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"For too long, you've fed on the misery of others. You stole from me everything precious and dear. But no more. It ends now."
— Tapion towards Hirudegarn in Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon


Tapion (タピオン Tapion) is described as a "legendary hero" from a planet named Konats.

Development

Tapion concept art, drawn by Akira Toriyama (Daizenshuu 6)

Originally, the character was going to be named Tapioka, as a pun on tapioca. However, it was changed at Akira Toriyama's request to Tapion, with his elaborating in his personal notes that he ordered it changed because he felt the pun was too direct and instead felt they should use a word that was similar in sounds yet different in spelling. He also indicated he offered as an alternate name for him "Abira Gatapira."

Appearance

Tapion is roughly six feet tall, has light skin, a mohawk (similar style to that of Shin) of bright red hair, and something that looks like a golden head band that covers the bald surface of his head. He wields a magical sword and ocarina, which he says are gifts from God.

Personality

Tapion is kind-hearted in personality, wanting to protect his people from any danger that may set foot. While on Earth after being freed, he purposely makes himself isolated from the outside world, solely wanting to focus on destroying Hirudegarn. However, when becoming friends with Trunks, his more happy and upbeat personality returns.

Biography

Background

Main article: Hirudegarn war

Minotia and Tapion are told about the music boxes

A thousand years ago, Tapion and his younger brother Minotia were ordinary Konatsians, living on the peaceful planet of Konats. However, one day, a group of black magicians known as the Kashvar performed an ancient ritual that revived a statue, the ruthless and enormous monster Hirudegarn. With no sense of reason, Hirudegarn would eventually use his incredible power to destroy the planet Konats.

During the battle between Hirudegarn and the Konatsians, Tapion and Minotia used their Hero's Flutes to hold Hirudegarn at bay. Given this opportunity, a wizard (identified as the Guardian of Konats in Daizenshuu 6) brandished an enchanted sword and used it to slice Hirudegarn in half. Tapion, Minotia and the wizard were then known as Great Heroes among the Konatsians.

To ensure Hirudegarn's eternal imprisonment, Tapion and Minotia agreed to have their bodies guard each spirit of Hirudegarn (his top half went to Tapion and his bottom half to Minotia). They were then enclosed in mystical music boxes, and dispatched to the distant parts of the universe. Minotia was sent to an unknown planet, while Tapion was sent to Earth.

Dragon Ball Heroes

Supreme Kai of Time Saga

Main article: Supreme Kai of Time Saga Some time after the events of Wrath of the Dragon, Tapion enters the Super Space-Time Tournament, during which he encounters Xeno Trunks, recognizing him Trunks but finding out he is not the Trunks he knows, but rather if rom another space-time.

In the anime, Xeno Trunks is surprised that Tapion knows him, and turns Super Saiyan God in response to Tapion's request for battle.

In the manga, Tapion confronts Xeno Trunks, who has Xeno Goten along with him. The two end up teaming up to take down the Hirudegarn of another time-space, but cannot continue their conversation as Xeno Goten accidentally moves his team to the next round by hitting a Centi. Tapion and all others go on to be eliminated by Team 5.

As a result of his team failing to advance to the second round of the tournament, Tapion and his space-time were erased.

Film Appearances

Wrath of the Dragon

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon

"I know death seems cruel, but I welcome this blade."
— Tapion to Trunks in Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon

Tapion in his hideout

Unfortunately, a Kashvar named Hoi would go off in search for Tapion's and Minotia's music boxes in order to free them and unleash Hirudegarn once again. Hoi plots to use Hirudegarn's destructive powers to take over the universe. With the help of the Dragon Team (Goku, Gohan, Videl, Krillin, Goten, Vegeta, and Trunks) and Shenron, Hoi manages to free Tapion from the music box (Hoi has not revealed his true intentions to the Z Warriors). But Tapion, furious, storms off, determined to stay alone in order to ensure the imprisonment of Hirudegarn's top half. He is visited regularly by Trunks, who has taken a liking to him and brings him food, but Tapion refuses to eat and always shuns Trunks away.

