The Top 10 Most Awesome Moments in Dragonball Z

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I complained last time. Time for something a bit more awesome.

More than a month ago I spent some time really reefing on DBZ by coming up with 10 big plotholes. To follow this up I decided to dig up 10 more plotholes worth mentioning. And all this despite my noted love of the series. “Why all the hate?” I thought. The series made me so happy, but what was it that made me so happy? I decided I needed to make the easiest top 10 list yet: The Top 10 Most Awesome Moments In DBZ.

10. The Incredible Fighting Candy:

Candy for breakfast? Not candy, Vegitto in yo' face!

Late in the series, Buu had managed to fight and defeat every single fighter in the show. He was deemed unbeatable. The solution? Fuse Goku and Vegeta, creating Vegitto, the strongest character of the series. While the fight itself is pretty great, the moment where it goes from “great” to “completely awesome” happens when Buu transforms Vegitto into a piece of candy. This would be about the point that we’d think the fight’s over. And then the piece of candy beats the pink out of Buu, going so far as punching a hole through the back of his throat. Just to see this unbeatable fighter schooled by candy is fantastic.

9. Vegeta vs Android 19:

"Here, let me tear your hands off for a moment."

The introduction to the Androids was a big one for me. I was incredibly excited to hear about these super deadly enemies that had destroyed the future, so when I finally got the chance to see what they could do, I was expecting a lot. Seeing Goku get beaten by Android 19 was crazy to think about, so when Vegeta showed up and not only transformed into a Super Saiyan, but also tore its hands off, I was pretty psyched. Only Vegeta could demonstrate his awesomeness like that.

8. Super Saiyan 3 Transformation:

"I shall now be requiring you to just hand me your butt so that I may kick it."

I could never get enough segments of characters powering up to new levels, so when Goku started talkin’ ‘bout a third Super Saiyan transformation, I was intrigued. By the time everyone mentioned that he’d have to be crazy to even attempt something like that, I was sold, so when he began the extended period of powering up, a period that would have destroyed the planet anyway, I couldn’t be happier. Heck, they could sense Goku’s power all the way on the World of the Kais, the furthest possible point away from Earth. That’s power.

7. Gohan Beats the Tar Out of Super Buu:

You don't want to see this face staring at you in the middle of a fight.

Characters had taken some pretty good shots at Buu at his various stages, with Vegeta blowing him to bits and Gotenks messing with the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack and whatnot, but no one gave Buu a run for his money. Enter Mystic Gohan and his line, “Fight you? No, I wanna kill you.” Ooh, chills. So the fight begins and Buu does zero damage to Gohan. Gohan, however, beats Buu stupid, stuffs a mouth blast back into Buu’s face, and hits him with an elbow before Buu even appears from his “vwing.” It’s really hard to top that, but we’re not even at the top 5.

6. Trunks Ends Frieza:

"No, I think I'll just slice you in half. That sounds good. K Thx Bye."

Frieza was a serious threat in the series, so when Goku managed to beat him down there was a great sense of accomplishment. But then Frieza reappears stronger than ever on Earth with his father and no Goku in sight. What chance does Earth have? You can’t beat Frieza unless you’re a Super Saiyan, so who’s gonna fight Frieza? Enter Trunks, a Super Saiyan from the future with a wicked sword and a Burning Attack. Frieza stalls the battle a bit, but by the time Trunks catches Frieza’s giant Death Ball and holds it over his head, you just knew it was all over. And then he hacked Frieza into pieces. Kudos to you Trunks.

5. Goku vs The Ginyu Force:

I think originally Goku was supposed to just kick them into the sun.

The entire battle with the Ginyu Force was a favorite of mine as Gohan, Krillin, and Vegeta had only managed to kill Guldo, the weakest member (and they did it with a cheap shot). Recoome managed to seriously waste Krillin and Vegeta, and then snapped Gohan’s neck with a kick. It was all over, ‘til Goku’s ship lands on Namek. The battle stops for a moment while Goku shows up, reads everyone’s minds, and decides to beat Recoome with one elbow to the gut. Jeice and Burter double-team Goku and manage to prove that Goku was forever going to be the only really important character from here on out. I still love the original American-dub line from Jeice: “Make a move!” *Goku punches him dead in the nose. That’s classic.

