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Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach. This page deals with characters who appear only in the Bleach anime, films and video games, not the manga.
To avoid confusion to English-language readers, who may be more familiar with the English anime than the manga, all names are in Western order.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: They disappear not long after the beginning of the Arrancar arc with no explanation of what happened to them. Granted while they weren't part of the canon story to begin with since they never show up in the manga, it had seemed that the anime staff was going to have them hang around longer since they had participated in the attempt to fight with the partially transformed Grand Fisher and witness Isshin kill him (in the manga this was solely Kon's role). Curiously they don't even show up in the Gotei 13 Invasion filler arc which focused on modsouls.
- Secret Test: When first introduced, they seem like new villains set to threaten Ichigo and his friends with various challenges and kidnapping them or their classmates if they failed. In truth, it was just a way by Kisuke to prepare them for the real incoming villains, the Bounts.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite being fellow modsouls, they don't really get along much with Kon seeing him as a bumbling idiot and likewise look down on him since he doesn't have a personal gigai like they do or specialize powers outside of super ability. They do get better over the course of the Bount arc.
A modified soul created by Urahara along with Kurodo and Noba. She is the de facto leader of the three. She and her "siblings" initially appeared giving Ichigo's team a surprisingly brutal Training from Hell, but quickly became good friends (especially with Ichigo) with them and were instrumental in the war against the Bount. Her stuffed animal form is a hooded chicken, and she has illusion powers.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Ririn or Lilin? The official English name is Lirin.
- Territorial Smurfette: When Lirin meets Rukia, she assumes she is Ichigo's girlfriend and becomes immensely jealous and vitriolic towards her.
- Training from Hell: Lirin led the modsouls in subjecting Ichigo and his friends to extreme training on Urahara's advice. They needed to test and prepare the group for fighting the Bount.
Another modified soul created by Urahara. He can copy the appearances and abilities of others, and his stuffed animal self is a bizarre looking bunny. He is close friends with Orihime.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's usually the most klutzy and dizty of the Mod Souls, but he's shown that he can hold his own in a fight.
The last of the three modified souls created by Urahara, and a close friend of Chad. He has power over space, and his stuffed animal form is a mouthless turtle.
- Hates Being Touched: He's embarrassed when women touch him. He doesn't mind sitting on Chad's shoulder, yet he hides his face when Rukia or Rangiku touch him and he changes into his plushie form when he has to touch Rangiku's arm to combine his powers with hers.
- The Quiet One: Only ever speaks a word or short sentence at a time. Says less than even Chad, if that's even possible. When Kurodo asks Orihime what she thinks they talk about, the scene cuts to them failing to start a conversation entirely.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Nova or Noba?
The BountsThe Bount are a group of humans that gain immortality by feasting on human souls. They have weapons known as "dolls", a similar equivalent to Zanpakuto.
The leader of the Bounts, and Big Bad of the Bount arc. While at first it seems like his goal is to create a portal to Hueco Mundo and join Aizen, his real objective is to create a portal to Soul Society in order to take revenge for the mass slaughter of Bounts centuries ago. His Doll is Messer.
- Arc Villain: The main villain of the Bount Arc.
- Bad Boss: He displays more caring for the Bounts than anyone else, but they still tend to get easily sacrificed.
- Blow You Away: Uses Messer to throw blasts of wind.
- Call-Back: Unusually for a Filler Villain, he receives one during Ichigo's training to control his Arrancar side.
- The Coats Are Off: During his final battle with Ichigo, though mainly because Ichigo's attacks shredded it.
- Evil Albino: He looks like one, but he wasn't born with his white hair and red eyes; their color changed when he first merged with Messer.
- Filler Villain: Along with the rest of the Bounts.
- Interim Villain: Filler Villain or no, the anime actually tied him into the Arrancar storyline by having him return as a vision to Ichigo, indirectly assisting in getting Ichigo himself to defeat his Inner Hollow.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: "Kurosaki, I... *poof*"
- Manipulative Bastard: If you're not a Bount, you're either an enemy or just a pawn to him. And even the other Bounts, whom he does display some signs of genuinely caring for, tend to get sacrificed with alarming regularity.
- Meaningful Name: His Doll's, Messer means "knife", and is probably one of the few Doll names which makes a little sense.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His ultimate goal is to destroy the Soul Reapers, the human souls, and even himself.
- Pet the Dog: Despite his cruelty, he genuinely cares for his fellow Bounts, as evidenced by his mourning over a Bounts' grave.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: One of his ultimate goals, to get back at the Soul Society for all the abuse they've given to him since his creation. The other is to just end his existence. He honestly doesn't care which comes first
- Shock and Awe: Messer's true form utilizes lightning.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He got turned into a Bount by accident, was forced to flee the Soul Society and lived his life on the run watching his fellow Bounts get hunted down and killed by both Soul Reapers and hollows. Then his remaining friends abandoned him out of fear of his power which he just wanted to use to protect them.
Jin's right hand man. Besides Yoshino, he's the most sympathetic of the Bounts. His Doll is Dalk.
- An Axe to Grind: Dalk's "core form".
- Disney Death: He appears to die after losing to Hitsugaya, but Yoruichi saves him.
- Giant Spider: Dalk resembles a spider-woman hybrid.
- HeelFace Turn: Ultimately turns on Jin when he sees he's willing to sacrifice his own kind for his revenge.
- Last of His Kind: He's the sole remaining Bount by the end of the arc.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: You have to feel sorry for him when you learn about his past.
- Token Good Teammate: Aside from Yoshino Soma, let's say it's pretty obvious that he's this to the Bounts. He's the only one who is portrayed sympathetically and isn't a Jerkass.
Jin's former lover. She despises how Jin has changed the Bounts to fuel his ambitions, and wants nothing less than to destroy him. Her Doll is Goethe.
- Goethe voiced by: Richard Epcar (EN)
- Cloning Blues: She's actually a Bount clone of Ran Tao whose piece of soul created of her during the accident that made the Bounts.
- Defector from Decadence: Never believed in Jin's goal and only wanted to continue existing, but alas she was the key to activating the Reshi draining dolls via her death and Jin succeeds in killing her.
- One-Winged Angel: Has the ability to fuse with Goethe. Doesn't change the fact that she gets the shit beaten out of her by Jin.
- Playing with Fire: Her Doll is made of and controls fire.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: She's survived countless centuries and been on the move constantly in the living world as people would notice that she never ages. As such, she feels lonely in the world because the people she tried to get close to would grow older.
One of the Bounts. Like Yoshino, he initially hated how Bount society has changed under Jin's rule. However, after getting a taste of the power Jin offers, he quickly changes his mind. His Doll is Ritz.
- Ax-Crazy: After being forced to consume souls.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Initially, he was opposed to the Bounts absorbing living souls to increase their power until he had some shoved down his throat and found out that the power gained felt very nice.
- People Puppets: His Doll's ability.
- Nieder (Jian) voiced by: Taro Yamaguchi (JP), Joe J. Thomas (EN)Nieder (Fan) voiced by: Mariko Koda (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
- Blood Knight: More than the other Bounts, she really enjoys a good fight.
- Dual Wielding: A jian and a Tessen connected with a chain.
- For the Evulz: She admits during her fight with Ishida that she's only going along with Jin's plan for the fun of it.
- Graceful Loser: Admits that she had fun, even though she lost, before succumbing to her wound inflicted by Uryu.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Nieder is a claymore and a Combat Hand Fan connected by a chain.
The first truly villainous Bount introduced. He is smug, arrogant and a general snob. His Doll is Fried.
- Voiced by: Shusuke Sakino (JP), Tony Oliver (EN), Arturo Mercado Jr. (LA)Fried voiced by: Wendee Lee (EN)
- Smug Snake: Very much thinks he's above everyone else, including Jin. Fitting, considering his Doll's ability is to create snakes.
- The Starscream: His main goal was to usurp Jin and take over the Bounts himself. But his plans get stymied thanks to Ichigo and his friend invading their hideout early. He tries to take the opportunity to attack Jin but is quickly overwhelmed and killed by Maki.
The oldest of the Bounts, at least judging by his appearance. It's implied by Mabashi that he looks so old due to having consumed too many living souls. His Doll is Baura.
- Voiced by: Yuzuru Fujimoto (JP), Joe J. Thomas (EN), Alfonso Ramírez (LA)
- Elderly Immortal: By virtue of being a Bount, he's immortal, but somehow looks much older than the others. As revealed in his fight with Mayuri, this is apparently due to the fact that he consumed too many souls, which made him age rapidly.
- Old Master: It's ambiguous if he is any older than the other Bount but he is definitely very old, which means he has a lot of experience in the proper and cunning use of his doll. He also enjoys invoking the trope with Years Too Early boasts.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: His Doll, Baura, looks like a giant whale-like fish made of stone.
