transformations are similar to both the Saiyans
and Cell. Some of Buu's transformations are caused by
anger and a need to change the physical shape to hold
this power, while others are caused by absorptions of
other characters (such as Gotenks and Piccolo). Some of
Buu's transformations are caused by the "venting"
of steam, energy, and physical manifestations, as seen
on the right. Just like Cell, however, you can always
tell that Buu is Buu; the over-all pink color remains,
along with the antenna on his head.
is pure speculation, but when "Super" Buu begins
his absorptions of other characters, he appears to take
the clothing and physical appearance of the "strongest"
character he currently has within him. See below for more
information. Also, please note that almost
every "name" of a form/transformation for Majin
Buu are fan-created names. While some
were later adopted by FUNimation (and almost used as "fact"),
the truth is that they simply originated with fans and
their need to distinguish forms.
the Japanese wording for Buu's main four forms are taken
from the fourth daizenshuu.
Majin Buu transformation timeline (chronological in terms of storyline, not viewership):
|Chibi Buu (the
original creation by Bibidi)
|Chibi Buu + absorbs Southern Kaiôshin
|Buff Buu + absorbs Dai Kaiôshin
"Fat Buu" & "Evil Buu":
|Fat Buu - venting of evil
|Evil Buu + eats Fat Buu
|Super Buu + absorbs Gotenks
|Super Buu + (Goten + Trunks) + absorbs Piccolo
|Super Buu + (Goten + Trunks + Piccolo) + absorbs Gohan
|Super Buu - (Goten + Trunks + Piccolo + Gohan)
Original Chibi Buu & "Mr. Buu":
|Chibi Buu - spits out "Mr
|Chibi Buu + reincarnation
BUU (ZEN)" / MAJIN BUU (GOOD)
"first" form we see of Buu's is when
Babidi finally succeeds in resurrecting him. When
Buu appears, Babidi is in complete shock, but
Kaiôshin is fearful for his life. Why would
Babidi be at such a loss, while Kaiôshin
cannot seem to overcome his fear? Babidi seems
to think that something went wrong during the
resurrection process. That's not quite true, but
there is more to the story of
this first "fat" form, Buu is really
just an innocent child with an insane amount of
power. Buu doesn't quite understand the concept
of "right" and "wrong," but
instead just wants to have fun and have a friend!
Death and destruction are his ways of having fun,
until told to stop by Mr. Satan (because he is
just a nice guy that honestly tried to befriend
Majin Buu! *snicker*... yeah, right!).
Episode 232; Manga Chapter 460
"Fat" Majin Buu; incredibly
strong, easily persuaded, with a childlike
BUU (JUNSUI AKU)" / MAJIN BUU (PURE EVIL)
Bay (the dog) is shot, Majin Buu goes into an uncontrollable
fury. His only two friends, Mr. Satan and Bay, are
now reduced to one. While Buu is ultimately able
to heal Bay, the repercussions of the attack are
attack on Bay prompts Majin Buu to vent out an incredible
amount of steam from the vents on his head; it appears
that he is actually venting out, in a physical manifestation,
all of the evil intents and thoughts he holds inside
of himself! What emerges is a skinny, gray, "evil"
Majin Buu that attacks the "Fat" Majin
Buu. His speed and power surpass "Fat"
Buu, and eventually turns him into a cookie and
eats him! This "absorbing" of the "Fat"
buu results in the changing into "Super"
Buu, as seen below.
Technically, once Majin Buu vents out the "Evil"
Buu, he becomes "Mr. Buu" (as further
described below). Since he's only around for a short
time at this point, we will discuss him in more
Episode 255; Manga Chapter 485
"Evil" Majin Buu; stronger
than "Fat" Buu, non-vocal, gray-colored.
Turns "Fat" Buu into a cookie and
eats him, resulting in "Super" Buu.
