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Ichigo Kurosaki

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False Shikai

False Bankai 
The Lost Agent appearance (Fullbring Shikai) 
Thousand-Year Blood War appearance (True Shikai) 
"I'm not Superman. So I can't say anything big like I'll protect everyone on Earth. I'm not a modest guy who will say it's enough if I can protect as many people as my two hands can handle either. I want to protect... a mountain-load of people."
Species: Human-Soul Reaper-Hollow-Quincy hybrid
Zanpakutou: Zangetsu (Shikai) / Tensa Zangetsu (Bankai)
Fullbring: Unnamed
Voiced by: Masakazu Morita (JP), Yuki Matsuoka (as a child) (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (US), Eduardo Garza (Latin America), Isabel Martiñón (Latin America, young), Armando Guerrero (Latin America/live-action film), Sergi Zamora (Spain)
Played by: Tatsuya Isaka (Rock Musical Bleach), Sota Fukushi (live-action movie)
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The hero of the series, sarcastic and grumpy, Ichigo originally attempted to cultivate a tough guy image to hide his sense of powerlessness at being unable to protect either people or the spirits he can secretly see. When Rukia gives him Soul Reaper powers, she's shocked by how quickly his abilities eclipse her own and forces him to assume her duties while she's powerless. When Soul Society retrieve the AWOL Rukia, Ichigo learns she will be executed due to it being illegal for Soul Reapers to imbue humans with their power, so he begins an assault on Soul Society to save her.

His growth rate is phenomenal, quickly allowing him to surpass even talented veterans. He has the ability to gain many different kinds of powers, but because they interfere with each other, his competence level fluctuates until he is able to resolve the issue. His Zanpakutou is Zangetsu, which was originally a large blade created by his fusion of Hollow and Soul Reaper powers. It allows him to condense his spirit energy at the tip of the blade and blast it all at once at his enemies - a technique known as Getsuga Tenshou. After obtaining his own Asauchi, it changes to two blades, one of which is large and the other of which is a smaller, arm-length blade. This weapon is destroyed by Yhwach, and subsequently reverts to its original appearance. His Bankai is Tensa Zangetsu, originally a slender pitch-black long sword which compresses his vast power within his body, allowing him to perform combat at blinding speeds and with greater strength.

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Note: Tropes exclusive to his Inner Hollow can be found here.


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  • Adaptation Dye-Job: According to the manga color spreads, his original reiatsu is yellow, which turns pitch-black once his Hollowfication activates during the fight with Byakuya. After the Lost Agent arc, color spreads show his reiatsu is now a dark blue-white. In the anime, his reiatsu has consistently shown a pale blue-white in Shikai and black with a blue/red-outline in Bankai.
  • All-Loving Hero: Ichigo once made a vow to himself to never let anyone suffer a sad face the way he did when his mother died. As a result, he'll protect anyone who needs protecting, no matter how well he knows them or even if they're supposed to be on the enemy's side. The need to protect is the main driving force for his resolve. At the start of the final arc, Urahara remarks on Ichigo unhesitatingly going off to save Hueco Mundo from the Vandenreich at Nel's request, even though Hollows and Arrancar other than Nel's group have been his enemies up until this point.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: When he first fights with Grimmjow,note  dukes it out with Hiyori, during his fight with Ulquiorra, and during the anime's Reigai Uprising filler arc, being taken over by his Inner Hollow causes him to black out with no memory of what happened during that period.
  • Anti-Hero: Ichigo starts off as someone who acts like a jerk and rejects his duties as a Substitute Soul Reaper. However, it's because he rejects the premise on which the Soul Reapers function, his motivations for helping people are completely different to Rukia's. Once that understanding becomes clear, he becomes openly proud of using his Soul Reaper powers to protect others and he drops the jerk act.
  • Apathy Killed the Cat: He starts to learn the truth about his family origins from things the villains say to him. Even when he finds out Isshin is a Soul Reaper, he simply acknowledges it's intrusive to demand answers and will instead wait until his father is ready to tell the story. He also doesn't interrogate Urahara too closely about the information he does and does not provide, although he eventually makes it clear to the reader that the reason for this is because he doesn't think it would do any good. Urahara simply isn't the kind of person who can be squeezed for information he doesn't want to give.
  • Arch-Enemy: Yhwach is Ichigo's most dangerous enemy, the one responsible for his mother's death by de-powering her in the middle of a fight with the Grand Fisher. Ichigo takes Yhwach's attack on Soul Society personally when he's left trapped and forced to listen to cries of the Soul Reapers', including his friends and allies, who had been relying on him to save them. Yhwach claims to be Ichigo's 'true father' as the Quincy progenitor, and Old Man Zangetsu is really the manifestation of Ichigo's Quincy power, made in the image of Yhwach. Yhwach claims Ichigo's entire life and development was his will; their first encounter gets his Bankai broken by Haschwalth, their second encounter gets his new Bankai broken, his Hollow powers absorbed, and Orihime badly injured. Before he departs to remake the world, Yhwach warns Ichigo not to follow or Yhwach will come and slaughter Ichigo and his friends in that one moment when they're at their happiest.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Ichigo will fight until he collapses. Then he gets up and does it again, if his Inner Hollow doesn't do it for him. This doesn't always work, though, like when Aizen nearly cut him in half and told him that he could have all the guts and courage in the world and it wouldn't matter because his body just would not work. Same situation when Ulquiorra utterly owned Ichigo (at least before his Hollow form kicked in) and Ichigo could not be convinced to surrender.
  • Babies Ever After: The epilogue takes place ten years in the future just as Rukia is being promoted to captain. At the same time in the human world, a small orange-headed boy is causing trouble for Hiyori. He turns out to be Kazui Kurosaki, Ichigo and Orihime's young son. Orihime knows where he is at all times because she uses her Shun Shun Rika to keep watch over Kazui.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: So many Hollows turned up after Uryuu releases his Hollow bait that Ichigo and Uryuu find themselves completely surrounded. They agree to fight back-to-back... only because it's absolutely necessary and not because they're beginning to bond in the slightest.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Nel latches onto Ichigo from the moment they meet, resulting in him having to look after her throughout the Arrancar Arc. This pays off eventually when her need to repay his kindness breaks her amnesiac Sleep-Mode Size and transforms her back into her true, former Espada form.
  • Badass Boast: When he and Renji first meet, he's not at all intimidated by the fact he's dealing with a high-ranking, properly trained and experienced Soul Reaper. Instead, he simply quips an introduction to him announcing the outcome of the fight before it has even begun.
    "The name is Ichigo. I'm the one who's going to beat your ass. How's it going?"
  • Badass Longcoat: Ichigo's Bankai transform tends to result in much swirling of his Soul Reaper uniform which mimics a long coat. The style very often swirls into the form of great black wings when he strikes his enemy from above or dramatically enters a fight by landing heavily from a great height. The inside of the clothing is a deep blood-red which adds to the menacing image his Bankai projects. Ichigo has made it clear the Bankai uniform is part of his power. How complete or ruined it is reveals how much power he has remaining.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Hollows are viewed as evil because they are driven by base instincts and negative emotions, and consume souls to survive and grow in power, and Hollowfication combines a Hollow's soul with a human spirit or a Soul Reaper to augment the latter at the risk of them becoming a powerful, mindless Hollow and - at worse - being utterly destroyed. Ichigo's mother was parasitized by an artificial Hollow called White, which was transferred into him when he was born and merged with his Soul Reaper powers to become his Zanpakuto Spirit and Inner Hollow. With training, Ichigo learned to channel Hollow reiatsu into a powerful Black Getsuga Tensho and manifest a Hollow mask to augment his powers, though in this state, he becomes more aggressive and his reiatsu is described as dark, heavy, and malevolent. Orihime is actually somewhat terrified of him the first time she sees him fighting with his Hollow mask (during his final fight with Grimmjow), in no small part given her experience with her Hollowfied brother, until she's chastised by Nel for not recognizing him as the same guy who's been fighting to rescue her.
  • Battle Aura: As with all beings of reiatsu, Ichigo's reiatsu can be used to announce his presence or strength of power and resolve. His most resolved and violent battles will transform his aura into a Hollow's mask, which is first seen during his fight with Kenpachi.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: After he loses to Zaraki, Ichigo is pulled into his inner world by the Old Man and made to fight his Inner Hollow to teach him how to properly wield a Zanpakuto. In the early Arrancar Arc, Ichigo battles his Inner Hollow for control over his body. Later, he has to overcome his deep despair to learn his weapon's ultimate technique by fighting a merged being consisting of Tensa Zangetsu and the Inner Hollow. In the anime, Ichigo and his Inner Hollow tag-team against Muramasa, a Zanpakuto Spirit who possesses the ability to enter a Soul Reaper's inner world.
  • Battle in the Rain: During the "Memories of the Rain" arc, Ichigo fights his mother's killer, the Grand Fisher, in the depths of the pouring rain.
  • Beam-O-War:
    • Multiple times, Ichigo clashes his Getsuga Tenshou against Grimmjow's and Ulquiorra's Ceros.
    • When fighting Zangetsu in the Muramasa Filler, he clashes his Getsuga Tensho against Zangetsu's.
    • During the Arrancar arc, Ichigo's second Hollow form overpowers Ulquiorra's Cero Oscuras with its own normal Cero.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The simple, yet complex reason why he and Chad are friends. Specifically, Chad took a beating for Ichigo when the latter was getting beaten up by a gang. Later on, Ichigo rescued Chad from the same gang and saved the coin given to Chad by his grandfather. After the latter incident, they both made a vow to fight for and to protect each other.
  • Become Your Weapon: His final Zanpakuto technique fuses him with Zangetsu, which is used to provide enough of a beating to Aizen that he can be sealed by Urahara.
  • The Berserker: When Ichigo fights to save the people he cares about, he will never give up fighting. He will keep getting up it becomes physically impossible for him to do so, such as when Aizen paralyses his spine to prevent him from being able to protect Rukia. He therefore fights head-on, preferring to leave strategy to Uryuu — and if Uryuu takes too long in coming up with a strategy, Ichigo will give up waiting and charge in to battle anyway. When Ulquiorra injures him to the point of death, Orihime's screams drive his need to protect so much that his Hollow takes over and brings him back to his feet as a wrathful monster that attacks anything that tries to stop him from protecting her — even Uryuu.
  • BFS:
    • In its sealed form in the early chapters/episodes, his false Zanpakuto resembled an enormous broad-bladed katana, with its size being a sign of his unusually-high but uncontrolled spiritual power. Byakuya assumes this sword to be derived from Rukia's stolen Soul Reaper powers, but this is called into question by Ichigo still possessing it after Rukia's powers are purged from him and his own are awakened.
    • His Shikai is a six-foot khyber knife with cloth hilt wrap for a handle. After being upgraded by remnants of his Fullbring it resembles an equally massive bowie knife with a proper hilt and a chain attached to the end, and has a strong resemblance to Yhwach's personal sword.
    • After having his true Zanpakuto forged by Ōetsu Nimaiya, the original creator of the Zanpakuto, one of Ichigo's two swords is a large completely-black blade shaped like a khyber knife with a gap in the middle of the blade, a thin grip at the base of the blade, and a handle roughly the width and length of his forearm. Using his Hollow powers turns the larger sword white, and the swords' bankai fuses them into a single large white sword with a black fuller. After his Quincy powers are absorbed by Yhwach, the white part of Ichigo's bankai crumbles to reveal a sword identical to his original Shikai underneath.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Ichigo believes the oldest brother is born first to protect all the siblings that follow, so he has big issues with older brothers that put their siblings in danger, as he makes clear to both Sora and Byakuya for their mistreatment of Orihime and Rukia respectively. In the fourth film, Ichigo's emotions are stretched beyond their breaking point by the enemy's kidnapping and mistreatment of Yuzu.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Ichigo's motivation for fighting is protecting his family, friends, and allies, and as such he frequently shows up to save them when they're in danger. Key incidents include him saving Karin and Yuzu from Grand Fisher, saving Rukia from being immolated by the Sōkyoku, and his classmates from being murdered by Aizen.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": In Chapters 474-5, Ginjo tries to break Ichigo with revealing knowledge that Ukitake had been using him, causing Uryuu to panic because he believes Ichigo isn't in the right state of mind to handle the truth. Ichigo's "shut up" leads straight into Bankai before he reveals he's telling Uryuu to shut up, not Ginjo. He then orders Ginjo to shut up as well.
  • Black Swords Are Better: When his sword enters Bankai, it's completely black from hilt to tip. His true Zanpakutou blades are also black in Shikai.
  • Blood Knight: While he never actually actively seeks out fights unless they're against someone who's threatening his family, he does enjoy fighting a great deal. His Inner Hollow calls him a hypocrite and insists that he is only lying to himself when he denies this side of himself.
  • Born Winner: He has inherited incredible power and talent as a Soul Reaper from his unusually powerful father and he has also inherited great Quincy power from his mother.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: For most of the series, Ichigo is a scowling young man who harbors great guilt whenever he can't protect anyone, while Orihime remained mostly upbeat and hopeful.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Ichigo sacrificed his Soul Reaper abilities to defeat Aizen using Mugetsu, though he eventually regained them two years later by developing his Fullbring and being re-empowered by Soul Society. Given that he had trained with Tatsuki in a karate dojo for years before the start of the story, in the Lost Agent arc he acknowledges it's his time spent as a Soul Reaper that left him with the reflexes and speed to be an effective fighter, even after his powers have left him.
  • Bully Hunter: Don't vandalize memorials or try to beat up Actual Pacifists when Ichigo is in the area. He demonstrates the trope quite nicely in his first appearance, and again in his and Sado's Back Story.

