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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?: Explores 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 Freeza Turned Good?: What if Freeza 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 Freeza 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 Freeza, what if Frost was actually a good guy like he said he was?
  51. What If Bardock Defeated Freeza?: What if the events of Bardock: The Father of Goku went differently?
  52. What If Videl Was A Z-Fighter?: What if Gohan trained Videl more effectively?
  53. What If The Farmer DEFEATED Raditz?: What if Raditz's arrival went differently?
  54. What if Yamcha Destroyed the Universe?: 2021's April Fools special. Yamcha turns evil and attempts to end the universe.
  55. What if Young Gine Was Sent To Earth?: 500k Subscribers Special. The events of Dragon Ball happened with an earlier generation.
  56. What If Raditz Went To Earth Instead of Goku?: Instead of Kakarot being sent to Earth, what if Raditz was the one who was designated that planet?
  57. What If Babidi Turned Good?: Instead of dying at Buu's hands, Goku manages to save Babidi.
  58. What If Turles Turned Good?:
  59. What If Mr. Satan Was Evil?:
  60. What If Goten was Goku Black?:
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  • He has also done four 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:

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  • Ascended Extra: Quite a few What Ifs see King Cold be promoted from a minor villain into a full on main antagonist or at least prominent side villain.
    • Due to his nature as an Outside-Context Problem that no events on Earth will change, Raditz tends to get more time in the spotlight (usually as an event similar to "Rocks Fall, Everybody Dies.")
  • Adaptational Badass: Even in What Ifs were they're not the main character, a great many characters turn out much stronger than in canon.
  • 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.
  • April Fools' Day: Has made it a tradition to start a new what if each time it comes around. These stories usually involve more out there and bizarre premises than the usual stories.
  • 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. The current exceptions are What if Nappa Turned Good?, What If Goku Was Female? and What If Hercule Trained Like Goku.
    • Vegeta often winds up dying in his stories, at least the ones that cover The Saiyan Saga. Ones that start later tend to be lighter on him.
  • Canon Immigrant: If the situation calls for it, he may use characters/plot points from the non-canon Dragon Ball movies. Current examples include Broly (Pre-Super), Androids 13-15, and Tapion.
  • Fix Fic: Consistently glosses over the filler arcs, usually with the Running Gag below. Usually also changes the ending of the Goku Black arc to a less bleak one, as well.
  • 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.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Masako enjoys this element with the Angels like Whis and points out that the Super writers used it a lot, too.
  • 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.
    • Raditz radically shifting things when the change is made in the Pre-Z era, due to his (comparatively) immense power level and nature as an Outside-Context Problem.
    • If the story begins before/during The Saiyan Saga, expect Vegeta to wind up dead either during it or The Frieza Saga. As such, a different character winds up traveling back in time to warn the Z-Fighters, since Trunks was never born.
  • 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.
    • More generally, the fact that a lot of the series’ villains are Outside Context Problems or otherwise out of the main characters’ hands until they actually show up means that most of the sagas happen in some form or another, most notably Raditz, the Androids, Buu, and Beerus. This is generally averted, however, with stories that have earlier Points of Divergence, and thus butterfly away even major arcs.
  • 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.
  • Truly Single Parent: Since we know next to nothing about Freeza's race, Masako decided to allow them to reproduce asexually, though he doesn't specify if it involves cloning, parthenogenesis, or something else. What if Freeza Turned Good? involves King Cold wanting a new son, while What if Freeza Had a Son? is pretty obvious, and both stories have the characters just create a child ex nihilo by themselves, with no mention of a mate whatsoever.
  • 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. SO It's a double-whammy downer ending.

    What If Goku Never Met Bulma? 
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  • The Bad Guys Win: This version is basically every antagonist in the entire series getting their way at one point or another due to Goku never starting The Hero's Journey.
  • 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.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Pilaf and his gang eventually gets into conflict with the Red Ribbon Army because both groups want full power over the world.
  • For Want of a Nail: The main premise of the episode, as Goku meeting Bulma is integral to his hero's journey.
  • 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.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Due to the premise, many prominent villains never die such as General Red, Raditz, and Freeza. And since he never left the desert, Yamcha is spared from being blown up by a Saibamen.

    What if Piccolo Fused Early? 
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  • Adaptational Badass: Naturally, since he and Kami fuse during the Saiyan Saga.
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: The series' main premise, being the Super Saiyan form debuting in the King Piccolo saga instead of the Freeza saga.
  • Adapted Out: Piccolo is never born in this timeline as Goku swiftly kills King Piccolo.
  • 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:
    • Piccolo's absence is notable in this version due to Goku killing King Piccolo.
    • 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. Future Gohan later gets Ultra Instinct during the tournament of power.
    • Future Trunks as well, due to training with Whis alongside Gohan. He even gains Super Saiyan Blue and is the one to kill Frieza when he comes back.
  • 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.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In this rendition, Universe 7 actually loses in the Tournament of Power to Jiren since Gohan can't really tap into the Ultra Instinct power as well as Goku at the crucial moment of the battle, though luckily, Jiren wishes the universes back with his wish being that the tournament just be forgotten (albeit never getting the Character Development he got in the canon timeline since Gohan couldn't convince him to get stronger for the sake of others). Once the universe and Earth are restored, Gohan pleas with Beerus to give him another chance to control the power. Beerus does by bluffing to destroy the Earth if he's unsatisfied, giving Gohan the incentive to tap into the power more easily. The two battle with Gohan pushing Beerus to use all of his power, ultimately it ending in a tie when both are spent and fall unconscious in space. Whis saves the two, claiming Beerus "won" but was satisfied with the fight not to destroy the Earth to save face with the others and they head off. Beerus noting he'd have to start training more to keep up with Gohan's newfound power.
  • 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-.
  • Reconstruction: After the events of the original "History of Trunks" special Deconstructed the Death Is Cheap and Reset Button tropes the series loves to use, this alternate story brings them back. Once the androids are defeated, Trunks and Bulma head to New Namek (after getting directions from Goku and King Kai) and revive everyone they can, including most of the Dragon Team aside from Goku. Later, even Goku gets brought back by Whis, and Gohan gets his arm back between the Universe 6 and Tournament of Power arcs, essentialy resetting everything back to before Goku contracted the heart virus.

    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 possessed by Babidi and becoming Majin Goku. The last straw is Vegeta forcing Dende to hide the fact that the Hyperbolic Time Chamber can be used more often, giving him an unfair edge.
    • Vegeta himself is even more haughty with his new powers.
  • And I Must Scream: Evil Buu is horrified over the fact that Vegeta gained control over his body through sheer pride.
  • 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.
  • Combination Attack: Buuku and Gohan defeat Evil Buu with a Combined Kamehameha.
  • 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 2 against the Androids and Super Saiyan Grade 4/ Full Power Super Saiyan against Cell, he puts up a much better fight against them.
  • Enemy Mine: Goku willingly lets Good Buu absorb him to combat Evil Buu with Vegeta absorbed.
  • 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.
    • Super Saiyan 3's stamina bug is what causes Vegeta to be able to knock out Goku.
  • 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.
  • Irony: How the battle against Yakon plays out is this on a number of levels as Vegeta praises Gohan on using his head to defeat him as he rubs it in Goku's face. He uses the same method Goku did in canon (overloading him on ki) and in canon during this part, Vegeta was complaining about how Gohan let himself go in the 7-year age gap.
  • 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.
    • After trying to pull a "You Have Outlived Your Usefulness" against Goku, trying to make him explode the way Spopovich and Yamu did, Goku uses Instant Transmission and uses the last of his energy to kill Babidi, while also dying, himself.
  • 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.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Goku's actions and attitude in the Buu saga after finding out about Vegeta hiding the fact that the Hyperbolic Time Chamber can be used more often from everyone else unsettles those that know him, culminating in him viciously beating Dabura to death.
  • Pride: Vegeta's hallmark, of course. His pride even allows him some control over Buu after Buu absorbs him. In episode 8, Vegeta gains full control over Buu through this. Evil Buu eventually has to expel Vegeta because of his control over him.
  • Taking You with Me: After Babidi tries to have Goku die the same way he killed Spopovich and Yamu, but Goku kills Babidi with the last of his energy, dying himself.
  • Victory by Endurance: Vegeta defeats Majin Goku by having him power up to Super Saiyan 3 and wasting all of his energy while Vegeta stayed at Super Saiyan 2 for most of the fight. He points out to Babidi, that regular Goku would never have done that, and that turning him Majin made him strong, but stupid.
  • 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.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Babidi pulls this on Goku. Goku kills Babidi, too.

