Characters: Bleach Soul Society And Karakura Residents
Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach
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Ichigo's Zanpakuto and Hollow
The personified spirit of Ichigo's Zanpakuto
. He takes the form of a stoic
middle-aged man with Cool Shades
, shoulder-length hair
, and a ragged black coat
. The first spirit we actually catch a glimpse of in the series.
- Badass: Let's see. Unflappable, observant, and can kick some serious ass in a one-on-one swordfight while maintaining a detached "Old Master"-type aura. Yep, definitely counts. Apparently Ichigo's a badass even on a subconscious level.
- Badass Creed: "Abandon your fear. Look forward. Move forward and never stop. Retreat and you age. Hesitate and you die."
- Badass Longcoat: Hey, the Pimp Coat had to have come from somewhere.
- Badass Longhair: Not quite as long compared to other characters, but still long enough to qualify.
- BFS: His initial Shikai form resembles a 5-foot-long khyber knife, and after being upgraded by Ichigo's Fullbring resembles an equally-massive bowie knife. When he tests Ichigo during Bankai training, he seems quite fond of these, though it's subverted when his true form is revealed to be a regular katana.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: When he's defeated early on in the Zanpakuto Unknown Tales filler arc, he suggests that all of the zanpakuto spirits are like this due to Muramasa's hypnosis.
- Brown Eyes: His levelheadedness and genuine loyalty to Ichigo fits characters of this trope.
- Cool Old Guy: He's calm, collected and a skilled fighter in contrast to the brash Ichigo.
- Cool Shades: In this form, they never come off either.
- Dramatic Wind: Possibly justified in that he's a spirit.
- Enemy Within / Split Personality Takeover: It's been stated that Hollow Ichigo and Zangetsu are just Two Sides Of The Same Coin, to the point that Hollow Ichigo claims to actually be Zangetsu when he takes over Ichigo's mindscape.
- Evolving Weapon: Played straight and averted in an interesting fashion. Played straight in that after Ichigo merges his Fullbring with his Soul Reaper powers Zangetsu gets an upgrade. Averted in that, unlike all other Zanpakuto, Zangetsu was not born from an Asauchi bonding with its wielder's soul.
- Field of Blades: The first thing he does during Ichigo's Bankai training is create an entire field of BFS's.
- In-Series Nickname: "Zangetsu no Ossan" (Japanese for "Old Man Zangetsu"), or just plain "Ossan", by Ichigo.
- Mind Meld: Filler only. After Muramasa distorts Ichigo's senses during the climax of their battle, Zangetsu (who is immune to the hypnosis) melds his mind with Ichigo's to "become his senses", allowing him to see through the illusions and push Muramasa back.
- Perma Stubble: Unlike other examples from the story who look less impressive due to their permastubble, Zangetsu's look definitely makes him look badass.
- Perpetual Frowner: Did you really expect anything less from Ichigo's inner self?
- Scary Shiny Glasses: The shiny glasses are often emphasized whenever Ichigo has to enter his inner world to speak to Zangetsu.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Especially in his bankai form.
- Sword Beam: "Getsuga... Tensho."
- Wrecked Weapon: His sword form has been broken several times.
The true form of Zangetsu. In Bankai form, Zangetsu resembles a teenaged version of his Shikai form, with slightly shorter hair, a slender build, and a tighter, more defined version of his Shikai form's coat with a hood instead of sunglasses.
Though he retains his cool, collected demeanor, Tensa Zangetsu is not
above smacking Ichigo around if he's pissed at him; and his outbursts only increase after fusing with the Inner Hollow. During Ichigo's Final Getsuga Tensho training, Zangetsu explains that what Ichigo wants to protect is not what he wants to protect.
- Adaptation Dye Job: The anime colors his merged sword form white with a black tsuba and his skin-color after fusing with Hollow Ichigo was changed from Zangetsu's usual skin tone to the Hollow's white skin in the anime.
- Badass: Even before revealing his true form, he still outclassed Ichigo in everything, from brute strength to swordsmanship, something that Ichigo himself acknowledged before reintegrating him into his soul.
