[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5002293/1/A-Protector-s-Pride A Protector's Pride]] is a {{Manga/Bleach}} FanFic by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/943302/NeoRyu777 NeoRyu777]].

The premise: Ichigo decides to handle his inner Hollow like every other problem he faces: fighting it head on instead of running away. [[ForWantOfANail Things quickly snowball from a seemingly minor change.]]



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!!'''This fic contains examples of the following tropes, in addition to those already present in the source material:'''
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Rukia manipulates ambient reishi for kido at one point and thinks nothing of it, until a worried Hitsugaya points out that is a Quincy technique.
* ActionGirl: Unlike [[ActualPacifist canon]], Orihime takes a far more active role in defending Karakura.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Hell]] seems to spend most of his time in combat complimenting his opponents when they impress him, such as with [[spoiler:Hachi's barriers and Yamamoto's bankai]].
* AintTooProudToBeg: Ichigo begs for Yamamoto's help after [[spoiler:his mother is kidnapped.]]
* ApologeticAttacker: Some of the [[spoiler:togabito]] will ask their opponent to surrender and will apologize for what they have to do before fighting.
* ArmorOfInvincibility: [[spoiler:Hell]] has armor that can negate any attack he understands.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** Zangetsu asks Ichigo one when he fears becoming a monster if he embraces his inner Hollow.
--->''"What makes a person a monster?"''
** When Momo tries to defend Aizen's actions, Unohana stalls her with this:
---> '''Unohana:''' If it had been anyone else, say, Kurotsuchi-taicho who had done such things, would you have argued against killing him for treason?
---> '''Momo:''' No... [[WellIntentionedExtremist But Aizen had a higher purpose in mind.]]
---> '''Unohana:''' Perhaps, but do the ends justify the means. Where is the limit, Hinamori-chan? Thousands of people? Millions? Billions? How many until it's worth it?
---> '''Momo:''' ''[falters and quietly whispers]'' I...I don't know.
** A lot of [[spoiler:[[EmpathicWeapon Asahi no Kagami]]]]'s illusions ask these.
** Chad gives [[spoiler:''Hell'']] one:
---> ''"I channel that desire [to hurt others] into my left arm, and I've used it to protect others. What is better? To be born perfect, or overcome your flawed nature through great effort?"''
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: How Hollows determine who's in charge.
* TheAssimilator: [[spoiler:Ayumu]] can use the powers of any given soul trapped in Hell.
* TheAtoner: Many (if not most) souls in Hell.
* AwfulTruth:
** [[spoiler:Hell's]] zanpakuto forces a person to face the "devastating, unadulterated truth" about themselves.
** Quincy arrows [[spoiler:don't erase souls from existence. They send people to Hell.]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: Ichigo being able to use his Hollow's zanpakuto in Shikai is noted as increasing his attack power but decreasing his agility and preventing him from casting kido. In Bankai, however, it compounds the normal effect.
** DualWielding both swords during Bankai counts. Twice the power and twice the speed is negated by the damage done to Ichigo's body and him not really being used to fighting while Dual Wielding.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Zommari Leroux]] comes back as a Togabito. [[spoiler:Grimmjow]] was presumed dead, but it's revealed he actually [[spoiler:ate a Togabito and inherited its chains.]]
* BadassBoast:
** Orihime of all people gets one.
--->''"This is my power. You may be able to [[spoiler:rot away flesh, bone and sinew]]. You may be able to [[spoiler:decompose earth and metal and even dissipate reiatsu]]. But my technique is based on none of those, nothing but the eternal force of my will to protect! This is my power, [[spoiler:Baraggan, Lord of Hueco Mundo]]! This power that intrudes on Kami's territory! The power to reject and reshape reality! And I reject you and your power! Tsubaki! Koten Zanshun! I reject!"''
** Yamamoto gives a brilliant one to [[spoiler:Hell]].
--->''"Allow me to tell you exactly whom you are dealing with. My name is Yamamoto Genryusai Shigekuni. I have lived for millennia, in times of war and in times of peace. I have made damning mistakes. I have won impossible victories. I have committed terrible atrocities, ordered and led utter genocide, not once, not twice, but thrice in the name of world balance, in the name of sanity, in the name of the human soul. I am he who conquered Soul Society and united the strongest under my rule! I am he who fought and survived the First Quincy, Yhwach, one thousand years ago, destroying his powers! I have had one thousand years since then to increase my powers, [[spoiler:Hell]]! Now taste the ever-burning flame of my soul! Bankai! Zanka no Tachi. Now... can the fires of Hell compare to me?"''
** Yamamoto gets another one the following chapter.
--->''"Enough talk! No Togabito will distract me! No attack will faze me! No defense will stop me! I came here to end the threat you pose to all the worlds, and you will not escape me!"''