Tapion and Trunks battle Hirudegarn

However, after seeing the bottom half of Hirudegarn invade the city, Tapion comes to aid Gohan and Videl by playing the magical tune on his enchanted ocarina, which weakens and absorbs Hirudegarn's bottom half into his own body. Leaving the battlefield, Tapion comes to believe that Hoi has already killed Minotia.

Later on, while Trunks is visiting Tapion, Hoi attempts to steal the ocarina from Tapion and tell Trunks that Tapion is the true monster, but Trunks does not believe him, and instead gives the flute back to Tapion. Tapion then befriends Trunks, and asks him to dine with him.

Tapion with Goku and Gohan

Tapion and Trunks then form a friendship, and Tapion is invited to stay at Capsule Corporation, by Trunks. Tapion explains the whole story to Bulma, and she announces that she will try to re-create the broken music box so that Tapion can finally rest, much to Tapion's delight. Tapion tries sleeping inside the new music box/chamber, but it is still no use, and Hirudegarn manages to get free from Tapion's body. Now whole, Hirudegarn has finally returned and Tapion's nightmare has come true. For a while, Tapion manages to use his flute to absorb Hirudegarn's spirit once again, but Hirudegarn would soon be free. Tapion begs Trunks to slay him with the sword (Tapion and Minotia were Konatsian Knights who always carried swords), but Trunks ultimately hesitated to kill his "big brother", and Hirudegarn is free once again. To Tapion's horror, the flute shatters.

Tapion in Bulma's Time Machine

After accidentally killing Hoi, Hirudegarn goes on a rampage throughout the city, battling the warriors Goku, Gohan, Goten, Trunks and Vegeta, but it is no use. Even Gotenks (the fusion of Goten and Trunks) is not enough to stop Hirudegarn (Gotenks manages to destroy Hirudegarn's first form, but he evolves into a more powerful, insect-like behemoth). Eventually, Hirudegarn is distracted while attacking the others, and he is destroyed for good when Goku (as a Super Saiyan 3) sees his chance to pierce through Hirudegarn's chest with a Dragon Fist, obliterating the monster forever.

To go home, Tapion uses a Time Machine (similar to the one used by Future Trunks) to travel back to Konats. As a gift, Tapion gives his sword to Trunks, says goodbye to Trunks, and goes one thousand years back in time to his home.

Other Dragon Ball Stories

Xenoverse 2

Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 As part of the Extra Pack 1 DLC in Parallel Quest 116: "A Hero's Duty" inside a time fragment timeline, Tapion requires the aid of the Time Patrol as the energy of villains in their Supervillain forms is causing Hirudegarn's upper half to stir and is attempting to break free. He teams up with the Time Patrol to defeat the villains to dispel the evil energy effecting Hirudegarn, though as time goes on Hirudegarn causes Tapion to lose health. If they defeat Golden Frieza, Meta-Cooler, Perfect Cell, Kid Buu, Janemba, and Broly in 9 minutes an Ultimate Finish is triggered were they face Dabura and Supervillain Omega Shenron. Dabura senses the Phantom Majin's energy and believing someone wishes to utilize the creature like how Babidi plans to use Majin Buu, Dabura attacks Tapion to kill him to prevent Hirudegarn's revival seeing it as a threat to his master's plans. Realizing Dabura seeks to revive a similar monster, Tapion swears to protect the Earth from Hirudegarn or any monster like him. Together with Time Patrol, Tapion manages to defeat Dabura and Supervillain Omega Shenron, dispelling the remaining evil energy which quells Hirudegarn for the time being, causing Tapion to state Patroller that they might have just earned the privilege to be called a hero.

Infinite History

Main article: Infinite History Saga Tapion returns again in a altered timeline of the "Future" Trunks Saga of Dragon Ball Super, having been brought in by Fu to assist Future Trunks to combat Goku Black, Future Zamasu, and Future Jiren. Together with Future Trunks, the Future Warrior and his teacher the 4 are able to defeat and kill Goku Black and Future Jiren. However, with Future Zamasu being immortal, Tapion opts to use his Ocarina to seal Future Zamasu inside himself for all eternity. Tapion reassures Trunks that Zamasu will never escape as he has gotten considerably stronger from the fight.

