Goku's best friend since childhood, having trained with him as a kid under the tutelage of Master Roshi. A former monk of the Orin Temple with a perverted side to him, Krillin's not really the luckiest of folks out there, but he tries his best to help Goku and co. out whenever he's certain he won't get killed again. Spends his free time training for tournaments and running a gaming show on YouTube.
- Accidental Misnaming: He doesn't seem to be great with names. He kept referring to Dende as "Little Green" in spite of being told on multiple occasions to knock it off, and he once forgot Korin's name and resorted to "Whiskers the Wonder-Cat" instead. It was really awkward.
- Adaptational Dumbass: Arguably suffers this the worst out of any of the main characters from the original source material. While Abridged Goku is far dumber, it's not such a leap from the manga. Krillin, on the other hand, is usually characterised as one of the smarter and most strategically minded Z-Fighters, in contrast to his Abridged counterpart who is more often than not portrayed as an absent-minded moron.
- Adaptational Jerkass: He's still not a bad person, by any means, but he's a lot more abrasive and rude than in the original show and more prone to Jerkass behaviour. The highlights being constantly calling Dende "Little Green" despite the latter's protests and committing insurance fraud.
- Adorkable: At times
- His awkward attempts to hit on Android 18 are most definitely this.
- He makes laser noises in his head whenever he fires ki blasts. Trunks ends up emulating him.
- Ambiguously Bi: Despite having had a sexual attraction towards Maron and a romantic attraction towards Android 18, he has a rather pleased reaction to imagining Garlic Jr's schlong in his buff form. Though it was All Just a Dream by Gohan.
- As the Good Book Says...: Despite being a Buddhist.note
- Berserk Button: Post-Cell saga Krillin will shrug off any and all insults directed at him, but if you insult his girlfriend, you'll find yourself down a table and shitting your pants in short order!
- Beyond the Impossible: At the end of his day-long Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex marathon with Android 18, she is audibly exhausted while he sounds just fine, meaning that he has more stamina than a woman with literally infinite energy.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Implied. When 18 orders him to remove his pants, the sound of something heavy and flesh-like hitting the ground can be heard. Immediately followed by 18's stunned voice "OH! MY! GOD! Get on the bed!"
- Break the Cutie: Goes through this twice. The first time is when he's deeply in love with Android 18 and couldn't bring himself to kill her. The second is once Cell absorbs her, the first thing he does is throw his Destructo Disk, which did not do any meaningful damage to him. And it's not Played for Laughs.
- Brick Joke: In the Frieza Saga, he pretended to be a "space duck" to throw off some soldiers. Later, Android 16 mistakes him for a duck.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Krillin always gets to show he is scared the most out of everyone.Krillin: On the bright side, I no longer have to pee anymore.
- In seasons 1 and 2, he is very much likely to be the victim of some cosmic unluckiness or other person's jerkass behavior. It decreases in Season 3, likely because of Yamcha's involvement.
- It has been stated in an FAQ that the reason why they made fun of Krillin so much during that time was "because Yamcha isn't around enough".
- In seasons 1 and 2, he is very much likely to be the victim of some cosmic unluckiness or other person's jerkass behavior. It decreases in Season 3, likely because of Yamcha's involvement.
- Krillin: Do you know how many times I've been hit by someone stronger than me since I became an adult? EVERY TIME! Barring Bulma and Chi-Chi, literally every time!
- Likewise, he's on the receiving end of most abuse in the movies even more than he originally was. Similarly, Yamcha is absent from most of the films, while Krillin appeared in almost all of them.
- Calling Me a Logarithm: When Nappa points out the Namekian in the group (referring to Piccolo), Krillin takes offense. Piccolo immediately corrects him and tells him how stupid his reaction was.
- Calling Your Orgasms: When Krillin and 18 are about to hit their climaxes on Their First Time, he shoots a Scatter Bullet so powerful, it destroys the Krillin Owned Count counter.
- Comically Missing the Point: He doesn't pick up on the fact that Dende doesn't like being called "Little Green" despite Dende repeatedly saying, "My name is Dende" in response, nor does he realize that no one likes the name Team Three Star (including himself) even though Vegeta repeatedly threatens him over it. Gohan has to say it outright for both of these.
- Cowardly Lion: He doesn't see any reason to put his life at risk if he can help it, when it wouldn't (at least from his perspective) really accomplish anything anyway, and he often advocates to run away against the opposition. However, he never abandons his friends and, when the chips are down, he's willing to fight.
- Dating Catwoman: He has a crush on Android 18 that seems to be returned. When he gets ahold of her Self-Destruct Mechanism, his initial enthusiasm fades as it feels heavier than he expected
- A Day in the Limelight: Stars in Episode 31, where things finally start going his way. Then the feds show up...
- Likewise in Dragon Short Z Episode 3, co-starring with Android 18 on their first date. This time, barring some hiccups during the episode and at the ending card, it ends on a very happy and heartwarming note.
- Dirty Coward: Shows some shades of this since he is the first one willing to pull out of fights.
- Double Entendre: In Episode 31, he makes these about "pounding Chi-Chi's tuna". Completely accidentally.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: After using a Scatter Shot to kill 3 Saibamen, no one is impressed. Vegeta points out that he and Nappa are stronger still, and Krillin's own allies are more impressed with Piccolo killing one Saibaman.
- Exact Words: He gleefully calls out that he killed Cell. This is true but this version of Cell was just a developing creature in a huge tube.
- Fauxreigner: Krillin looks like a Tibetan monk, but he picks a false surname of Sanchez when he is trying to collect on his own life insurance policy.
- Forgot About His Powers: Even when other characters remind him of his Kienzan, he still doesn't use it.
- Friendship Moment:
- Goku considers Krillin to be his best friend and Krillin's death is what causes Goku to go Super Saiyan.
- When Krillin thinks Sauza has destroyed the only means of saving Goku's life in Revenge of Cooler, he goes nuts and launches a hopeless attack on Sauza.
- When Trunks revealed he was a Super Saiyan to Goku, Goku remembered what had happened to trigger his initial transformation and immediately started asking if Krillin was OK and refused to talk about anything else until he was given an answer. This is very telling of their friendship because Krillin's welfare got GOKU to stay focused on something.
- Krillin's willingness to stand up to the Androids, who could easily kill him, for Goku's sake.
- Not played up quite as much, but Krillin is basically a bigger fixture in Gohan's life than his father. At one point, Gohan, thinking to himself, refers to Krillin as his best friend. When Freeza almost kills him in his second form, Gohan briefly goes berserk and dominates the alien overlord, and his future incarnation lists him right after Piccolo in his summation of the deaths that motivate him to go Super Saiyan. If Piccolo is his surrogate father, Krillin is his surrogate big brother.
- Krillin and Vegeta have a few moments. Krillin says point-blank to Trunks in Episode 52 that, despite Vegeta's constant anger and even after their battles at the beginning of the series, he genuinely likes the prince. This is compounded when they share a few laughs at Krillin's own ineptitude while he helps Vegeta get back up after Vegeta's bout with Perfect Cell. And shortly before Perfect Cell's news conference, Vegeta even messes with Krillin as Krillin and Yamcha talk about heading to the gym, and it lacks most of the malevolence usually seen in any conversations with anyone else. This, however, doesn't stop Vegeta from reacting like one would expect if Krillin accidentally pushes a Berserk Button.
- Friend or Idol Decision: An interesting variant. Krillin has to choose whether or not to activate Android 18's self-destruct device, which would prevent Cell from absorbing her, save all of his friends, and make him an important and heroic character, but kill the woman he loves with his own two hands.
- Gag Penis: Subverted on Namek. He keeps getting cut off while trying to wish for a "three-foot -" but it turns out he just wants a hoagie. Then again, if Android 18's reaction a full season later is any indication, he doesn't need it. Krillin was wrong: he is a shower.
- Three-foot might be more accurate then anyone knows. After his pants hit the floor, there was a second, meatier, thunk.
- Gallows Humor: Krillin is known to crack jokes while bad things are happening. When Gohan calls him out on it in Episode 59, Krillin snaps at him and yells "Let me cope!"
- Good People Have Good Sex: At the end of the Cell Saga, #18's attempt to "rock his world" turned into him rocking her world. 39 times, non-stop, for almost an entire day, reducing and utterly annihilating the Krillin Owned Count!
