Characters: Bleach Vandenreich
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. This is the Wandenreich
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"Conflict is always such a bitter affair."
of the Wandenreich and King of the Quincies. A ruthless autocrat, he has no qualms about committing one atrocity after another in his crusade. One thousand years ago, he confronted Shigekuni Yamamoto in an unresolved battle; he is the only person to whom Yamamoto doesn't refer to as "child".
In addition to his monarchical rule over the Wandenreich, Yhwach holds the rank of Sternritter "A", simultaneously serving as the commander of the Wandenreich's military. Under the usage of the Schrift (or script), Yhwach personally bestows a letter upon a member of the Wandenreich, meant to correspond to their particular ability.
His Quincy cross - stylized as a military medal bearing the Wandenreich symbol - manifests in the form of a winged, eagle-themed dadao sword. He is also capable of materializing his Heilig Pfiel as a large broadsword.
- Abnormal Ammo: Summons a gigantic Heilig Pfiel (Quincy arrow) from the sky and uses it as a sword.
- Actually a Doombot: The one Yamamoto fought? Yeah, that was a decoy.
- Arch-Enemy: His enmity with Yamamoto goes back at least a thousand years.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Perhaps the best example; he's the Emperor of the Wandenreich and the most powerful fighter within his organization.
- Ax-Crazy: His penchant for wanton brutality is incredibly disturbing, whether it's lobbing limbs across the room or obliterating corpses to make sure they're dead. His cool, calm smile at the sight of his carnage really compounds that something is wrong with this man.
- Badass: Even Ichigo couldn't stop him. He killed Yamamoto and Ichigo's massive attack power only shredded a piece of Yhwach's sleeve.
- Badass Boast: He recites a song (that he might very well have concocted himself) stating that the Kaiser Gesang, the Sealed King, will conquer the world in nine days.
- Bad Boss: He seems to enjoy grabbing the attention of his henchmen by blowing off their limbs. And considering that a Sternritter doing a good job still can get executed, those who fail their tasks have zero survival rate too.
- Bait and Switch: He sent a Ditto Fighter in Royd to act as a decoy, taking up Yamamoto's focus and tanking Zanka no Tachi while leaving little to imagination over Yhwach's offensive capabilities. Once Royd was defeated, Yamamoto deactivated his Bankai... and then the real Yhwach shows up.
- Batman Gambit: He took advantage of Yamamoto's short temper by propelling him into both Unstoppable Rage and Tranquil Fury, after sending Driscoll to assassinate Sasakibe.
- His appointment of Ishida as his successor was an example of Ishida getting Kicked Upstairs, which hinged upon the idea that the other Sternritters would not take kindly to some nobody being their future Emperor (as far as they're concerned).
- All of the times he employs blitzkrieg upon his opponents. He would gain an advantage by default via assaulting his opponents before they have a chance to finish training or even react accordingly.
- BFS: His reishi sword is as long as he is tall (and he's very tall), and also extremely wide.
- Big Bad: He has since replaced Aizen for overall driver of the conflict.
- Blood Knight: When the Shinigami end up getting their Bankai back (besides Zanka no Tachi), Yhwach simply... smiles. It quickly turns into a wide, maniacal grin.
- The Chessmaster: Haschwalth believes Yhwach named Uryuu his successor to pre-empt any betrayal by Uryuu. Haschwalth's reasoning is that Yhwach is using Uryuu to sow such discontent among the army that the army will scrutinize Uryuu too closely for Uryuu to be able to make any move against Yhwach. It's also implied that Uryuu's aware this.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: His treatment of Luders very closely resembles this.
- Combat Pragmatist: Word of Kubo states that Yhwach (and the Quincy race as a whole) is meant to symbolize cold, logical pragmatism (like trying to stab Ichigo in the neck in a fight). This is the polar opposite of the Arrancar, who represent unrestrained passion and instinct.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Unlike many other villains, Aizen included, Yhwach wants nothing to do with Bond Villain Stupidity.
- When he declares war on the Soul Society, he then hears that Ichigo is tied-up in Hueco Mundo by the Jagdarmee. He doesn't bother questioning why, he simply takes advantage to invade Soul Society instead of waiting the announced five days so that the Main Character cannot throw a Spanner in the Works.
- Yhwach doesn't appear to be a fan of tropes such as No One Could Survive That or Came Back Strong, so he employs There Is No Kill Like Overkill to deal with the people he wants dead. Yhwach obliterates Yamamoto's corpse to ensure that Yamamoto really is dead and cannot come back in any form.
- He made a very rare effort to invert the Sorting Algorithm of Evil during the invasion of the Seireitei. He sends in the elites first, softening up the Shinigami elites before sending in the mooks as cleanup.
- Aizen's plans required Ichigo to be powered up, but he made Ichigo too strong to handle. Yhwach doesn't plan on making the same mistake. He knows Uryuu's power will surpass his and is fully expecting Uryuu to betray him, so Uryuu gets Kicked Upstairs to ensure the army is so focused on Uryuu's every move that Uryuu won't have either the freedom or support to plot against Yhwach.
- Yhwach knows all about the Shounen Upgrade tactic used by protagonists to catch up and surpass the villains. He attacks the Shinigami who are in the process of undergoing that training to test that's what they're doing and to investigate how far they've managed to develop in the time allowed them.
- Dark Is Evil: He wears a long black coat over his white uniform, giving off this vibe. Which is odd, as the Soul Reapers are an example of Dark Is Not Evil, in a culture where black is considered "good" and white is considered "bad".
- Light Is Not Good: In later chapters, he discards the black cloak, replacing it with a traditional white Quincy one. This makes him no less of an asshole.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He wants to hear about the present, not the future. When Luders gave his two cents on what the Soul Society would do after their attack, Yhwach blows him up.
- Dissonant Serenity: No matter what, that smile will stay on his face, especially in the face of the atrocities he's caused.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The name of the Hebrew/Christian god is spelled YHWH, and the Wandenreich has themes of both light and crosses. This in relation to supposed "good guys" who employ somebody that is actually worse than Josef Mengele...
- The Emperor: Named as such in chapter 490. For proof, he is referred to as 陛下 (heika = "Your Majesty"), the official way of addressing real life Emperor of Japan. Chapter 537 reveals that he pulls double-duty as King of the Quincies.
- Establishing Character Moment: One of the first things we ever see him do is killing two subordinates for incredibly minor offenses.
- Evil Counterpart: To Yamamoto. They are both ancient, peerless leaders of military organizations devoted to eliminating Hollows and each other. Yamamoto obeys the law, protects his subordinates and maintains the balance of reincarnation, all the while holding a very short fuse. Yhwach marches at his own pace, murders his underlings on the fly and actively disrupts the balance of reincarnation, while maintaining an incredibly passive demeanor through all of it. Yhwach, however, points out they were once Not So Different in terms of their treatment of allies.
- Eviler than Thou: According to Shutara (no saint herself), Yhwach is worse than Aizen.
- Evil Overlord: Resides within the Schatten Bereich (the shadow realm), the location of the Wandenreich (both the city and the organization), but he generally resides within an ice palace. As a bonus, when he makes his debut, he'd already conquered Hueco Mundo on the side.
- Fantastic Racism: Seems to view Arrancars as Cannon Fodder, and he has a very low view of mixed-blooded Quincies.
