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Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach. These are the denizens of Karakura Town.
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The Kurosaki Clinic
Isshin's wife and the mother of Ichigo, Karin and Yuzu. She was a beautiful, sweet redhead who died when Ichigo was nine years old, protecting him from a Hollow that attacked the poor kid when they were walking by the local river. Her death completely changed the family dynamics: Ichigo was a crybaby but matured into a Hot-Blooded Knight Templar Big Brother, Yuzu became a responsible and sweet caretaker, and the formerly tearful Karin toughened herself up so her family wouldn't worry. Little did they know, her murderer would be back later...
- Action Girl: As a trained warrior, she didn't hesitate to jump into battle to save strangers from hollows. She first met Isshin while saving his life from a hollow designed by Aizen.
- Arranged Marriage: She and Ryuuken were set up together in an effort to preserve the Ishida family's Echt lineage. Neither Masaki nor Ryuuken were thrilled about this.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: She's naked as a doll inside her own soul until she tries to glomp Isshin after he saves her from her inner Hollow. The outline of her areola and nipples are briefly visible at that point.
- Brought Down to Normal: Yhwach stole her Quincy powers at the exact moment she was about to take on Grand Fisher, resulting in her tragic death.
- Death by Origin Story: Her death is what spurred Ichigo to protect the weak and innocent so that they don't experience the same grief his family did after his mother died.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: When she couldn't hit White at a distance due to its speed, Masaki deliberately let it bite her, then shot it at point-blank range. She was counting on her Blut Vene to tank the bite, but — unfortunately for her — Aizen's experiment was capable of breaking through.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She perished in child Ichigo's arms.
- Energy Bow: Like the Ishida family, her weapon of choice appeared to be a Heilig Bogen, a bow made out of reishi that she could also resize as necessary.
- Finger Gun: She shows the ability to make a tiny Heilig Bogen with one hand, which she uses to Boom, Headshot! a proto-Arrancar.
- Genki Girl: As a teenager, she is naturally cheery, outgoing and rather energetic, but will also use that attitude to hide her troubles, such as her despair over knowing she's being groomed to marry Ryuuken.
- Hidden Buxom: Her schoolgirl uniform hid the fact that she was almost on par with Orihime as a teenager. Not so much when she wears a normal dress as an adult, though.
- Kissing Cousins: She was adopted into the Ishida clan because her own family was dead and she was a pure-blood Quincy. Ryuuken's mother planned on marrying them off to preserve the Echt bloodline.
- Mama Bear: When Ichigo chased after a girl on the riverbank, Masaki immediately recognized this as a Hollow's illusion and charged in to save his life. He only survived because she sacrificed her life for him.
- Meet Cute: Masaki and Isshin's plotline in "Everything but the Rain" is kooky, amusing and cute... but it also inadvertently breaks Ryuuken in the process.
- Missing Mom: She died when Ichigo was young.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: While she was never shown using Hollow powers, Masaki was — at least until Ichigo was conceived and White jumped ship to him — a Quincy with an Inner Hollow; something that shouldn't have even been possible due to Hollows' souls and spiritual energy being fatally toxic to Quincies.note Aizen comments on Masaki's incompatible uniqueness after White infects her, and this status was why Yhwach chose to kill her, seeing her as having been made impure.
- No Sparks: The fatal flaw in her arranged engagement to Ryuuken: while the two of them care for each other as family, they are painfully aware of their romantic incompatibility.
- Not-So-Small Role: At the beginning of the story, she's the keystone of Ichigo's tragic backstory but otherwise tangential to the plot. Masaki became much more plot relevant when she was revealed as powerful Quincy who had been victimised by Aizen and murdered by Yhwach. Two out of three parts of Ichigo's powers come from her and she is his connection to Yhwach.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Masaki is one of four Posthumous Characters * whose deaths combine to create the reason the first two arcs of the story turn out the way they do. Even after that point, her death remains Ichigo's primary motivation to protect the ones he loves. The circumstances of her death are also very important in the Thousand Year Blood War.
- Posthumous Character: She died a good 6 years before the story began.
- Red String of Fate: Her soul was tied to Isshin's by a reishi thread to prevent her from Hollowfying... and Soul Reaper reishi forms red spirit ribbons, too.
- Rescue Romance: Her relationship with Isshin began when she used her Quincy powers to save him from a powerful Hollow.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Masaki wanted to help against the proto-Arrancar that Isshin was fighting, but Ryuuken tried to stop her, citing the rules against interacting with Shinigami and her shaky standing in the household. Masaki told Ryuuken that she wouldn't be able to forgive herself if there were casualties she could have prevented, and goes anyway. Ryuuken then secretly breaks the rules to follow her.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She was completely okay with being naked in front of Isshin in her Inner World. Long before they formed any kind of romantic relationship. In fact, she found the situation hilarious.
- Stepford Smiler: While she seems energetic and happy before meeting Isshin, Ryuuken reveals he's fully aware that she's hiding loneliness and despair.
- Torso with a View: When White's Target Hollowfication takes effect, she develops a Hollow Hole and Tainted Veins at the base of her throat.
- Worf Had the Flu: She could have easily curbstomped Grand Fisher, but her powers had been stolen right at that exact moment, resulting in her death.
Ichigo's younger, more tomboyish sister. She can see ghosts, but she chooses to ignore them.
- Abnormal Ammo: Whenever Karin tries her hand at Hollow-slaying, it involves her kicking a Reiatsu-laced soccer ball into said Hollow's face. With varying and limited success.
- Alliterative Name: K arin Kurosaki.
- Big Brother Worship: Not nearly as pronounced as Yuzu's but Karin does love Ichigo. She knows that he will ultimately never let her down and trusts him implicitly. When he was depowered for a time, she started to visit Urahara's shop for help in dealing with the stray spirits, like Ichigo used to.
- Character Development: Starts off as a bratty kid who wants nothing to do with any spiritual nonsense to admitting to Urahara of all people, that she wants to protect Ichigo and their family in his place now that all his Shinigami powers were gone.
- Deadpan Snarker: She tends to lampshade the stupid antics of her family in a very calm, bored tone.
- Declaration of Protection: In the time-skip following The Winter War when she visits Uraharas shop, she states to Urahara that since Ichigo has protected the family, it was time that she did the same for him.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: According to Ichigo, Karin refused to cry after the death of their mother since she didn't want to be a burden. She breaks down crying after seeing the parakeet that Chad carries around was the soul of a human boy that saw his mother die.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Post-timeskip, her hair's grown out enough for a ponytail.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Karin's initial reaction to her ability to see spirits. Her attitude only seems to change once Ichigo loses his powers, where she begins visiting Urahara for spirit-fighting equipment.
- Implausible Deniability: Karin does not believe in ghosts. Despite being able to see them clear as day she considers them a pain so tries to deny their existence.
- Joshikousei: After the timeskip, she starts junior high, so can be seen wearing a sailor uniform a lot.
- Fanservice Pack: Puberty was very kind to Karin, who in contrast to Yuzu develops significantly following both timeskips. This is particularly emphasized in a swimsuit sketch of the female Bleach characters included in the Jet artbook, which has Karin posed in a way that accentuates her cleavage.
- Little Miss Snarker: With her father around, she's got plenty of material to work with.
- One of the Boys: She's a member of the soccer team, where she's the only female member and by far the most masculine of the bunch.
- Polar Opposite Twins: As opposed to Yuzu, the aggressive, tomboyish Karin has black hair and dark eyes.
- She Is All Grown Up: As mentioned above, Karin in the epilogue has grown some curves and quite an attractive face to boot.
- Shipper on Deck: She even mentions on how Orihime is more of Ichigo's type.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Karin bears a lot of physical resemblance to her father, from their hair color to their similar facial features. In the epilogue, ten years later, Karin bears a bit of a resemblance to Kukaku Shiba as well.
- Tomboy And Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Yuzu's Girly Girl. She's the soccer-loving tomboy whose friends are all male.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: After the Time Skip, which further emphasizes her usual aggressive, no-nonsense demeanor.
