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Z-Fighters

Dragon Ball A cult classic franchise created by Akira Toriyama
First published in 1986, Dragon Ball has spawned three anime adaptations, many video games, millions of merchandise, and is ever expanding. The series follows the adventures of the Z-Fighters as they battle against adversaries with megalomaniacal beliefs. But at the heart of the series, is central protagonist Goku who is on a quest to become stronger and protect his beloved ones. Dragon Ball is basically the Godfather of modern anime, as it has inspired other influential franchises such as Naruto, One Piece, Bleach and many other manga's themes to be laid out for. Dragon Ball is also known for making it's journey to the west, connecting anime and manga to the United States. Dragon Ball is a household name for all it's contents and respective properties. The manga has over 52 volumes and currently three anime adaptations (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super) and a new series under development, that follows the journey of the next generation of Z-Fighters. Even to this date, it ranks as one of the greatest animanga series in existence.

StoryEdit

Dragon BallEdit

The series begins with a monkey-tailed boy named Goku befriending a teenage girl named Bulma, whom he accompanies to find the seven Dragon Balls, which summon the dragon Shenlong to grant the user one wish. The journey leads them to the desert bandit Yamcha, who later becomes an ally; Chi-Chi, whom Goku unknowingly agrees to marry; and Pilaf, an impish man who seeks the Dragon Balls to fulfill his desire to rule the world. Goku then undergoes rigorous training regimes under the martial arts master Kame-Sen'nin in order to fight in the Tenkaichi Budōkai (天下一武道会?, "Strongest Under the Heavens Martial Arts Tournament"). A monk named Kuririn becomes his training partner and rival, but they soon become best friends.

After the tournament, Goku searches for the Dragon Ball his grandfather left him and almost single-handedly defeats the Red Ribbon Army and their hired assassin Taopaipai. Thereafter Goku reunites with his friends to defeat the fortuneteller Baba Uranai's fighters and have her locate the last Dragon Ball to revive a friend killed by Taopaipai. At the Tenkaichi Budōkai three years later Goku and his allies oppose Kame-Sen'nin's rival and Taopaipai's brother, Tsuru-Sen'nin, and his students Tenshinhan and Chaozu. Kuririn is killed after the tournament and Goku tracks down and is defeated by his killer, Piccolo Daimao. The samurai Yajirobe takes Goku to the hermit Karin, where he receives healing and a power boost. Meanwhile, Piccolo fights Kame-Sen'nin and Chaozu, leading to both their deaths, and uses the Dragon Balls to regain his youth before destroying Shenlong. Goku then kills Piccolo Daimao, who, just before dying, spawns his son/reincarnation Piccolo. Karin then directs Goku to Kami-sama, the original creator of the Dragon Balls, to restore Shenlong and revive his slain friends. Goku trains under Kami for the next three years, once again reuniting with his friends at the Tenkaichi Budōkai, where he narrowly wins against Piccolo Jr. before leaving with Chi-Chi to keep his promise to marry her.

Dragon Ball ZEdit

Five years later, Goku is a young adult and father to his son Gohan, when Raditz arrives on Earth, identifies Goku as his younger brother 'Kakarrot' and reveals to him that they are members of a nearly extinct extraterrestrial race called the Saiyans (サイヤ人 Saiya-jin), who sent Goku to conquer Earth for them, until he suffered a severe head injury and lost all memory of his mission. Goku refuses to continue the mission, sides with Piccolo, and sacrifices his life to defeat Raditz. In the afterlife Goku trains under the North Kaiō until he is revived by the Dragon Balls to save the Earth from the invading Nappa and Vegeta. In the battle Yamcha, Chaozu, Tenshinhan, and Piccolo are killed, and the Dragon Balls cease to exist. Kuririn and the galactic tyrant Freeza learn of another set of Dragon Balls on planet Namek (ナメック星 Namekku-sei), whereupon Bulma, Gohan, and Kuririn search for them to revive their friends and subsequently the Earth's Dragon Balls, leading to several battles with Freeza's minions and Vegeta, the latter standing alongside the heroes to fight the Ginyu Force, a team of mercenaries. The long battle with Freeza himself comes to a close when Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan (超サイヤ人 Sūpā Saiya-jin) of legends and defeats him.

