Trunks (Dragon Ball)
|Dragon Ball character|
Trunks, drawn by Akira Toriyama
|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 in the Dragon Ball manga series created 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, as an unknown young man who has traveled back in time to warn of a deadly enemy. Trunks is later revealed to be 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. As he is not full-blooded Saiyan, his hair grows and is worn in an over-the-shoulders style for a period. This is also the reason for his hair color; as Vegeta pointed out a Saiyan's hair color is black. His facial features are nearly identical to his father's as pointed out by Bulma. 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.
When the character is first introduced he wears a steel blue cropped jacket with a Capsule Corporation, his grandfather's company, patch on its upper left sleeve, over a black tank top and baggy pants. During the Cell Games he wears Saiyan battle armor identical to his father's that was made by his mother. As a child, 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 incarnation, where he is a child.
Trunks first appears in chapter #331 The Young Boy of Mystery (謎の少年 Nazo no Shōnen?), published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on July 15, 1991. Here he is a mysterious seventeen year old who appears and singlehandedly kills Freeza and his father. Upon Goku's return from planet Namek, Trunks confides with Goku his tragic story.
As told in the stand alone manga side story Trunks the Story: The Lone Warrior (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-?) and chapters #419 and 420, Trunks has traveled from twenty years in the future where the world is in constant ruin due to the terror of the two androids #17 and #18 which were created by Doctor Gero, the former chief scientist of the Red Ribbon Army. By this time Goku has succumbed to an unknown heart virus and everyone, with the exception of Gohan, has fallen at the hands of the artificial humans. Trunks has been living with Bulma and secretly training with Gohan. After Gohan's inevitable death, Trunks assumes the mantle of Earth's sole protector against the artificial humans for the next three years until Bulma finishes her time machine. 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 in the present day battle against the artificial humans. With the appearance of Cell, Trunks trains with Vegeta in the Room of Spirit and Time. After Vegeta's defeat, Trunks fights Cell in his newly gained Perfect state. However, Trunks' new Super Saiyan grade proves to be ineffective so he willfully concedes. He later participates in Cell's martial arts tournament, where he is mortally wounded by Cell. After Cell's defeat, Trunks returns to his own timeline in the future and defeats the artificial humans and Cell within his time.
Trunks' second incarnation first appears as an infant in chapter #337 Super Warriors Assemble (集う超戦士たち Tsudō Super Senshi-tachi?), published on August 26, 1991. He is only featured as a background character. When he is eight, Trunks participates in the 25th Tenkaichi Budokai and defeats Son Goten in the junior division, although the two of them cheated equally. Goten is his best friend and childhood rival, though Trunks is stronger than Goten as it is later pointed out by Goku. Eager to compete in the adult division, Trunks and Goten together pose as the fighter Mighty Mask (マイティマスク Maiti Masuku?) and are pitted against Android #18 and others in a battle royal. But they are disqualified when #18 blows their cover, revealing that they are 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 expires. Through Boo's treachery they, along with Piccolo, are absorbed by Boo, thus increasing his power. Once freed, Trunks, along with Goten, Gohan, and Piccolo are killed when Boo blows up the Earth. After being resurrected, Trunks helped to rally the people on Earth to support Goku's Genki-Dama in his defeat of Majin Boo. At the end of the series, Trunks, now grown up, 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 ki. Some of his signature attacks are the Burning Attack (バーニングアタック Bāningu Atakku?) and the Super Buster Cannon (スーパーバスターキャノン Sūpā Basutā Kyanon?). Trunks is also known for his use of a longsword that he keeps in a scabbard mounted across his back.
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 of Trunks can at least transform into basic Super Saiyan although their achievement of this form differs between incarnation. Future Trunks achieved this in his early teens, while present Trunks would be shown to have the ability at the age of eight. In the Cell arc, Future Trunks obtains further grades of Super Saiyan 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 is able to temporarily fuse with Goten to become the powerful being named Gotenks (ゴテンクス Gotenkusu?) through a technique called Fusion, which was taught to them by Goku. Gotenks is able to use a variety of attacks that he gives humorous names to, such as Galactic Donut (ギャラクティカドーナツ Gyarakutuka Dōnatsu?) and his signature Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack (スーパーゴーストカミカゼアタック Sūpā Gōsuto Kamikaze Atakku?). They can also achieve Super Saiyan 3 with ease, a feat that was very difficult for Goku to achieve and maintain.
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 have 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 have been changed, it would have 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 has become the CEO of Capsule Corporation, but does not take the job seriously. 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 named Giru, who would act as the gang's Dragon Radar. Upon arriving on Giru's home world, the trio are hijacked by Dr. Myu's robots and Trunks is solidified in living metal for study. Although, 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 is to awaken Baby, and sabotage the process. Trunks' plan fails as Baby had managed to escape to Earth. When they return home, Baby has 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. Later, he along with Goten travel the globe fighting the villains that escape 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 and 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.
Future Trunks received critical acclaim. Present Trunks received more mixed reviews. While reviewing the TV special The History of Trunks, which was adapted from the stand alone manga Trunks the Story: The Lone Warrior, Bobby Cooper of DVD Talk 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".
Trunks is a very popular character in the series, he placed third in both the 1993 and 1995 Dragon Ball character popularity polls voted on by Weekly Shōnen Jump readers. In 2004, fans of the series voted him the fourth most popular character for a poll in the book Dragon Ball Forever. 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. Jian DeLeon of Complex magazine named him thirteenth on a list of the 25 Most Stylish Anime Characters.
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, 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.
In an interview, actor Masi Oka compared his Heroes character Hiro Nakamura to Trunks, as both are time travelers that carry swords. Manga creator Tite Kubo stated that to this day no fight scene has shocked him more than Trunks' first appearance.
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