BUU (AKU)" / MAJIN BUU (EVIL)
the "Evil" Buu eats the "Fat"
Buu cookie, the result is a tall, skinny (but
buff) "Super" Buu. This Buu speaks a
lot more than the previous two forms, and seems
to enjoy cracking his neck quite a bit. He is
extremely impatient (even more so than "Fat"
Buu was), and won't hesitate to not only let you
know verbally, but let you know with violence.
Buu desires to fight the strongest adversary that
can be found. When he is promised such a fighter,
he actually (willingly) chooses to wait and fight
fighter is actually the fusion of Goten and Trunks,
Gotenks; the two boys are training / sleeping
in the Room of Spirit and Time). Buu is unable
to wait the full time necessary for the boys to
prepare, and begins to go a little crazy. Wasting
no time killing every single last human being
on Earth (with the exception of Mr. Satan; the
"Fat" Buu inside of him still seems
to have some power over his mind), Buu demands
Piccolo take him to the fighter. Piccolo leads
Buu (the long way!) to the Room of Spirit and
Time to fight Gotenks.
is much stronger than Gotenks in regular Super
Saiyan form, but does make the mistake of allowing
a few attacks to connect (such as the "Super
Ghost Kamikaze Attack") that do quite a bit
of damage to him. While SSJ3 Gotenks is clearly
stronger than this "Super" Buu, Buu
(unfortunately) comes up with a plan, and Gotenks
Episode 255; Manga Chapter 485
When "Evil" Buu eats the
"Fat" Buu cookie, the result is
a tall, thin (but incredibly buff) "Super"
Buu. "Super" Buu enjoys cracking
his neck, is extremely impatient, and desires
to fight the strongest foe, no matter what
it takes in order to do so.
BUU (EVIL) (+GOTENKS)
"Super" Buu is unable to defeat Gohan
(and is, in fact, quite outclassed by Gohan's
new "Mystic" power-up from Old Kaiôshin!),
he takes matters into his own hands, and begins
to absorb the other fighters. First on the list
surrounds Gotenks with part of his body that has
been ripped off, and brings it back to his main
body, completely absorbing the fighter. In this
new form, Majin Buu's power increases even more
than before. In addition, the antenna on his head
grows in length (due to Gotenks' SSJ3 form and
its long hair). Buu even adapts some of Gotenks's
moves in this form (such as the "Super Ghost
Kamikaze Attack" that hit him, earlier, now
featuring mini ghost Buus!). Buu doesn't stop
with Gotenks, though...
Episode 265; Manga Chapter 499
When "Super" Buu absorbs
Gotenks, his antenna grows a great deal down
his back, and he wears a fusion vest. Buu
can also use Gotenks's attacks, including
the "Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack."
of Gohan and his new-found power, Buu opts to
go after Piccolo, as well as Gohan. This is actually
an interesting choice (not to mention a perfect
one) on Buu's part; why not go
after one of the most intelligent fighters in
the entire series? Time after time, Piccolo had
demonstrated that while he's not always the most
powerful, his fighting techniques and incredible
displays of intelligence during battles have allowed
him to go head to head with even the toughest
foes (IE - Cell Jr.).
actually remains the same as his Gotenks form,
even after absorbing Piccolo, until the fusion
time runs out. It is only here that the fusion
vest disappears and he is left with Piccolo's
outfit. Despite the physical form of Gotenks taking
precedence, Buu does seem to exhibit traits of
Piccolo immediately after absorbing him (such
as a somewhat different, more "noble"
way of speaking, and by the way he mentally toys
with Gohan). Note that when Goku and Vegeta are
absorbed by Buu, Goten and Trunks have their own
individual pods within Buu (which
is why this cannot be classified as a "Gotenks"
absorption, per say). Buu's power does not necessary
increase by much, but of course, his intelligence
goes up a notch.
Episode 267; Manga Chapter 502
Note that this absorption
takes place in episode 265 / chapter 499,
but this specific form of Buu (with Piccolo's
outfit) appears in the numbers listed above.
