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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."
Sarcastic and grumpy, Ichigo originally attempted to cultivate a tough guy image to hide his sense of powerlessness at being unable to protect either people or the spirits he can secretly see. When Rukia gives him Soul Reaper powers, she's shocked by how quickly his abilities eclipse her own and forces him to assume her duties while she's powerless. When Soul Society retrieve the AWOL Rukia, Ichigo learns it's illegal for Soul Reapers to imbue humans with their power, so he begins an assault on Soul Society to save her.
His growth rate is phenomenal, quickly allowing him to surpass talented veterans. He has the ability to gain many different kinds of powers. However, because they interfere with each other, his competence level fluctuates until he's able to resolve the issue. His zanpakutou is Zangetsu, two large blades, one of which is huge and powerful, the other of which is a smaller, arm-length blade. His Bankai is Tensa Zangetsu, originally a slender pitch-black long sword which compresses his vast power within his body, allowing him to perform combat at blinding speeds and with great strength.
- Big "Shut Up!": In Chapters 474-5, the villain tries to break Ichigo with revealing knowledge, causing Uryuu to panic because he believes Ichigo isn't in the right state of mind to handle the truth. Ichigo's "shut up" leads straight into bankai before he reveals he's telling Uryuu to shut up, not the villain. He then orders to the villain to shut up as well.
- 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. When he takes the second hollow form, his hollow eyes are impossible to see except in one scene, emphasising his lack of humanity. Only when the mask cracks are his hollow eyes visible underneath before he finally transforms back into a human.
- Black Swords Are Better: When his sword enters Bankai, it's completely black from hilt to tip. His true zanpakutou blades are also black in shikai.
- Blood Knight: While he never actually actively seeks out fights unless they're against someone who's threatening his family, he does enjoy fighting a great deal. His Inner Hollow calls him a hypocrite that is only lying to himself when he denies this side of himself.
- Born Winner: He has inherited incredible power and talent as a Soul Reaper from his unusually powerful father and he's also inherited great Quincy power from his mother.
- Brought Down to Badass: Although he had trained with Tatsuki in a karate dojo for years before the start of the story, in the Lost Agent arc, he acknowledges it's his time spent as a Soul Reaper that left him with the reflexes and speed to be an effective fighter even after his powers 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: Ichigo was taught early on by Urahara and Zangetsu that calling out the name of an attack drastically increases its power. He therefore always calls his attacks when he fights.
- Catch and Return: Ichigo is capable of catching a Quincy's arrow in mid flight and throwing it back at the Quincy who fired it. He can even do this when multiple arrows are fired at him. Quilge Opie acknowledged that this was evidence that he had a long way to go before he could claim he'd mastered the powers of his arrows.
- 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.
- Childhood Friends: Ichigo and Tatsuki first met in a dojo at the age of four and have been close friends ever since.
- Chosen One: It's been made clear from the earliest parts of the manga that Urahara has been looking for "The One" for a long time. When Ichigo defeats the story's first Menos Grande, Urahara's followers become convinced Urahara has finally found "The One", with Yoruichi becoming convinced of this only after Ichigo's bankai training. Later on, it's indicated that Ichigo's path will take his future away from him, but that he needs to follow it to "protect everyone". In the final arc, it's revealed that he's one of the five Special War Potentials that the Vandenreich is concerned about.
- Combat Pragmatist: While he's not always partial to the idea of attacking from behind, he gradually learns the value of choosing when to attack someone while they're in the middle of talking. 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: Ichigo possesses an eclectic combination of Soul Reaper, Hollow and Fullbring powers. He's inherited his Soul Reaper powers from his father. He inherited Fullbring, Quincy and Hollow powers from his mother, Aizen's first Quincy victim when his Hollowfied Soul Reaper prototype attacked her instead of its pre-arranged targets.
- 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.
- Cruel to Be Kind: When Tatsuki demands to know why Orihime has gone missing, Ichigo cruelly cuts her off and abandons her, along with Keigo and Mizuiro. Urahara later comments, upon realising that the trio are trying to follow Ichigo to find out what's going on, that Ichigo was very na´ve if he thought his attempt to protect them by breaking their friendship would work.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Isshin warns Ichigo that if he wants to learn the Final Getsuga Tenshou from Zangetsu, he'll have to force the Zanpakutou to teach it to him because there's a heavy price to pay for learning it. Using the technique destroys Ichigo's powers.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His mother got killed and eaten by a Hollow in front of him when he was nearly nine years old, 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 zanpakuto 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: Learning the Final Getsuga Tenshou teaches him a level of calm that ends up being completely at odds with the fight he uses the technique in. Especially as Aizen begins to unravel into a Villainous Breakdown at the same time.
