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Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach. This page deals with characters who appear in the Bleach anime only stories, 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: While they have a large role in the Bount arc and try to fight Arrancar!Grand Fisher (in the manga, this was just Kon), they pretty much vanish from the story after that and are reduced to just a few cameos in the Zanpakuto Rebellion and Invading Army arcs, despite the latter focusing heavily on mod souls and giving a greatly expanded role to fellow Mod Soul Kon.
- 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 specialized 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.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Tends to act like a brat most of the time since she's more or less a kid. This is mainly during the Training from Hell, but she still has elements of this later.
- Master of Illusion: Has the power to create illusions to misdirect her enemies.
- 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.
- Cool Mask: In his human form, he wears a blue ninja mask.
- 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.
- Reality Warper: He has the power to warp space.
- 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.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a nice brown leather coat.
- 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.
- Death Seeker: After all the shit he went through just for being a Bount (and only becoming one by accident), his second goal aside from revenge is to finally die.
- Filler Villain: Along with the rest of the Bounts.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has one of the evil variety on his chin.
- 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 Bount's 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.
- Laser Blade: The true form of his doll Messer is a blade made of lightning extending from his arm.
Jin's right hand man. Besides Yoshino, he's the most sympathetic of the Bounts. His Doll is Dalk.
- Anti-Villain: He's fairly nice and truly cares for his fellow Bount, eventually turning on Kariya when he sees how deeply the man has fallen.
- An Axe to Grind: Dalk's "core form".
- Badass Beard: Sports a short brown beard, and as a Bount he's quite badass.
- Disney Death: He appears to die after losing to Hitsugaya, but Yoruichi saves him.
- The Dragon: He's Jin Kariya's right hand man, and carries out Jin's plans until his HeelFace Turn.
- 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: Patrick Seitz (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.
- Death-Activated Superpower: It's reveal that she holds the key to the Reshi draining dolls, but must die for it to happen. Despite Uryu's attempts to save her, Jin manages to kill her.
- 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.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Uryu's arms after Jin mortally wounds 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.
- Token Good Teammate: She's not really on board with Jin's plan and really only associates with the Bounts just for company. However, she tries to distance herself from the Bounts as much as possible.
- 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.
- Nieder (Jian) voiced by: Taro Yamaguchi (JP), Joe J. Thomas (EN)Nieder (Fan) voiced by: Mariko Koda (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
- Ax-Crazy: She lives for fighting, and she's just going along with Kariya's plan for more fighting.
- Blade on a Rope: Yoshi wields a weapon called Nieder which consists of a jian sword and a Combat Hand Fan connected by a chain.
- Blood Knight: More than the other Bounts, she really enjoys a good fight.
- Dark Action Girl: A powerful Bount and one of the eviler ones.
- 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.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's dark green.
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.
- Evil Genius: A fairly smart being who uses his smarts to try and outwit his opponents.
- Death Dealer: Uses a deck of cards to control Gesell's body parts.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He's evil and wears glasses.
- Non-Action Guy: He never confronts the protagonists directly, instead coordinating his Bounts attacks from a safe location. Once he's found though, he goes down easily.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: He wears round glasses that often reflect light.
- 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.
- Creepy Child: The youngest of the bounts and their demeanor is disturbing say the least...
- Creepy Twins: ... They're both likewise twins.
- 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.
- Laser Blade: His Shikai turns his sword into pure glowing energy.
- Light 'em Up: His main power reflects light allowing him to fire light attacks and blind his opponents.
- Light Is Not Good: His Zanpakuto utilizes light as a weapon.
- Psycho Supporter: Supports Jin since he both saved his life and likewise disillusioned with the Soul Reapers rules after his former captain was killed by Kenpachi. Though near the end, he comes to realize that Jin is insane when he realizes his plan will kill both Soul Society and the human world.
- Spanner in the Works: The remnants of his sword protect Ichigo from an otherwise fatal attack.
- Not So Stoic: He completely loses his shit during his fight against Kenpachi.
- That Man Is Dead: "I am no longer a Soul Reaper."
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 Bount threat.
- The Gunslinger: Her weapon is a kido gun.
- 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' abilities.
- Hot Scientist: Her beauty is constantly noticed and she is a former Soul Reaper scientist to boot.
- 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.
- Meganekko: A glasses wear and pretty cute
- 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 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.
