Dragon Ball Z

TV Show • 1989 • Animation  

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Five years have passed since the fight with Piccolo Jr., and Goku now has a son, Gohan. The peace is interrupted when an alien named Raditz arrives on Earth in a spacecraft and tracks down Goku, revealing to him that that they are members of a near-extinct warrior race called the Saiyans.
This tv show contains 80 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
179 supporters
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20
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3
3
Anonymous
Majin Buu's dog gets shot, but is later revived.
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Unanswered Triggers
Is an animal abandoned?
48 supporters
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0
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0
0
Pantalones
Videl during the Buu saga may count. She is brutally beaten by a superhumanly powerful man for an extended scene.
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Is an animal sad?
39 supporters
Yes
0
No
0
1
Pantalones
Majin Buu's dog Bee is shown being sad and frightened after Buu splits into his good and evil halves.
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Does someone suffer from PTSD?
26 supporters
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0
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Pantalones
After Buu builds his house, there is a brief scene of him straining on the toilet.
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Are there sudden loud noises?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
15 supporters
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0
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0
Is someone drugged?
14 supporters
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0
Yes
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Abandonment
2
DrunkPigeon
The main character purposefully leaves his family for a year and a half in order to continue his martial arts training.

The main character's child is kidnapped and then abandoned by the main character's nemesis to fend for himself in the wilderness(with some intervention to make sure that he didn't just die).
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Abuse
Yes
4
No
1
1
Pantalones
Vegeta is pretty absent in Trunks' life when he's young. He is also dismissive towards and bad-mouths an older version of his son. It's also stated in the Buu saga that Vegeta never hugged Trunks before.
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Pantalones
It does take a while, but the Z fighters eventually forgive Vegeta for coming to Earth, killing several of their friends, and being a general evil person.
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Is someone stalked?
14 supporters
Yes
5
No
2
0
Pantalones
Cell stalks Android 17 and 18, in the sense of a predator stalking prey.
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Is there domestic violence?
47 supporters
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0
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8
Yes
4
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2
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DrunkPigeon
There is an instance in the Cell Saga where Goku tells his son "Do It Gohan! Don't you want to become a scholar?" when encouraging him to fight Cell. The very idea of him being a scholar was forced onto him by his mother, and Goku's character makes it more likely that this was more a sign of how little he really knows his son than intentional gaslighting.
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Is a child abused?
62 supporters
Yes
11
No
1
2
bbcme
If u consider kidnapping the child of ur enemy and training him brutally so that he can be used against enemies coming in the future child abuse then yes
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Addiction
Yes
0
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8
Is there addiction?
7 supporters
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0
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5
Yes
2
No
4
0
Pantalones
In uncensored versions several characters, including Master Roshi, Bulma and even Goku, drink alcohol. It is rarely to any sort of excess or abuse and they are all adults.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
64 supporters
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0
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4
Does a horse die?
48 supporters
Yes
4
No
4
0
CrayolaColor
Not on screen as far as I can remember, at least in Z. But someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
89 supporters
Yes
13
No
1
0
bbcme
Hunting in mainly a source food from character living in the wild (Gohan’s first training and Goku’s life before being found by bulma)
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Are animals abused?
105 supporters
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2
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4
Yes
0
No
10
Yes
6
No
1
0
Pantalones
Dinosaurs are killed on Namek after they try to eat Bulma. Their bodies are shown briefly.
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Are rabbits harmed?
33 supporters
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0
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3
Does a cat die?
93 supporters
Yes
4
No
3
0
Nasty221
Not specifically cats, but feline-like characters
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Does a pet die?
80 supporters
Yes
1
No
3
1
CrayolaColor
While it ultimately survives, Majin Buu's dog appears to be dead for several minutes.