A group of Androids (人造人間 Jinzōningen?, "Artificial Humans") created by a member of the former Red Ribbon Army, Doctor Gero, appear three years later, seeking revenge against Goku while Future Trunks arrives in the past to warn the Z-Fighters of the menacing threats of the killer machines. During this time, an evil life form called Cell also emerges and, after absorbing two of the Androids to achieve his "perfect form," holds his own fighting tournament to challenge the protagonists. After Goku sacrifices his own life to no avail, Gohan avenges his father by defeating Cell.

Seven years later, Goku, briefly revived for one day, and his allies are drawn into a fight against Majin Boo. After numerous battles, including destruction and re-creation of the Earth, Goku destroys Boo with a Genki-Dama (a sphere of pure energy drawn from all intelligent beings on Earth) and wishes for him to be reincarnated as a "good person." After the destruction of Kid Buu, Majin Buu fits in with the society of Earth and the Z-Fighters try to live a peaceful live. The final scene of the series is Goku and Vegeta fighting in a World Martial Arts Tournament while the other Z-Fighters witness their glorious battle.

Dragon Ball NextEdit

Two years have passed since the decimation of the evil Majin Buu. Goku, Vegeta, Pikkon, Kibito Kai, a reformed Raditz and Grandpa Gohan are assembled together as a rag-tag team of fighters to oppose against the rising fraction of the Demon Plane and hell who has been illicitly trafficking souls of the deceased to break the curse needed to resurrect the entity of chaos, Janemba. In midst of this, Frieza, Babidi and Adolf Hitler try to regain their physical bodies back through sneaking their ways into the privileged Royal Army. Their drama leads to an all-out war, that causes the erasure of the entire Saiyan race, and most of the inhabitants of Hell and also Heaven, and in midst of the confusion, the Chaos Incarnate is successfully revived, who cuts the thread between the spiritual realm and the physical realm and grasps absolute dominion over the territory, prompting the Spirit Warriors to desperately team up with some of the bad guys to overrule their mutual opposition, leading to the rebirth of fusion through Gogeta, and the reincarnation of the Other World after the thread is reconnected by the Kais, and ultimately, Raditz sacrificing himself to drag Janemba down with him to the plane of nothingness. Later onwards, Frieza tricks everyone into granting himself the title of the new ruler of Hell after his memories are tampered with by the Elder Kai so that he keeps out of the physical world.

At the same time when the previous events occur, Goten and Trunks secretly board a self-steered Capsule Corporations experimental shuttle and they accidently draw in Tien with them. They have an unexpected collision onboard after Jaco relentlessly pursues after them and they end up getting knocked out. They awaken to find out that they have been integrated into a distant galaxy, in Planet Feste, in a slave market bidding. After tracking down the location of the Capsule Corps shuttle, Bulma, Krillin, Android 18, Piccolo and Jaco go to rescue them. But they are already rescued by the vigilante Tapion, and the heroes get to know that Feste is under the absolute rule of Bojack, a powerful being who possesses the seal of a cosmic dragon, and who had been once sealed away by Frieza a long time ago. Piccolo and co. reunite with Goten and co. Seeing that Bojack and his forces greatly outmatch their power and that they have no possible way of communication, they device a heist plan to infiltrate their main headquarters, and turn Bojack's empire's main arsenal against themselves. This leads to a full scale war, with Goten and Trunks battling Bojack's minion Bujin, 18 fighting Zanya, Krillin fighting Bido, Tien fighting Kogu, while Piccolo and Tapion go against Bojack and the cosmic dragon Hirudegarn, with the end results of Tapion's race to be freed, and Bojack's empire to be nullified, however at the cost of Tapion's sanity, who is killed by his own race.

