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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 two What ifs per week on a Tuesday and Saturday. They covered a wide range of topics. You can find the playlist here.

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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. What If Piccolo Fused Early?: Explore what would happen if Piccolo fused with Kami during the events of the Saiyan Saga?
  5. What If Kid Goku Turned Super Saiyan?: What if Goku gained Super Saiyan 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 Vegito Stayed Fused?: What if Potara Fusion was actually permanent and Vegito never split?
  13. What if Goku never learned instant transmission?: This scenario involves Goku missing learning the technique during his visit to Yardrat.
  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 Goku Married Bulma?: Instead of proposing to Chi-Chi, what if Goku had hooked up with Bulma instead?
  16. What If Nappa Turned Good?: Follows Nappa if he was the one who turned over a new leaf instead of Vegeta.
  17. What If Piccolo Never Saved Gohan?: The iconic scene of Piccolo saving Gohan doesn't occur.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. What If Goku Was Female?: 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 Gohan Went Super Saiyan First?: What if Gohan went Super Saiyan during the Saiyan Arc, after Nappa killed Piccolo?
  24. What if Beerus never woke up?: What if Beerus never woke up in Battle of Gods?
  25. What if Freeza Listened to Goku?: What if Freeza took Goku's advice rather than trying to kill Goku on Namek?
  26. What if Buu was in the Tournament of Power?: What if Buu didn't fall asleep before the Tournament of Power?
  27. 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.
  28. What if Freeza and Doctor Gero teamed up?: A mysterious stranger meets Dr. Gero and encourages him to team up with Freeza. What if Broly was in the Android Saga? is a continuation of this storyline involving the Dragon Ball Super Broly.
  29. 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.
  30. What if Hercule trained with Roshi?: Another April Fool's special, where Mr. Satan studies under Master Roshi.
  31. What if Goku won against Master Roshi?: 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?
  32. What if Goku never hit his head?
  33. What if the Supreme Kai wasn't useless?: What if Shin was more proactive in his duties?
  34. What if Dragon Ball Z never happened?: Raditz never visits earth.
  35. What if Vegeta never turned Good?: What if Vegeta gets his wish for immortality on Namek?
  36. What if Future Trunks was you?:
  37. What if Bulma trained like Goku?: After the 21nd World Martial Arts tournament, Bulma becomes interested in learning martial arts.
  38. What if Gohan was like Broly?: Instead of his rage boost, Gohan instead suffers from bouts of Unstoppable Rage.
  39. What if we rewrote Dragon Ball Super?:
  40. What if King Vegeta Could see the Future?:
  41. What if Zamasu did nothing wrong?: Instead of going genocidally insane, Zamasu takes a different approach with the Babarians of his universe.
  42. What if Krillin Became a Saiyan?: Krillin wishes to be like Goku in the time skip between Dragon Ball and Z, which Shenron interprets as "like a Saiyan."
  43. What if Goku Landed at Capsule Corp?: Instead of landing at Mount Paozu, what if Goku landed at Capsule Corp?
  44. What if Frieza Turned Good?: What if Frieza really was humbled by his defeat and turned good?
  45. What if Trunks and Mai Stayed in the Past?: What if after the Goku Black saga, Future Trunks and Mai stayed with the Z-Fighters instead of going to the new future?
  46. What if Goku Black turned Good?: After taking over Goku's body, Zamasu begins to experience new feelings that puts him at odds with Future Zamasu and their plan.
  47. What If Frieza had a son?: What if Kuriza was canon?
  48. What If the Ginyu Force turned good?: 2020's April Fools special, where the Ginyu Force become good guys.
  49. What If Yajirobe trained like Goku?: Instead of slacking off and becoming lazy, What if Yajirobe continued to train?
  50. What If Frost was Actually Good?: Instead of being a carbon copy of Frieza, what if Frost was actually a good guy like he said he was?
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  • He has also done three lightning rounds, where he goes over smaller stories where changes are too minimal and/or end badly too quickly to justify a full length video, an FAQ, and the occasional Round Table dicussion.

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

What ifs with their own pages.

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    General 
  • 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.
    • Yamcha never gets Bulma, even in stories where they are closer together. What if Nappa Turned Good? And What If Goku Was Female are the only What Ifs that currently avert this.
  • 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.
  • Japanese Delinquents: His explanation as for why Goku and Gohan would still have black hair in the first Broly movie in "What If The Movies Were Canon? video is because Chi-Chi convinced them to temporarily ease their power levels since in Japan, blonde hair is associated with delinquency in Japan and it could significantly affect Gohan's interview for a prestigious private school.
  • Recurring Element: In general, the what-ifs have a consistent element and is having Gohan have a more protagonistic rule despite the character's pacificism, to the point the character of the video topic (like Vegetto and Broly) serve as an Author Avatar of Masako just to point out about his wasted potential.
  • 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?"
    • From some What-ifs that take place before Z he likes to say:
    MasakoX: That is until Raditz shows up!
  • 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.
    • As mentioned, Raditz showing up in worlds where Goku wasn't a powerhouse mean that he's significantly stronger than anyone else, and any storylines tend to stop as soon as he arrives.
  • What If?: The central premise of all the videos.
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     What If Senzu Beans Never Existed? 
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  • 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? 
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  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues: Bulma only got as far as she did because Goku generally was the heavy hitter in their travels against some of the more supernatural threats. No Goku, no protection, so naturally the confrontation with Monster Carrot doesn't end well.

     What if Piccolo Fused Early? 
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  • 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 Saiyan? 
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  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Everyone trains together with Goku and becomes a lot stronger. Since Goku never dies and is able to train with his sons, Gohan never stops training and Goten becomes more focused as a fighter.
    • Since Goku became a Super Saiyan early, Dr. Gero became aware of the transformation, and as a result, Android 19 and 20 are much more powerful.
  • 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.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • With Kid Goku a Super Saiyan, he dominates King Piccolo and kills him, taking Kami with him. This also results in Krillin staying dead between Tamborine killing him and the Namek saga, and being a child again when he's revived. After using the Namekian Dragon Balls to bring Krillin back, Krillin convinces them to not bring Kami back so that King Piccolo stays dead.
    • Goku kills Freeza on Namek.
    • Due to being much more powerful, Android 19 dominates Vegeta and kills him. He is eventually brought back with the Dragon Balls.
    • The Z Fighters find Gero's lab and Trunks is able to destroy Android 17 in his pod before Cell shows up and absorbs 18 to become Semi-Perfect. Goku eventually destroys Cell, taking 18 with him.
    • Due to Gohan keeping up his training, he kills Dabura with ease and Dabura is never able to give Babidi the idea of turning Vegeta into a Majin. The battle provides Majin Buu with enough power to awaken, but Vegeta kills Babidi, then he, Goku, and Gohan are able to combine their power and completely vaporize Buu.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Since Goku never dies, he never goes to King Kai to learn the Kaioken and Spirit Bomb, and never learns the Fusion Dance from the Metamorans. Since Freeza is killed before he can blow up Namek, Goku never lands on Yardrat to learn Instant Transmission. Fortunately, he becomes powerful enough that these techniques are not needed.
    • Out of gratitude for the Z Fighters saving his world, Dende agrees to go with them to Earth to become its new Guardian and the source of the Dragon Balls.
    • Since Cell is killed long before the Cell Games, Mr. Satan is only famous for being the World Martial Arts Champion and is not hailed as the savior of the world.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: When Krillin is brought back with the Namekian Dragon Balls, he is still a kid. He eventually uses the Earth Dragon Balls to get an adult body.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • The much more powerful Goku kills Raditz with ease instead of having to sacrifice himself. Everyone then survives the Saiyan and Namek Sagas.
    • Goku then kills Cell instead of having to sacrifice himself.
    • Android 16 survives and joins the Z Fighters after Bulma reprograms him so he will not try to kill Goku.
  • 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.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Since 18 was destroyed when Cell was destroyed, Krillin doesn't get to marry her. In the final part, MasakoX throws as an aside that he eventually marries Maron.
  • 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? 
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  • Adaptational Badass: Gohan becomes the Super Saiyan God to face Beerus. He puts up a much better fight than Goku did because he embraced the transformation instead of being ashamed that he needed outside help to use it like Goku did, so the transformation lasts longer. This plus his Combat Pragmatist style means he lasts longer against Beerus. He and Trunks then achieve Super Saiyan Blue. Later, when Goku achieves Super Saiyan Blue Kaioken, he decides to teach it to Gohan, Trunks, and Vegeta. He later gets Ultra Instinct during the tournament of power.
  • 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. He later agrees to help create the Super Saiyan God (since he has Saiyan DNA) and then agrees to stay with Bulma in exchange for food.
  • 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 to how 17 and 18 killed Gohan in the main story.
  • Canon Immigrant: Pikkon and Olibu from the Other World Saga filler are recruited to take part of the Tournament of Power.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Come time for the tournament with Universe 6, Hit actually manages to blitz through Vegeta, Trunks, Goku, and Gohan with relative ease since Goku isn't able to use Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken like he can in canon.
  • Disappointed in You: Piccolo gets really disappointed when Gohan refuses to actually fight in the Tournament of Power.
  • 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, except Goku because he died of natural causes. Later, when Beerus and Whis show up, Whis brings Goku back to life so the Super Saiyan God can be created.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • They later meet and befriend Supreme Kai, but he never takes them to the Z Sword, so Old Kai is still sealed in it.
    • Since nobody really connected with Hit, he refuses to work together with anybody and attacks and eliminates Olibu when he tries to form an Enemy Mine with him.
  • 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. Eventually, he uses the Dragon Balls to get his arm back.
  • Honor Before Reason: Gohan heavily protests his father giving Zeno the idea for the Tournament of Power, so although he joins Team Universe 7, he refuses to fight. He just stays in one spot and only defends himself if someone attacks him. This is reminiscent of his main timeline counterpart refusing to fight Cell.
  • No-Sell: Piccolo and Pikkon are both from asexual species, so Ribrianne's love powers have no effect on them.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Goku, Gohan, and Caulifla get this when Goku provokes Kale into a fight and she nearly loses control of her transformation.
    • Gohan and Trunks when Jiren focuses his attention on them. Even more so when the pair try to fight him and naturally nothing fazes him.
  • One-Winged Angel: After the Spirit Bomb nearly sucks Goku and Gohan into a black hole when they try to use it on Jiren, Gohan emerges with Ultra Instinct -SIGN-.

