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The Erased Chronicles is an ongoing fanfiction of Dragon Ball, written by LastationLover5000. The story is set in a world where, during the week of preparation before the Cell Games, a young Erasa and Gohan have a chance meeting which destines them to be intertwined by fate to meet again in the future. From there, a blossoming romance is formed out of an endearing friendship. But given this is Dragon Ball, nothing is ever simple as soon Erasa is dragged into the antics and peril that she never knew existed in the world around her.

As of now, the story has been going on for just over five years, and is divided into seven story arcs:

  • "That Girl From Seven Years Ago" Arc — Chapters 1-14
  • "Tenka-Ichi Budōkai" Arc — Chapters 14-23
  • "Prince of Destruction" Arc — Chapters 24-37
  • "Majin Bū" Arc — Chapters 38-54
  • "Peaceful World" Mini-Arc — Chapters 55-57
  • "Advent of the Hakaishin" Arc — Chapters 58-83.
  • "Bio-Android Resurgence" Arc - Chapters 84 onward

In addition to, the story can be found on Wattpad and Archive of our Own.

Now has a Twitter account.


This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: The three mothers — No. 18, Bulma, and Chi-Chi — all appear way too young to be mothers, especially Chi-Chi, the mother of two. Erasa becomes an example after the ten year timeskip.
  • The Ace: Videl, of all people, is described as being a natural talent. Erasa shows shades of this as well.
  • Acceptable Breaks from Canon:
    • The biggest could be Erasa's entire existence. She was a nothing character in the original manga, so the fanfic borrows very, very lightly from her personality in the anime filler and then proceeds to expand quickly from there to turn her into a full fledged character with a backstory and the like.
    • Gohan is a bit more rough around the edges, but fans typically prefer him that way — even if he's generally sweet — and Gohan does mellow out something proper after he comes to terms with the fact that his father is dead.
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  • Achilles' Heel: Following from the canon series, Gohan's Achilles Heel is his arrogance. It is not forgotten by Gohan or the author that Gohan's arrogance led to the death of his father. It would later lead to Gohan nearly dying himself, and the death of Kuririn when Majin Boo escapes the Room of Spirit and Time. Piccolo, after the timeskip, finally lay the cards on the table for Gohan to see, and he realises he needs to make a change.'
  • Action Girl: Erasa, Videl, and No. 18 all fit this trope in one way or another.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: The Erased Chronicles has more than a few examples, though the biggest are two of the main characters — Erasa and Videl. Erasa had practically *no* personality, so turning her into an original character in her entirety could be considered Acceptable Breaks from Canon. Videl merely had her negative aspects enhanced to fit her expanded backstory, and she eventually mellowed back out.
  • Adapted Out: Vegetto, Uub, and the forms of Majin Buu that relied on absorbing the heroes do not make an appearance due to circumstances within the new story.
  • Alternate Timeline: The story itself. See Alternate Universe Fic below.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: According to Word of God, this story takes place in a timeline that split off from the canon material, utilizing Dragon Ball's penchant for alternate timelines to justify the stories' existence.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: Could be argued to be one of the points of the Erased Chronicles, as Gohan gets his time in the sun that the canon series never properly gave him until at least Super. However, this applies to other characters as well, such as Erasa, Vegeta, Tenshinhan, and even Videl.
  • Art Evolution: In a sense. The author has been known to commission artwork for the Erased Chronicles, of varying quality. The general tone of the artwork has, however, improved, taken on a more Super-esque appearance as opposed to the earlier Z-like artwork.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: Several, as multiple fighters take stances before a battle begins. The author will often use this as a chance for a Call-Back to the original series, such as Gotenks taking a stance only used by Kid Goku on title pages.
  • Astral Projection: In Chapter 91, when Gohan mentally reaches out to Cell — connected to the Bio-Android via Dende and the North Kaiō— the intensity of his emotions project his physical appearance towards Cell in a manner reminiscent of Astral Projection, though it isn't. The apparition doesn't last long before Cell cuts it down.
  • Author Appeal: The Erased Chronicles is written by a person who has enjoyed Dragon Ball from a young age, so a lot of the story that is written has references to the original series that suit his tastes, down to the names used and small details such utilising elements of Dragon Ball Online, a game he enjoys.
