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"You're about to find out what it's like to fight a real Super Saiyan, and I'm not talking about Goku..."
— "Another Super Saiyan?"

Future Trunks (未来のトランクス) is the Saiyan and Human 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.[5] 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.[6]

Appearance

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Future Trunks shown wearing a Saiyan battle outfit in the later stages of the Androids Saga

Trunks is a muscular, tall, and slender individual. He has blue eyes and straight, light purple hair. 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.

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Future Trunks in Dragon Ball Super

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 is nearly identical to the one 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, olive-green boots with black tips. His hair and eyebrow color is now blue, just like his mother, rather than being the usual lavender.

In the computer game Dragon Ball Online, the fighting game Dragon Ball: Xenoverse and the JM6 trailer for Dragon Ball Heroes, Trunks dons informal martial arts clothes, primarily a black trench coat with a green torso beneath and 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.

Personality

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 and serious (such as when he begged Vegeta not to challenge the Androids without Goku being present[7] or when he did not want Vegeta to trust Paragus),[8] unlike his main timeline counterpart, who had a personality very similar to his father's.[9] 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 some sort of post-traumatic stress as a result of the struggles he faced in his apocalyptic nightmarish world.[10] 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.

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Future Trunks before he kills the Androids in his timeline

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.

Future Trunks' favorite food are convenience store bento,[1] and he enjoys tinkering with machines.[1]

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.

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Future Trunks with long hair, in Bojack Unbound

It is unknown how Future Trunks would react to meeting Trunks, 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, 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, his present counterpart is confirmed to appear in the Future Trunks Saga, which would make it the first time the two meet in the series.

Biography

Background

Main articles: Ghosts from Tomorrow and Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks

"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 is continually 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.

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Future Trunks and Future Gohan prepare to fight the Androids

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.[11] 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).

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Future Trunks finds the corpse of his mentor, Gohan

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.

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Future Trunks finally transforms into a Super Saiyan after finding Gohan's dead body

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.

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Future Trunks defeated by the Androids

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

Cell Saga

Main articles: Trunks Saga, Androids Saga, Imperfect Cell Saga, Perfect Cell Saga, and Cell Games Saga

"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."

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Future Trunks easily deflects an attack from a soldier in King Cold's army

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.

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Future Trunks slices Mecha Frieza in half with his sword

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).

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Future Trunks stops King Cold's 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."

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Future Trunks finds Android 19's head

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.

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Future Trunks attacking Android 18

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 (which caused it to crack), much to his astonishment, but was struck down by Android 17 seconds later. He had recovered moments later and attempts another attack, however Android 18 caught on to it 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.

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Android 18 blocks Future Trunks' sword attack

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!"
— Future Trunks towards Cell, "The Strongest Super Saiyan! Trunks' Power Unleashed!"

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Perfect Cell vs. Super Saiyan Third Grade Trunks

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.

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Super Perfect Cell kills Future Trunks upon his return

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.

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Future Trunks is revived by Shenron

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.

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Future Trunks flashing a sign of respect to his father Vegeta, before going back to the future

"You think this life is all about you, don't you? What about the others? The ones that you two killed!"
— Towards Future 17, "Free the Future"

After the celebrations for Cell's long-waited defeat, 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!"
— Future Trunks towards Future 17 and Future 18

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Future Trunks confronts the Androids

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.

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Future Trunks destroys Future Android 18

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.

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Future Trunks confronts Future Cell

"The nightmare is over, Cell! DIE!"
— Future Trunks before destroying Future Cell

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.

Pre-Future Trunks Arc

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Future Trunks attacking Future Dabura

Future Trunks has become much stronger and was able to take on Future Dabura thanks to instructions he received from Future Supreme Kai. He faces Future Dabura and destroys him along with Future Babidi, preventing the resurrection of Future Majin Buu.

Dragon Ball Super

Resurrection ‘F’

Main articles: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ - Special One Shot, and Resurrection ‘F’ Saga

"Frieza!!"
— Trunks alerting Frieza's attention.

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Trunks ready to slice Frieza in half.

While in Hell, Frieza has a dream of his death at Trunks' hands. Trunks is seen in a flashback when Shenron is explaining the circumstances of Frieza's death to Sorbet. Trunks is seen slicing Frieza into pieces like he did in "Another Super Saiyan?" or "I Will Defeat Frieza! Another Super Saiyan".