** Yamamoto again, a few chapters later:
---> ''"I am the sōtaicho of the Gotei 13! There is no Shinigami stronger than I! What does it matter if you understand one technique? I have dozens, [[MasterOfAll hundreds of techniques]] that I have mastered in the millennia I have lived! Your armor may have saved you from my flame, but do not presume to think you have defeated me! ... I may not succeed in sealing you, but I ''will'' keep you from getting to Kurosaki Ichigo. I will [[DelayingAction buy him the time he needs]] to ''tear your soul apart!''"''
** Urahara gets one in Chapter 79:
--->''"Did you really think that after a hundred years of exile, I would not have a plan for how to counter Yamamoto? That I would not [[CrazyPrepared account for every possibility]]? I know his Shikai. I know his Bankai. I know every single one of his capabilities, and I have a plan to counter them all. This is why Aizen feared me so, why he never came after me directly until after he had the Hōgyoku in his grasp. He knew that if he did, I would kill him, because I ''always'' work out a counter to every power I am ever exposed to."''
** Ichigo gives a '''very''' dark one in Chapter 81 with a SlasherSmile on his face:
--->''"Look me in the eyes, [[spoiler:Ayumu]]. The fact that you breathe is an unforgivable affront to me after what you have done. So this is your punishment. You will die at my hands, again and again, until I am satisfied. When you revive, you are to return directly to me. For every minute you do not appear before me, I will use a Gran Rey Cero to tear your world, your soul apart. And when I get bored of that, I will seal you with a technique of my own making, one that will leave you in [[AndIMustScream eternal agony]]. Then I will leave you buried alive in the deepest level of this world. Your existence will be nothing. Blind, alone, in endless torment with no one to hear your screams. Now die, [[spoiler:Ayumu]]. Die, and return to me for more. ''[SlasherSmile widens]'' Or don't return to me. The Quincy thought for years they were destroying souls. It would be rather fitting for me to destroy yours, oh so slowly. Anyways, the choice is yours."''
* BadassCreed: Ichigo uses one to [[spoiler:bring out his Inner World]].
* BadassFamily: The Kurosaki family all have amazing powers, except Yuzu. [[spoiler:Actually, even Yuzu.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Hell fully expected Zen'i would try to convince Ichigo to reabsorb him. Then Ichigo would be vulnerable to Hell's chains again and made into a general in Hell's army.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Ichigo has this to say when looking at [[{{Tsundere}} Hiyori]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Shinji's]] relationship.
--> '''Ichigo:''' ''[to Rose]'' You know, it sounds like there's a lot of repressed sexual tension between them. Maybe that's why they fight--hoping for some good make-up sex?\\
'''Hiyori and Shinji:''' ''[kick Ichigo in the face while showing a LuminescentBlush]'' Baka-Strawberry! [[ShesNotMyGirlfriend It's not like that.]]\\
'''Ichigo:''' So quick to deny and you reacted so well in unison. It's like you're in tune with each other. Is anyone else here seeing what I am?\\
'''Lisa:''' ''[giggles]'' Hey Shinji. You wanna borrow my manga? Might give you some ideas.\\
'''Shinji:''' No! I'm not into little whiny brats like her!\\
'''Hiyori:''' Says the man who makes faces when he knows he's lost a verbal war!\\
'''Ichigo:''' Definitely an [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple old married couple]]. They know each other way too well, push each other's buttons too easily. If they really hated each other, one of them would have killed the other by now. It's been over a hundred years of living together, for crying out loud. Betcha anything they don't act like that with other people normally.\\
'''Rose:''' He's got a point.\\
'''Hiyori:''' ROSE!\\
'''Love:''' What? You only get that pissed off at Shinji, and we all know Shinji does those antics just to get a rise out of you.
** Shinji later turns this back on Ichigo, suggesting he has this situation with Rukia.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: All of the nice characters, Orihime in particular.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Gin prevents Soifon from killing Momo.]]
* BloodKnight: Cazador de la Luna (Ichigo's inner Hollow) of course. He insists Ichigo is as well. Also per usual, Zaraki Kenpachi and Madarame Ikkaku.
* BloodyMurder: [[spoiler:Urahara]]'s bankai includes a spell that can call down a RainOfBlood and turn it into a FlechetteStorm. It also allows him to control the blood of everyone he's ever killed, which is implied to be a ''lot'' of people.
* BoringButPractical: Ichigo uses Sai, the weakest of bakudo, against Aizen. Though it only holds him for a second, that's long enough for Soifon's attack to connect.
* BoxingLessonsForSuperman: Tessai trains Ichigo in kido after the latter acknowledges that he's functionally helpless against them.
