Dragonball/Z Recommendations

This is the story of Son Goku, an alien living on Earth, who must (repeatedly) save his friends and family (and, occasionally, the planet) from evil. This is an anime/manga series created by Toriyama Akira.

There are 14 recommendations on this page.

Ratings:

  • E (everyone); equivalent to "G"
  • PT (preteen); equivalent to "PG"
  • T (teen); equivalent to "PG-13"
  • M (mature); equivalent to "R"
  • AO (adults only); equivalent to "NC-17"

Warnings:

  • BDSM: These stories contain consensual bondage and/or domination and/or sadism and/or masochism.
  • Dark: These stories puts one or more of the main characters through a high amount of psychological or physical distress, often incorporating more than one issue (abuse, torture, rape, etc.).
  • Drugs: These stories contain drug usage.
  • Graphic Language: These stories contain a high amount of profanity or abusive language.
  • Graphic Violence: These stories contain graphic violence or high amounts of violence.
  • Lemon: These stories contain graphic sex.
  • Lime: These stories contain non-graphic sex.
  • Major Character Death: These stories involve the death of one or more protagonists.
  • Minor Character Death: These stories involve the death of one or more secondary characters.
  • Mpreg: These stories have at least one of the male main characters giving birth (male pregnancy). I won't recommend a story that doesn't sound plausible, though.
  • Nonconsensual: These stories contain incidences of nonconsensual sex (i.e. rape).
  • Psychological Issues: These stories deal with such issues as child abuse, suicide etc. or deals with the effects of these issues.
  • Torture: These stories contain incidences of physical or psychological torture.

Recommendation Levels:

star = I liked the story a lot.

starstar = I loved the story and will probably still remember large portions of it years later.

Be Careful What You Wish For by B-chan starstar

Rating: PT

Genre(s): Humor

Main Pairing(s): Goku/Chichi, Vegeta/Buruma, Gohan/Videl

Warning(s): n/a

Length: 7 parts, 113,504 words

Summary: The Eternal Dragon is angered that he's constantly being taken away from his soap opera so he decides to teach everyone a lesson by granting them all of their wishes for a duration of seven days.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site, Fanfiction.net

Comments: It's funny. Correction: it's hilarious. It's one of the funniest Dragon Ball Z fanfics I've read PERIOD. The things that happen to everyone during the seven-day period (most notably when Buruma and Vegeta switch genders) are great.

Claimed by B-chan starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Humor

Main Pairing(s): Goku/Vegeta, Goten/Trunks

Warning(s): Lemon

Length: one-shot, 31,602 words

Summary:

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site

Come Together by Chayron star

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama

Main Pairing(s): Goku/Vegeta

Warning(s): Graphic Language, Graphic Violence, Lemon

Length: 28 chapters, 30,000+ words

Summary: (from AFF) Vegeta tried to get some restful sleep, but his thoughts whirled about Trunks. Never in his life had he felt so useless and helpless. He was the second strongest being in the universe, and he wasn't even able to protect his own son.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): AdultFanfiction.net

Comments: Since Chayron's native language isn't English there are some grammar oddities even with the betas, but this story is still great. Her imagination is a very fertile playground. Once you've finished, head on to the sequel.

Consuming Madness by Ash the Wanderer starstar

Rating: M

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Action/Adventure, Angst, Crossover, Horror

Main Pairing(s): Vegeta/Buruma, Goku/Chichi, Gohan/Videl

Warning(s): Dark, Graphic Language, Graphic Violence, Psychological Issues, Torture

Length: 8 chapters, 73,437 words

Summary: A crossover with Ash's Legacy stories and DBZ. Agony escapes into the DBZ world and Erik goes after her. She's recaptured, but not before she unleashes plenty of death and mayhem onto their world.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site, Fanfiction.net

Comments: First of all, if you have a weak stomach or can't tolerate dark fanfics, then don't read this one. Agony's evil is so brilliantly portrayed in this fanfic that you find yourself wishing you were there so that you can have your own shot at killing her. There's lot of death and general mayhem. I highly recommend this one if you can take it, but there are plenty of others on this site if you can't.

Contradicting Mission by Chelsee starstar

Rating: M

Genre(s): Action/Adventure, Angst, Horror

Main Pairing(s): none

Warning(s): Dark, Graphic Violence, Torture

Length: 41 chapters, 215,653 words

Summary: Son Gohan is chosen by Kami Larkas to prevent a catastrophe from occuring. He, along with three others (who easily fall into the category of "enemy"), must correct this error or everything is lost.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Fanfiction.net, Internet Archive Wayback Machine

Comments: Okay, this is probably Chelsee's most famous fanfic. When I was first introduced to her she was writing DBZ humor fanfics (which were funny, by the way). After a brief break, she started writing this back in 2000 and it took her about two years to complete, I believe. I've chosen this fanfic for my site simply because it's phenomenal. Gohan's reactions to the situations he finds himself in are on target, the characterization of his companions is flawless, and it'll have you reading into the wee hours of the night before you know it. It's long, but it's definitely worth the time.

Dirty Dancing by B-chan starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Humor

Main Pairing(s): Goku/Vegeta, Goten/Trunks

Warning(s): Lemon

Length: 14 chapters, 50,000+ words

Summary: The sequel to "Claimed".

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site

Dominion: Reprise by Trinsan star

Rating: T

Genre(s): Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama

Main Pairing(s): none

Warning(s): n/a

Length: 30 chapters, 139,463 words

Summary: (from FF.net) The dragonballs are gone, and Dende with them. A new threat comes against earth...

