- This article is about Vegeta's son. For his future counterpart, see Future Trunks. For Ranfan's husband, see Trunks (Ranfan's husband).
"I think being world champion's going to be fun."
Trunks has his grandfather's lavender hair color (blue in the manga) and his mother's blue eyes. He has his father's eye shape, facial features and tanned skin and his hair turns blond and eyes turn (pupil-less) green when he becomes a Super Saiyan. Several characters, such as Goku, Krillin and Bulma, remark how much Trunks resembles Vegeta. For the majority of the Buu Saga, Present Trunks wears a dark green gi, an orange belt, orange wristbands and the same golden boots that Future Trunks wears, he also wears this in the movie, Bio-Broly. In the events of Broly - Second Coming, Trunks wears a light green long sleeve hoodie with a black short sleeve undershirt with a red collar, indigo blue denim shorts and his golden boots from his primary outfit. He later wears Maloja's necklace. In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Trunks wears overalls and a blue undershirt with maroon wristbands. At the end of Dragon Ball Z, Trunks now wears a black long-sleeved shirt, a golden vest, dark gray pants and the same golden boots that he wore as a child. Later he wears a black sleeveless muscle shirt with a CAPSULE logo at the center of his shirt, gray pants and his boots from his childhood.
In Dragon Ball Super, Trunks wears a yellow jacket with a white undershirt, jeans, and maroon wristbands. During Bulma's birthday party, he wears a Hawaiian shirt with shorts and sunglasses.
In Dragon Ball GT, Trunks wears a black long sleeved shirt with a blue bandana, brown leather gloves, a light tan jacket, white baggy short slacks and the same golden boots that he wore as a child. During the events of Baby Saga where he was possessed by Baby until the events of the Shadow Dragon Saga, he is not seen wearing his light tan jacket. His hair is now purple instead of lavender.
As a child during the Majin Buu arc, Trunks is shown to be quite cocky and stingy just like his father, as well as mischievous, most likely due to the fact that this Trunks grew up with his father Vegeta and enjoyed the luxuries of peace, while Future Trunks grew up without Future Vegeta and in an apocalyptic world, causing him to be much more serious and cautious. Due to being the heir to Capsule Corporation and being pampered by his family, Trunks grows up to be a spoiled child. Trunks has a combination of both of his parents' personalities: cocky and proud like his father and spoiled and selfish like his mother. He refuses to respect someone he does not like, another trait he shares with his father. This is shown when he disrespects Goku when they first meet, as Trunks believes he is not as strong as his father and again when he wondered why he wasn't present when his father was killed. Later on, Trunks does gain more respect for Goku after seeing Goku's Super Saiyan 3 power in action when holding off Majin Buu. He is shown to be loving towards his parents and grandparents and will not think twice about defending his family. Trunks is very loyal towards his father and thinks highly of him despite his flaws, though this in part due to Trunks knowing nothing about Vegeta's past as a former enemy and being ignorant of Vegeta's personal conflict whether his family or superiority was more important. For example, when Trunks learned of Vegeta's death in the Majin Buu Saga, Trunks blamed Goku for being unconscious at the time even though Piccolo tried to reveal it was Vegeta responsible for the that and allowing Majin Buu's revival before Goku stopped him from doing so. Also, Trunks believes his father to be a hero and vowed to surpass him as a warrior, even though most of the Z Fighters opted to keep Vegeta's past as a villain a secret to protect Trunks from the burden of the truth. This however doesn't mean Trunks is not fearful of his father, as Trunks was taught by Vegeta to be obedient and well-mannered, and Trunks admits he is afraid of Vegeta's discipline when he misbehaves. Trunks tends to usually take control over the younger Goten, stating to him numerous times how he is both older and stronger (during childhood). He has a competitive streak and passion for fighting, another trait he inherited from his father though less aggressive than Vegeta's. He also is proud of his Saiyan heritage and comes to believe in the Saiyans are the mightiest warrior race ever known. Trunks also shares his mother's love for technology but he shows little to no interest in inheriting the family business, preferring to train rather than work, although he does so out of respect for his mother and grandfather.
In his later years, Trunks adopts a personality similar to his future counterpart's. During and in between his battles at the World Martial Arts Tournament, he acts just like his father does, calm when he fights and insulting his opponents. Though he does not act like this during his battle with Goten, because he is his best friend or due to the possibility he could lose. Despite his occasional childish antics, Trunks is highly intelligent for his age. Due to his maternal side of the family being scientists, he also possesses a significantly huge amount of knowledge about biological and science-related knowledge from a young age, as demonstrated in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly, when he correctly identifies what the Culture Tank equipment is used for at age eight, as well as correctly defining two-thirds of what biotechnology is (the only thing he was not able to answer was what genetic engineering is). Along with inheriting the scientific mind of his mother and maternal grandfather, Trunks is also shown to possess a tactical mind like his father and paternal grandfather, as demonstrated by his and Giru's deception of Dr. Myuu and his forces on planet M-2 during the Baby Saga. During the "Future" Trunks Saga Trunks showed respect towards his Future self. Soon when his Future self was sulking he approached him and berated him for moping around after one loss and thinking that he's being a coward. When his younger sister, Bulla, was born, Trunks was a bit disappointed because he wanted to have a brother to train with but he had a change of heart when he first held her and became protective of her.
Trunks is shown to have an interest in girls as he develops a crush on Mai as well his attraction to her Future counterpart. He is also shown to get jealous when she becomes infatuated ironically with his Future counterpart, though he later has the same reaction upon encountering Future Mai, though he and Mai eventually turn their attention back to each other.
"Towa really is beautiful, isn't she?"
— Trunks in Dragon Ball Fusions
In Dragon Ball Fusions, he ironically finds Towa attractive upon meeting her, though he was not the only one as Goten similarly found Towa to be beautiful. However is unaware of her villainous nature and antagonistic relationship with his future counterpart Xeno Trunks, thus is surprised by her later betrayal. Pan suspects that his interest in Towa is mainly perverted and even angrily assumes his future counterpart did something untoward (or that Trunks was the one in the wrong) that lead Towa to want revenge, even asking Trunks what he did despite Trunks not knowing as he had never encountered Towa before as Towa's encounters with his future self had occurred supposedly in the future, as both were unaware that it actually involved his future time patroller counterpart and not his older self.
Trunks is born in November of Age 766 to Vegeta and Bulma, thus making him a Saiyan and Human hybrid. He was an illegitimate child due to that he was conceived as a result of a brief affair between his parents. In his infancy, he was well-loved and doted on by his mother, but it appeared as if his father had little to no parental emotions towards the boy due to Vegeta never wanting to have children and viewing hybrids as a disgrace. However, after the end of the Cell Games, the relationship between his parents improved and they got married, and they began raising Trunks as a family.
During Trunks' childhood, he was lavished with attention by his mother and her family but Vegeta proved to be more strict in regards to Trunks' training and behavior. Trunks came to idolize his father and they developed a good relationship, despite Vegeta's frequent absences from the family and unwillingness to do certain family activities.
Dragon Ball Z
Main article: Androids Saga
Two years after Future Trunks' arrival, Trunks is born to Vegeta and Bulma. Initially, Vegeta is uninterested in his son and Trunks is cared for by Bulma and her family. Although he acknowledged the boy as his child, Vegeta rarely saw Trunks while he and the rest of the Z Fighters prepared for the battle against the androids and eventual battle with Cell, to the point Trunks would cry whenever Vegeta got close to him.
on the day of the Androids’arrival, Bulma brings Trunks with her to introduce him to the Z Fighters. Gohan and Krillin quickly assume Yamcha is the father but are shocked when Goku corrects them by saying Vegeta is the father. Bulma asks how Goku knew this because she wanted to surprise everyone and Goku lies he was guessing because Trunks looks just like Vegeta. As the Z Fighters face off against Android 19 and 20 (who is actually Dr. Gero), Bulma decides to head to the battlefield to see the Androids but to also let Vegeta see Trunks, and she forces Yajirobe to accompany her. He is terrified to get too close to the battle and threatens to throw Trunks if she do any stop but she threatens to tell Vegeta he is being mean to Trunks. During the battle with Dr. Gero, Trunks and his mother are briefly put in danger when Android 20 destroys the vehicle they were traveling in, though they are saved by Future Trunks who intervened when Vegeta failed to due to his indifference towards Bulma and their son. Piccolo reveals Future Trunks identity as his son's future counterpart to Vegeta when he referred to Future Trunks by name and later revealed Future Trunks identity to Bulma who was relieved to know that Trunks wouldn't grow up to look like his father. Gohan then takes Trunks and Bulma back to Capsule Corp. for their own safety. A couple of days later, Trunks goes with his mother to deliver the detonation device to Krillin and then heads to The Lookout while Vegeta and Future Trunks battle Cell. While waiting for Cell's broadcast for the Cell Games at home, Trunks playfully pulls his counterpart's hair, which everyone save for Future Trunks finds humorous. After Cell was defeated, Trunks is seen learning how to walk and Vegeta starts to take a more active role in raising Trunks, having come to accept him as his son after Cell killed Future Trunks during the Cell Games and this act left Vegeta enraged and guilt-ridden.