* BreakTheCutie: Poor Momo. Aizen redeems himself in her eyes with a tale of [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremism]], then uses Kyouka Suigetsu to make her see and hear [[spoiler:Ichigo telling her that he's going to [[OffWithHisHead cut off]] Aizen's head, [[DeadGuyOnDisplay hang it on his wall]], and kidnap Momo and [[RapeAsDrama rape her in front of it daily]]]].
* BreakingSpeech:
** Zen'i gives Ichigo one about how for all his power and experience, Ichigo has no idea what to do with himself if he's not fighting.
** [[spoiler:Hell]] gives one on the nature of humanity, which leads to a ShutUpHannibal from the heroes.
** Zaraki Kenpachi, of all people, gives one to [[spoiler:Ayumu]]--again, of all people--after the latter's zanpakutou is destroyed.
* BroughtDownToBadass: After sealing away a significant portion of his power, Ichigo can still bring captains to their knees.
* BrutalHonesty:
** Upon learning about the Arrancar and Aizen, Tatsuki wants to help, only for Ichigo to casually display his power and explain that his enemies are far stronger than he is.
** When Karin starts developing powers of her own, Kon explicitly tells her that if she tries to fight in the current crisis, she will die. Not might die, will die.
* CallBack:
** [[spoiler:Hell]]'s barrier is pierced in a similar manner to how Ichigo and Uryū attempted to defeat a Menos back in the Substitute Shinigami arc.
** The Turn Back the Pendulum arc of the manga includes souls breaking apart and disappearing, and Urahara mentioning an experimental gigai he's inventing that could re-stabilize a crumbling soul. For when the soul's pieces are totally scattered far apart already, such as those souls making up the desert in the bottom level of Hell, Urahara reveals here that he came up with an experimental spell to pull them back together.
** The Hougyoku's ability to read people's hearts is used to set up a system for [[spoiler:letting souls out of Hell]]: those who truly wish for redemption, forgiveness, and to set things right are [[spoiler:released from their Hell chains]] and sent to Soul Society.
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Ichigo and Ishida point out to Orihime that the only reason the Gotei 13 haven't done anything to them before is that there was the threat of Aizen to worry about and they needed the help. Way earlier in the fic, Hitsugaya accuses Ichigo of distrusting the Gotei 13, and Ichigo retorts that if Aizen weren't the bigger threat, the Gotei 13 would be coming after him and his friends.
--> '''Ichigo:''' Soul Society might tolerate me long enough to put Aizen down, but guess who'd be next? Especially since I'm just a human being living here. Soul Society might tolerate the existence of a human who could defeat some of their best Shinigami, since we humans live a short time anyway. But a human who could defeat some of their best Shinigami and then have the additional power to push him beyond Taicho ''[captain]'' level? They'd assassinate me!
* ChainPain:
** Though not used as weapons, Ichigo has been shown to have an affinity for chains to the point that all of his binding kidō appear as chains.
** The Togabito can use their chains as weapons or shields.
* ChekhovsSkill: Ichigo's budding skill in kidō becomes important more than once.
* ColorCodedArmies: When Uryuu makes note of the canon red (Shinigami) and white (ordinary humans and Quincies) colorations of spirit ribbons, he also mentions that Hollows appear black and Togabito appear purple.
* CombatPragmatist: When Orihime is kidnapped, Ichigo makes another deal with Cazador (they fight for control a week early and if Cazador wins, Ichigo won't challenge him again). Unlike their previous fights, Ichigo refuses to banter and immediately goes for the kill.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: Urahara has an experimental Kido spell that can pull a dispersed soul back together, but it requires ''WAY'' more reiryoku (spirit energy) to use than he has personally. So, all of the Shinigami currently around add their power to his in order to use the spell.
* CrazyPrepared: According to Urahara, the reason Aizen never came after him until he already possessed the Hogyouku was because he knew Urahara prepares a counter for every power and ability he ever encounters.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Zommari's over-reliance on his Amor comes back to bite him when Uryuu uses Gritz to entrap him in stone walls too far away for him to punch and then shoots him before he can charge a Cero.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: When it's learned [[spoiler:Ichigo's mother is a Quincy]], Yamamoto asks that information be suppressed lest Captain Kurotsuchi decide to "commit suicide by Kurosaki."
* DamselOutOfDistress: When Orihime is captured and taken to Hueco Mundo, she uses her powers to slice a hole in the wall and escape, meeting Ichigo and the others halfway.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The Kido Corps are charged with creating a kido to deal with [[spoiler:Hell]]. Their possible solution is so dangerous that they plan to destroy all records of it after it's used along with making the underlying principles forbidden to anyone but the Kido Corps captain.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Cazador [[spoiler:and Zen'i]] are merely parts of Ichigo's soul.
