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Characters: Bleach Soul Society And Karakura Residents
Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach. This page deals with the denizens of Karakura Town and the Soul Society.

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Species: Human
Clan: Quincy

Masaki Kurosaki

Isshin's wife and the mother of Ichigo, Karin and Yuzu. She was a beautiful, sweet redhead who died when Ichigo was as much 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 crybaby and expressive Karin toughened herself up to not have people worry for her. Little did they know, her murderer would be back later...

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP), Ellyn Stern (ENG)

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Flashbacks indicate she must have become a mother at the age of 20-21. The Japanese age of majority is 20, so she was just barely an adult when she became a mother.
  • Action Girl: She was very sweet and cheerful when she was younger, but she also took down a powerful Hollow by herself after it defeated Isshin.
  • Arranged Marriage: She and Ryuken were supposed to be married in order to preserve the "pure" Quincy blood.
  • 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: Surprisingly averted: the outline of her areola and nipples are visible when she tries to glomp Isshin after he saves her from her Inner Hollow.
  • 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 the Perpetual Frowner he is today.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: When she couldn't hit a Hollow at a distance due to its speed, Masaki let it bite her then shot it point-blank.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She perished in child Ichigo's arms.
  • Energy Bow: Like most Quincy she can manifest a bow and arrows out of reishi.
  • 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 and survived becomes more meaningful when you realize she's a Quincy. This is validated when it's revealed she met Isshin saving him from a prototype Arrancar, and the Arrancar's bite left her infected with Target Hollowfication.
  • Genki Girl: She appears to be cheery, outgoing and rather energetic.
  • Ghost Shipping: Her husband was a ghost. Sort of.
  • Hidden Buxom: Her schoolgirl uniform hid the fact that she was almost on par with Orihime as a teenager.
  • House Wife: Masaki took care of all the housework. After she died, Yuzu took care of those duties.
  • 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: She gave her life to protect her eldest child.
  • Missing Mom: She died when Ichigo was young.
  • Not-So-Small Role: It turns out that the whole "Masaki is a Quincy" theory wasn't that far off... and by not that far off, we mean completely correct. And now her son's Quincy powers have started to awaken...
  • 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. Since Soul Reapers have red reishi as opposed to the white of a human, it's a bit of a Stealth Pun.
  • 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 Hollow that Isshin was fighting, but Ryuuken tried to stop her, citing the rules of the Quincy and how she should consider her position. Masaki stood her ground, told Ryuuken that she wouldn't forgive herself if there were casualties, and went anyway.
  • 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.
  • Stepford Smiler: Despite her energetic and happy appearance before she met Isshin, it is implied that she was not at all happy with her current situation.
  • Super Toughness: According to Isshin her Blute Vene was extremely potent.
  • 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.

Species: Human

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Karin and Yuzu Kurosaki

Ichigo's younger sisters. Twins but otherwise nothing alike. Notable in that Yuzu seems to have completely missed out on the family power, completely unable to see ghosts or Hollows for the most part. Karin sees them as well as Ichigo in the beginning, she just chooses to ignore them.

Yuzu voiced by: Tomoue Sakuragawara (JP), Janice Kawaye (ENG)
Karin voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Kate Higgins (ENG)

Jinta Hanakari and Ururu Tsumugiya

Click here to see his pre-Time Skip appearance 
Click here to see her pre-Time Skip appearance 

Two kid assistants to Urahara's shop. Jinta is a slacker and hot-tempered, while Ururu is reserved and moody all the time.

Voiced by: Takako Honda (JP), Jeannie Elias (US) - Jinta
Noriko Shitaya (JP), Wendee Lee (US) - Ururu

  • Badass Adorable: Both are much tougher than their cute appearances would suggest, especially Ururu.
  • Batter Up: Jinta been shown using a gigantic mace when attack lesser hollows.
  • 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: Ururu, she seems to be losing them as she grows older however.
  • Cute Bruiser: Ururu can handle unreleased fraccions barehanded.
  • Fiery Redhead: Jinta is as loud and brash as his hair.
  • Hot-Blooded: Jinta is aggressive and blunt.
  • 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: The fact that they aged during the time skip indicates that they aren't soul reapers, but we really have no idea where the hell they came from or where they got their abilities, particularly what happens to Ururu when she senses 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.
  • Shrinking Violet: Ururu tends to be very shy and quiet.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Ururu carries a weapon the size of a large cannon.
  • Those Two Guys: Ururu and Jinta are normally seen together and fulfill the role of Urahara's workers without really doing much.
  • They Are All Grown Up: After the Time Skip, we get to see them have some brief focus and this comes up. Ururu apparently has a lot of fans.
  • 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 refers to her as "the Goddess".
  • Waif-Fu: Ururu is capable of laying a pretty serious beatdown on an unreleased fraccion.

