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Bleach: Tropes C to D
aka: Tropes C-D

Tropes for Bleach, C to D:

  • Call Back:
    • 'Death & Strawberry', the first chapter of the entire manga, has Ichigo receiving Soul Reaper powers from Rukia. Cue, 459 chapters later, Rukia doing the same thing to restore Ichigo's powers. Appropriately enough, the chapter was titled 'Death & Strawberry 2'.
    • Another example is when Ichigo unveils his second bankai. and his pose is exactly the same as the first time.
    • 'Dark Side of Universe' follow by 'Black & White' appeared 3 times as chapters titles, helpfully numbered. The 3 'Dark Side of Universe' chapters had Hollow Ichigo appeared, while the following 'Black & White' chapters showed the struggles with him.
    • Chapter 80 & 84 involved Ichigo and his companions prepared and got launched through Seireitei's barrier by way of Kuukaku Shiba's cannon. Those 2 chapters are named 'The Shooting Star Project' and 'The Shooting Star Project 2 [Tattoo On The Sky]'. 434 chapters later, Ichigo once again gets launched up by Kuukaku Shiba's cannon, this time with the Zero division to the Royal Palace. Cue 'The Shooting Star Project (ZERO MIX)'.
    • The significance of "Rain" as a chapter or mini-arc title is a running theme and usually refers to flashbacks involving some kind of past pain. Ichigo's flashback to his mother's death is the "Memories in the Rain" mini-arc. Rukia's flashback to Kaien's death is the "Memories in the Rain 2" mini-arc. The final chapter of the Soul Society arc (which gives both characters some closure over their past pain) is called "And the Rain Let Off". Then, hundreds of chapters later, the flashback to the events that enable both Ichigo and Uryuu to be born is called the "Everything But the Rain" mini-arc.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Most magical effects require this. Citing the verbal component of kidou, special powers, or zanpakutou releases will ensure full power attacks. It's lampshaded at various times such as when Renji screws up because he skipped the kidou incantation, or Zangetsu mentioning his power is much stronger when his name is called, or Yumichika observing that deliberately calling his zanpakutou by the wrong name means his zanpakutou doesn't release the majority of its power. Aizen also once commented that when he cast a kidou chantless it had misfired and only used a third of its strength, despite the fact it looked like it had succeeded.
  • Calvinball: Apparently any time the Soul Reapers try to do something for the New Year, this happens.
    • In Episode 303, the Soul Reapers's New Year karuta game turns into this.
    • In Episode 335, the Soul Reapers's New Year kite-flying game turns into this.
  • Can't Catch Up: At the beginning of the manga, Ichigo's classmates begin developing spiritual power. However, as the storyline becomes focused on the spiritual worlds and spiritual threats, the plot quickly whittles Ichigo's group down to only three friends who continue to have core involvement: Uryuu, Sado and Orihime. Even they struggle at times to keep up with the ever-increasing threat levels. Ichigo's other close friends, Tatsuki, Keigo and Mizuho, only develop enough power to interact with, and become vulnerable to, the spirit world. They have to be left behind or protected because they cannot fight at the power level required.
  • Carrying a Cake: Yumichika, Hanatarou and Rin make a cake on behalf of the ghost of a dead baker who's unable to pass on until his mother has tried his cake recipe. After various mishaps during the making of it, it's finally presented to the grieving mother, who promptly rejects it. And then the distressed ghost accidentally knocks the cake onto the floor and a Menos Grande almost fries it with a cero.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Keigo and Kon love women, especially if they have large breasts. They are never successful in their attempts to attract a single one.
  • Cat Fight:
  • Catapult Nightmare: Multiple examples
  • Catch Phrase: Lots of characters are known for specific phrases, such as Hitsugaya complaining, "It's Captain Hitsugaya!" or Don Kanonji's "The spirits are always with you!". Other examples can be found on the trope page.
