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Future Android 17
Mirai no Jinzōningen Jū Nana-go
Anime name Android 17
Manga name Android 17
Alternate names Android 17 of the Future
Future #17
Debut Manga: "Trunks The History - The Lone Warrior"
Anime: Cameo: "Unwelcome Discovery"
Full Appearance: "Ghosts from Tomorrow"
Appears in
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Race 1/2 Human-1/2 Android
Gender Male
Date of death Age 785
Allegiance Red Ribbon Army (Red Ribbon Androids)
  • Future Dr. Gero (creator)
  • Future Android 18 (sister)
  • Android 17 (counterpart, alternate timeline)
  • "Ha ha, this is great! I get ten points for every human I hit!"
    The History of Trunks

    Future Android 17 is the alternate timeline counterpart of Android 17 seen in the special Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks and in the episodes "Ghosts from Tomorrow" & "Free the Future" of Dragon Ball Z. This version of Android 17 is seemingly more cruel than the one seen in the main timeline, and is bent on doing nothing but destroying and killing.


    The first attackEdit


    Future Android 17 in Dr. Gero's lab

    Six months after the death of Goku in Age 766, Future Android 17 and Future Android 18 are released by Future Dr. Gero to kill Goku as part of his plot for revenge. According to Super Perfect Cell's flashback, Future Android 17 and Future Android 18 are (willingly) wandering through Dr. Gero's Laboratory as Gero is working on his "ultimate android". Android 17 counters Future Dr. Gero by saying he is the ultimate android while Android 18 knocks over some glass. Gero attempts to use his remote, but Android 17 decapitates him. As Gero's decapitated head says that his "ultimate android creation" will absorb them, Android 17 and Android 18 blast the head.


    Future Android 17 takes on Future Gohan

    After he proceeded to kill the doctor, Future Android 17 and his sister head off to Amenbo Island, where they begins their reign of destruction. Soon after, coming to the defense of the inhabitants, the Z Fighters challenge the ruthless killing machines. Future Android 17 kills Future Vegeta with a hard knee to the gut followed by a Photon Flash. He kills Future Yamcha with a kick to the neck followed by a Photon Flash too, and Future Krillin afterwards. The androids kill Future Piccolo, Future Tien Shinhan, Future Yajirobe, and Future Chiaotzu as well.

    Reign of terrorEdit

    "Oh yeah! We're talking major points here!"
    — Android 17, running over humans in a stolen hovercar


    Future Android 17 and Future Android 18 attack Future Gohan

    Thirteen years later, in Age 780, the androids still continue to cause havoc across the Earth, killing off more than half of the planet's population. Gohan (the only surviving Z Fighter from thirteen years ago and now a Super Saiyan) and Trunks fly over Super World, an amusement park being attacked by the androids. Gohan instructs Trunks to stay out of the fight, and proceeds to battle Android 17. Gohan (as a Super Saiyan) seemingly gains the upper hand, and Android 18 is forced to step in and help her brother in battle. Trunks rushes in only to be quickly defeated by Android 18. However, before she can deliver the finishing attack to Trunks, Android 18 is attacked by Gohan, who saves Trunks and attempts to hide in the ruins of the park. In an attempt to draw them out of hiding, the androids bomb the entire area. Gohan and Trunks remain hidden, but at the cost of Gohan's left arm, which is blown off in the bombing. Android 17 later reveals (manga-only) that he didn't even use half of his overall power to commit this action.

    The murder of GohanEdit

    "This thunderstorm is a perfect backdrop for your demise."
    The History of Trunks


    Future Android 17 and Future Android 18 prepare to kill Future Gohan

    One day, the androids attack Pepper Town, a city close to where Gohan and Trunks are resting. Gohan ambushes the androids and the battle begins. Despite his handicap, Gohan is able to fight off both of the androids for a short time. However, he is soon quickly overwhelmed, and is knocked down into the street. The androids then proceed to launch a barrage of energy blasts like machine guns from the sky, which kills Gohan. The two fly off, and Trunks awakes when his mentor's life force disappears. Trunks finds Gohan's corpse in a pool of bloody water. The loss of his best friend causes his anger to explode, and he transforms into a Super Saiyan.

