Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach
. This is the Vandenreich
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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, 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.
C - Pernida Parnkgjas
Sternritter "C" of "The Compulsory", who has yet to remove their cloak. As a result, nothing is known about them - even their gender is an unknown. Nevertheless, Pernida first appears as a member of Yhwach's elite Sternritter, and is summoned against Senjumaru Shutara.
- The Faceless: Pernida wears a long white cloak fastened at the front with three buttons and with a black, six-pronged cross on its side. The cloak obscures its face with shadow, leaving glowing eyes.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: While Pernida tries to conjure up words against Nimaiya after Gerard and Lillo's swift defeats, Nimaiya simply interrupts it by throwing his sword at Pernida's head, impaling it right through the hood.
- In the Hood: Pernida is introduced without removing its ostensibly large hood, and only its glowing eyes are visible.
- Praetorian Guard: One of Yhwach's four elite Sternritter whom Yhwach reveals as being worthy to fight the Royal Guard.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted; Nimaiya drives his sword through Pernida's head while the latter is attempting to use its powers.
- Words Can Break My Bones: Per its epithet, Pernida's powers appear to work by speaking, though the dialog is always inaudible (not to its comrades, however, as Lille is able to understand its words). When Shutara summons a Giant Mook to fight the Sternritter, Pernida speaks several lines which cause the soldier to warp and fall apart. Later on, a single line causes Shutara's body to compact into a ball.
D - Askin Nakk Le Vaar
"That's right, you're quite calm. So calm that you attacked him right away. Absolutely calm."
Sternritter "D" of "The Deathdealing" and a member of Yhwach's Elite Guard, much to his own surprise. 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.
- Blessed with Suck: He claims his only ability is to not die no matter how badly he's injured. He also claims that he loathes it because it leaves him feeling like he's constantly at death's door.
- 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.
- Explaining Your Powers To The Enemy: He takes time to explain how his power works as Nimaiya lays dying which allows Nimaiya to develop a countermeasure. Although to Askin's credit, there really was no way that Nimaiya would live whether because of his poisoned blood or by blood loss. Only the timely intervention of Kirinji using his hot springs to replace all of Nimaiya's blood saved him.
- Facial Markings: Black streams curve upwards around his eyes from the corners, a style reminiscent of Ikkaku and Grimmjow's eye markings. His upper lip is more swollen than any other Sternritter.
- Foreshadowing: When Yhwach makes his move on the Royal Realm, Askin cryptically wonders whether he'll be chosen. It is later revealed that most of the Sternritters don't know that the Sternritter chosen to become the Elite unit are the only ones deemed useful to Yhwach for the next phase of his plan, leaving the rest to be slaughtered - by Yhwach, not the Soul Reapers.
- Four Is Death: D is the fourth letter of the Latin alphabet, he's the fourth member of the Elite Sternritter, and his title explicitly focuses on the word death. His ability is to perfectly calculate the lethal dose of any substance required to kill a being, allowing him to overdose Nimaiya's blood flow. The only way to escape Askin's power is to bleed to death. Since Kirinji's ability allows him to completely replace a person's blood, Kirinji steps in to save Nimaiya.
- Healing Factor: He can survive and recover from normally lethal injuries, and had this ability even before he was recruited into the Vandenreich.
- 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 Gremmy'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 that are not age-related.
- Not Quite Dead: Nimaiya's attack dropped Askin fairly easily, but Askin's ability is to simply not die. He gets back to his feet in short order. He claims it's not an ability that thrills him. Even when Nimaiya does finally down him, he's resurrected by Yhwach's Auswählen.
- Only Six Faces: His resemblance to both Aizen and Ginjo has been noted.
- Poisonous Person: In a roundabout way. His power is to be able to calculate the perfect lethal dosage of any substance and alter it at will, even making things that shouldn't be toxic, like a person's blood, lethal above a certain dosage.
- Portal Door: When he stopped Bazz-B from fighting Haschwalth, he does so by placing a portal-like obstacle in front of them. That same portal-like ability appears with Bambietta, when she mentions that she's worried over the future of the Wandenreich.