- 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: Ichigo has had a constant struggle with his Soul Reaper and Hollow power ever since Urahara released it. Old Man Zangetsu constantly pits Ichigo against his Inner Hollow whenever Ichigo needs to level up his Soul Reaper power and the Inner Hollow itself warns Ichigo that it's always looking for the opportunity to take control of Ichigo should Ichigo ever come close to dying. This has devastating consequences for Ichigo and his friends when Ichigo fights Ulquiorra. The true enemy within is Old Man Zangetsu who is Ichigo's Quincy power masquerading as his Soul Reaper power, and who only allowed Ichigo to access a small part of his real Soul Reaper power, which the Inner Hollow represented. Ichigo eventually makes peace with both spirits.
- 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 / Mask of Power: When Ichigo uses his Hollow power, a mask manifests on Ichigo's face. If the enemy cracks or breaks his mask, his power suffers accordingly. When Ichigo loses control over his Hollow power, his entire body transforms into a Hollow that's driven by Unstoppable Rage.
- 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.
- 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. Ginjou reveals it's necessary for Ichigo to be blinded to learn how to "see" reiatsu properly.
- Failure Knight: When Ichigo was nearly nine, he chased after a girl he thought was about to drown, ignoring his mother's cries to stop. The girl was part of a Hollow that ended up killing his mother. Ichigo blames himself for his mother's death, for taking her away from his family, and for being unable to protect her.
- 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: When Ichigo gets the chance to become a normal human being, he finally realises it's not the life he wanted after all and that all he wants is the power to protect people. He therefore jumps at the first opportunity that comes along to regain his powers.
- 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 who identifies as a Soul Reaper. Nimaiya accuses him of being a fake Soul Reaper while he's trying to learn how best to understand his power. By the time he leaves the Royal Realm, the Guards are calling him a true Soul Reaper.
- 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.
- When a defeated Ichigo is forced to return home, he flees his father because he's too ashamed to look him in the eye. After Tensa Zangetsu breaks, the Royal Guard offers him a chance to restore his power but he fails, and is banished from Soul Society. It's actually a test to see how he handles the truth about his maternal heritage which will affect his power development. He passes.
- Ichigo is devastated upon learning about a friend's secret. His unanswered scream of despair ends with him slumping to the ground, despite being in the middle of an active battlefield. Sado physically throws him into a wall and lectures him to bring him back to his senses. Ichigo's resolve is restored enough to go after the defected Uryuu and drag him back home - by force if necessary.
- He's Back: When Gin assesses Ichigo's state of mind, he realises Ichigo isn't capable of fighting Aizen. Once Ichigo learns Final Getsuga Tenshou, one look at Ichigo's eyes is all Gin needs to understand that Ichigo's resolve has been fully restored.
- 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.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Ichigo has grown up being constantly attacked by his father, usually by being ambushed, especially when entering or leaving a house or being woken up in the morning by an ambush attack. It's always Played for Laughs and tends to degenerate into a silly cat fighting between the two. On one occasion, however, it's played for drama. Isshin is shocked when his ambush succeeds, flooring Ichigo who doesn't fight back. It's designed to emphasise how depressed and unhappy Ichigo is at the time. Isshin seems to have a more serious reason for having raised Ichigo this way, as implied when he and Ryuuken discuss what terrible fathers they both are.
- 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: Being born with the ability to see ghosts caused Ichigo a lot of trouble growing up. At its worst, it attracted the Grand Fisher to him and resulted in his mother's death. It also resulted in him becoming a substitute Soul Reaper, ostracising him further from normality. When he is finally given the chance to live a normal life, he loathes it and yearns to have his old, abnormal life back.
- Identical Stranger: Bears quite a resemblance to Kaien Shiba (both in personality and looks). Several characters have noticed and Aizen exploited it to manipulate Rukia into giving Ichigo her powers at the start of the story. It's really a Strong Family Resemblance as Kaien's uncle is Ichigo's father: Isshin discarded his Shiba family name to take his wife's family name, Kurosaki.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In order, Ichigo has been stabbed by Rukia, Grand Fisher, Byakuya, Kenpachi twice, Byakuya again, his inner hollow, Ulquiorra twice, Tensa Zangetsu, Ginjou twice, 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 Uryu trying to plan an attack against it that he simply charged it with the vague intention of chopping it from the bottom upwards like a Jenga game. Later on, when facing the villain of the Lost Agent Arc, Ichigo again gets fed up of waiting for Uryuu to come up with a decent plan and decides to wing it.
