Characters: Bleach Vandenreich
Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach
. This is the Vandenreich
, an organization of Quincies currently at war with the Soul Society and Hueco Mundo.Back to the main character index
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The Emperor of the Vandenreich
A - Yhwach
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"Conflict is always such a bitter affair."The Emperor
of the Vandenreich 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 who Yamamoto doesn't call "child".
Yhwach holds the rank of Sternritter "A", serving as the commander of the Vandenreich's military. Under the usage of the Schrift (or script), he personally bestows a letter upon a member of the Vandenreich, meant to correspond to their particular ability.
His Quincy cross - stylized as a military medal bearing the Vandenreich symbol - manifests in the form of a winged, eagle-themed sword. He is also capable of materializing his Heilig Pfeil as a large, straight-bladed sword.
- Abnormal Ammo: Summons a gigantic Heilig Pfeil (Quincy arrow) from the sky and uses it as a sword.
- Actually a Doombot: He uses Royd Lloyd to scope out Yamamoto's bankai, allowing him to seal it effortlessly after the ruse is uncovered.
- All Your Powers Combined: He gets the powers, memories, and skills of anybody who dies with a portion of his soul within them.
- Answers to the Name of God: Yhwach's name is derived from the Tetragrammaton, YHWH, which is one of the names of the Abrahamic God.
- Arch-Enemy: His enmity with Yamamoto goes back at least a thousand years.
- The Assimilator: The very core of his being and how he grows and lives. See Disability Superpower for details.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Perhaps the best example; he's the Emperor of the Vandenreich 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 clarifies that the ancient folklore about a Sealed King is called the Kaiser Gesang (the Emperor's Song) and is about what he achieves at each stage of his recovery from being sealed. He reveals the final stanza is that, in nine days time, he will reclaim the world.
- Badass Mustache: He has huge mutton chops.
- Bad Boss: He seems to enjoy grabbing the attention of his henchmen by blowing off their limbs. And considering that even a successful Sternritter isn't immune, those who fail their tasks have a zero percent survival rate. Since he gains their powers when they die, it makes sense that he wants to kill them as soon as possible.
- Bait and Switch: He sent Royd in as a Ditto Fighter decoy, tanking Zanka no Tachi while revealing all Yamamoto's offensive secrets. Once Royd was defeated, Yamamoto deactivated his Bankai... and then the real Yhwach showed up.
- Batman Gambit: Understanding the conventions of shonen battle gives him considerable insight into how his opponents think.
- Knowing that Yamamoto's weak spots were his short temper and extreme loyalty to his office, Yhwach goaded him into both Unstoppable Rage and Tranquil Fury by sending Driscoll to assassinate Sasakibe.
- Appointing Uryuu as his successor kicked him upstairs into the merciless scrutiny of the Sternritter. The success of this scheme relied on Yhwach knowing just how paranoid his subordinates actually were.
- Yhwach knows how the Soul Reapers respond to emergent threats (i.e., how long they'll likely to need to muster and train to be ready to face a new enemy) and times his attacks accordingly, including leading with his strongest fighters as a result of the Soul Reaper reliance on the Sorting Algorithm of Evil. This meant he actively planned for Royal Guard involvement in Soul Reaper training, including Ichigo's.
- 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.
- Bishōnen: Both flashbacks and Tensa Zangetsu's appearance indicate Yhwach was very slender and feminine as a youth.
- Blood Knight: When the Soul Reapers 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 preempt any betrayal by Uryuu. Haschwalth's reasoning is that Yhwach is using Uryuu to sow such discontent among the army that they will then scrutinize Uryuu too closely for Uryuu to be able to make any move against Yhwach. It's also implied that Uryuu's aware of this.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: His treatment of Luders very closely resembles this.
- Combat Pragmatist: Word of God 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.
- After he declares war on the Soul Society, Yhwach learns that Ichigo is in Hueco Mundo preoccupied with the Jagdarmee. He doesn't stop to question this, just invades Soul Society immediately, instead of five days later as planned, knowing that the Main Character's absence greatly decreases the likelihood of 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 on the people he wants dead. Yhwach obliterates Yamamoto's corpse to ensure that Yamamoto really is dead and cannot come back in any form. Given that he knows all about Orihime's power, this makes perfect sense
- 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 Soul Reaper elites before sending in the mooks as cleanup.
- Aizen's plans required moulding Ichigo into a Worthy Opponent, but he made Ichigo too strong to handle. Yhwach doesn't plan on making the same mistake, and Haschwalth confirms as much in chapter 565. Yhwach knows that Uryuu was powerful enough to survive The Purge as a child and that he will seek to avenge his mother at the earliest opportunity. Therefore, he kicks Uryuu upstairs to Imperial Heir / Sternritter A, putting him under constant surveillance from the other Sternritter and insuring that all of Uryuu's power will become Yhwach's after death. Uryuu can't risk putting a toe out of line.
- Yhwach knows all about the Shounen Upgrade tactic used by protagonists to catch up and surpass the villains. He attacks the Soul Reapers who are in the process of undergoing that training to test if that's what they're doing, investigate how far they've managed to develop in the time allowed them, and prevent them from getting too strong to handle in the future.
- 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".
- Dark Messiah: He was born with strange healing powers which led to people referring to him as YHWH, also known as one of the names God is referred to in Hebrew lore.
- Deal with the Devil: He thrives on people looking to him to become stronger by curing their problems and granting their wishes. He cures ailments, missing limbs and voids of the soul by inserting a piece of his own soul into them. This drastically reduces the person's lifespan as the soul fragment is designed to obtain a power-up from residing in the victim to strengthen Yhwach when it returns to him.
- Didn't See That Coming: He's quite surprised when Ichigo instinctively uses Blut to protect himself from Yhwach's attacks, and admits it was a mistake on his part to let Ichigo's Quincy powers awaken.
- Disability Superpower: The motherload for this trope. He was born blind, deaf, mute, and paralyzed, but with Healing Hands that could place his soul into other people with damaged or incomplete souls and bestow a multitude of abilities upon them. Since the piece of his soul returns to him when they die and brings their powers back with it, over time he was able to cure his own disabilities and accrue immense spiritual powers.
