General Information: Vocabulary


Chan - This is used for babies and females, and describes that they are basically being considered cutesy. When used with a mature female (most likely only by another female), it implies a close relationship.

Chi - Chi is the amount of power a warrior has. Chi determines how powerful a person's fighting level is.

Chibi - Japanese word for young, youth, little, or small. This term is used to refer to children, and does not apply to inanimate objects.


Dai - Though this isn't exactly an honorific, it means big in Japanese. In context, it can mean lead. Thus Dai-Kaio-sama is the lead, or big Kaio-sama.

Daizenshuu - The official complete world guide collections of Dragon Ball. They are only available in Japanese and are written/drawn by Akira Toriyama.


Fusion - Fusion is the basic art of combining two beings for the sole purpose of becoming stronger. There are three known techniques which are performed in order to become one being. To learn more click here...


Jin - Japanese literally meaning person. By saying Saiya-jin, one is referring to one of Saiya. Of course in the U.S. we omit this from the name and we call the race Saiyan.


Ki - Ki is basically internal energy, and the source of power in Dragon Ball Z. When Goku says, "I can sense his energy", in the English version, what he's actually saying is, "He has an incredible ki". Goku and the rest know how to suppress their ki so they can't be detected by Scouters, or villains who can sense ki. This may be a difficult concept to grasp since the word ki cannot be translated into English, but the more you see Dragon Ball Z, the more you'll understand it.

Ki Detection - Ki detection is the ability to read a fighter's power level, even though you can't detect their "exact" power level, it gives you a sense of how strong they are and whether they are good or evil. At the start of Dragon Ball Z, Frieza's minions, including Vegeta, Nappa, Raditz, the Ginyu Force, and Frieza himself, used Scouters to tell how strong a fighter was, in other words detecting their Ki.

Later on, when a lot of the Scouters started being destroyed during battles and in other various ways, fighters started using their senses to detect Ki's "power levels". This begins happening once Vegeta leaves his battle on Earth and starts his hunt for the Namek Dragon Balls. Once Goku lands on Namek, he uses his Ki detecting skills to sense who is where and how strong they "really" are. He does this by just flying and picking out their power levels or Ki.

Kun - Used for young boys, and describes that they are young. When used with a mature male, it indicates a good friendship.


Majin - Literally demon. When a character gets a Majin added as a prefix to their name, it is taken to mean they are possessed.


Refers to Japanese comic books. A wide variety of these comics are intended for older audiences than most American comics.


Japanese word meaning future. It is used as an adjective when coupled with someone's name.


An adjective used to describe one who has received the Kaioshin powerup. Thus, Gohan, after receiving the power boost, becomes Mystic Gohan.


Oozaru - A giant monkey form which Saiyans are able to morph into by viewing moonlight.


Power Level - Same as Chi, the amount of power a warrior has.


Sama - This represents that the person is of the most venerable status and is worshipped or very highly honored by the speaker.

San - The equivalent of Mr. or Mrs.

Scouter - Scouters are mechanical devices that have the ability to read people's power levels that are close by. When aimed at a thing, the person with the Scouter on presses a button and it starts to read its power.

Sei - Literally planet. By saying Vegeta-sei, one is referring to Planet Vegeta.

Sennin - Literally master. This is used to refer to martial arts masters in Dragon Ball, such as Kamesennin, which translates to Turtle Master.

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