- Ironic Echo: Ichigo's remarks to Aizen after pulling off a Barehanded Blade Block are exactly the same as what Aizen said after blocking Ichigo's blade in their first meeting. He even lampshades their reversal of positions.
- Jerkass Fašade: In school, he was carefully cultivating the image of an all-around jerkass. 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.
- Leitmotif: The song "Number One" has several variants all based around his activities and action sequences. The song title is also a pun with one of the meanings of Ichigo's name. The anime associates it so strongly with Ichigo that when his triumphant attack on Aizen was abruptly defeated with a single finger, the Theme Music Power-Up was also cut off with equal abruptness.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He has a bad habit of rushing in without thinking. He lampshades it himself during the Lost Agent arc, telling Uryu the only reason he held back from attacking was because Uryu was the brainy one who could come up with the strategy. Uryu, 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.
- Meaningful Name: According to him, his name means "to protect one thing". It's also a homonym of "strawberry" and "1-5", reflecting his age at the start of the manga, fifteen.
- Merger of Souls: Ichigo learns that his Inner Hollow was once a powerful artificial Hollow called White, which transferred its soul into his mother Masaki before being passed on to him and merging with his Soul Reaper powers to become his Zanpakuto Spirit.
- Mirror Boss: Hollow Ichigo loves using Ichigo's powers against him to show how much more skilled he is with them, despite being even more reckless than Ichigo himself.
- Mistaken for Masturbating: Happens to Ichigo several times, although it's usually his father or Karin claiming he's doing this when he's alone in his room, when he's actually dealing with soul reaper visitors or out hunting Hollows. It doesn't help 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: He is remarkably well-built for his age, including broad shoulders, muscular limbs, and a very well-defined six-pack. Perhaps as a result, he's the most frequent 'victim' of Clothing Damage, which provides a ton of Female Gaze shots.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: The sheer level of threat Tsukishima poses to Ichigo's friends and family results in Ichigo seriously contemplating killing the man to end the threat. Tsukishima's power can only be ended if Tsukishima wills it or is killed. Byakuya ends up being the one to kill Tsukishima.
- 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. This is played very darkly in the Lost Agent Arc, when Ichigo finds himself and Ginjou left alone in a world full of people that have been mind manipulated by Tsukishima. When Ginjou is revealed as the true villain, Ichigo's left so isolated, he's left unable to realise until far too late that Uryuu is as sane as he is and therefore on his side.
- Perpetual Frowner: 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: The Fullbring arc is about his attempt to repower himself by learning and mastering Fullbring from Ginjou. Ginjou's plan is to steal Ichigo's fullbring, depowering him again, which paves the way for the Soul Reapers to restore his Soul Reaper power.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ichigo 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.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Ichigo and Aizen fight, Aizen launches into his usual grandiose speeches about how everything is going according to plan and how he is therefore in control of anything Ichigo might try. Instead of listening, Ichigo interrupts with a stunning delivery. He proves his huge power up by grabbing Aizen's face with the palm of his hand, dragging Aizen away from the town and slamming into the ground at a location of his choosing. Aizen is stunned.
- 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: Isshin reveals to Ichigo that if he can learn Final Getsuga Tenshou from his Zanpakutou he can power up to a level capable of fighting the very powerful Aizen.
- Super Power Meltdown: The first time he uses bankai, he compresses his power so much to produce the speed capable of defeating the very swift Byakuya that his bankai begins to destroy his own body, causing his Inner Hollow to take over and destabilising his power from that point onwards. It takes hundreds of chapters before Ichigo can regain a level and stability of power that allows him to reach and surpass the level at which he fought Byakuya.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Whenever Ichigo cracks under stress or is about to die, his Hollowfication activates, granting him great power but at the cost of turning into either a sadistic Blood Knight or a rampaging monster that will attack anything that gets its attention. Later, he gets it under control and it just becomes a Super Mode with Ichigo in control of himself.
- Super Speed: His bankai ability allows him to perform hyperspeed combat, vastly increasing his speed even by the standards of Soul Reaper Flash Step.
- Super Toughness: During his first confrontation with Yhwach, Ichigo quickly develops a special ability to repel strikes to his body. It turns out to be Blut Vene, inherited from his Quincy mother who was exceptionally gifted at using Blut Vene.
- Sword Beam: His Zanpakutou ability, Getsuga Tensho, produces a crescent moon-shaped beam of energy. Originally it was yellow (blue in the anime), but as his power developed, it became black. Getsuga Tenshou is now primarily fired from the short sword. Getsuga Juujishou upgrades this by firing a second Getsuga Tensho from the long sword as well, creating a cross-shaped beam.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Ichigo has the ability to read the emotions of his opponents when he matches blades with them, though he doesn't realize it at first He even pities Aizen for his loneliness and Ginjo for his despair.