- 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.
- The Emperor: He is referred to as 陛下 (heika = "Your Majesty"), the official way of addressing real life Emperor of Japan. He also 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: He and Yamamoto 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.
- Evil Overlord: Resides within the Schatten Bereich (the Shadow Realm), the location of the Vandenreich (both the city and the organization), but he generally resides within Silbern, an ice palace. As a bonus, when he makes his debut, he'd already conquered Hueco Mundo on the side.
- Eviler than Thou: According to Shutara (no saint herself), Yhwach is worse than Aizen.
- 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 Vandenreich. As the name indicates, Blut works through, well, blood. Yhwach's blood flows 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.
- His physical appearance and clothing is deliberately designed to act as a clue about the extent to which his power and influence reaches. He looks like an older Zangetsu, right down to the billowing shadowy clothing. It's confirmed that Old Man Zangetsu is Ichigo's Quincy power and that he is the manifestation of Yhwach as he appeared a thousand years ago, whereas Tensa Zangetsu is what Yhwach looked like even further back.
- 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 Silbern palace 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 Vandenreich) actually exists under the Seireitei.
- "Yhwach" is reminiscent of YHWH, the Tetragrammaton, one of the names for the Abrahamic God. It turns out that he was called YHWH by the people whom he "blessed" as a child, and he deliberately switched up the spelling to promote his own identity while still drawing parallels to the god he was named after.
- 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 Vandenreich.
- A God Am I: When Yhwach was young, his ability to store his soul in others and absorb it when they died developed unconsciously and began to heal others. Due to this, the people in the place he lived referred to him as YHWH. Yhwach took the title as his own name, fully aware this was the name of the peoples' God.
- The Heavy: His metaplot influence eclipses even Aizen's. His war with Yamamoto shaped the entirety of what the Quincies and Soul Reapers are today. He's responsible for the Echt culture that brought Ryuuken and Masaki together and also which caused Masaki and Kanae's deaths. Aizen and Urahara's Hollowfication research wouldn't have been impacted so heavily by the nature of Quincy souls, meaning the Visoreds or Masaki wouldn't have been targeted or saved. Ichigo would never have been born with the power and potential he possesses. In fact, Ichigo and Uryuu would never have been born at all.
- 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 Royd by praising his achievements and overlooking his subordinate's sense of failure. Just as Royd wells up with joy at Yhwach's benevolence, Yhwach slaughters him and Yamamoto accuses him of being cruel.
- 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.
- I Want Them Alive: Wants to defeat Ichigo without killing him so that he can force Ichigo into becoming one of his followers. He's apparently not very strict about it, though, since none of his followers see killing Ichigo as something they might regret.
- Immortality Immorality: As long as he keeps reabsorbing souls of dying Quincies, he can keep extending his lifespan. Of course, the easiest way to do this is to organize war after war, guaranteeing as much death as possible to keep him alive longer.
- 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. In fact, the entire war between the Vandenreich and Sereitei is all for the purpose of increasing his life and strength.
- 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 Royd 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 how Yhwach looked a thousand years ago.
- Life Drinker: As long as people die, he lives. Anyone with even a tiny percent of his soul within them is suitable for absorption by Yhwach upon death. If he doesn't absorb anyone, he will revert back to his helpless child form.
- Light Is Not Good: During the second invasion of Soul Society, he's discarded the black cloak listed under Dark Is Evil, leaving the traditional Quincy uniform, in all its white glory.
- 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 much 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, Kanae, and who knows how many other's deaths.
- The Purge: One that was called the Auswahlen (roughly "Holy Selection"), where he took the powers from every Quincy he decided was "impure". 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, even older than Kyouraku and Ukitake by all indication, yet he only looks to be in his 40s.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a rather poignant one to Yamamoto right before obliterating his corpse.
- Rule of Symbolism: The Sternritter all gained their power by... drinking his blood from a cup. It just reinforces the Christian symbolism he's got going for him.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: According to ancient Quincy folklore, the Sealed King would regain his heartbeat after 900 years. He would then regain his intellect after 90 years. From that, he would then regain his power after 9 years. The final, more secret, stanza is that he would then regain the world after 9 days. The Final Arc is based on those last nine days.
- 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.
- Super Empowering: Unlike the rest of the Quincies, who can collect reishi from their surroundings and make it theirs, he was born with the ability to give parts of his soul to others, and as time went on, he found a more efficient technique by carving initials of a letter inside them, which possibly hints at how the Sternritter were created.
- 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.
- Royd 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 2 years, and has already used 20. Aizen's final count was 27, but that was spread over five 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 Potentials"). He extended an offer for Ichigo to join the Vandenreich (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 survived the purge of mixed-blood Quincies, and Yhwach wants to know how.
- Villain Team-Up: Tried one with Aizen, but was (predictably) refused.
- War for Fun and Profit: If Yhwach doesn't continue to absorb souls when people die, he'll become weak and crippled. Thus he needs to continue to wage wars as the best method of keeping up his strength.
- 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 Yamamoto's bankai, which has flames as hot as the sun and could destroy the world if left activated for too long. However, he's content to let his soldiers do the fighting for him.
- 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 recruit Ichigo by force.
- Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": His "holy selection", which completely and utterly wiped out the Gemischt ("Mixed-blood") Quincy save for one. It's made clear that this was not an automatic process—he personally selected each and every person whom he stole power from.
- 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.
- Xanatos Gambit: He's been outwitted only once, rather appropriately by Aizen, and that was at best a trivial setback. Other than that, everything has played out in his favor. Since his soul spreads not only to his soldiers but to those they fight, it doesn't matter who wins or loses; either way, he becomes stronger. Even the incident with Aizen worked out for him. Since he wasn't able to forcibly recruit Ichigo, Ichigo went off to the Spirit King's realm to train. When he came back, he left the door open for Yhwach to invade.
- 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 Vollständig activating; he orders Haschwalth to punish them.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Yhwach must absorb the souls of his fallen minions and those who have come in contact with them in order to stay functionally alive. This adds up to a very large portion of the cast, as the first Vandenreich invasion was meant to build up this plan.