* DeaderThanDead: The blue desert in the fourth layer of Hell is made of Togabito that have [[CessationOfExistence died permanently]] [[spoiler:or have been killed by Hell (who can also revive them from this state). Shuren was on the receiving end of the latter and has not been revived as of yet]].
* DealWithTheDevil:
** Ichigo handles his Hollow by making a deal to fight for control every two weeks with the loser helping the winner until their next fight.
** [[spoiler:The source of the Quincies' powers.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: Subverted with [[spoiler:Grimmjow]]; they thought he'd died, but he actually [[spoiler:became a Togabito by eating one and inheriting its chains]].
* DeathIsCheap: [[spoiler:Hell]] can revive within seconds of being killed.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Ichigo]] has suicidal thoughts and is happy to be run through by a sword after seeing [[spoiler:his mother get her head crushed and various illusions of her blaming him for all the pain she ever experienced in his lifetime]]. Thankfully, [[spoiler:Yuzu and Karin]] snap him out of it.
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Mashiro lampshades Ichigo's affinity for this trope:
-->'''Kensei:''' ''[reading Mashiro's notes]'' Things to learn to be like Berry-tan: [[SuperMode Bankai]]. [[DeathGlare Scary serious faces]]. How to beat people up and then make them your friend.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** [[spoiler:Aizen]] of all people seems to go through this shortly before [[spoiler:his death]].
** According to Ulquiorra, this is the secret to unlocking Segunda Etapa.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Orihime]] kills Barragan [[spoiler:by rejecting his existence]].
* DualWielding: When Ichigo first wins his battle with his inner Hollow, he claims the latter's sword for himself, and from then on is able to use both Zangetsus as once. However, he rarely does so due to it being Awesome But Impractical (see above).
* EleventhHourSuperpower:
** Chad's power upgrades twice: first against Ulquiorra and again when [[spoiler:the togabito]] attack the living world.
** Ichigo [[spoiler:achieves Resurreccion: Segunda Etapa]] in the final battle against [[spoiler:Hell]].
** Later in the same battle, he learns how to [[spoiler:project his Inner World into the real world]].
* EnemyMine:
** Though not necessarily enemies, [[LawfulNeutral Soifon]] and [[ChaoticGood Ichigo]] can't stand each other on principle. However, they understand the need to cooperate until the current crisis is over.
** Earlier, Ichigo mentions that [[spoiler:Harribel]] "isn't so much with us as against Aizen."
* EpicFlail: Ichigo learns to use Zangetsu as one by throwing it while holding onto the cloth/chain.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: After Chad asks Urahara a few questions they realize that [[spoiler:Hell (the person) has been sending Togabito specifically to be defeated so the reishi left behind would eventually merge the living world and Hell (the dimension)]].
* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy: [[spoiler:Zommari]] goes on for so long about his powers that Ichigo just tunes him out and notices that [[spoiler:Ayumu]] looks seconds away from face-palming at his idiocy.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Barragan, after seeing that his struggling is pointless, congratulates [[spoiler:Orihime]] for killing him and gives [[spoiler:her]] advice.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Asahi no Kagami [[spoiler:was originally meant to be a therapy tool]], but had to watch as instead she destroyed the dreams and hopes of countless souls,
* FriendlyEnemy:
** It's theorized that this was Aizen's end goal with Ichigo.
--->'''Ichigo''': I believe that what he wanted above all else, was a companion who would stand with him at the top. Maybe he felt that after a century or two, our battles to the death would evolve into rivalry, and then perhaps into a friendship of equals, because who else could we turn to? Touch is such a huge part of human affection. Can you imagine not being able to receive even a simple pat on the shoulder? To play around with your friends? Can you imagine complete physical isolation? To Aizen and I, our evolutions kept us from doing that to any save each other. To us, it would be such an enormous gift to be able to actually touch one another, be it in combat or in friendship. It would be a sign that we are not alone. That was why Aizen [[spoiler:made the deal to leave Karakura alone]]. He didn't want to alienate me completely, I don't think.
** Likewise [[spoiler:Zen'i]].
** Ichigo and his Hollow, Cazador de la Luna. They playfully [[CasualDangerDialogue banter]] when they fight.
* GodzillaThreshold:
** Unlike in canon, Ikkaku uses his bankai during the Fake Karakura Town arc, commenting that people knowing his secret is not as bad as not doing everything to prevent everybody from dying.
** After [[spoiler:Yamamoto]] and [[spoiler:Urahara]] die, Ichigo hopes that the Zero Division will realize the Godzilla Threshold has been reached and step in.
* HeadDesk: Uryu starts hitting his head against a wall upon learning [[spoiler:Ichigo's mother is a Quincy.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Ulquiorra, Harribel, and Starrk & Lillynette]] change loyalties to Ichigo. [[spoiler:Tousen and Amagai]] return their loyalties to Soul Society after realizing they were misguided in turning against it.
