Far more serious and aggressive than his present timeline counterpart, Future Gohan is showcased as a twenty-three-year-old man and is depicted as the mentor of Future Trunks. After his father dies from a heart virus and cannot be wished back with the Dragon Balls, due to his death being a natural cause and the murder of the Z Fighters at the hands of Android 17 and Android 18 six months later, Gohan becomes Earth's last line of defense. Now a Super Saiyan, he spends the following thirteen years attempting to take down the androids, all the while training Future Trunks in the hope that he may one day be able to defeat them.
Future Gohan appears as a tall, stern, and muscular man. He also dons a uniform greatly resembling that of Goku's early uniform, and states that he is inspired to wear it in the hopes that he will one day be as strong as he was. In the Japanese version, Gohan states that he made it so that he can be as strong as his father while in the English version, Gohan never explained where he got the Gi. The only differences between his uniform and Goku's is that the sleeves are longer on his, his boots are a dark blue with yellowish stripes on the bottom edges and without the line running in the middle of the boots from top to bottom, and he also wears his own kanji symbol on the back, Han, 飯. Bulma even states that Gohan looked strikingly similar to Goku when wearing this uniform. He never changed his hairstyle since his childhood, but the longer part of his hair is cut much shorter, somewhat resembling the haircut his alternate past counterpart had when he first trained in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, and when fighting with Cell, only it was more grown into (because Future Gohan was a full-grown adult). He also obtains a scar that runs down the left side of his face, the after effect of an injury sustained during a battle with the androids that also cost him his left arm.
Like his mainstream self's personality as a child, in his childhood, Future Gohan lacked the fighting spirit of his father and, as a fighter, he is mostly a coward and is a shy little boy, was gentle of heart, a pacifist in nature, but when enraged for seeing his friends hurt, his hidden dormant potential briefly revealed itself, he was also intensely focused in his studies, until the time his father died of the heart virus and the invasion of the androids and the murder of his friends, especially his mentor Future Piccolo, which is the period of the time divergence, and the period that dramatically changed him for the rest of his life. 13 years after the death of the Z Fighters, due to the apocalyptic world that he spent the latter half of his life in, Future Gohan, now an adult, is shown being very serious and more aggressive than his present timeline counterpart as a teen and adult, who was quite naive, awkward, and more of a pacifist, and is more laid-back and comical (especially when donning his Great Saiyaman outfit), but does retain his calm and joking nature, much like his father and present counterpart. Future Gohan seemed to have lost his pacifist-like demeanor which he had as a child, and is shown to be in quite a bit of pain and stress after all the years of challenging the androids alone, and has a sort of "do or die" attitude, Future Gohan fiercely hates the Androids, for killing his friends and, specifically, Future Piccolo, much like his present timeline counterpart hated Cell and his Cell Juniors, who are also Androids, for killing Android 16, another android, and injuring his friends, but, unlike the former, the latter's hatred is so fierce to the point that he wants to see Cell suffer, and mercilessly destroying the Cell Juniors without hesitation, also, unlike Future Gohan, Present Gohan was in good terms with Android 18 in the Buu Saga, because his friends and Piccolo were alive and well, and unlike Future Gohan, who was in sorrow seeing his father dead, Present Gohan was happy because of his father's death (due to his self-sacrifice, not the Heart Virus).
However numerous times he appears to hide it, let go, and just enjoy life for what it is worth, most notably when telling Future Trunks to forget about becoming a Super Saiyan until he knows he is ready (in the anime special). Future Gohan also is incredibly close to Future Trunks, and appears to even consider him as his little brother. He also appears to be deeply angered by the deaths of his close friends, which is told out loud to Future Trunks by stating that he remembers back to how the androids killed Future Piccolo and Future Krillin when transforming into a Super Saiyan.
Although he once shared the same dream as his mainstream counterpart of becoming a scholar, due to the apocalyptic event that took place, Future Gohan presumably never went to school to fulfill that dream. It is assumed he spent all of his time training and pondering ways in which to stop the androids, making him a complete warrior instead of the scholar his present timeline counterpart becomes in late Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super, and Dragon Ball GT. But Future Gohan said to Future Bulma that he always dreamed of being strong like his father meaning he never wanted to be a scholar anyway. However, he is unable to receive the ample training with Goku like his present timeline counterpart does, and he was unaware of and never reached any levels higher than the basic unmastered Super Saiyan, meaning, throughout his entire life, he is always an unmastered Super Saiyan, he never trained himself to, at least, master the form and nullify its negative setbacks to negligible amounts, like Present Gohan who achieved Super Saiyan Full Power and later Super Saiyan 2 during his fight with Cell and had his Potential Unleashed by Old Kai to face the more terrible Super Buu and, therefore, Future Gohan is never able to reach anywhere near his full potential, as his present counterpart did, which leads to his miserable defeats, and ultimately his death, against the weaker Androids of the future , while Super Saiyan 2 Gohan easily dominated and eventually kills the even more evil Perfect Cell, who also came from the future and was exceedingly more powerful and more sinister than the Androids Future Gohan fought (as Cell even attempted to destroy the solar system and wreak havoc in the universe, and if he had succeeded, then the apocalyptic world Trunks' future suffered from will not only repeat itself, but would grow even worse, something that the future Androids could not possibly do, and he even managed to kill Future Trunks with a Death Beam, although he was just firing randomly, as the Androids of his timeline failed to kill Trunks).
