|Dragon Ball character|
Bulma, drawn by Akira Toriyama
|First appearance||Dragon Ball Chapter #1: Bulma and Son Goku (1984)|
|Created by||Akira Toriyama|
|Relatives||Dr. Briefs (father)|
Bulma (Japanese: ブルマ, Hepburn: Buruma) is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. She debuted in the first chapter Bulma and Son Goku (ブルマと孫悟空, Buruma to Son Gokū), published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on November 20, 1984, meeting Goku and recruiting him as her bodyguard to travel and find the wish-granting Dragon Balls. Bulma is the daughter of Dr. Briefs, the founder of the Capsule Corporation, a company that creates special small capsules that shrink and hold objects of various sizes for easy storage. Being the daughter of a brilliant scientist, Bulma is also a scientific genius, as well as an inventor and engineer. Along with creating the Dragon Radar, a device that detects the energy signal emitted by a Dragon Ball, Bulma's role as an inventor becomes important at several points in the series; including the time machine that brings her future son Trunks to the past.
- 1 Creation and design
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Personality
- 4 Biography
- 4.1 Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
- 4.2 Dragon Ball
- 4.3 Dragon Ball Z
- 4.4 Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
- 4.5 Dragon Ball Super
- 4.6 Peaceful World Saga
- 4.7 Dragon Ball GT
- 5 Film appearances
- 5.1 Curse of the Blood Rubies
- 5.2 Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
- 5.3 Mystical Adventure
- 5.4 The Path to Power
- 5.5 Dead Zone
- 5.6 The World's Strongest
- 5.7 The Tree of Might
- 5.8 Lord Slug
- 5.9 Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
- 5.10 Bojack Unbound
- 5.11 Fusion Reborn
- 5.12 Wrath of the Dragon
- 5.13 Battle of Gods
- 5.14 Resurrection ‘F’
- 6 Power
- 7 Special Abilities
- 8 Appearances in other media
- 9 Voice Actresses
- 10 Battles
- 11 Trivia
- 12 Reception
- 13 Gallery
- 14 See also
- 15 References
Creation and design
Bulma is loosely based on the character Tang Sanzang from the Chinese classic novel Journey to the West. Bulma and Goku were the first pair of characters which were introduced in the manga and Toriyama stated that he subsequently introduced other characters in pairs because "that way, I’m able to explain the characters and their relationship to each other through their interactions. In my case, I feel that it isn’t good to insert too much narration. I suppose Goku and Bulma are representative of that." He further added that "as a child, Goku doesn’t know anything [of the world], so without Bulma, he’d be a character who didn’t say anything." The author also claimed that when the series started, his editor at the time, Kazuhiko Torishima, wanted Bulma and Goku to form a romantic relationship.
Bulma's appearance in the series is not as consistent as the other characters as she quite often changes her hair style and clothing being fashion-conscious. Her hair is usually depicted in a shade of fuchsia, although in the first chapter and the anime her hair is turquoise. When asked about the first time Bulma's hair style changed, Toriyama said it was to show that three years had passed and because he personally liked girls with short hair. She sometimes wears clothing with either her name on it or the Capsule Corporation logo.
Her name "Buruma" is the Japanese pronunciation of "bloomer", a type of gym shorts worn by Japanese girls at school. As with most characters in the Dragon Ball series, Bulma's name is consistent with those of the rest of her family. All of Bulma's family members are named after underclothing of some sort. Her father's name is Dr. Briefs, while her son and daughter are named Trunks and Bra (ブラ, Bura, "Bulla" in the English anime dub) respectively. Her mother is never named in the series, being referred to only as "Bulma's Mother" (ブルマのママ, Buruma no Mama). However, when asked in 2004 what name he would choose if he were to name her mother, Toriyama suggested Panchi (パンチー, Panchī), a pun on panties. Toriyama stated in an interview that Bulma's family has a "laissez-faire attitude, but Bulma has complete control over things."
In Toriyama's first draft of Dragon Ball, Bulma's design was significantly different giving her the appearance of a western girl. During the second draft Bulma had the braided ponytail that she had in her first appearance but older looking with a different styled dress. The third draft gave her the name of Pinchi and had exactly the same design as the final draft but her clothes her tight black pants with a shirt that had her shoulders exposed.
Throughout the entire series, Bulma has changed her appearance more than any character going through a total of 18 different hairstyles. In the original manga, her hair is purple, and in the anime it is turquoise. Her hairstyle was shoulder-length as a teenager. Many of the clothes Bulma is seen wearing often bear her name or the Capsule Corporation logo on it. She had a tender appearance in her teen years, like her milky colored skin. In her teen years her bust measurement was 85cm, her waist measurement was 58cm, and her hip measurement was 84cm. As an adult her bust measurement was 87.2cm before breastfeeding, and 83.4cm after.
In her initial appearance, Bulma had her hair in a braided ponytail with a red ribbon and wore a very short pink dress with her name on it with blue sneakers and purple socks. Due to wetting her panties when being captured by a pterodactyl, her clothes are quickly changed to a pair of boots, gray pants and a blue jacket with a white tank top underneath with her hair unchanged. When she was staying the night in her Capsule House she wore a pink nightgown with one side of her hair in a pigtail and adds a pair of pink socks and blue sneakers to it when she was forced to take Turtle to the beach. After coming back from the beach, Bulma is briefly seen in a white shirt and pants with brown shoes and gloves when attempting to ride Goku's Flying Nimbus.
When dealing with Oolong in Aru Village, Bulma is seen in one of her more consistent appearances featuring her hair down and wearing a pair of brown short shorts, red & white shoes, pink socks, a red jacket with a white shirt underneath and a red hat with her name on it. Since she loses her Capsules at a river, she is forced to wear a Bunny costume since she thinks the previous outfit got too dirty for her to wear. She wears the Bunny costume until she gets a pair of gypsy styled clothes at Monster Carrot's Village. The gypsy clothes consisted of her hair in a ponytail while wearing white suit with a red waistband, a golden collar, a small blue jacket, gold armlets, and red sandals. She wears this outfit until she gets back to West City. When she attended the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament she wears a red tank top that has her name on it, a white shirt underneath, orange skirt, yellow socks and purple shoes. Her hair is also pony tail with a red bow on her head.
During the time, Bulma met back with Goku in West City during his time being targeted by the Red Ribbon Army, Bulma wore a red tube top that leaves her shoulders exposed, orange shorts, and pink shoes with purple socks while having her hair in a side ponytail. When she was with Krillin being pursued by General Blue in the Pirate Cave she left her shorts, shoes, and socks behind to swim and was just in her red tube top and red panties although at the back of her panties it shows her butt cracks while wearing it. After getting back to Kame House after the incident she is seen wearing an outfit which is identical to the outfit worn before but everything being pink. She wears this outfit all the way until the end of the Fortuneteller Baba Saga.
After the three year time skip, has her hair cut shorter and wears an opened up orange sweatshirt, a red shirt underneath, white skirt, orange socks and blue shoes with orange laces at the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. She wears this same outfit minus the orange sweatshirt for part of the King Piccolo Saga. In the later half, she switches to a blue shirt and skirt. After King Piccolo's defeat Bulma is seen wearing a white and blue stripped shirt with an orange skirt. After another three year time skip during the Piccolo Jr. Saga, she wears a sleeveless purple dress with a white belt that has a pouch to the side. She also is wearing white boots with yellow socks and has her hair at shoulder length again as well as wearing red lipstick. She also wears pink earrings and wears a pink bracelet on her left wrist. She also had the same appearance in Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest and Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug.
After the five-year gap that begins Dragon Ball Z, Bulma has her hair cut short again and wears white shorts, blue socks, blue and orange shoes and a blue shirt that leaves her shoulders exposed underneath an open white coat. After the year has passed in the middle of the Vegeta Saga, Bulma wears a blue shirt with a white collar and white edges on the sleeves as well as matching blue shorts with the edges on the bottom. Her hair is also back to a pony tail with a red bow. After the battle of the Saiyans is over, Bulma wears a white shirt that says Capsule Corporation and a pair of tight red jeans and has her hair all the way down with it longer than before. While on the ship on their trip to Namek, Bulma had her hair cut to shoulder length again and wore only her gray tank top and panties while traveling on board the Nameless Namek's spaceship (a reference to Ellen Ripley in the Alien films). While on Namek, she wore a perfectly fitting black jumpsuit on the whole body with a yellow tunic over it and pair of orange boots as with as a red hairband. In the Android Saga, she wore a burgundy long-sleeved shirt, white pants and her hair was still shoulder-length which is also retained in Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan while in Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, she wears a yellow dress with a pearl necklace and retains her hairstyle from the Android Saga. In the Buu Saga, she wore a sleeveless green dress with the shoes similar to what her sons wears and her hair is bowl-cut and she also wears gold hoop earrings. At the Capsule Corporation garage, she wears a brown long-sleeved button-down shirt with dark green pants, a dark brown vest and brown gloves. At the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament and for the majority of the Buu Saga, her green dress is replaced with a sleeveless red dress and a yellow kerchief tied around her neck, although she switches back to the green dress for the party celebration for the defeat of Kid Buu in "He's Always Late". In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and early Dragon Ball Super, Bulma wears a sleeveless purple dress and a light green kerchief tied around her neck resembling her outfit that she wore in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament and wears red sneakers and also wears small gold earrings instead of gold hoop earrings and she also retains her bowl-cut hairstyle from the Buu Saga. In Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, she wears the same appearance from the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament in the Majin Buu Saga while in Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon, her red dress and a yellow kerchief is replaced by a blue dress which resembles her green dress.
For Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and Dragon Ball Super, Bulma receives a new outfit which she wears a white tank top, a red bandanna, jeans, cowgirl boots, wears stud earrings, and her hair becomes blue. After the Kid Buu Saga, she wears a yellow and black dress with a black leather jacket and brown gloves and black boots and retains her bowl-cut hairstyle from the Majin Buu Saga, but with an open bang and now wears gold triangle earrings. In Dragon Ball GT, Bulma wears a long-sleeved orange dress with white pearls and black boots and retains the same hairstyle and the same gold triangle earrings from the end of Dragon Ball Z.
Her personality was based on the princess from Akira Toriyama's one-shot Dragon Boy and her appearance was from Plamo from another one of Toriyama's one-shots named The Adventures of Tongpoo.
Bulma has a temperamental personality while being very tomboyish and girly at the same time. While known for her extreme intellect, Bulma is considerably spoiled and vain, using her great beauty as an excuse for her selfish behavior. Her selfishness prevented her from being able to ride the Flying Nimbus. While in stressful conditions, she becomes frightened easily and gets angry toward everyone including her allies. Bulma tends to have a great deal of concern over her hygiene, frequently complaining when circumstances prevent her from taking a bubble bath or replenishing her beauty supplies, even when her hygiene is the least of her worries such as being stranded in the wilderness.
Despite her temperament, Bulma often displays friendliness and helpfulness towards 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 gets more mature, Bulma focuses on becoming a great scientist and helps out by creating and fixing inventions that help the Z Fighters and her family. She is shown to be very witty, usually teasing her friends, apart of being happy and easy-going.
Bulma enjoys strawberries, attractive boys and bubble baths. While dealing in certain social dilemmas, Bulma sometimes has to deal with using her sex appeal to get what she wants. Though she shows a strong annoyance to perverted men, she herself got infatuated towards any attractive guy she saw even in her early adulthood, even during the time she was dating Yamcha, whom she claimed she was in love with and intended to marry. However, she loses interest in him due to his lack of commitment to her and becomes more committed to her relationship with Vegeta. At times, she doesn't watch her mouth which gets her into trouble.
Despite their rocky start and quarrelsome natures, Bulma tends to have a unanimous relationship with Vegeta, which increasingly improves after they get married. Bulma tends to take control over Vegeta and often berates him for his rude behavior, yet she takes pleasure in teasing him. Although they are polar opposites and despite him being a former enemy to the Z Fighters, Bulma is very devoted to Vegeta and truly loves him, even taking great pride at being his wife. After becoming a mother, Bulma is a very loving one towards her son and daughter, even though she demonstrated some irresponsibility when she took Trunks to the Androids battlefield when he was a baby but she later learns from this mistake.