- Praetorian Guard: One of Yhwach's four elite Sternritter whom Yhwach reveals as being worthy to fight the Royal Guard. Askin comments that he's been promoted from the lower Sternritter ranks and therefore needs to prove himself before the other elites. Gerard agrees that he has a lot to prove.
- Sarcasm Mode: He mocks Bazz-B for 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
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Click here to see his appearance in Vollständig
"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.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She thinks it would be more entertaining if Pepe joined the fight, even though Meninas finds him disguisting. Once Pepe does get involved, he brainwashes Meninas into sucker punching Liltotto.
- Big Eater: Liltotto is usually seen munching on sweets and Bambietta implies she can't remotely get enough of them. When it's suggested she would be given anything she wishes for if she beats Ichigo, her thoughts are of food. Her power takes this to another level as she begins chowing down on every opponent she finds.
- Blondes Are Evil: She is blond, and batshit insane.
- Brought Down to Normal: She manages to escape the Light of Yhwach's Auswählen but discovers that, while she's escaped death, her powers have still been drained.
- 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 Vandenreich 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' suggestion that he botched it.
- Death Glare: She gives a good one to Pepe after he mind-controlled Meninas into punching her in the face. Then she eats him.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Her mouth can stretch and expand to bite people in half, then swallow them effortlessly. She eats a bunch of Soul Reapers, although she admits they don't taste good. She also devours Pepe, in an act of revenge for his actions against her and Meninas.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: She was nearly taken over by Pepe's Love powers and was punched out by a lovestruck Meninas (who had been hit with The Love instead). Her resultant devouring of Pepe is more than justified.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: In addition to being able to distort and expand her mouth, when using her powers her teeth transform into shark-like fangs.
- 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.
- Pet the Dog: Despite not showing too much concern for Bambietta, she spares a mind-controlled Meninas and saves Giselle's life from Yhwach's purge.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She concurs with Candice regarding Bambietta; don't kill off an attractive guy when you're angry, because it's a waste of a good looking guy.
- Precision F-Strike: "You bitch," to Bambietta.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Gives one to Pepe right before eating him.
"...Dude, you damn well tried to kill us all. At the very least, you gotta... take responsibility, y'know?"
- Rage Against the Heavens: What she screams to Yhwach after his outright callous treatment of the Sternritters still fighting on his behalf below the soul palace.
"What the.. What the hell is the meaning of this...Your Majesty...Just what...JUST WHAT WERE WE TO YOU??!!"
- The Strategist: Apparently serves this position among the female Sternritters. She's the only one who appears to really care for any sort of true strategy, keeps her cool when Candice is losing it, lacks the physical strength of Meninas or Giselle's unique fighting abilities, and overall is the one who appears to prefer fighting in a group rather than separately against stronger enemies.
- Team Killer: She ate Pepe alive for trying to kill her and Meninas.
- This Is Gonna Suck: When she realizes Meninas has been mind-controlled by Pepe and is powering up to attack her, she responds with a grim "Aw shit..." before being decked across the face.
- Tranquil Fury: She's surprisingly calm when she encounters Pepe again, plainly telling him he needs to take responsibility for his actions... all while slowly changing her mouth to its giant fangs in preparation for eating him.
- 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
"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: 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. Renji and Rukia aren't impressed.
- 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.
- I Shall Taunt You: Chastises Cang Du for losing to Hitsugaya after he insisted on being the one to fight him.
- 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.
- Oh, Crap: Several throughout the series:
- When he couldn't melt Hitsugaya's thin ice and was then pierced by it.
- When he's engulfed by Yhwach's Auswählen.
- 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, Äs Nödt and Nanana from getting roasted by Yamamoto's Shikai. Considering how powerful Yamamoto and Ryukin Jakka are, this display of ability is very impressive.
- 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. Nevertheless, they all get right back up anyway, and Liltotto chides him for thinking Burner Finger 1 (even a Vollständig-enhanced one) is enough to even slow them down.
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: Unlike BG9's pleas on principle of still being useful, 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. Long story short, 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.
