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* AdaptationalBadass: In the manga story, Gohan is killed by Android 17 alone, who claimed not to even used half of his power to beat Gohan the last time they fought. In the anime adaptation, Gohan is actually stronger than the androids individually. He is killed because 17 and 18 ganged up on him in a 2 vs 1 fight.
* AdaptationExpansion: The TV special significantly expands on ''Trunks The Story,'' the bonus manga chapter it was based on. Most notably, in the manga, Trunks just ''is'' a Super Saiyan, while the TV special uses his first transformation as a pivotal moment.
* AnArmAndALeg: Gohan loses an arm during one of the battles in the many years of confronting the Androids.

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* AdaptationalBadass: In the manga story, Gohan is killed by Android 17 alone, who claimed not to that he didn't even used use half of his power to beat Gohan the last time they fought. In the anime adaptation, Gohan is actually stronger than the androids individually. He is killed because 17 and 18 ganged up on him in a 2 vs 1 fight.
* AdaptationExpansion: The TV special significantly expands on ''Trunks The Story,'' the bonus manga chapter it was based on. Most notably, in the manga, Trunks just ''is'' already became a Super Saiyan, Saiyan before Gohan died, while the TV special uses his that pivotal moment for Trunks's first transformation as a pivotal moment.after spending most of the special attempting to do so.
* AnArmAndALeg: Gohan loses an arm during one of the battles in the many years of confronting the Androids.



* BadFuture: ''Good God''. Only a third of the Earth's population remains, dozens of cities worldwide have been ruined and all the Z-Fighters (with the exception of Chi-Chi, Ox-King, Master Roshi, Oolong, Puar, and Turtle) are dead with no way of bringing them back.

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* BadFuture: ''Good God''. Only a third of the Earth's population remains, dozens of cities worldwide have been ruined ruined, and all the Z-Fighters (with the exception of Chi-Chi, Ox-King, Master Roshi, Oolong, Puar, and Turtle) are dead with no way of bringing them back.



* CozyCatastrophe: Although the worldwide death toll has been constantly rising over the past dozen years or so, people in cities the Androids haven't attacked yet go about their day as if they never appeared. You can even find clothing stores with untouched and fresh clothes to buy at your leisure,



* {{Troperrific}}: This is a 30 minute special based on one chapter out of over 500. ''Look at how many tropes are on this page.''

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* FilmNoir: The lighting of the second and final act of this film is the dominated by the shadows of urban decay, only occasionally broken by flashes of lightning, dim lamps and dying sunlight.


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* SlasherMovie: The aesthetic that the final act of the film is "shot" in; eerily appropriate considering the antagonists ''are'' psychotic teenage serial killers.

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* OutOfGenreExperience: As the rain falls on the final battle of Gohan's life, the film takes on a distinctly eerie and FilmNoir aesthetic, replete with deep shadows only broken by flashes of lightning and dying sunlight. In particular, Trunks' hiding in ''terror'' among the shadows of the urban ruins bears a closer resemblance to a SlasherMovie than a Martial Arts Anime, complete with a spine-chilling Gothic OminousPipeOrgan score in the Original Japanese Version to emphasize the hopelessness of his struggles.

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* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening:
** Gohan achieved the form when the androids killed [[ParentalSubstitute Piccolo]].
** Trunks has one when he saw Gohan's dead body as a result from fighting the androids. It's even pictures in the trope page!


** Goku's death that sets up the sheer bleakness of the setting? Getting sick with a disease that claimed him and several other people. No matter how strong Goku may of gotten, the fact remains theres no way to fight off something like disease.

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** Goku's death that sets up the sheer bleakness of the setting? Getting sick with a disease that claimed him and several other people. No matter how strong Goku may of have gotten, the fact remains theres no way to fight off something like disease.



* TropeOverdosed: This is a 30 minute special based on one chapter out of over 500. ''Look at how many tropes are on this page.''

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* TropeOverdosed: {{Troperrific}}: This is a 30 minute special based on one chapter out of over 500. ''Look at how many tropes are on this page.''