Majin Buu Saga
"I guess I'll go... super."
Seven years following Cell's defeat, Trunks takes a much larger role. Trunks is eight years old and fantastically strong for his age. He was trained by Vegeta since he learned how to walk. As a result, he was able to transform into a Super Saiyan at age 8, as well as become acclimated to the state without Vegeta's knowledge. This is first shown on-screen while he is training in a Gravity Room with Vegeta, when he cannot handle the gravity in his normal state. He then transforms out of nowhere and leaps around naturally in gravity that at first was supposedly overwhelming him. This comes as a massive shock to Vegeta considering his young age, but makes him proud to see his son becoming stronger. Vegeta asks Trunks to attack him to test Trunks' strength but when Trunks hesitates, Vegeta promises to take him to the amusement park if he landed one punch in him. Trunks succeeds but is punched down by accident and reveals he is a little stronger than Goten for being older.
On the day of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, Trunks is dismayed to be sent to the Junior Division and easily makes it all the way to the grand finals and becomes the new junior champion by defeating his best friend Goten, the second son of Goku and Chi-Chi (by becoming a Super Saiyan, firing an energy blast which knocked Goten out of the ring, and using his left arm; all three of which Trunks had agreed not to do, though Goten had cheated too and became a Super Saiyan earlier in the fight). When Trunks is set up against Mr. Satan, Satan asks him to only lightly tap in on the face, knowing how much power Trunks has. However even Trunks' light tap is enough to launch Mr. Satan out of the ring, allowing Trunks to win the match. However, the crowd thinks Mr. Satan did it deliberately to be nice to Trunks.
He convinces Goten to secretly compete in the adult division disguised as Mighty Mask, but Android 18 realizes this and blows their cover with a Destructo Disc while in the match, disqualifying them and the boys flee to avoid getting in trouble.
Shortly after Trunks learned about Majin Buu from Videl, he and Goten eagerly fly to the battlefield and find Piccolo and Krillin turned into as stone by Dabura. Trunks accidentally breaks Piccolo and, after Krillin returns to normal when Dabura is killed by Majin Buu, Trunks thinks he killed Piccolo and asks Hoten to keep it a secret from Vegeta. He is then shocked to see Piccolo is alive moments before Vegeta shows up to fight Majin Buu. Trunks cheers for his father but quickly realizes Vegeta cannot win and he tries to help his father battle the monster. As Majin Buu torments Vegeta, Trunks rushes in and saves him. Vegeta orders Trunks to escape for his own safety but Trunks wants to stay and help his father fight Majin Buu and is hugged for the first time by his father, but he and Goten are knocked out by Vegeta who blew himself up to try to destroy Majin Buu, albeit failing. The boys are taken to Kami's Lookout to take shelter from Majin Buu. When they wake up, the boys learn that Vegeta and Gohan are dead, which makes them cry as Trunks becomes upset of his father's death, and Trunks angrily asks Goku why he did not save his father. Goku tells them about the Fusion Dance to defeat Majin Buu but Trunks has doubts. Babidi makes an announcement to the world that if Goten, Trunks and Piccolo do not come out of hiding they are going to destroy more cities. The boys witness Majin Buu murder hundreds of innocent people and are determined to defeat the monster. Then Babidi announces he has learned Trunks lives in West City and intends to destroy it next, making him fear for his grandparents who are still there. Goku orders Trunks to rush to Capsule Corporation to get the Dragon Radar. Goku intercepts Babidi and Majin Buu from following Trunks and shows them the Super Saiyan 3 form. Majin Buu and Goku fight while Trunks gets the Dragon Radar. Later, Trunks returns to the Lookout with the Dragon Radar and shows Goku his respect. Then, Goku shows them the Fusion Dance and, only in the anime, shows them Super Saiyan 3. However, Goku's time on Earth is ended and he leaves Piccolo to teach the boys the rest of the Fusion Dance. Everyone on Kami's Lookout says goodbye to Goku as he leaves with Fortuneteller Baba to the Other World. Piccolo and Trunks take over teaching the Fusion Dance to the boys.
When it is time for the fusion, Trunks and Goten's first attempt fails due to Trunks making a mistake with his fingers. Their second attempt also fails when their index fingers don't touch, much to Piccolo's frustration at the failed attempts. The third attempt successfully creates Gotenks, who then rushes to fight Majin Buu but is quickly beaten. After a little training, they fuse again but due to Gotenks wasting time by playing around, they defuse before fighting Majin Buu. When Super Buu arrives at the Lookout, Trunks and Goten enter the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to train. Piccolo warns them Super Buu will enter the room in a minute, which gives them six hours in the room.
Later, Super Buu and Piccolo enter, and just before the two boys get to fuse, Super Buu punches Trunks who angrily tells him to wait. He and Goten soon fuse into Gotenks, but are not strong enough to beat him. When Gotenks pretended to be tired and low on energy, Piccolo destroys the entrance to the chamber, but Super Buu escapes and eats the remaining Z-Fighters and support on the Lookout (except Dende who was thrown off by Mr. Popo). Gotenks finally escapes, thanks to his Super Saiyan 3 transformation and, after learning Super Buu turned everyone into chocolate and ate them, Gotenks angrily vows to kill him. Gotenks fights Super Buu again, almost defeating him until they defuse right at the killing blow. Trunks and Goten witness Gohan returning from the Supreme Kai's planet with his new powers and easily overpowering Super Buu. When Super Buu escapes, the crew find Dende, picking up Mr. Satan and his dog along the way. When Super Buu asks for a rematch against Gotenks, they fuse, but Super Buu tricks them and absorbs them to become stronger. After being set free from Super Buu by the newly revived Goku and the still deceased Vegeta, Trunks is killed along with Goten, Piccolo, and Gohan when Kid Buu uses the Planet Burst attack and destroys the Earth.
Trunks is later revived by the Namekian Dragon Balls, and lends energy to Goku's Super Spirit Bomb when Vegeta makes a request for energy to all the Earthlings and its creatures. He and Goten also get a group of people to lend a hand as well. When Kid Buu is decimated, Trunks and his friends return to Kami's Lookout, soon joined by Vegeta, Goku, Mr. Buu, Dende, and Mr. Satan. He is thrilled to see his father again and runs to him with his mother, rejoicing in open arms. The peace is disrupted when Trunks spots Buu near Mr. Satan, not knowing Buu has turned to the good side. In anger, Trunks prepares an energy attack to fire, but Goku and Vegeta manages to explain the situation, and the group discuss their adventure. Trunks is later seen at a party at his home in celebration of their victory.
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Main article: Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Two year after the defeat of Kid Buu, Trunks is now at the age of 10. Trunks and his parents go to Mr. Satan's party, where they meet Tarble, who is Vegeta's brother and Trunks' uncle. Tarble tells them about two brothers who worked for Frieza, Avo and Cado. After pulling the longest radish in a contest to see who would have to fight Avo and Cado, Trunks confronts the two brothers with Goten. When Avo and Cado fuse and form Aka, Goten and Trunks performed Fusion to form Gotenks. After a brief battle, Aka starts to destroy everything, but he ends up being defeated by Goku.
Dragon Ball Super
God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Main article: God of Destruction Beerus Saga After the battle with Majin Buu, Trunks and Goten wish to give Videl a wedding present, but Goten cannot afford anything substantial. They start by getting jewelry but it is too much for Goten. Almost giving up, Trunks tells Goten what Bulma told him about cosmetics that Videl needs cosmetics to keep her skin smooth and wrinkle free. They hear from an old man in a store complaining about the prices of the cosmetics, bragging that his hot springs have water that can turn even the most wrinkled of skin as smooth as silk, with both Trunks and Goten deeming it a great gift for Videl.