- 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.
- 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 and a monstrous appearance.
- 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.
- 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 that hint at a single, glowing eye somewhere inside. Even when he strips down, he doesn't remove the helmet, creating the image of a tank loaded for war due to him being a helmet sitting atop an entire armoury. After being hit by Jakuho Raikoben, the helmet partially smashes revealing only blackness within.
- 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.
L - Pepe Waccabrada
"There are no fights where there's no love! That's why fights are sad. And that's why they are beautiful!"
Sternritter L of "The Love", who usually uses a flying saucer for transportation. He carries around a staff with wings and an eyeball and is capable of controlling others by making them love him, men and women alike. His Vollständig, Gudoero
, transforms him into a form similar to Cupid, which enhances his Love abilities and lets him form heart constructs like ropes. His Quincy bow, drawn from his mouth, follows the Cupid theme.
- Antagonist Abilities: His Mind Manipulation power makes anyone love him, allowing his enemies to take each other out for him, or to turn an enemy immediately into a friend. Basically, other people do the fighting for him. It works on anything with a heart; he can even control a zanpakuto and make it attack its wielder.
- Beard of Evil: He's got a long, long white beard. It's just shy of Yamamoto's in terms of size.
- Big Brother Is Watching: He uses his staff to spy on Haschwalth and Bazz-B's conversation. He also hangs out with Askin, watching Gremmy's battle with Kenpachi.
- Did Not See That Coming: After the fight with Giselle is over with, he tries to take control of one of Mayuri's zombies, gloating that his power works on Giselle's zombies. He gets beaten up anyway, and Mayuri explains that his zombies can't be affected like hers can.
- Eaten Alive: His ultimate fate, courtesy of Liltotto.
- Enemy Civil War: He's not adverse to starting fights amongst other Vandenreich members to claim all the glory for himself, taking over Meninas and making her attack Liltotto.
- Fan Disservice: His Vollständig strips away all of his clothing save for his shoes and a speedo. Because he's a Fat Bastard, this isn't exactly a good thing.
- Fat Bastard: He is heavily obese, and travels seated on a floating disc. His power involves turning friends and allies against each other; Askin himself called him a "monster" and Meninas finds him gross.
- For the Evulz: He'll use his power on anyone, even his own teammates, and make them attack each other for him own amusement.
- Giggling Villain: Most of his first few appearances involved him bellowing out his Signature Laugh.
- Glory Hound: Cheerfully remarks it hasn't crossed his mind that he'll get all the glory if he kills everyone else, including all his own comrades who are present.
- Heart Beatdown: The evil, male, squicky version. All of his attacks are heart-themed, and it even extends to his speech bubbles.
- Large Ham: After he controls Hisagi to fight Byakuya, Pepe suddenly turns into a rambunctious blowhard who can't seem to ever shut up.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After pitting his fellow Sternritter against one another, Pepe experiences a Humiliation Conga that includes Byakuya resisting The Love, Mayuri suddenly ambushing him, Meninas and Hisagi (both of which were mind-controlled into Love Dolls) losing to superior opponents, and Pepe himself suffering through a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by Kensei. His final fate is to be devoured by Liltotto, the Sternritter whom he tried to control with The Love and had Meninas punch out For the Evulz. It was a well-earned fate.
- Love Freak: Just look at his quote above. He even goes into a lengthy speech about why love is the center of conflict and why he absolutely adores it as a result.
- Mind-Control Device: Wields a large staff with an eye on it, which causes people to fall in love with him and fight their comrades over him.
- Motor Mouth: After spending only a brief conversation with Askin (his first set of dialogue ever), he devolves into a person that just won't ever stop talking when he's faced by Byakuya.
- Narcissist: He embodies the worst aspects of love as a concept, in that he wants everyone to love himself and forces them to attack their comrades for his personal glory.
- Nice Shoes: His shoes have very curly points, like elaborate winklepickers or jester shoes.
- Not So Stoic: Turns from a laid back and mysterious Giggling Villain into a raving nutjob screaming how pure he is and how amazing his love is. It's quite jarring.