B - Jugram Haschwalth
"Lives that were saved by good fortune must be swept aside by equal ill fortune."
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 Sternritter 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 his title is "Grand Master" of the Sternritter.
- 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 Sternritter 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.
- Power Nullifier: Uses an unexplained technique to shut off Cang Du's special ability before killing him.
- 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".
- The Stoic: Rarely displays emotion, even when killing Kajomaru and much later, two subordinates.
- Warrior Therapist/Break Them by Talking: During the first invasion, Kajomaru was clearly afraid to oppose him so Haschwalth turned that fear back on him with a skillful analysis of Kajomaru's resolve.
D - Askin Nakk Le Vaar
"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's laid back, polite and casual regardless of the situation, ranging from intervening in internal squabbles between quincies, invading Mayuri's own research laboratory, or watching other quincies fight.
- 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. Later, he is seen just sitting around having a picnic watching Guremi's fight with Kenpachi.
- 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.
- Only Six Faces: He looks a lot like Aizen.
- 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.
E - Bambietta Basterbine
"The whole point of fighting is that you don't want to die! That you'll be killed if you lose! If you throw your life away in battle, where's the point in winning?!"
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. When she was in possession of a stolen Bankai, she wasn't able to sense anything from it, so she assumes that all Zanpakuto lack sentience as a result.
Her Quincy cross manifests as a short scimitar. She can make deadly explosions with her power and her Vollständig form enables her to cause explosions in all directions, whilst donning wings and a pentacle-shaped halo.
F - Äs Nödt
Click here to see his appearance without his mask
Click here to see his appearance in Vollstandig
"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. His Vollständig, Tatar Foras
, transforms him into an abomination worthy of Lovecraftian lore
, and fittingly amplifies his fear-based powers to incredible heights.
G - Liltotto Lamperd
"Leftover sweets and sprays of blood are two different things, you bitch."
Sternritter "G" of "The Glutton". A short and skinny young girl with light-colored hair. Despite her youthful appearance and unflappable smile, she has no qualms about blurting out profanity at her comrades.
She has the power to stretch and expand her mouth to bite through anything. She has a jagged bow that creates a shape reminiscent of a toothy grin.
- Alliterative Name: She has L as the starting letter in her name.
- Big Eater: Liltotto is usually seen munching on sweets and Bambietta implies she can't remotely get enough of them. Her power takes this to another level as she begins chowing down on every opponent she finds. When it's suggested she would be given anything she wishes for if she beats Ichigo, her thoughts are of food.
- Blondes are Evil: She is blond, and batshit insane.
- Combat Pragmatist: She reveals that she and her group attacked Kenpachi, specifically because he wore himself out fighting Gremmy. She and Giselle take out the Red Shirts while Candice and Meninas take on Zaraki. When Ichigo shows up, she tries to tag-team him with the other three, but eventually leaves the fighting to Candice. She later tells everybody not to waste time and just use their Vollständig right away.
- Commissar Cap: She has a white cap with a black peak and the Wandenreich symbol at the center.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blond hair and dark yellow eyes.
- Deadpan Snarker: She doesn't think much of Ichigo's Dynamic Entry, pretty much agreeing with Meninas's suggestion that he botched it.
- Extreme Omnivore: Her mouth can stretch and expand to bite people in half, then swallow them effortlessly.
- I'm a Humanitarian: She eats a bunch of Soul Reapers, although she admits they don't taste good.
- Ore Onna: She uses the masculine ore as personal pronoun.
- Parasol Parachute: Liltotto's arrival on the battlefield consists of gently floating down via an opened umbrella while eating from a jar of sweets.
- Power Gives You Wings: Her Vollständig gives her jagged, jaw-like wings.
- 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.
H - Bazz-B
"What a goddamn coward. I'm disappointed in you. In that case, I guess you won't mind if I take that position from you! If you've got no problem with some dude coming out of nowhere and taking what ought to be yours, then I'll go and take it for myself!"
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 through various forms of the "Burner Finger" technique, by focusing spirit particles and energy around him as flames. He also possesses a Quincy Cross that manifests as a pistol-crossbow.
- 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.
- Badass: He annihilated the Third Division, including one-shotting Lieutenant Kira. He also had no trouble fighting Captain Hitsugaya, and was capable of couteracting Yamamoto's flames with his own ability.
- Berserk Button: Insulting his haircut, or implying an insult towards it, infuriates him. He had thought Renji's eyebrows were cool until Renji called him a "Chicken Head". After that, all he wanted was the kill.
- Calling Your Attacks: One of the few Quincies who does that, not that he has to worry about it backfiring.
- 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.
- 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 out of 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.
- Enemy Mine: Played With. When Renji and Rukia get angry at Uryu for joining the Vandenreich, he admits the Sternritter are angry too and offers to help them kill him.
- 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.
- Finishing Stomp: He killed a downed Soul Reaper by crushing his skull under his boot.
- Flaming Sword: His Burner Finger 4 creates a sword out of fire attached to his hand, which creates a massive explosion when swung.
- 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.
- Hypocrite: Yhwach ordered the Bankai-stealers to fight their original Soul Reaper opponents. Bazz-B defies this order to take on Hitsugaya before Cang Du can find him, and criticises Cang Du for stealing the fight right back when he later arrives. Later, Bazz-B attempts to Kill Steal Ichigo from Candice and her group, claiming it's a right any latecomer to battle is allowed to have. He's annoyed again when other Sternritter promptly arrive and pull that logic on him.
- When he first is introduced, he kills lesser Soul Reaper and claims to be Just Following Orders. Yet in every fight he's been in after he's shown himself to be a Blood Knight and flat out ignores orders to fight other opponents, despite claming he's Just Following Orders.
- 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 Soul Reapers is because the order he received was to kill them all.
- Kill Steal: He claims his motive for shooting down Candice and her group is because a latecomer to battle has the right to steal their prey for himself. However, he complained about Cang Du doing this to him and isn't pleased when other Sternritter turn this logic on him.
- Leeroy Jenkins: 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.