As she got older, Bulma was shown to have some irritation towards her fellow Z-Fighters for constantly relying on the Dragon Balls to revive people when dealing with a threat. This eventually came to a head when Piccolo, Goten, and Trunks were sealed inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber when fighting Super Buu, where she called them out on their stating they'll revive Goten and Trunks with the Dragon Balls in case they get killed, especially when Goten and Trunks were children (also calling the rest of the Z-Fighters cowards in the Japanese dub), after Krillin suggested that Piccolo, Goten, and Trunks commit suicide and then revive them.
Though she is not a fighter, Bulma can be violent when angered and defend herself if need be. Several characters such as Krillin, Gohan, Goku and even to some extent Vegeta, are shown to fear her violent temper. When it seemed Frieza had been destroyed by the Large Spirit Bomb Krillin freaked when he remembered they had left Bulma all alone on Namek and Krillin even suggested that an angry Bulma is more terrifying than Frieza. Much later, Goku freaked out when he realized he had forgotten it was Bulma's birthday and even suggested she might be more terrifying than Beerus. Also, Vegeta adamantly refused to go training with Goku during Bulma's pregnancy because he feared she would never forgive him.
She even angrily slapped the God of Destruction Beerus for ruining her party (however this was partially due to her belief that Beerus was a friend of her husband's). Fortunately, Beerus responded by simply slapping her right back, causing Vegeta to angrily attack Beerus in order to defend his wife. Overtime, even Beerus came to fear her temper and often tries to avoid saying anything that will anger her. When she finally comes face-to-face with Frieza after his revival and confronts him along with the Z Fighters and Jaco, Bulma bravely confronts Frieza, to the point of even addressing the tyrant impolitely and rudely. However, her confidence and bravado was shown to due to her belief that Gohan and the other Z Fighters were stronger than Frieza and quickly lost her bravado (to the point she began speaking politely to Frieza) when Gohan and Piccolo pointed out that Frieza had become far stronger than he was previously. She even attempted to get Frieza to wait for Goku, but when Frieza agreed to wait only ten seconds for Goku to appear, she lost her temper and called him a stingy jerk (and in the Funimation dub even said "Screw you!" to Frieza and called him names, such as bastard and scumbag).
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
At Age 739, ten years before the events in the Emperor Pilaf Saga, Bulma who is just five years old visits with her family Omori's island. Bulma helps fix Jaco's spaceship without any of them noticing it. She demonstrates such intelligence that impresses both Jaco and Omori. Bulma carries with her a laser gun designed by herself and says it was made because she thought Jaco was an evil alien. Ten years later, Bulma graduated from university and is in search of mysterious balls that the myth says it can make whatever wish come true.
Emperor Pilaf Saga
I want a bath, I need air conditioning, I don't want to be stranded in the desert without a boyfriend or my dynocaps anymore—Bulma while walking in the desert, "Yamcha the Desert Bandit"
At the age of 16, she found the two-star Dragon Ball in her basement. She created the Dragon Radar to find the other Dragon Balls so she can wish for a lifetime supply of strawberries, but later decides she wants to wish for the perfect boyfriend instead. She began her quest for the other balls during her summer vacation and after a couple of days she found the Five-Star Dragon Ball in the North Valley.
Nine days later, she went to Mount Paozu to find the next Dragon Ball when she accidentally hit a young boy named Goku with her car. Bulma was the first girl Goku had ever seen and even more so, the second human Goku had ever seen, after his guardian, Grandpa Gohan, who had died. After Goku took Bulma to his house, she finds out that he has the four-star Dragon Ball, and explains the legend and power behind them. After failing to seduce Goku for the Dragon Ball, she decides to become traveling partners with him to which he agrees, though she deliberately neglected to tell him that the Dragon Balls scatter after the wish is made.
Later that night when camping in a Capsule House in Skull Valley, Bulma ends up introducing Goku to several elements that he was deprived of in his isolation such as technology, bathing and even the anatomy of women (by accident). The next morning, Goku finds a sea Turtle lost and decides to walk him back to the beach, which Bulma unhappily agrees to since she does not want to be left alone and defenseless. After an encounter with a Bear Thief, they got him to the beach and met Master Roshi, who gave Goku the Flying Nimbus for bringing him back. Bulma, who saw Master Roshi's Three-Star Dragon Ball, got it from him in exchange for showing him her panties (which she did not know were not on at the time because Goku removed them while she was sleeping that morning). Only later, she discovers that her underwear is gone and gets furious as Goku admits (after being explained what panties are) that he took them off. When the two continue their journey, Bulma tries to use the Flying Nimbus, but was rejected since she is not pure-hearted.
Three days later, Bulma and Goku ended up in Aru Village which was under the rule of a shapeshifter named, Oolong, who kidnapped the young daughters of the villagers. Bulma was given the six-star Dragon Ball by an old lady in the village for coming up with a plan to have Goku defeat Oolong. Bulma forced Oolong to come with them on their journey since his shape shifting ability can come in handy. The journey became hard for when they reached the Diablo Desert and lost her capsules after traveling through a river on a boat just before. While in the desert, she met Yamcha, who she develops a crush on.
After spending the night in Oolong's House-Wagon, she was forced to wear a Bunny costume, because it was the only clean clothes around she had to wear. Two days later, the Dragon Ball Gang arrived at Fire Mountain to find the next Dragon Ball before the Ox-King finds them. Bulma and Oolong almost got killed by the Ox-King but were saved when he found out that Goku knew Master Roshi. Bulma got the seven-star Dragon Ball when Goku and the Ox-King's daughter Chi-Chi, retrieved Master Roshi to put out the flames on Fire Mountain but unfortunately for her, Bulma had let Roshi touch her breasts in return. Bulma had Oolong take her place in her shape, but Bulma got angry when he went overboard and exposed her breasts to him as well.
While on their way to the final Dragon Ball, they end up getting supplies at a town. While there, Bulma is mistaken for a member of the Rabbit Mob because she is still wearing the bunny suit Oolong gave her. After getting new clothes, she is not feared by the townsfolk anymore. After Goku defeats two members of the mob they call their boss Monster Carrot, who turns Bulma into a carrot. Goku got help from Yamcha and Puar (who have been secretly following them the whole time) to defeat Monster Carrot and have Bulma turned back into a human. The gang got back on track to their last, one-star Dragon Ball which was in the possession of Emperor Pilaf who has the desire to use them to rule the world. Bulma and the others had to get a ride from Yamcha and Puar to Pilaf's Castle since they had their previous car destroyed by Pilaf's minion Shu and five of their Dragon Balls stolen by him.
While in Pilaf's Castle the gang was trapped in a room where Pilaf was able to steal the last ball from them that Goku had on. Oolong was able to save the world by stopping Pilaf from making his wish by shouting his wish for panties just a fraction of a second before Pilaf's request for world domination. However, the Dragon Ball Gang was put into a cell to be fried the next morning. Bulma and the others were able to escape when Goku looked at the Full Moon and become a Great Ape and break them out. The next morning Bulma becomes disappointed that she did not get her wish but then decides to hook up with Yamcha and head to back to her home in West City.
After preventing Pilaf from taking over the world, Bulma, Yamcha, Oolong, and Puar decide to return to West City while Goku goes to train with Master Roshi. On their way back their airplane crashes into a jungle where they are forced to walk. While back at West City, Bulma and Yamcha start to date. She cheers Yamcha on while watching him defeat an entire dojo of fighters to train for the upcoming World Martial Arts Tournament. During the time Bulma decides to go visit Goku at Roshi's Island but found that the house was moved to a different location. Bulma becomes mad when Yamcha leaves West City to train in the wild. A month later, when coming home from grocery shopping, Bulma almost gets run over by a truck but is saved when Yamcha returns and saves her. Bulma becomes disappointed at him for being gone for so long and not contacting her. Afterward, she takes Yamcha to her house and gets him cleaned up.
When Bulma arrives at Papaya Island to watch the Tournament, She meets back up with Goku and Master Roshi while they were signing up. During the Elimination Rounds, Bulma used Oolong to help her get a good view into the room so she can watch Yamcha fight. When the Tournament started she got a front row seat. While Goku did an excellent job in the Tournament, Bulma proudly took credit for being the one to discover him. After Goku lost the final round against Jackie Chun (who was really Master Roshi in disguise) Bulma and the rest of the gang ate dinner and began to leave back home but she was unfortunately stranded in the desert again when Yamcha's car broke down and was caught in a sand storm bringing them back to the World Tournament Arena where they started.
Red Ribbon Army Saga
Bulma returns to West City and continues going to school at the Senior High School. She begins to dislike Yamcha due to his popularity with other women. Goku meets back up with her in front of her house at Capsule Corporation one day when she ditched school and came home early. Goku came to have Bulma repair the Dragon Radar that got broken while traveling. Feeling bored with life in West City, she decides to join Goku and collect the Dragon Balls once more. Before Goku had arrived, she had made a new device, the Micro Band, so she can shrink and travel with him in his shirt while he is on the Flying Nimbus. Just before leaving, Bulma decides to show Goku around the city. While traveling through the city, Goku and Bulma come across Yamcha, Oolong, and Puar, who decide to come along with them to Dream Land. At Dream Land, Bulma decides to be moody the whole time because of her fight with Yamcha and walk around by herself. When she decides that she wanted to apologize to Yamcha, she sees what looks like Yamcha holding another woman, however, Yamcha was actually trying to disarm a scimitar from Hasky. Angry at Yamcha for his "infidelity", Bulma whacks him with a pot, knocking him out and allowing Hasky to escape. After Goku caught Hasky, Bulma officially breaks up with Yamcha and travels with Goku to find the Dragon Balls.
Bulma and Goku end up flying to an island that is right near the location of a Dragon Ball that is located in the ocean. When Bulma finds out that she did not have a submarine capsule on her, Goku goes off to find the ball underwater by himself, leaving Bulma on the island. Bulma wanders the island not knowing that it was a base for the Red Ribbon Army. While wandering the island, she comes across two soldiers who were attracted to her. Since they were on an island in the middle of nowhere, the two soldiers wanted to take advantage of her, but Bulma ran from them. This made them angry, so they got into their planes and started shooting at Bulma, but Goku came by just in time to defeated the soldiers and save her. Seeing that the ball was very deep underwater, they went to Kame House to see Master Roshi and got a submarine in exchange for her Micro Band (for perverted reasons on Roshi's part). When they began to go off into the ocean, Krillin decided to come along and help them.
While searching in the ocean, they were chased by the submarine of General Blue into a Pirate Cave that was the site of some hidden treasure. While sneaking through the cave, they came across a trap that shot arrows by touching any of the black holes that were littered all over the hallway. Goku and Krillin were able to jump over all of them, but Bulma had to hang upside down on to Goku's Power Pole as it slowly brought her through the hall. While continuing through the cave, Bulma ran away from a Pirate Robot that Goku and Krillin fought. During the fight, Bulma and Krillin left and went ahead of Goku, who decided to stay and fight the robot. At the end of the hall, they had no choice but to strip to their underwear and swim the rest of the way. When Bulma and Krillin found a room filled with the treasure, they encountered General Blue. Bulma stayed and watched Krillin fight against General Blue. Just as Krillin was losing, Goku caught up and took him on. When Blue released his telekinesis on Goku, Bulma tried to seduce General Blue with her body, but it failed because General Blue is not interested in women. After Goku was able to defeat General Blue, Bulma and Krillin went to escape the cave as it was crumbling and Goku went to quickly find the Dragon Ball. Bulma drives an ancient submarine out of the Pirate Cave once Goku got the Dragon Ball.
When they got back to the surface, Bulma shows Krillin and Goku that she hid a diamond from the treasure in her underpants while they were still in there. Bulma uses the diamond to pay Roshi back for not returning his submarine, but Launch reverted to her bad form and stole it. General Blue shows up at Kame House and has everybody tied up using his telekinesis while he takes the Dragon Balls and escapes leaving a bomb behind to kill them. Launch returned just in time to save them by untying Goku so he can throw the bomb and catch up to General Blue. At that point, Bulma decides to end traveling with Goku and stay at Kame House for the time being.
While Goku was out continuing his quest for his Dragon Ball, Bulma took the Micro Band back from Roshi, since he was using it for perverted reasons. While Goku was training at the top of Korin Tower, he looked through one of the water jugs and saw Bulma and Krillin cooking at Roshi's house, where she accidentally burned her finger on the stove. Another time Goku looked through the Jug, she was seen teaching Roshi, Launch, and Krillin how to do aerobics. While she was Roshi's house, she was using what little resources he had laying around to make a Scouting Plane and another Dragon Radar to track Goku down. When Bulma launched the scouting plane, she saw that Goku was heading to the Red Ribbon Army Headquarters to get their Dragon Balls. Bulma decided to make a phone using spare parts around the house so she can call Yamcha and have him take everyone to Goku. When everyone gets to the Red Ribbon Army Base to meet Goku, they are late only to find the Goku easily beat all of them.