    • Scattered but present, some chapter titles come from Naruto, Bleach, or even musical groups like Skillet and Disturbed, as they're all to the author's taste in various ways.
  • Back from the Dead: Wouldn't be Dragon Ball without it. Notable cases include Gine and later, Cell.
  • Badass Bookworm: This is Gohan to a T.
  • Bathtub Bonding: The entirety of chapter 9, featuring the titular Erasa and Chi-Chi.
  • Bathtub Scene: The author is notably fond of these, and looks for excuses to include them whenever he can. The story has had three so far, and Chi-Chi has been present in two.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Goku utilizes the Kaiōken in his Super Saiyan 2 state in this story, utterly handing Vegeta his ass in a powerful burst of strength. This is only possible, however, because Goku was dead at the time, enabling his dead body to survive such an explosive burst. According to Word of God, this moment was planned to happen before the "Super Saiyan Blue Kaiōken" of Dragon Ball Super, but due to his laziness, the chapter debuted after that particular episode.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Gohan and Erasa have two actually. The first one is their first kiss, as Erasa has finally mastered flight, thanks to Gohan. She kisses him while they're still in mid-air, and they slowly drift back down to Earth. The second one is after Kid Buu is destroyed: Gohan proposes to Erasa, and the following kiss after Erasa accepts is glorious!
  • Bilingual Bonus: Some chapter titles are in Japanese.
  • Broad Strokes: Paikuhan (Pikkon) is shown to exist, however, the entire filler arc with the Afterlife Budokai never happened, as it was filler in the anime.
  • The Bus Came Back: Lunch of all people returns in this fic, after having never appeared in the entire second half of the Dragon Ball manga.
  • Call-Back: Due to the author being quite a fan of not forgetting things that happened in the original series, this fanfic naturally has plenty.
  • Calling Your Attacks: It wouldn't be Dragon Ball without it. KAMEHAMEHA!
  • Can't Catch Up: A trope common to Dragon Ball, but it is one of the cruxes of Videl's development, as Erasa continues to develop as a warrior while she lags behind. Naturally, Vegeta suffers from this as well.
  • Commonality Connection: One of the things that Erasa and Gohan connect over is the loss of one of their parents at a young age — something Videl also shares, but doesn't come into play in their dynamic.
  • Comedic Hero: Averted, thankfully Gotenks takes his role as the Kid Hero seriously and doesn't devolve into an absolute moron.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Evil Buu inflicts this on the gunman, completely obliterating his body through sheer physical force, quite literally forcing him to explode.
  • Cute Bruiser: Goten and Trunks to a lesser degree. Videl and Erasa fill this role as well.
  • Darker and Edgier: While not the darkest of Dragon Ball fics, it certainly is this compared to the more common parts of the original series. Perhaps due to a nascent love for the macabre, the author is surprisingly effective at making some moments genuinely horrific, and even without this, in Erased, the Status Quo does not remain the same. There are costs, people die and stay dead, and nothing is the same at the end of the day.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Kikōhō (Neo Tribeam) makes a return in this series, with Tenshinhan making ample use of his most powerful technique. He used it to try and stop Majin Buu, but the creature was far more durable than he was. Then Majin Buu turned the technique on him. He doesn't make it, sadly.
  • Death by Flashback: Played with. It wasn't a flashback Vegeta was having, but as he died, the story flashed back briefly to his birth, when his mother and father were deciding on his name as he was brought into the world.
  • Death by Adaptation: Kuririn is killed in a Heroic Sacrifice and stays dead. Vegeta's death against Majin Buu is likewise permanent.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Erasa's mother is dead, and she has fond memories of the woman. Goku, as this takes place after the Cell Games, is still dead, but Gohan has all the respect in the world for his father.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: This will not be the last time Chapter 56 is mentioned. This trope is averted, as the scene in question was a Sexy Discretion Shot, but the author had little faith in his set-up abilities, so he clarified in the Author's Notes that yes, Gohan and Erasa did the deed.
  • Doorstopper: The story is five years old, and well over nearly 500,000 words long.
  • Dying as Yourself: Vegeta, who was controlled by Babidi, shook off the latter's control, and died attempting to save the world. Unlike in canon, it sticks.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Vegeta sacrificing himself to kill Majin Buu. After fighting hard against Majin Buu, even transforming into a Super Saiyan 3, all of his efforts were for naught, and he was left exhausted. So, in an effort to protect his son, his wife, and the Earth, Vegeta pools all of his remaining life essence into an explosion — completely defying how much ki he should have had left in the first place, all in an attempt to destroy Buu. And unlike in canon, Vegeta stays dead.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Paying attention to the author's Deviant Art account showcases two characters who have not appeared in the story just yet, but are due to.