    What If Vegeta Was The First Super Saiyan? 
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  • Adaptational Badass: Vegeta is, naturally, the first Super Saiyan. By the time the Android Saga comes around he's obtained Super Saiyan Grade 2. He reaches Full Power Super Saiyan first and then he's able to reach Super Saiyan 2 before Gohan and defeats Cell. Eventually, he gets Super Saiyan 3, but realizes it's a pretty useless form due to the stamina drain.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Goku gets very resentful of Vegeta, with Vegeta constantly rubbing Goku's nose in the fact that he's stronger than Goku, with Goku becoming posessed by Babidi and becoming Majin Goku.
    • Vegeta himself is even more haughty with his new powers.
  • 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.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Vegeta still gets beaten by the Androids and Perfect Cell, but due to him being more powerful than he was in canon, being at Super Saiyan Grade 4/ Full Power Super Saiyan against Cell, he puts up a much better fight against them.
  • 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, even though he was Super Saiyan Grade 2 and would normally overpower them.

    What If Goku Married Bulma? 
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  • Adaptational Backstory Change:
    • Gohan is now the son of Goku and Bulma, rather than Goku and Chi-Chi.
    • Bra is born as the daughter of Goku and Bulma, rather than Vegeta and Bulma.
  • Adaptational Badass:
  • 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. Downplayed, since he still gives the medicine to Goku and later helps the group out against the Androids.
  • Adapted Out: Present Trunks isn't born, much to Future Trunks' surprise.
  • 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.
  • The Berserker: Goku completely loses control when Bulma is killed by Freeza and reaches Super Saiyan Grade 2. He nearly kills Gohan and his friends. He later learns to control his form, though.
  • Berserk Button: Threating Bulma is one for both Goku and Gohan.
  • Beta Couple: Chi-Chi and Yamcha.
  • Canon Foreigner: Chi-Chi and Yamcha's daughter, Tousa.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Goku and Bulma, as opposed to their canonical Like Brother and Sister relationship. As Masako mentions Once an Episode, there were hints when Goku met Bulma again after becoming an adult that she was attracted to him. It just ends up being that Goku ends up liking Bulma as well as more than just a friend due to admiring her intelligence as well as feistiness.
  • Composite Character: This version of Gohan is a blend of regular Kid Gohan and Trunks, most noticeably, the latter's brash attitude and arrogance.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Goku goes berserk after Freeza kills Bulma and knocks 7 shades of shit out of Freeza and then vaporizes him.
    • Super Saiyan 2 Gohan completely dominates Perfect Cell even more than canon, since he's more serious and used to the Super Saiyan 2 and had trained for the 3 years that had gone by. This is despite Cell being stronger than the canon Perfect Cell.
  • Demoted to Extra: Piccolo doesn't become Gohan's mentor since Goku survives the fight with Raditz and trains Gohan himself, but he still gets to merge with Kami to defeat Imperfect Cell with Android 16, forcing Imperfect Cell to revert to larval form to hide.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Vegeta doesn't marry Bulma, so Trunks isn't born.
  • 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. She does get a happy ending in marrying Yamcha who ends up being a baseball star and much more grounded than Goku, at least.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Tousa, Yamcha and Chi-Chi's daughter, is named for sugar, to go off of Yamcha's tea themed name and Chi-Chi being named after milk. So It's Tea, Milk, and Sugar. Masako was quite proud of the pun.
  • For Want of a Nail: Gohan never becomes The Great Saiyaman due not encountering the Ginyu Force, and thus wasn't inspired by them.
  • Happily Married:
    • There are a few pitfalls, but overall, Goku seems better off with Bulma than he is canonically with Chi-Chi.
    • Chi-Chi is this with Yamcha, as well, with them visiting regularly with the Son family.
  • Inspite Of A Nail
    • Vegeta still becomes Majin Vegeta.
  • 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.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: They have Dende ask Porunga to create fake Dragon Balls to fool Freeza. In artwork they are depicted as having off-center stars and called "Dorgon Bolls".
  • 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 light blue eyes that Trunks originally had.

