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"Listen, all I'm asking you two to do is get your driver's license, it's not like I'm asking you to save the world."
Son Chichi in "Goku's Ordeal"

Son Chichi (孫 チチ, Chichi; FUNimation "Chi-Chi", Viz "Chi-Chi") is the daughter of Gyumao and later marries Son Goku[4][5] She becomes the loving mother of Son Gohan and Son Goten. She is first introduced as a shy and fearful girl, but later, as she gets older, she develops a very tomboyish, tough, and fierce personality, which sometimes causes her to have anger outbursts seen several times throughout the series. Despite this, she shows her love for Goku (and her sons) many times throughout the series.

The word chichi (乳) means udder or milk in Japanese. It is also a Japanese baby word for breast and a Japanese word for father (父).


Kid Chichi

Kid Chichi's appearance consists of a blue bikini, pink gloves and boots, a green cape, and her pink helmet. Almost all of the clothes Chichi is seen wearing in her adulthood are Chinese dresses and martial arts uniforms. Chichi keeps this appearance until the Piccolo Jr. Saga where she wears a blue uniform with red pants, arm band, shoes, and sash, and white socks. In this appearance, she wears her hair in a ponytail.

In the first half of Dragon Ball Z, Chichi's primary clothing is a purple dress that has an orange cloth tied on the top and a yellow sash. In this appearance, Chichi's hair is tied in a bun, but she still has her hair coming down on the sides. Chichi keeps her hair the same through the Androids Saga, but she wears a purple uniform with pink sleeves and pants. During the Buu Saga, she wears a yellow uniform with a purple cloth tied on the back with all of her hair put into a bun. At the very end of Dragon Ball Z, after the 10 year gap after Kid Boo's defeat, Chichi wears a red uniform with a purple cloth tied on the back as well as having her hair in a ponytail.

Chichi's appearance in Dragon Ball GT consists of a pink uniform with light blue sleeves. Her hair is cut shorter as well.


Chichi after defeating dozens of Red Ribbon Army Soldiers while crying.
An example of one of Chichi's comical fits of rage.

Kid Chichi (チチ 少女 期, Chichi Shōjo Ki) is very shy and often always thinks about who she will marry. Despite being the daughter of the Ox King, who has a reputation of being terrifying, she is shown to be the opposite of him and is shown to be of pure heart by being able to ride the Flying Nimbus. During fights, she is often scared and defeats her opponent while crying.

Chichi's personality changes when she becomes an adult, especially after marrying Goku and having her first son, Gohan. She is often depicted as a sometimes nagging, overprotective, but fundamentally well-meaning, woman similar to the stereotypical overbearing shōnen mother. Though her power pales in comparison to most of the Z Warrior, she is still one of the strongest women in the world, and is seen fighting well above the level of an average Human on more than one occasion. She is also shown to be mentally clumsy at times, such as when she hits Kuririn in the head with a door thinking he is Gohan. Although Chichi is often seen yelling at Goku about his fighting or Gohan over his school work, it can be argued that she loves Goku and her family very much. This is shown at the end of the Buu Saga when she is brought to tears just over the thought of finally getting to live as a family of four with Goku, Gohan, and Goten. Although Chichi is insistent to Goku that Gohan's studies are more important than anything in the world, she along with the rest of the characters around them go into shock when Goku actually agrees with her. She even goes as far as checking his temperature to make sure he was feeling well.

She is notable by emphasizing on Gohan's "academic achievement" rather than his fighting ability, as she was hesitant for Gohan to repeat Goku's habits of getting into danger, and she also did not want Gohan to grow up without a proper education as Goku had. Therefore she often becomes frustrated when Goku decides to take Gohan to fights, so much that often Chichi is willing to go to battle herself to defend her son, though she's always restrained by some of the other characters to keep her from getting herself killed; nonetheless, it is often implied that Chichi is proud of Gohan whenever he does fight, but refuses to admit it. Inevitably, Gohan had to work hard on both his human identity as well as his academic skills. Nonetheless, In the android sagas Chi-Chi apparently grows more accepting of Gohan fighting, as she allows him to train for the Androids and participate in the Cell Games. The very last chapters of the manga stated that Gohan had become a scholar and thus did not participate in the final World Martial Arts Tournament of Dragon Ball Z. Although Chichi disapproves of fighting, it is stated by Goten in Buu's Fury that she taught him how to go Super Saiyan.


Early life

Chichi as an infant being held by her mother.

Chichi was born on 737 Age. The death of her mother shortly followed the same year. When she was two years old, both her and her father, the Ox King, were trapped outside their castle when a fire spirit was unleashed on it making it become Mt. Frypan.[6] During her childhood with her father, she was trained in martial arts and was said to have behaved well around him.