Species: Human
Clan: Quincy
Affiliation: Unknown
Spirit Weapon: Unknown
Quincy - Letzt Stil: Unknown

Soken Ishida

The wise old grandfather of Uryu Ishida, Soken was the Last Quincy prior to passing the title down to Ryuken Ishida and was the person who put Uryu on the path to being a quincy, despite Ryuken's objections. He was killed when Uryu was a young child by a gang of five hollows. The shinigami watchers were delayed in coming to Soken's rescued because they had been bribed by Mayuri Kurotsuchi to sit back and collect Soken's soul after he had died. As a result of this, Uryu Ishida was later to learn that his grandfather's soul had been tortured to death for information by Mayuri Kurotsuchi's quincy experiments. According to Mayuri, he had died with his grandson's name upon his lips and swearing defiance upon the pride of the quincy.

  • Action Dad: Apparently spent nights out killing hollows or otherwise not having dinner with his wife, son Ryuken, and niece Masaki.
  • Archer Archetype: He represented everything that was the quincy race that was supposed to be extinct and all the archer traditions and techniques the entire race had possessed. At some point before his death, be passed on all this to his son, Ryuuken Ishida.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: After death, Soken's spirit is taken to Mayuri Kurotsuchi's lab where he's experimented on to the end of his spiritual days so that Mayuri can learn 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 thinks he learned everything there was to know, he later realises he didn't as Soken's student Uryu uses techniques in battle that Mayuri never learned about 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.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Soken's death was never allowed to be directly viewed by the reader. Mayuri shows Uryu a photo of Soken's body at death and a hazy outline of the body can be seen by the reader in Uryu's eyes, implying mutilation and beheading but not being 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 explain why Ryuken hates being a quincy. Instead, he tells Uryu that he has to learn for himself the truth about his father's heart. On that day, he'll question whether he wants to continue being a quincy and, if he does, he'll face a battle that will require him to break the limit of human power. He doesn't even explain what this mysterious enemy is.
  • 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 Souken only ever wore it, he was always this trope.
  • Mathematician's Answer: When Ryuken told Uryu the reason he hated being a quincy was because there wasn't any money in it, Uryu asked Soken if Ryuken had spoken the truth. Soken evaluated what Ryuken had said and observed that being a quincy did not provide any money for a family and since Ryuken had to raise a family, his words could be viewed as true from that point-of-view. However, he indicated Ryuken was only being Metaphorically True to hide a secret that Uryu would one day learn the truth about. His words were completely unhelpful in enlightening Uryu, however, who continued to believe that his father was a money-obsessed quincy-hater.
  • Mysterious Past: Until he passed it on to Ryuken Ishida, Soken Ishida was the Last Quincy and bearer of the mysterious Quincy Cross. When the Vandenreich enter the storyline, revealing the quincies aren't as close to extinction as the shinigami thought and decimating Soul Society, 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 Uryu knows and believes about quincies comes from what his grandfather taught him, including the attitude that it's wrong to blame the shinigami for the quincy massacre 200 years before. His grandfather died when Uryuu was a young child, right in front of Uryu's eyes. Throughout the story, Soken's teachings continue to guide Uryu via the power of flashback.
  • Old Master: He possessed the knowledge of all the quincy techniques and power and was Uryuu's mentor and role-model before passing it down to Ryuken Ishida. This included extremely rare techniques such as Ransoutengai and Letzt Stil, both of which he was able to pass on to Uryu.
  • Posthumous Character: He's introduced through flashbacks to his grandson's youth and training but he died when Uryu was a young child.
  • Outdated Outfit: Souken 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. He unintentionally gets his wish; the modern Vandenreich have definitely updated the quincy wardrobe, in a very Putting on the Reich sort of way.
  • Tragic Dream: Soken's greatest desire was for a massacre such as the quincy massacre of 200 years ago to never be allowed to happen again and to see the shinigami and quincies working together to protect the world from hollows. For most of the story, the only quincies believed to exist were practising student, Uryu Ishida and Retired Badass Ryuken Ishida, meaning Soken's dream could never come true. Then it was revealed the quincies do still exist when they invaded and massacred the shinigami in Soul Society. In other words, another massacre has happened, and the chance for quincies and shinigami to be able to work together is even further away than ever. The closest thing to a shinigami/quincy alliance that exists is the vitriolic friendship between Ichigo, who isn't a true shinigami, and Uryu, who is mostly a self-taught quincy.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: To a lighter extent than most examples of this trope from what we've seen in the past; Soken seems to spend a lot of time at "Fifth Field", to the extent that his wife is frustrated with his constant absences.