  • Easily Distracted Referee: The Tenkaichi Budokai announcer hasn't changed one bit.
  • Expy: Rayo from Chapter 17 is Yusuke from YuYu Hakusho, Spirit Gun, bad attitude and all.
    • Personality-wise, Babidi. While the character's design has remained the same, the author reworked his personality to be based off of Yzma of all people.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Gohan saves Erasa from being run over early in the story. That's about as in character for him as you can think.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: The orbs Erasa can create in her Super Mode function like this, as a Shout-Out to the Rasengan.
  • Fan Art: While technically any art of this series is by extension fanart of Dragon Ball, the fanfic itself has earned an adorable piece of fanart of the Son family. Be warned, the image is a spoiler.
  • Fanservice: While there is a focus on the feminine angle due to the author being male (see Bathtub Scene above), there is focus on the male end of the spectrum, concerning Gohan, a lack of a shirt, and being drenched in water. Female Gaze was in full effect.
  • Fiction 500: Bulma and her family. After the timeskip, due to reverse engineering Dr. Gero's technology and sharing it with not only the world but the Galactic Patrol, Bulma's wealth and influence have only increased.
  • Fixed Relative Strength: Unlike standard Dragon Ball Z, the Erased Chronicles subverts this to hell and back. The standard for Dragon Ball now tends to be that Goku is the strongest, followed by Vegeta, then Gohan, Piccolo and the other half-Saiyan children, and lastly the human fighters, Krillin, Tenshinhan, and finally Yamcha. The Erased Chronicles' entire existence, it could be argued, is to defy this bit of the status quo. While Goku is the strongest for a time, he is eventually equaled by Vegeta shortly before the latter's death. While Gohan is incapacitated by the Super God Water, Erasa becomes one of the strongest things alive, only to be eclipsed by Gohan when he awakens. Gohan, at the moment, is the strongest member of the Dragon Team, being stronger than his father is and Vegeta was during the Boo chapters. Erasa and Videl are fairly equal, with the former slightly above the latter, and are followed by Piccolo, Tenshinhan, and Yamcha in strength. Unlike in the original series, Goten became stronger than Trunks during the events of Boo, but the latter equalised their strength ten years later.
  • Flight: A plot important element of the Erased Chronicles, surprisingly. Erasa learning how to fly — and truly how to use ki in general — was part of her development as a fighter and as a person. She wanted to experience the freedom of leaving the ground, so Gohan taught her how to use her ki and flying was the first application of it. It was all uphill from there.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Played with. When Erasa and Videl do battle, Videl' ki is revealed to be a vibrant red. At this moment in the story, she's sold her soul to Babidi for power and a chance to kill her friend, the red used to show her malicious intentions. Erasa's ki is in varying shades of blue and yellow, casting her as the good half of this equation.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal!: Majin Buu to a T.
  • Good Parents: Erasa's father, Marque, is a huge example. He's a very understanding man, is kind to his daughter, and works hard as a single father. Perhaps he might be too understanding in some cases, but getting thrown into a crazy world where aliens exist and your daughter shoots beams from her hands may make one more lenient.
    • Despite being dead, Goku still manages to be an example of this. He's shown as the more understanding parent, the easygoing man he is, while Chi-Chi is...well, her usual self. However, his love and pride for his oldest son shines through in this story in a way it hasn't since the Cell Games.
  • Hand Wave: In the original series, despite going through a multitude of battles from a young age, seeing his father die at the tender age of nine, and coming close to death several times, Gohan is just peachy. In this series, his battles of the past seem to have had a more lasting psychological effect on him (not enough to be a detriment to the character but still enough to look out of place). The author explains it away by saying that's simply how it was in this timeline.
  • Hard Light: Bulma develops Material Waves, shortened to Matter Waves, which are EM waves solidified into physical matter. Don't ask physics what it thinks about this.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: An argument that could be made for Erasa. It isn't that she doesn't train, it's the issue of how much trains. She had several months of training before the Tenkaichi Budōkai, and this put her at the level of Piccolo the Great Demon King. She went from what would logically be 5 to 260 in a few months, while Videl, who has trained all of her life, required the spell of Babidi to reach that strength.