- Unexpected Successor: Discussed in Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World — after Tokinada Tsunayashiro is informed by Byakuya and Yoruichi that neither Isshin or Ichigo want to become the head of the Shiba clan, he proposes bringing Karin or Yuzu to Soul Society and making them the leader.
Fraternal twin of Karin. Unlike Ichigo and Karin, she begins the story with very weak spiritual power and therefore cannot see spirits as anything more than a very faint blur in the air.
- Big Brother Worship: While both her and Karin adore Ichigo, Yuzu idolizes her older brother to such an extent that Karin teasingly implies she has an incestuous crush on him.
- Character Development: Yuzu started off as polite and cheery. After the Time Skip, she's still cheery, but a lot more temperamental.
- Disney Death: She dies from overexposure to Hell's atmosphere in the Hell Verse movie, but later makes a recovery.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Post-timeskip, her hair's grown out enough for pigtails.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Yuzu does most of the cooking and cleaning. She also motivates the other three, organises them, does the shopping, and still finds the time to do so well at school that she's achieving near-perfect scores in exams. After the time-skip, she's thirteen. She's been doing all this since the age of five.
- Girlish Pigtails: After the Time Skip, she styles her pigtails at the back of her head, just over her shoulders.
- Incest Subtext: Karin implies that Yuzu has developed a crush on Ichigo after the first Time Skip - which later extends to Kazui - and teases her over it, though Yuzu denies it in an unconvincing manner.
- Joshikousei: After the timeskip, she starts junior high, so can be seen wearing a sailor uniform a lot. She desperately wanted Ichigo to approve of her new look, and was furious when Ichigo barely reacted.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Yuzu befriended the ghost of a cat once.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She's the only one in the Kurosaki household that's unaware of Ichigo's job as a Soul Reaper.
- Polar Opposite Twins: The girlier Yuzu has pale brown hair and light brown eyes. She's also less aggressive, more willing to be the homemaker, and the more responsible twin.
- Promotion to Parent: Yuzu takes over the domestic duties after her mom died.
- Shipper on Deck: Along with Karin, Yuzu also approves of Ichigo and Orihime being in a relationship.
- Signature Hair Decs: Yuzu always wears little hairpins, often strawberries, which is an allusion to one of the meanings of Ichigo's name.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Yuzu looks like a much younger version of her mother.
- Team Mom: Yuzu has been the one holding the family together and keeping them well fed and cared for since the age of five.
- Tomboy And Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Karin. She's the polite, sweet and homey "housewife" of the two.
- Tsundere: After the Time Skip, Yuzu's moods start swinging between sweet and mild and angry and aloof. Karin and Isshin aren't certain how to handle it.
- Unexpected Successor: Discussed in Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World — after Tokinada Tsunayashiro is informed by Byakuya and Yoruichi that neither Isshin or Ichigo want to become the head of the Shiba clan, he proposes bringing Karin or Yuzu to Soul Society and making them the leader.
Kon is a Mod[ified] Soul, the product of a recalled Soul Society experiment in giving 'vacant' human bodies Hollow-killing powers. After a brief yet entertaining hijacking of Ichigo's body and the acquisition of his current stuffed toy body, he settles down into his role as comic relief. He's entrusted with Ichigo's body when Ichigo's out Hollow-hunting to maintain the Masquerade. He mostly dwells at Ichigo's home, but will attend school for Ichigo as necessary.
- Attention Whore: When he originally got control of Ichigo's body, he was thrilled that his ability was enhanced leg strength since it let him stand out and get everyone's attention.
- Big Brother Instinct: While Kon usually tries to avoid Yuzu because she treats him like a doll, he is protective of her and Karin and does what little he can to look after them when Ichigo is away.
- Butt-Monkey: If you thought, "Are you forgetting Kon, how the hell do you forget Kon?", then that's because everyone forgets Kon. That's why he's pissed all the time.
- Buxom Is Better: Kon's view of women. He's willing to make an exception for Rukia, otherwise bust size determines his reaction.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Despite his love of boobs, Kon was terrified when he found a naked Nozomi Kujo in the parking lot.
- Caught with Your Pants Down: Upon returning from Soul Society, Ichigo walks in on Kon in his body, jerking off to an imagined threesome with Rukia and Orihime. He's less than impressed.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Ichigo returns from fighting one time to find Kon daydreaming in Ichigo's body with his hand down his trousers.
- A Day in the Limelight: Most of the Invading Army Arc revolves around him and Nozomi since they're both Mod Souls. He even pulls a Spanner in the Works on the villain, who overlooked him as "worthless".
- Evil Twin: To Ichigo in his first appearence, though he's really more of a Delinquent than outright evil.
- Extremity Extremist: He enhances the leg muscles of whatever body he inhabits, giving him great jumping and kicking abilities.
- Lovable Coward: He always tries to avoid any kind of conflict. However, he's shown that he's willing to die to protect the lives of people he doesn't even like.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Loves boobs. And Rukia. But mostly boobs.
- No Respect Guy: Poor guy never gets treated seriously. Even the modsouls from the filler-only Bount Arc don't think much of him.
- Out of Focus: He disappeared from the main storyline, but Kubo drew some volume omakes indicating he'd been captured by the 12th Division during the Karakura Town Battle and experimented on by Mayuri and Urahara. After a hiatus, he reappeared in the main storyline confirming the experimentation had left him with some interesting new abilities.
- Super Soldier: He was designed to fight hollows, but the major ethical issues involved caused the program to be halted. The proximity of the Moral Event Horizon can be gauged by the fact that the crapsack ethicists of Soul Society couldn't bring themselves to use the modsouls in combat.
- Technical Pacifist: Kicks Hollows in the face, won't kill even an ant if he can help it.
- Temporary Bulk Change: Courtesy of Mayuri tinkering with his body, he can suddenly become buff. Ichigo and Renji use him as a cushion when being launched from one city to the next during their time in the Soul King's domain. Doubles as a Brick Joke calling back to his mental image of himself in Chapter 22.
The Ishida Manor
The wise old grandfather of Uryuu Ishida, Souken was the Last Quincy prior to passing the title down to Ryuuken Ishida. He was the person who put Uryuu on the path to being a Quincy, despite Ryuuken's objections.
He was killed when Uryuu was a young child by a gang of five hollows. The Soul Reaper watchers were delayed in coming to his rescue because they had been bribed by Mayuri Kurotsuchi to sit back and collect Souken's soul after death. As part of Mayuri's Quincy experiments, Souken's soul had been tortured to death for information. He died swearing to the pride of the Quincy and with the name of either his grandson or his student on his lips. Mayuri claims he can't remember, baiting Uryuu into confirming he was Souken's grandson and student.
- Action Dad: Souken was an active Quincy fighter despite having a family to raise. It meant he often missed dinner with his wife, son and Masaki, which greatly upset his wife.
- Archer Archetype: Souken was an acknowledged master of the clan's style, possessing knowledge of all their traditions and techniques. At some point before his death, he passed on all this to his son, Ryuuken.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: After death, Souken's ghost is taken to Mayuri Kurotsuchi's lab where he's vivisected until second death, as Mayuri is trying to learn all he can about Quincies. Mayuri shows Uryuu a photo of Souken's body at death, and while the reader is not allowed to see the picture, Uryuu's reaction is all too visible. Although Mayuri thought he learned everything there was to know and thus abandoned his Quincy research, he realizes he was wrong when Souken's student Uryuu pulls off techniques he never saw in the lab. Since Mayuri never learned these techniques from Souken, it's strongly implied that Mayuri didn't know that he never broke Souken the way he thought he did.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Souken was killed by hollows, his soul was then dragged back to Mayuri's lab where he was experimented on and tortured for an unspecified period of time before Mayuri eventually tired of him and gruesomely killed him off.
- Good Is Old-Fashioned: Souken was a gentle man who didn't believe in hating or teaching people to hate. He worked hard to try and make the Soul Reapers understand that everyone would benefit if the Quincies and Soul Reapers could find a way to work together, but died without ever being able to achieve that dream. The Vandenreich has commented that Souken was an old-fashioned traditionalist who rejected the modernisation of the Quincies. Souken's descendants are the only Quincies who have so far been revealed to have been willing to work with Soul Reapers or even made allies or friends of Soul Reapers.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Souken's death is never directly visible. In Uryuu's flashback to Souken's first death, we only see his reaction and a group of Soul Reapers standing respectfully around a lump carefully concealed by a blanket. In Soul Society, Mayuri shows Uryuu a photo of Souken's body at death and a hazy reflection of the body can be seen in Uryuu's eyes, implying mutilation and beheading but not clear enough to display any detail. The expression on Uryuu's face, however, is very clear.
