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Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach. This is the Vandenreich, an organization of Quincies at war with the Soul Society and Hueco Mundo.

This page lists named Quincies who are members of the Vandenreich as well as Sternritter B-Z. The Emperor of the Vandenreich, Yhwach, reserves the letter A for himself and has his own page. Members of the elite guard, Schutzstaffel, are marked with (Ṧ).


This page contains massive spoilers, none of which are marked. Tread carefully.

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The Emperor of the Vandenreich. Click here to read his page.

    Uryu Ishida 

Uryu Ishida

Soon after joining the Vandenreich, Uryu is chosen by Yhwach to be his successor. Click here for more info.


The Sternritter

    In General
The Sternritter

  • Ambiguously Human: Quincies may or may not be human. There are four soul-races, Humans, Hollows, Shinigami and Quincies. Humans and Hollows are opposites, and Shinigami and Quincies are opposites. Hollows are opposite to Quincies and possibly Humans and Shinigami, but the relationship between Humans and Quincies is unstated, especially as Quincies appear capable of living as long as Shinigami. The Quincies are initially described by the Shinigami as spiritually-aware humans who train their abilities fight Hollows. However, when Ryuken later mentions the concept of "human power", he puts Ginjo (Substitute Soul Reaper and Fullbringer), Sado (Fullbringer) and Orihime under that umbrella. While he includes his mixed-blood Quincy son, Uryu, he excludes himself (a pure-blood Quincy) and admits he's stretching the definition of "human power" to include Uryu at all. He doesn't explain that comment, not even to explain what the definition is. Ichibee also derisively calls Yhwach a human during their fight, despite the latter proclaiming to be the Soul King’s son. Complicating matters further are the existence of Quincy who cannot be described as human by any definition of the word because they have somehow been created from parts of the Soul King's body.
  • Badass Crew: While the overall army is extremely powerful in general, the Sternritter are this by default considering how much sheer damage they inflict during their first blitz on the Soul Society. Even once the Soul Reapers are better prepared and equipped, they don't go down easily. This applies especially to the Schutzstaffel, who are so powerful that some of them are not even considered mortal, forcing the heroes to go through some extreme lengths to land definitive blows, and in the end ''they couldn't even kill most of them them. All four required the Soul Society to bring their absolute best, and in the end, one of them escaped and another only died because Yhwach decided he no longer needed them. The two that did fall only did so because they were up against Urahara and Mayuri separately, two of the smartest characters in the entire story.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The Sternritter are fanatically loyal towards Yhwach and most of them are ready to give up their lives for his cause. Even when Yhwach decides to kill them himself, they at most only argue that it would be a waste of resources. After coming back from the dead, several Sternritter killed by Yhwach, are still loyal to him and have instead grudges against other people. The Sternritter likewise are afraid of death so much, that the idea of becoming a zombie is seen as more favorable. They only voice objection against the sadistic tendencies of the zombie makers. It is eventually revealed that the entire Shinigami-Quincy conflict is based on conflicting ideologies. The Quincy care about how the world should be and prefer a perfect world without death, fear and suffering. The Shinigami care about how the world is and want a world with death, suffering and fear that allows enlightenment. The Quincy are based on western, christian ideals, whereas the Shinigami are based on eastern, buddhist ideals. While the manga ultimately sides with the Shinigami, it and the novels that follow after it, point out that neither side is truly wrong or right. The conflict between Shinigami and Quincy is highlighted by the Soul King's left arm of progress joining the Quincy and his right arm of stagnation joining the Shinigami.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: While the entire army wears spiffy uniforms, the Sternritter are apparently allowed endless personalization options for their outfits - some, like Pepe and Askin, almost entirely ignore the conventional uniform designs, while others like Robert and Haschwalth bear few differences from the standard soldier uniforms.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The Vandenreich is mostly made up of Quincy, but both Hollows and Shinigami are offered the opportunity to join their ranks - with mixed results. As long one is strong enough, the Vandenreich doesn't care about race. The Sternritter themselves are a very heterogeneous army, having members of varying nationality, skin color, ideology, gender, age or sexual orientation. Even genetic deformities or not being human at all isn't an issue. Surprising for an organization with Nazi motifs.
  • Evil Counterpart: Like the Espada, the Sternritter are this to the Thirteen Court Guard Squads, With the Thirteen Court Guard Squads leading an organized company of soldiers, while the Sternritter have an extra pull on a simply otherwise standardized army.
  • Guiltfree Extermination War: Even the more good-natured Quincy have no problems to slaughter Shinigami and don't question the war once. Various comments made by present and past Quincy state that they believe that either they win the war against the Shinigami or face extinction. Indeed, the Shinigami tried and failed to wipe them out twice in the past. The post-war novels heavily imply that Haschwalth had to change the cruel future he saw - which lead to his and Yhwach's deaths - in order to prevent the total extinction of the Quincy race.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Sternritter’s and the other Quincy in the Vandenreich all wear white uniforms, while the Shinigami wear black uniforms.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: When asked in a tweet, Kubo reveals that the Sternritter are not villains, but enemies. Their goal is to bring back the original perfect world, where humanity can live their immortal lives without fear. The Sternritter will execute the orders of Yhwach without question, but as individuals occupy the entire spectrum of morality, from the mostly good natured Gerard and Pernida, to the ruthless, but overall compassionate Liltotto, the neutral Cang Du to monsters like Quilge and Driscoll.
  • Only Mostly Dead: The Quincy are a race in constant conflict with "death". Fittingly, many of them have found ways to escape what would have been certain death. Be it through their abilities, sheer tenacity, luck or other characters bringing them back as zombies, it seldom happens that a Sternritter stays down, when initially believed to be killed. By the end of the war, several Sternritter are still around or in a state where they either cannot be classified as dead or can be reanimated.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Quincies are a race of powerful humans descended from the son of a God. They used to have an ability called Quincy: Letzt Stil, which amplifed their powers and abilities and gave them a wing of Reishi at their side. However, using the ability would drain a Quincy of all of their Reiyoku. In order to overcome this drawback, the modernized Quincies developed the ability's successor, Quincy: Vollstandig, which essentially transforms any Quincy who uses it into an angel.
  • Putting on the Reich: Like the Nazis, the Vandenreich modernises the Quincies' Teutonic Knight-themed history by switching the priest-themed tunics to military uniforms, changing the style of their crosses from Latin to Iron, and expanding the German-chanted powers they wield. The Jagdarmee (Hunting Unit) is sent to conquer the Hollows and control them via ethnic cleansing, and The Emperor regularly culls "impure" Quincies from his ranks, retaining only those he deems "pure" or "useful". The elite unit of Sternritters is called the "Schutzstaffel". Despite this, the Quincy still retain their original ideology and as the final arc goes on, their religious allusions grow stronger.
  • Undying Loyalty: One of the most common traits of the Sternritter is the near fanatical loyalty they express towards their monarch, either out of unimaginable fear or admiration bordering on worship - usually some combination of both. The few exceptions are Haschwalth, who betrays him in his last moments but still remains loyal, Giselle, Liltotto and Bazz-B who never were that loyal in the first place and betrayed him because he betrayed them, Gremmy whose insane power (and insanity) simply doesn't factor in any sort of loyalty (he damn near could have killed Yhwach, and without any care).

    B - Jugram Haschwalth 

Jugram "Jugo" Haschwalth
"Lives that were saved by good fortune must be swept aside by equal ill fortune."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed sword / Freude Schild (Shield)
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: B - The Balance
Voiced by: Yuichiro Umehara (JP)

Sternritter "B" of "The Balance". Yhwach's second-in-command and the Grand Master of the Sternritter. A quiet, dispassionate man, he's not spoiling for a fight but doesn't hesitate to kill or to provoke an enemy into attacking.

