Dragon Ball ZThe “Imperfect Cell” saga is often praised for its horror elements that were unique within the franchise, but the “Majin Buu” arc featured his own particularly gruesome death. When the childish but deadly Buu finally tires of Babidi’s orders and insults, he grabs his “master” by the throat and holds him as Babidi struggles in vain to escape. A camera shot shows Buu’s free hand running towards Babidi’s head; it ends with blood splattering on the screen and Babidi’s body, now decapitated, writhing as Buu celebrates his freedom.
It was a chilling reminder to viewers of what Buu, despite his moments of humor and love of sweets, was actually capable of when he was angry enough. However, perhaps because Babidi was an equally annoying and unsatisfying villain, his death and his impact on the overall story tend to get overlooked. A closer look at this event actually reveals a lot about Buu and Goku, and possibly even foreshadows the then-villain’s unlikely friendship with Mr. Satan.
How Babidi’s Death Affected Majin Buu’s Character Arc In Dragon Ball Z
Babidi’s death didn’t just give Buu his freedom. For the first time in his absurdly long existence, he had a choice to do what he wanted with his life. While Babidi killed and destroyed out of sheer hatred and disdain, Buu liked to decimate buildings and cities because he thought it was fun; he often didn’t seem to realize the pain and suffering he was causing.
Had Babidi shown a little kindness or even tolerance for Buu’s quirky nature, the wizard probably could have lived a little longer. His impatience and his constant anger pushed Buu over the edge, but somewhere deep down, Buu also realized that this wasn’t the kind of influence he wanted in his own life. As shown when he befriends none other than Mr. Satan (or Hercules) and then expels the evil within himself, the original Majin Buu had far more depth of character than he is given credit for, especially by the Z fighters. That said, a closer look at Goku’s subtle influence on Babidi’s death reveals even more.
Goku’s role in Babidi’s death indirectly foreshadowed the Buu/Hercule Bromance.
As Supreme Kai had previously told the Z Fighters, Babidi’s danger to the world stemmed from his magic rather than his physical strength. As such, Super Saiyan 3 Goku surely could have taken out the mage at any point during his confrontation with Buu, but he decided against it. Instead, he goaded Buu by saying that he was too powerful to be controlled and effectively taunted him with the idea of freedom. Although Buu was already getting tired of Babidi, the pink villain’s childlike nature ensured that he could easily be swayed by statements like this.
Goku’s indirect actions and his end result after he left showed that Buu could be reasoned with to some extent, as long as he got something he wanted. In a way, this foreshadowed Buu’s eventual bond with the world champion, Mr. Satan. Traveling to Buu’s self-built house, Hercules attempted to kill him through toys and gadgets that were set to explode, only to end up having fun together when they both learned that a little kindness can go a long way. Hercule provided fun things that Buu wanted: delicious food, games, and even playtime with his new dog, Bee.
Because of this, the original Majin Buu seen in Dragon Ball Z – even with the evil still inside him at this point – he was more open to reason when Hercules told him that killing was wrong. Of course, there’s no way Goku or anyone else could have foreseen the Mr. Satan/Buu bromance, but the powerful Saiyan’s indirect assistance in Babidi’s death subtly hinted that Fat Buu, unlike some of his later forms , was much more than a hateful killing machine.