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[[WMG: There are (or were) non-blade unreleased Zanpakutou at some point.]]
But because KatanasAreJustBetter in Soul Society, those with such Zanpakutou are either pressured to make it look like a blade (even if they work nothing like blades) or not seated as officers. If not for this, then Zanpakutou could be as diverse (or even more so) than the kinds of weapons seen in FlameOfRecca.
Alternately, what is considered to be "Shikai" is what the Zanpakutou were like previous to the "All Katana All the Time" rule, and the Shikai chant just removes TheMasquerade.

[[WMG: Soul Society and Hueco Mundo aren't real worlds, but the giant subconscious worlds (similar to Ichigo's sideways city) of some race of colossal beings...]]
... and the people in them are subdued souls unconsciously warring for control, similar to how an intelligent Menos is composed of thousands of separate individuals with one of them dominant. If Menos have inner worlds, I imagine they're populated by all the souls who were too weak to become dominant. The 'real' world, Soul Society, and Hueco Mundo could be the same principle, just bigger.
* This could be what the King's throne is; a place where a being can sit as the dominant consciousness.

[[WMG: Kenpachi is Yachiru's Bankai, and Yachiru is Kenpachi's Bankai]]
Because I figured that there weren't enough infinite loop theories. I've seen one, or the other, as a theory, but not both.
* The explanation is probably something along the lines of "He's just that badass."
* This is Kenpachi's Zanpakuto, a Soulsteel Zanpakuto. All craftsshinigamiship is of the highest quality. It menaces with spikes of Soulsteel. On it is a masterful rendition of an image of Kenpachi's Zanpakuto in Soulsteel.
** ... what?
*** ...you just linked Kenpachi Zaraki to Dwarf Fortress. I don't know if that's awesome or terrifying.
* Considering Stark and Lilinette...
* Zangetsu said that Zaraki's zanpakuto was screaming. If Yachiru was a manifestation of the sword's spirit, wouldn't it be silent ?
** Maybe he meant screaming with joy?
* Or horror- I notice zanpakuto tend to [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main.DifferentAsNightAndDay 'compliment']] each other. Case in point - Ichigo and Zangetsu, the former being impulsive and a bit naïve, the former methodical and wise. Wouldn't it be the height of irony if Kenpachi's zanpakuto was a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RuleOfFunny pacifist healer]]?
** So his Zanpakuto is actually Hanataro?
** Not always. Canonically Matsumoto and Yumichika's zanpaktou's have personalities very similar to their own.

[[WMG: Tosen's idea that Kenpachi is a demon is frighteningly accurate because...]]
Kenpachi Zaraki is really an amalgamation of souls who all died before their time in the most violent ways possible. Think Menos Grande made out of whole's and you'll get it. Who are these souls? Well let's review: He woke up in Zaraki, basically the projects of Soul Society. The only thing he knows how to do well is kill, and he loves it. Can't think of anything else. Repressed anger anyone? He's the absolutely most badass, twisted looking character short of the Espada and takes pains to look even more so. And whenever he sees our favorite Blonde-Orange haired hero goes after him like it's a blood feud. Who is Zaraki Kenpachi? Let's just say I think his Bankai will be 'Swarm, [[SouthPark McCormick]].' Every.Last.One.Of.Them.
* He's the amalgamation of all the 300 of Sparta. It explains every single thing. IN DETAILS. (Well, it just doesn't explain how he isn't inclined to teach younger boys [[TooMuchInformation that kind of stuff]], but since they died in battle, they wouldn't worry too much about that. [[BellisariosMaxim You shouldn't think about]] [[{{Squick}} that, either]].)
** This actually makes A LOT of sense; young spartan boys were made to be warriors from birth. if you weren't perfectly suited for being a badass soldier, you were left in the wilderness to die. Spartan boys were taken at the age of 7 to become soldiers. teaching a teenager how to be a badass came with the territory, and the way he does it works too; in sparta, "sparring" was full contact with real weapons. in short: you don't beat your partner? you die.
* [=McCormick=]? Like ''[[SouthPark Kenny McCormick]]''? Woah. Maybe Kenny was a Bount? Or Timelords are involved in Soul Society.

[[WMG: Kenpachi is Yachiru's Bankai.]]
It's been mentioned already, with a link to a one-shot fanfic which centers on it, but hear me out.
From their origin flashback, we know that Kenpachi doesn't really remember much about his life before meeting Yachiru, only that he wandered around and was nameless. The first example of him interacting with the world around him was when he saved Yachiru from a bunch of thugs, and remembered/gave himself and Yachiru names. Yachiru got her name because it was the name of the only person Kenpachi ever respected. And, Yachiru herself, despite being even younger than she is now, was unafraid of the blood, Kenpachi's jagged sword, or the big scary man with the jagged sword who was covered in blood.
We were also given a hint that she's got the reiatsu to keep Bankai going permanently when she told a messenger to F* CK OFF during Kenpachi's fight with Ichigo, not to mention that she was completely unaffected by Kenpachi's reiatsu.
We've also never seen the two of them more than a few meters apart from one another, but that and the indifference to Ken-chan's reiatsu are more circumstantial than anything else.
* Actually, we've seen them separated on a number of occasions. At one point during the Soul Society arc she runs off while leading Orihime and company around. Kenny doesn't accompany her to the Women of Soul Society Meetings (although Byakuya attends). And while I'm reasonably sure she's with him in Huego Mundo atm, she's had so little presence its hard to notice.
** Given that [[spoiler:Lilynette is Stark's sword spirit]], this theory might not be so off the mark after all.
*** I think it would be kind of strange, considering that he doesn't have a name (He was named after Zaraki, the 80th district and Kenpachi was a title given to him). Although, it may not be too far off still.
* Perhaps this also an explanation of Kenpachi's seemingly variable power levels: Yachiru is the ultimate souce of his power, and tends to unconciously enpower him to a greater or lesser extent depending on how she thinks the fight should go and on whether Ken-Chan is having fun or not. In the initial Rescue Rukia arc, she didn't want Silly Strawberry killed, so it ended in a draw rather than in Ichigo getting smeared all over the landscape: in the Hueco Mundo fight, she _really_ wanted Nnoitra messed up bad, so Kenpachi was in full, shall we say, 'Soul Resonance' ( SoulEater )
** But how, then, does Kenpachi have a sword-spirit of his own capable of at least screaming, if nothing more practical? Well, this is Yachiru we're talking about - she achieves this through PureAwesomeness.

[[WMG: Ururu and Jinta are attempts at artificial Shinigami.]]
Ururu, judging by her reaction to the presence of Arrancar, and her ability to destroy Hollow, was a mod-soul/mod-body experiment by Urahara, much like Nemu was to Mayuri. However, she was an attempt to create an artificial Shinigami, with zanpakutou and all. Jinta SEEMS normal, but was actually originally intended to be Ururu's zanpakutou spirit. At some point, the two of them were supposed to be combined, but the experiment either failed or was abandoned. Or possibly was abandoned * because* it failed. OR its still ongoing, and they have yet to attempt the fusion.
* If this is true, then I guess Mayuri succeeded where Urahara failed?
* I'd say it was the opposite. When have we seen Nemu use a zanpaktou? there may be a bit of fridge logic here because it's unlikely that a second seat can't use a zanpaktou, but she might be able to compensate with creepy science powers...and we have yet to see former captain Yoruichi use a zanpakutou either, even when fighting a current captain.
* Ururu being the same type of artificial Shinigami as Nemu is practically a certainty. There's no other rational explanation for her super-strength. However, outside of filler the only way for a zanpakutou spirit to physically manifest seems to be with Urahara's bankai training device, which has a strict limit of three days. Jinta is most likely just a kid with natural spirit powers, who Urahara took in because by himself he'd be nothing but Hollow bait.

[[WMG: Aizen's plan involves the Soul Society and Arrancar whittling each other down.]]
Aizen, Tousen and Gin have not attacked any shinigami since the Soul Society arc, and the Espada are getting smashed into the ground by the shinigami. Aizen is trying to get the Soul Society to remove the Espada from his path to glory, and possibly killing a few Shinigami along the way. Additionally, the whole Espada fight is also a diversion from his other plans. At least half of the Espada are dead, so they are vastly outnumbered. Aizen should not have made such a mistake. He evidently intended for Ichigo or someone to beat Ulquiorra since he never saw Segunda Etapa. Aizen's true plans could even be so far as to make the Soul Society look aggressive and evil.
** This could be to further saturate the Karakura soil with spirit power. Aizen has just calculated the exact number of Espada needed to be equal. This forces both the captains and the Espada to go all-out. Maybe he forgot the Vaizard initially, but after coming to Karakura Town, he sensed them, and summoned Wonderweiss to even it up again. From the beginning Aizen has known the Shinigami would try to avert Karakura being involved. He probably also knew how they would do it. This also explains why he let the strongest Espada at home, as there would be no way the shinigami could fight that.
It is also possible Aizen and Yamamoto are conspiring for an excuse to wipe out the Arrancar, since Yamamoto did not kill Aizen when he had the chance.


[[WMG: Ichigo is in love with Orihime]]
Because Ichigo is, well, [[ChasteHero himself]], he is only aware of his feelings on a subconscious level, which is why his new form was so crazy protective/possessive of her. However, the relationship is only going to have a BitterSweetEnding at best, if Bleach's pilot chapter and the origin of Orihime's MeaningfulName are any indication.
* So, He's a full-blown {{Kuudere}}? Makes sense. Makes so much sense that might not be wild enough for WMG.
* So, what's her name mean? There's no listing for Bleach on the MeaningfulName page, so [[{{Zeful}} I]] have no idea what you're talking about.
** Orihime is Vega, the weaver-princess who because of various reasons was separated from her husband. They can only meet once a year during [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata Tanabata]] (July 7).
* Though, if such is the case, hopefully her ScrewDestiny powers will get to live up to the trope name.
* Dense as he can be sometimes, one gets the feeling even Ichigo realizes there are some feelings going unspoken [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/167/16/ here]].
** You kidding? Judging by the sparkly-poo eyes he's sporting, he was probably ''touched'' by Orihime's words.
* Very early on, her Hollow-fied brother (who is more like a father to her) tells Ichigo "I won't give her to you"...when you put it in context with how much importance Japanese culture still places on father figures entrusting/'giving' their daughters to their future husbands, it winds up screaming "OBVIOUS FORESHADOWING!!111"
** Except that her brother was trying to kill her. So.
*** The sentiment is still the same. He was trying to kill her because he was jealous of Ichigo, and while you can translate his words in many ways the meaning is pretty much "I won't let you have her." Whether it's foreshadowing or not... * shrug* (In any case, it's apparently close enough that the anime changed the dialogue and left out this part, among other things.)
* As if Chapter 167 wasn't enough, who can forget [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/283/16/ this]] [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/283/18/ little]] [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/283/19/ scene]]? Followed soon after by [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/286/06/ 286]], no less.

[[WMG: Ichigo becoming even more crazy powerful was ''just as planned'']]
People are talking about how it was stupid of Ulquiorra to let Ichigo live because of his "garbage" status instead of simply killing him. But recall back in the story, after Ulquiorra returns from his survey of Ichigo, he says something along the lines of "If he doesn't self-destruct, he may prove useful to us in the future." Unless I'm incorrect, we still haven't seen what he meant by that. Perhaps Aizen is planning on using Ichigo's new form as a sort of sleeper agent power, waiting for the right moment and then either causing his Hollow side to flip out and try to destroy everyone or activating some sort of control, causing Ichigo to pull a [[FaceHeelTurn Face Heel Turn]] against his will.
And following in that vein...
* [[spoiler: It ''was''.]]

[[WMG: The Vizards will pull a [[FaceHeelTurn Face Heel Turn.]]]]
If Aizen can Brainwashed control Ichigo, why not the other Vizards? After all, as of this writing, only [[spoiler: 4 or 5]] Espada are left and the Vizards seem to be at least on par with them in terms of power. Also, we haven't seen what they can do yet and fighting captains would be a great way to do it. Aizen is so cocky because he knows there's reinforcements coming.

[[WMG: Ichigo is already dead.]]
If Rukia's zanpakutou through his heart didn't kill him, and he even survived Byakuya's destruction of his Soul Sleep, then he died when Urahara cut the chain that connected his soul with his body. For everything after that, he's in a gigai, and he probably hasn't even noticed yet.
* This Troper couldn't say otherwise. I mean, how could Urahara preserve his corpse, anyways? And how would Ichigo notice the difference? After all, if he ever was in his original body, he'd be a zombie already.
* Actually, what Rukia and Byakuya did only affected his soul (or rather his "astral body"), not his actual physical body - he wasn't even in his body when he fought Renji and Byakuya. As for Urahara cutting the chain, he would've died only if he became a hollow, but as he didn't, he could go back to his body - and unlike a gigai, he's still connected to it to the point that he can't even leave it without outside help. (As for how Urahara preserved his body, they already had Kon at that point.)
** That's what Urahara ''says''. We've also been told, before that, that severing the chain that connects the soul to the body means the soul can no longer return. And as for not being able to leave his body without outside help, has anyone ever bothered to teach him how to do that? It's not even entirely clear Shinigami do that all too often, since they usually use the Soul Candy as well if they're in gigai.
* Possibly supported by a comedic scene in the first movie, where it is revealed that Ichigo's body essentially dies (much to the dismay of the {{Muggle}}s around him) whenever he abandons it without using a modsoul.

[[WMG: Orihime is related to the Royal Realm.]]
Think about it; her powers defy destiny, and, if she were to put her all into it, she could probably reject anything. We have never been given any inkling to the power of the Royal Family... No one has powers exactly like hers, and she is shown as one of, if not the, most powerful healers. It's a possibility that she has some ties to RR, and that may be the next arc's setting. Hopefully, she will TakeALevelInBadass by the time the next arc rolls around.
* She might have been one of the princesses, and got killed by Aizen (or one of his servants). Other Princesses and Princes (if not, at least the Princess' Guard) could be Ichigo's other friends, Tatsuki, Chizuru, Mizuiro, and Keigo.
* Her name also literally means "Weaver '''Princess'''".
** Actually, Kubo Tite translated it as "Vega" (Vega Highwell), which is the star the princess of the legend represents.
** According to Wikipedia, "Orihime (??, Weaving Princess) [is] the daughter of the Tentei (??, Sky King, or the universe itself)." Hmm.

[[WMG: The towers in the fake Karakura town will be destroyed...]]
Probably by one of the Espada's resurrécion attacks. However, the real town won't rematerialise from the Soul Society, because Urahara is using Keigo, Mizuiro, Tatsuki and Chizuru to stabilize the barrier in the place of the wrecked towers.
* Don't forget Ryou-san, the second best student and best runner in entire Karakura!
** What about Karin? She seems a perfect choice. Possibly Yuzu as well.

[[WMG: Aizen has already Hollowfied himself]]
The apparent climax of the Fake Karakura Town arc will involve Aizen on the ropes, scorched half to death by Yamamoto's Bankai. While he snarls something like, "*** you, old man!", the Captain-General will say something terribly wise and get ready to finish him off. As he moves in for the kill, Aizen will smirk villainously and say, "Only joking," then proceed to don his Hollow mask and absolutely destroy Yamamoto (then fight against Shinji).
* Well, they did say the Hogokyu 'broke down the barriers between Shinigami and Hollow', so it makes sense it could make Vizards as well as Arrancar. I'd bet good money he's probably Hollowfied Gin and Tousen too.
** [[spoiler: This may very well be confirmed (for Tosen, at least) if his boasting about a "higher power" [[http://bleach.wikia.com/wiki/File:Hand.jpg proves true]].]]
*** [[spoiler: Housten, we have proof[[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/384/04/]]. Now, what about Gin?]]
** What Aizen's done with the Hogokyu up to this point makes sense from the perspective that he's testing it on others before trying it himself.

[[WMG: The top four Espada are Vasto Lordes]]
Aside from the fact that Ulquiorra's released form looks almost identical to the silhouette shown when Hitsugaya is explaining the different Menos classes to Ichigo (sans the wings), Aizen seems (or seemed; we've not seen him for a while) pretty confident that the Espada he's brough to the false Karakura town with him will be enough to beat the crap out of the captains and lieutenants who've showed up to stop him. Ulquiorra's demonstrated that he has two release stages, and in spite of what he says, there's every possibility that the three espada in front of him can do the same thing.
* Don't forget, FourIsDeath. So, it would make a lot of sense.
* Wonderweiss Margera is also likely to be a Vasto Lorde.
** Another point in favour - when Arrancar release their weapons, they take their original Hollow form. Of the releases we've seen, only Ulquiorra and Halibel have humanoid releases, which is a characteristic of the Vasto Lordes (Szayel was really more of a helicopter-octopus-thing).
*** Barragan and Stark are also humanoid in their release states, especially Stark. More evidence to support the theory.
* It would also explain why the top four are so powerful than they're forbidden to release inside of Los Noches.
* I'll repost what I said on the ItJustBugsMe page about this:\\
What we know about the Vasto Lorde is that they are "stronger than an average captain". We know that Ichigo is captain strength. He got utterly curb-stomped by Ulquiorra(before Uber-Hollow form) - so he fits the bill of being more powerful than a captain(if we assume that Ichigo's Hollowification and Ulquiorra's Shinigamification essentially cancel each other out, then what we're left with is a comparison of Ichigo's Shinigami power and Ulquiorra's Hollow power). The ones above them fit the bill as well - Barragan couldn't be brute force killed by a captain AND a vizard-kido master. Hitsugaya landed, at best, a few scratches on Harribel and ice clone aside, he'd be dead. Starrk is doing pretty well against TWO captain class Vizards. Really, how powerful do they have to be for people to believe that those guys are VL?\\
So yeah, I think there's a strong case to be made that the top four Espada are Vasto Lorde.
** it's pretty much confirmed they were. According to the anime Halibel was a Vasto Lorde. So was barragan and starrk. Also the databook says they are.

[[WMG: The ending of Bleach will be...]]
...the entirety of Soul Society is destroyed by whomever the final BigBad is, Ichigo and co. is out of commission, and all is lost. At least, until a single figure stands above the ruins, faces the bad guy. Zaraki Kenpachi stretches his shoulders, grins, and says "Ban....". Cut to black. TheEnd.
* Although it'd be awesome and one hell of a DownerEnding (no, seriously), he probably will get his Bankai before that.

[[WMG: Ichigo is so powerful [[HumansAreSpecial because he is human]]]]
Think about it. His power goes up and down like crazy, and Orihime shows that the power of a human/shinigami hybrid can be staggering. Ichigo is a shinigami, a hollow, and ''alive'', giving him higher potential than even Aizen.
* It is this troper's hypothesis that Ichigo is basically what Aizen seeks to become, or is at least Ichigo can become it. He is, or will be, the perfect combination of human, shinigami and Hollow. The Shinigami part allows him to focus his power externally in weapon form, his hollow part increases that power and focus it via body augmentation and his human part is what makes him most dangerous. With the Quincy, Chad and Orihime as examples, humans spirit power can effectively mutate, either with help (Ichigo's leaking power) or naturally over time with conscious or unconscious effort (Quincy). The human in him is what will make him perfect, as neither the Visored or Arrancar have any human in them, just Shinigami and Hollow.

[[WMG: Ichigo's mother was a hollow]]
This explains where Ichigo's hollow powers come from, as well as how that... ''thing'' with the Grand Fisher happened.
* It wouldn't explain the other Vizards. It would be more adequate to Chad's power origin's theory, though. Although that can be believed that his ''abuelo'' was a former Vasto Lorde...
* Maybe Chad's grandfather is really the 2nd Ranked Espada?
* Or alternatively, Barragan(The 2nd Espada) is really Uryuu's grandfather. He is a combination Arrancar/Quincy. This would actually make him One part Hollow, One part Shinigami, and One part Quincy, talk about a crazy combination!
** If we mention Yadomaru Lisa's theory, Uryuu himself could become one of these. Both theories could be connected to each other, as that would be a huge subversion to the whole "apprentice does what master does", as master would become what apprentice was destined to since he was born. And that would make Ryuuken a CovertPervert for banging a seifuku-wearing girl, but that's something for an entirely separated WMG.

[[WMG: Ryuuken ''is'' a CovertPervert]]
If we take that convoluted Yadomaru Lisa's theory, pretty sure he is. But obviously, only {{Meganekko}} schoolgirls might affect him. He might be even the reason on why Chizuru became a lesbian in first place. Rather {{Squick}} if we think about that, but Bleachverse parents seem to be wackos with dangerous quirks (Isshin, Mayuri, and, to some extent, Kenpachi and Urahara), he just ''can't'' be the exception.

[[WMG: The Hogyoku continued to have effects even while sealed in Rukia]]
Ichigo first became a shinigami by absorbing Rukia's powers - his Hollow side might be the result of him accidentally absorbing some of the Hogyoku's energy as well. Also note that Chad's Hollow powers awakened when he was with Rukia.
* But IIRC Rukia didn't have the hougyoku when she gave her power to Ichigo. And Ichigo's hollow side is likely the result of Urahara cutting his soul chain or whatever it's called. Urahara said Ichigo would either become a hollow or a shinigami. He first emerged with a mask, then tore it off - but apparently it stuck.
** [[spoiler: Confirmed.]]

[[WMG: Ichigo is in the same situation the Vizards were before Urahara's intervention.]]
Take a look at [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/bleach/en/images/9/98/Kmh.png Kensei]]. Most people just write it off as his hollow form, but that doesn't convince me. You can still quite clearly see that he retained his "human" look, rather than going full-out hollow, but he pretty much lost all of his control or inhibitions. He also ended up being considerably stronger than many of the other captains, which is unheard of for a newly formed hollow. Ichigo seems to be stuck in the same form right about now. However, all the supposed places "in between" Shinigami and Hollow are getting increasingly frustrating.
* The problem with that is that Kensei was not whole(hehe) covered, or possess the hole in his chest/body.Only his extremeties such as his head, hands and feet were effected, even with the cylinders on his back. When Ichigo got help from the Visored and battled Shirosaki in his inner world, the state his body was in is likely the closest to what Kensei and the others went through.

[[WMG: Ichigo has become a Vasto Lorde.]]
Ulquiorra succeeded in killing Ichigo and so he has become a Hollow. However, because of his power, he didn't become a simple Hollow, he became the most powerful kind a Vasto Lorde which is humanoid. This has dramatically increased his power and at some point he is going to pull off the mask and become an Arrancar, possibly increasing his power even more. And then Ichigo will have been everything but a Quincy.
* Menos are formed when a ton of other Hollows decide to gather around for a meeting of Cannibals Anonymous, remember? Ichigo, despite [[TakeALevelInBadass however many levels his Hollowfied form has taken]], hasn't merged with any other Hollows that we know of. Although that ''would'' explain a lot...
** Ichigo has purified quite a number Hollows in his Shinigami career, correct? How do we know that these "purified" Hollows were not, in fact, ''absorbed'' into Ichigo instead of being cleansed of their sins? None of them have made a repeat appearance, so we have no proof of where they ended up. The continued mutation of Ichigo's Hollow half makes perfect sense if this is taken into account.
*** That's not how Zanpakuto's work, genius. Theory shot to hell.

[[WMG: The above guess is true, and Ichigo will request that a Soul Reaper kill him once everything is over]]
Its all but forgotten, but Hollows slain by Soul Reapers are purified and sent to Soul Society. Ichigo will use his new vasto lorde/arrancrar status to crush Aizen, and then commit suicide by Soul Reaper, eliminating his hollow. He will then pick up a gigai and go back to his everyday life.
* But he'll only do it when he accidentally kills or becomes a threat to his friends.
** Both [=WMGs=] above are true, but when he commits suicide by Soul Reaper, he ends up in Rukongai and eventually gets reincarnated... into a Quincy.
*** At which point Hell will be introduced with the King of Hell as the new Big Bad, as per the [=WMG=] lower on the page. Demons will overrun the Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, and the world of the living. Quincy!Ichigo will be possessed by one of those demons, regain his shinigami and hollow powers and then spend the arc conquering his inner demon, making him the first ever shinigami/hollow/Quincy/demon hybrid. Then God will decide that Ichigo has grown too powerful and send His legions after Ichigo, nearly bringing about the end of the world. At the end of that arc, Ichigo will eat God and in doing so become a new God.
**** This idea is so crazy it deserves a Made of Win.
***** And then, Orihime comes in a moemoe fashion, kisses Ichigo, and takes all of his powers to her, remaking the Universe and becoming Haruhi. What do you mean by this joke is getting old?

[[WMG: Ulquiorra's intervention has accidentally made Ichigo even ''more'' godawful powerful]]
Just before Ulquiorra made that Cero explode in his face, he was in full Hollow form. But the blast made the mask break and fall off. Since Arrancar were created by removing Hollows' masks, this could mean that Ichigo has just jumped in power level in a way equivalent to Hollow -> Arrancar. That'd also explain the ridiculously fast regeneration after the fight; as Ulquiorra made such a fuss about, Arrancar can heal ''really well''.
* What about Orihime's brother? He managed to rip his own mask off, yet nothing came of it? Granted it's likley Arrancar hadn't been invented yet, but I'm pretty sure losing the mask is an ''effect'' of the process, not the cause.
** He was killed with a soul cutter after doing so and was sent to soul society.
** And wasn't it said somewhere that there's more to making Arrancar than just tearing off their masks? Besides, if that was all, then something would have probably happened to the one whose mask remnants were half destroyed by Chad in the beginning of the HM Arc.

[[WMG: Yammy and Ulquiorra are more powerful than their ranks suggest.]]
Ulquiorra claims that he's never let anyone else, even Aizen, see his second release form, which is not only much stronger than his initial release, but also inflicts crushing despair on his enemies (Necron pariah anyone?). Yammy, despite losing an arm to Ichigo in their first encounter, doesn't seem the least bit afraid of him after he took several levels of Badass. Ulquiorra even said that Yammy's biggest weakness is his brutish nature, implying that his low rank is due more to his low intelligence than his lack of strength.
* While I certainly suspect this is true for good ol' emocar, I don't think it's true for Yammy. The brutish, ridiculously overconfident bad guy who gets owned in 2 seconds is almost mandatory in Shonen. And I had thought that the "crushing despair" was Ulquiorra ''shooting a big ol' hole in Ichigo's chest.''
** Actually, this could be true to Yammy as well. Otherwise, how else would anyone explain him shoving off Hitsugaya's shikai without even using his sword? And no, any arguments about 'Hitsugaya is a weakling who should just die' will not be accepted to the argument. Likewise, when snapping Lolly and Menoly, he wasn't ''even trying''. And IIRC, during his fight against Urahara, he didn't receive any serious wounds, unlike that one incident when Ichigo suddenly released his Hollow form. Ulquiorra was right, though, Yammy was ranked the lowest because of his idiocy, had he been a GeniusBruiser instead, he might be the '0 Espada' as all those fans hyped or theorized jokingly.
*** Wow. [[spoiler: Yammy might be the 0 Espada. I couldn't make this up if I tried.]]
**** No kidding. This has been confirmed. [[spoiler: Yammy ''is'' the 0 Espada, thus validating one Hell of an EpilepticTree theory. Many cannot decide whether this is CrazyAwesome or MissedMomentOfAwesome. Regardless, some take this as a sign that Kubo, does indeed, read the fan forums.]]
***** Kubo could very well be a troper, and be writing some of the theories for people to be bemused and surprised it actually happened, as [[{{Aline}} I]] proposed below. Not completely impossible, he ''does'' write rather well in English, as chapter titles with Engrish in it are rather rare.
**** For those who don't believe ([[RuinedForever or don't ''want'' to believe]]), [[http://forum.onemanga.com/showthread.php?t=38446 here's a link.]] Obviously, MASSIVE SPOILERS on Chapter 354.
***** This [[http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/3682/poster74570525.jpg (spoiler warning)]]
***** This troper thinks that this was planned all along, for the simple reason that, [[spoiler: with the exception of Grimmjow, the Espada are killed off in order 9-8-7-5-4-3-2...]]
****** And Aaroniero, Número 9, was the only Gillian among the Espadas. [[spoiler:For an Adjuchas to be lower-ranked than a Gillian, something was really, really off...]]
******* AND (a thing that bugged this troper, but he put it down to Fridge Logic): [[spoiler:the more powerful an Arrancar is, the more human it looks. Aaroniero has a ''pair of faces in a jar as his head'', so if Yammy really was less powerful, he should've looked even ''more'' freaky.]]
* Note that just because Ulquiorra ''thought'' Aizen was unaware of his 2nd release form doesn't mean it's true. I doubt there's very much at all that Aizen is unaware of.
Well, I sincerely doubt yammy is the strongest espada now that we've seen him in action. kenpachi has cut off his leg and his fingers without much effort. Yammys attacks haven't done jack shit to kenpachi either. Next chapter I can see yammy getting his arm cut off or killed.
** We're talking about ''Zaraki'' here. He'd probably be able to slice up the soutaichou himself if not for that pesky burning of all creation to ashes bit.

[[WMG: Nell has no hollow hole.]]
We've seen a lot of this girl's skin, almost all the way up her back so we can more or less count out between the boobs as the hollow hole goes all the way through. that really only leaves her upper thigh/butt area. Besides, most of the other hollow holes are semi-prominently featured, but with her, we see none.
* Szayel did not have a Hollow hole either, at least in the anime he did not. It was probably just an animation mistake, Kubo forgets to put them on some Arrancar in the manga too on occasion. I do not know what to say about Nel though, seeing as how we have seen her a lot and there is no Hollow hole.
** Hollow holes in general are a bit strange. Just look at Ulquiorra's... when he first appears, it's in his neck. Now it's down around his collarbone.
** Her hole is in her head, being covered by her hair and cranium mask, where else?
** You said it yourself; "that really only leaves her upper thigh/butt area." What is the obvious conclusion?
*** but that really does not seem like a likely place for a hollow hole, and besides we have seen evidence that she has a heart, that she is much more kind compared to the other espada. Also, the holes that are the eye sockets on her mask are simply a part of her mask, the hollow hole goes all the way through the body.
* This troper maintains that the hole is ''sideways across'' her boobs. They're certainly large enough to pull it off.
** ....[[FetishFuel Hmmm]].
** It seems plausible enough. And while we're at it, Halibel's Hollow hole ''must'' be in her crotch, crossing through her body, and ending at her buttcrack. It would be really funny if it was, since Tite Kubo would have some difficult with censors... Also, this part was the only vital one not really shown by her revealing clothes, and not covered by her creepy mask. (it would be the definitive Cock Block to hentai artists. ''[[FetishFuel Or not...]]''
*** It would go really well with the theme of sacrifice. Szayel's hole could be in similar location, as it does match his whole theme, too (if it's his aspect of death or the fact that he's a rapist, you choose).
*** It's more likely that Halibel's hollow hole is under her sleeves. Possibly through her shoulders, but more likely through at least one wrist, resembling stigmata to go with the sacrifice theme.
* This troper always had the theory that some hollows "lose" their holes when they become arrancars as a symbol of their recovered humanity (for lack of a better word). [[MamaBear Harribel]] also seems like a possible example. Course, the theory becomes tricky to support with someone like [[CompleteMonster Szayel]] who seems to lack any visible hole too.
* It's more likely that her hole is simply covered beneath her clothes; even as shredded as they were, there are still some places left concealed. And we know that an arrancar's hole can be off-center; there's no reason it couldn't also go through diagonally or sideways, which opens up more possibilities for Nel.
* Nel's hole is sideways through the eyes in her skull helmet!

[[WMG: Yachiru is stronger than Kenpachi.]]
Might be a bit of a stretch, but just look at the facts.
* She can take Kenpachi's spiritual pressure and suffer no ill effects whatsoever, whereas Ichigo had trouble breathing when he first encountered it. Granted, she could just be used to it, but she would still have to be pretty tough to begin with to deal with it.
* Her BattleAura can scare off grown men. This may be just to show that she's tough, but it seems compelling.
* She can lift Kenpachi and still run around faster than most characters. This may only be sign of physical strength, but it's impressive nonetheless.
* She'll stare down guys who are about as strong as Kenpachi and not even look scared. It might be that she knows Kenpachi will intervene to save her or it's possible she has nothing to fear because of her own power level.
* She never carries her zanpakuto. Admittedly easily explained away that she doesn't need to use it because Kenpachi can take down anyone, but it could also mean that she doesn't need it to kick anyone's *** .
* And seriously, how awesome/hilarious would it be that the pink-haired five-year-old is stronger than the hulking BloodKnight?

[[WMG: The souls "born" in Soul Society are the souls of children who died in, or before, infancy.]]
Since, apparently, the Bleachverse can't create new souls, and it's all one huge recycling bin (or else the Quincies wouldn't have been hunted to extinction).
* Alternatively, the rate at which quincies destroyed Hollows was greater than the rate at which new souls could be created.
** Given the rate at which Ishida was taking out Hollows during the 'contest', I think that's probably a given. As for why new souls are born, any system with a fairly tight margin of error needs a way to compensate for any...wastage. The Quincies were just more than it could handle, ergo, dead Quincies.
*** Most likely, the creation of new souls would compensate for those eaten by Hollows; it's impossible for the Shinigami to save them all, after all.
**** That's what I meant by wastage.

[[WMG:The real King's Key is hidden within Yamamoto's soul]]
Only the General-Commander knows where the key is hidden, and what could be a better place than the (supposedly) strongest shinigami's soul? We already know that it is possible to do that, see Rukia and the H?ugyoko. Also, this doubles as Aizen's back-up plan. Should it be impossible to create a new one in Karakura Town, he will rip the key out of Yamamoto.
* Wouldn't it be too obvious? Perhaps the key is hidden in the ''weakest'' seated Shinigami, just to throw away suspicions... Poor Hanatarou. Seems like Unohana Retsu knows that, or else, why would she make he risks his life so much? She wants him to try and be stronger, to not have the Key so easily stolen, of course.
** Who says it has to be a shinigami? See the "Orihime is the King's Key, or has it sealed inside of her" theory below. Or don't, since [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the title makes it pretty clear]].

[[WMG:Hell will play an important part.]]
It showed up once, in a couple of pages. It was a too important and significant thing to be forgotten so easily. Either Aizen will ally himself with the Legions of Hell after his Hollow army is annihilated, or Legions of Hell ally themselves with the Soul Society against a common enemy. Or something.
* Hell will be revealed to be a third faction and Ichigo and the gang will fight their way through it during the Rescue Tatsuki arc.
** Given the pattern, I'm afraid that might be true. We'll probably find out that Ichigo is part demon on his mother's side or something soon and he'll use that power to beat Aizen and the Espada.
*** And such arc will only happen because Tatsuki's possible powers will make it able to easily open a portal to ''Heaven'', which Aizen (or whoever would be the BigBad) would be really interested into.
*** Alternatively, Hell is already aware of Ichigo's doings and the lad is actually a big celebrity down there. I mean hey, if the sinners are all trapped down there they've got to watch something for entertainment and what's more entertaining than watching their Shinigami enemies get their asses handed to them by some teenage punk?
* I vaguely recall reading that Kubo wants to do a Hell arc.

[[WMG:Urahara is the King of Soul Society.]]
It seems a bit odd to me that Soul Society, as harsh as they are, would do something as lenient as banishing someone to ''the human world'' when usually, shinigami who stay there longer than they have to are considered criminals. Also, most shinigami seem to know where he is and don't really care that he's dealing in contraband. There's also the fact that Soul Society has been cooperating with him closely, and still seems to respect his opinion. My theory is that after becoming a captain Urahara wanted to change a lot of how Soul Society operated, and since Central 46 wasn't very happy with this, they exiled him on mostly trumped-up charges (since, being the king, they couldn't legally execute him). Most of Soul Society doesn't know this, since Urahara was "undercover" as a regular captain at the time. Now, since Urahara can't do anything within Soul Society, he's trying to keep going from the ''outside'' by using Ichigo and his friends, and working with Soul Society from the outside.
* Dealt with in the recent manga arc "Turn Back the Pendulum." [[spoiler:Yoruichi and Tessai (who is actually Badass) helped him escape execution when a younger Aizen framed him for using captains to perform hollow-transformation experiments. This is also the source of the Vizard.]] Presumably, they've more or less forgotten about/ forgiven him in the hundred years since.
** Actually, since [[spoiler:it was Central 46 that did the banishing it's possible that no one else even knew why he was banished or approved of it.]]
*** And [[spoiler:Central 46 could have then decided it was less embarrassing to just sweep the whole thing under the rug than to try to have Urahara retrieved for execution.]]

[[WMG:The King of Soul Society is some previously introduced bit character.]]
Tite Kubo loves setting up characters as negligible or weak before revealing their ridiculously potent abilities (Aizen, Orihime) or their true identity (Yoruichi, Nel.) A little-seen, long absent, presumably powerful King presents a perfect opportunity to pull this trick again. We'll discover that he contracted amnesia, or exiled himself, or became trapped in a lesser body, or accidentally locked himself out of his realm and had to descend to a lower dimension - where he became known as...Hanataro! Or Yachiru. Or Keigo. Or Tatsuki. Or one of the shop attendants, or one of Ichigo's sisters. Hell, any character with unaccounted powers and a bit of face time is a possibility.
* My vote's on Hana. xD Because I like him, and because - well - a seventh seat going on a mission to Hueco Mundo with a bunch of Captains and Vice Captains is really odd, you must admit. Something's gotta happen there.
** Two words: Don Kanonji.
*** You guys are all wrong. It's Afro-san.
**** You're all nuts. It's [[{{ObfuscatingStupidity}} Isshin]].
***** Oh, puh-''lease''. It's obviously Ken-jisan! You know, the old man who got the Yuzu and Karin drunk? Don't tell me you've all forgotten the chocolate banana![[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/68/10/]]
* My vote is on a very early character, one who has been commented on as having immense spiritual energy (and no one can figure out why)... Ichigo Kurosaki. Or at least the ''rightful'' king (i.e. for some reason he has the right to be king), and that is the reason he has so much reiatsu.
** Misaki whatever his mother's name was. We don't know ''anything'' about her- just that Isshin loved her. If she turns out to have been the Princess of Soul Society, that would explain why they were found in the Land of the Living- such a marriage was forbidden, as the Kurosakis are not a Great Noble family, and so they eloped to the Land of the Living, using humanizing gigais purchased from Urahara.
** My mind only thinks about Hinamori Momo. Dammit, she was pretty baddass to try to challenge someone way stronger than her! But then again, the most improbable could be the one. So, I vote Uryuu.
* If you ask this troper, the King's a Queen and her name's Yachiru.
** And it's the most plausible theory of all of them! It explains how Kenpachi didn't just cut her guts off; he RESPECTS her as a superior!
* It's Mizuiro or Keigo. Gotta be.
** Although they probably are there as parodies of the main character's best (and probably only) friends, like [[NeonGenesisEvangelion Toji and Kensuke]], or [[DigimonTamers Kazu and Kenta]].
* How can so many brilliant tropers be so incredibly wrong? ''Clearly'' it's Chizuru. There's no way a normal human could survive being beaten to a pulp by Tatsuki so many times and still keep coming back for more.
** And when she is Fuhr^^^^King, all the female shinigami will have to WEAR MINISKIRTS!
*** Thought it was PowerOfLove, you know, since she was always being beaten to a pulp while thinking in Orihime... She also could be a masochist.
* You're all wrong. It's Ururu, with her memory [[IncrediblyLamePun bleached]] from herself. After all which situation is the safest to keep the King? As a little girl that acts almost like a mod-person, seeming to not know even how to read, and living at a banned officer's place. Because it's not like they haven't done something like that before. Also, if weapon size really means spiritual power, that girl is by far the most powerful character in Bleach.

[[WMG:Risa Yadomaru is a relative of Uryuu's.]]
It never struck me 'till [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/315.7/12/ this (warning: Spoiler galore!)]], but she looks a HELL lot like him (and I think they even share some mannerisms). It's not sure all shinigami retain their human memories, so... yeah.
** Perhaps Ryuken had a forbidden relationship with her, and she is Uryuu's mom. Hey, we never heard about his mom at all, right? Almost like they are hiding something from him! And he MUST have a mother, unless he's some sort of artificial soul, which it's 98% improbable. (The other 2% leads to rescued experiment issues, but hey, it's only 2%!)
*** If she's really his mom, she'll give him a TrainingFromHell to make him a different kind of Vizard (or something like that), and it'll be his new power, that'll rival Ichigo's, since he was going to be his rival since the beginning. And it'll be awesome, he is deserving it after all the bad luck he was passing through since... He was born.
*** AMEN.
**** I really wish this manages to get confirmed, Ishida [[NeedsMoreLove deserves some love]]. Someone send this page to Tite Kubo, if you manage to know his e-mail or IM ID? (Seems like he can read English fairly well, if he reads it, he might have ideas)
**** Don't give him ideas! He may well have already taken ideas from this page before, if Yammy is any indication.
***** Further support for this may well have appeared in the latest chapter - Lisa's mask has what appears to be a Quincy cross on it.

[[WMG:Soul Society and Hueco Mundo aren't "official" afterlifes, just dimensional pockets where ghosts developed some special abilities that enabled them to form groups.]]
We know that there's at least one Hell that isn't the Hueco Mundo. This also explains why there are almost no non-Japanese in Soul Society (except for Soifon).
* How can we know that? Considering how Japan-based Soul Society is and the fact that the majority of ghosts show up with no memories of life, they may simply all adopt Japanese names. Of course, my theory may be faulty as well, although to be fair the only problems with dead people keeping memories are caused by Urahara in ''Memories of Nobody''. (Blanks are generic because they have no memories, but shinigami generally keep no memories? What the hell?)
** Sounds like an Main/AssPull. Nobody thought it was strange that the kid in the parakeet remembered his mother.
** Rukia is shown having difficulty with the Japanese language early on. It may be that all the "Japanese" names we see are names in other languages being translated into their Japanese meanings?
** This troper remembers it being explicitly stated (in the anime at least) that Rukia has trouble only with the MODERN form of Japanese.
** It still doesn't explain how a clearly Italian (Kyouraku) and a clearly Black (Tousen) captains have Japanese names. At all.
*** Perhaps Kyouraku was an Italian man in life who became so infatuated with Japanese culture ([[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai samurai stereotypes]], [[CherryBlossoms cherry blossoms]], [[MeLoveYouLongTime younger Japanese girls]]) that he changed his name?
**** So, both Tousen and Yoruichi might be Brazilians that went to Japan, following that logic. Which would confirm that every Brazilian in anime turns out to be awesome.

[[WMG:Isshin Kurosaki is not just a former Captain, but a member of the Shiba clan.]]
He has some obvious ties to Soul Society, but we don't know exactly what they are. And his son has a very clear resemblance to a member of that clan, Kaien Shiba, so they could easily be related. Additionally, they have a lot of common personality traits...
* I'm pretty sure this has been {{Jossed}} outright in an interview with Kubo.
* Further guessing! Issin caused the fall from nobility of the clan for eloping with a mortal. (Who would, in turn, be spiritually aware and therefore knew of hollows when protecting kid Ichigo.) Perhaps he even rented a gigai from Urahara or something.
** Makes much more sense than the clan losing its status due to Kaien being possessed by a Hollow and killed; that was always a stupid concept even by Soul Society standards.
* That could also make him the Soul Society King. And that might explain his treatment of Ichigo, if he wants/expects his successor to be strong. (See the next WMG)
* There's still the question of why Rukia, Byakuya and Ukitake noticed Ichigo's resemblance to Kaien but Ganju and Kuukaku didn't...
** Kuukaku probably smokes something illegal to not see the resemblance. Ganju felt something different in Ichigo, though.
** Alternatively, Isshin wouldn't have anything to do with this, and Ichigo is just Kaien's reincarnation. In Bleachverse, this is immensely possible.
*** Ichigo can't be Kaien's reincarnation, since Kaien's soul was absorbed by Aarroniero...iirc, anyway.
**** Well, if Tite Kubo manages to make the reincarnation theory true, it'll be the biggest AssPull we've ever seen. But then, there's Aizen...
**** Actually, there's a really small possibility, almost zero percent: Before Rukia killed Kaien, he regained his consciousness, begging her to do so; it means that his soul wasn't completely devoured, and he was trying to regain control. After that, the half-merged souls (since that bloody hollow didn't devour him completely) went to Rukongai (for being killed by Rukia), and reincarnated as Ichigo (and his unconscious Hollow side, Hichigo). It's a ''really'' small chance for this to happen, but you know, Tite Kubo already worked with such implausibilities before, using small and controlled loopholes he have created for such possibilities. Also, Aaroniero was lying about being Kaien, so, why not lying about it too?
***** Aaroniero was able to replicate Kaien's zanpakuto and its abilities, which pretty well proves he absorbed Kaien. How would he have even known what the shikai looked like, let alone its name and abilities, otherwise? And for that matter how would Aaroniero have known about what happened to Kaien at all? Yes, Aizen was responsible for it, but it's not like it was something he'd have any reason to tell his Arrancar minions about. As for Hichigo, that's just a result of Ichigo becoming a Vizard. All the other Vizards have inner Hollows that they had to overcome too.
* Isshin being a Shiba would also explain why nobody in Soul Society finds the name "Kurosaki" significant. It's well established that ever Captain, past and present, is considered a legend in Soul Society. If there had been a Captain Isshin Kurosaki, somebody would've thought of that when Ichigo Kurosaki appeared from nowhere and started beating up Lieutenants and Captains. So obviously, Isshin adopted his wife's family name rather than the other way around (as I understand it, that's not unheard of in Japan). And since aside from Urahara (who's known to have been in on Isshin's secret all along) nobody who's old enough to have known Isshin when he was a Captain has seen him in the living world, he wouldn't be recognized visually.

[[WMG:Isshin knew Ichigo was going to get involved sooner or later]]
Note his constant attacking his son. The morning after the first episode, what did Issin say? "I have nothing left to teach you", indicating that his "eccentricity" was obfuscation to hide preparing his son so he'd survive the upcoming battles. This is also why he is so much more protective of his daughters- any training they've picked up is unintentional.
* This one has essentially bee confirmed since Isshin's conversation with Ishida Ryuuken in chapter 241. In fact, canon's gone one step beyond the guess by suggesting that Ryuuken's aware of this as well (and takes a very different stance on Uryuu's involvement).
* More supporting evidence: Ichigo's name. I know that you can read it as "Firstborn Guardian", and it is possible that Isshin thought that was a good name for his eldest son. But it's more likely that Isshin took his cues from Johnny Cash songs and named his son "Strawberry" on purpose...so that he'd become a good fighter by kicking the rear of anyone who points out that he's got a girl's name. Hey, if it worked for Sue...
** Didn't work really well for Ichigo, though. Seems like he's so used to it that he practically shrugs it off.

[[WMG:Aizen isn't really evil.]]
He is faking it to deceive the real main bad guy. He avoided killing Ichigo (and I don't believe that he could just "mess up" that easily), as well as Renji, Hitsugaya, and Kommamura, all powerful captain level shinigami who could possibly have a major effect on the war. There is also the fact that Tousen, who seems to have very strong morals and doesn't really make much sense as a bad guy, is on Aizen's side. He is helping Aizen because he knows that Aizen isn't evil.
* Which means either the King of Soul Society is the villain, or the "real villain" is out to get the Royal Key? Whatever it is, this question might be cleared up very soon; Aizen, Ichimaru, and Tousen are about to embark to Karakura in the manga...
** It was Urahara all along. Bet 10 virtual bucks.
** There is actualy fair degree of evidence behind this, as Yamato has shown at least as many evil traits, earlier than Aizen did. Furthermore, it is never actually stated what Aizen intends to do with Hogyoku. I have always wondered just what it was that so motivated the arrancar to follow him- and fear isn't an excuse, not with so many deaths.
I think the answer is he told them he would make them whole.
Also, as previously meantioned: 'It is also possible Aizen and Yamamoto are conspiring for an excuse to wipe out the Arrancar, since Yamamoto did not kill Aizen when he had the chance.' Should this happen, in the end our intrepid heros will need to stand firm to protect Nel and her freccion from every soul reaper that remain loyal to Yamato. Hell arc anyone?

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is actually dead, and Aizen is a WellIntentionedExtremist trying to take his place so things don't go straight to hell.]]
The fact that the King of Soul Society lives in another dimension so nobody ever sees him is suspicious enough, and before Aizen ascended to Hueco Mundo, he said that the throne in the heavens had been empty for far too long. Add that to the fact that we have no idea whether the King is a figurehead with no real power or if he has actual duties that must be attended to to keep the Soul Society from going straight to hell (which, under the rule of the Central 46, it seems to have), and you've got an opening that some Well-Intentioned Extremist needs to fill.
* Perhaps he's not really dead, but somwhow or another, managed to return to a child state to not draw suspects. It leaves four possibilities (maybe five, and six if we stretch a lot): Kusajishi Yachiru, Hinamori Momo, Hitsugaya Toushirou, and Yamada Hanatarou. The other two stretchy possibilities are Izuru Kira and Kuchiki Rukia, as they seem to be really young teenagers that just got an earlier bloom; although Rukia seems to be ''too much'' of a stretch.
** Why leave out Renji? He's around the same age as Kira and Rukia.
*** Because said troper forgot him; you know the rules, it means that if such theory is true, it means he ''is'' going to be the King.

[[WMG: Urahara Kisuke is actually Willy Wonka from the original 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory']]
Think about it. The coat, hair, and hat are reminiscent of each other and they both keep canes, even though neither of them seem to have any difficulty walking. They both possess mad scientist traits and bizarre methodology, and both go to extreme lengths to test characters and care nothing of anybody's safety.
* And it can't be just me that thinks Jinta looks a little like a proto-Oompa Loompa.

[[WMG: Urahara Kisuke is evil.]]
He wants to take Aizen down to take his place as "God", but knows he wouldn't be able to win in a straight-up fight; therefore, ''everything'' he did in the past twenty years (starting from when he invented the Orb of Distortion) has been an extended and elaborate [[Main/XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambit]] to make sure Ichigo is capable of going toe-to-toe with Aizen (I wouldn't be surprised if he was actually the one who introduced Isshin to Masaki). After the fight is over, he predicts that whoever is left standing (Ichigo or Aizen) will be badly wounded and easy to dispatch.
* So then how did he arrange for Rukia to pass her powers to Ichigo?
** Ichigo was a dormant Shinigami before the Rukia's incident, and after awhile in Soul Society, she recovers her zanpakuto.
** Simple: he arranged for a hollow Rukia wouldn't be able to defeat to attack her and the Kurosakis. Keep in mind that it was shown that before the Soul Society arc Ichigo was stronger than Renji using his Shikai (Renji had a [[Main/PowerLimiter Power Limiter]] on him at the time, but the fact that Ichigo would have beaten him if not for Byakuya's intervention still stands), therefore it's entirely possible that the hollow was above Rukia's level but below Ichigo's, necessitating the power exchange. Furthermore, as shown in a flashback near the end of the Soul Society arc, Urahara was hanging around in the streets near the Kurosaki Clinic the night the hollow attacked and that, obviously, is no coincidence: Urahara instigated the hollow attack and watched from a distance, in case Ichigo didn't prove strong enough to defeat the enemy, in which case he would have stepped in to protect his "investment".
* The recent manga flashbacks have shown Urahara partnering up with "precrime" prisoner [[spoiler:Mayuri; basically the Gotei-13 higher-ups ''know'' he's trouble, he just hasn't done anything yet]], which happens to coincide with Shinigami mysteriously [[spoiler: [[Main/NeonGenesisEvangelion spontaneously liquefying and exploding, leaving only their clothes behind]].]]
** Or apparently not? [[spoiler: Even more recent manga flashbacks show Aizen being imptigated in the whole deal, in some way or another, with Urahara trying to stop him. My guess is that Mayuri and he were working on the Orb, had it stolen by Aizen (or something) and they were trying to cover it up/minimize damage/etc.]]
* Hell, he could have given Ishida the Hollow Bait as well, or at least, exchanged the Ishida family's bait for something way more powerful.

[[WMG: Bleach is a Shonen series, but uses gender flipped Magical Girl tropes.]]
Not so much a guess but an observation. Let's take it from the top.
* Okay, for starters... Main/MysteriousProtector saves pretty blonde Main/{{Muggle}} from Main/TheHeartless, but gives up their powers to the rescuee. The now awesomely powerful person joins the crusade to purify human souls that have become monsters after losing themselves to darkness and is assisted in transforming by a cute animal sidekick. The more you think about it the more it makes sense.
* To further the ''SailorMoon'' parallels, aside from being (sort of) blond and having a black cat as a sidekick, Ichigo also has Moon-themed powers. 'Zangetsu' means 'killing moon', its bankai is named 'killing moon chained to heaven' (or something along those lines), and its attack is 'heaven-piercing moon-fang'. Also, to use his powers he has to transform either into shinigami form or, if he is already there, to bankai level.
** Heaven-Piercing? [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann It sounds familiar]].
** It would be funny if they actually had time travels, and Ururu was Ichigo and Rukia's kid with a decoy name. She already does look like Rukia a bit.
* Don't forget that Aizen might be like Professor Tomoe! So, this makes Momo... Hotaru?
** Nah, Ryuken looks a lot more like the Professor.
*** Which would make ''Ishida'' Hotaru....
**** And that, folks, is why they call it Wild Mass Guessing!

[[WMG: There is more than one Soul Society.]]
There are actually separate Soul Societies for each nation and culture. China, for example, would have four, to account for the Han, Tibetans, Uighur, and Mongols.
* Considering we've seen ''four'' dimensions (Human world, Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, and Hell) in this story thus far, the idea of different Soul Society "countries" isn't so hard to imagine.
** Taking that idea a bit further, there would also be shinigami for each country, with different uniforms and weapons. What they would be is another question altogether.
*** Presumably the British/European soul reapers would [[TheGrimReaper wear black cloaks and carry scythes]]. Also, perhaps Fionn [=MacCumhaill=] or Cúchullain is the king of the Irish Soul Society.
**** Hmm. They might have the cloaks but probably not scythes, due to them being very unweildy and a difficult to fight with. A western style sword would be a better bet.
***** So does this mean the original [[HarryPotter Order of the Phoenix]] became Reapers in [=British!Soul Society=]? They already have personal/specialized weapons (their wands)....
***** Yeah, but in animeland, scythes are very effective weapons. Most likely, the scythes are the sealed forms of the ''zanpakuto'', which become swords in the ''shikai'' state. This fact, twisted by time, led to the story about the Grim Reaper using a scythe to claim the souls of peasants and a sword to claim kings.
****** I forgot about the practicality of scythes in animeland. The sealed form= scythe, shikai= sword is a good idea, particuarly since it ties in with actual folklore.
***** Evidently something went horribly wrong in the Mexican afterlife, resulting in Hueco Mundo, and maybe the Day of the Dead.
****** You could blame [[http://en.wikipeËuÖQorg/wiki/Mictlantecuhtli Mictlantecuhtli]] on that. He even wore a skull mask!
***** Norway obviously has an all-female Shinigami equivalent. And I imagine Haitan Shinigami possess humans rather than using gigais.
****** Regarding Norway (and other Nordic countries) maybe it's not all female so much as all/most of the men are in their answer to the Eleventh. After all, Valhalla basically involves warriors fighting, getting drunk and fighting some more. Sounds rather Eleven-ish to me, obviously the Nordic reapers are a bit more pro-active with their recuiting and enlist those who are suitably BadAss as soon as they snuff it.
***** Hell, anything from[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopomp these]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_deity pages]] could fit, with some Bleach-ification.
****** I don't think you could Bleach-ify all of those, some are just too weird, but there are a few likely looking possibilities. I still think England's shinigami would have a Grim Reaper thing going on, albeit a non-skeletal version (for some reason the image I've got in my head is; trousers, black tunic with a bit of white embroidery around the coller and hem, hooded black cloak, scythe).
*** Forget about the Grim Reaper I've had a better idea as to what the Death gods for Britain and possibly a sizable chunk of Europe would be like. Based on an examination of the wiki entries on death gods and psychopomps (see above) and a bit of research into Anglo-Saxon/medieval clothing (it stayed the same for a long time so I thought it worked best), I'm thinking that the basic uniform would be something like tunic, trousers and boots with a shortish hooded black cloak (making them look a bit like a bunch of [=LARPers=] while still faintly Grim Reaperish). Captains would wear long coats or cloaks with wide brimmed hats (there seems to be a lot of hats among northern European psychopomps). The grim reaper legend would be the result of someone catching a glimpse of a reaper in action, specifically one with a rather odd shikai combined with a few centuries worth of MemeticMutation.
***** Anyone got any idea what the shimigami for America or Austraila would be like, given that most of the population are, relatively speaking, newcomers?
****** America is a melting pot, so its afterlife would probably match- people of Norse descent go Valkyrie style, anglos go Grim Reaper style, etc. Its afterlife, being new and fairly unestablished, is, due to Main/RuleOfCool a ginormous Main/WildWest town, with regular raids from Native American dead and Hollows in the border sections.
****** Australia likewise, although it probably has better relations between Aborigianal and Immigrant soul reapers.
******* Actually, I'd picture Australia with more of a Dreamtime setup; big red rocks, flat red plains, empathic boomerangs instead of swords, possum-skin cloaks instead of haori, and talking animal psychopomps. (Maybe Komamura's from there.) Immigrant-descended souls just have to make do.
******** Alternatively, given that Austrialia is even more recent then America and the majority of the non-Aboriginals are of British descent, they might be covered by the British, Grim Reaper-type shinigami and go to the same Soul Society as Brits. After all, when you think about it there's no real reason why shinigami have to be restricted by geography.
******** Another possible theory is that which Soul Society you go to is decided by genetics, following where you are most descended from, since it would be rare for someone to break completely even on several genetic backgrounds since magical universal functions don't need to bother with calculating. Soul Societies may combine as genetic groups in areas become more mingled. However, there is things like Renji in Japanese Soul Society while having red hair. Could be that spirit power can give cravy hair, which would explain that. And many other's magical freaky hair colours. I may be wrong on how genetics works, since I don't know all that much about it.
********* Seeing as Renji isn't the only one with freaky hair in the seireitei (Gin, Isane, Matsumoto (even if you go by her manga-blondness, it's still weird for Japan!), Izuru, and of course Yachiru), I'm inclined to believe the spiritual power bit. Heck, it might even explain Ichigo's hair! Although I have to point out that your theory doesn't really factor in Tousen. Or Komamura, for that matter.
********* Which Soul Society you end up in could be a result of which was the dominant culture in the place where you died. Sasakibe Chojiro could have been a Frenchman who happened to have died while visiting Japan.
********** Sasakibe could have been a Frenchman who simply moved to Japan for some unstated reason and came to like it. Perhaps married a Japanese woman (Taking a suitably Japanese name) and just came to identify with the place. Thus he went to Japanese heaven because his soul just BELONGED there.
*********** This same troped proposes that Sasakibe (As a means of example) died in Japan and was reaped by a Japanese Soul Reaper. First come, first served.
************ Actually, most sources place Sasakibe Chojiro as a Japanese Anglophile. He apparently spends all his free time "westernizing" himself, and is more likely a reference to the Meiji-era modernization of Japan (at the time, the were even calls for Japan to abandon the Japanese language and adopt a European one). According to his article on the Bleach wiki, he's even at odds with Yamamoto about how Tea-time should be observed (English or Japanese).
******* Why has no one written a fan fic of any of this yet?
******** There have been a few attempts but most of them ended up being naff due to the writer not putting enough thought into it. The idea was also discussed for cosplay purposes but that sort of fizzled out.
* Europe would have some kind of WW2/grim reaper theme going on, with latin release commands, and instead of seretei, there would be some kind of massive castle/fortress.
** Why would release commands be in latin? Maybe in Italy and Spain (in the case of the latter, it'd be the only way to avoid being the butt of many, many smartassed comments), but not in the rest of Europe.
* Also, somewhere in the British equivalant of the 11th, there's a guy with a mustach and a Claymore-shaped zanpakto (and possibly some bagpipes).
** Oh god, savage Scottish Highlander Zaraki? I hope that Kubo is reading this. A fight to end all fights!
*** Of course there is, his name is "Fighting" Jack Churchill.
*** I declare all three of the above comments MadeOfWin.

[[WMG: Rangiku is a future version of Orihime]]
Both have bright red hair, enormous breasts, somewhat ditzy personalities, and bizarre taste in food.
* But Rangiku is ''dead''. She and Gin are seen as residents of Rukongai(sp?) when they were children. Plus to this troper's knowledge there hasn't been any mention of time travel in Bleach... yet.
** There has been one mention of true time travel. When Ichigo and co. went through the pathway to SS, they said that it sent them about a week back.
** There has been: Orihime's Soten Kisshun can revert anything it surrounds to its previous state. Thus far it has been used only for healing, but what's stopping Orihime t Thee it to, say, turn back time a few years for the whole universe except for herself?
*** The fact that she probably has no idea how to do that (is it even possible? it's not like she can surround the entire universe); plus even if she could, she wouldn't be able to do it without a *** good reason (since the strength of her powers depend on the strength of her determination).
*** So Orihime is a demi-[[Main/SuzumiyaHaruhiNoYuutsu Haruhi Suzumiya]]... or at least her hairclips are.
* The problem is, Rangiku is ''blonde'', has a mole that Orihime doesn't have, and even their ditziness is different...

[[WMG: Rankgiku is Orihime's ancestor.]]
Same as above. If Rangiku was Orihime's ancestor then she wouldn't know her anyway. (Note: This troper is unsure of Rangiku's age (Main/ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ?) or if Orihime's parents are actually dead.)
* So, it would make her fanservice scene as incest?

[[WMG: Aizen is actually Lucifer.]]
And he sees the absence of God as a chance to finally succeed in becoming God where he failed before.

[[WMG:''Nell'' is Ichigo's mother.]]
Because she looks more like her, it makes better sense, her being devoured by a Hollow and all, and it's just funny.
* In chapter 350, [[spoiler:Ichigo gets a new hollow form that's quite similar to an Espada's Resurrection. It has horns. Nell's Resurrection has horns.]] Coincidence? I think not!
* Also shortly before her introduction, Ichigo's mother is mentioned when she is avenged. Do you think the creators are giving us hints?
* The differences in their appearances can be explained by the fact that Nel was at least an Adjuchas class menos, therefore having many more souls inside of her. Also, Ichigo's mom died protecting him; Nel has a desire to protect Ichigo from Nnoitra. And when she asked what Rukia's relationship with Ichigo was, she wasn't being jealous; she was subconsciously acting like an overprotective mother.
* Impossible, it takes hundreds of years for a mere Hollow to become an Arrancar. Then again, Ichigo could have a double-shot of one-in-a-million {{determinator}} genes....

[[WMG: Yachiru is the spirit of Kenpachi's Zanpakutou]]
Kenny's been suppressing his sword for so long, the spirit energy manifested externally via a non-Bankai path, as an inhumanly strong child. He was nevertheless drawn to finding her and giving her a name anyways.
* Supporting evidence: The spirit of Ichigo's zanpakuto is known to have human form; Kenpachi and Ichigo are both insanely powerful, largely self-taught, and their zanpakutos are constantly in the ''shikai'' state. Also, we see Zangetsu interacting with Yoruichi on at least one occasion, so the spirits aren't necessarily invisible. Zangetsu "pulls out his sword" a few times, so Yachiru doing so doesn't prove anything. They both place ''extreme'' importance in having named each other; in the manner that zapakutos usually are named.
** In fact, Kenpachi has in fact somehow managed a Shinigami technique from an [[Main/SoulEater entirely different anime together.]] The fact that he's more badass than Shinigami who have mastered Bankai is because he's engaged in Soul Resonance with Yachiru; and nobody recognizes that technique.
*** The opposite theory, that he's the spirit of her sword, works almost as well.
**** This troper once read a fanfic where it was revealed that Yachiru has a bankai, which must at all times be kept a secret from Kenpachi. The punchline was: "She calls it Ken-chan."
***** If anyone's interested, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3407565/1/Theres_Something_About_Zaraki here's]] the fic in question.
* One other piece of evidence: Just after he Ryoka return to the world of the living, Zaraki mentions that he and Ichigo "are a lot alike" while the camera focuses on Yachiru. This could be foreshadowing.
* With the whole Stark-Lilinette thing, this can be.
* The absence of Kenpachi and Yachiru from the recent Zanpakuto {{Filler}} Arc might be taken as lending credence to this theory; involving them would require the anime to offer exposition, which [[WordOfGod Tite Kubo]] might want to avoid from happening.
** There they are! Just in time for the arc's obligatory [[spoiler:dimension-hopping]].

[[WMG: Isshin Kurosaki was the Captain Kenpachi defeated to gain his rank.]]
He threw the match in order to be with the future Mrs. Kurosaki, and for extra authenticity didn't tell Kenpachi about it because if he knew the fight was rigged Ken-chan would've either 1)not fought at all or 2)make extra sure Isshin was dead.
* I also heard a theory that Urahara might've helped him by making a ''gigai'' to fool Kenpachi, but this screws with this troper's timeline: ~200-100 years ago: a new Kenpachi (Ken-chan or Isshin, not made clear) takes charge of Div. 11; Urahara is the new leader of the Science Div. Sandle-hat and the Cat leave Soul Society. ~20 years ago: Isshin leaves Soul Society to be with future Mrs. Kurosaki.
** ...Or maybe Tite Kubo's the one with a screwed up timeline... or maybe it's not impossible that Urahara could've gotten something of his from the human world into Soul Society w/out being detected.
** It can't really be Ken-chan, or else, Yachiru would be older than Hitsugaya, and around the same age as Nanao, which we can clearly see it's not true. Also, Isshin could have had contact with Urahara in the Living World, and asked for a portatile corpse doll to use in such occasion. The fact that Unohana mentioned the possibility of Aizen using a corpse doll (which she was wary that it couldn't be true) to fake his death makes us believe that she has a lot of experience with that kind of stuff, and probably ''helped'' Isshin, regretting what she did later in a rather harsh way, by being more law-abiding and faithful to Soul Society than Byakuya would dream to be. (Whether it raises a one-sided crush in the shape of IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy or raises the question that she could be a romance otaku, it's up to the tropers, though)
** Interesting theory, but the timeline needs to be changed a little. We know that Isshin couldn't have been the 11th squad Captain 200-100 years ago because during Turn Back the Pendulum, Shinji comments on how lazy the current Kenpachi is (implying that Shinji knows him) but then comments he doesn't recognize Isshin's spiritual pressure when Isshin fights the Grand Fisher. So Isshin has to have become a captain/vice captain in Soul Society after the Visoreds; wouldn't this make him less sympathetic to Urahara if he met him in the World of the Living because Isshin probably didn't know Urahara? Alternatively, maybe Isshin took a gigai from 12th division before he fought Kenpachi and didn't interact with Urahara until much later.

[[WMG: Warren Peace from ''Sky High'' is actually the son of Zaraki Kenpachi and Yachiru in another dimention.]]
[[AC:It's okay as they're both ReallySevenHundredYearsOld in ''this'' world. I think.]] Warren's father is called "Baron Battle" - which squad captain loves to fight the most? Warren also has that streak of reddish-pink hair - who has pink hair? Both of his parents have super-powers - Kenpachi is nigh-indestructible and more intelligent then he appears and Yachiru is super fast, super strong, and super adorable.
* ''But what about the hereditary nature of superpowers in that world?'' Uh, got me there, also if the "Yachiru is Kenpachi's Zanpakuto" theory turns out to be true.
** Also, um...squicky much?
** ''"In another dimension."'' Anyway, if that rogue shinigami from the first ''Bleach'' movie could merge with his sword then... er, y'know what, never mind.
*** That was an OVA and definitely not canon.
* That's so squicky... After all, Yachiru is not the only one with pink/reddish hair in Soul Society. I hope.
** There's Chizuru in the living world, but she's a proud lesbian.

[[WMG: Byakuya was - briefly, long ago - the (* much* ) less eccentric pupil of [[Main/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]].]]
Seriously, how many other people could make such a potentially embarrassing mistake into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome!?
* If we go by seiyuu jokes, it's frightening, as Kamina would be the BigBad. Simon? He wouldn't be even Kamina's pupil, but just an unlucky nerd that shoots arrows. Seriously.
** Okay, now you've got me picturing Uryu piloting GurrenLagann and beating Aizen with Spiral Power. Good for you.

[[WMG: Rukia and her sister died when the Atomic Bomb was dropped at the end of World War II]]
We know both Rukia and Hisana died at the same time, so it has to be something, in Japan, that would kill two young children, yet leave the parents alone (the parents died separately, or they would have showed up together, so they must have been in the army). We know they died fairly recently from the recent flashback chapter setting the "Momo sees captain Aizen" moment, which was concurrent with Rukia's time in the Academy, at less than a hundred years ago, and in that time, the Bomb was the only major thing that would kill two young children at exactly the same time.

Comments?
* There are many things that can separate two daughters from their parents and kill them at the same time. This troper, for example, suggests they both died when Rukia's sister attempted and failed to rescue Rukia from a speeding Army truck in the post-war period, an incident that's fairly common where Army traffic is heavy; this troper's uncle for example died from such an incident, despite being a Marine himself (I believe the truck was even ''from his own unit'') and thus presumably more aware of such dangers.
** The problem with the army truck theory is that Rukia didn't appear to be old enough to even crawl when Hisana abandoned her (which raises questions on how she survived alone in the Soul Society).
*** Main/InfantImmortality, followed by being adopted by Renji's Kid's Gang
* Problem: Rukia is stated to be over 150 years old.
** Problem with the problem: the time line does not really work in terms of real years, best to just think of it as [[Mst3kMantra sequential without the labels]], afterall Shunshui claims the whole shinigami set up is 2000 years old.
*** First of all, what Shunsui stated was that the ''academy'' was 2000 years old. There had to have been shinigami long before then or there would be no point in having an academy as there would be no teachers. Secondly, how exactly does this present a problem?
**** IT doesn't, but the flashback chapters make it very clear that Rukia is no where near 150 years old.

[[WMG: ''Bleach'' is in fact Kubo Tite's resume]]
This theory is based around the fact that most of ''Bleach'''s cast is very well-dressed, at least when disguised or when inhabiting the human realm, the fact that the manga covers usually feature important cast members impressively dressed in clothing that would be in-character only in a non-sequitur setting like said manga covers, and that fashion-minded and highly talented Ishida Uryu is in fact a {{Mary Sue}} of Tite. Therefore, Kubo Tite is in fact a failed or aspiring fashion artist who is using the manga and anime primarily as a vehicle for his clothing designs.
* Eh? Ishida as a Mary Sue? Ishida, King of Dorks, whose sense of fashion is usually mocked, who can't win a fight without assistance or severe consequences, who disappears into the background whenever there's more than two shinigami around (notice how he and Chad became little more than background patterns in Hueco Mundo once Renji and Rukia showed up right until their separation), whose role as "rival" was pretty much usurped by Renji, whom Peshe thought to be weaker than even Rukia despite Ishida being much taller and obviously physically stronger than her, whose tragic past is already swept under the carpet (despite it being one of the most tragic among the main characters) and whose wholly justified hatred toward Kur of chi Mayuri was turned into comic tantrums? Kubo ''may'' have a soft spot for Ishida (though I doubt it, after all that happened lately), but Ishida is lightyears away from being a Mary Sue.
** Kubo did say he wanted to go into fashion design after he finished Bleach.
** In reality, Ichigo does look a lot more like Tite Kubo than Ishida, perhaps Ishida is just a representation of his overly poor fashion mentor.
* Uncyclopedia [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Bleach would agree with you]].

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is in fact one in the same as the King of the Shinigami Realm from {{Main/Death Note}}]]
This would imply that the Shinigami realm exists on some higher plane separate from Soul Society. Perhaps the Death Note shinigami and Bleach soul reapers are invisible to each other?
* Or perhaps the Death note shinigami are what happens to the Bleach shinigami when they die. They ascend to another part of the soul society, which is the post-apocalyptic realm of the Death Note shinigami. What they did in the "After life" affects the way they look as death note shinigami. That's why some death gods look uglier/creepier than others.
* Or the Death Note Shinigami are actually another type of hollow or arrancar created by Aizen and ''he'' is the King of the Shinigami Realm. Someone else has suggested a theory similar to this on the Death Note WMG page.
* Death Note shinigami are Mayuri's experiments on Quincies. Just reading what Mayuri did with them might not make it impossible.
** To add to this, when someone is killed by a DeathNote they go to Mu, nothingness. Quincies destroy the very soul of the Hollows they killed. So maybe they retain this ability in a twisted form with the Death Notes. I do know in DeathNote that it mentions everyone goes to Mu, but that could just be a lie.

[[WMG: Ururu is an artificial person similar to Nemu]]
Just like Mayuri did with Nemu, Urahara created Ururu via a combo of gigai and modsoul technology. Since modsouls were originally designed to combat Hollows, this explains her freakish strength and robot-like behavior when encountering the Arrancar.
* This troper agrees and would like to amend that this implies that Jinta is also a mod-person. (mod soul in gigai would be a whole person) in the first book Jinta tells Ururu that although she is older by a few years, he is faster, stronger and better. We also see that he acts more like a regular person, as befits a second more refined attempt at making a mod-person.
** Jinta could be just an adopted brat with high spiritual power to keep the facade. Or could be Urahara's illegit son.

[[WMG:Aizen wants to eat the King of Soul Society]]
Two thousand years ago the King of Soul Society was trying to surpass his own limits, just like Aizen is now. He succeeded and made himself uber-powerful, but it had the side effect of driving him homicidally crazy. With the little sanity and self control he had left he charged Yamamoto-Genry?sai with the task of covering things up and then sealed himself away in a pocket dimension where he couldn't do any harm. Yamamoto destroyed the Royal Key to prevent the king from being released from the outside, then formed the soul reaper academy to train up an army of soul reapers to defend Soul Society from the king if he should ever happen to break out from the inside.

Aizen somehow found out about this but couldn't figure out how to duplicate the king's transformation. He intends to break the king out of the dimensional prison, temporarily transform himself into a hollow with the Orb of Distortion, and eat the king in order gain the king's powers.

Evidence for this whacked out theory:
* Why should Aizen care so much about the king if all he wants is to rule over all of existence? If he conquers both the living world and Soul Society (and maybe Hell as well), what does it matter if this one man sits impotently on his throne while cowering away in a pocket dimension? And if it did matter to Aizen why is he concentrating on killing the king before conquering Soul Society?
* If the Royal Key actually existed, Aizen could have used his Absolute Hypnosis to trick Yamamoto into revealing the hiding place for the Key. The fact that he's going to the trouble of creating a new Key means that the original key is destroyed.
* Yamamoto is the only soul reaper who has ever seen the king. Why would the king seclude himself for centuries on end in a tiny little pocket dimension when he could be enjoying the good life in the Seireitei?
** So the king of Soul Society is [[spoiler:[[{{Main/SoulEater}} Kishin]]]]?
** Not true, in the "Turn Back the Pendulum" arc, it is mentioned that Urahara's predecessor as 12th division captain was promoted to the Zero Division, which is the Royal Guard.
*** Well, that's what we are told. This just means that sometimes powerful captains leave Soul Society, that they officially "retire", and that the other captains are told that they've joined Division Zero. Nothing else is certain. And besides, "Royal Guard" can mean that they actually guard the king the same way a prison guard guards prisoners.
**** If he is, he's apparently trading tips with [[spoiler: [[FullmetalAlchemist Father.]]]]

[[WMG: Shotaro Ishinomori, manga-ka responsible for creating Kamen Rider, was an agent of the Vizard]]
Specifically, Mashiro. She had a ''lot'' of Rider-like characteristics 100 years ago- oval eyes, vaguely insectlike, speciality is kicks, powers come from use of The Enemy's experimentation, etc. Presumably, at some point in the seventies she got rather bored with the whole "wait until the story starts" thing, and hired a guy to create a rather fictionalized version of herself as a superhero. He took it and ran with it, and she was so pleased with his work that she adopted some of his ideas, like the scarf.
* Darn, her costume looks a lot like the Cyborg 009 ones! And her hair just looks like 009-1's main character!

[[WMG: Orihime is making the whole thing up]]
The story resembles a long, involved version of one of her weirdo fantasies, Ichigo is the star, and before any of this happened, she was the only one who even knew who Ishida was.
* But then, all the whole intricate plot would be too complicated to her... Maybe Tatsuki is making the whole thing up? She looks more like the kind of girl that ''loves'' extremely long shonen.
** Then, it would make me leap to the coma theory, and since she practically disappears from the history, it means that she's dying, and knows it... Ichigo was a male representation of herself, Orihime was her best friend, Mizuiro and Keigo were just guys she beaten at random times, Chad was the aloof friend, Ishida was her rival (I don't know at what) she learned to respect over time... [[TearJerker It's so sad]]...
*** Ishida was better than her at archery. So much so that she eventually gave up (something she berated herself for to the day that truck crashed into her family's home) and took up karate.

[[WMG: ''Ichigo'' is making the whole thing up.]]
Just look at Tite Kubo's face. He looks a lot like an older, albeit not as pretty, Ichigo.

[[WMG: Orihime is unspeakably kinky]]
Caused by a total misinterpretation of the word "fantasies" in the above WMG. Seriously, imagine what her sexual fantasies must be like. Assuming she and Ichigo become a couple in the end, and her {{CloudCuckooLander}}ness isn't [[BreakTheCutie utterly destroyed]], Ichigo is in for some... interesting roleplay.
* Well, since she imagined that quickly and easily an [=IshiRuki=] scenario in the manga... By her blushing, she was probably imagining both of them doing H stuff and everything. Pervert. (Although I agree it'd look kinda hot, but Uryuu seems more like the type of guy that like tomboyish girls, as a balance from his girly personality...)
** Her love of cute things and girly dresses aside, Rukia is one of the most tomboyish girls in the manga...
*** Her voice in the animé doesn't help. She sounds like [[FruitsBasket Yuki Sohma]], and This Troper thought at first glance she was a boy.
* ''[[NightmareFuel The leeks...]]''

[[WMG:Aizen is the King of Soul Society.]]
As has been brought up before, why should Aizen care about some powerless figurehead locked away in a pocket dimension if he just wants to take over the Soul Society? The answer is that he is the king and he got bored and decided to become a regular shinigami, but he was still bored. So he conquered Hueco Mundo and decided to start a little war for his own entertainment. That way, no matter which side wins, he's still ultimately the winner.

[[WMG: Ichigo's siblings will become shinigami.]]
Well at least Karin will. She can see spirits and has even fought hollows before. Yuzu might too even though she can only vaguely see spirits. They have a shinigami as their father as well.
* Alternatively, Yuzu will get some other power. Chad and Orihime both had even less ability than Yuzu to sense spirits at first, and they both ended up with powers.
** Yuzu will have Hell-related powers? Taking in consideration the "Ichigo's mom is a demon descendant" theory...

[[WMG:Soul society is an Earthsea-style artificial afterlife.]]
It seems extremely unlikely that you'd randomly get walls made of that anti-spirit metal stuff to form naturally, and without them the place would be overrun in minutes. In addition, the fact that the population isn't nearly large enough to be the whole planet's afterlife, and the fact that it's so predominantly Japanese indicates that it's a localized talented soul recycling center. Perhaps the "king" is merely the first person who figured out how to create stable areas like Soul Society.

[[WMG: Ishida will unlock some form even better than the final form]]
Because this is a shonen manga, he'll find a way to surpass final form and achieve an even better form, possibly with two wings. However, since final form had the 'price' of losing his powers, this even-better-form would have the price of losing his life.
* That'd make sense, seeing the story patterns concerning Ishida - that is, he uses his power, does something really cool, then spends the rest of the arc either without his power or with his power being useless, with optional humliation and character rape. So if he ever achieves a better, more powerful form, I won't be surprised if he's simply killed off or loses his powers for good.
** [[@/{{Thenakedcat}} This troper]] suggests that Ishida Ryuuken is actually more likely to end up dying in a blaze of glory, as it would redeem his troubled relationship with his son.
*** We don't know ''anything'' about Uryuu's mom, remember. Perhaps the lady has some yet unnamed importance.
* In the same vein, Ichigo will probably find a stage beyond Bankai, simply by virtue of being a shonen protagonist, or there be a massive retcon stating that what he thought was Bankai was actually Shikai, and that he has yet to truly unleash his Bankai.
** He might simply discover a new "mode" or "form" of his Bankai, like, he's been using the speed mode, and there's an offense mode in there somewhere.
*** Possibly foreshadowed in how Byakuya's Bankai has at least three forms.
** Another method of power up may be that he will gain the ability to use his bankai, while willing changing and controlling his hollow's true form, since this would give him a tougher body, regeneration ''and'' it would add another first - doing something the other Visored haven't been shown to do - to the list containing gaining shinigami powers while still alive, successfully breaking into Soul Society and gaining power it takes all others at ''least'' a century to gain, and thats if they are a genius.
* Another thing to consider, enhanced levels of Quincy power seem to correspond to the manifestation of a Physical bow. When using the Sanrei glove and the Quincy Final Form Ishida used a physical bow, his father is even more powerful than he is and he uses a physical bow. The only time we see Ishida's grandfather manifest any kind of bow is when he is very old and helping to train a youngster he doesn't want to discourage, he could very well have used a physical bow in his younger days when in full combat. So far Ishida has not shown any ability to manifest a physical bow without outside aid (Sanrei glove, Quincy Bangle.), Ishida's next 'power-up' could revolve around him learning to manifest a physical bow on his own and thus not 'waste' energy holding a pure spirit-bow together.
* He will die. But of course, he'll come back. As an arrancar with Quincy powers, since he died with the fancy Ultimate Soul-Messing Technique and wouldn't accept being a hollow.
** Given that the only thing limiting the Final Form is his human body, dying ''would'' make Ishida stronger. That much is obvious, even if didn't become anything other than a spirit. None of the previous Quincy had time to test this theory, because they were too busy getting dissected by Mayuri after they died.

[[WMG: Aizen is a wuss.]]
The power of Aizen's Zanpakuto is to [[spoiler:make anyone who views it's release to believe whatever Aizen wants]]...so he's been using it ''constantly'' to make people believe he's a supreme badass, ''even though he has no real combat skills whatsoever''. Blocking 90th level Kido? Nope, it was aimed in the wrong direction. Catching Bankais with his bare hands? Nope, he was really far FAR away before you started slashing away. Also explains why he never finishes anyone off when they're "at his mercy."
* It could be that he isn't too much strong, but really, really quick. Quick enough to slow down time and catch the Bankai because it was too slow.
*** is this a joke? Aizen being a wuss? He took down near every captain with ease in FKT.

[[WMG: Bleach is an inaccurate translation. It's really Breach.]]
Makes sense. Lots of things in the series are breached.
* Except, you know, that "Bleach" makes more sense. Bleach is a substance that turns stuff white, white is the color of death, and it's a show about ''dead people.''
* It could be that ''Bleach'' and ''Breach'' are both correct, and Tite Kubo was exploiting the L/R fuzziness in choosing a name.
* Er, didn't Kubo say that the name was a homage to a Nirvana album? Also, people at school think that Ichigo bleaches his hair. Hence, ''Bleach''.
* Apparently, if the latest SJ issue is to be trusted, Tite said that he was originally going to call it "Snipe", but changed it because he changed the weapons used, which were originally guns. He then chose the soul reapers' clothing color as the name, but "Black" sounded to boring. So, he chose white, therefore "Bleach", which suggests black as a complementary color.
* Hey hey, doesn't 'Bleach' clean laundry and such? Couldn't the name possibly be signifying the Shinigami's cleansing of hollows? I mean, the original arc was about Ichigo saving pluses and cleansing hollows.

[[WMG: The [[{{Filler}} Captain Shusuke Amagai arc]] is AllJustADream]]
Specifically a dream being had by Rukia after she collapsed at the end of her fight with Aaroniero.
* No, it was Aizen using his Bankai.
** Nah, sounds more to me like something Orihime would cook up.
*** She had to do ''something'' while she was waiting for Ichigo.
**** I third that, seeing as the end of a "dramatic" arc was a game of soccer...

[[WMG: Ichigo and {{Naruto}} are alternate universe counterparts of each other]]
Let's check the facts, shall we?
* Both are powerful fighters
* Both still have a lot to learn about fighting
* Both have barely controllable beasts inside them
* Both have spiky hair
* Both are Berserker fighters (lots of yelling, going off half-cocked, quick temper)
* Both were hated by people around them while growing up (Naruto for the Kyuubi and Ichigo for his hair colour)
* Both are easily confused by technical descriptions, and learn best by being shown and then working by what they've seen
* Both are instinctual fighters
** Both are Shonen Jump characters :-P.
* Alternatively, Naruto's parents are AU versions of Ichigo and Orihime; just ''look'' at Kushina's hair! (Don't know about Sasuke's parents, though, but they could be AU versions of Uryuu and possibly Tatsuki...)
* Both lose control of their bodies to the evil inside the more they use those powers (Naruto loses control to the Kyuubi after 4 tails and Ichigo to his Inner Hollow when he becomes a full Hollow after getting a hole cut right through his chest).
* Both have enormous reserves of power.
* Both are the apples of a big chested girl's eye who are both voiced by StephanieSheh.
* ...and all of the above [[OlderThanTheyThink being characteristics of]] [[DragonBallZ Goku]] and other shonen heroes certainly has nothing to do with it.

[[WMG: Ishida is the real reason for Karakura town's specialness]]
The theory given as to why Chad and Orihime have special powers is that they've been exposed to Ichigo. This seems plausible at first, before you realize that Ichigo himself is a similar anomaly, and all the characters have something in common - they've spent a lot of time near Ishida. Quincy collect spirit particles, so it's plausible to suggest that the reason their powers awoke abnormally quickly is because they've been surrounded by the cloud of spirit particles surrounding Ishida. Similarly, the reason that Karakura town has so many spirit particles relative to the rest of the planet is because the only remaining Quincies live there.
Presumably Aizen organized the extinction of all but a few Quincy in order to allow more concentration of spirit particles to take place - the explanation of them "interfering with reincarnation" seems like it would be very difficult to verify, and could possibly have been falsified.
* Yeah, but we ''know'' where Ichigo's powers come from, specifically [[spoiler: Isshin being a former shinigami Captain and all]]. Plus Urahara and co and the Vizard would probably have more impact than a trio of Quincy.
** To be fair, Urahara and the Vizards are probably smart enough to mask/hide their reiatsu so as not to attract attention; and as many characters have noted, Ichigo is still abnormally strong.
* As much as I'd like the Quincy to play a bigger role... They collect spirit particles ''only'' when they're fighting or, to a lesser extent, using their special abilities. And while the three Quincy may have killed hollows, trained a lot, etc., they couldn't have been active enough to collect enough spirit particles to cause any kind of anomaly... otherwise the shinigami would've already finished them off.

[[WMG: Aizen found the Vasto Lorde after all]]
At the moment, Aizen's acting far too smug for a guy in his position. After planning his assault for a year, he brings only three espada, two traitor captains, and a handful of mediocre fraccion to a fight with six captains, eight lieutenants, and ultimately seven vengeful vizard? Even if Ichigo's father or Urahara and his companions don't get involved, Captain Broken's going to get his *** handed him to him, hypnosword or no. Unless, of course, he's holding something back...
* The reason Aizen is so smug could be because the secret weapon has been staring us in the face for so long. Speculation has said that the top three Espada (and possibly Ulquiorra as well) used to be Vasto Lorde. And now they're Arrancar, which means they would logically be ''even stronger''. If it only takes ten Vasto Lorde to walk all over Soul Society, then I'm sure three former Lorde-now-turned-Arrancar could do some serious damage. Besides, we've yet to really see the top three Espada even do anything...
* What if the Vizard are on his side? Remember, they were supposed to be sentenced to death, so maybe they aren't with SS after all. Plus, he hasn't used his bankai yet.
** Unless some extremely complicated mindfuck is going on, the vizard are probably no way in Aizen's side... after all, he experimented on them, wanted to kill them, got them banished from Soul Society, and basically ruined their life. I suppose the vizard are, if anything, on ''Urahara's'' side, whichever side that may be.
* Well, this ''is'' Aizen we're talking about. At the most dramatically appropriate time, he'll emerge from the curtain of fire and reveal that he finally found and recruited the Vasto Lorde colony alluded to since the beginning of the Arrancar arcs and granted hybrid powers to one or more entities that were already above captain-class.
** And then he'll step aside to reveal...''Wonderweiss Margera''.
*** ...which actually makes sense if you think about it. The shinigami have stated that he's strong enough to be an Espada ''and'' he looked human before Aizen used the Hogyoku on him, meaning he had to have been a Vasto Lorde and therefore he's at least as strong as Ulquiorra, if not stronger.
*** [[spoiler:'''Confirmed.''' Wonderweiss just wandered in and started slamming people.]]
*** it's confirmed they top 4 were VL all along. Halibel was weakest because she refused to consume other hollows

[[WMG: Ulquiorra is really...]]
L, from {{Main/Death Note}}. First of all, compare the two http://account-hijacker.deviantart.com/art/L-quiorra-79603022
The same apathetic expression in all situations, the same monotone and the same general disregard for others. Keep in mind L is the guy who admitted to going after Kira for the hell of it.
The scenario is, L died, and his soul through a temper tantrum at losing to Kira, and being betrayed by his only friend. When the Shinigami show up to collect him, he freaks out, and flees, or else transforms into a hollow right away, considering his reaction when he first heard about Shinigami, it's not too far of a stretch to conceive L already has some hatred towards them. So L transforms into the Hollow Ulqiorra, defeats the Shinigami, and retreats to Hueco Mundo. He then devours other Hollow because he discovers they taste like candy, and he needs to sate his sweet tooth. Eventually, h thecomes a Menos Grande, but manages to retain his personality and becomes an Adjuchas, and eventually a Vasto Lorde. When approchaed by Aizen, he leaps at the opportunity to get back at the Shinigami who he hates so much (but probably doesn't remember why anymore), and goes on to become an Arrancar, who looks almost exactly like he did when human...
* If this is true, it's somewhat ironic. His second resurrecion gave him an appearance with wings that make him look quite a bit like Ryuk.
* Also, remember that L died of a heart attack. Guess where Ulquiorra's hole is?
** Um... originally in his throat, now in the middle of his chest?
* I still think it's [[SayonaraZetsubouSensei Itoshiki-sensei]], that succeeded into hanging himself (Ulquiorra's hollow hole is originally in his neck). Crushing Despair, anyone?

[[WMG: Twins separated at birth: Ichigo and Isane Kotetsu]]
In episode 54, when Ichigo looks down to see what is going on with the flaming bird that now has a big rope around it's neck, he's the spitting image of Isane Kotetsu. Go look...
* Forget Isane, [[FruitsBasket Sohma Kyo]] is Ichigo's twin. Or possibly clone.
* Kotetsu herself could be a stray Shiba member, that had to change her surname for some weird reason. Or perhaps she's Ichigo's half sister, (obviously) on Isshin's side. Now, unless one of the white haired boys is hiding something, there are no other white haired girls on Bleach... As we know of.
** Oh, there's her (at least soul) sister Kiyone. But Kiyone's not important. Also, she's (most of the time) blonde in the anime.

[[WMG: Tatsuki is a Shiba.]]
Well, if you notice, Kukaku looks a bit like Tatsuki, but rougher, older, more developed, and missing one arm. Perhaps she could be Kaien's daughter, but was sent to Earth, put in one of Urahara's experimental growing up gigais and adopted by the Arisawa family.
* Or her whole name, memories and family were invented by Urahara himself, with trinkets, modsouls, and gigais. He's capable of doing something like that, you know.
* Or it was actualy ''Tatsuki'' who was Kaien's reincarnation during this cycle.
** That wouldn't be so, seeing as Kaien wasn't ''truly'' dead until Rukia killed of Aaroneiro Arrurrerie, when Tatsuki was already born.

[[WMG:First Generation Shinigami are the Result of Purifying Hollows.]]
Ok, according to the (admittedly dubiously canonical) movies, it's incredibly rare for a Shinigami to recall anything of their life prior to arriving in soul society, which (based on the bird-kid) isn't the case for regular Pluses. Now, the only thing of significance that's different about Shinigami and humans is the spiritual power - which is meant to be excessively rare amongst mortals without stimulus (like a full set of Shinigami fighting in your bedroom for a few hours). So what causes you to get a shot of spiritual power and severs all connections to your past? Hollowification sounds about right. Presumably the rare cases of people who do have spiritual power in life (whether or not they're aware of it) are the ones who retain their memories (like Rukia's big sister - she and Rukia do both look like the traditional shrine maiden image).
* This makes some sense, but there's also a possibility that some pluses retain their memories, and others don't. Or alternatively, enough time spent in Soul Society makes all pluses lose their memories eventually, and it takes some time for a Shinigami's power to manifest.

[[WMG: Gin Ichimaru's Bankai is a gun.]]
Not just any a gun, but the world's most accurate rifle.
* I can already picture this guy being the spirit of Billy the Kid, or Jesse James. Or better, he could have shot both Lincoln ''and'' Kennedy! If he shot two American presidents, what would stop him from killing Yamamoto, or even the King? Dammit, someone needs to write a fanfic about that.
** I would so read that.
* It was in the initial plans and stuff... But I wouldn't be surprised if it's a bow/sword/whatever that shoots arrows, according to other theories in this very same page.
* Or it could be [[ThePunisher a gun that shoots swords]].
* Or [[MemeticMutation a bow that shoots axes]].
* Or [[TheSimpsons a gun that shoots dogs with bees in their mouth, so when the dogs bark, the bees fly out and sting you]]
* Or a gun that [[{{Painkiller}} shoots shurikens]] [[ZeroPunctuation and lightning.]]

[[WMG: Quincies actually send souls to the true afterlife.]]
The Shinigami killed them all because the Shinigami King really wants to keep as many souls as possible in Soul Society for some mysterious reason.
* Soul Society is really [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Purgatory, everyone is being purified of their sins]]. How bad you were in life determines which district you end up in. Seriousy, this one should have been obvious.

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is The King, aka Elvis Presley.]]
When he shows up, he shall kick all *** with Main/ThePowerOfRock.
* There's a one-shot fic with that very twist.
** And that fic is here if anyone wants to read it --> [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3870185/1/Remember_the_King]]

[[WMG: Aizen Sosuke does not really exist.]]
He is actually just an illusion created by "his" zanpakutou, who is the real mastermind behind everything. When he reveals that he is still alive, he tells the Soul Reapers a line along the lines of "The Aizen Sosuke you knew never really existed", while this could be interpreted as his "nice guy" personality was all just an act, it could also mean that he really does not exist.

[[WMG: The king of the Soul Society is Shinigami-Sama from SoulEater, and Isshin and Death Scythe are from different dimensions, competing to be his replacement.]]
They already finished the "reach your strongest possible form" stage of the competition, and are currently in the "who can have the more successful Successor" stage of the competition. Kishin are the SE equivalent of Hollows, Witches are basically a form of Arrancar (or possibly Visored, I haven't seen enough of Soul Eater to tell).
* Guh, how awesome would that be?!? [[CrazyAwesome Crazy, of course.]]

[[WMG: Orihime is Devon.]]
I found these similarities listening to ''Inside the Fire'' by {{Disturbed}}:
* Won't go to Heaven: Orihime was taken forcibly into Hueco Mundo, a place for TheHeartless that devour their way up the food chain. Soul Society is far from what a Western would expect from Heaven, especially if you get to live in Rukongai.
* Rendered unwhole: she and her brother are orphans. Brother dies. Comes back as a hollow. That should do.
* Lies beyond this portal: Garganta. 'Nuff said.
** This Troper suggests a related (but slightly less insane) idea: Zaraki is either the guy from {{Disturbed}}'s ''Indestructible'', or is related to said guy.
*** The lyrics imply that the guy is only fighting because he is blindly obeying orders, so he is pretty much Zaraki's foil (who loves battle for the heck of it, and was perfectly willing to turn on the other captains just so that he could have a fight.)
**** True...but then the "related to the guy" idea is still possible...Zaraki is The Guy's EvilTwin perhaps? Or...rather, [[ChaoticNeutral chaotic twin]].

[[WMG:''Bleach'' is set in TheWorldOfDarkness]]
Soul Society is an island in the Tempest, or possibly a Far Shore. Soul reapers are wraiths of a legion unaffiliated with Stygia, who are given the power to fight spectres and bring wraiths directly from the Shadowlands to Soul Society. Hollows are spectres; most are the shade caste. Arrancar are nephwracks, and the Espadas are possibly malfeans. The Visored are spectres who have lost control to their psyches, and thus emerge as wraiths with spectre powers. Hueco Mundo, naturally enough, is the Labyrinth.

[[WMG: Orihime is the reincarnation of [[RurouniKenshin Himura Kenshin]]. Tatsuki is the reincarnation of Sanosuke.]]
It explains her hair color, her overall demeanor, and her high spiritual power. If she were to ever pick up a sword, she would be very proficient--she just hasn't tried. The reason why her power manifested the way it did is because of a spiritual aversion to killing or causing harm.
* Somehow or another, I can figure Megumi having mad sewing skillz in her past incarnation (as a doctor, she ''had'' to) and reincarnating as Uryuu ([[CrackPairing Tatsuki x Uryuu]] is fine, too), and Yahiko being Ichigo, but I guess Kaoru wouldn't fit as Chad. At all.

[[WMG: Hell is some sort of extreme version of the Zanpakuto's blade, possibly to do with the presiding First Captain's Bankai.]]
The blade cleanses a Hollow of any wrong it's done after life, but if the Hollow came from someone who was evil in life, Hell appears to swallow it up. Since the damage a few hundred mortal Quincies could do by destroying souls permanently was worth slaughtering every last one the soul reapers could find, Hell is unlikely to take souls completely out of the loop. It's possible that the death and2C tansing cycle can be looked at with a computer metaphor: Death, birth, and passage to the soul society are all mode locks, saving the soul in its current state. The zanpakuto is a system reboot, removing unsaved data. Hell is a full magnetic wipe and reformatting the soul for return to circulation. And the Quincies' method is a bullet through every disc and card in the system. Since First Captain Yamamoto's Bankai hasn't been seen, but its shikai is said to burn away a soul (similar to the execution blade's Phoenix form), so the Commander Captain's Bankai may just be a more discriminating, and far more powerful, version of the same thing. (It could even be the soul purpose of the King of the Soul Society, and First Division's Captain is just a clue to the nature of Hell and the King's powers.) Whether the nature of Hell would change if someone took the place of Yamamoto-Genryusai remains to be seen, but considering the 2000 years thing people keep mentioning, it does seem likely.

[[WMG: Orihime is the King's Key, or she has it sealed inside of her.]]
Although the Ouken has been around for a lot longer than she has, reincarnation is canon in Bleach, even if no reincarnations of deceased characters have been identified as of yet. Aizen has stated that her powers [[http://manga.bleachexile.com/bleach-chapter-315-page-10.html surpass those of any other human]]. Her abilities allow her to 'defy god,' and what could be a greater defiance than breaking down his front door? And even if she's not the Ouken, she could still probably get into the Spirit King's realm.
* Or maybe Ichigo is the Key. Hell, even Kon might be the key as well due to their unique characteristics!
** While that'd be interesting, neither of them have barrier-centered, reality-rejecting abilities.