- Oh, Crap: He gets two in Chapter 596; the first when he sees that his power doesn't affect Mayuri's zombies, and the second when he sees Liltotto exude a cold stare at him after he's beaten down by said zombie.
- Polyamory: Kind of, in a sick sort of way. He forces people to belong to him with his 'love' and likes stealing as many peoples' hearts as he can.
- Powers Do the Fighting: He lets others or his Vollständig fight on his behalf. When someone gets past those, he loses quickly.
- Say It with Hearts: His sentences are usually written like this, to emphasize his powers and overall theme.
- Signature Laugh: His presence can be revealed just from the "Geh, geh, geh" that floats into a panel.
- Sunglasses at Night: He constantly wears a pair of sunglasses obscuring his eyes, even when he's indoors and lurking in shadowy corners. He discards them for his Vollständig.
- Team Killer: Right after he takes control of Hisagi and makes him attack Byakuya, he suddenly takes control of Meninas and makes her punch Liltotto out. Liltotto returns the favor a few chapters later.
- Villains Want Mercy: Despite trying to brainwash Liltotto and ambushing her with a lovestruck Meninas, Pepe still has the gall to expect she'll go easy on him and futilely shouts his forgiveness as she eats him whole.
M - Gerard Valkyrie
Sternritter "M" of "The Miracle" and one of Yhwach's elite Sternritter. A large, boisterous man who fights with a sword and shield, he resembles a Nordic warrior of old. He wears an ornate helmet and cape, and he first appears in the Royal Realm.
- Boisterous Bruiser: The first thing he does is chew out Askin so he won't hold the rest of the Elite Guards due to his low rank and promptly charges Senjumaru, successfully cutting her much to the latter's surprise.
- Cool Mask: He wears a mask modeled after Nordic warriors, shaped in the form of a winged helmet that covers the upper half of his face.
- Cool Sword: His Spirit Weapon takes on the form of a black, double-edged sword with a black hilt. Its guard is V-shaped and has a star in the center. He stores it in his shield. He uses it to cut off one of Shutara's arms.
- Friendly Fire: Threatens to take out Askin himself if he proves unworthy of fighting with the Elite Sternritters.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Unlike the three other Elite Guards, who lean on the analytical side of things, Gerrard blindly charges forward against the Squad Zero member they're facing. This tactic surprisingly lands a solid hit on Shutara, though she's revealed to be an illusion. He does it again versus Nimaiya, but the latter fells him in one hit.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: He carries a round Viking-style shield, complete with central metal boss, which also acts as a sheath for his sword.
- Nerves of Steel: He reacts with interest and amusement rather than apprehension when Shutara summons a massive guard to fight him.
- Praetorian Guard: One of Yhwach's four elite Sternritter whom Yhwach reveals as being worthy to fight the Royal Guard.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He dresses like a Viking cartoon caricature, with bagging trousers, boots, a cape and a winged helmet-mask. He even has the shield. However, he does not wear a scrap of clothing above his waist. His cape has to be strapped to his shoulders as a result.
N - Robert Accutrone
"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!"
Stern Ritter "N". 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: One of the older-looking Sternritter, and he manages to fight a seasoned captain like Shunsui to a standstill, even getting some lasting damage on the latter's eye.
- 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.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After Yhwach departs for the Royal Palace, with Ichigo in hot pursuit, this Quincy and seven other Sternritters engage the remaining Soul Reapers in a fight. Come Chapter 594, he, NaNaNa and Candice are found lying on the ground, presumably defeated by Byakuya.
- 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.
- Not So Stoic: He loses his cool when Shunsui tells him that Yamamoto will beat Yhwach, which makes him flip out and start shouting. He flips out even more when he tells Liltotto and Giselle just how atrocious Yhwach's methods can be, shortly before getting assimilated by the Auswählen in order to revive the Elite Guard.
- Oh, Crap: A massive one when he realizes that Yhwach has left to the Soul King's realm without him.
