Top 70 Best Episodes of Dragon Ball

by Zabon | created - 26 Apr 2013 | updated - 26 Apr 2013 | Public

These are my favorite episodes of Dragon Ball, respectively. I choose them not only based on emotional depth or developmental value... but also on the sheer ferocity and brutality that is found in each. If it's not on my list, then the fight just isn't as devastating or relentless... I've found that these represent the most bone-cracking, spine-breaking, and the grisly when it comes to the overall feel of the series; The series is fueled by these extreme episodes and it would have never been as severely action-packed and overwhelming if it were not for these episodes; without them, the series would just not have been the same. Maybe a list incorporating emotional moments would be nice also, but this list is derived to illustrate the most ruthless aspects of the series in its nitty, gritty, bone-cracking, back-breaking battles whilst amassing a glorious savage moral, yet maintaining and encompassing tremendous brutality. I also have a similar list pertaining to Dragon Ball Z episodes. However, this list is limited to Dragon Ball.

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1. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: The Trap is Sprung (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku and his friends continue through the cave, narrowly escaping several booby traps, while General Blue continues to follow them.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, Leda Davies, Adam Hunter

Votes: 188

2. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Blue, Black and Blue (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku must defeat General Blue and find the dragon ball before the cave collapses.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Leda Davies, Stephanie Nadolny, Steve Olson

Votes: 180

3. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Goku Strikes Back (2003)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku fights Piccolo, and Yamcha, Launch, and Bulma continue flying toward the battle.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 151

4. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: The Notorious Mercenary (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Mercenary Tao is hired to kill Goku and retrieve the dragon balls. Meanwhile, Bora tells Goku about the legend of Korin Tower.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Brett Bauer, Dameon Clarke, Susan Huber

Votes: 177

5. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Battle Cry (2003)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

As West City evacuates, Bulma tries to reach her parents. Tien fights Piccolo's newest warrior, Drum. Goku gets sidetracked while helping Chi Chi and the Ox King fight enemy soldiers. ... See full summary »

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, Laura Bailey

Votes: 161

6. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: The Fall of Muscle Tower (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku battles General White on the top floor of Muscle Tower.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Kyle Hebert, Carol Hope, Mike McFarland

Votes: 165

7. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: The End of Commander Red (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku continues his assault on the Red Ribbon Army while Commander Red and Staff Officer Black argue over protocol. Finally, Goku goes head to head with Black and Red. Meanwhile, Yamcha and ... See full summary »

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, Kasey Buckley

Votes: 159

8. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: The Last Dragon Ball (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The start of the "Fortune Teller Baba Saga". Goku finishes off Staff Officer Black while Yamcha and the others decide on a plan.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, Brett Bauer

Votes: 160

9. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: A Real Bind (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Yamcha and the others pick up Krillin, who is swimming in the sea. Meanwhile, Goku launches his assault on the Red Ribbon Army.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, Kasey Buckley

Votes: 156

10. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Confront the Red Ribbon Army (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Colonel Violet finds another dragon ball for the Red Ribbon Army, and Goku flies to the army's headquarters to launch a one-man-assault and take their dragon balls. When Bulma and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, Kasey Buckley

Votes: 160

11. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: The Pirate Treasure (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku fights a giant octopus. Krillin and Bulma look for the pirate treasure, and they have a run-in with General Blue.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Leda Davies, Stephanie Nadolny, Steve Olson

Votes: 165

12. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Tao Attacks! (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Mercenary Tao easily defeats Goku and takes the dragon balls. Goku pledges to climb Korin Tower so that he can become stronger and defeat Tao, allowing him to assemble the dragon balls and wish Bora back to life.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Brett Bauer, Susan Huber, Josh Martin

Votes: 160

13. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Major Metallitron (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku makes his way through Muscle Tower, battling guards along the way. Once he reaches the 3rd floor he battles Major Metallitron.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Duncan Brannan, Kyle Hebert, Carol Hope

Votes: 170

14. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Which Way to Papaya Island? (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku saves a fox named Konkichi from a group of thugs, and they befriend one another. In gratitude, Konkichi offers to take Goku to the airport so that he can get to Papaya Island for the ... See full summary »

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, Leda Davies

Votes: 145

15. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao (2003)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Tien Shinhan fights Mercenary Tao in the first quarter-final match of the World Martial Arts Tournament.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 144

16. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Cold Reception (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku, unconscious and frozen, is saved from the plane crash by a girl named Suno. She takes him back to her house, where she and her mother revive him. While the Red Ribbon Army searches ... See full summary »

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Justin Cook, Kyle Hebert, Carol Hope

Votes: 172

17. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Cruel General Red (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Silver and the Red Ribbon Army search desperately for the dragon ball, but it is Goku who finds it. Goku and Silver then battle for it.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Kyle Hebert, Josh Martin, Stephanie Nadolny

Votes: 171

18. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Goku vs. Sky Dragon (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

On the advice of an old woman whom he helps, Goku goes to a small town looking to battle Master Chen, the strongest fighter in town. Chen, however, has his own fight with Sky Dragon, a ... See full summary »

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Justin Cook, Kyle Hebert, Adam Hunter

Votes: 148

19. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Goku Goes to Demon Land (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku goes to a village whose princess has been captured by demons and taken back to Demon Land. In order to rescue her Goku must venture through the portal of the dead and defeat Shula, the... See full summary »

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, Cynthia Cranz, Stephanie Nadolny

Votes: 143

20. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Tien's Atonement (2003)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After Roshi, Tien, and Chiaotzu obtain a dragon ball from a group of pirates, they continue on their journey. They find another dragon ball inside a house which is occupied by a man who was... See full summary »

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, John Burgmeier, Chris Cason

Votes: 147

21. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Horrifying Buyon (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After General White uses a trap in the floor to drop Goku and Android No. 8 down to the secret 5th floor, Goku fights the monster Buyon.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Kyle Hebert, Carol Hope, Mike McFarland

Votes: 166

22. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Escape from Pirate Cave (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku, Krillin, and Bulma narrowly escape the cave before it collapses. They make it back to General Blue's headquarters, where Goku converses with Commander Red over the radio, and then ... See full summary »

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Leda Davies, Josh Martin, Meredith McCoy

Votes: 163

23. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Ninja Murasaki Is Coming! (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku continues to make his way through Muscle Tower. On the 4th floor he tests his skills against Ninja Murasaki.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Duncan Brannan, Kyle Hebert, Carol Hope

Votes: 174

24. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Five Murasakis (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The battle between Goku and Murasaki continues. Murasaki uses a technique allowing him to split himself into five people--or are there actually five Murasaki brothers?

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Duncan Brannan, Kyle Hebert, Carol Hope

Votes: 179

25. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Stepping Down (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The first semi-final match of the World Martial Arts Tournament between Jackie Chun and Tien Shinhan continues.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 150

26. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Goku vs. Krillin (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku fights Krillin in the last semi-final match of the World Martial Arts Tournament, and Tien Shinhan confronts Roshi about quitting during their fight.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 163

27. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Mysterious Android No. 8 (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After finishing off Murasaki, Goku befriends Android No. 8, who helps guide him through the rest of Muscle Tower.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Duncan Brannan, Kyle Hebert, Mike McFarland

Votes: 173

28. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Deep Blue Sea (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku, Bulma, and Krillin go to find the dragon ball in their submarine, and General Blue follows them. Blue also sends his soldiers to Roshi's island to retrieve the other two dragon balls.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Justin Cook, Leda Davies, Meredith McCoy

Votes: 160

29. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Roshi Surprise (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

General Blue continues to follow Goku, Bulma, and Krillin. Meanwhile, Roshi and Launch must prevent the remainder of Blue's forces from stealing the dragon balls.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Leda Davies, Meredith McCoy, Mike McFarland

Votes: 163

30. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Kame House - Found! (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After realizing that the dragon ball is too deep to swim to, Goku and Bulma return to Master Roshi's island to borrow a submarine. While there, Krillin and Roshi tell them about hidden ... See full summary »

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Leda Davies, Meredith McCoy, Mike McFarland

Votes: 161

31. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Deadly Battle (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku brings Roshi and Bulma to Baba's palace, because Krillin has a plan that will help Yamcha in his fight against the Invisible Man.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, Brett Bauer

Votes: 155

32. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Goku's Doll (2003)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku fights a doppelganger created by Mr. Popo. Meanwhile, Tien, Yamcha, Krillin, and Chiaotzu continue on their journey to Korin Tower.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 145

33. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Bulma's Bad Day (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The start of the "General Blue Saga". Goku and Bulma leave the city in search of the next dragon ball. They locate it in the middle of the ocean and land on a nearby island. This island ... See full summary »

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Leda Davies, Stephanie Nadolny, Steve Olson

Votes: 162

34. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Beware of Robot (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku and Krillin fight a robot that is guarding the pirates' secret hideout.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Leda Davies, Stephanie Nadolny, Steve Olson

Votes: 166

35. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Danger from Above (2001)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The semi-final matches of the World Martial Arts Tournament conclude with Goku vs. Nam.

Director: Minoru Okazaki | Stars: Brice Armstrong, Stephanie Nadolny, Mike McFarland, Bradford Jackson

Votes: 190

36. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Penguin Village (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

General Blue steals the dragon balls, and Goku chases after him on the flying nimbus.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Leda Davies, Adam Hunter, Meredith McCoy

Votes: 160

37. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Strange Visitor (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The chase ends in a strange land called Penguin Village. While searching for General Blue, Goku makes friends with a host of odd characters. Meanwhile, Blue meets his share of odd characters as well.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Leda Davies, Adam Hunter, Stephanie Nadolny

Votes: 158

38. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Arale vs. Blue (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

General Blue takes Arale hostage to get Goku. But Arale displays some surprising fighting skills of her own.

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Leda Davies, Adam Hunter, Stephanie Nadolny

Votes: 163

39. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Roshi's Gambit (2003)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Roshi fights Piccolo. Meanwhile, Goku and Yajirobe continue toward Korin Tower.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 159

40. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: King Piccolo's Wish (2003)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Piccolo calls upon Shenron, the Eternal Dragon, and wishes for his youth to be restored. Meanwhile, Goku and Yajirobe reach Korin Tower.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, Brett Bauer

Votes: 158

41. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Quicker Than Lightning (2003)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Mr. Popo attempts to teach Goku to relax his mind. Also, to sharpen his senses, Goku trains blindfolded. Finally, Goku goes to Mt. Rumble to fetch the sacred crown. Meanwhile, Tien, Yamcha,... See full summary »

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 143

42. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Tien Shinhan vs. Jackie Chun (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Tien Shinhan decides to test Jackie Chun's ability before their match. Later, the semi-finals of the World Martial Arts Tournament begin when Jackie and Tien square off.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 151

43. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Preliminary Peril (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The preliminary matches of the World Martial Arts Tournament begin. Yamcha fights an unnamed opponent, Krillin fights Anton the Great, and Tien Shinhan fights a sumo wrestler.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 147

44. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Battle of Eight (2003)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The preliminaries of the World Martial Arts Tournament conclude.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 145

45. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: The Tournament Begins (2001)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

As the World Martial Arts Tournament approaches, Goku's and Krillin's training becomes more intense. Meanwhile, Yamcha increases his own training, causing Bulma to feel neglected.

Director: Minoru Okazaki | Stars: Brice Armstrong, Stephanie Nadolny, Mike McFarland, Meredith McCoy

Votes: 196

46. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Earth's Guardian Emerges (2003)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku cannot defeat Mr. Popo, so he decides to stay at the Lookout and train until he can. Also, he meets Kami. Meanwhile, Tien begins his training for the next World Martial Arts Tournament.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 147

47. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Elimination Round (2001)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The first round of the World Martial Arts Tournament begins, and Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha all display their strength.

Director: Minoru Okazaki | Stars: Brice Armstrong, Stephanie Nadolny, Mike McFarland, Bradford Jackson

Votes: 192

48. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: The Dodon Wave (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Krillin fights Chiaotzu in the third quarter-final match of the World Martial Arts Tournament.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 148

49. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Tien's Insurrection (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The battle between Goku and Tien Shinhan continues. Chiaotzu interferes on Tien's behalf by using his mental powers to paralyze Goku, and Tien uses his Rapid Velocity Technique.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 152

50. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)
Episode: Yamcha's Big Break (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The first quarter-final match of the World Martial Arts Tournament between Yamcha and Tien Shinhan continues.

Stars: Monika Antonelli, Brice Armstrong, Victor Atelevich, John Burgmeier

Votes: 149