One of Bulma's blog posts features her receiving a letter from Trunks in which he states that he heard that Frieza had been resurrected in their timeline (something which never happened in his) and he apologizes for not ensuring that it was impossible for Frieza to be revived. He later goes on to say that he wishes that he could come back and aid in their fight with Frieza, but it's not likely. He then states that he will continue training in order to protect his timeline.

Future Trunks Saga

Main article: Future Trunks Saga

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Future Trunks in Dragon Ball Super

Eight years after killing Dabura and Babidi, and seventeen years after the fall of the Androids and Future Cell, 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.

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Future Trunks sobbing over the death of his mother.

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 back 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.

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Future Trunks angered over Future Mai's death.

As they both are near Capsule Corporation, Mai asks if Trunks can sense Blacks energy, and he says he cannot. 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 a 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.

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Bulma, Vegeta, and Goku looking at the unconscious Future Trunks.

Future Trunks manages to escape from Black and get the time machine 17 years into the past, 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.

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.

Film appearances

Super Android 13!

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!

"That one was from me, Android! My name is Trunks, and I came from 20 years in the future. You know what's funny about the future? You're nowhere to be seen. You're not in the future because you die right here and now, today!"
— Future Trunks to Android 13

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Future Trunks after destroying Android 14

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!"
— Future Trunks about Broly

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Future Trunks in Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan

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.

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Future Trunks gives energy to Goku

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.

Bojack Unbound

"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 to Kogu

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Head-shot of Future Trunks in Bojack Unbound

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.

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Future Trunks fires Ki Blasts at Bojack

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.

Resurrection ‘F’

Main article: Future Trunks in Resurrection ‘F’

Other appearances

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Future Trunks and Usopp in 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

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Future Trunks in 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

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Future Trunks in Xenoverse

(Time Patrol) Future Trunks is an important 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. Because of 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[12] 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!

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Time Patrol Trunks in Dragon Ball Online

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,[12] 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.

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Time Patrol (Xeno) Trunks art

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

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Future Trunks attacks Runaway Mira

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.

Power

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.

Nine years after defeating Future Cell, Future Trunks has become much stronger, having been trained by Future Supreme Kai shortly after he killed Future Cell. To which, he became able to defeat Dabura, whose power was said to be even greater than Super Perfect Cell. In his base form he is capable of blocking and deflecting Black's attacks and in his Super Saiyan form he is able to knock back Goku Black and hold his own against him for some time, and later Super Saiyan 2 Future Trunks (without using his maximum power) was shown to fight nearly on par with Super Saiyan 2 Goku, however he was no match for Super Saiyan 3 Goku, who was able to block his full power attack with just his fingers. While quickly defeated by Goku, the older Saiyan, along with Beerus and Whis are highly impressed with the power Trunks has.

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

Super Saiyan

Main article: Super Saiyan

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Future Trunks as a 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 demeanor.

Super Saiyan Second Grade

Main article: Super Saiyan Second Grade

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Future Trunks as a 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

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Future Trunks as a 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.

Super Saiyan 2

Main article: Super Saiyan 2

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Future Trunks as a Super Saiyan 2

In Dragon Ball Super, Future Trunks is said to have acquired this form sometime after the defeat of Cell. It is first shown on-screen during his spar with Goku, who wanted to compare his power to Goku Black's. In video-games, Future Trunks' hair is spikier and straighter up. In the anime, however, his hair looks identical to his Super Saiyan form due to a common mistake that has happened before with other characters in other media.

Trunks' first appearance using this transformation is in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 and the later Budokai games. Trunks can also use this form in various other games, including Dragon Ball Heroes, Dragon Ball Discross, and Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.

Super Saiyan 3

Main article: Super Saiyan 3

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Xeno Trunks as 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.

Demigra possessed

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Super Saiyan Future Trunks in Villainous Mode

Main articles: Demigra's Dark Magic, 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.

Fusions

Xeno Gotenks

Main article: Xeno Gotenks

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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.