After following the directions given to them by the old man, Trunks and Goten find the hot springs where the water is located, but after seeing many people already using it, they proceed to the nearest river and collect a jug's worth of water, until they are attacked by a giant snake. Dodging the snake's swift movements, Trunks and Goten protect the jug until Trunks finally defeats the snake and the two proceed to fly back to Gohan's house in order to drop off the present.
The next day, Trunks goes to a resort area with his parents for a family vacation. He was delighted to have his first family vacation with both of his parents, as Vegeta had taken time off from training to fulfill his promise to Trunks from their training prior to the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. Even though Vegeta takes off after being annoyed by the public, Trunks had a great time spending time with his parents, especially Vegeta. Trunks goes to his mother's birthday party and meets Goten there and they both go off below the deck so Trunks can show Goten the Dragon Balls. He shows him how the container, where the Dragon Balls were, worked by showing him the flaws of Bulma's inventions.
On their way back to the deck, they encounter Pilaf, Mai, and Shu on the side of Bulma's ship. Trunks and Goten rescue them and offered them for food which Pilaf declines. However, even though Pilaf declined the food offer, Trunks and Goten still brought food to Pilaf, Shu, and Mai. Trunks and Goten play games on during the party. Trunks and Goten started to play with water guns throughout the ship. While playing, Trunks shoots Beerus in the face by accident and gets him angry. Beerus decides to blow up the Earth after Majin Buu eats all the pudding, prompting the Z Fighters to fight him to stop him. Trunks and Goten fuse into Gotenks but their attacks have no effect on Beerus and is left defeated. Trunks stays in the sidelines as Vegeta fights Beerus in anger for hitting Bulma but he too is defeated. When Goku finally arrives and has Shenron explain the process of creating a Super Saiyan God, Trunks lends his energy along with Vegeta, Gohan, Goten, and the unborn Pan to Goku, transforming him into a deity. Trunks watches the battle from a distance due to having lost the ability to fly due to giving up his energy and, although Goku is defeated, Beerus decides not to blow up Earth at the moment and leaves.
Golden Frieza Saga
Main article: Golden Frieza Saga When Jaco arrives on Earth to warn Bulma of the upcoming Frieza arriving on Earth for vengeance, he and Goten come into contact into him when looks for Bulma. He then touches his skin and face to make sure they are not tights and a mask with Goten accidentally taking off one of his wireless radios on his ears. They then play around with his ship and Jaco encourages them to play which leads to them accidentally closing the hatch and crashing it into the pond resulting in them being sent to their rooms as punishment.
Later on, while the Z Fighters were fighting Frieza and his forces, Trunks and Goten were playing ball outside when they sensed Tagoma's ki and decided to join in the fight. After fighting Ginyu in Tagoma's body as Gotenks and defusing from the fusion, Trunks and Goten go hide with Bulma and Jaco. In desperate need of Goku and Vegeta as the Z Fighters are being defeated, Trunks helps Bulma and Goten summon Whis. However, when Goku and Vegeta arrive, Goku orders Trunks and Goten to go to The Lookout to tell Dende what happened and additionally, the location is too dangerous for them. Trunks refuses until Vegeta gives him a disciplinary glare that prompts Trunks to oblige.
He is killed when the planet explodes, but Whis uses his Temporal Do-Over technique to undo the damage, undoing Trunks' death in the process. After killing Frieza, Goku tells Trunks all about what happened while they were away at the Capsule Corporation. Trunks later said that he and Goten would take of Frieza next time he gets resurrected and will finish him off by slicing him in half. Everyone acts surprised because that's something that Future Trunks already did in the past but the present Trunks hasn't heard about it. He later attends the party thrown by Bulma with his friends and family.
Universe 6 Saga
Main article: Universe 6 Saga Trunks is present with his friends and family, cheering on the team of Universe 7 during the Tournament of Destroyers. Trunks is also present as Beerus and Whis use the Super Dragon Balls to summon Super Shenron, then returns to Earth.
Trunks attends the Universe 7 victory celebration with his friends and family, being told by Beerus to protect the fact that Monaka is weak as a secret from Goku. When Goku shows desperation to fight with Monaka, Goten suggests that Monaka could have the ability to "transform". Trunks then whispers something in Beerus' ear. While Goku was being distracted, Beerus dons the life-size Monaka costume created by Mr. Satan, and fights with Goku. Eventually, the battle is over, and the situation ends on a good note as Goku never realized that Monaka was an amateur and is even more motivated to train after fighting with him.
While Goten and Trunks are flying towards Capsule Corp, they notice Monaka's delivery truck, but finding out that Monaka is not present. Goten and Trunks then make their way inside the back of Monaka's truck, having fun with the items present in there. When they blow up a blow-up doll, the force calls the truck to bounce off the ground, closing the door and trapping them inside. Trunks prepares to blow the door open but does not want Monaka to get in trouble for having the truck damaged. They then wait for Monaka, who immediately climbs in his truck and flies off into space with the two boys still inside. On the way to Planet Potaufeu, Goten and Trunks are freezing in the truck due to being in outer space. Monaka then arrives to Potaufeu, and opens the back door, discovering Goten and Trunks frozen solid and manages to thaw them. Potage, the planet's only inhabitant, appears and greets Monaka, and the intergalactic criminal Gryll confronts the group with his henchmen. Goten and Trunks realize Potage is in trouble, and easily defeat the henchmen, forcing them to retreat. They later reappear, holding the key to the seal of the "Superhuman Water". Goten and Trunks prepare to take the key back, but they remain still, realizing that Monaka has been taken hostage. Goten is tied up along with Trunks and Potage, as Gryll opens the seal to the Superhuman Water. Later, Goten and Trunks are being chased, while carrying Potage and Monaka, by Gryll and his henchmen, who are now purple. Trunks is then knocked down by an attack, and is attacked again, but he is saved by the timely arrival of Vegeta and Jaco, while Vegeta deflects the attack.
Trunks witnesses Vegeta easily defeating Gryll's henchmen, and being absorbed by the "Superhuman Water" and an exact copy of him is created. Trunks is about to be absorbed by Copy-Vegeta next, but Copy-Vegeta hesitates before attacking him. He is then saved by Jaco. Trunks later retreats while carrying Potage and a drained Vegeta, while Goten carries Monaka, and Jaco also retreats. In a secure spot, Potage explains the truth about the "Superhuman Water", which is actually a weapon named Commeson, and they learn that Copy-Vegeta must be defeated in order to save Vegeta's life. Copy-Vegeta later confronts the two boys, who then fuse into Gotenks and engage in battle with him. Even as a Super Saiyan 3, Gotenks cannot deal any damage to Copy-Vegeta, and is defeated by a few blows. Fallen, Goten and Trunks are about to be finished off by Copy-Vegeta, but they are saved by Goku's timely arrival. Trunks tries to inform Goku to defeat Copy-Vegeta quickly, as he is an impostor.
Trunks watches as Goku and Copy-Vegeta fight an evenly-matched battle. As Vegeta begins to instinctively cheer for his copy to win, Trunks reminds his father of the circumstances. Both Goku and Copy-Vegeta then transform into a Super Saiyan Blue, and Trunks realizes that the fight could take too long, and asks Potage if there is another way to save Vegeta. Potage answers that if the core is crushed, the copy will become weaker. Trunks takes Potage to find the core of Commeson, which was Copy-Gryll, while Goten and Jaco accompany them. They notice that the core has left the spot where Copy-Gryll was knocked into. As the Commeson core tries to attack Goten, Trunks and Jaco blast it, which passes through it. They then run away from Commeson. Trunks tells Jaco, who is worried about a copy of him being made, that he would quickly defeat his copy. Trunks begins to notice Vegeta's ki disappearing, and rushes to his father's side. As Goku and Copy-Vegeta's battle causes a bright light and a shockwave, Commeson tries to attack Trunks from behind, but Vegeta stands in-between them as his body is disappearing. Monaka casually and nonchalantly steps on the core, which destroys it, and damages Copy-Vegeta, and Goku is able to finish him off. With Vegeta's life saved, Trunks happily hugs his father. The group then say goodbye to Potage as they teleport back to Earth, where Trunks is confronted by Bulma about sneaking onto a spacecraft.
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga
Trunks, along with Pilaf, Mai and Shu, are being taught mathematics by a private instructor at Capsule Corp. Pilaf (in a complicated manner) explains to Trunks a math equation he did not know how to solve. As they are eating lunch, Trunks sees Future Trunks' time machine land and inspects it, also noticing Future Trunks inside, beaten and unconscious. As Bulma lays Future Trunks in a bed, Trunks is confused on who he is, especially after Pilaf and the gang's assumptions on Future Trunks being his secret illegitimate brother and his parents being a part of a "scandal" as the two boys look very similar. When Bulma calls Goku and Vegeta and tells him about Future Trunks, Trunks is even more confused, as they are also referring to him as "Trunks". As Trunks asks who Future Trunks is, Bulma orders him to power up so Goku can lock onto his ki and teleport back to Earth. When Goku arrives back with Senzu Beans, Bulma feeds one to Future Trunks, and is surprised to see him suddenly wake up and attack Goku.
