Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach. This page deals with characters who appear only in the Bleach anime, films and video games, not the manga.Back to the main character indexTo avoid confusion to English-language readers, who may be more familiar with the English anime than the manga, all names are in Western order.
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Mod Soul Lirin
A modified soul created by Urahara along with Kurodo and Noba. She is the de facto leader of the three. She and her "siblings" initially appeared giving Ichigo's team a surprisingly brutal Training from Hell, but quickly became good friends (especially with Ichigo) with them and were instrumental in the war against the Bount. Her stuffed animal form is a hooded chicken, and she has illusion powers.Tropes associated with Lirin:
Brother Chuck: After making cameo appearances in the early filler arcs, Lirin, Noba and Kurodo vanished entirely from the storyline so they no longer appear even in the Zanpakutou and Gotei 13 Invasion arcs.
Another modified soul created by Urahara. He can copy the appearances and abilities of others, and his stuffed animal self is a bizarre looking bunny. He is close friends with Orihime.Tropes associated with Kurodo:
Spell My Name with an S: Kurodo or Claude? Kurodo is the official translation, but the characters used in writing his name aren't usually read that way. Some fansubs even rendered it Cloud.
Mod Soul Noba
The last of the three modified souls created by Urahara, and a close friend of Chad. He has power over space, and his stuffed animal form is a mouthless turtle.Tropes associated with Noba:
Hates Being Touched: He's embarrassed when women touch him. He doesn't mind sitting on Chad's shoulder, yet he hides his face when Rukia or Rangiku touch him and he changes into his plushie form when he has to touch Rangiku's arm to combine his powers with hers.
The StoicQuiet One: Only ever speaks a word or short sentence at a time. Says less than even Chad, if that's even possible. When Kurodo asks Orihime what she thinks they talk about, the scene cuts to them failing to start a conversation entirely.
The Bount are a group of humans that gain immortality by feasting on human souls. They have weapons known as "dolls", a similar equivalent to Zanpakuto.
The leader of the Bounts, and Big Bad of the Bount arc. While at first it seems like his goal is to create a portal to Hueco Mundo and join Aizen, his real objective is to create a portal to Soul Society in order to take revenge for the mass slaughter of Bounts centuries ago. His Doll is Messer.Tropes associated with Jin:
Bad Boss: He displays more caring for the Bounts than anyone else, but they still tend to get easily sacrificed.
The Coats Are Off: During his final battle with Ichigo, though mainly because Ichigo's attacks shredded it.
Evil Albino: He looks like one, but he wasn't born with his white hair and red eyes; their color changed when he first merged with Messer.
Interim Villain: Filler Villain or no, the anime actually tied him into the Arrancar storyline by having him return as a vision to Ichigo, indirectly assisting in getting Ichigo himself to defeat his Inner Hollow.
Manipulative Bastard: If you're not a Bount, you're either an enemy or just a pawn to him. And even the other Bounts, whom he does display some signs of genuinely caring for, tend to get sacrificed with alarming regularity.
Meaningful Name: His Doll's, Messer means "knife", and is probably one of the few Doll names which makes a little sense.
Omnicidal Maniac: His ultimate goal is to destroy the Soul Reapers, the human souls, and even himself.
Pet the Dog: Despite his cruelty, he genuinely cares for his fellow Bounts, as evidenced by his mourning over a Bounts' grave.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He got turned into a Bount by accident, was forced to flee the Soul Society and lived his life on the run watching his fellow Bounts get hunted down and killed by both Soul Reapers and hollows. Then his remaining friends abandoned him out of fear of his power which he just wanted to use to protect them.
Token Good Teammate: Aside from Yoshino Soma, let's say it's pretty obvious that he's this to the Bounts. He's the only one who is portrayed sympathetically and isn't a Jerk Ass.
Jin's former lover. She despises how Jin has changed the Bounts to fuel his ambitions, and wants nothing less than to destroy him. Her Doll is Goethe.Tropes associated with Yoshino:
One-Winged Angel: Has the ability to fuse with Goethe. Doesn't change the fact that she gets the shit beaten out of her by Jin.
Token Good Teammate: However, she tries to distance herself from the Bounts as much as possible.
One of the Bounts. Like Yoshino, he initially hated how Bount society has changed under Jin's rule. However, after getting a taste of the power Jin offers, he quickly changes his mind. His Doll is Ritz.Tropes associated with Mabashi:
Drunk on the Dark Side: Initially, he was opposed to the Bounts absorbing living souls to increase their power until he had some shoved down his throat and found out that the power gained felt very nice.
The first truly villainous Bount introduced. He is smug, arrogant and a general snob. His Doll is Friida.Tropes associated with Utagawa:
Smug Snake: Fitting, considering his Doll's ability is to create snakes.
The Starscream: Tries to defeat Jin and take over. It doesn't go very well.