- The Starscream: During his fight with Mayuri, he reveals that his dream is to replace Kariya as leader of the Bounts.
- Thinking Up Portals: His Doll can create tears in the space time continuum that he'll use to travel and hide himself so he can ambush people.
- Years Too Early: His battle banter to Chad, Noba and Rangiku Matsumoto in episode 86 consists of how they are far too young and inexperienced to best him in combat.
A Bount who helped Jin perfect the Bitto. He is smug, but prefers to stay back and let his Doll and allies do the fighting. His Doll is Gesell.
- Gesell voiced by: Neil Kaplan (EN)
- Death Dealer: Uses a deck of cards to control Gesell's body parts.
- Villainous Breakdown: He really loses his cool when Ichigo and Renji defeat Gesell. Jin abandoning him did not help.
Two twin Bounts who look like children or young teenagers. They share the control of their Dolls, Guhl and Günther.
- Making a Splash: Can activate their doll via water sources, from bottled water, sinks or rain (which it unfortunately did when Ichigo and his friends tried to rescue Uryuu from the hospital).
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Since Bounts are immortal, they never grew beyond childhood.
- Wonder Twin Powers: More effective when closer together.
Other Characters Related to the Bount Arc
A traitor Soul Reaper that serves as Jin's bodyguard. He was originally part of Squad 11, under the captain before Kenpachi. When Kenpachi killed the old captain and took up the mantle, Ichinose was unable to accept him as a replacement for his (much) nobler captain, and left Soul Society in despair. Soon afterwards, he is saved from a Hollow by Jin, who offers him employment. Feeling he had regained a purpose, he joined Jin and quickly became his most fanatical servant. His Zanpakuto is Nijigasumi.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He easily defeates Utagawa when he tries to turn on Jin.
- Despair Event Horizon: Seeing his Captain killed and replaced by Kenpachi brought him to the edge.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: His zanpakuto, Nijigasumi.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason he joined Kariya was because he was saved by the guy from a Hollow.
- Light Is Not Good: His Zanpakuto utilizes light as a weapon.
A beautiful and mysterious woman who hides a secret about the Bounts.
- Voiced by: Masako Katsuki (JP), Kirsten Potter (EN), Alejandra de la Rosa (LA)
- The Atoner: She's not happy about her past actions that lead to the how the bouts and especially Kariya turned out and tries her best to appease them. Or, at the very least, give up her own life if that's what it takes to end the Bout threat.
- Glass Cannon: Extremely skilled kido user. Her extreme age seriously limits her stamina in fights.
- Hidden Weapons: Her hairpin conceals a small knife. Which she can use to seal up the Bounts's abilities.
- Older Than They Look: She looks much younger than she truly is, but has to rest up more than the average Soul Reaper to keep her looks and her health. In fact, during the final fight Ran uses up all of her powers and almost kicks it. Given how long-lived Soul Reapers are, this could very well make her comparable in age to the most senior Captains.
- You Look Familiar: In-universe, many note she looks a lot like Yoshino, Uryuu especially. This isn't coincidence as some of her soul ended up accidentally creating Yoshino in the accident that created the Bounts.
Arrancar Rebellion Filler Arc
A rebellious Arrancar who plans to take over the Hueco Mundo by stealing the Hogyoku, but is stopped by Renji. His Resurrecion is Gerifalte.
- Arm Cannon: In his true form he can shoot powerful energy blasts from his arms/wings.
One of Patros' henchmen, follows him in the Real World but gets offed by Hitsugaya and Matsumoto. His Resurrecion is Erizo.
Another low-level Arrancar working for Patros. His Resurrecion is Jabalì.
- Non-Indicative Name: Jabalì supposedly means "boar". He's anything but boar-like.
New Captain Arc
The new captain of Squad 3 in the New Captain arc, who hopes to increase cooperation between the squads and reduce reliance on the captains and lieutenants. His Zanpakuto is Raika.
- Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (JP), Joey Lotsko (EN), Miguel Ángel Ruíz (LA)
- Antagonist Abilities: See Power Nullifier below. He uses it to seal Yamamoto's bankai and create a reason why Ichigo has to battle him instead.
- Affably Evil: He sincerely cared about his friends and squad mates, and valued Ichigo as a friend and ally. Unfortunately, he was willing to throw it away in the name of vengeance, and he died regretting it.
- Anti-Villain: His primary aim is revenge, but he's sincerely interested in improving cooperation and team-work within and between squads, qualities which in all honesty were frankly shit before he came around.
- BFS: His Bankai is part giant hook-sword and part flame cannon.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Even alcohol-flavored pickles can get him drunk. When he drinks with Kyouraku, Kyouraku reveals to Ukitake that Amagai hasn't touched a single drop yet - he's drunk from the fumes alone.
- Didn't See That Coming: Bakkoto brings with it a Game-Breaker ability to seal ALL Soul Reaper abilities. Unfortunately for him, Ichigo's Hollow corruption gives him just enough power to defeat on skill.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He certainly orchestrated much of the events that kept the Soul Society pre-occupied, and he's far more competant as a fighter, but he was officially working as The Mole for Kumoi, simultaneously protecting Kumoi from investigations by the Soul Reapers. Ultimately, as he planned from the start, killed Kumoi, took upgrades for his Bakkoto and confronted Yamamoto personally.
- Dramatic Irony: His father had to be put down due to the power of Bakkoto forcefully implanted in him, which he was trying to stop. In the present, Amagai uses said Bakkoto to help him take revenge against whom he thinks were responsible for his death.
- Flaming Sword: Raiga is a hooksword that is capable of manipulating flames. His Bankai takes that to a BFS with an afterburner for a hilt.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He started out in one of the more unassuming positions in Soul Society, being a plainclothesman tasked with surveying rebel forces. The very nature of his position would make any sort of merit or positive reputation difficult to build up. Nevertheless, he learns Bankai, impresses superiors, their superiors, and all the captains, and makes it up all the way to Physical Godhood as a Captain. The fact that he becomes, for a while, the most powerful being in Soul Society, is only the cherry on top.
- Go Out with a Smile: Dies after telling Izuru that he enjoyed his time with him and the rest of the division.
- The Mole: Before being made Captain his job was to go undercover and keep track of rebel elements, thought it's implied that he was discovered and had to fight his way out on at least one occasion. In the present day, he's the second one for Kumoi, and by far the more competent one.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Up to Eleven, since we're talking a Hook-bladed BFS+ a afterburner BFG with massive amounts of fire as ammunition. There's even a massive Conch-shell hand-guard that acts as a very good shield.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Ichigo defeats him and Yamamaoto finally comes forward with the truth about his father's death. Amagai realizes that he has indeed been consumed by his revenge and almost got innocent people killed with his plot. He ultimately decides to takes his own life as atonement for his actions (since he figures he would be executed anyway), but not before apologizing to Ichigo, Izuru, Rurichiyo and Yammamoto for his actions.
- Nice Guy: He's sincere and compassionate about wanting to unify the various factions in the Soul Society military hierarchy, and he's an approachable and even-handed captain, hanging out with his men to get to know them better. His desire for revenge just happens to be far greater than his good intentions and that wound up targeting innocent people who had no hand in his father's death.
- Poor Communication Kills: He only saw the aftermath of the fight between Yamamoto and his father and didn't bother to get the full details about it. Only scraping bits and pieces of the truth and assuming the worst. It doesn't help that Yamamoto doesn't bother to say anything about this. It's revealed because Amagai's father had volunteered for a covert mission to infiltrate the Kasumioji clan and find out about the Bakkoto. When he failed and had the Bakkoto forcefully implanted on him, driving him into a berserker state. Yamamoto was forced to mercy kill him and couldn't say anything, both wanting to protect Amagai and from discrediting the Gotei 13. But by this point in the story there was no need to do so since Amagai had pretty much found out about everything except the part about his father's involvement.
- Power Nullifier: His Bakkoto allows him to seal Zanpakuto abilities (but not completely seal Hollowified Zanpakuto abilities).
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He looks out for the welfare of his troops and later was willing to believe Ichigo and let himself be branded a criminal in order to help him find the truth. Sadly however, he was in on most of the plot all along so he could get close to Yamamoto, Rurichiyo and Kumoi and take his revenge.
- Red Right Hand: His fully-released Bakkoto takes the form of a black dragon covering all his right hand, with a Laser Blade coming out the mouth to boot.
- Revenge Before Reason: While trying to get revenge on Yamamoto, he throws Rurichiyo on his hit list because the Bakkoto were developed by her clan. Despite the fact that it was Kumoi alone who was developing them and she didn't even know about them, let alone had a hand in it.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: All the hard work put towards the rather revolutionary concept of interdepartmental cooperation is totally undercut by his betrayal and death.
The third seat of the third division, who cares little for those he deems too weak.
