Characters: Bleach Karakura Town Residents
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The Kurosaki Clinic
Isshin's wife and the mother of Ichigo, Karin and Yuzu. She was a beautiful, sweet redhead who died when Ichigo was nine years old, protecting him from a Hollow that attacked the poor kid when they were walking by the local river. Her death completely changed the family dynamics: Ichigo was a crybaby but matured into a Hot-Blooded Knight Templar Big Brother
, Yuzu became a responsible and sweet caretaker, and the formerly tearful Karin toughened herself up so her family wouldn't worry. Little did they know, her murderer would be back later...
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Flashbacks indicate she became a mother sometime between the ages of 20 and 22. The Japanese age of majority is 20, so she was just barely an adult when she gave birth to Ichigo.
- Action Girl: As a trained warrior, she didn't hesitate to jump into battle to save strangers from hollows. She first met Isshin when saving his life from a hollow that had been designed by Aizen.
- Arranged Marriage: She and Ryuuken were set up together in an effort to preserve the Ishida family's pure-bred lineage. Neither Masaki nor Ryuuken were thrilled about this.
- Badass: She's a good enough Quincy to take out a proto-Arrancar that was putting up an even fight against a Soul Reaper Captain in shikai.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: She's naked as a doll inside her own soul until she tries to glomp Isshin after he saves her from her inner Hollow. The outline of her areola and nipples are briefly visible at that point.
- Brought Down to Normal: Yhwach stole her Quincy powers at the exact moment she was about to take on Grand Fisher, resulting in her death.
- Death by Origin Story: Her death is what spurred Ichigo into becoming a person who is determined to protect the weak and innocent so that they don't have to wear the sad face his family wore after his mother died.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: When she couldn't hit White at a distance due to its speed, Masaki let it bite her then shot it point-blank. She was counting on her exceptional Blut Vene ability to tank the bite but, unfortunately for her, Aizen's experiment was capable of breaking through.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She perished in child Ichigo's arms.
- Energy Bow: Like the Ishida family, her weapon of choice appeared to be a bow made out of reishi that she can also change the size of as necessary.
- Finger Gun: She shows the ability to make a tiny bow with one hand, which she uses to Boom, Headshot a proto-Arrancar.
- Foreshadowing: Ginjo's statement that Fullbringers' have mothers who were attacked by Hollows before the fullbringer was born sets the scene for later confirmation that this did obviously happen to Masaki at one point in her past. The reveal is that the hollow attack concerned was part of Aizen's hollowfication research using an experimental new ability called Target Hollowfication.
- Genki Girl: She is naturally cheery, outgoing and rather energetic, but will also use that attitude to hide her troubles, such as her despair over knowing she's being groomed to marry Ryuuken.
- Ghost Shipping: Her husband was a Soul Reaper rather than a living human.
- Hidden Buxom: Her schoolgirl uniform hid the fact that she was almost on par with Orihime as a teenager. Not so much when she wears a normal dress as an adult, though.
- Kissing Cousins: She was adopted into the Ishida clan because her family was dead and she was a pure-blood Quincy. Ryuuken's mother planned on marrying them off to preserve the pure Quincy bloodline.
- Mama Bear: When Ichigo chased after a girl on the riverbank, Masaki immediately recognised the girl as a hollow threat and charged in to save his life. He only survived because she sacrificed her life for him.
- Meet Cute: Masaki and Isshin's plotline in "Everything but the Rain" kooky, amusing and cute... but it also inadvertently breaks Ryuuken in the process.
- Missing Mom: She died when Ichigo was young.
- No Sparks: The fatal flaw in her arranged engagement to Ryuuken: while the two of them care for each other as family they are painfully aware of their romantic incompatibility.
- Not-So-Small Role: She was nothing more than the backstory that made the main character a hero. At least until it turned out she was a powerful Quincy who had been victimised by the Big Bad and murdered by the Bigger Bad. Most of Ichigo's powers come from her and she is the reason he is intimately connected to the Bigger Bad.
- Plot Triggering Death: Masaki is one of four Posthumous Characters * whose deaths combine to create the reason the first two arcs of the story turn out the way they do. Even after that point, her death remains Ichigo's primary motivation to protect the ones he loves. The circumstances of her death are also very important to the final arc.
- Posthumous Character: She died a good 6 years before the story began.
- Red String of Fate: Her soul was tied to Isshin's by a reishi thread to prevent her from Hollowfying... and Soul Reaper reishi forms red spirit ribbons, too.
- Rescue Romance: Her relationship with Isshin began when she used her Quincy powers to save him from a powerful Hollow.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Masaki wanted to help against the proto-Arrancar that Isshin was fighting, but Ryuuken tried to stop her, citing the rules against interacting with Shinigami and her shaky standing in the household. Masaki told Ryuuken that she wouldn't be able to forgive herself if there were casualties she could have prevented, and goes anyway. Ryuuken then secretly breaks the rules to follow her.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Was completely OK with being naked in front of Isshin in her Inner World. Long before they formed any kind of romantic relationship. In fact, she found the situation hilarious.
- Stacy's Mom: We are first introduced to the character through the eyes of Tatsuki, who tells Orihime that Ichigo's mother was a very beautiful woman.
- Stepford Smiler: Despite her energetic and happy appearance before she met Isshin, Ryuuken reveals he's fully aware that she's hiding how unhappy she is with her current situation.
- Super Toughness: Her Blut Vene was exceptional even by Quincy standards. Once she was hollowfied, her Blut Vene became so powerful she couldn't even be scratched... until Yhwach stole her Quincy powers in the middle of battle.
- Torso with a View: When White's Target Hollowfication takes effect she develops a Hollow Hole and Tainted Veins at the base of her throat.
- Worf Had The Flu: She could have easily curbstomped Grand Fisher, but her powers had been stolen right at that exact moment, resulting in her death.
Ichigo's younger, more tomboyish sister. She can see ghosts, but she chooses to ignore them.
- Abnormal Ammo: Whenever Karin tries her hand at Hollow-slaying, it involves her kicking a Reiatsu-laced soccer ball into said Hollow's face. With varying but limited success.
- Alliterative Name: Kurosaki Karin
- Aloof Darkhaired Girl: Her expression is perpetually flat, she styles herself as the loner of the family to ensure she never shows any tears that might worry her family.
- Deadpan Snarker: She tends to lampshade the stupid antics of her family in a very calm, bored tone.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: According to Ichigo, Karin refused to cry after the death of their mother since she didn't want to be a burden. She breaks down crying after seeing the parakeet that Chad carries around was the soul of a human boy that saw his mother die.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Post-timeskip, her hair's grown out enough for a ponytail.
- Fan Service Pack: Karin has... grown up significantly. Justified by puberty.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her father is a Soul Reaper and her mother was a Quincy.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Karin's initial reaction to her ability to see spirits. Her attitude only seems to change once Ichigo loses his powers, where she begins visiting Urahara for spirit-fighting equipment.
- Implausible Deniability: Karin does not believe in ghosts. Despite being able to see them clear as day she considers them a pain so tries to deny their existence.
- Joshikousei: After the timeskip, she starts junior high, so can be seen wearing a sailor uniform a lot.