Fu's Customization Unlock Key 6

As part of the 1.15.00 Update DLC, if Future Warrior talks to the Partner Customization CC Robot after receiving any Customization Unlock Key as a random Raid Reward, they will play a message from Fu who reveals he has tinkered with the Partner Customization Robot to add a new feature where new Partners can be added using their corresponding Customization Unlock Key. By obtaining Customization Unlock Key 6, Tapion can be unlocked in Partner Customization, allowing the Future Warrior to customize his clothing colors, Skills, stats, and Super Souls, though most of these features must be purchased with TP Medals. Partner Customization allows Tapion to be customized with Skills used by Future Trunks (DBZ/DBS/Time Patrol) and Trunks (Kid/DBS/GT) such as Shining Slash, Burning Slash, Final Cannon, Burning Attack, God Breaker, Change The Future, Finish Buster, Double Buster, Burning Strike, and Heat Dome Attack (presumably he learns these techniques from various incarnations of Trunks associated with the Time Patrol.

Power

Video Games

In Xenoverse 2 with the aid of the Time Patrol, Tapion is able to hold his own against SupervillainGolden Frieza, Supervillain•Metal Cooler, Supervillain•Cell (Full Power), Supervillain•Kid Buu, Supervillain•Janemba, Supervillain•Broly (Legendary Super Saiyan), Dabura (Supervillain Power!), and Supervillain•Omega Shenron while struggling to keep Hirudegarn contained within his body as it reacts to the Dark Energy of their Supervillain empowered states.

During the Infinite History Saga, after being granted the Supervillain Power! state by Fu, with the assistance of Future Trunks, the Conton City Hero, and their Patroller Academy Instructor, Tapion (Supervillain Power!) is able to hold his own against Future Jiren, Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé), and Future Zamasu. He is also strong enough to seal and contain Future Zamasu within his body (Tapion implies he can do so indefinitely indicating he may have become immortal as a result of sealing the immortal Core Person within himself).

Abilities

  • Flight – The ability to fly with the use of ki.
  • Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
  • Brave Cannon – Tapion throws a large, powerful ball of ki. It is one of his Blast 2 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
  • Brave Slash – Tapion slashes the opponent with sharp ki attacks created by his sword. It is one of his Blast 2 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. It appears as one of Tapion's Super Skill under the name Brave Sword Slash in Xenoverse 2.
  • Brave Sword Attack – Tapion slashes the opponent, then he slices them in half. Tapion's Ultimate Blast in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. This technique was originally used by his master, the Konatsian Wizard, to cut Hirudegarn in half. Also appears in Xenoverse 2 as one of Tapion's Ultimate Skills.

