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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..."

-"The Mysterious Youth"}}

Future Trunks, or Trunks of the Future (未来のトランクス, Mirai no Torankusu) is a fictional character in the manga Dragon Ball and the anime Dragon Ball Z. He is the Human-Saiyan hybrid son of Vegeta and Bulma from the 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 the exact same lives as their counterparts until the point at which the two timelines diverge, three years before the androids).

"Mirai" is the Japanese Kanji name for 'future'. Trunks's Japanese voice actor is Takeshi Kusao. In the English dub, he is voiced by Eric Vale. In the Filipino, Hiligaynon & Visayan dub, he is voiced by Bernie Malejana. In the Latin American dub, he's voiced by Sergio Bonilla and Óscar Flores (Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan).

This is the first Trunks that the readers and/or viewers ever see in the Dragon Ball manga (the section he is in is titled Dragon Ball Z in North America) and the Dragon Ball Z anime. Trained by the alternate timeline's Gohan, Future Trunks travels through time to seek help from Goku to prevent the Androids from ravaging the world, like they did in his dark future. Future Trunks is a loyal and uncompromising warrior, and can be slightly cocky at times. He inherited his mentor's do-or-die attitude, as well as his father's brash confidence (though he displayed less of it at different times; it was most on display in his fight against Frieza). He wields a sword of unknown origin and wears a Capsule Corporation jacket.

OverviewEdit

PersonalityEdit

Future Trunks, having never met his father or grew up under his influence, combined with the fact that he grew up in an apocalyptic world, is very cautious and serious, unlike his main timeline counterpart, who had a personality very similar to his father's. Future Trunks feared the Androids, panicking at the introduction of Android 16,and before going back in time, was very respectful to everyone, especially his mother and master.

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 won't (although he's 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 Super Saiyan 3rd Grade - 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. He is also the only full or half-Saiyan that doesn't display a voracious appetite at some point during the series, with the exception of the History of Trunks special, when he imitates his mentor Gohan's eating habit.

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. After returning to his timeline to defeat the androids, he is never seen in the series again. In Dragon Ball Z Movie 9 while talking to Chi-Chi, Bulma states that Future Trunks came back to the past one last time to enter the World Tournament. In an interview with Akira Toriyama when asked by a Trunks fan what had happened to Future Trunks and the Majin Buu of his timeline, he stated that he didn't realize that the series was going to continue past the Cell Saga, and that it was supposed to be the final chapter in the Dragon Ball series. However, due to overwhelming demand from Japanese fans, he continued the series.

AppearanceEdit

Like Goku, Future Trunks is muscular, yet a bit taller (after his training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber) and more slender. He has blue eyes and straight, light purple hair due to his maternal side. From his first appearance to the time he enters the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Future Trunks' hair is cut short, only reaching the middle of his ears. From his exit of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber through the Cell Games, his hair is long, reaching his shoulders, due to a year of having to cut it himself. However, Bulma cuts it again before he goes back to his timeline. Future Trunks gains his facial features and his light tan skin color from his paternal side.

Throughout Future Trunks' appearances, he is usually seen wearing golden boots, black pants, a black sleeveless shirt, and an indigo Capsule Corporation jacket. (Although his jacket is a light blue color in The History of Trunks.) He also wears clothing identical to his father's, a blue skin-tight jumpsuit, white gloves, white boots with yellow tips, and Saiyan Armor. Like most other Saiyan-Human hybrids in the series, he has never been seen with a tail.

DifferencesEdit

Due to living in such a bleak and dangerous future, Future Trunks is much 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, who he is closer to with than Trunks and Gohan, although the present time-line Trunks had Goten as his best friend, while Future Trunks didn't have any close friends.

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, and Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors. In Budokai 3, as well as in 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. 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.

BiographyEdit

Future Trunks TimelineEdit

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Future Trunks was born in 766 A.D. and is from an alternate future 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 by them during their spree of destruction. In this future, Future Gohan and Future Trunks are weaker versions of themselves without the training of the experienced Z Fighters later on.

In this timeline, Goku dies of a heart virus six months before the Androids arrive, leaving the Z Fighters without one of their greatest heroes. Trunks' father Earth and all of the heroes of Earth (except 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 Trunks' mentor and trains him in everything he knows. He 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 became a Super Saiyan)


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Gohan and teenage Trunks face the Androids in battle where Trunks, in his inexperience, is cornered by Android 18. Gohan is forced to sacrifice himself to save Trunks, losing his arm in the process which only further demoralizes Trunks and causes his confidence to fall. Trunks tries repeatedly to attain Super Saiyan during training but still struggles with it, unlike his alternate-timeline self who attains it at a much younger age and with relative ease.

