Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dragon Ball Z Facts

Ok. So to make up for the canned Dragon Ball Retrospective. The American Cartoon Federation proudly presents: Dragon Ball Z Facts

Let's Get Started!

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.

The Saiyans and the Tuffles/Tsufurians waged a 10 year war for Planet Plant known as the Saiyan-Tuffle/Tsufurian war.

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.

Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan was born with a power level of 10,000. This is comparable to most Saiyan elite warriors!

Goku is terribly afraid of needles.

In Dragon Ball Z, not counting movies or specials, Goku only killed two villains, Yakon and Kid Buu.

Cooler, the main villain from movies five and six owns roughly 256 planets. His younger brother Frieza owns up to 79, if not more.

The popular internet meme "It's Over 9000!" was actually a dubbing mistake. It was originally over 8,000 but in the Ocean Dub, they accidentally say 9000. Even now the Funimation dubs use 9000 as reference to the popular meme.

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.

Bulma goes through 17 hair style changes through out the Dragon Ball series.

Cell is the only main villain that Goku never bites during battle.

There are over twenty five variants of the Kamehameha.

Majin Buu is over 5 million years old.

Goku never actually came face to face with Dr. Gero in Dragon Ball. In fact, he was never mentioned until in Dragon Ball Z.

Future Gohan, the alternate timeline version of Gohan, was the only Saiyan character to ever battle with one arm. The Namekians Piccolo and Nail and the Earthling Tien managed to battle with one arm as well.

King Kai's pet monkey, Bubbles, is a reference to Michael Jackson's pet monkey, who is also named Bubbles.

Dragon Ball Z Kai doesn't not cover The Final Sagas of the Dragon Ball Z series.

Counting movie specials and Dragon Ball GT, the Spirit Bomb has been used exactly eight times in all of the Dragon Ball series.

Gohan, the son of Goku, was officially born on May 11th, 757 Age (A.D.).

Goku's home address is actually given, it is 439 East District.

Kid Buu would technically have the highest body count in the entire Dragon Ball series, as he killed millions if not billions of beings before his introduction in the latter half of Dragon Ball Z.

Broly is the only Saiyan capable of transforming into a Legendary Super Saiyan.

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.

Bulma's last name is "Brief".

Nappa originally did have hair, as seen in the special, Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku.

Master Roshi is 354 years old at the end of Dragon Ball Z.

Future Trunks is one of the few primary Z Fighters to have never used the Kamehameha wave, a trait he shares with his father.

Technically, Gohan defeated Vegeta, not Goku. Gohan falls onto Vegeta while reverting from his Great Ape form, nearly killing the Saiyan Prince.

Old Kai is approximately 15 Million years old during the events of the Majin Buu Saga.

There are three types of Android. They are: Cyborg, Total artificial construct types, and Bio-mechanical.

Pui Pui is named Pocus in the manga, another reference to "Cinderella".

Kai and Kaioshin are born as Shin-jin/Shinian.

Piccolo is one of the only two characters in the Dragon Ball universe to have killed the main character Goku (the other being Cell). Although in both cases, Goku sacrificed himself to save the world.

Dragon Ball turned 25 years old on the 3rd of December 2009. It first was released in Japan on that date back in 1984.

Akira Toriyama stated his favorite character to be Piccolo.

Zarbon is responsible for advising Frieza to eradicate the Saiyan race, thus causing the ensuing genocide and setting the plot in motion for future wars and conflicts.

Ginyu Force mercenary squadron member Guldo's official alien race is Bas-jin/Basian.

Dabura's ultimate fate differs between the manga and anime. In the manga, Dabura is sent to heaven as he would have enjoyed hell. However, in the anime, he is additionally altered to an extent of becoming very flamboyant in heaven.

Rumor has it that Dr. Brief [bulma's dad] and Dr.Gero were academic rivals.

It's also rumored that Dr.Gero was the one responsible for turning Mercenary Tao into a Cyborg.

Dragon Ball Z and One Piece had a cross-over known as "Cross Epoch", which was created by both Akira Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda. This special manga appeared in Japan's Weekly Shōnen Jump on December 25th, 2006.

Goku and company appeared in a special known as Goku's Fire Fighting Regiment, which taught fire safety to kids in Japan.

Vegeta was born in 732 Age.

Baby is the only main villain whom Goku has defeated as a Super Saiyan 4. The rest of the main villains, Super 17 and Omega Shenron, Goku defeated in his child form. Goku did defeat Eis Shenron as a Super Saiyan 4, although Eis was a supporting villain.

