: Instead of proposing to Chi Chi, what if Goku had hooked up with Bulma instead?

  13. What If Vegito Stayed Fused?:

  14. What If Gohan Was Earth's Hero?: A story where his actions are correctly recognized instead of Mr. Satan taking the credit.

  15. What If Nappa Turned Good?: Follows Nappa if he was the one who turned over a new leaf instead of Vegeta.

  16. What If Piccolo Never Saved Gohan?: The iconic scene of Piccolo saving Gohan doesn't occur.

  17. What If Gine Went With Goku?: What if Goku's mother, Gine, had gone with Goku when he left Planet Vegeta shortly before Freeza destroyed it.

  18. What If Broly Turned Good?: Initially done as an April Fool's Joke in 2018, this one sees Broly crash-landing on Earth after the events of his debut movie. But instead of continuing his rampage as depicted in the sequel film, he winds up suffering amnesia and meeting Goten, who befriends him.

  19. What if Goku never learned instant transmission?: This scenario involves Goku missing learning the technique during his visit to Yardrat.

  20. What If Goku Was A Girl?: Just what it says, what if Goku was born a female.

  21. What if Freeza saw Vegeta's potential?: What if Freeza made Vegeta one of his elite soldiers instead of treating him as an inferior soldier like in canon?

  22. What if Bardock convinced the Saiyans?: What if Bardock convinced a group of Saiyans to leave Planet Vegeta with him prior to its destruction?
  23. What if Cell Turned Good?: What if rather than destroying the larval Cell in Gero's lab, the Z-Fighters reprogrammed him to be good?
  24. What if Gohan Went Super Saiyan Early?: What if Gohan went Super Sayian during the Saiyan Arc, after Nappa killed Piccolo?
  25. What if Beerus never woke up?: What if Beerus never woke up in Battle of Gods?
  26. What if Freeza Listened to Goku?: What if Freeza took Goku's advice rather than trying to kill Goku on Namek?
  27. What if Buu didn't fall asleep?: What if Buu didn't fall asleep before the Tournament of Power?
  28. What if Vegeta celebrated Christmas?: Vegeta gets put through Yet Another Christmas Carol; done as a three-parter in December 2018 mostly as a joke.
  29. What if Freeza and Doctor Gero teamed up?: A mysterious stranger meets Dr. Gero and encourages him to team up with Freeza.
  30. What if Trunks met Kid Bulma?: A glitch in the time machine sends Future Trunks to the start of Dragon Ball instead of the Android Saga.
  31. What if Hercule trained with Roshi?: Another April Fool's special, where Mr. Satan studies under Master Roshi.
  32. What if Goku defeated Jackie Chun?: In the main canon, Roshi entered the first tournament under the disguise of Jackie Chun to defeat his students so they wouldn't get swelled egos. So what would happen if that fear came to pass if Goku had managed to land the last blow in their fight?
  33. What if Goku stayed evil?
  34. What if the Supreme Kai wasn't useless?: What if Shin was more proactive in his duties?

Masako X's Dragon Ball What Ifs contain the following tropes:

What ifs with their own pages.

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  • Adaptational Heroism: The "..turned Good" ones naturally see certain villains now fighting on the side of good.
  • Alternate Continuity: More or less, considering the Dragon Ball series works on the Multi-verse theory.
  • Butt-Monkey: If a story takes place before Dragon Ball and then to the Saiyan Saga, or towards it, expect Vegeta getting a receiving end of an ass-beating by someone. Especially against the likes of Bardock, Gine, Raditz, and Nappa.
  • Fix Fic: Consistently glosses over the filler arcs, usually with the Running Gag below.
  • For Want of a Nail: Naturally, a lot of the What Ifs occur due to an event either not happening at all or happening differently than originally prescribed.
  • Game Changer: Raditz, surprisingly. Since Raditz is so much stronger than everyone on Earth at the time of his appearance, Raditz usually changes the game as soon as he appears. As nothing that changes the story on Earth affects things that happen in space, he will always appear and throw a wrench in the plans of everyone (assuming the change happened on Earth, rather than something in space, of course). For example, in the case where Pilaf gets his wish to rule the world, then he then starts a world war with the Red Ribbon Army. When Raditz shows up, he's much, much stronger than Goku was when he defeated the RR. As a consequence, both sides are obliterated with ease.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A lot of the "...turned Good" ones are pretty much centered around these.
  • Running Gag: When dealing with the infamous filler arcs, Masako tends to say the following:
    MasakoX: There is no *insert saga here*, moving on.
    • There’s also this for when he addresses possible complaints:
      But Masako, *insert complaint here*. UNSUBSCRIBED!
    • Occasionally, his buddies over at Team Fourstar will make fun of Masako's videos. The "Deadpool vs. Cell," video had a fake ad for a Masako video called "What is Trunks' Fursona," while the intro to the 2018 DBCember said that Masako couldn't help because he was working on a video titled "What if Chiaotzu was Alt-Right?"
  • The Stations of the Canon: In most of the stories, Future Trunks and his timeline are completely unaffected by whatever other changes might have taken place. This can create some awkwardness, as seen in the "What If Goku Married Bulma?" series where Trunks has to deal with the fact that he doesn't exist in this timeline. This gets subverted in the "What if Nappa Turned Good," story, though. However, Masako later admitted that grew to regret this decision because of the missed opportunities it created, and even went back to Retcon the "What if Raditz Turned Good" series to give Future Trunks' timeline a stronger connection to the overall story.
    • Similar to the Future Trunks appearance, Raditz almost always shows up on Earth in the "What If" stories. This is because no changes to events on Earth ("What If Goku Went Super Saiyan Early," for one of a number of examples) will change the activities of Raditz or Freeza in space, so Raditz will get sent to Earth.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Given the extremely wide power gap between the original Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, any of the scenarios that involve an ability or character getting backported to Dragon Ballnote  usually results in massive Curb Stomp Battles in the characters favor.
  • What If?: The central premise of all the videos.

     What If Senzu Beans Never Existed?

  • Downer Ending: One of the alternate Masako presented was that Goku is killed in his final fight with King Piccolo who then proceeds to take over the Earth...until the arrival of Raditz who kills Piccolo himself and then gives Earth to Freeza.

     What If Goku Never Met Bulma?

  • Death by Adaptation: Bulma and Oolong last until their confrontation with the Carrotizer Bunny, who turns them into carrots and eats them.
  • Downer Ending: Again ends on a bad note, three times over even. For one, Bulma ends up dead halfway into the journey, Pilaf finds the balls they collected, collects the rest, makes his wish and takes over the world. This leads into a war with the Red Ribbon army that goes on until Raditz comes to Earth, deals with them, finds Goku and either kills him or indoctrinates him into the Freeza Force which Masako notes if the latter happened, would be Freeza's revenge against Bardock for standing up to him. Even worse, Freeza finds out about Capsule Corp and uses their technology for his own ends.
  • Hero of Another Story: Up until the confrontation with the Monster Carrot, Bulma is more or less the main character for the story.