    What If Goku Married Bulma? 
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  • Abled in the Adaptation:
    • Though he could easily regrow it, Piccolo never loses his left arm in the Raditz saga.
    • Freeza has his full body intact before Goku obliterates him instead of having cybernetic replacements after his accidental self-mutilation.
    • Gohan's left arm wasn't broken in the battle with Cell and instead obliterates the monster untouched.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Gohan now has purple hair instead of black due to being Bulma's child.
  • 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:
    • Zarbon, Dodoria and the Ginyu Force are absent in the Freeza saga.
    • Present Trunks isn't born, much to Future Trunks' surprise. Likewise with Goten.
    • Cell absorbs Androids 17 and 18 simultaneously and as a result skips his 2nd form straight to his final one.
  • 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.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • In canon, Bulma's first death happened during the Buu saga. Here, Bulma was the one killed by Freeza that triggers Goku's Super Saiyan transformation instead of Krillin.
    • Freeza himself was outright killed by Goku at the conclusion of their battle instead of Future Trunks a year later.
    • Dabura and Babidi were both killed by Vegeta before Buu was released instead of dying by the monster's hands.
  • 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.
    • Due to the premise, Trunks is forced to not interact with the gang as he did in canon.
    • Tenshinhan didn't participate in the Cell saga.
  • 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.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation:
    • Raditz was killed by Gohan instead of Piccolo.
    • Piccolo was outright killed by Nappa instead of Taking the Bullet for Gohan, who in this version arrives with Goku.
    • Bulma's first death happened at the hands of Freeza instead of Super Buu.
    • King Cold was killed by Goku, Gohan, and Vegeta on his home planet instead of Future Trunks on Earth.
    • Vegeta kills Dr. Gero instead of Android 17.
    • Cell was killed by both Goku and Gohan four years after he was killed canonically.
    • Androids 17 and 18 aren't brought back to life after being absorbed by Cell.
    • Dabura was killed by Vegeta before the latter was controlled by Babidi instead of by Majin Buu following Babidi taking control of the Saiyan prince. Likewise, Vegeta also kills Babidi shortly before Majin Buu's release instead of by Buu himself much later.
  • 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.
  • Family Theme Naming: Goku and Gohan, Bulma and Bulla.
  • For Want of a Nail: Gohan never becomes The Great Saiyaman due to 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.
  • In Spite of a Nail
    • The Saiyan saga still plays largely the same despite the Raditz saga playing out differently. Goku still trains with King Kai and the fates of the non-Saiyan Z-Fighters' are the same with the canon ones.
    • Piccolo still Fuses with Nail in the Freeza saga, and later Kami in the Cell saga.
    • Goku still ends up on Yardat after defeating Freeza and learns Instant Transmission.
    • Vegeta still becomes Majin Vegeta.
    • After Vegeta kills Babidi and regains his senses, Buu is still released, but Goku still wants to fight him, so he seals him in the Mafuba, intending to fight him later while stronger.
    • Evil Buu is still released as being hit with the Mafuba technique and sealed away for many years had made Good Buu so angry he was tricked that it did take much for Evil Buu to form and take control during his imprisonment. Once Goku and Vegeta release him with intent to finish him for good (thinking they were still dealing with Fat Buu), Evil Buu goes on to terrorize the world.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Goku and Vegeta are shaken they couldn't defeat Buu hand-to-hand and had to rely on the Mafuba to defeat him. The two train to gain the strength needed to defeat him and try to keep the fight in the Room of Spirit and Time when they release him from the bottle he was sealed in. They didn't expect to find Evil Buu in the place of the one they sealed away, nor him escaping the room and going on to terrorize the world in revenge. Bulma, understandably, is furious when she finds out what they've done when there was no reason to do so other then their Saiyan nature.
  • 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.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • As the title suggests, Goku being married to Bulma is the main premise of the series. This results with Gohan and Bulla being siblings. Post Cell saga, Android 16 has been living with them.
    • Since Chi-Chi didn't end up with Goku, she marries Yamcha instead.
  • Robot Buddy: Android 16 to the Son/Briefs family following the Cell saga.
  • 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".
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Quite a few.
    • Goku survives through the Buu saga as he didn't perform his respective Heroic Sacrifices in the Raditz and Cell Sagas.
    • Vegeta, Dende, Krillin, the Namekians (technically except Nail) and by extension planet Namek itself all survive the Freeza saga.
    • Future Trunks, King Kai, Bubbles, Gregory, and Android 16 all survive the Cell saga.
    • Dabura never obliterated Kibito in the Buu saga.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: As the title suggests, Goku never marries Chi-Chi and Bulma never marries Vegeta. This results in Bulma being Gohan's mother and Goku being Bulla's father.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Bulma is utterly furious at Goku and Vegeta for releasing Buu when they didn't have to. He was trapped within the bottle, sealed away and locked deep within the Capsule Corp vault. All releasing him did was just put the world at jeopardy and Bulma reads the two the riot act when she find out.
  • 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 Freeza, 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 Kefla 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. During the Android Saga, he easily defeats Android 19. After the 4 year time skip after Freeza's defeat, he's as strong as Super Saiyan Grade 2 Vegeta was, which is stronger than he was in the original timeline after fusing with Kami. When he does fuse with Kami in the finale, he's as strong as Super Vegito.
    • The Warrior Clan Namekians are all much stronger after training with Piccolo for 4 years.
  • 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. He does unlock it shortly before the Android Saga, but is still too weak to hold his own against Android 19.
    • Gohan, as well, since he never got any zenkai boosts from the Saiyan saga or Namek saga battles, being dead at the time.
  • Adapted Out:
    • The Ginyu Force don't appear, as Freeza believes he won't need them and is killed by Piccolo before he can.
    • Future Trunks doesn't exist due to Vegeta's death. He's replaced by Future Gohan.
  • Back from the Brink: Piccolo helps restore Namek to its former glory, increasing its population and training its warriors to be much stronger. By the finale, Namek has become strong enough to become galactic protectors.
  • Bash Brothers: Piccolo and Future Gohan both fight really well alongside each other against Androids 17 and 18, despite never having done it before.
  • Behemoth Battle: Oozaru Vegeta vs Giant Namekian Piccolo.
  • Canon Immigrant: Maima, one of the two Namekian warriors from the game Super Saiya Densetsu is mentioned in Part 4 as one of Piccolo's students.
  • 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.
  • Curb-Stomp 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.
    • Piccolo also easily dispatches Android 19.
    • Followed by Piccolo and Future Gohan easily taking down Androids 17 and 18, with Piccolo telling them they'd better not cause any harm.
    • Piccolo vaporizes Cell in his Imperfect form.
  • 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.
    • Yamcha and Tien are also outright killed by Androids 19 and 20.
  • 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 Future Trunks.
    • Cell is killed in his Imperfect form by Piccolo.
  • Fusion Dance: Piccolo naturally fuses with Nail, but Nail, not having been severely injured, is more equal with Piccolo in their fused personality. Piccolo persuades elder Moori to lift the taboo on fusion, so it's more common, now that Namekians are no longer a Dying Race.
  • I Choose to Stay: Piccolo decides to stay on Namek after the Frieza Saga, helping the Namekians rebuild and grow.
  • Irony: Piccolo is for all intents and purposes, the leader of Namek. However, unlike Piccolo Sr., he's much more benevolent with Namek.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: In the Finale intro, Masako X quotes a line from Half-Life: Full Life Consequences almost verbatim in his Piccolo voice.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • The Ginyu force and Cui aren't killed as they never went to Namek.
    • Androids 17 and 18 don't get absorbed by Cell.

    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 BoG Saga, he's completely mastered Super Saiyan 3.
    • Vegeta as well, due to having trained with Broly.
  • 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. Babidi 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 Babidi. Poor, poor wizard.
  • Deader Than Dead: In the end, Future Zen-Oh’s assistance isn’t required to deal with Merged Zamasu thanks to his Power Degeneration, worsened to such a degree by the combined efforts of Karoly and Vegetunks that not only does his physical form eventually degrade to the point that he can no longer move, his very spiritual being is corroded along with it. The metaphysical damage is so severe that when he’s finally put down, he’s well and truly dead and gone, both in body and soul.
  • 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 use Metamoran fusion to form Karoly.
    • Future Trunks and Vegeta also fuse into Vegetunks.
  • 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, though she does receive some form of mention in Part 6, implying she does exist in some capacity.
  • 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 Gohan Went Super Saiyan First? 