The oldest of the Bounts, at least judging by his appearance. It's implied by Mabashi that he looks so old due to having consumed too many living souls. His Doll is Baura.Tropes associated with Sawatari:
Badass Grandpa: Subverted. The man himself is nothing remarkable. It's his Doll that makes him so dangerous.
Elderly Immortal: By virtue of being a Bount, he's prety much immortal, but somehow looks much older than the others.
Nightmare Face: Busts out a pretty impressive one during his first fight.
Reality Warper: His Doll can create tears in the space time continuum that he'll use to travel and hide himself so he can ambush people.
A traitor Soul Reaper that serves as Jin's bodyguard. He was orginally part of Squad 11, under the captain before Kenpachi. When Kenpachi killed the old captain and took up the mantle, Ichinose was unable to accept him as a replacement for his (much) nobler captain, and left Soul Society in despair. Soon afterwards, he is saved from a Hollow by Jin, who offers him employment. Feeling he had regained a purpose, he joined Jin and quickly became his most fanatical servant. His Zanpakuto is Nijigasumi.Tropes associated with Ichinose:
Older Than He Looks: She looks MUCH younger than she truly is, but has to rest up more than the average Soul Reaper to keep her looks and her health. In fact, during the final fight Ran uses up all of her powers and almost kicks it..
The new captain of Squad 3 in the New Captain arc, who hopes to increase cooperation between the squads and reduce reliance on the captains and lieutenants. His Zanpakuto is Raika.Tropes associated with :
Affably Evil: He sincerely cared about his friends and squad mates, and valued Ichigo as a friend and ally. Unfortunately, he was willing to throw it away in the name of vengeance, and he died regretting it.
Can't Hold His Liquor: Even alcohol-flavored pickles can get him drunk. When he drinks with Kyouraku, Kyouraku reveals to Ukitake that Amagai hasn't touched a single drop yet - he's drunk from the fumes alone.
Flaming Sword: Raiga is a hooksword that is capable of manipulating flames. His Bankai takes that to a BFS with an afterburner for a hilt.
From Nobody to Nightmare: started out in one of the more unassuming positions in soul society, being a plainclothesman tasked with surveying rebel forces. The very nature of his position would make any sort of merit or positive reputation difficult to build up. Nevertheless, he learns Bankai, impresses superiors, their superiors, and all the captains, and makes it up all the way to Physical Godhood as a Captain. The fact that he becomes, for a while, the most powerful being in Soul Society, is only the cherry on top.
Mix-and-Match Weapon: Up to Eleven, since we're talking a Hook-bladed BFS+ a afterburner BFG with massive amounts of fire as ammunition. There's even a massive Conch-shell hand-guard that acts as a very good shield.
Nice Guy: He's sincere and compassionate about wanting to unify the various factions in the Soul Society military hierarchy, and he's an approachable and even-handed captain, hanging out with his men to get to know them better. His desire for revenge just happens to be far greater than his good intentions and that wound up targeting innocent people who had no hand in his father's death.
No Sell: his Bakkoto negates other Zanpakutos' abilities
Poor Communication Kills: He only saw the aftermath of the fight between Yamamoto and his father and didn't bother to get the full details about it. Only scraping bits and pieces of the truth and assuming the worst. It doesn't help that Yamamoto doesn't bother to say anything about this (granted at the time it was suppose to be a secret mission and 's father have volunteered for it. So when he failed and Yamamoto had to mercy kill him, Yamamoto couldn't say anything, both wanting to protect and from discrediting the Gotei 13. But by this point in the story there was no need to do so).
Power Nullifier: His Bakkoto allows him to seal Zanpakuto abilities (but not completely seal Hollowified Zanpakuto abilities).
Reasonable Authority Figure: Or so the characters thought, especially since he's willing to believe Ichigo and let himself be branded a criminal in order to help him find the truth.
Red Right Hand: His fully-released Bakkoto takes the form of a black dragon covering all his right hand, with a Laser Blade coming out the mouth to boot.
Revenge Before Reason: While trying to get revenge on Yamamoto, he throws Rurichiyo on his hit list because the Bakkoto were developed by her clan. Despite the fact that it was Kumoi alone who was developing them and she didn't even know about them, let alone had a hand in it.
Shaggy Dog Story: All the hard work put towards the rather revolutionary concept of interdepartmental cooperation is totally undercut by his betrayal and death.
Tragic Villain: He's a nice guy, a very capable captain, but his drive to kill Yamamoto overrides it all.
The third seat of the third division, who cares little for those he deems too weak.
Big Fancy Sword: His Zanpakuto, Reppu, takes the form of a huge, oddly shaped glaive with three main blades.
Four Eyes, Zero Soul: To almost Aizen-level, he just doesn't have the whole compacity for planning ahead.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Consumed by his Bakkoto. Izuru uses his ability to make it too heavy to fly, forcing him to use more and more of his power to compensate.
Precision-Guided Boomerang: His zanpakuto, Reppu can be thrown and controlled in mid-flight. It's later revealed that it is his Bakkoto that controls Reppu''s flight. What Reppu itself is actually capable of (besides being a really big, weirdly shaped blade) is never actually revealed.