  • The Cavalry: Isshin in Chapter 397, Urahara in Chapter 401, Yoruichi in 403. Rukia, Isshin, Urahara, Kenpachi, Ikkaku, Byakuya, Hitsugaya and Renji in 459-60.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: Soul Society is run this way, with authority from the (absentee) Soul King delegated to the (civilian) Central 46, which in turn commands the (military) Gotei 13. The bureaucracy has been in place for at least 1000 years and is just about as crusty and hide-bound as you'd expect. It's not an exaggeration to say that a good 75% of all the nonsense that goes down in Bleach is because of Soul Society being poorly governed. In the second half of the series, this is slowly changing as the Gotei becomes more open, and as Kyouraku makes reforms in the wake of Yamamoto's death.
  • Censor Steam: Yoruichi, Mayuri and Rangiku all have scenes involving this device.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: A more subtle than usual example, particularly since death and ghosts have been prevalent throughout the series, but the series has gotten steadily Darker and Edgier from the opening chapters where Ichigo's family was almost killed, through kidnappings of his friends triggering ever darker rescue arcs. By the time the final arc hits its stride, the story reaches a much darker place than where it started. The anime's openings have also shifted from happy-go-lucky to darker and more pathos-driven to reflect the storyline's direction.
  • Character Magnetic Team: Ichigo's group functions like this, attracting not only human or Soul Reaper friends and allies, but even hollow friends and allies.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • During the Soul Society arc, Mayuri was cold-blooded, murderous and evil. There may have been ham, but he wasn't played for comedy. In the Arrancar Arc, he became a Cloudcuckoolander Jerk Ass whose ham was Played for Laughs. This polarised the fan base between viewing him as a Karma Houdini that's escaped justice at Ishida's hand and viewing him as pure sociopathic comedy gold. In the Thousand-Year Blood-War Arc, Mayuri's cold-blooded evil and hammy comedy have combined into something that is played for either seriousness or black humour.
    • Kon was introduced as a threatening character that was then revealed to be a Technical Pacifist (even putting himself in danger to protect some ants). However, once he was made Ichigo's 'substitute' 'soul candy' he was relegated to status of Joke Character.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: Kubo has said the Final Arc will answer ALL unresolved questions from the previous 11 years of the manga's run... and given the sheer volume of those, Chekhov's Guns ended up firing regularly.
  • Chekhov's Gun: More often than it's given credit for.
    • Ichigo's character bio at the end of Volume 1 briefly mentions that one of his favourite foods is chocolate, setting up the "You like chocolate? That's cute" joke 48 volumes later.
    • Chapter 27 briefly mentions that Keigo actually lives outside of Karakura in a place called Naruki City; flash forward roughly 400 chapters and Naruki City becomes the main setting for the Lost Substitute Soul Reaper Arc.
    • Rukia, Byakuya, and Ukitake all remark on Ichigo's striking resemblance to Kaien Shiba but dismiss it as coincidence. 400 chapters later, it's confirmed that Ichigo's father, Isshin Shiba, is Kaien's uncle.
    • Ichigo's Hollow mask during the Shattered Shaft training sets up the Vaizard introduction well over a hundred chapters later, the Lost Agent arc some four hundred chapters later, and even more revelations five hundred chapters later.
    • When Byakuya sees Ichigo's bankai for the first time, he remarks that it doesn't seem like a real Bankai because it appears to enhance his speed and raw power rather than his reiatsu like a normal Bankai. [[spoiler:This sets up how Ichigo defeats Aizen three hundred chapters later and also the truth about the origin of his powers four hundred chapters later).
    • "Reversing things is a talent of mine." Oh yes it is, Shinji, even if it takes about 150 chapters to find out why.
    • Nel explains Arrancar hierarchy to demonstrate how she's different from the Arrancar that serve Aizen. She says that the Arrancar that Ichigo has fought are Numeros, who have double digit numbers, and that they serve under the command of Espada, who have single-digit numbers. Yammy is allegedly Espada #10, but turns out to be Espada #0. 10 is not a single-digit number.
