We’ve done articles in the past about our favorite couples in Dragon Ball. For an anime that revolves around fighting, it sure does feature a good amount of romances. With Goku and Vegeta already doing their part to propagate what’s left of the Saiyan bloodline, all eyes turn to their eldest sons, who happen to be in relationships of their own. And while we’ve been aware of the bond between Gohan and Videl developing for years, that between Future Trunks and Mai is one of the newest romances in the franchise.
It’s clear that both couples won’t be splitting anytime soon, so which one should you look to for inspiration in your own love life? Fortunately for you, we’ve created a list to help you come to your own conclusion on this.
10 Gohan & Videl: High School Sweethearts
Divorce is something that runs rampant in today’s society, and while there have been many studies conducted on high school sweethearts, some feel as though couples where both partners met during their angst-filled teenage years have better luck than partners who met after this pivotal period in one’s life.
While we’re not in the position to confirm or deny this, it’s true that Gohan and Videl did form a romantic bond during their time as classmates, and by the looks of it, they don’t plan on getting a divorce anytime soon.
9 Trunks & Mai: No Secrets Between Them
We admire Trunks for not trying to hide the fact that he’d time-traveled before from Mai, as well as the fact that his father is part of an alien race. She was barely stunned by anything about him because she knew it all, and why shouldn’t she? In a world where any day could be your last, why not put it all on the table? These two are able to trust each other so much because of the open books they are.
The same can’t be said for Gohan, who remained hesitant to not only reveal his true identity to Videl during their high school days, and was probably never going to tell her that Cocao had kissed him if Barry Kahn hadn’t come to their house with photo evidence.
8 Gohan & Videl: Fought Criminals Together
Back when Gohan first adopted his Great Saiyaman persona, he and Videl worked together to stop petty criminals. The movie Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon took this a step further by introducing us to Great Saiyaman 2, Videl’s crime-fighting alter ego that she adopted to aid Gohan in a similar style.
Not many superheroes are strong enough to fight alongside the ones they love, so we thought it was beautiful that Videl not only decided to get in on her husband’s odd new hobby, but that she could also swallow her pride and wear that ridiculous Great Saiyaman getup alongside him.
7 Trunks & Mai: Fought Goku Black and Zamasu Together
While Videl and Gohan have been shown fighting petty criminals and lesser Dragon Ball villains together, that doesn’t compare at all to Trunks and Mai’s long struggle against Goku Black and later on, Zamasu. Not only were their opponents constantly growing in strength with every new encounter, but Mai was even less equipped to fight such foes than Videl. While Videl can throw some punches and kicks and fly around a bit, Mai wasn’t adept in physical combat at all, and was forced to support Trunks with guns and tear gas while he risked his life engaging with Goku Black and Zamasu in close-combat.
As if fighting crime wasn’t an amazing alternative to couples therapy, fighting the creators of their world’s second apocalypse pretty much means that there’s nothing they can’t get through after overcoming this.
6 Gohan & Videl: Both Come From Martial Arts Backgrounds
While Gohan obviously has more natural prowess as a martial artist, he and Videl were such quick learners due to the fact that they both come from martial arts families. Videl is the daughter of Hercule, the most famous martial artists in the Dragon Ball world. Her passion allowed her to surpass him by the time she was a teenager.
Likewise, Gohan was born to Chi-Chi, a skilled martial artist in her own right, and Goku, whose record speaks for itself. Just like Videl, he ended up becoming stronger than his father during his younger years for a brief point in time. Most couples who come from similar backgrounds do well because of their shared habits inherited from their similar upbringings. The fact that Gohan and Videl come from martial arts households means that they understand what a little encouragement can do for their daughter’s future potential in anything she chooses to do.
5 Trunks & Mai: Both Have An Affinity For Weapons
Dragon Ball is a series that features characters who’ve trained their bodies to become their greatest weapons. The series has made multiple attempts to show how even the mightiest armada won’t stand a chance against someone who can shoot energy waves from their fingertips, so whenever we see weapons being used in this series, we often think that those who default to using them won’t be anything to write home about.
Mai is always seen with a gun on hand, while Trunks is hardly ever without his sword, and while we’ve been led to believe that weapons are useless against powerful opponents, both characters are able to use their weapons to give them an edge in battle. We’re not sure whether or not Mai will ever learn how to use a sword or if Trunks will ever hold a gun, but the fact that they both choose to fight using weapons only speaks to how much they’re on the same wavelength.
4 Gohan & Videl: Had An Actual Wedding
We’ll give Trunks and Mai some leeway here, since it’s pretty hard to plan a wedding when an evil version of Goku is blowing everything up.
While it’s clear that their love for one another is strong, it hasn’t gone through as many stages as Gohan and Videl’s, who actually cemented their love through the legally binding ceremony known as marriage. We’ve seen a photo of their wedding, and not only do they look really happy, but Gohan looks fresh in that all-white tux.
3 Trunks & Mai: More Romantic Senzu Bean Feeding Scene
Senzu Beans will always be one of the most important objects in Dragon Ball, and in both of these blossoming relationships, there came a time where the woman needed a Senzu, and her man was the only one who could give it to her. Gohan did so in a hasty fashion, giving Videl a Senzu before sprinting off so fast that he didn’t even witness its effects.
When Mai was nearly killed by Goku Black, Trunks chewed up a Senzu Bean for her and, with a passionate kiss, deposited the bean into Mai’s mouth. Not only did he save his girl, but he snuck in a smooch to do it.
2 Gohan & Videl: Started A Family Together
As we said before, Gohan and Videl’s relationship is several steps ahead of Trunks and Mai’s, but one thing that makes them the better couple is the fact that they’ve started a family together.
In having a kid, they’ve done one of the most beautiful things two people can do, and from what we’ve seen in any Dragon Ball episode featuring Pan, they’re doing their part to provide her with a safe, stable, and loving home.
1 Trunks & Mai: Experienced Literal Hell Together
Sure, changing a few dirty diapers together is bound to strengthen a couple’s bond, but Trunks and Mai have literally been through hell together. We’re sure that an apocalypse can test your morals just as much as your life on more than one occasion. In a world where Trunks’ abilities grant him an advantage over normal humans who can’t escape from Goku Black so easily, it can be argued that Mai even slows him down. Still, despite the dark world they lived in, Trunks and Mai managed to find a glimmer of light in one another.
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