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  • Catch and Return: Ichigo is capable of catching a Quincy's Heilig Pfeil in mid-flight and throwing it back at the Quincy who fired it. He can even do this when multiple arrows are fired at him. Quilge Opie acknowledges that this is evidence that he has a long way to go before he can claim he's mastered the powers of his arrows.
  • Character Development: After emotional beating he receives during the Fullbring arc, he becomes much calmer and displays greater self-awareness. And while he still won't hesitate to get involved in a fight, he's more aware and analytical about his situations with a more mature outlook than before.
  • Chick Magnet: An anime-only trope that will attempt to play up Ship Tease with any female Ichigo interacts with. It's guaranteed with anime-only characters (such as Senna and Ririn), but the anime will even alter canon female behaviour to accommodate this, such as randomly making Nel clingy and jealous in response to Rukia talking to Ichigo.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Orihime. They've known each other since middle school and were still acquainted with one another during high school. And during the latter, they became closer friends and warrior comrades. By the epilogue, they are married with a son.
  • Childhood Friends: Ichigo and Tatsuki first met in a dojo at the age of four and have been close friends ever since.
  • Chosen One: It's been made clear from the earliest parts of the manga that Urahara has been looking for "The One" for a long time. When Ichigo defeats the story's first Menos Grande, Urahara's followers become convinced Urahara has finally found "The One", with Yoruichi becoming convinced of this only after Ichigo's bankai training. Later on, it's indicated that Ichigo's path will take his future away from him, but that he needs to follow it to "protect everyone". In the final arc, it's revealed that he's one of the five Special War Potentials that the Vandenreich is concerned about.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In certain situations, Ichigo drops the sarcastic wit and becomes both serious and pragmatic. He wordlessly attacks people like Aizen and Shaz Domino when they are in the middle of talking. He also prevents people like Jidanbō from successfully attacking him, especially if they are in the middle of using certain techniques. When he regains his Soul Reaper powers during his fight with Ginjou, he prevents Ginjou from retreating, which would allow Ginjou time to regroup and come back stronger. When Ichigo learns that Tsukishima's mind-control powers end when Tsukishima dies, he accepts without hesitation that he will have to kill Tsukishima to save his friends and family. When Yhwach learns he was attacking Aizen whom he thought was Ichigo, the real Ichigo wordlessly stabs Yhwach from behind while using a point-blank Getsuga Tenshou to ensure that it cannot be easily dodged.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Ichigo possesses an eclectic combination of Soul Reaper, Hollow, and Quincy powers; enabling him to learn how to use Fullbring while in human form. Although he inherited Soul Reaper powers from his father, everything else is inherited from his mother, the first Quincy to fall victim to Aizen's Hollowfication experiments. All his powers need to synchronise before he can manifest his true Zanpakutou.
  • Costume Evolution: He originally possessed a standard Soul Reaper uniform with a belt strapping his Zanpakutou sheath to his back. His Shikai transformed the belt to a red strap and his Bankai turned the kosode into a tattered longcoat. Awakening his Fullbring gave him a uniform made of black flame that eventually transformed into a black bodysuit with white skeletal armour. The restoration of his Soul Reaper powers merged with the remnants of his Fullbring to add neck armour and X-shaped straps to his Shikai and Bankai uniforms. After training with Squad Zero, he obtains a tattered, black-streaked, white waist cloth and shoulder armour that crosses his chest in an X-shape; though this is destroyed to return him to his default outfit.
  • Covert Pervert: Ichigo is a straight arrow through and through. Though that isn't to say it doesn't require a significant amount of effort on his part...
    • He works himself into a fever when he sees Yoruichi naked for the first time. He's ultimately a gentleman about it, but he seriously struggles through it. Not at all helped by Yoruichi's constant teasing and cavalier attitude about nudity.
    • When Rangiku begins unbuttoning her blouse, he clamps a hand over his eyes and protests against her impropriety. Meanwhile, his fingers have parted slightly, allowing him to peek at her.
    • While training with the Visored, resident pervert Lisa claims she lent some of her porn mags and josei manga to Ichigo. He denies it, but...he isn't exactly known to be above it either. We never do definitively find out if he indulged in her reading material or not.note 
    • When preparing for the trip to the Royal Realm, Chad curiously asks Ichigo what he thinks of Orihime's new stripperific appearance. Ichigo mentions that he has noticed how revealing her clothing is but also accidentally gives away that he's actively trying not to stare. Yoruichi chastises him both for not complimenting Orihime's appearance and not realising that she's only wearing it because Urahara tricked her. Urahara knowing how Ichigo would react to the dress appears to be the reason why Chad asked the question.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: When Tatsuki demands to know why Orihime has gone missing, Ichigo cruelly cuts her off and abandons her, along with Keigo and Mizuiro. Urahara later comments, upon realising that the trio are trying to follow Ichigo to find out what's going on, that Ichigo was very naïve if he thought his attempt to protect them by breaking their friendship would work.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Isshin warns Ichigo that if he wants to learn the Final Getsuga Tenshou from Zangetsu, he'll have to force the Zanpakutou to teach it to him because there's a heavy price to pay for learning it. Using the technique almost completely erases Ichigo's powers.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His mother got killed and eaten by a Hollow in front of him when he was nearly nine years old, something he blamed himself for until he fought Grand Fisher. Until that point, he'd been an ever-smiling wimp. After that, he becomes a furrowed-brow protector of the innocent and helpless.
  • Declaration of Protection: After Orihime is injured by Yammy, Ichigo comes to her later, after some pep talk from Rukia, and promises her that he will protect her.
Ichigo: [Bowing to Orihime] I will protect you, without fail.
  • Determinator: If he has to win, he'll keep fighting until he wins. His Catchphrase is "It's not because I can win or not. It's because I have to win". His zanpakuto is also quite focused on ensuring Ichigo continues being a determinator and gets very angry with Ichigo when his resolve is so shaken that his inner world has flooded with despair.
  • De-Power: After being defeated by Yhwach during the third round of the final battle, Ichigo is stripped of the powers he'd inherited from his Quincy mother. Whether he retained his Quincy powers is unknown, but while he felt his Hollow powers — which he inherited from his mother — disappear, Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World reveals that Zangetsu is still Hollowfied.
  • Die or Fly: It's observed by several characters, among them Aizen and Ginjo, that Ichigo levels up in power when he or his allies are about to be killed. Examples of this include his fight with Zaraki, his Hollowfications against Byakuya and Ulquiorra, the rapid development of his Fullbring, and his Blut Vene.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Learning the Final Getsuga Tenshou teaches him a level of calm that ends up being completely at odds with the fight he uses the technique in. It contrasts heavily with Aizen's emotional state during the fight, as he unravels into a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Justified. In the side story/extra, Ichigo angrily turns his attention from the beach competition to call out Rangiku on trying to teach Orihime the "boob bucket" technique for the game.
  • Dual Wielding: His true Zanpakuto, forged after reconciling his Hollow/Soul Reaper powers and Quincy powers, takes the form of a pair of black swords: one normal length with a gap in the center and the other a short sword. Both are similar in shape to his previous sword.
  • Duality Motif: When fighting Yhwach, Ichigo taps into his Hollow powers, causing the larger of his twinned blades to turn white. When that happens, the left half of Ichigo's body and his right arm transform — giving him the markings, black sclera, and horn of his second Hollow form. This results in him having a split appearance that evokes the combined form of his Quincy powers and Inner Hollow.
  • Easily Condemned: After Ichigo sacrifices his Soul Reaper powers to defeat Aizen and save Soul Society, the Soul Reapers are very grateful towards him. However, the anime's Gotei 13 Invasion Arc — which is set immediately after Aizen's defeat and just before the Lost Agent Arc — has Yamamoto promptly order Ichigo's arrest when one piece of evidence implicating him in villainous events is uncovered, without bothering to look any deeper at the situation or talk to Ichigo. The Lost Agent Arc debunks the filler's portrayal of Yamamoto; when the canon Yamamoto learns Ichigo's fallen in with the wrong crowd, he cites Ichigo's past deeds as justification for breaking the rules of Soul Society to save him.
  • Eating Contest: In Chapter 521, Ichigo and Renji's rivalry at dinner time very briefly spills over into an eating competition until they're interrupted by their host.
  • Energy Bow: In December 2018, Bleach: Brave Souls added a original version of Ichigo combining his Soul Reaper, Hollow, and fully-unleashed Quincy powers. Quincy Ichigo's outfit mainly resembles his Fullbring-upgraded bankai, but he has a Hollowfied left arm with black skin, white markings, claws, and fur on his shoulder; Blut Vene activated; and his Heilig Bogen resembles a twinblade and can fire both energy arrows and Sword Beams.
  • Enemy Within:
    • Ichigo has had a constant struggle with his Hollowfied Zanpakuto Spirit ever since Urahara released it. Initially, the "Inner Hollow" protected Ichigo by manifesting a Hollow mask to shield him from lethal attacks, and Old Man Zangetsu pitted Ichigo against it when Ichigo needed to learn how to properly wield a Zanpakuto. Their relationship turned antagonistic when the Inner Hollow intervened in Ichigo's fight with Byakuya to save him by taking over his body, and Ichigo refused its help and was badly injured as a result. The Inner Hollow deemed Ichigo unworthy and repeatedly tried to permanently usurp control over his body. Even after Ichigo suppressed it, the Inner Hollow warned him that it was always looking for the opportunity to take control of him should he ever come close to dying, which had devastating consequences for Ichigo and his friends when he was mortally wounded by Ulquiorra.
    • In the "Thousand Year Blood War", Old Man Zangetsu is revealed to be the personification of Ichigo's Quincy power masquerading as his Soul Reaper power. The Old Man states he tried to manipulate Ichigo into forsaking his Soul Reaper heritage to avoid having to kill him, but had to rely on the Inner Hollow to teach Ichigo because the Inner Hollow is Ichigo's true Zanpakuto Spirit. After coming to learn the truth of his heritage, Ichigo eventually reconciles with both spirits, recognizing them as parts of himself.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His Chapter 1 introduction has him beat the crap out of some punks... only to make them apologize to the ghost of a dead girl for knocking over the vase of flowers that was offered to her. Fighting to protect those who cannot fight for themselves is his driving motto as a result of the powerlessness he felt when his mother died in front of his eyes.
  • Everyone Can See It: In the manga, when the men from the Rukon district urges Orihime to take a break from healing Jidanbo's arm, she walks alongside Ichigo and they automatically assume that Ichigo is her boyfriend.
Orihime: Haha, c'mon. There's no need to thank me. But if you insist I'll take a tiny break!
Man#1: How sweet!
Man#4: You think she's got a boyfriend?
Man#1-4:[sees her walk alongside Ichigo] Definitely; Lucky stiff; Aww, stop whining; Your out of the game, anyway.
  • Evil Mask: When Ichigo uses his Hollow power, a Mask of Power manifests on Ichigo's face. If the enemy cracks or breaks his mask, his power suffers accordingly. When Ichigo loses control over his Hollow power, his entire body transforms into a Hollow that's driven by the instinct to win at all costs.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Ichigo was very afraid of his Hollow powers and what they made him capable of doing. After turning into a full Hollow in his fight against Ulquiorra, he's so shaken that his inner world is literally flooded with despair. It takes a combination of Tensa Zangetsu and the Inner Hollow to bring him out of it.
  • Eye Color Change:
    • His eyes glow blue whenever he gains Heroic Resolve and channels large amounts of reiatsu.
    • Before suppressing his Hollow side, an indication that he was losing control was his sclera turning black and his irises turning yellow, accompanied by a loss of vision in the affected eyes. After suppression, it loses this meaning. When he takes the second Hollow form, his Hollow eyes are impossible to see except in one scene, emphasising his lack of humanity. Only when the mask cracks are his Hollow eyes visible underneath before he finally transforms back into a human.
  • Eye Scream: Takes a sword slice across the eyes as part of his Fullbring training. Ginjou reveals it's necessary for Ichigo to be blinded to learn how to "see" reiatsu properly.
  • Face of a Thug: Orihime used to think Ichigo had a scary face due to his constant scowling... then she considered it a bit more and realized it was actually kind of funny-looking. On the other hand, other people still think he looks scary: Orihime's friend Michiru cannot bring herself to talk to him, and entire delinquent gangs look for him to beat him up.
  • Failure Knight: When Ichigo was nearly nine, he chased after a girl he thought was about to jump off a bridge, ignoring his mother's cries to stop. The girl was part of a Hollow that ended up killing his mother. Ichigo blames himself for his mother's death, for taking her away from his family, and for being unable to protect her. As such, he takes protecting his family and friends very seriously.
  • Fantastic Nuke: Ichigo's Black Getsuga Tensho, when augmented by his Hollow mask, is capable of producing enormous mushroom cloud explosions.
  • Fiery Redhead: Zigzagged. Ichigo has spiky, orange hair and while he comes off as a frowning, aloof person, he can be quite Hot-Blooded.
  • Friend to All Children: Ichigo tries to protect everyone, but will particularly protect children. He makes his entrance to the story protecting the ghost of a girl whose memorial site is being vandalised by boys and from there graduates to taking a big brother role whenever he sees big brothers failing to protect their younger siblings. He even ends up adopted by Nel because of the effort he makes to look after her.
  • The Gift: Ichigo has an innate fighting talent that allows him to develop his combat abilities at a truly phenomenal growth rate, for which he was named one of the Vandenreich's Five Special War Powers. He was able to become capable of fighting, and defeating, lieutenants and captains after just ten days of training. He was able to achieve Bankai in two and a half days, and within the space of only a couple of months in total, he went from being a powerless person who could see ghosts to being capable of defeating a transcendent Aizen. All the various powers his mixed heritage has given him merely distract from the fact that his combat ability is completely innate. Various people have lampshaded this, observing time and again that combat training doesn't work on him and that his ability to fight isn't evidence of heritage or training but of instinct. Even when he loses all his powers, his combat instinct makes him incredibly good at handling unsavoury humans, such as thieves.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ichigo doesn't pull punches when he fights and can dole out serious injuries even when his opponents are normal humans. When his friends and family have been manipulated or injured, his fights become more brutal.
  • Good Parents: To Kazui. It's clear that Ichigo and Orihime care for their son deeply, but also give Kazui enough space to vent his curious impulses while having the Shun Shun Rikka ensure that he's not getting into any trouble. Ichigo is also pissed off when he realizes how cavalier Renji and Rukia are about parenting, letting their daughter out their sight and expecting her to take care of herself and not pick on humans with her Soul Reaper abilities.
  • Got the Call on Speed Dial: When Ichigo gets the chance to become a normal human being, he finally realises it's not the life he wanted after all and that he actually loves protecting those he cares for. He therefore jumps at the first opportunity that comes along to regain his powers, aka what properly allows him to protect his loved ones.

