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Dragon Ball Z (TV Series 1989–1996) Poster

(1989–1996)

Trivia

At the end of the series, Hercule Satan is the only character to have never died. Each other character who lives on the Earth has been killed one or more times: Son Goku: 2 Times (Killed by Piccolo, Killed by Cell)
  • Kuririn: 3 Times (In Dragon Ball, Killed by Tambourine, in DBZ, Killed by Freeza and Majin Boo)


  • Yamcha: 2 Times (Killed by a Nappa's Sai-Bai Warrior and Majin Boo)


  • Tien: 2 Times (During the fight with Nappa and when the Earth explodes)


  • Chaozu: 3 Times: 1st by King Piccolo (Dragonball)


  • 2nd Sacrificing himself to destroy Nappa (in vain) (Dragonball Z)


  • Lastly with Tien during Buu's explosion of Earth. Master Roshi: 2 Times (Killed by Piccolo in DB, Killed by Boo in DBZ)


  • Son Gohan, Son Goten, Trunks: Once (When the Earth explodes)


  • Videl, Android # 18, Bulma, Ox King, Oolong, Puar, etc: Eaten by Majin Boo


  • The others earthlings: (Eaten or Killed by Majin Boo)


Following Frieza's defeat at the hands of Goku, King Cold rebuilds him and keeps him alive using cybernetic parts and attachments. This is the exact same thing that happens to Darth Vader in the Star Wars series, following his massive injures.
Contrary to popular belief, Akira Toriyama did have a part in the anime-only filler material. For instance, Pikkon never appeared in the original manga but was created by Toriyama. Likewise, the idea of Yamcha having a job as a baseball player was also Toriyama's idea.
In the show, the evil, often comically fat monster Majin Buu was created by a sorcerer named Bibidi and brought out of hibernation by the actions of Bibidi's son, the sorcerer Babidi. This is an homage to Cinderella (1950) in which Cinderella's fairy godmother turns a pumpkin into a coach with the magical spell "Bibbity Bobbity Boo!"
At the beginning of Dragon Ball Z, Piccolo is eight years old (Namekians mature considerably faster than humans.)
The "Spirit Bomb only harms bad guys" fact only exists in the American version.
In the Japanese version of this series, Frieza and his minions are sent to Hell, where several demons wear t-shirts that have the word "HELL" written on them. In the American version, the demons wear "HFIL" t-shirts, and the underworld is referred to as the "Home For Infinite Losers."
To keep pace with the release of the original manga, Toei Animation had to create several "filler" sagas that didn't exist in the original manga. These include the fake planet Namek, the Garlic Jr. Saga, and the afterlife tournament.
Whereas Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z were both inspired by mangas by Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball GT was not. It was created directly by Toei Animation.
There were 187 fights from Dragon Ball to the end of Dragon Ball Z
In U.S. version, the character Mr. Satan was named "Hercule", and each visual reference to his original name was erased from the show.
Many different classes of characters in the series have similar name origins/puns. -All of Frieza's henchmen (not including the Ginyu force) are named for fruits (Oran for Orange, Appule for Apple, etc.) -The Ginyu Force are named for dairy products (Ginyu is derived from gyunyu, the Japanese word for milk; Rikuum is from kuriimu the Japanese name for cream, etc.) -The Hercule/Mr. Satan family is named for figures of hell (Satan needs no explanation, Videl is a rearranged spelling of Devil, etc.) -Henchmen of Turles from the Tree of Might are named for types of nuts (Amond for Almond, Kakao is a cocoa bean, etc.) -The Frieza family's names all refer to cold temperatures (Frieza for Freezing, Cooler and King Cold are self-explanatory.) -All Saiyan characters are named for vegetables. -The Tsufuru-Jins (Tuffles in the dub) are named for the Japanese word for fruit (furutsu). Thus, with the two races on planet Vegeta, it's "the fruits versus the vegetables."
THE MANY DEATHS OF KRILLIN. -One: Killed by Tambourine in the original Dragon Ball. -Two: Killed by Frieza on Namek. -Three: Turned into chocolate and eaten by Majin Buu. -Four: Killed by Super 17 in Dragon Ball GT. -Alternate Timeline: Killed by Androids 17 and 18.
Some characters have different names in the manga than they did in the anime. For instance, in the anime Babidi has a henchman named Pui Pui, but he's called Pocus in the manga. Likewise, the Potara fusion of Vegeta and Goku is called Vegito in the anime, but Vegerot in the manga.
The Namekian characters are broken into two classes - Fighters (Piccolo, Kami, Nail) and Healers (Dende). Healers have the ability to fully heal anyone's physical injuries, but cannot fight. Fighters have excellent combat skills and can control their ki, but don't have healing abilities. In either event, both classes are capable of flying.
When Cartoon Network aired the first three movies, they had special "trailers" made up to promote the airings. These trailers used the voice talents of Don LaFontaine, whose voice is used on nearly every actual theatrical movie trailer in America today.
There is a widespread urban legend that claims the series has been banned in Hungary because an 8 year-old got himself killed by jumping out of a window, thinking that a Nimbus cloud would catch him. Other versions say that a kid tried to stop a car with a Kamehameha attack. However, there are no known reports to confirm this. In reality, the show was not banned but canceled because the former Hungarian media authorities forced the TV station it had aired on to give it an 18+ rating and push it to a post-midnight time-slot. The TV station decided to cancel the series because no one watched it. It only lasted for 120 episodes and wasn't shown in the country again until 2012. The show's cancellation caused a great uproar, and one young boy infamously threatened the channel with suicide if they didn't put it back onto screens. This might have been where the rumor originated from. A very similar rumor replaces Hungary with Turkey and Dragon Ball Z with Pokémon (1998).
The character named Bulma changes her hairstyle, 16 times from DB to the end of DBZ
Names of any characters are based in food: vegetables, fruits, etc.
  • Kakarotto: Carrot


