1. A series based around 7 magical balls and follows the main character Goku through many years of his life. Alongside Goku are his friends. They're also called "Z-Fighters". It was that got many people into Anime for the first time. A lot of Animes are based of DragonBall. At first there was DragonBall, then DragonBall Z, and last was DragonBall GT.

DragonBall was, according to popular belief, the most exciting. It began with Goku as a small and "vinsible" child. The main characters weren't overpowered, so there were more obsticles in the heroes way.

At the start of DragonBall Z, our hero Goku grew up and had a family. However, the heroes became "over powered" and things started to get boring and repeatitive, consisting of:
* A bad shows up to destroy the planet.
* Goku's friends get their asses handed to them.
* Goku or some of his stronger friends show up and get their asses handed to them and say something like "'tis guy = tuff".
* Picollo stands there and says "im-im-im-im-impossible" with his thumb in his ass.
* Goku's friends distract the bad guy while Goku charges up his most powerfull attack and destroys the bad guy.

The "Z" is believed to mean Zero.

By the end of DBZ, the fans were tired of the same old thing again and again in DragonBall Z and wanted to see Goku like he was in the good old days; as in not "god-like". The directors decided to have a jackass villian from Goku's childhood in DragonBall accidentally wish Goku back into a kid again.
The show becomes more fun to watch in the beginning but soon the Z-Fighters become over powered again. This time the only real fighters are Goku and his rival Vegeta.

The fans and American censorship are most to blame for making the show look like shit.
Most of the fans consist of 12-year-olds with ADHD that always make AMVs on Youtube or spam the forums with quotes from the show like "KAAAAA MEEEE HAAAA MEEEE HAAAAAGH!!!!!" as their basic line of defense against any insult from a more evolved being. When they're not doing that, they're on MMO games making copyright characters from the show and try to act like bad asses.
* Censorship is the most to blame. By taking out all the gore, bad words and crude humor that the true fans fell in love with, it looked like a kids show. Kids got into the show more and made a mockery of it.

There's sometimes arguements on whether the series is overrated or underrated.

2. A magical ball with a specific number of stars inside. When they're all gathered together you say a password that unleashes a huge dragon named Shenron, or Purunga, depending on whether the balls are from Earth or Namek.
1. DB fan: OMFG I'm teh gOKu and I pwn all YOOH!
Good DB fan: You're making DragonBall look bad. Gtfo n00b.

2. Goku: Shenron! gtfo teh balls!

Shenron: sup?

Goku: sup witchu?

Shenron: i was chillin' wachin' Home Improvement wit mah mumz. wtf is ur wishez?

Goku: i blue ^ teh Earf 2x n need u 2 bring eet back 2 lyfe.

Shenron: ur ghey 4 not wishing 4 teh moneez 'n bichez. wishez =/= n00bz.

Goku: wtf?
by ErnestoTheTrippyOne March 24, 2008
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Bulma is a girl in search of the 7 mystical dragonballs that when brought together grant any wish. In her search she bumps into the owner of one of these balls, a strange boy named Goku. The two then set off together, Bulma in search of the dragonballs and Goku on a quest to become stronger. Along the way, they meet and befriend a plethora of martial artists. Goku also undergoes rigorous training regimes and educational programs in order to fight in the World Martial Arts Tournament, a competition involving the most powerful fighters- in the world. Outside the tournaments, Goku faces diverse villains such as Emperor Pilaf, the Red Ribbon Army, the demon Piccolo Daimao (King Piccolo) and his offspring Piccolo Jr., who eventually becomes Goku's ally.
Dragonball aired in the U.S. on Toonami in 2001. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1984 through 1995; later the 509 individual chapters were published into 42 tankobon volumes by Shueisha. Dragon Ball was inspired by the Chinese folk novel Journey to the West. There are 153 episodes.
by ♫ Highway to Hell ♫ August 25, 2010
A clear orange ball, it is believed when 7 are brought together, each with a different number of stars inside, the gather will be granted one wish by the Eternal Dragon. The story of Dragonball (anime) is based on an old Story from China.
Did you read Dragonball?
by Tom Brownlee July 30, 2003
Far, far better than DBZ.
Chibi-Goku could kick a Super Saiya-jin's ass.
by Diablo the Echidna October 12, 2003
The castrated sexual organ of a male dragon, supposedly useful for making wishes. The exact roots of this myth are unknown, but historians speculate a connection with anime.
Don't touch that dragonball; it may grant you wishes, but it may also give you herpes.
by Em February 07, 2003
The balls of a dragon. Dragons often have seven.
We need to find the dragonballs.
by Anonymous August 01, 2003
The Awesomeness That Rules The Universe. Love it or die
Beautiful girl: Dragon Ball is so stupid!!!
Faithfull believer: Dragon Ball is the awesomeness that rulers the universe.
Beautiful girl: Nuhuh.
(Girl gets struck by lightning)
Guy(Faithful Believer):Mwahahahaha
by TreyMo April 24, 2009
An anime and manga series by Akira Toriyama, and the successor to Dragonball Z

(loosely) based on a Chinese fairy tale, it features the adventures of a little boy called Goku, and a girl called Bulma who go in search of 7 dragonballs that will grant them a wish.
Dragonball is one of Akira Toriyama's manga
by ChibiTaryn August 01, 2003

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