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Bleach: Tropes E to G
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Tropes for Bleach, E to G:
- Fan Fic: Many and varied.
- Fanservice: This manga is full of it — affecting both female characters and male characters alike. Kubo does seem to be working his way through TV Tropes to see how many different kinds of fanservice he can insert.
- Fastball Special: Chad and Rukia do this against Shrieker, the first Hollow Chad ever fights. Later during the Soul Society arc Ichigo does it to throw Rukia to safety.
- Female Gaze: Kubo seems as willing to play with male characters in a manner female readers/characters will find sexy as he is to play with female characters in a manner male readers/characters will find sexy. (See trope page for examples.)
- Fighting Series: There's a lot of action in this story, especially since the main protagonist-based organisation is a military organisation. Characterisation and development usually also occurs during or as a direct result of combat.
- Filler Villain: The Bount, Captain Amagai, Muramasa, Kageroza, Ouko Yushima.
- Final Boss Preview: Basically, any time Ichigo jobs against someone he later beats, it's this. Byakuya was the first one, then Grimmjow, then Ulquiorra, then finally Aizen.
- First Name Basis:
- Uryu is unusual among the Karakura High students in that not even Ichigo (who is massively informal with everyone) or Orihime (probably his closest friend) refer to him by his given name — he's always "Ishida-kun" or just "Ishida". This is indicative of his lone wolf social status and aloof personality. In the Soul Society arc, Uryu gets quite upset when Ganju, whom he doesn't know well or like, calls him by his given name. Uryu refers to his father by his given name, Ryuken, which is cold even by Western standards.
- A young Soifon is initially hesitant to call Yoruichi by name, but later settles for "Yoruichi-sama" ("Lady Yoruichi" in the dub and "Ms. Yoruichi" in the English manga).
- Ukitake calls everybody by their given names, including people he's only known briefly, like Ichigo. Except for Yamamoto, who is both his superior and his former teacher.
- Hitsugaya hates when people call him by his given name. Momo is the sole person who can do it and get away with it.
- At the end of the Soul Society arc, a wounded Byakuya asks Renji pathetically "Is [Ichigo] going to keep calling me by my given name?"
- Flaw Exploitation: Savvy villains abound.
- Flechette Storm
- Byakuya's bankai Senbonzakura, which has millions of small blades that look like cherry blossoms.
- Privaron Espada Cirucci Sanderwicci's released form, which includes two wings each with five half-moon shaped blades. She can fire the blades at an opponent, guide them in flight and make them return to her if they miss.
- Flipping the Table: Lampshaded in the first chapter, where the table has a note posted on it saying 'Use for sight gags only'.
- Floating Advice Reminder: Kenpachi, consulting imaginary squad members while fighting Tousen (and as it happens, it's Yumichika's advice he actually takes).
Yachiru: Try swinging wildly!
Kenpachi: I've been doing that.
Ikkaku: Maybe it's like this? Try using your inner eye.
Kenpachi: If I could do that, he'd be dog meat by now.
Yumichika: If it were me, I'd give up. Elegantly.
- Flower Motifs: Each of the 13 divisions gets a flower insignia which corresponds to the division's values or attitude. It is displayed with a division number on the lieutenant badge. Several zanpakutou also have flower themes running through them. See trope page for more detail.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: In anime episode 14, Ichigo does this to a group of hollows while going to Uryu's aid.
- The Force Is Strong with This One: Anyone with spiritual awareness can sense the power in other beings with spiritual awareness. As a result, it's common for Soul Reapers, hollows or humans with spiritual awareness to comment on just how much power they can feel in another as a way of conveying power levels.
- Foregone Conclusion: The "Turn Back the Pendulum" and "Everything But the Rain" arcs. In "Pendulum", we know that Kisuke ends up exiled to Earth and who ends up going with him: the suspense is in the details. In "Rain", we know Isshin and Masaki will end up together and Ryuuken will forsake the Quincy Clan... the mystery is how it gets there.
- At the beginning of the manga, one of Ichigo's earliest cases is protecting Orihime from her hollowified big brother. He reveals his belief that the reason a big brother is born first is to protect the younger siblings that follow. This foreshadows his climactic battle with Byakuya and the debate they have during that fight over why Byakuya isn't protecting his sister.
