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Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach. This page is for Ichigo and his True Companions.
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    Ichigo Kurosaki 

Ichigo Kurosaki

Voiced by: Masakazu Morita (JP), Yuki Matsuoka (as a child) (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (US), Eduardo Garza (Latin America), Isabel Martiñón (Latin America, young), Sergi Zamora (Spain)
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"I'm not Superman. So I can't say anything big like I'll protect everyone on Earth. I'm not a modest guy who will say it's enough if I can protect as many people as my two hands can handle either. I want to protect... a mountain-load of people."

The hero of the series, sarcastic and grumpy, Ichigo originally attempted to cultivate a tough guy image to hide his sense of powerlessness at being unable to protect either people or the spirits he can secretly see. When Rukia gives him Soul Reaper powers, she's shocked by how quickly his abilities eclipse her own and forces him to assume her duties while she's powerless. When Soul Society retrieve the AWOL Rukia, Ichigo learns she will be executed due to it being illegal for Soul Reapers to imbue humans with their power, so he begins an assault on Soul Society to save her.

His growth rate is phenomenal, quickly allowing him to surpass even talented veterans. He has the ability to gain many different kinds of powers, but because they interfere with each other, his competence level fluctuates until he is able to resolve the issue. His Zanpakutou is Zangetsu, which was originally a large blade created by his fusion of Hollow and Soul Reaper powers. It allows him to condense his spirit energy at the tip of the blade and blast it all at once at his enemies - a technique known as Getsuga Tenshou. After obtaining his own Asauchi, it changes to two blades, one of which is large and the other of which is a smaller, arm-length blade. This weapon is destroyed by Yhwach, and subsequently reverts to its original appearance. His Bankai is Tensa Zangetsu, originally a slender pitch-black long sword which compresses his vast power within his body, allowing him to perform combat at blinding speeds and with greater strength.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • In the anime, Ichigo's eyes are dark brown. In the manga, they're honey-coloured.
    • According to the manga color spreads, his original reiatsu is yellow, which turns pitch-black once his Hollowfication activates during the fight with Byakuya. After the Lost Agent arc, color spreads show his reiatsu is now a dark blue-white. In the anime, his reiatsu has consistently shown a pale blue-white in Shikai and black with a blue/red-outline in Bankai.
  • All-Loving Hero: Ichigo once made a vow to himself to never let anyone suffer a sad face the way he did when his mother died. As a result, he'll protect anyone who needs protecting, no matter how well he knows them or even if they're supposed to be on the enemy's side. The need to protect is the main driving force for his resolve.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: When he first fights with Grimmjow,note  dukes it out with Hiyori, during his fight with Ulquiorra, and during the anime's Reigai Uprising filler arc, being taken over by his Inner Hollow causes him to black out with no memory of what happened during that period.
  • Anti-Hero: Ichigo starts off as someone with a Jerkass Fašade who rejects his duties as a Substitute Soul Reaper. However, it's because he rejects the premise on which the Soul Reapers function, his motivations for helping people are completely different to Rukia's. Once that understanding becomes clear, he becomes openly proud of using his Soul Reaper powers to protect others and he drops the Jerkass Fašade.
  • Apathy Killed the Cat: He starts to learn the truth about his family origins from things the villains say to him. Even when he finds out Isshin is a Soul Reaper, he simply acknowledges it's intrusive to demand answers and will instead wait until his father is ready to tell the story. He also doesn't interrogate Urahara too closely about the information he does and does not provide, although he eventually makes it clear to the reader that the reason for this is because he doesn't think it would do any good. Urahara simply isn't the kind of person who can be squeezed for information he doesn't want to give.
  • Arch-Enemy: Yhwach is Ichigo's most dangerous enemy, the one responsible for his mother's death by de-powering her in the middle of a fight with the Grand Fisher. Ichigo takes Yhwach's attack on Soul Society personally when he's left trapped and forced to listen to cries of the Soul Reapers', including his friends and allies, who had been relying on him to save them. Yhwach claims to be Ichigo's 'true father' as the Quincy progenitor, and Old Man Zangetsu is really the manifestation of Ichigo's Quincy power, made in the image of Yhwach. Yhwach claims Ichigo's entire life and development was his will; their first encounter gets his Bankai broken by Haschwalth, their second encounter gets his new Bankai broken, his Hollow powers absorbed, and Orihime badly injured. Before he departs to remake the world, Yhwach warns Ichigo not to follow or Yhwach will come and slaughter Ichigo and his friends in that one moment when they're at their happiest.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Ichigo will fight until he collapses. Then he gets up and does it again, if his Inner Hollow doesn't do it for him. This doesn't always work, though, like when Aizen nearly cut him in half and told him that he could have all the guts and courage in the world and it wouldn't matter because his body just would not work. Same situation when Ulquiorra utterly owned Ichigo (at least before his Hollow form kicked in) and Ichigo could not be convinced to surrender.
  • Babies Ever After: The epilogue takes place ten years in the future just as Rukia is being promoted to captain. At the same time in the human world, a small orange-headed boy is causing trouble for Hiyori. He turns out to be Kazui Kurosaki, Ichigo and Orihime's young son. Orihime knows where he is at all times because she uses her Shun Shun Rika to keep watch over Kazui.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: So many Hollows turned up after Uryuu releases his Hollow bait that Ichigo and Uryuu find themselves completely surrounded. They agree to fight back-to-back... only because it's absolutely necessary and not because they're beginning to bond in the slightest.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Nel latches onto Ichigo from the moment they meet, resulting in him having to look after her throughout the Arrancar Arc. This pays off eventually when her need to repay his kindness breaks her amnesiac Sleep-Mode Size and transforms her back into her true, former Espada form.
  • Badass Boast: When he and Renji first meet, he's not at all intimidated by the fact he's dealing with a high-ranking, properly trained and experienced Soul Reaper. Instead, he simply quips an introduction to him announcing the outcome of the fight before it has even begun.
    "The name is Ichigo. I'm the one who's going to beat your ass. How's it going?"
  • Badass Longcoat: Ichigo's Bankai transform tends to result in much swirling of his Soul Reaper uniform which mimics a long coat. The style very often swirls into the form of great black wings when he strikes his enemy from above or dramatically enters a fight by landing heavily from a great height. The inside of the clothing is a deep blood-red which adds to the menacing image his Bankai projects. Ichigo has made it clear the Bankai uniform is part of his power. How complete or ruined it is reveals how much power he has remaining.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Hollows are viewed as evil because they are driven by base instincts and negative emotions, and consume souls to survive and grow in power, and Hollowfication combines a Hollow's soul with a human spirit or a Soul Reaper to augment the latter at the risk of them becoming a powerful, mindless Hollow and - at worse - being utterly destroyed. Ichigo's mother was parasitized by an artificial Hollow called White, which was transferred into him when he was born and merged with his Soul Reaper powers to become his Zanpakuto Spirit and Inner Hollow. With training, Ichigo learned to channel Hollow reiatsu into a powerful Black Getsuga Tensho and manifest a Hollow mask to augment his powers, though in this state, he becomes more aggressive and his reiatsu is described as dark, heavy, and malevolent.
  • Battle Aura: As with all beings of reiatsu, Ichigo's reiatsu can be used to announce his presence or strength of power and resolve. His most resolved and violent battles will transform his aura into a Hollow's mask, which is first seen during his fight with Kenpachi.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: After he loses to Zaraki, Ichigo is pulled into his inner world by the Old Man and made to fight his Inner Hollow to teach him how to properly wield a Zanpakuto. In the early Arrancar Arc, Ichigo battles his Inner Hollow for control over his body. Later, he has to overcome his deep despair to learn his weapon's ultimate technique by fighting a merged being consisting of Tensa Zangetsu and the Inner Hollow. In the anime, Ichigo and his Inner Hollow tag-team against Muramasa, a Zanpakuto Spirit who possesses the ability to enter a Soul Reaper's inner world.
  • Battle in the Rain: During the "Memories of the Rain" arc, Ichigo fights his mother's killer, the Grand Fisher, in the depths of the pouring rain.
  • Beam-O-War:
    • Multiple times, Ichigo clashes his Getsuga Tenshou against Grimmjow's and Ulquiorra's Ceros.
    • When fighting Zangetsu in the Muramasa Filler, he clashes his Getsuga Tensho against Zangetsu's.
    • During the Arrancar arc, Ichigo's second Hollow form overpowers Ulquiorra's Cero Oscuras with its own normal Cero.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The simple, yet complex reason why he and Chad are friends. Specifically, Chad took a beating for Ichigo when the latter was getting beaten up by a gang. Later on, Ichigo rescued Chad from the same gang and saved the coin given to Chad by his grandfather. After the latter incident, they both made a vow to fight for and to protect each other.
  • Become Your Weapon: His final Zanpakuto technique fuses him with Zangetsu, which is used to provide enough of a beating to Aizen that he can be sealed by Urahara.
  • BFS:
    • In its sealed form in the early chapters/episodes, his false Zanpakuto resembled an enormous broad-bladed katana, with its size being a sign of his uncontrolled, unusually-high spiritual power. Byakuya assumes this sword to be derived from Rukia's stolen Soul Reaper powers, but this is called into question by Ichigo still possessing it after Rukia's powers are purged from him.
    • His Shikai is a six-foot khyber knife with cloth hilt wrap for a handle. After being upgraded by his Fullbring traces it resembles an equally massive bowie knife with a proper hilt and a chain attached to the end, and has a strong resemblance to Yhwach's personal sword.
    • After having his true Zanpakuto forged by Ōetsu Nimaiya, the original creator of the Zanpakuto, one of Ichigo's two swords is a large completely-black blade shaped like a khyber knife with a gap in the middle of the blade, a thin grip at the base of the blade, and a handle roughly the width and length of his forearm. Using his Hollow powers turns the larger sword white, and the swords' bankai fuses them into a single large white sword with a black fuller. After his Quincy powers are absorbed by Yhwach, the white part of Ichigo's bankai crumbles to reveal a sword identical to his original Shikai underneath.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Ichigo believes the oldest brother is born first to protect all the siblings that follow, so he has big issues with older brothers that put their siblings in danger, as he makes clear to both Sora and Byakuya for their mistreatment of Orihime and Rukia respectively. In the fourth film, Ichigo's emotions are stretched beyond their breaking point by the enemy's kidnapping and mistreatment of Yuzu.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Ichigo's motivation for fighting is protecting his family, friends, and allies, and as such he frequently shows up to save them when they're in danger. Key incidents include him saving Karin and Yuzu from Grand Fisher, saving Rukia from being immolated by the Sōkyoku, and his classmates from being murdered by Aizen.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": In Chapters 474-5, Ginjo tries to break Ichigo with revealing knowledge, causing Uryuu to panic because he believes Ichigo isn't in the right state of mind to handle the truth. Ichigo's "shut up" leads straight into Bankai before he reveals he's telling Uryuu to shut up, not Ginjo. He then orders Ginjo to shut up as well.
  • Black Swords Are Better: When his sword enters Bankai, it's completely black from hilt to tip. His true Zanpakutou blades are also black in Shikai.
  • Blood Knight: While he never actually actively seeks out fights unless they're against someone who's threatening his family, he does enjoy fighting a great deal. His Inner Hollow calls him a hypocrite that is only lying to himself when he denies this side of himself.
  • Born Winner: He has inherited incredible power and talent as a Soul Reaper from his unusually powerful father and he has also inherited great Quincy power from his mother.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: For most of the series, Ichigo is a scowling young man who harbors great guilt whenever he can't protect anyone, while Orihime remained mostly upbeat and hopeful.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Although he had trained with Tatsuki in a karate dojo for years before the start of the story, in the Lost Agent arc, he acknowledges it's his time spent as a Soul Reaper that left him with the reflexes and speed to be an effective fighter, even after his powers have left him.
  • Bully Hunter: Don't vandalize memorials or try to beat up Actual Pacifists when Ichigo is in the area. He demonstrates the trope quite nicely in his first appearance, and again in his and Sado's Back Story.
  • Catch and Return: Ichigo is capable of catching a Quincy's Heilig Pfeil in mid-flight and throwing it back at the Quincy who fired it. He can even do this when multiple arrows are fired at him. Quilge Opie acknowledges that this is evidence that he has a long way to go before he can claim he's mastered the powers of his arrows.
  • Character Development: After emotional beating he receives during the Fullbring arc, he becomes much calmer and displays greater self-awareness. And while he still won't hesitate to get involved in a fight, he's more aware and analytical about his situations with a more mature outlook than before.
  • Chick Magnet: An anime-only trope that will attempt to play up Ship Tease with any female Ichigo interacts with. It's guaranteed with anime-only characters (such as Senna and Ririn), but the anime will even alter canon female behaviour to accommodate this, such as randomly making Nel clingy and jealous in response to Rukia talking to Ichigo.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Orihime. They've known each other since middle school and were still acquainted with one another during high school. And during the latter, they became closer friends and warrior comrades. By the epilogue, they are married with a son.
  • Childhood Friends: Ichigo and Tatsuki first met in a dojo at the age of four and have been close friends ever since.
  • Chosen One: It's been made clear from the earliest parts of the manga that Urahara has been looking for "The One" for a long time. When Ichigo defeats the story's first Menos Grande, Urahara's followers become convinced Urahara has finally found "The One", with Yoruichi becoming convinced of this only after Ichigo's bankai training. Later on, it's indicated that Ichigo's path will take his future away from him, but that he needs to follow it to "protect everyone". In the final arc, it's revealed that he's one of the five Special War Potentials that the Vandenreich is concerned about.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In certain situations, Ichigo drops the sarcastic wit and becomes both serious and pragmatic. He wordlessly attacks people like Aizen and Shaz Domino when they are in the middle of talking. He also prevents people like Jidanbō from successfully attacking him, especially if they are in the middle of using certain techniques. When he regains his Soul Reaper powers during his fight with Ginjou, he prevents Ginjou from retreating, which would allow Ginjou time to regroup and come back stronger. When Ichigo learns that Tsukishima's mind-control powers end when Tsukishima dies, he accepts without hesitation that he will have to kill Tsukishima to save his friends and family. When Yhwach learns he was attacking Aizen whom he thought was Ichigo, the real Ichigo wordlessly stabs Yhwach from behind while using a point-blank Getsuga Tenshou to ensure that it cannot be easily dodged.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Ichigo possesses an eclectic combination of Soul Reaper, Hollow, Fullbring, and Quincy powers. Although he inherited Soul Reaper powers from his father, everything else is inherited from his mother, the first Quincy to fall victim to Aizen's Hollowfication experiments. All his powers need to synchronise before he can manifest his true Zanpakutou.
