How Well Do You Know Dragon Ball?


Dragon Ball and its subsequent follow up show, Dragon Ball Z, are regarded as some of the best anime of all time and have given decades worth of entertainment to readers of the manga as well as fans of the animated series.

The show follows a young Saiyan named Goku who trains and studies the art of fighting and shows an incredible amount of courage and pureness of heart, becoming an ideal role model for kids who grew up watching the show. In Dragon Ball, we watch a young Goku learn what it means to be human as he meets new friends, learns valuable life lessons, and begins to unlock his full potential as a Saiyan warrior.

Dragon Ball Z continues this trend of character development with Goku as the show makes a tonal shift towards combat and fighting as Goku and his friends begin to take on incredible foes in battles that last for an extended number of episodes, some of which last for hours. These extensive fights led to fan edits of the series that kept the core elements of the show but shortened episodes and watch time for fans who wanted to enjoy the best that the series had to offer and became known as "Dragon Ball Abridged."

The series has brought a lot of joy to fans in the form of manga, anime, toys, and video games that let players replicate the intense fighting action the series is known for. Whether a lifelong fan or newcomer, Dragon Ball has something for everyone.

Question 1

Which animated film is canon in the series?

Dragon Ball Z has an incredibly wide range of films that span decades from their creation and distribution and include many fan favorites like "Bardock- The Father of Goku" and many others, however a majority of these films are not canon, meaning that they exist parallel to the stories of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Some of the films have been adopted into the canon of the series after receiving critical acclaim. Of the films listed below, which one is in fact canon in the series?

Question 2

How many stars are on Goku's Dragon Ball in the first episode?

Inside of Goku and his grandfather's home in the first episode of the Dragon Ball anime as well as the manga resides a small spherical object known as a Dragon Ball. Each ball has a set number of stars on it. Goku claims that the ball was a gift from his grandfather and is surprised to hear Bulma say that there is in fact more than one Dragon Ball in existence, prompting him to collect the rest of the balls with his new companion.

Question 3

What is Goku's power level when Vegeta scans him with his scouter?

This classic scene from the show received meme fame for its perfect encapsulation of the show's overly dramatic dialogue and animation scheme. In the scene, Vegeta and Nappa have traveled to Earth in order to hunt down the character Goku, but he meets them with a formidable level of resistance which prompts Vegeta to use his scouter apparatus to scan Goku for his power level and led to the creation of one of the earliest memes and timeless catchphrases of fans around the world.

Question 4

Which species reproduces by releasing an egg from their throat?

The Dragon Ball series is known for having a wide variety of species, from humans to aliens and each one of these groups have their own unique dynamics and culture. Animals talk and dress in anthropomorphic ways and the spirit world is one that exists parallel to the living one. With all of this in mind, there is one species that consists solely of men due to the asexual nature of their reproduction that consists of the male ejecting an egg from their mouths.

Question 5

What is the name of the first episode of the Dragon Ball Anime?

The name of the first episode varies depending on where it was first distributed, but this question refers to the English dub release that came in the mid-90's. In this episode, viewers were introduced to a tough and resilient young boy named Goku who has seemingly lived his life away from the world of humans under the care of his recently deceased grandfather. After meeting a young girl named Bulma, the two agree to go on a quest to collect all of the Dragon balls together.

Question 6

When did the first episode of Dragon Ball air in the US?

Adapted from the popular manga first introduced in Shonen Jump, the series followed the journey of a young boy with a mysterious tail named Goku as he completes chores and leads a small and humble life. The series would go on to spawn an entire animated saga that consists of animated cartoons, movies, video games, and so much more. Eventually, the series would be localized and translated into both a subtitled and dubbed version for English speaking audiences that would lead the series to an even larger fan base and critical acclaim.

Question 7

What is the name of the actor who voiced Goku in the English Dub?

