Future Trunks (未来のトランクス) is the Saiyan and Earthling hybrid son of Vegeta and Bulma from an alternate future. By the time present Trunks was born, the timeline had been altered by Future Trunks' and Cell's trips to the past. Therefore, the two Trunks had completely different lives (as opposed to those who lived before the Time Machines arrived, they lived exactly the same lives as their counterparts until the point at which the two timelines diverge: three years before the androids arrived).
Well-mannered, serious and very cautious, Trunks hails from an alternate timeline in which Android 17 and Android 18 murdered the Z Fighters and proceeded to create apocalyptic hell on Earth. Trunks is trained by Future Gohan as a teenager and becomes a gifted fighter, swordsman and a Super Saiyan; traits that aid him greatly in the battle against the Androids after traveling back in time in order to save his own future. He is currently in the future timeline fighting the evil entity, Goku Black alongside Goku and Vegeta.
Trunks is a muscular, tall, and slender individual. He has blue eyes. In the manga he is depicted with either blue or light purple hair, while the anime gives him a lilac color. From his first appearance to the present time, he enters the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Future Trunks' hair is cut short, only reaching the middle of his ears. After his exit from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, his hair is long, reaching his shoulders, due to a year of having to cut it himself. However, Bulma cuts it before his second year in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and again after the Cell Games. Future Trunks gains his facial features and his light tan skin color from his paternal side.
Throughout Trunks' appearances, he is usually shown wearing an indigo Capsule Corporation jacket, a black tank-top, gray pants, and golden boots. He later wears clothing identical to his father's: a blue skin-tight jumpsuit with a Battle Armor, white boots with yellow tips, and white gloves. Like most other Saiyan-Human hybrids in the series, he has never been seen with a tail. In the movie Bojack Unbound, Trunks retains his primary attire in the Androids Saga but his indigo jacket has been replaced with an indigo vest.
In Dragon Ball Super, Trunks' clothes are nearly identical to the outfit he initially wore, though it appears to be damaged with two small rips. He wears a periwinkle-colored jacket that reaches his waist (with the Capsule Corporation logo on the left sleeve), with a long red scarf around his neck, dark gray pants, pale-green boots with black tips. Underneath his jacket, Trunks wears an olive green sweater with patches on the shoulders and forearms. His hair and eyebrow color is now blue, just like his mother, rather than his original lavender color.
In the computer game Dragon Ball Online, the fighting game Dragon Ball: Xenoverse and the JM6 trailer for Dragon Ball Heroes, Trunks dons a black trench coat with a fur-lined collar and an olive green sweater underneath, olive green pants with lighter-colored bandages around his shins and brown colored laced boots alongside a new sword. While wearing these clothes Future Trunks is referred to as Time Patrol Trunks in Dragon Ball Online and Xeno Trunks in Dragon Ball Heroes, he retains his normal name of Future Trunks in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
Trunks, having never met his father, nor grown up under his influence, combined with the fact that he grew up in an apocalyptic world, is very cautious, broody, and serious (such as when he begged Vegeta not to challenge the Androids without Goku being present or when he did not want Vegeta to trust Paragus), unlike his main timeline counterpart, who had a personality very similar to his father's. Due to living in such harsh times and trying to find any means necessary to destroy the androids, Trunks lacks the arrogance and pride of Saiyans like Goku and Vegeta and uses methods unbecoming of a traditional Saiyan warrior. Examples include suggesting that Goku eat a Senzu Bean during his fight against Perfect Cell and attempting to destroy present Androids 17 and 18 before they could be activated. This contrasts his present day counterpart, who arrogantly stated he intended to fight Goten with one hand on one occasion. Future Trunks clearly fears the Androids, panicking at the introduction of Android 16. He also appears to be afflicted with a degree of post-traumatic stress as a result of the struggles he faced in his apocalyptic nightmarish world. Nevertheless, Future Trunks is depicted as incredibly respectful to everyone, especially his mother Future Bulma and his master Future Gohan. When he finally meets Vegeta in the past, Future Trunks is seen to be constantly trying to impress him. This is often mixed with disgust and horror towards his father's uncaring attitude towards those around him, especially when Vegeta refused to save Bulma and baby Trunks when Dr. Gero blows up their capsule airplane, forcing Future Trunks to save his present counterpart and mother.
Because he comes from the future and believes he knows what is going to happen, Future Trunks is usually shown thinking that only some things will matter and others probably would not (although he is usually right in the long term). This is shown in, at first, his resistance to do anything unless Goku is present. Other things, such as his surprise that Piccolo's fusion would make a difference, also show this. As such, he is usually surprised at events (on a different layer than the fact that history was different from his recollection). He is even (though very rarely) shown to be cocky, such as when he became a 3rd Grade Super Saiyan, but when he loses his seeming "advantage" this cockiness dissolves instantly. Molded from his dark timeline, he is very serious and is a determined fighter like his father.
Unlike his father or alternate timeline self, Future Trunks is often shown to be very polite and well-mannered. This is clearly shown in the original version through his speech, as he is often heard using the polite form of Japanese phrases when addressing his allies. However Future Trunks does have some qualities typical of Saiyans, especially before he went into the past. Before jumping into the past Future Trunks had little interest in his mother's invention, believing it to be unnecessary and not entirely believing that Goku was the caliber of warrior that was needed to defeat the androids, but after he got thrashed good and hard by the androids from his timeline after becoming a Super Saiyan he finally decided that he was ready to give her idea a try.
After Black appeared on Earth, brought humanity to the brink of extinction, killed his mother, and almost Future Mai. Trunks' post-traumatic stress began to resurface, when he mistook Goku for Black, and attacked him without thinking, and only stopped after noticing Bulma, realizing he had arrived in the past, and when he was flying to Gohan's house, Trunks began to have visions of his destroyed future instead of the peaceful present timeline. Despite achieving his goal of returning to the past, and seeing all of his friends alive and well, Trunks still couldn't let go of the traumatic events he'd been through, and always had a saddened and uncomfortable look on his face. Only when he met Gohan and his family, Trunks was finally able to lighten up and start enjoying himself in the past.
Another trait of Trunks' personality that was hinted in Dragon Ball Super was that Future Trunks only desired to become stronger in order to defeat the current threat that appeared before him (The Androids, Future Majin Buu, and Black), and defeating those threats were his only goals. Vegeta told Trunks that he shouldn't train simply when a new enemy appeared, and his goal in life should be training every day to become stronger, because he would never know when an enemy stronger than the one before could appear, and should always be ready for them, despite being in times of peace. This caused Trunks to finally realize the reason behind Vegeta's desire for excessive training, and also made Trunks promise his father to not only defeat Black, but grow stronger than he ever did before to protect the future.
Differences from Present Trunks
Due to living in such a bleak and dangerous future, Future Trunks is very different than his present time counterpart. Due to a hostile and lonely life with nearly everyone dead, Trunks' best and only friend is Future Gohan.
It was unknown how Future Trunks would react to meeting Trunks (until Super), however this occurs in the video games Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, and Dragon Ball: Xenoverse. In both Budokai 3 and Shin Budokai, young Trunks states that it is "Just like having a brother", whereas in Legendary Super Warriors and Tenkaichi 2, he does not even realize it is his future self and the two have a sparring match. In Raging Blast, Future Trunks is disappointed that Trunks has become spoiled and arrogant in times of peace. However, he retracts his disdain for the boy after being surprised by the young Saiyan's strength after they battle, most notably at his ability to transform into a Super Saiyan at such a young age. They did meet in the manga and anime, however, when Trunks was still just a baby; once when Future Trunks rescued him and Bulma from Dr. Gero's attack, and once when Future Trunks came to Capsule Corporation before the Cell Games announcement. For a minute, Trunks incessantly pulled on Future Trunks' hair.
In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, during the 1st half of the GT Saga, Future Trunks, while watching events unfold from the Time Nest, is horrified by the Future Warrior having to face his Tuffle parasite Infected counterpart. He also shows disgust towards the Infected Trunks' underhanded tactics such as pretending to have returned to normal to fool Pan and the Future Warrior, though Future Trunks is able to see through his infected counterpart's lie and warns the Warrior foiling his infected counterpart's plan. However, during the games' Super 17 Saga, Trunks gains Future Trunks' respect after he witnesses his counterpart's willingness to confront the Neo Ginyu Force in place of his father and even cheers on his counterpart. Future Trunks and Trunks (Kid & GT) never actually interact during the game's story, though they have special dialog between them should they encounter each other in battle or in Parallel Quests. If Future Trunks and GT Trunks fight, GT Trunks is confused by the appearance of his alternate future self causing Future Trunks to reveal he is a Trunks from a different future.