    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 Badass:
    • While searching for New Namek, Krillin, Yamcha and Tien find Yardrat and decide to train there to learn Instant Transmission and Spirit Control, there. Tien learns it the quickest, with Krillin mastering it 3 weeks later and Yamcha 3 weeks after that.
    • In addition, Future Trunks also learns Yardratian techniques.
  • 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.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Broly severs Buumasu's hand wearing the Time Ring, and the Z Warriors combine their attacks to destroy it.
  • Backup Twin: In a sense: Bulma has a back-up of Android 16, but he lacks most of his experiences with Broly and Buu. It doesn't matter as the three are able to rebuild their friendship.
  • The Cameo: The Parapara Brothers are offhandedly mentioned.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Buumasu is killed by being torn apart and turned into goo when his time ring is destroyed.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Buumasu dominates everyone he fights until Broly taps back into his rage.
  • 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.
    • Part 4 of Broly in the Android Saga ends with Buumasu blowing up Earth
  • Odd Friendship: Broly and Android 16 end up bonding over their similar personalities. Later, Majin Buu befriends the duo as well.
  • Portal Cut: Destroying the Time Ring results in Zamasu being pulled back to his future. Unfortunately, due to Potara fusion, he's permanently merged with Buu. The end result is Buumasu being split in two and Zamasu's death via interdimensional forces.
  • 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.
  • Split Personality Take Over: Buumasu is largely dominated by Buu's personality, leaving Zamasu in the backseat for the most part.
  • 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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  • Adaptational Badass: Trunks trains Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha, making them way stronger than Raditz. Gohan is given a little training and starts out brave instead of timid.
  • Broken Pedestal: After Trunks' bungling gets Gohan kidnapped by Piccolo, Goku loses all respect for him.
  • 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.
    • After getting Gohan kidnapped by Piccolo, Trunks decides to atone by killing Dr. Gero and his Androids, then decides he has no more ties to this time and returns to the future.
  • Death by Adaptation: People die different in this What If:
    • Trunks finds Dr. Gero's lab and vaporizes him and the Androids still in their pods.
    • Goku dies at the hands of Raditz, after the latter comes back to Earth alongside Nappa and Vegeta.
    • The rest of the Dragon Team were entirely decimated by Nappa, Vegeta and the Saibaimen.
    • And then Freeza kills Raditz, Nappa and Vegeta when he destroys the Earth.
  • Downer Ending: And HOW! Oh, boy... Trunks had to see the consequences of his actions without being able to interfere, so... where to start?
    • Because Trunks abandoned the timeline at the worst time possible, the Dragon Team's efforts were more focused on retrieving Gohan from Piccolo's hands, making the focus on training for the Saiyan threat almost inconsequential, and by the time they were able to rescue Gohan, it was already too late to train properly, leaving the Dragon Team completely unprepared.
    • ...and because Trunks and Goku spared Raditz, when he came back alongside Nappa and Vegeta, he was stronger than before due to the beatdown he suffered, and he was more than happy to return the favor with interest, with him killing Goku, kidnapping his nephew, and the Saibaimen killing the rest of the Dragon Team, except for Piccolo.
    • And then Vegeta reveals to Freeza the existence of the Earth Dragon Balls. However, because Vegeta tried to trick him for the immortality wish, the Earth and the surviving Saiyans are destroyed by Freeza's hands-like he did previously with Planet Vegeta-and he then sets his next destination in order to satisfy his ambition for immortality: Planet Namek.
  • Drunk with Power: In Part 5, when Trunks realizes nothing he does affects his own timeline and that he is way stronger than everybody, he becomes extremely cocky. He pays for it when Piccolo kidnaps Gohan.
  • 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.
    • After arriving at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku and Bulma persuade Trunks to join it. He ends up beating Tien and Goku and faces Piccolo in the finals. Kami apparently didn't see any need to possess a human and join.
    • When Trunks becomes stranded in this time, he trains with Goku and the others. The others become aware of Gohan a lot earlier and Trunks tells Goku about Saiyans. He also shows Bulma his time machine, giving her a lot more insight into future technology.
    • Trunks tells Goku and Chi-Chi about the future. Chi-Chi becomes very happy that her son grows up to be a great hero and allows Gohan to train as long as he also studies.
    • While the heroes are dealing with Raditz, Piccolo sneaks into Goku's home and kidnaps Gohan after a bit of a struggle to try to turn him into a weapon. Since Piccolo didn't deal with Raditz, his motives are for revenge against Goku and Trunks instead of to prepare for the Saiyans.
    • While Goku faces Piccolo to rescue Gohan, Trunks finds Dr. Gero's lab and blows it to smithereens, wiping out Gero and the Androids. Since Bulma had managed to refuel the time machine, he returns to the future, deciding that with all the training he did, he should be strong enough to beat the Androids of his time. However, when he arrives, Chronoa, the Supreme Kai of Time, shows up due to his tampering with history.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • After winning the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, Trunks attempts to return home, only to find the time machine has run out of fuel. He becomes really upset that he is stranded and cannot protect his mother and people from the Androids. Fortunately, Bulma promises to help him.
    • Trunks goes into another one when Gohan gets kidnapped by Piccolo. And again when he kills Dr. Gero while laughing like a madman and causing Bulma and Yamcha to witness this and alienate him.
    • Chronoa confronting Future Trunks causes him to almost immediately give up his time machine because of his previous time failures.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Future Trunks gets this when he realizes that he may have irrepairably spoiled Gohan's childhood with Goku.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Trunks knew that Piccolo would kidnap Gohan and the experience would turn Piccolo into a better person. However, he failed to realize that the changes he made to the timeline would mean Piccolo is still evil and Gohan is in great danger.
  • No Ending: Masako ends the series with Trunks beginning things once more with the intent that fans decide how things play out in their heads.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Trunks is aghast at Vegeta's behavior before Chronoa points out that's exactly how he was acting before she confronted him.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: As opposed to the friendly take seen in most takes, Chronoa is far colder toward Trunks. Trunks' severe screwing up of this timeline and subsequent abandoning of it is the exact sort of thing she's meant to deal with. While she does give him a second chance, it's after showing him what his actions have caused and it comes with supervision and a worse punishment (erasing the timeline) should he repeat the same mistakes.
  • Oh, Crap!: Raditz is horrified because Trunks' face looks like Vegeta's.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Future Trunks attempts to return to the future, but instead arrives at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. He laments the time machine glitching again.
  • Reset Button: Chronoa shows Trunks the consequences of his interference, which will lead to his friends and mother getting killed by the Saiyans and Earth destroyed by Frieza. Chronoa offers Trunks another chance to set things right, albeit warning that she'll be watching him, and sends him back to when he first met the teenage Bulma in the past after the time machine malfunction.
  • Shout-Out: In Part 4, Yamcha wants to be there with Trunks and Bulma when Trunks talks about time travel, wanting to hear about "Science. Time. Wibbly wobbly stuff."
  • Signature Move: Because of Future Trunks' influence, Goku's new signature attack becomes the Burning Attack, instead of the Kamehameha.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: When Raditz arrives, Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha easily beat him up, but they allow him to leave. Needless to say, this backfired horribly by the end of the story, because the beatdown he suffered gave him a Zenkai boost, and when he came back alongside Nappa and Vegeta, he was able to beat Goku to a pulp by himself, and then kill him.
  • 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. He handily takes out Piccolo and tanks anything Piccolo tries to throw at him.
  • 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.
    • When Trunks returns six years later in Part 3, Bulma acts like he was a Bastard Boyfriend who just vanished from her life with no explanation and tries to make him jealous by cozying up to Yamcha. An embarrassed Trunks points out that they were never a couple in the first place.
    • She finds out Trunks is her son in the 4th episode, prompting some external screaming and her covering up from her short shorts and skimpy tank top.
  • This Cannot Be!: Piccolo is incredibly shocked to find he is no match for Trunks, especially when he goes Super Saiyan.
  • Trapped in the Past: The time machine runs out of fuel, preventing Trunks from returning to his time. Bulma attempts to help him, but notes it will take years to recreate the fuel due to the limitations of present technology.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Future Trunks is nowhere near as outright skilled as a lot of his peers are, or will be, as shown by the main series. That said, he has a power level of 4 million, which, by the standards of classic Dragon Ball, is basically godlike (and this is a series where an old man can destroy the moon).
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Goku yells at Trunks when he reveals he knew that Piccolo would kidnap Gohan and did nothing to prevent it.
  • 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?/What if Hercule was a Z-Fighter? 
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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).
    • Bulma spies on Gero and upgrades a willing Yamcha into a cyborg like 17 and 18 to Beat Them at Their Own Game. This makes Yamcha far stronger than he ever was in canon, enough so he can demolish Android 19.
    • Hercule decides to train his students at Satan Castle properly so they can handle protecting the civilians who might be caught in the crossfire and maybe be an effective distraction.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Bulma, with her potential unlocked and far more intelligent, decides to do this to counter Gero by spying on him and copying his work to upgrade a willing Yamcha.
  • Big Damn Heroes: After taking a beating from Super Saiyan Goku, Freeza 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The cybernetically upgraded Yamcha demolishes 19 with little effort at all.
  • Cyborg: In addition to 17 and 18, Bulma spies on Gero and replicates his cybernetics. Yamcha willingly allows her to convert him into a cyborg, making him much stronger than he ever was in canon. Enough so that rather than him being easily nearly killed by Gero, he completely crushes Android 19.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Vegeta is vaporized by the Spirit Bomb.
    • Freeza beats Hercule to death and kills Krillin with his Death Beam. They are revived with Porunga.
  • Defiant to the End: When Freeza 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.
    • Hercule decides to pass on his knowledge to his students so they can keep the civilians out of the crossfire when the Z-Fighters fight the Androids.
    • Due to Bulma being far more intelligent due to her unlocked potential as well as staying with Yamcha, she spies on Gero and upgrades a willing Yamcha into a cyborg. She has a human son with Yamcha that she names Trunks.
  • Future Badass: Future Gohan and Future Videl. For starters, Future Videl is powerful enough to catch Freeza'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.
    • When Hercule trains his students in ki manipulation, he doesn't tell them about the Androids, justifying it by saying he doesn't want to panic them.
    • Bulma and Yamcha don't tell the others that they're spying on Gero or that they've turned Yamcha into a Gero-model cyborg.
  • Logical Weakness: Yamcha's cybernetic enhancements are derived from Gero's tech, thus the killswitch Gero developed for 17 and 18 works on him. Bulma admits it was an oversight on her part, and quickly moves to correct it.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Hercule is able to talk down 17 and 18, thus sparing the group a fight...But as they're leaving Gero's lab Future Gohan and Future Videl attack them.
  • No-Sell: 19 gets his hands on Yamcha and tries to drain him...but as Yamcha is now a cyborg just like 17 and 18, including an Infinity Engine, so it doesn't do a thing to him.
  • 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 Freeza 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.
  • Papa Wolf: Protecting Videl is a major motivation for Hercule. Finding out Future Videl is from a post apocalyptic future motivates him to get serious about stopping the Androids.
  • Shout-Out: Masako calls Cyborg Yamcha YamTron
  • So Proud of You: When Hercule deduces Future Videl's identity, he becomes very happy that she is so strong.
  • 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 Freeza 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 Freeza 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. Freeza 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 Freeza 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hercule chews out Future Gohan and Videl for screwing up their chance to talk the Androids out of fighting.
  • 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 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, Krillin, Gohan and Piccolo all train on Yardrat.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Paragus and Broly show up during what would be the Android Saga.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Paragus. In canon, he wants revenge on Vegeta via proxy for his father banishing him and his son, and his parenting methods are...questionable, to say the least. Here, while not happy to be rescued by him, he doesn't outright antagonise him, and even tries to warn him about Broly's unstable nature. Once Vegeta is dead and his empire in ruins, he simply wishes to live a quiet life, to which Goku offers him a home on Earth.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Vegeta, per the name of the what if.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Goku doesn’t unlock the Super Saiyan transformation on Namek, only managing to do so through later training.
    • This also applies to Vegeta himself, as he relies on the Zenkai boost and never really achives the power of Super Saiyan.
  • 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: After trying to blow up the planet and having his immortality taken away, Vegeta is crushed inside his escape pod by a very pissed off Broly.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Goku, Gohan and Krillin all learn the Yardrat cloning technique.
  • For Want of a Nail: Vegeta doesn't fall asleep after Captain Ginyu is defeated. As such, he's present when Porunga is summoned and is able to intimidate the heroes into wishing for him to become immortal.
  • Healing Hands: Piccolo decides to learn Yardrat's healing hands technique so that Dende wouldn't have to get involved in their battles.
  • Mortality Ensues: Through the use of the Dragon Balls, the Z-Fighters revoke Vegeta’s immortality just as he’s about he’s about to be crushed to death by Broly.
  • Mythology Gag: Vegeta's demise is very similar to Paragus's in the original Broly movie: Broly picks up his escape pod and crushes it. The only differences are that he isn't hurled into the path of a comet, and they had to undo his immortality first.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: Vegeta vaporizes Goku after he refuses to join him. He's brought back later.
  • 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 Gohan was like Broly? 
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  • Adaptational Badass:
    • In an effort to control his rage, Gohan begins training with Kami. While on Namek, he also trains with Nail.
    • Yamcha gets his potential unlocked by Guru.
    • Piccolo also gets his potential unlocked. After fusing with Nail, he's strong enough to fight with Freeza's third form and force him to turn into his final form.
    • Puar ends up in Ginyu's Body, and manages to fight Ginyu-in-Puar's body for a bit. He late regains his ability to transform, leaving him with Ginyu's strength and techniques in addition to his own.
    • All of the Z Warriors go to Yardrat to train. This includes Chi-Chi who learns Instant Transmission.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Of a sort: Nail and Piccolo fuse in their fight against the Ginyu Force, rather than against Freeza.
  • Adapted Out: Future Trunks doesn't exist due to Vegeta dying in the Saiyan Saga.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Gohan goes completely berserk on Raditz and utterly annihilates him.
    • When Cold, Freeza and their army arrive on earth, they're easily defeated by the Z Warriors.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation:
    • Cui gets offed by Krillin cutting him in half with a Destructo Disk, rather than being blown up by Vegeta.
    • Nail, Piccolo and Gohan kill Dodoria and Zarbon.
    • King Cold and Freeza are killed by Goku when they attack Earth.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Yamcha and Krillin do this to infiltrate Freeza's ship.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Vegeta's death means there is no Future Trunks. Unlike other What Ifs? where someone else takes his place, no one comes back and warns Goku about the Androids or his heart virus.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dende overuses his healing powers on Goku and Piccolo, resulting in his death.
  • Impersonation Gambit: Puar disguises himself as Cui and Freeza to infiltrate the ship and steal the dragon balls.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Vegeta is killed off by Gohan during the Saiyan Saga.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Puar ends up interfering with Ginyu's bodyswap, resulting in him stuck in Ginyu's body.
  • Mythology Gag: Puar-as-Cui says tells Appule that Krillin and Yamcha's names are Chestnut and Tea, respectively. Krillin and Yamcha were named after chestnuts and tea, respectively.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: After killing Raditz, Gohan is unable to calm down and ends up killing Goku as well.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Ginyu and the remains of the Freeza Force flee Earth after Cold and Freeza are killed.
  • Spared By Adaptation:
    • Yamcha and Piccolo survive the Saiyan Saga.
    • Ginyu, Burter and Jeice survive Namek. They also survive King Cold and Freeza's attack on earth.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Gohan suffers bouts of this.