- Energy Bow: As a Quincy archer, Souken's main weapon was a bow made out of spiritual power.
- Figure It Out Yourself: Souken refuses to tell Uryuu why Ryuuken broke off ties with the Quincies. Instead, he explains that, on the day Uryuu understands, Uryuu will also question his devotion to the clan and face a mysterious enemy requiring him to break the limits of human power.
- Limited Wardrobe: Souken is only ever seen wearing one set of clothes, his Quincy uniform.
- Mathematician's Answer: Uryuu asked Souken whether Ryuuken had told the truth about why he rejected the clan. Souken observed that it was Metaphorically True you couldn't make a living as a Quincy and Ryuuken had a family to support...but punted on whether this was the real cause (hint: it wasn't). Uryuu was too young to read between the lines, however, and continued to believe that his father was a money-obsessed Quincy-hater.
- Mentor Archetype: Everything Uryuu knows and believes about Quincies comes from what his grandfather taught him, including the attitude that it's wrong to blame the Soul Reapers for the Quincy massacre two centuries before. As Souken died in front of Uryuu when Uryuu was a young child, his teachings continue to influence Uryuu via the power of flashback.
- Mysterious Past: Souken's life is seen only through flashbacks, and mostly from Uryuu's (sometimes ill-informed) point-of-view. Despite knowing the Vandenreich existed, Souken referred to himself as "the Last Quincy" and anointed Ryuuken his successor. Haschwalth confirms that Souken was exiled from the Vandenreich and it's implied he barely escaped with his life. While all of the powerful artefacts that Souken passed to Uryuu were stolen from the Vandenreich, it's still not clear what happened between Souken and the Vandenreich, what role Souken forced upon Ryuuken, or why Souken felt it was so important for the Soul Reapers and Quincies to start working together.
- Old Master: Souken possessed the knowledge of all the Quincy techniques and traditions, which he passed down to Ryuuken, including very rare techniques such as Letzt Stil and Ransoutengai that he passed on to Uryuu.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Souken is one of the four characters * whose deaths combine to create the reason the first two arcs of the story come out the way they do. Witnessing his grandfather's death drives Uryuu to challenge then befriend Ichigo, which in turn kickstarts the Soul Society arc by attracting the Soul Reapers' attention. Throughout the rest of the series, Souken's desire for peace between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies keeps Uryuu involved with Ichigo. His tuition of Uryuu is also a driving force behind Uryuu's nasty estrangement from Ryuuken.
- Posthumous Character: He's introduced through flashbacks to his grandson's youth and training but he died when Uryuu was a young child. In the final arc, it's implied he was an important opposition figure within the Quincy Clan and as such shaped the present in unseen ways.Until he forced Ryuuken to inherit the title, Souken used to be called "the Last Quincy" despite knowing that an entire Quincy organisation existed.
- Outdated Outfit: Souken is only ever seen wearing the traditional uniform of the Quincies, which is so antiquated that it doesn't fit in at all well with the modern era. Lampshaded by a very young Uryuu, who asks if the Quincy uniform will ever be modernised into something less old-fashioned - a wish that is unintentionally granted when the modern Vandenreich reveal their new wardrobe.
- Tragic Dream: Souken's greatest desire was for the Soul Reapers and the Quincies to find a way to coexist peacefully and work together to prevent Hollow attacks. He desperately wanted to make sure another massacre never happened again. For most of the story, the only surviving Quincies were believed to be Souken's last practicing student, Uryuu, and Retired Badass Ryuuken, meaning Souken's dream was likely doomed. Then it was revealed that other Quincies do still exist, with the Vandenreich's invasion of Soul Society. And now the two sides are back in active war, further than ever from a lasting peace. The last frail hope is the Odd Friendship between the Kurosakis (who aren't even official Soul Reapers) and the Ishidas (who are the last remnant of a dissident Quincy faction).
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: In flashback, Souken seems to spend a lot of time at "Fifth Field", although he's clearly still a voice of authority in the household. But his frequent absences definitely compound the problems between the other members of the family: it leaves his wife lonely and irritable and she takes out her frustrations on Masaki. Ryuuken has to mediate between his mother and fiancee, with no one he trusts enough to confide in except Katagiri...which leads to Ryuuken and Masaki keeping some very, very dangerous secrets. Uryuu's memories of Souken show him much more involved in family life, suggesting he may have regretted the unintentional consequences of being gone so often.
Mrs. Ishida is a Echt Quincy who is Ryuken's mother, Souken's wife, and Uryuu's grandmother. She appears in the "Everything But The Rain" mini-flashback arc, and is shown to be a strict but caring middle-aged woman.
- No Name Given: She is only known as "Mrs. Ishida" in the manga. Her first name is never revealed.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like a older and female version of her grandson without glasses.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She is only shown in flashback and is never be mentioned by either her son or her grandson, leaving it unknown whether she was one of Yhwach's victims or if she passed away from natural causes.
The director of Karakura General Hospital and Uryuu's estranged father. He opposed Uryuu's desire to train as a Quincy so relentlessly that Uryuu has been left too angry and bitter to either live under his father's roof or acknowledge his parentage: he refers to Ryuuken by first name instead of calling him "father". Souken has implied that Ryuuken's driven by a need to protect Uryuu from something, but Uryuu is too angry to pay attention.
Although he refuses to use his own Quincy power, Ryuuken is apparently much stronger than Uryuu. He and Isshin have known each other for over twenty years and their relationship is a more mature equivalent of the relationship between their two sons.
- Archer Archetype: Cold, aloof, analytical. Ryuuken's even more self-possessed than his son, being able to casually defeat moving arrancar while carrying on a conversation and shooting one-handed. He can even precisely hit his son 19mm to the left of the heart without turning a hair. Uryuu is a good but inexperienced archer; Ryuuken is a master of the art.
- Arranged Marriage: He and Masaki were supposed to be married in order to preserve the "pure" Quincy blood.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Ryuuken rarely wears anything but white suits in the manga (beige in the anime), justified in that he's the director of a major urban hospital and has to be professionally dressed. He's also a very powerful Quincy and capable of kicking much ass (including curbstomping his very talented son) without even removing his jacket or loosening his tie.
- Beta Couple: With Kanae in "Everything but the Rain". Their very serious relationship contrasts with the freespirited romance between Isshin and Masaki. Unfortunately, it's just as ill-fated.
- Blatant Lies: Uryuu's not the only lousy liar in this family.
- Uryuu's the only one who still believes Ryuuken's lies about not wanting to be a Quincy because there's no profit in it. Granted, Uryuu was only about 8 or so at the time, but his father's hesitation in answering and his grandfather's Figure It Out Yourself make it very obvious that Ryuuken's real motives concern his son's well-being.
- His statement to Katagiri in "Everything but the Rain" that the only future worth worrying about is that of the clan as a whole is pretty clearly an evasion, although she takes it at face value.
- Broken Bird: As a teenager, Ryuuken was expected to protect the Quincy future. Aizen's Hollowfication experiments accidentally ruin his ability to do that; crushed by failure, he attempts to walk away from both his family and the Quincies and is stopped only when his Ninja Maid insists on joining him in exile. Sometime after they Marry for Love, she's eventually murdered by the Quincy King, cementing the bitter, cynical, anti-Quincy attitude that his son Uryuu has grown up frustrated with, but has not been allowed to know the truth about.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: In "Everything but the Rain", Ryuuken and Katagiri are this trope to the very letter. Ryuuken is torn between his personal desires and his duty to his family, and Katagiri is plagued by hidden feelings for a boy she believes is unattainable.
- Childhood Friend Romance: In 536 Katagiri tells Ryuuken that she's loved him since the day they met—and we see a tiny boy and girl gazing at each other from behind their mothers' legs. Kanae becomes First Girl Wins when Ryuuken's arrangement with Masaki falls apart.