Frieza originally kills the Namekian boy Cargo in the original manga, but his murderer was changed to Dodoria in the anime.

Tien Shinhan has fought every major Dragon Ball Z villain except Frieza for the obvious reason that he was dead at the time.

Piccolo was the strongest Z-Fighter in the series on one occasion. This would occur after he fuses with Kami during the Androids Saga, evidently making him more powerful than all of the Super Saiyan characters.

Future Gohan is killed instantly in the manga, while in the anime his fight and death is shown in great detail.

Akira Toriyama created the concept art for the Super Saiyan 4 transformation seen in Dragon Ball GT.

Yamcha is either severely injured, killed, or already dead in every saga of Dragon Ball Z.

Saiyan's hair styles never change from the day they are born.

The Saibamen that battle the Z Fighters all have the same power level as Raditz.
Goku has achieved every level of Super Saiyan (canon or not) with the exception of the Legendary Super Saiyan form.

The first characters seen with the ability to fly are Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu.

Yamcha has never made it past the quarter-finals of the World Martial Arts Tournament.

Piccolo is by far the tallest Z Fighter at 7'4".

Krillin has six incense burns on his forehead from his time training to be a monk at Orin Temple.

Akira Toriyama created a short lived prototype for Dragon Ball called Dragon Boy.

The space inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber is part of a completely different dimension.

The second battle between Goku and Vegeta occurs exactly 200 episodes after their first one.

Garlic Jr. is the only villain to succeed in using the Dragon Balls to wish for immortality.

Goku, Bulma, Oolong, and Yamcha are loosely based on the main characters from the Chinese epic, Journey to the West.

Korin Tower is said to be higher than any airplane can reach.

Goku has only won one World Martial Arts Tournament despite participating in six of them.

Oolong never finished his classes at the Southern Transformation Kindergarten causing him to only stay transformed for five minutes at a time.

Yamcha is a professional baseball player for the Taitans team.

Goku's death in the Cell Games Saga was an attempt to shift the focus of the series onto Gohan?
the Garlic Jr. Saga is entirely filler created for the anime.

Goku is completely pure of heart, preventing him from being harmed by the Devilmite Beam, and allowing him to control the Spirit Bomb.

Grandpa Gohan was killed by his adoptive Grandson after the young Saiyan had transformed under the light of the Moon.

Akira Toriyama has stated that Launch did not appear in the manga after the Piccolo Jr. Saga because he forgot she existed.

Launch's "Bad girl" form was the inspitation for the look of the Super Saiyan form. 

Goten got a makeover later in life to keep him from looking so much like his father.

Piccolo was only three years old when he fought Goku in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.

King Piccolo, after he was given his youth back, destroyed Shenron as a display of his power.

Mr. Hercule Satan does not die in all of Dragon Ball, despite his weakness.

The Sacred Water atop Korin Tower is just normal water, as the true benefits come from capturing it from Korin.

The anime known as Dragon Ball consists of the first 16 volumes of the Dragon Ball manga, while Dragon Ball Z consists of the latter 26 volumes.

Daikaioh, in his position as Grand Supreme Kai, ruled over the entire universe and all other Kai and Supreme Kai.

Master Roshi's Immortal Phoenix died of food poisoning from some bad bird seed.

Mr. Popo has served under every Guardian of Earth.

Emperor Pilaf successfully invented a Dragon Radar Proof Box to prevent the Dragon Ball Gang from finding the Dragon Ball he had collected.

Because of his fetish for T&A,Master Roshi is unable to ride on the Flying Nimbus Cloud. You need to be pure in both mind and heart to ride it.

Namekians can regenerate limbs.

There are 2 special classes of Namekian: Fighter and Healer. Fighters are natural gifted warriors and healers are hatural healers, There is a super special Namekian breed called The Dragon Clan. These Namekians are super intellegent and are able to create Dragon Balls. There are also Normal Namekians,who don't have any special skill..aside from limb regeneration

Korin was called Whiskers the Wonder Cat in the Harmony Gold Dub.

Vegito's name comes from Vegeta combined with the Japanese form of Goku's Saiyan name, Kakarotto.

Namekians reproduce asexually by extracting eggs from their throats.

Goku and Piccolo were forced to take driving lessons in the episode Goku's Ordeal?

The youngest Super Saiyan in the Dragon Ball series is Goten who transformed at 7.