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  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Ichigo sheds blood, sweat and tears during training sessions that often last only a couple of days or a month at most. However, these short training periods circumvent decades or centuries of training that Visoreds or Soul Reapers have to undergo, and he often has instinctive talent for abilities that are only found among the most powerful and talented Arrancar or Soul Reapers. The in-universe explanation is that the world contains four types of souls. Each soul has a natural physical and spiritual limit that can only be broken by mixing together souls of different types. Soul Reapers have engaged in sanctioned or illegal research for centuries to break these limits with only limited success. Ichigo was born a mixture of all four souls, which means he breaks every known limit. However, this also means that training him is uncharted territory, with his unique blend of powers both boosting and hindering each other in unpredictable ways. Thus, the best training for Ichigo is an intense kind that few others would dare to try.
  • Healing Factor: One of Ichigo's lesser-known Zanpakuto abilities is that he can temporarily compress fatal wounds, which, combined with his massive energy reserves, allows him to heal most wounds in a short period of time. When his Hollow form is in play, he can regrow limbs and heal a massive hole in his chest. He also employs this in a unique fashion on his own Hollow mask by patching minor damage to it. Some of his healing is attributed to his rudimentary Quincy powers (Blut Vene), the rest is from his Hollowfication.
  • Hearing Voices: During the early part of the Arrancar arc, as his Inner Hollow grows in power Ichigo starts to hear it taunting and threatening him, growing louder as time goes on. It gets to the point where he starts Hollowfying in his human body before he seeks the Visoreds' assistance in subduing it.
  • Heinz Hybrid: Ichigo's father was a Captain-class Soul Reaper wearing a special gigai that made him human, and his mother was an Echt (pure-blooded) Quincy infested by a parasitic Hollow. As a result, Ichigo was born human but inherited their powers, which were suppressed in his soul and had to be drawn out by outside sources. Nimaiya accuses him of being a fake Soul Reaper while he's trying to learn how best to understand his power, but by the time he leaves the Royal Realm the Guards are calling him a true Soul Reaper.
  • Henshin Hero: While a capable fighter regardless, Ichigo can only draw on his powers by expelling his soul from his physical body using Rukia's glove, Urahara's cane, Kon's mod soul pill, or his Substitute Soul Reaper Badge. The latter becomes the conduit for his Fullbring, which once complete manifests as a short sword and white-and-black armor that gives him access to some of his Soul Reaper powers as well as some new ones.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • As his Inner Hollow grows more powerful during the first part of the Arrancar arc, Ichigo becomes afraid to fight at all lest it take over him. Rukia snaps him out of it and restores his resolve, but his fights with Yammy and Grimmjow cause him to realize he needs help in controlling it.
    • Ichigo's shame and horror at losing control of his Inner Hollow to such an extent that he defeats Ulquiorra by inhumanly tearing him apart and stabbing Uryuu in the process, plunges Ichigo into such despair that his inner world floods with a literal sea of despair. He never fully recovers from the consequences of that fight, even holding back against Aizen because he fears he lacks the strength to control his own power, until he is forced to engage in three months' worth of hellish training inside his Inner World, where Tensa Zangetsu takes an amalgamated form of itself and the Inner Hollow to snap Ichigo out of his mood.
    • During the Fullbringer Arc, Ichigo is brought to the brink when Tsukishima turns almost all of his family and friends against him, and Ginjo pushes him over that edge by betraying him and robbing him of what little power he'd managed to accumulate. It requires the help of Soul Society to break him out of it.
    • After Tensa Zangetsu is broken by Yhwach, the Royal Guard offers him a chance to restore his power. When he fails and is banished from Soul Society and forced to return home, he flees from his father because he's too ashamed to look him in the eye. It's actually a test to see how he handles the truth about his maternal heritage, which will affect his power development. He passes.
    • When Ichigo learns that the Old Man who he thought was his Zanpakuto Spirit has been lying to him about being Zangetsu, the skyscrapers of hope in his Inner World shatter and it floods with despair again. The Old Man expressing pride in Ichigo's achievements as a Soul Reaper restores his resolve.
    • When he sees Uryuu has joined the Vandenreich, Ichigo is devastated and his unanswered scream of despair ends with him slumping to the ground, despite being in the middle of an active battlefield. Sado physically throws him into a wall and lectures him to bring him back to his senses. Ichigo's resolve is restored enough to go after Uryuu and drag him back home - by force if necessary.
    • After Yhwach shatters his new Bankai, revealing his utterly broken ability to change the future, beats him and his partner Orihime to a pulp, and steals most of his powers, Ichigo is left lying in total despair at the futility of trying to further oppose Yhwach. He snaps out of it after Tsukishima rewrites the past to let Orihime use her powers to restore his Bankai.
  • He’s Back:
    • Ichigo spends the entire Arrancar Arc struggling with his fear of his inner Hollow, falling into despair after he obliterates Ulquiorra and severely injures Uryuu. Rukia notes that he seems depressed even though he's won, and Gin tells him to run away as he's no longer in any state to fight Aizen. However, Isshin encourages Ichigo to train one last time, which allows Ichigo to confront and reconcile with his inner spirits. Upon returning to the battlefield, Gin acknowledges Ichigo has regained his fighting resolve, and Ichigo then proves it by curb-stomping Aizen.
    • During the Lost Agent Arc, Ichigo's friends and family are brainwashed against him; and the one ally remaining to him turns on him, stabs him and steals his power. Ichigo is left on his knees, powerless and sobbing. The Soul Reapers turn up to restore his Soul Reaper power in the same fashion as Chapter 1, his resolve returns in full force, and he thrashes the Arc Villain.
  • Hidden Depths: Looks up to Shakespeare as a role-model. For all his bluntness and rather one-dimensional approach to strategy, he hides a keen analytical mind as well an urge to understand and empathize even with his enemies.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Discussed Trope. In school, he was carefully cultivating the image of an all-around jerkass, making him appear grumpy and short-tempered. However, Ichigo is compassionate, empathic, and will do anything to protect his loved ones. When Kon first hijacks his body, he ruins Ichigo's reputation by acting like a Cassanova towards his female classmates. Ichigo ends up dropping his facade in favour of being more open about his compassion; the only people after that who think he's a "jerk" are the villains that are trying to take over the world or hurt his loved ones, and who don't appreciate his attempts to stop them.
  • High-School Sweethearts: With Orihime — they met in their junior high years (in very troubled circumstances), then were high school classmates and had lots of Ship Tease while still in school, and by the end of the manga were Happily Married.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Ichigo has grown up being constantly attacked by his father, usually by being ambushed, especially when entering or leaving a house or being woken up in the morning by an ambush attack. It's always Played for Laughs and tends to degenerate into a silly cat fighting between the two. On one occasion, however, it's played for drama. Isshin is shocked when his ambush succeeds, flooring Ichigo who doesn't fight back. It's designed to emphasise how depressed and unhappy Ichigo is at the time. Isshin seems to have a more serious reason for having raised Ichigo this way, as implied when he and Ryuuken discuss what terrible fathers they both are.
  • Hot-Blooded: Ichigo tends to recklessly charge into combat without considering strategy or tactics — especially if his loved ones are in danger — and relied mainly on his raw power to defeat opponents. As he undergoes character development, he becomes calmer and more measured than he was in the earlier parts of the story.
  • Hurting Hero: He blamed himself for his mother's death. He blames himself whenever he fails to completely save the day. He blames himself if his Inner Hollow takes control and causes him to do things that are against his beliefs — even if he's in the middle of battle. He'll take the weight of the world on to spare others' suffering if he has to, and he suffers as a result.
  • Hybrid Power: Ichigo's father is a Captain-class Soul Reaper and his mother was a pure-blooded Quincy parasitized by a powerful Hollow. While born a Human, Ichigo unlocks and comes to terms with each aspect of his heritage over the course of the series, and learns to combine them in various ways — such as donning a Hollow mask to augment his Soul Reaper powers, channeling his Hollow reiatsu while in Human form to manifest a Fullbring, merging his Fullbring with his Soul Reaper powers, and mastering his Hollow form during his final battle with Yhwach.
  • Identical Stranger: Bears quite a resemblance to Kaien Shiba (both in personality and looks). Several characters have noticed and Aizen exploited it to manipulate Rukia into giving Ichigo her powers at the start of the story. It's really an Uncanny Family Resemblance as Kaien's uncle is Ichigo's father: Isshin discarded his Shiba family name to take his wife's family name, Kurosaki.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Being born with the ability to see ghosts caused Ichigo a lot of trouble growing up. At its worst, it attracted the Grand Fisher to him and resulted in his mother's death. It also resulted in him becoming a Substitute Soul Reaper, ostracising him further from normality. However, when he is finally given the chance to live a normal life, he loathes it and yearns to have his old, abnormal life back.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: Ichigo is left shaken after his fight with Ulquiorra as a result of how powerful his Inner Hollow has become and what it forced him to do to both Ulquiorra and Uryuu while he was being controlled by it. When he learns Final Getsuga Tenshou, Old Man Zangetsu merges with the Inner Hollow and tells Ichigo they are one being, and the Inner Hollow is the face of the despair he has been carrying since the fight with Ulquiorra. When Ichigo realises the true motivation of his inner spirits is to protect him, he gives up fighting and allows them to stab him. Surprised to experience no pain, Ichigo learns that his inner spirits cannot harm him because he's accepted them as a part of him, and thus obtains Final Getsuga Tenshou.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In order, Ichigo has been stabbed by Rukia, Grand Fisher, Byakuya, Kenpachi twice, Byakuya again, his Inner Hollow, Ulquiorra twice, Tensa Zangetsu, Ginjou twice, Rukia again, and then once by Yhwach. He no sells the last one by using Blut Vene.
  • Implausible Hair Color: His hair is orange in the anime. Word of God states it's actually "honey" coloured.
  • Indy Ploy: Against his first Menos Grande, Ichigo got fed up of Uryu trying to plan an attack against it that he simply charged it with the vague intention of chopping it from the bottom upwards like a Jenga game. Later on, when facing the villain of the Lost Agent Arc, Ichigo again gets fed up of waiting for Uryuu to come up with a decent plan and decides to wing it.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: With Rukia during her stay in the World of the Living. She had to take up residence in Ichigo's bedroom closet and later in Karin and Yuzu's room. During all that time, Ichigo and Rukia had nothing going beyond friendship.
  • Ironic Echo: Ichigo's remarks to Aizen after pulling off a Barehanded Blade Block are exactly the same as what Aizen said after blocking Ichigo's blade in their first meeting. He even lampshades their reversal of positions.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Ichigo inherited most of his powers from his parents, with his father's enormous reiatsu and powers as a Shinigami Captain and his Mom's Blut and Hollowification. This also proves true for his son, Kazui, who inherits Ichigo's Shinigami powers from an early age and can enter Shinigami mode at will, complete with a Zanpakuto whose sealed form is shaped like Tensa Zangetsu.
  • Leitmotif: The song "Number One" has several variants all based around his activities and action sequences. The song title is also a pun with one of the meanings of Ichigo's name. The anime associates it so strongly with Ichigo that when his triumphant attack on Aizen was abruptly defeated with a single finger, the Theme Music Power-Up was also cut off with equal abruptness.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He has a bad habit of rushing in without thinking.
    • His first encounter with a Menos Grande consisted of him hacking it from the feet first in the vain hope of toppling it like a Jenga tower.
    • He ignores Soul Society's preparations for the Winter War to charge into Hueco Mundo to save Orihime; just as Aizen planned. This one almost gets him killed. Grimmjow points out that Ichigo could take Orihime and run, but isn't because he wants to settle their score. Ichigo doesn't deny this. Later on, his insistance on fighting Ulquiorra even though he's way overpowered leads to the latter punching a second hole through his chest, bringing him to the brink of death. Orihime has to save his life. Again.
    • Lampshaded during the Lost Agent Arc by Ichigo himself; he tells Uryuu the only reason he held back from attacking because he was waiting for one of Uryuu's brainy strategies but since Uryuu can't come up with one fast enough for his patience, he's going to charge in anyway.
  • Lightning Bruiser: By the end of the series, Ichigo is noted to be one of the most-powerful Soul Reapers, possessing immense strength, speed, and durability as a result of his capacity to become stronger through combat. This lets him shrug off attacks that incapacitate weaker Soul Reapers and fight evenly against opponents that previously dominated him in terms of speed and strength.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Ichigo's father and Uruhara deliberately kept the truth about his origins a secret from him. As a result, both Aizen and Yhwach — who were involved in the circumstances of Ichigo's parents meeting and his mother's death — know more about his family history than he does.
    • Following Ichigo losing his powers after Aizen's defeat, his friends cut him out of the supernatural aspects of their lives — Chad joining X-Cution and Orihime honing her powers to be more useful in combat — which angers him when Tsukishima and Ginjo Kugo begin attacking his friends and no-one tells him what's going on. Soul Society also opts to not warn him about Ginjo as a Secret Test of Character.