4. Super Saiyan Transformation:

Correction: This is the face you don't want looking in your direction in a fight.

I started watching DBZ right as Frieza hit his final form. I watched it every day after school and complained to my dad about how stupid the show was when he got home from work. A few weeks went by and I was nearly ready to stop watching. And then Goku transformed into a Super Saiyan. There was no going back; DBZ was now the greatest show of all time. The moments leading up to the change, with Piccolo’s sacrifice and Krillin’s death, just added to the whole scene. Watching Goku quivering with rage was eerie, so when he exploded into a Super Saiyan, oh boy was I pleased. The beating that ensued was worth the wait.

3. Goku vs Vegeta Energy Blast:

This is one of the most iconic images of the series for good reason.

You could argue that the quintessential fight of the series was Goku and Vegeta’s first encounter during the Saiyan Saga. The fight itself showed what a one-on-one fight would look like from then on in the series, but the moment that pushed things higher was Vegeta’s Galick Gun colliding with Goku’s Kamehameha. They were dead even, so Goku pushes harder by going to Kaioken times 2, 3, and eventually 4. I was freaking out as a kid from this thought since I knew that just a regular Kaioken had the potential to make Goku explode. Times 4?! Only Goku.

2. Gohan Destroys 7 Cell Juniors Instantly:

Oops, you're totally dead sucka.

The Super Saiyan 2 transformation was okay, but it didn’t have the punch I was expecting. The previous episode was devoted to all the Z Fighters getting their butts handed to them by Cell Juniors, even Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks, while Gohan and Cell just watched. Finally, Gohan hits the breaking point and changes into a character worth respect with his first action as a Super Saiyan 2. Namely, he destroys all 7 Cell Juniors in a few minutes by punching and kicking them in half. He hits them so hard they explode. Holy something or other, that’s awesome.

1. Goku’s Instant Transmission Kamehameha:

G'nite, you're not getting up from this one. Except, well, then he does.

Okay, you can argue with me forever about this, but my favorite single fight of the series is Goku vs Cell, specifically the episode “No More Rules.” The high point of the episode, the saga, the series, and this list comes at the very end of the episode when Goku shoots into the air and begins charging a Kamehameha. Everyone looks at him like he’s crazy since firing a Kamehameha straight down at Cell would result in the Earth begging blown up. Cell laughs at Goku. Even Goku’s friends and family think he’s just joking. Then Goku keeps charging up, getting ready to fire. Suddenly everyone’s not laughing, they’re terrified, even pleading with him not to do it. The camera pulls back as Goku struggles with the energy before disappearing with Instant Transmission, reappearing directly in front of Cell. Cell looks down, completely unguarded and surprised, as Goku unleashes a full-powered Kamehameha at point-blank range to Cell’s torso, blowing Cell’s entire upper-half off. The series should have ended right there as it couldn’t top that moment of Beyond Awesome.

So there’s my list dedicated to my favorite show of all time. I left a lot of cool moments off the list, like Goku’s Spirit Bomb, Vegeta blowing himself up, Nappa owning everyone, Super Vegeta vs Imperfect Cell, or any number of perfectly acceptable entries for a top 10 list. So what were your favorites? I want to know. I got a great helping of responses to the plot holes, so what do you guys think were the best moments? Leave a comment and make this DBZ fan proud.

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39 Comments

  1. My top five DBZ moments
    5. Goku’s Instant Kamehameha
    4. Death of Raditz and Goku via Special Beam Cannon
    3. Vegeta’s Final Flash against Cell
    2. Tien’s Tri-beam against Cell “I might just be a pothole in the road to you big guy, but it’s going to be one heck of a deep pothole!”
    1. Vegeta’s Atonement from when he knocks out Goku to when he sacrifices himself

  2. The series should have ended with vegeta blowing himself up. Then the final scene should have been the start of he vs goku in the otherworld tournament

  3. I think the best moment in DBZ is when Vegeta uses Atomic Explosion nd blows himself up to kill Majin Buu. When he says goodbye 2 trunks its probably the saddest part in all of DBZ (When Piccolo dies in GT its really sad too). Even in the Buu Saga game for GBA its super sad when Vegeta kills himself. Another awesome moment is Tien’s neo tri beam on Cell. Probably the coolest thing Tien does in the series. Hercule’s retirement in GT is really cool too. Hercule was always one of my fave characters cuz he was 100% normal but still stood up to Cell Kid Buu and Baby. Not only that but he convinced everyone on earth to give all their energy for the spirit bomb on kid buu,convinced them that the world was gunna explode and they needed to leave the planet in GT, and convinced them that he had beaten cell and kept the Z fighters’ identities a secret. Even tho Majuub kinda throws the fight its really cool how the champ gets to end his career on a high note (his statue in the last episode in GT is EPIC).

