|Dragon Ball character|
Three different appearances of Majin Buu, drawn by Akira Toriyama.
|First appearance||Dragon Ball chapter #460: "Majin Buu Appears?!" (1994)|
|Created by||Akira Toriyama|
English (Funimation dubs)
Josh Martin (as Majin and Kid Buu), Justin Cook (as Super Buu)
English (Ocean Group dubs)
Scott McNeil (as Majin Buu), Brian Dobson (as Super and Kid Buu), Corby Proctor (in GT)
English (Bang Zoom! dub)
Majin Buu (Japanese: 魔人ブウ Hepburn: Majin Bū), generally spelled Majin Boo in subtitles of the Japanese anime, and rendered as Djinn-Boo in the Viz Media manga, is a fictional character and the final antagonist in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. He is introduced in chapter #460 Majin Boo Appears?! (魔人ブウ出現か!? Majin Bū Shutsugen ka!?) first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on March 1, 1994. Majin Buu is a genie-like magical life form created by the evil warlock Bibidi that terrorized galaxies by destroying entire planets, millions of years before the events of Dragon Ball take place. He was temporarily sealed away and brought to Earth; however, Bibidi was killed and Buu remained hidden. During the events of Dragon Ball, he is revived by Bibidi's son Babidi in order to carry on his father's plan to conquer the entire universe.
Creation and design
Manga author Akira Toriyama stated that when creating a villain in Dragon Ball, he would try to make them different from any that had come before. Although it was difficult and he was usually not entirely pleased with the results, he thinks he did achieve this with Majin Buu. The Shenlong Times issue #2, a bonus pamphlet given to some buyers of the Daizenshuu 2: Story Guide guidebook, says that Majin Buu was modeled after Toriyama's editor at the time, Fuyuto Takeda. Buu, Bibbidi and Bobbidi take their names from the song "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" in the Walt Disney movie Cinderella.
Majin Buu has several different forms, each with a different appearance and personality, however, all are pink creatures with an antenna on their head and several holes/pores on both sides of their heads, arms and their vertebrae. They have a rubbery body that can regenerate instantly from any wound, separate parts of it from themselves and control them independently, and can even completely restore themselves from vapor. Buu can also heal damaged beings, and can absorb other organisms by enveloping them with his body or eating them, the latter done by using his signature attack that turns people into food such as candy.
When first introduced he is overweight and wears gloves, boots, a vest and a cape. His appearance and the manner in which he appeared from his ball is somewhat genie-esque, an aspect further implied in the Japanese word "Majin" in his name, which can read as "Djinn", which lead to Viz Media rendering his name as Djinn-Boo for the English manga release. His trousers, in all forms he takes, bear the same "M" symbol as many other characters associated with Babidi in this part of the manga; whether this is short for Buu's title of "Majin", Babidi's title of "Madoshi" in the original Japanese, or something else is unclear.
Majin Buu's manner is very naive and childlike, taking joy in fighting and scaring people. Throughout the series, he is always referred to by either Majin Buu or simply Buu, no matter what form he is in. However, each form has been given their own names in guidebooks, video games or by fans, in order to distinguish between them. When Buu expels the evil inside him, it takes on a taller and much skinnier, frail form referred to as "Pure Evil Majin Buu" (魔人ブウ 純粋悪 Majin Bū Junsui Aku).:61 When this Buu absorbs the fat one, he transforms in a muscular version of himself referred to as "Evil Majin Buu" (魔人ブウ 悪 Majin Bū Aku).:61 Personality-wise, Evil Buu is more intelligent than Buu and is described as "pure rage".
This intelligence allows him to plan ahead for the opportunity to absorb Gotenks and Piccolo, and later Gohan. After absorbing the first two, his antenna lengthen and forming five full-fingers, Evil Buu gains Piccolo's intellect and momentarily wore Gotenks's vest and strength before his latter victim's fusion wore off. He then absorbed Gohan, gaining his power while wearing his dōgi top and undershirt. The last form shown, referred to as Kid Buu or "Pure Majin Buu" (魔人ブウ 純粋 Majin Bū Junsui),:61 is actually Buu's original form. Evil Buu was forced into that state after the fat Buu was completely removed from his body along with Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo. While a child-like version of Evil Buu, Kid Buu is completely feral and animalistic, living only to destroy and is called "evil incarnate". Daizenshuu 2: Story Guide refers to him as the "strongest enemy in the universe". Even after Kid Buu is killed, the fat Majin Buu lives on Earth now completely-kindhearted and known as Mr. Buu (ミスター・ブウ Misutā Bū). In the anime, Buu's "Evil" and "Pure" forms' designs differ from the manga in that they both always have five fingers.
