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Pilaf Machines (ピラフ マシーン, Pirafu Mashin; FUNimation "Pilaf Machine") are armored battle mechs.
During the Fortuneteller Baba Saga, Goku was still searching for the last Dragon Ball and was able to view the location of it by using Uranai Baba's Crystal Ball. The Crystal Ball then revealed it to be in a car (that later turned out to be Pilaf and his minions Shu and Mai). Goku then decided that he would go find the Dragon Ball and told Upa to keep an eye on the remaining six. Goku then headed off in search of the last Dragon Ball. Yamucha then wondered why the Dragon Radar could not pick up the last one, to which Bulma responded by saying that it may be broken.
Goku then arrived and ambushed Pilaf and his minions while they were driving in their car (comically, by jumping from his Kinto Un and landing on top of their car). Pilaf then got out of the car and challenged Goku for the remaining Dragon Balls and saying that if he won, Goku would have to give up the last Dragon Ball, and to make a pinky and thumb promise (to which Goku senselessly responds by saying, "It's impolite to swear"). Goku accepted the challenge, however, and the battle began. Pilaf, Shu, and Mai then all pulled out Hoi Poi Capsules that morphed into what Pilaf called the Pilaf Machines. Goku assumed that he would win easily and attacked the Pilaf Machines. The Pilaf Machines, however, were surprisingly able to catch a kick from Goku, and also able to gain the upper hand several times against him.
Pilaf then ordered Shu to eliminate Goku and delivered several blasts that after a while seem to have killed Goku. Goku survived easily, however, (by burrowing underground) and Pilaf and his fellow minions began to strategize a way of defeating Goku. They then noticed that his tail was his only weakness and attempted to pull his tail. Pilaf and his lackies then surrounded Goku and began the attack on the count of three. Shu then noticed that Goku's tail was gone and theorized that he had it tucked it into his pants, and they began once again to organize a plan of dealing with the young Goku. The Pilaf Machines, Shu, and Mai ganged up on Goku, with Mai holding him while Shu burned off his pants giving Pilaf the chance to pull off his tail. Pilaf were then shocked, along with his minions, when they noticed that Goku's tail was gone. Goku then announced that it was removed during his battle against Grandpa Son Gohan.
Pilaf then resorted to his final plan by combining all of his Pilaf Machines into the Combined Pilaf Machine (合体 ピラフ マシン, Gattai Pirafu Mashin). Goku, however, was not surprised and simply destroyed the robot's right arm with a Kamehame-Ha. This attack once again surprised everyone and Pilaf was forced to once again revert his Pilaf Machine into another robot (in the shape of an ostrich). Goku then chased after them and Pilaf released a powerful missile at the young Saiyan, but Goku was able to catch it and throw it back at Pilaf, destroying the Pilaf Machine. Pilaf was then forced to give up his Dragon Ball and forced Shu to give up his clothes (due to him having burned off Goku's pants) and left Shu naked.
Pilaf and the others later used similar machines to travel to Mount Plapp in the Dragon Ball anime filler episode "Outrageous Octagon". In Dragon Ball GT, Pilaf used his Pilaf Machine to reach Kami's Lookout and steal the Black Star Dragon Balls.
The Fused Pilaf Machine is a boss in Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu (appears as a Battle Jacket palette swap), Dragon Ball Z: Sūpā Gokū Den: Totsugeki Hen, Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, and Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans. The three Pilaf Machines are bosses in Dragon Ball 3: Gokū Den (appears as Battle Jacket palette swaps). Eggbots in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II are white robot enemies very similar to Pilaf Machines.
The Pilaf Machines of Pilaf and Shuu appeared in Advanced Adventure as the bosses of Pilaf's Castle and are also playable. The Fused Pilaf Machine appeared as a boss in the level City Street. The Pilaf Machines of Mai and Shuu were bosses in Attack of the Saiyans. The three Pilaf Machines were bosses in Dragon Ball: Origins 2. Robots very similar to the Fused Pilaf Machine were enemies in Dragon Ball Online.