    What If Vegito Stayed Fused? 
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  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Zeno wants to meet Vegito, who had defused due to the Kaioken. Displeased at not being able to meet him, Zeno threatens to erase everyone. Even with this threat, Vegeta refuses to fuse again. Beerus is forced to get on his knees and beg him. Shocked that Beerus would do that, Vegeta agrees to fuse with Goku again.
  • 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.
    • Since Vegito is much more powerful than Goku, he's able to push Hit into improving his Time Skip to one second instead of half a second, though Hit still loses.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Vegito Black doesn't have access to the Super Saiyan Rosé transformation or even know how to turn into a standard Super Saiyan, so Vegito destroys him with ease.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Vegito never cut out Fat Buu, so Super Buu doesn't turn into Kid Buu.
    • Goku Black is replaced by Vegito Black.
    • Since Vegito Black is killed early, Future Zamasu is unable to create his Fusion form.
    • Bra doesn't exist since Vegito doesn't sleep with Chi-Chi or Bulma anymore.
  • 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.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion:
    • Super Saiyan God Vegito is able to put up a much better fight against Beerus than Goku did, though like canon, Beerus still wins but decides to spare Earth out of respect.
    • Future Zamasu still gets his butt kicked by Vegito, but due to his Complete Immortality, nothing that even Vegito does sticks.
    • Even Jiren isn't able to do much against Vegito Blue, since Gogeta Blue was able to handle Full Power Broly, who is about the same strength as Jiren, but Jiren does put up a decent fight.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Vegito quickly rescues Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo from Super Buu's body, exits, then obliterates the weakened Super Buu, taking Fat Buu with him. As a favor to Mr. Satan, they bring back Fat Buu with the Dragon Balls.
    • Vegito obliterates Vegito Black when he arrives in the present instead of letting him escape.
    • Vegito then obliterates Present Zamasu during their sparring match after deducing that he is Vegito Black.
  • 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.
    • Future Trunks gets this when he arrives in the present and learns that Goku and Vegeta fused into Vegito (he didn't know who Vegito Black was because he only called himself Black and he didn't notice his resemblance to Goku and Vegeta).
    • Future Zamasu also gets this when he finds out that Vegito killed Vegito Black.
    • Vegito has this reaction when he tries to kill Future Zamasu, only to learn he is immortal, commenting that so many villains sought out the Dragon Balls for immortality, but he never thought someone would actually achieve it.
  • Disqualification-Induced Victory: Universe 7 wins the Tournament of Power after Toppo is disqualified after killing Buu.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Caulifla and Kale fused pre-tournament into Kefla, since this timeline has no time limit for Potara fusions, so she appears significantly earlier. It's even noted that Kefla's Super Saiyan form is stronger than Vegito's, likely due to Kale's Legendary Super Saiyan form.
  • Finishing Move: The Final Kamehameha. The move that's a combination between the Final Flash and Kamehameha introduced in the games and used by Vegito against Fused Zamasu. He uses it to kill Super Buu, Golden Frieza, Vegito Black, Present Zamasu and uses it in a beam struggle against Jiren.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Because Vegito Black and Future Zamasu are defeated relatively early, there was no need to summon Future Zeno and the future timeline was not erased. Vegito goes to the future timeline's New Namek and persuades the Namekians to use their Dragon Balls to slowly repair the damage the villains had done.
    • Because of Vegeta's more rational influence, they don't bring back Freeza for the Tournament of Power. Instead, they bring back Pikkon. Team Universe 7's roster becomes Vegito, Gohan, Piccolo, Tienshinhan, Buu, Krillin, Android 17, Android 18, Yamcha, and Pikkon. Roshi never gets to be part of the team, unlike the original.
    • Due to Universe 6's desperation to survive, Caulifla and Kale fuse into Kefla at the start of the Tournament of Power instead of in the middle. It's never established who the new 10th Universe 6 fighter is.
    • Since Freeza is killed and never returns, his empire collapses, meaning Broly and Paragus will remain stranded on Vampa for the time being.
    • Vegeta's more rational influence means instead of abandoning his families to train Uub in seclusion, Vegito has Uub and Uub's family move into West City so Vegito can train both Uub and Pan at the same time.
  • Fusion Dance: Naturally, since Vegito is the main focus of the Narrative. In Episode 6, Kefla appears and we also get to see Tiencha, Tien and Yamcha's Metamoran fusion.
  • 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.
  • Pet the Dog: After Vegito destroys Super Buu and takes Fat Buu with him, Mr. Satan cries when he realizes Fat Buu is dead. Vegito comforts him, says he was a true hero for befriending Buu and stopping him from killing people, and promises to use the Dragon Balls to bring him back.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Universe 7 wins the Tournament of Power, but only after Buu is hakai'd out of existence and Toppo disqualified for it. They use the Super Dragon Balls to bring back all the erased universes and Buu.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Jiren gets so angry that the Grand Priest had to pause the tournament and disqualify him and Vegito when his and Vegito's Beam-O-War were threatening the stands and Zeno's platform. Toppo then gets so angry at Buu not taking the fight seriously that he goes God of Destruction and eventually Hakais Buu out of existence, disqualifying him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: In the Tournament of Power, flying isn't allowed. Jiren is so powerful that in desperation, Vegito is forced to fly to save himself from falling out of the ring. Fortunately, Zeno makes the rules and likes Vegito, so he waves it off instead of disqualifying him.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Future Trunks successfully uses the Mafuba to seal Future Zamasu in a jar. Vegito takes the jar to New Namek and the Namekians agree to guard it.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Since Kid Buu was never formed, the Earth and its remaining inhabitants don't get destroyed.
    • Vegito kills Golden Freeza in combat, not giving him a chance to blow up the Earth.
    • Future Zamasu is defeated and the future timeline is not erased.
  • 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.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Yamcha gets to join Universe 7's team in the Tournament of Power.
  • Victory by Endurance:
    • Vegito beats the crap out of Future Zamasu over and over again, but Future Zamasu points out he is immortal and can endure anything he throws at him forever, while Vegito will eventually tire out. Vegito realizes he's right, so he, Future Trunks, and Future Mai retreat to the present and then go to Roshi to learn the Mafuba to hopefully seal Future Zamasu away.
    • Much to Vegito's shock, Kefla is actually stronger than him and beats the crap out of him. However, Vegito had done intensive training to build up his endurance which Kelfa neglected to do, so she runs out of energy and defuses, allowing him to eliminate Caulifla and Kale.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Future Trunks' sword fractures apart when he uses it to deflect one of Future Zamasu's blasts.

    What If Gohan was Earth's hero? 
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  • 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.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • The cameras at the Cell Games remained intact, meaning the public saw Gohan defeating Cell.
    • Due to Mr. Satan losing his popularity and most of his money, 18 straight up beats him and takes the title instead of throwing the fight and blackmailing him.
    • Mr. Satan is never sent to Majin Buu and never befriends him. Buu never experiences the trauma that turned him into Super Buu, then Mystic Gohan arrives and destroys him.
  • 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? 
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  • Adaptational Badass: Since Piccolo has his potential unlocked and Nail isn't severely injured, Piccolo is much stronger after their fusion and kills First-form Freeza with the Hellzone Grenade.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Goku doesn't get as much time to train in the space capsule and is only at a power of 60,000 by the time he reaches Namek. He also doesn't get a zenkai boost after being injured or go Super Saiyan, as Piccolo kills Freeza before Freeza kills any Z fighters.
  • Adapted Out: The Ginyu Force don't appear, as Freeza believes he won't need them and is killed by Piccolo before he can.
  • Behemoth Battle: Oozaru Vegeta vs Giant Namekian Piccolo.
  • Covers Always Lie: The artwork for the 3rd episode shows Final-form Freeza being hit by the Special Beam Cannon, but in the episode, First-form Freeza is killed with a Hellzone Grenade.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Piccolo gets his potential unlocked, making him as strong as Nail. As a result, their fusion, which already would've been stronger than Second Form Freeza, demolishes First Form Freeza and vaporizes him before he even has a chance to transform.
  • Death by Adaptation: As given by the title, Piccolo doesn't get to Gohan in time to shield him and Gohan dies instead of Piccolo.
    • Vegeta is also killed by Piccolo
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation:
    • Zarbon and Dodoria are killed by Piccolo and Nail instead of by Vegeta.
    • Freeza is killed off by Piccolo instead of Goku.
  • Killed Off for Real: Despite Goku's plea, Piccolo kills Vegeta on Earth.
  • My Greatest Failure: Piccolo is horrified at his inability to save Gohan and sets out to make things right.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The Ginyu force and Cui aren't killed as they never went to Namek.

    What If Broly Turned Good? 
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  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Since the Buu Saga never really happened, Goku did not come back to life afterward. 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 Brief 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. It doesn't erase the part of him that keeps screaming about Goku, but to quote the Joker, he's like a dog chasing a car- he doesn't know what to do when he catches one.
  • 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.
  • Canon Immigrant: Karoly from Dragon Ball: Fusions appears as Goku and Broly's Metamoran fusion.
  • 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.
  • Fusion Dance: Broly and Goku fuse into Karoly.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Broly finds and unleashes Future Broly on Goku Black and is quite horrified at how he acts.
  • Killed Off for Real: Merged Zamasu kills Future Broly.
  • 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? 
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  • 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 Freeza saw Vegeta's potential? 
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  • 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. He regains his position in the finale, after teaming up with Goku to defeat Cooler.
    • Cooler usurps Vegeta and takes his place as Emperor in the second video.
  • 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, at least in part one and two.
  • Fusion Dance: Vegeta and Goku fuse into Gogeta to defeat Metal Cooler.
  • 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.
    • Vegeta returns to earth to recruit Goku to overthrow Cooler...and discovers he's become a Super Saiyan.
  • 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.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Cooler uses the Big Gete Star to turn the Z Warriors and Nappa into cyborgs.
  • 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? 
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  • Adapted Out: Gine doesn't exist here, because MasakoX chose to only use Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku and not Dragon Ball Minus, so here, Bardock is a single father.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Bardock, naturally, is far, far stronger than in canon due to having a long time to train with other Saiyans, including his own family.
    • Freeza puts Nappa through nigh endless Training from Hell until he's as powerful as his first form.
  • 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 bolster 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.
  • Babies Ever After: In the final part, when Bardock's group comes home after defeating Freeza, Queen Casava reveals Bardock had gotten her pregnant.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Goku and the other Z Fighters train with the Saiyans and teach them several useful skills like how to sense energy and how to suppress their power to hide from scouters. This makes them much more effective in attacking Freeza's empire.
  • 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Raditz goes up against Nappa in a street fight that happens when the group confronts Vegeta to try and convince him to join their ranks. Now that he's been training and become way stronger, Raditz beats Nappa into the ground.
    • Nappa returns the favor during the Saiyans' initial assault on Planet 315, thanks to Freeza's Training from Hell increasing his power quickly and immensely.
    • Super Saiyan Bardock vs Final Form Freeza. Poor Freeza never stood a chance.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After being forced to endure endless Training from Hell, Nappa becomes as strong as Freeza's first form. Thinking he has a chance at beating him, Nappa attacks him, only for Freeza to shift into his second form and beat him down. Nappa gives up hope and submits, becoming an Empty Shell that only exists to do Freeza's bidding.
  • 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.
    • Goku, Raditz, Vegeta, and Bardock are strong enough to give Freeza trouble by working together, but then he starts his transformations. They had no idea he could do that and get beaten down until Bardock becomes a Super Saiyan.
  • Didn't Think This Through: After Raditz convinces Goku and his friends to help the Saiyans, Bulma asks him how he expected to bring Goku to New Vegeta considering his pod is made for one person, with Raditz saying he didn't think of that. Bulma then makes a spaceship big enough for the group to go.
  • 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.
  • Dying as Yourself: In the final battle, Vegeta finally snaps Nappa out of Freeza's conditioning. Nappa charges at Freeza only to be killed by a Death Beam. Vegeta actually takes a moment to mourn him, even declaring that he died as a true Saiyan.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Vegeta is still...Vegeta. But even he is completely horrified and sickened when he realizes what Freeza did to Nappa.
  • 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.
  • La Résistance: Bardock and the surviving Saiyans start one, launching a series of attacks on the Freeza Empire, gradually gaining supporters from enslaved species who are glad to turn on Freeza now that they have a legitimate chance to overthrow him.
  • 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.
  • No Range Like Point-Blank Range: After becoming a Super Saiyan and beating him down, Bardock kills Freeza by firing a Spirit Cannon while holding his head, destroying it.
  • 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 Saiyans 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 Saiyans survive due to a few of their pods flying too close to Freeza's ship and getting blasted.
    • Freeza's empire being galactic in scope means that the Saiyans' strategic attacks can happen so fast the rest of the empire doesn't even have a chance to react, let alone stop it due to sheer distance.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: An important planet that manufactures ships and other machines is called Freeza Planet T-1000. MasakoX even confirms the shout-out.
  • The Starscream: After they finally convince Vegeta to join them, Vegeta repeatedly tries to undermine Bardock's authority and become the leader. He's only kept in line because Bardock is stronger than him, so Vegeta regularly trains to surpass him.
  • Training from Hell: Freeza puts Nappa through this for so long that Nappa becomes as powerful as Freeza's first form but is ultimately left an Empty Shell of himself.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Bardock becomes a Super Saiyan when Freeza beats Goku and Raditz within an inch of their lives.
  • Vestigial Empire: After Bardock kills Freeza and destroys Planet 315 (a galactic communications hub), Freeza's Empire completely implodes overnight with zero chance of it ever rebuilding.
  • We Have Become Complacent:
    • How Bardock feels about his kind after learning of Freeza's treachery, having served under him for so long 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.
    • This trope hits Freeza hard: due to having been so self-assured of his dominance, Bardock's calculated, effective rebellion isn't something he or the empire is prepared for. It also comes into effect when Bardock becomes a Super Saiyan during their final battle, as Freeza can't understand how anything alive could be more powerful than his final form, which costs him.
  • 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.
  • You Have Failed Me: Freeza kills Zarbon after his group failed to stop the Saiyans from destroying the factories on Freeza Planet T-1000.