     What if Piccolo Fused Early?

  • Everyone Lives: With the added power boost, Piccolo easily manhandles the Saibamen and Nappa, which allows Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu to stay alive and, along with Goku, all work together to defeat Vegeta and force him to retreat.

     What If Kid Goku Turned Super Sayian?

  • Anti-Climax: Goku's battle with Freeza goes a lot differently here than in canon. In his base form, he completely dominates both First and Second Form Freeza, and then when Freeza changes into his Third Form, Goku just goes Super Saiyan and wipes the floor with him even more. Freeza then asks for time to change into his Final Form, but at that point, Goku's grown so bored with the tyrant that he just blasts him to oblivion on the spot.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Naturally, due to the Super Saiyan 50x power multiplier. This is deconstructed at first, with the rage and power of the transformation leading Goku to kill King Piccolo before they can use the Dragon Balls, preventing their usage and ensuring that Krillin stays dead for much longer as well as preventing the birth of Piccolo Jr.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Unlike canon, Goku's rage and sorrow over finding Krillin dead after the second tournament arc triggers his transformation into a Super Saiyan right there and then instead of years later on Namek like it originally did.

     What If Future Gohan Had Survived?

  • Adaptational Heroism: Sort of. Future Cell is still around...but due to Goku and the Androids being dead, the time machine not existing, and the Z-Fighters all dwarfing him in power, has mainly been sulking about in the mountains drinking animals to survive. He's not necessarily good, but he's not a rampaging genocidal maniac.
  • Adapted Out: The Goku Black Arc never happens due to For Want of a Nail, since Trunks never went back in time in the first place and thus Zamasu's Start of Darkness never happens.
  • Combination Attack: In a fitting form of irony, Gohan and Trunks take out Android 18 together in a similar fashion how 17 and 18 killed Gohan in the main story.
  • Everyone Lives: With the Androids dead, this allows the Earth to recover and Gohan and Trunks to learn of Namek from Popo. Bulma builds a ship, they head there and use the Namekian Dragon Balls to wish back everyone who died, including Goku.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even missing one of his arms, Gohan is no less dangerous, managing to continue his training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber with Trunks and grows much stronger until he can outclass the Androids in strength by their next encounter. Heck, before that point, Bulma had offered to build a prosthetic for him but he refused until the matter with the Androids was settled.

    What If Vegeta Was The First Super Saiyan?

  • Bring It: After SS Vegeta lands a hit on him, Freeza tries to save face and boast that he "let him do that". Vegeta then dares Freeza to punch him right on the cheek and doesn't even flinch when the fist makes contact.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Downplayed in regards to Vegeta's battle with Freeza. Since he was slightly weaker than Goku before gaining the x50 multiplier of Super Saiyan, his new power level (125 million) is a lot closer to Freeza's (120 million) after ascending. This results in their fight being more evenly matched than it was originally, but once Freeza's Fatal Flaw kicks in, Vegeta quickly gains the upper hand. Then it's played straight.
  • Fatal Flaw: Much like in canon, Freeza's complete lack of fighting skill and inability to regulate his enormous power prove to be his ultimate downfall against Super Saiyan Vegeta on Namek, resulting in his death.
  • For Want of a Nail: During his battle against Final Form Freeza in canon, Vegeta gave into his despair and lost his will to fight when he proved no match for the tyrant. Here, though, his anger at himself for being weak, and well as his overwhelming hatred of Freeza in general, ignites his first transformation into a Super Saiyan before Goku even arrives to help, and the timeline diverges from there.
  • In-Universe Catharsis: Vegeta is given a heaping dose of this during the climax of the Namek Saga; first, he ascends to Super Saiyan before Goku does, thereby surpassing his rival at last, and then uses his new power to finally achieve his life-long dream of killing Freeza and avenging the Saiyan race. The end result is that he is much more mellowed out and level-headed by the time of the Android Saga, although he is still prone to outbursts when he feels his dominance is being threatened.
  • Karmic Death: After killing Vegeta's father, destroying the Saiyan homeworld, enslaving the survivors and subjecting Vegeta himself to years of abuse and humiliation all to prevent the Super Saiyan legend from coming true, Freeza finally gets what's coming to him on Namek when Vegeta transforms into one and rips the tyrant apart with savage glee before killing him at long last.
  • One-Man Army: With the power of both Super Saiyan and Instant Transmission at his disposal, Vegeta single-handedly topples Freeza's entire empire following his escape from Namek and subsequent recovery on Yardrat. After killing King Cold, he travels from planet to planet laying waste to them and wiping out any and all of Freeza's followers in the process, leaving no survivors or loose ends that could potentially try to rebuild and get revenge on him later.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Vegeta loses to a combination of Android 17 and 18 due to the majority of his energy being drained during his fight with Android 19.

    What If Goku Married Bulma?

  • Adaptational Badass: Since Bulma is much more understanding of Goku's passion, Gohan actually gets some training in and is the one to defeat Raditz.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Future Trunks, who is still the son of Vegeta and Bulma from the regular timeline, is not pleased to find out she hooked up with Goku in this universe. He even considers not telling Goku about his heart disease and letting him die.
  • Ascended Extra: Android 16 is the main antagonist of the early Android Saga, as 17 and 18 had their programming deleted and left to continue their lives as they see fit.
  • Canon Foreigner: Chi-Chi and Yamcha’s daughter, Tosa.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Goku and Bulma, as opposed to their canonical Like Brother and Sister relationship.
  • Composite Character: This version of Gohan is a blend of regular Kid Gohan and Trunks, most noticeably, the latter's brash attitude and arrogance.
  • Demoted to Extra: Piccolo doesn't become Gohan's mentor since Goku survives the fight with Raditz and trains Gohan himself.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: As you probably guessed by the title, Chi-Chi doesn't end up with Goku. Even though he still promised to marry her as he did in canon, when the time comes for it, he apologizes and says that he can't marry her because he likes Bulma. She's surprisingly understanding.
  • The Juggernaut: No matter what Freeza throws at him, Super Saiyan Grade 2 Goku cannot be stopped, not only because of his overwhelming power, but also his sheer determination to kill Freeza for murdering Bulma.
  • Pair the Spares: After their potential romances with canonical partners fall through, Yamcha and Chi-Chi end up getting married, granted there was some hinted attraction in the anime. They're surprisingly Happily Married.
  • Reality Ensues: A 'reset' 18 gets into a fight with a gang of teens. 18 eviscerates the boy she punches on accident, and is understandably shaken, as she's just a normal teenager.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Bulma's death at Freeza's hands during the Namek Saga results in a royally pissed off Goku actually skipping Super Saiyan Grade 1 and going right into Grade 2. The downside is that his more primal instincts take over and reduce him to a cold-blooded killing machine who almost blasts Gohan before managing to restrain himself.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Since Gohan is the son of Goku and Bulma here, his appearance reflects this by having the lavender colored hair and lightblue eyes that Trunks originally had.

    What If Vegito Stayed Fused?

