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Characters that appear in Tite Kubo's Bleach. This page deals with the Espada, the ten most-powerful Arrancar in Aizen's army.
NOTE: To 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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     (#1) Primera Espadas - Coyote Starrk and Lilynette Gingerbuck
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"I so envied the weak. The weak can always find others to be around. I want to be weak. And if that's impossible, I at least want to find companions who are as strong as I."

The First Espada, a lazy Arrancar who prefers to avoid fighting altogether and largely lacks malicious intent. Despite his apathy and laziness, he is highly analytical and a flexible fighter to boot. His Fraccion is the young Lilynette Gingerbuck. Defined with the aspect of 'Loneliness', Starrk was a Hollow who grew too powerful and envied the weak because they can pack together, and joined Aizen for the sole purpose of having friends and comrades. His number tattoo is on the back of his left hand and his Hollow hole is in his sternum.

His Zanpakutou is Los Lobos, and it transforms him into a traditional Wild West gunslinger with overwhelming offensive abilities.

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Keith Silverstein (EN), Arturo Mercado Jr. (Latin-American Spanish)

  • Abnormal Ammo: Aside from Ceros, he can also release exploding spirit wolves made out of pieces of his soul.
  • Action Bomb: His spirit wolves, as Love and Rose found out the hard way. The dub even calls them "wolf-shaped warheads".
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is jet black in the manga, brown in the anime.
  • Affably Evil: As a result of his laziness and apathy, Starrk isn't malicious or aggressive, only taking action when prompted by Lilynette. This causes Kyoraku to lament that they're enemies.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: While villain may be stretching it, his death at Kyoraku's hands via Iro Oni was easily the most heartwrenching of any of the Espada. Kyoraku himself even dislikes having to kill him off.
  • Animal Motifs: His resurrección is related to wolves. More specifically the "lone wolf", reflecting on his aspect. His name and western cowboy-like outfit relate to coyotes.
  • Anti-Villain: "Couldn't we just pretend to fight?" He means it, too, and lets some opponents know that if they leave he's prepared to let them get away.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes several times before doing something to oppose the protagonists.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Averted; when Aizen is trapped by Yamamoto, he is quite happy to let Baraggan take command, much to Lilynette's frustration.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: He sounds like he should be a villain in some western.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Figured out how Shunsui's and Ukitake's Shikai abilities work after only a few attacks.
  • Badass Bandolier: Has a pair at the back of it, to complement his lone-wolf-gunslinger-theme. They don't hold bullets however - they let him summon a badass spirit wolf army, and a pair of energy swords if he needs them.
  • Badass Beard: Sports a tiny goatee. It isn't much, but it still nicely accents the whole Wild West theme.
  • Badass Longcoat: In his released state.
  • Batman Gambit: The anime version of the fight invokes a Fake Weakness in his guns by having him holstering his right gun every time he fired in an attempt to fool Kyoraku into thinking he was recharging and luring him close on the assumption his opponent would be studying the pattern of attacks to find a weakness; he was right.
  • Battle Aura: As a Hollow, it was powerful enough to kill all the other Hollows around him.
  • Beam Spam: His Cero Metralleta technique forms a dozen or so energy spheres, each of which acts like a machine gun that fires Ceros at rapid rates of fire. Kyoraku calls him out on how "unfair" this technique is.
  • Blessed with Suck / Cursed with Awesome: The same power than made him the Primera Espada is also what caused him centuries of loneliness and depression. He was so powerful no other hollow could approach him without dying instantly because of his spiritual pressure.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's Espada # 1, is brilliant at analyzing a fighting situation despite having little information to use, but tends to sleep more than do a thing and requires Lilynete to kick him into gear.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Lilynette treats him like her own private Butt-Monkey, not to mention he's so lazy one might assume he's an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain. Then he starts fighting.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Once he starts taking a fight seriously, do not turn your back on him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Proving what it takes to be Primera Espada, he easily defeats Rose and Love, two Captain-level opponents with the added power of Hollow masks, at the same time.
  • Dual Wielding: Once he activates his Resurreccion, he wields a pair of pistols that fire Ceros, and when he takes it even further, he trades those out for a pair of blue laser blades similar to his original katana.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: "Forgive me, but I abhor such tactics."
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kyoraku, though he's a little lacking in the 'evil' department. Both are Brilliant, but Lazy warriors capable of incredible feats but reluctant to do much and have MUCH younger assistants that freely whack them despite being nowhere near as powerful as they are, and even have similar application of speed and fighting style. They differ largely in that Kyoraku is more carefree and easygoing while Starrk is more lazy and apathetic. Also Starrk is a much more straightforward fighter, while Kyoraku defies his samurai motif as a Combat Pragmatist.
  • Evil Genius: "Evil" is a bit strong - he's apathetic at worst and a bad guy by luck if anything, but regardless fills the shoes of a genius via Awesomeness by Analysis.
  • Eyepatch of Power: His release covers his left eye with an eyepatch that looks like it's made of bone with a Hollow hole in it.
  • Flunky Boss: Sorta. He can split his soul into at least a hundred exploding wolf-like creatures.
  • Friendless Background: Starrk is defined by his loneliness and it is in fact his Aspect of Death. He was so powerful that his mere presence would kill any beings he came across until Aizen helped him put his power under control.
  • Fusion Dance: Lilynette is not his Fraccion, she's his zanpakuto. Resurreccion requires this.
  • Gangsta Style: Does this at one point in the anime.
  • Gun Fu: He rapidly fires away from a stationary position, elegantly sheathing and then firing with his more powerful gun.
  • Guns Akimbo: He wields two guns during his release. One fires rapidly but has minimal power and the other fires slow but powerful projectiles.
  • The Gunslinger: His released form uses a pair of guns with different effects.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: A gambit he pulls in the anime where he fires a powerful cero from his right pistol and then holsters it, creating the illusion that while the right gun is more powerful, it requires recharge between firing. When Kyoraku tries to take advantage of this apparent weakness, Starrk just flips the gun forward and shoots him in the face.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Does not care about his power at all, since it caused his loneliness in the first place. He even admits he envies those who are weak.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He's lonely to the point where he'd even consider Baraggan a friend.
  • Laser Blade: He can summon a pair.
  • Literal Split Personality: He has the power to split his soul into other beings, including creating an entire pack of wolves to function as his army. Starrk and Lilynette don't know which of them was the original or whether identifying an original even matters. They were originally one being who created the other as a companion to escape their desperate loneliness.
  • Lonely at the Top: More or less the basis of his character.
    "I was jealous of the weak ones. The weak are allowed to congregate. I want to be weak. If that's impossible... at least give me comrades as strong as I am."
  • Lonely Together: Which one of Starrk and Lilynette came first is unknown by either. To escape their desperate loneliness, the original split the other from their soul to create companionship.
  • Madness Mantra: "I am not alone. I am not alone. I am not alone."
  • Martial Pacifist: Doesn't seem to care much for combat, being extremely reluctant to fight Kyoraku seriously. He dislikes the idea of taking revenge altogether unless it's for a friend.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Not to Ulquiorra or Grimmjow's extent, but he is pretty damn handsome, especially with his Badass Longcoat and cowboy theme.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite his name being Coyote Starrk, his Animal Motif is the wolf. His background is that of a lone wolf who desperately wants to be part of the pack and his power, Los Lobos ("The Wolves"), allows him to split his souls into both companions and an entire pack of soul wolf weapons.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: He's a Hollow, but he's not evil, just extremely lonely and viewing the other Espada as his True Companions.
  • Not So Different: Much of his behavior and tactics are comparable to Kyoraku's, but this is ultimately subverted and lampshaded when it turns out his assumptions on this basis - Kyoraku's 'desperate' attacks - turn out to be misguided. Kyoraku is intentionally unpredictable, and tells Starrk he shouldn't be so quick to think they're the same kind of people.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: When he finally realises how serious Aizen is, he stops playing around in battle. He takes out Kyouraku with a shot to the back.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Been alone for most of his life, so you can't really blame the guy.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He can fire 1,000 cero at once, and those dozens of soul-wolves each have the fire-power of a small nuke. It's good thing that he doesn't care for fighting.
  • Power Incontinence: Could not stop his reiatsu from killing everything around him until he met Aizen.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Despite being a villain, Starrk is hardly evil or malicious.
  • Savage Wolves: He can summon an army of them.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": It's 'Starrk', not 'Stark'.
  • Token Good Teammate: The most villainous thing about Starrk is his choice to fight for Aizen. Everything else about him, ranging from his actions and even his personality don't match up to his teammates aside from Harribel. Despite this, Shunsui makes it clear that since it is a war, he wouldn't hold back in punches despite how nice of a guy Starrk may be.
  • Torso with a View: He's missing his sternum.
  • Undying Loyalty: As he dies, Starrk notes he didn't get to exactly thank Aizen fully, making him one of the few Espada loyal to him outright. It's justified because Aizen gave him exactly what he wanted; companions as strong as himself.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.
    • A minor one. Despite saying he's not the kind of guy to get revenge for his fallen comrades, Love notes that his performance in their fight gets considerably worse after Baraggan's death. It takes being scolded by Lilynette for him to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge instead.
    • In the anime, he appears to completely lose the will to fight after Lilynette's death.
  • Walking Wasteland: Before splitting in half, he was strong enough to destroy Hollows by being near them.
  • Wave Motion Gun: His guns fire massive ceros. Massive, multiple zeros.
  • Willfully Weak: He had always desired to be weaker so his reiatsu would stop killing any Hollows who approached him (and if that wasn't an option, to at least have comrades strong enough to handle it). In battle, Stark isn't weak by any means, but his heart's generally not into fighting.

Lilynette Gingerbuck

"Why do you think that Aizen made you number one?! Because he believes in your power, right!? If you don't want to lose any of your comrades, then the only thing to do is fight!"

Lilynette is Starrk's sole fraccion and is about as dangerous as you'd expect from someone that looks as young as she does. Nevertheless, she shares a very close relationship with Starrk despite her irritability. In truth she and Starrk are two parts of the same hollow split into two.