- Magma Man: His Burner Finger 3 upgrades from a fire stream to lava.
- 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.
- Not So Different: He thought he and Renji have similar tastes in fashion, and even felt Renji's eyebrows are cool. Until Renji insults his mohican, that is.
- Playing with Fire: His ability, "the Heat", allows him to generate flames from his hands to throw fire at his opponents. It is also how he was able to prevent himself, As and Nanana from getting roasted by Yamamoto's Shikai. Considering how powerful Yamamoto and Ryukin Jakka are, this display of ability is very impressive.
- Power Gives You Wings: His Vollständig, though "wings" would be something of an overstatement. It's more like two sticks.
- Spell My Name with an S: "Busby" or "Buzzbee"? Turns out it's "Bazz-B."
- Team Killer: He shoots down Candice and her group so he can take the credit for killing their opponents. Despite his motives, he doesn't put much effort into the attempt so they simply jump back into battle instead of dying.
I - Cang Du
"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. His ability allows him to harden his skin like iron, making him very difficult to damage.
- 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 Hitsugaya froze him? Nope, he survived 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. However, Haschwalth bypasses this with his own (yet to be explained) power and slices him anyway.
- 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.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: An inversion, as he would rather die by Yhwach's hands than be killed by anyone else.
- 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. Cue him dropping an unconscious and wounded Matsumoto next to Hitsugaya.
- Wolverine Claws: He wears a pair of four-clawed gauntlets. Pushing them together creates a snake-shaped aura, but he didn't get a chance to use it before he was beaten.
J - Quilge Opie
"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 Vandenreich. 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 be used as a normal sword or fire arrows from the blade. His Vollständig is named Biskiel
. His ability allows him to imprison an opponent in an impenetrable cage of energy.
- Antagonist Abilities: Energy Absorption combined with Power Duplication lets him steal reishi from anything and make it his own. This is not stated to be a unique ability, but he is the only person to use it thus far.
- Ax-Crazy: Just a little bit — darkly comical, and at the same time disquieting.
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! Subordinate B
: Of course he's not
- 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 Vandenreich 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: When powered up, his eyes transform to look like the eyeballs are covered by gaol bars.
- 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: He's finally stopped by being cut in half.
- 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: This man will not die! It took getting sliced vertically in half to finally take him down.
- The Jailer: His ability, "The Jail", allows his to create an allegedly unbreakable prison out of spirit particles that persists even if he is killed. Ichigo does eventually manage to break it, but this is because he is part-Quincy and even then it took him a spectacular amount of effort to do it.
- Jerkass: If an Arrancar want to join the Vandenreich, 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 Sternritter 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 still 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 Vandenreich'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 Menoly 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.
K - BG9
"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 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 — 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 Vandenreich 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. After being hit by Jakuho Raikoben, it turns out there's nothing beneath his armour.
- 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.
- 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 stud-like missile launchers all over his limbs, waist and shoulders. 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 weaponry for gods' sake! As if it wasn't enough, he's got Combat Tentacles and can call forth an armor filled with mini-missile launchers! This dude does not play around.
- No Face Under the Mask: Other than that glowing orb, all that we can see under his helmet is a black speck of nothing.
- Not So Stoic: He appears to feel genuine shock 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.
- 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.
O - Driscoll Berci
"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. His ability increases his strength every time he kills an opponent.
- 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 Soul Reapers (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.
- Jerkass: 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: Took Sasakibe's Bankai and 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.
- Stripped to the Bone: His eventual fate, courtesy of Yamamoto.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Operates on this principle in combat, as evidenced by his epithet 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: Why did you rub Sasakibe's death in Yamamoto's face?
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed literally one chapter after his name is revealed.
P - Meninas McAllon
"You could've at least taken it outside."
Sternritter "P" of "The Power". 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 Vandenreich symbol.
Her abilities consist of super-human feats of strength, such as lifting an entire row of buildings with one hand. She possesses a heart-themed bow.
- Alliterative Name: "M" is the same letter starting both her names.
- Commissar Cap: One so nice, she wears it sideways.
- Curtains Match the Window: She possesses pink hair and eyes.
- Cute Bruiser: She looks innocent and girlish but her deeds are a far cry from her appearance. She's capable of throwing entire buildings at her opponents.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: She wears a frilled skirt instead of the standard trench coat.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Ichigo arrives by slamming into the clock tower, she comments that it looks like he's botched his attempt at a Dynamic Entry.
- 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.
- Only Six Faces: She looks a lot like Orihime, complete with the large boobs.
- Power Gives You Wings: Her Vollständig gives her wings in the form of several hearts stacked on top of one-another.
- Super Strength: She can effortlessly lift several buildings and their foundations, punch a weakened Kenpachi hard enough to paralyze him, and hit Ichigo hard enough to leave a bruise when he just came back from training in the Spirit King's realm. Even the other Sternritter are in awe of her strength, as shown when Quincy with Glasses is surprised by Ichigo tanking a hit from her.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She wears white thigh-high stockings that have this effect.
Q - Berenice Gabrielli
Sternritter "Q" of "The Question". A Quincy with black and white hair whose power apparently causes the victims 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.
- Break Them by Talking: Apparently how Berenice's ability works. Unfortunately, if you can't hear, it doesn't quite work.
- Dies Wide Open: The second clear photo of Berenice's face reveals as much.
- 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 Power to the Enemy: Kenpachi mentioned Berenice did this at some length, but unfortunately for Berenice, it didn't work as it was supposed to.
- Impromptu Tracheotomy: Zaraki kills Berenice by tearing out his/her throat.
- Motive Rant: Zaraki said that Berenice went on about how s/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.
R - Jerome Guizbatt
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.
S - Mask De Masculine
"It's sad to win without an audience watching, James!"
Sternritter "S", "The Superstar". A large, fat, masked Luchadore
who accompanies Äs Nödt during the Vandenreich's initial Blitzkrieg against the Sereitei. A couple of cans short of a six-pack, but still one of the Stern Ritter. 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. With enough cheers, his Vollständig power transforms him into a caped superhero*
with overwhelming physical abilities - and star-shaped lasers to boot.