Trunks is later shocked when he learns that the older Trunks he is seeing is himself from the future. Future Trunks and Trunks greet each other. Trunks is later seen checking out the Time Machine with the Pilaf Gang as he is told by his future counterpart they really first met when present Trunks was a baby, to his surprise as Bulma confirms it. He later watches Goku and Future Trunks spar, cheering his other self on and being amazed when the latter actually pushes Goku back.
In the anime only, he witnesses the arrival of Goku Black and the latter's confrontation with Goku before he is sent back to the future though not before the villain destroys the time machine. He is shown to be somewhat jealous when Mai falls in love with Future Trunks. When the time machine is completely repaired, Trunks proudly exclaims that he helped. He then watches as Future Trunks, Vegeta and Goku travel to the future.
Later on, Trunks is laying outside as he is surprised to see the time machine return, with the beaten Goku, Vegeta and Future Trunks falling out of it. He calls for Bulma as he is greatly worried for his father and his condition. After the trio are given Senzu Beans, Trunks asks them if they were unable to defeat Black, he was quite shocked to learn from them that not only Future Zamasu was his ally and immortal but also transformed into a powerful Super Saiyan called Super Saiyan Rosé.
After Whis, Beerus, Supreme Kai, and Goku head to Universe 10 to check on Gowasu's current state, Trunks is seen confronting his future self asking him if he is sulking because he was defeated and despite that he is still calling himself Trunks. Future Trunks told him politely to leave him alone, Trunks begins to feel very disappointed of his future self and that because of his current state he is unable to protect Future Mai. He told him if he is frustrated and angry, he must defeat him in a battle with Trunks making the first move by punching his future self, he quickly orders Future Trunks to stand up as he is supposed to be a Saiyan. After a brief fight, Future Trunks finally realizes what his past self is trying to teach him: win no matter who the opponent is. He shakes hands with him and thanks him for bringing him back to his senses.
Suddenly, Beerus and the group arrives and informs them of Zamasu's demise and that the future should be safe, however, Future Trunks still feels uneasy about the situation and decides to head to the future to check things out. Trunks asks him the reason why he doesn't believe Beerus, Future Trunks responds that it's true he is himself from the future but the future he came from is from a different timeline. Future Trunks begins to explain how his life is different from his and that he never met his father as he was killed six months after his birth by Future Android 17 and Future Android 18 and that Future Goku also died due to a heart Virus, and that the first time he came to past he gave Goku the heart medicine so it would save him. Trunks asks him why Goku isn't alive in the future despite being saved in the past and that he learned from a book that if you change the past you change the future. Future Trunks told himself despite the world he came from and his world are the same, they become different worlds as the two of them are living a different life. Trunks feels convinced about his future self suspicions. He later bides farewell to his future self wishing him the best from the bottom of his heart.
Later, the time machine reappears, Trunks sees that everyone except Future trunks are inside the time machine, Trunks and the Pilaf Gang assumed that the future is safe. However to their shock, Bulma reveals that the future remained the same as it was with Zamasu and Black causing destruction of the cities and that Future Trunks acted as a shield so they could return to the past in order to find a plan to defeat their enemies. Upon witnessing Goku's critical injuries and his father's serious behavior, Trunks went to visit Goten who was asleep at the that time. After telling the situation to his best friend, Trunks and Goten decided to go the future in order to help his future self, but Bulma simply told them that they won't be of any help and that they should trust Goku to handle this situation. Soon after Chichi, Gohan, Piccolo and Krillin arrive at Capsule Corporation, Bulma tells everyone about the threats that are terrorizing Future Trunks' world. Upon learning about their enemies' increasing power and immortality and how they are hard to defeat in a head on battle, Piccolo suggested the use of the Evil Containment Wave to seal their enemies, which gives everyone hope as they found a way to save the future.
Trunks later sees Infinite Zamasu appear in the sky laughing manically but soon witnesses his destruction by Future Zeno. After Zamasu disappears, the time machine appears and he greets his parents before becoming infatuated by Future Mai. He soon sees Goku bring back Future Zeno to the present timeline. Later at dinner, he hears Whis tell Future Trunks about the possibility of going to a new timeline. After Bulma protests this since it would mean dealing with Zamasu again, Trunks asks if things would keep going like this. His pleas are calmed after Whis says he will go to that timeline and warn Future Beerus before he disappears due to the Supreme Kai's death and have take care of Zamasu. Trunks then bids his counterpart farewell, telling him to come by and visit as his other self agrees.
Universal Survival Saga
Trunks is at his house, telling Goten his now pregnant mother is due to give birth any day and he is excited about becoming an older brother. He asks Goten to not go training with Goku for the upcoming Tournament of Power because he is bored training with Mai, Shu, and Pilaf. Goten agrees to stay but Trunks says he can't go far because of the baby. They have a quick spar when Goku unsuccessfully asks Vegeta to participate in the Zen Exhibition Match and Trunks punches Goten who looked away to greet Goku. While recruiting members for Universe 7, Shin suggested Trunks and Goten because they have potential but Goku refuses because their rivalry would be an issue and they tend to rush into battle straightforwardly. Shortly after, Trunks is told by Vegeta to finish getting the baby's room ready. Trunks orders Goten to put the bed is different spots until Goten complains it doesn't matter where it goes. Gohan comes into the room to tell Trunks the baby has been born, much to Trunks' surprise. Because Gohan forgot to ask if the baby is a boy or girl, Goten says having a brother would mean Trunks can train with him, and Trunks favors this more. Gohan however says having a sister is fun too because she will be cute like Pan, but Trunks says he prefers training and therefore prefers a brother. When Trunks meets his sister Bulla, he is disappointed she is a girl and refuses to hold her at first but Bulma puts her in his arms. Trunks becomes soften as Bulla smiles at him and he asks Vegeta if he wants to hold her. Vegeta asks the baby to be given to him because Trunks isn't holding her properly, prompting Trunks to say Vegeta knows a lot about that. The next day, Trunks tries to change Bulla's diaper but ends up calling Vegeta for help. After Vegeta effortlessly changes the diaper, Trunks smiles and laughs with Bulla and remarks she feels better.
An hour before the tournament is scheduled to begin, Trunks questions why Frieza's picture is on the team member board. Goku tells Bulma that Trunks and Goten don't know about the tournament and Vegeta says them knowing will be a bother. Bulma lies to Trunks that everyone on the board is invited to a celebration for Bulla's birth but when Trunks points out Frieza is evil, Vegeta lies that Frieza has redeemed. Goku then asks Trunks if he wants to guard Android 17's island from poachers so 17 can attend. Trunks excitedly agrees and travels with Goten, Krillin, 18, and Marron to the island. 17 leaves with Krillin and 18 whereas Trunks stays on the island with Goten and Marron.
Peaceful World Saga
Main article: Peaceful World Saga
Ten years pass after Kid Buu's defeat, 18-year-old Trunks has a new younger sister named Bulla. He is forced by Vegeta to compete in the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. Although in the original Japanese dialogue, there is no mention of a girlfriend by Trunks, in the Funimation dub, Trunks promises Goten that he would introduce him to his girlfriend after the tournament (of which his girlfriend is also watching). He ends up being paired up with Otokosuki, who manages to startle Trunks by visually flirting with him. Trunks is not seen competing in this tournament, due to Goku and Uub's leaving the competition at the end of the series. He is seen, however, holding Pan's arm in victory over defeating Goten.
Dragon Ball GT
Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
Main article: Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
Five years later, Trunks is now 23 years old. Trunks has become the President of Capsule Corporation. Although it pays quite well (so well that he can afford his own chauffeur and servants), he does not like the job and its overwhelming responsibilities, and will often slip out the window and fly away.Forced by Vegeta, Trunks goes on a journey with Goku and Pan (who replaced Goten) in a spaceship designed by Bulma. Later, a piece of the ship falls off and Goku, Trunks, and Pan are forced to crash land on the planet Imecka to get the parts needed to repair the ship. Groups of merchants then swarm Trunks and the others to the point that they take refuge from them in the Gold Star Hotel. They then realize they are being charged every second for everything in the hotel. They escape without paying and stumble upon the house of an old couple and their children. They talk about Don Kee the ruler of the planet and how he mistreats his rule; just then his men came and repossessed the old couple's house saying they were behind payment. Goku suggests that they go and fight Don Kee but the couple says that is impossible because of his grand army. On their way back to the ship Trunks drops the Dragon Radar and it is swallowed by the small T-2006 series robot nicknamed Giru who says that he can not give the radar back to them because it is already integrated into his system. Trunks becomes furious and starts chasing after Giru.
