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Fan Art Feature: Dragon Ball Z

Mon Oct 10, 2016, 10:00 AM
Og-preview by seoul-childThis Dragon Ball Z fan art’s power level is over 9000! #dbxv2
Imperfect Cell Close-Upby carapau
Majin Vegeta recoloredby carapau

In 1996, a couple of years before the rise of Pokémon in the United States, an animated television series that had been in syndication in Japan since 1989 made its U.S. debut.

Eventually the show was dubbed into multiple languages and aired in many countries across the globe. It went on to become one of the most recognizable cultural fixtures in TV history. Today the phrase Dragon Ball Z conjures images of spiky hair, crazy alien monsters, orange outfits, and intense nostalgia in the minds of many—even those who have never seen the show. Back when it originally premiered however, the series’ place in history was far from assured, and it went through an intense journey to claim its space in the cultural zeitgeist and in the hearts and minds of those who call themselves fans.

Dragon Ball Z, as true followers of the series are already aware, is a sequel to the earlier series titled Dragon Ball. While Dragon Ball Z follows the journey of Goku as an adult, its predecessor told the story of his childhood. Both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z first appeared in print as mangas printed in Japan, before being adapted to Japanese television. The show then spread far and wide, creating a worldwide network of fans and followers.

My Childhoodby KHAN-04
Dragon Ball Zby kotecarvajal
SSJ Son Goku color commissionby carapau

Dragon Ball Z’s broad appeal is no mystery.

‘90s kids probably remember getting lured in by the show’s zany humor and second-to-none action sequences, but the show took on themes such as the meaning of good and evil, the sometimes-blurry line between friends and foes, and even the significance of life and death. Given the show’s ability to take on heavy subjects and always deliver a compelling narrative, it’s also not difficult to see why the show appealed to more mature audiences, or why it has so much staying power.

It’s nearly impossible to overstate the cultural impact that Dragon Ball Z has had since it began. The Dragon Ball Z universe includes 15 films and over 100 video games worldwide, and there’s been no shortage of Dragon Ball Z action figures and apparel created over the years. The series lives on in pop culture to this day, most famously in the form of the Over Nine Thousand meme. One of the show’s central characters, Vegeta, famously utters this phrase when checking Goku’s power level. A clip featuring the line made its way to the internet long after the scene made its U.S. television debut, and quickly became recirculated, repurposed, and remixed to fit any especially intense moment. It also became a stand in and internet inside joke for anyone trying to describe or hyperbolize large quantities. Of course, part of the humor is that while 9,000 isn’t a miniscule number, it’s not that large when it comes to describing things like money earned in a lifetime (i.e. “Bill Gates is the richest man on earth, he must have over 9,000 dollars!”).

While the Over Nine Thousand meme has extended the reach of Dragon Ball Z to people who’ve never seen or heard of the TV show, the series has solidified itself has one of the best loved, most influential animes ever to grace the screen. With that in mind, here’s a gallery of some of DeviantArt’s finest Dragon Ball Z fan art, tendered as a tribute both to the legendary television show as well as its tenacious fans who will continue appreciating it and drawing on it as inspiration for their own creative projects.

DBZ: Son Familyby Risachantag
Hey Vegeta, How Many Pageviewsby brandokay
Daily Paint #1025. Kakarot vs. Radish - DBZby Cryptid-Creations

You can take control of my mind and my body, but there is one thing a Saiyan always keep… his PRIDE!”

— Vegeta

dragon ball zby Capocyan-Arvin
Live Action Trunks SuperSaiyanby Rider4Z
Dragon Ballsby THEprophetMOSES

I would rather be a brainless monkey than a heartless monster.”

— Goku

Vegeto Super Saiyan perlerby Birdseednerd
Dragonball Z: Fathers and Sonsby Risachantag
DBZby ChrisCold

We can’t give up just because things aren’t the way we want them to be.”

— Piccolo

It’s Over 9000by Hellknight10
Piccolo and Cell Dragon Ball Zby Sersiso

Relive the Dragon Ball story by time traveling and protecting historic moments in the Dragon Ball universe

Dragon Ball XenoVerse 2 is releasing for Playstation 4 and Xbox One on October 25th, 2016, and for PC (Steam) on October 27th, 2016.

Your Thoughts

  1. Who is your favorite character from the Dragon Ball Z universe? What makes that character special to you?
  2. Have you ever had your own personal Over 9000 moment?
  3. Answer in the comments below.

Raise your power level by enjoying Dragon Ball Z fan art from the DeviantArt community in preparation for the new Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2!
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Opai-Exedra Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, it took me a while to get here, but I'm gonn'a approach this as best as I can.

1) I'd have to say Vegeta's my favorite Character, largely because I like what he is; a berserker from space with pride in his heritage and skills, who's come out of his master's shadow to shine in his own right, and now had a nerdy-hot wife and two great kids to live and fight for.