[[WMG: Uryu sees his team-up with Mayuri as an EnemyMine.]]
Meaning, as soon as Orihime is rescued and/or the war with Aizen is over, he's going to tear him a new one. And maybe let his dad join in.
* This seems likely, he is just putting up with Mayuri for now, but when the current conflict is all over...
* If only... but since Mayuri is not supposed to be a bad guy anymore and there's been no mention of, or even allusion to his crimes... I don't think this is too likely. :/

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is in a LotusEaterMachine, and Aizen's master plan involves putting everyone else in one.]]
Hence why no one disturbs the King (he's in his own personal idea of heaven) and Tousen believes the ends justify the means. And it would be a cool extension of Aizen's zanpakutou.
* And I bet the King is Haruhi, and her Heaven is the SuzumiyaHaruhi universe. Perhaps Orihime might save her, as she has an uncanny resemblance (or rather a [[IncrediblyLamePun huge pair]] of resemblances) to Mikuru. And let's take in consideration that she CAN make the time travel with her powers, if she wants to do so. If Matsumoto is Older Orihime (according to other theories), she might be Older Mikuru as well.
* And Nel is Tsuruya... Ryoko is Aizen... Yuki is Chad, Ichigo is Kyon, Byakuya is the Computer Club president, Emiri might be Renji, and Itsuki is Uryuu. It makes Rukia the King AND Haruhi! I can't take this image off my mind!

[[WMG: Sosuke Aizen is the spirit of [[{{Naruto}} Uchiha Itachi]].]]
His name is vaguely similar to that of Sasuke, which got me laughing at all the potential leaps of logic to make them the same person. But then I thought: Mangekyo Sharingan. Who uses illusions to fight, having surpassed physical action? Who betrayed everyone they know and that trusted them to fit a "higher cause" and temporarily sided with the archenemy of their former people? Whose power can be used against anyone who sees its foucus? All Itachi. He'Engl to using the same old flawed logic that lost him his family in the first place just so he can take over the Spirit Realm and wage war on God/the gods in a UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans gambit. He keeps Tosen around, less because he's useful (which he is) and more because his power and blindness remind him of the later years of his life as Itachi.
* That's interesting, and explains... almost everything. But I'd figure that he'd be attacking the gods/spirit realm out of anger that he was convinced to kill his entire family. It'd make a good crossover at least.

[[WMG: Ichigo was DeadAllAlong, and he is a hollow being fooled into thinking he got Soul Reaper powers by Aizen's zanpakuto.]]
Fishbone D. Was an illusion of Aizen's that he used to attack and kill Ichigo, turning him into a Hollow. Everyone in Karakura and the captains and lieutenants of the Soul Society are all under the effects of Aizen's zanpakuto, and the Breakdown Sphere will be used not to reconcile Ichigo's hollow half and Soul Reaper half, but to separate the illusory copy of ichigo from his Hollow self and fuse it with Aizen. This explains how Aizen was able to make it look like he'd deflected Ichigo's "cero-bankai" attack without Ichigo seeing his shikai release. It also means that [[FanNickname Shirosaki]] is the real Ichigo.

[[WMG:Aizen and Masaki Kurosaki are siblings.]]
...Or just related. They both have the wavy hair. Plus, if super spirit powers are hereditary, then it would assume that Masaki Kurosaki was just as powerful as Aizen and thus explains Ichigo's strong spirit powers.

[[WMG: Hinamori Momo is a failed Vizard experiment.]]
Let's sum up the facts: Usually, Hollows have some grave sin while in life to become so, like uncontrolled hatred, and such, and the Vizard experiments were to manage to make them transform into Hollows without having to reincarnate and become sinful people, through extreme conditions like extended fighting, or aggressive emotions. With Aizen framing his own death and the fault falling into Gin, Momo, who had him as a father figure, just went [[BerserkButton berserk]] and tried to ''kill'' Gin. Also, we never know what that guy have done to the girl all that time (in b4 child abuse, creepy perverts), probably doing experiments and passing these as training. If this went right, he would have a powerful, faithful weapon in hands. But Aizen's plan backfired just because Momo didn't really pass all the hardships the other Vizard passed, and never had enough Reiatsu to start with (not to count that it didn't break her Chain of Fate Like Ichigo's Hollowification - because Shinigamis don't have such - just her emotional stability). He overestimated the girl. But then, there's always a chance that she might become one ''someday''. And it won't be pretty. ''At all.'' After all, maybe heavily messing with the poor girl's mind was an alternative way he found to try and create a Vizard, or something alike. After all, it's similar to the (supposed) method of influenciating the other Vizards' Hollowification. (Plus, she would be -more- badass with a Hollow Mask).

[[WMG: Soul Society and Hueco Mundo don't exist even within the Bleachverse.]]
Everyone refers to the mundane world as "the real world," contrasting with the aforementioned realm. Hell's ontological status is ambiguous. Aizen wants the King's Key so he can make Hueco Mundo real.
* This Troper noted how they refer to Earth as the "Real World" as well. Which implies that Soul Society and Hueco Mundo are not actually afterlifes, but merely alternate dimensions.
* Wait, ''when'' do they refer to the 'real world'? I've only ever seen them use ''human world'' and ''the world of the living''.
* The "mundane world" in the original post refers to Earth. I'm sorry if that wasn't clear. As for the terms "human world" and "the world of the living," I'm not sure whether those are the terms used in the dub or a fansub. The expression "real world" comes from a fansub, although the Japanese word used the root "gen," which at least means "real" in the word "genjitsu," for reality. Granted, I don't know Japanese, so if anyone can correct this, please do. In any case, I hope the theory is still sufficiently interesting to warrant being on the page.
** The word is "gense" which, in this context, is a Buddhist term referring to the world of the living. I suppose it can be translated to "real world," but in the case of Bleach it obviously means "temporal world," "human world."

[[WMG: Orihime is actually a descendant of Clow Reed or related to him in some way. Alternately she's related to Sakura from TRC.]]
Think about it, a lot of things would make sense then:
* She has powers that can defy God, but won't Clow Reed's magic qualify as going against God as well? I mean he created the Sakura cards, a whole bunch of other things like the Mokonas, Yue, Kero, etc., and Alternate Worlds.
* She has a very [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Symbolic Name]]
* Her personality is quite similar to Sakura from TsubasaReservoirChronicle. (Sakura's version of Watanuki anyone?) But if she's Sakura, Chizuru would be... Tomoyo? Heck, they are both lesbian schoolgirls, you know!

[[WMG: Arrancar and Vizard have a second zanpakuto that no one has yet to access.]]
First let's examine arrancar. Supposedly, they are hollows with shinigami powers. However, the only shinigami-like aspects of them are their human forms (and some shinigami aren't even human), their zanpakuto (which are also different than shinigami zanpakuto) and Sonido, their version of flash steps (which aren't limited to shinigami, quincy have their own version as well). They don't have kido and their zanpakuto only have a single release. Now consider the zanpakuto. How does it power them up? It makes them ''more'' hollow-like.
* Next look at the vizard. They are supposed to be shinigami with hollow powers. They do a bit better than the arrancar. They have hollow masks to power them up and they can use cero. Yet look at them during the Turn Back the Pendulum arc. Their bodies are almost completely hollwified prior to Urahara fixing them.
* So, this leads to my conclusion that they both possess a second zanpakuto which belongs to their inner shinigami/hollow. In the case of the arrancar, it gives them access to shikai and bankai. In the case of the vizard, it gives them access to resurrección.
** Proven somewhat- Tousen has a Resurrecion, and Ulquiorra has a Bankai equivalent (though he never used a shikai/bankai).

[[WMG: Shakugan no Shana takes place in the Bleachverse.]]
Or vice versa. Going along with the theories that there are alternate versions of Soul Society (and possibly the idea that these are fictional within the 'Verse in question), Tomogara are Hollow eating existence so that they can exist. The Flame Haze are the Shinigami of a different analogue of Soul Society.
* Alternatively, Shana's history is in the Bleach's ''past'', and something made her lose her ClingyMacGuffin (but her hair color didn't really change, due to her slight spiritual p so retaining), then, she changed her name to not be recognized, grew up (quite nicely), knew a guy called Isshin Kurosaki, they married, and she had three kids, the oldest of them being the Ichigo we love. Then, since she didn't have any protection against the Hollows anymore, she was devoured by one of them out of spite. Sad story.
** More alternatively, she could be Ishida's mom instead of Lisa (in the above theories), since her powers reminded more of Quincies with swords than shinigamis. But then, it wouldn't be as awesome.

[[WMG: Chad's abuelo was a wrestler]]
But not any; he was one of the first and one of the strongest wrestlers in Mexico (he probably cheated a bit using his Hollow-like powers), and moved to Japan to promote wrestling there, with a huge sucess. It would explain how Chad, that should be considered a lower citizen (for not being completely Japanese), got many friends, and not too much discrimination (it means he still had a buttload); having a famous grandfather helps a lot. Also, how awesome could it be?
* He probably was an Arrancar as well, and his fighting mask was made to resemble his Arrancar one. Of course, it would mean his Hollow hole would be hidden under bandages or something.
** What about the mask fragment?
*** He's a luchador, they don't take off their masks, some of them were even buried with theirs. So, that would explain it.

[[WMG: Yachiru's story is an alternate version of Orihime's past the author didn't want to discard]]
And Zaraki is the equivalent of Sora. To think about it, they even have similar pasts, except that Orihime and Sora weren't, you know, dead (unless some WMG comes and says the opposite). If she and Sora were in a similar situation (living in a place where only murderers and criminals that didn't have the time to become Hollows and go to Hell after encountering Shinigamis do whatever they want, being capable to even [[KickTheDog stomp a baby]]), they'd probably be just like these two. Or even worse. To think about it, Yachiru's hair is even styled like a short version of Orihime's (not to count that when she was a baby, Zaraki's hair was just like Sora's)! If we think about that, they being that badass, but still being heroes and controlling themselves only when needed, it would turn Orihime and Sora [[TooCoolToLive too awesome to live]], though (Sora still was, but not Orihime, poor girl).

[[WMG: Tatsuki will have Slider-like powers]]
Pay attention at this detail: She can feel Orihime's energy even when the girl is in friggin' Hueco Mundo. If she trains with the right people, she could easily slide between dimensions without losing her body, and use this dimensional sliding power as a stealthy advantage, as she could hide in another dimension while not attacking, and rip someone apart (or at least take off chunks of them), teleporting the parts to different dimensions. To make it awesome, she would do it with punches and kicks. Oh, and she could also borrow powers and techniques from other dimensional entities, if not just a little, and unconsciously. She'd be the awesomest fighter of them all, but such powers would have a drawback to damage body parts; it means that if she overuses her power, she might die. Perhaps she didn't break her arm in a car accident, but when she first discovered such powers, but didn't want Orihime to know the truth and be worried.

[[WMG: There was a primitive way to manipulate spiritual power before Shinigamis existed]]
And it's probably not completely lost. They probably were the first Hollow purifiers, and some of them formed the Shinigami to keep things more organized, like in a magic academy ([[HarryPotter Hogwarts]] anyone?). The remaining ones are probably hiding somewhere in Soul Society or the living world, and are yet to be introduced. Due to their power not being limited to a single setting, they could work and release it more freely, making more powerful attacks. Why? Because Ichigo needs to learn a final ability to surpass anyone's, even if this means the sacrifice of such clan, or of himself.
* To make this theory complete, Jesus probably was a holder of this technique, or at least, one of the first Shinigami. Nah, just kidding, guys, Bleach is not in the same universe as Shaman King to reference Jesus... Or is it?
** No, it isnt; and to be fair, Jesus was the first Quincy. Ishida will die for your sins.
*** That would explain all the [[CreepyCoolCrosses crosses]]...
* The possibility of the existence of completely new characters is shown at the recent chapters, when Hollows get blasted. It's some sort of blast, thus, it's not like most Shinigami attacks, the Vizards were still at their warehouse at this time, and possibly, no Arrancar would attack their own allies that way (It'd be a food waste). Kubo possibly will introduce new characters with new powers, or will use characters from the anime canon.
* I was under the impression that they were such weak Hollows that they imploded from all the reiatsu being thrown around even from so far away.

[[WMG: The three renegade Captains are Vaizard]]
Given Aizen's habit of mixing Hollow and Shinigami powers, this would make perfect sense. This would also explain why Tousen and Gin, neither of whom were previously shown to be particularly powerful, are talking down to the Arrancar. And the current BigBad of a Shonen series just has to have the shiniest tricks.
* Beat me to it. But yes, this theory makes a lot of sense. The whole reason Aizen wanted the Hogyoku was because he believed that he had reached his limits as a shinigami and had to gain hollow powers if he was to continue growing. It makes no sense that once he had it in his possession that he wouldn't do just that.
** Tousen is using his mask all the time, it's right in his face, as (at least part of) his glasses. Sorta like Szayel, but to a less bishie effect.
*** CONFIRMED! [[spoiler:Tousen is a Vizard!]] Tite Kubo indeed reads TV Tropes. Excuse me while I gloat and wait until Gin reveals his bankai to be a bow and arrows.
** In the Turn Back the Pendulum arc, we see Tousen wearing a white, full-faced mask. Foreshadowing, perhaps?
*** Probably, only Tousen is a Vizard. Aizen is probably a half-demon, and Gin was probably a Quincy traitor when alive. It could be weird, but would work. Could work ''too well''.
*** Though whilst not all the time... [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/bleach/v42/c383/17.html * ahem* ]]

[[WMG: The Vizard were a dead-end.]]
The Vizard/Arrancar were created by Aizen (yes I know some 'wild Arrancar' existed before Aizen showed up in Hueco Mundo) to overcome the power-limits inherent in being ''just'' a Hollow or a Shinigami but from what we've seen so far the main benefit of the Shinigami/Hollow Hybridization process is a terrific increase in strength, speed, resilience and power. These traits lend themselves to formidable direct-attacks, but direct combat is just one compoent (and not neccesarily a chief component) in the Shinigami's arsenal. Most Shinigami's ''Shikai'' and ''Bankai'' manifest as some great force or creature or other effect that can be directed to attack an opponent on it's own, and then there's ''Kidou'' on top of that. If Byakuya for example were to be ''Visored'' his hollow-mask would greatly enhance his abilities as a swordsman, but all that power would go to waste if he were to sit back kick your *** with flour-petals. This is likely why most of the Vizard tend to rely entirely on one set of powers (Shinigami or Hollow) rather than trying to mix and match them, Ichigo is a rare example of a Vizard achieving full potential since his Zanpaktou is a formidable direct attack type.
Hollows by contrast are all about direct confrontation, contrasting with Shinigami the hollows with more subtle powers are the exception rather than the rule, thus becoming Arrancar is not only a phenomenaly potent power-increase it is a phenominally ''Useful'' one as well.

[[WMG:Hitsugaya is in fact, Kubo Tite's least favorite character]]
Unfortunately, the fans love him too much, and Kubo Tite is a bit reluctant in using his least favorite character too much. In order to relive stress, he made Hitsugaya get hit with lots and lots of [[TheWorfEffect Worf Effects]], hoping that it will make people see that Hitsugaya isn't as strong as everyone hyped him to be. It has succeeded in several regions, where Hitsugaya hatedom is formed here and there, all who hoped that he dies for NOT being a {{Badass}}. Unfortunately, the legions of fangirls who only cared about how cute he is are still around, and Hitsugaya is in for more and more punishment. OUCH.
* I always thought it wass Ishida, since he's the ButtMonkey or anything, but then, he could be just Tite Kubo's homage to an unlucky highschool friend (that probably was a girl, but he could be accused of sexism, so, he created Ururu, another homage, but of when his friend was a kid and with her real name, thus, being really shy, but yet, sorta nerd (he probably was Jinta himself and hated to admit, with reason). The names' resemblance and excessive feminine traits from Uryuu's part led me to believe so. Then, I noticed that Chad NeedsMoreLove, and have seen he could be Kubo's least favorite character, for being so unlike him (Naoko Takeuchi syndrome, she had the same problem with Michiru from SailorMoon). But then again, Hitsugaya could be what Kubo ''dreamed'' to be when he was a kid, so, frustration leads to dislike. Possibly.
* It can't be Ishida. Now that [[spoiler:Kubo gleefully had Hitsugaya completely owned by Halibel in the worst way possible.]] It is clear that he hates Hitsugaya, that he doesn't want to give him an opponent that he can win. For ONCE. Kubo always pit him against opponents out of his league, thereby setting him up to always be WTFPWN'D.
** At least he's not [[CharacterDerailment character derailed]] and humiliated at every opportunity. :/ Unlike poor Ishida.
*** Losershipping anyone? (Well, some {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s already ''did'' this one, believe me.)
* Check chapter 356. [[spoiler: Hitsugaya managed to avoid Halibel's attack with an ice decoy or something]]. Kubo might not like him much, but he clearly doesn't want [[spoiler: Hitsugaya]] to look that ''that'' much of a wuss.
* On the contrary, I think that Kubo likes Hitsugaya almost as much as Hitsugaya's fans but doesn't want to make those who aren't his fans to think that Hitsugaya is taking over the story (unfortunate lack of success there) and has Hitsugaya get beaten around a lot so that he doesn't seem like a story breaker (considerably greater success there). This can be seen that in the most recent chapters, [[spoiler:Hitsugaya has now completely pwn'd Halibel with his most powerful attack and ended up finishing his fight without taking any damage.]] Of course, there's no telling how things will turn out until the entire battle is over.

[[WMG: Unohana Retsu is not [[BewareTheNiceOnes as nice]] as one may think.]]
First things first, she's the only one in the 4th Division strong enough to kick serious asses. Then again, FourIsDeath, this number just ''can't'' be hers by accident. Then, being in the Medical Division can give one a lot of useful info. And when I say a lot, I mean things compromising enough to put the whole Shinigami Academy at check. Then, Aizen could not have forged his own death so perfectly, but she could have given a helping hand. The last thing that bugs me is how the MD can cure many injuries and diseases, and yet, can't cure Ukitake's. He probably knows her secret, and she might be slightly poisoning him, pretending to others she didn't find the cure; if he tells anybody, he dies. So, he doesn't tell anybody, to not make his division short of a powerful captain, and to not worry anybody else, probably not knowing the importance of that (also, it'd be a TakeThat to [=UkiRetsu=] shippers). It should be noticed that if the King's Key is in Hanatarou's soul, according to above theories, she pretends to pull pranks to make him suffer (possibly mortal) dangers, and take it off from him in an easier manner. Perhaps she might be the BigBad even behind Aizen, or everything else, and has the perfect disguise for now. Why? I don't know, but she has too much knowledge to be just a nice TeamMom, and Tite Kubo already pulled a BewareTheNiceOnes with ''two'' treacherous captains. (I bet she has [[BitchInSheepsClothing something similar to Aizen]] when she takes her bad side, but with [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange releasing her hair]] [[GoodHairEvilHair from the motherly braid instead]], [[ImportantHaircut of course]]. But it would make people at the FetishFuel go nuts to her new evil, long-black-wavy hair looks.) '''You can hate me now.'''
* You might have a point there. There's something in the meaning of her name that I don't remember right now that has to do with red or being bloodthirsty as all hell...
** "Retsu" means "fervent"... A word with the same character, "retsujo" means a woman with fiery temper and strong sense of justice. Hm.....
*** Her first name is a funny meaning, refuse from tofu. Perhaps she is an evil mastermind because she got refused from a greater position...

[[WMG: Urahara is secretly the most powerful character in the series.]]
From a certain perspective, he could be the most powerful character in the series. He decided to mask his reiatsu, so he put himself into one of his energy masking gigais. He realized that he didn't have enough reiatsu left over, so he just weakened the sealing. That would explain why he could have lost an arm to Getsuga Tenshou. Plus, you know he doesn't always fight at full power. HE fired a Sing Benihime that removed the sixth Espada's tentacle, because he didn't feel like killing him. He's got spares! But against Yami, he only fired a burning one so that it wouldn't do anything to damelatg.
* Alternatively, he's just in a regular gigai. Remember, when he touched the reishi gate it gave off sparks to repel his finger. Think about the power difference between Ichigo in and out of his body. SUCH POWER!

[[WMG: General, short Bleach theories]]
* Kon wasn't a Modsoul after all, but a true soul converted in Soul Candy by accident
* Uryuu was planned initially as a HarryPotter fan character, hence his Ravenclaw-lookalike tie
* Orihime is a StepfordSmiler
* Rukia ''does'' feel something for Ichigo, but holds on, as it would cause many problems.
* Again, Uryuu will reveal [[strike:a really]] [[DroppedABridgetOnHim an impossible]] slender and feminine body under his robes, and it's going to be a RunningGag, for Kon's misfortune.
** But we've seen Uryuu's bare chest before, and while really slender, he's (un?)fortunately obviously a male. Unless Mayuri did something to him...
*** But there was never any mention of chests here! The whole gender confusion joke is when barebacks are seen. And don't expect Mayuri to not abuse the poor boy, afterall, it's Mayuri.
* Ichigo never was fighting for Rukia, but for his own pride
** He said it more than once that he owes her for saving his life and giving him power to protect. As being too weak used to be his biggest complex since his mother's death, he probably wasn't lying.
*** Sometimes, retributing someone a favor can be ''also'' considered some sort of gentleman pride, so, both theories are right, he was fighting for Rukia ''and'' for his pride as a good member of our society, since if he didn't retribute, he'd be just a jerkass.
** Not to mention that Byakuya wanting to kill Rukia pressed Ichigo's BigBrotherComplex BerserkButton. (See "You're her brother, right? Why don't ''you'' save her?" and "You want to kill your sister with your own hands? Are you fucking serious? I don't care about your excuses, I won't let you say that again in front of Rukia!")
* Quincy archers don't really destroy souls, but trap them in a pocket dimension, and if Tatsuki's theories become true, she'll be the one that'll rescue them.
* Speaking of Tatsuki, she is {{Tsundere}} for Ichigo. And Orihime is {{Yandere}} for him, but Tatsuki [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy wants Ichigo and Orihime to be happy]].
** Orihime? Yandere? Are we talking about the girl who cries alone so she won't bother anyone with her feelings, hates herself for being jealous of Rukia, couldn't bring herself to kiss Ichigo when he was asleep, etc.?
*** She just ''[[BreakTheCutie will turn]]'' something along these lines over time (or continuous Aizen torture), as she manages to get stronger and see worse things happen around her. Until now, the only {{Yandere}} is the overly cute Yachiru... But Tatsuki is still tsundere. Perhaps not for Ichigo, but...
*** Well, she just saw Ulquiorra blow a huge, gaping hole into the chest of the guy she loves... maybe seeing Ichigo turn into a monster will be worse, but if that happens it'll be more like a test of her love for him (especially knowing her history with hollows and people she loves).
* Chad is going to unlock a Kenshiro-like power
** But aren't the guys at Soul Society and Hueco Mundo... ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Already dead]]''?
* Then again (and probably because of his new power), Chad is going to be the true protagonist at the end
** Impossible, unfortunately. It only happens in series BeyondTheImpossible...
* There will be a TimeSkip
** Alternatively, there'll be an AfterTheEnd, with the main characters' kids. Ishida will probably have twins, Ichigo and Orihime will have a boy, and Chad will have a Sakaki-esque girl. What happens to Tatsuki? She probably will marry one of the two remaining guys, or, in more probable ways considering her [[CuteBruiser personality]], she'll stay single, to become the Martial Arts Champion she dreams of.
*** Uryuu will be hired by Don Kanonji as his assistant/sucessor, being a Quincy and ''earning money for it''. TakeThat, Ryuuken!
*** ... Okay, several tropers here are in dire need of a nice new jacket and a padded room. Chad and Ishida are going to team up to start a line of wildly popular dolls and stuffed animals.
**** Their first product will be a line of dolls based in their fighter friend Tatsuki and her not-so-fictitious assistants Ken-chan and Yachiru, of course.
* Nell will sacrifice herself, appear in Soul Society as a spiritual gifted human soul, and convert to the Shinigami ways
* Aizen will be revealed to really be working for someone else? Who you may ask? Rick Astley.
** I still think the BigBad is Unohana Retsu. She's cruel enough to send Hanatarou to a mission with ''fake pills''.
* Chad will get trained by a Vasto Lorde level Arrancar on how to use his Hollow-like abilities better.
** Possibly by Nell.
* After Aizen is defeated the series will end by cutting to a scene of Ichigo, Ishida, Chad, Orihime, Keigo, Mizuiro, Rukia, and Renji all at a tabletop with a battlemat and dice. Mizuiro is the GM of the campaign and Aizen was the BigBad of the campaignomalt needed to be defeated. They will then go out for Pizza.
** Keigo and Mizuiro would be traitors of themselves, though. They think nerds are traitors, and [=RPGs=] are, well, things for nerds.
*** Perhaps that's Ikkaku and Yumichika playing as Keigo and Mizuiro at the start, and then, revealing themselves as the bald and the narcissist punks.
*** They seem to think that ''academic'' nerds are traitors, though. Keigo apparently really likes video games in the manga, completing around 5 in the 10 days Ichigo is training with Urahara, and depending on the type of game that they play, they might qualify as video game nerds.
* All of group 4 will be killed. Because FourIsDeath, and Bleach doesn't already have enough genocide as it is.
** And they'll probably be killed by their own capitain, lulz
* Urahara is going to be millionaire after he manages to develop his spiritual laser surgery.
** And it hurts just in the soul! You can get it for a small fee of 666,666 Yen!
* Tite Kubo himself is writing some of these theories to confuse the readers
** Or, at least, someone will do a really elaborated fanfiction with such ideas.
* There's no King, it's all a figment of Soul Society's collective imaginations.

[[WMG: Orihime is about to use her powers for something big.]]
Whether she kills Ulquoirra or not, (which would be incredibly awesome, by the way) the arc has had her getting progressively bolder with her powers. She's basically the Scarlet Witch with more fairies, and if she ever started using them to their full potential, we could have serious a RealityWarper on our hands. The question is whether she snaps or not before she does it.
* Of course, if this turns out to be true, then it will all be a part of [[MagnificentBastard Aizen's]] [[XanatosRoulette master plan]].
** {{Jossed}}. [[spoiler: Ichigo kills Ulqiorra.]] Still, I sense impressive things in Orihime's future. Or at least there'd fucking better be some impressive things in her future. Kubo, please!! She can reject time! Please, please, please let her do something awesome!!

[[WMG: Kubo originally intended for Ichigo and Rukia to be the OfficialCouple, but changed his mind when he [[RelationshipWritingFumble accidentally made Orihime's feelings for him too sympathetic and deep.]]]]
Reading the latest story arc gives at least This Troper the feeling that Ichigo and Orihime are the endgame ship, yet it's also completely incongruous with the beg werng of the story, which [[ShipTease teased Ichigo/Rukia a great deal and crafted this really fun, yet deep and interesting relationship.]] However, around the beginning of the latest arc, Kubo seemed to strongly imply that he considers the relationship more [[LikeBrotherAndSister familial now,]] with Ichigo's father joyfully declaring he has three daughters now. ([[BigBrotherComplex Among other things.]]) At this point, it's really hard to imagine how Kubo could pull off [[PairTheSpares sticking Orihime with Ishida as a consolation prize]] without serious CharacterDerailment and (however unintentionally and incorrectly) making Ichigo look shallow. (Loving the same person every lifetime, people. Her words.)
* Actually, if you look at the pilot chapter (not "chapter zero" but the actual pilot) he apparently intended for Ichigo and ''Orihime'' to be the OfficialCouple. Of course a lot had changed during transition from pilot to series (too bad, This Troper would've loved to see mini!Rukia), but we have no way to know if his basic idea of who is going to be paired with whom changed or not. The problem is that during the Soul Society arc a crapload of new characters were introduced and Orihime (along with Ishida and Chad) was completely pushed aside for the sake of [[SpotlightStealingSquad the shinigami]], which created less chances to develop or explore the relationship between her and Ichigo. Incidentally, This Troper has never really felt any ShipTease vibes either for Ichigo/Anyone ''or'' for Ishida/Orihime, at least in the manga - yet felt it coming in spades for Rukia/Renji in chapter 0 and the relevant chapters in the Soul Society arc. (As for Ichigo, I'm just waiting for the moment when he screams "GIRLS HAVE COOTIES GAAHHH" and make a beeline for the mountains. The guy needs some more time for his hormones to start working..rt a
** Perhaps Ichigo already had his hormones to work, but is so grumpy that suppressed every single one of the teenage urges. Even his father becomes wary of this, and thinks he could be using his own sisters, but nothing; he's just plainly asexual. Or maybe he's one hell of a {{Tsundere}}, even more than Renji.
** He had clearly gotten flustered over Matsumoto's body before. (and he said something about not giving in and losing his self-control.) Perhaps it's foreshadowing that he's not quite as aromantic/asexual as we've been lead to believe?
*** But being flustered by Matsumoto's body is part of the joke of Matumoto being, well, Matsumoto. Someday, even Ishida will react in a similar way. Only Chad won't, he's worse than Ichigo in these matters; although his growth hormones are already doing their part, other kind of hormones are ''missing''...
*** Well Hell, maybe [[EveryoneIsBi Everyone Is Asexual.]]
* Mind you, most of the [=IchiRuki=] ShipTease actually comes from the anime. The anime writers made up a ''lot'' of ShipTease that is not present in the manga at all. They've rewritten scenes and lines to have an [=IchiRuki=] flavor, inserted original scenes into the story, not to mention all those fillers and movies. So while Ichigo and Rukia are close in the manga as well, it's more of a TheStraightWillAndGrace type relationship (Kubo Tite himself said that their relationship is not romantic), while the anime has been pushing the 'ship since day one.
*** To This Troper, [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/181/16/ this]] always felt like the moment where the two of them changed from the potential ending couple to their "more-than-friends-less-than-lovers" status. Guess you could say it's where they missed the Ship.
**** Course, nothing is over yet.
** Hate to rain on your parade, but the animators have been doing that with just about everyone. There's been artificial [=IchiHime=], [=IchiRuki=], [=RenjiRuki=], [=IchiTatsu=] (a couple of these were in the openings and endings, so not sure if they count), the list can go on. The animators jerk us around just as much as Kubo does (only they don't get bonus points for it, because when they innovate, they deviate from the formula a Pluiss us off.)
*** From what I've seen of the anime (first two seasons) yes, the anime inserted ''some'' ShipTease with other pairings as well (though frankly I don't remember seeing any [=IchiHime=] ShipTease, but I do remember them ''removing'' at least one line in the beginning in which Ichigo is being protective of Orihime), but not nearly to the extent that they've done with [=IchiRuki=]. As the other person said, they've inserted random ship tease scenes into the manga story, rewritten scenes and lines to give them an [=IchiRuki=] subtext, and the Bount filler is full of random ship tease-y moments. And from what I see from the movies they continue with the trend (hell, the third movie is basically one long [=IchiRuki=] ship tease, and Orihime, the girl who is ''canonically'' in love with Ichigo doesn't even get a cameo), despite Kubo Tite himself affirming that their relationship is not romantic at all. Ah well, not like I care - most of the pairings ''I'' care about wouldn't get deliberate ShipTease in as shounen anime, anyway (well, [=RukiaxOrihime=] did get one in the manga, yay).
**** If we count the manga, hell, even Ishida shows a less brotherly (although still chivalrous) concern for Rukia for once than Ichigo... If the anime is to be considered canon, [=IshiKon=] (one-sided from Kon's side, as he loves all girls in anime, and imagined Ishida as a princess) would be on the run, you know.
***** The Anime isn't canon unless one of two conditions are met: 1.)The Anime came first. 2.)The Anime has the Author's name as part of the title (Kubo Tite's Bleach for instance). And even if the second condition is met, it's Alternate Continuity Canon, rather than actual canon.
****** Guh, I hate it when anime adaptations add random ShipTease that [[RelationshipWritingFumble changes the actual relationships.]] It's like they care more about baiting the shippers than telling a quality, coherant story...come to think of it, it seems to happen a lot to popular {{Shonen}} in particular...{{Naruto}} and {{One Piece}} are guilty of this too. WHY?!
******* [[PanderingToTheBase Pandering to the]] VocalMinority?
******* It happens because insanely popular Shonen titles tend to develop fanbases that have a bunch of really crazy older fans who have specific shipping preferences, but who also buy a good chunk of the merchandise because they have more money to burn than the younger fans the stories are actually aimed at. Hence all the various shipping fanservice and odd tendency for possible foreshadowing of certain couples to get removed lest it offend delicate sensibilities.

[[WMG: The King of the Soul Society isn't the king of anything.]]
He's actually something evil (possibly an EldritchAbomination) [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away in a pocket dimension]] and Yamamoto is the only person in the Soul Society who is aware of it. The members of the Zero Division actually act as guards to insure that he doesn't break out of his confinement. However, he was able to sense Aizen's innate abilities and lust for power and has been manipulating him for the past hundred or so years. The ruse is kept up because there has always been a fear that someone would try to release him (Kenpachi would probably want to fight him, Mayuri would want to study him, Aizen would want to become a hollow and eat him to obtain his power, etc.)
Evidence:
* What exactly does the supposed "King" do? The Central 46 was in charge before Aizen slaughtered them and Yamamoto appears to have taken over now.
* No one in the Soul Society but Yamamoto has ever seen him. Even a powerless figurehead should get out to address his people every once in a while. After all, what's the point of having a figurehead if no one sees him?
* What's the point in Aizen going after him first if he isn't being manipulated into doing so? It makes much more sense to overthrow the Soul Society first and then use the fully released Hogyoku to add loyal Vizard/Vaizard/Visored (however you want to Romanize that) and more arrancar to his army before tackling the Zero Division, which is composed entirely of former Captains.
** Loyal Vizard? It makes the Momo manipulation theory gains some credibility. If she wasn't just the second weakest vice-captain or so, it would have worked pretty well.

[[WMG: The Bleach-verse and the SoulEater universe are alternate versions of each other]]
This is basically the (il)logical progession of the above theory and the "Aizen wants to eat the King" theory further up. The divergence point was the imprisonment of the Kishin. In the Bleach-verse he got trapped in the spiritual plane which was better at keeping him contained, Soul Society was formed and most of the weirdness was restricted to the spiritual world. The 'King' thing is misinformation intended to prevent anyone from getting any ideas (see the theory above). In the SoulEater-verse he got trapped in the living world and Soul Society was never formed. Both of these things caused much weirdeness and since there isn't much of a spiritual world, said weirdness manifested in the physical one along with a generall blurring of the line between physical and spiritual, plus the absence of a holding area for dead souls (ie Soul Society) rendered psychopomp duties largely obsolete and necessitated the more pro-active measure of going after the things that want to eat them while said things are still alive. Despite the differences, in both universes there was a need to insure a steady supply of people to protect the souls of the dead and who were capable of fighting the 'king'/kishin if he ever got loose, and in both universes this led to the creation of schools to train people up for this purpose, the Shinigami Academy in the Bleach-verse and Shibusen in the SoulEater-verse. Okay, that's that bit of craziness over with, feel free to start picking holes in it.

[[WMG: Ichigo will have a ''stereotypically'' gay friend, who is currently in the closet.]]
Not a new friend, but someone already introduced. Think about that: Slender physical features? Check. Usually feminine habits and hobbies? Check. Worrying much about what to dress when going to fight? Check with force. Being always excessively gentle with girls, but not showing a drop of interest for them? (TOO CLOSE TOO CLOSE was the reaction for ''Ichigo to Tessai's closeness'', but also his for a well-endowed girl.) CHECK. His fisrt cover had him doing a limp wrist? SURE, WHY NOT, CHECK IT TOO. Saying he's the LastOfHisKind, despite being a teenager, thus, prone to think in [[IfYouKnowWhatIMean ampliate such kind a lot and in many ways]], but never even mentions it? WHAT'S GOING ON, DUDE? Sorry, Ishida, you got in the worst side of the deal, get out of this closet instead. Unless he ''truly'' falls for Tatsuki or some other living world girl (a Shinigami/Arrancar one would be risky, or just plain OOC), his closeted gayness will soon turn as, at least, fanon.
* Please, Ishida is [[IncrediblyLamePun straight as an arrow]]. (I'm sorry! It was just ''begging'' to be said!)
** But he [[NoArcinArchery puts the arch in archery]], especially back when he was [[HoYay showing off for Ichigo]] [[NoYay in the hollowbait kill contest]].
** Nah, [[LargeHam that's just how he is]]. He was acting all show off-y in front of Orihime too in SS arc when he was fighting that projectile expert guy. And...Basically any time he's fighting he tends to be kinda over dramatic. He doesn't show off ''for'' anyone, he just thinks it's cool. And I have to disagree with pretty much all of the initial post's arguments, 'cause we all know [[RealMenWearPink real men sew pretty pink clothing]].

[[WMG: Kenpachi's sword spirit/Bankai is...]]
A bunny rabbit! RuleOfFunny, plus it probably isn't a very (normally) aggressive creature after years of the punishment their clashing spiritual pressures put it through (but those things can turn ''mean'' in an instant).
* If Rukia ever manages to talk with her sword spirit, a pink fluffy bunny rabbit sword spirit will be hers, for sure. So, it would be funny if they both had similar spirits.
* A dragon. Zabimaru is a mythical creature, why wouldn't the strongest Zaraki's sword be the strongest mythical creature?
** Perhaps it's a leviathan, you know, those things are ''huge''.
* A ''talking'' sword. (The other reapers can hear it screaming, and they can normally hear others' zanpakuto only in an externalized state). Komomaru's Bankai includes a sword.
* A wolf/Yachiru, respectively. (mentioned above, plus there was the shape of her aura that time she got mad at the two shinigami who were arguing during Ken-chan's fight...)
* An Oni (see the dragon guess above).
* Not necessarily his sword, but his Bankai ability will be hedgehog-based (and possibly kido). Ichigo went from Attack shikai to Speed bankai because he was too slow to defeat Byakuya, Renji used spirit energy for his bankai to replace the chains of his shikai so they could not be cut. Kenpachi's only real weakness is defense: He's nigh-impossible to cut if one is not a main character, but when he does find someone strong enough to cut him, his only defense is to kill them first. If he has a shell of spirit energy spikes, realizing that he needs to improve everything, not just attack and speed while training for bankai, he'll still be able to attack using a relatively defensive bankai (just as a human cannonball instead of a human bolt gun).
** Actually, his weakness is magic. If an enemy were weak against magic or only used magic, he would have some trouble. He has no kido experience whatsoever.
*** Unless I read the situation incorrectly, nor did Ichigo previous to his cero-bankai.
**** A hedgehog would make lots of sense, taking in consideration his hair already looks a bit like [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'s...
* A skeleton/skull. Notice the skull seen when he unleashes his reiatsu.
* A Kidou-based weapon, not unlike Yumichika's... or even crazier, a ''HealingShiv'' Kidou-based weapon. Considering descriptions of his relationship with the sword say it's "screaming in agony" from Kenpachi using it wrong, this seems pretty likely... and appropriately ironic.
* Maybe the bankai's form is a sword that's in even worse condition than it normally is. Then, when he takes off his eyepatch, it becomes a BFS.
* Since it's all wrapped in bandages, maybe Kubo will do something completely out of left field and make his Zanpakto's spirit connected to Anubis, the Egyptian God of Mummification. That would actually be pretty badass.
** Komomaru is Kenpachi's bankai. He/it was ticked that Kenpachi wasn't paying attention, so it went off and became a LawfulNeutral reaper. ''His'' zanpakuto, under the armor, is Yachiru.
* Whatever it is, it's the size of a galaxy, [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann violates the laws of physics]], and destroys any universe it hits. Probably a R,R,''R''BFS.
** His is the sword that will [[strike:pierce]][[BloodKnight destroy]] [[GodIsEvil the]] [[RageAgainstTheHeavens heavens]].

[[WMG: Heaven is different from the Soul Society.]]
Anyone who dies in the Soul Society disappears, they never have memories when they go back to earth. Hell is a different place from Hueco Mundo. And the Quincies are really the ones sending souls to heaven by breaking their concentration enough to release their hold on this plane (the shinigami just send them to a [[CrapsackWorld crapsack afterlife]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke See, it's funny because it's ironic]]. And it's not (entirely)ne doke, I truly expect the real story to be [[CrapsackWorld this depressing]]. The souls of humans who die in the Shinigami Realm may in fact be the reiatsu that forms all their buildings, and the amount of soul energy [[FullMetalAlchemist may or may not go to power the Soul King's immortality generator]].
* I proposed a similar theory upstream. I think it would be cool if this was true. Soul Society is a terrible afterlife.

[[WMG: Aizen is really Elvis.]]
Elvis [[ElvisHasLeftThePlanet died and went to Soul Society]] where he proceeded with his plans for world domination.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3870185/1/Remember_the_King Funny you should mention that...]]
* He actually became a substitute shinigami when some particularly obsessive former fans of his died, Hollowfied, went after him, beat up the shinigami who came to fight them, and put them in the same situation Ichigo and Rukia finds themselves in in the first chapter. Also like Ichigo, Elvis becomes a Vaizord. Unlike our strawberry, Soul Society doesn't take it too well, so he went into hiding, forced to never sing again for fear of recognition. As for where he is now... after spiritual plastic surgery and a new gigai, he moved to japan, where he had three kids. Any guesses who?
** Former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, of course. He admits to having the same birthday, and his love of Elvis music is a joke he plays on us all.
*** I was actually talking about Isshin, but Koizumi works too.

[[WMG: Uryuu is a fan of the WheelOfTime series.]]
The endless descriptions of dresses are what inspired him to take up sewing as a hobby.
* This and the fact that he's a piss poor lad that can't afford new clothes, having to sew his old ones instead. Since he tries to make everything he does to look cool, it led to his [[MemeticMutation Hardcore]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome Sewing]].

[[WMG: Nel, her 'brothers', and Grimmjow will end up joining the Eleventh Division]]
By joining, of course, I mean that they'll be press-ganged. You know that Grimmkitty, at least, belongs there, even though he'll probably be hissing and spitting about it until someone tells him how Ichigo hangs around the Eleventh while in Soul Society. You ''know'' that he belongs there. As for Nel-chan, and she's probably getting along scarily well with Yachiru (RUN, BYAKUSHI, RUN!) while Ichigo and the other ryoka are off fighting, and her 'brothers' wouldn't let her go off to Soul Society alone. Gantenbainne doesn't seem to be the right kind of crazy for that division, though, so maybe he'll end up in the Eighth?
* Maybe Soul Society will form a special "Hollow Squad" that will recruit reformed Hollows. Their job will be to help the Soul Reapers hunt down other Hollows. I imagine that they, being Hollows, will know where other Hollows like to attack, and where they frequently hide.
* Well, the only problem I see there is that Nel doesn't like fighting without a reason, and the whole theme of the Eleventh is bloodshed and violence. Maybe the Fourth, because she can heal?
* I could see Kenpachi going up to Grimmjow and saying "I don't have a 4th seat because Yumichika's an idiot. You want the spot?" But I have to agree with the above, that Nel probably wouldn't fit into 11th at all, personality-wise. Furthermore, if Grimmjow DOES HeelFaceTurn, I expect a lot of TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou vibe to continue between him and Ichigo... and since Kenpachi's thinking the ''exact same thing'', there being a few skirmishes between them over it.
* Alternatively, Nel will join the Third Division, since they don't like war. She may not be as depressing, but Gin wasn't very negative either. Plus they're still missing a captain.

[[WMG:Nel will be set up as Queen of Hueco Mundo.]]
After Aizen's defeat, the Soul Society will have the perfect opportunity to put hollows under their control and after the Espada are dealt will, Nel will n hely be the most powerful denizen of Hueco Mundo, making her the perfect puppet monarch. Grimmjow and the Vizard will become her Espada, enforcing edicts against eating human souls and putting down the inevitable rebellions caused by forcing cannibalism upon the hollows.

[[WMG: Aizen is actually an escaped Kitsune Demon from Hell, and... ]]
... he wants to destroy "the King" for locking up all the demons in Hell. (Whether this makes him evil or not might vary based on interpretation, as he could be a servant of Inari or something) Whether good or bad, it does fit. Use of illusions to trick enemies? Check. Clever, drawn out plans? Yes... Think about it, it makes sense.
* It would also fit the demon-powers Ichigo theory, as he'd fight someone similar to him, power-wise. Also, if we think too hard, Chad and Ishida will return to their importance, if Tousen is really a Vizard (a loyal one, just as planned), and Gin is really a renegade Quincy (that probably helped on the clan's fall because he thought they were weak - his precision-based sword is probably related to such techniques); they'd fight their power-related counterparts, in a battle made of epic and awesome.
** A battle made only more awesome by the revelation of Gin's "Bankai" - actually his fully-manifested Quincy powers (I'll leave its form and capabilities to your imagination, but I'd like to see a projectile version of Shinsou as a part of it)
*** A lot of these theories are starting to sound better than what is actually likely to happen on the show. Aizen being a Demon, Tousen a Vizard(Okay, this one has the most chance of happening), and Gin as a Quincy would be totally awesome!

[[WMG: Hell will have a Biblical/Dantesque setting.]]
If we take in consideration that every part of the afterlife had a theme according to certain mythologies in the world (Soul Society being Japanese/Chinese mythos, Hueco Mundo being Me- ban/Indian-Latin-American ones), Hell would have a strong Biblical/Dantesque connotation. The only hint of how Hell would look like, the portal, already looked [[IncrediblyLamePun a hell lot]] like Gothic architecture, which was based in such works. If Heaven is a different faction, it'll probably be based in African orishas, which would explain a bit Tousen's "Holier Than Thou" attitude, as he probably knows a lot more about orishas than everybody else in Soul Society, or even his gang, due to his African heritage. Also, how awesome would it be to see the ''true'' BigBad being Lucifer him/herself?
* And the Demons will speak GratuitousItalian, Dante's Inferno was written in Italian, so it only makes sense for the Demon's to speak Italian. We already have GratuitousSpanish and GratuitousGerman, so why not add Italian to the mix?
** Which makes me think if Kyouraku Shunsui isn't a demon, too. He looks physically like an Italian, at leat like the buff ones; about the Italian model types, there's another history.
** His release command does mention a "Heavenly Demon"...

[[WMG: The whole story is really being written by Ichigo's mother.]]
Ichigo was really the one who died when he thought he saw the little girl near the river. He ran to her and fell in and drowned. After this, Masaki went crazy and started writing a story about her son, and how she was the one who had died. She makes Ichigo the hero, because, well, he was her son. The world Ichigo lived in was an entirely mundane one, and the little girl he thought he saw was just his imagination. So, there are no Hollows in the "Real World" Masaki is writing her story in.
* Given the bust size of most of the female characters in Bleach, that theory says something ''very'' strange about Ichigo's mother.
** She wanted to have him surrounded by plenty of beautiful women because she loved him of course.
** Bleach was written by Isshin, of course. He couldn't stand the fact that both his wife and kid died, and have put his wife as a martyr that would sacrifice her life for her son (and succeed), with his kid as the main character because he wanted the boy to be a great person in the future. Karin and Yuzu's personalities are what he wishes they had become; Karin became a literal delinquent, prone to robbing other people and everything, and Yuzu became a cold girl, with some {{Yandere}} tendencies. It would explain the teenage girls' sizes, and how Orihime looked a bit like a younger, straight-haired Masaki. It would also explain why he had put Ryuuken as someone that returned after abandonment after many years; he didn't want to believe his best friend (which he disguised as just an acquaintance) abandoned the only kid he ever had to helplessness (and possibly starving to death, too) to die effortlessly at some Hollow's hand.

[[WMG: Aizen did everything for [[LoveMakesYouEvil love]].]]
If we stop to think for a second, it'd make lots of sense. As we know of, seems like he wants to take over all afterlife dimensions to change something; which kind of thing, we don't really know. Ichimaru Gin left a lover (or at least something similar) behind to follow him (but unlike him, Gin is just plain nuts), and everything Tousen wanted was peace. Now, if we think about that, he got either confronted by an impossible love, or the strict rules of Soul Society made it impossible for such person to have time to even tell him if she (there are no serious gays in shonen, remember) would retribute it or not.
Now that we think about that, there are two possible lovers for him in that story:
* ''Nell'', that would fit perfectly the "impossible love" theory, and since she ran away from the Espadas and is clearly against all the bloodshed he's causing, his reaction was to become crazy by the rejection, even if she never knew how he felt;
* ''Unohana Retsu'', which would fit the "strict set of rules" version; we don't know what she ever thinks, and since she's the only one that's apparently without any major injuries, it could be that he's ''trying to protect her'', both by giving her weaker adversaries, and giving them at all, since if she didn't have ''any'', people at Soul Society would accuse her of being a traitor, too; which would make him not power-crazed at all, but love-crazed. He didn't even have the chance to declare for her, and probably wants to do it only when reforming everything; if he dies, those will be his last words, giving it all a BittersweetEnding.
If it doesn't make sense, I don't really know what does. Most [[WellIntentionedExtremist revolutionaires and extremists did what they did]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy for love to someone or something]].
* ''Masaki Kurosaki'', whom he was always in love with. However, she chose Isshin instead and for that, Aizen lost it and [[IfICantHaveYou killed her.]] After all, we never did see how she died; perhaps we're just assuming that Grand Fisher did it.
** And to add extra {{Squick}}ness to the formula: they were actually siblings, both in soul and in previous life's genetics. And they ''knew'' it; that's why Masaki wouldn't ever like him the same way, she'd probably be squicked as well with the possibility that her brother [[TooMuchInformation gets hard just by thinking in her]].

[[WMG: Urahara is the king, Gin kills him, Aizen kills ''him'', Isshin kills ''him'', the ''real'' Aizen kills him, Ichigo kills ''him''.]]
[[JurassicPark And Orihime inherits the earth.]]
* [[TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer And she'll decide to destroy it.]]

[[WMG: Wonderweiss Margera and Hanatarou Yamada are counterparts of a same soul.]]
They ''do'' look alike; Wonder-kun does look like a [[{{Pun}} bleached]], hollowfied Hana, but yet, is extremely powerful, as (apparently) opposed as Hana himself. If things work this way, both kids were probably Aizen's son, that he was modified since the poor thing was born, but the part that wanted to stay with his mother/didn't want to fight was making the experiments go awry, and then, Aizen have painfully ''spliced'' his soul, taking off the apparently powerless side, Hanatarou, and possibly sending him to his mother, and staying with the sucessful part of his awful experiment. Whether Hana's mom is a {{Muggle}} that sent him to be a Shinigami out of spite or Unohana Retsu herself, it's a doubt.
** Or Hanatarou and Wonderweiss were twins when they were alive and this will lead to a showdown where we find out that there's more to both of them than meets the eye.
*** [[{{Shotacon}} Shota]] Showdown? I need some popcorn! And I don't care if it's a ''manga'' fight! ... Oh. Everybody knows that Hanatarou is hiding something, and Wonderweiss just ''looks'' innocent. They'll reveal to be as powerful as Ichigo, as soon as Hanatarou learns, with the most difficulty he could, to possess a very dangerous Bankai.
**** According to [[http://www.wikipedia.org The Other Wiki]], Hanatarou already has a very nasty Shikai. A crazy powerful Bankai isn't stretching it very far.

[[WMG:Yammy isn't the strongest Espada.]]
* Stark will reveal that he can also use Resurrección: Segunda Etapa and a negative sign will appear in front of his tattoo, revealing that he is the -1st Espada. However, Halibel will then use Resurrección: Tercera Etapa and her tattoo will turn sideways, grow another half and a negative sign, revealing her to be the -?th Espada.
** And then Grimmjow will come out of nowhere and become the 6''i''- ?/0 th espada.
*** And then, Ulquiorra will come, alive, unscratched, and reveal to be the Numberless Espada. Because he's too strong and emo to have a number.
*** And then Aaroniero will reform as the Xth Espada. Las Noches, Karakura Town, and the Soul Society all implode, and everyone inside dies...Except Kenpachi, who achieves Bankai. [[BittersweetEnding Except there is no one left for him to fight.]]
* Or, in an alternate, less off-the-wall theory, Yammy's the only Espada whose number changes after release because he's the only one that still has a Tattoo. This implies he is indeed stronger than any of the other Espada...IN THEIR SEALED FORMS. I believe the top 4 were always stronger than Yammy, but he can match their immense power when he releases through an absurdly strong Release that takes forever to build up to its proper strength, compared to Stark, Barragan, Halibel, and Ulquiorra, who are just that strong all the time and then have a release on top of it. As evidence, I point out the fact that Yammy's release, despite making him the Cero Espada, is not strong enough to destroy Las Noches like Ulquiorra merely releasing his sword is. Yammy's much more powerful than imagined, but he's not stronger than the other remaining espada. Not by a long shot.
* Yammy is, in reality, the weakest of all Arrancars, because [[spoiler: zero is the only existant neutral number. It represents nothing, and that's what he probably is. They told him somen'g about zero to nine to fool him]].
* Ulquiorra has explicitly stated that there are ''[[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/271/19/ 3 espadas stronger than him]]''. ''Three'', not ''four''. That means that either Yammi is bluffing or his power-up is temporary and/or comes with a big price.
** It's possible that the Arrancars are secretive about their own abilities, since Ulquiorra didn't tell anyone, not even Aizen, about his Segunda Etapa. As for Yammy, it's possible that he, like Aaroniero, has the ability to increase his own spiritual pressure (even though Aaroniero claimed to be the only one to do so, it could be a secret).
* Here's something I've noticed; when Yammy released his sword, his number changed from a 'ten' to a 'zero'. However, when Halibel releases Tiburon and Ulquiorra uses his Segunda Etapa ability, ''their numbers disappear completely''. Furthermore the only espada with visible numbers in ''both'' sealed and released states - Nnoitra, Luppi and Aaroniero - retain them in the latter form (Grimmjow's can't be seen under his released outfit, and we don't see where Szayel, Zommari and Barragan had theirs').
** Also notice that when Barragan listed the aspects of death he did the Espada in order...with the exception of himself (for dramatic effect) and Yammy who was last of the other Espada.

[[WMG: Unohana Retsu will kill ''Aizen'']]
If Kubo continues to make her avoid strong enemies, that'll be the probable outcome. And we know how he likes to pull surprises out of nowhere. I can even imagine the scene: A worn out Ichigo, almost dying, is being cured by Orihime, due her lack of will to fight at all; everybody else is too busy challenging other enemies (from Hell, perhaps; or Tousen and Gin revealed themselves to be stronger than we thought); also, Yamamoto, apparently, was ''eaten'' by Aizen. Then, Retsu appears, with a new power above Bankai, that was only revealed to be known by Aizen yet, and is ready to kick *** . That would be awesome.

Of course, unless she dies anticlimactically for a minor enemy. Then, ''Kenpachi'' will do the kickage.
* {{Jossed}}. Being able to beat Aizen is the main reason Soul Society let's Ichigo live.

[[WMG: Hanataro will save the day]]
Think about it. His zanpakutou has the ability to heal wounds until it reaches its limit, at which point it unleashes a concentrated blast of all the injuries its healed. With all the injuries being inflicted to everyone during the battle in fake Karakura Town, that sword can build up a lot of power before unleashing its attack. Probably enough to take down a big enemy or two.
* Alternatively, the entire conflict has been masterminded by him in an attempt to cause as much pain that he can heal as possible in order to grow stronger and stronger.
** In reality, it's all part of Aizen's plan. When he said Orihime wasn't needed anymore, it didn't mean that he really didn't want her, but wanted to cause so much pain on the poor girl that Hana's Zanpakutou would awake. He probably knows the Shikai-Bankai pattern, so, he probably have guessed that Hanatarou's Zanpakutou ''feeds on pain''. So, the most pain he inflicts, bigger the chances of Hana having a (painful) chat with his Zanpakutou, know his (or her) name, and learn to use his Bankai, which would destroy the world with all the concentrated pain it was feeding on since it existed. It would also reveal one hell of a {{Yandere}} side that Hanatarou Yamada, the nice but bullied boy, tried to hide for all these years, to avoid such outcome (that Unohana probably warned him about).

[[WMG: Uryuu will destroy Ichigo's Inner Hollow]]
Sometime during the series there will come a point where Ichigo's Inner Hollow will go even more out of control than in his fight with Ulquiorra, and Uryuu will use some special Quincy technique to destroy Ichigo's Inner Hollow.
* It'd be one hell of an AssPull, but would be even funnier if he decided to fight fire against fire, ollodecided to reveal his ultimate, desperate card: that he's also a Vizard (sort of). It kinds relates with who could be his mother, but hey, you know, Kubo is perfectly capable of doing this.

[[WMG: Orihime will separate Ichigo from his inner-Hollow.]]
Using Tsubaki's cutting-shield in a new, non-lethal Reject ability.

[[WMG: Hitsugaya is Ukitake's son]]
His surname sounds fiery, but yet, he has water (and ice) related powers (Ukitake, according to the game canon, has water related powers as well). He has white hair, and Jyushirou appears to treat the boy really well. Perhaps our beloved Ill Capitain lost his wife, and since he was already sick, couldn't take care of the kid, leaving him with the Hitsugaya clan instead. Or something like that. Even their first names have the "shirou" part in common (which is mostly a pun in their hair color, but yet), which is even funnier. Also, how hilarious could be Toushirou's reaction upon such reveal?
* Plus, in the Omake, he kept giving Hitsugaya presents for having the same hair color.

[[WMG: Gin was a Visored the whole time.]]
Related to the "Gin couldn't really be evil becaiuse of how obviously evil he is" guess, but taken in a different direction. Either he inspired Aizen's use of the Hogyoku sphere, being an incredibly rare natural Visored, he was affected by the breakdown sphere in the first place before anyone realized that the "perfectly useless trinket" was really the Sphere of Ominous Legend-ness, or (less likely) he was a natural Arrancar that managed to slip through the security thanks to nobody thinking of testing applicants for Arrancar traits (and somehow missed noticing the hollow hole).
* Or perhaps Tousen was the one that was the natural Visored/Vizard. He probably managed to control his powers at the cost of his sight, in an EquivalentExchange.
** Well, he ''does'' wear a ''visor'' all the time.

[[WMG: After Aizen is defeated, Soul Society will take over Las Noches]]
Soul Society will form a special Hollow Squad and base it in Las Noches. Anyone who is a Hollow, Arrancar, Vizard, or someone with Hollow abilities like Chad will become a part of the Hollow Division.

[[WMG: Uryuu will start up an Academy for Quincies in the World of the Living]]
Just because Soul Society has killed most of the remaing Quincies off does not mean that there could still be some people out there who have the potential to become them, but have never learned how due to having no one to teach them. So Uryuu will travel the world and find as many of these people as he can and gather them all in one place to train them.
* So, after being trained by [[FanNickname ArrowDad]], the [[FanNickname ArrowLad]] will create an [[StealthPun ArrowSquad]]?

[[WMG: Hollow have their own verion of Kido]]
No Hollow character has just seen the need to use it yet.
* Or maybe the Arrancar can cast Kido spells because they are part Shinigami. The Vizard are part Hollow and can use Cero, so why not have the Arrancar able to use Kido?
** It's been shown that certain Arrancar powers can be accessed with rather excessive kido incantations, so it's not implausible.

[[WMG: Halibel has a Sepgunda Etapa, which makes her naked.]]
Just take a look at her most recent fight, in which she seems to be steadily losing her clothes with each boost in power. Upon activating her Sepgunda Etapa, she'll become stark naked (and this being ''Bleach'', where almost everyone is a {{Chaste Hero}}) all males will be too embarresed to fight her, leading her to be defeated by a combination of females, including Yoruichi and Unohana.
* Meanwhile, Soifon will be unconscious due to severe blood loss from a bloody nose.
* It'd be funny if Chizuru appeared from nothing, showed to have enormous spiritual power, and defeated Halibel... By ''molesting'' her. ''In public''. Cue to Aizen smirking and whispering: "Just. As. Planned."
** Again, she did have super molestation powers in that filler episode...
*** {{Jossed}}. Damn.

[[WMG: Chad will become an Arrancar]]
At some point he will be killed, and will dissappear for a little while. But then he will come back as an Arrancar. In his sealed state he will look like he normally does, except with a skull type mask somewhere on his face like all the other Arrancar, and he will now have a sword of course. In his released form he will have his two arms, The Right Arm of the Giant, and the Left Arm of the Devil, out again.
* Alternately, he'll have both arms more like in his normal being, but with a thin-looking piece of armor. And such armor will cover all his body. And he'll have a mask. Chad will become the ''first living human Vasto Lorde''.
** And when he comes back it will be a BigDamnHeroes moment for him.

[[WMG: The Bount could have attained a Bankai like form with their Dolls]]
Now, none of them ever reached this state, but it could have been possible. The Bount were Mod Souls based off of Shinigami souls instead of Human souls, and their Dolls are sort of like Zanpakutou. So, it is possible that they could have acheived a Bankai like state of power with their Dolls.

[[WMG: The first Soul Reapers were Quincies in life]]
Quincies actually came first. Before the first ones began dying, people in Soul Society just had to fend for themselves. The Quincies spiritual pressure carried over into the afterlife and they began to manifest Soul Reaper powers. This whole theory hinges on the idea that Quincies do not retain their powers in the afterlife(except for their reiatsu).
** In reality, they could be sorta like Orihime, or just people that could have random spiritual powers in life. Quincies were formed because their clan, before turning into Quincies, were just a bunch of mediums that didn't have any spiritual control, and turned into the first Hollows when they died. It would explain the color similarity. (Except if...)
** Didn't Yamamoto found the Gotei 13? If so...then Old Man Genocide ''killed off his own race.''
*** No, he just founded the Soul Reaper academy, and was one of the original captains.

[[WMG: Hell's color scheme will be black and red, or black and orange.]]
Of course, you'll say: "But black and red? That's Chad's right arm's color scheme!" Well, maybe he have a bit of demon, who knows. But bear with me: Shinigami's color scheme is black with white details. Their polar opposites, Hollows, are white with black details. Quincies intended themselves to be the true Heaven's soldiers (hence the crosses), so, the demons might be the polar opposite, at least colorwise. But since black and red was already used (sort of), they'll be black and orange. Hence a huge ShoutOut to Halloween, or similar stuff.
* Maybe Demons were the Quincies original foe. They later started fighting Hollows when the Demons quieted down. Their powers could have been made to fight Demons and not Hollows originally, and that is why the destroy Hollows instead of purifying them like the Shinigami do.

[[WMG: General ''Bankai'' speculation]]
* Yamamoto: Considering the amount of fire involved in his ''shikai'' alone, what's the only way for him to top that? He ''becomes'' fire.
** Magic nuke. They don't call him Old Man Genocide for nothing.
** Hell. Not metaphorically, but the actual big double doors with the fire behind from the early chapter.
** In keeping with the fire theme and Yamamoto's [[KnightTemplar Knight Templar]] status, I put forth the notion that his Bankai, rather than being a large and showy item, is a small object that simply makes people's heads burst into flames.
** A Ford Pinto
* Unohana: The creature shown to be her ''shikai'' grows into a massive leviathan capable of healing or utterly destroying anything it puts in its mouth.
** My vote goes towards it being an [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abomination]].
** Since her Shikai heals, maybe her Bankai is something that makes the victim's (victims' ?) bodies go haywire in a torturous seizure of pain... the perfect weapon for a healer so feared.
*** It overheals them, giving them cancer.
** My vote goes towards it being a multi-stage Zanpakuto, like Byakuya's operating like this: the Manta-ray becomes some HUGE, kaiju-like monster, that can spew poison, which painfully, very painfully, kills the target, and/or acid, burning the flesh right off the opponent's bones, and even those. The second stage could be sealing all that power into a serrated sword, that causes an poisonous/acidic effect when it hits opponents, capable of burning through any defence, ghastly ripping them apart simultaneously.
* Urahara: Makes his [[BloodyMurder opponent's blood]] forcibly exit their body and start fighting them.
** I'd go for a blood rain/mist. Whether his blood would be acidic or multiple blades of death is something I leave unstated.
** Well, we do know that his bankai isn't well suited for training. Perhaps it's a one-hit kill shot, or it's something incredibly painful. Either way, something involving blood seems likely.
** Given his propensity for neutralising his opponents' attacks by basically using a copy of their attack to counter, this troper thinks his Bankai is something like a field that mirrors everything his opponent does and thus completely neutralises all their powers. And it'll be called something like "Mirror of the Crimson Princess". (If it really is, I'm SO going to come back and gloat.)
** His excuse for making Renji train with Chad is something like, "My bankai's not much good for training people." Also, Urahara was the former third seat of the second company (the special forces, from what we've seen) as well as captain of twelfth company (the science squad). Considering these facts - and that a MadScientist HeroicSociopath like Mayuri thinks he's an "unpleasant person" - it's likely that his bankai will be some kind of one-hit-kill NightmareFuel.
*** Like maybe...instantly and completely draining the blood of all opponents within a certain area? Which I guess would be absorbed into the sword and used to fuel more attacks..
* Ichimaru: Gains the ability to limitlessly manipulate his ''zanpakuto'''s size and shape in any way he pleases, potentially growing it to {{BFS}} size.
** Maybe it's like that, but a spear? It would fit with it's name's meaning.
*** Perhaps it's a BFG or a giant crossbow that can shoot spears. If it's a crossbow, some theorists would be delighted.
**** If not the above, then I'd go for his Bankai being a reflection of his Shikai's simplicity and deadliness: a '''wave of death'''.
* Ukitake: If the games are accurate about the nature of his ''zanpakuto'''s powers, then something big, water and lightning related. Maybe some kind of storm?
** Given recent events, this troper thinks it's a big tank (the storage kind, not the vehicle) so he can absorb and control really huge amounts of power. So when [[spoiler: Starrk goes "You may be able to absorb a cero, but I doubt you'll be able to do so if I shoot 1,000 ceros at once," Ukitake just goes "Bankai!" Cue huge able-to-store-1,000-ceros tank.]] (I mostly just find the idea of a big tank floating behind him kind of funny. I don't know why.)
* Kyoraku: His ''shikai' seems to be wind-based, so maybe his bankai would be some kind of BlowYouAway RazorWind hurricane or (flowery pink) tornado.
** His shikai [[spoiler: actually turns children's games into reality, in which Shunsui won against Starrk at Irooni, attacking when he called "black", wearing a black uniform]]. His Bankai is probably a wide-range equivalent of his Shikai, and/or [[spoiler: the games]] are so dangerous, that one mistakes kills you.
* Aizen: Kyoka Suigetsu's Shikai can hypnotize anyone who sees its release so that they perceive reality the way Aizen wants them to perceive it. What's the next step in the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil? This troper believes that his Bankai will be able to actually ''[[RealityWarper warp reality]]'' in a limited space, effectively making Aizen '''{{God}}''' in his Bankai's area of effect.
** Or his bankai is capable of fully controlling all people around him that have seen the release or heard the command. Which would make Ichigo have to fight ''entire Karakura, specially his friends'' in the final battle.
** Or it's the ultimate LotusEaterMachine with a huge range.
** In this troper's opinion, his Bankai will force the opponent's mind into Aizen's Inner World, where he has absolute power, and full control over the environment, and everything he creates will be real. On the outside, it would only take an instant, and the injuries taken in the illusion will immediately reflect on the opponent's body when the illusion is broken, making the damage look instantaneous.
* Yoruichi: Either something that is cat related (no idea what that could be), or something that complements/supplements her shunko. It's hard to guess, since we haven't even seen her shikai yet.
** Maybe it gives her some sort of super [[ShockAndAwe electric]] {{catgirl}} powers?
* Mayuri's Konjiki Ashisogi Jizou can undergo metamorphosis and become a giant moth.
** Which would spread powder from its wings with the same effect as the caterpillar form's poisonous breath, only covering a ''massive'' area with it.
** Possibly supported by the actual zanpakuto spirit- it's a tiny bankai butterfly.

[[WMG:Stark and Barragan are the only Vasto Lorde espadas]]
Halibel and Ulquiorra ''could'' be, but consider. When an arrancar releases their sword, they adopt features of their original Hollow form (this is more noticable in numeros, for whatever reason). Most of the espada so far have had an animal-like (Grimmjow, Nnoitra, Halibel, Ulquiorra) or just plain non-human (Aaroniero, Zommari, Yammy, Szayel) which would imply that they were all adjuchas class Menos. The highest level espada release we've seen (Barragan), on the other hand, results in a [[spoiler:GrimReaper style, but still human]] form. Presumably, Stark's will be similar. So, if these two have releases without any animalistic aspects, they're presumably the only Vasto Lordes Aizen has been able to locate and subject to the breakdown sphere.
* Yammy could just be some sort of special case, which will probably never be explained.
* Well, let's be fair to Ulquiorra and Halibel. Sure, they have animal-type releases, but if you look at them, their releases more just stack AnimalMotifs onto their humanoid forms, unlike say, Grimmjow and Nnoitra, who, especially Grimmjow, gain serious animalistic parts. Sure, Ulquiorra grows wings, but those are 5th and 6th appendeges (Where as a more pure bat form would have his hands become the wings, though that would prevent his Hand Jab Of Doom (That ''Jab'', with an ''a'')). And since we've never seen a Vasto Lorde, we have no idea what they look like exactly, so we can't say that they don't still have an animal like element. Though I must say the idea of Halibel's previous hollow for as what was no doubt a LandShark is both highly amusing and terrifying.
* Ulquiorra's sword murciewhateveritsspelled in japanese means "big black winged demon" or something like that. i personally think >4 are adjuchas, 4< are VL. come on, ulq's release just tacks wings on and grows horns. his segunda etapa just makes him hairy. very human. nnoitra's too, for that matter. but the power gap between 4 and 5 lends strength to ulq being a VL. plus there's always that "OMG HIS MASK LOOKS LIKE THA EXAMPLE" argument.
* Well looking at Stark's release I can honestly say he looks the most human of any so far. The only things that's changed is his coat and that he has a scouter.
*** Sorta. ALl 4 were Vasto lordes

[[WMG: If Uryuu has a heir, such one will be a girl/have a girly name]]
If we take in consideration the name convention, the kanji that'll be used will be the rain one. And we all know that most names that use such kanji are, well, girly sounding (Uryuu itself is an exception due to the dragon kanji). If the kid is born as a boy, expect Ichigo's understanding and sympathy, while loathing Uryuu by giving the boy such a girly name. It'll be played for laughs, of course.

[[WMG: Tite Kubo came up with the idea for Bleach after he had a near death experience at a Mexican Day of the Dead festival.]]
That's why Hollows wear those masks and speak spanish. The Soul Reapers came when he was rescued by a group of Kendo students.
* If this isn't true, it needs to be true.
* Near death experience after eating tacos? It'd explain a lot. (And yes, I'm fully aware of the meme, it only supports this theory.)

[[WMG: Aizen is doing it all because he's meta aware of the shonen manga nature of reality due to being a soul from OUR reality]]
Like a guy who's studied a subject so often he knows it on an instinctually subconscious level, Aizen is actually the mixed up, time displaced reincarnation of an otaku from our reality, and while having lost all or most of his memories due to the process realizes gut deep the inferior nature of reality around him and thus is able to effortlessly manipulate all those around him and predict events simply by following a (not so) complex shonen protagonist formula and treating everyone like the stale archetypes they are. (take a breath) Realizing that he can succeed with patience against the relative dimwits around him, he seeks to overthrow the 'King', free the Hollows, Humans and Shinigami from the tired formula they're forced into playing and ultimately spread out over all similar realities building a geometrically increasing army until he's powerful enough to conquer the prime reality of shonen manga and gain true ultimate power...{{Dragon Ball Z}}.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/17205/Carrotglace Also he's really this guy.]]

[[WMG: The reason Luppi was able to take Grimmjow's number was because he was the next best "Destruction" Arrancar.]]
When it just seemed like the Arrancar were only numbered by power it made no sense that if Luppi was strong enough to take #6 when Grimmjow vacated it he wasn't already #7. Now that we know the Arrancar represent an aspect of death it makes more sense that Luppi was chosen as a replacement just to keep up with the theme.
* This actually seems pretty plausible now that we know the theme. He might not act to much like it, but you see it a couple times before he dies. When he grabs Matsumoto, he notes her, uh, ''talent'', and then says he's gonna punch her full of holes for it. Later, he threatens to kill Orihime if she tries to heal Grimmjow and fails. Clearly the kind of "Destruction" mentality. Though Luppi seems to want to destroy pretty things, while Grimmjow is more insistent on destroying things that say they're stronger than he his.
** Am I the only one that think Halibel only took Nel's number because she was the most powerful ''[[TheSmurfettePrinciple female]]''?
*** Halibel probably took Nel's number because they both died for someone (as we know that each Espada represents an aspect of death and that Halibel's is sacrifice).

[[WMG: Aizen's Zanpakutou Kyoka Suigetsu is the ''real'' BigBad, and TheManBehindTheMan to Aizen]]
Zanpakutou do have spirits of their own after all. It'd be kind of funny if it turns out that ''Aizen'' was the first victim of his Zanpakutou's Shikai and only ''thinks'' he's the one calling the shots. This would mean that Kyoka Suigetsu is wielding Aizen, not the other way around. And it's not like the whole "EvilWeapon enslaves it's own wielder" concept (is that a trope already?) is a new one; look at [[SoulCalibur Soul Edge]], [[TheElricSaga Stormbringer]], [[{{Inuyasha}} Tokijin]], etc.
* I proposed a similar theory upstream. Except in mine Aizen is an illusion.

[[WMG: The Espada also represent the SevenDeadlySins and/or their precursors, the eight evil thoughts.]]
* Stark: Sloth
** He is very lazy.
* Barragan: Pride
** Has a very proud attitude and his zanpakuto's name is Spanish for arrogant.
* Halibel: Lust
** [[GagBoobs For]] [[BoobsOfSteel obvious]] [[EvilIsSexy reasons]]
* Ulquiorra: Acedia
** TheOtherWiki describes acedia as "a state... of not caring or not being concerned with one's position or condition in the world." Sounds nihilistic to me.
* Nnoitra: Despair
** It was also his aspect of death.
* Grimmjow: Envy
** As an adjuchas he took the desire to evolve to an extreme and seeks to destroy anyone who is stronger than him.
* Zommari: Drunkenness
** Admittedly not a sin on either list, but I'm still having trouble getting over the whole intoxication thing.
* Szayel: Vanity
** He constantly referred to himself as the perfect being.
* Aaroniero: Gluttony
** Ate to grow stronger and his zanpakuto's name was Spanish for gluttony.
* Yammy: Wrath
** Easily angered and his zanpakuto's name is Spanish for rage.
I had a similar theory, and it even included former Nel in the lust part (although she redeemed herself when changed lust for love). I love you, almost as much as Nel.

[[WMG: Urahara can't really use his Bankai right now because...]]
He spent so much time without using Benihime's power that he had to make some experiment to release the poor thing to the living world, with a Gigai, to awaken her powers just in case. No, it isn't Ururu. If we go by MeaningfulName, Benihime is... Tatsuki. Her name, in the kanji which are presented, means something along the lines of "noble dragon"; but, with other kanji, can be read as "proud moon"; Benihime is, technically, an allusion to the Moon princess in the Japanese folklore. Her surname is mostly a play as the old zen lesson "be the river". Either way, it's a funny epileptic tree, and it'd be impossible to be true.
* Impossible?! Nothing's impossible!! This could very well be a huge plot point in the series that results in a massive upturning of the entire view of the universe! NEVER SAY "IMPOSSIBLE!!!"
* So Tatsuki is a sword in a gigai ''somehow'', and SailorMoon?
** More like [[{{Tsukihime}} Arcueid]]. Question is to know who is her Shiki.
* [[spoiler: Stark did something similar with Lilinette (though whether she is the Arrancar equivalent of the Zanpaktou spirit or merely a splitoff of Stark's personality remains to be seen...). If Stark can have it happen on accident...]]

[[WMG: The whole show is Aizen using Kyouka Suigetsu to run a simulation]]
He is using it to run a simulation to see how it would be like if he tried to take over Soul Society and Hueco Mundo.
* Again there's people saying that Aizen is not really evil. So, you mean that Tite Kubo is Aizen? Always thought looked a more like Ichigo...

[[WMG: Stark is [[IronMan Tony Stark]]]]
Once you get past the fact that death has apparently made him a lot lazier, their personalities are really similar. So are their looks. And their [[NamesTheSame names are the same]]. Obviously, at some point he's going to release his sword and the result will be awesome red and gold powered armor. You know it's true.
* I was going to tell about this theory, too! Strange minds ''do'' think alike! Oh, and he didn't get lazy due to death. It was the powerful Hueco Mundo tequila.
* http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/359/02/ Stark fires ceros from his chest. Hmm...
* He built Las Noches! In a cave! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!

[[WMG: Aizen's real plan is to kill anyone who reads this page.]]
Aizen hasn't appeared to help his arrancars lately because he's found away to escape the series itself and observe Kubo Tite's writing. He has also come to the realization that his author draws inspiration from this page, as is evidenced by Yammy being the 0th Espada. He has all contributors to this page under mass hypnosis after viewing the release of his Zanpakutoh on T.V./Youtube, and is having them add increasingly ridiculous guessings, which will send anyone who dares to try and read the entire list in one sitting into uncontrollable laughter, ultimately killing them. With the primary contributors and viewers gone, Aizen will be free to assume control of the page and create guessings that favor him, causing Kubo Tite to write him into a sound, swift victory against the entire Bleach cast.
* He'll keep those that never have seen the anime but still root for him alive. The ones that think he's in love with a random woman will be the first to go.
* This is pure nons-ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOSWORD.

[[WMG: Tatsuki will become a shinigami.]]
Because it's one of the more well known Tatsuki theories out there that has yet to appear on this page. Oh, and there's offical art of her as one.
** Creepy art. What kind of zanpakuto is [[http://img47.imageshack.us/img47/4286/tatsuki023hk.jpg THAT?!]]

[[WMG: Sora Inoue will become a Shinigami.]]
Because he's already in Soul Society, but since he received a chunk of Ichigo's powers (everybody that came in contact with Berry-tan did), he'll be able to take the Shinigami exams and will be an officer, probably at 8th or 10th Division, as we never hear anything about such divisions' officers besides Captain and Vice-Captain. (Nanao doesn't count, as she ''became'' liutenant.)
* Technically, we see Tatsufusa, the 3rd Seat of the 8th division (defeated in one hit by Chad just before his fight with Kyoraku), and the 7th Seat of the 10th division appears to inform Hitsugaya of Renji, Izuru and Momo getting out of their cells.

[[WMG: Shun Shun Rikka general theories]]
* Shun Shun Rikka's phases represent Orihime's perceptions of the people that are most important to her: Santen Kesshun is how Sora protected her from the world's problems until his death; Souten Kisshun is Tatsuki's friendship, that healed a bit the despair Orihime felt after Sora's death; and Koten Zanshun is due to the way Ichigo protected her against a Hollowified Sora, perceived as aggressive.
* Shun Shun Rikka's phases represent TheThreeFacesOfEve: Santen Kesshun is the Child, enclosed in a barrier by their own imagination; Souten Kisshun is the mother, that heals and nurtures the injured; and Koten Zanshun is the Crone, that has an aggressive personality and attacks when necessary.
* Its powers could recreate the King's Key, given that only Orihime would die in the process. Aizen failed to notice this, or he's abandoning the girl on purpose, to see if what's happening with her would make the Key.

[[WMG: The next arc will be:]]
After maybe another 20 chapters of drawn-out fights the Espadas are going to bite the dust, when Aizen reveals he had the Vasto Lordes all along... and while SS was busy with the Espadas, the [=VLs=] were attacking the real Karakura Town. Cue BigDamnHeroes moment for Urahara and the Vizards.
* That idea kinda got shot down a few chapters ago, with the Vizards showing up in the fake Karakura town to try and kill Aizen.

[[WMG: Ukitake's tuberculosis-like disease is caused by a misdirection of his powers.]]
Although they are water/electricity based, the way he uses them is making his body overexerts itself, even before he became a captain. What he needs is to figure out to use his powers in a way that won't hurt as much. It was shown before that spiritual power, if badly used, can render injuries.
* Actually, no. The tuberculosis is just a disease.

[[WMG: Ichigo's mother was a Quincy.]]
It would explain better how Isshin knew Masaki. She was Ryuuken's older sister, and had Quincy powers as well, but like Ryuuken himself, wasn't interested at using them. She'll appear as a (supposedly) low-level Arrancar to Ichigo and teach a bit more about his inner Hollow, as well as how to incorporate Quincy techniques into his own to defeat Aizen, since, much to her chagrin, Ichigo got involved too much into the battle. Also, it would add even more {{Squick}} to [[FoeYay IchiIshi]] and [[CrackPairing IshiKarin]] shippings, as they would be cousins.

[[WMG: Turn Back the Pendulum will end right before the first chapter.]]
If the amount of chapters (108) and the negative numbers aren't any indication, the fact that most of the main characters' pasts and stories aren't that well unveiled might mean something. We'll finally know who they and their families truly are, and how Aizen managed to make the Espadas that existed ''before'' the Hogyoku as his allies. Not to mention that we don't even know what happened to 10th division's last captain (although everything indicates that he/she died of a bad case of Aizen's sword impaling his/her heart).
* Weren't the three chapters or so (-3 through -1?) about the events directly preceding Rukia's mission where Ichigo got her powers?

[[WMG: There are natural Vasto Lordes hiding from Aizen]]
The only thing that supports this theory is that if there never were Vasto Lordes to begin with, the Shinigami wouldn't know their existence, even if it's just in theory, gossip, or whatsoever. They are probably hiding from Aizen because they don't agree with his plans, and, if they ever appear, they'll reluctantly help the Shinigami side to defeat Aizen. I bet that if they appear, they'll be a FiveManBand. Okay, four men and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple a girl]]. Also, it'd explain why Aizen ordered Nnoitra and Nell to find them. But he failed miserably because they probably have abilities that make them "invisible" to other Hollows when they want.

[[WMG: Ulquiorra was a spy for the Vasto Lordes...]]
...and the only Vasto Lorde among the Espada. They were lying in wait for Ulquiorra to manage to grab the Hogyoku and return to them so that they could become Arrancar and challenge the Vizard, who are far and beyond the Shinigami captains in power. The silhouette of a Vasto Lorde shown during Hitsugaya's description is definitely wearing Emospada's helmet. And why would he have a second release and not show Aizen?
** YES! That's what I believe too! So that's why Ulquiorra can't be dead: we've still got to see him explain this.

[[WMG: Vasto Lordes never existed.]]
It's just stuff the studious people at Soul Society invented to make captain-level shinigami continue their training, as an excuse to get stronger. Aizen fell for it too, it seems.
*** jossed. The top 4 espada were all vasto lordes

[[WMG: {{Bleach}} and {{Beetlejuice}} take place in the same universe.]]
The afterlife portrayed in {{Beetlejuice}} is just another Soul Society. And the place where the Sandworms live is perhaps another part of Hueco Mundo, or an alternate version of it where it is always daytime instead of night. The sandworms are Hollows. Beetlejuice is either simply a Whole spirit who developed some unique powers(For that matter all of the spirits in {{Beetlejuice}} have the ability to make themselves scary, maybe it is simply an ability that not all Wholes have figured out how to do yet), or he could be a Hollow or Arrancar.
* Beetlejuice's Mayuri. Believe in me.
* Soul Society is a pseudo-feudal Japan. Hueco Mundo is the Mexican-Day-of-the-Dead afterlife, so Mexico. You'll notice it has a slightly more deranged and confusing structure. This is because Mexico did not have a feudal period to model itself on. Europe's soul society is probably similarly traditionalist, with knights and blonde damsels and such. But Beetlejuice? That's what the afterlife is like... IN AMERICA.

[[WMG: Mayuri will kill Aizen]]
Mayuri has shown that he is basically evil {{Batman}} with how he killed Szayel. And since Aizen is [[FanNickname Evil Superman]], Mayuri will be the one to kill him.
* Aizen's nickname may be Evil Superman, but his powers are also Green Lantern's. If anything fails, Mayuri can call Unohana, our {{Yandere}} Wonderwoman, and the incredible duo called Captain Grabass and Captain Tuberculosis! If anything fails, he'll probably reveal Arrowpops behind his sleeve, too.

[[WMG: Yammy's dog is the arrancar equivalent of whatever Komamura is.]]
They're both canines and they're both very different from others of their kind.

[[WMG: Mayuri is not as evil as he seems, and is in fact a StealthMentor for Uryuu]]
Soken Ishida made a deal with Mayuri that he would let himself be killed by Hollows and experimented on by Mayuri if Mayuri would make it hard on Uryuu when they met. Soken may have intended for Mayrui to meet up with Uryuu at some point in the future, but Ichigo's trip to Soul Society provided a convenient time for Mayuri to go and find Uryuu. Those Shinigami he blew up were just robots he made, that had pre-programmed responses and no sentience. Mayuri also has a special Quincy technique told to him by Soken written down that he will give to Uryuu when he thinks he is ready for it.

[[WMG: Arrancar have an Inner Shinigami]]
Visored have an Inner Hollow, so why shouldn't Arrancar have an Inner Shinigami? It looks like them, except wearing Shinigami garb.
* This could be expanded; maybe they're Hollows that have been taken over by their inner shinigami, or perhaps that what Vastolordes are.

[[WMG: Quincy have their own version of Hand to Hand combat]]
It is practiced by gathering spirit particles around their hands and using them to deal damage to their opponents.
* So, [[YuYuHakusho Yusuke Urameshi]] is a Quincy? Cool.

[[WMG: Gin will fight Komamura and defeat him with a dog whistle]]
He'll do it [[ForTheEvulz for the lulz]].
* For ''our'' lulz. Bonus points if it involves burning furries as well.

[[WMG: Urahara is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santos_Dumont Santos Dumont]] in afterlife]]
Well, it's not only about the hat, but because both were considered quite silly for their time (Urahara is still considered silly), both were inventors, and both are famous for some, er... Problems with invention claims and that stuff (except that Urahara's case was pretty much the opposite of Dumont's, but karma works in weird ways). Oh, about his appearance? Let's just say that afterlife did good on him. Kenpachi, on other hand... Poor man.

[[WMG: Komamura suffers with his fox-like shape due to overly mistreating the FurryFandom.]]
Karma's a friggin' *** .
* So, Komamura was a regular on 4Chan?

[[WMG: Aizen was a Quincy in life, and still has his Quincy powers.]]
He says that the only way for him to become more powerful would be to master Hollow powers as well. Now, he could not be the one with ULTIMATE power unless he also mastered Quincy powers as well. So, he was a Quincy as well in life.
* It'd be one hell of a Seiyuu Joke (in the anime, of course), if he ever manages to tempt Uryuu to join his side. Also, looks ''do'' run in the family, it seems.

[[WMG: Tousen has another Bankai, due to having two Zanpakutou spirits.]]
Notice how he has two Shikai powers that are very different from each other. One just knocks a person out and the other shoots out a bunch of blades. Tousen has two Zanpakutou spirits, one is the one that was the Woman's who his sword belonged to originally, and the other is the one he formed. The Woman's powers are the one that knock a person out, and the Bankai he has used is based on her spirit's powers. His Shikai is the one that shoots out blades, and we have yet to see his Bankai.'
* Alternately, he has two Shikai and one Bankai, and won't be able to access his own Bankai until he stops relying on his friend's sword and manages to accept her death.
** Not too sure, but do the two shikai share the same name or not? Cause if not than it could just as easily be a case of his Zanpakuto not liking being called by a false name, and thus doesn't use its true form. And this can happen, since its what happened to Yumichika.
*** Semi-jossed, even if it's true, it never happens.

[[WMG: Barragán was a wuss before he was an Arrancar]]
All his aura did was make people complain about how much prices had gone up and yell at kids to get off their lawns.
* Don't forget that pain in the back that finally killed him. Or even how stupid are girls nowadays, going to work, fighting, and everything, like that little Chinese weirdo!

[[WMG: Ryuuken and Kurotsuchi will fight]]
Basically, Ishida will have an epic battle and get very seriously wounded (possibly related to the WMG up above about Ishida properly fighting Hollow Ichigo). Anyway, Ishida would pull off something completely awesome during the battle (maybe an improved/permanent Final Form?) and Kurotsuchi will get an ''interest'' in him, and try to kidnap him from his hospital room. Before he can do that though, Ryuuken will turn up dramatically, and tell Kuro to get his hands off his son, and an epic shinigami/Quincy fight will commence. Extra points if the death of Ishida's grandfather (by extension Ryuuken's '''father''') comes up.
* "My name is Ishida Ryuuken. You killed my father, prepare to die."

[[WMG: Yu Yu Hakusho and {{Bleach}} are AlternateContinuity versions of the same universe]]
The universe has three dimensions: Spirit World, Human World, and Demon World. Humans and demons exist as living beings, openly acknowledging each other, and shinigami exist to manage the afterlife. The problem is that some demons ''eat'' humans. Sure, some humans are born with enough supernatural power to defend themselves, but the species as a whole seems to be screwed. The Spirit World has got to do something. This is where the universe splits:
* In the YuYuHakusho universe, the Spirit World decided to create a barrier between the Human and Demon worlds, keeping the strongest demons out. The shinigami worked strictly as guides of the dead, leaving humans to fight their own battles against the remaining demons. Spiritual power became more prevalent in the population due to natural selection, and a {{Masquerade}} was adopted by the demons, who became the stuff of myth for the humans.
* In the {{Bleach}} 'verse, Spirit World militarized itself (becoming Soul Society as it is known today); the shinigami became fighters and drove the demons to extinction. However, because shinigami were expected to preform duties as both guides and soldiers, their productivity suffered - some human souls were left alone too long and became Hollows. These Hollows were driven (mostly) to the now empty Demon World, which became Hueco Mundo.
That's pretty cool, but where does hell come in to play?
* Remember, when Toguro died, Koenma says that since he died a noble death as a warrior, his punishment would be fairly light, but Toguro decided to suffer the worst possible punishment. This shows that dead people in YYH go through different dimensions of afterlife depending on how they lived. Maybe Bleach's hell is just one of these dimensions?

[[WMG:Ichigo and Orihime are related]]
* '''Reason 1:''' The hair! Ok. Yes, it is an anime, yadda yadda yadda....but it's not like the characters themselves don't recognise the uncanniness that is a naturally ginger Japanese kid. Not to mention that earlier episodes of the show would suggest that if Orihime's hair had been dyed then she would have done so around the age of twelve which, one has to admit, ''is'' rather young for that sort of thing.
* '''Reason 2:''' It would explain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_sexual_attraction Orihime's crush on Ichigo]]...sort of.

[[WMG: Soi Fon is really in love with Marechiyo.]]
She just pretends to be in love with Yoruichi to throw other people off of who she is really in love with.
* It'd be funny enough, but she isn't necessarily in love with either; seems like she respects Yoruichi, and thinks Marechiyo's a moron.
* I think she's in love with Zaraki. Not really, but it'd be funny. Their foreplay would consist of almost killing each other.
* Don't be silly, it's clear she's in love with Mayuri! It rather explains how Nemu is a bit similar to her in looks... (Well, the boobs and eye color were genetic enhancement, I guess)
* She might be in love with Ukitake. It rather explains why she and Kiyone (who is openly in love with him) took [[FanNickname Captain Tuberculosis]]' pictures for the calendar.

[[WMG: After Aizen is defeated, the new enemies will be TheUndead.]]
I am not talking about spirits, but rather about a group of Humans who have managed to keep themselves "alive" by turning into {{Undead}} creatures. Their leader will be a Lich(Like from [=DnD=]).

[[WMG: Kirio Hikifune is the real BigBad, or at least one of their group.]]
Okay, it may seem implausible, but think for a second. Remember when Aizen first appeared in the story, as a mellow captain that treated his liutenant nicely, just to "die mysteriously"? Tite Kubo likes to introduce his important characters as random people that manage to have something really uncommon happening with them, so, why not her? Before you come with a rebuttal, there's another clue! Aizen had a B plan in case Rukia's sacrifice went awry, and it did; he extracted the Hougyoku from her body just by creating a mini-portal of sorts. Now, if you can follow my reasoning, Aizen's group could have a backup plan to get the King's Key as well; they could have one of their agents, or even their boss, entering the Royal Guard, gaining the King's trust, and persuading him to get the original key, without the need for all this battle, as a side plan. Also, Aizen's expression when he knew about her entrance to the Royal Guard was a surprised one, but who knows if it wasn't a fake, too? And, as far as TheSmurfettePrinciple goes, there's probably going to have a woman in their group; FourIsDeath stabilishes that their group would look even more frightening with a fourth member as well. Unfortunately, it would put Momo Hinamori and Hiyori Sarugaki, opposites in personality, in a really similar position. Expect Hiyori feeling betrayed and outraged, if this happens. I can even see Aizen's dialogue.
--> '''Yamamoto''': So, Aizen. Seems like your plan to get the King's Key just got botched. Prepare to face my punishment.
--> '''Aizen''': Not so soon. We already got the Key.
--> All the other captains, in terrible conditions, looked with fear at what Aizen just said. The Vizards reached the place in time to hear it, too.
--> '''Aizen''': We had an agent infiltrated in the Royal Guard, and you didn't even notice.
--> A mysterious figure appears, with a different uniform from the Shinigamis' ones.
--> '''Hiyori''': H-Hikifune-dono? IT CAN'T BE! YOU'RE LYING!
--> '''Hikifune''': In reality, it was my idea the whole time. Sorry, Hiyori-chan. It's all to make our world a better place.
--> And then, the terrible trio, plus their higher-up, travel in another portal, before Yamamoto could get them.
--> '''Shinji''': Crap, that sucks hard. Hiyori-kun! HIYORI-KUN!
--> Hiyori frozen at the reveal, and, if it wasn't for Shinji's quick reaction, she would have fainted and fall on the floor.
Or something like that.
* So much of that makes sense that it would be a shame if even some of it isn't canon.

[[WMG: Mayuri's liquid form is essentially the {{shinigami}} version of [[NeonGenesisEvangelion LCL.]]]]
The idea is that Mayuri's Zanpaktou serves as his personal Lance of Longinus which he uses to temporary revert to shinigami LCL so he can escape whenever he is too injured to run or fight.
The assumption is that shinigami LCL is different from human LCL not only in colour but by the fact that it can move and reform its AT field within a few days.
* So, Basically, he just discovered how to revert to LCL? I knew his character was a reference to various MindScrew [[HumongousMecha mecha]] anime, but didn't quite grasp it. Also, in another matter, Aizen probably wants the Instrumentality, as he said once something about unification...

[[WMG: Chad will enter Las Noches]]
And he'll find the Hogyoku, which he'll use on himself to become powerful enough to beat Yammy.
* ...they're already in Las Noches. I assume you mean he'll enter Aizen's... palace, for lack of a better word, and go to the hogyoku room.
** Las Noches ''is'' Aizen's palace; Chad, Renji and Rukia are presently facing down Yammy just outside the entrance.
*** I'm going to guess he meant "Aizen's throne room", but went a bit awry with that. To me, Aizen took the Hougyoku with him anyways (he's crazy prepared, remember), so, it wouldn't work.

[[WMG: Aizen ''is'' Masaki Kurosaki.]]
"He" always have been a female all along, the male looks are all Kyoka Suigetsu's job. Don't ask, I don't really know why I proposed such theory either.
* Well,Aizen's zanpakuto create illusions so if she was the one to use it that would make sense but it doesn't make one why she would threaten her own son's life sending Arrancars after him

[[WMG: Kyouka Suigetsu is Masaki Kurosaki.]]
Well, it's weird, and she wasn't supposed to have a kid, I guess, but perhaps she loved Isshin so much that she overcame the impossible. It's the weirdest theory yet to come, but hey, you know that'd be cool.

[[WMG: Souls develop in a strange way.]]
As opposed as growing up like humans in the living world, people at Soul Society have an... Interesting development. Examples are provided below.
* They grow up from baby to toddler in a couple years (Yachiru, Shibata);
* Then, when being a toddler, they take a while to grow up until being in their late childhood (Hitsugaya, Momo, Rukia, Renji, Byakuya, Matsumoto, Gin, Soifon, Nanao, Kira still not computed as we haven't seen his childhood yet, as well as Hanatarou);
* They spend a short time in their teen years, if compared to the amount of time they spend as kids (Rukia, Renji, Momo, Kira, Byakuya, Matsumoto, Gin, Soifon, Nanao);
* Once they become adults, it takes centuries, sometimes millennia, until they get to the mid-age (Unohana, Ukitake, Shunsui, possibly Aizen as well);
* It might take even more centuries, or even millennia to get old, but once the spirit's old, if it's strong enough, it will stay old for a really, ''really'' long time (Yamamoto).
Any questions?
* So, it's basically comparable an RPG, in that it takes less experience for a low level character to level up than it does a higher level person?
** Exactly, including the boring mid-level quests after a while. The in-series explanation would be that the first RPG system to be created is inspired by the aging in SS, and was crated by a Shinigami.

[[WMG: Hollowification hinders a bit the aging process]]
Hollows might have different ways of appearing the age they, well, appear, but we can notice that they'll probably stay around the same age for a longer time than Shinigamis. It's noticed that something similar happens to Vizards as well; 100 years since the hollowification passed, and none of them changed one bit (it might be due to the Gigais, but yet). Most glaring example is Hiyori, that seemed to be at her early teens when the incident happened, but still appears to be... At her early teens, even though it was already implied that teens grow up rather fast in Soul Society.
* According to Lilinette, hollows/arrancar don't age at all and their apparent ages are purely aesthetic. So it's possible this extends to the Visored.

[[WMG: Grimmjow, Nel, Kenpachi and Yachiru will have a BigDamnHeroes Moment .]]
We haven't seen any of them for awhile and everyone is expecting a HeelFaceTurn from Grimmjow. Chad and the others can't defeat Yammy all by themselves. Also Grimmjow and Kenpachi are Blood Knights and Nel and Yachiru are both little girls.
* Maybe not a BigDamnHeroes from Grimmjow. More an EnemyMine moment. He ''does'' hate being indebted to people.

[[WMG: Aizen's Bankai is a Mass Mind Rape of Cthulu proportions...]]
...and is as such defeated by the release of Yachiru's Zanpakuto, which is essentially a Reverse Mind Rape, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard causing all damage to shift back to Aizen]]. Only accessible after the BigBad in question attacks and severely injures Kenpachi, who has caught up with the other Captains.
* Or it just summons Cthulu himself.
** Or the SQUID from {{Watchmen}}.
* Dead wrong. Aizen's Bankai will be a puppy and Yachiru will defeat him by eating it with lots of ketchup.

[[WMG: Ukitake is trying to make Linninette self-destruct or burn herself out]]
This otherwise kindly man is ''laughing'' at a crying child as he plays keep-away with her Zanpaktou. If she wasn't an arrancar, that would be [[CharacterDerailment amazingly out of character]] for him, and it's still [[KickTheDog a little unsettling]]. The only thing I can think of (other than Ukitake being a total *** ) is that he wants to defeat her without expending any of his reiatsu so he can save his energy for Gin or Tousen.
* Or this could be the only way he can defeat her due to his apparent inability to harm those who are/appear young...
** In reality, he's more like scolding her in a very odd way. If [[FanNickname Lolinette]] recovers that sword, she's gonna release, probably turn into a grown-up looking form, and ''then'' will be thoroughly beat up by Ukitake's Shikai.