- Opie once mentioned that Yhwach should adjust Blut for the Wandenreich. As the name indicates, Blut works through, well, blood. Yhwach has his own blood within all Quincies. Of course he would be able to adjust or remove Blut whenever he wanted.
- He referred to Ichigo and Ishida as his "sons." What was that about? He's the original Quincy, making him the ancestor and patriarch to every Quincy that ever existed.
- There was a volume spread picture that had Ichigo going through all of his opponents throughout the years. At the very top was a long black cloak with something resembling a wad of messy hair at the top, connected to four red and black chains.◊ It looks rather suspiciously like Yhwach.
- Old Man Zangetsu himself was foreshadowing, as "Old Man Zangetsu" was merely a manifestation of Ichigo's Quincy blood resembling Yhwach as he was 1000 years ago.
- Back in the Soul Society arc, when Ichigo fought Kenpachi, Zangetsu (who looks like Yhwach) stepped in, towering over the 6'7 Zaraki. Come present day, and Yhwach's decoy Neck Lifts Zaraki in a fight.
- When his Hour of Power was over the first time around, Yhwach was pulled underground by shadows. When he begins the final battle, shadows envelop the Seireitei. Where do those shadows come from? Underground.
- The main palace of the Wandenreich would fit very well into Seireitei if it weren't made out of ice. Given what Yhwach does to initiate the final battle, it's heavily implied that the Schatten Bereich (and therefore, the Wandenreich) actually exists under the Seireitei.
- For the Evulz: He admits that he has no reason to praise or critique how Ebern handled his mission, but he kills him regardless.
- Founder of the Kingdom: He's the original Quincy, their go-to folklore king and The Emperor of the Wandenreich.
- The Heavy: His influence in the plot is growing more and more with each major appearance, even eclipsing Aizen in some respects. To wit, had he not existed, Masaki would not have been engaged to Ryuken, because there would be no Echt bloodline to protect. In fact, if Yhwach hadn't existed, Masaki would not have been infected by White, who bit her due to her Quincy energy (which even baffled Aizen). Isshin would not have needed to lose his powers (so he could subjugate White), Ryuken would not have married Kanae, White would not have turned into Ichigo's Hollow (and Zanpakuto), and neither Ichigo nor Uryu would've been born. Furthermore, Urahara prevented soul suicide in the Visoreds by using Quincy energy; if Yhwach hadn't existed, the Visoreds would've all died in the same way Tosen did. Indeed, if it had not been for the first war against Yhwach, the Gotei might never have taken on its current configuration and given rise to Aizen.
- Hope Spot: Once he finishes evaluating Ebern's performance against Ichigo, Yhwach declares him to be "a foundation for peace"... and then beheads him.
- Yhwach gives one to a badly injured Lloyd by praising his achievements and overlooking his subordinate's sense of failure. Just as Lloyd wells up with joy at Yhwach's benevolence, Yhwach slaughters him. Yamamoto criticizes his cruelty.
- Hour of Power: Some unspecified weakness limits his time outside his own territory. Energy seems to start bleeding off him when he hits the limit.
- Hypocrite: He claims to hate violence and preaches about peace, but he kills subordinates at the drop of a hat and orchestrates a war with the Soul Reapers. This is reflected in how his volume spread picture contains the word "Peace" written in blood.
- It's All About Me: He is the progenitor of all Quincies and his blood flows through them. He doesn't take kindly to the idea of half-breeds or tainted pure bloods. When he wants to rebuild his power, he thinks nothing of taking that power right back from them again, even as it kills them in the process.
- I Want Them Alive: Wants to defeat Ichigo without killing him so that he can force Ichigo into becoming one of his followers.
- Jerkass: The more we learn of him, the more atrocities pile up under his name. Aizen wasn't this unpleasant.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He accuses Yamamoto of having once been as bad as him. Yamamoto doesn't disagree.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: One of his most commonly used methods of asserting his authority.
- After destroying Luders' arm (and watching him crawl as he struggles to deal with the pain), he says that it's fine for Luders to give his report while lying on the floor. As soon as Luders shows relief, Yhwach promptly threatens to destroy Luders' legs since he "doesn't need them for sitting."
- He praised Lloyd for his role in the invasion, just before blasting him to bits. Yamamoto calls him out on it.
- Does this almost literally in Yamamoto's case, via stepping on his head and pushing it the ground after killing him.
- Lack of Empathy: According to Yamamoto, he's always been this way.
- Large and in Charge: He is so tall that when Royd copied his appearance he Neck Lifted the 202 cm (6'7") tall Kenpachi Zaraki. Hinted at during the Soul Society arc when Zangetsu strolls past Kenpachi and is clearly larger than him. Zangetsu is Yhwach's image from a thousand years ago.
- Make an Example of Them: He doesn't like fights. He sees two people bickering. He's told them in the past not to fight. Punishment? Lop off the arm of the one who started it just to ram his point home.
- Nerves of Steel: He's rarely fazed over anything.
- Not So Different: He claims Yamamoto, in his younger days, was just as big of a Bad Boss as himself.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He claims he's the only person strong enough to steal Yamamoto's Bankai without dying.
- He also invokes this with the other Sternritter, ordering the ones who stole a bankai that they have to finish off their former owners themselves.
- Playing with Fire: He stole Yamamoto's Bankai, although he hasn't yet rushed to use it.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: His views on "blood purity" as a Quincy, which lead to Masaki and Kanae's deaths.
- The Purge: One that was called the Auswahlen (roughly "Holy Selection"), where he took the powers from "impure" Quincy. We have no estimate on how many were killed, but we do know that Masaki and Kanae were among them and that Uryuu was the only mixed-blood to survive.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's at least a thousand years old, yet he only looks to be in his 40s.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a poignant one to Yamamoto.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: According to an old Quincy legend, he would return after a total of 999 years, as it would take that long for Yhwach to regain his power, his intellect and his heart. If true, it explains why he's been MIA until only recently.
- Shrouded in Myth: There's ancient folklore among the Quincy about a Sealed King. He's the origin of that folklore, although whether his legend is that of a hero or villain remains unknown.
- Slasher Smile: He flashes a somewhat sedate version when saying farewell to Yamamoto. However, with Ichigo, he doesn't hold back the smile.
- Spell My Name with an S: Officially, the name is "Yhwach" (pronounced "Yuha-vach"... we think), but was originally translated as "Juhabach" (the closest to a direct translation of the Katakana), "Juha Bach" (by those who figured it was his whole name) or "Yuhabaha" (the Japanese pronunciation). The English manga was the first to use the correct spelling which they got straight from Kubo.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When he wants someone dead, they will stay dead.
- After blowing up Luders' arm and leg, Yhwach kills Luders for good by blowing up his head.
- Once he finds no further use for Ebern, Yhwach similarly decapitates him.
- Lloyd had fulfilled his purpose as a soldier for the Invasion of the Seireitei. Yhwach disposes of him by obliterating his torso.
- Just after slicing Yamamoto in half, Yhwach chops off his remaining hand and blasts his corpse into oblivion.
- The Thirty-Six Stratagems: He's been the Big Bad for less than 2 years, but has used 18. Aizen's final count was 27 but that was spread over 5 years as the main antagonist.
- The Unfettered: Although his end-goal hasn't been revealed, his extreme methods imply this attitude.