- Hidden Depths: He, of all people, ignored Trunks' suggestion to give Goku a Senzu Bean in his fight with Cell along with the rest of the Z fighters. Notable because Krillin was standing right next to Trunks staring at the fight.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: His rendition of "Don't Stop Believin'" is so bad that it sounds like he's actively trying to sing as off-key as possible.
- Innocent Innuendo: In Episode 31 he repeatedly references "pounding Chi-Chi's tuna" by which he simply means Gohan's method of beating up fish to get dinner. He never once realizes the double entendre, even when Master Roshi laughs about it and Chi-Chi gets mad.
- Innocently Insensitive: One of his defining traits. He's friendly and well-meaning, but can not seem to avoid making tactless jokes. Besides the running gag of calling Dende "Little Green", he almost bonded with Vegeta over their shared tragedies (this was after Vegeta was trounced by Cell and Krillin watched Android 18 get absorbed) but a few ill-advised remarks from Krillin (who didn't notice Vegeta's failure to laugh) put an end to that... and increased the owned counter.
- Insurance Fraud: He took a large life insurance policy out on himself and named his "brother", who is just himself under a different name, as the beneficiary.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Gohan, like in the original series.
- Iron Butt Monkey: As Trunks observes, if Krillin had Sayian biology, he'd be pretty much unstoppable by the middle of the Cell saga.
- Although he's the frequent butt of jokes, he is, for the most part, extremely resilient. He had a steamroller dropped on him and all it did was confuse him, much to Guldo's consternation.
- He took a piece of Freeza debris to the forehead without flinching.
- He also shrugged off being hit by Bulma's plane at full speed, and even lampshaded it.
- And he took Dr. Kochin's machine gun straight to the face and all he did in response is wonder about happened to Launch.
- It's All About Me: He is so terrified of dying or being hurt that his empathy for other people is a little delayed. This is a consequence of being one of the bottom two heroic characters in terms of power level.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As noted in the entry for Adaptational Jerkass, Krillin is prone to Jerkass and generally rude behavior. That said, most of Krillin's positive qualities from the original show, particularly his compassion and friendliness, are still present, and he leans much closer to the "Heart of Gold" part overall.
- Karmic Jackpot: At the end of season 3, he gets to have his filthy way with Android 18. His jackpot is so epic it brings his "Owned Count" from 39 all the way down to 0 before it is completely obliterated.
- Locked Out of the Loop: During the Android Saga, Krillin's only information on the Androids is Trunks' experience from the Bad Future and that they completely dominated the last fight they were in, which leaves him increasingly conflicted over the Androids' Self-Destruct Mechanism Bulma hands to him when he develops feelings for Android 18. Upon discovering that the current Androids aren't that bad, he happily rids himself of the remote and destroys it. Not only do Tien, Piccolo, and Bulma want to rake him over the coals for that, even Android 18 thinks it was a bad idea and so does Krillin, when he realizes how Cell benefits from it.
- Lovable Coward: Downplayed example. He's willing to get into a fight when the chips are down, but he's well aware that he's "the beta male" and doesn't see any reason to put his life at risk if he can help it, when it wouldn't (at least from his perspective) really accomplish anything anyway.
- Made of Iron: Seriously. Lovable Coward or not, he can survive even the most grievous injury from the Big Bad of the saga. Including a kick to the neck by Cell. Trunks even points out that if Krillin had Saiyan genes, he would be unstoppable given how often he takes damage.
- The Medic: He takes this role very seriously being a senzu bean caddy in season 3.Krillin: SENZU BEAN!!!
- Motor Mouth: He can not shut up when he's scared.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In spades, whether out of fear or stupidity.
- Bulma calls Krillin out on this when he hands a Dragon Ball over to Vegeta. Of course, this is Vegeta we're talking about, so it's quite justified on his part.
- He also cannot shut up when he is scared.
- He informed Vegeta about the potential-unlocking Super Kami Guru.
- He told Captain Ginyu where the majority of the Dragon Balls are located.
- He screamed out loud about Goku's "secret" attempt to defeat Freeza. The latter thankfully had no idea what he was talking about.
- And he almost dropped Earth's name as their home planet to Freeza. Unfortunately, it's because of Krillin's mistreatment of Dende that Dende revealed Earth's name to the intergalactic space emperor.
- Also unwittingly causes one for himself when he reveals to Maron he committed insurance fraud. Turned out Maron was a government agent assigned to get a confession out of him.
- Then there is the infamous moment when he breaks the remote to Android 18's self-destruct mechanism because he's fallen for her.
- For all of Trunks' holding a grudge against him, Krillin throws this back at the half-Saiyan when he demands to know why Trunks has been holding back.
- The Nicknamer:
- "Little Green!" Dende's attempts to correct him fall on deaf ears. At least until Dende becomes the new Kami.
- And to Nail: "Big Green!" Nail didn't appreciate it, and made that fact clear.
- In Revenge of Cooler Abridged, he relates how the last time he saw Korin, Krillin couldn't remember his name so he just kept calling him "Whiskers the Wonder Cat."
- Nobody Here but Us Birds: One of his first instincts when scared is to yell "Quack!", whether or not he's hiding. It works out surprisingly well for him. At one point, Goku even recognizes he's in trouble by hearing him yell it out.
- No Indoor Voice: He shouts a lot when he is scared. This happens often.
- No-Sell: For all that he's an Overshadowed by Awesome and treated as a weakling by other characters, Krillin is still durable enough to resist strong but mundane attacks. Guldo was clearly surprised when Krillin barely reacted to having a steamroller dropped on him.Krillin: What the hell was that?!
Guldo: That was supposed to crush you.
- Not So Above It All: For one of the most put upon characters in the show, he doesn't hesitate to join the rest in taking shots at Yamcha.
- Oh, Crap!: He naturally gets them a lot, but the greatest has to be when he learns Piccolo and Kami's fusion means the Dragon Balls were wiped from existence and there'll be no more wishing him back to life.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: For the crime of falling for Android 18 and destroying her remote, not only has Krillin gone unforgiven by the others, many of them assume his intent was exclusively to have sex with her.
- Only Sane Man: He has consistently been the voice of reason in Season 3.
- He doesn't rush in to fight the Androids who completely outclass him.
- He stops Cell from being able to grow in Gero's lab.
- He also gives Trunks an incredible What the Hell, Hero? moment in Episode 52.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Frequently lampshaded, and the former Trope Namer. He's stronger than Yamcha, the Saibamen, and Raditz but he can't compete with the other protagonists. Though he finally gets one moment to show just how dangerous he is from a regular human's perspective in Dragon ShortZ when, in response to a lecherous waiter hitting on Eighteen and insulting her for rejecting/threatening him, Krillin's reaction is to break the table in half. With one hand.
- Phrase Catcher: Krillin's thoughtless comments gets him the following often in the beginning of the series.Character X: Krillin!
Character X: Too soon!
- The Power of Love: Doesn't really make him any stronger. But it does give him the balls to stand up to Vegeta and Cell. Like when he was carrying an unconscious Android 18.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Surprisingly, inverted as far as possible. He and Yamcha bemoan missing a tournament not because it deprived them of the challenge or some equally hot-headed shonen hero fare, but, in their words, they missed out on "prize money".
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: He's tried to use "It's Kriller time!" when going into combat, but keeps getting casually swatted out of the way before doing anything badass.
- Revival Loophole: Before heading to Namek, he took out a large life insurance policy. After he was killed and subsequently revived by the Dragon Balls, he claimed the money while pretending to be his own nonexistent brother. He loses all the money when his Gold Digger girlfriend turns out to be a government agent who busts him for insurance fraud.
- Running Gagged: The first half of The Stinger for the finale of Season 3 has him reduce the Krillin Owned Count by one when Android 18 propositions him for sex and is impressed by his size. The second half shows that he's rocked her world enough times to be able to reduce the counter to one shortly before destroying it entirely with a Scatter Bullet as they finish.
- Sad Clown: How he deals with the stress of having watching from the sidelines when the stakes are high.Krillin: Heh, looks like there's a hole in the ring!
Krillin: Let me cope!
- Screams Like a Little Girl: A Running Gag. He once screamed for 20 seconds straight.