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  • Mana Meter: His Bankai uniform serves as a gauge for how much reiatsu he has left. If his uniform is damaged, it means he's not at full power.
  • Meaningful Name: According to him, his name means "to protect one thing". It's also a homonym of "strawberry" and "1-5", reflecting his age at the start of the manga, fifteen.
  • Merger of Souls: Ichigo learns that his Inner Hollow was once a powerful artificial Hollow called White, which transferred its soul into his mother Masaki before being passed on to him and merging with his Soul Reaper powers to become his Zanpakuto Spirit.
  • Mirror Boss: Hollow Ichigo loves using Ichigo's powers against him to show how much more skilled he is with them, despite being even more reckless than Ichigo himself.
  • Mistaken For Dyed: Because of his orange hair, a lot of people assume Ichigo to be some Japanese Delinquent.
  • Mistaken for Masturbating: Happens to Ichigo several times, although it's usually his father or Karin claiming he's doing this when he's alone in his room, when he's actually dealing with Soul Reaper visitors or out hunting Hollows. It doesn't help that Kon uses his body to do exactly this.
  • Mistaken for Romance: His platonic friendship with Rukia tended to be mistaken for a romantic relationship in the early days of the manga, but this has not been revisited since. The anime plays with it much more.
  • Momma's Boy: When he was a child, Ichigo adored his mother and always wanted to be near her. He cried a lot, but seeing her always made him cheer up and smile. When she died, he became driven by the powerlessness he felt at that moment to protect those who cannot fight for themselves so that they never have to feel the way he did when he lost her.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He is remarkably well-built for his age, including broad shoulders, muscular limbs, and a very well-defined six-pack. Perhaps as a result, he's the most frequent 'victim' of Clothing Damage, which provides a ton of Female Gaze shots.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: The sheer level of threat Tsukishima poses to Ichigo's friends and family results in Ichigo seriously contemplating killing him, as Tsukishima's power can only be ended if Tsukishima wills it or is killed. However, Byakuya ends up being the one to kill Tsukishima.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: While being attacked by Yhwach, Ichigo spontaneously uses a new power (Blut Vene) to prevent Yhwach from giving him an Impromptu Tracheotomy. However, Yhwach's explanation that Ichigo's Quincy heritage was awakened by his desperate situation exposing his deepest soul to the reiatsu of a pure Quincy (Quilge) ties in to both his spontaneous healing during his first fight with Kenpachi and with the power restoration technique that Ryuuken uses on Uryuu.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the Zanpakutou Tales filler arc, Ichigo confronts Muramasa in front of the sealed Yamamoto and attempts to strike him down with his full power. This is exactly what Muramasa wanted; Ichigo had thought Muramasa sealed Yamamoto, but Yamamoto had sealed himself away from Muramasa. Ichigo's attack provides Muramasa with the power he needs to break Yamamoto's seal and steal Ryuujin Jakka.
  • Non-Nazi Swastika: Ichigo's Bankai incorporates swastika shapes, usually as the guard of his sword. "Bankai" is written with a manji (swastika character meaning "infinite" or "final") — 卍解 — making Zangetsu's Bankai form a visual pun as well. The initial stage of his Fullbring takes on the shape of a manji, and the chapter it is revealed in is even called "Swastika Break", though this is censored in the anime.
  • Numerological Motif: Of #15. It's patterned on his bedroom posters and shirts, his age at the beginning was 15, and it's a homonym for his name.
  • Official Couple: At the end of the manga, he and Orihime not only are happily married but they have a young son named Kazui. Plus, one of Kubo's editors has used the word "heroine" to refer to where she stands with Ichigo; in Japan, "heroine" is used to describe both "main female character" and The Hero's Love Interest.
  • One Head Taller: He and Orihime have a height difference of around one head throughout the manga, with Ichigo standing at around 181cm or halfway between 5'11 and 6'0 by the time he's 17, while Orihime stayed at 157cm or 5'2. Their height difference is especially emphasized whenever Ichigo physically protects her.
  • Only Sane Man: The omakes usually have him playing this to everyone else's antics. This is played very darkly in the Lost Agent Arc, when Ichigo finds himself and Ginjou left alone in a world full of people that have been mind manipulated by Tsukishima. When Ginjou is revealed as the true villain, Ichigo's left so isolated, he's left unable to realise until far too late that Uryuu is as sane as he is and therefore on his side.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Early in the manga Ichigo cultivates a tough, cantankerous persona and sports a frown as his default expression. He gets irritated when Kon ruins his image by being all cheerful and smiling.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: His relationship with Rukia. In the Fade to Black movie guide, Kubo himself described the relationship between Ichigo and Rukia as a close and unique friendship; years later, Kubo's editor confirmed it by using the word "aibou" (non-romantic partner, in the line of True Companions) to refer to Rukia's bond with Ichigo.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: When Yoruichi revealed her (naked) human form, Ichigo's immediate reaction was to ask her to put clothes on.
  • Pocket Protector: Throughout the Soul Society arc, his Hollow Mask spontaneously forms on his person to shield him from otherwise fatal blows several times without his knowledge. It stops happening once he and the Inner Hollow have a falling out.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: When Ichigo activates the Final Getsuga Tenshou — an attack that channels all of his reiatsu into a single blast at the cost of his powers — his hair turns black and increases in length to accompany the form he assumes, reverting to normal once he loses his powers.
  • Power Incontinence: Following his battle with Byakuya, Ichigo's Inner Hollow becomes the dominant source of his power and starts trying to take over his body during fights, which is exacerbated when he uses his bankai and Black Getsuga Tensho. Once he starts Hollowfying in his human body, Ichigo turns to the Visored out of desperation to help him learn how to control it. Even when no longer in conflict with his Inner Hollow, Ichigo remarks to Yhwach that he still has a long way from mastering the use of its power and needed a push to activate it.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: His two Hollow forms and his Final Getsuga Tensho form all have mullets, symbolizing how overwhelmingly powerful they are.
  • Precision F-Strike: In the Karakura Town battle, Ichigo's language becomes very coarse at very stressful moments. Examples include when Aizen tells him he's arranged all his battles to date, when he witnesses the captains stab Hinamori and when he witnesses one of Aizen's new forms.
  • Protectorate: As a result of initially blaming himself for his mother's death, Ichigo is driven by an intense desire to protect friends and family, regardless of the cost to himself. His need to protect his family from a Hollow attack is what first encourages Rukia to illegally share her Soul Reaper power with him and the idea of older siblings turning on younger siblings instead of protecting them makes him particularly angry, as both Orihime and Rukia's older brothers learn. He invades both Soul Society and Hueco Mundo to rescue Rukia and Orihime respectively when they're captured by enemy forces, and he will make sure friends can protect people on his behalf when he can't do it, such as asking Renji to protect Rukia, Uryuu to protect Orihime and Orihime to protect Nel. Tsukishima brainwashing all of his friends and family is one of the few times Ichigo ever accepts the need for killing instead of simply defeating the villain.
  • Punny Name: "Ichigo" is written as "to protect one thing" but is a homonym for "strawberry". It can also mean "one" ("ichi") and "five" ("go"), hence the sign saying "15" on his bedroom door (then his age). Yuzu calling Ichigo "Ichi-nii-san" can mean either "number one big brother" or "1, 2, 3" depending on the kanji used. A color spread in an early volume that also makes English puns on Rukia's and Orihime's names calls Ichigo "Jetcape 15" ("Kurosaki" is written as "black promontory").
  • Razor Wind: In the Deicide arc after attaining the Final Getsuga Tensho, Ichigo's level of power allows him to vaporize a mountain from the air pressure that's generated from a casual swing of his sword. After regaining his powers for a second time, a casual sword swing generates a shockwave potent enough to be mistaken for his Getsuga Tensho.
  • Re-Power: After realizing that he doesn't want to be normal after all, Ichigo attempts to repower himself by learning and mastering Fullbring from Ginjou, with the intent of using it to reawaken his dormant Soul Reaper powers. Ginjou steals Ichigo's Fullbring once it's complete, depowering him again; but Rukia arrives to restore his Soul Reaper powers, which merge with the remnants of his Fullbring to make him more powerful than ever.
  • Roaring Rampageof Rescue: When Ichigo fails to defeat Renji and Byakuya and save Rukia from being captured by the 2 he decides to train his Soul Reaper powers and get a new version of his Zanpaktou which ends up to be its Shikai form and he goes on a warpath fighting through some of the best Soul Reapers to save her and actually gets payback on Byakuya by defeating him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ichigo is usually a pretty emotional fighter to begin with, but Tsukishima pushed him so far and pressed so many buttons that Ichigo was reduced to nothing but murderous intent in a human shell for a short while.

