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Over 9000

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OVER 9000 is one of the oldest memes on the planet. It was started by Kajetokun when he posted the video shown to the right. It was said by Vegeta in an early episode of Dragon Ball Z when Nappa asked for Goku's power level. Since 9000 was higher than Nappa's power level, this caused Vegeta to break the scouter in rage. In the original Japanese version, Goku's power level was only 8000. However, in most later dubs, it has remained 9000 so the fanboys won't be disappointed. The uncut version of Dragon Ball Z Kai changes it back to 8000 at last.

9000+ is how big Goku's power level once was. Since then, it has easily gone up to wayyyy over 500 billion. Over 9000 is also how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop.

Detailed Origin[edit]

"Over 9000" was a phrase that Kajetokun's friends kept saying at an anime convention circa 2005. Kajetokun really didn't know much about the phrase, but him and his friend Jarrod found it hilarious because they thought the scouter blew up on Vegeta's face when he said the line. They began to joke about how if something was "over 9000", it'd spontaneously explode. Eventually, Kajetokun found the original video, and though slightly disappointed that Vegeta broke the scouter himself, still found it quite funny. He was about to show Jarrod so he'd know the actual scene. Jarrod wasn't online, so Kajetokun played around with it in Windows Movie Maker and added clips from Rhythm Heaven and GaioGaiGar. He uploaded it to YouTube as a joke, and thanks to VGCats and the Internet Hate Machine, bam! Instant meme.

Kajetokun doesn't find "9000!!!" to be very funny anymore. In fact, it's his least favourite from all of his videos. This actually isn't because of its popularity, but because it started from an in-joke that he found hilarious at the time, but not so much in the present.


{{#ev:youtube|2eQLsXonBaY|320}}The new version of "Over 9000".

The scene differs pretty much every time it appears. Only the Ocean Group version seems to show up in poop. Ocean's script was copied exactly for the Burst Limit video game.


Nappa: Vegeta! What does the scouter say about his power level?
Vegeta: It's over nine THOU-SAAAAAAAAAND!!!

Funimation (original)

Nappa: Vegeta, what did you say his power level is?
Vegeta: It's over nine thousand. RAAAAAAHHHH

Budokai Tenkaichi 3

Nappa: Vegeta! What is Kakarot's power level?
Vegeta: It's over nine thousand!

Funimation Kai (TV)

Nappa: Vegeta... Vegeta! What's wrong with you!? Tell me what his power level is!
Vegeta: Tch... it's over nine THOU-SAAAAAAAAND!!!

Funimation Kai (DVD)

Nappa: Vegeta! What does the scouter say about his power level?
Vegeta: It's over... eight thousand! Dah!
Nappa: Eight thousand!

Italian version

Vegeta: Ah, più di ottomila, accipicchia! (Dah, more than eight thousand, dammit!)

Latin American version

Nappa: Por favor! Dime cual es el poder de pelea de Kakaroto!?
Vegeta: Es más de ochomil!!!
Nappa: QUE OCHOMIL!?!?