However, in Super, both Future Trunks and Present Trunks meet and greet each other when Bulma explains the former's situation. When Future Trunks engaged in a sparring match with Goku, present Trunks cheered for him, also impressed by his power. After Goku Black destroyed the Time Machine Future Trunks was now trapped in the past. Present Trunks tries to make Future Trunks feel better until Bulma found a way back to the future she gets the time machine Cell came in from the Future hoping with everyone hoping it will work. Present Day Trunks slowly began to get jealous of his Future counterpart because Mai was starting to fall for Future Trunks. Present Trunks then starts to win Mai over by acting like his Future counterpart but fails.
"Gohan, why'd you have to do it, why'd you have to leave me? It's not fair! Oh gosh no... what did they do to you Gohan? You were my best friend, you were everything to me... everything! This just isn't fair! Gohan... Gohan... GOHAN!!!"
Trunks was born in Age 766 and is from an alternate timeline, one in which the Earth had been continuously terrorized by the evil Android 17 and Android 18. By the time we are introduced to the pair of Androids, over three fourths of the world's population has been eliminated due to their spree of destruction. In this future, Gohan and Trunks are weaker versions of themselves without the training of the experienced Z Fighters later on.
In this timeline, Goku dies of a heart virus six months before the Androids arrive, leaving the Z Fighters without one of their greatest heroes. His father Vegeta and all of the other Z Fighters (except Future Gohan) are killed, with the Androids easily outclassing them in power since they were both built to be more powerful than Goku. Over the course of the next thirteen years, Gohan becomes Future Trunks' mentor and trains him in everything he knows, also teaching him swordsmanship. Gohan tries his best to teach Trunks how to become a Super Saiyan as well, necessary for him to compete against the Androids' might. However, with everyone already dead and having not yet felt a certain level of sadness and sorrow, Trunks simply cannot find the motivation to transform (in the manga, Trunks had already achieved the Super Saiyan form at this time).
Trunks is at age 14 at the time. In an amusement park named Super World, Gohan and Trunks face the Androids in battle where Trunks, in his inexperience, is cornered by Android 18. Gohan is forced to sacrifice himself to save Future Trunks, losing his arm in the process which only further demoralizes Trunks and causes his confidence to fall. Trunks tries repeatedly to attain Super Saiyan during training but still struggles with it, unlike his alternate-timeline self who attains it at a much younger age and with relative ease.
Later in Age 780, the pair are drawn into battle against the Androids again, so Gohan knocks Trunks unconscious knowing that if he faces them again he will be killed. Gohan holds his own against the Androids at Pepper Town, being stronger than each individually (only in the anime; Gohan initially lost against Android 17 who was using less than half his full strength, and even after the years of training with Trunks, he is effortlessly defeated by the foe and killed before Trunks awakens) but unable to compete with both of them and their infinite energy reserves. Gohan is defeated and killed, leaving Trunks to find his body lying in the rain. Overcome with anger and grief, Trunks finally transforms into a Super Saiyan (as said above, in the manga, he was able to transform already, but due to his inexperience was unable to even keep up with an arm-less Gohan in his normal state, until his training for the next three years) and spends the next few years training to avenge his fallen allies but despite all this, he struggles to defeat the Androids.
"You monsters! All those people! And all those children! I won't let you do this anymore!"
After another close escape at Bridgetown in Age 783, Future Bulma reveals her Time Machine to her son, which she hopes he will use to return to the past and save Goku, hopefully altering the future. In this future, Trunks did not know his father Vegeta at all, as he was only an infant at the time he was murdered by the Androids.
Dragon Ball Z
"These androids are ruthless, they delight in causing pain and chaos. Living on Earth in my time is like living in a nightmare... always running and hiding, looking for a way out."
In Age 784, Trunks travels back in time 20 years, in order to warn Goku about the android threat in the near future, as well as to deliver medication that will cure Goku of the heart virus that he is supposed to die from. However, upon arrival he is greeted by Frieza with his father King Cold. They had come to Earth in order to seek revenge upon Goku's loved ones, and to kill Goku himself. Trunks, then seventeen years old, did not look like much of a threat to Frieza, and he freely told him so. Trunks implies his ability to transform into a Super Saiyan, but Frieza, albeit initially shocked, laughs it off along with his father. Trunks, anticipating that Frieza does not believe him, proves it by transforming, to Frieza's horror. Frieza was then given three opportunities to kill Future Trunks, but the young Super Saiyan is able to block and dodge the attacks with ease, and he kills all the soldiers Frieza and his father had brought to Earth.
Frustrated, Frieza fires a Supernova at Trunks. Trunks just catches the attack and tells Frieza that he must have "dropped it," after which Frieza detonates the blast with an energy wave (only in the anime, while in the manga Frieza never tried a planet-busting ki attack, and fired this blast immediately instead). Future Trunks then easily remains unscathed and performs what he calls the Burning Attack to have Frieza dodge the blast, which is followed up by his sword (Shining Sword Attack).
Frieza, cut in half, was defeated by having his body hacked to pieces and Future Trunks then followed up with an energy blast, and was soon followed by his arrogant father King Cold, who was killed by a God Breaker energy wave. Trunks then guides the Z Fighters congregated nearby to the place where Goku is going to land, and then has them wait for Goku to arrive. He offers the Z Fighters a drink from his capsule cooler. During their wait, Trunks keeps staring at Vegeta (due to it being the first time he actually met his father since he died during the Android attack in his timeline while he was still a baby), causing the latter to demand to know why he is staring at him. In addition, the Bulma notes Trunks' resemblance to Vegeta in facial features and Tien speculates that he must have met Goku during the latter's trip in outer space, although the theory is shot down when Chiaotzu reminds them that Trunks said he never actually met Goku before. After two hours, upon looking at his watch, Trunks informs the Z Fighters that Goku's ship is about to land.
When Goku arrives, Trunks finds out to his chagrin that he interfered with the timeline unnecessarily; although miles away in space, Goku was prepared to step in using his Instant Transmission technique (just as he did in Trunks' original timeline) when Trunks showed up and killed Frieza. Trunks then informs Goku of the future where the Androids arrive and kill all of the Z Fighters in a large battle, also telling Goku not to inform anyone about his parents. However, Piccolo's sensitive Namekian ears pick up the conversation, and as Goku forgot some details about Trunks' telling, Piccolo tells the Z Fighters of the future, inspiring the heroes to train their hardest for the next three years. However, inadvertently, Trunks' revelation of the future alters it slightly.
"I agreed with my mother that I should travel back in time, but I had my own reasons for wanting to go. I had hoped that in the past, with Goku's help, I would find the androids had some weakness. That way I could go back to the future. And even though I still wouldn't be able to bring back all those already gone, I might be able to save the people who are left."
When the androids eventually appear and they face the Z Fighters, Goku had not contracted the heart disease six months prior like he was supposed to, instead he contracted it during the battle against Android 19. Before Goku could be killed, Vegeta saves him, telling Yamcha to take him home and cure him with his medication, and reveals his new Super Saiyan form, killing Android 19 with great ease when he uses his signature Big Bang Attack to reduce him to a smoldering head. Trunks returns to the past to find Android 19's detached head on the Southern Continent and Android 20, two androids he never saw in his timeline and realizes that this timeline is now branching off considerably from his own. When Android 20 (who is, Dr. Gero in reality) releases the real androids of his future, Android 17 and Android 18, they rebel and kill their creator before releasing the previously unknown Android 16.
Because Trunks warned the heroes of the future and they trained to become stronger, the androids of this timeline have been made considerably stronger, to the point where Android 18 is able to even easily take down Super Saiyan Vegeta and Super Saiyan Trunks together. Vegeta fights Android 18 and eventually loses. Trunks rushes to his father's aid, in an attempt to slash her with his sword, however she blocks the attack (causing it to crack, much to his astonishment), and he was struck down by Android 17 seconds later. Moments later, he had recovered and attempts another attack, however Android 18 caught on to this and throws Vegeta at him, Trunks was then defeated, whilst returning to his base form. Afterwards he and Krillin went to Goku's house to evacuate him from the premises, and boards Yamcha's airship.