Voiced by: Kiyomi Asai (JP), Kate Higgins (EN), Analiz Sánchez (Latin-American Spanish)

  • Absolute Cleavage: Not that she has any cleavage, but her uniform still exposes a lot of her chest.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit shows off her stomach.
  • Cute Monster Girl: More cute than monsterous, though.
  • Famous Last Words: In the anime, she lets out a soft "Starrk..." before Kyoraku kills her.
  • Fusion Dance: She's Starrk's zanpakuto, not his Fraccion meaning when they merge she becomes Espada #1 as well.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Like Starrk, she was never able to make friends or anyone due to the immense power the pair possessed.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Watching her try and fail to keep her dignity as a fighter while Ukitake toys with her, to the point she breaks down crying, makes her an odd case of an allegedly villainous character chalking up Woobie points.
  • Ineffectual Death Threats: It's hard to take her cries of "I'll kill you!" seriously when she's dirty and crying.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Subverted. She's a child who's friends with a much older Starrk, though Lilynette makes a point that Arrancar don't age.
  • Literal Split Personality: She's not truly Starrk's fraccion, they're two fragments of the same Hollow, so she is also the Espada #1.
  • Little Miss Badass: Tries to be one, bless her, at the very least, but utterly fails at it... until she turns into those exploding reishi wolves, that is.
  • Lonely Together: She was actually part of Starrk originally, and they're largely the same person, including their lack of a capacity to survive without companionship.
  • Plucky Girl: Doesn't give up even when Ukitake is clearly just messing with her to avoid killing her.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Like Starrk, she doesn't really have much in the way of actual villainous traits. She's short tempered at worst, but for the most part just hangs out with these guys because she's lonely and there's no one else the pair can really interact with.
  • Sinister Scimitar: Can pull one out of her mask to fight. Not fight well, but fight.
  • Stripperiffic: She wears a tiny vest, long boots and gloves, and a pair of really short undergarments, all of which are white-colored with black outlines. A light BREEZE should result in a wardrobe malfunction, really.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the anime, she dies intercepting a wind attack from Kyoraku that was meant for Starrk.
  • Torso with a View: Her hollow hole is located on her solar plexus.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is green.

     (#2) Segunda Espada - Baraggan Louisenbairn
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"Shinigami, humans, Hollows, Arrancar, all of their differences and strife, will, freedom, beasts, plants, the moon and stars and sun - all of it is meaningless! There is but one absolute in this world, and that is my power!"

The Second Espada, the self-proclaimed God of Hueco Mundo. Defines the death aspect of 'Aging'. Baraggan, by all rights, lived up to his namesake, until Aizen came and screwed him over, forcing him to his servitude, which he grudgingly accepted. Throughout his life, he has one wish: to exact vengeance and kill Aizen. As his Zanpakuto's name implies, he's extremely arrogant. The location of his number tattoo is unknown and his Hollow hole is in his sternum.

And speaking of his arrogance, his zanpakutou is an enormous battle-axe named Arrogante - it transforms him into a menacing grim reaper capable of decaying everything around him.

Voiced by: Shozo Iizuka (JP), Steve Kramer (EN, Hueco Mundo Arc), Michael McConnohie (EN, Fake Karakura Arc onward), Salvador Reyes (Latin-American Spanish)

  • A God Am I: Refers to himself as the "God of Hueco Mundo" multiple times.
  • An Axe to Grind: In both non-released and released forms, he wields giant axes.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Barragan's Respira makes him an almost untouchable opponent. Any tactics and techniques are impossible against him because simply getting near him will age either the technique or the opponent to death. This even extends to the ground he's walking on and also allowed him to survive a Fantastic Nuke to the face. If his Respira does touch an opponent, they have to sever the part of the body that's rotting to avoid dying.
  • Avenging the Villain: In a manner of speaking by Starrk, who was rather depressed that he was the only one affected by Baraggan's death.
    Starrk: Lord Aizen, you couldn't even spare a word for Number Two?
  • Badass Boast: "I am king. I am God. I will never die." Becomes a Madness Mantra during his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's old, and even his powers revolve around Old Age, but he's still the single most badass member of Aizen's Badass Army. Not to mention, he's just as muscular as Captain Commander Yamamoto.
  • Breath Weapon: In his released state he can exhale a black miasma called "Respira", the "Breath of Death," which rots whatever it comes into contact with.
  • Catch-Phrase: "How Comical". Baraggan seems to have a fairly morbid sense of humor, although he never exactly cracks jokes.
  • Cool Crown: He has a large, impressive spiked crown in release. When in his unreleased state, the remains of his Hollow mask merely look like a crown.
  • Death by Irony: His own power was turned against him, showing that not even he was immune to death by age.
  • Dem Bones: In his original Hollow form he resembled a human skeleton clad in a crown and black robes, and his Resurrección returns him to that state by rotting away his flesh,
  • Evil Gloating: For the most part, it's completely justified, but it's also just about all that stops him from managing to do a lot more horrific damage before he went down.
  • The Fatalist: As the Espada of Age, also directly connected to his Battle Aura, Baraggan brags that death by aging is something that the mind cannot fathom, except that it's inevitable even for Soul Reapers, lecturing that nothing can exist forever; even the word "forever" is meaningless, since it was born from the fear of death.
  • Hidden Depths: An Omake reveals that playing chess is his favorite hobby. Quite fitting given he is essentially the Grim Reaper.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After all the trouble Sui-Feng and Hachi went through, after surviving two Bankai nukes and proving immune to kido, after taking arms off of both his opponents]], he is finally taken down when Hachi teleports his own decaying arm into Baraggan's stomach, disintegrating Baraggan into nothingness.
  • Humiliation Conga: As King of Las Noches, Baraggan was minding his own business when Aizen and his Co-Dragons came out of nowhere, bluntly stated that he wasn't good enough for what he was best at, wiped out Baraggan's entire army, forced him to serve the ones that defeated him and got labeled with the rank of "2nd" to further spite him. His palace turned into Aizen's own headquarters.
  • Ignorant Of His Own Ignorance: Before Aizen, Gin, and Tosen arrived and usurped his throne, he believed that he had already conquered everything, and was incredulous when Aizen told him there are other worlds besides Hueco Mundo.
  • Implacable Man: Sui-Feng is aghast at the level of punishment this guy shrugs off, even wondering during the third or fourth time he's taken the party's best shot and come back for more if he's immortal.
  • Instant Death Radius: Baraggan's power over time enables him to instantly age whatever he or his Respira touches to dust, and unless the affected body part is amputated the rot will spread to the entire body.
  • Ironic Echo: "Farewell, God-King of Hueco-Mundo."
  • Just Toying with Them: This is one of the reasons why he gets killed. It's what he does to Suì-Fēng, Ōmaeda, and later, Hachi.
  • Large Ham: Especially during his Villainous Breakdown. Even otherwise, he chews the scenery before ridding the remains with a Respira.
  • The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: When Sui-Feng first uses her Bankai, Baraggan stares in half-interest as the missile flies toward him, and emerges from the explosion unscathed. After determining that he aged the missile to explode before it hit him and trapping him so he can't do that again, he panics as Sui-Feng readies another missile and ends up losing part of his face from this second attack.
  • Logical Weakness: Barragan was able to rule Hueco Mundo for an untold length of time due to his aging power being absolute. Unlike other powers, everyone is affected by his power, because nothing lasts forever. Hachigen defeats Barragan by concluding that if this is true, Barragan himself is no exception and must have some sort of trick that protects him. He was absolutely right.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Sui-Feng shoots him directly in the face with her Bankai, he's horrified to discover he can neither block nor avoid it. Later, Hacchi evokes another such expression from him when he figures out Barragan's secret. Barragan is vulnerable to his own power and Hacchi figures out how to turn it against him.
  • Rapid Aging: His power to manipulate time enables him to accelerate the aging of whoever he or his abilities touch. The results of this enables him to rot his enemies down to the bone, and even defend himself from oncoming attacks.
  • Red Herring: The way he takes charge, and the fact that he's the oldest looking Espada led some people to believe he was Espada #1. Even Kyoraku had the same thoughts.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Hacchi realises that if Barragan is telling the truth about his power being absolute, then Barragan himself is vulnerable to his own power and therefore needs a second power to protect himself from his primary ability.
  • The Starscream: He was the king of Hueco Mundo by virtue of being the most powerful person around... until Aizen showed up. After being forcibly recruited, he was waiting for his chance to take his throne back.
  • Superpower Lottery: His basic power is unstoppable, unblockable, works as both offense and defense and unless treated with some drastic measures, is a surefire one hit kill. Used right, it could possibly be more effective than even Kyoka Suigetsu.
  • Time Master: His abilities stem around manipulating the flow of time to slow down his enemies and make them age and crumble into dust.
  • Torso with a View: His Hollow Hole is in the center of his chest, although it's covered by his robes and not ususally visible.
  • Victory Is Boring: In his backstory, Baraggan was extremely bored with his complete rule over Hueco Mundo because he had nothing to conquer with his vast powers and army.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Sui-Feng and Hachi manage to injure him, he completely loses his shit.
    Baraggan: "HAHAHAHAHA! Tiny, tiny! Tinytinytinytiny! Soul Reapers and humans and hollows and arrancars all have their own differences and quarrels! They have will and freedom and animals and plants and the moon and the stars and the sun and every little thing! But only my power is absolute! Everything else is tiny and insignificant! Your proper place is under my supreme rule! Equality is not born from rivalry! Look into my eyes, for you are no different than insects to me!(...) I AM THE GREAT EMPEROR! THE GOD OF HUECO MUNDO! BARAGGAN LUISENBAIRN!!!"
  • Walking Wasteland: His special ability is to rot and age everything into dust. Plants, buildings, people, attacks, everything.
  • We Have Reserves: He sent his Fraccion into battle fully expecting them to win, and he was noticeably enraged when they were killed, but he also didn't lift a finger to help them when they started losing, and gave the impression that he was only angry because his servants being defeated made him look bad. Otherwise, he didn't care. In his backstory, as he was planning to have his loyal army fight each other to the death before Aizen dropped in. Mainly because he was bored.

     (#3) Tres Espada - Tier Harribel
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"No world is without sacrifices. But if we produce casualties, we would also sustain casualties of our own."

The Third Espada, a Dark Action Girl who led an all-female Fraccion squad. Harribel shows actually more compassion compared to the rest of the Arrancars towards her own Fraccion, but she still fulfills her Dark Action Girl credentials. She defines the death aspect of 'Sacrifice'. Her number-tattoo is located on the left side of her right breast, and her Hollow hole is in her womb.

Her Zanpakuto, Tiburon, gives her a shark motif and control of water-based abilities.

Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (JP), Laura Bailey (EN), Nalleli Solís (Latin-American Spanish)

  • A Mother to Her Men: Unlike the Espada not named Starrk, she actually cares a great deal for the safety of her Fraccion. The anime takes it a step further by hosting a Whole Episode Flashback detailing her past, where she actually recruited Apacci, Sung-Sun and Mila to help form a stable group to keep male Hollows from eating them. Given how her Hollow hole is located in her womb, symbolizing how she's effectively a Parental Substitute for her girls.
  • Absolute Cleavage: When her top is unzipped and in her Resurreccion form her breasts are only partially covered by her mask fragments. The anime extends the fragments to cover the undersides of her breasts as well.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime dedicated a handful of filler episodes to showing her backstory as a pacifist Vasto Lorde opposed to Barrigan's reign, protecting a trio of female Adjuchas - who later became her Fraccion - from the predations of other Menos.
  • All There in the Manual: A novel-esque story titled "Nestle To Night" (found in the Unmasked databook) reveals that Harribel and her Fraccion survived the entire Fake Karakura ordeal.
  • Amazon Brigade: Heads up one of these with her all-female fraccion.
  • Animal Motifs: Her resurreccion is related to sharks. In anime-only flashback, her Vasto Lorde form is a humanoid Hollow with shark-themed armor.
  • Anti-Villain: Conducts herself in a much more restrained and honorable manner than her compatriots, although messing with her friends brings down her wrath. Her anger usually takes the form of Tranquil Fury but the only time she drops her air of quiet dignity is when Aizen betrays everyone. Aizen is irritated to discover he has to use his sword on her twice before she can be properly defeated.
  • Badass in Distress: She was captured by the Vandenreich to destabilize Hueco Mundo and begin recruiting Arrancar.
  • BFS: Unusual for most females in Bleach, she wields a massive broad sword in resureccion that resembles a shark's tooth.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: It's actually not her eyebrows, but her eyelashes that are unusually large.
  • Bishonen Line: Her Ressurrecion makes her lose her mouth and look normal.
  • But Not Too Black: In the anime adaptation her skin appears to be somewhat lighter than in the manga.
  • Butter Face: Subversion. Her body is curvaceous, but when she unzips her jacket, the lower half of her face is a skeletal jaw, in keeping with her shark theme. Once she enters resurrecion, however, her face becomes as gorgeous as the rest of her body.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: In her Resurrección she trades her hakama for a bone-like micro skirt.
  • Dark Action Girl: More reserved than Cirucci, but three times as deadly.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: She has blonde hair and dark skin, though she's given lighter, tan-ish skin in the anime, for some reason.
  • Declaration of Protection: In the wild, Harribel lived as close as she could to a life of non-violence and starvation to defy the Social Darwinist laws of Hueco Mundo. Since then, she has been motivated to fight by a desire to keep her few friends from dying.
  • Does Not Like Men: She knows that male Hollows will invariably prey upon females, especially since she lives in such a brutal world that the likes of Baraggan rise to the top. However, she does get along fine with the likes of Starrk, meaning she's still a reasonable enough person.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The novel "Don't Fear Your Own World" has her see Yhwach's state as the new Soul King. Seeing what they've done made her understand why Aizen wants to destroy it so bad.
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Her sword's name is the Spanish word for shark and her release adds a shark motif to her appearance. She even refers to herself as the shark when one-shotting Hitsugaya.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The absolute deepest voice of all females in the series.
  • Evil Virtues: Most notably, honor, loyalty, responsibility and selflessness.
  • Going Commando: In the manga, we get a shot of her skirt going up, and there's nothing covering what's underneath. Actually changed in Bleach: Soul Resurrección, to black panties under her skirt.
  • High Collar of Doom: Presumably to cover her mask remnants, her collar zips all the way up to her nose.
  • Intimate Marks: Her Espada Tattoo is on the bottom of her breast, and only visible if she unzips her jacket all the way open to expose Absolute Cleavage. The databooks also reveal that her Hollow hole is in her womb.
  • Lady Legionnaire Wear: She dons one made of bones in her Resurrección.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: With the extra fleshing out the anime gave to her character, she's practically a Martial Pacifist most of the time. If you want her to stay nonviolent, do not fuck with her squad.
  • Making a Splash: Her released form uses water-based attacks. She can also make water boil.
  • Mama Bear: Harribel's "Aspect of Death" is sacrifice and the meaning behind this lays within her relationship with her three Fraccion. Harribel has no desire to kill, but she knows that she lives in a Crapsack World where the strong prey upon the weak. She joined up with Aizen because she did not want her own weakness to lead to the deaths of her True Companions. Nevertheless, each of them would gladly sacrifice their own lives for her sake, and they've even adopted Harribel's theme of sacrifice by removing a part of themselves to create the extremely powerful Ayon.
  • Martial Pacifist: Like Starrk and her predecessor Nelliel, Harribel hates fighting, but will use her considerable power if it means protecting her True Companions.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Implied in the anime.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tier" is German for animal.
  • Men Use Violence, Women Use Communication: She chose to protect female Hollows from male ones, and created an Amazon Brigade of all women, stating that the males always targeted females. She is also one of the rare Hollow that refuses to gain power by violently consuming other Hollow, regardless of gender.
  • Messy Hair: Messy blonde hair to be exact.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's easily the most shameless of the Arrancar girls, due to her penchant for strutting around in skimpy outfits.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: In the anime, Harribel is revealed to have been a Vasto Lorde-level Menos, and thus had a humanoid appearance as a Hollow.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Even as a normal Hollow, Harribel disliked killing.
  • Power of Friendship: "I don't want to become stronger through the power I gain by killing and sacrificing another. If I can't win alone, then I'll win as a group."
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female Espada, though there were at least two others within the group before.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Even after the official romanization of her name came out, the English dubbers continue with their original pronounciation of "Halibel". All of the Espada are named after famous architects. She's named after Harry Bell Measures.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Fourth among the ladies of Bleach at 175cm/5'9".
  • Stripperiffic: Pretty much the first female in Bleach to have this on purpose. No Clothing Damage; that's an accomplishment.
  • Sword Beam: Her Ola Azul ability charges reiatsu within the hollow section of her sword and then fires it; La Gota fires a shark-tooth shaped water projectile from the tip of her sword; and she also fires her Cero from her sword in a similar fashion to Ichigo's Getsuga Tensho.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Appears to have rejected the Social Darwinist law of Hueco Mundo despite being the third or fourth most powerful Hollow known. After becoming a Vasto Lorde, she refuses to eat other Hollows to gain power.
  • Underboobs: In the manga the underside of her breasts are exposed, but censored in the anime. Suspiciously enough, however, during a flashback to Wonderweiss' creation at episode 294, her underboobs are rendered fully, without any censorship whatsoever.
  • Undying Loyalty: Her girls have this towards her - Apache even swallows her pride and begs Orihime to revive her.
  • Willfully Weak: Refusing to eat other Hollows means that she didn't continue to gain power the far less moral Hollows like Baraggan did. This combined with her steadfast refusal to kill and her belief in fighting as a group explains quite well why she didn't seem as powerful as the other Vasto Lorde Arrancar. Of course, when she actually puts some effort into fighting, she's a total badass.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Aizen loses interest in the Espada when he realises that even combined they're still weaker than he is. He cuts down Harribel himself although she's later saved by Orihime, inheriting leadership of Hueco Mundo until being captured by Yhwach.
  • You Will Be Spared: Yhwach intentionally spared her for unknown reasons. She was later brought into the Soul King's Palace after Yhwach transformed it using his power.

     (#4) Cuatro Espada - Ulquiorra Cifer
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Click here to see Segunda Etapa 

"Your words are those of a man who knows not true despair. If you know it not, then allow me to teach you. This is the face of true despair."

The Fourth Espada, Ulquiorra is cold, rational, reserved, and absolutely loyal to Aizen, which more or less netted him the position of The Dragon despite not being his most powerful subordinate. However, all traits put him in direct conflict with Grimmjow, to the point where though he acted as Ichigo's main rival, Ulquiorra has far more enmity for the Sixth Espada. He considers Ichigo, and all others either weaker than him or human, little more than "trash". He defines the death aspect of 'Emptiness'. His number tattoo is on the left side of his chest and his Hollow hole is in his sternum - though in his debut it was in the base of his throat.

His zanpakutou, Murcielago, transforms him into a bat-like demon capable of firing pitch-black Ceros and gives him nearly incomprehensible speed. He has a hidden second transformation, named ''Segunda Etapa' that transforms him into a demon with some seriously impressive destructive powers.

He received a short comic made by Tite Kubo about his back story in the third data book, Unmasked, which shows his origins.

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP), Tony Oliver (EN), Steve Blum (EN, Bleach: Shattered Blade), Kaihiamal Martínez (Latin-American Spanish)