- Shoot the Dog: He kills a defenseless Baby!Cell to prevent him from appearing again in their timeline.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: He and Android 16 click more-or-less immediately, instantly getting one another's jokes and understanding one another's turns of phrase. This is likely a manifestation of Android 18's request for Android 16 to look after Krillin.
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- Episode 51 shows that Android 18 actually reciprocates his feelings for her. Her knee-jerk reaction upon seeing Krillin is to think of him as the "cute" one again, she thinks about hooking up with him if they manage to survive the encounter with Cell, and her last plea before getting absorbed is for Android 16 to look after Krillin when she's gone.
- "Krillin Plays" shows that, if nothing else, he has a good rapport with his YouTube audience, whom he affectionately refers to as "Krillers."
- He's the one that figured out where Dr. Gero's backup self was, allowing them to destroy it. Then he gets to be the first official person who kills Cell, albeit while he is still a fetus. Though he uses the opportunity to make an abortion joke.
- In the season 3 finale, Android 18 fulfills her promise to herself rolling back the Krillin Owned Count from 39 to 38. After the credits, the camera cuts back to Kame House at night revealing that the counter has rolled back down to 1 before his "Scatter Bullet" flat out annihilates it. The same scene has 18 give a Big "OMG!" after Krillin drops trou, implying he IS gifted in one manner.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- On more of an emotional level. After coming back from his explosive space death, he seems a lot less scared when dealing with the androids, compared to the wreck he was on Namek. His status currently shifted to Yamcha means he has time to snark and just enjoy the adventure.
- As soon as Yamcha left though, he begins to return to his old status. The Krillin Owned Count is back, but he retains his newfound confidence, and got up pretty quickly after Gero owned him.
- He threatened Cell for trying to absorb Android 18, and later stood up to Vegeta for threatening her.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He has his moments.
- In The Christmas Tree of Might, instead of wishing for Shenron to restore the forest that Oolong burned down, he wishes for a Christmas tree. Shenron is so disgusted by the selfishness of this wish that he summons Turles.
- In Revenge of Cooler, he almost fed Oolong pork.
- He committed insurance fraud.
- Tranquil Fury: When he's rightfully pissed AND isn't out of his league. Never once does he raise his voice towards a sleazy waiter that tried to hit on 18 in his presence during their date after he badmouths her for rejecting him. Even when he smashes the table offhandedly when the dumbass still won't let up.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: After Cell turns out to be Not Quite Dead following his vomiting up of Android 18, de-evolution into Semi-Perfect Cell and blowing up, Krillin asks Gohan if there's a possibility that Perfect-er Cell will vomit up a second 18 if Gohan knocks him in the gut again. He was only asking for a friend...
- Uncovering Relationship Status: Krillin admits beforehand that it's probably an inappropiate time for this, but he still asks Android 18 if she's "seeing anyone right now" while they're desperately trying to run away from Cell in Episode 51.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice got a bit goofier as the series went on.
- Wasteful Wishing: On Namek, he wanted to wish for a three foot hoagie.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Tien, Piccolo, Bulma, and Trunks are disgusted when he refuses to kill Android 18 because he's attracted to her. Krillin's decision to stomp the shut down remote is enough to help push Trunks past the Rage Breaking Point. In his defense, Krillin seems to be Locked Out of the Loop since he still thought she and Android 17 were still sociopathic murderers and unaware Cell needed her for his Perfect form.
- He gives a big one to Trunks for holding back in Trunks' efforts to keep Cell from absorbing Android 18 and reaching his perfect state, all due to Trunks not wanting to crush Vegeta's pride. At the same time he's also indirectly calling Vegeta out for allowing Cell to absorb Android 18 in the first place.
- Wowing Cthulhu: When Krillin picks up Android 18 to bring her to Bulma, Vegeta tries to stop him and tell him to "put that Realdoll down right now", and Krillin refuses. When Vegeta tells Krillin he could kill him, Krillin acknowledges this to be true, yet still stands his ground, causing Vegeta to ask in an impressed, albeit in an angry manner, "When did you get the balls?"
- Yank the Dog's Chain:
- Immediately tells everyone about getting kissed by Android 18. Tien doesn't believe him, Trunks is sickened and says he can't believe him, Piccolo doesn't care, and Vegeta completely ignored him, though Krillin took his scream to mean that he believed him and was jealous.
- In Episode 31, it appears that Krillin is now a multi-millionaire thanks to cashing in on the life insurance policy he took out on himself. He's even got a smoking-hot girlfriend, until she turns out to be a federal agent, who busts him for insurance fraud. And he has to pay back all of his money, including the over 500 grand he blew on Maron. Unsurprisingly, this causes his owned counter to go up.
- In Episode 38, when the gang is about to start searching for Gero's lab, Krillin is afraid of Piccolo suggesting that they split up to cover more ground. He's pleasantly surprised when Piccolo instead suggests sticking together for safety. Naturally, it's short-lived as Tien points out how much more ground they'll cover if they split up.
- After a whole lot of everyone, including himself, giving him crap for not using his incredibly powerful Kienzan, he finally tosses one at Perfect Cell and it does absolutely nothing.
The son of the identically-named demon king, Piccolo initially served as one of Goku's biggest foes, aiming to kill him as vengeance for the death of his father. However, over time Piccolo grows into one of Goku's most valuable allies, albeit begrudgingly at first. Though Piccolo's the Demon Prince, he's actually a Namekian, a sluglike creature from the distant planet Namek. His lifespan is also linked with that of Kami, the creator of the Dragon Balls, meaning that if one dies, so will the other. A stoic and wise fighter with plenty of snark, Piccolo is certainly one of the more unique members of the Z Fighters.
- Actually Pretty Funny: While trying to come up with some more badass names for his attacks, reluctantly admits to liking Nail's suggestion of "Nail Gun".
- Adaptational Intelligence: While the original Piccolo wasn't a pure Dumb Muscle, he tended to hold the Idiot Ball a lot, or have his emotions cloud his judgment. Abridged Piccolo is subtly portrayed as far smarter, partly because Kaiser Neko and Lanipator are self-admitted Piccolo fans.
- In the original manga, Piccolo orders Gohan and Krillin to bring him back to Namek so he could fight Freeza, despite the latter's protests. This was monumentally boneheaded, as the whole reason they were there was to revive him (if he dies, the dragon balls disappear and the whole trip is pointless), and Nail outright confirms that he completely overestimated his power and never would have had the slightest chance against even first form Freeza. Here it's the opposite: Piccolo tells them not to bring him back to Namek, only for Krillin to do it anyway.
- Instead of just letting Freeza transform, Piccolo gets distracted by Nail talking about the lack of apps in his brain.
- In the original manga, Piccolo loudly agreed with Vegeta that they should let Gero create his androids for the challenge of it, which ultimately turned out to be a terrible decision. This scene is pointedly excluded in TFS's version and emphasis is put solely on Vegeta and Goku. Piccolo just stands in the background looking annoyed.
- In the original manga, Piccolo freaked out and instantly assumed Cell killed Gohan after the first blow, not bothering to use his ki sensing abilities to confirm that Gohan was A. much stronger than Goku and thus able to take a punch, and B. completely undamaged bar a superficial cut. Goku had to be the rational one and point it out to him. Here, Goku has a line about Gohan intentionally hiding his power level, so Piccolo doesn't look too dumb for not even trying that method.
- Adaptation Personality Change: This Piccolo his Blood Knight tendencies pretty Downplayed, he's far more explicit and emotional about his protectiveness of Gohan, and he's far more interested in social interaction and making friends than in canon.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the original source, Piccolo, identifying Gohan's potential as a fighter, kidnaps him to train in preparation for the arrival of the Saiyans. Here, Piccolo, identifying Gohan's potential as a fighter, kidnaps him to train for use in taking over the world. He's actually not even aware that the Saiyans are coming until Kami warns him a few days beforehand, since Raditz died without saying anything about other Saiyans coming to Earth, and Piccolo had already left when the others overheard Vegeta and Nappa over Raditz's scouter. Afterwards he's pretty much in line with his original portrayal, though. In addition he basically straight-up murders Goku without his permission; unlike in the canon where Goku was fine with dying.
- Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed in that it ultimately didn't matter much, but Piccolo is unable to go through an entire year in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber unlike Goku, Vegeta, Gohan and Trunks. Giving up in three days due to his hallucinations, which would translate to a couple of minutes outside.