This special has been readily available in the West since 2000, and recaps events told by Trunks when he is first introduced in the main story, so spoilers will be unmarked.



* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: Gohan]] loses an arm during one of the battles in the many years of confronting the Androids.
* AsLongAsThereIsOneMan: [[spoiler:Gohan's last words to the Androids before they kill him]].
* BadFuture: ''Good God''. [[spoiler: Only a third of the Earth's population remains, dozens of cities worldwide have been ruined and all the Z-Fighters (with the exception of Chi-Chi, Ox-King, Master Roshi, Oolong, Puar, and Turtle) are dead with no way of bringing them back.]]
* BigDamnHeroes. '''Averted'''. After [[spoiler:the death of [[BigBrotherMentor Gohan]] at the hands of [[CreepyTwins Androids 17 & 18]]]], Trunks was overcome with anger and grief and became a [[SuperMode Super Saiyan]]. Trunks then spent the next few years training [[spoiler:[[ItsPersonal to avenge his fallen mentor]]]]. He eventually takes on the Androids as a Super Saiyan, [[spoiler: [[CurbStompBattle and loses…]][[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown badly]]]]. Keep in mind, by the time this fight occurred, in Future Trunks' timeline, [[spoiler: more than half of the world's population had been wiped out by the Androids, all of the Z-Fighters were dead with no way of bringing them back, humanity was struggling to survive with Trunks being the last hope for the survival of what was left of mankind, and Gohan, who was much stronger than Trunks, had already taken on the Androids on many occasions and as a Super Saiyan and ''never won once''.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Trunks is ultimately no match for the Androids and has to resort to traveling back in time to give the Heart Medicine to Goku that would prevent him dying from the heart virus. But in the end, this triggers the chain of event that would help him overcome the Androids and bring peace to his world.]]

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* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan loses an arm during one of the battles in the many years of confronting the Androids.
* AsLongAsThereIsOneMan: [[spoiler:Gohan's Gohan's last words to the Androids before they kill him]].
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* BadFuture: ''Good God''. [[spoiler: Only a third of the Earth's population remains, dozens of cities worldwide have been ruined and all the Z-Fighters (with the exception of Chi-Chi, Ox-King, Master Roshi, Oolong, Puar, and Turtle) are dead with no way of bringing them back.]]
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* BigDamnHeroes. '''Averted'''. After [[spoiler:the the death of [[BigBrotherMentor Gohan]] at the hands of [[CreepyTwins Androids 17 & 18]]]], 18]], Trunks was overcome with anger and grief and became a [[SuperMode Super Saiyan]]. Trunks then spent the next few years training [[spoiler:[[ItsPersonal [[ItsPersonal to avenge his fallen mentor]]]]. mentor]]. He eventually takes on the Androids as a Super Saiyan, [[spoiler: [[CurbStompBattle and loses…]][[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown badly]]]]. badly]]. Keep in mind, by the time this fight occurred, in Future Trunks' timeline, [[spoiler: more than half of the world's population had been wiped out by the Androids, all of the Z-Fighters were dead with no way of bringing them back, humanity was struggling to survive with Trunks being the last hope for the survival of what was left of mankind, and Gohan, who was much stronger than Trunks, had already taken on the Androids on many occasions and as a Super Saiyan and ''never won once''.]]
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Trunks is ultimately no match for the Androids and has to resort to traveling back in time to give the Heart Medicine to Goku that would prevent him dying from the heart virus. But in the end, this triggers the chain of event that would help him overcome the Androids and bring peace to his world.]]



* CurbStompBattle: Dished out to [[spoiler: every Z-Fighter]], courtesy of Androids 17 and 18.

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* CurbStompBattle: Dished out to [[spoiler: every Z-Fighter]], Z-Fighter, courtesy of Androids 17 and 18.



* DeathIsCheap: Averted, ''again''. [[spoiler: With Piccolo dying with the rest of the Z-Fighters when they took on 17 and 18 and no indication that Trunks and Bulma have any knowledge of New Namek's whereabouts to even be able to call on them, the Earth's Dragon Balls disappeared ''forever''. And Goku died of natural causes so he couldn't be wished back with any set of Dragon Balls. So anybody that dies in this TV special's timeline, ''stays dead.'']]