* HeroicBSOD: Ichigo has a BIG one after seeing [[spoiler:his mother having her head crushed, her soul being removed from the reincarnation cycle, and various illusions of her blaming him for all the hardships she's gone through in his lifetime]].
* HeroicNeutral: Post-Aizen, Ichigo wants to be this. The machinations of multiple factions prevent it, however.
* HonorBeforeReason: Averted. Ichigo decides that protecting others is more important than his honor or his pride.
* HopeSpot:
** For a brief moment, it seems as though [[spoiler:Hell]] has been resealed and everything will be alright. Then [[spoiler:Hell]] regenerates and mocks Ichigo and Yamamoto's attempts.
** After it looks like he's lost his mother forever but a way to get her back is presented to him, Ichigo is afraid to try it because [[GenreSavvy he knows]] it will hurt that much worse if he fails.
* HowDoIShotWeb: It takes a while for Cazador to figure out how to use Resurreccion.
* IAmNotLeftHanded:
** Ichigo when he releases his [[PowerLimiter seals]] against [[spoiler:Hell]].
** [[spoiler:Ayumu]] when he eventually decides that [[BadassGrandpa Yamamoto]] [[TurnsRed is actually a threat to him]].
* IGaveMyWord: Subverted. Ichigo agrees to [[spoiler:let Aizen go in exchange for sparing Karakura]], but then decides that stopping him is more important than keeping his word.
* IHaveYourWife: Well, "I Have Your Mother" in this case.
** How Aizen tries to force Ichigo's compliance. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge It ends how you'd expect.]]
** [[spoiler:The Berean clan]] are more successful, at least until Ichigo goes off to save his sisters.
** This is why [[spoiler:Zen'i]] doesn't try to break his own [[spoiler:Hell Chains]].
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Ichigo and friends' excuses when they have to deal with spiritual matters.
** Becomes something of a RunningGag with their teacher, who comes to believe that Ichigo and Chad are off dealing with an escalating personal war against the criminal underworld of Karakura. So far she believes that Chad was kidnapped and held hostage for days, that Ichigo spent days rescuing him and extracting retribution, and that Ichigo was later shot and put into a coma in retaliation for this.
* IgnoreTheFanservice: Unlike canon, Ichigo is not remotely interested in Rangiku's attempts to let her stay at his place. He even notes that though she could probably give him the night of his life, 1) he's way too tired from training to be interested and 2) he's the son and occasionally assistant of a doctor, so she doesn't have anything he hasn't seen before.
* InstantExpert: Uryuu figures out the basis of firing arrows one-handed after a single fight with his father.
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Ichigo is not amused that it's always up to him to save the world(s).
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Yamamoto and Urahara]] are killed by [[spoiler:Hell]], as are [[spoiler:Masaki and Yoruichi]].
* LaughingMad: This happens to [[spoiler:Yuzu]] when she feels the rage and vengeance in Ichigo's heart as he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* LeaveMeAlone: One of the lessons Ichigo learns from the trials of Asahi no Kagami is to not let his pride invoke this and instead allow his friends to help against {{Big Bad}}s.
* LetsGetDangerous: Urahara when Ichigo asks his help to [[spoiler:fight Hell]].
* LogicalWeakness:
** Zommari needs direct line of sight to use his Amor, can't control inherently immobile objects, and is immobile in Resurreccion. So, Uryuu puts a barrier between them and then shoots Zommari through it.
*** Because Zommari's Amor controls only whatever it hits (hitting someone's hand give control over their hand, not their whole body) he can't fully control [[spoiler:Ichigo's chains and can only take control of one link at a time.]]
** Toshiro realizes that Barragan's time dilation field won't work against [[spoiler:Tier's water attacks]].
** [[spoiler:Asahi no Kagami]]'s [[ArmorPiercingQuestion illu]][[AwfulTruth sions]] don't affect someone who's at peace with themselves.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Ichigo believes this is why Aizen manipulated his life to make him as strong as possible.
* LoopholeAbuse: Ichigo isn't allowed to attack [[spoiler:Seireitei nobles for sending his mother to Hell]]. However, Byakuya can hire Ichigo to investigate [[spoiler:said noble family]].
* MagneticHero: Ichigo. Makes Yamamoto very suspicious of Ichigo since he has a Quincy, a human with Hollow-like powers, a girl with RealityWarper powers, the Vizard, Urahara, Yoruichi, Tessai, [[spoiler:Ulquiorra, Harribel, Stark, and Lillynette]], and several of Yamamoto's own high-ranking officers willing to fight for him.
--> '''Yamamoto:''' ''[thinking]'' Is Kurosaki ''trying'' to build an army?
* MamaBear: Masaki once she [[spoiler:regains her Quincy powers]].
