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Dragon Ball Z (TV Series 1989–1996) Poster

(1989–1996)

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At the end of the series, Mr. 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 Bû)


  • Yamcha: 2 Times (Killed by a Nappa's Saibaiman Warrior and Majin Bû)


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


  • Chaozu: 3 Times: (1st by Piccolo Daimaô in Dragon Ball, 2nd sacrificing himself to destroy Nappa (in vain) and lastly with Ten Shin Han during Majin Bû's explosion of Earth.


  • Kame Sen'nin: 2 Times (Killed by Piccolo Daimaô in DB, Killed by Majin Bû in DBZ)


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


  • Videl, Android # 18, Bulma, Gyûmaô, Oolong, Puar, etc: Eaten by Majin Bû


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


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.
At the beginning of Dragon Ball Z, Piccolo is eight years old (Namekusei-jins mature considerably faster than humans.)
In the show, the evil, often comically fat monster Majin Bû 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!" (Bibidi-Babidi-Bû)
Whereas Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z were both inspired by Akira Toriyama's "Dragon Ball" manga, 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
Freeza and his minions are sent to Hell, where several demons wear t-shirts that have the word "HELL" written on them. In the English USA version, the demons wear "HFIL" t-shirts, and the underworld is referred to as the "Home For Infinite Losers."
Bulma changes her hairstyle, 16 times from DB to the end of DBZ.
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.
The USA/English version states: the "Spirit Bomb only harms bad guys". Spirit Bomb is the English name of the Genki Dama, and in the original version this statement is false.
The Namekusei-jin are divided 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. Certain exceptional fighters can however, regenerate their own limbs. In either event, both classes are capable of flying.
In U.S. version, the character Mr. Satan was named "Hercule", and each visual reference to his original name was erased from the show. The name "Hercule" actually came from the French dubbed version of the show.
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.
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."
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