- Affably Evil: Mask largely leaves Hisagi, Ikkaku and Yumichika alone after pummeling them. He also seems to be genuinely grateful for his tiny partner James' support and he is genuinely pissed when Rose injures James. However, since he views Soul Reapers as villains, he won't hesitate to use lethal attacks if they threaten him enough.
- Badass: Don't let appearances fool you. He fought and beat five Soul Reapers with Bankai, two of which were captains, and didn't even need Vollständig to do it. He's also the one responsible for Renji's mortal wounds that lead him to the Royal Realm. He even catches Kensei's Bankai with one hand while still taunting him and later defeats Rose in a single attack after negating his Bankai.
- Badass Mustache: He has a variation on the handlebar moustache.
- 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.
- Bowties Are Cool: His costume sports a stylish tie.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When he meets Renji for the second time, it takes a while for Mask to recognize him. Mask says he can't be bothered to remember every "villain" he defeats.
- Calling Your Attacks: Not all the time, but when he's putting on a show he calls out attacks with "Star" in the name, like "Star Eagle Kick", "Star Headbutt", and "Star Flash".
- Cluster F-Bomb: Combines this with This Is Unforgivable during his Villainous Breakdown.
- The Coats Are Off: Like most of the Stern Ritter seen so far, he decides to take off his Vandenreich mantle when he gets serious.
- Combat Pragmatist: One of the biggest examples of how far Vandenreich soldiers are willing to go to win their fights. The moment Rose explains how his Bankai manipulates sound, he ruptures his eardrums to render it useless.
- Cool Mask: Mexican mascara used by Lucha Libre warriors.
- 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. He even takes out Rose with one star-shaped laser beam to the chest, and breaks Kensei's right arm after giving him a brutal beatdown.
- Dumb Muscle: Subverted. Äs Nödt dismisses him for not having read the reports that non-captains could possess bankai, setting him up to seem like he's an idiot. Later on, it becomes clear he's not stupid so much as over-enthusiastic.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: At first, averted. He challenges all of his opponents without them knowing that the key is to Shoot the Medic First, and doesn't describe his best attacks until after he's already leveled the opponent with them. But then played straight again when he allows James to recover his damage right in front of Renji, thus letting Renji figure it out quickly. He also explains how his anger-powered Star Mark works before attacking with it, which is good for the readers, because the way Renji reacts to it, we otherwise wouldn't have known what it did.
- Expressive Mask: The star on his mask first becomes a question mark when he realizes he can't hear what Renji is saying, then becomes a lightbulb when he figures out how to fix the problem. When he enters his Super Mode, the mask pattern changes again, with Renji actually calling attention to it.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: The star on his mask can shoot star-shaped beams powerful enough to take out a Captain in one shot.
- A God Am I: Boasted that Renji would stand no chance against his "godly" power.
- Guardian Entity: After Mask and James are killed, Yhwach implies that Mask was just a manifestion of James's powers.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He might very well have won had his ultimate attack not accidentally vaporized all the James clones. Renji manages to block it by releasing his new Bankai, and kills Mask before James can be reborn, destroying both of them permanently.
- Hot-Blooded: While not as overt as Bazz-B or Bambietta, he still has a very boisterous personality.
- Humiliation Conga: Renji completely hands him his ass after activating his Bankai during their rematch: killing James, breaking his arm, impaling, bisecting, and incinerating him in rapid succession.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Renji skewers him before incinerating him.
- 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 charges in to help As Nodt against Byakuya and Renji and falls straight into Byakuya's trap as a result. He escapes it only to interrupt Renji's attempt to activate Bankai. As Nodt had been hoping to bait Renji into losing his Bankai but Mask hadn't bothered researching his opponents before fighting them so didn't know Renji had a Bankai at all. He corrects this mistake for the second invasion.
- Life or Limb Decision: He crushed his own eardrums and rendered himself deaf to save himself from the finishing blow of Rose's sound-based bankai. Once the threat is removed, he can use James to heal the injury.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite his build and size, he is suprisingly fast and stealthy.
- Masked Luchador: He's heavily luchador themed and his mask seems to be central to his more powerful attacks.
- Meaningful Name: He's so heavily luchador-themed that even his name reflects the symbolism. His mask also seems central to some of his more powerful attacks.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Thanks to his immense durability/Blut and James-induced healing factor.
- 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.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Used on Renji while in his Super Mode.
- 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 Vandenreich 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 and empower Mask. This is harder to achieve than it sounds. James can heal from basically any injury, and even regenerate from nothing so long as Mask continues to exist. Both have to be killed at the same time (more or less) for their deaths to stick.
- Super Mode: When James is cut into several pieces, the pieces grow into numerous copies of James which all cheer for Mask. The extra cheering allows him to reach his full power and activate Vollständig.
- Super Toughness: His Blut enables him to shrug off attacks from both Renji and Byakuya. As his power increases thanks to James cheering him on, he becomes capable of shrugging off Bankai attacks without injury.
- Tautological Templar: Once he dubs you a "villain", his sole ambition is to beat the life out of you.
- Villainous Breakdown: After James is bifurcated, his originally Affable personality starts to falter. And when Renji starts upstaging him completely, it takes a complete nosedive as he completely loses his mind, something which carries on until he gets killed by Renji's true Bankai.
- Villainous Friendship: He will chat casually with James while knocking out captain-level Soul Reapers.
- Wave Motion Gun: His Star Flash Supernova, which involves tracing out a giant star in-flight with his Vollständig, from which the star beam is fired. It fails to harm Renji and accidentally obliterates James in the process.
- The Worf Barrage: The fight deliberately turns the concept of hero and villain on its head with the villain playing the hero's role and the protagonist playing the villain's role. As a result, when Mask unleashes his power on Renji, it doesn't even slow Renji down, effectively demonstrating Renji's new level of power.
- Wrestler in All of Us: He mostly fights like a luchador.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks he is the hero and the Soul Society are the villains in this story.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Making him angry increases the power of his punches by a factor of ten.
James is a short and chubby young-looking man who also acts as Mask de Masculine's sidekick.
