The question

Why Mai from the Future Trunks timeline is younger than what she should've been?

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The problem

In the future Trunks timeline the Dragon Balls have been destroyed, during the Android Saga, the Pilaf Gang should not be able to wish for youth.

Her appearance in the future timeline, appears to be younger than what she should've been at that age. She even appears to be younger than what she was in Dragon Ball.

  • Possible duplicate of What is Mai's actual age in Dragon Ball Super?
    – Aki Tanaka
    Jul 27, 2019 at 18:21
  • @AkiTanaka, I don't see how they are related. My question is why she is young in the new Future Trunks timeline since to get young they require the dragon balls, which should not be available in the future timeline.
    – Zauxst
    Jul 27, 2019 at 18:28
  • Ah, I see... looks like this is about Future Mai, not Mai... I got confused by the name from the dupe. Dupe vote retracted...
    – Aki Tanaka
    Jul 27, 2019 at 18:40
  • Maybe it is one of the different time lines in which pilaf gang did the wish. There was different rings of time. Probably in one of these timelines they did the wish or maybe something else happened that they got the dragon balls or maybe something else turned them into kids again. Jul 29, 2019 at 6:19

1 Answer 1


Pilaf gang made the wish just before Piccolo were killed by the androids.

Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga and both Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super anime adaptations didn't cover that event IIRC, but Toyotaro did in a special chapter of his manga (in Vol. 2). According to Dragon Ball Wiki:

In the future timeline, Future Android 17 and Future Android 18 are battling the future Dragon Team, and Future Goku is dead - having died from the Heart Virus. Future Bulma and Future Gohan are flying in a capsule ship and notice the Dragon Balls have been activated. Future Pilaf wishes for himself and the rest of his gang to be reverted to their youth - as babies, and Future Bulma arrives too late to stop them from making a wish. The Dragon Balls then drop down as stone, as Future Piccolo has died. Future Gohan screams in anguish at Future Piccolo's death. The baby Future Trunks and the baby Future Mai notice each other as baby Future Pilaf plans to escape.

Dragon Ball Super CH15.5 P1

Dragon Ball Super CH15.5 P2

It's assumed that something similar happened offscreen in the main timeline.

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