He wields a slender, cruciform sword. His ability is to redirect all fortune, good or bad. Opponents who experience good fortune will be afflicted with bad fortune, and if harm should come to Haschwalth, he can redirect any "bad fortune" away from him. His Freude Schild usually takes the brunt of the bad fortune, before Haschwalth redirects it away to repair his shield.

  • All There in the Manual: The manga ends with many aspects of Haschwalth's character and actions staying enigmatic. The novel Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World clears some of these up and elaborates on his last moments.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: It's implied that Haschwalth was less than sad over the demise of his uncle.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Haschwalth's Schrift is "The Balance", which means that he can immediately reverse any fortune or misfortune; as long as an ability doesn't One-Hit KO him, any damage he takes will be reversed. It's also a Semantic Superpower, because Haschwalth can choose what he considers to be "fortune" or "misfortune", so he can carefully pick what events to reverse and which ones not to. No potential weaknesses in the ability are explored , because Haschwalth is eventually killed by Yhwach's Auswählen rather than any protagonist.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The exact circumstances surrounding his demise are quite iffy. While he was hit by the lights of the Auswählen, he avoided the same fate as Robert and Gerard. But unlike Bazz-B and NaNaNa, who suffered no ill effects beyond the loss of Vollständig, Haschwalth stated that he would die soon. Given how several of his statements contradict what actually happened, it is unknown if he actually lied to Uryu or not. It is thus unknown whether he died because of the Auswählen, him swapping his wounds with Uryu or a combination of the two.
  • Arrow Catch: A thousand years ago, Haschwalth and Bazz-B lose their homeland and families to Yhwach and train together to seek revenge. Once they meet Yhwach, Haschwalth switches sides and catches the arrow Bazz-B fires at Yhwach. A thousand years later, the pair fight over Yhwach again, and Haschwalth again catches Bazz-B's arrow in almost exactly the same stance.
  • Attack Backfire: The ability of his Schrift, The Balance, makes it so that any damage he takes is negated, while his opponents take damage for managing to hit him in the first place.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Sees how Nanao's "Quincy" barrier works, notes the hastiness of the spell while deducing correctly that she didn't share her invention with the other Shinigami and was about to adjust his power to shatter her barrier before being called away. He does all this in a matter of seconds.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is capable of standing in the presence of Yamamoto's Bankai without flinching and effortlessly cuts Ichigo's Bankai in half. He can instantly negate Cang Du's ability and kill him in a single strike, and is the only Quincy not cowering in fear at Yhwach's new form after absorbing the Soul King. When he fights Bazz-B, Bazz-B uses all of his abilities against Haschwalth but can barely scratch him, while he carves off Bazz-B's right hand and leaves him for dead without using any special abilities.
  • Badass Boast:
    • His first major introduction consisted of him saying, "Shiver in fear, Soul Reapers. The Sternritter have come to purge you."
    • When Hubert comments that he can always kill Bazz-B for insubordination when Yhwach's not watching, Haschwalth states "I'm watching". Hubert backs down immediately.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Following his fight with Bazz-B, Haschwalth convinced himself that he gladly threw Bazz-B away for more power from Yhwach. Though seeing the actual events of their fallout, how he still tried to keep his former friend from harm and how distraught over their broken relationship he really was, it's clear that the opposite is the case. Haschwalth realized this once Yhwach takes away his powers with the Auswählen.
  • Bishōnen: Tall, slim, pale, and pretty. Haschwalth looks delicate, but he could stand within close proximity of Yamamoto's Bankai without flinching.
  • The Bore: Bambietta notes in an omake that Haschwalth has a tendency to give very long and boring lectures. They are bad enough that the prospect that she is about to receive just another one, genuinely scares Bambietta.
  • Break Them by Talking: During the first invasion, Kajomaru was clearly afraid to oppose him so Haschwalth turned that fear back on him with a skillful analysis of Kajomaru's resolve.
  • Character Tics: Haschwalth holds his right arm whenever he is uncomfortable with a situation or sad.
  • Consummate Liar: In a stark contrast to Yhwach who only tells the truth, albeit by twisting it, Haschwalth lies several times throughout the final arc, albeit again by twisting it.
  • Creepy Uncle: As a parentless child, his sole caretaker was his uncle. He first meets Bazz-B while under a lot of pressure to hunt down a rabbit before he goes home to his uncle. His uncle catches up to him and addresses him in a very eerie and uncomfortably affectionate manner that instantly kills his enthusiasm over making a friend. When Yhwach culls the Quincy population of their homeland, it's implied that Haschwalth is not upset by his uncle's death.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When he and Bazz-B fight, he holds back throughout the entire fight. He easily dominates Bazz-B and brushes off every attack. The fight ends when he finally decides to effortlessly cut down Bazz-B.
  • The Comically Serious: Haschwalth is usually just The Stoic. But a New Year's omake turns him into this. He asks what an Otoshidama (the tradition of giving children money on New Year in Japan) is, voices his distaste and reeducation plan to prevent the spread of the tradition within the ranks of the Sternritter in the same serious manner as he does everything else.
  • Deal with the Devil: His words as he prepares to cut Uryu down after their fight suggest he views giving up his friendship with Bazz-B as this in order to obtain power from Yhwach.
  • Death by Irony: Invoked. Haschwalth constantly rants about how the Sternritter and the entire Quincy race should be prepared to sacrifice their lives for the sake of their grand emperor, Yhwach, without even batting an eyelash when Yhwach deliberately slaughters all the lower Sternritter in order to revive the Schutzstaffel. Once he decides to act against Yhwach's orders he sees being targetted by the Auswählen as the only fitting fate.
  • The Dragon: Haschwalth is Yhwach’s second-in-command and his advisor. Whenever the Sternritter are shown as a group, he is at the head of the formation, commanding. He accompanies Yhwach almost everywhere and seems to be one of the few to hear his orders directly from the Emperor himself. Bazz-B claims no Sternritter would "bat an eyelash" should Haschwalth be announced Yhwach's successor, and his title is "Grand Master" of the Sternritter. As it is later revealed, Haschwalth was deliberately selected by Yhwach to be his "other half" due to Haschwalth being one of the only Quincies with the power to share spiritual power, just like Yhwach himself. Whenever Yhwach sleeps, he swaps his powers with Haschwalth who temporarily takes charge of the Vandenreich. He is one of the last enemies that the heroes fight before the final confrontation with Yhwach.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He berates Uryu, who he'd been curb-stomping and was about to kill, for giving him a sympathetic look after Yhwach decides that the Sternritter are no longer necessary and uses Auswählen on him, leaving him on death's door. He claims that it is an honor that Yhwach found his power fitting to steal, but not Uryu's.