- Villain Takes an Interest: In Ichigo, Aizen and Kenpachi (three of the five so-called "special war powers"). He extended an offer for Ichigo to join the Wandenreich (whether he wanted to or not), and a good part of his first attack against the Seireitei was an attempt to bust out and recruit Aizen (he refused). The plans for Kenpachi and the remaining two are unknown.
- Also the reason Yhwach nominates Uryu as his successor. Uryu somehow survived the purge of mixed-blood Quincies, and Yhwach wants to know the reason.
- Villain Team-Up: Tried one with Aizen, but was (predictably) refused.
- We Have Reserves: When asked why he keeps killing his Arrancar soldiers, he replies he can always get new ones.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction: He now possesses Zanka no Tachi, which carries the risk of destroying entire worlds by accidental side-effect if activated for too long. Of course, he's in no hurry to use it just yet.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Holy selection occurred when Uryu was eight years old, and Uryu was the only survivor. Yes, Yhwach tried to kill an eight year old boy just for existing.
- Worthy Opponent: Says he considers strong fighters such as Ichigo, Kenpachi and Aizen to be such. However, he makes it clear that he doesn't feel the same about Yamamoto, and his respect for them as fighters does nothing to prevent him from attempting to enslave at least one.
- You Have Failed Me: Even though they survived, he's far from happy that Cang Du and BG9 survived not from skill or strength, but through sheer luck of their Vollstandig activating; he orders Haschwalth to punish them.
"His Majesty's orders are absolute."
Sternritter "B". Yhwach's advisor
and the Grand Master of the Sternritter. A quiet, dispassionate man, he's not spoiling for a fight but doesn't hesitate to kill or to provoke an enemy into attacking.
His Quincy cross manifests as a slender cruciform sword.
- Badass Boast: Haschwalth's first major introduction consisted of him saying, "Shiver in fear, Soul Reapers. The Sternritter have come to purge you."
- Bishōnen: Tall, slim, pale and pretty. He looks delicate but he could stand within close proximity of Yamamoto's bankai without flinching.
- The Dragon: Whenever the Sternritters are shown as a group, he is at the head of the formation, commanding. He accompanies Yhwach almost everywhere and seems to be one of the few to hear his orders directly from the Emperor. Bazz-B claims no Sternritter would "bat an eyelash" should Haschwalth be announced Yhwach's successor, and Chapter 547 gives his title as "Grand Master".
- Enigmatic Minion: His poker face makes it hard to read his intentions. He gave Kajomaru a Breaking Speech before killing him without any flicker of expression. During Yhwach's clash with Ichigo, he shows concern for Ichigo after Yhwach stabs him in the neck. The Sternritter think Haschwalth's Yhwach's rightful successor but he's unconcerned by their mutterings. It's strongly implied that he sympathizes with Uryuu's Kicked Upstairs status.
- In-Series Nickname: Bazz-B always refers to him as "Jugo."
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has the longest hair of all the male Sternritters so far shown.
- Only Six Faces: Give Haschwalth a haircut, some "my son consorts with Soul Reapers" lines under his eyes, and stick on a pair of glasses, and he could be Ryuuken's stoic Quincy twin.
- Spell My Name with an S: When his name was revealed, there was a debate within the fandom whether the correct spelling was "Haschwald" or "Hashvald". However, in true Kubo fashion, it turned out to be neither of them and actually "Haschwalth".
- Warrior Therapist/Break Them by Talking: It was obvious Kajomaru was afraid to oppose him, so he turned that fear back on Kajomaru with a skillful analysis of Kajomaru's resolve.
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"That's right, you're quite calm. So calm that you attacked him right away. Absolutely calm."
Sternritter "D". A calm, collected and bitingly sarcastic officer who acts as a mediator when arguments break out. He claims he's too lazy to get involved in any fight that will require effort instead being an easy victory. However, his true intentions are very difficult to pin down.
- Affably Evil: He holds respect for Haschwalth as a person and makes an effort to keep Bazz-B from getting himself killed.
- Deadpan Snarker: Whenever he wants to say something sarcastic or scathing about someone (like Bazz-B or the entirety of Squad 12), he usually does it in a calm, deadpan way.
- Facial Markings: The corners of his eyes have black streams curving upwards and around his eyes, a style of makeup similar to that of Ikkaku (red streams) and Grimmjow (green and blue streams). His upper lip is also more swollen than any other Sternritter.
- Lazy Bum: He claims that he won't fight Mayuri because he doesn't like having to put in an effort to win a fight and that Mayuri's the type of person that needs some effort to defeat. Mayuri's taken aback by the attitude, but lets him go.
- Manipulative Bastard: He turned up at the 12th division just to play word games with Mayuri and had no intention of actually fighting. When he pretended to lure Mayuri into an obvious trap and Mayuri declined, he simply left. His true purpose for visiting the 12th division therefore remains a mystery.
- Multicolored Hair: Black with white streaks.
- Portal Door: Seems to be his power.
- Sarcasm Mode: As his above quote demonstrates, he mocked Bazz-B for his claiming to be calm despite nearly starting a fight.
"So even a doggie can be a Captain? Soul Society must be short on soldiers!"
Sternritter "E" of "The Explode". A bloodthirsty and sadistic young woman, she enjoys racking up a large body count during a fight. When in a bad mood, she vents her frustrations via killing attractive mooks, much to the irritation of her compatriots.
Her Quincy cross manifests as a short scimitar. She can make deadly explosions with her power and her Vollständig form lets her cause several explosions in all directions while donning large wings and a pentacle-shaped halo.
"True fear is without reason. It is not an emotion, but an instinct. True fear occurs without reason, without bounds. It is like a swarm of insects crawling up the body. We cannot escape from our instincts."
Sternritter "F" of "The Fear" (stated by the author
), who uses levitating spikes to subdue his opponents before massacring them. An intimidating force, he uses words as a weapon to reinforce his ability to disparage his opponents in the worst possible way.
He can manifest his Heilig Pfiels as hovering thorns capable of instilling unimaginable fear into his opponents.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: When he suddenly and inexplicably jump-rushed Yamamoto, it quickly ended badly for him. Not that he died, surprisingly.
- Badass: He gives Senbonzakura a vicious edge that had never before been seen in the story. And used it to make a rag doll out of Byakuya, as a final assault after having mentally wrecked one of the most level-headed captains in the story.
- Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes are shapeless pools of nothingness. Occasionally the white of an eye can be seen, but all it does is make the blackness of the eyes look even creepier.
- Breaking Speech/"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Combined with his power of fear, his speech is extremely effective, as Byakuya discovered the hard way.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After inducing limitless fear in Byakuya, he uses the opportunity to deliver a very effective speech on fear and then proceeds to utterly thrash the captain with his own bankai.
- Emotion Bomb: His arrows inject his opponents with fear, and in fact kill them from the frenzy of terror they're whipped into. Not even The Stoic Byakuya was immune.
- Flechette Storm: Inflicted this on Byakuya.
- Genre Savvy: He's one of the few characters in this series who recognizes an idiotic move when he sees it.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He attacks Yamamoto, without using Senbonzakura. Gets burnt to a crisp, but he survives.
- Mind Rape: The Emotion Bomb can make you have some really unpleasant hallucinations. Byakuya sees Rukia's face melting. Äs Nödt combined this with "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Not Quite Dead: He survived getting incinerated by Yamamoto because he was protected by Bazz-B's flame power.
