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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."
Ichigo Kurosaki is the main character and initially something of an Anti-Hero
. He's snarky and tends to act like a tough guy, but he actually wants to protect people. At the beginning of the series, he's spiritually aware, but unable to use any sort of spiritual abilities. Rukia grants him soul reaper powers, after which his power skyrockets to a level she finds incredible. Because she accidentally lost her own powers in the process of empowering him, he briefly takes on her duties and improves accordingly. When a conflict with Uryu Ishida leads to an attack on the World of the Living by a powerful hollow, Soul Society is able to locate and retrieve Rukia, prompting Ichigo to lead his friends on an assault of Soul Society to rescue Rukia.
While he began the series as a human, he keeps adding new powers and abilities to his default Soul Reaper powers. His growth rate is amazing, but it applies almost entirely to pure power: His specs are great, but he stays at roughly the same competence level from the end of Soul Society to the current events. His zapakutou is known as Zangetsu
, a large and powerful cleaver-like sword capable of firing spirit particles into concentrated energy blasts. His Bankai is Tensa Zangetsu
, a slender pitch-black nodachi which compresses his latent abilities, allowing him to move at blinding speeds.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the anime, Ichigo's eyes are dark brown. In the manga, they're a much lighter shade of brown. Also, 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 always been 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: In his fight with Ulquiorra, being taken over by his Hollow caused his memory for the period to black out.
- Angst? What Angst?: Invoked: He seems to take that whole Big Brother Is Watching thing with Ukitake in stride. His passiveness about it was so frank that it even unnerved both Ishida and Ginjo. Ichigo does provide an explanation: He's in the middle of a fight, so it's essentially a scare-tactic. Ichigo knows this, so he very typically tries to ignore it, which would play this trope straight. The information isn't important enough to worry about right this second and he already knew anyway.
- Anti-Hero: Starts off as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who rejects his duties as a Substitute Soul Reaper, but comes to embrace and even take pride in his duty.
- 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. 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.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: So many hollows turned up after Uryuu released his hollow bait that Ichigo and Uryuu were forced to fight back-to-back.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Ichigo has an inner hollow that empowers him. It takes him a long time to master the power, and he goes through a few terrible experiences along the way.
- Badass Boast: The way he introduces himself to Renji.
"The name is Ichigo. I'm the one who's going to beat your ass. How's it going?"
- Badass Longcoat: His appearance while using Tensa Zangetsu. Nicknamed the 'pimpcoat'.
- Badass and Child Duo: Ichigo looked after Nel throughout the Arrancar arc. This paid off when it turned out she was an amnesiac former espada stuck in Sleep Mode Size.
- Battle Aura: His reiatsu acts as one, but special mention goes to his fight with Kenpachi Zaraki and Zangetsu (in the anime), when it manifested in the form of his Hollow mask.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Ichigo's constant struggle with his inner hollow and later against Tensa Zangetsu's true form in the Deicide chapters.
- Battle in the Rain: In both the aptly-named "Memories in the Rain" mini-arcs.
- Does this with Getsuga Tenshou against Zangetsu in the Muramasa Filler.
- Also during the Arrancar arc Ichigo in his second Hollow form has one with Ulquiorra. Ulquiorra's Cero Oscuras isn't quite up to task, however.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: It's an older sibling's duty to protect their younger siblings. Don't threaten his younger siblings and don't be an older sibling that threatens your own younger siblings.
- BFS: Even when it was in sealed form in the early chapters/episodes, his zanpakuto was still huge, a sign of his uncontrolled, unusually high spiritual power. His Shikai is a six-foot khyber knife with cloth hilt wrap for a handle and, after being upgraded by his Fullbring traces, resembles an equally massive bowie knife and Yhwach's reishi sword with a proper hilt and a chain attached to the end.
- Big Brother Instinct: Older siblings mistreating younger siblings is a major Berserk Button. He will even consider killing someone who's threatening his own family. This becomes the basis for the fourth movie. Yuzu gets killed after film's big bad reveal causing Ichigo to utterly flip out into his second Hollow form and literally blow up all five levels of Hell trying to kill the Big Bad.
- Big "Shut Up!": In 475, Ichigo gives one so big, it shatters Yukio's barrier, to his... surprise. It was directed at Ishida of all people.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Before suppressing his Hollow side, an indication that he was losing control is that the sclera would begin to turn black. After suppression, it loses this meaning.
- Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes are empty black holes in his second full Hollow form (likely a symbol for his lack of humanity).
- 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 incredible power and talent as a Soul Reaper from his father and he's also part Quincy thanks to his mother.
- Break Her Heart To Save Her: Ichigo does this to Tatsuki when she confronts him about Inoue's disappearance and his spiritual activities in the Arrancar arc.
- 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 shinigami that left him with the reflexes and speed to be an effective fighter even after his powers has left him.