  • Adaptational Badass: Gohan, due to being pushed by Vegito into joining him in the time chamber, reattains his ultimate power-up much earlier and fights for universe 7 in the tournament against universe 6.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: By nature of being Vegito, this happens a lot:
    • His battle with Golden Freeza in a nutshell. Just in his base form, they're evenly matched, and when he breaks out Super Saiyan Blue, it's totally over.
    • His battle with Hit is similarly one-sided, and becomes even more so when Vegito decides to break out the Kaioken.
    • Perhaps his most extreme example yet, he quickly kills Vegito Black, out of outrage at what Black’s done to Future Trunks and his timeline.
  • Didn't See That Coming: After his first fight with Beerus, the God of Destruction asks Vegito why he stayed fused for so long instead of separating, revealing the Potara fusion to not be as permanent as they thought. Vegito is shocked to hear this since both Goku and Vegeta were certain that they would remain fused forever as Elder Kai told them.
    • Also when after Vegito uses the Kaioken against Hit, it causes the potara earrings to break and he defuses as a result.
  • Karmic Death: After all the misery that Vegito Black has committed against Future Trunks and his family and friends, when he goes back into the past to kill a fleeing Trunks, he ends up facing a livid Vegito, who ends up killing him in short order in revenge for what he’s done.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: When Vegito Black enters the picture looking for Future Trunks, Vegito is so pissed off by what he’s done to his son that he doesn’t pussyfoot around when fighting him, instead going Super Saiyan Blue off the bat and proceeding to end him in short order.
  • Papa Wolf: Vegito’s paternal instincts flare up with a vengeance after Future Trunks tells him why he’s come back, and when Vegito Black portals in to kill Trunks, Vegito enters a Tranquil Fury, goes Blue immediately, beats Black within an inch of his life and carbonises him with a Final Kamehameha.
  • Story-Breaker Power: This shouldn't surprise anyone. As a result of not defusing, Earth never gets destroyed by Buu. It also means that once he attains Super Saiyan God, he forces Beerus to go all out immediately, and after he trains with Whis, his fights with Golden Freeza and later Hit go about how you'd expect. This is taken to the point that after he uses the Kaioken against Hit, it breaks the earrings and causes him to defuse.

    What If Gohan was Earth's hero?

  • Celebrity Is Overrated: Gohan gets very tired of the attention his status earns him, which is why he breaks out the Great Saiyaman persona. Videl, harboring a grudge against Gohan, outs his secret identity to the press upon discovering it.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Due to Videl's resentment towards Gohan, Gohan ends up gravitating towards Erasa instead who, much like in canon, had a clear infatuation with him.
  • Ship Sinking: Due to Mr. Satan being exposed as a fraud, he and Videl's life turned to ruin. This leads to Videl harboring a grudge against Gohan, ensuring their relationship never happens in this timeline.

    What If Piccolo Never Saved Gohan?

    What If Gine Went With Goku?

  • Adaptational Badass: Gine, due to training with her son and on Earth, becomes way stronger than she ever was in the original manga. She ends up going Super Saiyan.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Or rather, canonical lack thereof. Because Gine is with him, Kakarot never gets named Goku and remains known by his Saiyan name.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Vegeta attempts this on Gine by offering her to be his queen and repopulate their race. Gine is not amused and flat-out refuses.
  • Almighty Mom: Gine went from a kind loving Saiyan into a Blood Knight who begins to enjoy a good fight.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Raditz attempts to divert Vegeta and Nappa's attention by injuring himself and pretending to be dying at the hands of Kakarot and his mother. Vegeta doesn't buy it but doesn't give Raditz a notice.
  • Blood Knight: Gine is gradually enjoying herself once she gets into a fight and becomes cocksure whenever she fights Vegeta and Freeza.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Because Gine's power was at least twice that of Piccolo's at the time of the King Piccolo saga, Gine spends most of the battle managing to overpower him easily. Though Piccolo almost managed to turn the table using emotional manipulation tactics to throw her off guard, he's quickly sealed away by Roshi before he can strike.
    • Super Saiyan Kakarot vs Freeza is an even bigger one, due to a combination of Kakarot being stronger than in canon and Super Saiyan Gine managing to make Freeza burn up a lot of stamina whilst fighting her previously. Even in his full power form, Freeza doesn't stand a ghost of a chance.
  • Curb-Stomp Cushion: Super Saiyan Gine vs 50% Freeza is this, as while Gine is outmatched (due to being weaker than her son), she still manages to hold her own and ultimately makes him burn enough stamina that Super Saiyan Kakarot completely demolishes him once it's his turn to step in.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Gine kills Ginyu on Namek after Kakarot tricks him into changing back to his original body.
    • Kakarot vaporizes Freeza after overpowering him in a beam struggle.
  • For Want of a Nail: Gine basically trips and gets locked in the Pod that sent Kakarot to Earth, and thus is history changed.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Heroic example: Gine was a weakling by Saiyan standards, but by the Namek Saga she's become so strong she can take on members of the Ginyu Force due to training with her son. When going up against Freeza, she ultimately ascends to Super Saiyan and stands up to him.
  • Mama Bear: Harm her children or grandson, Gine will make sure you will pay. Vegeta and Freeza learn this the hard way. Especially the latter which causes Gine to become a Super Saiyan.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: As in canon, Gine is very nice compared to other Saiyans. This is good for Earth, as she's willing to live peacefully there and protect it.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Gine might be a complete weakling by Saiyan standards, but by Earthling standards is monstrously powerful for early Dragon Ball. Remember, Raditz was considered a weakling by other Saiyans (Dragon Ball Z Abridged claimed that Vegeta was as strong as 15 Raditz,) and he still required an Enemy Mine of Goku and Piccolo (AKA the two strongest beings on the planet at the time).
  • Oh, Crap!: Freeza is decidedly taken off guard when he realizes Gine is much stronger than his first form (the one he's currently in), leaving him open to a punch in the jaw.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • Vegeta didn't get to do it on Earth, but does on Namek...against a way stronger Kakarot and Gine who make short work of him.
    • Gine is faced with Ginyu in Kakarot's body and she uses Vegeta's artificial moon to go Great Ape to beat him and then obliterate him once Kakarot tricks him into changing back.
  • Parent-Child Team: Kakarot and Gine ultimately become this, especially after training on the way to Namek.
  • Passing the Torch: Gine intends to pass it onto Kakarot someday as he's quickly becoming strong enough to take on any force coming their way by his own.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Raditz arrives on Earth, but after meeting Goku and Gine, he abandons the Freeza Force and goes AWOL.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Naturally, being the focus on this What If, Gine survives by accidentally being knocked in the pod meant for just Kakarot.
    • Thanks to Gine being around to intervene during Kakarot's first transformation into a Great Ape, Grandpa Gohan isn't accidentally killed by his adoptive grandson.
    • King Piccolo is not killed in this version, Master Roshi is able to successfully seal him away with the Mafuba thanks to help from Gine and back-up from Grandpa Gohan. Because of this Piccolo Jr doesn't exist.
    • Raditz also survives, as both Gine and Kakarot are as strong as him, giving them time to reason with him due to his cautious nature.
    • Yamcha survives the Saiyan Saga, as Gine knows what Saibamen are and thus sees the self-destruct attack coming, allowing her to warn him and let him avoid it.
    • The Namekians who helped the main characters get the Dragon Balls so far hasn't been targeted by the Freeza Forces' genocide attack.
    • Krillin isn't killed by Freeza, as Kakarot going Super Saiyan is instead a result of Gine being given a Death Beam through the chest.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Gine goes Super Saiyan, she goes full-on into this mode against Freeza.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Gine witnesses her son get shot by one of Freeza's Death Beams, which triggers her transformation into a Super Saiyan. Curb-Stomp Battle by her ensues until Freeza powers up to 50% and seemingly kills her, likewise causing Kakarot to ascend as well and completely demolish the tired tyrant.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Justified. Gine is aware becoming a Great Ape during a full moon and artificial moon is dangerous.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Gine going Super Saiyan and beginning to dominate Final Form Freeza sends him into a screaming fury. He briefly regains his composure upon going up to %50 and regaining the upperhand, but Kakarot going Super Saiyan and utterly stomping him sends him further into it, to the point he's so furious he skips trying to blow up the planet in his attempt to kill the Saiyan himself.
  • World's Strongest Man: At least during the Dragon Ball Era, Gine is the most powerful being on Earth due to her power level matching Young King Piccolo, and later becoming as strong as Raditz. Goku eventually outpaces him, but Gine retakes the position and becomes a Super Saiyan.

