Dragonball Anime Filler
This page will list filler that is present in Dragonball and Dragonball Z. Please everyone feel free to list all that you can that you do not see on the list. There is a lot of it, ranging from minor to major as far as relevance to the story goes. This page will probably be updated many times over before we even begin to list ALL filler segments of these two long series.
 What is "Filler" Anyway?
Dragonball, as well as most other anime series that have mangas that they were based on have filler that comprises short segments, and sometimes, entire arcs/sagas. Anime only filler are scenes that are mainly created by the animation studio that is creating the anime. In Dragonball's case, Toei. Filler is created by Toei and put into the anime. Toei anime filler is not in the Dragonball mangas which were created directly by Akira Toriyama and are non canon. Toriyama has been known to help out with filler from time to time, however his input was very minimal, and often times, he never gave any input on most filler, therefore, it is non canon to the manga.
The meaning of filler refers to "Time filler", and in Dragonball's case, anime filler was meant to give Toriyama time to catch up on his manga as Toei was right behind him on the anime and catching up to his current manga issues quickly.
 Dragonball Filler
- Part when Tenshinhan and Chaozu use wild boar as part of their con act, when they pretended as killed him for money and cheated citizens is a filler. In manga Goku met both of them for first time at Budokai.
- Part when Goku goes to Hyperbolic Time Chamber before battle with King Piccolo.
 Dragonball Z Filler
 Saiyajin Saga
- Opening scene of DBZ up until the farmer with shotgun is shown.
- The flashback scenes of Saiyajins destroying planets and infant Goku being shown sent off to Earth while Raditz explained the Saiyajins ways to Goku.
- Gohan falling into a sand whirlpool and finding a disabled robot.
- Gohan taking care of a wounded dinosaur.
- Krillin going to Goku's to tell Chi-Chi that Goku died and Gohan was taken for training by Piccolo.
- The Princess Snake and whole event about her capturing of Goku.
- Goku running on Snake Way and deciding to jump instead of run and misses his landing and almost gets dragged down to hell by shadowy hands.
- Goku's stint in Hell after the previously mentioned fall from Snake Way.
- King Kai's story about Goku's Saiyajin heritage with the Tsufurujin AKA Tuffles and the scouter/armor technology.
- King Kai's pet Gregory does not exist in manga (but it is one of the characters invented by Toriyama for anime). The whole event when Goku has to hit him with hammer is filler.
- Gohan meeting the orphans (Entire filler episode pretty much).
- Goku training in the desert whilst not yet fully recovered from his injuries.
- Goku's old space pod projecting an image of the moon after Piccolo destroyed the moon and once again causing Gohan to transform.
- Tien's training by stopping a waterfall along with Lunch's/Launch's police chase.
- Yamcha's baseball game.
- Nappa attacking and destroying the military while they wait for Goku to arrive.
More to come...
 Namek Saga
- Everything portrayed as happening on the trip to Namek, save for Bulma saying she's bored while Krillin and Gohan image train, is 100% filler.
 Frieza Saga
- The flashback with Vegeta, Nappa and Raditz when they report to Frieza in which it is revealed that Vegeta knew about the destruction of the Saiyan homeplanet was courtesy of Frieza, and not because of an asteroid impact. Entire sequence is complete filler.
- Goku's transformation into a Super Saiyan. Like most transformations in the anime, they are dragged out by anime fillers. This transformation is one of the best examples. In the manga, it composed of only a few panels, but in the anime, it lasted for several minutes.
- The entire fight between Goku and Frieza is also packed with filler (the infamous 5 minutes that lasted approximately 10-15 episodes).
- Gohan returning to fight Frieza after Goku was knocked into a lava pit. In the manga, Goku emerges straight after getting knocked down, but in the anime, Gohan fights Frieza for a good while until Goku re-appears to take over.
- After Goku defeated Frieza, he looks for a way to escape Namek, for example he tracks down Frieza's spaceship and attempts to leave with it. This segment is mostly composed of filler.
 Garlic Jr. Saga
- This entire saga doesn't appear in the manga and is thus 100% filler. This constitutes of the battle with Garlic Jr, as well as Vegeta's trip in outer space in an attempt to track down Goku.
 Trunks Saga
- After Trunks defeated Frieza and King Cold, they head for the location of Goku's upcoming return. Most of the wait for Goku is composed of filler.
- The footage of Goku trained with Gohan and Piccolo in preparation for the cyborgs' imminent arrival is completely filler. Same goes for Vegeta's training inside the gravity room. The manga only shows footage of them training in a couple of panels.
- Piccolo and Goku taking driving lessons, 100% filler event.
 Android Saga
- During the Goku vs. Android 19 fight, Master Roshi gives Marron (Krillin's girlfriend at the time), a lecture about Goku's history with Dr. Gero and the Red Ribbon Army. This entire event is anime filler.