- Tainted Veins / Volcanic Veins: This happens to him during his first fight with Yhwach. It's caused by Blut Vene activating.
- Technicolor Blade: His Zanpakutou is pure white in Asauchi form, but black in all other forms.
- Tempting Fate: In the Soul Society arc, he expresses confidence that Chad is undefeatable... right before Chad's first 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: When Ichigo's extended family is revealed in story, Ichigo turns out to be a dead-ringer for his cousin. Kaien Shiba, his father's nephew.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Ichigo explains to Unohana that his uniform is a Mana Meter. If any of it's missing, it means he's not at full power. Unohana is shocked to realise that he has captain-class reiatsu with at least half his uniform missing. Most of his soul reaper abilities have been gained by circumventing traditional training and technique development. Several characters in-universe have speculated that his ability comes from instinct instead of training.
- Was It All a Lie?: When trying to understand his power, Ichigo asks this of his Zanpakutou. Old Man Zangetsu was not his Soul Reaper power, he was his Quincy power. Old Man Zangetsu tells him the only thing he ever lied about was his name — he is not Zangetsu.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Ichigo's fighting style generally boils down to either hacking away with his BFS or utterly wrecking his opponent with a massive Sword Beam. Justified since, as noted by Isshin, all of Ichigo's so-called "training sessions" focused on drawing out more and more of his inherent brute strength and reiryoku rather than teaching him more refined tactics, such as kido or proper zanjutsu.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the Fourth movie, he lets his Super-Powered Evil Side take over so that he can avenge the death of his sister, even though he nearly ends up creating Hell on Earth.
- 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 Killed My Father: He fights the Grand Fisher, who killed his mother. However, while he swears he'll be the one to kill the Grand Fisher, eventually it's Isshin who does so.
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"In battles, the ones who get in the way are not the ones that have no power. They are the ones that have no resolve for battle."
Rukia's encounter with Ichigo in his bedroom while hollow-hunting is the trigger for the story. Upon losing the fight with the hollow, she transfers her power to Ichigo to save his family. She forces him to act as a Soul Reaper in her stead until she is hauled back to Soul Society for illegally empowering Ichigo.
Sarcastic, aggressive and convinced of her own artistic merit, Rukia is proficient at kidou and a powerful fighter. Far too talented for her low military rank, she's eventually promoted to 13th Division lieutenant. Her snow-white zanpakutou, Sode no Shirayuki, is the most beautiful in the whole of Soul Society. It lowers the temperature of her body at will, even to absolute zero, allowing her to freeze everything she touches or fight with waves and pillars of ice. Her Bankai, Hakka no Togame, turns her to solid ice and unleashes a powerful, blinding white explosion that instantly freezes everything within the blast radius.
- 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.
- Almighty Janitor: She spent most of the story as a lieutenant-class soul reaper who was ranked among the common foot soldiers due to her brother having prevented her obtaining to a seated officer's position to protect her. Eventually, she is allowed to claim a lieutenant's rank.
- An Ice Person: Her zanpakuto, Sode no Shirayuki, can generate towers and waves of ice. Sode no Shirayuki's true power lets her be a literal example by lowering her own body temperature all the way down to absolute zero. Her Bankai, Hakka no Togame, goes even further, freezing everything in its initial blast radius, including herself. Her body begins to fracture if she does not properly return to normal temperature.
- 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. She's eventually permitted to take over as lieutenant of her squad.
- Baleful Polymorph: Rukia may like cute toys, but being turned into a plushie isn't something she enjoys. Riruka uses her Love Gun to trap Rukia inside a plushie in the hope of rendering her powerless.
- Barefoot Poverty: While living in the poverty-stricken 78th district Rukia, like other residents of the district, has no access to luxuries such as footwear.
- 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.
- Beyond the Impossible: After the time-skip, Rukia reveals she's learned how to break the laws of physics. After Royal Guard training, her Zanpakutou is capable of bringing her body temperature down to Absolute Zero. Not only is it technically impossible to reach Absolute Zero, she can keep functioning for a very short time while in that state.
- Big Brother Worship: Byakuya may be aloof, but Rukia has a great deal of respect for him.
- Break the Cutie: While waiting for execution, Rukia reminisces over why she deserves to die for being responsible for the death of her mentor, Kaien Shiba. Resolved to accept her death gracefully, she is confronted by Gin who offers to save her from her fate. He waits just long enough for the weight of his words to sink in before telling her he was just joking and walking off. Rukia collapses, screaming with despair as she realises she doesn't want to die at all.