The steward of the Kasumioji clan, who wants to kill Rurichiyo and take control of the clan with a variety of plans. He has a force of assassins armed with the special weapons known as the Bakkoto.
Big Bad Wannabe: He's certainly good at covering his tracks, and he's got plenty of resources, Bakkoto and assassins at his disposal, but he's little more than a flea compared to , who was The Mole under his wing.
Disc One Final Boss: He kickstarted the conflict, but finished him off three episodes before the ending of the New Captain arc.
The spirit of an unknown Soul Reaper's sword. He takes the form of a flamboyantly dressed man with long fingernails. His special power is to "free" other zanpakuto spirits from their owners and make them follow their "inner instincts", which is usually to kill their wielders. He informs Ichigo that he killed his own Soul Reaper master.
Antagonist Abilities: He can turn a zanpakutou, the source of a Soul Reaper's power, against their owners and make them fight for him. The only way to deal with this is for the zanpakutou's owner to defeat the brainwashed zanpakutou in combat, leaving Muramasa free to go about his own business.
Badass Longcoat: A rather flamboyant version, but still badass, considering he took down the Soul Society in one night for crying out loud!
Diabolus ex Machina: Arguably can be said this happened when he had Sode No Shirayuki retreat before Rukia had a chance to try to turn her back to the good guys side which eventually leads to Sode No Shirayuki getting broken by Byakuya for him to test Byakuya's loyalty to him.
Evil Plan: Overthrow Soul Reaper rule of the Soul Society A lie to cover up his true goal of freeing his wielder.
Filler Villain: He's this the Zanpakuto Unknown Tales arc, having orchestrated the Zanpakuto Rebellion and indirectly causing the emergence of the Toju in the Beast Swords mini-arc.
Kansas City Shuffle: Yamamoto sealed himself away, so he lied to the protagonists to get them to break the barrier for him so he could get at Yamamoto's memories. Also, the whole rebellion was one of these, so he could unseal his wielder, Kouga.
Light Is Not Good: His outfit is mostly white and he organized the Zanpakuto rebellion.
Life Drinker: He was forced to absorb Hollows in order to keep himself going despite his wielder being dead, as shown when he visits the Forest of Menos. It also fits in with his Mind Control abilities being described as "tapeworm-like" in nature.
Love Martyr: He remained loyal to Kouga even as he was mistreated and brutalized by him. Many years later, he's completely obsessed with freeing Kouga and reuniting with him. The expression of pure happiness when he succeeds only makes Kouga's reaction more cringe-worthy.
Meaningful Name: Named after a real life Muramasa who was famous both for being an extremely skilled swordsmith and a mentally unbalanced one. As a result, his swords were believed to be cursed with an insatiable bloodlust, crying out for blood at night and refusing to be sheathed until they had tasted blood, even resorting to killing their owner (which is what Muramasa claimed he originally did to his master), and that anyone who owned a Muramasa sword would be driven insane by a need to kill indiscriminately (which is why his master Koga was originally sealed in the first place. Also, the first part in his name ("mura" = "village") is a homonym for the kanji for "unbalanced" or "unstable". Taken together, his name can be translated as either "justice of the village" which is what Koga thought he was to Soul Society or "unbalanced justice" which is what Ginrei accused Koga of doing as retaliation for having been framed.
More Than Mind Control: The above ability works by amplifying any existing resentment the zanpakuto is feeling towards its master.
One-Winged Angel: 'When Koga abandons him, Muramasa's Despair Event Horizon causes him to Hollowfy, and he later transforms into a dome-shaped construct containing a replica of Koga's inner world, wherein he fights Ichigo in his normal appearance, but begins to Hollowfy there as well before Ichigo defeats him.
People Puppets: One of his secondary powers is to manifest invisible indestructible strings with which he can control or restrain people, as well as shield himself. The drawback? They only manifest in reflective surfaces (i.e. ice, clear water, building windows, ect.) and will be destroyed if said surface is distorted/destroyed, or if an attack's reflection hits the string's reflection (as Senbonzakura did to free Byakuya).
Turned Against Their Masters: Claims he killed his master and encouraged the other zanpakutos to rebel. Turns out the rebellion was an Evil Plan to distract all of the Soul Reaper while he goes to free his master. Also inverted in that his master actually turned against him once unsealed due to his own perception of Muramasa refusing to obey his call.
The owner of the zanpakuto Muramasa. He was very powerful and a great aid to the loyalists in a Soul Reaper rebellion, but some of the captains were afraid of him, so they framed him for murdering his own allies in order to get rid of Muramasa. He got back at them, eliminating any chance to prove his innocence. He went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge before eventually being defeated.
Blessed with Suck / Cursed with Awesome: Being able to control other people's swords isn't so great when your job description doesn't include fighting people with swords. Then there's a civil war and you become so overtly powerful that some of the higher ups on the same side as you become scared of your power and frame you for attacking your own side.