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Does a dragon die?
16 supporters
Yes
14
No
0
2
DrSimetra
Porunga, the wish granting dragon of Namek, is killed as a result of his creator dying but is later revived.
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Are there spiders?
26 supporters
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5
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3
Are there snakes?
11 supporters
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8
No
1
1
TheBigGuy
Early in the saiyan saga, Goku has to cross snake way, where he has to fight a giant snake during a portion of it
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Are there bugs?
16 supporters
Yes
9
No
1
1
CrayolaColor
I'm sure there's normal bugs too that I can't recall, but Cell is very bug-like in appearance. An important scene foreshadowing his appearance involves some of the main cast finding a cicada-esque shed skin that he left behind.
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Assault
Is there pedophilia?
59 supporters
Yes
4
No
2
0
OJAndToothpaste
General Blue is a pedophile with a sexual interest in underage boys.
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Yes
2
No
1
0
Pantalones
During their fight on Namek, Frieza holds Goku underwater in an attempt to drown him.
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Is rape mentioned?
41 supporters
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0
No
4
Yes
3
No
1
0
Pantalones
During multiple fights, a character on the sidelines has to be physically grabbed and held back to keep them from entering the fray.
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10
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4
3
baipopaibo
During the leadup to the Tournament of Power in Dragon Ball Super, there is a scene concerning Master Roshi attempting to overcome his perversion that heavily toes the line of sexual assault being played out on screen through sound. The "victim" is merely Puar taking the form of a woman and acting, but it can be extremely triggering, especially since it is played for laughs.
Aside from this, there are many moments in the series where female characters are unwillingly groped, one at least being a minor for some instances (Bulma). These are often played as gags.
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0
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3
Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
16 supporters
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Yes
5
No
0
1
Pantalones
During many fights one or both combatants will get very winded and breathe heavily or even gasp for air. Several times characters also get the breath knocked out of them, such as by getting punched in the gut really hard.
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3
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0
2
Pantalones
Android 16 is decapitated. Since he is a robot, the severed head is still alive until Cell steps on it.
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Is there cannibalism?
21 supporters
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1
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3
Yes
3
No
1
0
Pantalones
Buu turns a character into an egg and then steps on the egg, shattering it. Android 16 is blown to pieces by Cell, but as he is a robot, he doesn't die until Cell crushes his head.
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Is someone burned alive?
18 supporters
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2
No
7
Yes
6
No
0
1
Diamond10
When Vegeta is killed by Freeza, Goku buries his body. When Shenron resurrects everyone murdered by Freeza and his army, Vegeta digs his way out.
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Is there body horror?
25 supporters
Yes
3
No
0
1
Pantalones
Cell sucking the life out of people is pretty graphic. One man in particular is shown being drained of life and his body deflates. There are also several transformations that could classify as body horror. The Saiyans can turn into giant apes and other villains transform, like Frieza and Cell. There is usually bulging muscles or other contortions of the original form.
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Is there amputation?
12 supporters
Yes
8
No
0
1
TheBigGuy
The Namekian race has regenerative abilities, which has often been shown off through regrowing limbs.

For example the character Piccolo loses an arm in a fight against the saiyan Raditz, only to regrow it later.

Another Namekian Nail loses his arm while fighting the tyrant Frieza, he also regrows it.

As for non-aliens though, Tienshinhan has his arm chopped off when fighting Nappa.
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11
No
0
3
Renato
In the cell saga, Cell squashes Android 16 head.
It isn't graphic, tho
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Is there a hanging?
20 supporters
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0
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4
Yes
3
No
0
1
CrayolaColor
Though I don't recall every instance, there are several instances where one character uses a chokehold on another character during a fight.
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10
No
0
1
TheBigGuy
Recoome gets blasted in the teeth, leaving him with several missing or broken
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CrayolaColor
This happens relatively frequently during fight scenes.
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10
No
0
1
TheBigGuy
Tien breaks Yamcha's knee in mid Dragon Ball