- Calling Your Attacks: Like most Soul Reapers, Rukia calls the names of her sword attacks and Kido spells.
- Childhood Friends: She and Renji grew up together in the 78th Rukongai district.
- Closet Sublet: When Rukia is trapped in a gigai in the World of the Living, she secretly takes up residence in Ichigo's closet, and has to secretly use clothes from Yuzu closet to get by. Ichigo is not thrilled when he finds out. When Hitsugaya's team arrives in the living world to fight the Arrancar, Rukia was hoping to go back to living in the closet, but is given a bed in Karin and Yuzu's room instead.
- Cuteness Proximity: Loves stuffed animals... except for Kon. She has a thing for rabbits — 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: Her reasons for being willing to be executed stem from not being able to save her first Big Brother Mentor, Kaien Shiba.
- Dead Guy Puppet: After the time-skip, Rukia reveals she's learned how to use her reiatsu to control the movements of the dead. Royal Guard training results in her being able to reduce her body to such cold temperatures she is technically dead. She continues to function by using her reiatsu to control her movements and keeping her nerve cells active.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has a lot of snarky banter with Ichigo.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Her Dark Rukia persona avoids wearing shoes in the third film.
- Failure Knight: Her reasons for being willing to be executed stem from not being able to save her first Big Brother Mentor, Kaien Shiba.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: After the time-skip, she wears her sleeves at different lengths.
- Fingerless Gloves: She wears white, elbow-length tekkou.
- Going Commando: Renji's flashback how they first met during their poverty-stricken days in the Rukongai show that the only thing Rukia wore was a tattered kimono tied so loosely that when she performed a high kick, her kimono revealed her leg all the way up to her waist.
- Harmless Freezing: Collapsing after her fight with Aaroniero, Rukia and her environment freeze over. Although Byakuya has to blast her free of the ice, the only injuries she sustains are from her battle with Aaroniero. The ice is nothing more than a momentary inconvenience. It's eventually revealed that her Zanpakutou freezes her targets by first freezing her body solid. Although she can return to a perfectly healthy state afterwards, she has to "thaw" slowly to avoid killing herself.
- Horny Devil: Dressed as a succubus in a Halloween volume spread, and in its corresponding filler episode.
- Hot-Blooded: She normally acts calm, snarky, and aloof, but gets pretty temperamental whenever she's around Ichigo and Renji. Ham-to-Ham Combat usually ensues.
- 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 Soul Reaper. It turned out she was exactly right. Until Kaien treated her just like any other raw recruit.
- Immortal Immaturity: She boasts about being ten times Ichigo's age, but she's rather immature and mentally far closer to her apparent age 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.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Her powers are more than capable of inflicting this on an opponent, as D-Roy discovers. However, she runs the risk of doing this to herself if she's not careful, especially in bankai, which Byakuya is quick to warn her about.
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"There are so many things I wanted to do with my life! I wanted to become a teacher! I wanted to become an astronaut! I wanted to own my own bakery, and I wanted to go into Mr. Doughnut's and say, "I'll have them all!" And I wanted to go into Thirty-One and say "I'll have them all!" Ohhhh... I wish I could live life five times over. Then I'd be born in five different cities, I'd stuff myself full with different delicious things five times each, and I'd have five different jobs.... And then for those five times... I'd still fall in love with the same person... Thank you, Kurosaki-kun.... Goodbye."
A classmate of Ichigo's, Orihime is introduced as having a crush on him because she finds his tough guy image comedic. One of Ichigo's earliest Soul Reaper acts is saving Orhime from her Hollowfied brother. Although Rukia tries to wipe the event from her memory, she secretly remembers it and develops spiritual awareness. When Rukia is forced to return to Soul Society, Orihime encourages Ichigo to go after her and then helps him rescue her. Bubbly, cheerful and scatterbrained, she is both a top academic achiever and talented martial artist.
During the Hollow attack instigated by Uryuu, she develops an ability called Shun Shun Rikka
: by manifesting six spiritual beings, she can create barriers that perform different tasks, including shielding, undoing injuries and cutting things in half. This last ability requires killing intent which she struggles to harness. As a result, her story role is usually support-based.
Yasutora "Chad" Sado
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"I don't believe that an absolute power really exists in any world. Power is unstable. It changes constantly. Small differences will always appear, as one has between you and I. So the one who widens that gap will be the winner!"
A huge, quiet man, Chad is Ichigo's oldest friend. As a young child, he was a bully until his grandfather taught him to raise his fist only to protect instead of hurt. Chad therefore vowed to his grandfather that he'd never fight for selfish reasons, not even to protect himself from bullies. His friendship with Ichigo began when Ichigo intervened to protect him from bullies and offered Chad a deal: Ichigo would protect Chad if Chad protected him. Chad has protected Ichigo's back ever since.