- Big Fancy Sword: His Zanpakuto, Reppu, takes the form of a huge, oddly shaped glaive with three main blades.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Consumed by his Bakkoto. Izuru uses his ability to make it too heavy to fly, forcing him to use more and more of his power to compensate.
- Hypocrite: For all his talk about power and how weak the third division is. It's revealed that he never even relied on his own power. But rather the Bakkoto as his strength and thinking he could control it. In the end, Izuru turned out to be more then a match for him that he had to pour in more power to fight him and ultimately was consumed by the Bakkoto when he was defeated.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: His zanpakuto, Reppu can be thrown and controlled in mid-flight. It's later revealed that it is his Bakkoto that controls Reppu''s flight. What Reppu itself is actually capable of (besides being a really big, weirdly shaped blade) is never actually revealed.]
The steward of the Kasumioji clan, who wants to kill Rurichiyo and take control of the clan with a variety of plans. He has a force of assassins armed with the special weapons known as the Bakkoto.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's certainly good at covering his tracks, and he's got plenty of resources, Bakkoto and assassins at his disposal, but he's little more than a flea compared to Shusuke Amagai, who was The Mole under his wing.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He kickstarted the conflict, but is finished off three episodes before the ending of the New Captain arc.
An assassin hired by Kumoi and Ichigo's main rival for most of the early arc. His Bakkoto, Saiga, can create illusions and fire energy blasts.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He becomes so determined to kill Ichigo during their battle that he draws out more and more of his Bakkoto's power regardless of the fact that it's starting to overtake him in order to counter Ichigo's own growing power courtesy of his Hollow mask. Eventually, it completely devours him.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: His Bakkoto's ultimate ability allows him to trap an opponent in an illusionary world made from their memories.
- Noble Demon: Assassin he may be, but Hanza does possess a warrior's sense of honor. Despite being hired by Kamoi he saw him as his master and followed his commands, and during his battle with Ichigo he refused to surrender and fought him head-on even as his opponent's power only increased and his own soul was being devoured by his very weapon.
One of Hanza's subordinates, who attacks Rukia.
One Hanza's subordinates, who attacks Chad.
One of Hanza's subordinates, who attacks Uryu.
- Voiced by: Hikaru Hanada (JP), Joe Ochman (EN)
- Master of Illusion: His Bakkoto surrounds himself with mist and enables him to create illusionary shadows of himself to deceive his opponent.
A young girl from a very noble Soul Society family, caught in many power struggles once her father dies.
- Arranged Marriage: with Shu Kannogi. It's a happy match as they both like each other a lot.
- Damsel in Distress: In the latter half of the Captain Amagai arc when she willingly gives herself up to Kumoi to keep her friends from being in danger. Which forces Ichigo and his friends to come to Soul Society, invade the Kasumiouji Castle and fight against the Gotei 13 (who're unaware of Kumoi's deception and under orders to keep anyone from seeing the princess) to save her.
- Nice Hat: Which is also a Power Limiter of sorts
- Arranged Marriage: To Rurichiyo, though it's a happy match as the two do like each other.
- Cowardly Lion: Very skittish and not one to leap into danger but when he hears that Rurichiyo is in trouble, he helps Ichigo and his friends save her.
A Soul Reaper and Rurichiyo's bodyguard. His Zanpakuto is Benishidare.
- Green Thumb: His Zanpakuto manifests as a plant.
- Petal Power: His power consist in covering his opponents in flowers, paralyzing them. He can also skewer them with petals.
A Soul Reaper and Rurichiyo's bodyguard. His Zanpakuto is Daichimaru.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Daichimaru means "The Earth" and can make hand-shaped walls of stone from the ground.
Zanpakuto Rebellion Arc
For most of the Zanpakutos, whose character designs are mostly exclusive to the anime, see Bleach: Zanpakuto.
The spirit of an unknown Soul Reaper's sword. He takes the form of a flamboyantly dressed man with long fingernails. His special power is to "free" other zanpakuto spirits from their owners and make them follow their "inner instincts", which is usually to kill their wielders. He informs Ichigo that he killed his own Soul Reaper master.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Muramasa is introduced as the villain of the arc, attacking Soul Society and encouraging Zanpakutou to betray their masters. It is eventually revealed that the Zanpakutou rebellion is a distraction, designed to keep the Soul Reapers occupied while he concentrates on achieving his real objective. Once Muramasa is revealed to be a Zanpakutou spirit who is desperately trying to free and reunite with his master Kouga, who has been imprisoned in a hidden location, the story begins to treat him differently. He is an extremely loyal Zanpakutou, who only wishes to serve Kouga to the best of his abilities. However, Kouga is an unstable, vengeful master who is unable to forgive perceived slights or admit to his mistakes. As a result, he abandons Muramasa for so long that the spirit loses the ability to hear his master calling him forth; blaming Muramasa for failing to prevent him from being imprisoned in the first place, his reaction to being freed is to stab Muramasa with the intention of destroying the sword once and for all. Muramasa is driven mad by the betrayal and has to be destroyed by Ichigo, but it's made clear that the characters are horrified by Kouga's treatment of such a loyal Zanpakutou and that they feel that Muramasa's fate is a tragedy.
- Adaptational Heroism: He is a villain in the Zanpakto Filler arc, whereas in the canon story line, he is still loyal to Soul Society.
- Ancestral Weapon: Muramasa is a Zanpakto that is not bond to one specific Soul Reaper, but instead is inherited through the members of one of the five great noble families. From one head to the next head of the family, Muramasa has been passed on for about a million years. While it never has been specified, which family is in possession of him, his connection to the Kuchiki family suggests, that he is the Zanpakto of their family, making Byakuya the current owner.
- Antagonist Abilities: He can turn a zanpakutou, the source of a Soul Reaper's power, against their owners and make them fight for him. The only way to deal with this is for the zanpakutou's owner to defeat the brainwashed zanpakutou in combat, leaving Muramasa free to go about his own business.
- Ascended Fridge Horror: When he first revealed his abilities in the anime, many wondered why an ordinary Zanpakto would have the ability to control other Zanpakto in the first place. The novels reveal that Muramasa is anything but ordinary. Instead, he is in integral part in the origins of Soul Society and its sins. Muramasa is an inheritable Zanpakto that is in the hands of one the five noble families, since the moment they created Soul Society. The noble families are the true rulers of Soul Society and both the Soul King and Squad Zero are subordinate to their will. That is the status quo since a million years and neither Central 46 nor the Gotei 13 can openly question or resist their authority. Having a Zanpakto with the ability to control other Zanpakto is one of the reasons for why the noble families got their power and maintained it for so long.
- Canon Immigrant: The novel Can't fear your own world reveals, that he exists in the canon story. He is one of the original inheritable Zanpakto that are in the hands of the five noble families
- Dragon Ascendant: Muramasa spends most of the Zanpakutou Unknown Tales Arc orchestrating the Zanpakuto Rebellion before it's revealed to be a distraction that allows Muramasa to achieve his real goal: freeing his master, Kouga. Kouga betrays Muramasa before being defeated by his own nemesis, leaving Muramasa as the main villain to be defeated by Ichigo.
- Filler Villain: He's this the Zanpakuto Unknown Tales arc, having orchestrated the Zanpakuto Rebellion and indirectly causing the emergence of the Toju in the Beast Swords mini-arc.
- Kansas City Shuffle: Yamamoto sealed himself away, so he lied to the protagonists to get them to break the barrier for him so he could get at Yamamoto's memories. Also, the whole rebellion was one of these, so he could unseal his wielder, Kouga.
- Life Drinker: He was forced to absorb Hollows in order to keep himself going despite his wielder being dead, as shown when he visits the Forest of Menos. It also fits in with his Mind Control abilities being described as "tapeworm-like" in nature.
- Love Martyr: He remained loyal to Kouga even as he was mistreated and brutalized by him. Many years later, he's completely obsessed with freeing Kouga and reuniting with him. The expression of pure happiness when he succeeds only makes Kouga's reaction more cringe-worthy.
- Master of Illusion: By feeding his reiryoku into his opponent's soul, Muramasa can cast a spell that distorts their senses in a variety of ways (i.e. creating realistic holographic illusions, screwing with their sense of perception, dredging up painful memories for a distraction, ect.).
- Meaningful Name: Named after a real life Muramasa who was famous both for being an extremely skilled swordsmith and a mentally unbalanced one. As a result, his swords were believed to be cursed with an insatiable bloodlust, crying out for blood at night and refusing to be sheathed until they had tasted blood, even resorting to killing their owner (which is what Muramasa claimed he originally did to his master), and that anyone who owned a Muramasa sword would be driven insane by a need to kill indiscriminately (which is why his master Koga was originally sealed in the first place. Also, the first part in his name ("mura" = "village") is a homonym for the kanji for "unbalanced" or "unstable". Taken together, his name can be translated as either "justice of the village" which is what Koga thought he was to Soul Society or "unbalanced justice" which is what Ginrei accused Koga of doing as retaliation for having been framed.