- Voiced by: Tetsuo Kanao (JP), JB Blanc (EN), Carlos Águila (LA)
- Achilles' Heel: His power lays in his shield/holes in his body which he uses to quickly swipe out when he unshealtes/unfurls his wings to fire his blasts. Ririn notes this and has Kurōdo and Nobo both prevent his wing from closing back up and blocking a blast respectively, giving Renji an opening to finish him off with his Bankai.
- Arm Cannon: In his true form he can shoot powerful energy blasts from his arms/wings.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He has a very high opinion of himself and thinks he's strong enough to lead Hueco Mundo. Needless to say, after his outing in the human realm and getting his butt kicked, he doesn't live up to his own hype. What's more, the poor sap didn't even know that Aizen was onto him the whole time and had created a fake Ulquiorra whom he thought he had killed just to mess with him and knowing full well he was no match for the Soul Reapers.
- Bad Boss: He's an utterly horrible leader who manages to convince Menis and Aldegor to join him, but in no way sees them as equals. Once they're killed, he shows no concern for them and considered them weak for being brought down by "lowly soul reapers". Ironically, no sooner then he says this, he's quickly taken out himself.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He thinks he killed Ulquiorra, takes the Hogyoku for himself and tries to lead his team of Arrancars in an invasion to Urahara's to force him to show them how to control it. But, despite putting up a good fight, is utterly beaten (by the Bount-sensing Modsouls of all people), loses his subordinates and ultimately killed, not even realizing that Aizen knew of his treachery all along, played him easily with a fake Ulqiorra and Hogyoku and fully expected him to fail.
- Non-Indicative Name: "Gerifalte" is Spanish for "gyrfalcon". His true form barely looks like one.
- The Starscream: Want to steal the Hogyoku from Aizen and become the ruler of Hueco Mundo.
- Take Over the World: Admits that he plans to take over both Hueco Mundo and the human world when Renji asked what he plans to do when he finds out how to control the Hogyoku.
One of Patros' henchmen, follows him in the Real World but gets offed by Hitsugaya and Matsumoto. His Resurrecion is Erizo.
- Voiced by: Hisafumi Oda (JP), Michael Sinterniklaas (EN)
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He has a high opinion of his abilities, but his battle with Hitsugaya and Matsumoto proves otherwise.
- Co-Dragons: He and Aldegor act as this to Patros.
- Combat Tentacles: His true form gives him three, long spike-like tentacles.
- Evil Red Head: A red-headed Arrancar who naturally causes trouble.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Attempted. After Hitsuguya and Ranguku managed to beat him, Aldegor and he tried to break off from their fights and pull out but were quickly found and taken out not long after regrouping with Patros.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Frozen completely by Hitsugaya's ice ability and shattered into nothing.
Another low-level Arrancar working for Patros. His Resurrecion is Jabalì.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Attempted. After Ikkaku managed to beat him, Menis and he tried to break off from their fights and pull out, but were quickly found and taken out not long after regrouping with Patros. Aldegor succumbed to his wounds and died right in front of Patros.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Aldegor's Resurrecion gives him six tentacle-like appendages.
- 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), Rick Zieff (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.
- Arc Villain: He's the Big Bad of the eponymous "New Captain Shusuke" arc.
- 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: His 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 preoccupied, 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.
- Green Lantern Ring: His Bankai has a multitude of techniques with which to shape fire. Lots of fire.
- Go Out with a Smile: He 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 Yamamoto 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.
- No-Sell: His Bakkoto negates other Zanpakutos' abilities, preventing their wielders from attacking him and leaving them utterly helpless. Only Ichigo is able to go against him due to his mixed Hollow and Soul Reaper powers.
- Playing with Fire: His Zanpakuto forms itself like a conch like figure which allows him to unleash fire blasts.
- 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 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.
- Redemption Equals Death: After he's finally beaten, he comes to his senses and realizes he went too far in his efforts for revenge after the truth of father's death comes to light. To atone for this, he commits suicide to atone for his crimes.
- 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.
- Tragic Villain: He's a nice guy, a very capable captain, but his drive to kill Yamamoto overrides it all. So much so he's willing to put innocents in the line of fire and work with the true villain just to achieve it. By the time he finally realizes the truth of thing and finally calmed down to think rationally, he notes he went against his ideals and couldn't live with the fact that he committed such hypocrisy. Choosing to end his live to atone for his actions.
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.