Outside of Dragon Ball, this person is a notable voice actor in the entertainment industry. For example, he is doing voice work for the upcoming superhero fighting game Injustice 2, where he will voice Black Adam. In the Nintendo fighting game, Super Smash Brothers, this actor voices the Pokemon character Lucario. Fans loved the fact that Lucario's super move final smash in the game Super Smash Brothers Brawl for the Nintendo Wii resembled a Kamehameha in the form of a large energy wave blast.

Question 8

Dragon Ball is based on a long running manga series. How many chapters are in the Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z saga?

In total, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z have a 42 volume complete set, each containing collected chapters from the series. The original issues of the manga focused on Goku's mostly comedic adventures until the scope of the series changed and shifted to a more action oriented saga. In comparison to the anime, the manga has a few notable changes, including more revealing nudity from characters, especially female characters like Bulma. The manga can be purchased most commonly in the small paperback format and is receiving a new series based on the Dragon Ball Super Saga.

Question 9

How Many Times has Goku Lost His Tail?

It is common knowledge that a Saiyan gets a tremendous amount of power from their tails and that this additional prehensile appendage allows them to not only utilize it in combat and everyday tasks, but also allows the Saiyan to transform into their Great Ape form, granting them incredible power and strength. If a Saiyan loses their tail, they can no longer transform into the Great Ape. As a child, Goku does not know the origin of his tail or why other humans don't have tails themselves.

Question 10

What is the Name of Broly and Goku's Fusion Form?

In the series, fusions are an important aspect of fighting between Saiyans, human characters, and many other species. The process of a fusion consists of a fusion dance or other similar method that results in two combatants joining forms to create a superior fighter capable of exponentially increasing the battle capacity and skill of the individual fighters. Fusions will often take place at a critical point in a battle when combatants realize that the only way to take down a foe is by joining forces in cooperation.

Question 11

How Many Dragon Balls Are There?

Dragon Balls are mystical artifacts in the world of the series and hold great power once all of them are collected. After gathering every one of them and summoning a dragon of great power. The summoner can have a wish granted, which can be anything they desire, be it the resurrection of a fallen friend or for the world's most comfortable pair of underwear (looking at you Oolong). After the wish is granted the Dragon Balls are dispersed across the planet and hidden, where they remain dormant for one year until revealing themselves again.

Question 12

Who is Vegeta's son?

Excerpt from the Dragon Ball Wiki "Regal, egotistical, and full of pride, Vegeta was once a ruthless, cold-blooded warrior and outright killer, but later abandons his role in the Frieza Force, instead opting to remain and live on Earth, fighting alongside the Z Fighters; all the while striving to become the universe's most powerful warrior, specifically with the mission to defeat and surpass Goku in power.His character evolves from villain, to anti-hero, to a hero through the course of the series." In the show he has two children, one who is listed below

Question 13

How does Chiaotzu attempt to stop Nappa?

From the Dragon Ball Wiki "Chiaotzu is an Earthling who possesses a few different traits than most, such as plain white skin and red cheeks. Like Krillin, Chiaotzu does not have a visible nose and is quite short in height. Chiaotzu has a single, wiry hair on his head, only seen after he removes his hat. His outfit throughout the majority of the series consists of the entire Crane School uniform. By the second half of the Vegeta Saga, however, he ditches the robe for a white tank top. In the Majin Buu Saga, like Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu wears a blue Hanfu (Han Chinese-style) robe with a white cloak and pants, and though he wears a Mongolian-style hat in the manga, he keeps the Crane School cap in the anime."

Question 14

What race does Piccolo belong to?

Piccolo is a strong, lean, green mean fighting machine, but don't get him confused with the Hulk! Piccolo begins in the comics as an adversary to Goku and eventually becomes an ally and permanent member of the series where he receives major levels of character development and his own story arcs. His species' trademark ears and antenna kept underneath his head wrap mark him as a highly intelligent and skilled warrior and tactician, making him a threat for any foe.

Question 15

What is the name of the creator of Dragon Ball?