    What If Broly Turned Good?

  • Adaptational Badass: Since the Buu Saga never really happenned, Goku did not come back to life afterwards. By the time of the Bo G Saga, he's completely mastered Super Saiyan 3.
    • Vegeta as well, due to having trained with Broly.
  • Adorkable: Broly, of all people, becomes this as a result of hitting his head and living with the Briefs family.
  • Alternate Continuity: One within one even. Despite the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie releasing and making Broly now canon within the main universe. Masako decided he was too far into the scenario to change things now and thus decided stay the course with the original movie version of Broly. Effectively turning this scenario into a separate continuity.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Broly hits his head when he lands on Earth and forgets his hatred for Goku.
  • April Fools: Was started this day. As such, Masako takes more liberties than he usually does for this story, taking it in a goofier direction.
  • Berserk Button: Do not waste Broly's time and don't talk too much, especially if he's eager to speak with Goku. Babadi doesn't live long enough to regret this mistake.
    • Also, do not threaten or attack Broly's friends, especially Kakarot or Goten.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Broly versus Dabura. Since SSJ2 Gohan is no match for Broly, but is an even match for Dabura, Broly obliterates the Demon King with no issue. It's even more one-sided when Broly faces off against Babadi. Poor, poor wizard.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Slightly downplayed, during the meantime between the Buu Saga and the Battle of Gods Saga, as Broly searches his new purpose on Earth, after having Paragus locking his free will away for many years.
  • Friend to All Children: Broly, unlike his movie counterpart, is this to Goten and Trunks.
  • Odd Friendship: This What If sees Broly forming an The Iron Giant-esque bond with Goten, the son of the man he's hated since infancy.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Played for Laughs, as Broly handily defeats Dabura and Babidi without issue and prevents the Buu Saga, much to most everyone's confusion.
    • Downplayed, if not outright averted once Super rolls around. While Broly puts up a much better fight than Vegeta or Goku against Beerus he still barely has to try to take him down, and once the events of Resurrection F happen Super Saiyan Blue more or less evens the power gap between the three Saiyans.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Goten gives Gohan an earful when he attacks Broly on-sight, nearly making a bad situation worse.

    What if Goku never learned Instant Transmission?

  • Death by Adaptation: Tien and Piccolo are killed by Semi-perfect Cell and everyone dies when Goku is unable to get the self-destructing Cell off Earth, resulting in its destruction.
  • Downer Ending: Cell kills everyone by self-destructing. However, there is hope. If Cell doesn't destroy New Namek (and since he doesn't learn instant transmission from Goku), then the Z-fighters can use telepathy to have the Earth and some key players revived after their balls become active again (since they had to use the Namekian dragon balls to get Dende to Earth this time). In this scenario, Cell gets to have a great time destroying, conquering, or just absorbing interesting people for a Namekian year. Unfortunately, after everyone is revived and Cell can probably breathe in space, finding and defeating him for good may be impossible. Also, any Cell Juniors he creates get the chance to grow up and become strong which would suck even worse for the universe. In the end, Beerus would probably have to kill Cell when he eventually wakes up and does his job.

    What If Goku Was A Female?