- Badass Longcoat: With elements of a Black Cloak. Its tightness is an in-series Shout Out to Ichigo's preference for tight-fitting clothes. After fusing with the Inner Hollow, his coat turns white with thick black fur around the collar, cuffs, and hem; a remnant of the fur on the Inner Hollow's neck, wrists, and ankles during the Dangai training.
- Berserker Tears: After he stabs Ichigo with his sword during a battle with him he cries. Although you can't see it until right after the rage is over.
- BFS: His original sword form, though slimmer than its Shikai form, is still longer than most swords. After Ichigo regains his powers for a second time, his sword form is as long as his original Shikai form (roughly six feet long).
- Bishōnen: To Ichigo's surprise, unlike the normal Zangetsu he is young and androgynous.
- Black Swords Are Better: His sword form is a pitch black daito with a maji-shaped tsuba and a chain attached to the hilt. After merging with Hollow Ichigo, the tsuba turns white.
- Fusion Dance: Does this in chapter 411 with Hollow Ichigo.
- In the Hood: When he first shows up he's wearing a hood that covers the top half of his head.
- Ironic Nickname: Ichigo quickly realizes he can't call him "Old Man" anymore.
- Mismatched Eyes: To highlight the Fusion Dance that occurs, Tensa Zangetsu is left with one Hollowfied eye and one normal blue eye.
- Not So Stoic: When Ichigo first enters his flooded inner world, the first thing he does is grab a panicked Ichigo by the collar and hurl him into a building before he starts ranting about his wielder's state of despair. After fusing with the Inner Hollow, he becomes even more emotional and aggressive underneath the stoic glare.
- Perpetual Frowner: See above.
- Wrecked Weapon: After fusing with the Inner Hollow during Ichigo's Final Getuga Tensho training, the first thing he does is slice Ichigo's version of his sword form in half. Later, in the Thousand-Year Blood War arc, his sword form is permanently wrecked by Haschwalth.
- The Inner Hollow
The other spirit inhabiting Ichigo's inner world. He is Zangetsu's Literal Split Personality
and takes the form of a pure white doppelgänger of Ichigo with a color-inverted shihakusho and Black Eyes of Crazy
, and is the personification of his Hollow powers
. Ichigo's inner hollow has a personality that is a sort of evil exaggeration of Ichigo's that runs purely on id.
- Adaptation Dye Job: In the manga his body, hair, and clothes are paper white while his nails, sclera, shoulder chain, and the accents on his shihakusho are black. The anime gives him pallid skin, silver-tinted hair, gold irises, a blue tongue, and a gray shoulder chain.
- Ax Crazy: He has repeatedly stated his purpose is to take over Ichigo's body and kill everything Ichigo cares about.
- Badass: Heck, there are fans who think he's more badass than Ichigo!
- Beam-O-War: When he engages in one with Ulquiorra after taking over Ichigo's body, his normal Cero completely overpowers Ulquiorra's Cero Oscuras.
- The Berserker: Attacks relentlessly, and mocks Ichigo for not doing the same.
- Black Eyes of Crazy / Supernatural Gold Eyes: Provides the Trope Image for the former. The black sclera in particular are classic Hollowfication symptoms.
- Blood Knight: Personifies this side of Ichigo's personality, along with his base instincts (in the outside world), arrogance (in the inner world), and despair (his appearance in the inner world during the Deicide chapters).
- BFS: Color inverted from Ichigo's.
- The Corruption: Routinely tries to take over Ichigo's body and transform it into a Hollow.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes them out whenever he pops out, as Byakuya and Ulquiorra can attest. When undergoing Visored training, he trashes Ichigo as well.
- Emotion Eater: The Inner Hollow is hinted by Zangetsu to grow stronger as Ichigo sinks deeper into despair.
- Enemy Within: Serves as one to Ichigo, being the manifestation of his Hollow powers.
- Enemy Mine: He pulls one with Ichigo against Zaraki, and in the Filler against Muramasa and Zangetsu.