    What if Beerus never woke up? 
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  • 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? 
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  • 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.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: King Cold is ultimately defeated by being blasted into the sun by Goku and Future Trunks.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Ultimately the reason the What If? doesn't move past the fight with Cold: The deviation was minor enough that the end results don't affect the rest of the timeline.
  • Too Fast to Stop: Trunks comes up with a plan to defeat King Cold by exploiting this trope: they trick him into chasing their space ship at such a high speed that he won't be able to stop in time. Goku then instant transmissions them out of the ship, allowing Cold to destroy it and then be blindsided with a double beam attack. Combined with his own momentum, he's sent flying into a star and killed.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Freeza and King Cold both reach this conclusion and both train and reach a fifth form, more like Cooler's fifth form, rather than the Golden form.

    What if Buu didn't fall asleep? 
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    What if Vegeta celebrated Christmas? 
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  • 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 (and he only got that because a passing alien was kind enough to bury his corpse).
  • Meaningful Echo: In the Freeza Saga, Vegeta is killed and buried in a shallow, unmarked grave in the "space boonies", but gets saved by the Dragon Team and given a second chance. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows that if he continues being a standoffish jerk, he'll end up in yet another shallow, unmarked grave on a forgotten planet, only this time nobody will care enough to bring him back.
  • 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?/What If Broly was in the Android Saga? 
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  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • The Z-Fighters end up finding Paragus and Broly in their quest to find New Namek.
    • Babidi and Majin Buu show up in place of the Cell Saga.
    • Zamasu was already present as the mysterious time traveler, but also confronts the heroes much earlier than canon.
  • Adapted Out: Cell, Android 17 and 18 don't show up at all.
  • The Cameo: The Parapara Brothers are offhandedly mentioned.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Buumasu blows up earth.
  • Fusion Dance: Zamasu and Super Buu fuse to make Buumasu.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • With Goku dead, Android 16 is much more willing to work with the remaining Z Fighters.
    • Broly becomes Heroic and eventually joins the Z-Fighters.
    • Broly helps convince Majin Buu to also turn against Babidi.
  • Kill 'Em All: Part 2 ends with Freeza, Gero, Vegeta, Goku and Future Trunks dead.
  • Odd Friendship: Broly and Android 16 end up bonding over their similar personalities. Later, Majin Buu befriends the duo as well.
  • 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, later revealed to be Zamasu, comes back and meets with Gero for him to team up with Freeza.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • Gero is ultimately a pawn of the mysterious time traveller, Zamasu.
    • Babidi also ends up working for Zamasu's interest.
  • Villain Team-Up: The question being asked: what if Dr. Gero and Freeza teamed up against Goku?

    What if Trunks met Kid Bulma? 
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  • But Now I Must Go: After the Dragon Balls grant Bulma's wish, Trunks sadly admits to himself that he had fun hanging out with the group, but he has a responsibility to his home time. He gives kid Goku the heart medicine and can only hope that he will remember to take it when he gets sick, then gets out of sight and uses the time machine to go home. Bulma and Goku are heartbroken when they realize he is gone, especially since they had no idea where he came from.
  • Extremely Protective Child: Trunks is naturally protective of Bulma. When Roshi is acting pervy towards her, which is when Goku originally could get the Dragon Ball, when Bulma flashed Roshi her "panties". Instead, Trunks punches Roshi a few hundred meters into the ocean.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Future Trunks, as a result of a glitch in the time machine.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Though Roshi gives the group his Dragon Ball and gives Goku Nimbus, Roshi is pissed off that Trunks beat him up and refuses to help put out Fire Mountain, forcing Trunks to do it instead. As a result, Burning Attack becomes Goku's signature move instead of the Kamehameha.
    • With Trunks' help, the group easily defeats Emperor Pilaf's group and get the Dragon Balls. Bulma wishes for a lifetime supply of strawberries instead of Oolong wishing for panties. The group is never made aware of Goku's Great Ape transformation.
  • Signature Attack: Because of Future Trunks' influence, Goku's new signature attack becomes the Burning Attack, instead of the Kamehameha.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Given that this is Future Trunks, who has a base power level of around 4 million, 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. Trunks also no sells Yamcha's Wolf Fang Fist.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When Goku asks Trunks who taught him, he answers Gohan without thinking. Goku assumes he was talking about Grandpa Gohan and Trunks quickly rolls with it.
  • Surprise Incest:
    • Luckily, nothing happens before he finds out she's his mom, but Trunks did find teen Bulma cute. She is likewise attracted to him, but never finds out she's his mom.
    • He has a major slip-up, which causes him a pretty big BSOD on calling his mother, who is about the same age as him, pretty.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: When Trunks arrives in the past, he is overwhelmed by seeing so much greenery, wildlife, and intact cities, since in his time, the Androids destroyed it all.

