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  • Accidental Innuendo: Phipsil, the female U19 warrior, tells Cell in their telepathic conversation during Babidi's coup that he could have "played less hard" during their fight. This was after Cell had probed her with his tail.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Bra. Is her Jerkassery a result of Vegito's poor parenting, or a result of having her ego constantly stoked by her family and friends which never gave her the chance to properly learn humility due to her for the most part unrivalled power? And as for her promise to save Universe 19: a genuine attempt to do the right thing, or just another way to inflate her own ego? The fact that she doesn't take her promise seriously just so she could have a more challenging match against King Cold seems to lean towards the latter interpretation.
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    • Cell's actions as a Majin. Initially doing things For the Evulz, and only turning against Babidi to get out of the consequences? Or a sincere Reverse Mole having to play the part so he can spring his trap at the right moment? Cell is still evil either way, but this determines whether or not his killing of the Videls and threatening of U18 Bra is a Moral Event Horizon or an extreme case of Combat Pragmatist in the face of fighting Majin Bra. Considering he spared the Piccolos and U19 warriors as well as saved Gohan's life through the mini-Cell Juniors, he could've wanted the Gohans to not worry about their wives during the battle and fight at their best, knowing they would get revived anyway. On the other hand, it's also possible he only did it out of spite and getting Gohan stronger was just a bonus.
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    • To what extent are Babidi's Majins accountable for their actions? Is it flat-out brainwashing or More Than Mind Control? Complicating the issue is how the level of obedience or autonomy seems to vary from individual to individual (best seen by Cell, who flat-out turns against Babidi). It's most relevant in the case of Majin Bra, who disobeys Babidi at points but also shows distress when he's put in danger. This determines whether her killing Gohan was done out of free will and therefore a Moral Event Horizon.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • For all the build-up towards who Captain Ginyu was, along with the dramatic plot-twist that he was in King Cold's body followed by him stealing U16 Son Bra's body, he is immediately discovered, quickly defeated, and forced to switch back.
    • Hatchiyack, Raichi's ultimate trump card, only lasts 8 pages before Gast kills him in one shot, and fights using a simple, easily exploitable attack pattern.
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    • Majin Cell's rematch with Gohan was highly anticipated by fans, but despite all his powerups, he gets killed in one hit when Gohan finally stops holding back. Though ultimately subverted when it's revealed Cell just faked his death as part of an attempt to "motivate" Gohan.
  • Arc Fatigue: One of the biggest complaints about the comic is how long the story takes to move things along. (The comic began in 2009 and we haven't even gotten to the quarter finals of the tournament.)
    • Bra vs. Cold was the longest fight in the comic and right as it wrapped up Cold was revealed to be Ginyu and stole Bra’s body, which then took another chapter to resolve. Combined with a slower release schedule and a U16 special chapter right in the middle, the story ended up spending six straight months on U16 Bra.
    • Gast vs Raichi was released at two pages a week and had a double special in the middle. Not to mention most pages with Hachiyack were splash pages.
    • The Majin rebellion, while positively received at first, has been ongoing since 2017. When it looked like it was nearing the end, Majin Bra appeared. The following fight is mainly a Curb-Stomp Battle with a good amount of Reset Button, making it drag on for many readers. To make matters worse, a minicomic was released in place of the scheduled pages not once, not twice, but three times, the latter two being back-to-back.
  • Archive Panic: Multiverse has released pages regularly for 11 years, longer than Toriyama's original Dragon Ball manga run, so any newcomer wanting to read through the whole comic and catch up to the current page (especially if they include specials) is gonna be there for a while. This isn’t even going into the written stories.
  • Ass Pull:
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Many fans believe the novelization handled the controversial Bra vs King Cold fight better than the comic did, explicitly saying Bra using senzu beans wasn't cheating. She’s simply exploiting the rules to her advantage like Cold did. If Cold won’t get penalized for abusing the system, why can’t she?
    • U16 Bra getting Majinized by Babidi addressed many fan complaints that she was a Designated Hero.
  • Awesome Art:
    • Chapter 29 Special, was praised for having better art than many previous special chapters, making it one of the best received so far.
    • Chapter 41 takes on a very different, more realistic style. Despite being another filler chapter, nobody really minds, because the art is both amazing and visually distinct, and Gast is a walking collection of awesome.