Vegeta also has his arms broken by Android 18 in the cell saga
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Does someone have a seizure?
3 supporters
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Yes
4
No
2
Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
40 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Is there finger/toe mutilation?
24 supporters
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2
No
3
Is someone tortured?
52 supporters
Yes
9
No
1
1
Pantalones
There are several instances where characters fighting turns into a one-sided, cruel beating. Videl vs Spopovitch is pretty infamous for its brutality. Though there are plenty of other fights, like Buu vs Gohan and the Supreme Kai and probably half of Freeza's fights on Namek, that cross the line into torture.
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Does someone fall to their death?
5 supporters
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6
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0
Yes
6
No
1
1
TheBigGuy
While in his great ape form, Vegeta gets blasted in the eye by Goku. The damage isn't permanent however and is healed.
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Is there excessive gore?
45 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Children
Does a kid die?
24 supporters
Yes
14
No
1
1
TheBigGuy
In the Namek saga, the 2 Namekian children Cargo and Dende are killed at different points. Both are later brought back to life however.
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Yes
8
No
1
4
DeenGray
In Dragon Ball, Bulma flashes herself to Roshi. And Kid Goku’s penis is shown sometimes
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Death
1
CrayolaColor
This also happens a lot. Goku himself does it at least twice, once in the Saiyan saga and once in the Cell saga. Vegeta does it in the Buu saga. Piccolo does it in the Saiyan saga IIRC. Android 16 tries to during the Cell saga but isn't able to. This is probably not even all of the instances, but enough to say that it happens frequently.
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Yes
4
No
0
1
Pantalones
Many major characters have died once or more. The Dragon Balls are usually used to wish them back, though.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
6
No
0
3
CrayolaColor
A lot of the characters in Dragon Ball Z aren't human, and a lot of them die. The good guys are almost always wished back, though.
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Does someone die?
1 supporters
Yes
5
No
0
0
Pantalones
Throughout the series, the populations of whole planets have been wiped out.
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
21 supporters
Yes
4
No
3
1
OJAndToothpaste
Gohan's insulting remark to Buu is subtitled this way.
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
8 supporters
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0
No
3
Family
Yes
7
No
1
0
bbcme
The beginning of the saiyan arc (start of dbz) Goku’s child gets kidnapped.
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Does a parent die?
6 supporters
Yes
15
No
0
2
Melange Gel
They come back to life, though.
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Does someone cheat?
11 supporters
Yes
1
No
3
0
baipopaibo
In some adaptations, it is implied Yamcha cheated on Bulma, hence why they are no longer dating after the Frieza Saga.
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
13 supporters
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Yes
3
No
1
Does a family member die?
9 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Fear
Are there jumpscares?
28 supporters
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Yes
1
No
11
Yes
10
No
0
2
baipopaibo
In the Majin Buu Saga, the wizard Babadi is able to possess people like Dabura, signified with an M on their forehead. For a portion of the saga, Vegeta is under the Majin possession and goes on a rampage.
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Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
Yes
12
No
0
1
OJAndToothpaste
Aside from the examples mentioned, Gotenks can also summon ghosts for one of his attacks.
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Are there clowns?
9 supporters
Yes
9
No
0
0
Anonymous
Belmod, the God of Destruction for Universe 11, resembles a clown. This is seen in Dragon Ball Super, which redirects here.
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Are there razors?
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4 supporters
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0
No
3
Yes
10
No
1
1
Diamond10
Bulma has a couple in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Super.

Goku has a couple of bathing scenes. More as a kid in Dragon Ball. But there are a few instances of adult Goku bathing in an oil drum hot tub.

Vegeta has one in Dragon Ball Z at the beginning of the Trunks Arc.
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Are there mannequins?
4 supporters
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0
No
3
Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Does someone vomit?
57 supporters
Yes
11
No
2
1
RandomDude
During The Cell saga, Gohan kicks cell in the gut and cell audibly and visibly vomits
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Is someone eaten?
17 supporters
Yes
4
No
1
2
Pantalones
Buu turns people into food, usually candy, and then eats them.
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Does someone spit?
8 supporters
Yes
11
No
0
2
andymoo
Emperor Pilaf farts during the original Dragon Ball and blames it on one of his minions.