    • Remember Urahara telling Aizen during their fight that he would never in the past have let himself come into physical contact with him twice, and then proceeds to trap him in the column of light? It appears that this was what he was referring to when he says the aforementioned quote, having touched Aizen for a brief second beforehand, but he is also referring to the second Kidou he planted in Aizen, which ultimately defeats Aizen after he survives Ichigo's Mugetsu.
    • In 516 while Ichigo is speaking with Mayuri, Kon randomly pops up in a hugely muscular body, only to be deflated back to normal size by Mayuri. Come 521 and Kon's buffed up form makes a reappearance to cushion Ichgio and Renji's landing.
    • When Masaki is bitten by a hollow meant to pass hollowification to Soul Reapers, rather than hollowify her like the Vizard we've met before, Urahara tells us that hollowification will eradicate her soul from the inside out. Later on, when Urahara is looking for a solution for returning stolen bankai from the Quincy that stole them, the measure he comes up with is to hollowify the bankai and make it pure poison to a Quincy's soul.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • The Chapter 1 title page shows several people in the background. Almost all of them are introduced shortly afterward as Ichigo's classmates and most have only a minor role in the manga. However, one character in the group remains anonymous for nearly 200 chapters: Shinji Hirako, who becomes a major character but only in the third story arc.
    • In Chapter 7, Isshin tells a stonewalling Karakura General Hospital administrator that the hospital director will personally free up bed space if he finds out Isshin is the doctor making the request. In Chapter 126, it's revealed the Director is Uryuu's father, Ryuuken. In Chapter 241, it's revealed Ryuuken's known for at least twenty years that Isshin's a de-powered shinigami. The significance of their Odd Friendship isn't explored until Chapter 528 and even then only sheds light on Isshin's side of the tale while deepening the mystery about Ryuuken's true relationship to the main plot.
    • In Chapter 27, a barely visible character is watching Don Kanoji's show. In Chapter 29, this character looks like he's about to intervene in Don Kanonji's activities but Ichigo gets there first. In Chapter 33, this character is introduced as Uryuu. The anime give Uryuu a brief sewing cameo in Episode 7 to foreshadow his future introduction.
    • Chapter 56's cover picture shows a dead or unconscious Rukia with strangely shaggy hair. During the chapter, Byakuya tells Rukia he understands her desire to protect Ichigo stems from Ichigo's likeness to "him". It sets up both the Kaien revelation (77 chapters later) and the Hisana revelation (123 chapters later). The Hisana revelation leads to the reinterpretation of the Chapter 56 cover as being Hisana, who was the image of Rukia except for her shaggier hairstyle.
    • At the end of the Soul Society arc, Aizen leaves Seireitei via negaccion and the Soul Reapers left behind observe that there's something in the garganta behind the gillians, only visible as a giant eye. Hundreds of chapters later, Wonderweiss brings with his giant pet, Fuura, to Karakura Town. Fuura is a huge, misshapen being with one giant eye, the ability to destroy Yamamoto's flames that are trapping Aizen, and is revealed to have been the creature whose eye was visible at the end of the Soul Society arc.
  • Chest Burster: Szayel does this to resurrect himself.
  • Child Soldiers: The Soul Reapers permit recruits to join up while still biologically children so long as they can meet the entrance requirements. Of course, Soul Reapers are all Really 700 Years Old, but Ise Nanao, Ichimaru Gin, Hitsugaya Toshiro, and Kusajishi Yachiru were VERY young by Soul Society standards and still often acted childish or immature. Yachiru is still a child in the current timeline, as is Toushirou—and he's the 10th squad captain.
  • Christmas Cake: Although she's never directly called "Christmas Cake" in the anime, Rangiku's age is a very sore point for her, with one filler episode going so far as to even create a male version for the sole purpose of having one kid press two berserk buttons by referring to Rangiku as "oba-san" and Yumichika as "o-san" in the same conversation. The anime later takes Rangiku's age references even further by making it such a big issue in the Zanpakutou Arc that it's actually one of the reasons why Rangiku's zanpakutou is angry with her. This is an anime-only trope. Neither character has a problem with their ages in the manga.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Happened to so many important characters, it's not even funny. Some characters got Chucked Mid-Arc. Justified after the Time Skip since Ichigo lost all of his powers, including the power to see apparitions, and so would reasonably lose contact with many of his super powered friends. Though this doesn't explain what happened to Kon.