    • Pretty much the whole webcomic in general became this once Asura stepped in, but special mention goes to any time King Cold’s 6th form appears, since it's absolutely flooded with immense detail and nonstandard shapes but is still drawn consistently (throughout an entire chapter for its debut!) with lots of movement and action.
    • Any of the colored specials are particularly impressive, especially Chapter 54 and 56-57.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
  • Better Than Canon:
    • Multiverse was made specifically to be a better sequel to Dragon Ball Z than Dragon Ball GT, and going by the fan reception, it succeeded in its goal. Some also consider it to be better than Dragon Ball Super to the point of forming a Fandom Rivalry since it's more hotly debated.
    • An in-series example would be Minicomic #57; where instead of Vegetto divorcing Chi-Chi and marrying Bulma, Bulma and Chi-Chi steal his earrings and fuse together to be his wife. Going off the comments, lots of readers thought this version was more heartwarming and prefer it.
    • Many fans prefer Multiverse's retellings of several Toei films, such as the first two Broly movies and the first Cooler film. Cooler's Revenge is particularly notable, since Cooler actually puts up a terrific fight against Super Saiyan Goku in the DBM version instead of only using his Supernova.
    • Within the comic itself, Arcadi Picardy's brief draft of the battle against Majin Bra is considered to be far better than the actual product. This is due to the fighters averting the Idiot Ball of attacking Bra one at a time, and instead coordinating their attacks.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The beginning of the tournament's second day is celebrated with a musical performance by the Star Wars Cantina Band. Pan and Tapion enjoy the musical interlude, Bra, Frieza's Family and Babidi do not. Zen Buu thought it was so bad that he demanded that they give their instruments to him so he could play.
    • Beerus and Whis' cameo appearance as spectators. DBM began five years before Battle of Gods was released and does not include it or Dragon Ball Super in its canon.
  • Broken Base:
    • The specials. Are they good side stories, or pointless? Many think they've been wasted on villain win stories instead of more interesting ones. Some fans also like when artists use their own unique style instead of trying to copy Akira Toriyama's, while others dislike it since the quality widely varies.
    • The overall length of the series. Some fans believe the comic's gone on too long and lost a lot of its luster, especially since it can't incorporate material from Battle of Gods, Resurrection F, and Super. Others think the length is fine and Multiverse is better off not including material from the The New '10s.
    • King Cold's 6th form created an unprecedented number of comments, some saying it looks awesome, others that it looks stupid. Some say it makes sense Cold could have two augmentation forms, while others question how he could have found two when Cooler himself only found one.
    • Bra vs. King Cold. Whether you like it depends on whether you think the characters' abilities and transformations are justifiable or Ass Pulls. It's not helped by how Bra is a very polarizing character.
    • The overall treatment of Frieza and his family. Unlike some other villains, they haven’t gotten any character development, possible redemption arcs, or major power boosts, and other than King Cold (who isn’t actually King Cold), they’ve mainly been Butt Monkeys or Elite Mooks for Babidi. Some fans say the Frost Demons deserve more respect and point out there are ways the webcomic could’ve justified them becoming stronger (such as fighting threats in their own universe). Others say the Frost Demons’ role makes sense in a setting where older villains are often pitifully weak compared to newer ones. Still, others say DBM’s treatment of the Frost Demons is Fair for Its Day, since when the webcomic began in 2008 the idea of Frost Demons reaching much higher levels of power was not as commonly accepted as it is now.
    • The treatment of female characters, like U16 Bra or Hanasia. The comic presents them as A-grade badasses (something the canon work was never particularly known for), which has won some fans over, but others feel this is taken too far.
    • The novelization. While it has more in-depth fights and character interactions, it's not actually written by Salagir, contradicts various webcomic elements, and is written years after the fact, meaning some changes come off as damage control. In particular, U16 Bra is a bit nicer but also has people constantly heap praises on her. Some argue this is too different from her webcomic version, especially since Bra's Jerkass nature becomes a plot point later on when she gets Majinized.
  • Canon Defilement: Salagir stated in 2009 he considers only Toriyama's original manga as canon, meaning all guidebooks, interviews, anime-only scenes, Toei movies, or later retcons are free to be either ignored or adapted as he sees fit. For example, Broly was given major power buffs and Raichi was almost completely reworked. There are still some changes which apparently contradict the OG manga, however:
    • Salagir has stated all Saiyans lack empathy in DBM, which was how they could be mass-murdering Space Pirates. This goes against the manga where Nappa shows some empathy towards Raditz by wanting to wish him back, was shocked that Vegeta killed a Saibaman, and was shocked again when Vegeta chose to kill him instead of helping him.