- Brown Eyes: He fits down-to-earth and stable trustworthiness associated with characters of this trope.
- 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.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Getsuga Tenshou!", "Mugetsu." Somewhat justified in that both Urahara and Zangetsu, when teaching Ichigo how to use the Getsuga Tenshou on command, outright state that knowing the name of your attack will drastically increase its power.
- Catch and Return: Does this in his fight against Quilge Opie.
- Character Development: After the Fullbringer debacle, 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 almost any female Ichigo interacts with. It's almost 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 Child!Nel clingy and jealous of Ichigo in response to Rukia talking to Ichigo.
- 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 the Vandenreich are tracking down five Special War Potentials. Ichigo was not only identified as one, but Yhwach himself made an attempt to drag him back to the Vandenreich to "re-educate" him to serve the Vandenreich. Furthermore, Koryaku Shunsui, now the Captain-Commander, personally travels to the World of the Living to inform Ichigo's friends that he will have to part ways with them in the near future.
- Combat Pragmatist: Has traces of this; while he's not always partial to the idea of attacking from behind, he's more than willing to attack someone while they're in the middle of talking, most notably against Renji. On one occasion he even one-shots a Sternritter before his opponent can complete his Explaining Your Power to the Enemy speech.
- Combo Platter Powers: A human with Soul Reaper, Hollow, and at least some Quincy abilities.
- 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.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The final Getsuga Tenshou technique, Mugetsu. It uses up all of his Soul Reaper powers in a single (extremely powerful) attack, rendering him powerless afterward. He can't get them back easily, either.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His reiatsu, Getsuga Tenshou, and Zanpakuto are pitch black when he enters Bankai. After Zangetsu is reforged into a proper Asauchi, his Shikai blades are pitch black as well.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His mother got killed and eaten by a Hollow in front of him, what do you expect?
- Deadpan Snarker: When the situation isn't too serious he tends to snark at his companions' odder traits.
- Determinator: If he has to win, he'll keep fighting until he wins. Almost as if his Catch Phrase is "It's not because I can win or not. It's because I have to win". His zanpakutou is also quite focused on ensuring Ichigo continues being a determinator being very angry with Ichigo when his resolve is so shaken his inner world has flooded with despair.
- Dissonant Serenity: After his return from his Training from Hell to fight Aizen.
- 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.
- 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
- During the Arrancar arc, Ichigo has to battle the manifestation of his Hollow powers to keep them from corroding his sanity. The avatar of his Hollow powers warn him that he should always be on the alert because if he ever comes close to death, he will turn into a Hollow. When Ichigo is nearly killed at the hands of Ulquiorra, he becomes a full Hollow and awakens to devastating consequences.
- During the Quincy war, it turns out that Old Man Zangetsu was also an Enemy Within of sorts: He was trying to slow Ichigo's growth rate as a Soul Reaper because he was supposed to kill him if he used non Quincy abilities. The whole time he was suppressing Ichigo's powers to avoid this confrontation. Technically, this means that it wasn't Ichigo's Hollow powers that were acting rebellious and putting his life in danger, but his Quincy powers.
- Establishing Character Moment: His 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.
- Evil Mask of Power: Starting with his fight with Byakuya, Ichigo's Hollow mask would start to form if he started to crack under stress during battle, or if someone (i.e. Hiyori) pushed him too far, causing him to transform into a raging Hollow. After subjugating his Hollow powers, he became able use his mask without fear of losing his sanity. At the same time, however, using the mask causes his darker personality traits to surface and was the catalyst for his own self-destructive behavior during the Hueco Mundo arc all the way up to his near-death and Hollowfication in the Lust chapters.
- 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. Eventually, Ichigo learns his hollow powers are actually a fusion of White's Hollowfication virus (which was passed on to him from his mother) and his soul reaper powers, thus making his hollow avatar his real zanpakuto spirit.
- Exotic Eye Designs: His eyes glow blue whenever he gains Heroic Resolve, and his sclera turns black with yellow irises when he uses his Hollow mask.
- Eye Scream: Takes a sword slice across the eyes as part of his Fullbring training. He learns to fight regardless, and it was later healed.
- Failure Knight: "I loved my mom. (...) She filled up the center our family revolved around. From that center, I stole mom from them, I did...!"
- 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.
- Genre Savvy: Ichigo is well aware the villains regard him as a good candidate for the Breaking Speech. He's sick to the back teeth of it and isn't beyond telling them so. The anime tends to combine this with No Fourth Wall for certain filler episodes by putting Ichigo into the role of Only Sane Man for comedy purposes. He can tell what's going to happen based on the genre and sometimes even questions who on earth has been writing the episode.
- The Gift: Ichigo has an innate fighting talent that allows him to develop his combat abiilities at a truly phenomenal growth rate. He was able to become capable of fighting, and defeating, lieutenants and captains after just ten days 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 god-mode Aizen. All the various powers his mixed heritage has given him merely distract from the fact that his combat ability is completely innate. Various characters in the manga have lampshaded this, observing timing 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.