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 we learn a bit more about Future Gohan's personality. He is still highly intelligent like his main timeline counterpart, able to quickly figure out that the Trunks that assisted him is from the future and also was able to learn that his fateful encounter with the androids has a purpose. He also realizes that their shouldn't be anyone as powerful as the Future Warrior living on Earth as he would have already noticed them by that point causing him to wonder where they came from.
Later in the Unknown History Saga, when Xeno Trunks alters the course of history for this timeline causing Future Gohan to actually destroy the androids, Gohan mentions that he is looking forward to taking a break and enjoying the peace but mentions he will still defend and protect the world with Xeno Trunks, officially taking over his father's role in the greatly altered future timeline.
Dragon Ball Z
Earth's Final Hope
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks
The point of timeline divergence with Future Gohan and his main timeline counterpart occurred when Future Frieza arrived on Earth in August of Age 764. Originally, Future Goku uses his Instant Transmission technique to arrive and kill Frieza and his father (Goku even states to Future Trunks in the main series that was what he was going to do), but the events in the series differ, as Future Trunks arrives and kills the tyrants instead of Goku, thus the timeline divergence. Future Gohan hails from the true original timeline (one without a Future Trunks coming back in time, obviously) and because of this, the events that unfold are far different from those in the main series.
After the death of his father due to a lethal heart virus in Age 766, and then the murders of the Z Fighters by the androids on May 12th, Age 767 and the Dragon Balls becoming useless forever, due to Future Piccolo's death and Future Kami's death as the Z Fighters are unable to be wished back to life, Gohan's life is altered drastically. It is stated that the death of Gohan's friends, like Future Piccolo and Future Krillin, sparked his transformation into a Super Saiyan, in these events, he never met Videl (as Present Gohan did), nor went to school to fulfill his dream to become a scholar, making him completely a warrior, thanks to Future Trunks' Time Machine, Gohan's character and life is split into two different timeline incarnations (with the aforementioned Gohan who lived in a peaceful world and the Gohan featured here in an apocalyptic timeline)
Over the course of the following thirteen years, Gohan trains himself to be able to take down the androids, and over time, develops a close relationship to Trunks, the son of Vegeta and Bulma. As the last remaining Z Fighter, and by extension, family member generation (because he never met Videl, or started a relationship with her) he continuously takes it upon himself to challenge the androids, even though he is outnumbered and outclassed. Gohan becomes a Super Saiyan sometime during the years-long struggle against the androids. In the special, Trunks also states that being a half-Saiyan hybrid like himself, Gohan must understand how he feels about not being able to stop the androids, and while he does, Gohan still states that Trunks is currently an emotional wreck like he was when he was not allowed to train and fight with his friends.
Future Gohan's first true appearance in the special is his arrival at a city the androids had just recently attacked, thirteen years after the Z Fighters had been killed. He encounters Future Trunks in the ruins of the city, and after hearing his plea to learn to fight, agrees to take him under his wing.
During a day of relaxation, the androids attack the theme park Super World while Gohan and Trunks happen to be flying overhead. The two quickly head toward the park to battle the androids. Upon arrival, Gohan instructs Trunks to stay out of the fight. Gohan then battles with Android 17, transforms into his Super Saiyan form and despite a few lucky hits from Android 17, quickly gains the upper-hand. However, Android 18 soon intervenes and Gohan finds himself quickly overwhelmed. In an attempt to assist Gohan, Trunks rushes in only to be quickly defeated by Android 18. However, before Android 18 can deliver a powerful energy blast to the young warrior, Gohan rushes in and takes the attack for him, saving Trunks' life. Gohan then carries the unconscious Trunks while trying to find a place to hide. He is successful in hiding until the androids decide to bomb the entire area in hopes of driving them out. Gohan manages to protect Trunks and stay hidden, but at the cost of his left arm, which is completely blown off in the bombing.
Merely one Senzu Bean remains in Gohan's bag and rather than use it to restore his arm, he chooses to give it to Trunks, which saves him from death. Trunks awakes a moment later and brings the unconscious Gohan back to Capsule Corporation where Bulma treats his wounds. After Gohan's injuries heal, the two resume training. Trunks, pushing ever closer to becoming a Super Saiyan, quickly begins to improve day by day.
The End of a Hero
"Sorry about that Trunks, but I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if anything happened to you. This is my battle for now little brother, you're not quite ready yet. I can feel them all crying down there Trunks, that's why I have to go! I know you'll understand someday. See ya later kid..."
Several time later, during a day of training, the nearby Pepper Town is attacked by the androids. Gohan prepares himself for battle, only to see young Trunks begging to fight alongside him. Gohan seemingly accepts, only to knock Trunks out to avoid the young warrior from being nearly killed again, or worse. The one-armed Gohan seals his final fate when he flies into the city alone and ambushes the androids. Despite his handicap, Gohan puts up a long, suspenseful fight against the combined power of the androids.