Long ago, the merciless Saiyans had exterminated the Tuffle race, however, the once valiant Abe and his elite mercenaries are saved through being cryogenically preserved as a last ditch effort, while their genetic experimentations of getting new levels of power entirely through the Saiyan's Zenkai boost system lead to their activation. They spent years in the other galaxies acting as mercenaries and killing powerful foes to upgrade their own power and gather new reinforcements and tracking down the Saiyans. After killing off Tarble, they hear about two Saiyans thrashing Bojack's empire, they are able to trace the Saiyans in Earth and attempts to terraform the planet into a new Tuffle world and getting their revenge on the Saiyans. Although Abe's elite forces are taken care of by the other Z-Fighters, Abe battles Goku and Vegeta, and is able to defeat them. Vegeta convinces Abe that his lust for vengeance has cost him his sanity, apologizes and begs for mercy, a sign that the prince has never shown his entire life. Regretting his actions yet overcome by hatred for the Saiyans, despite having the edge over the Saiyans and their families, he chooses not to kill them, and forgives them and helps the Z-Fighters from saving the planet from the planet destroyer World Engine. After the resurrection of Tarbon and his family, Abe depowers himself using the same tech that powered him and proceeds to leave Earth, never being heard of again.

Dragon Ball SuperEdit

The God of Destruction Beerus has awakened from his long slumber and he informs his attendant Whis about prophesizing about a Super Saiyan God that is capable of matching his own divine power. Thinking that maybe this Super Saiyan God can bring out the seals put on his true power by combat, he becomes obsessed with finding this figure. After a lot of deduction and solving, he goes to King Kai's planet upon scouting Goku's energy and finishes him off with a flick of a finger. Dissapointed to see that he isn't the Super Saiyan God, he travels to Earth and crashes Bulma's birthday party to challenge Vegeta and the half Saiyans to a duel. However, Vegeta, aware of Beerus' power, stalls him successfully with some delicacies before Beerus gets triggered due to Majin Buu's stubborn attitude. Beerus causes a commotion and the Z-Fighters fight back, as well as Vegeta, who fully activates his uncontrollable Super Saiyan 3 transformation but Beerus still stands tall and right before all hope is lost, Goku arrives.

He uses the Dragon Balls to summon Shenron and wish to know about the Super Saiyan God, who informs them that a deity had once impregnated a Saiyan woman long back, leaving the blood of the deity within the Saiyan bloodline and in order to attain the so called 'Super Saiyan God' form, one must possess the blood of the God and undergo the Hafuri Ritual where five other Saiyans are required who are needed to share their willpower, spiritual energy and lifeforce together to create a pathway through which a donation of divine ki is required which will channel all the fundamental necessities into the worthy one who will become the Super Saiyan God.

Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Goten, Trunks and the unborn daughter of Videl and Gohan participate in the Hafuri ritual aided by the unfused Shin and Kibito as well as Beerus who share and infuse their divine ki and integrate it within the pathway. The worthy one turns out to be Goku, much to Vegeta's dismay (technically meaning that Goku and Vegeta are distant half-brothers) who now possesses the ability to sense divine ki, wield supernatural forces, transcend the laws of physics and be one with his body and spiritual self. He battles Beerus but ultimately loses after he drops out of the form. Beerus decides to spare Earth, and he reveals that Whis is his teacher, and that there are twelve universes in all, and they are inhabitants in Universe 7 whose twin universe is Universe 6. After leaving Earth, Beerus admits that he only used 1/3 of his true power, which is finally starting to be unlocked once again.

Goku and Vegeta undergo training at Beerus' homeworld. After experiencing the power of the Super Saiyan God, Goku is able to tap into his spiritual roots and utilize God Ki again. An infuriated Vegeta essentially goes through mental and emotional torture after being thrown into a suffocating airless vortex of darkness, where he faces his biggest nightmares and is able to gain access to his bloodline and spiritual roots and combine them together to gain the powers of the God however they are not fully able to access the true states of the God and can only reach a pseudo state.