Eventually, Cell from another alternate timeline is revealed and hatches from his larval state, and he sets about absorbing the androids of the current timeline. After learning from Piccolo how Cell was created and the location at what was Dr. Gero's Lab where Cell was being created, Trunks set out alongside Krillin to destroy the main timeline's incarnation of Cell and the underground lab. During this event, Trunks uncovers blueprints of Android 17, eventually leading to the discovery of the Android's weakness: a Shut Down Remote. Because the androids and Cell are superior in strength to any of the fighters, the heroes go to train again, this time in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
When Vegeta and Trunks train in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber together, Trunks believes he surpasses Vegeta in power (though he fails to see the reason why Vegeta stops increasing his maximum power at the time) by ascending further to the Super Saiyan Third Grade state like Trunks. However, throughout the year that was spent in the Time Chamber, Trunks realized Vegeta's real sense of Saiyan pride and thought it was best to hide his true power level out of fear of upsetting his father, unaware of the fact or reason Vegeta purposely did not ascend.
Trunks had managed to reach what is known as the Super Saiyan Third Grade state, where the Saiyan is still a Super Saiyan, but has greatly augmented their physical strength from even the Super Saiyan Second Grade state. However, due to the overblown muscle mass, the brute force benefit in this form is offset by a gross decrease in speed, a point which Cell proved by toying with him, constantly dodging his every move, then explaining the flaw and proving he could bulk up just the same. It is later realized that Vegeta could have easily reached this same level of power if he wanted, but decided against it due to knowing full well the form's weakness, something Trunks failed to spot during their training due to his inexperience.
"You androids make me sick the way you act like this is all just some twisted game. What you androids did to my world was all too real. And I promise that will not be repeated here!"
Trunks is the second Saiyan to take on Perfect Cell with the intention of destroying him. Although Trunks' power was enough to deal significant damage to Cell, Trunks simply kept increasing his power, unaware that his speed was greatly decreasing and his energy consumption greatly augmented to a point where sustaining the state would prove to be a problem. His body became too bulky and slow from the large quantity of muscle and this gave Cell the upper hand, despite not even having powered up and slightly below Trunks in brute strength. Trunks quickly realized that he was too slow and gave up hope right before Cell's eyes. The battle hungry Cell however, was intrigued at how strong Trunks had become in such a short period of time and posed a challenge to the strongest fighters on Earth (The Z Fighters) to train as much as they could over a period of ten days. Then at the end of these ten days all the greatest fighters of Earth will compete in the Cell Games. Trunks then left the battlefield and spread the word about the Cell Games before taking a position in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, again training for a whole year in one day.
When Trunks emerges from his training his power had seen very little increase compared to last time. Trunks is forced to contend with Cell's smaller but incredibly powerful clones along with the other heroes, slowly and gradually losing the fight. After Cell self-destructs out of fear of Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, a cluster of cells containing the core of his being survives and he uses it to resurrect himself through regeneration, much stronger than he ever had been before. Upon his reappearance, he impales Future Trunks through the chest with a Full Power Death Beam, mortally wounding him (while the FUNimation dub states that this was intentional, the original version implies that he was just firing randomly, as evidenced by the line "Who was it that I hit? Trunks?"). While Gohan is preparing to fight Cell again, Trunks uses up the last of his life energy to vomit up blood, and Yamcha and Tien Shinhan rush over to aid him, only to realize he had died that moment.
This act causes a drastic change in Vegeta, who becomes enraged that someone who cared about him has been killed and reveals his affection for his son. Vegeta then gives everything he can give to try and take down Super Perfect Cell although he fails and is overwhelmed by Cell's power, who takes all his attacks without a scratch and severely cripples him with a halfhearted blow, preparing to kill him like he did Trunks (only to have Gohan shield him, but at the cost of the use of his left arm). After Cell's defeat, the dead Future Trunks is taken to Kami's Lookout where he is revived by Shenron. Later, when told how his father reacted to his death by Yamcha, Future Trunks became shockingly proud of his father.
"That one was for my friends. This one's for me, and my mentor, Gohan. "
After the celebrations for Cell's long-waited defeat, Trunks give Bulma the Time Machine which Cell use to came to that era  and Vegeta acknowledges Trunks while he says his goodbyes. After saying his goodbyes, Trunks returns to his own time to exact revenge on the androids for murdering the Z Fighters. After reuniting with his mother, Bulma, Trunks hears a news update on the location of the androids and he quickly powers up into his powered Super Saiyan form, now greatly augmented by his two years of training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. At Parsley City, the Androids are about to kill another innocent man (in the manga he is killed before Trunks' arrival by being shot in the face by 17), when suddenly Trunks hurtles a very accurate energy attack which narrowly misses 17. The cocky androids foolishly underestimate Trunks and try to rush him. Trunks easily dodges their attacks and punishes them duly, obliterating 18 in a point-blank energy blast. 17 looks on in disbelief and his feelings soon turn to hatred, but he too is terminated with ease in a single blow, before being blown to dust effortlessly.
"You hate the fact that you're powerless to stop me. That you're completely outmatched. Well, imagine feeling the way you do now all of the time like the people of this planet do. Fools. How do you think my master Gohan felt when you ganged up on him in the rain and he had no way out? Well, now it's your turn. I hope you enjoy it!"
The completely unscathed Trunks returns home since everything now seems at peace with the Earth, except for one thing: Cell. Three years pass before the determined Bio-Android roams around in his weakest form looking for the now non-existent androids and comes across Trunks and Bulma saying their goodbyes near the time machine. Trunks is age 23 at the time. As Trunks is about to leave for the past one final time to inform them of his success, he senses Cell and sends his mother away. He turns towards Cell and begins to taunt him with his knowledge from the alternate past. He informs him that he has killed the androids from the current time.
The cocky Cell approaches the half-Saiyan under the false impression that Trunks is still at the level of power when he initially went back in time and warned Goku, even weaker than the future Androids who are in turn inferior to Cell's strength by a long shot. The fight begins and Cell is clearly outclassed as Trunks hurls him outside of the city with a simple energy wave in his base state. Once outside West City, Trunks then transforms into Super Saiyan and then proceeds to clobber Cell with great ease.
"The nightmare is over, Cell! DIE!"
When declaring that Cell must die, Cell gets enraged and launches his tail at Trunks. Trunks takes action by grabbing Cell's tail and swinging him around in a circle, building up momentum, and then hurling him high into the air. Cell realizes that he has no hope against the new powers of Trunks, and prepares a Kamehameha large enough to destroy the planet, knowing all too well that he could survive in space. Cell begins the attack but is interrupted when Trunks powers up and unleashes a massive destructive wave of energy which incinerates Cell completely. With the future finally at peace, Trunks is seen for the last time in the series, looking towards the sky while thanking Goku and his friends in the past one last time.
Several years later, Trunks was invited to the Sacred World of the Kai by Supreme Kai to train in preparation for Babidi's arrival. He successfully pulled out the Z Sword and trained with it to increase his strength. Supreme Kai and Kibito were both impressed that a human was able to master the Z Sword and so Supreme Kai decided to finalize his training by testing the Z-Sword's sharpness by cutting a block of Katchin, the hardest metal in the universe. Before Supreme Kai could throw the block to Trunks, Kibito sensed Babidi's movements and so they then went to Earth and Trunks requested for his clothes to return to normal. After they reach Earth they managed to take out Pui Pui and Yakon. Trunks is battling Dabura as a Super Saiyan while wielding the Z Sword.
As he was fighting him, Dabura spit on the Z Sword and it was being turned into stone and Supreme Kai demanded for Trunks to release the sword. As Trunks released the sword, the sword was completely turned to stone and broke when it fell to the ground and Dabura burned it with his fire breath. Aftwards, Dabura delivered a strike to Trunks but Trunks held his blade until he was pushed back. Supreme Kai stated the he miscalculated Babidi having the ability to have Dabura as his servant and declared that he will prevent Majin Buu's revival as he charged at Babidi. However, Supreme Kai was attacked by Dabura and seeing this, Kibito attempted to assist Supreme Kai but Dabura blasted him. Supreme Kai was being tortured by Babidi and seeing this, Trunks out of anger transformed into Super Saiyan 2 and fiercely attacked Dabura. While Dabura was defending Babidi, Trunks delivered a powerful kick to Dabura and the impact managed to kill Babidi. Dabura was about to use his spear at throw it at Trunks but Supreme Kai paralyzed Dabura and Trunks was able to kill him with a Finish Buster. Supreme Kai was glad that the world was at peace then he perished.