[[WMG: Soi Fon used to be/is really a GenkiGirl at heart.]]
Think about it. A zanpakuto is a manifestation of the owner's soul. Her shikai is a gold gaunlet with a sharpened cone on her middle finger. It's quick, small, and efficient, something that she is now (At least, something she would be now if Kubo could write her right). Her bankai however is a humongous compass-like object that loudly shoots rockets. Soi Fon was ''very'' reluctant to release her bankai. Therefore she has have been putting on a facade that could rival Aizen's this whole time. Before she joined the Onmitsukid?, she saw how the people in the organization acted, so in fear of getting booted from the family, she decided to change her personality to pass the test to get into the Onmitsukid?. Then, she decided to keep up the facade when she became Yoruichi's personal guard (and eventually the captain of the 2nd Division) because of her learning that she must act like that from now on. Also, Yoruichi might be the only person who knows how Soi Fon really acts seeing how she's the only person we see with whom Soi Fon doesn't really act so cold towards.

[[WMG:There are no Vasto Lorde among the Espada]]
* Nnoitra, Grimmjow, Zommari, Szayel, and Aaroniero are either explicitly or implicitly not Vasto Lorde.
* The biggest evidence for Yammy being a Vasto Lorde is that he is technically the strongest Espada, but there are several strikes against him. One would assume that a Vasto Lorde would always be stronger than Adjuchas, even in his sealed state. Also, in his released he is large and very dinosaur-like, which is a stark contrast to the small, more human Vasto Lordes. Furthermore, he introduced himself as arrancar 10, not the 10th Espada. According to Shawlong, the arrancar's numbers (with the exception of the Espada's numbers, which apparently go from 0-9 rather than 1-10 as we thought at the time he explained this) indicate the order in which they were shinigamified with the Hogyoku, plus 10. Given Aizen's apparent penchant for starting with the number 0, this would make Yammy the first arrancar he created with the Hogyoku, likely at a time when he had no access to Vasto Lorde.
* Ulquiorra had a fairly human release, which could have as easily been interpreted as a bat-winged demon (suggesting a Vasto Lorde) than simply a bat (suggesting an Adjuchas). However, the fact that he's already dead would make it far too anticlimactic if any Vasto Lorde or Vasto Lorde-derived arrancar were to show up and Ichigo had already beaten one of their own.
* Halibel's release could likewise be interpreted as a human with shark attributes (Vasto Lorde) or just a shark (Adjuchas). The case for her being a Vasto Lorde is hurt by her getting owned so badly by Hitsugaya when Vasto Lorde are supposed to be stronger than an average captain (though it could be debated what exactly "average captain" means and what Hitsugaya's power level rates in relation to it) and if she indeed is dead, the same problem arises as with Ulquiorra and his death.
** [[spoiler:Turns out, Halibel was completely unharmed by Hitsugaya's ultimate attack.]]
* Barragan has an extremely non-animalistic release, a big point in favor of being a Vasto Lorde. In this case, it seems to go against his characterization that he wouldn't say something like, "this is the power of a Vasto Lorde," or something to brag on himself. The death problem could also become a factor if Soifon's Bankai did kill him, but we can't really say for sure at this point.
** [[spoiler:Barragan came out completely unharmed too.]]
* Stark is still a bit of a mystery given that we haven't seen his release and we know very little about his history. The only thing I can say is that his mask fragment looks like an animal's jaw bone, which admittedly is tenuous evidence at best.
** Or alternatively, if we are going with the fact that Stark's aspect of Death is Loneliness, Stark has no release at all. He was, amongst all the Espada, born hollow.
*** [[spoiler:Nope, he has a release. And a pretty unanimalistic one judging by the one spoiler pic I've seen]]
*** Or it could mean that he's the only Vasto Lorde to ever exist and/or serve Aizen, turning his condition into a lonely one.
*** [[spoiler: Even so, judging from the spoiler picture Stark's release is still animal themed. He's best described as a "wolf-type" in the same way Halibel is a "shark-type".]]
*** Going by current evidence, Barragan is probably the only one we could feasibly describe as Vasto Lorde, but the fact that he's number two makes it pretty diffiult if [[spoiler: Stark is actually just a particularly powerful adjuchas.]]
*** It could be that Barragan's release isn't human-like, but ape-like, as most monkeys' skeletal structures are similar enough to the human one to cause some confusion in untrained eyes (or untrained mangakas).
*** jossed. Halibel was a VL.

[[WMG: Hinamori can use Garganta]]
* At least two other Shinigami have used this technique and she's highly proficient in kido and how else would she have arrived at the [[spoiler:fake Karakura town]] if not for the ability to travel through dimensions as Yamamoto doesn't seem the type to bring someone into a battle when they are clearly [[BreakTheCutie mentally unstable]]
* ...Except for the fact that they're in Soul Society...
** This troper-the original poster-read it as they transfered Karauka town to Soul Society and created a fake Kakaura in its place to lure in Aizen. the anime reinforced this idea (dubious evidence I know) by having a soul reaper in another town feel Yamaoto's huge release of spirit pressure.
*** Even if that is the case, Garganta are only used to travel to and from Hueco Mundo. Shinigami have other methods of moving between the Soul Society and the world of the living.
*** double-checked and you're correct so I suppose the guess would be:"Hinamori can use a kido that lets her indepentandtly move between worlds" as again Yamamoto would probably give specific orders not to let Hinamori through

[[WMG:Wonderweiss Margera is a Vasto Lorde.]]
It's already been mentioned a couple times on this page, but I thought it needed to have its own theory. Evidence:
* He was human-sized pre-shimigamification and one of the characteristics of Vasto Lordes is that they are human sized.
* Most of the Espada were present for his "birth" and Aizen even waited for Ulquiorra and Yammy to arrive before beginning. This suggests he is very important to Aizen's plans. It also seems significant that he's the only arrancar we've seen being created.
* The Soul Society rates him as being powerful enough to be an Espada.
* Tousen describes him as "pure," but is deliberately ambiguous as to what that means because even he isn't sure whether it's pure good, pure evil, or something else entirely.
* According to the latest spoilers, [[spoiler:he is able to take down two captains easily with Starrk remarking that Aizen must be serious to bring him out.]]

[[WMG:Masaki Kurosaki and Aizen Sosuke have a history together.]]
Here is my list of theories:
* Masaki is Kyoka Suigetsu.
* They're siblings.
* They're lovers, or were, before she met Isshin.
* Masaki is an [[TheHeartless Arrancar]].
* Aizen is Masaki's [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave father]].

[[WMG:Aizen is related to Ichigo.]]
Aizen may possibly be the EvilUncle to Ichigo, Ichigo's [[HotShoujoDad real dad]] or, going with the previous post, possibly a [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave (rather young looking)]] [[LukeIAmYourFather grandfather]]

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society actually lives in Hell.]]
The Royal Guard's true purpose is to punish those who go to Hell. If anyone tries to access the King's realm (coughAizencough), they'll be trapped in Hell.

[[WMG: The king of soul society is two feet tall and has pink hair.]]
Who else would be powerful enough to give BloodKnight Kenpachi a nickname like Ken-chan, and keep a number of captains as supply lines for candy money (Shinigami Womens' Society) and sweet buns (Byakuya)?
* That was already proposed above, but it's so cute!

[[WMG: The King is Yamamoto.]]
He just doesn't tell anybody because he likes to be besides the other captains.

[[WMG: Orihime's zanpakuto is a leek.]]
Well, if she would become a soul reaper, that's what it will be. I mean, what humans or soul reapers can spin a leek at 360 degrees with their wrist?

[[WMG: The vast majority of Soul Society was designed to [[WorldHalfEmpty craptacular]] to encourage souls to choose {{reincarnation}}.]]
Well this theory explains why Soul Society's population isn't in nthe billions at least.
* Note that much of what we see of Soul Society is District 78 in Rukia's flashback and District 79 (Yachiru's description of her past and the Bount Arc), so this seems to be AccentuateTheNegative.

[[WMG:Chizuru dyes her hair]]
Ichigo and Orihime both have natural red hair, and both were bullied in the past for it. Chizuru is also a redhead, but her hair isn't the same colour as naturally red hair, while that of Ichigo and Orihime is. Evidently, she dyed hers red to be more like the girl she loves.
* Perhaps she isn't bullied because she's scary. I wouldn't bully a girl that could grope my breasts in a surprise attack.

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is the Heavy from TeamFortress2]]
* And this isn't even the most far-fetched theory on this page.

[[WMG: Vasto Lorde are what happens when beings like Chad die and aren't purified/resist purification.]]
Their souls are already high-powered, and readily compatible with hollowfication; they will attract Hollow souls like ghosts to captain-level Shinigami, and subjugate anything up to and including Huge hollows almost (or completely) unconsciously, absorbing even Menos and possibly, with a fight, Adjuchas. This is why they're so rare; not only do they have incredibly unusual prerequisites in their pre-death form, but they tend to kill all but the strongest Hollows who try to find them ''without noticing'' and may have a tendency to burn out their spirit bodies when they get too strong, and possibly small pocket dimensions before they get control over their powers. This works especially well with "Chad's Abuelo will turn out to have become a Vasto Lorde", since spirit powers appear to be inheritable.
* Don't forget: a Vasto Lorde Luchador.

[[WMG: The King of the Soul Society is the ShamanKing]]
This ''could'' work. Shamans can control spirits, and the Shaman King is one who has managed to take control of the Great Spirit. As a result they could use their skills to control virtually every member of the cast.
* Even though this theory is just a huge, almost poisonous epileptic tree, a crossover fight between Hao and Aizen would be badass.

[[WMG: Barragan screwed up]]
When Aizen told Captain Yamamoto that he would destroy the captains and then create the Key in Soul Society, he knew about the pillars. However, he knew that going after them would be a bad move. Why? Because the pillars would clearly be guarded, and sending anyone to go after them would likely result in that Arrancar's death. He had intended for all of the Arrancar to attack the first line, while those needed to guard the pillars could only watch (after all, SS could not let those pillars fall). After the first line was defeated/subdued, THEN he could worry about Karakura. Basically, by choosing the "simpler" plan, Barragan has made a severe tactical error, and has allowed the forces to be thinned to the point where SS will surely win. [[spoiler: As of now, the Arrancar force in the fake city has been reduced to two: the frozen Halibel, and the now-released Stark.]]

[[WMG: [[TheDarkKnightSaga There's an interesting story about why Gin can't stop smiling all the time...]]]]
His father was a drinker; he even [[MeaningfulName named his son after his drink of choice]].
* His shikai is for [[GlasgowGrin making people happy]]. His Bankai is the spirit equivalent of Smilex, and Mayuri will have to use his own blood mist to condense it before it reaches anyone.

[[WMG: Chad will end up WalkingTheEarth after the series is over]]
It just seems fitting that he would end up doing so.
* So, Chad's [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]]?

[[WMG: Hinamori Momo has a Bankai]]
Based on episode 224 when she whips Tobiume's shikai out without invoking it, something that can only be done if you've got bankai. I'll be the first to say that it might just be an error on the part of the anime staff.
* It may very well be. The manga still had her invoke Tobiume's name before using it. That being said, giving Hinamori a bankai would be an even bigger AssPull compared to how people raged on Hitsugaya beating Halibel, [[spoiler:which never actually happened. It turns out Halibel was completely unaffected by Hitsugaya's ultimate move]]. Unlike Hitsugaya, Hinamori spent all those time on BED, resting and trying to recover from her trauma. How the hell did she find a way to train for Bankai in that time? Maybe it would make sense if she's a genius, but as it is already established, she's more of a hard work person and attains Vice Captain status due to hard work, not because she's a genius. Though it would be very sweet if she does attain bankai.
** Well she is a kido goddess, or maybe she did some inner mind training while in bed.
*** If she is as smart as Urahara, perhaps she can do it in that matter of time.
**** Maybe part of her Bankai training/test was to get over her denial?
***** She still referred Aizen as 'Captain Aizen'. While she does good in coming up so far as joining the battle, I think there's just one TINY PART in her that she's not really completely over it (just 99% over). That, I think, would be what makes it impossible for her to attain Bankai if the test is 'get over her denial'. I'd seriously think if Hinamori was undergoing the same training like Ichigo, the materialization of Tobiume will force her to stop calling Aizen as 'Captain', at least just dropping the title rather than calling him "BASTARD", if she wants to 'pass the test'.

[[WMG: Ulquiorra's Second Resurrección was [[AuthorsSavingThrow made up]] immediately after Kubo realized how dumb he'd made Ulquiorra's first Resurrección look.]]
Really. His first form looked stupid.
** Murus-Hierago gives you ''Wiiiings!!''

[[WMG: Becoming [[AGodAmI the King]] will be Aizen's [[DeathByIrony undoing.]]]]
The theory behind this idea besides the {{rule of cool}}, is that apon obtaining the power of the King of Heaven, not only does he gains the King's powers thus losing his Soul Reaper powers in the process, but also the King's weakness, in this case, [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly the King needs worship to keep his powers]]. Aizen will discover the hard way why the Throne of Heaven was left empty for so long when somehow, someone will use an undisclosed ability to rob Aizen of his new powers, I just know it.
* Another way he could lose is that Aizen will discover the hard way that while he is pretty badass, [[PhlebotinumOverload he will not be able to handle the powers]] of being the King for very long and the very power he seeked destroys him instead.

[[WMG: The day when Gin or Tousen are shown as a spy...]]
This page will drown in gloating tropers.
* {{Jossed}} for [[spoiler: Tousen. We await Gin's actions.]]

[[WMG: The whole plot is a means of weakening the Shinigami]]
Because Shinigami and Hollows are different ends of the same spectrum and they form a part of reality's balance. Should one side gain too much of an advantage, all existance would collaspe. Its obvious that before Aizen the Shinigami haven't had to strain themselves, were growing in number and power and the only reason Hollows could still survive is that they haven't bothered mobilising in numbers. I mean, without the Ryoka invasion their hadn't been an issue of guarding the Court of Pure Souls in centuries, why do they have what seems to be dozens if not hundreds of Shinigami sitting around doing nothing? Have the Shinigami always been so paranoid. So in conclusion, Aizen is either doing this to restore balance or is being used by a higher power without his knowledge.
* Or maybe ''worse'': His real plan is ''not'' to destroy Karakura town, but saturating it with spiritual particles, summoning ''[[CosmicHorror something....]]''

[[WMG: General Yamamoto is in league with Aizen]]
While Hinamori is recovering from her MindRape, Yamamoto allows her a brief conversation with Hitsugya. It starts out well enough, but then she starts to get worked up and says something to the effect of "Aizen must be being controlled! Ichimaru '''or someone else''' must be behind all this!" ... and Yamamoto promptly knocks her unconscious. He claims that it's because she's getting so worked up, but really, she wasn't exactly jumping from the walls or anything; It didn't seem like nearly enough of a reason. Does he have an ulterior motive? Perhaps he doesn't want people blurting out the idea that there might be a Big Bad other than Aizen.

[[WMG: If Kubo Tite was allowed to put in more Yuri into the Bleach storyline he would]]
[[SchoolgirlLesbians Chizuru]] alone is pretty good enough proof that he is a YuriFanboy. But there is of course the [[ClingyJealousGirl infamous subtext]] regarding about how Soi Fon can be regarding Yoruichi. And remember that infamous scene with [[MostCommonSuperPower Matsumoto and Orihime]] in which Orihime is crying on Matsumoto? Sounds innocent right? Well Orihime was crying on Matsumoto's breasts while Matsumoto is completely nude. (And to make the Yuri undertones a little bit more clear is before that Matsumoto was doing a suggestive pose while nude on top of Orihime after when she was done tickling here. Which was a bit more blatant in the Manga.) However Bleach is {{Shounen}} so Kubo had to tone it down. But if Bleach was a {{Seinen}} series one could only wonder what Kubo Tite would have done in that regard.
* The idea loses steam when you consider Orihime was crying out of her feelings for Ichigo. Coupled with all the subtext that Soi Fon's crush is one-sided (Yoruichi and Urahara act like a couple half the time), it's unlikely that these instances are anything more than token fanservice.
** True I know its just fanservice and I never said it was anything more than that. (Sorry for any misunderstanding) Though whether if Kubo would have done more if he could now thats the question.

[[WMG: Ukitake's illness is a side-effect of the fact that he's a failed Visored experiment.]]
Given Stark's shock at what appears to be a cero, it's not as crazy as it sounds. Perhaps his inner Hollow and Soul Reaper/Shinigami nature are at war with each other, destroying himself from the inside out. Aizen has a track record of experimenting on high ranking officers. Perhaps Ukitake was one such subject. Maybe the flaw in his transformation was that his Hollow couldn't be mastered. Next to impossible, but this is Wild Mass Guessing.
* So Ukitake is like [[{{Dragonlance}} Raistlin?]] Raistlin has an evil spirit in him too, which causes his ill health. Both of them have white hair too!
* Well, it's one way to explain the cero, and it's a lot less infuriating than any of the other answers I could think of! And even if it wasn't an experiment, he could have still picked up an inner Hollow naturally like Ichigo did. I like it.

[[WMG: There is a deeper connection between Aizen and Kisuke then we've been lead to believe.]]
Think about it. Both of them seem to specialise in using doubles to get close to people. They both have Hollow conections and seem to have used very familiar techniques. And it would fit with theories that bleach is really a battle between Aizen and Kisuke.
* This, this, a thousand times this. Bleach is like SchlockMercenary. It's a massive conflict primarily shown from the perspective of some of the more influencial pawns.

[[WMG: The Vaizards will be the bad guys of the next arc.]]
Lets look at the evidence. For the majority of their appearance, the Vaizards have essentially been a comedy troop that does things for laughs. When characters are portrayed as comical by default, then moments when they are serious are really Serious. The most serious moment for the Vaizards is the extremely brief exchange between Shinji and Hiyori when he is carrying her away from Orihime and Chad. Hiyori states that she hates Shinigami and humans and Shinji says that he knows and asks her to be patient. Patient...for what (cue dramatic music)? In addition, they have a fairly serious set of grievances against Soul Society, particularly that part about Central 46's decision that they would be dealt with and exterminated as hollows. The reason they haven't joined the battle in the current story arc is because they are about to set their own plans in motion and are possibly already in Soul Society, getting ready to take their revenge.
** Shinji told Hiyori to be patient because they would get their revenge on Aizen for forcing them to go through Hollowifcation (Something that was shown in the Turn Back The Pendulum flashback arc). And in the spoiler threads for chapter 364, it shows that [[spoiler: the Vizards arrive in the fake Karakura Town.]]
** [[spoiler: As of 365, the group apparently just wants revenge on Aizen and has no interest whatsoever in the Gotei squads. Hirako also adds that they are on "their own side... and Ichigo's side"]]

[[WMG: There was something else doing the job of stopping souls becoming Hollow chow before the shinigami came along]]
And whatever it was, it was dog-shaped. This actually makes sense for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the idea of dogs as protectors/guides of the dead crops up all over the place (interestingly, it's never said what they were protecting them from), so maybe some people saw something before the shinigamis started re-writing memories. Secondly, it would go a long way towards explaining Komamura.
** [[WorldofDarkness WoD/nWoD]] Werewolves, anyone?
** [[HarryPotter Sirius]] was one of the predecessors of the shinigami, and his mission was to protect Harry Potter. He was hastily recalled back to the proto-Soul Society during the fight in the Ministry of Magic, and the veil was a disguised portal to the proto-Soul Society.
** [[TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness Wolf]] was most probably a shinigami precursor, due to the fact that he often chased the malevolent souls of the dead away from the living.

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is a CosmicHorror.]]
He's locked away not for hiis safety, but everyone else's. After becoming King, he hit somew sort of power increase singularity and had to be sealed off before killing everyone. He might also be Hell, and the key is only necessary to escape, not to enter.

[[WMG: Soi Fon's zanpakuto is bipolar]]
It would certainly explain the vast differences between her Shikai and her Bankai. Think about it. Most of the time Suzumebachi is probably as calm and methodical as Soi Fon herself, but when the fight drags on too long or the enemy is too strong it gets fed up with fighting and just wants to get rid the opponents. Hence why Jakuh? Raik?ben is large and unwieldly, yet at the same time immensly destructive. It is unsuitable for a stealthy approach because, by the time Soi Fon decides to use her Bankai it has allready stopped about being stealthy and just wants to finish off the enemy with one last strike.

[[WMG: Ulquiorra was stronger than Halibel]]
Supposedly Aizen did not know about [[spoiler: his second release]], making it entirely possible that it was not calculated into his rank. This would explain why he could lay the hurt on Ichigo while Halibel, who is ranked above him, [[spoiler: could get her clock cleaned by Hitsugaya]].
* Ulquiorra said he never showed Aizen that. Doesn't mean Aizen never knew about it.
* Alternately: The Espada ranks were calculated with an average Bleach character in mind. Since Aizen was very thorough, this would undoubtedly include the often-excessive ChasteHero tendencies. Thus, his reasoning was, if, say, Ichi were to have to fight Halibel, he would promptly be incapacitated by embarrassment and quite possibly a serious nosebleed. However, if we consider it from the perspective of Captain Shota, who has to put up with Matsumoto's constant booby harassment, one of Halibel's primary attack forms is useless, since he's been inoculated. Thus, against anyone but Hitsugaya, Halibel would actually have been stronger than Emocar. She just happened to get the wrong opponent.
* Hitsugaya did better than one would expect based on rank because his elemental powers match up well against Halibel's. [[spoiler:And despite that, he didn't actually cause her any harm at all.]]

[[WMG: Zaraki Kenpachi has one true weakness, he is {{afraid of needles}}.]]
There is no proof as of yet to support this but lets face it, how many series have you seen feature uber {{badass}} who can handle gapping wounds like they are [[OnlyAFleshWound just a scratch]] but scream like little girls when they see a nurse with a needle in her hand, it just seems to be sort of classic characteristic a guy like Kenny would have.
* He's afraid of needles held by Unohana. Not really needles, but who holds it. I would, too.

[[WMG: Aizen's Couch is his bankai.]]
Or, at the very least, his bankai's disguise.
* So that's where Barragan learned it....

[[WMG: Chizuru could have defeated Harribel, Apache, Mila-Rose and Sun-Sun single-handedly.]]
Remember the ''[[{{Sentai}} Karakura-Raizer Team]]'' episode where Chizuru used her powers as Karakura-Raizer [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Erotic]] to sudue that busty female Arrancar? Now imagine Chizuru's reaction to seeing busty babes like Harribel and her Fracción. And if any of the girls released their Resurreccións especially Harribel, ''Karakura-Raizer Erotic'' would go into [[IncrediblyLamePun Super Hentaiyan]] mode out of sheer LUST.

[[WMG: The reason that Bleach seems to be getting more and more incoherant as it goes is because Tito Kube wants fans to lose interest.]]
He's stated he wants to be a fashion designer after he's done with Bleach. He keeps creating more and more characters to show off more and more fashions, all while he muddies up the story. He wants to kill off the series so he can get to his important fashion designing, and hates the fact it's so popular it ''just won't die!''
** You know what? This Troper believes you, and thinks it's true to at least some extent for the other two big and popular shonen, Naruto and One Piece. This is why I can't stand the bashing for Kishimoto and Kubo; having to keep drawing a series you obviously don't care about anymore for the sake of proffesionalism and keeping face would probably seriously suck, on top of the deadlines and crazy fans. Those guys are human too you know. You'd probably hate the situation enough to delibately sabotage your own series too. (Although Oda seems to be dealing with it by making the pace insanely fast and resolving as much as possible in a relatively short period of time; you can still tell he wants it to end pretty soon without ruining the quality of the story.)

[[WMG: Luppi was not intended to be a permanent replacement for Grimmjow.]]
"Hey, you see that guy over there? The [[AxeCrazy homicidal maniac]] who got demoted because he lost his arm? Go ahead and fix that arm." Seriously, what else did Aizen think would happen? It would also explain why Luppi got his ass handed to him by [[FanNickname Captain Bankaiwhore]] if he was just an Espada temp.
* It would also explain how he bypassed (unreleased) Yammy, Aaroniero, Szyael and Zomari, despite seeming less powerful than they are.

[[WMG:"Superchunky" isn't the real threat; Wonderweiss is]]
Size seems to be inversely proportionate to power in the Bleach universe, with larger enemies often dying easily in Curb Stomp battles (Tesla gets killed in one hit by Kenpachi, Grand Fisher gets killed in one hit by Isshin, Poww gets killed in one hit by Komamura and Allon gets killed easily by Yamamoto- albeit after defeating four lieutenants) and the Gillian being the largest and weakest kind of Menos. Additionally, the story seems to be setting up Wonderweiss as being NotSoHarmless, especially since he seems like the least threatening Arrancar, but has been shown to have Espada-level power readings.
* Not to mention: have you ''seen'' the size of Wonderweiss's sword? I mean, I know [[spoiler: Isshin]] said that you can't judge a Shinigami / Arrancar's power by the size of their sword, but seriously, that's like a frikkin' Zweihander.
* The kid [[spoiler: just one-shotted Ukitake]], so this seems more likely than ever.
* And [[spoiler: destroyed Hitsugaya's Ice-Prison by ''shouting at it'']].
* [[spoiler: Apparently, this is also how he summons a horde of Gillians.]]
* All the more likely now that [[spoiler: Mashiro appears to have killed it.]]

[[WMG:Wait...Soul Society as akronym is SS...]]
This sounds rather fishy!
* But scheming Hitler or rather Stalin of this world is already Aizen
** As ''Only Fools and Horses'' put it, "T. Eliot spelt backwards is 'toilet'. That doesn't mean he was a lavatory attendant!" :P
*** Doesn't mean he wasn't! Maybe he was one for a summer job as a child!
[[WMG: A Shinigami will find a way to successfully fuse with their Zanpakutou spirit]]
The main villain of the OVA tried to do it, but went insane. So, maybe Kubo will use this idea as a power up for a Shinigami character. Maybe in this new form they would gain the abilities of their Bankai enhanced even more. So if Yamamoto were to have it, he would become fire.
* Who says [[FanNickname Old Man Genocide]] hasn't already?
** What does this mean for Renji if they do it with Zabimaru's "Chimpette & Snakey" form/s? Note to the rabid Filler Haters, only a funny thought.

[[WMG:The King of Soul Society is not an Eldritch Abomination, but rather the conduit for one (Yes, another one).]]
Hollows are natural evolution of Souls that don't move on. Shinigami, therefore, have to come from somewhere else. Before the Soul Society spiritually aware humans fought the Hollows on their own; but they were slowly loosing. A group of these humans managed to make contact with a sealed Eldritch Abomination and it empowered them to fight the hollows, making them Shinigami. The human who started this became the King.

Unfortunately, as Shinigami become more powerful they also become more and more corrupted by the Eldritch Abomination, who's using them as a way to wear down the seal on its prison. While the King was somewhat protected from this influence, he saw how those who were empowered along side him and later were becoming corrupted. At some point, as the King and the other original Shinigami were becoming more and more corrupted, the newer shinigami realized what was happening and managed to Seal them away. The King, of course, realized this and went along with it, knowing he could only hold out against the Eldritch Abomination's influence for so long. This is the origin of the 0th division; they're not guards, but rather Shinigami who are becoming too powerful, and therefore too corrupted, and have to be sealed away as well.

Over time the King has become little more than an avatar of the Sealed Evil In A Can, and this is why no one has seen him. Aizen realized this, and began his entire plot as a way to create something that can fight the Eldritch Horror, namely the Arracanar and the Visored who are outside of its influence due to being part Hollow. Of course, Aizen is being manipulated by the Eldritch Horror to kill the king, thereby breaking the Seal and not only freeing the Eldritch Horror, but also breaking the Conduit, thereby rendering the Shinigami powerless to fight said Eldritch Horror.

[[WMG: Not all Vizards will fight against the Espadas, Superchunky and Wonderweiss]]
Two of them will be with Komamura and Hitsugaya, possibly because they learned how to open Garganta, and might investigate how the others are doing in Hueco Mundo, to help kicking Zero Espada ass.

[[WMG: Gantenbainne (the Privaron Espada Chad defeated) has switched sides...]]
...but it just hasn't been shown since he hasn't turned up. When he does, he be with Unohana, fighting the Arrancar so that Unohana can hold off for the big reveal of her power. He seems like not only a reasonable person but a really likable character, so part of this is hope. Dordonii (who Ichigo beat) would also be here, except he was likely killed fighting the Exequias. If either died of his wounds from Ichigo and is thus in Soul Soceity, or defeated the Exequias, he will join the Shinigami, or at least Ichigo.
* Actually, Dordonii is possibly dead, Unohana is in FKT now but it'd great to see them all again.

[[WMG: Pesche is...a Jedi!]]
He has a lightsaber, so why not? He's the hollow formed not only out of a Jedi, but Mace Windu! Just cause, y'know, that would be fun. Wait, better idea, to be a Fracción they would be at least gillian, a hollow formed of many hollows. Now, what group of similiar, powerful group were genocided upon? The Order! Something caused their souls to be moved to a different reality, becoming a Menos then eventually...PESCHE!

[[WMG: Yami and Ulqiorra were friends because they were the only true Vasto Lordes within the ranks of the Espada.]]
Both had immense strength, but one decided to become the Zeroth Espada; the other kept his true strength hidden from Aizen by keeping back his true release. Despite the disparity in their ranks, they always accompanied each other everywhere. Yami was quite disappointed when Ulqiorra died, and Ulqiorra made sure that Yami survived their initial recon of Karakura, and even deigned to retrieve his arm before their retreat. Both were the only Espada without Fracción, (ignoring Aaroniero, who can be explained away due to the nature of his powers). Ulqiorra is also the only Espada shown so far to use the Cero Oscura, despite the four Espada above him having released their swords in battle.
** This troper thinks Yammy, Starrk, Barragan and Halibel are Vasto Lordes, while Ulquiorra was an adjuchas who was close to becoming a Vasto Lorde when he Shinigamified. Yammy, Starrk, Barragan and Hallibel get one released form at Shinigamied-Vasto-Lorde level, espadas 5 and down get one release at Shinigamied-Adjuchas level, while Ulquiorra gets A Shinigamied-Adsjuchas release and the ability to temporarily upgrade to a Vasto-Lorde release.

[[WMG: Grand Fisher was an Adjuchas-class hollow, and could have been an Espada-class arrancar if he'd been made right.]]
As a hollow, Grand Fisher had been on Soul Society's 'Wanted' list for over 50 years and had fought and killed several Shinigami, so it's established that he's already pretty powerful, and he's about the right size for an Adjuchas. His Arrancar form is grotesque but still more human than, say, Aaroniero, and certainly more human than mooks like Iceringer. In addition, he manifests a weapon even in his released state, somethng that only exceptionally powerful arrancar seem able to do (every Espada from Noitora onwards has a weapon of some description even when released, as did Neliel. Only two non-Espada arrancar have weapons while released (that is, assuming I'm remembering correctly): Ggio Vega and Mila-Rose, both of whom are Fraccion to very powerful Espadas and thus of above-average strength in their own right). Also, when Isshin is talking about the basics of Zanpakuto size, he comments something to the effect of 'if captains didn't control the size of their swords, they'd all be the same size as yours' - suggesting that Grand Fisher is indeed as powerful as a captain and simply didn't know how to control his power. If he'd survived and been turned into a perfect arrancar, this troper thinks he could've become on par with the Espada - which, let's face it, [[AnticlimaxBoss would have been a lot better than what actually did happen]].
* This troper would have to disagree. I mean, for one thing,if Grand Fisher had been adjuchas then our plucky hero would be extremely dead. I mean, even with a sword described as "blunted by anger" (not sure if it's literally blunt,, it ''is'' a zanpakuto) and more or less without using ki, ichigo manged to do serious damage to Grand Fisher. Meanwhile, to take down a mere Gillian, Ichigo had to use what appeared to be the ancestor of Getsuga Tenshou to even convince it to retreat, much less cause a major, apparent wound. Meanwhile, an adjuchas could probably easily defeat early Ichigo with one strike. Plus, even the screechy dude took down a couple of shinigami, the regular ones are basically short-ranged stormtroopers. And hiding? You don't know where they come out, and they can retreat whenever they want. It's not that hard to hide, especially if you can wound your pursuers.


[[WMG: Don Kanonji is Isshin's Vice Captain.]]
* copied from ''The One That Might'''s Gamefaqs post*
Now, we all know that in Bleach's first arc, Orihime and Chad were able to awaken their spiritual powers because Ichigo was leaking spirit energy like crazy. We also know from hindsight that the reason that Ichigo can see ghosts and Karin and Yuzu can sense ghosts in the beginning of the series is because their father was a very powerful shinigami. Ishhin Kurosaki isn't confirmed to be a captain, but between him claiming to have a captain's power and what appears to be a very obvious captain's jacket hanging off his shinigami robes we can hypthoesis with very little doubt that at some point Isshin must have been a shinigami captain. His wife may have also been a shinigami, but this is doubtful and we have nothing to back it up. I mean, if she was a shinigami she might have stood a better chance against grandfisher, but that's a debate for another time.

Quincys are humans who are descended along a special blood line. Bounts, in the anime at least, are much the same way. This explains the origins of every human character in the series with special powers with the exception of Don Kanonji. Don Kanonji can see spirits, and also he can use THE GOLDEN CANON BALL, a special technique that involves him firing a very tiny pellet from his hand and it causing a massive explosion. While it doesn't have a number attached to it, which makes it doubtful that its a kidou spell, it is very possible that it is a special ability of Don Kanonji's zanpaktou, and that his staff is his zanpaktou in its released state. Possibly similar to Renji's similarly named Baboon Bone Canon, which is fired the same way with no incantation.



We know from the Pendulum arc that you can't quit being a shinigami, so Isshin must be a deserter like the Vizard and Urahara. We also know that he was a captain, and if he was a captain he must have had a lieutenant. We can't say for sure what squad Isshin was captain of, but 11th squad is looking pretty likely considering how its captain is not seen during the past arc. We know that Isshin gave up his powers 20 years ago, but we can't say for sure that that is when he defected from the Gotei 13. Conjecture aside, if Isshin was a captain than he must have had a lieutenant. The most obvious candidate for this position is Don Kanonji, was I will explain below.

If Don Kanonji was Isshin's lieutenant then its likely they did the smart thing and split up when they exiled themselves to the world of the living. The Vizards had each other and Urahara had use for the former kido corp leader, but there was nothing Isshin and Kanonji could do to really help each other. So they split ways. We know that shinigamis have a fascination with earth from people like Matsumoto.Shinji, and the 1st squad lieutenant who all love living world stuff. It would make sense that Kanonji decided to explore the world while Isshin decided to find love. While traveling, Don Kanonji realized he needed money. Thanks to a fascination with TV he developed in the real world and his own powers, he decided that he could become a spiritual medium in the real world. He rises to fame fighting hollows.

Eventually he discovers that Isshin's son has developed shinigami powers and he goes to Karakura Town, of all places, to test him. We know that Don Kanonji screwed up the exorcism in Karakura Town, but how do you explain how he has been doing this for years without being devoured by a hollow who would want to eat him? Hollows are attracted to humans with high spiritual pressure, so he must have been a target for hollows. What I'm getting at here is that Don Kanonji screwed up on purpose to test Isshin's son.

He wanted to make sure that Ichigo had what it takes to combat hollows so he created a situation where he knew that Ichigo would have to step in to fight. Don Kanonji returns later in the series to check in on Ichigo's progress, referring to him as his pupil, so that he can train him. He knows exactly where to find Ichigo because he knows where to find Isshin. He settles on forming the karakura super heroes instead because without Ichigo around to train, he turns to Ichigo's sisters who are also Isshin's offspring. They're not shinigamis, but there is still training that Don Kanonji can do for them until they can unlock their shinigami powers.

Don Kanonji has shown some knowledge of shinigamis and hollows so it is likely he must know more than he's letting on. His wild and crazy personality actually matches Isshin's quite well so it would make sense that he would be picked to be Isshin's lieutenant. If Isshin was really the captain of the 11th squad as many suspect, then the insanity they must have had together could have established it as a place for the crazy battle hungry to gather.

Basically, Don Kanonji is too powerful a spiritual being to not be a shinigami. With no other explanation for his powers, that is what he must be. Since we know how useless fodder shinigami are, he must have been someone of a high rank and pairing him as Isshin' lieutenant makes the most sense due to their similar personalities and Don Kanonji's interest in Isshin's children.
* But we've ''seen'' his thoughts. He had ''no idea'' what he was doing to the spirits.
** He must be [[LaserGuidedAmnesia amnesiac]] then.
** Either that, or he's using some sort of kido-type spell to obscure his thoughts. Assuming he was made a lieutenant, I'd think he'd easily have the skill required to do so.
* Karakura town is special in a number of ways, it is possible that the hollow reformed faster than average after Kanonji created it. Also, it apparently wasn't a given that it would re-form anywhere nearby, as Rukia whips out her spirit pager to track it, only for it to reappear in plain sight, on the balcony. In fact, given Kanonji's goal of being an inspirational hero to kids, and his announcer stating that early use of his spirit cane was an unusual move, it is quite possible that Kanonji only rarely finds an actual hole to "exorcise," and the rest of the time just prances around and uses special effects.

[[WMG: Ulquiorra is [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead.]]]]
Maybe I'm just in denial about his [[spoiler:death]] because it was [[AlasPoorVillain so bittersweet,]] but something tells me that chapter wasn't the last we've seen of him. Considering [[DeathIsCheap the mortality rate of Bleach characters,]] this isn't outside the scope of possibilities.
** I wondered that myself, given that he tells Ichigo [[spoiler: "If you don't kill me now, it'll never be over" ''while he's already dissolving''.]]
*** He only says that in the (unreliable) Sleepy Fans translation. Franky House has him saying [[spoiler: "If you do not cut me down, then this will go unsettled for eternity"]], and Maximum7 has him saying [[spoiler:"If you don't kill me now, this conflict won't be resolved"]], indicating that [[spoiler:he wants Ichigo to claim his victory before he dies]].
** This troper just had a thought: isn't Ulquiorra's eye able to scatter into dust and let other people view his memories? What if it's just his whole body that has done that, and he just does it to his eye because it's the closest, most convenient detatchable body part to do the memory dust shtick? He might be floating around as a cloud and somehow take over a stray hollow and implants his memories into it, therefore causing him to be "reborn" in a sense?

[[WMG: Ichigo's hollow side has become a Vastro Lorde by eating other hollows]]
It has been very clearly stated that hollow ichigo was always a part of the spirit of Zangetsu.

Hollows are required to devour other hollows to reach the higher levels. Hollows feed on the spirit energy of other beings, so it stands to reason, the more hollow energy they devour, the faster they can level up. An Arrancar would be like an all you can eat energy buffet.

Ichigo has a hollow in his sword. We can assume it hasn't been sitting there twiddling it's thumbs all this time. My bet is it's been gobbling up the energy from all the defeated hollows and possibly their attacks, in order to reach a level where it can usurp Ichigo's position as the master. Things went a little pear shaped when Ichigo up and died, unexpectedly taking all that power for himself, but it's a safe bet Zangetsu has been absorbing a HUGE amount of hollow energy while Ichigo has been making his way through Hueco Mundo.
* While that is a possibility, there is no way he could become a Vasto Lorde so quickly. According to Grimmjow's flashback, he had to have snacked on at least 1,000 hollows to power up. Ichigo sure as hell didn't kill ''that'' many.
** Aha, but if he's been eating hollows that have eaten a thousand hollows themselves, then...
*** Except that he hasn't actually ''killed'' any Arrancar (except [[spoiler: Ulquiorra]]but he was already in full hollow form at the time, so it couldn't have counted) and only fought 3, none of which he killed. Dordonni was offed by the Equixas, Nnoitra was killed by [[spoiler: Kenpachi]], and Grimmjow is still lying in a ditch somewhere. In fact, Ichigo only killed one hollow since his hollow appeared, and that was the random mook he took care of right after Rukia & Co. showed up to help with the Arrancars.

[[WMG: The new filler arc will be an AU of the first Bleach Arc]]
Based on episode 227, we know that the newest filler arc takes place before the first few episodes. Since Mizuiro was narrating the Karakura Town part of the episode, maybe his narration is foreshadowing him taking the place of Ichigo as the main character in an AU of Bleach? After all, out of all of Ichigo's Karakura Town friends, he hasn't shown any spiritual powers or starred in any fillers (unlike Tatsuki, Chizuru, or Keigo in the Karakura Riser filler).
* Actually, its based on an omake in one of the volumes, can't remember which. Its just a small thing Kubo made to show how he and Keigo met Ichigo and Chad as well as a small veiw of his backstory.
** It's for Volume 12. Episode 228 is based off the between chapters extra story in Volume 26.

[[WMG: Ururu is based on Soi Fon.]]
She was a (probably intentionally) imperfect copy made to help Yoruichi feel better about beign unable to return to the ranks of the shinigami assassins with only [[CloudCuckooLander Ura]][[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass hara]] to comfort her. Ururu may be slightly flanderized from what Urahara recalls of Soi Fon, but she is really focused, and follows orders possibly too well for her own good. Also, [[spoiler: their strongest weapon shown is a freaking RPG]].

[[WMG: Kyon's soul candy pill is the Key.]]
Like when Urahara stuck [[spoiler: the breakdown sphere]] into [[spoiler: Rukia's gigai]]. As long as he's in the stuffed animal or Ichigo's body, it can't be found. That was the real reason Urahara didn't want Rukia to have it, not (just) because it was defective.
** [[HaruhiSuzumiya Kyon]], you say?

[[WMG: The first Hollow and Soul Reaper were Cain & Abel]]
When Cain killed Abel, God marked him and told him to wander the earth forever. The mark was a mask, and Cain became the first Hollow. The dead Abel, meanwhile, saw what his brother had become and took up arms to stop him, becoming the first Soul Reaper.
* Alternatively, when Cain killed Abel, Abel's grief and rage over his murder by his brother led to him becoming the first Hollow. Cain was marked by God and told to wander the earth forever, hunting the twisted ghost of his brother, becoming the first Soul Reaper.

[[WMG: Urahara and Tessai are Visored.]]
Because yeah.

[[WMG: A hypothesis:]]
* A cero + Arrancar blood = Gran Ray Cero. Arrancar ? Visored. Getsuga Tensho ? Cero Oscuras. Ichigo's blood on his blade + Getsuga Tensho = [[EarthShatteringKaboom ?]]
** Whatever the result, it'll be awesome.

[[WMG: Orihime can achieve Bankai.]]
Her powers are "similar to a Shinigami's," after all. Her current abilities are basically like Shikai and the spiritual manifestation that precedes Bankai.

[[WMG: Aizen was never a villain at all]]

People have hinted at this elsewhere on the page, but always seem to tie it into the main plotline of well-intentioned extremism. From everything I've seen, Aizen never intended to replace the King or make the King's Key at all! Consider:

- For all his supposed chessmaster stature, and overpowering allies, his forces haven't killed a single shinigami! In fact, he's gone out of his way to order incursions into the mortal world that allow his forces abilities to be seen without actually harming the Shinigami.

- He had Hitsugaya, Ichigo, Renji, and Kommamura at his mercy while he was escaping Soul Society. He could have taken the extra fraction of a second to slit their necks, ending their threat to his supposed plans, without affecting his overall goals in the slightest. He didn't.

- All of his forces have been paired up against Shinigami just powerful enough to defeat them. He's intimately familiar with exactly how powerful all of the Shinigami in Soul Society are, as well as how powerful his Arrancar are, so their defeats were intentional. He's forcing the Shinigami to become stronger, while simultaniously destroying the most powerful hollows in Heco Mundo. The fights could have gone the other way, Shinigami could have died, but he's willing to take that risk.

- Yamamoto knew what was going on from the start, that's why he shielded Aizen, Tousen, and Gin away at the start of the battle.

- The incident with the Central 46 is the only flaw in this theory. It's possible the Central 46 were supremely incompetent administrators, and Aizen (not a villain, but still morally ambiguious enough to do something like this) - decided he needed to "clean house."

Aizen's goal was never to get the King's Key or sit in the throne of heaven; he knew the Hollows were becomming more powerful, while the Shinigami had become so stagnant that a rag-tag group of Ryoka gave the whole of Soul Society a run for their money. Even Super-Kill-Guy Zaraki Kenpachi admitted to being a little out of practice during his fight with Nnoitora.

Aizen, just like Hitsugaya explained, knew that if the Vasto Lorde got together and decided to put the pain down on Soul Society, they would win, so he took matters into his own hands. He concocted a story to convince the most powerful hollows to launch piecemeal assaults against soul society, whittled down their numbers, and forced the Shinigami to grow in power. Now, when the true threat of the Vasto Lordes show up, they'll lack a supporting army, and they'll face a battle-hardened Shinigami army fully capable of killing them off.

[[WMG: Wonderweiss is a damaged Vasto Lorde.]]

When Wonderweiss is being turned into arrancar he is both human sized as well as covered in bandages for no explained reason. Also Wonderweiss's form is a child and he seems to be autistic or has some other mental disorder. Also it is possible Aizen took Wonderweiss by force and was injured.
* The "bandages" are apparently part of the Shinigamification process. Grand Fisher was similarly covered in bandages when he transformed into an Arrancar.

[[WMG: Kenpachi will achieve bankai... and it will be... Super Saiyan Kenpachi]]
I actually lean more towards the theory of Kenpachi being Yachiru's shikai, but think about it: he would prefer not to have any kido-type bankai or anything that doesn't directly attack the enemy, so a power-up would be ideal for him. Furthermore, he is one of few characters in the series to have long, spiky hair. Finally, he has a Saiyan-esque love of battle, and, though it has not been implied or stated yet, a Saiyan-like ability to increase greatly in power after being injured in battle.
* Ironically, this means that his only two attacks will be punches, kicks, chops, headbutts, etc. or ki attacks that make the physical attacks pale in comparison. His major turning point will be realizing that he needs to be a balanced fighter to keep up his BloodKnight tendencies, and that his pride is misplaced.

[[WMG: Kenpachi tastes like candy.]]
That's why Yachiru never leaves his side. And he's so strong that she can bite him all she wants and it won't do any damage.

[[WMG: The name of Kenpachi's zanpakto is Chuck Norris]]
And after hearing this, Aizen will scream like a little girl and run away, never to be seen again.
* Wonder what the release command would be maybe "the eyes are apon you..."
** already impossible due to the fat that you are actually suggesting that Chuck Norris can be controlled, now if Kenpachi was Chuck Norris' zanpakuto, that would make sense, given the amounts of badass that Kenpachi holds. P.S. Chuck Norris is awesome enough to have a zanpakuto without having to be a Shinigami, of course.

[[WMG: Rukia is a lesbian, and in love with Orihime]]
She's never expressed romantic interest in Ichigo or Renji, her "relationships will hinder a Shinigami" speech is set to a shot of Orihime playing with her friends, there are at least three pieces of really, really subtexty art done by Kubo himself that could imply at least one of them is hot for the other, and Orihime's probably the only person Rukia is consistently gentle/deredere for.
(Watch this theory be ignored.)
** [[@/{{Barano}} This Troper]] approves!
** This. This Troper completely approves.
** Third. I've been thinking about this ever since [[http://www.mangatoshokan.com/read/bleach/4/228/3 the cover]] for chapter 228.
*** I've been thinking about this ever since ''Bleach'' came out.

[[WMG: Orihime is in "[[PerverseSexualLust love]]" with every member of the main group (Ichigo, Rukia, Uryuu, Tatsuki) except for Chad, who's more like a surrogate brother.]]
She acts all peppy-happy even when she's revealed to have been hurting inside and gets the "concerned" face for everyone that she got for Ichigo early in the series, and has acted all "feely" (emotively, not like Chizuru) towards everyone but (if this troper recalls correctly, correct me if I'm wrong) Chad, who she tends to act towards more as a "crutch" "protector" like the idea of her dead brother (as opposed to Ichigo, which is more of a "Big Handsome Hero Squeeee" sort of thing when not putting on the "concerned" face). Tatsuki is the First Girl (semi-genderswapped), though FirstGirlWins may not be the scenario. Uryu is the Betty to Ichigo's Veronica, and the Veronica to Tatsuki, and Rukia is the Mysterious Foreign Girl that she fell for listening to Ichigo talking about her.
* What? She is, indeed, in "love" with Chad, too. Because she probably would love to call him nii-san in some fetishy fakecest or something.

[[WMG:Orihime's powers result from both Ichigo and Sora.]]
The common fanon explanation for Orihime's powers is that they are shinigami powers manifested differently because she's alive, just like Chad's are hollow powers manifested differently because he is alive. However, several of the Vizards (especially Hachi) compared Orihime's powers to their own. This would imply that they have both a hollow and shinigami component. This could mean that the time Sora spent stalking and attacking her and when he pushed her soul out of her body affected her in a similar way to Ichigo's constantly leaking spiritual power.

[[WMG: Ichigo's next super-awesome transformation power will be for his Hollow Side to pull of it's mask and become an Aracanar.]]
Thus giving him even more super-awesome rather illogical power.

[[WMG: Orihime ''isn't'' Haruhi]]
She's ''[[TheAntiChrist the Anti-Christ]]''. Her reality-warping superpowers are ''explicitly'' defined as the power to reject events - she either destroys the negative events that strike her shield-shield, erases the negative events affecting objects within her healing-shield, or outright obliterates whatever is struck by her sword-shield. In other words, Orihime's superpower is the ability to destroy anything she doesn't like, which is diametrically opposed to Haruhi's powers of creation. Additionally, her powers are closely linked to the number [[NumberOfTheBeast 6]]...
* Alternatively, Orihime is Sailor Saturn - powers of destruction and only three spells: shield, healing, and slice-anything-in-half.

[[WMG: Ichigo's family is related to the [[YuYuHakusho Kuwabara family]].]]
Think about it. Both the Kurosaki family and the Kuwabara family have advanced spiritual awareness, and one son from each family (Ichigo and Kuwabara) developed advanced spiritual powers. Both Ichigo and Kuwabara have similar personalities and characteristics, being school-age street punks who are actually kindhearted, can see ghosts, and are very protective of their friends. Karin and Shizuru are also somewhat similar, both being strong-willed girls with some spiritual awareness, but no involvement in their brothers' affairs. Not only that, but both Isshin and Kuwabara's dad (shown [[http://www.onemanga.com/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/170/15/ here]]) look similar and [[spoiler:have had dealings related to the Spirit World/Soul Society, which might just be two separate parts of the same dimension]]. Lets face it, if they're not related, then at the very ''least'', they're WAY too similar for it to be a mere coincidence.
* Kuwabara and Kurosaki have sorta similar meanings as well. But Kazuma is a bit different; it means sincere peace.

[[WMG: The recent filler arc will have Tobiume deliver a LesYay {{Yandere}} rampage on Hinamori]]
The next filler arc is about Zanpakutou manifestations rebelling from their masters. Since Zanpakutou is a personification of one's soul, and Hinamori is a {{Yandere}}... Tobiume may be the same way, in this case, she is super jealous that Hinamori getting her attention to Aizen all the time. So perhaps in her moment of rebelling, Tobiume will deliver a {{Yandere}} rage to Hinamori, which MAY double as a [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell Heroine]] for her obsession on Aizen. If you do not believe me, take a look at [[http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/7645/23416865.jpg this image, especially the little girl with a certain plum hairpin, which definitely must be Tobiume]]. Look at the shades on her forehead. Doesn't that just scream "{{Yandere}} [[DevilInPlainSight In Plain Sight]]??"
* Not quite- she gives a WhatTheHellHero speech, and then afterwards waxes Deredere about her with Haineko.

[[WMG: Aizen is working with Gin and Tousen out of necessity.]]
In order to fall under complete hypnosis, one has to see Kyouka Suigetsu's release. Tousen is blind and can't see anything, and Gin walks around all day with his eyes closed. This makes them the only ones in Soul Society who can resist his hypnosis. What better way to keep the people immune from your power from interfering than to offer them a role in your master plan?
* You may have a point there. Gin may be one thing, but he would actually have to CONVINCE Tousen to join him. Revenge aside, Tousen could've believed that whatever the reason that Aizen is doing all this for is in fact the right thing to do. That being said, he's only one out of the three who's demonstrated a moral compass, albeit a warped one.

[[WMG: At the end of the Hueco Mundo arc, the ENTIRE story will be revealed to have been {{All Just A Dream}}]]
Look at the title pages for some of the chapters; don't they seem a little... odd? My theory is that the offbeat ones (i.e. Rukia with a frog on her head, Ichigo and co. walking out of a subway, etc.) show what's ACTUALLY going on in the "real" world.
* This will go on for several chapters only to turn out to have been a dream caused by Aizen's Absolute Hypnosis.

[[WMG: The King of the Soul Society is HaruhiSuzumiya.]]
Because Haruhi can pop up anywhere.
* Like inside Yoruichi, Tatsuki, or Ururu?
** Stop that. He can hear you.

[[WMG: The Vizards' reliance on their masks has reduced their abilities to use their shikais/bankais.]]
During Ichigo's vizard training, his hollow told him the he is Zangestu as he is now the dominant spirit. As the hollow goes stronger, the zanpakto spirit goes more and more distant. It hasn't affected Ichigo yet, but since the vizards have had them for aroundd 100 years, the abilities of the other vizards have decayed so much that the four ex-captains have lost their bankais.
* Nope, Kensei's shown he still has his bankai. Chances are Shinji's going to show off his too, seeing as he's about to fight Aizen.

[[WMG: Grimmjow is afraid of Zommari.]]
Because Zommari ate Aaroniero.
* ROFL.
* This WMG is SoBadItsGood.
* Don't you mean it's because Zommari Szayel Aaroniero? and yes, this troper does indeed enjoys {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}.

[[WMG: In the next filler arc, Ichigo's Hollow is gonna appear.]]
As stated above, the next arc is about the soul reaper's zanpakutos rebelling - but in Ichigo's case theres a catch, since his zanpakuto was already taken over by his inner hollow.
* I doubt it. The whole "being fused with Hichigo" thing didn't stop him from showing up in Ichigo's subconscious in the first episode. Hichigo wasn't even ''there.'' I have a feeling they'll ignore him this season.
** Both will be released, with Zzngetsu remaining on Ichigo's side rather than going rogue. It would be a fun moment when Muramasa sees the unexpected result of his actions being the release an insane captain-class level hollow.
* [[spoiler:Confirmed, but with a slight difference. When [[BigBad Muramasa]] makes Zangetsu turn on Ichigo he doesn't do to well in the fight and his hollow reappears, taking control of his body (near full control from the looks of it). Ichigo eventually gets control back and collapses, but the original theory was correct in results (just not reason).]]

[[WMG: The Bounto Koga will play a part in the new Rebellion Filler Arc.]]
Koga was revealed to have survived the Bounto arc earlier. With most of the captains' [[spoiler: Zanpactou having gone AWOL on them]], the list of available fighters is limited to Orihime, Chad, and Ishida for sure and possibly Ichigo and the Vaizard (since they beat their inner hollows into submission and the inner hollow is the same being as their Zanpactou). New characters or semi new characters (such as Tatsuki, Mizuiro, etc) could be brought in, but it would be a more impressive for Koga to make a reappearance, especially seeing as they took all that trouble to keep him alive.

[[WMG: Ichigo will shoot himself when he turns 27.]]
And no one will get this way too obscure joke.

[[WMG: Aizen only wants to take over the world because [[CodeGeass Lelouche Geassed him into it.]]]]
The final battle will be Ichigo vs Lelouche. It will be [[JohnnyYongBosch JYB's]] greatest challange ever.

[[WMG: Aizen fooled Momo into running into his sword with Kyouka Suigetsu's power instead of just stabbing her all mafia style.]] Remember Kyouka Suigetsu ablity is basicly fool people with illusions so all he would have to do is to make it look to Momo that he was wide open for a hug when in reality he had Kyouka Suigetsu leveled right at her so [[IWannaBeTheGuy SHE JUMPED INTO A SWORD. RETARD!]]
* I like the idea, but from the blood gushing out of the wound it can be seen that Aizen is only stabbing her the moment he says "Goodbye". Unless Aizen used his Zanpakutou to create the Illusion of the Blood to ''the reader'', and this just doesn't make sense.
** Unless his powers extend to the real world... in which case we're ''all'' screwed.

[[WMG: Inner Hollows aren't actually fused with the zanpakutou spirits, its just another part like them.]]
I'm under the impression that the only source of information regarding the whole "Inner Hollows are fused with Zanpakutou" thing is Ichigo's Inner Hollow. I'm sorry, but doesn't it seem like the insane, bloodthirsty Hollow might be, you know, lying. Trying to demoralize Ichigo, since that monster certainly won't hesitated to use any weapon he can, not when dominence of the entirety of their soul is at stack. Because looks like the Hollow is like Zangetsu, a seperate mind which is made from a part of Ichigo's soul.

[[WMG: Seinosuke Yamada is the current Kido Corps' Captain.]]
And Hanatarou's brother, but that's another story. Thing is, [[http://bleach.wikia.com/wiki/Seinosuke_Yamada Seinosuke]] was created and introduced by Tite Kubo as the 4th Division's liutenant before Isane Kotetsu, in Turn Back the Pendulum. Kubo never explained what happened with him, nor what happened with the captainless Kido Corps, so, there could be a chance; even more because everyone at the 4th are better with Kido than with everything else, and because it'd explain how Hanatarou's past is so mysterious; he probably wants to be like his aniki.

[[WMG: Zennosuke will be one of the main fighters in the Zanpakutou filler arc.]]
When the zanpakutou rebelled against Soul Society, it was confirmed that the only zanpakutou unaffected are the ones outside of Soul Society. That's not counting Ryuujin Jakka, of course, who was affected but refused to rebel. What this essentially means is that the only shinigami with working zanpakutou are Ichigo and Urahara, right?

WRONG!

There's one more shinigami we can't forget, who, as my random theory states, will be of great importance this arc.

Of course, I'm talking about none other than the great Zennosuke Kurumadani. Yes, Afro-san will save the day.
* Since it's filler, there's a possibility that Isshin could be involved in the fight as well. Yoruichi and the Vizards, too.
** Yoruichi is already helping, though she fights without her zanpakutou, so that's unlikely to change. Isshin could fight, as long as the characters who don't know his true identity don't see him (since only Kon and Urahara, give or take, know Isshin's secret, and changing that [[StatusQuoIsGod would change the status quo]].) As for the Vizards, they could help, but why would they when they don't give a damn about Soul Society? All very possible, of course, just with varying degrees of likeliness.

[[WMG: Kenpachi's Zanpakutou is too afraid of Kenpachi to rebel against him for the current Zanpakutou rebellion filler arc]]
I'd be afraid of Kenpachi too after all what mostly makes Kenpachi well Kenpachi is not his sword but his own overwelming power.
* Or maybe she's not rebelling because she knows he'd use that against her (I'm assuming it's a she, since, you know, the manliest the shinigami, funnier is for him to have a female sword spirit). There's also the theory that she's Yachiru, so, Ken's sword spirit doesn't need to rebel, she already rules over her Shinigami!
** His Zanpakutou is a 'he'. Nnoitra refferred to it as such.

[[WMG: Soul Society (and possibly Hell) are a purgatory, and "physical" pain inflicted on the soul is required for penance.]]
Souls that die in the Soul Society are reincarnated on earth, but souls that are killed by a Zanpakuto or similar weapons disappear forever, as far as anyone can tell. [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil The strongest people tend to be the most evil]] because they need to have a lot more pain and damage inflicted on them before they can pass on, and the damage reduction is directly relative to how evil they were in their past lives (including their Soul Society lives). Quincies send Hollow souls immediately to the good/true/final afterlife because the arrows cause immense amounts of pain, rivalled only by Old Man Genocide Yamamoto's Bankai ([[WildMassGuessing more formally known as "Hell"]]).

[[WMG: The deal between Soifon and Hachi will include regrowing Soifon's arm.]]
The Urahara thing was just the clincher.
* Lol, I'd like to see that exchange:
** "How about a deal? I've got a healing technique that's so awesome it can heal ''any'' injury. Help me kill Barragan, and I'll give you back your arm!"
** "No."
** "NO? I've just offered to ''regrow your f*** ing severed arm'' and that's STILL not good enough for you?!"

[[WMG: Tesla is NotQuiteDead.]]
We all saw Kenpachi practically slice the guy in half and it was pretty clear that he was a goner, yet [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/bleach/v35/c313/7.html Chapter 313 shows him shedding a tear for Nnoitra...]] If he is alive, I have a feeling he'll do a HeelFaceTurn. Aside from Nel and the Great Desert Bros, the guy's arguably the least evil of the Arrancars we've seen. He was just following orders.
* "Just following orders"? So were the Nazis. It didn't work in the Nuremberg trials, it won't work with the law-happy Soul Reaper Captain-General, and, hopefully, it won't work with Kubo.
** Way to Godwin the {{Bleach}} WMG section dude.
*** Hey, I'm not the one who used the classic textbook "Nuremberg innocent plea".
*** And it ''is'' true, he was a perfectly well-mannered guy who was just following orders - add a little [[HoYay something else to the mix]] and you can't really blame him for what he'd done or for switching sides now that Nnoitra is dead.
**** ... no, no, I think we actually ''can'' blame him. He's a "perfectly well-mannered guy who was just following orders", he possibly feels attraction to Nnoitra, and he might end up switching sides? Or to put it another way, he's the sort of guy who's perfectly willing to torture and mutilate just because he was told to, is the sort of person who ''falls in love'' with murderous psychopaths, and is utterly faithless and only looking out for his own skin.
***** I've got to say you lost me at "utterly faithless and only looking out for his own skin." As for bringing HoYay into the equation, that was a deliberate leap. This is just a WMG, after all. It's not as if we knew what his reasons were for following Nnoitra to begin with, and if he's "perfectly willing to torture and mutilate just because he was told to" depending on his alignment, well, it's not as though he'd be useless as an ally.
***** Does it matter? You can blame any villain turned hero for their past acts. The whole point of the heel-face turn is that they're a goodguy now so they're giving a pass. This isn't an objection to the set up, but to the {{HeelFaceTurn}}

[[WMG: When he was alive, Shinji was a priest called [[{{Slayers}} Xellos.]]]]
But don't let it get out: it's a secret.

[[WMG: Zanpaku-to are the [[HisDarkMaterials daemons]] of the dead.]]
They're an extension of the soul, they have their own names, personalities, and forms reflective of their wielder's fighting styles and personalities... Yes, a daemon supposedly vanishes when a person dies, but not all souls have zanpaku-to in Bleach; maybe it just takes a certain amount of supernatural power and willpower for a dead person to get them back/get them at all.
* Yay, someone else who got to thinking about this particular crossover!

[[WMG: Arrancar are another version of the daemons of the dead.]]
It could be an excuse for their animal-based traits... and for that matter some of their names. Though I'm not sure how their own zanpaku-to fit into the equation, even though it is stated that the nature of an Arrancar zanpaku-to is way different from a shinigami one.

[[WMG: Grand Fisher somehow transferred himself to his lure before being killed]]
Arrancars' Resurrecion allows them to use their abilities. It's entirely likely that Grand Fisher still has the ability to use the lure that he did as a hollow, and, as it is revealed in the manga, [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/24/13/ he can jump to the other part if one is injured]]. It's possible that he somehow jumped to the lure to escape certain death at Isshin's hands and is waiting for a chance to finish his fight with Ichigo.
* This Troper agrees, but believes that Grand Fisher was one of Aizen's experiments (like Metastacia), and that now the Lure and the Fisher are permanently seperate now. This Troper's own WMG is that the Lure is currently ranked 0 Espada.

[[WMG: Whoever defeats Yammy will do so with considerable ease]]
The larger villains tend to go down fairly quickly when they're defeated; Ichigo forced the first Menos Grande to retreat with a single (very powerful) slash, Kenpachi killed Tesla in seconds, and Mashiro destroyed Fura (aka Superchunky) in one kick. This may be the result of their battles being contests of raw power as opposed to having lengthy struggles of agility in battles with smaller combatants. It's most likely that Yammy will dominate Chad, Rukia and Renji at first while they have difficulty even making a scratch on him, but then when help arrives (most likely Unohana), the reinforcements will bring Yammy down in a single extremely powerful attack that somehow instantly takes him from perfect health to death or near death.
* Not a bad theory. It'll be incredibly anticlimatic if it turns out to be true, though.
** Might still happen, since Unohana isn't there yet, but at the moment he is dominating everyone.

[[WMG: Hiyori will provoke Ikkaku into publicly displaying his bankai.]]
By calling him "baldy," of course.
* [[CrazyAwesome AWESOME.]]

[[WMG: The a Captains assigned to Hueco Mundo have secret secondary orders to assassinate Ichigo if his hollow proves to be a possible danger.]]
If Byakuya told Rukia about Ichigo's hollow, it's a good bet that he told Yamamato about it too. The SS is in no position to take the risk of having to deal anymore potential enemies or losing any like they did with the Vizard. Plus Kubo has said Unohana is supposed to get an important fight. Yammy, despite all his Cero Espada bluster,does seem likely to fall into the above mentioned pattern of big enemies getting taken down fast. Ichigo willing goes berserk hollow again and tears him apart, but then then no one can stop him any longer until Unohana steps foward.

[[WMG: The other person Byakuya used Senkei on was...]]
Kaien. He went to chew out Byakuya about not allowing Rukia to take a Seated position in the 13th Squad. They starting fighting. Byakuya badly outclassed him, but Kaien refused to give up even though it was hopeless, so Byakuya spared him.
* Byakuya says he only uses it on people he swears to kill with his own hands, so it's unlikely that Kaien would walk away with his life.

[[WMG: Aizen will all make the Vizards go Super Berserk Hollow.]]
Then he'll hypnotize them to make everyone but look like him, Gin and Tosen. He'll then just hide away while they go nuts slaughtering everyone.

[[WMG: Arrancar males are impervious to [[GroinAttack groin attacks.]]]]
Because of their [[MadeOfIron ''hierro.'']] Don't ask.
* Already {{Jossed}} by Lilynette using this method to wake up Starrk.
** Damn. Totally forgot about that.
* She's a arrancar [[spoiler: and part of him at that ]] i doubt a non arrancar would have the same level of success

[[WMG: Ichigo is reincarnated as ''Kaien,'' not the other way around.]]
Who says that reincarnation cycles--and time, for that matter--have to be linear? This troper isn't too fond of the idea that Ichigo is the reincarnation of Kaien, but wouldn't mind if somewhere down the road, after presumably living out his human and/or shinigami life, he ends up being reincarnated at Kaien. After all, it would explain Kaien's level of skill [[spoiler: (before Ichimaru Gin, he held the record for graduating from the Academy in the shortest amount of time)]]. Not to mention, Ichigo's fondness for Rukia might subconsciously manifest itself in allowing him to go "back in time" and help her out, allowing him to pay back the "debt" that he owes her.
* I thought Ichigo repaid his debt when he saved her, wasn't that his whole point of going to save her? (Other than the {{Nakama}} thing?)

[[WMG: Ichigo will get one new form.]]
Ichigo's recent [[spoiler: Uber-hollow form is his resurrección]]. We have learned from Ulquiorra that two such forms are possible. So by the end of the series he will learn the second one. After that his massive jumps in power will stop(this will also mean that he'll have reached the limit of power of a Hollow-Shinigami hybrid).

[[WMG: Ichigo's rapid power growth can be easily explained.]]
Early on in the series, Urahara restores Ichigo's spirit power by putting his soul in a life and death situation. This is why Ichigo's power keeps growing so rapidly. Most Shinigami train and practice in situations where no real threat to their life is present and their everyday duty is dealing with regular hollows. Those are no real threat to a trained Shinigami(special circumstances excluded, such as Rukia's fight in the first chapter). As such, their power grows very slowly. Ichigo has faced at least several true life-and-death situations and always faces opponents around his level or ones that outclass him massively. His soul responds to this stimulus by massively increasing his reiatsu all the time and this is why his power keeps growing at such a massive rate.
* So Shinigami are [[DragonballZ Saiyans]]? It explains so much!
** I'm afraid that I haven't watched DBZ. Care to explain that comment?
*** In DBZ the Saiyans gain tons of power by fighting in life and death situations, they get stronger by fighting, the harder the fight, the higher the power gain.
**** Maybe, but it still works. Ichigo trains with Urahara for ten days. His main improvement is harnessing his resolve and Shikai. He fights with Renji - a serious fight and jumps to vice-captain+ level immediately. He fights with Zaraki and jumps to captain level. When Zangetsu pushes him to the limit, he obtains Bankai. Next, his training with Hiyori. He trained for what, a month? Eleven seconds is the result. After that he goes to Hueco Mundo and couple of hours(and a few serious fights) later he is able to maintain his mask for the entirety of the fight. He dies a few times and gets Uber-Hollow form.


[[WMG: Onozuka Komachi of {{Touhou}} is related to Rangiku enough to explain her nature]]

Both are lazy big breasted shinigami that manage to get on their master's nerves i can only picture what would happen if both Rangiku and Komachi got together much to the ire of Shikieiki and Hitsugaya.

[[WMG: Both Ichigo and Rukia are in love with Orihime, and are eventually going to start having (sometimes comic-relief, sometimes not) territorial fights over her]]
There's actually a lot that suggests the two like her, and given recent events and their strong personalities, it makes sense for them to grow more protective/slightly possesive of Orihime. Due to her growing self-esteem issues, Orihime is not going to comprehend the two of them liking her and just think she's causing trouble for their relationsip. (making her self-esteem ''even worse''.)
* I think I love you.

[[WMG: When Kubo wrote the Arrancar Arc, he didn't know that western cultures put the given name first.]]
You'll notice that when he named the Espada after archetects, he used their surnames as the Espadas' given names. For example: Starrk is named after Phillipe Stark, and Ulquiorra is named after Patricia Ulquiorra. If a Japanese person heard someone introduce themselves as "Phillipe Stark" they would think Phillipe is their surname and Stark their given name.
* Except considering the amount of Western influence over the entire world, Asian countries' integration of English into their public school curriculums, and Kubo's fairly good English, I would say it's pretty unlikely that he doesn't know that Western cultures put the given name first. As an Asian troper currently living in Asia, I'd say even the older generations living out in the middle of rural nowhere with basically no English skills know that Western cultures put the given name first, which gives me no doubt that Kubo knows as well. Not to mention, Harribel is named after "Harry Bell Measures," which doesn't fit the whole Western surname = Arrancar given name.
** Yes it does. Harribel is her surname. Her given name is Tia.
* The only exception would be Szayel, but mainly because of the whole sibling thing, as Ilfort also had the surname.
* Apparently, Starrk's given name is Coyote.
** And Kubo proves a WMG wrong less than a month after it comes out. This settles it, he reads TV Tropes.

[[WMG: Why do you want to fight?]]
Taking roots from ArmourPiercingQuestion, this question could be asked to any of the current main characters who are in Hueco Mundo at the moment. It is pretty clear as to why most of them are fighting so this this would be a question primarily directed towards Orihime, the current DistressedDamsel. We've all heard that she just wants to help (namely one Kurosaki-kun), but what will happen if she is ever asked that question? Personally, beyond "I just want to help my friends and Kurosaki-Kun", I don't think she really has an answer to that, and could cause another [[DespairEventHorizon breakdown]]. This could possibly come as courtesy of Ulquiorra Cifer, if the next WMG proves true...

[[WMG: Ulquiorra is NotQuiteDead]]
In fact, as soon as we get back to Las Noches, we may be re-introduced to a returned Ulquiorra.

Copy of post in Fanfiction (one of my own):

Yes, he did live...but he went 'dust to dust' at the end of the next chapter. It is interesting though: Ulquiorra has had such a heavy impact on the story, but none of his backstory has ever been dwelled on. Call this an insane theory, but based on appearance (the bat wings) it could be possible that Ulquiorra will even surprise himself, and come back from even this 'demise', just like Dracula. Dracula had a nasty habit of returning from the dead, so Ulquiorra could do the same thing.

That is just my thinking, and I believe that if he were to return from the dead, he'll introduce the trope 'Anyone can Die' into Bleach, since up to this point, only Hollows and Arrancar have died in this war. Also, Kubo gave Ulquiorra one heck of a moveset, a second release form, and unbelievable power right before Ichigo's hollow side showed itself in full force, so he couldn't have just killed off Ulquiorra like that. I think there are special plans for Ulquiorra in the upcoming manga...that is, if my theory is right.

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What I am trying to say here (and will be repeated below), is that Kubo couldn't have put such an importance and attention on Ulquiorra in the story line, and give him such a power up just for him to wind up as Hollow Ichigo's cannon fodder for him to die just like that (we've been shown Yammy a lot too, and look at what has happened - he's the Cero Espada.) Besides, if he is able to use Lanza del Relámpago (or Rods of God, as I call them) at least up to 3 times in a row as if he was using a ordinary cero, he must have had a much powerful weapon up his sleeve that Hollow Ichigo didn't give him the time to use.

Another Copy from Deviantart post:

To all those who are a fan of Bleach, I think that it is possible that Ulquiorra will be coming back to life. Far-fetched, considering the destruction given to him by Hollow Ichigo, but with his abilities, quite possible. Let us just assume that Ulquiorra has never in his entire life been injured while he was in Resurrecion Segunda Espada, so he bases the limits of his healing abilities on his First Stage, where we can safely assume he is weaker than those Espada #3 onward. Saying that, we could assume that in his Second Stage, his regeneration capabilites are strong enough to the point that he'll be able to regenerate from the ashes.
* I personally think he was purified, because as I recall, purified Hollows just kind of...ceased to exist. So he may come back, in Soul Society, maybe as a human. Or, Orihime could just whisk him back to life, which could maybe happen. Maybe.
* The wings were a matter of looking cool and menacing. Dracula is a massive stretch. It's also worth noting that Ulquiorra's back story is completely irrelevant. Unlike most characters, who need to have back story crammed in at the last minute, what is truly important about Ulquiorra is how far he has come, not where he started. I can't see his flashback as being anything more than another villainous monologue about how humans are trash, Aizen is awesome, etc. Kubo obviously doesn't mind killing off people he's put work into, as evidenced by the recent demise of a Vizard who just barely got to show off his powers before he got the axe. That Ulquiorra is reduced to using the Lanza like it's going out of style tells me that it was indeed Ulquiorra's trump card, and he had fallen back on it out of desperation. If he had something better, he certainly would have used it. It's a stretch to think Ulquiorra wouldn't be a proper judge of his own body. For someone who regularly regrows parts of himself, who better to make the call that his body is finally failing him? That he dissolves into ash, just when it seems his limbs are coming back in fine, suggests this is true. His body simply doesn't have enough juice left to go on. It tried. It failed. And now Ulquiorra is dead. God willing, he'll stay that way.

[[WMG: Orihime's power can't erase the Hogyoku]]

Partly because it is Aizen, since he as backup plans overlaying backup plans, but I highly doubt that Orihime can negate the Hogyoku from existence, as she believes after Aizen shows it to her. If Aizen knew that Orihime's powers can erase the Hogyoku, I don't think he would show it to her until he wanted her to heal it (although he reveals he only took her to lure Ichigo and Co and four captains to Las Noches and imprison them there). To get to my point: Orihime can most likely only erase negative events that occur to an object, and not erase it from existence, as all of Aizen's 'phenomenon rejection' talk led her to believe, and she'll only wind up fixing the hogyoku as he originally verbally stated to her.
* I sort of agree with this. My own personal theory about it is that Aizen is planning on Orihime betraying him and trying to use her power to reject Hougyoku from existence. How would that work to his advantage? The way I look at how Orihime's power works it is that she rejects the event from the timeline - but it happens gradually. Sort of like like a "fast backward". So if Orihime tried to erase the Hougyoku, she'd slowly make it regress into the past - her intention being to regress it back to where it doesn't exist. But that's not what will happen. Aizen will stop her at the moment when Hougyoku is regress to awakenening. This will give him a fully awakened Hougyoku at his hands and it'll fit his status as TheChessmaster.
* I was begining to think I was the only one who thought this! I mean, c'mon, Aizen spouted all that stuff about rejecting the will of god, and then with practically his next breath "Oh, and here's my nearly drained MacGuffin over here, it'd be very bad for me if this was erased, oh yes!" And as far as I can remeber, we only have his word for what her powers actually are. Gee, couldn't possibly be a trick. Not coming from TheChessmaster!

[[WMG: Ichigo's Hollow will be the hero of the Zanpakutou filler arc]]

Why not it would be funny if of all things it gets resolved because of Ichigo's hollow.

even more funny if Muramasa does the stupid thing and ALLOWS HIM TO TAKE A PHYSCIAL FORM outside of Ichigo oh wait it currently looks like thats exactly what he's trying to do at the moment.

[[WMG: Starrk's [[spoiler:wolf pack]] are actually all the souls he consumed to be a powerful Hollow.]]
That's why [[spoiler:there are so many of them]]. And it would give an interesting twist to the whole "soul consuming process" theory.
* No, they're werewolves. Flying werewolves. $20 says they have lasers too.
* Seems like I wasn't completely wrong. [[spoiler: They were, in reality, fragments of Starrk and Lillynette's souls.]]

[[WMG: Muramasa will be a [[FanNickname Fillergami's]] sword spirit.]]
And this fillergami will be shown to have a sword with illusion powers, and that everything he or she did was just a trick to show how vulnerable the Shinigami are, in case Aizen attacks the group.
* It probably is a [[FanNickname Fillergami's]] Zanpakuto but I doubt that the owner will make an appearance, except for flashbacks maybe. Muramasa said that he killed his owner. Unless he's lying of course.
* He lied. His owner is named Kouga- ''Kuchiki'' Kouga, and the son-in-law of Kuchiki Ginrei AKA Byakuya's grandfather. Considering how odd Byakuya's been acting, it's very likely that a LukeIAmYourFather moment isn't too far behind.

[[WMG: "Superchunky" is the personality-less equivalent of an Adjuchas/Vasto Lorde]]
It's mentioned that the one Wonderweiss was controlling is not the only one of its kind, so there must be more of them in Hueco Mundo somewhere. We also know that Menos-level hollows will continue to cannibalize one another, and it makes sense that not all Gillian-class Menos are at exactly the same power-level. So, Superchunky and his ilk are the end result of Gillian-class menos which had no personality survive their creation devouring one another.

[[WMG: Orihime lied to Ulquiorra as he died]]
Call me heartless, or what you will, but considering what she has been through: a) mentally tortured by Ulquiorra, b) being told by Aizen that she was merely used as a tool to lure Ichigo and Captains to Hueco Mundo, just so he can attack early, and c) Seeing Ichigo killed right before her very eyes by Ulquiorra, JUST HOW CAN SHE SAY SHE ISN'T AFRAID?!! Sorry, I need to emphasize my point. But I can think of a reason why she would say that: 1) Hollow Ichigo, after ripping Ulquiorra apart, reverts back to an alive Ichigo, and 2) Ulquiorra is dying anyway, which poses a question: Who would be afraid if their torturer was dying, and the person they love is actually alive? And what fear would one have of someone on death's doorstep?
* I think Orihime truly wasn't afraid, but I'm more than sure she didn't really forgive him, it was more like what Winry told Scar in FullmetalAlchemist after he asked whether she forgave him or not- a no, but she was sympathetic. Orihime is kind, she hates people dying or getting hurt, so it makes sense that she would feel like she needed to give Ulquiorra something to cherish in his last moments...I guess.
** Ever heard of a white lie? Because compassion could be a good motivation for telling lies, worrying about the truth being too painful for others. Interpreting it like that, in Orihime's mind, she wouldn't want Ulquiorra to think she was scared of him, in fear of him dying without a heart.

[[WMG:Lilynette's last name is not [[spoiler:Gingerback]].]]
It's really [[spoiler:Gingerbaques]]. And then Tite Kubo is gonna change it to [[spoiler:Gingerbaquez]].
* It could be [[spoiler: Lilynetter Gingerbach]], as the pronounciation doesn't change in Japanese.

[[WMG: If the defeat order being the decreasing numerical order is something, not only Grimmjow, but Harribel may do a HeelFaceTurn.]]
Or maybe Kubo just has something with both numbers 3 and 6. But I noticed how he skipped Harribel's fight to show Barragan's instead. Grimmjow's possibly not dead either, and may even make an EnemyMine with Ichigo and the others, to help defeat Yammy, eventually turning it in a full-blown HeelFaceTurn. And if numbers are there to say anything, Nell was the Terceira, too.
** This WMG makes sense because, Harribel appears to be the most noble of the espada. Also considering the fact that Kenpachi is a good guy Grimmjow could definitely do a HeelFaceTurn.
*** Worst part? Now that Aizen betrayed her trust by cutting her (she's not shown dying and saying something like "I'll reunite with my friends", just being cut, thus, giving the suspense of still having a chance to be healed), it makes this theory even more likely. And I'm going to gloat. Yes, I am.
*** The defeat order is mostly according to decreasing numerical value, but it does occasionally jump around (9, 6, 7, 8, 5, 4, 2 1, 3), making it hard to pin down, especially since almost half of the time, the Espada that was defeated was lower-ranked than the last one.

[[WMG:Kyoka Suigetsu will have one major fault in it's hypnosis power.]]
It will be revealed that Aizen can only produce one illusion at a time. This is why he didn't just quietly go about his business murdering everyone in Karakura and replacing them with illusions and why he is having to go through the whole war to reap the spirtual energy. Seriously though, have we ever seen him produce two illusions at the same time? This could also be the reason the he sealed the Central 46 chamber and didn't just set up a puppet show inside.
* You know, that actually makes a ''lot'' of sense. Once again, brilliance occurs in WMG.
* Aizen does in fact say that he set up a puppet show in Central 46. See [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/176/15/ here]]. To quote "illusion of the 46 chambers holding a meeting, alive and well".
** Darn, and I really thought I might've been onto something.
*** You probably are; This Troper's interpretation was always that the 'illusion' in question was that someone was sending orders from the place (where no one else was allowed) to make it seem like there were still 46 officials holding meetings.

[[WMG: Aizen's real plan to create the King's Key: Have Espada 1-3 and their fraccion get killed in a single place.]]
We know from a few chapters ago when Wonderweiss appeared on the scene that, at least according to Starrk, it meant that Aizen is in a hurry. Based on what we've been told, everything's happening in Karakura Town because it's the right corodanates to create the King's Key before the lines shift or something. The problem is, with Fake Karakura Town the number of souls required to create the Key is missing. Except the top three Espada are all arrancar created from high level menos, composed of thousands upon thousands of hollow, which were all once ordinary souls. What if the deaths of Starrk, Barragan, and Harribel and their fraccion in and/or above the location that is Fake Karakura Town is enough to create the King's Key?

This is Aizen after all. Granted neither he (or was he?) nor Yamamoto were expecting the Vizard s to show up. But his side has still been doing fairly well despite the shinigami having the advantage in numbers. I can just imagine Aizen, following the defeat of the Espada saying to the utterly exhausted Captains gathered: "Congratulations, you've defeated my Espada and in doing so given me exactly what I wanted. So long suckers!"

[[WMG: Bleach Volume 40 Poem's Meaning]]

40: The Lust
(Ulquiorra cover)

"I envy because of the heart. I glutton because of the heart. I covet because of the heart. I am prideful because of the heart. I sloth because of the heart. I rage because of the heart. Because of the heart, I lust for everything about you."

ULQUIORRA SAYS THIS!! Is this seriously the direction Kubo's taking with our favourite stoic Espada should he live? Personally, I don't accept the fact of Ulquiorra becoming so soft because of Inoue of all people (she needed a toddler to talk her out of her fear of Ichigo for all that is SANE!!) Due to the chapters, I, personally, believe he merely is speaking of the flaws of the heart, and how they affect humanity, as the Seven deadly sins, and possibly Ichigo and Co to an extent, because to me, Ulquiorra would use knowledge of the heart to harm people emotionally, and psychologically. Please post which characters in your opinion are affected by each sin in the discussion thread.
* It could be Ichigo's friends' feelings about life, to remind him that he had friends to protect.
** Envy is about Keigo, as he envies Ichigo, somehow.
** Gluttony is about Orihime, as she eats a lot.
** Avarice is about Mizuiro; I don't know, he doesn't really fit anything else in this list, but at least he looks a bit richer than the others.
** Pride is about Uryuu, obviously, due to the Quincy Pride.
** [[UnfortunateImplications Sloth]] is about Sado; he doesn't really fit any, but...
** Ire is about Tatsuki, really obvious to this point, if you have seen her reactions.
** Lust is about Chizuru, as she lusts for... Orihime. But she still counts.

*** Not impossible, but about 99.999% unlikely. To date, the poem has ALWAYS corresponded to the picture above it. Even on those occasions when the poem was about a subject different from the covers (such as the one that was about Ichigo's mask, despite Yoruichi on the cover, the picture above the poem was changed to reflect its subject. Ulquiorra was above the poem. The poem represents Ulquiorra. That's all there is to it. Get over it. "softened up" by character development plenty of fans saw coming, so it hardly seems criminal. Besides, I can't help but notice that the fans who pretend to be outraged by Ulquiorra's "softening" up tend to have the most peculiar trait of sharing a common shipping bias that would make them very desperately want Ulquiorra to be a CompleteMonster , so...

[[WMG:Somehow, Orihime has two different dimensional counterparts.]]
* [[{{Naruto}} Hinata]] and [[SuzumiyaHaruhi Mikuru]]. All three are shy and busty. Hinata and Orihime have a secret crush on the protagonist. Mikuru and Orihime are both clumsy redheads. Hinata and Mikuru are extremely reservered. Mikuru may also harbor interest for Kyon as well. Also, while Mikuru is "a walking shrine of {{Moe}}", Hinata and Orihime also show Moe traits. Is it even coincidental that they have the same voice in English? Well, for this case, it could have something to deal with her Shun Shun Rikka.

[[WMG:Lisa Yadomaru is japanese-american and got to the Soul Society in the past via time paradox.]]
Because there is no way I will accept that a natural born japanese girl- born and raised in japan centuries ago- has the first name Lisa.
* Risa is a perfectly good Japanese name, though.

[[WMG: The flaw in Aizen's Zanpakuto.]]
Aizen tells us that Complete Hypnosis controls the 5 senses of the target to cast perfect illusions. But those are not the only senses that Shinigami possess. We know that they can sense the reiatsu/reiryoku of another person. If this sense is separate from the five standard senses and precise enough to pinpoint someone's position then Aizen can be effectively fought against. It's still an incredibly overpowered ability but it's not completely unbeatable.
* Considering Ichigo has shown himself to be able to track spirit energy very precisely that wouldn't surprise me.

[[WMG:Ichigo is half-dead]]
Because of his mom being a human and Isshin being a Soul Reaper, Ichigo and his sisters are half or at least part-way dead (Yuzu could be like 1/5 dead or some other equally small fraction). Becoming a Vizard made Ichigo somewhere around 55% dead and every time he gets more powerful Ichigo is dying. Right about now I'd say that he's 65-70% dead. Ichigo's powers 'leaking' makes anyone they've influenced about as dead as they are 'strong'. When he finally does die all the way, I doubt Ichigo will notice...

[[WMG: Ichigo's not pulling powers out of his ass]]
During the Hueco Mundo Arc, Ichigo has developed two [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new power levels]] but both times he was being "healed" by [[RealityWarper Orihime]]. She pretty clearly likes him and this is Shonen. Is it really that hard to believe that she's boosting his powers as the plot demands it?
* Makes sense- she does have the power to do anything she wants- so her (whether it be consciously or unconciously) boosting his powers is not that too much of a stretch.
* So he's pulling powers out of HER ass? Eeeeew.

[[WMG: Byakuya won the fight with his Zanpakuto]]
And is now disguised as it. Think about it, we know Byakuya survived, and that he's up to something. We also know, or can at least guess that he hasn't informed the other captains, as they would probably at least tell Rukia he's alive (if not what he was doing). He must have somehow survived the fight and gone into hiding, and what better way to hide than right in the middle of the enemy camp. His Zanpakuto is perfect for hiding, his face is obscured, he has the same build as Byakuya and he doesn't talk much. And it's the perfect way to get a cool scene out of this filler, the Zanpakuto are fighting their shiningami partners when one of them gets hit by senbonzakura's knives. He asks what senbonzakura is doing, only to have byakuya pull off the mask and state that he's not senbonzakura (then shunpo out of the disguise of course)
* Didn't Ichigo state that Sode no Shirayuki had a different reiatsu than a Shinigami or a Hollow? This can only work if the manifested Zanpakuto are unable to sense reiatsu or Byakuya is somehow changing/concealing his reiatsu without arousing suspicion. Both of these options seem unlikely. While it's almost certain that Byakuya is doing ''something'' I'm not sure it's a switch with his Zanpakuto.
** {{Jossed}} at the end of Episode 240, when Byakuya is standing with his Zanpakuto.

[[WMG: Ichigo's Bankai will start working again.]]
As we all know, Ichigo's Bankai at the moment seems to be limited to giving him fancy clothes and a black Getsuga. The whole mind-boggling crazy speed has been entirely forgotten - there is not one enemy that was noticeably slower than Ichigo since Byakuya. In his fight with Byakuya, Ichigo's bones broke from the strain of using that speed consistently. This(as far as I remember) has not been commented upon since that fight, but it has never really been resolved either.\\
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My theory is that Ichigo will learn to tap into his Hollow powers for high speed regeneration. This will allow for him to use that speed once again - his bones will simply mend as he fights.

[[WMG: Gin is the real villain.]]
Except he's the only one who knows it. Ever since he and Aizen met, he's been subtly guiding him up until the defection, and is now working behind the scenes at Las Noches. What is his plan? Hell if I know. All I know is that he's the one behind ''everything'' that's happened in the series. ...EVERYTHING.

[[WMG: Shunsui's zanpakuto's "calvinball" ability is the reason Ukitake prevented him from using his bankai.]]
It's probably even worse about it than his shikai. Considering Ukitake's quote, "Your Bankai isn't something that should be used with so many people around." it probably drags everyone into the game somehow.
* The actual quote is that he shouldn't use his ''bankai'' "where others can see", which implies that it involves some sort of forbidden technique.
** Maybe his bankai works similarly to Kyouka Suigetsu, in that everyone who sees the release is affected. So Ukitake meant that he literally shouldn't use it if there is someone other than the enemy around.
** Depending on the translation it can also be "Your bankai is not something to be used out in the open like this", "Your bankai isn't something that should be used in a place like this where people will see it" or "That bankai of yours shouldn't be revealed with these many eyes lurking about". The implication seems to be that it's all those things - dangerous to people around, something that should remain secret(or is forbidden somehow) or it could work similarly to Kyouka Suigetsu. Really, it's hard to tell what exactly will that thing do, except that it will probably be BadAss.

[[WMG: Muramasa is either...]]
...the creator of the Zanpaktou or the one who figured out how to seal them into swords. This is assuming he has a MeaningfulName.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muramasa
''[According to a folk legend,] once drawn, a Muramasa blade has to draw blood before it can be returned to its scabbard, even to the point of forcing its wielder to wound himself or commit suicide. Thus, it is thought of as a demonic cursed blade that creates bloodlust in those who wield it.''
* According to this legend, he could very well be KENPACHI'S SWORD SPIRIT! HOW FITTING! Also, it'd be awesome if everything was a plan by Muramasa to call Kenpachi's attention. He was obviously lying when he said he killed his owner; a sword spirit should die if it does so. It'll be hillarious when Ken-chan comes and says "You wish you killed me, bastard".

[[WMG: The Zanpakuto arc may be more important than your average filler...]]
The current anime arc is focusing on shinigami fighting against their zanpakutos' spirits. How long until Kenpachi meets his?
* Read description above. If it's not Muramasa himself, it'll make me a sad panda.
* But if Kenpachi's zanpakuto is revealed in a filler arc, [[FridgeLogic either it can't be introduced in the manga or Kubo will have to shoehorn in another battle]]... then again, maybe that won't be any different from normal.

[[WMG: Grimmjow will recover from being Put On A Bus, and...]]
Perform a dramatic, flashback-laden Heel Face Turn in order to get revenge on Kaname Tosen for the loss of his arm. Ichigo will arrive, and team up (grudgingly) with Grimmjow in order to fight Gin Ichimaru and Tosen (with Grimmjow taking Tosen).
* {{Jossed}}, [[spoiler: Tousen's dead.]]

[[WMG: Las Noches used to be the the site of an ancient Hollow Kingdom.]]
Thousands of years ago, before the Shinigami Academy was even founded, there thrived a Kingdom of Hollows in Las Noches. The Vasto Lordes were the rulers. Over time, it decayed into what Barragan ruled over. Aizen built it back up to some of its former glory.

[[WMG: How Aizen will be defeated]]
We can be pretty sure that he ''will'' be, maybe not so soon but it will happen eventually.
* Tosen betrays him. Either he pulls a HeelFaceTurn, he is revealed to have been working for SS or the king all along, or he becomes TheStarscream. This would actually be a pretty obvious choice, as it has been established that Tosen is the only one who is immune to Kyouka Suigetsu. What makes it unlikely is that a) Aizen is well aware of this, so either he made sure that Tosen would stay on his side, or he has precautions. Anything else would be out of character. And b), this is still a Shonen fighting manga, so the BigBad has to go down in a ''fight'', preferable with the hero or at least with one of his allies (although this could be averted with Tosen becoming the new BigBad - then ''he'' is the one that has to be defeated.
** Perhaps, when Aizen said that people would be affected by seeing the release, he didn't only meant "see", but maybe he meant "hearing it being unsheated", too. Aizen's too powerful of a villain to be defeated by such a flaw.
*** Disproven as Unohana states as long as you don't see it, you are invincible against it
* Aizen succeeds in getting to the king, who is an EldritchAbomination that obliterates him with a look. That's what you get for megalomania. If thats the end, same problem as above, and if not, well, than we have an even ''bigger'' GameBreaker to defeat.
* Orihime uses her RealityWarper powers to negate the effect of Kyouka Suigetsu, which enables Ichigo to fight him.
* In a fit of megalomania Aizen does something that makes himself even more powerful, but at the cost of losing his old zanpakutou powers. Then he can be defeated in the oldfashioned way, with MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours.
* It is revealed that the illusion has a flaw which can be exploited (this one has it's own WMG somewhere above)
* He starts to destroy Karakura Town, which Orihime doesn't have enough energy to restore, and so she goes crazy and in a panic wills away his existence.
* His Bankai gives him an extremely flashy ability, but he loses the ability to create illusions, making him a ClippedWingAngel and allowing Ichigo to defeat him.
* Given evidence with Tousen- Just because using hollowfication makes you physically stronger doesn't mean you get to keep the same cool abilities you had as a shinigami.

[[WMG:Nel is {{Yotsuba}}]]
* Don't believe me: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/yotsuba/c018/16.html BEHOLD!]]
** Must... make... [[MotivationalPoster Mot]] of this... now...

[[WMG:Ishida will become extremely powerful.]]
I asked one question in JustBugsMe - why, after loosing his Quincy powers to final form, didn't Ishida just go to Orihime so that she could restore his powers? If she can bring back the freaking dead(at least sometimes) then restoring his Quincy powers should be a piece of cake.\\
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Thus, when the next round of power upgrades comes along, Quincy Final Form will become a regular occurrence to Ishida. Every time he uses it, he'll just go back to Orihime so that she may restore his powers and use it again. Or maybe this Final Form-Restore-Final Form-Restore etc. cycle will mean that Ishida's powers will evolve to the point where he will have some sort of a permanent Final Form.
** This troper has always felt that Ishida should be able to use Final Form permanently...if only he were ''dead''. It's specifically mentioned that his human body is the limiting factor on it, so if he didn't have one of those...

[[WMG:Aizen's ''real'' plan for creating a new King's Key...]]
...is to [[UnwittingPawn trick us tropers]] into making this WMG page so long it collapses into itself, as a substitute for the 100,000 souls required otherwise.

[[WMG:Kyoraku's pink coat is a kind of defense against his sword's "color" game.]]
It's color makes the enemy unlikely to be able to damage it easily, but it's a double-edged sword in that it limits his own attack power, which is why he took it off to fight Starrk.
* That's actually savvy enough to make sense.

[[WMG:Ichigo is overprotective of Orihime because he is a descendant of the Royal Guard, and she of the Royal Family]]
I've already spammed the idea of Orihime being related to the Royal Realm, due to her unique powers, and it is generally accepted that Isshin was part of the Royal Guard- so, what if the reason why Ichigo is so batshit about Orihime's protection is that he is ''meant'' to protect her? He's protective enough as is, but with Orihime, he takes it to some extremes. It may also explain why he didn't hurt her when he was in uber-Hollow form. (Of course, he may just be so protective of her because she's the only one who truly ''needs'' him to protect her.)

[[WMG:Aizen just created the King's Key.]]
Via [[spoiler:The deaths of Barragan, Starrk, and Harribel. If as widely assumed they were all Vasto Lordes (it's a virtual certainty for Starrk and Barragan, at least), the three of them plus the various dead Fraccion could add up to the 100,000 souls Aizen needs.]] Thus, Aizen set up a battle that he can't possibly lose. Even if his forces are crushed, he still wins.
* Still, if this were the case, it's strange that he would kill Harribel himself rather than say, after the heroes killed her, "Congratulations, this was all part of my plan," like he did after Nnoitra's defeat.

[[WMG:Kyoraku likes to hang around at [[YuGiOh Duel Monsters Tournaments]] with his Shikai released.]]
Which is why everyone in YuGiOh takes their children's card games very, very seriously.

[[WMG: Only an illusion-type sword can defeat an illusion-type sword.]]
I may sound like [[JackieChanAdventures Uncle Chan]] here, but it'd make sense. Aizen's sword, being an illusion type, would be able to make him immune to illusions, as a minor, reflexive ability. What if there's another illusion-type sword that can nullify Aizen's? What if this sword hasn't awakened completely, due to being in an extremely inexpericendes Shinigami's hands? What if '''Ichigo Kurosaki''' has the same descriptions above? We have seen him awakening his sword's Bankai, but we haven't seen him properly using it. If he did, his Bankai at least looks pretty weak, then, and needs more maturing. Or maybe it's an illusion that makes people think that's always weak, but gets progressively stronger with each attack (also, I can't swallow that Ichigo never had a proper Shikai all that time, there must be something wrong).

One more thing! Ichigo have never, ever seen Aizen releasing his zanpakutou, or seen his illusions. And even if he seen, who would be sure that he wouldn't track it as an illusion? If there's another clue, it would be his refined spiritual track. Aizen couldn't fool it.

Maybe it's a crazy theory, but if it manages to make sense in someone's mind, go ahead to comment and give mmore basis.
* While I doubt that Ichigo has an illusion-type, the fact you mentioned that Ichigo has never seen Aizen's release made this troper realize something: it's a bit of a stretch, but it might end up being that it'll be up to Team Karakura (i.e. Ichigo, Chad, Ishida and Orihime) to defeat Aizen in the end, since none of them have ever seen Aizen's release and would initially be immune to his illusions. While doubtful, it'd bring an earlier concept full circle (what with the four of them having initially teamed up to infiltrate Soul Society) and be delightfully ironic that, [[XanatosRoulette despite having somehow planned for every contingency]], [[BoringInvincibleVillain Aizen]] is ultimately undone by a bunch of highschoolers.
** Wait, wouldn't he just reseal his sword and the re-release it, thereby making sure everyone sees his release and is under his power? It's not like he can only do it once or something.
** In this latest chapter, Unohana pretty much says that Ichigo is the only one capable of defeating Aizen because he hasn't seen the shikai. That and he must not see it, at all, no matter what. And in response to the above idea, it depends on how quickly Aizen can do it and whether or not he's willing to risk dispelling an illusion for the sake of one (or four) high schoolers.
* It seems Aizen has not planned for ''every'' contingency indeed- Shinji has revealed that his zanpakuto is ''[[OhCrap also]]'' a "control the five senses" sword, though presumably of a different type than Aizen's given its unusual name (his sword is named after rubbing a cat the wrong way, whereas Aizen's is named after idioms for things that can never be seen.).
** Maybe Shinji has a BrownNote zanpakuto?

