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With this list of Dragon Ball Z trivia facts, we’re taking a look back at the epic anime franchise, from the original Dragon Ball to Dragon Ball: Resurrection.

Dragon, Dragon, Call the Dragon. Dragon Ball Z! That theme song played in so many homes almost every day for much of the early 2000’s. This was a show was instrumental in popularizing anime in America. Dragon Ball Z became a full-blown pop culture phenomenon, making Toonami a fixture in childhood entertainment.

It’s effects are still felt to this day. The original show, Dragon Ball, aired in Japan in 1986, before many of its most loyal fans were even born. Just three years later, the franchise became a powerhouse with Dragon Ball Z. Then, in 1996, the Dragon Ball Z series arrived Stateside and changed the landscape of anime specifically and cartoons in general.

If the franchise was a huge part of your childhood, then you’re going to love this list of Dragon Ball Z trivia. And if you still thrill along to Goku’s adventures, then these Dragon Ball Z fun facts will have you waxing nostalgic in no time. Vote up your favorite facts below.

Dragon Ball Z Is One of the Top 50 Shows of All Time on IMDb

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As of July 2015,  Dragonball Z is currently ranked #35 on IMDb’s “Highest Rated TV Series With At Least 6,000 Votes”, with a score of 8.9/10.

Source: IMDb’s Highest Rated TV Series

Goku really loves that Kamehameha Wave

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Goku’s trademark movie is is the Kamehameha, an attack which takes total focus of his chi. He manages to do this move a whopping 97 times (!) from the time he learns it to the end of the Dragon Ball Z series.

Source: Anime Balls Deep Youtube

Technically, It’s KING Vegeta

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Vegeta is technically the king of all Saiyans, not just the prince. His father is killed by Frieza, making him the rightful heir to the throne. He probably makes no claim to the throne out of respect for his fallen father.

Source: Dragonball Wikia

Piccolo Was Briefly the Most Powerful Character

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After Piccolo fused with Kami during the Androids Saga, he became the strongest being in the Dragon Ball universe for a brief period. This merger made him even more powerful than all of the Super Saiyans at their current levels.

Slightly related note: At a whopping 7’4″ tall, Piccolo is the tallest Z fighter by a wide margin.

Source: Anime Balls Deep YouTube

Piccolo and Gohan are Closer in Age Than They Seem

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Piccolo is 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 three. He actually fought Goku in the first tournament when he was just three years old.

Source: IMDb

Broly Was Born Mighty

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Broly, the “Legendary Super Saiyan” was born with a power level of 10,000. That’s comparable to most Saiyan elite warriors at their prime.

Source: Dragonball Wikia

Dragon Ball Involves Just Under 200 Fights

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There are 187 fights from the start of Dragon Ball to the end of Dragon Ball Z.


Source: KiwiKenny.Tripod.com

Gohan Is More Violent on the Show Than the Manga

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Gohan killed eight enemies in the original manga. In the Dragonball Z anime, including the movies, he has directly killed a total of 15 different enemies.

Source: Dragonball Wikia

Frieza is the Most Defeated villain in all of Dragon Ball Z

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Frieza is one of the most fearsome creatures in all of the galaxy, giving Goku a run for his money in a battle that lasted hours.. But he’s also the character who’s been defeated most on the show. Frieza has been taken down an insane five times.

He lost to Goku on Namek, was executed by Future Trunks, was defeated by Pikkon, got sent back to hell by Gohan in Fusion Reborn, and was frozen then smashed to pieces by Goku in Dragon Ball GT.

Source: Anime Balls Deep YouTube

The Meme-Spawning Line “It’s Over 9000!!!” Was Actually a Mistake

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The popular Internet meme “It’s over 9000” was actually spawned by a dubbing mistake. It was originally written and recorded as “It’s over 8,000!” but in the Ocean Dub, they accidentally said 9,000 instead. Because of the meme’s popularity, Funimation dubs really use 9,000 as a reference to the phenomenon.

Source: Dragonball Wikia

The Marks on Krillin’s Head Are Buddhist Burns

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Krillin has six incense burns on his forehead from when he was training to be a monk at Orin Temple. The real life burn marks were once common to Buddhist monks in China, but since the Cultural Revolution, they’re been replaced by less obvious tattoos.

Source: The Dao of Dragon Ball

The Kamehameha Wave Illustrates Goku’s Mastery of Combat

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Master Roshi is described as one of the greatest martial artists of all time. It takes him a full 50 years to master the Kamehameha wave. Goku perfects it on his very first try, entertainingly illustrating just how gifted a fighter he is. Destroying Bulma’s car in the process.

Source: Anime Balls Deep YouTube

Cooler Has Much More Territory Than Frieza

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Cooler, the main antagonist from movies five and six, owns roughly 256 planets. His younger brother Frieza only owns around 79. C’mon, Frieza up your game.

Source: Dragonball Wikia

The Hospital in DBZ Is Cleverly named

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After his fight with Vegeta, Goku is hospitalized in Wukong Hospital. Wukong is, in fact, the Chinese name for Goku.

