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|
Laura Bailey (Kai, kid)
Alexis Tipton (Super onwards, kid)
Eric Vale (teen/adult)
Alistair Abell (teen/adult)
Cathy Weseluck (Ocean)
|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 2, 1991, as an unknown young man who has traveled back in time to warn of a deadly enemy. He is later revealed to be the half-Saiyan half-Human son of Vegeta and Bulma. Trunks is one of Dragon Ball's most popular characters, and has been praised for his unique role within the series.
Trunks' most prominent physical features come from his maternal side, as he inherits Bulma's 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. He inherits his skin tone and facial features from his father, with Bulma, Kuririn, and Goku pointing out Trunks' resemblance to Vegeta on several occasions. 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 dark gray baggy pants and wears yellow tanker boots. During the Cell Games he wears Saiyan battle armor identical to his father's that was made by his mother. The present incarnation wears a dark green gi with matching orange belt and wrist bands and wears the same yellow tanker boots. Trunks' 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. However, in Dragon Ball Super, Future Trunks' design was different from his appearance in the manga, wearing an outfit similar to when he traveled to the past, which is a periwinkle colored jacket with the Capsule Corporation logo on the left sleeve (albeit without the logo's name), a red scarf, black baggy pants, and olive green boots, the jacket and pants appear to have two small rips on the left ends, his hair is now blue, like his mother's and is now messier, and lacks the two thin bangs he initially appeared in, to distinguish him from his present-timeline counterpart, and he also gains a new sword.
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 capable of transforming into the Super Saiyan state, who appears and singlehandedly kills Freeza and his father, King Cold. Upon Goku's return from Planet Namek, Trunks confides in Goku his tragic story.
As told in the stand-alone manga side story Trunks: The Story - The Lone Warrior (TRUNKS THE STORY －たったひとりの戦士－ Torankusu 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 medicine 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 willingly concedes. He later participates in Cell's martial arts tournament, where he is killed by Cell. After Cell's defeat, Trunks is restored with the Dragon Balls, upon which he returns to his own timeline in the future and defeats the artificial humans and Cell within his time.
Years later, Trunks encounters a new enemy known as Goku Black and is forced to retreat to the present timeline. He is shown to be able to reach Super Saiyan 2. During Goku and Goku Black's fight, Trunks' time machine is destroyed, leaving him stuck in the present era. After a reunion with Gohan, who he sees content with being a family man in the presence of his wife Videl and daughter Pan, Trunks becomes encouraged to defeat Goku Black in order for the people of his own timeline to have a chance at that same happiness, also having a reunion with Android #18. Trunks then receives training from Vegeta, vowing to surpass both his father and Goku Black in strength. Trunks then travels to the future to counter Goku Black (who is later revealed as Zamasu in Goku's body, but from another timeline), dueling Zamasu (from Future Trunks' timeline) instead. After his defeat, Trunks heals in the past and returns for a rematch. During the fight, Trunks becomes enraged when Goku Black blames him for all that has happened because of the use of the time machine, and transforms into an unknown Super Saiyan form. After numerous fights, including Goku Black and Zamasu fusing with the Potara earrings, Trunks gathers the energy from all remaining life on the planet into his sword and cuts Fusion Zamasu in half. Despite losing his body, Zamasu's essence began to envelop the entire universe, before being destroyed alongside the entire multiverse by that timeline's version of Zen-oh. Trunks and the others retreat to the past. Goku later invited Trunks to get Future Zen-Oh. The two go back, with Trunks and Mai bidding their farewells, returning afterward to a future timeline where Zamasu hasn't schemed his plans, and where there is an already existing Mai and Trunks, Bulma, and the comrades that were killed by Zamasu in Trunks' original universe.
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 and older 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 have access to the Super Saiyan transformation, 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. Unlike his present time counterpart, Future Trunks obtains two additional grades of Super Saiyan during his training with Vegeta in the Room of Spirit and Time. Unfortunately, these forms would greatly increase his ki consumption and greatly decrease his speed at the cost of additional strength, resulting in Future Trunks abandoning these grades after his initial fight with Cell. Upon his return to the past, Trunks is able to attain Super Saiyan 2 and can also use his father's techniques, such as the Galick Gun and Final Flash, learned presumably from Vegeta himself, and later when Black and Zamasu blames him for his constant time traveling which however, fueled Trunks' rage, transforms into a new form previously unknown, but was named Super Saiyan Rage (超サイヤ人怒り Sūpā Saiya-jin Ikari), which gives him enough power to fight both Black and Zamasu.
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 Present Trunks' voice. The producer at Toei Animation and the editorial department discussed that, perhaps, it would 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 did not know 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 also voicing Trunks as a child and, after listening a few times, Toriyama felt that it was the right choice. However, the cries given by the character's infant form were provided by Hiromi Tsuru in an uncredited role.
In the English-language dub by Funimation, Eric Vale voices him both as a teen and as an adult in all Dragon Ball media, while Laura Bailey voices him as a child in the series, as well as the movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, as well as the other non-canon movies. Alexis Tipton voices him as a child starting from Dragon Ball Super.
Appearances in other media
In Dragon Ball GT, Trunks has become the President 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). Trunks plays a major role in the plot of Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, helping the player to correct changes in the Dragon Ball timeline caused by the manipulations of Towa and Mira and fights the player in the game's climax alongside the game's main antagonist Demigra after becoming possessed by him. After the duo are defeated and Trunks is returned to normal, he intervenes when Demigra tries to take control of the player.
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 or less positive 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' final fight against the villain Zamasu from Dragon Ball Super earned praise by Sam Leach from Anime News Network. However he also called it "cheesy" based on the way Trunks receives energy from all his allies in order to face his enemy. Shawn Saris from IGN shared similar comments, praising how he accidentally absorbs humanity's powers into his sword to defeat Zamasu while at the same time embracing his humanity.
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 travellers who 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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