  • Costume Evolution: He originally possessed a standard Soul Reaper uniform with a belt strapping his Zanpakutou sheath to his back. His Shikai transformed the belt to a red strap and his Bankai turned the kosode into a tattered longcoat. Awakening his Fullbring gave him a uniform made of black flame that eventually transformed into a black body suit with white skeletal armour. The restoration of his Soul Reaper powers merged with the remnants of his Fullbring to add neck armour and X-shaped straps to his Shikai and Bankai uniforms. After training with Squad Zero, he obtains a tattered, black-streaked, white waist cloth and shoulder armour that crosses his chest in an X-shape.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • When Rangiku begins unbuttoning her blouse, he clamps a hand over his eyes and protests against her impropriety. Meanwhile, his fingers have parted slightly, allowing him to peek at her.
    • When preparing for the trip to the Royal Realm, Chad curiously asks Ichigo what he thinks of Orihime's new stripperific appearance. Ichigo mentions that he has noticed how revealing her clothing is but also accidentally gives away that he's actively trying not to stare. Yoruichi chastises him both for not complimenting Orihime's appearance and not realising that she's only wearing it because Urahara tricked her. Urahara knowing how Ichigo would react to the dress appears to be the reason why Chad asked the question.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: When Tatsuki demands to know why Orihime has gone missing, Ichigo cruelly cuts her off and abandons her, along with Keigo and Mizuiro. Urahara later comments, upon realising that the trio are trying to follow Ichigo to find out what's going on, that Ichigo was very naïve if he thought his attempt to protect them by breaking their friendship would work.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Isshin warns Ichigo that if he wants to learn the Final Getsuga Tenshou from Zangetsu, he'll have to force the Zanpakutou to teach it to him because there's a heavy price to pay for learning it. Using the technique almost completely erases Ichigo's powers.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His mother got killed and eaten by a Hollow in front of him when he was nearly nine years old, something he blamed himself for until he fought Grand Fisher. Until that point, he'd been an ever-smiling wimp. After that, he becomes a furrowed-brow protector of the innocent and helpless.
  • Determinator: If he has to win, he'll keep fighting until he wins. His Catch Phrase is "It's not because I can win or not. It's because I have to win". His zanpakuto is also quite focused on ensuring Ichigo continues being a determinator and gets very angry with Ichigo when his resolve is so shaken that his inner world has flooded with despair.
  • De-Power: After being defeated by Yhwach during the third round of the final battle, Ichigo is stripped of the powers he'd inherited from his Quincy mother. Whether he retained his Quincy powers is unknown, but while he felts his Hollow powers — which he inherited from his mother — disappear, Bleach Cannot Fear Your Own World reveals that Zangetsu is still Hollowfied.
  • Die or Fly: It's observed by several chatacters, among them Aizen and Ginjo, that Ichigo levels up in power when he or his allies are about to be killed. Examples of this include his fight with Zaraki, his Hollowfications against Byakuya and Ulquiorra, the rapid development of his Fullbring, and his Blut Vene.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Learning the Final Getsuga Tenshou teaches him a level of calm that ends up being completely at odds with the fight he uses the technique in. It contrasts heavily with Aizen's emotional state during the fight, as he unravels into a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Dual Wielding: His true Zanpakuto, forged after reconciling his Hollow/Soul Reaper powers and Quincy powers, takes the form of a pair of black swords: one normal length with a gap in the center and the other a short sword. Both are similar in shape to his previous sword.
  • Duality Motif: When fighting Yhwach, the larger of Ichigo's twinned blades turns white. When that happens, the left half of Ichigo's body and his right arm transforms. He gains the markings, black sclera, and horn of his second Hollow form, giving him a split appearance that evokes the combined form of his Quincy powers and Inner Hollow.
  • Easily Condemned: The Soul Reapers are very grateful to Ichigo for both saving Soul Society and sacrificing his power to defeat Aizen. The anime's Gotei 13 Invasion Arc is set immediately after Aizen's defeat and just before the Lost Agent Arc. One piece of evidence implicates Ichigo in villainous events, and Yamamoto promptly orders Ichigo's arrest without bothering to look any deeper at the situation or talk to Ichigo. The Lost Agent Arc debunks the filler's portrayal of Yamamoto; when the canon Yamamoto learns Ichigo's fallen in with the wrong crowd, he cites Ichigo's past deeds as justification for breaking the rules of Soul Society to save him.
  • Eating Contest: In Chapter 521, Ichigo and Renji's rivalry at dinner time very briefly spills over into an eating competition until they're interrupted by their host.
  • Enemy Within:
    • Ichigo has had a constant struggle with his Hollowfied Zanpakuto Spirit ever since Urahara released it. Initially, the "Inner Hollow" protected Ichigo by manifesting a Hollow mask to shield him from lethal attacks, and Old Man Zangetsu pitted Ichigo against it when Ichigo needed to learn how to properly wield a Zanpakuto. Their relationship turned antagonistic when the Inner Hollow intervened in Ichigo's fight with Byakuya to save him by taking over his body, and Ichigo refused its help and was badly injured as a result. The Inner Hollow deemed Ichigo unworthy and tried to permanently usurp control over his body. After Ichigo suppressed it, the Inner Hollow warned him that it was always looking for the opportunity to take control of him should he ever come close to dying, which had devastating consequences for Ichigo and his friends when he was mortally wounded by Ulquiorra.
    • In the "Thousand Year Blood War", Old Man Zangetsu is revealed to be the personification of Ichigo's Quincy power masquerading as his Soul Reaper power. The Old Man states he tried to manipulate Ichigo into forsaking his Soul Reaper heritage to avoid having to kill him, but had to rely on the Inner Hollow to teach Ichigo because the Inner Hollow is Ichigo's true Zanpakuto Spirit. After coming to learn the truth of his heritage, Ichigo eventually reconciles with both spirits, recognizing them as parts of himself.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His Chapter 1 introduction has him beat the crap out of some punks...only to make them apologize to the ghost of a dead girl for knocking over the vase of flowers that was offered to her. Fighting to protect those who cannot fight for themselves is his driving motto as a result of the powerlessness he felt when his mother died in front of his eyes.
  • Evil Mask: When Ichigo uses his Hollow power, a Mask of Power manifests on Ichigo's face. If the enemy cracks or breaks his mask, his power suffers accordingly. When Ichigo loses control over his Hollow power, his entire body transforms into a Hollow that's driven by the instinct to win at all costs.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Ichigo was very afraid of his Hollow powers and what they made him capable of doing. After turning into a full Hollow in his fight against Ulquiorra, he's so shaken that his inner world is literally flooded with despair. It takes a combination of Tensa Zangetsu and the Inner Hollow to bring him out of it.
  • Eye Color Change:
    • His eyes glow blue whenever he gains Heroic Resolve and channels large amounts of reiatsu.
    • Before suppressing his Hollow side, an indication that he was losing control was that his sclera would begin to turn black and his irises turn yellow, accompanied by a loss of vision. After suppression, it loses this meaning. When he takes the second Hollow form, his Hollow eyes are impossible to see except in one scene, emphasising his lack of humanity. Only when the mask cracks are his Hollow eyes visible underneath before he finally transforms back into a human.
  • Eye Scream: Takes a sword slice across the eyes as part of his Fullbring training. Ginjou reveals it's necessary for Ichigo to be blinded to learn how to "see" reiatsu properly.
  • Face of a Thug: Orihime used to think Ichigo had a scary face due to his constant scowling... then she considered it a bit more and realized it was actually kind of funny-looking. On the other hand, other people still think he looks scary: Orihime's friend Michiru cannot bring herself to talk to him, and entire delinquent gangs look for him to beat him up.
  • Failure Knight: When Ichigo was nearly nine, he chased after a girl he thought was about to jump off a bridge, ignoring his mother's cries to stop. The girl was part of a Hollow that ended up killing his mother. Ichigo blames himself for his mother's death, for taking her away from his family, and for being unable to protect her. As such, he takes protecting his family and friends very seriously.
  • Fantastic Nuke: Ichigo's Black Getsuga Tensho, when augmented by his Hollow mask, is capable of producing enormous mushroom cloud explosions.
  • Friend to All Children: Ichigo tries to protect everyone, but will particularly protect children. He makes his entrance to the story protecting the ghost of a girl whose memorial site is being vandalised by boys and from there graduates to taking a big brother role whenever he sees big brothers failing to protect their younger siblings. He even ends up adopted by Nel because of the effort he makes to look after her.
  • The Gift: Ichigo has an innate fighting talent that allows him to develop his combat abilities at a truly phenomenal growth rate, for which he was named one of the Vandenreich's Five Special War Powers. He was able to become capable of fighting, and defeating, lieutenants and captains after just ten days of training. He was able to achieve Bankai in two and a half days, and within the space of only a couple of months in total, he went from being a powerless person who could see ghosts to being capable of defeating a transcendent Aizen. All the various powers his mixed heritage has given him merely distract from the fact that his combat ability is completely innate. Various people have lampshaded this, observing time and again that combat training doesn't work on him and that his ability to fight isn't evidence of heritage or training but of instinct. Even when he loses all his powers, his combat instinct makes him incredibly good at handling unsavoury humans, such as thieves.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ichigo doesn't pull punches when he fights and can dole out serious injuries even when his opponents are normal humans. When his friends and family have been manipulated or injured, his fights become more brutal.
  • Good Parents: To Kazui. It's clear that Ichigo and Orihime care for their son deeply, but also give Kazui enough space to vent his curious impulses while having the Shun Shun Rikka ensure that he's not getting into any trouble. Ichigo is also pissed off when he realizes how cavalier Renji and Rukia are about parenting, letting their daughter out their sight and expecting her to take care of herself and not pick on humans with her Soul Reaper abilities.
  • Got the Call on Speed Dial: When Ichigo gets the chance to become a normal human being, he finally realises it's not the life he wanted after all and that he actually loves protecting those he cares for. He therefore jumps at the first opportunity that comes along to regain his powers, aka what properly allows him to protect his loved ones.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Ichigo sheds blood, sweat and tears during training sessions that often last only a couple of days or a month at most. However, these short training periods circumvent decades or centuries of training that Visoreds or Soul Reapers have to undergo, and he often has instinctive talent for abilities that are only found among the most powerful and talented Arrancar or Soul Reapers. The in-universe explanation is that the world contains four types of souls. Each soul has a natural physical and spiritual limit that can only be broken by mixing together souls of different types. Soul Reapers have engaged in sanctioned or illegal research for centuries to break these limits with only limited success. Ichigo was born a mixture of all four souls, which means he breaks every known limit. However, this also means that training him is uncharted territory, with his unique blend of powers both boosting and hindering each other in unpredictable ways. Thus, the best training for Ichigo is an intense kind that few others would dare to try.
  • Healing Factor: One of Ichigo's lesser-known Zanpakuto abilities is that he can temporarily compress fatal wounds, which, combined with his massive energy reserves, allows him to heal most wounds in a short period of time. When his Hollow form is in play, he can regrow limbs and heal a massive hole in his chest. He also employs this in a unique fashion on his own Hollow mask by patching minor damage to it. Some of his healing is attributed to his rudimentary Quincy powers (Blut Vene), the rest is from his Hollowfication.
  • Hearing Voices: During the early part of the Arrancar arc, as his Inner Hollow grows in power Ichigo starts to hear it taunting and threatening him, growing louder as time goes on. It gets to the point where he starts Hollowfying in his human body before he seeks the Visoreds' assistance in subduing it.
  • Heinz Hybrid: Ichigo's father was a Captain-class Soul Reaper wearing a special gigai that made him human, and his mother was an Echt (pure-blooded) Quincy infested by a parasitic Hollow. As a result, Ichigo was born human but inherited their powers, which were suppressed in his soul and had to be drawn out by outside sources. Nimaiya accuses him of being a fake Soul Reaper while he's trying to learn how best to understand his power, but by the time he leaves the Royal Realm the Guards are calling him a true Soul Reaper.
  • Henshin Hero: While a capable fighter regardless, Ichigo can only draw on his powers by expelling his soul from his physical body using Rukia's glove, Urahara's cane, Kon's mod soul pill, or his Substitute Soul Reaper Badge. The latter becomes the conduit for his Fullbring, which once complete manifests as a short sword and white-and-black armor that gives him access to some of his Soul Reaper powers as well as some new ones.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.:
    • As his Inner Hollow grows more powerful during the first part of the Arrancar arc, Ichigo becomes afraid to fight at all lest it take over him. Rukia snaps him out of it and restores his resolve, but his fights with Yammy and Grimmjow cause him to realize he needs help in controlling it.
    • Ichigo's shame and horror at losing control of his Inner Hollow to such an extent that he defeats Ulquiorra by inhumanly tearing him apart and stabbing Uryuu in the process, plunges Ichigo into such despair that his inner world floods with a literal sea of despair. He never fully recovers from the consequences of that fight, even holding back against Aizen because he fears he lacks the strength to control his own power, until he is forced to engage in three months of hellish training inside his Inner World, where Tensa Zangetsu takes an amalgamated form of itself and the Inner Hollow to snap Ichigo out of his mood.
    • During the Fullbringer Arc, Ichigo is brought to the brink when Tsukishima turns almost all of his family and friends against him, and Ginjo pushes him over that edge by betraying him and robbing him of what little power he'd managed to accumulate. It requires the help of Soul Society to break him out of it.