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site, Fanfiction.net

Dragon Ball Super Z by Juuhachi-gou and Mirai Bulma star

Rating: T

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Humor

Main Pairing(s): Mirai Trunks/Juuhachi-gou

Warning(s): Graphic Violence

Length: 18 stories, 127,950 words

Summary: (from FF.net) After returning to his apocalyptic future, Mirai Trunks destroyed the Jinzouningen and Cell. Then what...?

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Fanfiction.net, Internet Archive Wayback Machine

House of Vegeta by Firecracker star

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama

Main Pairing(s): Goku/Vegeta, King Vegeta/Bardock

Warning(s): Graphic Language, Graphic Violence, Lemon, Mpreg

Length: 32 chapters, 100,000+ words

Summary:

Status: incomplete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Saiyan HideAway

Comments: This is an older story that hasn't been updated in a very, very long time, but it's too good to pass up. There's also a side story series that goes along with it.

In the Eyes of a Child by Kazie Solo starstar

Rating: PT

Genre(s): Humor

Main Pairing(s): Gohan/Videl

Warning(s): n/a

Length: 22 chapters, 46,161 words

Summary: Head trauma renders Videl childlike. To what lengths will Gohan go to help her return to normal?

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Fanfiction.net

Comments: This fanfic is the winner of the 2002 Sennenki Fanfiction Contest (Humor section) and also the recipient of my special award. What can I say? Next to "Be Careful What You Wish For" this is the funniest fanfic I've read in a long, long time. The characterization's a little off (probably done so for the sake of humor), but that doesn't detract very much from the overall enjoyment value. One of my favorite moments is when Vegeta and Goku were arguing about what 1+1 equaled.

Indigo Spice by Beloved Animosity starstar

Rating: M

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Goku/Vegeta

Warning(s): Mpreg, Psychological Issues

Length: 24 chapters, 113,178 words

Summary: (from FF.net) With so much hatred in the world, is it possible for our two favorite Saiyajin to fall in love and stay in love?

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Fanfiction.net

Comments: This was brought to my attention by the author herself in a review of one of my fanfics. I was at the point where I'd completely given up on Fanfiction.net when it came to good fanfics, but this one gave me hope that there were a few still out there that I hadn't already read.

Maintaining by Pixelgoddess starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Angst, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Goku/Vegeta, Raditsu/Vegeta, Chichi/OFC

Warning(s): Dark, Graphic Violence, Lemon, Nonconsensual, Psychological Issues, Torture

Length: 45 chapters, 70,000+ words

Summary: After fusing with the Potara earrings, a bond develops between Goku and Vegeta. Now, a year after the defeat of Majin Buu, Vegeta's being haunted by nightmares of Freeza and his control is slipping away. Can Goku help him, or will be become another victim of Vegeta's past?

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site, AdultFanfiction.net, Saiyan HideAway

Comments: First and foremost, Chichi is different in this fanfic, *a lot* different, which is good because she doesn't annoy me as much as she usually does. Goku's still living with her even though they're divorced and it's an arrangement that works for the most part. Vegeta is having constant nightmares to the point that his he can't sleep for fear of them and his ki is steadily dropping to the point that he's no stronger than Yamucha. He also blacks out on occasion, waking up hours, or even days later, injured and with no recollection of what happened to him. This isn't the usual "Saiya-jin bonding" fanfic. There are no rituals, no instant bonds that make everything perfect. Though Goku and Vegeta *do* have a bond, it's completely unique while, at the same time, still maintaining the familiarity that we all know and love. At times this fic is dark, so dark that you might be squicked and/or mentally disturbed. Vegeta's nightmares are nothing to sneeze at, after all, and reality becomes no better towards the end of this fic. If you can successfully make it to the end, you can move on to the side story, Nailed, and then the sequel, Quest, and learn how the couple deals with all the lingering psychological trauma.

My Family By Trunks Briefs by Sadie Dragonfire starstar

Rating: T

Genre(s): Humor

Main Pairing(s): Goku/Vegeta/Yamucha, Buruma/Chichi, Gohan/Mirai Trunks

Warning(s): n/a

Length: one-shot, 6,860 words

Summary: Chibi Trunks writes an essay about his rather unconventional family that gets him into trouble at school.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Saiyan HideAway

Comments: I found this funny fanfic when I was reading one of her Harry Potter fics. Anyway, Trunks is asked by his teacher to write about his family for a school assignment and it's supposed to be factual. Unfortunately, the teacher figures that he's lying and calls Buruma up to the school for a parent-teacher conference. Let me tell you, when you're an eight-year-old with two mothers, three fathers, and a mirai counterpart sometimes things can be pretty rough.

Quest by Pixel Goddess starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Angst, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Goku/Vegeta, Chichi/OFC

Warning(s): Lemon, Psychological Issues

Length: 47 chapters, 70,000+ words

Summary: The sequel to "Maintaining". Goku and Vegeta build a relationship and try to find new ways to overcome their problems.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site, AdultFanfiction.net, Saiyan HideAway

Comments: This fanfic isn't as dark as its prequel. There are many issues left over from Freeza's torture of both Goku and Vegeta, but together they overcome a lot of obstacles. As Chichi and Rezu's wedding approaches, Vegeta wants nothing more than to make Goku his mate, but has no idea how to do so since Vegeta-sei was destroyed when he was so young. Then Piccolo gives him an idea...

Once you've finished this, you can go on to the short story The Joy of Giving by Orchideater.