* MarkedChange: When Ichigo reenters his body after performing Jinzen, Ichigo's body changes to match his new spiritual form.
* MarshmallowHell: While talking to Matsumoto and Rukia, Renji says something that prompts Rukia to DopeSlap him. Unfortunately/Fortunately Rukia applies a bit too much force and Renji stumbles forward head first into (a very amused) Matsumoto who has her chest confidently puffed out at the time.
--> '''Matsumoto:''' ''[with one hand holding his head closer to her chest and the other holding his bicep]'' [[TheTease Oh Renji! I never knew you were so bold!]]
* MesACrowd: [[spoiler:Hell]] can split himself into weaker clones.
* MentalWorld: Taking physically manifesting a Zanpakutou spirit to the logical extreme, it is theoretically possible to physically manifest one's entire inner world.
* MundaneSolution: In order to prevent future clashes between Ichigo and Soul Society, Kyoraku attempts to [[spoiler:make Ichigo a captain]]. However, the attempt fails. Then, to keep the Central 46 off of Ichigo's back, Kyoraku hands the Central 46 the task of designing and implementing a justice system for every district in Rukongai (all 320 districts) with the justification being that they'll fix the problems that made Aizen want to change Soul Society [[WellIntentionedExtremist through any means]].
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Soifon thinks that Ichigo [[spoiler:becoming a captain]] would insure that he's loyal to Seireitei but [[spoiler:Momo's fear of Ichigo]] prevents it. Her solution: kill [[spoiler:Momo]] (though she doesn't succeed). Earlier, when she's worried about Ichigo turning on Seireitei, Soifon starts planning how to narrow the gap in their power levels so she can kill him.
* NakedOnRevival: All of the good guys who were killed in Hell when they get revived by [[spoiler:Ichigo]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Ichigo and the other Vaizards kill so many Kushināda that they [[spoiler:accidentally revive Hell]].
* NoEndorHolocaust: Justified given that before Karakura was put to sleep, Ryuuken announced both on the radio and on television that a "contagion would put everyone to sleep for a few hours" and warned everyone to get to a safe place. Squad 4 members were brought in to both heal anyone who was injured anyway and keep an eye on hospital patients.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: The author has made it very clear that there will be no pairings.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Zangetsu seems to believe this. He lectures Ichigo for not [[spoiler:using his mask against Gin]]. When Ichigo claims it would have been overkill, Zangetsu insists there is no overkill when fighting to protect someone.
* NoPlaceForMeThere: [[spoiler:Hell]] feels this way about the perfect world he's trying to create.
* NoSell:
** Uryū's Ranso Tengai allows him to completely negate Zommari's Amor.
** [[spoiler:The Hell Armor from the fourth movie]] absorbs Getsuga Tenshou attacks.
** [[spoiler:Asahi no Kagami's]] illusions can't affect Yamamoto at all because they're powered by a person's insecurities and Yamamoto has made peace with all his decisions.
* NotEvenBotheringWithAnExcuse: Unlike his friends, Chad doesn't even try inventing an explanation for why he's running out in the middle of class. He just asks if the teacher really wants to know.
* NotMeThisTime: Soifon may be the loudest proponent of acting pre-emptively to prevent Ichigo becoming a threat to Soul Society, but she's not the one who [[spoiler:is holding his mother hostage]]. Her past actions make it very easy to frame her, though.
* NotSoDifferent:
** [[TheStoic Byakuya]] says this about [[TheHero Ichigo]] and [[GrumpyOldMan Yamamoto]] despite their dislike of each other. Both will fight [[{{Determinator}} viciously]] for their beliefs, goals and TrueCompanions. Byakuya, however, notes that this must hurt Yamamoto more since Ichigo might remind him of his younger self before years of compromise and dealing with the (corrupt and xenophobic) [[PointyHairedBoss Central 46]] made him LawfulStupid.
** Likewise, Ichigo realizes this about his relationships with both Cazador and [[spoiler:Zen'i]].
* TheNudifier: Yoruichi knows a kido that can destroy clothes. [[spoiler:She eventually uses it to destroy Hell's seemingly indestructible armor.]]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Yamamoto is this to Ichigo and causes the very thing he wished to avoid: [[spoiler:reviving Hell and causing a new war.]]
* OhCrap: Everyone watching in the living world along with Ichigo when [[spoiler:Hell]] kills [[spoiler:Yamamoto]], and even more so when he kills [[spoiler:Urahara]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When [[FriendToAllLivingThings Orihime]] loses her temper, even Ichigo and company are scared of her.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: In Ichigo's words, he doesn't have to beat Yamamoto to destroy Soul Society. A fight between the two of them would accomplish that just fine.