2) Well, my real "over 9,000 moment" hasn't come yet, (spoilers) but I did get a pretty close approximation when I saw that someone had an "Opai-Exedra" collection in their favorites. Not quite "over 9,000" but pretty close, let's call it a "world martial arts champion" moment. (end of Dragon Ball/Start of DBZ)
Wujeeta Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I Want To Die
SonicRegularShowFan1 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
The power level of these fanarts: Vegeta (Over 9000) [V2] 
T4coCat Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally agree.
SonicRegularShowFan1 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
Of course.
LATIFFY Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a tie between Piccolo and Vegeta :3

Time to time most of the dbz characters impress me or makes me laugh.c:
januk15 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
He is proud and would never bow down to anyone(well except to beerus)
astaraisme Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
1. Goku!! He's the main character and he's just godlike 
2. We've all had one of those :P
PlaystationAllStars Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. Goku because i am mainstream
2. My personal over 9000 moment: Defeating Dark Souls
IloveNickToons Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016
1.My Favorite is Trunks, because he's a Freaking FUTURE WARRIOR!  How Awesome is that?!

Oh, and I even loved him as a Child. :3

2.When my Friend was way better in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 than me and played it for the first Time. (Now I would beat him! :D)
ghostnxs Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Gohan, I think he had the best character development out of the whole show. 
mr10channel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ghostnxs Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
T4coCat Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even Piccolo have his un-dodgable moments....
mr10channel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, right?
T4coCat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even if he always tell Gohan how to dodge... Genius Piccolo
mr10channel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Gohan will learn to dodge. In the Buu saga.
T4coCat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah.... Or later..... Or in the Cell saga..
MOOFAMDEEZ Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
but as we all know... the true savior of Dragon Ball Z. is our Lord and Savior the Demon God Dumplin.…
A-Very-LIT-Candle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
MORIPPIN Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing drawings! Heart 
FireHeartsHeartburn Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
emperor pilaf
Kingadam24 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
CastASlur Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This old post was suppose to celebrate 25 years of Dragonball. Not a game.
TheSmashWaffle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why can't we have something like this for Pac-Man? After all, Namco owns Pac-Man
563blackghost Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea like for its 35th year, should've done a celebration.
Wujeeta Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because Pac Man 3 isn't coming out that's why
Hmm... Haven't watched DBZ since 2011, but as for #1 I'd choose Vegeta. He's awesome and I just love when characters are kind of a mix of both good and evil. As for number 2 I haven't (yet). 
And by "haven't watched DBZ since 2011" I mean that was when I was like 13 or so, so I don't remember but bits of it.
Aqua-The-Smiter Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
#1. SHENRON! Dragon <3!!!!
#2. Not yet.
jalett Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. For me it is clear: Goku. One of the best male anime character ever. Good, strong, smart, amusing and handsome... Goku has it all. Perfect! Vegeta is independent and great character too, but for me he is a little too grumpy. Other characters are interesting too and play important role in whole DBZ. Still, it is Goku who makes all story cool.

2. Hmm... No. Wink/Razz 
Azure-Dragon-Seiryu Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
My favorite character in Dragon Ball Z is Goku
Not really 
mamc1986 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
My favorite character will always be Zarbon.  He's an enigma, more-so than people probably realize, I feel that he's more than just a vain guy. 
yuki-oto Featured By Owner Edited Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. My fav character is Piccolo cos he's like a second dad to Gohan xD
2. None that I remember .3.
snow-puppers Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't watch this show.....facepalm +LUHAN - Embarrassment (Emoticon) 
Nekis311 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
1. Bardock. The way he goes out really shows some of the heroism Goku inherited.
2. None as of now really.
artmaster1324 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
soooooooo cooooooooollllllll
JimsterTheFurrizard Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And ma over 9000 moment is when stood up to a bully and he went down
JimsterTheFurrizard Featured By Owner Edited Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My fav character Vegeta why he a badass
ChosenMii Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Student General Artist
The DBZ anime is 20 this year!?
UltraSaiyan419 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorite franchises, second, respectively, behind Star Wars. Hell, I've even been working on a fanfiction of my own for about three years now.
TheDragonGod1 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this show! My fav since my childhood, I'm proud to be one of the 90s kids! Psn- TheDragonGod2012, I have Dragon Ball Xenoverse!

My favorite character is Gohan, why, because I know how it is to struggle and yet come to fulfill my potential!

My over 9k moment - It would be finishing the game I am creating!
ELLRarte Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Student General Artist
1) I like Trunks of the future, it's special because he come from the future and he is Trunks! I also really like C17 and C18 cyborg because in reality they are not completely cyborg they have feelings
2) No fortunately for the others no XD 
bowieeldra Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
very nice...
Zanheer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
As a kid, it was all about Gohan, as I get older I love Vegeta more and more. So motivated.
Bilncllo12 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist
SakuraHaruno1315 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
My favorite has always been Goku himself. He makes me laugh. ^^
And I don't think I've ever really had an over 9,000 MOMENT because I always fucking overuse it. Hahaha.
BaloraXD Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very coooooolllll
xPandayx Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
PurpleHazeDaze Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Goku, absolutely. The mans been one of my childhood heroes growing up
vickyxiao219 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Absolutely Piccolo! He is so adorable with a beautiful heart and a handsome face! Yep, I think he is handsome and much more impressive than Saiya Jins! 
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