- Combat Pragmatist: After restoring Uryuu's powers, Ryuuken berates his (unconscious) son for using a defensive spell as his last-ditch attempt to escape instead of an offensive option that might have caused injury or even death. The general gist of his criticism is, "If you seriously think I'm going to kill you, it doesn't matter that we're related! Try to kill me back!"
- Cursed With Awesome: His attitude towards his Quincy powers to the point where he claims he's incapable of getting rid of his powers even if he tries.
- Dr. Jerk: When viewed through his son's eyes, he certainly appears to be one, although an early manga scene suggests otherwise when Isshin tells an orderly at the hospital that Ryuuken would free up bed space if he knew Isshin was the one asking. Later on, when he's seen interacting with people other than his son like Ichigo and Orihime he's actually a much gentler, kinder and even protective personality. Flashbacks suggest Ryuuken's cultivating a mask and allowing Uryuu to believe the very worst about him...for reasons that are still unclear.
- Exact Words:
- In a flashback, a very young Uryuu demands to know why Ryuuken objects to Quincies. Ryuuken states he has no interest and Uryuu has no talent. When Uryuu demands to know why he hates being a Quincy so much, he claims it's because there's no money in it. Years later, he tells Uryuu that having no interest shouldn't be interpreted as having no power, it should instead be interpreted as having power he doesn't want to use and cannot get rid of.
- In "Everything but the Rain", Ryuuken lies through his teeth to Katagiri that the only future he's worried about is that of the Quincy clan as a whole. She repeats his Exact Words back to him when he angrily demands to know why she told his mother about Masaki's injury and he reacts with guilt and horror.
- For Isshin, in the same way that Uryuu is for Ichigo. They're both fathers with missing wives and mysterious pasts. They both seem oblivious to their sons' paranormal activities then turn up to fix things when their sons are in trouble. Despite their common circumstances, however, they're as different as night and day. Isshin hides behind a moronic mask whereas Ryuuken's mask is aloof, stoic and sarcastic. Lampshaded in chapter 241 when Isshin and Ryuuken debate whose parenting is worse.
- Yhwach is the black-themed First Quincy, while Ryuuken is the white-themed Last Quincy. For all that he claims to hate violence, Yhwach is aggressive, abusive, and surrounds himself with subordinates he cruelly mistreats. For all his protestations of detachment, Ryuuken is gentle and caring, and distances himself from those he loves for their own protection. Yhwach thrives on wholesale slaughter (literally and figuratively); Ryuuken has devoted his life to medicine and healing.
- Generation Xerox: His relationship with Isshin is similar to that of their sons.
- Heroic BSoD: The Everything but the Rain flashback arc is a Meet Cute story for Isshin and Masaki...and a nightmare for Ryuuken, who by trying to protect Masaki from his mother's criticism exposes to her a corrupting Hollow influence that ends up threatening her soul. Isshin—a Soul Reaper and thus the family's sworn enemy—is the only one who can save her from it and Ryuuken's hopes for preserving the Quincy clan are ended. He walks out into the Gray Rain of Depression intending never to return home. Only Katagiri's You Are Not Alone convinces him to turn back in the end.
- Heroic Neutral: Ryuuken is a Quincy of exceptional power who utterly refuses to use his power and wants his clan to be declared extinct after his father's death. He will not support any of the story's major factions and only picks up his bow to restore Uryuu's power after Letz Stil. How he came to this neutrality from his youthful idealism is still only partially explained. With the final arc it seems he may be headed for a Neutral No Longer fate.
- Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: When a very young Uryuu asks his father why he hates being a Quincy so much, Ryuuken states it's because there's no money in it. Upset, Uryuu asks his grandfather if Ryuuken is telling the truth. Souken explains that if looked at from the view that Ryuuken has a family to feed, it's true. Despite his intelligence, Uryuu doesn't seem to realize his father's comment was Blatant Lies or that his grandfather was giving him a Mathematician's Answer.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Uryuu so sincerely believes his father's jerkass attitude that he assumes Ryuuken is trying to kill him instead of restoring his powers as promised.* Ryuuken seems to encourage Uryuu to think the absolute worst about him. However, Isshin greatly trusts Ryuuken as both a colleague and friend and Ryuuken is also gentle and protective towards Ichigo and Orihime behind Uryuu's back. Flashbacks reveal that Ryuuken is a very decent man Beneath the Mask but prefers to appear uncaring for reasons that have been only partially explained.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: So he says, but he also walks around in a white suit, wears a tie covered in crosses and just happens to always carry the Quincy Cross wherever he's goes. Not a bad Quincy shout-out package for a man who claims to loathe his Quincy roots and power. Flashbacks indicate he once believed the clan's future was more important than his own personal fate.
- Implausible Hair Color: Confirmed by official art as white, not blond. The anime gives him darker hair in flashback (which creates its own implausibility as it implies he went completely white in less than 8 years) but in the manga his hair has been white since childhood, with no explanation.
- Improbable Age: Ryuuken is only 40 years old at most * , yet he's the director of a major urban hospital. Most Japanese doctors do not even qualify fully in their chosen specialty until at least age 30 or 31. Uryuu's flashbacks to his childhood (where his school uniform can pin down his age to a narrow range) suggest Ryuuken's been the director for years already. Even for a man who's intelligent enough to keep up with Urahara, Ryuuken's ridiculously young for his job.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In order to restore Uryuu's powers, Ryuuken has to be able to put an arrow through a chakra point 19mm to the right of the sinoatrial node of his son's heart without damaging the tissue around it. Uryuu wasn't even standing still for this. He was trying to dodge. Ryuuken may be a surgeon and well-versed on the inside of the human body but performing unanaesthetized heart surgery on your offspring with a giant flaming energy arrow still takes some serious Nerves of Steel.
- Kissing Cousins: His family wanted him to keep the Quincy blood strong, so he was set up to marry another pure-blood Quincy. Masaki was adopted into the Ishida clan when her family was killed off because his mother planned on marrying them off. It didn't happen, of course.
- Jade-Coloured Glasses: Flashbacks reveal that he used to be a Wide-Eyed Idealist who was under a lot of pressure to protect the future of the Quincies. A series of disasters occurred that culminated in him suffering an Heroic BSoD. At some point between that event and the main storyline, his Heroic BSoD slid over the Despair Event Horizon and he's now very attached to the jade-coloured glasses he wears for all things Quincy. His son, who doesn't know the truth, is extremely frustrated with it.
- Last of His Kind: Ryuuken officially inherited Souken's mysterious title of 'Last Quincy' and he's the only Echt not involved with the Vandenreich. In fact, most of the Vandenreich don't seem to know he exists.
- Marry for Love: He rather unhappily observes to Katagiri that his Arranged Marriage isn't the answer to the future of the Quincies and is startled when she observes that what he seems to want is to marry for love. His Arranged Marriage falls through and eventually he does Marry for Love — with Katagiri.
- Metaphorically True: In a flashback, a very young Uryuu asks his father why he hates being a Quincy so much. Ryuuken replies there's no money in it. When Uryuu asks Souken if Ryuuken's telling the truth, Souken mulls it over and then says that, if viewed from the angle that being a Quincy doesn't put food on the table and Ryuuken has a son to look after, what Ryuuken said can indeed be viewed as the truth. Souken indicates that Ryuuken's actually lying through his teeth and when he sees Uryuu can't understand that, goes on to tell Uryuu that one day he will understand Ryuuken's secret.
- Mysterious Past: What made him hate being a Quincy? Why did he want to give up his powers? Why can't he? Why did Souken give him the Quincy Cross despite all this? What is he protecting? What secret is he carrying that will make Uryuu debate giving up being a Quincy? And so on. Only beginning to be explained as of the Thousand Year Blood War Arc.
- No Sparks: The fatal flaw in his arranged engagement to Masaki: while the two of them care for each other as family they are always painfully aware of their romantic incompatibility.
- Odd Friendship: With Isshin. We see their first meeting in "Everything but the Rain" and it does begin to explain the vitriolic but trusting relationship between them.
- Parent ex Machina: He first shows up outside of flashbacks to save Uryuu's life and restore his powers.