In the anime, Future Trunks had become much stronger and was able to take on Dabura thanks to instructions he received from Supreme Kai. He faced Future Dabura and destroyed him along with Future Babidi, preventing the resurrection of Future Majin Buu.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ Trunks noticed that Black was able to sense his ki so he began to flee undercover. While cautiously running from Black, Trunks is found by him so he quickly attempted to flee again but Black managed to hit him with a ki blast. While Trunks is on the ground, Black declared it was over for Trunks as he prepared to kill him. Luckily, Mai helped Trunks by throwing a flash grenade at Black. While Black is blinded, Trunks and Mai quickly escaped. While hiding, Trunks thanked Mai for saving him but Mai questioned if he died, who would be able to dave them, and Trunks then apologized.
Dragon Ball Super
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: Future Trunks Saga
Several years after killing Dabura and Babidi, and Nine years after the fall of the Future Cell, Now Age 796 a man named Black goes berserk and causes humanity to be on the brink of extinction. Trunks attempts to stop Black, but fails. Bulma suggests that they should receive help from Goku and Vegeta in the past. Six months later, Bulma gathers enough fuel for a one-way trip to the past for the Time Machine, when all of a sudden, Black gets in their way. Future Trunks shields his mother when Black destroys the lab. Future Trunks is shocked to see that Black has Future Bulma. Future Bulma then tells him to go on without her, and that getting back to the past is the highest priority. Black then fires another ki blast, destroying the lab and Future Bulma as Future Trunks watches in horror. He then shakes it off and runs to find Future Mai, knowing that getting back to the past is their highest priority.
Future Trunks goes to search for Future Mai, and he is concerned at first when he knocks at her door and gets no answer, yet is relieved when he sees her. Mai asks where Bulma is, then is saddened when she realizes that Black must have killed her, and Future Trunks then confirms this by saying that in order to escape, she sacrificed herself as Black killed her, and mourns her death as he cries over his loss. Future Trunks reignites the hope of going back to the past as he shows Mai the energy that Bulma sacrificed her life to get, further stating they can go back to the past. Trunks and Mai are seen in the room. Mai asks him if he wants to rest, yet he declines. Mai offers him some meat, and as he is about to eat it, he sees a small kitten leap onto the floor, and smiles at the kitten. He asks Mai if the kitten will be alright, and she says it will, since many kittens apparently forget the face of their owner in 3 days. Trunks then offers half of the can of meat to Mai, and she at first refuses, yet realizes how hungry she is and eats it rather quickly. After she finishes eating, Trunks tells her that they only have enough energy to make a one way trip. Mai asks how they will return to their timeline, and he responds by saying they will find a way. They then prepare to leave to Capsule Corporation, and they both see the kitten leave, and that puts a smile on their face, and they run to Capsule Corporation.
As they both are near Capsule Corporation, Mai asks if Trunks can sense Black's energy, and reveals he can't. When they are at the door of the Capsule Corporation building, Trunks looks back and sees that Black has appeared again. He attempts to fight Black and unsheathes his sword, managing to deflect a few of his ki attacks with it, however Black easily knocks his sword away with a punch, also throwing him to the ground. Mai runs to Future Trunks, where he yells at her for not escaping when she had the chance, and Mai tells him she will act as a decoy so he can escape. He then watches as she shoots at Black with her shotgun and is thrown away like a rag doll from one of Black's ki attacks and seemingly killed. Trunks then runs to Mai to see if she is alright, and gets filled with anger as he holds her in his hands, then looks to Black, who has taken his human form, boasting how Trunks will breathe his last breathe as he looks with a smirk on his face. Enraged Trunks powers up to Super Saiyan and launches an all out assault on Black, actually catching him off guard and causing some damage to Black however Black was quick to regain the upper hand and swats Trunks away and attacks. As a Super Saiyan Trunks was able to hold his own for some time but eventually was overwhelmed and dropkicked into a wall and blasted with a barrage of Ki Blasts. While Black prepared for the kill with a Giant Golden-Black Ki Blast Trunks throws his sword at the attack, causing it to detonate in Black's face and follows up with a Masenko which Black blocks.
Future Trunks manages to escape from Black and get the time machine 17 years into the past traveling from Age 797 to Age 780, where his time machine is found by a woman and he's found inside by Present Trunks. He is then rushed onto a gurney, where Trunks gets to see him, and is shocked by Future Trunks' arrival. He is then with Bulma, Vegeta, Goku, and Trunks, where they see him and are all in concern. Trunks eventually wakes up. Upon seeing Goku, he has flashbacks showing the death of Future Bulma and Future Mai. He then mistakes Goku for Goku Black and attempts to attack Goku in anger, much to Goku's confusion. However, Goku halts Trunks' attack by grabbing his arm before the attack can hit. However Future Trunks is able to see with Bulma's help that Goku isn't his enemy and Trunks calms down and explains what happened. Goku, curious to how strong Future Trunks is, asks to have a sparring match with Future Trunks. Future Trunks accepts and powers up to Super Saiyan 2. Impressed, Goku also powers up to Super Saiyan 2 and then eventually goes farther to Super Saiyan 3. Bulma, fearing for the city, erects a barrier around them so they can fight in peace. Fully powered up, Future Trunks, as a Super Saiyan 2 attacks with his sword. The force from the blow shatters the barrier but Goku as a Super Saiyan 3 caught the blade without much effort then proceeded to overpower the young Saiyan. Goku helps Trunks to his feet and tells him that he is impressed with his power and is amazed that he was able to get so far on his own.
Future Trunks is then greeted by Krillin and Piccolo, who ask if something happened in the future. Then, a sudden thunderstorm appears, and Goku Black appears through a portal, which shocks Future Trunks. Future Trunks becomes enraged by Black's appearance in the past he is ready to fight but is stopped by Vegeta. He watches the fight between Super Saiyan 2 Goku vs Black and he wonders why Goku doesn't go all out. When the fight ends, Black is sucked back into the future, but not before Black destroys the Time Machine. With the Time Machine destroyed, Future Trunks is stranded in the past with no way back to Future Earth. He then learns about the Time Ring from Whis and Beerus and asks for one but Beerus tells him that The Time Ring can only be used by the Supreme Kai. Bulma then found a capsule and opens it revealing, the Time Machine that Cell came in from the Future. Bulma revealed that before Future Trunks went back to the future after Cell's defeat he gave that capsule to Bulma she could never figure it out so she put it away and forgot all about it. Now that she has her future self's notebook she can fix it and make it work.
Future Trunks then meets present day Mai and tells her about her future counterpart. He tells her about how her future counterpart and how she was leader of the resistance against Goku Black. Goku then interrupts the story saying that Future Trunks should rest since he's been pushing himself ever since he got to the present timeline. Future Trunks then takes a nap, but has a nightmare about Black so he wakes up and checks on the progress of the Time Machine, and Bulma says she already has the fuel for the Time Machine, much to Future Trunks' surprise. He then goes outside where Piccolo and Krillin are cleaning up the mess from the battle and asks them where Gohan is, thinking maybe he should take Gohan to the future as well. Piccolo says that's a bad idea because Gohan is not as strong as he used to be, and told Future Trunks he "wasn't the same Gohan he knew".
Future Trunks then visits Gohan during his conference, and they have ice cream together, while Future Trunks is somewhat shocked and slightly disappointed with Gohan's current power, and feels like he can't recognize him at all. Gohan invites him to meet his family, and they travel to Gohan's house, where Future Trunks meets Videl, Mr. Satan and Gohan's daughter, Pan. While Future Trunks waits for Gohan to finish his work, and Videl to prepare dinner, he babysits Pan, and wonders why is he there doing nothing, and Pan begins a tug-of-war with Trunks over his sword, until Gohan arrives to stop Pan. Future Trunks and Gohan then go outside with Pan, and they begin to talk about how Gohan should be stricter with Pan, but can't help himself as he gets "soft" whenever he looks at her. After Future Trunks sees Gohan playing with Pan, he has a vision of how his future would've been if Black hadn't shown up, and realizes the reason why he has to fight Black; in order to allow the people of his future to live happily like Gohan and his family, and is finally able to lighten up after the traumatic events he witnessed. Upon arrival back at Capsule Corp Trunks bumps into Krillin and talks for a while and Krillin wants to introduce Trunks to his wife and kid to which Trunks is excited to mert. Upon seeing 18 Trunks prepares to draw his sword but Krillin stops him and says that 18 is his wife, much to Trunks shock and 18 reveals she even has a kid with Krillin which shocks Trunks more. After clearing things up with Trunks 18 rejoins Krillin and there daughter.
