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"You hate the fact that you're powerless to stop me. That you're completely outmatched. Well, imagine feeling the way you do now all of the time like the people of this planet do. Fools. How do you think my master Gohan felt when you ganged up on him in the rain and he had no way out? Well, now it's your turn. I hope you enjoy it!"
— Future Trunks to the Androids in "Free the Future"

Future Trunks (らいのトランクス Mirai no Torankusu) is a Saiyan-Earthling hybrid and the son of Vegeta and Bulma, both from an alternate future. By the time Present Trunks was born, the timeline had been drastically 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, who lived exactly the same lives as their counterparts until the point at which the two timelines diverge, three years before the androids arrived).

Well-mannered, serious and very cautious, Trunks hails from an alternate timeline in which Future Androids 17 and 18 murdered the Dragon Team and proceeded to create an apocalyptic anarchy on Earth.[10] Trunks is trained by Future Gohan as a teenager and becomes a gifted fighter, swordsman and a Super Saiyan, which are traits that aid him greatly in the battle against the Androids after traveling back in time in order to save his own future.[11]

More than 10 years later, Future Trunks would return in Dragon Ball Super, this time fighting against a mysterious entity referred to as Goku Black (and later his counterpart) wreaking havoc in the future. In the end, Trunks (with the help of Goku and Vegeta) neutralizes the threat, though unfortunately, Zamasu not only survives the ordeal, but he becomes an even bigger threat, to the point that Future Zeno was needed to erase him. Trunks himself is one of the three survivors and is currently living in another future timeline where another Future Trunks exists - created in the anime by Whis warning Future Beerus ahead of time to eliminate the soon-to-be rogue Supreme Kai, while in the manga Trunks and Mai travel to their timeline's past and prevent Future Shin's death with the blessing of Beerus as it will save his counterpart, thus eliminating the possibility of the Project Zero Mortals.


Trunks is a slim yet well-built young man of below average height and light skin-color; his facial features and skin-tone are inherited from his father. He has blue eyes, and hair colored either lavender, purple or blue depending on the media, that is soft and straight that parts from the top of his head to frame both sides of his face reaching his ears with two loose strands over his forehead; traits he inherited from his mother. In his childhood, his hair parted at his right temple with strands hanging out and the top of his head sweeping to the left. As a teenager on, his hairline parted at the center of his head.

In his childhood, he wore a white shirt with blue long sleeves and the Capsule Corporation title on the chest along with grey sweatpants and blue boots. During his first adventure in the present timeline, he is usually seen wearing an indigo jacket reaching his abdomen with the Capsule Corporation logo on the left sleeve, a black tank-top, dark gray pants with a white belt, golden boots, and a computerized watch. His most noticeable accessory is his broadsword hanging on his back and over his right shoulder in a red sheath with a blue strap.

Later, for his battle against Cell, he wears clothing identical to his father's: a blue skin-tight jumpsuit with Saiyan Battle Armor, white boots with yellow tips, and white gloves. Following his training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, he grows noticeably taller and more muscular, though he is still somewhat shorter and thinner than Goku. He also sports longer hair reaching past his shoulders, which is later cut back to its normal length.

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Future Trunks in Dragon Ball Super

In Dragon Ball Super, Trunks' clothes change somewhat from the outfit he initially wore; he wears a periwinkle-colored jacket that reaches his waist with the Capsule Corporation logo on the left sleeve, with a long red scarf around his neck, dark gray pants, and pale-green boots with black tips. Underneath his jacket, Trunks wears an olive-green shirt with patches on the shoulders and forearms, reminiscent of British military standard issue jumpers. Noticeably, his hair and eyebrow color are blue in all Super media.

In Bojack Unbound, Trunks retains his primary attire from the Androids Saga, but his indigo jacket has been replaced with an identical vest, and he also retains his long hair.

In the Prison Planet Saga, Future Trunks (post-"Future" Trunks Saga) wears a green prison uniform after being imprisoned. After being freed by Cooler and given new clothes by Future Mai, he wears an outfit similar to the one he wore in Dragon Ball Super with no jacket, instead opting for a black t-shirt with the Capsule Corp logo on the right sleeve. He also wears brown fingerless gloves.