- Mind Control: His primary ability disrupts the balance between a Soul Reaper and their Zanpakuto, causing the latter to behave erratically and even attack its master. He can take this even by breaking into a Soul Reaper's inner world, forcibly manifesting their Zanpakuto spirit, exaggerating said spirit's "inner instincts", and turning it against its master.
- More Than Mind Control: His ability isn't so much mind control, but rather amplifying any existing resentment the zanpakuto is feeling towards its master to the point that they'll turn against them for it. It's not completely perfect however as Hitsuguya's zanpakuto only suffered amnesia from it and Rejiu's fight against his brought his zanpakuto back under control.
- One-Winged Angel: When Koga abandons him, Muramasa's Despair Event Horizon causes him to Hollowfy, and he later transforms into a dome-shaped construct containing a replica of Koga's inner world, wherein he fights Ichigo in his normal appearance, but begins to Hollowfy there as well before Ichigo defeats him.
- People Puppets: One of his secondary powers is to manifest invisible indestructible strings with which he can control or restrain people, as well as shield himself. The drawback? They only manifest in reflective surfaces (i.e. ice, clear water, building windows, ect.) and will be destroyed if said surface is distorted/destroyed, or if an attack's reflection hits the string's reflection (as Senbonzakura did to free Byakuya).
- Self-Made Orphan: States that he doesn't have an owner due to killing them himself. Turns out, he's lying, his owner is still alive, if locked away, and Muramasa saying as much to get the zanpaktuo to cause disarray for his plans.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He dies at the end of his filler arc, but in the canon story line he is still alive and well.
- Time Abyss: The post-war novels reveal that he is at least a million years old and may possibly be even older than Soul Society itself.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Claims he killed his master and encouraged the other zanpakutos to rebel. Turns out the rebellion was an Evil Plan to distract all of the Soul Reaper while he goes to free his master. Also inverted in that his master actually turned against him once unsealed due to his own perception of Muramasa refusing to obey his call.
- Undying Loyalty: His entire plot with the zanpakutos rebelling was nothing more then a distraction so he could find the location where his owner, Koga, was sealed and use Yamamoto's power to free him and be reunited. Sadly however, Koga, driven mad by the circumstances that imprisoned him, can't even trust his own weapon anymore and destroys him when Muramasa tries to help him fight Byakuya.
The owner of the zanpakuto Muramasa. He was very powerful and a great aid to the loyalists in a Soul Reaper rebellion, but some of the captains were afraid of him, so they framed him for murdering his own allies in order to get rid of Muramasa. He got back at them, eliminating any chance to prove his innocence. He went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge before eventually being defeated.
- Cursed with Awesome: Being able to control other people's swords isn't so great when your job description doesn't include fighting people with swords. Then there's a civil war and you become so overtly powerful that some of the higher ups on the same side as you become scared of your power and frame you for attacking your own side.
- Death by Irony: As he dies, Kouga calls out for his Zanpakuto, just after betraying him and casting him aside like a tool. Frustrated with Muramasa's unresponsive predicament, Koga calls out to him again, before losing his balance and drowning into a river. Meanwhile, the tired Byakuya is caught by his own zanpakutou before he can fall, contrasting Kouga's complete abandonment of Soul Reaper ideals of partnership between Soul Reapers and zanpakutou.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: His mind shattered when he realized he had committed a crime out of revenge for being framed, at which point he started honestly believing that everyone was out to get him.
- Generation Xerox: The way Koga seeks Ginrei's approval is exactly the same as Rukia's seeking for Byakuya's approval. The scene of Kouga reporting to Ginrei is even made uncannily similar to a flashback of Rukia reporting to Byakuya during the Soul Society arc.
- Miscarriage of Justice: Koga pretty much slammed the door on this trope, as he didn't even give them a chance to prove him innocent or guilty, he took revenge on the accusing captains, and then when informed that this had pretty much annihilated any chance he would have been found innocent, he went nuts, which lead to his eventual sealing.
- Sanity Slippage: He was once a pretty well-adjusted shinigamai who was true to his duties and not malicious in the slightest. But then some resentful shinigami, who were fearful of his power, framed him for a crime he didn't commit. Rather then try to prove his innocence, he murdered those responsible in cold blood, but that just incriminated him even further. When told of this, he went mad and was ultimately sealed away to stop him. When Muramasa freed him years later, Koga has virtually no sanity left in him and he can't even recognize his own zanpakutou anymore. To the point he destroys Muramasa without a hint of remorse while fighting Bayakuya just for wanting to help.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He's the real point of Muramasa's enmity towards Soul Society, but spends most of the storyline trapped in prison. His criminal behaviour only ended when he was sealed by Yamamoto and Ginrei (his adoptive father). Muramasa's invasion distracts the shinigami while he frees Kouga and Byakuya helps Muramasa because he plans on killing Kouga to restore his family's honour.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After everything Muramasa did for him to free him from his seal, he responds to this devotion by destroying him when he wishes to help in his fight against Baykuya. The irony is that once Kouga's defeated, he calls out for Muramasa to help him.
Beast Swords Arc
A blue-haired, masterless Zanpakuto that meets Haineko.
- Mr. Fanservice: He has a rather lean, muscly physique.
Menos Forest Arc
A mysterious, lone Soul Reaper who lives in the Forest of Menos. He's the only survivor of his original team.
- Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)
- Bolivian Army Ending: Ashido was last seen holding off a group of Gillians and Adjuchas to allow Rukia and her friends to get back to the surface of Hueco Mundo with his faith left unknown if he survived. The novel 'Spirits are forever with you' reveals that he survived the events.
- God-Created Canon Foreigner: Ashido was designed by Tite Kubo and his Forest of Menos mini-arc was intended to be in the manga, but his editor wanted the heroes to actually reach Las Noches faster and thus the arc was cut, but it was restored for the anime. He is later mentioned in several Bleach novels.
- Irony: His mission is to eliminate every Hollow in the Menos Forest. During the events of the final arc, he has to defend the forest and the Hollows living inside it from the Vandenreich and team up with Cien Grantz - an Arrancar.
- Mask of Power: He wears an assortment of Hollow masks on his body, mostly to serve as armor or Cero-deflecting shields.
- Odd Friendship: Somehow he forms a team with Cien Grantz, who is a clone created from the deceased Grantz brothers Szayelapporo and Yylfordt.
- Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: The novel 'Spirits are forever with you' reveals that he defended the Menos Forest from the Jagdarmee alongside Cien Grantz.
Gotei 13 Invasion Arc
A Soul Reaper that was found in the Dangai, fleeing from the Soul Society with a rag to cover her figure. Inaba was after her for mysterious reasons.
- Attack Reflector: Nozomi's zanpakuto can absorb spiritual pressure attacks (such as those from other zanpakutos and Uryu's Quincy attacks) and strike back at her attacker(s) with that energy.
- Damsel in Distress: In the latter half of the arc, she's captured and forcefully merged with Inaba to reform Okuo, the true form of both of them. Unlike most examples however, she isn't really "saved" as in trying to free her from Okuo, it ends her existence. She's content with it however as long as her friends are safe.
- Energy Absorption: Her Zanpakuto can absorb Reishi, allowing her to take down even powerful opponents easily. No wonder that Inaba wants her out of his way.
- Fusion Dance: He is determined to fuse with Nozomi to gain her power. They both only exist separately for a temporary purpose, having both originally been part of the same being.
- Go Out with a Smile: She dies happy that her friends are safe, thanking them for showing her compassion and friendship, something that her original form, Ouko, refused to accept. Nozomi is especially appreciative toward Kon whom she bonded with throughout the ordeal and is happy to see him one last time before she fades away.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the last moments when she in control of Ouko's body, she forces him to stab himself with a reishi blade to give Ichigo a fighting chance at beating him.
- No Ontological Inertia: She fades away once Ouko is beaten and the fusion breaks as she had forced Ouko to stabbed himself and weaken him enough for Ichigo to deal with him. This wound up draining the power keeping her and Inaba in existence.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: Nozumi is a female half Ouko Yushima, the man who created her and Inaba when he split himself back in the past.
- Set Bonus: The method she used to defeat all those Reigai was to drain the reiatsu of about six or seven lieutenant-class Soul Reapers and four lieutenant-class humans all at once and throw it at the Reigai captains. Apparently, those lieutenant and humans didn't have enough power to defeat those four super-powered reigai captains, so All Your Powers Combined quickly turned "not enough power" into "more than enough power".