- When Shinji's first introduced to the manga, he's seen in the background hanging upside down in the air while drinking a bottle of water as if he was the right side up. When he introduces himself to Ichigo's class, he writes his name backwards and admits he's very good at doing that. More than 200 chapters later, we learn this his zanpakutou's power is the ability to flip the perception of its targets so all directions are reversed.
- After Grand Fisher is beaten early in the manga, he is shown being healed and put back together as a more humanoid Hollow. Two arcs later, we learn that he was turned into an Arrancar.
- After being subdued, Ichigo's Inner Hollow warns Ichigo that if he slips up he'll take over completely. When Ulquiorra brings Ichigo to the verge of death, the Inner Hollow consumes Ichigo completely.
- Remember when Uryu told Ice Ringer that Aizen should not fear the Soul Reapers, but the Quincy? And Cirucci's snide remark about how the Quincy were "a sad group of people who were destroyed by the Soul Reapers"? Take one guess as to which group conquered Hueco Mundo eighteen months after Aizen's defeat and then invaded the Soul Society?
- Ginjou describes all Fullbringers as someone whose parents were attacked by a Hollow before they were born, thus giving them "a little Hollow in them". In the next arc, we learn that this is true of Ichigo too, courtesy of a prototype Arrancar that attacked his mother, Masaki, before he was ever even conceived.
- Ichigo's true heritage and the truth about Zangetsu were foreshadowed several times. Shattered Shaft manifested Shinigami and Hollow forms equally; Zangetsu stopping Ichigo's blood loss against Kenpachi was Quincy "Blut" power; the inner Hollow stated that he was Zangetsu; the inner Hollow stated he and Zangetsu were originally one being and the reader sees Zangetsu absorbing the Inner Hollow; Ichigo's first Fullbring attack spins into the same shape as the Quincy Cross.
- Four Is Death:
- Espada #4, Ulquiorra has come the closest of anyone to killing Ichigo. Additionally, his general appearance is pretty morbid, especially after using Resurrección. He is also the only Arrancar to have mastered his 2nd-level Resurrección.
- The Fourth squad are the healers. As a military unit, they're also expected to fight when necessary, so they're trained to both heal and kill thus giving them — on a symbolic level — the most control over life and death of any squad in the Gotei 13. They're also treated poorly by the entire Gotei 13 and reduced to doing menial and public hygiene work as a result. The 11th division in particular treat them badly.
- In the 11th division, there is a captain, a vice-captain, a third seat and a fifth seat. Yumichika wanted the third seat, but upon realizing Ikkaku wanted it he was content to let Ikkaku take it instead. He settled for fifth seat because the kanji is almost as pretty as the kanji for three, but he utterly refuses to take the fourth seat because he hates the number and thinks the kanji is ugly. As a result, the fourth seat stays empty.
- In the final arc, the 3rd division gathers to confront the invaders. The highest seats below the captain gather together: the lieutenant, third seat, fifth seat and sixth seat. The 3rd division's War Is Hell philosophy is the complete opposite of the 11th division's Blood Knight philosophy, but it seems they have the lack of a fourth seat in common.
- Chapter 444 was arguably Ichigo's own personal Darkest Hour, where it shows that being a Bad Ass does not equal having the mental fortitude to handle a World Gone Mad (and he doesn't even realize the full extent of it until several chapters later). He finally comes face-to-face with Tsukishima in a confrontation that turns everyone against him, from Ikumi and Keigo to Mizuiro and Tatsuki; even his sisters side with Tsukishima due to Retconjuration. Even the Fullbringers end up against him, with Ginjo as the only one on his side — and several chapters later, we learn that it wasn't genuine.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Up until now, the audience/readers have never been able to see through Aizen's illusions (which, as of Chapter 391-392, seems to include his mental monologue as well), even when they are supposedly viewing the unfolding scenes/events from an "omniscient narrator" perspective; yes, that's right, his Complete Hypnosis apparently transcends the fourth wall.