    What if Krillin Became a Saiyan? 
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  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Krillin, naturally. He goes to King Kai's planet with Goku, learning Kaio-ken as well. Since he doesn't learn the Spirit Bomb, he perfects his Kaio-ken, so it's more stable than Goku's. His base power level is 80,000 after getting it unlocked by Guru.
    • The Kaio-ken becomes this as well: King Kai uses Krillin's experience with Super Saiyan and Kaio-Ken to improve and refine it.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Future counterparts of Androids 17 and 18 are part of the Z Warriors from the start.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Dodoria isn't part of Freeza's group that goes to Namek.
  • Bad Future: In future Lazuli's timeline, Gero unleashes a much more powerful Android 16 that kills Goku. A programing glitch leads to him destroying the world, with only the remnants of the Z Warriors left behind to fight him.
  • The Berserker: Krillin turns into a Great Ape when Vegeta does, but unlike him, he doesn't have control over it and goes completely berserk.
  • Blood Knight: While he got Goku's good nature, Krillin is still a Saiyan now, and thus enjoys fighting.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After Goku and Krillin go Super Saiyan in the wake of Gohan’s murder, Frieza is crushed by the angry duo, not even getting the chance to go full power as they take turns beating the hell out of him.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Vegeta wasn't aware that Freeza could transform in this timeline, and thus tries to take him on with Senzu Beans, hoping to just keep getting up with zenkai boosts until he overpowers him...then Freeza transforms into his Second Form.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation:
    • Cui dies on Freeza Planet 79, after angering Vegeta who quickly shoves him through a wall.
    • Zarbon is killed before transforming to his monster form.
    • Ginyu is incinerated by Vegeta.
    • King Cold is killed by Future Lazuli and Krillin.
    • Future Lapis/Android 17 is killed by Future Android 16 instead of Future Trunks.
  • Exact Words: Krillin's 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 Freeza and Zarbon to Namek, while Dodoria remains behind.
    • Frieza is killed on Namek when Krillin grabs him and steering the two into one of his Death Balls.
    • A Future version of Lazuli/Android 18 arrives to help kill King Cold and warn the Z-Warriors of the future Android threat.
  • Golden Super Mode: Goku and Krillin go Super Saiyan when Frieza kills Gohan in front of them.
  • 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. At which point, 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!
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Krillin takes this approach after going Super Saiyan, outright refusing Frieza’s offer for a better fight despite his enhanced Saiyan impulses pushing him to accept and immediately begins beating Frieza to death despite the tyrant’s attempts to assume his full power.
  • Oh, Crap!: After defeating Ginyu, Vegeta flees with Dende and the Senzu Beans, leaving a beaten and paralyzed Krillin behind with an angry Burter and Guldo.
  • Spared By Adaptation: King Cold's soldiers don't get involved in the fighting and flee after he dies.
  • 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 he can maintain x3 for longer. King Kai is impressed.
  • Taking You with Me: Krillin manages to kill Frieza by grappling onto and steering him into his own deflected Death Ball. However, he also dies in the resulting explosion as well.
  • 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.
    • While technically present during the Red Ribbon Arc, Dr. Gero isn't introduced until the Androids saga. Here he is introduced properly.
  • 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" to keep up with the undergarment Family Theme Naming.
    • Similarly, Bocksa and Chi-Chi's son is not named Gohan.
  • 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.
    • General Blue kills Bora with a handgun. In the original, Bora was Immune to Bullets.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Averted. Thanks to Master Roshi's training involving mental discipline, Good and Bad Launch can now remember what the other does.
  • Amazonian Beauty: After training under Roshi, Launch is far more muscular than her canon self.
  • Amazon Chaser: Mark gets even more infatuated with Miguel than he already was when she demonstrates that she can fight once she's been untied and let out of her holding cell.
  • 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.
    • Yamcha, Launch, Krillin, and Mark storm Muscle Tower to rescue Bocksa.
  • 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.
    • Mark's developing style has varying feints and misleading strikes to take advantage of his opponent's expectations.
  • 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.
  • Damsel in Distress: When the heroes storm the Red Ribbon Army base, they discover that the Army had kidnapped Miguel to force her to sing for them. Naturally, Mark goes off to rescue her.
  • Death by Adaptation: Dr. Gero gets killed when Muscle Tower collapses on him.
  • Electric Torture: Mark finds Dr. Gero zapping Bocksa with an electric device and quickly destroys it.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Bocksa saves General Blue from falling into a volcano, Blue cannot believe it.
  • 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.
    • Dr. Gero and his son Gebo visit Muscle Tower to interrogate Bocksa and get more samples from him. His friends storm the tower to rescue him, quickly defeating Ninja Murasaki, getting Android Eight on their side, defeating Major Metalitron, then defeating General White, Dr. Gero, and his son. They evacuate as the tower collapses. Gebo emerges from the rubble to find his father dead but his research and samples intact. He vows revenge on Bocksa and his friends.
    • Bocksa is humbled by his capture and decides to not take on the Red Ribbon Army by himself, but with his friends. Master Roshi is angry at Bocksa's torture and joins them. As they liberate Upa's village from General Blue and send him packing, Bocksa get ambushed by Mercenary Tao and beaten up, but Tao retreats when his Dodon Ray is reflected back at him by the Dragon Ball Bocksa is carrying. Bocksa, Mark, Krillin, and Yamcha all climb Korin Tower and receive the training from Korin, allowing them to make quick work of Tao when he comes back.
    • When the heroes storm the Red Ribbon Army base, Commander Red attempts to self-destruct the base to kill them, not caring about his men, but Staff Officer Black kills him before he can do it. Before he can fight the heroes, Black gets assassinated by General Blue on Gebo's orders. Blue and Gebo go into hiding, with Gebo declaring himself the new leader and now they will work for years until they can defeat Bocksa and his friends.
    • Since the Red Ribbon Army captured Pilaf and his gang, they weren't able to steal the last Dragon Ball and put it in a Dragon Radar-proof box, so the heroes get it without having to go through Fortuneteller Baba's tournament. Since Bocksa is smarter and has his friends with him, they ask Shenron to bring back all the good people the Red Ribbon Army killed, not just Bora.
    • While preparing for the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, Master Roshi directs everyone to Fortuneteller Baba's tournament and everyone agrees to try it for fun and to get some training. Miguel and Upa accompany them. Since everyone is much stronger, Krillin easily beats Fangs the Vampire and Yamcha easily beats See-Through the Invisible Man. Launch loses to Bandages the Mummy due to luck, but Mark beats him. Mark then beats Spike the Devilman with some help from Miguel. The warrior Baba brings back from the dead to face Bocksa is his mother, Gine.
    • Since Bocksa doesn't have his tail, Jackie Chun never had to blow up the moon, so Man-Wolf doesn't have a grudge against him and doesn't compete in the tournament.
    • Bocksa defeats Tien because he noticed the truck and was able to avoid hitting it.
    • Bocksa is joined by his friends in avenging Krillin's death, so he has an easier time facing Tamborine. Master Roshi still dies attempting the Mafuba on King Piccolo, but Tien, Yamcha, and Mark all witness it and attempt to learn it. Bocksa and Mark both drink the Ultra Divine Water to become powerful enough to take on King Piccolo together. Piano escapes the battle and vows revenge. When King Piccolo produces the egg containing Piccolo Jr. as he is defeated, the team tracks the egg down and Mark convinces the others to raise Piccolo Jr. and hopefully turn him away from evil.
    • During the three year time skip, Mark and Miguel raise Piccolo Junior, tempering his anger towards Bocksa. Kami does not participate, instead watching the procedings in the audience.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Bocksa thrives in mechanics.
  • 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.
    • Bocksa is traumatized after being tortured by Dr. Gero.
    • Launch and Mark briefly go into this when they see the remains of villagers the Red Ribbon Army slaughtered, but snap out of it.
  • 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:
    • Despite the different upbringing, Kakarot still ends up being enamoured with martial arts. He and Chi-Chi also still cross paths.
    • Pilaf gets the Dragon Balls and attempts to wish to be ruler of the world. Oolong still stops him by wishing for panties.
    • Son Gohan I and Roshi still end up as Kakarot's masters.
    • Despite training extensively and climbing Korin's tower, Yamcha still gets his leg broken by Tien.
    • Krillin still gets killed by Tambourine.
    • Despite knowing how to fight here Bulma stays out of the tournaments, due to only seeing martial arts as a hobby.
    • The 23rd Martial Arts Tournament still goes on, with most of the matchups being the same as canon. Kami also still possess Hero, although he is not involved in the tournament.
    • Mark still marries Miguel and has Videl. Bocksa and Chi-Chi also still get married and have a son.
  • Instant-Win Condition: Gine is too powerful for Bocksa to defeat, so she tells him that if he can pull her mask off her face, she'll forfeit. He eventually resorts to doing it and she keeps her word.
  • 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.
    • In Fortuneteller Baba's tournament, the final opponent Bocksa faces is his mother, Gine. Everyone else figures out who she is, but she silently tells them not to tell Bocksa.
  • 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.
  • Mundane Utility: Mark works part-time as Miguel's roadie and bodyguard, using his strength to move heavy equipment and fend off rabid fans.
  • 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.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Gine is more powerful than Bocksa and after their fight, he gushes about how strong she is. She comments that where she's from, she's not strong.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy:
    • Master Roshi has now mastered his desires and is no longer distracted by beautiful women, decades before he did so in canon.
    • 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.
  • Odd Friendship: Miguel and Mark with Spike the Devil Man. Here, Videl is named in his honor, and he's her godfather.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Dr. Gero's son appears. Like most members of the Red Ribbon Army, he has a color code name, Sergeant Gold, and most of the members don't know his name. He confides to Bocksa that his name is Gebo.
  • Only the Pure of Heart: Both Miguel and Mark are pure so they are immune to Spike the Devilman's Devilmite Beam.
  • Promoted to Parent: Mark and Miguel raise Piccolo Junior, essentially acting as his parental figures during the three year time skip.
  • Rage Quit: When the Devilmite Beam has no effect on Miguel and Mark, Spike angrily forfeits, saying there's no point in fighting anymore.
  • 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.
  • Related in the Adaptation: As the title suggests, Bulma and her family became Kakarot's adoptive one.
  • Save the Villain: Bocksa manages to knock General Blue into a volcano, but catches him at the last second.
  • So Proud of You: When Mark and Jackie Chun face each other in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, Jackie notices that Mark has developed his own original fighting style, rather than just relying on the Turtle School's. Jackie is so happy that he forfeits.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Since Grandpa Gohan never found Kakarot, he is still alive.
    • General Blue survives the Red Ribbon Army arc because he never runs into Mercenary Tao.
    • Chiatzu avoids being killed by King Piccolo and Piano escapes while vowing revenge.
  • 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.
    • Bocksa, Mark, Krillin, and Yamcha are all trained by Korin, making them all more powerful.
  • 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.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: As the title says, Son Gohan I is no longer Kakarot's adoptive parent. He still becomes his martial arts teacher, though
  • We Can Rule Together: Dr. Gero's son tries to persuade the captive Bocksa to cooperate with the Red Ribbon Army, saying that once they rule the world, they will turn it into a better place. Bocksa refuses because he's seen how they hurt people who stand in their way.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Bad Launch loses to Bandages the Mummy when she sneezes and turns into Good Launch. Though Good Launch is just as strong as her, the transformation makes her disoriented for a few seconds, giving Bandages an opening to give her a Ring Out.
  • 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.
  • You Killed My Father: Dr. Gero's son vows revenge on Bocksa and his friends for killing his father.