- Co-Dragons: Shared the role with Hanza Nukui towards Kumoi. Whereas Hanza was more the front line force for Kumoi's plans, Makoto acts as the inside man in the Gotei 13 to keep suspicions off Kumoi's plans.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Another evil glasses wearer, near looking like Aizen even. Though unlike him, he doesn't have the capacity for planning ahead.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kira uses his Zanpakuto's weight ability to make make Makoto's weapon too heavy to fly, forcing him to pour in more and more of his power into the Bakkoto to compensate until ultimately he merges with it in a last ditch effort to kill him. Izuru cuts the weapon in half in the final strike and the Bakkoto consumes Makoto not long after.
- 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.]
- Smug Snake: Extremely haughty and arrogant about his Bakkoto abilites, but he doesn't quite realize the side effects.
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.
- Arc Villain: He's the main antagonist for much of Amagai arc story at least until the last half of the arc when Amagai kills him.
- 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.
- Villainous Breakdown: As things start going wrong with his plans, he begins to panic culminating with him trying to take Rurichiyo hostage as a last resort when he gets cornered and no longer has any henchmen left at his disposal.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Declares this on one of his own assassins, whom he has executed. And ironically pulled on him by Amagai.
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.
- Co-Dragons: Shares the role with Kifune to Kumoi, though he acts as more a front line soldier fro Kumoi's operations while Kifune works on the inside of the Gotei 13 and tries to divert attention away from Kumoi.
- 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.
- Ninja: A very non-Gotei 13 straight example, he's a born and bread ninja. This is likely keeping with the Fedual Japan asthetic of the Soul Society.
- 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.
- Gonk: Just look at him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He's devoured by the Bakkoto he uses.
- One-Winged Angel: He transforms into a monster by eating his Bakkoto, Retsurai.
- Reverse Shrapnel: He can shoot blades with his Bakkoto.
- Sinister Scythe: His Bakkoto resembles an oversized Kusarigama.
- Spikes of Villainy: He has strange spikes scattered over his body, and his back is covered with them.
One of Hanza's subordinates, who attacks Chad.
- Voiced by: Daisuke Matsuoka (JP), Adam Bitterman (EN), Roberto Molina (LA)
- Blade on a Stick: His Bakkoto takes the form of a large naginata.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Bakkoto, Kakuyoku, can create and manipulate earth. Genga uses this to create walls to box his opponents in. He can also merge into these walls to turn himself into a Lightning Bruiser that could appear anywhere his walls have sprouted up.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a rather nasty looking scar that runs across his mouth.
- Only One Name: We never learn if he has a last name.
One of Hanza's subordinates, who attacks Uryu.
- Voiced by: Hikaru Hanada (JP), Joe Ochman (EN)
- Improbable Weapon User: His Bakkoto looks more like a bizarre fish monster than a weapon.
- Master of Illusion: His Bakkoto surrounds himself with mist and enables him to create illusionary shadows of himself to deceive his opponent.
- Sole Survivor: He's the only one of the initial assault on the protagonists to recapture Rurichiyo to survive, managing to escape from Ishida and make it back to Soul Society. But is quickly killed off by Kifune not long after.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Manages to escape from Ishida, but is killed by Kifune on Kumoi's orders.
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
- The Ojou: Heroic and incredibly wealthy.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother succumbed to Death by Childbirth. Her father's death kickstarts the conflict she gets caught in.
- 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.
- Distressed Dude: He gets kidnapped at one point in the story but is saved by Ichigo.
- Go Through Me: Pulls this to protect Ichigo from the Gotei 13 when they believe he's trying to kill Rurichiyo. It's a duplicate in her image controlled by Kumoi.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Hasn't been out of his castle much and as such he's very awkward around people.
A Soul Reaper and Rurichiyo's bodyguard. His Zanpakuto is Benishidare.
- Green Thumb: His Zanpakuto manifests as a plant and uses it fire pollen at his opponents, rending their weapons useless
- In-Series Nickname: Dubbed Kenryuu (Dragon Dog) by most of the cast, contrasting Rusaburo.
- Petal Power: His power consist in covering his opponents in flowers, paralyzing them. He can also skewer them with petals.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: His shikai is so useless it was used more for comedy relief than genuine fights.
A Soul Reaper and Rurichiyo's bodyguard. His Zanpakuto is Daichimaru.
- Cool Shades: He wears a pair.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Daichimaru means "The Earth" and can make hand-shaped walls of stone from the ground.
- In-Series Nickname: He's sometimes dubbed Enryuu (Dragon Monkey), contrasting Ryusei.