Trunks, having never met his father, nor grown up under his influence, combined with the fact that he grew up in an apocalyptic world, is very cautious, broody, and serious (such as when he begged Vegeta not to challenge the Androids without Goku being present[12] or when he did not want Vegeta to trust Paragus),[1] unlike his main timeline counterpart, who had a personality very similar to his father's.[13] Due to living in such harsh times and trying to find any means necessary to destroy the androids, Trunks lacks the arrogance and pride of Saiyans like Goku and Vegeta and uses methods unbecoming of a traditional Saiyan warrior. Examples include suggesting that Goku eat a Senzu Bean during his fight against Perfect Cell, attempting to destroy present Androids 17 and 18 before they could be activated, tries to attack Cell while transforming and kills Babidi and Dabura without allowing them to free Majin Buu from the seal. This contrasts his present-day counterpart, who arrogantly stated he intended to fight Goten with one hand on one occasion. Owing to his desire to defeat the Androids by any means necessary, he also was willing to delay an action should it allow him to unearth a means to destroy the androids for good. This is best demonstrated when he and Krillin arrived at Gero's underground lab area: Krillin was opting to immediately destroy the lab, only for Future Trunks to tell Krillin to not do so yet due to wanting to investigate the lab to see if there were any blueprints of the androids that could point to a weakness. Future Trunks clearly fears the Androids, panicking at the introduction of Android 16. He also appears to be afflicted with a degree of post-traumatic stress as a result of the struggles he faced in his apocalyptic nightmarish world.[14] Nevertheless, Future Trunks is depicted as incredibly respectful to everyone, especially his mother Future Bulma and his master Future Gohan. When he finally meets Vegeta in the past, Future Trunks is seen to be constantly trying to impress him. This is often mixed with disgust and horror towards his father's uncaring attitude towards others, especially when Vegeta refused to save Bulma and baby Trunks when Dr. Gero blows up their capsule airplane, forcing Future Trunks to save his present counterpart and mother. Due to this disposition, he refers to Vegeta and Bulma as "Father" and "Mother" respectively, as opposed to "Papa" and "Mama" which his counterpart usually calls them in the Japanese version. In the English dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super, he now often refers to both his parents as "Mom" and "Dad" like his counterpart does.


Future Trunks before he kills the Androids in his timeline

Because he comes from the future and believes he knows what is going to happen, Future Trunks is usually shown thinking that only some things will matter, and others probably would not (although he is usually right in the long term). This is shown in, at first, his resistance to do anything unless Goku is present. Other things, such as his surprise that Piccolo's fusion would make a difference, also show this. As such, he is usually surprised at events (on a different layer than the fact that history was different from his recollection). He is even (though very rarely) shown to be cocky, such as when he became a Super Saiyan Third 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.

Unlike his father or alternate timeline self, Future Trunks is often shown to be very polite and well-mannered. This is clearly shown in the original version through his speech, as he is often heard using the polite form of Japanese phrases when addressing his allies. However, Future Trunks does have some qualities typical of Saiyans, especially before he went into the past. Before jumping into the past, Future Trunks had little interest in his mother's invention, believing it to be unnecessary and not entirely believing that Goku was the caliber of warrior that was needed to defeat the Androids, but after he got thrashed good and hard by the Androids from his timeline after becoming a Super Saiyan, he finally decided that he was ready to give her idea a try. In the manga, however, he does at one point flip the bird at Imperfect Cell.[15] He also does swear infrequently, as evidenced by his encounter with Kogu.

After Black appeared on Earth, brought humanity to the brink of extinction, killed his mother, and almost Future Mai, Trunks' post-traumatic stress began to resurface, when he mistook Goku for Black, and attacked him without thinking, and only stopped after noticing Bulma, realizing he had arrived in the past, and when he was flying to Gohan's house, Trunks began to have visions of his destroyed future instead of the peaceful present timeline. Despite achieving his goal of returning to the past, and seeing all of his friends alive and well, Trunks still could not let go of the traumatic events he had been through, and always had a saddened and uncomfortable look on his face. Only when he met Gohan and his family, Trunks was finally able to lighten up and start enjoying himself in the past. After being defeated by Future Zamasu and Black (even with Goku and Vegeta's assistance) and realizing the rogue Supreme Kai's immortality and the dark entity's ever-growing power, Future Trunks felt utterly hopeless on being able to save everyone in his time, but eventually got over it thanks to his Present counterpart.

Despite his get-it-done personality, Future Trunks only desired to become stronger in order to defeat the current threat that appeared before him (the Androids, Future Majin Buu, and Black), and defeating those threats were his only goals, rather than training in preparation for whatever threat may come ahead of time. Vegeta told Trunks that he should not just train simply when a new enemy appeared, and his goal in life should be training every day to become stronger, because he would never know when an enemy stronger than the one before could appear, and should always be ready for them, despite being in times of peace. This caused Trunks to finally realize the reason behind Vegeta's desire for excessive training, and also made Trunks promise his father to not only defeat Black but grow stronger than he ever did before to protect the future. Vegeta also called Trunks out on his reliance on others to essentially solve his problems for him, as he was aware of Trunks' thoughts on Goku and Vegeta beating Black in his stead. It was this reliance on others, however, that Trunks finally acknowledged during the climactic finale against Fused Zamasu and turned into his greatest strength, calling it a cornerstone of mortals and demonstrating its power in the most literal way - a a bladed Spirit Bomb.