When protecting Chad from a hollow that had killed a young boy whose spirit Chad was trying to help, Chad began to develop spiritual awareness. This didn't properly manifest into usable power until he saved Ichigo's sister Karin from the hollow attacks that had been instigated by Uryuu's conflict with Ichigo. His power manifested as Brazo Derecha de Gigante, encasing his right arm in armour, vastly increasing his fighting strength and granting him the ability to fire energy blasts. He compared his power to that of hollows and eventually learns his power is a hollow-derived human ability called Fullbring.
- 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".
- 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 the villain, which he's been mind-controlled into thinking is a friend. Tsukishima's retaliation to his doubts about the past he created is an attempted Mind Rape which is foiled by Urahara and Isshin.
- 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.
- Genius Bruiser: He has rather good grades and can make rather sharp observations about what happens around him. His power, however, is based on what he can do in a fight with his fists.
- Gentle Giant: He's by far the tallest of the group but he's very soft-spoken and loves cute things. He's even tried hugging Kon in the past, much to Kon's horror.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: When he finds Ichigo slumped on the battlefield in a funk of depression, he physically lifts Ichigo and throws him into a wall before yelling some sense into his head. Sado handles learning the truth about Uryuu's defection better than Ichigo does and is capable of bring Ichigo round quickly.
- Made of Iron: Before his powers awakened, he was capable of shrugging off being hit by a giant steel girder that fell from a great height.
- Martial Pacifist: For all his great strength and fighting ability, Sado was taught by his grandfather to 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 telling Ichigo he came from Okinawa. Eventually, he admits he was telling the truth both times: he was born in Okinawa until his parents were killed when he was eight, whereupon he was sent to Mexico to live with his grandfather.
- The Anime creates one of these by changing Chad's background with his grandfather. In the manga, Chad's grandfather lectured him on fighting only to protect instead of to cause pain and Chad took those words to heart, making a promise to do exactly that. The anime changes this to Chad's grandfather getting beaten up by the parents of the people Chad had beaten up and Chad, in horror, mends his ways and makes a vow to never raise his fists for himself again.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: In the final arc, Sado wears a short-sleeved, high collar jacket that ends at his knees and exposes his shirtless chest.
- 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. He talks more in the Full Bring arc that he had in all previous seasons combined.
- 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 was born with spiritual power but it was locked away until external influences awakened it. It's eventually revealed that Fullbringers are born with their power because one of their parents survived a Hollow attack which left behind a residue that was passed on to their offspring via tainting the mother. His power was awakened by Ichigo and the Hougyoku.
- 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.
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"I am calm. That's why I can fight you!"
Uryuu is a Quincy whose conflict with Soul Reapers stemmed not from the ancient progrom of his people carried out by the Soul Reapers, but from the death of his grandfather Souken, which Soul Reapers should have, but failed, to prevent. Souken taught him to never hate and to understand that the Soul Reapers were right to be concerned about the Quincy power to destroys souls, which threatened the balance of worlds. Despite this, Uryuu's anger over Souken's death drives him to pick a fight with his classmate Ichigo when he realises Ichigo has obtained Soul Reaper powers, triggering the first major plot arc of the story.
Stoic and analytical, Uryuu is a nicer person than he likes to admit. He's a dab hand at tailoring, with a fashion sense that's unpalatable to men and acceptable to women. His vitriolic friendship with Ichigo amuses the rest of the group due to how similar the pair really are. He's the only fighter specialised in long-ranged combat. His spirit bow is called Ginrei Kojaku and contains a level of versatility not shown by most members of the group.
- Aloof Ally: And he keeps insisting that's all he is even after having been through hell and back to help his friends... sorry, his not-friends.
- Alternate Character Reading: Ishida's name is first seen as the #1 listing on the midterm class rankings. Ichigo mistakenly reads the kanji for Uryu (雨竜) aloud as "Ametatsu"...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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: Uryu is the best performing student of a 300-pupil year group and is also a star performer of the handicraft club. Despite his academic prowess, he's talented enough in battle to have one-shotted both a captain and that captain's bankai. He's also noted as being the strategist and thinker of Ichigo's group, relying heavily on being able to clinically analyse his opponent's abilities and strategise accordingly even when in the middle of battle.
- Bad Liar: He doesn't know it, but he takes after his father in this regard.
- He's not out in the middle of the night because he wants to help Rukia, he's just on the way home from the 24-hour crafts store. And he totally didn't grab that bag at home so he'd have an excuse. Not at all.