  • Chunky Updraft: A favorite of the anime to show how powerful Soul Reapers or arrancar can be when they start releasing their powers, especially when they enter bankai or a bankai-equivalent level of power.
  • City of Adventure: Karakura Town is really a spiritual nexus, where all the weird powers are, where all the baddies show up, and where Aizen plans to erase in order to create a Cosmic Keystone.
  • Clark Kenting: Aizen, of course. The resemblance to Clark Kent is uncanny (thereby earning him a Fan Nickname of his own) although the reason is much different. Aizen allowed everyone to think of him as gentle and kind to disguise the evil he was perpetrating from the shadows. When he's revealed as the Big Bad, he also casts aside the mask: He tosses aside the glasses, slicks back his hair, and from that point on it's goodbye gentle geek, hello Evil Is Sexy.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: Even the Hougyoku's creator couldn't destroy that darn orb! Also, Ichigo's Hollow mask earlier on.
  • Clothing Damage: Happens all the time to male characters, especially Ichigo who eventually reveals that his spiritual pressure is connected to his shikakushou, so the amount of shikakushou he has remaining is a reflection of how much spiritual pressure he has left. Averted for most female characters except for two: Yoruichi and Soi Fon have a special move that causes Clothing Damage in the process of activating it.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Happens in several fights throughout the manga. See trope page for detail.
  • Co-Dragons: Gin Ichimaru and Kaname Tosen served as this to Sosuke Aizen.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Very frequently, but most especially with the Vandenreich.
  • Comm Links: How Soul Reapers stay in contact with Seireitei even when they're in the human world. Two types have been seen so far: a single-ear radio-headset style, kept in the uniform and not worn on the ear, as used by Rangiku and Yumichika, and phone style, as used by Rukia.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Mayuri's antics are meant to be this, but about half the fans find them to be too horrific to count.
  • Conflict Ball: Head Captain Yamamoto has been accused of doing this by some fans. It's been debated if that's really the case in the series. The movies on the other hand are a different story.
  • Conspiracy Redemption: Played with in that the Soul Society was being manipulated by the Big Bad. They thought they were doing the right thing (even if they didn't like it) and that Ichigo was this terrible invader person.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: Rukia does this a little bit with Ichigo, but Orihime definitely takes the cake with her confession. Even so, he's still Oblivious to Love.
  • Cool Key: Each member of Squad Zero is upon promotion transformed into an oken, the key to the Palace of the Spirit King. Osho states that had Aizen succeeded in his plan, he would have been made equal to the members of Squad Zero.
  • Cool Sword: One of the central facets of the series. Almost every character that wields a sword has one that fits this trope. One of the most stand-out examples might be Yhwach's reishi BFS which comes into life in the sky as a huge bow that shoots a giant arrow to the ground which Yhwach can then pick up and use as a sword.
  • Cool Versus Awesome: The premise behind the Invasion Arc is this with the Soul Reaper captains and lieutenants fighting their own doubles.
  • Costume Porn: Kubo has expressed interest in becoming a fashion designer. You'd think the series was his portfolio or something.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Rukia's drawings. She explains hollows and pluses to Ichigo by making drawings where the good souls are happy bunnies and the bad souls are angry bunnies. But Aizen as a crafty-looking bear with glasses and the number 5 on his chest takes the cake.
  • Crapsack World: When you die you end up as a peasant in a medieval Japanese slum, ruled by a bunch of Soul Reapers who are generally more interested in getting into fights with each other than doing their jobs. And this is the Good Place. Eventually, you die again, and your spiritual body crumbles and becomes part of the reishi that makes up Soul Society, while your actual soul gets reincarnated back on Earth, in an endless cycle. The only known breaks in this cycle occur if you've committed serious sins in life, in which case you go to Hell after you've died, or if your lingering soul corrupts into a hollow — in which case you can be saved by a zanpakutou, but if you're shot by a Quincy arrow instead, your soul is destroyed. It's actually absorbed by Yhwach.