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Is the most important female character in the Invading Army filler arc, completely replacing Rukia and Orihime so that they often ended up with almost no lines in episodes.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Defensive and cold towards Kon, but less so around Ichigo. Her initial cold shoulder was explained indirectly by her connection to Yushima. He may have been a Shrinking Violet, but he held a low opinion on forming bonds, believing that that relying on others will only have them get in the way. Nozomi inherited that from him, if only for a while.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She usually wears a school uniform with a pleated mini-skirt and black thigh-high socks. In Soul Reaper form, her uniform is a mini-dress coupled with thigh-high white boots.
A Soul Reaper from the Department of Research and Development studying the Precipice World, and creator of the Reigai. His zanpakuto is Raiku.
- Antagonist Abilities: He can open a portal at any time to deflect or avoid any attacks or move freely and then use the information those portals record to use an opponent's powers against them at a later date. He can also move without his opponent's being aware of how he's moved or where to. Not even Yamamoto can fight him.
- Badass Bookworm: Was able to beat an (admittedly weakened) Ichigo in a straight fight * , even lampshading the fact that he's not relying on any cheap tricks (unlike a certain other Mad Scientist Soul Reaper). He's the darker, unrestrained half of Yushima's soul, who was far weaker than either of his classmates at the Shino Academy.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He represents Yushima's unrestrained potential, so he's far more powerful than Yushima himself, and he personally instigated the Reigai uprising, but he's still loyal to Yushima, since part of the latters' soul makes up Inaba's personality.
- Evil Plan: Kageroza is determined to fuse with Nozomi to gain her power. His plan is to carry out the will of the original shinigami who split himself into two beings, Kageroza and Nozomi, to gain greater power.
- First-Name Basis: Aside from Akon, everyone else calls him by his first name for some reason.
- Fusion Dance: Kageroza is determined to fuse with Nozomi to gain her power. They both only exist separately for a temporary purpose, having both originally been part of the same being.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: His goals were revealed fairly early on (created the Modsouls; created Reigai as payback for getting his Modsoul research shafted; and wanted to fuse with Nozomi to get her power), but his motivation was kept a secret until the last few episodes. In particular, he's one-half of Yushima's soul, the real creator of the Modsouls, and he needed to fuse with Nozomi - the other half - in order to restore Yushima's sanity and boost the latters' power exponentially.
- Ironic Echo: During his fight with Ichigo he states that he's not using "cheap tricks". Then is revealed that his Zanpakuto can manipulate space, and Kenpachi calls him out for using "a cheap trick".
- Meaningful Name: "Kage" means "shadow", which fits really well when you consider he is the dark half of Ouko's soul.
- Mirror Match: His zanpakuto powers allow him to create space portals, allowing him to absorb incoming attacks and send them back at will.
- No Ontological Inertia: Once defeated and split back into two, both Nozomi and he start to fade havng used up all their energy fighting Ichigo
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's specifically said to specialize in the Precipice World, but he also has quite a talent in creating Reigais. But he has been revealed to be the one who created the Mod Souls and learned about the Precipice World afterwards in order to retrieve the data on Mod Souls that he hid there.
- Psycho Rangers: The Reigai are copies of their Soul Reaper originals, with the same memories and abilities, but their personality differences are subtle, yet easy to spot out. The bracelets the Reigai wore made it easy to spot them, but after losing them in 329 they glowed for a episode. Now the only way to tell the difference is their glowing purple eyes.
- Self-Duplication: His zanpakuto can also create a decoy of himself.
- Not So Stoic: When he realize that Mayuri swapped places with his own Reigai and has just stabbed his back with Ashisogi Jizo. After getting hit with a drug that stops all thoughts he was still able to attack Reigai Isane by acting on nothing but his own anger.
- Smug Snake: Has a rather petty motive (see Hidden Agenda Villain), values himself (far) over his subordinates, treats poor Nozomi (who's essentially his sister) like shit, and would have lost his fight with Mayuri (pretty badly) were it not for a contingency plan that Mayuri basically ALLOWED him to implement out of curiosity. He's a serious threat, alright, but it certainly doesn't justify his God complex. Inaba is the vengeful and megalomaniacal portion of Yushima. It's the equivalent to a child imagining that he Curb-Stomped a few bullies, since he wasn't able to do so himself in reality. Now, what if that child had the power to make that a reality, by splitting his soul into pieces that embody different aspects of his personality?.
Ex-member of the 12th divison and founder of the project Spearhead. His zanpakuto was Sumitsuki Gasa.
- Antagonist Abilities: He obtains all of Inaba and Nozomi's abilities to take the abilities from any spiritual attack. His ultimate attack allows him to take any absorbed or produced energy and fire it as a massive wave of destruction. He can also steal and reduce the power of any person he fights by making contact with either them or their zanpakutou.
- Blade on a Stick: His Zanpakutou is a mix between Inaba's and Nozomi's Zanpakutou, making it a double headed glaive with straight blades and golden handle.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He can't grasp how having friends can make Ichigo stronger then him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His own Reigai turn against him and stop his doomsday weapon from destroying Soul Society. Nozomi then manages to temporarily take control of his body and forces him stab himself with a reishi blade. Weakening him enough for Ichigo to finish off.
- Man Behind the Man: Since Inaba represents his darker side, it's ultimately Yushima that (indirectly) kickstarted the conflict in the Invading Army arc, and now that he's fused together with his counterparts, he's served as the Final Boss.
- Out-Gambitted: Believe it or not, its Kon who ultimately throws a wrench into his plans. Granted Kisuke did most of the science work but Kon the one that carries it out. Stopping Ouko from drinking the medicine that would make the fusion permanent and giving Ichigo the soul candy with reishi that temporarily restores his power. Never underestimate the comic relief.
- Too Many Belts: His new outfit at the end of episode 338 features a belt in the waist area and a smaller one in diagonal position under it. It's used to hold the sword sheathe, but the effect is the same.
- Villainous Breakdown: During his final battle with a fully powered Ichigo when he realizes that Ichigo was indeed much stronger then him all along. Once his doomsday plan is thwarted, he completely loses it, ranting that his philosophy of "friends making you weak" can't be wrong before Ichigo finishes him off.
A nameless Arrancar woman who attacked Karakura town with a giant flying fortress made of Hollows, but was defeated by Chizuru Honsho in a .... comedic way. She appeared in another filler episode where she sends her minion Michel in Karakura Town.
- Animal Motif: Her mask resembles a rabbit's head.
- Blade on a Stick: Her sealed Zanpakuto takes the form of a sort of bladed staff.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: She desperately wants to be considered a threat, but her powers match nowhere near the Espada and she's constantly defeated in comical fashion.
- No Name Given: As stated, she was never given a name in the anime nor supplamentary material.
A charming and well dressed boy who appeared in Karakura Town and befriended anyone much to Kon's dismay, but later revealed to be a energy-sucking arrancar sent here to drain the reiatsu from the people of Karakura.
- One-Winged Angel: His true form resembles a massive, furry demon with an energy trident.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The capes he gives to his "friends" actually suck their Reiatsu. He's also very charming.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Can create a trident made of energy.
- Something About a Rose: One of his powers summons a wave of red roses.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Seems to have little sense about how the real world works, possibly the result of having many lost souls' memories inside her.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Wears one in her school uniform, and mopped the floor with those Blanks early in the movie, but she never fights in it.
- Canon Immigrant: In chapter 626 of the manga Yoruichi confirms the existence of Valley of Screams and in the following chapter Ichigo states that he had once been to a Valley of Screams, which canonizes the events of the first movie and by extension Senna. An omake made Kubo in Chapter 626 confirms that Ichigo's and Yoruichi's statements are indeed referring to the events of the movie.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Inverted. Years after appearing in The Movie, she's seen sitting behind Ichigo in a restaurant during a filler episode, but with her ribbon colored yellow (just as it was in her debut) instead of her trademark red.
- Genki Girl: Very spunky, upbeat, fun-loving and carefree; a good counter to the normally scowling, Hot-Blooded Ichigo.
- Girl of the Week: She's the main female protagonist for the first film, Memories of Nobody.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Hers is apparently black with a purple sheen. Similar to Yoruichi's manga hair colour.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the end, Senna throws herself back into the disintegrating realm to Save Both Worlds.
- I Have the High Ground: Likes high places, especially Ferris Wheels.
- Living MacGuffin: She's a Shinenju, which is memories of various Blanks all combined into a single person. The Dark Ones are after her as she is the key to combining the living and the spirit worlds together. But in doing so, will destroy both dimensions. The Gotei 13 are trying to capture her to prevent it from happening.
- Magic Skirt: She goes to high places and swirls her skirt around a lot, yet avoids having a Panty Shot.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Averted; Ichigo's more of a scowling pseudo-delinquent than a brooding sulker, the romance aspect is far more subtle, and Senna herself is less of an airhead and more along the lines of a carefree fun-lover.
- Multiple-Choice Past: She goes through several flashbacks to completely conflicting childhoods. None of these memories belong to her.
- Not Quite Dead: A girl that looks and behaves exactly like her runs by Ichigo at the end, even making a cameo in episode 204.