Dragon Ball

Emperor Pilaf Saga

Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga

Chichi believing that Yamucha likes her.
Chichi's reaction after Goku violates her.
Chichi happy knowing that Goku will come back one day to make her his bride.

Since her father's castle on Fire Mountain was impossible for both of them to reach, she was sent to retrieve the Basho Fan from her father's old teacher Master Roshi. Chichi is first seen on her way to find Roshi while running away from a Dinosaur who she later decapitated with her helmet's blade and explodes with a blast from her helmet. Afterwards, she ran into Yamucha who she attacked becuase she was afraid of strangers. After getting knocked unconscious by Yamucha for attempting to attack him, he returns to her aid after realizing she is the Gyumao's daughter. When she first awakens she views Yamucha as a threat and gets ready to attack. He lies and says he loves her to keep her from hurting him because he had seen what happened to the dinosaur. Because she was naive, she believed him. When she turned her back, Yamucha runs away.

Soon afterwards she comes across Goku on his Kinto Un who tells her that Gyumao sent him to find her and take her to Turtle Hermit. While getting on the Kinto Un, Chichi accidently pulls Goku's tail revealing to Yamucha who was hiding what Goku's weakness was. While riding the Kinto Un with Goku, he patted her genitals with his foot to determine her gender (in the edited version, he merely tells her that she should put more clothing on). This act made Chichi believe that Goku may be in love with her. When they arrive at Turtle Hermit's, Turtle Hermit told both of them that he had accidently threw the Basho Fan out and that he would have to put the fire out himself.

Chichi and Goku took the Kinto Un back to Fire Mountain to meet back up with everyone with Turtle Hermit riding Baby Gamera right behind them. Turtle Hermit demonstrated the Kamehameha to put out the flames on Fire Mountain but unfortunately it destroyed their castle as well. After Goku's friends got the Dragon Ball in return Goku left. Just before Goku left she tells Goku if he will think of her during his journey to which he replies yes. Then he asks her if she will think of him, which causes her to blush and giggle making Goku wonder if all girls are this silly.

First date with Goku

Main article: Gohan's First Date

Chichi forcing Goku on a date with her.

During the Great Saiyaman Saga episode "Gohan's First Date, Chichi tells Gohan, who had just been blackmailed into going on a date with Angela, of her first date with Goku through a flashback to when they were teenagers (though still with the appearance of pre-adolescent children); she claims that she forced Goku into it, but didn't blackmail him. She told him to think of the "most pleasurable thing to do" and then coax her into doing it; naturally, Goku considered fighting the most pleasurable thing to do, and, though initially unwilling, Chichi quickly got into it, surprisingly proving to be a fairly equal match for him. Looking back on it, Chichi states that it was "a great first date".

When this occurred is unknown, though it was presumably at an off-screen point sometime before Goku trained under Master Roshi, as he was not wearing the Turtle School uniform and instead wearing his blue uniform that he wore at the time he first met her.

Red Ribbon Army Saga

Main article: Red Ribbon Army Saga

Chichi and Goku during the Red Ribbon Army Saga.

After the town at Fire Mountain was rebuilt and repopulated Chi-Chi grew lonely and waited for Goku. The Ox King took Chichi to the village psychic to tell her when Goku was going to come back. When the psychic said that he was approaching, Ox King began to prepare for the wedding. While the wedding was being prepared Chichi picked flowers outside the village and Goku showed up and they talked for awhile. Colonel Silver and his troops attacked the village making Goku and Chichi get on the nimbus and help. Chichi ended up taking out several soldiers while crying using the laser from her helmet. The Red Ribbon Army forced Goku to leave and continue his journey. Just before he leaves Chichi asks him "What about the wedding?" to which Goku replies "I'll be back, I'll try some of that next time." Goku naiveness causes him to think wedding is some sort of food. When Goku came to Korin Tower during his time training to fight Mercenary Tao he looked into a jar that showed what had happened before in the meadow where they were talking.

King Piccolo Saga

Main article: King Piccolo Saga

Chichi made a brief anime only appearance in the King Piccolo Saga when Goku saves her father from King Furry's soldiers who were to execute martial artists on King Piccolo's orders. She was depicted as having matured faster than Goku, which would become somewhat of a running joke in later years. Later in the second half of the saga, she and Ox King are seen at his castle following King Piccolo's defeat.

Piccolo Jr. Saga

Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga

Goku proposing to Chichi at the tournament.
Goku and Chichi retrieving the Basho Fan.
The wedding between Chichi and Goku at the conclusion of the Dragon Ball series.