Fortuneteller Baba Saga
Bulma fixes the Dragon Radar and is confused that it doesn't pick up the trace of the last Dragon Ball. Bulma decided to stay behind while Goku, Yamcha, Krillin, and Puar go to meet Master Roshi's sister, Fortuneteller Baba, to help them locate the ball, but Bulma and Roshi end up getting dragged to Fortuneteller Baba's Palace by Goku as part of a plan Krillin has. Since Yamcha is a fighting See-Through the Invisible Man and was struggling to fight, not knowing where his opponent is, Krillin has Bulma face Roshi, while pulling her shirt off, exposing her bare breasts to Roshi. Roshi then has a nose-bleed onto the invisible man revealing him to Yamcha for him to easily defeat. Afterward, Bulma gets mad over Krillin pulling her shirt down and hits him.
Bulma meets Upa and spectates the rest of the fights in the Devil's Toilet against Bandages the Mummy and Spike the Devil Man. When Goku finishes the final fight outside against his Grandpa Gohan, Bulma tells him about what Goku accomplished when he's been dead. After Goku finished getting the Dragon Balls, Bulma had to promise Master Roshi that she would stay at Kame House if he would train Yamcha. While everyone was preparing for the World Martial Arts Tournament, Bulma saw pictures of Master Roshi when he was young and learned of InoShikaCho which she had a nightmare of Goku being slaughtered by.
Tien Shinhan Saga
Bulma arrives with everybody else at Papaya Island by plane. While waiting for Goku to arrive, they meet Master Roshi's rival Master Shen the crane hermit, who brought along with students Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu. During the tournament, Yamcha got his leg broken by Tien in the first match and Bulma helped him at the hospital. While staying at the hotel, she shared a room with Launch. As a spectator in the tournament, she seemed to hit Oolong a lot (mostly by accident) and also argued with Master Shen on many occasions. Bulma is also shown to be a fan of Pamput and even debated to cheer for him instead of Goku.
King Piccolo Saga
Bulma's part in the King Piccolo Saga began to emphasize her role as a scientist. She lends the Dragon Radar to the early Z Fighters so that they might locate the Dragon Balls before King Piccolo, however, the protagonists' efforts are in vain when King Piccolo is successful in summoning Shenron, and the menacing Namekian is granted eternal youth. Bulma stores the lifeless bodies of Krillin, Chiaotzu and Master Roshi, all victims of King Piccolo and his deformed son Tambourine, to later be revived by Shenron, along with every other undeserving victim of King Piccolo's campaign.
Piccolo Jr. Saga
Three years later, Bulma was once again a spectator at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, where she reunited with Goku, as well as the other friends she made during Dragon Ball. It is here when she notices how Goku has grown up into a young man. With Goku now being 18 years old and Bulma now 22, Bulma refers to him as handsome and almost takes a liking to him. However, any possibility of a connection was not going to happen since Goku ended up getting engaged to his childhood sweetheart, Chi-Chi in the Quarterfinals. Bulma becomes happy for Goku and looks forward to becoming friends with soon-to-be-bride.
Dragon Ball Z
After five years of peace, Bulma is with Krillin, and Master Roshi at the Kame House, when Goku arrives and introduces them to his new child, Gohan. Bulma, Krillin, and Roshi are shocked by this information at first. Bulma also witnesses Goku's brother, Raditz, arriving on Earth to investigate why Goku, revealed to be a Saiyan named Kakarot by birthright, failed to exterminate the population of Earth as a child. She witnesses Goku fall to Raditz by only one kick, and him kidnapping Gohan. After Raditz's defeat at the co-operative hands of Goku and Piccolo, Bulma is able to repair and modify the warrior's "scouter" device, so that it may display a person's power level in Earth figures, rather than Saiyan ones. A year later, the two Saiyans arrive on Earth. Bulma watches the battle on TV as Yamcha is killed by one of the Saibaman and she breaks down in tears. When they lose the TV signal, Fortuneteller Baba arrives and they watch the battle on her Crystal Ball. Bulma is at age 28 at the time. When Goku fought Vegeta, Bulma read Goku's power level through the scouter, but his power level went too high for the scouter and it broke.
After many of Earth's finest defenders, including Piccolo (and by extension, Kami, and the Dragon Balls), are lost in the battle against the Saiyans Nappa and Vegeta, Bulma attempts to get a trip to Kami and Piccolo's home planet, Namek in hopes of retrieving the Namekian Dragon Balls to revive Piccolo (whose restoration would also revive Kami and the Dragon Balls of Earth). Bulma tries to use the remote to Nappa's spaceship which was left behind but accidentally self-destructs the ship instead. Mr. Popo then assists Bulma by taking her with him on his Magic Carpet to help identify a large contraption in Yunzabit Heights as a spacecraft, particularly the craft used by Kami to escape Namek centuries earlier. After seeing that the ship was fast enough to travel to Jupiter within minutes, she has the ship repaired and modified at Capsule Corporation with the help of her father. During the preparation, Mr. Popo taught Bulma some of the Namekian languages in order to help use the ship. Namek Saga joined by Krillin and Gohan, Bulma uses the spaceship to travel to Namek.
En route to Namek, Bulma was captain of the Namekian Spaceship where she spent the next 34 days sitting around in only her underwear and complaining of boredom. During this time in filler, the group is intercepted by a platoon of orphans in their mirror spaceship, certain that Bulma, Krillin, and Gohan are henchmen of the space tyrant Frieza. They are later tricked into making a crash landing on a fake Namek, where after a complex plot by the aliens Zaacro and Raiti, the group is almost left stranded.
Upon reaching Namek, their troubles only multiply when Banan and Sūi, two of Frieza's henchmen, deliberately damage the group's spaceship during an investigation, rendering them unable to leave the planet. Bulma leaves the Dragon Radar in the care of Krillin and Gohan, who begin their search for the Dragon Balls. During the two's departure, Bulma sets up camp in a Capsule House hidden inside of a cave. While relaxing in a bath, she receives a radio transition from her father that Goku is on his way to Namek. After telling Gohan and Krillin of the news of Goku coming, she meets the Namekian child Dende which they befriended.
She is soon plagued by numerous misdeeds while on Namek, when she is caught in the middle of a devastating confrontation between Vegeta and Zarbon, one of Frieza's top henchmen. She quickly admires Zarbon's appearance prior to the gruesome revelation of his second form, which ends up scaring her. She also witnesses Zarbon's demise as Vegeta obtains the Dragon Ball from them. After this, she is left out in the open to keep guard of the four star Namekian Dragon Ball. When a Dragon Ball accidentally falls into the ocean, Bulma uses her capsule submarine to go underwater and get the Dragon Ball back from a giant crab and its babies. After getting it back on land, she is threatened and kidnapped by two more soldiers of Frieza, Blueberry and Raspberry. She managed to defeat the soldiers. She tricked them by luring them to the nest of the giant crab from earlier, narrowly escaping from them in time. Eventually, she was forced to wander around the landscape, weakened to such an extent that she believes she no longer has anything to live for except getting revenge on Krillin and Gohan for leaving her behind. However, she was forced to flee when several Namekian dinosaurs seemed to be going after Bulma with the intention of killing her, although it was later revealed that they had merely been stampeding due to fear at a huge power increase by Frieza and she had merely been in the way.
Bulma later briefly has her body snatched by Captain Ginyu, leaving her soul trapped inside the body of the Namekian Frog Ginyu had mistakenly snatched during his conflict with Vegeta. She later regains her body when Gohan interferes with Captain Ginyu's body change attempt towards Piccolo by throwing Bulma's frog body between Ginyu and Piccolo. Afterward, she is knocked back by one of the blasts from Frieza and Goku's battle along with Ginyu and is eventually knocked back even further by the aftershock of the Spirit Bomb. Bulma, still feeling sore towards Ginyu for tricking her, has Ginyu try to scout ahead for her friends. After Ginyu reports back, she then notices the aura on a nearby island resulting from Goku's transformation into the Super Saiyan. After Frieza in a last ditch effort against Goku tries to blow up Namek, Bulma, witnessing the cataclysm, expressed horror and stated she did not want to die as the ground began cracking underneath her, though she ultimately survived due to Frieza unintentionally holding back enough power to delay the destruction by five minutes. Bulma attempts to restart the ship when preparing to leave for Earth and tries to stop Gohan from trying to sacrifice himself to stop Frieza from escaping the dying planet.
After a wish made to Porunga, the Eternal Dragon of Namek, transports to Earth all living beings on Namek except for Goku and Frieza, Bulma allows Vegeta and the Nameks to take shelter at Capsule Corporation for a year, until the Z Fighters could be revived and a new planet, suitable for the Nameks, could be found. She even offered Vegeta to stay at her home, which he does but he is bemused when she calls him cute. After half a year, the Namekian Dragon Balls are used to resurrect the deceased Z Fighters, including Yamcha, much to her delight.
Garlic Jr. Saga
In the filler Garlic Jr. Saga of Dragon Ball Z, Bulma attends Master Roshi's party and quickly develops a grudge for Krillin's beloved but frustrating girlfriend, Maron, as Maron relentlessly advances on Yamcha even in Bulma's presence, and often calls Bulma an old lady. She inhales the coat of Black Water Mist that Garlic Jr. lays across the Earth, which degrades her into one of Garlic Jr.'s thoughtless and violent mind slaves. Like the other possessed residents of Earth, Bulma is eventually reverted to normal when Mr. Popo and Kami spread the Sacred Water through Kami's Lookout's seven air currents of the world.
A year later, after Vegeta returns as a failure for not finding Goku, Bulma berates him for smelling bad and orders him to clean up, much to everyone's amazement of how easily she can control him. When everyone feels Frieza's presence heading towards Earth, Bulma follows the Z Fighters to see what Frieza looks like. When Future Trunks mysteriously arrives and easily slays Frieza and his father, King Cold, Bulma is at first under the impression that the young man is an employee of Capsule Corporation, due to the logo on his jacket. The only two people who are made aware that he is actually the future son of Bulma and Vegeta are Goku, who is told this by Future Trunks, and Piccolo, whose powerful Namek ears inadvertently hear the confession. Still, Piccolo explains to the Z Fighters and friends the boy's story of the androids and that he is a legitimate visitor of the future.
In a set of filler scenes that cover the period in between the arrival of Trunks and the androids saga, Bulma is shown behaving concernedly towards Vegeta, constantly worried about his welfare and him overworking himself, especially when he ends up blowing up the gravity chamber as a result of his carelessness. As Bulma tends to an injured and barely conscious Vegeta, reassuring him that he's powerful and doesn't need to torture himself to prove his worth to others, Yamcha gapes at the duo, his expression a mix of disbelief and jealousy. Bulma later berates Vegeta for continuing his intense training, shortly after he barely recovers from the aforementioned incident, but the latter rudely brushes her off, in a manner that clearly hurts her.
However, Bulma breaks up with Yamcha due to his inability to commit himself to her and she develops a relationship with Vegeta, which is more considered an affair due to that their mutual attraction was based on passion and loneliness. As a result, Bulma gives birth to a baby boy named Trunks. But this doesn't bring them closer together and they argue frequently, leading them to be estranged.
Although she initially intended to reveal Trunks' name as well as the fact that his father was Vegeta when the Z Fighters congregated at the area the Androids were to appear, Goku accidentally reveals both pieces of information to her confusion and shock, not knowing that Future Trunks revealed this. Despite Vegeta's seemingly indifference towards her and their son, Bulma insists that he really loves Trunks and would never let anything happen to him, showing that she still harbors affection for him despite their rocky relationship.
Eventually, with the return of Future Trunks not long after, the fact that he is the same person as her child slowly becomes clear to everyone including Vegeta, who assumes that having his blood is why Future Trunks could become a Super Saiyan at such a young age. When Bulma learns of Future Trunks being the same person as her child, she is greatly shocked to learn this but is soon relieved since she knows he won't look like his father at an older age.