    Also I think its funny how Vegeta gives the 2 biggest ass beatings in all of DBZ. Vegeta v. Imperfect Cell and Vegeta v. Android 19. Vegeta just beat the tar out of them and was so badass when he did it.

    P.S. I love your lists dude keep up the good work

  4. My Top 10 Most Awesome Moments: (Mostly Cell Saga coz Animations Superb)
    1. Full Power Super Saiyan Goku vs Perfect Cell: Greatest Fight of All Time!!!
    Sharp and defined animation fighting style
    2. Ascended Super Saiyan Vegeta vs Perfect Cell: Final Flash: Neat Artwork
    3. Trunks Ascending to Ultra Super Saiyan:Great Transition from DB to DBZ
    4. Ultra Super Saiyan Trunks vs Perfect Cell: Impressesive use of Filler Illustration
    5. Vegeta Ascending to Ascended Super Saiyan: Fluid and stole the show
    6. Tienshinhan’s Neo-Tri Beam vs Sepi Perfect Cell
    7. Android 16 vs Imperfect Cell
    8. Piccolo vs Imperfect Cell: Light Grenade was remarking DBZ’’x excellence
    9. Goku vs Trunks : Goku’s being tested…
    10. Gohan’s upgrade to Super Saiyan in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber

  5. Hi! It’s me again…I’ve just Posted on the FILLER PORTION IN MY Opinion…. As For the TOP 10 AWESOME MOMEnts….as for me…the awesomeness of DBZ juz Doesn’t consist of Animation… MUSIC… INTENSITY Of VOICE Acting….EVERYTHING..Counts… Well….Im talking on the Japanese Version…. In Regard to this…i feel The COMPLETE AWESOMENESS CAME to the SHOW after The CELL SAGA…..Im not Talking on the Fights…but The MOMENTS….I JUz WANt 2 Make MYSELF CLEAR…… It WAS WHEN GOku RECUPERATED AND MET EVERYone Regarding His TRAining In THE HYPERBOLIC TIME CHAMBER…. His PRESENCe REAlly…. Adds an Extra Dimension to The Plausibility Of the SHOW…. Next…Piccolo’s Vain But AWESOME LIGHT GRENADE ATTACK to Cell…followed By 16’s HELL”s FLASh…Then, Cells Transformation to Semi-Perfect was Also GOOd…..Well… AWESOME…As iT was RAW…and Organic….Then….Tien’s Neo-Tri Beam repeated Attack was Good and Goku’s Arrival On Time To SAVe TIEn and Piccolo Besides….his First Encounter and SPEECH towards Cell Was AWESOME…. VEgeta’s Transformation Into The ASCENDED SUPER SAIYAN WAS AWESOME as well…..since finally….The FANs CAN Witness what DOES The LEVEL oR STAGE WHICH LIES BEYOND THE Super SAIyan…. LOOKS LIKE…..VEGETA FINALLY DISCLOSES IT….. HIS VERY FIRST LOOK in That FORM EVEn MADE MY dad ASTOunding…THAT’S DBZ!!!!! Later….his BRUTAl Fight with Cell in the Episode Namely “HOUr OF TEMPTATIOn” AWESOME…..ATOMIC BLAST..and Blasting Cell Into The WATEr was Spectacular ShowCAsing The Talents Of the Japanese Animators…. As For Next, TrUnks and Vegeta’s Brief Fight was GOOd Before the Desperate AND AWESEOME ATTEMPTS of CELL By Blinding EVEryone using The SOLAR FLARE…was Awesome…before an Even More AWESOME TRAnSFORMATIOn to PerFECT!!!!! AT That Time….GOku’s Training in The TIME Chamber With GOHAN And The Point THAT GoKu LAUnCHES KAMEHAMEHA WAVE TO GOHAN in WHICH HE RETAliateS With HIS New FOUND POWER AS A SUPEr SAIyan AS A RESULT OF HIS ANGER WAS AWESOME!!!!!! VEGETA’s FINAL FLASh WAS SUPERb…with FLUid ANIMATion and MUSIC AND VOICE ACTING…..besides Trunks ASCENDING TO ULTRA SUPER SAIYAN and Battling PerFEct Cell in the episode “SAVing THROW” and ‘Ghosts From Tommorow”…… Finally…I wanted to save the Best or the Ultimate For LAST…..GOKU FULL POWER SUPER SAIYAN VS PERFECT CELL ::: BEYOND AWESOMENESS::::: The EPISODE GOKU VS CELL, NO MORE RULES and THE FIGHT IS OVER Really satisfy and worth for every DBZ Fan AND HARD-CORE GOKU Fan like ME…… I HAVe NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE the MOMEnt….. EQUAlly MAtCHED FIGHT:::: 50:50:::: WHICH IS A RARITY IN BDZ AND BEYOND AWESOMENESS!!!!!!
    IN SHORT:::: EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE MENTIONED HERE IS IN THE ORIGINAL JAPANESE VERSION, ANIMATION,VOICE ACTING,INTENSITY,PLOT UNFOLDING AND EVERTHING AS I FEEL IT WAS AND ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE ENG VERSION…..READ MY POST ON THE Filler TO KNOW THE REASONS…..