This man is known primarily for his work on the Dragon Ball series but has made a name for himself as a groundbreaking creator in the world of anime, spanning a wide variety of books and games. He has been involved in the creation and writing in some of the films and has gone on to help create popular video game franchises based off of his work. Odds are, if you have seen art that resembles his work, he probably had a hand in making it a reality.

Question 16

What is the name of the 2009 live action film based on the Dragon Ball series?

It seems that live action adaptations of beloved franchises are of two categories: runaway success or catastrophic failures. Sadly, this film based on the Dragon Ball Z series belonged to the latter and was bashed by critics and fans alike for its utter mediocrity. Ranking among the likes of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" or the live action Super Mario Brothers film, this trainwreck of a movie showed fans and the world that sometimes it's best to leave a good thing alone.

Question 17

What channel did Dragon Ball Z air on in the US?

From Wikipedia (Dragon Ball Z) "Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of the protagonist Goku who, along with his companions, defends the Earth against an assortment of villains ranging from intergalactic space fighters and conquerors, unnaturally powerful androids and nearly indestructible creatures. While the original Dragon Ball anime followed Goku from his childhood into adulthood, Dragon Ball Z is a continuation of his adult life, but at the same time parallels the maturation of his sons, Gohan and Goten, as well as the evolution of his rivals Piccolo and Vegeta from enemies into allies."

Question 18

What is the name of the wish granting dragon that is summoned after all the Dragon Balls have been collected?

In the mythology of the dragon ball universe, this character arises from slumber after the collection of all the Dragon Balls to grant the wish of whoever summons him. His short temper and great stature make him an intimidating sight to behold and his first appearance in the anime cements this idea. When Pilaf summons this dragon, he is frozen in awe at the sight and unable to ask for his wish, at which point Oolong saves the day by keeping Pilaf's wish for world domination un-granted.

Question 19

Who is Akira Toriyama's favorite character in the series?

Akira Toriyama, who you may remember from a question earlier in this quiz, is the renowned artist of the Dragon Ball series and has created an incredible amount of characters. With that being said, of course fans, critics, and interviewers all want to know who his favorite character was. Could it be Goku, the main character in the series and the first character readers were introduced to or maybe some of the other fan favorites listed below? What do you think?

Question 20

What substance is inside of a Dragon Ball?

From the Dragon Ball Wiki: "The Earth Dragon Balls are about 7.5 cm (approximately 3 in) in diameter, and they summon a dragon named Shenron. They were created by Kami, and later re-created by Dende. Shenron can grant a wish within its powers as long as it does not create love, repeat a wish he previously granted, surpasses its creator's power, and meets a few more restrictions. Legitimate wishes include eternal youth, immortality, bringing back a scorched forest or even an annihilated planet. Also, it is possible to return a person to life, although only if they meet certain criteria, like dying of unnatural causes or within the time-frame of a year (half a century according to the Ocean Dub), and each individual can only be brought back once."

Question 21

What is Frieza's Father's name?

From the Dragon Ball Wiki: "Frieza is one of the villains in the series who possesses an entire range of transformations, each one being quite different than the others. His forms seem to revolve around both western and Japanese concepts of demons. According to an interview done by Shonen Jump with Toriyama, Frieza's final form was purposefully made to look small and less menacing: Toriyama wanted to go against the expectation that villains and monsters become bigger and meaner looking the stronger they are."

Question 22

In episode one of the anime, what does Goku throw at the sabertooth cat?

During his trip to find something to eat, Goku makes a quick rest stop in the forest before continuing on his journey. Around the same time, a large sabertooth cat is also making its way through the jungle. Goku unknowingly throws something at the cat angering him and causing him to give chase. Surprisingly enough, the cat is no match for Goku, who is able to display his incredible speed and fighting capability by tricking the cat into running off the edge of a cliff.

Question 23

What is the name of Goku's father?