- Got the Call on Speed Dial: After losing his Shinigami powers Ichigo fell into a slump despite trying to convince himself he finally had the peaceful life he desired. However, after the Time Skip, he's shown to feel lost without those powers, and thus he jumped at the first opportunity to regain his powers and later confessed that, deep down, he had wanted power to protect other people.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His mother was a human and his father is a retired Soul Reaper captain, meaning that he's basically a human/ghost hybrid. Then he becomes part-Hollow while regaining his powers. It's later revealed his mother was a Hollowfied Quincy, so he's inherited Quincy powers and natural Hollowfication powers on top of all that. Unfortunately, that only sets Ichigo up for failure: His Soul Reaper abilities didn't come about the normal way, leaving him unable to make full use of them. When Zangetsu breaks, it can't be fixed or replaced by any methods Squad Zero possesses, and he's kicked out of the Soul Society by Oetsu Nimaiya as a result.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: He does his hard work, but the hard work always seems to make him stronger than it should.
- 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.
- Heinz Hybrid: A Human-Soul Reaper-Hollow-Quincy. In the fourth movie, he even becomes the Avatar of Hell, which brought a whole new set of powers. Ichigo identifies himself as a substitute Soul Reaper, and when he fails to bond with an Asauchi - the base form of all Zanpakuto - and Ouetsu Nimaiya calls him a "fake Soul Reaper" he... doesn't take it well.
- The Hero: Courageous, reckless, blunt and eventually grows to be a hero that puts himself on the line for others.
- Heroic BSOD:
- Ichigo falls into this after he regains his sanity during his fight with Ulquiorra. Seeing that his Hollow form had stabbed Uryu and brutally maimed Ulquiorra to the point of death plunges Ichigo's Inner World into a literal sea of despair. It literally takes three months of hellish training in the Inner World with Tensa Zangetsu to snap him out of it.
- During the Fullbringer Arc, Ichigo is brought to the brink when Tsukishima turns all his family and friends against him, and Ginjo pushes him over that edge by robbing him of what little power he'd managed to accumulate. It requires the help of Soul Society to break him out of it.
- During the 1000 Year Blood War arc, Tensa Zangetsu is broken and Ichigo finds out the majority of his enemies know more about his family than he does. The one thing keeping him going is the thought of getting his sword fixed, but the one person capable of doing so calls him a "fake Soul Reaper" and sends him home. When he confronts his father, his expression is pretty broken.
- He's Back: Lampshaded by Gin, who, after having assessed his state of mind during the Karakura Town and realising he couldn't defeat Aizen, takes one look at Ichigo's eyes after his dangai training session and realises Ichigo's resolve is genuine.
- 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.
- Hot-Blooded: In earlier parts of the story he tended to be very reckless and emotional, though after the end of Deicide he mostly cooled off.
- 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.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Ichigo insists on several occasions that he just wants to live a normal life free of the chaos that being a substitute Shinigami caused. He insists this even more frequently after losing his powers and obtaining a normal life. In the end, he jumps at the first opportunity to regain his powers.
- Identical Stranger: Bears quite a resemblance to Kaien Shiba (both in personality and looks). Several characters have noticed. Turns out to be a case of Strong Family Resemblance.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In order, Ichigo has been stabbed by Rukia, Grand Fisher, Byakuya, Kenpachi twice, Byakuya again, Shiro, Ulquiorra twice, Tensa Zangetsu, Ginjou twice, and 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 Uryuu 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.
- Ironic Echo: Ichigo's remarks to Aizen after pulling off a Barehanded Blade Block are pretty much exactly the same as what Aizen said after blocking Ichigo's blade in their first meeting. He even lampshades their reversal of positions.
- Jerkass Façade: In school, he was carefully cultivating the image of an all-around jerkass. At least prior to Kon first hijacking his body and ruining the rep by acting like a Cassanova towards his female classmates. Later on, he would only go into jerk-mode when trying to protect his friends and family.
- Lamarck Was Right: Soul Reaper powers from a Soul Reaper heritage. And Quincy powers from a Quincy heritage.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He has a bad habit of rushing in without thinking. He lampshades it himself during the Lost Agent arc, telling Uryuu the only reason he held back from attacking was because Uryuu was the brainy one who could come up with the strategy. Uryuu, however, couldn't come up with a plan fast enough for Ichigo's liking, so Ichigo charged in anyway.
- One of the first examples is when he tries to charge head long at a Menos Grande - a hollow taller than a skyscraper. His plan was to hack away at its body until its head was low enough to hit... It just kicked him away.
- He ignores Soul Society's plan to prepare for the Winter War in order to charge in and save Orihime. Exactly as he was expected to.