    • When a defeated Ichigo is forced to return home, he flees from his father because he's too ashamed to look him in the eye. After Tensa Zangetsu breaks, the Royal Guard offers him a chance to restore his power but he fails, and is banished from Soul Society. It's actually a test to see how he handles the truth about his maternal heritage, which will affect his power development. He passes.
    • When he sees Uryuu has joined the Vandenreich, Ichigo is devastated and his unanswered scream of despair ends with him slumping to the ground, despite being in the middle of an active battlefield. Sado physically throws him into a wall and lectures him to bring him back to his senses. Ichigo's resolve is restored enough to go after Uryuu and drag him back home - by force if necessary.
    • After Yhwach shattered his new Bankai, revealing his utterly broken ability to change the future, beat him and his partner Orihime to a pulp, and steals most of his powers, Ichigo was left lying in total despair at the futility of trying to further oppose Yhwach. He snaps out of it after Tsukishima rewrites the past to let Orihime use her powers to salvage his Bankai.
  • He's Back:
    • Ichigo spends the entire Arrancar Arc struggling with his fear of his inner Hollow, falling into despair after he obliterates Ulquiorra and severely injures Uryuu. Rukia notes that he seems depressed even though he's won, and Gin tells him to run away as he's no longer in any state to fight Aizen. However, Isshin encourages Ichigo to train one last time, which allows Ichigo to confront and reconcile with his inner spirits. Upon returning to the battlefield, Gin acknowledges Ichigo has regained his fighting resolve, and Ichigo then proves it by curb-stomping Aizen.
    • During the Lost Agent Arc, Ichigo's friends and family are brainwashed against him, and the one ally remaining to him turns on him, stabs him and steals his power. Ichigo is left on his knees, powerless and sobbing. The Soul Reapers turn up to restore his Soul Reaper power in the same fashion as Chapter 1. His resolve returns in full force and he thrashes the Arc Villain.
  • Hidden Depths: Looks up to Shakespeare as a role-model. For all his bluntness and rather one-dimensional approach to strategy, he hides a keen analytical mind as well an urge to understand and empathize even with his enemies.
  • High-School Sweethearts: With Orihime — they met in their junior high years (in very troubled circumstances), then were high school classmates and had lots of Ship Tease while still in school, and by the end of the manga were Happily Married.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Ichigo has grown up being constantly attacked by his father, usually by being ambushed, especially when entering or leaving a house or being woken up in the morning by an ambush attack. It's always Played for Laughs and tends to degenerate into a silly cat fighting between the two. On one occasion, however, it's played for drama. Isshin is shocked when his ambush succeeds, flooring Ichigo who doesn't fight back. It's designed to emphasise how depressed and unhappy Ichigo is at the time. Isshin seems to have a more serious reason for having raised Ichigo this way, as implied when he and Ryuuken discuss what terrible fathers they both are.
  • Hurting Hero: He blamed himself for his mother's death. He blames himself whenever he fails to completely save the day. He blames himself if his Inner Hollow takes control and causes him to do things that are against his beliefs — even if he's in the middle of battle. He'll take the weight of the world on to spare others' suffering if he has to, and he suffers as a result.
  • Hybrid Power: Ichigo's father is a Captain-class Soul Reaper and his mother was a pure-blooded Quincy parasitized by a powerful Hollow. Ichigo unlocks and comes to terms with each aspect of his heritage over the course of the series, and combines them during his final battle with Yhwach.
  • Identical Stranger: Bears quite a resemblance to Kaien Shiba (both in personality and looks). Several characters have noticed and Aizen exploited it to manipulate Rukia into giving Ichigo her powers at the start of the story. It's really an Uncanny Family Resemblance as Kaien's uncle is Ichigo's father: Isshin discarded his Shiba family name to take his wife's family name, Kurosaki.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Being born with the ability to see ghosts caused Ichigo a lot of trouble growing up. At its worst, it attracted the Grand Fisher to him and resulted in his mother's death. It also resulted in him becoming a Substitute Soul Reaper, ostracising him further from normality. However, when he is finally given the chance to live a normal life, he loathes it and yearns to have his old, abnormal life back.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: Ichigo is left shaken after his fight with Ulquiorra as a result of how powerful his Inner Hollow has become and what it forced him to do to both Ulquiorra and Uryuu while he was being controlled by it. When he learns Final Getsuga Tenshou, Old Man Zangetsu merges with the Inner Hollow and tells Ichigo they are one being, and the Inner Hollow is the face of the despair he has been carrying since the fight with Ulquiorra. When Ichigo realises the true motivation of his inner spirits is to protect him, he gives up fighting and allows them to stab him. Surprised to experience no pain, Ichigo learns that his inner spirits cannot harm him because he's accepted them as a part of him, and thus obtains Final Getsuga Tenshou.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In order, Ichigo has been stabbed by Rukia, Grand Fisher, Byakuya, Kenpachi twice, Byakuya again, his Inner Hollow, Ulquiorra twice, Tensa Zangetsu, Ginjou twice, Rukia again, and then once by Yhwach. He no sells the last one by using Blut Vene.
  • Implausible Hair Color: His hair is orange in the anime. Word of God states it's actually "honey" coloured.
  • Indy Ploy: Against his first Menos Grande, Ichigo got fed up of Uryu trying to plan an attack against it that he simply charged it with the vague intention of chopping it from the bottom upwards like a Jenga game. Later on, when facing the villain of the Lost Agent Arc, Ichigo again gets fed up of waiting for Uryuu to come up with a decent plan and decides to wing it.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: With Rukia during her stay in the World of the Living. She had to take up residence in Ichigo's bedroom closet and later in Karin and Yuzu's room. During all that time, Ichigo and Rukia had nothing going beyond friendship.
  • Ironic Echo: Ichigo's remarks to Aizen after pulling off a Barehanded Blade Block are exactly the same as what Aizen said after blocking Ichigo's blade in their first meeting. He even lampshades their reversal of positions.
  • Jerkass Fašade: In school, he was carefully cultivating the image of an all-around jerkass, making him appear grumpy and short-tempered. However, Ichigo is compassionate, empathetic and will do anything to protect his loved ones. When Kon first hijacks his body, he ruins Ichigo's reputation by acting like a Cassanova towards his female classmates. Ichigo ends up dropping the facade and the only people after that who think he's a "jerk" are the villains that are trying to take over the world or hurt his loved ones, and who don't appreciate his attempts to stop them.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Ichigo inherited most of his powers from his parents, with his father's enormous reiatsu and powers as a Shinigami Captain and his Mom's Blut and Hollowification. This also proves true for his son, Kazui, who inherits Ichigo's Shinigami powers from an early age and can enter Shinigami mode at will, complete with a Zanpakuto whose sealed form is shaped like Tensa Zangetsu.
  • Leitmotif: The song "Number One" has several variants all based around his activities and action sequences. The song title is also a pun with one of the meanings of Ichigo's name. The anime associates it so strongly with Ichigo that when his triumphant attack on Aizen was abruptly defeated with a single finger, the Theme Music Power-Up was also cut off with equal abruptness.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He has a bad habit of rushing in without thinking. His first encounter with a Menos Grande consisted of him hacking it from the feet first in the vain hope of toppling it like a Jenga tower. He ignores Soul Society's preparations for the Winter War to charge into Hueco Mundo to save Orihime; just as Aizen planned. Lampshaded during the Lost Agent Arc by Ichigo himself; he tells Uryuu the only reason he held back from attacking because he was waiting for one of Uryuu's brainy strategies but since Uryuu can't come up with one fast enough for his patience, he's going to charge in anyway.
  • Lightning Bruiser: By the end of the series, Ichigo is noted to be one of the most-powerful Soul Reapers, possessing immense strength, speed, and durability as a result of his capacity to become stronger through combat. This lets him shrug off attacks that incapacitate weaker Soul Reapers and fight evenly against opponents that dominated him in terms of speed and strength.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Ichigo's father and Uruhara deliberately kept the truth about his origins a secret from him. As a result, both Aizen and Yhwach — who were involved in the circumstances of Ichigo's parents meeting and his mother's death — know more about his family history than he does. Following him losing his powers after Aizen's defeat his friends cut him out of the supernatural aspect of their lives; and Soul Society also opts to not warn him about Ginjo Kugo as a Secret Test of Character.
  • Mana Meter: His Bankai uniform serves as a gauge for how much reiatsu he has left. If his uniform is damaged, it means he's not at full power.
  • Meaningful Name: According to him, his name means "to protect one thing". It's also a homonym of "strawberry" and "1-5", reflecting his age at the start of the manga, fifteen.
  • Merger of Souls: Ichigo learns that his Inner Hollow was once a powerful artificial Hollow called White, which transferred its soul into his mother Masaki before being passed on to him and merging with his Soul Reaper powers to become his Zanpakuto Spirit.
  • Mirror Boss: Hollow Ichigo loves using Ichigo's powers against him to show how much more skilled he is with them, despite being even more reckless than Ichigo himself.
  • Mistaken for Masturbating: Happens to Ichigo several times, although it's usually his father or Karin claiming he's doing this when he's alone in his room, when he's actually dealing with Soul Reaper visitors or out hunting Hollows. It doesn't help that Kon uses his body to do exactly this.
  • Mistaken for Romance: His platonic friendship with Rukia tended to be mistaken for a romantic relationship in the early days of the manga, but this has not been revisited since. The anime plays with it much more.
  • Momma's Boy: When he was a child, Ichigo adored his mother and always wanted to be near her. He cried a lot, but seeing her always made him cheer up and smile. When she died, he became driven by the powerlessness he felt at that moment to protect those who cannot fight for themselves so that they never have to feel the way he did when he lost her.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He is remarkably well-built for his age, including broad shoulders, muscular limbs, and a very well-defined six-pack. Perhaps as a result, he's the most frequent 'victim' of Clothing Damage, which provides a ton of Female Gaze shots.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: The sheer level of threat Tsukishima poses to Ichigo's friends and family results in Ichigo seriously contemplating killing him, as Tsukishima's power can only be ended if Tsukishima wills it or is killed. However, Byakuya ends up being the one to kill Tsukishima.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: While being attacked by Yhwach, Ichigo spontaneously uses a new power (Blut Vene) to prevent Yhwach from giving him an Impromptu Tracheotomy. However, Yhwach's explanation that Ichigo's Quincy heritage was awakened by his desperate situation exposing his deepest soul to the reiatsu of a pure Quincy (Quilge) ties in to both his spontaneous healing during his first fight with Kenpachi and with the power restoration technique that Ryuuken uses on Uryuu.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the Zanpakutou Tales filler arc, Ichigo confronts Muramasa in front of the sealed Yamamoto and attempts to strike him down with his full power. This is exactly what Muramasa wanted; Ichigo had thought Muramasa sealed Yamamoto, but Yamamoto had sealed himself away from Muramasa. Ichigo's attack provides Muramasa with the power he needs to break Yamamoto's seal and steal Ryuujin Jakka.
  • Non-Nazi Swastika: Ichigo's Bankai incorporates swastika shapes, usually as the guard of his sword. "Bankai" is written with a manji (swastika character meaning "infinite" or "final") — 卍解 — making Zangetsu's Bankai form a visual pun as well. The initial stage of his Fullbring takes on the shape of a manji, and the chapter it is revealed in is even called "Swastika Break", though this is censored in the anime.
  • Official Couple: At the end of the manga, he and Orihime not only are happily married but they have a young son named Kazui. Plus, one of Kubo's editors has used the word "heroine" to refer to where she stands with Ichigo; in Japan, "heroine" is used to describe both "main female character" and The Hero's Love Interest.
  • One Head Taller: He and Orihime have a height difference of around one head throughout the manga, with Ichigo standing at around 181cm or halfway between 5'11 and 6'0 by the time he's 17, while Orihime stayed at 157cm or 5'2. Their height difference is especially emphasized whenever Ichigo physically protects her.
  • Only Sane Man: The omakes usually have him playing this to everyone else's antics. This is played very darkly in the Lost Agent Arc, when Ichigo finds himself and Ginjou left alone in a world full of people that have been mind manipulated by Tsukishima. When Ginjou is revealed as the true villain, Ichigo's left so isolated, he's left unable to realise until far too late that Uryuu is as sane as he is and therefore on his side.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Early in the manga Ichigo cultivates a tough, cantankerous persona and sports a frown as his default expression. He gets irritated when Kon ruins his image by being all cheerful and smiling.
  • Platonic Life Partners: His relationship with Rukia. In the Fade to Black movie guide, Kubo himself described the relationship between Ichigo and Rukia as a close and unique friendship; years later, Kubo's editor confirmed it by using the word "aibou" (non-romantic partner, in the line of True Companions) to refer to Rukia's bond with Ichigo.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: When Yoruichi revealed her (naked) human form, Ichigo's immediate reaction was to ask her to put clothes on.
  • Pocket Protector: Throughout the Soul Society arc, his Hollow Mask spontaneously forms on his person to shield him from otherwise fatal blows several times without his knowledge. It stops happening once he and the Inner Hollow have a falling out.
  • Power Incontinence: Following his battle with Byakuya, Ichigo's Inner Hollow becomes the dominant source of his power and starts trying to take over his body during fights, which is exacerbated when he uses his bankai and Black Getsuga Tensho. Once he starts Hollowfying in his human body, Ichigo turns to the Visored out of desperation to help him learn how to control it. Even when no longer in conflict with his Inner Hollow, Ichigo remarks to Yhwach that he still has a long way from mastering the use of its power and needed a push to activate it.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: His two Hollow forms and his Final Getsuga Tensho form all have mullets, symbolizing how overwhelmingly powerful they are.
  • Precision F-Strike: In the Karakura Town battle, Ichigo's language becomes very coarse at very stressful moments. Examples include when Aizen tells him he's arranged all his battles to date, when he witnesses the captains stab Hinamori and when he witnesses one of Aizen's new forms.
