The Brave Sword (ブレイブソード Bureibu Sōdo) is an enchanted sword owned by Tapion during the events of Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon. This blade is given to Trunks at the end of the movie, and later used in the Dragon Ball GT opening.
During the war between Hirudegarn and the Konatsians, Tapion and his young brother Minotia used their Hero's Flutes to hold Hirudegarn at bay. Given this opportunity, a Konatsian Wizard brandished the enchanted sword and used it to slice Hirudegarn in half.
Under Trunks' Possession
Main article: Future Trunks' sword
After Hirudegarn's defeat, Tapion gives Trunks his sword, stating that it was always meant for him, referencing to the fact that his future counterpart, Future Trunks, was almost always seen with his sword. It was kept by him for years as a memento of the close bond he formed with Tapion during his time on Earth. Like his future counterpart, he has great use for the sword, and later creates along with Goten the Kikoukenjutsu Sword School.
After Frieza's defeat in the Golden Frieza Saga, Kid Trunks unknowingly references Frieza's first death by declaring that. with a sword motion, he'd "slice him a new one" if he came back, unaware that his alternate self was the one who put Frieza down in that exact manner.
The sword is seen during the opening credits of Dragon Ball GT although it is never seen anywhere else within the series.
Even though they might have met in Future Trunks' timeline, the events depicted in Wrath of the Dragon cannot be the exact origin of Future Trunks' sword due to the fact Future Trunks comes from a timeline where the Dragon Team are dead and the Androids reigned supreme. Though, at the end of this movie, the entire credit roll is accompanied by scenes of Future Trunks using his sword.
Future Trunks says that the sword was given to him by someone close to him when he uses the Dragon Balls to repair it in the arcade mode of the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, and it is stated that Tapion did give his sword to Future Trunks in the video games Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, with the latter mentioning that Tapion gave it to him after sealing Hirudegarn. Future Trunks tells Gohan that it was Future Gohan who taught him swordsmanship in the Nintendo DS game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2.
- Future Trunks' sword - According to some sources, Future Trunks' sword is said to be the Brave Sword of his alternate timeline.
- Xeno Trunks' sword - In Dragon Ball Heroes and World Mission, Xeno Trunks and his Metamoran fusions wield a sword with the color and design of its hilt (which is golden with a purple handle) and sheath are the same as Tapion's Sword wielded by Time Patrol Trunks and the two Future Warriors in the Xenoverse series and the design of the Brave Sword wielded by Trunks in Dragon Ball GT.
- Tapion's Sword (replica) - A replica of the Brave Sword (complete with sheath) that Shallot can obtain as an accessory in Dragon Ball Legends. Its design is based off the Brave Sword from Wrath of the Dragon.
- Minotia's Sword - A version of the Brave Sword wielded by Tapion's younger brother Minotia in Wrath of the Dragon and various video games. While the blade is mostly identical to the original, its size is more suited to being wielded by a child like Minotia. Like the Brave Sword wielded by the Konatsian Wizard and Tapion, Minotia's Sword is enchanted and capable of injuring Hirudegarn though unfortunately Minotia was forced to fight the beast's lower half alone and was stomped to death in the film by Hirudegarn's lower half. However in World Mission, the game world Tapion and Minotia are able to use their respective Brave Swords to combat the game world Post-Transformation Hirudegarn and ultimately slay the beast with assistance of Beat and Note.
Video Game Appearances
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, the Brave Sword appears as an accessory under the name Tapion's Sword. Time Patrol Trunks can be seen using this weapon and it can be wielded by the Future Warrior as well after buying from the Accessory Shop. The Brave Sword wielded by GT Trunks is identical to how it appears in the Wrath of the Dragon film and shares the same model as DBZ Era Future Trunks' Sword. Interestingly, the Tapion's Sword model is identical to the sword that GT Trunks actually wielded in Dragon Ball GT yet he wields the movie version in-game despite the GT Tapion's Sword having an existing model. However GT Trunks wielding the Brave Sword from the film makes more sense as it could easily take place after the film, as Goku uses the Dragon Fist several times in GT which tends to contain other film elements such as Gogeta and Cooler (who makes his anime only cameo in Dragon Ball GT).
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, the weapon is available through the TP shop or can be obtained by the previous Xenoverse Future Warrior (if the weapon is equipped on said character). Although the weapon is mostly cosmetic, it has two moves: Shining Slash and Burning Slash. Unlike Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, the weapon is visible when performing either sword-based attack.
Interestingly in the Xenoverse series, the color and design of its hilt (which is golden with a purple handle) and sheath are the same as the sword wielded by Time Patrol Trunks (which is differs from the swords wielded by his past "Future" self, Future Trunks from Dragon Ball Super, and GT Trunks). This odd as the sword wielded by GT Trunks should be Tapion's Sword, but instead is identical to the sword wielded by the DBZ incarnation of Future Trunks. Tapion's Sword in both Xenoverse and Xenoverse 2 also differs from the Brave Sword wielded by Tapion in the film. However it does resemble the Brave Sword as it appeared in Dragon Ball GT.