    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.
  • Babies Ever After: Shortly before the Tournament of Power, Future Mai reveals Trunks had gotten her pregnant. This really motivates him to survive. They eventually have a son named Pari (named after the Japanese summer clothing hippari, to fit with the Brief clothing theme naming).
  • Back from the Dead: The remnants of the Freeza Empire eventually manage to revive Freeza with the Dragon Balls again.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • When Beerus tries to Hakai Future Trunks, Chronoa from Xenoverse shows up and stops him.
    • The assassins from Universe 9 hit Goku with the Energy of Destruction and he is too injured and exhausted to go Super Saiyan Blue to counter it. Just as he is about to be erased, Beerus shows up and casually makes the energy disappear.
  • Bystander Syndrome: The Tournament of Power doesn't involve time travel, so Chronoa is completely uninterested in it.
  • Doppelgänger Gets Same Sentiment: Future Trunks is still traumatized by the Androids, so he finds it surreal when Android 17 gives him encouragement.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: When the End of Z arrives, Future Trunks and Mai are content living with their son Pari and their friends in a time of peace.
  • Enemy Mine: When the Broly movie rolls around, Future Trunks ends up having to help Freeza fight off the rampaging Broly and buy time for Goku and Vegeta to fuse into Gogeta.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: During the Tournament of Power, Future Zeno is impressed with Trunks' strength and asks who he is. The Grand Priest tries to remind him about him erasing the future timeline to deal with Infinite Zamasu, which was when he met Trunks, but the Zenos get bored and say they don't care.
  • 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.
    • Future Trunks is eventually convinced to join Team Universe 7, so they don't revive Freeza.
    • The assassins from Universe 9 attack Goku. Without Freeza to back him up, he almost gets killed by the Energy of Destruction until Beerus and Whis show up and save him. Whis reports to the Grand Priest about the assassination attempt, resulting in Universe 9 being disqualified and erased before the Tournament of Power begins.
    • Due to not having to deal with people like Freeza, Toppo doesn't snap and turn into a God of Destruction, making it easier to defeat him, though he manages to eliminate Future Trunks before he is defeated.
    • Without anyone to back him up, Goku is eliminated by Jiren. Fortunately, the time limit runs out and Android 17 was still there, making it a tie. Jiren and 17 agree to use the wish to restore the erased Universes.
  • 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.
  • Insistent Terminology: Chronoa insists on being addressed as "The Supreme Kai of Time" and gives Future Trunks a Dope Slap when he calls her Chronoa.
  • Irony: Future Gohan trained Future Trunks. Now he is training Present Gohan, which he comments on.
  • Jerkass Façade: Chronoa pretends to be angry with Trunks and chew him out for his time travel because Beerus is there. When they're alone, she admits that she actually completely understands why he did it, which is why she looked the other way at his temporal meddling and allowed his changes to stick.
  • 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.
    • Future Trunks tells Goku, while refusing to take part in the Tournament (as he hates Zeno more than anyone else in existence) that the tournament and potential erasure of their home is all Goku's fault.
  • 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.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Future Trunks is chomping at the bit whenever he sees the Zenos. Vegeta points out that he dislikes the Zenos too, but it is really foolish to try to attack beings who can erase you in an instant. Trunks calms down a little, but he still gives the Zenos hostile looks.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Future Trunks battles Dyspo and talks to him. He nearly manages to convince Dyspo to join forces with him, but then Gohan butts in and hits him, angering him and making him think that Trunks was just trying to trick him.
  • 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.
  • A Rare Sentence: After the Tournament of Power, Future Trunks thanks Android 17, then remarks he never imagined he would ever say that.
  • 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. After spending time fighting alongside Chronoa, Trunks changes his mind.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Future Trunks achieves Super Saiyan God while fighting alongside the Time Patrollers.
  • Victory by Endurance: Toppo defeats Future Trunks when his Super Saiyan God power runs out, while Jiren defeats Goku when his Ultra Instinct runs out.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Future Trunks openly tells Goku that the Tournament of Power- and the situation regarding the erasal of Universe Seven- is Goku's fault, and Goku can fix it on his own.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: After saving Future Trunks from Beerus' wrath, Chronoa insists that Trunks work for the Time Patrollers to atone for his meddling with time. She takes him away and he has his adventures in the Xenoverse games. When she returns him to Earth, it turns out only a few seconds had passed for the others.