- Asteroids Monster: Slicing him up into tiny bits results in multiple copies of him forming from the pieces.
- Blush Sticker: It only went off when he was bifurcated by Rose.
- Death by Irony: Despite James's devotion to Mask, Mask has no qualms about killing James himself if it means taking out the enemy at the same time. Mask justifies his attitude based on the fact James will keep being 'reborn' from Mask's life-force, but that depends on Mask not being killed before James can regenerate. Either way, James's idealistic loyalty is met by only pragmatic opportunism from the object of his worship.
- Fanboy: He exists for no other purpose than to cheer Mask on, which in turn is actually what boosts the Sternritter's powers.
- Nigh Invulnerable: He's actually quite easy to damage. He's chopped in half by Rose, and later sliced into chunks by Renji with no effort whatsoever. However, just dicing him up won't actually kill him. He is ultimately vaporized by Mask's star beam, and were it not for Renji killing Mask then and there, even this would not have killed him.
- Non-Action Guy: He's twice been attacked and hasn't so much as seen it coming, let alone shown any ability to defend himself.
- Self-Duplication: When Renji chopped James into pieces, every bit of his flesh became a new tiny James, cheering on for Mask.
- Shoot the Medic First: He's not just a sidekick, he's an all-purpose strength booster and healer. 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. This is harder than it sounds, though. Cutting him in half failed to silence him, and cutting him into chunks caused all the chunks to sprout more of James, making Mask even stronger. Mask eventually explains that James is an extension of himself; even when completely vaporized by Mask's star beam, he'll eventually be reborn to keep cheering Mask on.
- Sunglasses at Night: Wears a pair of goggles, even though night has descended upon the Soul Society.
- Unfriendly Fire: Gets caught up in a massive blast caused by Mask's Star Flash Supernova.
T - Candice Catnipp
"You really need to do something about killing hot guys when you're annoyed!"
Sternritter "T" of "The Thunderbolt". She's a passionate and headstrong young woman, whose bluntness extends towards peers such as Bambietta.
Her power allows her to electrify the spirit particles in the air, hence her title of the "thunderbolt". She is also capable of manifesting a Quincy bow from the heart-shaped buckle on her belt.
- Alliterative Name: The same "C" sound in both her names.
- Amusing Injuries: When she and her female group are tossed into a building, she has the unfortunate honor of being the first to land, so the other three end up using her as a cushion. It's capped off by Liltotto jumping off her face. She's certain they were doing it on purpose.
- Bare Your Midriff: She wears a knotted halter top that exposes her midriff.
- Berserk Button: When Ichigo throws her into a building, she goes ballistic at the mess the collapsed building dust makes of her hair.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her eyes are a lime green colour to complement her green hair.
- Dual Wielding: She dual-wields lightning bolt-shaped swords drawn from the wings of her Vollständig, for a total of six.
- Dynamic Entry: She announces her arrival on the battlefield by destroying Red Shirts with a lightning strike.
- Elemental Weapon: Her bow fires lightning arrows, and she gains lightning bolt-shaped swords after activating Vollständig.
- Hot-Blooded: Among Bambietta's groupies, she's the easiest to provoke. Most of her hotbloodedness manifests in the (oddly funny) expressions she makes whenever she's offended, rather than violence.
- Leeroy Jenkins: The gang had hoped to fight Ichigo with a unified strategy, given his special status. However, Candice is too fired up to care and charges straight in to fight him alone. When she loses her arm, Liltotto points out it's because she's fighting too emotionally for strategy, but it only fires her up even more.
- Lightning Bruiser: Her lightning bolts are powerful enough to scorch Kenpachi and she moves so swiftly she can blitz him when he's attempting to do the same to her. When Ichigo throws her into a building that collapses on her, all it does is annoy her.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her clothing exposes her large cleavage, her midriff and her legs. She's often positioned in panels to expose either her legs or cleavage and sometimes both. Occasionally her butt too.
- Ms Swears-A-Lot: She's easily the most foul-mouthed of the Sternritter, with almost every thing she says peppered with at least one curse word.
- Only Six Faces: She looks like a teenaged Rangiku.
- Power Gives You Wings: Vollständig, naturally. Hers manifest as a pair of wings made up of a trio of lightning bolts each which she can draw and use like swords.
- Rant Inducing Slight: She flips out when Ichigo throws her into a building, not because he threw her or because she was injured... but because she got covered in dirt, complaining that it takes her hours to make her hair perfect.
- Really Gets Around: Giselle suggests that she does, but Candice objects.
- She's Got Legs: Her legs usually gain a lot of focus in panel shots, emphasised by the fact she wears nothing on them except for a pair of boots and tiny shorts.
- Shock and Awe: She can generate powerful lightning attacks whenever she wants, and her Heilig Pfiel is said to be a whopping five gigajoules. She is also very fast which allows her to blitz Kenpachi when he tries to blitz her.
- Slasher Smile: She sports an epic, wicked grin (even sticks out her tongue and licks her lips) as she fries several 11th Division soldiers with her lightning.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her shorts are incredibly small, barely bigger than underwear.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is a pale lime green colour.
U - NaNaNa Najahkoop
"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.
- The Coats Are Off: Takes off his cape when he confronts Ichigo along with his Quincy comrades.
- Jerkass: 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 standards.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Also takes part in jump-rushing Yamamoto. Goes about as well as you'd expect. Subverted in that he survived, and because of Bazz-B's Heat, at that.
- Mysterious Watcher: After Renji kills Mask De Masculine he "observes" him while he sleeps overnight, implied to be related to his power.
- 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.
V - Guenael Lee
SPOILER ALERT: This section is a Walking Spoiler, so all spoilers are unmarked.
"My very essence vanishes right before your very eyes and slips right out of your mind."
Sternritter "V" of "The Vanishing Point". A creepy old man who seems to enjoy messing with his opponents.
As the Vanishing Point, he can disappear and reappear anywhere at will - in a metaphysical sense as well as he is capable of erasing himself from his enemies' memories as well. His Quincy cross manifests as a knife.
- Actually a Doombot: Turns out he was just a creation of Gremmy, the true "V".