Sometime after, she receives word of a person finding a device belonging to her company. She soon joins her future son and Gohan in doing the investigation and is shocked to learn that it is a time machine, the very same one Trunks time traveled with but he is confused as he had it on him and compares it with the older looking one. Bulma finds an eggshell in the machine while Gohan finds the shell of what could have came out of the egg which terrifies Bulma after Trunks states what emerged could be bigger and near the area. Bulma nervously leaves the area telling Trunks not to be afraid to come by the house when he feels like. Krillin later gives Bulma blueprints for Android 17 that were confiscated by him and Future Trunks during the Imperfect Cell Saga.
Bulma develops a remote device that can be used to deactivate Android 17 and Android 18, but when Krillin has the chance to use it and destroy Android 18, he chooses to destroy it because he has come to have feelings for 18. Bulma goes to Kami's Lookout to give the Z Fighters the third-party model of Battle Armor she developed to help in their training for the Cell Games. After Android 16 is damaged while trying to prevent Cell from absorbing 18, he is repaired by Bulma and her father. During the repair, the unconfident pair decides to remove 16's bomb, which proves to be a poor move as 16 later attempts to use the bomb against Cell, but does not realize until he is in combat with his opponent that he has no trump card, which causes his death. After Super Perfect Cell is defeated by Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, Bulma is seen at Capsule Corporation with the others, saying her farewells to Future Trunks before he returns to his time.
Majin Buu Saga
Seven years later, Bulma is properly living with Vegeta and their son Trunks. By now, she and Vegeta are married and have a better relationship. In the Great Saiyaman Saga, she designs a disguise Gohan can use with his Great Saiyaman Watch while fighting crime as the protector of Satan City, the Great Saiyaman. When it is announced that the deceased Goku will be returning to Earth for a day, she is 40 years old. Bulma attends the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, although she spends most of the tournament arguing with Chi-Chi over whose husband and son is better. At the end of the tournament, she witnesses Vegeta mercilessly slaughter hundreds of spectators after allowing the wizard Babidi to unleash his inner powers, with Vegeta close to hitting Bulma with the Big Bang Attack he fired at the crowds, leading her to faint in sorrow. After the tournament, she goes with the group to look for the Dragon Balls to resurrect the citizens Vegeta killed. As Vegeta sacrificed himself to stop Majin Buu, she senses that something bad has happened to him and spends the search worrying about him. She later takes shelter from Majin Buu on Kami's Lookout with the rest of the group. When informed of Vegeta's sacrifice against Buu, Bulma openly expresses her feelings towards Vegeta by breaking down in despair, admitting she truly fell in love with him after Cell's defeat. A day later, Super Buu finds everyone on the lookout and spares them when using his Human Extinction Attack to kill all the other people on Earth. In addition, unbeknownst to her, in order to get Old Kai to unlock Gohan's hidden depths of his power, Goku bribes him with having him grope/gain nude pictures of/go on a date with her.
When Super Buu escapes from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber during his fight with Gotenks, Bulma, along with the others, is transformed into chocolate and consumed by the monster. In the afterlife, Bulma goes to Heaven where she gossips with Chi-Chi, Videl, and Dabura until the battle ends. Afterward, she is revived by the Dragon Balls along with her family and friends, Bulma hears Vegeta pleading for the Earthlings to give their energy to Goku to create the Spirit Bomb used to eliminate Kid Buu once and for all, and she is happy that he is back. She and all the Z Fighters oblige to Vegeta's request and eventually, all the Earthlings do when Mr. Satan orders them to. After Kid Buu's demise, Bulma happily declared her love to Vegeta. When all the Z Fighters reunite, Bulma happily greets Vegeta, showing she forgives him for his earlier actions. In a filler episode, Bulma later hosts a party at her home Capsule Corporation.
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Bulma attends a party at a hotel belonging Mr. Satan with her family and friends. The party is interrupted by the arrival of a Saiyan and an unknown alien, however, she is more shocked to learn that the Saiyan is Vegeta's younger brother Tarble, making him her brother-in-law.
Dragon Ball Super
God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Sometime after the conflict with Majin Buu, Bulma tells Trunks that if her cosmetics don't work on her, she'll give them to Videl so that she could keep her face smooth as she gets older. Later, Bulma goes to a resort area with Vegeta and Trunks for their first family vacation. While shopping for Trunks, Bulma is surprised the Vegeta chose his family over training for once. She questioned his motives and was delighted that Vegeta is spending more time with them. She furthermore points out that he has changed so much since fighting Buu and enjoyed their trip before Vegeta got annoyed and left to resume his training. Despite that, she was thankful he put up with it for a long time and enjoyed their time together.
Bulma is hosting her birthday party on a first class cruise ship. Bulma gets furious with Majin Buu for eating before the party started. She also gets mad when she hears from Gohan that Vegeta and Goku are off training on her birthday. While talking with Chi-Chi and Android 18, Bulma prevents Master Roshi from attempting to touch her breasts by slapping him.
When Beerus and Whis arrive, she notices them with Vegeta and thinking the pair are his friends, takes them along with her and introduces them to the rest of the party guests, joining the guests in chanting Beerus' name and clapping. After Beerus defeats Buu, Gotenks charges him and is defeated, Bulma cared for Trunks once the fusion wears off. She steps in when Beerus aims his finger at Vegeta in an attempt to execute him, taking his attention off of Vegeta by slapping him and mouthing off. Beerus returns the favor by slapping her back and she is knocked out, sending Vegeta into a rage.
When Goku arrives, she tells him to defeat Beerus immediately only to be shocked by his explanation of Beerus being the God of Destruction, which would make him way stronger than Goku and the others. With this, she understands Vegeta's previous behavior towards Beerus.
Shenron is summoned and Bulma takes note of his frantic behavior towards Beerus finding it surprising. She later calls Vegeta out on not knowing about Super Saiyan God if he was the Saiyan prince before they are told of how to make one.
Bulma would cheer Goku on as he entered the form and battled Beerus as Vegeta prevented her from saying things that Beerus would hear and possibly destroy them for.
Beerus ultimately did not destroy Earth, leaving the planet. Bulma was left dissatisfied with her party due to the ordeal.
Golden Frieza Saga
Bulma has been taking Whis out to various restaurants for quite a while since the battle between Goku and Beerus, in order to convince him to save her family’s lives if Beerus ever tries to destroy Earth again. As Vegeta returns home to Capsule Corporation, he is surprised to run into Bulma and Whis, who has just returned from the restaurant. Vegeta asks Whis where Beerus is, and when Whis replies that he is still sleeping back on his planet, Vegeta demands that Whis take him there so that he can show Beerus the true power of the Saiyans. Bulma angrily pulls Vegeta aside and explains her plan to bribe Whis with food, which she thinks is the only surefire way to keep their family safe, and orders him not to interfere. Nevertheless, Vegeta insisted and offered to serve Whis the best of Earth's delicacies in return for being his student. Due to Bulma having taken Whis to every restaurant Vegeta can think of, Vegeta tries to cook himself but failed miserably and Bulma points out Vegeta is a terrible cook. Vegeta then serves Whis instant ramen noodles after deducing Bulma has been planning to use it as a trump card.
After Vegeta gained Whis' approval, she gave him new Battle Armor to wear because his old armor was being scuffed up and Bulma not wanting herself (by extension) to be the "joke of the universe" by letting him go like that.
Six months later, Bulma was looking forward to getting a haircut at her beauty salon when two robbers bumped into her car and scratched it, prompting an angry Bulma to go after them and give them a taste of their own medicine. Krillin, who turned out to be the police officer chasing the robbers, thanks Bulma for her help, but gives her a ticket for speeding, much to her dismay. Just then his phone rings. He and Bulma are summoned over to Gohan's house to try and help deal with the situation between him and Mr. Satan with Chi-Chi, with Goku and Goten showing up at the same time too. Bulma promises to help calm Chi-Chi down if Krillin gets rid of her ticket. Bulma and Chi-Chi compare how Saiyans seem to be more interested in fighting than family, as Bulma points out Vegeta chose training rather than attend Trunks' birth. She assures Chi-Chi that she should look on the bright side: Gohan has successfully become a scholar, and even Goku is working as opposed to Vegeta, who has been off training with Whis for half a year without coming back home.
When Goku finds out Vegeta was training on Beerus' planet and wanted to go too, Bulma said he had to wait for Whis to arrive on Earth again. Desperate, Goku starts following Bulma around badgering her about Whis: at home, at work, and even when coming out of the shower! Finally, Bulma gives Goku a cellphone and promises to call him the next time Whis turns up. Chi-Chi oversees this, so Goku covers by telling her that he and Bulma are planning a surprise party for Pan and need to keep in touch. Eventually, Whis arrives and joins her for lunch at a restaurant and endures the impatience of Goku until they were finished. When Chi-Chi and her sons show up to see Goku, Chi-Chi reveals that Bulma told her about Goku's plans with Whis. After Chi-Chi accepts this fact, Bulma promises to throw a big, flashy party for Pan.
Four months later, Bulma reunites with her friend Jaco, who has news about Frieza's return. When told by Jaco that her sister, Tights said that she was friends with Goku, she wonders what Frieza looked like. She was shown a picture Jaco drew of Frieza which made her laugh but gets scared when told that Frieza and his forces will annihilate the Earth and its population. She tries to contact Whis with a strawberry sundae to tell Goku and Vegeta that Frieza is coming but they were training. When Bulma was told by Jaco that Frieza would show up in an hour, she calls several Z-Fighters about it. She arrives at the battlefield with Jaco and mocks Frieza for not accepting his first defeat but when told how much stronger Frieza is now, Bulma recanted and politely asks Frieza to wait until Goku arrives. Frieza agrees to wait only 3 seconds and sends his army to attack the Z Fighters. When Whis finally answers her message, Bulma orders Goku and Vegeta to return, and when they do, she yells at Vegeta for showing up late. She points out Goku as the person who beat Frieza to Jaco and then points out Vegeta as her husband, much to Jaco's surprise. When Beerus said he had no intention of stopping Frieza from destroying the Earth, Bulma criticized him until he said he would protect her if she stayed close to his sundae. Ultimately, Frieza blew up the Earth, killing Vegeta and everyone else. Bulma survived with the remaining Fighters thanks to Beerus and Whis but she despaired the loss of her family. Whis reversed time by five minutes to give Goku the opportunity to kill Frieza and Bulma explains to Vegeta of the events when he died. She later throws a feast for the Z Fighters.
Universe 6 Saga
Bulma is asked by Goku and Vegeta to invent a new Dragon Radar to detect a Super Dragon Ball. Bulma instead suggests that they simply ask Shenron the location of the Super Dragon Balls, and so Beerus has Vegeta collect the Dragon Balls. Bulma is amazed by how obedient Vegeta can be towards Beerus and jokingly wishes he can be that way to her.
Beerus sarcastically compliments how fast Vegeta collected the Dragon Balls, and Bulma berates Beerus and proceeds to thank Vegeta by kissing his cheek. However, the wish to know where the final Super Dragon Ball is beyond Shenron's power so she creates the Super Dragon Radar. Goku tries to use the radar but it doesn't work because Bulma says that they're at the edge of the universe to the ball can't be detected where they were unless they went to the center of the universe. Bulma contacts her sister and asks her to get Jaco to go to Earth. When Jaco reaches Earth, Bulma insists that he take her to the center of the universe but he thinks she's crazy because the universe has multiple galaxies. He suggests that she went to see a mysterious guy named Zuno, who should know everything. Bulma gets in Jaco's ship since he's taking her to see him.
On the way to Zuno's planet, Bulma informs Jaco that there's a universe six and the Super Dragon Balls. He says that it's news to him and Bulma agrees, stating that she's new to the information too. When Jaco is interested in going to the Nameless Planet when the tournament happens, Bulma suggests he bring his girlfriend but it turns out he got dumped.
On Zuno's planet, Bulma and Jaco visit Zuno. Jaco is given one question because he is a male. He uses his question to ask Zuno about Bulma's bust size, which is 83.4 centimeters after breastfeeding but before that, it was 87.2 centimeters. Bulma is angry that Jaco would ask such a question. She is given three questions but she would have been given more if she wasn't middle-aged and plus she's not Zuno's type. Bulma uses two questions by mistake but manages to ask a question about the origin of the Super Dragon Balls. Bulma wants to get more questions by throwing herself on Zuno, but she is forced to leave and come back one year from then and ask more questions.
Five days later, Bulma is on her way to the Nameless Planet with the rest of the gang. Bulma is present at the sidelines with her friends and family, spectating the Tournament of Destroyers, expressing concern for her husband after he is defeated by Hit. After the tournament, the group locates the seventh and final Super Dragon Ball, which was actually the planet they were on. Bulma constantly nags Beerus about wishing for something good, threatening to tell the Omni-King on him if he doesn't. Bulma then returns to Earth with everyone else.