- Evil Mentor: When Ichigo fights Hollow Ichigo for the first time, he gives Ichigo a What the Hell, Hero? speech and pointers on how to properly use a Zanpakuto... all so that Ichigo will be more powerful when he takes over his body.
- Fusion Dance: He combines with Tensa Zangetsu as an expression of Ichigo's full inner power.
- Grand Theft Me: His modus operandi, which he pulls whenever Ichigo gets too beat-up to repress him.
"I'm not gonna have it, Ichigo. I don't know about Zangetsu, but I refuse to carry a king who's weaker than me and get cut to ribbons with him. If you're weaker than me, then I'll destroy you, and take your crown for myself."
- Horned Humanoid: The mask of Ichigo's second Hollow form sports a pair of forward-facing horns, and so does the mask Hollow Ichigo wears when he shows up during the Final Getsuga Tensho training.
- Jerkass: He's basically Ichigo if you stripped him of his Hidden Heart of Gold and morals and amped his arrogance, brutality, and aggression Up to Eleven.
- Kamehame Hadoken: His Cero, which is so powerful it can burn through the Togabito chains, all five levels of Hell, and the Gates of Hell in one blow.
- Laughing Mad: Famous for it, though the anime more or less overplayed it in the Bount and Muramasa fillers.
- Literal Split Personality: To Zangetsu, though it's more complicated than that. It turns out Hollow Ichigo was formed from the remnants of White, which were passed on to Ichigo from his mother during her pregnancy.
- Mask of Power: His powers manifest as one in the real world. He shows up later wearing a color-inverted version of Ichigo's second full-Hollow mask.
- No Name Given: Despite his various fan nicknames, when he first takes over Ichigo's body he tells Byakuya that he has no name, though he later tells Ichigo that he is Zangetsu.
- One-Winged Angel: Transforms Ichigo into an extremely powerful Hollow when he takes over his body. Later shows up as a monochrome version of Ichigo's second Hollow form with a color-inverted mask during the Final Getsuga Tensho training.
- Power Echoes: His voice is distorted by a warbling growl, and Ichigo's voice becomes similarly distorted while using his mask. According to Tite Kubo, Ichigo's voice distortion in Vizard mode is caused by him and the Inner Hollow speaking at the same time.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Both of Ichigo's Hollow forms have Power Mullets, as does the Inner Hollow himself when he shows up during the Mugetsu training.
- Power Up Let Down: Before the Deicide arc, it seemed that Ichigo was at his most powerful only when fully Hollowfied. In the Dangai, it's shown that having Zangetsu split between Shinigami and Hollow powers, combined with the despair his Hollow powers represented, had actually prevented Ichigo from realizing his true potential, as shown when the divided spirit recombined into a single form to teach him the Final Getsuga Tensho.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Ichigo, what's the difference between a king and his horse?"
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Anime-only trope. Ichigo's normal bankai reiatsu is blue-lined black and they change this to a red-lined black. The anime retains this colour scheme until Ichigo gains Final Getsuga Tenshou. In the manga, Ichigo's normal bankai reiatsu is actually a yellowish-white and the Hollow's growing influence turns it black during the battle with Byakuya whereupon it remains black ever after.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Serves as one to Ichigo, as he has a habit of transforming Ichigo into a monster and curb-stomping tough opponents when he takes over his body.
- Slasher Smile: His default facial expression, whenever he isn't sporting a Psychotic Smirk.
- Sword Beam: "Getsuga Tenshō!"
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: His Deadly Darts technique involves him spinning Zangetsu by the hilt wrap and slinging it at his opponents for ranged assault. In Bankai, he can hook Tensa Zangetsu's chain on his finger to spin and fling his sword point-first at his target.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Despite his reputation among fans, the Inner Hollow is actually no stronger or more skilled than Ichigo. In fact, he's even more reckless than Ichigo. His so-called "tactics" consist of swinging Zangetsu around like a club, throwing his sword by the hilt wrap (which leaves him open to attack if he misses), or firing an unswung bankai-enhanced Getsuga Tensho at point blank range (basically a mini-nuke, with himself caught in the center of the blast).