  • Protectorate: As a result of initially blaming himself for his mother's death, Ichigo is driven by an intense desire to protect friends and family, regardless of the cost to himself. His need to protect his family from a Hollow attack is what first encourages Rukia to illegally share her Soul Reaper power with him and the idea of older siblings turning on younger siblings instead of protecting them makes him particularly angry, as both Orihime and Rukia's older brothers learn. He invades both Soul Society and Hueco Mundo to rescue Rukia and Orihime respectively when they're captured by enemy forces, and he will make sure friends can protect people on his behalf when he can't do it, such as asking Renji to protect Rukia, Uryuu to protect Orihime and Orihime to protect Nel. Tsukishima brainwashing all of his friends and family is one of the few times Ichigo ever accepts the need for killing instead of simply defeating the villain.
  • Punny Name: "Ichigo" is written as "to protect one thing" but is a homonym for "strawberry". It can also mean "one" ("ichi") and "five" ("go"), hence the sign saying "15" on his bedroom door (then his age). Yuzu calling Ichigo "Ichi-nii-san" can mean either "number one big brother" or "1, 2, 3" depending on the kanji used. A color spread in an early volume that also makes English puns on Rukia's and Orihime's names calls Ichigo "Jetcape 15" ("Kurosaki" is written as "black promontory").
  • Razor Wind: In the Deicide arc after attaining the Final Getsuga Tensho, Ichigo's level of power allows him to vaporize a mountain from the air pressure that's generated from a casual swing of his sword. After regaining his powers for a second time, a casual sword swing generates a shockwave potent enough to be mistaken for his Getsuga Tensho.
  • Re-Power: The Fullbring arc is about his attempt to repower himself by learning and mastering Fullbring from Ginjou. Ginjou's plan is to steal Ichigo's fullbring, depowering him again, which paves the way for the Soul Reapers to restore his Soul Reaper power.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ichigo is usually a pretty emotional fighter to begin with, but Tsukishima pushed him so far and pressed so many buttons that Ichigo was reduced to nothing but murderous intent in a human shell for a short while.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • When Ichigo and Aizen fight, Aizen launches into his usual grandiose speeches about how everything is going according to plan and how he is therefore in control of anything Ichigo might try. Instead of listening, Ichigo interrupts with a stunning delivery. He proves his huge power up by grabbing Aizen's face with the palm of his hand, dragging Aizen away from the town and slamming into the ground at a location of his choosing. Aizen is stunned.
    • When Ginjou tries to break Ichigo's by mind by revealing his Substitute Soul Reaper's badge isn't a symbol of authority, but is instead a tracking device designed to keep watch over him and even act as a detonation device should Soul Society decide Ichigo is a threat to them. He's hoping to justify his own betrayal of Soul Society by trying to make Ichigo react to the revelation the same way he did. Instead, Ichigo tells Ginjou that he's already figured that out for himself and even that, from Soul Society's point-of-view, it's a reasonable security precaution for them to take. He further states that the reason he was able to figure it out is because Captain Ukitake deliberately dropped clues for him to find so that he could make a choice about whether or not to support Soul Society even knowing what the badge really is.
  • Smarter Than You Look: His orange hair and Perpetual Frowner tendencies make others immediately assume he's some kind of delinquent, but he is actually quite diligent despite running off to do Substitute Soul Reaper work, with his test scores consistently remaining near the top of his class despite slipping somewhat for obvious reasons. In the epilogue, he takes over the Kurosaki Family Clinic, meaning that he's trained to handle dangerous medical emergencies and likely went to school for it.
  • Spell Blade: Ichigo can wreath his Zanpakuto in a Getsuga Tensho without firing it, increasing the power of his slashes.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: His original Zangetsu is revealed to be the result of this, and therefore not a genuine Zanpakuto.
  • Sticks to the Back: Whenever Ichigo sheaths Zangetsu the cloth-wrap on its stock wraps around the blade and tangles around his sash, creating both a makeshift sheath and allowing him to carry it on his back. Even after gaining a proper hilt the bandage-wrappings still materialize around the blade when Ichigo slings it across his back.
  • Stock Shonen Hero: Ichigo is a orange spiky-haired teenager who is determined to protect the vulnerable because he knows what it's like to be powerless. His mother was murdered in front of his eyes by a Hollow just before his ninth birthday and he doesn't want anyone to feel the way he felt about that. Three of the five story arcs are based around his determination to protect his friends (Rukia, Orihime and dealing with Uryuu's odd situation in the final arc). His genetic and spiritual inheritance means that his soul is made up of all four of the story's soul-types (Human, Soul Reaper, Hollow, Quincy) giving him enormous power. Soul Reapers can take decades or centuries to develop their power. Ichigo can surpass them after training for days. The villains keep "helping" him to power up because they want his power for themselves, but this just enables him to eventually defeat them. Unlike most shonen heroes, he actually gets good grades in school. He's very studious because he's conscious that the teachers are biased against him because of his odd-coloured hair. However, in battle, he fights instinctively instead of strategically.
  • Super Mode:
    • Ichigo's bankai, Tensa Zangetsu, increases strength and durability, but most of all, his speed.
    • By wearing his Hollow mask - usually in conjunction with his bankai - Ichigo gains a vast increase in strength, speed, and his Getsuga Tensho's power.
    • Isshin reveals to Ichigo that if he can learn Final Getsuga Tenshou from his Zanpakutou, he can power up to a level capable of fighting the very powerful Aizen.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: The first time he uses bankai, he compresses his power so much to produce the speed capable of defeating the very swift Byakuya that his Bankai begins to destroy his own body, causing his Inner Hollow to take over and destabilising his power from that point onwards. It takes hundreds of chapters before Ichigo can regain a level and stability of power that allows him to reach and surpass the level at which he fought Byakuya.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Whenever Ichigo cracks under stress or is about to die, his Hollowfication activates, granting him great power but at the cost of turning into either a sadistic Blood Knight or a rampaging monster that will attack anything that gets its attention. Later, he gets it under control and it just becomes a Super Mode with Ichigo in control of himself.
  • Super Speed: His Bankai ability allows him to perform hyperspeed combat, vastly increasing his speed even by the standards of the Soul Reaper Flash Step.
  • Survivor's Guilt: When Ichigo was nine years old, he ran away from his mother because he thought a girl was about to fall into the river. His mother screamed a warning and chased after him. The next thing he remembered was waking up on the river bank with his mother's dead body sprawled across his own. For years, he was utterly convinced that it was his fault his mother died that day and his motivation to fight for other people was because he didn't want anyone else to feel as awful and helpless as he did in that moment. He's only able to make peace with it after he learns the truth about how she really died.
  • Sword Beam: Ichigo's Zanpakuto ability is Getsuga Tensho, which produces a crescent-shaped wave or beam of reiatsu. With his fake Zanpakuto's shikai, it was originally yellow (light blue in the anime), but after his powers are restored it turns dark blue (remaining pale blue in the anime). His fake bankai's version of the technique explicitly draws upon his Inner Hollow's power and is black and jagged, growing more potent when used in conjunction with his Hollow Mask. With his true Zanpakuto, the original variant of Getsuga Tensho is now fired from his short sword. Getsuga Juujishou upgrades this by firing a second Getsuga Tensho from the long sword as well, creating a cross-shaped beam; while his long sword can be used on its own to fire the jagged black Getsuga Tensho. In his merged Hollow form, he can combine Getsuga Tensho with a Gran Rey Cero and fire it from his larger sword, which can injure beings as powerful as the Soul King-empowered Yhwach.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Ichigo has the ability to read the emotions of his opponents when he matches blades with them, though he doesn't realize it at first. He even pities Aizen for his loneliness and Ginjo for his despair.
  • Tainted Veins: When his Blut Vene activates during his first fight with Yhwach, dark circuitry-like markings appear on his skin as reishi is pumped through his veins.
  • Technicolor Blade: His Zanpakutou is pure white in Asauchi form, but black in all other forms.
  • Tempting Fate: In the Soul Society arc, he expresses confidence that Chad is undefeatable... right before Chad's first defeat at the hands of a captain.
  • Theme Music Powerup: "Number One" plays anytime when he's about to kick ass, except when Aizen stopped him AND the song. It's a play on his name as well which, if spelled "Ichi-gou" (doubling the "o" sound at the end), means "Number One".
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In the Soul Society arc, Ichigo gets his first when he learns to fight side-by-side with Zangetsu and his second when he learns Bankai.
    • In the Arrancar arc, he masters Hollowfication in order to stop his Hollow powers from corroding his sanity. His mask later changes after the Ulquiorra fight, but he actually uses it less effectively due to fearing this power.
    • He goes through a training period before fighting Aizen and ends up so powerful that his reiatsu cannot be sensed even by Aizen's final form, and strong enough to shatter mountains with a single swing of his sword and break through a fully charged Black Coffin kido with a flick of his wrist.
    • In the fourth movie when 1: Ichigo sees a Hell chain coming from Yuzu's chest (meaning she is dead) and goes berserk, Hollowfies, and blows up all five levels of Hell and the Hell Gates trying to kill the villain. 2: When one of the Kushanāda (a Guardian of Hell) gives Ichigo its powers and he gets golden armor on half of his body, can control the Hell chains and the rest of the Kushanāda bow down to him in this state.
    • At the end of the Fullbring Arc, the remnants of his Fullbring merge with his restored Soul Reaper powers and upgrade them to the point where a regular swing of his Shikai is comparable in power to his pre-timeskip Getsuga Tensho. This lets him trounce Ginjo despite the latter using his stolen Fullbring for a boost, and fight on par with several members of the Vandenreich.
    • When his Fullbring upgrade fails against Haschwalth and Yhwach, Ichigo attains his true Zanpakuto and is equipped with special armor that lets him shrug off attacks that devastated other powerful Soul Reapers. The boost in power he gets is significant enough for him to be able to fight on par with Yhwach, who previously swatted him aside with ease, and that's only in Shikai.
    • Drawing on his Hollow powers when no longer in conflict with his Inner Hollow gives him a new transformation resembling his second Hollow form that boosts his power enough to blow out a massive chunk of Wahrwelt with a single swing of his sword.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Throughout his adventures as a Shinigami which often had Ichigo confront long-standing problems that he previously buried deep down, he becomes less and less of the Perpetual Frowner sour grump he was in the beginning.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: When Ichigo's extended family is revealed in story, Ichigo turns out to be a dead-ringer for his cousin, Kaien Shiba, his father's nephew.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Ichigo explains to Unohana that his uniform is a Mana Meter. If any of it's missing, it means he's not at full power. Unohana is shocked to realise that he has captain-class reiatsu with at least half his uniform missing. Most of his soul reaper abilities have been gained by circumventing traditional training and technique development. Several characters in-universe have speculated that his ability comes from instinct instead of training.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Almost all of Ichigo's closest relationships are based on this trope with the exception of Sado and Orihime:
    • Ichigo and Rukia argue a lot. Rukia will punch Ichigo and shout if it means restoring his resolve, and Ichigo will snark about her attitude and her bizarre taste in art.
    • Ichigo and Uryuu began as snarking enemies but very quickly faded into not-friends who snarked each other constantly and pretended to be enemies. They still can't admit they're friends but their classmates and the rest of their group find their vitriolic relationship to be very amusing, especially given how alike the two really are. Orihime lampshades how strong their friendship has become, much to their horror. They don't know it, but their relationship is a less mature version of the relationship their fathers have with each other.
    • Ichigo and Renji also tend to butt heads within moments of trying to do almost anything, often to the point of immediate physical violence, but will nonetheless put their lives on the line for each other at a moment's notice.
    • Ichigo and Tatsuki have a violent, argumentative relationship that goes back to their distant childhood.
  • Was It All a Lie?: When informed by Ōetsu Nimaiya that the Old Man he's thought of as Zangetsu is actually the manifestation of his Quincy powers and a reflection of Yhwach, Ichigo enters his inner world and asks this of the Old Man, who tells him that Nimaiya is right but that the only thing he ever lied about was his name. Ichigo himself eventually concludes that neither the Old Man nor his Inner Hollow had ever lied to him, and believes that they are both Zangetsu.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Ichigo's fighting style generally boils down to either hacking away with his BFS or utterly wrecking his opponent with a massive Sword Beam. Justified since, as noted by Isshin, all of Ichigo's so-called "training sessions" focused on drawing out more and more of his inherent brute strength and reiryoku rather than teaching him more refined tactics, such as kido or proper zanjutsu.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the Fourth movie, he lets his Super-Powered Evil Side take over so that he can avenge the death of his sister, even though he nearly ends up creating Hell on Earth.
  • Wrecked Weapon: To emphasise how outclassed Ichigo is in battle, his Zanpakutou gets dramatically shattered, leading to intensive combat training that empowers him. Byakuya snapping Ichigo's blade leads to Urahara's Shattered Shaft training, enabling Ichigo to fight Soul Reapers. Zaraki piercing Ichigo's Zanpakutou to stab him leads to Old Man Zangetsu forcing Ichigo to fight his Inner Hollow, which empowers him to Captain-level. Haschwalth slicing Ichigo's Bankai leads to intensive Royal Guard training that reveals the truth about his power and grants him a new Shikai and Bankai. That new Bankai is instantly destroyed by Yhwach the first time they fight properly, and even after Ichigo has it restored, Yhwach casually breaks it again, though to a lesser degree than he'd intended... and then when he finishes breaking it again, all that remains is the original Zangetsu to slice him in half.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: It's revealed in the Lost Agent arc that Soul Society had planned on using him as bait to lure out Ginjo Kugo and was then going to kill both of them. Ichigo helping them defeat Aizen changed their minds, and instead they restored his Soul Reaper powers to pay back the debt they owed him.
  • You Killed My Mother: He fights the Grand Fisher, the Hollow who killed his mother. However, while he swears he'll be the one to kill the Grand Fisher, eventually it's Isshin who does so.
  • You Remind Me of X: There are some comparisons between Ichigo and Kaien Shiba, particularly in their appearance and determination to do what's right even if it's against the rules. Byakuya in particular makes note of the similarity between the two, and Rukia remembers that Ichigo's fight with Grand Fisher is quite similar to Kaien's fight with Metastacia in that it's personal to them, although Ichigo, unlike Kaien, made it out of his fight alive.