  • Crapsack Only by Comparison:
    • Soul Society is an afterlife that resembles Tokugawa-era Japan, with all of the problems and dissonant morality that implies. Even further than that, Soul Society is split between Seireitei, where the rich and powerful live, and Rukongai, a massive district where everyone else lives. The further from Seireitei you travel in Rukongai, the more impoverished and lawless it becomes. Also, keep in mind that you can grow old, become sick, feel pain, and die in the afterlife.
    • Hueco Mundo is even worse. It's a massive, dull, and lifeless desert inhabited by ravenous spirits called Hollows that seek souls to devour. Most choose to hunt in the Living World, but the most powerful ones can only be sustained by eating other Hollow, which means Hueco Mundo is essentially a Darwinian theme park. This becomes even worse if you manage to evolve to a Hollow's penultimate form, the Adjuchas. Adjuchas must continue to eat others of their type or else permanently devolve back into a weaker, mindless form.
  • Crash into Hello: It's how Hitsugaya and Rangiku first meet.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Kubo's a big music geek and has given every character a theme song from a surprisingly large variety of styles and nationalities. If a chapter title isn't an out-and-out song reference, chances are it's probably A Good Name for a Rock Band. For instance, Chapter 91's title "King of Frieschutz" is a reference to a 19th century German opera, and the arc in which Aizen is finally defeated is named after the American death metal band Deicide.
  • Creature Hunter Organization: The Gotei 13 portrays itself as an organisation whose duty it is to protect humanity from the threat of hollows, human souls that have turned evil due Unfinished Business literally eating out the heart of their soul. However, the Soul Reapers were originally Balancers, monitoring the flow of souls between the World of the Living and the Soul Society. At some point they fell from their original purpose and became hollow-hunters, although they do retain at least one of their original abilities in the form of Soul Burial. Despite their current path, only the low-ranked Soul Reapers engage in hollow-hunting to obtain the experience necessary for dealing with threats to the Soul Reapers rather than to humanity.
  • Crippling the Competition:
    • Anime Episode 28. During the fight between Uryu Ishida and the Soul Reaper Jirobo Ikkanzaka, Uryu fires an arrow into Jirobo in such a way as to prevent him from using spiritual pressure and thus making it impossible to continue as a Soul Reaper.
    • Anime Episode 156. Uryu Ishida does the same thing to the arrancar Cirucci Sanderwicci, firing an arrow into her chest to seal off her power.
  • Cue the Sun: Orihime is used as a sun symbol throughout the manga. When Ulquiorra announces "the sun has already set" it's accompanied by a panel of a bowed Orihime standing before her healing shield which is in the perfect image of a setting sun. Later on, Orihime again has this symbolism when she finally begins cheering on Ichigo in his fight inducing a power-up for him. When Aizen re-kidnaps her, he tells her she should smile more to let the sun shine on and it happens again after Ichigo defeats Aizen and Urahara seals him away.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of the fights are this. A few extend into How Much More Can He Take, but this is standard. See trope page for examples.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The Xcution group hate using their powers because they are similar to a Hollow's.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • Canon: Rukia in the Soul Society Arc, Orihime in the Arrancar Arc, Ichigo in the Lost Agent Arc, Harribel in the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc.
    • Anime Filler: Ishida in the Bount Arc, Rurichiyo in the latter part of the Amagai Arc.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: It's almost like Author Appeal — a good portion of Action Girls have worn a knee-high micro skirt at some point.