    What if Hercule trained with Roshi? 
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  • 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. He and Goku are ultimately able to kill Raditz with a Combination Attack, and later goes on to training with Kami and King Kai.
    • Krillin also ends up stronger than canon due to training with Hercule and Goku, and getting training on King Kai's planet.
    • Due to Piccolo and Kami working together, Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien and Chaotzu are stronger come the Saiyan Saga.
    • On Namek, Guru unlocks everyone's potential, including Bulma's (Bulma becomes even more intelligent instead of stronger).
  • Big Damn Heroes: After taking a beating from Super Saiyan Goku, Frieza resorts to firing a Death Ball at Earth. Future Gohan and Future Videl show up to block the attack and kill him.
  • Bowdlerise: Masako has to work his way around saying Hercule's Japanese name because of YouTube's rules.
  • Can't Catch Up: After Guru unlocks everyone's potential, Hercule realizes he and Krillin are now way weaker than Goku and starts to worry that they will become irrelevant. Krillin tells him it doesn't matter, as they are still friends and just have to be the best they can be.
  • Clothing Damage: The Spirit Bomb that kills Vegeta also vaporizes Hercule's clothes.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Guru is severely weakened by unlocking everyone's potential, hastening his death.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Vegeta is vaporized by the Spirit Bomb.
    • Frieza beats Hercule to death and kills Krillin with his Death Beam. They are revived with Porunga.
  • Defiant to the End: When Frieza is beating Hercule to death, Hercule defiantly spits in his face.
  • Demoted to Extra: Since Raditz is killed before Gohan can have a chance to demonstrate his rage boosted strength, Gohan doesn't become involved in fighting. This goes away after the Saiyan Saga, where with Chi-Chi's permission, Hercule gives him and Videl training, and he and Videl join them on Namek.
  • 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. Episode 3 sees him getting to train with Goku and Krillin on King Kai's world and gets to learn the Kaio-ken.
  • Exploited Immunity: Vegeta in his Great Ape form grabs Hercule and starts crushing him. Hercule tells Goku to throw the Spirit Bomb at them, knowing that it won't harm him because he has become pure of heart. Later, Goku commends him for remembering that detail from King Kai's training.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Rather than falling into his fear and cowardliness, Hercule decides to train to defeat Tao to avenge his master.
    • Goku senses Hercule and Krillin have greatly increased their power and investigates, so he meets his friends and they learn about Gohan a lot earlier than canon. Gohan and Videl also become childhood friends.
    • Krillin and Hercule join Goku on his journey along Snake Way. Since they work together by taking turns carrying each other while the other two sleep, and make sure not to fall off Snake Way or stop at Princess Snake's castle, they arrive at King Kai's planet early. This means they finish their training and make it back to Earth before Vegeta and Nappa arrive.
    • Freeza never finds out about the Namekian Dragon Balls, so he never goes to Namek...instead he goes to Earth to investigate Nappa and Vegeta's deaths.
    • Since Vegeta is dead, Future Trunks doesn't exist. Instead, the ones defending humanity from the Androids and who come to warn Goku about them are Future Gohan and Future Videl.
    • Goku never contracted the Heart Virus; instead he was killed by the Androids. Future Gohan and Future Videl simply came to the present to warn him about the Androids and tell him and the others to train hard if they want to survive.
  • Future Badass: Future Gohan and Future Videl. For starters, Future Videl is powerful enough to catch Frieza's Death Ball and punt it into space!
  • 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.
  • Honor Before Reason: When the group returns from Namek and meets the revived Tien and Chaotzu, Yamcha tells them about Guru's potential unlock technique and says it is a shame Guru wasn't able to do it for them too. Tien says he would rather become stronger on his own instead of through outside help. Goku also doesn't like becoming stronger through outside help, but Piccolo says they need all the help they can get against Freeza.
  • Idol Singer: Hercule's wife Miguel was one of these. When she is brought back for one day, she says she is popular in the afterlife.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Raditz is killed without learning about the Dragon Balls. Vegeta and Nappa come to Earth anyway because they want to test their power against the people who killed him.
    • Tien and Chaotzu still die in the Saiyan Saga. They get squashed by Vegeta's Great Ape form.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Hercule distracts Vegeta from the incoming and far stronger than canon Spirit Bomb by smack talking him.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Goku, Krillin, and Hercule forgot to tell the others about the Spirit Bomb, so during the fight against Vegeta, when Goku hides to create it, the others angrily think Goku abandoned them.
  • Manly Tears: As a reward for helping defeat Vegeta, King Kai asks Fortuneteller Baba to bring Hercule's wife Miguel back for one day. Naturally, Hercule cries when he sees her.
  • Mundane Solution: How does Roshi know Hercule's backstory and motivations? He saw it on the news.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Hercule gets a Heroic BSoD after accidentally killing Raditz.
  • Off with His Head!: Goku and Hercule use a Combination Attack involving Hercule using a feet Kamehameha which Goku fires into, 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.
    • Vegeta has one when his scouter detects Goku, Krillin, and Hercule all have Power Levels of over 10,000. He immediately resorts to his Great Ape transformation.
    • On Namek, they use Porunga to bring back Tien and Chaotzu. Hercule tries to use the third wish to bring back Miguel, but Porunga says that can't be done as she died of natural causes. As they debate on the third wish, King Kai contacts them and warns that Frieza is on his way to Earth. After describing him, everyone is horrified and they use the third wish to teleport them back to Earth. Hercule comments if Porunga had granted his wish, they would not have been able to get back to Earth in time and the planet would have been doomed.
  • Only the Pure of Heart: Hercule survives the Spirit Bomb that kills Vegeta because he's pure of heart and thus unaffected.
  • Race Against the Clock: On Namek, they quickly befriend the Namekians, but must race to find the Dragon Balls before Guru dies of old age. They barely make it, then after they make their wishes, Guru passes the Dragon Ball responsibility to Moori.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Goku isn't killed while fighting Raditz.
    • When Vegeta and Nappa arrive on Earth, the Z-Fighters arrive and stop them from blowing up the city, allowing the citizens to evacuate. Some of the civilans are unfortunately killed by the Saibamen before they are stopped.
    • Piccolo and Yamcha survive the Saiyan Saga.
    • Since Frieza doesn't call the Ginyu Force, they are still alive.
    • Future Gohan survived his battles with the Androids.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Hercule asks Roshi to train him so that he can be strong enough to defeat Tao and avenge his master. Roshi refuses and says that based on what he saw on the news, his master was incompetent and deserved to die. Krillin eventually persuades Roshi to take him as a student.
  • 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.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: While Frieza is turning into his final form, Hercule says he's had enough of his transformations and kicks him in the head, knocking him down and interrupting it. Frieza is enraged and says he was rude to do that, then beats him to death and finishes his transformation.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Goku becomes a Super Saiyan when Frieza kills Hercule and Krillin.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Lampshaded when Hercule freaks out upon meeting the talking Turtle while his peers do not see anything unusual about that.
  • 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.
  • The Worf Barrage:
    • Bulma creates a huge cannon that she fires at Freeza's ship as it approaches Earth. It destroys the ship and presumably kills all his minions, but Freeza is unharmed.
    • Hercule tries the same move that killed Raditz on Freeza. It has no effect.

    What if Goku defeated Jackie Chun? 
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  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Piccolo not only knows Kaioken, but he also fuses with another Dragon Clan Namekian after fusing with Nail, boosting his power further. It's still not enough to beat Final Form Frieza.
    • Vegeta is strong enough to fight the entire Ginyu Force by himself.
  • 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.
  • Celibate Hero: While Goku was something of a Chaste Hero in the original, here he completely blows off his promise to Chi-chi because he only cares about getting stronger.
  • 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.
  • Hazy Feel Turn:
    • While not actually a villain, Goku slowly develops a more antagonistic outlook over the course of the first two parts. By the third, Tenshinhan has now effectively become The Hero of the story, with Goku breaking off all ties with his former friends when they side with Tenshinhan's decision to spare Piccolo Jr. Even when he ends up joining Raditz and Vegeta, he still is plotting against them to help protect earth.
    • Piccolo is the one to ultimately go to King Kai's planet and train. He's by no means a hero, but Kami knows they need to put aside their differences to face the oncoming threat of the Saiyans and Frieza.
  • 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.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Tenshinhan's new found humility results in him being taken in as Kami's disciple instead of Goku. Tenshinhan even pays it forward where, after the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament, he decides to open his own dojo, taking on Yamcha and Chi-chi as his first pupils.
  • 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.
  • Knight Templar: As a result of Goku's newfound Might Makes Right mentality, he becomes convinced that "evil" warriors are unable to change their ways. He continues to hold a grudge against Tenshinhan even after the latter undergoes a Heel–Face Turn and even attempts to kill Piccolo Jr. after Tenshinhan was willing to show him mercy.
  • Smug Super: Goku's ego goes out of control due to not being humbled by Roshi defeating him.
  • Spared By Adaptation: A weird example: Vegeta tosses Jeice into the path of Ginyu's Body Swap, and kills Jeice-in-Ginyu's-body, leaving Ginyu-in-Jeice's-body unconscious, but alive.
  • Sore Loser: Goku takes losses far less in stride in this timeline.
  • Taking the Bullet: Raditz takes an attack meant for Goku.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Part 3, as a result of being taken in as Kami's disciple, Tenshinhan ends up surpassing both Goku and Piccolo Jr. come the 23rd World Martials Arts Tournament.
  • 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.
  • Traumatic Super Power Awakening: Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan after Raditz saves Goku from one of Frieza's attacks and dies.
  • Villain Team-Up: While a villain in a loose sense, the alliance between Piccolo and Goku is one based around their mutual hate for Tenshinhan and Kami.

    What if Goku stayed evil? 
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  • 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 martial arts by Grandpa Gohan, meaning that 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 Dragon Balls 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 Dragon Ball, 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? 
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  • 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Shin curb-stomps the evil Saiyans in seconds.
    • Yamoshi vs Beerus ends the same as Goku vs Beerus in canon, ultimately a curb-stomp 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? 
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  • 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 originally intended.