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* DeathIsCheap: Averted, ''again''. [[spoiler: With Piccolo dying with the rest of the Z-Fighters when they took on 17 and 18 and no indication that Trunks and Bulma have any knowledge of New Namek's whereabouts to even be able to call on them, the Earth's Dragon Balls disappeared ''forever''. And Goku died of natural causes so he couldn't be wished back with any set of Dragon Balls. So anybody that dies in this TV special's timeline, ''stays dead.'']]''



* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Gohan]] played this trope as straight as possible. He sure as hell never backed down no matter how grim the outcome looked.
* {{Determinator}}: Deconstructed six ways to Sunday. The many years of battling the Androids takes a physical and mental toll on both Trunks and [[spoiler: Gohan]]. The fact they flat out ''refuse'' to stay in hiding for more than even a day and keep themselves safe and instead ''constantly'' fight the Androids creates no progress in actually defeating them. Hell, [[spoiler: Gohan]] eventually loses an arm and becomes disadvantaged in battle and Trunks gets driven to near depression over the fact that they're constantly battling to save humanity and ''always'' losing.
* DoomedMoralVictor: [[spoiler: Gohan's final battle against the Androids is this. His death finally makes Trunks ascend to a Super Saiyan, but Gohan is still dead and Trunks is now the only one left to fight the androids]].
* DownerBeginning: The TV special opens with [[spoiler: Goku's tragic death from a heart virus, and the deaths of the Z Fighters at the hands of Android 17 and Android 18 around six months later on May 12, Age 767. The Z Fighters are unable to be wished back to life because the Dragon Balls are permanently unusable due to Piccolo's death, which also kills Kami.]]

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* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan played this trope as straight as possible. He sure as hell never backed down no matter how grim the outcome looked.
* {{Determinator}}: Deconstructed six ways to Sunday. The many years of battling the Androids takes a physical and mental toll on both Trunks and [[spoiler: Gohan]].Gohan. The fact they flat out ''refuse'' to stay in hiding for more than even a day and keep themselves safe and instead ''constantly'' fight the Androids creates no progress in actually defeating them. Hell, [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan eventually loses an arm and becomes disadvantaged in battle and Trunks gets driven to near depression over the fact that they're constantly battling to save humanity and ''always'' losing.
* DoomedMoralVictor: [[spoiler: Gohan's final battle against the Androids is this. His death finally makes Trunks ascend to a Super Saiyan, but Gohan is still dead and Trunks is now the only one left to fight the androids]].
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* DownerBeginning: The TV special opens with [[spoiler: Goku's tragic death from a heart virus, and the deaths of the Z Fighters at the hands of Android 17 and Android 18 around six months later on May 12, Age 767. The Z Fighters are unable to be wished back to life because the Dragon Balls are permanently unusable due to Piccolo's death, which also kills Kami.]]



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: ''The cruelest aversion and deconstruction of this trope'' '''ever'''. [[spoiler:Gohan's]] attempts at invoking this trope did ''nothing'' to change the plot. Even when [[spoiler: Trunks becomes a Super Saiyan as a result of his death]], Trunks is still no match for the Androids. [[spoiler:Gohan's]] death is even ''more'' meaningless in the manga version of the story as [[spoiler: Trunks was already a Super Saiyan by the time Gohan died]]. And just to add insult to injury, in the manga version of the story it's strongly implied that only Android 17 had fought and [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] [[spoiler: Gohan]] on his own as opposed him taking on both 17 and 18 at the same time and putting up a reasonable fight. So Trunks and humanity as a whole gained '''''nothing''''' from [[spoiler:Gohan's]] supposedly epic and poignant final stand.