- Adult Fear: He started to see Gohan as his own son and is way more worried for his safety than Goku.Piccolo: What's amazing about watching your own eleven year old son get murdered?
- Aloof Ally: After his HeelFace Turn, although this decreases over time.
- Anti-Antichrist: Like in the series proper, he's an emergency successor to his Demon King father/past life that eventually pulls a HeelFace Turn. Furthermore, in an awkward attempt at small talk, he apologizes to Tien for the Demon King's murder of Chiaotzu.
- Asexual: And being Namekian has nothing to do with it. Dende is attracted to Gohan, and Kami and Nail recognize Krillin's crush on #18. Piccolo himself just finds sexual contact and romance gross.
- Attention Deficit Oh Shiny: After absorbing Nail, he learns that it's very difficult to focus on what's happening around him when there's a voice in his head that can't leave him alone. Eventually, he gets over it... and then he gets another new voice in his head after absorbing Kami.[During Freeza's second transformation]
Nail: Hey, you wanna play me in Minesweeper?
Piccolo: You can't play someone in Minesweeper, it's a single player game!
Nail: No, see, first I play, and then you try to beat my time and - oh hey, is he transforming?
- Awesome, but Impractical:
- Fully admits that having to charge the Makankosappo/Special Beam Cannon is a bit of a weakness.
- When he spin kicks Cell, simply because he'd always wanted to do so, Nail and Kami ask him not to do so again. He promptly does, and whiffs the second one, then doesn't try it again.
- Badass Boast: In Episode 46, we get this gem.
- Berserk Button:
- Piccolo takes offense to perceived attempts to make fun of him.Piccolo: STOP MOCKING ME!!
- Being reminded that he never managed to beat Goku gets him enraged enough to smash a robot to scrap metal in Cooler 2.
- Piccolo takes offense to perceived attempts to make fun of him.
- Big Bad Wannabe: As per the legacy of King Piccolo, he was still intent on taking over the world, right up until the exact moment he became aware of the Saiyans' arrival. Glimpses of his own brand of villainy are still present in Dead Zone, where he's outwardly antagonistic to Goku, and has an almost Eviler Than Thou mentality against Garlic Jr. and his cronies.
- Big Damn Heroes: Constantly, and he knows it.
- When he shows up during the fight with form 2 Freeza after having fused with Nail, complete with Magus' battle theme playingnote . He then proceeds to send Freeza flying with a single punch.
- In the Lord Slug movie, he shows up to save Gohan while "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's theme song plays, and one mook asks if he's Batman. It's hard to find a bigger damn hero than that.
- In the Lord Slug movie, he also lampshades his tendency to do this.Piccolo: [while Taking the Bullet for Gohan] WHY CAN'T YOU SAVE YOUR OWN DAMN SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELF!?
- In Cooler 2, when the smoke clears from the exploding Meta-Coolers, Piccolo shows up with the terminator theme in the background, complete with an appropriate line.Piccolo: Come with Me If You Want to Live.
- In Broly, he rushed to Gohan's help the moment he screamed his name and saves him in the nick of time. What makes it truly impressive is that Piccolo was on Earth while Gohan was on a far away planet.
- Butt-Monkey: Obviously not as much as Krillin or Yamcha, but shows signs of this from time to time, especially around other Namekians.
- Piccolo has some harsh words for Gohan when they train.Piccolo: DODGE!!!
- Once he is fused with Nail he often just has one thing to say.Piccolo: Shut up, Nail.
- Piccolo has some harsh words for Gohan when they train.
- Characterization Marches On: He started off as a rather goofy character before slowly evolving into The Comically Serious. In fact it seems as though his hammier traits moved on to Vegeta.
- Character Development: Much like the show he was initially a hammy, self-proclaimed Card-Carrying Villain who only saw Gohan as little more than an annoying brat. Now hes a stoic (or tries to be) Jerk with a Heart of Gold who cares for the boy as if he was his son.
- Curse Cut Short: Happens quite a lot with him, usually when he screams the f-word.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Inverted. Nail and Kami suggest he start a clothing line with his clothes-beam.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Frequently, though he does it in rapid succession in the Lord Slug movie.Piccolo: And that, no doubt, would make you the big, tough, stupid one.
Dordabo: You take that back or I'll kill you!
Piccolo: All right, all right, you're not tough.
Dordabo: That's better.
Gohan: Wait, didn't you—
Piccolo: Give him a minute.
[beat] [beat] [beat]
Dordabo: ...Hey! You son of a bitch! [Attempts to punch Piccolo, but punches a hole in a truck instead]
Piccolo: Now, now, that truck is not your eating disorder.
Dordabo: You're a penis!
Piccolo: So long since you've seen yours, you don't even recognize one, do you?
- There's also this exchange with borderline Bishōnen Angira.Angira: We're just here for your planet. But if I had to pick [a gimmick], I'd say I'm the pretty one.
Piccolo: Meh. 6 out of 10.
Angira: You sassy bitch.
- Frequently, though he does it in rapid succession in the Lord Slug movie.
- Detonation Moon:
- Piccolo blows up the moon in the Abridged series for a different reason than in canon...Piccolo: STOP MOCKING ME!!
Piccolo: Ha! Take that, moon! "Perfect orbit" my ASS!
- This gets abridged even further in Dragon Ball Kai Abridged.
- Piccolo blows up the moon in the Abridged series for a different reason than in canon...
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Piccolo's "training" with Gohan barely qualifies, simply beating Gohan while scream DODGE!!!. For bonus points Gohan points out actual forms of martial arts training Piccolo could put him through, but Piccolo doesn't listen.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He was less of the Deadpan Snarker he is now and a lot more of ham.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite flat out murdering Goku, kidnapping Gohan, rubbing it in the kid's face that his father was dead, and beating the kid with the intent of using him to take over the world, nobody holds any ill will towards him. Nobody but Goku even seems to remember that Piccolo actually kidnapped Gohan, and even then, Goku doesn't seem to consider it a big deal.
- Everyone Has Standards: Piccolo is a Drill Sergeant Nasty towards Gohan, but even he's disgusted by seeing Vegeta call Trunks a bastard.
- Forgot I Could Fly: When it comes to his ability to stretch his arms.Nail: Huh, I didn't know we could do that.
Piccolo: Yeah, I forget about 'em sometimes too.
- Friendless Background: Part of Piccolo's motivation to help in the beginning of the series was to get some friends since he had none except for Tom on his MySpace.
- Genre Blind: Briefly. He misses the tone shift when Kami starts to discuss Cell. Nail doesn't.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's always an ally but he was happy to kill Goku and Raditz at the same time before becoming a relentlessly harsh mentor to Gohan.
- Guile Hero: Piccolo has his moments. He often targets other people's egos in order to get them to do what he wants. He's so good at it that he causes Frieza to forget about a potentially lethal attack buildup for five minutes. In fact, he's so good, it even works when the other party acknowledges he's doing it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Like in the original, he shielded Gohan from Nappa's attack and died.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Piccolo tries his best to keep up his image of a tough guy and The Stoic but it's clear he's not as hard as he likes people to think he is. Shown even more when Gohan asks him to make an outfit that looks just like his. Kami and Nail just can't help but comment on it.Gohan: Mr. Piccolo could you uh...
Piccolo: What? You want me to make you a Gi just like your dad's?
Gohan: Actually, I was hoping I could get one just like yours?
Piccolo: [sounding genuinely touched] Oh.
Nail: Did our heart just skip a beat?
Kami: That's precious.
Piccolo: [teeth gritted] Shut the F$#K UP!
Piccolo: [To Gohan trying to seem nonchalant] Yeah, sure, I guess.
- Homeless Hero:
- Nail suggests he buys one, but he can't and won't get a job.Im a big green slug man. No amount of affirmative action is going to get me a job.
- In Dead Zone Abridged and World's Strongest Abridged Piccolo's motivation is primarily making a home out of or near to the villains' lairs.
- Nail suggests he buys one, but he can't and won't get a job.
- Hypocritical Humor: Comments that Cell's name is pretty lame, despite, as Cell points out, that Piccolo himself is named after an instrument.