  • Achilles' Heel: Raditz's inexperience with prolonged engagements against multiple opponents, as well as his inability to sense ki, is what leads to his defeat at the hands of Goku and her friends.
  • Adaptational Badass: The Z-Fighters as a whole are all stronger than in canon due to Goku's more sociable and friendly, and the group being more of a Badass Crew. They also learn Kaio-ken This is especially notable of Chi-Chi, who stopped being a fighter at the end of Dragonball, but here is an active Z-Fighter. After having Guru unlock her potential, her power goes up to comparable to Zarbon and Dadoria without Kaio-ken.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • With no Gohan to help start his Heel–Face Turn Piccolo retains his more villainous persona, he doesn't intervene in the fight against Vegeta until the most opportune moment (leading to the near deaths of some of the others) and makes it very clear hes not Goku's friend and doesn't want to be. The flipside of this is that while he's as strong as his canon counterpart he is significantly weaker than the Z-Fighters.
    • Vegeta, unlike canon, dies on Earth a villain. He dies while Evil Gloating as well.
  • Ascended Extra: Chi-Chi in this rendition is seen as soon as the second Martial Arts Tournament arc, due to having become inspired to take up fighting from Goku.
  • Badass Crew: Goku's change of personality due to the different gender makes her more likely to socialize with her friends. As such, they train far more together and as a whole are much stronger than they canonically were, and fight better as a team. Together they manage to overwhelm Raditz in a hard-fought battle and kill him, and then go train with King Kai which results in all of them learning the Kaio-ken.
  • Beam-O-War: The battle with Raditz ends with a Z-Fighter Group Kamehameha vs Raditz's Full Power Double Sunday. The Z-Fighters win, killing him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Just when Goku is about to be crushed to death by Great Ape Vegeta, she is saved when Krillin suddenly cuts off the prince's tail with the Destructo Disk, and then the rest of the crew all attack Vegeta at once after he reverts back to normal.
  • Combination Attack: How the Z-Fighters do battle with and ultimately achieve victory over Raditz. They also demolish Nappa and later Vegeta in the same way.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Nappa gets completely stomped by the Z-Fighters, as most of them are only slightly weaker than him while Goku is much stronger.
    • Vegeta returns the favor after ambushing Goku and taking her out of the fight briefly, allowing him to quickly kill Chiaotzu, paralyze Tien, and then force Chi-Chi and Yamcha to mutilate themselves by using Kaio-ken x3. Unfortunately, this only succeeds in making Goku furious, and after Vegeta loses his tail in his Great Ape form, the rest of the team return the favor back at him in his weakened state.
    • Kaioken x10 Chi-Chi post her potential unlock by Guru completely demolishes Zarbon and Dodoria without the two getting a chance to fight back. Zarbon doesn't even get the chance to transform into his monster form.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Chiaotzu is killed in a surprise attack from Vegeta.
    • Vegeta himself is then beaten to death by the Z-Fighters soon after.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When King Yemma states that only one of the Z-Fighters will be able to train with King Kai and they pick Goku, she declines and declares that either all her friends be allowed to come with her or else nobody goes. Yemma is actually somewhat impressed by her courage in standing up to him and grants her request.
  • Gender Flip: If the name didn't give it away, this universe sees Goku with an X chromosome.
  • Innocently Insensitive: During the third Martial Art Tournament arc, Goku and Chi-Chi are pitted against each other. Goku wins and goes to congratulate Chi-Chi... as a good warm up. Needless to say, Chi-Chi is offended that she doesn't take her seriously.
  • Last Breath Bullet: After getting the shit kicked out of him by Goku's friends, Vegeta, knowing that he's going to die from his injuries soon, uses the last of his energy to blast Piccolo and Chi-Chi, injuring them both, and then mocks the Z-Fighters with his final breath.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Vegeta is the very unfortunate recipient of one after the surviving Z-Fighters sans Goku all gang up on him in Kaio-ken x2 once he is forced out of his Great Ape form. They beat him mercilessly until he falls unconscious, and then he dies from his injuries shortly after waking up.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Nappa has one in this timeline when his scouter reveals Goku's suppressed power level is identical to his while the others aren't far behind.
    • Then Great Ape Vegeta does the same thing when he realizes that his tail has just been cut off right before he was about to stomp Goku to paste.
    • Krillin experiences this as well when he reaches for the last senzu bean to heal a crippled Goku, only to realize that he left the bag on the lookout in his haste to catch up with her and Vegeta.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Yamcha, Piccolo, and Tien survive the Saiyan fight.
    • As Vegeta is killed by the Z-Fighters on Earth, he's not around to kill Dadora and Zarbon, so they stick around longer than in canon.
  • The Gloves Come Off: At first the Z-Fighters were evenly matched with Raditz thanks to their frequent use of combo moves, but once they decide to take off their weighted clothing and then utilize the Multi-Form Technique, the battle goes downhill for Goku's brother fast.
  • True Companions: The Z-Fighters are this due to Goku's difference in personality. As such they fight Raditz as a Badass Crew and manage to kill him, and then they all go to train with King Kai together at Goku's insistence. Later, when Goku orders them to stay out of her fight with Vegeta, they ignore her and come to her rescue in her time of greatest need, saving her from an untimely death at the prince's hands in doing so.
  • Women Are Wiser: This interpretation sees Goku slightly less muscle-brained and able to have more clarity due to Bulma teaching her things during their travels.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Since Goku is a girl here, a lot of her male opponents have no qualms about taking her on. Yamcha, who in the original universe ran at the sight of Bulma, is even surprised he was able to fight evenly with a female upon realizing Goku's gender, allowing him to be cured of his fear of girls sooner.

    What if Freeza saw Vegeta's potential?

  • Adaptational Badass: The Saiyan trio, as a result of being handed much more difficult missions by Freeza, are a lot stronger than in the original story. At the beginning of the Saiyan Saga, Vegeta is already around Zarbon's power, with the two others not far behind him.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Vegeta. Being treated better and becoming True Companions with Nappa and Raditz made him a much nicer person. This also translates to when he becomes Emperor of North Galaxy, as he gladly takes planets under his care and leaves their populations alone on the condition that he recruits their most powerful fighters.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Vegeta is crowned Emperor of Universe 7 (or, at least, North Galaxy) after he becomes a Super Saiyan and kills Freeza.
  • Badass Army: Vegeta travels around the galaxy after Freeza's death, taking the most powerful warriors of the planets he conquers at his side, creating one.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dodoria ends up getting dispatched by the Saiyans with minimal effort on Namek.
  • Demoted to Extra: Goku barely makes any difference in the story's plot.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Zarbon and Dodoria end up intensely jealous of the Saiyans due to them being more respected by Freeza than they were in canon, and eventually go to Namek with the intent to kill them.
  • Hegemonic Empire: Vegeta ends up leading one, since he lets the planets and races under his rule go about their business provided they supply him with fighters for his military.
  • The Reveal: As Zarbon is dying after fighting Vegeta, he uses his last breath to reveal that Freeza was the one who destroyed Planet Vegeta, not meteorites, just to screw with the prince's head.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: When Bulma and Krillin use the Dragon Balls to bring Goku and Gohan back from the Saiyan trio's grip, the latter assumes that Piccolo used magic to help them. They are only partly wrong, as Namekian magic is indeed responsible for the escape of their prisoners, albeit it's Kami's and not Piccolo's.
  • True Companions: Vegeta, Nappa, and Raditz become this, as they are much more satisfied with their lives and are less prone to diss each other out of spite. Raditz and Nappa's deaths at Freeza's hands on Namek are even the catalyst of Vegeta's ascension into a Super Saiyan, and he even uses the Namekian Dragon Balls to revive them after vanquishing his former master.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Zarbon and Dodoria end up drastically underestimating the Saiyans on Namek, and pay dearly for it. Dodoria is killed with minimal effort, and while Zarbon puts up a better fight, he proves no match for Vegeta.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Fear of this is part of why Zarbon and Dodoria choose to attack the Saiyans on Namek. They're afraid that if the Saiyans get far enough into Freeza's good graces, he'll deem the two of them no use anymore and dispose of them.

     What If Bardock Convinced The Saiyans?