When "Super" Buu absorbs Piccolo,
his looks remain the same until Gotenks's
fusion time runs out. At this point, Buu wears
Piccolo's cape. In this form, Buu now has
the strength of Gotenks plus the fighting
intelligence of Piccolo.
+TRUNKS +PICCOLO +GOHAN)
Goku arrives back on the scene, ready to fuse
with Gohan to create an ultimate fighter, Buu
knows he has to, again, take
measures into his own hands. Buu absorbs Gohan,
leaving Goku with only Mr. Satan and Dende to
this form, Buu loses Piccolo's cape and the fusion
vest, choosing to wear Gohan's orange gi,
instead. The long antenna stays on his head, though.
Power? Through the roof! With the "Fat"
Majin Buu, Gotenks, Piccolo, and now Gohan as
his disposable... Majin Buu almost seems like
he would be an undefeatable foe! Goku's got something
up his sleeve, though, when Vegeta returns to
the battlefield... the fusion earrings are still
good! Goku and Vegeta fuse into Vegetto, who is
more than a match for Majin Buu, even with all
his new strength. Majin Buu turns Vegetto into
candy, but the world's strongest coffee candy
still packs a wallop! Buu even tries to infect
Vegetto, but it's no use... Vegetto is too strong.
What's left to do? Try absorbing Vegetto, of course!
Vegetto lets himself be absorbed, but puts up
a barrier before completely going in.
Vegetto lands inside of Majin Buu, the fusion
of Vegetto is torn apart back into Goku and Vegeta.
Goku and Vegeta begin to tear apart the friends
and family absorbed, when they come across...
"Fat" Majin Buu! Once everyone is ripped
out, and they all escape through a pore, Buu begins
to undergo his strangest transformation, yet!
Episode 267; Manga Chapter 502
"Super" Buu goes after
Gohan, next. In this form, Buu completely
has rid himself of the fusion vest and Piccolo's
cape, keeping only the SSJ3 hair length antenna.
He now wears Gohan's orange gi.
BUU (JUNSUI)" / MAJIN BUU (PURE / GENUINE)
Goku and his friends are ripped from the innards
of the new "Super" Buu and "Fat"
Buu is disconnected, somehow the absolutely
original Majin Buu is all that remains!
This may seem (and is) completely confusing; if
everyone is ripped out of "Super" Buu
(being Gotenks, Piccolo, Gohan, Goku, and Vegeta;
"Fat" Buu is disconnected on the inside)...
all that should remain is "Gray/Evil"
Buu, just as he was before he started absorbing
what we have is the original form
of Buu, as created by the magician Bibidi (Babidi's
father). This Buu is chibi (small) in form;
basically, a diminutive "Super" Buu. This
Buu, however, never really speaks, instead choosing
to make strange chirping and bellowing noises, yelping
and flopping around like a combination between a
newborn baby and a monkey!
Buu has the ability to learn techniques simply by
watching them, nevermind experiencing
them (as seen by his teleporting to Kaiôshin's
planet after watching Goku use Shunkan-idô,
where-as Cell had to actually be in the
teleportation to use it). The strength and speed
of this Buu are nearly incomprehensible; Goku and
Vegeta are no match, and with Vegeta's earring crushed,
fusion cannot be attained. This new Buu is ultimately
defeated by Goku with a giant Genki-Dama
comprised of energy donated from every human on
Earth, but not before doing one last "transformation"...
Episode 278; Manga Chapter 508
Once Goten, Trunks, Piccolo, and Gohan
are removed from Buu by Goku and Vegeta, Buu
reverts to his original form... a chibi
version of Buu! Buu is non-vocal, except for
his incessant yelping. His speed and strength
are nearly unmatched, and he is able to learn
new techniques simply by watching them be performed.