- Powerfist: His Shikai forms itself as two huge fists chained to him that follow his movements, which he uses to attack both directly as well as use for his rock making abilites.
- Vocal Dissonance: Despite his rough like appearance, he has a very squeaky like voice (think Mickey Mouse) that he's self conscious about, so he talks as little as possible and uses sign language to communicate.
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. The truth is a little different.
- 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.
- Antagonist Abilities: He can turn a Zanpakuto, 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 Zanpakuto's owner to defeat the brainwashed Zanpakuto in combat, leaving Muramasa free to go about his own business.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a white, fur-trimmed longcoat, and he threw the Seireitei into chaos in just one night.
- Big Bad: He is the primary antagonist of the Zanpakuto Unknown Tales arc, brainwashing the Zanpakuto Spirits of the Soul Reapers into rebelling against them in an effort to free his master, Kouga Kuchiki.
- Canon Immigrant: The novel Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World reveals that he — or at least a Broad Strokes version of him — exists in the canon story.
- Dragon Ascendant: Muramasa spends most of the Zanpakuto 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.
- Evil Plan: Free zanpakuto spirits from their masters and overthrow the Shinigami. He's lying. It's actually 'steal Ryujin Jakka and use Yamamoto's memories to free his imprisoned master'.
- 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 heartbreaking.
- 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, etc.).
- Meaningful Name: Named after the 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 Kouga 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 Kouga thought he was to Soul Society or "unbalanced justice" which is what Ginrei accused Kouga 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 direct mind control as amplifying a zanpakuto's negative feelings to get them to turn on their masters. It's not perfect by any means; Hanataro's zanpakuto Hisagomaru is immune because he had no negative feelings to work with, and Hyorinmaru just lost his memories but refused to work with Muramasa. The power also dissipates if the zanpakuto is defeated by their wielder, and once they're on guard it can't just be used again.
- One-Winged Angel: When Kouga abandons him, Muramasa's Despair Event Horizon causes him to Hollowfy, and he later transforms into a dome-shaped construct containing a replica of Kouga'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.
- Tears of Blood: On occasion. They're presumably a result of him destabilizing from being away from his master so long and eating Hollows to survive.
- 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, Kouga, was sealed and use Yamamoto's power to free him and be reunited. Sadly however, Kouga, 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.
- Villain Takes an Interest: When Ichigo Hollowfies during his fight against Old Man Zangetsu, Muramasa takes an interest and enters Ichigo's Inner World to speak to his Inner Hollow directly, offering to liberate him from Ichigo like he had Old Man Zangetsu. When the Inner Hollow brusquely rejects his offer, Muramasa decides to just kill him.
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, Kouga 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.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Flashbacks reveal that he was quite handsome when he was a loyal shinigami; going insane and then being sealed off really did a number on his looks.
- 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 Kouga 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.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: His biggest Kick the Dog moment was when he literally kicked Muramasa and broke him when the poor guy was already on the ground after Kouga stabbed him.
- Master of Illusion: Able to cast illusions to throw off his opponents. He doesn't need Muramasa to use it.
- Miscarriage of Justice: Kouga pretty much slammed the door on this trope, as he didn't even give them a chance to prove him innocent or guilt. 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.
- Multicolored Hair: His hair is mostly black, but has a stripe of red. Back when he was a Kuchiki, this is where he wore his kenseikan.
- One Steve Limit: He has a very similar name with Go Koga, the Bount.
- People Puppets: He can control people like this even without Muramasa.
- Sanity Slippage: He was once a well-adjusted Shinigami with no malicious intent whatsoever, but then some higher-ups decided to frame him for attacking allies, and imprisoned him. He escaped with Muramasa's help, caught them gloating about what they did, and murdered them all in revenge. When Ginrei pointed out that he had now lost any chance of legitimately proving himself innocent, his mind snapped and he started thinking that everyone was his enemy, and hated him because of his powers. When he's unsealed in the present, he's so far gone that he can't even trust his own zanpakuto, and breaks Muramasa for imagined betrayal.
- 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.
- Superpower Lottery: Though his powers aren't so good as a rank-and-file Shinigami, they're definitely extremely strong. He can reach into minds and distort perception, and turn zanpakuto against their wielders.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Weaponized. His power allows him to cause Zanpaktou to turn against their wielders. But, despite being a good guy, his fellow soul reapers feared him for it as well and figured he would one day fully use it against them. They got what they asked for.
