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"The Terrifying Message" (きょうのメッセージ Kyōfu no Messeiji, lit. "A Message of Terror") is the one hundred forty first chapter of Dragon Ball Z and the three hundred thirty-fifth overall chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


The cover features Future Trunks, Gohan, Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Bulma, Yamcha, Chiaotzu, and Tien Shinhan in the Northern Wastelands.


Although Goku says that he cannot see Vegeta as a father, he admits that Future Trunks does resemble Vegeta. Future Trunks tells Goku that he will be born in two and a half years, but that he has come to discuss more serious business. He informs Goku that in three years, on May 12, a pair of powerful monsters will appear on an island near South City. Goku, considering his most recent battles, asks if they're aliens. Trunks says that the duo are really cyborgs created by Dr. Gero, the chief scientist for the Red Ribbon Army - the now defunct organization Goku defeated more than a decade ago as a child. Goku, shocked to learn that they have resurfaced, asks if they (Gero specifically) are attempting world conquest again. Future Trunks says that he's not sure but believes so. He then says that the two cyborgs, called "Mechanical Men Nos. 19 & 20," killed Dr. Gero. Goku is surprised that someone who defeated Frieza so easily could be frightened, realizing that these cyborgs are stronger than the tyrant himself. He asks if the others could help, but Future Trunks informs Goku that he is the only Z Fighter left on Earth in his time.

Future Trunks and Goku discussing

Future Trunks proceeds to tell Goku that all of the other Z Fighters except for Gohan will be killed shortly after the cyborgs appear. He says that Gohan was the one who trained him, but that even he will perish at the cyborgs' hands. He also tells him that when Piccolo dies, the Dragon Balls will disappear forever as nobody can be revived again. Goku asks what will happen to him and also asks if he got killed by the androids too, and Future Trunks tells him that he never got killed by the androids, but he will die of a heart virus before the androids appear. Goku says that he is disappointed that he will not get to fight the cyborgs, which shocks Future Trunks. He tells Goku that he is a true Super Saiyan just like his mother told him, and then gives Goku the Heart Medicine, telling him that there is a cure in his time, but tells him to keep it safe with him as there isn't a cure in this era. Goku is overjoyed, and Future Trunks tells him that he has faith in him to fix things, and that his mother worked on the time machine so that Goku could help.

Goku, upon hearing that Future Trunks' mother knows him and made the time machine, quickly deduces that it must be Bulma. Goku is stunned, and Future Trunks explains that Yamcha was unfaithful to Bulma, which led to their breakup and Bulma falling in love with Vegeta. He also says that his parents never married, and that this is the first time he has gotten to see his father. He makes Goku promise not to reveal his parentage, lest it jeopardize his existence. Future Trunks decides to return to the future to reassure his mother. Goku asks if they will meet again. Future Trunks says that it takes a while to build up power in the time machine, but that he will return to fight with them if he is still alive. Goku promises to train hard and Future Trunks flies off. Goku is unsure how to deliver the news to the rest of the Z Fighters, but is relieved of having to do so due to Piccolo's exceptional hearing. Piccolo tells the group everything except for Future Trunks' parentage. Yamcha and Bulma seem skeptical of the story, but Piccolo says that he will train. Just then, Future Trunks' time machine rises into the air and then disappears. This convinces Krillin, Tien Shinhan, and Vegeta of the story's credibility, and they decide to train for the battle.






  • The manga has a glaring continuity error as Future Trunks identifies the Androids that have terrorized his future as Android 19 and Android 20 instead of Android 17 and Android 18. However this error originates from Akira Toriyama's original intent for 19 and 20 being the Androids that Future Trunks spoke of, but later developed Android 17 and Android 18 in response to the criticism of 19 and 20 by his editor.
    • Interestingly, the discrepancy is retained in most printings and translations of the manga even after the development of Android 17 and Android 18.
    • This error is also present in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, in the Story Event: "New Enemies! Androids in Action" which adapts the Trunks Saga and Androids Saga.
    • Despite being technically an error narratively speaking, Future Trunks' prediction holds true for the main timeline as Android 19 and Android 20 are the Red Ribbon Androids that appear on Amenbo Island on the date Future Trunks gives to Goku though his predictions regarding Goku's Heart Virus are not as it effects him much later than it did Future Goku.
  • In the early years of publication in Vietnam, the company publishing Dragon Ball Z in Vietnam wanted to increase the humor, so they changed the Future Goku's Heart Virus to food poisoning (due to eating crab paste vermicelli soup with raw vegetable) and Future Gohan's to tetanus. In later republication, it was corrected exactly as the original version.

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