Bulma (ブルマ, Burumā) is a supporting protagonist in the Dragon Ball series. She is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Brief, The wife of Vegeta and the mother of Trunks and Bulla. She is a scientist and the hier of the Capsule Corporation. Her most notable invension is the Dragon Radar that helps her find the Dragon Balls.
The name Bulma, like rest of her family is pun of an undergarment, in her case it is bloomers. Bulma is called Bulma Brief in the live action movie, Dragon Ball Evolution.
Like many of the characters, she is adapted from the chineese novel Journey to the West. She is adapted from Xuanzank, the central character of the novel. (She being a female follows the tradition in chineese opera where Xuanzank is portrayed by a female actor)
Her appearence is from Plamo of the one-shot manga The Advantures of Tongpoo and her personality is similar to that of the princess in Dragon Boy and that of Plamo.