- From Bad to Worse: Several times throughout the series. The most striking example is Chapter 390, also known as Chapter Aizen-Kicks-The-Shit-Out-Of-Everybody. After the Hope Spot that was Chapter 391, it gets... rather malicious. Generally, any time Chad goes down. Kubo uses his defeat as a turning point in both the Soul Society Arc and the Hueco Mundo Arc. After Chapter 511, pretty much everything for the Soul Society and Ichigo went from bad to worse.
- Fun with Foreign Languages: In the anime's Japanese dub at least, the Soul Reapers tend to have Japanese names and use Japanese for the names of their techniques and Soul Society's architecture and clothing is very like that from Feudal Japan. The Hollow's techniques use Gratuitous Spanish and the Arrancar tend to have names that are inspired by Spanish artists. The Quincy use Gratuitous German for most of their techniques, though the Quincys we've seen that have been named were all Japanese and thus have Japanese names, Subverted with the Vandenreich Quincy, who all have mangled foreign-sounding names.
- Funbag Airbag: Hitsugaya and Rangiku's first meeting involves this happening.
- Functional Magic: Rule Magic variety, called kidou (lit. "the demon way"), Quincies have their own variation of this that uses German spell-calls.
- Furo Scene: Rangiku at Orihime's house, complete with Censor Steam.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Each member of the Royal Guard was chosen in part because they developed some special device or technique that is fundamental to the Soul Society. Ichibei gave everything in Soul Society its true name, Kirinji developed the healing arts used by Squad 4, Kirio developed the reishi transference technique at the heart of Soul Candy, and Nimaiya created the zanpakuto.
- Gag Boobs: Happens a lot in this manga. See trope page for some examples.
- Gag Dub: The fourth film has a particular reputation for producing gag dubs.
- Gainaxing: See trope page for examples.
- Gambit Roulette:
- Any of Aizen Sousuke's masterful schemes. The Soul Society arc was one elaborate plan to extract the Hougyoku from Rukia's soul, involving killing and impersonating Central 46, using Ichigo and friends as a distraction, faking his death, and throwing the Seireitei into civil war. If things don't go quite as planned, the plans change; Brute-forcing a quick fix is an option, too.
- It's now been revealed that he knew that Ichigo was the son of a captain level Soul Reaper from the start, and that basically the entire series was Aizen carefully modulating the Sorting Algorithm of Evil to ensure Ichigo is ready for whatever Aizen needs him for. You didn't read wrong; every fight Ichigo's been in from the start, including the one where he became a Soul Reaper in the first place, was all according to Aizen's master plan. However, Ichigo doubts that Aizen could've done all this, and the series leaves it ambiguous if he was telling the truth or just trying to mess with Ichigo.
- Urahara also deserves mention. It has been revealed that his plans are almost as complicated as Aizen's. They are not quite as unbelievable since you see him making sure it all works properly. But still, the fact that his plan was what ultimately defeated Aizen makes him quite a master of these.
- Gas Mask, Longcoat: The Soldat include a longcoat in their uniform as well as the gas masks that completely hide their faces.
- Gas Mask Mooks: The Soldats function as a faceless army only when called in by the established Quincy characters of the story.
- Gate Guardian: The Seireitei, the center of power within the Soul Society has four gatekeepers, one for each of its gates: Jidanbo (West), Higonyudo (South), Danzomaru (North), and Kaiwan (East). Jidanbo is a giant who is a renowned fighter, but his massive girth is necessary to open the gate, which only responds to physical force and resists spirit energy.
- Gender Misdirection: the heroes talk about the rumored Kuukaku Shiba as a guy until they discover, err, proof of the contrary.
- Yoruichi's voice in cat form sounds male, leading to Ichigo being quite surprised at the transformation.
- Gentlemen Rankers: Rukia Kuchiki is described as powerful enough to be a lieutenant (the third-highest officer rank in the military), but is basically an unranked foot soldier. We later find out that this is because her big brother, trying to protect her, used his influence to keep her from being promoted. Near the end of the series, however, she's finally promoted to lieutenant.
- Geo Effects: Hollows and Arrancar are much more powerful when fighting in Hueco Mundo because there is a much higher concentration of spirit energy in the air than in the real world. This also applies to Quincies and Soul Reapers as well.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!