Bulma throws a party for Universe 7's victory in the tournament and invites everyone, including Beerus and Whis. Bulma also tells the two Gods to invite Monaka. Later, Monaka appears, delivering some sweets for Jaco, and Bulma is surprised to see that Monaka has a job. After Beerus and Whis arrive, Bulma is told along with everyone else to protect the secret of Monaka's weakness from Goku. Bulma constantly nags Beerus, which angers him, and Vegeta keeps telling her to stop, reminding her of what happened at her birthday party. Bulma watches as Beerus dons a life-sized Monaka costume and fights with Goku, who believes he is the real Monaka and is overwhelmed by their battle. The situation turns out to be good, as Goku does not find out about Monaka's weakness, and the party starts.
One day, Bulma works on an experiment as Monaka appears, delivering the same sweets for her. Bulma then asks Monaka to assist her with her experiment, ignoring the fact that Monaka is running late on other deliveries. Monaka then leaves, as Bulma wonders where Trunks and Goten are. Later, Bulma realizes that Trunks and Goten are stowed away on Monaka's delivery truck, having watched her surveillance camera footage. She asks Jaco to go to Planet Potaufeu to retrieve them, who refuses, saying he has more important matters to attend to. Bulma then blackmails Jaco using his possessed picture of the Galactic King with a drawn-on mustache, and Jaco says he will go. Bulma then tells Vegeta about the situation and tells him to accompany Jaco, much to her husband's irritation and Jaco's intimidation. As the two leave, Bulma calls Chi-Chi to inform her of her son's whereabouts.
Later, when the group from Potaufeu return to Earth, Bulma scolds Trunks for sneaking onto Monaka's spacecraft, as Trunks apologizes.
"Future" Trunks Saga
Bulma is called by Shu to the garden of Capsule Corp, as Future Trunks' time machine has arrived and Future Trunks is beaten and unconscious inside. Bulma lays him in a bed and berates Pilaf and the gang for assuming that Bulma was a part of a "scandal" as Future Trunks and Trunks look the same. Bulma frantically looks for the communicator given to her by Whis, and she uses it to tell Vegeta and Goku about Future Trunks, and they teleport back to Earth. After Goku teleports to Korin Tower for some Senzu Beans, Bulma feeds Future Trunks one and is surprised to see Future Trunks suddenly wake up and attack Goku. Bulma slaps him in the face and then he realizes that he is in the present not in the future anymore. Future Trunks is happy to see Bulma again since his own mother from his timeline sadly died. The Pilaf Gang are still unaware that this is a Future version of Trunks and still think it’s the older brother. Bulma has to explain to them that he’s the same person as Trunks but from the future to their and present trunks' shock.
She then shows the time machine and confirms Future Trunks' statement of already meeting present trunks when he was a baby.
Whis is a little worried that Future Trunks has been traveling through time as he notes about the butterfly effect. The butterfly effect is a concept where if one thing is changed in the past, it can have severe consequences in the future. Meanwhile, Beerus wants to destroy them and the time machine, Bulma tries to argue but Future Trunks intervenes and Bulma points him out to Beerus as God of Destruction (when he begged Whis instead). Beerus only agrees to stop so if he gets tasty food and Bulma gives Beerus and Whis some sausages and they love it.
Bulma notes that the time machine only had fuel for a one-way trip. However, she finds a note that has been written by her future self. The Future Bulma has given her past self a clue to where she can get more fuel and build a better time machine.
Future Trunks then mentions to the rest of the gang that the new enemy he faces looks like Goku. He says that the enemy is known as “Goku Black” when Bulma points out that name is silly Future Trunks tells her it was her counterpart that gave him the name as she is mortified but says they are two different people. She is then shocked to hear that her counterpart was killed as Vegeta is angry at Future trunks for the death of Future Bulma and running away to the past. Bulma tells him to overlook it as she shows them the notebook she found that would help Trunks to travel with present-day Goku and Vegeta in the future.
After Goku Black arrives in the present timeline, Bulma noted that he really did look like Goku. He then battles Goku and destroys the time machine Trunks came in from before he is sent back to the future. Thankfully, Bulma reveals that she still had the Time Machine that Cell came from. Bulma wanted to keep Cell's time machine to learn more about time travel, but she wasn't able to figure it out. She then found notes from her other self-containing theories. Bulma and her father (who returned from his vacation) soon repair the time machine. Eventually, also with the help of the Pilaf Gang and Trunks, she completely restores it, also preparing enough fuel for it for a round trip. Future Trunks thanks her and he leaves for the future with Goku and Vegeta accompanying him.
Later on, she is shocked and greatly flustered to see the time machine return, with Goku, Vegeta and Future Trunks beaten and unconscious. Seeing her husband badly injured makes Bulma panic. Wasting no time, she immediately gives Senzu beans to Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks, scolding the former for leaving them in the bathroom. She was later surprised to hear that not only does Goku Black possesses his own Super Saiyan Transformation called Super Saiyan Rosé but that Zamasu is also his comrade and immortal as well. Afterward, Beerus, Whis and Supreme Kai arrive at Capsule Corporation with the latter telling them that Zuno contacted him an told him that Zamasu had been asking about Goku and the Super Dragon Balls.
Whis soon formulates a theory about Zamasu using the Super Dragon Balls to create Goku Black and using the Time Ring to jump one year in the future to wish for immortality. The group immediately discovers that Gowasu, Zamasu's master, is in danger. After Goku, Beerus, Whis and Supreme Kai head to Universe 10 to check Gowasu's current state, Bulma uses that time to repair the time machine.
Later, Beerus returns with Whis and Goku to earth informing them that he destroyed Zamasu as he indeed tried to kill Gowasu, he also told them that Black should disappear along with Future Zamasu as when Gods are killed before they should be, it should affect the timestream, thus returning the future safe. However, Future Trunks wasn't completely satisfied with Beerus' theory, decides to return to the future to check things out. After having dinner, Bulma decides this time to come along to the future along with Trunks, Goku, and Vegeta as they need someone to pilot it when they head back home.
After Future trunks bids farewell to his past self and Mai, the four of them head to the future. Upon arriving, they look in shock as they see that the future didn't change at all. After landing at the ruined Capsule Corporation in Alternate Timeline, a member of the Resistance approaches them telling them that Future Mai's life is in danger. Arriving at the Resistance's base, Bulma spots Future Yajirobe and thanks him for saving Trunks and Goku.
Eventually, Trunks saves Mai with a Senzu, and Bulma exchanges pleasantries with Mai, offering the latter necessary supplies for the refugees and the Resistance. Immediately, the Saiyans sense Black and Zamasu's ki and head to confront them, with Bulma, Mai, and Yajirobe watching the upcoming battle. Bulma, along with everyone else, are then surprised to learn that Goku Black is, in fact, the Zamasu of the unaltered timeline, who used the Super Dragon Balls to switch bodies with Goku and killed him in the process. He was able to negate his past self's death with the Time Ring. She later witnesses Trunks' new Super Saiyan form never seen before, after the latter being told by the two incarnations of Zamasu that he is responsible for their Zero Mortals Plan, calling Trunks "a sinner" for his use of the Time Machine. Trunks then bought Bulma, Vegeta, and an injured Goku enough time so they could return to the past to figure out a plan to defeat Black and Zamasu.
Upon returning to their own timeline, Bulma angrily yells at Beerus telling him about what they have witnessed on the future putting the blame on him for everything they have experienced. With Beerus denying the events of the future to avoid taking his responsibilities, Bulma was about to punch Beerus until Vegeta stops her and tells her that they should focus instead on finding a plan to defeat their enemies and not wasting the opportunity that Trunks gave them.
After Beerus and Whis' departure, Bulma immediately begins to prepare the fuel for the Time Machine. Soon afterward, Gohan, a worried Chi-Chi, Piccolo, and Krillin arrive at Capsule Corporation. Bulma then tells everyone about the threats that are terrorizing Future Trunks' timeline which especially shocks Gohan. After Piccolo gives everyone hope with the idea of using the Evil Containment Wave to seal their enemies, Bulma tells Vegeta that it would take half a day to gather enough fuel for the time machine.
Eventually, Goku, Vegeta, and Bulma return in the nick of time to save Trunks as he was critically injured by Black, the latter immediately notices them along with Zamasu and destroys the Time Machine preventing them from escaping again, thus destroying the vase destined to seal Zamasu and Black. After Goku and Vegeta went to face their nemesis once again, Bulma reveals that she made a special garage proudly claiming that she will repair the Time Machine. She is soon reunited with Future Mai and Future Trunks, relieved that the latter is alright. She then tells them about their plan to seal the duo inside the broken vase and that she needed Trunks to repair the vase with a super glue as he is good at solving puzzles much to his surprise.
Later, she is terrified to learn from Trunks that Future Zamasu is approaching them, she immediately suggests that Trunks should learn the Evil Containment Wave in order to seal Zamasu. Eventually, she is able to show the pose needed to perform the technique by showing Trunks a recording video of Piccolo doing the technique through her smartphone. She then tells Trunks that she will buy him enough time to he could master the technique and that he should have faith in her despite the latter's worries.
She then approaches Zamasu, and tried to flirt with him but to no avail as Zamasu immediately grabs her by the collar apparently unconscious. Upon seeing this, Trunks is immediately reminded of his own mother's death. Angry at witnessing the same thing happening to his past mother, Trunks finally performs the Evil Containment Wave and successfully seals Zamasu inside the fixed vase. Bulma immediately regains consciousness and congratulates Trunks much to his and Mai's relief.
She then tells Mai to place the talisman on the vase to prevent Zamasu from escaping, but then remembers that they didn't bring it with them. The 3 of them then tried hard to hold the vase in order to prevent Zamasu from escaping but to no avail as Zamasu gets out of the vase barely breathing.
Black then uses Instant Transmission to teleport himself to Zamasu's, and the two of them performed a Potara fusion to form Fused Zamasu. Trunks evacuates Bulma and Mai away from the battlefield and Bulma used this opportunity to repair the time machine. Soon afterward, Bulma used her own garage as a shelter for the remaining survivors and refugees. After repairing the time machine, she is seen giving her energy to Trunks' Spirit Bomb whom the latter absorbs it in his own sword and managed to defeat Zamasu.
Bulma arrives along with Mai in the battlefield congratulating Trunks for his victory wishing her future self was there to witness Trunks' glory. However, their happiness is short-lived when Zamasu's essence takes over Earth and kills the remaining survivors on it, which greatly devastated Mai. She later witnesses Future Zeno's arrival after being summoned by Goku with the button he received from Present Zeno as a last resort to eliminate Zamasu. Trunks asks who Zeno is as Bulma informs him that he is the most eminent God in the universe which shocks the latter. Goku asks Zeno if he will erase Zamasu as the latter confirms along with the world. Goku immediately told Bulma and Trunks to prepare the Time Machine as they hurriedly do so.
Future Zeno wipes out the entire multiverse along with Zamasu while Bulma and the others use the time machine to and narrowly head back to the past, putting an end to the rogue Kai's ambition at the cost of the future timeline. Afterward, Goku and Trunks use the machine to retrieve Future Zeno bringing him to his present counterpart to be friends.
At dinner, Whis convinces Future Trunks and Future Mai that they could go to live in the alternate timeline which Beerus created after he destroyed Zamasu, which is free of Zamasu's terror. Bulma interjects by saying they would have to deal with Zamasu again but Whis states he will go that future and alert Future Beerus of the rogue Kai and have him take care of him. However, Whis states because of his alterations there would be two versions of Mai and Trunks which the two accept.
As Trunks and Mai prepare to leave, Bulma gives Trunks a box of supplies and wishes for both he and Mai a better life even teasing them by stating her future self will soon become a grandmother, much to their embarrassment. She and the Z Fighters bid farewell to the duo as they are heading to settle down to a new timeline where their friends and relatives are alive and free of the apocalyptic nightmare caused by Zamasu.
Shortly after, Bulma watches her husband, son, and friends have a friendly baseball game between Universe 7 and Universe 6. Bulma cheers for Vegeta and Yamcha, who blushes at her before being beaten by Vegeta and Champa throughout the game. She later tries to reinvent the time machine without Beerus' knowledge and realizes she needs a specific mineral within Earth's core. After wishing for the mineral from Shenron, Beerus figures everything out and destroys the time machine and mineral, ordering Bulma to never make another time machine again.