[[WMG: Lilynette isn't dead.]]
* A crazy theory I know, but I doubt miss Fanservice(One of them) was killed like that. I think that she might somehow come into play over the next few battles.
** Perhaps she gives her life to save Stark, reinforcing his whole "loneliness" thing.
** I don't recall seeing Starrks guns much in the final battle, and we just [[{{Asspull}} can't have the Primeria get killed by a Shikai!]] Perhaps she can serve as the pairs SoulJar? Then they could pull a HeelFaceTurn and have all kinds of Shinigami friends to keep those LonelyAtTheTop feelings away!
*** I second this motion.

[[WMG: If Grimmjow does a Heel Face Turn a new hotheaded rival is going to be introduced.]]
Ishida, Renji, Grimmjow, and emocar. The pattern is aloof hot headed, Hot headed and aloof again.
* Ishida, Renji, BYAKUYA, Grimmjow, Emocar. Aloof, Hot-headed, Aloof, Hot-headed, Aloof. Next up still be "Hot-headed".
** Why do people always forget Kenpachi?
** And Ikkaku.

[[WMG: Ichigo's mother was DeadAllAlong.]]
But just a normal whole who came with Isshin when he was banished, not a seated shinigami (or a shinigami at all) or a hollow.

[[WMG: [[ObfuscatingStupidity Keigo]] is Aizen.]]
He came to Karakura in disguise to watch Isshin and (depending on the timing) his kid(s), and is the real reason Ichigo's friends advanced so quickly in the Spirit Powers department (they had already been developing for some time, but hadn't yet awakened). The Aizen in the Soul Society was merely an illusion, or even the released version of his zanpakuto/its bankai. This is how Aizen managed to use an illusion on Ichigo after the fight with Byakuya at the execution grounds (Keigo would have had many, many opportunities to release the zanpakuto, especially if it didn't have to look like a sword at the time). (This is mostly based on an image of what is probably Keigo in the first chapter title page that resembles a de-aged Aizen in [[ArtEvolution ZombiePowder style]], but if Aizen is hiding ''anywhere'' in plain sight, and knew about Isshin and his family from the beginning, this would be it.)
* Nah, Mizuiro is Aizen in disguise, Keigo just happens to be his descendant. His personality (or lack thereof) reminds too much of the kind masquerade Aizen had (except that we don't really know if Aizen likes older women; it'd be hillarious if he did, though).

[[WMG: There's another Espada group]]
I can't see the logic in Aizen killing them all off and fighting himself. He's said before that he's unable to fight all the Gotei 13 at once, so in true Aizen tradition he's got some JUST AS PLANNED moment coming up.

The true Espada.

* I can only see Aizen having an army of Vasto Lordes instead.

[[WMG: Wonderweiss' power is to negate other powers with his voice]]
Notice the way things go to pieces when he's around. Hitsugaya's ice prison falls apart like a house of cards. Mashiro's cero is "erased" (her own words). Mashiro's mask, which should last a staggering fifteen hours, vanishes as soon as Wonderweiss starts shouting at her. Take all of this together with Tousen's line about how his words have meaning, and it's not a stretch to think that Wonderweiss is the ultimate nullifier.

[[WMG: muramasa is ashido's zanpakuto]]
We never see ashido release and muramasa is in the forest of menos currently
** As of episode 248 this is wrong. Apparently his master is a guy named Koga Kuchiki who was sealed away by SS by attempting to lead a coup.
** If you know he's Kouga Kuchiki, then you know the leading a coup thing is a load of bull.

[[WMG:Aizen's real weakness is...]]
His hypnosis doesn't work on zanpakuto spirits and they can direct their wielders in battle

[[WMG: Ryuken Ishida is related to Sachie Ishida (Hayate's doctor) of MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha]]
The two of them are doctors, and it's possible that Ryuken insisted that Sachie not become a Quincy since she isn't the Last Quincy. It's possible she shares his attitude on it, especially since she's a {{Muggle}} to the point of not knowing about magic, the TSAB or who the Wolkenritter really are in the third Sound Stage of A's when most of the cast's family and friends have heard about them.

[[WMG: Ichigo used to be a Vasto Lorde]]
Here's a thought - many people are speculating that in Turn Back the Pendulum we haven't been shown the captains of the 10th and 11th division because one of them might be Isshin. But what if it's actually Ichigo who used to be a captain back then?\\
Here's my theory. Two incarnations ago Ichigo became a Hollow and went all the way to becoming a Vasto Lorde. Eventually he was purified and sent to Soul Society, becoming one of the Shinigami. He became a captain of the 10th or the 11th and eventually died - fifteen or so years ago, just in time for his reincarnation.\\
When Ichigo became a Hollow-Shinigami hybrid in the Shattered Shaft training, he started to awaken two sources of his power. One - his Shinigami power, which just an incarnation before was captain level. And two - his Hollow power, which two incarnations before was Vasto Lorde level. This is the reason as to why Ichigo has so much power and an incredible level of growth - he's not actually "learning" how to use his power but rather he's ''remembering'' it, unearthing buried memories.\\
Thus, it wasn't really Shirosaki(maybe he played a part, but it wasn't ''all'' him) who protected Orihime. This awakening of power that I mentioned eventually culimanted after Ulquiorra killed Ichigo. That event was him reverting to his former personality, so to speak, and pounding Ulquiorra into the ground with all the might that a Vasto Lorde/Captain Shinigami hybrid can bring on.
* While this troper suspects that this theory is unlikely to be true, it'd be brilliant if it was since it a) explains a heck of a lot, b) would be awesome, and c) would lead to some rather interesting reactions if/when there was a reveal.
** I find this to be a very interesting theory as well. But since I think about it, Hollow Ichigo's immense power may actually come from feeding on the excess energy Ichigo doesn't use, mimicking a normal hollow's growth, while the small amount that does escape is Ichigo's leaking reiatsu. This is taking into assumption that Ichigo's dad was once a member of Squad 0 some point in the past.

[[WMG: Bleach takes place in an alternate history where Japan and Mexico are the only countries.]]
Why not?
* Make that Japan, Mexico and Germany. Some Quincy-related names are in German, and their origin might very well be German as well, despite the Ishida family being at least partially Japanese.
** Aizen blew Germany up.
* Keigo mentions vacationing in Hawaii at one point.

[[WMG: Aizen only sliced Harribel as an excuse to draw his Zanpaktou.]]
[[FanNickname Captain Broken]] Could probably have taken on the rest of the Soul Society forces there with the remaining Espada's and Wonderweiss's help and with his two over-powered subordinate captains, but why risk damaging his elegant self? He's a Captain and presumably knows Bankai (though Kempachi proves you can cram horrendous buttloads of spirit power into someone who otherwise lacks Captain-level qualifications) and can release his Zanpaktou without calling it's name. Also, isn't it interesting that as awesome as Aizen is it's Gin who slices and dices Hiyori rather than Aizen doing it himself?

Conclusion: Aizen has set himself up in the eyes of the Soul Society as being pure malevolent [[ForTheEvuls Evil for Evil's Sake]] style super-villian with the events surrounding his departure from Soul Society, so a YouHaveFailedMe style assasination of the last Espada doesn't seem out of character for him. He slashes Harribel, has his Zanpaktou razzle-dazzle everyone, then leaves Gin (who's in on The Plan) to help keep-up the illusion while he slips out through a Garganta un-noticed on his way to the Real Karakura town to enact his Master Plan. ([[spoiler:Where he will have to face-off against Squad 0, the Royal Guard.]])

[[WMG:The ''{{Bleach}}'' universe is an alternate universe of the ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'' universe.]]
Really, the coincidences are so coincidential it's scary. OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent (Kyon and Ichigo) [[BoyMeetsGirl meets]] girl who changes his life in some way (Haruhi and Rukia). The boy and the girl are part of a FiveManBand. The other three members are a {{Moe}} [[GagBoobs large-chested]] [[HeroesWantRedheads redhead]] (Mikuru and Orihime), a [[TheSmartGuy smart]], [[ScaryShinyGlasses bespectacled]], [[TheStoic stoic]] [[BadassBookworm bookworm]] [[LastNameBasis often called by their last name]] (Nagato and Ishida), and [[TheBigGuy a significantly-taller guy]] with shaggy hair [[LastNameBasis also known by their last name]] (Koizumi and Sado).
* Also, Tsuruya is Tatsuki (stronger, more confident friend to the moe redhead) and Taniguchi and Kunikida are Keigo and Mizuiro (one is a passionate LeisureSuitLarry, the other a normal-acting character that follows him around; both ThoseTwoGuys to the protagonist).
** Here is more proof. [[http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire3/edb759e0593336005785433dfcca5cc01226435103_full.png Warning: May shatter universes.]]

[[WMG: Aizen will be captured by CandleJack]]
And Gin will have to find and untie him befo
* Of course! It all makes so much sen
** Hey, you didn't actually say Candlejack. ...oh sh
-->"I'm gonna need more rope."

[[WMG: Isshin will be the deciding factor in the battle for Karakura town.]]
Aizen has time and again been established as an impossibly good planner. He's been shown to be able to set up infallible xanatos gambits, and to have everyone play right into his hand. In this latest arc, it makes sense that he had taken all of the gotei 13 into account, all of the visored, Ichigo and crew, as well as Urahara and crew. I mean, he knows about everyone involved who could make a difference, and must have planned around them...
except Isshin Kurosaki.

[[WMG: The series' length is at least partly due to Aizen being a total GameBreaker]]
Basically, Kubo got a bit carried away when he was coming up with the BigBad and realised a bit too late in the game that he couldn't come up with a plausible way for said BigBad to get his just desserts. So he keeps the storylines going for as long as possible to give him time to come up with something. A bit unfair to Kubo-san perhaps but it would explain a few things.
* There is already a weakness to Kyoka Suigetsu- the victim has to see the sword being released- and Ichigo hasn't seen its release, he probably will be able to fight Aizen without succumbing to its effects.

[[WMG: Kirio Hikifune is Masaki Kurosaki.]]
Of course, she didn't die so easily to such a weak Hollow. She possibly used a kido to scare him away due to the short time she had to protect her son, and used shunpo, to not be seen as a Shinigami by Ichigo. The body Ichigo saw was just her Gigai. It would reinforce the theory that Isshin is from the Royal Guard, too, as they probably knew each other there. They modified their names and ran away to the living world, but only Isshin lost his powers due to being conditioned as a Royal Guard for more time than her. Hiyori didn't notice her possibly because she hid her spiritual pressure all the time, and because they lived in almost opposite sides of Karakura. She's probably hiding, ready to help defeating Aizen when time comes.
* Masaki wouldn't need to keep her powers to still be a Royal guard. If both of them were Royal guards, and Masaki lost her powers (or couldn't separate from her gigai quickly enough because she spent so long in it) that would explain her death to one of the weaker Hollows such as Grand Fisher, although she could have scared him off, like you said, with some weak kido before dying. In this theory, Masaki would actually be dead, but Ichigo would still be 100% Shinigami. Doesn't really explain why Yuzu has no spiritual abilities, but. It's possible that that's simply because of timing or some other natural cause.

Or maybe...

[[WMG:Isshin is a reincarnated captain]]
We don't know for sure how much time it takes for a soul to reincarnate, and even more when it's a powerful soul, so, it could have taken more than half a century until the 10th division's previous captain, who died right before the happenings in Turn Back the Pendulum, could reincarnate. The deceased captain probably reincarnated as Isshin Kurosaki, somehow or another, became aware of his previous reincarnation, and asked Urahara for help. It could explain how he got rags that look like a piece of haori, but aren't exactly such; it's probably a vestige of his previous incarnation.

[[WMG:The series will have a Kill em all Ending]]
The last battle escalates further, Aizen unvails some insane new power, people end up dropping left and right. Ichigo and co. show up and turn the tide of battle, but in the end there are no survivors. The next part will be people in Karakura town in mourning (probably with futile search effort going on, and eventually called off). Showing how Tatsuki, Isshin, Ryuuken, et. all are handling the group's apparent deaths. Then you see what an uproar in Soul Society there is because they ending up losing most, if not all of the captains. Eventually, things jump many years in the future, and things become less bleak: Chad, Orihime, and Ishida have put together new lives in Soul Society. I could see Chad becoming a Soul Reaper and Orihime becoming a medic. Ishida... Soul Society's Batman, maybe? I can't really see him wanting to be a Soul Reaper. We might also see what happened to the purified Arrancar (which probably wouldn't be very pleasant for them, with the possible exception of Nel.) The old leutenants will have become captains.

Cut back to the living world, the reincarnated captains, vizored, Rukia and Renji our living out their lives rather well (again, with the villians probably getting a karmic fate). I'm not sure which side Ichigo would end up on, but he'd probably end fine either way.

[[WMG:In the filler, Byakuya's reason for betraying Soul Society is a desire to protect Rukia...taken to the extreme]]
Byakuya has stated that his reason for switching sides is for "his pride". Now, he could literally mean his pride as in "I lost to Ichigo and now I need to redeem myself", but that's a bit too petty for him, and recent actions in episodes 240 and 241 reveal more about his intentions than his words. After all, what else has he referred to as his "pride"? Oh, that's right, RUKIA.

But wait, didn't he kill Sode no Shirayuki? Ah, but when Senbonzakura commented that "a Shinigami is nothing without their zanpakuto", it didn't seem to bother him too much. Then, when delivering the remains of her zanpakuto to Rukia, he only said "Stay out of this fight." Combine this with a few facts from regular canon: Byakuya's never seemed thrilled about Rukia taking on assignments and he's gone out of his way to ensure that Rukia doesn't get promoted so she doesn't get involved in more dangerous missions.

It adds up to indicate that Byakuya has never really liked Rukia placing herself in danger as a Shinigami, but didn't want to explicitly force her out of service and was too late to prevent her becoming a Shinigami in the first place. So now he does the next best thing; he destroys her zanpakuto so she has no ''choice'' but to retire.

This troper is betting that the two times Rukia is about to be attacked in 241 (when Senbonzakura does it and then when the rest of the zanpakuto join in), he would've stepped up to prevent it had Renji and the Black Ops, respectively, not jumped in. When this is revealed, he'll likely say something along the lines of "You can have Soul Society if you want...but Rukia is OFF LIMITS."

[[WMG: In the current filler Sode no Shirayuki is NotQuiteDead yet.]]

All that needs to happen for the 3rd dance Shirafune to be performed somehow and she'll be as good as new or at least in a not so dead state..maybe.

[[WMG: Izuru Kira is the son of Gin Ichimaru and Rangiku Matsumoto]]
Kira was very devoted to Ichimaru and descended into even deeper depression when he left. Matsumoto and Kira have a close relationship and it's implied there's something between Matsumoto and Ichimaru. Possibly Kira does not know this fact but the others do. It's the only reason why [[MagnificentBastard Gin]] [[AxCrazy Ichimaru]] treats them differently.

[[WMG: Szayel is NotQuiteDead]]
He will have had a [[CrazyPrepared contigency plan to keep himself alive in case he was ever killed.]] He will show up later as a mercenary of sorts, willing to work for whoever gives him the material to do his research.
* Wasn't ''Gabriel'' his contingency plan?
** [[CrazyPrepared He has another one.]]

[[WMG: Rukia has a Hollow side]]
No matter what anyone might believe or claim, having the Hogokyu sealed in her all that while wasn't totally without effect. It's a smart 'un, though, waiting for a truly critical moment, when Rukia really doesn't have anything left to save herself with, to manifest.
* Ichigo's hollow really didn't manifest itself and take over Ichigo until he learned Bankai, so this could work if Rukia acheives Bankai (she has to in order to keep up).

[[WMG: Ichigo has been absorbing all the Arrancrar he's defeated since getting his inner hollow]]
...which is why his inner hollow seems to have leveled up so much. We know hollows get stronger by eating or absorbing other hollows, so if Hichigo has gotten stronger...
* Its seems to be that Hollows increase in power by absorbing souls because they can't increase their power through training or just working at it, like Shinigami or spiritually empowered humans such as the Quinces or Chad & Orihime can. If thats right it means that Inner-Hollows gain power ''both'' ways, through the absorbations of external sources of power and through training because of their Shinigami parent-soul. Thus as Ichigo got stronger, so did his Inner-Hollow.

[[WMG: Kubo has been playing too much [[WorldOfWarcraft WoW]].]]
He's turning Yammy into a raid boss.
* This troper can just see it now...
-->'''Rukia:''' Alright, even numbers left side, odd numbers right side!
-->'''Chad:''' (Gets smacked away)
-->'''Rukia:''' Many whelps, left side! Handle it!
-->'''Renji:''' (Gets stomped)
-->'''Rukia:''' That's a 50 DKP MINUS!
** Seriously, someone should stomp YOU for saying that...
* --> Ichigo (or Kenpachi) ignoring her, runs right into the enemy
--> Rukia: ICHIGO KUROSAKIIIIIIII!!! (or KENPACHI ZARAKIIIIIIIIIII!!!)
[[WMG: Espada ranking]]
Having come across a recent forum discussing Vasto Lordes, and possible fluctuating powers in existing Vasto Lordes, I've decided to put together this board on the level each Espada was at before becoming arrancar. Here's a link: http://bleachasylum.com/showthread.php?p=1796378:

#10: Yammy: Mid-level Adjuchas Arrancar (changes with release)
#9: Aaroniero: Extremely High-level Gillian
#8: Szayel: Mid-level Adjuchas
#7: Zommari: Mid-level Adjuchas
#6: Grimmjow: High-Level Adjuchas
#5: Nnoitra: High-level Adjuchas

Now onto the ones heavily speculated as Vasto Lordes:

#4: Ulquiorra: Mid-Level Vasto Lordes (sacrificed power for regeneration, [[spoiler: true potential shown in Second Release, exceeding all other Espada]])
#3: Tia Harribel: Low-Level Vasto Lordes
#2: Barragan: Low-level Vasto Lordes (ability makes this debatable)
#1: Starrk: Low-Mid-Level Vasto Lordes
[[spoiler: #0: Yammy Post-Release: Kaiju Adjuchas (absorbed spirit energy boosted his power above all other Espada except Ulquiorra 2nd release]])

Now, to discuss [[spoiler: Wonderweiss and Ulquiorra]]:

[[spoiler: Ulquiorra Second-release: Mid-level Vasto Lordes (evidence suggests power exceeds his "superiors"), maybe matching or even exceeding Aizen.]]

Wonderweiss Margera: [[spoiler: Mid-level Vasto Lordes (One-shotted Jushiro Ukitake, fighitng Kensei's bankai and hasn't released yet, Starrk considers his presence as Aizen getting impatient]]

Now, onto a unique subject, and that is... Hollow Ichigo as of chapter 350.

Hollow Ichigo: Equivalent to High-level Vasto Lordes: [[spoiler: Easily defeated Second Release Ulquiorra without breaking a sweat]]

If this theory is true, we've yet to truly see the upper class Vasto Lordes in action, besides Wonderweiss and Ulquiorra.

It's true that Halibel was a weak VL, she said it herself because she refused to consume hollows.

[[WMG: Ukitake's Bankai will take the form of a storm]]
IF the games are to be believed, then his powers are over water and lightning. Then, his bankai will give him power over a large storm. My personal theory is that it would be either a hailstorm, a hurricane, or a blizzard, gaining the appropriate elemental abilities for that and changing his weapon. For the hailstorm he would gain a power rangers grade gunsword as a weapon, for the blizzard he would gain metal fans, and for the hurricane he would get a short sword on his sword for him to use as like a kusarigama.
* I mentioned this above, but it has since been pretty much {{Jossed}}, as the games are not accurate regarding Ukitake's or Kyoraku's powers. Ukitake's powers are actually based on absorbing his opponent's attack and firing back at him, as seen against Starrk.

[[WMG: One of the ways I can see Aizen becoming more evil is...]]
Kidnapping Karin Kurosaki. Tite mentioned in an interview we would see a "more evil" Aizen. So I'd imagine that the only way Kubo could top Aizen nearly killing Momo, and basically everything he's done up to this point, is by kidnapping Karin. If we receive a time-skip of say about 2-5 years, this could result through use of a memory chikan (a powerful one), of him brain-washing Karin into thinking Aizen is her father, and training her to fight for him. It'd be the ultimate emotional blow to Ichigo, beyond anything else imaginable (besides Karakura Town's destruction), and in Aizen's eyes, give him a weapon equivalent to Ichigo, as she could logically go through the same power growth as Ichigo, with Aizen's guiding hand.
* That idea has been used a fair few times in fanfic so if it does happen in canon there's going to be a lot of people saying they called it.

[[WMG: Reiatsu shape]]
The only three characters we've seen whose reiatsu has taken on a certain shape is Ichigo, Kenpachi, and Yachiru, all in the same battle. What does this mean for these three? Please post your theories here:
* It could attest to the immense power these three possess, similar to Toshiro and Yamamoto's zanpakutos.
* It could be referencing that they're just that HotBlooded, and not any particular indication of spiritual power.
* It could be something to do with one's "spirit type" (like the shape of a zanpakuto spirit or Hollow form).
** Such as their demon-spirit part. Kenpachi's been called a demon before, it's been guessed in WMG that Ichigo is part demon, and it might explain why Yachiru is... well, I'll just say "pretty much uncontested".

[[WMG: Byakuya and Kenpachi will fail to beat Yammy, paving the way for Unohana to have her fight scene and the big reveal of her abilities.]]
KT has stated that he's going to have a big fight scene for Unohana, and what's [[IncrediblyLamePun bigger than Yammyzilla?]] It'll also really serve to demonstrate why her fellow Captains are "afraid" of her, if she effortlessly wipes out a monsterous opponent that even two Captains together couldn't beat.
* Likely Jossed now, as she's heading for the main battlefield with Ichigo.

[[WMG: Hollow Forms and Zanpakuto Spirits are the same.]]
* This WMG obviously takes its main inspiration from Hollow Ichigo's words and actions. However, it is also interesting to note that when someone uses Bankai, they tend to take on aspects of their Zanpakuto spirit's appearance. This is similar to an Arrancar's release, which simply allows them to restore their Hollow forms over their humanoid forms. This may also have something to do with the new filler arc, in which the Zanpakuto spirits are in humanoid forms (though they seem to be able to take their previous/Bankai forms).

* This WMG also suggests that the Spirits shown in the Muramasa arc are similar to Arrancar in this regard, and that a soul is more likely to become a strong Shinigami if it was/is a purified Hollow. Which, in turn, could be why some Shinigami such as Toshiro and Ichigo are so powerful at a relatively young age.

* A couple things which could back up this possibility: When Shinigami release their swords, their swords which transform. When Arrancar release their swords, ''they'' transform. Also, each Arrancar appears to have some unique trait or skill (Starrk's [[spoiler: soul-splitting ability]], Aaroniero's ability to absorb the powers of other hollows), while their swords seem to have no real distinguishing traits except for being different sizes and shapes. With Shinigami it's basically the opposite way round, with each sword having a unique power and the wielder being 'ordinary' (for a given value of ordinary, at least).

[[WMG: Kenpachi will be the key to victory]]
Because Kenpachi is the only one whose entire power comes from himself. As stated time and again ''every'' other Shinigami of note's power is theirs and their Zanpakutou's put together, while Kenpachi relies only on himself, meanig he's still at full power. Everyone likely worked this out, but I felt it needed to be said.
* Kenpachi will be the key to victory because he's ''Kenpachi''.

[[WMG: Isshin Kurosaki is the captain who saved Ishida's family]]
Let's look at the facts about Isshin and the Quincy:
* Isshin is implied to be a former captain-level Shinigami, now living in the human world.
* The Quincy were almost entirely wiped out by the Shinigami, with the exception of Ishida Ryuuken and Ishida Uryuu.
* Both Ishidas, as much as they hate each other, have expressed even greater disdain for the Shinigami. Ryuuken even puts a condition on restoring Uryuu's powers, that he never interact with the Shinigami or their friends ever again.
* And yet, we see Ryuuken and Isshin talking with each other like old acquaintances. Not necessarily friends, but Ryuuken isn't outwardly angry at Isshin's presence either.

The questions that these facts raise are:
* How did the Ishida family survive the massacre?
* Why did Isshin get kicked out of Soul Society?
* Why does Ryuuken accept Isshin's presence?

The one explanation that answers all of these questions at once is: Isshin helped the Ishidas escape, and was exiled when he was found out. This would be a pretty interesting backstory, and I hope it will get explored once they finally wrap up this whole Aizen business.
** Minor nitpick: We're not sure when the massacre happened, but it was certainly before Uryuu was born. It's sort of implied that it was when Soken (Uryuu's grandfather) was in his prime, which means Ryuuken may or may not have been alive. If he was, it may partially explain his sour feelings towards being a quincy.
*** It was probably way earlier. Rukia, who is around eighty years old, hasn't even heard of Quincies before Ishida.
**** Rukia's more like 150, so yeah, definitely before any of the Quincies we know of were even born.

[[WMG: Zanpakuto aren't as knowledgeable as Zangetsu makes them appear.]]
Most of what Zangetsu knows about himself and his nature as a zanpakuto comes from Sode no Shirayuki, who taught him during the time Ichigo had claimed Rukia's power (perhaps face to face, perhaps through subconscious - for Ichigo at least - retention of memory when Ichigo became a shinigami again); she herself knew it from Rukia's textbooks during her time at the Academy. The more personal things come from his own ponderings during the (probably otherwise very boring) times Ichigo isn't calling on him, and from discussion with Hichigo.

[[WMG: Kirio Hikifune is Masaki Kurosaki is Neliel Tu Oderschvank]]
Kirio and Isshin (or whatever his name was at the time) were among the original lineup of Captains, and eventually fell in love. This was complicated when Isshin was promoted to the Royal Guard, but Kirio worked her butt off to be granted the same honor, joining the Guard as quickly as she could. This worked out great for most of a century (minus a bit of a freak out when Kirio found out her de facto daughter had turned into a Hollow-thing and disappeared), but some terrible disaster that may well be the topic of a future flashback arc occurred, and the couple was forced to flee to the human world. There, they chanced upon Kisuke Urahara, who offered to help them hide using experimental spirit-draining gigai which would effectively turn them human, with the caveat that he didnít know for certain how long they would last, as they had not yet been perfected for lack of testing. A year later, their spiritual signatures had nearly completely disappeared, and they settled down in Karakura Town under the fake names Isshin and Masaki Kurosaki.

A couple years later, they discovered during the course of normal loving-couple activities that the gigai had made them sufficiently human as to be able to conceive, and Ichigo was born. They decided to build a family, but waited a few years to be certain that Ichigo was a normal and healthy human, having Karin and Yuzu once they were sure. For a time, it was good. Then Ichigo encountered the Grand Fisher, and Masaki, powers locked away by the gigai, was forced to give her own life to protect him, and became a Hollow. Knowing thanks to the return of her power once free of the gigai that if she returned to Earth she would destroy her family, she instead turned her hunger on her fellow Hollows, and over a decade eventually became (at least a part of) the powerful Adjuchas Neliel Tu Oderschvank. Meanwhile, her children grew up without her, her son became a shinigami and then a Vizard, and her husband's gigai began to fail.

When Neliel met Aizen, she gladly accepted the transformation into an Arrancar in order to escape her hunger and stop needing to kill; in the process, the part of herself that had been Kirio and then Masaki came to the fore. She recognized the unassuming Lieutenant she had once known and discovered his plan to wipe out her family and all their friends and neighbors, but feigned loyalty despite her outrage, and was made the first Tres Espada, representing Sacrifice. When Nnoitra and Szayel betrayed her, she lost her conscious memories along with her apparent years. Upon meeting Ichigo, however, Nel subconsciously recognized him to some extent, and immediately latched on to him. By the time Ichigo lost to Nnoitra, her desire to protect him had grown so strong that she was able to break the seal on her power and memories and pound Nnoitra into the dirt, at least until her power faded. Whether she will retain her memories now that she is a child again, and if so what she will tell Ichigo and the rest of her family, remains to be seen.

[[WMG: The reason Aizen fled Hueco Mundo is because he realised they sent Unohana in.]]
He was trying to trap her and get away. Now that she's coming with Ichigo, the fight will be over very soon.

Joking aside, Unohana has probably figured out some way to see past Kyoka Suigetsu's ability and will be the first person to get in a hit on Aizen.
* [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/381/15/ It's Confirmed she has.]] She knows how to completely bypass it. I think this counts as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Unohana
* And now she's heading for where Aizen is. Maybe her Big Fight will be against Aizen himself?
* You realize that by putting Unohana's name in the same sentence with "hit on Aizen" you just gave every shipper from here to the moon something to misinterpret, right?
** [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Oh, God!]] WhatHaveIDone?
*** Too late. I bet it's one-sided... From his part. How else would he avoid hurting her?

[[WMG: Wonderweiss isn't evil, he's just trying to fit in.]]
Childlike and innocent as WW is, he thinks Grimmjow is a PrettyCoolGuy. Eh impales people with his arm and doesn't afraid of anything. Wondie, not realizing Grimmjow is a horrible role model, looks up to him and strives to be just like him. Part of this is responsible for the catlike mannerisms he sometimes displays, but unfortunately it's also taught him it's cool to stick your arm through people's chests as a way to say "hello" and that brutalizing women is A-OK if they started it. The REAL reason Tousen hates Grimmjow is for being a bad influence on Wonderweiss.
* Only problem with that last part is that Tousen hated Grimmjow before Wonderweiss even existed. But the rest.. never thought of that before...

[[WMG: Aizen has ONE WEAKNESS]]
Getting hit with a telephone pole.
* It makes perfect sense! Chad totally needs to do some more pwnage, and this would be awesome.

[[WMG: Aizen's Bankai is to control the five senses of anyone who sees him activate its attack.]]
His shikai is just a cheap visual trick, which hasn't been used since long before the start of the story..

[[WMG: Aizen's Bankai is his shikai plus controlling the perception of spirit energy.]]
Just throwing that out there.

[[WMG: Aizen has no Bankai.]]
His shikai allows him to manipulate the sight and possibly other senses of anyone who sees it release. Up until he defected, everyone thought his zanpaktou was water based. He could have easily used his Shikai during his captaincy exam and conjured up an image of a water based Bankai. We know no one on the heroes' side has ever seen his ''real'' Bankai (assuming he has one).

[[WMG: Aizen's bankai...]]
Allows him to kidnap schmucks and dump them in a literal sea of MindRape water. So if drowning doesn't kill them, the mind rape will.

[[WMG: The King's Key is not a key at all.]]
Its a sword, or more specifically, a Zanpaktou. And it already exists-in the form of Ichigo's Zanpaktou.
* Senkaimon can be opened with Zanpakutou like a key opens a door, so it would only make sense if the Zanpakutou!King's Key opened a portal to the Royal Realm in the same manner.
* It's actually Orihime's hairpins. If you haven't watched Scooby-Doo (or any show that features lock picking), you won't understand the joke.


[[WMG: Aizen's Zanpakuto is a Constant Release Shikai.]]
Every time he pulls it out, people fall under hypnosis. Please note he doesn't appear to have a command for it, such as when he met Barragan. In other words, everyone's doomed.
* That...makes...SENSE! Aizen's got so much spiritual pressure, like Kenpachi and Ichigo, he could never shut off his Shikai. His command only shatters the illusion currently shown, and he merely has to draw his sword for it to re-activate it. In other words, Ichigo's already been exposed. It can go like this:

-->Ichigo's blade passes through Aizen.
-->Ichigo: Wha-?!
-->Aizen appears behind Ichigo, stabbing him.
-->Aizen: The command I give only shatters the illusion my blade creates. Not once, have I never had to speak a command to activate the illusions.
-->Ichigo: What...you mean...?
-->Aizen: Yes, Kyoka Suigetsu is a Full-Time release Zanpakuto.
-->Everyone at FKT looks on in shock as Aizen tears his sword out of Ichigo, and follows him as he hits the ground
-->Aizen: You've been under my spell ever since I tried to cut you in half at the Sokyoku.
-->Ichigo has a flashback of his failed attack against Aizen.
-->Ichigo's thoughts: But that means...I never had any advantage to begin with!
-->Aizen: You still haven't learn that lesson, have you? No matter how much determination you have, no matter how much you want to win, no matter how much you believe you have to win, the difference in our powers...is just too great.

** The fact that he never gives a command doesn't prove much, however. It's shown in the Byakuya vs. Renji fight that a side-effect of achieving Bankai is that you become able to release your Shikai without a command.
** Aizen's shikai ''does'' have a release command. The command is "Shatter".
** What the guy above you meant was that Aizen no longer needs to say "Shatter" to activate his Shikai.

[[WMG:The real reason (or one of the real reasons) Aizen kidnapped Orihime is because she is the key to overcoming his shikai.]]
Orihime's power is to reject events having happened. So if she were to use this on all the captains, she could in theory reject them ever having seen Aizenís shikai and then they all jump in before he could use it again.
* Remember who said that Orihime could reject anything: Aizen himself. Aizen, the same man who played Soul Society like his own puppet show for over 100 years, and is basically Bleach's [[XanatosGambit Xanatos]], able to predict any outcome, even up to the point where he has to use his [[SuperpowerLottery insane power]] to crush the opposition. Who is to say that he didn't just lie to Orihime about her power? He told her it defied the powers of God, able to reject anything out of existence. Her power itself only stated "Return an object to it's original state before it was damaged". The sprites themselves said it only repairs damage does to an object, such as the Hogyoku weakening due to use. So Aizen's only tricking Orihime into believing she can destroy the Hogyoku, only for her to repair it.

[[WMG:Harribel will be saved by Unohana]]
This theory has 2 methods of being fulfilled:
* First, when Ichigo and Unohana arrive at Fake Karakura Town, they will witness the amount of injured ones in the Soul Society side. To fix things quicker, Unohana will either go shikai or bankai which will amount to a massive area heal. Harribel will be caught in the massive heal and recover.
* Second, when Ichigo and Unohana arrive at Fake Karakura Town, the first thing that they notice is that Harribel plummeting to the ground after being sliced by Aizen. After either hearing Harribel's soon-to-be-last words, or someone explains how she got cheap-shotted, Unohana shows pity on her and decided to heal her (Hey, she did heal a Privaron Espada, so her tolerance should be pretty big).

Likewise, there are several outcomes of this event. Either Harribel will be grateful for the save and later pulled a HeelFaceTurn, or she will pull TheFarmerAndTheViper, because EvilCannotComprehendGood.
* Harribel seems to be loyal to her principles, but she would still want to avenge her three fallen companions, and would try to become stronger, so she could defeat Yamamoto. I can totally picture it.

[[WMG: Orihime won't use her healing shield to destroy the Hou-whatsit]]
Instead, she'll use Tsubaki, which will pretty much screw all of Aizen's plans over.
* We can only hope.
** Hope or naivety? Tsubaki is a cutting tool. I wouldn't be surprised if the moment the Hogyoku was pierced by Tsubaki it goes KABOOM!! and levels everything within at most a 100-km radius of Las Noches, Hollow and Shinigami alike, like a nuclear bomb. If it was as simple as that, Urahara would have destroyed it years ago; it's not that he couldn't destroy it, it is just that he had yet to find a safe way of doing it. The hogyoku is made of some pretty volatile stuff, for it to break the borders between Shinigami and hollows. Plus, you are forgetting the kind of man [[XanatosGambit Aizen]] is; he wouldn't have ever shown Orihime the Hogyoku unless he was positive it would fit into his plan ie. she winds up healing it instead of destroying it, since Aizen lied to her about her power being "god-like", and she can't revert anything out of existence, only restore to its original state.
*** I thought Tsubaki 'rejected something by cutting it in half', and I'm pretty sure no one else has something that could literally reject something from existence like that, not even Urahara. So, it's probably the best bet to destroy the Hou-whatsit, unless her powers are exactly what Aizen stated.
**** That's the word: "Cut". The same way Hacchi's technique could cut off those Gillian's heads, and a force field when activated with someone on the barrier edge getting sliced in half. It is basically a flying blade, so it = zanpakuto = KABOOM when used on Hogyoku, if it could pierce it. There would have to be a defined limit to what she can heal or block, since her healing ability was slowed by Ulquiorra's reiatsu when healing Ichigo's first hole in his first fight with #4, we should assume that her powers are only effective to a certain extent, when there isn't a superior reiatsu covering the target, wound, or present in the attack. If that is true, her power would be rendered just about redundant by most enemies (since never once has Orihime's shield been shown to block a Cero, only physical attacks, and even then is it never expected). To be frank, if anyone knew how Orihime's power operated, a foe who knew Shunpo or Sonido would kill her in one strike, since she wouldn't be able to see them move (I don't know how she followed Ulquiorra, since he's a different level than her by galaxies, though I like to assume that there were a few seconds where Ulquiorra was visible behind Ichigo before striking, and she threw up the shield then), since her reiatsu levels are most likely even below Hanataro, a seated officer, and nothing compared to the big hitters currently on the fields of battles. She conceivably has the lowest reiatsu levels of all the named characters in the series (inculding those who have yet to unlock their potential ie. Keigo, Tatsuki and Mizuiro).
**** So, my Bleach Databook book says that Orihime's power is to 'the power to reject the fusion of matter and split it', which, as I am led to believe, as it splits it, it simultaneously destroys its matter and therefore, it. So, there would be no kaboom, it would just...cease to be. Tsubaki is for one-hit kills, and if Orihime ''really'' wants something gone, it's ''going'' to be gone. To say she doesn't have much reiatsu (less than Tatsuki and the gang? I think not) has generally been proven to be false, she has enough strength and presumably, reiatsu, to contain Ichigo -who was actively trying to get out and is a captain class shinigami- in her healing shield, she withstood ceros from both a released Ulquiorra and a form of Ichigo's that was beating the shit out of Ulqui and she was close enough to Ichigo (and by extension, the fight and cero orgins) that she could hear him speak, so, if her powers can withstand so much, who's to say she can't destroy something like that? I'm quite sure the Hougyoku doesn't make its own reiatsu, so...yeah. All the girl needs is enough motivation, and the Hougyoku is gone.
*** Well, Orihime can always use the Shield-Shield to contain the Hougyoku, and cut it in pieces with inside the shield with Tsubaki. Even if it goes KABOOM, there'll be a barrier to avoid any injuries to the others. In theory, Orihime is smart enough to do so. The worst thing that could happen is her shield to leak a bit of the effects and tranform her (and whoever is near her at the time, possibly Ishida and Chad) in Vizards or something.
**** In essence, Tsubaki separates the atoms she attacks, but even if that's so, it wouldn't negate the Hogyoku exploding, since there'd still be two halves of unknown substance waiting to explode, since who knows what that stuff is at the center. Ichigo wasn't even trying to break out of her healing shield; it just sparked, and knocked his outstretched hand back. If he wanted to, he could have probably smashed his way out easily, the same way Kenpachi broke it with his foot. As to Tatsuki and the others, they'd probably have more reiatsu after they unlock their potential, due to being around Ichigo more, especially Tatsuki, since she knew Ichigo since he was was child, but not before. You could have a point, but her shield was never hit directly by said attacks; all they were ever hit with was by the wind kicked up by those attack, which otherwise would have blew her and Ishida off the dome, so containing a explosion wiping out Las Noches is out of the question.
***** As I recall, Ichigo ''was'' trying to get out of her shield, first he outstretched his hand, then he hit the shield, intending to break it and protect Orihime/Nel/Yachiru/everyone. But he couldn't, indicating that Orihime really wanted him healed and protected, and if she wants something, she will make it happen. Also, judging by the sheer volume of the ceros thrown by Ichigo and Ulqui, they probably encountered her shield a few times (plus that massive explosion that Ulqui intiated by cutting Ichibull's horn off) and she came out the only one completely unscratched.
**** I don't think he intended to break it; he didn't want her getting in Nnoitra's way, who would have killed her with a flick of his wrists (one of them), which is what was going through Ichigo's mind at the moment. Besides, if Kenpachi didn' t intervene at that moment to attack Nnoitra, Yachiru may have shown how strong she is, since she didn't seem fazed at Nnoitra.
***** I figured she configured the thing to reject hollows, and Ichigo was pushed away because he's becoming more and more hollow-like.
****** If your theory is correct, then that would mean, that eventually, the Soten Kisshun will refuse to heal Ichigo, because of how much like a Hollow he has become. Could you imagine Orihime's reaction if that were so?
****** The Hollow thing could make sense, but perhaps not- she was able to heal Grimmjow quickly and effectively, giving him his arm and status back. However, it could be that Ichigo just has a much stronger reiatsu than Grimmjow, which in turn makes him harder to heal as his own Hollow reiatsu is presumably stronger than Grimmjow's. I still think it was just her subconscious will to protect him that kept him in that barrier. Her powers are connected to her emotional well-being and will, so if her will is dead set on Ichigo staying in the barrier, I don't think he'd be able to get out.
******* [[FridgeLogic By that logic,]] [[BeyondTheImpossible Ichigo is more of a hollow than an actual hollow!]]
******** Dude, in Bleach, ''anything'' is possible! But, yeah, anyways, I'm sorry, I didn't explain myself. I meant that Ichigo has stronger reiatsu (presumably than Grimmjow, seeing how he beat him and [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp battled]] Ulquiorra) and so his reiatsu from his Hollow side would be proportionally bigger than Grimmy's altogether, making him harder to heal. I'll fix my mistake.

[[WMG: Unohana is a MemeticBadass]]
Somewhere in depths of history, someone (possibly a member of the Eleventh) ticked her off enough for her to lose her temper, an extraordinary event in itself. Lord only knows what actually happened, but since then it has become enshrined in Soul Society legend and been altered and exagerated over the years. Since countless centuries have passed since then, there has been quite a bit of warping. This is not to say that she isn't actually badass, she is a captain after all, it's just that whatever makes the Eleventh Division petrified of her isn't 100% true.
* I think now you're talking in relation to the fandom as a whole.

[[WMG: Mayuri's "spoils of war" in the cage are Grimmjow, Nel and Gantenbainne.]]
Mayuri would LOVE to find out how Arrancar ticked, and these 3 Arrancar(and Harribel) have the biggest chances of pulling a HeelFaceTurn. I bet this is how they'll come back into the story and presumably lead up to Grimmkitty and Kenpachi showing Tousen what a crock of shit "Justice" is.
* Given what Mayuri's [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel research]] entails, this would not be a positive development for them.
** Unless he uses less invasive methods, like he did with Ishida, He wouldn't risk losing such precious subjects so carelessly. Also, have you seen Chad somewhere?
*** Five bucks says it's Dordonii and Cirucci.

[[WMG: Unohana's Bankai inflicts emotional pain]]
They never said how it was more painful than Yamamoto's.
* That's an interesting theory, but what if someone has never been through an emotionally traumatizing event in their lives? I think a combination of poison and acid would be more painful than flames.
** It'd be interesting, but the Bankai that's more likely to inflict emotional pain (probably through LotusEaterMachine) is Aizen's.
** Surely if someone has never been through an emotionally traumatising experience, they'd be even ''more'' vulnerable to emotional pain, given that they haven't built up any mental defences necessary to resist it?

[[WMG: Hanataro's Zanpakuto Hisagomaru is actaully very powerful and blood-thirsty, similar to Unohana's zanpakuto]]
Both of them have healing type Zanpakutos, and for Unohana to make Kyoraku and Ukitake scared, her Bankai must be horrifying.

Hanataro's zanpakuto requires healing other's wounds to power up, and when it goes off, it can nearly kill a Gillian (filler). Akeiro Hisagomaru, could work differently. Like a Gran Rey Cero, his Shikai would probably require Hanataro drawing his own blood, and when it is absorbed, and fired, let's just say that an Adjuchas could be vaporized in one blow (or Arrancar). The reason why Hanataro doesn't know this yet, is because he isn't a violent person, and his zanpakuto won't talk to him for that reason, until at least he is in serious danger. Unohana doesn't bring him to Hueco Mundo for nothing, unless it is out of respect to her last lieutenant, or there is relation between them.

[[WMG: Seinosuke Yamada is Hanatarou's father]]
And Unohana is the mother. Which makes Seinosuke one hell of a CakeEater.

[[WMG: Aizen takes his cues from Displacer Beasts]]
The reason why nothing ever seems to effect him is he's using his Zanpakuto constantly to project a low level illusion. He's really standing five feet to the left.
Which is why the chair is so big.

[[WMG: Kenpachi had his own way to interact with his sword's spirit]]
Kenpachi was a strong character who relied solely on his own power to fight - even working ''against'' his sword's spirit to do so. After his defeat by Ichigo, he asks this being for its name (and thus its cooperation). It is pretty much certain that he failed - and yet now he's more powerful now. True, he could have succeeded later...

But I have a better idea, one that fits Kenpachi. The spirit fails to follow him...

[[BadAss So Kenpachi kicks its ass]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and banishes it from his sword.]] Now he can be stronger - while still maintaining his main character.
* The sword spirit in question was Muramasa and the current filler arc is the result of him being very, very pissed off about being given the heave ho.
** And Muramasa's claim to have killed his owner is a lie, because the truth is too embarrassing to admit to.

[[WMG: Yammy's Gonzui in his Resurrecion...]]
Can completely drain opponents of their reiatsu, and add it to his own, as well as taking it from the environment. It seems to be probable, since he has yet to use that technique against Byakuya and Kenpachi, and it would completely justify his rank, and make him a viable threat.

[[WMG: The Espada are numbered based on raw power.]]
Which would explain how Yammy could be the highest ranked one and be getting his ass kicked by eyepatched Kenpachi; for all his power, he just sucks at fighting.

[[WMG: The Kido Corps consists of former auctioneers.]]
Kido requires a wordy incantation for full effect. The best way to minimize casting time without sacrificing power? Talk really fast.

[[WMG: The series will end in a massive DarkTower-esque reset.]]
All the heroes and villains will die, one by one, except for Orihime. She spends days in bed, depressed. In a flash of inspiration she activates the Twin Sacred Return Shield. With Ayame and Shun'o facing ''outward''.

[[WMG: Sousuke Aizen's weakness is...]]
For the enemy to fully understand him and his reasons. He hinted it not only once, but twice. And by hinted, this troper means that he just blatantly blurted it out, because he didn't expected his enemies to understand such thing. The problem is to achieve such feat... Unless his reasons are to protect someone or something, Ichigo won't be capable to defeat him that easily.

[[WMG: "Devil, Devil, Devil, Devil" is Unohana, Mayuri, Kenpachi, and Byakuya.]]
That is the title for chapter 380. Mayuri and Kenpachi are obvious and need no explanation. Byakuya is still probably the most arrogant of the captains (to the point of probably turning down a chance of tapping Yoruichi's ass simply because his pride as a noble wouldn't allow it), and Unohana...well let us look at two of the most recent chapters. In one, she is all "Ichigo, you are TheMessiah, you will save us all!" The next chapter, she is thinking to herself "Hmm, he's more powerful than I thought, he'll be our trump card!" It is a glaring contradiction. She lied to him. They are using him, and using him hard. My guess is that they will have him make a kamikaze attack on Aizen in the hopes of breaking his power enough for the rest of the captains to attack en masse. Point is, Soul Society is still Morally Grey or perhaps even Morally Bankrupt. And Unohana especially, is crossing the MoralEventHorizon by doing this.
* It seems more likely that Unohana was thought Ichigo was their best chance but still an outside chance. When she said he'll be the trump card is because her hopes are confirmed, meaning she really thinks its likely rather than the best of a bad hand.

[[WMG: Isshin was captain of Squad 6.]]
Well there ''was'' that comment in the Soul Society arc that Ichigo bore a resemblance to Byakuya's predecessor...
* Source?
** Back in the Soul Society arc, the anime episode with Ukitake stopping Byakuya from attacking Ichigo if I remember correctly.

[[WMG: Ichigo is equal to Aizen in raw power.]]
Unohana says his spirit power is "comparable to a Captain's" and Ichigo claims that he's only at half strength, showing his ripped longcoat as proof. He states that it's a part of his bankai, and it being half gone means that so is his power. At one point in the series, Aizen claims that the Hogyoku can be temporarily awakened by fusing it's spirit power with someone who has "twice the power of a shinigami captain" and then proceeds to use it, showing that he was refering to himself. Methinks Ichigo will fight Aizen, and get his ass kicked based on the vast difference in skill.
* If that's the case, then it would mean Ichigo is actually already ''more powerful'' than Aizen, since "half power" surely doesn't take into account his ludicrously powerful 2nd Hollow form. Even Ichigo himself currently doesn't know how powerful that form is.

[[WMG: Yammy is actually a fairly weak hollow.]]
His ability is to eat/absorb weaker souls and convert them into raw power, causing him to grow. When he releases his sword all the accumulated power is used. In other words, he has no upper limit on his power because he steals it from others. However, he doesn't know how to use it properly, which is why he grows so huge- he can't condense his power.

[[WMG: Prolonged time in Hueco Mundo will cause the Vizard's powers to grow.]]
...leading to their inner hollows showing up again
Chad said that his powers were similar to a hollow's, and felt like it was 'coming home'
Ichigo's mask staying on for longer and longer, [[spoiler: and his hollow appearing]]

[[WMG: When Ichigo and Unohana get to Fake Karakura Town, one of two things will happen]]
One: Unohana makes note of the fact that one of the towers fell, but Ichigo corrects her by saying that he (the only one not under Complete Hypnosis) can't see any towers.

Two: It turns out that Unohana, Old Man Genocide, and Shunsui Kyouraku are involved in Aizen's plot, or are the ones who actually want the King's Key. Captain Tuberculosis could be in on it too.

* I was thinking something similar to number one, I'll bet anything that something at least will be different from what the Captains (and us) think is happening, I was thinking maybe the top three faked their deaths. But for two, even if Old Man Genocide and/or Unohana are traitors I just can't see it of Grabass and Tuberculosis. They are too firmly established as good guys.
* It'd be interesting (and shippingtastic) if it was only Captain Mom, according to a theory way above. It'd explain why Aizen didn't attack her. Also, he's actually trying to protect her (not sure of what), and Ichigo will understand how he feels, which will be the key to discover Aizen's weakness (like a theory above).

[[WMG: Orihime is really a [[DGrayMan Exorcist]] and her innocence manifests as the Shun Shun Rikka.]]
Or maybe she's an [[XMen Omega Level Mutant]] with a crazy new type of mutation that manifests outside of her because it's power is too great to be kept inside her body... And she will be called the Fairy Queen.
* So, Orihime is [[{{Neopets}} Fyora]]?
** YES.

[[WMG: Yammy's Release Power has nothing to do with Cero or direct combat]]
It's actually to cause strife among his opponents, and is responsible for the combat between Kenpachi and Byakuya. Another, not necessarily exclusive possibility is...

[[WMG: Yammy's rank is because of his ridiculous endurance]]
Taking blows from Ichigo, Kenpachi and Byakuya? Yammy isn't powerful because he's got amazing attack or flash? He's the highest ranked because of his massive HP. Essentially this makes him the Blissey of Bleach.
* Yammy used Softboiled!

[[WMG: Unohana is planning to betray the Soul Society because of the Quincy genocide]]
She'll probably have been the highest ranking member of the Gotei 13 who oppossed the idea even if it was to balence out the spirits or whatever. She still carries with her a hatred for those involved and plans to take over Soul Society herself, using Ichigo as a trump card.
* It'd be interesting if her Bankai was a bow. Just so we could, in fact, link one thing to another. Her shikai is probably a manta-shaped blade of sorts (I copied the idea from a {{Subeta}} weapon, but please, don't kill me). Also, it'd be funny if she scolded Ishida for being so... Haphazardous. Oh, the irony. Worst part? I was planning something similar in my fanfiction.
** Could we get a link to that fanfic?

[[WMG: Tosen's plan of "the way of least bloodshed" has worked perfectly]]
None of the protagonists are dead despite Aizen trying to kill them all for quite some time. [[{{memetic mutation}} JUST AS PLANNED]]!

[[WMG: Unohana is on Aizen's side]]
Not sure if it was listed above, and not related to the one just above but the reason for her recent 'doublethink' in the last couple of chapters. When she told him that he was the only one who could help them, he was talking about soul society, but when she was thinking about how he could be the 'trump card they need'then she might have been hinting at an upcoming possible betrayal. Could also explain why she is only now healing and restoring his spirit energy, instead of doing it before.
* She says that the reason she didn't restore his spirit energy before is because she looked at his healed body and Captain level power and thought he ''was'' restored. She didn't realize that Ichigo has more raw power than an average Captain.
* Keyword is that she says.... She could have been mistaken either way, but the thought afterwards does seem to be of a different tone then the rest of what she has said or even shown so far.
** She ''thinks'' it. I doubt she's thinking lies just to trick us.

[[WMG: The next arcs]]
something I'd posted a while back in RecycledScript:
* A RunningGag among [[@/WanderlustWarrior this troper]] and his friends is that the next two arcs will proceed as follows:
** Ichigo has to learn his ''Quincy'' powers in the ''Rescue Tatsuki'' Arc. Aizen has kidnapped his female friend in a new dimension, ''Hell'', as an elaborate plot to get everything he ever wanted. He succeeds. The regular humans, [[CantCatchUp especially Chad and Orihime]], are marginalized in favor of [[SpotlightStealingSquad the same Soul Society members we see all the damn time]], who continue their streak of failing to do their damn jobs.
** Ichigo has to learn his ''Hell'' powers in the ''Rescue Chizuru'' Arc. Aizen has kidnapped his female friend in a new dimension, ''Purgatory'', as an elaborate plot to get everything he ever wanted. He succeeds. The regular humans, [[CantCatchUp especially Chad and Orihime]], are marginalized in favor of [[SpotlightStealingSquad the same Soul Society members we see all the damn time]], who continue their streak of failing to do their damn jobs. Likely a TournamentArc.
* [=~K* SPAM~=]: And then he will be deemed too powerful and God will fight him to the death. Obviously Ichigo will win, since he's basically a self-resurrecting cockroach. Ichigo will then eat God and become Haruhi Suzumiya.

[[WMG: Kubo's hiatuses are...]]
...excuses to troll TV Tropes for ideas.
* He's giving way too much hints. I want to see how it ends. If he ever confirms this, prepare for slow site traffic; it'll be all Bleach fans (and some mangaka) coming here to suck clever theories like a mosquito does with blood.
** ...what hints? o_O (simple and/or clichéd twists that anyone could've predicted?)
** On the off chance that this theory is true and Kubo is reading this: Kubo-san, there are a lot of ideas regarding how various Arrancar could have survived further up the page. Please take the hint, their apparent deaths were a serious let down. You don't have to make them do a HeelFaceTurn or anything, but they could at the very least die deaths that are more fitting for someone of their power level (seriously, no one is buying that the Primara could be taken out by a Shikai).

[[WMG: If Bleach starts to drop considerably, with low chances of recovering...]]
Tite Kubo will (partially) turn it into a harem series. There's already a complete setting prepared for that (there are around five or six females that already talked a bit to Ichigo and fit the stereotypes, and two or three [[EvenTheGuysWantHim males]] to add [[YaoiFangirl variety]]), he'd only need more perverted jokes.

[[WMG: Shinji Hirako has become self-aware]]
He's realized that he's just a supporting character in a shounen series, and therefore cannot take down the bad guy. He's figured out that Ichigo is the main character and is just waiting for him to show up and take over. He's just planning on keeping Aizen busy until Ichigo shows up at the last moment.
* Which is why he asked Hacchi to take care of Hiyori until Ichigo arrives: he knows Ichigo will bring a healer with him.

[[WMG: All of the Captains are plotting against each other.]]
Unohana believes Yamamoto has overstepped or abused his authority, so once Aizen's out of the way, she's going to take him out. Kyoraku and Ukitake are either her co-conspirators, or plotting against him seperately, but they probably have Hitsugaya on their side. Soi Fon, Byakuya, and Komamura are allied with Yamamoto, but they have their own agendas which will eventually pit them against each other. Mayuri doesn't care who wins as long as he can expirament on them. Kenpachi doesn't care who wins, as long as he gets to fight. Once Aizen and company are defeated, they'll enact their plans. Ichigo will decide it's not his problem ande leave.

[[WMG: Yammy's second form is ''not'' Segunda Etapa.]]
I'm only posting this to pre-empt the flood of people who're going to say it is.

[[WMG: I'VE CRACKED THE CODE ON AIZEN'S PLANS IN THE CURRENT ARC!!]]

By the time this arc is over, I have a feeling that things will only get worse for Ichigo and Co. Orihime's final breaking point will probably be when she finds out the extent of her power...and them not being what she was led to believe by Aizen. This is of course, Aizen we are talking about here, the same man who played Soul Society like his own puppet show for who knows how long. Speaking of which...

In Soul Society, Aizen's goals were to have Rukia executed so he could get his hands on the Sogyoku, and he killed the Central 46 the moment Rukia was captured, and proceeded to give out orders to Soul Society using Kyoka Suigetsu. When Ichigo and Co arrived in Soul Society, he adapted his plans, and utilized the chaos they created to stage his "demise", but since the Gotei 13 were hung up on the matter of the Ryoka, only Captain Unohana suspected his plans, but even then it was too late. And when push came to shove, when Ichigo saved Rukia's life, he had to directly intervene, and extract the Hogyoku personally, revealing his true self in the process. But in the end, he still got what he wanted: the Hogyoku.

Comparing his plans in Hueco Mundo to those in Soul Society, a clear difference and motive can be indicated. Aizen specifically had Ulquiorra kidnap Orihime not to kill her, but to use her powers. Aizen goes on to state as Orihime healed Grimmjow's arm, that her power "violated the realm of gods", that her ability was rejection. He showed her the Hogyoku, and told her, "Please think of the fact that I have shown you this as a sign of my trust in you. Your power is the rejection of events. It reverses everything that has occurred, and annihilates the event itself. It is an extraordinary power. I need your power, Orihime. You will use that power of yours for my sake, won't you?" Later, Orihime tells herself, "I don't believe that he showed me the Hōgyoku because he trusts me... but, at least I have learned the location of the Hōgyoku... and... about my own power, too. Everything that has occured... it reverses it all, and destroys the very event itself. Thank you, Kurosaki, for coming to save me, but I've found something I must do here. And it's definitely...something only I can do. With my power... I will return the Hōgyoku to before it ever existed!" After Nnoitra is defeated, and Orihime returned to the tower, he then tells everyone that Orihime's kidnapping was only a ruse to lure Ichigo and Co to Las Noches, deprive Soul Society of a valuable military asset, and since four captains followed the Ryoka, along with the three who defected, Soul Society's military strength was sliced in half. He leaves behind Ulquiorra and Yammy to defend Las Noches, while he leaves for Fake Karakura Town with the rest of the Espada. In Hueco Mundo, Hollow Ichigo takes over after Ichigo has a hole blown through him, and kills Ulquiorra, and now Ichigo is leaving for FKT to confront Aizen, while the remaining Captains (Byakuya and Kenpachi, since Mayuri isn't fighting), deal with Yammy.

Now since the arc isn't over, I pose this question: Why did Aizen tell Orihime about her power, and show her the Hogyoku? My answer: It was all an illusion from the beginning. From her leaving with Ulquiorra, to Aizen telling her of her power, to Aizen showing her the Hogyoku, to her own belief that she can reject the Hogyoku's existence, Aizen was crafting a scenario that no matter what way events turn out in Hueco Mundo, one thing would be achieved: the completion of the Hogyoku. He knows that as a friend, Ichigo wouldn't allow Orihime to come of harm, protecting his "puppet" until the appointed event is met, so he is confident that Orihime will do what he wants her to do. If Orihime could really reject the Hogyoku out of existence, Aizen wouldn't have let her near it to begin with, much less show it to her. She was given the illusion that her powers were god-like, able to reject anything from existence, giving her motive to "destroy" the Hogyoku, making her beileve it was something only she could do. The truth is, her power can only "repair the damage done" to an object, as her fairies told her in the beginning. Urahara knew this, so he tried to keep her away from the fighting, so she wouldn't be used the way she was being used now. When she was captured, he allowed Ichigo and Co, and the captains, to get into Las Noches, hoping that this is what they would do: Get in, defeat the Espada there, grab Orihime, and take her out of there, procuring the Hogyoku, so HE could dismantle it, and deprive Aizen of a valuable asset. However, he couldn't predict how events would play out, and inevitable, just as Aizen planned, she'd restore the Hogyoku to it's original state.

In FKT, Aizen even had a plan in case the Vizards came, and the Espada were overwhelmed, which I think is still being put in effect: now that he knows that his current Top 3 Espada, (excluding Yammy and Ulquiorra) weren't a match for Soul Society and the Vizards, he, Gin and Kaname are taking matters into their own hands, along with whom I suspect is a Hogyoku-created Vasto Lordes Arrancar of greater power than any Espada sans Ulquiorra's Second Release, Wonderweiss Margera, who has currently punched a hole through Ukitake, nullified Toshiro's most powerful attack, has managed to nullify Mashiro's Cero, and even her mask, all with screams (surviving one of her mask-charged kicks without a scratch earlier), and is currently clashing unreleased with Kensei's Bankai. Hiyori has already been bifurcated by Gin's Shikai, Hachigen is incapacitated from his fight with Barragan, Rojuro (Rose) and Love were injured by Starrk's wolves, but are still able to fight, as invited to by Aizen, along with the rest of the Vizard still standing, as Kensei is in combat with Wonderweiss, and Mashiro was injured from Wonderweiss's punches, who hasn't even drawn his sword to fight at all. Gin and Aizen have yet to show Bankai to the readers, and Wonderweiss has yet met an opponent who has forced him to release, which would be disastrous for Soul Society, since if he is stronger than Starrk and Yammy, Ichigo won't be able to hold a match to him, even if all his reiatsu is restored. Right now, Aizen is patiently waiting for Orihime to accomplish the task he manipulated her to do through his illusion, while picking off the weakened opposition while he is at it.

It was a three-pronged strategy: He weakens Soul Society and the Vizards by killing their members, and trapping four of them in Hueco Mundo (even though Unohana and Ichigo are on their way to FKT), has manipulated Orihime into thinking she can destroy the Hogyoku, while she'll only end up repairing it, and furthers his plans by using the above plans simultaneously, and gauging his army's current strength, which with a complete Hogyoku, he can replace with even more powerful Arrancar than before, and succeed against Soul Society in the second round. For him, FKT's just a warm-up; a test run of his army, and Orihime in HM will repair his ultimate tool, the Hogyoku. He'll also probably use the Hogyoku on himself, Gin and Tousen after it is repaired, giving them powers on par with Ichigo's mask, since the Vizard, as he said, were failed experiments, while Ichigo is a genuine Vizard, evolving in power unlike the masks of the Vizards Aizen created, whose masks haven't evolved over the course of 100 years, and the masks the Hogyoku will grant them will be on par with Ichigo's. It is a scenario, that Aizen knows, he cannot lose in any way imaginable. He will still get what he wanted: The Hogyoku repaired, and with it, he'll gain Hollow powers, and build a new and improved army of Arrancars to destroy Soul Society.
* He probably already used the Hougyoku on Tousen (at least). Remember, he doesn't trust anyone, and never told them to trust him. He probably told Tousen he'd give him something more powerful, only to give him am incomplete mask, to use him as an experiment. What he doesn't really expect is Unohana's intervention.
** Well, he'll have to wait until the Hogyoku is restored to use it on himself, since in it's inactive state, he has to use his own reiatsu to force it awake. As for Tousen, I think that his mask is a perfect Vizard mask, unlike those of Shinji's vizards, as he is a Hogyoku-created Vizard now. I don't think he'd be surprised with Unohana's intervention, and has more than enough strength to fight against her. What did you think of the rest of the theory?
* TLDR

[[WMG: Unohana's big fighting scene will be against Tousen.]]
He has something he judges as "stronger than Bankai", and she's more powerful than the average captain. It'll be an interesting fight. Hope Unohana slaps him into sense, and shows him his sense of justice blows so much he'd hide himself in shame.
* [[spoiler: As of Chapter 386, looks like Hisagi beat her to it.]]

[[WMG: Ulquiorra is not dead]]
This theory has been put up before, but here is more proof:

Has anyone ever noticed how Hollows and Arrancars disintegrate when they die, and how Ulquiorra turned to ash?

Two notable examples are Grand Fisher and Zommari Leroux. When we see both of them die in the manga, they disintegrate like this:

http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/188/01/

http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/302/17/

Ulquiorra does this:

http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/353/17/

http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/353/22/

So one of my questions is this: while Zommari and Grand Fisher break apart in blobs and disintegrate, Ulquiorra in the end dissolves into ash, and vanishes into the wind. Why would Kubo draw Ulquiorra's death like that, while Zommari and Grand Fisher went like above? Heck, even Sora disintegrated the same way as Zommari and Grand Fisher.

On top of all the development Kubo placed into Ulquiorra; the Segunda Resurreccion Etapa, and the fact he possesses REGENERATION, and his views on the superiority of Hollows, I am convinced that Ulquiorra will be coming back (but not as a good guy).

* I'd say it's because those particles are the souls the hollow is composed of. And Ulquiorra was stronger than Grand Fisher or Zommari by far, and had absorbed more hollows over the course of his existence... Aw, let's face it, Kubo probably just thought it looked cool.

[[WMG: Yammy was Bruce Banner in his prior life.]]
Can't be too crazy can it?
* It's actually so not crazy we can't even call that "wild".
* More like an incarnation of the Hulk rather than Banner himself. Maybe they split after death?

[[WMG: The Ichigo/Orihime/Rukia sorta love triangle is there purely to attract female readers]]
Sorry shippers, but if it doesn't qualify as a RomanticPlotTumor, I don't know what does. I've read the story from the beginning, and the hypothetical romantic feelings between Ichigo and Rukia and/or Ichigo and Orihime do NOTHING for the story. It all feels like a smarmy, emotionally manipulative writing tactic to get more girls to buy the manga.
* It's actually a love pyramid of sorts, if you include all the HoYay with Uryuu and Renji.
* I really disagree. Besides Orihime's feelings toward Ichigo there is really only a few subtle things to suggest each character have feelings for one another, so it can't really be called a love triangle (especially since most of this stuff is pure fan speculation). I think it just serves to be an interesting subplot, and to motivate Orihime's actions. It doesn't take away from the story and at most we'll see a subtle resolution at the end.
** Not to mention that I personally have never seen any hints in the manga for any pairing involving Ichigo aside of Orihime->Ichigo. She loves him, the rest only exists in shippers' mind who see subtext in everything.

[[WMG: Kenpachi's Bankai]]
...will be a guitar, with which he'll defeat the Espada with the Power of Rock. While he's playing, allies will randomly be ressurected, things will randomly explode, Tousen's somewhat-better-than-average hearing will backfire horribly, and Kenpachi will end the song by banging down his guitar over the head of Tousen...or Aizen...or Yammy...whoever's left.
* So... Kanpachi is [[BrutalLegend Eddie Riggs]]?
** Hell Yeah!

[[WMG: [[DeathNote L]] is Ulquiorra.]]
Just hear me out people. I suppose you've noticed the non-linear way that the title is compared to other Ulquiorra is L theories? That's because I think that after Ulquiorra died(again, technically), he was reincarnated as L. Hey, we're not entirely sure of the specific year Bleach takes place in, and reincarnation hasn't been proved to not exist in Bleach. IT COULD HAPPEN.
* One more L theory? Okay, but just to complete it, it's not even proven that reaincarnation in Bleach could be linear in time or something. Chad could be Yachiru's reincarnation and not know it.

[[WMG: Aizen was betrayed very early in his life, and is actually a sad loner.]]
It explains how he prefers to betray people, not trust in anyone, and just being a manipulative bastard. Perhaps someone whom he really admired when he was a child betrayed him and his family in the worst way possible, with him being the only survivor in the process. Ichigo will proceed to befriend the crap out of him, and they'll fight against the very own person who betrayed Aizen and made him be who he is, with Aizen atoning for his errors ([[RedemptionEqualsDeath and dying]]) in the process.
* It does fit with his obsession with "the empty throne in heaven." As far as he could be concerned, if there were a more active god in the world, so much could be avoided.

[[WMG: Aizen is the Negative One Espada.]]
Since by dint of his supreme confidence Aizen must know everything that happens within his ranks, he knows that that trash Yammy fancies himself Number Zero, and that Ulquiorra thought he'd kept his second release secret. So just to show everybody who's really top dog, Aizen will tear off his shirt and reveal a Hollow hole shaped like a horizontal oval (not unlike the eye of Wonderweiss's Gillian spewer)--a giant minus sign. Aizen is so powerful that in a system of ranking by ordinal numbers, he's a negative integer.
And then he'll slap on his mask and REALLY go to town.

[[WMG: Aizen's bankai will be the [[AssassinsCreed Apple of Eden]].]]
Add mind control to his super powerful illusions.

[[WMG: The following characters will pull a BigDamnHeroes ]]

Neliel
Grimmjow
Isshin Kurosaki
Ryuken Ishida
Kisuke
Yoruichi

Just because.
* FUCK YEAH.

[[WMG:A Vizard's ressurecion is their "demihollow" form.]]
Tousen's just revealed that Vizards have ressurecions, but we don't know the specifics. Here's a shot in the dark: It's the same form Kensei had in the Turn Back the Pendulum arc and Ichigo had during his most recent fight with his Inner Hollow (Though it may have been upgraded to his [=UberHollow=]). The trick to Ressurecion will be mastering using the form without having to contest the Inner Hollow the whole time.

[[WMG:Ichigo will achieve his Ressurecion and use it to beat Aizen.]]
And it's what Hollow Ichigo was referring to at the end of their last fight. Alternatively, [=UberHollow=] was his ressurecion, which becomes more likely when you think about what ressurecion actually means. He's going to find out how to enter that form and stay in control.

[[WMG: Aizen will GoOutWithASmile]]
This is Aizen, and at the end, he'll probably also take into account his own death at Ichigo's hands in his plans. The reason for the smile, is that he died in battle with who equates to the Ultimate Being. His final words:
---> Aizen: To be beaten by the Ultimate being... (smiles) What a fitting end .

[[WMG: Isshin Kurosaki is actually the King of Soul Society]]
Or maybe the heir. Aizen knows this; the reason he said that the throne of heavens is empty is because its technical occupant is currently residing in an energy-sucking gigai in the Land of the Living for reasons not known, rather than residing on the throne. Ichigo's insane power levels and even more insanely-rapid levelling up are because, as a member of the Royal family and not suffering from a patented Urahara-brand draining Gigai, he's inherently superior to the regular Soul Reapers.

[[WMG: Aizen is even stronger than we think.]]
Scary thought, but it could be true. Aizen claims that it takes someone with twice the reiatsu of an average captain to temporarily awaken the sleeping Hogyoku, and then proceeds to do it himself. Why couldn't Gin or Tousen whip out their bankai (which multiplies your reiatsu 5 to 10 times) and use the Hogyoku themselves in order to give Aizen a mask? Because it takes twice the reiatsu level of an average captain ''while in bankai'' and Aizen has that much power ''with a sealed Zanpaktou''.
* Who says Aizen couldn't just give ''himself'' a mask using the Hogyoku? Most likely, Tousen (as the most disposable of the rogue captains) was used as a prototype of sorts, to make sure the procedure had truly been perfected. Aizen might have already given himself and Gin masks, or he might have been waiting to see how it worked out for Tousen in an actual battle ([[spoiler:in which case, it might be back to the drawing board]]). Also, we don't know that Gin ''isn't'' strong enough to awaken the Hogyoku himself. [[spoiler:He's strong enough to effortlessly oneshot a masked Vizard, after all.]]
** Vaizard don't have Hierro like arrancar do. That's the only reason the arrancar are so hard to cut. In order for a shinigami (or Vaizard) to block a blade with any part of their body, they have to be '''a lot''' stronger than the person they're blocking. The only shinigami we've ever seen do it are Kenpachi (to Ichigo's shikai) and Aizen (to pre-mask Ichigo and Komamura).
** Confirmed to a capital T: According to the latest chapter he 1 shots pretty much every captain fighting him. Including Shunsui. he's 1 shotted damn near every captain with an unreleased Shikai...hes so powerful.

[[WMG: The entire arc was just an illusion by Aizen]]
The Espada that Aizen brought with him are all still alive. They'll proceed to defeat the Shinigami, only to reveal that they were actually good guys all along and that there's an even greater evil that they need to fight.

[[WMG: Orihime will help defeat Aizen]]
Since Tsubaki can, you know, cut ''anything'', why not Aizen's illusions? It'll be pretty badass from her, if she ever manages to do so.

[[WMG: Aizen and Gin's ressurected forms.]]
For Gin, I'm thinking something with a lot of teeth.
For Aizen, some kind of angel or kingly persona.

[[WMG: Wonderweiss has been under a mask of ObfuscatingStupidity the entire time.]]
He's just a little special, that's all. He perfectly understands everything that's going on around him, but he can't communicate back too well. My reasoning? The more intelligent a hollow, the more humanlike their Arrancar form is. What's the most inhuman thing about Wonderweiss? His ''buckteeth''. Not even Ulquiorra looked that human- only the three Espada Aizen brought to Karakura did, and Harribel still had inhuman coloring. The only counter-argument is that only Vasto Lorde are 100% guaranteed a human form- making Wonderweiss dangerously intelligent, dangeroulsy powerful, or ''[[OhCrap both]]''. Lose-lose for the heroes.

[[WMG: Harribel didn't want to kill anybody until her fraccion were slain; when Aizen called her "weak", he meant she was hesitating to kill.]]
Prior to Yamamoto's big arrancar grilling for Apache, Sun-Sun, and Milia Rose, Harribel is clearly not going at it as hard as she could in spite of her serious personality and this being the decisive battle. She even expresses some concern when she notices Hitsugaya's focus divided when Momo retakes the field. Given what we've learned about Starrk, it's not inconceivable that Harribel became an espada to protect Apache, Sun-Sun, and Milia Rose, who were her friends from their Hollow days, and followed Aizen to repay him for letting them live as Arrancar. Even so, Harribel had no killing intent and so held back against Hitsugaya until her {{Nakama}} were slaughtered, causing her to go MamaBear (observe the completely one-sided ass-whupping Toshiro gets when Harribel first goes LetsGetDangerous on him before releasing.) However, Harribel is at her core a rational woman rather than an emotional one and checked herself from grinding Hitsugaya into powder by realizing she was taking out her rage on someone not involved in her grudge. She released her sword and tried to one-shot him to get him out of the way quickly so she could avenge her fraccion, and when Hitsugaya refused to die, constantly held back, both wanting to save her strength for Yamamoto and because she was hesitant to harm Hitsugaya when he wasn't her "real enemy". This handily explains how a woman acknowledged as Ulquiorra's better (at least in Ulquiorra's first release, which was still more than enough to defeat Vizard Ichigo, who is stronger than Hitsugaya) failed to defeat Hitsugaya despite clearly proving the superior combatant when she was running on pure MamaBear rage.

When the Vizards got involved, Harribel was even less willing to fight to kill, seeing the interlopers as strangers she hadn't been told Aizen expected her to kill. Still wanting to fight Yamamoto and only Yamamoto, Harribel held back yet again, hesitating to go all-out against anyone but her friends' killer. Aizen, disgusted by the realization Harribel would hesitate to kill, offed her himself for being too soft-hearted.

Given that Harribel has not disintegrated onscreen, and is indeed the only Arrancar that has not had a real death scene, it is entirely possible she has still narrowly survived (it takes a lot of punishment to kill an Arrancar, compared to the fairly light slash and stab wound Aizen left her with) and may be saved by Unohana, or, more likely, Orihime, whose empathy for Hollows would allow her to sympathize with Harribel. Given that Apache, Sun-Sun, and Milia Rose still exist as charred corpses, Orihime could also stop Harribel's desire for vengeance by reviving them and letting them return to Hueco Mundo together.

[[WMG: The Cero Espada was knowledge to some of the higher-ups in Hueco Mundo, but was not confirmed as possible until Yammy finally released after a long buildup]]
* Yammy is generally treated like a joke by the other Espada, and the rank of tenth appears to be confirmed by Shawlong's account (given that he's one of the oldest Arrancar, he should know how the hierarchy works, including the original ten Espada). Ulquiorra comments offhandedly that Yammy is no match for Yoruichi and Urahara, and that he would have been expelled from the Espada if he'd lost an arm. Hardly the treatment of a secret weapon surpassing Starrk, don't you think?

However, the explanation of "anger is my strength" comes in here; emotions are volatile, unpredictable things; just because Yammy CAN become a 0-level Espada when he is angry and charged up enough does not mean he ALWAYS becomes one. As such, his ranking could jump all over the place when releasing, while Yammy's enormous Ego filled in the gaps to make himself sound important when he got to show off Ira when he was, luckily enough, at his very angriest. Under normal circumstances, however, the top 4 are indeed stronger than Yammy, and Aizen didn't consider him a resource of any great value because his power level was wildly unpredictable and even with immense levels of anger-fueled power, Yammy still sucked at fighting.

[[WMG: Aizen is the rightful King of Soul Society.]]
This isn't the same thing as "Aizen is the king'' far above, this is more related to "Aizen was betrayed" WMG, as well as why Aizen wants to be the ultimate being. Aizen is way too powerful, and he seems to always have been. He seems to have always known about the "King of Soul Society", as well. Given how he hates trusting other people, doesn't want people to trust in him, yet wants to be the king who "all trust", it is entirely possible that Aizen was the son of the King, who was killed in a Coup D'etat by the Royal Guard, who the King had trusted with his life. Aizen therefore wants to become the ultimate being so he can finally trust other people again- because even if they betray him it won't mean a thing.

[[WMG: Ichigo will get a Resurrección and it will include [[ChainsawGood a chainsaw]] ]]
Thanks to Tosen we now know that a Vizard can have a Resurrección form, so what is the next logical power-up for Ichigo? ''Resurrección!'' I hereby predict that Ichigo's release command will be ''Rev Zangetsu'' and Ichigo will be transformed into something that looks like a BadassBiker with a Leatherface imitation mask. Zangetsu will become a a black, red and gold chainsaw with a [[{{BFS}} twelve-foot blade]] that constantly drips oil and blood; belching black smoke all over the damn place.
* And the HSQ would go through the roof. I so want this to happen, but he needs a motorbike to complete it. Also, Orihime and Rukia riding on either of his shoulders. For the [[OT3 sexy]].
* Maybe the "new Hollow form" he used to kill Ulquiorra is his Ressurreción.

[[WMG: The Next Arc of Bleach]]
If Bleach is to continue, I'd like to present a possible idea for a future arc.

Think of it as a Soul Society Rebellion...no not that Zanpakutō Filler thing.

In one of the early chapters, Ishida and Ichigo had a Hollow killing contest ([[CompensatingForSomething Where as a tape measure REALLY would have sufficed]]), this is where alot about the Quincy and the Shinigami are explained.

Rukia says something about how the Shinigami have to keep a balance of souls between Soul Society and the Human World and that the Quincy's Hollow killing...pretty much sent this straight to hell.

That always struck me as odd, since apparently, shooting a Hollow with a laser banhammers it out of existence, but cutting it to shit with a Zanpakuto does nothing of the sort.

Also, if the balance is between Soul Society and the Human World, how would killing something that came from Hueco Mundo affect the balance between Soul Society and the Human World?

What's more, how would that explain Hueco Mundo, Hell or the King's Realm even existing?

I say to that...

'''[[ZeroPunctuation Bollocks]]'''.

I say that there is something fucked up in Chinatown, mates.

Since the whole balance of souls things makes no sense, in a world where suspension of disbelief says that there are Kimono wearing ghosts having sword fights on the roof of your house at night, I'd say it's likely that the Shinigami's of old created the BS story as a means to hide something.

Let's say the real reason the Quincy's were wiped out was to silence them, assuming they found out.

Let's say Aizen found out and decided to expose the truth, albeit in a [[MoralEventHorizon morally ambiguous way]]. (Seriously, all that shit he pulled on the Vice-Captains and the Vizard...[[CompleteMonster not cool.]])

He hatched this [[XanatosGambit 100-year-long Xanatos Gambit]] in an attempt to expose the Shinigami's secret. ([[DeathNote They DO love Apples!]])

Granted, a major part of his plans would seem to involve finding the Soul Society King, we can only assume the secret involves him. (if he even exists.)

Now of course, this would all be revealed in a blaze of glory after Aizen's demise.

At which point, Soul Society would be pretty much cluster fucked into a civil war, likely caused by whatever was revealed.

Now, the captains would probably be split evenly between the two sides of the civil war, with Ichigo and company (and likely The Vizard, Grimmjow, and that one Prima Espada who got pwned by Chad then saved by Unohana) with one side or another.

This would allow for a new story arc without introducing a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters ton of characters]], allow for some cast death (which the fans are begging for...[[YourMileageMayVary I think]]), allow Uryuu to get his revenge on Kurotsuchi and to see some of the fights that have been being built up for awhile but otherwise couldn't take place. (Ukitake and Kyoraku VS Captain Grandpa, Ichigo VS Byakuya, and if the games are to be taken seriously Kenpachi VS Byakuya).

Now of course the arc doesn't have to play out exactly like that, its just a basic idea that I came up with while grinding in {{Persona4}}.
* I agree for the most part; the whole 'cleanse the sins' thing seems like a load of BS. It seems far more likely that the Zanpakuto just sends the soul to Soul Society or 'eats' the spirit. However, this troper personally loves huge numbers of characters.

[[WMG: Zangetsu and Hollow Ichigo's form/true power]]
Within Ichigo's inner realm, both Zangestu and Hollow Ichigo (hereafter referred to as Ustegnaz)take human form. For Ustegnaz, it has been seen that there is a possibility of multiple forms. Zangetsu, on the other hand, has always been seen in the same form. Even in the Zanpakuto filler arc, where the other Zanpakuto spirits specifically resembled the Shinigami they belong to, Zangetsu remained in his familiar form. This may mean that Zangetsu deliberately chooses his own form. In extension, it is possible that both Zangetsu and Ustegnaz's true power stems from a fact of their existence; they are formless, and exist solely by will. They can take multiple forms, and it's possible that Zangetsu's overcoat can extend if needed.

As a side-note, Ustegnaz, aside from being a backwards spelling of Zangetsu, also sounds somewhat like 'Ustedes', which is basically Spanish for 'You (plural)'. It's random and not intentional, but Ichigo's second form vaguely resembled that of Ulquiorra.

[[WMG: Kenpachi has unknowingly discovered either a new Shunpo equivalent or ]]
He defeat his Zanpakuto off-screen and is unknowingly using its abilities, which grant him said speed. Because was I the only one to notice he used a Shunpo like move in episode 249 which didn't sound like either Shunpo or Sonido? When he never displayed such capability before?

Or its a screw-up by the whoever planned the filler arc.
* He did something similar in the fight against Ichigo. Some theorize it's just leg strength.

[[WMG: The multipile dimentions are allegories for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_realms Six Buddhist Realms of Existance]] ]]
Note: Not actual realms like the Christian Heaven and Hell, but rather states of mind. For example, being in the middle of a CurbStompBattle is Hell while getting caught up in a MarshmallowHell is quite Heavenly, but this can change in an instant (the cavalry appears; meanwhile, you discover that ''all'' of those marshmallows belong to [[WarHammerFortyThousand Slanaash]]).
* Heaven: The as-yet unseen King's Realm.
* Hell: Hell, of course.
* Human: Living realm, ditto.
* Animal: Hueco Mundo, and the worst parts of Rukongai require the bare minimum of life.
* Hungry Ghost: Also Heuco Mundo - every creature is a Hollow, and the only way to survive and grow strong is to eat other Hollows and souls with an unquenchable hunger.
* Fighting Demon: Fake Karakura Town, which was built especially for a battle.
** Alternate interpretation derived from the above, based on known worlds:
*** Deva: King's Realm
*** Human: Living
*** Asura: Seireitei
*** Animal: Las Noches
*** Preta: Hueco Mundo
*** Naraka: Rukongai

** And then it will turn out that [[{{Naruto}} Pain is really the king of Soul Society?]]
** Since ''Naruto'' isn't exactly modern-day it's entirely possible.

[[WMG: Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World is an alternate version of Bleach]]
After numerous jokes about how the main character of said game is Ichigo Kurosaki, This Troper believes that the similarities run deep. Therefore, at the end of the series, Ichigo will discover that he is a squirrel who guards the source of all life.

[[WMG: The entire series is a massive XanatosGambit set up by Kubo...]]
...To revive his previous series, ZombiePowder. I predict that every main hero will be defeated, and when it looks like Aizen has won, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome a garganta opens,]] [[BigDamnHeroes revealing the]] [[ZombiePowder main cast of Zombie Powder!]]

[[WMG: In the Anime, when Aizen is defeated, and you know he will be eventually, the scene will have {{ColdPlay}}'s ''Viva La Vida'' playing in the background.]]
And if it doesn't, Youtube will promptly be spammed by a billion fanvideos with the song playing over the scene.
* But right before that, the battle will feature Emery's [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome The Poor and the Prevalent.]]

[[WMG: Kubo's final, god-level trolling of the Bleach fandom will come in the form of a revelation that he is actually a woman.]]
Seriously. Think about that for a second. The existence of [[DoubleStandard Double Standards]] ''alone'' would have [[FanDumb the]] [[UnpleasableFanbase 'base]] shitting its collective pants.

[[WMG: Ichigo will [[EyeScream pull a Shiryuu]] ]]
I heard that Kubo mentioned SaintSeiya was an inspiration for him; and Unohana even said that he must not see Aizen's shikai, [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/381/16/ no matter what]].

[[WMG: Ichigo will be the first person to [[ShutUpHannibal tell Aizen to shut up]].]]
Aizen is LONG overdue for one with his talks of [[AGodAmI Godhood and invincibility]].
* [[spoiler: Actually, Isshin does this.]]

[[WMG: Aizen hypnotized himself with Kyoka Suigetsu.]]
He's using it to reverse the effects of Sakanade by reverting his senses back to normal.
* Yeah, that's what I thought when I saw him shrug off the effects so fast. As soon as he knew how it worked he was back to being invincible.

[[WMG: [[InvertedTrope Tragedy]] [[HilarityEnsues will ensue]] if Sakanade's power indiscriminately affects everyone that smells it.]]
Hopefully it's the same as Aizen's and one must be present for the actual release to be affected. Otherwise, Ichigo's going to be in for some fun.
* Actually, that would be AWESOME.

[[WMG: Sakanade won't effect Ichigo because of his Inner World.]]
It's already sideways, how much more confusing do you need?

[[WMG:Ichigo is the reincarnation of Rukia's sister]]
Also:Rukia and her sister were reincarnations of a pair of lover's who committed suicide.

[[WMG:Unohana will fight Gin]]
Come on, she has been hyped up for FAR long time. We really need to see her in action.

[[WMG: Mizuiro Kojima is half-demon]]
Yes, cute and adorable Mizuiro. But hear me out: In the official character book, part of his description says 'He has a cute face, but he's actually a ????'. So he's cute, but he's WHAT? Despite his cheerful appearance, he can actually be quite cruel, such as when he was shown not accepting his own mother. I suspect that either his mother or father (possibly the latter) was a demon, and a seal was put on Mizuiro to supress his demon half when he was a child, and they broke apart afterwards.
* Always thought that he was actually a pervert, but that works fine as well.

[[WMG: Yachiru is a ''[[DoctorWho Time Beetle]]'']]
She sticks to peoples backs, becomes nigh impossible to remove, then tells them to turn left.

[[WMG: Aizen isn't actually after the Key.]]
With all the super-careful planning he does, it seems pretty suspicious that he wouldn't clear his browser search for it and just leave it there for anyone to find. The whole thing about him wanting the King's Key is all a ruse, and the entire Soul Society is unwittingly helping him get what he really wants. The arc will probably wrap up with everyone thinking they're finally about to beat him, and then he says "Yeah, all this was part of my plan. Thanks for the help, losers!" and then puts on a pair of kickass sunglasses and flies off.

[[WMG:[[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/25/18/ When he was present when Grand Fisher became an Arrancar]], D-Roy was in his released state.]]
Generally it's hard to tell just what we're looking at here, but what is apparent is that D-Roy is leaning on some snake-like thing that looks a bit like his Adjuchas form; likely his "tail" from the waist down. This would also explain the large difference in his appearance from then to the Arrancar Arc, besides Kubo changing his mind as usual.
* That's not D-Roy, it's Iceringer.
** No, lower. Last and third-to-last panels.

[[WMG: Aizen's illusions require some kind of set-up]]
That's why he didn't simply use his illusions to kill everyone right on the start. Also, this troper's memory may be failing, but all illusions started off-screen, where he had enough time to get it ready.

[[WMG: Gin's Visored mask will be ultra freaky]]
How? It will be his normal face, complete with dopey grin and half shut eyes. His real face will be underneath with an actual expression.
* [[spoiler: Jossed. We never see a Hollw Mask from Gin.]]

[[WMG: Aizen is the [[{{TengenToppaGurrenLagann}} Anti-Spiral]]]]
Or at least one of his incarnations. He doesn't actually care about the King's Key, he just wants to troll as much "absolute despair" as he can. I mean, just look at the recently, where he [[spoiler: tricks Hitsugaya into stabbing Hinamori]]. Unfortunately for the protaganists, nobody has any Spiral Energy, so they are completely helpless before him. Until Kenpachi finally uses his Shikai. Which will be a drill. Which causes him to GO BEYOND AND THE IMPOSSIBLE AND KICK REASON TO THE CURB, breaking all of Aizen's illusions, shortly before skewering him with a galaxy shuriken.

[[WMG: The entire story is actually an anti-drug parable.]]
Aizen represents a drug user, craving and wanting his fix of more and more 'power' and using manipulation and violence to achieve getting funds (i.e. the souls of others) to pay for his habit, ultimately becoming a drug dealer as well. The ultimate high is represented by the Hogyoku, which Aizen possesses and uses believing it to be the the 'key' to solving all of his problems, allowing him to be 'king' of his reality through artificial means. Unfortunately the end result is that he eventually loses his body, becoming little more than a physical freak, and his sanity as a result of overdosing on 'power'. The Arrancar, speciaically the Espada (being artificially constructed by Aizen, of course) represent not just mere death, but Aizen's death, as well as the side-effects of taking drugs, physically, emotionally and socially. The lieutenants who helped him betray Soul Society are his enablers and helpers, who only break free from his charism (because even on drugs Aizen retains some of that charisma up until he starts to physically change) themselves after Aizen pushes them aside in his increasingly obsessive quest for his fix (i.e. kills them). Soul Scoiety, on the other hand, represents people Aizen knows who go through life by evolving without drugs/help, and some are trying to get through to Aizen without success. Ichigo's friends represent people who tried the drug and ultimately resisted taking it. And Ichigo represents Aizen's antithesis: a man who does not need to use drugs to find his own power, but rather resisted the temptation fully and ultimately became the stronger person and conquered his own insecurities - which would have been the impetus into causing Ichigo to use drugs as well - thanks to the help of his friends and family. Hence why [[spoiler:Butterflaizen's easy, artificially-provoked evolution is suddenly getting owned by long-haired Ichigo's difficult, but natural, evolution]].


td;lr: Don't do smack because [[SouthPark drugs are bad]] and you'll be the true [[{{Titanic}} 'king' of the world]].

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[[WMG: There are (or were) non-blade unreleased Zanpakutou at some point.]]
But because KatanasAreJustBetter in Soul Society, those with such Zanpakutou are either pressured to make it look like a blade (even if they work nothing like blades) or not seated as officers. If not for this, then Zanpakutou could be as diverse (or even more so) than the kinds of weapons seen in FlameOfRecca.
Alternately, what is considered to be "Shikai" is what the Zanpakutou were like previous to the "All Katana All the Time" rule, and the Shikai chant just removes TheMasquerade.

[[WMG: Soul Society and Hueco Mundo aren't real worlds, but the giant subconscious worlds (similar to Ichigo's sideways city) of some race of colossal beings...]]
... and the people in them are subdued souls unconsciously warring for control, similar to how an intelligent Menos is composed of thousands of separate individuals with one of them dominant. If Menos have inner worlds, I imagine they're populated by all the souls who were too weak to become dominant. The 'real' world, Soul Society, and Hueco Mundo could be the same principle, just bigger.
* This could be what the King's throne is; a
place where a being can sit as the dominant consciousness.

[[WMG: Kenpachi is Yachiru's Bankai, and Yachiru is Kenpachi's Bankai]]
Because I figured that there weren't enough infinite loop theories. I've seen one, or the other, as a theory, but not both.
* The explanation is probably something along the lines of "He's just that badass."
* This is Kenpachi's Zanpakuto, a Soulsteel Zanpakuto. All craftsshinigamiship is of the highest quality. It menaces with spikes of Soulsteel. On it is a masterful rendition of an image of Kenpachi's Zanpakuto in Soulsteel.
** ... what?
*** ...you just linked Kenpachi Zaraki to Dwarf Fortress. I don't know if that's awesome or terrifying.
* Considering Stark and Lilinette...
* Zangetsu said that Zaraki's zanpakuto was screaming. If Yachiru was a manifestation of the sword's spirit, wouldn't it be silent ?
** Maybe he meant screaming with joy?
* Or horror- I notice zanpakuto tend to [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main.DifferentAsNightAndDay 'compliment']] each other. Case in point - Ichigo and Zangetsu, the former being impulsive and a bit naïve, the former methodical and wise. Wouldn't it be the height of irony if Kenpachi's zanpakuto was a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RuleOfFunny pacifist healer]]?
** So his Zanpakuto is actually Hanataro?
** Not always. Canonically Matsumoto and Yumichika's zanpaktou's have personalities very similar to their own.

[[WMG: Tosen's idea that Kenpachi is a demon is frighteningly accurate because...]]
Kenpachi Zaraki is really an amalgamation of souls who all died before their time in the most violent ways possible. Think Menos Grande made out of whole's and you'll get it. Who are these souls? Well let's review: He woke up in Zaraki, basically the projects of Soul Society. The only thing he knows how to do well is kill, and he loves it. Can't think of anything else. Repressed anger anyone? He's the absolutely most badass, twisted looking character short of the Espada and takes pains to look even more so. And whenever he sees our favorite Blonde-Orange haired hero goes after him like it's a blood feud. Who is Zaraki Kenpachi? Let's just say I think his Bankai will be 'Swarm, [[SouthPark McCormick]].' Every.Last.One.Of.Them.
* He's the amalgamation of all the 300 of Sparta. It explains every single thing. IN DETAILS. (Well, it just doesn't explain how he isn't inclined to teach younger boys [[TooMuchInformation that kind of stuff]], but since they died in battle, they wouldn't worry too much about that. [[BellisariosMaxim You shouldn't think about]] [[{{Squick}} that, either]].)
** This actually makes A LOT of sense; young spartan boys were made to be warriors from birth. if you weren't perfectly suited for being a badass soldier, you were left in the wilderness to die. Spartan boys were taken at the age of 7 to become soldiers. teaching a teenager how to be a badass came with the territory, and the way he does it works too; in sparta, "sparring" was full contact with real weapons. in short: you don't beat your partner? you die.
* [=McCormick=]? Like ''[[SouthPark Kenny McCormick]]''? Woah. Maybe Kenny was a Bount? Or Timelords are involved in Soul Society.

[[WMG: Kenpachi is Yachiru's Bankai.]]
It's been mentioned already, with a link to a one-shot fanfic which centers on it, but hear me out.
From their origin flashback, we know that Kenpachi doesn't really remember much about his life before meeting Yachiru, only that he wandered around and was nameless. The first example of him interacting with the world around him was when he saved Yachiru from a bunch of thugs, and remembered/gave himself and Yachiru names. Yachiru got her name because it was the name of the only person Kenpachi ever respected. And, Yachiru herself, despite being even younger than she is now, was unafraid of the blood, Kenpachi's jagged sword, or the big scary man with the jagged sword who was covered in blood.
We were also given a hint that she's got the reiatsu to keep Bankai going permanently when she told a messenger to F* CK OFF during Kenpachi's fight with Ichigo, not to mention that she was completely unaffected by Kenpachi's reiatsu.
We've also never seen the two of them more than a few meters apart from one another, but that and the indifference to Ken-chan's reiatsu are more circumstantial than anything else.
* Actually, we've seen them separated on a number of occasions. At one point during the Soul Society arc she runs off while leading Orihime and company around. Kenny doesn't accompany her to the Women of Soul Society Meetings (although Byakuya attends). And while I'm reasonably sure she's with him in Huego Mundo atm, she's had so little presence its hard to notice.
** Given that [[spoiler:Lilynette is Stark's sword spirit]], this theory might not be so off the mark after all.
*** I think it would be kind of strange, considering that he doesn't have a name (He was named after Zaraki, the 80th district and Kenpachi was a title given to him). Although, it may not be too far off still.
* Perhaps this also an explanation of Kenpachi's seemingly variable power levels: Yachiru is the ultimate souce of his power, and tends to unconciously enpower him to a greater or lesser extent depending on how she thinks the fight should go and on whether Ken-Chan is having fun or not. In the initial Rescue Rukia arc, she didn't want Silly Strawberry killed, so it ended in a draw rather than in Ichigo getting smeared all over the landscape: in the Hueco Mundo fight, she _really_ wanted Nnoitra messed up bad, so Kenpachi was in full, shall we say, 'Soul Resonance' ( SoulEater )
** But how, then, does Kenpachi have a sword-spirit of his own capable of at least screaming, if nothing more practical? Well, this is Yachiru we're talking about - she achieves this through PureAwesomeness.

[[WMG: Ururu and Jinta are attempts at artificial Shinigami.]]
Ururu, judging by her reaction to the presence of Arrancar, and her ability to destroy Hollow, was a mod-soul/mod-body experiment by Urahara, much like Nemu was to Mayuri. However, she was an attempt to create an artificial Shinigami, with zanpakutou and all. Jinta SEEMS normal, but was actually originally intended to be Ururu's zanpakutou spirit. At some point, the two of them were supposed to be combined, but the experiment either failed or was abandoned. Or possibly was abandoned * because* it failed. OR its still ongoing, and they have yet to attempt the fusion.
* If this is true, then I guess Mayuri succeeded where Urahara failed?
* I'd say it was the opposite. When have we seen Nemu use a zanpaktou? there may be a bit of fridge logic here because it's unlikely that a second seat can't use a zanpaktou, but she might be able to compensate with creepy science powers...and we have yet to see former captain Yoruichi use a zanpakutou either, even when fighting a current captain.
* Ururu being the same type of artificial Shinigami as Nemu is practically a certainty. There's no other rational explanation for her super-strength. However, outside of filler the only way for a zanpakutou spirit to physically manifest seems to be with Urahara's bankai training device, which has a strict limit of three days. Jinta is most likely just a kid with natural spirit powers, who Urahara took in because by himself he'd be nothing but Hollow bait.