    S - Z 
  • Shipper on Deck: Implied. It's hinted that Ichigo thinks Renji and Rukia would make a great couple, as he had the former promise to protect the latter before he fought Byakuya.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • When Ichigo and Aizen fight, Aizen launches into his usual grandiose speeches about how everything is going according to plan and how he is therefore in control of anything Ichigo might try. Instead of listening, Ichigo interrupts with a stunning delivery. He proves his huge power up by grabbing Aizen's face with the palm of his hand, dragging Aizen away from the town and slamming into the ground at a location of his choosing. Aizen is stunned.
    • When Ginjou tries to break Ichigo's mind by revealing his Substitute Soul Reaper's badge isn't a symbol of authority, but is instead a tracking device designed to keep watch over him and even act as a detonation device should Soul Society decide Ichigo is a threat to them. He's hoping to justify his own betrayal of Soul Society by trying to make Ichigo react to the revelation the same way he did. Instead, Ichigo tells Ginjou that he's already figured that out for himself and even that, from Soul Society's point-of-view, it's a reasonable security precaution for them to take. He further states that the reason he was able to figure it out is because Captain Ukitake deliberately dropped clues for him to find so that he could make a choice about whether or not to support Soul Society even knowing what the badge really is.
  • Smarter Than You Look: His orange hair and Perpetual Frowner tendencies make others immediately assume he's some kind of delinquent, but he is actually quite diligent despite running off to do Substitute Soul Reaper work, with his test scores consistently remaining near the top of his class despite slipping somewhat for obvious reasons. In the epilogue, he takes over the Kurosaki Family Clinic, meaning that he's trained to handle dangerous medical emergencies and likely went to school for it.
  • Spell Blade: Ichigo can wreath his Zanpakuto in a Getsuga Tensho without firing it, increasing the power of his slashes.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: His original Zangetsu is revealed to be the result of this, and therefore not a genuine Zanpakuto.
  • Sticks to the Back: Whenever Ichigo sheaths Zangetsu the cloth-wrap on its stock wraps around the blade and tangles around his sash, creating both a makeshift sheath and allowing him to carry it on his back. Even after gaining a proper hilt the bandage-wrappings still materialize around the blade when Ichigo slings it across his back.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Ichigo is a orange spiky-haired teenager who is determined to protect the vulnerable because he knows what it's like to be powerless. His mother was murdered in front of his eyes by a Hollow just before his ninth birthday and he doesn't want anyone to feel the way he felt about that. Three of the five story arcs are based around his determination to protect his friends (Rukia, Orihime and dealing with Uryuu's odd situation in the final arc). His genetic and spiritual inheritance means that his soul is made up of all four of the story's soul-types (Human, Soul Reaper, Hollow, Quincy) giving him enormous power. Soul Reapers can take decades or centuries to develop their power. Ichigo can surpass them after training for days. The villains keep "helping" him to power up because they want his power for themselves, but this just enables him to eventually defeat them. Unlike most shonen heroes, he actually gets good grades in school. He's very studious because he's conscious that the teachers are biased against him because of his odd-coloured hair. However, in battle, he fights instinctively instead of strategically.
  • Super Mode:
    • Ichigo's bankai, Tensa Zangetsu, increases strength and durability, but most of all, his speed.
    • By wearing his Hollow mask - usually in conjunction with his bankai - Ichigo gains a vast increase in strength, speed, and his Getsuga Tensho's power.
    • Isshin reveals to Ichigo that if he can learn Final Getsuga Tenshou from his Zanpakutou, he can power up to a level capable of fighting the very powerful Aizen.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: The first time he uses bankai, he compresses his power so much to produce the speed capable of defeating the very swift Byakuya that his Bankai begins to destroy his own body, causing his Inner Hollow to take over and destabilising his power from that point onwards. It takes hundreds of chapters before Ichigo can regain a level and stability of power that allows him to reach and surpass the level at which he fought Byakuya.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Whenever Ichigo cracks under stress or is about to die, his Hollowfication activates, granting him great power but at the cost of turning into either a sadistic Blood Knight or a rampaging monster that will attack anything that gets its attention. Later, he gets it under control and it just becomes a Super Mode with Ichigo in control of himself.
  • Super Speed: His Bankai ability allows him to perform hyperspeed combat, vastly increasing his speed even by the standards of the Soul Reaper Flash Step.
  • Survivor's Guilt: When Ichigo was nine years old, he ran away from his mother because he thought a girl was about to fall into the river. His mother screamed a warning and chased after him. The next thing he remembered was waking up on the river bank with his mother's dead body sprawled across his own. For years, he was utterly convinced that it was his fault his mother died that day and his motivation to fight for other people was because he didn't want anyone else to feel as awful and helpless as he did in that moment. He's only able to make peace with it after he learns the truth about how she really died.
  • Sword Beam: Ichigo's Zanpakuto ability is Getsuga Tensho, which produces a crescent-shaped wave or beam of reiatsu. With his fake Zanpakuto's shikai, it was originally yellow (light blue in the anime), but after his powers are restored it turns dark blue (remaining pale blue in the anime). His fake bankai's version of the technique explicitly draws upon his Inner Hollow's power and is black and jagged, growing more potent when used in conjunction with his Hollow Mask. With his true Zanpakuto, the original variant of Getsuga Tensho is now fired from his short sword. Getsuga Juujishou upgrades this by firing a second Getsuga Tensho from the long sword as well, creating a cross-shaped beam; while his long sword can be used on its own to fire the jagged black Getsuga Tensho — which is colored red in Bleach: Brave Souls. In his merged Hollow form, he can combine Getsuga Tensho with a Gran Rey Cero and fire it from his larger sword, which can injure beings as powerful as the Soul King-empowered Yhwach.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Ichigo has the ability to read the emotions of his opponents when he matches blades with them, though he doesn't realize it at first. He even pities Aizen for his loneliness and Ginjo for his despair.
  • Tainted Veins: When his Blut Vene activates during his first fight with Yhwach, dark circuitry-like markings appear on his skin as reishi is pumped through his veins.
  • Taught by Experience: Ichigo never received official training like other Soul Reapers do, but by sheer virtue of combat experience he is one of the strongest Soul Reapers in existence.
  • Technicolor Blade: His Zanpakutou is pure white in Asauchi form, but black in all other forms.
  • Tempting Fate: In the Soul Society arc, he expresses confidence that Chad is undefeatable... right before Chad's first defeat at the hands of a captain.
  • Theme Music Powerup: "Number One" plays anytime when he's about to kick ass, except when Aizen stopped him AND the song. It's a play on his name as well which, if spelled "Ichi-gou" (doubling the "o" sound at the end), means "Number One".
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In the Soul Society arc, Ichigo gets his first when he learns to fight side-by-side with Zangetsu and his second when he learns Bankai.
    • In the Arrancar arc, he masters Hollowfication in order to stop his Hollow powers from corroding his sanity. His mask later changes after the Ulquiorra fight, but he actually uses it less effectively due to fearing this power.
    • He goes through a training period before fighting Aizen and ends up so powerful that his reiatsu cannot be sensed even by Aizen's final form, and strong enough to shatter mountains with a single swing of his sword and break through a fully charged Black Coffin kido with a flick of his wrist.
    • In the fourth movie when 1: Ichigo sees a Hell chain coming from Yuzu's chest (meaning she is dead) and goes berserk, Hollowfies, and blows up all five levels of Hell and the Hell Gates trying to kill the villain. 2: When one of the Kushanāda (a Guardian of Hell) gives Ichigo its powers and he gets golden armor on half of his body, can control the Hell chains and the rest of the Kushanāda bow down to him in this state.
    • At the end of the Fullbring Arc, the remnants of his Fullbring merge with his restored Soul Reaper powers and upgrade them to the point where a regular swing of his Shikai is comparable in power to his pre-timeskip Getsuga Tensho. This lets him trounce Ginjo despite the latter using his stolen Fullbring for a boost, and fight on par with several members of the Vandenreich.
    • When his Fullbring upgrade fails against Haschwalth and Yhwach, Ichigo attains his true Zanpakuto and is equipped with special armor that lets him shrug off attacks that devastated other powerful Soul Reapers. The boost in power he gets is significant enough for him to be able to fight on par with Yhwach, who previously swatted him aside with ease, and that's only in Shikai.
    • Drawing on his Hollow powers when no longer in conflict with his Inner Hollow gives him a new transformation resembling his second Hollow form that boosts his power enough to blow out a massive chunk of Wahrwelt with a single swing of his sword.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Throughout his adventures as a Shinigami which often had Ichigo confront long-standing problems that he previously buried deep down, he becomes less and less of the Perpetual Frowner sour grump he was in the beginning.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: When Ichigo's extended family is revealed in story, Ichigo turns out to be a dead-ringer for his cousin, Kaien Shiba, his father's nephew.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Ichigo explains to Unohana that his uniform is a Mana Meter. If any of it's missing, it means he's not at full power. Unohana is shocked to realise that he has captain-class reiatsu with at least half his uniform missing. Most of his soul reaper abilities have been gained by circumventing traditional training and technique development. Several characters in-universe have speculated that his ability comes from instinct instead of training.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he transforms into his hollow form he loses all morals and becomes a rampaging monster. The hollow form he uses usually comes in desperate situations where he is about to die or when his friends are in danger. For example, one instance where he became a hollow due to anger was in the Hell Verse when Kokuto betrays him and taunts about how Ichigo's sister couldn't handle Hell's atmosphere and developed sinner chains, he goes all out berserker rage and shoots Ceros rapidly and unleashes an extremely large and powerful one that is strong enough to break it's gates.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Almost all of Ichigo's closest relationships are based on this trope with the exception of Sado and Orihime:
    • Ichigo and Rukia argue a lot. Rukia will punch Ichigo and shout if it means restoring his resolve, and Ichigo will snark about her attitude and her bizarre taste in art.
    • Ichigo and Uryuu began as snarking enemies but very quickly faded into not-friends who snarked each other constantly and pretended to be enemies. They still can't admit they're friends but their classmates and the rest of their group find their vitriolic relationship to be very amusing, especially given how alike the two really are. Orihime lampshades how strong their friendship has become, much to their horror. They don't know it, but their relationship is a less mature version of the relationship their fathers have with each other.
    • Ichigo and Renji also tend to butt heads within moments of trying to do almost anything, often to the point of immediate physical violence, but will nonetheless put their lives on the line for each other at a moment's notice.
    • Ichigo and Tatsuki have a violent, argumentative relationship that goes back to their distant childhood.
  • Was It All a Lie?: When informed by Ōetsu Nimaiya that the Old Man he's thought of as Zangetsu is actually the manifestation of his Quincy powers and a reflection of Yhwach, Ichigo enters his inner world and asks this of the Old Man, who tells him that Nimaiya is right but that the only thing he ever lied about was his name. Ichigo himself eventually concludes that neither the Old Man nor his Inner Hollow had ever lied to him, and believes that they are both Zangetsu.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Ichigo's fighting style generally boils down to either hacking away with his BFS or utterly wrecking his opponent with a massive Sword Beam. Justified since, as noted by Isshin, all of Ichigo's so-called "training sessions" focused on drawing out more and more of his inherent brute strength and reiryoku rather than teaching him more refined tactics, such as kido or proper zanjutsu.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the Fourth movie, he lets his Super-Powered Evil Side take over so that he can avenge the death of his sister, even though he nearly ends up creating Hell on Earth.
  • The Worf Barrage: A common way to show how powerful the opponent is occurs when they can fend off Getsuga Tenshou, given that it's his only real attack for much of the story. Until the Deicide Arc and the point of returning his Soul Reaper powers again.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He didn't hesitate to hit Isane during his rescue of Rukia. When fighting a group of female Sternritter to protect a battered Kenpachi, he comments that fighting girls turned out to be hardly any different from fighting guys.
  • Wrecked Weapon: To emphasise how outclassed Ichigo is in battle, his Zanpakutou gets dramatically shattered, leading to intensive combat training that empowers him. Byakuya snapping Ichigo's blade leads to Urahara's Shattered Shaft training, enabling Ichigo to fight Soul Reapers. Zaraki piercing Ichigo's Zanpakutou to stab him leads to Old Man Zangetsu forcing Ichigo to fight his Inner Hollow, which empowers him to Captain-level. Haschwalth slicing Ichigo's Bankai leads to intensive Royal Guard training that reveals the truth about his power and grants him a new Shikai and Bankai. That new Bankai is instantly destroyed by Yhwach the first time they fight properly, and even after Ichigo has it restored, Yhwach casually breaks it again, though to a lesser degree than he'd intended... and then when he finishes breaking it again, all that remains is the original Zangetsu to slice him in half.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: It's revealed in the Lost Agent arc that Soul Society had planned on using him as bait to lure out Ginjo Kugo and was then going to kill both of them. Ichigo helping them defeat Aizen changed their minds, and instead they restored his Soul Reaper powers to pay back the debt they owed him.
  • You Killed My Mother: He fights the Grand Fisher, the Hollow who killed his mother. However, while he swears he'll be the one to kill the Grand Fisher, eventually it's Isshin who does so.
  • You Remind Me of X: There are some comparisons between Ichigo and Kaien Shiba, particularly in their appearance and determination to do what's right even if it's against the rules. Byakuya in particular makes note of the similarity between the two, and Rukia remembers that Ichigo's fight with Grand Fisher is quite similar to Kaien's fight with Metastacia in that it's personal to them, although Ichigo, unlike Kaien, made it out of his fight alive.