- Old Retainer: He implies he was part of Yhwach's original army, given he refers to Liltotto and Giselle as newcomers.
- 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.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He makes it clear to Liltotto and Giselle that he's lived long enough under Yhwach's service to know just how low the latter can stoop, including sacrificing those who were not "chosen" to accompany him to the Royal Palace.
- The Stoic: He reacts apathetically to almost everything that's occurred, hiding both his real thoughts and true motives from everyone.
- Stripped to the Bone: When he's hit by Yhwach's Auswählen, he's reduced to a skeleton.
- Tears of Fear: When he realizes that he was left behind by Yhwach, he knows all too well what's coming, and breaks down before Liltotto and Giselle.
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 / 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. Yamamoto returns the favour by one-shotting him.
- 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, along with the rest of him.
- Stripped to the Bone: Yamamoto roasts him so hard that we are treated to a shot of Driscoll's burnt out skull before it disintegrates.
- 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: Dude just had to rub Sasakibe's death in Yamamoto's face, prompting the latter to fry him in fury.
- 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.
- Affectionate Nickname: Liltotto and Giselle refer to her as "Minnie".
- Badass: She took out Kenpachi Zaraki with one punch, and she's the only one of the eight Sternritter that actually got a clean hit on Ichigo himself. Even Robert Accutrone holds her strength in high regard.
- 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 acts girlish, but she hits like a rock slide and can toss around entire groups of buildings.
- 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.
- She also comments on how "full of himself" Ichigo is to try making a beeline to Yhwach while surrounded by eight Sternritter.
- Growing Muscles Sequence: She can expand her muscles to nearly the size of Opie's Ayon-enhanced muscles, presumably enhancing her strength along with it.
- 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's basically Orihime with a clothing change and palette swap.
- Pink Is Feminine: She has pink hair and eyes, which is accompanied by the most feminine bearing of the female Sternritter.
- 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 Robert Accutrone 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 and he wasn't listening anyways, 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" of "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.
- Good Powers, Bad People: His strength is bolstered by the support of a cheering fan who believes completely in his "heroic" ability to defeat "villains". He can even heal his own injuries if a fan believes in his ability to achieve victory. He regards himself as a hero, but he works for the villainous Vandenreich, and it's strongly implied that he and his fan, James, are somehow two parts of a single being. Unlike a hero, he's willing to turn on even James if it means achieving victory.
- Guardian Entity: After Mask and James are killed, Yhwach implies that Mask was just a manifestion of James's powers.
- Healing Factor: Like the rest of his powers, cheer-based.
- 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. In the span of a few pages, he blitzes Kensei, no-sells his Bankai and take him out in a couple of blows.
- 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.
- No Sell: Shrugs of Kensei's Bankai with no injuries.
- 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.
- Guardian Entity: While the opposite is possible, James appears to be the living embodiment of Mask's "The Superstar", as Yhwach congratulates James (not Mask) for his performance upon absorbing whatever's left of the Sternritter's spiritual power.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: As a key component of Mask's "The Superstar", his cheers empower Mask enough to take down Bankai-using Captains.
- 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
"All I know is that this guy just covered me in dirt. And that, he’s not getting away with!! How the hell many hours earlier than everyone else d’you think I have to get up every day to make sure my hair is perfect, eh?!!!"
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: Both her names begin with the same "Ca" sound.
- 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.
- Character Tic: Whenever she's excited, she rolls her tongue and drools.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After Yhwach departs for the Royal Palace, with Ichigo in hot pursuit, Candice and seven other Sternritters engage the remaining Soul Reapers in a fight. Come Chapter 594, she, NaNaNa and Robert are found lying on the ground, presumably defeated by Byakuya.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her eyes are a lime green colour to complement her green hair.
- Death from Above: She introduced herself to the 11th Division by tossing lightning bolts down on some hapless Red Shirts searching for Yachiru.
- 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 proceeds to collapse 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.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Both her and Liltotto chewed out Bambietta for killing attractive mooks every time she's frustrated. It's a waste of a hot guy.