* PoorCommunicationKills:
** Yamamoto's refusal to tell Ichigo why he won't help him [[spoiler:break into Hell to rescue his mother and sisters]] results in Ichigo gathering allies and doing it anyways, without realizing that [[spoiler:killing many Kushināda in close succession may result in reviving Hell]].
** As in the anime, Amagai is working to kill Yamamoto for killing his father because Yamamoto never explained that they had been investigating the Kasumiōji clan against Central 46 orders and he'd been forced to MercyKill him when he'd been taken over by a Bakkōtō. [[spoiler:Luckily, Yamamoto unknowingly tries to recruit Amagai for the exact same mission as his father and the truth comes out on both sides before things can get any worse.]]
* PowerLimiter: Ichigo wears two after performing Jinzen. Mashiro even refers to them as "power limiters."
* PrecisionFStrike:
** Orihime gives one while fighting Yammy.
--->''"Trying to kill my friend again... was a very big mistake, you cocky little bastard! Koten Zanshun! Tsubaki! Kill the son of a bitch!"''
** Chad gives one while fighting Ulquiorra
--->''"It doesn't matter what you look like, I'm going to rip that scrawny head of yours from your fucking shoulders!"''
** Renji shouts one when [[spoiler:Yamamoto is killed]].
** Ichigo gives one when [[spoiler:Urahara is killed]].
* RainOfBlood: One of [[spoiler: Urahara]]'s techniques [[FlechetteStorm weaponizes]] this.
* RapeAsDrama: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. Aizen makes Hinamori think Ichigo threatened to keep [[OffWithHisHead Aizen's head]] [[DeadGuyOnDisplay as a trophy]] and rape her in front of it daily.
* ResurrectedForAJob: [[spoiler:Ayumu]] resurrects Zommari Leroux in a bid to use his Amor to turn Ichigo's power against him.
* TheReveal: Chapter 82 finally reveals the completed versions of the lines that Ichigo has been gradually discovering as well as the fact that [[spoiler:Ichigo's inner spirits each view him as a part of ''them'', as well]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
** Chad is [[TranquilFury not happy]] when he finds out his grandfather has been tortured.
** Ichigo threatens this when [[spoiler:Seireitei nobles kidnap his mother.]]
** Ichigo when Aizen [[spoiler:reveals he had Ichigo's mother killed to push him to get stronger.]]
** Ichigo after gaining [[spoiler:Resurreccion: Segunda Etapa]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:Ulquiorra]] leaves as soon as he decides that Ichigo will defeat him and thus has a chance against Aizen.
* SealedEvilInACan: As it turns out, Hell is [[spoiler:both]] a dimension [[spoiler:and the name of its ruler that was sealed away there.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Ichigo. His dad tells him to unwind after "The Winter War" or he might go insane. He proves his point by pointing out that Ichigo's posture is always in a defensive stance.
* ShoutOut:
** To ''VideoGame/TheElderscrollsVSkyrim'': Chad asks [[spoiler:Hell]], "What is better? To be born perfect, or to overcome your flawed nature through great effort?"
** The BadassCreed Ichigo uses to [[spoiler:bring his Inner World into the real world]] is a shout-out to ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', but actually doing it was thought up long before the author had seen anything from the Nasuverse.
* SideBet: Though the exact terms of the bet are unclear, Shinji collects money from Rose and Kensei when they hear Yamamoto say, "If Kurotsuchi-taicho finds out [that [[spoiler:Ichigo's mother is a Quincy]]], then I can see no scenario where he does not commit suicide by Kurosaki."
* SlasherSmile: Ichigo gets one when he starts taking vengeance on [[spoiler:Ayumu]]. [[spoiler:''Yuzu'']] has one at the same time due to her empathic ability making her feel Ichigo's emotions at the time.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Zommari has this in spades, claiming that even [[spoiler:the king of Hell]] fears his power. Never mind that the other combatants could kill him by proximity alone.
* SoProudOfYou: Isshin tells Ichigo he doesn't have the words to say how proud he is of the man Ichigo's become.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Kenpachi almost ruins Unohana's attempts to keep Ichigo [[spoiler:from becoming a captain]] when they decide to fight.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Gin, Tousen, Ulquiorra, [[strike:Harribel]], and Starrk & Lilynette.]]
* StatingTheSimpleSolution:
** Uryuu regains his powers after Ichigo wonders if Orihime could reject him ever losing them.
** When Retsu is worrying about how to keep Ichigo [[spoiler:from becoming a captain]], Gin suggests simply asking him to decline.
* StealthMentor: [[spoiler:Zen'i]] seems to be one.
* StormOfBlades: This is one of many tactics [[spoiler:Ayumu]] uses to attempt to counter Ichigo's [[spoiler:Segunda Etapa]].
* TakeCareOfTheKids: Kon explains to Karin that when Ichigo rescued Rukia from Soul Society, he was trusting Kon to take care of her and Yuzu if he died.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Averted. Uryuu snipes Harribel's fracciones while they argue.