    What if Goku Black turned Good? 
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  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Goku Black's final act before being killed by Vegeta is to flip the bird towards Zamasu.
  • 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.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Goku Black finds redemption via Suicide by Cop. As a necessary factor in the ultimate defeat of Zamasu, he's Driven to Suicide, finding his redemption in letting Vegeta kill him.
  • 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 Freeza had a Son? 
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  • Adaptational Badass: Like Freeza in Resurrection 'F', Cooler realizes that he's long since been outclassed and resorts to actual martial training to close the gap, gaining his own Golden 5th form Cooler ability.
    • Likewise Cooler's Armored Squadron, who served as his training partners. However, unlike Tagoma in Super, they weren't just punching bags and got in some actual training themselves. Between this, some bio-engineering enhancements, and dropping the goofy posing, they're powerful enough to force Goku and Vegeta to use Super Saiyan Blue — no mean feat considering this What If takes place after Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Freeza by the time of the finale is much nicer.
  • 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.
  • Darkest Hour: Kuriza gets kidnapped, the Saiyans and anyone with their DNA get erased and Freeza gets defeated and his empire usurped by Cooler and his Armored Squadron at the end of part 4.
  • Enemy Mine: Freeza is forced to get help from Bulma and the Earthlings to bring the Saiyans back and defeat his brother.
  • Humiliation Conga: Freeza gets his son kidnapped, his butt kicked by Golden 5th-form Cooler, and his empire stolen by Cooler.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Kuriza gets along extremely well with Bra and Pan.
    • Berryblue and Bulma get along pretty well, over their ability to deal with hard-headed individuals.
  • Overprotective Dad: Vegeta, naturally, isn't too keen about the idea of Kuriza hanging out with his daughter.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Kuriza has Freeza level of powers as a young being. He also gets training from Vegeta alonside Bra and Pan.
  • Superior Successor: Freeza passes off raising Kuriza to Goku and Vegeta in order to make him a better warrior.
  • Truly Single Parent: It's implied that Freeza spawned Kuriza by his lonesome.

    What If the Ginyu Force turned Good? 

  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Cell now has time skip abilities that were taken from Guldo.
    • The Ginyu Force were able to hold their own when fighting the Androids as a team.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • The Atoner: The Ginyu Force fights on the side of good to make up for the atrocities they committed on Freeza's orders.
  • And I Must Scream: Because of the exact words Mr. Popo used that allowed the Ginyu Force and the Namakian villagers that Vegeta killed come back this means Cui, Dodoria, Zarbon, and all of Frieza's men, all came back... only to be killed again in the planet's destruction.
  • Ascended Fanboy: The Ginyu Force's poses and fighting style are what inspired Gohan's Great Saiyaman persona, so its only fitting that he joins their ranks during the Buu Saga.
  • Big Damn Heroes: According to Goku, the Ginyu Force lead him to Freeza's ship and knew how to fly it, which is how he escaped the exploding Namek.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Recoome, Burter and Ginyu end up Majinized by Babidi.
  • Canon Immigrant: Androids 13, 14 and 15 appear here as well. Super Android 13 also showes up.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Semi-Perfect Cell deals one to the Ginyu Force, twice.
    • Once post Time-Chamber Vegeta and Future Trunks show up, they easily dispatch Androids 14 and 15 and then Super Android 13.
    • Majin Recoome delivers one to Krillin during the World's Martial Arts Tournment.
  • 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 hadn’t fully joined the heroes, this includes those killed by him, like the Namekian villagers. Then Dende wishes for everyone on Namek except Goku, Freeza, and Freeza's men to be sent to Earth, which was why the Ginyu Force wasn't sent there.
    • This also means that Vegeta's other victims, Cui, Dodoria, Zarbon, and the Frieza's foot soldiers all came back only to be killed once again when Namak blew up.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Because of the Ginyu Force's presence, Cell now has time skip abilities, as well as Androids 13, 14 and 15 helping him.
    • Hercule is less prominant and famous, due to not taking credit for Cell's defeat.
    • Goten is more independent and much more organized, thanks to Goku's presence in his life.
    • Buu Saga: Burter and Recoome are captured by Babidi and Majinized. Later, while on Badidi's ship, Ginyu becomes Majinized as well.
  • Grand Theft Me: Being Ginyu's signature power, he does try (and fail) to use it on Cell twice. However, Dr. Gero weaponizes the fact Cell has Ginyu's DNA and powers to force Cell to use it on him, hijacking Cell's body.
  • 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 Freeza and serve him again, but the others manage to convince him to turn his life around.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Guldo uses his time stop powers to save Gohan from Perfect Gero's attack, but is unable to avoid it himself.
  • Inspite Of A Nail
    • Gohan still becomes the Great Saiyaman. Videl still catches on and becomes the Great Saiyawoman.
    • Vegeta and Goku still fight Puipui and Yakon.
  • Mêlée à Trois: The fight between Android 17 and Piccolo quickly devolves into one of these when Androids 13-15, Cell and the Ginyu Force arrive.
  • No-Sell:
    • Guldo can no-sell Cell's time skip, since he has time skips of his own.
    • Cell no-sells Ginyu's body swap ability by canceling it out with his own.
  • 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.
  • Sentai: Naturally, since the Ginyu Force was created as a parody of them.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Android 16 survives the events of the Cell Saga and joins the Ginyu Force.
  • Superhero:
    • The group essentially fall into the role as they fight crime.
    • Gohan still becomes the Great Saiyaman, and joins them as the Great Saiya Force. Videl eventually joins them.
  • Time Stands Still: Guldo, naturally, has this ability, and now Cell does, too.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Guldo, after spending some time with Krillin in the time chamber, becomes a fair bit nicer.
  • Undying Loyalty: Jeice, Recoome, Burter and Guldo all swear loyalty to Goku after they witness him defeat Freeza. They still have this towards their former Captain, who they successfully convince to change his ways as well.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: The Ginyu Force start training during the period between the Freeza and Android sagas, but are still no match for the 2 Androids.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: Krillin assures Guldo that even though his battle power is low, he is still valuable to his allies.

    What If Yajirobe trained like Goku? 