[[WMG: Aizen's plan involves the Soul Society and Arrancar whittling each other down.]]
Aizen, Tousen and Gin have not attacked any shinigami since the Soul Society arc, and the Espada are getting smashed into the ground by the shinigami. Aizen is trying to get the Soul Society to remove the Espada from his path to glory, and possibly killing a few Shinigami along the way. Additionally, the whole Espada fight is also a diversion from his other plans. At least half of the Espada are dead, so they are vastly outnumbered. Aizen should not have made such a mistake. He evidently intended for Ichigo or someone to beat Ulquiorra since he never saw Segunda Etapa. Aizen's true plans could even be so far as to make the Soul Society look aggressive and evil.
** This could be to further saturate the Karakura soil with spirit power. Aizen has just calculated the exact number of Espada needed to be equal. This forces both the captains and the Espada to go all-out. Maybe he forgot the Vaizard initially, but after coming to Karakura Town, he sensed them, and summoned Wonderweiss to even it up again. From the beginning Aizen has known the Shinigami would try to avert Karakura being involved. He probably also knew how they would do it. This also explains why he let the strongest Espada at home, as there would be no way the shinigami could fight that.
It is also possible Aizen and Yamamoto are conspiring for an excuse to wipe out the Arrancar, since Yamamoto did not kill Aizen when he had the chance.


[[WMG: Ichigo is in love with Orihime]]
Because Ichigo is, well, [[ChasteHero himself]], he is only aware of his feelings on a subconscious level, which is why his
new form was so crazy protective/possessive of her. However, the relationship is only going to have a BitterSweetEnding at best, if Bleach's pilot chapter and the origin of Orihime's MeaningfulName are any indication.
* So, He's a full-blown {{Kuudere}}? Makes sense. Makes so much sense that might not be wild enough for WMG.
* So, what's her name mean? There's no listing for Bleach on the MeaningfulName page, so [[{{Zeful}} I]] have no idea what you're talking about.
** Orihime is Vega, the weaver-princess who because of various reasons was separated from her husband. They can only meet once a year during [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata Tanabata]] (July 7).
* Though, if such is the case, hopefully her ScrewDestiny powers will get to live up to the trope name.
* Dense as he can be sometimes, one gets the feeling even Ichigo realizes there are some feelings going unspoken [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/167/16/ here]].
** You kidding? Judging by the sparkly-poo eyes he's sporting, he was probably ''touched'' by Orihime's words.
* Very early on, her Hollow-fied brother (who is more like a father to her) tells Ichigo "I won't give her to you"...when you put it in context with how much importance Japanese culture still places on father figures entrusting/'giving' their daughters to their future husbands, it winds up screaming "OBVIOUS FORESHADOWING!!111"
** Except that her brother was trying to kill her. So.
*** The sentiment is still the same. He was trying to kill her because he was jealous of Ichigo, and while you can translate his words in many ways the meaning is pretty much "I won't let you have her." Whether it's foreshadowing or not... * shrug* (In any case, it's apparently close enough that the anime changed the dialogue and left out this part, among other things.)
* As if Chapter 167 wasn't enough, who can forget [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/283/16/ this]] [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/283/18/ little]] [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/283/19/ scene]]? Followed soon after by [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/286/06/ 286]], no less.

[[WMG: Ichigo becoming even more crazy powerful was ''just as planned'']]
People are talking about how it was stupid of Ulquiorra to let Ichigo live because of his "garbage" status instead of simply killing him. But recall back in the story, after Ulquiorra returns from his survey of Ichigo, he says something along the lines of "If he doesn't self-destruct, he may prove useful to us in the future." Unless I'm incorrect, we still haven't seen what he meant by that. Perhaps Aizen is planning on using Ichigo's new form as a sort of sleeper agent power, waiting for the right moment and then either causing his Hollow side to flip out and try to destroy everyone or activating some sort of control, causing Ichigo to pull a [[FaceHeelTurn Face Heel Turn]] against his will.
And following in that vein...
* [[spoiler: It ''was''.]]

[[WMG: The Vizards will pull a [[FaceHeelTurn Face Heel Turn.]]]]
If Aizen can Brainwashed control Ichigo, why not the other Vizards? After all, as of this writing, only [[spoiler: 4 or 5]] Espada are left and the Vizards seem to be at least on par with them in terms of power. Also, we haven't seen what they can do yet and fighting captains would be a great way to do it. Aizen is so cocky because he knows there's reinforcements coming.

[[WMG: Ichigo is already dead.]]
If Rukia's zanpakutou through his heart didn't kill him, and he even survived Byakuya's destruction of his Soul Sleep, then he died when Urahara cut the chain that connected his soul with his body. For everything after that, he's in a gigai, and he probably hasn't even noticed yet.
* This Troper couldn't say otherwise. I mean, how could Urahara preserve his corpse, anyways? And how would Ichigo notice the difference? After all, if he ever was in his original body, he'd be a zombie already.
* Actually, what Rukia and Byakuya did only affected his soul (or rather his "astral body"), not his actual physical body - he wasn't even in his body when he fought Renji and Byakuya. As for Urahara cutting the chain, he would've died only if he became a hollow, but as he didn't, he could go back to his body - and unlike a gigai, he's still connected to it to the point that he can't even leave it without outside help. (As for how Urahara preserved his body, they already had Kon at that point.)
** That's what Urahara ''says''. We've also been told, before that, that severing the chain that connects the soul to the body means the soul can no longer return. And as for not being able to leave his body without outside help, has anyone ever bothered to teach him how to do that? It's not even entirely clear Shinigami do that all too often, since they usually use the Soul Candy as well if they're in gigai.
* Possibly supported by a comedic scene in the first movie, where it is revealed that Ichigo's body essentially dies (much to the dismay of the {{Muggle}}s around him) whenever he abandons it without using a modsoul.

[[WMG: Orihime is related to the Royal Realm.]]
Think about it; her powers defy destiny, and, if she were to put her all into it, she could probably reject anything. We have never been given any inkling to the power of the Royal Family... No one has powers exactly like hers, and she is shown as one of, if not the, most powerful healers. It's a possibility that she has some ties to RR, and that may be the next arc's setting. Hopefully, she will TakeALevelInBadass by the time the next arc rolls around.
* She might have been one of the princesses, and got killed by Aizen (or one of his servants). Other Princesses and Princes (if not, at least the Princess' Guard) could be Ichigo's other friends, Tatsuki, Chizuru, Mizuiro, and Keigo.
* Her name also literally means "Weaver '''Princess'''".
** Actually, Kubo Tite translated it as "Vega" (Vega Highwell), which is the star the princess of the legend represents.
** According to Wikipedia, "Orihime (??, Weaving Princess) [is] the daughter of the Tentei (??, Sky King, or the universe itself)." Hmm.

[[WMG: The towers in the fake Karakura town will be destroyed...]]
Probably by one of the Espada's resurrécion attacks. However, the real town won't rematerialise from the Soul Society, because Urahara is using Keigo, Mizuiro, Tatsuki and Chizuru to stabilize the barrier in the place of the wrecked towers.
* Don't forget Ryou-san, the second best student and best runner in entire Karakura!
** What about Karin? She seems a perfect choice. Possibly Yuzu as well.

[[WMG: Aizen has already Hollowfied himself]]
The apparent climax of the Fake Karakura Town arc will involve Aizen on the ropes, scorched half to death by Yamamoto's Bankai. While he snarls something like, "*** you, old man!", the Captain-General will say something terribly wise and get ready to finish him off. As he moves in for the kill, Aizen will smirk villainously and say, "Only joking," then proceed to don his Hollow mask and absolutely destroy Yamamoto (then fight against Shinji).
* Well, they did say the Hogokyu 'broke down the barriers between Shinigami and Hollow', so it makes sense it could make Vizards as well as Arrancar. I'd bet good money he's probably Hollowfied Gin and Tousen too.
** [[spoiler: This may very well be confirmed (for Tosen, at least) if his boasting about a "higher power" [[http://bleach.wikia.com/wiki/File:Hand.jpg proves true]].]]
*** [[spoiler: Housten, we have proof[[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/384/04/]]. Now, what about Gin?]]
** What Aizen's done with the Hogokyu up to this point makes sense from the perspective that he's testing it on others before trying it himself.

[[WMG: The top four Espada are Vasto Lordes]]
Aside from the fact that Ulquiorra's released form looks almost identical to the silhouette shown when Hitsugaya is explaining the different Menos classes to Ichigo (sans the wings), Aizen seems (or seemed; we've not seen him for a while) pretty confident that the Espada he's brough to the false Karakura town with him will be enough to beat the crap out of the captains and lieutenants who've showed up to stop him. Ulquiorra's demonstrated that he has two release stages, and in spite of what he says, there's every possibility that the three espada in front of him can do the same thing.
* Don't forget, FourIsDeath. So, it would make a lot of sense.
* Wonderweiss Margera is also likely to be a Vasto Lorde.
** Another point in favour - when Arrancar release their weapons, they take their original Hollow form. Of the releases we've seen, only Ulquiorra and Halibel have humanoid releases, which is a characteristic of the Vasto Lordes (Szayel was really more of a helicopter-octopus-thing).
*** Barragan and Stark are also humanoid in their release states, especially Stark. More evidence to support the theory.
* It would also explain why the top four are so powerful than they're forbidden to release inside of Los Noches.
* I'll repost what I said on the ItJustBugsMe page about this:\\
What we know about the Vasto Lorde is that they are "stronger than an average captain". We know that Ichigo is captain strength. He got utterly curb-stomped by Ulquiorra(before Uber-Hollow form) - so he fits the bill of being more powerful than a captain(if we assume that Ichigo's Hollowification and Ulquiorra's Shinigamification essentially cancel each other out, then what we're left with is a comparison of Ichigo's Shinigami power and Ulquiorra's Hollow power). The ones above them fit the bill as well - Barragan couldn't be brute force killed by a captain AND a vizard-kido master. Hitsugaya landed, at best, a few scratches on Harribel and ice clone aside, he'd be dead. Starrk is doing pretty well against TWO captain class Vizards. Really, how powerful do they have to be for people to believe that those guys are VL?\\
So yeah, I think there's a strong case to be made that the top four Espada are Vasto Lorde.
** it's pretty much confirmed they were. According to the anime Halibel was a Vasto Lorde. So was barragan and starrk. Also the databook says they are.

[[WMG: The ending of Bleach will be...]]
...the entirety of Soul Society is destroyed by whomever the final BigBad is, Ichigo and co. is out of commission, and all is lost. At least, until a single figure stands above the ruins, faces the bad guy. Zaraki Kenpachi stretches his shoulders, grins, and says "Ban....". Cut to black. TheEnd.
* Although it'd be awesome and one hell of a DownerEnding (no, seriously), he probably will get his Bankai before that.

[[WMG: Ichigo is so powerful [[HumansAreSpecial because he is human]]]]
Think about it. His power goes up and down like crazy, and Orihime shows that the power of a human/shinigami hybrid can be staggering. Ichigo is a shinigami, a hollow, and ''alive'', giving him higher potential than even Aizen.
* It is this troper's hypothesis that Ichigo is basically what Aizen seeks to become, or is at least Ichigo can become it. He is, or will be, the perfect combination of human, shinigami and Hollow. The Shinigami part allows him to focus his power externally in weapon form, his hollow part increases that power and focus it via body augmentation and his human part is what makes him most dangerous. With the Quincy, Chad and Orihime as examples, humans spirit power can effectively mutate, either with help (Ichigo's leaking power) or naturally over time with conscious or unconscious effort (Quincy). The human in him is what will make him perfect, as neither the Visored or Arrancar have any human in them, just Shinigami and Hollow.

[[WMG: Ichigo's mother was a hollow]]
This explains where Ichigo's hollow powers come from, as well as how that... ''thing'' with the Grand Fisher happened.
* It wouldn't explain the other Vizards. It would be more adequate to Chad's power origin's theory, though. Although that can be believed that his ''abuelo'' was a former Vasto Lorde...
* Maybe Chad's grandfather is really the 2nd Ranked Espada?
* Or alternatively, Barragan(The 2nd Espada) is really Uryuu's grandfather. He is a combination Arrancar/Quincy. This would actually make him One part Hollow, One part Shinigami, and One part Quincy, talk about a crazy combination!
** If we mention Yadomaru Lisa's theory, Uryuu himself could become one of these. Both theories could be connected to each other, as that would be a huge subversion to the whole "apprentice does what master does", as master would become what apprentice was destined to since he was born. And that would make Ryuuken a CovertPervert for banging a seifuku-wearing girl, but that's something for an entirely separated WMG.

[[WMG: Ryuuken ''is'' a CovertPervert]]
If we take that convoluted Yadomaru Lisa's theory, pretty sure he is. But obviously, only {{Meganekko}} schoolgirls might affect him. He might be even the reason on why Chizuru became a lesbian in first place. Rather {{Squick}} if we think about that, but Bleachverse parents seem to be wackos with dangerous quirks (Isshin, Mayuri, and, to some extent, Kenpachi and Urahara), he just ''can't'' be the exception.

[[WMG: The Hogyoku continued to have effects even while sealed in Rukia]]
Ichigo first became a shinigami by absorbing Rukia's powers - his Hollow side might be the result of him accidentally absorbing some of the Hogyoku's energy as well. Also note that Chad's Hollow powers awakened when he was with Rukia.
* But IIRC Rukia didn't have the hougyoku when she gave her power to Ichigo. And Ichigo's hollow side is likely the result of Urahara cutting his soul chain or whatever it's called. Urahara said Ichigo would either become a hollow or a shinigami. He first emerged with a mask, then tore it off - but apparently it stuck.
** [[spoiler: Confirmed.]]

[[WMG: Ichigo is in the same situation the Vizards were before Urahara's intervention.]]
Take a look at [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/bleach/en/images/9/98/Kmh.png Kensei]]. Most people just write it off as his hollow form, but that doesn't convince me. You can still quite clearly see that he retained his "human" look, rather than going full-out hollow, but he pretty much lost all of his control or inhibitions. He also ended up being considerably stronger than many of the other captains, which is unheard of for a newly formed hollow. Ichigo seems to be stuck in the same form right about now. However, all the supposed places "in between" Shinigami and Hollow are getting increasingly frustrating.
* The problem with that is that Kensei was not whole(hehe) covered, or possess the hole in his chest/body.Only his extremeties such as his head, hands and feet were effected, even with the cylinders on his back. When Ichigo got help from the Visored and battled Shirosaki in his inner world, the state his body was in is likely the closest to what Kensei and the others went through.

[[WMG: Ichigo has become a Vasto Lorde.]]
Ulquiorra succeeded in killing Ichigo and so he has become a Hollow. However, because of his power, he didn't become a simple Hollow, he became the most powerful kind a Vasto Lorde which is humanoid. This has dramatically increased his power and at some point he is going to pull off the mask and become an Arrancar, possibly increasing his power even more. And then Ichigo will have been everything but a Quincy.
* Menos are formed when a ton of other Hollows decide to gather around for a meeting of Cannibals Anonymous, remember? Ichigo, despite [[TakeALevelInBadass however many levels his Hollowfied form has taken]], hasn't merged with any other Hollows that we know of. Although that ''would'' explain a lot...
** Ichigo has purified quite a number Hollows in his Shinigami career, correct? How do we know that these "purified" Hollows were not, in fact, ''absorbed'' into Ichigo instead of being cleansed of their sins? None of them have made a repeat appearance, so we have no proof of where they ended up. The continued mutation of Ichigo's Hollow half makes perfect sense if this is taken into account.
*** That's not how Zanpakuto's work, genius. Theory shot to hell.

[[WMG: The above guess is true, and Ichigo will request that a Soul Reaper kill him once everything is over]]
Its all but forgotten, but Hollows slain by Soul Reapers are purified and sent to Soul Society. Ichigo will use his new vasto lorde/arrancrar status to crush Aizen, and then commit suicide by Soul Reaper, eliminating his hollow. He will then pick up a gigai and go back to his everyday life.
* But he'll only do it when he accidentally kills or becomes a threat to his friends.
** Both
[=WMGs=] above are true, but when he commits suicide by Soul Reaper, he ends up in Rukongai and eventually gets reincarnated... into a Quincy.
*** At which point Hell will be introduced with the King of Hell as the new Big Bad, as per the [=WMG=] lower
on the page. Demons will overrun the Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, and the world of the living. Quincy!Ichigo will be possessed by one of those demons, regain his shinigami and hollow powers and then spend the arc conquering his inner demon, making him the first ever shinigami/hollow/Quincy/demon hybrid. Then God will decide that Ichigo has grown too powerful and send His legions after Ichigo, nearly bringing about the end of the world. At the end of that arc, Ichigo will eat God and in doing so become a new God.
**** This idea is so crazy it deserves a Made of Win.
***** And then, Orihime comes in a moemoe fashion, kisses Ichigo, and takes all of his powers to her, remaking the Universe and becoming Haruhi. What do you mean by this joke is getting old?

[[WMG: Ulquiorra's intervention has accidentally made Ichigo even ''more'' godawful powerful]]
Just before Ulquiorra made that Cero explode in his face, he was in full Hollow form. But the blast made the mask break and fall off. Since Arrancar were created by removing Hollows' masks, this could mean that Ichigo has just jumped in power level in a way equivalent to Hollow -> Arrancar. That'd also explain the ridiculously fast regeneration after the fight; as Ulquiorra made such a fuss about, Arrancar can heal ''really well''.
* What about Orihime's brother? He managed to rip his own mask off, yet nothing came of it? Granted it's likley Arrancar hadn't been invented yet, but I'm pretty sure losing the mask is an ''effect'' of the process, not the cause.
** He was killed with a soul cutter after doing so and was sent to soul society.
** And wasn't it said somewhere that there's more to making Arrancar than just tearing off their masks? Besides, if that was all, then something would have probably happened to the one whose mask remnants were half destroyed by Chad in the beginning of the HM Arc.

[[WMG: Yammy and Ulquiorra are more powerful than their ranks suggest.]]
Ulquiorra claims that he's never let anyone else, even Aizen, see his second release form, which is not only much stronger than his initial release, but also inflicts crushing despair on his enemies (Necron pariah anyone?). Yammy, despite losing an arm to Ichigo in their first encounter, doesn't seem the least bit afraid of him after he took several levels of Badass. Ulquiorra even said that Yammy's biggest weakness is his brutish nature, implying that his low rank is due more to his low intelligence than his lack of strength.
* While I certainly suspect this is true for good ol' emocar, I don't think it's true for Yammy. The brutish, ridiculously overconfident bad guy who gets owned in 2 seconds is almost mandatory in Shonen. And I had thought that the "crushing despair" was Ulquiorra ''shooting a big ol' hole in Ichigo's chest.''
** Actually, this could be true to Yammy as well. Otherwise, how else would anyone explain him shoving off Hitsugaya's shikai without even using his sword? And no, any arguments about 'Hitsugaya is a weakling who should just die' will not be accepted to the argument. Likewise, when snapping Lolly and Menoly, he wasn't ''even trying''. And IIRC, during his fight against Urahara, he didn't receive any serious wounds, unlike that one incident when Ichigo suddenly released his Hollow form. Ulquiorra was right, though, Yammy was ranked the lowest because of his idiocy, had he been a GeniusBruiser instead, he might be the '0 Espada' as all those fans hyped or theorized jokingly.
*** Wow. [[spoiler: Yammy might be the 0 Espada. I couldn't make this up if I tried.]]
**** No kidding. This has been confirmed. [[spoiler: Yammy ''is'' the 0 Espada, thus validating one Hell of an EpilepticTree theory. Many cannot decide whether this is CrazyAwesome or MissedMomentOfAwesome. Regardless, some take this as a sign that Kubo, does indeed, read the fan forums.]]
***** Kubo could very well be a troper, and be writing some of the theories for people to be bemused and surprised it actually happened, as [[{{Aline}} I]] proposed below. Not completely impossible, he ''does'' write rather well in English, as chapter titles with Engrish in it are rather rare.
**** For those who don't believe ([[RuinedForever or don't ''want'' to believe]]), [[http://forum.onemanga.com/showthread.php?t=38446 here's a link.]] Obviously, MASSIVE SPOILERS on Chapter 354.
***** This [[http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/3682/poster74570525.jpg (spoiler warning)]]
***** This troper thinks that this was planned all along, for the simple reason that, [[spoiler: with the exception of Grimmjow, the Espada are killed off in order 9-8-7-5-4-3-2...]]
****** And Aaroniero, Número 9, was the only Gillian among the Espadas. [[spoiler:For an Adjuchas to be lower-ranked than a Gillian, something was really, really off...]]
******* AND (a thing that bugged this troper, but he put it down to Fridge Logic): [[spoiler:the more powerful an Arrancar is, the more human it looks. Aaroniero has a ''pair of faces in a jar as his head'', so if Yammy really was less powerful, he should've looked even ''more'' freaky.]]
* Note that just because Ulquiorra ''thought'' Aizen was unaware of his 2nd release form doesn't mean it's true. I doubt there's very much at all that Aizen is unaware of.
Well, I sincerely doubt yammy is the strongest espada now that we've seen him in action. kenpachi has cut off his leg and his fingers without much effort. Yammys attacks haven't done jack shit to kenpachi either. Next chapter I can see yammy getting his arm cut off or killed.
** We're talking about ''Zaraki'' here. He'd probably be able to slice up the soutaichou himself if not for that pesky burning of all creation to ashes bit.

[[WMG: Nell has no hollow hole.]]
We've seen a lot of this girl's skin, almost all the way up her back so we can more or less count out between the boobs as the hollow hole goes all the way through. that really only leaves her upper thigh/butt area. Besides, most of the other hollow holes are semi-prominently featured, but with her, we see none.
* Szayel did not have a Hollow hole either, at least in the anime he did not. It was probably just an animation mistake, Kubo forgets to put them on some Arrancar in the manga too on occasion. I do not know what to say about Nel though, seeing as how we have seen her a lot and there is no Hollow hole.
** Hollow holes in general are a bit strange. Just look at Ulquiorra's... when he first appears, it's in his neck. Now it's down around his collarbone.
** Her hole is in her head, being covered by her hair and cranium mask, where else?
** You said it yourself; "that really only leaves her upper thigh/butt area." What is the obvious conclusion?
*** but that really does not seem like a likely place for a hollow hole, and besides we have seen evidence that she has a heart, that she is much more kind compared to the other espada. Also, the holes that are the eye sockets on her mask are simply a part of her mask, the hollow hole goes all the way through the body.
* This troper maintains that the hole is ''sideways across'' her boobs. They're certainly large enough to pull it off.
** ....[[FetishFuel Hmmm]].
** It seems plausible enough. And while we're at it, Halibel's Hollow hole ''must'' be in her crotch, crossing through her body, and ending at her buttcrack. It would be really funny if it was, since Tite Kubo would have some difficult with censors... Also, this part was the only vital one not really shown by her revealing clothes, and not covered by her creepy mask. (it would be the definitive Cock Block to hentai artists. ''[[FetishFuel Or not...]]''
*** It would go really well with the theme of sacrifice. Szayel's hole could be in similar location, as it does match his whole theme, too (if it's his aspect of death or the fact that he's a rapist, you choose).
*** It's more likely that Halibel's hollow hole is under her sleeves. Possibly through her shoulders, but more likely through at least one wrist, resembling stigmata to go with the sacrifice theme.
* This troper always had the theory that some hollows "lose" their holes when they become arrancars as a symbol of their recovered humanity (for lack of a better word). [[MamaBear Harribel]] also seems like a possible example. Course, the theory becomes tricky to support with someone like [[CompleteMonster Szayel]] who seems to lack any visible hole too.
* It's more likely that her hole is simply covered beneath her clothes; even as shredded as they were, there are still some places left concealed. And we know that an arrancar's hole can be off-center; there's no reason it couldn't also go through diagonally or sideways, which opens up more possibilities for Nel.
* Nel's hole is sideways through the eyes in her skull helmet!

[[WMG: Yachiru is stronger than Kenpachi.]]
Might be a bit of a stretch, but just look at the facts.
* She can take Kenpachi's spiritual pressure and suffer no ill effects whatsoever, whereas Ichigo had trouble breathing when he first encountered it. Granted, she could just be used to it, but she would still have to be pretty tough to begin with to deal with it.
* Her BattleAura can scare off grown men. This may be just to show that she's tough, but it seems compelling.
* She can lift Kenpachi and still run around faster than most characters. This may only be sign of physical strength, but it's impressive nonetheless.
* She'll stare down guys who are about as strong as Kenpachi and not even look scared. It might be that she knows Kenpachi will intervene to save her or it's possible she has nothing to fear because of her own power level.
* She never carries her zanpakuto. Admittedly easily explained away that she doesn't need to use it because Kenpachi can take down anyone, but it could also mean that she doesn't need it to kick anyone's *** .
* And seriously, how awesome/hilarious would it be that the pink-haired five-year-old is stronger than the hulking BloodKnight?

[[WMG: The souls "born" in Soul Society are the souls of children who died in, or before, infancy.]]
Since, apparently, the Bleachverse can't create new souls, and it's all one huge recycling bin (or else the Quincies wouldn't have been hunted to extinction).
* Alternatively, the rate at which quincies destroyed Hollows was greater than the rate at which new souls could be created.
** Given the rate at which Ishida was taking out Hollows during the 'contest', I think that's probably a given. As for why new souls are born, any system with a fairly tight margin of error needs a way to compensate for any...wastage. The Quincies were just more than it could handle, ergo, dead Quincies.
*** Most likely, the creation of new souls would compensate for those eaten by Hollows; it's impossible for the Shinigami to save them all, after all.
**** That's what I meant by wastage.

[[WMG:The real King's Key is hidden within Yamamoto's soul]]
Only the General-Commander knows where the key is hidden, and what could be a better place than the (supposedly) strongest shinigami's soul? We already know that it is possible to do that, see Rukia and the H?ugyoko. Also, this doubles as Aizen's back-up plan. Should it be impossible to create a new one in Karakura Town, he will rip the key out of Yamamoto.
* Wouldn't it be too obvious? Perhaps the key is hidden in the ''weakest'' seated Shinigami, just to throw away suspicions... Poor Hanatarou. Seems like Unohana Retsu knows that, or else, why would she make he risks his life so much? She wants him to try and be stronger, to not have the Key so easily stolen, of course.
** Who says it has to be a shinigami? See the "Orihime is the King's Key, or has it sealed inside of her" theory below. Or don't, since [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the title makes it pretty clear]].

[[WMG:Hell will play an important part.]]
It showed up once, in a couple of pages. It was a too important and significant thing to be forgotten so easily. Either Aizen will ally himself with the Legions of Hell after his Hollow army is annihilated, or Legions of Hell ally themselves with the Soul Society against a common enemy. Or something.
* Hell will be revealed to be a third faction and Ichigo and the gang will fight their way through it during the Rescue Tatsuki arc.
** Given the pattern, I'm afraid that might be true. We'll probably find out that Ichigo is part demon on his mother's side or something soon and he'll use that power to beat Aizen and the Espada.
*** And such arc will only happen because Tatsuki's possible powers will make it able to easily open a portal to ''Heaven'', which Aizen (or whoever would be the BigBad) would be really interested into.
*** Alternatively, Hell is already aware of Ichigo's doings and the lad is actually a big celebrity down there. I mean hey, if the sinners are all trapped down there they've got to watch something for entertainment and what's more entertaining than watching their Shinigami enemies get their asses handed to them by some teenage punk?
* I vaguely recall reading that Kubo wants to do a Hell arc.

[[WMG:Urahara is the King of Soul Society.]]
It seems a bit odd to me that Soul Society, as harsh as they are, would do something as lenient as banishing someone to ''the human world'' when usually, shinigami who stay there longer than they have to are considered criminals. Also, most shinigami seem to know where he is and don't really care that he's dealing in contraband. There's also the fact that Soul Society has been cooperating with him closely, and still seems to respect his opinion. My theory is that after becoming a captain Urahara wanted to change a lot of how Soul Society operated, and since Central 46 wasn't very happy with this, they exiled him on mostly trumped-up charges (since, being the king, they couldn't legally execute him). Most of Soul Society doesn't know this, since Urahara was "undercover" as a regular captain at the time. Now, since Urahara can't do anything within Soul Society, he's trying to keep going from the ''outside'' by using Ichigo and his friends, and working with Soul Society from the outside.
* Dealt with in the recent manga arc "Turn Back the Pendulum." [[spoiler:Yoruichi and Tessai (who is actually Badass) helped him escape execution when a younger Aizen framed him for using captains to perform hollow-transformation experiments. This is also the source of the Vizard.]] Presumably, they've more or less forgotten about/ forgiven him in the hundred years since.
** Actually, since [[spoiler:it was Central 46 that did the banishing it's possible that no one else even knew why he was banished or approved of it.]]
*** And [[spoiler:Central 46 could have then decided it was less embarrassing to just sweep the whole thing under the rug than to try to have Urahara retrieved for execution.]]

[[WMG:The King of Soul Society is some previously introduced bit character.]]
Tite Kubo loves setting up characters as negligible or weak before revealing their ridiculously potent abilities (Aizen, Orihime) or their true identity (Yoruichi, Nel.) A little-seen, long absent, presumably powerful King presents a perfect opportunity to pull this trick again. We'll discover that he contracted amnesia, or exiled himself, or became trapped in a lesser body, or accidentally locked himself out of his realm and had to descend to a lower dimension - where he became known as...Hanataro! Or Yachiru. Or Keigo. Or Tatsuki. Or one of the shop attendants, or one of Ichigo's sisters. Hell, any character with unaccounted powers and a bit of face time is a possibility.
* My vote's on Hana. xD Because I like him, and because - well - a seventh seat going on a mission to Hueco Mundo with a bunch of Captains and Vice Captains is really odd, you must admit. Something's gotta happen there.
** Two words: Don Kanonji.
*** You guys are all wrong. It's Afro-san.
**** You're all nuts. It's [[{{ObfuscatingStupidity}} Isshin]].
***** Oh, puh-''lease''. It's obviously Ken-jisan! You know, the old man who got the Yuzu and Karin drunk? Don't tell me you've all forgotten the chocolate banana![[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/68/10/]]
* My vote is on a very early character, one who has been commented on as having immense spiritual energy (and no one can figure out why)... Ichigo Kurosaki. Or at least the ''rightful'' king (i.e. for some reason he has the right to be king), and that is the reason he has so much reiatsu.
** Misaki whatever his mother's name was. We don't know ''anything'' about her- just that Isshin loved her. If she turns out to have been the Princess of Soul Society, that would explain why they were found in the Land of the Living- such a marriage was forbidden, as the Kurosakis are not a Great Noble family, and so they eloped to the Land of the Living, using humanizing gigais purchased from Urahara.
** My mind only thinks about Hinamori Momo. Dammit, she was pretty baddass to try to challenge someone way stronger than her! But then again, the most improbable could be the one. So, I vote Uryuu.
* If you ask this troper, the King's a Queen and her name's Yachiru.
** And it's the most plausible theory of all of them! It explains how Kenpachi didn't just cut her guts off; he RESPECTS her as a superior!
* It's Mizuiro or Keigo. Gotta be.
** Although they probably are there as parodies of the main character's best (and probably only) friends, like [[NeonGenesisEvangelion Toji and Kensuke]], or [[DigimonTamers Kazu and Kenta]].
* How can so many brilliant tropers be so incredibly wrong? ''Clearly'' it's Chizuru. There's no way a normal human could survive being beaten to a pulp by Tatsuki so many times and still keep coming back for more.
** And when she is Fuhr^^^^King, all the female shinigami will have to WEAR MINISKIRTS!
*** Thought it was PowerOfLove, you know, since she was always being beaten to a pulp while thinking in Orihime... She also could be a masochist.
* You're all wrong. It's Ururu, with her memory [[IncrediblyLamePun bleached]] from herself. After all which situation is the safest to keep the King? As a little girl that acts almost like a mod-person, seeming to not know even how to read, and living at a banned officer's place. Because it's not like they haven't done something like that before. Also, if weapon size really means spiritual power, that girl is by far the most powerful character in Bleach.

[[WMG:Risa Yadomaru is a relative of Uryuu's.]]
It never struck me 'till [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/315.7/12/ this (warning: Spoiler galore!)]], but she looks a HELL lot like him (and I think they even share some mannerisms). It's not sure all shinigami retain their human memories, so... yeah.
** Perhaps Ryuken had a forbidden relationship with her, and she is Uryuu's mom. Hey, we never heard about his mom at all, right? Almost like they are hiding something from him! And he MUST have a mother, unless he's some sort of artificial soul, which it's 98% improbable. (The other 2% leads to rescued experiment issues, but hey, it's only 2%!)
*** If she's really his mom, she'll give him a TrainingFromHell to make him a different kind of Vizard (or something like that), and it'll be his new power, that'll rival Ichigo's, since he was going to be his rival since the beginning. And it'll be awesome, he is deserving it after all the bad luck he was passing through since... He was born.
*** AMEN.
**** I really wish this manages to get confirmed, Ishida [[NeedsMoreLove deserves some love]]. Someone send this page to Tite Kubo, if you manage to know his e-mail or IM ID? (Seems like he can read English fairly well, if he reads it, he might have ideas)
**** Don't give him ideas! He may well have already taken ideas from this page before, if Yammy is any indication.
***** Further support for this may well have appeared in the latest chapter - Lisa's mask has what appears to be a Quincy cross on it.

[[WMG:Soul Society and Hueco Mundo aren't "official" afterlifes, just dimensional pockets where ghosts developed some special abilities that enabled them to form groups.]]
We know that there's at least one Hell that isn't the Hueco Mundo. This also explains why there are almost no non-Japanese in Soul Society (except for Soifon).
* How can we know that? Considering how Japan-based Soul Society is and the fact that the majority of ghosts show up with no memories of life, they may simply all adopt Japanese names. Of course, my theory may be faulty as well, although to be fair the only problems with dead people keeping memories are caused by Urahara in ''Memories of Nobody''. (Blanks are generic because they have no memories, but shinigami generally keep no memories? What the hell?)
** Sounds like an Main/AssPull. Nobody thought it was strange that the kid in the parakeet remembered his mother.
** Rukia is shown having difficulty with the Japanese language early on. It may be that all the "Japanese" names we see are names in other languages being translated into their Japanese meanings?
** This troper remembers it being explicitly stated (in the anime at least) that Rukia has trouble only with the MODERN form of Japanese.
** It still doesn't explain how a clearly Italian (Kyouraku) and a clearly Black (Tousen) captains have Japanese names. At all.
*** Perhaps Kyouraku was an Italian man in life who became so infatuated with Japanese culture ([[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai samurai stereotypes]], [[CherryBlossoms cherry blossoms]], [[MeLoveYouLongTime younger Japanese girls]]) that he changed his name?
**** So, both Tousen and Yoruichi might be Brazilians that went to Japan, following that logic. Which would confirm that every Brazilian in anime turns out to be awesome.

[[WMG:Isshin Kurosaki is not just a former Captain, but a member of the Shiba clan.]]
He has some obvious ties to Soul Society, but we don't know exactly what they are. And his son has a very clear resemblance to a member of that clan, Kaien Shiba, so they could easily be related. Additionally, they have a lot of common personality traits...
* I'm pretty sure this has been {{Jossed}} outright in an interview with Kubo.
* Further guessing! Issin caused the fall from nobility of the clan for eloping with a mortal. (Who would, in turn, be spiritually aware and therefore knew of hollows when protecting kid Ichigo.) Perhaps he even rented a gigai from Urahara or something.
** Makes much more sense than the clan losing its status due to Kaien being possessed by a Hollow and killed; that was always a stupid concept even by Soul Society standards.
* That could also make him the Soul Society King. And that might explain his treatment of Ichigo, if he wants/expects his successor to be strong. (See the next WMG)
* There's still the question of why Rukia, Byakuya and Ukitake noticed Ichigo's resemblance to Kaien but Ganju and Kuukaku didn't...
** Kuukaku probably smokes something illegal to not see the resemblance. Ganju felt something different in Ichigo, though.
** Alternatively, Isshin wouldn't have anything to do with this, and Ichigo is just Kaien's reincarnation. In Bleachverse, this is immensely possible.
*** Ichigo can't be Kaien's reincarnation, since Kaien's soul was absorbed by Aarroniero...iirc, anyway.
**** Well, if Tite Kubo manages to make the reincarnation theory true, it'll be the biggest AssPull we've ever seen. But then, there's Aizen...
**** Actually, there's a really small possibility, almost zero percent: Before Rukia killed Kaien, he regained his consciousness, begging her to do so; it means that his soul wasn't completely devoured, and he was trying to regain control. After that, the half-merged souls (since that bloody hollow didn't devour him completely) went to Rukongai (for being killed by Rukia), and reincarnated as Ichigo (and his unconscious Hollow side, Hichigo). It's a ''really'' small chance for this to happen, but you know, Tite Kubo already worked with such implausibilities before, using small and controlled loopholes he have created for such possibilities. Also, Aaroniero was lying about being Kaien, so, why not lying about it too?
***** Aaroniero was able to replicate Kaien's zanpakuto and its abilities, which pretty well proves he absorbed Kaien. How would he have even known what the shikai looked like, let alone its name and abilities, otherwise? And for that matter how would Aaroniero have known about what happened to Kaien at all? Yes, Aizen was responsible for it, but it's not like it was something he'd have any reason to tell his Arrancar minions about. As for Hichigo, that's just a result of Ichigo becoming a Vizard. All the other Vizards have inner Hollows that they had to overcome too.
* Isshin being a Shiba would also explain why nobody in Soul Society finds the name "Kurosaki" significant. It's well established that ever Captain, past and present, is considered a legend in Soul Society. If there had been a Captain Isshin Kurosaki, somebody would've thought of that when Ichigo Kurosaki appeared from nowhere and started beating up Lieutenants and Captains. So obviously, Isshin adopted his wife's family name rather than the other way around (as I understand it, that's not unheard of in Japan). And since aside from Urahara (who's known to have been in on Isshin's secret all along) nobody who's old enough to have known Isshin when he was a Captain has seen him in the living world, he wouldn't be recognized visually.

[[WMG:Isshin knew Ichigo was going to get involved sooner or later]]
Note his constant attacking his son. The morning after the first episode, what did Issin say? "I have nothing left to teach you", indicating that his "eccentricity" was obfuscation to hide preparing his son so he'd survive the upcoming battles. This is also why he is so much more protective of his daughters- any training they've picked up is unintentional.
* This one has essentially bee confirmed since Isshin's conversation with Ishida Ryuuken in chapter 241. In fact, canon's gone one step beyond the guess by suggesting that Ryuuken's aware of this as well (and takes a very different stance on Uryuu's involvement).
* More supporting evidence: Ichigo's name. I know that you can read it as "Firstborn Guardian", and it is possible that Isshin thought that was a good name for his eldest son. But it's more likely that Isshin took his cues from Johnny Cash songs and named his son "Strawberry" on purpose...so that he'd become a good fighter by kicking the rear of anyone who points out that he's got a girl's name. Hey, if it worked for Sue...
** Didn't work really well for Ichigo, though. Seems like he's so used to it that he practically shrugs it off.

[[WMG:Aizen isn't really evil.]]
He is faking it to deceive the real main bad guy. He avoided killing Ichigo (and I don't believe that he could just "mess up" that easily), as well as Renji, Hitsugaya, and Kommamura, all powerful captain level shinigami who could possibly have a major effect on the war. There is also the fact that Tousen, who seems to have very strong morals and doesn't really make much sense as a bad guy, is on Aizen's side. He is helping Aizen because he knows that Aizen isn't evil.
* Which means either the King of Soul Society is the villain, or the "real villain" is out to get the Royal Key? Whatever it is, this question might be cleared up very soon; Aizen, Ichimaru, and Tousen are about to embark to Karakura in the manga...
** It was Urahara all along. Bet 10 virtual bucks.
** There is actualy fair degree of evidence behind this, as Yamato has shown at least as many evil traits, earlier than Aizen did. Furthermore, it is never actually stated what Aizen intends to do with Hogyoku. I have always wondered just what it was that so motivated the arrancar to follow him- and fear isn't an excuse, not with so many deaths.
I think the answer is he told them he would make them whole.
Also, as previously meantioned: 'It is also possible Aizen and Yamamoto are conspiring for an excuse to wipe out the Arrancar, since Yamamoto did not kill Aizen when he had the chance.' Should this happen, in the end our intrepid heros will need to stand firm to protect Nel and her freccion from every soul reaper that remain loyal to Yamato. Hell arc anyone?

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is actually dead, and Aizen is a WellIntentionedExtremist trying to take his place so things don't go straight to hell.]]
The fact that the King of Soul Society lives in another dimension so nobody ever sees him is suspicious enough, and before Aizen ascended to Hueco Mundo, he said that the throne in the heavens had been empty for far too long. Add that to the fact that we have no idea whether the King is a figurehead with no real power or if he has actual duties that must be attended to to keep the Soul Society from going straight to hell (which, under the rule of the Central 46, it seems to have), and you've got an opening that some Well-Intentioned Extremist needs to fill.
* Perhaps he's not really dead, but somwhow or another, managed to return to a child state to not draw suspects. It leaves four possibilities (maybe five, and six if we stretch a lot): Kusajishi Yachiru, Hinamori Momo, Hitsugaya Toushirou, and Yamada Hanatarou. The other two stretchy possibilities are Izuru Kira and Kuchiki Rukia, as they seem to be really young teenagers that just got an earlier bloom; although Rukia seems to be ''too much'' of a stretch.
** Why leave out Renji? He's around the same age as Kira and Rukia.
*** Because said troper forgot him; you know the rules, it means that if such theory is true, it means he ''is'' going to be the King.

[[WMG: Urahara Kisuke is actually Willy Wonka from the original 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory']]
Think about it. The coat, hair, and hat are reminiscent of each other and they both keep canes, even though neither of them seem to have any difficulty walking. They both possess mad scientist traits and bizarre methodology, and both go to extreme lengths to test characters and care nothing of anybody's safety.
* And it can't be just me that thinks Jinta looks a little like a proto-Oompa Loompa.

[[WMG: Urahara Kisuke is evil.]]
He wants to take Aizen down to take his place as "God", but knows he wouldn't be able to win in a straight-up fight; therefore, ''everything'' he did in the past twenty years (starting from when he invented the Orb of Distortion) has been an extended and elaborate [[Main/XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambit]] to make sure Ichigo is capable of going toe-to-toe with Aizen (I wouldn't be surprised if he was actually the one who introduced Isshin to Masaki). After the fight is over, he predicts that whoever is left standing (Ichigo or Aizen) will be badly wounded and easy to dispatch.
* So then how did he arrange for Rukia to pass her powers to Ichigo?
** Ichigo was a dormant Shinigami before the Rukia's incident, and after awhile in Soul Society, she recovers her zanpakuto.
** Simple: he arranged for a hollow Rukia wouldn't be able to defeat to attack her and the Kurosakis. Keep in mind that it was shown that before the Soul Society arc Ichigo was stronger than Renji using his Shikai (Renji had a [[Main/PowerLimiter Power Limiter]] on him at the time, but the fact that Ichigo would have beaten him if not for Byakuya's intervention still stands), therefore it's entirely possible that the hollow was above Rukia's level but below Ichigo's, necessitating the power exchange. Furthermore, as shown in a flashback near the end of the Soul Society arc, Urahara was hanging around in the streets near the Kurosaki Clinic the night the hollow attacked and that, obviously, is no coincidence: Urahara instigated the hollow attack and watched from a distance, in case Ichigo didn't prove strong enough to defeat the enemy, in which case he would have stepped in to protect his "investment".
* The recent manga flashbacks have shown Urahara partnering up with "precrime" prisoner [[spoiler:Mayuri; basically the Gotei-13 higher-ups ''know'' he's trouble, he just hasn't done anything yet]], which happens to coincide with Shinigami mysteriously [[spoiler: [[Main/NeonGenesisEvangelion spontaneously liquefying and exploding, leaving only their clothes behind]].]]
** Or apparently not? [[spoiler: Even more recent manga flashbacks show Aizen being imptigated in the whole deal, in some way or another, with Urahara trying to stop him. My guess is that Mayuri and he were working on the Orb, had it stolen by Aizen (or something) and they were trying to cover it up/minimize damage/etc.]]
* Hell, he could have given Ishida the Hollow Bait as well, or at least, exchanged the Ishida family's bait for something way more powerful.

[[WMG: Bleach is a Shonen series, but uses gender flipped Magical Girl tropes.]]
Not so much a guess but an observation. Let's take it from the top.
* Okay, for starters... Main/MysteriousProtector saves pretty blonde Main/{{Muggle}} from Main/TheHeartless, but gives up their powers to the rescuee. The now awesomely powerful person joins the crusade to purify human souls that have become monsters after losing themselves to darkness and is assisted in transforming by a cute animal sidekick. The more you think about it the more it makes sense.
* To further the ''SailorMoon'' parallels, aside from being (sort of) blond and having a black cat as a sidekick, Ichigo also has Moon-themed powers. 'Zangetsu' means 'killing moon', its bankai is named 'killing moon chained to heaven' (or something along those lines), and its attack is 'heaven-piercing moon-fang'. Also, to use his powers he has to transform either into shinigami form or, if he is already there, to bankai level.
** Heaven-Piercing? [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann It sounds familiar]].
** It would be funny if they actually had time travels, and Ururu was Ichigo and Rukia's kid with a decoy name. She already does look like Rukia a bit.
* Don't forget that Aizen might be like Professor Tomoe! So, this makes Momo... Hotaru?
** Nah, Ryuken looks a lot more like the Professor.
*** Which would make ''Ishida'' Hotaru....
**** And that, folks, is why they call it Wild Mass Guessing!

[[WMG: There is more than one Soul Society.]]
There are actually separate Soul Societies for each nation and culture. China, for example, would have four, to account for the Han, Tibetans, Uighur, and Mongols.
* Considering we've seen ''four'' dimensions (Human world, Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, and Hell) in this story thus far, the idea of different Soul Society "countries" isn't so hard to imagine.
** Taking that idea a bit further, there would also be shinigami for each country, with different uniforms and weapons. What they would be is another question altogether.
*** Presumably the British/European soul reapers would [[TheGrimReaper wear black cloaks and carry scythes]]. Also, perhaps Fionn [=MacCumhaill=] or Cúchullain is the king of the Irish Soul Society.
**** Hmm. They might have the cloaks but probably not scythes, due to them being very unweildy and a difficult to fight with. A western style sword would be a better bet.
***** So does this mean the original [[HarryPotter Order of the Phoenix]] became Reapers in [=British!Soul Society=]? They already have personal/specialized weapons (their wands)....
***** Yeah, but in animeland, scythes are very effective weapons. Most likely, the scythes are the sealed forms of the ''zanpakuto'', which become swords in the ''shikai'' state. This fact, twisted by time, led to the story about the Grim Reaper using a scythe to claim the souls of peasants and a sword to claim kings.
****** I forgot about the practicality of scythes in animeland. The sealed form= scythe, shikai= sword is a good idea, particuarly since it ties in with actual folklore.
***** Evidently something went horribly wrong in the Mexican afterlife, resulting in Hueco Mundo, and maybe the Day of the Dead.
****** You could blame [[http://en.wikipeËuÖQorg/wiki/Mictlantecuhtli Mictlantecuhtli]] on that. He even wore a skull mask!
***** Norway obviously has an all-female Shinigami equivalent. And I imagine Haitan Shinigami possess humans rather than using gigais.
****** Regarding Norway (and other Nordic countries) maybe it's not all female so much as all/most of the men are in their answer to the Eleventh. After all, Valhalla basically involves warriors fighting, getting drunk and fighting some more. Sounds rather Eleven-ish to me, obviously the Nordic reapers are a bit more pro-active with their recuiting and enlist those who are suitably BadAss as soon as they snuff it.
***** Hell, anything from[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopomp these]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_deity pages]] could fit, with some Bleach-ification.
****** I don't think you could Bleach-ify all of those, some are just too weird, but there are a few likely looking possibilities. I still think England's shinigami would have a Grim Reaper thing going on, albeit a non-skeletal version (for some reason the image I've got in my head is; trousers, black tunic with a bit of white embroidery around the coller and hem, hooded black cloak, scythe).
*** Forget about the Grim Reaper I've had a better idea as to what the Death gods for Britain and possibly a sizable chunk of Europe would be like. Based on an examination of the wiki entries on death gods and psychopomps (see above) and a bit of research into Anglo-Saxon/medieval clothing (it stayed the same for a long time so I thought it worked best), I'm thinking that the basic uniform would be something like tunic, trousers and boots with a shortish hooded black cloak (making them look a bit like a bunch of [=LARPers=] while still faintly Grim Reaperish). Captains would wear long coats or cloaks with wide brimmed hats (there seems to be a lot of hats among northern European psychopomps). The grim reaper legend would be the result of someone catching a glimpse of a reaper in action, specifically one with a rather odd shikai combined with a few centuries worth of MemeticMutation.
***** Anyone got any idea what the shimigami for America or Austraila would be like, given that most of the population are, relatively speaking, newcomers?
****** America is a melting pot, so its afterlife would probably match- people of Norse descent go Valkyrie style, anglos go Grim Reaper style, etc. Its afterlife, being new and fairly unestablished, is, due to Main/RuleOfCool a ginormous Main/WildWest town, with regular raids from Native American dead and Hollows in the border sections.
****** Australia likewise, although it probably has better relations between Aborigianal and Immigrant soul reapers.
******* Actually, I'd picture Australia with more of a Dreamtime setup; big red rocks, flat red plains, empathic boomerangs instead of swords, possum-skin cloaks instead of haori, and talking animal psychopomps. (Maybe Komamura's from there.) Immigrant-descended souls just have to make do.
******** Alternatively, given that Austrialia is even more recent then America and the majority of the non-Aboriginals are of British descent, they might be covered by the British, Grim Reaper-type shinigami and go to the same Soul Society as Brits. After all, when you think about it there's no real reason why shinigami have to be restricted by geography.
******** Another possible theory is that which Soul Society you go to is decided by genetics, following where you are most descended from, since it would be rare for someone to break completely even on several genetic backgrounds since magical universal functions don't need to bother with calculating. Soul Societies may combine as genetic groups in areas become more mingled. However, there is things like Renji in Japanese Soul Society while having red hair. Could be that spirit power can give cravy hair, which would explain that. And many other's magical freaky hair colours. I may be wrong on how genetics works, since I don't know all that much about it.
********* Seeing as Renji isn't the only one with freaky hair in the seireitei (Gin, Isane, Matsumoto (even if you go by her manga-blondness, it's still weird for Japan!), Izuru, and of course Yachiru), I'm inclined to believe the spiritual power bit. Heck, it might even explain Ichigo's hair! Although I have to point out that your theory doesn't really factor in Tousen. Or Komamura, for that matter.
********* Which Soul Society you end up in could be a result of which was the dominant culture in the place where you died. Sasakibe Chojiro could have been a Frenchman who happened to have died while visiting Japan.
********** Sasakibe could have been a Frenchman who simply moved to Japan for some unstated reason and came to like it. Perhaps married a Japanese woman (Taking a suitably Japanese name) and just came to identify with the place. Thus he went to Japanese heaven because his soul just BELONGED there.
*********** This same troped proposes that Sasakibe (As a means of example) died in Japan and was reaped by a Japanese Soul Reaper. First come, first served.
************ Actually, most sources place Sasakibe Chojiro as a Japanese Anglophile. He apparently spends all his free time "westernizing" himself, and is more likely a reference to the Meiji-era modernization of Japan (at the time, the were even calls for Japan to abandon the Japanese language and adopt a European one). According to his article on the Bleach wiki, he's even at odds with Yamamoto about how Tea-time should be observed (English or Japanese).
******* Why has no one written a fan fic of any of this yet?
******** There have been a few attempts but most of them ended up being naff due to the writer not putting enough thought into it. The idea was also discussed for cosplay purposes but that sort of fizzled out.
* Europe would have some kind of WW2/grim reaper theme going on, with latin release commands, and instead of seretei, there would be some kind of massive castle/fortress.
** Why would release commands be in latin? Maybe in Italy and Spain (in the case of the latter, it'd be the only way to avoid being the butt of many, many smartassed comments), but not in the rest of Europe.
* Also, somewhere in the British equivalant of the 11th, there's a guy with a mustach and a Claymore-shaped zanpakto (and possibly some bagpipes).
** Oh god, savage Scottish Highlander Zaraki? I hope that Kubo is reading this. A fight to end all fights!
*** Of course there is, his name is "Fighting" Jack Churchill.
*** I declare all three of the above comments MadeOfWin.

[[WMG: Rangiku is a future version of Orihime]]
Both have bright red hair, enormous breasts, somewhat ditzy personalities, and bizarre taste in food.
* But Rangiku is ''dead''. She and Gin are seen as residents of Rukongai(sp?) when they were children. Plus to this troper's knowledge there hasn't been any mention of time travel in Bleach... yet.
** There has been one mention of true time travel. When Ichigo and co. went through the pathway to SS, they said that it sent them about a week back.
** There has been: Orihime's Soten Kisshun can revert anything it surrounds to its previous state. Thus far it has been used only for healing, but what's stopping Orihime t Thee it to, say, turn back time a few years for the whole universe except for herself?
*** The fact that she probably has no idea how to do that (is it even possible? it's not like she can surround the entire universe); plus even if she could, she wouldn't be able to do it without a *** good reason (since the strength of her powers depend on the strength of her determination).
*** So Orihime is a demi-[[Main/SuzumiyaHaruhiNoYuutsu Haruhi Suzumiya]]... or at least her hairclips are.
* The problem is, Rangiku is ''blonde'', has a mole that Orihime doesn't have, and even their ditziness is different...

[[WMG: Rankgiku is Orihime's ancestor.]]
Same as above. If Rangiku was Orihime's ancestor then she wouldn't know her anyway. (Note: This troper is unsure of Rangiku's age (Main/ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ?) or if Orihime's parents are actually dead.)
* So, it would make her fanservice scene as incest?

[[WMG: Aizen is actually Lucifer.]]
And he sees the absence of God as a chance to finally succeed in becoming God where he failed before.

[[WMG:''Nell'' is Ichigo's mother.]]
Because she looks more like her, it makes better sense, her being devoured by a Hollow and all, and it's just funny.
* In chapter 350, [[spoiler:Ichigo gets a new hollow form that's quite similar to an Espada's Resurrection. It has horns. Nell's Resurrection has horns.]] Coincidence? I think not!
* Also shortly before her introduction, Ichigo's mother is mentioned when she is avenged. Do you think the creators are giving us hints?
* The differences in their appearances can be explained by the fact that Nel was at least an Adjuchas class menos, therefore having many more souls inside of her. Also, Ichigo's mom died protecting him; Nel has a desire to protect Ichigo from Nnoitra. And when she asked what Rukia's relationship with Ichigo was, she wasn't being jealous; she was subconsciously acting like an overprotective mother.
* Impossible, it takes hundreds of years for a mere Hollow to become an Arrancar. Then again, Ichigo could have a double-shot of one-in-a-million {{determinator}} genes....

[[WMG: Yachiru is the spirit of Kenpachi's Zanpakutou]]
Kenny's been suppressing his sword for so long, the spirit energy manifested externally via a non-Bankai path, as an inhumanly strong child. He was nevertheless drawn to finding her and giving her a name anyways.
* Supporting evidence: The spirit of Ichigo's zanpakuto is known to have human form; Kenpachi and Ichigo are both insanely powerful, largely self-taught, and their zanpakutos are constantly in the ''shikai'' state. Also, we see Zangetsu interacting with Yoruichi on at least one occasion, so the spirits aren't necessarily invisible. Zangetsu "pulls out his sword" a few times, so Yachiru doing so doesn't prove anything. They both place ''extreme'' importance in having named each other; in the manner that zapakutos usually are named.
** In fact, Kenpachi has in fact somehow managed a Shinigami technique from an [[Main/SoulEater entirely different anime together.]] The fact that he's more badass than Shinigami who have mastered Bankai is because he's engaged in Soul Resonance with Yachiru; and nobody recognizes that technique.
*** The opposite theory, that he's the spirit of her sword, works almost as well.
**** This troper once read a fanfic where it was revealed that Yachiru has a bankai, which must at all times be kept a secret from Kenpachi. The punchline was: "She calls it Ken-chan."
***** If anyone's interested, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3407565/1/Theres_Something_About_Zaraki here's]] the fic in question.
* One other piece of evidence: Just after he Ryoka return to the world of the living, Zaraki mentions that he and Ichigo "are a lot alike" while the camera focuses on Yachiru. This could be foreshadowing.
* With the whole Stark-Lilinette thing, this can be.
* The absence of Kenpachi and Yachiru from the recent Zanpakuto {{Filler}} Arc might be taken as lending credence to this theory; involving them would require the anime to offer exposition, which [[WordOfGod Tite Kubo]] might want to avoid from happening.
** There they are! Just in time for the arc's obligatory [[spoiler:dimension-hopping]].

[[WMG: Isshin Kurosaki was the Captain Kenpachi defeated to gain his rank.]]
He threw the match in order to be with the future Mrs. Kurosaki, and for extra authenticity didn't tell Kenpachi about it because if he knew the fight was rigged Ken-chan would've either 1)not fought at all or 2)make extra sure Isshin was dead.
* I also heard a theory that Urahara might've helped him by making a ''gigai'' to fool Kenpachi, but this screws with this troper's timeline: ~200-100 years ago: a new Kenpachi (Ken-chan or Isshin, not made clear) takes charge of Div. 11; Urahara is the new leader of the Science Div. Sandle-hat and the Cat leave Soul Society. ~20 years ago: Isshin leaves Soul Society to be with future Mrs. Kurosaki.
** ...Or maybe Tite Kubo's the one with a screwed up timeline... or maybe it's not impossible that Urahara could've gotten something of his from the human world into Soul Society w/out being detected.
** It can't really be Ken-chan, or else, Yachiru would be older than Hitsugaya, and around the same age as Nanao, which we can clearly see it's not true. Also, Isshin could have had contact with Urahara in the Living World, and asked for a portatile corpse doll to use in such occasion. The fact that Unohana mentioned the possibility of Aizen using a corpse doll (which she was wary that it couldn't be true) to fake his death makes us believe that she has a lot of experience with that kind of stuff, and probably ''helped'' Isshin, regretting what she did later in a rather harsh way, by being more law-abiding and faithful to Soul Society than Byakuya would dream to be. (Whether it raises a one-sided crush in the shape of IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy or raises the question that she could be a romance otaku, it's up to the tropers, though)
** Interesting theory, but the timeline needs to be changed a little. We know that Isshin couldn't have been the 11th squad Captain 200-100 years ago because during Turn Back the Pendulum, Shinji comments on how lazy the current Kenpachi is (implying that Shinji knows him) but then comments he doesn't recognize Isshin's spiritual pressure when Isshin fights the Grand Fisher. So Isshin has to have become a captain/vice captain in Soul Society after the Visoreds; wouldn't this make him less sympathetic to Urahara if he met him in the World of the Living because Isshin probably didn't know Urahara? Alternatively, maybe Isshin took a gigai from 12th division before he fought Kenpachi and didn't interact with Urahara until much later.

[[WMG: Warren Peace from ''Sky High'' is actually the son of Zaraki Kenpachi and Yachiru in another dimention.]]
[[AC:It's okay as they're both ReallySevenHundredYearsOld in ''this'' world. I think.]] Warren's father is called "Baron Battle" - which squad captain loves to fight the most? Warren also has that streak of reddish-pink hair - who has pink hair? Both of his parents have super-powers - Kenpachi is nigh-indestructible and more intelligent then he appears and Yachiru is super fast, super strong, and super adorable.
* ''But what about the hereditary nature of superpowers in that world?'' Uh, got me there, also if the "Yachiru is Kenpachi's Zanpakuto" theory turns out to be true.
** Also, um...squicky much?
** ''"In another dimension."'' Anyway, if that rogue shinigami from the first ''Bleach'' movie could merge with his sword then... er, y'know what, never mind.
*** That was an OVA and definitely not canon.
* That's so squicky... After all, Yachiru is not the only one with pink/reddish hair in Soul Society. I hope.
** There's Chizuru in the living world, but she's a proud lesbian.

[[WMG: Byakuya was - briefly, long ago - the (* much* ) less eccentric pupil of [[Main/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]].]]
Seriously, how many other people could make such a potentially embarrassing mistake into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome!?
* If we go by seiyuu jokes, it's frightening, as Kamina would be the BigBad. Simon? He wouldn't be even Kamina's pupil, but just an unlucky nerd that shoots arrows. Seriously.
** Okay, now you've got me picturing Uryu piloting GurrenLagann and beating Aizen with Spiral Power. Good for you.

[[WMG: Rukia and her sister died when the Atomic Bomb was dropped at the end of World War II]]
We know both Rukia and Hisana died at the same time, so it has to be something, in Japan, that would kill two young children, yet leave the parents alone (the parents died separately, or they would have showed up together, so they must have been in the army). We know they died fairly recently from the recent flashback chapter setting the "Momo sees captain Aizen" moment, which was concurrent with Rukia's time in the Academy, at less than a hundred years ago, and in that time, the Bomb was the only major thing that would kill two young children at exactly the same time.

Comments?
* There are many things that can separate two daughters from their parents and kill them at the same time. This troper, for example, suggests they both died when Rukia's sister attempted and failed to rescue Rukia from a speeding Army truck in the post-war period, an incident that's fairly common where Army traffic is heavy; this troper's uncle for example died from such an incident, despite being a Marine himself (I believe the truck was even ''from his own unit'') and thus presumably more aware of such dangers.
** The problem with the army truck theory is that Rukia didn't appear to be old enough to even crawl when Hisana abandoned her (which raises questions on how she survived alone in the Soul Society).
*** Main/InfantImmortality, followed by being adopted by Renji's Kid's Gang
* Problem: Rukia is stated to be over 150 years old.
** Problem with the problem: the time line does not really work in terms of real years, best to just think of it as [[Mst3kMantra sequential without the labels]], afterall Shunshui claims the whole shinigami set up is 2000 years old.
*** First of all, what Shunsui stated was that the ''academy'' was 2000 years old. There had to have been shinigami long before then or there would be no point in having an academy as there would be no teachers. Secondly, how exactly does this present a problem?
**** IT doesn't, but the flashback chapters make it very clear that Rukia is no where near 150 years old.

[[WMG: ''Bleach'' is in fact Kubo Tite's resume]]
This theory is based around the fact that most of ''Bleach'''s cast is very well-dressed, at least when disguised or when inhabiting the human realm, the fact that the manga covers usually feature important cast members impressively dressed in clothing that would be in-character only in a non-sequitur setting like said manga covers, and that fashion-minded and highly talented Ishida Uryu is in fact a {{Mary Sue}} of Tite. Therefore, Kubo Tite is in fact a failed or aspiring fashion artist who is using the manga and anime primarily as a vehicle for his clothing designs.
* Eh? Ishida as a Mary Sue? Ishida, King of Dorks, whose sense of fashion is usually mocked, who can't win a fight without assistance or severe consequences, who disappears into the background whenever there's more than two shinigami around (notice how he and Chad became little more than background patterns in Hueco Mundo once Renji and Rukia showed up right until their separation), whose role as "rival" was pretty much usurped by Renji, whom Peshe thought to be weaker than even Rukia despite Ishida being much taller and obviously physically stronger than her, whose tragic past is already swept under the carpet (despite it being one of the most tragic among the main characters) and whose wholly justified hatred toward Kur of chi Mayuri was turned into comic tantrums? Kubo ''may'' have a soft spot for Ishida (though I doubt it, after all that happened lately), but Ishida is lightyears away from being a Mary Sue.
** Kubo did say he wanted to go into fashion design after he finished Bleach.
** In reality, Ichigo does look a lot more like Tite Kubo than Ishida, perhaps Ishida is just a representation of his overly poor fashion mentor.
* Uncyclopedia [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Bleach would agree with you]].

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is in fact one in the same as the King of the Shinigami Realm from {{Main/Death Note}}]]
This would imply that the Shinigami realm exists on some higher plane separate from Soul Society. Perhaps the Death Note shinigami and Bleach soul reapers are invisible to each other?
* Or perhaps the Death note shinigami are what happens to the Bleach shinigami when they die. They ascend to another part of the soul society, which is the post-apocalyptic realm of the Death Note shinigami. What they did in the "After life" affects the way they look as death note shinigami. That's why some death gods look uglier/creepier than others.
* Or the Death Note Shinigami are actually another type of hollow or arrancar created by Aizen and ''he'' is the King of the Shinigami Realm. Someone else has suggested a theory similar to this on the Death Note WMG page.
* Death Note shinigami are Mayuri's experiments on Quincies. Just reading what Mayuri did with them might not make it impossible.
** To add to this, when someone is killed by a DeathNote they go to Mu, nothingness. Quincies destroy the very soul of the Hollows they killed. So maybe they retain this ability in a twisted form with the Death Notes. I do know in DeathNote that it mentions everyone goes to Mu, but that could just be a lie.

[[WMG: Ururu is an artificial person similar to Nemu]]
Just like Mayuri did with Nemu, Urahara created Ururu via a combo of gigai and modsoul technology. Since modsouls were originally designed to combat Hollows, this explains her freakish strength and robot-like behavior when encountering the Arrancar.
* This troper agrees and would like to amend that this implies that Jinta is also a mod-person. (mod soul in gigai would be a whole person) in the first book Jinta tells Ururu that although she is older by a few years, he is faster, stronger and better. We also see that he acts more like a regular person, as befits a second more refined attempt at making a mod-person.
** Jinta could be just an adopted brat with high spiritual power to keep the facade. Or could be Urahara's illegit son.

[[WMG:Aizen wants to eat the King of Soul Society]]
Two thousand years ago the King of Soul Society was trying to surpass his own limits, just like Aizen is now. He succeeded and made himself uber-powerful, but it had the side effect of driving him homicidally crazy. With the little sanity and self control he had left he charged Yamamoto-Genry?sai with the task of covering things up and then sealed himself away in a pocket dimension where he couldn't do any harm. Yamamoto destroyed the Royal Key to prevent the king from being released from the outside, then formed the soul reaper academy to train up an army of soul reapers to defend Soul Society from the king if he should ever happen to break out from the inside.

Aizen somehow found out about this but couldn't figure out how to duplicate the king's transformation. He intends to break the king out of the dimensional prison, temporarily transform himself into a hollow with the Orb of Distortion, and eat the king in order gain the king's powers.

Evidence for this whacked out theory:
* Why should Aizen care so much about the king if all he wants is to rule over all of existence? If he conquers both the living world and Soul Society (and maybe Hell as well), what does it matter if this one man sits impotently on his throne while cowering away in a pocket dimension? And if it did matter to Aizen why is he concentrating on killing the king before conquering Soul Society?
* If the Royal Key actually existed, Aizen could have used his Absolute Hypnosis to trick Yamamoto into revealing the hiding place for the Key. The fact that he's going to the trouble of creating a new Key means that the original key is destroyed.
* Yamamoto is the only soul reaper who has ever seen the king. Why would the king seclude himself for centuries on end in a tiny little pocket dimension when he could be enjoying the good life in the Seireitei?
** So the king of Soul Society is [[spoiler:[[{{Main/SoulEater}} Kishin]]]]?
** Not true, in the "Turn Back the Pendulum" arc, it is mentioned that Urahara's predecessor as 12th division captain was promoted to the Zero Division, which is the Royal Guard.
*** Well, that's what we are told. This just means that sometimes powerful captains leave Soul Society, that they officially "retire", and that the other captains are told that they've joined Division Zero. Nothing else is certain. And besides, "Royal Guard" can mean that they actually guard the king the same way a prison guard guards prisoners.
**** If he is, he's apparently trading tips with [[spoiler: [[FullmetalAlchemist Father.]]]]

[[WMG: Shotaro Ishinomori, manga-ka responsible for creating Kamen Rider, was an agent of the Vizard]]
Specifically, Mashiro. She had a ''lot'' of Rider-like characteristics 100 years ago- oval eyes, vaguely insectlike, speciality is kicks, powers come from use of The Enemy's experimentation, etc. Presumably, at some point in the seventies she got rather bored with the whole "wait until the story starts" thing, and hired a guy to create a rather fictionalized version of herself as a superhero. He took it and ran with it, and she was so pleased with his work that she adopted some of his ideas, like the scarf.
* Darn, her costume looks a lot like the Cyborg 009 ones! And her hair just looks like 009-1's main character!

[[WMG: Orihime is making the whole thing up]]
The story resembles a long, involved version of one of her weirdo fantasies, Ichigo is the star, and before any of this happened, she was the only one who even knew who Ishida was.
* But then, all the whole intricate plot would be too complicated to her... Maybe Tatsuki is making the whole thing up? She looks more like the kind of girl that ''loves'' extremely long shonen.
** Then, it would make me leap to the coma theory, and since she practically disappears from the history, it means that she's dying, and knows it... Ichigo was a male representation of herself, Orihime was her best friend, Mizuiro and Keigo were just guys she beaten at random times, Chad was the aloof friend, Ishida was her rival (I don't know at what) she learned to respect over time... [[TearJerker It's so sad]]...
*** Ishida was better than her at archery. So much so that she eventually gave up (something she berated herself for to the day that truck crashed into her family's home) and took up karate.

[[WMG: ''Ichigo'' is making the whole thing up.]]
Just look at Tite Kubo's face. He looks a lot like an older, albeit not as pretty, Ichigo.

[[WMG: Orihime is unspeakably kinky]]
Caused by a total misinterpretation of the word "fantasies" in the above WMG. Seriously, imagine what her sexual fantasies must be like. Assuming she and Ichigo become a couple in the end, and her {{CloudCuckooLander}}ness isn't [[BreakTheCutie utterly destroyed]], Ichigo is in for some... interesting roleplay.
* Well, since she imagined that quickly and easily an [=IshiRuki=] scenario in the manga... By her blushing, she was probably imagining both of them doing H stuff and everything. Pervert. (Although I agree it'd look kinda hot, but Uryuu seems more like the type of guy that like tomboyish girls, as a balance from his girly personality...)
** Her love of cute things and girly dresses aside, Rukia is one of the most tomboyish girls in the manga...
*** Her voice in the animé doesn't help. She sounds like [[FruitsBasket Yuki Sohma]], and This Troper thought at first glance she was a boy.
* ''[[NightmareFuel The leeks...]]''

[[WMG:Aizen is the King of Soul Society.]]
As has been brought up before, why should Aizen care about some powerless figurehead locked away in a pocket dimension if he just wants to take over the Soul Society? The answer is that he is the king and he got bored and decided to become a regular shinigami, but he was still bored. So he conquered Hueco Mundo and decided to start a little war for his own entertainment. That way, no matter which side wins, he's still ultimately the winner.

[[WMG: Ichigo's siblings will become shinigami.]]
Well at least Karin will. She can see spirits and has even fought hollows before. Yuzu might too even though she can only vaguely see spirits. They have a shinigami as their father as well.
* Alternatively, Yuzu will get some other power. Chad and Orihime both had even less ability than Yuzu to sense spirits at first, and they both ended up with powers.
** Yuzu will have Hell-related powers? Taking in consideration the "Ichigo's mom is a demon descendant" theory...

[[WMG:Soul society is an Earthsea-style artificial afterlife.]]
It seems extremely unlikely that you'd randomly get walls made of that anti-spirit metal stuff to form naturally, and without them the place would be overrun in minutes. In addition, the fact that the population isn't nearly large enough to be the whole planet's afterlife, and the fact that it's so predominantly Japanese indicates that it's a localized talented soul recycling center. Perhaps the "king" is merely the first person who figured out how to create stable areas like Soul Society.

[[WMG: Ishida will unlock some form even better than the final form]]
Because this is a shonen manga, he'll find a way to surpass final form and achieve an even better form, possibly with two wings. However, since final form had the 'price' of losing his powers, this even-better-form would have the price of losing his life.
* That'd make sense, seeing the story patterns concerning Ishida - that is, he uses his power, does something really cool, then spends the rest of the arc either without his power or with his power being useless, with optional humliation and character rape. So if he ever achieves a better, more powerful form, I won't be surprised if he's simply killed off or loses his powers for good.
** [[@/{{Thenakedcat}} This troper]] suggests that Ishida Ryuuken is actually more likely to end up dying in a blaze of glory, as it would redeem his troubled relationship with his son.
*** We don't know ''anything'' about Uryuu's mom, remember. Perhaps the lady has some yet unnamed importance.
* In the same vein, Ichigo will probably find a stage beyond Bankai, simply by virtue of being a shonen protagonist, or there be a massive retcon stating that what he thought was Bankai was actually Shikai, and that he has yet to truly unleash his Bankai.
** He might simply discover a new "mode" or "form" of his Bankai, like, he's been using the speed mode, and there's an offense mode in there somewhere.
*** Possibly foreshadowed in how Byakuya's Bankai has at least three forms.
** Another method of power up may be that he will gain the ability to use his bankai, while willing changing and controlling his hollow's true form, since this would give him a tougher body, regeneration ''and'' it would add another first - doing something the other Visored haven't been shown to do - to the list containing gaining shinigami powers while still alive, successfully breaking into Soul Society and gaining power it takes all others at ''least'' a century to gain, and thats if they are a genius.
* Another thing to consider, enhanced levels of Quincy power seem to correspond to the manifestation of a Physical bow. When using the Sanrei glove and the Quincy Final Form Ishida used a physical bow, his father is even more powerful than he is and he uses a physical bow. The only time we see Ishida's grandfather manifest any kind of bow is when he is very old and helping to train a youngster he doesn't want to discourage, he could very well have used a physical bow in his younger days when in full combat. So far Ishida has not shown any ability to manifest a physical bow without outside aid (Sanrei glove, Quincy Bangle.), Ishida's next 'power-up' could revolve around him learning to manifest a physical bow on his own and thus not 'waste' energy holding a pure spirit-bow together.
* He will die. But of course, he'll come back. As an arrancar with Quincy powers, since he died with the fancy Ultimate Soul-Messing Technique and wouldn't accept being a hollow.
** Given that the only thing limiting the Final Form is his human body, dying ''would'' make Ishida stronger. That much is obvious, even if didn't become anything other than a spirit. None of the previous Quincy had time to test this theory, because they were too busy getting dissected by Mayuri after they died.

[[WMG: Aizen is a wuss.]]
The power of Aizen's Zanpakuto is to [[spoiler:make anyone who views it's release to believe whatever Aizen wants]]...so he's been using it ''constantly'' to make people believe he's a supreme badass, ''even though he has no real combat skills whatsoever''. Blocking 90th level Kido? Nope, it was aimed in the wrong direction. Catching Bankais with his bare hands? Nope, he was really far FAR away before you started slashing away. Also explains why he never finishes anyone off when they're "at his mercy."
* It could be that he isn't too much strong, but really, really quick. Quick enough to slow down time and catch the Bankai because it was too slow.
*** is this a joke? Aizen being a wuss? He took down near every captain with ease in FKT.

[[WMG: Bleach is an inaccurate translation. It's really Breach.]]
Makes sense. Lots of things in the series are breached.
* Except, you know, that "Bleach" makes more sense. Bleach is a substance that turns stuff white, white is the color of death, and it's a show about ''dead people.''
* It could be that ''Bleach'' and ''Breach'' are both correct, and Tite Kubo was exploiting the L/R fuzziness in choosing a name.
* Er, didn't Kubo say that the name was a homage to a Nirvana album? Also, people at school think that Ichigo bleaches his hair. Hence, ''Bleach''.
* Apparently, if the latest SJ issue is to be trusted, Tite said that he was originally going to call it "Snipe", but changed it because he changed the weapons used, which were originally guns. He then chose the soul reapers' clothing color as the name, but "Black" sounded to boring. So, he chose white, therefore "Bleach", which suggests black as a complementary color.
* Hey hey, doesn't 'Bleach' clean laundry and such? Couldn't the name possibly be signifying the Shinigami's cleansing of hollows? I mean, the original arc was about Ichigo saving pluses and cleansing hollows.

[[WMG: The [[{{Filler}} Captain Shusuke Amagai arc]] is AllJustADream]]
Specifically a dream being had by Rukia after she collapsed at the end of her fight with Aaroniero.
* No, it was Aizen using his Bankai.
** Nah, sounds more to me like something Orihime would cook up.
*** She had to do ''something'' while she was waiting for Ichigo.
**** I third that, seeing as the end of a "dramatic" arc was a game of soccer...

[[WMG: Ichigo and {{Naruto}} are alternate universe counterparts of each other]]
Let's check the facts, shall we?
* Both are powerful fighters
* Both still have a lot to learn about fighting
* Both have barely controllable beasts inside them
* Both have spiky hair
* Both are Berserker fighters (lots of yelling, going off half-cocked, quick temper)
* Both were hated by people around them while growing up (Naruto for the Kyuubi and Ichigo for his hair colour)
* Both are easily confused by technical descriptions, and learn best by being shown and then working by what they've seen
* Both are instinctual fighters
** Both are Shonen Jump characters :-P.
* Alternatively, Naruto's parents are AU versions of Ichigo and Orihime; just ''look'' at Kushina's hair! (Don't know about Sasuke's parents, though, but they could be AU versions of Uryuu and possibly Tatsuki...)
* Both lose control of their bodies to the evil inside the more they use those powers (Naruto loses control to the Kyuubi after 4 tails and Ichigo to his Inner Hollow when he becomes a full Hollow after getting a hole cut right through his chest).
* Both have enormous reserves of power.
* Both are the apples of a big chested girl's eye who are both voiced by StephanieSheh.
* ...and all of the above [[OlderThanTheyThink being characteristics of]] [[DragonBallZ Goku]] and other shonen heroes certainly has nothing to do with it.

[[WMG: Ishida is the real reason for Karakura town's specialness]]
The theory given as to why Chad and Orihime have special powers is that they've been exposed to Ichigo. This seems plausible at first, before you realize that Ichigo himself is a similar anomaly, and all the characters have something in common - they've spent a lot of time near Ishida. Quincy collect spirit particles, so it's plausible to suggest that the reason their powers awoke abnormally quickly is because they've been surrounded by the cloud of spirit particles surrounding Ishida. Similarly, the reason that Karakura town has so many spirit particles relative to the rest of the planet is because the only remaining Quincies live there.
Presumably Aizen organized the extinction of all but a few Quincy in order to allow more concentration of spirit particles to take place - the explanation of them "interfering with reincarnation" seems like it would be very difficult to verify, and could possibly have been falsified.
* Yeah, but we ''know'' where Ichigo's powers come from, specifically [[spoiler: Isshin being a former shinigami Captain and all]]. Plus Urahara and co and the Vizard would probably have more impact than a trio of Quincy.
** To be fair, Urahara and the Vizards are probably smart enough to mask/hide their reiatsu so as not to attract attention; and as many characters have noted, Ichigo is still abnormally strong.
* As much as I'd like the Quincy to play a bigger role... They collect spirit particles ''only'' when they're fighting or, to a lesser extent, using their special abilities. And while the three Quincy may have killed hollows, trained a lot, etc., they couldn't have been active enough to collect enough spirit particles to cause any kind of anomaly... otherwise the shinigami would've already finished them off.

[[WMG: Aizen found the Vasto Lorde after all]]
At the moment, Aizen's acting far too smug for a guy in his position. After planning his assault for a year, he brings only three espada, two traitor captains, and a handful of mediocre fraccion to a fight with six captains, eight lieutenants, and ultimately seven vengeful vizard? Even if Ichigo's father or Urahara and his companions don't get involved, Captain Broken's going to get his *** handed him to him, hypnosword or no. Unless, of course, he's holding something back...
* The reason Aizen is so smug could be because the secret weapon has been staring us in the face for so long. Speculation has said that the top three Espada (and possibly Ulquiorra as well) used to be Vasto Lorde. And now they're Arrancar, which means they would logically be ''even stronger''. If it only takes ten Vasto Lorde to walk all over Soul Society, then I'm sure three former Lorde-now-turned-Arrancar could do some serious damage. Besides, we've yet to really see the top three Espada even do anything...
* What if the Vizard are on his side? Remember, they were supposed to be sentenced to death, so maybe they aren't with SS after all. Plus, he hasn't used his bankai yet.
** Unless some extremely complicated mindfuck is going on, the vizard are probably no way in Aizen's side... after all, he experimented on them, wanted to kill them, got them banished from Soul Society, and basically ruined their life. I suppose the vizard are, if anything, on ''Urahara's'' side, whichever side that may be.
* Well, this ''is'' Aizen we're talking about. At the most dramatically
appropriate time, he'll emerge from the curtain of fire and reveal that he finally found and recruited the Vasto Lorde colony alluded to since the beginning of the Arrancar arcs and granted hybrid powers to one or more entities that were already above captain-class.
** And then he'll step aside to reveal...''Wonderweiss Margera''.
*** ...which actually makes sense if you think about it. The shinigami have stated that he's strong enough to be an Espada ''and'' he looked human before Aizen used the Hogyoku on him, meaning he had to have been a Vasto Lorde and therefore he's at least as strong as Ulquiorra, if not stronger.
*** [[spoiler:'''Confirmed.''' Wonderweiss just wandered in and started slamming people.]]
*** it's confirmed they top 4 were VL all along. Halibel was weakest because she refused to consume other hollows

[[WMG: Ulquiorra is really...]]
L, from {{Main/Death Note}}. First of all, compare the two http://account-hijacker.deviantart.com/art/L-quiorra-79603022
The same apathetic expression in all situations, the same monotone and the same general disregard for others. Keep in mind L is the guy who admitted to going after Kira for the hell of it.
The scenario is, L died, and his soul through a temper tantrum at losing to Kira, and being betrayed by his only friend. When the Shinigami show up to collect him, he freaks out, and flees, or else transforms into a hollow right away, considering his reaction when he first heard about Shinigami, it's not too far of a stretch to conceive L already has some hatred towards them. So L transforms into the Hollow Ulqiorra, defeats the Shinigami, and retreats to Hueco Mundo. He then devours other Hollow because he discovers they taste like candy, and he needs to sate his sweet tooth. Eventually, h thecomes a Menos Grande, but manages to retain his personality and becomes an Adjuchas, and eventually a Vasto Lorde. When approchaed by Aizen, he leaps at the opportunity to get back at the Shinigami who he hates so much (but probably doesn't remember why anymore), and goes on to become an Arrancar, who looks almost exactly like he did when human...
* If this is true, it's somewhat ironic. His second resurrecion gave him an appearance with wings that make him look quite a bit like Ryuk.
* Also, remember that L died of a heart attack. Guess where Ulquiorra's hole is?
** Um... originally in his throat, now in the middle of his chest?
* I still think it's [[SayonaraZetsubouSensei Itoshiki-sensei]], that succeeded into hanging himself (Ulquiorra's hollow hole is originally in his neck). Crushing Despair, anyone?

[[WMG: Twins separated at birth: Ichigo and Isane Kotetsu]]
In episode 54, when Ichigo looks down to see what is going on with the flaming bird that now has a big rope around it's neck, he's the spitting image of Isane Kotetsu. Go look...
* Forget Isane, [[FruitsBasket Sohma Kyo]] is Ichigo's twin. Or possibly clone.
* Kotetsu herself could be a stray Shiba member, that had to change her surname for some weird reason. Or perhaps she's Ichigo's half sister, (obviously) on Isshin's side. Now, unless one of the white haired boys is hiding something, there are no other white haired girls on Bleach... As we know of.
** Oh, there's her (at least soul) sister Kiyone. But Kiyone's not important. Also, she's (most of the time) blonde in the anime.

[[WMG: Tatsuki is a Shiba.]]
Well, if you notice, Kukaku looks a bit like Tatsuki, but rougher, older, more developed, and missing one arm. Perhaps she could be Kaien's daughter, but was sent to Earth, put in one of Urahara's experimental growing up gigais and adopted by the Arisawa family.
* Or her whole name, memories and family were invented by Urahara himself, with trinkets, modsouls, and gigais. He's capable of doing something like that, you know.
* Or it was actualy ''Tatsuki'' who was Kaien's reincarnation during this cycle.
** That wouldn't be so, seeing as Kaien wasn't ''truly'' dead until Rukia killed of Aaroneiro Arrurrerie, when Tatsuki was already born.

[[WMG:First Generation Shinigami are the Result of Purifying Hollows.]]
Ok, according to the (admittedly dubiously canonical) movies, it's incredibly rare for a Shinigami to recall anything of their life prior to arriving in soul society, which (based on the bird-kid) isn't the case for regular Pluses. Now, the only thing of significance that's different about Shinigami and humans is the spiritual power - which is meant to be excessively rare amongst mortals without stimulus (like a full set of Shinigami fighting in your bedroom for a few hours). So what causes you to get a shot of spiritual power and severs all connections to your past? Hollowification sounds about right. Presumably the rare cases of people who do have spiritual power in life (whether or not they're aware of it) are the ones who retain their memories (like Rukia's big sister - she and Rukia do both look like the traditional shrine maiden image).
* This makes some sense, but there's also a possibility that some pluses retain their memories, and others don't. Or alternatively, enough time spent in Soul Society makes all pluses lose their memories eventually, and it takes some time for a Shinigami's power to manifest.

[[WMG: Gin Ichimaru's Bankai is a gun.]]
Not just any a gun, but the world's most accurate rifle.
* I can already picture this guy being the spirit of Billy the Kid, or Jesse James. Or better, he could have shot both Lincoln ''and'' Kennedy! If he shot two American presidents, what would stop him from killing Yamamoto, or even the King? Dammit, someone needs to write a fanfic about that.
** I would so read that.
* It was in the initial plans and stuff... But I wouldn't be surprised if it's a bow/sword/whatever that shoots arrows, according to other theories in this very same page.
* Or it could be [[ThePunisher a gun that shoots swords]].
* Or [[MemeticMutation a bow that shoots axes]].
* Or [[TheSimpsons a gun that shoots dogs with bees in their mouth, so when the dogs bark, the bees fly out and sting you]]
* Or a gun that [[{{Painkiller}} shoots shurikens]] [[ZeroPunctuation and lightning.]]

[[WMG: Quincies actually send souls to the true afterlife.]]
The Shinigami killed them all because the Shinigami King really wants to keep as many souls as possible in Soul Society for some mysterious reason.
* Soul Society is really [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Purgatory, everyone is being purified of their sins]]. How bad you were in life determines which district you end up in. Seriousy, this one should have been obvious.

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is The King, aka Elvis Presley.]]
When he shows up, he shall kick all *** with Main/ThePowerOfRock.
* There's a one-shot fic with that very twist.
** And that fic is here if anyone wants to read it --> [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3870185/1/Remember_the_King]]

[[WMG: Aizen Sosuke does not really exist.]]
He is actually just an illusion created by "his" zanpakutou, who is the real mastermind behind everything. When he reveals that he is still alive, he tells the Soul Reapers a line along the lines of "The Aizen Sosuke you knew never really existed", while this could be interpreted as his "nice guy" personality was all just an act, it could also mean that he really does not exist.

[[WMG: The king of the Soul Society is Shinigami-Sama from SoulEater, and Isshin and Death Scythe are from different dimensions, competing to be his replacement.]]
They already finished the "reach your strongest possible form" stage of the competition, and are currently in the "who can have the more successful Successor" stage of the competition. Kishin are the SE equivalent of Hollows, Witches are basically a form of Arrancar (or possibly Visored, I haven't seen enough of Soul Eater to tell).
* Guh, how awesome would that be?!? [[CrazyAwesome Crazy, of course.]]

[[WMG: Orihime is Devon.]]
I found these similarities listening to ''Inside the Fire'' by {{Disturbed}}:
* Won't go to Heaven: Orihime was taken forcibly into Hueco Mundo, a place for TheHeartless that devour their way up the food chain. Soul Society is far from what a Western would expect from Heaven, especially if you get to live in Rukongai.
* Rendered unwhole: she and her brother are orphans. Brother dies. Comes back as a hollow. That should do.
* Lies beyond this portal: Garganta. 'Nuff said.
** This Troper suggests a related (but slightly less insane) idea: Zaraki is either the guy from {{Disturbed}}'s ''Indestructible'', or is related to said guy.
*** The lyrics imply that the guy is only fighting because he is blindly obeying orders, so he is pretty much Zaraki's foil (who loves battle for the heck of it, and was perfectly willing to turn on the other captains just so that he could have a fight.)
**** True...but then the "related to the guy" idea is still possible...Zaraki is The Guy's EvilTwin perhaps? Or...rather, [[ChaoticNeutral chaotic twin]].

[[WMG:''Bleach'' is set in TheWorldOfDarkness]]
Soul Society is an island in the Tempest, or possibly a Far Shore. Soul reapers are wraiths of a legion unaffiliated with Stygia, who are given the power to fight spectres and bring wraiths directly from the Shadowlands to Soul Society. Hollows are spectres; most are the shade caste. Arrancar are nephwracks, and the Espadas are possibly malfeans. The Visored are spectres who have lost control to their psyches, and thus emerge as wraiths with spectre powers. Hueco Mundo, naturally enough, is the Labyrinth.

[[WMG: Orihime is the reincarnation of [[RurouniKenshin Himura Kenshin]]. Tatsuki is the reincarnation of Sanosuke.]]
It explains her hair color, her overall demeanor, and her high spiritual power. If she were to ever pick up a sword, she would be very proficient--she just hasn't tried. The reason why her power manifested the way it did is because of a spiritual aversion to killing or causing harm.
* Somehow or another, I can figure Megumi having mad sewing skillz in her past incarnation (as a doctor, she ''had'' to) and reincarnating as Uryuu ([[CrackPairing Tatsuki x Uryuu]] is fine, too), and Yahiko being Ichigo, but I guess Kaoru wouldn't fit as Chad. At all.

[[WMG: Hell is some sort of extreme version of the Zanpakuto's blade, possibly to do with the presiding First Captain's Bankai.]]
The blade cleanses a Hollow of any wrong it's done after life, but if the Hollow came from someone who was evil in life, Hell appears to swallow it up. Since the damage a few hundred mortal Quincies could do by destroying souls permanently was worth slaughtering every last one the soul reapers could find, Hell is unlikely to take souls completely out of the loop. It's possible that the death and2C tansing cycle can be looked at with a computer metaphor: Death, birth, and passage to the soul society are all mode locks, saving the soul in its current state. The zanpakuto is a system reboot, removing unsaved data. Hell is a full magnetic wipe and reformatting the soul for return to circulation. And the Quincies' method is a bullet through every disc and card in the system. Since First Captain Yamamoto's Bankai hasn't been seen, but its shikai is said to burn away a soul (similar to the execution blade's Phoenix form), so the Commander Captain's Bankai may just be a more discriminating, and far more powerful, version of the same thing. (It could even be the soul purpose of the King of the Soul Society, and First Division's Captain is just a clue to the nature of Hell and the King's powers.) Whether the nature of Hell would change if someone took the place of Yamamoto-Genryusai remains to be seen, but considering the 2000 years thing people keep mentioning, it does seem likely.

[[WMG: Orihime is the King's Key, or she has it sealed inside of her.]]
Although the Ouken has been around for a lot longer than she has, reincarnation is canon in Bleach, even if no reincarnations of deceased characters have been identified as of yet. Aizen has stated that her powers [[http://manga.bleachexile.com/bleach-chapter-315-page-10.html surpass those of any other human]]. Her abilities allow her to 'defy god,' and what could be a greater defiance than breaking down his front door? And even if she's not the Ouken, she could still probably get into the Spirit King's realm.
* Or maybe Ichigo is the Key. Hell, even Kon might be the key as well due to their unique characteristics!
** While that'd be interesting, neither of them have barrier-centered, reality-rejecting abilities.

[[WMG: Uryu sees his team-up with Mayuri as an EnemyMine.]]
Meaning, as soon as Orihime is rescued and/or the war with Aizen is over, he's going to tear him a new one. And maybe let his dad join in.
* This seems likely, he is just putting up with Mayuri for now, but when the current conflict is all over...
* If only... but since Mayuri is not supposed to be a bad guy anymore and there's been no mention of, or even allusion to his crimes... I don't think this is too likely. :/

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is in a LotusEaterMachine, and Aizen's master plan involves putting everyone else in one.]]
Hence why no one disturbs the King (he's in his own personal idea of heaven) and Tousen believes the ends justify the means. And it would be a cool extension of Aizen's zanpakutou.
* And I bet the King is Haruhi, and her Heaven is the SuzumiyaHaruhi universe. Perhaps Orihime might save her, as she has an uncanny resemblance (or rather a [[IncrediblyLamePun huge pair]] of resemblances) to Mikuru. And let's take in consideration that she CAN make the time travel with her powers, if she wants to do so. If Matsumoto is Older Orihime (according to other theories), she might be Older Mikuru as well.
* And Nel is Tsuruya... Ryoko is Aizen... Yuki is Chad, Ichigo is Kyon, Byakuya is the Computer Club president, Emiri might be Renji, and Itsuki is Uryuu. It makes Rukia the King AND Haruhi! I can't take this image off my mind!

[[WMG: Sosuke Aizen is the spirit of [[{{Naruto}} Uchiha Itachi]].]]
His name is vaguely similar to that of Sasuke, which got me laughing at all the potential leaps of logic to make them the same person. But then I thought: Mangekyo Sharingan. Who uses illusions to fight, having surpassed physical action? Who betrayed everyone they know and that trusted them to fit a "higher cause" and temporarily sided with the archenemy of their former people? Whose power can be used against anyone who sees its foucus? All Itachi. He'Engl to using the same old flawed logic that lost him his family in the first place just so he can take over the Spirit Realm and wage war on God/the gods in a UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans gambit. He keeps Tosen around, less because he's useful (which he is) and more because his power and blindness remind him of the later years of his life as Itachi.
* That's interesting, and explains... almost everything. But I'd figure that he'd be attacking the gods/spirit realm out of anger that he was convinced to kill his entire family. It'd make a good crossover at least.

[[WMG: Ichigo was DeadAllAlong, and he is a hollow being fooled into thinking he got Soul Reaper powers by Aizen's zanpakuto.]]
Fishbone D. Was an illusion of Aizen's that he used to attack and kill Ichigo, turning him into a Hollow. Everyone in Karakura and the captains and lieutenants of the Soul Society are all under the effects of Aizen's zanpakuto, and the Breakdown Sphere will be used not to reconcile Ichigo's hollow half and Soul Reaper half, but to separate the illusory copy of ichigo from his Hollow self and fuse it with Aizen. This explains how Aizen was able to make it look like he'd deflected Ichigo's "cero-bankai" attack without Ichigo seeing his shikai release. It also means that [[FanNickname Shirosaki]] is the real Ichigo.

[[WMG:Aizen and Masaki Kurosaki are siblings.]]
...Or just related. They both have the wavy hair. Plus, if super spirit powers are hereditary, then it would assume that Masaki Kurosaki was just as powerful as Aizen and thus explains Ichigo's strong spirit powers.

[[WMG: Hinamori Momo is a failed Vizard experiment.]]
Let's sum up the facts: Usually, Hollows have some grave sin while in life to become so, like uncontrolled hatred, and such, and the Vizard experiments were to manage to make them transform into Hollows without having to reincarnate and become sinful people, through extreme conditions like extended fighting, or aggressive emotions. With Aizen framing his own death and the fault falling into Gin, Momo, who had him as a father figure, just went [[BerserkButton berserk]] and tried to ''kill'' Gin. Also, we never know what that guy have done to the girl all that time (in b4 child abuse, creepy perverts), probably doing experiments and passing these as training. If this went right, he would have a powerful, faithful weapon in hands. But Aizen's plan backfired just because Momo didn't really pass all the hardships the other Vizard passed, and never had enough Reiatsu to start with (not to count that it didn't break her Chain of Fate Like Ichigo's Hollowification - because Shinigamis don't have such - just her emotional stability). He overestimated the girl. But then, there's always a chance that she might become one ''someday''. And it won't be pretty. ''At all.'' After all, maybe heavily messing with the poor girl's mind was an alternative way he found to try and create a Vizard, or something alike. After all, it's similar to the (supposed) method of influenciating the other Vizards' Hollowification. (Plus, she would be -more- badass with a Hollow Mask).

[[WMG: Soul Society and Hueco Mundo don't exist even within the Bleachverse.]]
Everyone refers to the mundane world as "the real world," contrasting with the aforementioned realm. Hell's ontological status is ambiguous. Aizen wants the King's Key so he can make Hueco Mundo real.
* This Troper noted how they refer to Earth as the "Real World" as well. Which implies that Soul Society and Hueco Mundo are not actually afterlifes, but merely alternate dimensions.
* Wait, ''when'' do they refer to the 'real world'? I've only ever seen them use ''human world'' and ''the world of the living''.
* The "mundane world" in the original post refers to Earth. I'm sorry if that wasn't clear. As for the terms "human world" and "the world of the living," I'm not sure whether those are the terms used in the dub or a fansub. The expression "real world" comes from a fansub, although the Japanese word used the root "gen," which at least means "real" in the word "genjitsu," for reality. Granted, I don't know Japanese, so if anyone can correct this, please do. In any case, I hope the theory is still sufficiently interesting to warrant being on the page.
** The word is "gense" which, in this context, is a Buddhist term referring to the world of the living. I suppose it can be translated to "real world," but in the case of Bleach it obviously means "temporal world," "human world."

[[WMG: Orihime is actually a descendant of Clow Reed or related to him in some way. Alternately she's related to Sakura from TRC.]]
Think about it, a lot of things would make sense then:
* She has powers that can defy God, but won't Clow Reed's magic qualify as going against God as well? I mean he created the Sakura cards, a whole bunch of other things like the Mokonas, Yue, Kero, etc., and Alternate Worlds.
* She has a very [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Symbolic Name]]
* Her personality is quite similar to Sakura from TsubasaReservoirChronicle. (Sakura's version of Watanuki anyone?) But if she's Sakura, Chizuru would be... Tomoyo? Heck, they are both lesbian schoolgirls, you know!

[[WMG: Arrancar and Vizard have a second zanpakuto that no one has yet to access.]]
First let's examine arrancar. Supposedly, they are hollows with shinigami powers. However, the only shinigami-like aspects of them are their human forms (and some shinigami aren't even human), their zanpakuto (which are also different than shinigami zanpakuto) and Sonido, their version of flash steps (which aren't limited to shinigami, quincy have their own version as well). They don't have kido and their zanpakuto only have a single release. Now consider the zanpakuto. How does it power them up? It makes them ''more'' hollow-like.
* Next look at the vizard. They are supposed to be shinigami with hollow powers. They do a bit better than the arrancar. They have hollow masks to power them up and they can use cero. Yet look at them during the Turn Back the Pendulum arc. Their bodies are almost completely hollwified prior to Urahara fixing them.
* So, this leads to my conclusion that they both possess a second zanpakuto which belongs to their inner shinigami/hollow. In the case of the arrancar, it gives them access to shikai and bankai. In the case of the vizard, it gives them access to resurrección.
** Proven somewhat- Tousen has a Resurrecion, and Ulquiorra has a Bankai equivalent (though he never used a shikai/bankai).

[[WMG: Shakugan no Shana takes place in the Bleachverse.]]
Or vice versa. Going along with the theories that there are alternate versions of Soul Society (and possibly the idea that these are fictional within the 'Verse in question), Tomogara are Hollow eating existence so that they can exist. The Flame Haze are the Shinigami of a different analogue of Soul Society.
* Alternatively, Shana's history is in the Bleach's ''past'', and something made her lose her ClingyMacGuffin (but her hair color didn't really change, due to her slight spiritual p so retaining), then, she changed her name to not be recognized, grew up (quite nicely), knew a guy called Isshin Kurosaki, they married, and she had three kids, the oldest of them being the Ichigo we love. Then, since she didn't have any protection against the Hollows anymore, she was devoured by one of them out of spite. Sad story.
** More alternatively, she could be Ishida's mom instead of Lisa (in the above theories), since her powers reminded more of Quincies with swords than shinigamis. But then, it wouldn't be as awesome.