The next day, Vegeta takes Future Trunks to the forest to train and Trunks powers up to Super Saiyan 2 and wants Vegeta to go Super Saiyan 3 like Goku did. Vegeta simply laughs and goes Super Saiyan Blue, which confuses Trunks initially, but Trunks is quickly able to figure out that the Super Saiyan Blue form has god's energy and also figures out Goku can do this form as well and believes that Black can easily be stopped if Goku and Vegeta fight him together. Vegeta begins to mock Trunks and makes a bet with Trunks: if Trunks could land a hit on him, Vegeta would forfeit and award the victory to Trunks. Trunks responds by transforming into Super Saiyan Third Grade while Super Saiyan 2 for a massive power boost which Vegeta mocks and calls a primitive transformation and charges Trunks rapidly moving around him trying to confuse him. However, Trunks is able to follow his father and at the last moment power back down to Super Saiyan 2 and counterattacks and begins to actually push back Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta with Vegeta realizing Trunks lured him in with the form. Vegeta is quickly able to regain the upper hand and begins to attack, with Trunks able to hold his own for a time but is eventually kicked through the forest and into a cliff as Goku and Bulma arrive via Instant Transmission. Trunks appears to have been beaten and power back down to base form, with Vegeta lifts Trunks by his shirt and begins mocking Trunks more and telling him that his goal should be to become the strongest in the universe and not just beat Black. Bulma attempts to move in to stop Vegeta but Goku stops her and says it's not over yet. Vegeta lowers his guard thinking he has won but Trunks springs to life and reveals he isn't hurt at all and headbutts Vegeta to the ground. Trunks begins to laugh at Vegeta and proclaim his victory over him and offers to help him up but Vegeta refuses and storms off. Trunks bows to his father and vows once again to not only defeat Black but to surpass him. With the Time Machine fixed, Future Trunks then thanks everyone and He, Vegeta, and Goku head to the Future. Upon arriving Future Trunks finds Future Mai's hat and Goku is shot at by the resistance thinking that Goku is Black. Future Trunks tells them that Goku is not Black, and they inform him of Future Mai's survival, and they meet the rest of the other resistance and refugees that survived Black's assault (including Future Yajirobe). The trio and Mai then head outside, and the three depart in search of Black.
Future Trunks, Goku, and Vegeta, signaled Black to their location. Future Trunks watches as Vegeta fights with Goku Black as a Super Saiyan Blue, but is shocked to see Goku Black's Super Saiyan Rosé transformation and him easily defeating Vegeta. Future Trunks is also shocked to see Future Zamasu and wonders who Goku Black is if the two are not the same person after all. As the two fight with Super Saiyan Blue Goku, Future Trunks joins in the fight, but the two are eventually defeated, after it is revealed Future Zamasu is immortal. The three Saiyans are saved by Future Mai and Earth's Resistance, and despite Future Trunks' protests, Future Mai sends the three back in the past in the time machine. By the time they arrive, they fall out beaten and unconscious.
Super Android 13!
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
Future Trunks went over with Krillin, Oolong, and Master Roshi to a swimsuit runway, although he ended up regretting the decision when they had to wait until the building opened with Krillin, Oolong, and Master Roshi attempting to sneak a peek in the dressing rooms. He and his group later rendezvoused with Goku, Gohan, and Chi-Chi at the tower restaurant, and explained that they discovered that they mixed up the dates, that the swimsuit runway was not until a few weeks from that day. However, Future Trunks and the various Z Fighters evacuated the people at the restaurant after Android 14 and Android 15 bombed the area from underneath in order to assassinate Goku. Future Trunks later followed Goku to an Arctic area in order to defend Goku from the Androids, with him growing concerned when Goku is getting exhausted from the fight. However, the fight is briefly interrupted when Android 13 arrives, to which after an exchange of words, he fights against Android 14 and Android 15, whereas Android 13 fights Goku. He is having a difficult time fighting them two against one and, when he tries to cut down Android 15, is knocked away by Android 14. Eventually, Vegeta joins the fray and fights Android 15, with Future Trunks focusing on Android 14. Going Super Saiyan, he manages to slice Android 14 horizontally in half, although it has a delayed effect. He later attempts to save Vegeta when the latter is about to be slammed down into the ground by Super Android 13, only to be blasted away. He then attempts a last ditch effort to cut down Super Android 13 as well as distract him while Goku powers the Spirit Bomb, but 13 managed to shatter his sword and knock him out. After Super Android 13 is destroyed for good, Future Trunks is then hospitalized with other Z Fighters.
Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
"If we let this dirt bag live, he'll continue to destroy the entire universe!"
He was attending the hanami picnic, although he was shocked that anyone could think that Krillin's abysmal attempts at singing Karaoke was "good." Afterwards, when Paragus arrived on Earth and requested that Vegeta become the king of the revived Saiyan Empire and help the South Galaxy by defeating the Legendary Super Saiyan, Future Trunks expressed suspicion, trying to tell Vegeta not to go. When his attempts to tell Vegeta of his suspicions fell on deaf ears, he went over with Paragus to New Planet Vegeta, namely to further attempt to convince his father to not do it. However, his attempt to do so fell on deaf ears. While scouting with Krillin and Gohan the city on New Planet Vegeta, they discover that the "city" was actually a bunch of ruins, and that Paragus was utilizing slave labor to create the palace, and stopped some of the guards from whipping a Shamoian slave. Afterwards, they feed the famished Shamoians and try to garner information. They learn that the Legendary Super Saiyan does indeed exist, and that he was responsible for the destruction of their home planet.
The next morning, Future Trunks, Gohan, Krillin, and Master Roshi revealed to Vegeta Paragus' deception about New Planet Vegeta, bringing the slaves to confirm it. This, along with Broly, Paragus' son, being exposed as being the Legendary Super Saiyan afterwards, forces Paragus to confess that it was all a set up. Future Trunks then attempts to aid Goku and Gohan shortly after Broly went berserk and transformed into his Legendary Super Saiyan form, transforming into his Super Saiyan Second Grade form. He was then knocked into a wall, and later smashed into a railway by Broly. He was then given Senzu Beans by Piccolo, and attempted alongside Gohan to fire a double Masenko at Broly, only for him to brush off the attack and fall down the building unscathed. He is then knocked back by Broly alongside Gohan by a clothesline while Broly kicks Piccolo up into the air and blasts him away. Future Trunks then cheers for Vegeta when the latter gets out of his shock and fights Broly, only to immediately rush to his fathers aid and be punched upside the head by Broly. He then transfers most of his ki energy to Goku along with the other Z Fighters in a last ditch effort to stop Broly before escaping from New Planet Vegeta's destruction from Comet Camori.
"Watch where you point that thing, I might get the wrong idea. We may be fighting, but this is still a tournament, no killing allowed!"
Future Trunks participated in X.S. Cash's Intergalactic World Tournament along with Gohan, Krillin, Tien and Piccolo. While talking to Chi-Chi, Bulma states that Future Trunks came back to the past one last time to enter the World Tournament. He fights Tien in the semi-finals and defeats him after transforming into a Super Saiyan. Future Trunks advances to the finals of the tournament along with a sumo-wrestler named Doskoi, Gohan, and Krillin. In his Battle Zone, he engages in a fight with a mysterious alien named Kogu. Future Trunks is almost defeated by the swordsman, until he transforms into a Super Saiyan and kills him with a punch to the gut.
Future Trunks is then knocked out by a kick from a mysterious warrior, later revealed to be Bojack. He wakes up while Gohan is facing Bojack's henchmen and joins the fight after Piccolo was defeated. He is almost killed by Bujin and Bido, but is saved by his father. Future Trunks fights Zangya while Vegeta is being pummeled by a transformed Bojack, and is defeated by the latter soon after with a energy sphere to the stomach. After the battle, Future Trunks appears in the hospital with the other Z Fighters in the epilogue of the movie.
Other Dragon Ball manga
Dark Demon Realm Mission
Main article: Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission Future Trunks appears as the main character of the Dark Demon Realm Mission manga.
Shortly after his death at the conclusion of the Cell Games Future Trunks was revived by the Dragon Balls and headed back to his future, where he restored peace by destroying the evil Future Androids, and then Future Cell three years later. However soon after Future Trunks found himself in the Time Nest. Startled, he soon received another surprise as the Supreme Kai of Time appeared and attacked him, he managed to evade her and she explained that his usage of a Time Machine was against the law. After explaining that Towa and Mira were causing trouble, the Time Kai decides that Future Trunks can serve as a member of the Time Patrol, and gifts him with his "Xeno Trunks" clothes.
