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Trunks is the son of Bulma and Vegeta, making him one half Saiyan. He was born before right before the androids awoke.

As a young boy he trained with his father and the other Saiyans. He became best friends with Goten, Goku's son. They trained and were to enter the World Martial Arts Tournament. To their dismay, a children competition had been started. Not wanting to fight other children, they stole the costume of another fighter and secretly fought as one in the adult tournament. When the Z Fighters left to face the threat of the evil Babidi, they were one of four contestants left.

They fought in the tournament against Android 18 after the other two contestants in the Battle Royale were eliminated. Eventually, they had to turn Super Saiyan to combat her and she figured out their true identity. When it was  revealed they were really two people, they were disqualified.

Trunks and Goten left and learned of the evil wizard from Videl, and their curiosity got the best of them. By the time they arrived to Babidi's ship, they could find no one except the stone statues of Piccolo and Krillin. Trunks accidentally broke the statue of Piccolo. When Krillin was revived, he realized that he had killed Piccolo, but luckily for him Piccolo was able to regenerate. Unfortunately for all, Babidi had succeeded in resurrecting Majin Buu. Trunks wished to help his father fight the monster, but Vegeta would not allow it and knocked him and Goten out. Piccolo took them to the Lookout while Vegeta fought Buu alone.

The only hope left for the Earth was now in Trunks and Goten. With Goku's time on Earth running short, he taught them the Fusion technique in order for them to combine and become one powerful fighter. Piccolo continued their training and after a few tries they were able to perfect the technique and become Gotenks. They further enhanced their abilities in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.

Trunks and Goten were eventually absorbed by Majin Buu, but were rescued by Goku and Vegeta.

Mirai Trunks (Future Trunks)

Future Trunks
In an alternate timeline, Trunks is the half Saiyan son of Vegeta , who was killed by the deadly Android 17 and Android 18. He was trained how to fight by his best friend Gohan, who had also lost his father, Goku, to a viral heart disease. Not knowing this, Dr. Gero still created Androids 17 and 18. Without a purpose the Androids turned on Gero and killed him then went on a Rampage killing hundreds.

But, Trunks often times found himself wondering, was it really worth it to fight and save people who would only live on in fear of torment and pain every day, or let them die in a quick, painless second? These thoughts made Trunks wonder all of the time. Luckily, he had a high drive to fight, as Gohan had lost his father, the Z-Fighters were blatantly useless. Even with Trunks' father, Vegeta, they held no chance. All of them, Piccolo, Krillin, Yamcha, and Tien, were dead. Trunks had never gotten to meet them except as a baby, but even so he heard that they were all extremely great men from his sensei.

The Z-Fighters attempted to defeat them but without Goku, stood no chance and fell to the Androids power. It was a sad time for Earth in his time line. Everything they did was extremely covert as people had to live in fear every day of someone killing them from nowhere. Trunks and Gohan spent everyday training, as they needed to be able to move out to take care of the Androids (or hold them off, to an extent) so that people could live another day .

Gohan, who understood him above all else. His mother, Bulma Briefs, was the only other person he had grown up knowing. They made Trunks' life all the more livable, even in these dark and dreary times.

"Okay Trunks..." Gohan said. He and Trunks had been training for months on simply trying to get him into Super Saiyan level. It never worked...Trunks never had anything to provoke him to become saiyan . He had never lost anyone like Gohan had, and only knew physical pain, nothing else.

"OK...ummm" Trunks said, only this training session was interrupted by a powerful shock wave heard from across the city.

"Okay, let's go! Go! Go!" Gohan said, rushing his young purple haired student to the battle scene. Little did either of them know, this fight would change Gohan and Trunks' life forever.

About 13 years later, the Androids were still unstopped and Trunks finally went off to fight them on his own. When he arrived on scene the Androids were already gone but Gohan was there. Trunks asked Gohan to train him so he can help him defeat the murderous Androids. Gohan agreed and started training him. But before too long they met up with the Andriods. During the battle Gohan lost his arm and gained a scar on his face. This did not stop him from wanting to stop the Androids or train Trunks.