  • Healing Factor: Piccolo possesses this. Majin Boo has one even more effective, being compared much less to regeneration and more to magic. Majin Vegeta and Majin Videl also possess remarkable durability to go along with the ability to heal from most wounds.
  • High School: The early portions of the series centred around Gohan and Erasa's high school days.
  • Hope Spot: The later battle with Majin Buu was "Hope Spot: The Battle":
    • The Creature of Wrath: Just when it appeared Majin Buu had been tamed by Mr. Satan of all people, a stupid human kills his dog and lets loose a monster worse than Fat Buu ever was.
    • The Daimaou and the Majin: Despite Piccolo dishing out moves that would kill a normal person, Super Buu doesn't falter, and instead regenerates. To make matters worse, the fight with Piccolo has only made Buu more capable, as he learns and evolves.
    • The Surprising Saiyan! 2: Gotenks' reveals SSJ2 and unleashes his strongest technique, the Victory Kamemehameha. Despite reducing Buu to ashes, the monster reforms, utterly furious, and Goten and Trunks' fusion has worn off.
    • RED CODE: Erasa arrives to save the boys from Buu, but despite her own best efforts, is outmatched and outwitted.
    • RED CODE 2: Even with her new transformation and strange techniques, Buu continues to break even during their fight, rendering Erasa's new form null.
    • Monster: After Gohan arrives, he singlehandedly beats down Buu, and it seems the monster is beaten. Then, after a transformation into the pure Buu, it escapes, kills Kuririn, and threatens to blow up the Earth.
  • Humans Are Morons: Taken and played with in this series. It's a Dragon Ball fic, so the mundane humans have their fair share of stupid moments. But unlike in the original series, this story shows that some humans do remember the events of Dragon Ball as having actually occurred, to even a small degree.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Courtesy of Vegeta, who, like in canon, sacrifices himself in order to destroy Buu once and for all, but unlike in canon, he isn't revived. Kuririn gets one as well, when he tries to defend his family and friends from the pure Majin Buu. He pays for it with his life.
  • Infodump: Chapter 59 is this entirely, there isn't even a scrap of dialogue.
  • Killed Off for Real: Vegeta and Kuririn, after being killed in the battles with Majin Buu, are not revived due to the limitations of Shenlong's power. Goku also stays dead.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: A Dragon Ball fanfic wouldn't be complete without it. Even Erasa learns to use the first half of the Trope Namer.
  • Kill the God: Part of Cell's plan for revenge is to kill Dende, the God of Earth, and the life-link to the Dragon Balls. Notable because, in Dragon Ball, villains don't typically target the God themselves, though Shénlóng has been killed before.
  • Ki Manipulation: It should go without saying, given that this is Dragon Ball, but the ki manipulation in the Erased Chronicles is far more plot relevant than it is in the original series. Learning how to manipulate ki is the impetus for both Erasa and Videl's development, and it sparks their development in the biggest battles of the series for chapters to come. Eventually, ki becomes known to the world at large as Gohan writes a book, and within ten years, it becomes commonplace for people to fly to work or school on their own, or even just fly to speak with someone on stage.
  • Laser Blade: Erasa and Videl both wield one at alternate points.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Beerus' bit of dialogue about the clerk having just saved the planet by placating his rage has shades of this. Considering it is Dragon Ball, however, this is quite tame.
  • Left for Dead: Gohan does this in his battle with the possessed Piccolo, leaving him for dead after their battle. Good thing he did, too, as Piccolo was able to recover.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Much like the source material, the Erased Chronicles subverts this trope as much as it utilizes it. For much of the series, Gohan is either seen in his school uniform or gi; the same can be said of characters like Goten and Erasa. However, at the same time, Erasa is shown to have a wardrobe of casual clothes she enjoys wearing when the action isn't going down, and the author very much enjoys describing women's clothes. Even Gohan has worn casual outfits on occasion, showing he has more than simply gi. And then there's Videl, who changes clothes and hairstyles.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: The gray and thin incarnation of Buu utterly destroys the gunman, who is described as splattering everywhere. Unlike in the manga, where he was "kind" enough to use ki, it was all physical force.