- Hypocrite: Downplayed Trope. Every protest he makes about Goku sending Gohan to fight Cell is true. However, it's easy to forget Piccolo is the last person who should make said protests, because this is exactly what Piccolo did in the Saiyan Saga when Gohan was even younger and much less powerful. Not to mention Piccolo deliberately murdered Goku to kill Raditz, and kidnapped Gohan to begin with and then loudly screamed Gohan's father was dead to Gohan's face.
- I Just Want to Have Friends:
- He agrees to aid Goku in the first episode when Goku offers to friend him on MySpace.Piccolo: Tom, you've been replaced!
- His first words upon spotting a dying Nail miss the point a bit.Piccolo: SOCIAL ACTIVITY!
- When Tien states rather bluntly that he has no friends in Bald This Way, he actually runs off the set in tears.
- He agrees to aid Goku in the first episode when Goku offers to friend him on MySpace.
- Ineffectual Loner:
- Zigzags this with I Just Want to Have Friends. He becomes even more ineffectual a loner after Nail starts sharing his head.Nail: So, you wanna go hang out with our race?
- As of Episode 34 he seems to be growing out of this, having developed something of a friendship with Goku. He covers for Goku's idiocy not once, but twice, and also goes with Goku to race cars.
- Exploited in Episode 35, when Tien turns to Piccolo to ask for directions to the nearest wasteland they can safely fight in, counting on him knowing where that would be. He does.
- Surprisingly, in Episode 38, he suggests he, Tien, and Krillin stick together for safety, rather than split up, as Tien suggests right afterwards.
- He also immediately flew off to Kami's to fuse with him right after Krillin suggested it knowing full well he'd have another voice in his head as a result.
- Zigzags this with I Just Want to Have Friends. He becomes even more ineffectual a loner after Nail starts sharing his head.
- Insistent Terminology: The Demon King Piccolo was, generally, just as much this Piccolo's past life as he was Piccolo's father. He always refers to the Demon King as his father around the Z Warriors though. note
- Jerkass: A massive one in Season 1, on par with Vegeta. Examples include smiling and watching Nappa beat Tenshinhan to death while ignoring the latter's desperate cries for help, calling Krillin a weakling and telling him "face it, you're basically here as a meatshield", and constantly beating Gohan for a year to the point that the boy now freezes just from hearing the word "dodge." His crowning moment of jerkassery is probably the first time he talked to Gohan, having just killed his father. "Hate to tell ya, kid. But your dad's DEAD!... Actually, I kinda like saying that. HA HA! YOUR DAD'S DEAD!"
- Jerkass Has a Point: When he calls out Kami for being terrible in his job as Guardian of Earth, such as letting Goku—a guy unable to look after his own son—a chance to take the job for him, and being indecisive about how to deal with the Androids.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Piccolo has become one in the later episodes, when he was healed by Dende on Earth, the first thing he did when he woke up was call out for Gohan. He continues looking after Gohan and outright tells him that he's a good kid.
- Large Ham: From the start of the series until about the end of the Freeza saga, he is the loudest and hammiest outside of Vegeta. In the Android Saga, he's only really hammy when Gohan's in danger during the Cell Games.
- Made of Iron:Cell: I blew a hole in him! How durable is he!?
- The McCoy: To Nail and Kami.
- Mind Hive: Nail retains his individuality inside Piccolo's head after the two fuse, and happily snarks with him. The two are later joined by Kami.
- Morality Pet: He's developed some actual affection for Gohan. After witnessing Vegeta's crappy treatment of his son, Trunks, he makes a point of telling Gohan he's a good kid.Piccolo: Alright, better save Gohan.
Kami: What about the others?
Piccolo: What about the others?
- No Social Skills: Even when he tries to be friendly with someone, his first words turn the atmosphere awkward. First when he has to work with Tien, the first think he says is "Sorry my dad killed Chaotzu". Kami and Nail try to encourage him to make friends with Trunks. Even after he starts with "Do you hate your dad?", fortunately Trunks turns out to be equally as awkward as he is.
- Not So Stoic: In the "Bald This Way" video. Tien bluntly telling him that he has no friends causes him to run off the stage while sobbing audibly.
- Obsolete Mentor: By the end of the Cell saga, Gohan became much stronger than Piccolo after training with Goku.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Neither Nail nor Kami are willing to let him live down the Narm-tastic "I feel great" speech he made after fusing with Nail.
- Only Friend: At the start of the series his only friend on MySpace was Tom.
- Only Sane Man: If he's not raging at Gohan for being a nerd, he's often in this role.
- Papa Wolf: Towards Gohan, despite not even being his real father. Piccolo outright states at one point that he looks after Gohan far more than his own father does.
- Parental Substitute: Towards Gohan, since Goku tends to be a rather neglectful parent, when he's not dead, busy training or in space. In History of Trunks, Gohan outright says it's the deaths of Piccolo and Krillin than allowed him to go Super Saiyan, and refers to Piccolo as "the father I never had." When Trunks mentions Goku's death after noticing the omission, Gohan's reaction can be summed up as "Sure, Let's Go with That".Piccolo: [after rescuing Gohan from Broly] Gohan! Are you alright? Do you need some juice? Did you get into that school you wanted?!
Piccolo: I mean, if you're just gonna say it.
- The Canadian subtitles have some fun with this, referring to Piccolo as "Gohan's Dad".
- In episode 60, Cell tells Gohan that he'll kill his dad last, then he shouts "You hear that, Piccolo?"
- Pet the Dog:
- In Episode 38 after Vegeta calls Trunks a bastard:Piccolo: Gohan?
Piccolo: You're a good kid.
- Later, when facing down a powered-up Cell, he has a breakdown thinking about all the innocent people Cell consumed to get to that point.
- In Episode 38 after Vegeta calls Trunks a bastard:
- Phrase Catcher: "You know, I know you're playin' me, but..."
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Goku that's arguably more scathing than in canon.Piccolo: Well, seems like you thought of almost everything.
Goku: I just treated it like one big fight. Kinda like everything in my life...
Piccolo: Unfortunately, you skipped one small detail.
Piccolo: GOHAN DOESN'T LIKE FIGHTING, YOU MORON!!
Goku: Whaaaat? Nooooo... I mean... right?
Piccolo: Have you ever in your life actually asked your son what he likes?
Goku: Um... But he went in that chamber with me for that whole year!
Piccolo: Because he wanted to spend time with you! His father! The man who spends half his time training and half his time dead! Sometimes both!
Goku: I mean... does anyone else?! (met with sounds of disapproval) I've made a terrible mistake.
- Selective Obliviousness: When Kami wonders if Roshi is carrying, Piccolo fails to understand, even after both Kami and Nail attempt to clarify by referring to it as "grass" and "pot", respectively.
- Sharing a Body: With Nail. Later joined by Kami.
- Shoulders of Doom: His default weighted clothing includes massive shoulder-pads to help him build strength while moving and fighting. When he makes a copy for Gohan, he warns him that he'll have trouble with crowds and it'll be easier to enter doors at an angle.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: To Gohan. The first thing he did as the kid's mentor was to throw him at a giant rock formation so Gohan could break it. He crashes into the formation and starts bawling.Piccolo: [walking over to a crying Gohan, annoyed] This is going to be a loooooooooooooong training session.
- Stupid Sacrifice: Lampshaded due to the fact that he realized he could just grab Gohan and save them both instead of Taking the Bullet. Note that the beam was much faster in Z where Piccolo's act was justified.Piccolo: Alright, it's time to redeem myself through one final act of redemption. I'll save Gohan an- wait a second, why didn't I just grab him? I can probably still do that now, actually. Yeah, that's it, I'll grab him, and throw him out of the wa— AAAARRRRRGH!''
- Super Senses: His hearing is good enough for him to have heard Goku and Trunks' whole conversation despite being a few hundred yards away. Unfortunately, he can hear Vegeta yell from the other side of a planet as well as having a weakness to whistling, a weakness all Namekians seem to have.
- The Smart Guy: Has to be, with guys like Goku around.
- Talking to Themself: Apparently he never felt the need to actually tell anyone that he literally has two people in his head.Dende: It's good to have you back Nail.
Piccolo: I'm not Nail.
Nail: Technically you kinda are.
Piccolo: Shut up Nail.
Dende: Why are you talking to yourself?
- Took a Level in Kindness: At least enough to recognize how much of a dick he used to be in response to Kami's reluctance to re-merge with him.