  • Darker and Edgier: While Bleach was always one of the darkest inclusions in the Shonen Jump lineup, the final arc has really upped the ante. You can find the details in the recap page under "Thousand Year Blood War." For reference, Mayuri's spent most of his time as a quirky, amoral Comedic Sociopathy kinda guy. The opening scene of the final arc has Mayuri deadly, deadly serious, returning to form as an amoral Mad Scientist and not comic relief. Things have turned that edgy.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • The Soul Reapers are technically the good guys and they wear black. The hollows are technically the bad guys and they wear white, and Ichigo and his inner hollow follow this theme as well. When Aizen, Gin and Tousen are revealed as bad guys they change from wearing black to white. However, because Japanese and American symbolism on the colors black and white are reversed, 'Bleach' is probably an example of playing to the stereotype (i.e., if it was a western comic, the bad guys would be in black and the good guys would be in white).
    • Quincy uniforms are white but Uryuu is one of the good guys. However, Quincies have a history of threatening the existence of the world itself due to the nature of their power. As a result, Uryuu's family appears to have a different outlook to most Quincies.
    • Nel and her underlings, who want to be left alone to play. Failing that, they'll support Ichigo and his friends to the death.
  • Darkest Hour:
    • For Ichigo, this is reached in Chapters 458 and 459. All of Ichigo's friends, his sisters, his boss, and the Fullbringers have all been epically mind screwed by Tsukishima — with Chad and Orihime protecting Tsukishima from Ichigo's wrath. Then Ginjo, his only ally, gets hit too. Then Uryu shows up and is actually on Ichigo's side, but it turns out Ginjo was evil all along. Ginjo somehow takes out Ichigo and Uryu with no effort, steals Ichigo's powers...and then Ichigo's stabbed again, from behind, and it appears Ichigo's own father is holding the sword. The text at the end of 458 wasn't kidding when it said "Zero Hope!".
    • For the Soul Reapers as a whole, this is reached in Chapters 510 and 511. Five bankais have been lost, Byakuya and Kenpachi are not only easily defeated but horribly maimed, Yamamoto is killed, Seireitei is reduced to rubble, there are literally thousands of Gotei 13 casualties in less than 15 minutes... and Ichigo is trapped in the Precipice World, forced to listen to the screams of the dying. The Vandenreich have completely carried the day and it's hard to see how Soul Society will ever get back on its feet, much less defeat them in battle.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 480 shows what happens when unseated Soul Reapers with only basic skills get caught up in fights more suited to Ichigo's level. The results are NOT pretty.
  • Deadly Hug: When Aizen is revealed to be still alive, Hinamori hugs him in delight and he returns the hug. A moment later, a sword slides right through Hinamori's body, courtesy of Aizen.
  • Dead Man Writing: Aizen's letter to Momo Hinamori in the Soul Society arc.
  • Dead to Begin With: A lot of the characters are post-death spirits. They can still die, however, since the story is influenced by the Buddhist wheel of samsara theme.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Harribel due to the anime being cancelled without her revealed as alive.
    • Toyed with and finally averted for Hinamori. In Reigai Uprising arc, Reigai Hinamori implied that real Hinamori didn't survive her wound by Hitsugaya during Fake Karakura Town arc. The Regai was lying, because at the ending credits for final anime episode of Lost Agent arc, real Hinamori is shown and already fully-healed.
    Reigai Hinamori to Hitsugaya: "Are you going to kill me.... again, Shiro-chan?"
  • Death Equals Redemption: Tousen. He spent much of his adult life plotting revenge on Soul Society as a result of the death of his friend. One of his deepest fears was to die a Soul Reaper, the thing he hated most. As a result, he hollowfied to escape being a Soul Reaper. At the end, when defeated and dying after his battle with Komamura and Hisagi, he returns to the Soul Reaper form he had once despised, finally understanding the value of the friendships he had forged amongst the Soul Reapers. He has just enough time to make his apologies to Komamura and Hisagi absolutely clear before Aizen kills him. Of course, he was dying anyway, but Aizen just wanted to prove a point.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Both Senbonzakura and Haineko function like this when in shikai. Senbonzakura's weakest bankai forms usually use this method as well.
  • Decompressed Comic: shifted into a milder form of this midway through the Arrancar Arc, slowing down and stretching many fights. Most fans disapprove.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Several Soul Reapers after they fought Ichigo, and several Arrancars during the fighting in Hueco Mundo.