[[WMG: Chad's abuelo was a wrestler]]
But not any; he was one of the first and one of the strongest wrestlers in Mexico (he probably cheated a bit using his Hollow-like powers), and moved to Japan to promote wrestling there, with a huge sucess. It would explain how Chad, that should be considered a lower citizen (for not being completely Japanese), got many friends, and not too much discrimination (it means he still had a buttload); having a famous grandfather helps a lot. Also, how awesome could it be?
* He probably was an Arrancar as well, and his fighting mask was made to resemble his Arrancar one. Of course, it would mean his Hollow hole would be hidden under bandages or something.
** What about the mask fragment?
*** He's a luchador, they don't take off their masks, some of them were even buried with theirs. So, that would explain it.

[[WMG: Yachiru's story is an alternate version of Orihime's past the author didn't want to discard]]
And Zaraki is the equivalent of Sora. To think about it, they even have similar pasts, except that Orihime and Sora weren't, you know, dead (unless some WMG comes and says the opposite). If she and Sora were in a similar situation (living in a place where only murderers and criminals that didn't have the time to become Hollows and go to Hell after encountering Shinigamis do whatever they want, being capable to even [[KickTheDog stomp a baby]]), they'd probably be just like these two. Or even worse. To think about it, Yachiru's hair is even styled like a short version of Orihime's (not to count that when she was a baby, Zaraki's hair was just like Sora's)! If we think about that, they being that badass, but still being heroes and controlling themselves only when needed, it would turn Orihime and Sora [[TooCoolToLive too awesome to live]], though (Sora still was, but not Orihime, poor girl).

[[WMG: Tatsuki will have Slider-like powers]]
Pay attention at this detail: She can feel Orihime's energy even when the girl is in friggin' Hueco Mundo. If she trains with the right people, she could easily slide between dimensions without losing her body, and use this dimensional sliding power as a stealthy advantage, as she could hide in another dimension while not attacking, and rip someone apart (or at least take off chunks of them), teleporting the parts to different dimensions. To make it awesome, she would do it with punches and kicks. Oh, and she could also borrow powers and techniques from other dimensional entities, if not just a little, and unconsciously. She'd be the awesomest fighter of them all, but such powers would have a drawback to damage body parts; it means that if she overuses her power, she might die. Perhaps she didn't break her arm in a car accident, but when she first discovered such powers, but didn't want Orihime to know the truth and be worried.

[[WMG: There was a primitive way to manipulate spiritual power before Shinigamis existed]]
And it's probably not completely lost. They probably were the first Hollow purifiers, and some of them formed the Shinigami to keep things more organized, like in a magic academy ([[HarryPotter Hogwarts]] anyone?). The remaining ones are probably hiding somewhere in Soul Society or the living world, and are yet to be introduced. Due to their power not being limited to a single setting, they could work and release it more freely, making more powerful attacks. Why? Because Ichigo needs to learn a final ability to surpass anyone's, even if this means the sacrifice of such clan, or of himself.
* To make this theory complete, Jesus probably was a holder of this technique, or at least, one of the first Shinigami. Nah, just kidding, guys, Bleach is not in the same universe as Shaman King to reference Jesus... Or is it?
** No, it isnt; and to be fair, Jesus was the first Quincy. Ishida will die for your sins.
*** That would explain all the [[CreepyCoolCrosses crosses]]...
* The possibility of the existence of completely new characters is shown at the recent chapters, when Hollows get blasted. It's some sort of blast, thus, it's not like most Shinigami attacks, the Vizards were still at their warehouse at this time, and possibly, no Arrancar would attack their own allies that way (It'd be a food waste). Kubo possibly will introduce new characters with new powers, or will use characters from the anime canon.
* I was under the impression that they were such weak Hollows that they imploded from all the reiatsu being thrown around even from so far away.

[[WMG: The three renegade Captains are Vaizard]]
Given Aizen's habit of mixing Hollow and Shinigami powers, this would make perfect sense. This would also explain why Tousen and Gin, neither of whom were previously shown to be particularly powerful, are talking down to the Arrancar. And the current BigBad of a Shonen series just has to have the shiniest tricks.
* Beat me to it. But yes, this theory makes a lot of sense. The whole reason Aizen wanted the Hogyoku was because he believed that he had reached his limits as a shinigami and had to gain hollow powers if he was to continue growing. It makes no sense that once he had it in his possession that he wouldn't do just that.
** Tousen is using his mask all the time, it's right in his face, as (at least part of) his glasses. Sorta like Szayel, but to a less bishie effect.
*** CONFIRMED! [[spoiler:Tousen is a Vizard!]] Tite Kubo indeed reads TV Tropes. Excuse me while I gloat and wait until Gin reveals his bankai to be a bow and arrows.
** In the Turn Back the Pendulum arc, we see Tousen wearing a white, full-faced mask. Foreshadowing, perhaps?
*** Probably, only Tousen is a Vizard. Aizen is probably a half-demon, and Gin was probably a Quincy traitor when alive. It could be weird, but would work. Could work ''too well''.
*** Though whilst not all the time... [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/bleach/v42/c383/17.html * ahem* ]]

[[WMG: The Vizard were a dead-end.]]
The Vizard/Arrancar were created by Aizen (yes I know some 'wild Arrancar' existed before Aizen showed up in Hueco Mundo) to overcome the power-limits inherent in being ''just'' a Hollow or a Shinigami but from what we've seen so far the main benefit of the Shinigami/Hollow Hybridization process is a terrific increase in strength, speed, resilience and power. These traits lend themselves to formidable direct-attacks, but direct combat is just one compoent (and not neccesarily a chief component) in the Shinigami's arsenal. Most Shinigami's ''Shikai'' and ''Bankai'' manifest as some great force or creature or other effect that can be directed to attack an opponent on it's own, and then there's ''Kidou'' on top of that. If Byakuya for example were to be ''Visored'' his hollow-mask would greatly enhance his abilities as a swordsman, but all that power would go to waste if he were to sit back kick your *** with flour-petals. This is likely why most of the Vizard tend to rely entirely on one set of powers (Shinigami or Hollow) rather than trying to mix and match them, Ichigo is a rare example of a Vizard achieving full potential since his Zanpaktou is a formidable direct attack type.
Hollows by contrast are all about direct confrontation, contrasting with Shinigami the hollows with more subtle powers are the exception rather than the rule, thus becoming Arrancar is not only a phenomenaly potent power-increase it is a phenominally ''Useful'' one as well.

[[WMG:Hitsugaya is in fact, Kubo Tite's least favorite character]]
Unfortunately, the fans love him too much, and Kubo Tite is a bit reluctant in using his least favorite character too much. In order to relive stress, he made Hitsugaya get hit with lots and lots of [[TheWorfEffect Worf Effects]], hoping that it will make people see that Hitsugaya isn't as strong as everyone hyped him to be. It has succeeded in several regions, where Hitsugaya hatedom is formed here and there, all who hoped that he dies for NOT being a {{Badass}}. Unfortunately, the legions of fangirls who only cared about how cute he is are still around, and Hitsugaya is in for more and more punishment. OUCH.
* I always thought it wass Ishida, since he's the ButtMonkey or anything, but then, he could be just Tite Kubo's homage to an unlucky highschool friend (that probably was a girl, but he could be accused of sexism, so, he created Ururu, another homage, but of when his friend was a kid and with her real name, thus, being really shy, but yet, sorta nerd (he probably was Jinta himself and hated to admit, with reason). The names' resemblance and excessive feminine traits from Uryuu's part led me to believe so. Then, I noticed that Chad NeedsMoreLove, and have seen he could be Kubo's least favorite character, for being so unlike him (Naoko Takeuchi syndrome, she had the same problem with Michiru from SailorMoon). But then again, Hitsugaya could be what Kubo ''dreamed'' to be when he was a kid, so, frustration leads to dislike. Possibly.
* It can't be Ishida. Now that [[spoiler:Kubo gleefully had Hitsugaya completely owned by Halibel in the worst way possible.]] It is clear that he hates Hitsugaya, that he doesn't want to give him an opponent that he can win. For ONCE. Kubo always pit him against opponents out of his league, thereby setting him up to always be WTFPWN'D.
** At least he's not [[CharacterDerailment character derailed]] and humiliated at every opportunity. :/ Unlike poor Ishida.
*** Losershipping anyone? (Well, some {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s already ''did'' this one, believe me.)
* Check chapter 356. [[spoiler: Hitsugaya managed to avoid Halibel's attack with an ice decoy or something]]. Kubo might not like him much, but he clearly doesn't want [[spoiler: Hitsugaya]] to look that ''that'' much of a wuss.
* On the contrary, I think that Kubo likes Hitsugaya almost as much as Hitsugaya's fans but doesn't want to make those who aren't his fans to think that Hitsugaya is taking over the story (unfortunate lack of success there) and has Hitsugaya get beaten around a lot so that he doesn't seem like a story breaker (considerably greater success there). This can be seen that in the most recent chapters, [[spoiler:Hitsugaya has now completely pwn'd Halibel with his most powerful attack and ended up finishing his fight without taking any damage.]] Of course, there's no telling how things will turn out until the entire battle is over.

[[WMG: Unohana Retsu is not [[BewareTheNiceOnes as nice]] as one may think.]]
First things first, she's the only one in the 4th Division strong enough to kick serious asses. Then again, FourIsDeath, this number just ''can't'' be hers by accident. Then, being in the Medical Division can give one a lot of useful info. And when I say a lot, I mean things compromising enough to put the whole Shinigami Academy at check. Then, Aizen could not have forged his own death so perfectly, but she could have given a helping hand. The last thing that bugs me is how the MD can cure many injuries and diseases, and yet, can't cure Ukitake's. He probably knows her secret, and she might be slightly poisoning him, pretending to others she didn't find the cure; if he tells anybody, he dies. So, he doesn't tell anybody, to not make his division short of a powerful captain, and to not worry anybody else, probably not knowing the importance of that (also, it'd be a TakeThat to [=UkiRetsu=] shippers). It should be noticed that if the King's Key is in Hanatarou's soul, according to above theories, she pretends to pull pranks to make him suffer (possibly mortal) dangers, and take it off from him in an easier manner. Perhaps she might be the BigBad even behind Aizen, or everything else, and has the perfect disguise for now. Why? I don't know, but she has too much knowledge to be just a nice TeamMom, and Tite Kubo already pulled a BewareTheNiceOnes with ''two'' treacherous captains. (I bet she has [[BitchInSheepsClothing something similar to Aizen]] when she takes her bad side, but with [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange releasing her hair]] [[GoodHairEvilHair from the motherly braid instead]], [[ImportantHaircut of course]]. But it would make people at the FetishFuel go nuts to her new evil, long-black-wavy hair looks.) '''You can hate me now.'''
* You might have a point there. There's something in the meaning of her name that I don't remember right now that has to do with red or being bloodthirsty as all hell...
** "Retsu" means "fervent"... A word with the same character, "retsujo" means a woman with fiery temper and strong sense of justice. Hm.....
*** Her first name is a funny meaning, refuse from tofu. Perhaps she is an evil mastermind because she got refused from a greater position...

[[WMG: Urahara is secretly the most powerful character in the series.]]
From a certain perspective, he could be the most powerful character in the series. He decided to mask his reiatsu, so he put himself into one of his energy masking gigais. He realized that he didn't have enough reiatsu left over, so he just weakened the sealing. That would explain why he could have lost an arm to Getsuga Tenshou. Plus, you know he doesn't always fight at full power. HE fired a Sing Benihime that removed the sixth Espada's tentacle, because he didn't feel like killing him. He's got spares! But against Yami, he only fired a burning one so that it wouldn't do anything to damelatg.
* Alternatively, he's just in a regular gigai. Remember, when he touched the reishi gate it gave off sparks to repel his finger. Think about the power difference between Ichigo in and out of his body. SUCH POWER!

[[WMG: General, short Bleach theories]]
* Kon wasn't a Modsoul after all, but a true soul converted in Soul Candy by accident
* Uryuu was planned initially as a HarryPotter fan character, hence his Ravenclaw-lookalike tie
* Orihime is a StepfordSmiler
* Rukia ''does'' feel something for Ichigo, but holds on, as it would cause many problems.
* Again, Uryuu will reveal [[strike:a really]] [[DroppedABridgetOnHim an impossible]] slender and feminine body under his robes, and it's going to be a RunningGag, for Kon's misfortune.
** But we've seen Uryuu's bare chest before, and while really slender, he's (un?)fortunately obviously a male. Unless Mayuri did something to him...
*** But there was never any mention of chests here! The whole gender confusion joke is when barebacks are seen. And don't expect Mayuri to not abuse the poor boy, afterall, it's Mayuri.
* Ichigo never was fighting for Rukia, but for his own pride
** He said it more than once that he owes her for saving his life and giving him power to protect. As being too weak used to be his biggest complex since his mother's death, he probably wasn't lying.
*** Sometimes, retributing someone a favor can be ''also'' considered some sort of gentleman pride, so, both theories are right, he was fighting for Rukia ''and'' for his pride as a good member of our society, since if he didn't retribute, he'd be just a jerkass.
** Not to mention that Byakuya wanting to kill Rukia pressed Ichigo's BigBrotherComplex BerserkButton. (See "You're her brother, right? Why don't ''you'' save her?" and "You want to kill your sister with your own hands? Are you fucking serious? I don't care about your excuses, I won't let you say that again in front of Rukia!")
* Quincy archers don't really destroy souls, but trap them in a pocket dimension, and if Tatsuki's theories become true, she'll be the one that'll rescue them.
* Speaking of Tatsuki, she is {{Tsundere}} for Ichigo. And Orihime is {{Yandere}} for him, but Tatsuki [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy wants Ichigo and Orihime to be happy]].
** Orihime? Yandere? Are we talking about the girl who cries alone so she won't bother anyone with her feelings, hates herself for being jealous of Rukia, couldn't bring herself to kiss Ichigo when he was asleep, etc.?
*** She just ''[[BreakTheCutie will turn]]'' something along these lines over time (or continuous Aizen torture), as she manages to get stronger and see worse things happen around her. Until now, the only {{Yandere}} is the overly cute Yachiru... But Tatsuki is still tsundere. Perhaps not for Ichigo, but...
*** Well, she just saw Ulquiorra blow a huge, gaping hole into the chest of the guy she loves... maybe seeing Ichigo turn into a monster will be worse, but if that happens it'll be more like a test of her love for him (especially knowing her history with hollows and people she loves).
* Chad is going to unlock a Kenshiro-like power
** But aren't the guys at Soul Society and Hueco Mundo... ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Already dead]]''?
* Then again (and probably because of his new power), Chad is going to be the true protagonist at the end
** Impossible, unfortunately. It only happens in series BeyondTheImpossible...
* There will be a TimeSkip
** Alternatively, there'll be an AfterTheEnd, with the main characters' kids. Ishida will probably have twins, Ichigo and Orihime will have a boy, and Chad will have a Sakaki-esque girl. What happens to Tatsuki? She probably will marry one of the two remaining guys, or, in more probable ways considering her [[CuteBruiser personality]], she'll stay single, to become the Martial Arts Champion she dreams of.
*** Uryuu will be hired by Don Kanonji as his assistant/sucessor, being a Quincy and ''earning money for it''. TakeThat, Ryuuken!
*** ... Okay, several tropers here are in dire need of a nice new jacket and a padded room. Chad and Ishida are going to team up to start a line of wildly popular dolls and stuffed animals.
**** Their first product will be a line of dolls based in their fighter friend Tatsuki and her not-so-fictitious assistants Ken-chan and Yachiru, of course.
* Nell will sacrifice herself, appear in Soul Society as a spiritual gifted human soul, and convert to the Shinigami ways
* Aizen will be revealed to really be working for someone else? Who you may ask? Rick Astley.
** I still think the BigBad is Unohana Retsu. She's cruel enough to send Hanatarou to a mission with ''fake pills''.
* Chad will get trained by a Vasto Lorde level Arrancar on how to use his Hollow-like abilities better.
** Possibly by Nell.
* After Aizen is defeated the series will end by cutting to a scene of Ichigo, Ishida, Chad, Orihime, Keigo, Mizuiro, Rukia, and Renji all at a tabletop with a battlemat and dice. Mizuiro is the GM of the campaign and Aizen was the BigBad of the campaignomalt needed to be defeated. They will then go out for Pizza.
** Keigo and Mizuiro would be traitors of themselves, though. They think nerds are traitors, and [=RPGs=] are, well, things for nerds.
*** Perhaps that's Ikkaku and Yumichika playing as Keigo and Mizuiro at the start, and then, revealing themselves as the bald and the narcissist punks.
*** They seem to think that ''academic'' nerds are traitors, though. Keigo apparently really likes video games in the manga, completing around 5 in the 10 days Ichigo is training with Urahara, and depending on the type of game that they play, they might qualify as video game nerds.
* All of group 4 will be killed. Because FourIsDeath, and Bleach doesn't already have enough genocide as it is.
** And they'll probably be killed by their own capitain, lulz
* Urahara is going to be millionaire after he manages to develop his spiritual laser surgery.
** And it hurts just in the soul! You can get it for a small fee of 666,666 Yen!
* Tite Kubo himself is writing some of these theories to confuse the readers
** Or, at least, someone will do a really elaborated fanfiction with such ideas.
* There's no King, it's all a figment of Soul Society's collective imaginations.

[[WMG: Orihime is about to use her powers for something big.]]
Whether she kills Ulquoirra or not, (which would be incredibly awesome, by the way) the arc has had her getting progressively bolder with her powers. She's basically the Scarlet Witch with more fairies, and if she ever started using them to their full potential, we could have serious a RealityWarper on our hands. The question is whether she snaps or not before she does it.
* Of course, if this turns out to be true, then it will all be a part of [[MagnificentBastard Aizen's]] [[XanatosRoulette master plan]].
** {{Jossed}}. [[spoiler: Ichigo kills Ulqiorra.]] Still, I sense impressive things in Orihime's future. Or at least there'd fucking better be some impressive things in her future. Kubo, please!! She can reject time! Please, please, please let her do something awesome!!

[[WMG: Kubo originally intended for Ichigo and Rukia to be the OfficialCouple, but changed his mind when he [[RelationshipWritingFumble accidentally made Orihime's feelings for him too sympathetic and deep.]]]]
Reading the latest story arc gives at least This Troper the feeling that Ichigo and Orihime are the endgame ship, yet it's also completely incongruous with the beg werng of the story, which [[ShipTease teased Ichigo/Rukia a great deal and crafted this really fun, yet deep and interesting relationship.]] However, around the beginning of the latest arc, Kubo seemed to strongly imply that he considers the relationship more [[LikeBrotherAndSister familial now,]] with Ichigo's father joyfully declaring he has three daughters now. ([[BigBrotherComplex Among other things.]]) At this point, it's really hard to imagine how Kubo could pull off [[PairTheSpares sticking Orihime with Ishida as a consolation prize]] without serious CharacterDerailment and (however unintentionally and incorrectly) making Ichigo look shallow. (Loving the same person every lifetime, people. Her words.)
* Actually, if you look at the pilot chapter (not "chapter zero" but the actual pilot) he apparently intended for Ichigo and ''Orihime'' to be the OfficialCouple. Of course a lot had changed during transition from pilot to series (too bad, This Troper would've loved to see mini!Rukia), but we have no way to know if his basic idea of who is going to be paired with whom changed or not. The problem is that during the Soul Society arc a crapload of new characters were introduced and Orihime (along with Ishida and Chad) was completely pushed aside for the sake of [[SpotlightStealingSquad the shinigami]], which created less chances to develop or explore the relationship between her and Ichigo. Incidentally, This Troper has never really felt any ShipTease vibes either for Ichigo/Anyone ''or'' for Ishida/Orihime, at least in the manga - yet felt it coming in spades for Rukia/Renji in chapter 0 and the relevant chapters in the Soul Society arc. (As for Ichigo, I'm just waiting for the moment when he screams "GIRLS HAVE COOTIES GAAHHH" and make a beeline for the mountains. The guy needs some more time for his hormones to start working..rt a
** Perhaps Ichigo already had his hormones to work, but is so grumpy that suppressed every single one of the teenage urges. Even his father becomes wary of this, and thinks he could be using his own sisters, but nothing; he's just plainly asexual. Or maybe he's one hell of a {{Tsundere}}, even more than Renji.
** He had clearly gotten flustered over Matsumoto's body before. (and he said something about not giving in and losing his self-control.) Perhaps it's foreshadowing that he's not quite as aromantic/asexual as we've been lead to believe?
*** But being flustered by Matsumoto's body is part of the joke of Matumoto being, well, Matsumoto. Someday, even Ishida will react in a similar way. Only Chad won't, he's worse than Ichigo in these matters; although his growth hormones are already doing their part, other kind of hormones are ''missing''...
*** Well Hell, maybe [[EveryoneIsBi Everyone Is Asexual.]]
* Mind you, most of the [=IchiRuki=] ShipTease actually comes from the anime. The anime writers made up a ''lot'' of ShipTease that is not present in the manga at all. They've rewritten scenes and lines to have an [=IchiRuki=] flavor, inserted original scenes into the story, not to mention all those fillers and movies. So while Ichigo and Rukia are close in the manga as well, it's more of a TheStraightWillAndGrace type relationship (Kubo Tite himself said that their relationship is not romantic), while the anime has been pushing the 'ship since day one.
*** To This Troper, [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/181/16/ this]] always felt like the moment where the two of them changed from the potential ending couple to their "more-than-friends-less-than-lovers" status. Guess you could say it's where they missed the Ship.
**** Course, nothing is over yet.
** Hate to rain on your parade, but the animators have been doing that with just about everyone. There's been artificial [=IchiHime=], [=IchiRuki=], [=RenjiRuki=], [=IchiTatsu=] (a couple of these were in the openings and endings, so not sure if they count), the list can go on. The animators jerk us around just as much as Kubo does (only they don't get bonus points for it, because when they innovate, they deviate from the formula a Pluiss us off.)
*** From what I've seen of the anime (first two seasons) yes, the anime inserted ''some'' ShipTease with other pairings as well (though frankly I don't remember seeing any [=IchiHime=] ShipTease, but I do remember them ''removing'' at least one line in the beginning in which Ichigo is being protective of Orihime), but not nearly to the extent that they've done with [=IchiRuki=]. As the other person said, they've inserted random ship tease scenes into the manga story, rewritten scenes and lines to give them an [=IchiRuki=] subtext, and the Bount filler is full of random ship tease-y moments. And from what I see from the movies they continue with the trend (hell, the third movie is basically one long [=IchiRuki=] ship tease, and Orihime, the girl who is ''canonically'' in love with Ichigo doesn't even get a cameo), despite Kubo Tite himself affirming that their relationship is not romantic at all. Ah well, not like I care - most of the pairings ''I'' care about wouldn't get deliberate ShipTease in as shounen anime, anyway (well, [=RukiaxOrihime=] did get one in the manga, yay).
**** If we count the manga, hell, even Ishida shows a less brotherly (although still chivalrous) concern for Rukia for once than Ichigo... If the anime is to be considered canon, [=IshiKon=] (one-sided from Kon's side, as he loves all girls in anime, and imagined Ishida as a princess) would be on the run, you know.
***** The Anime isn't canon unless one of two conditions are met: 1.)The Anime came first. 2.)The Anime has the Author's name as part of the title (Kubo Tite's Bleach for instance). And even if the second condition is met, it's Alternate Continuity Canon, rather than actual canon.
****** Guh, I hate it when anime adaptations add random ShipTease that [[RelationshipWritingFumble changes the actual relationships.]] It's like they care more about baiting the shippers than telling a quality, coherant story...come to think of it, it seems to happen a lot to popular {{Shonen}} in particular...{{Naruto}} and {{One Piece}} are guilty of this too. WHY?!
******* [[PanderingToTheBase Pandering to the]] VocalMinority?
******* It happens because insanely popular Shonen titles tend to develop fanbases that have a bunch of really crazy older fans who have specific shipping preferences, but who also buy a good chunk of the merchandise because they have more money to burn than the younger fans the stories are actually aimed at. Hence all the various shipping fanservice and odd tendency for possible foreshadowing of certain couples to get removed lest it offend delicate sensibilities.

[[WMG: The King of the Soul Society isn't the king of anything.]]
He's actually something evil (possibly an EldritchAbomination) [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away in a pocket dimension]] and Yamamoto is the only person in the Soul Society who is aware of it. The members of the Zero Division actually act as guards to insure that he doesn't break out of his confinement. However, he was able to sense Aizen's innate abilities and lust for power and has been manipulating him for the past hundred or so years. The ruse is kept up because there has always been a fear that someone would try to release him (Kenpachi would probably want to fight him, Mayuri would want to study him, Aizen would want to become a hollow and eat him to obtain his power, etc.)
Evidence:
* What exactly does the supposed "King" do? The Central 46 was in charge before Aizen slaughtered them and Yamamoto appears to have taken over now.
* No one in the Soul Society but Yamamoto has ever seen him. Even a powerless figurehead should get out to address his people every once in a while. After all, what's the point of having a figurehead if no one sees him?
* What's the point in Aizen going after him first if he isn't being manipulated into doing so? It makes much more sense to overthrow the Soul Society first and then use the fully released Hogyoku to add loyal Vizard/Vaizard/Visored (however you want to Romanize that) and more arrancar to his army before tackling the Zero Division, which is composed entirely of former Captains.
** Loyal Vizard? It makes the Momo manipulation theory gains some credibility. If she wasn't just the second weakest vice-captain or so, it would have worked pretty well.

[[WMG: The Bleach-verse and the SoulEater universe are alternate versions of each other]]
This is basically the (il)logical progession of the above theory and the "Aizen wants to eat the King" theory further up. The divergence point was the imprisonment of the Kishin. In the Bleach-verse he got trapped in the spiritual plane which was better at keeping him contained, Soul Society was formed and most of the weirdness was restricted to the spiritual world. The 'King' thing is misinformation intended to prevent anyone from getting any ideas (see the theory above). In the SoulEater-verse he got trapped in the living world and Soul Society was never formed. Both of these things caused much weirdeness and since there isn't much of a spiritual world, said weirdness manifested in the physical one along with a generall blurring of the line between physical and spiritual, plus the absence of a holding area for dead souls (ie Soul Society) rendered psychopomp duties largely obsolete and necessitated the more pro-active measure of going after the things that want to eat them while said things are still alive. Despite the differences, in both universes there was a need to insure a steady supply of people to protect the souls of the dead and who were capable of fighting the 'king'/kishin if he ever got loose, and in both universes this led to the creation of schools to train people up for this purpose, the Shinigami Academy in the Bleach-verse and Shibusen in the SoulEater-verse. Okay, that's that bit of craziness over with, feel free to start picking holes in it.

[[WMG: Ichigo will have a ''stereotypically'' gay friend, who is currently in the closet.]]
Not a new friend, but someone already introduced. Think about that: Slender physical features? Check. Usually feminine habits and hobbies? Check. Worrying much about what to dress when going to fight? Check with force. Being always excessively gentle with girls, but not showing a drop of interest for them? (TOO CLOSE TOO CLOSE was the reaction for ''Ichigo to Tessai's closeness'', but also his for a well-endowed girl.) CHECK. His fisrt cover had him doing a limp wrist? SURE, WHY NOT, CHECK IT TOO. Saying he's the LastOfHisKind, despite being a teenager, thus, prone to think in [[IfYouKnowWhatIMean ampliate such kind a lot and in many ways]], but never even mentions it? WHAT'S GOING ON, DUDE? Sorry, Ishida, you got in the worst side of the deal, get out of this closet instead. Unless he ''truly'' falls for Tatsuki or some other living world girl (a Shinigami/Arrancar one would be risky, or just plain OOC), his closeted gayness will soon turn as, at least, fanon.
* Please, Ishida is [[IncrediblyLamePun straight as an arrow]]. (I'm sorry! It was just ''begging'' to be said!)
** But he [[NoArcinArchery puts the arch in archery]], especially back when he was [[HoYay showing off for Ichigo]] [[NoYay in the hollowbait kill contest]].
** Nah, [[LargeHam that's just how he is]]. He was acting all show off-y in front of Orihime too in SS arc when he was fighting that projectile expert guy. And...Basically any time he's fighting he tends to be kinda over dramatic. He doesn't show off ''for'' anyone, he just thinks it's cool. And I have to disagree with pretty much all of the initial post's arguments, 'cause we all know [[RealMenWearPink real men sew pretty pink clothing]].

[[WMG: Kenpachi's sword spirit/Bankai is...]]
A bunny rabbit! RuleOfFunny, plus it probably isn't a very (normally) aggressive creature after years of the punishment their clashing spiritual pressures put it through (but those things can turn ''mean'' in an instant).
* If Rukia ever manages to talk with her sword spirit, a pink fluffy bunny rabbit sword spirit will be hers, for sure. So, it would be funny if they both had similar spirits.
* A dragon. Zabimaru is a mythical creature, why wouldn't the strongest Zaraki's sword be the strongest mythical creature?
** Perhaps it's a leviathan, you know, those things are ''huge''.
* A ''talking'' sword. (The other reapers can hear it screaming, and they can normally hear others' zanpakuto only in an externalized state). Komomaru's Bankai includes a sword.
* A wolf/Yachiru, respectively. (mentioned above, plus there was the shape of her aura that time she got mad at the two shinigami who were arguing during Ken-chan's fight...)
* An Oni (see the dragon guess above).
* Not necessarily his sword, but his Bankai ability will be hedgehog-based (and possibly kido). Ichigo went from Attack shikai to Speed bankai because he was too slow to defeat Byakuya, Renji used spirit energy for his bankai to replace the chains of his shikai so they could not be cut. Kenpachi's only real weakness is defense: He's nigh-impossible to cut if one is not a main character, but when he does find someone strong enough to cut him, his only defense is to kill them first. If he has a shell of spirit energy spikes, realizing that he needs to improve everything, not just attack and speed while training for bankai, he'll still be able to attack using a relatively defensive bankai (just as a human cannonball instead of a human bolt gun).
** Actually, his weakness is magic. If an enemy were weak against magic or only used magic, he would have some trouble. He has no kido experience whatsoever.
*** Unless I read the situation incorrectly, nor did Ichigo previous to his cero-bankai.
**** A hedgehog would make lots of sense, taking in consideration his hair already looks a bit like [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'s...
* A skeleton/skull. Notice the skull seen when he unleashes his reiatsu.
* A Kidou-based weapon, not unlike Yumichika's... or even crazier, a ''HealingShiv'' Kidou-based weapon. Considering descriptions of his relationship with the sword say it's "screaming in agony" from Kenpachi using it wrong, this seems pretty likely... and appropriately ironic.
* Maybe the bankai's form is a sword that's in even worse condition than it normally is. Then, when he takes off his eyepatch, it becomes a BFS.
* Since it's all wrapped in bandages, maybe Kubo will do something completely out of left field and make his Zanpakto's spirit connected to Anubis, the Egyptian God of Mummification. That would actually be pretty badass.
** Komomaru is Kenpachi's bankai. He/it was ticked that Kenpachi wasn't paying attention, so it went off and became a LawfulNeutral reaper. ''His'' zanpakuto, under the armor, is Yachiru.
* Whatever it is, it's the size of a galaxy, [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann violates the laws of physics]], and destroys any universe it hits. Probably a R,R,''R''BFS.
** His is the sword that will [[strike:pierce]][[BloodKnight destroy]] [[GodIsEvil the]] [[RageAgainstTheHeavens heavens]].

[[WMG: Heaven is different from the Soul Society.]]
Anyone who dies in the Soul Society disappears, they never have memories when they go back to earth. Hell is a different place from Hueco Mundo. And the Quincies are really the ones sending souls to heaven by breaking their concentration enough to release their hold on this plane (the shinigami just send them to a [[CrapsackWorld crapsack afterlife]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke See, it's funny because it's ironic]]. And it's not (entirely)ne doke, I truly expect the real story to be [[CrapsackWorld this depressing]]. The souls of humans who die in the Shinigami Realm may in fact be the reiatsu that forms all their buildings, and the amount of soul energy [[FullMetalAlchemist may or may not go to power the Soul King's immortality generator]].
* I proposed a similar theory upstream. I think it would be cool if this was true. Soul Society is a terrible afterlife.

[[WMG: Aizen is really Elvis.]]
Elvis [[ElvisHasLeftThePlanet died and went to Soul Society]] where he proceeded with his plans for world domination.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3870185/1/Remember_the_King Funny you should mention that...]]
* He actually became a substitute shinigami when some particularly obsessive former fans of his died, Hollowfied, went after him, beat up the shinigami who came to fight them, and put them in the same situation Ichigo and Rukia finds themselves in in the first chapter. Also like Ichigo, Elvis becomes a Vaizord. Unlike our strawberry, Soul Society doesn't take it too well, so he went into hiding, forced to never sing again for fear of recognition. As for where he is now... after spiritual plastic surgery and a new gigai, he moved to japan, where he had three kids. Any guesses who?
** Former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, of course. He admits to having the same birthday, and his love of Elvis music is a joke he plays on us all.
*** I was actually talking about Isshin, but Koizumi works too.

[[WMG: Uryuu is a fan of the WheelOfTime series.]]
The endless descriptions of dresses are what inspired him to take up sewing as a hobby.
* This and the fact that he's a piss poor lad that can't afford new clothes, having to sew his old ones instead. Since he tries to make everything he does to look cool, it led to his [[MemeticMutation Hardcore]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome Sewing]].

[[WMG: Nel, her 'brothers', and Grimmjow will end up joining the Eleventh Division]]
By joining, of course, I mean that they'll be press-ganged. You know that Grimmkitty, at least, belongs there, even though he'll probably be hissing and spitting about it until someone tells him how Ichigo hangs around the Eleventh while in Soul Society. You ''know'' that he belongs there. As for Nel-chan, and she's probably getting along scarily well with Yachiru (RUN, BYAKUSHI, RUN!) while Ichigo and the other ryoka are off fighting, and her 'brothers' wouldn't let her go off to Soul Society alone. Gantenbainne doesn't seem to be the right kind of crazy for that division, though, so maybe he'll end up in the Eighth?
* Maybe Soul Society will form a special "Hollow Squad" that will recruit reformed Hollows. Their job will be to help the Soul Reapers hunt down other Hollows. I imagine that they, being Hollows, will know where other Hollows like to attack, and where they frequently hide.
* Well, the only problem I see there is that Nel doesn't like fighting without a reason, and the whole theme of the Eleventh is bloodshed and violence. Maybe the Fourth, because she can heal?
* I could see Kenpachi going up to Grimmjow and saying "I don't have a 4th seat because Yumichika's an idiot. You want the spot?" But I have to agree with the above, that Nel probably wouldn't fit into 11th at all, personality-wise. Furthermore, if Grimmjow DOES HeelFaceTurn, I expect a lot of TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou vibe to continue between him and Ichigo... and since Kenpachi's thinking the ''exact same thing'', there being a few skirmishes between them over it.
* Alternatively, Nel will join the Third Division, since they don't like war. She may not be as depressing, but Gin wasn't very negative either. Plus they're still missing a captain.

[[WMG:Nel will be set up as Queen of Hueco Mundo.]]
After Aizen's defeat, the Soul Society will have the perfect opportunity to put hollows under their control and after the Espada are dealt will, Nel will n hely be the most powerful denizen of Hueco Mundo, making her the perfect puppet monarch. Grimmjow and the Vizard will become her Espada, enforcing edicts against eating human souls and putting down the inevitable rebellions caused by forcing cannibalism upon the hollows.

[[WMG: Aizen is actually an escaped Kitsune Demon from Hell, and... ]]
... he wants to destroy "the King" for locking up all the demons in Hell. (Whether this makes him evil or not might vary based on interpretation, as he could be a servant of Inari or something) Whether good or bad, it does fit. Use of illusions to trick enemies? Check. Clever, drawn out plans? Yes... Think about it, it makes sense.
* It would also fit the demon-powers Ichigo theory, as he'd fight someone similar to him, power-wise. Also, if we think too hard, Chad and Ishida will return to their importance, if Tousen is really a Vizard (a loyal one, just as planned), and Gin is really a renegade Quincy (that probably helped on the clan's fall because he thought they were weak - his precision-based sword is probably related to such techniques); they'd fight their power-related counterparts, in a battle made of epic and awesome.
** A battle made only more awesome by the revelation of Gin's "Bankai" - actually his fully-manifested Quincy powers (I'll leave its form and capabilities to your imagination, but I'd like to see a projectile version of Shinsou as a part of it)
*** A lot of these theories are starting to sound better than what is actually likely to happen on the show. Aizen being a Demon, Tousen a Vizard(Okay, this one has the most chance of happening), and Gin as a Quincy would be totally awesome!

[[WMG: Hell will have a Biblical/Dantesque setting.]]
If we take in consideration that every part of the afterlife had a theme according to certain mythologies in the world (Soul Society being Japanese/Chinese mythos, Hueco Mundo being Me- ban/Indian-Latin-American ones), Hell would have a strong Biblical/Dantesque connotation. The only hint of how Hell would look like, the portal, already looked [[IncrediblyLamePun a hell lot]] like Gothic architecture, which was based in such works. If Heaven is a different faction, it'll probably be based in African orishas, which would explain a bit Tousen's "Holier Than Thou" attitude, as he probably knows a lot more about orishas than everybody else in Soul Society, or even his gang, due to his African heritage. Also, how awesome would it be to see the ''true'' BigBad being Lucifer him/herself?
* And the Demons will speak GratuitousItalian, Dante's Inferno was written in Italian, so it only makes sense for the Demon's to speak Italian. We already have GratuitousSpanish and GratuitousGerman, so why not add Italian to the mix?
** Which makes me think if Kyouraku Shunsui isn't a demon, too. He looks physically like an Italian, at leat like the buff ones; about the Italian model types, there's another history.
** His release command does mention a "Heavenly Demon"...

[[WMG: The whole story is really being written by Ichigo's mother.]]
Ichigo was really the one who died when he thought he saw the little girl near the river. He ran to her and fell in and drowned. After this, Masaki went crazy and started writing a story about her son, and how she was the one who had died. She makes Ichigo the hero, because, well, he was her son. The world Ichigo lived in was an entirely mundane one, and the little girl he thought he saw was just his imagination. So, there are no Hollows in the "Real World" Masaki is writing her story in.
* Given the bust size of most of the female characters in Bleach, that theory says something ''very'' strange about Ichigo's mother.
** She wanted to have him surrounded by plenty of beautiful women because she loved him of course.
** Bleach was written by Isshin, of course. He couldn't stand the fact that both his wife and kid died, and have put his wife as a martyr that would sacrifice her life for her son (and succeed), with his kid as the main character because he wanted the boy to be a great person in the future. Karin and Yuzu's personalities are what he wishes they had become; Karin became a literal delinquent, prone to robbing other people and everything, and Yuzu became a cold girl, with some {{Yandere}} tendencies. It would explain the teenage girls' sizes, and how Orihime looked a bit like a younger, straight-haired Masaki. It would also explain why he had put Ryuuken as someone that returned after abandonment after many years; he didn't want to believe his best friend (which he disguised as just an acquaintance) abandoned the only kid he ever had to helplessness (and possibly starving to death, too) to die effortlessly at some Hollow's hand.

[[WMG: Aizen did everything for [[LoveMakesYouEvil love]].]]
If we stop to think for a second, it'd make lots of sense. As we know of, seems like he wants to take over all afterlife dimensions to change something; which kind of thing, we don't really know. Ichimaru Gin left a lover (or at least something similar) behind to follow him (but unlike him, Gin is just plain nuts), and everything Tousen wanted was peace. Now, if we think about that, he got either confronted by an impossible love, or the strict rules of Soul Society made it impossible for such person to have time to even tell him if she (there are no serious gays in shonen, remember) would retribute it or not.
Now that we think about that, there are two possible lovers for him in that story:
* ''Nell'', that would fit perfectly the "impossible love" theory, and since she ran away from the Espadas and is clearly against all the bloodshed he's causing, his reaction was to become crazy by the rejection, even if she never knew how he felt;
* ''Unohana Retsu'', which would fit the "strict set of rules" version; we don't know what she ever thinks, and since she's the only one that's apparently without any major injuries, it could be that he's ''trying to protect her'', both by giving her weaker adversaries, and giving them at all, since if she didn't have ''any'', people at Soul Society would accuse her of being a traitor, too; which would make him not power-crazed at all, but love-crazed. He didn't even have the chance to declare for her, and probably wants to do it only when reforming everything; if he dies, those will be his last words, giving it all a BittersweetEnding.
If it doesn't make sense, I don't really know what does. Most [[WellIntentionedExtremist revolutionaires and extremists did what they did]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy for love to someone or something]].
* ''Masaki Kurosaki'', whom he was always in love with. However, she chose Isshin instead and for that, Aizen lost it and [[IfICantHaveYou killed her.]] After all, we never did see how she died; perhaps we're just assuming that Grand Fisher did it.
** And to add extra {{Squick}}ness to the formula: they were actually siblings, both in soul and in previous life's genetics. And they ''knew'' it; that's why Masaki wouldn't ever like him the same way, she'd probably be squicked as well with the possibility that her brother [[TooMuchInformation gets hard just by thinking in her]].

[[WMG: Urahara is the king, Gin kills him, Aizen kills ''him'', Isshin kills ''him'', the ''real'' Aizen kills him, Ichigo kills ''him''.]]
[[JurassicPark And Orihime inherits the earth.]]
* [[TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer And she'll decide to destroy it.]]

[[WMG: Wonderweiss Margera and Hanatarou Yamada are counterparts of a same soul.]]
They ''do'' look alike; Wonder-kun does look like a [[{{Pun}} bleached]], hollowfied Hana, but yet, is extremely powerful, as (apparently) opposed as Hana himself. If things work this way, both kids were probably Aizen's son, that he was modified since the poor thing was born, but the part that wanted to stay with his mother/didn't want to fight was making the experiments go awry, and then, Aizen have painfully ''spliced'' his soul, taking off the apparently powerless side, Hanatarou, and possibly sending him to his mother, and staying with the sucessful part of his awful experiment. Whether Hana's mom is a {{Muggle}} that sent him to be a Shinigami out of spite or Unohana Retsu herself, it's a doubt.
** Or Hanatarou and Wonderweiss were twins when they were alive and this will lead to a showdown where we find out that there's more to both of them than meets the eye.
*** [[{{Shotacon}} Shota]] Showdown? I need some popcorn! And I don't care if it's a ''manga'' fight! ... Oh. Everybody knows that Hanatarou is hiding something, and Wonderweiss just ''looks'' innocent. They'll reveal to be as powerful as Ichigo, as soon as Hanatarou learns, with the most difficulty he could, to possess a very dangerous Bankai.
**** According to [[http://www.wikipedia.org The Other Wiki]], Hanatarou already has a very nasty Shikai. A crazy powerful Bankai isn't stretching it very far.

[[WMG:Yammy isn't the strongest Espada.]]
* Stark will reveal that he can also use Resurrección: Segunda Etapa and a negative sign will appear in front of his tattoo, revealing that he is the -1st Espada. However, Halibel will then use Resurrección: Tercera Etapa and her tattoo will turn sideways, grow another half and a negative sign, revealing her to be the -?th Espada.
** And then Grimmjow will come out of nowhere and become the 6''i''- ?/0 th espada.
*** And then, Ulquiorra will come, alive, unscratched, and reveal to be the Numberless Espada. Because he's too strong and emo to have a number.
*** And then Aaroniero will reform as the Xth Espada. Las Noches, Karakura Town, and the Soul Society all implode, and everyone inside dies...Except Kenpachi, who achieves Bankai. [[BittersweetEnding Except there is no one left for him to fight.]]
* Or, in an alternate, less off-the-wall theory, Yammy's the only Espada whose number changes after release because he's the only one that still has a Tattoo. This implies he is indeed stronger than any of the other Espada...IN THEIR SEALED FORMS. I believe the top 4 were always stronger than Yammy, but he can match their immense power when he releases through an absurdly strong Release that takes forever to build up to its proper strength, compared to Stark, Barragan, Halibel, and Ulquiorra, who are just that strong all the time and then have a release on top of it. As evidence, I point out the fact that Yammy's release, despite making him the Cero Espada, is not strong enough to destroy Las Noches like Ulquiorra merely releasing his sword is. Yammy's much more powerful than imagined, but he's not stronger than the other remaining espada. Not by a long shot.
* Yammy is, in reality, the weakest of all Arrancars, because [[spoiler: zero is the only existant neutral number. It represents nothing, and that's what he probably is. They told him somen'g about zero to nine to fool him]].
* Ulquiorra has explicitly stated that there are ''[[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/271/19/ 3 espadas stronger than him]]''. ''Three'', not ''four''. That means that either Yammi is bluffing or his power-up is temporary and/or comes with a big price.
** It's possible that the Arrancars are secretive about their own abilities, since Ulquiorra didn't tell anyone, not even Aizen, about his Segunda Etapa. As for Yammy, it's possible that he, like Aaroniero, has the ability to increase his own spiritual pressure (even though Aaroniero claimed to be the only one to do so, it could be a secret).
* Here's something I've noticed; when Yammy released his sword, his number changed from a 'ten' to a 'zero'. However, when Halibel releases Tiburon and Ulquiorra uses his Segunda Etapa ability, ''their numbers disappear completely''. Furthermore the only espada with visible numbers in ''both'' sealed and released states - Nnoitra, Luppi and Aaroniero - retain them in the latter form (Grimmjow's can't be seen under his released outfit, and we don't see where Szayel, Zommari and Barragan had theirs').
** Also notice that when Barragan listed the aspects of death he did the Espada in order...with the exception of himself (for dramatic effect) and Yammy who was last of the other Espada.

[[WMG: Unohana Retsu will kill ''Aizen'']]
If Kubo continues to make her avoid strong enemies, that'll be the probable outcome. And we know how he likes to pull surprises out of nowhere. I can even imagine the scene: A worn out Ichigo, almost dying, is being cured by Orihime, due her lack of will to fight at all; everybody else is too busy challenging other enemies (from Hell, perhaps; or Tousen and Gin revealed themselves to be stronger than we thought); also, Yamamoto, apparently, was ''eaten'' by Aizen. Then, Retsu appears, with a new power above Bankai, that was only revealed to be known by Aizen yet, and is ready to kick *** . That would be awesome.

Of course, unless she dies anticlimactically for a minor enemy. Then, ''Kenpachi'' will do the kickage.
* {{Jossed}}. Being able to beat Aizen is the main reason Soul Society let's Ichigo live.

[[WMG: Hanataro will save the day]]
Think about it. His zanpakutou has the ability to heal wounds until it reaches its limit, at which point it unleashes a concentrated blast of all the injuries its healed. With all the injuries being inflicted to everyone during the battle in fake Karakura Town, that sword can build up a lot of power before unleashing its attack. Probably enough to take down a big enemy or two.
* Alternatively, the entire conflict has been masterminded by him in an attempt to cause as much pain that he can heal as possible in order to grow stronger and stronger.
** In reality, it's all part of Aizen's plan. When he said Orihime wasn't needed anymore, it didn't mean that he really didn't want her, but wanted to cause so much pain on the poor girl that Hana's Zanpakutou would awake. He probably knows the Shikai-Bankai pattern, so, he probably have guessed that Hanatarou's Zanpakutou ''feeds on pain''. So, the most pain he inflicts, bigger the chances of Hana having a (painful) chat with his Zanpakutou, know his (or her) name, and learn to use his Bankai, which would destroy the world with all the concentrated pain it was feeding on since it existed. It would also reveal one hell of a {{Yandere}} side that Hanatarou Yamada, the nice but bullied boy, tried to hide for all these years, to avoid such outcome (that Unohana probably warned him about).

[[WMG: Uryuu will destroy Ichigo's Inner Hollow]]
Sometime during the series there will come a point where Ichigo's Inner Hollow will go even more out of control than in his fight with Ulquiorra, and Uryuu will use some special Quincy technique to destroy Ichigo's Inner Hollow.
* It'd be one hell of an AssPull, but would be even funnier if he decided to fight fire against fire, ollodecided to reveal his ultimate, desperate card: that he's also a Vizard (sort of). It kinds relates with who could be his mother, but hey, you know, Kubo is perfectly capable of doing this.

[[WMG: Orihime will separate Ichigo from his inner-Hollow.]]
Using Tsubaki's cutting-shield in a new, non-lethal Reject ability.

[[WMG: Hitsugaya is Ukitake's son]]
His surname sounds fiery, but yet, he has water (and ice) related powers (Ukitake, according to the game canon, has water related powers as well). He has white hair, and Jyushirou appears to treat the boy really well. Perhaps our beloved Ill Capitain lost his wife, and since he was already sick, couldn't take care of the kid, leaving him with the Hitsugaya clan instead. Or something like that. Even their first names have the "shirou" part in common (which is mostly a pun in their hair color, but yet), which is even funnier. Also, how hilarious could be Toushirou's reaction upon such reveal?
* Plus, in the Omake, he kept giving Hitsugaya presents for having the same hair color.

[[WMG: Gin was a Visored the whole time.]]
Related to the "Gin couldn't really be evil becaiuse of how obviously evil he is" guess, but taken in a different direction. Either he inspired Aizen's use of the Hogyoku sphere, being an incredibly rare natural Visored, he was affected by the breakdown sphere in the first place before anyone realized that the "perfectly useless trinket" was really the Sphere of Ominous Legend-ness, or (less likely) he was a natural Arrancar that managed to slip through the security thanks to nobody thinking of testing applicants for Arrancar traits (and somehow missed noticing the hollow hole).
* Or perhaps Tousen was the one that was the natural Visored/Vizard. He probably managed to control his powers at the cost of his sight, in an EquivalentExchange.
** Well, he ''does'' wear a ''visor'' all the time.

[[WMG: After Aizen is defeated, Soul Society will take over Las Noches]]
Soul Society will form a special Hollow Squad and base it in Las Noches. Anyone who is a Hollow, Arrancar, Vizard, or someone with Hollow abilities like Chad will become a part of the Hollow Division.

[[WMG: Uryuu will start up an Academy for Quincies in the World of the Living]]
Just because Soul Society has killed most of the remaing Quincies off does not mean that there could still be some people out there who have the potential to become them, but have never learned how due to having no one to teach them. So Uryuu will travel the world and find as many of these people as he can and gather them all in one place to train them.
* So, after being trained by [[FanNickname ArrowDad]], the [[FanNickname ArrowLad]] will create an [[StealthPun ArrowSquad]]?

[[WMG: Hollow have their own verion of Kido]]
No Hollow character has just seen the need to use it yet.
* Or maybe the Arrancar can cast Kido spells because they are part Shinigami. The Vizard are part Hollow and can use Cero, so why not have the Arrancar able to use Kido?
** It's been shown that certain Arrancar powers can be accessed with rather excessive kido incantations, so it's not implausible.

[[WMG: Halibel has a Sepgunda Etapa, which makes her naked.]]
Just take a look at her most recent fight, in which she seems to be steadily losing her clothes with each boost in power. Upon activating her Sepgunda Etapa, she'll become stark naked (and this being ''Bleach'', where almost everyone is a {{Chaste Hero}}) all males will be too embarresed to fight her, leading her to be defeated by a combination of females, including Yoruichi and Unohana.
* Meanwhile, Soifon will be unconscious due to severe blood loss from a bloody nose.
* It'd be funny if Chizuru appeared from nothing, showed to have enormous spiritual power, and defeated Halibel... By ''molesting'' her. ''In public''. Cue to Aizen smirking and whispering: "Just. As. Planned."
** Again, she did have super molestation powers in that filler episode...
*** {{Jossed}}. Damn.

[[WMG: Chad will become an Arrancar]]
At some point he will be killed, and will dissappear for a little while. But then he will come back as an Arrancar. In his sealed state he will look like he normally does, except with a skull type mask somewhere on his face like all the other Arrancar, and he will now have a sword of course. In his released form he will have his two arms, The Right Arm of the Giant, and the Left Arm of the Devil, out again.
* Alternately, he'll have both arms more like in his normal being, but with a thin-looking piece of armor. And such armor will cover all his body. And he'll have a mask. Chad will become the ''first living human Vasto Lorde''.
** And when he comes back it will be a BigDamnHeroes moment for him.

[[WMG: The Bount could have attained a Bankai like form with their Dolls]]
Now, none of them ever reached this state, but it could have been possible. The Bount were Mod Souls based off of Shinigami souls instead of Human souls, and their Dolls are sort of like Zanpakutou. So, it is possible that they could have acheived a Bankai like state of power with their Dolls.

[[WMG: The first Soul Reapers were Quincies in life]]
Quincies actually came first. Before the first ones began dying, people in Soul Society just had to fend for themselves. The Quincies spiritual pressure carried over into the afterlife and they began to manifest Soul Reaper powers. This whole theory hinges on the idea that Quincies do not retain their powers in the afterlife(except for their reiatsu).
** In reality, they could be sorta like Orihime, or just people that could have random spiritual powers in life. Quincies were formed because their clan, before turning into Quincies, were just a bunch of mediums that didn't have any spiritual control, and turned into the first Hollows when they died. It would explain the color similarity. (Except if...)
** Didn't Yamamoto found the Gotei 13? If so...then Old Man Genocide ''killed off his own race.''
*** No, he just founded the Soul Reaper academy, and was one of the original captains.

[[WMG: Hell's color scheme will be black and red, or black and orange.]]
Of course, you'll say: "But black and red? That's Chad's right arm's color scheme!" Well, maybe he have a bit of demon, who knows. But bear with me: Shinigami's color scheme is black with white details. Their polar opposites, Hollows, are white with black details. Quincies intended themselves to be the true Heaven's soldiers (hence the crosses), so, the demons might be the polar opposite, at least colorwise. But since black and red was already used (sort of), they'll be black and orange. Hence a huge ShoutOut to Halloween, or similar stuff.
* Maybe Demons were the Quincies original foe. They later started fighting Hollows when the Demons quieted down. Their powers could have been made to fight Demons and not Hollows originally, and that is why the destroy Hollows instead of purifying them like the Shinigami do.

[[WMG: General ''Bankai'' speculation]]
* Yamamoto: Considering the amount of fire involved in his ''shikai'' alone, what's the only way for him to top that? He ''becomes'' fire.
** Magic nuke. They don't call him Old Man Genocide for nothing.
** Hell. Not metaphorically, but the actual big double doors with the fire behind from the early chapter.
** In keeping with the fire theme and Yamamoto's [[KnightTemplar Knight Templar]] status, I put forth the notion that his Bankai, rather than being a large and showy item, is a small object that simply makes people's heads burst into flames.
** A Ford Pinto
* Unohana: The creature shown to be her ''shikai'' grows into a massive leviathan capable of healing or utterly destroying anything it puts in its mouth.
** My vote goes towards it being an [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abomination]].
** Since her Shikai heals, maybe her Bankai is something that makes the victim's (victims' ?) bodies go haywire in a torturous seizure of pain... the perfect weapon for a healer so feared.
*** It overheals them, giving them cancer.
** My vote goes towards it being a multi-stage Zanpakuto, like Byakuya's operating like this: the Manta-ray becomes some HUGE, kaiju-like monster, that can spew poison, which painfully, very painfully, kills the target, and/or acid, burning the flesh right off the opponent's bones, and even those. The second stage could be sealing all that power into a serrated sword, that causes an poisonous/acidic effect when it hits opponents, capable of burning through any defence, ghastly ripping them apart simultaneously.
* Urahara: Makes his [[BloodyMurder opponent's blood]] forcibly exit their body and start fighting them.
** I'd go for a blood rain/mist. Whether his blood would be acidic or multiple blades of death is something I leave unstated.
** Well, we do know that his bankai isn't well suited for training. Perhaps it's a one-hit kill shot, or it's something incredibly painful. Either way, something involving blood seems likely.
** Given his propensity for neutralising his opponents' attacks by basically using a copy of their attack to counter, this troper thinks his Bankai is something like a field that mirrors everything his opponent does and thus completely neutralises all their powers. And it'll be called something like "Mirror of the Crimson Princess". (If it really is, I'm SO going to come back and gloat.)
** His excuse for making Renji train with Chad is something like, "My bankai's not much good for training people." Also, Urahara was the former third seat of the second company (the special forces, from what we've seen) as well as captain of twelfth company (the science squad). Considering these facts - and that a MadScientist HeroicSociopath like Mayuri thinks he's an "unpleasant person" - it's likely that his bankai will be some kind of one-hit-kill NightmareFuel.
*** Like maybe...instantly and completely draining the blood of all opponents within a certain area? Which I guess would be absorbed into the sword and used to fuel more attacks..
* Ichimaru: Gains the ability to limitlessly manipulate his ''zanpakuto'''s size and shape in any way he pleases, potentially growing it to {{BFS}} size.
** Maybe it's like that, but a spear? It would fit with it's name's meaning.
*** Perhaps it's a BFG or a giant crossbow that can shoot spears. If it's a crossbow, some theorists would be delighted.
**** If not the above, then I'd go for his Bankai being a reflection of his Shikai's simplicity and deadliness: a '''wave of death'''.
* Ukitake: If the games are accurate about the nature of his ''zanpakuto'''s powers, then something big, water and lightning related. Maybe some kind of storm?
** Given recent events, this troper thinks it's a big tank (the storage kind, not the vehicle) so he can absorb and control really huge amounts of power. So when [[spoiler: Starrk goes "You may be able to absorb a cero, but I doubt you'll be able to do so if I shoot 1,000 ceros at once," Ukitake just goes "Bankai!" Cue huge able-to-store-1,000-ceros tank.]] (I mostly just find the idea of a big tank floating behind him kind of funny. I don't know why.)
* Kyoraku: His ''shikai' seems to be wind-based, so maybe his bankai would be some kind of BlowYouAway RazorWind hurricane or (flowery pink) tornado.
** His shikai [[spoiler: actually turns children's games into reality, in which Shunsui won against Starrk at Irooni, attacking when he called "black", wearing a black uniform]]. His Bankai is probably a wide-range equivalent of his Shikai, and/or [[spoiler: the games]] are so dangerous, that one mistakes kills you.
* Aizen: Kyoka Suigetsu's Shikai can hypnotize anyone who sees its release so that they perceive reality the way Aizen wants them to perceive it. What's the next step in the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil? This troper believes that his Bankai will be able to actually ''[[RealityWarper warp reality]]'' in a limited space, effectively making Aizen '''{{God}}''' in his Bankai's area of effect.
** Or his bankai is capable of fully controlling all people around him that have seen the release or heard the command. Which would make Ichigo have to fight ''entire Karakura, specially his friends'' in the final battle.
** Or it's the ultimate LotusEaterMachine with a huge range.
** In this troper's opinion, his Bankai will force the opponent's mind into Aizen's Inner World, where he has absolute power, and full control over the environment, and everything he creates will be real. On the outside, it would only take an instant, and the injuries taken in the illusion will immediately reflect on the opponent's body when the illusion is broken, making the damage look instantaneous.
* Yoruichi: Either something that is cat related (no idea what that could be), or something that complements/supplements her shunko. It's hard to guess, since we haven't even seen her shikai yet.
** Maybe it gives her some sort of super [[ShockAndAwe electric]] {{catgirl}} powers?
* Mayuri's Konjiki Ashisogi Jizou can undergo metamorphosis and become a giant moth.
** Which would spread powder from its wings with the same effect as the caterpillar form's poisonous breath, only covering a ''massive'' area with it.
** Possibly supported by the actual zanpakuto spirit- it's a tiny bankai butterfly.

[[WMG:Stark and Barragan are the only Vasto Lorde espadas]]
Halibel and Ulquiorra ''could'' be, but consider. When an arrancar releases their sword, they adopt features of their original Hollow form (this is more noticable in numeros, for whatever reason). Most of the espada so far have had an animal-like (Grimmjow, Nnoitra, Halibel, Ulquiorra) or just plain non-human (Aaroniero, Zommari, Yammy, Szayel) which would imply that they were all adjuchas class Menos. The highest level espada release we've seen (Barragan), on the other hand, results in a [[spoiler:GrimReaper style, but still human]] form. Presumably, Stark's will be similar. So, if these two have releases without any animalistic aspects, they're presumably the only Vasto Lordes Aizen has been able to locate and subject to the breakdown sphere.
* Yammy could just be some sort of special case, which will probably never be explained.
* Well, let's be fair to Ulquiorra and Halibel. Sure, they have animal-type releases, but if you look at them, their releases more just stack AnimalMotifs onto their humanoid forms, unlike say, Grimmjow and Nnoitra, who, especially Grimmjow, gain serious animalistic parts. Sure, Ulquiorra grows wings, but those are 5th and 6th appendeges (Where as a more pure bat form would have his hands become the wings, though that would prevent his Hand Jab Of Doom (That ''Jab'', with an ''a'')). And since we've never seen a Vasto Lorde, we have no idea what they look like exactly, so we can't say that they don't still have an animal like element. Though I must say the idea of Halibel's previous hollow for as what was no doubt a LandShark is both highly amusing and terrifying.
* Ulquiorra's sword murciewhateveritsspelled in japanese means "big black winged demon" or something like that. i personally think >4 are adjuchas, 4< are VL. come on, ulq's release just tacks wings on and grows horns. his segunda etapa just makes him hairy. very human. nnoitra's too, for that matter. but the power gap between 4 and 5 lends strength to ulq being a VL. plus there's always that "OMG HIS MASK LOOKS LIKE THA EXAMPLE" argument.
* Well looking at Stark's release I can honestly say he looks the most human of any so far. The only things that's changed is his coat and that he has a scouter.
*** Sorta. ALl 4 were Vasto lordes

[[WMG: If Uryuu has a heir, such one will be a girl/have a girly name]]
If we take in consideration the name convention, the kanji that'll be used will be the rain one. And we all know that most names that use such kanji are, well, girly sounding (Uryuu itself is an exception due to the dragon kanji). If the kid is born as a boy, expect Ichigo's understanding and sympathy, while loathing Uryuu by giving the boy such a girly name. It'll be played for laughs, of course.

[[WMG: Tite Kubo came up with the idea for Bleach after he had a near death experience at a Mexican Day of the Dead festival.]]
That's why Hollows wear those masks and speak spanish. The Soul Reapers came when he was rescued by a group of Kendo students.
* If this isn't true, it needs to be true.
* Near death experience after eating tacos? It'd explain a lot. (And yes, I'm fully aware of the meme, it only supports this theory.)

[[WMG: Aizen is doing it all because he's meta aware of the shonen manga nature of reality due to being a soul from OUR reality]]
Like a guy who's studied a subject so often he knows it on an instinctually subconscious level, Aizen is actually the mixed up, time displaced reincarnation of an otaku from our reality, and while having lost all or most of his memories due to the process realizes gut deep the inferior nature of reality around him and thus is able to effortlessly manipulate all those around him and predict events simply by following a (not so) complex shonen protagonist formula and treating everyone like the stale archetypes they are. (take a breath) Realizing that he can succeed with patience against the relative dimwits around him, he seeks to overthrow the 'King', free the Hollows, Humans and Shinigami from the tired formula they're forced into playing and ultimately spread out over all similar realities building a geometrically increasing army until he's powerful enough to conquer the prime reality of shonen manga and gain true ultimate power...{{Dragon Ball Z}}.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/17205/Carrotglace Also he's really this guy.]]

[[WMG: The reason Luppi was able to take Grimmjow's number was because he was the next best "Destruction" Arrancar.]]
When it just seemed like the Arrancar were only numbered by power it made no sense that if Luppi was strong enough to take #6 when Grimmjow vacated it he wasn't already #7. Now that we know the Arrancar represent an aspect of death it makes more sense that Luppi was chosen as a replacement just to keep up with the theme.
* This actually seems pretty plausible now that we know the theme. He might not act to much like it, but you see it a couple times before he dies. When he grabs Matsumoto, he notes her, uh, ''talent'', and then says he's gonna punch her full of holes for it. Later, he threatens to kill Orihime if she tries to heal Grimmjow and fails. Clearly the kind of "Destruction" mentality. Though Luppi seems to want to destroy pretty things, while Grimmjow is more insistent on destroying things that say they're stronger than he his.
** Am I the only one that think Halibel only took Nel's number because she was the most powerful ''[[TheSmurfettePrinciple female]]''?
*** Halibel probably took Nel's number because they both died for someone (as we know that each Espada represents an aspect of death and that Halibel's is sacrifice).

[[WMG: Aizen's Zanpakutou Kyoka Suigetsu is the ''real'' BigBad, and TheManBehindTheMan to Aizen]]
Zanpakutou do have spirits of their own after all. It'd be kind of funny if it turns out that ''Aizen'' was the first victim of his Zanpakutou's Shikai and only ''thinks'' he's the one calling the shots. This would mean that Kyoka Suigetsu is wielding Aizen, not the other way around. And it's not like the whole "EvilWeapon enslaves it's own wielder" concept (is that a trope already?) is a new one; look at [[SoulCalibur Soul Edge]], [[TheElricSaga Stormbringer]], [[{{Inuyasha}} Tokijin]], etc.
* I proposed a similar theory upstream. Except in mine Aizen is an illusion.

[[WMG: The Espada also represent the SevenDeadlySins and/or their precursors, the eight evil thoughts.]]
* Stark: Sloth
** He is very lazy.
* Barragan: Pride
** Has a very proud attitude and his zanpakuto's name is Spanish for arrogant.
* Halibel: Lust
** [[GagBoobs For]] [[BoobsOfSteel obvious]] [[EvilIsSexy reasons]]
* Ulquiorra: Acedia
** TheOtherWiki describes acedia as "a state... of not caring or not being concerned with one's position or condition in the world." Sounds nihilistic to me.
* Nnoitra: Despair
** It was also his aspect of death.
* Grimmjow: Envy
** As an adjuchas he took the desire to evolve to an extreme and seeks to destroy anyone who is stronger than him.
* Zommari: Drunkenness
** Admittedly not a sin on either list, but I'm still having trouble getting over the whole intoxication thing.
* Szayel: Vanity
** He constantly referred to himself as the perfect being.
* Aaroniero: Gluttony
** Ate to grow stronger and his zanpakuto's name was Spanish for gluttony.
* Yammy: Wrath
** Easily angered and his zanpakuto's name is Spanish for rage.
I had a similar theory, and it even included former Nel in the lust part (although she redeemed herself when changed lust for love). I love you, almost as much as Nel.

[[WMG: Urahara can't really use his Bankai right now because...]]
He spent so much time without using Benihime's power that he had to make some experiment to release the poor thing to the living world, with a Gigai, to awaken her powers just in case. No, it isn't Ururu. If we go by MeaningfulName, Benihime is... Tatsuki. Her name, in the kanji which are presented, means something along the lines of "noble dragon"; but, with other kanji, can be read as "proud moon"; Benihime is, technically, an allusion to the Moon princess in the Japanese folklore. Her surname is mostly a play as the old zen lesson "be the river". Either way, it's a funny epileptic tree, and it'd be impossible to be true.
* Impossible?! Nothing's impossible!! This could very well be a huge plot point in the series that results in a massive upturning of the entire view of the universe! NEVER SAY "IMPOSSIBLE!!!"
* So Tatsuki is a sword in a gigai ''somehow'', and SailorMoon?
** More like [[{{Tsukihime}} Arcueid]]. Question is to know who is her Shiki.
* [[spoiler: Stark did something similar with Lilinette (though whether she is the Arrancar equivalent of the Zanpaktou spirit or merely a splitoff of Stark's personality remains to be seen...). If Stark can have it happen on accident...]]

[[WMG: The whole show is Aizen using Kyouka Suigetsu to run a simulation]]
He is using it to run a simulation to see how it would be like if he tried to take over Soul Society and Hueco Mundo.
* Again there's people saying that Aizen is not really evil. So, you mean that Tite Kubo is Aizen? Always thought looked a more like Ichigo...

[[WMG: Stark is [[IronMan Tony Stark]]]]
Once you get past the fact that death has apparently made him a lot lazier, their personalities are really similar. So are their looks. And their [[NamesTheSame names are the same]]. Obviously, at some point he's going to release his sword and the result will be awesome red and gold powered armor. You know it's true.
* I was going to tell about this theory, too! Strange minds ''do'' think alike! Oh, and he didn't get lazy due to death. It was the powerful Hueco Mundo tequila.
* http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/359/02/ Stark fires ceros from his chest. Hmm...
* He built Las Noches! In a cave! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!

[[WMG: Aizen's real plan is to kill anyone who reads this page.]]
Aizen hasn't appeared to help his arrancars lately because he's found away to escape the series itself and observe Kubo Tite's writing. He has also come to the realization that his author draws inspiration from this page, as is evidenced by Yammy being the 0th Espada. He has all contributors to this page under mass hypnosis after viewing the release of his Zanpakutoh on T.V./Youtube, and is having them add increasingly ridiculous guessings, which will send anyone who dares to try and read the entire list in one sitting into uncontrollable laughter, ultimately killing them. With the primary contributors and viewers gone, Aizen will be free to assume control of the page and create guessings that favor him, causing Kubo Tite to write him into a sound, swift victory against the entire Bleach cast.
* He'll keep those that never have seen the anime but still root for him alive. The ones that think he's in love with a random woman will be the first to go.
* This is pure nons-ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOSWORD.

[[WMG: Tatsuki will become a shinigami.]]
Because it's one of the more well known Tatsuki theories out there that has yet to appear on this page. Oh, and there's offical art of her as one.
** Creepy art. What kind of zanpakuto is [[http://img47.imageshack.us/img47/4286/tatsuki023hk.jpg THAT?!]]

[[WMG: Sora Inoue will become a Shinigami.]]
Because he's already in Soul Society, but since he received a chunk of Ichigo's powers (everybody that came in contact with Berry-tan did), he'll be able to take the Shinigami exams and will be an officer, probably at 8th or 10th Division, as we never hear anything about such divisions' officers besides Captain and Vice-Captain. (Nanao doesn't count, as she ''became'' liutenant.)
* Technically, we see Tatsufusa, the 3rd Seat of the 8th division (defeated in one hit by Chad just before his fight with Kyoraku), and the 7th Seat of the 10th division appears to inform Hitsugaya of Renji, Izuru and Momo getting out of their cells.

[[WMG: Shun Shun Rikka general theories]]
* Shun Shun Rikka's phases represent Orihime's perceptions of the people that are most important to her: Santen Kesshun is how Sora protected her from the world's problems until his death; Souten Kisshun is Tatsuki's friendship, that healed a bit the despair Orihime felt after Sora's death; and Koten Zanshun is due to the way Ichigo protected her against a Hollowified Sora, perceived as aggressive.
* Shun Shun Rikka's phases represent TheThreeFacesOfEve: Santen Kesshun is the Child, enclosed in a barrier by their own imagination; Souten Kisshun is the mother, that heals and nurtures the injured; and Koten Zanshun is the Crone, that has an aggressive personality and attacks when necessary.
* Its powers could recreate the King's Key, given that only Orihime would die in the process. Aizen failed to notice this, or he's abandoning the girl on purpose, to see if what's happening with her would make the Key.

[[WMG: The next arc will be:]]
After maybe another 20 chapters of drawn-out fights the Espadas are going to bite the dust, when Aizen reveals he had the Vasto Lordes all along... and while SS was busy with the Espadas, the [=VLs=] were attacking the real Karakura Town. Cue BigDamnHeroes moment for Urahara and the Vizards.
* That idea kinda got shot down a few chapters ago, with the Vizards showing up in the fake Karakura town to try and kill Aizen.

[[WMG: Ukitake's tuberculosis-like disease is caused by a misdirection of his powers.]]
Although they are water/electricity based, the way he uses them is making his body overexerts itself, even before he became a captain. What he needs is to figure out to use his powers in a way that won't hurt as much. It was shown before that spiritual power, if badly used, can render injuries.
* Actually, no. The tuberculosis is just a disease.

[[WMG: Ichigo's mother was a Quincy.]]
It would explain better how Isshin knew Masaki. She was Ryuuken's older sister, and had Quincy powers as well, but like Ryuuken himself, wasn't interested at using them. She'll appear as a (supposedly) low-level Arrancar to Ichigo and teach a bit more about his inner Hollow, as well as how to incorporate Quincy techniques into his own to defeat Aizen, since, much to her chagrin, Ichigo got involved too much into the battle. Also, it would add even more {{Squick}} to [[FoeYay IchiIshi]] and [[CrackPairing IshiKarin]] shippings, as they would be cousins.

[[WMG: Turn Back the Pendulum will end right before the first chapter.]]
If the amount of chapters (108) and the negative numbers aren't any indication, the fact that most of the main characters' pasts and stories aren't that well unveiled might mean something. We'll finally know who they and their families truly are, and how Aizen managed to make the Espadas that existed ''before'' the Hogyoku as his allies. Not to mention that we don't even know what happened to 10th division's last captain (although everything indicates that he/she died of a bad case of Aizen's sword impaling his/her heart).
* Weren't the three chapters or so (-3 through -1?) about the events directly preceding Rukia's mission where Ichigo got her powers?

[[WMG: There are natural Vasto Lordes hiding from Aizen]]
The only thing that supports this theory is that if there never were Vasto Lordes to begin with, the Shinigami wouldn't know their existence, even if it's just in theory, gossip, or whatsoever. They are probably hiding from Aizen because they don't agree with his plans, and, if they ever appear, they'll reluctantly help the Shinigami side to defeat Aizen. I bet that if they appear, they'll be a FiveManBand. Okay, four men and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple a girl]]. Also, it'd explain why Aizen ordered Nnoitra and Nell to find them. But he failed miserably because they probably have abilities that make them "invisible" to other Hollows when they want.

[[WMG: Ulquiorra was a spy for the Vasto Lordes...]]
...and the only Vasto Lorde among the Espada. They were lying in wait for Ulquiorra to manage to grab the Hogyoku and return to them so that they could become Arrancar and challenge the Vizard, who are far and beyond the Shinigami captains in power. The silhouette of a Vasto Lorde shown during Hitsugaya's description is definitely wearing Emospada's helmet. And why would he have a second release and not show Aizen?
** YES! That's what I believe too! So that's why Ulquiorra can't be dead: we've still got to see him explain this.

[[WMG: Vasto Lordes never existed.]]
It's just stuff the studious people at Soul Society invented to make captain-level shinigami continue their training, as an excuse to get stronger. Aizen fell for it too, it seems.
*** jossed. The top 4 espada were all vasto lordes

[[WMG: {{Bleach}} and {{Beetlejuice}} take place in the same universe.]]
The afterlife portrayed in {{Beetlejuice}} is just another Soul Society. And the place where the Sandworms live is perhaps another part of Hueco Mundo, or an alternate version of it where it is always daytime instead of night. The sandworms are Hollows. Beetlejuice is either simply a Whole spirit who developed some unique powers(For that matter all of the spirits in {{Beetlejuice}} have the ability to make themselves scary, maybe it is simply an ability that not all Wholes have figured out how to do yet), or he could be a Hollow or Arrancar.
* Beetlejuice's Mayuri. Believe in me.
* Soul Society is a pseudo-feudal Japan. Hueco Mundo is the Mexican-Day-of-the-Dead afterlife, so Mexico. You'll notice it has a slightly more deranged and confusing structure. This is because Mexico did not have a feudal period to model itself on. Europe's soul society is probably similarly traditionalist, with knights and blonde damsels and such. But Beetlejuice? That's what the afterlife is like... IN AMERICA.

[[WMG: Mayuri will kill Aizen]]
Mayuri has shown that he is basically evil {{Batman}} with how he killed Szayel. And since Aizen is [[FanNickname Evil Superman]], Mayuri will be the one to kill him.
* Aizen's nickname may be Evil Superman, but his powers are also Green Lantern's. If anything fails, Mayuri can call Unohana, our {{Yandere}} Wonderwoman, and the incredible duo called Captain Grabass and Captain Tuberculosis! If anything fails, he'll probably reveal Arrowpops behind his sleeve, too.

[[WMG: Yammy's dog is the arrancar equivalent of whatever Komamura is.]]
They're both canines and they're both very different from others of their kind.

[[WMG: Mayuri is not as evil as he seems, and is in fact a StealthMentor for Uryuu]]
Soken Ishida made a deal with Mayuri that he would let himself be killed by Hollows and experimented on by Mayuri if Mayuri would make it hard on Uryuu when they met. Soken may have intended for Mayrui to meet up with Uryuu at some point in the future, but Ichigo's trip to Soul Society provided a convenient time for Mayuri to go and find Uryuu. Those Shinigami he blew up were just robots he made, that had pre-programmed responses and no sentience. Mayuri also has a special Quincy technique told to him by Soken written down that he will give to Uryuu when he thinks he is ready for it.

[[WMG: Arrancar have an Inner Shinigami]]
Visored have an Inner Hollow, so why shouldn't Arrancar have an Inner Shinigami? It looks like them, except wearing Shinigami garb.
* This could be expanded; maybe they're Hollows that have been taken over by their inner shinigami, or perhaps that what Vastolordes are.

[[WMG: Quincy have their own version of Hand to Hand combat]]
It is practiced by gathering spirit particles around their hands and using them to deal damage to their opponents.
* So, [[YuYuHakusho Yusuke Urameshi]] is a Quincy? Cool.

[[WMG: Gin will fight Komamura and defeat him with a dog whistle]]
He'll do it [[ForTheEvulz for the lulz]].
* For ''our'' lulz. Bonus points if it involves burning furries as well.

[[WMG: Urahara is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santos_Dumont Santos Dumont]] in afterlife]]
Well, it's not only about the hat, but because both were considered quite silly for their time (Urahara is still considered silly), both were inventors, and both are famous for some, er... Problems with invention claims and that stuff (except that Urahara's case was pretty much the opposite of Dumont's, but karma works in weird ways). Oh, about his appearance? Let's just say that afterlife did good on him. Kenpachi, on other hand... Poor man.

[[WMG: Komamura suffers with his fox-like shape due to overly mistreating the FurryFandom.]]
Karma's a friggin' *** .
* So, Komamura was a regular on 4Chan?

[[WMG: Aizen was a Quincy in life, and still has his Quincy powers.]]
He says that the only way for him to become more powerful would be to master Hollow powers as well. Now, he could not be the one with ULTIMATE power unless he also mastered Quincy powers as well. So, he was a Quincy as well in life.
* It'd be one hell of a Seiyuu Joke (in the anime, of course), if he ever manages to tempt Uryuu to join his side. Also, looks ''do'' run in the family, it seems.

[[WMG: Tousen has another Bankai, due to having two Zanpakutou spirits.]]
Notice how he has two Shikai powers that are very different from each other. One just knocks a person out and the other shoots out a bunch of blades. Tousen has two Zanpakutou spirits, one is the one that was the Woman's who his sword belonged to originally, and the other is the one he formed. The Woman's powers are the one that knock a person out, and the Bankai he has used is based on her spirit's powers. His Shikai is the one that shoots out blades, and we have yet to see his Bankai.'
* Alternately, he has two Shikai and one Bankai, and won't be able to access his own Bankai until he stops relying on his friend's sword and manages to accept her death.
** Not too sure, but do the two shikai share the same name or not? Cause if not than it could just as easily be a case of his Zanpakuto not liking being called by a false name, and thus doesn't use its true form. And this can happen, since its what happened to Yumichika.
*** Semi-jossed, even if it's true, it never happens.

[[WMG: Barragán was a wuss before he was an Arrancar]]
All his aura did was make people complain about how much prices had gone up and yell at kids to get off their lawns.
* Don't forget that pain in the back that finally killed him. Or even how stupid are girls nowadays, going to work, fighting, and everything, like that little Chinese weirdo!

[[WMG: Ryuuken and Kurotsuchi will fight]]
Basically, Ishida will have an epic battle and get very seriously wounded (possibly related to the WMG up above about Ishida properly fighting Hollow Ichigo). Anyway, Ishida would pull off something completely awesome during the battle (maybe an improved/permanent Final Form?) and Kurotsuchi will get an ''interest'' in him, and try to kidnap him from his hospital room. Before he can do that though, Ryuuken will turn up dramatically, and tell Kuro to get his hands off his son, and an epic shinigami/Quincy fight will commence. Extra points if the death of Ishida's grandfather (by extension Ryuuken's '''father''') comes up.
* "My name is Ishida Ryuuken. You killed my father, prepare to die."

[[WMG: Yu Yu Hakusho and {{Bleach}} are AlternateContinuity versions of the same universe]]
The universe has three dimensions: Spirit World, Human World, and Demon World. Humans and demons exist as living beings, openly acknowledging each other, and shinigami exist to manage the afterlife. The problem is that some demons ''eat'' humans. Sure, some humans are born with enough supernatural power to defend themselves, but the species as a whole seems to be screwed. The Spirit World has got to do something. This is where the universe splits:
* In the YuYuHakusho universe, the Spirit World decided to create a barrier between the Human and Demon worlds, keeping the strongest demons out. The shinigami worked strictly as guides of the dead, leaving humans to fight their own battles against the remaining demons. Spiritual power became more prevalent in the population due to natural selection, and a {{Masquerade}} was adopted by the demons, who became the stuff of myth for the humans.
* In the {{Bleach}} 'verse, Spirit World militarized itself (becoming Soul Society as it is known today); the shinigami became fighters and drove the demons to extinction. However, because shinigami were expected to preform duties as both guides and soldiers, their productivity suffered - some human souls were left alone too long and became Hollows. These Hollows were driven (mostly) to the now empty Demon World, which became Hueco Mundo.
That's pretty cool, but where does hell come in to play?
* Remember, when Toguro died, Koenma says that since he died a noble death as a warrior, his punishment would be fairly light, but Toguro decided to suffer the worst possible punishment. This shows that dead people in YYH go through different dimensions of afterlife depending on how they lived. Maybe Bleach's hell is just one of these dimensions?

[[WMG:Ichigo and Orihime are related]]
* '''Reason 1:''' The hair! Ok. Yes, it is an anime, yadda yadda yadda....but it's not like the characters themselves don't recognise the uncanniness that is a naturally ginger Japanese kid. Not to mention that earlier episodes of the show would suggest that if Orihime's hair had been dyed then she would have done so around the age of twelve which, one has to admit, ''is'' rather young for that sort of thing.
* '''Reason 2:''' It would explain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_sexual_attraction Orihime's crush on Ichigo]]...sort of.

[[WMG: Soi Fon is really in love with Marechiyo.]]
She just pretends to be in love with Yoruichi to throw other people off of who she is really in love with.
* It'd be funny enough, but she isn't necessarily in love with either; seems like she respects Yoruichi, and thinks Marechiyo's a moron.
* I think she's in love with Zaraki. Not really, but it'd be funny. Their foreplay would consist of almost killing each other.
* Don't be silly, it's clear she's in love with Mayuri! It rather explains how Nemu is a bit similar to her in looks... (Well, the boobs and eye color were genetic enhancement, I guess)
* She might be in love with Ukitake. It rather explains why she and Kiyone (who is openly in love with him) took [[FanNickname Captain Tuberculosis]]' pictures for the calendar.

[[WMG: After Aizen is defeated, the new enemies will be TheUndead.]]
I am not talking about spirits, but rather about a group of Humans who have managed to keep themselves "alive" by turning into {{Undead}} creatures. Their leader will be a Lich(Like from [=DnD=]).

[[WMG: Kirio Hikifune is the real BigBad, or at least one of their group.]]
Okay, it may seem implausible, but think for a second. Remember when Aizen first appeared in the story, as a mellow captain that treated his liutenant nicely, just to "die mysteriously"? Tite Kubo likes to introduce his important characters as random people that manage to have something really uncommon happening with them, so, why not her? Before you come with a rebuttal, there's another clue! Aizen had a B plan in case Rukia's sacrifice went awry, and it did; he extracted the Hougyoku from her body just by creating a mini-portal of sorts. Now, if you can follow my reasoning, Aizen's group could have a backup plan to get the King's Key as well; they could have one of their agents, or even their boss, entering the Royal Guard, gaining the King's trust, and persuading him to get the original key, without the need for all this battle, as a side plan. Also, Aizen's expression when he knew about her entrance to the Royal Guard was a surprised one, but who knows if it wasn't a fake, too? And, as far as TheSmurfettePrinciple goes, there's probably going to have a woman in their group; FourIsDeath stabilishes that their group would look even more frightening with a fourth member as well. Unfortunately, it would put Momo Hinamori and Hiyori Sarugaki, opposites in personality, in a really similar position. Expect Hiyori feeling betrayed and outraged, if this happens. I can even see Aizen's dialogue.
--> '''Yamamoto''': So, Aizen. Seems like your plan to get the King's Key just got botched. Prepare to face my punishment.
--> '''Aizen''': Not so soon. We already got the Key.
--> All the other captains, in terrible conditions, looked with fear at what Aizen just said. The Vizards reached the place in time to hear it, too.
--> '''Aizen''': We had an agent infiltrated in the Royal Guard, and you didn't even notice.
--> A mysterious figure appears, with a different uniform from the Shinigamis' ones.
--> '''Hiyori''': H-Hikifune-dono? IT CAN'T BE! YOU'RE LYING!
--> '''Hikifune''': In reality, it was my idea the whole time. Sorry, Hiyori-chan. It's all to make our world a better place.
--> And then, the terrible trio, plus their higher-up, travel in another portal, before Yamamoto could get them.
--> '''Shinji''': Crap, that sucks hard. Hiyori-kun! HIYORI-KUN!
--> Hiyori frozen at the reveal, and, if it wasn't for Shinji's quick reaction, she would have fainted and fall on the floor.
Or something like that.
* So much of that makes sense that it would be a shame if even some of it isn't canon.

[[WMG: Mayuri's liquid form is essentially the {{shinigami}} version of [[NeonGenesisEvangelion LCL.]]]]
The idea is that Mayuri's Zanpaktou serves as his personal Lance of Longinus which he uses to temporary revert to shinigami LCL so he can escape whenever he is too injured to run or fight.
The assumption is that shinigami LCL is different from human LCL not only in colour but by the fact that it can move and reform its AT field within a few days.
* So, Basically, he just discovered how to revert to LCL? I knew his character was a reference to various MindScrew [[HumongousMecha mecha]] anime, but didn't quite grasp it. Also, in another matter, Aizen probably wants the Instrumentality, as he said once something about unification...

[[WMG: Chad will enter Las Noches]]
And he'll find the Hogyoku, which he'll use on himself to become powerful enough to beat Yammy.
* ...they're already in Las Noches. I assume you mean he'll enter Aizen's... palace, for lack of a better word, and go to the hogyoku room.
** Las Noches ''is'' Aizen's palace; Chad, Renji and Rukia are presently facing down Yammy just outside the entrance.
*** I'm going to guess he meant "Aizen's throne room", but went a bit awry with that. To me, Aizen took the Hougyoku with him anyways (he's crazy prepared, remember), so, it wouldn't work.

[[WMG: Aizen ''is'' Masaki Kurosaki.]]
"He" always have been a female all along, the male looks are all Kyoka Suigetsu's job. Don't ask, I don't really know why I proposed such theory either.
* Well,Aizen's zanpakuto create illusions so if she was the one to use it that would make sense but it doesn't make one why she would threaten her own son's life sending Arrancars after him

[[WMG: Kyouka Suigetsu is Masaki Kurosaki.]]
Well, it's weird, and she wasn't supposed to have a kid, I guess, but perhaps she loved Isshin so much that she overcame the impossible. It's the weirdest theory yet to come, but hey, you know that'd be cool.

[[WMG: Souls develop in a strange way.]]
As opposed as growing up like humans in the living world, people at Soul Society have an... Interesting development. Examples are provided below.
* They grow up from baby to toddler in a couple years (Yachiru, Shibata);
* Then, when being a toddler, they take a while to grow up until being in their late childhood (Hitsugaya, Momo, Rukia, Renji, Byakuya, Matsumoto, Gin, Soifon, Nanao, Kira still not computed as we haven't seen his childhood yet, as well as Hanatarou);
* They spend a short time in their teen years, if compared to the amount of time they spend as kids (Rukia, Renji, Momo, Kira, Byakuya, Matsumoto, Gin, Soifon, Nanao);
* Once they become adults, it takes centuries, sometimes millennia, until they get to the mid-age (Unohana, Ukitake, Shunsui, possibly Aizen as well);
* It might take even more centuries, or even millennia to get old, but once the spirit's old, if it's strong enough, it will stay old for a really, ''really'' long time (Yamamoto).
Any questions?
* So, it's basically comparable an RPG, in that it takes less experience for a low level character to level up than it does a higher level person?
** Exactly, including the boring mid-level quests after a while. The in-series explanation would be that the first RPG system to be created is inspired by the aging in SS, and was crated by a Shinigami.

[[WMG: Hollowification hinders a bit the aging process]]
Hollows might have different ways of appearing the age they, well, appear, but we can notice that they'll probably stay around the same age for a longer time than Shinigamis. It's noticed that something similar happens to Vizards as well; 100 years since the hollowification passed, and none of them changed one bit (it might be due to the Gigais, but yet). Most glaring example is Hiyori, that seemed to be at her early teens when the incident happened, but still appears to be... At her early teens, even though it was already implied that teens grow up rather fast in Soul Society.
* According to Lilinette, hollows/arrancar don't age at all and their apparent ages are purely aesthetic. So it's possible this extends to the Visored.

[[WMG: Grimmjow, Nel, Kenpachi and Yachiru will have a BigDamnHeroes Moment .]]
We haven't seen any of them for awhile and everyone is expecting a HeelFaceTurn from Grimmjow. Chad and the others can't defeat Yammy all by themselves. Also Grimmjow and Kenpachi are Blood Knights and Nel and Yachiru are both little girls.
* Maybe not a BigDamnHeroes from Grimmjow. More an EnemyMine moment. He ''does'' hate being indebted to people.

[[WMG: Aizen's Bankai is a Mass Mind Rape of Cthulu proportions...]]
...and is as such defeated by the release of Yachiru's Zanpakuto, which is essentially a Reverse Mind Rape, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard causing all damage to shift back to Aizen]]. Only accessible after the BigBad in question attacks and severely injures Kenpachi, who has caught up with the other Captains.
* Or it just summons Cthulu himself.
** Or the SQUID from {{Watchmen}}.
* Dead wrong. Aizen's Bankai will be a puppy and Yachiru will defeat him by eating it with lots of ketchup.

[[WMG: Ukitake is trying to make Linninette self-destruct or burn herself out]]
This otherwise kindly man is ''laughing'' at a crying child as he plays keep-away with her Zanpaktou. If she wasn't an arrancar, that would be [[CharacterDerailment amazingly out of character]] for him, and it's still [[KickTheDog a little unsettling]]. The only thing I can think of (other than Ukitake being a total *** ) is that he wants to defeat her without expending any of his reiatsu so he can save his energy for Gin or Tousen.
* Or this could be the only way he can defeat her due to his apparent inability to harm those who are/appear young...
** In reality, he's more like scolding her in a very odd way. If [[FanNickname Lolinette]] recovers that sword, she's gonna release, probably turn into a grown-up looking form, and ''then'' will be thoroughly beat up by Ukitake's Shikai.


[[WMG: Soi Fon used to be/is really a GenkiGirl at heart.]]
Think about it. A zanpakuto is a manifestation of the owner's soul. Her shikai is a gold gaunlet with a sharpened cone on her middle finger. It's quick, small, and efficient, something that she is now (At least, something she would be now if Kubo could write her right). Her bankai however is a humongous compass-like object that loudly shoots rockets. Soi Fon was ''very'' reluctant to release her bankai. Therefore she has have been putting on a facade that could rival Aizen's this whole time. Before she joined the Onmitsukid?, she saw how the people in the organization acted, so in fear of getting booted from the family, she decided to change her personality to pass the test to get into the Onmitsukid?. Then, she decided to keep up the facade when she became Yoruichi's personal guard (and eventually the captain of the 2nd Division) because of her learning that she must act like that from now on. Also, Yoruichi might be the only person who knows how Soi Fon really acts seeing how she's the only person we see with whom Soi Fon doesn't really act so cold towards.

[[WMG:There are no Vasto Lorde among the Espada]]
* Nnoitra, Grimmjow, Zommari, Szayel, and Aaroniero are either explicitly or implicitly not Vasto Lorde.
* The biggest evidence for Yammy being a Vasto Lorde is that he is technically the strongest Espada, but there are several strikes against him. One would assume that a Vasto Lorde would always be stronger than Adjuchas, even in his sealed state. Also, in his released he is large and very dinosaur-like, which is a stark contrast to the small, more human Vasto Lordes. Furthermore, he introduced himself as arrancar 10, not the 10th Espada. According to Shawlong, the arrancar's numbers (with the exception of the Espada's numbers, which apparently go from 0-9 rather than 1-10 as we thought at the time he explained this) indicate the order in which they were shinigamified with the Hogyoku, plus 10. Given Aizen's apparent penchant for starting with the number 0, this would make Yammy the first arrancar he created with the Hogyoku, likely at a time when he had no access to Vasto Lorde.
* Ulquiorra had a fairly human release, which could have as easily been interpreted as a bat-winged demon (suggesting a Vasto Lorde) than simply a bat (suggesting an Adjuchas). However, the fact that he's already dead would make it far too anticlimactic if any Vasto Lorde or Vasto Lorde-derived arrancar were to show up and Ichigo had already beaten one of their own.
* Halibel's release could likewise be interpreted as a human with shark attributes (Vasto Lorde) or just a shark (Adjuchas). The case for her being a Vasto Lorde is hurt by her getting owned so badly by Hitsugaya when Vasto Lorde are supposed to be stronger than an average captain (though it could be debated what exactly "average captain" means and what Hitsugaya's power level rates in relation to it) and if she indeed is dead, the same problem arises as with Ulquiorra and his death.
** [[spoiler:Turns out, Halibel was completely unharmed by Hitsugaya's ultimate attack.]]
* Barragan has an extremely non-animalistic release, a big point in favor of being a Vasto Lorde. In this case, it seems to go against his characterization that he wouldn't say something like, "this is the power of a Vasto Lorde," or something to brag on himself. The death problem could also become a factor if Soifon's Bankai did kill him, but we can't really say for sure at this point.
** [[spoiler:Barragan came out completely unharmed too.]]
* Stark is still a bit of a mystery given that we haven't seen his release and we know very little about his history. The only thing I can say is that his mask fragment looks like an animal's jaw bone, which admittedly is tenuous evidence at best.
** Or alternatively, if we are going with the fact that Stark's aspect of Death is Loneliness, Stark has no release at all. He was, amongst all the Espada, born hollow.
*** [[spoiler:Nope, he has a release. And a pretty unanimalistic one judging by the one spoiler pic I've seen]]
*** Or it could mean that he's the only Vasto Lorde to ever exist and/or serve Aizen, turning his condition into a lonely one.
*** [[spoiler: Even so, judging from the spoiler picture Stark's release is still animal themed. He's best described as a "wolf-type" in the same way Halibel is a "shark-type".]]
*** Going by current evidence, Barragan is probably the only one we could feasibly describe as Vasto Lorde, but the fact that he's number two makes it pretty diffiult if [[spoiler: Stark is actually just a particularly powerful adjuchas.]]
*** It could be that Barragan's release isn't human-like, but ape-like, as most monkeys' skeletal structures are similar enough to the human one to cause some confusion in untrained eyes (or untrained mangakas).
*** jossed. Halibel was a VL.

[[WMG: Hinamori can use Garganta]]
* At least two other Shinigami have used this technique and she's highly proficient in kido and how else would she have arrived at the [[spoiler:fake Karakura town]] if not for the ability to travel through dimensions as Yamamoto doesn't seem the type to bring someone into a battle when they are clearly [[BreakTheCutie mentally unstable]]
* ...Except for the fact that they're in Soul Society...
** This troper-the original poster-read it as they transfered Karauka town to Soul Society and created a fake Kakaura in its place to lure in Aizen. the anime reinforced this idea (dubious evidence I know) by having a soul reaper in another town feel Yamaoto's huge release of spirit pressure.
*** Even if that is the case, Garganta are only used to travel to and from Hueco Mundo. Shinigami have other methods of moving between the Soul Society and the world of the living.
*** double-checked and you're correct so I suppose the guess would be:"Hinamori can use a kido that lets her indepentandtly move between worlds" as again Yamamoto would probably give specific orders not to let Hinamori through

[[WMG:Wonderweiss Margera is a Vasto Lorde.]]
It's already been mentioned a couple times on this page, but I thought it needed to have its own theory. Evidence:
* He was human-sized pre-shimigamification and one of the characteristics of Vasto Lordes is that they are human sized.
* Most of the Espada were present for his "birth" and Aizen even waited for Ulquiorra and Yammy to arrive before beginning. This suggests he is very important to Aizen's plans. It also seems significant that he's the only arrancar we've seen being created.
* The Soul Society rates him as being powerful enough to be an Espada.
* Tousen describes him as "pure," but is deliberately ambiguous as to what that means because even he isn't sure whether it's pure good, pure evil, or something else entirely.
* According to the latest spoilers, [[spoiler:he is able to take down two captains easily with Starrk remarking that Aizen must be serious to bring him out.]]

[[WMG:Masaki Kurosaki and Aizen Sosuke have a history together.]]
Here is my list of theories:
* Masaki is Kyoka Suigetsu.
* They're siblings.
* They're lovers, or were, before she met Isshin.
* Masaki is an [[TheHeartless Arrancar]].
* Aizen is Masaki's [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave father]].

[[WMG:Aizen is related to Ichigo.]]
Aizen may possibly be the EvilUncle to Ichigo, Ichigo's [[HotShoujoDad real dad]] or, going with the previous post, possibly a [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave (rather young looking)]] [[LukeIAmYourFather grandfather]]

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society actually lives in Hell.]]
The Royal Guard's true purpose is to punish those who go to Hell. If anyone tries to access the King's realm (coughAizencough), they'll be trapped in Hell.

[[WMG: The king of soul society is two feet tall and has pink hair.]]
Who else would be powerful enough to give BloodKnight Kenpachi a nickname like Ken-chan, and keep a number of captains as supply lines for candy money (Shinigami Womens' Society) and sweet buns (Byakuya)?
* That was already proposed above, but it's so cute!

[[WMG: The King is Yamamoto.]]
He just doesn't tell anybody because he likes to be besides the other captains.

[[WMG: Orihime's zanpakuto is a leek.]]
Well, if she would become a soul reaper, that's what it will be. I mean, what humans or soul reapers can spin a leek at 360 degrees with their wrist?

[[WMG: The vast majority of Soul Society was designed to [[WorldHalfEmpty craptacular]] to encourage souls to choose {{reincarnation}}.]]
Well this theory explains why Soul Society's population isn't in nthe billions at least.
* Note that much of what we see of Soul Society is District 78 in Rukia's flashback and District 79 (Yachiru's description of her past and the Bount Arc), so this seems to be AccentuateTheNegative.