Species: Human
Clan: Quincy
Affiliation: Unknown
Spirit Weapon: Unknown (Bow)
Quincy - Letzt Stil: Unknown

Ryuken Ishida

Director of Karakura General Hospital and Uryu's father, though they're estranged to the point that Uryuu doesn't even call him "father" but refers to him by his first name. Uryu holds a grudge against him for being opposed to him being a Quincy and constantly belittling his talent, though it seems that Ryuuken was/is simply worried about his son (not that he'd ever admit it). Ryuuken himself is apparently much stronger than Uryu, but claims not to be interested in being a Quincy because one can't make a living from it. He seems to have known Isshin for a long time and their relationship is similar to that of their sons.

Voiced by: Ken Narita (JP), Michael McConnohie (ENG)

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: He's already too young to be medical director, but flashbacks indicate he was probably somewhere between 20-22 when Uryuu was born. The Japanese age of majority is 20, so he was just barely an adult when he became a father.
  • Archer Archetype: Cold, aloof, analytical. Ryuken's even more self-possessed than his son, being able to casually defeat moving arrancar while casually holding a conversation with someone else (using a bow one-handed, no less). He can even precisely hit his son 19mm to the left of the heart without even 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: He wears a completely normal, but smart, white suit in the manga (beige in the anime). He's a surgeon and the director of Karakura General Hospital, so he has to be smartly dressed for his job. However, he's also a very powerful Quincy who makes his talented son look weak by comparison.
  • Cool Old Guy: Younger that the norm, but still counts.
  • 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's certainly appears to be this 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. It seems as though he and his son bring out the worst in each other, but flashbacks reveal he's cultivating a Jerkass Fašade.
  • Dysfunctional Family: He and his son have a truly nasty estrangement. His wife is Uryuu's Missing Mom.
  • Exact Words: In a flashback, a very young Uryuu demands to know why Ryuuken objects to Quincies. Ryuuken states he has no interest and Uryuu has no talent. When Uryuu 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 Uryuu 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.
  • Foil: Yhwach is a black-themed Quincy who is known as the First Quincy. Ryuken is a white-themed Quincy who is known as the Last Quincy. For all his protestations of peacefulness, Yhwach's nature is ruthless and cruel. Meanwhile, for all his protestations of harshness, Ryuken's nature is gentle and caring. Yhwach closely surrounds himself with people he apparently cares less for than it appears. Ryuken distances himself from people he apparently cares more for than it appears.
  • 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 Shinigami 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.
  • 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.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In order to restore Uruu's powers, Ryuken has to be able on the fly to put an arrow through a chakra point 19mm to the right of the sinoatrial node of the heart without damaging the tissue around it. Granted, he's a surgeon and knows his way around 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.
  • Man in White: In the manga, he wears white suits (beige in the anime): white suit, crosses all over his tie, bow in hand. Yes, he's definitely given up the quincy way, alright.
  • 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 Katagiri 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 Uryuu 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 Uryuu can't see that, goes on to tell Uryuu 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? Why does he have a past with Isshin and Urahara? What happened to his son's mother? And so on.
  • Odd Friendship: With Isshin. It seems to rooted in his Mysterious Past as well.
  • Parent Ex Machina: He first shows up outside of flashbacks to save Uryuu's life and restore his powers.
  • Pet the Dog: His interactions with Orihime.
  • Retired Badass: He told Uryuu that he doesn't like being a quincy because it doesn't pay the bills. When he is forced to use his power, however, he reveals he's much stronger than Uryu.
  • 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 Uryuu to join the rescue mission to Hueco Mundo.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Again, more so than Uryuu — he's cold, collected, and infuriatingly aloof.
  • You Are Not Alone: The events of the Everything But The Rain arc shatters 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.

