Trunks (Dragon Ball)
|Dragon Ball character|
|First appearance||Dragon Ball chapter #331 The Young Boy of Mystery (1991)|
|Created by||Akira Toriyama|
See Voice actors
|Relatives||King Vegeta (paternal grandfather)
Dr. Briefs (maternal grandfather)
Trunks (Japanese: トランクス Hepburn: Torankusu ) is a fictional character from the Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. He makes his debut in chapter #331 The Young Boy of Mystery (謎の少年 Nazo no Shōnen ), first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on July 15, 1991. Trunks is the half-Saiyan half-Human son of Vegeta and Bulma.
Trunks has a slender muscular physique with his most dominant genes coming from his maternal side, thus resulting in his having blue eyes and lavender-colored hair which is mostly shown in the undercut style. During his early teens, this style was parted on his right side and his late teens it was parted in the left. As he is half-human, his hair tends to grow. Because of this, he wore his hair in an over-the-shoulders style during the fight with Cell. The color caused some confusion among the other characters that met him; as Vegeta pointed out a Saiyan's hair color is generally black.
His facial features are nearly identical to his father's as pointed out by Bulma when awaiting Goku's return. Trunks can transform into a Super Saiyan which causes his hair to spike on end and takes on a golden color and his eyes a certain turquoise or green color.
Trunks is also known for his unique fashion sense. When the character was first introduced he wore his mother's old cropped jacket that was steel blue in the manga, han purple in the anime, with a Capsule Corporation patch on his upper left sleeve that was red in the manga, white in the anime, along with a black tank top and baggy pants. During the Cell Games he wore a pair of Saiyan battle armor identical to his father's which was made by Bulma. As a child during the Majin Boo arc, he wears a dark green gi with matching orange belt and wrist bands.
Trunks's first depicted form has been referred to as "Future Trunks" (未来のトランクス Mirai no Torankusu , "Trunks of the Future") in media in order to distinguish it from the character's present-timeline's incarnation.
Future 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 and serious, such as when he begged Vegeta not to challenge the Androids without Goku being present, unlike his main timeline counterpart, who had a personality very similar to his father's. Future Trunks clearly fears the Androids, panicking at the introduction of Android 16. He also appears to be afflicted with some sort of post-traumatic stress as a result of the struggles he faced in his apocalyptic nightmarish world. Nevertheless, Future Trunks is depicted as incredibly respectful to everyone, especially his mother 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 those around him, 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. 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 an Ultra Super Saiyan, 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.
Present Trunks as a child during the Majin Buu arc is shown to be quite cocky and stingy, as well as mischievous, most likely due to the fact that this Trunks grew up with his father Vegeta and enjoyed the luxuries of peace, while Future Trunks grew up without Future Vegeta and in an apocalyptic world, causing him to be much more serious and cautious. Trunks has a combination of both of his parents' personalities: cocky and proud like his father, and spoiled and selfish like his mother. He refuses to respect someone he does not like, another trait he shares with his father. This is shown when he disrespects Goku when they first meet, and for a long time after, as Trunks believes he is not as strong as his father, and nowhere near as reliable. Later on, Trunks does gain more respect for Goku after seeing Goku's Super Saiyan 3 power in action when holding off Majin Buu. He is shown to be loving towards his parents and grandparents, and will not think twice about defending his family. Trunks tends to usually take control over the younger Goten, stating to him numerous times how he is both older and stronger (during childhood). In his later years, Trunks adopts a personality similar to his future counterpart's. During and in between his battles at the World Martial Arts Tournament, he acts just like his father does, calm when he fights and insults his opponents. He does not act like this however during his battle with Goten, because Goten is his best friend or it could be because it is a battle he could possibly lose.
The stand alone manga chapter Trunks the Story: A Warrior All Alone (トランクスザストーリー －たったひとりの戦士－ Trunks za Sutōrī -Tatta Hitori no Senshi- ) shows the first incarnation of Trunks is from twenty years in the future where the world was in constant ruin due to the terror of Androids #17 and #18 which were created by Doctor Gero, the former chief scientist of the Red Ribbon Army. After Goku had succumbed to an unknown heart virus while the others had fallen at the hands of the artificial humans, fourteen year old Trunks was living with his mother Bulma and secretly training with Gohan. After Gohan's death, Trunks assumes the mantle of Earth's sole protector against the artificial humans for the next three years. But he too is no match against them. Fortunately, Bulma had been working on a time machine that could help change history and Trunks travels to the series' present timeline. Trunks then appears as the mysterious seventeen year old that singlehandedly kills Freeza and his father King Cold. Upon Goku's return to the planet Earth, Trunks would confide with Goku his tragic story. Unknown to Trunks, Piccolo also overheard due to his acute Namekian hearing. Once he informs Goku of the events to come, Trunks gives Goku a special vaccine, and returns to his own time. Trunks returns to help the present-day warriors battle the artificial humans. With the appearance of Cell, Trunks trains with his father Vegeta in the Room of Spirit and Time (精神と時の部屋, "Hyperbolic Time Chamber" in the Funimation anime dub). After Vegeta's defeat, Trunks takes on Cell in what he thinks is a stronger level of Super Saiyan. But, due to it decreasing one's speed in exchange for the power, it proves to be ineffective so Trunks willfully concedes. He later participates in the Cell Games and is killed by Cell. After he is revived by the Dragon Balls, he returns to his own timeline in the future and defeats the artificial humans and Cell of his timeline.