  6. DBZ was a success mainly for The CELL SAga… What a show!!! Mystery…Desperation…Attempts….which are in vain…sufferings….plots for success….. Whew!!! everything was smartly tied by mastermind Akira… Cell was simply being violent… aggresive…and….tough opponent….i mean TOUGH.. i started with Piccolo’s AWESOME LIGHT GRENADE…in vain …16’s AWESOME HELL”S FLASh…failed…Tiens GREAT NEo-TRI BEAm…Failed..but fortunately save by Goku… Next up, Vegeta, Awesome Atomic Blast…continous ki beams to cel….OUTSATNDIng…next,..Final FLASh….in vain..still AWesome… Trunks Ultra SUper Saiyan Transformation….Awesome…Equal Fight…Finally, my Favourite Full-Power Super Saiyan Goku’s entire fight in the AWESOME EPISODE namely NO More Rules and Fight IS OVer….I CAught My Breath… SIMPLY BEYONG IMAGINATION AND AWESOMENESS…. i told my self after watching this episode how talented the Japanese animators are..mainly the cameramen and action choreographer…Besides great Voice acting (The Japanese Version). I honestly feel that it has more intensity and the “FEEL” required for each word…sentence…transformation…etc…even the music…BGM of Japs were better….as during the Trunks transformation into Ultra Super Saiyan ANd Goku’s Fight with Perfect Cell.. especially the Kamehameha when goku launches the attack on cell…Well, Sean Schemell’s voice was the only one that was good…i mean that honestly… trunks….krillin….even gohan…were not…the words were not striking as they do in Japanese Version and The Music/ SOngs in Eng Version has No Soul in it as when Gohan became Super Saiyan 2…All in all. DBZ will always stay in my heart….one of the greatest masterpiece of Akira toriyama…and i will surely…remake….or redo…the entire series once again….in several years time…with best animation….and even ….good musics….honestly…i will succeed!!!! To those that are willing to help me, pls e-mail at thilieph.thilieph@yahoo.com…By the way…im staying in Malaysia…and by reading my post….you should know how much impact Akira’s show had its impact not only on me…but my entire nation….Thx!!!!!

  7. In my point of View… everthing on Da LIst WAs RIght …Im Not Sayin It WROng… Juz SOme ExtraS HEre:

    Piccolo Vs 17 as it was really epic… especially the non-stop punching to test the pain contest….

    Piccolo Vs Imperfect CEll: Piccolo’s really great….he blasts cell off with The AWESOME LIGHT GRENADe…but sadly… didn’t work…But Still….its awesome…

    Android 16 Vs CEll : 16 uses the HeLL’s Flash After A suprise attack and both combo were awesome

    Tien Vs Semi PErfect CEll : Tien’s Tri Beam is really Magnificent… Tahats the reason Why i loved him other than krillin… He was Willing to sacrifice himself….