    What if Vegeta never became good? 
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  • Adaptational Badass: In addition to Goku, both Gohan and Piccolo train in Yardrat.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Paragus and Broly show up during what would be the Android Saga.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Vegeta, per the name of the what if.
  • Adapted Out: Due to Vegeta remaining in space, Trunks, and by extension Future Trunks, is never born.
  • Complete Immortality: Vegeta's wish on the Dragon Balls grants him this.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: Vegeta vaporizes Goku after he refuses to join him. He's brought back latter.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Future Gohan survives his battles with the Androids and is the one sent back in time.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Vegeta's newly gained immortality combined with the Saiyan's Zenkai boost means that Vegeta can simply let himself get heavily injured before instantly recovering and getting stronger as a result with no risk to himself. Through this, he manages to defeat Freeza without even becoming a Super Saiyan.
  • Victory by Endurance: When Vegeta and Goku let Freeza power up to 100%, Vegeta notices how the new form slowly drains Freeza's stamina. Due to Vegeta's immortality, he can survive anything Freeza throws at him, so he simply waits until Freeza gets tired out before killing him.
  • We Can Rule Together: Vegeta offers this to Goku, and kills Goku after his refusal.

    What if Future Trunks was you? 

    What if Bulma trained like Goku? 
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  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Bulma opts to begin training after witnessing the 21st World's Martial Arts Tournament. She's later able to defeat Chichi in the 22nd World's Martial Arts Tournament. By the time Raditz shows up, her armor puts her on the same level as Goku and Piccolo. After getting to Namek, her base power is 2,000 and her suit multiplies that by 8x.
    • Yamcha is also stronger than canon thanks to training Bulma and surviving the Saiyan assault, getting gravity training alongside Bulma and Goku and also learns Kaio-ken. He also gets his potential unlocked by Guru.
    • Piccolo, Krillin and Gohan get gravity training on the way to Namek, as well and also get their potential unlocked.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: While she was already very smart, when she gets her potential unlocked by Guru, it also makes her even smarter.
  • Amazonian Beauty: The story is Bulma doing martial arts training and being much more muscular and utilizing Power Armor.
  • Death by Adaptation: Nappa is killed by Bulma and the Z Fighters, rather than Goku.
    • In turn, the Z Fighters and Bulma are also devastated by Vegeta, before Goku arrives.
  • Humongous Mecha: Realizing that the other Saiyans might be able to go Great Ape like Goku, Bulma builds a giant robot called the Saiyabuster to combat it. While not enough to defeat Oozaru Vegeta outright, it is enough to hold her own against him and buy Goku enough time to hit him with the Spirit Bomb.
  • Powered Armor:
    • Bulma develops a prototype suit by the 22nd Worlds Martial Arts Tournament. It makes her strong enough to defeat Yamcha, match old King Piccolo and Drum.
    • The version she uses in the 22nd World's Martial Arts Tournament is strong enough to match Piccolo.
    • Her suit she uses in the Nappa Vegeta fight is roughly on par with Nappa, though no match for Vegeta.
    • Her armor eventually integrates the Dragon radar and a scouter in the sensors. It also starts at multiplying her base power by first 3.5x, then 6x and 8x by the Namek saga.
  • Rocket Boots / Rocket Punch: The first part of Bulma's arsenal.
  • Shout-Out: Several to Ultra Man and Iron Man, with the Humongous Mecha design and it being named the Saiyabuster.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Yamcha and Piccolo survive the Saiyan saga.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Bulma's initial fighting style.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Bulma forgot to waterproof the armor, thus Raditz is able to shortcircuit it.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tenshinhan manages to seal Piccolo away with the Mafuba, only for Goku to smash the rice cooker so he can fight King Piccolo. Bulma gives him a verbal thrashing for it, then refuses to speak to him until Goku arrives at Kame House with Gohan.

    What if Gohan was like Broly?
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    What if Krillin Became a Saiyan? 
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  • Adapted Out: Dodoria isn't part of Frieza's group that goes to Namek.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Cui dies on Frieza Planet 79, after angering Vegeta who quickly shoves him through a wall.
  • Exact Words: Krillin wish was to be like Goku as in as strong as Goku. Shenron interpreted it as the same as Goku biologically. Fortunately for Krillin and the Earth, he specifically said Goku and not Saiyan in general so he's simply a Saiyan with Goku's good intentions.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Because Krillin and Goku trained together in the interm period between the original Dragon Ball and Z, both their power rises dramatically compared to the original, allowing the both of them to drive off Raditz without having to kidnap Gohan as extra leverage.
    • Vegeta accompanies Frieza and Zarbon to Namek, while Dodoria remains behind.
  • Knew It All Along: Roshi was able to piece together that Krillin did something since his power is similar to Goku and he was seeing Krillin less and less at Kami House.
  • Mundane Wish: When asking for the radar, Krillin didn't want Bulma to know he wanted to be strong like Goku, so he tells her he wants to be taller. She completely laughs her ass off at how petty it was before he fires back that she wanted to use her wish for a boyfriend. Which she admits he has a point.
    Krillin: Oh yeah? Well, at least I didn’t try to use the almighty dragon to find a boyfriend like somebody I know!
  • Super Mode: Krillin focused more strongly on learning Kaio-Ken rather than learn the Spirit Bomb, meaning it's far more stable than Goku's. This allows him him to spam it more often and can maintain x3 for longer.
  • Villain Respect: Raditz shows this to Krillin before he inevitably dies.

    What if Goku Landed at Capsule Corp? 
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  • Adaptational Badass: Bocksa, Mark, and Bulma meet Grandpa Gohan during their quest for the Dragon Balls and all receive training from him. Then they, Yamcha, and Krillin receive training from Master Roshi. Roshi later gives Launch training.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Bocksa meets Mark (the guy who grows up to be Mr. Satan) during karate lessons. The two became fast friends and he wishes to train at the Satan Dojo.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Bocksa is smarter than his canon counterparts, such as knowing how to build and receive education.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Because he landed at Capsule Corp., Dr. Brief names Kakarot "Bocksa".
  • Adaptational Wimp: Though Bocksa is smarter and more disciplined than Goku, he is slightly weaker since he isn't as fight-happy. He loses to Launch in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament and gets knocked out and captured by the Red Ribbon Army.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Averted. Thanks to Master Roshi's training involving mental discipline, Good and Bad Launch can now remember what the other does.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Emperor Pilaf traps the group in the oven room like in the original, but since Bocksa has no tail, he can't turn into the Great Ape to break them out. They are saved when Jaco arrives, breaks them out, and makes quick work of Pilaf's gang.
  • Cassandra Truth: When the heroes corner Bad Launch, she sneezes and turns into Good Launch, who has no idea what is going on. Bulma isn't convinced and thinks it is some kind of ploy, and is ready to beat her up before the others convince Bulma she is sincere.
  • Child Prodigy: Bocksa is capable of building as much as he is at martial arts.
  • Confusion Fu: Thanks to Master Roshi's training, Good Launch is just as strong as Bad Launch, but fights in a different way than her. During their fight, she sneezes a few times, which confuses Bocksa and causes him to lose.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion:
    • When they meet Grandpa Gohan, who refuses to part with his Dragon Ball, Bocksa and Mark challenge him for it, but are defeated with ease. They manage to impress him enough that he trains them and Bulma, then he gives them the Dragon Ball as a parting gift.
    • Bocksa, Mark, and Bulma challenge Master Roshi and can barely touch him, though they manage to impress and surprise him a few times due to the training they received from Gohan.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Of course, the biggest nail is that Kakarot landed at Capsule Corp. instead of Mount Paozu.
    • When Master Roshi asks Bulma to let him see her panties in exchange for his Dragon Ball, Bocksa and Mark are outraged and attack him, with Bulma eventually joining in. They are no match, but Roshi recognizes that they were trained by Gohan and calls a truce, saying he'll give the Dragon Ball if they can gather the remaining six and then complete his training.
    • Instead of Roshi putting out Fire Mountain with the Kamehameha, the group puts it out with the Bansho Fan, which Roshi didn't lose. Due to Bocksa being more educated, he understands when Chi-Chi asks to be his bride, and tells her they should wait until they are older and know each other better.
    • After Yamcha joins them and they get six Dragon Balls, they meet Krillin and all of them go to Roshi's for training.
    • The group never meets the Pilaf gang at first because they always beat the gang to the Dragon Balls. While the group is being trained by Roshi, Emperor Pilaf hires Bad Launch to try to steal all their Dragon Balls at once.
    • After falling for Bad Launch's Honey Trap ploy, Roshi is ashamed of himself and decides to train himself to overcome his desires a lot earlier than canon. He also sees Launch has potential and decides to train her.
    • Launch takes Nam's place in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament. She beats Bocksa and faces Jackie Chun in the finals, with Jackie barely getting the win. Afterwards, Master Roshi decides to tell the group he was Jackie in disguise to teach them a lesson in complacency, unlike in the original where they never figured it out.
    • The Red Ribbon Army captures and interrogates Pilaf and his gang to learn all about Bocksa and his friends. When the group finds out this hostile army is after the Dragon Balls, they split up all over the world to take them on. When Bocksa tries to liberate Suno's village from Muscle Tower, he gets knocked out and captured by Major Metalitron, then General White sends samples of his blood to Doctor Gero for experimentation.
  • Happily Adopted: Bocksa enjoys his new Earth family as he grows older.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Mark is traumatized after Monster Carrot turned him into a carrot, and develops a phobia for carrots to boot.
    • Mark goes into another one when he loses in the preliminaries to Jackie Chun. He gets better when he sees a poster of Miguel and Master Roshi confesses he was Jackie Chun.
  • Honey Trap: Bad Launch steals the Dragon Balls by seducing Roshi.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: Dr. Brief reverse engineers the tech of Kakarot's space pod to greatly improve Capsule Corp.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Pilaf gets the Dragon Balls and attempts to wish to be ruler of the world. Oolong still stops him by wishing for panties.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Jaco tells Dr. Brief all about Bocksa's Saiyan heritage. Dr. Brief decides to keep the fact his adopted son is an alien a secret from him until he is older. He at least tells Bocksa that he is adopted.
  • Love Before First Sight: Mark is instantly smitten with the singer Miguel when he sees a poster of her and then sees her on TV.
  • Morality Pet: Bulma becomes Kakarot's when he landed on Earth and awakens. She is the only one who can calm him down when he acts up, and he becomes devoted to protecting her.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: When Bocksa and Mark learn of the Dragon Balls, they consider using the wish to make themselves the ultimate fighters, but then they decide becoming stronger that way instead of training would be boring. They join Bulma's quest for the Dragon Balls for fun and to keep an eye on her.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy:
    • Master Roshi has now mastered his desires and is no longer distracted by beautiful women.
    • Ranfan tries her Show Some Leg tactics on Launch. Launch points out it is useless because she doesn't swing that way and defeats her with ease.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Bocksa and Mark challenge Grandpa Gohan for his Dragon Ball. They are just kids who took a few karate lessons (and Bocksa has not awakened his full potential) while he is an adult who was fully trained by Master Roshi. The kids don't stand a chance.
    • Bulma eventually has to cut her training with Master Roshi short as summer vacation is over and she has to go back to college. By the time the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament rolls around, she declines to participate since she is nowhere near as strong as the others.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Since Grandpa Gohan never found Kakarot, he is still alive.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Bulma was trained by Grandpa Gohan and Master Roshi and can now adequately defend herself.
    • After being trained by Master Roshi, both sides of Launch become powerful enough to face Bocksa and Roshi. Good Launch becomes brave enough to fight.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Jaco had his adventure with Tights and eventually meets Bocksa and identifies him as the Saiyan he was sent to kill. Bocksa's family begs Jaco to spare him and he eventually relents. He warns Dr. Brief about the Great Ape transformation, leading to Bocksa's tail being removed. Jaco then visits Earth from time to time to check up on Bocksa and becomes good friends with the family.
    • After training with Roshi and the others, Bad Launch becomes more peaceful, though she is still more aggressive than Good Launch.
  • Too Slow: Both Roshi and Turtle taunt the group for being too slow when they can barely keep up with Roshi.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: In an effort to hide Bocksa's alien origins, Dr. Brief issued fake papers claiming Bocksa is his biological child. However, Dr. Gero, who had been spying on his scientific rival, quickly sees through it and deduces Bocksa is an alien.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Bad Launch steals the Dragon Balls and gives them to Pilaf's gang, but when the heroes pursue them, Pilaf's gang escapes in a mecha and leaves her behind to be caught so they don't have to pay her.