As part of the Extra Pack 1 DLC in Xenoverse 2, Tapion wields the Brave Sword which is identical to the sword wielded by GT Trunks and the Brave Sword as it appears in Wrath of the Dragon. Presumably Tapion's Sword in both games uses the design of Time Patrol Trunks' sword and that design was carried over into Xenoverse 2, despite the actual Brave Sword looking completely different from the Tapion's Sword accessory. As it shares the same design GT Trunks' sword is likely intended to be the Brave Sword given to Trunks by Tapion in the film which presumably takes place in the GT timeline. The Future Warrior can wield the film Brave Sword as part of Brave Sword Slash Super Skill and Brave Sword Attack Ultimate Skill.
In addition to those skills, Tapion uses the sword as part of his standard combos and during his grab throw can even throw it like a boomerang at his opponent after kicking them away. As part of the 1.15.00 Update DLC, Artwork 03 is added as an obtainable piece of Artwork. It depicts a Infinite History Saga inspired scene of Super Saiyan Rage Future Trunks wielding the Sword of Hope alongside Tapion wielding the Brave Sword. It can be purchased from the TP Medal Shop in Conton City for 300 TP Medals (as the inventory changes every week there may be times when it is unavailable for purchase).
In Dragon Ball Legends, the Brave Sword is wielded by Tapion. Additionally their is a version of Trunks (Kid) based upon his appearance in Wrath of the Dragon who wears the sheathed Brave Sword on his back, though interestingly he doesn't actually wield it in battle despite having wielded in the film said character is based on. Additionally the original protagonist Shallot can obtain Tapion's Sword as a wearable accessory from one of the Exchange Shops which uses the same model as the Brave Sword wielded by Tapion and Trunks (Kid), as well as Future Trunks' sword. However the accessory's item description (readable only before it is purchased) reveals that it is just a replica of Tapion's Brave Sword.
In Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, Xeno Trunks wields the version of Tapion's Sword wielded by his Xenoverse series counterpart Time Patrol Trunks. Additionally through Metamoran Fusion, Xeno Gohanks and Xeno Gotenks wield Xeno Trunks' version of Tapion's Sword. As Trunks (GT) fights swordless in World Mission, he doesn't wield the Brave Sword. Additionally Tapion wields the Brave Sword from the film and Minotia wields his version. If a sword wielding character is equipped with Brave Sword Attack they will use their own sword to perform it (likewise Xeno Trunks, Xeno Gohanks, and Xeno Gotenks will perform the technique using Tapion's Sword while Tapion and Minotia will use their versions of the Brave Sword, while Trunks (Adult), Future Gohanks, King Cold wield Future Trunks' sword which may or may not be the Future Brave Sword) as a result characters can use sworda other than the Brave Sword like Supreme Kai Outfit Gohan's Z Sword. During story mode Chapter 2, Sub Chapter 2: "Hero Town in Danger!", the SDBH game world Tapion wields the game world Brave Sword while Minotia wields the game world version of his Brave Sword. Due to anomaly within the extra dimensional space for the chapter, Minotia is reunited with his brother in the altered present time of the game world's Wrath of the Dragon timeline and the two halves of Hirudegarn remain sealed within them. Hoi forms an alliance of mutual benefit with Dabura, Pui Pui, Spopovich, and Yamu of the Organization of Babidi as they both seek to revive ancient demons, Hoi the Phantom Beast Hirudegarn and Dabura the Ultimate Majin Buu. In exchange for gathering Kili for Majin Buu's revival. After Dabura, Spopovich, and Yamu invade Hero Town and steal Great Saiyaman 3's Kili with Majin Buu Resurrection, they flee into the extra dimensional space. The Dragon Ball Heroes Beat and Note end up fighting against the brothers wielding their respective Brave Swords in the game world due to a misunderstanding on Tapion and Minotia's part, before teaming up to combat Hoi, Dabura, Pui Pui, Spopovich, and Yamu. However Dabura casts Villainous Mode upon himself and his underlings which combined with their Majin state produces Dark Ki that resonates with the sealed Hirudegarn who uses it to break free and reform fully transformed though the Heroes work together with the brothers to kill the Phantom Beast (and Villainous Mode Pui Pui), freeing Tapion and Minotia from their role as the beast's vessels and with them both keeping their respective Brave Swords as they go off to life together in peace now that they are freed of their role as Hirudegarn's vessels.
In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, it is noted in the Z Encyclopedia that Future Trunks' sword resembles the sword wielded by the legendary hero Tapion, though does not confirm if it is the Brave Sword of Future Trunks' timeline. Additionally during the -Trunks- The Warrior of Hope DLC, there is no main story or Sub Story pertaining to how he acquired his sword as like The History of Trunks, he simply has his sword in his possession three years after Gohan's death with no explanation as to its origins.