    Hollow Ichigo/White 
'SPOILER ALERT: This section is a Walking Spoiler, so all spoilers are unmarked.''

Hollow Ichigo/White

First form 
Second form 
Third form 
"Help... her... Must... protect... her... Help her... I must... I will... protect her..."
Species: Hollowfied Soul Reaper/ Artificial Arrancar / Hollowfied Zanpakuto Spirit
Zanpakuto: Zangetsu (Shikai); Tensa Zangetsu (Bankai)
Voiced by: Masakazu Morita (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (US), Eduardo Garza (Latin America)

The form Ichigo assumes when he loses control of his Hollow powers through being on the brink of defeat, extreme rage, or because his Inner Hollow wants to intervene. It was first seen when Ichigo undertook the Shattered Shaft training and almost completely Hollowfied, awakening his Soul Reaper powers at the last moment. When training with the Visored to suppress his belligerent Inner Hollow, Ichigo completely Hollowfied for the first time, becoming a humanoid Hollow with a long tail, shoulder spikes, a wild mane of hair, and reptilian feet. He managed to regain control of himself, returning to his Soul Reaper form with the power to use his Hollow mask at will. This form appears twice more in the anime's filler, during the Zanpakuto Rebellion and Reigai Uprising arcs. When Ichigo was mortally wounded by Ulquiorra, he transformed into a completely humanoid and immensely powerful Hollow with long hair and angular, forward-facing horns in order to protect Orihime, easily defeating Ulquiorra but attacking Uryū in the process. After coming to terms with his Inner Hollow, Ichigo achieves a new Arrancar-like Hollow form with elements of his second form during the final battle with Yhwach, but Yhwach overwhelms him and temporarily strips him of his Quincy and Hollow powers, causing this form to dissipate.

It's eventually revealed that Ichigo's Inner Hollow is the result of his Zanpakuto Spirit being assimilated by White, a powerful humanoid Hollow with black armor, bladed arms, and angular forward-facing horns. He was a prototype artificial Arrancar created by Aizen through the amalgamation of Hollowfied Soul Reapers, making him similar to both Vasto Lorde Menos and the Visored. White fought Isshin Shiba and Masaki Kurosaki years ago in the Human World, and was slain by the latter but managed to infect her with his soul. White's soul tried to take over Masaki but was suppressed by Isshin, transferring to Ichigo in-utero and becoming his Inner Hollow. During the final battle with Yhwach, the Quincy Emperor seemingly stripped White's soul from Ichigo due to the Hollow having been passed down from his mother along with his Quincy powers, though in Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World White's soul was revealed to still be part of Ichigo.

Hollow Ichigo's second form has been playable in the Bleach: Heat The Soul series, Bleach: Soul Resurrección, and Bleach: Brave Souls. His third form is playable in Bleach: Brave Souls; and for the latter's 2nd anniversary received a non-canon Arrancar form. Ichigo's second Hollow form plays a major role in Bleach Hell Verse, as the antagonists' goal is to use its immense power to escape from Hell.