Species: Human
Clan: Quincy
Affiliation: Unknown
Spirit Weapon: Unknown (Bow)
Quincy - Letzt Stil: Unknown

Kanae Katagiri

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.

  • 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 been introduced from the outset as a maid who is also a highly competent Quincy warrior.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: In 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.
  • 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 lifeforce at any moment he chooses just to make himself stronger. Katagiri'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.
  • 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.
  • Posthumous Character: She died nine 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.
  • Ship Tease: There's a lot with Ryuken.
  • Undying Loyalty: She views it as her responsibility to protect Ryuken, no matter what the cost.

Species: Modified Soul
Affiliation: Soul Society (formerly) / Karakura High School\\


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 still entrusted with Ichigo's body when his soul's out Hollow-hunting, to maintain the Masquerade to Yuzu and Karin.

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Tite Kubo (JP, Memories in the rain OVA), Quinton Flynn (ENG)

  • 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: Despite being a pacifist, he comes close to possibly killing a kid after said kid laughs about the idea of making someone and then destroying it when it doesn't meet expectations.
  • 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.
  • The Chew Toy: Literally.
  • 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.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Despite his love for boobs, Kon was terrified when he found a naked Nozumi Kujo in the parking lot.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Uses Ichigo's body to jerk off.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: Through most of the Hueco Mundo arc and all of the Deicide and Fullbringer arc. It wasn't until the recent one he finally showed back up.
  • 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.

Species: Human

Don Kan'onji

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.

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (JP), Michael Sorich (ENG)

  • 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 and small 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.

Species: Human / Hollow

Sora Inoue
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP), Liam O Brien (English)

Sora Inoue (井上昊, Inoue Sora) was Orihime Inoue's older brother and caretaker, who became the Hollow, Acidwire (アシッドワイヤー, Ashiddowaiyā) 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.

Species: Human

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Tatsuki Arisawa

Ichigo's childhood friend and former karate partner. Best friends and self-appointed protector of Orihime from bullies and classmate Chizuru.

Voiced by: Junko Noda (JP), Wendee Lee (ENG)

  • Bully Hunter: She met Orihime by shooing bullies away from her.
  • Childhood Friends: She starts out the story as the person that is closest to Ichigo and helps Orihime get to know him and 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: 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.
  • Hidden Buxom: In an omake, when Kon makes fun of her for her small bust size Tatsuki reveals she has a C-cup, to his shock.
  • I See Dead People: She started to gain this ability early on in the story, but sadly she never got any powers to go with it, and therefore she's...
  • 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.
  • Martial Arts Uniform: 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Orihime's Girly Girl. Chizuru won't hit on her because of it.

Species: Human

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Mizuiro Kojima

Friend and classmate of Ichigo's and foil to Keigo, generally playing the Straight Man in their group. Yet another with burgeoning spiritual power.

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (JP), Tom Fahn (ENG)

  • 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 in his pursuits from what little we see. Apparently he's so good he's been able to get a homemade meal almost every day of his life since entering middle school despite not having parents or doing it himself.
  • I See Dead People: Uncertain when he gained this ability, but it was at least before the start of the Hueco Mundo arc.
  • Likes Older Women: Stated to have a preference for older women. Considering he's distanced from his mother, that has... interesting implications.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Slighty hinted to be one before meeting Keigo, Ichigo and Chad.
  • Missing Mom: She still lives, but he's mentioned to be distanced from her.
  • Nerves of Steel: Unlike Keigo, he's always rather unconcerned about the going ons around him.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Possibly, none of his friends seem to mention his wealth,implying he never told them.
  • Those Two Guys: He's always seen together with Keigo.

