Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: The Incredible Mightiest vs. Mightiest (ドラゴンボールZ とびっきりの最強対最強, Doragon Bōru Zetto Tobikkiri no Saikyō tai Saikyō?), is the fifth Dragon Ball Z movie, originally released in Japan on July 20, 1991 between episodes 99 and 100. It was released in North America by FUNimation on January 22, 2002.
The movie takes place after the defeat of the Tyrant Freeza. It opens showing Bardock, Goku's Father, confronting Freeza, followed by the destruction of Planet Vegeta. Cooler is shown in the background. He sees Goku's spacepod as it escapes the planet, opting not to destroy it as he feels it, "Poses no threat to us". Goku, plans a camping trip, much to the surprise and dismay of Chi-Chi. Goku takes his son, Gohan, Krillin, and Oolong along. All is going well until Cooler's elite Squadron, attack the group knocking both Krillin and Gohan out. Goku arrives to aid his friends and begins his battle against all three of them. Cooler, Freeza's Older brother, then appears and seriously injures Goku.
After Krillin sets up a shelter in a cave with Goku, Gohan flies off to obtain Senzu beans from Korin. After obtaining the beans, he is ambushed by Cooler's henchmen, but is saved by Piccolo. Piccolo dispatches Doure and Naiz, and takes on Salza, easily gaining the upper hand. During the battle, Cooler arrives and catches Piccolo off-guard with a powerful energy beam, which impales him through the chest but does not kill him. Cooler then sends Salza after Gohan as he continues to blast Piccolo. Gohan gets to the cave with the Senzu beans, but they are destroyed by Salza. However, he heals Goku with a spare bean Yajirobe gave him earlier. After Krillin and Gohan are beaten down by Salza, Goku appears fully healed. Cooler shows up, holding onto an unconscious Piccolo. He then blasts his body with an unexpected attack as Goku watches in horror. Goku blasts Salza into the distance, and begins to fight Cooler.
After Goku proves to be a worthy opponent, Cooler tells of his history with Frieza. He then reveals his final transformation, and pummels Goku around effortlessly, despite Goku using the Kaioken attack numerous times. Cooler then proceeds to destroy the landscape. However, after seeing a bird die from wounds inflicted by damage caused during the struggle, Goku thinks back on his friends and family, how they all would be killed if he let Cooler kill him. He then picks up the dead bird, letting out a yell so powerful it cracks solid stone. Goku then transforms into his Super Saiyan form, and gives enough of his energy to revive the bird. Cooler then finds himself, like Frieza was, grossly outclassed. After attempting to punch and blast the Super Saiyan with no effect, Cooler summons a trump card when he powers up an enormous ball of energy. Cooler launches the attack with hopes to destroy Goku and the Earth along with him. After a stint of struggling, Goku eventually manages to send it back with the Kamehameha wave, forcing Cooler off the Earth, towards the sun. As he hits the sun's surface, Cooler recounts back when he let the space pod that carried Goku off, regretting his action and realizes that Frieza is not the only naive one but he is too. His body is then seemingly disintegrated by the sun.
Goku, drained after his battle, is found by Krillin and Gohan. They are looking for Piccolo when Salza reappears, and prepares to kill them all. However, before he can attack, he is killed by Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon from a distance. Gohan looks around for Piccolo, and the movie ends with a scene of Piccolo drinking some water.
Many big names appear from the music industry. They are as follows (Listed in the order they appeared in the movie):
- Drowning Pool - Reminded
- Dust for Life - Poison
- American Pearl - Seven Years
- Breaking Point - Under
- Finger Eleven - Stay and Drown
- Breaking Point - Falling Down
- Drowning Pool - Mute
- Drowning Pool - Told You So
- American Pearl - Revelation
- Breaking Point - Phoenix
- Disturbed - The Game
- Deftones - Change (In the House of Flies)