The Hero's Flute produces a magic barrier around Tapion

  • Hero's Flute – Tapion plays a song on his ocarina that creates a barrier of mystical energy around him. It is one of his Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. In Xenoverse 2 it appears as on of Tapion's Super Skills.
    • Sealing Spell - In Xenoverse 2, Tapion is able to use his Ocarina to cast a sealing spell much like the one used by his mentor to seal Hirudegarn's upper half into Tapion, though Tapion uses it to seal the immortal Future Zamasu in his body during the Infinite History Saga. Tapion implies he can contain Future Zamasu indefinitely indicating the sealing Future Zamasu granted him Future Zamasu's immortality as a side effect or his sealing spell is powerful enough to contain Future Zamasu even after the mortal Tapion's death (due to his status as a legendary hero, Tapion would definitely be allowed to retain his body in Other World).
  • Afterimage Technique – One of Tapion's Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. Tapion is able to instantly move at rapid speed, making him able to dodge incoming attacks. Also used by Tapion as one of his Super Skills in Xenoverse 2.
  • Super Back Jump - Tapion's Evasive Skill in Xenoverse 2.
  • Full Power Charge - A ki charging technique used by Tapion as a Super Skill in Xenoverse 2.
  • Full Power Energy Blast Volley - A powerful energy barrage used by Tapion as on of his Ultimate Skills in Xenoverse 2.
  • Shining Slash - A sword technique originally used by Future Trunks to cut Mecha Frieza in half and by Trunks to cut off Hirudegarn's Tail. One of Tapion's Super Skills which can be added to his Custom Skillset after purchasing it in Partner Customization after obtaining Customization Unlock Key 6 to unlock Partner Customization for Tapion in Xenoverse 2.
  • Burning Slash - A sword technique originally used by Future Trunks to cut Mecha Frieza into pieces before blasting them to smithereens with an energy wave. One of Tapion's Super Skills which can be added to his Custom Skillset after purchasing it in Partner Customization after obtaining Customization Unlock Key 6 to unlock Partner Customization for Tapion in Xenoverse 2.
  • Burning Attack - Future Trunks' signature technique where the user makes rapid hand movements before firing a powerful energy blast. One of Tapion's Super Skills which can be added to his Custom Skillset after purchasing it in Partner Customization after obtaining Customization Unlock Key 6 to unlock Partner Customization for Tapion in Xenoverse 2.
  • God Breaker - A counterattack originally used by Future Trunks to kill King Cold. One of Tapion's Super Skills which can be added to his Custom Skillset after purchasing it in Partner Customization after obtaining Customization Unlock Key 6 to unlock Partner Customization for Tapion in Xenoverse 2.
  • Change The Future - A counterattack originally used by Future Trunks to kill Future Android 18. One of Tapion's Super Skills which can be added to his Custom Skillset after purchasing it in Partner Customization after obtaining Customization Unlock Key 6 to unlock Partner Customization for Tapion in Xenoverse 2.
  • Final Cannon - A rush attack originally used by Trunks. One of Tapion's Super Skills which can be added to his Custom Skillset after purchasing it in Partner Customization after obtaining Customization Unlock Key 6 to unlock Partner Customization for Tapion in Xenoverse 2.
  • Finish Buster - A energy sphere originally used by Future Trunks. One of Tapion's Super Skills which can be added to his Custom Skillset after purchasing it in Partner Customization after obtaining Customization Unlock Key 6 to unlock Partner Customization for Tapion in Xenoverse 2.
  • Double Buster - Trunks' two-handed energy wave technique. One of Tapion's Super Skills which can be added to his Custom Skillset after purchasing it in Partner Customization after obtaining Customization Unlock Key 6 to unlock Partner Customization for Tapion in Xenoverse 2.

Hirudegarn

Main article: Hirudegarn

Tapion transformed into Hirudegarn's first form

Tapion transformed into Hirudegarn's final form

Tapion is the vessel of Hirudegarn's upper half, and later temporarily the vessel of Hirudegarn in its second form. When Tapion cannot control him inside his body, the beast is released. In Dragon Ball Heroes and Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, Tapion is able to use this relationahip to transform into Hirudegarn.

In Heroes, this state was introduced in the eighth mission of the God Mission series (GDM8).

In Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, Tapion can transform into Hirudegarn (Pre-Transformation) via the Break Seal CAA Giant Special Ability, which allows Tapion (official or custom card equipped with the Break Seal Giga Rarity CAA Accessory) to transform into Hirudegarn (Pre-Transformation) from Round 2 (R2) onwards, activate Giant Ability to increase DMG dealt, and make Super Attacks always available. Additionally, permanent -50% to enemy Super Attack DMG dealt when performing a Super Attack. Only one CAA Giant Special Ability card can be activated once per battle.

In both Xenoverse 2 and World Mission, while sealed within a host Hirudegarn will react to artificial Dark Energy produced by Dark Magic empowered states such as Villainous Mode (World Mission) or Supervillain (Xenoverse 2). In World Mission, the Villainous Mode Majin Dabura, Villainous Mode Majin Pui Pui, Villainous Mode Majin Spopovich, and Villainous Mode Majin Pui Pui provide the game world Hirudegarn enough Dark Energy to escape from Minotia and Tapion, as in addition to automatically taking on his Post-Transformation state once freed.

Supervillain Power!

Main article: Supervillain

Tapion is able to harness the Supervillain Power! state, presumably granted to him by Fu (who can grant Supervillain Power! to others via crushing one of his Demon Realm Crystals). Similar to the Conton City Hero, Tapion is not negatively affected by its usage as he retains full control over himself, and as such uses it as a standard power-up.