- Little Miss Snarker: With her father around, she's got plenty of material to work with.
- One of the Boys: She's a member of the soccer team, where she's the only female member and by far the most masculine of the bunch.
- Polar Opposite Twins: As opposed to Yuzu, the aggressive, tomboyish Karin has black hair and dark eyes.
- She Is All Grown Up: After the time-skip, Karin has far more developed curves than Yuzu has.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Yuzu's Girly Girl. She's the soccer-loving tomboy whose friends are all male.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: After the Time Skip, which further emphasizes her usual aggressive, no-nonsense demeanor.
Fraternal twin of Karin. Unlike Ichigo and Karin, she begins the story with very weak spiritual power and therefore cannot see spirits as anything more than a very faint blur in the air.
- Character Development: Yuzu started off as polite and cheery. After the Time Skip, she's still cheery, but a lot more temperamental and passive-aggressive.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Post-timeskip, her hair's grown out enough for pigtails.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Yuzu does most of the cooking and cleaning. She also motivates the other three, organises them, does the shopping, and still finds the time to do so well at school that she's achieving near-perfect scores in exams. After the time-skip, she's thirteen. She's been doing all this since the age of five.
- Girlish Pigtails: After the Time Skip, she styles her pigtails at the back of her head, just over her shoulders.
- Hair Decorations: Yuzu always wears little hairpins, often strawberries, which is an allusion to one of the meanings of Ichigo's name.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her father is a Soul Reaper and her mother was a Quincy.
- Joshikousei: After the timeskip, she starts junior high, so can be seen wearing a sailor uniform a lot. She desperately wanted Ichigo to approve of her new look, and was furious when Ichigo barely reacted.
- Kill the Cutie: She dies from overexposure to Hell's atmosphere in the Hell Chapter movie.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Yuzu befriended the ghost of a cat once.
- Polar Opposite Twins: The girlier Yuzu has pale brown hair and light brown eyes. She's less aggressive, more willing to be the homemaker and the more responsible twin.
- Promotion to Parent: Yuzu takes over the domestic duties after her mom died.
- Team Mom: Yuzu has been the one holding the family together and keeping them well fed and cared for since the age of five.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Karin. She's the polite, sweet and homey "housewife" of the two.
- Tsundere: After the Time Skip, Yuzu's moods start swinging between sweet and mild and angry and aloof. Karin and Isshin aren't certain how to handle it.
Kon is a Mod[ified] Soul, the product of a recalled Soul Society experiment in giving 'vacant' human bodies Hollow-killing powers. After a brief yet entertaining hijacking of Ichigo's body and the acquisition of his current stuffed toy body, he settles down into his role as comic relief. He's entrusted with Ichigo's body when Ichigo's out Hollow-hunting to maintain the Masquerade. He mostly dwells at Ichigo's home, but will attend school for Ichigo as necessary.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Ichigo returns from fighting one time to find Kon daydreaming in Ichigo's body with his hand down his trousers.
- A Day in the Limelight: Most of the Invading Army Arc is centered around him and Nozumi since they're both Mod Souls He even pulls a Spanner in the Works on the villain since he was looked down on for being "worthless".
- Attention Whore: When he originally got control of Ichigo's body, he was thrilled that his ability was increase in leg strength since it let him stand out and get everyone's attention.
- Berserk Button: Kon knows what it's like to be created and then cast aside to be killed for being worthless. When he sees a kid laughing about the idea of making someone and then destroying it when it doesn't meet expectations, Kon flips out and terrifies the kid with his threat of violence - a complete 180 from his usual pacifistic attitude.
- Big Brother Instinct: While Kon usually tries to avoid Yuzu because she treats him like a doll, he is protective of her and Karin and does his minor part to look after them when Ichigo is away.
- Butt Monkey: If you thought, "Are you forgetting Kon, how the hell do you forget Kon?", then that's because everyone forgets Kon. That's why he's pissed all the time.
- Buxom Is Better: Kon's view of women is this. He's willing to make an exception for Rukia, otherwise chest size acts as his main guide in how he reacts to women.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Despite his love for boobs, Kon was terrified when he found a naked Nozumi Kujo in the parking lot.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He does successfully beat up a hollow in Ichigo's body in his opening appearance and puts on a damn good showing against a Hollow in a filler arc in a stuffed animal body. The anime filler Invasion Army arc really gives him some great spotlight moments. Leading up to a Big Damn Heroes moment where he actually saves Ichigo from the Big Bad.
- Evil Twin: To Ichigo in his first appearence, though he's really more of a Delinquent than outright evil.
- Extremity Extremist: Has enhanced leg muscles, giving him great jumping and kicking abilities.
- Lovable Coward: He always tries to avoid any kind of conflict. However, he's shown that he's willing to die to protect the lives of people he doesn't even like.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Loves boobs. And Rukia. But mostly boobs.
- No Respect Guy: Poor guy never gets treated seriously. Even the filler only fellow modsouls during the Bount Arc don't think much of him.
- Put on a Bus: He disappeared from the main storyline, but Kubo drew some volume omakes indicating he'd been captured by the 12th division during the Karakura Town Battle and experimented on by Mayuri, but also secretly by Urahara, too. Then the omakes stop, leaving his storyline in limbo. When he finally returns to the main storyline, he really has been experimented on by both the 12th division and Urahara.
- Super Soldier: He was designed to fight hollows, but the unethical way he would be put into service caused the program to be halted.
- Technical Pacifist: Kicks Hollows in the face, won't kill even an ant if he can help it.
- Temporary Bulk Change: Courtesy of Mayuri tinkering with his body, he can suddenly become buff. Ichigo and Renji use him as a cushion when being launched from one city to the next during their time in the Soul King's domain. Doubles as a Brick Joke to his mental image of himself in Chapter 22.
The Ishida Manor
The wise old grandfather of Uryuu Ishida, Souken was the Last Quincy prior to passing the title down to Ryuuken Ishida. He was the person who put Uryuu on the path to being a Quincy, despite Ryuuken's objections.
He was killed when Uryuu was a young child by a gang of five hollows. The Soul Reaper watchers were delayed in coming to his rescue because they had been bribed by Mayuri Kurotsuchi to sit back and collect Souken's soul after death. As part of Mayuri's Quincy experiments, Souken's soul had been tortured to death for information. He died swearing to the pride of the Quincy and with the name of either his grandson or his student on his lips. Mayuri claims he can't remember, baiting Uryuu into confirming he was Souken's grandson and
- Action Dad: Souken was an active Quincy fighter despite having a family to raise. It meant he often missed dinner with his wife, son and Masaki, which greatly upset his wife.