    Rukia Kuchiki 

Rukia Kuchiki

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP), Michelle Ruff (US), Liliana Barba (Latin America), Belén Roca (Spain)
Click here to see her Post-Time Skip appearance 

"In battles, the ones who get in the way are not the ones that have no power. They are the ones that have no resolve for battle."

Rukia's encounter with Ichigo in his bedroom while Hollow-hunting is the trigger for the story. Upon losing the fight with the Hollow, she transfers her power to Ichigo to save his family. She forces him to act as a Soul Reaper in her stead until she is hauled back to Soul Society for illegally empowering Ichigo.

Sarcastic, aggressive, and convinced of her own artistic merit, Rukia is proficient at kidou and a powerful fighter. Far too talented for her low military rank, she's eventually promoted to 13th Division lieutenant. Her snow-white zanpakutou, Sode no Shirayuki, is the most beautiful in the whole of Soul Society. It lowers the temperature of her body at will, even to absolute zero, allowing her to freeze everything she touches or fight with waves and pillars of ice. Her Bankai, Hakka no Togame, turns her to solid ice and unleashes a powerful, blinding white explosion that instantly freezes everything within the blast radius.

Rukia plays a special role in the third Bleach movie, Bleach Fade To Black, in which she is rendered amnesic by the antagonists and gains a Hollowfied form called Dark Rukia.
  • Action Girl: She's an effective hand-to-hand fighter and kido user, as well as highly self-reliant, even without her Soul Reaper powers.
  • Action Survivor: At the beginning of the story, as a consequence of transferring her power to Ichigo, Rukia found herself borderline depowered. This did not translate on her automatically leaving everything to Ichigo, as she insisted on guiding him and doing her best to help him fight and defend herself.
  • Babies Ever After: The epilogue takes place ten years in the future just as Rukia is being promoted to captain. Straight after the ceremony, she and Renji head to the human world to join their friends in watching Sado fighting for Heavyweight boxing champion... and they bring along their daughter to meet the gang, who promptly gets into an argument with Ichigo and Orihime's son.
  • Badass Adorable: Rukia has the appearance of a young girl, but she claims to be a century and a half old and has spent that time fighting for survival and training as a soldier. As such while she is small and cute, her competence level is that of a high-ranked officer, and she's eventually permitted to take over as lieutenant of her squad and is ultimately promoted to the rank of Captain.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Rukia may like cute toys, but being turned into a plushie isn't something she enjoys. Riruka uses her Love Gun to trap Rukia inside a plushie in the hope of rendering her powerless.
  • Barefoot Poverty: While living in the poverty-stricken 78th district Rukia, like other residents of the district, has no access to luxuries such as footwear.
  • Beyond the Impossible: After the time-skip, Rukia reveals she's learned how to break the laws of physics. After Royal Guard training, her Zanpakutou is capable of bringing her body temperature down to Absolute Zero. Not only is it technically impossible to reach Absolute Zero, she can keep functioning for a very short time while in that state. She explains that she actually classifies as being dead even when using her Shikai level of power. Her Bankai is so dangerous that, when it de-activates, the thawing of her body as the power ebbs away and her life flows back could actually kill her if she de-powers too quickly.
  • Bounty Hunter: Her Hollow-slaying duties are presented as such early in the manga, with her possessing a cell phone recording the bounties of the Hollows that she and Ichigo kill and alerting her to bounty notifications from Soul Society, and using the bounty payments to purchase supplies from Urahara.
  • Break the Cutie: While waiting for execution, Rukia reminisces over why she deserves to die for being responsible for the death of her mentor, Kaien Shiba. Resolved to accept her death gracefully, she is confronted by Gin who offers to save her from her fate. He waits just long enough for the weight of his words to sink in before telling her he was just joking and walking off. Rukia collapses, screaming with despair as she realises she doesn't want to die at all.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Rukia transferred most of her Soul Reaper reiryoku into Ichigo, and was given a gigai by Urahara that was designed to seal her Soul Reaper powers and assimilate her soul. While she was still able to use kido in it, her powers grew weaker over time and would have eventually disappeared, turning her into a normal human girl. Once she was removed from it, she quickly regained her powers.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: She loves things that are rabbit-themed and likes to make bunny drawings. Ichigo even calls her out on her obsession.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She and Renji lived in a gang in one of the worst districts of Soul Society. Once the rest of their gang had died, the pair become Shinigami but are separated by Byakuya's adoption of Rukia putting them into very different social classes. In a strong implication of just how much Rukia means to him, Renji spends the next forty years training to become strong enough to defeat Byakuya so that he can reclaim his relationship with Rukia. Renji eventually admits to Ichigo that his loyalty towards Ichigo is because Ichigo is the one who made it possible for him to reconnect with Rukia; he tells Ichigo the only reason why he's admitting it is because the pair are alone and cannot be overheard. The epilogue reveals that Renji and Rukia do get together and have a daughter, Ichika.
  • Closet Sublet: When Rukia is trapped in a gigai in the World of the Living, she secretly takes up residence in Ichigo's closet, and has to secretly use clothes from Yuzu's closet to get by. Ichigo is not thrilled when he finds out. When Hitsugaya's team arrives in the living world to fight the Arrancar, Rukia was hoping to go back to living in the closet, but is given a bed in Karin and Yuzu's room instead.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Loves stuffed animals, except for Kon. She has a thing for rabbits, especially Chappy, and often draws spirits as rabbits when trying to explain how the Soul Reapers' world and job functions. This is used as a Weaksauce Weakness in a fight against Riruka, who weaponises cute things in an attempt to distract her and is thrown off guard by the fact that plushies work far too well but cute furniture doesn't work at all.
  • Damsel in Distress: During the Soul Society arc as a result of losing her powers and being in the middle of a Heroic B.S.O.D.. After that, she does kick ass most of the time, but gets saved each time by someone else, usually Ichigo or Byakuya, even when she wins a battle. For example, she killed Aaroniero but was so badly injured she needed rescuing from Zommari who arrived to finish what Aaroniero started.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Often wears a schoolgirl uniform, and even kicks Shrieker's jaw with it back when she was in a gigai, but she rarely fights in it. Kon once saw what was underneath it and said "Nice angle".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She worshipped her mentor, Kaien Shiba. However, when Kaien was taken over by an experimental Hollow, she was forced to kill Kaien to save both herself and her captain. She was unable to forgive herself for decades until Ichigo gave her the chance to face up to her past, make peace with herself and apologise to Kaien's family for what happened.
  • Dead Guy Puppet: After the time-skip, Rukia reveals that her Royal Guard training resulted in her being able to reduce her body to such cold temperatures she is technically dead. She continues to function by using her reiatsu to control her movements and keeping her nerve cells active.
  • Death Seeker: When facing execution in the Soul Society Arc, Rukia embraces the prospect of her death because she feels unworthy to live. Years ago, she was forced to kill her mentor, Kaien, and has been swallowed by guilt and self-loathing ever since. When she finally accepts her life matters enough to people who risk everything to save her, she begins to let go of her guilt.
  • Fingerless Gloves: After the time-skip, she wears white, elbow-length tekkou.
  • Going Commando: Renji's flashback how they first met during their poverty-stricken days in the Rukongai show that the only thing Rukia wore was a tattered kimono tied so loosely that when she performed a high kick, her kimono revealed her leg all the way up to her waist.
  • Harmless Freezing: Rukia's Shikai initially appears to freeze opponents, resulting in Grimmjow breaking free of her ice by claiming her attempt to freeze just the top layer of his skin isn't enough to hurt him. As Nodt is similarly dismissive of her when she uses her new Royal Guard-empowered Shikai, although her Bankai averts this trope by being a danger to both her opponents and herself.
  • Hot-Blooded: She normally acts calm, snarky, and aloof, maintaining a dignified persona befitting her noble status around her brother, but gets pretty temperamental whenever she's around Ichigo and Renji. Ham-to-Ham Combat usually ensues.
  • An Ice Person: Her Zanpakutou freezes everything it touches, enabling it to produce ice pillars, avalanches, and ice-quakes, or turn enemies to solid ice and flash freeze everything in its radius. Once mastered, this power first freezes herself, reducing her body temperature to Absolute Zero and preventing her body from absorbing toxic substances. In Bankai, she becomes a pure white, icy statue clad in white robes. If she fights at freezing temperatures for too long, or raises her body temperature back to normal too quickly, her body will begin to fracture and shatter.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: When Rukia was first adopted into the Kuchiki clan, she feared that her new rank and rushed graduation from the academy would distance her from others and prevent her from being treated like a normal Soul Reaper. It turned out she was exactly right, until Kaien treated her just like any other raw recruit.
  • Immortal Immaturity: She boasts about being ten times Ichigo's age, but she's rather immature and mentally far closer to her apparent age of fifteen than actual age.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: She had to take up residence in Ichigo's bedroom closet and later in Karin and Yuzu's room during her stay in the World of the Living. As you can imagine, her relationship with Ichigo remained entirely platonic during all that time.
  • It's All My Fault: She blamed herself for Kaien's death, and for some time after she had been arrested she thought Ichigo had died trying to save her. The combined guilt contributed significantly to her acceptance of her death sentence.
  • Lady of War: Her rough, hot-tempered exterior hides an inner grace that becomes visible when she fights. Her powers and fighting techniques are inspired by Chinese water and ribbon dancing and her activation commands are dance-based.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Her powers are more than capable of inflicting this on an opponent, as D-Roy discovers. However, she runs the risk of doing this to herself if she's not careful, especially in bankai, which Byakuya is quick to warn her about.
  • Magic Skirt: Rukia spends much of her time in the early part of the series running around fighting Hollows and Roof Hopping in a high school uniform, complete with a Dangerously Short Skirt, but the closest thing to a panty-shot she gets is Kon looking up her skirt after she steps on him and thanking her for the view.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: She kept her maiden name after she married Renji, while their daughter Ichika has her father's surname.
  • Monster Roommate: For a short while, Rukia takes up residence without permission in Ichigo's wardrobe while she waits for her powers to return after losing them to Ichigo.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A lot more so in the anime, where we see her in a schoolgirl uniform, a belly-dancer outfit (which shows her cleavage in a few shots), a bikini (where she bears her midriff), a kimono specifically modified to reveal her legs (as Dark Rukia) and a succubus outfit, and a lot of attention is given to her long legs and full thighs in each of those outfits. In the manga, a chapter cover shows both her and Orihime nude from behind, the beach spread partially exposes her butt; and in the 1000 Year Blood War arc, Ichigo is treated to a shot of her exposed butt while she's floating unconscious in a hot spring and Tenjirō Kirinji pokes fun at his reaction by asking if it puts him in the mood for peaches. In chapter 567's cover, she gets a very flattering shot of her shirtless back and well-rounded ass while looking over her shoulder.
  • No-Sell: After training in the Royal Realm, she's capable of using her shikai to easily dismiss a Quincy's power that was capable of curb-stomping a captain. Her shikai freezes her body, preventing Äs Nödt's fear toxin from seeping into her cells.
  • The Not-Love Interest: She's Ichigo's closest and most trusted companion and they will go to extreme lengths for each other. Yet they genuinely do not have any romantic interest in each other.
  • Official Couple: By the end of the series, she and Renji Abarai are in a Childhood Friend Romance and have a daughter named Ichika. Plus, there's a whole novel dedicated to their Wedding Day.
  • Platonic Life Partners: In the Fade to Black movie guide, Kubo describes the relationship between Ichigo and Rukia as a close and unique friendship.
    Tite Kubo: "It's not friendship but it's not an amorous feeling either. With these two's relationship, I think there is no other relationship like them in other works where despite both standing in a very close position with each other it is not romance (laughs). But in this year's movie there is a scene where Ichigo says Rukia is his "Precious nakama" and I think that explains their relationship well."
  • Precision F-Strike: In the English dub of Hell Verse, Rukia swears at one point in such a way that it caught fans off-guard who were more used to the fairly tame amount of language.
    Rukia: You're a couple of morons. Does it always have to be a pissing contest with the two of you?
  • Quit Your Whining: Does this to Ichigo when she reunites with him in the Arrancar Arc, telling him not to be depressed over his failure or afraid of his Inner Hollow, but to focus on getting stronger and protecting his friends like he always has. In the Fullbring Arc, she says that as terrifying as Tsukishima's effects on Ichigo's friends are, he can rebuild it, and that amount of despair should not be enough to crush Ichigo.
  • Rags to Royalty: From a Street Urchin who barely made it to being a teen to the adoptive sister of one of the highest-ranked and wealthiest aristocrats, as well as becoming a high-ranked captain in her own right: a flashback to the day Renji becomes a lieutenant reveals that even Soul Reapers who come from commoner backgrounds are considered legitimate equals to the highest levels of the aristocracy if they achieve lieutenant rank or higher. Rukia therefore ends the story as an equal to aristocrats by both adoption and merit.
  • Rank Up: After being promoted up through the ranks to lieutenant, Rukia receives one final promotion at the end of the story, ten years after Ukitake's death to replace him as captain.
  • Running Gag: Rukia frequently tries to explain complex topics with illustrations, but due to her horrific artistic skills and obsession with rabbits and other cute animals, the people she's trying to explain things to — most often Ichigo — are more confused than when she started and complain about her drawings, making her angry.
  • She's Got Legs: Despite her size, she has a pair of rather long, smooth legs, which the camera enjoys looking at whenever she's wearing a skirt (or a swimsuit in the anime). This is taken to a head during the third movie, particularly when she becomes Dark Rukia.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: In the pilot, the side effect of her giving her power to Ichigo is that she shrinks to a size so small that she can bathe in Ichigo's coffee mug.
  • Stepford Smiler: Her outgoing, cheerful, boisterous personality for a long time hid a deep grief and guilt over the death of her mentor and superior, Kaien Shiba, who she was forced to kill.
  • Street Urchin: She ran with Renji and three other friends in one of the worst Rukongai districts. When the three friends died, she and Renji entered the Soul Reaper academy to escape from that life.
  • Suicide by Cop: She knew she'd be executed if she returned to the Soul Society, and at the time while she didn't quite wish to die, she also didn't feel like resisting due to guilt over killing Kaien Shiba.
  • Terrible Artist: Rukia will often use drawings to illustrate points and explain things, and expresses a great deal of pride in her artistry. However, her poor artistic quality and tendency to draw cartoony bears and rabbits leads to a Running Gag of her reacting violently whenever someone — usually Ichigo — remarks that her drawings so bad that she's only confused them more.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Rukia and Orihime have had a close friendship ever since Rukia first empowered Ichigo. The tomboy appears to be Rukia, with her rough-tempered, physically violent personality and soldier lifestyle. The girly girl appears to be Orihime, with her gentle, protective and peaceful personality and aversion to violence. However, when given the choice, Rukia wears loose dresses, reads romance novels and adores cartoon artwork and bunnies while Orihime sometimes wears traditionally boyish clothes and is quietly a black-belt martial artist who is into sci-fi and robots, sharing her boys' comics with her male friends.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Rukia was raised in one of the most violent regions of Soul Society. She is quick-tempered, physically violent and shouts a lot. However, she's into cartoon artwork and cute and fluffy animals (especially bunnies), favours wearing dresses when given the choice, and loves romance stories. Renji states on one occasion that she has an inner grace that shines through even her roughest behaviour.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After being defeated by the Vandenreich, Rukia undergoes intensive training with the Royal Guards to raise her game so that she can fight back. She trains with the Royal Guard itself to become powerful enough to fight enemies that defeated even the captains; this includes learning to use Bankai.
  • True Companions: When in prison, she told Hanataro that even though she'd only known Ichigo for two months, he was someone she trusted from the bottom of her heart. She encouraged him to fight his Inner Hollow, followed him into Hueco Mundo against orders, stood up for him when the Captains were worried he would betray Soul Society, and was the one who brought him out of his despair at losing his Fullbring.
  • Unperson: Rukia had artificially created an existence for herself as a transfer student when she was hiding in the World of the Living. As a result, Soul Society removes all traces of Rukia's existence from the World of the Living when she's returned to Soul Society, including wiping human memories. Only those with spiritual pressure remember her, such as Ichigo, Orihime, Sado and Uryuu.
  • Up Through the Ranks: Rukia was a lieutenant-class Soul Reaper who spent decades as a seatless soldier because her brother had quietly made sure she could never be promoted in an attempt to keep her safe from harm. This changes during the seventeen-month time-skip where she is finally promoted to lieutenant.
  • Uptown Girl: Zigzagged. While she and Renji both grew up in the Rukongai slums, her adoption into the Kuchiki clan after they joined the Soul Reaper Academy subjected her to the rules of the highest ranked aristocrats in Soul Society. Renji's resolve to obtain lieutenant took him forty years to achieve and was driven by the fact that lieutenants and captains earn the right to move in the highest aristocratic social circles regardless of their background. It was the only socially acceptable way he could reunite with Rukia.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Ichigo by Word of God are "closer than friends, but not lovers", and the way they express this, naturally, is constantly insulting each other and sarcastic comments.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: A sibling variant. Lacking parents or a guardian of any kind most of her life, Rukia always seeks approval from her adopted older sibling, Byakuya. Pre-character development, he usually brushed her off by saying not to bother him with something so trivial. His character development improved his relationship with her; his outward behavior has not changed, but he makes significantly less effort to obfuscate his true feelings and Rukia can more easily pick up on his subtext.
  • Woman in White: Rukia's power turns her hair white and clothes her in an ornate white robe. Her Bankai changes her clothing but she's white because it freezes her solid. Thawing out restores her natural colour and uniform, and could kill her if she melts too quickly.
  • The Worf Effect: When Hitsugaya's advance guard first engaged the Arrancar, Rukia easily defeated the weakest fraccion. Then she was one-shotted to prove Shawlong's point about the difference in power between an Espada (Grimmjow) and a fraccion (D-Roy).
  • You Can See Me?: Word for word her third sentence in the series, incredulously asking Ichigo if he can see her after nonchalantly walking into his room.

    Orihime Inoue 

Orihime Inoue

Voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka (JP), Stephanie Sheh (US), Claudia Mota (Latin America), Nuria Trifol (Spain)
Click here to see her Post-Time Skip appearance 

"There are so many things I wanted to do with my life! I wanted to become a teacher! I wanted to become an astronaut! I wanted to own my own bakery, and I wanted to go into Mr. Doughnut's and say, "I'll have them all!" And I wanted to go into Thirty-One and say "I'll have them all!" Ohhhh... I wish I could live life five times over. Then I'd be born in five different cities, I'd stuff myself full with different delicious things five times each, and I'd have five different jobs.... And then for those five times... I'd still fall in love with the same person... Thank you, Kurosaki-kun.... Goodbye."

A classmate of Ichigo's, Orihime is introduced as having a crush on him because she finds his tough guy image comedic. One of Ichigo's earliest Soul Reaper acts is saving Orhime from her Hollowfied brother. Although Rukia tries to wipe the event from her memory, she secretly remembers it and develops spiritual awareness. When Rukia is forced to return to Soul Society, Orihime encourages Ichigo to go after her and then helps him rescue her. Bubbly, cheerful and scatterbrained, she is both a top academic achiever and talented martial artist, and later her more complicated psyche is revealed little by little.