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: ''The cruelest aversion and deconstruction of this trope'' '''ever'''. [[spoiler:Gohan's]] Gohan's attempts at invoking this trope did ''nothing'' to change the plot. Even when [[spoiler: Trunks becomes a Super Saiyan as a result of his death]], death, Trunks is still no match for the Androids. [[spoiler:Gohan's]] Gohan's death is even ''more'' meaningless in the manga version of the story as [[spoiler: Trunks was already a Super Saiyan by the time Gohan died]]. died. And just to add insult to injury, in the manga version of the story it's strongly implied that only Android 17 had fought and [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan on his own as opposed him taking on both 17 and 18 at the same time and putting up a reasonable fight. So Trunks and humanity as a whole gained '''''nothing''''' from [[spoiler:Gohan's]] Gohan's supposedly epic and poignant final stand. stand.
* ForegoneConclusion: Gohan dies fighting the Androids. Trunks turns Super Saiyan and travels back in time to change the past.



** When Trunks finds [[spoiler: Gohan's dead body and transforms into a Super Saiyan]].
** Averted in the original manga story where [[spoiler: Trunks finds Gohan in a pool of his blood, it's not raining when he finds him and doesn't transform into a Super Saiyan as he already achieved the transformation prior to Gohan's death]].
* HandicappedBadass: Even after [[spoiler: Gohan]] loses an arm during the many years of battling the Androids, he can still kick some serious ass and even take on the Androids ''at the same time with just one arm'' and '''still put up a real fight.''' [[spoiler: He was still brutally murdered by the Androids, but he sure as hell didn't die without giving it a go.]]

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** When Trunks finds [[spoiler: Gohan's dead body and transforms into a Super Saiyan]].
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** Averted in the original manga story where [[spoiler: Trunks finds Gohan in a pool of his blood, it's not raining when he finds him and doesn't transform into a Super Saiyan as he already achieved the transformation prior to Gohan's death]].
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* HandicappedBadass: Even after [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan loses an arm during the many years of battling the Androids, he can still kick some serious ass and even take on the Androids ''at the same time with just one arm'' and '''still put up a real fight.''' [[spoiler: He was still brutally murdered by the Androids, but he sure as hell didn't die without giving it a go.]] go.



* HeroicResolve: Trunks and [[spoiler: Gohan]] never learned how to stay down even with the odds stacked against them. This ultimately proves to be their greatest flaw and eventually leads to [[spoiler: [[DeconstructedTrope Gohan being murdered, leaving humanity even more defenseless, and Trunks spending several days in the hospital in critical condition]]]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed.]] [[spoiler: Gohan]] knocks out Trunks to prevent him from taking on the the Androids with himself and risk dying. But because he goes alone it makes it even ''easier'' for the Androids to kill [[spoiler: Gohan]], and he wasn't exactly putting up much a fight prior to confronting the Androids alone. And because [[spoiler: Gohan]] dies, it only make the job of defeating the Androids an even ''more'' impossible task. And with no one to train Trunks anymore, it take years before Trunks feels strong enough through his own self training methods to take on the Androids again…[[spoiler: [[ShootTheShaggyDog and he still loses and very badly]]]].
* HeroicSecondWind: Another deconstructed trope. [[spoiler: Gohan, why did you take on the Androids, let alone ''on your own'', just after recently nearly dying ''and'' losing an arm?! [[RealityEnsues Did you actually think some sort of miracle would happen and you'd win out of the blue?]]]]

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* HeroicResolve: Trunks and [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan never learned how to stay down even with the odds stacked against them. This ultimately proves to be their greatest flaw and eventually leads to [[spoiler: [[DeconstructedTrope Gohan being murdered, leaving humanity even more defenseless, and Trunks spending several days in the hospital in critical condition]]]].
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed.]] [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan knocks out Trunks to prevent him from taking on the the Androids with himself and risk dying. But because he goes alone it makes it even ''easier'' for the Androids to kill [[spoiler: Gohan]], Gohan, and he wasn't exactly putting up much a fight prior to confronting the Androids alone. And because [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan dies, it only make the job of defeating the Androids an even ''more'' impossible task. And with no one to train Trunks anymore, it take years before Trunks feels strong enough through his own self training methods to take on the Androids again…[[spoiler: again… [[ShootTheShaggyDog and he still loses and very badly]]]].
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* HeroicSecondWind: Another deconstructed trope. [[spoiler: Gohan, why did you take on the Androids, let alone ''on your own'', just after recently nearly dying ''and'' losing an arm?! [[RealityEnsues Did you actually think some sort of miracle would happen and you'd win out of the blue?]]]]blue?]]