- Archer Archetype: Soken was an acknowledged master of the clan's style, possessing knowledge of all their traditions and techniques. At some point before his death, he passed on all this to his son, Ryuken.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: In flashback, Souken is so preoccupied with his duties that we never actually see him in person. By his death, Souken's relationship with Ryuuken had deteriorated to the point where Ryuuken tried to deny him contact with Uryuu. And he had some kind of rift with his more distant relatives in the Vandenreich as well.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: After death, Soken's ghost is taken to Mayuri Kurotsuchi's lab where he's vivisected until second death, as Mayuri is trying to learn all he can about Quincies. Mayuri shows Uryu a photo of Soken's body at death, and while the reader is not allowed to see the picture, Uryu's reaction is all too visible. Although Mayuri thought he learned everything there was to know and thus abandoned his Quincy research, he realizes he was wrong when Souken's student Uryu pulls off techniques he never saw in the lab.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Soken was killed by hollows, his soul was then dragged back to Mayuri's lab where he was experimented on and tortured for an unspecified period of time before Mayuri eventually tired of him and gruesomely killed him off.
- Good Is Old-Fashioned: Souken was a gentle man who didn't believe in hating or teaching people to hate. He worked hard to try and make the Soul Reapers understand that everyone would benefit if the Quincies and Soul Reapers could find a way to work together, but died without ever being able to achieve that dream. The Vandenreich has commented that Souken was an old-fashioned traditionalist who rejected the modernisation of the Quincies. Souken's descendents are the only Quincies who have so far been revealed to have been willing to work with Soul Reapers or even made allies or friends of Soul Reapers.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Soken's death is never directly visible. In Uryu's flashback to Souken's first death, we only see his reaction and a group of Soul Reapers standing respectfully around a lump carefully concealed by a blanket. In Soul Society, Mayuri shows Uryu a photo of Soken's body at death and a hazy reflection of the body can be seen in Uryu's eyes, implying mutilation and beheading but not clear enough to display any detail. The expression on Uryu's face, however, is very clear.
- Energy Bow: As a Quincy archer, Soken's main weapon was a bow made out of spiritual power.
- Figure It Out Yourself: Soken refuses to tell Uryu why Ryuken broke off ties with the Quincies. Instead, he explains that, on the day Uryu understands, Uryu will also question his devotion to the clan and face a mysterious enemy requiring him to break the limits of human power.
- Limited Wardrobe: Soken is only ever seen wearing one set of clothes, his Quincy uniform.
- Man in White: Since the Quincy uniform is white and Soken only ever wore it, he was always this trope.
- Mathematician's Answer: Uryu asked Soken whether Ryuken had told the truth about why he rejected the clan. Soken observed that it was Metaphorically True you couldn't make a living as a Quincy and Ryuken had a family to support...but punted on whether this was the real cause (hint: it wasn't). Uryu was too young to read between the lines, however, and continued to believe that his father was a money-obsessed Quincy-hater.
- Mysterious Past: The little we see of Soken is late in his life and from Uryuu's POV. Until he passed it on to Ryuken, Soken was called "the Last Quincy" and possessed the mysterious Quincy Cross. When the Vandenreich enter the storyline, decimating Soul Society and proving the Quincies aren't as close to extinction as the Soul Reapers thought, it's also revealed the Vandenreich and Soken were very well aware of each other. Why and how are deliberately withheld by the Quincy that reveals this information to Ichigo but he does imply Soken might be a Defector from Decadence.
- The Obi-Wan: Everything Uryuu knows and believes about Quincies comes from what his grandfather taught him, including the attitude that it's wrong to blame the Soul Reapers for the Quincy massacre 200 years before. His grandfather died when Uryuu was a young child, right in front of Uryuu's eyes. Throughout the story, Souken's teachings continue to guide Uryuu via the power of flashback.
- Old Master: He possessed the knowledge of all the Quincy techniques and traditions, which he passed down to Ryuken, and was Uryu's mentor and role-model. His knowledge included extremely rare techniques such as Ransoutengai and Letzt Stil, both of which he was able to pass on to Uryu.
- Plot Triggering Death: Soken is one of the four characters * whose deaths combine to create the reason the first two arcs of the story come out the way they do. Witnessing his grandfather's death drives Uryu to challenge then befriend Ichigo, which in turn kickstarts the Soul Society arc by attracting the Soul Reapers's attention. Throughout the rest of the series, Souken's desire for peace between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies keeps Uryu involved with Ichigo. His tuition of Uryu is also a driving force behind Uryu's nasty estrangement from Ryuken.
- Posthumous Character: He's introduced through flashbacks to his grandson's youth and training but he died when Uryu was a young child. In the final arc, it's implied he was an important opposition figure within the Quincy Clan and as such shaped the present in unseen ways.
- Outdated Outfit: Soken is only ever seen wearing the traditional uniform of the Quincies, which is so antiquated that it doesn't fit in at all well with the modern era. Lampshaded by a very young Uryu, who asks if the Quincy uniform will ever be modernised into something less old-fashioned - a wish that is unintentionally granted when the modern Vandenreich reveal their new wardrobe.
- Tragic Dream: Souken's greatest desire was for the Soul Reapers and the Quincies to find a way to coexist peacefully and work together to prevent Hollow attacks. He desperately wanted to make sure another massacre never happened again. For most of the story, the only Quincies believed to exist were Souken's last practicing student, Uryuu, and Retired Badass Ryuuken, meaning Souken's dream was likely doomed. Then it was revealed that other Quincies do still exist, with the Vandenreich's invasion of Soul Society. And now the two sides are back in active war, further than ever from a lasting peace. The last frail hope is the Odd Friendship between the Kurosakis (who aren't even official Soul Reapers) and the Ishidas (who are the last remnant of a dissident Quincy faction).
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: In flashback, Souken seems to spend a lot of time at "Fifth Field", although he's clearly still a voice of authority in the household. But his frequent absences definitely compound the problems between the other members of the family: it leaves his wife lonely and irritable and she takes out her frustrations on Masaki. Ryuuken has to mediate between his mother and fiancee, with no one he trusts enough to confide in except Katagiri...which leads to Ryuuken and Masaki keeping some very, very dangerous secrets. Uryuu's memories of Souken show him much more involved in family life, suggesting he may have regretted the unintentional consequences of being gone so often.
Director of Karakura General Hospital and Uryuu's estranged father. He opposed Uryuu's desire to train as a Quincy so relentlessly that Uryuu has been left too angry and bitter to either live under his father's roof or acknowledge his parentage: he refers to Ryuuken by first name instead of calling him "father". Souken has implied that Ryuuken's driven by a need to protect Uryuu from something, but Uryuu is too angry to pay attention.
Although he refuses to use his own Quincy power, Ryuuken is apparently much stronger than Uryuu. He and Isshin have known each other for over twenty years and their relationship is a much more advanced form of the relationship their two sons have with each other.
- Absurdly Youthful Father: Ryuuken was already improbably young for his job, but flashbacks indicate he was probably somewhere between 21 and 23 when Uryu was born. The Japanese age of majority is 20, so he was just barely an adult at the time.
- Archer Archetype: Cold, aloof, analytical. Ryuken's even more self-possessed than his son, being able to casually defeat moving arrancar while carrying on a conversation and shooting one-handed. He can even precisely hit his son 19mm to the left of the heart without turning a hair. Uryu is a good but inexperienced archer; Ryuken is a master of the art.