Future Gohanks

Main article: Future Gohanks

Future Gohanks

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

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Future Trunks in the opening of The Legend

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Future (Xeno) Trunks Super Saiyan card for Dragon Ball Heroes

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Xeno Trunks as Super Saiyan 2 in-game of Heroes

Voice actors

Battles

The History of Trunks
  • Future Trunks vs. Future Android 18
  • Future Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Future Android 18 and Future Android 17
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Super Trunks and Perfect Cell prepare to fight

  • 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
Dragon Ball Super
  • Future Trunks (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Goku Black
  • Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Goku (Super Saiyan 2/Super Saiyan 3)
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

List of characters killed by Future Trunks

The following is a list of characters actually killed by Future Trunks.

Dragon Ball Z

  • King Cold's soldiers – After meeting them, Future Trunks runs past King Cold's soldiers while slicing them up with his sword.
  • Frieza – He chopped him in half with his sword, sliced him to pieces, and shot an energy blast that reduced him to dust in midair.
  • King Cold – Trunks gave him his sword, but the sword did not improve King Cold's chances. Trunks shot a God Breaker wave through his chest, sending him flying into a rock wall, which was now covered with blood. He begged Trunks for his life, but Trunks, knowing how Frieza's family works, destroyed him with a second God Breaker.
  • Cell (present) – Killed by Krillin and Trunks using the Burning Storm waves while he was still in larval form inside his test tube.
  • Android 18 (future) – Killed in Trunks' future timeline when Trunks shot the Change the Future's energy blast at her face, point blank.
  • Android 17 (future) – Killed in Trunks' future timeline when Trunks knocked him to the ground and blew him up with an energy blast (technique named Another End in video games).
  • Cell (future) – Killed in Trunks' future timeline. Cell was about to shoot a Kamehameha at Trunks, but Trunks shot the Heat Dome Attack first, completely destroying Cell.

Pre-Dragon Ball Super

  • Dabura (future) – Killed in Trunks' future timeline. Trunks has become much stronger, having been trained by Future Supreme Kai. He faces Future Dabura and destroys him along with Future Babidi.
  • Babidi (future) – Killed in Trunks' future timeline. Trunks has become much stronger, having been trained by Future Supreme Kai. He faces Future Dabura and destroys him along with Future Babidi.

Movies

Gallery

Main article: Future Trunks/Gallery

Trivia

  • Like nearly everyone in his family (apart from Future Vegeta), Future 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.[13] 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.[14]
  • 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 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.
  • If counting games, manga, and anime technically Future Trunks has killed every major villain in Dragon Ball Z (Mecha Frieza, Imperfect Cell, and fat Majin Buu).
  • 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.[15]
  • Trunks and Cell have a unique connection of having killed two separate versions of each other. Cell has killed Future Trunks during the finale of the Cell saga and an alternate version of Future Trunks who managed to deactivate the Androids in the future. Future Trunks was later revived. Future Trunks not only killed the Cell of his timeline but also the present Cell as well, preventing the cycle of Cell using a Time Machine to go back in time from ever happening again.
  • 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:
    • Trunks' hobby is tinkering with machines.[1]
    • Trunks' favorite food is convenience store bento.[1]
    • Trunks' favorite vehicle is the time machine.
  • Despite being the first one to officially kill Frieza, many characters give Goku the credit for his defeat. However, in Resurrection ‘F’, only Bulma, Goku, and Frieza himself has acknowledged Future Trunks' role, though Goku is the second one to officially kill him.
  • Future Trunks was erroneously given Super Saiyan 2 in Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2, later he is seen with ths form in Budokai 3, Infinite World, and Dragon Ball Heroes. This was years prior to it being revealed that he attained the form in Dragon Ball Super.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide, 2009
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, 2015
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named DBO
  4. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, 2013
  5. Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks, 1993
  6. Dragon Ball Z episode 147, "Time Chamber"
  7. Dragon Ball Z episode 133, "Nightmare Comes True"
  8. Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, 1993
  9. Daizenshuu 7, 1996
  10. Dragon Ball Z episode 139, "Unwelcome Discovery"
  11. Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, 2005
  12. 12.0 12.1 "`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."
  13. Trunks Compendium I, Faulconer Productions
  14. DBZ Voice Actor/Director Chris Sabat Interview, Anime News Network
  15. Card Trivia:Tyler the Great Warrior, Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki

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