In Dragonball Z, when do the characters start moving faster than light if at all?

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    Just after lunch? Perhaps it would help if you explain what you mean by "when" in this case.
    – Blackwood
    Commented Aug 28, 2016 at 23:42
  • Like running/flying, or teleporting?
    – user31178
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 3:34
  • Wasnt it in the 2nd martial art contest during the original DB run in the fight against "ten" that goku went as fast as the speed of light?
    – Thomas
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 8:01

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DBZ is full of weak characters moving insanely fast.
Eg: Raditz vs Goku and Piccolo - first fight:

--- Piccolo's "Beam cannon" (At 3:54 minutes) - a visible light weapon was easily dodged by Raditz, such that Piccolo remarks that "He dodged it, he's faster than the speed of light!"

Other than that, as Ben mentioned: Instant Transmission technique

  • In Raditz's defense, he was literally stronger than the god of the earth.
    – user40790
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 15:51

From the wiki, the "Instant Transmition" is the only one that comes to mind when exceeding the speed of light:

The FUNimation dub states that this technique allows the user to travel at the speed of light, this is not possible, as Goku has been seen using it to travel to other planets and even galaxies in a literal instant. Given that the distances from other solar systems would take light entire years to travel across, this would not be possible.

While the excerpt states that "this is not possible", I believe it is stating that their speeds exceed the speed of light.

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    Technically, maybe. It's a teleportation, though, so they're not actually moving. They're just appearing at a new place.
    – user31178
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 3:33
  • @CreationEdge true; since the definition of "teleportation" does state: "Teleportation or teletransportation is the theoretical transfer of matter or energy from one point to another without traversing the physical space between them."
    – Ben
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 4:09

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