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.
1. Goku really loves that Kamehameha Wave
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.
2. The Meme-Spawning Line “It’s Over 9000!!!” Was Actually a Mistake
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.
3. Frieza is the Most Defeated villain in all of Dragon Ball Z
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.
4. The Marks on Krillin’s Head Are Buddhist Burns
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.
5. The Hospital in DBZ Is Cleverly named
After his fight with Vegeta, Goku is hospitalized in Wukong Hospital. Wukong is, in fact, the Chinese name for Goku.
6. Gohan Is More Violent on the Show Than the Manga
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.
7. Piccolo Was Briefly the Most Powerful Character
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.
8. Dragon Ball Involves Just Under 200 Fights
There are 187 fights from the start of Dragon Ball to the end of Dragon Ball Z.
9. Dragon Ball Z Is One of the Top 50 Shows of All Time on IMDb
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.
10. Piccolo and Gohan are Closer in Age Than They Seem
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.
11. The Origin of Trunks Is Very Different on the Show
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.
Broly Was Born Mighty
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.
Cooler Has Much More Territory Than Frieza
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.
The Kamehameha Wave Illustrates Goku’s Mastery of Combat
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.
Technically, It’s KING Vegeta
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.