- This article is about the celestial object. For the term used for exposing the rear to an opponent, see Taunt.
The Moon (月 Tsuki) is a celestial object revolving around Earth in the Dragon Ball universe just like its real life counterpart. Its significance is that it has caused some Saiyans to transform into their Great Ape form and has been destroyed two times and revived one time.
In the Dr. Slump chapter, "Hello, Moon!", the Time Slipper transports Arale and Tsururin back to the time of the dinosaurs in 75 Million Before Age, a few moments before the events of the Tertiary extinction caused by a meteorite killing most prehistoric lifeforms. Arale stops the meteorite from hitting the Earth and Headbutting it back into space where it became caught in Earth's orbit, unintentionally resulting in the creation of Earth's Moon.
Prior to Dragon Ball
Goku is known to have transformed into a Great Ape and killed Grandpa Gohan, of which he has no recollection. It is implied that Grandpa Gohan survived at least one encounter with Great Ape Goku given he attempted to warn Goku about going out during a full moon by claiming Great Ape monsters appeared though ultimately Goku failed to heed his grandfather's advice leading to the transformation that lead to Grandpa Gohan's death.
Man-Wolf, a fighter in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, could not turn back to a human because Roshi destroyed the moon. Master Roshi used a Hypnosis Technique on Man-Wolf to convince him that Krillin's head is the moon. The Hypnosis Technique worked and Man-Wolf turned back to a human.
During the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku mentions that Kami removed his tail during his training on The Lookout so that the moon could be fixed. The moon is later seen, in Dragon Ball Z, indicating that it has indeed been restored.
Dragon Ball Z
Gohan first transformed into a Great Ape on seeing the moon during his training with Piccolo. To prevent it, Piccolo seemingly destroys the moon. However, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot states that he in actuality created an illusion in which the moon was destroyed. After this, the Earth's moon was never shown again until the Trunks Saga.
Goku's Space pod projected the image of a moon which again made Gohan transform into a Great Ape. When Piccolo destroyed the Space pod the projector was destroyed.
As a result of the moon not being present, Vegeta made a Power Ball that transformed him into a Great Ape. Yajirobe cut off his tail so Vegeta could not transform anymore. Later, Gohan transformed after looking at the Power Ball. Vegeta cuts Gohan's tail with a Destructo Disk after a short struggle, but Gohan landed on him and Vegeta retreated.
In Dragon Ball Z episode 118, "Frieza's Counterattack", the moon can be seen while the Earth is briefly shown from King Cold's spaceship. The moon also appears in the sky in one scene of Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon.
Dragon Ball Super
In Dragon Ball Super during the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, the Rabbit Mob can be seen on the moon watching as Merus flies past. This indicates the Rabbit Mob went back to live on the moon after it was restored.
Dragon Ball GT
During Dragon Ball GT, Goku was fighting for the humans of Earth in a death-lock battle with the Tuffle King's descendant, Baby, on New Planet Plant. Although, the moon was not present, Goku was able to transform into a Golden Great Ape due the reflection of Blutz Waves by the Earth. Although it was the Earth that caused the transformation, all of the people present for the battle questioned where the moon was, including a brainwashed Bulma and Baby himself, giving an elusion to the moon whereabouts.
Moons of other Planets
Most moons or satellites of other planets have been shown when the planet was shown, and without much significance. However, the moons of Planet Vegeta and of Planet Kanassa were important, as Saiyans had used them to transform. The moon played a significant role during the Saiyan-Tuffle war. It allowed the Saiyans to transform into Great Apes and gave them the victory over the Tuffles after a 10 years war on planet Plant.
The sky of Arlia holds two moons. During the destruction of the planet, it shows one moon being destroyed with the planet.
Planet Vampa has a moon as well which triggers Broly's Great Ape transformation. When Paragus and Beets are exploring the planetoid, Beets notices the planet has a moon, though the experienced Paragus warns him not to look at it as it could trigger his Great Ape transformation which Beets had never experienced due to being an engineer. Beets complies and is later killed by Paragus thus never transforms into a Great Ape. Paragus later removes Broly's tail to prevent any further transformations though Broly later acquires his Wrath State which gives him access to the power of a Great Ape in his humanoid form though causes him to lose control of himself not unlike a Great Ape.
Video Game Appearances
The Tail&Moon card allows Saiyan characters such as Gohan to transform into Great Ape in the Gokuden series.
In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, the moon is seen in battle stages at night, allowing Saiyans with tail to transform into Great Apes. The moon can also be seen in the computer game Dragon Ball Online.
In Dragon Ball Heroes and Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, it is possible to create a moon using certain CAA Special Abilities in order to transform into Great Apes or Golden Great Apes. During the transformation phase the player moves the VR Card in a circle to create a moon to transform. The moon is shown in the sky when Gohan turns into a Great Ape in the story mode of Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission.
In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, during Goku's meeting his brother Raditz mentions Earth having a Moon in reference to the Great Ape transformation before noticing Goku's tail has been removed. During Saiyan Saga Episode 3, while training under Piccolo, Gohan sees the full moon and transforms into a Great Ape forcing Piccolo to confront him to protect the Earth. Eventually Piccolo realizes the Moon is the cause and seemingly destroys it with a Explosive Demon Wave, however according to the Z-Encyclopedia notes for the Saiyan Saga Episode 3 Story Entry, it is stated that in truth Piccolo casts an illusion that only made it appear as if he destroyed it.
- The moon is also destroyed in Akira Toriyama's previous manga series, Dr. Slump. Arale Norimaki breaks it by throwing a rock at it in chapter 23. It is shown repaired in chapter 27.
- Ironically, Arale was unintentionally responsible for its creation in "Hello, Moon!".