Death by Irony: As he dies, Kouga calls out for his Zanpakuto, just after betraying him and casting him aside like a tool. Frustrated with Muramasa's unresponsive predicament, Koga calls out to him again, before losing his balance and drowning into a river. Meanwhile, the tired Byakuya is caught by his own zanpakutou before he can fall, contrasting Kouga's complete abandonment of Soul Reaper ideals of partnership between Soul Reapers and zanpakutou.
Go Mad from the Revelation: His mind shattered when he realized he had commited a crime out of revenge for being framed, at which point he started honestly believing that everyone was out to get him.
Generation Xerox: The way Koga seeks Ginrei's approval is exactly the same as Rukia's seeking for Byakuya's approval. The scene of Kouga reporting to Ginrei is even made uncannily similar to a flashback of Rukia reporting to Byakuya during the Soul Society arc.
Master of Illusion: This is Koga's own personal ability, he doesn't need Muramasa to use it.
Miscarriage of Justice: Koga pretty much slammed the door on this trope, as he didn't even give them a chance to prove him innocent or guilty, he took revenge on the accusing captains, and then when informed that this had pretty much annihilated any chance he would have been found innocent, he went nuts, which lead to his eventual sealing.
Sealed Evil in a Can: He's the real point of Muramasa's enmity towards Soul Society, but spends most of the storyline trapped in prison. His criminal behaviour only ended when he was sealed by Yamamoto and Ginrei (his adoptive father). Muramasa's invasion distracts the shinigami while he frees Kouga and Byakuya helps Muramasa because he plans on killing Kouga to restore his family's honour.
Ungrateful Bastard: After everything Muramasa did for him, he tosses him aside like yesterday's trash. It is increasingly obvious that he was never worthy of the devotion and love his zanpakuto had for him.
You Have Failed Me: Does this to Muramasa when he is unsealed, unaware and uncaring that Muramasa was not at fault in the least.
A mysterious, lone Soul Reaper who lives in the Forest of Menos. He's the only survivor of his original team.
Bad Ass: He was the lone survivor of a Hollow-extermination team. He fought and continues to fight against Menos-class Hollows for centuries without using Shikai, Bankai, or Kido.
Bolivian Army Ending: was last seen holding off a group of Gillians and Adjuchas. Since he fought them many times before, odds are he's still alive and kicking.
Mask Power: He wears an assortment of Hollow masks on his body, mostly to serve as armor or Cero-deflecting shields.
Vocal Dissonance: Has a very squeaky like voice (think Mickey Mouse) so he's mute most of the time.
Unnamed Female Arrancar
A nameless Arrancar woman who attacked Karakura town with a giant flying fortress made of Hollows, but was defeated by Chizuru Honsho in a .... comedic way. She appeared in another filler episode where she sends her minion Michel in Karakura Town.
Blade on a Stick: Her sealed Zanpakuto takes the form of a sort of bladed staff.
Butt Monkey: When your downfall is caused by Chizuru you know you're a Butt Monkey. Not only that, but you appear in two filler episodes, the second which focuses on your revenge, and you're still never given a name!
Combat Pragmatist: As soon as she runs into Tatsuki, she tries to spear her in the head instead of introducing herself. She introduces herself after Tatsuki dodges her attack.
Ms. Fanservice: She's quite a beautiful woman, but this worked against her.
A charming and well dressed boy who appeared in Karakura Town and befriended anyone much to Kon's dismay, but later revealed to be a energy-sucking arrancar sent here to drain the reiatsu from the people of Karakura.
Heroic Sacrifice: In the last moments when she in control of Ouko's body, she forces him to stab himself with a reishi blade to give Ichigo a fighting chance at beating him.
MacGuffin Girl: Inaba wants her for some reason. She and Inaba are the first Mod Souls to ever exist and were made by Ouko Yushima. Inaba needs her to unlock his true power.
No Ontological Inertia: She fades away once Ouko is beaten and the fusion breaks as she had forced Ouko to stabbed himself and weaken him enough for Ichigo to deal with him. This wound up draining the power keeping her and Inaba in existence.
Magic Knight: Can use Kido, actually a similar ability, quite well, and quickly gets a Zanpakuto too.
Set Bonus: The method she used to defeat all those Reigai was to drain the reiatsu of about six or seven lieutenant-class Soul Reapers and four lieutenant-class humans all at once and throw it at the Reigai captains. Apparently, those lieutenant and humans didn't have enough power to defeat those four super-powered reigai captains, so All Your Powers Combined quickly turned "not enough power" into "more than enough power".
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Officially became the most important female character in the current filler arc, completely replacing Rukia and Orihime so that they often ended up with almost no lines in episodes.
Stay in the Kitchen: Despite her powers, whenever she tries to interfere in a battle against the Reigai in episode 332, she's told to stay away. Considering her status, it could be seen as a Take That, but she managed to make a comeback... that failed to impress Yamamoto. Once she tried to make another comeback against Inaba, she failed again, and gets captured.