    • The Future Androids are stated to be weaker than their present selves due to a lack of maintenance on their robotic parts. While this can be explained if DBM used the Future Trunks OVA as canon, in the manga they were just holding back so they wouldn't immediately kill Gohan.
    • It's stated in Multiverse that Super Saiyan 3 drains a user's power more quickly the stronger they are. There is nothing in the manga to suggest this, and GT and Super do not follow this theory.
    • On page 1716 Salagir said the Oozaru transformation provides only a doubling in strength, even though Vegeta specifically says in the original manga it increases his power tenfold. (Interestingly, an earlier DBM moment follows the original manga's number.)
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • King Cold pummeling U16 Bra into a bloody pulp during their match. Not to mention him hijacking Bra's body and leaving her trapped in his crippled one, however short that lasted.
    • Cell repeatedly outsmarting Majin Bra during Babidi's coup.
  • Creator's Pet:
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy:
    • Many specials focus on the universes where the villains win, often by showing in great detail how the heroes die in each of them.
    • In the main comic, the mostly morally sound U18, U9, and U19 get noticeably less focus than the far more dysfunctional U16 and the various villain universes.
    • The final stretch of the Majin Rebellion features a Hope Spot of various fighters assembled by Cell against Majin Bra... followed by them dropping like flies with no hope in sight.
  • Designated Hero: U16 Bra was long seen as one of these, though considering she became Majinised, she may not have ever been intended to be a hero at all.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The villains steal the show.
    • Kakarotto for being psycho, hilarious, and a disturbing yet oddly tragic version of the main hero. Also immortal.
    • U17 Cell, due to combining the best traits of his imperfect and perfect form, as well as delivering consistently good fights whenever he enters the ring. His popularity only skyrocketed after his status as The Chessmaster during the Majin Rebellion.
    • Zen Buu, an Affably Evil True Neutral genius with many funny scenes and a helping of Creepy Awesome. A lot like the original Super Buu, except more intelligent and civilized.
    • If Gast wasn't on the list before, he certainly earned his spot when he effortlessly stopped U4 Buu's rampage.
    • U13 Vegeta for his absolutely awesome battle with Raichi, even though he lost.
    • Raichi for being a much more sympathetic character than he is in canon, and showing genuine care and friendship towards Tapion.
    • King Cold, being an Adaptational Badass and showing off not one, but two augmentation forms (both of which were beautifully drawn by DBM artist Asura). He only improves after the reveal he's actually Captain Ginyu, since he puts U16 Bra in her place and steals her body. Many were disappointed we didn't get to see more of this Bra!Ginyu, since she's restored to her body shortly after.
    • Universe 9 is the one universe where the humans really get to shine, unlike in Z onward where they are mostly on the sidelines. The announcement of their special was met with cheers.
    • The Universe 19 warriors as a whole, due to being Badass Normals whose usage of advanced technology gives them a unique fighting style. The female warrior Phipsil is especially popular due to her cute design and being badass during Babidi's coup, killing Dabura.
    • The mini Cell Jr’s for being adorable and useful support members.
  • Epileptic Trees: Many fans speculate Kakarotto gained immortality, due to his insane ability to survive injuries that would have killed even other Saiyans. They were right.
  • Evil Is Cool: As noted in Ensemble Dark Horse, the villains are considered by the fans to be the show stoppers. Specific examples would be Zen Buu, Cell and Ginyu, thanks to their audacious personalities as well as being given the Adaptational Badass treatment. XXI's apparent true form counts as well.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Ginyu, of all people, becomes this once he steals Bra's body.
    • Majin Bra herself received this reception among the fanbase thanks to the constant Male Gaze that the panels like to emphasize on.
  • Fandom Rivalry: The more vocal parts of the Multiverse fandom have an intense rivalry with Dragon Ball Super, to the point that saying you like GT more than Super in the comment section will get you a less violent response. Things have only gotten worse since Super caused a influx of new fans to start reading Multiverse and be left wondering why the webcomics "leave out" stuff from the show like Beerus, Whis, Zen'o, and Vegetto having a one hour time limit, ticking off the older fans. However there are fans that like both and it's not uncommon to see artwork of Son Bra fighting Super's Kefla.
