"It's the unpredictable nature of this game that attracts me. That...and of course the money."
Fortuneteller Baba (占いババ Uranai Baba, lit. "Fortune-teller Hag") is an old witch and the older sister of Master Roshi who appears for the first time in the Commander Red Saga in a vision, as Goku was seeing the past, present, and future on Korin Tower. She appeared full-time in the Fortuneteller Baba Saga in Dragon Ball, and after that she shows up in anime fillers and rarely from time to time.
Baba has a very old and weathered appearance. She is short enough that her body can neatly fit on top of the Glass Ball that she uses to move around on. Her clothing is similar to that of the generic witches, with a tall pointed hat and a dark one piece gown.
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 Goku, Yamcha and Krillin 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 Grand Kai that she will take Goku to the living world without the Kai's consent, and even dared to say to his face that she did not need it to do such a thing, much to the deity's displeasure (though he is forced to consent anyway because, as noticed by Baba, he would have to train Goku himself if he refused).
Baba has been fortune-telling for more than 500 years, and is none other than Master Roshi's older sister, with whom he bickers 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 with a payment up front of Ƶ10,000,000.
Fortuneteller Baba Saga
Main article: Fortuneteller Baba Saga
However, the alternative way of gaining one's fortune is to defeat her five "other-worldly" martial arts experts, Fangs the Vampire, See-Through the Invisible Man, Bandages the Mummy, Spike the Devil Man, and Grandpa Gohan at her palace. Goku, Krillin and Yamcha take her challenge when they cannot find the last Dragon Ball to resurrect Bora, a man killed when helping Goku. 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 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 adoptive Grandpa Gohan.
Dragon Ball Z
Main article: Vegeta Saga
In Dragon Ball Z, Baba meets the Guide who took 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 (which reaches him via Kami and Yajirobe). In one anime filler of the Vegeta Saga, the television coverage of the Saiyan fight is interrupted while Fortuneteller Baba arrives there (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.
Majin Buu Saga
Later, on King Yemma's orders she has to lead Vegeta to Earth to help in the fight against Super Buu. Baba is surprised to see Goku again, especially to find he was revived, and he hurriedly explains his return. Goku then senses Buu and tells Baba to flee and she does so, wishing them luck. 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
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga
In the anime, Master Roshi asks his sister to help observe the race between Goku and Krillin in the Forest of Terror. Fortuneteller Baba briefly meets Goku and Krillin near the forest before traveling to Kame House, where Roshi thanks her for her assistance but she charges him ten million Zeni for her help, and simply says that he owes her. Baba then broadcasts the events in the forest through her Crystal Ball, and Android 18 shows up with Marron. 18 sees Krillin trembling with fear, and the two explain to her that he and Goku are in the Forest of Terror, where memories deep in the heart take form. After Krillin figures out the trick to calm his mind and concentrate his ki, defeating the illusions by attacking him as they are frozen in place. Master Roshi is proud of Krillin for figuring it out, but Baba unleashes one more trick (as it is implying that the illusions are her doing or at the very least she can control them): creating a fake Super Shenron that ambushes Goku and traps him, forcing Krillin to save Goku and the flying Nimbus.
Universe Survival Saga
Main article: Universe Survival Saga Fortuneteller Baba is shown a few hours before the Tournament of Power arguing with Goku for asking her to bring Frieza back to the world of the living for a day, but she eventually agrees as the Universe's fate is at stake. She then asks Goku for a gift in exchange. Goku offers her the button used to contact Zeno, but she declines the offer, saying it was a very dangerous item.
Baba eventually brought Frieza back to Earth in her palace despite her hesitance on doing so. However, moments later they were ambushed by dozens of assassins from Universe 9 sent by Ro and Sidra to kill Frieza before he could arrive to the tournament. Baba hid in her palace while Goku and Frieza dealt with them.
Dragon Ball GT
Battle of Gods
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Fortuneteller Baba appears in the prologue when the narrator recaps the adventures and rigorous battles fought by Goku and his friends along with their journey to collect the 7 Dragon Balls to make a wish to Shenron whenever they needed them.