  • Demonic Invaders: Hollows, Arrancar
  • Demoted to Extra: The anime tends to leave Orihime, Uryuu and Chad out of most of their filler arcs and films, choosing to focus the plot lines almost completely on the Soul Reapers and non-living worlds. However, sometimes they even demote Ichigo to extra, too. In the Gotei 13 Invasion filler arc, all the canon characters suffered this in favor of the anime's filler villains and heroine. Even the canon Soul Reaper characters were demoted in favor of the anime's Evil Clone versions of them. Kon was made the hero of the arc as a result of being Promoted to Love Interest for the filler heroine.
  • Description Cut: Upon hearing Urahara was once captain of the 12th division, Ichigo expresses surprise and awe that Urahara is such a great man, after all. The scene immediately cuts to an anime-only shot of Urahara suffering constipation in the bathroom while cursing Tessai's medicine.
  • Deus ex Machina: The series has so many examples it's hard to list, but a couple notorious examples:
    • Ulquiorra injures Ichigo to the point of death, resulting in a transformation that powers up Ichigo beyond any of his previous levels.
    • Aizen's plans rested on him being able to be put under threat of death to make him even more powerful than he previously was. His defeat occurs when he underestimates the impact Ichigo's training has on Ichigo's power level.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Many examples, but a couple are of particular note.
    • Episode 278 has Wonderweiss coming out of nowhere unfreezing Halibel from her icy death, putting out the flames that are keeping Aizen out of combat, and stabbing Ukitake making it so he is unable to fight.
    • The final fight with Aizen. It's revealed that the Hougyoku has left him immortal so he can't be killed. Instead he's imprisoned, which means he has the potential to return.
  • Difficulty Spike: The True Companions easily take care of the Soul Reapers they fight in the Soul Society arc, and manage to avoid capture easily enough. Then they come across the Captains of the Gotei 13, and the Nakama fall in short order, leaving only Ichigo left.
  • Disappears into Light: Happens to the Bounts when they die, Plus spirits when they're purified and sent to Soul Society, and Nozomi and Kagerosa in Episode 341 of the Gotei 13 Invading Army anime season.
  • Discard and Draw: Happens with both Uryu and Ichigo after they lose their powers the first time (Uryu after his fight with Mayuri and Ichigo after his first encounter with Byakuya).
    • Happened for Ichigo again. After his fight with Aizen, Ichigo lost his Soul Reaper powers and has moved on to something called Fullbring.
    • Yet again, Ichigo lost his powers. Not even 7 pages later, Rukia stabs him with a Zanpakutō, giving him back his Soul Reaper powers. You can just see the look of fear on Ginjō & Tsukishima's faces when it happens.
    • Now that Quincy Hitler has broken Ichigo's bankai, it can never be repaired. Fortuitously Squad Zero has a means to make him a different one.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: Yumichika in Episode 321.
  • Diving Kick: In the anime Episode 280, the Vizard Mashiro Kuna does one of these to the Arrancar Wonderweiss Margera, knocking him into the ground.
  • Diving Save: Ichigo does this to save Don Kanonji from a hollow and Sado does this to save Karin from falling metal beams. Other examples can be found on the trope page.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • There's an ongoing sexual joke about shinigami and their swords resulting in zanpakutou having the fan nickname "Soul Penis": Ichigo's is as "big as he is tall" and accused of having great power but terrible control. After achieving Bankai, Renji gets treated the same way. Gin's shikai extends instantly and often flops around when doing so. Mayuri's sword is perfectly positioned for all sorts of subtext, especially when he cocks it to draw out the blade, rendering the scabbard flaccid in the process.
    • Hisagi has 69 tattooed on his face. It's in honour of the captain who saved him, who has 69 tattooed on his chest. Word Of God has confirmed he wanted Hisagi to have a tattoo on his face that would look cool to younger readers but raise the eyebrows of their parents.