- After he helps save Ichigo, his hands are shredded up so badly he comes to school with bandages up to the elbows. He tells the teacher he fell down the stairs. The entire class thinks he's a lousy liar and that no-one would believe his excuse.
- Berserk Button: Ishida tends to react quite poorly to insults against the Quincies, it's why he's spent years disowning his Quincy-hating father. He especially can't tolerate insults regarding his beloved grandfather. More humorously, 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: Uryu is severely estranged from his father Ryuuken. They don't live together anymore, Uryu 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.
- Bishōnen: Uryu has a very slender, delicate build and an exceptionally fair complexion for a male character.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: Uryu does have a melee option. He just doesn't use it often and even then he has the option of firing it since it's technically an arrow even if it looks like a sword.
- Brought Down to Badass: After his use of Letzt Stil in the Soul Society Arc, Uryu loses all his Quincy powers. However, he's still strong and fast enough to be capable of fighting Hollows with advance preparation, and it still takes days of Ryuuken wearing him down for Uryu to reach his physical and mental limits.
- The Chew Toy: Prone to getting some harsh abuse piled on him, both comedic and otherwise.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uryu will take this view from time to time. Examples include shooting Szyael Apparro in the throat instantly at first sight, attempting to shoot Ginjou while he was distracted by Ichigo, and smacking down bullies that invade the school from a different school.
- The Comically Serious: Uryu takes sewing and fashion very seriously. When his Quincy cosplay is Played for Laughs, Uryu is distinctly unamused. In fact, as a young child one of his main goals was to redesign Quincy clothing into something more modern and flattering. Every time Uryu mends or makes clothing for people, it has a tendency to end up lacy, frilly and entirely girlish. Or covered in big Quincy crosses. Or both. Girls love the end result, boys definitely do not. Sado observes that Uryu seems to have a talent for women's fashion.
- 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. Uryu even sews a cross onto the back of Kon's head. Uryu originally uses a Latin cross (4-armed, with a longer descending arm), but replaces it with a star-like 5-armed version in the Arrancar arc.
- Cruel Mercy: Danced around. After he "befriended" Ichigo, he refused to kill some of his opponents, satisfied in depriving them of their powers. He even offered to spare Mayuri, if he apologized for his deeds.
- Cut Himself Shaving: His excuses for turning up in class with bandages/sling are flimsy, and often lampshaded. Not that the teacher cares.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His antiheroic cynicism stems from the death of his grandfather, which he believes Soul Society could have prevented. Upon Ichigo pointing out that his grandfather would disagree with his actions, he mellows out somewhat, though he still carries a certain amount of resentment.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His desperation technique in the Soul Society arc, Letz Stil, makes him incredibly powerful, but at the cost of his Quincy powers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Uryu never actually confirms this. Then Urahara suddenly appears, diverting all conversation away from Uryu's motives.
- Quilge Opie not only knew of the Ishida family but commented on his understanding of Uryu'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 Uryu.
- Freudian Excuse: His generalized hatred for Soul Reapers stems from their involvement in his grandfather's death. Ichigo points out that this is pretty stupid considering his grandfather's teachings and it turns out Mayuri alone was responsible for the slow response. Uryu's resentment has narrowed accordingly.
- Hero of Another Story: Namely, the story of the Clan's rise and fall, and Uryu's quest to reclaim his family heritage. Unlike Chad and Orihime, whose dormant powers were awakened by the interaction of the Hougyoku and Ichigo's overflowing reiatsu, Uryu was born with awakened powers that come with their own Myth Arc. His motivations are separate from, if often parallel to, his friends' aims. This makes him a better foil for Ichigo.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Ulquiorra even lampshaded Ishida's calm, aloof personality by observing he would never have expected Ishida to lose his cool in battle. Ishida simply retorts — quite calmly — that he hasn't lost his cool and that's precisely the reason why he's attacking.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Ishida is very chivalrous and generally well mannered with a weak spot for women. He's very protective of Orihime and Yoshino from the Bount arc, also tried to protect Rukia when she was powerless, got pissed off at Mayuri for abusing Nemu even before he knew who Mayuri was, and he even spared the life of his female opponent Cirucci, though this may be because Arrancar are simply more human than the normal hollows he cuts down mercilessly.
- 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: Uryu (and through him Ichigo's entire group) believed himself to be the last Quincy. Then they discovered that Uryu was only the last practitioner as his father Ryuuken was the last (retired) master. Then it's indicated that Souken was the only remaining supporter of the old ways and the Vandenreich's discarded his practices, leaving Ryuuken and Uryu as the last traditionalist Quincies. Uryu is also the last mixed-blood Quincy left alive after the Selection.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Both Ryuuken and Souken know why Ryuuken hates being a Quincy so much. Neither of them are willing to tell Uryu but Souken does indicate it'll eventually become very important to Uryu's future as a Quincy. It is implied to be that he wants to keep his son safe, although the particulars are still a mystery. Quilge Opie seems to know something, too, but stops before revealing too much to Ichigo stating it's a secret.