- Token Evil Teammate: In Season 1, anyway. By Season 3 he's become a straight-up hero while Vegeta has taken his place.Gohan: [commenting on Tien getting his ass kicked by Nappa] Sh-should we help him?
Piccolo: Can't you see that he has to do this on his own? He's fighting for the honor of his fallen comrade!
Tien: [While Nappa is wailing the ever living shit out of him] HELP ME! FOR THE LOVE GOD! HELP MEEEE!!!
Piccolo: [Smirking] Like a hero.
- Unnecessary Combat Roll: In his fight with 17, he backflips away from 17 to gain some distance. Naturally, Nail and Kami immediately point out that it would be much more practical to just fly away.
- The Un-Reveal: He created a brand new technique called "Nail Gun", unseen in the canon episodes, and seems to consider it his "last last ditch effort". He's rekt by Cell before he can use it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to be developing this with Nail. The relationship seems to form a weird symbiosis. Piccolo finally has someone to fill his social void and Nail finally has someone he can bicker with. And now Kami is added to the mix with him and Nail annoying him together.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Just as in canon, it turns out in Lord Slug Abridged that whistling causes intense pain and discomfort to Namekians. But only if they can hear it.Piccolo: "WHAT?!"
- What Would X Do?: A deleted scene from episode 3 parodies this. Gohan's crying starts to be too much for Piccolo, so Piccolo tries to think "What would my dad say in this situation?" Then Piccolo remembers that his father didn't actually raise him because he was killed by Goku. Piccolo then starts bawling over his own father's death.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- While not directly to his face, Piccolo definitely calls Goku out on his parenting skills while calling Kami out on his attitude.Piccolo: This can't be about the job! The first time you had a chance to drop this gig, you tried to hand it off to Goku GOKU! He doesn't even look after his own kid! I look after his kid more than he does!
- Then directly to him in Episode 59 for the latter technically tagging out for Gohan. Naturally, Goku doesn't take the hint that, powerful or no, he's still just 11 years old and nothing like Goku is or even was.
- While not directly to his face, Piccolo definitely calls Goku out on his parenting skills while calling Kami out on his attitude.
- The Worf Effect: Just as in the original series, and particularly in the specials. Piccolo shows up, makes an incredibly badass showing of taking out the minions, and then gets utterly trounced by the Big Bad.
- Younger Than They Look: He is technically 16 in the Android/Cell saga. It makes his tendency to think attack names so such sense as he acts like a teenager trying to think up cool attack names.
The son of Vegeta and Bulma, this version of Trunks comes from a future that was turned into a Fist of the North Star-esque wasteland as a result of Dr. Gero's androids. Being a skilled fighter and the former student of Son Gohan in his own timeline, Trunks does everything he can to help the Z Fighters in their fights against the androids and later Cell, all the while hoping to gain the approval of his estranged father in the present timeline. Often mistaken for a girl due to his pretty face and girly name.
- Adaptation Personality Change: The only major character to really avert this - With the exception of being more socially awkward, he's more or less the same as he was with Z, with the humor of his character mostly coming from how wildly this contrasts him with everyone else.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: His Fantastic Racism is Down Played here, as he's less outwardly hostile towards androids he meets and sounds more defeated and reacts with fear upon discovering more, rather than hostility and frustration.
- Adaptational Dumbass: It's subtle, but much more emphasis is put on this Trunks' lack of understanding of time travel. In canon he figured out on his own that alternate timeline was the reason how Cell could be there, while Abridged Trunks has to have it spelled out to him by Cell himself.
- Adorkable: Badass, but adorkable nevertheless. He gets hilariously awkward when meeting Goku.
- Angrish: The circumstances leading to Cell achieving his perfect form reduce him to this for a bit.
- Badass Boast: "If it's a Super Saiyan you're looking for, I can fill the part." Cue doing so while King Cold and Freeza are arguing during his transformation.
- Bad Liar: After Bulma asks him about his jacket, if you listen over Vegeta's monologue, you can hear him awkwardly explaining it away.Trunks: I'm a big fan of Capsule Corp. [beat] Yep. Love storing things.
- Battle Strip: Inadvertently and much to his displeasure; the Broly special depicts the jacket Future Bulma gave him getting incinerated by him going Super Saiyan.
- Big "NO!": When Cell talks Vegeta into letting him absorb Android 18 for a better fight, Trunks lets out one so big it's cut off by the credits. It can be heard in the background of Episode 51 as Krillin tried to bring himself to blow up the Androids first.
- Bishōnen: His bishie character design ends up working against him in Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan, wherein Vegeta starts calling him "Princess Trunks".
- Book Dumb: Has a minor moment of this when he asks how Frieza's name could be pronounced "Free-za" if it has an 'i' in it, even though 'ie' forming a long 'e' sound is far from uncommon.note
- Break the Cutie: In a Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene-variety when he finds Gohan dead.
- Break the Haughty: After Cell reveals how useless Super Saiyan Grade 3 is, he depowers, and is despondent enough to just let Cell kill him.
- Broken Pedestal: Like in the original series, actually meeting Vegeta is a giant letdown for him. Unlike in the original, Goku is also not what he was expecting. Future!Bulma has an Oh, Crap! moment when she realizes he's going to actually meet both of them.
- Butt-Monkey: He really can't catch a break, especially when Vegeta is around.
- Calling the Old Woman Out: In the Episode 60 Epilogue, when he returns home the very first thing he does is call Future Bulma out for not telling him what kind of person his father Vegeta was.
- Cannot Keep a Secret: Has a tendency of giving away his secrets by accident.
- Shares "Oh, crapbaskets," with Gohan. Lampshaded by both Gohan and Krillin when they hear him say it.
- He also has a habit of thinking "Dammit" after messing up some dialogue with Goku, only to follow up with "Roll with it" when Goku doesn't notice.
- Character Development: He starts out disappointed with Vegeta and not very good at standing up to him, as well as incredibly naive regarding the Dragon Team and unable to handle their eccentricities. Eventually he comes to accept Vegeta's antics and develops a Deadpan Snarker attitude and learns to stand up to the group as a whole, to the point that he's willing to blast Vegeta away to try and stop Semi-Perfect Cell from becoming Perfect and calls out the group as a whole during the Cell Saga except for Gohan.
- Chick Magnet: He's drawn the attention of two women so far. Unfortunately they're his mother and grandmother.
- Combat Pragmatist: Kills Future #18 by charging her while she's arguing with #17 and obliterates her point blank before she can even react. He later kills Future Cell before Cell is finished charging a Kamehameha.
- Cool Ship: If Episode 34 is anything to go by, Trunks' time machine? It's a TARDIS.
- Cool Sword: It's able to slice Freeza into sandwich meat, but breaks into pieces when 18 blocks it.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: If you knew the source material of him and Freeza, then it's inevitable.
- He has several inflicted on him by Future #17 and #18 during the History of Trunks Abridged special over the events of the movie. He returns the favor when he returns from the past way stronger than before.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- All throughout his fight with Freeza, every other line that came out of Trunks' mouth was pure snark.
- He also tries one on Gohan, but given it's Gohan he can't keep up the act.
- He eventually adopts this attitude towards dealing with his father's abrasiveness.Vegeta: First of all Paragus; your seed couldn't compare to my own, and he's a filthy halfling.
Trunks: (completely indifferent) Love you too, dad.
- Diagonal Cut: Justified; apparently, he's been practicing that for a few months. Also, it's not as easy as they make it look.
- Despair Event Horizon: Pretty much shuts down once Cell points out how useless Super Saiyan Grade 3 really is and actually asks Cell to kill him.
- Didn't See That Coming: Since he didn't know about there being more androids than the two he knew of, he then never goes into detail about what the androids look like, leaving everyone including him surprised when Dr. Gero and Android 19 are ones he has never seen before.
- The Dog Bites Back: He finally stands up to himself against Vegeta in Episode 51 and blows him over the horizon, as Vegeta attacks him to stop him from killing Cell. This was also the trigger point of Vegeta's Papa Wolf tendencies towards Trunks, and was much less abusive than him.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: After their first meeting, Goku comments to himself "What a nice young lady", while he and Vegeta both mention that his name was girly. In the Broly movie, Paragus confuses Trunks for a girl because of his hair and calls him "Princess Trunks", prompting everyone to address him as such, and Vegeta "allows Broly to bed Princess Trunks to repopulate the planet", with Broly complimenting his hair, to Trunks' dismay. This is also the complete inverse for anyone who was a teenager back then. Trunks had a very masculine haircut.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Made an appearance in Episode 18, where he heard his father's scream all the way from Namek, two decades into the future.