BUU ("MR. BUU"; loss of evil after split)
Chibi Buu is formed and begins attacking people,
there is still one person he cannot bring himself
to hit... Mr. Satan. Buu remembers how Mr. Satan
befriended him and treated him so well, but still
desires to let the evil take over and destroy, destroy,
hunches over, cluching his head in pain, spits something
out... and... what's this?!
comes the "Fat" Majin Buu?! With "Fat"
Buu out of his system, Buu truly has come back to
his original, pure evil form! However, the other
Buu (sometimes called "Mr. Buu") is now
a Buu without any evil, what-so-ever, in his system.
He is a pure-hearted fighter and even tries to help
out in the battle by attacking Chibi Buu!
you really sit back and think about it, he shouldn't
be able to co-exist with Chibi Buu... but whatever!
Episode 282; Manga Chapter 512
When "Chibi" Buu becomes
frustrated with not being able to attack Mr.
Satan, he vents and spits out the older, "Fat"
Majin Buu. This "Mr. Buu" does not
contain the evil that "Chibi" Buu
has, and instead fights alongside Goku and the
BUU (+SOUTHERN KAIÔSHIN; anime-only flashback)
an anime-only flashback right after Buu degenerates
into his "Chibi" form, the viewers are
treated to a story showcasing just how the "Fat"
Majin Buu came to be! When Bibidi created Majin
Buu, they attacked the five Kaiôshin (Northern,
Southern, Eastern, Western, and Dai Kaiôshin)
of the universe (the only one remaining, from the
East, being the one we know from our present timeline
who appeared with Kibito).
Buu killed two Kaiôshin (Northern and Western),
but managed to absorb two others before being sealed
away by the Kaiôshin that we know! Buu first
absorbs the Southern Kaiôshin, and transforms
into an incredibly "buff" version of himself
shown above (which increases his strength quite
dramatically, apparently). After this, Buu absorbs
another fat, jolly old man... Dai Kaiôshin.
When Buu absorbed this Kaiôshin...
the "Fat" Majin Buu that is first introduced
to us is formed! The fat, jolly Kaiôshin holds
back some of Buu's power when absorbed, and turns
him into an almost innocent, child-like monster.
that in the manga, this "form" is somewhat
seen, but only as a middle-ground during Buu's full
transformation into Chibi Buu. The full series of
events (and Buu actually walking around in this
stage) is seen only in the anime-exclusive flashback.
Episode 279; Manga Chapter 507
Bibidi's original Buu kills one Kaiôshin,
but absorbs two others. After absorbing the
fat, jolly Kaiôshin, Buu turns into the
"Fat" Buu that we are first introduced
to earlier in the series.
he destroys Chibi Buu with a giant Genki-Dama,
Goku wishes that he could one day fight Buu again.
Enma-daiô hears Goku's request, and
works a little afterlife magic. Little does anyone
know, but Buu is being reincarnated... without evil...
as a human child!
the 28th Tenka-ichi Budôkai, Goku
realizes that a new, strong challenger awaits him...
in the form of a scared, poor little boy named "Uub"
("Buu" spelled backwards). Goku forces
this child to show his hidden powers by verbally
and physically attacking him; everyone is astounded
to see such a young child (really only grade-school
age) display such incredible power.
always the terrible father and husband that he is,
decides to take off with Uub and train. And so ends
DragonBall (and thus DragonBall Z)
with Goku leaving with this child to train! Of course,
10 years later they will re-emerge from Dende's
Palace when DragonBall GT begins... but
that's a completely new story, one which involves
yet another transformation of Majin Buu!
Episode 289; Manga Chapter 518
Enma-daiô grants Goku's
wish to fight Buu again, someday, and has him
reincarnated (without the evil) as a human boy.
Uub comes from a poor village, and arrives at
the 28th Tenka-ichi Budôkai,
much to Goku's delight. Goku leaves with Uub
to train at the end of the series.
SOON: DRAGONBALL GT UUB/BUU MERGER~!
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