  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Subverting this is the difference between this and the main timeline: Yajirobe, as Masako points out, had a power level matching Goku's when they first met and managed to spike up to 900 during the one year training to fight the Saiyans despite not really trying all that hard. As such, in this timeline, Yajirobe actually applying himself is a major change.
  • Curbstomp Battle:
    • Yajirobe's rematch with Goku at the start of Z ends with Yajirobe going all out and beating Goku effortlessly.
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: As Masako points out, people tend to forget that Yajirobe was equal in power to Goku when they first met and went from a power level of 150 to over 900 in a year during the Saiyan Saga, meaning he's a lot more talented than he lets on. As such, him managing to catch up to Goku and even being a little stronger than him by training with Kami was surprisingly plausible.
  • 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.
    • Yajirobe and Goku manage to convince Bulma and Chi-Chi to flee Kame House with Gohan when they sense Raditz approaching. Unfortunately, it results in Piccolo kidnapping Gohan.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Yajirobe is able to reflect one of Raditz's ki blast back at him with his sword techniques.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Yajirobe is utterly bored in his rematch with Goku, easily holding his own and defeats him with little effort.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Yajirobe manages to surpass Goku at the beginning of Z. By the time Raditz shows up, he has a powerlevel of 1000.
    • As a result of this, both Goku and Piccolo continue to train, making them both much stronger when Raditz shows up.
  • 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? 

  • A Rare Sentence:
    • "That is until Cabba shows up! Never thought I'd actually say that..."
    • "The fact that their old leader had shacked up with the goody-goody Saiyans. Never thought I'd actually say that, either."
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Frost trains with Cabba, so both of them are stronger than they are in canon. As a result, Frost manages to beat Piccolo fair and square, using only his 2nd Form, and manages to match Super Saiyan Vegeta one on one in his Final Form, rather than being curbstomped by him. That is something that post-training Freeza was unable to do. Frost still gets curbstomped by Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, but actually forced Vegeta to use it. The end of Part 2 has him going to Universe 6 to train with Goku, Vegeta and Cabba. After a bit of training, Frost could dodge some of Super Saiyan Blue Goku's attacks, though he doesn't yet have a Golden form. In Part 4, he's more powerful than Super Saiyan 2 Future Trunks.
    • Cabba is implied to have gained SSJ2 earlier than before, and possibly SSJ3.
  • 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 and him to become genuinely heroic. He considers using his poison needle in the Tournament, but decides not to, in the end.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: As of episode 4, Frost is more scared of being revealed as a former Evil Overlord and alienating him from Cabba and his Saiyan friends than simply being killed.
  • Constantly Curious: Goten and Trunks keep pestering Frost with questions about himself and "What's it like being a good Freeza?".
  • Death by Adaptation: Or possibly just confirmed death, since he probably died the same way originally, but Jaco and the Galactic Patrol were all slaughtered by Goku Black.
  • For Great Justice: Cabba's attitude and how he and Frost become involved with Future Trunks and Goku Black.
  • Go On Without Me: Frost decides to stay in Future Trunks' timeline the first time the heroes go back, since there would be too many people in the time machine with Goku, Vegeta, Cabba, Trunks and Mai.
  • 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. When he meets Haru and Maki, the children in Future Trunks' timeline, he genuinely wants to help them and Future Trunks' timeline.
  • Guile Hero: Frost is no match for Goku Black or Future Zamasu 1 on 1, but he helps Goku in his fight against them by distracting them and when faced with Goku Black 1 on 1 after having Goku and the others go back to the past, he tricks Black by using his poison needle to poison Black and then shoots him in the chest with a Chaos beam, but was unable to finish him off before Future Zamasu showed up.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Goku, Goten and Trunks are this to Frost by constantly comparing him to Freeza.
  • Made of Iron: Him sharing Freeza's Super Toughness is his main reason to stay behind in Future Trunks' timeline.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Frost finds ice cream amazing, and is surprised at it, stating that Universe 6's Earth destroyed itself.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Of a sort, Frost gets this after he tells Goku, Vegeta, Cabba, Trunks and Mai to go back in time since there wouldn't be room in the time machine. He realizes that he may have basically killed himself since Zamasu and Goku Black are stronger than him.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: When Future Trunks mistakenly attacks Goku, thinking he's Goku Black, Frost defends Goku, leading Future Trunks to attack him, instead, thinking he's Freeza. However, he does get annoyed when he sees Goku Black and how powerful he'd become because Goku held back in their fight.
  • Pet the Dog: It's implied Hit was hired to kill Frost by his former crew, but after his fight with Goku, Hit warns him not to come home to Universe 6 with the implication he spared him.
  • Properly Paranoid: Hit was hired, likely by Frost's former crew, to kill Frost. This understandably makes Frost very nervous and constantly looks over his shoulder for the assassin.
  • Shout-Out: When Future Trunks arrives, Frost wonders why Future Trunks meeting his present counterpart doesn't end in something bad with:
    Frost: Shouldn't that future man meeting our Trunks cause some sort of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey trouble or something?

    What if Bardock defeated Freeza? 

  • Beam-O-War: Thanks to generally better handling of the situation, the Saiyans are united behind Bardock, who goes Super Saiyan. As a result, instead of Freeza's Death Ball destroying Planet Vegeta, the Saiyans meet it in a collective one of these, allowing them to push it back and win.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Bardock easily defeats Captain Ginyu and King Cold due to their arrogance and inability to sense power levels making them drop their guard. Bardock's crew easily defeats King Cold's soldiers, as they have been training excessively and the average mook only has a power level of about 2000.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Freeza is killed off in the first part, resulting in King Cold taking over as the main antagonist.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Bardock and his crew defeat the Ginyu Force and King Cold, rescuing Prince Vegeta. Gine recovers Kakarot's pod and calls back Raditz. They live together as a family and the Saiyans are back as a warrior race.
  • Evil Is Petty: King Cold doesn't give a darn about Freeza at all. His actions against the Saiyans are less about avenging his son and more about Freeza's death indirectly slighting his pride.
  • Hostage Situation: King Cold reveals he has Prince Vegeta hostage and tells the Saiyans that if they want him to live, they will remain exiled on Planet Vegeta until the end of time, never able to explore the universe and fight anyone again. Bardock angrily challenges Cold to a duel and he accepts.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: After going Super Saiyan the first time, Bardock can't figure out how to do it again. It takes a long training session before he can do it at will. The other Saiyans are disappointed that no matter how much they train, they can't figure out how to transform.
  • Logical Weakness: Freeza is locked into a certain power level by the form he's currently in, and can't transform instantly. As a result, when he's blindsided by the Saiyans managing to return his Death Ball to sender, he doesn't have time to transform and is killed.
  • Reality Ensues: Bardock is far weaker than Goku was on Namek. As a result, rather than going Super Saiyan allowing him to kill Freeza himself, it takes all the Saiyans plus him to do the job, and even then only by surprising him while he's in his First Form and not paying attention.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: Bardock's crew listened to his prophetic warning and intentionally slow down on their way to Planet Meat so he can catch up. Knowing the ambush is coming this time, Dodoria and his men are the ones to get ambushed and wiped out instead.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: While King Cold seeks revenge for Freeza's death, he also mocks him for losing to a bunch of "monkeys".
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Bardock believes Toma had been killed, causing his anger and hate to reach the point he goes Super Saiyan.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: Even after becoming a Super Saiyan, Bardock says he doesn't really feel that special. Gine tells him that he was always special to her.

    What If The Farmer DEFEATED Raditz? 
  • Downer Ending: Trigga is accepted by the Z-Fighters and they are happy for a while. Then Androids 19 and 20 show up, much more powerful than anything they could have prepared for, and kill all the Z-Fighters before terrorizing the world.
  • Extremely Protective Child: Piccolo shows up at the farm after sensing Trigga's power. Having been told of his crimes by the farmer and his wife, Trigga angrily attacks him to defend his home and adoptive parents.
  • Fan Boy: The farmer and his wife watched the World Martial Arts Tournament on TV and are fans of Goku. When Goku arrives to investigate the massive power he sensed, they are excited to meet him and ask him to train Trigga so that he can compete in the next tournament.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • When Raditz tries to flick the bullet back at the farmer, he is able to use his gun as a shield. The ricocheting bullet breaks the gate on his ostrich pen and they stampede. While Raditz is distracted by this, the farmer shoots him in the back of the head, knocking him out cold and giving him amnesia.
    • Since Goku never dies, he never receives training from King Kai.
    • Vegeta and Nappa simply write Raditz off as dead and ignore him, so they don't go to Earth. As a result, the Z-Fighters never go to Namek and never encounter Freeza.
    • Ultimately, as the Androids were more powerful than Freeza, all of the above leads to a Downer Ending where a more powerful and more evil 17 and 18 destroy everything.
  • Happily Adopted: The farmer and his wife end up adopting the amnesiac Raditz, who becomes a loyal son.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Because of his amnesia, Trigga is still figuring out his powers and is wobbly when he flies.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: When Trigga easily beats Piccolo, he surrenders and flies away. Just as Trigga and Goku relax, Piccolo comes back and tries to snipe them with the Special Beam Cannon. Fortunately, Goku is able to sense it and warn Trigga, so it hits him in the side instead of the center of his torso, then Goku is able to save him with a Senzu Bean.
  • The Joy of First Flight: Trigga is very happy when he rediscovers how to fly.
  • Meaningful Rename: Since Raditz cannot remember his name, the farmer and his wife name him Trigga (the farmer really likes his gun, especially its trigger).
  • Messianic Archetype: After ending the story with a Downer Ending, MasakoX treats Nofu as this. His death to Raditz in the original story was a massive nail that, as far as this story's concerned, was for the greater good of the world as a whole, and promptly shows appreciation for Nofu's sacrifice.
  • Mundane Utility: Trigga's strength is really useful in the farm.
  • No Name Given: Masako only refers to the farmer and his wife by those titles. Trigga calls them "Ma" and "Pa". In Part 2, Masako did some more research and found out the farmer is named Nofu.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: When Raditz is shot in the head, he wakes up with complete amnesia.