Sugar and Ice Personality: Defensive and cold towards Kon, but less so around Ichigo. Her initial cold shoulder was explained indirectly by her connection to Yushima. He may have been a Shrinking Violet, but he held a low opinion on forming bonds, believing that that relying on others will only have them get in the way. Nozomi inherited that from him, if only for a while.
A Soul Reaper from the Department of Research and Development studying the Precipice World, and creator of the Reigai. His zanpakuto is Raiku.
Antagonist Abilities: He can open a portal at any time to deflect or avoid any attacks or move freely and then use the information those portals record to use an opponent's powers against them at a later date. He can also move without his opponent's being aware of how he's moved or where to. Not even Yamamoto can fight him.
Badass Bookworm: Was able to beat an (admittedly weakened) Ichigo in a straight fight * which includes blocking a Hollowfied Getsuga Tensho unscathed, even lampshading the fact that he's not relying on any cheap tricks (unlike a certain otherMad Scientist Soul Reaper). He's the darker, unrestrained half of Yushima's soul, who was far weaker than either of his classmates at the Shino Academy.
Berserk Button: He hates it when someone underestimates him. He's the crazier part of Yushima's soul, who felt that he was The Scrappy since he wasn't as good at fighting while in the Shino Academy.
Depraved Bisexual: He was a little close to Kon for comfort, and his interest in Nozomi brings up quite a few eyebrows. Crosses over into Screw Yourself since him and Nozomi were created and based on their creator Ouko Yushima.
Dragon-in-Chief: He represents Yushima's unrestrained potential, so he's far more powerful than Yushima himself, and he personally instigated the Reigai uprising, but he's still loyal to Yushima, since part of the latters' soul makes up Inaba's personality.
Evil Counterpart: Could argue he fills a similar niche to Szayel for Mayuri, but he's much more clearly this to Nozomi. They were both "created from the same Reishi", and according to Kageroza himself, "want the same things".
Evil Plan: Kageroza is determined to fuse with Nozomi to gain her power. His plan is to carry out the will of the original shinigami who split himself into two beings, Kageroza and Nozomi, to gain greater power.
Fusion Dance: Kageroza is determined to fuse with Nozomi to gain her power. They both only exist separately for a temporary purpose, having both originally been part of the same being.
Hidden Agenda Villain: His goals were revealed fairly early on (created the Modsouls; created Reigai as payback for getting his Modsoul research shafted; and wanted to fuse with Nozomi to get her power), but his motivation was kept a secret until the last few episodes. In particular, he's one-half of Yushima's soul, the real creator of the Modsouls, and he needed to fuse with Nozomi - the other half - in order to restore Yushima's sanity and boost the latters' power exponentially.
Ironic Echo: During his fight with Ichigo he states that he's not using "cheap tricks". Then is revealed that his Zanpakuto can manipulate space, and Kenpachi calls him out for using "a cheap trick".
No Ontological Inertia: Once defeated and split back into two, both Nozumi and he start to fade havng used up all their energy fighting Ichigo
Oh Crap: When Mayuri (disguised as his own Reigai) backstabs him.
Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's specifically said to specialize in the Precipice World, but he also has quite a talent in creating Reigais. But he has been revealed to be the one who created the Mod Souls and learned about the Precipice World afterwards in order to retrieve the data on Mod Souls that he hid there.
Psycho Rangers: The Reigai are copies of their Soul Reaper originals, with the same memories and abilities, but their personality differences are subtle, yet easy to spot out. The bracelets the Reigai wore made it easy to spot them, but after losing them in 329 they glowed for a episode. Now the only way to tell the difference is their glowing purple eyes.
Story Breaker Power: The Reigai are rather overpowered, more so than their originals, and he's able to control time and space itself. It worsens.
Not So Stoic: only while fighting. Fridge Brilliance when you realize that his Zanpakuto command is "Go Mad". Also when he realize that Mayuri swapped places with his own Reigai and has just stabbed his back with Ashisogi Jizo. After getting hit with a drug that stops all thoughts he was still able to attack Reigai Isane by acting on nothing but his own anger.
Sword Cane: Similar to the Zanpakto wielded by Yamamoto and Urahara, his takes the form of a silver cane while sealed.
Up to Eleven: There's a stronger version of Unohana in his army.
Ex-member of the 12th divison and founder of the project Spearhead. His zanpakuto was Sumitsuki Gasa.
Adaptation Induced Plot Hole: In the anime, he's the creator of the Mod Souls, however it was later explained in the manga that Kirio Hikifune created the research that allowed the creation of both Soul Candy and Mod Souls.
Antagonist Abilities: He obtains all of Inaba and Nozomi's abilities to take the abilities from any spiritual attack. His ultimate attack allows him to take any absorbed or produced energy and fire it as a massive wave of destruction. He can also steal and reduce the power of any person he fights by making contact with either them or their zanpakutou.