- Major Injury Underreaction: When Uryuu gets his hand lopped off in the manga, he merely tells Orihime not to worry because he's already taken painkillers and blood-clotters. He then returns to fighting as though nothing has happened, despite the fact being one-handed means he can no longer use his bow.
- Medium Awareness: During the fight against Szayelaporro Grantz, Pesche does something that makes him wonder if it's okay for them to air. After the fight, Kurotsuchi does something off-screen, and Ishida claims it was something they definitely couldn't air.
- 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. Kanae Katagiri was an impure Quincy raised by the pure-blooded Ishida family until she married Ryuuken. She collapsed and died nine years ago, the cause of her death being the exact same reason Masaki was killed by the Grand Fisher.
- 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.
- Oh, Crap: When Haschwalth explains what letter assignments mean for the quincies, Uryuu is shocked.
- Parental Abandonment: Uryuu's so estranged from his father that he calls him "Ryuuken" instead of "Dad" or "Father". It's implied to be an inverted trope: instead of the usual parent-abandons-child scenario, Uryuu disowned his father for refusing to be a Quincy.
- People Puppets: Somewhat uniquely, he has the ability to do this to himself. When Mayuri's shikai paralyses his limbs, he uses a Quincy technique called Ransoutengai to allow his limbs to keep functioning in a manner that's described in-universe as being akin to how a puppeteer controls a puppet.
- The Proud Elite: He is the last Quincy, the number one student in his class, and very proud of both. That pride plus his unwillingness to appear soft can make him difficult to get along with, and although he often pretends he cares little for the rest of his group, he has always come through for them.
- Rain of Arrows: Seriously, firing up to 1,200 shots in a second? Now THAT's something.
- Remember the New Guy: This is how Uryuu is introduced into the storyline. He's been Ichigo's classmate from the very start and the highest-scoring student in their entire year group, but he's only officially introduced in Chapter 34. Orihime has to tell Ichigo who he is while Tatsuki lampshades Ichigo's forgetfulness of names in particular and the Running Gag of his obliviousness more generally. When the earlier chapters are re-examined with this in mind, Uryuu actually does appear in the background several times (including the Chapter 1 cover), watching Ichigo but never singled out, meaning Kubo deliberately planned on invoking this trope.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: When Uryu was first introduced, at one point he was seen spying on Ichigo as he fought a hollow. All that could be seen of Uryu was a dark silhouette with shining glasses that completely hid his eyes. As a protagonist, his eyes disappear behind the gleam of his glasses every time he's about to turn the tables on his opponent.
- 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. Particularly savvy opponents like Ulquiorra and Ginjo will specifically aim to disable Uryu'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: Uryu plays things close to the chest most of the time giving him an air of being cool, calm and measured. Lampshaded a couple of times in the manga. Ulquiorra is surprised by Uryu's Tranquil Fury when Ichigo is felled with a massive hole in his chest, but Uryu argues that he's still calm. Also, the manga defends how long it's taken for anything to be revealed about Uryu's Missing Mom when Ichigo observes that Uryu's extremely tight-lipped about his family situation.
- 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: Uryu designed a contest with Ichigo by using hollow bait to attract weak hollows. However, Karakura Town was endangered when an excessive number of powerful hollows turned up, including a Gillian-class Menos Grande. This prompted Soul Society to launch an investigation that uncovered Rukia's whereabouts, kick-starting the Soul Society arc. Uryu observes in confusion that such a tiny piece of hollow bait should never have had such an impact. He's right. Aizen used Uryu's contest as a cover both to test Ichigo's strength and to focus Soul Society on retrieving Rukia.
- Vibroweapon: Seele Schneider's blade is composed of reishi that vibrates at three million times a second giving it the shredding effect of a chainsaw.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Most of his interactions with Ichigo consist of them snarking at each other, though by now it seems they're just doing it out of habit.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Uryu's motivation to improve his skill comes in part from a desire to prove the worth of the Quincy legacy to Ryuuken.
- The Worf Barrage
- His Sprenger has yet to completely defeat an opponent despite its great power.
- Licht Regen does virtually nothing to Ulquiorra. Uryu knew what he was getting into.
- You Killed My Father: Uryuu pulls this on Mayuri, who killed his grandfather. Although he defeated Mayuri, the issue has never been fully resolved.