Later 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, being stronger than each individually (only in the anime; Gohan initially lost against a #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 armless Gohan in his normal state, until his training for the next 3 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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After another close escape, Bulma reveals her time machine to Trunks, 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. When he finally meets his father in the past, he 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 blew up the capsule plane, forcing Trunks to save his present counterpart and his mother, instead.

Having lived in an age of apocalyptic terror, Future Trunks had to go through intense training that made him stronger in the end than his alternate-self in the main Dragon Ball Z timeline, who lived in an age of peace with the Androids and Cell defeated, though this counterpart seen in the main timeline is able to naturally transform and wield far greater power than Trunks had as a teenager whilst only 8 years old, enough to hit Super Saiyan Vegeta in the face, in the Buu arc.

Every time Future Trunks travels into the past, he creates a different timelines, each one unaffected by different outcomes, which is why he didn't go back in time and destroy the Androids before they were activated by Dr. Gero, for it would simply create an alternate timeline and would not affect his own. The time machine he travels in was also low in power, so he would have been stuck in the past forever. This also means that if Goku told Bulma or Vegeta that they were going to have a son together around the time of his first time-travel and before Bulma stopped dating Yamcha, it would have no difference to his existence whether Bulma and Vegeta decided to have a child together or not.

Time travelEdit

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In 784 A.D., Trunks travels back in time 20 years, in order to warn Goku about the android threat in the 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. Trunks, then seventeen years old, did not look like much of a threat to Frieza, and he freely told him so. Frieza was then given three opportunities to kill Trunks, but the young Super Saiyan was able to block and dodge the attacks with ease (and kill all the minions he had brought to Earth with his father) to great frustration of Frieza. Frieza then turns angry and fires his a large orange sun-like energy ball (the same attack he used to blow up Planet Vegeta) 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). Trunks then easily remains unscathed and performs what he calls his Burning Attack to have Frieza dodge the blast, which is followed up by his sword (Shining Sword Attack). Frieza, cut in half, was completely destroyed by being hacked to bloody bits and then blown to dust in an instant, and was soon followed by his arrogant father King Cold. Trunks later finds out, to his chagrin, that he interfered with the timeline unnecessarily. Goku, although miles away in space, was prepared to step in using his Instant Transmission technique (just as he did in Trunks' original timeline) when Future Trunks showed up, and killed Frieza himself.


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Trunks 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 it, however Piccolo's sensitive Namekian ears pick up the conversation and 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.

The Androids and CellEdit

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 #19. Vegeta then saves Goku, telling Yamcha to take him home and cure him with his medication, and reveals his new Super Saiyan form, killing #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 (from his detached head) 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 (in reality, Dr. Gero) 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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Because Future 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, the weakest of the three, by herself is able to even easily take down Super Saiyan Vegeta and Trunks together. Vegeta attempts to fight Android 18 but is no match, so Trunks rushes to his father's aid but is smashed down by #17; when Trunks rises again to attack #18, she breaks his sword and throws him at Vegeta.

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. Because the androids and Cell are superior in strength to any of the fighters, the heroes go to train again, this time in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.

When Vegeta and Trunks train in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber together, Trunks believes he surpasses Vegeta in power (though he fails to see the reason why Vegeta stops increasing his maximum power at the time) by ascending further to the Ultra Super Saiyan 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 didn't ascend.

Trunks had managed to reach what is known as Ultra Super Saiyan, where the Saiyan is still a Super Saiyan, but has greatly augmented their physical strength from even the Ascended Super Saiyan 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 was at the very least just as strong as Trunks (most likely even stronger, based on his attitude and taking Trunks' full power Buster Cannon blast without harm) and 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.

(Incidentally, Goku came to the same conclusion as Vegeta when he and Gohan were training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, and hence stopped his training as well, but Gohan at first failed to spot the weakness and thought that it would give him the power to defeat Cell, to which Goku responds that "all the power in the world is no good if you can't even hit the guy!". This scene further proves both the inexperience factor which caused Future Trunks to miss the weak point and the fact that Vegeta did understand it, since if Goku could deduce such a thing then certainly so could the much more tactical Prince of All Saiyans.)