- Paradox Person: Not so much a real person but rather the memories of blanks given a human form. As such whenever she remembers something, it's one of the past lives of the blanks inhabiting her, not her own. This news she doesn't take well but Ichigo assures her, regardless how she was conceived, she's still her own person.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Which hint at her magical, non-natural origins.
- And I Must Scream: As the novels reveal, he was banished about a million years ago to a Valley of Screams and was stuck there till the events of the movie. Even a sadistic scumbag like Tokinada, who relishes on the misery of everyone around him, thinks that this fate was too cruel.
- Belated Backstory: The reason for his banishment was revealed in the second volume of the novel 'Can't fear your own world', over 12 years since the premier of his movie. As Tokinada reveals, Ganryu and the rest of the Dark ones used to be part of the noble Ryodoji family. When the ancestors of the five great noble families committed the original sin of Soul Society a million years ago (by sealing away the Soul King and creating the current world where death exists), the Ryodoji family opposed them and as punishment the ancestors exiled them into a Valley of Screams for all eternity.
- Canon Immigrant: Just like the rest of the movie, he has been integrated into the canon story when Ichigo mentions the events of 'Memories of Nobody in the manga. On top of that, the post-war novels reference him and his banishment.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Big scar at his forehead, traced diagonally down his left eye to the corner of his jaw.
- Revenge: Wants revenge on the Soul Society for exiling his people.
- Shaped Like Itself: "We are the clan of darkness, the Dark Ones." Justified because "Dark Ones" is in English while the rest of the sentence is in Japanese, but it sounds funny when you translate it all into English.
- Time Abyss: His banishment is part of the original sin of Soul Society, which was committed about a million years ago. Ganryu is even older than Soul Society itself.
- Unperson: All records of him and his family's existence have been erased from existence by the ancestors of the five great noble families. A million years later Tokinada Tsunayashiro is one of the very few people, who know about their existence and why they were banished to begin with.
The other members following Ganryu's orders. They're named Jai, Benin, Mue, Bao, Riyan.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Almost all of them.
- Butter Face: Bao who covers his face with a sheet. The only time we see it is when Renji's attack closes in on him.
- BFS: Mue, which actually owns a Bifurcated Weapon: he can draw a thinner sword from it, then use it like an exploding Whip Sword.
- Designated Girl Fight: Benin ends up fighting Sui Feng.
- Evil Counterpart: Benin is basically an evil Matsumoto with a crossbow.
- Flat Characters: We don't really learn much about them, they're just there to give some of the Gotei 13 members a fight in the finale.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Riyan's fan, which is used to repeal Hitsugaya's ice.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Mue, after finding out that his opponent was Kenpachi Zaraki.
- Riyan as he realizes Hitsugya froze his missile launcher leaving him wide open for his final attack.
- Likewise Bao as Renji's Bankai goes to finish him.
- Me's a Crowd: Jai who can use his weapon to make multiple copies of himself.
- An Ice Person: Like Hitsugaya, he possesses Hyōrinmaru as a Zanpakuto, although his version of it is darker and resembles a Western dragon.
- Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of the second film, The DiamondDust Rebellion.
- Blessed with Suck: He possesses the same zampakuto as his friend Hitsugaya. A pity Soul Society forbides two Shinigami from having the same zampakuto.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Hitsugaya, they even have the same zanpakuto and similar-sounding given names.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: He and Hitsugaya were friends and classmates in the academy. His fate ensured he was wiped from all record as ever having existed and those that had known about him, including Hitsugaya, kept their mouths shut until his reappearance.
- Clothing Damage: Never shown receiving it on-screen, but last they show up as humans, pieces of their clothes are ripped and torn, revealing a generous amount of skin and bruises to the camera.
- Co-Dragons: To Kusaka, who himself becomes a giant ice dragon at the climax of the film.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Both have one, modeled in a schoolgirl-like fashion, and apart from their One-Winged Angel forms, they always fight in 'em.
- Elemental Powers: Yang has Playing with Fire, Ying has Shock and Awe; Yang can turn into a fireball, Ying can turn into a blue disk-like projectile. They even use their attacks in combination against Ichigo late into the second film, without much success.
- Facial Markings: Similar to Apacci, Yang has two red circles over her red eyes, and Ying has two blue circles over her blue eyes.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Yang (fire) and Ying (lightning) to Kosaka's Ice.
- Girlish Pigtails: Unlike Loly, Ying has her pigtails descending downwards, instead of up.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: They're even shorter than Rukia, and can still pack a punch.
- Show Some Leg: If you look at the picture-link to Yan's outfit from above, you can see that the inner-side portion of her legs are exposed, as well as the upper half of her thighs; same applies for her sister.
- Whip It Good: Ying's got a whip that jolts out electricity. Owch, yet yummy.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ying has blue hair, Yang has red hair.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Kusaka fused with the Ouin and became a giant ice dragon, a battered, beaten Yang and Ying return to him, kneeling before him in slight embarrassment, before Kusaka nonchalantly froze them both. Subverted, however, once we see two identical female-looking Hollows with the same abilities as Yang (fire) and Ying (electricity); by freezing them with the same ice that made up his dragon form, Kusaka essentially fused Yang and Ying together with him, allowing the energy from the Ouin to fully transform them into their Hollow forms and take on the Soul Reapers at the last act of the second film.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Very short schoolgirl-like skirts (red for Yang, blue for Ying), backed up by thigh-high sock-like stockings (red for Yang, blue for Ying) and knee-high boots (black-colored with white outlines).
- Affably Evil: Yes, she has issues, but at her core, she's a sweet, playful young girl, even if it's only towards Rukia.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Rukia certainly felt this way about her and Shizuku, as did Ichigo, Renji, Urahara and Byakuya.
- Barefoot Poverty: She comes from a very impoverished background. Her tattered clothing and barefooted appearance reflect that history.
- Battle Aura: When angry, she emits black Hollow reiatsu with a purple outline.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Shares the role of joint-antagonist with her younger brother in the third movie Fade to Black, but usually doesn't participate in a fight, instead acting as backseat support in that regard. To compensate, she has the most screen time and dialogue out of the two siblings, mainly because of her interactions with Rukia throughout the movie. She caused quite a finale by fusing Shizuku and Rukia with herself and unleashing that Giant Mook of a Mayuri experiment on the captains and lieutenants. Bonus points for her being the very first female Big Bad in the series.
- Big "NO!": When Rukia regains her memories, Homura snaps and lets out a scream of denial while unleashing a blast of Hollow reiatsu.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Not nearly as psychotic or extreme as Loly, but she had potential there, and a good excuse for it.
- Creepy Child: Her hair and unnatural skin tone are pretty creepy.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Always wore one, but never fights in it, though her Mass Teleportation is used to help Shizuku fight instead.
- Dead All Along: She and her brother were killed and possessed by a memory-stealing parasitic Hollow while protecting Rukia.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: Rukia took her and her brother in and looked after them, but due to being hit by the memory-stealing Hollow's scythe she forgot all about them.
- Fusion Dance: With Shizuku and Rukia, making Dark Rukia.
- The Glomp: Fond of doing this with Rukia.
- Happily Adopted: When they were small children, she and her brother were taken in by Rukia.
- Hellish Pupils: When her Hollow reiatsu acts up her pupils turn into vertical slits.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She and her brother took a Hollow into their bodies to save Rukia from a possessed Soul Reaper.
- Living on Borrowed Time: She and her brother were mortally wounded by the parasitic Hollow, but managed to take it into themselves. Once it was purged, they died.
- Magic Skirt: She wears a really short skirt, but avoids any sort of Panty Shot from the camera.
- Mass Teleportation: Can not only teleport herself and other people, but can even teleport buildings.
- Meaningful Name: Her name put together with Shizuku's means "a strong shine".
- Power Echoes: When she's angry and starts succumbing to the Hollow, her voice gains a reverberating undertone.
- Sanity Slippage: The parasitic Hollow infesting her slowly ate away at her sanity until she was completely consumed by their mutual hatred of Soul Reapers and desire to be together with Rukia forever. Once it was purged, her sanity was restored for the few moments before she succumbed to her injuries.
- Saying Too Much: When pleading with Rukai not to listen to Ichigo, Homura accidentally lets slip that she and her brother were the ones who took Rukia's memories and lied to her about her past. Rukia subsequently regaining her memories caused Homura to snap.
- Theme Twin Naming: In addition to the already-noted Meaningful Name, "Homura" means "flame" while "Shizuku" means "drop".
- Yandere: Homura wants Rukia to herself, and is more-than willing to go through any Soul Reaper that gets in her way. This is due to the parasitic Hollow eating away at her sanity as it tries to completely take her over.
- Barefoot Poverty: He comes from a very impoverished background. His tattered clothing and barefooted appearance reflect that history.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Shares it with Homura in the third movie Fade to Black, being the one that personally erased almost everyones' memories of Rukia.