- Primal Fear: The point of Äs Nödt's power isn't about fear you can rationalise. It's about fear that goes to the very core of what it means to be alive. It's the kind of fear that runs solely on instinct and, as a result, it cannot be rationalised and therefore cannot be fought. In short, he weaponises fear into an Emotion Bomb that instantly "nukes" the victim. Äs Nödt was impressed by how well Byakuya resisted it, and even Byakuya succumbed.
- Spikes of Villainy: On his face past, he wears a series of vertically aligned spikes. They appear to be where his arrows are fired from.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Not Äs Nödt himself of course, but his appearence is clearly built around the rare male variant of the trope.
- The Unsmile: A spectacular one seen above after stealing Byakuya's bankai.
- Unusual Eyebrows: Type 5; in addition to his creepy eyes, he has absolutely no eyebrows at all.
"Leftover sweets and sprays of blood are two different things, you bitch."
Sternritter "G", a petite young girl with light-colored hair. Despite her youthful appearance and unflappable smile, she has no qualms about blurting out profanity at her comrades.
- Alliterative Name: She has L as the starting letter in her name.
- Bokukko: Like Kukaku, she uses the masculine ore as personal pronoun.
- Commissar Cap: She has a white cap with a black peak and the Wandenreich symbol at the center.
- Precision F-Strike: "You bitch", to Bambietta.
- Troll: Bambietta accused Liltotto of sneaking the group away from her behind her back just to screw with her.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She has patterned leggings that cover all but a portion of her thighs.
"Sorry, but our orders are to kill you all."
Sternritter "H" of "The Heat". A passionate man with a fierce temper and a cocky attitude, he's not afraid to speak his mind, even to those with established authority.
He primarily fights by focusing spirit particles and energy around him as flames. His Quincy cross manifestation is unknown.
- Apologetic Attacker: He takes out four of the top seats of the third division brutally. Then he pulls off his hood and apologizes, stating his orders are to kill them all.
- Calling Your Attacks: One of the few Quincies who does that.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In less than a minute, he demolishes Kira's torso and arm, slams Katakura and Gori's heads to the ground, and cuts Togakushi down after appearing behind him. His "fight" with a Bankai-less Hitsugaya is similarly one-sided, as well.
- Deadpan Snarker: He gets a kick outta addressing how Cang Du lost to Hitsugaya after saying he was gonna beat the kid.
- Delinquent Hair: He sports a mohawk, adding to his skinhead-like look.
- Finger Poke of Doom: "Burner Finger" is the name he gives to the stream of fire beams that shoot from the tips of his fingers. It increases with power the more fingers he uses to perform it. He tears through Hitsugaya's chest with it and it might be the power that demolished Kira's torso.
- Hot-Blooded: He's normally quite calm, but when his temper's taken a hit, he'll turn very emotional, and it damn-near got him killed several times over.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hitsugaya's new attack is used to pierce through Bazz-B's body and flatten him into a wall. Bazz-B makes a big show of how it only succeeds in ruining his coat.
- Just Following Orders: He states the reason he's killing shinigami is because he's just following orders to kill them all.
- Leeroy Jenkins: For an unexplained reason, he thought jumping Yamamoto was a good idea. Later on, his response to Haschwalth not being chosen as the Emperor's successor is to angrily storm towards Yhwach's throne room without much of a second thought. Haschwalth stops him... only for Bazz-B to (attempt to) lash out at him after figuring that Haschwalth was too submissive to Yhwach.
- Not Quite Dead: He survived getting incinerated by Yamamoto, having no problems standing up with only a few burn marks on his body. This is because his power over heat allowed him to off-set Yamamoto's power, saving himself, Äs Nödt and NaNaNa.
- Playing with Fire: His ability, "the Heat", allows him to generate flames from his hands, being able to throw fire waves and fire beams at his opponents. It is also how he was able to prevent himself, As and Nanana from getting roasted by Yamamoto.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Cang Du's Blue Oni, being more impulsive, reckless and independent-thinking than his more reserved, loyal comrade.
- Spell My Name with an S: "Busby" or "Buzzbee"? Turns out it's "Bazz-B."
- The Coats Are Off: He takes off his coat after it was ruined by Hitsugaya. Once it's off his back, while he indicates that he's not going to go all out, he becomes significantly more dangerous and the fight takes a very grim turn as a result.
"The ones who lived together should die together. That's my style."
Sternritter "I" of "The Iron". He initially seems stoic, but is very talkative when he gets going. He's not pantheistic, and thus doesn't believe that Bankai have souls or wills of their own.
His Quincy cross manifests as a pair of wrist-mounted claws.
- An Ice Person: He stole Hitsugaya's bankai, Daiguren Hyorinmaru.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers an off-screen one to Rangiku Matsumoto, stabbing her just around her collarbone area and throwing her next to Hitsugaya.
- Defiant to the End: Much unlike BG9, Cang Du takes his execution rather gracefully, loudly declaring that he would rather die at the hands of Yhwach than Haschwalth. The Iron blocks Haschwalth from piercing him... the first time. Once Haschwalth bypasses it, Cang Du doesn't react quite as well as he did initially.
- Discard and Draw: Lost the ability to use Vollständig when he stole Hitsugaya's bankai, but regains use of it after the bankai is returned.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A small vertical scar across his lip is one of his most distinguishing features.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Haschwalth slices the right half of his body (but not his head) when Yhwach puts him up for death row upon losing to Hitsugaya.
- Hammerspace: We have no idea how he managed to bust out a full-bodied Rangiku from his cloak.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When he uses Daiguren Hyorinmaru for the second time, he spends the time to monologue about his philosophies instead of killing Hitsugaya immediately, thereby leading to Urahara's Hollowfication pills to transfer Daiguren Hyourinmaru back to its rightful owner.
- Honor Before Reason: He had a chance to kill Hitsugaya and Matsumoto, but he admits that he's reluctant to do so because he doesn't like the idea of using Hyorinmaru against its original owner. This coming from a man who doesn't believe Hyorinmaru has a soul.
- In the Hood: Wears a hood that masks his features until Chapter 505.
- Not Quite Dead: Thought he died when Toshiro froze him? Nope, he survives thanks to his Vollständig.
- Oh Crap: When Hitsugaya fully regains his bankai and freezes him into an enormous cross of ice.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Bazz-B. He's calm, quiet and obedient, contrasting Bazz-B's more gun-ho personality.
- Super Toughness: The Iron hardens his skin to such an extent that it makes it very difficult for even powerful swords to cut him.
- Talking Is a Free Action: A rare case where this works against him. When he decides to speak to Hitsugaya, he wastes so much time conducting a monologue about his philosophies that it leads to him getting affected by Urahara's Hollowfied Bankai strategy.
- Together in Death: He comments that he believes those who have bonds in life should die together, even if he has to drag partners he's defeated in separate locations back to the same location before killing them.
- Wolverine Claws: His weapon consists four long claws on each hand, although what abilities they had have yet to be revealed. We got a glimpse of what he can do in chapter 552, where a snake aura emanates from his arms once he pushes his claws together.
"Life? I had none to begin with."
Sternritter "K", masked by a boney helmet. BG9 is calm, rational and generally talks in a calculating, computer-like way, and generally resembles a machine as a result. If he calculates that it'll help him in an interrogation, he will resort to violence and psychological torture.
