According to Akira Toriyama the Dragon Ball movies and Dragon Ball Z movies 1 through to 13 do not take place in the same timeline as the manga's story line, instead happening in "different dimensions".
All Dragon Ball movies were originally released in theaters in Japan, typically when the vast majority of Japanese school children are on spring and summer vacations in March and July, although it pairs up with a Dr. Slump movie, usually 60 minutes long. All of the movies have been released in the United States, and are usually released under a shorter title. Akira Toriyama, the artist who created the franchise, had little to do with the movies past some of the character designs, however, he is listed as the creator of the movies in the credit. Akira Toriyama has stated that he considers the movies to be stories in a "different dimension" than the main story of the manga he created.
Movie 1: Curse of the Blood Rubies
- A Retelling of The Emperor Pilaf Saga, but with a different villain, King Gurumes taking Pilaf's role as the central villain.
Movie 2: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
Japanese title: "Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle"
- Takes place right after the Pilaf Saga, but with Master Roshi's request for a girl made more specific as a request for the eponymous Sleeping Princess, held by the evil Lucifer. The scene where Goku transforms into a Great Ape is taken almost directly from his first transformation in the Emperor Pilaf Saga.
Movie 3: Mystical Adventure
- A combined retelling of the General Blue, Commander Red and 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai Sagas, but with Master Shen in control of the army, along with Mercenary Tao, Pilaf, Chiaotzu, and Tien Shinhan. Bora and Upa replace Krillin and Yamcha as Goku's allies competing in the tournament.
Movie 4: The Path to Power
Japanese title: "The Path to Ultimate Strength (10th Anniversary Special)"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball: The Path to Power"
Dragon Ball Z
Movie 1: Dead Zone
- Garlic Jr. - A small Makyan, who wants to get revenge on Kami for imprisoning his father in the Dead Zone.
- Nicky, Ginger, and Sansho, Garlic Jr's henchmen.
This movie is a prequel to the filler Garlic Jr. Saga in Dragon Ball Z. It takes place before the Vegeta Saga (Saiyan Saga), with the minor contradiction that Krillin meets Gohan and knows he is the son of Goku, yet in the Vegeta Saga, Krillin does not know this.
Movie 2: The World's Strongest
- Dr. Wheelo - An evil scientist, reduced to a brain in a jar and searching for a strong body to take over.
- Dr. Kochin - Dr. Wheelo's assistant, who wishes for the ice over Wheelo's tomb to melt.
- Misokatsun, Ebifurya, and Kishime, Dr. Kochin's menacing bio-warriors.
Movie 3: The Tree of Might
- Turles - A Saiyan, strongly resembling Goku.
- Amond, Daiz, Cacao, Rasin, and Lakasei, all Turles's henchmen.
Movie 4: Lord Slug
- Lord Slug - An evil Namekian who wishes on the Dragon Balls and gains eternal youth. He wants to turn earth into his very own space-ship.
- Angila, Wings, Medamatcha, and Zeeun, all Lord Slug's henchmen.
Movie 5: Cooler's Revenge
- Cooler - Frieza's older brother, seeking revenge for Frieza's death.
- Salza, Neiz, and Dore - Cooler's henchmen.
Movie 6: The Return of Cooler
- Cooler - Cooler goes to New Namek, enslaving Namekians, prompting the Z Fighters to take on their old enemy from the previous movie.
- Meta-Cooler - Mechanical doubles generated by the Big Gete Star.
Movie 7: Super Android 13!
- Android 13 - A mechanical android created by one of Dr Gero's super computers. He has a super form after absorption of other androids.
- Android 14 - A mechanical android created by the same super computer.
- Android 15 - A mechanical android created by the same super computer.
Movie 8: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Japanese title: "Burn Up!! Hot Fight! Fierce Fight! Super Violent Fight!"
FUNimation title: "Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan"
- Broly - The legendary Super Saiyan, born with a power level of 10,000.
- Paragus - Broly's evil father.
Movie 9: Bojack Unbound
Japanese title: "The Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy"
FUNimation title: "Bojack Unbound"
UK Title: "Super Guy in the Galaxy"
Movie 10: Broly - Second Coming
- Broly - The legendary Super Saiyan from Movie 8, now crash landed on Earth, and with Goku dead only Gohan can save the planet.
Movie 11: Bio-Broly
- Lord Jaguar - Also known as Jaga Bada. Challenges Mr. Satan to a match against the bio-warriors.
- Men-Men - Jaga's partner in crime and all around crony.
- Bio-Broly - A clone of the "Legendary Super Saiyan", created by Jaga Bada.
Movie 12: Fusion Reborn
- Janemba - An evil demon who escapes from Hell and takes over the spirit world.
- Gogeta - A fusion of Goku and Vegeta, using the Fusion Dance.
Movie 13: Wrath of the Dragon
Japanese title: "Dragon Fist Explosion!! If Goku Won't Do It, Who Will?"
FUNimation title: "Wrath of the Dragon"
- Tapion - A warrior trapped inside an oracle, holding the top half of Hirudegarn's body inside him.
- Hirudegarn - A monster, split in half and trapped inside the same oracle.