- The Conscience: While he hates Soul Reapers, he questions whether he and his sister are going too far, if only because they might completely erase Rukia's memories and never get their names. He also tries to calm Homura down during her rages. However, when his back is to the wall he threatens to decapitate Rukia if Ichigo and Renji don't back off, and while he makes a final, unsuccessful attempt to calm Homura down, he ultimately fuses with her and Rukia to become Dark Rukia.
- The Dragon: While he shares the role of main antagonist with his older sister, he has relatively less screen-time and lines than his sister, whom he seems to be fairly loyal and obedient to most of the time.
- Dead All Along: He and his sister were killed and possessed by a memory-stealing parasitic Hollow while protecting Rukia.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: To Rukia, as the Hollow erased her memories of him and his sister.
- Fusion Dance: With Homura and Rukia, making Dark Rukia.
- Happily Adopted: For a time, he and his sister were taken in by Rukia, who they came to consider their big sister.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He and his sister took a Hollow into their bodies to save Rukia from a possessed Soul Reaper.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Can erase people's memories with his weapon of choice.
- Living on Borrowed Time: He and his sister were mortally wounded by the parasitic Hollow, but managed to take it into themselves. Once it was purged, they died.
- Meaningful Name: His name put together with Homura's means "a strong shine".
- Sinister Scythe: He wields a crimson-bladed white scythe that is a manifestation of the Hollow, which can erase memories.
- Theme Twin Naming: In addition to the already-noted Meaningful Name, "Shizuku" means "drop" while "Homura" means "flame".
- Battle Aura: It can form an aura of black and purple reiatsu.
- Big Bad: It's the true villain of the third film, subtly manipulating the two siblings in order to take Rukia as a host.
- Black Eyes of Evil: The Hollow's eyes are jet black, as are the eyes of its host when it fully takes over.
- Demonic Possession: Its special ability is to take over a host, though it slowly corrodes their body if they can't contain it. It slowly eats away at Homura's sanity, inflaming her hatred against Soul Reapers and her obsession with Rukia so that it can obtain her as a host.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Anyone it cuts with its tail-blade will not only get amnesia, but everyone's memories of that person will be erased as well.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Aside from being a Hollow, when possessing a host it can manifest as a spectral version of itself.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: It closely resembles a snake.
- Sinister Scythe: It possesses a retractable scythe-like blade on the tip of its tail that can erase memories, and can also manifest as an actual scythe.
- Badass Cape: Wears a tattered red cape with a High Collar of Doom.
- Battle Aura: Has one formed of black and purple reiatsu, which Byakuya and Renji state is increasingly reminiscent of a Hollow's.
- Black Eyes of Evil: As her Hollowfication progresses during her fight against Ichigo, her eyes turn solid black.
- Breakout Villain: Has been featured as a playable character in Bleach: Heat the Soul 6 and Heat the Soul 7.
- Does Not Like Shoes: When Rukia transforms into Dark Rukia, her entire appearance changes, transforming her into a uniquely powerful, barefooted scythe-wielder. Once the evil transformation is broken, she returns to her full Soul Reaper uniform, including shoes.
- Demonic Possession: Is possessed by Shizuku and Homura, who in turn are possessed by the memory-stealing parasitic Hollow. Homura's personality seems to be dominant, though.
- Eye Color Change: As her Hollowfication advances she goes from having purple irises with slitted pupils to having solid black eyes.
- Fangs Are Evil: As her Hollowfication progresses her teeth become jagged.
- Fusion Dance: Was created when Homura and Shizuku merged with Rukia.
- Hellish Pupils: Her pupils are vertical slits.
- I'll Kill You!: Pretty much the only thing she says during her fight with Ichigo.
- Lightning Bruiser: While Ichigo was holding back due to her being his friend and all, she managed to easily overpower him and would have killed him if Byakuya hadn't intervened.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her hair and irises are purple, and she's a deadly opponent.
- Sinister Scythe: Wields the same red-bladed memory-erasing scythe Shizuku does, only with two full blades.
- Slasher Smile: When she was about to decapitate Ichigo she breaks out in a maniacal grin.
- Sword Beam: More like Scythe Beam, but she can fire black-and-purple reiatsu from her scythe.
- Teleport Spam: She frequently teleports during her fight with Ichigo to catch him off guard.
- Voice of the Legion: She speaks with Homura's and Shizuku's voices, sometimes layered over each other and at other times separately.
- Woman in White: Wears a tattered white kimono.
- Ax-Crazy: After he reveals he was Evil All Along, he rants about how unfair it was that he was damned for avenging his sister's murder, that he wants everyone to suffer like he has, and that he will escape Hell even if it means dragging it into the World of the Living.
- Badass Baritone: He has a very deep voice and is very badass. In a departure for Bleach characters in general, he almost completely lacks powers, magic, gimmicks, or power ups of any kind. He has only three tricks: He can whip around the Nigh Invulnerable chains connecting him to hell to defend from attacks, has a generic sword beam that he rarely uses and never does anything significant with, and can conjure a blue energy barrier. Despite this, he's able to simultaneously take out three villains who gave Ichigo and co. a hard time and beat the shit out of Ichigo fairly easily using nothing but strength, skill, and quick thinking.
- Barrier Warrior: He can activates a shield which withstands Hollow Ichigo's Cero.
- Batman Gambit: Upon witnessing Ichigo fighting Ulquiorra in his second Hollow form, he quickly spread rumours about it in Hell, saying that it had the power to break open the gates of Hell, hoping that someone would take advantage of that information and lure Ichigo to Hell. Guess what Shuren decides to do?
- Big Bad: In Bleach Hell Verse, he's ultimately the one responsible for tricking Shuren into kidnapping Yuzu, but it isn't until the final act that we learn of it.
- Big "NO!": When Ichigo is pulled out of Hell before his chains are broken. Subverted in the dub, when he just lets out a scream. Also reversed in dub when Kokuto is dragged back down to the deepest pits of hell. In the original, he just screams but in the dub he activates this trope."KUSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!"*
- Black Swords Are Better: Is the trope image. Fittingly, his name means literally "black sword".
- Bullying a Dragon: Kokuto deliberately provokes Ichigo into Hollowfying by killing his friends and showing him his sister's corpse, and further goads him into spamming Ceros to destroy the cursed chains binding him to Hell.
- Chewing the Scenery: How Kazuya Nakai didn't need lung surgery after all the screaming he did in this film is anyone's guess.
- Cool Sword: Wields a jagged black katana-like sword.
- The Corrupter: He tries to serve as this to Ichigo after his villainous nature is revealed, trying to goad and antagonize him into Hollowfying.
- Curbstomp Battle: Kokuto mortally wounds Rukia, Renji, and Uryu with zero effort, in under thirty seconds.
- Cursed with Awesome: The chains that keep him in Hell prevent him getting free, but he uses them as effective weapons, especially defensely.
- Death by Irony: His true objective is to break open the gates of Hell and break the chains connected to his body that keep him down there. The only thing strong enough to do both of these is the Cero of Ichigo's second Hollow form. Once Skullclad Ichigo destroys the rest of Kokuto's chains, a bunch more chains to sprout out of the crater left by Ichigo, which then literally drag Kokuto down into the deepest pits of Hell.
- Escaped from Hell: His goal was to get Ichigo to Hollowfy and use his Cero to destroy the chains binding him to Hell so that he could escape, and he almost succeeded.
- Evil All Along: Kokuto pretends to be an ally to lure Ichigo into Hell, but it turns out he was the skeleton seen at the beginning of the movie, and was the one who manipulated Shuren and co. into attacking Ichigo in the first place.
- Facial Horror: His scar, which is normally covered up by his clothes and wrappings. It covers not just half his face but the entire left side of his body.
- For the Evulz: Kokuto kills Renji, Uryu, Rukia and Yuzu to piss Ichigo off enough to transform into his Hollow form, as a Cero from that would destroy his chains and release him from Hell.
- I Was Just Passing Through: When he rescues Karin from Shuren's gang and chases them off, he tells Ichigo and co. that he didn't intend to help them, just mess with Shuren's plans out of personal dislike.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: A number of Gunjo's tentacles impale him during their fight, which Kokuto uses to drag him into a lava pool. At the end of the film, Ichigo summons thousands of chains, several of which impale Kokuto as they bind him.
- Implacable Man: Crosses over to Nigh-Invulnerability. He gets dumped into a pool of lava and his clothes don't even get charred; he laughs off a Cero from Ichigo's Hollow form (granted he had a shield up), and survives a point blank Flaming Getsuga Tensho. In the end, he's not even killed — just sealed away.