Tropes associated with Ulquiorra:
  • Alas, Poor Villain: As he dies, he asks Orihime if she's afraid of him. She says no and he finally starts to understand what being human is.
  • All the Other Reindeer: In his backstory in Unmasked, Ulquiorra had a white body except for his wings and no mouth, while his brethren were jet black and had mouths.
  • All There in the Manual: His backstory is revealed in the Unmasked datebook.
  • And I Must Scream: As a Hollow, Ulquiorra was unable to feel, hear, smell, or eat anything. All he could do was see the world. It's why he only trusts what he can see as an Espada.
  • Animal Motifs: "Murcielago", the name of his zanpakuto, means "bat" in Spanish. When he releases the sword, he gains giant bat wings.
  • Badass Baritone: Daisuke Namikawa and Steve Blumnote  give him a calm, yet imposing deep voice. Averted for Tony Oliver, who goes for a more Soft-Spoken Sadist approach.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: He does this very often thanks to the arrancar standard Iron Skin, which Ulquiorra's is abnormally strong. This extends to deflecting Getsuga Tensho's. It gets to the point that Ichigo notes during a later battle that Ulquiorra drawing his sword doesn't change anything other than make his reach longer.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He reserves his sword to the most urgent of threats. For everything else, he fights hand-to-hand.
  • Bishōnen: Not as feminine as Szayelaporro, but he is slender and quite youthful-looking. And, needless to say, he has lots of fangirls.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: He makes use of energy spears after releasing his sword.
  • Catch-Phrase: Has a habit of saying or a variation of "I see" when finding new information. Then again, he once boasted that he could see everything, unless it didn't exist.
  • Character Tics: No matter what he's doing, one or both of his hands are in his pocket at all times. If he takes a hand out, then something bad's going to happen.
    • Grimmjow notes to Orihime that Ulquiorra likes to stab prey of particular interest to him in the same spot where his hollow hole is located. Ulquiorra himself doesn't seem aware he does this.
  • Climax Boss: The final fight between Ichigo and Ulquiorra signifies the end of the quest to rescue Orihime from Hueco Mundo. Ichigo is then free to rescue the rest of his friends, and leave Hueco Mundo to the captains while he heads back to Karakura Town. It also sets up the despair that weakens him for the rest of his fights until his final battle with Aizen.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His first display of offense in the series consists of him blasting some holes in Orihime's escort guards before they can do a thing. He gives Ichigo a lesson of dominance during their first encounter. Completely thrashes Ichigo again after releasing his zanpakuto during their final battle and while the former is down, he proceeds to maul Uryu as well. Then Ichigo destroys him even though he's in his second release.
  • Death by Irony: He was the embodiment of nihilism, which translated to the way he mercilessly fought Ichigo. Guess who was the one to finally defeat him? An even more merciless and nihilistic version of hollow Ichigo.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He was born into a group of jet black Vasto Lordes, pure white and with only one sense (sight). He then wandered the desert for an unspecified period of time until, in a moment of pure despair, he encounters a strange phenomenon that rips off most of his mask. His obsession with trusting only what he can see and his inability to understand anything that doesn't register with his sense of sight stems from this.
  • The Dragon: Seemed to have been Aizen's right-hand man as well as being given missions that one would've expected to be given to Espadas with higher ranks. This led to Ichigo assuming he was the top Espada, but it's more like he's the strongest Espada that follows orders efficiently.
  • Dull Surprise: The most expressive he'll usually get is a slight widening of his eyes when he's caught off-guard. The first sign that Ichigo's finally pissed him off enough is when he actually starts shouting.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: His bone-white skin and jet black hair both make him stand out from all other characters around him ever since his introduction.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Calls Nnoitra "disgusting" for implying that he should take advantage of his prisoner Orihime by raping/sexually harrassing her.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The defining theme of his Character Development is his lack of ability to understand why ANY of the Ichigo and his friends continue fighting for Orihime when they shouldn't be able to win, and their allies keep falling. He also fails to grasp friendship, love and almost all other emotions as well. When she explains that this is due to the connections their hearts share, he is even more confused. It's a point which he questions over and over again, to Orihime and at one instance, even Ichigo.
    "You're a fool, Kurosaki Ichigo. You fear my power, yet you still fight as if you think you can win. I don't understand you. If this is because of what you humans call a heart, then it is because of your hearts that humans feel pain. It's because of your hearts that you die."
  • Evil Counterpart: In the Gotei 13, he probably most resembles Byakuya, and they both serve pretty much the same role in their respective story arcs. Both "abducted" one of Ichigo's close female friends and love interests, which brought him to Soul Society or Hueco Mundo; both served as recurring antagonists who repeatedly beat the crap out of Ichigo in all but their final battle, where Ichigo got the upper hand by surrendering to his inner Hollow...and so on. Both are also The Stoic, but where Byakuya is secretly Not So Stoic, Ulquiorra is actually so stoic as to be inhuman. Both also had a reoccuring problem within their arcs; where Byakuya struggled with a Pillars of Moral Character issue, Ulquiorra struggled to understand that which he was incapable of seeing. And while Byakuya goes out in a winged angel form, Ulquiorra's Release resembles a winged bat-demon.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His Japanese and his English video game voices are quite deep.
  • Eye Scream: His eyes can be removed and crushed to display his memories. The eye restores itself later, and is apparently not painful. He goes the rest of the scene missing an eye.
  • Finger Gun: His Cero is shot from the index finger of either hand.
  • Four Is Death: He has a ghost-like appearance, a nihilistic philosophy and "fallen angel" transformations designed to evoke death by despair. He's the fourth Espada, has had four Hollow transformations (Hollow, Arrancar, Resurrecion, Segunda), his helmet transforms from four ridges to four horns, and a lot of his fights invoke the number four via chapter numbers and the number of chapters or volumes his battles span. During said fights, he manages to practically kill Ichigo twice.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: His clothes disappear when he transforms into his Segunda Etapa form. Thankfully, his privates are covered by fur.
  • Green Eyes: He was the most mystic of the Espada in terms of having an almost otherworldly origin and nature even by Espada standards. His personality and nature, in combination with his appearance, made him the Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette version of the Green Eyes trope. In his Segunda Etapa form, his irises turn golden, while his sclera become green.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Hollow Ichigo blasts him with a point-blank Cero, vaporizing half of Ulquiorra's body. He does regenerate, thanks to his Healing Factor, but it only extends his life for a little bit before he slowly disintegrates into dust.
  • Healing Factor: He's the only Espada who didn't sacrifice high-speed regeneration for greater attack strength when he became an Arrancar. He has the ability to nigh-instantly regenerate everything but major organs. Theoretically, you could break this guy's neck and he'd get up in a few minutes.
  • Hellish Pupils: Ulquiorra pupils are slitted like a cat's, drawing attention to his emotionless lack of humanity compared to other Espada. When he activates his second sword release and transforms, the sclera of his eyes change from white to dark green and his green irises become yellow, with his pupils still being slitted
  • Horned Humanoid: His mask remnants leave him with a horn on the left side of his head. His released form extends the mask to both sides of his head to give him a pair of horns. In his second released form, the mask remnants disappear, and the horns come directly from his head. His left horn is cut off by Hollow Ichigo's finishing slash, and he later returns the favor to stop a Cero directed at Uryu.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He is the only Arrancar known to have a two-stage release, similar to a zanpakuto's bankai. He hasn't shown this to anyone but Ichigo, and claims that no one else knows about it.
  • Identity Amnesia: He has no memory of being anything but a Vasto Lorde, which shows how much he knew about humans to begin with.
  • Jerkass: If he's not being ordered to do a task by Aizen or is killing someone, Ulquiorra's favorite pastime seems to be goading on people who aren't goading him on. Take how he rubbed Rukia's half-death in Ichigo's face, or threatened to force-feed Orihime if she didn't eat.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Ulquiorra goes far out of his way to try to get Ichigo to give up against him after he enters Resurrección.
  • Lack of Empathy: Severely, although while most examples are traditionally The Sociopath, Ulquiorra just flat-out has absolutely no comprehension of human emotion.
  • Lean and Mean: While Ulquiorra is lightly muscular in his base form, his Ressureccion Segunda Etapa leaves him looking rather emaciated.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His first fight with Ichigo has him moving too fast for Ichigo to see, shrugging off his strongest attack, and killing him with his bare hands. And that's before he releases. His second released form just makes it even worse. It's fairly safe to say Ichigo only wins because of his uber-Hollow form and because Ulquiorra ran out of energy to hold his form together.
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: After being on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle capped off by uber-Hollow Ichigo's point-blank Cero, he manages to get back up, stop the rampage, and looks like he's about to finish his battle with Ichigo in that stoic demeanor of his. Cue his remaining wing exploding into ash, a sign that his up-to-this-point consistent Healing Factor isn't working anymore. Of course, his thoughts do reveal that his internal organs aren't coming back before this, so it's more for the characters' realization than the audience's.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Walks around with an at least partially open shirt much of the time as well as having a certain level of eerie, androgynous beauty.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His sword stands for two things; "bat" in Spanish, or black-winged great demon in Japanese.
  • Neck Lift: During his final battle with Ichigo, he uses his prehensile tail to lift Ichigo by the throat.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Ulquiorra's Hierro is durable enough that he was barely scratched from his fights with Ichigo, and not damaged at all from his fight with Grimmjow. That Hollow Ichigo was able to easily wound him is testimony to how strong he becomes.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He absolutely mauls Ichigo during the final confrontation to get him to give up while Ichigo is doing his best and Ulquiorra isn't using his full strength, at least not until ichigo transforms into Vasto Lordes; which leads to him using one of his most powerful techniques which still doesn't work on Vasto Lordes.
  • No Mouth: As a Hollow, his mask had no mouth opening.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Ulquiorra is not the type of person who goes into hammy speeches or sadism. He carries out his plans as efficiently as possible. Wheneven he fights against Ichigo, he does not laugh maniacally or smile. He simply does his best to eliminate him or kill him.
  • No Range Like Point-Blank Range: He puts a Cero Oscuras through Ichigo's chest at point-blank range.
  • No-Sell: Likes to do this. In his first fight with Ichigo, he's not strong enough to block the Getsuga Tensho outright, but sustains only Clothing Damage. In their second battle, his resurreccion form is strong enough to deflect a Getsuga Tensho with nothing but his spiritual pressure. In addition to all this, he often pulls the Barehanded Blade Block.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The kanji for his Zanpakuto's name translate as "Black-Winged Great Demon", and both his initial and second Resurrección give him an increasingly demonic appearance.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Due to his nihilistic outlook, Ulquiorra is constantly frowning or wearing an emotionless expression. The only time he smiles is during his death scene, when he comes to understand the importance of the human heart.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Ulquiorra's Resurrección, Murciélago, causes him to grow gigantic bat wings in addition to greatly boosting his power.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In his first Resurrección form, Ulquiorra's hair grows a little past shoulder length; and in his Segunda Epta form it grows into a long mane. Both forms are accompanied by a massive increase in power.
  • Prehensile Tail: In his Segunda Etapa form he has a long tail that he can use as a weapon.
  • Red Herring: He seemed to act as Aizen's hands, and had a very calm demeanor about him and a similar way of delivering a Hannibal Lecture as Aizen. All of this led Ichigo to believe he was Espada #1.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Used as Theme Naming, since his second/final battle with Ichigo had each sin in the title; The Envy, The Greed, The Gluttony, The Pride, The Sloth, The Wrath, and The Lust 1 through 6. Chapters entitled "The Ash" and "The Heart" wrap the fight up.
  • Shout-Out: Ulquiorra's ability of "recording" things with his eye and then tearing it out so other people can have access to what was recorded was faithfully based on Black Swan, a character from Saint Seiya — of which Kubo is a fan.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Until the official romanization of "Cifer" became canon, the commonly accepted way to spell Ulquiorra's name was "Schiffer". Notably, The Other Wiki still has his old name listed. Ulquiorra's name is itself a misspelling of Patricia Urquiola, a Spanish architect.
  • The Spock: He's so analytical that his regenerative powers are even used to aid in his ability to exactly report on something he's witnessed exactly as it happened via crushing his eye. As he says, he doesn't believe in what he can't see and therefore his method of understanding the world is to analyse it as clinically as possible. That makes him both...
  • The Stoic: He is always calm and in control until his final fight, at which point he finally gets pissed at Ichigo refusing to recognize his inferiority and delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Straw Nihilist: Has this as his life, blood, and Aspect of Death. It's so fundamental to his nature that it's hardly even a personality aspect.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Espada aren't supposed to have a second resurreccion, but he does. Not only does it increase his power, but there's a level of mysticism attached to it that not even makes his reiatsu feel completely different to normal reiatsu. Unsurprisingly, he has the golden eyes to fit this supernatural mystery.
  • Tail Slap: In Segunda form, his whip-like tail becomes a long-range weapon.
  • Torso with a View: A strange example in that it migrates. It starts out in his neck but ends up in his lower chest by the time he dies.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Ichigo posits that he's able to keep up with Ulquiorra because the latter is becoming more like a human, Ulquiorra scowls, splits the floor in half with his Spiritual Pressure, and steps his game up.
  • Villainous Rescue:
    • He protects Loly and Menoly when Ichigo throws a Getsuga Tensho them. When they start to thank him he cuts them off, stating he "didn't do it for you two".
    • Later, he saves Orihime and Ishida, at least indirectly, from the rampaging Hollow Ichigo, apparently believing he would win the fight if he cut off Ichigo's horn.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Struggles with this. He finally begins to understand it in the moment of his death, while Orihime keeps reaching for his disintegrating form.
    "Hearts? You humans are always talking about hearts. It's as if you have them in your hands. But my eye sees everything. Nothing can escape it. What is a heart? If I rip open your chest will I see it? If I crack open your skull will I find it in there?"

