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20 Surprising Dragon Ball Z Facts You May Not Know

You think you know all there is to know about the Dragon Ball franchise? Not a chance! What would an anime based off a 500+ chapter manga be without tons of behind-the-scenes goodies? Here are 20 of the most interesting Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball GT, and Dragon Ball Z facts.

by msoyka
Jan 19, 2016 8:29 PM | 53,682 views

Dragon Ball Z facts

Love it or hate it, Dragon Ball Z is a huge show. So huge that its creator, Akira Toriyama, has openly admitted that he can't remember all the little facts, super moves, and final forms in his magnum opus. That's okay, Toriyama, because though you might forget some details here and there, rest assured that Dragon Ball Z super-fans will not.

Ready to face the facts? Prepare yourselves for the vast amount of Dragon Ball Z (as well as other series in the Dragon Ball franchise) knowledge to come!

You're probably older then Piccolo.

Dragon Ball Z Piccolo

Namekians age at a much faster rate than normal humans. That's why, during the Dragon Ball saga, Piccolo was able to fight Goku as a nearly fully grown Namekian, despite the fact that he was 3 years old. At the start of Dragon Ball Z, Piccolo was only four years older than Gohan. Kind of puts a weird spin on their surrogate father relationship.

"Wait... Launch who?" - Akira Toriyama

Dragon Ball Z Launch

That's right everybody, the reason the character Launch stopped appearing in Dragon Ball Z was because Toriyama forgot she existed.

Namekians reproduce asexually.

Dragon Ball Z Piccolo

Have you ever wondered why there are no female Namekians? The answer is, well, because they don't exist. Namekians reproduce by birthing eggs through their mouths. These Dragon Ball Z facts just get weirder and weirder.

Sean Schemmel passed out during a recording of Dragon Ball GT.

Dragon Ball GT
To be fair, I passed out while watching Dragon Ball GT.

Akira Toriyama doesn't even seem to like Yamcha.

Dragon Ball Z Yamcha

In every single saga of Dragon Ball Z Yamcha will at some point either be killed, severely wounded, or already dead. This is probably the least surprising fact on this list.

Goku has only killed two villains in Dragon Ball Z.

Dragon Ball Z Goku Buu

Goku has a bad habitat of showing mercy to genocidal maniacs. The only villains Goku kills are Kid Buu, a creepy pink creature with a bad attitude, and Yakon, a Babidi henchmen no one cares about.

The reason Cell transformed to his final form so fast is because Akira Toriyama's editor hated the character design.

Dragon Ball Z Cell

Yuu Kondo, the editor of the Dragon Ball manga, really didn't like the Imperfect and Semi-Perfect forms of the Cell character, remarking that Semi-Perfect Cell looked like "a moron". He told Akira Toriyama to hurry up and get Cell to his Perfect form. This is a huge reason why Vegeta stopped fighting Semi-Perfect Cell and allowed him to reach his Perfect form so easily. It was an expedited plot excuse, for Toriyama to quickly get Cell to his Perfect form.

The original airing of the "Goku vs Frieza" fight is ridiculously long.


Yes, that is a 4+ hour YouTube video. The "Goku vs Frieza" fight is the longest battle in anime history with a running time that is longer than many completed anime series.

There are an absurd amount of battles in Dragon Ball Z.

Dragon Ball Z facts - there are tons

Not including Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball GT, the movies, Dragon Ball Kai, or Dragon Ball Super, Dragon Ball Z alone has 187 fights.

IT'S OVER 8000!

Dragon Ball Z Vegeta

That's right, one of Dragon Ball Z's most popular catchphrases was changed from the original manga's dialogue.

The director of the infamous Dragon Ball Evolution never watched a single Dragon Ball episode or read the manga before filming.

Dragon Ball Z Goku and Vegeta

You would think that 20th Century Fox would pick a director who, at least, has a passing interest in the franchise for the film adaptation. The studio picked director James Wong, who had no idea what the Dragon Ball franchise was all about till he was already knee deep into the production of the movie.

Frieza has more in common with real estate agents than Darth Vader.

Dragon Ball Z

Frieza is the leader of the Galactic Trade Organization. This organization conquers planets and proceeds to sell them at galactic auctions. This is because Akira Toriyama considers people involved in the real estate business as "the worst kind of people."

"Kakarot!" - Vegeta

Dragon Ball Z Vegeta

Vegeta almost always calls Goku by his Saiyan name, Kakarot. As a matter of fact, you can even count the number of times Vegeta has called Goku by his preferred earth name with just two hands - 8 times, to be exact.

What do Cell and Piccolo have in common?

Dragon Ball Z Raditz Goku

Other than the fact that Cell was created using some of Piccolo's genetics (along with most of the other Z fighters), they are the only two characters in the Dragon Ball Z saga to kill Goku.

Tien and Chiaotzu go UP! UP! AND AWAY!

Tien Chiaotzu Dragon Ball Z

They were the first Z fighters in the Dragon Ball franchise to be seen flying (not on a cloud). They were taught by Master Shen.

Goku's battling average is nothing special according to the Martial Arts Tournament.

Dragon Ball Z

Goku has been in the World's Martial Arts Tournament six times, but he has only won once.

Mr. Satan is the champion of the world.

Dragon Ball Z Mr. Satan

Mr. Satan hasn't died once in the entire saga, despite being weaker than even Chi-Chi and having been within arm's distance of some of the series most dangerous villains.

Love is strange.

Dragon Ball Z Vegeta

The first time the audience sees Vegeta openly showing affection for Bulma and Trunks is when he is in his Majin form. Ironically, his Majin form is only supposed to bring out the evil in people.

Bulma is a smoker.

Dragon Ball Z Bulma

Throughout the franchise, Bulma can be seen occasionally smoking. If I went through what Bulma has to on a regular basis, I would probably work myself through a pack a day too.

Chi-Chi's hatred of Super Saiyans is a Japanese inside joke.

Dragon Ball Z Chi-Chi

Throughout the series, Chi-Chi shows absolute disdain whenever Goku, Gohan, or Goten turn Super Saiyan. She will often call them "monsters" or "delinquents" and she despises their Super Saiyan hairstyles. This is because in Japanese culture, a teenager going out and dying their hair blonde is considered by many parents as a form of rebelling against the family.

There you have it folks! Some interesting Dragon Ball Z facts. I hope you anime trivia nuts are satisfied. Thanks for reading!

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