- Death by Irony: Since Guenael can make himself vanish from people's memories, Gremmy kills him by claiming he doesn't remember him and that he's vanished, killing him.
- Defiant to the End: He angrily attacks Gremmy while he's being erased.
- Evil Old Folks: He's an old man who likes to screw with people and hit little girls.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Takes his sweet time doing so, knowing they'll forget about it anyway. But then Yachiru starts hitting him with just her instincts...
- Fish Eyes: His eyes go in different directions.
- Gonk: He is... very weird looking.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His power involves convincing his opponents that he doesn't exist so he can attack them freely. Gremmy kills him by declaring that he no longer exists.
- Invisible Jerkass: He likes to screw with his opponents by sneaking up on them and then disappearing from their sight and memory several times in a row.
- Knife Nut: Uses his knife to slash and stab people while they can't even see him.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: His invisibility doesn't just conceal his presence, but actively erases any memory of his existence from observers, kind of like a more combat-oriented version of the Silence. He can even make people forget him while they are hitting him.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's only a bit taller than Yachiru, which is not saying much.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He's introduced hugging Isane, having used his powers to sneak up on her.
- Oh Crap: He's stunned when he realises that the reason why Yachiru can hit him is because she reacts on instinct instead of thought. His power is most effective against people who think about the moves they're about to make.
- Red Herring: Part of what makes his power so sinister, is that he's not the real Sternritter V, and the genuine one is a lot creepier.
- Squishy Wizard: Beyond his power of invisibility and erasing his presence, he doesn't have anything else going for him. His only weapon is a common knife and once Yachiru got around his power, he was pretty much done.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted. Yachiru initially stopped him in his monologue with a good punch to the cheek.
- This Cannot Be!: His reaction to Yachiru actually managing to cut him, even though she should have only struck an after-image of his form.
- Villainous Breakdown: He is at first very smug because he can predict everything Isane says and does. Unfortunately for him, Yachiru is anything but rational. He gets so angry that he starts ranting that she is a stupid beast and he will kill her.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He only lasts three chapters before Gremmy kills him.
- Would Hurt a Child: He had absolutely no problem hitting or stabbing Yachiru.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Is killed by Gremmy, who says he's bored with him now.
"In this world, the most powerful force is imagination."
Sternritter V, "The Visionary". He appears before Isane and Yachiru as they deal with Guenael, and later challenges Kenpachi to a duel. Despite his youthful appearance, he is a cruel and powerful foe.
Anything he imagines becomes real, from countless
guns and missiles to even an incoming asteroid
. This power can be further amplified by imagining multiple copies of himself.
Y - Loyd Lloyd
"Please forgive me... Lord Yhwach."
Sternritter "Y" of "The Yourself" is pale and bald, possessing a third eye tattoo. He wears odd buns on the sides of his head that obscure his ears. Initially thought to be a throwaway Sternritter killed off-screen by Kenpachi Zaraki, he carries a deeper secret than one would expect.
- Always Identical Twins: Their mimicry ability began before they were born. As a result, by the time they were born, they had learned to mimic each other and were therefore indistinguishable from each other.
- Badass: Loyd was praised by Kenpachi as being a tough opponent. Royd defeated Kenpachi bare-handed and manages to stand his ground against Yamamoto's bankai before finally going down. Yamamoto had previously made short work of four other Sternritter with no effort. Yhwach praises his performance before killing him.
- Bald of Evil: Despite his youth, his head is completely bald.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Loyd is first introduced as a random mook Kenpachi killed off. His brother, however, becomes important not long after.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: While disguised as Yhwach, Royd defeated Kenpachi with his bare hands, even though Kenpachi had removed his eyepatch.
- Ditto Fighter: They have the ability to mimic the forms of others. Each one, however, only copies a certain aspect of that person. Loyd copies their moveset while Royd copies memories.
- Elite Mook: Kenpachi admitted that Loyd gave him a harder time than Berenice or Jerome.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Royd reacts with grief and horror when Yamamoto uses his Bankai to summon undead Quincy.
- Neck Lift: Royd does this to Kenpachi while in the form of Yhwach, which helps establish just how tall the latter is.
- 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.
- Repetitive Name: Loyd Lloyd, despite the spelling variation, is a repeated name; in the Viz translation, it's Loyd Loyd, making it an example of Classic Classic, rather than Classic Classical. Complicated further by the twin's name being Royd Lloyd, bearing in mind that the Japanese don't pronounce Ls.
- 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.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Royd realises the skeletons he is fighting are Quincies Yhwach knew on a personal level, he's shaken to the core and starts acting less and less like the real Yhwach.
- Walking Spoiler: Royd is such a twist that a section about Loyd cannot even lead with Royd's name, as Loyd was taken out off-screen and barely discussed except to foreshadow Royd. Royd himself was a major plot point that set up Yamamoto's death.
Z - Giselle Gewelle
"We'll help you. We're sad if you're not with us... you know?"
Sternritter "Z" of "The Zombie". A petite girl with quirky hair that's tied to make it look like she has antennae. She's a tad stranger than her other compatriots, publicly talking about whether or not someone's had sex without a care in the world, and generally acting flighty in the middle of battle.
As "the Zombie" she possesses a powerful Healing Factor
, making her very difficult to kill. She can also control anyone who comes into physical contact with her blood, making her victims a type of "zombie". Perhaps to reflect this, she also has a bone-themed bow.
- Alliterative Name: The same soft "G" sound in both her names.
- Berserk Button: Giselle flies into a rage when Yumichika calls her a guy, prompting her to bring in the zombified Bambietta.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Giselle is a cheerful young woman who likes to make silly faces and snark at her friends. She's also a ruthless fighter who has no remorse when forcing a bunch of soldiers to kill themselves, and has no qualms about murdering her own teammates to gain access to their abilities, as with poor Bambietta.
- Blood Magic: Anyone her blood touches becomes a "corpse" under her control. If she manages to get her blood into a Quincy, they literally are a corpse under her control when they die. Candice prevents Giselle from doing it to her, but the same can't be said for Bambietta...