  • Adaptational Heroism: Raditz in this version since he left Freeza's employ upon finding out his true nature. As such when he's sent to Earth to find Goku by Bardock to help boster their forces, their meeting is a lot less tense and he (with some help from Kami) convinces Goku and his friends to come with him to help the Saiyans on New Vegeta.
  • Canon Foreigner: Queen Casava, the mother of Vegeta and queen of all Saiyans. Somewhat zig-zagged as she was mentioned in the canon series but only in passing. Masako gives her a name and face here.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Raditz goes up against Nappa in the street fight that happens when the group confronts Vegeta to try and convince him. Now that he's been training and become way stronger, Raditz beats Nappa into the ground.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Casava doesn't really think much of Raditz and only allows him to go on Bardock's mission just to get him out of the way. She's pretty surprised when he not only comes back ahead of the four year schedule that his ship would allow going to Earth and coming back thanks to Bulma making him a more powerful ship, but also manages to succeed in finding Goku and bringing his allies to help her race.
  • Dirty Coward: Bardock accuses himself of acting like one for choosing to flee and fight another day rather than face Freeza himself as the tyrant destroys several Saiyan pods trying to leave Planet Vegeta.
  • Disappointed in You: Bardock to Raditz for being unable to convince Vegeta and Nappa to join them.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: Planet Vegeta is still destroyed along with most of Saiyan race, but several dozen manage to survive and rebuild on another world, with Queen Casava and Bardock as their leaders. Even better, one of Bardock's visions foretold that he and his son Kakarot would ultimately defeat Freeza side by side, giving him hope for the future of his family.
  • New Eden: After months of traveling through space, the surviving Saiyans settle on another world located at the farthest corner of Freeza's Empire that was abandoned and forgotten. Dubbing the planet "New Vegeta", they build a new society akin to that of the Universe 6 Saiyans, albeit with more focus on training and becoming strong warriors like they were before Freeza's reign.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Nappa meets Raditz again, he jokingly looks at his power level...then realizes he's now 14,000 and thus way stronger than Nappa himself is.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Some of the Sayians question what Bardock means by his warning when he tries to suggest taking out Freeza. This, unfortunately, is met with derision since Freeza has a major army on his side, not to mention he himself is supremely powerful, so they opt to escape the planet for the time being instead.
    • That said, despite having a head start on getting off the planet, not all of the Sayians survive due to a few of their pods flying too close to Freeza's ship and getting blasted.
  • Red Baron: Bardock is dubbed "The Prophet" by the surviving Saiyans after he becomes their de-facto leader.
  • Revenge: As he's escaping from Planet Vegeta, Bardock swears to get even with Freeza for killing so many Saiyans without giving them a chance to fight back.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After Bardock successfully convinces (most of) his people that Freeza plans to destroy their homeworld and kill them all, they respond by grabbing any available space pods and getting the heck out of dodge. Some are killed when they fly too close to Freeza's flagship, but the rest head in the opposite direction and escape without him noticing.
    • After hearing the truth from his father about what really happened to Planet Vegeta, Raditz tries to inform Nappa and Vegeta what he's learned. When they don't believe him and Vegeta even threatens to report him to Freeza, Raditz decides to escape to New Vegeta on his own.
  • We Have Become Complacent: How Bardock feels about his kind after learning of Freeza's treachery, having served for so long under him that they forgot what it means to be true warriors. As such, when they arrive on New Vegeta and the surviving Saiyans make him their new ruler, he has them start training to increase their power.
  • We Will Meet Again: After watching helplessly as Freeza slaughters his people in deep space, Bardock makes it clear that he will settle the score with him one day, which is only reinforced by the premonition he has at that very moment.

    What if Cell Turned Good?

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The central conflicts of Android 21's character that despite being a heroic character, 17 and 18 despises him because of the actions of the original Cell, and he's aware that he's made to drink people. The twins make it clear they want nothing to do with him despite his intention to bond with them, and he suffers a Heroic BSoD after drinking Dabura. And when Dabura takes over his body as Perfect Dabura, he suffers from a massive existential crisis because of how he was created. It takes 17 and 18 to accept him for who he is rather than who they saw him as.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Needless to say, Android 21 is far more powerful than his embryonic canon self who was killed without doing anything. He even manages to far eclipse the original Cell in strength.
    • Dabura sticks around far longer due to being inside 21's head, becoming a part of the Big-Bad Ensemble, and when this scheme finally pays off, he becomes far stronger than his canon self ever was and the Final Boss of the Buu Saga.
  • Adorkable: Android 21, in direct contrast with the main Cell, is very much this due to a combination of things.
  • Alternate Self: Android 21 is the main timeline Cell, reprogrammed to be good, rather than the Cell who came from the alternate future and was the Big Bad of the Cell Saga.
  • Anti Anti Christ: "Cell was supposed to be the ultimate creature of destruction, nowadays, it's the ultimate creature of hugs and goofing off like he was a little child"
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Android 17 is present for this version and plays a role.
    • Dabura survives Buu's escape, and 21 devours him, but his soul sticks around in 21's head as part of a Big-Bad Ensemble and ultimately possessing him fully to become Perfect Dabura as the Final Boss of the arc.
  • Berserker Tears: Android 18, of all people, starts crying as she's fighting Android 21 in the World Martial Arts Tournament, unleashing all her rage towards Cell on Android 21.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Dabura manages to promote himself to a main antagonist after 21 consumes him, his spirit sticking around and trying to be The Corrupter to him. After Perfect 21 kills Buu, he succeeds, becoming Perfect Dabura and the Final Boss of the arc.
  • Came Back Strong: Dabura manages to possess Perfect 21, becoming Perfect Dabura, who is not only way stronger than he originally was, but even stronger than Buu.
  • Cuddle Bug: Android 21 is like this. Quite literally.
  • Demoted to Extra: Because 21 is the focus main protagonist of this What-If, Goku and Vegeta play out the equivalent Buu Saga as normal, but the story doesn't focus on them.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Dabura manages to join the Big-Bad Ensemble by trying to corrupt 21 from within. He ultimately possesses him after Buu's defeat, becoming Perfect Dabura and the final threat of the arc.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Android 21 attempts to regain control over his body from Dabura, with no avail, causing the poor bug man to suffer an existential crisis until 18 tells him to communicate with Piccolo using telepathy to contact Krillin.
  • Friend to All Children: Android 21, towards Goten, Trunks and Maron.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • In addition to Gotenks, Androids 17 and 18 learn to fuse, becoming Android 17.5. It turns out that the latter fusion is very unique, as having a double infinite energy source means no matter how much energy they use or power up their 30 minute time limit doesn't change, and they can refuse into 17.5 immediately upon it ending.
    • At the end of four, faced with Super Buu Gotenks Absorbed and outmatched, 17 and 18 agree to join 21 to let him become Perfect to give them a chance against Buu. Unlike the first time, as it's willing on their part, they're present and giving him advice the entire time. He drank Dabura earlier, who manages to hijack his body and turn him into Perfect Dabura.
    • To fight Perfect Dabura, Goku and Vegeta fuse with the Potaras to become Vegito.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Faced with Super Buu Gohan Absorbed, 17 and 18 allow 21 to absorb them and become Perfect 21.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: 21 manages to telepathically contact Piccolo from inside Perfect Dabura, hatching a plan for Krillin to bisect Perfect Dabura with a Destructo Disk while he's distracted. While Dabura regenerates, 21, 17, and 18 jumped into the other half, allowing 21 to regenerate and everyone to obliterate Dabura.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Subverted: despite the title, Cell doesn't actually turn good. Instead, Bulma reprograms the infant Cell in Gero's sub lab to be capable of becoming good.
  • Hell on Earth: After possessing Perfect 21, the now Perfect Dabura's endgame is to bring the Demon Realm to Earth since Babadi is no longer controlling him and make it his new kingdom.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: After Perfect 21 kills Buu, Dabura makes his move and possesses him, becoming the Final Boss of the arc.
  • In Name Only: As mentioned above in Heel–Face Turn, this is not a story about Cell (as seen in Dragonball Canon) turning good. This is about the Cell from this universe, which was never activated, being raised as a good person by the main cast, renamed as Android 21.
    • Because Bulma didn't know about the existence of the FighterZ Android of the same name, this timeline's Cell is also known as Android 21.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: As in canon, the Dragon Balls are used to erase all memory of Buu so he can live in peace, but with the added wish of erasing all memory of Perfect Cell so the now Perfect 21 can likewise not be shackled with the sins of his alternate self.
  • Manchild: Android 21 is like this, due to being raised with Goten and Trunks like a normal person rather than being grown in a test tube with Gero's grudge shoved in his head. This is even more pronounced after achieving his Perfect form and his first instinct is to hug Goku upon seeing him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: 21 is forced to absorb Dabura to save himself while holding him off to protect West City, and feels extremely guilty over resorting to it. He especially comes to regret this after Dabura possesses him and becomes the final threat of the arc.
  • Name's the Same: This version of Cell is known as Android 21, same as a certain character from Dragon Ball FighterZ. Masako lampshades and then justifies this by explaining that there’s no way Bulma could possibly be aware of that 21’s existence and that the name makes sense with that in mind.
  • Nice Guy: Even after achieving his Perfect form, Perfect 21's personality doesn't change compared to his canon Smug Super Chaotic Evil alternate timeline self.
  • The Obi-Wan: Piccolo fills in this role to help 21 how to fight and control his Blood Knight urges. Later 18 guides 21 in defeating Majin Buu after absorbing them (with the twins' consent).
  • Parental Substitute: At Bulma and Gohan's behest, Piccolo becomes the one to raise and mentor 21, even giving him an outfit via Clothes Beam.
  • Psychological Projection: The reason why Android 18 starts crying as she's beating down Android 21, she's projecting all her rage and angst that Cell left her with onto Android 21.
  • Raise Him Right This Time: What the Z-Fighters decide to do with the infant Cell rather than destroy it with the lab.
  • Redeeming Replacement: Essentially the idea the Z-Fighters had with the larval Cell: reprogram it and raise it to be a good person.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Androids 17 and 18 want nothing to do with Android 21 due to their history with the original Cell.
  • Sharing a Body: Dabura's spirit hangs on when 21 absorbs him and becomes a devil on his shoulder, even if he doesn't have any real control over their body.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: The original Cell isn't 21's father, but this is still how 17 and 18 treat him: acting like he's the same as the original Cell and mistreating him for it. While inside of 21 after allowing him to absorb them and become Perfect to face Super Buu Gohan Absorbed, they finally see his true self and accept him.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Similar to the Broly What-If, when Android 21 achieves his Perfect form, he's able to kill Majin Buu after deliberately getting himself absorbed to rescue Piccolo, Gohan, and the boys, much to the exasperations of Goku and Vegeta who arrived on Earth when this happens. This turns for the worse with Dabura taking over his body, who is able to fight Vegito evenly and get the win by endurance alone.
  • Superior Successor: 21 is far stronger than the original Cell, being on par with Perfect Cell in his Imperfect Form. When 17 and 18 allow him to absorb them to fight Super Buu Gohan Absorbed, his Perfect form is stronger than him and after Dabura takes over is able to fight Vegito evenly.
  • The Corrupter: Dabura attempts to be this to 21 after being consumed by 21 and his soul remaining inside him. He later succeeds by hijacking his body after he has become perfect.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Android 21 has the same...eating requirements as the original Cell, but as it's shown Perfect Cell could get the full benefit of Senzu Beans, he's fed them instead. The hardest part about it appears to be getting Korin to let them grow the beans down on Earth instead of by him on top of the tower. He's forced to absorb Dabura to stop him from rampaging through West City, but goes berserk until Piccolo and Gohan can calm him down.
  • Victory by Endurance: Perfect Dabura wins his fight with Vegito because he knows about the Potara time limit when used by mortals and thus, being way stronger than Super Buu and a fairly even match for him, runs out the time limit.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Android 21 holds off Dabura so Gohan can save civilians once their fight with him moves to the city. He's ultimate forced into a corner and forced to resort to absorption to defeat him.