Combating CellEdit

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Trunks is the second Saiyan to take on Perfect Cell with the intention of destroying him. Although Future Trunks' power was enough to deal significant damage to Cell, Future 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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When Trunks emerges from his training his power had seen very little increase compared to last time, because this time he could not unlock any new forms because he had not mastered the Super Saiyan state to become Full Power Super Saiyan, an even stronger state than Ultra Super Saiyan and a prerequisite for attaining Super Saiyan 2. Trunks is forced to contend with Cell's smaller but incredibly powerful clones along with the other heroes, slowly and gradually losing the fight and being forced to drop out of Super Saiyan, unlike his father. After Cell self destructs out of fear of Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, one cell containing the core of his being survives and he uses it to resurrect himself, much stronger than he ever had been before. Upon his reappearance, he impales Trunks through the chest with a powerful energy blast, killing him. (While the FUNimation dub states that this was intentional, the original version implies that he was just firing randomly, thus meaning that the kill was unintentional, as evidenced by the line "Trunks? Oh, so that's who I killed...".) 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 over half his power along with the use of his left arm). Later when told how his father reacted to his death, Trunks became shockingly proud of his father.

Trunks remains dead until he is revived by Dende's new Shenron at Kami's Lookout after Cell is defeated. Shortly after, he cuts his hair and bids farewell to his friends in the past.

Back to the FutureEdit

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. Meanwhile, the androids are about to kill another innocent man (in the manga he is killed before Trunks' arrival by being shot to the face by #17), when suddenly Trunks hurtles a very accurate energy attack which narrowly misses Android 17. The cocky androids foolishly underestimate Trunks and try to rush him. Trunks easily dodges their attacks and punishes them duly, obliterating Android 18 in a point-blank energy blast. Android 17 looks on in disbelief and his feelings soon turn to hatred when the outclassed android charges Trunks again, but he too is terminated with ease in a single blow, before being blown to dust effortlessly.


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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. 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 Imperfect Cell and begins to taunt him with his knowledge from the alternate past. He informs him that he has killed the androids from the current time.

The cocky Cell approaches the half-Saiyan under the false impression that Trunks is still at the level of power when he initially went back in time and warned Goku, even weaker than the future Androids who are in turn inferior to Cell's strength by a long shot. The fight begins and Cell is clearly outclassed as Trunks hurls him outside of the city with a simple energy wave in his base state. Once outside West City, Trunks then goes into Super Saiyan form and then proceeds to clobber Cell with great ease. When declaring that Cell must die, Cell gets enraged and launches his tail at Trunks. Future 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 wave 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 (Heat Dome Attack) which incinerates Cell completely. With the future finally at peace, Future Trunks is seen for the last time in the series, thanking Goku and his friends in the past one last time.

Another Alternate TimelineEdit

In another alternate main timeline, Future Trunks went into the past and helped Goku just as in the main timeline. Future Trunks and the Z Fighters manage to defeat the androids and he travels back to his alternate future timeline. Because this was a completely different timeline, the events of Cell never occurred and he never trained in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. When he returned to his alternate future timelime he disabled the other future androids and was going to go back to the past to tell the others of their defeat. Instead he ran into and fought with Cell who killed him and then went on to take Trunks' time machine into the main timeline to mesh with the events of the show. However, this timeline returned to a peaceful state as the androids were deactivated and Cell traveled to the main timeline, though it came with the loss of Trunks, which brought the Saiyan race to what seems to be extinction. (In This Timeline only, Timeline 3: Cell). Timeline 1, 2 and 4, and timelines after 4 continue to have mix Human/Saiyan hybrids. Timeline 3 is the only timeline which where the Saiyan race is gone forever. (But if one counts the movies, then Broly was still alive).Tarble would still be alive too so the Saiyans would not be extinct. This is the most basic of the timelines and went the most as planned without any disturbances in the timelines.

Another RoadEdit

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 the Supreme Kai and Kibito and has to hold off Babidi and Dabura but he knew he couldn't 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 Majin Buu. With Broly, Cooler and Janemba also on the loose, the Z Fighters made Dende the future world's new guardian. Gohan also brought the now alive Future Gohan, Pikkon and Bardock (who Goku was surprised to see) to help them. Babidi stole the Dragon Balls but Hercule stole his wish from conquering the universe. Babidi lashes at Hercule, but Majin Buu took the blow and he turned Babidi into candy and ate him. He became his pure form when he did that. Goku, Gohan, Goten, Bardock and Future Gohan defeated him with a True Family Kamehameha and the World was back to Peace.