The second incarnation of Trunks in the present timeline makes his first appearance as an infant. He is only featured as a background character to provide consistency and continuity to the story. Seven years later, eight year old Trunks participated in 25th Tenkaichi Budokai and defeated Son Goten in the junior division. Although Goten is his best friend and childhood rival, Trunks is stronger than Goten. Eager to compete in the adult division, Trunks and Goten together posed as the fighter Mighty Mask (マイティマスク Maiti Masuku ) and are pitted against Android #18 in a battle royal. But they were disqualified when #18 blew their cover, revealing that they were really two people. Upon the arrival of Majin Boo, Trunks is forced to train with Goten in the Room of Spirit and Time to become the fused warrior Gotenks. Gotenks fights Boo, first in the time dimension, then in the real world until the thirty minute Fusion time limit expired. Through Boo's treachery they, along with Piccolo, are absorbed by Boo, thus increasing the monster's power. Once freed, Trunks, Goten, Gohan and Piccolo are killed when Boo blows up the Earth but they are later revived by the Namekian Dragon Balls. At the end of the series, Trunks is now grown up and participates in the 28th Tenkaichi Budokai against the fighter Otokosuki.
Trunks possesses several abilities including superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, and energy blasts, which can be utilized by the use of chi. These attacks vary from both Trunks. Future Trunks uses his signature energy spheres such as Burning Attack and Finish Buster and powerful energy waves like Masenko (which he learned from Future Gohan) and the Heat Dome Attack, the latter was enough to destroy Future Cell of his dimension. Present Trunks uses many techniques (though not to same extent as Vegeta), the most prominent being Big Tree Cannon. He uses the Kamehameha and Finish Buster in movies.
His main means of conveyance is a technique called Bukū-jutsu (舞空術 "Air Dance Technique" ) which gives him the ability of flight. However, Trunks does not rely on this technique as his only conveyance as he can also be seen piloting various crafts manufactured by his family's company, including the time machine which allowed him to visit Goku in the past.
Both incarnations can at least transform into basic Super Saiyan although their achievement of this form differs between incarnation. The Future Trunks achieved this in his early teens but even this varies in media. The Present Trunks would be shown to have the ability at the age of eight. In the Cell arc, Future Trunks would gain the ability to power up into the Ascended and Ultra Super Saiyan grades during his training with Vegeta in the Room of Spirit and Time. Unfortunately, these forms would decrease his speed greatly and so he would abandon them after his first initial fight with Cell.
Trunks, from the present, was able to fuse with Goten to become the powerful being named Gotenks; this is through the Metamorese technique called the Fusion, which was taught to them by Goku. Gotenks is able to use a variety of attacks (such as the Kamehameha of Goten and the Big Tree Cannon of Trunks) and giving ridiculous names to basic attacks. However, Gotenks can use some techniques which both of its fusees cannot use such as Galactic Donut, which is used to trap an opponent in a donut, and his signature Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, which create explosive ghosts which can also use Kamehameha (and Masenko when used by Super Boo). In this temporal form, they could achieve Super Saiyan 3 with ease, a feat that was very difficult for Goku to achieve and maintain.
Future Trunks is also known for his use of his longsword which he keeps in a scabbard mounted across his back. Trunks used this weapon to kill Freeza in the main series, as well as Android #14 in the movie Super Android 13!. Future Trunks uses the sword as means to attacks like Shining Sword Attack. As a child, Trunks was supposedly given the sword as a gift by the warrior Tapion after the monster Hirudegarn was defeated in the film Wrath of the Dragon.