- The Worf Barrage: His own powers suffer this when used by Ichigo after his fight with Ulquiorra. Anytime Ichigo donned his mask after this, it was less of a power-up, and more an accessory that seemed to have no purpose other than to look frickin' awesome. Tensa Zangetsu explained this was because Ichigo's despair over losing his heart during that fight and his fear of doing so again impeded his ability to use his Hollow powers.
- The Worf Effect: To him by Muramasa in the Unknown Zanpakutou Tales arc.
Karakura Town residents
- 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...
- 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.
- Hot Mom: She was noted to be very young and beautiful.
- 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.
- The Reveal: She was a Quincy.
- 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.
Click here to see both of them pre-Time Skip appearance
- 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)
- 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
- Barrier Maiden: Yuzu sorta becomes one in the fourth movie.
- Deadpan Snarker/Aloof Dark-haired Girl: Karin's expression is perpetually flat and she tends to lampshade the stupid antics of her family.
- 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.
Ichigo: "Several years have passed since I saw Karin's crying face. Up until Mom's death, Karin was a crybaby (...) The least she could do was to not make Yuzu and others worry about her. So, no matter what, she didn't cry."
- Hair Decorations: Yuzu.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Post-timeskip, both have grown their hair out: Yuzu with Girlish Pigtails and Karin with a Tomboyish Ponytail.
- Fan Service Pack: Karin has... grown up significantly. Justified by puberty.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Yuzu, the girlier of the two twins is the one that can cook. She can also clean for four, motivate the other three, do the shopping, and find time to sleep and go to school. She's eleven (thirteen post-timeskip) and has been doing this since she was five.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Their father is a soul reaper and their mother is a human and a Quincy.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Karin's initial reaction to her ability to see spirits, though an apparently plot thread had her visiting Urahara with hopes of learning to fight.
- Implausible Deniability: Karin does not believe in ghosts. Despite being able to see them clear as day. Really, she just considers them a pain.
- Joshikousei: Manga chapter 424 features the beginning of their junior high years, with both of them in sailor uniforms.
- Kick Chick: Karin shows shades of this. See Abnormal Ammo above.
- Kill the Cutie: Yuzu in fourth movie.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Yuzu befriended the ghost of a cat once.
- Little Miss Snarker: Karin, and with her father around she's got plenty of material to work with.
- One of the Boys: Karin
- Polar Opposite Twins: Even down to their hair colors with Yuzu having pale brown hair and light brown eyes to Karin's black hair and dark eyes.
- Promotion to Parent: Yuzu takes over the domestic duties after her mom died.
- She Is All Grown Up: Karin physically more so than Yuzu, though both of them start junior high after the Time Skip.
- Team Mom: Yuzu might only be 11 years old, but she's the one who keeps her family well fed and taken care of.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Part of their Polar Opposite Twins status with Yuzu being the sweet and homey girl to soccer-loving tomboy Karin.
- Tsundere: Yuzu is growing into one.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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 Façade.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hot Dad: Of the Silver Fox variety despite his rather 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Misaomaru Kanonji, the "Don" seems to be just a stage name. It's Spanish for lord but has little other significance.
- 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
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.
Click here to see her pre-Time Skip appearance
- Tatsuki Arisawa
Ichigo's childhood friend and former karate partner. Best friends and self-appointed protector of Orihime from bullies and classmate Chizuru.
- 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.
Click here to see his pre-Time Skip appearance
- 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.
- 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.
- Kid Anova: 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.
Click here to see his pre-Time Skip appearance
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Mahana Natsui, Michiru Oogawa and Ryo Kunieda
The other three ladies from Orihime and Tatsuki's circle of friends.
- 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.
- Ikumi Unagiya
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.
- 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.
- Hot Mom: She was an early source of fanservice during the Fullbring arc.
- 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.
- Tsundere: Despite her hostile, combative attitude she's actually pretty concerned about Ichigo.
Species: Soul Reaper
Affiliation: Soul Society
- 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.
- My Name Is Not Durwood: My Name Is Not "Afro-san" or alternately "Imoyama-san"
- 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
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.
Tropes associated with Ganju:
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.
- 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
- 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)
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.
- 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.