During the Hollow attack instigated by Uryuu, she develops an ability called Shun Shun Rikka: by manifesting six spiritual beings, she can create barriers that perform different tasks, including shielding, undoing injuries and cutting things in half. This last ability requires Killing Intent which she struggles to harness until late in the end, whereas her healing and shielding are almost unparalleled.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The color of Orihime's eyes vary from the manga to the anime. They are shown as brown in the manga while the anime depicts them as silver or gray.
  • All-Loving Hero: When she's captured by the Arrancar she refuses to hurt them, shows them love and heals those who torture and abuse her. In the Nestle to Night novel, it's confirmed that the reason Harribel and her fraccions are still alive is because Orihime healed them. When she steps between Shishigawara and Tsukishima, Tsukishima notes her reputation and admits he's not surprised to see her trying to protect a man who had just threatened to kill her. However, he turns out to be wrong; she was trying to maintain Tsukishima's attention so she could confirm whether or not he was the person who had almost killed Uryuu.
  • Almost Kiss: She almost kisses the sleeping Ichigo when saying goodbye before leaving for Hueco Mundo, but stops herself from going through with it when her lips are inches away from his.
  • Attack Reflector: Her Shiten Kōshun (Defiant Shield of the Four Heavens), which blocks an enemy's attack and then unleashes a concentrated explosion along the attack's opposing trajectory.
  • Babies Ever After: The epilogue takes place ten years in the future just as Rukia is being promoted to captain. At the same time in the human world, a small orange-headed boy is causing trouble for Hiyori. He turns out to be Kazui Kurosaki, Ichigo and Orihime's young son. Orihime knows where he at all times because she uses her Shun Shun Rika to keep watch over Kazui.
  • Badass Adorable: Orihime is notable for her beauty and compassion, and generally takes a passive or supportive role in combat situations — namely by defending and healing her allies. Despite this, when pushed she's capable of taking a more active role in combat, as seen when she kills Numb Chandelier for attacking Tatsuki; when she stops and injures Ginjou when he tries to attack Ichigo while he's being healed; when she stands with Ichigo, Ishida and Sado to fight some Hollows; and when Ichigo chooses her as his partner for the first part of the definitive fight against Yhwach.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In the final arc, Urahara gives her a dress that exposes her entire stomach and a great deal of cleavage. She's embarrassed by the amount of skin it shows, but wears it because he tells her Ichigo will like it.
  • Barrier Warrior: All of her abilities use barriers to accomplish various goals. Her triangle shield blocks attacks, her oval shield heals injuries, her four-part shield reflects attacks, and even her attack power is essentially launching a barrier at her opponent to slice them in half.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Orihime was picked on in middle school because of her hair color, with some of her bullies giving her a Traumatic Haircut to be cruel; she would keep it short to avoid their bullying. One day, Tatsuki protected from them which allowed Orihime to grow her hair again. And to Orihime, letting her hair grow long is a sign of gratitude for Tatsuki's actions and as a symbol of their friendship.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When she first unleashes her powers, she turns the tables on what the attacking Hollow thought was the victim (Orihime) and the protector (Tatsuki), killing the Hollow in a single strike for daring to harm Tatsuki. Later on in the XCution arc, Ginjo gets introduced the hard way to this side of her.
    Orihime: Sadistic? I don't mind you calling me that. If you don't want to get hurt... Don't attack me when I say not to."
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Orihime is infamous in-universe for the very strange combinations she makes of what would normally be completely ordinary ingredients. As a result, few want to try her food because it sounds so weird everyone assumes it will taste disgusting. Those brave (or crazy) enough to try discover that she's actually an excellent cook and those weird combinations actually taste wonderful.
  • Bound and Gagged: Her arms were bound and her mouth was gagged by Grimmjow, who put her under a rag in order to keep her hidden from view of the other Arrancar. As soon as they reach Ichigo, he removes the bounds and cuts the gag immediately.
  • Boyish Short Hair: In the past, she cut her hair very short to stop bullies from messing with it. After she befriended Tatsuki, who drove away anyone who would bully her, she grew it out to its current length.
  • Break the Cutie: A plot point in the Arrancar Arc that led to a huge, but recoverable, Heroic B.S.O.D.. While trying to deal with the surfacing of her long buried self-esteems issues, she was emotionally blackmailed into entering an Omnicidal Maniac's lair, received a brutal beating by two very jealous Arrancar girls and had to watch Ichigo get beat up eight ways to Sunday by Ulquiorra.
  • Broken Messiah: Her reaction when she realizes she's jealous of Rukia's closeness to Ichigo is this, which actually helps unleash the insecurities she had bottled up inside for a while. She gets better with some help from Rangiku and Rukia herself.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: For most of the series, Ichigo is a scowling young man who harbors great guilt whenever he can't protect anyone, while Orihime remained mostly upbeat and hopeful.
  • Calling Your Attacks: During the Soul Society Arc, Orihime works very hard to learn how to call her powers without calling the names. The extra effort saves the lives of herself, Uryuu and Arimaki when Mayuri uses his soldiers as human bombs to try and kill them due to the fact she can call them instantaneously. After the Soul Society Arc, she usually reverts to calling her attacks in the standard style, except when her shields pop up unexpectedly during dramatic moments to protect a friend who looks like they're about to be defeated.
  • Character Development: Goes from being cheerful into a very solemn character since the Arrancar arc first began. Then she returns straight back to being cheerful, but with a pluckier disposition.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ichigo. They've known each other since middle school and were still acquainted with one another during high school. And during the latter, they became closer friends and warrior comrades. By the epilogue, they are married with a son.
  • Cleavage Window: In the final arc, she wears a dress that is reminiscent of her Las Noches dress, except for the amount of skin it exposes, which includes a very large gap in the centre of her chest.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Orihime can be very ditzy at times, such as answering a questionnaire about how she sees herself in the future by drawing herself as a giant killer robot, combining incomptable ingredients in her meals, creating equally bizzare sports like a combination of baseball and soccer. This trait disappears during her captivity in Las Noches, but resurfaces afterwards. Her first appearance post-Time Skip has her jumping out a window without a second's regard for her safety just to meet Ichigo and Tatsuki.
  • Combat Medic: She tries to be this, but since she lacks any Killing Intent her offensive ability is absolutely pitiful. However, she has some of the best healing powers in the story and eventually finds a way around her limitations in combat.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: She has an odd way of combining ingredients and food items which prevents anyone from wanting to try her meals. Her food is actually quite tasty, but very few people know this because they're too scared to try her crazy recipes. The sole exception is fellow Cloudcuckoolander Rangiku.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She's actually pretty physically impressive for a human, though she doesn't look it. However, early on she had a kind of absent minded ditziness and tendency to accidentally get herself hurt.
  • Damsel in Distress: The Hueco Mundo arc is absolutely NOT shy about showing the tremendous emotional and physical strain it brings on a person forced in a hostage situation. It goes to the extreme of causing her an epic Heroic B.S.O.D.. She didn't really recover until well after being rescued.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: She's far from an Action Girl (initially), but in the Shojo S opening theme, while dancing with Rukia, Orihime swings her skirt to the side, revealing part of her butt cheek.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In the manga, it's briefly mentioned that Orihime's parents were abusive; it was the reason her older brother Sora left them to raise her himself when he turned eighteen. She chats about it quite casually to Riruka during the Fullbringer arc, probably because she was just three years old back then thus she was too young to properly remember their bad treatment of her. And after that she was bullied because of her hair color and her brother died in accident.
  • Death by Falling Over: In the pilot, her deceased father pushed her down some steps, killing her in the process.
  • Demoted to Extra: Her role is significantly decreased in the first Bleach musical adaptation, and she's excised entirely from the later ones.
  • Dude, He's Like, in a Coma!: Orihime attempts to kiss an unconscious Ichigo while saying good bye to him before departing for Hueco Mundo. She stops inches away from his face and begins to cry, telling herself she was behaving badly for considering it.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Chizuru can't stop hitting on Orihime.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Seeing Ichigo in pain, makes her start questioning why, which threatens the mind control she's under. Tsukishima, however, is on hand to address this, although his attempted Mind Rape is foiled by Urahara and Isshin.
  • Forced to Watch: Both Nnoitra and Ulquiorra make her watch as either they or their henchmen beat Ichigo within an inch of his life.
  • Gag Boobs: She's constantly being felt up by Chizuru, and Yachiru's nicknames for her include Jiggles and Big Boobies. Urahara finally invokes the trope by tricking her into putting on a very Stripperiffic outfit with one hell of a Cleavage Window and underboobs. Urahara designs the dress so that if she tries to push her breasts further into the dress from the front, they'll end up popping out the sides.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Orihime is a well-mannered girl who usually wears flowing skirts and wears her hair long in memory of her brother. She nearly always retains her friendly, bubbly spirit and weird sense of humour, and prefers people to get along. Her abilities are personality based, focused on protecting and healing rather than physical violence. However, she's interested in sci-fi and robots, she reads boys' comics (and lends them out to boys'), and she is a black-belt martial artist (the anime changes this to yellow-belt).
  • Gray Eyes: Giving her the healer stereotype that goes with this eye trope, this is anime only as her eyes are brown in the manga.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • In the early Arrancar arc, Orihime assumes that Ichigo is in love with Rukia and becomes depressed over her jealousy and how useless she is. A pep talk from Matsumoto and Rukia herself managed to snap her out of it.
    • When Nel comes to the Human World and glomps Ichigo, Chad thinks Orihime's emotional reaction is jealousy and attempts to reassure her that the scene isn't what she's thinking. Orihime is startled by Chad's conclusion and tells him that isn't what she's thinking at all, but doesn't get the opportunity to clarify.
  • Hair Decorations: She received a set of hairpins from her brother which she uses to channel her powers. She no longer wears them after the timeskip, keeping them attached to her lapels instead, but in the Thousand Year Old Blood War she eventually puts them back on.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Orihime tries hard to be more aggressive in combat, but since her fundamental nature hates violence she decides to focus more on her support abilities.
  • Healing Hands: She appears to reverse causality to make it so that an injury never happened. This ability has the potential to not only bring the dead back to life, but also to return those who have been vaporized back to life, though she herself has not demonstrated the ability to do so, and she has been known to struggle to heal injuries caused by extremely strong and unusual reiatsu such as Ulquiorra's.
  • Hello, Nurse!: The Rukongai dwellers who watched her heal Jidanbou reminisce about how hot she is. By the time she's in her final year in school, she's very popular at school, with younger students even taking pictures of her. Her beauty distracts Shishigawara, temporarily subduing him by accident.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: During the Arrancar Arc, Aizen enacts a hostage scenario that is designed to completely break Orihime. She eventually snaps when Ulquiorra punches a hole through Ichigo's chest and leaves behind reiatsu that prevents her from healing Ichigo. As she breaks down, she begins a mindless chant of Ichigo's name. The original Japanese uses a meaningless string of Hiragana to indicate a complete absence of sense or self-control.
  • Hidden Depths: She's introduced as one of the few classmates not afraid of Ichigo and who is surprisingly perceptive of his real moods, but who is otherwise a comedic, ditzy daydreamer. Then she's attacked by her hollowfied brother, helps Ichigo find the resolve to save Rukia and develops a level of power that makes her capable of entering Soul Society as part of the rescue team. Her self-esteem issues are dealt with for drama rather than comedy, culminating in a massive breakdown as a result of a carefully planned and protracted psychological assault.
  • High-School Sweethearts: With Ichigo — they met in their junior high years (in very troubled circumstances), then were high school classmates and had lots of Ship Tease while still in school, and by the end of the manga were Happily Married.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Volume 12's slice of life sketch covers the school's Handicraft Club trying to cope with sewing competitions while their two best sewers (Orihime and Uryuu) are off rescuing Rukia. When the club speculate about why the pair are uncontactable, someone suggests that Orihime doesn't own a mobile phone because she can't handle electronics. However, in the Lost Agent Arc, she is shown to not only possess a mobile, but to be experimenting with creating different ring tone designs as well.
  • Implausible Hair Color: Her hair is orange in the anime. Word of God states it's actually "caramel" coloured (and that he changed it from its original shade of "light sepia").
  • Important Hair Accessory: Her hairpins, given to her by her brother on the day he died and which she vowed she'd never stop wearing. Cue the time-skip where she's now too old to wear them in her hair but, in keeping with her promise, she continues to wear them as lapel accessories. She then puts them back on in the Thousand Year Old Blood War.
  • Important Haircut: She let her red hair grow as a sign of her friendship with Tatsuki, after keeping it short due to an incident involving a Traumatic Haircut. Orihime's hair growth throughout the story is one of the visual signs used to show the passage of time, especially whenever a Time Skip occurs.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: After Ulqiorra more or less kills Ichigo in their second fight with a point-blank Cero, and proceeds to maul Ishida while her healing powers fail to close the gaping hole in Ichigo's chest. Her screams of desperation ultimately revive Ichigo, but not in the way she wanted (initially). She also cries rather messily when she senses Ichigo crying in despair over Ginjo stealing his powers, even though she's not entirely sure what's going on due to Tsukishima's Mind Manipulation making her think that Ichigo's going crazy.
  • Informed Ability: She's a karate black belt (yellow, in the anime). The only time we know she uses them is to subdue two Soul Reaper and steal their uniforms. The confrontation occurs off-screen, but Ishida's reaction is shown to the audience, and he's very impressed.
  • Killing Intent: She lacks this, which is why Tsubaki is never effective as a weapon. She eventually learns to combine him with the other Shun Shun Rika to form shields that can both protect and turn attacks back onto the attacker at the same time.
  • Last-Name Basis: In the Japanese dub she addresses most people by their last names.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: She and Masaki share a similar hair color, facial features, and personality. In fact, both Karin and Yuzu commented that Orihime reminds them a lot of their mother in We Do Knot Always Love You.
  • Luminescent Blush: When Ichigo and Chad state her new outfit's large Cleavage Window is a bit much for them, Orihime turns bright red and immediately protests that she is not a Covert Pervert. Yoruichi interrupts her, berates Ichigo for his tactlessness, and explains that Urahara tricked her into wearing it by saying Ichigo would like it.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: Aizen grabs her because she should be able to speed the acceleration of the Hogyoku's awakening. It was just a decoy to keep as many captain level fighters off the battlefield as possible.
  • Madness Mantra: An internal example when Ichigo is mortally wounded by Ulquiorra's Cero Oscuras and Uryū has his arm torn off — broken in the anime. She collapses and begins repeating "Kurosaki-kun..." over and over entirely in hiragana, meaning it's just a stream of syllables with no meaning attached.
  • The Medic: Her ability to create shields includes the ability to create a shield that heals the injuries of the one enclosed. This ability mystifies everyone who sees it, and a number of characters have speculated about what her ability is really doing and what its limits may be. Due to her compassionate nature, this is one of the abilities she excels at; she is hinted to be the most gifted healer in the story, being able to restore to its original condition even things that have been completely obliterated. She can even "heal" Zanpakutou that have been broken in Bankai - something Mayuri previously described as impossible for anyone who isn't Komamura.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She dresses modestly but there's still plenty of focus on her boobs and legs. She goes through a Bound and Gagged situation and she spends an entire episode in a bikini. When she returns from Hueco Mundo in the final arc, Urahara has tricked her into wearing a very immodest dress that contains both a Cleavage Window and an exposed midriff.
  • Neutral Female: Orihime has some of the most powerful barrier abilities in the story, but even when she successfully shields her friends in battle, saving their lives in the process, she will often be told to stay out of the fighting and on the sidelines for her own good. Multiple characters have realised that her gentle personality is not suited for battle, so everyone tries to keep her out of the fighting as much as possible. During the Time Skip, she learns how to use her shields to reflect attacks back at the attacker and during the final arc, Ichigo finally asks her to fight by his side against the Big Bad because he knows he needs her Barrier Warrior abilities to keep him fighting.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Her brother and guardian Sora Inoue died right after their only serious fight. She did get to say goodbye to him after he reappeared as a Hollow.
  • The Nose Knows: She is shown early on (and ONLY once) to possess the ability to detect Ichigo by scent. However, scent is often how sensing reiatsu is described (the Soul Reapers often comment on smelling hollow reiatsu) and therefore was probably nothing more than an early sign that she had developed reiatsu-sensing powers.
  • Official Couple: When Tatsuki hears that Orihime turned down Ichigo's offer to walk her home, she starts making suggestions on how Orihime can snare him. When Rukongai residents first meet Orihime, they are enamoured by her beauty and manners, but assume she is involved with Ichigo. In the final arc, Urahara tricks Orihime to wear a stripperific dress, claiming it'll attract Ichigo. Out of curiosity, Chad asks Ichigo what he thinks of the dress, causing both Ichigo and Orihime a great deal of embarrassment, and Yoruichi to chastise Ichigo for not complementing the dress. In the epilogue, Ichigo and Orihime are Happily Married and have a son, Kazui.
  • Parental Abandonment: In the anime, Sora doesn't reference their parents' abuse, and says he raised Orihime after they were abandoned.
  • Personality Powers: An interesting example, in that her most powerful abilities are those related to defense and healing due to her pacifistic nature. While she is capable of using her power to attack directly, her lack of aggression reduces its effectiveness. Theoretically her attack power could cut through anything if she were determined enough, and over the course of the series she's become more willing to counterattack, but she still lacks lethal intent and is thus incapable of, say, cutting someone in half.
  • The Pollyanna: Back in the old days of Bleach, she was was very chipper and upbeat, which led fans and characters alike would think of her as weird or even crazy. After the end of her Break the Cutie ordeals, she's back to her old self but has learned from her experiences.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Unlike Chad's Fullbring powers, the origin or nature of Orihime's Shun Shun Rikka is never really explained.
  • She's Back: After suffering a great deal of psychological trauma at the hands of Aizen and his Arrancar, she returns to her good old goofy self after the Time Skip.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Orihime even stated that if she was reincarnated with five different lives she would still fall in love with Ichigo.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The reason behind her deep love for Ichigo? First, his funny face. Later, his kindness. And she remains in love with him because she knows first-hand how kind he is under his tough-guy facade.
  • Skilled, but Na´ve: Orihime has black-belt martial arts ability. She also has a one-hit kill ability that is potentially devastating. The snag is that she is too idealistic and soft-hearted to be able to function as a warrior. The end result is someone who struggles to possess the mentality for battle which affects her skills and power. After the Arrancar Arc where Aizen enacted a plan to emotionally break her, she begins working very hard to find a way to be more useful on the battlefield than simply healing and shielding. This enables her to develop further barrier abilities, such as creating protective shields that simultaneously turn an attacker's power back on themselves.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: In the process of saying goodbye to an unconscious Ichigo before departing for captivity in Hueco Mundo, Orihime pours her heart out to him, including confessing her feelings. The intensity of the moment leads to her nearly kissing him, but she pulls back at the last minute and tears up over her behaviour.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: She does want to be helpful, but she's frequently told that she lacks the aggressive mindset to utilize her powers properly and is advised to play a support role. When Urahara finally tells her to stay off the battlefield entirely, both Chad and Rukia are insulted on her behalf - none of them realise until too late what Urahara's ulterior motives for the request really are. Towards the end of the final arc, Ichigo finally asks her to fight by his side, knowing he'll need her abilities to keep him going against the Big Bad.
  • Stepford Smiler: She used to hide her issues from the others, though not very well. Discussed during her conversation with Riruka about her past, when the latter is astonished that she can talk about her Parental Abandonment and her brother's death while happily chowing down on donuts.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Orihime possesses a Reality Warper power that is an in-universe mystery. Characters have speculated that she can do anything if she believes she can and that she's never tapped into her full potential. She is exactly as strong as she believes she is, which is both her greatest strength and her greatest weakness: she's so gentle, pacifistic, kind and unassuming that she cannot harm others, not even enemies, and it doesn't occur to her that she can break the laws of physics even when told she can.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: While it can sometimes be attributed to emotional distress (such as Ulquiorra blasting a hole in Ichigo's chest), there are also some occasions where her powers, which have gone to the extent of outright reviving someone whose upper half was vaporized, seem to become ineffective simply because they would be too convenient for the plot.
  • Super-Cute Superpowers: Orihime Inoue's abilities come from fairies made from her hairpins. Granted, her offensive fairy is a Scarf Of Asskicking jerkass and her potential abilities are among the greatest in the work, but on paper it's an exceedingly feminine ability.
  • Talking Weapon: Taken to the extreme with six different characters personifying her powers. The two most like her (Shun-o: outgoing and friendly, Ayame: shy and sweet) are her strongest power, the Soten Kisshun. The one least like her (Tsubaki: aggressive and bossy) is not only her attack power but easily her weakest. By using Tsubaki in combination with others (Hinagiku, Lily and Baigon) she can draw on his attack potential.
  • Tender Tears: Orihime has a very gentle, compassionate heart. Seeing people getting injured in front of her, especially if they're trying to protect her, can drive her to tears. During the Arrancar Arc, she is initially fearful of Ichigo's Hollow Mask while he is fighting Grimmjow, fearing that Ichigo will become lost to the Hollow like her brother was. However, once she witnesses him getting hurt, she cries out to him, with tears in her eyes, begging him not to be hurt any more. It strengthens Ichigo's resolve immediately.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Rukia and Orihime have had a close friendship ever since Rukia first empowered Ichigo. The tomboy appears to be Rukia, with her rough-tempered, physically violent personality and soldier lifestyle. The girly girl appears to be Orihime, with her gentle, protective and peaceful personality and aversion to violence. However, when given the choice, Rukia wears loose dresses, reads romance novels and adores cartoon artwork and bunnies while Orihime sometimes wears traditionally boyish clothes and is quietly a black-belt martial artist who is into sci-fi and robots, sharing her boys' comics with her male friends.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Orihime's initial strength comes from healing injuries and shielding others from harm with her barrier abilities. However, she doesn't have the mentality required for fighting and battles distress her. During the Arrancar Arc, this enables Aizen to create a hostage scenario that forces Orihime to emotional breaking point. During the Time Skip that follows this experience, Orihime spends months training to fight in a way that manages her pacifistic world view; she develops the ability to create shields that don't just shield people from harm, they now simultaneously deflect attacks back to onto the attacker.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Ichigo's leaking spiritual pressure awakened her own natural abilities, a feat that was helped by the Hougyoku.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The hairpin she always wears in her hair was the last gift she was given by her older brother before he was killed in a traffic accident.
  • Trauma Button: Seeing Ichigo using his Hollow Mask brings up painful memories of her Hollowfied brother, and when he Hollowfies during the final battle against Yhwach she has a flashback to when he lost control against Ulquiorra and is afraid he's done so again. In a subversion, the last one has her recovering her wits soon, contrasting with the first scene where she broke down sobbing.
  • Wet Blanket Wife: During the Arrancar Arc, an emotionally distressed Orihime was constantly worried about Ichigo getting hurt or injured fighting on her behalf, she even resists Grimmjow by refusing to heal Ichigo if it means enabling the pair to fight again. Her behaviour is so pacifistic for a genre that caters to fans who want to read fights that her lack of battle-appropriate mentality is lampshaded in-universe as well. Her strengths instead come from shielding others from harm and healing those that are harmed, and as such they increase as she manages to handle this.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: After Yammy's first visit to the World of the Living leaves Ichigo's friends badly injured, only Rukia is able to fix Ichigo's damaged resolve. Orihime feels a mixture of love and jealousy for Rukia's ability to cheer up Ichigo, not comprehending that her inability to cheer up Ichigo was due to Ichigo's deep guilt over being unable to prevent Orihime from being injured. She pours out her heart to Rangiku, who resolves the situation by pointing out that Ichigo needs both her and Rukia, but in different ways. When Urahara then removes Orihime from the battlefield (for reasons he failed to mention), it is Rukia who steps in to tell Orihime how valued she is and how grateful she is for Orihime's help in rescuing her from execution.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Starts wearing it after the Time Skip, both as a part of her school uniform and sometimes in her civilian clothes (namely, when she uses shorts). She's a Type A, by the way.

