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"All of existence go away!"
Future Zeno in "With New Hope in His Heart - Farewell, Trunks"

Erase (消す Kesu) is an ability used by Zeno and Future Zeno.

Overview

Zeno charges twin blue spheres of energy in his hands that is used to erase anything from existence, seemingly including immortals (the Dragon Ball Heroes manga indicates that it is ineffective against immortals).

Usage and Power

Zeno was implied to have used this ability on six of what were originally eighteen universes, due to being in a bad mood. However, the manga version of the Universe Survival Saga had the Grand Minister asking if Zeno was planning to erase some universes again, implying that the earlier erasure of the six had been due to his thinking that there were too many universes. Due to its nature and scope, it is currently regarded as the most powerful ability in the Dragon Ball franchise.

Future Zeno uses this ability to wipe out the immortal Infinite Zamasu and either the Universe 7 in Future Trunks' timeline (anime)[1] or the entire timeline itself (manga) - though it did not erase those who were native to the timeline but were elsewhere. In the manga version of the Universal Conflict Saga, Fused Zamasu implies that his immortality allowed him to survive Future Zeno's Erase.

Both Zeno and Future Zeno use the technique to erase Universes 9, 10, 2, 6, 43, and 11 in the Tournament of Power, including all fighters and gods except Mojito, Kusu, Sour, Vados, CognacCamparri, and Marcarita. This is undone, however, by Android 17's wish to have the universes erased in the tournament brought back.

This technique is absolute, not to mention extremely dangerous, that if Zeno wishes it, anyone from a universe who escaped to another universe would still vanish, no matter where or what universe they went to. In the manga, it was shown that if desired, Zeno can destroy an entire reality as the Time Ring representing Future Trunks' world was shattered upon the parallel dimension's elimination. It is implied in the Tournament of Power that, again if he wishes it, Zeno can erase all timeline incarnations of a universe, causing anyone in that said universe to disappear, implying that, as long as a single timeline remains unharmed, an alternate timeline version of the person will not be wiped out (Future Trunks and Future Mai were not erased as the present Universe 7 was never affected).

Variations

Despite being a part of the same attack, it does appear to have at least one variation of power. When Zeno and Future Zeno began erasing Universe 9, those in the Null Realm were frozen, started flashing white, and disappeared after all of Universe 9 was erased. Another version of this technique is when Zeno erased Frost and not a universe, which implies that Zeno can narrow the scope of Erase from an entire universe down to a specific target such as just one living being.

There also appears to be three different types of universe erasure. When Future Zeno erased the future timeline, Zamasu appeared to be in great pain, screaming out in agony through the entire technique to the point of erasure. However, during the Tournament of Power, those targeted by the technique were frozen and flashed out of existence, showing that if Zeno wishes, he can cause horrible pain to the victim(s) as they are being erased (most likely to punish Zamasu for what he did to the future timeline). The third variation is almost identical to the second, except they are not frozen and are able to move and talk. This variation seems to be the slowest as those targeted by it having a relatively large amount of time left to say their farewells, which implies that Zeno can control the amount of time it takes to erase something or someone. This variation was used to erase Universes 2, 6, 3, and 11.

Video Game Appearances

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Erase's effects on Infinite Zamasu in Xenoverse 2.

The move makes a video game debut in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 in a cutscene when Infinite Zamasu attempts to kill the Time Patrollers. Like in the anime, Future Zeno used this move to erase him from existence.

In Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, in the Tournament of Power portion of Story Mode, Sealas successfully manages to avoid being erased by Zeno after losing while participating in the tournament.

Trivia

  • This technique has the highest "kill" count.
  • Super Shenron seems to be the only being capable of restoring Universes that Zeno erased.

References

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