At a Scientific Award Ceremony, Bulma's inventions earn her a nomination but the ceremony is interrupted by Arale who causes havoc. Bulma lets Vegeta try to deal with her but is quickly blasted away. Bulma then asks everyone via live camera to think of the most delicious food and uses the delicacy to get Beerus and Whis to help. After Goku deals with Arale, Bulma tells Trunks she is glad the day is over but realizes she is forgetting something, which turns out to be Vegeta who was blasted off elsewhere by Arale.
Afterward, Goten tells Gohan that Vegeta refused to train with Goku and Chi-Chi wonders if something happened with Bulma that made him refuse, unaware that Bulma had found out she is pregnant and Vegeta is opting to take care of her over training.
Universe Survival Saga
Several months later, Goku wants to ask Vegeta to train with him and Whis for the Zen Exhibition Match. He visits Bulma and finds out she's pregnant with her and Vegeta's second child. She later exercises with Pilaf, Shu, and Mai as she is past her due date. As Chichi comes to visit and they talk, Whis shows up and uses his time warping powers to bring the baby girl out from inside her, leaving everyone shocked. Bulma is delighted by her daughter and lets everyone take turns holding the baby. She convinces a disappointed Trunks to hold his sister and tells him he needs to protect her, and she is happy when Vegeta eagerly holds the baby. When asked what the baby's name is, Vegeta is about to suggest Eschalot but Bulma announces it is Bulla. Vegeta protests but relents because Bulla isn't a bad name after all, much to Bulma's delight. Later that night, Beerus wakes up from a nightmare and startles Bulla, and Bulma puts her to bed. The next day, Bulma is talking to someone on the phone about Bulla. Most of the Z Fighters gather at Capsule Corp to discuss a strategy. After putting Bulla to bed, Bulma gets a phone call from Mr. Satan about Majin Buu falling sleep and won't wake up for a couple of months. As Goku left to wake Majin Buu up, Gohan reveals that Goku bribed everyone with a fake prize money to recruit them. Goku asks the money from Bulma but she refuses. However, Bulma offers to pay everyone for their participation as the fate of the universe is at stake. Bulma, like everyone else, is shocked when Goku suggests they recruit Frieza as a replacement and later when Goku reveals he promised to resurrect Frieza if they win. Trunks questions Frieza's picture on the team member board and Bulma, not wanting Trunks to know about the tournament, lies that those on the board are guests for a celebration of Bulla's birth. When Trunks doubts this, Vegeta reluctantly lies that Frieza has redeemed. Bulma and Vegeta are irritated at Goku for using Trunks as a bargain to get Android 17 to participate. After Goku shows up with Frieza and everyone is leaving, Bulma cheers for everyone to do their best and she is counting on them.
Peaceful World Saga
A decade has passed after Majin Buu's defeat, Bulma and Vegeta have a second child, a daughter named, Bulla. Bulma and Vegeta visit Goku while he is training Goten. Bulma is mad that she hasn't seen him in five years. After Goku remarks that Bulma is starting to look older, Bulma gets angry and says that she may use the Dragon Balls to wish herself younger because Goku and Vegeta don't age. The next day, she attends the 28th World Tournament with her family and friends. Bulma watches the match between Goku and the reincarnation of Majin Buu, Uub. Bulma is surprised that a kid like Uub could be on "par" with Goku. After their match, Bulma is said farewell to by Goku because he's going to live in Uub's village to train him.
Dragon Ball GT
Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
This ship carries five people comfortably, but you being as small as you are now, it shouldn't be cramped at all. You know, seeing you like this reminds me of the first time we met.—Bulma seeing Goku in his child form and explaining him about the spaceship
Five years later, Bulma helped to prepare the spaceship for Goku, Trunks, and Goten to go into space to look for the Black Star Dragon Balls, she is 56 years old.
Bulma and the majority of the Earth's population, becomes possessed by Baby, and organizes most of his operations, such as the mass-migration of Earth's residents to the restored Planet Vegeta (renamed "Tuffle Planet"), and creating the Blutz Wave Generator used to help Super Baby Vegeta transform into a Golden Great Ape. However, the Sacred Water hidden in Kami's Lookout is used to free her and the rest of Earth from Baby's enslavement. She is seen having a party at her home, Capsule Corporation.
Super 17 Saga
Some months later, Bulma is seen having dinner at Chi-Chi's house with Bulla, Goku, Pan, Gohan, and Videl. Trunks later comes injured by Android 17. There is a hole that leads from Hell to Earth. They watch on TV resurrected villains destroying the cities. After Super 17 is defeated by Goku and Android 18 Bulma tells Goku that the planet is out of balance.
Shadow Dragon Saga
It's been a long ride. A lot of years. I must've been only sixteen when I first went looking for the dragon balls and stumbled into Goku. The decades sure seem to fly by huh. I'm gonna miss that guy.—Bulma remembering her first time meeting Goku when she was young while seeing Goku leaving with Shenron
While Goku and Pan were finishing off each Shadow Dragon, she and Vegeta figure out an easier way for Vegeta to achieve Super Saiyan 4 quickly so he can assist Goku. Thus, she helps Vegeta achieve Super Saiyan 4 through the use of her Blutz Waves Generator in order to help defeat Omega Shenron. Bulma also attempted to destroy Omega Shenron using the Blutz Wave Generator's Blutz Waves, but Omega Shenron destroyed it with a Finger Beam. For most of the fight against Omega, she is carried around by other Z Fighters while yelling at Omega. After Omega is defeated, she is seen saying her final farewell to Goku as she remembers her first time meeting Goku when she was a teenager and realizes that she is going to miss him and continues to live the remainder of her life with Vegeta, Trunks, and Bulla, before meeting an unknown fate. Bulma is last seen in a few of the flashbacks in the final scene of the Dragon Ball GT series.
Curse of the Blood Rubies
In this alternate retelling, Bulma meets Goku in the same way as the anime and manga but instead they go after King Gurumes after his minions Bongo and Raven steal Goku's Four-Star Dragon Ball. Bulma who still has her Dragon Balls travels with Goku where they meet Penny who was chased by Oolong. Once teaming up with Oolong, they all travel to Master Roshi's Island where they meet Master Roshi himself. Bulma requests Roshi for his Dragon Ball but Bulma then has to have Oolong turn into her and show him her breasts for it. After receiving the Dragon Ball, She has them stolen by small robots working for King Gurumes. Afterward, Bulma and everyone else goes to the Land of Gurumes to try to get them back. Bulma throws the last Dragon Ball into King Gurumes' mouth to summon Shenron causing him to explode and return to his normal state after Penny wished for her land to become peaceful again. In the end, Bulma is disappointed that she does not have a boyfriend but then realizes Yamcha is around and they decide to hook up.
Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
The Path to Power
The World's Strongest
The Tree of Might
Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Wrath of the Dragon
Battle of Gods
Although her physical strength is that of a regular human, Bulma possesses a practically superhuman level intellect, being able to create technology capable of feats beyond contemporary science. She usually displays keen analytical skills and ability to recognize design and engineering styles, even being able to understand the engineering sensibilities of her alternate future counterpart's time machine. Given that her father was the inventor of the Dynocap technology that is frequently used throughout the series, it stands to reason that Bulma is well versed in compressible micro-technology, which is shown in her creation of Saiyan battle armor, which adjusts to fit the size of the wearer, which likely possesses the ability to stretch to Oozaru-sized beings just as the original models did. Her inventions are often used for her quest for the Dragon Balls or for her father's company, as well as for helping her friends on winning important battles. Many of these creations, like Dragon Radar, are so complex that experts and scientists have not been able to understand them.
With time, she obtained a great understanding of alien technology and biology, as she was able to design Saiyan battle armor that mimicked the properties of Vegeta's armor that he wore on Planet Namek, and made her own variant that could keep up with the rigors of Super Saiyan and above-levels of exertion and physical stress. Her understanding of Saiyan biology comes into play with her ability to design training equipment for Vegeta and Trunks, knowing the parameters of Saiyan physiology. This is likely due to having witnessed the increases in strength that Saiyans are capable of due to having seen Goku gradually improved his strength and abilities for decades as well as having raised half-Saiyan children and having had close contact with Gohan and Goten during their lives as well.
Bulma also has proven several times to be a very capable pilot, even being able to drive spaceships and large airplanes. Her skills as a pilot are such that she is able to perform many complex and daring maneuvers at supersonic speeds both in the sky and in sub-aquatic environments, even being able to intimidate her son when she is properly motivated. This was best seen when trying to goad a reaction out of her stoic husband in mid-transit to an island for a family vacation, with her aerial antics being enough terrify and unnerve Trunks.
Though she does not possess the ability to manipulate ki herself, according to an anime filler scene where Captain Ginyu possessed her body, Bulma has been able to sense the power of other fighters. However, this was a temporary skill obtained from Captain Ginyu. Although she is not a fighter, Bulma is skilled at shooting by using different types of guns and machines. From time to time, her strength has been exaggerated for comedic purposes, even to the point where she is able to perform feats of strength normally thought to be impossible for a regular woman.
Her abilities as an inventor even as a teenager was enough out do even the likes of Senbei Norimaki who had trouble figuring out how to fix the Dragon Radar she had created despite his own talent as an inventor. Even as a young girl, Jaco was so amazed by the power of a Ray Gun she had invented he even asked her if she would join the Galactic Patrol when she was older in recognition of her skill.
However despite her intelligence it is shown to be rivaled in certain areas by Emperor Pilaf such as programming skills as shown in Dragon Ball Super when he rewrote the Time Machine's software which Bulma herself noted was better and allowed it to remain showing she is smart enough to recognize when someone's talent is greater than her own.
In Xenoverse 2, Xeno Trunks notes that the Hero Figures created by main timeline Bulma are definitely her work given that the had been detailed down to the tiniest points indicating she has a fine attention to detail. He also explains she created the figures and Hero Colosseum Battle Simulator using data she collected while in Conton City. Bulma considers them to be one of her greatest inventions.In Dragon Ball Fusions, she even develops a device called the Metamo-Ring through her research into Fusion which results in the creation of a new type of fusion called EX-Fusion demonstrating she has developed enough understanding of fusion techniques and the processes that make fusion possible to develop an entirely new form of it through the combination of technology and Metamoran Fusion Dance technique.
manga and anime
- Blutz Wave Generator– A large vehicle used to fire Blutz Waves created by Bulma in Dragon Ball GT. Used to help Vegeta to attain Super Saiyan 4.
- Blutz Burst – Bulma fires powerful Blutz Waves from the generator from both supplementary and offensive purposes. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Bulma's Armor Model – A variant of Battle armor which is largely based upon the basic model. While the basic model implements an actual armored section to cover the clavicles, Bulma's uses two straps instead, which provides less protection comparatively. It is implying that Bulma's model is more durable than previous models, as the other models were often easily destroyed by energy blasts. Normally worn by Vegeta, Bulma made extras for the other Z Fighters though it was only worn in battle by Vegeta and Future Trunks, while Goku and Gohan worn it once during their training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
- Bulma's 2nd Armor Model – An even more durable armor model with a black long-sleeved jumpsuit and a chest piece. Whis later playfully wrote his signature on the chest piece while training with Goku and Vegeta. As a result, this battle armor model is called Whis Symbol Battle Suit in the Xenoverse series.
- Capsules - As the daughter of the founder of the Capsule Corporation, Bulma often carries around an assortment of capsules containing everything from vehicles, to Capsule Houses, to weapons.
- Advanced Airplane – A type of airplane created by Capsule Corporation. It is far much faster than a regular one, being almost of the level of a spaceship.
- Grand Tour Spaceship – An extremely fast spaceship created by Bulma in Dragon Ball GT. It uses water as fuel, and can be made compact by using the capsule system.
- Laser Gun – Even as a child, Bulma created a ray gun which had its blasting capabilities were enough to impress Jaco - himself the owner of a similar blaster -, to the point that he asked if she'd be willing to join the Galactic Patrol. She is also seen wielding a Ray Gun in a piece of artwork made for the 1989 Weekly Shōnen Jump #47. In Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden, a Ray Gun appears as one of the random items spawned from Capsules she throws and fires it at the opponent.
- Dragon Radar – A pocket-watched shaped radar designed by Bulma to detect Dragon Balls.