    What if Frieza Turned Good? 
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  • The Ace: Freeza, being so naturally powerful that at Yardrat, he is able to learn how to clone himself, heal and Instant Transmission.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Freeza becomes stronger than he was when he went to Earth the first time, thanks to Cuit's ugrades to his mechanical parts, able to defeat a stronger Vegeta without much effort. As of the end of episode 5, he's even going to Yardrat to train. After 6 months of training, he can feel a "great power" growing in himself, and Pybara can sense it, too. He starts training by himself, in addition to his training with Pybara. He learns Instant Transmission and the cloning technique to better train and becomes Golden Mecha Freeza in part 7. He can also sense power levels and use Healing Hands.
    • Vegeta also gets training on Yardrat, so he knows Instant Transmission and can create a clone of himself, but doesn't know Super Saiyan, yet, until getting it in episode 6.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Cuit calls Freeza "Droidy Boy". At first, Freeza is quite angry about it, but later accepts it.
  • Anti-Hero: Freeza has evolved into this, along with his crew, which consists of street urchin thief Cheelai, as well as antisocial Gadgeteer Genius, Cuit.
  • Axe-Crazy: There is something deeply wrong with Trogen. Unlike his brothers, he has very little in the way of restraint or long-term planning. If he wants to hurt someone, he does it as soon as the moment arises. All of Cold's children despised him, but Trogen is the only one to kill him outright the moment he tried to verbally restrain him one too many times. Even Cooler finds him disturbing.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: After Vegeta reveals his identity in Part 5, Freeza says that he fully expects Cuit and Cheelai to take the ship and run away. However, they explain that they owe him for getting them out of the terrible places they were in, and for protecting them from bigger threats. Freeza is genuinely stunned by this show of honest loyalty.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Freeza now has this to Cuit and Cheelai. When Cheelai is grabbed on Yardrat, only as a test by Pybara, Freeza immediately rushes to rescue her. It's revealed that he switches midway between learning cloning to learn Healing Hands to protect Cuit and Cheelai.
  • Break the Haughty: Frieza's ill-fated I Surrender, Suckers gambit completely shatters his ego, as not only did his power fail him against Goku, so did his cunning. His further humiliations at King Cold's hands serve to utterly break him until he's literally limping away from his homeworld into self-imposed exile.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The patron of the eating establishment that Frieza went to provokes Frieza. Frieza nearly kills him with one punch.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Future Trunks shows up, neither Mecha-Freeza nor Goku appear on Earth as per his timeline, which means the rest of the Dragon Team is less inclined to believe his stories about evil Androids or Goku suffering a fatal heart virus.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Vegeta is on the receiving end of 3 so far, against Mecha Freeza, 5th form Cooler and 2nd form Trogen.
    • Yamcha is simply tossed aside by Freeza.
  • Cyborg: Freeza is this, since he's in his Mecha Freeza form.
  • Death by Adaptation: Trogen blows up Yardrat, killing everyone there.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Freeza heals Goku, to the surprise of everyone, including Cuit and Cheelai.
  • Diminishing Returns for Balance: Goku's Healing Hands has this downside, with it not being able to stop Goku's heart virus due to this.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Freeza has one of these, after Vegeta gives away Yardrat's location to King Cold, Cooler and Trogen, which Freeza sees.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Berryblue is revealed much earlier than she was originally.
    • The green-skinned street urchin that Frieza breaks up a tussle between her and somebody she stole from is strongly implied to be Cheelai, who wouldn't appear originally until the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie that takes place 16 years after the events being depicted. Episode 4 confirms that it is Cheelai.
    • Broly and Paragus show up in episode 7.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Cooler proposes an alliance with Vegeta, to bring down King Cold. Later, Cooler and Vegeta team up with Trogen, after Trogen killed King Cold.
    • Freeza tells Goku that "He has finally seen sense' and asks for Goku to train him in martial arts.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When a junk dealer, Cuit, genuinely thanks Frieza for doing a job, Frieza is left confused, as no one has ever shown him genuine compassion or gratitude before.
  • For Want of a Nail: Frieza attempting an I Surrender, Suckers gambit on Goku blows up in his face, resulting in him being sent into a downward spiral ending with him being forced into self-imposed exile, wandering aimlessly with his ego shattered, with King Cold taking his Empire back and setting to work on a new genetically engineered son to replace Frieza. Due to knowing Frieza is no threat to anyone anymore, Goku stays on Yardrat longer and learns more of Spirit Control than he did in the original timeline.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Cuit, the junk dealer from the junk planet of the Cold Force, is able to upgrade and repair Freeza's mechanical parts significantly better than King Cold's mook's were able to do. Later, he upgrades him even more, as well as his ship. After Cuit reveals he's been laid off, Cheelai suggests Freeza let him join them.
  • Golden Super Mode: Vegeta goes Super Saiyan and then later Freeza becomes Golden Mecha Freeza.
  • Healing Hands: Goku gains this ability to heal others during his now extended time on Yardrat. It's notably not as good as Dende's healing, though. Freeza also learns it as well.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Frieza's attempt to trick Goku into thinking he's helping him escape Namek alive so he can kill him in space backfires big time, resulting in him losing everything.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Frieza, Emperor of Universe 7 formally feared as the most powerful being alive, ultimately flees his empire a broken wreck, physically and mentally, with nothing left but the ship he's on. Gets worse in part 2 when Frieza is forced to perform menial labor just to repair himself. Lampshaded by King Kai, who outright tells Goku that Frieza's no threat to anyone in his current condition.
  • Humiliation Conga: Frieza choosing to attempt an I Surrender, Suckers gambit on Goku ends in complete failure with Goku besting him again and throwing him into space and Namek's proximity right as it explodes directly in his face. King Cold is sickened by Frieza's failures and strips him of his title to retake the throne himself while also belittling his son, and then Frieza attacks Cold in a rage only to get curb-stomped. All this humiliation completely crushes Frieza. Frieza is then forced to perform menial labor just to repair himself.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: The Nail: Frieza attempts to trick Goku into thinking he's given up and is helping him escape Namek alive just so he can throw him into space. This fails catastrophically and starts Frieza's downward spiral.
  • King Incognito: The reason Freeza can wander the galaxy undetected despite being the "Emperor of Universe 7" is because he's in his final form. As Masako points out, very few people had ever seen him use that form before. The fact that he's cybernetic probably contributes.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Frieza's attempt at tricking and betraying Goku backfires immensely, resulting not only in him being no better off than in canon initially but ultimately losing everything.
  • Morality Pet: Frieza, after having his ego completely broken and being forced to wander the universe, actually begins to develop connections with Cheelai and Cuit, and begins to have Pet the Dog moments towards them.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Vegeta feels terrible when Trogen blows up Yardrat and he was the one to give away their location.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Freeza senses that Yardrat gets destroyed in this manner.
  • Not So Different: Pybara comments that Freeza and Vegeta both learned the Yardratian cloning technique to train better by themselves.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Vegeta when he learns that Trogen is only in his first form when losing to Super Saiyan Vegeta. 2nd-form Trogen easily trounces Super Saiyan Vegeta.
    • The Z team when they sense Freeza suddenly appearing on Earth and then raging, before then teleporting to Goku's house.
  • Punny Name: Cuit, pronounced like "kit", is a repairman and junk dealer.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Former Emperor Frieza later is joined by street urchin Cheelai, and out of work repairman/junk dealer Cuit.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Subverted: due to having his ego completely and utterly shattered, Frieza acknowledges that going after the Saiyans for revenge is a fool's gambit likely to just get him and Cold killed.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Trogen kills King Cold.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Freeza is stuck in his final form, due to the mechanical repairs done to him.
  • Teleportation: Freeza and Vegeta learn Instant Transmission. Freeza even uses it to teleport his entire ship and crew to Vampa. And then to Earth
  • Theme Naming: Frieza's new brother, Trogen, is named after liquid nitrogen, to go with Frieza's family's cold theme naming..
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Frieza opts to not kill some guards that were guarding his repossessed ship, which prompts Cheelai to ask him why. He can't explain it and says that he didn't want her to see someone killed. He also learns Healing Hands to protect them.
  • True Companions: Frieza, Cuit and Cheelai remain friends even after it's revealed who Frieza is.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Freeza, just like in the main timeline, realizes that training will make you even stronger, but significantly earlier.