  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: While during his second Hollowfication, Ichigo bickers with and wrests control of his body back from his Inner Hollow; he begins blacking out during subsequent Hollowfications and doesn't remember what happens while he is transformed, most notably during his fight with Ulquiorra. In the "Reigai Uprising" filler arc, Ichigo briefly regains control at the sight of Kagerōza Inaba - indicated by his eyes gaining pupils - then blacks out again and resumes his rampage. When no longer in conflict with his Inner Hollow, Ichigo retains control of his body when he Hollowfies against Yhwach.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: His first form resembles a bipedal lizard with Spikes of Villainy. His second form is completely humanoid with a horned helmet, bearing a striking resemblance to White. It's interesting to note that in Hell Verse, an intermediary form appears during Ichigo's final confrontation with Kokuto, possessing the horned mask and fur tufts of the second form and the shoulder spines and arm markings of the first. When in control of his powers, Ichigo's Hollow form is completely humanoid, even lacking a mask, but has one of the horns and some of the markings of his second form.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Ichigo can restore his sanity by either ripping the mask off or winning a Battle in the Center of the Mind with his Inner Hollow. His second form was defeated by Ulquiorra slicing off his horn while he was charging a Cero, causing said Cero to implode in his face and shatter the mask, which was flanderized in the Hell Chapter movie when Ichigo stopped his Hollowfication by simply snapping a horn off through sheer force of will.
  • Artificial Human: He was an artificial Hollow created by Aizen as part of his Hollowfication experiments. His creation mirrored the method Nimaya uses to create Zanpakuto, facilitating his ability to integrate himself into a target Soul Reaper's soul by taking over their Zanpakuto spirit.
  • Ax-Crazy: During his fights against Byakuya, Koga and Dalk in the anime's Bount arc, the Visored, and Old Man Zangetsu in the rogue Zanpakuto filler arc; Hollow Ichigo sports a large, bloodthirsty smile and laughs maniacally while trying to hack his opponent to pieces.
  • Barbarian Longhair: When Ichigo completely Hollowfies, his hair becomes long and unkempt, reaching past his waist. White possesses long white hair — the exact length varies from panel to panel — that protrudes from the back of his helmet, and is a powerful and savage combatant who killed numerous Soul Reapers.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: When Ulquiorra tries to attack him with a point-blank Lanza del Relámpago, Hollow Ichigo catches and crushes it without sustaining any damage.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: During his training with the Visored, Ichigo fights the personification of his Hollow powers for control of his body, which rampages against the Visored.
  • Battle in the Rain: White invokes this by only coming out to hunt during thunderstorms.
  • Beam-O-War:
    • When Ulquiorra tries to blast him with a Cero Oscuras, Hollow Ichigo's second form counters with a normal Cero that completely overpowers Ulquiorra's attack and creates a massive explosion.
    • In the filler, his first form engages in one with Old Man Zangetsu's Getsuga Tensho, which he easily overpowers.
  • The Berserker: As a Hollow, Ichigo attacks without regard to his safety and regenerates whatever damage he does take, if he takes any at all.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Whenever he begins to Hollowfy, Ichigo's eyes turn black with yellow irises, but beneath his mask, they become Glowing Eyes of Doom. In his second form, his eyes aren't usually visible, giving the impression that they are solid black.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: White has two sword-like appendages in place of lower arms and hands, and Isshin inwardly remarks that despite being a Hollow it's a skilled combatant.
  • Call-Forward: White's battle with Isshin contains several parallels to Hollow Ichigo's battle with Ulquiorra.
  • Chest Burster: His first form had the ability to expel a massive worm-like appendage from deep wounds that would attempt to devour his opponent.
  • The Corruption: He is the end result of Ichigo's Hollowfication taking over his mind and corrupting his heart and body. Once White reaches the Metastatize/Transfer phase, his Target Hollowfication enables him to transfer his soul into a target that he bites, causing said host to lose their heart and Hollowfy. Upon Ichigo's conception, White's soul was transferred to him and took over his Zanpakuto spirit to become his Inner Hollow.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The power-boost Ichigo gains from Hollowfying is beyond sufficient to easily trash his opponents, as Byakuya, the Visored, and Ulquiorra can attest.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: White was fast and strong enough to force Isshin, who had been shown to be powerful enough to take on Aizen without releasing his Zanpakuto, to use his Shikai.note  Despite losing an arm, White was still able to overwhelm Isshin and would have killed him had Masaki not intervened.
  • Declaration of Protection: After Ceroing Ulquiorra in half and impaling Uryuu on Tensa Zangetsu, he turns to Orihime and says "I will protect you." She's the only one present he doesn't directly attack.
  • Depending on the Artist: His markings have been variously colored as black and red. The tufts of fur on his first form's wrists were initially colored white in the Visored Training and Zanpakuto Unknown Tales arcs, but were colored red like in his second form in the Reigai Uprising filler arc.
  • Emergency Transformation: The Old Man informed Ichigo that his Inner Hollow only intervened during fights when Ichigo was in mortal peril or on the brink of death. During their second Battle in the Center of the Mind, the Inner Hollow states that due to his low opinion of Ichigo's combat instincts (or lack thereof), he believes Ichigo is constantly in mortal peril and thus intends to permanently take control of his body.
  • Enemy Within: He infested Masaki's soul with his own and tried to take over her before being suppressed by Isshin and Urahara. As Ichigo's Inner Hollow, he is initially this to him as well, though Ichigo eventually accepts him as being a part of himself.
  • Evil Counterpart: Whether by accident or on purpose, when transferred to Ichigo, White's soul functioned like a parasitic Asauchi and fused with his Soul Reaper powers due to White having been created in more-or-less the same fashion as an Asauchi. The fact that he's a fully Hollowfied Soul Reaper makes him one to the Visored as well.
  • Facial Markings: His first form's mask had a series of red/black strips on its left side, with their number and thickness slowly increasing as Ichigo's Inner Hollow became more powerful; but in the Regai Uprising filler arc he wears Ichigo's vertically-striped mask. His second form's mask had four black stripes, two of which extended down past his eye sockets and mouth. Ichigo's controlled Hollowfication has the second Hollow form's markings on the left side of his face.
  • Fantastic Nuke: In Hell Chapter, his second form's Cero — dubbed "Cero Gigante" by some of the games — is powerful enough to create an explosive firestorm that rips through five layers of Hell, blows the gates apart, and sets the air above Karakura Town ablaze.
  • Fighting from the Inside:
    • When he began to Hollowfy during his fight with Byakuya, Ichigo managed to wrest control of his body back from his Inner Hollow by ripping off the half-formed mask.
    • Ichigo's Battle in the Center of the Mind against his Inner Hollow was to determine which of them would control his body, which in the meantime Hollowfied and fought against the Visored. When Ichigo won, he returned to Soul Reaper form.
    • In the anime's filler, Ichigo managed to take back his body when he Hollowfied during the Bount Arc and the Zanpakutō Rebellion arc, and briefly regained control during the Reigai Uprising arc.
  • Foreshadowing: After killing Grand Fisher, Isshin mentioned to Urahara that he had fought a prototype Arrancar shortly before retiring. When he later tells Ichigo about how he met Masaki, it's revealed (or at least strongly implied) that said prototype Arrancar was White.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Aizen intended for White to either draw out the Visored or test a new means of Hollowfication. While he failed to do the former, the latter was a resounding success that wound up significantly contributing to the defeat of the Espada and Aizen's own defeat.
  • Grand Theft Me: White's soul was integrated into Ichigo's own in utero, taking over his Zanpakuto spirit Zangetsu in the process. Further cementing this, Nimaya and Isshin make no distinction between Ichigo's Inner Hollow and White, and the reishi strings placed on White's soul kept the Inner Hollow suppressed inside Ichigo until Urahara's Shattered Shaft training.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Rips off one of Ulquiorra's arms and tries to impale him with it.
  • Grow Beyond Their Programming: Tousen states that the fact that White self-destructed meant he had surpassed the Target Hollowfication phase and went to the final Metastasize phase, but is incredulous that White chose Masaki as his host when he was supposed to target Soul Reapers, and decries him as a failure. Aizen, however, is excited to see the results of this unexpected turn of events.
  • Healing Factor: He is capable of High-Speed Regeneration, an ability normally limited to Menos-class Hollows.
  • Horned Humanoid: The mask of Ichigo's second Hollow form sports a pair of forward-facing horns nearly identical to White's — fitting, as White is the source of Ichigo's Hollow powers. White also has a pair of long, forward-pointing horns protruding from the sides of his head. They look almost exactly like the horns on Ichigo's second Hollow form, which originated from White itself.
  • Huge Holographic Head: He manifested in Masaki's Inner World as a massive spectral head and tried to eat her consciousness before being suppressed by Isshin.
  • Hulking Out: Ichigo's first Hollow form is much, much bulkier and broader than his Soul Reaper or even his second Hollow forms.
  • Ironic Name: His hollowfie form is actually named White due to him being a Hollowfied Soul Reaper, but his body was covered in jet-black armor. Aizen even comments on the irony of it.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Hollow Ichigo's first form fires his Cero from his hands, and the attack is powerful enough to overwhelm one of the Old Man's Getsuga Tensho. His second form's fully charged Cero — referred to as "Cero Gigante" in Bleach: Soul Resurrección — is a veritable Wave Motion Gun powerful enough to overwhelm Ulquiorra's Cero Oscuras and blow a massive hole in the roof of Las Noches. In the Hell Verse movie his second form's Cero easily burns through the Sinners' supposedly indestructible chains and creates an explosion that blazes through all five levels of Hell and destroys the Gates of Hell in one shot.
  • Laughing Mad: When partially transformed, particularly when the Inner Hollow is speaking through Ichigo, he is prone to fits of maniacal, bloodthirsty laughter; though when he's fully Hollowfied he simply snarls and roars.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His second form is vastly faster and stronger than Ulquiorra's Segunda Etapa form, and has yet to be defeated in a fight in the manga. In Hell Verse it's indicated that Hollow Ichigo's second form is so powerful its very existence poses a threat to the world. Even White was fast enough to dodge Masaki's barrage of Heilig Pfeil; and strong and durable enough to put Isshin — who's been shown to be capable of giving Aizen a good fight without releasing his zanpakuto — on the defensive even with his shikai activated, and overwhelm him even with one arm.
  • Mask of Power: Ichigo's Hollowfications usually begin with his sclera turning black and his mask starting to form on the left side of his face, with the rest of his body eventually transforming as well. It's notable that the right side of his first form's mask was incomplete, possibly symbolizing Ichigo's continued struggle to regain control of his body. When in control of his Hollowfication, Ichigo no longer has a mask.
  • Mighty Roar: His response to Ulquiorra asking who he was was to let out a roar while releasing an intense wave of reiatsu.
  • Man Bites Man: He chomps down on Masaki's shoulder, leaving himself open to being shot in the head but transferring his soul into her in the process.
  • Merger of Souls:
    • The process Aizen used to create White involved merging multiple Soul Reaper souls and Hollowfying them to create an entity resembling a Vasto Lorde.