- Arranged Marriage: He and Masaki were supposed to be married in order to preserve the "pure" Quincy blood.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Ryuuken rarely wears anything but white suits in the manga (beige in the anime), justified in that he's the director of a major urban hospital and has to be professionally dressed. He's also a very powerful Quincy and capable of kicking much ass (including curbstomping his very talented son) without even removing his jacket or loosening his tie.
- Beta Couple: With Kanae in "Everything but the Rain". Their very serious relationship contrasts with the freespirited romance between Isshin and Masaki. Unfortunately, it's just as ill-fated.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Ryuuken is estranged from Uryu to the point where his son refers to him by his first name and refuses to live under his roof. The rift between them is related to Souken and Kanae's tragic and messy deaths. Ryuuken was estranged enough from Souken before his death that he forbid Uryu to have contact with his grandfather. "Everything but the Rain" suggests that the dysfunction extends back even further: Souken's frequent absences irritated his wife, who took her frustrations out on Masaki, forcing Ryuuken to mediate between his mother and his fiancee. And that's not even getting into the conflict with the Ishidas' more distant relatives in the Vandenreich.
- Blatant Lies: Uryu's not the only lousy liar in this family.
- Uryu's the only one who still believes Ryuuken's lies about not wanting to be a Quincy because there's no profit in it. Granted, Uryu was only about 8 or so at the time, but his father's hesitation in answering and his grandfather's Figure It Out Yourself make it very obvious that Ryuuken's real motives concern his son's wellbeing.
- His statement to Katagiri in "Everything but the Rain" that the only future worth worrying about is that of the clan as a whole is pretty clearly an evasion, although she takes it at face value.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: In "Everything but the Rain", Ryuuken and Katagiri are this trope to the very letter. Ryuuken is torn between his personal desires and his duty to his family, and Katagiri is plagued by hidden feelings for a boy she believes is unattainable.
- Childhood Friend Romance: In 536 Katagiri tells Ryuuken that she's loved him since the day they met—and we see a tiny boy and girl gazing at each other from behind their mothers' legs. Kanae becomes First Girl Wins when Ryuuken's arrangement with Masaki falls apart.
- Combat Pragmatist: After restoring Uryu's powers, Ryuuken berates his (unconscious) son for using a defensive spell as his last-ditch attempt to escape instead of an offensive option that might have caused injury or even death. The general gist of his criticism is, "If you seriously think I'm going to kill you, it doesn't matter that we're related! Try to kill me back!"
- Cool Old Guy: Younger than most examples of the trope, but he still counts. At (approximately) forty years old, Ryuuken is well out of the mid-teens-to-early-twenties Bleach Competence Zone but still a highly effective combatant.
- Cursed with Awesome: His attitude towards his Quincy powers to the point where he claims he's incapable of getting rid of his powers even if he tries.
- Dr. Jerk: When viewed through his son's eyes, he certainly appears to be one, although an early manga scene suggests otherwise when Isshin tells an orderly at the hospital that Ryuuken would free up bedspace if he knew Isshin was the one asking. Later on, when he's seen interacting with people other than his son like Ichigo and Orihime he's actually a much gentler, kinder and even protective personality. Flashbacks suggest Ryuuken's cultivating a Jerkass Fašade and allowing Uryu to believe the very worst about him...for reasons that are still unclear.
- Exact Words:
- In a flashback, a very young Uryu demands to know why Ryuuken objects to Quincies. Ryuuken states he has no interest and Uryu has no talent. When Uryu demands to know why he hates being a Quincy so much, he claims it's because there's no money in it. Years later, he tells Uryu that having no interest shouldn't be interpreted as having no power, it should instead be interpreted as having power he doesn't want to use and cannot get rid of.
- In "Everything but the Rain", Ryuuken lies through his teeth to Katagiri that the only future he's worried about is that of the Quincy clan as a whole. She repeats his Exact Words back to him when he angrily demands to know why she told his mother about Masaki's injury and he reacts with guilt and horror.
- For Isshin, in the same way that Uryu is for Ichigo. They're both fathers with missing wives and mysterious pasts. They both seem oblivious to their sons' paranormal activities then turn up to fix things when their sons are in trouble. Despite their common circumstances, however, they're as different as night and day. Isshin hides behind a moronic, silly mask whereas Ryuuken's mask is aloof, stoic and sarcastic. Lampshaded in chapter 241 when Isshin and Ryuuken debate whose parenting is worse.
- Yhwach is the black-themed First Quincy, while Ryuken is the white-themed Last Quincy. For all that he claims to hate violence, Yhwach is aggressive, abusive, and surrounds himself with subordinates he cruelly mistreats. For all his protestations of detachment, Ryuken is gentle and caring, and distances himself from those he loves for their own protection. Yhwach thrives on wholesale slaughter; Ryuuken has devoted his life to medicine and healing.
- Generation Xerox: His relationship with Isshin is similar to that of their sons.
- Give Him a Normal Life: Uryuu believes this is the reason his father gave up being a Quincy but his grandfather implies Ryuuken is actually hiding something.
- Heroic BSOD: The Everything but the Rain flashback arc is a Meet Cute story for Isshin and Masaki...and a nightmare for Ryuuken, who by trying to protect Masaki from his mother's criticism exposes to her a corrupting Hollow influence that ends up threatening her soul. Isshin—a Soul Reaper and thus the family's sworn enemy—is the only one who can save her from it and Ryuuken's hopes for preserving the Quincy clan are ended. He walks out into the Gray Rain of Depression intending never to return home. Only Katagiri's You Are Not Alone convinces him to turn back in the end.
- Heroic Neutral / Refusal of the Call: Ryuuken is a Quincy of exceptional power who utterly refuses to use his power and wants his clan to be declared extinct after his father's death. He will not support any of the story's major factions and only picks up his bow to restore Uryu's power after Letz Stil. How he came to this neutrality from his youthful idealism is still only partially explained. With the final arc it seems he may be headed for a Neutral No Longer fate.
- Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: When a very young Uryuu asks his father why he hates being a Quincy so much, Ryuuken states it's because there's no money in it. Upset, Uryuu asks his grandfather if Ryuuken is telling the truth. Souken explains that if looked at from the view that Ryuuken has a family to feed, it's true. Despite his intelligence, Uryuu doesn't seem to realise his father's comment was Blatant Lies or that his grandfather was giving him a Mathematician's Answer.
- Hospital Hottie: Never seen in anything but suits and medical coat (he foregoes the medical coat if seen outside the hospital). In the anime omakes, some of the nurses at the hospital seem to be enamoured of him.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: So he says, but he also walks around in a white suit, wears a tie covered in crosses and just happens to always carry the Quincy Cross wherever he's goes. Not a bad Quincy shout-out package for a man who claims to loathe his Quincy roots and power. Flashbacks indicate he once believed the clan's future was more important than his own personal fate.
- Implausible Hair Color: Confirmed by official art as white, not blond. The anime gives him darker hair in flashback (which creates its own implausibility as it implies he went completely white in less than 8 years) but in the manga his hair has been white since childhood, with no explanation. Along with blue eyes and a pale complexion, it's implausible verging on Heroic Albino.