    What if Beerus never woke up? 

  • Bad Boss: Freeza blows up the Earth, killing all his men in the process. Not that he cares, as he can both breathe in space and is currently the most powerful mortal in the entire universe.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Without Beerus and Whis coming to Earth, Goku and Vegeta don't become gods, and thus the resurrected Freeza kills them both, destroys the Earth, and goes back to his reign of terror.
  • Downer Ending: Freeza kills Goku and Vegeta, destroys the Earth, and returns to being the unopposed emperor of the universe.
  • Kill 'Em All: Everyone on Earth except Freeza dies, including his own men.

    What if Freeza listened to Goku? 
  • Ascended Extra: King Cold took Freeza's discovery to heart and trains to be able to keep him in line, this leads to him becoming the True Final Boss of the story.
  • Bash Brothers: Goku and Trunks end up teaming up to defeat Freeza in this timeline. The two then, under the advice of Vegeta, preemptively take the fight to King Cold.
  • Character Development: After being picked up by King Cold's starship and fitted with cybernetics, Freeza not only acknowledges how complacent he'd become up until his defeat at Goku's hands, but resolves to train regularly and further increase his power to avoid making the same mistake again.
  • Crazy-Prepared: King Cold trained himself and reached the Fifth Form himself for the off chance Freeza went mad with power and he'd have to step in and stop him himself.
  • Fatal Flaw: While Freeza overcame his stamina issue, he did not overcome his hubris and pride. Despite having the power edge, Trunks exploits his ego to blindside him, setting him up to be finished off.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Freeza ultimately dies in the third installment of the series to the combined forces of Goku and Trunks. King Cold promptly takes over as the Big Bad of the storyline.

    What if Buu didn't fall asleep? 

    What if Vegeta celebrated Christmas?

  • The Aloner: The overall message Vegeta gets is that he isn't the loner he thinks he is. As his Ghost of Christmas Past (Freeza) points out, he had Raditz and Nappa for companionship when he was younger, and what he really wants is recognition and acknowledgement.
  • Empty Shell: Vegeta's Bad Future involves his becoming a burnt-out intergalactic drifter who just stopped caring about basically everything and ended up dying alone and forgotten and buried in an unmarked grave.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Downplayed; Masako outright says that his intent wasn't to make Vegeta go through a total 180° personality change like Scrooge in the original story, just to explain why his character softened enough that he willingly stayed at Capsule Corporation during the three-year gap before the Androids appeared.

    What if Freeza and Doctor Gero teamed up?

  • Pragmatic Villainy: Being far more pragmatic than his son, Cold instantly realizes how immensely advanced Gero's technology is, even greater than the Freeza Forces', and convinces Freeza to agree to the Villain Team-Up.
  • Terminator Twosome: A mysterious evil time traveler comes back and meets with Gero for him to team up with Freeza. It's heavily implied to be Zamasu.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Gero is ultimately a pawn of the mysterious time traveller, who's implied by his dialog to be Zamasu.
  • Villain Team-Up: The question being asked: what if Dr. Gero and Freeza teamed up against Goku?