Bigger Bad: Since Inaba represents his darker side, it's ultimately Yushima that (indirectly) kickstarted the conflict in the Invading Army arc, and now that he's fused together with his counterparts, he's served as the Final Boss.
Blade on a Stick/Double Weapon: His Zanpakutou is a mix between Inaba's and Nozomi's Zanpakutou, making it a double headed glaive with straight blades and golden handle.
Hoist by His Own Petard: His own Reigai turn against him and stop his doomsday weapon from destroying Soul Society. Nozumi then manages to temporarily take control of his body and forces him stab himself with a reishi blade. Weakening him enough for Ichigo to finish off.
Out-Gambitted: Believe it or not, its Kon who ultimately throws a wrench into his plans. Granted Kisuke did most of the science work but Kon the one that carries it out. Stopping Ouko from drinking the medicine that would make the fusion permanent and giving Ichigo the soul candy with reishi that temporarily restores his power. Never underestimate the comic relief.
Story Breaker Power: Remember the space-manipulating powers displayed by Inaba and the energy-sucking powers of Nozomi? Yushima can do both things to a greater extent, and that's his Shikai!
The Man Behind the Man: Played with; Nozomi and Kageroza are two halves of his soul turned into Modsouls, and their actions are, ultimately, a result of their connection to his original mindset.
Too Many Belts: His new outfit at the end of episode 338 features a belt in the waist area and a smaller one in diagonal position under it. It's used to hold the sword sheathe, but the effect is the same.]]
Villainous Breakdown: During his final battle with a fully powered Ichigo when he realizes that Ichigo was indeed much stronger then him all along. Once his doomsday plan is thwarted, he completely loses it, ranting that his philosophy of "friends making you weak" can't be wrong before Ichigo finishes him off.
A character from the first film, Memories of Nobody, Senna is a mysterious girl with Soul Reaper powers whom Ichigo and Rukia encounter in the world of the living. Her zanpakuto is Mirokumaru.
Blow You Away: Her zanpakuto's ability, that's not really "hers" to begin with.
Cloudcuckoolander: Seems to have little sense about how the real world works, possibly the result of having many lost souls' memories inside her.
Dangerously Short Skirt: Wears one in her school uniform, and mopped the floor with those Blanks early in the movie, but she never fights in it.
Early-Bird Cameo: Inverted. Years after appearing in The Movie, she's seen sitting behind Ichigo in a restaraunt during a filler episode, but with her ribbon colored yellow (just as it was in her debut) instead of her trademark red.
Genki Girl: Very spunky, upbeat, fun-loving and carefree; a good counter to the normally scowling, Hot-Blooded Ichigo.
Girl of the Week: She's the main female protagonist for the first film, Memories of Nobody.
Hair Color Dissonance: Hers is apparently black with a purple sheen. Similar to Yoruichi's manga hair colour.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Averted; Ichigo's more of a scowling pseudo-delinquent than a brooding sulker, the romance aspect is far more subtle, and Senna herself is less of an airhead and more along the lines of a carefree fun-lover.
Multiple Choice Past: She goes through several flashbacks to completely conflicting childhoods. None of these memories belong to her.
Not Quite Dead: A girl that looks and behaves exactly like her runs by Ichigo at the end, even making a cameo in episode 204.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Big scar at his forehead, traced diagonally down his left eye to the corner of his jaw.
Revenge: Wants revenge on the Soul Society for exiling his people.
Shaped Like Itself: "We are the clan of darkness, the Dark Ones." Justified because "Dark Ones" is in English while the rest of the sentence is in Japanese, but it sounds funny when you translate it all into English.
The Dark Ones
The other members following Ganryu's orders. They're named Jai, Benin, Mue, Bao, Riyan.
The main antagonist in the second film, The Diamond Dust Rebellion, Sojiro is an old friend and rival of Hitsugaya's, who attended the academy with him. It turned out that both of them had the zanpakuto Hyorinmaru, so in accordance with Soul Society laws, the two fought and Hitsugaya won * Due to the fact that the higher ups ordered for him to be killed though partly because he was willing to attack Hitsuguya first to keep his zanpakuto. The "duel" was really a Secret Test of Character which he failed. Kusaka, bitter about this, sought to destroy Soul Society with the Royal Seal.
An Ice Person: Like Hitsugaya, he possesses Hyōrinmaru as a Zanpakuto, although his version of it is darker and resembles a Western dragon.
Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of the second film, The DiamondDust Rebellion.
Evil Counterpart: Of Hitsugaya, they even have the same zanpakuto and similar-sounding given names.
Forgotten Fallen Friend: He and Hitsugaya were friends and classmates in the academy. His fate ensured he was wiped from all record as ever having existed and those that had known about him, including Hitsugaya, kept their mouths shut until his reappearance.
Detached Sleeves: Their sleeveless white jackets show off their shoulders rather nicely.