His Quincy cross manifests as a hefty minigun.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Despite claiming that he has no life, he pleads for Yhwach and Haschwalth not to execute him, pointing out how there's no need to execute soldiers who survived their losses.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: His brain seems to function like a super-computer. He's nothing but analytical and academic, complete with scientific deductions on psychology (see Deadpan Snarker below) and references to various numbers when discussing, say, number of questions asked, family generations, mile radius or Reiatsu percentage. This comes to a head when he sees Sui-Feng's Shunko; just by seeing it in action, he's able to calculate the perfect way to counter it - by stabbing her in the wrist.
- BFG: Whips one out very quickly when fighting Omaeda. It resembled an enormous, arm-length, ten-barreled minigun, emblazoned with the Wandenreich emblem and made up of the same wires that the rest of his body has. It's broken by Soifon before he can even use it.
- Combat Tentacles: He's able to produce long, thin, tendril-like appendages as required, shrouding the armor underneath his cloak. These are powerful enough to destroy concrete walls, skewer unsuspecting people and disembowel his victims if he removes them after impalement.
- Cool Helmet: He has a vaguely skeletal knight-like helmet with two slits on both sides. We saw a bright, glowing eye at one point after Soifon hit him to the wall, but that's all we've seen underneath the helmet.
- Deadpan Snarker: He snarks about the lack of family resemblance between Omaeda and his sister, and contemplates the possibility that Omaeda's silence is due to the linguistic part of his brain disengaging from the shock of seeing his sister impaled.
- Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: BG9 interrogates Omaeda for information on Soifon via psychological torture once verbal interrogation fails, ignoring Omaeda claims that he would've spilled the beans by now. He skewers Mareyo through the gut and holds her in the air, casually describing the detail of how she'll die if he allows her to bleed out. He also makes it clear that if Omaeda isn't cooperating by the time his sister is dead, there are three more family members within easy reach that he can start making examples of.
- Gatling Good: He busts out a good ole Gatling gun on Omaeda, but wasn't able to use it.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Flashes one brightly lit eye after getting pummeled by Sui-Feng. It also seems to be his only eye.
- Glowing Mechanical Eyes: He has one single mechanical eye behind the helmet. At one point, a stream of white can be seen coming from it, which could be anything from light to ooze of some kind.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His audio sensors reduced their strength because of the nearby explosions, so he was unable to gain any warning that his stolen Bankai had returned to its rightful owner until she hit him with it.
- I Can Still Fight: His rationalization of why Haschwalth shouldn't execute him for surviving based on pure luck.
- Instant Armor: When he tries to attack Sui-Feng with a tendril, she grabs it, pulls it back, lifts him from the ground and throws him onto another building. As he gets up, his coat is gone, almost randomly replaced by a set of armor with so many cannons all over his limbs and waist. He still has those tendrils, though.
- More Dakka: His spirit weapon is a big-ass ten-barreled gatling gun and Sui-Feng's mini-nuke rocket launcher in his mengarie for gods' sake! This dude does not play around.
- Not So Stoic: Reveals some emotion when he loses his stolen Bankai and sees it's about to be used against him. And again when he and Cang Du are brought before Yhwach for judgement.
- Nothing Is Scarier: After he gets hit by Jakuho Raikoben, there's a panel showing his charred, broken helmet which reveals his face... and nothing can be seen.
- Person of Mass Destruction: This dude is packing ballistic missiles all over his body, on top of functioning at the level of all other Sternritter. He is literally a walking armoury.
- Rule of Three: He's willing to repeat a question three times before he changes "the format of the question," which means he'll resort to violence and psychological torture.
- The Stoic: He's so calm, composed and rational-minded that he comes across as robotic at times. Even when his face gets hit by a spiked boulder, his only response was that he had two questions to ask of the person who hit him. Hell, even then, his only concern (as shown by the two questions) was not the boulder; it was that Omaeda still would not say where Soifon was. Talk about stone-faced.
- Would Hurt a Child: When he calculated that it was "necessary" to get Omaeda to talk, he impaled poor Mareyo as an attempt to make Omaeda reveal where his captain is.
"It sucks so bad to be this weak, ain't that right, Lieutenant!"
Sternritter "O" of "The Overkill". A tall, dark-skinned man with a beard. He's a battle-hungry braggart who loves talking down to his opponents, even if he's found one worthy of his time.
His Quincy cross manifests as a pair of knuckles, allowing him to materialize his Heilig Pfiels as throwing spears.
- Badass Beard of Evil: His beard dominates his face. He also reveled in the amount of Soul Reapers he killed.
- Blood Knight: His method of gaining strength is killing, but he seems to prefer opponents that can put up a fight. He is after all happy his opponent is Yamamoto of all people.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He kills 107 Shinigami (including a lieutenant) in 182 seconds.
- Death by Irony: A man called Overkill gets overkilled by Yamamoto, who torches him all the way to the bone when Driscoll confirms he killed Sasakibe.
- Evil Gloating: The man will simply not shut up as he's pounding his opponents.
- Jerk Ass: Overlaps with Stupid Evil. He brags about killing Sasakibe right to Yamamoto's face.
- Level Grinding: His whole power is based on becoming stronger with every kill, be it an ally or an enemy, much like level grinding in a video game.
- Shock and Awe: Tried to use it on Yamamoto. Predictably, it didn't work.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks he has what it takes to fight Yamamoto. He's wrong.
- Smug Snake: He thinks having a Bankai means he's as powerful as the Captain Commander. Yamamoto burns that notion away pretty quick.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Operates on this principle in combat, as evidenced by his name and what he does to poor Sasakibe. Fittingly, Yamamoto treats him to the exact same principle in blowing him away with Ryujin Jakka.
- Too Dumb to Live: Man, why did you rub Sasakibe's death in Yamamoto's face?
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed quite literally one chapter after his name is revealed.
"You could've at least taken it outside."
Sternritter "P". Her uniform consists of frilled boots, frilled gloves and frilled skirt, a belt with a heart-shaped buckle, a large bow around her neck, and a white cap with the Wandenreich symbol.
- Alliterative Name: "M" is the same letter starting both her names.
- Commissar Cap: One so nice, she wears it sideways.
- Dangerously-Short Skirt: She wears a frilled skirt instead of the traditional trench coat.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's busty, she's got long legs and she has large hips. She wears a tight, form-fitting uniform with no sleeves, thigh-high stockings and a frilled skirt, complete with Zettai Ryouiki.
- Only Six Faces: She looks a lot like Orihime, complete with the large boobs.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She wears white thigh-high stockings that have this effect.
Sternritter "Q" of "The Question". A man with black and white hair whose power apparently causes his enemies to question everything about themselves. It didn't work on Zaraki, however, since he couldn't hear what was being said over the noise being made by Jerome. He tore out Berenice's throat before the Question could work on him.
- Dies Wide Shut: The second clear photo of his face reveals as much.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Has a female name and appearance, but is identified as male in the official Viz translation.
- Epic Fail: Berenice could have either won or lost, but "the Question" depended on the power of the voice, which was drowned out by Jerome, whose own power was activated by him roaring.
- Explaining Your Powers To The Enemy: Kenpachi mentioned Berenice did this at some length. It got Berenice killed.
- Gender-Blender Name: Berenice is a female name, but he is referred to as a male in the Viz translation.
- Impromptu Tracheotomy: Zaraki kills Berenice by tearing out his throat.