[[WMG:Chizuru dyes her hair]]
Ichigo and Orihime both have natural red hair, and both were bullied in the past for it. Chizuru is also a redhead, but her hair isn't the same colour as naturally red hair, while that of Ichigo and Orihime is. Evidently, she dyed hers red to be more like the girl she loves.
* Perhaps she isn't bullied because she's scary. I wouldn't bully a girl that could grope my breasts in a surprise attack.

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is the Heavy from TeamFortress2]]
* And this isn't even the most far-fetched theory on this
page.

[[WMG: Vasto Lorde are what happens when beings like Chad die [[index]]
* [[WMG/BleachShikaiOpenOne Open Theories, Part One]]
* [[WMG/BleachShikaiOpenTwo Open Theories, Part Two]]
* [[WMG/BleachShikaiJossed Jossed Theories]]
* [[WMG/BleachShikaiConfirmed Confirmed Theories]]
* [[WMG/BleachShikaiSilly Silly
and aren't purified/resist purification.]]
Their souls are already high-powered, and readily compatible with hollowfication; they will attract Hollow souls like ghosts to captain-level Shinigami, and subjugate anything up to and including Huge hollows almost (or completely) unconsciously, absorbing even Menos and possibly, with a fight, Adjuchas. This is why they're so rare; not only do they have incredibly unusual prerequisites in their pre-death form, but they tend to kill all but the strongest Hollows who try to find them ''without noticing'' and may have a tendency to burn out their spirit bodies when they get too strong, and possibly small pocket dimensions before they get control over their powers. This works especially well with "Chad's Abuelo will turn out to have become a Vasto Lorde", since spirit powers appear to be inheritable.
* Don't forget: a Vasto Lorde Luchador.

[[WMG: The King of the Soul Society is the ShamanKing]]
This ''could'' work. Shamans can control spirits, and the Shaman King is one who has managed to take control of the Great Spirit. As a result they could use their skills to control virtually every member of the cast.
* Even though this theory is just a huge, almost poisonous epileptic tree, a crossover fight between Hao and Aizen would be badass.

[[WMG: Barragan screwed up]]
When Aizen told Captain Yamamoto that he would destroy the captains and then create the Key in Soul Society, he knew about the pillars. However, he knew that going after them would be a bad move. Why? Because the pillars would clearly be guarded, and sending anyone to go after them would likely result in that Arrancar's death. He had intended for all of the Arrancar to attack the first line, while those needed to guard the pillars could only watch (after all, SS could not let those pillars fall). After the first line was defeated/subdued, THEN he could worry about Karakura. Basically, by choosing the "simpler" plan, Barragan has made a severe tactical error, and has allowed the forces to be thinned to the point where SS will surely win. [[spoiler: As of now, the Arrancar force in the fake city has been reduced to two: the frozen Halibel, and the now-released Stark.]]

[[WMG: [[TheDarkKnightSaga There's an interesting story about why Gin can't stop smiling all the time...]]]]
His father was a drinker; he even [[MeaningfulName named his son after his drink of choice]].
* His shikai is for [[GlasgowGrin making people happy]]. His Bankai is the spirit equivalent of Smilex, and Mayuri will have to use his own blood mist to condense it before it reaches anyone.

[[WMG: Chad will end up WalkingTheEarth after the series is over]]
It just seems fitting that he would end up doing so.
* So, Chad's [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]]?

[[WMG: Hinamori Momo has a Bankai]]
Based on episode 224 when she whips Tobiume's shikai out without invoking it, something that can only be done if you've got bankai. I'll be the first to say that it might just be an error on the part of the anime staff.
* It may very well be. The manga still had her invoke Tobiume's name before using it. That being said, giving Hinamori a bankai would be an even bigger AssPull compared to how people raged on Hitsugaya beating Halibel, [[spoiler:which never actually happened. It turns out Halibel was completely unaffected by Hitsugaya's ultimate move]]. Unlike Hitsugaya, Hinamori spent all those time on BED, resting and trying to recover from her trauma. How the hell did she find a way to train for Bankai in that time? Maybe it would make sense if she's a genius, but as it is already established, she's
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For
more of a hard work person and attains Vice Captain status due to hard work, not because she's a genius. Though it would be very sweet if she does attain bankai.
** Well she is a kido goddess, or maybe she did some inner mind training while in bed.
*** If she is as smart as Urahara, perhaps she can do it in that matter of time.
**** Maybe part of her Bankai training/test was to get over her denial?
***** She still referred Aizen as 'Captain Aizen'. While she does good in coming up so far as joining the battle, I think there's just one TINY PART in her that she's not really completely over it (just 99% over). That, I think, would be what makes it impossible for her to attain Bankai if the test is 'get over her denial'. I'd seriously think if Hinamori was undergoing the same training like Ichigo, the materialization of Tobiume will force her to stop calling Aizen as 'Captain', at least just dropping the title rather than calling him "BASTARD", if she wants to 'pass the test'.

[[WMG: Ulquiorra's Second Resurrección was [[AuthorsSavingThrow made up]] immediately after Kubo realized how dumb he'd made Ulquiorra's first Resurrección look.]]
Really. His first form looked stupid.
** Murus-Hierago gives you ''Wiiiings!!''

[[WMG: Becoming [[AGodAmI the King]] will be Aizen's [[DeathByIrony undoing.]]]]
The theory behind this idea besides the {{rule of cool}}, is that apon obtaining the power of the King of Heaven, not only does he gains the King's powers thus losing his Soul Reaper powers in the process, but also the King's weakness, in this case, [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly the King needs worship to keep his powers]]. Aizen will discover the hard way why the Throne of Heaven was left empty for so long when somehow, someone will use an undisclosed ability to rob Aizen of his new powers, I just know it.
* Another way he could lose is that Aizen will discover the hard way that while he is pretty badass, [[PhlebotinumOverload he will not be able to handle the powers]] of being the King for very long and the very power he seeked destroys him instead.

[[WMG: The day when Gin or Tousen are shown as a spy...]]
This page will drown in gloating tropers.
* {{Jossed}} for [[spoiler: Tousen. We await Gin's actions.]]

[[WMG: The whole plot is a means of weakening the Shinigami]]
Because Shinigami and Hollows are different ends of the same spectrum and they form a part of reality's balance. Should one side gain too much of an advantage, all existance would collaspe. Its obvious that before Aizen the Shinigami haven't had to strain themselves, were growing in number and power and the only reason Hollows could still survive is that they haven't bothered mobilising in numbers. I mean, without the Ryoka invasion their hadn't been an issue of guarding the Court of Pure Souls in centuries, why do they have what seems to be dozens if not hundreds of Shinigami sitting around doing nothing? Have the Shinigami always been so paranoid. So in conclusion, Aizen is either doing this to restore balance or is being used by a higher power without his knowledge.
* Or maybe ''worse'': His real plan is ''not'' to destroy Karakura town, but saturating it with spiritual particles, summoning ''[[CosmicHorror something....]]''

[[WMG: General Yamamoto is in league with Aizen]]
While Hinamori is recovering from her MindRape, Yamamoto allows her a brief conversation with Hitsugya. It starts out well enough, but then she starts to get worked up and says something to the effect of "Aizen must be being controlled! Ichimaru '''or someone else''' must be behind all this!" ... and Yamamoto promptly knocks her unconscious. He claims that it's because she's getting so worked up, but really, she wasn't exactly jumping from the walls or anything; It didn't seem like nearly enough of a reason. Does he have an ulterior motive? Perhaps he doesn't want people blurting out the idea that there might be a Big Bad other than Aizen.

[[WMG: If Kubo Tite was allowed to put in more Yuri into the Bleach storyline he would]]
[[SchoolgirlLesbians Chizuru]] alone is pretty good enough proof that he is a YuriFanboy. But there is of course the [[ClingyJealousGirl infamous subtext]] regarding about how Soi Fon can be regarding Yoruichi. And remember that infamous scene with [[MostCommonSuperPower Matsumoto and Orihime]] in which Orihime is crying on Matsumoto? Sounds innocent right? Well Orihime was crying on Matsumoto's breasts while Matsumoto is completely nude. (And to make the Yuri undertones a little bit more clear is before that Matsumoto was doing a suggestive pose while nude on top of Orihime after when she was done tickling here. Which was a bit more blatant in the Manga.) However Bleach is {{Shounen}} so Kubo had to tone it down. But if Bleach was a {{Seinen}} series one could only wonder what Kubo Tite would have done in that regard.
* The idea loses steam when you consider Orihime was crying out of her feelings for Ichigo. Coupled with all the subtext that Soi Fon's crush is one-sided (Yoruichi and Urahara act like a couple half the time), it's unlikely that these instances are anything more than token fanservice.
** True I know its just fanservice and I never said it was anything more than that. (Sorry for any misunderstanding) Though whether if Kubo would have done more if he could now thats the question.

[[WMG: Ukitake's illness is a side-effect of the fact that he's a failed Visored experiment.]]
Given Stark's shock at what appears to be a cero, it's not as crazy as it sounds. Perhaps his inner Hollow and Soul Reaper/Shinigami nature are at war with each other, destroying himself from the inside out. Aizen has a track record of experimenting on high ranking officers. Perhaps Ukitake was one such subject. Maybe the flaw in his transformation was that his Hollow couldn't be mastered. Next to impossible, but this is Wild Mass Guessing.
* So Ukitake is like [[{{Dragonlance}} Raistlin?]] Raistlin has an evil spirit in him too, which causes his ill health. Both of them have white hair too!
* Well, it's one way to explain the cero, and it's a lot less infuriating than any of the other answers I could think of! And even if it wasn't an experiment, he could have still picked up an inner Hollow naturally like Ichigo did. I like it.

[[WMG: There is a deeper connection between Aizen and Kisuke then we've been lead to believe.]]
Think about it. Both of them seem to specialise in using doubles to get close to people. They both have Hollow conections and seem to have used very familiar techniques. And it would fit with theories that bleach is really a battle between Aizen and Kisuke.
* This, this, a thousand times this. Bleach is like SchlockMercenary. It's a massive conflict primarily shown from the perspective of some of the more influencial pawns.

[[WMG: The Vaizards will be the bad guys of the next arc.]]
Lets look at the evidence. For the majority of their appearance, the Vaizards have essentially been a comedy troop that does things for laughs. When characters are portrayed as comical by default, then moments when they are serious are really Serious. The most serious moment for the Vaizards is the extremely brief exchange between Shinji and Hiyori when he is carrying her away from Orihime and Chad. Hiyori states that she hates Shinigami and humans and Shinji says that he knows and asks her to be patient. Patient...for what (cue dramatic music)? In addition, they have a fairly serious set of grievances against Soul Society, particularly that part about Central 46's decision that they would be dealt with and exterminated as hollows. The reason they haven't joined the battle in the current story arc is because they are about to set their own plans in motion and are possibly already in Soul Society, getting ready to take their revenge.
** Shinji told Hiyori to be patient because they would get their revenge on Aizen for forcing them to go through Hollowifcation (Something that was shown in the Turn Back The Pendulum flashback arc). And in the spoiler threads for chapter 364, it shows that [[spoiler: the Vizards arrive in the fake Karakura Town.]]
** [[spoiler: As of 365, the group apparently just wants revenge on Aizen and has no interest whatsoever in the Gotei squads. Hirako also adds that they are on "their own side... and Ichigo's side"]]

[[WMG: There was something else doing the job of stopping souls becoming Hollow chow before the shinigami came along]]
And whatever it was, it was dog-shaped. This actually makes sense for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the idea of dogs as protectors/guides of the dead crops up all over the place (interestingly, it's never said what they were protecting them from), so maybe some people saw something before the shinigamis started re-writing memories. Secondly, it would go a long way towards explaining Komamura.
** [[WorldofDarkness WoD/nWoD]] Werewolves, anyone?
** [[HarryPotter Sirius]] was one of the predecessors of the shinigami, and his mission was to protect Harry Potter. He was hastily recalled back to the proto-Soul Society during the fight in the Ministry of Magic, and the veil was a disguised portal to the proto-Soul Society.
** [[TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness Wolf]] was most probably a shinigami precursor, due to the fact that he often chased the malevolent souls of the dead away from the living.

[[WMG: The King of Soul Society is a CosmicHorror.]]
He's locked away not for hiis safety, but everyone else's. After becoming King, he hit somew sort of power increase singularity and had to be sealed off before killing everyone. He might also be Hell, and the key is only necessary to escape, not to enter.

[[WMG: Soi Fon's zanpakuto is bipolar]]
It would certainly explain the vast differences between her Shikai and her Bankai. Think about it. Most of the time Suzumebachi is probably as calm and methodical as Soi Fon herself, but when the fight drags on too long or the enemy is too strong it gets fed up with fighting and just wants to get rid the opponents. Hence why Jakuh? Raik?ben is large and unwieldly, yet at the same time immensly destructive. It is unsuitable for a stealthy approach because, by the time Soi Fon decides to use her Bankai it has allready stopped about being stealthy and just wants to finish off the enemy with one last strike.

[[WMG: Ulquiorra was stronger than Halibel]]
Supposedly Aizen did not know about [[spoiler: his second release]], making it entirely possible that it was not calculated into his rank. This would explain why he could lay the hurt on Ichigo while Halibel, who is ranked above him, [[spoiler: could get her clock cleaned by Hitsugaya]].
* Ulquiorra said he never showed Aizen that. Doesn't mean Aizen never knew about it.
* Alternately: The Espada ranks were calculated with an average Bleach character in mind. Since Aizen was very thorough, this would undoubtedly include the often-excessive ChasteHero tendencies. Thus, his reasoning was, if, say, Ichi were to have to fight Halibel, he would promptly be incapacitated by embarrassment and quite possibly a serious nosebleed. However, if we consider it from the perspective of Captain Shota, who has to put up with Matsumoto's constant booby harassment, one of Halibel's primary attack forms is useless, since he's been inoculated. Thus, against anyone but Hitsugaya, Halibel would actually have been stronger than Emocar. She just happened to get the wrong opponent.
* Hitsugaya did better than one would expect based on rank because his elemental powers match up well against Halibel's. [[spoiler:And despite that, he didn't actually cause her any harm at all.]]

[[WMG: Zaraki Kenpachi has one true weakness, he is {{afraid of needles}}.]]
There is no proof as of yet to support this but lets face it, how many series have you seen feature uber {{badass}} who can handle gapping wounds like they are [[OnlyAFleshWound just a scratch]] but scream like little girls when they see a nurse with a needle in her hand, it just seems to be sort of classic characteristic a guy like Kenny would have.
* He's afraid of needles held by Unohana. Not really needles, but who holds it. I would, too.

[[WMG: Aizen's Couch is his bankai.]]
Or, at the very least, his bankai's disguise.
* So that's where Barragan learned it....

[[WMG: Chizuru could have defeated Harribel, Apache, Mila-Rose and Sun-Sun single-handedly.]]
Remember the ''[[{{Sentai}} Karakura-Raizer Team]]'' episode where Chizuru used her powers as Karakura-Raizer [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Erotic]] to sudue that busty female Arrancar? Now imagine Chizuru's reaction to seeing busty babes like Harribel and her Fracción. And if any of the girls released their Resurreccións especially Harribel, ''Karakura-Raizer Erotic'' would go into [[IncrediblyLamePun Super Hentaiyan]] mode out of sheer LUST.

[[WMG: The reason that Bleach seems to be getting more and more incoherant as it goes is because Tito Kube wants fans to lose interest.]]
He's stated he wants to be a fashion designer after he's done with Bleach. He keeps creating more and more characters to show off more and more fashions, all while he muddies up the story. He wants to kill off the series so he can get to his important fashion designing, and hates the fact it's so popular it ''just won't die!''
** You know what? This Troper believes you, and thinks it's true to at least some extent for the other two big and popular shonen, Naruto and One Piece. This is why I can't stand the bashing for Kishimoto and Kubo; having to keep drawing a series you obviously don't care about anymore for the sake of proffesionalism and keeping face would probably seriously suck, on top of the deadlines and crazy fans. Those guys are human too you know. You'd probably hate the situation enough to delibately sabotage your own series too. (Although Oda seems to be dealing with it by making the pace insanely fast and resolving as much as possible in a relatively short period of time; you can still tell he wants it to end pretty soon without ruining the quality of the story.)

[[WMG: Luppi was not intended to be a permanent replacement for Grimmjow.]]
"Hey, you see that guy over there? The [[AxeCrazy homicidal maniac]] who got demoted because he lost his arm? Go ahead and fix that arm." Seriously, what else did Aizen think would happen? It would also explain why Luppi got his ass handed to him by [[FanNickname Captain Bankaiwhore]] if he was just an Espada temp.
* It would also explain how he bypassed (unreleased) Yammy, Aaroniero, Szyael and Zomari, despite seeming less powerful than they are.

[[WMG:"Superchunky" isn't the real threat; Wonderweiss is]]
Size seems to be inversely proportionate to power in the Bleach universe, with larger enemies often dying easily in Curb Stomp battles (Tesla gets killed in one hit by Kenpachi, Grand Fisher gets killed in one hit by Isshin, Poww gets killed in one hit by Komamura and Allon gets killed easily by Yamamoto- albeit after defeating four lieutenants) and the Gillian being the largest and weakest kind of Menos. Additionally, the story seems to be setting up Wonderweiss as being NotSoHarmless, especially since he seems like the least threatening Arrancar, but has been shown to have Espada-level power readings.
* Not to mention: have you ''seen'' the size of Wonderweiss's sword? I mean, I know [[spoiler: Isshin]] said that you can't judge a Shinigami / Arrancar's power by the size of their sword, but seriously, that's like a frikkin' Zweihander.
* The kid [[spoiler: just one-shotted Ukitake]], so this seems more likely than ever.
* And [[spoiler: destroyed Hitsugaya's Ice-Prison by ''shouting at it'']].
* [[spoiler: Apparently, this is also how he summons a horde of Gillians.]]
* All the more likely now that [[spoiler: Mashiro appears to have killed it.]]

[[WMG:Wait...Soul Society as akronym is SS...]]
This sounds rather fishy!
* But scheming Hitler or rather Stalin of this world is already Aizen
** As ''Only Fools and Horses'' put it, "T. Eliot spelt backwards is 'toilet'. That doesn't mean he was a lavatory attendant!" :P
*** Doesn't mean he wasn't! Maybe he was one for a summer job as a child!
[[WMG: A Shinigami will find a way to successfully fuse with their Zanpakutou spirit]]
The main villain of the OVA tried to do it, but went insane. So, maybe Kubo will use this idea as a power up for a Shinigami character. Maybe in this new form they would gain the abilities of their Bankai enhanced even more. So if Yamamoto were to have it, he would become fire.
* Who says [[FanNickname Old Man Genocide]] hasn't already?
** What does this mean for Renji if they do it with Zabimaru's "Chimpette & Snakey" form/s? Note to the rabid Filler Haters, only a funny thought.

[[WMG:The King of Soul Society is not an Eldritch Abomination, but rather the conduit for one (Yes, another one).]]
Hollows are natural evolution of Souls that don't move on. Shinigami, therefore, have to come from somewhere else. Before the Soul Society spiritually aware humans fought the Hollows on their own; but they were slowly loosing. A group of these humans managed to make contact with a sealed Eldritch Abomination and it empowered them to fight the hollows, making them Shinigami. The human who started this became the King.

Unfortunately, as Shinigami become more powerful they also become more and more corrupted by the Eldritch Abomination, who's using them as a way to wear down the seal on its prison. While the King was somewhat protected from this influence, he saw how those who were empowered along side him and later were becoming corrupted. At some point, as the King and the other original Shinigami were becoming more and more corrupted, the newer shinigami realized what was happening and managed to Seal them away. The King, of course, realized this and went along with it, knowing he could only hold out against the Eldritch Abomination's influence for so long. This is the origin of the 0th division; they're not guards, but rather Shinigami who are becoming too powerful, and therefore too corrupted, and have to be sealed away as well.

Over time the King has become little more than an avatar of the Sealed Evil In A Can, and this is why no one has seen him. Aizen realized this, and began his entire plot as a way to create something that can fight the Eldritch Horror, namely the Arracanar and the Visored who are outside of its influence due to being part Hollow. Of course, Aizen is being manipulated by the Eldritch Horror to kill the king, thereby breaking the Seal and not only freeing the Eldritch Horror, but also breaking the Conduit, thereby rendering the Shinigami powerless to fight said Eldritch Horror.

[[WMG: Not all Vizards will fight against the Espadas, Superchunky and Wonderweiss]]
Two of them will be with Komamura and Hitsugaya, possibly because they learned how to open Garganta, and might investigate how the others are doing in Hueco Mundo, to help kicking Zero Espada ass.

[[WMG: Gantenbainne (the Privaron Espada Chad defeated) has switched sides...]]
...but it just hasn't been shown since he hasn't turned up. When he does, he be with Unohana, fighting the Arrancar so that Unohana can hold off for the big reveal of her power. He seems like not only a reasonable person but a really likable character, so part of this is hope. Dordonii (who Ichigo beat) would also be here, except he was likely killed fighting the Exequias. If either died of his wounds from Ichigo and is thus in Soul Soceity, or defeated the Exequias, he will join the Shinigami, or at least Ichigo.
* Actually, Dordonii is possibly dead, Unohana is in FKT now but it'd great to see them all again.

[[WMG: Pesche is...a Jedi!]]
He has a lightsaber, so why not? He's the hollow formed not only out of a Jedi, but Mace Windu! Just cause, y'know, that would be fun. Wait, better idea, to be a Fracción they would be at least gillian, a hollow formed of many hollows. Now, what group of similiar, powerful group were genocided upon? The Order! Something caused their souls to be moved to a different reality, becoming a Menos then eventually...PESCHE!

[[WMG: Yami and Ulqiorra were friends because they were the only true Vasto Lordes within the ranks of the Espada.]]
Both had immense strength, but one decided to become the Zeroth Espada; the other kept his true strength hidden from Aizen by keeping back his true release. Despite the disparity in their ranks, they always accompanied each other everywhere. Yami was quite disappointed when Ulqiorra died, and Ulqiorra made sure that Yami survived their initial recon of Karakura, and even deigned to retrieve his arm before their retreat. Both were the only Espada without Fracción, (ignoring Aaroniero, who can be explained away due to the nature of his powers). Ulqiorra is also the only Espada shown so far to use the Cero Oscura, despite the four Espada above him having released their swords in battle.
** This troper thinks Yammy, Starrk, Barragan and Halibel are Vasto Lordes, while Ulquiorra was an adjuchas who was close to becoming a Vasto Lorde when he Shinigamified. Yammy, Starrk, Barragan and Hallibel get one released form at Shinigamied-Vasto-Lorde level, espadas 5 and down get one release at Shinigamied-Adjuchas level, while Ulquiorra gets A Shinigamied-Adsjuchas release and the ability to temporarily upgrade to a Vasto-Lorde release.

[[WMG: Grand Fisher was an Adjuchas-class hollow, and could have been an Espada-class arrancar if he'd been made right.]]
As a hollow, Grand Fisher had been on Soul Society's 'Wanted' list for over 50 years and had fought and killed several Shinigami, so it's established that he's already pretty powerful, and he's about the right size for an Adjuchas. His Arrancar form is grotesque but still more human than, say, Aaroniero, and certainly more human than mooks like Iceringer. In addition, he manifests a weapon even in his released state, somethng that only exceptionally powerful arrancar seem able to do (every Espada from Noitora onwards has a weapon of some description even when released, as did Neliel. Only two non-Espada arrancar have weapons while released (that is, assuming I'm remembering correctly): Ggio Vega and Mila-Rose, both of whom are Fraccion to very powerful Espadas and thus of above-average strength in their own right). Also, when Isshin is talking about the basics of Zanpakuto size, he comments something to the effect of 'if captains didn't control the size of their swords, they'd all be the same size as yours' - suggesting that Grand Fisher is indeed as powerful as a captain and simply didn't know how to control his power. If he'd survived and been turned into a perfect arrancar, this troper thinks he could've become on par with the Espada - which, let's face it, [[AnticlimaxBoss would have been a lot better than what actually did happen]].
* This troper would have to disagree. I mean, for one thing,if Grand Fisher had been adjuchas then our plucky hero would be extremely dead. I mean, even with a sword described as "blunted by anger" (not sure if it's literally blunt,, it ''is'' a zanpakuto) and more or less without using ki, ichigo manged to do serious damage to Grand Fisher. Meanwhile, to take down a mere Gillian, Ichigo had to use what appeared to be the ancestor of Getsuga Tenshou to even convince it to retreat, much less cause a major, apparent wound. Meanwhile, an adjuchas could probably easily defeat early Ichigo with one strike. Plus, even the screechy dude took down a couple of shinigami, the regular ones are basically short-ranged stormtroopers. And hiding? You don't know where they come out, and they can retreat whenever they want. It's not that hard to hide, especially if you can wound your pursuers.


[[WMG: Don Kanonji is Isshin's Vice Captain.]]
* copied from ''The One That Might'''s Gamefaqs post*
Now, we all know that in Bleach's first arc, Orihime and Chad were able to awaken their spiritual powers because Ichigo was leaking spirit energy like crazy. We also know from hindsight that the reason that Ichigo can see ghosts and Karin and Yuzu can sense ghosts in the beginning of the series is because their father was a very powerful shinigami. Ishhin Kurosaki isn't confirmed to be a captain, but between him claiming to have a captain's power and what appears to be a very obvious captain's jacket hanging off his shinigami robes we can hypthoesis with very little doubt that at some point Isshin must have been a shinigami captain. His wife may have also been a shinigami, but this is doubtful and we have nothing to back it up. I mean, if she was a shinigami she might have stood a better chance against grandfisher, but that's a debate for another time.

Quincys are humans who are descended along a special blood line. Bounts, in the anime at least, are much the same way. This explains the origins of every human character in the series with special powers with the exception of Don Kanonji. Don Kanonji can see spirits, and also he can use THE GOLDEN CANON BALL, a special technique that involves him firing a very tiny pellet from his hand and it causing a massive explosion. While it doesn't have a number attached to it, which makes it doubtful that its a kidou spell, it is very possible that it is a special ability of Don Kanonji's zanpaktou, and that his staff is his zanpaktou in its released state. Possibly similar to Renji's similarly named Baboon Bone Canon, which is fired the same way with no incantation.



We know from the Pendulum arc that you can't quit being a shinigami, so Isshin must be a deserter like the Vizard and Urahara. We also know that he was a captain, and if he was a captain he must have had a lieutenant. We can't say for sure what squad Isshin was captain of, but 11th squad is looking pretty likely considering how its captain is not seen during the past arc. We know that Isshin gave up his powers 20 years ago, but we can't say for sure that that is when he defected from the Gotei 13. Conjecture aside, if Isshin was a captain than he must have had a lieutenant. The most obvious candidate for this position is Don Kanonji, was I will explain below.

If Don Kanonji was Isshin's lieutenant then its likely they did the smart thing and split up when they exiled themselves to the world of the living. The Vizards had each other and Urahara had use for the former kido corp leader, but there was nothing Isshin and Kanonji could do to really help each other. So they split ways. We know that shinigamis have a fascination with earth from people like Matsumoto.Shinji, and the 1st squad lieutenant who all love living world stuff. It would make sense that Kanonji decided to explore the world while Isshin decided to find love. While traveling, Don Kanonji realized he needed money. Thanks to a fascination with TV he developed in the real world and his own powers, he decided that he could become a spiritual medium in the real world. He rises to fame fighting hollows.

Eventually he discovers that Isshin's son has developed shinigami powers and he goes to Karakura Town, of all places, to test him. We know that Don Kanonji screwed up the exorcism in Karakura Town, but how do you explain how he has been doing this for years without being devoured by a hollow who would want to eat him? Hollows are attracted to humans with high spiritual pressure, so he must have been a target for hollows. What I'm getting at here is that Don Kanonji screwed up on purpose to test Isshin's son.

He wanted to make sure that Ichigo had what it takes to combat hollows so he created a situation where he knew that Ichigo would have to step in to fight. Don Kanonji returns later in the series to check in on Ichigo's progress, referring to him as his pupil, so that he can train him. He knows exactly where to find Ichigo because he knows where to find Isshin. He settles on forming the karakura super heroes instead because without Ichigo around to train, he turns to Ichigo's sisters who are also Isshin's offspring. They're not shinigamis, but there is still training that Don Kanonji can do for them until they can unlock their shinigami powers.

Don Kanonji has shown some knowledge of shinigamis and hollows so it is likely he must know more than he's letting on. His wild and crazy personality actually matches Isshin's quite well so it would make sense that he would be picked to be Isshin's lieutenant. If Isshin was really the captain of the 11th squad as many suspect, then the insanity they must have had together could have established it as a place for the crazy battle hungry to gather.

Basically, Don Kanonji is too powerful a spiritual being to not be a shinigami. With no other explanation for his powers, that is what he must be. Since we know how useless fodder shinigami are, he must have been someone of a high rank and pairing him as Isshin' lieutenant makes the most sense due to their similar personalities and Don Kanonji's interest in Isshin's children.
* But we've ''seen'' his thoughts. He had ''no idea'' what he was doing to the spirits.
** He must be [[LaserGuidedAmnesia amnesiac]] then.
** Either that, or he's using some sort of kido-type spell to obscure his thoughts. Assuming he was made a lieutenant, I'd think he'd easily have the skill required to do so.
* Karakura town is special in a number of ways, it is possible that the hollow reformed faster than average after Kanonji created it. Also, it apparently wasn't a given that it would re-form anywhere nearby, as Rukia whips out her spirit pager to track it, only for it to reappear in plain sight, on the balcony. In fact, given Kanonji's goal of being an inspirational hero to kids, and his announcer stating that early use of his spirit cane was an unusual move, it is quite possible that Kanonji only rarely finds an actual hole to "exorcise," and the rest of the time just prances around and uses special effects.

[[WMG: Ulquiorra is [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead.]]]]
Maybe I'm just in denial about his [[spoiler:death]] because it was [[AlasPoorVillain so bittersweet,]] but something tells me that chapter wasn't the last we've seen of him. Considering [[DeathIsCheap the mortality rate of Bleach characters,]] this isn't outside the scope of possibilities.
** I wondered that myself, given that he tells Ichigo [[spoiler: "If you don't kill me now, it'll never be over" ''while he's already dissolving''.]]
*** He only says that in the (unreliable) Sleepy Fans translation. Franky House has him saying [[spoiler: "If you do not cut me down, then this will go unsettled for eternity"]], and Maximum7 has him saying [[spoiler:"If you don't kill me now, this conflict won't be resolved"]], indicating that [[spoiler:he wants Ichigo to claim his victory before he dies]].
** This troper just had a thought: isn't Ulquiorra's eye able to scatter into dust and let other people view his memories? What if it's just his whole body that has done that, and he just does it to his eye because it's the closest, most convenient detatchable body part to do the memory dust shtick? He might be floating around as a cloud and somehow take over a stray hollow and implants his memories into it, therefore causing him to be "reborn" in a sense?

[[WMG: Ichigo's hollow side has become a Vastro Lorde by eating other hollows]]
It has been very clearly stated that hollow ichigo was always a part of the spirit of Zangetsu.

Hollows are required to devour other hollows to reach the higher levels. Hollows feed on the spirit energy of other beings, so it stands to reason, the more hollow energy they devour, the faster they can level up. An Arrancar would be like an all you can eat energy buffet.

Ichigo has a hollow in his sword. We can assume it hasn't been sitting there twiddling it's thumbs all this time. My bet is it's been gobbling up the energy from all the defeated hollows and possibly their attacks, in order to reach a level where it can usurp Ichigo's position as the master. Things went a little pear shaped when Ichigo up and died, unexpectedly taking all that power for himself, but it's a safe bet Zangetsu has been absorbing a HUGE amount of hollow energy while Ichigo has been making his way through Hueco Mundo.
* While that is a possibility, there is no way he could become a Vasto Lorde so quickly. According to Grimmjow's flashback, he had to have snacked on at least 1,000 hollows to power up. Ichigo sure as hell didn't kill ''that'' many.
** Aha, but if he's been eating hollows that have eaten a thousand hollows themselves, then...
*** Except that he hasn't actually ''killed'' any Arrancar (except [[spoiler: Ulquiorra]]but he was already in full hollow form at the time, so it couldn't have counted) and only fought 3, none of which he killed. Dordonni was offed by the Equixas, Nnoitra was killed by [[spoiler: Kenpachi]], and Grimmjow is still lying in a ditch somewhere. In fact, Ichigo only killed one hollow since his hollow appeared, and that was the random mook he took care of right after Rukia & Co. showed up to help with the Arrancars.

[[WMG: The new filler arc will be an AU of the first Bleach Arc]]
Based on episode 227, we know that the newest filler arc takes place before the first few episodes. Since Mizuiro was narrating the Karakura Town part of the episode, maybe his narration is foreshadowing him taking the place of Ichigo as the main character in an AU of Bleach? After all, out of all of Ichigo's Karakura Town friends, he hasn't shown any spiritual powers or starred in any fillers (unlike Tatsuki, Chizuru, or Keigo in the Karakura Riser filler).
* Actually, its based on an omake in one of the volumes, can't remember which. Its just a small thing Kubo made to show how he and Keigo met Ichigo and Chad as well as a small veiw of his backstory.
** It's for Volume 12. Episode 228 is based off the between chapters extra story in Volume 26.

[[WMG: Ururu is based on Soi Fon.]]
She was a (probably intentionally) imperfect copy made to help Yoruichi feel better about beign unable to return to the ranks of the shinigami assassins with only [[CloudCuckooLander Ura]][[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass hara]] to comfort her. Ururu may be slightly flanderized from what Urahara recalls of Soi Fon, but she is really focused, and follows orders possibly too well for her own good. Also, [[spoiler: their strongest weapon shown is a freaking RPG]].

[[WMG: Kyon's soul candy pill is the Key.]]
Like when Urahara stuck [[spoiler: the breakdown sphere]] into [[spoiler: Rukia's gigai]]. As long as he's in the stuffed animal or Ichigo's body, it can't be found. That was the real reason Urahara didn't want Rukia to have it, not (just) because it was defective.
** [[HaruhiSuzumiya Kyon]], you say?

[[WMG: The first Hollow and Soul Reaper were Cain & Abel]]
When Cain killed Abel, God marked him and told him to wander the earth forever. The mark was a mask, and Cain became the first Hollow. The dead Abel, meanwhile, saw what his brother had become and took up arms to stop him, becoming the first Soul Reaper.
* Alternatively, when Cain killed Abel, Abel's grief and rage over his murder by his brother led to him becoming the first Hollow. Cain was marked by God and told to wander the earth forever, hunting the twisted ghost of his brother, becoming the first Soul Reaper.

[[WMG: Urahara and Tessai are Visored.]]
Because yeah.

[[WMG: A hypothesis:]]
* A cero + Arrancar blood = Gran Ray Cero. Arrancar ? Visored. Getsuga Tensho ? Cero Oscuras. Ichigo's blood on his blade + Getsuga Tensho = [[EarthShatteringKaboom ?]]
** Whatever the result, it'll be awesome.

[[WMG: Orihime can achieve Bankai.]]
Her powers are "similar to a Shinigami's," after all. Her current abilities are basically like Shikai and the spiritual manifestation that precedes Bankai.

[[WMG: Aizen was never a villain at all]]

People have hinted at this elsewhere on the page, but always seem to tie it into the main plotline of well-intentioned extremism. From everything I've seen, Aizen never intended to replace the King or make the King's Key at all! Consider:

- For all his supposed chessmaster stature, and overpowering allies, his forces haven't killed a single shinigami! In fact, he's gone out of his way to order incursions into the mortal world that allow his forces abilities to be seen without actually harming the Shinigami.

- He had Hitsugaya, Ichigo, Renji, and Kommamura at his mercy while he was escaping Soul Society. He could have taken the extra fraction of a second to slit their necks, ending their threat to his supposed plans, without affecting his overall goals in the slightest. He didn't.

- All of his forces have been paired up against Shinigami just powerful enough to defeat them. He's intimately familiar with exactly how powerful all of the Shinigami in Soul Society are, as well as how powerful his Arrancar are, so their defeats were intentional. He's forcing the Shinigami to become stronger, while simultaniously destroying the most powerful hollows in Heco Mundo. The fights could have gone the other way, Shinigami could have died, but he's willing to take that risk.

- Yamamoto knew what was going on from the start, that's why he shielded Aizen, Tousen, and Gin away at the start of the battle.

- The incident with the Central 46 is the only flaw in this theory. It's possible the Central 46 were supremely incompetent administrators, and Aizen (not a villain, but still morally ambiguious enough to do something like this) - decided he needed to "clean house."

Aizen's goal was never to get the King's Key or sit in the throne of heaven; he knew the Hollows were becomming more powerful, while the Shinigami had become so stagnant that a rag-tag group of Ryoka gave the whole of Soul Society a run for their money. Even Super-Kill-Guy Zaraki Kenpachi admitted to being a little out of practice during his fight with Nnoitora.

Aizen, just like Hitsugaya explained, knew that if the Vasto Lorde got together and decided to put the pain down on Soul Society, they would win, so he took matters into his own hands. He concocted a story to convince the most powerful hollows to launch piecemeal assaults against soul society, whittled down their numbers, and forced the Shinigami to grow in power. Now, when the true threat of the Vasto Lordes show up, they'll lack a supporting army, and they'll face a battle-hardened Shinigami army fully capable of killing them off.

[[WMG: Wonderweiss is a damaged Vasto Lorde.]]

When Wonderweiss is being turned into arrancar he is both human sized as well as covered in bandages for no explained reason. Also Wonderweiss's form is a child and he seems to be autistic or has some other mental disorder. Also it is possible Aizen took Wonderweiss by force and was injured.
* The "bandages" are apparently part of the Shinigamification process. Grand Fisher was similarly covered in bandages when he transformed into an Arrancar.

[[WMG: Kenpachi will achieve bankai... and it will be... Super Saiyan Kenpachi]]
I actually lean more towards the theory of Kenpachi being Yachiru's shikai, but think about it: he would prefer not to have any kido-type bankai or anything that doesn't directly attack the enemy, so a power-up would be ideal for him. Furthermore, he is one of few characters in the series to have long, spiky hair. Finally, he has a Saiyan-esque love of battle, and, though it has not been implied or stated yet, a Saiyan-like ability to increase greatly in power after being injured in battle.
* Ironically, this means that his only two attacks will be punches, kicks, chops, headbutts, etc. or ki attacks that make the physical attacks pale in comparison. His major turning point will be realizing that he needs to be a balanced fighter to keep up his BloodKnight tendencies, and that his pride is misplaced.

[[WMG: Kenpachi tastes like candy.]]
That's why Yachiru never leaves his side. And he's so strong that she can bite him all she wants and it won't do any damage.

[[WMG: The name of Kenpachi's zanpakto is Chuck Norris]]
And after hearing this, Aizen will scream like a little girl and run away, never to be seen again.
* Wonder what the release command would be maybe "the eyes are apon you..."
** already impossible due to the fat that you are actually suggesting that Chuck Norris can be controlled, now if Kenpachi was Chuck Norris' zanpakuto, that would make sense, given the amounts of badass that Kenpachi holds. P.S. Chuck Norris is awesome enough to have a zanpakuto without having to be a Shinigami, of course.

[[WMG: Rukia is a lesbian, and in love with Orihime]]
She's never expressed romantic interest in Ichigo or Renji, her "relationships will hinder a Shinigami" speech is set to a shot of Orihime playing with her friends, there are at least three pieces of really, really subtexty art done by Kubo himself that could imply at least one of them is hot for the other, and Orihime's probably the only person Rukia is consistently gentle/deredere for.
(Watch this theory be ignored.)
** [[@/{{Barano}} This Troper]] approves!
** This. This Troper completely approves.
** Third. I've been thinking about this ever since [[http://www.mangatoshokan.com/read/bleach/4/228/3 the cover]] for chapter 228.
*** I've been thinking about this ever since ''Bleach'' came out.

[[WMG: Orihime is in "[[PerverseSexualLust love]]" with every member of the main group (Ichigo, Rukia, Uryuu, Tatsuki) except for Chad, who's more like a surrogate brother.]]
She acts all peppy-happy even when she's revealed to have been hurting inside and gets the "concerned" face for everyone that she got for Ichigo early in the series, and has acted all "feely" (emotively, not like Chizuru) towards everyone but (if this troper recalls correctly, correct me if I'm wrong) Chad, who she tends to act towards more as a "crutch" "protector" like the idea of her dead brother (as opposed to Ichigo, which is more of a "Big Handsome Hero Squeeee" sort of thing when not putting on the "concerned" face). Tatsuki is the First Girl (semi-genderswapped), though FirstGirlWins may not be the scenario. Uryu is the Betty to Ichigo's Veronica, and the Veronica to Tatsuki, and Rukia is the Mysterious Foreign Girl that she fell for listening to Ichigo talking about her.
* What? She is, indeed, in "love" with Chad, too. Because she probably would love to call him nii-san in some fetishy fakecest or something.

[[WMG:Orihime's powers result from both Ichigo and Sora.]]
The common fanon explanation for Orihime's powers is that they are shinigami powers manifested differently because she's alive, just like Chad's are hollow powers manifested differently because he is alive. However, several of the Vizards (especially Hachi) compared Orihime's powers to their own. This would imply that they have both a hollow and shinigami component. This could mean that the time Sora spent stalking and attacking her and when he pushed her soul out of her body affected her in a similar way to Ichigo's constantly leaking spiritual power.

[[WMG: Ichigo's next super-awesome transformation power will be for his Hollow Side to pull of it's mask and become an Aracanar.]]
Thus giving him even more super-awesome rather illogical power.

[[WMG: Orihime ''isn't'' Haruhi]]
She's ''[[TheAntiChrist the Anti-Christ]]''. Her reality-warping superpowers are ''explicitly'' defined as the power to reject events - she either destroys the negative events that strike her shield-shield, erases the negative events affecting objects within her healing-shield, or outright obliterates whatever is struck by her sword-shield. In other words, Orihime's superpower is the ability to destroy anything she doesn't like, which is diametrically opposed to Haruhi's powers of creation. Additionally, her powers are closely linked to the number [[NumberOfTheBeast 6]]...
* Alternatively, Orihime is Sailor Saturn - powers of destruction and only three spells: shield, healing, and slice-anything-in-half.

[[WMG: Ichigo's family is related to the [[YuYuHakusho Kuwabara family]].]]
Think about it. Both the Kurosaki family and the Kuwabara family have advanced spiritual awareness, and one son from each family (Ichigo and Kuwabara) developed advanced spiritual powers. Both Ichigo and Kuwabara have similar personalities and characteristics, being school-age street punks who are actually kindhearted, can see ghosts, and are very protective of their friends. Karin and Shizuru are also somewhat similar, both being strong-willed girls with some spiritual awareness, but no involvement in their brothers' affairs. Not only that, but both Isshin and Kuwabara's dad (shown [[http://www.onemanga.com/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/170/15/ here]]) look similar and [[spoiler:have had dealings related to the Spirit World/Soul Society, which might just be two separate parts of the same dimension]]. Lets face it, if they're not related, then at the very ''least'', they're WAY too similar for it to be a mere coincidence.
* Kuwabara and Kurosaki have sorta similar meanings as well. But Kazuma is a bit different; it means sincere peace.

[[WMG: The recent filler arc will have Tobiume deliver a LesYay {{Yandere}} rampage on Hinamori]]
The next filler arc is about Zanpakutou manifestations rebelling from their masters. Since Zanpakutou is a personification of one's soul, and Hinamori is a {{Yandere}}... Tobiume may be the same way, in this case, she is super jealous that Hinamori getting her attention to Aizen all the time. So perhaps in her moment of rebelling, Tobiume will deliver a {{Yandere}} rage to Hinamori, which MAY double as a [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell Heroine]] for her obsession on Aizen. If you do not believe me, take a look at [[http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/7645/23416865.jpg this image, especially the little girl with a certain plum hairpin, which definitely must be Tobiume]]. Look at the shades on her forehead. Doesn't that just scream "{{Yandere}} [[DevilInPlainSight In Plain Sight]]??"
* Not quite- she gives a WhatTheHellHero speech, and then afterwards waxes Deredere about her with Haineko.

[[WMG: Aizen is working with Gin and Tousen out of necessity.]]
In order to fall under complete hypnosis, one has to see Kyouka Suigetsu's release. Tousen is blind and can't see anything, and Gin walks around all day with his eyes closed. This makes them the only ones in Soul Society who can resist his hypnosis. What better way to keep the people immune from your power from interfering than to offer them a role in your master plan?
* You may have a point there. Gin may be one thing, but he would actually have to CONVINCE Tousen to join him. Revenge aside, Tousen could've believed that whatever the reason that Aizen is doing all this for is in fact the right thing to do. That being said, he's only one out of the three who's demonstrated a moral compass, albeit a warped one.

[[WMG: At the end of the Hueco Mundo arc, the ENTIRE story will be revealed to have been {{All Just A Dream}}]]
Look at the title pages for some of the chapters; don't they seem a little... odd? My theory is that the offbeat ones (i.e. Rukia with a frog on her head, Ichigo and co. walking out of a subway, etc.) show what's ACTUALLY going on in the "real" world.
* This will go on for several chapters only to turn out to have been a dream caused by Aizen's Absolute Hypnosis.

[[WMG: The King of the Soul Society is HaruhiSuzumiya.]]
Because Haruhi can pop up anywhere.
* Like inside Yoruichi, Tatsuki, or Ururu?
** Stop that. He can hear you.

[[WMG: The Vizards' reliance on their masks has reduced their abilities to use their shikais/bankais.]]
During Ichigo's vizard training, his hollow told him the he is Zangestu as he is now the dominant spirit. As the hollow goes stronger, the zanpakto spirit goes more and more distant. It hasn't affected Ichigo yet, but since the vizards have had them for aroundd 100 years, the abilities of the other vizards have decayed so much that the four ex-captains have lost their bankais.
* Nope, Kensei's shown he still has his bankai. Chances are Shinji's going to show off his too, seeing as he's about to fight Aizen.

[[WMG: Grimmjow is afraid of Zommari.]]
Because Zommari ate Aaroniero.
* ROFL.
* This WMG is SoBadItsGood.
* Don't you mean it's because Zommari Szayel Aaroniero? and yes, this troper does indeed enjoys {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}.

[[WMG: In the next filler arc, Ichigo's Hollow is gonna appear.]]
As stated above, the next arc is about the soul reaper's zanpakutos rebelling - but in Ichigo's case theres a catch, since his zanpakuto was already taken over by his inner hollow.
* I doubt it. The whole "being fused with Hichigo" thing didn't stop him from showing up in Ichigo's subconscious in the first episode. Hichigo wasn't even ''there.'' I have a feeling they'll ignore him this season.
** Both will be released, with Zzngetsu remaining on Ichigo's side rather than going rogue. It would be a fun moment when Muramasa sees the unexpected result of his actions being the release an insane captain-class level hollow.
* [[spoiler:Confirmed, but with a slight difference. When [[BigBad Muramasa]] makes Zangetsu turn on Ichigo he doesn't do to well in the fight and his hollow reappears, taking control of his body (near full control from the looks of it). Ichigo eventually gets control back and collapses, but the original theory was correct in results (just not reason).]]

[[WMG: The Bounto Koga will play a part in the new Rebellion Filler Arc.]]
Koga was revealed to have survived the Bounto arc earlier. With most of the captains' [[spoiler: Zanpactou having gone AWOL on them]], the list of available fighters is limited to Orihime, Chad, and Ishida for sure and possibly Ichigo and the Vaizard (since they beat their inner hollows into submission and the inner hollow is the same being as their Zanpactou). New characters or semi new characters (such as Tatsuki, Mizuiro, etc) could be brought in, but it would be a more impressive for Koga to make a reappearance, especially seeing as they took all that trouble to keep him alive.

[[WMG: Ichigo will shoot himself when he turns 27.]]
And no one will get this way too obscure joke.

[[WMG: Aizen only wants to take over the world because [[CodeGeass Lelouche Geassed him into it.]]]]
The final battle will be Ichigo vs Lelouche. It will be [[JohnnyYongBosch JYB's]] greatest challange ever.

[[WMG: Aizen fooled Momo into running into his sword with Kyouka Suigetsu's power instead of just stabbing her all mafia style.]] Remember Kyouka Suigetsu ablity is basicly fool people with illusions so all he would have to do is to make it look to Momo that he was wide open for a hug when in reality he had Kyouka Suigetsu leveled right at her so [[IWannaBeTheGuy SHE JUMPED INTO A SWORD. RETARD!]]
* I like the idea, but from the blood gushing out of the wound it can be seen that Aizen is only stabbing her the moment he says "Goodbye". Unless Aizen used his Zanpakutou to create the Illusion of the Blood to ''the reader'', and this just doesn't make sense.
** Unless his powers extend to the real world... in which case we're ''all'' screwed.

[[WMG: Inner Hollows aren't actually fused with the zanpakutou spirits, its just another part like them.]]
I'm under the impression that the only source of information regarding the whole "Inner Hollows are fused with Zanpakutou" thing is Ichigo's Inner Hollow. I'm sorry, but doesn't it seem like the insane, bloodthirsty Hollow might be, you know, lying. Trying to demoralize Ichigo, since that monster certainly won't hesitated to use any weapon he can, not when dominence of the entirety of their soul is at stack. Because looks like the Hollow is like Zangetsu, a seperate mind which is made from a part of Ichigo's soul.

[[WMG: Seinosuke Yamada is the current Kido Corps' Captain.]]
And Hanatarou's brother, but that's another story. Thing is, [[http://bleach.wikia.com/wiki/Seinosuke_Yamada Seinosuke]] was created and introduced by Tite Kubo as the 4th Division's liutenant before Isane Kotetsu, in Turn Back the Pendulum. Kubo never explained what happened with him, nor what happened with the captainless Kido Corps, so, there could be a chance; even more because everyone at the 4th are better with Kido than with everything else, and because it'd explain how Hanatarou's past is so mysterious; he probably wants to be like his aniki.

[[WMG: Zennosuke will be one of the main fighters in the Zanpakutou filler arc.]]
When the zanpakutou rebelled against Soul Society, it was confirmed that the only zanpakutou unaffected are the ones outside of Soul Society. That's not counting Ryuujin Jakka, of course, who was affected but refused to rebel. What this essentially means is that the only shinigami with working zanpakutou are Ichigo and Urahara, right?

WRONG!

There's one more shinigami we can't forget, who, as my random theory states, will be of great importance this arc.

Of course, I'm talking about none other than the great Zennosuke Kurumadani. Yes, Afro-san will save the day.
* Since it's filler, there's a possibility that Isshin could be involved in the fight as well. Yoruichi and the Vizards, too.
** Yoruichi is already helping, though she fights without her zanpakutou, so that's unlikely to change. Isshin could fight, as long as the characters who don't know his true identity don't see him (since only Kon and Urahara, give or take, know Isshin's secret, and changing that [[StatusQuoIsGod would change the status quo]].) As for the Vizards, they could help, but why would they when they don't give a damn about Soul Society? All very possible, of course, just with varying degrees of likeliness.

[[WMG: Kenpachi's Zanpakutou is too afraid of Kenpachi to rebel against him for the current Zanpakutou rebellion filler arc]]
I'd be afraid of Kenpachi too after all what mostly makes Kenpachi well Kenpachi is not his sword but his own overwelming power.
* Or maybe she's not rebelling because she knows he'd use that against her (I'm assuming it's a she, since, you know, the manliest the shinigami, funnier is for him to have a female sword spirit). There's also the theory that she's Yachiru, so, Ken's sword spirit doesn't need to rebel, she already rules over her Shinigami!
** His Zanpakutou is a 'he'. Nnoitra refferred to it as such.

[[WMG: Soul Society (and possibly Hell) are a purgatory, and "physical" pain inflicted on the soul is required for penance.]]
Souls that die in the Soul Society are reincarnated on earth, but souls that are killed by a Zanpakuto or similar weapons disappear forever, as far as anyone can tell. [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil The strongest people tend to be the most evil]] because they need to have a lot more pain and damage inflicted on them before they can pass on, and the damage reduction is directly relative to how evil they were in their past lives (including their Soul Society lives). Quincies send Hollow souls immediately to the good/true/final afterlife because the arrows cause immense amounts of pain, rivalled only by Old Man Genocide Yamamoto's Bankai ([[WildMassGuessing more formally known as "Hell"]]).

[[WMG: The deal between Soifon and Hachi will include regrowing Soifon's arm.]]
The Urahara thing was just the clincher.
* Lol, I'd like to see that exchange:
** "How about a deal? I've got a healing technique that's so awesome it can heal ''any'' injury. Help me kill Barragan, and I'll give you back your arm!"
** "No."
** "NO? I've just offered to ''regrow your f*** ing severed arm'' and that's STILL not good enough for you?!"

[[WMG: Tesla is NotQuiteDead.]]
We all saw Kenpachi practically slice the guy in half and it was pretty clear that he was a goner, yet [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/bleach/v35/c313/7.html Chapter 313 shows him shedding a tear for Nnoitra...]] If he is alive, I have a feeling he'll do a HeelFaceTurn. Aside from Nel and the Great Desert Bros, the guy's arguably the least evil of the Arrancars we've seen. He was just following orders.
* "Just following orders"? So were the Nazis. It didn't work in the Nuremberg trials, it won't work with the law-happy Soul Reaper Captain-General, and, hopefully, it won't work with Kubo.
** Way to Godwin the {{Bleach}} WMG section dude.
*** Hey, I'm not the one who used the classic textbook "Nuremberg innocent plea".
*** And it ''is'' true, he was a perfectly well-mannered guy who was just following orders - add a little [[HoYay something else to the mix]] and you can't really blame him for what he'd done or for switching sides now that Nnoitra is dead.
**** ... no, no, I think we actually ''can'' blame him. He's a "perfectly well-mannered guy who was just following orders", he possibly feels attraction to Nnoitra, and he might end up switching sides? Or to put it another way, he's the sort of guy who's perfectly willing to torture and mutilate just because he was told to, is the sort of person who ''falls in love'' with murderous psychopaths, and is utterly faithless and only looking out for his own skin.
***** I've got to say you lost me at "utterly faithless and only looking out for his own skin." As for bringing HoYay into the equation, that was a deliberate leap. This is just a WMG, after all. It's not as if we knew what his reasons were for following Nnoitra to begin with, and if he's "perfectly willing to torture and mutilate just because he was told to" depending on his alignment, well, it's not as though he'd be useless as an ally.
***** Does it matter? You can blame any villain turned hero for their past acts. The whole point of the heel-face turn is that they're a goodguy now so they're giving a pass. This isn't an objection to the set up, but to the {{HeelFaceTurn}}

[[WMG: When he was alive, Shinji was a priest called [[{{Slayers}} Xellos.]]]]
But don't let it get out: it's a secret.

[[WMG: Zanpaku-to are the [[HisDarkMaterials daemons]] of the dead.]]
They're an extension of the soul, they have their own names, personalities, and forms reflective of their wielder's fighting styles and personalities... Yes, a daemon supposedly vanishes when a person dies, but not all souls have zanpaku-to in Bleach; maybe it just takes a certain amount of supernatural power and willpower for a dead person to get them back/get them at all.
* Yay, someone else who got to thinking about this particular crossover!

[[WMG: Arrancar are another version of the daemons of the dead.]]
It could be an excuse for their animal-based traits... and for that matter some of their names. Though I'm not sure how their own zanpaku-to fit into the equation, even though it is stated that the nature of an Arrancar zanpaku-to is way different from a shinigami one.

[[WMG: Grand Fisher somehow transferred himself to his lure before being killed]]
Arrancars' Resurrecion allows them to use their abilities. It's entirely likely that Grand Fisher still has the ability to use the lure that he did as a hollow, and, as it is revealed in the manga, [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/24/13/ he can jump to the other part if one is injured]]. It's possible that he somehow jumped to the lure to escape certain death at Isshin's hands and is waiting for a chance to finish his fight with Ichigo.
* This Troper agrees, but believes that Grand Fisher was one of Aizen's experiments (like Metastacia), and that now the Lure and the Fisher are permanently seperate now. This Troper's own WMG is that the Lure is currently ranked 0 Espada.

[[WMG: Whoever defeats Yammy will do so with considerable ease]]
The larger villains tend to go down fairly quickly when they're defeated; Ichigo forced the first Menos Grande to retreat with a single (very powerful) slash, Kenpachi killed Tesla in seconds, and Mashiro destroyed Fura (aka Superchunky) in one kick. This may be the result of their battles being contests of raw power as opposed to having lengthy struggles of agility in battles with smaller combatants. It's most likely that Yammy will dominate Chad, Rukia and Renji at first while they have difficulty even making a scratch on him, but then when help arrives (most likely Unohana), the reinforcements will bring Yammy down in a single extremely powerful attack that somehow instantly takes him from perfect health to death or near death.
* Not a bad theory. It'll be incredibly anticlimatic if it turns out to be true, though.
** Might still happen, since Unohana isn't there yet, but at the moment he is dominating everyone.

[[WMG: Hiyori will provoke Ikkaku into publicly displaying his bankai.]]
By calling him "baldy," of course.
* [[CrazyAwesome AWESOME.]]

[[WMG: The a Captains assigned to Hueco Mundo have secret secondary orders to assassinate Ichigo if his hollow proves to be a possible danger.]]
If Byakuya told Rukia about Ichigo's hollow, it's a good bet that he told Yamamato about it too. The SS is in no position to take the risk of having to deal anymore potential enemies or losing any like they did with the Vizard. Plus Kubo has said Unohana is supposed to get an important fight. Yammy, despite all his Cero Espada bluster,does seem likely to fall into the above mentioned pattern of big enemies getting taken down fast. Ichigo willing goes berserk hollow again and tears him apart, but then then no one can stop him any longer until Unohana steps foward.

[[WMG: The other person Byakuya used Senkei on was...]]
Kaien. He went to chew out Byakuya about not allowing Rukia to take a Seated position in the 13th Squad. They starting fighting. Byakuya badly outclassed him, but Kaien refused to give up even though it was hopeless, so Byakuya spared him.
* Byakuya says he only uses it on people he swears to kill with his own hands, so it's unlikely that Kaien would walk away with his life.

[[WMG: Aizen will all make the Vizards go Super Berserk Hollow.]]
Then he'll hypnotize them to make everyone but look like him, Gin and Tosen. He'll then just hide away while they go nuts slaughtering everyone.

[[WMG: Arrancar males are impervious to [[GroinAttack groin attacks.]]]]
Because of their [[MadeOfIron ''hierro.'']] Don't ask.
* Already {{Jossed}} by Lilynette using this method to wake up Starrk.
** Damn. Totally forgot about that.
* She's a arrancar [[spoiler: and part of him at that ]] i doubt a non arrancar would have the same level of success

[[WMG: Ichigo is reincarnated as ''Kaien,'' not the other way around.]]
Who says that reincarnation cycles--and time, for that matter--have to be linear? This troper isn't too fond of the idea that Ichigo is the reincarnation of Kaien, but wouldn't mind if somewhere down the road, after presumably living out his human and/or shinigami life, he ends up being reincarnated at Kaien. After all, it would explain Kaien's level of skill [[spoiler: (before Ichimaru Gin, he held the record for graduating from the Academy in the shortest amount of time)]]. Not to mention, Ichigo's fondness for Rukia might subconsciously manifest itself in allowing him to go "back in time" and help her out, allowing him to pay back the "debt" that he owes her.
* I thought Ichigo repaid his debt when he saved her, wasn't that his whole point of going to save her? (Other than the {{Nakama}} thing?)

[[WMG: Ichigo will get one new form.]]
Ichigo's recent [[spoiler: Uber-hollow form is his resurrección]]. We have learned from Ulquiorra that two such forms are possible. So by the end of the series he will learn the second one. After that his massive jumps in power will stop(this will also mean that he'll have reached the limit of power of a Hollow-Shinigami hybrid).

[[WMG: Ichigo's rapid power growth can be easily explained.]]
Early on in the series, Urahara restores Ichigo's spirit power by putting his soul in a life and death situation. This is why Ichigo's power keeps growing so rapidly. Most Shinigami train and practice in situations where no real threat to their life is present and their everyday duty is dealing with regular hollows. Those are no real threat to a trained Shinigami(special circumstances excluded, such as Rukia's fight in the first chapter). As such, their power grows very slowly. Ichigo has faced at least several true life-and-death situations and always faces opponents around his level or ones that outclass him massively. His soul responds to this stimulus by massively increasing his reiatsu all the time and this is why his power keeps growing at such a massive rate.
* So Shinigami are [[DragonballZ Saiyans]]? It explains so much!
** I'm afraid that I haven't watched DBZ. Care to explain that comment?
*** In DBZ the Saiyans gain tons of power by fighting in life and death situations, they get stronger by fighting, the harder the fight, the higher the power gain.
**** Maybe, but it still works. Ichigo trains with Urahara for ten days. His main improvement is harnessing his resolve and Shikai. He fights with Renji - a serious fight and jumps to vice-captain+ level immediately. He fights with Zaraki and jumps to captain level. When Zangetsu pushes him to the limit, he obtains Bankai. Next, his training with Hiyori. He trained for what, a month? Eleven seconds is the result. After that he goes to Hueco Mundo and couple of hours(and a few serious fights) later he is able to maintain his mask for the entirety of the fight. He dies a few times and gets Uber-Hollow form.


[[WMG: Onozuka Komachi of {{Touhou}} is related to Rangiku enough to explain her nature]]

Both are lazy big breasted shinigami that manage to get on their master's nerves i can only picture what would happen if both Rangiku and Komachi got together much to the ire of Shikieiki and Hitsugaya.

[[WMG: Both Ichigo and Rukia are in love with Orihime, and are eventually going to start having (sometimes comic-relief, sometimes not) territorial fights over her]]
There's actually a lot that suggests the two like her, and given recent events and their strong personalities, it makes sense for them to grow more protective/slightly possesive of Orihime. Due to her growing self-esteem issues, Orihime is not going to comprehend the two of them liking her and just think she's causing trouble for their relationsip. (making her self-esteem ''even worse''.)
* I think I love you.

[[WMG: When Kubo wrote the Arrancar Arc, he didn't know that western cultures put the given name first.]]
You'll notice that when he named the Espada after archetects, he used their surnames as the Espadas' given names. For example: Starrk is named after Phillipe Stark, and Ulquiorra is named after Patricia Ulquiorra. If a Japanese person heard someone introduce themselves as "Phillipe Stark" they would think Phillipe is their surname and Stark their given name.
* Except considering the amount of Western influence over the entire world, Asian countries' integration of English into their public school curriculums, and Kubo's fairly good English, I would say it's pretty unlikely that he doesn't know that Western cultures put the given name first. As an Asian troper currently living in Asia, I'd say even the older generations living out in the middle of rural nowhere with basically no English skills know that Western cultures put the given name first, which gives me no doubt that Kubo knows as well. Not to mention, Harribel is named after "Harry Bell Measures," which doesn't fit the whole Western surname = Arrancar given name.
** Yes it does. Harribel is her surname. Her given name is Tia.
* The only exception would be Szayel, but mainly because of the whole sibling thing, as Ilfort also had the surname.
* Apparently, Starrk's given name is Coyote.
** And Kubo proves a WMG wrong less than a month after it comes out. This settles it, he reads TV Tropes.

[[WMG: Why do you want to fight?]]
Taking roots from ArmourPiercingQuestion, this question could be asked to any of the current main characters who are in Hueco Mundo at the moment. It is pretty clear as to why most of them are fighting so this this would be a question primarily directed towards Orihime, the current DistressedDamsel. We've all heard that she just wants to help (namely one Kurosaki-kun), but what will happen if she is ever asked that question? Personally, beyond "I just want to help my friends and Kurosaki-Kun", I don't think she really has an answer to that, and could cause another [[DespairEventHorizon breakdown]]. This could possibly come as courtesy of Ulquiorra Cifer, if the next WMG proves true...

[[WMG: Ulquiorra is NotQuiteDead]]
In fact, as soon as we get back to Las Noches, we may be re-introduced to a returned Ulquiorra.

Copy of post in Fanfiction (one of my own):

Yes, he did live...but he went 'dust to dust' at the end of the next chapter. It is interesting though: Ulquiorra has had such a heavy impact on the story, but none of his backstory has ever been dwelled on. Call this an insane theory, but based on appearance (the bat wings) it could be possible that Ulquiorra will even surprise himself, and come back from even this 'demise', just like Dracula. Dracula had a nasty habit of returning from the dead, so Ulquiorra could do the same thing.

That is just my thinking, and I believe that if he were to return from the dead, he'll introduce the trope 'Anyone can Die' into Bleach, since up to this point, only Hollows and Arrancar have died in this war. Also, Kubo gave Ulquiorra one heck of a moveset, a second release form, and unbelievable power right before Ichigo's hollow side showed itself in full force, so he couldn't have just killed off Ulquiorra like that. I think there are special plans for Ulquiorra in the upcoming manga...that is, if my theory is right.

End Copy.

What I am trying to say here (and will be repeated below), is that Kubo couldn't have put such an importance and attention on Ulquiorra in the story line, and give him such a power up just for him to wind up as Hollow Ichigo's cannon fodder for him to die just like that (we've been shown Yammy a lot too, and look at what has happened - he's the Cero Espada.) Besides, if he is able to use Lanza del Relámpago (or Rods of God, as I call them) at least up to 3 times in a row as if he was using a ordinary cero, he must have had a much powerful weapon up his sleeve that Hollow Ichigo didn't give him the time to use.

Another Copy from Deviantart post:

To all those who are a fan of Bleach, I think that it is possible that Ulquiorra will be coming back to life. Far-fetched, considering the destruction given to him by Hollow Ichigo, but with his abilities, quite possible. Let us just assume that Ulquiorra has never in his entire life been injured while he was in Resurrecion Segunda Espada, so he bases the limits of his healing abilities on his First Stage, where we can safely assume he is weaker than those Espada #3 onward. Saying that, we could assume that in his Second Stage, his regeneration capabilites are strong enough to the point that he'll be able to regenerate from the ashes.
* I personally think he was purified, because as I recall, purified Hollows just kind of...ceased to exist. So he may come back, in Soul Society, maybe as a human. Or, Orihime could just whisk him back to life, which could maybe happen. Maybe.
* The wings were a matter of looking cool and menacing. Dracula is a massive stretch. It's also worth noting that Ulquiorra's back story is completely irrelevant. Unlike most characters, who need to have back story crammed in at the last minute, what is truly important about Ulquiorra is how far he has come, not where he started. I can't see his flashback as being anything more than another villainous monologue about how humans are trash, Aizen is awesome, etc. Kubo obviously doesn't mind killing off people he's put work into, as evidenced by the recent demise of a Vizard who just barely got to show off his powers before he got the axe. That Ulquiorra is reduced to using the Lanza like it's going out of style tells me that it was indeed Ulquiorra's trump card, and he had fallen back on it out of desperation. If he had something better, he certainly would have used it. It's a stretch to think Ulquiorra wouldn't be a proper judge of his own body. For someone who regularly regrows parts of himself, who better to make the call that his body is finally failing him? That he dissolves into ash, just when it seems his limbs are coming back in fine, suggests this is true. His body simply doesn't have enough juice left to go on. It tried. It failed. And now Ulquiorra is dead. God willing, he'll stay that way.

[[WMG: Orihime's power can't erase the Hogyoku]]

Partly because it is Aizen, since he as backup plans overlaying backup plans, but I highly doubt that Orihime can negate the Hogyoku from existence, as she believes after Aizen shows it to her. If Aizen knew that Orihime's powers can erase the Hogyoku, I don't think he would show it to her until he wanted her to heal it (although he reveals he only took her to lure Ichigo and Co and four captains to Las Noches and imprison them there). To get to my point: Orihime can most likely only erase negative events that occur to an object, and not erase it from existence, as all of Aizen's 'phenomenon rejection' talk led her to believe, and she'll only wind up fixing the hogyoku as he originally verbally stated to her.
* I sort of agree with this. My own personal theory about it is that Aizen is planning on Orihime betraying him and trying to use her power to reject Hougyoku from existence. How would that work to his advantage? The way I look at how Orihime's power works it is that she rejects the event from the timeline - but it happens gradually. Sort of like like a "fast backward". So if Orihime tried to erase the Hougyoku, she'd slowly make it regress into the past - her intention being to regress it back to where it doesn't exist. But that's not what will happen. Aizen will stop her at the moment when Hougyoku is regress to awakenening. This will give him a fully awakened Hougyoku at his hands and it'll fit his status as TheChessmaster.
* I was begining to think I was the only one who thought this! I mean, c'mon, Aizen spouted all that stuff about rejecting the will of god, and then with practically his next breath "Oh, and here's my nearly drained MacGuffin over here, it'd be very bad for me if this was erased, oh yes!" And as far as I can remeber, we only have his word for what her powers actually are. Gee, couldn't possibly be a trick. Not coming from TheChessmaster!

[[WMG: Ichigo's Hollow will be the hero of the Zanpakutou filler arc]]

Why not it would be funny if of all things it gets resolved because of Ichigo's hollow.

even more funny if Muramasa does the stupid thing and ALLOWS HIM TO TAKE A PHYSCIAL FORM outside of Ichigo oh wait it currently looks like thats exactly what he's trying to do at the moment.

[[WMG: Starrk's [[spoiler:wolf pack]] are actually all the souls he consumed to be a powerful Hollow.]]
That's why [[spoiler:there are so many of them]]. And it would give an interesting twist to the whole "soul consuming process" theory.
* No, they're werewolves. Flying werewolves. $20 says they have lasers too.
* Seems like I wasn't completely wrong. [[spoiler: They were, in reality, fragments of Starrk and Lillynette's souls.]]

[[WMG: Muramasa will be a [[FanNickname Fillergami's]] sword spirit.]]
And this fillergami will be shown to have a sword with illusion powers, and that everything he or she did was just a trick to show how vulnerable the Shinigami are, in case Aizen attacks the group.
* It probably is a [[FanNickname Fillergami's]] Zanpakuto but I doubt that the owner will make an appearance, except for flashbacks maybe. Muramasa said that he killed his owner. Unless he's lying of course.
* He lied. His owner is named Kouga- ''Kuchiki'' Kouga, and the son-in-law of Kuchiki Ginrei AKA Byakuya's grandfather. Considering how odd Byakuya's been acting, it's very likely that a LukeIAmYourFather moment isn't too far behind.

[[WMG: "Superchunky" is the personality-less equivalent of an Adjuchas/Vasto Lorde]]
It's mentioned that the one Wonderweiss was controlling is not the only one of its kind, so there must be more of them in Hueco Mundo somewhere. We also know that Menos-level hollows will continue to cannibalize one another, and it makes sense that not all Gillian-class Menos are at exactly the same power-level. So, Superchunky and his ilk are the end result of Gillian-class menos which had no personality survive their creation devouring one another.

[[WMG: Orihime lied to Ulquiorra as he died]]
Call me heartless, or what you will, but considering what she has been through: a) mentally tortured by Ulquiorra, b) being told by Aizen that she was merely used as a tool to lure Ichigo and Captains to Hueco Mundo, just so he can attack early, and c) Seeing Ichigo killed right before her very eyes by Ulquiorra, JUST HOW CAN SHE SAY SHE ISN'T AFRAID?!! Sorry, I need to emphasize my point. But I can think of a reason why she would say that: 1) Hollow Ichigo, after ripping Ulquiorra apart, reverts back to an alive Ichigo, and 2) Ulquiorra is dying anyway, which poses a question: Who would be afraid if their torturer was dying, and the person they love is actually alive? And what fear would one have of someone on death's doorstep?
* I think Orihime truly wasn't afraid, but I'm more than sure she didn't really forgive him, it was more like what Winry told Scar in FullmetalAlchemist after he asked whether she forgave him or not- a no, but she was sympathetic. Orihime is kind, she hates people dying or getting hurt, so it makes sense that she would feel like she needed to give Ulquiorra something to cherish in his last moments...I guess.
** Ever heard of a white lie? Because compassion could be a good motivation for telling lies, worrying about the truth being too painful for others. Interpreting it like that, in Orihime's mind, she wouldn't want Ulquiorra to think she was scared of him, in fear of him dying without a heart.

[[WMG:Lilynette's last name is not [[spoiler:Gingerback]].]]
It's really [[spoiler:Gingerbaques]]. And then Tite Kubo is gonna change it to [[spoiler:Gingerbaquez]].
* It could be [[spoiler: Lilynetter Gingerbach]], as the pronounciation doesn't change in Japanese.

[[WMG: If the defeat order being the decreasing numerical order is something, not only Grimmjow, but Harribel may do a HeelFaceTurn.]]
Or maybe Kubo just has something with both numbers 3 and 6. But I noticed how he skipped Harribel's fight to show Barragan's instead. Grimmjow's possibly not dead either, and may even make an EnemyMine with Ichigo and the others, to help defeat Yammy, eventually turning it in a full-blown HeelFaceTurn. And if numbers are there to say anything, Nell was the Terceira, too.
** This WMG makes sense because, Harribel appears to be the most noble of the espada. Also considering the fact that Kenpachi is a good guy Grimmjow could definitely do a HeelFaceTurn.
*** Worst part? Now that Aizen betrayed her trust by cutting her (she's not shown dying and saying something like "I'll reunite with my friends", just being cut, thus, giving the suspense of still having a chance to be healed), it makes this theory even more likely. And I'm going to gloat. Yes, I am.
*** The defeat order is mostly according to decreasing numerical value, but it does occasionally jump around (9, 6, 7, 8, 5, 4, 2 1, 3), making it hard to pin down, especially since almost half of the time, the Espada that was defeated was lower-ranked than the last one.

[[WMG:Kyoka Suigetsu will have one major fault in it's hypnosis power.]]
It will be revealed that Aizen can only produce one illusion at a time. This is why he didn't just quietly go about his business murdering everyone in Karakura and replacing them with illusions and why he is having to go through the whole war to reap the spirtual energy. Seriously though, have we ever seen him produce two illusions at the same time? This could also be the reason the he sealed the Central 46 chamber and didn't just set up a puppet show inside.
* You know, that actually makes a ''lot'' of sense. Once again, brilliance occurs in WMG.
* Aizen does in fact say that he set up a puppet show in Central 46. See [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/176/15/ here]]. To quote "illusion of the 46 chambers holding a meeting, alive and well".
** Darn, and I really thought I might've been onto something.
*** You probably are; This Troper's interpretation was always that the 'illusion' in question was that someone was sending orders from the place (where no one else was allowed) to make it seem like there were still 46 officials holding meetings.

[[WMG: Aizen's real plan to create the King's Key: Have Espada 1-3 and their fraccion get killed in a single place.]]
We know from a few chapters ago when Wonderweiss appeared on the scene that, at least according to Starrk, it meant that Aizen is in a hurry. Based on what we've been told, everything's happening in Karakura Town because it's the right corodanates to create the King's Key before the lines shift or something. The problem is, with Fake Karakura Town the number of souls required to create the Key is missing. Except the top three Espada are all arrancar created from high level menos, composed of thousands upon thousands of hollow, which were all once ordinary souls. What if the deaths of Starrk, Barragan, and Harribel and their fraccion in and/or above the location that is Fake Karakura Town is enough to create the King's Key?

This is Aizen after all. Granted neither he (or was he?) nor Yamamoto were expecting the Vizard s to show up. But his side has still been doing fairly well despite the shinigami having the advantage in numbers. I can just imagine Aizen, following the defeat of the Espada saying to the utterly exhausted Captains gathered: "Congratulations, you've defeated my Espada and in doing so given me exactly what I wanted. So long suckers!"

[[WMG: Bleach Volume 40 Poem's Meaning]]

40: The Lust
(Ulquiorra cover)

"I envy because of the heart. I glutton because of the heart. I covet because of the heart. I am prideful because of the heart. I sloth because of the heart. I rage because of the heart. Because of the heart, I lust for everything about you."

ULQUIORRA SAYS THIS!! Is this seriously the direction Kubo's taking with our favourite stoic Espada should he live? Personally, I don't accept the fact of Ulquiorra becoming so soft because of Inoue of all people (she needed a toddler to talk her out of her fear of Ichigo for all that is SANE!!) Due to the chapters, I, personally, believe he merely is speaking of the flaws of the heart, and how they affect humanity, as the Seven deadly sins, and possibly Ichigo and Co to an extent, because to me, Ulquiorra would use knowledge of the heart to harm people emotionally, and psychologically. Please post which characters in your opinion are affected by each sin in the discussion thread.
* It could be Ichigo's friends' feelings about life, to remind him that he had friends to protect.
** Envy is about Keigo, as he envies Ichigo, somehow.
** Gluttony is about Orihime, as she eats a lot.
** Avarice is about Mizuiro; I don't know, he doesn't really fit anything else in this list, but at least he looks a bit richer than the others.
** Pride is about Uryuu, obviously, due to the Quincy Pride.
** [[UnfortunateImplications Sloth]] is about Sado; he doesn't really fit any, but...
** Ire is about Tatsuki, really obvious to this point, if you have seen her reactions.
** Lust is about Chizuru, as she lusts for... Orihime. But she still counts.

*** Not impossible, but about 99.999% unlikely. To date, the poem has ALWAYS corresponded to the picture above it. Even on those occasions when the poem was about a subject different from the covers (such as the one that was about Ichigo's mask, despite Yoruichi on the cover, the picture above the poem was changed to reflect its subject. Ulquiorra was above the poem. The poem represents Ulquiorra. That's all there is to it. Get over it. "softened up" by character development plenty of fans saw coming, so it hardly seems criminal. Besides, I can't help but notice that the fans who pretend to be outraged by Ulquiorra's "softening" up tend to have the most peculiar trait of sharing a common shipping bias that would make them very desperately want Ulquiorra to be a CompleteMonster , so...

[[WMG:Somehow, Orihime has two different dimensional counterparts.]]
* [[{{Naruto}} Hinata]] and [[SuzumiyaHaruhi Mikuru]]. All three are shy and busty. Hinata and Orihime have a secret crush on the protagonist. Mikuru and Orihime are both clumsy redheads. Hinata and Mikuru are extremely reservered. Mikuru may also harbor interest for Kyon as well. Also, while Mikuru is "a walking shrine of {{Moe}}", Hinata and Orihime also show Moe traits. Is it even coincidental that they have the same voice in English? Well, for this case, it could have something to deal with her Shun Shun Rikka.

[[WMG:Lisa Yadomaru is japanese-american and got to the Soul Society in the past via time paradox.]]
Because there is no way I will accept that a natural born japanese girl- born and raised in japan centuries ago- has the first name Lisa.
* Risa is a perfectly good Japanese name, though.

[[WMG: The flaw in Aizen's Zanpakuto.]]
Aizen tells us that Complete Hypnosis controls the 5 senses of the target to cast perfect illusions. But those are not the only senses that Shinigami possess. We know that they can sense the reiatsu/reiryoku of another person. If this sense is separate from the five standard senses and precise enough to pinpoint someone's position then Aizen can be effectively fought against. It's still an incredibly overpowered ability but it's not completely unbeatable.
* Considering Ichigo has shown himself to be able to track spirit energy very precisely that wouldn't surprise me.

[[WMG:Ichigo is half-dead]]
Because of his mom being a human and Isshin being a Soul Reaper, Ichigo and his sisters are half or at least part-way dead (Yuzu could be like 1/5 dead or some other equally small fraction). Becoming a Vizard made Ichigo somewhere around 55% dead and every time he gets more powerful Ichigo is dying. Right about now I'd say that he's 65-70% dead. Ichigo's powers 'leaking' makes anyone they've influenced about as dead as they are 'strong'. When he finally does die all the way, I doubt Ichigo will notice...

[[WMG: Ichigo's not pulling powers out of his ass]]
During the Hueco Mundo Arc, Ichigo has developed two [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new power levels]] but both times he was being "healed" by [[RealityWarper Orihime]]. She pretty clearly likes him and this is Shonen. Is it really that hard to believe that she's boosting his powers as the plot demands it?
* Makes sense- she does have the power to do anything she wants- so her (whether it be consciously or unconciously) boosting his powers is not that too much of a stretch.
* So he's pulling powers out of HER ass? Eeeeew.

[[WMG: Byakuya won the fight with his Zanpakuto]]
And is now disguised as it. Think about it, we know Byakuya survived, and that he's up to something. We also know, or can at least guess that he hasn't informed the other captains, as they would probably at least tell Rukia he's alive (if not what he was doing). He must have somehow survived the fight and gone into hiding, and what better way to hide than right in the middle of the enemy camp. His Zanpakuto is perfect for hiding, his face is obscured, he has the same build as Byakuya and he doesn't talk much. And it's the perfect way to get a cool scene out of this filler, the Zanpakuto are fighting their shiningami partners when one of them gets hit by senbonzakura's knives. He asks what senbonzakura is doing, only to have byakuya pull off the mask and state that he's not senbonzakura (then shunpo out of the disguise of course)
* Didn't Ichigo state that Sode no Shirayuki had a different reiatsu than a Shinigami or a Hollow? This can only work if the manifested Zanpakuto are unable to sense reiatsu or Byakuya is somehow changing/concealing his reiatsu without arousing suspicion. Both of these options seem unlikely. While it's almost certain that Byakuya is doing ''something'' I'm not sure it's a switch with his Zanpakuto.
** {{Jossed}} at the end of Episode 240, when Byakuya is standing with his Zanpakuto.

[[WMG: Ichigo's Bankai will start working again.]]
As we all know, Ichigo's Bankai at the moment seems to be limited to giving him fancy clothes and a black Getsuga. The whole mind-boggling crazy speed has been entirely forgotten - there is not one enemy that was noticeably slower than Ichigo since Byakuya. In his fight with Byakuya, Ichigo's bones broke from the strain of using that speed consistently. This(as far as I remember) has not been commented upon since that fight, but it has never really been resolved either.\\
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My theory is that Ichigo will learn to tap into his Hollow powers for high speed regeneration. This will allow for him to use that speed once again - his bones will simply mend as he fights.

[[WMG: Gin is the real villain.]]
Except he's the only one who knows it. Ever since he and Aizen met, he's been subtly guiding him up until the defection, and is now working behind the scenes at Las Noches. What is his plan? Hell if I know. All I know is that he's the one behind ''everything'' that's happened in the series. ...EVERYTHING.

[[WMG: Shunsui's zanpakuto's "calvinball" ability is the reason Ukitake prevented him from using his bankai.]]
It's probably even worse about it than his shikai. Considering Ukitake's quote, "Your Bankai isn't something that should be used with so many people around." it probably drags everyone into the game somehow.
* The actual quote is that he shouldn't use his ''bankai'' "where others can see", which implies that it involves some sort of forbidden technique.
** Maybe his bankai works similarly to Kyouka Suigetsu, in that everyone who sees the release is affected. So Ukitake meant that he literally shouldn't use it if there is someone other than the enemy around.
** Depending on the translation it can also be "Your bankai is not something to be used out in the open like this", "Your bankai isn't something that should be used in a place like this where people will see it" or "That bankai of yours shouldn't be revealed with these many eyes lurking about". The implication seems to be that it's all those things - dangerous to people around, something that should remain secret(or is forbidden somehow) or it could work similarly to Kyouka Suigetsu. Really, it's hard to tell what exactly will that thing do, except that it will probably be BadAss.

[[WMG: Muramasa is either...]]
...the creator of the Zanpaktou or the one who figured out how to seal them into swords. This is assuming he has a MeaningfulName.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muramasa
''[According to a folk legend,] once drawn, a Muramasa blade has to draw blood before it can be returned to its scabbard, even to the point of forcing its wielder to wound himself or commit suicide. Thus, it is thought of as a demonic cursed blade that creates bloodlust in those who wield it.''
* According to this legend, he could very well be KENPACHI'S SWORD SPIRIT! HOW FITTING! Also, it'd be awesome if everything was a plan by Muramasa to call Kenpachi's attention. He was obviously lying when he said he killed his owner; a sword spirit should die if it does so. It'll be hillarious when Ken-chan comes and says "You wish you killed me, bastard".

[[WMG: The Zanpakuto arc may be more important than your average filler...]]
The current anime arc is focusing on shinigami fighting against their zanpakutos' spirits. How long until Kenpachi meets his?
* Read description above. If it's not Muramasa himself, it'll make me a sad panda.
* But if Kenpachi's zanpakuto is revealed in a filler arc, [[FridgeLogic either it can't be introduced in the manga or Kubo will have to shoehorn in another battle]]... then again, maybe that won't be any different from normal.

[[WMG: Grimmjow will recover from being Put On A Bus, and...]]
Perform a dramatic, flashback-laden Heel Face Turn in order to get revenge on Kaname Tosen for the loss of his arm. Ichigo will arrive, and team up (grudgingly) with Grimmjow in order to fight Gin Ichimaru and Tosen (with Grimmjow taking Tosen).
* {{Jossed}}, [[spoiler: Tousen's dead.]]

[[WMG: Las Noches used to be the the site of an ancient Hollow Kingdom.]]
Thousands of years ago, before the Shinigami Academy was even founded, there thrived a Kingdom of Hollows in Las Noches. The Vasto Lordes were the rulers. Over time, it decayed into what Barragan ruled over. Aizen built it back up to some of its former glory.

[[WMG: How Aizen will be defeated]]
We can be pretty sure that he ''will'' be, maybe not so soon but it will happen eventually.
* Tosen betrays him. Either he pulls a HeelFaceTurn, he is revealed to have been working for SS or the king all along, or he becomes TheStarscream. This would actually be a pretty obvious choice, as it has been established that Tosen is the only one who is immune to Kyouka Suigetsu. What makes it unlikely is that a) Aizen is well aware of this, so either he made sure that Tosen would stay on his side, or he has precautions. Anything else would be out of character. And b), this is still a Shonen fighting manga, so the BigBad has to go down in a ''fight'', preferable with the hero or at least with one of his allies (although this could be averted with Tosen becoming the new BigBad - then ''he'' is the one that has to be defeated.
** Perhaps, when Aizen said that people would be affected by seeing the release, he didn't only meant "see", but maybe he meant "hearing it being unsheated", too. Aizen's too powerful of a villain to be defeated by such a flaw.
*** Disproven as Unohana states as long as you don't see it, you are invincible against it
* Aizen succeeds in getting to the king, who is an EldritchAbomination that obliterates him with a look. That's what you get for megalomania. If thats the end, same problem as above, and if not, well, than we have an even ''bigger'' GameBreaker to defeat.
* Orihime uses her RealityWarper powers to negate the effect of Kyouka Suigetsu, which enables Ichigo to fight him.
* In a fit of megalomania Aizen does something that makes himself even more powerful, but at the cost of losing his old zanpakutou powers. Then he can be defeated in the oldfashioned way, with MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours.
* It is revealed that the illusion has a flaw which can be exploited (this one has it's own WMG somewhere above)
* He starts to destroy Karakura Town, which Orihime doesn't have enough energy to restore, and so she goes crazy and in a panic wills away his existence.
* His Bankai gives him an extremely flashy ability, but he loses the ability to create illusions, making him a ClippedWingAngel and allowing Ichigo to defeat him.
* Given evidence with Tousen- Just because using hollowfication makes you physically stronger doesn't mean you get to keep the same cool abilities you had as a shinigami.

[[WMG:Nel is {{Yotsuba}}]]
* Don't believe me: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/yotsuba/c018/16.html BEHOLD!]]
** Must... make... [[MotivationalPoster Mot]] of this... now...

[[WMG:Ishida will become extremely powerful.]]
I asked one question in JustBugsMe - why, after loosing his Quincy powers to final form, didn't Ishida just go to Orihime so that she could restore his powers? If she can bring back the freaking dead(at least sometimes) then restoring his Quincy powers should be a piece of cake.\\
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Thus, when the next round of power upgrades comes along, Quincy Final Form will become a regular occurrence to Ishida. Every time he uses it, he'll just go back to Orihime so that she may restore his powers and use it again. Or maybe this Final Form-Restore-Final Form-Restore etc. cycle will mean that Ishida's powers will evolve to the point where he will have some sort of a permanent Final Form.
** This troper has always felt that Ishida should be able to use Final Form permanently...if only he were ''dead''. It's specifically mentioned that his human body is the limiting factor on it, so if he didn't have one of those...

[[WMG:Aizen's ''real'' plan for creating a new King's Key...]]
...is to [[UnwittingPawn trick us tropers]] into making this WMG page so long it collapses into itself, as a substitute for the 100,000 souls required otherwise.

[[WMG:Kyoraku's pink coat is a kind of defense against his sword's "color" game.]]
It's color makes the enemy unlikely to be able to damage it easily, but it's a double-edged sword in that it limits his own attack power, which is why he took it off to fight Starrk.
* That's actually savvy enough to make sense.

[[WMG:Ichigo is overprotective of Orihime because he is a descendant of the Royal Guard, and she of the Royal Family]]
I've already spammed the idea of Orihime being related to the Royal Realm, due to her unique powers, and it is generally accepted that Isshin was part of the Royal Guard- so, what if the reason why Ichigo is so batshit about Orihime's protection is that he is ''meant'' to protect her? He's protective enough as is, but with Orihime, he takes it to some extremes. It may also explain why he didn't hurt her when he was in uber-Hollow form. (Of course, he may just be so protective of her because she's the only one who truly ''needs'' him to protect her.)

[[WMG:Aizen just created the King's Key.]]
Via [[spoiler:The deaths of Barragan, Starrk, and Harribel. If as widely assumed they were all Vasto Lordes (it's a virtual certainty for Starrk and Barragan, at least), the three of them plus the various dead Fraccion could add up to the 100,000 souls Aizen needs.]] Thus, Aizen set up a battle that he can't possibly lose. Even if his forces are crushed, he still wins.
* Still, if this were the case, it's strange that he would kill Harribel himself rather than say, after the heroes killed her, "Congratulations, this was all part of my plan," like he did after Nnoitra's defeat.

[[WMG:Kyoraku likes to hang around at [[YuGiOh Duel Monsters Tournaments]] with his Shikai released.]]
Which is why everyone in YuGiOh takes their children's card games very, very seriously.

[[WMG: Only an illusion-type sword can defeat an illusion-type sword.]]
I may sound like [[JackieChanAdventures Uncle Chan]] here, but it'd make sense. Aizen's sword, being an illusion type, would be able to make him immune to illusions, as a minor, reflexive ability. What if there's another illusion-type sword that can nullify Aizen's? What if this sword hasn't awakened completely, due to being in an extremely inexpericendes Shinigami's hands? What if '''Ichigo Kurosaki''' has the same descriptions above? We have seen him awakening his sword's Bankai, but we haven't seen him properly using it. If he did, his Bankai at least looks pretty weak, then, and needs more maturing. Or maybe it's an illusion that makes people think that's always weak, but gets progressively stronger with each attack (also, I can't swallow that Ichigo never had a proper Shikai all that time, there must be something wrong).

One more thing! Ichigo have never, ever seen Aizen releasing his zanpakutou, or seen his illusions. And even if he seen, who would be sure that he wouldn't track it as an illusion? If there's another clue, it would be his refined spiritual track. Aizen couldn't fool it.

Maybe it's a crazy theory, but if it manages to make sense in someone's mind, go ahead to comment and give mmore basis.
* While I doubt that Ichigo has an illusion-type, the fact you mentioned that Ichigo has never seen Aizen's release made this troper realize something: it's a bit of a stretch, but it might end up being that it'll be up to Team Karakura (i.e. Ichigo, Chad, Ishida and Orihime) to defeat Aizen in the end, since none of them have ever seen Aizen's release and would initially be immune to his illusions. While doubtful, it'd bring an earlier concept full circle (what with the four of them having initially teamed up to infiltrate Soul Society) and be delightfully ironic that, [[XanatosRoulette despite having somehow planned for every contingency]], [[BoringInvincibleVillain Aizen]] is ultimately undone by a bunch of highschoolers.
** Wait, wouldn't he just reseal his sword and the re-release it, thereby making sure everyone sees his release and is under his power? It's not like he can only do it once or something.
** In this latest chapter, Unohana pretty much says that Ichigo is the only one capable of defeating Aizen because he hasn't seen the shikai. That and he must not see it, at all, no matter what. And in response to the above idea, it depends on how quickly Aizen can do it and whether or not he's willing to risk dispelling an illusion for the sake of one (or four) high schoolers.
* It seems Aizen has not planned for ''every'' contingency indeed- Shinji has revealed that his zanpakuto is ''[[OhCrap also]]'' a "control the five senses" sword, though presumably of a different type than Aizen's given its unusual name (his sword is named after rubbing a cat the wrong way, whereas Aizen's is named after idioms for things that can never be seen.).
** Maybe Shinji has a BrownNote zanpakuto?

[[WMG: Lilynette isn't dead.]]
* A crazy theory I know, but I doubt miss Fanservice(One of them) was killed like that. I think that she might somehow come into play over the next few battles.
** Perhaps she gives her life to save Stark, reinforcing his whole "loneliness" thing.
** I don't recall seeing Starrks guns much in the final battle, and we just [[{{Asspull}} can't have the Primeria get killed by a Shikai!]] Perhaps she can serve as the pairs SoulJar? Then they could pull a HeelFaceTurn and have all kinds of Shinigami friends to keep those LonelyAtTheTop feelings away!
*** I second this motion.

[[WMG: If Grimmjow does a Heel Face Turn a new hotheaded rival is going to be introduced.]]
Ishida, Renji, Grimmjow, and emocar. The pattern is aloof hot headed, Hot headed and aloof again.
* Ishida, Renji, BYAKUYA, Grimmjow, Emocar. Aloof, Hot-headed, Aloof, Hot-headed, Aloof. Next up still be "Hot-headed".
** Why do people always forget Kenpachi?
** And Ikkaku.

[[WMG: Ichigo's mother was DeadAllAlong.]]
But just a normal whole who came with Isshin when he was banished, not a seated shinigami (or a shinigami at all) or a hollow.

[[WMG: [[ObfuscatingStupidity Keigo]] is Aizen.]]
He came to Karakura in disguise to watch Isshin and (depending on the timing) his kid(s), and is the real reason Ichigo's friends advanced so quickly in the Spirit Powers department (they had already been developing for some time, but hadn't yet awakened). The Aizen in the Soul Society was merely an illusion, or even the released version of his zanpakuto/its bankai. This is how Aizen managed to use an illusion on Ichigo after the fight with Byakuya at the execution grounds (Keigo would have had many, many opportunities to release the zanpakuto, especially if it didn't have to look like a sword at the time). (This is mostly based on an image of what is probably Keigo in the first chapter title page that resembles a de-aged Aizen in [[ArtEvolution ZombiePowder style]], but if Aizen is hiding ''anywhere'' in plain sight, and knew about Isshin and his family from the beginning, this would be it.)
* Nah, Mizuiro is Aizen in disguise, Keigo just happens to be his descendant. His personality (or lack thereof) reminds too much of the kind masquerade Aizen had (except that we don't really know if Aizen likes older women; it'd be hillarious if he did, though).

[[WMG: There's another Espada group]]
I can't see the logic in Aizen killing them all off and fighting himself. He's said before that he's unable to fight all the Gotei 13 at once, so in true Aizen tradition he's got some JUST AS PLANNED moment coming up.

The true Espada.

* I can only see Aizen having an army of Vasto Lordes instead.

[[WMG: Wonderweiss' power is to negate other powers with his voice]]
Notice the way things go to pieces when he's around. Hitsugaya's ice prison falls apart like a house of cards. Mashiro's cero is "erased" (her own words). Mashiro's mask, which should last a staggering fifteen hours, vanishes as soon as Wonderweiss starts shouting at her. Take all of this together with Tousen's line about how his words have meaning, and it's not a stretch to think that Wonderweiss is the ultimate nullifier.

[[WMG: muramasa is ashido's zanpakuto]]
We never see ashido release and muramasa is in the forest of menos currently
** As of episode 248 this is wrong. Apparently his master is a guy named Koga Kuchiki who was sealed away by SS by attempting to lead a coup.
** If you know he's Kouga Kuchiki, then you know the leading a coup thing is a load of bull.

[[WMG:Aizen's real weakness is...]]
His hypnosis doesn't work on zanpakuto spirits and they can direct their wielders in battle

[[WMG: Ryuken Ishida is related to Sachie Ishida (Hayate's doctor) of MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha]]
The two of them are doctors, and it's possible that Ryuken insisted that Sachie not become a Quincy since she isn't the Last Quincy. It's possible she shares his attitude on it, especially since she's a {{Muggle}} to the point of not knowing about magic, the TSAB or who the Wolkenritter really are in the third Sound Stage of A's when most of the cast's family and friends have heard about them.

[[WMG: Ichigo used to be a Vasto Lorde]]
Here's a thought - many people are speculating that in Turn Back the Pendulum we haven't been shown the captains of the 10th and 11th division because one of them might be Isshin. But what if it's actually Ichigo who used to be a captain back then?\\
Here's my theory. Two incarnations ago Ichigo became a Hollow and went all the way to becoming a Vasto Lorde. Eventually he was purified and sent to Soul Society, becoming one of the Shinigami. He became a captain of the 10th or the 11th and eventually died - fifteen or so years ago, just in time for his reincarnation.\\
When Ichigo became a Hollow-Shinigami hybrid in the Shattered Shaft training, he started to awaken two sources of his power. One - his Shinigami power, which just an incarnation before was captain level. And two - his Hollow power, which two incarnations before was Vasto Lorde level. This is the reason as to why Ichigo has so much power and an incredible level of growth - he's not actually "learning" how to use his power but rather he's ''remembering'' it, unearthing buried memories.\\
Thus, it wasn't really Shirosaki(maybe he played a part, but it wasn't ''all'' him) who protected Orihime. This awakening of power that I mentioned eventually culimanted after Ulquiorra killed Ichigo. That event was him reverting to his former personality, so to speak, and pounding Ulquiorra into the ground with all the might that a Vasto Lorde/Captain Shinigami hybrid can bring on.
* While this troper suspects that this theory is unlikely to be true, it'd be brilliant if it was since it a) explains a heck of a lot, b) would be awesome, and c) would lead to some rather interesting reactions if/when there was a reveal.
** I find this to be a very interesting theory as well. But since I think about it, Hollow Ichigo's immense power may actually come from feeding on the excess energy Ichigo doesn't use, mimicking a normal hollow's growth, while the small amount that does escape is Ichigo's leaking reiatsu. This is taking into assumption that Ichigo's dad was once a member of Squad 0 some point in the past.

[[WMG: Bleach takes place in an alternate history where Japan and Mexico are the only countries.]]
Why not?
* Make that Japan, Mexico and Germany. Some Quincy-related names are in German, and their origin might very well be German as well, despite the Ishida family being at least partially Japanese.
** Aizen blew Germany up.
* Keigo mentions vacationing in Hawaii at one point.

[[WMG: Aizen only sliced Harribel as an excuse to draw his Zanpaktou.]]
[[FanNickname Captain Broken]] Could probably have taken on the rest of the Soul Society forces there with the remaining Espada's and Wonderweiss's help and with his two over-powered subordinate captains, but why risk damaging his elegant self? He's a Captain and presumably knows Bankai (though Kempachi proves you can cram horrendous buttloads of spirit power into someone who otherwise lacks Captain-level qualifications) and can release his Zanpaktou without calling it's name. Also, isn't it interesting that as awesome as Aizen is it's Gin who slices and dices Hiyori rather than Aizen doing it himself?