- Pet the Dog: Ryuuken's interactions with Orihime and Ichigo in the Fullbringer Arc. He makes sure Uryuu's friends know he's going to be okay, encourages them to share information, and takes steps to make sure Orihime gets home safely. Also, his interactions with Masaki in "Everything but the Rain": Ryuuken is no happier about the Arranged Marriage than she is, but he tries his best to make the situation tolerable, even going so far as covering for Masaki when she breaks the rules.
- Pillars of Moral Character: As a high-ranking pure-blood, Ryuuken was expected to set an example for all Quincies. This leads to a giri ("duty") conflict in "Everything but the Rain" between his obligation to uphold the clan's rules and his responsibility to make his fiancee's life more bearable. Asked to choose between upholding an impersonal code of behavior and making another person miserable, Ryuuken chooses compassion, following Masaki out into the rain to make sure she's okay and even attempting to take the blame when she gets into trouble for it.
- Refusal of the Call: Ryuuken is a Quincy of exceptional power who utterly refuses to use his power and wants his clan to be declared extinct after his father's death. He will not support any of the story's major factions and only picks up his bow to restore Uryuu's power after Letz Stil. How he came to this neutrality from his youthful idealism is still only partially explained. With the final arc it seems he may be headed for a Neutral No Longer fate.
- Retired Badass: He told Uryuu that he doesn't like being a Quincy because it doesn't pay the bills. However, when he is forced to use his power, he reveals he's much stronger than Uryuu. Compared to Isshin, who immediately returned to action as soon as he regained his powers, Ryuuken's a voluntary version of this trope who refuses to explain why he chose an Heroic Neutral path.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Moreso than his son. Note that Urahara is nervous about getting on Ryuuken's bad side when he shows up to ask Uryuu to join the rescue mission to Hueco Mundo.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: When Masaki insists on breaking the Quincy rules to save Isshin, despite having lectured her on the importance of obedience, Ryuuken secretly breaks the very same rules himself to follow her just in case she needs support.
- The Snark Knight: For all that he holds Uryuu to what seem to be impossibly high standards, Ryuuken's also his own worst critic. This can be seen in his conversation with Isshin in Chapter 241, when he admits he's a horrible father, and also in his Heroic BSoD at the end of "Everything but the Rain", when he blames himself for not being able to fix everything that's gone pear-shaped, even though most of it was legitimately beyond his control. The final arc also reveals Uryuu really is capable of achieving the standards his father's been setting for him, so Ryuuken appears to be harsher on himself than on his son.
- Stepford Snarker: Thanks to everything that ruined his Quincy future, doomed his cousin and killed his wife, Ryuuken's been forced to learn the hard way to hide his gentle, protective nature behind a bitterly sarcastic mask that makes him very hard for Uryuu to deal with. The only time he drops the act is when he steps in to get Orihime home safely. Notably, he waits until he's away from Uryuu before doing so.
- Stoic Spectacles: Again, more so than Uryuu — he's cold, collected, and infuriatingly aloof.
- Tranquil Fury: It is incredible how patiently and calmly he waited to avenge his wife, Kanae. Let this sink in: When Yhwach caused his wife's death, he silently did a multi-day autopsy to find the cause (so coldly his son was traumatized to never become a doctor until he discovered the truth), found the cause, made it into a weapon to basically kill Yhawch, and patiently waited almost a decade to kill him with it; all the while never losing his composure once. All that said, you understand why even Urahara is worried about getting on his bad side.
- Uptown Guy: As an Echt, Ryuuken was a Quincy Blue Blood from one of the most powerful families alive and expected to marry another Echt. As a Gemischt, Katagiri was Ryuuken's servant and bodyguard. Only when the Arranged Marriage plan fell through were Ryuuken and Katagiri allowed to Marry for Love but she died six years before the main story in the same event that ultimately killed Masaki.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He'll never admit that Isshin is basically his only friend
- You Are Not Alone: The events of the Everything but the Rain arc shatter Ryuuken's hopes for the future of the Quincies and reduce him to such despair he has no intention of ever going back home. Katagiri tells him she won't ever leave his side so if he refuses to go home, she will, too. It's the only thing that convinces him to turn back.
SPOILER ALERT: This section is a Walking Spoiler, so all spoilers are unmarked.
A young woman employed as a maid by the Ishida family. Polite and well-mannered, she appears to be Ryuuken's main confidante and the person he turns to when fighting is required.
- Action Girl: Ryuuken singles out Katagiri as his fighter of choice when discussing the subject of mixed bloods fighting instead of purebloods. When he does go to fight, she is his first choice for battle partner. Although they don't actually get to fight on that occasion, she's introduced from the outset as a highly competent Quincy warrior who also happens to be female.
- Alliterative Name: Kanae Katagiri.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: She pulls this on Ryuuken as part of a You Are Not Alone speech. It's so utterly heart-wrenching and genuine that he pulls himself out of his Heroic BSoD before she can break down as badly as he did.
- Bodyguard Crush: She's not just Ryuuken's faithful bodyguard, she's also his late wife and Uryuu's mother.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: In "Everything but the Rain", Ryuuken and Katagiri are this trope to the very letter. Ryuuken is torn between his personal desires and his duty to his family, and Kanae is plagued by hidden feelings for a boy she believes is unattainable.
- Childhood Friend Romance: In Chapter 536 she tells Ryuuken that she's loved him since the day they met—and we see a tiny boy and girl gazing at each other from behind their mothers' legs. Kanae becomes First Girl Wins when Ryuuken's arrangement with Masaki falls apart.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Imagine being a member of a clan of humans whose very blood belongs to a progenitor king who can rescind your power and your very life-force at any moment he chooses just to make himself stronger. Kanae's life and power were sucked right out of her without warning as part of a "purification" of mixed-ancestry and Hollow-contaminated Quincies to restore the Emperor's power. It took her three months to die.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She was asked to keep it secret that Masaki had protected a Soul Reaper from a Hollow. However, she noticed that Masaki had been injured by the Hollow and, knowing the lingering Hollow reiatsu would endanger the family's future, she felt forced into revealing the truth to Ryuuken's mother. Kanae is very quickly proven right when the full truth of Masaki's injury is revealed.
- Last-Name Basis: While she's employed by the Ishida family as Ryuuken's servant and bodyguard, Ryuuken refers to her by her last name. Only Isshin's narration fills in her first name.
- The Lost Lenore: It's heavily implied that her death in Yhwach's purge is one of the biggest reasons why Ryuuken turned his back on the Quincies, and therefore the crux of the estrangement between her son and husband.
- Love at First Sight: Kanae tells Ryuuken that she's loved him since the moment they first met, when they were small children. Eventually, after his Arranged Marriage collapses, they Marry for Love.
- Marry for Love: She gets Ryuuken eventually, but he has to survive a collapsed Arranged Marriage first.
- Ninja Maid: She works as a servant and maid for the Ishida family, but she's also Ryuuken's partner in battle.
- Plot-Triggering Death: She dies as a result of Yhwach's power-sucking pogrom of Quincies deemed insufficiently "pure", collapsing into a coma on the same day Masaki died and expiring 3 months later. This has an important impact on her husband's actions for the next 9 years and important implications for Uryuu in the final arc.
- Posthumous Character: She died six years before the story began. The killing strike was dealt on the same day Ichigo's mother died and for the same reason, but she remained in a coma for three months before finally dying. The story itself doesn't introduce her until the final arc.
- Ship Tease: There's a lot with Ryuuken. It's eventually confirmed that she is indeed Ryuuken's late wife and Uryuu's mother.
- Undying Loyalty: She views it as her responsibility to protect Ryuuken, no matter what the cost. She's also his only personal confidante in the dysfunctional Ishida household.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She fits both the physical description (long dark hair, wide eyes, modestly and femininely dressed) and the personality traits (clearly has domestic skills since she works as a maid, holds Undying Loyalty to Ryuuken, a competent Quincy warrior when necessary). And her silk does hide some serious steel: she's the one to convince Ryuuken to return home after his nasty Heroic BSoD. And she does so via a gentle, heartfelt appeal instead by force.