From the Dragon Ball Wiki: (edited to hide answer) "Goku's father is a low-class Saiyan warrior, the husband of Gine, and the father of Raditz and Goku. He makes his debut as the main protagonist of a 1990 TV special. His childhood until his early years in adulthood is unknown, but he is shown to lead his own squad into battle, and they are very successful in accomplishing their assignments. He is an adept fighter and a devoted Saiyan Army soldier under Frieza's Force, until he realizes that Frieza plans the annihilation of the Saiyan race."

Question 24

What is the highest Super Saiyan Level?

From the Dragon Ball Wiki: "Super Saiyan is an advanced transformation assumed by extraordinarily powerful members and hybrids of the Saiyan race in the Dragon Ball franchise, though there have also been occurrences of other races or individuals taking on their own versions of the form. Humans (of Saiyan heritage) in Dragon Ball Online can also assume the transformation by wishing to have their dormant Saiyan powers unlocked." Once entering this state, power and strength is increased exponentially and results in fatigue and more energy required for each additional stage in the state.

Question 25

Where do the marks on Krillin's head come from?

From the Dragon Ball Wiki: "Krillin is a supporting protagonist in the Dragon Ball manga, and the anime series Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super. Krillin had a brief rivalry with Goku when they first met and trained under Master Roshi, but they quickly became lifelong best friends. One of the most powerful and talented Human martial artists on Earth, Krillin is courageous, a faithful ally and good-natured. He is a prominent Z Fighter, despite usually being overpowered by the major enemies."

Question 26

How Old is Majin Buu?

From the Dragon Ball Wiki: "Majin Buu has many forms, all of which are linked below. However, each form has a different personality and goals, essentially making them separate individuals. All of Majin Buu's forms are simply referred to as "Majin Buu" in the series, but the various forms get their common names from various Dragon Ball Z video games." Like the article states, Majin Buu exists in many different forms, ranging from Kid Buu to Mr. Buu and many more in between.

Question 27

What is Android 18's real name?

From the Dragon Ball Wiki: "Android 18 is the twin sister of Android 17 and Dr. Gero's eighteenth android creation, designed to serve Gero's vendetta against Goku. While her interests do not initially deviate from this expectation, her curiosity to activate Android 16, in spite of Gero's orders not to do so, leads Android 17 to take it upon himself to murder Gero. Eventually, Android 18 becomes a member of the Z Fighters, as well as the wife of Krillin and the mother of their daughter Marron."

Question 28

What was Goku's name before he came to Earth?

From the Dragon Ball Wiki: "In the beginning of the series, as a 12 year old, Goku is rather short, and his appearance can actually trick his age, with some considering him to be much less than 10 years old, and get rather surprised when they hear his actual age. During the next few years, Goku did not present many physical changes, other than his muscles becoming more pronounced. It wasn't until his first growth spurt between the age of 15 that he became almost indistinguishable from before, and was only recognized by his naive personality and "trademark" hairstyle.

Question 29

Super Saiyan 3 is a more beneficial state because of which enhancement?

From the Dragon Ball Wiki: "Super Saiyan 3 is the third form of Super Saiyan and the successor to the second transformation. Goku was the first to achieve the form, and was able to do so after several years of vigorous training in Other World. Gotenks later achieves this form through the power of Trunks and Goten's fusion and Goku's example. In video games, Vegeta reaches the form through a combination of extreme rage and rigorous training, and Broly achieves his version of the form through a large Zenkai."

Question 30

Cell does not have cells from which character?

From the Dragon Ball Wiki "Cell was the ultimate creation of Dr. Gero, who came from a future timeline, designed to possess all the abilities of the greatest fighters to have ever inhabited or visited Earth; the result was a "perfect warrior", possessing numerous favorable genetic traits and special abilities. He was one of the few Red Ribbon Androids not directly completed by Dr. Gero; he was completed by Dr. Gero's Super Computer. He is the titular primary antagonist of the Cell Saga, taking the role Android 17 and Android 18 had been destined to play."

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