Mai (anime character)

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"Pilaf, may I remind you that we don't have time to shop today?"
Mai in "Pilaf and the Mystery Force"

Mai (マイ; FUNimation "Mai", Viz "Mai") is Pilaf's female minion. She always works with Shuu and, although she is quite intelligent (even more so in the FUNimation dub), the two of them always manage to fail their objectives. She is a beautiful, calculating enemy who always resorts to weaponry and technology. Her serious tone is a foil to Shuu's comic personality.


Dragon Ball

Emperor Pilaf Saga

Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga

Mai and Shuu being surrounded by wolves in the woods.
Mai and Shuu being electrocuted for their failure.

Mai assisted Pilaf in collecting the Dragon Balls with Shu. When a spy tracker spotted a glow in Skull Valley Shu and Mai came there only to see it was nothing but a bunch of Wolves. Shu and Mai were able to get away but Goku kicked down their plane causing them to crash. When they finally got back to Pilaf's Castle they were forced on another mission to get a dragon ball from Roshi the Turtle Hermit. When they got there Roshi already gave it to "a pretty girl on the beach". Roshi pushed there submarine into the ocean but put a hole causing them to sink to the bottom. Later during Goku and Bulma's time in the Diablo Desert, Shu and Mai attempted to blow up Oolong's House-Wagon to obtain the balls but end up failing when Shu gets the bomb stuck to his paw. When he manages to reset the bomb and get it on their house wagon Yamcha blows it up. Not knowing that Goku, Bulma and Oolong were gone, they both enter seconds before the bomb was set to go off and explodes with them in it. When they both get back Pilaf tortures them by shocking them for their failure.

When Goku and the others are on their way with six of the Dragon Balls, Mai tells Shu to attack them and take the balls. Mai then drives Shu with the dragon balls back to pilafs castle. Missing the ball Goku was carrying they gassed a room they were in to get the last Dragon Ball. Pilaf summons the dragon with the intention on ruling the world but Oolong interrupts and wishes for a pair of panties.

Shu and Mai using her machine gun are sent to go after Oolong and the others. They captured all of them and put them in a special cell Pilaf designed to fry them. That night Goku turned into a Giant Ape from the Full Moon and smashed Castle Pilaf. Being in bed at the time Mai had to escape with Shu and Pilaf in a plane while still in her night gown. Using a missle to attack Goku causing him to fall Pilaf orders to go down. Realizing Goku isn't dead he grabs a tower and throws it at a plane causing them to crash. After Pilaf seeing the destruction of his castle he gives Mai and Shu guns and orders them to kill the rest of them but when Mai see's Pilaf running in the opposite direction she follows him along with Shu.

Red Ribbon Army Saga

Main article: Red Ribbon Army Saga

Mai shooting at Goku while running away with Pilaf.

A year later, Pilaf begins his search for the dragon balls again. Mai escorted Pilaf through a town to the location of a dragon ball which was an antique shop. The owner told Pilaf he has a Dragon Ball and gave him lots of money for it. When they came out of the store Goku was out there demanding to have the ball. Mai takes her gun out and shoots at him so they can get a chance to leave to his flying fortress. Back at the fortress it breaks revealing that the ball is fake. Mai glues it back together and gives it to Goku to get him away. Mai posses as one of Goku's Cousins while Shu disguises himself as Goku to get the real dragon ball which is it his wedding that he was unaware of. The Dragon Ball was in a Pterodactyl that the Ox King killed for the feast. While at the banquet they get the dragon ball but the Red Ribbon Army attacks the Ox Kings Village. They escape back to the flying fortress only to still be followed by Colonel Silver's troops. When they reach the desert the fortress got shot down by a massive wave of the red ribbon army's planes. They escape the flying fortress before it explodes but are surrounded by soldiers at the bottom and forced to give up the dragon ball.

Fortuneteller Baba Saga

Main article: Fortuneteller Baba

Mai, Pilaf, and Shuu in their Pilaf Machines.

After Goku defeated the Red Ribbon Army, Pilaf had one of the Dragon Balls and put it in a box causing it to not be tracked on any radar. While at a picnic Mai was watching a surveillance camera showing Goku fighting his disguised Grandpa Son Gohan. When she saw that Uranai Baba was going to reveal the location of the Dragon Ball they got into a limo and drove off. While Mai was driving the limo Goku spotted them and demanded the Dragon Ball. Pilaf, Shuu, and Mai brought out their Pilaf Machines and challenged Goku. Goku was able to damage Mai's machine making her jump on top of Shuu's and run away. Goku then caught up and punched a missle back at them causing there machines to break and give up the dragon ball.

King Piccolo Saga

Main article: King Piccolo Saga

Shuu, Pilaf, and Mai helped Piccolo Daimao acquire the Dragon Balls during the King Piccolo Saga only to later be thrown off their own ship by him.

Dragon Ball GT

Black Star Dragon Ball Saga

Main article: Black Star Dragon Ball Saga

An aged Mai in the first episode of DBGT.

In the first episode of Dragon Ball GT, an aged Mai was shown along with an aged Shuu and of course an aged Pilaf on top of the Lookout getting ready to summon Shen Long with the Black Star Dragon Balls. When they were trying to summon him, she stated that every time they came close to their goal, something always got in the way, so she wanted to hurry up before something bad happened. After they summoned Shenron with the Black Star Dragon Balls, Goku saw the light from them and he went around the corner to see what it was. Pilaf said that he looked familiar and they figured out that it was Goku, only all grown up. Pilaf said that he wished Goku was a kid again so that he could really teach him a lesson, not knowing that Black Star Shen Long was listening. Black Star Shen Long said his catchphrase, "It shall be done" and his eyes glowed. Goku then became a kid again.

Baby Saga

Main article: Baby Saga

Mai made a cameo with Shuu and Pilaf as they were saved and teleported to Planet Tuffle by Super Saiyan 4 Goku before Earth's explosion in "Piccolo's Decision".


Shuu, Pilaf, and Mai building a large Dragon Radar.

Mai built a large Dragon Radar with Pilaf and Shuu for Crane Hermit in Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure.

Mai appeared in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

Mai appeared in Dragon Ball: Ssawora Son Goku, Igyeora Son Goku.

Mai appeared in Dragonball: Evolution as Lord Piccolo's right-hand henchwoman. In the film, she was even colder, able to kill without batting an eye. She was also much more serious and much more adept at fighting hand-to-hand.

Video games

Voice actresses


Mai on a Queen card in Bojack Unbound.
  • Mai makes a cameo appearance on a playing card as the Queen in Bojack Unbound.
  • Mai holds a stick with a turd on it during the Emperor Pilaf Saga, which causes Pilaf to break the fourth wall.
  • It is revealed that she, along with Shuu, were recruited by Pilaf from a wanted ad.
  • Mai makes a cameo appearance in the 7th Dr. Slump film in a crowd alongside Pilaf, Shuu, Oolong, Lunch, and the two main characters from Pink.