The Supreme Kai of Time and Future Trunks head to confront Towa and Mira in their hideout, but Mira quickly attacks with an energy blast, terrifying the Kai. Future Trunks manages to deflect it with his sword, however Mira sends the Masked Saiyan to combat him, finding himself overwhelmed in his base form by the Masked Saiyan, Future Trunks ascends to Super Saiyan and is able to fight on even grounds with him, eventually managing to land a blow that cracks his mask. Mira is enraged by this and transforms into Super Mira, however before Mira can overwhelm Future Trunks, he is hit with an energy wave from behind by the Masked Saiyan, whose mask crumbles - revealing his identity as Bardock. Future Trunks teams up with Bardock to fight Super Mira, and are able to fight on even grounds with him and eventually overwhelm him. However Towa teleports herself and Mira away before the battle can conclude.
After a brief conversation with Bardock, Future Trunks heads back to the Time Nest. The Supreme Kai of Time explains the Demon Realm to Future Trunks, when Demigra unexpectedly appears. After a brief conversation, Future Trunks prepares to fight after Demigra notices Tokitoki. However at that moment, Goku arrives.
- Cross Epoch
In the crossover manga Cross Epoch, Future Trunks appears aboard Captain Vegeta's flying ship as a member of the Vegeta Sky Pirates. He is paired with Usopp, and when his team chooses to attend Shenron's tea party, he mentions that they were originally supposed to battle with the Dr. Gero Sky Pirates.
Video game stories
- Shin Budokai
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai Due to Janemba messing with the dimensions in the main timeline, Future Trunks finds a strange dimensional portal in his timeline when he is tracking down an energy signature similar to Gohan's Kamehameha. Future Trunks steps through and emerges in the main timeline once again. Before he realizes where he is, he sees Android 18, mistakes her for her future counterpart, and attacks her. Eventually, he realizes that he is in the present timeline and stops attacking Android 18. After he makes sure she is not evil, she explains the current events to him. When Future Trunks heads to find Goku and Vegeta, he is confronted by Gotenks who believes he is a fake created by Janemba. The two begin fighting, but Future Trunks soon wonders why Gotenks attacked him and the fusion then comes undone. Future Trunks discusses things with Goten, Trunks, and Pikkon, and Kid Trunks considers Future Trunks as a "big brother". Future Trunks and the others head to look for Vegeta, who has been possessed, and they follow the largest evil energy signature they can find, but come across Frieza instead. Future Trunks fights Frieza, but Frieza reveals that he was merely distracting them so he could steal the Dragon Balls and the Dragon Radar, and he then escapes.
When Future Trunks and Kid Trunks meet Yamcha and the time displaced Teen Gohan, Future Trunks and Teen Gohan have a friendly fight. Future Trunks and Teen Gohan head off, eventually finding Majin Vegeta who has just been defeated by Ultimate Gohan. Future Trunks eventually witnesses Goku's battle with the Janemba possessed Vegeta, and Vegeta being freed from Janemba's influence. While Vegeta recovers and Goku prepares a Spirit Bomb, Future Trunks holds Janemba off. Future Trunks cannot harm Janemba, but he holds him off long enough for the Spirit Bomb to be prepared. Goku throws the attack, but Janemba holds Future Trunks hostage. Vegeta pushes Janemba and Future Trunks out of the way but is hit by the Spirit Bomb, absorbing its energy. Future Trunks watches the battle between Janemba and the newly powered up Vegeta, and congratulates his father on his victory Janemba.
Future Trunks, Goten, and Kid Trunks head out to locate the Dragon Balls, and finally manage to collect the last one. Future Trunks gives Kid Trunks his watch so that they will always be linked, even when they are in separate timelines. In return, Kid Trunks gives Future Trunks a Time Machine that Bulma had given him so that Future Trunks can go back to his time. Cell arrives and reveals that he wants the Time Machine for himself so he can have endless worlds to destroy. Future Trunks turns Super Saiyan and fights Super Perfect Cell, who believes that Future Trunks will be no match for him. Future Trunks is unable to defeat Super Perfect Cell, and so calls on Kid Trunks and Goten. The three fire a combined Kamehameha at the Bio-Android, who then attempts to escape, but Goten and Trunks fuse into Gotenks and defeat Cell with one attack. Future Trunks, Kid Trunks, and Goten meet with the others and summon Shenron. Piccolo uses one wish in order send Teen Gohan back to his body in the past and, at the same time, Future Trunks uses his new Time Machine to head back to his timeline.
- Shin Budokai - Another Road
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road
This story is only featured in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road. It has been some years since the defeat of Cell, Future Trunks has entered the World Martial Arts Tournament and meets Future Supreme Kai and Future Kibito, and has to hold off Future Babidi and Future Dabura, but he knew he could not do it alone. So he goes back into the past and brings Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, Android 18, Goten, and Trunks to help him stop Future Majin Buu. With Future Broly, Future Cooler and Future Janemba also on the loose, the Z Fighters make Future Dende the future world's new guardian. Gohan also brought the now alive Future Gohan, as well as Future Pikkon and Future Bardock to help them. When Babidi steals the Dragon Balls, Future Mr. Satan stole his wish from conquering the universe and Babidi lashes at Future Mr. Satan, but Future Super Buu takes the blow, and he turns Babidi into candy and eats him. He becomes his pure form after he performs this move. The Z Fighters defeat him and the future world is back to peace once more.
- Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
Main article: Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
(Time Patrol) Future Trunks is a major character in the story of Xenoverse, he works for the Supreme Kai of Time as her assistant and the head of the Time Patrol, he and the Time Patrol are based in Toki Toki City (in Age 850) which houses the Time Storage Vault. This Future Trunks appears to be a different version of the Future Trunks in the anime. Due the events that happened during the Android Saga, Trunks had wished to atone for his sins, thus joining the Time Patrol. Due to the main timeline's history being distorted, Trunks wished for a strong warrior to help him in fixing the timeline. His character comes from Dragon Ball Online, while working for the Supreme Kai of Time, he is a Time Patroller.
Xeno (Time Patrol) Trunks also appears as a playable character in Dragon Ball Heroes, debuting in the sixth mission of the Jaaku Mission series (JM6). His Super Saiyan form seen in Xenoverse is also playable since the third mission of the God Mission series (GDM3). Xeno Trunks latter attains the Super Saiyan 3 form in the fourth mission (GDM4).
- Dragon Ball Online
Main article: Dragon Ball Online In Dragon Ball Online, Time Patrol Trunks is the mediator of most of the players' Time Machine Missions, and brings them to certain points in the past, travelling with a robot named Hope!
Future Trunks has already aided the Z Fighters in the past through time travel and defeated Future Cell by this point, however, even if it was for the protection of Earth's peace, the act of using the Time Machine is ultimately a violation of the laws of the universe. When used, a time paradox occurs and multiple divisions are produced, causing the formation of different histories. The Lord of Time gave Future Trunks a stern warning for his actions. In order to redeem his wrong actions, Trunks took up the job of Time Patrol, and he was warned by Dende and Piccolo that Mira was causing chaos throughout time and space. Being the primary face of his Time Patrol operation and desperate to seek warriors in the future, Future Trunks is dedicated to put an end to Mira's threat. Future Trunks travels to Age 1000 in order to gather the Time Patrol to stop Mira. Future Trunks has become devoted to this cause and often calls on the player to undergo missions.
During the player's tutorial of the game, Future Trunks appears in a cinematic cutscene in which he lands at Kame House. He dons informal martial arts clothes, primarily a trench coat with a green torso beneath, and a new sword. He traveled from his timeline accompanied by a robot named Hope! to seek the aid of warriors in the future (the players themselves, later called Time Patrol) through having them complete Time Machine Quests. After a brief talk, he easily dispatches of a few Battle Armor-cladded cyborgs in his base state, using a technique that appears to be the Burning Attack but with blue energy instead. Soon, he takes the players to the past in order to fix time in the Vegeta Saga and Frieza Saga, encountering Towa for the first time after arriving on Namek in the past. Future Trunks chases after Towa when she revives and enhances Cui's power, but Towa manages to escape and Future Trunks regroups with his group after they defeated Zarbon. He then brings the Time Patrol slightly forward in time in order to stop Towa from using the Ginyu Force for her experiments. While the Time Patrol fights Time Breakers, Trunks heads out to look for Towa and eventually catches her as she prepares to leave when her brainwashed Recoome fails to defeat Krillin, Gohan, and Vegeta and faints. The two have a brief conversation, and Towa then teleports away. Trunks tells the Time Patrol that Goku will arrive on Namek very soon and that they should leave the situation to him. He then heads after Towa again and learns that the Time Breakers are attempting to kill all of the Namekian Frogs in the area to make sure that Goku does not find and throw one into Captain Ginyu's Body Change beam. When Future Trunks informs his team and they set out to stop the Time Breakers, a Planet Trade soldier attempts to shoot Future Trunks in the back but is killed by Bardock. Bardock then tells Future Trunks that Towa plans to brainwash Goku (who is in Ginyu's body now), so Trunks sends his team to help Goku.