- Improbable Age: Ryuuken is only 40 years old at most * , yet he's the director of a major urban hospital. Most Japanese doctors do not even qualify fully in their chosen speciality until at least age 30 or 31. Uryu's flashbacks to his childhood (where his school uniform can pin down his age to a narrow range) suggest Ryuuken's been the director for years already. Even for a man who's intelligent enough to keep up with Urahara, Ryuuken's ridiculously young for his job.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In order to restore Uryu's powers, Ryuken has to be able to put an arrow through a chakra point 19mm to the right of the sinoatrial node of his son's heart without damaging the tissue around it. Uryu wasn't even standing still for this. He was trying to dodge. Ryuken may be a surgeon and well-versed on the inside of the human body but performing unanaesthetized heart surgery on your offspring with a giant flaming energy arrow still takes some serious Nerves of Steel.
- Kissing Cousins: His family wanted him to keep the Quincy blood strong, so he was set up to marry another pure-blood Quincy. Masaki was adopted into the Ishida clan when her family was killed off because his mother planned on marrying them off. It didn't happen, of course.
- Jade Coloured Glasses: Flashbacks reveal that he used to be a Wide-Eyed Idealist who was under a lot of pressure to protect the future of the Quincies. A series of disasters occurred that culminated in him suffering an Heroic BSOD. At some point between that event and the main storyline, his Heroic BSOD slid over the Despair Event Horizon and he's now very attached to the jade-coloured glasses he wears for all things Quincy. His son, who doesn't know the truth, is extremely frustrated with it.
- Last of His Kind: Ryuuken officially inherited Souken's mysterious title of 'Last Quincy' and he's the only Echt not involved with the Vandenreich. In fact, most of the Vandenreich don't seem to know he exists.
- Man in White: In the manga, he rarely wears anything except white suits (beige in the anime). Together with the tie with the tiny Quincy crosses all over it, this suggests he's not as retired as he claims.
- Marry for Love: He rather unhappily observes to Katagiri that his Arranged Marriage isn't the answer to the future of the Quincies and is rather startled when she observes that what he seems to want is to marry for love. His Arranged Marriage falls through and eventually he does Marry for Love — with Katagiri.
- Metaphorically True: In a flashback, a very young Uryu asks his father why he hates being a Quincy so much. Ryuuken replies there's no money in it. When Uryuu asks Souken if Ryuuken's telling the truth, Souken mulls it over and then says that, if viewed from the angle that being a Quincy doesn't put food on the table and Ryuuken has a son to look after, what Ryuuken said can indeed be viewed as the truth. Souken indicates that Ryuuken's actually lying through his teeth and when he sees Uryu can't understand that, goes on to tell Uryu that one day he will understand Ryuuken's secret.
- Mysterious Past: What made him hate being a Quincy? Why did he want to give up his powers? Why can't he? Why did Souken give him the Quincy Cross despite all this? What is he protecting? What secret is he carrying that will make Uryuu debate giving up being a Quincy? And so on. Only beginning to be explained as of the Thousand Year Blood War Arc.
- No Sparks: The fatal flaw in his arranged engagement to Masaki: while the two of them care for each other as family they are always painfully aware of their romantic incompatibility.
- Odd Friendship: With Isshin. We see their first meeting in "Everything but the Rain" and it does begin to explain the vitriolic but trusting relationship between them.
- Parent Ex Machina: He first shows up outside of flashbacks to save Uryu's life and restore his powers.
- Pet the Dog: Ryuuken's interactions with Orihime and Ichigo in the Fullbringer Arc. He makes sure Uryu's friends know he's going to be okay, encourages them to share information, and takes steps to make sure Orihime gets home safely. Also, his interactions with Masaki in "Everything but the Rain": Ryuuken is no happier about the Arranged Marriage than she is, but he tries his best to make the situation tolerable, even going so far as covering for Masaki when she breaks the rules.
- Pillars of Moral Character: As a high-ranking pure-blood, Ryuuken was expected to set an example for all Quincies. This leads to a giri ("duty") conflict in "Everything but the Rain" between his obligation to uphold the clan's rules and his responsibility to make his fiancee's life more bearable. Asked to choose between upholding an impersonal code of behavior and making another person miserable, Ryuuken chooses compassion, following Masaki out into the rain to make sure she's okay and even attempting to take the blame when she gets into trouble for it.
- Retired Badass: He told Uryu that he doesn't like being a Quincy because it doesn't pay the bills. However, when he is forced to use his power, he reveals he's much stronger than Uryu. Compared to Isshin, who immediately returned to action as soon as he regained his powers, Ryuuken's a voluntary version who refuses to explain why he chose an Heroic Neutral path.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Moreso than his son. Note that Urahara is nervous about getting on Ryuuken's bad side when he shows up to ask Uryu to join the rescue mission to Hueco Mundo.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: When Masaki insisted on breaking the Quincy rules to save Isshin, despite having lectured her on obeying the rules, Ryuuken secretly breaks the very same rules himself to follow her just in case she needs support.
- Silver Fox: Despite his otherwise fairly youthful appearance. The anime has given him darker hair in his youth, although in the manga, his hair has always been white/silver. As a teenager, he was the school heartthrob.
- The Snark Knight: For all that he holds Uryuu to what seem to be impossibly high standards, Ryuuken's also his own worst critic. This can be seen in his conversation with Isshin in Chapter 241, when he admits he's a horrible father, and also in his Heroic BSOD at the end of "Everything but the Rain", when he blames himself for not being able to fix everything that's gone pear-shaped, even though most of it was legitimately beyond his control. The final arc also reveals Uryuu really is capable of achieving the standards his father's been setting for him, so Ryuuken appears to be harsher on himself than on his son.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Ryuuken went through hell before he and Katagiri could be together. Then she died in a truly tragic fashion as a sacrifice for The Emperor.
- Stepford Snarker: Thanks to everything that ruined his Quincy future, doomed his cousin and killed his wife, Ryuuken's been forced to learn the hard way to hide his gentle, protective nature behind a bitterly sarcastic mask that makes him very hard for Uryuu to deal with. The only time he drops the act is when he steps in to get Orihime home safely. Notably, he waits until he's away from Uryu before doing so.
- Stoic Spectacles: Again, more so than Uryu — he's cold, collected, and infuriatingly aloof.
- Uptown Guy: As an Echt, Ryuuken was a Quincy Blue Blood from one of the most powerful families alive and expected to marry another Echt. As a Gemischt, Katagiri was Ryuuken's servant and bodyguard. Only when the Arranged Marriage plan fell through were Ryuuken and Katagiri allowed to Marry for Love but she died six years before the main story in the same event that ultimately killed Masaki.
- You Are Not Alone: The events of the Everything but the Rain arc shatter Ryuuken's hopes for the future of the Quincies and reduce him to such despair he has no intention of ever going back home. Katagiri tells him she won't ever leave his side so if he refuses to go home, she will, too. It's the only thing that convinces him to turn back.
SPOILER ALERT: This section is a Walking Spoiler, so all spoilers are unmarked.
A young woman employed as a maid by the Ishida family. Polite and well-mannered, she appears to be Ryuken's main confidante and the person he turns to when fighting is required.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: She pulls this on Ryuuken as part of a You Are Not Alone speech. It's so utterly heart-wrenching and genuine that he pulls himself out of his Heroic BSOD before she can break down as badly as he did.
