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The nightmare is over, Cell! DIE!
~ Future Trunks before killing Future Cell
How do you think my master Gohan felt when you ganged up on him in the rain and he had no way out? Well, now it's your turn!
~ Future Trunks during his fight with Future Androids 17 & 18 after gaining the upper hand over them

Future Trunks is the half-Saiyan, half-Human son of Vegeta and Bulma from an alternate future and a supporting protagonist in Dragon Ball Z & Dragon Ball Super.

Well-mannered, serious and very cautious, Trunks hails from an alternate timeline in which Android 17 and Android 18 murdered the Z Fighters and proceeded to create apocalyptic hell on Earth. Trunks is trained by Future Gohan as a teenager and becomes a gifted fighter, swordsman and a Super Saiyan; traits that aid him greatly in the battle against the Androids after traveling back in time in order to save his own future. He makes his return in Dragon Ball Super to warn the Z Fighters about Goku Black & Zamasu.

He is voiced by Takeshi Kusao in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Eric Vale in the English version of the anime.

For his present self, go to this page.

Personality

Future Trunks is very serious and cautious, due to the world he grew up in and having not grown up with his father, as well as polite and good-mannered. He usually thinks certain things matter and others don’t due to being from the future (though he is usually right). However, Trunks is surprised on a deep level when things happen differently from his timeline. He has demonstrated some cockiness, though only rarely, and in combat, he is usually serious and determined.

In Super, Trunks' PTSD resurfaced when the mysterious entity Goku Black appeared and causes so much destruction (to the point that he had a hard time being comfortable while in the present), he eventually feels better after seeing Gohan and his family. During his training with Vegeta in the past, Trunks only reason for wanting to become strong was to defeat the current threat that plagued his timeline, however after listening to his father's words, Trunks resolves to become strong and consistent in order to defeat and surpass Goku Black.

Powers

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Trunks before launching his Burning Attack

Trunks has demonstrated a high level of power despite being young and possesses superhuman strength, speed, endurance, and durability. He can manipulate energy in the form of energy blasts and flight and
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Trunks using his Burning Attack

has demonstrated skills in swordsmanship (from his training by Future Gohan). Trunks also has a number of techniques that he uses, such as the Burning Attack, where he performs a number of rapid arm movements. He then holds his hands out in front of him with his index fingers and thumbs forming a diamond shape and fires a powerful blast of energy from his hands. Another is the Finish Buster, where Trunks holds his hands up above him, charging a golden energy
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Trunks using his Heat Dome Attack

sphere above him, before bringing his hands forward, firing an energy beam from it. Another of Trunks’ techniques is his Heat Dome Attack, where he holds his hands above him as a dome of energy surrounds him. He then fires an enormous energy blast from the dome up above him. Another technique Trunks uses is his Buster Cannon, where he draws his hands behind him, charging an energy sphere in each one. He then brings them together in front of him, firing a powerful blue and white energy beam. Trunks has the ability to transform into a Super Saiyan form, where he becomes far more powerful to the point he could kill
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Trunks as an Ascended Super Saiyan

Frieza and King Cold with apparently no effort. Later on, Trunks advanced to the Ascended Super Saiyan form, an advanced version of the Super Saiyan transformation.
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Trunks as an Ultra Super Saiyan

This gives him a much greater deal of strength and power than in the normal Super Saiyan form. Trunks also gained the ability to use the Ultra Super Saiyan form, another version of the Super Saiyan form and a forced increase in the power output and physical strength. However the increased muscle mass of the Ultra Super Saiyan transformation results in a great decrease in speed, so the form causes more harm than good.
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Trunks as a Super Saiyan 2

After training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and later returning to his time, he was more than strong enough to handle Future 17 and 18. He was also able to easily destroy Imperfect Cell. In Dragon Ball Super, Trunks has become much stronger, having achieved Super Saiyan 2 in his absence. He unlocked this form in a battle against Future Dabura and Future Babidi and can enhance its strength to rival Super Saiyan 3 Goku's power in the manga. In the anime
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Trunks as an Super Saiyan Rage

his power was somewhat below Super Saiyan 2 Goku's until training with Vegeta. After training in the past and returning to the future, He (along with Goku were able to hold their own against Goku Black and Future Zamasu. Trunks takes a new form after being cruelly blamed for using the Time Machine and changing history, this power helped him to fend off Black and Zamasu while the others jumped into the past.

During the final battle against a mutated merged Zamasu, Trunks (with the energy that he received from everyone on Earth) was finally able to defeat Zamasu. By the time he goes back into the future one final time, both Goku and Vegeta are confident that Trunks is strong enough to handle any enemy.

Notable Techniques

Final Hope Slash

Using his Spirit Empowered Sword, Future Trunks stabs the target and slashes them vertically in half.

Saiyan Rapid Fire

A Full Power Energy Barrage Wave used in his Super Saiyan forms.

Burning Attack

Future 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 diamond shape. Then, he fires an Energy Sphere from his palms towards the opponent. There is also a Super Burning Attack used in Supersonic Warriors.

Full Charge Burning Attack

A stronger and longer charged version of the Burning Attack.