- 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.
- You Have Failed Me: He breaks Muramasa because he thinks the zanpakuto betrayed him by not freeing him sooner. The fact that Muramasa actually did free him and it was not easy didn't seem to cross his mind.
Beast Swords Arc
A blue-haired, masterless Zanpakuto that meets Haineko.
- Bishōnen: He's a pretty, blue-haired Mr. Fanservice, which is what originally attracted Haineko to him.
- Mr. Fanservice: He has a rather lean, muscly physique.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: The only thing he wears on his upper half is a towel over his shoulder.
- Tragic Villain: He's really quite nice, but since his master is dead, he will inevitably lose his sanity like the other Beast Swords.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is bright blue and spiky.
Menos Forest Arc
A mysterious, lone Soul Reaper who lives in the Forest of Menos. He's the only survivor of his original team. He and the entire Menos Forest Arc was supposed to appear in the manga itself, but was unfortunately cut due to time constraints.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nemean Skinning: The fur pelt slung over his shoulders. That leaves the question of where he got it, considering Hollows disintegrate when killed.
- The Stoic: He a person who usually like to keep to himself rather than talking with others. A result of losing his friends five hundred years ago.
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. Kageroza was after her for mysterious reasons.
- Action Girl: When she awakens her zanpakuto, she has powerful Attack Reflector abilities and takes the field against Kageroza herself.
- Attack Reflector: Nozomi's zanpakuto can absorb spiritual pressure attacks (such as those from other zanpakutos and Ishida's Quincy attacks) and strike back at her attacker(s) with that energy.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: She's much prettier than Kageroza, and also far nicer. She's the 'good half' of Yushima's soul, and she got all his good looks.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: Her Shinigami uniform does not include the normal pants, much like Nemu's. She also wears white knee-high boots.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: She's almost always seen wearing a short skirt, and once she remembers her shinigami powers, she can fight on par with captains.
- Damsel in Distress: In the latter half of the arc, she's captured and forcefully merged with Kageroza 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.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts out entirely cold to Ichigo and Kon and wants to escape their protection, but she slowly begins to accept their friendship.
- Energy Absorption: Her Zanpakuto can absorb Reishi, allowing her to take down even powerful opponents easily. No wonder that Kageroza wants her out of his way.
- Fusion Dance: Kageroza wants to do this with her. This returns them to their original self, Oko Yushima.
- 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.
- Healing Hands: She restores Ichigo's spirit energy this way.
- 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.
- I Work Alone: She has this view at the start, which causes problems as she insists on running away from the Shinigami trying to help her. This is a trait she got from Yushima, who was a loner and didn't believe in The Power of Friendship. Nozomi gets better, but Yushima does not.
- 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 Kageroza in existence.
- Macguffin Girl: Kageroza needs her to complete his plan. He wants to fuse with her to return their original self, Yushima, to life with their combined powers.
- Perpetual Frowner: She very rarely smiles, even after she starts defrosting. She does Go Out with a Smile, though.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: Nozumi is essentially this to Ouko Yushima, created when he split his soul into two mod souls, one of which was her and the other Kageroza.
- 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: Downplayed and somewhat justified. She only appears for the Invading Army arc and nowhere else, but she is the most important female character in the arc, but again, only that. During that arc, she completely replaces Rukia and Orihime so that they often ended up with almost no lines in episodes. It should also be noted that unlike Rukia and Orihime, who have no direct connection to the Big Bad, Nozomi is not only deeply connected to him, but she also has a major part to play in his plan, so it makes sense that the story would focus a lot on the two of them.
- 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.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Hers is a dark forest green, much like one half of Kageroza's. She inherited the color from Yushima.
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.
- Bad Boss: He has no real care for the Reigai, and attacks Reigai Isane to force her to take the effects of Mayuri's drug.
- Big Bad: He's the one who created the Reigai and wants to take over Soul Society. The plan is actually Yushima's, but Kageroza does most of the heavy lifting until Yushima is re-formed as the Final Boss.
- Blade on a Stick: His Zanpakuto, Raiku, manifests in Shikai as a staff with blades on both ends.
- 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 Kageroza's personality.
- Evil Laugh: He laughs a lot when the Captains confront him. It starts out as just low giggling, but steadily gets wilder as he loses it.
- Evil Plan: Kageroza is determined to fuse with Nozomi to gain her power, and conquer Soul Society with the Reigai. He's actually trying to complete Yushima's plan, which was to transfer himself into a pair of mod souls who could surpass his limits. Kageroza was the half who got his memories, and his goal is to fuse with Nozomi to render Yushima whole again.