Meanwhile, Goku notices the ship being dragged away by Don Kee's men. He tries to use Instant Transmission to teleport them to the ship but after two failed attempts realizes that he can not use it in his small body. They are forced to travel to Don Kee's palace on foot to recover their ship. Pan decides that they will use a stealth operation to recover the ship and would only result to fighting as a last resort. After briefly sneaking around, a large rock falls on Trunks' head and Giru starts making noises that alarm the guards. The guards open fire on the group. Pan jumps in the carrying car while Goku moves the ship onto the car, and Pan drives the ship out of the palace with Goku and Trunks. But while escaping, Don Kee's henchmen Gale and Sheela fire a combined Energy Wave at Goku, who deflects it back with ease towards Ledgic, Don Kee's right-hand man, who recognizes them as Saiyans.
"Man, this guy really needs to go out more."
Goku and the others escape but Trunks says they have to go back into town for more parts due to Pan's "reckless driving". Once they reach the town, everyone hides and Trunks finds the three of them on Imecka's most wanted list. While running from Don Kee's men they fall into the house of a nice old couple who offer them food after realizing Goku and company mean no harm. They say that Don Kee made it a law that no one is allowed to own a ship so that no one would escape the planet including the old couple. Pan gets fed up and convinces Goku and Trunks to go face Don Kee head on. They turn themselves in to the police and get brought to the palace. Once there, Goku, Trunks, and Pan incapacitate Gale, Sheela, and all of Don Kee's guards, and they make their way into Don Kee's throne-room. Don Kee sicks Ledgic on the fighters after capturing Pan in an energy chamber. Trunks charges at him a bit angry, but Ledgic moves too quick and takes him down. Worried, Goku tells Trunks to help Pan while he will take over. After a short fight, Goku defeats Ledgic, and the gang then takes down Don Kee, make him give everyone free rent and give them back their ships free of charge. Plus, Don Kee gives them the parts they need for free and they leave Imecka.
On planet Gelbo they find the Six-Star Ball in the hair of the princess of the village, Leena. Trunks asks for the ball but her fiancé Doma said that they were in a large problem already. The amphibian creature Zoonama would keep on terrifying the village, if they did not give him a wife. The villagers had agreed on Leena for his bride. Goku, Trunks, and Pan decide that they will help them out in exchange for the Dragon Ball and they agree. Pan comes up with the idea to disguise Trunks as Leena (it was originally Goku but he was too small, much to Trunks' dismay). Zoonama comes and takes Trunks to his lair. His wig then falls off, revealing himself. However, Zoonama thinks Trunks is a woman with short hair, calls him cute, and forgives him. Trunks gets Zoonama tipsy and Goku arrives with Pan and Doma. Doma cuts off Zoonama's left whisker with a huge pair of scissors and as he cuts off the left one Zoonama awakens in a drunken rage. He begins to wiggle his whiskers and an earthquake begins to come, but stops soon after, while Zoonama continues to wiggle his whisker. Pan realizes that he can not cause earthquakes, but only predict them. But, now he is so tipsy, that he did not realize that the quake was over. Suddenly a really big earthquake erupts and Goku and the others leave the cavern with Zoonama, because they are under a volcano that is starting to erupt because of the earthquake. Goku stops the huge volcano with a Kamehameha, saving the village and winning the Dragon Ball. Just as they are leaving the planet, Bon Para, one of the mysterious Para Brothers, arrives and takes the ball from Pan's hands using his telekinesis. In shock the three Z Fighters just watch as he leaves.
Trunks then jumps in the ship with Pan and Goku and they chase after the Para Brothers' spaceship. The brothers trick them onto the asteroid of Beehay inhabited by huge bloodthirsty worm-like creatures called Mouma. The Para Brothers escape and fly to planet Luud. They go to Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy who tells them that they have failed and that Trunks has another Dragon Ball on his ship that they failed to get and they must go retrieve it. They travel back to find Goku and the others and they get hypnotized by the Para Para Boogie until they are saved by the hungry Mouma. Pan goes aboard the Para Brothers' spaceship to find the Dragon Ball that they stole. She accidentally activates the auto-pilot and is brought to planet Luud. There she is captured and turned into a doll for the evil lord Dolltaki. Goku shows up with Trunks and kills Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy who reveals that he is actually two parts, the body and the whip which transforms into Mutchy and fights Goku. Trunks finishes Mutchy off with the Brave Cannon and saves Goku from Mutchy's whip-like arms.
Then Dolltaki turns everyone except for Trunks, himself, Goku, and Pan into dolls and feeds them to the machine deity called Luud. Dolltaki then awakens Luud who takes him and Pan inside of Luud's body to gain their energy. While Luud fights Goku and Trunks, Pan forces Dolltaki to tell her the weakness of the seemingly invincible Luud. Dolltaki reveals that Goku must strike the outside of Luud's mechanical heart while Pan strikes the inside at exactly the same time. After multiple tries, Goku and Pan finally succeed and destroyed Luud freeing all of the people. Trunks then takes back his Dragon Ball and they leave the planet.
Main article: Baby Saga
On planet Pital, Baby possesses Trunks a brief moment. Trunks drives him out by transforming into a Super Saiyan, which removes Baby from his body. In fact, Baby only wanted to place an egg in Trunks to be later activated on Earth. As a servant of Baby, Trunks along with Gohan, Goten and Bulla helps to power him up to defeat Goku on Earth. On the reconstituted New Planet Plant, he, Goten, and Gohan try to save their new lord from Uub, who seems to overpower him. However, Baby was just playing with Uub, and blasts his slaves into unconsciousness for their interference.
Trunks is the first to be cured by the Sacred Water, and after being cured, he along with Gohan and Goten help to restore the energy of Super Saiyan 4 Goku so that he can finish off Baby. Trunks appears to have inherited his mother's fascination with technology. He gets distracted by the gadgets on the hospital planet, allowing Baby to sneak up on him. This turns out to have been a plan to lure the villain into a trap however, as Goku, Trunks, and Pan could sense Baby's ki when he got excited about hunting them.
Super 17 Saga
Main article: Super 17 Saga After the defeat of Baby, Trunks sneaks away from work to see the 31st World Martial Arts Tournament. Due to the fact that it was too late for him to compete, he observes the matches along with Gohan, Videl, and Krillin. Trunks is now 24 years old.
Much afterward, Trunks is ambushed by a brainwashed Android 17. Wounded, he goes to Chi-Chi's house to warn the group. Later, Trunks joins up with Goten, Majuub, Pan, Gohan and Vegeta to fight countless villains who have escaped from Hell: Trunks saves Goten from Yakon, they then successfully defeat Android 19. With Majuub, they successfully defeat an invasion of Saibamen. Trunks then joins the fight against Super 17, but is unable to defeat him even with the help of Gohan, Goten, Majuub, and his father Vegeta. Eventually, Super 17 is defeated by Goku (who was previously trapped in Hell) with the help of Android 18. Trunks is then taken back to Capsule Corporation by his father to recover from his injuries. After repairing Giru, they search for the Dragon Balls on Earth to repair all the damage caused on the planet.
Shadow Dragon Saga
Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga
When Black Smoke Shenron rises from the Dragon Balls to the Z Fighters, Trunks is shown attempting to calm his mother after Old Kai claimed she was responsible for Black Smoke Shenron's existence. Later, against Syn Shenron, Trunks tries to restore Goku's energy once again along with Goten and Gohan. After the dragon transforms into Omega Shenron and Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta suggests he and Goku fuse to defeat him, Trunks along with Gohan, Goten and Majuub tries to hold off Omega long enough for Goku and Vegeta to fuse. Trunks is the last person to stall Omega by performing an Explosive Wave to distract the dragon while Goku and Vegeta perform the Fusion Dance. They are successful and Goku and Vegeta form Gogeta, however Gogeta defuses before he can finish Omega off.