Elemental Powers: Yang has Playing with Fire, Ying has Shock and Awe; Yang can turn into a fireball, Ying can turn into a blue disk-like projectile. They even use their attacks in combination against Ichigo late into the second film, without much success.
Facial Markings: Similar to Apacci, Yang has two red circles over her red eyes, and Ying has two blue circles over her blue eyes.
Show Some Leg: If you look at the picture-link to Yan's outfit from above, you can see that the inner-side portion of her legs are exposed, as well as the upper half of her thighs; same applies for her sister.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness / You Have Failed Me: After Kusaka fused with the Ouin and became a giant ice dragon, a battered, beaten Yang and Ying return to him, kneeling before him in slight embarrassment, before Kusaka nonchalantly froze them both.
Subverted, however, once we see two identical female-looking Hollows with the same abilities as Yang (fire) and Ying (electricity); by freezing them with the same ice that made up his dragon form, Kusaka essentially fused Yang and Ying together with him, allowing the energy from the Ouin to fully transform them into their Hollow forms and take on the Soul Reapers at the last act of the second film.
Zettai Ryouiki: Very short schoolgirl-like skirts (red for Yang, blue for Ying), backed up by thigh-high sock-like stockings (red for Yang, blue for Ying), knee-high boots (black-colored with white outlines), arm-warmers (red for Yang, blue for Ying) and pigtails (for Ying).
She is Rukia's younger sister and her brother's older sister and one of the main antagonists in the third movie. She's highly possessive of Rukia, and wants to kill anyone who might come between the two of them.
Affably Evil: Yes, she has issues, but at her core, she's a sweet, playful young girl, even if it's only towards Rukia.
Big Bad Duumvirate: Shares the role of joint-antagonist with her younger brother in the third movie Fade to Black, but usually doesn't participate in a fight, instead acting as backseat support in that regard. To compensate, she has the most screen time and dialogue out of the two siblings, mainly because of her interactions with Rukia throughout the movie. She caused quite a finale by fusing Shizuku and Rukia with herself and unleashing that Giant Mook of a Mayuri experiment on the captains and lieutenants. Bonus points for her being the very first female Big Bad in the series.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Not nearly as psychotic or extreme as Loly, but she had potential there, and a good excuse for it.
Creepy Child: Her hair and unnatural skin tone are pretty creepy.
He is Rukia's younger brother and one of the two main antagonists in the third movie. He erases people's memories of Rukia, as well as many of her own, in order to stay together with her forever, although he appears to be more emotionally stable than his sister.
Big Bad Duumvirate: Shares it with Homura in the third movie Fade to Black, being the one that personally erased almost everyones' memories of Rukia.
Badass: In a departure for Bleach characters in general, he almost completely lacks powers, magic, gimmicks, or power ups of any kind. He has only two tricks: He can whip around the Nigh Invulnerable chains connecting him to hell to defend from attacks, and he also has a generic sword beam that he rarely uses and never does anything significant with. Despite this, he's able to simultaneously take out three villains who gave Ichigo and co. a hard time and beat the shit out of Ichigo fairly easily using nothing but strength, skill, and quick thinking.
Barrier Warrior: He can activates a shield which withstands against Hollow Ichigo's Cero!
Batman Gambit: Upon witnessing Ichigo fighting Ulquiorra in his second Hollow form, he quickly spread rumours about it in Hell, saying that it had the power to break open the gates of Hell, hoping that someone would take advantage of that information and lure Ichigo to Hell. Guess what Shuren decides to do.
Big Bad: In the fourth movie The Hell Verse, he's ultimately the one responsible for tricking Shuren into kidnapping Yuzu, but it isn't until the final act that we learn of it.
Big "NO!": When Ichigo is pulled out of Hell before his chains are broken.
Bullying a Dragon: Deliberately provokes Ichigo into Hollowfying by killing his friends and showing him his sister's corpse, and further goads him into spamming Ceros to destroy the cursed chains binding him to Hell.
Chewing the Scenery: How Kazuya Nakai didn't need lung surgery after all the screaming he did in this film is anyone's guess.
Cool Sword: Wields a jagged black katana-like sword.
Death by Irony: His true objective is to break open the gates of Hell and break the chains connected to his body that keep him down there. The only thing strong enough to do both of these is the Cero of Ichigo's second hollow form. Once Skullclad Ichigo destroys the rest of Kokuto's chains, a bunch more chains to sprout out of the crater left by Ichigo, which then literally drag Kokuto down into the deepest pits of Hell.
Evil All Along: It turns out Kokuto was the skeleton seen at the beginning of the movie, and was the one who manipulated Shuren and co. into attacking Ichigo in the first place.
Fate Worse than Death: Honestly getting a bit tired of typing dragged into the deepest pits of Hell over here.
For the Evulz: He kills Renji, Uryu, Rukia and Yuzu. Why? Just to piss Ichigo off. Somewhat subverted though once you realize that Kokuto specifically wanted Ichigo to get angry and desperate enough to turn transform into his second Hollow Form as a Cero from that would destroy his chains and release him from Hell.