* IAmNotLeftHanded: Android 17 revealed he was invoking this trope prior to battling [[spoiler: Gohan]], much to his understandable horror.
* IWorkAlone: Do ''not'' take on the Androids on your own without a strategy or without having monster strength. '''You will not survive'''. Or at the very least, you will be hospitalized with ''very'' serious injuries. [[spoiler: Gohan is proof of that. [[KilledOffForReal And no, you can't be brought back to life if you die.]]]]

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* IAmNotLeftHanded: Android 17 revealed he was invoking this trope prior to battling [[spoiler: Gohan]], Gohan, much to his understandable horror.
* IWorkAlone: Do ''not'' take on the Androids on your own without a strategy or without having monster strength. '''You will not survive'''. Or at the very least, you will be hospitalized with ''very'' serious injuries. [[spoiler: Gohan is proof of that. [[KilledOffForReal And no, you can't be brought back to life if you die.]]]] ]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: ''Many'' major characters. Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin and Kami just to name a few. It would be a much easier task to determine who ''wasn't'' killed.]]
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: Trunks and Gohan are the last beings with Saiyan blood at the start of the special. By the end, Trunks is the last one left if you don't count Tarble]].
* LastStand: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: Gohan]] doesn't kill either of the Androids before he dies and because he doesn't, humanity is in an even ''more'' hopeless situation as the only one who is left to defend Earth and humanity from extinction is Trunks. And he wasn't nowhere near as strong as [[spoiler: Gohan]] was. Let alone as strong as the Androids. So in a nutshell, [[spoiler: Gohan's]] LastStand only made things ''worse''.

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: ''Many'' major characters. Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin and Kami just to name a few. It would be a much easier task to determine who ''wasn't'' killed.]]

* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: Trunks and Gohan are the last beings with Saiyan blood at the start of the special. By the end, Trunks is the last one left if you don't count Tarble]].
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* LastStand: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan doesn't kill either of the Androids before he dies and because he doesn't, humanity is in an even ''more'' hopeless situation as the only one who is left to defend Earth and humanity from extinction is Trunks. And he wasn't nowhere near as strong as [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan was. Let alone as strong as the Androids. So in a nutshell, [[spoiler: Gohan's]] Gohan's LastStand only made things ''worse''.



* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler: Trunks tries doing this with Gohan when he finds the latter's corpse, but reality sinks in ''[[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening very]]'' quickly.]]

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* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler: Trunks tries doing this with Gohan when he finds the latter's corpse, but reality sinks in ''[[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening very]]'' quickly.]]



** You want to be the badass [[IWorkAlone lone wolf]] and take on the enemy with the hope of [[HeroicSecondWind pulling out a miracle]] or [[DyingMomentOfAwesome dying in a significant blaze of glory]]? Get real. Have a genuine strategy or damn well know you are definitely strong enough to win or things will end very badly. [[spoiler: Gohan]] learned that the hard way. And ultimately him going out in a blaze of glory only made the difficulty of defeating Androids even ''more'' improbable for Trunks and it led to Trunks having to [[spoiler: go back in time in a last resort to save his world]]. And that act also unwittingly made things '''[[ShootTheShaggyDog even worse]]'''.

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** You want to be the badass [[IWorkAlone lone wolf]] and take on the enemy with the hope of [[HeroicSecondWind pulling out a miracle]] or [[DyingMomentOfAwesome dying in a significant blaze of glory]]? Get real. Have a genuine strategy or damn well know you are definitely strong enough to win or things will end very badly. [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan learned that the hard way. And ultimately him going out in a blaze of glory only made the difficulty of defeating Androids even ''more'' improbable for Trunks and it led to Trunks having to [[spoiler: go back in time in a last resort to save his world]].world. And that act also unwittingly made things '''[[ShootTheShaggyDog even worse]]'''.