Movie 14: Battle of Gods
- Beerus - A God of Destruction whose administrative zone includes planet Earth. He is purple cat-like humanoid donning Egyptian-looking garb.
- Whis - A powerful character who is Beerus' attendant and martial arts master. He has teal skin and white hair, and he owns a long scepter he usually holds in his right hand.
Movie 15: Revival of "F"
- Frieza - The most iconic villain of the series who returns in this film, seeking revenge against his arch-enemies Goku and Vegeta. He represents the "F" in the title of the movie.
- Sorbet - One of Frieza's henchmen who use the Dragon Balls to resurrect him. His name is a play on "sorbet", a type of frozen dessert.
- Tagoma - Another of Frieza's henchmen who resurrect him through the power of the Dragon Balls. His name is a play on the Japanese word for egg.
Dragon Ball Z specials
Special 1: Bardock - The Father of Goku
Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z: Tatta Hitori no Saishū Kessen ～Freeza ni Idonda Zetto Senshi Son Gokū no Chichi"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku"
UK title "The Father of Goku"
Special 2: Movie Overview Special
Japanese title: "Kyokugen Batoru! ! San Dai Chō Saiyahito Supesharu"
Description: A rare special from 1992, set after the conclusion of Super Android 13! Goku and Gohan meet in West city, dressed up in Tuxedos, and discuss the events of the nine then-released movies. (The first three Dragonball Films, and the first six Dragonball Z films). This special has never been released in English, nor on any form of home media.
Special 3: The History of Trunks
Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z: Zetsubō e no Hankō!! Nokosareta Chō-Senshi Gohan to Trunks"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks"
UK title "Gohan & Trunks"
Special 4: Looking Back at it All: The Dragon Ball Z Year-End Show!
Japanese title: "Zenbu Misemasu Toshi Wasure Doragon Boru Zetto!"
Description: A rare special from late 1993, where Goku seemingly teleports back from the otherworld to chat with his sons, and talks about the fight they had with Cell. At the end the family all dress nicely and look forward to the coming World Tournament. Like the Movie Overview Special, this special has never been released in English, nor on any form of home media.
Crossover Special: Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration
Japanese title: "Dori-mu 9 Toriko & Wan Pi-su & Doragonbo-ru Z chō Korabo Supesharu!!"
Description: A crossover between Dragon Ball Z, One Piece and Toriko, set to air on April 7, 2013, on Fuji TV.
Dragon Ball GT special
A Hero's Legacy
Description: Throughout the years Goku's life burned as a beacon of truth, a prime example of a life well lived. His journey was a triumph of commitment and resolve. But the torch must pass. Now Goku, decades after departing this world, watches as his descendant undertakes his own journey of discovery, a journey where veiled dangers lurk at every turn, to uncover the amazing truth behind the Dragon Balls.
OVA (original video animation)
OVA 1: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans
Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku"
English translation: "Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans"
2010 Remake Title: "Dragon Ball: Plan To Eradicate the Super Saiyans"
- Dr. Raichi - A Ghost Warrior of the original Dr. Raichi, a member of the Tuffle race that was eradicated by the Saiyans.
- Hatchiyack - The fighting form of the machine Dr. Raichi used to create Ghost Warriors.
OVA 2: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Japanese title: "Doragon Bōru Ossu! Kaette Kita Son Gokū to Nakama-tachi!!"
English translation: "Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!"
OVA 3: Episode of Bardock
Japanese title: "Doragon Bōru: Episōdo o Bādokku"
English translation: "Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock"
PSA (public service videos)
PSA 1: Goku's Traffic Safety
Japanese title: "Gokuu no Koutsuu Anzen".
English translation: "Goku's Traffic Safety"
PSA 2: Goku's Fire Brigade
Japanese title: "Gokuu no Shoubou-tai".
English translation: "Goku's Fire Brigade"
- Dragon Ball: Son Goku Fight, Son Goku Win! - Live action adaptation from Korea released in 1990 adapting the events of the Emperor Pilaf Saga and a little of the Vegeta Saga as Nappa makes an appearance in this film.
- Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins - a Chinese adaptation from 1991 that adapts the events of Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies, changing the names of all the characters and replacing King Gurumes, Bongo, and Raven with three extraterrestrials named King Horn, Zebrata, and Malilia. Penny's character was combined with Chi-Chi's character under the name of Jade.
- Dragonball Evolution - An American film made in 2009, combining elements of the Emperor Pilaf Saga with the King Piccolo Saga, and putting the story in a more real world perspective.
- In the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, the levels taken from the movies have their original Japanese titles. These levels take place in what is referred to in the game as the "Special Saga," which consists entirely of battles from the movies, with the exception of the level "Destroy the Makyo Star," which takes place during the Garlic Jr. Saga, which is filler.
- The box of the video game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai says that the story mode is based on Fusion Reborn but developers titled it "Fusion Rebirth" on the main menu.
- ↑ I take the movies as “stories in a different dimension from the main story of the comic”. ( http://www.kanzenshuu.com/translations/daizenshuu-6-akira-toriyama-super-interview )/
- ↑ Daizenshuu 6, 1995