  • Fans Prefer the New Her: Fan reception towards U16 Son Bra is far more positive once she becomes a Majin, thanks to a combination of Evil Is Sexy and Love to Hate.
  • Fetish Retardant: U16 Bra is a Ms. Fanservice due to her form-fitting clothes and the panels' emphasise on the Male Gaze. But it comes off like this once she becomes a Majin, with her Ax-Crazy facial expressions and horrible deeds coming off as off-putting.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Dragon Ball Z Abridged, due to both of them being fan-made projects which some fans thought to be Better Than Canon due to addressing or improving on issues fans found contentious. It's common to see fans in the comments section to quote the Abridged series. The camaraderie only grew when Grant from Team Four Star acknowledged Multiverse in one of their Xenoverse 2 playthroughs.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • A very early April Fool's joke had page 104 drawn by Salagir, explaining the comic's artist Gogeta Jr. had left the project. A little over three years later Gogeta Jr. actually did quit drawing DBM, causing the project to be without a main artist for several months until Asura stepped in as a replacement.
    • In the middle half of the three-part Universe 8 special, we see Jeice dreaming about Ginyu stepping down as leader and making him in charge of the new "Jeice Force". At the end of the special, Ginyu will seemingly die taking the blame for Frieza's men, thus making Jeice (as the second in command) the new leader of the Ginyu Force.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Has its own page.
  • Idiot Plot: The battle against Majin Bra, as it dragged on, became labelled with criticism for how the assembled fighters all grasped the Idiot Ball of trying to attack someone who is far stronger than they are individually one at a time while the others just stand and watch from the sidelines, resulting in the group dropping like flies. To add insult to injury, this was even lampshaded before the fight, which makes it all the more baffling that no one even bothered trying to formulate an actual strategy. It is only when nearly everyone else is dead did U18 Gohan actually formulate a plan.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • U13 Kakarot. Though an Ax-Crazy psychopath, he was frequently abused by his mother and separated from the rest of human civilization, making him even more savage than the usual Saiyan. When he finally found a friend in Krillin, his own uncontrollable urges plus his mother's abuse cost him their friendship and eventually, Kakarot ended up killing his friend, something he regretted.
    • All versions of Raditz. U3 Raditz's father treated him with contempt and he was frequently bullied by his fellow Saiyans in childhood. Likewise, U13 Raditz's Saiyan comrades give him no respect due to being the weakest of the group.
    • U3 Bardock, who's still a ruthless Saiyan but regrets being unable to save his species from Raichi despite having the power to see the future.
  • Love to Hate:
    • U4 Buu. Deep down he's just as crazy as he was in canon, but his Cloudcuckoolander personality and charm makes him too enjoyable to hate, even when he refuses to stop the Majin Rebellion.
    • Kakarot counts as well. He's done so many horrible stuff but thanks to him being Crazy Awesome, it practically borders on Refuge in Audacity.
    • Majin Bra. Her pre-Majinised self's arrogance and smugness comes off as irritating considering that she's supposed to be one of the good guys. But now, she fully embraces just how much of a Jerkass she truly is which makes her despicable in an enjoyable kind of way, not to mention that fans could finally see her truly get her comeuppance.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Raditz's usual portrayal as this is played with here. Besides losing on the first round on the main storyline, a minicomic was published making fun of the concept.
    • Frieza, due to being the biggest victim of Villain Forgot to Level Grind, and only won his matches because his opponents forfeited, and in Nappa's case, got away with making fun of Frieza. And of course, every special from other universes that he appears in ends up with him getting killed, and the specials that showed him actually winning still had him constantly humiliated and overshadowed by Ginyu.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Bojacking," taking a character and putting Bojack's infamous expression from page 381 on their face.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Bojack snapping U16 Pan's neck. Cell's beatdown on him was very satisfying.
    • Bra crosses it in the novelization, when Eleim threatens to use carbonite on the audience if she doesn't forfeit and she finds it amusing he believed she'd make the "noble choice." In the webcomic itself, Bra becoming a Majin and killing her brother Gohan with no remorse may count as this. See Alternate Character Interpretation.