As for spitting, the Majin Buu saga features a villain who can turn people to stone by spitting on them.
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Is there audio gore?
28 supporters
Yes
5
No
2
1
CrayolaColor
Some of the sound effects during fights could be considered this, most often in the form of bone crunching sounds.
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
12 supporters
Yes
1
No
3
0
Pantalones
Cops are shown a few times but they are shown as wildly outclassed and useless. During the Android saga, 17 and 18 wreck up a cop's car.
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LGBTQ+
1
Nasty221
Goku is often referred to by his birthname but he doesn't mind
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Are there transphobic slurs?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Yes
0
No
3
Is there bisexual cheating?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Yes
14
No
1
1
Diamond10
A common running gag is Goku’s immense fear of syringes.
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Is there a mental institution scene?
17 supporters
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0
No
7
Yes
11
No
1
1
MysticFlames
After the Saiyan saga all the main characters are sent to the hospital to heal
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Does someone have cancer?
10 supporters
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Yes
1
No
8
Mental Health
Yes
10
No
3
1
TheBigGuy
Piccolo rips off his arm after it gets injured by Imperfect Cell, it grows back quickly though
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Is autism misrepresented?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
1
Nasty221
Possibly?? Depends on how you interpret it but one character has multiple personalities that change via sneezing. As someone with OSDD I don't mind it too much
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Pantalones
During the Cell saga, Android 16 attempts to self-destruct in the hopes of also killing Cell. However, his self-destruct mechanism was removed without his knowledge so he can't explode. He does clearly state his intention.
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Is there misophonia?
21 supporters
Yes
3
No
0
0
Pantalones
There are many scenes of Goku eating noisily. He needs more food than a human, so in these scenes, he's basically shoveling in food.
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Is there body dysmorphia?
17 supporters
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Yes
1
No
4
1
CrayolaColor
Not in these exact words IIRC but there are some instances where characters openly say they're going to do something that would kill them.