- Motive Rant: Zaraki said that Berenice went on about how he had something against him, but it was off-panel, so we don't know the details.
- Multicolored Hair: Berenice's hair is half and half. Half black on the right and half white on the left..
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Yet another in a long line of people killed by Zaraki.
Sternritter "R" of "The Roar". A large, tanned Sternritter that resembles a gorilla. He participated in the invasion of the Seireitei, where he was killed by Zaraki, who paraded his corpse on his back.
Mask De Masculine
"It's sad to win without an audience watching, James!"
Sternritter "S" of "The Superstar". A large, fat, narmy
masked Luchadore who accompanies Äs Nödt during the Wandenreich's initial Blitzkrieg against the Sereitei. Is a few cans short of a six-pack
, to say the least. His constant companion (and groupie) James is always seen at his side.
He fights primarily using classic Lucha Libre wrestling moves, but his true power comes from a cheering audience - with James more than happy to provide that for him solo.
- Affably Evil: He's definitely on the side of the bad guys, but hasn't displayed any notable cruelty or spite yet. Whereas most of his comrades will happily slaughter any Soul Reaper standing in front of them, Mask largely leaves Hisagi, Ikkaku and Yumichika alone after pummeling them. He also seems to be genuinely grateful for his tiny partner James' support.
- Badass Mustache: Not quite Whitebeard's level, but definitely in the range.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Definitely one of the more eccentric members, but no less dangerous.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Mask tags along with his ridiculously small and enigmatic partner James.
- Calling Your Attacks: Not all the time, but when he's putting on a show he calls out attacks with "Star" in the name,
- Cool Mask: Mexican mascara used by Lucha Libre warriors.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may look dumb, but is as dangerous as any other Stern Ritter. According to at least one translation (Mangastream's), he is responsible for taking down nearly all the confirmed Captain-level Shinigami during the second invasion.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of his fights have consisted of an ambushed strike that overwhelms his opponents with brutal strength. He took out Renji, Ikkaku, Yumichika and Hisagi like this, the latter three in a single attack.
- Dumb Muscle: He thought only Captains had Bankai. Äs Nödt blames him for not having read the reports that stated Renji also had a Bankai.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: The star on his mask can shoot star-shaped beams.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: James gets bisected by Rose.
- Hot-Blooded: While not as overt as Bazz-B or Bambietta, he still has a very boisterous personality.
- Large Ham: A Luchador who acts like he's theatrically performing for a wrestling crowd even when there's no-one around to watch. Turns out this is part of his power, since he's revived by the cheers of his fan(s).
- Leeroy Jenkins: He doesn't bother researching his enemies before the fight and therefore deprives them of the chance to steal another Bankai by jumping in and punching Renji too soon.
- Masked Luchador: It's in the name.
- Meaningful Name: Look at him.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Gets knocked down by Byakuya. Gets up to drop kick Renji halfway through the Seireitei. Later on, he takes the full force of Kensei's bankai, gets back up and proceeds to knock him and Rose off their feet.
- The Power of Friendship: Believe it or not, this is sort of how his powers work! Basically the more people cheer for him, the stronger he gets. Sort of like an in-universe Popularity Power.
- Rated M for Manly: He thinks of himself as this, at least, given the name.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: In the strangest case, it crosses over with Fashion-Victim Villain. His outfit is a mash-up of a Luchador costume, a tuxedo, and the standard Wandenreich military garb. The bow-tie is an especially nice touch.
- Shoot the Medic First: You can take him down, but he'll just get back up. It's his one-man fanclub that has to go down first, since his cheers revive Mask. Rose eventually does this, bisecting the little guy.
- Villainous Friendship: He will chat casually with James while knocking out captain-level Shinigami.
- Wrestler in All of Us: He mostly fights like a luchador.
"You really need to do something about killing hot guys when you're annoyed!"
Sternritter "T". She has a hip-length trench coat and shoes which extend past her ankles, in addition to her heart shaped belt and her white cap. She's a passionate young woman, whose bluntness extends towards someone as high ranked a Bambietta.
- Alliterative Name: The same "C" sound in both her names.
- Bare Your Midriff: She modified her shirt so that it reveals her stomach when she ties it up.
- Cleavage Window: Her shirt reveals the top half of her cleavage.
- Hot-Blooded: Among her groupies, she's the easiest to provoke into violence.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's fairly busty (and she has no problems showing it off), she exposes her long legs and she made it so that her uniform reveals her midriff and curves.
- Only Six Faces: She looks like a teenaged Rangiku.
- Really Gets Around: Giselle suggests that she does, but Candice objects.
- She's Got Legs: She elects to show off her long legs by forgoing to wear any sort of clothing of 'em.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She certainly does.
"Don't worry. Both you and your something or other won't have time to shed tears. You're gonna be dead in five minutes."
Sternritter "U". He bears a superficial resemblance to Kaname Tosen and a very odd name. He enjoys insulting his opponents in the worst possible way, similar to As Nodt, but in his case, it's merely to provoke rather than to belittle them.
- Alliterative Name: The N sound is repeated throughout both names.
- Badass Boast: He bragged about being able to kill a captain in five minutes.
- Jerk Ass: Mocks Rose's love of music and the guitar, saying he doesn't understand anything about art. The usually calm Rojuro is pissed.
- Lean and Mean: He is thin and wiry even by Bleach art standards.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Also takes part in jump-rushing Yamamoto. Goes about as well as you'd expect. Subverted - he's alive, and because of Bazz-B's Heat, at that.
- Not Quite Dead: He survived getting incinerated by Yamamoto, along with Bazz-B and As Nodt.
- Scary Teeth: His teeth are chequered black and gold.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Although he wears his uniform cape, he doesn't actually wear a shirt or tunic underneath it, so his upper body is completely exposed underneath the cape.
"Please forgive me... Lord Yhwach."
Sternritter "Y" of "The Yourself". Pale, bald Sternritter with a third eye and buns on the sides of his heads, apparently replacing his ears. Zaraki killed Loyd off-screen and paraded his corpse on his back. Surprisingly, we get to see his backstory in a very short flashback during chapter 510.
- Badass: After Chapter 510, it's revealed he did at least manage to defeat one captain before he dies. Royd, that is. Although Kenpachi had just defeated three Sternritter, including Loyd, Royd defeats Kenpachi barehanded with little effort.
- Bald of Evil: Despite his youth, his head is completely bald.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Initially seemed to be a random Elite Mook that was killed off-screen by Zaraki. Chapter 510 revealed that he was far more than that.
- Curbstomp Battle: His only fight is a surprisingly easy victory over a significant protagonist thanks to his unique ability. Royd, while disguised as Yhwach, crushes Zaraki barehanded with apparent ease.
- Ditto Fighter: Loyd is a Ditto Fighter who can also copy his target's appearance. Royd can also copy appearances, but copies memories rather than moves.
- Elite Mook: Zaraki admitted that Loyd gave him a harder time than Berenice or Jerome.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When confronted with the knowledge and identities of dead quincies, he reacts with grief and horror. Yamamoto summoned a Quincy Army of the Dead and was surprised to see "Yhwach" display a human heart over the matter. Only later did he learn it was Royd disguised as Yhwach.
- Evil Knockoff: Loyd can take on the appearance and abilities of the opponents he's fighting. Royd takes on the appearance and memories of his target instead.