  • Enigmatic Minion: His poker face makes it hard to read his intentions. He gave Kajomaru a breaking speech before killing him without any flicker of expression. During Yhwach's clash with Ichigo, he shows concern for Ichigo after Yhwach stabs him in the neck. The Sternritter think Haschwalth is Yhwach's rightful successor but he's unconcerned by their mutterings. It's strongly implied that he is both sympathetic and frustrated with Uryu, but it doesn't affect his loyalty to Yhwach. A thousand years ago, Haschwalth and Bazz-B lose their homeland and families to Yhwach and Bazz-B believes they're training together to seek revenge. Haschwalth's motive is ambiguous, he switches sides the moment they first meet Yhwach, and he never explains why to Bazz-B. Despite that betrayal, there are signs he's been protecting Bazz-B over the years without Bazz-B's awareness. This continues even after his death, where several Quincy outright refer to him as an enigma and wonder just what his true intentions were and what was going inside his head.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: When Yhwach sleeps and his powers swap with Haschwalth, he gains the former's multi-irised eyes that signifies his possession of The Almighty.
  • Foil: Serves as one to Uryu. Both were seen as talentless Quincy by others, lived in an estranged family situation and used to have no friends. But their decisions in life would mirror each other. After Haschwalth met Bazz-B, the two would quickly become best friends. After Yhwach burned down their homes, Haschwalth would follow Bazz-B on his quest for vengeance against Yhwach, even though he didn't really have a grudge against him personally, simply because Bazz-B was his friend. Haschwalth would later betray his friend and abandon him for his own beliefs. Uryu on the other hand was, at first, hell bent on righting the wrongs committed against his grandfather and, at first, a rather aloof ally. But his friendship with Ichigo made him abandon this mindset. By the time the final arc started, Uryu didn't care about right and wrong, but only the safety of his friends. Fittingly, Uryu's Schrift is the Antithesis.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: During his fight with Bazz-B, Haschwalth repeatedly demands Bazz-B to stop fighting, eventually yelling out his full name before cutting him down.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: After seeing the future, Haschwalth makes the decision to help several of his enemies and manipulates Yhwach's future vision in a crucial way. Despite this he is still fighting for Yhwach's side and actively hinders the process of his enemies.
  • Heel Realization: Downplayed. While he still believed in Yhwach's cause, he definitely regretted abandoning and betraying his friend Bazz-B.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: From the perspective of the Quincy, Haschwalth is remembered as a hero who cast away his own life to ensure the survival and future of the Quincy race.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: The Shinigami may see him as an invading enemy, but for the Quincy, he is nothing but a wise and selfless man.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bazz-B is the only one who calls him "Jugo", due to their long history together.
  • Irony: He gets angered at Uryu proclaiming he'll keep the powers Yhwach gave him and not give up anything, especially his friends, in exchange. Haschwalth gives a rant about why this is impossible as he prepares to kill him, only to have his powers taken away by Yhwach's last Auswählen while Uryu's remain.
  • Left for Dead: A self-invoked example. After seeing the future Haschwalth makes the decision to evacuate every Quincy and ensure their survival. Every Quincy outside the higher ranks that is. Despite knowing that Yhwach will sacrifice his elite Sternritter, he makes no effort to warn or evacuate them or even himself.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Haschwalth is a tall young man with a slim build and long blonde hair that descends past his shoulders.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He tries to set up Uryu to fight against Ichigo, to prove his loyalty to the Vandenreich. It doesn't even remotely work, though he claims he already saw Uryu's betrayal through The Almighty. He later is able to use his connection with Yhwach and status as an Enigmatic Minion to orchestrate the downfall of Yhwach.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Should Jugram truly fight or carry out orders outside of battle given by His Majesty, Yhwach, Jugram will waste time on neither sarcastic wit nor trash talking. When he faces Bazz-B on Wahrwelt, he does not give him any chances to damage him and severely damage him with each slash from his sword. When he learns that Uryu was intentionally betraying him and the Schutzstaffel, and attempting to destroy Wahrwelt, he immediately attempts to kill him. As soon as he finds out Uryu's Schrift, he prevents Uryu from running by returning all the damage he received and attempt to finish him off when he is too injured to move.
  • No-Sell: As a child, Haschwalth was completely unaffected by Yhwach's great Reiatsu, and when he fights Bazz-B, there's nothing Bazz-B can throw at him that hurts him in any way.
  • Not Himself: Uryu notes that Haschwalth's behavior changes at night. Haschwalth confirmed that he dons the mask of the ruler at night, while Yhwach would don the mask of the father. After Haschwalth traded powers with Yhwach for the duration of the night, his behavior was more similar to Yhwach's than his own. As it turns out, some of it was an act in order to test Uryuu.
  • Not So Stoic: He appears aloof and solemn, but when "Yhwach" fights Yamamoto, Haschwalth regularly cries out his concern. When Yhwach stabs Ichigo to kidnap him to Silburn, Haschwalth looks so sad that Yhwach addresses his reaction directly. Bazz-B's determination to fight Haschwalth eventually causes Haschwalth to scream at him to stop. After being forced to fell Bazz-B, Yhwach swaps powers with Haschwalth and he confronts Uryu, maniacally accusing him of treason and setting him up to fight Ichigo. The cracks in his disposition show up even earlier than this: During Zaraki's battle against Gremmy, the latter decides to drop an asteroid on everyone. This was the first time Haschwalth genuinely panicked and quickly scrambled the Soldat to protect Yhwach.
  • Only Six Faces: Give Haschwalth a haircut, a pair of glasses, and some "Uryu what the hell are you even doing" lines under his eyes, and he could be Ryuken's twin. By the time Yhwach's sending Uryu on solo missions, Haschwalth's even starting to develop the same "Oh, Crap! I can't control him" expression.
  • Parental Abandonment: Haschwalth lost his parents at a young very young age, and was left in the care of a Creepy Uncle, though the reasons have not been specified.
  • Playing Both Sides: As a result of him being on the Heel–Face Revolving Door Haschwalths ends up helping his allies and enemies alike.
  • Power Nullifier: Yhwach claims Haschwalth possesses the same ability as himself, to share spiritual power, which is why he cannot absorb Reishi to make himself more powerful. Yhwach adds that, unlike himself, Hashwalth cannot take back the power he shares. The first "give and take" example that Haschwalth displays occurs when he shuts off Cang Du's special ability before killing him. The confrontation occurs after night falls and Haschwalth takes on Yhwach's abilities at night.