Tanks

Main article: Tanks

Tapion and Future Trunks' EX-Fusion Tanks

Taks is the EX-Fusion of Tapion and Future Trunks from Dragon Ball Fusions.

  • Brave Sword - An enchanted sword owned by Tapion, previously used to defeat Hirudegarn. Later given to Trunks.
  • Ocarina - A mystical potato-shaped flute used by Tapion to previously defeat Hirudegarn. Later shatters upon Hirudegarn's escape from Tapion's body.

Video Game Appearances

Loading Screen Artwork 03 depicting Super Saiyan Rage Future Trunks wielding his Sword of Hope alongside Tapion wielding his Brave Sword in Xenoverse 2

As part of the Extra Pack 1 DLC in Xenoverse 2, Tapion was added as a playable DLC character. He also makes an appearance as an ally in the Infinite History Saga where he comes to the aid of Future Trunks (DB Super), the Future Warrior, and their instructor during an altered version of Age 796 created by Dabura, with Fu presumably being the one responsible for summoning Tapion to Age 796. As part of the 1.15.00 Update DLC, Artwork 03 is added as an obtainable piece of Artwork. It depicts a scene inspired by Future Trunks (DB Super) and Tapion's team up during the Infinite History Saga and features Super Saiyan Rage Future Trunks wielding his Sword of Hope alongside Tapion wielding his Brave Sword.

Voice Actors

Battles

Films
  • Tapion vs. Hirudegarn (Hirudegarn (Pre-Transformation))
Super Dragon Ball Heroes
Anime
Manga
  • Xeno Trunks vs. Tapion vs. Xeno Trunks
  • Tapion and Xeno Trunks (Super Saiyan God) vs. Hirudegarn (Post-Transformation)

Trivia

  • Just like Tapkar, Tapion's name is based on "tapioca", a starch extracted from manioc. His name during the development of the movie was Tapioka (タピオカ).[1]
    • The name Abira Gatapira was also proposed for him, but never used.
  • Tapion makes a cameo appearance as a statue in an episode of Blue Dragon, an anime adaptation of the role-playing video game of the same name, to which Akira Toriyama contributed.

