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The main character Son Goku

Dragon Ball is a manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. It was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1984 to 1995 with the 519 individual chapters also being published into 42 Tankobon volumes by Shueisha. The series was adapted into 2 separate anime series Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. It also received 2 separate sequel anime series Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super. The Dragon Ball Z anime would also receive a revised and faster paced adaptation known as Dragon Ball Kai with the intention of staying more true to the original manga. The series has also gone on to make 19 animated films, 3 live action films, 7 specials, 4 OVA's, a large number of video games and merchandise of all kinds. It is the third best selling manga in the world and is one of the most famous worldwide with its anime Dragon Ball Z being credited for popularizing eastern animation in many parts of the world and has inspired the works of many other famous manga artists.

The story of Dragon Ball follows the adventures of Son Goku who seeks to become stronger. Throughout his life he trains in the martial arts under multiple masters, meets many friends and fights many foes. Many of whom seek the mystical orbs known as the Dragon Balls which when gathered together will summon a Dragon who will grant any wish. 

Manga & Anime


Dragon Ball (Weekly Shonen Jump Serialization): November 20th 1984-May 23rd 1995. 516 issues printed 

Dragon Ball (Tankobon Release): September 10th 1985-August 4th 1995. 42 Volumes 

Dragon Ball (Kanzenban Release): December 4th 2002-April 2nd 2004. 32 Volumes

Dragon Ball (Full Color Release): February 4th 2013-July 4th 2014. 20 Volumes 

Dragon Ball Super: June 20th 2015 - present. 8 volumes

Dragon Ball (Digest Edition Release): May 13th 2016-January 13th 2017. 18 Volumes 

Dragon Ball Side Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha: December 11th 2016-present


Dragon Ball (December 20th 1986-March 4th 1996)

Dragon Ball Z (April 26th 1989-January 31st 1996)

Dragon Ball GT (Feburary 7th 1996-November 19th 1997)

Dragon Ball Kai (April 5th 2009-June 28th 2015)

Dragon Ball Super (July 5th 2015-March 25th 2018)

Dragon Ball Heroes (July 2018)


Dragon Ball - The Legend of Shenlong (December 20th 1986)

Sleeping Princess in Devils Castle (July 18th 1987)

A Mystical Great Adventure (July 8th 1988) 

Dragon Ball Z - Return my Gohan!! (July 15th 1989)

The World's Strongest Guy (March 10th 1990)

A Super Decisive Battle for Earth (July 7th 1990)

Dragon Ball: Fight! Son Goku! Win, Son Goku! (December 12th 1990)

New Dragon Ball: The Legend of Shenlong (1991) 

Super Saiyan Son Goku (March 9th 1991)

The Incredible Strongest vs Strongest (July 20th 1991)

Clash!! 10,000,000,000 Powerful Warriors (March 7th 1992) 

Extreme Battle!! The Three Great Super Saiyans (July 11th 1992)

Burn Up!! A Red Hot, Raging, Super Fierce Fight (March 6th 1993)

The Galaxy at Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy (July 10th 1993)

The Dangerous Duo!! Super Warriors Can't Rest (March 12th 1994)

Super Warrior Defeat!! I'm the One Who'll Win (July 9th 1994)

The Rebirth of Fusion!! Goku and Vegeta (March 4th 1995)

Dragon Fist Explosion!! If Goku Won't Do It, Who Will? (July 15th 1995)

The Path to Ultimate Strength (March 4th 1996)

Dragonball Evolution (March 10th, 2009)

God and God (Battle of Gods) (March 30th 2013)

Revival of F (Resurrection F) (April 18th 2015)

Dragon Ball Super: Broly (November 14th 2018)

Video Games

Dragon Ball: Dragon Daihikyō (September 27th 1986) for Super Cassette Vision

Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku (August 6th 1993) for Famicon

Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout (August 21th 1997) for PlayStation

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (November 2nd 2002) for PS2, PS3, GameCube, and Xbox 360

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (November 14th 2003) for PS2 and GameCube

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 (November 16th 2004) for PS2, PS3, and Xbox 360

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi (October 6th 2005) for PS2

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi (October 6th 2005) for PS2

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (October 5th 2006) for PS2 and Wii

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (October 4th 2007) for PS2 and Wii

Dragon Ball Z for Kinect (October 9th 2012) for Xbox 360

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (January 23rd 2014) for PS3 PlayStation Vita, and Xbox 360

Dragon Ball Xenoverse (February 5th 2015) for PS4 and Xbox One

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (October 25th 2016) for PS4 and Xbox One

Dragon Ball FightersZ (January 26th 2018)

Links to other series

Direction Series Date Description Type

4Arrow L Gamera19860110 January 10, 1986In Dragon Ball, a "Baby Gamera" is summoned to help the Muten Roshi traverse the ocean to Fry-Pan Mountain in volume 2.3


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Dr. Slump1986071 July 1, 1986Arale, along with other Dr. Slump characters, made an appearance in Dragon Ball. Young Goku is a character in the remake of Dr. Slump.1

4Arrow L Tomato, Girl Detective19861224 December 24, 1986Akai Tomato makes a cameo in the Dragon Ball anime.1

4Arrow L Dragon Quest19870303 March 03, 1987Characters from Dragon Quest appear in Volume 10 of Dragon Ball. Additionally the Hero in the American version of Dragon Quest VIII can transform to look similar to a Super Sayan, while hairstyles based on Dragon Ball characters can be used for the hero in Dragon Quest IX.1

4Arrow L Escape (manga)198876 July 6, 1988The main protagonist of Escape makes a cameo in the Dragon Ball anime.1

4Arrow L Jump Series19890215 February 15, 1989Goku is a playable character in the game.

5Arrow R Ganbare Goemon19941216 December 16, 1994Goemon has a Super Saiyan styled transformation in Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijūrokubē no Karakuri Manji Gatame and Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon.3

4Arrow L Superman19971126 November 26, 1997A character named Sourman, a parody of Superman, appears in the show.3

5Arrow R Segagaga20010329 March 29, 2001A parody of Dragon Ball called "Borazon Ball" is featured within Segagaga.2.5

5Arrow R Taiko no Tatsujin20021212 December 12, 2002Taiko no Tatsujin 4 and later games in the series feature music tracks from Dragon Ball.2

5Arrow R Kyutai Panic Adventure!2003 2003Dragon Ball characters are featured in Kyutai Panic Adventure!1

4Arrow L Mario20030617 June 17, 2003The box for Super Mario Kart can be seen in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II.

4Arrow L Zelda20030617 June 17, 2003Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II features an appearance of a The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past cartridge.

4Arrow L Metroid20030617 June 17, 2003The box for Super Metroid can be seen in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II.

4Arrow L Yoshi20030617 June 17, 2003The box for Yoshi's Island can be seen in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II.

4Arrow L Final Fantasy20030617 June 17, 2003The box for the North American Final Fantasy II can be seen in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II.

5Arrow R Nekomajin200402 February 2004Goku, Vegeta, and Majin Boo all appear in the manga.1

5Arrow R The Fairly OddParents20040703 July 03, 2004In the episode Channel Chasers they go to the show Maho Mushi, a parody of Dragon Ball.3

4Arrow L Star Wars2004914 September 14, 2004In Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, Admiral Ackbar is seen in the audience.1

5Arrow R Donkey Kong20050317 March 17, 2005The theme from Dragon Ball Z is featured in Donkey Konga 3.

5Arrow R Battle Stadium D.O.N20060720 July 20, 2006Goku is a playable character in the game.1

5Arrow R Mortal Kombat20061011 October 11, 2006Mortal Kombat Armageddon features the hairstyle and shirt of Dragon Ball's Goku in Kreate a Fighter mode.



One Piece20061225 December 25, 2006"Cross Epoch" is a crossover between Dragon Ball and One Piece.1

5Arrow R Lucky Star200756 May 6, 2007Konata sings Cha-La Head-Cha-La, opening of Dragon Ball Z,Konata's books has the Kame School of Martial Arts Symbol2

5Arrow R One-Punch Man2009 2009Several characters in One-Punch Man are designed as parodies of Dragon Ball characters.3

5Arrow R Scribblenauts20090915 September 15, 2009A synonim for the Monocle object in Scribblenauts is "Over Nine Thousand".3

4Arrow L Kajika20121020 October 20, 2012Characters from Kajika make cameos in Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission.1

5Arrow R Assassination Classroom20130204 February 04, 2013In Chapter 29 of the Assassination Classroom manga, Koro-sensei imagines Goku and Raditz from Dragon Ball Z, a scene later reproduced in Episode 11 of the anime. One of Koro-sensei's clones is seen cosplaying as Goku in Episode 6 of the anime.2



Toriko20130407 April 07, 2013Toriko has a crossover with Dragon Ball in a One Piece crossover.1



Jaco The Galactic Patrolman20130713 July 13, 2013Jaco and Dragon Ball Tie in with eachother.1

5Arrow R Pop Team Epic2014 2014There are references to Dragon Ball Z in the Pop Team Epic manga and anime.2

4Arrow L Naruto20140123 January 23, 2014 In "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z" Goku can wear clothes from Naruto.2

5Arrow R Puzzle & Dragons20140602 June 02, 2014As part of two special collaboration events, Puzzle & Dragons featured a dungeon with creatures from Dragon Ball Z.1

5Arrow R Boyhood20140711 July 11, 2014Two kids watch DBZ in the movie Boyhood.2

5Arrow R Steven Universe20141213 December 13, 2014There are several references to Dragon Ball Z in the Steven Universe episode "Garnet's Universe".3

5Arrow R Dota20150710 July 10, 2015An immortal item for Ka'el the invoker resembles Son Goku's first super saiyan form. In the description box, there's a reference about the "it's over 9000" joke.3

5Arrow R Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir2016110 January 10, 2016The villain Kung Food bears resemblance to Goku in his first Saiyan form from Dragon Ball Z.3

5Arrow R Pokémon2017921 September 21, 2017In the episode "TBA", Jigglypuff drew four stars on Staryu, which resembled the four star ball from Dragon Ball.3

5Arrow R Nostalgia Critic2017117 November 7, 2017The Nostalgia Critic reviews “Dragon Ball Evolution”.2