- Rushes into Hueco Mundo again to fight the Vandenreich due to being unaware of the gravity of the situation.
- Rushes directly towards the enemy leader, the same guy who just killed the Captain Commander. Obviously, it doesn't go well and if not for using Quincy powers he might have been killed right there.
- Lightning Bruiser: His power doesn't simply give him great strength, it gives him great speed as well.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Ichigo has a habit of running into people that know more about his family than he does.
- 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.
- Man in White: Dons a white Shihakushō and cloak following his training with Squad Zero.
- 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.
- 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 Kon uses his body to do exactly this.
- 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 stop.
- Mr. Fanservice: Is the most frequent 'victim' of Clothing Damage, and remarkably well-built for his age.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: He immediately asks if killing Tsukishima will dispel his mind manipulation. The answer is yes, but if Tsukishima died at all Byakuya did it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Ichigo has a tendency to be used by an Arc Villain in a manner where his powers end up helping the Arc Villain in some way. Cue Heroic BSOD followed by Heroic Resolve moments as he takes the blame and then finds the resolve to fix his mistake. The anime has a fondness for using this in filler arcs.
- Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: Ichigo is a combination of human, Soul Reaper, Hollow, and Quincy.
- 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.
- Only Sane Man: The omakes usually have him playing this to everyone else's antics.
- Perpetual Frowner: His default expression. Apparently, he does this on purpose. He gets irritated when Kon ruins his image by being all cheerful and smiling.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: When saving Chad from a local gang during his and Ichigo's backstory.
"Hello. Can you send an ambulance? ...Please send [counts off number of thugs] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Five ambulances."
- Platonic Life Partners: His relationship with Rukia is described as "Closer than friends, but not lovers."
- Please Put Some Clothes On: His default reaction whenever Yoruichi shows too much skin.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: The Final Getsuga Tenshou turns his hair black.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: His two Hollow forms and his Final Getsuga Tensho form all have mullets.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Uryu's and Chad's blue.
- Repower: Subverted during the Fullbring arc. He started to learn to use Fullbring abilities which quite similar to both his former Hollow and Soul Reaper powers but in the end Ginjo steals them and the Soul Reapers return his normal abilities to him, with a power increase due to the remnants of his Fullbring merging with them.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ichigo usually sports Tranquil Fury at his angriest. That said, Tsukishima pushed him so far back and pressed so many buttons that Ichigo was reduced to nothing but murderous intent in a human shell for a short while.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to either Ishida or Chad. The latter has traits common to both types.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Mentioned once or twice in regards to Rukia in the early days of the manga, but not revisited since. The anime plays with it much more, however.
- Slasher Smile: Whenever he Hollowfies or lets himself loose in the heat a fight, Ichigo can be caught flashing some rather unnerving smiles. His Hollow mask also sports a similar grin.
- 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.
- Super Mode: His final Getsuga Tenshou form.
- Super Power Meltdown: The first time he uses his bankai, his power compresses so much that even he can't handle the the pressure it exerts, which begins to slowly destroy his speed and leaves him more vulnerable to his inner hollow. Combined, these two drawbacks make his bankai unstable and it takes him quite some time to get back on par with his performance in the fight against Byakuya, when he became so fast that one of the speediest captains was completely unable to keep up. His first major fight after the Soul Society arc is with Grimmjow, who comments that his bankai gives him nothing more than a moderate increase in speed.
- 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 Soul Reaper Flash Step.
- Super Toughness: On top of the normal shinigami supernatural toughness, Ichigo has Blut Vene as well, meaning he has both Shinigami and Quincy methods of obtaining supernatural toughness. Shinigami and Quincies only have one or the other.
- Sword Beam: His Zanpakutou's ability, Getsuga Tenshou.
- 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. Eventually he pities Aizen for his loneliness and Ginjo for his despair.
- Tainted Volcanic Veins: His veins bulge and glow when he uses the Blut Vene technique to survive a short skirmish with Yhwach.
- Technicolor Blade: His Asauchi's sword form is pure white.
- Tempting Fate: In the Soul Society arc, he expresses confidence that Chad is undefeatable... right before Chad's first case of being hit with The Worf Effect.
- 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.
- Later, 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 the Big Bad and ends up ridiculously strong.
- 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 Kokuto. 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.
- Tranquil Fury
- His Deicide fight with Aizen.
- His reaction after entering into Soul Society towards the end of the Vandenreich's massacre just after Yamamoto's death.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: It is repeatedly said he bears a great deal of resemblance both in looks and personality to his cousin Kaien Shiba.
- 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.
- Was It All a Lie?: Ichigo asks this question upon learning the truth about Old Man Zangetsu. "Zangetsu" explains he represents Ichigo's Quincy power and has been suppressing Ichigo's soul reaper power because he didn't want Ichigo to become a soul reaper. However, aside from lying about his identity, he says he hasn't lied about anything else.
