Akira Toriyama Gave Trunks Not 1 But 2 Useless Super Saiyan Forms Goku and Vegeta Won’t be Caught Dead Using

Toriyama-Sensei Might Have Given Future Trunks Two Useless Super Saiyan Forms.

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  • Akira Toriyama first featured Goku in Super Saiyan form in Dragon Ball Z episode 95.
  • Toriyama-Sensei gave Future Trunks two meaningless SSJ forms, that is SSJ Third Grade and SSJ Rage.¬†
  • SSJ Rage was a bigger mistake than SSJ Third Grade.
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Akira Toriyama’s¬†Dragon Ball Z¬†and¬†Dragon Ball Super¬†featured Future Trunks, who quickly stood out from its vast array of¬†characters,¬†as he was given a few emotional moments with his father, Vegeta.¬†His story is different from others, where he is shown¬†how his world¬†was eradicated by the Androids in¬†DBZ,¬†and again by Goku Black and Zamasu in¬†DBS. Despite having a tragic background, there’s no denying that Future Trunks fights for a greater¬†cause like he did in the Cell Saga and the Goku Black Saga.

A still from Dragon Ball Super
Future Trunks in Dragon Ball Super

However, what stood out was how there was one particular aspect of his development that made him stand out which was quite baseless to be used. Toriyama-Sensei featured our Saiyan with two SSJ forms, which was quite useless; to explain how useless it was, Kakarot and The Prince of All Saiyans would never use it, ever.

Akira Toriyama Featured Trunks in Two Meaningless SSJ Forms

Akira Toriyama featured Super Saiyan for the first time during the Namek Saga in Dragon Ball Z in episode 95 titled Transformed at Last. From there the story has come a long way, where the Z Fighters have broken past their limits, several times, and come up with an iconic transformation when all hope seemed to be lost.

Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball Super
Trunks’ SSJ Third Grade in Dragon Ball Super

SSJ transformations are meant to multiply their power levels and enhance their combat ability while undergoing physical changes like their hair going from black to blond. However, Toriyama-Sensei gave two meaningless SSJ forms to Future Trunks, those forms were none other than SSJ Third Grade and SSJ Rage. 

SSJ Third Grade is much like a wild card, which is known as the Ultra Super¬†Saiyan,¬†that first made its appearance in episode 162 of¬†Dragon Ball Z¬†episode titled¬†Trunks Ascends, the transformation is between SSJ 1 and SSJ 2. The Saiyan’s power levels increase with a bizarre increase in muscle mass,¬†and¬†the hair grows even¬†bigger¬†and¬†the hair¬†shoots out in all directions.

While the power level increases¬†significantly,¬†the¬†increased muscle mass reduces the speed drastically¬†and¬†the downside was immediately noticed by the other Saiyans. Surprisingly, it took Trunks a while to understand the form’s downside. But what followed SSJ Third Grade was SSJ Rage, which was an abomination of a transformation.

Future Trunks in the Goku Black Saga
Future Trunks in SSJ Rage form

Although this transformation gives our character the extra power that he needs, it is not useful and it makes the transformation more confusing. The form multiplies SSJ 2’s power, where the hair grows slightly longer and the Saiyan would gain a blue tinge within their golden aura.¬†

This form indeed played a great role in defeating Zamasu, disguised as Goku Black. However, much like the aforementioned form, SSJ Rage is immensely useless because if the battle had continued a little longer, even his SSJ Rage form would have struggled to defeat Zamasu in his SSJ Rosé form.

Why Was Super Saiyan Rage The Biggest Mistake in The Goku Black Arc?

There’s no denying that Future Trunks stands out as a character in the¬†Dragon Ball¬†series, and his return in the¬†Dragon Ball Super¬†series was met with excitement. However, fans’ excitement seemed to be lost during the end of the Goku Black Saga, because Akira Toriyama featured Trunks in the SSJ Rage form, which helped him in his final battle against Zamasu and Goku Black.

Trunks in SSJ Rage form
Trunks in SSJ Rage form

As per Game Rant, Future Trunks was fighting Zamasu in the SSJ Rage felt like plot armor because SSJ Rosé form is a divine form of SSJ Blue, and neither Kakarot nor The Prince of All Saiyans can achieve it. As a result, it implies that this form is much stronger than SSJ 2 or SSJ 3. Since SSJ Rage is based on SSJ 2, the plot looks quite flawed.

Furthermore, the Rosé form can be maintained for a much longer period, and had Zamasu managed to sustain a little longer, he would have stood tall and had the last laugh over them. Nevertheless, both forms look immensely useless, and neither of the two protagonists would be caught using them ever.

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Written by Tushar Auddy

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Tushar Auddy, Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.