Later on when Goku is presumed dead by Omega Shenron, Vegeta decides the Earth's best bet is for him to try and defeat Omega Shenron while everyone else escapes. Before sending them off, Vegeta requests that Goten, Gohan, Trunks continue the fight if he fails. The three half-Saiyans say goodbye to their families and decide to go back to help Vegeta in the fight but they are all easily defeated. However they do succeed in distracting Omega long enough for Goku to charge his Universal Spirit Bomb which destroys the Shadow Dragon. Trunks is last seen telling Pan that the Dragon Balls will come back after the Earthlings have proven they can take care without them.
Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound
Trunks is also seen as a baby in this movie, being held by Bulma while they watch the Intergalactic World Tournament.
Broly - Second Coming
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming
"I don't really care if you are an almighty Super Saiyan... you're still a jerk!"
Trunks takes one of the main roles as he and Goten battle the awoken, enraged Broly. Despite putting up an impressively decent fight against Broly in his Super Saiyan form, Trunks is eventually defeated along with Goten, only to be saved by Gohan. The two learn from Gohan about his dealings with Broly and how he was thought to have been defeated seven years ago by Goku.
During the final struggle, Trunks plays a small but important role: using the last of his strength, he throws an energy blast that blocks Legendary Super Saiyan Broly from powering up his Omega Blaster, allowing Goten, Gohan, and Goku to defeat the fiendish warrior with the Family Kamehameha.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly
Trunks and Goten once again team up to battle the cloned version of Broly, Bio-Broly. The two young Super Saiyans and Krillin eventually defeat the clone by using the ocean water to dissolve him and a Multiple Kamehameha, finally putting an end to the monstrous Saiyan.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
Wrath of the Dragon
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon Trunks befriends the hero named Tapion. Later in the battle against Hirudegarn Trunks fuses with Goten to form a Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, who manages to hurt the monster using Continuous Die Die Missile. Soon after, Hirudegarn attacks Gotenks so hard it causes him to split in two. Later Trunks assists Goku in attacking the monster, by slicing his tail using a sword. Once Goku defeats the evil monster Hirudegarn, Tapion gives Trunks his sword, even saying it was always meant for him, (in reference to Future Trunks' swordsmanship). This sword is then later seen in the opening of Dragon Ball GT, but it was never used in any episodes.
Battle of Gods
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
Four years after Kid Buu's defeat, Trunks is at his mother's birthday party with his family and friends. When the Pilaf Gang turned into children sneak into the party in order to steal the Dragon Balls, Trunks develops a crush on Mai and claims that she is his girlfriend just to boast to Goten. Everyone takes it seriously and Mai gets shy. Soon, Trunks and Goten fuse into Gotenks to battle the God of Destruction Beerus along with the other Z Fighters, but he is easily defeated. Later, Trunks and the other Saiyans help Goku to reach the Super Saiyan God form. Sometime later that day, Bulma's party is continued and Trunks and Mai are in a tree.
Other Dragon Ball stories
During the search for the Dragon Balls in the Majin Buu Saga, Trunks goes to the Thieves Den to obtain a Dragon Ball, disguising himself as a bandit using a bandanna, however a monkey steals the bandanna and so Trunks is forced to fight his way out, defeating the Bandit King. Trunks then goes to Pilaf's Castle to retrieve another ball, encountering Pilaf - who sends his guardian to deal with the intruder, however Trunks defeats it and takes the Dragon Ball. Trunks and Goten then go to the Mega-Fortress XJ-5 and defeat the Warlord to obtain his Dragon Ball, leaving as the fortress self-destructs. Trunks then heads to the Kyodai Pyramid, saves Dr. Challenger's men from the undead horde and defeats Pharaoh Totenhotep, he is then gifted a Dragon Ball by Challenger.
- Manga and Anime
Trunks was able to achieve the Super Saiyan form much earlier than his father. Due to a combination of his Saiyan heritage and having trained under his father Vegeta at an early age, Trunks was a capable fighter. He continuously trains with his father, Vegeta, in the Gravity Room because Vegeta wants Trunks to be stronger than Goten. While preparing for the 25th World Martial Arts tournament, training under 100 times gravity is challenging for Trunks. However, when he transforms into a Super Saiyan, he is able to move easily in the Gravity Room.
At the age of eight, he became the Junior Division Champion of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament following his defeat of Goten (won by cheating). Due to his strong friendship and friendly rivalry with Goten, both are shown to work well as a team, this made him and Goten ideal candidates for learning the Fusion Dance. In the anime, after training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for a week and managing to have Gotenks achieve Super Saiyan 3, Trunks states that he and Goten have become more than twice as strong as before.
However, it was too dangerous for Trunks (as well as Goten) to confront villains such as Majin Buu without either the assistance of the other Z Fighters and/or the use of the Fusion Dance to turn into the mighty Gotenks. When peace came after defeating Kid Buu, Trunks stopped training.
In Dragon Ball Super, Trunks only fought with Goten or fused with him, due to the extreme gap in power between himself and their enemies. Despite being fused as Gotenks, the duo often were overpowered by foes such as Beerus and Duplicate Vegeta, although they were able to damage Tagoma and were able to interest the newly revived Frieza. After meeting his future counterpart, Trunks attempts to re motivate him by insulting him and attacking him as a Super Saiyan. While the fight was unseen, we are able to see post battle Trunks even as a Super Saiyan was not even a remote challenge for Future Trunks, who appeared no worse for wear while Trunks himself was completely exhausted.
In Dragon Ball GT at the start of the series it is stated that Trunks has not been training seriously. in the Black Star Dragon Ball Saga he is shown to be stronger than Pan in even his base form. He is able to kill Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy in his Super Saiyan form. He is also able to somewhat keep up with Goku against Luud. Trunks is also stated by Pan to be the second strongest on Earth (though he corrects her by saying Gohan, Piccolo & his father are stronger than him.) Dr. Myuu is interested in Trunks' power, and remarks that he'd make a fine Machine Mutant.
When the Baby Saga rolls around, Trunks remains superior to Pan. When Goku states that Rilldo is stronger than Majin Buu, Trunks states that he is getting riled up, excited to fight him (However he does not, because of the plan he and Giru came up with in order to get the Dragon Balls back.) Goku also remarks that he found it strange that Trunks was beaten so easily, which gave away his plan to Goku. He is later shown to be much stronger than infant Baby and was too strong for Baby to control. Baby even went as far as to describe his power as "bottomless". When he attacks Golden Great Ape Baby, the latter now finds his power sad (due to the now massive gap).
During the Super 17 Saga of Dragon Ball GT, in his base form Trunks is strong enough to defeat Yakon with a single ki blast and can easily destroy Android 19 when he and Goten fire a combined ki blast at him (record granted that these villains are comparatively much weaker now since they've been dead for years). Trunks also possesses sword skills, as shown when he wields the Brave Sword as an adult in Dragon Ball GT.
However, detouring away from his training (instead focusing more on running Capsule Corp), during the 5 years after the 28th tournament Trunks was unable to catch up to his father, Goku, or Gohan, and remains on par with Goten who also didn't fully dedicate to training. Despite his power disadvantage he is always eager to fight to defend the Earth or his friends.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, in an altered history of the Super 17 Saga, Trunks' fight with a powered up Nappa proved to be difficult even in his Super Saiyan form with aid of the Future Warrior proving that while Nappa was significantly weaker (despite unseen training conditions), Trunks was almost overpowered by the Saiyan general due to his lack of training.
In Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Trunks and Goten are able to take on Abo and Kado who are the same rank as the Ginyu Force and a power of 530,000, similar to Frieza.
- Video games
In the Adventure Mode taking place after GT it is noted that it would be impossible for GT Trunks to defeat Frieza (from the Battle of Namek) or Cell (from the Cell Games), and that Pan was catching up to him in power, when fighting as a Super Saiyan he is completely outmatched by base Goku - who defeats him using just one tenth of his power - with Trunks being in such an awe of 10% power Goku that he notes he is on a whole other level.
Inspired by Gohan's book Groundbreaking Science, in Age 805 Trunks along with his best friend Goten became the founders of the Kikoukenjutsu Sword Style and through intense training Trunks developed his natural potential as a master swordsman alongside Goten, leading to the foundation of the Kikoukenjutsu Sword School. In Age 820, at the age of 54 both he and Goten (age 53) used their school's sword-based style to defeated an army Jigglers during an invasion of Earth by the remnants of the Galactic Frieza Army following the death of Mr. Satan.
- Statements by author's and guidebooks
This statement is made in the Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files volume
- Flight – The ability to fly using ki.
- Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
- Ki Sense – Trunks can sense life energy.
