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Manipulation Sorcery is a spell that Babidi can cast over any being in an effort to take control of their mind and release their power.


An entity who is taken under Babidi's mind control will have all of their evil feelings amplified, causing them to unleash all of the target's hidden power and focus it beyond their natural limits. Once the process is complete, the target undergoes some minor changes in their appearance. Their veins around the body bulge out, a black shadow trim around the eyes and over the eyelids dark lines form, and the Demon Mark (a black styled "M") appears on the target's forehead (uniquely the chest for Yakon on his chest). Besides tremendously increased raw might, the target also gains other benefits, such as the ability to completely control their ki, enabling normal people to fly and produce energy blasts. They gain a seemingly limitless stamina (Vegeta was able to retain his Super Saiyan 2 form for almost his entire time possessed, and Spopovich did not show signs of weariness despite all the blows he took from fighting Videl). They also become nearly unkillable and zombie-like, feeling little to no pain from injuries and are relatively unfazed by what would normally be fatal injuries. Despite Spopovitch having his neck snapped a spun around to face his backside, he quickly returned to his feet and casually shifted his neck back into place, to which also shows the target gains noticeable self-recovery power.

Bab Control of Vegeta

Babidi appears in Vegeta's eye

This spell is only known to work successfully on targets with evil in their hearts. The attack seems to work on anyone with a single evil characteristic. Even those who are relatively neutral, such as (possibly) the human Spopovich, are vulnerable. Essentially, anyone who can be destroyed by the Devilmite Beam can be enslaved by the Babidi's sorcery. To which, only people void of any evil tendencies and are ultimately pure good can resist this spell's power.


Vegeta gaining the Demon mark

While normally the targets of this power will then usually become loyal to the one who cast the spell, it must be noted that there are times where the spell does not work 100% of the time even with one evil characteristic, such as on Majin Buu. Notably, despite Vegeta being completely affected by this spell, he ends up being extremely difficult for Babidi to control even after he casts the spell on Vegeta and it is implied that he "let" Babidi cast the spell on him just to amplify his power and rival Goku.


  • Mind Break: An alternate variant of the spell used by people under Babidi's control. In the spin-off manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission, Prince of Destruction Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta uses it as a Final Impact-like beam in order to mind control Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta. Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta does not gain the Demon mark on his forehead once controlled (like Piccolo, Future Cooler, and Future Broly in video games), but his pupils and irises vanish and he begins to attack his summoner Kagyu.

Appearances in games

This technique is used on Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World, and Dragon Ball Heroes to become Majin Vegeta. While in his Majin state, Vegeta's attacks become stronger and his moves are replaced with more powerful ones. When Janemba's Majin Vegeta and later Super Janemba take control of Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, they turn him into Majin Vegeta.


Babidi uses his Mind Control in Dragon Ball Heroes

In the story of Budokai 2, Babidi also revives Frieza and Cell and then proceeds to turn them both into possess them alongside Vegeta. In the story of Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, Future Babidi uses the technique, first to take control of Piccolo and Vegeta (the latter of whom by that time actually was placed under mind control), and later to take control of Future Cooler and Future Broly.

In Dragon Ball Heroes, Super Garlic Jr., Turles, Lord Slug, Super Android 13, Super Hatchiyack, Bojack, Super Janemba, Baby Janemba and Super Saiyan 3 Broly under Babidi's spell are playable characters introduced in Jaaku Mission 5 and they are called Destruction Kings (破壊王, Hakaio) while in this state. They themselves can use Mind Break to take control of any of opponents. Garlic Jr.'s Three Lords (Ginger, Nicky, and Sansho), the commanders of Lord Slug's clan, Dr. Raichi, the Galaxy Soldiers, and Hirudegarn also appear under Mind Break in the game. Later, Babidi, Bibidi, Yamu, Spopvich, Majin Vegeta (SSJ2 and SSJ3), Dabura, and Pure Buu also have cards allowing them to use Mind Break.

In addition to Babidi, his father Bibidi can can also use this ability in the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game.

Demigra uses Manipulation Sorcery in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse to gain control over Piccolo, Frieza, Cell, Kid Buu, Vegeta, Gotenks, Gohan and Future Trunks.


  • In the series Digimon Fusion, an antagonist named Ebemon is a cyborg alien Digimon who can take control of other Digimons' minds, leaving a distinctive crest on their foreheads, similar to Babidi's. However, it is purple instead of black, and the symbol itself is not a fancy capital "M", but some form of pattern, possibly a letter in a different language.