- Irony: He wants to remove the chains from his body so he can get free from Hell, but he uses them as powerful combat weapons. Becomes Dramatic Irony and when he finally succeeds to break them, only to get even more chains all over his body and being dragged even deeper to Hell.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Played Bleach: Soul Resurrección? Then you already know everything about him without having to watch the movie. For a comparison, Resurrección came out in September 2011, while Hell Verse came out in 2010 in Japan but wasn't dubbed until November 2012.
- Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: He can keep going even after being dumped in a pool of boiling lava.
- Lightning Bruiser: Extremely fast, strong and tough. Even more than Ichigo's Bankai form.
- Love Makes You Evil: Humans go to Hell if they commit a sin while alive. His sin was to avenge his little's sister's death.
- Man Behind the Man: To Shuren and his gang, being the one who planned that Ichigo have to come to Hell. Shuren never knew it.
- Meaningful Name: "Kokuto" means "black sword". Guess his Weapon of Choice?
- Multicolored Hair: The hair we can see is white, the hair underneath his bandages is grey.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: According to himself, he's on a permanent one of these in order to avenge his sister's murder.
- Sword Beam: He can fire arcs of reiatsu from his sword, but he doesn't use them often.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The last trailer for Hell Verse, which was it was released after the movie came out in Japan, had no problem in establishing that Kokuto was Evil All Along despite it being a major twist. The trailer even opened up with the scene of Kokuto taunting Ichigo with Yuzu's corpse.
- Villainous Breakdown: He wasn't sane to begin with, but he goes into extreme rage upon seeing the Kushanāda helping Ichigo, it continues as he is dragged deeper into Hell when's he finally beaten.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Opens his shirt towards the end of the film, Played straight towards the end where his shirt is destoyed.
- Walking Spoiler: It's very difficult to trope him without revealing too much about his role in the film.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Variation. The shackle around his neck is grey in the anime but red in the manga and the actual movie.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He thinks that he's the one to push Ichigo to his breaking point and force him to break open the gates of Hell. However, there are things afoot that even he doesn't know about it. He was just playing into Kokuto's handst.
- Deader Than Dead: He's killed by Ichigo and resurrects less than a minute later, but Kokuto destroys his body before it can fully reform.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He's the villain for the first hour or so of the movie but ends up replaced by another villain.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Had he actually gone all-out from the start in that instance, he would've killed Ichigo. Since Shuren chose to dick around, Ichigo managed to outmaneuver him by their last bout.
- Missing Trailer Scene: Pretty much every trailer for the movie had him say "Welcome to Hell" as Ichigo and co. arrive. Despite that, he never says it in the movie, Kokuto does.
- No Body Left Behind: While he starts to reform seconds after being killed by Ichigo, Kokuto has a Villainous Breakdown and stamps him out of existence.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Ichigo takes him out by Hollowfying, slashing through his chest, and then while he's doing that, unleashing an absolutely massive Getsuga Tensho (it reaches from the ground up the top of Hell, i.e. the sky) that essentially drags him along as it goes. A minute or so later, it hits the edge of Hell in the background, where it detonates and causes an explosion the size of a nuke.
- Only Mostly Dead: He, along with all the other Togabito, ramp this Up to Eleven. Killing him means squat as he'll just be reborn in a pool of lava in the bottom level of hell. The only way to kill him for good is to destroy his regenerating body before it's fully reformed, which Kokuto proceeded to do.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair hides his left eye.
- Playing with Fire: He can control and create fire in different forms.
- Smug Snake: Boasts for the most part of the movie and thinks that he has almost succeeded his plan, but has a brief five minute long fight with Ichigo, and gets defeated right after.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Recent pieces merchandise in Japan (Trading Cards, Posters, etc) have spelled his name as Syuren.
- Unwitting Pawn: Ended up being this to Kokuto, who manipulated him from the shadows to lure Ichigo into Hell for his own purposes.
- Combat Tentacles: His arms are tentacles and he uses them to attack people.
- The Dragon: Seems to function as Shuren's lieutenant.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Courtesy of Rukia's San no Mai: Shirafune in the chest.
- Kill It with Fire: Kokuto ultimately does him and Taikon in by throwing them into a pool of lava, Doubles as Hoist by His Own Petard as Kokuto uses Gunjo's own tentacles to do it.
- Kill It with Ice: By Rukia with Shirafune. He comes back, though.
- Ambiguously Gay: Taikon's flamboyant, effeminate poising and mannerisms, and his powers - which include sprouting lips on his body to absorb attacks and blowing kisses to fire energy blasts that leave heart-shaped craters - make him come across as stereotypically Camp Gay.
- Body Horror: According to the other Wiki, his hell-chains are connected to his nipples. He can also form full-lipped mouths anywhere on his body to absorb energy attacks.
- Energy Absorption: Can eat energy attacks with his mouths.
- Fat Bastard: Taikon is grossly obese and, as a Togabito, committed sins in life worthy of condemning him to Hell, where he serves as one of Shuren's lackeys.
- Ki Attacks: He can fire energy blasts strong enough to push back Aaroniero Arrururie.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Ishida and Kokuto both use his own Energy Absorption against him.
- Kill It with Fire: Kokuto drags him and Gonjo into a pit of lava.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He has the same smile as Nnoitra.
- Blade on a Stick: Fights Ichigo with a massive halbeard with a rectangular blade.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Once his mask is broken, the Gates of Hell appear and the chains binding him ratchet him in. He's summarily impaled by a massive sword blade that disintegrates him and returns him to the lowest depths of Hell.
- Mask of Power: Like the other Togabito, he wears a black and white mask that somehow allows him to move outside Hell and prevents the Kushanāda from finding him. Once it's broken, he's immediately recaptured.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Is killed very early in the movie. To add salt in the injury, he's not done in by a hero and it's stated that due to the manner in which he was killed, he won't resurrect for a long time and thus doesn't reappear in the movie.
Video Game Characters
Bleach Shattered Blade
Villain of the Wii fighting game Bleach: Shattered Blade. Sealed away within his sword due to his power, the shards of the titular shattered blade are inevitably collected over the course of the main story, and he must be defeated to end the chaos. In the DS strategy RPG Bleach: The 3rd Phantom, the battle in which he is sealed is shown in full, and it's revealed that the Kudo twins and Suzunami siblings played vital roles in his defeat.
Bleach: Hanatareshi Yabou
Villain of the Japanese-only game Bleach: Hanatareshi Yabou, used to work for the Soul Society as a researcher before turning into an Arrancar. Rumored to be Urahara's mentor. His Resurrecion is "Segador Severo" (Grim Reaper).
- Cloning Blues: Can make copies of himself and others from any material.
- Extra Eyes: On his cane and also when turned.
- Simple Staff: Despite the name his Zanpakuto is a skull-tipped cane rather than a scythe.
Bleach: The 3rd Phantom
A Soul Reaper from the DS game Bleach: The 3rd Phantom. Captain of the 5th division before Urahara was kicked out of Soul Society, Seigen is convinced by his sister to adopt twin souls after he, Urahara, and Aizen save them from Hollows. However, after he and the Kudo twins try to stop Arturo from invading Soul Society, they mysteriously disappear and are not seen again for hundreds of years.
- Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (JP), Dave Mallow (EN)
The main female protagonist of the DS game Bleach: The 3rd Phantom. After she and her twin brother were targeted by a gang of Hollows due to the rarity of twin souls, the kids were adopted by Seigen. Taking Urahara's advice, the twins decided to repay Seigen's kindness by becoming Soul Reapers and joining his unit. However, after trying to defeat Arturo, the Kudo twins and Seigen are sent into the future.
If Matsuri is the main character, she awakens in Karakura town just in time to help Ichigo save Shiyo's life. Afterwards, she takes Shiyo to Soul Society, and soon discovers that Seigen and Fujimaru have also awoken.
- Voiced by: Masumi Asano (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (EN)
- Shapeshifter Weapon: In its basic form, Kotomaru looks like some sort of Chinese halberd. It can also take the form of a chakram and the one of a giant falchion, depending on your choice.
The main male protagonist of the DS game Bleach: The 3rd Phantom. If he's chosen as the star instead of his sister, he'll be the one that sides with Ichigo and the rest of Soul Society against Aizen.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His Zanpakuto takes the form of a blue metal gauntlet with a katana blade and two axe-like blades on the arm.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He's well versed in swordmastery, hand-to-hand combat and kido, unlike his sister who is better with a weapon.
Seigen Suzunami's older sister, who has mysterious healing abilities. After convincing Seigen to adopt the Kudo twins, she acts like a mother towards them. Unfortunately, she is also the only person in Soul Society capable of using an artifact that weakens Arturo's power, and it puts her life in grave danger.
A spirit from Bleach: The 3rd Phantom. After Ichigo, Don Kanonji, and one of the Kudo twins save her from Hollows, it's revealed that she has amnesia. Additionally, unlike other spirits, she cannot be affected by Kanso, and must be escorted to Soul Society.