Later, the Androids struck again. This time Gohan faught them on his own and with his condition lost to them. The Androids had killed him and Trunks showed up too late. Seeing the dead body of his closest friend, it made Trunks angry enough to transform into a Super Sayian for the first time.

3 years later, Trunks' mom, Bulma, had finished the time machine she had been working on. Trunks used this time machine to go back to the past when Frieza was on Earth and before Goku had died. Showing up before Goku came back to Earth, Trunks easily defeated Frieza and his father, King Cold. When Goku showed up he told him that was the son of Vegeta and Bulma from the future. He told him about how he would get sick and gave him a cure for it that was developed in the future. He also warned him about the Androids. After this Trunks returned to his own time.

Trunks later showed up to help the Z-Fighters defeat the Androids. Although when they showed up he was surprised to find that they were not the ones from his time. After defeating the Androids, Android 17, 18, and 16 were released. They easily defeated the Z-Fighters and went to find Goku. It was at this time a being called Cell appeared. He came from another alternate future and wanted to absorb Android 17 and 18 so he could reach his perfect form. The Z-Fighters trained in the Chamber of Spirit and Time/Hyperbolic Time Chamber, so they could train for a long time but would only seem like a few hours on Earth. After this training Trunks was able to match Cell's power, even in his perfect form, although he had to change to a form that made him too slow to win.

Cell ended up defeating him but let him win so that he could warn the Z-Fighters about a tournament he was going to hold. During the tournament, Trunks was hit by one of Cell's blasts and killed but was later revived with the Dragon Balls. He then returned to his time where he was powerful enough to defeat the Androids and Cell on his own. 

Dragon Ball GT

 Anime Only

In GT,Trunks goes on a journey with Goku and Pan in a space ship designed by Bulma. Later, a piece of the ship falls off and Goku, Trunks, and Pan are faced to crash land on the planet Immecka to get the parts needed to repair the ship. Groups of merchants swarm Trunks and the others and they have to go to the gold star hotel to hide from the swarms of sellers. They then realize they are being charged every second for everything in the hotel including the lights! They escape without paying and stumble upon the house of an old couple and their children. They talk about Don Kee the ruler of the planet and how he mistreats his rule, just then Don Ki's men come and repossess the old couple's house saying they where behind payment. Goku suggests that they go and fight Don Kee but the couple says that is impossible because of his grand army. On their way back to the ship Trunks drops the Dragon Radar and it is swallowed by the small robot T-2006 nicknamed Giru who says that he can't give the radar back to them because it is already integrated into his system.

Meanwhile Goku notices the ship being dragged away by Don Kee's men. He tries to use Instant Transmission to teleport them to the ship but after two failed attempts realizes that he can't use it in his small body. They are forced to travel to Don Kee's palace on foot to recover their ship. Pan decides that they will use a stealth operation to recover the ship and would only result to fighting as a last resort. After briefly sneaking around a large rock falls on Trunks' head and Giru starts making noises that alarm the guards. The guards open fire on the group. Pan jumps in the carrying car while Goku moves the ship onto the car and Pan drives the ship out of the palace with Goku and Trunks. But while escaping, Don Ki's henchmen Gale and Sheila fire a ki blast at Goku who reflects it back with ease towards Ledgic Don Kee's right hand man who recognizes them as Saiyans.

Goku and the others escape but Trunks says they have to go back into town for more more parts due to Pan's "reckless driving". Once they reach the town everyone hides and Trunks finds the three of them on Immecka's most wanted list. While running from Don Kee's men they fall into the house of a nice old couple who offer them food after realizing Goku and company mean no harm. They say that Don Kee made it a law that no one is allowed to own a ship so that no one would escape the planet including the old couple. Pan gets fed up and convinces Goku and Trunks to go face Don Kee head on. They turn themselves in to the police and get brought to the palace

Once there Goku, Trunks and Pan incapacitate Gale, Sheila, and all of Don Kee's guards. Then Goku blasts his way into Don Kee's throne-room. Don Kee sicks Ledgic on the fighters after capturing Pan in an energy chamber. Ledgic says that he will fight Goku but for his own satisfaction. After a short fight Goku defeats Ledgic and they take down Don Kee and make him give everyone free rent and give them back their ships free of charge. Plus Don Kee gives them the parts they need for free and they leave Immecka.

