When we think of Dragon Ball, we think of these overpowered heroes, the fierce enemies, the spectacular and epic battles, the various transformations that transcend their power. But there is another aspect, the female characters that are too often left in the background, but that have their own story. Today we put in the spotlight at Tokyo Ichiban, the women of the Dragon Ball franchise!
And to do so, who is more emblematic than Bulma to start this guide of the female characters of the Dragon Ball universe!
Bulma : Son Goku’s first meeting
Who is Bulma ?
Bulma (ブルマBuruma) is a brilliant scientist. She is the second daughter of Capsule Corporation founder Dr. Brief and his wife Panchi, Tights younger sister, and she’s Goku's first friend and the first girl he meets from the city. She was Yamcha's girlfriend, but she eventually became the wife of the prince of saiyans Vegeta, she is the mother of Trunks and Bra.
Although she is not really able to fight like a warrior in the saga, her original inventions and innovative gadgets play a key role in the victory of several moments. She is credited with the Dragon Radar for finding the Dragon Balls.
Bulma is a young girl with a thin waist and turquoise hair. As time goes by, her haircuts change as well as her different outfits. It can be seen that many of the clothes Bulma wears often have her name or the Capsule Corporation logo on them.
Bulma has a temperamental personality while being very tomboyish and girly at the same time. Although known for her extreme intellect, Bulma is considerably spoiled and vain, using her great beauty as an excuse to justify her selfish behavior. Her selfishness even prevented her from ascending the Magic Cloud. Under stressful conditions, she becomes easily frightened and angry at everyone, including her allies. Bulma tends to worry a lot about her hygiene, complaining frequently when circumstances prevent her from taking a bubble bath or stocking up on cosmetics, even when her hygiene is the least of her worries, such as when she's stuck in the wilderness.
But despite her temperament, Bulma is often kind and helpful to others. She tends to approach major situations rationally, often making crucial decisions on her own, and she tends to be very persistent in achieving her goals. As she becomes more mature, Bulma focuses on becoming a great scientist and helps by creating and correcting inventions that will later help the Z-Fighters team and her family in the Dragon Ball series. She is very witty, usually teasing her friends, as well as being happy and easygoing.
Fun facts about Bulma
- The name Bulma is an allusion to a small panty
- Bulma's hobby is to invent new gadgets.
- Bulma's favorite food is strawberries.
- Bulma smokes during the Great Saiyaman saga. She will later be seen smoking again, at certain points in Dragon Ball Z, such as during the Great Saiyaman saga when Gohan asks her to make a costume for him. It is possible that she took the habit from her father, a well-known chain smoker in the series.
- Bulma has been turned into food twice in her life: into a carrot in Dragon Ball, and into chocolate once by Majin Buu in DBZ.
Chichi : Son Goku's wife
It's possible that you already know her. You might even know her very well if you are a fan of the Dragon Ball series
Chi-Chi, the princess of Fire Mountain, is known for her strong character. She is the daughter of Ox-King, aka Gyumao, a former apprentice of Muten Roshi and met Son Goku at the beginning of his adventures.
At the beginning of the series, she was presented as a timid and shy girl, but as the saga progressed, she became more fierce and powerful, which contributes to a very "tomboy" character. Indeed, this personality allows her to be very noticeable in the whole series with her explosions of anger from time to time.
When she was still a child, Chi-Chi was a shy girl. She kept thinking about who she was going to marry. As the daughter of King Gyumao, she had the reputation of being a terrifying girl just like her father, but fortunately this was not the case. Besides, her father proved that Chi-Chi was pure of heart by being able to ride the Magic Cloud. Her fearful nature is also very noticeable when she fights against her opponents while crying.
Once she became an adult, Chi-Chi's character changed considerably. This change became very pronounced after she married Goku and had their first son, Gohan in reference to Goku's adoptive grandfather. She began to have a very different personality than when she was a child. She had become a tenacious, controlling and over protective woman. She was often shown with a personality similar to that of the stereotypical authoritarian Japanese housewife, controlling her home with a masterful hand. On the other hand, her character is very different from Bulma, the main female character of Dragon Ball and the Japanese anime world in general, who is always happy and sociable.
Although Chi-Chi's power is very weak compared to the other members of the Z-Fighters team, she is still one of the strongest women in the world. She has also been noted for her fighting ability, which is far above the level of a normal human. Despite the fact that Chi-Chi often yells at Goku when he is training or fighting or at Gohan for doing his homework, she has always shown that she loves her family from the bottom of her heart.
Physically, Chi-Chi is a woman of slender build. She has large black eyes, with long straight black hair enhanced by square bangs. She has a fair complexion and she is conventionally attractive.
Android 18 : The creation of Doctor Gero who will become the wife of Kuririn
Android 18, whose real name is Lazuli, was an antagonist assassin in the pay of Doctor Gero. She was transformed into cyborg by this last one. She is the twin sister of Android 17, whose real name is Lapis, who was also transformed into a cyborg. The twins served the cause of revenge of Doctor Gero against Goku.
Android 18 is an excellent fighter, she proves to be a formidable opponent against the Fighter Z and will become a great ally after the Cell saga. Indeed, instead of having a fatal fate, she will be saved and will become the wife of Krilin.
Android 18 is very pretty. She has a thin and curvy body, a light complexion, blue eyes and a half-long blond hair cut. She wears small gold earrings. Under her young girl's looks, she is a formidable fighter and very mature intellectually. Her character is like her twin brother, cool and confident, especially in battle.
After her marriage to Krilin, she moved in with him and lived in Kame House. Later on, they will have a baby girl named Marron who looks a lot like her mother.
Android 18 Trivia
- Before becoming a cyborg, Lazuli was a young delinquent girl
- Once transformed into a cyborg, Lazuli kept certain traits of her former personality, especially the sadistic side she can have, especially in combat.
- Her name Lazuli and her brother’s name Lapis refer to the famous gemstone Lapis Lazuli also called stone of kings, of gods.
- The daughter of Krilin and Android 18 is called Marron like an ex girlfriend of Krillin who was called Maron (without the second R)
That’s all folks, what do you think of our top 3 most iconic female characters in Dragon Ball series ? Tell us which one is your favorite ?