Powers and abilities
Being the final villain faced by the protagonists in the Dragon Ball manga, Buu is the most powerful of them all, possessing vast superhuman strength, speed and reflexes beyond that of a trained Super Saiyan 2. He is able to channel his inner Ki energy for devastating offensive techniques capable of destroying planets or star systems. Buu also holds the unique ability of being able to transform objects or living things into chocolate or other sweet foods which he then consumes to satiate his greed and gluttony. Buu is also able to instantly recover and regenerate from severe trauma, dismemberment and even combustion at a sub-molecular level. Buu can instantly emulate techniques used on him, launching Goku's signature Kamehameha many times.
In Dragon Ball
Before the events of Dragon Ball, the evil warlock Bibbidi created Majin Buu; a being that existed "solely to slaughter and destroy" and within a few years they destroyed hundreds of planets. Buu even killed four of the five Supreme Kais who govern the universe, absorbing one of them and their leader which dulled his destructive nature and turned him into his current form. But Buu was still too ferocious even for Bibbidi to control, resulting with the Majin temporarily sealed and moved to their next target, Earth. But the last surviving Supreme Kai, Shin, took advantage of this to kill Bibbidi with Buu sealed away on Earth. In the present day, Bibbidi's son Babidi makes it his goal to revive Buu, which Shin plans to prevent by killing him. But Shin underestimates the power of Goku and Vegeta, and their spent energy results in Majin Buu's quick revival. When Babidi threatens to re-seal him, Buu begins to obey his orders and destroys and kills everything and everyone in sight in-order to get Piccolo, Trunks and Goten to come out of hiding. That is until Goku asks him why he lets Babidi boss him around, leading to Buu killing him, however he continues his mischief and destruction, unaware that what he is doing is wrong.
Majin Buu attacks humans, destroying nearly all of the world's population, then builds a house by converting people into clay. He is resting in his house when Mr. Satan befriends him while waiting for an opening to kill him. The friendship coupled with the affection from a dog he healed, has Buu resolve not to kill anymore, when two civilians shoot the dog and then Mr. Satan. Buu heals them, but the evil aspect of his personality takes advantage of Buu's rage to manifest out of his body, transforming into a taller and much skinnier Buu, who attacks the now weaker fat Buu. The evil Buu reflects fat Buu's attack, turning his benign counterpart into chocolate and eating him to become whole and transform into a more dangerous Majin Buu. Evil Buu quickly senses Piccolo, Trunks and Goten and goes to them, demanding Gotenks fight him. Gohan then arrives and clearly has the upper-hand over Buu, but Buu absorbs Gotenks and later Piccolo. Now stronger than Gohan, Buu, knowing that there is a time-limit on Gotenks' fusion, planned ahead and is able to absorb Gohan as well. However, Goku and Vegeta fuse together into Vegito, but, despite being powerful enough to defeat him, they purposefully get absorbed by Buu in-order to enter his body. Though the Potara Fusion ran its course, Goku and Vegeta manage to retrieve Gohan, Piccolo, Goten, and Trunks before they completely separate fat Buu from Evil Buu.
The removal of Buu causes Evil Buu to revert to the original form of Majin Buu, no longer deluded by his benign counterpart as he immediately destroys the Earth. Kid Buu then follows Goku and Vegeta to the Kaiō-shin planet, where, after a battle with Goku, he is stalled by Vegeta and then fat Buu, so that Goku can finish him off with a giant Genki-Dama made with energy from the people on the newly resurrected Earth. The good fat Majin Buu goes on to live with Mr. Satan on Earth as Mr. Buu, after the Dragon Balls erase the people of Earth's memories about him. Kid Buu is reincarnated into a child named Oob, whom, ten years later, Goku meets at the Tenka'ichi Budōkai martial arts tournament and leaves with to train as his successor.