     (#5) Quinto Espada - Nnoitra Gilga
Click here to see Santa Teresa 

"Ain't no chance of salvation for us. Never has been. With or without Aizen, that's never gonna change. If there's one thing I'm grateful to that guy for, it's the fact that he gave me power. Thanks to that, I've been able to savor greater battles than ever before. I'm gonna be strong. Stronger than anyone."

The Fifth Espada, a Death Seeker. Once, he was the Eighth Espada, but was promoted sometime after a sneak attack to Nel, the 3rd Espada of the time, whom he hates because she pitied and disrespected him. He defines the death aspect of 'Despair'. He is noted to have the greatest Hierro (iron-hard skin) amongst the Espada.

Santa Teresa, his oddly shaped...axe...thingy....zanpakutou, gives him six arms and six scythes, all capable of instant regeneration if he was to lose one or two. His number tattoo is on his tongue, and his Hollow hole is where his left eye should be - along with the remains of his Hollow mask.

Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (JP), Michael Sinterniklaas (EN), Eduardo Ramírez (Latin-American Spanish)

Tropes associated with Nnoitra:
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Clearly what the anime (with a very sad music theme) aimed at, showing him as a Nietzsche Wannabe living behind the Despair Event Horizon, with an absurdly huge overcompensated inferiority complex.
  • Animal Motifs: His resurreccion is related to the praying mantis.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Specifically matched up against melee characters (like Ichigo and Kenpachi), Nnoitra is problematic to fight. In addition to an inherent Damage Reduction via his Hierro, he is also Multi-Armed and Dangerous in Resurreccion, allowing him to deflect his opponent's weapon with one limb and then immediately counter and overwhelm them with all the others. He can even regenerate these limbs if one happens to be chopped off.
  • Archenemy: Nel and Nnoitra have incompatible philosophies. She believes in never fighting without reason and avoiding it if possible, he believes fighting itself is a reason to fight. He hates women, especially women in positions of authority over him, as Nel used to be and Harribel is. Nel dismisses his philosophy and refuses to see him as a warrior. As a result, she feels he needs to be watched over to prevent himself from getting into more trouble than he can handle. Eventually, he rips off her fraccions' masks, smashes her mask, and throws her out of Las Noches.
  • Ax-Crazy: Nnoitra delights in combat and bloodshed, though he's actually disturbed that Kenpachi's more Ax-Crazy than him.
  • Blade on a Stick: Technically bladed, though it functions much more as a bludgeon due to its design.
  • Blood Knight: The Espada equivalent to Kenpachi in this.
  • Combat Pragmatist: A fight is meant to be won. It doesn't matter if your opponent is too weak to fight back. Dirty tactics are fair game to Nnoitra.
  • Death Seeker: Basically, Nnoitra's life goal is to kill every single person he meets, until he is either the strongest person in existence, or killed in the act. He has no problem with either option and the second one is what actually occurs.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hit it at some point in the past and kept right on going. "None of us is getting redemption."
    • Death by Despair: Taking the above into account, he is stated by Baraggan to embody this trope.
  • Determinator: He will stand up again and again until someone dies.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He would far prefer to die than be pitied. He cares for Tesla, but will get very defensive if he thinks Tesla is showing pity.
  • Evil Counterpart: Similar in some ways to Kenpachi as a bloodthirsty, fight-loving psycho with the desire to fight strong enemies, but Nnoitra is strongly distinguished by character traits, such as genuine lechery, misogyny, pettiness, arrogance, and an inferiority complex. The core of their insanity is also different: Kenpachi fights for fun, Nnoitra is a Death Seeker; Nnoitra is obsessed with proving he is the absolute strongest, Kenpachi loves finding out the opponent might be stronger than him. However, when a fight drags on too long, Nnoitra gets frustrated. Zaraki, on the other hand, loves a long hard battle. A visual parallel is also drawn with Nnoitra's eyepatch, which is later replaced with a scar identical to Kenpachi's after taking a strong slash to the face and chest.
  • Evil Laugh: Pulls one off after injuring Kenpachi with his hidden pair of arms. It tells you how much of a sadist he is.
  • Eyepatch of Power: It conceals his Hollow hole, as well as his mask remnants around it.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: He kept picking fights with Nelliel because he refused to accept women could be stronger than men and loathed her pity. At a meeting, he mocks Harribel, claiming she's too scared to fight. His suggestions on what Ulquiorra could do his "pet" Orihime draw Ulquiorra's disgust. Later, he shoves his fingers into Orihime's mouth to silence her, a gesture so loaded in Japan that the animators censored the scene into having a hand clamped over her mouth instead.
  • High Collar of Doom: His "spoon".
  • Horned Humanoid: His released form has asymmetrical horns that look like a crescent driven halway through his skull.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: His Resurrecion looks like it has four arms, but it really has six. He also has a very powerful Healing Factor, just in case anyone actually manages to damage him.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Um, what is that thing? A reversed scythe maybe? He does gain four of them in Resurrecion anyway.
  • Jerkass: Abrasive, vulgar and misogynistic, he admits he loathes women holding higher ranks than himself, and displays no respect for Harribel now or Nel in the past as a result. His enmity with Nel extended to their incompatible battle philosophies. His botched attempt to murder her and her fraccions led to their de-powering and exile. Even the emotionless Ulquiorra recoils in disgust when Nnoitra implies the captive Orihime should be raped. When later restraining her, Nnoitra shoves two fingers into her mouth, a gesture associated with Japanese porn that the anime changes into a more chaste gagging scene.
  • Kick the Dog: Everything he does, really. Even he doesn't seem to enjoy his sadism that much.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Grimmjow and Ichigo certainly felt it.
  • The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: Likes to just stand there and point out that his opponent's attacks can't harm him at all. Neliel and Kenpachi's swords are among the only things sharp enough to cut him.
  • Maniac Tongue: Partly because his rank is on it, and his Cero is fired from the tip.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: In Resureccion, he can fight with up to six arms, each one holding a weapon. He can also manifest as many as he wants at any one time, allowing him to attack with four and then reveal the remaining two at the worst possible moment.
  • No-Sell: Chad's best attack doesn't budge him (despite immediately previous TKOing a Privaron Espada), and an exhausted Ichigo's blade harmlessly bounces off his skin.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: His eyes are thinner than every single major character's so far, and the large upper teeth. (Rather like Shinji's, oddly enough.)
  • Noodle People: He's also much taller and thinner than most other characters.
  • Not Worth Killing: Spares Chad's life after defeating him, explaining to Tesla that he's not going to waste energy finishing off someone who's as good as dead already. He hates it when his opponents show this attitude towards him, on the other hand.
  • Organ Dodge: Kenpachi tries to stab him through his head and into his brain. Luckily for Nnoitra, Kenny stabbed him through his Eyepatch of Power, which actually hides his Hollow hole, so he hits nothing but air and Nnoitra uses this opportunity to stab Kenpachi through the chest with his hand.
  • Pet the Dog: He cares enough for his Fraccion Tesla to warn him to get away from Kenpachi after sensing the latter's power. The databooks confirm that Tesla is Nnoitra's "confidant", and that Nnoitra experiences "shaken grief" when Tesla is cut down.
  • Rule of Symbolism: According to the databook, Nnoitra is symbolic of an "Asura" from Buddhist theology. An Asura is essentially a deity that has become addicted to anger, violence, sadism, and envy and is utterly incapable of solving any conflict with anything less than violence and death. They are also egotistical to a fault, and feel a compulsion to look down upon others.
  • Slasher Smile: As a Blood Knight, he lives for battle... and hopes to die that way, too. Anything that involves or leads to violence and bloodshed is something that makes him grin.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Despite being the Quinto Espada, he claims to be the strongest Espada.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Even after it's been confirmed that his name is "Nnoitra", a lot of people still call him "Noitora." VizMedia calls him "Nnoitora". He's actually named after Richard Neutra, a famous architect. In the dub, it's pronounced 'Noitora.'
  • Super Toughness: Even by the standards of the Arrancar, Nnoitra's Hierro was considered exceptional. He possessed the strongest Hierro of all the Espada.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was previously the 8th Espada at some point in the past, but managed to claw his way up to 5th, and given the tough-ass time he gave Kenpachi he seems to have earned it. Neliel was once so strong she could beat him down, without taking in a scratch, as Nnoitra is bloodied up. When they meet in the current timeline, Nnoitra is an even match for Neliel, as none of her attacks did any significant damage to him. Nnoitra is also a recognition that the Espada have improved greatly since Neliel's expulsion.
  • Torso with a View: His Hollow hole is in his head, in place of one of his eyes.
  • Variable-Length Chain: Attaches his weapon to his hip.
  • Victory by Endurance: Nnoitra uses this against Ichigo. After Ichigo defeats Grimmjow and apparently rescued Orihime, Nnoitra announces his presence by one-shotting the exhausted Grimmjow before thrashing the equally exhausted Ichigo. In Nnoitra's case, this was triply assholish because Ichigo, Grimmjow and Orihime were all equally fair game in his eyes.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Kenpachi's clear enjoyment of what appears to Nnoitra to be a losing battle starts to strongly unnerve Nnoitra. As Kenpachi continues to laugh and enjoy himself, Nnoitra descends into raving and swearing at him. Eventually, this psychological edge causes Nnoitra to be too shaken to think to defend himself when Kenpachi finally goes for a killing strike, crippling him in one blow.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Explicitly a part of his life philosophy given his misogyny, along with Would Hurt a Child.

     (#6) Sexta Espada - Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez
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"They're all cowards, every damn one of them. Whatever. I'll just consume them. As they become my flesh and blood, they will see beyond. I... I am the king!"

Arrancar 12 and the sixth Espada. He views himself as a king and is angered when he feels that anyone is failing to give him the respect he deserves. Despite his violence and instability, he does have a personal code of honor and fair play. He is despised by Tousen for his disrespect and vicious behavior. He defines the death aspect of 'Destruction'. His number tattoo is on the right side of his back, and his Hollow hole is in his abdomen.

His Zanpakuto is Pantera, which transforms him into a panther-cat-man-hybrid capable of extreme speed combat, and capable of firing darts from his elbows.