  • Lovecraft Lite: Whenever Majin Buu is in focus, there are shades of this. But it was never more apparent than with Super Buu, who is a walking horror creature written into a Dragon Ball fic.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Erasa and Gohan have their first time in the middle of a forest. This is not the most comfortable place to make whoopie in, but let's be honest, both participants in question are superhuman.
  • Mark of the Beast: Vegeta, Piccolo, and Videl receive the 'M' mark of Babidi's forces when they fall under Babidi's Manipulation Magic. Spopovich, Yamu, and Dabra also possessed this same mark when they were introduced.
  • Meet Cute: An adorable start of one boy just touring a city just happens to run into an endearing young girl. Cute antics and awkward moments ensue to capitulate the two's first meeting experience that'll surely propel them forward.
  • The Multiverse: Word of God fits this in accordance to actual Dragon Ball Word of God statements that there are multiple timelines.
    Timeline 1 — The main timeline of the Dragon Ball series.
    Timeline 2 — The timeline of "Young Man Trunks" or the Trunks of the Future, who journey to Timeline 1 to warn everyone of the past. Subset of Timeline 1.
    Timeline 3 — The timeline of "Cell", who killed "Young Man Trunks" and returned to the past in Timeline 1. This, I believe, is a subset of Timeline 2.
    Timeline 4 — A timeline is similar to Timeline 1, only the Cell Games occurred without Trunks. So, consider it a subset of Timeline 3.
    Timeline 5 — The Erased Chronicles timeline. This is a timeline where a few events happened only mildly differently before the Majin Bū arc. However, critical differences are Erasa and Gohan meeting before the Cell Games, meeting Videl as well, etc. Erasa's mother's death is also a feature unique to this timeline, as it impacts her character greatly. From that point, the events seven years past the Cell Games also begin to change drastically as well; there are also mental changes to Gohan. In this timeline, it would seem, his battles as a child had a more lasting impact on him than in Timeline 1. Subset of Timeline 1.
  • Mooks: Yamu, Spopovitch, and several others fit this category for those who work for the black wizard, Babidi.
  • Mythology Gag: There are several in this series, due to the author being such a fan of the original Dragon Ball.
    • Fighting poses are often used this way, with poses only seen on title pages used in the series.
    • Gohan develops a habit of channeling Super Saiyan in his base state, much like Goku did in the filler arc against Cell and Freeza.
    • Goku utilises the Super Kaiōken in this series, only he takes it up a notch; Super Kaiōken 2!
    • When Goku transforms into Super Saiyan 3, a lot of the dialogue is borrowed right from the dub. There are other straight from the dub lines that are iconic enough for the author to have kept.
    • Gohan pays Master Muten Rōshi a visit with his child, much like his father did twenty-four years ago. Muten Rōshi even makes quip about Gohan taking up babysitting.
    • Pen is often compared to Goku as a child, being both similar in appearance and attitude. She even fights like he does, utilising the Zanzouken as a diversion and attacking from the air, only to expel her breath like a bomb to stop herself mid-air — just like grandpa.
  • Mega-Corp: Capsule Corporation, after the time-skip, quite literally runs the planet.
  • Murderers Are Rapists: One of the criminals Videl tried to apprehend in the earlier chapters of the fanfic was not subtle about what he intended to do with her once he'd knocked her unconscious. Thank God for Gohan's timely arrival.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The three main characters, Erasa, Videl, and Gohan form this dynamic trio in that particular order. Erasa is the sweetest person you could possibly meet, Videl was originally quite mean, and Gohan is the balance between the three. Videl has considerably mellowed out since then, however.
  • No Holds Barred Beat Down: What Gohan unleashed on Super Buu. In fact, he beat him so hard he actually knocked the Good Buu loose, forcing his opponent to transform into the Majin's pure incarnation.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Averted wholly, and only notable because this is Dragon Ball. The primary focus in the early chapters, and a prevalent theme that follows, is the romance between Erasa and Gohan. Even Goku and Chi-Chi get a kissing scene.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Piccolo makes this statement about himself and Videl — they were both chosen as pawns by Babidi because of the pettiness that still lies within their hearts. It's part of what makes him so interested in training the girl.
  • Obsolete Mentor: Played with. Muten Rōshi, while not having the display he had in Dragon Ball Super, is still weaker than the main cast, but at least stronger than the quarter-Saiyan Pen. Piccolo, on the other hand, wholly averts this, remaining very prominent, and is able to make a Super Saiyan Gohan work for a victory. The Majin curse may have something to do with this.