- Dragon Ball Heroes
Main article: Dark Demon Realm Saga
Future Trunks appears leading the Time Patrol into battle against the Dark Makai army. When Mira snaps at the loss of the Masked Saiyan and takes on his Runaway state, Future Trunks attempts to attack him with his sword, however Mira knocks him aside. After the fight with Runaway Mira, Future Trunks and the Time Kai both encounter Towa and begin conversing with her until she attacks them with an energy sphere.
- Manga and Anime
Having lived in an age of apocalyptic terror, Future Trunks had to go through intense training under Future Gohan. During his early days of training, even as a Super Saiyan, Future Trunks was unable to defeat base Future Gohan. Right before Future Trunks heads back to warn the Z Fighters of the Android threat, it is said by Future Bulma that he has become as strong as Future Gohan was.
When Future Trunks first appears on-screen, using his Super Saiyan form, he is able to easily overpower both Mecha Frieza and King Cold. Gohan describes Super Saiyan Future Trunks as having as large a ki as Super Saiyan Goku had on Namek.
While training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber with Vegeta, Future Trunks achieves the level of 2nd Grade Super Saiyan. His strength has increased drastically and he is around Vegeta's power, who has been stated to have at least tripled his previous power when at his maximum 2nd Grade Super Saiyan. However, Vegeta says that Future Trunks is still a little bit weaker than him. At this point (in the anime only), Future Trunks is able to defeat Semi-Perfect Cell just by using his regular Super Saiyan form, though in the manga he requires his 2nd Grade Super Saiyan state like Vegeta does. It is later revealed that Future Trunks was holding back a lot of power and is in fact stronger than Vegeta, with Krillin believing that Future Trunks could defeat Perfect Cell. In Super Saiyan Third Grade, Cell says that Future Trunks is stronger than him in his Perfect Form, but can not win because he is slower.
Future Trunks trains again with Vegeta in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber after this, and they increase in power enough to become the only two Z Fighters capable of holding their own in a fight with a Cell Jr. (using their Super Saiyan forms instead of the advanced states they previously used). By the time Future Trunks goes back to the future, he is strong enough in Super Saiyan form to easily destroy Future 18, Future 17, and Imperfect Future Cell.
Shortly after defeating Future Cell, Future Trunks became much stronger thanks to continuous training and extra guidance under the Supreme Kai, able to defeat Dabura as a Super Saiyan in the anime. In the manga Future Trunks was able to hold his own against Future Dabura as a Super Saiyan, and then completely overwhelm him upon achieving Super Saiyan 2. Nine years later, in the anime, Future Trunks was shown to be able to push back Super Saiyan 2 Goku (without using his maximum power) in the same form. While he was no match for Super Saiyan 3 Goku, the older Saiyan along with Beerus and Whis are highly impressed with the power Future Trunks has - which is quite impressive considering the latter two's high standards. In the manga Goku notes that Future Trunks' power is greater than Gohan's was previously, even before he revealed he could enhance his Super Saiyan 2 form's power to become equal to that of Goku's Super Saiyan 3. The power that Trunks displayed forced Goku to power up to his Super Saiyan God form in order to defeat him with a sharp kick to the back of the neck
Thanks to training in the past Future Trunks' power is greatly increased. Once returning to the future, Future Trunks shows off his new power, and as a Super Saiyan 2 he proves strong enough to take on Future Zamasu, who was unable to land a single blow on Future Trunks despite the god being an even match for Super Saiyan Blue Goku. Ultimately, had it not been for Future Zamasu's new-found immortality, Future Trunks would have won the fight upon stabbing Future Zamasu in the chest. Future Trunks was also able to best Goku Black in a sword duel, send him flying back with an attack, and also survive Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black's fully charged Black Kamehameha (though he could not move afterwards).
- Video games
In the story of Shin Budokai - Another Road, Future Trunks is able to defeat Future Dabura, and later states that he could destroy Good Buu, showing that he had become far more powerful than during the Cell Games. During the game Trunks was capable of defeating not only Future Dabura but perfect puppets of Final form Frieza and Perfect Cell in his Base form.
In the story of Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Future Trunk's power is shown to have drastically improved over his last appearance. Upon meeting the Future Warrior for the first time Trunks takes all of his attacks and shows no signs of damage or fatigue. Later with the Future Warrior assisting him, Super Saiyan Trunks was able to fight on par with Mira (suppressed), a being whom was confident enough to believe he could beat Super Saiyan 3 Goku and Majin Buu at the same time easily even while suppressing his power. Later while working with the Future Warrior they were able hold off Beerus and Whis - who were testing their power. Shortly after, while he was possessed by Demigra not only was he able to briefly fight the Future Warrior on his own, but he was also able to resist Demigra's control.
The Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game states that Future Trunks has a power level of 7,000,000 in base form and 17,500,000 as a Super Saiyan during the Trunks Saga.
Techniques and special abilities
Main article: List of techniques used by Future Trunks
Forms and transformations
Main article: Super Saiyan
In the manga, Future Trunks is already able to achieve Super Saiyan when shown training his mentor Future Gohan, making it somewhat likely he simply is able to transform naturally, as his present timeline self did; he however struggles with even Future Gohan's base state in the form, which may suggest that it was rather recently reached due to its meager power, despite his harsh training. In the TV special The History of Trunks, Future Trunks transforms for the first time after seeing his mentor Future Gohan killed at the hands of the androids in his timeline. The energy involved in the transformation causes Future Trunks' hair to stand on end and turn a golden color. His facial expression is sharpened, and the color of his eyes turns a bright emerald green. When in this state Trunks' power level increases dramatically. Even so, he always maintains his sincere, serious demeanour. In Dragon Ball Heroes, he loses the two thin hair bangs on his forehead when he is in his Dragon Ball Super outfit.
Super Saiyan Second Grade
Main article: Super Saiyan Second Grade
After their defeat at the hands of Android 17 and Android 18, he and Vegeta underwent severe training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, during which Trunks gained the ability to take this form. When taking this form, Future Trunks' muscles swell, making his body several sizes larger than normal, and his power and speed are elevated beyond his previous Super Saiyan limits. He first used this form to fight against Semi-Perfect Cell, in an attempt to keep him from absorbing Android 18 and reaching completion. This fight scene only happened in a filler part of the anime, while in the manga, he was about to fight Semi-Perfect Cell but was knocked away by Vegeta, and when he struck Vegeta with his energy blast to repel him away in surprise, but was blinded by Cell's Solar Flare and was forced to see Cell complete himself inside a barrier when his vision returned. After witnessing Vegeta's defeat at Perfect Cell's hands, he transformed to Super Saiyan Third Grade, but lost due to his severe speed decrease. As a result, Trunks entered the Hyperbolic Time Chamber a second time to focus on increasing his strength as a regular Super Saiyan to its highest possible point.
Super Saiyan Third Grade
Main article: Super Saiyan Third Grade
Future Trunks is usually referred to as Super Trunks while in this state. It is another form he gained while training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, and he utilizes this state while fighting the recently completed Perfect Cell. In this form, Future Trunks' muscles swell even larger than in his Super Saiyan Second Grade, his hair gets spikier and larger, and his power grows immensely. In this stage, however, the heavily increased muscle-mass comes at a cost of reduced speed and mobility, and because of the massive energy required to maintain this form, it is not sustainable for long periods of time, which ultimately puts him in a life-threatening disadvantage. Future Trunks also temporarily uses this form in order to trick Vegeta in Dragon Ball Super.
Super Saiyan 2
Main article: Super Saiyan 2
He attained this form in Dragon Ball Super upon seeing Future Kibito's death and Future Supreme Kai's torture. Future Trunks uses this transformation for a brief moment during his spar with Goku after arriving in the present timeline, although it is not revealed when he achieved it. Future Trunks returns to use this transformation during his training with Vegeta. While primarily keeping the same hairstyle as his Super Saiyan form, Future Trunks' hair spikes up even more as a Super Saiyan 2. It is noted by Whis that in this form Future Trunks has a slight advantage over Goku in the same form, and Goku notes that Future Trunks is far stronger than Gohan in the same form. Not wanting to settle to his limits as a Super Saiyan 2, Future Trunks displays mastery of the form, being able to power up so much that he matched Super Saiyan 3 Goku in power, as noted by Vegeta. In the manga when facing Goku Trunks reveals he can power up his Super Saiyan 2 form to equal Goku's Super Saiyan 3 form, forcing Goku to power up to Super Saiyan God to quickly defeat Trunks
Outside of the manga and anime, Future Trunks has been given several other transformations in different media.