Buster Flash

Also known as the Buster Cannon, Future Trunks draws his hands back down to his sides and charges two blue energy spheres in his hands. Then, he combines them together in front of him to fire the Energy Wave at the opponent, inflicting a great amount of damage.

Burning Storm

Future Trunks places his hands forward at a 90 degree angle and charges a blue energy sphere. Then, he fires a barrage of Energy Spheres from the energy sphere at the opponent, inflicting a great deal of damage.

Shining Sword Slash

Future Trunks flies up and comes down to vertically slash the opponent with his sword. Next, he slashes the opponent with a Rapid Sword Stream, chopping them up into bits. Finally, Future Trunks draws his hand back and brings it forward to fire a yellow Energy Wave at what's left of the opponent, inflicting a high amount of damage.

Lightning Sword Slash

Future Trunks swings his sword rapidly, sending several blades of energy toward the opponent, inflicting a massive amount of damage.

Rapid Sword Stream

Future Trunks slashes the opponent with his sword. Then, he slashes the opponent multiple times in rapid motions. Last, Future Trunks slashes the opponent with a large amount of force, inflicting a great amount of damage.

God Breaker

Future Trunks extends his hand forward and fires a yellow energy wave at his opponent, inflicting a large amount of damage.

Super Buster Cannon

Future Trunks draws his hands back and gathers up Ki. Then, he thrusts his arms forward and discharges a massive golden-yellow beam of energy towards his opponent.

Burning Breaker Attack

Future Trunks charges at the opponent to punch them in their stomach and sends them up into the air. Then, he flies up to the opponent and attacks them with an elbow strike to their stomach followed by a powerful barrage of punches. Finally, Future Trunks punches the opponent twice before front flipping and double axe-handle punching them down to the ground, inflicting a huge amount of damage.

Blazing Rush

Future Trunks punches the opponent in the stomach, knees and roundhouse kicks them, and then knocks them up into the air with a backflip kick. Future Trunks then appears in the air behind the opponent and double axe-handles them down to the ground, inflicting a huge amount of damage.

Change the Future

Future Trunks charges at the opponent, but stops right in front of them with his hand over their face. Then, he charges a yellow Energy Sphere and fires it in the form of a God Breaker against the opponent, inflicting a great amount of damage.

Cyclone Buster

Future Trunks charges at the opponent and kicks them away. Then, he jumps up into the air and fires a God Breaker down at the opponent, inflicting a high amount of damage.

Heat Dome Attack

Future Trunks does a Dragonthrow and points both his hands up in the air. Then, he charges a large dome of yellow energy around himself. From this energy dome expels a gigantic Finish Buster up at the opponent, inflicting an enormous amount of damage.

Finish Buster

Future Trunks raises his hands into the sky and charges a large energy sphere. Then, he swings his hands down and fires the ball of energy at the opponent, inflicting a huge amount of damage.

Deadly Impact

First Future Trunks feels immersed in a very great fury, but which can be controlled, and then focus all his physical strength and Ki in a single stroke that is struck through his fist against the opponent, that at the conclusion ends up having his opponent's gut impaled by Trunk's attack arm.

Burning Heart

A Ki Charging Power Up technique.

Power Charge

Also known as the Inexperienced Power Up. It is a Power Up technique used by Future Trunks in his 3rd Grade Super Saiyan form.

Maximum Blow

Future Trunks punches the opponent in the face with all of his might, then punches the opponent twice to send them flying.

Trivia

  • Because his father was killed by the Androids when he was only a newborn, Future Trunks never had the chance to have a little sister.
  • Bruce Faulconer, composer for the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z, has stated on his website that Future Trunks is his favorite character. Christopher Sabat, a voice actor for many characters, has agreed that Future Trunks is his favorite, aside from Vegeta.
  • Future Trunks’ favorite food is convenience store bento.
  • He is one of the few primary Z-Fighters that has never made use of the Kamehameha wave.
  • Future Trunks’ name is a parody on boxers. In The History of Trunks, Future Bulma used his surname Trunks Briefs, before he used the time machine.
  • He was the last character to have his power level scanned with a scouter, by one of Frieza’s soldiers who saw it as only 5, due to the fact he was suppressing his power.
  • Angelo from Dragon Quest VIII bears a strong resemblance to Future Trunks and since Akira Toriyama was the game’s art director, it’s possibly Trunks was his design model.
  • It's currently still unknown why Future Trunks's hair is blue in DBS.
  • In Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2 and then Dragon Ball Super, Future Trunks had the ability to transform into a Super Saiyan 2 and in Dragon Ball Heroes, a Super Saiyan 3.
  • In the Dragonball Heroes GM6, he is referred to as Xeno Trunks.
  • In the movie Bojack Unbound, he is displayed having long hair, along with having his sword.
  • In the movie Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', Future Trunks was referenced, it has been a decade since his last appearance chronologically. The upcoming Future Trunks Saga in Dragon Ball Super would be his first true physical appearance in the long time that went by since his last one. In Fuji TV's Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F': Future Trunks Edition, he would make an appearance during the conflict with Goku Black.
  • In Super episode 49, when Vegeta states that Future Trunks doesn't need his sword anymore, he admits that it helps him to calm down.

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