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), David Vincent (EN), Edson Matus (Latin-American Spanish)

Tropes associated with Grimmjow:
  • Animal Motifs: That of a panther.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Tousen cuts off his left arm as punishment for insubordination, making sure to burn it to ashes afterwards. The injury was considered debilitating enough to strip him of his rank, something Yammy had the fortune to avoid because his arm was left intact after Ichigo cut it off. After Orihime is kidnapped, she is ordered to display her power by restoring it.
    • In the manga, he tears off Loly's leg after she continues mouthing off at him. This is changed in the anime to him simply stomping on her.
  • Ax-Crazy: His aspect of death is Destruction, embodied by his love of combat.
  • Badass Baritone: In the Japanese anime, he has a deep voice.
  • Badass Boast: "I tore [my right arm] off. I don't need two arms to kick your ass."
  • Blatant Lies: No, you did not tear your right arm off.
  • Blood Knight: Grimmjow will fully admit that he loves to battle, seeing it more as something Hollows have to do. However, he'll only attack opponents who can battle, and saved Orihime while also mauling the two Arrancars attacking her explicitly so that he could have a fair fight with Ichigo. Nnoitra on the other hand will simply kill anyone he feels is close enough to him in power whether they can fight back or not.
  • Cats Are Mean: Was originally a panther-like Adjuchas. Also one of the most violent characters in the series.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Anything is game for this guy in a fight. For example, after Rukia froze him with Sode no Shirayuki, he broke free of the ice. The first thing he does is to grab her head and charge up a Cero, attempting to blow Rukia's head up point-blank to make sure she couldn't retaliate.
  • Come with Me If You Want to Live: Basically what he did with Orihime. Then again, he'd just taken care of the threat to her safety, so it's more like "Come With Me If You Don't Want To Die".
  • Curtains Match the Window Pretty blue eyes, to match his light blue hair.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Develops a major vendetta against Ichigo. Why? Ichigo wounded him bad enough to leave a scar while fighting back after Grimmjow had just spent about ten minutes beating the holy living hell out of Ichigo. Oh, and Ichigo's self-confidence irritates him.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Not as intense as Nnoitra, but he sees Ichigo's confidence as condescending. To him Ichigo's confidence is his way of degrading his enemy, and it royally pisses him off.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While he'd gladly kill his own allies in order to recover a lost rank, if Grimmjow feels he is in debt, he will go out of his way to repay it — displayed when he rescues Orihime, who had healed his arm, from two Arrancar girls who had been torturing her.
    • A subversion came in his second fight with Ichigo. After Grimmjow beat him to the ground, Ichigo tried to restore his Hollow mask; to Grimmjow's credit, he chose not to attack, preferring to wait to see Ichigo attempt to even the playing field. When it became clear that Ichigo could not restore his mask for the rest of that fight, Grimmjow resumes the beatdown anyway.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Ichigo. They're both reckless, irreverant and stubborn Blood Knights that have no scruples over how to win a fight, but whereas Ichigo is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Grimmjow is a sadistic murderer who cares only about getting stronger, payback, and pride. Furthermore, Ichigo fights to protect his allies, while Grimmjow kills his allies if they steal his rank. A major moment of symbolism occurs when you compare their species - Ichigo is a Soul Reaper with an inner Hollow; Grimmjow is a Hollow with a Zanpakuto.
  • Facial Markings: Has light blue lines below his eyes, similar to the eye markings on the Panthera genus of cats.
  • Jerkass: He has a sense of honor, but most of the time, he has a distinct Lack of Empathy and a penchant for No Holds Barred Beatdowns.
  • Kick the Dog: He has a pretty long laundry list of villainous moments. It starts with beating Ichigo's face to a pulp in their first fight; stabbing Rukia in her gut and throwing her to the ground; taking explosive potshots at Nel and Orihime, which forced Ichigo to take several bullets in the back; literally kicking Ichigo's corpse so he could see the hole made by Ulquiorra; and choking Orihime when she refuses to prop Ichigo up for another fight.
  • Klingon Promotion: He quickly regains his lost rank by killing Luppi. Judging from his expression, Aizen predicted this would happen.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    • The only time he shows even the slightest concern is in regards to his Fraccions, all of whom were killed under his watch. Even then, he didn't really care; it was more surprise that they lost than anything else.
    • Another case comes in how he wanted Orihime to revive Ichigo... just so he could kill him anyway.
  • Laughing Mad: When he butchers Luppi and gets his rank back.
  • Left for Dead: Nobody seemed to care to check up on him. Although, Ichigo was preoccupied with Nnoitra, Nelliel, Kenpachi, Aizen unveiling his plan before leaving to Karakura, and Starrk taking Orihime to notice much else.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Believe it or not, he's got an even nicer body than Ichigo. Add that to his badassitude, Walking Shirtless Scene and voila!
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His first fight with Ichigo is too one-sided to be anything else. During the second fight, it becomes similarly onesided after Ichigo's Hollow mask breaks.
  • No Range Like Point-Blank Range: At the end of his second fight with Ichigo, he pins the latter's arms to the ground so he can prepare a Cero right in front of Ichigo's face, promising him that the close range will prevent him from feeling any pain as his head is vaporized. Ichigo is saved by Rukia, who Grimmjow then attempts to do the same thing to while outright grabbing her head, but she is saved by Shinji. Luppi and Menoly can attest to what happens if he's uninterrupted.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: He tells Ichigo that the only reason he's helping everyone oppose Yhwach is because of the threat of destruction to Hueco Mundo; if it's destroyed, he doesn't know where else to kill Ichigo.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Ichigo, to the point of taking Orihime out of her cell to heal him after he is nearly killed by Ulqiorra, which Grimmjow himself insisted that he should have done earlier.
  • Panthera Awesome: His form during his Adjuchas days was that of a white panther instead of a normal black panther. Also, his zanpakuto is named Pantera, Spanish for "Panther"; it doesn't take a genius to guess what his released form looks like.
  • Petting Zoo People: His released form gives him cat ears, a tail, long hair, changes his hands and feet into paws and his nails into claws.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: His Pantera form makes his hair grow so long that it reaches his legs.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • Needed Orihime to revive Ichigo for another fight, so he brought her along to make sure of it. Similarly, en route to Ichigo's location, he had Orihime Bound and Gagged with a large piece of cloth covering her, presumably so she wouldn't be detected by the other Arrancar.
    • Way before that, when Aizen held a meeting with the Espada and showed Ichigo, Uryu and Chad heading for Las Noches, Grimmjow wanted to kill them straight away, stating that you eliminate vermin before it has a chance to fight back.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Just before he obliterated Luppi with a Cero:
    Grimmjow: Damn right. See you later...(charges up a Cero) former Number Six.
  • Psycho for Hire: Comes with being Ax-Crazy. Unlike most of the Espada, he basically only worked with Aizen to get stronger and has no qualms killing or attacking other Arrancars.
  • The Rival: He was the go-to antagonist to Ichigo, before being supplanted by Ulquiorra after his third fight with Ichigo.
  • Scars Are Forever: He carries two scars on his chest. The vertical scar running down his torso is a memento of his first fight with Ichigo while the curved scar following his collarbone is the consequence of Nnoitra's ambush attack after he loses his final fight with Ichigo.
  • Slasher Smile: Constantly flashes one when excited. Just look at the picture.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His first name was written "Grimmjaw" by fans before the official spelling came out. It's actually derived from Nicholas Grimshaw.
  • There Was a Door: This is pretty much Grimmjow's signature style when it comes to entering a room. Loly even addresses it in the dub.
    Loly: Why didn't you use the door, smartass?
  • Token Evil Teammate: Grimmjow's great desire is to meet Ichigo again so that he can engage in a fight to the death, something he feels is unresolved. He claims the reason he agreed to help Urahara is to achieve that desire. However, his attempt to restart their old fight is interrupted by Nel, who warns him they've got bigger fish to fry.
  • Unusual Ears: His released form gives him long catlike ears with furry tufts.
  • Villainous Rescue: He demolishes Menoly and brutalizes Loly, the latter of whom was abusing Orihime, in order to get her to revive Ichigo for another fight. Once they get to Ichigo and she starts healing him, Grimmjow is confronted by Ulquiorra and seals him in Caja Negacion. It's implied he's the one who saved Urahara, Orihime, and Chad from Quilge Opie.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Before the time-skip, his tiny bolero jacket covers nothing, and it gets shredded more often than not. After the time-skip, he wears a black shirt underneath the bolero.
  • Wave Motion Gun: His Gran Rey Cero, noted by Harribel's fraccions to be forbidden under Las Noches. Due to its blast radius, it's easy to see why. It is also considered to be a particularly powerful Cero, by Grimmjow himself.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He threatens to kill Nel if she doesn't stop crying over Ichigo's grievous injuries from Ulquiorra.

     (#7) Septima Espada - Zommari Rureaux
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"Everything is 'governed' by its rightful master. Subordinates act under the orders of their superiors. The masses live under the rule of their king. The clouds move according to the will of the wind. The moonlight is ruled by the light of the sun."

The 7th of the Espada members. He claims to be the fastest of the Espada, fast enough to temporarily create clones of himself to confuse and trap the enemy. He's usually very calm and contemplative, but he harbors a deep hatred for Soul Reapers for killing hollows. He defines the death aspect of 'Intoxication'. The location of his number tattoo is unknown, and his Hollow hole is in his right nipple.

His Zanpakuto is Brujeria, and it transforms his lower body into something similar to that of a sea urchin with 50 eyes covering his body. Each of these eyes are capable of "tagging" targets and telekinetically controlling said targets.

Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki (JP), Greg Eagles (Hueco Mundo Arc Part 1), Neil Kaplan (Hueco Mundo Arc Part 2) (EN), Arturo Casanova (Latin-American Spanish)

  • Animal Motifs: His resurreccion resembles a sea urchin.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Zommari's abilities are designed to turn everything around him into a weapon, including his opponents' own limbs. Further, if he manages to mark your head, he can directly control you and force you to either commit suicide or attack your own allies.
  • Bald of Evil: He has a row of spikes on his head instead of hair.
  • Break the Haughty: Tried to perform one on Byakuya. Fails badly at it and even sees it backfiring on him.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Has the ability to move so quickly he can create clones of himself. These clones are capable of attacking but only last a short time.
  • Drunk with Power: His aspect of death is "intoxication". After releasing, he shows a great deal of arrogance and condescension towards his opponent and has a villainous breakdown when he realizes he's really not that great.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Byakuya, sort of. They are both stoic yet Not So Stoic underneath, both of their special abilities involve speed and kidou-based abilities. The difference lies in the 'passion' part of their natures. Zommari represented intoxication and therefore had never learned to reign in excess. Byakuya, however, had learned a long time ago to discipline the excesses within his own personality.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Got him killed.
  • Extra Eyes: He has 48 eyes on his release form's body in addition to his two normal eyes, and eight open up on his forehead in the last part of the fight.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: His BANZAI! AIZEN-SAMA!!! was more or less left untranslated in the English dub, apart from replacing "Aizen-sama" with "Lord Aizen".
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: His reveal of eight more eyes in his forehead.
  • Large Ham: "BANZAI! AIZEN-SAMA!" "Why won't you take my love!?"
  • Lightning Bruiser: Self-proclaimed fastest Espada and strong enough to fight evenly with a Captain for an extended period.
  • Logical Weakness: His eyes can control anything they look at. Thing—singular. If there are more threats than he has eyes, then he can't do a thing about them all.
  • Marionette Master: His release ability Amor allows him to control anyone he looks at.
  • Pride: Inevitable as he serves as an Evil Counterpart for Byakuya. Seriously, almost all the talk during their fight is about "Which one of us is the most prideful, therefore the most despicable?".
  • Scary Black Man: At least before using Ressurection.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Byakuya easily proved Zommari was this. The self-proclaimed fastest Espada was no match for a Soul Reaper who was functioning with only one arm and one leg and for all his strength, in the end he was defeated through kidou and a sealed zanpakutou. As Byakuya said, "You make the title 'fastest Espada' weep".
  • Sycophantic Servant: BANZAI AIZEN-SAMA!
  • This Cannot Be!: When Byakuya showed he could easily counteract his ability twice. He didn't actually say it out loud, but his facial expression left no doubt about it. Much more blatant in the anime though.
  • Torso with a View: His Hollow hole is over his left nipple according to the databook.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The biggest and most noticeable in the Espadas.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Complains about this to Byakuya — he even made a few good points. Unfortunately, he made them while trying to kill Byakuya's beloved younger sister when she was unconscious and defenseless. This, of course, made it personal, so Zommari got killed anyway.