- Bokukko: While Bleach has its share, she's the first one to actually use boku. Given Yumichika's accusation of her true gender, this may double as foreshadowing.
- Combat Medic: Her abilities allow her to decompose corpses into new limbs to replace severed ones. As a result, she's the group's designated healer.
- Creepy Crossdresser: Yumichika suggests that she's a man since she reeks of semen. Though the accusation does press her Berserk Button, Giselle doesn't confirm it and clearly identifies as female.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's quick to push Candice's buttons, often making side comments that irritate the latter.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: Since she needs to get her blood on opponents to control them, she deliberately goads her opponents into attacking so the blood splatter will catch them. This backfires when she tries it on Ikkaku and Yumichika, who immediately recognize what she's trying to do, forcing her to fall back on someone she's already taken control of.
- Dissonant Serenity:
- She is very gentle and calm when offering to help Bambietta, but the blind panic this offer causes Bambietta makes Giselle's serenity appear creepy. It's later revealed Giselle's idea of heling was to be murder Bambietta and inject the corpse with her blood, effectively creating an immortal and loyal zombie with The Explode's ability completely intact.
- After revealing that her blood effectively brainwashes them if it comes into contact, Giselle cheerfully orders the Red Shirts to commit suicide.
- 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. For good reason, as she turns Bambietta into a corpse under her control.
- For the Evulz: Her decision to reanimate Bambietta into a mindless zombie. While it does make sense to keep a powerful ally around, Giselle demonstrates that she can conventionally heal her allies, so she clearly did this because she wanted to, not out of necessity or compassion.
- Genki Girl: She's generally rather cheerful and nonchalant, a smile nearly always plastered on her face. This leads to her switching from cute to creepy at the drop of a hat.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: She claims not to be a very good fighter, but it really doesn't matter when she can recover from nearly being sliced in half in seconds and reset her own broken neck.
- Hair Antennae: Her hair is tied on top to give the effect of insect-like antennae coming out of her head.
- Healing Factor: Despite being sliced from shoulder to stomach, she just pushes the two pieces back together and is instantly healed. When her neck is broken by Ichigo, she resets it as easily as cricking a joint.
- Healing Hands: The villainous version where she can heal people by taking parts from others, including the dead. She uses this to restore Candice's arm.
- In-Series Nickname: Both Bambietta and Candice call her Gigi.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Bambietta was never a pleasant person, so having Giselle reanimate her into a corpse could be seen as well deserved karma. However, Bambietta already had her comeuppance in the form of Humiliation Conga in her fight with Dangai Joue. Therefore, Giselle's Zombification of Bambietta, and corresponding desire to do the same to Candice, is portrayed as overkill villainy rather than karmic justice.
- Major Injury Underreaction: When her left shoulder gets sliced in half, she smiles and carries on talking. The wound disappears quickly.
- Nice Hat: Much smaller than any of the other hats we've seem so far, actually.
- The Necromancer: She can user her powers on other Quincy after they're dead, turning them into literal, mindless zombies completely under her control.
- People Puppets: Those who come into contact with her blood are enslaved to her will — "corpses" as she calls them — fully self-aware but unable to act of their own volition. It's even worse when she wants to use it on a Quincy, as she can only control them after they die.
- Perpetual Smiler: She's constantly smiling, although she displays a range of expressions from quirky smile to unhinged grin.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: She wears black stockings that cover the entirety of her legs.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: She uses her blood splatters to make a bunch of 11th Division soldiers kill themselves.
- Schmuck Bait:
- She specifically told the 11th Division soldiers not to cut her. They ignored her warning, got her blood all over themselves, and wound up becoming her puppets.
- She later tries to pull the same tactic on Ikkaku and Yumichika, but they don't fall for it, though they seem to have already known about her ability beforehand.
- Squee: When Candice ordered Giselle to heal her arm, the latter is elated... and then Candice tells her not to use blood. Giselle is disappointed.
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 Power 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 Grandpa: He seems to be the oldest of the Sternritter.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a suit and tie underneath his uniform coat.
- Badass Mustache: He wears a moustache that almost completely hides his mouth.
- Combat Pragmatist: During his fight with Shunsui, he aims straight for Shunsui's eye and guns him down the moment he's distracted. Likewise, when he and several other members of the Sternritter's all fight Ichigo, he purposely waits until Ichigo's neck deep trying to deal with the others before appearing at his side with his Pistol ready to fire right at his head.
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: While fighting Shunsui, he kills a Soul Reaper messenger that had arrived at the battlefield without taking his eyes off of Shunsui.
- 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 Vollständig is being used.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Managed to headshot a Soul Reaper messenger without even looking at him.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: He doesn't play around with his foes. As soon as an opening presents itself, he immediately moves in for a kill-shot.
- The Stoic: He reacts apathetically to almost everything that's occurred, hiding both his real thoughts and true motives from everyone.
- Power Gives You Wings: His Vollständig 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.
"Things would have been so much better if he kept that monster locked up for all eternity, don't you think?"
A Sternritter who usually uses a flying saucer for transportation. He carries around a staff with wings and an eyeball and is capable of controlling others.
- Big Brother Is Watching: He used his staff to spy on Haschwalth and Bazz-B's conversation. Was also just hanging out with Askin, watching Gremmy's battle with Kenpachi.
- Fat Bastard: He is heavily obese, and travels seated on a floating disc. His power involves turning friends and allies against each other. Askin described him as a monster.
- Nice Shoes: His shoes have very curly points, like elaborate winklepickers or jester shoes.
- Signature Laugh: His presence can be revealed just from the "Geh, geh, geh" that floats into a panel.
- Sunglasses at Night: He has never been seen without a pair of sunglasses obscuring his eyes. Even when he's indoors and lurking in shadowy corners, he's wearing them.
Other Vandenreich members
An Arrancar affiliated with the Vandenreich, 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.
- BFG: 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 Vandenreich 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 Vandenreich. 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: When Luders loses his arm, he begins to realise just how little he means to Yhwach and just how much Yhwach is toying with him.
- Sacrificial Lamb: He really seemed like The Dragon of the Vandenreich, 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.