As Gohan tries his hardest to keep his defenses up, the androids then blast a building when Gohan, interrupting his vision. The two androids then knock Gohan down and continuously blast Gohan with continuous energy waves, killing him. Trunks awakens when Gohan's ki depletes. He then searches the city, only to find Gohan's dead body laying in a pool of blood and water. His rage bursts out and he transforms into a Super Saiyan for the first time.
- It is to be noted that in the manga chapter upon which the special is based, not only was the first battle against the Androids (where Gohan obtains his facial scar and severed arm) never shown, but Trunks was already able to transform into a Super Saiyan, and Android 18 presumably never joins the battle, as Android 17 mockingly brags that he only used under half of his maximum when he defeated Gohan over a year ago, and kills him with ease before Trunks is able to awaken and find Gohan's corpse in the debris (also notable is that no rain is ever seen during this scene, although Trunks ramming his fists into the ground in frustration is shown, if much less accentuated).
Appearance in Trunks' flashback
Main article: Ghosts from Tomorrow
"If my father were still alive, he'd know what to do. Ah Dad, I always thought you were invincible, at least to a virus. But I'll be brave for you Dad... I'll make you proud."
In the Dragon Ball Z episode "Ghosts from Tomorrow", a flashback via Trunks showcases Future Gohan waging a battle against Androids 17 and 18. In the flashback, Gohan battles with Android 18 first, but despite a few good blows, he is eventually smashed into a rock pile when Android 17 intervenes. Before the downed warrior can rise again, the androids prepare to assault him, but Trunks steps in and cuts off a few locks of Android 18's hair. Trunks is attacked but Gohan is able to save him.
However, he is quickly overwhelmed so he and Trunks hide among the ruins of the city in order to devise a plan. A flashback of Gohan picturing his dying father is shown, and he states he will strive to make him proud. The next scene shows Gohan and Trunks charging at the androids, but nothing beyond this is seen other than a large explosion and Trunks' narrative describing his mentor's death. The scene has many similarities to the TV special, and may display the basis of it in a nutshell, but the scene does differ. It is often debatable if the differences in the flashback was because it was a fight not seen in the special, that the animators made a mistake, or Trunks' flashback was just interpreted different (if in-universe description counts). Nevertheless, this episode of Dragon Ball Z premiered in Japan on November 11, 1992, before "The History Of Trunks" special aired in Japan on February 23, 1993.
Dragon Ball Super
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga
Like what was seen in the TV Special, Future Gohan appears in Dragon Ball Super during Future Trunks' flashback. In it, Gohan is with Trunks sit down when the androids attack a city nearby, Gohan transforms into a Super Saiyan and asks Trunks to stay, but he refuses and wants to go with his master, Gohan agrees and when both prepares to go, Gohan knocks Trunks out and goes by himself to face the androids. Later, Trunks finds Gohan's dead body, much to his sadness and begins to cry, achieving for the first time his Super Saiyan transformation.
An image of Future Gohan appeared when Gohan arrived to wave Trunks goodbye, causing the latter to reminisce the times he and Future Gohan shared. A tearful Trunks dwells on his failure to protect his world, but was cheered up by Gohan's optimistic words.
Although only appearing in flashbacks, Future Gohan's spirit was destroyed when Future Zen-Oh wiped out Future Trunks' universe to eliminate Zamasu once and for all. In the second future timeline, his spirit continues to exist, but cannot be revived because the Dragon Balls are still disabled, as Future Piccolo still remains dead by the time that second timeline was created, although it is possible for Future Trunks to revive his mentor with the Super Dragon Balls, but did not do so, due to him and his mother being unaware that those sets of Dragon Balls exist and thus, Future Bulma never invented the Super Dragon Radar like her present timeline incarnation did.
Other Dragon Ball stories
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road Future Gohan is brought back to life by Future Old Kai to help fight Future Majin Buu, along with Future Pikkon and Future Bardock. Present Gohan and Future Supreme Kai go to the Sacred World of the Kais to obtain the Z Sword, only to find that Gohan cannot remove it and then says that they may need the "chosen one", which is Future Gohan. They bring Future Gohan to the Sacred World of the Kais, and he removes it easily compared to the other Gohan. Later, the sword is broken by Present Gohan, which frees Old Kai, who proceeds to unlock Future Gohan's hidden potential, after which Old Kai gives Future Gohan his life so he can help fight alongside the Z Fighters because Future Trunks is having problems dealing with Z Clones (clones of the Z Fighters), Future Janemba, Future Cooler, Cell, Future Broly, and Future Kid Buu.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
The Future Warrior finds Future Trunks looking at his timeline's Scroll of Eternity which shows Future Gohan's fight against Future 17 & 18 that leads to his death in Age 780. Trunks is reminded of his sorrow over the loss of his master when he witnesses his first Super Saiyan transformation via the scroll. Later while talking with the Future Warrior, Elder Kai, and Chronoa, a history change occurs within the Scroll of Age 780 and as it is dangerous for Trunks to go into his own history, the Future Warrior is tasked with fixing it alone. In the altered history of Age 780, Future Gohan is confronted by Dark Future Android 16 and is surprised when he realizes there is another Android. Future 16 states his mission is to eliminate the son of Goku. Fortunately, the Future Warrior arrives and teams up with Future Gohan. Noticing the Warrior's strength, Future Gohan is surprised there is another strong warrior around, but after thinking about it realizes there shouldn't be anyone else that strong on Earth. The two eventually manage to defeat Future 16, however they are soon confronted by the evil demonic Android, Mira. While Future Gohan is confused wth the situation, he teams up with the Future Warrior against Mira, however Mira is too strong for them. Refusing to see his master and the warrior die at the hands of Mira, Trunks defies the Supreme Kai of Time's orders and travels to Age 780 to join the fight. Gohan is surprised to see the grown up Super Saiyan Trunks, but decides to focus on the battle at hand. Together Trunks, Gohan, and the Warrior manage to overpower Mira, who is surprised that his power is still not enough, before retreating.