They then land on an unnamed planet where everything is larger than life. They finds the Four Star Ball in the tooth of a giant and they go to the next planet. On planet Gelbo they find the Six Star Ball in the hair of the princess of the village, Leing. Trunks asks for the ball but her fiance' Doma said that they where in a large problem already. The amphibian creature Zoonama was threatening the village with earthquakes and volcanoes if they didn't give him Leing. Goku decides that he would help them out in exchange for the Dragon Ball and they agree. Pan comes up with the idea to disguise Trunks as Leing. Zoonama comes and takes Trunks to his lair. Trunks gets Zoonama tipsy and Goku arrives with Pan and Doma. Doma slices off Zoonama's left whisker with a huge pair of scissors and as he cuts off the left one Zoonama awakens in a drunken rage. He begins to wiggle his whiskers and an earthquake begins to come but stops soon after while Zoonama continues to wiggle his whisker. Pan realizes that he can't cause earthquakes only predict them but now he is so tipsy that he didn't realize that the quake was over. Suddenly a really big earthquake erupts and Goku and the others leave the cavern with Zoonama. Goku then stops the huge volcano with a Kamehameha wave saving the city and winning the Dragon Ball. Just as he goes to get the ball the mysterious Para brothers arrive and take it.
Trunks then jumps in the ship with Pan and Goku and they chase after the Para brothers. The brothers trick them onto the asteroid of Beehay inhabited by huge bloodthirsty worm-like creatures called Mouma. The Para brothers escape and fly to the planet Luud. They go to Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy who tells them that they have failed and that Trunks has another Dragon Ball on his ship that they failed to get and they must go retrieve it. They travel back to find Goku and the others and they get hypnotized by the Para brothers until they are saved by the hungry Mouma. Pan goes aboard Para's ship to find the Dragon Ball that they stole. She accidentally activates the auto-pilot and is brought to Luud. There she is captured and turned into a doll for the evil lord Dolltaki. Goku shows up with Trunks and kills Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy who reveals that he is actually two parts the body and the whip which transforms into Mutchie and fights Goku. Trunks finishes Mutchie off with Flash Bang and saves Goku from his whip arms.

Then Dolltaki turns everyone except for Trunks, Himself, Goku, and Pan into dolls and feeds them to the machine deity Luud. Dolltaki then awakens Luud who takes him and Pan inside of Luud's body to gain their energy. While Luud fights Goku and Trunks Pan forces Dolltaki to tell her the weakness of the seemingly invincible Luud. Dolltaki reveals that Goku must strike the outside of Luud's mechanical heart while Pan strikes the inside at the exact same time. After multiple tries Goku and Pan finally succeed and destroyed Luud freeing all of the people. Trunks then takes back his Dragon Ball and they leave the planet.   

Super Android 17 Saga

A year later, Trunks observes the 30th World Martial Arts Tournament, due to the fact that it was too late for him to compete.

A month later, Trunks is ambushed by a brainwashed Android #17. Trunks joins up with Goten, Majuub, Pan, Gohan and Vegeta to fight countless villains who have escaped from Hell. Trunks, then joins the fight against Super 17 but is unable to defeat him even with the help of Gohan, Goten, Majuub, and his father. 

Shadow Dragon Saga

Later against Syn Shenron he tries to restore Goku's energy once again along with Goten and Gohan. After the dragon transforms into Omega Shenron and Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta suggests he and Goku fuse to defeat him, Trunks along with Gohan, Goten and Majuub tries to hold of Omega long enough for Goku and Vegeta to fuse. They are successful and Goku and Vegeta form Gogeta.