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: [[spoiler: What Trunks plans on doing in regard to traveling back to the past.]]
* SkywardScream: An ''epic'' one happens when [[spoiler: Trunks finds Gohan's dead body and transforms into a Super Saiyan]].
* SoleSurvivor: Trunks becomes the last remaining protagonist after [[spoiler: Gohan]] dies.

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: [[spoiler: What Trunks plans on doing in regard to traveling back to the past.]]
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* SkywardScream: An ''epic'' one happens when [[spoiler: Trunks finds Gohan's dead body and transforms into a Super Saiyan]].
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* SoleSurvivor: Trunks becomes the last remaining protagonist after [[spoiler: Gohan]] Gohan dies.



* TeensAreMonsters: Android 17 and 18 ruthlessly murder people for their own pleasure and [[spoiler: kill all the Z-Fighters leaving only Trunks the sole survivor]].
* TimeSkip: The movie fast forwards five years [[spoiler: after Gohan's death at the hands of the Androids]].
* TimeTravel: [[spoiler: What Trunks is resorted to do in a last ditch effort to save the world.]]

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* TeensAreMonsters: Android 17 and 18 ruthlessly murder people for their own pleasure and [[spoiler: kill all the Z-Fighters leaving only Trunks the sole survivor]].
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* TimeSkip: The movie fast forwards five years [[spoiler: after Gohan's death at the hands of the Androids]].
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* TimeTravel: [[spoiler: What Trunks is resorted to do in a last ditch effort to save the world.]]


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* TropeOverdosed: This is a 30 minute special based on one chapter out of over 500. ''Look at how many tropes are on this page.''


''The History of Trunks'' tells the story of Trunks and his life during the time where the Androids have the world under siege. It is unique among Dragon Ball movies/specials since it is actually based from a brief chapter in the ''Dragon Ball'' manga, called "Trunks The Story - The Lone Warrior". The special changes several key plot points for drama (such as that in the manga [[spoiler: Trunks was capable of transforming into a Super Saiyan before Future Gohan's death]]).

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''The History of Trunks'' tells the story of Trunks and his life during the time where the Androids have the world under siege. It is unique among Dragon Ball movies/specials since it is actually based from a brief chapter in the ''Dragon Ball'' manga, called "Trunks The Story - The Lone Warrior". The special changes several key plot points for drama (such as that (For instance, in the manga [[spoiler: manga, Trunks was capable of transforming into a Super Saiyan before Future Gohan's death]]).
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Easily [[DarkerAndEdgier the darkest of the franchise]], ''History of Trunks'' effectively serves as a {{Deconstruction}} of the various tropes present in ''Dragon Ball'', and shows how the lack of the Dragon Balls would cause the series to swerve right off into the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.

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** Goku's death that sets up the sheer bleakness of the setting? Getting sick with a disease that claimed him and several other people. No matter how strong Goku may of gotten, the fact remains theres no way to fight off something like disease.


* LastStand: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: Gohan]] doesn't kill either of the Androids before he dies and because he doesn't humanity is in an even ''more'' hopeless situation as the only one who is left to defend Earth and humanity from extinction is Trunks. And he wasn't nowhere near as strong as [[spoiler: Gohan]] was. Let alone as strong as the Androids. So in a nutshell, [[spoiler: Gohan's]] LastStand only made things ''worse''.

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* LastStand: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: Gohan]] doesn't kill either of the Androids before he dies and because he doesn't doesn't, humanity is in an even ''more'' hopeless situation as the only one who is left to defend Earth and humanity from extinction is Trunks. And he wasn't nowhere near as strong as [[spoiler: Gohan]] was. Let alone as strong as the Androids. So in a nutshell, [[spoiler: Gohan's]] LastStand only made things ''worse''.


* DeconstructorFleet: This TV special is essentially ''Dragon Ball Z'' when RealityEnsues. The tropes that the show is most commonly known for such as DeathIsCheap, HeroicSacrifice, BigDamnHeroes, HeroicSecondWind, HeroicResolve and DyingMomentOfAwesome are ''horribly'' torn to shreds.