  • Offscreen Romance: A notable aversion, considering the fanfic is a Dragon Ball story; the story started off with romance in mind and evolved to keep the shounen aspects of Dragon Ball present. Erasa and Gohan develop over the course of the story's early chapters, and their romance is entirely the focus for this while.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Gohan is a sweet man. However, when he turns serious, it usually means the opponent is about to get a complete and utter ass-whooping. The only two times this hasn't occurred in the series, the fat Majin Buu sent Gohan careening across the planet, and Lord Beerus knocked him out with only a few hits. All other times, the opponents paid dearly.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Erasa herself is a Satellite Character in canon so in this fic, she is technically an Original Character by proxy. This sort of thing happens when adapting a minor character.
  • Original Character: The Erased Chronicles has several, though they do not all get the screentime they should:
    • Erasa's parents appear in the form of Marque and Quille. The latter has been dead for years, but factors into the story by way of Erasa's development as a person. Marque is her father, and a kind man who is good friends with Mr. Satan.
    • Rayo, a young man who is more or less an expy of Yusuke from YuYu Hakusho, appears in Chapter 17. He later reappears after the timeskip.
    • Dol, an additional fighter who was added to Babidi's forces to be Erasa's opponent.
    • The first God of Earth, Shandgi, was mentioned in Chapter 49. He, and a Kaioushin, either Shin or some other Kaioushin, were responsible for the creation of Earthlings. His importance lies in the Choushinsui, the Super God Water that gives Erasa and Gohan their 11th-Hour Superpower.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Chapter 44 is this for the entire middle portion, being the first, and only chapter, to feel more like something out of a horror fic than Dragon Ball.
  • Overly Long Name: The first arc of the series is named the "That Girl From Seven Years Ago" arc. Pretty sure there were shorter names available.
  • Patchwork Fic: The Erased Chronicles does borrow a few things from both the anime and the video games, despite clinging much more closely to the manga — and this isn't counting when it completely veers off on its own for ideas. A good example is, unlike the manga, where Gokū and the North Kaiō are in some unnamed part of the afterlife, in The Erased Chronicles, they are on the Grand Kaiō's planet, as they were in the anime.
  • Perpetual Motion Machine: Two years after the defeat of Majin Buu, Bulma reverse engineers Gero's Infinite Energy Generator and creates her own which she uses to power the world. It leads to ridiculous reform across the globe and later the galaxy.
  • Power Tattoo: For lack of a better word, the "Majin Emblem" that Vegeta as well as Piccolo, and Videl receive from Babidi. The tattoo comes with having your strength unlocked by the mage, and doesn't go away unless you die.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The end of the first half of the Erased Chronicles becomes this. Earth is saved, with Gohan, Piccolo, Gotenks, Erasa, and Videl all piling in to put a stop to Majin Boo. However, Vegeta and Kuririn were both killed, and Earth's Dragon Balls cannot bring them back. Goku decided to stay in the Afterlife, and Vegeta would have refused a revival even if he could have been. In the end, it was a sobering loss of family and friends, but it would serve as a catalyst for development in the next ten years.
  • Retcon: Erasa's mother, Quille, was originally stated to have died seven years ago, just after the Cell Games. It was changed to five years ago in later chapters, and previous chapters were edited to match.
  • The Rival: Being shōnen in nature, there are examples of this in The Erased Chronicles. Vegeta and Gokū are the most hefty examples, and unlike the canon of the series, there is some proper resolution to their rivalry. Videl also begins to develop as Erasa's rival, and the feeling is mutual on her part. Piccolo himself sees Videl with the potential to be a rival to both Gohan and Erasa.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Gohan and Erasa have one. In chapter 56, they finally knock boots, in a forest of all places. But the chapter ends before the sex properly begins.
  • Shrines and Temples: In Orange Star City's past, there was a shrine dedicated to Shénlóng, complete with the One-Star Dragon Ball. This was how the city got its name. Erasa later wants to rebuild the shrine.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Averted. When Erasa and Gohan participate in the Tenkaichi Budokai, they take off school for six months to train for the tournament. However, both of them went through their parents and the school before managing this. How a six month absence is excused, especially for a tournament, is anyone's guess, but there it is.