"If your here all grown up... Then the future... is safe, isn't it? And so... this fight has a real purpose. That's enough for me. Trunks... It looks like you've made a good friend. You can't abandon a good friend, can you? It was really good to see, Trunks."
— Future Gohan final words to Xeno Trunks before confronting the Androids in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Afterwards Gohan talks with Trunks and correctly surmises that Trunks is from the future, assuming that Trunks' presence meant he had used his mother's finished Time Machine to travel to Age 780. Overcome with emotion after being reunited with his mentor and refusing to let his master die, Trunks asks to join Gohan in fighting 17 & 18, despite knowing that this would be in violation of the original history and in direct defiance of the Supreme Kai of Time. Chronoa fails to convince Trunks to reconsider and asks the Future Warrior to get him to reconsider. However before they can do so, Gohan steps in and having deduced his fate, asks if Gohan's actions would bring peace to the future, causing Trunks to momentarily pause. Knowing it is for the greater good, Gohan decides to accept his fate and leaves to face 17 & 18 alone. Trunks tries to follow but is blocked by the Future Warrior. Gohan convinces Trunks to let him leave and says the Future Warrior is a good friend. Gohan then leaves to confront his fate while Trunks and the Future Warrior return to Age 852. The Supreme of Kai Time, Elder Kai, and the Warrior observe Trunks as he watches Gohan heroically die fighting the Androids.
"I will never die! Even if my body breaks... ...another will rise in my place to dismantle you heartless androids!"
— Future Gohan words during his final confrontation with 17 & 18 in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
It is implied that Gohan's original statements to 17 and 18 in The History of Trunks special about someone stronger rising to defeat them was due to his encounter with Xeno Trunks in the altered timeline. This is suggested by Supreme Kai of Time's and Elder Kai's comments about allowing their encounter to remain as part of the timeline, while they are observing Trunks watch Future Gohan's death in the altered timeline via the Time Scroll. It should also be noted that Future Gohan does not speak those words when Xeno Trunks is observing Future Gohan's final moments in the unaltered history of Age 780 shown before the history change.
In the second and final Xenoverse 2 alternate ending, due to an change in history caused by Towa's Distorted Time Eggs, Future Trunks ends up showing up to help Future Gohan fight the Androids, letting his emotions take him over and not caring about the circumstances of changing the course of history. Upon defeating the Androids, Trunks decides to stay in the newly made alternate timeline with Future Gohan, using his knowledge as a Time Patroller in order to prepare for future threats such as Future Cell and Future Majin Buu. Future Gohan jokingly calls him a "human crystal ball". Chronoa shows this change to the Future Warrior and asks their opinion on how they think she should handle it. Chronoa will thank them for their opinion but regardless of the Warrior's choice, Chronoa says she ultimately has the final say on the matter. The ending is unclear if Chronoa chose to fix the change, erase it, or leave it as it is. Chronoa later explains that the defective Time Eggs Towa created caused changes in history that strongly reflect the thoughts of the other people there, which created a timeline where Xeno Trunks chose to save his mentor's life, instead of allowing him to die as he did in the restored original timeline. Afterwards, this altered version of himself had ended up in Conton City, presumably at Chronoa's request, for the sake of Xeno Trunks, there, the Future Warrior can find him and request to become their mentor, where he will teach them all his techniques and all he knows, unbeknownst to him, Android 18 (Chronoa picked the present timeline one post-marriage with Krillin, not the future version, obviously, as she would not want to pick a murderous version of anyone that would simply wreck Conton City without a purpose (as Cell, being an evil android, would only want to stay, waiting for a somebody to fight with)) was also there, waiting to be a mentor for anyone.
"The more I look at that guy, the more he seems like my... dad But the way he talks and his hairstyle are different... He's much wilder and cooler than my dad! I wish my dad could be more like that!"
