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"Dragon Ball; priceless and unbreakable."
— Colonel Silver unto Antique Shop Keeper

Pilaf and the Mystery Force (ピラフと謎の軍団 Pirafu to Nazo no Gundan, lit. "Pilaf and the Mysterious Army") is the thirtieth episode of Dragon Ball and the second episode of the Red Ribbon Army Saga.


Thief running

The young thief runs off with Goku's Dragon Radar

Goku is still searching for the Four-Star Dragon Ball. Meanwhile, Emperor Pilaf is having terrifying flashbacks of Goku destroying his castle. Some poor little punk comes along and steals all of Goku's clothes, Power Pole, backpack, and Dragon Radar. Goku comes out of the water looking for his stuff and realizes it has been stolen. He calls the Flying Nimbus, and flies around naked on it. Goku can't find the thief because of thick forest. He decided to tell his power pole to extend until it is taller than the trees. The thief freaks, and leaves all but the Dragon Radar.


Antique Shop

The thief goes into town, and pawns off the radar to a Pawn shop owner. Emperor Pilaf is in town, and buys the Four-Star Dragon Ball from the pawn shop. Goku comes into the pawn shop and takes his Dragon Radar back, and chases Emperor Pilaf for his Four-Star Dragon Ball (Grandpa Gohan). Emperor Pilaf flies away in his air ship.


Goku meets Mai and Pilaf in the Antique Shop

The Red Ribbon Army comes into the pawn shop shortly after that and also gets a Four-Star Dragon Ball. The Pawn shop dealer has a box filled with fake four star Dragon Balls in the back room. They know it is fake and when Colonel Silver drops it, it breaks into several pieces. The radar is actually reacting to the 6-star dragon ball in a gull's nest on top of the pawn shop. The Red Ribbon Army is angered, so they kill the owner of the shop. We see a close-up of the mysterious leader of the Red Ribbon Army. Emperor Pilaf also realizes his Dragon Ball is fake after he also drops his and it shatters.


Red Ribbon Army Soldiers vs. Pawn Shop Owner


Character Name Original Japanese Blue Water FUNimation
Goku Masako Nozawa Zoe Slusar Stephanie Nadolny
Colonel Silver Banjō Ginga Ben Jeffery Christopher R. Sabat
Emperor Pilaf Shigeru Chiba Dean Galloway Chuck Huber
Mai Eiko Yamada Debbie Munro Julie Franklin
Shu Tesshō Genda Jonathan Love Chris Cason
Master Roshi Kōhei Miyauchi Dean Galloway Mike McFarland
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Mike Thiessen Laurie Steele
Launch Mami Koyama Kris Rundle Meredith McCoy
Narrator Jōji Yanami Steve Olson Brice Armstrong


Things Newspaper

The newspaper the shopkeeper reads

  • This episode is filler.
  • A reference to the real world is made; Emperor Pilaf is trying on a crown when the pawn shop owner reveals it to have been worn by Alexander the Great, the Macedonian Emperor. Following this, it is revealed that the crown actually belonged to "King Ralph", likely referencing the 1991 film starring John Goodman.
  • The newspaper the shopkeeper is reading makes reference to the real world as it says "Mexico '86", referencing the 1986 FIFA World Cup hosted by Mexico.
  • When Pilaf and Mai are carried in the air ship, Goku is not wearing his wrist bands. When he chases after the ship, he has them back on.


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