  • Raditz: Radish


  • Vegeta: Vegetable


  • Garlic Jr: Garlic


  • The Spice boys


  • Gohan: Japanese for boiled rice


  • Bardock: Derived from burdock


Broly has the record for being the villain in the most movies (at 3.) Cooler comes in second place (at 2.)
The first three movies all aired on Cartoon Network, albeit severely edited for violence and nudity. All cursing was removed as well. Tree Of Might also aired on the early syndicated networks that showed the series, but it was severely butchered and broken into three episodes, rather than one continuous movie. It also replaced the music with the generic dub music of the day.
In addition to the 13 movies and two TV specials, there is also an OVA/"lost movie" in which the Z fighters battle against the schemes of a scientist of a race the Saiyans wiped out long ago. This movie was never released in America and likely never will be, as the video game on which it was based was never released here either.
Goz and Mez, the ogres in hell, are based on two characters from the original Dragon Ball. Goz, the large blue muscular ogre, is based on Man-Wolf's human form. Mez, the glasses-wearing speedy ogre, is based on Shen (the human being whose body Kami borrowed at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.)
The earliest dubbed DBZ episodes had their music done by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy. The twosome also did the music for the Power Rangers, and as such the scores are very similar. When Pioneer/Saban lost the rights to DBZ and FUNimation gained sole control, the musical scores were changed and Bruce Falconer became the chief composer.
Toei Animation didn't have color photos of Nappa and Vegeta to go by when doing the early episodes, so the twosome appears the wrong colors until their arrival on earth. This is particularly noticeable when the two depart for earth, and in the Arlia episode.
Vegeta is older than Goku. This is identifiable by the fact that Vegeta was a fairly well-developed young warrior around age 5-6, and Goku was just born at this very time.
In the Lord Slug movie, Gohan has an Arale poster on his wall. She is the heroine from Akira Toriyama's previous series, Dr. Slump.
The name of the temple that Kuririn came from was the Orinji Temple. The word Orinji means, "Many Tree", so Kuririn comes from the Many Tree Temple.
Following his battle with Vegeta, Goku is hospitalized in Wukong Hospital. Wukong is the Chinese name for Goku.
The character of the Grand Kai is mentioned in the original manga, but never seen. He appears in the anime only. Thus, the existence of this character in the anime is canon to Toriyama's original manga, but the portrayal is not necessarily canon.
The movies/TV specials/OVAs/etc. are all anime only. They did not take place in Toriyama's original manga.
The only movie/TV special/OVA/etc. for which a manga exists is the Trunks Special. However it came out after the movie and is considered unofficial to the official manga universe.
Although the character of Dr. Gero is said to have been the Red Ribbon Army's chief creator of cyborgs and technology, that character never appeared or was mentioned a single time in the original Dragon Ball. In fact, in the original Dragon Ball it is stated that an entirely separate scientist, Dr. Frappe, created this technology.

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