- Action Girl: Ryuken singles out Katagiri as his fighter of choice when discussing the subject of mixed bloods fighting instead of purebloods. When he does go to fight, she is his first choice for battle partner. Although they don't actually get to fight on that occasion, she's introduced from the outset as a maid who is also a highly competent Quincy warrior.
- Bodyguard Crush: She's not just Ryuuken's faithful bodyguard, she's also his late wife and Uryuu's mother.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: In "Everything but the Rain", Ryuuken and Katagiri are this trope to the very letter. Ryuuken is torn between his personal desires and his duty to his family, and Katagiri is plagued by hidden feelings for a boy she believes is unattainable.
- Childhood Friend Romance: In Chapter 536 she tells Ryuuken that she's loved him since the day they met—and we see a tiny boy and girl gazing at each other from behind their mothers' legs. Kanae becomes First Girl Wins when Ryuuken's arrangement with Masaki falls apart.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Imagine being a member of a clan of humans whose very blood belongs to a progenitor king who can rescind your power and your very life-force at any moment he chooses just to make himself stronger. Kanae's life and power was sucked right out of her without warning as part of a ritual used to kill mixed-bloods to restore the Emperor's power. It took her three months to die.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She was asked to keep it secret that Masaki had protected a Soul Reaper and gotten bitten by a Hollow for her trouble but felt forced to reveal it because she believed the secret would threaten the family's future because the bite had infected her with the Hollow's energy.
- Last Name Basis: While she's employed by the Ishida family as Ryuuken's servant and bodyguard, Ryuuken refers to her by her last name.
- Love at First Sight: Katagiri tells Ryuken that she's loved him since the moment they first met, when they were small children. Eventually, after his Arranged Marriage collapses, they Marry for Love.
- Marry for Love: She gets Ryuuken eventually, but he has to survive a collapsed Arranged Marriage first.
- Ninja Maid: She works as a servant and maid for the Ishida family, but she's also Ryuken's partner in battle.
- Plot Triggering Death: She dies as a result of Yhwach's power-sucking pogrom of Quincies deemed insufficiently "pure", collapsing into a coma on the same day Masaki died and expiring 3 months later. This has an important impact on her husband's actions for the next 9 years and important implications for Uryu in the final arc.
- Posthumous Character: She died six years before the story began. The killing strike was dealt on the same day Ichigo's mother died and for the same reason, but she remained in a coma for three months before finally dying. The story itself doesn't introduce her until the final arc.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Ryuuken went through hell before he and Katagiri could be together. Then she died in a truly tragic fashion as a sacrifice for The Emperor.
- Ship Tease: There's a lot with Ryuuken. It's eventually confirmed that she is indeed Ryuuken's late wife and Uryu's mother.
- The Lost Lenore: It's heavily implied that her death in Yhwach's purge is one of the biggest reasons Ryuuken turned his back on the Quincies, and therefore the crux of the estrangement between her son and husband.
- Undying Loyalty: She views it as her responsibility to protect Ryuken, no matter what the cost. She's also his only personal confidante in the dysfunctional Ishida household.
- Uptown Girl: As an Echt, Ryuuken was a Quincy Blue Blood from one of the most powerful families alive and expected to marry another Echt. As a Gemischt, Katagiri was Ryuuken's servant and bodyguard. Only when the Arranged Marriage plan fell through were Ryuuken and Katagiri allowed to Marry for Love but she died six years before the main story in the same event that ultimately killed Masaki.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She fits both the physical description (long dark hair, wide eyes, modestly and femininely dressed) and the personality traits (clearly has domestic skills since she works as a maid, holds Undying Loyalty to Ryuuken, a competent Quincy warrior when necessary). And her silk does hide some serious steel: she's the one to convince Ryuuken to return home after his nasty Heroic BSOD. And she does so via a gentle, heartfelt appeal instead by force.
Click here to see her pre-Time Skip appearance
Ichigo's childhood friend and former karate partner. Best friends and self-appointed protector of Orihime from bullies and classmate Chizuru.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her blue eyes from the manga became brown in the anime.
- Badass Normal: Tatsuki is a talented martial artist with just enough spiritual power to see ghosts, but against the series' threats she's still only human.
- Bully Hunter: She met Orihime by shooing bullies away from her.
- Childhood Friends: She starts out the story as Ichigo's oldest and closest friend, introducing him to Orihime and providing important exposition about his past.
- Designated Victim: She has fallen prey to every single spiritual power she has encountered so far in the series, with the most recent being Tsukishima's "Book of the End".
- Determinator - Plucky Girl: The few times she's been faced with a real challenge, she's refused to give up until she was knocked out.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: When Kon in Ichigo's body kissed her on the cheek, her response was to toss school desks at him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Her friendship with Orihime is this trope to a T.
- I See Dead People: She started to gain this ability early on in the story, allowing her the ability to see and interact with spirits but, without powers, she can't fight supernatural threats. That doesn't stop her trying though.
- Locked Out of the Loop: For a large portion of the story, she knows that her two best friends, Ichigo and Orihime, are up to something. She desperately wants to know what, and when Ichigo refuses to tell her after she confronts him, she doesn't take it well. Tatsuki finally gets the explanation she's owed after "Deicide".
- Martial Arts Uniform: In a childhood flashback. Also, she, Chizuru and Orihime are attacked by a Hollow just after she's changed out of the uniform she was previously wearing.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The masculine girl to Ichigo's feminine boy when they were children. He was a crybaby, she beat people up for him.
- Platonic Life Partners: Her relationship with Ichigo, at least up until his shinigami activities start interfering with his social life. Their friendship recovers after she, Keigo and Mizuiro learn the full truth about what's been happening.
- Secret Keeper: For Ichigo, Orihime, and the rest of her supernatural friends.
- Shipper on Deck: Early in the manga she was shown encouraging Orihime to be more romantically assertive towards Ichigo.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Orihime's Girly Girl. Chizuru won't hit on her because of it.
Click here to see his pre-Time Skip appearance
Friend and classmate of Ichigo's and foil to Keigo, generally playing the Straight Man
in their group. Yet another with burgeoning spiritual power.
- Action Survivor: Upon waking up in a sleeping city, the first things he grabs are food, water, a cell phone charger, a gasoline canister, and stun guns for everyone.
- Dissonant Serenity: He doesn't seem too fazed by all the crazy shit going on around him, even after seeing the guy who's trying to kill them disintegrate objects with his reiastsu.
- KidAnova: Surprisingly successful, judging by chapter 0.8. He's able to get a homemade meal almost every day despite not living with his mother or knowing how to cook himself.
- I See Dead People: It's unclear exactly when he gained this ability but he's certainly among the spiritually aware in the Arrancar Arc.
- Likes Older Women: Stated to have a preference for older women. Considering he's estranged from his mother, that has... interesting implications.
- Lonely Rich Kid: His life before meeting Keigo, Ichigo and Chad hints at this trope.
- Missing Mom: She's still very much alive, but he lives with his girlfriend of the moment and doesn't pay her much mind.