     (#8) Octava Espada - Szayelaporro Granz
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"Eternally repeating that cycle of death and rebirth, an existence such as this... truly, mine is what may be called a 'perfect existence'!"

Szayelaporro is the 8th Espada and head of research development in Hueco Mundo. He is pretty much a lot like Mayuri: prepared for anything, has little to no feelings for other beings, and is a complete mad scientist. He also considers himself a perfect being with his powers. Everything he does is...well, nasty. He defines the death aspect of 'Madness'. The location of his number tattoo is unknown, and his Hollow hole is in his penis.

His Zanpakuto is Fornicaras and yes, it does mean "you will fornicate" in Spanish. It gives him a parasitic worm motif with various and deadly abilities, including something eerily similar to voodoo.

Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (JP), Benjamin Diskin (EN), Javier Olguín (Latin-American Spanish)

  • Agent Peacock: who will stop a fight just so he can change into a less torn set of clothing and whose entire theme is full of sexual innuendo. As an Espada, he can take on Shinigami captains and he's a leader of Hollows, although he tends to cultivate followers solely to eat them when he needs to power up.
  • Ambiguously Gay: With his pink hair and exceedingly feminine-sounding voice, Szayel also displays rather suspect mannerisms, such as commenting on his opponents' attractiveness, and should his clothes be damaged, he'll stop the fight to change.
  • And I Must Scream: Due to a poison he accidentally injests, his perceptions are speeded up to the point that the few seconds it takes for Mayuri to kill him seem like they took thousands of years. Thousands of years of simply staring at a sword and waiting for it to stab him.
  • Animal Motifs: His resurreccion is related to the parasitic worm. The tentacles he gains also make him resemble a butterfly, and he describes himself as a phoenix.
  • Antagonist Abilities: With preparation time and advance analysis of future opponents, Szayel can nullify any of his opponent's powers. He can use his wings to create Voodoo Dolls that mimic his opponents powers and fight on his behalf - if he crushes those dolls, the real opponent will take the equivalent damage and if the opponents crush the dolls, more dolls will appear. He can even take control of anything that eats him and resurrect himself by allowing him to burrow into an opponent and consume them from the inside out.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's normally calm and collected, though mocking. However, he defines the aspect of Madness and it shows: He is completely unhinged.
  • Badass Boast: Szayel brags at length about how he's perfect and how Mayuri can never win...right before Mayuri's superhuman drug takes effect, incapacitating the Arrancar and allows Mayuri to win. His boast merely pissed Mayuri off as well.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Apparently he was simply stabbed in the chest. What makes it cruel and unusual is that he experienced it (and the subsequent pain) like it lasted centuries or even millennia.
    "Oh When? When will the time come for this sword to pierce my heart? Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry...PLEASE HURRY UP AND KILL ME!!!"
  • Death by Irony: Effortlessly trashes Renji because he was using Yylfort to spy on him and knew how to counter all of Renji's techniques. Then gets taken apart by Mayuri because he did the same thing to him using Ishida.
  • Dub Name Change: Apparently "Fornicaras" was too risque by [adult swim]'s standards, so in the TV broadcast they changed it to "La Lujuriosa" ("the lustful"). In the Italian manga the command "sip" (sorseggia) was changed to "succhia" (Suck), with everything that implies...
  • Evil Counterpart: Both are pretty bad, but the main difference is that Mayuri does the terrible things he does For Science!. Szayel believes that he's already perfect and does the things he's does for pure sadism.
  • Evil Genius: He's completely insane and twisted, but he's also capable of some very effective preparations and tricks to compensate for his lack of actual power.
  • Evil Knockoff: One of his Resurreccion powers unleashes dark liquid upon his enemies, and creates clones of them when they make physical contact with as little as a droplet of that liquid. As an added quirk, he sometimes modifies the clones' appearance to suit his personal "sense of aethsetics".
  • Hollywood Voodoo: He creates dolls of his opponents by temporarily absorbing them into his "wings". These dolls contain pills that represent each of the victim's internal organs and bear their names in Spanish. Destroying any of these pills does the same to its associated organ.
  • Hypocritical Humour: Gets creeped out by Pesche taking out his Zanpakuto from his loincloth.
    "Just what are you pulling out of there?!"
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Well, all hollows eat humans, and many eat other hollows before they're made into arrancar, but Szayelaporro is the only arrancar shown eating other arrancars. Specifically, his own fracciones are designed to act as powerful healing medicine when he eats them.
  • Intimate Marks: He's one of the few Espada that we've never seen either a Hollow Hole or Espada Tattoo for. Word of God is that they're on his genitalia.
  • Karmic Death: From his perspective it took centuries or millennia for Mayuri's leisurely sword strike to finally reach his chest, at which point he was even more insane with sheer boredom and begging for death inside his mind.
  • Laughably Evil: In much the same vein as his counterpart, Mayuri, a good amount of Szayel's screentime crosses over into morbid, vaguely uncomfortable humor, mostly on account of his ridiculous, flamboyant hamminess.
  • Mad Scientist: He's Mayuri's Arrancar counterpart, can't be less. Mayuri is disdainful of his approach to science, however.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He was the one that ordered the Exequias to kill Dordoni and Cirucci, since he wanted to extract Reiatsu samples from Ichigo's gang.
  • Not Quite Dead: He and Aaroniero quite literally went to Hell together. They basically went from one form of dead to another. The novel plays with this idea by having him return to attack Soul Society after getting a power up.
  • Post-Mortem Comeback: An incredibly gruesome case. After getting devoured by Ashisogi Jizo, Szayelaporro reanimated himself within Nemu's intestines, after burrowing into her body via her navel. Her stomach ended up grossly enlarged, splitting her skin open and allowing him to be "reborn" through her mouth. The process left her an emaciated, shrivelled-up husk. It didn't work, ultimately, since he absorbed a sense-accelerating substance that was placed into Nemu beforehand by Mayuri, which led to his own Cruel and Unusual Death.
  • Resurrective Immortality: By the use of his Gabriel ability he can resurrect himself inside the body of his target, potentially killing them in the process.
  • Smug Snake: He may be a bona fide Evil Genius, but he also believes himself to be an infallible intellect and the perfect being because of his nightmarish methods of escaping from death, and his only fights prior to Mayuri are him attacking people he has already analyzed to put the advantage overwhelmingly in his favor. When he overestimates himself too much against Mayuri, however, his every technique is thwarted and he winds up dying horrifically because he tried to kill Nemu to save himself.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: A posthumous example. After Nemu sacrifices herself in a failed attempt to destroy Pernida, a hallucination of Szayelaporro mocks Mayuri over his grief.
  • Torso with a View: Subverted. Per Word of God his Hollow hole is located on the tip of his penis which, while commonly of significant sentimental value, is not vitally important.
  • Ultimate Life Form: Claimed to be one, since he can come back to life after being killed and take over anything that eats him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Starts out smug and confident in his superiority. When Mayuri starts messing with him, he throws a temper tantrum and starts swearing a lot. He's also breaking down shortly before his death, begging for Mayuri to hurry up, but then again from his perspective, he's been frozen in place with a sword slooooooooooowly piercing him for an ETERNITY by then.
  • The Worf Effect: Very rare villainous version. He appears in the prelude of Hell Verse solely as a means of helping the audience gauge the power level of Hell's denizens.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Cotton-candy pink, in his case.

     (#9) Noveno Espada - Aaroniero Arruruerie
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"If it's about our faces, keep it to yourself. We got tired of hearing people's thoughts about them a very long time ago."

Aaroniero is the 9th and only Gillian Espada. Because of his nonhuman appearance, he usually wears a white mask with eight tiny holes over his head. He is prideful of his status as an Espada, a position he has managed to maintain due to his potential for infinite growth by continuing to devour other Hollows even as an Arrancar. He defines the death aspect of 'Greed'. His number tattoo is on his heads, and his Hollow hole is in his left thigh.

His Zanpakuto is Glotonería, which transforms him into an enormous octopus-like creature. In this form, he has all the abilities of every Hollow he has devoured at his disposal. He additionally wields Kaien's Nejibana, a trident utilizing water-based attacks.