A Destroyer God, Brand, arises from banishment. Apparently holding a grudge against Beerus of Universe 7, he realizes that seals have been put into his true power. Over the course of the next months, the Galactic Patrolman faces off against multiple catastrophes that seem to be originating from the same organization which represents itself as the Cult. The Cult seems to have recruited followers of other Destroyer and Shin pupils from other universes who seem to be under mind control. A pupeteered heavy attack destroys multiple planets in the universe which infuriates Beerus, before he is distracted, and his homeworld is destroyed. Beerus realizes that Brand has returned. Goku and Vegeta are trapped in the rubbles of Beerus's shattered homeworld where they battle much of Brand's goons who are infested with corrupt divine ki. Beerus and Brand meet each other again after an eternity. After a short battle with Beerus, Brand unlocks 2/3 of his power, and uses his magical abilities to get hold of Whis' staff. An endless time loop is created while Goku and Vegeta try to intervene. Brand reveals that he is one of the banished Gods in the destroyed 6 universes, and he is as powerful as an Angel since he is both a Destroyer & a Creator who took care of all divine affairs in his destroyed Universe 15 and had a hand in the destruction of six other universes. His enmity between Beerus led him to Universe 7 where most of his powers were stolen and drafted within Whis' staff. Before being banished and put into a seal, he planted his seeds between many races of the universe, including the Saiyans whose dominant personality made them capable of being able to pass on some of the godly blood.

Successfully, Whis breaks the time loop, only for the angel, Goku, Vegeta and Beerus to enter a very different reality, where Brand has become the God of the Universe, with Whis becoming his angel, and everyone including a powerless Beerus bowing to him. In this reality, Goku and Vegeta have been killed as well as the Z-Fighters and Brand has artifically created the two perfect Saiyan warriors, Paragus & Aspa who can utilize God Ki. Realizing that the timelines have not been altered, rather the very dimension has been cloned, Whis realizes that they have exactly 12 hours before the original reality withers away from the Fabrics of the Multiverse, and this becomes it's replacement, and they must kill Brand whose original self is still present before the time runs out. A war in Brand's homeworld breaks out, and both Goku and Vegeta battle Paragus and Aspa. By combatting them, they learn to tap into some extent of their Super Saiyan God powers and overpowers them. Whis and Beerus battle the new dimension's incarnations before they team up to kill Brand, but the time runs out before they can, since the planet implodes. However, before it does so, Whis is once again able to cause another time loop that goes on like a chain. Whis obliterates this reality before the time loop causes another reality to form, which Whis obliterates as well, this cycle repeats itself endlessly, until they reach to their original reality. Beerus is still unwilling to admit to Goku that a higher power than all the Destroyers exists.

Champa, the Destroyer God of Universe 6 and his attendant Vados comes to Universe 7 and they inadvertently end up causing a big hassle, and they end up deciding to create a tournament between the mortals of the two universes to decide who gets territory over the meeting points of the twin universes. The Universe 7 team consists of Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Majin Buu and Android 18 who will be facing off against Universe 6's Hit, Frost, Renso, Magetta and Botamo. Majin Buu drops out of the tournament for failing the written test. 18 thrashes Botamo and narrowly defeats Magetta but she loses to Frost, who subsequently wins against Piccolo by fradulent methods. Vegeta forces Piccolo to quit so that he can finish off Frost by himself. A long and tumultous match occurs, which leads to Frost's many scandals to be revealed, and Vegeta defeating him. Vegeta later faces off against Renso who has the first three Super Saiyan transformations to his use, although he ultimately loses. Vegeta's overconfidence leads him to lose the edge to Hit in the next match who uses his time-skipping abilities to bypass all of Vegeta's moves, whose godly powers come to no use against the legendary hitman. Goku steps in, and learning from Vegeta's mistakes, a battle between the divine energy powered Saiyan warrior and the legendary assassin ensues. Goku grows in power and abilities as he fights the powerful assassin, and unlocks the Super Saiyan God form. Goku and Hit decide to have a full on rematch with no restrictions, and unexpectedly Hit steps out, unwilling to be someone else's pawn, and Universe 7 wins. The entity that is at the utmost position of the multiverse, Zen-Oh, appears and fascinated, announces that he would like to organize a tournament revolving around the twelve universes soon.