Hero Killer: It's only really shown by the time it's revealed he was Evil All Along, where he demolishes Ichigo's entire group single-handed. He even takes it literally; he's got the highest body count of named characters within the series: slices Garogai in half, dumps Gunjo and Taikon into lava, slashes (what's left of) Shuren apart and stabs straight through Rukia, Ishida and Renji without a problem.
Irony: He wants to remove the chains from his body so he can get free from Hell, but he uses them as powerful combat weapons. Becomes Dramatic Irony and when he finally succeeds to break them, only to get even more chains all over his body and being dragged even deeper to Hell.
Late-Arrival Spoiler: Played Bleach Soul Resurrección? Then you already know everything about him before the movie's even out. For a comparison, Resurrección came out in September 2011, Hell Verse wasn't dubbed until November 2012.
Multicolored Hair: The hair we can see is white, the hair underneath his bandages is grey.
Not So Different: Ichigo sympathizes with him over the fact that they're both big brothers who would do anything to protect their siblings. In the dub however, he sympathizes with over the fact that they're both human...huh?
Sword Beam: Can use them, but he doesn't use them often.
Trailers Always Spoil: The last trailer for Hell Verse had no problem in establishing that Kokuto was Evil All Along despite it being a major twist, The trailer even opened up with the scene of Kokuto taunting Ichigo with Yuzu's corpse. To be fair, it was released after the movie came out.
The ringleader of a Togabito (Denizens of Hell) band that wants to break their chains keeping them inside Hell. He himself is the most normal-looking one of the bunch.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Variation. The shackle around his neck is grey in the anime but red in the manga and the actual movie.
Big Bad Wannabe: He thinks that he's the one to push Ichigo to his breaking point and force him to break open the gates of Hell. However, there are things afoot that even he doesn't know about it. He was just playing into Kokuto's handst.
Disc One Final Boss: He's the villain for the first hour or so of the movie but ends up replaced by another villain.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Had he actually gone all-out from the start in that instance, he would've killed Ichigo. Since Shuren chose to dick around, Ichigo managed to outmaneuver him by their last bout.
Missing Trailer Scene: Pretty much every trailer for the movie had him say "Welcome to Hell" as Ichigo and co. arrive. Despite that, he never says it in the movie, Kokuto does.
Only Mostly Dead: He, along with all the other Togabito ramp this Up to Eleven. Killing him means squat as he'll just be reborn in a pool of lava in the bottom level of hell. The only way to kill him for good is to destroy his regenerating body before it's fully reformed, which Kokuto proceeded to do.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Is killed very early in the movie. To add salt in the injury, not by a hero.
Video Game Characters
Villain of the Wii fighting game Bleach: Shattered Blade. Sealed away within his sword due to his power, the shards of the titular shattered blade are inevitably collected over the course of the main story, and he must be defeated to end the chaos. In the DS strategy RPG Bleach: The 3rd Phantom, the battle in which he is sealed is shown in full, and it's revealed that the Kudo twins and Suzunami siblings played vital roles in his defeat.
Simple Staff: Despite the name his Zanpakuto is a skull-tipped cane rather than a scythe.
A Soul Reaper from the DS game Bleach: The 3rd Phantom. Captain of the 5th division before Urahara was kicked out of Soul Society, Seigen is convinced by his sister to adopt twin souls after he, Urahara, and Aizen save them from Hollows. However, after he and the Kudo twins try to stop Arturo from invading soul society, they mysteriously disappear and are not seen again for hundreds of years.
The main female protagonist of the DS game Bleach: The 3rd Phantom. After she and her twin brother were targeted by a gang of Hollows due to the rarity of twin souls, the kids were adopted by Seigen. Taking Urahara's advice, the twins decided to repay Seigen's kindness by becoming Soul Reapers and joining his unit. However, after trying to defeat Arturo, the Kudo twins and Seigen are sent into the future.If Matsuri is the main character, she awakens in Karakura town just in time to help Ichigo save Shiyo's life. Afterwards, she takes Shiyo to Soul Society, and soon discovers that Seigen and Fujimaru have also awoken.
Seigen Suzunami's older sister, who has mysterious healing abilities. After convincing Seigen to adopt the Kudo twins, she acts like a mother towards them. Unfortunately, she is also the only person in Soul Society capable of using an artifact that weakens Arturo's power, and it puts her life in grave danger.
Anti-Magic: The Shisui Mirror can suck spiritual energy, including the one of Arturo.
Heroic Sacrifice: Died when the Shisui Mirror absorbed her soul along with Arturo's powers. Her spirit is actually sealed inside Shiyo.
A spirit from Bleach: The 3rd Phantom. After Ichigo, Don Kanonji, and one of the Kudo twins save her from Hollows, it's revealed that she has amnesia. Additionally, unlike other spirits, she cannot be affected by Kanso, and must be escorted to Soul Society.