Source: IMDb

Piccolo Has No Gender

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There are no female Namekians, as they produce asexually through eggs that pop out of their mouths. So there’s no need to worry about Piccolo putting the moves on Bulma.

Source: @DailyDragonBall

The Origin of Trunk Is Very Different on the Show

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There was actually a huge difference between Trunks in the manga and Trunks on the TV. In the manga, Trunks is able to turn Super Saiyan before Gohan died. But in the TV special, Gohan’s death is the very thing that causes Trunks to go Super Saiyan. 

Source: KiwiKenny.Tripod.Com

The Kamehameha Is Also Known as the Turtle Shot

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If you know the translation of Kamehameha, then it’s only logical that master Roshi would be the one to perfect and name the move. It means “Turtle Shot.” Master Roshi is shamelessly obsessed with turtles. He has a pet turtle and lives at ‘turtle house’.

Source: Anime Balls Deep YouTube

Chi Chi and Bulma Originally Had Different Colored Hair

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In the original manga, Chi Chi and Bulma look largely the same, but with one major difference: Chi Chi originally had blue hair and Bulma’s hair was purple.

Source: Dragonball Wikia

Launch wasn’t intentionally left out of DBZ

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Launch never made it into Dragon Ball Z. Basically, Akira Toriyama forgot she existed. She appears in later edits that were made after the fact, however.

Source: @DailyDragonBall

King Kai’s Pet Monkey Is Named Bubbles

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King Kai has a pet monkey named after another very famous pet monkey. Yes, the monkey on Dragon Ball Z is named after Michael Jackson’s pet monkey, Bubbles.

Source: Dragonball Wikia

Vegeta Really Doesn’t Like the Name Goku

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Vegeta almost always refers to Goku by his Saiyan birth name “Kakarot”, but has on rare occasions addressed him as Goku. Vegeta actually says the name “Goku” only eight times throughout the series.

 

Source: Dragonball Wikia

Only One Character Has Never Died

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By the end of Dragon Ball Z, Mr. Satan is the only character to have never died. Every other character who lives on the Earth has been killed one or more times. Goku dies twice, getting killed by Piccolo and Cell, while Yamcha, Tien, and Master Roshi all die twice.

Both Krillen and Chaozu kick the bucket three times, but Gohan, Goten, Trunks only have on death apiece.

Source: IMDb

There’s a Lost Dragon Ball Z Movie

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In addition to the 13 movies and two TV specials, there is also a “lost movie” in which the Z fighters battle against a scientist member of a race that the Saiyans wiped out long ago. This movie was never released in America and most likely never will be. The video game on which it was based was never released in the U.S. either.

Source: IMDb

Buu Is a Cinderella Reference

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On the show, the evil, often comically fat monster Buu was created by a sorcerer named Bibidi and brought out of hibernation by the actions of Bibidi’s son, the sorcerer Babidi.

Get it? Bibidi Babidi Buu! Bippity boppity boo, anyone?

Source: IMDb

Bulma Changes Her Hair Almost 20 Times

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Throughout the course of the Dragon Ball Z series, Bulma changes her hair a whopping 17 times. Her husband Vegeta, meanwhile, never changes his once.

Source: Anime Balls Deep YouTube

So Many Names, So Many Puns

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Many different classes of characters in the series have similar name origins/puns. All of Frieza’s henchmen 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 word for cream)

The Hercule/Mr. Satan family is named for traditional figures from Hell (Satan needs no explanation, Videl is a rearranged spelling of Devil). 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, from Frieza to Cooler to King Cold. All Saiyan characters are named after vegetables. The Tsufuru-Jins are named for the Japanese word for fruit (furutsu). Thus, with the two races on planet Vegeta, it’s “the fruits versus the vegetables.”

Souce: IMDb

Dragonball Z Kai is edited to follow the manga more closely

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The new series is edited to follow Akira Toriyama’s manga more closely than the previous adaptation of the latter half of his manga (Dragon Ball Z).

Basically, most of filler segments are being removed. Because of this, the series is slated to run 100 episodes, as opposed to Dragon Ball Z’s 291 installments.

Source: IMDb

Yamcha Can’t Catch a Break

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In every single saga of Dragon Ball Z, Yamcha is either severely injured, killed, or is already dead. Every. Single. Saga.

Source: Anime Balls Deep YouTube

Senzu beans really help heroes out throughout the series

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A Senzu Bean is a mythical legume grown by Karin. Each bean has enough nutrients to completely revitalize a body to its peak physical condition. Any ailments or injuries that occur during a fight can be erased with a senzu bean. Throughout the DBZ series, a total of 28 Senzu Beans are eaten.

Two are eaten during the Saiyan Saga, six during Frieza, eighteen during the Cell saga, and two while fighting Buu.

Source: Anime Balls Deep YouTube

Women Voice Most of the Characters in the Japanese Dub

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Goku Is the Only Character Who Appears in Every Form of Dragon Ball

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Goku is the only character who appears in every Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT movie, OVA, and television special.

 

Source: IMDb

Toei Animation Invented Stories to Kill Time

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Toei Animation had to create several filler sagas to keep timing in line with the manga source material. The fake planet Namek, the Garlic Jr. Saga, and the Afterlife Tournament were all invented for the show.

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