In the original Japanese version of the entire Dragon Ball Z anime series and in all other media, Trunks is voiced by Takeshi Kusao. Akira Toriyama stated that it was difficult to decide on young Trunks' voice. The producer at Toei Animation had consulted with the editorial department and thought that it would, perhaps, be better if they changed to a different voice actor for the child version. At that time, the serialization was still going on, and Toriyama was unsure of how the manga story would end; young Trunks might've ended up growing up and the story might have continued to the same time period when teenage Trunks returned to the future. In that case, if the voice actor would've been changed, it would've sounded strange. Eventually, Kusao ended up voicing Trunks both as a child and teenager. After listening to Kusao a few times, Toriyama and Toei Animation felt that it was the right choice. In the English-language dub by Funimation, Eric Vale voices him both as a teen, and as an adult in Dragon Ball GT, while Laura Bailey voices him as a child. Currently they voice the character in most video games with the exception of Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout where he was voiced by Skip Stellrecht. In the Ocean Productions' English dub, Trunks was voiced by Alistair Abell as a teenager and by Cathy Weseluck as a child.
Appearances in other media
In Dragon Ball GT, Trunks wears a tan blazer, a blue kerchief over a black long-sleeve shirt which matched his blue socks, and a pair of cuffed shorts. Coincidentally, he has worn the same type of shoes with all three outfits, which are a pair of boot-length strapped sneakers that feature dark-colored segments on the toe and heel. He accompanies Goku and Pan into space to recover the Black Star Dragon Balls. They have many strange encounters and meet many unusual characters including the robot Giru who would act as the gang's Dragon Radar. Upon arriving on Giru's home world the Machine Planet M2, the trio are hijacked by Dr. Myu's robots and Trunks is solidified in living metal for study. The contents of the plate was not really Trunks, but a cleverly made decoy by both Trunks and Giru. Trunks uses the opportunity to uncover Dr. Myu's plan, which was to awaken Baby, and sabotage the process. Unfortunately Trunks' plan fails as Baby manages to escape to Earth. When they returned home, Baby had managed to possess Vegeta and brainwash everyone else into becoming his followers. Shortly after arriving, Trunks also falls victim to Baby's mind control and battles Goku. He along with everyone else would be freed on new planet Plant. Since the beginning of the GT series, Trunks had become the CEO of Capsule Corporation, but didn't take the job seriously. During the Super Android #17 arc, he along with Goten travel the globe fighting the villains that escaped from Hell.
Trunks has appeared in most Dragon Ball related video games. He has also appeared in other related games such as Jump Super Stars, its sequel Jump Ultimate Stars, and Battle Stadium D.O.N. The game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road centers around Trunks' battle with Majin Boo in his future timeline. In 1992, Trunks would act as escort through time in the interactive Videkko game Dragon Ball Z: Get Together! Goku World. Trunks is also featured in the MMORPG Dragon Ball Online, where he is referred to as Time Patrol Trunks (タイム・パトロール・トランクス Taimu Patorōru Torankusu ).
In the Dragon Ball/One Piece crossover manga Cross Epoch, Trunks is a member of Captain Vegeta's air pirate crew. Trunks also made an appearance in the 2004 Fuji TV interactive feature Kyūtai Panic Adventure Returns!, where he and six other Dragon Ball characters delivered the Dragon Balls to restore the aqua city of Odaiba.
In music, the song "Chīsa na Senshi~Goten to Trunks no Theme~" by Shin Oya focuses on both Trunks and Goten.
Trunks has been featured in his own brand of soft drink called Trunks Cola.
Trunks is a very popular character in the series, in 2004 Japanese fans voted him the fourth most popular character. Trunks has appeared in various Anime Grand Prix polls, appearing fifth in the category "best male character" in the 1992 poll and fifth again in the 1993 poll and nineteenth in the 1994 poll.
Trunks' Japanese voice actor, Takeshi Kusao, has cited Trunks as his favorite Dragon Ball character. He further stated in an interview that he was elated when he was cast to voice him. Kusao noted that Trunks' first appearance had an incredible impact and left a great impression on him whilst referring to his fight with Freeza in which he easily defeated the strongest being in the universe. Similarly, Funimation voice actor Christopher Sabat stated that apart from Vegeta, Trunks is his favorite character from the series. He liked how his character is the "lone survivor of the apocalypse, son of the most angry and the most headstrong characters." He additionally liked Trunks' fights such as the one in which he easily killed Freeza.
While reviewing the TV special The History of Trunks, which was adapted from the stand alone manga Trunks the Story: A Warrior All Alone, Bobby Cooper of DVDtalk praised Trunks' background story, saying that it was a "good origin story that explains Trunks' motivation for becoming a fighter." Similarly, Chris Shepard of Anime News Network also enjoyed the background story and felt that Trunks was an understandable character who "I was really able to get into and sympathize for during his battles." In an IGN article on Dragon Ball GT, Trunks' character design in GT was criticized as being "goofy".
In an interview, actor Masi Oka compared Trunks to his Heroes character Hiro Nakamura, as both are time travelers that carry swords. Mangaka Tite Kubo stated that to this day no fight scene has shocked him more than Trunks' first appearance.
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