Future Trunks is an experienced tactician, capable of creating and executing complex battle strategies as well as attacking at appropriate times when up against stronger opponents to gain the advantage. He can easily adapt to enemies' battle styles, changing tactics to increase his chances of victory. These traits, combined with his efficient fighting attitude, make him a dangerous adversary in battle. Against Mecha Frieza, he distracted the tyrant with a Burning Attack, causing Frieza to dodge upward and leave himself open to a deadly strike, disabling him so Trunks could overtax his notorious durability by obliterating him at close-range. Against Goku Black, Trunks and the rest of Earth's Resistance were able to play hit-and-run with the mad deity, evading being hunted down for long enough that Trunks was able to distract Goku Black with a Masenko and flee to the past just in time to get help. In a sparring match against Vegeta, Trunks bluffed using Super Saiyan Third Grade against Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta to fake him out and cause him to drop his guard, ascending back to Super Saiyan 2 when Vegeta closed the distance and nearly getting a hit in against his surprised father despite being severely outclassed. When staving off Goku Black and Future Zamasu's assault alone, he effectively learned and adapted to how Zamasu tanked hits meant for Black with his immortality to allow Black to counter, separating their tag-team and nearly winning by knocking Black out cold with a Galick Gun and almost hitting Zamasu with Final Explosion before Black recovered and impaled him.

At the end of the "Future" Trunks Saga, as Future Trunks and Future Mai were about to disappear in the Time Machine, both Gohan and Piccolo appeared to bid farewell, Trunks looks at the former and was saddened that he couldn't save anyone in his timeline. Trunks began to cheer up after Gohan tells him to take care (remembering his old master: Future Gohan), and happily looks forward to protecting everyone in the new timeline.

Future Trunks' favorite food is convenience store bento[5] and he enjoys tinkering with machines.[5]

Relationship with Future Mai

Chronologically the two met as young kids after the Pilaf gang wished for youth to Shenron just seconds before Future Piccolo's death. Both Future Trunks and Future Mai momentarily looked at one-another before the latter departed. Sometime prior to the "Future" Trunks Saga, Trunks and Mai met and became allies that stood in defiance to Goku Black.

Trunks is quite close to Mai and has saved her life on a number of occasions (and vice-versa). When he thought that Goku Black had killed her, Trunks became so enraged that he immediately attacks the dark entity. After returning to his time, Trunks was tearfully relieved when he found out that she was still alive. After returning to the future the second time and learning that Mai had gotten severely injured from fighting off Black, he takes action and heals her with a senzu bean in a kissing fashion. After the deaths of the remaining Earthlings from Infinite Zamasu's assault, Trunks consoles the grief-stricken Mai.

Humorously, whenever other characters mention the possibility of them being in a relationship, both Trunks and Mai deny it while blushing at the same time.

Differences from Present Trunks

Due to living in such a bleak and dangerous future, Future Trunks is very different than his present time counterpart. Due to a hostile and lonely life with nearly everyone dead, Trunks' best and only friend is Future Gohan. They also have quite a bit of personality differences; while Present Trunks is cocky and arrogant like his father, Future Trunks is not, taking more after his mother Bulma. Another large difference is that Future Trunks is able to see through enemy tactics and adapt strategies while in a fight, something his present counterpart while able to do so if he applies himself is far from efficient at. His present counterpart often prefers to charge in headfirst to fights while Future Trunks prefers to think before acting.

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Future Trunks with long hair in Bojack Unbound

It was unknown how Future Trunks would react to meeting Trunks (until Dragon Ball Super), however this occurs in the video games Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse. In both Budokai 3 and Shin Budokai, young Trunks states that it is "Just like having a brother", whereas in Legendary Super Warriors and Tenkaichi 2, he does not even realize it is his future self and the two have a sparring match. In Raging Blast, Future Trunks is disappointed that Trunks has become spoiled and arrogant in times of peace. However, he retracts his disdain for the boy after being surprised by the young Saiyan's strength after they battle, most notably at his ability to transform into a Super Saiyan at such a young age. They did meet in the manga and anime, however, when Trunks was still just a baby; once when Future Trunks rescued him and Bulma from Dr. Gero's attack, and once when Future Trunks came to Capsule Corporation before the Cell Games announcement. For a minute, Trunks incessantly pulled on Future Trunks' hair.


Future Trunks and present Trunks in Dragon Ball Super

However, in Super, both Future Trunks and Present Trunks meet and greet each other when Bulma explains the former's situation. When Future Trunks engaged in a sparring match with Goku, present Trunks cheered for him, also impressed by his power. After Goku Black destroyed the Time Machine Future Trunks was now trapped in the past. Present Trunks tries to make Future Trunks feel better until Bulma found a way back to the future, she gets the time machine Cell came in from the Future hoping with everyone hoping it will work. Present Day Trunks slowly began to get jealous of his Future counterpart because Mai was starting to fall for Future Trunks. Present Trunks then starts to win Mai over by acting like his Future counterpart but fails. Eventually when Future Trunks explains his world to Present Trunks, Present Trunks begins to show great care and concern for his older counterpart, loving him as if he was his older brother.


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