Species: Human

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Keigo Asano

Third member of Ichigo's group at the beginning of the series and the most energetic of the three. Usually shown with Mizuiro.

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (ENG)

  • 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: 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.
  • Dumb Is Good: Takes great pride in his lack of academic ability and is a Nice Guy, sort of.
  • Flanderization: Starts off as goofy and slightly neurotic. Now he's a complete spaz who can't be on camera for more than five minutes without freaking out over something. Filler exaggerates it even further. Hell, 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. Completely averted in the Deicide arc. He stays pretty calm, coming up with some pretty logical plans.
  • 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 above.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Well, he doesn't think Ikkaku and Yumichika are that pretty, but his willful and bossy older sister Mizuho has a huge thing for bald men.
  • 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.
  • Those Two Guys: He's always seen together with Mizuiro.

Species: Human

Mizuho Asano

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.

Species: Human

Chizuru Honsho

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.

Voiced by: Saki Nakajima (JP)

  • Genki Girl: Chizuru is very, very excitable when around Orihime. Tatsuki does her best to keep her in line but there's only so much she can do.
  • Hidden Buxom: Keigo told Tatsuki once that Chizuru's more well-endowed than he thought. Tatsuki promptly punches him.
  • I See Dead People: Has the ability to see ghosts, hollows and Soul Reapers but when she actually gained the ability isn't revealed.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Proud to be a Lipstick Lesbian, always ready to ogle cute and feminine girls.
  • Muggle: She doesn't seem to have any powers but the end of the Deicide arc reveals she does in fact have spiritual awareness and she's actually capable of surviving Aizen's proximity without dying, which is what happens to true muggles in his presence, showing that she's moved out of this territory slightly.
  • Playing Against Type: Saki Nakajima usually plays Meidos...
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Always cheerful and never giving up in her pursuit of Orihime.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Her glasses have a tendency to shine when she's getting too excited.
  • Skinship Grope: Loves glomping and groping Orihime.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: She sure seemed very pleased when Ichigo was on top of Renji and it looked like they were copping feels in the school hallway.
    Chizuru: Forbidden love... So beautiful!

Species: Human

Mahana Natsui, Michiru Oogawa and Ryo Kunieda

The other three ladies from Orihime and Tatsuki's circle of friends.

Mahana voiced by: Kayo Noumi (JP), Michelle Ruff (ENG)
Michiru voiced by: Asami Sanada (JP), Colleen O'Shaughnessey
Ryo voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (JP), Stephanie Sheh (ENG)

  • Ambiguously Brown: Mahana's skin tone is slightly darker than the others's.
  • 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.

Species: Human

Ikumi Unagiya
Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (JP)

A character in the in the Xcution/Fullbring 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.

Species: Soul Reaper
Affiliation: Soul Society
Zanpakutō: Tsuchinamazu

Zennosuke Kurumadani
Voiced by: Masashi Yabe (JP), Kirk Thornton (ENG), Terrence Stone (ENG, Episode 80)

The guy that replaces Rukia as the official Karakura guard. Don't take him too seriously.
  • Butt Monkey: The story generally portrays him looking like an ineffectual idiot whenever he appears. In the manga he's finally replaced by Ryūnosuke Yuki and Shino of the 13th Squad at the beginning of the Blood War arc.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Tsuchinamazu, sorta.
  • Funny Afro: And holy crap, how. That thing is truly GIGANTIC, and people actually tend to call him "Afro-san". Which he hates.
  • Rings of Death: Tsuchinamazu in shikai is a Chakram.
  • Sempai Kouhai: To Yuki and Shino
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He doesn't really have any idea of what's going on, but thinks he's an impressive fighter.

     Soul Society residents 

Species: Plus
Affiliation: Soul Society

Ganju Shiba

A member of the established Shiba clan. He helps Ichigo and his friends get into the Seireitei with his sister's help. Usually gets into fights with Ichigo. He is also a master of fireworks and can change the ground into sand if he wants. He has a grudge against Soul Reapers for killing his older brother, but eventually warms up to Ichigo and Hanatarou.

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (JP), Kyle Hebert (ENG)

Tropes associated with Ganju:

Species: Plus
Affiliation: Soul Society

Kukaku Shiba

Ganju's older sister and owner of a house with statues of arms on the outside. She owns a large cannon that she lets Ichigo and friends use to get past the barrier of the Seireitei. She's quick to anger and acquainted with Yoruichi.

Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (JP), Cindy Robinson (ENG)

Tropes associated with Kukaku:
  • Action Girl: Mainly in the video games, but in canon, she's perfectly willing to jump into the fray against Aizen.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Unlike Ganju, she never was angry at Rukia for Kaien's death, mainly because she knew the full story from Ukitake. She even punches Rukia when she keeps apologizing and tells her it's all right. invoked
  • Bandage Babe: On her right arm and forehead, among other places.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. She lacks an arm. In the anime, she replaces it with a prosthetic one; in the manga, she has only her stump.
  • Berserk Button: Leave her pipe alone.....
  • Bokukko: She uses the extremely masculine ore pronoun.
  • Cool Big Sis: A more tomboyish example, so this is especially evident when she's calm and relaxed.
  • Handicapped Badass: She lacks her right arm in the manga and wears a prosthetic in the anime.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: After Rukia apologizes to her and Ganju over the deal with their older brother, Kukaku threw a party for Rukia on the night before Ichigo and his gang left the Soul Society.
  • The Lad-ette: She's something of an abrasive, short-tempered drill sergeant, but even she can show a softer side, rare as it is.
  • Playing with Fire/Megaton Punch: Did this when Ichigo and Ganju broke her kiseru while fighting.
  • Plucky Girl: A grown up and very tomboyish version.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Ichigo, Orihime, Ishida and Sado were all surrpised to learn that the one bearing the name "Kukaku" is female.
  • Tsundere: In the end, she really loves her brother, but don't expect to hear that loud anytime soon....

Species: Soul Reaper
Affiliation: Soul Society
Zanpakutō: Unknown

Jidanbo Ikkanzaka

The guard to the Seireitei's western gate, a large giant. He's the older brother of Ikkanzaka Jirobo, fourth seat of Squad 7.

Voiced by: Takashi Nagosako (JP), Peter Lurie (ENG)

  • An Axe to Grind: He wields a pair of massive axes with no finesse whatsoever.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: During their assault on Soul Society, the Vandenreich manage to put Jidanbo under their control, after which he is made to attack Squad 12.
  • Dual Wielding: He wields two massive cleavers.
  • Dumb Muscle: When counting a 10-hit combo he clearly shows little knowledge of numbers or counting, especially since it ends up becoming a 13-hit combo.
    Jidanbo: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Seven! Six! Eight! Um... Six! Eight! Time to finish up... Ten!!!
  • Gentle Giant: It turns out he's actually a pretty nice guy and very popular among the people despite being a gatekeeper for the Soul Reapers.
  • Honor Before Reason: Believes that he has to open the gate if he loses. It's treated as a Kick the Dog when Gin points out it's his job to keep people out, not let them in.

Species: Plus
Affiliation: Soul Society (formerly)

Hisana Kuchiki

Byakuya Kuchiki's late beloved wife. Originally a Rukongai resident who arrived with her baby sister Rukia upon their deaths in the living world to District 78 of Southern Rukongai. She was forced to abandoned said sister in order to survive, and could never forgive herself for that.

Voiced by Fumiko Orikasa (JP), Debi Mae West (ENG)

  • Ill Girl: the sickness is never specified but it did end up killing her.
  • The Lost Lenore: Type A. Without her, the Soul Society arc would never have unfolded the way it did as she was the root cause of the two conflicting vows that forced Byakuya to be Ichigo's main antagonist during that arc.
  • My Greatest Failure: Due having abandoned Rukia as a baby, Hisana considers herself unworthy of being Rukia's sister and insists to Byakuya that he never reveal the blood relationship to Rukia if he ever manages to find her.
  • Posthumous Character: She died over fifty years ago.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Byakuya was one of the highest ranked aristocrats in Seireitei. Hisana was a commoner from one of the worst districts in the Rukongai. Despite this, they overcame the "love above one's station" issue when Byakuya defied his entire clan to marry her. Five years after they were married, she died from an incurable illness.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Rukia was told she was adopted because of her strong resemblance to Hisana. It's only later she learns this resemblance is because she and Hisana are sisters.

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