Later on when Goku is presumed dead by Omega Shenron, Vegeta decides the earth's best bet is for him to try and defeat Omega Shenron while everyone else escapes. Before sending them off, Vegeta requests that Goten, Gohan, Trunks continue the fight if he fails. The three half-Saiyans say goodbye to their families and decide to go back to help Vegeta in the fight but they are all easily defeated. However they do succeed in distracting Omega long enough for Goku to charge his Universal Spirit Bomb which destroys the Shadow Dragon.
Trunks is last seen telling Pan that the Dragon Balls will come back after the Earthlings have proven they can take care without them.     

Powers and Abilities

Superhuman Strength: Trunks' Saiyan/Hybrid physiology grants him greater superhuman physical strength than the average Saiyan. Trunks has several notable feats of physical strength such as overpowering and overwhelming Android 17 and Android 18, effortlessly stopping a car with his leg as a child, shattering mountain-like rock formations with his fists, physically overpowering beings more powerful than a Super Saiyan and easily overwhelming Imperfect Cell with physical strength alone, he has been seen easily lifting Frieza's Supernova energy ball which is a very heavy and dense ball of energy with enough mass to destroy a planet with a single arm showing no sign of physical effort. As a Super Saiyan Trunks can lift in the excess of 40 tons as Super Saiyan Goku was able to move at lightning fast speeds with 40 tons of weight attached to his body and in his Ascended Super Saiyan and Ultra Super Saiyan form he is able to lift far in the excess of 100 tons making him one of the physically strongest Saiyans ever mentioned and seen in all of Dragon Ball Z. 
Superhuman Speed: Like all Saiyans, Trunks' superhuman physiology grants him great superhuman speed. Trunks thinks, reacts and moves at superhuman speeds. Trunks has easily dodged high caliber bullets being fired by a machine gun, Trunks is able to conduct complicated plans in seconds or minutes and is able to analyze complicated puzzles and knows how to build and use advanced futuristic machinery and devices. Through intense physical training Trunks is able to further increase his speed and is functionally able to fly in the excess of the speed of sound which is roughly 770 mph however it should be noted that when Trunks trasnforms into an Ascended Super Saiyan or Ultra Super Saiyan his speed is greatly decreased and sacrificed so that he may increase his physical power. Trunks is able to dodge lightning fast attacks that cannot be seen by the human eye. 
Superhuman Durability: Trunks is a a half Saiyan/half Human hybrid which grants him great durability, greater than that of regular Saiyans. Trunks' body like all Saiyans' bodies is composed of super-dense tissue and is able to withstand high caliber bullets without sustaining physical damage, as a teenager he was able to withstand blows from the Androids, Trunks is able to withstand falls from high altitudes and being smashed through hard rocky formations without sustaining any visible physical damage and he is able to survive extremely powerful energy blasts and energy waves without sustaining any visible physical damage.  
Energy Manipulation: Trunks has the natural ability that all Saiyans have to manipulate energy for various purposes such as energy blasts, energy balls, energy waves, energy shields, energy bolts, explosive energy waves etc. Trunks has been shown creating colossal energy blasts that overwhelm the likes of the Androids and even Perfect Cell and was able to effortlessly incinerate Imperfect Cell with a colossal energy blast. Trunks' most powerful blast is the energy blast he performs during his Shining Sword attack and his most powerful and colossal energy blast is the blast he performs during his Heat Dome attack that easily incinerated Imperfect Cell. Trunks can also create and generate incredibly powerful and colossal energy balls such as his Burning Attack energy ball and his Buster Cannon energy ball which both can destroy the planets. Trunks can also launch a scattered array of energy bolts at his opponents and can manipulate energy to create strong energy shields to protect him from powerful attacks. Trunks commonly manipulates ki energy and can gather the ki energy from his environment and use it to enhance and or increase and or augment his power, when he begins gathering energy a flame-like aura of any color forms around his body and it begins to rapidly shift as he increases his power. Trunks can channel ki energy through his body to enhance or increase his physical power and can also concentrate ki energy into single areas of his body such as fists to deliver more powerful and harder punches and this attack is called an "Energy-Enhanced Strike".  
Energy Constructs: Trunks is able to manipulate energy to create solid energy constructs that are extremely hard and can be used to deliver immensely powerful blows that unleash great concussive force. 
Radar Sense: Trunks is able to sense the ki energy of other beings and follow the energy trail the ki energy of the being leaves behind and uses this ability to locate other beings or sense their presence. Trunks can also sense the remnants of energy signatures and is still able to follow the energy signature left behind by the remnants of the ki energy. 
Superhuman Intelligence: Trunks is superhumanly intelligent and can conduct complicated plans and analyze the most complicated of puzzles and problems in a matter of seconds. Trunks' mind work quick enough that he is able to build or repair advanced machinery and futuristic devices in moments.  
Superhuman Agility: Trunks' body is physiologically superhuman which grants him superhuman agility, bodily coordination and balance. Trunks is capable of performing complicated acrobatic movements that are almost circus-level, his agility is so great that he is able to use it to dodge lightning fast attacks. 
Superhuman Stamina: Trunks' Saiyan/Human hybrid physiology makes his body superhuman and produces less fatigue poisons than any human in the universe. Trunks is able to engage in intense physical activity for weeks before his body's production of fatigue toxins in his blood begins and impales his body tiring him. 
Unarmed Combat: Trunks was trained by Future Gohan who was a stern and complete warrior. Trunks is a master in certain martial arts styles and has combined his hand to hand combat experience and knowledge to create his own unique fighting style and martial arts. Trunks is also a very serious warrior and is a tactical and strategic genius. 
Swordsmanship: Trunks is a master swordsman and has been able to defeat Mecha Frieza with a combination of his strength and swordsmanship skill. Trunks fights fluidly with his sword and performs great swift maneuvers. Trunks however lost the use of his sword after it was broken during an intense battle.
Flight: Trunks is naturally able to fly as it is a natural Saiyan ability. Trunks has complete mastery over his flight as he is able to hover, levitate, move swiftly and spin fluidly while maintaining balance and altitude, he is able to fight perfectly while airborne and can fly at incredible speeds. Trunks is able to fly at high atmospheric pressures and harsh and intense environments and temperatures. 