- 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.
- The Worf Barrage: A common way to show how powerful the opponent is occurs when they can fend off Getsuga Tenshou. Until the Deicide Arc and the point of returning his Soul Reaper powers again.
- The Worf Effect: Ichigo went through this early in the manga to establish the newly-appeared Byakuya's power level.
- You Can't Go Home Again: According to Kyoraku, there is an unlikely possibility of Ichigo obtaining from the Royal Guard a type of power that means he won't be allowed to ever enter the World of the Living ever again. Kyouraku doesn't explain what that power might be.
- You Killed My Father: He swears he will kill the Hollow Grand Fisher after learning he killed his mother. However, his father beats him to the punch.
Click here to see her pre-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 is the lieutenant of the 13th Division within the Gotei 13, and is the trigger for the series starting from when she meets Ichigo in his room and discovers he is capable of seeing her. She quickly loses a fight against the hollow she encounters and awakens Ichigo's abilities shortly after so that he can save his family. The initially episodic story begins building a real story arc after she is hauled back to Soul Society for failure to report in and empowering Ichigo in the first place. Turns out that that was illegal.
Rukia tends to be quite sarcastic and aggressive. She's convinced she's an amazing artist, so whenever anyone insults her drawings she promptly hits them. She shows great proficiency with kido and at the start of the story is in a position far below her actual ability level, which is actually that of a seated officer. Her snow-white zanpakutou, Sode no Shirayuki
, is regarded as the most beautiful in all of Soul Society and is capable of utilizing ice-based attacks.
- 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.
- An Ice Person: Her zanpakuto, Sode no Shirayuki, can generate towers and waves of ice.
- Art Shift: Whenever Rukia tries to explain things using poorly-drawn bunnies and other animals.
- Badass Adorable: She's small and cute, but her competence level is that of a high-ranked officer and eventually takes over as lieutenant of her squad.
- Baleful Polymorph: At the end of chapter 469 Riruka uses her Love Gun to turn Rukia into an adorable dog-like plushie.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: Don't insult her drawings, however crude they may be. And God help you if you actually manage to besmirch Kaien Shiba's honor on her watch; that's one lesson that Aaroniero learned the hard way. Also, never make fun of her love for Chappie the Rabbit... you will regret it.
- Big Brother Worship: Byakuya may be aloof, but Rukia has a great deal of respect for him.
- Break the Cutie: Started off a homeless child, became a soul reaper and got adopted into nobility and away from what friends she had. Her brother rarely speaks to her and never looks at her. Her idol Miyako and her husband (and Rukia's mentor and crush) Kaien are both killed, the latter by Rukia herself. She then gets stuck in the human world and then dragged back while her new friends are nearly killed trying to protect her, one of whom looks like her old crush. She is sentenced to be executed, her brother apparently abandons her and Gin Ichimaru personally goes out of his way to break her resolve for no real reason. After this, however, everything turns out okay.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Some no mai, Tsukishiro!", "Tsugi no mai, Hakuren!", "San no mai, Shirafune!", "Juhaku!", various Kido spells.
- Childhood Friends: With Renji.
- Closet Sublet: In the beginning, while trapped in the human world, Rukia takes up residence in Ichigo's closet, much to his dismay when he finds out. This only lasts until she returns to Soul Society. Averted at the beginning of the Arrancar Arc when Hitsugaya's Advance Guard briefly resides in the human world: Rukia - despite wanting to stay in his closet - shares the bedroom of Ichigo's sisters instead.
- Cuteness Proximity: Loves stuffed animals... except for Kon. She has a thing for rabbits - specifically Chappy - as well. Used as a Weaksauce Weakness in a fight against Riruka.
- Damsel in Distress: During the Soul Society arc as a result of losing her powers and being in the middle of a Heroic BSOD. 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 Shriekers' 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: See Failure Knight entry below.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has a lot of snarky banter with Ichigo.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Rukia avoids wearing shoes in the third film, especially as Dark Rukia.
- Failure Knight: Her reasons for being willing to be executed stem from not being able to save her Big Brother Mentor and first mentor, Kaien Shiba.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: After the time-skip, she wears her sleeves at different lengths.
- Fingerless Gloves: Now wears white, elbow-length tekkou.
- Horny Devil: Dressed as a succubus in a Halloween volume spread, and in its corresponding filler episode.
- I Just Want to Have Friends/I Just Want to Be Normal: 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 shinigami. 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 than actual age.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Very, very frequently, by Hollows (Fishbone D, prior to giving Ichigo her powers), by Soul Reapers (Aizen extracting the Hogyoku), by Espada (Grimmjow's hand and Aaroniero's trident), and by Ichigo (in the third movie). It's become a rather morbid recurring joke among fans.
- Kill the Ones You Love: She was forced to kill her Big Brother Mentor, Kaien Shiba, when he became possessed by a Hollow.
