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Heroine Overview

That could have been a fun life too, but I'm Vegeta's wife and Trunks's mother. I'm happy with that.
~ Bulma

Bulma is the tritagonist of the Dragon Ball franchise. She starts off as the deuteragonist of Dragon Ball, is one of the secondary characters in Dragon Ball Z, and gradually becomes more of a supporting character for the rest of the series, as well as in GT and Dragon Ball Super. She wanted the Dragon Balls to get the perfect boyfriend, though she didn't need the wish when she found Yamcha and became his girlfriend. She is also Goku's first and best friend aside from Grandpa Gohan and her personality often acts as a foil to his.

She later marries Vegeta and together they had two children; a son named Trunks and a daughter named Bra.

She is also shown to be good friends with Chi-Chi and Videl.

She is voiced by the late Hiromi Tsuru and Aya Hisakawa in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Tiffany Vollmer, Rachel Ramras, Wendee Lee, Sharon Mann, Lalainia Lindbjerg, Maggie Blue OHara, Leda Davies, France Perras, Leslie Alexander, Kirstin Nowosad, Kate Higgins and Monica Rial in the English version of the anime.

Personality

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 can get easily angered towards anyone, 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. That said, she is also capable of acting very mature and levelheaded in certain situations, and can even act as a voice of reason at times to the heroes who are more intent on solving problems through violence and wanting opportunities to test their strength, such as when she suggested using the Dragon Balls to stop the Androids that Future Trunks warned them about before they got dangerous enough to fight back. In general, while Bulma is self-centered, vain, spoiled and bad-tempered, and never completely got over these traits as she grew up, she has shown repeatedly to be an essentially good person who's heart is generally in the right place, and is unquestionably loyal to her friends.

Trivia

  • 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 hairstyle in Dragon Ball GT resembles Kate McCallister's hairstyle in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
  • Bulma's personality is very similar to Candace Flynn from Phineas and Ferb, as well as Gloria Sato from Big City Greens and Lori Loud from The Loud House.

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