Super Saiyan:

Trunks is able to transform into a Super Saiyan. Trunks first transformed into this form after witnessing his master Gohan's death at the hands of the Androids which caused his rage to surface. When Trunks transforms into a Super Saiyan his appearance changes dramatically as his eyes turn into a bright emerald green color, his hair turns golden and stands on end, becomes sraighter and spikier and longer, his skin tone becomes lighter, his facial expression sharpens, he becomes slightly more muscular and a flame-like golden aura is formed around his body. Trunks' power increases dramatically and his power increases 50x his normal power level and his speed is also greatly increased however even with the immense increase in power he stills maintains his sincere and serious demeanor. 

Super Saiyan 2nd Grade:

Trunks achieved this form after he and Vegeta suffered defeat at the hands of Android 17 and Android 18 the two underwent intense training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. In this form Trunks' power and speed are greatly elevated and his physical strength is greatly increased. Trunks' appearance changes slightly, his muscles swell causing his body to become several times his size and his muscles increase greatly and he becomes bulkier, his hair grows slightly longer and becomes spikier and sharper and his skin tone becomes slightly lighter.        

Ultra Super Saiyan:

This form is Trunks' most powerful form. This is another form achieved by Trunks during his training session with Vegeta in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. In this form Trunks' muscles become abnormally large and swell even more than in his Super Saiyan 2nd Grade form, he becomes bigger in size due to immense muscle mass increase, his hair become slightly longer and spikier from his previous form and his aura becomes spikier. In this form Trunks is at his most powerful and physically strongest however this form has great lack of speed and mobility giving Trunks a great disadvantage in battle as this form requires too much time in ki and energy consumption and cannot maintain this form for long periods due to that fact. In this form he was vastly physically stronger than Perfect Cell but lost because of extreme lack of speed.

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