Three years later, Chichi participated in the 23rd Tenkaichi Tournament as Anonymous. (In fact, the only one who deduced her identity was Oolong.) Chichi went up to Goku and said hello, but Goku did not recognize who she was. This made her angry, mosyly because Goku had forgotten her name and never come back to her as he had promised. Goku had forgotten about the promise because he had gone straight to the Heavenly Realm after he had defeated Piccolo Daimao. She stated that if Goku were to defeat her in the semi-final match, she would tell him her name and why she was mad. Goku defeated her by simply throwing a punch at the air, the force of which knocked Chichi out of the arena. She then revealed her identity.

He was shocked to realize that it was the little Chichi he had met earlier and that she had grown up as much as he had. He got even more of a shock when she revealed the promise he had made to her. He then revealed that he had promised because he was unaware of what a bride was, and this left Chichi nearly emotionally shattered. Nonetheless, claiming that he though he knew what his heart was saying, Goku kept his promise and proposed to her in front of the whole crowd. She said that she was in love with Goku and he, not knowing what she meant by that, was confused because of his naive nature. She said, "I'll show you" and kissed Goku on the cheek, leading to a humorous reaction from Kuririn. She also apologized to Yamucha for not marrying him (thus getting Bulma very angry at Yamucha as he had not told her that he had a "relationship" with Chichi).

Afterwards, in the anime-only filler conclusion to the Dragon Ball series, they went on several adventures to retrieve the Basho Fan in order to put out the fire on Fire Mountain (which had already been destroyed earlier in both the manga and the anime) to save her father who was protecting her mother's old wedding dress for Chichi to wear. By the end of Dragon Ball, she and Goku became happily married and Chichi wore her mother's old wedding dress.

Dragon Ball Z

Vegeta Saga

Main article: Vegeta Saga

During the time of the Saiyan conflict, Chichi's husband Goku was slain in battle to defeat his brother Raditz and her son Son Gohan was kidnapped by Piccolo to be trained for the battle with the remaining Saiyans that were on their way to Earth. When Chichi found out she came to the Kame House in rage to witness the battle on Uranai Baba's Crystal Ball. After the battle she came with the rest of the Z Warriors supporters to find her son and recently revived husband had survived the battle.

Taking care of Goku and attempting to go to Planet Namek

Main articles: Namek Saga and Frieza Saga

Chichi, Turtle Hermit, Yajirobe, Puar, and Oolong attempting to fly to Planet Namek.

Chichi took care of Goku in the hospital while Gohan who was healed went with Kuririn and Bulma to Piccolo's homeworld, Planet Namek, to use the Namek Dragon Balls to revive the fallen Z Warriors from the battle. Once Goku was healed and left to meet up with them on Namek, Chichi gathered Roshi, Oolong, Puar, and Yajirobe to try to use another one of Dr. Brief' spaceships to fly to Namek to rescue Gohan & the others from the threat Frieza which was on Namek. Instead the ship didn't work so they were forced to stay behind on Earth and wait. Chichi is reunited with Gohan when everybody on Namek except Goku and Frieza were transported to Earth. Chichi witnessed Porunga revive the fallen Z Warriors and tell them that Goku is still alive and on his way back.

Garlic Jr. Saga

Main article: Garlic Jr. Saga

When Garlic Jr.'s Black Water Mist was released on Earth, Chichi was one of the many that was infected by it and fought Gohan on top of Kame House. She was returned to normal when Gohan managed to seal Garlic Jr. back into the Dead Zone.

Trunks Saga

Main article: Trunks Saga

Chichi in mid-Dragon Ball Z.

Chichi hires an instructor for Gohan named Mr. Shu. Chichi eventually gets mad at him and kicks him out when he insults Goku. After Goku returned from Namek she has to deal with having Piccolo stay with them so they can train for the upcoming androids. She forces both of them to try to get their drivers license.

Taking care of Goku's Heart Virus

Main articles: Android Saga and Cell Games Saga

Chichi takes care of Goku while he has his Heart Virus. When he is healed Chichi is then widowed again since Goku dies in the Cell Games when protected the Earth from Cell. Around the time Goku impregnates Chichi and her second child, Son Goten, is born sometime after.

World Tournament Saga

Main article: World Tournament Saga

Chichi during the Majin Boo Saga.