    • Cell already crossed it long before DBM began when he killed all the U17 Z-Fighters and wiped out numerous other planets, though some say he crossed it again in-story during the Majin Rebellion when he murdered the Videls from both Universes 16 and 18 and threatened U18 Bra. See his Alternate Character Interpretation entry above.
  • Narm:
    • Zen Buu's punch to the West Kaioshin in page 735 was deemed similar to those from cartoons.
    • The Kaioshin's rather direct way of dealing with upcoming dangers in the Universe 1/10 Special, like killing Frieza and Cooler when they were children and Broly when he was an infant, was noted to be too violent by fans.
    • The art for the Universe 11 special could count as one, mainly the poses that Android 18 makes, such as this gem.
    • The comic's heavy amount of gore has gotten this reaction as it's become more frequent and ridiculous, with Gohan graphically punching Nappa and Kakarotto to bloody chunks being the most prominent example.
    • Majin Bra comes off like this after suffering Clothing Damage, as she is literally a few threads away from a Wardrobe Malfunction.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • To many, Pan, who was redesigned from her counterpart and given more similarity to child Goku.
    • Among the special chapters, U3 and U7 were well-received for having more interesting plots and character development.
    • U16 Bra's novel counterpart is considered to be this by many readers, due to having her Jerkass qualities toned down and getting more Hidden Depths compared to her comic version.
    • Babidi was The Scrappy in canon for being a whiny Dirty Coward who only got as far as he could due to Idiot Plot. However, here he's shown to be a much more competent villain who for the most part avoids grabbing the Villain Ball, not to mention his attempted coup was what won back the fans after two controversial and underwhelming fights.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Since many of the villains are much more likeable, Crazy Awesome, and charismatic than they were in the main timeline, it's not uncommon to see people cheering for them. The most standout example is King Cold vs. Bra, where people were rooting for King Cold to win and cheered when Bra got her body stolen by Ginyu.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Son Bra of U16 was once a Base-Breaking Character, with some liking how she was a female character with a plot-viable level of power, while others regarded her as an overpowered, arrogant Spoiled Brat. Over time her bad qualities became more blatant, however, and after her controversial fight with King Cold, it’s hard to find anyone still defending her character. Many feel her Plot Armor is so strong it robs her fights of all tension, while others hate how she's a Hypocrite who tries to act like a pure-blooded Saiyan yet doesn’t have their sense of honor. Salagir says Bra is intended to be dislikable, but the typical reaction to her getting page time is fans hoping she'll leave as soon as possible. Although her Face–Heel Turn as a Majin was well-received by fans, Bra fell back into Scrappy territory due to being an Invincible Villain who kills off fan favourite characters and slows down the pacing of the comic.
    • Hachiyack for having a boring fighting style, no personality, and accomplishing nothing. The fact that he took the place of Dr. Raichi, who himself is an Ensemble Dark Horse due to being a rather sympathetic Anti-Villain, doesn't help his case.
    • Bojack, not only for lacking any of the likable qualities that made the other villains popular among the fans, but also for his U6 specials being pointless filler with bad art.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: U16 Bra getting her body stolen by U8 Captain Ginyu, though it was reversed shortly afterward.
  • Too Cool to Live:
    • Dr. Raichi, with his power of creating an army of ghosts who are even stronger than their original selves, including his own Broly, gets Killed Off for Real by Gast. Gast even doubts that the Dragon Balls could ever hope to bring him back.
    • U16 Gohan and U17 Cell are among the strongest fighters in the Majin Rebellion, with both of them faring the best against Majin Bra. Which is why they are both unceremoniously killed by her in order to reinforce the heroes' Darkest Hour.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Here.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Has its own page.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Specials and minicomics often put the plot on hold to focus on a plotline that has little if anything to do with the main story.
  • Unexpected Character: Nobody expected Lord Slug of all people to appear in Chapter 74.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • After a controversial battle between Bra and Cold, the Ginyu subplot going nowhere, and a lackluster battle between Gast and Raichi, the Majin Rebellion was seen as this by many fans. Not only were there greater stakes, it allowed the characters who fans felt were severely under-utilized to shine with many awesome fight scenes—even characters who weren't competing.
    • The reveal about U13 Kakarot being immortal has also made things more interesting, upgrading him from being just an evil and psychopathic Goku.
  • What an Idiot!: Has its own page.

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