  • Prescience Is Predictable: Or rather horrible. Once Haschwalth gains the ability to see the future, he notes how the ability to do so is a cruel power indeed.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Sports several ones during his brief stint as the acting emperor.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Even to the bitter end, he displays absolute loyalty to Yhwach. That said, in his last dying moments, Haschwalth offers to transfer all of Ishida's wounds onto himself so that, at the very least, he can protect his friends. It's his own way of coming to terms with not being able to protect his one and only friend, Bazz-B. This later turns out to be invoked, as the novel Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World reveals that being struck by the Auswählen is the only fitting fate for having acted against Yhwach.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: An invoked example. He makes the decision to betray Yhwach and play both sides, a decision that leads to Yhwach's end. As thus he believes that Yhwach stripping him of his power, thus killing him in the process, is the only acceptable fate for him.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Just what did he see when he caught a glimpse of the future? After seeing the future, Haschwalth describes the ability as a cruel power and despite being 100% to Yhwach just moments ago, Haschwalth immediately makes the decision to hinder his plans, orchestrate the events of his downfall and save several enemies. He is still a devout follower of Yhwach despite this and claims that all his actions are to ensure the future of the Quincy. The only confirmed things were that he saw his and Yhwach's own death, but it is strongly implied that these two events were not what he described as cruel and what caused his change in behavior. With his and Yhwach's death, the vision he saw may forever remain a mystery, leaving characters in- and out-of-universe guessing.
  • Save the Villain: From his perspective the Quincy who decided to betray Yhwach, have all become enemies. Despite this he makes the decision to order the evacuation of every Quincy outside the Schutzstaffel, renegade Quincy included, just to ensure the future of the Quincy race.
  • Secret Test of Character: Haschwalth believes that Uryu is one for him set by Yhwach to test his convictions and thus in a roundabout way he acts as one himself to test Uryu's convictions.
  • Seers: He and Yhwach are supposedly two halves of the same coin. So when Yhwach falls asleep, their powers are swapped with each other's. Through this, Haschwalth gains The Almighty, which allows him to see into the future. Haschwalth considers the power to see into the future to be a cruel and horrifying ability.
  • Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate: Depending on the situation and especially during the final stages of the final arc, Haschwalth manages to wander through all stages. Most of the time he is The Fatalist, believing that one is unable to change the future in the grand scheme of things. He equals Yhwach, who has the ability to change the future with fate and while one can change ones own fate, against Yhwach, who can change the future, everything is futile. After Haschwalth saw the future, he takes every measure in order to ensure the survival of the Quincy race, implying that he changed the future. He furthermore decides to take fate by his own hands and decide on his own free will what the future will be, by making sure the future he saw will come true. After the war is over, Haschwalth's aide notes that Haschwalth had the ability to avert his and Yhwach's fates and that he could have changed the future, but chose to walk the path of his own free will. Haschwalth was aware that choosing free will would lead to his fate. In the end he decides to Screw Destiny by invoking You Can't Fight Fate.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": When his name was revealed, there was a debate within the fandom whether the correct spelling was "Haschwald" or "Hashvald". However, in true Kubo fashion, it turned out to be neither of them and actually "Haschwalth".
  • The Stoic: Haschwalth has a perpetual aloof and solemn expression on his face that make him appear to be stoic and emotionless, and is by far the calmest amongst the Sternritter. He doesn't react when he kills either Soul Reapers or Quincies, and is the only one of the remaining Sternritters who doesn't visibly react to Yhwach's new form, whilst the others are reeling in shock and horror.
  • Super Empowering: Just like Yhwach, Haschwalth is one of the only Quincies in existence that has the ability to impart spiritual power to others. Such a Quincy is said to be born every 200 years. Unlike other Quincies, Hashwalth cannot absorb Reishi; instead he gives it to others. Simply by being in another Quincy's presence, Haschwalth can greatly augment their power. He was able amplify Bazz-B's powers, causing him to develop his skills at an alarming rate. Because he is the only other Quincy with this power, Yhwach considers him his "other half".
  • Thwarted Coup de Grâce: After a largely one-sided battle with Uryu, he prepares to kill the latter for valuing his friends over Yhwach... only for that same Yhwach to use Auswählen on him and the remaining Sternritter.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Several statements he told Uryu would later be contradicted by what actually happened. He told for example that he saw how Ichigo and his friends would all perish, when in fact he saw Ichigo killing Yhwach or that he had destroyed all the sun gates scattered throughout Wahrwelt, when in fact Ryuken and Isshin were able to use one to infiltrate the castle. How much of this was in order to demoralize Uryu, how much Haschwalth's own ignorance and how much lies he told himself is thus unknown.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: After Yhwach's Auswählen leaves him on death's door, he offers to take Uryu's wounds upon himself, respecting Uryu's conviction even though he notes there's no guarantee it'll mean anything in the long run.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Haschwalth's main concern are the survival of the Quincy race and gaining access to the lost paradise of the Quincy. For this he is willing to commit even genocide and sacrifice his own followers and friends. What pushes him out of Knight Templar territory unlike with Yhwach, is that it is unanimously agreed that his actions in the end truly ensured the survival and prosperity of the Quincy race, while Yhwach was primarily concerned with gaining immortality for himself.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Haschwalth and Bazz-B met as young children and spent every day together for five years training to become strong enough to join Yhwach's army. Yhwach put a wedge in their relationship by favouring the apparently talentless Haschwalth over the very talented Bazz-B, leaving Bazz-B determined to defeat Haschwalth if he had to. Eventually, Haschwalth cemented his loyalty to Yhwach by defeating Bazz-B and leaving him for dead. However, the badge Bazz-B gave Haschwalth in childhood had also secretly been carried by Haschwalth all those years, attached to the hilt of his sword. Even when Haschwalth ultimately cut Bazz-B down, a part of him still held on to it, as evidenced by how his sword hilt still had the button Bazz-B gave him embedded into the grip.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Whenever Haschwalth has to think about Uryu, he according to himself becomes overwhelmed by emotions that he has not experienced before. These new feelings are the main catalyst for his animosity with Uryu and why he is focused by him and why he among other things has to give his life and power for Yhwach's sake.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change!: His Schrift, 'The Balance', allows Haschwalth to balance out the luck of himself and his opponents, so any lucky shots his opponents get are instead balanced between them, causing them injuries even if they were never hit in the first place. Furthermore, his shield, Freude Schild, absorbs any misfortune that might befall him, so any damage Haschwalth does take is immediately transferred to the shield. His opponent then suffers that damage, too.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Haschwalth invokes this on Sternritter who he deems have failed the Vandenreich, executing them in Yhwach's name. Haschwalth himself is caught by Yhwach's Auswählen just as he's about to kill Uryu, his master having deemed the remaining elite Sternritter unnecessary after stealing Ichigo's powers.