Seven years later, Chichi is much more mellow by the time of the Majin Buu Saga (it is implied that she became more mellow because she felt a sense of guilt for Goku's death, as she believed that if she hadn't been harsh to her son, Goku may still have been alive). She's not as strict with Goten during the Buu Saga and even becomes less strict with a now teenage Gohan. She trains Goten on how to fight. She is told by Gohan that Goku will be returning to earth for one day to attend the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. Later, Chichi attends the Tournament to cheer on her sons and deceased husband. She spends most of the time arguing with Bulma over who sons and husband will win.

Death and revival

Chichi being turned into an egg by Super Boo.

After the World Martial Arts Tournament, she goes with the others to look for the Dragon Balls. Chichi must take refuge on Kami's Lookout. Chichi and the others are told by Goku of Vegeta and Gohan's deaths. Chichi takes the news hard and is very upset. A day later, Super Buu finds the tower and allows them to live for a short time. Super Buu used his Human extinction Attack to kill all the people on earth except for the family and friends on the Lookout. Chichi is angry with Super Buu when he comes to Kami's Lookout. During this time, while on the lookout, Chichi scolds and slaps the monster for killing so many people, including Gohan. Thus, she is turned into an egg and killed by him. This utterly shocks Goten, who witnessed Chichi's death. Later during the battle she is resurrected with the Dragon Balls and joins in supplying Goku with the energy for the Spirit bomb to destroy Kid Buu. With Goku, now alive again, Chichi is happily reunited with her husband and sons. Her family spent the remainder of Dragon Ball Z in much happier, peaceful times.

End of DBZ

Chichi at the end of Dragon Ball Z.

Ten years later, Chichi is now a grandmother to Pan, and a mother-in-law to Videl (now married to Gohan). She attends the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament to cheer on her family. She is last seen in the Dragon Ball Z series being stressed out after Goku leaving to train Uub.

Dragon Ball GT

Black Star Dragon Ball Saga

Chichi and Goten in Dragon Ball GT.

Years later, In Dragon Ball GT, Chichi has an even smaller role. She mostly associates with Bulma and Videl, while also supporting her family in times of crisis. Goku becomes a child during Dragon Ball GT, which frustrates Chichi, but she still cares for him deeply. When asked what it is like having a child for a husband, she responds, "Mostly the same."

Baby Saga

It is also during Dragon Ball GT that Chichi, along with nearly the entire population on Earth, gets possessed by Baby, but later cured with the Sacred Water.

Super Android 17 Saga

Later, she, along with Videl, Bulma, and Bra Brief, wanted to fight along in the Super 17 Saga. Goku and Android 18, however, had done the job already.

Shadow Dragon Saga

She is also involved in the battle with Syn Shenron, along with her sons, daughter-in-law, and the Briefs family. Chichi is last seen in one of the flashbacks at the end of Dragon Ball GT.

Alternate timeline

Main article: Future Chichi

Future Chich

In the time Future Trunks came from, (where Goku died of his heart disease and the world is dominated by the Androids), Chi-Chi is one of the very few survivors. She still lives in her house in the mountains with her father still visiting her often. She eventually loses her son, Gohan (her only son in this timeline) to the Androids.


Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

Ginger defeating Chichi without even touching her.

While Goku was out fishing, the Ox King came over to give Gohan presents. While he was walking over, he was attacked by Ginger, one of Garlic Jr.'s henchmen. Sansho and Nicky showed up as well and surrounded Chichi and Gohan. Chichi then takes off her apron and begans to charge at Ginger. With only one hand, he pushes her with force backwards without even touching her, leaving her on the ground. Gohan was then captured by the henchmen. Goku, who was late to the scene, then tracks them down.

Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest

Chichi is shown doing her house hold duties. She watches Goku go off on the flying nimbus to rescue Bulma and Master Roshi from Dr. Kochin. When Gohan tries to sneak off, she yells at him to stop. Gohan eventually does sneak off and leaves Chichi worried.

Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might

After Gohan came back from his camping trip Chichi meets his new friend which is a dragon he named Icarus. Chichi is scared of him disapproves of him which results in Goku and Gohan make a secret home for him in a nearby cave.

Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug

Chichi taking out two of Slug's soldiers.

When Lord Slug came to Earth, Chichi along with Gohan, Oolong and Bulma came to see. When Gohan ran into battle against his soldiers, Chichi came to his aid and defeated two soldiers, but was then knocked unconscious by another one. Gohan takes her back and escapes with everyone else. Later on, everybody is at Goku's House warming up. When Chichi brings hot chocolate to Gohan's room, she sees that he has left with Oolong.

Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge

Chi-Chi begins to think that Goku had lost his mind when he actually wants Gohan to finish his homework but then finds out it was because he wanted to take him camping.

Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!