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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.
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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 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 these. In reality, the show was not banned but canceled because the strict 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 instead because the rescheduling lead to a drop in viewership. 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 14 year-old 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. There was also an incident in Turkey involving kids jumping off a balcony, which resulted in the temporary ban of the Pokémon (1998) animated show. This might also have contributed to the Hungarian rumor if people confused the two countries and series.
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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 Dragon Ball anime it is stated that an entirely separate scientist, Dr. Frappe, created this technology, but this scientist does not appear in the original manga, it's a filler character.
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.
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The first three Dragon Ball Z 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. None of them were faithful to the original Japanese.
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Following his battle with Vegeta, Goku is hospitalized in Wukong Hospital. Wukong is the Chinese name for Goku.
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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.)
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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.
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Following Freeza'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.
The character of Dai Kaiôshin 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.
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The only movie/TV special/OVA/etc. for which a manga exists is the Mirai Trunks TV Special. However it came out after the movie and is considered unofficial to the official manga universe.
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In a handful of European dubs, like the German, French or Hungarian, Vegeta was originally given a high-pitched, squeaky voice, possibly to further differentiate him from his deep-voiced, brutish partner Nappa and make him come off as "the smaller one" of the two. When Vegeta was revealed to be a serious character and became part of the main cast later on, some of the dubs changed his voice to be deeper and less comical.
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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.
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The Dragon Ball Z movies were created by Toei Animation, they did not take place in Toriyama's original manga.
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The earliest Northamerican English 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. This happened only in the USA/English version, though. The Latinamerican version, dubbed in Mexico, kept all the original Japanese musical scores and op/ed themes.
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In France, the show debuted as part of a children's television block called Club Dorothée. One of the hosts, Ariane Carletti, recorded a very "cutesy" song for the series and a music video was produced by taking various clips from the show and inserting the singer into them. Despite the incredibly playful tone of the song clashing heavily with the clips of bruised and bleeding fighters, the song's first verse, which focuses entirely on Son Gohan, was then re-edited into the official French intro, thereby falsely giving the impression that Gohan was the main character and that his father Goku has passed away. This version was subsequently distributed over most of Europe instead of the series' original Japanese intro sequence and song, although in several countries, the song was rerecorded with a male singer for fear that the French version couldn't be taken seriously.
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Has cult following in Brazil and is remembered by fans to be on air when Globo TV interrupted the episode for 9/11 coverage.
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In Germany, Vegeta was at first voiced by the same actor who also played SpongeBob and other characters with high-pitched voices. This lead to complaints among fans, so Vegeta was recast after the initial Saiyan Saga.
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Tao Pai Pai is the first villain to actually defeat Goku in hand-to-hand battle (in Dragon Ball).
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In Dragon Ball Z, not counting movies or specials, Goku only killed two villains, Yakon and Kid Buu.
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In the Japanese version when Goku power-ups against Vegeta and Nappa, Nappa asks Vegeta about the power level of Goku, it was original meant to be "over 8000" but was said "over 9000" in USA English Funimation dub, eventually becoming a popular internet meme.
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Goku terribly fear of needles happens only in the anime.
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Although the series' German dubbing was created based off the pre-edited and heavily censored French cut, the dialogue was not a re-translation of the infamously badly written French script like in several other countries such as Poland, Portugal or Hungary. Instead, it was based on the dialogue from the German release of the Dragon Ball manga series. Thus, while having some mis-translations of its own, it is several times more faithful to the original Japanese script than the French version (and as an extension all other European scripts that have been based on it). Notably, the German dialogue refers to the Saiyans as Saiya-jin (their original Japanese name) instead of "space warriors" or "star warriors", which were terms used in the other French-based European dubs.
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Earth was destroyed twice within a 15 year period during events of the series. Majin Buu destroyed it during Dragon Ball Z, and use of the Black Star Dragon Balls destroyed it again during Dragon Ball GT.
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Super Buu has only one thumb and one large finger on each hand in the manga, but in the anime, he has normal human-like hands with four fingers and one thumb.
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Namekusei-jin reproduce asexually by extracting eggs from their throats.
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Goku has only won one World Martial Arts Tournament despite participating in six of them.
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Goku has achieved every level of Super Saiya-jin (canon or not) with the exception of the Legendary Super Saiya-jin form.
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Vegeta almost always addresses Goku by his original Saiyan-jin birth name, "Kakarotto", but has on rare occasions addressed him as "Goku". Vegeta says the name "Goku" only eight times.
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Piccolo is actually only four years older than Gohan. Namekians grow and age much faster than Humans or Saiyans, seeing as how Piccolo was already nearly full-grown by the age of 3.
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The Saiya-jins and the Tuffles waged a 10 year war for Planet Plant known as the Saiya-Tuffle war.
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Vegeta would technically be the "King" of all Saiya-jin instead of the "Prince" because his father was killed by Freeza, thus making him the rightful heir to the throne. However, he most likely does not call himself King out of respect for his fallen father.
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After he fuses with Kami-Sama, Piccolo temporarily becomes the most powerful Z Fighter in the series. He surpasses the Super Saiyan-jin powers of Goku, Vegeta, and Mirai Trunks.
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Cell is the only main villain that Goku never bites during battle.
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There are over twenty five variants of the Kamehameha.
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Majin Buu is over 5 million years old.
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Vegeta never achieves Super Saiya-jin 3 form in Dragon Ball Z, unlike Goku who achieves it after training for 7 years in the Other World and shown first time in anime in his fight against Majin Bû.
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The Latinamerican Spanish version, dubbed in Mexico, was made straight from the Japanese original, keeping most of the original characters' names and attack's names. Due to the popularity of the series, words like "Saiyajin" are known widely in all Latinamerica.
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Android 17 and Android 18 were originally Human before Dr. Gero turned them into Androids.
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Captain Ginyu has a Body Change technique and uses it several times to possess the bodies of Goku, and, in anime filler, Bulma. However Goku and Gohan, in anime filler, have caught onto Ginyu's technique and have both thrown a Namekian Frog in the path of his technique resulting Ginyu possessing the body of a Frog.
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Vegito's name comes from Vegeta's name combined with Goku's original Saiya-jin name, Kakarotto.
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