- Nerves of Steel: Unlike Keigo's hysterics, Mizuiro's reactions to the weird happenings in Karakura range from dismissive to Dissonant Serenity.
- Those Two Guys: He's always seen together with Keigo.
Click here to see his pre-Time Skip appearance
Third member of Ichigo's group at the beginning of the series and the most energetic of the three. Usually shown with Mizuiro.
- Action Survivor: When Aizen enters Karakura town, he pulls out his hidden competency and nerve and manages to hold things together quite well.
- Butt Monkey: Between being blown off by his friends and smacked around by his older sister, it wasn't a good time for him in the Arrancar Invasion arc.
- Buxom Is Better: Keigo's view of women is this. Chest size acts as his main guide in how he reacts to women.
- Dumb Is Good: Takes great pride in his lack of academic achievement and is a Nice Guy, sort of. Mizuiro does once tell Ichigo that Keigo's actually much smarter than he lets on, but for some reason refuses to use it.
- Flanderization: Subverted. He starts off as goofy and slightly neurotic before appearing to be used in the manga only to freak out over something. Then the Deicide arc occurs and he turns out not only to be incredibly calm and rational under extreme stress, but he actually realises that fighting supernatural threats requires a zanpakutou. He therefore obtains one from an unconscious Soul Reaper so that he can fight Aizen to buy his classmates time to escape. Fortunately, the unconscious Soul Reaper wakes up and stops him before he commits an Heroic Sacrifice. Unfortunately for the anime, the anime team clearly never expected the Deicide arc to ever happen, because his goofy antics are dialled Up to Eleven in filler; at one point he makes a joke about Ichigo seeing something that he can't and within thirty seconds he's literally running away screaming.
- Genki Guy: He's really excitable and has rather over the top reactions, which is exaggerated in the anime.
- Hidden Depths: It seems Ikkaku and Yumichika's influence has rubbed off on him — see The So-Called Coward entry below.
- I See Dead People: Uncertain when he gained this ability, but it was at least before the start of the Hueco Mundo arc.
- Lovable Coward: During the Arrancar arc it wasn't unusual to see him running around in terror.
- Secret Keeper: He doesn't know the significance of this, but he's one of only three people that Ikkaku has willingly revealed his bankai to.
- Selective Obliviousness: Is aware of strange things happening with Ichigo, but when he starts running into Soul Reapers and seeing Hollows, he assumes that they're making a movie. Eventually, it became impossible to ignore when he witnesses a fight between Ikkaku and an Arrancar.
- The So-Called Coward: After Tatsuki tells him to run away, he does — but reappears two chapters later with Zennosuke's sword, and in the next chapter, after seeing Aizen take a bomb to the head and survive, he turns around and charges at the Nigh Invulnerable Big Bad himself.
- Those Two Guys: He's always seen together with Mizuiro.
Keigo's older sister, Mizuho is the 24th Student Council President
at Karakura High School and handles multiple school affairs, including the local Kendo Club.
Voiced by: Kaoru Morota (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (ENG)
- Fetish: She has a huge fetish for bald/shaven men. Ikkaku finds her a handful to deal with as a result: she's a massive fan of his appearance.
- Hand or Object Underwear: She forces Ikkaku to do this is episode 229 by walking into the bathroom to give Ikkaku's back a scrub. Ikkaku is so shocked he drops his towel and is forced to use his hands to cover himself.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Even in the manga, she's rather dramatic about her desire for Ikkaku. The anime makes it worse and even takes it to its usual conclusion of involving a Rescue Romance (in a Played for Laughs sort of way).
- Stalker with a Crush: Filler episode 229 turns her into one for comedy purposes as part of her plan to win Ikkaku's heart by being a "considerate woman". She's even willing to walk in on Ikkaku in the bathroom to give his back a scrub and secretly plants an alarm clock on him so she can randomly pop up with lunch at just the right time (Ikkaku's actually in the park when she dives out of the bushes with lunch).
- Student Council President: The 24th, no less, and Ishida's predecessor.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She looks pretty girly at first, but she's actually really strong and not very ladylike.
One of the girls in Tatsuki and Orihime's circle of friends. Often used as a Plucky Comic Relief
in the Karakura-based chapters, where she tries to flirt with Orihime if not downright grope her, only to be thwarted by Tatsuki.
Mahana Natsui, Michiru Oogawa and Ryo Kuneida are three classmates who form the remainder of Orihime and Tatsuki's circle of friends.
- Beauty Mark: Kunieda, under her left eye.
- Bookworm: Kunieda gets some of the best grades in the class.
- Brainy Brunette: Kunieda is the second best student in their class with Ishida as the top spot and Orihime as third. She's also seen often with books or magazines.
- The Cutie: Michiru's design is generally harmless, shy and cute.
- Deadpan Snarker: Kunieda tends to snark at the antics of the class.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Michiru has cute X-shaped hairpins
- Girl Next Door: The three, in different ways. Michiru is the cute and homey one, Mahana is the more active and tomboyish type, and Kunieda is the smart and quiet Bookworm.
- Messy Hair: Mahana's hair is much less well kept looking than her friends
- Ordinary Highschool Student: Among the few genuine ones. Except for Michiru who has VERY small spiritual powers that let her survive when she, Chizuru, Mizuiro, Tatsuki and Keigo are in front of Aizen.
- Saying Too Much: Mahana is rather curious and has a tendency to say things that embarrass her friends.
- Shrinking Violet: Michiru is very shy, and she's scared of Ichigo and Ishida because they never smile.
Click here to see his pre-Time Skip appearance
An assistant to the Urahara Shop. He's a slacker and hot-tempered, often pressing his fists on Ururu's head to get her to back down.
- Batter Up: Jinta been shown using a gigantic mace when attack lesser hollows.
- Fiery Redhead: Jinta is as loud and brash as his hair.
- Hot-Blooded: Aggressive, blunt and temperamental.
- Mysterious Past: We're still scratching our heads at what he's supposed to be. A random kid? A Modsoul? He aged in the 17 month timeskip, so he can't be a ghost.
- She Is All Grown Up: He's taller and somewhat more muscular than when we first saw him.
- Those Two Guys: He's generally seen with Ururu.
- Tsundere: Jinta tends to act like a little kid around Ururu and picks on her constantly. Plus, he always acts awkward and dismissive around Yuzu, but has a crush on her on the side.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ururu. He bullies Ururu like there's no tomorrow, but when she gets badly injured against the Arrancar, he's clearly the most freaked out. And he's the one who celebrates most openly when she heals up.
Click here to see her pre-Time Skip appearance
Another assistant to Urahara's shop. Ururu is reserved and moody, but more responsible and obedient than Jinta.
- Badass Adorable: She managed to force Yylfordt to go One-Winged Angel.
- BFG: Ururu who wields some kind of wrapped up rocket launcher type weapon.
- Blade Run: During Ichigo's shikai training, she pulls a blade run off on him.
- Blush Sticker: On the other hand, she seems to be losing them as she grows older however.
- Cute Bruiser: Ururu can handle unreleased fraccions barehanded.
- Kick Chick: Ururu when going hand to hand been shown to use a lot of kicking moves. Heck she nearly took Ichigo's head off with one during a training session.