— Pan's opinion of Future Gohan in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
As part of the Masters Pack DLC, Future Gohan appears in Conton City standing near the pond north of the Recreation Plaza. He will offer to train the Future Warrior but must first test them as he considers his training method is harsh similar to his mentor Future Piccolo's. After completing the test, Future Gohan trains the Future Warrior to become stronger than himself and his father. If the Future Warrior manages to achieve maximum friendship with both Future Gohan and Pan, a special event is triggered at Orange Star High School where Future Gohan and Pan meet. At first Pan mistakes him for his main timeline counterpart, but he tells her she is mistaken unaware that she is his daughter from another timeline. He is surprised to learn a young girl like Pan can sense Ki when she mentions that his ki feels similar to her father's and asks if she is a Saiyan. Pan offers to introduce him to her father and grandfather, with Future Gohan saying he would like to meet them, unaware they are his and Future Goku's counterparts. Neither Pan nor Future Gohan realize their familial connection. Humorously Pan considers him to be wilder and cooler than her father, even stating she wishes her father was more like him.
Before his eventual death, Future Gohan is arguably the most powerful warrior left on Earth, but is weaker compared to his present timeline counterpart (who was more younger yet more powerful than him, due to his training in the Time Chamber with his father, thus giving him more access to his latent power) when he fought the immensely powerful android Cell (who absorbed the present timeline incarnations of Future Gohan's killers of his future timeline). In the manga when Future Trunks attained his Super Saiyan form, he struggled against Future Gohan's base form. Future Gohan states that he wished he was as strong as his father, like his present counterpart was, but later surpassed his father during and after the Cell Games, but it was not an easy task (Future Gohan never surpassed his father in power, due to his inexperience, and not training with him in the Time Chamber to master the Super Saiyan form, due to his death), and also that Future Trunks would surpass him in a few months. Future Android 17 claims to Future Gohan that when he had previously defeated him he had not even used half of his power.
In the History of Trunks, Gohan seemed to have gotten stronger via Zenkai as he was able to hold his own against both androids for some time despite having one arm, unlike their last encounter in which he could not hold his own at all with both his arms, even though android 17 was suppressed, but once the Androids team up and use their Accel Dance, he was soundly overwhelmed, while in the present timeline, Super Saiyan 2 Present Gohan easily overpowered and slaughtered every last one of the seven Cell Juniors singlehandedly, each in one blow (as they have nearly the strength of Cell himself), despite using their most powerful attacks and teaming up on him, Gohan just shrugged it off as if nothing happened, unlike Future Gohan, who suffered grievous injuries and pain when being hit by the future Androids' ki attacks, Gohan even managed to defeat Cell with only a right arm-powered Kamehameha, after a long and painstaking Beam Struggle (because he lost the use of his left arm at the time), something a one-armed Future Gohan cannot do against the weaker Androids, although he managed to overpower them with his own right arm-powered Kamehameha in a Beam Struggle against their Non-Stop Violence. Before Future Trunks departs to the past, Future Bulma tells him that he is only about as strong as Future Gohan was at the time of his death. Hypothetically, if he was still alive and, instead of facing the androids everyday, he should have went to the Sacred World of the Kais to train with the Z Sword, breaks it, and had his power awakened by the released Old Kai, then a hypothetical Potential Unleashed Future Gohan would have dominated and taken down the Androids very easily on his own without even transforming into a Super Saiyan (Like his present counterpart did with Super Buu), so he must have the same vast dormant power as Present Gohan had, but never released all of it, due to not training with his father, Shin never visiting the Earth, combined with his death at the androids' grasp before he can even release at least half of his dormant power (his Potential Unleashed state only appeared in the video game Shin Budokai - Another Road).
- Video games
"So, Gohan... You're just full of hidden potential, aren't you? So much power... Fine fuel to further evolution!"
— Mira commenting on Future Gohan's hidden potential in Xenoverse 2
In Xenoverse 2, after Future Gohan manages to defeat Future Android 16 with the assistance of the Future Warrior, Mira decides to confront him with the intention of draining Future Gohan's hidden power to further his own evolution. During the confrontation, Mira notes that Future Gohan is full of hidden potential.
In the Unknown History Saga, Xeno Trunks interferes with Future Gohan's fateful battle and an emotional Xeno Trunks is almost killed. This causes Future Gohan's hidden power to explode as a result of his rage giving him more than enough power to defeat and destroy the androids, bringing peace to that timeline's Future World. Once Gohan realizes that he has the power to defeat them, he remembers all his friends that had died and focuses on using his newfound power to finally destroy the Androids, in order to save both his future world and Xeno Trunks.
This shows that Future Gohan actually had the power to defeat Android 17 and 18 hidden within himself, but was never able to tap into it in the original future timeline, as his hidden power often only surfaces when enraged, similar to his main timeline counterpart during the Cell Games, however unlike his main timeline counterpart it does not result in him transforming into a Super Saiyan 2, as the situation was not desperate enough to warrant such a transformation, as 17 and 18 were weaker than Perfect Cell.
Techniques and special abilities
- Down Burst – A counterattack used by Future Gohan where he fires an energy sphere to the ground in order to get away from his opponents. it is Future Gohan's signature attack in Raging Blast 2. Appears under the name Senko Ki Blast in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
- Intercept – A counterattack used by Future Gohan where he moves quickly and gets behind the opponent to deliver a kick to his chin.