- 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 "Na" sound is repeated throughout both his 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.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After Yhwach departs for the Royal Palace, with Ichigo in hot pursuit, NaNaNa and seven other Sternritters engage the remaining Soul Reapers in a fight. Come Chapter 594, he, Candice and Robert are found lying on the ground, presumably defeated by Byakuya.
- 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 checkered 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.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: To this day, we still don't know the guy's powers, what his designation "U" stood for, etc. And now he's been engulfed in Yhwach's soul stealing beam.
"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.
- 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.
- 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.
W - Nianzol Weizol
Sternritter W of "The Wind", (as in a winding path, wind-up toy, etc, not the movement of air) Weizol is a strange-looking man with two tongues, shaggy black hair, and a perpetual cross-eye. He is first introduced in the Royal Realm, when Yhwach summoned him against Senjumaru Shutara.
- Creepy Child: He's a bare footed kid with two tongues and is constantly cross-eyed.
- Died Standing Up: When Shutara pierces through his body with his own clothes (it's complicated), he dies while still standing; his head didn't even tilt, but the life is gone.
- Does Not Like Shoes: He joins Yhwach in the Royal Realm while barefoot.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: He smugly explains his power to Shutara, who figures out his Logical Weakness and exploits it.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Shutara quickly remade his uniform while he was busy fighting her subordinates and turned it into a piece of clothing that pierces Nianzol from the inside out.
- Logical Weakness: Subverted and Invoked. He tells Shutara his power can be used on enemies and attacks he sees, making her believe he has to literally see them. He then goes to explain that by "seeing", he means his power can only be used on attacks or people he sees and has memorized. Shutara simply reveals that she remade his uniform from scratch while he wasn't paying attention, which impales him from the inside out.
- Maniac Tongue: When he first reveals his presence, mocking Shutara for accusing Yhwach of insolence, his grin is accompanied by his two tongues lolling out in a W-shape.
- Powers Do the Fighting: As long as he's aware of the attack, he doesn't have to move to twist space and deflect it.
- Slasher Smile: He first reveals his presence with an unnaturally wide grin that reveals his twin tongues and bares his upper teeth. It's accompanied by his eyes rolling up into his head, giving him an off-kilter sense of lazy creepiness that is at odds with the fact he's in the middle of a fight against the Royal Guard.
- Space Master: "The Wind" (not that kind) allows him to twist the space around himself, causing attacks to push to the side of the target. Anyone he is protecting with his power doesn't need to dodge, even at point-blank range, because their weapons simply cannot touch their intended target.
- Speech Impediment: He speaks with a very pronounced lisp on account of his two tongues constantly hanging out his mouth.
- Touch of Death: As a corollary to his Space Master powers, Weizol can use his powers offensively by deliberately trying to touch his opponents. Because his ability warps the space around him, this has the practical effect of making his finger as sharp as any sword. He uses this to cut several of Shutara's mooks in half.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed by his own uniform one chapter after his introduction.
X - Lille Barro
"If comprehension comes slowly, reaction will also follow suit. That's how it always is when you're on the losing side of things."
Sternritter "X" of "The X-Axis". A dark skinned young man with a tattoo over his possibly non functional left eye, he is one of Yhwach's elite Sternritter, and makes his debut in the Royal Realm against Senjumaru Shutara. Underneath a long white cloak, he wears white gloves; a light-colored, sleeveless shirt with a furred pauldron on his right shoulder; white pant legs with missing sections near his calves which are attached to his shirt; and light-colored shoes.
- BFG: When he ditches his cape, he whips out a large black rifle. Its barrel is mostly covered in white fur, except for a section on the underside near the end of the barrel and its handle, and it has a small black 6 on one side. When Lille aims with it, a black, plus-shaped barrier extends from the barrel to shield his face.
- Boom, Headshot: He fires a bullet that burrows through Shutara's forehead and destroys her headdress. No hesitation, no explanation of his abilities, no bothering to allow his opponent to react. It's just point and shoot.