- When the Z-fighters are attempting to find Dr. Gero's labaratory, Krillin runs into Dr.Gero and is subsequently beaten in a fight. Entire event is filler.
- During the cyborgs' trip to find Goku, they often stop underway to change their clothes, or other means of "having fun". Most of these sequences in the anime are filler.
- Cell's search for organic lifeforms is also largely composed of filler. For example, the sequence of Cell showing up at an airport, attempting to drain a mother and her daughter of their bio-mass, which is thwarted by Krillin.
- The Piccolo vs. Android 17 fight. Large portions of this fight in the anime are lengthened with anime filler.
 Cell Saga
- Most of the anime footage of Vegeta and Trunks' training inside the Room of Spirit and Time. In the manga, the only thing we see is the duo entering the room, no actual footage of their training. All training footage in the anime is thus filler.
- Gohan's transformation into a Super Saiyan. In the anime, Gohan transforms when he recalls how he let his friends down in the past, addionally stimulated by Goku firing a large Kamehameha at him. In the manga, Gohan transforms into a Super Saiyan pretty much all of a sudden.
- Some of the footage of Goku and Gohan's traning on the ROSAT is also filler, for example the sequence in which Goku is seen using the Kamehameha to destroy massive walls of ice towering up in front of him.
- Large portions of Goku and Gohan's preperation for the Cell Games is composed of anime filler.
- Segments of the fight between Trunks and Cell composes of filler, mainly the segment where Trunks is still able to keep up with Cell and hit him, before he powers up too much. In the manga, Trunks isn't able to lay a finger on Cell.
 Cell Games
- Certain segments of the fight between Goku and Perfect Cell are filler. For example, Cell attacking Goku with Frieza's homing "Kienzan" attack, as well as using Tien's multi-form technique.
- Goku's power up is also vastly extended in the anime by fillers.
- The fight between "Team Z" and the Cell Jr's is extended in the anime by fillers, for example Vegeta using the Final Flash.
- The fight between Super Saiyan 2 Gohan and Cell's Semi-Perfect Stage, after Cell vomitted Android 18 back out. This entire sequence is filler. In the manga, Cell almost immediately decides to self destruct without fighting Gohan in that form.
 Great Saiyaman Saga
- The events surrounding Goku and his stay in the afterlife, as well as the entire Other World Tournament, is all filler.
 Babidi Saga
- Large portions of the fight between Gohan and Dabura, for example the entire time Gohan fights in his base form, is filler.
- Large portions of the Goku vs. Majin Vegeta is also filler, for example the beam struggle.
 Majin Buu Saga
- In the anime, Gohan spends several episodes attempting to free the Z-sword, but in the manga, only needs a few pages.
- Goku's Super Saiyan 3 demonstration on Kami's Lookout is filler.
 Fusion Saga
- Segments of the fight between Gohan and Majin Buu consist of filler. For example, right after Buu absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo, he and Gohan fight rather evenly. In the manga, Buu almost immediately gains the upperhand whilst in the anime, it takes him some time to establish his dominance.
- Super Saiyan 3 Goku's fight with Majin Buu is completely amine filler. In the manga, Buu charges at Goku but immediately reverts back to a lesser powerful state as the Gotenks fusion inside of him wears off. In the anime, Buu toys around with Goku a bit first before he reverts back.
- Goku and Vegeta's fight with Majin Buu after he just absorbed Gohan. In the anime, Vegeta first attempts to fight Buu on his own, and Goku reluctantly joins him. After they get beat around for a bit, Vegeta ultimately agrees to join bodies with Goku. In the manga, this fight does not take place.
- The fight between Vegito in his base form and Majin Buu. In the manga, Vegito immediately transforms into a Super Saiyan whilst in the anime, he first fights Buu in his normal state.
- Large portions of the fight between Super Vegito and Majin Buu is also anime filler. For example, Buu attempting to destroy Vegito's body from the inside, as well as him launching a second wave of kamikaze ghosts whilst in the manga he only uses this attack once, and also his massive barrier with which he attempts to destroy the entire timezone, is all anime filler.
- Major portions of the action inside of Buu's head is also filler. Examples are Goku and Vegeta encountering the huge worms, as well as them fighting thought forms of Majin Buu in the shape of Gohan, Gotenks and Piccolo.
 Kid Buu Saga
- The footage shown in the anime of Kid Buu fighting the Kaioshins five million years ago is filler. In the manga it isn't shown, only referenced.
- Kid Buu showing up on the Grand Kai's planet is completely filler. This goes for the vast majority of the Other World footage in the anime too, most of this is filler.
- Goku and Vegeta powering up to lure Buu to the world of the Kai's. In the manga, no power up is performed as Buu finds the Saiyans immediately after he regenerated from Earth's explosion.
- The fight between Super Saiyan 2 Goku and Kid Buu is completely filler. In the manga, Goku goes straight to Super Saiyan 3 where in the anime, he goes Super Saiyan 2 first.