- 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.
- Magic Skirt: Quite a lot of the time.
- Ms. Fanservice: A lot more so in the anime, where we see her in a schoolgirl uniform, 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.
- 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.
- Not So Different: With Orihime:
Rukia: "I know the loneliness of being a prisoner. I know the joy you feel when your friends come to rescue you and the fear of them being injured and defeated. Do not fear, Inoue... I'm coming for you now..."
- Platonic Life Partners: Her relationship with Ichigo is described as "Closer than friends, but not lovers."
- Precision F-Strike: In the English dub of The 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 Riches: 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.
- Running Gag: Horrible drawings and obsession with rabbits.
- 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.
- Shorttank: Straightforward and brash, but also has a weakness for cute rabbits and shoujo manga.
- Sleep Mode Size: She shrinks to a size where she could bathe in Ichigo's coffee mug in the pilot.
- 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.
- Super Empowering: Transfers her Soul Reaper powers into Ichigo at the beginning of the series, awakening his own.
- Terrible Artist: One of her defining traits. Just don't tell her that.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Played with. It looks like she's a straight tomboy to Orihime's straight girly-girl. However, more subtly, Rukia's actually the girly-girl who's into dresses, cute things and bunnies, whereas Orihime practices martial arts for a hobby and is into robots and sci-fi.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Rukia is uncannily similar to her deceased older sister, Hisana.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Click here to see her pre-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."
Orihime Inoue is a classmate of Ichigo's who is introduced as having a crush on him because she finds his tough guy image comedic. Shortly after he gains his soul reaper powers, he saves her from her hollowified brother. Although Rukia tries to wipe her memories, she secretly remembers everything. In contrast to Rukia and Ichigo, she is bubbly, cheerful and acts rather scatterbrained. Despite this, she actually has top grades and has talent as a martial artist.
She starts the series as a completely powerless human who develops spiritual awareness after Ichigo saves her from her Hollowfied brother. During the hollow attack triggered by the conflict with Uryu, she gains an unusual ability called the Shun Shun Rikka
: By manifesting aspects of her soul as individual entities through the use of her hair pins, she can create barriers, undo damage or cut things in half by creating a barrier inside them. However, this last ability, called the Koten Zanshun, requires harnessing lethal intent, which Orihime has very little of. Because her offensive capability is therefore limited, for much of the story Orihime is largely confined to a support role in battle.
Yasutora "Chad" Sado
Yasutora "Chad" Sado
Click here to see his pre-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!"
Chad is Ichigo's large, quiet best friend. When he was younger, he would often pick fights until his grandfather taught him to raise his fist only to protect instead of cause pain. After promising his grandfather he would do so, Chad vowed never to fight for personal reasons again, making him one of the most calm and peaceful characters in the main cast. His friendship with Ichigo began when Ichigo stepped in to protect him and the pair made an agreement that they would fight for each other since Chad would not fight for himself.
During the hollow attack that arose from the conflict with Uryu, he gains a strange ability to cover his right arm in armor, which increases his strength and has the ability to fire energy blasts. This ability is known as a Fullbring, named Brazo Derecha de Gigante
and has been compared to the abilities used by hollows.
- 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. Bonus points because he couldn't actually see it, Rukia was telling him where to aim.
- 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.
- Brown Eyes: Stable, trustworthy and down-to-earth, Chad is a leading example of this trope.
- Calling Your Attacks: "El Directo", "La Muerte".
- Can't Catch Up: Poor Chad has been hit by this stick hard.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Almost all 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 Ginjou. Tsukishima's retaliation to his doubts about the past he created is an attempted Mind Rape which is foiled by Urahara and Isshin.
- Friendship Moment
- How Chad became friends with Ichigo is very heartwarming, and the lengths Chad will go to to protect his friends is incredibly touching.
- Also, Orihime doesn't forget to tell Ichigo that during the time he was depowered, both she and Chad did their best to get physically stronger and wait until he gets his powers back. Awww.
- From Bad to Worse: It's starting to become a tradition in the series; the moment Chad loses a fight the story takes a darker turn.
- Gentle Giant: Very soft-spoken and loves cute things.
- Genius Bruiser: He has rather good grades and can make rather sharp observations about what happens around him.
- Implausible Hair Color: His hair is brown rather than black.
- Made of Iron: Shrugged off getting hit by a falling steel beam before he got his powers. After them, despite being a normal human he can take a lot of punishment.
- Martial Pacifist: For all his great strength and fighting ability, Sado was taught by his grandfather to only ever use his fists to protect, and not to bully. 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.
- 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 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.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: A Mexican coin that his "Abuelo" Oscar gave him, and he outfitted as a necklace.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: The Soul Reapers typically take center stage, so much of Chad's Badass Decay can be contributed to this.