- Rapid Movement - Due to the Gravity training with his father, Trunks is quite skilled at using Rapid Movement and often uses it in conjunction with rush techniques to confuse his opponents and attack them when their guard is down. Used as part of his Vision Smash & Victory Rush techniques.
- Vision Smash – Trunks punches the enemy in the face and uses Rapid Movement to get behind to kick them in the back. Used against Goten at the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament.
- Victory Rush - A powerful rush technique where Trunks uses Rapid Movement to attack to opponent in a hit-and-run like fashion, before dealing an Axe Kick to the opponent knocking them downwards. GT Trunks' Ultimate Skill in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
- Back Flip - Kid Trunks signature attack in the Raging Blast series.
- Double Buster – A Full Power Energy Wave used against Goten in the World Martial Arts Tournament. It is the first energy attack Kid Trunks used in the series.
- Final Cannon – Trunks' High Speed Rush technique. Named in the Budokai series and Dragon Ball Heroes, and also used in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. It is named Sonic Punch in Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 3, where he performs six light punches at an extremely rapid pace.
- Big Tree Cannon – This attack is similar to Vegeta's Final Flash, though scaled down in power. Trunks first performed it as Mighty Mask while fighting Android 18. Named in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Energy Burst – Trunks first used this Full Power Energy Barrage Wave technique against Broly in Broly - Second Coming. Also used in the Butōden video game series, the Budokai series, and the Budokai Tenkaichi series. Named in the Budokai series, where it is also one of Future Trunks' techniques. In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, it appears under the name Consecutive Energy Blast and is one of Kid Trunks' Super Skills.
- Kamehameha – Trunks never displays the knowledge of how to use this attack in the original manga series, however he displays this skill in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly, and later in Dragon Ball GT. Trunks most likely learned the attack from watching Goten or Gohan using it or by shared knowledge during his time fused with Goten as Gotenks. The Legacy of Goku series gives him his own unique version of Kamehameha, called Flame Kamehameha, where Trunks fires a Kamehameha-like wave composed of fire, and flails it around like a whip. Trunks uses this move in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse as Trunks (GT).
- Super Kamehameha – Trunks can use the fully-powered version of the Kamehameha as one of Kid Trunks' Ultimate Skills in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
- Friend Kamehameha – A Kamehameha attack used by Goten and Trunks in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Bio Broly, in an effort to destroy Bio-Broly before he was released from the Bio-Chamber.
- Fusion Dance – The ability for two beings to become one. Trunks performs this ability many times with his friend, Goten, temporarily creating the being Gotenks.
- Brave Cannon – A pure white energy sphere he used to kill Mutchy in Dragon Ball GT.
- Buster Cannon – Trunks gathers energy in each of his hands and forms it into a large ball, pulls it back and fires at the opponent. Used against Baby on planet Pital, as well as in the Butōden series and Budokai series.
- Burning Storm – A one hand fired energy attack. Used against Baby on planet Pital.
- God Breaker – A yellow energy wave he used during the Super 17 Saga to attack the villains escaped from Hell. It is one of GT Trunks' Super Skills in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
- Meteor Blow – A physical rush technique. One of GT Trunks' Super Skills in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
- Double Strike – A combined downward kick used in conjunction with Goten. Used in Dragon Ball GT, and named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Kikoukenjutsu Sword Style – Trunks and Goten founded this sword style and many of its techniques (which are seen in Dragon Ball Online).
- High Strike – The slash used by Future Trunks to cut Mecha Frieza in half. Using the Brave Sword, Trunks uses a similar move to cut off Hirudegarn's tail in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon.
- Burning Slash - A rapid sword slashing technique followed by a Ki Blast. Originally used by his counterpart Future Trunks. It appears as one of GT Trunks' Super Skills in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse. GT Trunks uses Tapion's Brave Sword when preforming the technique.
- Jump Kick Trunks – Trunks jumps forward and spin kicks the opponent, hitting them up to three times. Used in Super Butōden 3.
- Saulting Kick – Trunks performs a backflip, kicking the opponent as he flips. Used in Super Butōden 3.
- Kakusan Energy Dan – Trunks lets out three ki blasts all at once, one hovering over the other. Used in Super Butōden 3, where it is also one of Future Trunks' techniques.
- Spirit Rush – Trunks' meteor attack in Super Butōden 3. He flips upside-down and kicks the opponent in the head numerous times, and then he knocks them flat with a Big Tree Cannon.
- Super Elbow Smash – A dashing elbow smash used in the Butōden series.
- Reverse Tornado – A turn around kick used in the Butōden series.
- Pointed Charge – A dashing jumping kick used in the Butōden series.
- Lightning Kick – A seven hits kick attack used in the Butōden series.
- Big Bang Attack – An energy sphere attack that is his father's signature attack. It is one of his super attacks in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 and Dragon Ball Z: Shin Butōden.
- Meteo Ki Crash – Trunks' meteor attack in Ultimate Battle 22. Also used by Goten.
- Finish Buster – One of Trunks' techniques in several video games. Originally used by his future version
- Burning Attack – Trunks moves his arms quickly in a specific pattern, then brings his fingers together, making a diamond shape with his index fingers and thumbs, and fires a yellow energy sphere. This was first used by Future Trunks. Current timeline Trunks performs it in the video games Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors, Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, and Dragon Ball GT: Transformation and in Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout as GT Trunks.
- Chain Destructo Disc Barrage – An Ultimate Skill exclusive to Infected GT Trunks in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse in the Time Patrol mission: "Wake Up, Other Trunks!".
- Dancing Parapara - A hypnotic dancing technique used by the Para Brothers that Trunks once fell victim to along with Pan and Goku. One of GT Trunks' Super Skills in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
- Blast Attack – Trunks kicks the opponent up in the air, and then he kicks and punches them down again. Used in the Budokai series, where it is also one of Future Trunks' techniques.
- Grand Impulse – Trunks grabs and kicks his opponent up in the air. Used in the Budokai series.
- Afterimage Technique – One of Trunks' Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Finish Sign – One of Trunks' Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Explosive Wave – Trunks charges up his whole body with energy and then releases that energy into a giant explosion to cause serious damage to any opponents caught inside the explosion. He uses this attack to try to stop Omega Shenron so his father and Goku can do the fusion. One of Super Saiyan Trunks' Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. Kid Trunks' Evasive Skill in his 2nd skillset in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
- Power Stance – A fighting stance. Used in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Super Unyielding Spirit – One of Super Saiyan Trunks' Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- High Tension Turn - Trunks preforms a backflip then suddenly charges forward to deliver a charging punch. Kid Trunks' Evasive Skill in his 1st skillset in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
- Armored Boost - Trunks flies around protected by orange aura. Functions as GT Trunks' Evasive Skill in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
- Villainous Mode – Trunks is given the Villainous Mode power up in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse. While using this power up his eyes glow red, and he gains a purple and black aura.
- Galick Gun - An attack Trunks uses in Dragon Ball Fusions, he might have learned it from Vegeta.
Super Saiyan Main article: Super Saiyan
Trunks gains the power to become a Super Saiyan at a very young age. He was capable transforming before his first appearance onscreen during his training with his father, Vegeta, while they are preparing for the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament by training inside a gravity chamber; the Super Saiyan transformation allows Trunks to withstand, and easily run around at 150 times the gravity of Earth, which he was barely able to walk around before transforming. He briefly uses the Super Saiyan form to fight Goten during the Grand Finals of Junior Division, and he uses it several more times during battles in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. Trunks uses the form in Dragon Ball Super as well but seldomly fights due to the extreme gap in power between himself and the foes, often fusing with Goten instead. Trunks only uses this form in an unseen fight with his Future counterpart but is assumed to have been badly beaten and he is virtually exhausted upon seeing him post battle while his Future counterpart is perfectly fine.
In the game Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout, Trunks is referred to as Super Trunks in this form.
Mighty Mask Main article: Mighty Mask Not an actual form, Mighty Mask is Goten and Trunks working together whilst wearing the costume of the fighter Mighty Mask. This "form" is playable in Dragon Ball Heroes in both base and Super Saiyan.
During the events of Dragon Ball GT, Trunks is temporarily possessed by Baby along with Gohan, Goten and Bulla, and then later by a regular Tuffle parasite. This state appears for the first time as a playable character in Dragon Ball Heroes, as both base and Super Saiyan forms.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, infected Trunks appears in his Super Saiyan form as an enemy during the first GT Saga, and is also under the influence of Demigra's Dark Magic.
Super Saiyan Third Grade Main article: Super Saiyan Third Grade Trunks possess this form in Cooler's scenario during Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, due to being identical to his future counterpart in this scenario.