A martial arts prodigy and Ichigo's childhood friend and former sparring partner. Best friends and self-appointed protector of Orihime from bullies and classmate Chizuru.
- Action Girl: While her burgeoning powers ultimately end up going nowhere, she's regardless quite the badass martial artist and more than capable of taking down any punk fools who cross her - just not quite capable of fighting Hollows or anything else spiritual.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her blue eyes from the manga became brown in the anime.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: One of the ways the kanji in Tatsuki's given name (竜貴) can be translated as is Superior Dragon.
- Badass Normal: Tatsuki is a talented martial artist with just enough spiritual power to see ghosts, but against the series' threats she's only human.
- Boyish Short Hair: Tatsuki is an aggressive, personality who is too masculine for Chizuru's taste, and who used to be better than Ichigo at karate. She has the short, spiky hair common to anime males to go with her personality. After the time-skip, she grows out her hair.
- Bully Hunter: Kids at school used to pick on Orihime because of her hair color, so she would cut it short in hopes they'd leave her alone. They didn't, so Tatsuki put a stop to it by stomping said bullies flat 'til they got the message. Since then, Orihime has let her hair grow long as a sign of gratitude and as a symbol of their friendship.
- Childhood Friends: She starts out the story as Ichigo's oldest and closest friend, introducing him to Orihime and providing important exposition about his past.
- Designated Victim: She has fallen prey to every single spiritual power she has encountered so far in the series, with the most recent being Tsukishima's "Book of the End".
- Determinator: The few times she's been faced with a real challenge, she's refused to give up until she was knocked out.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Tatsuki first met Orihime while protecting her from the bullies who used to pick on her, which is why Orihime stopped cutting her hair and allowed it to grow long. For Orihime, it's her expression of gratitude and a symbol of her friendship with Tatsuki.
- Hidden Buxom:
- Her breasts are only noticeable during certain scenes, or manga panels, depending on the camera angle. When Kon calls Tatsuki flat-chested in one of his "Radion Kon" skits, she replies that she's at least a C-cup, but withholds her exact measurement.
- Eventually confirmed (years later) when Kubo released a set of official trading cards for Bleach. Including one of Tatsuki in a sports top which shows she has C-cup sized breasts; making it an In-Universe case of being vindicated by history.
- I See Dead People: She started to gain this ability early on in the story, allowing her the ability to see and interact with spirits but, without powers, she can't fight supernatural threats. That doesn't stop her trying though.
- Locked Out of the Loop: For a large portion of the story, she knows that her two best friends, Ichigo and Orihime, are up to something. She desperately wants to know what, and when Ichigo refuses to tell her after she confronts him, she doesn't take it well. Tatsuki finally gets the explanation she's owed after "Deicide".
- Martial Arts Uniform: In a childhood flashback. Also, she, Chizuru and Orihime are attacked by a Hollow just after she's changed out of the uniform she was previously wearing.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The masculine girl to Ichigo's feminine boy when they were children. He was a crybaby, she beat people up for him.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: She's a black belt in karate and finished 2nd in her age group, during a regional tournament. Plus, she stomps bullies flat. Which is why Chizuru said she's never tried hitting on Tatsuki, despite finding her attractive. And, after seeing the way she reacted during Kon incident, most of the guys at school agree.
- One of the Boys: Most of her friends are male. She's into computer games and martial arts. She's aggressive, boisterous and more open with her emotions than well-bred women are supposed to be. When she and Ichigo were children, they used to train at the same dojo: she always used to win their bouts, and when he finally defeated her, he quit.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Tatsuki is a skilled martial artist, but aside from her ability to see ghosts she doesn't have any supernatural powers and can't take part in fighting Hollows or even protect her friends, which frustrates her. On a more humorous level, when Kon calls her flat-chested in one of the "Radio Kon" skits, Tatsuki points out that she has a C-cup and only seems flat-chested due to always hanging out with Orihime, who is super-busty.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Her relationship with Ichigo, at least up until his shinigami activities start interfering with his social life. Their friendship recovers after she, Keigo and Mizuiro learn the full truth about what's been happening. This is played for laughs when Orihime immodestly jumps out of a classroom window to join Tatsuki and Ichigo, who end up bickering about chastising Orhime's behaviour like parents who disagree on the best way to punish an unruly child.
- Secret Keeper: For Ichigo, Orihime, and the rest of her supernatural friends.
- Shipper on Deck: Tatsuki graphically lectures Orihime on how to snare Ichigo.
- Tomboy And Girly Girl: Tatsuki is aggressive and boisterous, into martial arts and computer games, and most of her friends are male. She's never afraid to show her emotions when something bothers her, which well-bred ladies are not supposed to do. In contrast to Tatsuki, Orihime is mild-mannered, and doesn't show her distaste even when receiving unwanted advances. Chizuru doesn't fancy Tatsuki because she's too "masculine", whereas she thinks Orihime is a flower of womanhood and would love to turn Orihime onto the joys of female love... if not for Tatsuki standing in the way.
Friend and classmate of Ichigo's and foil to Keigo, generally playing the Straight Man in their group. Yet another with burgeoning spiritual power.
- Action Survivor: Upon waking up in a sleeping city, the first things he grabs are food, water, a cell phone charger, a gasoline canister, and stun guns for everyone.
- Dissonant Serenity: He doesn't seem too fazed by all the crazy stuff going on around him, even after seeing the guy who's trying to kill them disintegrate objects with his reiatsu.
- Kid-anova: Surprisingly successful, judging by chapter 0.8. He's able to get a homemade meal almost every day despite not living with his mother or knowing how to cook himself.
- I See Dead People: It's unclear exactly when he gained this ability but he's certainly among the spiritually aware in the Arrancar Arc.
- Likes Older Women: Stated to have a preference for older women. Considering he's estranged from his mother, that has... interesting implications.
- Lonely Rich Kid: His life before meeting Keigo, Ichigo, and Chad hints at this trope.
- Missing Mom: She's still very much alive, but he lives with his girlfriend of the moment and doesn't pay her much mind.
- Nerves of Steel: Unlike Keigo's hysterics, Mizuiro's reactions to the weird happenings in Karakura range from dismissive to Dissonant Serenity.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: He's small, dark-haired and pale-skinned. He's considered to have the face of an angel and is viewed by women as incredibly cute. In fact, he's a Chick Magnet.
- Those Two Guys: Keigo and Mizuiro are two of Ichigo's oldest friends and are always together. Keigo is the outgoing funny-man while Mizuiro is the quiet, introverted leader of the pair. Although they develop enough power to see the spirit world, their involvement in the main storyline is peripheral as they have no way of fighting the spiritual threats that exist. During the Deicide mini-arc, their lack of power doesn't stop them from briefly confronting Aizen when he tries to kill them just to incite Ichigo's rage. Mizuiro creates a home-made Molotov cocktail at Aizen in an attempt to buy them enough time to flee.
Third member of Ichigo's group at the beginning of the series and the most energetic of the three. Usually shown with Mizuiro.
- Action Survivor: When Aizen enters Karakura town, he pulls out his hidden competency and nerve and manages to hold things together quite well.
- Butt-Monkey: He's always being blown off by his friends or smacked around by his older sister. He's the one who ends up in crazy situations and freaking out or becomes the voice of cynical disbelief whenever Mizuiro does something weirdly off-kilter.
- Buxom Is Better: Keigo's view of women is that the bigger their chest size, the more irresistible they are. Chest size acts as his main guide in how he reacts to women.
- Dumb Is Good: Takes great pride in his lack of academic achievement and is a Nice Guy, sort of. Mizuiro does once tell Ichigo that Keigo's actually much smarter than he lets on, but for some reason refuses to use it.
- Flanderization: Subverted. He starts off as goofy and slightly neurotic before appearing to be used in the manga only to freak out over something. Then the Deicide arc occurs and he turns out not only to be incredibly calm and rational under extreme stress, but he actually realises that fighting supernatural threats requires a zanpakutou. He therefore obtains one from an unconscious Soul Reaper so that he can fight Aizen to buy his classmates time to escape. Fortunately, the unconscious Soul Reaper wakes up and stops him before he commits an Heroic Sacrifice. Unfortunately for the anime, the anime team clearly never expected the Deicide arc to ever happen, because his goofy antics are dialled Up to Eleven in filler; at one point he makes a joke about Ichigo seeing something that he can't and within thirty seconds he's literally running away screaming.