- Peek-a-Bangs <-> Blinding Bangs: He has long brown hair that tends to cover a lot of his face and frequently at least one eye.
- Perma Stubble: Has acquired a nice goatee.
- Power Fist: A good part of his powers manifest through this.
- The Quiet One: Even his Sweat Drop is subdued.
- 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," which is Spanish for grandfather.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Aside from his literal pink, Hawaiian shirt, he's almost as obsessed with cute things as Rukia.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Has traits of both types; he's Manly Man to Ishida and Sensitive Guy to Ichigo.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Maybe not in the stereotypical pretty boy way.
- Touched by Vorlons: He had power since he was born, but it was locked away and inaccessible until outside influences unlocked it. Ichigo and the Hougyoku The potential for his powers stem from one of his parents being attacked by a hollow and the residue of that attack being passed on to him via his mother before he was born also known as a Fullbring. The accuracy of this assessment is questionable, however.
- 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.
Click here to see his pre-Time Skip appearance
"I am calm. That's why I can fight you!"
Uryu is a member of the Quincy, a clan of warrior archers who specialized in the complete destruction of hollows and their component souls. The annihilation of the souls disrupted the balance between the realms of the living and the dead, threatening existence itself. This brought the clan into conflict with the soul reapers, charged with maintaining the balance of souls, culminating in a war that nearly destroyed the Quincies. Despite this, Uryu's grandfather taught him not to blame the soul reapers for what happened and to acknowledge that the Quincies were at fault for creating the disruption. Uryu's attitude towards the soul reapers changed, however, when his grandfather was attacked by hollows and the soul reapers sent to help arrived so late he had already been killed. Because of this, Uryu picked a fight with Ichigo and turned it into a hollow killing contest, which spiraled out of control and led to the story's first real plot arc.
Uryu is stoic, analytical and dishonest with his feelings
. He's also a nice guy once he loosens up a little, though his fashion sense is quite bizarre. His vitriolic friendship with Ichigo is a source of amusement for the rest of the group, particularly Orihime.
As a Quincy, he is the only fighter in the group that specializes in long-range combat and does not even carry a sword. His bow is known as Ginrei Kojaku
and as a spirit weapon contains a level of versatility not shown by most members of the main group.
- 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"...now 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.
- 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.
- Archer Archetype: Like all the Quincys. Ishida really lives up to this trope's Weapon of Choice facets, being tall and thin, cerebral and aloof, etc. Really, all he needs are pointy ears.
- 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.
- 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.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Ichigo when they fought off a mob of Hollows.
- 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: Uryuu 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.
- Bishounen: Uryuu has a very slender, delicate build and an exceptionally fair complexion for a male character.
- Berserk Button: Ishida tends to react quite poorly to insults against the Quincies and especially his grandfather. And don't get him started on the evils of literal buttons.
- 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.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Uryuu is severely estranged from his father Ryuuken. They don't live together anymore, Uryuu refers to his father by his first name (even colder in Japanese than in English), and Uryuu actually thought Ryuuken was trying to kill him instead of restoring his powers. Their relationship has been this bad at least since Souken's tragic, messy death...and the Missing Mom issue certainly hasn't helped.
- 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, Uryuu 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 Uryuu to reach his physical and mental limits.
- The Chew Toy: Prone to getting some harsh abuse piled on him, both comedic and otherwise.
- Chainsaw Good: Seele Schneider may be an old-fashioned weapon, but it's versatile, effective and, when used against the right opponent, unstoppable - as Cirucci discovered.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uryuu 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: Uryuu takes sewing and fashion very seriously, to the point that, when his Quincy cosplay is Played for Laughs, Uryuu 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 Uryuu 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 Uryuu seems to have a talent for women's fashion.
- Crazy-Prepared: He carries extra costumes around in case one gets damaged.
- 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. Uryuu even sews a cross onto the back of Kon's head. Uryuu 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: The most significant one of the group. He and Ichigo will give each other as good as they get.
- Distressed Dude: In the Bount arc, he's captured by the enemy while temporarily powerless.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Attemps this on Ichigo early in the series. Ichigo's response is more or less to tell him to shut his face.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Yhwach and Haschwalth are both utterly convinced Uryuu's got some sort of ulterior motive for joining the Wandenreich.
- Energy Bow: His signature weapon is a pure energy bow of the type where both bow and arrows are made of unmaterialized reishi.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Seele Schneider and more than once. Thankfully, it's not as often as Izuru Kira.
- Evil Costume Switch: Chapter 537 ends with the reveal that Uryuu is at the Vandenreich headquarters sporting a natty new Vandenreich uniform.
- 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.
- 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.
- Foreshadowing: There are three blink-and-you'll-miss-it hints that he will join the Vandenreich.