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* DeconstructorFleet: This TV special is essentially ''Dragon Ball Z'' when RealityEnsues. The tropes that the show is most commonly known for such as DeathIsCheap, HeroicSacrifice, BigDamnHeroes, HeroicSecondWind, HeroicResolve and DyingMomentOfAwesome are ''horribly'' torn to shreds. It also takes a knock at the CantCatchUp Trope by showing just what happens when the hero they can't catch up with passes and can't be brought back; the heroes end up being hopelessly outclassed by the villains he usually kept at bay and die in droves.


''The History of Trunks'' tells the story of Trunks and his life during the time where the Androids have the world under siege. It is unique among Dragon Ball movies/specials since it is actually based from a brief chapter in the ''Dragon Ball'' manga, called "Trunks The History - The Lone Warrior". The special changes several key plot points for drama (such as that in the manga [[spoiler: Trunks was capable of transforming into a Super Saiyan before Future Gohan's death]]).

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''The History of Trunks'' tells the story of Trunks and his life during the time where the Androids have the world under siege. It is unique among Dragon Ball movies/specials since it is actually based from a brief chapter in the ''Dragon Ball'' manga, called "Trunks The History Story - The Lone Warrior". The special changes several key plot points for drama (such as that in the manga [[spoiler: Trunks was capable of transforming into a Super Saiyan before Future Gohan's death]]).


* DyingMomentOfAwesome: ''The cruelest aversion and deconstruction of this trope'' '''ever'''. [[spoiler:Gohan's]] attempts at invoking this trope did ''nothing'' to change the plot. Even when [[spoiler: Trunks becomes a Super Saiyan as a result of his death]], Trunks is still no match for the Androids. [[spoiler:Gohan's]] death is even ''more'' meaningless in the manga version of the story as [[spoiler: Trunks was already a Super Saiyan by the time Gohan died]]. And just to add insult to injury, in the manga version of the story it's strongly implied that only Android 17 had fought and [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] [[spoiler: Gohan]] on his own as supposed him taking on both 17 and 18 at the same time and putting up a reasonable fight. So Trunks and humanity as a whole gained '''''nothing''''' from [[spoiler:Gohan's]] supposedly epic and poignant final stand.

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: ''The cruelest aversion and deconstruction of this trope'' '''ever'''. [[spoiler:Gohan's]] attempts at invoking this trope did ''nothing'' to change the plot. Even when [[spoiler: Trunks becomes a Super Saiyan as a result of his death]], Trunks is still no match for the Androids. [[spoiler:Gohan's]] death is even ''more'' meaningless in the manga version of the story as [[spoiler: Trunks was already a Super Saiyan by the time Gohan died]]. And just to add insult to injury, in the manga version of the story it's strongly implied that only Android 17 had fought and [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] [[spoiler: Gohan]] on his own as supposed opposed him taking on both 17 and 18 at the same time and putting up a reasonable fight. So Trunks and humanity as a whole gained '''''nothing''''' from [[spoiler:Gohan's]] supposedly epic and poignant final stand.

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* WhyWontYouDie: Trunks becomes shocked that no matter how hard he attacks the Androids, he can't even ''hurt'' them. At the same time, the Androids become annoyed that no matter how much they hurt Trunks, he won't just keel over.


* SmokeOut: At the beginning of their final battle, Gohan blasts the ground and briefly loses the Androids in the dust cloud it created.



* {{Troll}}: Android 17 and 18, during their fight with Trunks. It's clear from the get-go that [[CurbstompBattle they clearly outmatch him]], so they spend most of the fight screwing around.

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* {{Troll}}: Android 17 and 18, during their fight with Trunks. It's clear from the get-go that [[CurbstompBattle [[CurbStompBattle they clearly outmatch him]], so they spend most of the fight screwing around.around.
* YouWillBeSpared: When a store clerk gives 18 nice clothes, she says out of gratitude that he will get to live today. 17 kills him seconds later, and 18 gets annoyed because he made a liar out of her.

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