- Super Dragon Radar – A slightly larger version of the Dragon Radar created by Bulma to locate the planet-sized Super Dragon Balls.
- Great Saiyaman Watch – A device used to instantly change into the Great Saiyaman Suit. She designs both the watch and the costume within only two hours of Gohan's request.
- Irome – A technique used when she tries to seduce General Blue. Bulma can also use this seduction technique in the Origins series.
- Stripping – Bulma uses this technique to get the Dragon Ball from Goku, but it did not work due to Goku's naive pure hearted nature.
- Gun – Bulma uses a gun very early in Dragon Ball to shoot Goku when he attacked her car, only for it to have no effect. Also used in the Dragon Ball: Origins video game series.
- Machine Gun – Bulma often shoots people such as Goku, Master Roshi, and Krillin with a MAC-11 when they anger her. Also used in the Origins series as her super attack, "Flailing Machinegun".
- Scouter Drone – A tracking device created by Bulma to find other people, such as Goku. In Dragon Ball: Origins 2, Bulma can use it to explore distant areas, as well as an explosive weapon to attack enemies.
- Scouter – Bulma repairs and uses Raditz's scouter to find others Z fighters and later to figure out their Power Level. In several video games, she reverse engineers Scouter technology for the Z Fighters to use which allows them to scan enemies and allies data which is wireless transmitted to a computer at the Capsule Corporation for further study.
- Shut Down Remote – A device originally created by Dr. Gero to shut down Android 17 and Android 18. Bulma later uses the schematics retrieved by Future Trunks and Krillin to construct a new remote. It has to be ten meters of the target for the remote to be effective. However this remote was destroyed by Krillin due to his feelings for Android 18.
- Time Machine – A machine built by Bulma in Future Trunks' alternate timeline which was later repaired by present Bulma. It could be used to go to the future or to the past. It was also equipped with airplane functions too. When traveling back in time, the Time Machine creates a new timeline that branches off from its original one at the moment in time where the Time Machine arrived (due to an unknown flaw in its design according to the Xenoverse series). She also creates a Time Machine for Tapion in the film Wrath of the Dragon.
- Elbow Strike – An attack used in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Rocket Launcher – Used in the Origins series.
- Shotgun – Used in the Origins series.
- Shooting Star (シューティングスター, Shūtingu Sutā) – Bulma's Super Attack in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Metamo-Ring - A device developed by Bulma in Dragon Ball Fusions through her research into Fusion which allows two people to fuse by each wearing a Metamo-Ring and performing the Fusion Dance, result in a new type of fusion. While Bulma does not use it herself she supplies them to Tekka's Team and teaches them how to use them with the aid of Goku. The two rings fuse together with their wearers resulting in a single Metamo-Ring that maintains the fusion itself and causes the fusion to end when it is removed.
- EX-Fusion - The fusion technique from Dragon Ball Fusions that utilizes the Metamoran Fusion Dance and Metamo-Rings developed by Bulma which allows two people with strong affinity to fuse together resulting in a fusion weaker than their Metamoran counterparts though gives them the advantage of being able to remain fused as long as they continue to wear the single Metamo-Ring created by the fusion and can defuse at will by removal of said ring. Bulma claims it combines the strengths of Fusion Dance and Kaioshin-based Potara fusion. While Bulma is never shown using this technique herself she is responsible for its development.
- Hero Colosseum Battle Simulator - A floating battle simulation gaming device designed to work with specially designed Hero Figures loaded with historical fighter data she collected while visiting Conton City in Age 852 in Xenoverse 2. The device allows players to take part in figure battles using the data recorded in each collectible Hero figure which can also be tweaked, customized, and upgraded to make them stronger. Each figures strength is based on both its current stats and rarity (Normal, Rare, Super Rare, & Ultra Rare).
During the anime only Garlic Jr. Saga, Bulma is turned into a Demon Clanswoman by the Black Water Mist. In this state Bulma's personality becomes feral and she gains red pupils. Additionally her canine teeth become more pronounced and she can turn others into Demon Clansmen by biting them. In this state she becomes a follower to Garlic Jr. and the Spice Boys, though she was eventually freed by the Sacred Water before the effects became irreversible.
During the events of Dragon Ball GT in the Baby Saga, Bulma along with her husband, daughter, and son (as well as almost all the inhabitants of Earth) was Infected by Tuffle parasites. While infected Bulma acted as Baby's second command (which is somewhat fitting as Baby had taken Bulma's husband Vegeta as his host) applying her scientific genius to assisting Baby Vegeta in his plans. She was also instrumental in developing the Blutz Wave Generator which allowed Baby Vegeta to transform into his Golden Great Ape form. The Tuffle Parasite infecting her was later destroyed by the Sacred Water. Though she retains her scientific genius, the Tuffle parasite makes her an evil and loyal follower of Baby who despises the Saiyan Goku.
Appearances in other media
- Cross Epoch
Bulma is partnered up with the One Piece character Nami in the crossover manga Cross Epoch. Both are space pirates, and Bulma is shown to be an older sister-like figure to Nami (due to Nami calling Bulma nee-san; which is used in Japanese to call a close senpai "older sister"). Later, at the end of the story, Bulma and Nami are seen at Shenron's tea party.
Bulma has been depicted in all three of the live-action adaptations of Dragon Ball. In the first two films, her appearance has no relative resemblance to her manga and anime incarnations, but she plays the same role in the story. In the first live-action film, which was named Dragon Ball: Ssawora Son Goku, Igyeora Son Goku and was released during 1990 in South Korea, Bulma was portrayed by Lee Ju-Hee. In the second film which was from China and made in 1991, The Magic Begins, she is called Seetoe and portrayed by Jeannie Tse. Her third portrayal is in Dragonball Evolution, where she is played by Emmy Rossum. Rossum describes her portrayal of Bulma as, "pretty bad-ass, but still quirky and fun, and kind of ridiculous in the way she is in the anime."
Bulma also appears in the 2010 live action battle show Dragon Ball Kai: Super Battle Stage, which is loosely based on the 1993 movie Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan.
Video Game Appearances
Bulma makes minor appearances in a number Dragon Ball video games such as Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo, Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu, Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden, Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden, Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan, Dragon Ball Z: Legend of the Super Saiyan, Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku - Chikyū-Hen, Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku - Uchū-Hen, Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2, Dragon Ball Z: Buyū Retsuden, Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu, Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle, The Legacy of Goku series, Dragon Ball GT: Transformation, Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, Jump Super Stars, Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu, Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World, Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, Dragon Ball Online, and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. In Dragon Ball: Dragon Daihikyou, Bulma appears occasionally and throws out capsules that contain various bonus for Goku, who is riding on the Flying Nimbus. In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, Bulma appears in the game's Skill Shop mode where she sells various capsules to the player; her outfit in this mode varies based on how many capsules the player has collected. She is an assist character in Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact.
She is the first boss (in her car and using her pistol) and prominent NPC in Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen.
In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, Bulma appears in the Options Mode, explaining how the various game settings function. In Budokai Tenkaichi 2 she appears in the Data Center to explaining custom characters, and in Practice Mode, along with a pink shirt-wearing Vegeta. Once unlocked, she also appears wearing the desert outfit she adorned in the Dragon Ball anime. In Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Bulma again hosts the Data Center. Bulma is a "Help Koma" in Jump Ultimate Stars, where she in exchange for collected coins, she rewards the Battle Koma she is attached to with additional SP.
There is a rumor surrounding Budokai 3 that Bulma is playable, due to the fact that she is seen in the 11th stage of Training Mode, where she explains how to use capsules during a duel. She hardly moves, but it remains evident that a full 3D model of Bulma exists in the game. Also in the bonus DVD packaged with the special edition of the game, Tiffany Vollmer can be seen recording combat voice work for Bulma. There is some truth to this rumor, however, as using cheat methods, Bulma can be played in Budokai 3, but has no techniques, nor can she be designated skills. Nevertheless, Bulma is partially-playable Dragon Ball: Origins and fully playable in Dragon Ball: Origins 2. The bonus level 1-4 in Origins 2 has her fighting against Colonel Silver as well as a transformed Oolong, and the bonus level 6-6 has her in battle with Colonel Violet. Bulma is also a boss for Yamcha in the bonus level 1-5, the situation being a comedic scenario where Bulma attacks Yamcha in a teen lover's spat. Bulma is also playable in Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle as teen, adult and with the bunny outfit.
She is again playable in the Dragonball Evolution video game spin-off. She is playable with Goku in Dragon Ball RPG: Shōnen-hen; in this game, items collected during the adventure can be brought to Bulma, who will use them to invent useful items.
In Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden, Bulma appears as a Z-Assist Support character who throws out a random capsule different invention or device to assist the playable fighter. If she pulls out a Laser Gun, Motorcycle, or Scouter Drone capsule she will use it to attack the opponent. If she pulls out a Capsule refrigerator she will pull out a canned drink from the fridge that heals whoever it touches.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Bulma appears in Capsule Corp time rift anomaly. If the Future Warrior is a Saiyan, they will be sent to investigate this rift during the game's prologue. They witness Bulma telling Vegeta she has created some new armor for him, though he ignores her to go train causing Bulma to become angry over her husband's obsession with training all the time. The warrior is later called off to take on a critical mission by Elder Kai. If the Future Warrior visits the rift after this, Bulma will tell them her new invention she is working on is not ready at the moment. Later Chronoa will ask the Warrior to check each time rift. Returning to the Capsule Corporation they learn from one of the Murasaki Brothers sent their by Chronoa that they can create QQ Bangs using the machine Bulma invented. Talking to Bulma she reveals she has finished her invention which allows one to mix clothing and armor to create a special type of equipment called QQ Bangs, which overwrite the stats of clothing worn with the QQ Bangs stats, allowing the Warrior to wear any clothing they want without worrying about stats as they can equip a QQ Bangs to add the stat boosts they want. Bulma asks the Warrior to help her product test her invention in order to gather data before the Capsule Corporation releases her invention to the general public.
If the Warrior is a Saiyan and has sparred a few times with Vegeta, they must speak to Bulma (and Kid Trunks) about the Super Saiyan form in order to convince Vegeta to help them unlock their Super Saiyan form, which results in Capsule Corp Quest: "Saiyan Awakening".
If they Future Warrior manages to complete all of Vegeta's Sparring Quests and speaks with Bulma, she will tell them about a mysterious egg that was left by a man with spiky hair and a device on his face. She jokingly suggests that the man might have been a Saiyan wearing a Scouter, but quickly dismisses the idea. She tells the Warrior that she has studied the Egg, but was only able to discover it contains a massive amount of energy. She also explains that Vegeta is eager to fight whatever is inside it, though she refuses to allow it to put the Earth in danger (presumably she has avoided telling Goku about the egg out of fear he will react the same way as Vegeta) and asks the Future Warrior to take it off her hands as her woman's intuition tells her that it will be safe with them and to thank them for sparring with her husband and helping her with her invention. It is implied that Turles was the one responsible for placing the Egg in the Capsule Corporation, which Chronoa reveals was a failed attempt by Towa to artificially replicate Tokitoki's Egg and that its placement inside the Capsule Corporation is what caused the time rift anomaly. After all of the Distorted Time Eggs are collected, Chronoa decides to allow all 5 large time rifts remain in Conton City as they are stable and are not a serious threat, thus the Capsule Corporation time rift remains in Conton City, where Bulma that lives their presumably lives peaceful with her husband and family.
In the altered timeline of Age 779, Bulma is present during Frieza's revenge as in the original history. However, Towa manages to deceive Beerus and Whis into traveling to the Time Nest in Age 852, by hacking into the Time Nest's communications and pretending to be Chronoa to lure them away from Age 779. As a result of Whis' absence, Bulma is killed when Frieza destroys the Earth, along with everyone else saved by Whis in the original history, including Goku. Fortunately, Xeno Trunks manages to rescue the Future Warrior who had been fighting to fix the timeline from Earth's destruction and they along with the assistance of Whis' Temporal Do-Over are able to stop Frieza from destroying the Earth and Frieza is defeated along with his brother Metal Cooler who had also been revived to Towa's meddling.