- Hidden Depths: It seems Ikkaku and Yumichika's influence has rubbed off on him; he is much braver than he appears to be and in truly life-threatening situations, calms down, takes charge and makes very sensible decisions - in short, the exact opposite of his normal behaviour.
- I See Dead People: He was able to see Hollows and Soul Reapers at the beginning of the Arrancar Arc. As he was present when Ichigo and Uryuu fought their first Menos Grande, but couldn't see spirits at that point, he gained his ability somewhere between then and the first appearance of the Espada. His constant attempts to strike up conversations with Zennosuke leaves the Soul Reaper regularly freaked out and baffled.
- Keet: He's extremely excitable and tends to throw his all into whatever activity strikes his fancy. Mizuiro tells Ichigo that Keigo does actually have academic talent, but Keigo is far too busy throwing his energy into crazy and comedic activities to study properly. His typical greeting to Ichigo is a full-blown charge, completely with battle cry that usually ends with Ichigo clothes-lining him to the ground. He engages in slapstick to cheer people up and is rarely quiet or still.
- Lovable Coward: He is constantly upset and freaking out about the Hollows he has begun to see during the Arrancar Arc.
- Secret Keeper: He doesn't know the significance of this, but he's one of only three people that Ikkaku has willingly revealed his bankai to.
- Selective Obliviousness: Is aware of strange things happening with Ichigo, but when he starts running into Soul Reapers and seeing Hollows, he assumes that they're making a movie. Eventually, it became impossible to ignore when he witnesses a fight between Ikkaku and an Arrancar.
- The So-Called Coward: After Tatsuki tells him to run away, he does — but reappears two chapters later with Zennosuke's sword, and in the next chapter, after seeing Aizen take a bomb to the head and survive, he turns around and charges at the Nigh Invulnerable Big Bad himself.
- Those Two Guys: Keigo and Mizuiro are two of Ichigo's oldest friends and are always together. Keigo is the outgoing funny-man while Mizuiro is the quiet, introverted leader of the pair. Although they develop enough power to see the spirit world, their involvement in the main storyline is peripheral as they have no way of fighting the spiritual threats that exist. During the Deicide mini-arc, their lack of power doesn't stop them from briefly confronting Aizen when he tries to kill them just to incite Ichigo's rage. Even though he has no combat ability and is terrified of Aizen, Keigo still steals the Zanpakutou of Karakura Town's unconscious Soul Reaper protector, knowing just enough about Soul Reapers to know that kind of weapon is his only chance of distracting Aizen long enough for his friends to escape; he is under no illusion that this is the absolute limit of what he can do against a threat like Aizen.
Keigo's older sister, Mizuho is the 24th Student Council President at Karakura High School and handles multiple school affairs, including the local Kendo Club.
- Has a Type: She's only interested in bald/shaven men. Ikkaku finds her a handful to deal with as a result: she's a massive fan of his appearance. Her only previous boyfriend mentioned is a toupee-wearing boy that goes to a neighboring school.
- Hand-or-Object Underwear: She forces Ikkaku to do this is episode 229 by walking into the bathroom to give Ikkaku's back a scrub. Ikkaku is so shocked he drops his towel and is forced to use his hands to cover himself.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Even in the manga, she's rather dramatic about her desire for Ikkaku. The anime makes it worse and even takes it to its usual conclusion of involving a Rescue Romance (in a Played for Laughs sort of way).
- Stalker with a Crush: Filler episode 229 turns her into one for comedy purposes as part of her plan to win Ikkaku's heart by being a "considerate woman". She's even willing to walk in on Ikkaku in the bathroom to give his back a scrub and secretly plants an alarm clock on him so she can randomly pop up with lunch at just the right time (Ikkaku's actually in the park when she dives out of the bushes with lunch).
- Student Council President: The 24th, no less, and Ishida's predecessor.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She looks pretty girly at first, but she's actually really strong and not very ladylike.
One of the girls in Tatsuki and Orihime's circle of friends. Often used as a Plucky Comic Relief in the Karakura-based chapters, where she tries to flirt with Orihime if not downright grope her, only to be thwarted by Tatsuki.
- Fish out of Water: The Deicide arc revealed Chizuru had the ability to sense spirits, Hollows, and Soul Reapers when she regained consciousness while Karakura Town was trapped in Soul Society. Because no-one knew, she'd had absolutely no information given to her about the supernatural world and, since the gang was fleeing Aizen, she was tossed into the deep end in the worst possible way. She had absolutely no idea what was going on and demanded to be brought up to speed as soon as possible; she was well aware she may not understand everything she was told, but felt she should be told it anyway. No-one disagreed. Like the other spiritually aware school children, she was strong enough to survive Aizen's presence without dying.
- Genki Girl: Chizuru is very, very excitable when around Orihime. Tatsuki does her best to keep her in line but there's only so much she can do.
- Hidden Buxom: When carrying Chizuru, who was unconscious, Keigo told Tatsuki once she was more well-endowed than he thought. Tatsuki promptly punches him.
- I See Dead People: Has the ability to see ghosts, hollows, and Soul Reapers but when she actually gained the ability isn't revealed.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She's very proud of the path she follows and is eager to convert her favorites to the same delights (but not Tatsuki, who's too mannish).
- Lovable Sex Maniac: She makes no secret of it, always ready to ogle cute and feminine girls.
- Out of Character Is Serious Business: In the Return of Karakuriser, one of the signs that something weird is going on is that she has no interest in Orihime.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Always cheerful and never giving up in her pursuit of Orihime.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Her glasses have a tendency to shine when she's getting too excited.
- Skinship Grope: Loves glomping and groping Orihime.
- Yaoi Fangirl: She sure seemed very pleased when Ichigo was on top of Renji and it looked like they were copping feels in the school hallway.Chizuru: Forbidden love... So beautiful!
Mahana Natsui, Michiru Oogawa and Ryo Kuneida are three classmates who form the remainder of Orihime and Tatsuki's circle of friends.
- Beauty Mark: Kunieda, under her left eye.
- Bookworm: Kunieda gets some of the best grades in the class.
- Brainy Brunette: Kunieda is the second best student in their class with Ishida as the top spot and Orihime as third. She's also seen often with books or magazines.
- Deadpan Snarker: Kunieda tends to snark at the antics of the class.
- Girl Next Door: The three, in different ways. Michiru is the cute and homey one, Mahana is the more active and tomboyish type, and Kunieda is the smart and quiet Bookworm.
- Messy Hair: Mahana's hair is much less well kept looking than her friends.
- Ordinary Highschool Student: Among the few genuine ones. Except for Michiru who has VERY small spiritual powers that let her survive when she, Chizuru, Mizuiro, Tatsuki and Keigo are in front of Aizen.
- Perpetual Frowner: Ryo has a constant Scowl on her face.
- Saying Too Much: Mahana is rather curious and has a tendency to say things that embarrass her friends.
- Shrinking Violet: Michiru is very shy, and she's scared of Ichigo and Ishida because they never smile.
An assistant to the Urahara Shop. He's a slacker and hot-tempered, often pressing his fists on Ururu's head to get her to back down.
- All There in the Manual: The series proper never really explain much about him during its run. It isn't until the Light Novel, "Cannot Fear Your Own World", which came out after the series end, that finally shed some light on him.
- Artificial Human: Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World reveals that he's a mod soul in a gigai created by Urahara.
- Batter Up!: Jinta been shown using a gigantic mace when attack lesser hollows.
- Fiery Redhead: Jinta is as loud and brash as his hair.
- Hot-Blooded: Aggressive, blunt and temperamental.
- I Got Bigger: He's taller and somewhat more muscular than when we first saw him.
- Mysterious Past: The series never elaborate where he came from or how he came to join Urahara. While "Cannot Fear Own World" reveals he's a modsoul in a gigai, that's pretty much it.
- Those Two Guys: He's generally seen with Ururu.