The next story is a parallel saga taking place ten years ago in Universe 6. Renso is a young and optimistic Saiyan who has trained since the age of 3 and had reached staggering levels of power from such an early age. However, after the death of his single murder, who had went through fits of insanity, he is left in shock. Midst, the Tuffles engage in war with the Saiyans, that tangles the young Saiyan in midst of all the violence. Renso forms a unit consisting of Commander Cabba, the mentally challenged Kale (who had been abused in her childhood and has become obsessed with Renso as a result of him saving her and giving her a hope in lifetime of nothing but violence) and some other powerful Saiyans to fight against the Tuffle warriors, while another unit led by rookie Caulifla fights back too. This saga also revolves around the Army General Cress and his personal struggles of treachery and how it all ties into the war. All three colliding stories tie up together, while the Tuffles completely bring Planet Sadala under control and destroy all means of communications and transporation. Renso discovers the truth about his mother from Cress and how she had been sexually abused by her father in her childhood, and later by her now-deceased husband, who had negatively influenced her, leading her to turn into prostitute who became of low-worth and accidently learned about General Cress' secret plans during a hired private session and ultimately assassinated before gathering all info about her. It is also revealed that because of Cress' mistakes, the Tuffles were able to garner a strategy to invade the Saiyans.

After this realization through a conflict with the Tuffles, Renso reaches a new level in anger and reaches a state of insurmountable power, that makes him the first person in U6 to unlock the Super Saiyan transformation, and finish off the strongest Tuffle warrior, the assassin, Tone during a face-off with him and Cress, while Caulifla and Cabba's units rejoice to knock off the Tuffle brigade and get a source of communication to contact the Mighty Acrosian Frost's Empire who lend them soldiers as assistance. Cress personally battles the Tuffle king Shima and defeats him before commiting suicide. The war ends as Frost himself appears to make peace. The result is Kale being traumatised once again, with Renso 'leaving her to die' in tumbles of boulder (in actuality, Renso was too enraged and out of his mind while fighting against Cress and Tone, and he believed that Kale had perished). Caulifla realizes the flaws of mankind and horrifics of war, and resigns the army, and rescues Kale, and leaves the planet, thinking that their problems won't ever mend. Cabba's legs are permanently damaged and he is forced to resign the army. Renso decides to still honor his mother who tried her best to give him a proper life, and decides to reform and join the Saiyan military to maintain galactic peace and also to 'avenge Kale's death,' something he will hold as his ultimate failure. It is also revealed that Frost had influenced the Tuffles to invade the Saiyans at the first place, and upon realizing that they were losing, he had turned on the Tuffles to gain the support of the Saiyans, who he saw new potential in. The Saiyan empire start to rebuild their nation from start.

In the present, Universe 10's Kai Gowasu and the mentally unfit Zamasu, his on-hold apprentice struggle to hold their positions while the savagery of the mortals overrule their mental conditions, and increases Zamasu's hostility against typically any sort of mortal or human and makes his belief of the uprising of a more superior race through a restart to be more firm, despite Gowasu's attempts to convince him to change his broken philosophy that was set in piece after the violent War of Roses, that took between the mortals and the Kais, that cost all of Zamasu's friends and family to be killed without return. Also, Zamasu's continuous observation of mortals around the multiverse caused him to set his eyes on Son Goku from Universe 7.

