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  • Abridged Series:
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty: Oolong never wished for Bulma's panties. He wishes for "the panties of a hot babe".[1] There is no indication that they belonged to Bulma.
  • The Character Died with Him: An ironic and unintentional example. Kohei Miyauchi, Master Roshi's Japanese voice actor, died shortly after the episode where Roshi is killed and eaten by Super Buu aired. Naturally, this didn't last long, and he was voiced by Hiroshi Masuoka after Roshi was brought back from the dead.
  • Creator Backlash: According to this 1997 interview with WIRED, Akira Toriyama was reportedly furious when Toei's anime adaptation started depicting Goku as more of an Ideal Hero than his manga counterpart.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Most notably, Masako Nozawa as Goku, Gohan and Goten.
    • Pauline Newstone (and later Linda Young) as Freeza in the English dub.
  • Fan Edit: Dragon Ball Recut, which removes as much filler from the anime adaptation as possible, similarly to what Dragon Ball Kai was to Dragon Ball Z. Information about Dragon Ball Recut can be found on this Kanzenshuu thread.
  • Fan Nickname: "Mystic Gohan" for his Buu Saga power-up, which was never given a name (although the recent videogames seem to be going with "Ultimate Gohan").
    • "Mirai Trunks" for Future Trunks, just plain "Mirai", "Mirai Briefs" in some fanfiction when he returns to the normal timeline and lives with Kid Trunks. Crosses over with Gratuitous Japanese.
    • "Kushami" (Japanese for "Sneeze") for Launch's blonde form, "Ranchi" (the Japanese approximation of "Lunch") for her blue-haired form. The first was coined in early manga summaries before the series was translated, and they are/were very, VERY common Fanon.
    • Majin Buu has several, depending on the people he's absorbed (the main ones being "Buutenks", "Buuccolo" and "Buuhan").
    • Frieza, his family and his race as a whole have been given the name "Ice-jins". They have also been called "Changelings" and "Frost Demons".
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Where do we even begin?
    • The FUNimation dub was their first major import, using hometown voice actors - everything they've done since mostly draws from this same pool.
    • In France, Bulma and Chi-Chi were given the recurring voice of Julia Roberts.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The original broadcast audio for Dragon Ball and Z taken from VCR recordings of each episode's initial broadcast in the Kanto region of Japan. This audio is highly sought-out as it offers the closest quality to the series' master tapes, which Toei wiped both for economic reasons and because executives at the time were still skeptical of home media. Also applies to Dragon Ball GT to a certain extent, as despite Toei still possessing the original audio masters, they've never put this audio on any official releases, although TV airings in Japan still use it.
    • The Harmony Gold dub is very hard to find. As such, it's referred to as "The Lost Dub".
    • Most of the TV specials have only aired a couple of times and have never seen a home release. They include a promo for Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13, a clip show of the 1993 season, an interactive crossover with One Piece and Astro Boy, and another crossover with One Piece and Kochikame.
    • FUNimation's early dubs of Dragon Ball (first 13 episodes and first movie) and Z (53 episodes, first 3 movies) with Ocean are this, but at least they were all released to DVD at some point, and not impossible to find. They even released a limited edition box set in 2013 with the Z episodes, for nostalgic completionists.
    • AB Groupe's Ocean dub of the second half of Z, and the Blue Water dub of Dragon Ball and GT. None of those dubs were released to home video of any kind. The only recordings that exist are ones taped off of Canadian and European television. Z and GT are fully accounted for, but it's starting to look like Dragon Ball's overseas dub might be lost, save for a few episodes.
  • Milestone Celebration: Dragon Ball Super: Broly was released in the United States on the 30th anniversary of Dragon Ball Z
  • No Export for You: Manga UK tries, bless it, but Toei wants far, FAR too much money for Dragon Ball. Might also be tied to...
    • Bad Export for You: When Turner (the assumed previous holders of the license) saw fit to release the movies on DVD with an utterly atrocious dub produced in the armpit of the Netherlands.
  • Playing Against Type: Kenji Utsumi has it half-and-half when he plays Commander Red (no pun intended). Although Commander Red is nonetheless a military dictator, which fits one aspect of the roles Kenji Utsumi plays, he's also extraordinarily short, something that Kenji Utsumi isn't known to play as (he usually voices giant characters like Raoh and Alex Armstrong).
  • Word of God: Concerning GT's canonicity - or rather, lack thereof...
    • Even though it's "common knowledge" that Akira Toriyama intended to end the series with Freeza, there is absolutely no proof for it in any interview he's ever had.
      • One of the companion volumes that came out with the Dragon Ball Kanzenban had an interview with him where he said he thought after the King Piccolo Saga would've been a good place to stop. I haven't seen any evidence for the Freeza thing, either.
    • The key word here should be noted is "intended", which conflicts with the author's own word on his lack of planning for the series. Even though it's possible Freeza was at some point looked at as a possible end, there was never any specific plan for that to be the case.
    • Similarly while the notion that Gohan became the single most powerful character not born through a form of fusion or absorption is heavily expressed in the manga and guide books, it was never specifically stated by Toriyama himself. There was a magazine that claimed to have such an interview, but it was proven to be a hoax.

Miscellaneous Trivia

  • According to a one-off line in the FUNimation dub, Vegeta wears a size 9 boot.
  • Fortuneteller Baba, Mr. Satan, the Supreme Kai, Fat Buu, Pan, Bra and Uub are the only characters in the entire franchise who have never died.
    • Although Baba may have died when Kid Buu destroyed Earth. While Mr. Satan was explicitly shown to have survived (and Pan, Bra and Uub didn't exist yet), no word was given on whether or not Baba survived...

Notes

  1. In the English dub, he wishes for "the world's most comfortable pair of underwear".
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