Dragon Ball Z is one of the most famous and successful anime and manga series. You may be the greatest fan of the show and the Dragon Ball Z characters but there are still some unknown or lesser-known facts about them.
1. The famous Dragon Ball Z line “over 9000!” was supposed to be “over 8000!”
In both the Japanese version of the Dragon Ball Z anime, as well as the English and Japanese manga, the line was “It’s over 8,000”. The “Over 9,000” line we all know and love is only from the English anime dub.
The way Vegeta’s mouth moved in the cartoon looked more like 9,000, so they decided to change it.
2. Shenlong/Shenron was named after the nickname of Jackie Chan; Sing Lung.
3. The fight between Goku and Frieza took up a total of three and a half hours of screen time, making it the longest fight in anime history.
4. Unlike humans, in Dragon Ball Z, Saiyan hairstyles always remain the same.
5. Goku’s home address is given in the series it is 439 East District.
6. Majin Buu is five million years old.
7. Piccolo the master of Gohan is only four years older than Gohan. He looks so matured and grown because Namekians grow and age much faster than Humans or Saiyan. Piccolo was full grown at the age of three.
8. Dragon Ball Z‘s Planet Vegeta used to be called Planet Plant.
9. Did you know that Cell’s incubation period in a tank is 24 years? And his larva state takes 4 years to absorb enough nutrients to reach his first stage. This means that the Cell Gohan kills is only 28 years old.
10. Dragon Ball Z was inspired by The Journey to the West. Goku and Wukong share similarities. Both have monkey tails. Goku transforms in giant ape from time to time.
11. Dragon Ball first started as a gag comic and Akira used some of its gags in Dragon Ball Z. Kakarot, Raditz, Vegeta got their names after vegetables.
12. Bardock was cursed to be able to see the future, while he is dying he sees Goku fighting Frieza.
13. Bulma’s name roughly translates to “panties” and goes through 17 different hairstyles throughout the Dragon Ball Z series.
14. Goku has a fear of needles and hospital food.
15. Krillen is a year older than Goku.
16. Did you know that in the TV series only [non-canon], Krillin had a girlfriend before No. 18? Her name was Maron, just like his daughter. Except her name didn’t have two r’s.
17. Dragon Ball Z character, Goku resembles Superman. Both are aliens. Both are only survivors of their race. Both are one of the strongest in their universes. Both are fighting for a good cause.
18. Android 17’s real name is Lapis. Android 18’s real name is Lazuli. Because Android 17 and 18 are technically twins, and Krillin married Android 18, this would mean that Android 17 is Krillin’s brother-in-law, and Dr Gero is his father-in-law.
19. Goten was originally brought in with the intention of replacing Goku as the main character. However, fans widely disapproved.
20. There are no female Namekians, since they reproduce asexually by giving birth to eggs through their mouth.
21. For a time, Piccolo was the strongest of all the Z Warriors, including Goku and Vegeta, after he fused with Kami, making him stronger than any Super Saiyan.
22. Goku has only won the World Martial Arts Tournament once.
23. Everybody knows that Goku is the son of Burdock, but not many know about his mother, Gine.
24. Kamesennin is immortal. If you’ve ever wondered how Kamesennin never seems to get any older, it’s because he can’t die of old age.
25. Dragon Ball Z characters Goku and Chi-Chi don’t work or make money they live off of the money that Goku won in the Tournaments he was in.
26. Vegeta always addresses Goku by his Saiyan birth name, Kakarot, and has rarely addressed him as Goku. In the whole series, Vegeta uses the word Goku only 8 times.
27. Tien Shinhan has fought every major Dragon Ball Z villain except Frieza for the obvious reason that he was dead at the time.
28. Launch, who appeared throughout the first Dragon Ball series, never appears in Dragon Ball Z because Akira Toriyama “forgot” she existed.
29. The word Orin-ji means “Many Tree”. So Kuririn comes from the Many Tree Temple.
30. In Dragon Ball Z, the moon blew up twice. Fans are well aware of how Piccolo sought an “unconventional” way to ensure the Saiyan-Jins couldn’t transform: moon-go-boom and resulting tsunamis be damned. Unfortunately, he was beaten to it long ago. Kamesennin figured that rather than kill Oozaru Goku with a Shin-Kamehameha, he would rather eliminate the only way he could transform by blowing the moon up entirely.
31. Goku has a weakness. Goku’s voracious and seemingly bottomless appetite needs to constantly be filled, or he’d be dead in the water, both too weak to fight as well as having a reduced threshold for pain and damage.
32. In the manga, Trunks was able to turn SuperSaiya-jin before Gohan died. But in the TV Special, Gohan’s death is what caused Trunks to transform into the Super Saiya-jin.
33. In an alternate and more depressing Dragon Ball Z timeline, “Perfect” Cell kills off Future Trunks after he goes back to the future. Since Future Trunks was the last remaining Saiyan, this means that his death officially marks the extinction of the Saiyan race. It also means that Earth is left to rot as a wasteland.
34. The six dots on Krillin’s forehead are from incense burns from his time training to be a monk at Orin Temple.
35. Nappa used to have hair.
36. 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.
37. According to police records, Bulma’s ID number is SSC 41453.
38. Did you know there were 187 fights from Dragon Ball to the end of Dragon Ball Z?
39. Dragon Ball Z‘s Goku is close to 50-years-old.
40. The origin of Goku’s heart disease is when he went to Planet Yardrat. That’s where he got it from.
41. Broly’s power level was 10,000 at the time he was born. This would mean that his power level as a baby was stronger than Piccolo (322), Goku (334), and Raditz (1,500) combined.
42. Yamcha has always lost in the quarter-finals of every World Martial Arts Tournament. He is either killed, severely injured, or already dead in every saga.
43. Masako Nozawa is the original Japanese voice of Goku and has voiced him for the entire run of the show.