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Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール, Doragon Bōru), created by Akira Toriyama in 1984, is an internationally famous media franchise. It consists primarily of one manga series, three different anime, eighteen animated feature films, an unofficial live-action Chinese movie, a collectible trading card game, a large number of electronic games, as well as other collectibles like action figures. Dragon Ball has an extensive online fanbase and, as of 2005, is consistently one of the most frequently searched-for terms on Google, Yahoo!, Lycos, and YouTube.

The narrative of Dragon Ball received some of its inspiration and various characters from the Chinese folk novel Journey to the West, though it diverges from the novel very quickly. It follows the adventures of its lead character, Son Goku (based on the Monkey King of the folk legend, Sun Wukong) from his childhood into old age. Dragon Ball originally included action and comedy elements, as well a significant amount of science fiction, though the story became more sci-fi oriented over time.

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Bulma (ブルマ, Buruma) is a fictional character who first appears in the Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama, followed by an identical anime, including Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. She is originally a secondary main character, but her role is quickly downplayed as the series continues, even though she does remain an important support character for most of the series. Bulma is portrayed as the daughter of the family who own the Capsule Corp. franchise in the series. Being the daughter of a brilliant scientist, Bulma is also a scientist and inventor. Bulma is most credited for inventing the Dragon Radar, a device that is specifically designed to detect the signal emitted by the Dragon Balls in the series.

Bulma's father is Dr. Briefs, but it is unclear in the manga whether 'Briefs' is his first name or his last. Bulma's mother is shown several times in the anime and manga, without an official name. Bulma's notable inventions besides the Dragon Radar, include: a Microband that shrinks her, modified Saiyan Armor for the hyperbolic time chamber, a Blutz Wave generator to allow Vegeta to reach Super Saiyan 4, and a time machine to allow Trunks to get to the past, in an alternate future timeline. She also repairs Android 16 with her father.

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This is the Toriyama bot or "Tori" bot, seen mostly in Dr. Slump and some of Dragon Ball. The creator of the two series, Akira Toriyama, based it on himself.

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