- Shino pulls a comical one on Ryūnosuke Yuki due to his lack of faith in his abilities to take on the job as Karakura Town's Soul Reaper protector. Pity he was right.
- Anime episode 334. After Nozomi rescues Kon from Kagerosa Inaba, he gets over-emotional and goes crazy hugging her. She slaps him twice across the face to bring him out of it.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Actually parodied to a degree on a few occasions, as in whenever a character (which is pretty much always Uryu) says something is "something we can't even show on TV!" Specific examples are Mayuri's method of "healing" Nemu insisting that Uryu and Renji were stupid for not understanding and merely thinking naughty thoughts, and Pesche's method of drawing his Zanpakuto. With the latter, his buddy Dondochakka actually pops up on the front of the screen and warns children "not to imitate him." Furthermore in the Captain Amagai arc, when thinking of a "princess who makes Ichigo silly," Orihime describes a dominatrix.
- Giant Enemy Crab: The hollow summoned by the kemari game in anime episode #205.
- Giant Mook: The Gillians. Fura is a Giant Mook turned Up to Eleven.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Orihime's Hueco Mundo costume and Cirucci Sanderwicci's.
- Giving Up the Ghost: Kon gives his up quite frequently, usually after receiving abuse from Rukia or Ichigo. He usually deserves it though.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: There are plenty of examples throughout the manga of this (See Page for detailed examples).
- Godzilla Threshold
- In the first film, a group of exiles are preparing to crash a smaller dimension into the Soul Society, destroying both it and Earth. To prevent this, Yamamoto orders the whole thing blown up. However, Ichigo has gone into the dimension to save his new friend and hopefully stop the villain's plan in the process. Rukia barges into a captain's meeting and begs Yamamoto to send in back up. Yamamoto points out that while Ichigo is powerful, they only have an hour to fix things, and they have no guarantee that a squad of Soul Reapers can get in and get out before the dimension hits. Though when most of the captains and lieutenants go anyway, he waits until the last minute before giving the order to fire.
- Defied with Kenpachi who only likes to meet force with an appropriate amount of force. He's unconsciously shackled his power to ensure he can meet a Worthy Opponent that can give him the thrill of feeling fear in battle without overpowering and killing them (thus leaving him bereft of enjoyment). Otherwise, he'd be so powerful that even the strongest Kenpachi in Gotei 13 history would have been unable to defeat him when he was a mere child.
- Gold Colored Superiority: Don Kanouji seizes gold for his Sentai color after the rest of the team spends an entire episode arguing over who gets to be red. They eventually settled on two reds in addition to his gold.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: Aizen of all people relies on this trope. At the end of the Soul Society arc, he's set up a situation whereby he can call on the Negaccion power of Menos Grande to escape from Soul Society. Later on, he calls in this same being (Fuura) to destroy Yamamoto's fiery cage which is cutting him off from the fake Karakura Town battle.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: The Bount came into existence from an accident during an experiment into eternal life.
- Gonk: Tite Kubo has a particular talent for creating some truly ridiculous looking characters.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: Goes with the typical Japanese color scheme for good and evil, with the Soul Reaper good guys wearing black uniforms with white trimmings and the Arrancar army (including the treacherous Soul Reapers) wearing white uniforms with black trimmings. This Soul Reaper-versus-hollow color scheme extends to Ichigo's inner world where he retains his black Soul Reaper uniform and his inner hollow is an inverted (white) version of himself, akin to the Arrancar color scheme.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair:
- Aizen slicks his hair back when he discards his Clark Kent disguise.
- Mullets are a sign of great evil in Bleach. Just look at Grimmjow's released form and Ichigo's über-hollow form.
- And now, Aizen's new form... Thing. Really the only apparent differences are his eyes and white trash hair-style.
- Good Is Not Nice:
- Mayuri is a Mad Scientist who captures people for experimentation and turns his own men into living bombs. Mayuri is only a very liberal definition of good (i.e. "He kills bad guys.")
- Kenpachi is a battle nut who got his captain seat by killing his predecessor. Like Mayuri, his definition of good is very liberal.