- Cold Sniper: He can shoot objects at great distances with impeccable accuracy with his rifle, destroying the Zero Squad's floating islands with one shot each. Unfortunately for him, it was an illusion; the real floating island were concealed by Ichibei's concealment powers, and Senjumaru's dead body was also part of the illusion.
- Facial Markings: His left eye, which is always shut, is adorned with a black tattoo shaped like a crosshair, with a circle around an X marking.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: During their first fight, Oetsu kills Lille by bifurcating him. It doesn't stick, though, courtesy of Yhwach's Auswählen.
- Hit Scan: His power doesn't fire a projectile; it simply destroys its target and anything on the way to it.
- Nice Hat: He's wearing a bicorne hat made of white fuzz, which can be confused for an extension of his hair.
- Praetorian Guard: One of the four Sternritters who had the honour of being selected as Yhwach's Elite Guards.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Talks down on Senjumaru, claiming that her surprise is a result of being so weak that she doesn't realize she's lost until it's too late, and that the Soul Palace was already conquered the moment Yhwach stepped into the realm.
- Unblockable Attack: He aims for the target and releases his attack. Since he's not using something like "bullets", it doesn't matter what comes between him and his target. Any obstacles will simply end up taking the same damage the target takes.
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 Stern Ritter Kenpachi killed off. However, Kenpachi's description of Loyd's power is the set-up for the Royd reveal that leads to Yamamoto's death.
- 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
"Nothing good will come to you even if you kill me."
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: Despite the spelling of her names, both her names start with the same soft "Gheh" sound.
- Antagonist Abilities: Her Zombie abilities are triggered by contact with her blood, which brings the target to a state of death/undeath and completely under her mental control if they were alive when contact was made. If they were dead, they're resurrected under her complete control. Giselle often entices people to slice her because her blood sprays onto them, bringing them under her control. Her Healing Factor is so great she's almost impossible to kill and instantly heals even lethal injuries.
- Bad Boss: When Bambietta begs for Giselle to give her... something unspecified, Giselle responds by punching her, grabbing her by the hair, and flashing a Slasher Smile after giving her a False Reassurance. Giselle also has no qualms about using her as a Human Shield or performing Cold-Blooded Torture.
- Berserk Button: Being accused of being male triggers her to violent rage, inciting her to use powerful zombies she'd been holding in reserve until that point. When Yumichika accuses her of this, Giselle immediately summons a zombified Bambietta as retaliation.
- 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. Smaller amounts only work on weaker individuals, and they retain their sense of self. On stronger individuals, she needs to use more blood and it has to work its way through their bloodstream, causing their complexion to become dark red. These zombies are fanatically loyal to her and almost impossible to kill short of full vaporization. It can even revive the dead. Quincy can only be converted after death.
- Bokukko: While Bleach has its share, she's the first one to actually use boku. Given Yumichika's accusation of Giselle as actually being male, this may double as foreshadowing.
- Cat Smile: Her most common expression, highlighting her cheerfully mischievous (read: sadistic troll) personality.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: After Mayuri injures her in their confrontation, Giselle secludes herself into a cave with Bambietta. To rejuvenate herself, Giselle absorbs Bambietta's blood, which causes a great deal of pain to the latter. She decides to add to the pain by biting and pulling a chunk of Bambietta's skin (but doesn't rip it off). When Bambietta pleads with her mistress not to take so much blood, and says she doesn't wanna die from it, Giselle responds by repeatedly slamming Bambietta's head onto a rock while saying "You're already dead!" All she cared about was getting as much blood as possible, regardless of whether or not it was too much for Bambietta to handle (who was rendered incapacitated from it).
- 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.
- Combat Sadomasochist: States she got very turned on after killing Bambietta and zombifying the corpse.
- Creepy Crossdresser: Yumichika suggests that she's a man since she reeks of semen, and Charlotte later makes a similar accusation. Though these do press her Berserk Button, Giselle neither confirms nor denies it and continues to present herself 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; they immediately recognize what she's trying to do, which forces her to fall back on someone she's already taken control of.
- Did Not See That Coming: Mayuri taking control of her zombies from her and quickly turning them against her.