Other appearancesEdit

Future Trunks appears in movies such as Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13, Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan, Bojack Unbound as well as the OVA The Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans. He also appears in Dragon Ball: Online under the identity of time patrol Trunks and brings players to certain points in the past.

TechniquesEdit

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Future Trunks uses some signature attacks in the manga but none of them are actually named. The well-known attacks he has are in fact taken from the Dragon Ball video games such as Budokai or Budokai Tenkaichi; from there come the names like Burning Attack, a powerful blast Future Trunks creates by performing a series of rapid arm movements, then releasing an energy ball from his hands, with his index fingers and thumbs touching. In the games he also performs several others attacks, not used in the original manga: Finish Buster and Buster Cannon, which looks similar to the attack he used against Bojack in Bojack Unbound. The "Heat Dome Attack", which looks similar to the attack he used to kill Imperfect Cell after returning to his own timeline and the Shining Sword Attack, which mimics his movements when he killed Frieza the first time he came in the present timeline.

MasenkoEdit

It is stated in Future Gohan's data file in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 that Gohan taught him the Masenko technique. He is shown using the Combined Masenko with Gohan against Broly in Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan but it had no effect, apart from destroying the stone tower Broly was standing on.

Burning AttackEdit

The Burning Attack is the first technique used by Future Trunks in the anime or manga and is his signature technique. Trunks performs a series of rapid arm movements before placing his palms forward, with the thumbs and index fingers touching each other to form a small diamond shape. He then fires a powerful blast of energy from his palms towards the opponent. The true power of this attack is unknown. In the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai series it is an enormous wave of energy that decimates the entire field while in Dragonball Z: Sagas and the Legacy of Goku series it is a weak blast of energy. This is further supported by the fact that, when it was fired against Freeza to distract him in time for Trunks to slice him to pieces, Freeza dodged the attack, saying "You challenge me with that low level technique?"

Buster CannonEdit

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The Buster Cannon is an attack named by the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai series and first used in the History of Trunks Movie. It is a blue and white (violet and white in the game) beam of energy fired from both hands. Trunks uses this technique in an attempt to destroy Android 17 and Android 18 together but it fails.

Burning StormEdit

The Burning Storm is a continuous ki wave form of Buster Cannon named in the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi series series. Trunks used it after Buster Cannon failed, with the same effect.

Shining Sword AttackEdit

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The Shining Sword Attack is a technique Trunks uses to kill Frieza and uses the final portion of the attack to finish Android 18 in his own timeline. He fires a Burning Attack slowly enough for the opponent to dodge by taking to the air, where he surprises and slices the opponent to bits before finishing them off with a flash of yellow energy shot from one hand. The attack gets its name from the Budokai Tenkaichi series, where the Burning Attack misdirection is not included in its sequence, though in the original Budokai series it's called the Burning Slash.

Finish BusterEdit

The Finish Buster is an attack Trunks uses against Vegeta who tries to prevent him from stopping Cell from absorbing Android 18. Trunks charges up a giant ball of energy in his hands and from that ball of energy fires an enormous beam (In the Budokai Tenkaichi Series he merely throws the ball of energy at the opponent). Vegeta ignored the attack because he assumed Trunks wouldn't be able to carry it out and acknowledged it too late. The attack sent him flying into a far away lake.

Heat Dome AttackEdit

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The Heat Dome Attack is the final attack Trunks uses in the series, and most likely (at least as indicated by his advanced Super Saiyan form in the Budokai Tenkaichi video games) his ultimate attack. He uses it to finish Imperfect Cell in his timeline once and for all. Trunks surrounds himself in a large dome of energy and fires an enormous blast of energy from it, capable of completely obliterating most opponents (such as Cell, who suffered this fate while charging a Kamehameha).

Lightning Sword AttackEdit

A technique used by Trunks in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3. Trunks swings his sword rapidly, sending waves of energy blades that hit the opponent.