  • Shout-Out: The author is a fan of Naruto and BLEACH just as much as he is of Dragon Ball — and it shows in this work.
    • A Shout-Out to To Love Ru is present; Gohan wears a white shirt in Chapter 8 that can translate to "Way of Food" (among other things). This is in reference to Zastin, who wore a shirt that read "Way of Manga".
    • A moment when Videl and Erasa generate energy blades is a Shout-Out to both Naruto — particular a moment in a filler episode when Sasuke created a Chidori sword — and to the YouTube creator Ben Hughes, who had a similar ability displayed in his Fan Vid of Dragon Ball.
    • Erasa utilizes a ki orb which is outright based on the Rasengan.
    • Erasa's Super Mode is a direct Shout-Out to the Six Paths Sage Mode used by Naruto, functioning similarly as well.
    • Matter Waves are an outright Shout-Out to the Mega Man Star Force.
    • Carmina, and later her father, Majin Bū, pull off some moves right out of One Piece.
    • In the Bio-Android Resurgence Arc, there is a scene where Gohan's physical form is projected from Beerus' planet to Earth, and the Bio-Android cuts this projection down. This scene was partially inspired by The Last Jedi.
  • Shower of Angst: Videl has one in chapter 53.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Erasa and Gohan both receive a change in attire; Erasa receives new gi modeled after the female Saiyan who appeared in Xenoverse advertising, and Gohan's gi is modeled after Goku Black's gi.
  • Sliding Scale of Parent-Shaming in Fiction: Chi-Chi falls victim to Type I, when her flaws are brought to life after she was revived from her death at the hands of Majin Bū. Gohan and Goten express an interest to continue training to protect the Earth — and also to protect their mother, so she wouldn't be killed again. This is in spite of the woman's protests, but Muten Roushi and Piccolo both put her in her place.
  • So Proud of You: Vegeta's sentiment to Trunks before he dies fighting Buu, and his sentiment again when he refuses revival by the dragon.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Played with. Villains of various combat strengths appear in The Erased Chronicles, however , Erasa specifically never has a battle with anyone stronger than her before her massive power leap. All of her opponents were — almost conveniently — on a similar level of strength. However, at the same time, much more grand fights were occurring while she was fighting these weaker opponents, or after her own fight. The rest of her friends just did the heavy lifting.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Due to the author being a fan of the original Japanese material over the dub, some names that were spelled according to the dub were later changed to match the original source material: "Krillin" to "Kuririn" for example.
    • This later creates inconsistencies, as the name was spelled "Krillin" in earlier chapters, but changed to "Kuririn" once the author got into the habit. And some names, which like Gokū, are still spelled as "Goku", due to it being too much work to go back and change the name in other chapters.
  • Status Quo Is God: Averted, in Dragon Ball of all things. At the end of the Majin Buu debacle, Kuririn and Vegeta stay dead, and Goku is not revived either, leaving a void in the hearts of most of the cast.
  • Super Mode: It is a Dragon Ball fanfic. Where would it be without the Super Saiyan form, and its various variations? Erasa gains a unique Super Mode entirely unrelated to the Super Saiyan form later on.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: Erasa's unnamed Super Mode functions this way, more specifically, the rosary at her back. With the orbs, she can release intensive beams — even the Kamehameha — increase their size to disintegrate enemies like Majin Bū, create solid weapons and generate shields of various sizes and shapes, and create explosive bombs.
  • Take That!: To the original source material; the author has a professed dislike of the Great Saiyaman gag in the original series, and blatantly took it out in this version of the story. When it was revealed that Goku and Chi-Chi have never kissed in Dragon Ball Super, Chi-Chi would go onto kiss Goku in this story.
  • Tempting Fate: Gohan's entire fight with Beerus feels like this. His arrogance and frustration reached a point that he firmly decided whatever 'god ki' was, he didn't need it to fight a Hakaishin. He quickly found out he needed it.
  • Thanking the Viewer: Done in the Author's Note of the 91st chapter. As the story has been going on for five years at that point (half a decade), and 2020 had just rolled around, the author extended his heartfelt thanks to the readers who made his story possible.
  • There Are No Therapists: Let's be honest, all of Videl's problems could be solved if she'd talked to pretty much anyone. But instead, she let her jealousy and inferiority complex get the better of her, and she winds up becoming possessed by Babidi because of it. Erasa eventually helps her work out her problems.
