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Fortuneteller Baba (占いババ) is an old witch who appears for the first time in the Commander Red Saga in a vision by Son Goku on Korin Tower.
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She appeared full-time in the Fortuneteller Baba Saga in Dragon Ball, and later in Dragon Ball Z. In the Japanese version, Goku calls her Uranai Baba.

Background

Baba had been fortune-telling for more than 500 years, and is none other than Master Roshi's older sister, whom he bickers with constantly. With her unique clairvoyant capabilities, she is able to see into the future using her Crystal Ball. She is more than happy to tell anyone what their future holds for them, although, the price is very costly at a payment up front of Ƶ10,000,000.

Personality

Baba is shown to be very rude towards people, even her own brother. Baba also likes to underestimate people who fight her five warriors, as she thought that Son Goku, Yamcha and Kuririn stood no chance of beating any of them. She seems to have her limits on just how far she will let the fighters do to their opponents, urgently ordering Spike the Devil Man not to attack Goku with the Devilmite Beam, assuming it would kill him like all its other victims.

Another example of her arrogance is evident when she informs to Grand Kai that she will take Goku to the living world without the Kai's previous consent, and even dared to say in his face that she did not need it to do such thing, much to the deity's displeasure (though he is forced to consent anyway cause, as noticed by Baba, he would have to train Goku himself if he refused).

Appearance

Abilities

She has a knack for divination skills with her Crystal Ball, allowing her to see any place on Earth, or even look deep into the future. She can also travel to the Other World and back. During the fights with her martial experts in Dragon Ball, it is made known that she has the ability to grant special leave for the dead to return for approximately one day, which she uses to let Goku fight his own dead adopted grandfather, Grandpa Gohan. Years later in DBZ, she also brought Goku back to earth for one day to see his second child, Goten.

Divination

The art of fortune-telling and divination. Baba continually chants the phrase "Oh hoi, hoi, hoi, poi..." to see a vision or image in her magical crystal ball.

One-Day Revival

Through an unknown teleporting method, Baba is allowed to make contracted deals with King Yemma and is therefore capable of bringing a deceased resident of the Other World back to the Living World, granting one full day's worth of life energy to the recipient. The first time it was apparent that she can do this was demonstrated in the Fortuneteller Baba Saga, wherein Grandpa Gohan is mysteriously "brought back to life" fighting Goku in the old witch's 5-man tournament. Following the Grandfather/Grandson battle and Grandpa Gohan's revelation to Goku, Fortuneteller Baba explains to everyone the notions about the Other World and that she can bring people back from the dead.

This technique of Baba's is brought back into the series much later, it is in the Majin Buu Saga where Goku relays a message that he has been granted permission to go back to Earth for Baba's allowed full day; with all intents to compete in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament and spend as much time with his family as he could.

With the battle against Majin Buu beginning shortly after Goku's return, his time was sadly derived in battles with Babidi's monsters, Vegeta in his Majin Form, and eventually a stalling match with Majin Buu; where Goku was forced to utilize his Super Saiyan 3 transformation, severely shortening his life-energy and time on Earth. Some time later, following Super Buu's absorption of Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks and Piccolo, King Yemma persuaded Fortuneteller Baba to bring Vegeta back in a last resort ditch effort to stop Super Buu; Baba loyally complied.

Magic Materialization

The ability to bring out an object basically out of nowhere. Baba is first seen doing this when she mysteriously pulled out a T-bone steak from her sleeves and dropped it into the Devil's Toilet, proving the cauldron's own ferocity. In the anime, she later uses this ability to pull out a mallet out of nowhere to hit the Ox-King on the head for being silly.

Hypnosis Technique

A technique that was used by Baba in an anime filler to easily convince a cop by staring at his eyes making him let Konkichi speak with Goku about his bank-robbery innocence.

Telepathy

The ability to channel one's thoughts to another being. Baba uses this in an anime filler to read through Konkichi's mind to see why someone like him ended up being Goku's brother.

Telekinesis

The ability to move objects with the mind. (Anime Only)

Energy Blast

Used in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game only.

Dragon Ball (Anime)

Fortuneteller Baba arc

When Son Goku and the others don't know where the last Dragon Ball is at. They decide to go to Fortuneteller Baba to help them find it. But the only way to gain access to her crystal ball is for Goku, Yamcha and Kuririn to fight her five "other-worldly" martial arts experts, Fangs the Vampire, See-Through the Invisible Man, Bandages the Mummy, Spike the Devil Man, and Grandpa Son Gohan at her palace. So Goku, Kuririn and Yamcha take her challenge in order to use the dragon balls to revive Bora, Upa's father. Baba herself assisted See Through when Yamcha could hear his movements, by singing loudly, so Yamcha had no idea where he was. Eventually, they beat all five warriors, with the last one giving up. She then shows that the final Dragon Ball was inside a car that Emperor Pilaf and his gang were in. Which Goku quickly went to get, since the Dragon Ball was reveal t be inside a box.