    C - Pernida Parnkgjas (Ṧ) 

Pernida Parnkgjas
Its true form appearance 
"I've truly come to despise your incessant badmouthing the name of the Quincy."
Species: Quincy? note 
Weapon: Multiple unnamed bows
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: C - The Compulsory

Sternritter "C" of "The Compulsory". As a result of the cloak it wears, nothing is initially known about them - even their gender is an unknown. Nevertheless, Pernida first appears as a member of Yhwach's elite Sternritter the "Schutzstaffel" guard, and is summoned against Senjumaru Shutara. Pernida turns out to be the disembodied left arm of the Soul King.

Pernida's ability is to insert its nerves into opponents or inanimate objects, allowing it to contort, manipulate and destroy them. Its natural abilities come from its connection to the Spirit King, granting it high-speed regeneration and the ability to multiply; it also possesses powerful adaptive abilities, allowing it to "evolve" by gaining the traits of whatever its nerves touch. It can manifest basic Quincy bows, which it can spawn on each of its fingers.

  • Adaptive Ability: The Left Arm of the Soul King is a being that governs "progress" and "advancment" through evolution. As a result, Pernida is constantly learning from everything it experiences, including the opponents it fights. The longer a fight continues, the more it learns. Pernida is capable of evolving by absorbing and consuming biomass. Once its nerves have touched something or someone, it can learns everything it needs to evolve to that opponent's level. It has been able to use both Zaraki and Mayuri to advance itself, both in terms of abilities and communication.
  • All Your Powers Combined: By constantly absorbing the information gained from its enemies, Pernida can keep evolving its skills and abilities. After separately fighting Zaraki and Mayuri, it is able to simultaneously use everything it learned from both.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Its powers make even an opponent of Zaraki's caliber fall quickly against it. Pernida utilizes a combination of controlling people through nerve endings, evolving itself by gaining information through those nerves, limited shapeshifting, healing and reconstitution from a severely damaged state, and Power Copying. Even a Crazy-Prepared and analytical fighter like Mayuri could not defeat it on his own.
  • Assimilation Backfire: By devouring Nemu, Pernida gains all of Nemu's regenerative ability. However, Mayuri is able to recover Nemu's brain before it can be absorbed. The brain is the key to controlling Nemu's regenerative ability. Without it, Pernida has no defence against the uncontrolled regeneration inflicted upon it.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Lives up to its title as an Elite Sternritter. It easily defeats Kenpachi, and outcompetes Mayuri at every turn. Even with Mayuri pushed to his limit and Nemu using her true power, Pernida still incapacitates the former and kills the latter.
  • Boring, but Practical: After its nerve abilities are rendered useless by Mayuri's modified Bankai, Pernida simply manifests its Heilig Pfeil and blows its way out of the thing's stomach.
  • Creepily Long Arms: Its entire form is just one big pale arm. It's actually the left arm of the Soul King.
  • Death by Irony: The left arm of the Soul King is said to represent progress. When Pernida destroys Nemu's body and consumes the remains, it unwittingly assimilates her perpetual cell growth factor, without her cerebrum to keep it in check, ultimately killing it from its cell growth progressing out of control into a cancerous explosion.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Mayuri refers to it as the left arm of the Soul King, but it adamantly calls itself "Pernida".
  • Evil Laugh: After destroying Mayuri's Bankai, Pernida deliberately mimics Mayuri's evil laugh; it then asks Mayuri how good the impression was.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: A rare aversion for this Sternritter, Pernida explains absolutely nothing about its primary powers. Most of its enemies cannot figure out what's been done to them and even Mayuri can't quickly figure out the extent of Pernida's abilities. Pernida only tells Mayuri that as a Quincy, it can kill enemies with a bow (Heilig Bogen) and arrows (Heilig Pfeil), which is quite basic and common.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: On the palm of a hand. With one pupil too many.
  • Eye Scream: After its true form is revealed, it turns out that Nimaiya stabbed it right where its eye was located. Ouch.
  • Fingore: Mayuri blows off its pinky with a bomb. However, the pinky merely regenerates into a new left hand. Pernida then deliberately rips off its middle finger to create another copy.
  • Flechette Storm: Fires a massive storm of arrows at Mayuri with all 15 of its bows.
  • Guns Akimbo: Well, Bows Akimbo, anyways. Pernida can manifest its Heilig Bogen on all of its fingers at once for five shots at a time, and it can use its nerves to further guide the Heilig Pfiel fired once in flight.
  • Healing Factor: As a being of evolution, Pernida is capable of manipulating its body. As a result, if a finger is torn off, it can regenerate it. Even if its entire body is destroyed, Pernida can completely restore its body shortly after.
  • Hydra Problem: Any parts of it that come off can regrow into a new left arm, while the original regenerates what has torn off. This leads to multiple left arms, instead of death.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: While Pernida tries to use its powers against Nimaiya after Gerard and Lille's swift defeats, Nimaiya simply interrupts it by throwing his sword at Pernida's "head", impaling it. It's later revealed that Pernida is a left arm, the "head" being a clenched fist with a giant eye. The eye appears to be what Nimaiya pierced.
  • In the Hood: Pernida is introduced without removing its ostensibly large hood, and only its glowing eyes are visible. When the hood is finally removed, its revealed to be a left arm.
  • Invisible Anatomy: It can both talk and hear without any visible signs of an anatomy that can allow it to do either. Mayuri lampshades this by saying he'd love to get his hands on Pernida to figure out how it can talk.
  • Logical Weakness: Amongst a host of other powers, Pernida has the ability to absorb any power or ability an opponent has by consuming it or sampling them with its nerves. That also includes abilities that come Blessed with Suck; Pernida is defeated because it absorbs a regeneration ability that's so intensely powerful that it effectively takes over its body like cancer.
  • No Mouth: Due to being a hand. It is still able to speak, which intrigues Mayuri into wanting to dissect it.
  • Pieces of God: Pernida is actually the animate left hand of the Soul King. Rather appropiately, it possesses several Godlike abilities, most notably the power of evolution. Through the power of evolution, Pernida can evolve by absorbing biomass, copy the powers of anyone it absorbs information on, manipulate its own body, and shotting its nerves in the bodies of others to control their nervous system. It has a twin named Mimihagi, who was the right arm of the Soul King, which governs Stagnation.
  • People Puppets: The power of Pernida's Schrift, 'The Compulsory'. Pernida can invade its opponent's body by shooting its nerves into their body to manipulate their nervous system. Pernida can forcibly move their body and tear them to shreds. It crushed the body of one of the Soul King's guards and condensed the corpse of Shutara's body double into a ball. It can also severeky warp people's bodies as it did with the arms of Yoruichi and Kenpachi to the point where they both removed. Pernida can also use its nerves on inorganic matter to control and shape them, creating hands out of the ground. Unlike the other Schrifts, The Compulsory wasn't granted by Yhwach, and was instead an ability that Pernida always possessed.
  • Power Copying: Pernida can learn from everything his nerves touch and therefore his abilities are constantly evolving. By touching Kenpachi Zaraki, his communication ability improved as did his speed and reflexes. By coming into contact with Mayuri's Bankai, it becomes capable of shedding its outer layers of skin to escape external attacks.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: Downplayed. Pernida is able to walk freely, but it's intelligence and evolution is halted by a set of chains. Only after Kenpachi broke them was Pernida able to evolve.
  • A Sinister Clue: Played with and discussed in-universe. The Soul King's lost limbs function independently of him, having their own personalities and motives. While the Right Arm saved a young Ukitake from an early death, the Left Arm serves a brutal emperor who is trying to destroy the Soul Reapers and Soul Society. However, the Right Arm only helped Ukitake because it suited its long-term goal and didn't actually save his life; it merely delayed his death until the day the Soul King was killed by Yhwach leaving Yhwach baffled as to why the Right Arm would ever help the Soul Reapers given a mysterious wrong Yhwach believes they committed in the distant past. Meanwhile, the Left Arm is pitted against Mayuri, who spent decades capturing and torturing Quincies to perform inhuman experiments on them. During their fight, Pernida expresses his rage at how the Quincies have been treated by the Soul Reapers while Mayuri remains unrepentant. And while Yhwach is portrayed by the Soul Reapers as evil and has little regard for the lives he commands, it's very strongly implied in both the manga and the follow-up novels that the Royal Guard is covering up an ancient crime that Yhwach is seeking vengeance for.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Mayuri captured and performed several twisted experiments on many Quincies before in the past. Therefore, Pernida carries a grudge against against Mayuri for looking down on the Quincy and the many acts of torture he commited against them.

    D - Askin Nakk Le Vaar (Ṧ) 

Askin Nakk Le Vaar
"That's right, you're quite calm. So calm that you attacked him right away. Absolutely calm."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed longbow
Vollständig: Hasshain
Schrift: D - The Deathdealing
Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi (JP)

Sternritter "D" of "The Deathdealing", later promoted to Yhwach's Elite Sternritter the "Schutzstaffel" guard, much to his own surprise. A calm, collected and bitingly sarcastic officer who acts as a mediator when arguments break out. He claims he's too lazy to get involved in any fight that will require effort instead of being an easy victory. However, his true intentions are very difficult to pin down.

His Quincy Cross manifests as a longbow. His ability allows him to calculate and alter the lethal dosage of any substance that he fills himself with. This includes blood, or an opponent's reiatsu; which means he will become progressively invincible for each given opponent. His Vollständig is named Hasshain, and it grants him helical wings akin to his bow, along with a visor and various molecular-themed accessories. It amps up his abilities tremendously; for example, it allows him to annihilate targeted organs with an unblockable projectile.