    What if Trunks and Mai Stayed in the Past? 
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  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Goku and Gohan resort to begging Future Trunks to join Team Universe 7. It doesn't work.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Beerus tries to Hakai Future Trunks, Chronoa from Xenoverse shows up and stops him.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • When Whis offers to create a new future timeline for Future Trunks and Mai, they decide it wouldn't be right for them as the new future people would not be the same as their loved ones. Also, Beerus forbids them from ever using the Time Machine again.
    • After Gohan found out about Future Trunks' ordeal, he was struck with guilt that he didn't help out and realized he was likely too weak to help. So he asks Trunks to train him and help unlock his stunted potential.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Chronoa says she had to break a lot of laws to show up and save Future Trunks from Beerus, but she couldn't allow him to die.
  • Irony: Future Gohan trained Future Trunks. Now he is training Present Gohan, which he comments on.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: At one point, Gohan gives up on training, saying he can't fight and provide for his family at the same time. Vegeta, while being very condescending, points out Bulma provides for his family while he concentrates on protecting them. Gohan realizes he's right and that he forgot about Videl's strength and talents.
  • Keep the Reward: After Future Trunks and Mai get a house, Bulma offers to make it luxurious, saying it will be a reward for everything they went through. They decline, confusing her.
  • My Future Self and Me: Kid Trunks is really happy that his and Mai's future counterparts are staying. Future Mai tries to connect with her kid self, but her kid self is aloof. The four of them eventually bond while caring for baby Bulla.
  • Nay-Theist: Future Trunks says based on the Zenos' actions, they don't deserve to be called gods or worshiped.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After Future Trunks both refuses to join Team Universe 7 and insults the Zenos, Beerus gets so pissed off that he tries to Hakai Future Trunks on the spot.
  • Revenge Before Reason: When the Tournament of Power arc rolls around, Future Trunks is still angry at Future Zeno for erasing his timeline, so he refuses to help, even when Goku and Gohan point out their universe is on the line, saying he refuses to give the Zenos any entertainment.

    What if Goku Black turned Good? 
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  • Heel–Face Turn: Goku Black turns against Future Zamasu due to the influences of Goku's consciousness.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: The remnants of Goku's memories and emotions have an effect on Black, first seen when his attempt to mock the deaths of Goku's friends and family triggers a twinge of sympathy and My God, What Have I Done? in him.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Goku Black forces Vegeta to kill him in order to prevent Future Zamasu from enacting his plan.
  • Killed Off for Real: Vegeta vaporizes Goku Black, while Future Zamasu is overwhelmed and disintegrated by a combination attack from Goku and Vegeta.
  • Villainous BSoD: Zamasu finds out the hard way that stealing Goku’s body also meant he inherited his conscience, as he starts to have some serious misgivings about his more viler acts. It gets to the point that he inevitably ends up conspiring with Vegeta to kill him to stop Future Zamasu’s plan coming to fruition, disgusted with himself for sinking to such genocidal depravity.
  • What Is This Feeling??: Zamasu ends up being affected by various emotions and feelings from the remnants of Goku's consciousness in their body.

    What If Frieza had a Son? 
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  • Canon Immigrant: Originally from the Neko Majin Z gag-manga, Kuriza makes his jump to the main timeline.
    • Part Two also brings in Cooler and his Armored Squadron.
  • Odd Friendship: Kuriza gets along extremely well with Bra and Pan.
  • Overprotective Dad: Vegeta, naturally, isn't too keen about the idea of Kuriza hanging out with his daughter.
  • Superior Successor: Frieza passes off raising Kuriza to Goku and Vegeta in order to make him a better warrior.
  • Truly Single Parent: It's implied that Frieza spawned Kuriza by his lonesome.

    What If the Ginyu Force turned Good? 

  • The Atoner: The Ginyu Force fights on the side of good to make up for the atrocities they committed on Frieza's orders.
  • Big Damn Heroes: According to Goku, the Ginyu Force lead him to Frieza's ship and knew how to fly it, which is how he escaped the exploding Namek.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Goku is embarrassed by the Ginyu Force's dances and poses.
  • Exact Words: Mr. Popo wishes for all those recently killed by evil-doers on Namek to be resurrected. As Vegeta hasn't fully joined the heroes, this includes those killed by him, like the Namekian villagers. Then Dende wishes for everyone on Namek except Goku, Frieza, and Frieza's men to be sent to Earth, which was why the Ginyu Force wasn't sent there.
  • Heel–Face Turn: As per the title. Eventually, the Ginyu Force uses the Dragon Balls to change Captain Ginyu back from a frog. Captain Ginyu at first wants to bring back Frieza and serve him again, but the others manage to convince him to turn his life around.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: While Goku accepts them, at first, the other Z-Fighters, especially Vegeta, aren't convinced the Ginyus have reformed. They come around after a while though.
  • Superhero: The group essentially fall into the role as they fight crime.
  • Undying Loyalty: Jeice, Recoome, Burter and Guldo all swear loyalty to Goku after they witness him defeat Frieza. They still have this towards their former Captain, who they successfully convince to change his ways as well.

     What If Zamasu Did Nothing Wrong? 

     What If Yajirobe trained like Goku? 

  • For Want of a Nail: Yajirobe loses the Rock-Paper-Scissors match to fight Cymbal. This results in Yajirobe and Goku fighting each other and an actual friendship between Yajirobe and Goku.
    • As a result of this, Yajirobe is also able to drink the Ultra Divine Water.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Yajirobe develops a genuine friendship with Goku, and continues to help him in the fight against King Piccolo.

     What If Frost was Actually Good? 

  • Adaptational Heroism: Somewhat. Frost is still a Space Pirate and Fake Ultimate Hero, but he was a Noble Demon who genuinely didn't want to actually hurt anyone. His pirate crew turns on him and he ends up defeating them due to this standards, only for Good Feels Good to kick in.
  • Good Feels Good: Frost ends up turning genuinely good because of this. Stopping his previous crew from genuinely hurting people and fighting with Cabba makes him feel happy. Helping the Saiyans fight evil makes him gradually enjoy it more and more until he eventually becomes genuinely heroic.

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