- Fantastic Racism: Has prejudice against all androids. While understandable due to what the Future versions of 17 and 18 did to his timeline, it makes his immediate rejection of the peace-loving Android 16 rather noticeable. He mellows out on it by the end of Episode 60, and in the Epilogue, he admits to the future versions of 17 and 18 that they didn't have to turn into the murderous monsters they became in his timeline.
- Fridge Logic: In-universe. After Android 14 Blade Catches Trunks' sword, Trunks wonders why he even brings the sword, then realizes he was shopping before the attack.Trunks: Why did I even bring this? Wait, why did I bring this? We were shopping before-
- Becomes Hilariousin Hindsight when Super reveals that he carries it around for comfort.
- Future Badass: His Establishing Character Moment cements it. He, much like his source counterpart, annihilates all but one of Freeza's squad just by cutting them with his sword.
- Future Imperfect: As both Tien and Vegeta lampshade, Trunks has a tendency to make a lot of assumptions on what he thinks happened in the past, rather than what actually happened, as well as what people were like. This can be blamed on Bulma's less than thorough explanations.Krillin: Jesus, Future Bulma! What the shit?!
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Avoids saying, "motherf*cking". He says "Monkey-fighting" and "Monday-to-Friday" instead.
- Heroic Bastard: He was born from Vegeta and Bulma's Belligerent Sexual Tension and the fact that Vegeta doesn't know what a condom is. When Bulma told Vegeta she was pregnant and asked him to get a job to support her, his reaction was to immediately take off into space. Trunks himself had no idea his parents never married until Vegeta breaks it to him in the most dickish way possible, later literally calling him a bastard while blowing off his warnings.
- Heroic BSoD: Has one in Episode 51, after realizing Cell found 18 and Krillin destroyed the remote.
- Honor Before Reason:
- Reaches a peak in Episode 52, when it's clear he's holding back for Vegeta's honour, not his own due to his "Well Done, Son!" Guy traits.Krillin: And I can tell when someone is holding back...TRUNKS.Trunks: ...I can explain.Krillin: I don't think you can.
- He winds up averting it later in Episode 59 when he suggests they give Goku a senzu bean during his fight with Cell.
- Reaches a peak in Episode 52, when it's clear he's holding back for Vegeta's honour, not his own due to his "Well Done, Son!" Guy traits.
- Idiot Ball: A minor example. While everyone is flying (inside a vehicle) to Kame House, Trunks decides to decapsulize his time machine to show the rest that he still has it. It ends up on Goku's chest.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Vegeta doesn't think much of him, even less so when he finds out that the "killer androids" Trunks is so afraid of are a couple of delinquents.
- Incompletely Trained:
- He describes Future Gohan's training methods as "dodgy". As in, Gohan only ever taught him how to dodge. He did try to give Trunks "real training" on the battlefield, but it didn't go very well.
- While Trunks becomes somewhat better trained during his time with Vegeta in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, he still retains this status due to not realising how useless the bulky Super Saiyan Grade 3 form is until Perfect Cell spells it out to him after he gives Trunks some pity hits.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: His baby self at least. In Plan to Eradicate Christmas, Bulma engineers an antidote to the concentrated naughtiness from Santa's coal gas machines using baby Trunks' blood.
- Inelegant Blubbering: The Android's rampage reduces him to this in History Of Trunks Abridged. Twice.
- Informed Attribute: Him looking like a girl. He's definitely a pretty boy, but his features still come across as fairly masculine. There's also the matter of his "girly name" — Trunks isn't a name at all in real life, so we just have to take the show's word for it.
- Lightning Bruiser: Catches and lifts Freeza's Death Ball with one hand, fast enough to escape its explosion when Freeza blows it up, and strong enough to slice Freeza to pieces with his sword, not to mention catching said sword when King Cold tried to use it against him.
- Like Father, Like Son: As much as he denies it, his focus on pride makes him a lot more like Vegeta than he thinks. His Pre Ass Kicking One Liner before his Curb-Stomp Battle against Future Cell is curbed straight from his dad and even has similar enunciation.
- Mighty Glacier: The increased muscle mass of his alternate Super Saiyan form turns him into one. Unfortunately he only realises this after Cell spells it out to him.
- Morality Pet: Very, very slowly becomes one for Vegeta, although no one, not even Vegeta, realizes it until Cell kills him and Vegeta goes nuts.
- Naïve Newcomer: The kid's not dumb, but he doesn't actually know that much about the main characters, their past, or their relationships to each other, and he starts off with a number of assumptions about them that are a bit... innocent.Trunks: Wait you mean you two never got married?
Vegeta: What is that, some kind of food?
Trunks: No, just listen. When two people love each other
Vegeta: Oh, wow, I'm just f*cking with you. My god, who doesn't know what marriage is. Also, "love each other"? Making a lot of assumptions here.
- Made even worse for him in Episode 40, with the reveal that he was completely unaware of Vegeta's past as a villain or that he'd tried to kill them all so many times, they barely even react to it anymore.
- In the Broly movie, he isn't aware of the Saiyans past as a killer race. After informing Vegeta about the enslavement of the Shamoshans, the results were not what he expected.
- In Episode 53 Cell mentions this as the reason why Trunks thought Super Saiyan Grade 3 was a viable form to fight Cell in. Vegeta, Goku, and Cell are all more experienced fighters who could pull off the form but knew of its weaknesses.
- Made even worse for him in Episode 40, with the reveal that he was completely unaware of Vegeta's past as a villain or that he'd tried to kill them all so many times, they barely even react to it anymore.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: As Perfect Cell explains, Trunks is the reason why Cell is in the present to begin with.Trunks: Then you're here...
Cell: ...because of you. But please don't beat yourself up. You're just a child playing hero, complete with spandex.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He practically deatomizes Freeza and King Cold as part of his first few minutes in the present. Later on, he gets one-shotted by Cell, who's comprised of Freeza's (and by extension, King Cold's) DNA.
- No One Could Survive That!: He survives a point-blank blast of a nuke from Future 17 when Future 18 unintentionally shields Trunks from certain death because she called "dibs".
- Not So Above It All: History of Trunks Abridged reveals that while he's still naturally benevolent, he still inherited some traits from his crass father and all around offensive grandfather:Trunks: [to Bulma] The only good cyborg is a dead cyborg?
Future Bulma: You really are your father's son.
- Oblivious to Love: He fails to notice Krillin's love for 18, until it was far too late.
- Oh, Crap!:
- When he realizes there more Androids than the two he encountered. And when Bulma brought his present infant self along.Future Trunks: Did she bring me!?
- In 42, he finds the word "Hope" on the rusted time machine, and later on touches some gunk in Cell's molt.
- Played for Drama in History of Trunks Abridged when he sees the remnants of a city destroyed all he could say was "Oh no..." And then he finds Gohan dead...
- He knows exactly what will happen when Cell says if he were perfect he'd wipe the floor with Vegeta.
- In the Broly special, he does not take well to Broly's sadistic interest in him.Broly: You dirty boy.
[Cue Trunks looking horrified]
Future Trunks: Goku, get me off this planet right now!
- When he realizes there more Androids than the two he encountered. And when Bulma brought his present infant self along.
- Only Sane Man: While he still has some comical quirks, he's still competent, smart, and relatively serious. He outright (and pretty much accurately) calls himself "the only voice of reason here" during Episode 51, and remarks on how profoundly dysfunctional the Z-Fighters are in the Episode 60 Epilogue.
- Phrase Catcher: People tend to say "Making a lot of assumptions there..." in response to his ill-informed perception of what kind of person his father was. Vegeta himself says it after Trunks says that he and Bulma love each other, and Tenshinhan says it after Trunks says that Vegeta is their friend.
- Post-Mortem One-Liner: After he OHKOs an entire squad of Freeza's soldiers.Trunks: So. How many points are those?
- Pragmatic Hero: He's the only one of the Z-fighters to suggest giving Goku a Senzu bean during his fight with Cell. And calls them out on for ignoring him.Trunks: Okay guys, if you're bothered by cheating, either loosen your moral code or stop hinging the fate of the world on DEATH MATCHES!
