The Internet can be a terrifying place, but it has come out in full joyous force for Dragon Ball fans as of late. The long-running franchise reached peak popularity years ago when tech-savvy otakus went online to evangelize all things Saiyan. Now, social media is blowing up a subtle tidbit found in a recent promo for Toei Animation’s Dragon Ball Super. And, of course, the resulting memes are all comparing two new anime characters to a pair of DC Comics icons.
Over on Twitter, fans began rallying behind a newly released trailer for Dragon Ball Super’s upcoming ‘Universal Survival’ arc. The storyline is set to pit Goku and his Universe 7 warriors against other fearsome opponents in a life-of-death martial art tournament. With Zen-Oh watching over the ordeal, all the world’s universes will have their representatives meet up to defend their homes - and two of the officials look rather familiar.
At the end of the trailer, fans are shown a brand-new God of Destruction and his angel attendant. Much like Beerus and Whis, the pair look deceptively strong, but it is there appearance that has fans buzzing. The unnamed characters look entirely too reminiscent of the Joker and Harley Quinn from DC Comics. With the god’s clownish attire and his angel’s pigtails, there was no way netizens were going to let the look-alike duo go unnoticed.
SO ARE WE JUST GONNA IGNORE THIS REFERENCE TO THE JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN IN DRAGON BALL SUPER? pic.twitter.com/Lyxb1P7BrR— son romehan (@ThatsROMENTIK) January 22, 2017
I don't know about you but I'm really hyped for the Universe Survival Arc in Dragon Ball Super. Just look at the Joker and Harley wannabe. pic.twitter.com/war9WJ7x87— TRI$TĀN~$EN₽AI (@Tantrisitis) January 22, 2017
Joker and Harley Quinn are officially Dragon Ball Super characters. How you feeling about that?— Jonathan Jade Martin (@JadeJonnyGamer) January 22, 2017
In February, Dragon Ball Super's story arc is set to kick off with the ‘Universal Survival’ saga. You can check out the brief synopsis for it below:
“At Goku’s request, the Omni-Kings’ “Tournament of Power” martial arts tournament between universes now begins! …But this also proves to be the beginning of universal destruction. What awaits the victors of this tournament, and the vanquished…?! How will these intense team battles between the elites of each universe turn out…?!”
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Dragon Ball Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. CST. Toonami will begin airing the English dub on Adult Swim Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.