Piccolo Jr. arc

At the end of the Piccolo Jr. Saga in the anime only episode "Dress in Flames", Chi-Chi and Fortuneteller Baba end up in a village occupied by Oolong-esque pig people. Jasmine and Oonaan claim to know Oolong and think he is a big pervert, but their attempts to spy on Chi-Chi and Baba in the village's hot spring show that they are not any less perverted than he is. Then decides to soak in a mini hot spring, then she is present to witness that the Ox King is alive and had only protected Chi-Chi's wedding dress, much to her dismay. She is seen at Goku and Chi-Chi's wedding.

Dragon Ball Z (Anime)

Saiyans arc

In Dragon Ball Z, Baba meets the Guide who took Son Goku to the start of the Snake Way in a café in the Other World. The Guide gives her Goku's message for Master Roshi. In a anime filler, the television coverage of the Saiyan fight is interrupted while Fortuneteller Baba arrives there, but upon her arrival she is greeted by a wave of stray bullets having been fired by an impulsive Chi-Chi, who was being restrained from going to the battlefield to take her son home.

Master Roshi, Bulma, Chi-Chi, Ox King, Oolong, and Puar gather around her crystal ball to see how their friends and loved ones are faring, but her magical ball eventually phases out due to the large concentrations of energy.

Cell Games arc

In another anime filler scene, she went to Goku's house to show Chi-Chi and the Ox King the conclusion of the Cell Games on her crystal ball.

The World Tournament arc

Later on, she allows Son Goku to return to Earth for one day to participate in the World Martial Arts Tournament and to meet his second child, Son Goten.

Fusion Dance arc

Later, from King Yemma's orders she has to lead Vegeta to the Earth to help in the fight against Super Buu. As she was in King Yemma's office when Kid Buu blew up the Earth, she is one of the few characters not to die in Dragon Ball Z.

Dragon Ball Super (Anime)

Future Trunks arc

While using her crystal ball, she lets Android 18 and Marron see how Goku and Kuririn train together.

Dragon Ball GT (Anime)

Shadow Dragons arc

She is shown in the dramatic flashback at the end of the Dragon Ball GT by Goku as he is leaving the tournament 100 years later.

Film Appearances

Yo Son Goku & His Friends Return!!

Two years after Kid Buu's defeat, she is seen at Mr. Satan's banquet along with the Z Fighters and their other friends.

Video Games

Fortuneteller Baba appears in all the following video games:

  • Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure
  • Dragon Ball Daimao Fukkatsu
  • Dragon Ball 3 Gokuden
  • Dragon Ball Origins 2
  • Dragon Ball Revenge of King Piccolo
  • Dragon Ball RPG Shonen hen
  • Dragon Ball Z Attack of the Saiyans
  • Dragon Ball Z Bakuretsu Impact
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3 (Ending credits)
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (full 3D model)
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3
  • Dragon Ball Z Buu's Fury
  • Dragon Ball Z Gaiden Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku Chikyu Hen
  • Dragon Ball Z Harukanaru Densetsu
  • Dragon Ball Z Kyoshu! Saiyan
  • Dragon Ball Z Legend of the Super Saiyan
  • Dragon Ball Z Super Gokuden Totsugeki Hen
  • Super Dragon Ball Z

Quotes

Relationships

Son Goku

Chi-Chi

the Ox King

Master Roshi

Kuririn

Yamcha

Upa

Bulma

King Yenma

Knownable Relatives

  • Master Roshi (Younger brother)
  • Grandpa Son Gohan (Employee)
  • Raditz (Employee)
  • Fangs the Vampire (Employee)
  • See-Through the Invisible Man (Employee)
  • Bandages the Mummy (Employee)
  • Spike the Devil Man (Employee)
  • Ghost Usher (Servant)

Trivia

  • The Daizenshuu states that Uranai Baba and Fortuneteller Baba in English version is only a nickname and that her real name is unknown.
  • Baba is an insulting word used in Japanese phrase which usually means things like "Old Hag" or "Old Witch" and which are used on old women.
  • Baba's name is might derived from "Baba Yaga", a witch who appears in Slavic folklore who bears a resemblance to Baba as a character.
  • Baba correctly predicted during the Fortuneteller Baba Saga that Goku would become a great hero of his time.
  • During the Saiyan Saga, when Master Roshi asks Baba about the future of planet Earth, she replies that the planet has no future. It is possible she only sees what is most likely to happen.
  • She may share a blood relationship with Goku's family. Ox-King calls her "mother" in an episode of Dragon Ball Z. However it may have also been a dub issue as in Japan it is considered respectable to refer to your elders as 'grandfather' or 'grandmother' regardless of whether they are related to you or not. Exactly how the two are related is questionable, however, her reaction when she believes Ox-King is killed during the flaming castle dilemma in Dragon Ball may support this. Other reasons would be her helping Goku return to Earth for a day, which she also did for Grandpa Gohan. Also, Pan lives to be over one-hundred, appearing to out live both Trunks and Bulla who have more Saiyan-blood than she does, which could be from Baba and Roshi's long age expectancy (as Baba even reveals in a English version episode of Dragon Ball that their mother is still alive at that time, yelling at Roshi for missing her birthday). Though this family relationship is never fully explained.

Voice Actresses

  • Japanese : Mayumi Tanaka (1989 – Present)
  • English : Linda Young (1996 – Present)

note: she was voiced by the late Japanese voice actor, Junpei Takiguchi from 1987 – 1989 in Dragon Ball. However Junpei also did the role for the Budokai video games.

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