- Sonic Rush - A physical rush attack used by Future Gohan and named in Xenoverse 2.
- Masenko – A yellow wave of ki shot from one hand on top of the other. Future Gohan uses this technique in an anime flashback and as one of his Blast 2 attacks in his base form in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (he only uses his right hand in the video game for this attack though). In the Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, Future Trunks is shown using the Masenko with the present Gohan as Super Saiyans, suggesting that it may have been Future Gohan who taught him the move.
- Hyper Masenko - A stronger version of the Masenko used by Future Gohan in one of Future Trunks' flashbacks. Appears under the name Super Explosive Wave where it is appears as one of his Super Skills in Xenoverse 2.
- Kamehameha – A blue and white energy blast. This attack is seemingly taught to him by his father. Future Gohan uses the Kamehameha in the special when he battles the androids the second time.
- One-Handed Kamehameha mk.II - A one-handed variation of the Super Kamehameha used as Ultimate Blast in his base form in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and in Dragon Ball Heroes. This variation was named in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. He uses it one-handed despite having both arms in video games, making it reminiscent to the loss of his left arm in the manga/anime.
- Fierce Combination – Future Gohan's Ultimate Technique in video games. The attacks performed in this rush are taken from his fight with the Androids and his younger counterpart's fight with the Cell Jrs. and Super Perfect Cell in the main timeline. The One-handed Kamehameha mk. II is used as a finishing blast.
- One-Handed Kamehameha mk.II - A one-handed variation of the Super Kamehameha used as Ultimate Blast in his base form in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and in Dragon Ball Heroes. This variation was named in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. He uses it one-handed despite having both arms in video games, making it reminiscent to the loss of his left arm in the manga/anime.
- Super Explosive Wave – A wave of energy more powerful than the simple Explosive Wave. Future Gohan's version of the Super Explosive Wave looks very similar to Piccolo's Hyper Explosive Demon Wave. It is used by Future Gohan in his base form in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Raging Blast 2.
- Full Power Charge – One of Future Gohan's Blast 1.
- Wild Sense – One of Future Gohan's Blast 1.
- Special Beam Cannon – A purple and yellow ki wave shot from two fingers. He never used this technique in the anime (much less the manga, where we never even see him attempt a blast), but it is apparent that it may have been taught to him by Piccolo. Future Gohan uses this technique in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Raging Blast 2 while in his Super Saiyan form and in Shin Budokai - Another Road in his base form.
- Gekiretsu Madan – One of Future Gohan's Blast 2 attacks in his Super Saiyan form. Called Hyper Masenko in Raging Blast 2.
- Burning Attack – Used in the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road. This move is originally used by Future Trunks in the manga/anime.
- Evil Barrier – A green energy shield, Gohan used this ability against the androids and in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 in his Super Saiyan form. Appears as an Evasive Skill under the name Energy Dome in Xenoverse 2.
- Power up to the Very Limit – One of Future Gohan's Blast 1 in his Super Saiyan form.
- Solar Flare - In the Super manga, it is revealed by Future Trunks that Future Gohan knows the Solar Flare, having taught it to him. Gohan may have learned it from either Future Krillin or Future Goku.
Main article: Super Saiyan
The ability to transform into a more powerful being, Future Gohan takes this form every time he fights the androids. It is not exactly clear at what age and how he became a Super Saiyan in the alternate timeline, but it he might have became a Super Saiyan after seeing his friends killed by the androids, as suggested by his fierce hatred towards them. He also attempted to teach the ability to Future Trunks and succeeded in the manga, but in the anime it is his death that prompts Future Trunks' transformation.
Super Saiyan 2
Main article: Super Saiyan 2
Future Gohan can take this form in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road. Due to a looser hairstyle compared to his present counterpart, his appearance in this form is noticeably different from his appearance as a Super Saiyan, with the front end of his hair being much sharper and spikier compared to his appearance as a Super Saiyan..
Super Saiyan 3
Main article: Super Saiyan 3
Future Gohan can take on this form in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced in ninth mission of the Galaxy Mission series (GM9). Unlike Bardock and Goku, Future Gohan has two bangs, instead of just one.
Main article: Potential Unleashed
Like his present counterpart in the main timeline, Future Gohan has his hidden potential awakened by the Future Old Kai during the battle against Future Majin Buu in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road. He also became able to harness his power in an Ultimate State. Like Present Gohan, this state does not change his hairstyle yet gains prominent facial features. His eyes become more sharper and outlined, showing noticeable intensity and sternness.
Main article: Future Gohanks
Future Gohan can fuse with his student Future Trunks, resulting in a powerful warrior. Future Gohanks attains the Metamoran clothes as Gogeta and Gotenks and he keeps Future Trunks' sword. His hairstyle is wide and messy, having the lower part lilas colored, while the top of his head is black. He makes his debut appearance in Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced in the ninth mission of the God Mission series (GDM9). Future Gohanks also appears exclusively in Dragon Ball Fusions through a special collaboration between both games.