A year after the tournament, Future Trunks returns to the past after his timeline falls into the threat by a mysterious but menacing individual that bears the exact same appearance of Goku, and goes by the name of Black. Through multiple investigations, including travelling back and forth the future twice, connecting dots with other universes, time rings, tracing ki appearances, digging up Gowasu's past, and even reversing back time, it is revealed that a paranoid Zamasu, who is actually a Makaioshin by parentage, becomes obsessed with Goku whose selfishness influences the Destroyers to change and mortals to start possessing insurmountable power, leading to Zamasu killing Gowasu, become a Supreme Kai, steal his Potara Rings and use the Namekian Dragon Balls to swap minds and energies with Goku to use him as a poster boy for his twisted sense of justice.

After failing to stop Goku Black and his ally, a future counterpart of Zamasu on Trunks' timeline the first visit to the future even after training with Vegeta, Future Trunks trains with Whis in the World of Void which is timeless and Trunks is able to control God Ki at some extent. They go back a second time after Beerus destroys the present Zamasu, only for them to be beat down even more with all the surviving humans to be killed, except for Future Mai and some refugees. Zamasu and Black also reveal their hidden agendas and their newly developed sadism and penchant for destruction and their hidden lust for rampage. Future Trunks sends Goku and Vegeta to the past while he tries to defend the two fiends who decides to stop fooling around and finish them off. However, he unlocks a pseudo Super Saiyan God form, and holds the two fiends off, while Gowasu and Shin come to their aid as well. Goku learns the Mafuba and Vegeta trains even more in the Time Chamber.

They return for the third and their final possible time with Bulma. Vegeta surpasses Black and Zamasu is nearly sealed into the Mafuba, however the two villains reunite and as a desperate measure, they fuse together using their earrings and a shockwave destroys Shin's earrings. Goku and Vegeta make haste of Gowasu's earrings, despite the fact that it possesses a time limit on mortals. Vegito vs Merged Zamasu ensues. The sheer scale of the fight causes the Earth to start crumbling. As Vegito's time limit is running out, he transfers his remaining energy to Future Trunks, who, is successfully able to calm his mind, attain tranquility and utilise his godly energy to obtain Super Saiyan Blue without reverting back. With the power comparable to that of three Super Saiyan Blue Gods, Future Trunks battles a power-stressed Zamasu. After a tiring beam battle, Future Trunks slices Zamasu into half and blasts him far away, which forcefully splits their fusion. Black is horrified and betrays his own counterpart by stealing off his energy and escaping using the Time Ring.

The future fighters rejoice and surround Zamasu, whose immortality is the only thing keeping him alive, even in a body that can't regenerate anymore and even move, which makes him unable to cast off his physical form to transcend to a higher level. A maddened Zamasu makes them aware that all the remaining refugees have died. A traumatised Trunks is enraged but before he can finish off Zamasu, the planet starts to crumble. The fighters escape back to Goku and co's timeline but the planet is obliterated. They return to the future where they see that nothing of Universe 7 survives. A horrified Trunks and Mai are escorted back to the main timeline, where he and Mai are held in a meeting between Universe 7, Universe 10 and advising universes 6 and 3, adjourned by the Grand Priest, with their respective Destroyer Gods and Kais present, making decisions on what to do about the number of intergalactic laws broken and the interference in time and space. Shockingly, Beerus defends Future Trunks and Mai, and Gowasu accepts all responsibility.

The end result as a cause of Grand Priest's decisions is the creation of the Time Patrol organization whose main base of operations is in the destroyed main timeline of the deceased future people, with Trunks and Mai as their representatives. Whis helps them scout refugees from the other destroyed universes to expand their team. Future Trunks will be responsible for the oversight of other timelines and also to ensure no more interferences in time and space is caused, and as well as to remove the threat of Black in other possible timelines, and also to ensure that no oppositions from parallel timelines reach their timeline (Super's timeline) Also, they will not be able to see the Z-Fighters ever again. Gowasu's title as a Kai is stripped off for a year. After a tear-jerking goodbye to the Z-Fighters, Trunks and Mai decide to atone for their sins and failure and redeem themselves by hunting down Black and saving the people from the other timelines which they couldn't save in their own.

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