    What if Trunks met Kid Bulma?

  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Future Trunks, as a result of a glitch in the time machine.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Given that this is Future Trunks now finding himself in the times of Dragon Ball, this is to be expected. Without any powering up, Trunks simply punches Roshi and sends him flying out to sea, leading Roshi to comply with their demands immediately afterwards.

    What if Hercule trained with Roshi? 
  • Adaptational Badass: Roshi's teachings do wonders for Hercule, who not only matches a cybernetically-enhanced Tao in a straight-up fight, but defeats him with a Kamehameha. Krillin is also stronger than in canon due to having a sparring partner. Both actually join in the fight with Raditz alongside Goku and Piccolo. Hercule and Goku actually end up killing Raditz with a Combination Attack.
  • Bowdlerise: Masako has to work his way around saying Hercule's Japanese name because of Youtube's rules.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Hercule was already the strongest base-line human on the planet who lacks Ki control. After being trained by Roshi in Ki control, his power level skyrockets to a point he can spar with Goku.
  • For Want of a Nail: Rather than falling into his fear and cowardliness, Hercule decides to train to defeat Tao to avenge his master.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Hercule is ultimately this, as his flaws were heavily holding him back. However, in the course of his training, he would overcome them and as a result become way stronger than he ever was in canon.
  • Mundane Solution: How does Roshi know Hercule's backstory and motivations? He saw it on the news.
  • Off with His Head!: Goku and Hercule use a Combination Attack involving Hercule using a feet Kamehameha which Goku fires into to, allowing him to put all that momentum into a Dynamite Kick that unintentionally beheads Raditz.
  • Oh, Crap!: Tao has one when he realizes Hercule actually outclasses him and is trained in Kame Style.
  • Superior Successor: Hercule as the new leader of Satan Castle and thanks to his massive power jump and more moral nature, he proves a far better instructor and teacher than his master was.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Roshi's training causes Hercule's power to jump massively from being unable to do anything towards Tao to defeating him in a straight fight. Come the Saiyan Saga, he's strong enough to meaningfully help in the fight with Raditz.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Tao goes from confident to terrified on the ground when Hercule defeats him and running out of town with his tail between his legs.

    What if Goku defeated Jackie Chun? 
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Thanks to his first taste of victory, Goku develops an inflated ego overtime that only his principals are the correct way to win in a fight. It only gets worse as time passes.
  • Cross Counter: Much like in canon, this is how Goku's fight with Jackie Chun comes to an end in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament. The main difference is Goku catched Jackie Chun's foot in his mouth to lessen the impact, thereby maintaining enough stamina to declare himself the winner.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Master Roshi’s Stint as “Jackie Chun”, since Goku manages to win in this timeline, derailing the intended lesson in humility and accidentally leading Goku down a darker path.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Tenshinhan, though rather than the slow burn of disagreeing with his master's methods, the catalyst of Tenshinhan's face turn here was Master Roshi showing him kindness after he gets greatly injured in his fight with Goku.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Goku and Tenshinhan's World Tournament match ends with Goku intentionally sending Tenshinhan careening into the car, seriously injuring him. This serious unsportsmanship from Goku results in his friends finally cutting off ties with him while Tenshinhan, surprised at how much Master Roshi shows him empathy despite earlier breaking Yamcha's leg, sets him down a path of redemption.
  • Smug Super: Goku's ego goes out of control due to not being humbled by Roshi defeating him.
  • Sore Loser: Goku takes losses far less in stride in this timeline.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Goku becomes far more of a jerk due to his ego getting far larger and ultimately severely hurts Tenshinhan in their tournament fight.

    What if Goku stayed evil? 

  • Adaptational Dumbass: Goku wasn't the brightest crayon in the cookie drawer to begin with but in this version he can’t even speak full sentences.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Goku's original personality is too wild and feral to be taught discipline or material arts by Grandpa Gohan, he's so weak the Pilaf gang can easily defeat and capture him. By the time Raditz arrives on Earth Goku's power level is under 100!
  • Adapted Out: King Piccolo remains sealed since Pilaf had no need for him after he became ruler of the world.
  • Evil Overlord: Without Goku and his friends' interference Pilaf is easily able to gather the Dragon Balls and get his wish to Take Over the World.
  • Literal Genie: Pilaf, after witnessing the power of Great Ape Goku, uses the Dragonballs to wish himself stronger than the strongest person on Earth. He gets it in the most literal sense; Pilaf becomes one power level point stronger than the next strongest earthling (the Ox King). Even then he's no match for Raditz.
  • Villain Team-Up: Sort of. The Red Ribbon Army serve under Emperor Pilaf.
  • Wild Child: Goku, more so than the original.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When Bulma arrives looking for the Four Star Dragonball Goku (having never learned he's supposed to be nice to girls) knocks her out with the power pole.

    What if the Supreme Kai wasn't useless? 

  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: Shin trains and becomes a far better Kai. The earliest change is developing a system with Beerus that limits Beerus's destruction to worlds that are beyond saving. Beerus is happy because Shin does the research half of the job with him, and is ultimately much more effective.
  • Curbstomp Battle:
    • Shin curbstomps the evil Saiyans in seconds.
    • Yamoshi vs Beerus ends the same as Goku vs Beerus in canon, ultimately a curbstom in Beerus's favor, but one that impresses Beerus.
    • Yamoshi returns after training with Shin and Whis and obliterates the evil Saiyans easily.
    • Yamoshi vs Buu turns out to be this.
  • Divine Intervention: Shin notices Yamoshi and descends when he's about to be killed by the evil Saiyans and annihilates his enemies.
  • For Want of a Nail: Shin chooses to actually train and become a good Supreme Kai rather than remain Incompletely Trained as he did in canon. Another nail is Shin descends and saves Yamoshi. As a result, the heroic Saiyans emerge victorious and the evil Saiyans are killed off. This all means the Saiyans are more like their Universe 6 counterparts than their canon selves, Freeza's family never rose nearly as high as in canon, and Goku and the other modern Saiyans are completely different than canon.
  • God Is Good: Shin's advancement eventually leads to him becoming a far more competent and intelligent deity. Beerus, due to his agreement with Shin, is ultimately much more benevolent in this timeline, or at least less needlessly destructive and better at his actual job. Yamoshi also becomes a genuine Super Saiyan God and the heroic champion of Universe 7.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shin grows quite the spine and is willing to stand up to freaking Beerus.

    What if Raditz never came to Earth? 

  • Adaptational Villainy: As Raditz never comes to Earth to force an Enemy Mine, Piccolo remains a villain and replaces Raditz as the Arc Villain of Z's first Saga. He also kidnaps and straight up tries to brainwash Gohan.
  • Arc Villain: Without Raditz to force an Enemy Mine, Piccolo remains a villain and replaces him and Vegeta as the main villain for early Z.
  • More Than Mind Control: Piccolo uses nightmare visions and manipulation to convert Gohan to his side.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: Goku still dies, but in this case Piccolo kills him by sniping him with his Special Beam Cannon as he original intended.


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