Android 18 threatens to self destruct during the Cell Saga to avoid being absorbed by Cell, and Android 16 does the same thing later in an attempt to destroy Cell, but isn't able to.
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3
No
1
0
Pantalones
There are several times during the Saiyan and Namek sagas where Gohan, who is a kid, will become overwhelmed and either freeze or begin to panic.
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
14 supporters
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Yes
1
No
3
1
IgnisActivate
It is not implied, however some main characters are shown and mentioned to eat way more than the average person throughout the entire show.
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Is there autism specific abuse?
28 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
3
lholafur32
Some characters die by using a kamikaze attack. Most are brought back though.
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Noxious
Does a baby cry?
11 supporters
Yes
5
No
1
1
andymoo
Gohan cries a lot during the Saiyan Saga after Raditz kidnaps him.
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Is there shakey cam?
22 supporters
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Yes
4
No
2
Is there screaming?
6 supporters
Yes
3
No
0
1
Pantalones
There is a TON of screaming in this show. Basically any time someone powers up, which is almost all fight scenes, there is a lot of screaming as they gather energy. There is also often screaming in rage from villains, especially when they are losing.
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Pantalones
It depends on the sub/dub. Some of them do have some swearing, such as bastard, hell, and damn. In unedited versions, Gotenks gives the middle finger once or twice during the Buu saga.
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Diamond10
A lot of energy beams are tossed around, which can give the effect of strobe lights.
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Paranoia
1
Pantalones
It's shown that Dr. Gero used tiny drones to spy on the Z fighters to learn their techniques.
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
13 supporters
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0
No
4
Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
Yes
4
No
3
1
IgnisActivate
There is no onscreen childbirth
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Are there abortions?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
1
CrayolaColor
Baby Trunks shows up a lot in the Android and Cell sagas.
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Does someone miscarry?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Does a pregnant person die?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
26 supporters
Yes
10
No
2
2
OJAndToothpaste
This is basically Yajirobe's entire existence.
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4
Diamond10
Goku has trouble early on distinguishing between genders. He will pat the crotch to determine a person’s sex. He eventually grows out of it, but is still sometimes confused on someone’s gender and will ask, such as when he meets Videl for the first time.
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Does the black guy die first?
12 supporters
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Yes
1
No
10
Yes
1
No
3
2
baipopaibo
Some dubs and subtitling of the anime include homophobic slurs, especially during the General Blue saga.
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Yes
0
No
6
Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there hate speech?
18 supporters
Yes
17
No
4
5
ToshikazuKishibe
There are racist caricatures of black people in the anime.
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6
DeenGray
Mr. Popo looks like a blackface caricature. And there are very rare gay characters who are shown as predatory
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Yes
8
No
4
2
ToshikazuKishibe
General Blue dies
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1
baipopaibo
Some dubs include ableist language.
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Are there n-words?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Race
Is there blackface?
13 supporters
Yes
9
No
0
2
jdpamv
Some alien characters resemble blackface and the appearance of a few black characters is kinda stereotypical.
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
21 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Sex
Yes
14
No
4
2
bbcme
Bulma is often sexualized for gags. Mostly in dragon ball but in z it is toned down.
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CrayolaColor
Master Roshi is usually the culprit for this, but there's also a subplot during the Majin Buu saga that involves Goku offering some inappropriate things involving Bulma to another character in exchange for his help.
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Yes
4
No
1
0
Nasty221
Just butt
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Is there bestiality?
42 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
0
Nasty221
Some characters have kids but the actual process isn't explained
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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47 supporters
Yes
3
No
8
-1
baipopaibo
In the Japanese version of the General Blue saga, it is heavily implied if not outright stated that Blue has a younger brother who he is sexually attracted to. He confuses Obatchaman for his younger brother and pursues him. This was during a time in Japan where homosexuality was popularly thought to be directly tied to pedophilia. Whether or not this is adapted in other dubs varies, but the English dubs omit this.
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Sexism
Yes
2
No
1
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Social
Are there anti-abortion themes?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Are there fat suits?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Yes
2
No
12
2
JakeMurph
It has a very happy ending
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
7 supporters
Yes
11
No
1
0
andymoo
The whole series begins with Bulma accidentally hitting Goku with her car. Later in Z, there's an episode where Goku & Piccolo are forced to take driving lessons and one of the instructors has a bad case of road rage. Hilarity ensues.
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0
Pantalones
A bus driver honks at Cell because he's blocking the road.
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Does a plane crash?
4 supporters
Yes
9
No
1
0
Pantalones
The Androids (19 and 20) shoot down Yajirobe's plane. Several witnesses comment on the burning wreckage.
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Yes
8
No
1
0
MysticFlames
Goku does multiple times but it doesnt hurt him at all
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Violence
Yes
7
No
1
0
Nasty221
Many attacks are explosive
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Is there blood/gore?
27 supporters
Yes
12
No
3
0
Pantalones
Characters are often shown with bloody lips, scrapes, and sometimes much worse in fights. Characters have had limbs torn off and holes blasted in them, too, but that's rarer. Most fights have a little battle damage blood.
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Does someone drown?
10 supporters
Yes
8
No
3
1
Diamond10
Freeza is seen attempting to drown Goku. He breaks out of it with Kaio-Ken
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
12
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Diamond10
Yes but guns are very ineffective in Dragon Ball, since characters have superspeed and can dodge easily, catch bullets easily, or even tank them with very little damage. An example is Gohan stopping a robbery. A criminal unloads a machine gun on Gohan, but he easily catches all the bullets in one hand and dramatically drops the bullets.
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