    • Yumichika has a "secret power" that makes him a kidou fighter instead of a physical fighter. If his secret came out, he'd be expelled from his division so he'd rather die than reveal it. Some fans replace "secret power" with "sexual orientation" and think he's in the closet. Other fans think that, because Japanese and American straight/gay stereotypes are often reversed, this is a case of Unfortunate Implications or Values Dissonance instead.
    • Szayel's Resurrecion occurs in a way that makes him sound like he's having an orgasm. He begins it by swallowing his sword and exploding. A lot of his other abilities are similarly sexual in presentation. His resurrecion is even called "Fornicars".
  • Don't Fear The Reaper: This trope is in force for the most part. The Soul Reapers are just like humans: they can be friendly, moody, supportive, scary, hostile depending on situation or individual personality type. However, the Soul Reapers aren't enemies of humanity even if their focus on the big picture can make them seem aloof at times. Their role is to guide the dead to Soul Society, cleanse hollows of post-death sin so they too can be guided to Soul Society and also to maintain the balance of souls across different worlds. In other words, Soul Reapers are portrayed the same way humans are portrayed: as individuals with their own personalities, worries, fears, foibles, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Don't Look Back: While Division 3 is fleeing a Restrictive Current in the Precipice World, Lieutenant Izuru Kira tells his men "Don't look back". He doesn't want them to be distracted by the pursuing threat.
  • Dope Slap: Rukia and Renji to Ichigo, and Kaien Shiba to Rukia.
  • Double Standard: Played with in the 14th volume of the manga: Uryuu Ishida and Orihime Inoue acquire two Soul Reaper uniforms to disguise themselves with. To Uryuu's alarm, Orihime suddenly begins changing while they're in the same room. He quickly tells her to stop, to which she replies, "You're right. A boy and a girl shouldn't change in the same room together." She then seems to have constructed a personal change room for Uryu, telling him to go ahead. He asks himself while changing, "Isn't it... supposed to be the other way around?"
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Yhwach and Haschwalth are both utterly convinced Uryu's got some sort of ulterior motive for joining the Vandenreich.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: During the first half of the Bount arc, Ichigo is having trouble activating his bankai in the real world. Note that this is not only contradictory to the manga, but also of the OAV that took place around the same period.
  • Dramatic Chase Opening: A Hollow pursuing a little ghost girl in anime Episode 1 and Shuhei Hisagi being pursued by his zanpakuto spirit Kazeshini in anime Episode 260.
  • Dramatic Pause:
    • The anime fight between Charlotte and Yumichika is full of music and dialogue until the moment Charlotte appears to win. He clarifies to Yumichika what his final attack is doing, and suddenly.... silence. Even the music stops. Cue Glowing Eyes of Doom and Pre Ass Kicking One Liner as Yumichika proceeds to curb stomp Charlotte.
    • Done to powerful effect in the anime with Hitsugaya when he realises he's stabbed Hinamori instead of Aizen. Everything stops: characters, fighting, dialogue, music. Everything. Then the screen itself blacks out. And then Hitsugaya explodes.
  • Dramatic Slip: In the very first episode, the ghost of a small girl trips while she and Ichigo are being chased by a hollow.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: A guy mistakes a warning, and goes for revenge against the wrong people.
  • Dripping Disturbance: At the beginning of the Bount arc, this happens to Orihime before an impostor disguised as her brother shows up and kidnaps her; the rest of the cast also notice it when they search her empty house.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Yammy. He gets a few last words but the vast majority of his fight occurs off-screen.
  • Drowning My Sorrows Kira, Hisagi and Matsumoto take up semi-professional drinking after the Soul Society arc to deal with being abandoned by their captains and old friends.
  • Dying for Symbolism: Aizen tries to kill Head Captain Yamamoto (regarded as the history of Soul Society), as so to symbolise the defeat of the Gotei 13. He fails. However, later on, Yhwach succeeds where Aizen failed, and does indeed kill Yamamoto, to symbolise the defeat and destruction of the Gotei 13.


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