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Gives one in Super Android 13 Abridged to the film's titular character.Trunks: Hey, you big blue bastard! I'm a time traveler from 17 years in the future and you don't exist there! You know why? Well, besides multiverse theory, it's because you die, right here, by my sword!
- Precision F-Strike: One of the most underrated elements of this iteration of Trunks is that amidst all of the foul mouths such as Vegeta, Krillin, Cell, ...Vegeta, he rarely swears. And when he does, he uses light swears such as "damn" and "Hell". Episode 52 sees him break out "shit" remorsefully when he realizes Krillin's feelings for Android 18.Krillin: [angry] AND BECAUSE OF THAT, 18 HAD TO DIE?!
Future Trunks: [oblivious to Krillin's anger] What does it matter? That was your plan the entire... [looks at Krillin's tears] oh... shit.
- In the epilogue, he says "f*ck" for the very first time, and it was glorious.Trunks: Get out of my f*cking timeline!
- In the epilogue, he says "f*ck" for the very first time, and it was glorious.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
- It's almost like Trunks was preparing for Freeza.Trunks: HEY FREEZA! YOU SHOULD SPLIT!!!
- After King Cold's attempt to kill him fails and Cold asks if Trunks is still not sure whether or not he hates him.Trunks: Actually, that pretty much sealed it.
- He has a rather blunt one for the Cell of his timeline in the Epilogue.Trunks: Get out of my f*cking timeline!
- The fact that he doesn't use these at all while fighting Future 17 and 18 serves as a sign as to just how much he hates them.
- It's almost like Trunks was preparing for Freeza.
- Rage Breaking Point: After putting up with Vegeta's abuse, he finally snaps and blasts him away when Vegeta tries to stop him from stopping Cell.
- Vegeta: What're ya doin'?!Trunks: What am I doing?!Vegeta: Thwartin' mah plans?!Trunks: Thwarting your plans?!Vegeta: ARE YOU?!Trunks: YA KNOW WHAT, YES!!!!
- Rebuilt Pedestal: Vegeta and Trunks made up after the latter (offscreen) learnt about how Vegeta went apeshit on Cell when he killed Trunks. Their farewell was also a sweet Saiyan moment. The Epilogue shows that he still called Future Bulma out on not telling him Vegeta was like that though.
- Running Gag: In regards to his name being a girl's name.
- Sacrificial Lion: Just like in canon, not only was Cell was back and Came Back Strong, he was killed by him by his first attack.
- Saying Too Much: He lets slip to Goku that Bulma is his mom before getting him to promise to keep it a secret. Cue Trunks going "Dammit!" internally.
- Screaming at Squick:
- After Bulma makes a pass at him, even saying she can be his "mommy". On the surface, he still manages to keep a straight face, but internally he is screaming bloody murder
- After getting gunk all over his hands from Cell's moult, he barely manages to keep himself composed.
- Skilled, but Naïve: During his fight with Perfect Cell it gets pointed out by the villain that he really doesn't have the kind of experience the other Z-Fighters have in fighting so his intended trump card comes across as an almost rookie mistake.
- Straight Man: Another thing he inherits from his dad. During the first two seasons, Vegeta was the Straight Man reacting to everyone else's insanity. In Season Three, with Vegeta himself now just as insane as the rest, Trunks takes over that role.
- Technology Marches On: Is a victim of it. He's never heard country music (long story) and has no idea what a fax machine is.
- Tell Me About My Father:
Trunks: Hey, mom? You ever met dad?!
- Seen in a flashback he once had this conversation with Bulma, but her comments about Vegeta being "an abrasive loner with a lot of trouble making friends" didn't really prepare him for the reality.Kid Trunks: Am I a lot like him?
Future Bulma: ...you have his gender.
- He does the same trope in History of Trunks, only Gohan is the receiver in that.Trunks: Speaking of dads, mom never talks about mine. You knew him right? What's he like.
-cut to Vegeta pounding on Kid Gohan in a flashback.-
Vegeta: SO WHAT!! YOU THINK HAVING A DAD AS A SUPER SAIYAN MAKES YOU BETTER THAN ME!!?
Kid Gohan: NOOOOO!!!
Vegeta: WRONG ANSWER!!!
-Cut back to Trunks and Gohan-
Gohan: He had a lot to prove.
- When he finally finds out what Vegeta was like and goes back to the future.
- Seen in a flashback he once had this conversation with Bulma, but her comments about Vegeta being "an abrasive loner with a lot of trouble making friends" didn't really prepare him for the reality.
- This Is Gonna Suck: During the Broly special, the poor guy knew exactly what he was in for when Broly turned his attention on him after his Legendary Super Saiyan transformation.
- Broly: Princess Tru~nks.
Future Trunks: Please no.
- Tongue-Tied: Whenever he gets upset his sentences get jumbled up into incomprehensible gibberish.
- Too Much Information: He has this reaction in the Season 3 Epilogue when Future Bulma describes her relationship with Vegeta, and when she defends her younger self hitting on Trunks. Taken even further in the deleted scene shown at the end of the Epilogue where Bulma goes into unnecessary detail about the relationship, over Trunks' desperate protests.
- Torso with a View: Cell blows a hole through his chest once he comes back from his self-destruction and finishes his Dark Reprise.
- Tranquil Fury: When he goes back to finally put an end to the Future Androids, his manner reeks of it, as while he does have a couple moments of banter with them, he blows away 18 without a single word, and kills 17 in short order afterwards while calmly chastising him for killing his mentor.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: He goes Super Saiyan when Future Gohan is killed. The original is even the page image.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's strong enough to surpass Vegeta, but not skilled enough to realize the method of said surpassing makes him a Mighty Glacier in a series full of Lightning Bruisers.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
- It's implied that Krillin sensed Trunks' higher power level, which lead to him smashing the detonation remote - Krillin didn't expect Trunks to hold back to soothe Vegeta's ego and Trunks (nor anyone else) didn't realize that Krillin had the right idea.
- He gives Cell the idea for the Cell Games as a way for the world to remember him - which on the one hand ensures the world will face untold terror as it waits for the end of the world, but on the other hand did cause Cell to spare their lives in the here and now.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
- His relationship with Vegeta is beautifully spelled out in Episode 45.Trunks: NOTICE MEEEE!
- Vegeta is actually proud when Trunks sends him flying in Episode 51. It's just overshadowed by his unyielding rage that Trunks is trying to interfere with him having a challenging battle.
- When Piccolo asks him point-blank if he hates Vegeta, Trunks wearily admits that "disappointed" would be the better word.Trunks: He's the single most frustrating man I've ever met.
- Cell even Lampshades it.Cell: (Powers up to imitate Trunks) Look at me, I'm Trunks. Please love me dad. (Powers down) See anyone can do it.Trunks: That's a terrible impression.Android 16: (Off screen) But not inaccurate.
- Of course, Episode 60 ends with Vegeta flipping Trunks off. Trunks smiles and flips him off right back. Vegeta gives a smug little smile in return.
- His relationship with Vegeta is beautifully spelled out in Episode 45.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out the other Z Fighters for adhering to Honor Before Reason when he suggests giving Goku a senzu bean to give him an edge over Cell.Trunks: Okay, guys, if you're bothered by cheating, either loosen your moral code or stop hinging the fate of the world on deathmatches!
- Willfully Weak: In Episode 52, it's revealed that he's actually stronger than Vegeta following their training, but deliberately hid this from his father because he knew the prince's fragile ego couldn't take it. Subverted by Episode 53, as all his "power-up" really did was trade speed, energy, and efficiency for muscle mass and raw power, so a competent opponent could just dodge everything he does. Goku and Cell can both do it, they both know its weakness, and Cell, who believes the same is true of Vegeta, uses this little fact to utterly crush Trunks.
- You Fight Like a Cow:
- Used it on Freeza, and kept repeating the joke when Freeza failed to react.
- In the prequel movie, he tried it on Android 18. It works about as well as it did on Freeza.Trunks: You hit like a girl.
Android 18: Well... you're not wrong. [prepares to blast him]
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: In regards to Vegeta's ego escalating further, the lad had this to say:Trunks:...do you really believe your own hype that much?
Vegeta: I AM THE HYPE!