Video games appearances
His playable debut occurred in Dragon Ball Z: Sagas. He later appears as playable character in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, Dragon Ball Heroes, Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
- Japanese: Masako Nozawa
- English FUNimation dub: Dameon Clarke (adult; in Dragon Ball Z & History of Trunks), Stephanie Nadolny (child; in History of Trunks), Kyle Hebert (adult; in video games)
- English Ocean Group dub: Brian Dobson (adult; in Dragon Ball Z)
- English AB Groupe dub: David Gasman (adult; in History of Trunks), Jodi Forrest (child; in History of Trunks)
- English Bang Zoom! dub: Chris Hackney (adult; in Dragon Ball Super)
- Spanish dub (Latin American): Luis Alfonso Mendoza
- Portuguese dub (Brazilian): Yuri Chesman (adult, in History of Trunks), Vagner Fagundes (redub)
- French dub: Patrick Borg (adult; The History of Trunks), Brigitte Lecordier (child; in History of Trunks)
- Italian dubs: Giorgio Borghetti (adult; original dub), Alessio De Filippis (young; original dub), Davide Garbolino (adult; 2003 redub), Patrizia Scianca (young; 2003 redub)
- German dub: Robin Kahnmeyer (adult)
- Dragon Ball Z
- Future Gohan vs. Future Trunks (training) (Anime only)
- Future Gohan vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan) (training) (Manga only)
- Future Gohan (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Future Android 18 and Future Android 17 (many times before The History of Trunks)
- Future Gohan (Base/Super Saiyan) and Future Trunks vs. Future Android 17 and Future Android 18
- Future Gohan (Super Saiyan) vs. Future Android 17 and Future Android 18
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Future Gohan and Future Warrior vs. Future Android 16
- Future Gohan, Future Warrior and Xeno Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Mira
- Future Gohan (Base/Super Saiyan) and Xeno Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Future Android 17 and Future Android 18
- Future Gohan is the first adult version of the character seen in both the manga and anime.
- On the front cover of the special Future Gohan is already shown having lost his left arm. At first sight, this is hard to tell because Future Trunks partially covers Future Gohan, particularly where his left arm is supposed to be. This layout is applied most probably in order to evade this major spoiler, besides, the scars from that battle are also present.
- After an encounter with the androids, Future Gohan received scars that looked similar to Yamcha's. His haircut even vaguely resembled the one Yamcha was seen with in his appearance during the Majin Buu arc.
- Future Gohan has a monstrous appetite similar to Goku's and devours his meals very quickly. Future Bulma even says when Future Gohan has finished eating, "Yep, like father like son." Humorously, his present counterpart is shown swallowing food the same way during the Majin Buu arc in the World Tournament saga and in the DBZ film Fusion Reborn.
- In the original Japanese version of the series and special, Future Gohan's voice sounded closer to his father's when serious, possibly to reflect his serious demeanor and hatred against the Androids while adult Present Gohan's sounded with a slight higher pitch when not fighting, in an awkward-like manner, more prominently during his days as a scholar, but when at Super Saiyan 2 and Potential Unleashed he speaks, his voice becomes deeper, sounding like Goku's when fighting seriously or when angry, because of his hatred of Cell and the nature of his Potential Unleashed state. His awkward-like voice might be reflected from his pacifist and gentle nature and personality, as opposed to Future Gohan's more serious and particularly hotheaded demeanor.
- Future Gohan notably switched from the respectful "boku", (which his present counterpart usually says) to "ore" when refering to himself in the Japanese version, this might be due to the loss of his pacifist nature combined with his fierce hatred against the androids, but Super Saiyan 2 and later, Potential Unleashed Gohan, despite his serious demeanor, and despite his fierce hatred against Cell and later, Super Buu, he still refers to himself as "boku", this might be due to retaining his pacifist and respectful style of speech during those battles, although, he said the course masculine "kisama" to refer to both villains in anger and hostility, wheareas Future Gohan only said the masculine "umai" to the androids.
- The manga implies that Future Gohan would not have stood a chance against the Androids, even with both arms, as Future Android 17 stated he only used less than half his full power previously.
- However in Xenoverse 2, Future Gohan is able to defeat both Androids (while he does have both arms in Xenoverse 2, his left arm is depicted as broken and unusable to reflect his handicap) even with his handicap after his rage over seeing Xeno Trunks in danger causes some of his hidden potential to surface. However it should be noted that this was due to Xeno Trunks' being in danger (Gohan's hidden power often surfaced when he was enraged by the suffering of his friends and family) and thus he would not have been able to do so in the original unaltered future timeline.
- Future Gohan presumably was the one to train Future Trunks, in the art of swordsmanship.
- In Supersonic Warriors 2, Future Trunks admits to Gohan that his Future self was the one that taught Future Trunks.
- Future Gohan is voiced by Dameon Clarke (the voice actor of Cell, an Android) in the anime, but is later voiced by Kyle Hebert (his present timeline counterpart's adult voice actor) in various video games.