- Filler Villain: The Anime team invented him for the Invading Army arc, and he's never mentioned outside of it.
- First-Name Basis: Aside from Akon, everyone else calls him by his first name for some strange 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".
- Mad Scientist: He's in the 12th division, it's kinda expected. He uses his position to make a Clone Army to do his bidding and take over the world.
- 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.
- Multicolored Hair: One half of his hair is green, and the other is yellow.
- No Ontological Inertia: Once defeated and split back into two, both Nozomi and he start to fade, having used up all their energy fighting Ichigo
- Oh, Crap!: He loses his composure and downright freaks out for the first time when he realizes Mayuri Out-Gambitted him and traded places with his Reigai.
- 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 more aggressive and bloodthirsty personalities. 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.
- Story-Breaker Power: His zanpakuto ability is bad enough, but he also commands an army of Reigai that are at least as powerful as the originals, look exactly the same, and can be revived if killed. He's never defeated as himself, and is only defeated as Yushima once the Reigai turn on him.
- 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: He really is a good fighter and the Reigai make him a serious threat, but he's not as invincible as he likes to boast. He would have lost his first fight with Mayuri badly if not for Mayuri allowing to implement his contingency plan out of sheer curiosity, and he does tend to overestimate his capability to take people out of the fight. This is because he's the dark half of Yushima's soul, containing his dormant megalomania and revenge fantasies. Nozomi got all the restraint, so Kageroza has nothing to check his ego.
- Sword Cane: Raiku's sealed form is a cane, along the lines of Ryujin Jakka and Benihime.
- Up to Eleven: Some of his Reigai are actually stronger than their originals, like Reigai!Kira being able to increase weight tenfold with a strike instead of just doubling it.
- Would Hit a Girl: He's very willing to hit Nozomi if it means capturing her.
Ex-member of the 12th divison and founder of the project Spearhead, prior to being put in a permanent coma. His zanpakuto was Sumitsuki Gasa.
- Antagonist Abilities: He obtains all of Kageroza 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.
- Bishōnen: He looks somewhat like a male Nozomi.
- Blade on a Stick: His Zanpakutou is a mix between Kageroza's and Nozomi's Zanpakutou, making it a double headed glaive with straight blades and golden handle.
- Empty Shell: After a mod soul experiment, he was rendered permanently comatose, and his unresponsive body is still in the Maggots' Nest. His soul was split into two Mod Souls and Reigai, those being Kageroza and Nozomi. Even when he is reborn as their fusion, his original body remains comatose.
- 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.
- Mad Scientist: This guy is the brains behind the project that created Kon, and ultimately turned himself into a pair of mod souls in an attempt to surpass his limits.
- Man Behind the Man: Since Kageroza 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, it's Kon who ultimately throws a wrench into his plans. Granted Urahara did most of the science work but Kon the one that carries it out. Stopping Ouka 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.
- Self Made Super Powers: He is a brilliant scientist and strategist who invented the mod-soul and Regai Technology. He later turns himself in to a mod-soul through a series of convoluted schemes and gains access to the full extent of his powers.
- Story-Breaker Power: Actually invoked. The original Yushima was quite weak, but splitting into Kageroza and Nozomi, then fusing back into himself granted him enough power to overwhelm even Ichigo.
- 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.
- Voices Are Mental: The revived Ouko Yushima has the voice of Kageroza who is pretty much in control of his body.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's green, and looks like a combination of Nozomi and Kageroza's hairstyles.
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.
- Butt-Monkey: She's never given a name despite being the villain of two Karakura Rizer episodes, and she's defeated by Chizuru molesting her.
- Filler Villain: The Karakura Rizer mini-arc she appears in is anime-only.
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's quite a beautiful woman. Unfortunately for her, Chizuru's Karakura Rizer Erotic powers are fueled by the presence of pretty girls.
- No Name Given: As stated, she was never given a name in the anime nor supplementary 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.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's introduced as a kind and charming boy, but he's actually an Arrancar trying to drain his supposed friends' enemy.
- The Dragon: He's this for the Unnamed Female Arrancar, though he only appears in her second episode. He's acting on her orders, but is the one doing the legwork in her plot to drain the heroes' reiatsu.
- Nice Hat: In his human guise, he wears a fancy top hat.
- 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.