  • Adaptive Ability: In order to use his Schrift, The Deathdealing, he first must take in a large amount of the substance he intends to make lethal; for example, in order to turn Nimaiya's blood lethal, Askin has to drink a large amount of blood himself. Once he's done this, however, he can no longer be killed by that substance, because he can heighten his resistance to it. His Vollständig increases this further, along him to adapt an immunity to any substance as long as he isn't attacking. Even another Adaptive Ability can't counter it, because once he's developed an immunity to a substance, as long as it has the same "base", the immunity will stand.
  • Affably Evil: He's laid back, polite and casual regardless of the situation, ranging from intervening in internal squabbles between Quincies, invading Mayuri's own research laboratory, or watching other Quincies fight, never resorting to insulting and belittling others barring some mild sarcasm.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Askin's fear of getting caught up in his own powers causes him to subconsciously hold back as a kind of natural Power Limiter. Unfortunately for the protagonists, this means that as he's dying, his powers massively intensify when his body believes it no longer matters.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Askin has the ability to effortlessly alter the lethal quantity of any abundant substance within his body that he has consumed or absorbed, changing how deadly it becomes (ranging from lethal to harmless) to either a target, an Area of Effect or himself. Askin doesn't like brute force, preferring to take the fight out of opponents; he easily defeats Ichigo, Yoruichi's attacks are ineffective against him, and Nimaiya only avoids defeat by taking extreme measures to drain his own toxic blood. His Vollständig increases his immunity, negating even other Adaptive Abilities since as long as the same "base" applies, the immunity can't be overcome. He can also focus all of his "Deathdealing" ability into a tiny area, creating a ringed projectile with 100-percent killing power for any part of the body it touches.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Implied to have been recruited into the Schutzstaffel because of his power, the sole member of the lower ranks to achieve this.
  • Audience Surrogate: Askin serves this role once he got promoted into the Schutzstaffel, whenever he interacts with the Sternritter in the higher echelons and often points out things the audience thinks.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He proves his mettle as a member of the Schutzstaffel through his increasingly impressive feats. He was the only one of the elites to put up a fight against Nimaiya, handily defeats Grimmjow, Ichigo, and Yoruichi, and by activating Vollständig, he pressures Urahara enough to activate his long-concealed Bankai.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He's able to tell how much Nimaiya weighs and how much blood is in his body just by looking at him. He's also able to briefly evade Nimaiya's attacks after watching him fight, and later on he figures out how to avoid the power of Urahara's Bankai and its "Instant Death" Radius with just a few seconds of careful observation and getting as far away from it as he can when most any other opponent would have been screaming about watching their arm unravel like cloth.
  • Big Eater: Askin is often seen to consume various kinds of food and drinks throughout the war, even when he should fight instead. It's eventually revealed that his Schrift only works once he "consumes" a certain substance.
  • Blessed with Suck: He claims his only natural ability is to not die no matter how badly he's injured. He also claims that he loathes it because it leaves him feeling like he's constantly at death's door.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Askin is quite the quirky fellow with a personality that's simultaneously cool and collected and surprisingly bombastic, and has the most comedic moments out of his fellow Quincies. In any given fight, he's the guy most likely to run away or sit down for a picnic. Yet he's unbelievably dangerous, with a win-to-loss ratio that's second only to Aizen.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: He has Grimmjow, Ichigo, Orihime and Chad dead to rights after incapacitating them, but completely neglects to finish them off. With the latter three, he at least has the excuse that Yoruichi interrupts him, but he has no excuse for leaving the former alive. Indeed, not killing Grimmjow when he has the chance bites him in the ass hard during his fight with Urahara.
  • Catchphrase: When criticizing others' actions, like underestimating him, he'll often call their behavior "lethal", fitting his Schrift "The Deathdealing". As his Gift Ball Deluxe intensifies from his impending death, his last words are telling Urahara that he won't call the situation "lethal" because the latter is so Crazy-Prepared that he'll probably find some way to escape.
  • Combat Pragmatist: By his own admission, he dislikes fights that drag on, and prefers to finish things quickly. Rather than fight Grimmjow head on, he runs away, throws one of his poison balls, and knocks him down easily afterwards.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes them out like candy despite his demeanor, as there is little his opponents can do after The Deathdealing is in effect. With it, he instantly defeats Grimmjow, Ichigo, Yushiro, and Yoruichi.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whenever he wants to say something sarcastic or scathing about someone (like Bazz-B or the entirety of Squad 12), he usually does it in a calm, deadpan way.
  • Explaining Your Powers to the Enemy: He explains his powers to Nimaiya only when Nimaiya is dying from a choice between either blood poisoning or blood loss. It allows Kirinji to use his blood-replacing power to save Nimaiya's life. He later explains his Hasshain power to Urahara, stating that he doesn't want to waste time and since he expects Urahara would just figure it out anyway, they might as well get it over with.
  • Facial Markings: Black streams curve upwards around his eyes from the corners, a style reminiscent of Ikkaku and Grimmjow's eye markings.
  • Feed It with Fire: Attacking him with Reiatsu-based abilities (even Shunko) only makes him stronger. Since Quincy have Energy Absorption abilities, and his power affects anything he "fills" himself with, he can then heighten his own lethal dosage to said Reiatsu so that it's no longer effective.
  • Foreshadowing: When Yhwach makes his move on the Royal Realm, Askin cryptically wonders whether he'll be chosen. It is later revealed that most of the Sternritters don't know that the Sternritter chosen to become the Elite unit are the only ones deemed useful to Yhwach for the next phase of his plan, leaving the rest to be slaughtered — by Yhwach, not the Soul Reapers.
  • Four Is Death: D is the fourth letter of the Latin alphabet, he's the fourth member of the Elite Sternritter, and his title explicitly focuses on the word death. His ability is to perfectly calculate and alter the lethal dose of any substance required to kill a being, allowing him to, for example, overdose Nimaiya's blood flow. The only way to escape Askin's power is to bleed to death. (Since Kirinji's ability allows him to completely replace a person's blood, Kirinji steps in to save Nimaiya.)
  • Graceful Loser: He takes his defeat quite well and compliments Urahara. Askin even tells him that if it were up to him, Urahara should survive. Unfortunately he doesn't have the power to control his Giftball anymore, so it's not up to him to decide.
  • Healing Factor: One of the abilities granted by The Deathdealing. By raising his own lethal dosage to an attack, Askin can heal from any wound he sustains. This ability is greatly enhanced when the Schutzstaffel are revived and further powered up by Yhwach, becoming potent enough to recover from being electrocuted in mere moments.
  • Hero Killer: Askin is one of the most effective antagonists within the Vandenreich. No matter who fights, his opponents will lose. Not even Ichigo, who by this point has practially become a Physical God, can do anything against him. In the end it takes Urahara with the help of Grimmjow's Resurreccion just to finally kill him, and had it not been for Nelliel's help, they both would have died in the process.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he is killed. Grimmjow impales him right at his heart, then crushes it.
  • Last-Name Basis: His comrades call him by his last name, while Askin calls them by their first names. In his case it's a sign that the other Sternritter are not close to him. Especially noticeable with Gerard, who is on first name basis with the other members of the Schutzstaffel, yet calls Askin only by his last name.