    Uryu Ishida 

Uryu Ishida

Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (US), VÝctor Ugarte (Latin America), Óscar Muñoz (Spain)
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"I am calm. That's why I can fight you!"

Uryuu is a Quincy whose initial conflict with the Soul Reapers stems from being forced to watched his grandfather Souken die in battle because the Soul Reapers arrived too late to save him. Souken taught him to never hate and to understand the Soul Reapers were correct to be concerned about the Quincy power to destroy souls, which threatens the balance of worlds. However, Uryuu's anger over Souken's death drives him to pick a fight with his classmate Ichigo when he realises that Ichigo has obtained Soul Reaper powers. This triggers the first major plot arc of the story.

Stoic and analytical, Uryuu is a nicer person than he likes to admit. He has a natural flair for sewing, but his fashion sense appeals more to women than to men. His vitriolic friendship with Ichigo amuses their mutual friends because of how similar the pair really are. He is the only main character that specialises in long-ranged combat, but he can fight close-quarters when forced to and displays a level of versatility that is not found within the rest of his group.

His Quincy cross manifests a bow called Ginrei Kokaju. After he drinks the blood of Yhwach, he gains the Schrift A - "The Antithesis." The Antithesis allows him to switch anything that has happened between two designated targets; for example, if he was grievously wounded in battle, at any time he can transfer those wounds to his enemy while simultaneously taking on their condition beforehand for himself, essentially healing himself. The ability can be activated at will with no necessary medium.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the anime, Uryū's hair is "raven-colored" instead of black, as depicted in the manga.
  • Adapted Out: His character is absent in every musical adaptation to date.
  • Aloof Ally: And he keeps insisting that's all he is even after having been through hell and back to help his friends... sorry, his not-friends.
  • Alternate Character Reading: Ishida's name is first seen as the #1 listing on the midterm class rankings. Ichigo mistakenly reads the kanji for Uryu (雨竜) aloud as "Ametatsu" granted that's a legit first-level reading of the characters but at this point Ichigo and Uryu have been in the same class for months. Ichigo's classmates take the opportunity to lampshade how oblivious he is to social graces.
  • Anti-Hero: Starts off arrogant and aloof with a deep hatred of Soul Reapers and overwhelming confidence in his superiority as a Quincy. Following his Enemy Mine with Ichigo, he mellows significantly, but is still aloof.
  • Attack Backfire: When he is badly injured, his Schrift allows him to switch his state of being with another person. The damage he has sustained is therefore given to his opponent, leaving him uninjured. His Schrift is called "The Antithesis" and, when Haschwalth learns what it can do, he believes that it can potentially counter Yhwach's Schrift.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Uryu's the most strategic thinker of the Karakura kids. This talent gets to shine in the Fullbring Arc: despite being laid up in the hospital with only third-hand information for most of the arc, Uryu is able to recognize what is really going on in time to save Ichigo from going crazy as the Only Sane Man. He also deduces, in a matter of minutes, the troubling nature of the substitute Soul Reaper badge, a conclusion it had taken Ichigo a couple weeks to formulate.
  • Badass Boast: Says after defeating Iceringer that the one Aizen should fear is not a Soul Reaper, but a Quincy. This turns out to be far more prophetic than he realized at the time, considering what villains turn up later on in the story.
  • Badass Bookworm: Uryu is the best performing student of a 300-pupil year group and is also a star performer of the handicraft club. Despite his academic prowess, he's talented enough in battle to have one-shotted both a captain and that captain's bankai. He's also noted as being the strategist and thinker of Ichigo's group, relying heavily on being able to clinically analyse his opponent's abilities and strategise accordingly even when in the middle of battle.
  • Bad Liar: He doesn't know it, but he takes after his father in this regard.
    • He's not out in the middle of the night because he wants to help Rukia, he's just on the way home from the 24-hour crafts store. And he totally didn't grab that bag at home so he'd have an excuse. Not at all.
    • After he helps save Ichigo, his hands are shredded up so badly he comes to school with bandages up to the elbows. He tells the teacher he fell down the stairs. The entire class thinks he's a lousy liar and that no-one would believe his excuse.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: His bio quote comes from a short exchange with Ulquiorra, who is shocked at the ferocity of Ishida's attacks as he defends Ichigo and Orihime.
  • Bishōnen: Uryu has a very slender, delicate build and an exceptionally fair complexion for a male character.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Uryu does have a melee option. He just doesn't use it often and even then he has the option of firing it since it's technically an arrow even if it looks like a sword.
  • Brought Down to Badass: After his use of Letzt Stil in the Soul Society Arc, Uryu loses all his Quincy powers. However, he's still strong and fast enough to be capable of fighting Hollows with advance preparation, and it still takes days of Ryuuken wearing him down for Uryu to reach his physical and mental limits.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Uryuu left home before he was fifteen and refuses to call his father by his first name. Ryuuken had anger issues with his own father, Souken, whom he felt was a thief; he also hated being a Quincy and could not tolerate Uryuu learning how to be one from Souken. Although Souken tried to tell Uryuu that Ryuuken had reasons for being so angry, Uryuu refused to listen. Souken stole Quincy technology from the Vandenreich when exiled for future use opposing Yhwach. When Yhwach murders Uryuu's mother with magical silver, Ryuuken forever destroys his desire to be a Quincy by secretly autopsying his own wife to collect the silver and forge the only weapon capable of neutralising Yhwach. Uryuu learns the truth when Ryuuken gives him the arrow to help Ichigo defeat Yhwach. The epilogue reveals Uryuu has reconciled with Ryuuken and is now a doctor at his father's hospital.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uryu will take this view from time to time. Examples include shooting Szyael Apparro in the throat instantly at first sight, attempting to shoot Ginjou while he was distracted by Ichigo, and smacking down bullies that invade the school from a different school.
  • The Comically Serious: Uryu takes sewing and fashion very seriously. When his Quincy cosplay is Played for Laughs, Uryu is distinctly unamused. In fact, as a young child one of his main goals was to redesign Quincy clothing into something more modern and flattering. Every time Uryu mends or makes clothing for people, it has a tendency to end up lacy, frilly and entirely girlish. Or covered in big Quincy crosses. Or both. Girls love the end result, boys definitely do not. Sado observes that Uryu seems to have a talent for women's fashion.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Quincies use a small cross hung around the wrist as a focus to help generate a bow, and the symbol is all over objects associated with them. Uryu even sews a cross onto the back of Kon's head. Uryu originally uses a Latin cross (4-armed, with a longer descending arm), but replaces it with a star-like 5-armed version in the Arrancar arc.
  • Cruel Mercy: Danced around. After he "befriended" Ichigo, he refused to kill some of his opponents, satisfied in depriving them of their powers. He even offered to spare Mayuri, if he apologized for his deeds.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: His excuses for turning up in class with bandages/sling are flimsy, and often lampshaded. Not that the teacher cares.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His antiheroic cynicism stems from the death of his grandfather, which he believes Soul Society could have prevented. Upon Ichigo pointing out that his grandfather would disagree with his actions, he mellows out somewhat, though he still carries a certain amount of resentment.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His desperation technique in the Soul Society arc, Letz Stil, makes him incredibly powerful, but at the cost of his Quincy powers.
  • Energy Bow: His signature weapon is a pure energy bow of the type where both bow and Heilig Pfeil are made of unmaterialized reishi.
  • Fake Defector: When Uryuu joins the Vandenreich, everyone is suspicious of his motives. Haschwalth believes that Uryuu wants to kill Yhwach to avenge his mother's murder and that Yhwach has him Kicked Upstairs to Unexpected Successor in order to restrict his ability to betray them. The Schutzstaffel are also not convinced he can turn against his friends. When Haschwalth obtains The Almighty for the first time, he forces a confrontation between Uryuu and Ichigo to reveal Uryuu's motives and is proven correct in his suspicions. Believing that it's impossible to defeat Yhwach, Uryuu claims it's his intention to use Souken's Sanrei Glove technology, which is keyed to Uryuu's reiatsu alone, to blow up the Wahrwelt.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: During the Quincy Final Form, the armour gained by the transformation is asymmetrical to protect his right side while still allowing him to draw the bow on his left. It also has a big energy "quiver" sprouting from his right shoulder. After the time-skip, his fringe is arranged asymmetrically to fall long on the right side of his face.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Ichigo and Uryu initially had animosity for one another (not that it was anything personal, since Ichigo was a Soul Reaper and Uryu was a Quincy). After they are forced to work together to take on a Menos Grande, this ultimately changed.
  • Foil: Lampshaded in-universe. As a Quincy, he's Ichigo's opposite in nearly every way. His power-draining Quincy Final Form even ended up foreshadowing Ichigo's similar Final Getsuga Tenshou, his powerlessness afterwards and the Training from Hell required to regain that power.
  • Freudian Excuse: His generalized hatred for Soul Reapers stems from their involvement in his grandfather's death. Ichigo points out that this is pretty stupid considering his grandfather's teachings, and it turns out Mayuri alone was responsible for the slow response. Uryu's resentment has narrowed accordingly.
  • Hero of Another Story: Namely, the story of the Clan's rise and fall, and Uryu's quest to reclaim his family heritage. Unlike Chad and Orihime, whose dormant powers were awakened by the interaction of the Hougyoku and Ichigo's overflowing reiatsu, Uryu was born with awakened powers that come with their own Myth Arc. His motivations are separate from, if often parallel to, his friends' aims. This makes him a better foil for Ichigo.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Ulquiorra even lampshaded Ishida's calm, aloof personality by observing he would never have expected Ishida to lose his cool in battle. Ishida simply retorts — quite calmly — that he hasn't lost his cool and that's precisely the reason why he's attacking.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Ishida is very chivalrous and generally well mannered with a weak spot for women. He's very protective of Orihime and Yoshino from the Bount arc, also tried to protect Rukia when she was powerless, got pissed off at Mayuri for abusing Nemu even before he knew who Mayuri was, and he even spared the life of his female opponent Cirucci, though this may be because Arrancar are simply more human than the normal hollows he cuts down mercilessly.
  • Last of His Kind: Uryu (and through him Ichigo's entire group) believed himself to be the last Quincy. Then they discovered that Uryu was only the last practitioner as his father Ryuuken was the last (retired) master. Then it's indicated that Souken was the only remaining supporter of the old ways and the Vandenreich's discarded his practices, leaving Ryuuken and Uryu as the last traditionalist Quincies. Uryu is also the last mixed-blood Quincy left alive after the Selection of nine years ago. When Ryuuken tells Uryuu off for using the title "Last Quincy" because he's the one who inherited that title, not Uryuu, he does not clarify exactly what the title refers to. In the final arc, Uryuu joins the Vandenreich in the hope of getting close enough to Yhwach to kill him and avenge his mother's murder, leaving his father as the only Quincy in existence who is not a member of the Vandenreich.
  • Left-Handed Mirror: Ichigo and Uryuu are designed to be opposites of each other. Ichigo's battle uniform is Japanese clothing, black on white. Uryuu's clothing is European, white on black. Ichigo fights close up with a sword, Uryuu fights at a distance with archery. Ichigo is impulsive in battle and fights on instinct while Uryuu is a thinker and a strategist in battle. Ichigo's powers are Shinigami-dominant and Uryuu is a Quincy. The Quincies and Shinigami are mirror opposites of each other, even their souls are aligned as opposites, and the two sides have been at war for a thousand years. Kubo has stated in interviews that Uryuu is left-handed to complete the mirroring of Ichigo, and characters have observed in-universe that the pair are Not So Different due to their mirrored personalities and abilities complementing each other perfectly.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Both Ryuuken and Souken know why Ryuuken hates being a Quincy so much. Neither of them are willing to tell Uryu but Souken does indicate it'll eventually become very important to Uryu's future as a Quincy. It is implied to be that he wants to keep his son safe, although the particulars are still a mystery. Quilge Opie seems to know something, too, but remembers it's supposed to be secret before revealing anything more to Ichigo.
  • Long-Lost Relative: In the final arc it's revealed that Ichigo and Uryu are cousins, as were Ichigo's mother and Uryu's father. When Tsukishima brainwashes Ichigo's family, he inserts himself as the cousin Ichigo and his sisters met at their Grandfather Rin's funeral many years ago. The post-manga novels strongly imply that this was Souken Ishida's funeral and that the cousin Tsukishima temporarily replaced was Uryuu.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: When Uryuu gets his hand lopped off in the manga, he merely tells Orihime not to worry because he's already taken painkillers and blood-clotters. He then returns to fighting as though nothing has happened, despite the fact being one-handed means he can no longer use his bow.
  • Medium Awareness: During the fight against Szayelaporro Grantz, Pesche does something that makes him wonder if it's okay for them to air. After the fight, Kurotsuchi does something off-screen, and Ishida claims it was something they definitely couldn't air.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: He turns the boring art of sewing into an absolutely epic display of juggling plushies while dramatically threading the needle and tackling the problem like he's a fencing master in a theatre production.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He appears as a vampire on a Halloween spread, and in a filler New Year's comedy special as a milk-drinking, blood-avoiding vampiric Quincy (because, you know, white is associated with Quincies and red with Soul Reapers). But, if the only thing missing about his Archer Archetype was the pointed ears, he finally gets them in this episode.
  • Parental Abandonment: Uryuu's so estranged from his father that he calls him "Ryuuken" instead of "Dad" or "Father". It's implied to be an inverted trope: instead of the usual parent-abandons-child scenario, Uryuu disowned his father for refusing to be a Quincy. In the final arc, Uryuu learns the real reason why Ryuuken abandoned the Quincies: Yhwach's method of murdering Quincies via Holy Selection leaves behind a magical silver residue. Ryuuken was forced to autopsy his own wife's body to collect that silver so that he could forge the only weapon capable of neutralising Yhwach. He gives the arrow to Uryuu in the final arc so that Uryuu can help Ichigo defeat Yhwach. The epilogue reveals that Uryuu and Ryuuken have reconciled enough for Uryuu to become a doctor at his father's hospital.
  • People Puppets: Somewhat uniquely, he has the ability to do this to himself. When Mayuri's shikai paralyses his limbs, he uses a Quincy technique called Ransoutengai to allow his limbs to keep functioning in a manner that's described in-universe as being akin to how a puppeteer controls a puppet.
  • The Proud Elite: He is the last Quincy, the number one student in his class, and very proud of both. That pride plus his unwillingness to appear soft can make him difficult to get along with, and although he often pretends he cares little for the rest of his group, he has always come through for them.
  • Rain of Arrows: He's capable of firing up to 1,200 Heilig Pfeil in a second with his Licht Regen (Rain of Light) technique.
  • Remember the New Guy: This is how Uryuu is introduced into the storyline. He's been Ichigo's classmate from the very start and the highest-scoring student in their entire year group, but he's only officially introduced in Chapter 34. Orihime has to tell Ichigo who he is while Tatsuki lampshades Ichigo's forgetfulness of names in particular and the Running Gag of his obliviousness more generally. When the earlier chapters are re-examined with this in mind, Uryuu actually does appear in the background several times (including the Chapter 1 cover), watching Ichigo but never singled out, meaning Kubo deliberately planned on invoking this trope.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: When Uryu was first introduced, at one point he was seen spying on Ichigo as he fought a hollow. All that could be seen of Uryu was a dark silhouette with shining glasses that completely hid his eyes. As a protagonist, his eyes disappear behind the gleam of his glasses every time he's about to turn the tables on his opponent.
  • Specs of Awesome: If he's not excelling academically as the best pupil in his year, he's on the battlefield thrashing his foes. His glasses never come off his nose, not even in the roughest battles. And that's before we get to how awesomely his specs flash when he's showing off his sewing skills.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Uryu plays things close to the chest most of the time giving him an air of being cool, calm and measured. Lampshaded a couple of times in the manga. Ulquiorra is surprised by Uryu's Tranquil Fury when Ichigo is felled with a massive hole in his chest, but Uryu argues that he's still calm. Also, the manga defends how long it's taken for anything to be revealed about Uryu's Missing Mom when Ichigo observes that Uryu's extremely tight-lipped about his family situation.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Uryuu and his father are of similar height and share the same rail-thin build, sharp features, and blue eyes. Since Ryuuken looks younger than his 40-odd years, they could pass for brothers. Aside from inheriting his mother Kanae's black hair and pensive expressions, Uryuu is his father's son from head to toe.
  • Tsundere: It's not like he wants to help Soul Reapers, he just wants the chance to defeat Ichigo properly, or he's just passing through, or he wants to restore his honor as a Quincy, or they just happen to have the same goal... and of course they're not friends. Never forget that. Nope, Orihime, don't tell him that he and Ichigo are best friends... or better yet do so, since he looks so comically flustered.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Uryu designed a contest with Ichigo by using hollow bait to attract weak hollows. However, Karakura Town was endangered when an excessive number of powerful hollows turned up, including a Gillian-class Menos Grande. This prompted Soul Society to launch an investigation that uncovered Rukia's whereabouts, kick-starting the Soul Society arc. Uryu observes in confusion that such a tiny piece of hollow bait should never have had such an impact. He's right. Aizen used Uryu's contest as a cover both to test Ichigo's strength and to focus Soul Society on retrieving Rukia.
  • Vibroweapon: Seele Schneider's blade is composed of reishi that vibrates at three million times a second, giving it the shredding effect of a chainsaw.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Most of his interactions with Ichigo consist of them snarking at each other, though by now it seems they're just doing it out of habit.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Uryu's motivation to improve his skill comes in part from a desire to prove the worth of the Quincy legacy to Ryuuken.
  • The Worf Barrage:
    • His Sprenger has yet to completely defeat an opponent despite its great power, except in Hell Verse where it is used to kill Taikon.
    • Licht Regen does virtually nothing to Ulquiorra. Uryu knew what he was getting into.
  • You Killed My Father: Uryuu pulls this on Mayuri, who killed his grandfather. Although he defeated Mayuri, the issue has never been fully resolved.