- Basically the whole Soul Reaper organization; while about half are actually pretty decent individuals, most have very little qualms about performing very questionably ethical or even downright ruthless acts if it benefits their self-imposed goals.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: The more powerful a character is, the better their ability to heal is. As a result, captains, vice-captains, Vizards and other powerful characters can survive wounds that would kill weaker characters. Even when they need extra help in healing, they heal fast.
- A mock-arrancar displays an instant regeneration ability. Uryuu can't fight it but his father defeats it in two shots.
- Ichigo's ability develops throughout the story as he becomes more and more powerful. It's related to the increasing strength of his hollow powers.
- Ulquiorra tells Ichigo that he sacrificed power for extra regenerative abilities and as a result has the best regeneration capability of any Espada. It does not make him unkillable, however.
- Gratuitous English:
- Tite Kubo loves writing the chapter titles in Gratuitous English (although sometimes they'll be Gratuitous German or a few other languages instead). Sometimes, his chapter titles come across as goofy as a result ("Why Me Sad" is a classic).
- Don Kanonji and his catch phrase "Spirits are always with you!" and "Smells like Bad Spirits!"
- Charlotte Cuuhlhorne's attack names are not only this trope but gratuitous full stop.
- Dordonii says "IT'S SHOWTIME!" when he powers up in the games.
- Fullbringer powers are activated via Gratuitous English with the exception of Chad's which is activated via Gratuitous Spanish. Most of the powers also double as call outs to song titles.
- Ouetsu Namiya enjoys making grandiose introductions and announcements in Gratuitous English and competes with Don Kanonji in doubling as a Large Ham while doing it.
- Gratuitous German:
- Ishida's attacks and weapons.
- The Quincies in general. Most words pull double duty as "Blind Idiot" Translation.
- Some of Kubo's chapter titles, especially when the chapter is about quincies.
- The anime jumped on board with the Bount Arc as well.
- Gratuitous Spanish:
- Spanish names for Hollow-related things. They're not incredibly bad, but they leave much to be desired. Special prize goes to Dordonii who uses actual Spanish words when he talks(calling Ichigo Niño(boy) and Nel bebé(baby)).
- Chad's power is activated via this trope as well.
- Great Offscreen War: There is a millenium-long history of conflict between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies, and while much of that time may have been cold war, there have also been at least three periods of active fighting: Yhwach's original war against Yamamoto 1000 years ago (which resulted in the creation of the Gotei 13), the ethnic cleansing carried out by the Soul Reapers 200 years ago, and the present invasion of Soul Society. We know very little about the events of the first two wars but they have major consequences within the story.
- Green Lantern Ring: The Hougyouku's power is to fulfill the deepest desire of the hearts around it. It created the Vizards because that's what Urahara wanted. It created Arrancar because the Hollows wanted to be Arrancar. It also released Orihime and Chad their powers because they cursed their powerlessness from the bottom of their hearts. The limit on the Hougyouku's power is that the wish has to already be within the target's potential.
- Grievous Harm with a Body:
- Chapter 351 — Uber-Hollow Ichigo rips Ulquiorra's arm off and throws it at him.
- In a manga-only sequence, Grimmjow rips Loly's leg off and beats her over the head with it.
- The Grim Reaper: Many of the characters in the story are Soul Reapers, who conform to the psychopomp version of the trope.
- Groin Attack: This happens often. It's usually used for punishment or ally-versus-ally violence or for comedy rather than in true fights, although it's not unheard of in actual battle either. Examples include Nel doing it to Ichigo when he accidentally indicates Orihime is heavy, when Oomaeda blocks his captain's punch to the face, she punches him in the groin instead, and Vice-captain Hiyori once kicked Captain Urahara in the groin but came off the worst because whatever she kicked wasn't his nads but was something very hard and unyielding instead.
- Growing Muscles Sequence: Ggio Vega and Poww both do this when they unleash their full power. Later on, fullbring forces a yakuza trapped inside a weaponised plushie to go through one of these.
- Gut Punch: The Thousand Year Blood War arc is filled to the brim with these in quick succession, to show that Kubo really isn't pulling any punches for the final arc. Check out the actual page to see.