- Neck Lift: The captain he defeated suffered this at the end of their fight. Kenpachi was defeated off-page, his defeat only revealed when Royd, disguised as Yhwach, used this trope on him.
- Punny Name: Loyd Lloyd? The Engrish is hard not to notice. Furthermore, he has a brother named Royd, and the Japanese don't pronounce Ls.
- Oh Crap: His fight involved a lot of these expressions, given who his opponent was. Yamamoto's bankai illicited this expression a lot from Royd.
- Repetitive Name: Loyd Lloyd, despite the spelling variation, is a repeated name. Complicated further by the twin's name being Royd Lloyd, bearing in mind that the Japanese don't pronounce Ls.
- Walking Spoiler: The secret he's carrying makes it hard to trope him without spoilers. Royd's role makes it almost impossible to safely mention him at all.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Yhwach doesn't have much respect even for the followers that successfully carry out his orders. Royd sacrificed his life to carry out Yhwach's plan, but Yhwach still blasted his dying form. Yamamoto calls him out on this.
"We'll help you. We're sad if you're not with us... you know?"
Sternritter "Z", a petite lady with antennas in her hair. She's pretty lewd, publicly talking about whether or not someone's had sex without a care in the world.
- Alliterative Name: The same soft "G" sound in both her names.
- Bokukko: While Bleach had its share, she's the first one to actually use boku.
- Dissonant Serenity: She is very gentle and calm as she tells Bambietta she's going to save her, but the zoom shot to her eyes and Bambietta's panicked pleading gives a very creepy atmosphere to Giselle's peaceful mood.
- Face Framed in Shadow: When she explains that she doesn't want Bambietta to die, her face is covered by a dark silhouette, making her look pretty sinister.
- Genki Girl: She's generally rather cheerful and nonchalant, a smile nearly always plastered on her face.
- Hair Antennae: Strangely, she has long, insect-like antennae coming out of her head.
- Nice Hat: Much smaller than any of the other hats we've seem so far, actually.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: She wears black stockings that cover the entirety of her legs.
When Akon brings a team with him to open the Garganta (so Ichigo can enter the Seireitei), Domino takes on the 12th division in combat and later confronts Ichigo.
His Quincy cross manifests as throwing daggers.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Most Sternritter are pragmatic and efficient in their tactics. Shaz isn't. His attempt to introduce himself and explain his powers leads to a...
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Of which he is on the receiving end. Ichigo doesn't even give him a chance to finish introducing himself.
- Explaining Your Powers To The Enemy: Subverted. Right as he's about to explain his abilities (and presumably his letter/epithet), Ichigo blasts him with a Getsuga before we get to hear anything.
- Facial Markings: Weird polka-dots on the right side of his face.
- In the Back: He throws three daggers at 3rd Seat Akon while the latter was busy trying to bring Ichigo through the Garganta.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Ichigo throws a Getsuga blast at him before he finishes speaking. It results in an explosion. We haven't heard from him since.
- Knife Nut: His Quincy weapons look like some throwing daggers.
- Spell My Name with an S: Translations have called him "Jaz" or "Shaz".
- Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted to hell and back. He's not given the chance to chat about his powers before he's seemingly killed.
Quincy With Glasses
"It's quite pleasing your morale has returned. Indeed. However, there's one thing you've miscalculated. Your leader will fall before our leader. After all...you aren't the only ones to get fired up by your leader!"
An extremely powerful older gentleman who directly engages Shunsui Kyoraku in combat, and later summons the Soldat to lay waste to Soul Society. Stoic and pragmatic, he's not one for words and prefers quick-kills.
His Quincy weapon manifests as a traditional pistol. His Vollständig is named Grimaniel.
- Badass: Holy crap... He shot out Shunsui's eye. And Shunsui is the man who replaced Yamamoto as captain-commander. This quincy is that good.
- The Gunslinger: His Quincy cross manifests in the form of a pistol, the design similar to a Beretta 92.
- Holy Halo: When fighting his opponent, he briefly shows the halo that indicates Vollstandig is being used.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Managed to gun down one of Soul Society's messengers without looking, while fighting Shunsui.
- No Name Given: The only prominent Sternritter whose name and rank are thus far unknown.
- No Nonsense Nemesis: Without saying a single word or so much as changing his facial expression, he rushes in and straight up tries to blow Shunsui's head off after the latter has finished talking. When Shunsui drops his guard to react to Yamamoto's death, this Quincy guns him down like a dog.
- The Stoic: He reacts apathetically to almost everything that's occurred, hiding both his real thoughts and true motives from everyone.
- Oh Crap: A very rare subversion. He reacts with shock that Yhwach loses to Yamamoto... until it's revealed that it was a decoy, and the real Yhwach kills Yamamoto effortlessly.
- Power Gives You Wings: His Vollstandig gives him pixilated-looking wings.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: His glasses gleam ominously while fighting Kyoraku, often hiding his eyes in the process.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Underneath his quincy uniform, he's wearing a suit.
"Each time I witness my victims struggling in vain, the same thought occurs to me anew: 'Can the death of the weak be so truly a wretched sight?' It hurts to watch. Hurry up and die."
Sternritter "J" of "The Jail". The nasty Executive Hunting Captain
of the first "Jagdarmee" division, he is tasked with capturing and subjugating Arrancars into the Wandenreich. Just prior to the invasion, Yhwach
himself entrusted Opie to stall Ichigo and keep him from returning to the Soul Society. Longer short of it is, he pretty much succeeded
His Quincy cross manifests as an ornate military saber, which can doubly function as a traditional Quincy bow as well. His Vollständig is named Biskiel
- Ax-Crazy: Just a little bit - darkly comical, and at the same time disquieting.
Arrancar: "...Will...will I live if I say that will join you right away?"
Opie: (kills the Arrancar) "OOK! That's not how it works! You will have to undergo an admission test! And this test is what will give you the chance to apply! Anyone that didn't understand what I just explained will end like this!" (stabs another Arrancar) "Like this. Like this." (stabs two more)
Subordinate A: "Is the captain really going to collect any Arrancars?"
Opie: (still stabbing in the background) "You're gonna diiieee!!"
- Badass: He catches a Zanpakuto bare-handed after it decapitated two of his subordinates, demolishes three lieutenant-level fraccions at the same time, negates a point-blank Getsuga Tensho, tanks a beatdown from Ayon, and survives a shot from Urahara's Benihime. Even Yhwach delivers praise to his abilities.
- Bad Boss: When one of his underlings tried to run away as the unit was slaughtered by three fraccions, he butchered the guy. His callousness was enough to silence Apacci, Sung-Sun and Mila Rose (who never had to deal with that from Harribel).
- Blood Knight: His enthusiastic praise of Apacci, Sung-Sun and Mila'Rose for demolishing his soldiers shows that he definitely encourages the attitude.
- Body Horror: After absorbing Ayon, he's absolutely hideous.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: His attire is typical of Jagdarmee officials, which makes for quite the surprise when we learn of how dangerous he actually is.
- Cool Shades: Very cool. Considering Hueco Mundo is always in a perpetual nightfall, also counts as Sunglasses at Night.
- The Determinator: He will not stop until he completes his instructions.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His forte.
- He stabs right through an Arrancar, killing him instantly, just for asking to join the Wandenreich, without waiting his turn.
- He also blows off a dude's head for retreating from Harribel's Fraccion.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: His way of recruiting Arrancar involves stabbing them to death until someone decides to fight.
