|Manga Debut||Volume #38, Chapter #456|
|Game Debut||Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury|
Manipulation Sorcery is the magical skill to take control of an individual with evil in their hearts, for the purpose of enslaving them.
Manipulation Sorcery was one of Babidi's most feared abilities. With this skill, he was able to search for trace malevolence within the hearts of his target(s) and amplify it. Additionally, he was able to force the target into subordination and draw out the hidden abilities of his target, pushing their power beyond their limits to create truly fearsome fighters. Despite the strength of this spell, particularly strong individuals are more than capable of resisting it, as was seen with Vegeta, who refused to allow Babidi to control his body through sheer pride. It's also stated Vegeta allowed himself to fall under the spell, hinting he was more than capable of resisting it, but simply chose not to. While under the influence of Manipulation Sorcery, Vegeta is referred to as the Prince of Destruction (魔王子, Maōji; FUNimation "Majin Vegeta"; Literally meaning "Demon Prince").
In Other Media
In the Dragon Ball video games, this ability is usually portrayed in story-mode material related to Babidi. In Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2, Babidi used this technique to take control of Freeza and Cell, empowering them and using these two former villains as minions. In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, as well as Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 and Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden, he would take control of Piccolo with this spell. In Another Road, he also used it to control the future counterparts of Koora and Broli.
Dragon Ball Heroes featured Babidi using it to control Tullece, Slug, Hatchiyack, Bojakku, Janenba, No. 13, and Broli. Similar to Vegeta, they are called the "Destruction Kings" (破壊王, Hakaiō) while possessed.
- In the original series, Bū is the only one of Babidi’s Forces ever referred to as majin. However, due to misinformation from the FUNimation's english dub fans have long referred to those Babidi controls with his magic as majin as well, most prominently with “Majin Vegeta”. The name “Majin Vegeta” has only been used in video games and on FUNimation’s DVD releases.
- In the video games, such as Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 and Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butōden, Piccolo is a common victim of Babidi's Manipulation Sorcery, due to being the reincarnation of the evil Piccolo Daimaō.