     What If Yamcha Destroyed The Universe? 
  • All Just a Dream: The finale reveals that the events of this What-If were just a vision shown to Yamcha by Shenron.
  • Battle Trophy: As pointed out by Goku, Yamcha takes Broly's fur pelt as his own after killing him.
  • Defiant to the End: While on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle, Vegeta mocks Yamcha's death by Saibaman one last time just as he gets impaled through the chest.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Played for Drama. Beyond the realization about his legacy and the truth about the Dragon Ball universe, Yamcha's plan is especially fueled by his friends' mistreatment of him. His initial rant towards Goku and Vegeta about how meaningless the Dragon Ball universe is capped off with this tirade:
    Goku: Yamcha, buddy, this isn't you!
    Yamcha: Oh, but it is! Your old buddy Yamcha, that was left to rot in some Saibaman crater! Your old buddy Yamcha, that was impaled by Gero with nobody helping me! Your old buddy Yamcha, that was trusted less than Freeza for the Tournament!
  • Expy: A medium-aware omnicidal Hero Killer? Looks like Yamcha just became Dreadpool!
  • Face–Heel Turn: In case the title wasn't obvious enough.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: After getting Goku to let him train on New Namek, Yamcha nestles into the Namekians' hospitality, so that they can kindly allow him to use their Dragon Balls to grant a wish. Said wish involves him becoming the strongest warrior in the universe, and afterwards, he stops Porunga from ever making another wish again and promptly blows up New Namek. He does the exact same thing to the Yardrats by getting them to teach him Instant Transmission before blowing up their planet and promptly beginning his tirade against the universe proper.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: What kicks off his turn to evil. Yamcha wishes on the Dragon Balls to find out what his legacy proves to be, and it turns out to be his defeat at the Saibaman and the infamous death pose... along with the many things it inspired, like memes and merchandise. He does not take it well.
  • Hero Killer: The first major obstacles to his plan that Yamcha got rid of (after killing Freeza and Broly) are Goku and Vegeta, albeit the latter is offed with little effort.
  • I Hate Past Me / Future Me Scares Me: The finale sees Yamcha traveling back to the events of the Saiyan Saga in order to wipe out the universe before he gets killed by a Saibamen, where he runs into his past self. He quickly gets annoyed by Past!Yamcha's idealism while Past!Yamcha is quickly weirded out and angered by the plan to wipe out the universe and the insulting of his friends.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Upon taking too much damage as a result of his Ultra Instinct transformation, Goku tries to get Yamcha to stop his omnicidal quest via this. It doesn't work.
    Goku: Yamcha... please... you're my friend...
    Yamcha: Don't worry, "friend". This won't hurt a bit. Ka...
    Goku: Yamcha, you're a good person!
    Yamcha: ...me...
    Goku: I don't understand why this is happening to you, but—
    Yamcha: ...ha...!
    Goku: Think about the others, Puar, Tienshinhan, Bulma, everyone!
    Yamcha: ...me...! (smiles) ...ha.
  • Kill 'Em All: Well, yeah, it's in the title. Yamcha ultimately takes out everyone including Beerus and Whis through the Supreme Kai and follows it up with the other Gods in the other universes. Finishing with wiping out Earth with his hakai power before going back into the past to the day they faced Vegeta and Nappa. After quickly killing the two, he doesn't hesitate to kill his past self when he tries to go against him. Luckily it was all just a vision and never really happened.
  • Medium Awareness: His wish to find out his legacy grants him this on some level. The first part ends with him saying "this franchise has been going on for way too long, let's end it", lampshading the series' long running status. Following his ascension, it becomes even more obvious when he refers to things that he wouldn't have been around for, like the Sugar Bowl description of Freeza's personal spot in Hell. He even explicitly tells Goku and Vegeta that their universe is a work of fiction.
  • Mythology Gag: Yamcha's appearance when given his newfound power (and general turn to evil) is a nod to Time Breaker Yamcha from Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Again, read the title on who.
  • Whole Plot Reference: An obvious one to Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe given how things start and how things end up: Yamcha sees too far beyond the fourth wall, goes mad and devises a plan to annihilate the whole universe with no one left standing.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Again, Yamcha and his plan to destroy the universe.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: At the end, after Shenron shows Yamcha the vision, he assures Yamcha that despite his embrassing legacy, he still matters in the grand scheme of things and that ultimately he has a good heart that would never betray his friends as shown in the vision when his past self tried to attack his god form. Yamcha understands and allows Puar the second wish who wishes for everyone to just have a good day. They’re rewarded with a party thrown by Bulma, both to celebrate their victory in the Tournament of Power and as an apology for her snapping at them earlier.

     What If Young Gine Was Sent To Earth? 
  • Headbutting Villains: Prince Cold and his Father, King Glacier. The former is very pragmatic, and wants to operate the Empire like a business, with conquered and depopulated planets as the goods. Glacier is a more typical Galactic Conqueror, who looks down on his son’s dealings with “lesser beings”.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite happening at a much earlier point in time, Planet Vegeta still gets destroyed, Grandpa Gohan still adopts a Saiyan, and said Saiyan still goes on a quest for the Dragon Balls with a Briefs.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: A running theme.
    • King Glacier is an utter tyrant who looks down on “lesser beings” (I.E. Anyone who isn’t of his bloodline) and is looking to conquer the galaxy. Prince Cold is pragmatic person who is willing to trade with and make concessions to other races and wants an empire based on wealth trading planets.
  • Original Character: Glacier, King Cold’s father and Frieza’s grandfather. Also Gine’s mother.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Prince Cold complained to his father’s plan to depopulate the Saiyans, noting that their planetary conquests would be more difficult with their fewer numbers as well as a rebellion guaranteed to happened if the truth comes out on who done it and why it happened.
  • Younger and Hipper: Pretty much every character, given the premise. Most notably middle-aged Grandpa Gohan, Prince Cold, Teenage Bardock, Younger King Vegeta, middle-aged Professor Briefs.

     What If Raditz Went To Earth Instead of Goku? 
  • Dirty Coward: When Frieza's forces detected the escape pods, Raditz panics and blasts off on his own, leaving Kakarot behind.
  • For Want of a Nail: The reason why Raditz wasn't initially off-planet with Prince Vegeta like in the original story is because… he came down with a tummy bug and had to stay home. Raditz feels appropriately embarrassed.
  • Lazy Bum: Jaco manages to track down Raditz to Gohan's house. But, not wanting to deal with having to detain a Saiyan, he claims he needs to do the “paperwork” to properly arrest Raditz and leaves him in Gohan's care.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Bulma definitely sees the tall, strapping Raditz as this.
  • Mythology Gag: When Raditz comes out of the shower in just a towel, she looked at his abs and thought "You could grind meat on those!"
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Because Raditz didn't let the auto-fuction of the pods do their job and tried to pilot it manually. Freeza's forces detect Kakarot and his pods, resulting in him leaving Kakarot behind and Kakarot being captured by the Freeza forces.
  • Nice Guy: Grandpa Gohan, naturally. He takes Raditz in and allows him to live with him for several months.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Raditz was initially intrigued in Jaco chasing him, but loses interest when he realizes Jaco is too lazy to do his job properly.
  • Parental Substitute: With a baby Goku being captured by Frieza, Nappa ultimately takes over the guardianship of the lad and is considerably more level-headed than Vegeta, who took out all of his pent up anger on him.
  • Ship Tease: As a result of being older than Goku, Raditz's first encounter with Bulma ended up resulting in Belligerent Sexual Tension ensuing.
  • Shout-Out: After commenting on how her car took more damage than Raditz when he was hit, he comments "'Tis but a scratch!"
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Jaco gives Grandpa Gohan a heads up to not let Raditz look at the moon. Raditz eventually tells Gohan of his Oozaru transformation, so Gohan ends up avoiding his original fate.
  • Super Mode: Raditz gets decent control of his Oozaru form at a young age.
  • Super Speed: Raditz is able to run as fast as a car while jogging with Bulma on his shoulders. He's later able to use it to grab Roshi's dragon ball before Roshi notices.

     What If Babidi Turned Good? 
  • Backstab Backfire: While Super Buu is regenerating, Babidi attempts to betray Piccolo and regain control of Buu. It fails, resulting in Babidi being impaled on a rock.
  • Dramatic Irony: Babidi explains he is the reincarnation of his father and only continuing his plans. He then claims there's no way someone like Piccolo could understand that.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Babidi gets sealed away by the Evil Containment Wave.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Goku intervenes right as Buu prepares to kill Babidi, thus saving the wizard.

     What If Turles Turned Good? 

     What If Mr. Satan Was Evil? 

     What If Goten Was Goku Black? 

     What If Krillin WASTED Vegeta on Namek? 

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