* TheTease: Nelliel.
-->'''Nelliel''': ''[After Ichigo binds her with reiatsu chains]'' I've got no problem with it, but people are going to wonder about you if you keep chaining me up in public.
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: Chad has a temporary HeroicBSOD after killing several of the thugs who [[spoiler:tortured his abuelo]].
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Used almost verbatim by Ichigo about [[spoiler:fighting an even stronger Hell]].
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: [[spoiler:Yoruichi knows a clothing-destroying kidō which is perfect for getting around Hell's armor.]]
* TitleDrop: "My life's purpose has been to protect. I have thrown away a protector's pride. My humanity compels me."
* ToThePain: Chad's description of what he'll do to the thugs that tortured his grandfather.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[WorldOfBadass Everyone.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Unlike canon, Ulquiorra seems less creepy and more honestly trying to understand human emotion.
* {{Touche}}: Uryuu concedes that he has no place to talk about creepy powers given that his [[spoiler:send people to Hell]].
* TranquilFury:
** Often the only way to tell Ichigo is thoroughly pissed is his reiatsu driving captain-class fighters to their knees.
** As mentioned above, Chad when he sees [[spoiler:his Abuelo armless and about to be tortured]].
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Ichigo [[spoiler:achieves ''Resurreccion: Segunda Etapa'']] after crossing the DespairEventHorizon in Chapter 80.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Zennosuke gets to be a SpannerInTheWorks, since he wasn't around to be hypnotized by Aizen's Shikai, and get a badass moment where he [[spoiler:resists Aizen's reiatsu enough to carry Ichigo's friends and family to safety.]]
* TrueSight: [[spoiler:Karin]] develops this ability.
* TheUnfettered: Zen'i will do ''anything'' to [[spoiler:protect those he cares about.]]
* UpToEleven:
** Ichigo can become transcendent and thus impossible for any other character to sense. [[spoiler:Hell can transcend beyond what Ichigo can sense.]]
** One Shinigami skill is to pull one's zanpakutou spirit from the world of one's heart (i.e., "inner world") and manifest it in the physical world. The logical extreme of this is to pull the entire world of the heart into the physical world.
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:Hell]]
* WarriorTherapist: Ichigo uses a shinigami's ability to read each other's hearts through their zanpakutou to convince Hinamori he's not a threat to her.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Ichigo thinks Aizen might have been one before developing a [[AGodAmI god complex]].
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Zen'i was Ichigo's desire to protect."]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Yamamoto calls out Ichigo for [[spoiler:trying to go to Hell to save the soul of his mother and sisters]], saying he's placing three people over the safety of the world.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Ichigo learns different methods of using [[SwordBeam Getsuga Tenshou]]: namely, spinning Zangetsu by its cloth to increase its charge or not unleashing it and instead throwing Zangetsu to increase its penetrating power.
* WorfHadTheFlu: When Ichigo beats Renji's bankai using just his shikai, he quickly learns that as they're in the living world Renji is wearing his limiter (which seals away 80% of his power).
* WorthyOpponent:
** [[spoiler:[[AGodAmI Barragan]] refers to [[RealityWarper Orihime]], [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome who]] [[NoSell killed]] [[RetGone him]], as a fellow Kami, making her the only person in existence he respects as an equal.]]
** Yamamoto views [[spoiler:Hell]] this way.
---> ''Gods, how long had it been since he ''[Yamamoto]'' had really been able to let loose, to bring every bit of his power to bear against a worthy opponent?''
* XanatosGambit:
** [[spoiler:Hell sending Togabito to Karakura]] turns out to be this. [[spoiler:If his minions kill the defenders, he can more easily invade. If they don't, the reishi left behind when they lose will eventually let him merge the Hell dimension and the living world.]]
** If Ichigo and [[spoiler:Zen'i]] don't rescue Masaki from the second arc's BigBad, then he maintains leverage over them. However, in order to rescue her they end up having to blast through the seal imprisoning him in order to escape his realm, and in doing so allow him to enter the living world himself.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: [[spoiler:Ayumu's]] reaction to his ArmorOfInvincibility that he spent centuries creating [[spoiler:being destroyed by Yoruichi's clothing-destroying kido]].
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt:
** Though Ichigo kills him after rather than before, during his first fight with Cazador de la Luna Ichigo claims his Hollow's zanpakutou as his own.
** Later, [[spoiler:Ichigo becomes the king of Hueco Mundo after killing Aizen]]. He then has to fight a lot of Hollows to [[spoiler:prove his strength so other contenders won't attack him in the human world and cause a lot of collateral damage while trying to become king themselves.]]
** [[spoiler:Grimmjow]] eats a Togabito and inherits its Hell chains.