Voiced by: Kaien Shiba: Toshihiko Seki, Deep-voiced Mask: Ryuzaburo Otomo, High-voiced Mask: Mayumi Yamaguchi (JP), Kaien Shiba: Dave Mallow, Deep-voiced Mask: Keith Silverstein, High-voiced Mask: Wendee Lee (EN); Kaien Shiba: José Gilberto Vilchis, Deep-Voiced Mask: Ricardo Brust, High-Voiced Mask: Jahel Morga (Latin-American Spanish)

  • All Your Powers Combined: Never used any of them in conjunction, though.
  • Alliterative Name: His name begins with the same "Aa" sound despite the starting letters being "Aa" and "Ar" respectively.
  • Animal Motifs: His resurreccion resembles an octopus.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Power Duplication, but only after eating a Hollow (or a Hollow that already assimilated someone else).
  • Brain in a Jar: He has two small spherical heads floating in the tank his helmet hides, invoking this trope.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: Unique among Hollows, he is able to assimilate the appearance and powers of anything he eats. This is a plot point, as he assimilated Kaien Shiba — obtaining his appearance and Soul Reaper powers — by virtue of eating Metastacia.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: His release is extremely large and makes him a bigger target. It resembles a very bloated octopus.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: He impersonates Kaien Shiba in order to trick and manipulate Rukia, and tries to convince her to kill herself to atone for Kaien's death.
  • Death by Irony: He's impaled by the girl he impaled moments before. Which sounds weird, but don't mind us.
  • Demonic Possession: Downplayed. Since he absorbed Metastacia, he's able to control the corpse of the last person Metastacia possessed.
  • Evil Laugh: Lets one out, rather stupidly in retrospect, while holding Rukia on his trident over his head.
  • Face Stealer: By virtue of absorbing Metastacia, he's able to use Kaien's face in place of his real one.
  • Freakiness Shame: He masks the capsule containing his two heads, and tells Rukia that he's sick of people asking him about it.
  • Greed: He's very proud of his ability to steal other peoples' powers and use them for his own purposes. In fact, his goal in life is to evolve into an Ultimate Life Form via endless evolution through being a Power Parasite.
  • Hammerspace: How the hell is he able to hide his Zanpakuto under his glove?
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: While being held in the air by Aaroniero's trident, Rukia points her broken Zanpakuto at his face and uses Shirafune to restore her sword, stabbing Aaroniero through one of his skulls. She swung her sword down, breaking the rest of his jar and killing him.
  • Informed Ability: According to him, he'd absorbed the special abilities of no less than 33,650 other Hollows. Despite this, he never actually uses any powers other than Kaien's zanpakuto and some Combat Tentacles. Ulquiorra mentions a third, in passing, calling it synchronized recognition, which apparently let him transmit information between all the Arrancar.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: His Zanpakuto takes on the form of a gaping maw with several tentacles surrounding it, which he somehow hides under his glove, and when released he transforms into a grotesque, bloated abomination composed of tentacles and mouths.
  • Making a Splash: He wields power over water with Kaien's stolen zanpakuto.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: His skulls both have rows of jagged teeth at their cheeks, while the octopus has faces on the side.
  • Not Quite Dead: Or rather, he's dead in a different way since all Hollows are spirits anyway. Currently in hell with Szayel getting worfed by movie villains.
  • Offstage Villainy: Along with Szayel, Aaroniero is the only other Espada that literally went to Hell after dying, but we didn't see enough from him to determine exactly why. Presumably, his treatment of Rukia is supposed to be an indication of his normal behavior, though it's little different than many other non hellbound villains get.
  • Power Parasite: Absorbed Kaien Shiba and Metastacia into him, which allowed Aaroniero to use Metastacia's Demonic Possession and Zanpakuto destruction ability, along with the water from Nejibana's zanpakutou power.
  • Pronoun Trouble: Nobody ever refers to Aaroniero by a pronoun, making it ambiguous over whether Aaroniero is to be referred to as a "he" or as "they" (because of the two talking skulls).
  • Seven Deadly Sins: He has two. Aaroniero's resurrección is called Glotonería, meaning "Gluttony". His "Aspect of Death" was confirmed to be Greed.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Uses this on Rukia, but it only works for a bit.
  • Torso with a View: Aaroniero's Hollow hole in in his left thigh. Pretty important bone right there. Also a major artery. Of course, considering what his head and Zanpakuto look like, his body under his clothing probably isn't that humanoid compared to the other Arrrancar.
  • Ultimate Life Form: Claimed to be one, since he gains the powers and memories of anything he eats, plus the powers and memories of anything they ate, giving him the potential for endless evolution.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once Rukia manages to stab through his jarhead, the top head just curses while the lower head screams about being betrayed by Aizen about never being in pain again.
  • Voice of the Legion: One head has a high-pitched voice and one very deep voice.
  • Weakened by the Light: While it hurts him, it does not make him helpless. It does cancel his shapeshifting ability, however.
  • The Worf Effect: Very rare villainous version. He appears in the prelude of Hell Verse solely as a means of helping the audience gauge the power level of Hell's denizens.

     (#10) Diez & Cero Espada - Yammy Llargo
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"Piss me off more, and more, and more! The more you do, the more pathetic your final deaths will be!"

Ranked 10 and Zero of the Espada, Yammy is clearly the largest of the group. He's extremely arrogant and loves to destroy things and murder everybody in his way, believing they're nothing but insects. He isn't the smartest though and usually has Ulquiorra explain things. In conjunction with this, he also lacks versatility when fighting. He defines the death aspect of 'Rage'. His number tattoo is on his left shoulder and his Hollow hole is in his sternum.

His Zanpakuto is Ira, which transforms him into a gargantuan... thing vaguely resembling a cross between a centipede and an Ankylosaurus if he is angered. If he is to be further angered in this state, he can additionally transform into an even bigger form resembling a gorilla.

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (JP), Paul St Peter (EN), Nicolás Frías (Latin-American Spanish)

  • Animal Motifs: His resurreccion resembles cross between a centipede and an Ankylosaurus. His powered up form resembles an ape.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He can apparently change size in his sealed form; when Chad sees him again in Las Noches, he notes that he's far larger than he was in the real world. And then there's his release... And his second powerup if that was even possible.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: After seeing Renji, Chad, and Rukia gear up to fight the now-towering Yammy, we switch to... the real world to watch the other Espada get spanked. Months later when we finally return? A Curbstomp Battle has taken place off-screen, with Rukia as the last one standing. The final fight with Kenpachi and Byakuya is also never shown.
  • Big Eater: Something of a plot point as his massive eating habits is what helps him power up in preparation for battle.
  • Blessed with Suck: The databook indicates that the Espada are ranked by Reiatsu, and Yammy's 0 rank comes from having the most when he releases since his power increases whenever he's angry. Unfortunately, this means Yammy has practically none of the special abilities that made the other 9 Espada and Arrancar in general so deadly, and as such Kenpachi and Byakuya are able to defeat him with minimal effort.
  • The Brute: Yammy is an unskilled mass of raw temper and rage, who lives for destroying and consuming souls and never develops the spiritual skills that make other Espada and even Fracciones so dangerous. He is the lowest-ranking member of the Espada until his rage-fuelled Resureccion is released, which powers him up to become the strongest, angriest, most violent and most thoughtless of all Espada. As a result, he is viewed as an embarrassment by the Espada and an unworthy opponent by the Soul Reapers.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: Through the Hueco Mundo arc, he was apparently eating the dead Arrancars to make himself stronger.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: For both his forms. Despite the high strength level, all he really is is a gigantic slow target.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His off-screen fight with Rukia, Chad, and Renji, which he won. His similarly off-screen fight with Byakuya and Kenpachi, which he lost.
  • Dumb Muscle: Hence why Kenpachi, Byakuya and Ulquiorra don't take him seriously.
  • Hulking Out: See that part on this trope's page about growing to twice your size? Yammy does it when he's already hugantic. Then goes on to imply he isn't even close to being done yet. What little good it does him.
  • Ignored Enemy: Kenpachi and Byakuya barely seem to notice he's there after a while as they keep sniping at each other.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He explains that his boost in power is a result of "eating" a lot. Since one of his attacks involves sucking out the souls of humans and devouring them, and that Hollows are cannibalistic by nature, it seems he was eating the dead Espada and Fracciones.
  • Informed Ability: His status as the strongest Espada is this. Whatever Word of God may have to say on the subject he never actually shows himself to be more than a blowhard, as Kenpachi and Byakuya, both already seriously injured from fighting Espada supposedly considerably weaker than him, were able to tear him apart without trying, and he's ultimately defeated off-screen.
  • Jerk Ass: Hooh boooy. He mass-murders a ton of humans on a whim, nearly kills Tatsuki, splits Sado's arm in half, beats Ichigo to a pulp, punches Inoue across the field, crushes Rukia in his hand, swats Menoly into a wall, brutalized Loly without any real reason, throws stuff at his dog, needlessly killed a nurse right after she reattached his arm and badmouthed his comrades after they died.
  • Kick the Dog: A literal example: He mistreated his fraccion, Kukkapūro, who resembled a dog.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Rushes into every fight, but loses every single time.
  • Left for Dead: Byakuya and Kenpachi ignored him so much they didn't even bother to finish him off. They just left him bleeding and broken in Hueco Mundo while they went home. He died soon after his sole Fraccion (a dog Arrancar) visited him.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Go ahead. Piss him off. See what happens. Not a damn thing, apparently!
  • Licked by the Dog: Yammy is a complete and utter bastard from his introduction to his death, but a small yappy Hollow Dog appears to like him. It doesn't entirely count as a Pet the Dog moment, since his entire relationship with it is telling it to shut up, but at least he never seemed to attack it like he did to a nurse. That dog is his Fraccion, by the way, and he's called Kukkapūro.
  • Marathon Boss: While he might not have looked like much, Yammy still fought with Byakuya and Kenpachi for over an hour before his death. In terms of fights based on manga time, he fought the longest out of any antagonist.
  • Master of None: Word of God says his powers work something like this; he's the most physically powerful and has the highest Spirit Energy of the Espada, explaining the Zero rank, but the tradeoff is that he has no gimmicks whatsoever, having to rely solely on brute strength and the powers all Hollows have. This, of course, makes him a far less effective fighter than any of the others.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Yammy Zig Zags with this trope. At first it seems he's incredibly weak, then he reveals that he's actually the 0th Espada and technically above Starrk. And he still gets his ass kicked. Then he reveals that he's just not at full power and goes to full power mode... and he still gets his ass kicked. The Espada are ranked according to spiritual pressure, and Yammy's is the highest, but he lacks all the extra bells and whistles that make the other Espada so dangerous, so in the end he ultimately subverts this trope. Kenpachi describes their fight as boring, a criteria he applies to any fight where his life is not in danger at any point.
  • Red Herring: He was... disarmed by Ichigo in his first appearance, is smacked around by Ulquiorra, and generally makes an ass of himself, giving the impression that he isn't all that powerful. Renji and the others feel confident enough to tangle with him and guess what?! Espada #0!
  • Scary Black Man: He's got the makings of one, but he's too much of a blowhard to really be taken seriously.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Kubo Tite revealed in the Masked interview that some of the Espada were modeled after the Seven Deadly Sins. Yammy's resurrección is called "Ira", so he should be Wrath.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: He made sure to call Ulquiorra and Nnoitra garbage after they died. Same with Grimmjow, but he's alive in the manga.
  • There Was a Door: He tends to just burst through walls if he's in a hurry. And sometimes if he's not.
  • Torso with a View: Has a hole right in the center of his gut.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: What do you do when a fellow Arrancar nurse just reattached your torn arm? Why, bash her head off intending to smash her up to her feet, of course!
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He has the highest amount of raw power of any of the Espada, but he lacks any of their special tricks like Respira or Starrk's wolves. He doesn't even seem to have sonido. Thus, he has the top position without being the most effective combatant.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Due to the nature of his Zanpakuto, Ira. The name itself means "anger" in Spanish, and like the Incredible Hulk himself, the madder he gets, the larger and stronger he gets.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: By inhaling, the souls of any muggle level beings in range are extracted and flow into his mouth.