- However it should be noted that Dameon Clarke voiced Future Gohan before Kyle Herbert began voicing Present Adult Gohan, so Kyle Herbert voicing Gohan in the games is likely done for consistency, as Future Gohan and Present Gohan are basically the same person from different timelines and thus it would make little sense for FUNimation to continue to have them voiced by different voice actors (whom they would have to pay separately) when they could just have Kyle Herbert to voice both characters.
- Coincidentally, both Future and Present Gohan had lost the use of their left arm during a battle against an Android (Future 17 and Future 18 for Future Gohan and Cell for Present Gohan), while Future Gohan had lost his arm completely, Present Gohan's wasn't, it was badly injured after taking a powerful blast from the evil Bio-Android, but soon recovered after Cell's defeat, and would continue to fight with both of his arms.
- Again, coincidentally, both Gohans used a right arm Kamehameha and overpowered the respective aforementioned Androids they were fighting, although Present Gohan's lasted much longer and more painstakingly and it took a decent struggle and his father's spirit's assistance with some distraction from the Z Fighters, and Vegeta, to unleash his full power and decimate Super Perfect Cell once and for all.
- Also, while the right-handed Super Saiyan Future Gohan failed to defeat the weaker Androids, the right-handed Super Saiyan 2 Gohan managed to kill the overwhelmingly powerful and evil Super Perfect Bio-Android, which effectively, and technically, eliminating the Android threat of his timeline, indeed, the present timeline incarnation of Trunks' mentor was the one who saved his timeline's future and finally surpassed his father in power.
- It was Future Gohan's pupil Future Trunks that finally ended the Android threat in his timeline that brought peace to his future, thus finally fulfilling his wish of someone even stronger than him rising in his place to defeat the Androids, in which Trunks eventually succeeded while Gohan had failed.
- Despite his closer attachment to Future Gohan, Future Trunks does not seem to mind, worry, or even try and protect his present timeline counterpart, despite them being both Gohans, as shown when he was beaten senseless by Perfect Cell, Trunks does not frantically rush to his aid, only watching the younger version of his mentor suffer to the Bio-Android's hands, however, it is possible he hid his true feelings for Gohan, and does not want to admit to the Z Fighters and Present Gohan his close relationship with his mentor, thus, he restrained himself, keeping his emotions in check, and was forced to watch his mentor's present counterpart suffer.
- It was only in Dragon Ball Super that, through a flashback of his death, Trunks admits his close friendship with his mentor, but he still does not admit and hid his true feelings for Present Gohan, after meeting him many years after.
- Many video games, such as Budokai Tenkaichi 3, depict Future Gohan's left arm broken and only using his right arm to fight. This is a reference to the loss of his left arm when fighting the androids. However, in Shin Budokai - Another Road, he fights with both arms, possibly because he was fully revived, or it is because of the game's mechanics.
- According to Goku, Gohan's handicaps while fighting, i.e. blinded in the eye via Lavender's poison, was the perfect training for him, which heightened his other senses, being able to detect his opponent's movements with his Super Saiyan ki, allowing him to attack even at the loss of his vision, Future Gohan should have done the same too, when he was briefly blinded by the androids during their fight, but because of his inexperience, and never tapping to his hidden potential as his present self, combined with the loss of his left arm, he never tried to sense the androids' movements using his Super Saiyan ki like a radar, resulting in his defeat.
- Even though in the Unknown History Saga's story said that Future Gohan defeated the Androids with Xeno Trunks in his Super Saiyan form after is power had been released, the player can choose between his base and Future Super Saiyan form to fight the androids in-game, depending on their choice, players might make Gohan fight the androids with just his base form, instead of going Super Saiyan and eventually defeat them simply in his base form.
- The Future Gohan that appeared on Conton City might be from after he defeated the androids in the Unknown History Saga, as he, with little help from the Future Warrior as his student, was able to quickly defeat the future androids of another alternate timeline (presumably created by Chronoa for his student to train) using only his base form, this implies that this Future Gohan continued to train after many years of peace before being brought to Conton City, that he was vastly stronger than the original one killed by the androids of that unaltered timeline, unlocking more of his potential, as he can defeat the androids over and over again if the Warrior, as his student, chooses to fight with him one more time.
- Despite being easily overpowered by the two androids in the TV special, in Xenoverse 2, an experienced player can defeat both androids as Future Gohan (base or Super Saiyan) alone, without the help of anyone, this may be due to the player using tactics and certain techniques (i.e. using the Energy Dome a couple of times during battle, as he only used it once in the special), to defeat them, and because of this game's mechanics.
- However it should be noted that this can apply to any fighting game featuring both Future Gohan and the Android 17 & 18.
- In Xenoverse 2, if the Future Warrior talks to Future Gohan while wearing Future Trunks's attire, he will state that seeing that outfit gives him a good feeling.
- ↑ Super Exciting Guide: Character Volume, 2009
- ↑ Daizenshuu 7, 1996
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, 2007
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks, 1993
- ↑ "Dragonball, Z, GT Symbol Guide". myfavoritegames.
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 155, "Super Vegeta"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 164, "Ghosts from Tomorrow"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 120, "Another Super Saiyan?"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 121, "Welcome Back Goku"