    Yasutora "Chad" Sado 

Yasutora "Chad" Sado

Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (JP), Jamieson Price (US), Diego Armando Nieves (Latin America), Oriol Rafel (Spain)
Click here to see his Post-Time Skip appearance 

"I don't believe that an absolute power really exists in any world. Power is unstable. It changes constantly. Small differences will always appear, as one has between you and I. So the one who widens that gap will be the winner!"

A huge, quiet man, Chad is Ichigo's oldest friend. As a young child, he was a bully until his grandfather taught him to raise his fist only to protect instead of hurt. Chad therefore vowed to his grandfather that he'd never fight for selfish reasons, not even to protect himself from bullies. His friendship with Ichigo began when Ichigo intervened to protect him from bullies and offered Chad a deal: Ichigo would protect Chad if Chad protected him. Chad has protected Ichigo's back ever since.

When protecting Chad from a Hollow that had killed a young boy whose spirit Chad was trying to help, Chad began to develop spiritual awareness. This didn't properly manifest into usable power until he saved Ichigo's sister Karin from the Hollow attacks that had been instigated by Uryuu's conflict with Ichigo. His power manifested as a Fullbring, Brazo Derecha de Gigante, encasing his right arm in armor, vastly increasing his fighting strength and granting him the ability to fire energy blasts.
  • Badass Baritone: Seeing as he's a lot more physically buff than most Bleach males he also gets a correspondingly deep voice.
  • Badass Normal: Before his powers manifested, he beat up a Hollow by tearing a telephone pole out of the ground and beating it senseless. He gets bonus points because he couldn't even see it; Rukia was telling him where to aim.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The simple, yet complex reason why he and Ichigo are friends. Specifically, Chad took a beating for Ichigo when the latter was getting beaten up by a gang. Later on, Ichigo rescued Chad from the same gang and saved the coin given to Chad by his grandfather. After the latter incident, they both made a vow to fight for and to protect each other.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Chad is very protective of those who need defending. He put his life on the line for Yuuichi and Karin against Hollows before his powers even manifested.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: As a child, Chad would use his size to intimidate other kids and hit any kid who annoyed him.
  • But Not Too Foreign: He's half-Japanese and half-Mexican, and was bullied over his unusual appearance when he was younger.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of his fights put him on the giving or receiving end of one of these. He's twice been able to defeat a semi-powerful yet lower mook of an arc, only to get taken down quickly by a much higher level opponent.
  • Fighting from the Inside: He questions why the Soul Reapers are apparently helping Ichigo fight the villain, which he's been mind-controlled into thinking is a friend. Tsukishima's retaliation to his doubts about the past he created is an attempted Mind Rape which is foiled by Urahara and Isshin.
  • Gentle Giant: He's by far the tallest of the group but he's very soft-spoken and loves cute things. He's even tried hugging Kon in the past, much to Kon's horror.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When he finds Ichigo slumped on the battlefield in a funk of depression, he physically lifts Ichigo and throws him into a wall before yelling some sense into his head. Sado handles learning the truth about Uryuu's defection better than Ichigo does and is capable of bring Ichigo round quickly.
  • Made of Iron: Before his powers awakened, he was capable of shrugging off being hit by a giant steel girder that fell from a great height.
  • Martial Pacifist: For all his great strength and fighting ability, Sado was taught by his grandfather to never use his fists in a bad way. As a result, Sado only ever fights to protect others and won't raise a finger to protect himself or fight for the wrong cause, and later channels his strength into a succesful boxing career.
  • Multiple-Choice Past:
    • Chad originally tells Ichigo he's from Okinawa. Later on, he tells Ichigo he's from Mexico. When Ichigo calls him out on the inconsistency, Chad pretends he can't remember ever telling Ichigo he came from Okinawa. Eventually, he admits he was telling the truth both times: he was born in Okinawa until his parents were killed when he was eight, whereupon he was sent to Mexico to live with his grandfather.
    • The Anime creates one of these by changing Chad's background with his grandfather. In the manga, Chad's grandfather lectured him on fighting only to protect instead of to cause pain and Chad took those words to heart, making a promise to do exactly that. The anime changes this to Chad's grandfather getting beaten up by the parents of the people Chad had beaten up and Chad, in horror, mends his ways and makes a vow to never raise his fists for himself again.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: In the final arc, Sado wears a short-sleeved, high collar jacket that ends at his knees and exposes his shirtless chest.
  • Power Fist: His Fullbring manifests as two of these:
    • His right arm transforms into a black appendage with red markings called Brazo Derecha de Gigante, which can be used to charge an attack called El Directo or transform into a shield to block attacks.
    • His left arm transforms into a white appendage with red markings called Brazo Izquierda del Diablo, which can unleash a powerful punch called La Muerte, which carves a skull-shaped crater into whatever is behind the target.
  • Raised by Grandparents: His parents died when he was a little boy, so he spent a good part of his life under the watch of a Mexican Cool Old Guy named Oscar Joaquin de la Rosa, whom he referred to as "abuelo" (Spanish for grandfather).
  • Shirtless Scene: In the Thousand Year old Blood War arc, Urahara puts Chad in an outfit that looks almost taken from Arabian Nights and includes this.
  • Touched by Vorlons: He was born with spiritual power which Aizen posits was locked away until awakened by Ichigo's reiatsu and the Hougyoku. It's eventually revealed that Fullbringers are born with their power because one of their parents survived a Hollow attack, which left behind a residue that was passed on to their offspring via tainting the mother.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The coin he wears around his neck originally belonged to his grandfather who is now deceased.
  • The Worf Effect: The go-to guy for this trope. Tite Kubo has used him to establish the threat-level of captains (defeated by Kyouraku), fracciones (Ichigo just barely managed to prevent him from being one-shotted by D-Roy, the weakest of Grimmjow's fraccions), and Nnoitra. And the multiple power-ups Chad gets between these fights don't seem to help in the slightest.

SPOILER ALERT: The following folder is a Walking Spoiler, so all spoilers are unmarked.

    Epilogue Characters 

Kazui Kurosaki

"Me...? I'm Kazui Kurosaki. I'm kind of a Soul Reaper too!"

Kazui Kurosaki is a human with Soul Reaper powers and the son of Ichigo Kurosaki and Orihime Inoue. Bubbly, curious, and adventurous, he enjoys running around his father's old hideaways and hangouts. He has inherited his father's Soul Reaper powers and is able to become a Soul Reaper at will. He has a Zanpakuto with a tsuba in the shape of a manji, reminiscent of his father's Bankai.
  • Call-Back: His Zanpakuto's sealed form heavily resembles Tensa Zangetsu's original form, being a katana with a manji-shaped hilt. Also, his meeting with Ichika Abarai, Rukia and Renji's daughter, mirrors how Ichigo met Rukia in the first place: with her coming out of nowhere into Ichigo's room, introducing herself as a Soul Reaper before being shocked by his spiritual power.
  • Curious as a Monkey: Seems to love exploring and is more intrigued than freaked out by Yhwach's remnants than anything, reaching out to touch them even though they scare Captain-level shinigami half-to-death.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: His eyes are an amber-orange that match his hair.
  • Free-Range Children: As mentioned, Kazui is an energetic little scamp who often wanders off by himself. But he never gets into too much trouble and the Shun Shun Rika lets Mom know where he is at all times. Kazui himself is also far from helpless and the other spiritually-aware individuals of Karakura Town (i.e. the Visored) seem to know who he is.
  • Generation Xerox: Kazui grew up in the Kurosaki clinic, has an innate spiritual powers inherited from his father and mother, and bumps into another young Soul Reaper when she spontaneously appears in his house. This along with his Strong Family Resemblance makes Kazui a more cheerful version of his father.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Inherits Ichigo's Soul Reaper powers just like Ichigo did from his own father. Interestingly enough, Kazui does not seem to need to separate from his physical body the way his father and grandfather do when using them, instead manifesting his powers over his clothes similarly to his father's Fullbring. Also, while it may have been a one-off gag, Kazui may have inherited his father's trademark Super Speed, with Hiyori saying that Kazui "runs like the wind", vanishing from sight after just one panel.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: He inherited Soul Reaper powers from his father, and activates them in a manner similar to Ichigo's Fullbring. His zanpakuto even resembles his father's (former) Bankai, the original form of Tensa Zangetsu.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He's a young child but was able to destroy Yhwach's remnants just by curiously touching them.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kazui has his father's face and hair colour, and his mother's eyes and smile. As a result, he manages to look like both Ichigo and Orihime at the same time.
  • Super Mode: He activates his Soul Reaper powers in much the same way as his father's Fullbring, manifesting a Shihakushō uniform and zanpakuto over his clothes.

Ichika Abarai

"I'm Ichika Abarai! A Soul Reaper apprentice!"

Ichika Abarai is the daughter of Rukia Kuchiki and Renji Abarai. An apprentice Soul Reaper, she is brash and aggressive, and has a zanpakuto with a lightning bolt-shaped tsuba.
  • Big "WHAT?!": She boastfully introduces herself as a Soul Reaper to Kazui, while holding him at sword point. His response is not what she expected: when he cheerfully tells her that he's a Soul Reaper, too, she lets out a shocked yell.
  • The Bully: It's implied that she picks on those who are weaker than her, which isn't helped by her parents' rather hands-off and casual approach to keeping tabs on her.
    Rukia: Don't worry, she's a Soul Reaper! With mere humans as her opponents she'll be sure to come out on top!
    Ichigo: So she's some bully who picks on helpless humans?! Go frickin' find her for crying out loud!
  • Fiery Redhead: Ichika inherited her father's red hair and her parents' brash attitude, being energetic and passionate.
  • Free-Range Children: Like Kazui, it's apparently normal for Ichika to go off on her own despite being a child. Unlike Kazui, her parents are terrible at keeping tabs on her and are remarkably happy-go-lucky when faced with the prospect of Ichika potentially abusing some humans or spirits with her Soul Reaper powers.
  • Hair Decorations: She ties up her ponytail with a white ribbon.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She has her mother Rukia's features (especially her eyes) and her father Renji's hair.
  • Sword Pointing: When introducing herself to Kazui, she draws her zanpakuto and points it at him.