In Dragon Ball Super
Buu is selected to participate in the Universe 7 team's tournament with Universe 6. He is disqualified before the tournament begins by falling asleep during the exam. Buu agrees to fight with Goku and Gohan in the Universe Survival tournament, being matched against Universe 9's Basil. Buu is initially overwhelmed, though becomes enraged over seeing Mr. Satan injured by the battle collaterally and quickly overpowers Basil. After consuming a drug that increases his power, Basil seems to gain the upper hand on Buu with a buffer form coinciding with his attacks, however Buu is unaffected by the attacks and defeats Basil with a Kamehameha wave. Buu then heals Mr. Satan. After the mini tournament, Buu begins to train on Earth for the Tournament of Power. Due to the intensity of his training, Buu gains a slimmer and toned body and spares against Goku, beating him. Alas, also due to the intensity of his training, Buu falls asleep and will not wake for 3 months, forcing him to miss the Tournament of Power.
Shortly after the events of the Tournament of Power and Broly, Buu is kidnapped by the Galactic Patrol and taken to their headquarters. Goku and Vegeta are taken as well and find out their kidnapper is Merusu, the Galatic Patrol's #1 elite patrolman. Merusu explains that an evil criminal has escaped from galactic prison, and in order to recapture this criminal they need the Grand Kaioshin who is inside of Buu.
In other media
In Dragon Ball GT, an anime-only sequel to the series, both Mr. Buu and Oob participate in battles against foes such as Baby, Super Android #17 and Super One-Star Dragon. They also fuse together, creating a character referred to as "Majoob" or Super Oob (スーパーウーブ Sūpā Ūbu) and became more powerful. Buu is also seen in the 2008 short film Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! and plays a small role in the 2013 theatrical Dragon Ball Z film, Battle of Gods.
Majin Buu briefly appears in an episode of the 1997 anime remake of Toriyama's Dr. Slump, and makes a brief cameo appearance in Toriyama's manga series Neko Majin Z. He also appears in chapter four of the Saikyō Jump manga Dragon Ball SD, a super deformed spin-off of Dragon Ball written by Naho Ōishi, which depicts a comedic alternate retelling of him being released. Ōishi drew a special chapter focusing on Buu for the July 2014 issue, titled Dragon Ball SD Majin Buu Extra Story (ドラゴンボールSD 魔人ブウ番外編 Doragonbōru SD Majin Bū Bangai-hen) it also features Toriyama's Neko Majin.
He is a playable character in the franchise's video games, the first being Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 3 in 1994, but also in most of the more recent games such as the Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! series. He is also playable in the Weekly Shōnen Jump crossover games Battle Stadium D.O.N and Jump Ultimate Stars.
In the original Japanese, Buu and all his forms are voiced by Kōzō Shioya in all media. He said he looked at the character as a self-centered three-year-old. Even through all the different forms of the character, Shioya explained that he tried not to deviate too far from the personality of the original while subtlety showing that he changed form.
In the Funimation dub, Josh Martin voices fat and Kid Buu, while Justin Cook voices Evil and Super Buu. Meanwhile, in the Ocean Group dubs, fat Buu is voiced by Scott McNeil, while Evil, Super, and Kid Buu are voiced by Brian Dobson.
Majin Buu is a popular character in the Dragon Ball series, in 2004 Japanese fans voted him the eighth most popular character. He was rated by Wizard magazine as the 40th greatest villain of all time, the only anime or manga character from Japan to make the list. IGN's David F. Smith states that although he is tough, Majin Buu's pink complexion prevents anybody from taking him as a serious threat. Theron Martin of Anime News Network claims Buu's "childlike demeanor actually gives his malicious smiles and mad faces a surprisingly chilling effect", claiming it sets him apart from the "hyper-evil badasses" of the series. He called Josh Martin's English vocal performance far more childish than Kōzō Shioya's, but also felt that Shioya's voice does not fit Buu's behavior. According to Dennis Amith of J!-ENT, seeing him "kill people for the sake of hunger or for enjoyment to hear things go 'boom'" makes Buu the deadliest villain of the series. Toriyama stated that the fight between Buu and Gotenks was fun to draw because he was able to come up with odd techniques in "the spirit of gag manga".:167
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