Conclusion: Aizen has set himself up in the eyes of the Soul Society as being pure malevolent [[ForTheEvuls Evil for Evil's Sake]] style super-villian with the events surrounding his departure from Soul Society, so a YouHaveFailedMe style assasination of the last Espada doesn't seem out of character for him. He slashes Harribel, has his Zanpaktou razzle-dazzle everyone, then leaves Gin (who's in on The Plan) to help keep-up the illusion while he slips out through a Garganta un-noticed on his way to the Real Karakura town to enact his Master Plan. ([[spoiler:Where he will have to face-off against Squad 0, the Royal Guard.]])

[[WMG:The
''{{Bleach}}'' universe is an alternate universe of the ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'' universe.]]
Really, the coincidences are so coincidential it's scary. OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent (Kyon and Ichigo) [[BoyMeetsGirl meets]] girl who changes his life in some way (Haruhi and Rukia). The boy and the girl are part of a FiveManBand. The other three members are a {{Moe}} [[GagBoobs large-chested]] [[HeroesWantRedheads redhead]] (Mikuru and Orihime), a [[TheSmartGuy smart]], [[ScaryShinyGlasses bespectacled]], [[TheStoic stoic]] [[BadassBookworm bookworm]] [[LastNameBasis often called by their last name]] (Nagato and Ishida), and [[TheBigGuy a significantly-taller guy]] with shaggy hair [[LastNameBasis also known by their last name]] (Koizumi and Sado).
* Also, Tsuruya is Tatsuki (stronger, more confident friend to the moe redhead) and Taniguchi and Kunikida are Keigo and Mizuiro (one is a passionate LeisureSuitLarry, the other a normal-acting character that follows him around; both ThoseTwoGuys to the protagonist).
** Here is more proof. [[http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire3/edb759e0593336005785433dfcca5cc01226435103_full.png Warning: May shatter universes.]]

[[WMG: Aizen will be captured by CandleJack]]
And Gin will have to find and untie him befo
* Of course! It all makes so much sen
** Hey, you didn't actually say Candlejack. ...oh sh
-->"I'm gonna need more rope."

[[WMG: Isshin will be the deciding factor in the battle for Karakura town.]]
Aizen has time and again been established as an impossibly good planner. He's been shown to be able to set up infallible xanatos gambits, and to have everyone play right into his hand. In this latest arc, it makes sense that he had taken all of the gotei 13 into account, all of the visored, Ichigo and crew, as well as Urahara and crew. I mean, he knows about everyone involved who could make a difference, and must have planned around them...
except Isshin Kurosaki.

[[WMG: The series' length is at least partly due to Aizen being a total GameBreaker]]
Basically, Kubo got a bit carried away when he was coming up with the BigBad and realised a bit too late in the game that he couldn't come up with a plausible way for said BigBad to get his just desserts. So he keeps the storylines going for as long as possible to give him time to come up with something. A bit unfair to Kubo-san perhaps but it would explain a few things.
* There is already a weakness to Kyoka Suigetsu- the victim has to see the sword being released- and Ichigo hasn't seen its release, he probably will be able to fight Aizen without succumbing to its effects.

[[WMG: Kirio Hikifune is Masaki Kurosaki.]]
Of course, she didn't die so easily to such a weak Hollow. She possibly used a kido to scare him away due to the short time she had to protect her son, and used shunpo, to not be seen as a Shinigami by Ichigo. The body Ichigo saw was just her Gigai. It would reinforce the theory that Isshin is from the Royal Guard, too, as they probably knew each other there. They modified their names and ran away to the living world, but only Isshin lost his powers due to being conditioned as a Royal Guard for more time than her. Hiyori didn't notice her possibly because she hid her spiritual pressure all the time, and because they lived in almost opposite sides of Karakura. She's probably hiding, ready to help defeating Aizen when time comes.
* Masaki wouldn't need to keep her powers to still be a Royal guard. If both of them were Royal guards, and Masaki lost her powers (or couldn't separate from her gigai quickly enough because she spent so long in it) that would explain her death to one of the weaker Hollows such as Grand Fisher, although she could have scared him off, like you said, with some weak kido before dying. In this theory, Masaki would actually be dead, but Ichigo would still be 100% Shinigami. Doesn't really explain why Yuzu has no spiritual abilities, but. It's possible that that's simply because of timing or some other natural cause.

Or maybe...

[[WMG:Isshin is a reincarnated captain]]
We don't know for sure how much time it takes for a soul to reincarnate, and even more when it's a powerful soul, so, it could have taken more than half a century until the 10th division's previous captain, who died right before the happenings in Turn Back the Pendulum, could reincarnate. The deceased captain probably reincarnated as Isshin Kurosaki, somehow or another, became aware of his previous reincarnation, and asked Urahara for help. It could explain how he got rags that look like a piece of haori, but aren't exactly such; it's probably a vestige of his previous incarnation.

[[WMG:The series will have a Kill em all Ending]]
The last battle escalates further, Aizen unvails some insane new power, people end up dropping left and right. Ichigo and co. show up and turn the tide of battle, but in the end there are no survivors. The next part will be people in Karakura town in mourning (probably with futile search effort going on, and eventually called off). Showing how Tatsuki, Isshin, Ryuuken, et. all are handling the group's apparent deaths. Then you see what an uproar in Soul Society there is because they ending up losing most, if not all of the captains. Eventually, things jump many years in the future, and things become less bleak: Chad, Orihime, and Ishida have put together new lives in Soul Society. I could see Chad becoming a Soul Reaper and Orihime becoming a medic. Ishida... Soul Society's Batman, maybe? I can't really see him wanting to be a Soul Reaper. We might also see what happened to the purified Arrancar (which probably wouldn't be very pleasant for them, with the possible exception of Nel.) The old leutenants will have become captains.

Cut back to the living world, the reincarnated captains, vizored, Rukia and Renji our living out their lives rather well (again, with the villians probably getting a karmic fate). I'm not sure which side Ichigo would end up on, but he'd probably end fine either way.

[[WMG:In the filler, Byakuya's reason for betraying Soul Society is a desire to protect Rukia...taken to the extreme]]
Byakuya has stated that his reason for switching sides is for "his pride". Now, he could literally mean his pride as in "I lost to Ichigo and now I need to redeem myself", but that's a bit too petty for him, and recent actions in episodes 240 and 241 reveal more about his intentions than his words. After all, what else has he referred to as his "pride"? Oh, that's right, RUKIA.

But wait, didn't he kill Sode no Shirayuki? Ah, but when Senbonzakura commented that "a Shinigami is nothing without their zanpakuto", it didn't seem to bother him too much. Then, when delivering the remains of her zanpakuto to Rukia, he only said "Stay out of this fight." Combine this with a few facts from regular canon: Byakuya's never seemed thrilled about Rukia taking on assignments and he's gone out of his way to ensure that Rukia doesn't get promoted so she doesn't get involved in more dangerous missions.

It adds up to indicate that Byakuya has never really liked Rukia placing herself in danger as a Shinigami, but didn't want to explicitly force her out of service and was too late to prevent her becoming a Shinigami in the first place. So now he does the next best thing; he destroys her zanpakuto so she has no ''choice'' but to retire.

This troper is betting that the two times Rukia is about to be attacked in 241 (when Senbonzakura does it and then when the rest of the zanpakuto join in), he would've stepped up to prevent it had Renji and the Black Ops, respectively, not jumped in. When this is revealed, he'll likely say something along the lines of "You can have Soul Society if you want...but Rukia is OFF LIMITS."

[[WMG: In the current filler Sode no Shirayuki is NotQuiteDead yet.]]

All that needs to happen for the 3rd dance Shirafune to be performed somehow and she'll be as good as new or at least in a not so dead state..maybe.

[[WMG: Izuru Kira is the son of Gin Ichimaru and Rangiku Matsumoto]]
Kira was very devoted to Ichimaru and descended into even deeper depression when he left. Matsumoto and Kira have a close relationship and it's implied there's something between Matsumoto and Ichimaru. Possibly Kira does not know this fact but the others do. It's the only reason why [[MagnificentBastard Gin]] [[AxCrazy Ichimaru]] treats them differently.

[[WMG: Szayel is NotQuiteDead]]
He will have had a [[CrazyPrepared contigency plan to keep himself alive in case he was ever killed.]] He will show up later as a mercenary of sorts, willing to work for whoever gives him the material to do his research.
* Wasn't ''Gabriel'' his contingency plan?
** [[CrazyPrepared He has another one.]]

[[WMG: Rukia has a Hollow side]]
No matter what anyone might believe or claim, having the Hogokyu sealed in her all that while wasn't totally without effect. It's a smart 'un, though, waiting for a truly critical moment, when Rukia really doesn't have anything left to save herself with, to manifest.
* Ichigo's hollow really didn't manifest itself and take over Ichigo until he learned Bankai, so this could work if Rukia acheives Bankai (she has to in order to keep up).

[[WMG: Ichigo has been absorbing all the Arrancrar he's defeated since getting his inner hollow]]
...which is why his inner hollow seems to have leveled up so much. We know hollows get stronger by eating or absorbing other hollows, so if Hichigo has gotten stronger...
* Its seems to be that Hollows increase in power by absorbing souls because they can't increase their power through training or just working at it, like Shinigami or spiritually empowered humans such as the Quinces or Chad & Orihime can. If thats right it means that Inner-Hollows gain power ''both'' ways, through the absorbations of external sources of power and through training because of their Shinigami parent-soul. Thus as Ichigo got stronger, so did his Inner-Hollow.

[[WMG: Kubo has been playing too much [[WorldOfWarcraft WoW]].]]
He's turning Yammy into a raid boss.
* This troper can just see it now...
-->'''Rukia:''' Alright, even numbers left side, odd numbers right side!
-->'''Chad:''' (Gets smacked away)
-->'''Rukia:''' Many whelps, left side! Handle it!
-->'''Renji:''' (Gets stomped)
-->'''Rukia:''' That's a 50 DKP MINUS!
** Seriously, someone should stomp YOU for saying that...
* --> Ichigo (or Kenpachi) ignoring her, runs right into the enemy
--> Rukia: ICHIGO KUROSAKIIIIIIII!!! (or KENPACHI ZARAKIIIIIIIIIII!!!)
[[WMG: Espada ranking]]
Having come across a recent forum discussing Vasto Lordes, and possible fluctuating powers in existing Vasto Lordes, I've decided to put together this board on the level each Espada was at before becoming arrancar. Here's a link: http://bleachasylum.com/showthread.php?p=1796378:

#10: Yammy: Mid-level Adjuchas Arrancar (changes with release)
#9: Aaroniero: Extremely High-level Gillian
#8: Szayel: Mid-level Adjuchas
#7: Zommari: Mid-level Adjuchas
#6: Grimmjow: High-Level Adjuchas
#5: Nnoitra: High-level Adjuchas

Now onto the ones heavily speculated as Vasto Lordes:

#4: Ulquiorra: Mid-Level Vasto Lordes (sacrificed power for regeneration, [[spoiler: true potential shown in Second Release, exceeding all other Espada]])
#3: Tia Harribel: Low-Level Vasto Lordes
#2: Barragan: Low-level Vasto Lordes (ability makes this debatable)
#1: Starrk: Low-Mid-Level Vasto Lordes
[[spoiler: #0: Yammy Post-Release: Kaiju Adjuchas (absorbed spirit energy boosted his power above all other Espada except Ulquiorra 2nd release]])

Now, to discuss [[spoiler: Wonderweiss and Ulquiorra]]:

[[spoiler: Ulquiorra Second-release: Mid-level Vasto Lordes (evidence suggests power exceeds his "superiors"), maybe matching or even exceeding Aizen.]]

Wonderweiss Margera: [[spoiler: Mid-level Vasto Lordes (One-shotted Jushiro Ukitake, fighitng Kensei's bankai and hasn't released yet, Starrk considers his presence as Aizen getting impatient]]

Now, onto a unique subject, and that is... Hollow Ichigo as of chapter 350.

Hollow Ichigo: Equivalent to High-level Vasto Lordes: [[spoiler: Easily defeated Second Release Ulquiorra without breaking a sweat]]

If this theory is true, we've yet to truly see the upper class Vasto Lordes in action, besides Wonderweiss and Ulquiorra.

It's true that Halibel was a weak VL, she said it herself because she refused to consume hollows.

[[WMG: Ukitake's Bankai will take the form of a storm]]
IF the games are to be believed, then his powers are over water and lightning. Then, his bankai will give him power over a large storm. My personal theory is that it would be either a hailstorm, a hurricane, or a blizzard, gaining the appropriate elemental abilities for that and changing his weapon. For the hailstorm he would gain a power rangers grade gunsword as a weapon, for the blizzard he would gain metal fans, and for the hurricane he would get a short sword on his sword for him to use as like a kusarigama.
* I mentioned this above, but it has since been pretty much {{Jossed}}, as the games are not accurate regarding Ukitake's or Kyoraku's powers. Ukitake's powers are actually based on absorbing his opponent's attack and firing back at him, as seen against Starrk.

[[WMG: One of the ways I can see Aizen becoming more evil is...]]
Kidnapping Karin Kurosaki. Tite mentioned in an interview we would see a "more evil" Aizen. So I'd imagine that the only way Kubo could top Aizen nearly killing Momo, and basically everything he's done up to this point, is by kidnapping Karin. If we receive a time-skip of say about 2-5 years, this could result through use of a memory chikan (a powerful one), of him brain-washing Karin into thinking Aizen is her father, and training her to fight for him. It'd be the ultimate emotional blow to Ichigo, beyond anything else imaginable (besides Karakura Town's destruction), and in Aizen's eyes, give him a weapon equivalent to Ichigo, as she could logically go through the same power growth as Ichigo, with Aizen's guiding hand.
* That idea has been used a fair few times in fanfic so if it does happen in canon there's going to be a lot of people saying they called it.

[[WMG: Reiatsu shape]]
The only three characters we've seen whose reiatsu has taken on a certain shape is Ichigo, Kenpachi, and Yachiru, all in the same battle. What does this mean for these three? Please post your theories here:
* It could attest to the immense power these three possess, similar to Toshiro and Yamamoto's zanpakutos.
* It could be referencing that they're just that HotBlooded, and not any particular indication of spiritual power.
* It could be something to do with one's "spirit type" (like the shape of a zanpakuto spirit or Hollow form).
** Such as their demon-spirit part. Kenpachi's been called a demon before, it's been guessed in WMG that Ichigo is part demon, and it might explain why Yachiru is... well, I'll just say "pretty much uncontested".

[[WMG: Byakuya and Kenpachi will fail to beat Yammy, paving the way for Unohana to have her fight scene and the big reveal of her abilities.]]
KT has stated that he's going to have a big fight scene for Unohana, and what's [[IncrediblyLamePun bigger than Yammyzilla?]] It'll also really serve to demonstrate why her fellow Captains are "afraid" of her, if she effortlessly wipes out a monsterous opponent that even two Captains together couldn't beat.
* Likely Jossed now, as she's heading for the main battlefield with Ichigo.

[[WMG: Hollow Forms and Zanpakuto Spirits are the same.]]
* This WMG obviously takes its main inspiration from Hollow Ichigo's words and actions. However, it is also interesting to note that when someone uses Bankai, they tend to take on aspects of their Zanpakuto spirit's appearance. This is similar to an Arrancar's release, which simply allows them to restore their Hollow forms over their humanoid forms. This may also have something to do with the new filler arc, in which the Zanpakuto spirits are in humanoid forms (though they seem to be able to take their previous/Bankai forms).

* This WMG also suggests that the Spirits shown in the Muramasa arc are similar to Arrancar in this regard, and that a soul is more likely to become a strong Shinigami if it was/is a purified Hollow. Which, in turn, could be why some Shinigami such as Toshiro and Ichigo are so powerful at a relatively young age.

* A couple things which could back up this possibility: When Shinigami release their swords, their swords which transform. When Arrancar release their swords, ''they'' transform. Also, each Arrancar appears to have some unique trait or skill (Starrk's [[spoiler: soul-splitting ability]], Aaroniero's ability to absorb the powers of other hollows), while their swords seem to have no real distinguishing traits except for being different sizes and shapes. With Shinigami it's basically the opposite way round, with each sword having a unique power and the wielder being 'ordinary' (for a given value of ordinary, at least).

[[WMG: Kenpachi will be the key to victory]]
Because Kenpachi is the only one whose entire power comes from himself. As stated time and again ''every'' other Shinigami of note's power is theirs and their Zanpakutou's put together, while Kenpachi relies only on himself, meanig he's still at full power. Everyone likely worked this out, but I felt it needed to be said.
* Kenpachi will be the key to victory because he's ''Kenpachi''.

[[WMG: Isshin Kurosaki is the captain who saved Ishida's family]]
Let's look at the facts about Isshin and the Quincy:
* Isshin is implied to be a former captain-level Shinigami, now living in the human world.
* The Quincy were almost entirely wiped out by the Shinigami, with the exception of Ishida Ryuuken and Ishida Uryuu.
* Both Ishidas, as much as they hate each other, have expressed even greater disdain for the Shinigami. Ryuuken even puts a condition on restoring Uryuu's powers, that he never interact with the Shinigami or their friends ever again.
* And yet, we see Ryuuken and Isshin talking with each other like old acquaintances. Not necessarily friends, but Ryuuken isn't outwardly angry at Isshin's presence either.

The questions that these facts raise are:
* How did the Ishida family survive the massacre?
* Why did Isshin get kicked out of Soul Society?
* Why does Ryuuken accept Isshin's presence?

The one explanation that answers all of these questions at once is: Isshin helped the Ishidas escape, and was exiled when he was found out. This would be a pretty interesting backstory, and I hope it will get explored once they finally wrap up this whole Aizen business.
** Minor nitpick: We're not sure when the massacre happened, but it was certainly before Uryuu was born. It's sort of implied that it was when Soken (Uryuu's grandfather) was in his prime, which means Ryuuken may or may not have been alive. If he was, it may partially explain his sour feelings towards being a quincy.
*** It was probably way earlier. Rukia, who is around eighty years old, hasn't even heard of Quincies before Ishida.
**** Rukia's more like 150, so yeah, definitely before any of the Quincies we know of were even born.

[[WMG: Zanpakuto aren't as knowledgeable as Zangetsu makes them appear.]]
Most of what Zangetsu knows about himself and his nature as a zanpakuto comes from Sode no Shirayuki, who taught him during the time Ichigo had claimed Rukia's power (perhaps face to face, perhaps through subconscious - for Ichigo at least - retention of memory when Ichigo became a shinigami again); she herself knew it from Rukia's textbooks during her time at the Academy. The more personal things come from his own ponderings during the (probably otherwise very boring) times Ichigo isn't calling on him, and from discussion with Hichigo.

[[WMG: Kirio Hikifune is Masaki Kurosaki is Neliel Tu Oderschvank]]
Kirio and Isshin (or whatever his name was at the time) were among the original lineup of Captains, and eventually fell in love. This was complicated when Isshin was promoted to the Royal Guard, but Kirio worked her butt off to be granted the same honor, joining the Guard as quickly as she could. This worked out great for most of a century (minus a bit of a freak out when Kirio found out her de facto daughter had turned into a Hollow-thing and disappeared), but some terrible disaster that may well be the topic of a future flashback arc occurred, and the couple was forced to flee to the human world. There, they chanced upon Kisuke Urahara, who offered to help them hide using experimental spirit-draining gigai which would effectively turn them human, with the caveat that he didnít know for certain how long they would last, as they had not yet been perfected for lack of testing. A year later, their spiritual signatures had nearly completely disappeared, and they settled down in Karakura Town under the fake names Isshin and Masaki Kurosaki.

A couple years later, they discovered during the course of normal loving-couple activities that the gigai had made them sufficiently human as to be able to conceive, and Ichigo was born. They decided to build a family, but waited a few years to be certain that Ichigo was a normal and healthy human, having Karin and Yuzu once they were sure. For a time, it was good. Then Ichigo encountered the Grand Fisher, and Masaki, powers locked away by the gigai, was forced to give her own life to protect him, and became a Hollow. Knowing thanks to the return of her power once free of the gigai that if she returned to Earth she would destroy her family, she instead turned her hunger on her fellow Hollows, and over a decade eventually became (at least a part of) the powerful Adjuchas Neliel Tu Oderschvank. Meanwhile, her children grew up without her, her son became a shinigami and then a Vizard, and her husband's gigai began to fail.

When Neliel met Aizen, she gladly accepted the transformation into an Arrancar in order to escape her hunger and stop needing to kill; in the process, the part of herself that had been Kirio and then Masaki came to the fore. She recognized the unassuming Lieutenant she had once known and discovered his plan to wipe out her family and all their friends and neighbors, but feigned loyalty despite her outrage, and was made the first Tres Espada, representing Sacrifice. When Nnoitra and Szayel betrayed her, she lost her conscious memories along with her apparent years. Upon meeting Ichigo, however, Nel subconsciously recognized him to some extent, and immediately latched on to him. By the time Ichigo lost to Nnoitra, her desire to protect him had grown so strong that she was able to break the seal on her power and memories and pound Nnoitra into the dirt, at least until her power faded. Whether she will retain her memories now that she is a child again, and if so what she will tell Ichigo and the rest of her family, remains to be seen.

[[WMG: The reason Aizen fled Hueco Mundo is because he realised they sent Unohana in.]]
He was trying to trap her and get away. Now that she's coming with Ichigo, the fight will be over very soon.

Joking aside, Unohana has probably figured out some way to see past Kyoka Suigetsu's ability and will be the first person to get in a hit on Aizen.
* [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/381/15/ It's Confirmed she has.]] She knows how to completely bypass it. I think this counts as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Unohana
* And now she's heading for where Aizen is. Maybe her Big Fight will be against Aizen himself?
* You realize that by putting Unohana's name in the same sentence with "hit on Aizen" you just gave every shipper from here to the moon something to misinterpret, right?
** [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Oh, God!]] WhatHaveIDone?
*** Too late. I bet it's one-sided... From his part. How else would he avoid hurting her?

[[WMG: Wonderweiss isn't evil, he's just trying to fit in.]]
Childlike and innocent as WW is, he thinks Grimmjow is a PrettyCoolGuy. Eh impales people with his arm and doesn't afraid of anything. Wondie, not realizing Grimmjow is a horrible role model, looks up to him and strives to be just like him. Part of this is responsible for the catlike mannerisms he sometimes displays, but unfortunately it's also taught him it's cool to stick your arm through people's chests as a way to say "hello" and that brutalizing women is A-OK if they started it. The REAL reason Tousen hates Grimmjow is for being a bad influence on Wonderweiss.
* Only problem with that last part is that Tousen hated Grimmjow before Wonderweiss even existed. But the rest.. never thought of that before...

[[WMG: Aizen has ONE WEAKNESS]]
Getting hit with a telephone pole.
* It makes perfect sense! Chad totally needs to do some more pwnage, and this would be awesome.

[[WMG: Aizen's Bankai is to control the five senses of anyone who sees him activate its attack.]]
His shikai is just a cheap visual trick, which hasn't been used since long before the start of the story..

[[WMG: Aizen's Bankai is his shikai plus controlling the perception of spirit energy.]]
Just throwing that out there.

[[WMG: Aizen has no Bankai.]]
His shikai allows him to manipulate the sight and possibly other senses of anyone who sees it release. Up until he defected, everyone thought his zanpaktou was water based. He could have easily used his Shikai during his captaincy exam and conjured up an image of a water based Bankai. We know no one on the heroes' side has ever seen his ''real'' Bankai (assuming he has one).

[[WMG: Aizen's bankai...]]
Allows him to kidnap schmucks and dump them in a literal sea of MindRape water. So if drowning doesn't kill them, the mind rape will.

[[WMG: The King's Key is not a key at all.]]
Its a sword, or more specifically, a Zanpaktou. And it already exists-in the form of Ichigo's Zanpaktou.
* Senkaimon can be opened with Zanpakutou like a key opens a door, so it would only make sense if the Zanpakutou!King's Key opened a portal to the Royal Realm in the same manner.
* It's actually Orihime's hairpins. If you haven't watched Scooby-Doo (or any show that features lock picking), you won't understand the joke.


[[WMG: Aizen's Zanpakuto is a Constant Release Shikai.]]
Every time he pulls it out, people fall under hypnosis. Please note he doesn't appear to have a command for it, such as when he met Barragan. In other words, everyone's doomed.
* That...makes...SENSE! Aizen's got so much spiritual pressure, like Kenpachi and Ichigo, he could never shut off his Shikai. His command only shatters the illusion currently shown, and he merely has to draw his sword for it to re-activate it. In other words, Ichigo's already been exposed. It can go like this:

-->Ichigo's blade passes through Aizen.
-->Ichigo: Wha-?!
-->Aizen appears behind Ichigo, stabbing him.
-->Aizen: The command I give only shatters the illusion my blade creates. Not once, have I never had to speak a command to activate the illusions.
-->Ichigo: What...you mean...?
-->Aizen: Yes, Kyoka Suigetsu is a Full-Time release Zanpakuto.
-->Everyone at FKT looks on in shock as Aizen tears his sword out of Ichigo, and follows him as he hits the ground
-->Aizen: You've been under my spell ever since I tried to cut you in half at the Sokyoku.
-->Ichigo has a flashback of his failed attack against Aizen.
-->Ichigo's thoughts: But that means...I never had any advantage to begin with!
-->Aizen: You still haven't learn that lesson, have you? No matter how much determination you have, no matter how much you want to win, no matter how much you believe you have to win, the difference in our powers...is just too great.

** The fact that he never gives a command doesn't prove much, however. It's shown in the Byakuya vs. Renji fight that a side-effect of achieving Bankai is that you become able to release your Shikai without a command.
** Aizen's shikai ''does'' have a release command. The command is "Shatter".
** What the guy above you meant was that Aizen no longer needs to say "Shatter" to activate his Shikai.

[[WMG:The real reason (or one of the real reasons) Aizen kidnapped Orihime is because she is the key to overcoming his shikai.]]
Orihime's power is to reject events having happened. So if she were to use this on all the captains, she could in theory reject them ever having seen Aizenís shikai and then they all jump in before he could use it again.
* Remember who said that Orihime could reject anything: Aizen himself. Aizen, the same man who played Soul Society like his own puppet show for over 100 years, and is basically Bleach's [[XanatosGambit Xanatos]], able to predict any outcome, even up to the point where he has to use his [[SuperpowerLottery insane power]] to crush the opposition. Who is to say that he didn't just lie to Orihime about her power? He told her it defied the powers of God, able to reject anything out of existence. Her power itself only stated "Return an object to it's original state before it was damaged". The sprites themselves said it only repairs damage does to an object, such as the Hogyoku weakening due to use. So Aizen's only tricking Orihime into believing she can destroy the Hogyoku, only for her to repair it.

[[WMG:Harribel will be saved by Unohana]]
This theory has 2 methods of being fulfilled:
* First, when Ichigo and Unohana arrive at Fake Karakura Town, they will witness the amount of injured ones in the Soul Society side. To fix things quicker, Unohana will either go shikai or bankai which will amount to a massive area heal. Harribel will be caught in the massive heal and recover.
* Second, when Ichigo and Unohana arrive at Fake Karakura Town, the first thing that they notice is that Harribel plummeting to the ground after being sliced by Aizen. After either hearing Harribel's soon-to-be-last words, or someone explains how she got cheap-shotted, Unohana shows pity on her and decided to heal her (Hey, she did heal a Privaron Espada, so her tolerance should be pretty big).

Likewise, there are several outcomes of this event. Either Harribel will be grateful for the save and later pulled a HeelFaceTurn, or she will pull TheFarmerAndTheViper, because EvilCannotComprehendGood.
* Harribel seems to be loyal to her principles, but she would still want to avenge her three fallen companions, and would try to become stronger, so she could defeat Yamamoto. I can totally picture it.

[[WMG: Orihime won't use her healing shield to destroy the Hou-whatsit]]
Instead, she'll use Tsubaki, which will pretty much screw all of Aizen's plans over.
* We can only hope.
** Hope or naivety? Tsubaki is a cutting tool. I wouldn't be surprised if the moment the Hogyoku was pierced by Tsubaki it goes KABOOM!! and levels everything within at most a 100-km radius of Las Noches, Hollow and Shinigami alike, like a nuclear bomb. If it was as simple as that, Urahara would have destroyed it years ago; it's not that he couldn't destroy it, it is just that he had yet to find a safe way of doing it. The hogyoku is made of some pretty volatile stuff, for it to break the borders between Shinigami and hollows. Plus, you are forgetting the kind of man [[XanatosGambit Aizen]] is; he wouldn't have ever shown Orihime the Hogyoku unless he was positive it would fit into his plan ie. she winds up healing it instead of destroying it, since Aizen lied to her about her power being "god-like", and she can't revert anything out of existence, only restore to its original state.
*** I thought Tsubaki 'rejected something by cutting it in half', and I'm pretty sure no one else has something that could literally reject something from existence like that, not even Urahara. So, it's probably the best bet to destroy the Hou-whatsit, unless her powers are exactly what Aizen stated.
**** That's the word: "Cut". The same way Hacchi's technique could cut off those Gillian's heads, and a force field when activated with someone on the barrier edge getting sliced in half. It is basically a flying blade, so it = zanpakuto = KABOOM when used on Hogyoku, if it could pierce it. There would have to be a defined limit to what she can heal or block, since her healing ability was slowed by Ulquiorra's reiatsu when healing Ichigo's first hole in his first fight with #4, we should assume that her powers are only effective to a certain extent, when there isn't a superior reiatsu covering the target, wound, or present in the attack. If that is true, her power would be rendered just about redundant by most enemies (since never once has Orihime's shield been shown to block a Cero, only physical attacks, and even then is it never expected). To be frank, if anyone knew how Orihime's power operated, a foe who knew Shunpo or Sonido would kill her in one strike, since she wouldn't be able to see them move (I don't know how she followed Ulquiorra, since he's a different level than her by galaxies, though I like to assume that there were a few seconds where Ulquiorra was visible behind Ichigo before striking, and she threw up the shield then), since her reiatsu levels are most likely even below Hanataro, a seated officer, and nothing compared to the big hitters currently on the fields of battles. She conceivably has the lowest reiatsu levels of all the named characters in the series (inculding those who have yet to unlock their potential ie. Keigo, Tatsuki and Mizuiro).
**** So, my Bleach Databook book says that Orihime's power is to 'the power to reject the fusion of matter and split it', which, as I am led to believe, as it splits it, it simultaneously destroys its matter and therefore, it. So, there would be no kaboom, it would just...cease to be. Tsubaki is for one-hit kills, and if Orihime ''really'' wants something gone, it's ''going'' to be gone. To say she doesn't have much reiatsu (less than Tatsuki and the gang? I think not) has generally been proven to be false, she has enough strength and presumably, reiatsu, to contain Ichigo -who was actively trying to get out and is a captain class shinigami- in her healing shield, she withstood ceros from both a released Ulquiorra and a form of Ichigo's that was beating the shit out of Ulqui and she was close enough to Ichigo (and by extension, the fight and cero orgins) that she could hear him speak, so, if her powers can withstand so much, who's to say she can't destroy something like that? I'm quite sure the Hougyoku doesn't make its own reiatsu, so...yeah. All the girl needs is enough motivation, and the Hougyoku is gone.
*** Well, Orihime can always use the Shield-Shield to contain the Hougyoku, and cut it in pieces with inside the shield with Tsubaki. Even if it goes KABOOM, there'll be a barrier to avoid any injuries to the others. In theory, Orihime is smart enough to do so. The worst thing that could happen is her shield to leak a bit of the effects and tranform her (and whoever is near her at the time, possibly Ishida and Chad) in Vizards or something.
**** In essence, Tsubaki separates the atoms she attacks, but even if that's so, it wouldn't negate the Hogyoku exploding, since there'd still be two halves of unknown substance waiting to explode, since who knows what that stuff is at the center. Ichigo wasn't even trying to break out of her healing shield; it just sparked, and knocked his outstretched hand back. If he wanted to, he could have probably smashed his way out easily, the same way Kenpachi broke it with his foot. As to Tatsuki and the others, they'd probably have more reiatsu after they unlock their potential, due to being around Ichigo more, especially Tatsuki, since she knew Ichigo since he was was child, but not before. You could have a point, but her shield was never hit directly by said attacks; all they were ever hit with was by the wind kicked up by those attack, which otherwise would have blew her and Ishida off the dome, so containing a explosion wiping out Las Noches is out of the question.
***** As I recall, Ichigo ''was'' trying to get out of her shield, first he outstretched his hand, then he hit the shield, intending to break it and protect Orihime/Nel/Yachiru/everyone. But he couldn't, indicating that Orihime really wanted him healed and protected, and if she wants something, she will make it happen. Also, judging by the sheer volume of the ceros thrown by Ichigo and Ulqui, they probably encountered her shield a few times (plus that massive explosion that Ulqui intiated by cutting Ichibull's horn off) and she came out the only one completely unscratched.
**** I don't think he intended to break it; he didn't want her getting in Nnoitra's way, who would have killed her with a flick of his wrists (one of them), which is what was going through Ichigo's mind at the moment. Besides, if Kenpachi didn' t intervene at that moment to attack Nnoitra, Yachiru may have shown how strong she is, since she didn't seem fazed at Nnoitra.
***** I figured she configured the thing to reject hollows, and Ichigo was pushed away because he's becoming more and more hollow-like.
****** If your theory is correct, then that would mean, that eventually, the Soten Kisshun will refuse to heal Ichigo, because of how much like a Hollow he has become. Could you imagine Orihime's reaction if that were so?
****** The Hollow thing could make sense, but perhaps not- she was able to heal Grimmjow quickly and effectively, giving him his arm and status back. However, it could be that Ichigo just has a much stronger reiatsu than Grimmjow, which in turn makes him harder to heal as his own Hollow reiatsu is presumably stronger than Grimmjow's. I still think it was just her subconscious will to protect him that kept him in that barrier. Her powers are connected to her emotional well-being and will, so if her will is dead set on Ichigo staying in the barrier, I don't think he'd be able to get out.
******* [[FridgeLogic By that logic,]] [[BeyondTheImpossible Ichigo is more of a hollow than an actual hollow!]]
******** Dude, in Bleach, ''anything'' is possible! But, yeah, anyways, I'm sorry, I didn't explain myself. I meant that Ichigo has stronger reiatsu (presumably than Grimmjow, seeing how he beat him and [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp battled]] Ulquiorra) and so his reiatsu from his Hollow side would be proportionally bigger than Grimmy's altogether, making him harder to heal. I'll fix my mistake.

[[WMG: Unohana is a MemeticBadass]]
Somewhere in depths of history, someone (possibly a member of the Eleventh) ticked her off enough for her to lose her temper, an extraordinary event in itself. Lord only knows what actually happened, but since then it has become enshrined in Soul Society legend and been altered and exagerated over the years. Since countless centuries have passed since then, there has been quite a bit of warping. This is not to say that she isn't actually badass, she is a captain after all, it's just that whatever makes the Eleventh Division petrified of her isn't 100% true.
* I think now you're talking in relation to the fandom as a whole.

[[WMG: Mayuri's "spoils of war" in the cage are Grimmjow, Nel and Gantenbainne.]]
Mayuri would LOVE to find out how Arrancar ticked, and these 3 Arrancar(and Harribel) have the biggest chances of pulling a HeelFaceTurn. I bet this is how they'll come back into the story and presumably lead up to Grimmkitty and Kenpachi showing Tousen what a crock of shit "Justice" is.
* Given what Mayuri's [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel research]] entails, this would not be a positive development for them.
** Unless he uses less invasive methods, like he did with Ishida, He wouldn't risk losing such precious subjects so carelessly. Also, have you seen Chad somewhere?
*** Five bucks says it's Dordonii and Cirucci.

[[WMG: Unohana's Bankai inflicts emotional pain]]
They never said how it was more painful than Yamamoto's.
* That's an interesting theory, but what if someone has never been through an emotionally traumatizing event in their lives? I think a combination of poison and acid would be more painful than flames.
** It'd be interesting, but the Bankai that's more likely to inflict emotional pain (probably through LotusEaterMachine) is Aizen's.
** Surely if someone has never been through an emotionally traumatising experience, they'd be even ''more'' vulnerable to emotional pain, given that they haven't built up any mental defences necessary to resist it?

[[WMG: Hanataro's Zanpakuto Hisagomaru is actaully very powerful and blood-thirsty, similar to Unohana's zanpakuto]]
Both of them have healing type Zanpakutos, and for Unohana to make Kyoraku and Ukitake scared, her Bankai must be horrifying.

Hanataro's zanpakuto requires healing other's wounds to power up, and when it goes off, it can nearly kill a Gillian (filler). Akeiro Hisagomaru, could work differently. Like a Gran Rey Cero, his Shikai would probably require Hanataro drawing his own blood, and when it is absorbed, and fired, let's just say that an Adjuchas could be vaporized in one blow (or Arrancar). The reason why Hanataro doesn't know this yet, is because he isn't a violent person, and his zanpakuto won't talk to him for that reason, until at least he is in serious danger. Unohana doesn't bring him to Hueco Mundo for nothing, unless it is out of respect to her last lieutenant, or there is relation between them.

[[WMG: Seinosuke Yamada is Hanatarou's father]]
And Unohana is the mother. Which makes Seinosuke one hell of a CakeEater.

[[WMG: Aizen takes his cues from Displacer Beasts]]
The reason why nothing ever seems to effect him is he's using his Zanpakuto constantly to project a low level illusion. He's really standing five feet to the left.
Which is why the chair is so big.

[[WMG: Kenpachi had his own way to interact with his sword's spirit]]
Kenpachi was a strong character who relied solely on his own power to fight - even working ''against'' his sword's spirit to do so. After his defeat by Ichigo, he asks this being for its name (and thus its cooperation). It is pretty much certain that he failed - and yet now he's more powerful now. True, he could have succeeded later...

But I have a better idea, one that fits Kenpachi. The spirit fails to follow him...

[[BadAss So Kenpachi kicks its ass]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and banishes it from his sword.]] Now he can be stronger - while still maintaining his main character.
* The sword spirit in question was Muramasa and the current filler arc is the result of him being very, very pissed off about being given the heave ho.
** And Muramasa's claim to have killed his owner is a lie, because the truth is too embarrassing to admit to.

[[WMG: Yammy's Gonzui in his Resurrecion...]]
Can completely drain opponents of their reiatsu, and add it to his own, as well as taking it from the environment. It seems to be probable, since he has yet to use that technique against Byakuya and Kenpachi, and it would completely justify his rank, and make him a viable threat.

[[WMG: The Espada are numbered based on raw power.]]
Which would explain how Yammy could be the highest ranked one and be getting his ass kicked by eyepatched Kenpachi; for all his power, he just sucks at fighting.

[[WMG: The Kido Corps consists of former auctioneers.]]
Kido requires a wordy incantation for full effect. The best way to minimize casting time without sacrificing power? Talk really fast.

[[WMG: The series will end in a massive DarkTower-esque reset.]]
All the heroes and villains will die, one by one, except for Orihime. She spends days in bed, depressed. In a flash of inspiration she activates the Twin Sacred Return Shield. With Ayame and Shun'o facing ''outward''.

[[WMG: Sousuke Aizen's weakness is...]]
For the enemy to fully understand him and his reasons. He hinted it not only once, but twice. And by hinted, this troper means that he just blatantly blurted it out, because he didn't expected his enemies to understand such thing. The problem is to achieve such feat... Unless his reasons are to protect someone or something, Ichigo won't be capable to defeat him that easily.

[[WMG: "Devil, Devil, Devil, Devil" is Unohana, Mayuri, Kenpachi, and Byakuya.]]
That is the title for chapter 380. Mayuri and Kenpachi are obvious and need no explanation. Byakuya is still probably the most arrogant of the captains (to the point of probably turning down a chance of tapping Yoruichi's ass simply because his pride as a noble wouldn't allow it), and Unohana...well let us look at two of the most recent chapters. In one, she is all "Ichigo, you are TheMessiah, you will save us all!" The next chapter, she is thinking to herself "Hmm, he's more powerful than I thought, he'll be our trump card!" It is a glaring contradiction. She lied to him. They are using him, and using him hard. My guess is that they will have him make a kamikaze attack on Aizen in the hopes of breaking his power enough for the rest of the captains to attack en masse. Point is, Soul Society is still Morally Grey or perhaps even Morally Bankrupt. And Unohana especially, is crossing the MoralEventHorizon by doing this.
* It seems more likely that Unohana was thought Ichigo was their best chance but still an outside chance. When she said he'll be the trump card is because her hopes are confirmed, meaning she really thinks its likely rather than the best of a bad hand.

[[WMG: Isshin was captain of Squad 6.]]
Well there ''was'' that comment in the Soul Society arc that Ichigo bore a resemblance to Byakuya's predecessor...
* Source?
** Back in the Soul Society arc, the anime episode with Ukitake stopping Byakuya from attacking Ichigo if I remember correctly.

[[WMG: Ichigo is equal to Aizen in raw power.]]
Unohana says his spirit power is "comparable to a Captain's" and Ichigo claims that he's only at half strength, showing his ripped longcoat as proof. He states that it's a part of his bankai, and it being half gone means that so is his power. At one point in the series, Aizen claims that the Hogyoku can be temporarily awakened by fusing it's spirit power with someone who has "twice the power of a shinigami captain" and then proceeds to use it, showing that he was refering to himself. Methinks Ichigo will fight Aizen, and get his ass kicked based on the vast difference in skill.
* If that's the case, then it would mean Ichigo is actually already ''more powerful'' than Aizen, since "half power" surely doesn't take into account his ludicrously powerful 2nd Hollow form. Even Ichigo himself currently doesn't know how powerful that form is.

[[WMG: Yammy is actually a fairly weak hollow.]]
His ability is to eat/absorb weaker souls and convert them into raw power, causing him to grow. When he releases his sword all the accumulated power is used. In other words, he has no upper limit on his power because he steals it from others. However, he doesn't know how to use it properly, which is why he grows so huge- he can't condense his power.

[[WMG: Prolonged time in Hueco Mundo will cause the Vizard's powers to grow.]]
...leading to their inner hollows showing up again
Chad said that his powers were similar to a hollow's, and felt like it was 'coming home'
Ichigo's mask staying on for longer and longer, [[spoiler: and his hollow appearing]]

[[WMG: When Ichigo and Unohana get to Fake Karakura Town, one of two things will happen]]
One: Unohana makes note of the fact that one of the towers fell, but Ichigo corrects her by saying that he (the only one not under Complete Hypnosis) can't see any towers.

Two: It turns out that Unohana, Old Man Genocide, and Shunsui Kyouraku are involved in Aizen's plot, or are the ones who actually want the King's Key. Captain Tuberculosis could be in on it too.

* I was thinking something similar to number one, I'll bet anything that something at least will be different from what the Captains (and us) think is happening, I was thinking maybe the top three faked their deaths. But for two, even if Old Man Genocide and/or Unohana are traitors I just can't see it of Grabass and Tuberculosis. They are too firmly established as good guys.
* It'd be interesting (and shippingtastic) if it was only Captain Mom, according to a theory way above. It'd explain why Aizen didn't attack her. Also, he's actually trying to protect her (not sure of what), and Ichigo will understand how he feels, which will be the key to discover Aizen's weakness (like a theory above).

[[WMG: Orihime is really a [[DGrayMan Exorcist]] and her innocence manifests as the Shun Shun Rikka.]]
Or maybe she's an [[XMen Omega Level Mutant]] with a crazy new type of mutation that manifests outside of her because it's power is too great to be kept inside her body... And she will be called the Fairy Queen.
* So, Orihime is [[{{Neopets}} Fyora]]?
** YES.

[[WMG: Yammy's Release Power has nothing to do with Cero or direct combat]]
It's actually to cause strife among his opponents, and is responsible for the combat between Kenpachi and Byakuya. Another, not necessarily exclusive possibility is...

[[WMG: Yammy's rank is because of his ridiculous endurance]]
Taking blows from Ichigo, Kenpachi and Byakuya? Yammy isn't powerful because he's got amazing attack or flash? He's the highest ranked because of his massive HP. Essentially this makes him the Blissey of Bleach.
* Yammy used Softboiled!

[[WMG: Unohana is planning to betray the Soul Society because of the Quincy genocide]]
She'll probably have been the highest ranking member of the Gotei 13 who oppossed the idea even if it was to balence out the spirits or whatever. She still carries with her a hatred for those involved and plans to take over Soul Society herself, using Ichigo as a trump card.
* It'd be interesting if her Bankai was a bow. Just so we could, in fact, link one thing to another. Her shikai is probably a manta-shaped blade of sorts (I copied the idea from a {{Subeta}} weapon, but please, don't kill me). Also, it'd be funny if she scolded Ishida for being so... Haphazardous. Oh, the irony. Worst part? I was planning something similar in my fanfiction.
** Could we get a link to that fanfic?

[[WMG: Tosen's plan of "the way of least bloodshed" has worked perfectly]]
None of the protagonists are dead despite Aizen trying to kill them all for quite some time. [[{{memetic mutation}} JUST AS PLANNED]]!

[[WMG: Unohana is on Aizen's side]]
Not sure if it was listed above, and not
related to the one just above but the reason for her recent 'doublethink' in the last couple of chapters. When she told him that he was the only one who could help them, he was talking about soul society, but when she was thinking about how he could be the 'trump card they need'then she might have been hinting at an upcoming possible betrayal. Could also explain why she is only now healing and restoring his spirit energy, instead of doing it before.
* She says that the reason she didn't restore his spirit energy before is because she looked at his healed body and Captain level power and thought he ''was'' restored. She didn't realize that Ichigo has more raw power than an average Captain.
* Keyword is that she says.... She could have been mistaken either way, but the thought afterwards does seem to be of a different tone then the rest of what she has said or even shown so far.
** She ''thinks'' it. I doubt she's thinking lies just to trick us.

[[WMG: The next arcs]]
something I'd posted a while back in RecycledScript:
* A RunningGag among [[@/WanderlustWarrior this troper]] and his friends is that the next two arcs will proceed as follows:
** Ichigo has to learn his ''Quincy'' powers in the ''Rescue Tatsuki'' Arc. Aizen has kidnapped his female friend in a new dimension, ''Hell'', as an elaborate plot to get everything he ever wanted. He succeeds. The regular humans, [[CantCatchUp especially Chad and Orihime]], are marginalized in favor of [[SpotlightStealingSquad the same Soul Society members we
Wild Mass Guesses, see all the damn time]], who continue their streak of failing to do their damn jobs.
** Ichigo has to learn his ''Hell'' powers in the ''Rescue Chizuru'' Arc. Aizen has kidnapped his female friend in a new dimension, ''Purgatory'', as an elaborate plot to get everything he ever wanted. He succeeds. The regular humans, [[CantCatchUp especially Chad and Orihime]], are marginalized in favor of [[SpotlightStealingSquad the same Soul Society members we see all the damn time]], who continue their streak of failing to do their damn jobs. Likely a TournamentArc.
* [=~K* SPAM~=]: And then he will be deemed too powerful and God will fight him to the death. Obviously Ichigo will win, since he's basically a self-resurrecting cockroach. Ichigo will then eat God and become Haruhi Suzumiya.

[[WMG: Kubo's hiatuses are...]]
...excuses to troll TV Tropes for ideas.
* He's giving way too much hints. I want to see how it ends. If he ever confirms this, prepare for slow site traffic; it'll be all Bleach fans (and some mangaka) coming here to suck clever theories like a mosquito does with blood.
** ...what hints? o_O (simple and/or clichéd twists that anyone could've predicted?)
** On the off chance that this theory is true and Kubo is reading this: Kubo-san, there are a lot of ideas regarding how various Arrancar could have survived further up the page. Please take the hint, their apparent deaths were a serious let down. You don't have to make them do a HeelFaceTurn or anything, but they could at the very least die deaths that are more fitting for someone of their power level (seriously, no one is buying that the Primara could be taken out by a Shikai).

[[WMG: If Bleach starts to drop considerably, with low chances of recovering...]]
Tite Kubo will (partially) turn it into a harem series. There's already a complete setting prepared for that (there are around five or six females that already talked a bit to Ichigo and fit the stereotypes, and two or three [[EvenTheGuysWantHim males]] to add [[YaoiFangirl variety]]), he'd only need more perverted jokes.

[[WMG: Shinji Hirako has become self-aware]]
He's realized that he's just a supporting character in a shounen series, and therefore cannot take down the bad guy. He's figured out that Ichigo is the main character and is just waiting for him to show up and take over. He's just planning on keeping Aizen busy until Ichigo shows up at the last moment.
* Which is why he asked Hacchi to take care of Hiyori until Ichigo arrives: he knows Ichigo will bring a healer with him.

[[WMG: All of the Captains are plotting against each other.]]
Unohana believes Yamamoto has overstepped or abused his authority, so once Aizen's out of the way, she's going to take him out. Kyoraku and Ukitake are either her co-conspirators, or plotting against him seperately, but they probably have Hitsugaya on their side. Soi Fon, Byakuya, and Komamura are allied with Yamamoto, but they have their own agendas which will eventually pit them against each other. Mayuri doesn't care who wins as long as he can expirament on them. Kenpachi doesn't care who wins, as long as he gets to fight. Once Aizen and company are defeated, they'll enact their plans. Ichigo will decide it's not his problem ande leave.

[[WMG: Yammy's second form is ''not'' Segunda Etapa.]]
I'm only posting this to pre-empt the flood of people who're going to say it is.

[[WMG: I'VE CRACKED THE CODE ON AIZEN'S PLANS IN THE CURRENT ARC!!]]

By the time this arc is over, I have a feeling that things will only get worse for Ichigo and Co. Orihime's final breaking point will probably be when she finds out the extent of her power...and them not being what she was led to believe by Aizen. This is of course, Aizen we are talking about here, the same man who played Soul Society like his own puppet show for who knows how long. Speaking of which...

In Soul Society, Aizen's goals were to have Rukia executed so he could get his hands on the Sogyoku, and he killed the Central 46 the moment Rukia was captured, and proceeded to give out orders to Soul Society using Kyoka Suigetsu. When Ichigo and Co arrived in Soul Society, he adapted his plans, and utilized the chaos they created to stage his "demise", but since the Gotei 13 were hung up on the matter of the Ryoka, only Captain Unohana suspected his plans, but even then it was too late. And when push came to shove, when Ichigo saved Rukia's life, he had to directly intervene, and extract the Hogyoku personally, revealing his true self in the process. But in the end, he still got what he wanted: the Hogyoku.

Comparing his plans in Hueco Mundo to those in Soul Society, a clear difference and motive can be indicated. Aizen specifically had Ulquiorra kidnap Orihime not to kill her, but to use her powers. Aizen goes on to state as Orihime healed Grimmjow's arm, that her power "violated the realm of gods", that her ability was rejection. He showed her the Hogyoku, and told her, "Please think of the fact that I have shown you this as a sign of my trust in you. Your power is the rejection of events. It reverses everything that has occurred, and annihilates the event itself. It is an extraordinary power. I need your power, Orihime. You will use that power of yours for my sake, won't you?" Later, Orihime tells herself, "I don't believe that he showed me the Hōgyoku because he trusts me... but, at least I have learned the location of the Hōgyoku... and... about my own power, too. Everything that has occured... it reverses it all, and destroys the very event itself. Thank you, Kurosaki, for coming to save me, but I've found something I must do here. And it's definitely...something only I can do. With my power... I will return the Hōgyoku to before it ever existed!" After Nnoitra is defeated, and Orihime returned to the tower, he then tells everyone that Orihime's kidnapping was only a ruse to lure Ichigo and Co to Las Noches, deprive Soul Society of a valuable military asset, and since four captains followed the Ryoka, along with the three who defected, Soul Society's military strength was sliced in half. He leaves behind Ulquiorra and Yammy to defend Las Noches, while he leaves for Fake Karakura Town with the rest of the Espada. In Hueco Mundo, Hollow Ichigo takes over after Ichigo has a hole blown through him, and kills Ulquiorra, and now Ichigo is leaving for FKT to confront Aizen, while the remaining Captains (Byakuya and Kenpachi, since Mayuri isn't fighting), deal with Yammy.

Now since the arc isn't over, I pose this question: Why did Aizen tell Orihime about her power, and show her the Hogyoku? My answer: It was all an illusion from the beginning. From her leaving with Ulquiorra, to Aizen telling her of her power, to Aizen showing her the Hogyoku, to her own belief that she can reject the Hogyoku's existence, Aizen was crafting a scenario that no matter what way events turn out in Hueco Mundo, one thing would be achieved: the completion of the Hogyoku. He knows that as a friend, Ichigo wouldn't allow Orihime to come of harm, protecting his "puppet" until the appointed event is met, so he is confident that Orihime will do what he wants her to do. If Orihime could really reject the Hogyoku out of existence, Aizen wouldn't have let her near it to begin with, much less show it to her. She was given the illusion that her powers were god-like, able to reject anything from existence, giving her motive to "destroy" the Hogyoku, making her beileve it was something only she could do. The truth is, her power can only "repair the damage done" to an object, as her fairies told her in the beginning. Urahara knew this, so he tried to keep her away from the fighting, so she wouldn't be used the way she was being used now. When she was captured, he allowed Ichigo and Co, and the captains, to get into Las Noches, hoping that this is what they would do: Get in, defeat the Espada there, grab Orihime, and take her out of there, procuring the Hogyoku, so HE could dismantle it, and deprive Aizen of a valuable asset. However, he couldn't predict how events would play out, and inevitable, just as Aizen planned, she'd restore the Hogyoku to it's original state.

In FKT, Aizen even had a plan in case the Vizards came, and the Espada were overwhelmed, which I think is still being put in effect: now that he knows that his current Top 3 Espada, (excluding Yammy and Ulquiorra) weren't a match for Soul Society and the Vizards, he, Gin and Kaname are taking matters into their own hands, along with whom I suspect is a Hogyoku-created Vasto Lordes Arrancar of greater power than any Espada sans Ulquiorra's Second Release, Wonderweiss Margera, who has currently punched a hole through Ukitake, nullified Toshiro's most powerful attack, has managed to nullify Mashiro's Cero, and even her mask, all with screams (surviving one of her mask-charged kicks without a scratch earlier), and is currently clashing unreleased with Kensei's Bankai. Hiyori has already been bifurcated by Gin's Shikai, Hachigen is incapacitated from his fight with Barragan, Rojuro (Rose) and Love were injured by Starrk's wolves, but are still able to fight, as invited to by Aizen, along with the rest of the Vizard still standing, as Kensei is in combat with Wonderweiss, and Mashiro was injured from Wonderweiss's punches, who hasn't even drawn his sword to fight at all. Gin and Aizen have yet to show Bankai to the readers, and Wonderweiss has yet met an opponent who has forced him to release, which would be disastrous for Soul Society, since if he is stronger than Starrk and Yammy, Ichigo won't be able to hold a match to him, even if all his reiatsu is restored. Right now, Aizen is patiently waiting for Orihime to accomplish the task he manipulated her to do through his illusion, while picking off the weakened opposition while he is at it.

It was a three-pronged strategy: He weakens Soul Society and the Vizards by killing their members, and trapping four of them in Hueco Mundo (even though Unohana and Ichigo are on their way to FKT), has manipulated Orihime into thinking she can destroy the Hogyoku, while she'll only end up repairing it, and furthers his plans by using the above plans simultaneously, and gauging his army's current strength, which with a complete Hogyoku, he can replace with even more powerful Arrancar than before, and succeed against Soul Society in the second round. For him, FKT's just a warm-up; a test run of his army, and Orihime in HM will repair his ultimate tool, the Hogyoku. He'll also probably use the Hogyoku on himself, Gin and Tousen after it is repaired, giving them powers on par with Ichigo's mask, since the Vizard, as he said, were failed experiments, while Ichigo is a genuine Vizard, evolving in power unlike the masks of the Vizards Aizen created, whose masks haven't evolved over the course of 100 years, and the masks the Hogyoku will grant them will be on par with Ichigo's. It is a scenario, that Aizen knows, he cannot lose in any way imaginable. He will still get what he wanted: The Hogyoku repaired, and with it, he'll gain Hollow powers, and build a new and improved army of Arrancars to destroy Soul Society.
* He probably already used the Hougyoku on Tousen (at least). Remember, he doesn't trust anyone, and never told them to trust him. He probably told Tousen he'd give him something more powerful, only to give him am incomplete mask, to use him as an experiment. What he doesn't really expect is Unohana's intervention.
** Well, he'll have to wait until the Hogyoku is restored to use it on himself, since in it's inactive state, he has to use his own reiatsu to force it awake. As for Tousen, I think that his mask is a perfect Vizard mask, unlike those of Shinji's vizards, as he is a Hogyoku-created Vizard now. I don't think he'd be surprised with Unohana's intervention, and has more than enough strength to fight against her. What did you think of the rest of the theory?
* TLDR

[[WMG: Unohana's big fighting scene will be against Tousen.]]
He has something he judges as "stronger than Bankai", and she's more powerful than the average captain. It'll be an interesting fight. Hope Unohana slaps him into sense, and shows him his sense of justice blows so much he'd hide himself in shame.
* [[spoiler: As of Chapter 386, looks like Hisagi beat her to it.]]

[[WMG: Ulquiorra is not dead]]
This theory has been put up before, but here is more proof:

Has anyone ever noticed how Hollows and Arrancars disintegrate when they die, and how Ulquiorra turned to ash?

Two notable examples are Grand Fisher and Zommari Leroux. When we see both of them die in the manga, they disintegrate like this:

http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/188/01/

http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/302/17/

Ulquiorra does this:

http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/353/17/

http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/353/22/

So one of my questions is this: while Zommari and Grand Fisher break apart in blobs and disintegrate, Ulquiorra in the end dissolves into ash, and vanishes into the wind. Why would Kubo draw Ulquiorra's death like that, while Zommari and Grand Fisher went like above? Heck, even Sora disintegrated the same way as Zommari and Grand Fisher.

On top of all the development Kubo placed into Ulquiorra; the Segunda Resurreccion Etapa, and the fact he possesses REGENERATION, and his views on the superiority of Hollows, I am convinced that Ulquiorra will be coming back (but not as a good guy).

* I'd say it's because those particles are the souls the hollow is composed of. And Ulquiorra was stronger than Grand Fisher or Zommari by far, and had absorbed more hollows over the course of his existence... Aw, let's face it, Kubo probably just thought it looked cool.

[[WMG: Yammy was Bruce Banner in his prior life.]]
Can't be too crazy can it?
* It's actually so not crazy we can't even call that "wild".
* More like an incarnation of the Hulk rather than Banner himself. Maybe they split after death?

[[WMG: The Ichigo/Orihime/Rukia sorta love triangle is there purely to attract female readers]]
Sorry shippers, but if it doesn't qualify as a RomanticPlotTumor, I don't know what does. I've read the story from the beginning, and the hypothetical romantic feelings between Ichigo and Rukia and/or Ichigo and Orihime do NOTHING for the story. It all feels like a smarmy, emotionally manipulative writing tactic to get more girls to buy the manga.
* It's actually a love pyramid of sorts, if you include all the HoYay with Uryuu and Renji.
* I really disagree. Besides Orihime's feelings toward Ichigo there is really only a few subtle things to suggest each character have feelings for one another, so it can't really be called a love triangle (especially since most of this stuff is pure fan speculation). I think it just serves to be an interesting subplot, and to motivate Orihime's actions. It doesn't take away from the story and at most we'll see a subtle resolution at the end.
** Not to mention that I personally have never seen any hints in the manga for any pairing involving Ichigo aside of Orihime->Ichigo. She loves him, the rest only exists in shippers' mind who see subtext in everything.

[[WMG: Kenpachi's Bankai]]
...will be a guitar, with which he'll defeat the Espada with the Power of Rock. While he's playing, allies will randomly be ressurected, things will randomly explode, Tousen's somewhat-better-than-average hearing will backfire horribly, and Kenpachi will end the song by banging down his guitar over the head of Tousen...or Aizen...or Yammy...whoever's left.
* So... Kanpachi is [[BrutalLegend Eddie Riggs]]?
** Hell Yeah!

[[WMG: [[DeathNote L]] is Ulquiorra.]]
Just hear me out people. I suppose you've noticed the non-linear way that the title is compared to other Ulquiorra is L theories? That's because I think that after Ulquiorra died(again, technically), he was reincarnated as L. Hey, we're not entirely sure of the specific year Bleach takes place in, and reincarnation hasn't been proved to not exist in Bleach. IT COULD HAPPEN.
* One more L theory? Okay, but just to complete it, it's not even proven that reaincarnation in Bleach could be linear in time or something. Chad could be Yachiru's reincarnation and not know it.

[[WMG: Aizen was betrayed very early in his life, and is actually a sad loner.]]
It explains how he prefers to betray people, not trust in anyone, and just being a manipulative bastard. Perhaps someone whom he really admired when he was a child betrayed him and his family in the worst way possible, with him being the only survivor in the process. Ichigo will proceed to befriend the crap out of him, and they'll fight against the very own person who betrayed Aizen and made him be who he is, with Aizen atoning for his errors ([[RedemptionEqualsDeath and dying]]) in the process.
* It does fit with his obsession with "the empty throne in heaven." As far as he could be concerned, if there were a more active god in the world, so much could be avoided.

[[WMG: Aizen is the Negative One Espada.]]
Since by dint of his supreme confidence Aizen must know everything that happens within his ranks, he knows that that trash Yammy fancies himself Number Zero, and that Ulquiorra thought he'd kept his second release secret. So just to show everybody who's really top dog, Aizen will tear off his shirt and reveal a Hollow hole shaped like a horizontal oval (not unlike the eye of Wonderweiss's Gillian spewer)--a giant minus sign. Aizen is so powerful that in a system of ranking by ordinal numbers, he's a negative integer.
And then he'll slap on his mask and REALLY go to town.

[[WMG: Aizen's bankai will be the [[AssassinsCreed Apple of Eden]].]]
Add mind control to his super powerful illusions.

[[WMG: The following characters will pull a BigDamnHeroes ]]

Neliel
Grimmjow
Isshin Kurosaki
Ryuken Ishida
Kisuke
Yoruichi

Just because.
* FUCK YEAH.

[[WMG:A Vizard's ressurecion is their "demihollow" form.]]
Tousen's just revealed that Vizards have ressurecions, but we don't know the specifics. Here's a shot in the dark: It's the same form Kensei had in the Turn Back the Pendulum arc and Ichigo had during his most recent fight with his Inner Hollow (Though it may have been upgraded to his [=UberHollow=]). The trick to Ressurecion will be mastering using the form without having to contest the Inner Hollow the whole time.

[[WMG:Ichigo will achieve his Ressurecion and use it to beat Aizen.]]
And it's what Hollow Ichigo was referring to at the end of their last fight. Alternatively, [=UberHollow=] was his ressurecion, which becomes more likely when you think about what ressurecion actually means. He's going to find out how to enter that form and stay in control.

[[WMG: Aizen will GoOutWithASmile]]
This is Aizen, and at the end, he'll probably also take into account his own death at Ichigo's hands in his plans. The reason for the smile, is that he died in battle with who equates to the Ultimate Being. His final words:
---> Aizen: To be beaten by the Ultimate being... (smiles) What a fitting end .

[[WMG: Isshin Kurosaki is actually the King of Soul Society]]
Or maybe the heir. Aizen knows this; the reason he said that the throne of heavens is empty is because its technical occupant is currently residing in an energy-sucking gigai in the Land of the Living for reasons not known, rather than residing on the throne. Ichigo's insane power levels and even more insanely-rapid levelling up are because, as a member of the Royal family and not suffering from a patented Urahara-brand draining Gigai, he's inherently superior to the regular Soul Reapers.

[[WMG: Aizen is even stronger than we think.]]
Scary thought, but it could be true. Aizen claims that it takes someone with twice the reiatsu of an average captain to temporarily awaken the sleeping Hogyoku, and then proceeds to do it himself. Why couldn't Gin or Tousen whip out their bankai (which multiplies your reiatsu 5 to 10 times) and use the Hogyoku themselves in order to give Aizen a mask? Because it takes twice the reiatsu level of an average captain ''while in bankai'' and Aizen has that much power ''with a sealed Zanpaktou''.
* Who says Aizen couldn't just give ''himself'' a mask using the Hogyoku? Most likely, Tousen (as the most disposable of the rogue captains) was used as a prototype of sorts, to make sure the procedure had truly been perfected. Aizen might have already given himself and Gin masks, or he might have been waiting to see how it worked out for Tousen in an actual battle ([[spoiler:in which case, it might be back to the drawing board]]). Also, we don't know that Gin ''isn't'' strong enough to awaken the Hogyoku himself. [[spoiler:He's strong enough to effortlessly oneshot a masked Vizard, after all.]]
** Vaizard don't have Hierro like arrancar do. That's the only reason the arrancar are so hard to cut. In order for a shinigami (or Vaizard) to block a blade with any part of their body, they have to be '''a lot''' stronger than the person they're blocking. The only shinigami we've ever seen do it are Kenpachi (to Ichigo's shikai) and Aizen (to pre-mask Ichigo and Komamura).
** Confirmed to a capital T: According to the latest chapter he 1 shots pretty much every captain fighting him. Including Shunsui. he's 1 shotted damn near every captain with an unreleased Shikai...hes so powerful.

[[WMG: The entire arc was just an illusion by Aizen]]
The Espada that Aizen brought with him are all still alive. They'll proceed to defeat the Shinigami, only to reveal that they were actually good guys all along and that there's an even greater evil that they need to fight.

[[WMG: Orihime will help defeat Aizen]]
Since Tsubaki can, you know, cut ''anything'', why not Aizen's illusions? It'll be pretty badass from her, if she ever manages to do so.

[[WMG: Aizen and Gin's ressurected forms.]]
For Gin, I'm thinking something with a lot of teeth.
For Aizen, some kind of angel or kingly persona.

[[WMG: Wonderweiss has been under a mask of ObfuscatingStupidity the entire time.]]
He's just a little special, that's all. He perfectly understands everything that's going on around him, but he can't communicate back too well. My reasoning? The more intelligent a hollow, the more humanlike their Arrancar form is. What's the most inhuman thing about Wonderweiss? His ''buckteeth''. Not even Ulquiorra looked that human- only the three Espada Aizen brought to Karakura did, and Harribel still had inhuman coloring. The only counter-argument is that only Vasto Lorde are 100% guaranteed a human form- making Wonderweiss dangerously intelligent, dangeroulsy powerful, or ''[[OhCrap both]]''. Lose-lose for the heroes.

[[WMG: Harribel didn't want to kill anybody until her fraccion were slain; when Aizen called her "weak", he meant she was hesitating to kill.]]
Prior to Yamamoto's big arrancar grilling for Apache, Sun-Sun, and Milia Rose, Harribel is clearly not going at it as hard as she could in spite of her serious personality and this being the decisive battle. She even expresses some concern when she notices Hitsugaya's focus divided when Momo retakes the field. Given what we've learned about Starrk, it's not inconceivable that Harribel became an espada to protect Apache, Sun-Sun, and Milia Rose, who were her friends from their Hollow days, and followed Aizen to repay him for letting them live as Arrancar. Even so, Harribel had no killing intent and so held back against Hitsugaya until her {{Nakama}} were slaughtered, causing her to go MamaBear (observe the completely one-sided ass-whupping Toshiro gets when Harribel first goes LetsGetDangerous on him before releasing.) However, Harribel is at her core a rational woman rather than an emotional one and checked herself from grinding Hitsugaya into powder by realizing she was taking out her rage on someone not involved in her grudge. She released her sword and tried to one-shot him to get him out of the way quickly so she could avenge her fraccion, and when Hitsugaya refused to die, constantly held back, both wanting to save her strength for Yamamoto and because she was hesitant to harm Hitsugaya when he wasn't her "real enemy". This handily explains how a woman acknowledged as Ulquiorra's better (at least in Ulquiorra's first release, which was still more than enough to defeat Vizard Ichigo, who is stronger than Hitsugaya) failed to defeat Hitsugaya despite clearly proving the superior combatant when she was running on pure MamaBear rage.

When the Vizards got involved, Harribel was even less willing to fight to kill, seeing the interlopers as strangers she hadn't been told Aizen expected her to kill. Still wanting to fight Yamamoto and only Yamamoto, Harribel held back yet again, hesitating to go all-out against anyone but her friends' killer. Aizen, disgusted by the realization Harribel would hesitate to kill, offed her himself for being too soft-hearted.

Given that Harribel has not disintegrated onscreen, and is indeed the only Arrancar that has not had a real death scene, it is entirely possible she has still narrowly survived (it takes a lot of punishment to kill an Arrancar, compared to the fairly light slash and stab wound Aizen left her with) and may be saved by Unohana, or, more likely, Orihime, whose empathy for Hollows would allow her to sympathize with Harribel. Given that Apache, Sun-Sun, and Milia Rose still exist as charred corpses, Orihime could also stop Harribel's desire for vengeance by reviving them and letting them return to Hueco Mundo together.

[[WMG: The Cero Espada was knowledge to some of the higher-ups in Hueco Mundo, but was not confirmed as possible until Yammy finally released after a long buildup]]
* Yammy is generally treated like a joke by the other Espada, and the rank of tenth appears to be confirmed by Shawlong's account (given that he's one of the oldest Arrancar, he should know how the hierarchy works, including the original ten Espada). Ulquiorra comments offhandedly that Yammy is no match for Yoruichi and Urahara, and that he would have been expelled from the Espada if he'd lost an arm. Hardly the treatment of a secret weapon surpassing Starrk, don't you think?

However, the explanation of "anger is my strength" comes in here; emotions are volatile, unpredictable things; just because Yammy CAN become a 0-level Espada when he is angry and charged up enough does not mean he ALWAYS becomes one. As such, his ranking could jump all over the place when releasing, while Yammy's enormous Ego filled in the gaps to make himself sound important when he got to show off Ira when he was, luckily enough, at his very angriest. Under normal circumstances, however, the top 4 are indeed stronger than Yammy, and Aizen didn't consider him a resource of any great value because his power level was wildly unpredictable and even with immense levels of anger-fueled power, Yammy still sucked at fighting.

[[WMG: Aizen is the rightful King of Soul Society.]]
This isn't the same thing as "Aizen is the king'' far above, this is more related to "Aizen was betrayed" WMG, as well as why Aizen wants to be the ultimate being. Aizen is way too powerful, and he seems to always have been. He seems to have always known about the "King of Soul Society", as well. Given how he hates trusting other people, doesn't want people to trust in him, yet wants to be the king who "all trust", it is entirely possible that Aizen was the son of the King, who was killed in a Coup D'etat by the Royal Guard, who the King had trusted with his life. Aizen therefore wants to become the ultimate being so he can finally trust other people again- because even if they betray him it won't mean a thing.

[[WMG: Ichigo will get a Resurrección and it will include [[ChainsawGood a chainsaw]] ]]
Thanks to Tosen we now know that a Vizard can have a Resurrección form, so what is the next logical power-up for Ichigo? ''Resurrección!'' I hereby predict that Ichigo's release command will be ''Rev Zangetsu'' and Ichigo will be transformed into something that looks like a BadassBiker with a Leatherface imitation mask. Zangetsu will become a a black, red and gold chainsaw with a [[{{BFS}} twelve-foot blade]] that constantly drips oil and blood; belching black smoke all over the damn place.
* And the HSQ would go through the roof. I so want this to happen, but he needs a motorbike to complete it. Also, Orihime and Rukia riding on either of his shoulders. For the [[OT3 sexy]].
* Maybe the "new Hollow form" he used to kill Ulquiorra is his Ressurreción.

[[WMG: The Next Arc of Bleach]]
If Bleach is to continue, I'd like to present a possible idea for a future arc.

Think of it as a Soul Society Rebellion...no not that Zanpakutō Filler thing.

In one of the early chapters, Ishida and Ichigo had a Hollow killing contest ([[CompensatingForSomething Where as a tape measure REALLY would have sufficed]]), this is where alot about the Quincy and the Shinigami are explained.

Rukia says something about how the Shinigami have to keep a balance of souls between Soul Society and the Human World and that the Quincy's Hollow killing...pretty much sent this straight to hell.

That always struck me as odd, since apparently, shooting a Hollow with a laser banhammers it out of existence, but cutting it to shit with a Zanpakuto does nothing of the sort.

Also, if the balance is between Soul Society and the Human World, how would killing something that came from Hueco Mundo affect the balance between Soul Society and the Human World?

What's more, how would that explain Hueco Mundo, Hell or the King's Realm even existing?

I say to that...

'''[[ZeroPunctuation Bollocks]]'''.

I say that there is something fucked up in Chinatown, mates.

Since the whole balance of souls things makes no sense, in a world where suspension of disbelief says that there are Kimono wearing ghosts having sword fights on the roof of your house at night, I'd say it's likely that the Shinigami's of old created the BS story as a means to hide something.

Let's say the real reason the Quincy's were wiped out was to silence them, assuming they found out.

Let's say Aizen found out and decided to expose the truth, albeit in a [[MoralEventHorizon morally ambiguous way]]. (Seriously, all that shit he pulled on the Vice-Captains and the Vizard...[[CompleteMonster not cool.]])

He hatched this [[XanatosGambit 100-year-long Xanatos Gambit]] in an attempt to expose the Shinigami's secret. ([[DeathNote They DO love Apples!]])

Granted, a major part of his plans would seem to involve finding the Soul Society King, we can only assume the secret involves him. (if he even exists.)

Now of course, this would all be revealed in a blaze of glory after Aizen's demise.

At which point, Soul Society would be pretty much cluster fucked into a civil war, likely caused by whatever was revealed.

Now, the captains would probably be split evenly between the two sides of the civil war, with Ichigo and company (and likely The Vizard, Grimmjow, and that one Prima Espada who got pwned by Chad then saved by Unohana) with one side or another.

This would allow for a new story arc without introducing a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters ton of characters]], allow for some cast death (which the fans are begging for...[[YourMileageMayVary I think]]), allow Uryuu to get his revenge on Kurotsuchi and to see some of the fights that have been being built up for awhile but otherwise couldn't take place. (Ukitake and Kyoraku VS Captain Grandpa, Ichigo VS Byakuya, and if the games are to be taken seriously Kenpachi VS Byakuya).

Now of course the arc doesn't have to play out exactly like that, its just a basic idea that I came up with while grinding in {{Persona4}}.
* I agree for the most part; the whole 'cleanse the sins' thing seems like a load of BS. It seems far more likely that the Zanpakuto just sends the soul to Soul Society or 'eats' the spirit. However, this troper personally loves huge numbers of characters.

[[WMG: Zangetsu and Hollow Ichigo's form/true power]]
Within Ichigo's inner realm, both Zangestu and Hollow Ichigo (hereafter referred to as Ustegnaz)take human form. For Ustegnaz, it has been seen that there is a possibility of multiple forms. Zangetsu, on the other hand, has always been seen in the same form. Even in the Zanpakuto filler arc, where the other Zanpakuto spirits specifically resembled the Shinigami they belong to, Zangetsu remained in his familiar form. This may mean that Zangetsu deliberately chooses his own form. In extension, it is possible that both Zangetsu and Ustegnaz's true power stems from a fact of their existence; they are formless, and exist solely by will. They can take multiple forms, and it's possible that Zangetsu's overcoat can extend if needed.

As a side-note, Ustegnaz, aside from being a backwards spelling of Zangetsu, also sounds somewhat like 'Ustedes', which is basically Spanish for 'You (plural)'. It's random and not intentional, but Ichigo's second form vaguely resembled that of Ulquiorra.

[[WMG: Kenpachi has unknowingly discovered either a new Shunpo equivalent or ]]
He defeat his Zanpakuto off-screen and is unknowingly using its abilities, which grant him said speed. Because was I the only one to notice he used a Shunpo like move in episode 249 which didn't sound like either Shunpo or Sonido? When he never displayed such capability before?

Or its a screw-up by the whoever planned the filler arc.
* He did something similar in the fight against Ichigo. Some theorize it's just leg strength.

[[WMG: The multipile dimentions are allegories for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_realms Six Buddhist Realms of Existance]] ]]
Note: Not actual realms like the Christian Heaven and Hell, but rather states of mind. For example, being in the middle of a CurbStompBattle is Hell while getting caught up in a MarshmallowHell is quite Heavenly, but this can change in an instant (the cavalry appears; meanwhile, you discover that ''all'' of those marshmallows belong to [[WarHammerFortyThousand Slanaash]]).
* Heaven: The as-yet unseen King's Realm.
* Hell: Hell, of course.
* Human: Living realm, ditto.
* Animal: Hueco Mundo, and the worst parts of Rukongai require the bare minimum of life.
* Hungry Ghost: Also Heuco Mundo - every creature is a Hollow, and the only way to survive and grow strong is to eat other Hollows and souls with an unquenchable hunger.
* Fighting Demon: Fake Karakura Town, which was built especially for a battle.
** Alternate interpretation derived from the above, based on known worlds:
*** Deva: King's Realm
*** Human: Living
*** Asura: Seireitei
*** Animal: Las Noches
*** Preta: Hueco Mundo
*** Naraka: Rukongai

** And then it will turn out that [[{{Naruto}} Pain is really the king of Soul Society?]]
** Since ''Naruto'' isn't exactly modern-day it's entirely possible.

[[WMG: Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World is an alternate version of Bleach]]
After numerous jokes about how the main character of said game is Ichigo Kurosaki, This Troper believes that the similarities run deep. Therefore, at the end of the series, Ichigo will discover that he is a squirrel who guards the source of all life.

[[WMG: The entire series is a massive XanatosGambit set up by Kubo...]]
...To revive his previous series, ZombiePowder. I predict that every main hero will be defeated, and when it looks like Aizen has won, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome a garganta opens,]] [[BigDamnHeroes revealing the]] [[ZombiePowder main cast of Zombie Powder!]]

[[WMG: In the Anime, when Aizen is defeated, and you know he will be eventually, the scene will have {{ColdPlay}}'s ''Viva La Vida'' playing in the background.]]
And if it doesn't, Youtube will promptly be spammed by a billion fanvideos with the song playing over the scene.
* But right before that, the battle will feature Emery's [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome The Poor and the Prevalent.]]

[[WMG: Kubo's final, god-level trolling of the Bleach fandom will come in the form of a revelation that he is actually a woman.]]
Seriously. Think about that for a second. The existence of [[DoubleStandard Double Standards]] ''alone'' would have [[FanDumb the]] [[UnpleasableFanbase 'base]] shitting its collective pants.

[[WMG: Ichigo will [[EyeScream pull a Shiryuu]] ]]
I heard that Kubo mentioned SaintSeiya was an inspiration for him; and Unohana even said that he must not see Aizen's shikai, [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/381/16/ no matter what]].

[[WMG: Ichigo will be the first person to [[ShutUpHannibal tell Aizen to shut up]].]]
Aizen is LONG overdue for one with his talks of [[AGodAmI Godhood and invincibility]].
* [[spoiler: Actually, Isshin does this.]]

[[WMG: Aizen hypnotized himself with Kyoka Suigetsu.]]
He's using it to reverse the effects of Sakanade by reverting his senses back to normal.
* Yeah, that's what I thought when I saw him shrug off the effects so fast. As soon as he knew how it worked he was back to being invincible.

[[WMG: [[InvertedTrope Tragedy]] [[HilarityEnsues will ensue]] if Sakanade's power indiscriminately affects everyone that smells it.]]
Hopefully it's the same as Aizen's and one must be present for the actual release to be affected. Otherwise, Ichigo's going to be in for some fun.
* Actually, that would be AWESOME.

[[WMG: Sakanade won't effect Ichigo because of his Inner World.]]
It's already sideways, how much more confusing do you need?

[[WMG:Ichigo is the reincarnation of Rukia's sister]]
Also:Rukia and her sister were reincarnations of a pair of lover's who committed suicide.

[[WMG:Unohana will fight Gin]]
Come on, she has been hyped up for FAR long time. We really need to see her in action.

[[WMG: Mizuiro Kojima is half-demon]]
Yes, cute and adorable Mizuiro. But hear me out: In the official character book, part of his description says 'He has a cute face, but he's actually a ????'. So he's cute, but he's WHAT? Despite his cheerful appearance, he can actually be quite cruel, such as when he was shown not accepting his own mother. I suspect that either his mother or father (possibly the latter) was a demon, and a seal was put on Mizuiro to supress his demon half when he was a child, and they broke apart afterwards.
* Always thought that he was actually a pervert, but that works fine as well.

[[WMG: Yachiru is a ''[[DoctorWho Time Beetle]]'']]
She sticks to peoples backs, becomes nigh impossible to remove, then tells them to turn left.

[[WMG: Aizen isn't actually after the Key.]]
With all the super-careful planning he does, it seems pretty suspicious that he wouldn't clear his browser search for it and just leave it there for anyone to find. The whole thing about him wanting the King's Key is all a ruse, and the entire Soul Society is unwittingly helping him get what he really wants. The arc will probably wrap up with everyone thinking they're finally about to beat him, and then he says "Yeah, all this was part of my plan. Thanks for the help, losers!" and then puts on a pair of kickass sunglasses and flies off.

[[WMG:[[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/25/18/ When he was present when Grand Fisher became an Arrancar]], D-Roy was in his released state.]]
Generally it's hard to tell just what we're looking at here, but what is apparent is that D-Roy is leaning on some snake-like thing that looks a bit like his Adjuchas form; likely his "tail" from the waist down. This would also explain the large difference in his appearance from then to the Arrancar Arc, besides Kubo changing his mind as usual.
* That's not D-Roy, it's Iceringer.
** No, lower. Last and third-to-last panels.

[[WMG: Aizen's illusions require some kind of set-up]]
That's why he didn't simply use his illusions to kill everyone right on the start. Also, this troper's memory may be failing, but all illusions started off-screen, where he had enough time to get it ready.

[[WMG: Gin's Visored mask will be ultra freaky]]
How? It will be his normal face, complete with dopey grin and half shut eyes. His real face will be underneath with an actual expression.
* [[spoiler: Jossed. We never see a Hollw Mask from Gin.]]

[[WMG: Aizen is the [[{{TengenToppaGurrenLagann}} Anti-Spiral]]]]
Or at least one of his incarnations. He doesn't actually care about the King's Key, he just wants to troll as much "absolute despair" as he can. I mean, just look at the recently, where he [[spoiler: tricks Hitsugaya into stabbing Hinamori]]. Unfortunately for the protaganists, nobody has any Spiral Energy, so they are completely helpless before him. Until Kenpachi finally uses his Shikai. Which will be a drill. Which causes him to GO BEYOND AND THE IMPOSSIBLE AND KICK REASON TO THE CURB, breaking all of Aizen's illusions, shortly before skewering him with a galaxy shuriken.

[[WMG: The entire story is actually an anti-drug parable.]]
Aizen represents a drug user, craving and wanting his fix of more and more 'power' and using manipulation and violence to achieve getting funds (i.e. the souls of others) to pay for his habit, ultimately becoming a drug dealer as well. The ultimate high is represented by the Hogyoku, which Aizen possesses and uses believing it to be the the 'key' to solving all of his problems, allowing him to be 'king' of his reality through artificial means. Unfortunately the end result is that he eventually loses his body, becoming little more than a physical freak, and his sanity as a result of overdosing on 'power'. The Arrancar, speciaically the Espada (being artificially constructed by Aizen, of course) represent not just mere death, but Aizen's death, as well as the side-effects of taking drugs, physically, emotionally and socially. The lieutenants who helped him betray Soul Society are his enablers and helpers, who only break free from his charism (because even on drugs Aizen retains some of that charisma up until he starts to physically change) themselves after Aizen pushes them aside in his increasingly obsessive quest for his fix (i.e. kills them). Soul Scoiety, on the other hand, represents people Aizen knows who go through life by evolving without drugs/help, and some are trying to get through to Aizen without success. Ichigo's friends represent people who tried the drug and ultimately resisted taking it. And Ichigo represents Aizen's antithesis: a man who does not need to use drugs to find his own power, but rather resisted the temptation fully and ultimately became the stronger person and conquered his own insecurities - which would have been the impetus into causing Ichigo to use drugs as well - thanks to the help of his friends and family. Hence why [[spoiler:Butterflaizen's easy, artificially-provoked evolution is suddenly getting owned by long-haired Ichigo's difficult, but natural, evolution]].


td;lr: Don't do smack because [[SouthPark drugs are bad]] and you'll be the true [[{{Titanic}} 'king' of the world]].

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WMG.{{Bleach}}.
11th Nov '10 10:29:51 PM Alucard
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I found these similarities listening to ''Inside the Fire'' by Disturbed:

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I found these similarities listening to ''Inside the Fire'' by Disturbed:{{Disturbed}}:



** This Troper suggests a related (but slightly less insane) idea: Zaraki is either the guy from Disturbed's ''Indestructible'', or is related to said guy.

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** This Troper suggests a related (but slightly less insane) idea: Zaraki is either the guy from Disturbed's {{Disturbed}}'s ''Indestructible'', or is related to said guy.
9th Nov '10 5:57:02 PM Roxas
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* [[spoiler: It ''was''.]]




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** [[spoiler: Confirmed.]]




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* [[spoiler: Actually, Isshin does this.]]




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* [[spoiler: Jossed. We never see a Hollw Mask from Gin.]]
6th Nov '10 1:28:22 PM LadyMomus
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*** Forget about the Grim Reaper I've had a better idea as to what the Death gods for Britain and possibly a sizable chunk of Europe would be like. Based on an examination of the wiki entries on death gods and psychopomps (see above) and a bit of research into Anglo-Saxon/medieval clothing (it stayed the same for a long time so I thought it worked best), I'm thinking that the basic uniform would be something like tunic, trousers and boots with a shortish hooded black cloak (making them look a bit like a bunch of LARPers while still faintly Grim Reaperish). Captains would wear long coats or cloaks with wide brimmed hats (there seems to be a lot of hats among northern European psychopomps). The grim reaper legend would be the result of someone catching a glimpse of a reaper in action, specifically one with a rather odd shikai combined with a few centuries worth of MemeticMutation.

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*** Forget about the Grim Reaper I've had a better idea as to what the Death gods for Britain and possibly a sizable chunk of Europe would be like. Based on an examination of the wiki entries on death gods and psychopomps (see above) and a bit of research into Anglo-Saxon/medieval clothing (it stayed the same for a long time so I thought it worked best), I'm thinking that the basic uniform would be something like tunic, trousers and boots with a shortish hooded black cloak (making them look a bit like a bunch of LARPers [=LARPers=] while still faintly Grim Reaperish). Captains would wear long coats or cloaks with wide brimmed hats (there seems to be a lot of hats among northern European psychopomps). The grim reaper legend would be the result of someone catching a glimpse of a reaper in action, specifically one with a rather odd shikai combined with a few centuries worth of MemeticMutation.



*** Her voice in the animé doesn't help. She sounds like [[FruitsBasket Yuki Sohma]], and ThisTroper thought at first glance she was a boy.

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*** Her voice in the animé doesn't help. She sounds like [[FruitsBasket Yuki Sohma]], and ThisTroper This Troper thought at first glance she was a boy.



** [[{{Thenakedcat}} This troper]] suggests that Ishida Ryuuken is actually more likely to end up dying in a blaze of glory, as it would redeem his troubled relationship with his son.

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** [[{{Thenakedcat}} [[@/{{Thenakedcat}} This troper]] suggests that Ishida Ryuuken is actually more likely to end up dying in a blaze of glory, as it would redeem his troubled relationship with his son.



* ThisTroper noted how they refer to Earth as the "Real World" as well. Which implies that Soul Society and Hueco Mundo are not actually afterlifes, but merely alternate dimensions.

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* ThisTroper This Troper noted how they refer to Earth as the "Real World" as well. Which implies that Soul Society and Hueco Mundo are not actually afterlifes, but merely alternate dimensions.



*** Losershipping anyone? (Well, some YaoiFangirls already ''did'' this one, believe me.)

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*** Losershipping anyone? (Well, some YaoiFangirls {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s already ''did'' this one, believe me.)



Reading the latest story arc gives at least ThisTroper the feeling that Ichigo and Orihime are the endgame ship, yet it's also completely incongruous with the beg werng of the story, which [[ShipTease teased Ichigo/Rukia a great deal and crafted this really fun, yet deep and interesting relationship.]] However, around the beginning of the latest arc, Kubo seemed to strongly imply that he considers the relationship more [[LikeBrotherAndSister familial now,]] with Ichigo's father joyfully declaring he has three daughters now. ([[BigBrotherComplex Among other things.]]) At this point, it's really hard to imagine how Kubo could pull off [[PairTheSpares sticking Orihime with Ishida as a consolation prize]] without serious CharacterDerailment and (however unintentionally and incorrectly) making Ichigo look shallow. (Loving the same person every lifetime, people. Her words.)
* Actually, if you look at the pilot chapter (not "chapter zero" but the actual pilot) he apparently intended for Ichigo and ''Orihime'' to be the OfficialCouple. Of course a lot had changed during transition from pilot to series (too bad, ThisTroper would've loved to see mini!Rukia), but we have no way to know if his basic idea of who is going to be paired with whom changed or not. The problem is that during the Soul Society arc a crapload of new characters were introduced and Orihime (along with Ishida and Chad) was completely pushed aside for the sake of [[SpotlightStealingSquad the shinigami]], which created less chances to develop or explore the relationship between her and Ichigo. Incidentally, ThisTroper has never really felt any ShipTease vibes either for Ichigo/Anyone ''or'' for Ishida/Orihime, at least in the manga - yet felt it coming in spades for Rukia/Renji in chapter 0 and the relevant chapters in the Soul Society arc. (As for Ichigo, I'm just waiting for the moment when he screams "GIRLS HAVE COOTIES GAAHHH" and make a beeline for the mountains. The guy needs some more time for his hormones to start working..rt a

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Reading the latest story arc gives at least ThisTroper This Troper the feeling that Ichigo and Orihime are the endgame ship, yet it's also completely incongruous with the beg werng of the story, which [[ShipTease teased Ichigo/Rukia a great deal and crafted this really fun, yet deep and interesting relationship.]] However, around the beginning of the latest arc, Kubo seemed to strongly imply that he considers the relationship more [[LikeBrotherAndSister familial now,]] with Ichigo's father joyfully declaring he has three daughters now. ([[BigBrotherComplex Among other things.]]) At this point, it's really hard to imagine how Kubo could pull off [[PairTheSpares sticking Orihime with Ishida as a consolation prize]] without serious CharacterDerailment and (however unintentionally and incorrectly) making Ichigo look shallow. (Loving the same person every lifetime, people. Her words.)
* Actually, if you look at the pilot chapter (not "chapter zero" but the actual pilot) he apparently intended for Ichigo and ''Orihime'' to be the OfficialCouple. Of course a lot had changed during transition from pilot to series (too bad, ThisTroper This Troper would've loved to see mini!Rukia), but we have no way to know if his basic idea of who is going to be paired with whom changed or not. The problem is that during the Soul Society arc a crapload of new characters were introduced and Orihime (along with Ishida and Chad) was completely pushed aside for the sake of [[SpotlightStealingSquad the shinigami]], which created less chances to develop or explore the relationship between her and Ichigo. Incidentally, ThisTroper This Troper has never really felt any ShipTease vibes either for Ichigo/Anyone ''or'' for Ishida/Orihime, at least in the manga - yet felt it coming in spades for Rukia/Renji in chapter 0 and the relevant chapters in the Soul Society arc. (As for Ichigo, I'm just waiting for the moment when he screams "GIRLS HAVE COOTIES GAAHHH" and make a beeline for the mountains. The guy needs some more time for his hormones to start working..rt a



*** To ThisTroper, [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/181/16/ this]] always felt like the moment where the two of them changed from the potential ending couple to their "more-than-friends-less-than-lovers" status. Guess you could say it's where they missed the Ship.

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*** To ThisTroper, This Troper, [[http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/181/16/ this]] always felt like the moment where the two of them changed from the potential ending couple to their "more-than-friends-less-than-lovers" status. Guess you could say it's where they missed the Ship.



** Hate to rain on your parade, but the animators have been doing that with just about everyone. There's been artificial IchiHime, IchiRuki, RenjiRuki, IchiTatsu (a couple of these were in the openings and endings, so not sure if they count), the list can go on. The animators jerk us around just as much as Kubo does (only they don't get bonus points for it, because when they innovate, they deviate from the formula a Pluiss us off.)
*** From what I've seen of the anime (first two seasons) yes, the anime inserted ''some'' ShipTease with other pairings as well (though frankly I don't remember seeing any IchiHime ShipTease, but I do remember them ''removing'' at least one line in the beginning in which Ichigo is being protective of Orihime), but not nearly to the extent that they've done with IchiRuki. As the other person said, they've inserted random ship tease scenes into the manga story, rewritten scenes and lines to give them an IchiRuki subtext, and the Bount filler is full of random ship tease-y moments. And from what I see from the movies they continue with the trend (hell, the third movie is basically one long IchiRuki ship tease, and Orihime, the girl who is ''canonically'' in love with Ichigo doesn't even get a cameo), despite Kubo Tite himself affirming that their relationship is not romantic at all. Ah well, not like I care - most of the pairings ''I'' care about wouldn't get deliberate ShipTease in as shounen anime, anyway (well, RukiaxOrihime did get one in the manga, yay).
**** If we count the manga, hell, even Ishida shows a less brotherly (although still chivalrous) concern for Rukia for once than Ichigo... If the anime is to be considered canon, IshiKon (one-sided from Kon's side, as he loves all girls in anime, and imagined Ishida as a princess) would be on the run, you know.

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** Hate to rain on your parade, but the animators have been doing that with just about everyone. There's been artificial IchiHime, IchiRuki, RenjiRuki, IchiTatsu [=IchiHime=], [=IchiRuki=], [=RenjiRuki=], [=IchiTatsu=] (a couple of these were in the openings and endings, so not sure if they count), the list can go on. The animators jerk us around just as much as Kubo does (only they don't get bonus points for it, because when they innovate, they deviate from the formula a Pluiss us off.)
*** From what I've seen of the anime (first two seasons) yes, the anime inserted ''some'' ShipTease with other pairings as well (though frankly I don't remember seeing any IchiHime [=IchiHime=] ShipTease, but I do remember them ''removing'' at least one line in the beginning in which Ichigo is being protective of Orihime), but not nearly to the extent that they've done with IchiRuki. [=IchiRuki=]. As the other person said, they've inserted random ship tease scenes into the manga story, rewritten scenes and lines to give them an IchiRuki [=IchiRuki=] subtext, and the Bount filler is full of random ship tease-y moments. And from what I see from the movies they continue with the trend (hell, the third movie is basically one long IchiRuki [=IchiRuki=] ship tease, and Orihime, the girl who is ''canonically'' in love with Ichigo doesn't even get a cameo), despite Kubo Tite himself affirming that their relationship is not romantic at all. Ah well, not like I care - most of the pairings ''I'' care about wouldn't get deliberate ShipTease in as shounen anime, anyway (well, RukiaxOrihime [=RukiaxOrihime=] did get one in the manga, yay).
**** If we count the manga, hell, even Ishida shows a less brotherly (although still chivalrous) concern for Rukia for once than Ichigo... If the anime is to be considered canon, IshiKon [=IshiKon=] (one-sided from Kon's side, as he loves all girls in anime, and imagined Ishida as a princess) would be on the run, you know.



** But he [[NoArchinArchery puts the arch in archery]], especially back when he was [[HoYay showing off for Ichigo]] [[NoYay in the hollowbait kill contest]].

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** But he [[NoArchinArchery [[NoArcinArchery puts the arch in archery]], especially back when he was [[HoYay showing off for Ichigo]] [[NoYay in the hollowbait kill contest]].



** You know what? ThisTroper believes you, and thinks it's true to at least some extent for the other two big and popular shonen, Naruto and One Piece. This is why I can't stand the bashing for Kishimoto and Kubo; having to keep drawing a series you obviously don't care about anymore for the sake of proffesionalism and keeping face would probably seriously suck, on top of the deadlines and crazy fans. Those guys are human too you know. You'd probably hate the situation enough to delibately sabotage your own series too. (Although Oda seems to be dealing with it by making the pace insanely fast and resolving as much as possible in a relatively short period of time; you can still tell he wants it to end pretty soon without ruining the quality of the story.)

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** You know what? ThisTroper This Troper believes you, and thinks it's true to at least some extent for the other two big and popular shonen, Naruto and One Piece. This is why I can't stand the bashing for Kishimoto and Kubo; having to keep drawing a series you obviously don't care about anymore for the sake of proffesionalism and keeping face would probably seriously suck, on top of the deadlines and crazy fans. Those guys are human too you know. You'd probably hate the situation enough to delibately sabotage your own series too. (Although Oda seems to be dealing with it by making the pace insanely fast and resolving as much as possible in a relatively short period of time; you can still tell he wants it to end pretty soon without ruining the quality of the story.)



** [[{{Barano}} This Troper]] approves!

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** [[{{Barano}} [[@/{{Barano}} This Troper]] approves!



** I don't recall seeing Starrks guns much in the final battle, and we just [[{{Asspull}} can't have the Primeria get killed by a Shikai!]] Perhaps she can serve as the pairs SoulJar? Then they could pull a HeelFaceTurn and have all kinds of Shinigami friends to keep those LonleyAtTheTop feelings away!

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** I don't recall seeing Starrks guns much in the final battle, and we just [[{{Asspull}} can't have the Primeria get killed by a Shikai!]] Perhaps she can serve as the pairs SoulJar? Then they could pull a HeelFaceTurn and have all kinds of Shinigami friends to keep those LonleyAtTheTop LonelyAtTheTop feelings away!



* A RunningGag among [[WanderlustWarrior this troper]] and his friends is that the next two arcs will proceed as follows:

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* A RunningGag among [[WanderlustWarrior [[@/WanderlustWarrior this troper]] and his friends is that the next two arcs will proceed as follows:



[[WMG: The following characters will pull a [[BigDamnHeroes]] ]]

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[[WMG: The following characters will pull a [[BigDamnHeroes]] BigDamnHeroes ]]



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25th Oct '10 7:54:34 PM DYRE
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** Keigo and Mizuiro would be traitors of themselves, though. They think nerds are traitors, and RPGs are, well, things for nerds.

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** Keigo and Mizuiro would be traitors of themselves, though. They think nerds are traitors, and RPGs [=RPGs=] are, well, things for nerds.
25th Oct '10 7:15:08 PM Unclouded_TJ
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I am not talking about spirits, but rather about a group of Humans who have managed to keep themselves "alive" by turning into {{Undead}} creatures. Their leader will be a Lich(Like from DnD).

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I am not talking about spirits, but rather about a group of Humans who have managed to keep themselves "alive" by turning into {{Undead}} creatures. Their leader will be a Lich(Like from DnD).
[=DnD=]).



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19th Sep '10 1:47:39 AM 91.5.128.103
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* --> Ichigo (or Kenpachi) ignoring her, runs right into the enemy
--> Rukia: ICHIGO KUROSAKIIIIIIII!!! (or KENPACHI ZARAKIIIIIIIIIII!!!)
14th Sep '10 8:24:58 PM Camacan
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...is to [[XanatosSucker trick us tropers]] into making this WMG page so long it collapses into itself, as a substitute for the 100,000 souls required otherwise.

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...is to [[XanatosSucker [[UnwittingPawn trick us tropers]] into making this WMG page so long it collapses into itself, as a substitute for the 100,000 souls required otherwise.