    The terror continuesEdit


    Future Android 17 and Future Android 18 smile at Future Trunks' pathetic attack

    Three more years pass, now in Age 783, Trunks finds himself the only warrior left capable of defeating the androids. One day, in a fit of rage, Trunks decides to head off and attempt to defeat the androids who are attacking Bridgetown. However, upon his arrival, the androids quickly dominate him. They then begin to toy with the young warrior, swatting and kicking him around effortlessly. To finish him off, Android 17 watches as Android 18 prepares a large energy blast which she launches at Trunks. However, he survives, and later uses a Time Machine to head off 20 years into the past to warn Goku and the others of the impending android threat.

    End of the AndroidsEdit

    "You think this life is all about you, don't you? What about the others? The ones that you two killed!"
    Trunks towards a horrified Android 17 moments before obliterating him


    Future Android 17 attempts to kill an old man

    Trunks finally returns to his own time after the defeat of Super Perfect Cell in the main timeline, and with his training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, knows he has more than enough power to finally kill the androids. While the androids are attacking Parsley City, Android 17 ends up murdering a boy that Android 18 thought was cute, causing her to become very upset at 17 and not talk to him, and later attempted to kill an old man, the boy's father, after the latter attempted to shoot 17 in order to avenge his son.


    Future Android 17

    Before he could kill the man (in the anime only, in the manga, he killed the old man just before Trunks arrived) Trunks arrives declaring that he is going to cause their end. Android 17 insists on just playing with Trunks instead of killing him, but Android 18 furiously attacks him, only to prove no match for his new found power. Android 17 soon joins the fight, and the two attempt to attack the mighty Super Saiyan. Trunks effortlessly dodges and blocks both of their hits, and eventually singles out Android 18, who he obliterates with a powerful attack. Android 17 remains paralyzed by fear and in disbelief, and asks Trunks how he became so strong without importing that his sister had just been exploded. Then, Android 17 is knocked down and blown up by Trunks with a powerful energy blast.

    Another endEdit


    The resulting explosion after Future Trunks blows up Future Android 17

    In Cell's timeline, Future Trunks uses a Shut Down Remote that was created from the Android blueprints he found in Dr. Gero's lab to successfully destroy Future Android 17 and Future Android 18. Shortly later, Future Trunks is killed by Cell who steals his Time Machine to absorb Android 17 and Android 18 in the past.


    17 and 18 Attack Gohan and Trunks

    Future Androids 17 and 18 flying

    Trunks states to the Z Fighters that the androids he knows in his time, while much stronger than him, are not nearly as strong as the ones released in the main timeline. It is safe to assume that power wise the future androids are not too much weaker, as they are still strong enough to kill a Super Saiyan. However, Gohan is seemingly able to overtake each of them separately, but when they team up, he becomes quickly overwhelmed (important to note that in the original manga and the History of Trunks storyline in Budokai Tenkaichi 2, #17 states that he didn't even use half of his power to fight Gohan, but this is removed in the anime). The androids of the main timeline are seen being able to easily overtake a single Super Saiyan separately, as seen when Android 18 defeats Vegeta and knocks out Trunks with one hit, something the androids of the future could not do to Trunks.

    Techniques and special abilitesEdit

    • Accel Dance – A technique where Future Android 17 and his twin Future Android 18 double team with a combo of punches and kicks, ending with a barrage of energy attacks. They kill Gohan with this attack in the movie.
    • Android Barrier – A technique where energy is thrust out from the body in the form of a barrier with great force. The barrier can be used to both defend against oncoming projectiles and to expand and damage its surroundings, although only the former appears in Dragon Ball Z.
    • Energy Attack – The most basic form of energy wave used by androids.
    • Endgame – A powerful physical technique. He used this technique to kill Dr. Gero.

    Future Android 17 fires the Finger Beam technique

    • Finger Beam – A barrage of narrow rays emitted from the index finger of its user, similar in execution to the Death Beam, which Future Android 17 and his sister use in The History of Trunks special.
    • Flight – The ability to fly without the use of ki.
    • Full Power Energy Ball – Android 17 creates two energy spheres in his hands and fires them one by one. Used in his second fight with Future Gohan.
    • Non-stop Violence – Android 17 and Android 18, back to back, fire the Photon Flash and Power Blitz simultaneously.
    • Photon Flash – A technique Future Android 17 uses against Future Trunks in The History of Trunks special. It is a yellow energy wave that is emitted from the hand of its user. In Budokai Tenkaichi 1 and 2, it was named Full Power Energy Wave.
    • Power Blitz – A strong energy wave fired from the palm of his hand. It can be launched as a single energy wave, concentrated into a ball of ki or volleyed in a rapid barrage of energy waves called the Accel Shot. This is the signature finishing move for Androids 18 and 17 in the Budokai video game series.

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