- 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 helping was to murder Bambietta and inject the corpse with her blood, effectively creating an immortal and loyal zombie with Vollständig and The Explode 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.
- Faux Affably Evil: She always carries a cheerful, pleasant smile, speaks sweetly, and offers to help others and treat them well. It. Is. A. LIE. You don't want her kind of help, and if she's smiling at you and treating you affectionately, you should RUN... except by the time she's offering, that probably isn't an option.
- Foreshadowing: When Candice spurns her attempt at using blood to heal her arm, Giselle mopes around about how she can't zombify Quincies unless they're already dead. Guess what happened to Bambietta.
- Her collection of fallen Soul Reapers is foreshadowed earlier in the arc, when we see one Soul Reaper collapse after his fight and a shadow loom over his fallen form. It turns out the shadow that fell over the fallen Hitsugaya◊ was Giselle, who calls on him during her battle against Mayuri.
- 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 even reset her own broken neck. Even when a Red Shirt cut through her heart, she still regenerated. Though that one took her more time and taking someone else's flesh/blood.
- 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. Being stabbed through a vital point, however, is quite the work to heal from; she heals herself by sucking the blood from Bambietta's zombiefied body.
- 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. She is also able to repair her zombies in this fashion.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Mayuri manages to quickly study Hisuguya's blood in his zombified state and make a counteract virus to it that put's Giselle's zombies in Mayuri's control. He then promptly sics one of the zombies on Giselle, and she's stabbed through the chest in no time.
- Hypocritical Humor: She denies being a sadist, but takes great pleasure in zombifying her enemies and allies alike, even gleefully humiliating and abusing an undead Bambietta.
- I Love the Dead: She is very, very enthusiastic about not only the creation and acquisition of new zombie thralls, but there are heavy sexual undertones regarding the treatment of her "favorites", such as Bambietta's reanimated corpse.
- In-Series Nickname: Both Bambietta and Candice call her Gigi.
- Jerkass: Her pointlessly abusive treatment of Bambietta demonstrates the depths of her sadism and depravity, even among her fellow Sternritter.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: 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.
- Lean and Mean: The skinniest of the Sternritter (barring Liltotto) and easily one of the most utterly depraved characters in the entire series.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Apparently, considering how she stated that she was positively turned on by Bambietta's pleading and begging Giselle to not "help" her.
- Madness Mantra: In chapter 604, after she loses her powers, Giselle is seen embracing Bambietta again, while repeatedly saying "Bambi-chan won't die... because I won't die... I won't die... I won't die..." with enormous bags under her eyes.
- Major Injury Underreaction: When her left shoulder gets sliced in half, she just 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: Her blood, when used on deceased individuals, turns them into literal zombies completely under her control.
- Oh, Crap:
- Gives an epic one in Chapter 596, when Mayuri reveals that he can turn her zombies into his own.
- Gets another one in Chapter 603 when Robert explains what's about to happen to the Sternritter left behind by Yhwach.
- 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 uses it on someone after they die, as their original personality is completely overwritten and replaced by an Extreme Doormat fanatically loyal to Giselle.
- 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.
- Puppeteer Parasite: Her blood acts as this, infecting a host and making them slaves to her will.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: She uses her blood splatters to make a bunch of 11th Division soldiers kill themselves.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: She greatly enjoys using her powers to take over others and claims murdering Bambietta aroused her, all in her characteristically serene and cheery demeanor.
- 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.
- Unfriendly Fire: Giselle has no qualms about sacrificing an ally if it means making another zombie for her to control.
- Yandere: She has an... extreme liking towards Bambietta, particularly as a zombie. She goes into a rage after hearing Bambeitta's plea to not take so much of her blood and repeatedly bashes her head into the pavement until it cracks open and knocks her out. When she realizes what happened, Giselle glomps Bambietta happily, and gushes over over how much she loves her.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Anyone who's died/nearly died over the course of this arc is fair game to be one of her zombies. She's had a lot of time offscreen to run around converting people.
? - Shaz Domino
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. They compare to the spots on the shirt underneath his coat.
- 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.
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.