- Tsundere: Jinta tends to act like a little kid around Ururu and picks on her constantly. Plus, he always acts awkward and dismissive around Yuzu, but has a crush on her on the side.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ururu. He bullies Ururu like there's no tomorrow, but when she gets badly injured against the Arrancar, he's clearly the most freaked out. And he's the one who celebrates most openly when she heals up.
Another assistant to Urahara's shop. Ururu is reserved and moody, but more responsible and obedient than Jinta.
- All There in the Manual: The series proper never really explains much about her during its run (Though does give some clues that she's clearly not human). It isn't until the Light Novel, "Cannot Fear Your Own World", which came out after the series ended, that finally shed some light on her.
- Ambiguously Human: She looks human, but is superhumanly strong and can go into a machine-like combat-mode.
- Artificial Human: While the manga and anime only establish her as being Ambiguously Human, Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World reveals she's a mod soul in a gigai created by Urahara — explaining her superhuman abilities.
- Badass Adorable: She managed to force Yylfordt to go One-Winged Angel.
- BFG: Ururu who wields some kind of wrapped up rocket launcher type weapon.
- Blade Run: During Ichigo's shikai training, she pulls a blade run off on him.
- Blush Sticker: Has them in her younger form. Past the time skip from the Deicide arc, she loses them when she gets older.
- Cute Bruiser: Ururu can handle unreleased fraccions barehanded.
- Kick Chick: Ururu when going hand to hand been shown to use a lot of kicking moves. Heck she nearly took Ichigo's head off with one during a training session.
- Mysterious Past: The series never elaborate where she came from or how she came to join Urahara. While "Cannot Fear Own World" reveals she's a modsoul in a gigai, that's pretty much it.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Ururu in serious mode is capable of a high level of physical combat.
- Robo Speak: Ururu speaks in a Creepy Monotone whenever Hollows are near, or when she's hit — like during Ichigo's training fight with her.
- Shrinking Violet: Ururu tends to be very shy and quiet.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Ururu carries an ofuda-firing bazooka the size of a large cannon.
- She Is All Grown Up: After the Time Skip, Ururu apparently has a lot of fans once she's started filling out.
- Those Two Guys: Ururu's normally seen the most with Jinta.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jinta. She insults him often, but she's also the first person to go along with his mischief.
- Waif-Fu: Ururu is capable of laying a pretty serious beatdown on an unreleased fraccion.
Misaomaru Kan'onji is a spirit medium and the host of the TV show Ghost Hunt. He is known for his trademark laugh (BWAHAHAHA!) He met Ichigo when he and his friends went to see him live. Unknowingly he removes a spirit's soul chain and turns him into a Hollow. After Ichigo saves him, Kanonji declares him his apprentice. He makes appearances in filler episodes, establishing the Karakura Superheroes consisting of him, the Kurosaki sisters, the Urahara shop kids, and Kon. Later on, in another filler arc (though based on manga Omakes) he is put in another by order of Urahara: The Karakurizer team.
- Catchphrase: He has three: "SPIRITS ARE ALWAYS WITH YOU!", "Smells like bad spirits!", and "BWAHAHAHAHA!"
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Only in the sense of not being ultimate. He's certainly got a good heart, and successfully protects people and combats Hollows on several occasions.
- Feet of Clay: He's beloved as a spiritual medium and does have some level of power, but he's completely incapable of handling even a single normal Hollow by himself.
- Hero with an F in Good: Don Kanonji thinks he's protecting children throughout the country from the monsters that go bump in the night. Ichigo has to show him that he's actually helping to create those monsters.
- Hot-Blooded: His hot blooded and energetic attitude is part of why he's so popular with people.
- Kamehame Hadoken: His Kanon Ball, where he charges and fires a ridiculously tiny ball of reishi, which creates a surprisingly large explosion for its size.
- Large Ham: Kan'onji is very bombastic and a great showman. "BWAHAHAHAHA."
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes he's been creating Hollows while attempting to exorcize spirits he breaks down and starts to cry until Ichigo snaps him out of it.
- Shout-Out: One catchphrase is a shout out to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
- Sunglasses at Night: He always wears sunglasses as part of his getup.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: By himself, the Karakura Superheroes, and the Karakurizer Team.
A character introduced in the Lost Agent Arc. She is Ichigo's boss at his part-time job in her shop, whenever he decides to show up for his job, or she decides to kidnap him back to it.
- Action Mom: Her entry involves her beating up a whole group of thugs single handed. Predictably, she is quite doting and over-protective of her son.
- Blood Knight: If her Slasher Smile after beating up the gangsters is any indication, Unagiya seems to enjoy being the winner of a fight, at the very least.
- Catch Phrase: "We're not an Eel Shop." She always starts her phone calls with this due to her surname unfortunately translating out to "Eel Shop".
- Cool Big Sis: She likes to view herself as a big sister figure. Ichigo teases her about how she's too old for it, but if he didn't feel the same he probably wouldn't have gone to her for emotional support in the first place.
- Doting Parent: To her son, Kaoru, she becomes affectionate and maternal. It's a distinct shift from when she's interacting with anyone else.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her yelling at Ichigo on the phone shows her short-tempered side, while her wipe-out of the gangsters solidifies her as a badass.
- Gag Boobs: She shoved Ichigo's head onto her breasts to comfort him at one point. As Rangiku once said, "my bosom's your pillow".
- Hot-Blooded: Except for when she's in front of her son, she's quite quick to enter conflicts and simply flatten everyone.
- Motherly Side Plait: She normally wears a pony tail for business purposes. However, as soon as he young son comes looking for her, she drags her hair into a soft side pony-tail, throws on a frilly apron and transforms from Ichigo's scary boss to affectionate, doting mother.
- Punny Name: "Unagiya" is Japanese for "eel shop". This is why people constantly mistake her odd-jobs business for a restaurant.
- Nice Hat: She wears a brown biker's cap with goggles on the top to complete the biker look. She drives a van, however, not a biker, so it's just for fashion.
- Stacy's Mom: Her son Kaoru is used to men sniffing around his mother because she's beautiful. To Ichigo's horror and Ikumi's embarrassment, Kaoru warns Ichigo off from hanging around Ikumi for that reason.
- Tsundere: Despite her hostile, combative attitude towards Ichigo's lack of work ethic, which interferes with her ability to keep her business running, whenever Ichigo's in trouble, she's always ready to help out and giving him all the support he needs.
Ikumi's son. One of the only kids who doesn't like Ichigo in the series.
Sora Inoue / Acidwire
Sora Inoue was Orihime Inoue's older brother and caretaker, who became the Hollow, Acidwire, after his death. He actually perished years before the storyline, having been wounded in a car accident; Orihime carried the fatally injured Sora to the Kurosaki clinic, but despite Isshin's efforts, he died. His soul then was corrupted (in the anime, due to another Hollow; in the manga, after crossing the Despair Event Horizon) and started hounding his younger sister as the Hollow Acidwire.
- Body Horror: Especially in the anime, where not only he fell in despair — but his soul was forcibly turned into a Hollow.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The hairpins that he gave to Orihime went from her Tragic Keepsake to her Weapon of Choice: the Shun Shun Rikka.
- Despair Event Horizon: Believing that Orihime had forgotten about him drove him to the edge. In reality, Orihime never did so, and actually stopped praying to his memory to not have him worry about her in the afterlife. Sora/Acidwire doesn't learn about it until later.
- Early Installment Weirdness: As Acidwire, his mask gets a significant chunk broken off during his arc yet he never transforms into a pseudo-Arrancar like Grand Fisher. Instead more of the person he originally was starts seeping through.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: As Acidwire, he attacks Tatsuki and later Ichigo and Rukia aside of Orihime, and he claims that he wants to kill Orihime so no one else can have her.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Right before he kicked it, Sora and Orihime had their first and last fight ever, and she didn't bid him goodbye like she always did. Therefore, when Sora was defeated and purified, Orihime told him "have a nice day" in their goodbyes.
- Promotion to Parent: Sora ran away with three-year-old Orihime on tow as soon as he turned a legal adult, thus acting as her tutor and parental figure until he kicked it.
- Tragic Monster: He didn't become a monster out of choice. Soul Reapers just didn't get to him in time to help him pass on.