  • Lazy Bum: He claims that he won't fight Mayuri because he doesn't like having to put in any effort to win a fight and that Mayuri's the type of person that needs some effort to defeat. Mayuri's taken aback by the attitude, but lets him go. Later, he's shown just sitting around having a picnic while watching Gremmy's fight with Kenpachi.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: He subconsciously holds back his full power because he’s afraid of poisoning himself, but after Grimmjow sneaks in and rips his heart out, the Gift Ball Deluxe his opponents are in intensifies since his body figures it no longer matters.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He turns up at the 12th division just to play word games with Mayuri and has no intention of actually fighting. When he pretends to lure Mayuri into an obvious trap and Mayuri declines, he simply leaves. His true purpose for visiting the 12th division therefore remains a mystery.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: Claims his only natural ability is to not die no matter how severe his injuries, and has had this ability even before he was recruited into the Vandenreich. Even having his heart ripped out and crushed isn't enough to take him down immediately.
  • Meta Guy: Askin seems to be aware about how antagonists in Shonen and especially in Bleach behave and often points out why he won't do the same or why he can allow himself to indulge in such behavior.
  • Mr. Exposition: New information about the Vandenreich is often delivered through Askin's comments or speeches. His conversation with Pepe sets up Gremmy, Pepe and Askin's power levels, he informs both the Soul Reapers and readers about the history of the Quincy and the creation of the Vandenreich a thousand years ago. He informs Ichigo about the other members of the Schutzstaffel and reveals the identity of the War Powers and why each one was chosen. He also discusses Yhwach's end-goal with Urahara.
  • Multicolored Hair: Black with white streaks that are not age-related.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: His Adaptive Ability allows him No-Sell attacks he's experienced once before, which is easy to do because of his ability to survive what should be lethal injures. Once he gets revived and powered up by Yhwach, he gains a healing factor and becomes even harder to kill. Even when Urahara intervenes in his fight with Yoruichi and gives her a power up that allows her to No-Sell his No-Sell, he still survives it. Even getting his heart ripped out and crushed isn't enough to fully take him out, and he manages to live long enough to say some final words.
  • Not Quite Dead: Nimaiya's attack drops Askin fairly easily, but Askin's natural ability is to simply not die, so he gets back to his feet in short order. He claims it's not an ability that thrills him. Even when Nimaiya does finally down him, he's resurrected by Yhwach's Auswählen. Grimmjow later comments on this, that even with his own heart ripped out, Askin just won't die or stop talking.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Lampshaded in-universe. Askin deliberately creates the impression that he's cowardly, ineffectual and possesses no useful offensive ability at all. As a result, he is able to catch both Nimaiya (a Royal Guard member) and Grimmjow (an Espada-level Arrancar) completely off-guard, and even defeat Ichigo (first among the Special War Powers). When Yushiro and Yoruichi come to Ichigo's rescue, their Shunko attacks initially seem effective until Askin No Sells Yushiro's second attempt, successfully jams three Heilig Pfeil through the young man's chest and speed-blitzes even Yoruichi. As he points out, he's been completely underestimated until it's far too late.
  • Oh, Crap!: He only ever loses his cool twice: The first is when Gremmy decides to summon an asteroid just to kill Kenpachi. To be fair, Askin is the most likely to survive this, but regardless an asteroid smashing into your face is a type of pain you'd not look forward to. The second time is when Yushiro's insane strength completely freaks him out, though he gets over it fairly quickly.
  • Poisonous Person: This is the ability of his Schrift, which is rather appropriately titled 'The Deathdealing'. His power is to be able to calculate a person's lethal dosage of any substance and alter it at will, even making things that shouldn't be toxic, like a person's blood, lethal above a certain dosage. Essentially, he can remove a person's resistance to something that isn't poisonous or lethal so that it becomes toxic to them.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: He himself states that he doesn't like doing anything physical during a fight, even simply strangling an incapacitated opponent is not elegant enough for him.
  • Straw Misogynist: Downplayed; his misogyny is targeted towards a specific type of woman. When Yoruichi shows up to fight him, Askin gets angry when she asks why he just doesn't finish his opponents off and states such things are for women like her and Bambietta while he's all about finishing his opponents "elegantly". He also goes on to state a woman should be judged not by beauty but style and presentation, something that he claims both of them lack.
  • Taking You with Me: Should Askin fall, his death will magnify his "Gift Ball Deluxe", ensuring those who are within its area of effect die with him. It even gets triggered if he falls unconscious.
  • The Team Normal: Severely downplayed - given that it's Bleach - but still applicable all things considered. Askin is the only member of the Schutzstaffel who doesn't have a unique origin of power going for him: He isn't a disembodied piece of the Soul King like Gerard and Pernida, he isn't a Super Prototype for the Shrifts and Vollständig like Lille Barro, and his existence isn't directly connected to Yhwach's like Haschwalth. For all intents and purposes, he's an average Quincy who just happens to be really, really, really powerful - hence his inclusion in the guard. Even he himself is surprised he made the cut.
  • Uncertain Doom: Downplayed as ultimately it's more likely he perished, but there is a bit of uncertainty in the nature of his death. Namely, when Nel goes in to save Urahara, Yoruichi, and Grimmjow from his Gift Ball, she mentions four Reiatsu's inside, implying Askin is still alive. That said, he still had his heart ripped out, so the real question is whether he was killed by it or by Yhwach's Auswählen soon after. (Amusingly, since he didn't have a heart for any Still-Silver to settle in, fans who believe he survived like to joke that Grimmjow actually saved Askin's life.)
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: He mistakes Yushiro for a girl only to learn that Yushiro's actually a guy. He doesn't really care though as they are enemies on the battlefield and is just a bit surprised by it.
  • Villain Ball: Thanks to his abilities, Askin is in the position to instantly kill his enemies several times, most notably Ichigo. But instead, Askin prefers to chat and do it the slow way because of his sense for aesthetics.
  • Visionary Villain: The reason he follows Yhwach. Rather than because of fanatical Undying Loyalty like the other Sternritters, Askin serves Yhwach because he is one of the only people capable of changing the world and recreating it into something new, something that he is curious to see.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Tanking Yushiro's Shunko burns off all the clothing on his upper torso, leaving only his brace-like armor piece around his neck.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Among the Schutzstaffel, Askin is by far the weakest in terms of power, being the only member to be a regular Quincy and not having some divine-in-nature power like the rest. The reason he's as deadly as the others is because he knows that he's weaker than them, and uses that to trick his enemies into falling for his traps or schemes, such as tricking the Hot-Blooded Grimmjow into chasing him, or separating Ichigo to knock him down. Due to his Schrift as well, he weaponizes his Adaptive Ability to figure out how his foes fight so he can No-Sell it and take them out with his poison. It's telling that he's defeated not by powerhouses like Ichigo, Yushiro, Grimmjow, or Yoruichi, but by Urahara, and even then Urahara has to use his Bankai just to secure a draw.
  • Worthy Opponent: Askin comes to deeply respect Urahara's intellect and resourcefulness during their fight and believes that Urahara will probably find a way out of the intensifying Gift Ball Deluxe.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Impales Yushiro with three Heilig Pfeil through his chest. Although Yushiro attacks him first, he has no qualms about attacking him back.