    Ascended Vegeta Vs CEll : Super Vegeta was simply toying around with Great blasts to cell into the Water especially in the episode “Hour of Temptatin” and blasting Cell using the Atomic Blast

    Vegeta’s Final Flash : Simply Awesome… Even My bro loved it

    Ultra SUper Saiyan Trunks Vs Perfect CEll : Man…. What a fight… I mean…. in the episode of saving throw and ghosts from tomorrow… My dad Simply loves it..

    Full Power SUper SAiyan Goku VS PErfect Cell: GreATEST FIGht: One Of the best Fighst of Goku… ” NO MORE RULES”and “THE FIGHT IS OVER” Every AttaCKs are INternatIOnal Standards!!!!

    Im SIMply Referring to all Fights which are really… REALLY AWESOME AND SUPERB VISSUALly….im saying not the manga….the anime and the animations of those that i have mentioned CAN NEVER BE COMPARED TO EVEN THE ANIMATED SHOWS OF TODAY…. I SIMPLY LOVE CELL SAGA……..GREATEST

  8. Honestly, Goku VS Cell was THE GREATEST BATTLE EVER with SUpERB ANimatiOn, FLuiD ACTIOn SEQUENCES and music… The best ATtack ever WILL be The INStant TRANSMISSION KAMEHAMEHA. Goku is da best! In his FULL POWER SUPER SAIYAN STATE….he is definetly Stronger than any other saiyan…. BUt JUZ SLIGHTLY less than Cell. CEll on the other Hand is a remarkable Foe!!! and Kudos To AKIRA For such a scientific and Innovative approach Towards the Villain for DBZ… It would have been screwed if the androids were vs goku and vegeta and other Z fighters.

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  10. What? Not Vegeta in his pink t-shirt, the rest of the Z-fighters laughing hysterically, and Vegeta shouting: ‘Stop that or I’ll blast you all’?

  11. The best moment in the whole series is Super Saiyan Vegeta’s Final Flash to Perfect Cell and Cell just stands there and take the whole blast like it wasn’t going to do anything. The whole episode is Vegeta charging up and the music synced with his blast. (English ver.)

  12. I agree with the “Cell Games Movie” shown at the tournament. I thought it was brilliantly done, especially how they included the little joke “Waves and Rocks! A Waves and Rocks Production” right before the movie.

  13. PuppetDoctor on

    When Gohan went SSJ2 in the Japanese version (at the end of the episode I forget what the episode name was) it was really cool because of the song. In the Dub version his transformation sucked but then in the episode after when they showed Gohan transform again it was just meh.

    When Gohan killed all those Cell Juniors it was really cool. So I got to agree that, that would be on my list.

    Alright, my favorite moment in Dragon Ball Z will probably seem ridiculous to some people since it isn’t even an action scene. However, it would be during the World Tournament Saga when they fly in the blimp and show the re-creation of the Cell Games. I found it to be hilarious how they had those little masks on and the terrible voice acting. The first time I saw it I was LMAO. Although, that may qualify as Top 10 Funniest moments of DBZ.

    So as for favorite moment it would probably be when Vegeta said to Trunks “I never hugged you did I son” or he said something along those lines. Then he knocked Trunks unconscious right before sacrificing himself. Second moment would be when Vegeta realizes he will never surpass Goku.

  14. I personally think that the moment is right before vegeta goes to fight majin buu. That to me was the turning point in vegeta’s good career. Basically the moment from when he karate chops the back of goku’s neck up until he blow’s himself up. My favorite part there is when he says to piccolo “Will I see that clown goku in other world?” And piccolo says “I’m not going to lie to you, Vegeta, although the answer may be difficult for you to hear. This is the truth. Goku devoted his life to protecting the lives of others. Because of his selflessness, when he died, he was allowed to keep his body and travel to King Kai’s Planet. You, on the other hand, have spent your life in pursuit of your own selfish desires. You’ve caused too much pain. When you die, you will not receive the same reward. and to that vegeta pauses and then reply’s “Oh well so be it.” And then goes and makes the ultimate sacrifice!

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