Anime Underground The 20 Most Epic Moments From Dragon Ball Z  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the amazing moments from Dragon Ball Z that left you awestruck.

If there's one word that describes Dragon Ball Z, it's epic. This shonen masterpiece is one of the most widely recognized and influential anime of all time. Though this series lives on in many people's memories, certain parts stand out above the others. The best Dragon Ball Z moments include incredible transformations, people sacrificing their lives for the sake of others, spectacular attacks, and more. The best DBZ scenes are the ones that viewers watch again and again, even after they've long moved past the full series.

Note that this list won't include moments from Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball Kai, or Dragon Ball Super - this list specifically highlights the best Dragon Ball Z moments.

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Goku Turns Super Saiyan For The First Time
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Photo:  Toei Animation

Since the beginning of Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta has been hyping up the Super Saiyan state and ragging on Goku for having yet to achieve it. It seems like a legend, not something that can really happen, but in the heat of battle against Frieza, Goku achieves Super Saiyan status. 

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Vegeta's Sacrifice
Vegeta's Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 20 Most Epic Moments From Dragon Ball Z
Photo:  Toei Animation

When Vegeta is up against Buu, he sacrifices himself by self-destructing. This would have been an impressive feat for anyone, but for a character as formerly self-serving as Vegeta to go so far to protect his loved ones is truly moving - even though his efforts failed.

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Gohan Unlocks Super Saiyan 2
Gohan Unlocks Super Saiyan 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 20 Most Epic Moments From Dragon Ball Z
Photo:  Toei Animation

Normally a gentle person, Gohan doesn't want to actually kill Cell - but some well-timed advice from Android 16's head combined with Cell crushing the poor android under his foot, helps Gohan realize that to protect the planet and the people he cares about, he has to defeat Cell. This triggers his epic transformation into Super Saiyan 2.

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Father/Son Kamehameha
Father/Son Kamehameha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 20 Most Epic Moments From Dragon Ball Z
Photo:  Toei Animation

The Father-Son Kamehameha combines sheer force of power with emotional resonance. Gohan launches a devastating attack at Super Perfect Cell, he's joined by the spirit of his father. This scene is so legendary that other anime, including My Hero Academia, have paid homage to it.

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