Other Dragon Ball Stories
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Main article: Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! Two years after Kid Buu's defeat, she is seen at Mr. Satan's banquet at his newly made hotel in celebration of defeating Buu. The celebration is then crashed by a brother duo, Abo and Cado, whom are after Vegeta's brother, Tarble. The brothers are challenged by Goten and Trunks but they fail in defeating them. The brothers, fused as Aka, unleash a technique that destroyed the hotel. Aka is then defeated by Goku with a Kamehameha. After this encounter, they continue their feast.
Techniques and Special Abilities
- 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 a special 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. A person temporarily revived by this method retains the much higher resilience dead people gain while in Other World. This power however is not perfect as when Goku utilized his Super Saiyan 3 transformation, it's naturally advanced-draining nature on one's stamina and energy severely shortening his time on Earth. The temporary revival can be made permanent through Resurrection by another source, by doing so the higher resilience as a dead person will be lost in the living world. This technique was used to revive Grandpa Gohan, Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza.
- 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. (Anime Only)
- 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. (Anime Only)
- 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. (Anime Only)
- Telekinesis – The ability to move objects with the mind. (Anime Only)
- Energy Blast – Used in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game only.
Video Game Appearances
- Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu
- 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: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen
- Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure
- Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
- Super Dragon Ball Z
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
- Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu
- Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans
- Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo
- Dragon Ball: Origins 2
- Dragon Ball Online
- Dragon Ball RPG: Shōnen-hen
In Harukanaru Densetsu, Baba ends up employing Goku's deceased brother Raditz as one of her fighters.
"A pointy hat like the one Fortuneteller Baba always wears."
— Dragon Ball Xenoverse Fortuneteller Baba's Hat description
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, though Fortuneteller Baba does not physically appear in game, there is a Fortuneteller Baba outfit that can be worn by a Female Future Warrior. Baba's outfit comes in 3 parts: 1 accessory and 2 clothing options. Fortuneteller Baba's Hat accessory changes the wearer's hairstyle and color to the style and pinkish color of Baba, though it will change to golden blond during any Super Saiyan transformations (Female Saiyans only).
"The clothes of Fortuneteller Baba, the Turtle Hermit's older sister."
— Dragon Ball Xenoverse Fortuneteller Baba's Clothes description
Fortuneteller Baba's Clothes is 2 pieces the Upper Body portion is her black cloak and her lower body option is her black leggings. Her outfit has no hands or feet options. Her outfit becomes available in the shop (Accessory Shop and Clothing Shop) after the God of Destruction Beerus Saga is completed.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, her hat and clothes return as clothing and accessory options for the Future Warrior. Her hat can be purchased at the accessory shop while her clothes can be obtained randomly by feeding certain foods to Majin Buu's children that have a yellow coloration in the Majin Buu's House rift anomaly. If the Future Warrior talks to Krillin while wearing the upper body portion of Baba's clothes he will recognizes them as Baba's despite the fact they look different due to the Warrior being taller than Baba and states that the most surprising thing about her is she's Master Roshi's older sister. Additionally, Fortuneteller Baba's Clothes are also worn by Female Time Patroller NPC Mantu.
- Japanese: Junpei Takiguchi (DB, DBZ), Mayumi Tanaka (DBZ, DBZ Kai, DBS)
- Latin American Spanish dub: Ángela Villanueva (DB, DBZ, DBZ Kai: TFC) and Magda Giner (DBZ Kai)
- Portuguese dub: Cristina Cavalinhos, Joana Castro (DBS)
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Zayra Zordan, Helena Samara (DBZ - episode 190)
- Italian dub: Grazia Migneco, Caterina Rochira (DBS)
- Polish dub: Miriam Aleksandrowicz (DBS)
- Hungarian dub: Fodor Zsóka
- Tagalog dub: Charmaine Cordoviz
- The Daizenshuu states that Uranai Baba (or Fortuneteller Baba in the Saban/Westwood/Ocean Group and Funimation dubs) 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 derived from " ", 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 Vegeta Saga in the anime, when Master Roshi asks Baba about the future of planet Earth, she replies that the planet has no future. However, in the manga, all she says is "It's no use... Even I can't read the future this time...". It is possible she only sees what is most likely to happen or there are limits to what she can foresee.
- She may share a blood relationship with Chichi'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 having Goku alive for a day, which she also did for Grandpa Gohan. However, this could be done on account that they wanted to return to Earth. 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 Funimation dub 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.