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Dragon Ball Z (TV Series 1996–2003) Poster

(1996–2003)

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After his fight with Vegeta, Goku is hospitalized in Wukong Hospital. Wukong is the Chinese name for Goku.
Piccolo is only 4 years older than Gohan.
Like in the previous series Dragonball, Dragon Ball Z has many naming conventions/jokes. Saiyans are all named after vegetables. Vegeta, both the prince, his king father and the Saiyan home planet (originally named Planet Plant), means Vegetable; Raditz is 'radish', and Kakkorotto is 'carrot'. The villain Freeza (originally Friezer) comes obvious, and his brother Cooler and their father King Cold. All Namekians born from the villain in Dragonball were named after instruments (Piccolo, Drum, etc.) The Briefs family were all named after underwear, Bulma meaning panties, Doctor Briefs himself, Trunks, and Bra. And of course, various characters named after foods. Oolong, as in the tea; Videl, like the onion variety; Ginger, obvious; Spice; Blueberry; Raspberry; Raisin; Almond; Apple; and in Dragonball there was an entire family (of about 12) named after desserts. The name Videl is actually an anagram of "Devil" because her dad is Mr. Satan (at least in the Japanese version).
Freeza and Goku's fight in Namek is the longest battle in anime history, with a duration of a little over four hours
Cell is the only main villain that Goku never bites during battle.
Vegeta almost always addresses Goku by his Saiyan birth name, "Kakarot", but has on rare occasions addressed him as "Goku". Vegeta says the name "Goku" only eight times.
Originally airing in the United States in 1996, its initial run was heavily edited from the Japanese version, so much that out of the first 67 episodes, the American version was cut down to 53 episodes, 14 episodes worth of content. This was mostly due to the partnership between FUNimation productions (Who owned the rights) and Saban Entertainment (Who was responsible for distribution) When the show gained a following on Cartoon Network, it was renewed and FUNimation had sole control. As a result, the episodes were not as clipped as before, following the Japanese episode number precisely from then on.
Goku is terribly afraid of needles.
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After he fuses with Kami, Piccolo temporarily becomes the most powerful Z Fighter in the series. He surpasses the Super Saiyan powers of Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks.
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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 Saiyan (canon or not) with the exception of the Legendary Super Saiyan form.
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Vegeta would technically be the "King" of all Saiyans instead of the "Prince" because his father was killed by Frieza, 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.
The Saiyans and the Tuffles waged a 10 year war for Planet Plant known as the Saiyan-Tuffle war.
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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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There are over twenty five variants of the Kamehameha.
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Mercenary Tao is the first villain to actually defeat Goku in hand-to-hand battle.
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The Latin American dub was heavily acclaimed by fans, considering it as the one that is more loyal to the original language, keeping must of the dialogues the same and the voice acting was praised.
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Namekians reproduce asexually by extracting eggs from their throats.
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By 2015, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F are the only films of the series to be released officially in theatres worldwide.
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Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan was born with a power level of 10,000. This is comparable to most Saiyan elite warriors.
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Majin Buu is over 5 million years old.
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A running gag throughout the series starting in DBZ. Goku has faced off with many super powered adversaries throughout the series but there is only one being in the universe that he fears. His overprotective wife Chi Chi.
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This is the only dragon ball series to ever have more than 4 movies.
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In season 1 episode 22 when vegeta and nappa are talking with piccolo. The news crews in helicopters show up, one of the helicopters sports the NCC 1701-A title and looks like a shuttle from the Enterprise.
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Goku, Gohan, Piccoro, and Krillin are the only characters in the series to fight with the main villain of each saga.
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Android 17 and Android 18 were originally Human before Dr. Gero turned them into Androids.
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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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Some fans believe that Canada's Ocean Group were responsible for the censorship and inaccurate scripts found in the first two English dub seasons. This is incorrect, as the Ocean Group merely served as a dubbing studio for those 53 episodes. FUNimation Entertainment (the North American rights holders) have always been in charge of the English dub's production. It' s worth noting though that the alternate Euro-Canadian dub of Seasons 4-7 was indeed handled by Ocean to some extent, as it was produced by their sister company Westwood Media (in association with AB Groupe.)
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Goku never met Android 17. However for a rare reason he does know Goku.
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Vegeta is the only father that always took care of his children, Trunks and Bra. Piccoro took care of Gohan and Goten, Goku sometimes spent time with both of them, meanwhile Goku was taking care of Pan while Gohan was working.
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In the Latin American dub, Chi Chi's name is changed to Milk, due to the fact that in Mexico and some other Spanish speaking countries the word "chichi" means "boob".
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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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Vegito's name comes from Vegeta combined with the Japanese form of Goku's Saiyan name, Kakarotto.
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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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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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In late 2014 in Mexico, where the series is heavily loved by fans, some of them began a petition in Facebook to Canal 5 (Channel 5), asking to re-air the series, it didn't take too long because just a few weeks after the petition became viral, Canal 5 began airing the series again. As 2016, the channel has been airing the series uninterrupted.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In 2013, Akira Toriyama revealed Androids 17 and 18 real names, they are: Lapis and Lazuli.
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Android 16 happens to be a replic of Dr. Gero's dead son.
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When the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was released, Akira Toriyama explained that some of the most important events in the series happened thanks to Beerus the God of Destruction. Example: Planet Vegeta was destroyed by orders of Beerus or Elder Kaioshin was imprisoned in the Z Sword by Beerus after a disagreement with him.
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At the end of the series Goku wears a blue uniform, according to Toriyama, the blue means that Goku now is a Master instead of a student. Red and Orange meant that he was a student.
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Pikkon defeated Cell, Frieza, And King Cold in under a minute in a filler episode.
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Gohan attended Orange High School, where he met his girlfriend, Videl Satan.
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