A redesigned Pilaf Robot appeared as the boss of Pilaf's Castle in Dragon Ball: Origins and made a cameo appearance in Dragon Ball: Origins 2 (Level 8-1). According to the in-game dialogue in Origins, Pilaf Robot was built by Shuu. It used a machine gun, cannon, flamethrower, flail, and electric attack. Goku must perform his spin attack to use the fire and electric elements to his advantage. Once it is defeated, its head starts to attack with a Mouth Energy Wave, confusion ray, and dynamite rain. Pilaf Robot's head reappeared as a boss in a sub-level of the same game.
In Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, to prevent Son Goten and Trunks Brief from taking the Three-Star Ball in his castle, Pilaf summoned a Pilaf Robot named Pilaf's Guardian. This robot looked very similar to Pirate Robot.
While in the Pilaf Machine, Pilaf's power proved to be fairly equal to Goku's and far too tough for him to make a dent in (though he did manage to deal two effective blows to the Pilaf Machine). Pilaf's strength also seemed to grow a decent amount when combined with his fellow minions Shu, Mai, and Pilaf himself. Despite being combined with his lackies, the Pilaf Machine's right arm was destroyed easily with a Kamehame-Ha. Due to all the power that the robot suit possessed, however, it is very likely that the Combined Pilaf Machine could possibly be able to beat Goku.
Special abilities and arsenal
- Used by several Pilaf Machines
- Flight – A special device inside the Pilaf Machine that allows it to fly.
- Arm Extension – The ability to elongate arms. Used by Pilaf's machine at the end of the Fortuneteller Baba Saga and by Shu's machine while the gang was on Mount Frappe. This technique is also used by Pilaf's Machine in Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure and the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series.
- Great Pilaf Operation – Pilaf launches himself at the opponent and lifts them up in the air. Shuu and Mai then arrive and run over the opponent twiceand while the opponent is in the air. They then fuse and tackle the opponent. It is the Pilaf Machine's Ultimate Blast in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series.
- Pilaf's Pilaf Machine
- Gigant Rock Throw – Pilaf Machine picks up a gigantic boulder and launches it at its opponent. This attack is one of the Pilaf Machine's Blast 2 in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series.
- Rolling Smash – Pilaf Machine rolls itself up in a ball and launches itself at the opponent. This attack was names in the Budokai Tenkaichi series and is one of Pilaf Machine's Blast 2. Pilaf Machine uses a similar attack in Advanced Adventure.
- Pilaf Barrier – One of the Pilaf Machine's Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series.
- False Courage – One of the Pilaf Machine's Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series.
- Mai's Pilaf Machine
- Double Buster – The Combined Pilaf Machine releases strong pink energy beams from the two slots on the front of Mai's unit, which deals great damage. In Dragon Ball GT and Advanced Adventure, Mai's machine launches two missiles from this slots instead of two beams.
- Gatling Gun – Mai's Pilaf Machine unit reveals a machine gun in one of its arms and releases waves of blasts at his opponent. This attack is one of the Combined Pilaf Machine's Blast 2 in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series. In Advanced Adventure, Mai's unit reveals two machine guns in the two slots on the front of her machine instead of the arm. It is also used by Mai in a first generation of Pilaf Machine in Dragon Ball: Origins, as well as the giant Pilaf Robot.
- Shuu's Pilaf Machine
- Electric Waves – Shu's Pilaf Machine can shoot pink Energy Waves that look like bolts of electricity from its hands. In Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo, those attacks are yellow instead of pink. It is also used by the giant Pilaf Robot in Dragon Ball: Origins.
- Flame Expulsion – Shu's Pilaf Machine uses Flame Expulsion (火炎 放射, Kaen Hōsha; Literally meaning "Flame Emission") to shoot flames from its tail. It is also used by the giant Pilaf Robot in Dragon Ball: Origins.
- Launch Missiles! – Shu's Pilaf Machine can release a powerful missile. Shu first used it to destroy Gyumao's Car in the Diablo Desert. He later used this technique against Goku on the City Street, but the missile was caught and thrown back at him and Pilaf, destroying his and Pilaf's machines. Shu also used the Launch Missiles! on Mount Frappe near the end of Dragon Ball and on Kami's Lookout in Dragon Ball GT. It is the Combined Pilaf Machine's Ultimate Blast in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series. Pilaf yells, "Launch missiles now!" and Shuu's Pilaf Machine unit releases a powerful missile that deals a high amount of damage.