- Exotic Eye Designs: His One-Winged Angel gives him Rinnegan-like eyes.
- Faux Affably Evil: In the Japanese version, he talks in polite speech when addressing his opponents and talking about the horrible things he plans to do.
- Flunky Boss: At the beginning of his encounter with Ichigo, Opie summons three of his soldiers◊ to take him on. All three are beaten easily.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Though in a much different way than Szayelaporro.
- Foreshadowing: When Opie absorbed Ayon, he said "I didn't want to use it if possible, for it corrupts my holy wings". Several dozen chapters later, we find out that Quincies can actually get poisoned, or corrupted, by Hollow energy, hence why they hunt Hollows.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: At the end of chapter 500, he's cut in half. We're... pretty sure he's done.
- Holy Halo: His One-Winged Angel gives him one. He lost it shortly thereafter - thanks to Ichigo figuring out it was his weak spot - along with some of the traces of Ayon that he gained when he absorbed it.
- Implacable Man: My god, this man will not die! It took getting sliced vertically in half to finally take him down.
- The Jailer: He claims that the Emperor gave him the letter "J", which stands for "Jail". His special ability is to create an allegedly unbreakable jail. However, Yhwach confirms that quincy powers don't work well on other quincies which is why Ichigo was able to escape the prison.
- Jerkass: If an Arrancar want to join the Wandenreich, he wants them to kneel down and lick his boots, but when they actually try to join peacefully, he butchers them anyway. When one of the few survivors suggests retreating, Opie kills him immediately. The guy definitely follows Yhwach's example.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: He ordered his subordinates to beat up two Numeros after they were already unconscious.
- Lack of Empathy: His quote above reveals as such.
- Large Ham: Rather bombastic, this man. The Ax-Crazy example above is just one instance of many.
- Lennon Specs: He wears small, round, tinted glasses.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: He rips the flesh from Ayon and absorbs it into himself, giving him enhanced strength.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Using his Jail power on Ichigo awakened the latter's latent hereditary Quincy powers.
- No Sell: A fairly clever example. He can't seal Ichigo's bankai, so he has no way of intimidating Ichigo (or Urahara) in the same way he did to his previous enemies.
- Oh Crap: He wasn't expecting that shot from Urahara, nor was he expecting the subsequent explosion that sliced him in half.
- One-Winged Angel: The Vollständig form, even more so once he absorbs Ayon.
- Our Angels Are Different: His Vollständig form.
- Power Gives You Wings: His Vollständig form gives him wings.
- Pride Before a Fall: Unlike most, however, he actually tries to think his way out of it, instead of just throwing a tantrum.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: He loses them halfway through, though.
- Secret Keeper: Most of the Sternritters have no idea who Uryuu Ishida is and know nothing about the Ishida family at all. Opie is one of the few confirmed to possess confidential information about both Souken and Uryuu. As Souken has been dead for years and Opie stiil felt the need to clarify which Ishida had been firing arrows around Ichigo, it's implied he knows about Ryuuken as well.
- Secret Test of Character: An incredibly dark version. He tells captured Hollows and Arrancar that if they submit to him and swear loyalty, he will allow them into the Wandenreich's forces... but kills them if they actually do so. The only ones he really allows to join are the ones with the courage to fight back and the power to put up a decent struggle in doing so.
- Serial Escalation: Goes from No Selling a point-blank Getsuga, to assimilating Ayon into him.
- Slasher Smile: Sports a permanent one after absorbing Ayon. It's borderline Nightmare Face material.
- Slouch of Villainy: In his first appearance, he sits on a large chair and rests his chin on his fingers.
- Smug Snake: Subverted. He's definitely egotistical, but he's still a very competent and threatening villain.
- Spell My Name with an S: His official spelling is "Quilge Opie" but translations do sometimes use "Kirge Opie".
- Take That: Based on what he'd seen of the Arrancars, namely Melony and Loly, he concluded Aizen's choice of subordinates was quite poor.
- Wake Up Call Boss: His incredible feats really set the tone for the rest of the fights from now on.
An Arrancar affiliated with the Wandenreich, appearing suddenly in Ichigo's room to introduce himself. He attempted to steal Ichigo's Bankai, before returning to the Emperor to confess his failure.
His Quincy cross manifest as a huge cannon battery.
- Badass Longcoat: He has a long, white, double-breasted trench coat with shoulder straps, tied using a black belt at its waist, which is adorned with a decorative buckle.
- Bad Liar: Has a Hollow mask. Claims he isn't an Arrancar. Riiiiight.
- BF... Bow: He pulled out a gargantuan spiked bow to fight Ichigo.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A bit flighty; he refuses to get off Ichigo's bed, lies about being a blatantly obvious Arrancar, and accuses him of being uncivilized when he finally kicks him out of his room.
- Eyepatch of Power: His mask covers his left eye, with three holes on it.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Which apparently always looks like that.
- Face Framed in Shadow: When he made his debut, by hiding in an alleyway.
- Mook Maker: He was the one who baited those Hollows into attacking Shino and Yuki.
- Oh Crap: When Luders gets killed, Ebern looks both shocked and alarmed as the blood sprays all over his face.
- Sacrificial Lamb: He's the first of the Wandenreich we meet and he attacks Ichigo very quickly into the arc. Then we learn how harsh his master is.
- Spell My Name with an S: His name was first translated as "Ivan Azgiaro". Volume 55 of the manga gave the official spelling, "Asguiaro Ebern".
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Is killed by his boss almost immediately after Luders is.
- Your Head Asplode: A stream of blood spews from his torso after Yhwach's through with him.
Another Arrancar under the service of the Wandenreich. One of seven masked "ambassadors" sent to Yamamoto's office, he delivered a declaration of war to Captain-Commander Yamamoto. Apparently he is The Rival
to Ebern, but nothing significant ever comes of it.
- Break the Haughty: His boss clearly doesn't approve of his cocky behavior, which led to Luders' utter humiliation.
- Facial Markings: Patterns of circles over his face, which appear to be remnants of his hollow mask.
- Mouth of Sauron: He was the spokesman for the Malevolent Masked Men, though his master is quickly revealed, subverting the trope.
- Multicolored Hair: Black and white, which makes him strangely look like Tsukishima on one side and Kokuto on the other.
- Oh Crap: Right after becoming another member of "one-armed bandit" club.
- Sacrificial Lamb: He really seemed like The Dragon of the Wandenreich, but he's quickly killed for veering off-tangent by speculating about the future instead of focusing on the present.
- Smug Snake: He tried to egg Ebern into a fight in front of his boss. Was not worth it.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Is killed off very quickly after he's introduced.
- Your Head Asplode: Yhwach quite literally turns his head into a pool of blood.
James is a short and chubby young-looking man who also acts as Mask de Masculine's sidekick.
- Blush Sticker: It only went off when he was bifurcated by Rose.
- Fanboy: Apparently the only one Mask has.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: He got torn in half by Rose's shikai.
- Shoot The Fanboy First: Since Mask de Masculine's power allows him to get up and hit even harder than before when someone is cheering for him, James acts as his source of strength. Hisagi points out James should be killed first before Mask can be beaten.
- Sunglasses at Night: Wears a pair of goggles, even though night has descended upon the Soul Society.
- Villainous Friendship: While not exactly a villain himself, James is deeply attached to Mask, who returns his affection.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Was killed two chapters after his introduction.