Characters: Bleach: Ichigo's Companions
Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach
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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."
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- Ichigo Kurosaki
Ichigo Kurosaki is the main character and initially something of an Anti-Hero
. He's snarky and likes to look like a tough guy, but he actually likes 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 sword is known as Zangetsu, a powerful but direct sword mostly lacking in flashy abilities.
"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."
Species: Soul Reaper
Zanpakutō: Sode no Shirayuki
Affiliation: Soul Society
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- Rukia Kuchiki
Rukia 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 wields the Sode no Shirayuki and 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.
"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."
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- Orihime Inoue
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 brother. During the hollow attack that the conflict with Uryu trigged she gains an unusual ability: By manifesting aspects of her soul as individual entities through the use of her hair pins, she can create barriers, undo damages or cut things in half by creating a barrier inside them. However, this last ability, called the Shun Shun Rikka, is notably rooted in killing intent, which is completely nonexistent for Orihime. Because of this, her role is largely confined to that of a support role.
Yasutora "Chad" Sado
"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!"
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- Yasutora "Chad" Sado
Chad is Ichigo's large, quiet 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 the 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mighty Glacier: He can take a lot of punishment and even back in Soul Society he could dish it out, but speed has never been his strong point even after he learns a flash step variant during Hueco Mundo.
- 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), and Nnoitra.
"I am calm. That's why I can fight you!"
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- Uryu Ishida
Uryu is a member of the Quincy, a clan of warrior archers who specialized in the annihilation of hollows and their souls. The annihilation of the souls destroyed the balance between the souls of the living and the dead which threatened existence itself. This created a conflict with the soul reapers who protect the balance of souls, eventually leading to war between them and ultimately the near-extinction of the Quincy. Despite this, Uryu's grandfather taught him not to blame the soul reapers for what happened and to acknowledge the fault in the Quincy beliefs. Uryu's attitude towards the soul reapers changed, however, when his grandfather was killed by hollows and the soul reapers refused to come to his aid until he was already dead. 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 ranged 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.
- Aloof Ally: And he keeps insisting on being this 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 as an arrogant, aloof person 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'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 helped 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.
- 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.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Scores incredibly high in tests. Is a badass example of the Archer Archetype. Is very eccentric but some of his quirks border on Fridge Brilliance. Particularly his dislike for buttons.
- The Chew Toy: Prone to getting some harsh abuse piled on him, both comedic and otherwise.
- Chainsaw Good: Laser Chainsaw even better.
- 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. Girls love the end result, boys definitely do not.
- 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.
- 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 and the belief that the Soul Society could have prevented it. 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.
- Dysfunctional Family: Uryuu has a Missing Mom, his grandfather died in a really ugly way, and his relationship with his father is bad enough that he refers to him by his first name and doesn't seem too surprised when Ryuken seems to be trying to kill him when he was actually restoring his powers.
- 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 almost random hints that he would join the Vandenreich.
- He shows apprehension at joining Ichigo in returning to Hueco Mundo to save an Arrancar. He claims that it's because of him being Quincy.
- Quilge Opie knew of his name and commented on his understanding of Ishida's abilities.
- The cover page for Chapter 480 (the very first chapter of The Thousand-Year Blood War Arc) features several members of the Vandenreich and Ichigo with an unknown Quincy standing in the middle with his face out of frame but it appears to be Uryu, and guess who he joins?
- Freudian Excuse: He begins to hate Soul Reapers after it appears that they let his grandfather die. Ichigo points out that this is pretty stupid considering his grandfather's teachings and it turns out Mayuri was responsible for the slow response in the first place.
- Gratuitous German: Some of the more advanced Quincy techniques fall into this.
- 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.
- 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: Ichigo and his friends believed Uryu was the last Quincy. When Ryuken reveals he still possesses Quincy powers and Souken officially named him as "The Last", it becomes a case of Uryu apparently being the last practicing Quincy and Ryuken being the last (retired) Quincy master. It turns out they're the last two Quincies following the old ways.
- Locked Out of the Loop:
- Both Ryuuken and Souken know why Ryuken hates being a Quincy so much. Neither of them 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Parental Abandonment: Uryuu's estranged from his father to the point that he calls him "Ryuuken" instead of "Dad" or "Father". It's implied that 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.
- Psmith Psyndrome: Ishida's name is first seen as the #1 listing on the midterm class rankings. Despite the fact that they have been in the same class for at least a couple months by then, Ichigo draws a complete blank on the name. He reads the kanji for Uryu (雨竜) aloud as "Ametatsu"...a legit first-level reading but one that produces a female name. Ichigo's classmates take the opportunity to lampshade how socially oblivious he is and how bad he is at remembering names.
- 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.
- The Southpaw: He uses his left hand for sewing and drawing his bow.
- 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.
- Stoic Spectacles: Uryuu plays things close to the chest most of the time giving him an air of being cool, calm and measured. This is lampshaded by Ulquiorra when Uryuu goes on the offensive against him after Ulquiorra blasts a hole through Ichigo's chest. Ulquiorra is surprised by Uryuu's attack because he felt Uryuu was the calmest member of the team and therefore not the kind to attack in anger. Uryuu merely replies that he IS calm and that's why he's capable of counterattacking.
- 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.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Ishida chose to use hollow bait to attract hollows for a contest between himself and Ichigo. Unfortunately, as a result of those actions, an excessive number of powerful hollows turned up, including a Gillian-class menos grande which allowed Soul Society to locate the missing Rukia, kick-starting the Soul Society arc. This causes Ishida consternation as the tiny amount of bait he used should never have caused such consequences. And it didn't: Aizen was responsible. He took advantage of Ishida's contest to set up a strength test for Ichigo and was actually the one who kick-started the Soul Society arc.
- 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 Grandfather: To Mayuri, in a situation that remains unresolved.