  • The Team Benefactor: Dende becomes this, with great effect. To a lesser degree, Karin and Shin as well.
  • Their First Time: Chapter 56 is this for Gohan and Erasa. However, the scene was not seen. See Sexy Discretion Shot above.
  • Tie-In Novel: This story isn't one, but has one, in the form of The Future is Black, centering around Trunks. It ties into upcoming arcs within the Erased Chronicles.
  • Time Skip: Chapter 59 officially skips ahead ten years, for the second half of the series to begin.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: When the going got rough in the Boo section of the story, Gohan and Erasa had to drink the Super God Water and awaken their true powers.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Gohan finally confronts Majin Buu, his anger shows shades of this, rather than the explosive anger he was known for as a child. Like Father, Like Son.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gohan learned from the best. Erasa also learned from the best
  • Touched by Vorlons: In order to stop Buu, Erasa and Gohan drink from the Super God Water, forcing them to undergo a painful trial which endows them with the Soul of Shangdi.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Goten looks exactly like a younger Goku. Erasa also resembles her mother Quille, merely younger and with shorter hair.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 35, The Sun Has Already Gone Down, is perhaps the most solid example the Erased Chronicles has:
    • Majin Buu has hatched.
    • No. 18 is killed by Majin Buu. Despite her best efforts, his regeneration has thrown everyone off and Buu turns her into a coffee-flavoured jelly. He then eats her.
    • Tenshinhan's Shin Kikoho is rendered null and void as Buu survives, and Majin Buu replicates his technique to kill him with it.
    • When Gohan arrives to fight Buu, having just come off his battle with Piccolo, the half-Saiyan is effortlessly dispatched, and sent flying across the planet.
  • Wham Line: A few, as it wouldn't be Dragon Ball without it.
    Erasa: (as she prepares to fight Dol) M-Mom...?
    Shin: (When Vegeta, Piccolo, and Videl are all experiencing incredible pain). It's Babidi! He's trying to turn them to his side!
    Majin Buu: (as he is about to kill Babidi)Buu learned many good things from you! Bye-bye now, Babidi!.
    Karin: What Gokū sent you the Chōshinsui.
    Beerus: (shortly after Whis locates the remaining Saiyans) I'm coming for you...Super Saiyan God!
    Unknown Woman: Greet your newest brother. On Earth, they called him Cell.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Chapter 64 is a flashback chapter thrown in entirely out of nowhere to explain the totally out of left field Videl and Trunks.
  • World's Strongest Man: Gohan, by the end of the Majin Buu arc, is stronger than anyone on Earth by miles.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: This story actually abuses this convenient factor of the Room of Spirit and Time.
  • You Remind Me of X: While indirect, Muten Roushi after meeting Erasa feels as if he's reminded of Goku.

This Future is Black provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Played with. Despite having changed his hair to blue in Super, this Trunks is still featured with purple hair.
  • Bad Future: It had been steadily improving since the defeat of the Cyborgs...then Goku Black arrived.
  • Break Them by Talking: Black attempts this on Trunks in the second chapter. It only serves to make Trunks angry.
  • Cool Sword: Trunks' sword returns.
  • Extruded Book Product: The story was originally written by another author for the purpose of tying into the Erased Chronicles. However, when life got a bit busy, the original Erased Chronicles author took over the project.
  • Humiliation Conga: Trunks' entire first fight with Black amounts to this.
  • In-Series Nickname: Black is dubbed as such by Bulma.
  • Kill All Humans: Black's ultimate goal, though "humans" is used more liberally in the Dragon Ball series as "anything humanoid".
  • Meet Cute: Trunks and Mai have one.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 were released back to back, and it went from Black destroying the Eastern Capital and utterly wrecking Trunks to relaxing outside his cabin with a deer.
  • Insult Backfire: Bulma comes up with the name "Gokū Black" to separate Black from Gokū, who he claims to be. Black accepts the name wholeheartedly.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Black manages to be this for Trunks. Being a Kaiōshin from the 10th Universe, the former Trunks only recently learned existed, the latter Trunks had no idea existed, takes him to this level.
  • Shout-Out: To Naruto, again. Black straight up hits Trunks with the Barrage of Lions from Naruto.
  • Tie-In Novel: Written to serve as one for The Erased Chronicles.


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