Future Trunks wielding Tapion's Sword instead of his own Sword in Xenoverse

  • It is mentioned in several Dragon Ball Z video games that Tapion (or possibly a future timeline counterpart) appeared in Future Trunks' timeline. Tapion and Future Trunks have special dialogue in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and Budokai Tenkaichi 3, where Future Trunks says "Long time no see" and Tapion responds "Alright, let's see how strong you've become", which suggests that Tapion appeared in Future Trunks' timeline at one point. It is stated in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast that Tapion gave his sword to Future Trunks. One of the hint/trivia screens in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z states that Tapion appeared in Future Trunks' timeline and sealed away Hirudegarn, and then gave his sword to Future Trunks. In the Xenoverse series, the sword wielded by Trunks: Xeno is identical to Tapion's Sword indicating the possibility at some point in his past Trunks: Xeno acquired the Brave Sword (possibly from Tapion before or after becoming a Time Patroller).
    • However in Xenoverse 2, Tapion's Brave Sword (which is designed like it appears in the film) is identical to the swords wielded by GT Trunks (which makes sense as its implied to be the Brave Sword that Trunks receive as a child in the film) and Future Trunks (DBZ era), while Trunks: Xeno wields Tapion's Sword from Xenoverse. Its possible that Tapion's Sword is simply another sword once wielded by Tapion and is unrelated to the Brave Sword. Presumably the sword wielded by DBZ Future Trunks simply resembles it (it should be noted that for the film Tapion's Brave Sword was itself an allusion to Future Trunks' sword thus explaining their similarities in the Xenoverse series along with the simple idea that the developers simply used Future & GT Trunks' existing sword model for Tapion's Brave Sword).
    • Additionally, Tapion has special dialogue with Kid Trunks and Future Trunks (DBZ & Xeno eras). If he faces Kid Trunks, he will say "Show me your power, Trunks." while Kid Trunks will eagerly state "Let's Go Tapion!". If he face's Future Trunks (DBZ or Xeno), he will say "Your a hero Trunks, through and through." while Future Trunks says "Y-your..." indicating he recognizes Tapion. Interestingly, he has no special dialogue with either GT Trunks or Future Trunks (Super).
  • Tapion use of Bulma's Time Machine at the end of Wrath of the Dragon is technically a violation of the natural laws of the universe (it should be noted that the film was written long before the concept of Time Travel being dangerous was introduced). Interestingly, it is never explained in Xenoverse or other video games where the Time Patrol appear how Chronoa and/or the Time Patrol dealt with Tapion's use of the Time Machine (it is also unknown if the one Tapion used had the same design flaw that produced alternate timelines as the one used by Future Trunks and Cell). One possibility is that the Time Patrol may have become aware of its use and the events leading up to it and may have fixed the timeline so those the Time Machine's usage would not occur or Tapion's use of Time Travel did not negatively affect which ever timeline the events of Wrath of the Dragon takes place. Given that Bulma (who was ignorant of the danger possessed by time travel technology) was at fault for giving Tapion the time machine, it is unlikely that Chronoa would have erased the timeline, as it is more likely she would have just had the timeline corrected or allowed it to remain as she had with the timelines created by Future Trunks and Cell's use of the Time Machine.
    • It is implied in the Dragon Ball Super anime that the events of Wrath of the Dragon either never occurred or at very least Bulma giving Tapion a Time Machine never occurred as Bulma herself stated she had tried to reverse engineer Cell's Time Machine, but failed and left its Capsule on a self, thus it is very unlikely that she would have been able to create a working Time Machine at all as she was only able to fix Cell's after acquiring her counterpart's research notes and realizing its fuel source was something she recently discovered in a previous episode during the Copy-Vegeta Saga. Thus, Wrath of the Dragon either takes place in the GT or another alternate version of the main Timeline.
  • Tapion's use of a Time Machine identical to Future Bulma's Time Machine is likely a homage, allusion, or reference to Future Trunks who Tapion resembles.
    • Similar to Future Trunks, Tapion is a swordsmen mentored by a god (Tapion by the Kami of Konats & Future Trunks by Future Shin), both are heroic figures with lived through conflicts that brought their respective worlds to ruin (the Hirudegarn War & Androids Conflict),and both have lost a relative to enemies responsible for said conflict (Tapion loses his brother to the half of Hirudegarn sealed within him and Future Trunks lost his father, which results in Future Trunks being an only child).
      • Additionally even without his use of the Time Machine, Tapion is already a time traveler of sorts, due being from Universe 7's past, ending up on Earth in the present as a result of being released from the music box within which he had been sealed to contain Hirudegarn (akin to someone being put into suspended animation for years and waking up in the future). In fact this method of time travel is basically the reverse of Future Trunks time travel method, as Tapion is from the past and ends up in the present, while Future Trunks traveled from a future timeline into the past, with Tapion's forward time traveling not being considered a crime (as Whis notes in Dragon Ball Super, time should only move in a single direction, forward) while Future Trunks' was a serious offense. Additionally both return to their respective eras via Time Machine, though in Tapion's case the past he would end up in wouldn't be part of his timeline of origin.
  • In Xenoverse 2, Tapion's sword attack sound effect sounds identical to the sword attack effect used by Future Trunks in Budokai 3 and Infinite World.
  • In Xenoverse 2, Tapion implies that he can keep Future Zamasu sealed for eternity despite the fact that Tapion is essentially mortal thus will eventually die unless he is sealed again like he was after the Hirudegarn War as Tapion nor his brother aged while they were sealed inside the music boxes. However, given that Future Zamasu is sealed within him he may have acquired Future Zamasu's immortality.
    • Alternatively, the sealing spell he used is powerful enough to remain even after Tapion's death as being a legendary hero, Tapion would most certainly be allowed to retain his body after death by King Yemma, thus allowing him to keep the immortal Future Zamasu under seal indefinitely (it should be noted that in the event of Tapion's eraser, it would likely result in the sealed Future Zamasu's eraser as well).

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