    • As explained by Nimaya, one of White's intended purposes was to infect a Soul Reaper with his soul, which would take over the Soul Reaper's Zanpakuto spirit and cause them to Hollowfy. Much to Aizen's amusement, White parasitized Masaki Kurosaki - a Quincy - instead. With Urahara's help, Isshin suppressed White's soul with reishi strings, but White fulfilled his intended purpose when Ichigo was conceived by becoming his Inner Hollow.
  • Monstrous Humanoid:
    • His first form is humanoid with clawed fingers and toes, a long tail protruding from its back, spikes on its shoulders, black markings on its arms and tail, and tufts of fur on its wrists.
    • His second form is completely humanoid but has claws, black markings on its chest, and red tufts of fur on his neck, wrists, and ankles.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: White briefly ditches his fight with Isshin to vaporize an unseated Soul Reaper from the 13th Division with a massive Cero.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: White was an experimental prototype for fully Hollowfying Soul Reapers and carried a new means of spreading Hollowfication, but was more advanced than anticipated. To Tosen's chagrin, he was destroyed by a Quincy, leading him to dismiss White as a failure that didn't Hollowfy a Soul Reaper as planned. On the other hand, Aizen was fascinated by this turn of events and wanted to understand more about the consequences of this event.
    • W Hite was about to blast Isshin with a point-blank Cero before Masaki intervened.
    • As White Masaki kills him by shooting him point-blank in the head with a Heilig Pfeil.
  • No Range Like Point-Blank Range: He blasted Ulquiorra with a fully-charged point-blank Cero Gigante. Notably, it was aimed at Ulquiorra's head, but it was the lower half of Ulquorra's body that was incinerated.
  • Off-Model: The number and shape of his first form's teeth and toes vary in the anime. The angle of his second form's horns seems to vary from scene to scene as well. In the Reigai Uprising arc, when Ichigo Hollowfies he's shown with his old mask design, then shown with his new mask design in subsequent appearances.
  • One-Winged Angel: Ichigo's Hollow form functions as a fail-safe transformation for whenever he's losing badly or in danger of dying, or whenever the Inner Hollow decides to intervene, giving him the power to completely overwhelm opponents. In Hell Verse, it is said to be powerful enough that it could potentially destroy the world, leading to its power being sought after by the Sinners.
  • Partial Transformation:
    • Ichigo's first few Hollowfications only progressed as far as roughly ½ to ⅔ of his mask forming on the left side of his face before being suppressed, and it wasn't until the Visored Training arc that he fully transformed for the first time.
    • When no longer in conflict with his Inner Hollow, Ichigo retains control of his body and only transforms the left side of his face and chest, and his right arm.
  • Passion Is Evil: Using his Hollow mask draws out Ichigo's lust for power and battle to the point of eroding his sanity.
  • Posthumous Character: White was killed by Masaki Kurosaki twenty years before the start of Bleach, but his soul persisted and became a part of her son.
  • Power at a Price: When fully Hollowfied, Ichigo is more-than strong enough to curb-stomp Byakuya, the Visoreds (who are all Hollowfied ex-lieutenant and captain Soul Reapers), and Ulquiorra in his second Resurrección, but at the price of becoming a near-mindless Hollow.
  • Power Echoes: His voice, like those of the Visored and some other Hollows, is distorted by a warbling growl.
  • Power Floats: In the games where he is playable he levitates instead of walking.
  • Power Incontinence:
    • The Visored told Ichigo that his inability to control his Inner Hollow and the power it embodies was what was causing him to transform, and prescribed crushing the Inner Hollow into the depths of his soul as they had done with theirs. This enabled Ichigo to use his Hollow form's mask as a power-up without fear of being taken over, but the Inner Hollow promised to return the moment he slipped up and made good on that promise when Ulquiorra nearly killed him.
    • The destabilization of his powers following his use of Mugetsu is given as the reason behind his Hollowfication in the Reigai Uprising filler arc.
    • When fighting Ywhach, Ichigo notes that he can't draw on his Hollow powers at will just yet, and needed to put himself in danger by exposing himself to Yhwach's reiatsu in order to wake his Inner Hollow up.
    • The fear that Aizen — who created White — could cause Ichigo to lose control of his Hollow powers is the main reason that Soul Society chooses to let Ichigo return to the World of the Living after Yhwach's defeat.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Hollowfying causes Ichigo to grow a long, unkempt mane of hair.
  • Psycho Prototype: White was the first Hollow successfully created from a Soul Reaper, making him the first creature to ever resemble both Arrancar and Visored. Tosen dismissed him as a Flawed Prototype due to his inability to defeat a Captain who was only using Shikai, but he wound up being a Super Prototype whose power contributed to the defeat of the Espada.
  • Roar Before Beating: His response to Ulquiorra asking who he is was to let out a spine-chilling roar and Curb-Stomp Battle him. Same for White when Isshin asks White what he is, his response is to simply roar at Isshin before kicking his ass.
  • Screaming Warrior: His fights against the Visored and against Old Man Zangetsu in a filler arc consisted entirely of him snarling, shrieking, and cackling while hacking away at his opponents.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Urahara's reishi strings kept White suppressed in Masaki's soul as long as Isshin was alive. They remained in place after White transferred to Ichigo, and were only broken after the Shattered Shaft training and Ichigo's difficult fights in Soul Society.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: The mass in White's chest self-destructed after he was shot through the head by Masaki, nearly taking her with him in the resulting explosion. Tousen observes this meant that he had reached the final phase of his maturation.
  • Shockwave Clap: His second form's slashes with Tensa Zangetsu created shockwaves powerful enough to demolish huge chunks of Las Noches' dome.
  • Shoulders of Doom: His shoulder armor is quite bulky, contributing to his intimidating appearance.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: In the opening scene of the Hell Chapter movie, Hollow Ichigo and Ulquiorra lunge at each other in this fashion, but all that happens is Sword Sparks from Ulquiorra's talons glancing off Tensa Zangetsu.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports a vicious, bloodthirsty grin beneath his mask while fighting Byakuya, Hiyori, the Visored, and Old Man Zangetsu.
  • Sinister Silhouettes: He was first shown as a silhouette shrouded in an approaching thunderstorm.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Ichigo's second Hollowfication occurred when his Inner Hollow seized control of his body to help him fight Byakuya, and it tried to take over when he fought Ulquiorra and Yammy, and during his fight with Grimmjow. He was told by the Visored that his involuntary transformations were a result of his Inner Hollow attempting to seize control of his body. Ichigo eventually learned his Inner Hollow was the result of the artificial Hollow White integrating its soul into his own, but chose to acknowledge it as being a part of himself rather than a separate entity. When Orihime fears he's lost control when she sees his horn and facial markings when he Hollowfies to fight Yhwach, Ichigo assures her he's in control of himself this time.
  • Summon to Hand: His second form uses an ability called Chain to psychokinetically retrieve Tensa Zangetsu.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: As a Hollow, Ichigo cannot distinguish friend from foe and will attack anything that gets his attention; and is powerful enough to curb-stomp Ulquiorra even when not at full power.
  • Sword Beam:
    • First used the black Getsuga Tensho against Byakuya, and in the filler is capable of using it in his Shikai, though when fully transformed he relies on Ceros.
    • In his third Hollow form, Ichigo can combine a Gran Rey Cero with his Getsuga Tensho in order to create an attack powerful enough to injure the Soul King-augmented Yhwach.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the "Reigai Uprising" filler arc, he takes an attack meant for Rukia Kuchiki, to everyone's surprise.
  • Talking to Themself:
    • During his second Hollowfication, against Byakuya, Ichigo and the Inner Hollow bickered with each other until the former ripped the half-formed mask off, regaining control of his body.
      Byakuya: This twisted spiritual pressure... that white mask... Are you a Hollow?!
      Inner Hollow: Who cares? I don't have to tell you anything because as soon as I finish with you, you're going to-
      Ichigo: Disappear! [left hand grabs the mask and starts pulling]
      Inner Hollow: Let go!
      Ichigo: I don't need you! Stop interfering!
      Inner Hollow: You're the one who's interfering! Don't you get it?! I was about to kill him! You will win if you just leave it to me! You fool! Damn you! [Skyward Scream as the mask is ripped off]
    • In the Zanpakuto Unknown Tales arc, when Hollow Ichigo turns to confront Muramasa, Ichigo snaps that he won't let the Inner Hollow have control of his body and gouges his mask with his claws, causing it to break and reverting him to Soul Reaper form.
  • Teleport Spam: He liberally used Sonido during his fight with Ulquiorra in order to catch the Espada off-guard.
  • Torso with a View: In both forms, his Hollow Hole is located in his sternum. White also had a Hollow hole in his torso, but it was completely filled-in by a veiny substance indicated to be the source of his Target Hollowfication ability.
  • Totally Not a Werewolf: Of the "being mistaken for other monsters" subtype: Isshin initially assumes White is a normal Hollow, but notes that it feels like he's fighting a Soul Reaper when crossing blades with him. It's only when White breaks from their fight to incinerate a low-ranking Soul Reaper with a Cero that Isshin realizes his foe is more akin to a Menos.
  • Two-Faced:
    • Three (four in the anime) of Ichigo's uncontrolled Hollowfications — specifically during his battles with Byakuya, the Bounts in the anime, Hiyori, and the Visored - began when his mask formed on the left side of his face. In addition, his first form only had markings on the left side of his mask, which changed as his Hollow powers matured such that the left side of his mask was black/red with thin white stripes.
    • His controlled Hollowfication against Yhwach has the markings and horn of his second Hollow form manifest on the left side of his face, and his left eye's sclera turn black.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After struggling to suppress his Hollow powers for the first half of Hell Chapter, Ichigo immediately transformed out of sheer rage after seeing Yuzu had died and been claimed by Hell, and began spamming Ceroes powerful enough to cause nuke-level explosions.
  • The Virus: Once White reached what Tousen called his "Metastasize/Transfer Phase", his Target Hollowfication enabled him to transfer his soul into another being through a bite, causing them to Hollowfy. He was intended to target Soul Reapers, but Aizen is fascinated that he chose a Quincy instead.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Ichigo first Hollowfies during the Shattered Shaft training, and when fighting Kokuto in Hell Chapter, he vomits out white fluid that spreads over his face and body, forming into his mask and Hollow body.
  • Wave-Motion Tuning Fork: His second form charges and fires his Cero from between his horns.
  • Wipe the Floor with You:
    • Does this to Hiyori when she pushes Ichigo too far, almost choking her to death.
    • When fighting Ulquiorra, he grabs the Espada's face and uses it to plough a furrow into one of Las Noches's pillars.
  • What the Hell Are You??: Isshin assumes White is a normal Hollow, but after crossing blades with it, he gets the feeling that he's fighting a fellow Soul Reaper. When White breaks from their duel to annihilate an unseated Soul Reaper with a Cero, Isshin realizes he's fighting something unknown and demands to know what White is in a horrified and outraged tone.
  • The Worf Effect: His first form got his tail handed to him by Ōko Yushima in the Reigai Uprising filler arc.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Aizen sent White out to draw out the Visored, and failing that to test a new method of transmitting Hollowfication. Aizen succeeded in the latter in ways even he couldn't have anticipated.
  • Your Head Asplode: Masaki shoots White point blank in the head after luring him in.
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