Chichi is shopping at the mall with Goku and Gohan as a stress reliever. While battling through a crowd of other women over clothes, she makes Goku hold a giant stack of boxes, saying that it is his turn to get clothes next. They stop at a restaurant to get lunch where they meet up with Master Roshi, Oolong, Krillin and Trunks. While eating, Android 14 and Android 15 attack the mall, making Goku save all of the people, with Chichi being saved by Gohan. When Gohan brings Chichi down, she dissaproves of Gohan helping his dad in the fight against the androids, but he doesn't listen and flies toward the battle.

Dragon Ball Z: Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan

Chichi and Goku dressed nice to get Gohan in a good school.

Chichi makes Goku dress in a suit for an interview to get Gohan into a good school. During the interview King Kai contacts Goku telepathically to tell him that there is an emergency, making Goku use his Instant Transmission to leave the interview. After Goku defeats Broly he and Gohan are transported to his front yard where Chichi was doing laundry. She scolds Goku and Gohan for missing the registration. Goku replies by saying "Chi-Chi, my favorite hobbies are reading and sports", which is what she wanted Goku to say at the interview and she faints.

Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound

Chichi allows Gohan to enter the Intergalactic Martial Arts Tournament because all he has been doing is studying. While talking to Bulma, they began an argument over whether Trunks or Gohan will win the tournament.

Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

Chichi appears near the beginning of the film at her house along with Gohan, Goten and Videl. She prepares a large meal for Gohan and Goten and has a small conversation with Videl as she is washing dishes when Videl gets interrupted with an emergency. This emergency, of course, was due to the dead escaping Hell and invading the living world.

Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!

Chichi and Bulma in Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!

Chichi also appeared in this 2008 Jump Anime Tour Special of Dragon Ball. She, Goku, and the rest of their family and friends travel to Mr. Satan's hotel resort to attend a party for its grand opening. This film takes place after the death of Kid Buu.

Other films

Main articles: Jade (Yi-Juan Li) and Chi Chi (Jamie Chung)

Chi-Chi portrayed by Jamie Chung in Dragonball: Evolution.
Chi-Chi in the 1990 Korean film.

Chi-Chi has appeared in all three live action movie adaptions of the Dragon Ball series. She appeared in the 1990 Korean Dragon Ball film with a similar appearance to her inital debut in the series wearing her helmet. In the 1991 chinese film Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins, her character was merged with Penny from Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies into a character named Jade portrayed by Yi-Juan Li.

In the 2009 live action adaption Dragonball: Evolution, she is portrayed by Jamie Chung.

Video games

Chichi in Super Dragon Ball Z.
Kid Chichi in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.

Chichi usually appeared as nothing more than a one-line character in cut scenes for most Dragon Ball video games, such as Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3. However, in 2006, she made her first appearance as a fighter in the arcade version of Super Dragon Ball Z. She also appears in the console version of the game as well. In Super Dragon Ball Z, she is armed with the Bansho Fan, the Power Pole, and flies on the Flying Nimbus. In the game, she wears the gi she wore in the 23rd World Tournament and has her pink clothes from her childhood years in the original Dragon Ball as an unlockable alternate costume. In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, she is playable as a child. Adult Chi-Chi also narrates the character biographies in that game, often imputing her own opinions about the different characters.


Chichi holding a sword.


Major battles

Voice actresses


Chichi with blue hair
  • Chichi's hair color is switched in the anime. In the manga, it is originally intended to be blue, but is switched to black for the anime.
  • Chichi's Adult self from Dragon Ball Z is possibly based off Tsuntsunodanoteiyugo Tsun from Dr. Slump as they both look identical and have the same personality. Both of them also practice martial arts like their sons (although Chichi only practices it prior to the 23rd Tenkaichi Tournament with her younger son, Goten).
  • Her influence on her husband is a running gag in the series. Despite being one of the most powerful beings in the universe, Goku is always terrified by his wife when she is angry.
  • She is one of the strongest Human females on Planet Earth and quite possibly the strongest female Human until Videl learns to control her ki, although she may have remained the strongest. (Note: No. 18 is an Artificial Human.)
  • Her favorite food is Chinese chimaki, a rice ball.[7]
  • She enjoys farming and her favorite vehicle is a tractor.[8]
  • For some reason, she nearly always has her eyebrows raised.
  • Her name is changed from "Chichi" to Milk in Latin America because "Chichi" in Spanish means "Breasts".
  • Her name is changed from "Chichi" to Kika in Portugal because "Chichi" in Portuguese means "Urine".
  • In her commentaries in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, she shows a disdain for Super Saiyans and refers to them as "delinquents". She also refers to them as "delinquents" in anime filler when she finds out that Gohan is now a Super Saiyan.

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