Super Saiyan 3
Main article: Super Saiyan 3
Future Trunks achieves this transformation in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced since the third mission of the original series (M3). In this form, his teen and adolescent versions retain his two long and thin bangs, while the "Xeno" version attains a bang similar to Goku and Bardock's.
Dark Magic transformation
Main articles: Dark Magic transformation (Demigra), Villainous Mode (Super Saiyan), and Super Saiyan In the finale of Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Demigra possess Future Trunks in order to have him fight against the Future Warrior. When fought in game Future Trunks also has Villainous Mode active, however when playable he lacks this additional form. Additionally, when fought during the story he lacks the purple shade he possess otherwise.
Main article: Xeno Gotenks
In Dragon Ball Heroes, when Xeno Trunks uses the Fusion Dance with Xeno Goten they form Xeno Gotenks - who is identical in appearance to adult Gotenks, although he retains some clothes from the fusees, like the black pants and Future Trunks' gloves. He also possesses Future Trunks' sword, giving him a different style in combat from his counterpart.
Main article: Future Gohanks
Future Trunks can fuse through the Fusion Dance with his master Future Gohan, resulting in Future Gohanks. He retains Future Gohan's scars on his face as well as Future Trunks' sword. His hair is predominantly black in the upper part of his head, but he also has lilac-coloured bangs along the lower part of his head. Future Gohanks appears in Dragon Ball Fusions and is a playable character in Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced in the ninth mission of the God Mission series (GDM9).
Video game appearances
List of appearances
- Japanese: Hiromi Tsuru (baby), Takeshi Kusao (Teen & Adult)
- English Ocean dub: Alistair Abell
- English FUNimation dub: Stephanie Nadolny (baby; in Dragon Ball Z), Colleen Clinkenbeard (baby; in Dragon Ball Z Kai), Eric Vale (Teen & Adult)
- French dub: Mark Lesser
- Spanish dub (Latin America): Sergio Bonilla (Most Media), Óscar Flores (Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan), Rocio Garcel (baby), Luis Fernando Orozco (Dragon Ball Z Kai until Cell Saga)
- Spanish dub (Spain): Luis Fernando Ríos (Dragon Ball Z ep. 119-167), Rafa Torres (Dragon Ball Z ep. 168-194)
- Catalan dub: Aleix Estadella
- Valencian dub: Carles Montoliu
- Galician dub: Manuel Pombal (Z); Iñaki Baliño (DBZ Kai)
- Basque dub: Iker Diaz (DBZ Kai)
- German dub: Sebastian Schulz
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Marcelo Campos
- Portuguese dub (Portugal): Henrique Feist
- Italian dub: Simone D'Andrea
- Filipino dub: Bernie Malejana
- Hungarian dub: Szokol Péter
- Mandarin dub: Yu Zheng Chang
- Hebrew: Liron Lev (Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT)
- The History of Trunks
- Future Trunks vs. Future Android 18
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Future Android 18 and Future Android 17
- Dragon Ball Z
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Mecha Frieza and King Cold
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Android 18
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Second Grade) vs. Cell (Semi-Perfect Form)
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Second Grade) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan Second Grade)
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Second Grade) and Krillin vs. Cell (Perfect Form)
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Third Grade) vs. Cell (Perfect Form)
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Cell Jr.
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Future Android 18 and Future Android 17
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Future Cell (Imperfect Form)
- Pre-Dragon Ball Super
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Future Dabura (anime)
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 2), Future Supreme Kai, and Future Kibito vs. Future Babidi, Future Dabura, Future Pui Pui, and Future Yakon (manga)
- Dragon Ball Super
- Future Trunks (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Goku Black (Anime)
- Future Trunks (Base/Super Saiyan 2) vs. Goku Black (Manga)
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Goku (Super Saiyan 2/Super Saiyan 3) (Anime)
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Goku (Super Saiyan 2/Super Saiyan 3/Super Saiyan God) (Manga)
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2/Super Saiyan Third Grade) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue)
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan), Goku (Super Saiyan Blue), and Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue) vs. Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) and Future Zamasu
- Future Trunks (Base) vs. Trunks (Super Saiyan) (Offscreen)
- Super Android 13!
- Future Trunks vs. Android 15 and Android 14
- Future Trunks (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Android 14
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan), Vegeta (Super Saiyan), and Piccolo vs. Super Android 13
- Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Second Grade), Gohan (Super Saiyan Full Power), Vegeta (Super Saiyan Second Grade), Piccolo, and Goku (Super Saiyan Full Power) vs. Broly (Legendary Super Saiyan)
- Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Ghost Frieza (Final Form)
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan), Gohan (Super Saiyan), Piccolo, Vegeta (Super Saiyan), and Goku (Super Saiyan) vs. Hatchiyack
- Bojack Unbound
- Future Trunks (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Tien Shinhan
- Future Trunks (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Kogu (Base/Full Power)
- Future Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Bojack
Main article: Future Trunks/Gallery
- Like nearly everyone in his family (apart from Vegeta), Trunks' name is a pun on an undergarment. His name is a pun on boxers.
- Composer for the FUNimation dub of the Dragon Ball Z, Bruce Faulconer, has stated on his website that Future Trunks was his favorite Dragon Ball character. American voice actor Christopher Sabat has agreed with Faulconer, saying that apart from Vegeta, Trunks is his favorite character from the series. He has liked how his character is "lone survivor of the apocalypse, son of the most angry and the most headstrong characters." He additionally liked Future Trunks' fights, such as the one in which he easily killed Frieza and his father.
- Despite having been officially stated that Goku was the one who defeated Frieza and King Cold in Cell's and Future Trunks' timeline, Cell implies that Future Trunks was as responsible for Frieza and King Cold's defeat in his/Trunks' timeline as he was in the main timeline while telling Piccolo about his origins as well as the cells that were infused to him.
- Trunks and his father, Vegeta, were both killed by a Death Beam through the chest by a major supervillain with Cold family cells (Cell and Frieza, respectively), except Frieza uses a normal death beam but Cell uses a Full Power death Beam.
- In the Character Illustrations section of the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi series, it is stated that Future Trunks obtained his sword from Tapion, although this is contradicted in every other official source which has discussed its origin. Not to mention, in Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and 3, if Trunks and Tapion fight, they clearly recognize each other, Trunks even says "Long time, no see."
- When Future Trunks is tagged out in Budokai Tenkaichi 2, he says "back to the future"; a reference to the time traveling film Back to the Future.
- Trunks is the second last person to have his power level stated with the use of a scouter, being only 5 because he suppressed his true power to avoid detection and mislead Frieza and King Cold.
- Angelo's hair from Dragon Quest VIII strongly resembles Future Trunks' base form with shorter hair.
- Akira Toriyama was the art director for the Dragon Quest games, so it is highly possible he based his designs on Trunks.
- The Yu-Gi-Oh! card character Tyler the Great Warrior seems based on Future Trunks.
- Future Trunks has killed both villains that killed his father. He killed Frieza in the present timeline and the Androids in his own future timeline, who both killed Vegeta. Also in, killing Frieza he avenged the deaths of his paternal grandfather and the Saiyans killed by Frieza during the Genocide of the Saiyans, which is somewhat fitting considering his royal Saiyan heritage.
- According to the Databooks:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide, 2009
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, 2015
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- ↑ Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, 2013
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks, 1993
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 147, "Time Chamber"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 133, "Nightmare Comes True"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, 1993
- ↑ Daizenshuu 7, 1996
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 139, "Unwelcome Discovery"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, 2005
- ↑ [Dragon Ball Super Episode 51]
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 "`드래곤볼 온라인`의 최종 목표는 악의 존재인 `창백한 남자`를 물리치는 것이다. `인조인간 셀` 이야기에 등장한 미래의 트랭크스는 시간의 계왕의 의뢰를 받아 `시간의 경찰` 역할을 할 예정이다." - lit. "The main goal of Dragon Ball Online is defeating the evil entity, “pale man”. The Trunks who appeared in the artificial human Cell Arc is requested to take the role of “Time Patrolman” by the Kaiōjikan."
- ↑ Scan for ep.57
- ↑ Trunks Compendium I, Faulconer Productions
- ↑ DBZ Voice Actor/Director Chris Sabat Interview, Anime News Network
- ↑ Card Trivia:Tyler the Great Warrior, Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki