Dragon Ball Z picks up five years after the end

of the Dragon Ball anime, with Goku as a young

adult and father to his son Gohan . A humanoid

alien named Raditz arrives on Earth in a

spacecraft and tracks down Goku, revealing to

him that he is his long-lost big brother and that

they are members of a nearly extinct

extraterrestrial race called the Saiyans (サイヤ

人 Saiya-jin ? ). The Saiyans had sent Goku

(originally named “Kakarrot “) to Earth as an

infant to conquer the planet for them, but he

suffered a severe head injury soon after his

arrival and lost all memory of his mission, as

well as his blood-thirsty Saiyan nature. Goku

refuses to help Raditz continue the mission,

which results in Raditz kidnapping Gohan. Goku

decides to team up with his former enemy

Piccolo in order to defeat Raditz and save his

son, while sacrificing his own life in the process.

In the afterlife, Goku trains under King Kai until

he is revived by the Dragon Balls a year later in

order to save the Earth from Raditz’ comrades;

Nappa and the Saiyan prince Vegeta. During the

battle Piccolo is killed, along with Goku’s allies

Yamcha, Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu, and the

Dragon Balls cease to exist because of Piccolo’s

death. Goku arrives at the battlefield late, but

avenges his fallen friends by defeating Nappa

with his new level of power. Vegeta himself

enters into the battle with Goku and after

numerous clashes Goku manages to defeat him

as well, with the help of Gohan and his best

friend Krillin . At Goku’s request, they spare

Vegeta’s life and allow him to escape Earth.

During the battle, Krillin overhears Vegeta

mentioning the original set of Dragon Balls from

Piccolo’s home planet Namek (ナメック星

Namekku-sei ? ). While Goku recovers from his

injuries at the hospital, Gohan, Krillin and Goku’s

oldest friend Bulma depart for Namek in order to

use these Dragon Balls to revive their dead

friends. However, they discover that Vegeta’s

superior, the galactic tyrant Lord Frieza, is

already there, seeking the Dragon Balls to be

granted eternal life. A fully healed Vegeta arrives

on Namek as well, seeking the Dragon Balls for

himself, which leads to several battles between

him and Frieza’s henchmen. Realizing he is

overpowered, Vegeta teams up with Gohan and

Krillin to fight the Ginyu Force, a team of

mercenaries summoned by Frieza. After Goku

finally arrives on Namek, the epic battle with

Frieza himself comes to a close when Goku

transforms into a fabled Super Saiyan (超サイヤ

人 Sūpā Saiya-jin ? ) and defeats him.

Upon his return to Earth a year later, Goku

encounters a time traveler named Trunks , the

future son of Bulma and Vegeta, who warns

Goku that two Androids (人造人間 Jinzōningen ?,

“Artificial Humans”) will appear three years later,

seeking revenge against Goku for destroying the

Red Ribbon Army when he was a child. During

this time, an evil life form called Cell emerges

and after absorbing two of the Androids to

achieve his “perfect form,” holds his own

fighting tournament to decide the fate of the

Earth. After Goku sacrifices his own life a

second time, to no avail, Gohan avenges his

father by defeating Cell after ascending to the

second level of Super Saiyan. Seven years later

Goku, who has been briefly revived for one day

and meets his youngest son Goten, and his

allies are drawn into a fight against a magical

being named Majin Buu. After numerous battles

resulting in the destruction and recreation of the

Earth, Goku (whose life is permanently restored

by the Elder Kai) destroys Kid Buu with a “Spirit

Bomb” attack containing the energy of everyone

on Earth. Goku makes a wish for Kid Buu to be

reincarnated as a good person and ten years

later, at another martial arts tournament, Goku

meets Kid Buu’s human reincarnation, Uub.

Leaving the match between them unfinished,

Goku departs with Uub to train him to become

Earth’s new guardian.



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