Super Saiyan 3 Main article: Super Saiyan 3
Like Future Trunks, present Trunks has this form as an adult in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced in the first mission of the Galaxy Mission series (GM1). He also appears in this form in the spin-off manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission.
Strongest Form 1 Main article: Strongest Form 1
In this form, Super Saiyan Trunks is possessed by the Tuffle parasite Baby, which results in him being transformed directly in the Strongest Form 1. This form makes his debut in Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced in the sixth mission of the God Mission series (GDM6).
Gotenks Main article: Gotenks
Gotenks is the fusion created when Trunks and Goten perform the Fusion Dance. Gotenks' power far surpasses either of the fighters' individual strengths, as he attains not only the Super Saiyan form, but also the Super Saiyan 3 form. Trunks and Goten are capable of fusing into Gotenks within 0.05 seconds. They use the technique several times as kids. As young adults, in Dragon Ball GT, Trunks and Goten are tempted to fuse into Gotenks to try and help their fathers but are told not to by Gohan. The Fused Warrior Gotenks shares both Trunks and Goten's playfulness as well as their special attacks and new moves that Goten and Trunks do not have, such as Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack as well as Galactic Donut or Charging Ultra Buu Buu Volleyball. The Adult version of Gotenks featured in Dragon Ball Heroes has a new super attack called Burning Kamehameha.
Incorrect Style Fusions Main article: Failed Fusions EX Gohanks Main article: EX Gohanks EX Gohanks is the fusion of Kid Trunks and Teen Gohan created via EX-Fusion that was introduced in Dragon Ball Fusions. He is the EX-Fusion and main timeline counterpart of Future Gohanks, the fusion of Future Gohan and Future Trunks.
EX Trunks Main article: EX Trunks EX Trunks is the fusion of Kid Trunks and Future Trunks created via EX-Fusion that was introduced in Dragon Ball Fusions. Like Fused Zamasu, he is a fusion of alternate timeline counterparts.
Ultra Fusion Main article: Ultra Fusion
By using the Five-Way Fusion technique developed by the Ginyu Force, Kid Trunks can fuse with Goten, Kid Goku, Pan, and Tekka to create a powerful fusion called an Ultra Fusion which appears in Dragon Ball Fusions. The Ultra Fusion's race (Saiyan, Earthling, Alien, Offworlder, or Namekian), gender, and voice are determined by the one who initiates the fusion. If initiated by Trunks or Goten the Fusion will take the form of a Male Earthling (all Saiyan/Earthling hybrids are classified as Earthlings in Dragon Ball Fusions). If initiated by Pan or Female Earthling Tekka the result will be a female Earthling. If initiated by Kid Goku, the result will be a Male Saiyan. Outside the main story, Kid Trunks can perform the fusion with any 4 member of Tekka's Team.
Appearances in other media
Trunks has appeared in eye drops commercials and Dragon Ball Z school supply commercials, which is a part of the Dragon Ball series' good influence on education and is one of their reach outs.
In music, the song "Chīsa na Senshi~Goten to Trunks no Theme~" by Shin Oya focuses on both Trunks and Goten.
It is revealed in the MMORPG Dragon Ball Online that Trunks and Goten open their own martial arts school based on swords in Age 805, the Kikoukenjutsu Sword School. The school teaches the principle of channeling ki energy through swords to increase strike power. Their discipline has become one of the most praised disciplines on Earth as of Age 1000. Trunks has shown interest in swords since he was young, as in Age 774 (in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon), a hero named Tapion gave his sword to Trunks. Trunks and Goten's Kikoukenjutsu Sword School help in defeating the remnants of the Galactic Frieza Army who attacked Earth in Age 820.
Trunks appears in the following video games:
- Trunks' grandfather, Dr. Brief, made him a toy that looks like the time machine Future Trunks arrived in. He also had a Goku doll.
- His unusual name comes from the running joke of his family members all being named after various undergarments, though these are downplayed in the English anime, and the word "trunks" can have several meanings, such as plural for tree trunk (interestingly enough, he uses an attack called Big Tree Cannon). The English dub of Dragon Ball Z has his name as Trunks Brief while the Dragon Ball GT dub identifies him as Mr. Brief during Trunks appearances as President of Capsule Corp. Bulma does actually refer to him by this full name in the anime.
- As mentioned before, Trunks inherited both Vegeta's egotistical attitude and his father's low opinion of Goku, as seen when Goku arrives on Earth for his one-day revival pass granted by Fortuneteller Baba, where he and Vegeta look upon the emotional scene of Goku reunites with his friends and family and meets Goten for the first time with total indifference. While believing his father to be the best, Trunks does respect Goku as a warrior after witnessing his Super Saiyan 3 transformation, and in Wrath of the Dragon, is shown to express genuine concern for Goku's well-being after he is crushed in between Hirudegarn's hands.
- In Bio-Broly, Trunks admits to having a "problem" with dogs.
- Trunks' hair whilst a Super Saiyan varies multiple times throughout the series, movies, and video games. In Dragon Ball Super his hair as a Super Saiyan goes through an extreme change, standing up on end resembling Gohan's super saiyan hair, complete with the large hair lock.
- Trunks is the only half/pure-blooded Saiyan who doesn't have jet-black hair that can go Super Saiyan.
- Trunks is the first child of Bulma to be voiced by Bulma's seiyū Hiromi Tsuru who voices Trunks as a baby, the second being his sister Bulla in both DBZ and GT (as well as video games).
- In Dragon Ball GT and video games, Trunks knows many techniques originally used by his alternate timeline counterpart (Burning Storm, God Breaker, etc.).
- Trunks' hobby is playing video games.
- Trunks' favorite food is yakiniku.
- Trunks' favorite vehicle is a sports air car.
- Because Vegeta is the Saiyan prince, this technically makes Trunks a prince as well (he is even referred to as "Prince Trunks" at one point) but this is never mentioned in the Dragon Ball franchise.
- A major inconsistency throughout the franchise follows Trunks' hair color, often changing in a variety tone of purples. blues and, in his Super Saiyan Third Grade state, red (with his eyes also being pink). This for years had lead many fans was confusing to much of the fans, with some in attribute to the new design in Super, making up theories.
- This was due to Toriyama's oblivious intents. In an interview stated in the Daizenshuu 1, Toriyama quoted "Yeah that's right, I don't do it consciously. When I'm applying the color, "It was more or less this color". However, with people that I've already drawn in color before. I generally don't go back and check, so sometimes I end up using different colors than I did before. (laughs)"
- Trunks was born in Age 766, however despite this was born the year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac. Trunks has shown several characteristics of this zodiac sign throughout Z, Super and GT.
- In Trunks he has shown to be very independent, often going out on his own without the need of his parents and uses his skills to solve most practical problems. Like his father, Vegeta he is endowed with promising efforts of achievement (this being seen in and out of combat) and normally endures most situations or the individuals that surround him.
- Trunks is easily upright, kind at heart, and easygoing as a child, significant traits see in most individuals born under year of the Horse, and as such Trunks often helps with such things like, caring for Bra as an infant, educating Goten, etc., but his direct personality, occasionally when insulting Goten, is also another keynote to the Zodiac sign's traits.
- Like his sister, Trunks takes great fond over his father doting to the close relationship that the Horse and Ram attribute in the Chinese zodiac. However unlike his father he often lacks the persistent drive most Saiyans inherit, this coinciding to the zodiac sign again, however in Super, Trunks has become slightly more determined since then.
- Whilst the horse being his zodiac sign, Trunks does inherit some of his personality from the snake, being relatively smart.
- It is doted from Trunks close interactions with Piccolo, Piccolo's being the dragon, in the Buu Saga that his zodiac was supposed to be the Snake
Main article: Trunks/Gallery
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide, 2009
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy, 1997
- ↑ Dragon Ball Online, 2010
- ↑ Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, 2013
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
- ↑ Daizenshuu 7, 1996
- ↑ Dragon Ball Xenoverse, GT Pack 1 DLC
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 207, "Take Flight, Videl"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, 2006
- ↑ Chīsa na Senshi~Goten to Trunks no Theme~ in Dragon Power single by Hironobu Kageyama (1994), Shin Oya, CD case published by Forte Music Entertainment, FMDC-514, Japan
- ↑ Geekdom101 Why is Future Trunks Hair Blue In Dragon Ball Super?
- ↑ TravelChinaGuide Year of the Horse
- ↑ TravelChinaGuide Year of the Snake
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