- He shows apprehension at joining Ichigo in returning to Hueco Mundo to save an Arrancar. Ichigo just assumes it's because Quincies are sworn to kill Hollows, but Uryuu never actually confirms this. Then Urahara suddenly appears, diverting all conversation away from Uryuu's motives.
- Quilge Opie not only knew of the Ishida family but commented on his understanding of Uryuu's abilities in particular.
- The cover page for Chapter 480 (the very first chapter of The Thousand-Year Blood War Arc) features partial profiles of several Quincies backgrounding Ichigo. Two are clearly Haschwalth and Bazz-B. Enough of the hairstyle can be seen on one of the other figures to suggest it's Uryuu.
- 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. Uryuu'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.
- Kicked Upstairs: Haschwalth thinks Yhwach made Uryuu his successor to create discord in the army. This focuses everyone's attention on Uryuu and thus makes it much harder for him to be disloyal to Yhwach in any way. It's hinted that Uryuu has also come to this conclusion about his appointment as successor.
- 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.
- Large Ham: Whenever he tries to act cool. "Tell Aizen that a Quincy has come! For the one you truly have to fear is not a Soul Reaper, but a Quincy!"
- Last of His Kind: Uryuu (and through him Ichigo's entire group) believed himself to be the last Quincy. Then they discovered that Uryuu 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 Uryuu as the last traditionalist Quincies. Uryuu is also the last mixed-blood Quincy left alive after the Selection.
- 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 Uryuu but Souken does indicate it'll eventually become very important to Uryuu'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 about the Ishida clan, and Uryu Ishida in particular, that he doesn't want Uryu and his friends knowing about.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Having his hand lopped off by Ulquiorra (just badly burnt and broken in the anime, but still looks gruesome), and later being impaled by Hollow Ichigo gets nary a whimper out of him.
- Medium Awareness: During the fight against Szayel-Aporro Grantz, Pessche 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.
- Missing Mom: He's noted to not talk about his family life much, so it took a long time to hear anything about his mother. Turns out her name was Kanae Katagiri, she was a half-blood Quincy raised by the Ishidas, and she collapsed and died nine years ago. The deaths of his mother and Ichigo's mother turn out to be connected.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Sewing has never been so awesome.
- Our Vampires Are Different: 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 estranged from his father to the point that he calls him "Ryuuken" instead of "Dad" or "Father". It's implied to be an inverted trope: Uryuu's distanced himself from his father rather than the more usual parent neglecting the child.
- 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.
- Putting on the Reich: When he approaches Yhwach, he's sporting a double-breasted, high-collar trench coat, a variation of the usual Vandenreich uniform.
- Rain of Arrows: Seriously, firing up to 1,200 shots in a second? Now THAT's something.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: When Uryuu was first introduced, at one point he was seen spying on Ichigo as he fought a hollow. All that could be seen of Uryuu 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.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to either Ichigo or Renji, depending on the fight.
- Sole Survivor: Holy Selection was intended to kill all Gemischt Quincies…and succeeded, except for Uryuu, who is now the last mixed-blood Quincy alive. Yhwach's stated reason for naming Uryu as his successor is that his mysterious survival implies that he has some power beyond even Yhwach's understanding.
- The Southpaw: He uses his left hand for sewing and drawing his bow. Particularly savvy opponents like Ulquiorra and Ginjo will specifically aim to disable Uryuu's left arm so he can't shoot back.
- 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: Uryuu 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 Uryuu's Tranquil Fury when Ichigo is felled with a massive hole in his chest, but Uryuu argues that he's still calm. Also, the manga defends how long it's taken for anything to be revealed about Uryuu's Missing Mom when Ichigo observes that Uryuu's extremely tight-lipped about his family situation.
- Student Council President: After the Time Skip.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: The flaw with his attempt to pass off intervening with Byakuya and Renji on Rukia's behalf as a late-night trip to the fabric store.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: He's very sarcastic and has a tendency to offer wry commentary on the situation.
- Trick Arrow: Ishida's battle against Cirucci Sanderwicci featured an arrow made of a chainsaw lightsaber.
- 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.
- Unexpected Successor: Yhwach has named Uryuu his heir as Emperor of the Vandenreich, supplanting Haschwalth, the previous favorite. The Stern Ritter are visibly and vocally shocked at the announcement and Haschwalth points out that the shock is intentional. Now all of them have their eyes on Uryuu and it's going to be much harder for him to betray the Vandenreich at any point.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Uryuu 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. Uryuu observes in confusion that such a tiny piece of hollow bait should never have had such an impact. He's right. Aizen used Uryuu'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 seeming very powerful, with the exception of the Captain Amagai filler arc where it basically disintegrates his opponent and his weapon.
- Also, Licht Regen does virtually nothing to Ulquiorra. Uryu knew what he was getting into, though.
- You Killed My Father: Uryuu pulls this on Mayuri, who killed his grandfather. Although he defeated Mayuri, the issue has never been fully resolved.