Kid Buu and Yakon are actually the only villains Goku ever kills in Dragon Ball Z? And... Kid Buu is reincarnated as Uub while Yakon was actually killed accidentally due to his failed attempt at draining Goku's light energy.

Emperor Pilaf and Garlic Jr. have the exact same voice actors in both the Japanese dub and the FUNimation Dub. (For the anime)

Mercenary Tao is the first villain to actually defeat Goku in hand-to-hand battle. (General Blue incapacitates him prior but uses telekinesis to do so)

Masako Nozawa has been playing Goku since the Dragon Ball anime began in 1986, and she still continues to voice him after 25 years.

Tien Shinhan was meant to appear in the 2008 OVA Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!? He did not appear due to the death of his voice actor, Hirotaka Suzuoki. Tien was left out of the OVA in respect to Hirotaka. However, Tien was included in the manga version.

Chiaotzu is an Emperor in the Dragon Ball movie, Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure.

Chiaotzu is also the Smallest Z-Fighter. 

Super 17 appeared in the least amount of episodes as a main villain, and the Super 17 Saga is the shortest saga in Dragon Ball, Z, and GT.

Android 19 and Dr. Gero were meant to play the roles of Future Android 17 and Future Android 18, as the androids who rampaged Future Trunks' world, but their role was later changed? Instead, they remained villains in the primary time-line but weren't used in the Future time-line.

Goku was originally going to be revealed as a Saiyan in the Piccolo Jr. Saga of the manga and anime, but Akira Toriyama decided to delay it for Raditz's arrival.

Almost all of the major Red Ribbon Army members are named after colors, such as General White, Colonel Silver, Captain Yellow, General Blue, Staff Officer Black and Commander Red. In accordance with this pun, Ninja Murasaki's original name is Sergeant Major Purple.

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.

The names of Frieza's primary elites are puns derived from fruits, such as Zarbon's name being a pun on the Japanese word for the "Pomelo fruit", Dodoria's name being a pun on the "Durian fruit", Cui being a pun on the Kiwi fruit, and Appule being a pun on the word "apple."

Grand Elder Guru is the only character to die twice in the same year and during the same saga.

Frieza has been the most frequently defeated villain, for a total of being defeated 5 times, including the movies and filler. He lost to Goku on Namek, was executed by Future Trunks, and was defeated by Pikkon in Dragon Ball Z. He was also sent back to Hell by Gohan in Fusion Reborn, and was frozen and smashed to pieces by Goku in Dragon Ball GT.

The Otherworld Tournament Saga was Anime filler.

Due to Master Shen being named Shen in the FUNimation Dub, the name of Shen, the character who's body Kami possessed, was changed to Hero. Hero's original name Shen is kept in the Blue Water dub of Dragon Ball.

Akira Toriyama got heavy inspitation for Dagon Ball from Journey To The West,a popular Chinese novel.

Toriyama's least favorite character is Vegeta.

Bardock - Father of Goku is one of Akira Toriyama's all time favorite Animated Movies.

The series was supposed to end with Cell Saga,but his family and friends pushed him to do more.
Dragon Boy is a short lived manga series that is the prototype to Dragonball

Toriyama Originally planned for the Dragonball Manga to last a single year,but due to the additional arcs. it lasted much more and even surpassed Dr.Slump,another famous Manga by Toriyama.
Krillin was added to the Dragon Ball Manga to make the Series more interesting.

Cell was created because the editor of the Manga didn't like Androids 17 and 18 as the Main antagonists,so Akira Toriyama created Cell.

Cell was only gonna Have 2 forms,but after being told by his superiors that he looked stupid,Toriyama created Perfect Cell.

Akira intended to put Gohan into the leading role in the Buu sagas.But at the 11th hour,he felt that Goku would've been better for the Job. 

Signs of Piccolo being an Alien were seen in the Piccolo Jr. Saga,where he and Kami{possesing a human} were talking in a weird language. That Language was Namekian.
A Saiyan's base strength is decreased if they have their tails removed.

A Saiyan can grow more powerful in 3 ways: 1- By fighting and defeating strong opponents. 2- By recovering from major injuries,and 3 - By being revived from death.

There are 6 types of Fusion: Potara,Metamoran,Namekian,Absorption,Merging,and Machine.

To this day there are heated debates as to whether or not Dragon Ball GT is canon.

King Piccolo and Lord Slug are the only Evil Namekians in the entire franchise.

Freiza's race remains unnamed...even to this day.

Well that's gonna do it for now. Enjoy the factoids. More DBZ goodness to come,I promise.

Stay Gold!

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