Sonic Sword AttackEdit

The Sonic Sword Attack is a wave of energy channeled through Trunk's sword used in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II

Forms and transformationsEdit

Super SaiyanEdit

Main article: Super Saiyan


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He transforms for the first time after seeing his mentor Future Gohan killed at the hands of the androids in his timeline (notably, in the manga, he is able to achieve Super Saiyan all along, making it somewhat likely he simply is able to transform naturally, as his present timeline self; 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). 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 2nd GradeEdit

Main article: Super Saiyan 2nd Grade


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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 than normal, his power and speed are elevated beyond his previous Super Saiyan limits. He first used this form to fight against Semi-Perfect Cell, in a 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 strongest blast to repel him away in surprise (which did nothing to him due to Vegeta's stronger power level, in the long run), 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 3rd Grade, but lost due to his severe speed decrease. As a result, neither this nor Ultra Super Saiyan grades are seen during the Cell Games, where Trunks entered the Room of Spirit and Time a second time to this time focus on increasing his strength as a regular Super Saiyan to its highest possible point.

Super Saiyan 3rd Grade/Ultra Super SaiyanEdit

Main article: Super Saiyan 3rd Grade


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Another transformation Future Trunks gained while training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Future Trunks utilizes this state while fighting the recently completed Perfect Cell. In this form Future Trunks muscles swell even larger than in his Super Saiyan 2nd Grade form. In this stage, however, the increase in power 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 (video game only)Edit

Main article: Super Saiyan 2 Future Trunks was given this form in Budokai 2 and future Budokai games even though he never gained this form in either the manga or anime. It is likely that he could have obtained this form (via training) sometime after he defeated his timeline's Cell.

TriviaEdit

  • The scene in Unwelcome Discovery where Future Trunks has a flashback to his own timeline is similar to Kyle Reese's flashback to the Columbo Terminator infiltrating the Resistance HQ in The Terminator.
  • The appearance of Future Hiro in the series Heroes was inspired by Future Trunks.Template:Fact
  • Like his mentor, Future Gohan, Future Trunks is seen as being more appealing to most fans than his present timeline self due to his seriousness and bravery.
  • 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/Trunk's timeline as he was in the main timeline while telling Piccolo about his origins as well as the cells that were infused to him.
  • It is very possible that Silver the Hedgehog from the Sonic the Hedgehog series was based off of Future Trunks. Similarities between the two include: Both came to the past to stop a future event, both Trunks' and Silver's actions in the past did not affect their respective futures but gave them something to save the future (power for Trunks and knowledge for Silver). They both have a 'super' form and finally both lost someone they cared about to their respective menace (Future Gohan for Trunks and Blaze for Silver).
  • Interestingly, the only two Z Fighters who weren't killed in a battle with the Android twins (Future Trunks and Goku) in the former's timeline, were the only ones killed in the present timeline during the battle with Cell, though both would be later revived (Trunks immediately after Cell was slain, Goku towards the end of the Buu Saga).
  • Trunks and his father, Vegeta, were both killed by a Death Beam through the chest by a major supervillian with Cold family cells (Cell and Frieza, respectively).
  • He technically fails in his mission to destroy Android 17 and Android 18 in the main timeline, which in spite of the twins turning out to not exactly be as menacing as in his timeline would have the unforeseen consequence of allowing 17 to be manipulated by his clone from Hell into opening Hell and merging to become Super 17 almost three decades later.
  • Future Trunks is the only Z fighter to start off as a good guy with his own saga (Tien, Piccolo, and Vegeta all started off as villains), which is also the second shortest saga (behind the Super 17 saga) in the whole series (lasting only eight episodes, in great part because the saga mainly served as a precursor to the Androids saga).
  • When Future Trunks transforms into an Ultra Super Saiyan to combat Perfect Cell, he bears a striking resemblance to Broly as the Legendary Super Saiyan (namely a similar hairstyle, bulging muscles, and even sharing Broly's completely white blind-rage eyes for a time), although there are some quite notable differences.
  • Boomer's Hair in an episode of The Powerpuff Girls (The Boys Are Back In Town) resembles Trunks's Super Saiyan hair.
  • Trunks's favorite food is convenience store bento.
  • Future Trunks is one of the few primary Z Fighters to have never used the Kamehameha Wave, a trait he shares with his father Vegeta.

Voice ActorsEdit

  • Japanese dub: Takeshi Kusao
  • Funimation dub: Eric Vale
  • Vancouver dub: Alistair Abell
  • Latin American dub: Sergio Bonilla
  • German dub: Sebastian Schulz
  • Italian dub: Simone D'Andrea
  • Portuguese dub: Henrique Feist

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