After the 1.08.00 Update, Bulma from Dragon Ball Super era visits Conton City in Age 852. Using historical data she gained in Conton City she develops the Hero Colosseum, a battle simulator designed to work with customizable Hero Figures. She attempts to promote the Hero Colosseum by handing out figures and during advertisements over Conton City's PA system. She gives some figures to Xeno Trunks who also gives some to the Future Warrior. Goten and Kid Trunks quickly become fans of the game and they end up showing Xeno Trunks and the Future Warrior how to play with Kid Trunks even recalling his mother's explanation of the game from memory, though the Future Warrior manages to best both Goten and Trunks despite being a relatively new player to the game. Xeno Trunks and the Warrior later return to the Colosseum for another round with Trunks and Goten, when Bulma herself appears to greet them. She reveals that she saw the Warrior's matches with Goten and Trunks. She admits they had her on the edge of her seat and is so impressed by their talent despite being a relative newcomer to the game that she appoints them Chief Promoter for the Hero Colosseum. She goes on to explain that she create the game for everyone to enjoy but handing out figures and advertising haven't created the turnout she wanted and admits the only real fans of the Hero Colosseum she had managed to are Goten and Trunks, before fuming over how everyone in Conton City is a fighting nut who'd rather fight with their own fists, which is why she needs the warrior's help in spreading the fun the game holds. However Xeno Trunks points out that the Future Warrior is an active-duty Time Patroller, only for Bulma to point out she is completely aware of that fact and asks them to simply help out in-between missions. The Future Warrior can try to refuse though Bulma simply overwhelms them in her usual overbearing manner even asking them point blank if they are going to turn down a request from her before declaring it doesn't matter what they say as everything is settled and its too late and though Xeno Trunks attempts to stand up for his comrade, he decides it is pointless to argue with her and wisely back down. However if they accept her offer she is more friendly and Xeno Trunks says it okay with him if the warrior agrees. Regardless of the warrior's answer, Xeno Trunks asks Bulma how they should go about promoting the Colosseum though she tells them that is up to them to figure that out effectively roping her son's future counterpart into assisting the Future Warrior in their task. Eventually Vegeta walks in to find out what his wife has been up to and Trunks informs his dad about the Hero Colosseum before noting that his father had been given a figure which he remembers. Bulma calls Vegeta off for never being interested in her work and referring to herself as his "lovely wife" boldly claims that she just invented the product of the century. However Vegeta states it is not for him as it is a childish game in comparison to a real battle. However Bulma tries to take advantage of his ego to goad him into taking part in a figure battle by rhetorically asking if the "mighty warrior" wouldn't lose a figure battle. Vegeta states that of course he wouldn't lose as when it comes to fighting he cannot be beaten, though he still stubbornly refuses to get involved in a ridiculous game. However Trunks wants to see his father fight, a sentiment which Xeno Trunks quickly seconds to help out his mother. The warrior can encourage him as well though if they show dislike, Bulma will call them a dummy for not paying attention before lying to Vegeta that they are eager to battle him (Vegeta's back being turned and does not see their negative reaction) and notes how popular he is. Vegeta relents though states he will only do it once before telling the Warrior he will show them how a real warrior fights. However the Warrior manages to defeat Vegeta who takes the loss in his usually fashion and declares he will grow stronger and defeat them before storming off. Bulma, the Warrior, and Xeno Trunks take notice of the buzz generated among the Saiyan Time Patrollers by the figure battle with Vegeta. Xeno Trunks says it makes sense as his father is the Saiyan Prince after all and everyone looks up to him. He also notes that seeing an intense battle like that makes people ant to try it out themselves. Bulma then realizes that this is just the kind of promotion they need and resolves to get all sorts of famous fighters duking it out and is sure that everyone will see how fun it is. The Warrior can respond to Bulma's idea positively or negatively. If their answer is positive Bulma will smugly note she is a genius and Xeno Trunks resolves to do whatever he can to help out. However if the warrior responds negatively Bulma will yell at them and the two glare at each other as Xeno Trunks tries to defuse the situation. Regardless, Bulma realizes things she pick up though Xeno Trunks questions her on what she means by "With that settled" though she simply says that all they have to do is battle and it will be a breeze and looks forward to hearing the good news, though Xeno Trunks nervously agrees by saying they will do their best. After this Bulma will appear in Conton City and the Future Warrior can speak to her to see how popular the Hero Colosseum is becoming. She will reward them with Hero Colosseum items as the popularity level increases.
In Super Dragon Ball Heroes, Bulma has a more prominent role, with her teenager self-joining the Time Patrol.
In Dragon Ball Fusions, Bulma is transported to the Timespace Rift as a result of Tekka and Pinich's wish to Shenron. After Tekka and Pinich are sucked into the Timespace Rift and find the Capsule Corporation, they meet Bulma, who explains to them about the Tournament. Upon first meeting Tekka, she will take offense if they refer to her as Ma'am due to her being sensitive about her age, though she will be pleased if they refer to her as Miss. Regardless, she will introduce Tekka to Ziku a robotic device she created to help Tekka navigate the Timespace Rift and suggests they seek out Trunks and Goten who are looking for teammates to join enter the tournament. After finding Trunks and Goten, Tekka returns to Bulma who offers to help Tekka master Flight by going through a Flying course she set up. After Tekka's group encounters Kid Goku who had come from the time period when he was training under Kami, they return to Bulma, who is reunited with Goku's younger self, though Goku spoils their reunion by carelessly commenting on Bulma's age, causing her to yell at him before explaining that they should be able to break the Sky Barrier, allowing Tekka's team to travel up Korin's Tower to find more teammates. After Tekka's Team defeats the Ginyu Force, Trunks decides to ask his mother to modify Frieza's abandoned Spaceship for the team to use. She remains at the Capsule Corporation providing support to Tekka's Team. In addition to Ziku, she also creates a metallic Android duplicate of Goku, called Mecha Goku to serve as a sparring partner for her husband.
- Japanese: Hiromi Tsuru (all Dragon Ball media up until Dragon Ball FighterZ), Aya Hisakawa (Dragon Ball Movie 2018)
- English dubs:
- Harmony Gold dub: Wendee Lee
- Ocean Group dub: Lalainia Lindbjerg (DB, DBZ Seasons 1-2, DBZ Movies 1-3), Maggie Blue O'Hara (DB movie 1, DBZ Seasons 4-8), France Perras (DBZ Seasons 8-9)
- Funimation dub: Leslie Alexander (DB movie 2 only), Tiffany Vollmer (most media; before DBZK), Monica Rial (DB movie 1, Dragon Ball Z Kai and most media after it)
- Blue Water dub: Leda Davies (DB), Kristin Nowosad (DBGT)
- AB Groupe dub: Sharon Mann
- Bang Zoom! dub: Wendee Lee
- Creative Products Corporation dub: Mitch Frankenberger Pellicer
- Spanish dubs:
- Latin American dub: Rocío Garcel (until DBZ ep.186, DBZ Kai, DBS); Mónica Manjarrez (rest DBZ and DBGT); Laura Ayala (DBZ eps 238-240); Isabel Martiñón (DBZ; ep.60 and The Path to Power)
- Spanish dub: Nonia de la Gala
- Italian dub: Emanuela Pacotto
- Portuguese dub (Portugal): Cristina Cavalinhos (DB, DBZ, DBGT and Dragon Ball Super)
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Tânia Gaidarji
- German dub: Katja Liebing (DB); Claudia Urbschat (DBZ & DBGT), Carmen Katt (DBZ Kai, Dragon Ball Super)
- Croatian dub: Zrinka Kušević
- Catalan dub: Anna Pallejà (DB ep. 1-26); Roser Contreras (next episodes and films)
- Albanian dub: Ledia Nure
- Arabic dub: Ragha Al-Khatib
- Dragon Ball Z
- Bulma (submarine) vs. Giant Enemy Crab (anime only)
- Bulma (Infected) Spice, Vinegar, Mustard, Salt, Yamcha (Infected), Master Roshi (Infected), and Chi-Chi (Infected) vs. Piccolo (anime only)
- Dragon Ball Super
- Bulma (illusion), Tambourine (illusion), King Piccolo (illusion), Vegeta (illusion), Nappa (illusion), Ginyu (illusion), Burter (illusion), Jeice (illusion), Recoome (illusion), Guldo (illusion), Frieza (Final Form) (illusion), Cell (Perfect Form) (illusion), Super Buu (illusion), Dabura (illusion), Raditz (illusion), and Super Shenron (illusion) vs. Goku (Base/Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 3/Super Saiyan Blue) and Krillin (anime only)
- Bulma was originally a parody of a character from Journey to the West (like Goku was too). She was adapted from Xuanzang (also called Tripitaka), the monk and the main protagonist of the novel. Like in the original novel, she leads the band of five consisting of herself, Goku, Oolong, Yamcha and Puar (each an adaptation of a Journey to the West character) in search of the Dragon Balls. Despite Xuanzang being a male, Bulma being a female follows a tradition in Chinese opera where the role is performed by a female actor.
- Bulma's name is an allusion to an undergarment, modern bloomers in particular.
- Contrary to popular belief, Bulma does not have a last name, as in the manga Briefs is her father's first name. This is later supported by them calling her "Dr. Bulma" In Dragon Ball Super, indicating they use first names in their titles.
- Bulma is the most recurring female character in the Dragon Ball series.
- She is the source for most of Dragon Ball's examples of fan fan service as she can be seen either partially or completely exposed in a sexual manner in numerous situations, most of which take place during Dragon Ball.
- Bulma's hobby is inventing.
- Bulma's favorite food is strawberries. Originally her wish with the Dragon Balls was to have a lifetime supply of them.
- Bulma's favorite vehicle is all vehicles.
- Her Citizen Number is SSC 41453.
- She has a blood type of B.Bulma's brassiere measurement at the beginning of Dragon Ball is 34C.
- Bulma's hair has wandered between green, blue and even purple tones inconsistently throughout the series. It is worth noting that Dragon Ball was animated in the 80s and 90s, long before digital colors were brought into the production process. As such, her hair color occasionally varies from episode to episode, as it simply depended on how the inks were mixed that day. Throw the constantly rotating animation supervisors into the situation, and it is easy to see how such a discrepancy arose. Modern character sheets sometimes even have the hex values for the colors written to avoid this. In a Weekly Jump power level list, her hair is blonde.
- In all 4 of the Dragon Ball Series, Bulma carries a habit of not watching her mouth which could've often get her killed or get her into serious arguments.
- In episode 47 of Dragon Ball, "Kame House - Found!", Krillin accidentally calls Bulma "Bloomer", the garment of which she is named.
- Bulma likes her men to have short hair as said in episode 19 (this is more obvious in the Japanese dub).
- Bulma was a smoker at one point. She is seen smoking in the unedited Dragon Ball and in the manga. She can be seen later smoking again, at some points during Dragon Ball Z, such as the time during the Great Saiyaman Saga when Gohan asks her to make him a suit. Its possible she picked up the habit from her father, a well-known chain smoker in the series.
- Bulma has been turned into food twice in her life: a carrot once in Dragon Ball, and chocolate once by Super Buu in Dragon Ball Z.
- In Dragon Ball Forever's poll of the top 20 best characters, Bulma was voted number 17 by Japanese fans, placing her above Android 17, Yajirobe, and Videl.
Japanese fans voted Bulma the seventeenth most popular character of the series in a 2004 poll. Brian Camp and Julie Davis, the authors of Anime Classics Zettai!: 100 Must-See Japanese Animation Masterpieces, noted that Bulma's character went through the greatest number of changes in the series, and praised the evolution of her character from a "brass, boy-crazy teen girl" in the earliest episodes of Dragon Ball to winding up as one of the matriarchs of the group. They further added that while Goku is the heart and soul of the group, Bulma is its body, the one who gives it structure and cohesion.
Bulma's voice actress Hiromi Tsuru said she liked Bulma at the beginning of the series, when the character was "energetic" and "cheeky." She also joked that it was difficult for her to love Vegeta, having thought Bulma would end up with Yamcha. Emmy Rossum described her portrayal of Bulma in Dragonball Evolution as "pretty bad-ass, but still quirky and fun, and kind of ridiculous in the way she is in the anime." Though Josh Begley of The Fandom Post liked her more than Chi-Chi, admitting she was "slightly better", he also felt she "browbeats everyone around her."
Reviewing the later part of Dragon Ball Z, Anime News Network's Martin Theron said "Bulma loses something just sitting around acting like a worried mother/wife." In a top ten list for IGN, David Smith ranked Bulma forming a relationship with Vegeta as the top plot twist of Dragon Ball Z. Reviewing the live-action Dragonball Evolution for IGN, Christopher Monfette said that Emmy Rossum's performance of Bulma is "something of a departure from the anime's vision" of the character, but "brings a lot of kick-ass chick charisma to the role."
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