- Mysterious Past: She can age, so we're ruling her out as a ghost, but we're quite unsure of why she goes all Robo Speak when near Hollows.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Ururu in serious mode is capable of a high level of physical combat.
- Robo Speak/Creepy Monotone/Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Ururu, whenever Hollows are near, or when she's hit (See Ichigo's training fight with Ururu)
- Shrinking Violet: Ururu tends to be very shy and quiet.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Ururu carries a weapon the size of a large cannon.
- She Is All Grown Up: After the Time Skip, Ururu apparently has a lot of fans once she's started filling out.
- Those Two Guys: Ururu's normally seen the most with Jinta.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jinta. She insults him often, but she's also the first person to go along with his mischief.
- Waif-Fu: Ururu is capable of laying a pretty serious beatdown on an unreleased fraccion.
Misaomaru Kan'onji is a spirit medium and the host of the TV show Ghost Hunt
. He is known for his trademark laugh (BWAHAHAHA!
) He met Ichigo when he and his friends went to see him live. Unknowingly he removes a spirit's soul chain and turns him into a Hollow. After Ichigo saves him, Kanonji declares him his apprentice. He makes appearances in filler episodes, establishing the Karakura Superheroes consisting of him, the Kurosaki sisters, the Urahara shop kids, and Kon. Later on, in another filler arc (though based on manga Omakes
) he is put in another by order of Urahara: The Karakurizer team.
- Catchphrase: "SPIRITS ARE ALWAYS WITH YOU!" "Smells like bad spirits!" "BWAHAHAHAHA!"
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Heavy on the moron, though one must give him points for actually knowing he mostly sucks and standing his ground, not to mention he does save Ichigo's ass once.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He tries to pull a Big Damn Heroes to rescue Tatsuki from Aizen and Gin. Not realizing how strong they are, he very gladly calls them out. Even once he does realize how utterly outclassed he is, he keeps right on standing up to them to protect Tatsuki and never even considers leaving her behind to save himself. Say what you will about the guy, but do not call him a coward.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Only in the sense of not being ultimate. He's certainly got a good heart, and successfully protects people and combats Hollows on several occasions.
- Feet of Clay: He's beloved as a spiritual medium and does have some level of power, but he's completely incapable of handling even a single normal Hollow by himself.
- Hero with an F in Good: Don Kanonji, who thinks he's protecting children throughout the country from the monsters that go bump in the night. Ichigo has to show him that he's actually helping to create those monsters.
- Hot-Blooded: His hot blooded and energetic attitude is part of why he's so popular with people.
- Kamehame Hadoken: His Kanon Ball, where he charges and fires a ridiculously tiny ball of reishi, which creates a surprisingly large explosion for its size.
- Large Ham: Very bombastic and a great showman. "BWAHAHAHAHA."
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes he's been creating Hollows while attempting to exorcize spirits he breaks down and starts to cry until Ichigo snaps him out of it.
- Shout-Out: One catchphrase is a shout out to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
- Sunglasses at Night: He always wears sunglasses as part of his getup.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: By himself, the Karakura Superheroes, and the Karakurizer Team.
A character introduced in the Lost Agent Arc. She is Ichigo's boss at his part-time job in her shop, whenever he decides to show up for his job, or she decides to kidnap him back to it.
- Action Mom: Her entry involves her beating up a whole group of thugs single handed.
- Badass Normal: Took out a group of thugs by herself, and is - so far as we know - completely human.
- Biker Babe: Has an outfit reminiscent of one, that is.
- Blood Knight: If her Slasher Smile after beating up the gangsters is any indication, Unagiya seems to enjoy being the winner of a fight, at the very least.
- Catch Phrase: "We're not Unagi eels."
- Cool Big Sis: She likes to view herself as a big sister figure. Ichigo teases her about how she's too old for it, but if he didn't feel the same he probably wouldn't have gone to her for emotional support in the first place.
- Doting Parent: To her son, Kaoru, even when he doesn't really deserve it.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her yelling at Ichigo on the phone shows her short-tempered side, while her wipe-out of the gangsters solidifies her as a badass.
- Facepalm Of Doom: Uses this to abduct Ichigo.
- Gag Boobs: She shoved Ichigo's head onto her breasts to comfort him at one point. As Rangiku once said, "my bosom's your pillow".
- Hot-Blooded: Except for when she's in front of her son, she's quite quick to enter conflicts and simply flatten everyone.
- Motherly Side Plait: Suddenly switches to one when her son shows up the first time.
- Pet the Dog: Her comforting Ichigo, very much like a real mother, was pretty sweet of her.
- Punny Name: "Unagiya" is Japanese for "eel shop." This is why people constantly mistake her business as such.
- Nice Hat: Wears a cap with goggles on the brim. Why? Who knows!
- Slasher Smile: Sports one after she defeats the gangsters.
- Stacy's Mom: Her son Kaoru is used to men sniffing around his mother because she's beautiful. To Ichigo's horror and Ikumi's embarrassment, Kaoru warns Ichigo off from hanging around Ikumi for that reason.
- Tsundere: Despite her hostile, combative attitude she's actually pretty concerned about Ichigo.
Ikumi's son. One of the only kids who doesn't like Ichigo in the series.
- Does Not Like Shoes: To his mom's (apparent...) chagrin.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He's very passive-aggressive towards Ichigo. Ikumi insists that he's only that way towards Ichigo.
- Spoiled Brat: He gives off the impression, due to his less-than-positive demeanor towards outsiders (or just Ichigo).
Sora Inoue was Orihime Inoue's older brother and caretaker, who became the Hollow, Acidwire, after his death. He actually perished years before the storyline, having been wounded in a car accident; Orihime carried the fatally injured Sora to the Kurosaki clinic, but despite Isshin's efforts, he died. His soul then was corrupted (in the anime, due to another Hollow; in the manga, after crossing the Despair Event Horizon
) and started hounding his younger sister...
- Body Horror: Specially in the anime, where not only he fell in despair — but his soul was forcibly turned into a Hollow.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The hairpins that he gave to Orihime went from her Tragic Keepsake to her Weapon of Choice: the Shun Shun Rikka.
- Despair Event Horizon: Believing that Orihime had forgotten about him drove him to the edge. In reality, Orihime never did so, and actually stopped praying to his memory to not have him worry about her in the afterlife. Sora/Acidwire doesn't learn about it until later.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: As Acidwire, he attacks Tatsuki and later Ichigo and Rukia aside of Orihime, and he claims that he wants to kill Orihime so no one else can have her.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Right before he kicked it, Sora and Orihime had their first and last fight ever, and she didn't bid him goodbye like she always did. Therefore, when Sora was defeated and purified, Orihime told him "have a nice day" in their goodbyes.
- Promotion to Parent: Sora ran away with three-year-old Orihime on tow as soon as he turned a legal adult, thus acting as her tutor and parental figure until he kicked it.
- Tragic Monster: He didn't become a monster out of choice. Soul Reapers just didn't get to him in time to help him pass on.
- Yandere: As a Hollow, he has an intense fixation and possessive nature towards Orihime.