    E - Bambietta Basterbine 

Bambietta Basterbine
"The whole point of fighting is that you don't want to die! That you'll be killed if you lose! If you throw your life away in battle, where's the point in winning?!"
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed sword
Vollständig: Unnamed
Schrift: E - The Explode
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (JP)

Sternritter "E" of "The Explode". A bloodthirsty and sadistic young woman, she enjoys racking up a large body count during a fight. When in a bad mood, she vents her frustrations via killing attractive mooks, much to the irritation of her compatriots. When she was in possession of a stolen Bankai, she wasn't able to sense anything from it, so she assumes that all Zanpakuto lack sentience as a result.

Her Quincy cross manifests as a short scimitar. She can make deadly explosions with her power and her Vollständig form enables her to shoot glowing spheres turning anything they hit into a bomb, whilst donning wings and a pentacle-shaped halo.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The digital colored scans give her violet eyes and black hair with purple shades, while the cover of chapter 640 portrays her instead with brown eyes and dark brown hair. Bleach Brave Souls depicts her with the former color palette, but the color of her Vollständig is changed from the typical light blue to a more salmon color.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After Bambietta gets defeated by Komamura's new Bankai, Giselle offers to help but Bambietta begs her not to. Giselle follows through with it anyway, murdering her and keeping her corpse around for future use. She later begs Giselle not to take too much of her blood when Giselle bites Bambietta to drain as much blood as possible. And a third time when her PTSD kicks in, she becomes unable to do anything and begs Liltotto and Giselle to save her. Luckily for her they proceed to do just that.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: While she was not a very nice person, her murder at the hands of her own teammates and conversion into a zombie was complete overkill considering she'd been utterly humiliated beforehand. Even worse is that she still retains her consciousness, but is forced to act like Giselle's slave.
  • Alliterative Name: Both of her names begin with the same "Ba" sound.
  • All There in the Manual: Bambietta was last seen lying on the ground after Giselle bashed her head against the floor with no confirmation whether that killed her or not. Promotional advertisement for the Bleach novel Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World reveals that she is indeed alive... in a manner of speaking. It also further elaborates on the specifics of her zombification, motivations and relationship with Giselle.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: As a Zombie, she has dark-gray skin to showcase her newfound undead nature.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Bambietta has the tendency to bring good-looking men with the promise of sex into her bedroom, whenever she is frustrated or upset, only to kill them afterwards. It is left ambiguous whether or not something actually happens inbetween, though Bambietta has a noteable bored and dispassionate expression on her face. She is on the other hand much more enthusiastic in her interactions with Giselle and has some rather suggestive scenes with her post-zombification. Giselle biting her flesh and sucking her blood causes Bambietta to moan and drool. While it is initially believed that this was all caused by the zombification, Giselle later claims that those zombified after death, like Bambietta was, are not controlled by her and keep their personality and will. The novels confirm that Bambietta is in complete control of her actions.
  • Angst Nuke: She flies into a rage and creates a massive explosion when she discovers that her friends ran off somewhere and left her talking to herself.
  • Ax-Crazy: She's rather infamous (both out and in-universe) for her strong inclination towards violence and brutality, even when outside a fight. This manifests most especially in how she slices a guy in half (albeit with a blank, dispassionate face) without remorse as a way to vent frustration.
  • Bad Boss: Like most of the Sternritter, Bambietta is not a person one would like to work for. She's notorious among her fell female Sternritters for her habit of seducing handsome young soldiers into her bed chambers for "special relief" only to slice them in half to allevate her mood.
  • Bandage Babe: Six months after war and the injuries Bambietta received in battle cause her whole body except for the head to be wrapped around in bandages.
  • Beneath the Mask: Bambietta presents herself as a strong, confident, aggressive, sadistic and dominant woman and goes to great lengths to preserve that aura. Until her death that works just fine. Once Giselle kills Bambietta and resurrects her as a zombie that mask breaks immediately and reveals that behind her facade lies a meek and scarred little girl afraid of the world. She is also rather submissive and masochistic.
  • Blatant Lies: She tries to trick Haschwalth into believing that an Otoshidama is the tradition for the employer to give their employee money, instead of the usual tradition of parents giving money to their children. It doesn't work.
  • Blood Knight: Bambietta is a particularly bloodthirsty and sadistic individiual. When she makes her debut, she gleefully bisects a bunch of unnamed Red Shirts during the invasion of the Seireitei, laughing in joy while doing so.
  • The Baroness: She is initially presented as this with her Nazi and BDSM style clothing, her great sadism, bossy and domineering attitude and tendency to use her beauty to invite good locking men into her bedroom only to kill them afterwards, when she is in a bad mood. But as her Hidden Depths as a zombie reveal, Bambietta is much more masochistic, submissive and apologetic than it initially seems.
  • Butt-Monkey: Almost nothing ever goes right for her. After a humiliating defeat against Komamura, Bambietta's (un-)life is pretty much a downward spiral. She has to endure constant abuse under Giselle's hands. As an immortal zombie Bambietta gets injured and tossed around alot, either thanks to Giselle or her enemies. In an omake, she asks Haschwalth for some New Years money, but instead receives one of his boring and long lectures.
  • Can't Live Without You: As a zombie Bambietta's life is linked to Giselle's. If Giselle dies, she herself will die. But this also means that Bambietta cannot truly die as long as Giselle isn't dead. Thankfully for her, Giselle is nigh impossible to kill.
  • Clothing Damage: When Mayuri used her own bombs against her, Bambietta gets her uniform burnt and the cloth over the top of her boobs was destroyed, revealing most of her cleavage.
  • Consuming Passion: Her desire to eat blood and getting eaten by Giselle is played for all its sexual worth.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Bambietta greatly enjoys bisecting others and uses this in order to destress. It is later revealed that Bambietta also enjoys receiving pain. Giselle performing Cold-Blooded Torture on her as a zombie causes her to drool and moan in excitement. Her only concern was the loss of blood, but not the pain Giselle inflicts.
  • Commissar Cap: She wears a white and black peaked cap with the his Vandenreich insignia emblazoned on its front, which gives off some serious BDSM undertones due to her generally domineering personality.
  • Cute and Psycho: Bamibetta looks the part of an attractive, almost unassuming young adult, but plays the part of a deranged Blood Knight who has no qualms about killing people, even those she just had a tryst with (as an unfortunate Soldat grunt can attest to).
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: She modified her Sternritter uniform so that it has a schoolgirl-themed skirt; and she always fights in it.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's a violent and brutal fighter, laughing in joy as she slaughters Soul Reapers and killing others when she's frustrated. Turns out that Bambietta was intentionally invoking this trope and that her true personality is much more meek and submissive.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When she sees that Komamura has a new set of armor, she snarks about his new getup and says that it would've been more "breathtaking" for him to have shown up after she destroyed some of the Seireitei instead of before.
    Bambietta: Why are you wearing a bucket?
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: She's pretty disturbed at how little Komamura seems to care about his own life, an old-school Samurai code of honor. Bambietta, being more western, believes that people fight to keep themselves alive; not caring about your life while you fight is something she feels makes the fight meaningless.
  • Dull Surprise: She displays very little emotion or surprise when the stolen Bankai get returned; nonchalantly blowing up the heads of a bunch of red shirts. She goes on to explain that she never liked having a Bankai to begin with, as she felt it was more trouble than it was worth. Even when Komamura shows up in front of her after getting a new set of armor, she barely reacts at all, instead preferring to snark at him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The very first thing she does on-panel is to carve her way through a bunch of low-ranked Soul Reapers, laughing all the way. She turns out to be the kind of character that needs to kill people to de-stress.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: She explains the principle of how her explosions work with a certain measure of pride, partially because she was impressed that Komamura was able to figure it out beforehand.
  • Extreme Doormat: After her fight with Komamura concludes, Giselle turns her into a zombie, but it isn't until later that we learn Bambietta was reprogrammed into a submissive mess, literally salivating and begging for Giselle to give her something, apologizing when she gets physically abused by her new master, and begging Giselle to not be punished for making her "upset". It is later revealed that Bambietta is not brainwashed and the submissive personality is in fact her actual personality.
  • Fan Disservice: For as beautiful and busty as Bambietta is, she gets exploited a lot in her brief appearances. When she's defeated by Komamura and her bombs get shoved back into her body to explode, it destroys most of her top. Already a humiliating defeat, one of her boobs was completely exposed, with her nipple only being covered by a speech bubble. She then gets soundly defeated by Mayuri using her own power against her, which leaves most of her boobs exposed again while she needs Giselle to get her back in fighting shape. Then a lot of her chest gets shown off while Giselle drinks her blood, and after she has her head brutally bashed into a rock, there's a near upskirt that avoids showing her panties due to some convenient censoring.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Subverted After being defeated Giselle kills her to turn her into a zombie. In this state, she's practically immortal, and every time she gets injured, she's next seen completely unscathed, with her once-torn clothes now completely intact as well. Giselle repeatedly points out that Bambietta is already dead, so no matter what happens, she can't truly die, even when Giselle splits her head open by slamming it onto a rock repeatedly. Despite this, the zombified Bambietta begs to remain with Giselle and does not want to die for real.
  • Feather Flechettes: While not true feathers, she fires orbs of explosive Reishi from her Vollständig's wings in this fashion.
  • Forgot About His Powers: The fear of death is so integrated into Bambietta's mindset that she forgets that as a zombie she can't die again.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: She's in a clique with four other Sternritter girls. Bambietta fashions herself as the leader of the group, yet they chastise her for killing subordinates to blow off steam, ditch her at the first opportunity during the second invasion while complaining about how she has a screw loose, and none of them lift a finger to stop Giselle from killing and zombifying her. The only one who does liker though is Gissele, but as Giselle has proved many times, she is not someone you would want to be liked by.
  • Having a Blast: The Schrift she has been bestowed with is 'The Explode'. It gives her the power to create bombs. The way they work is that she sends out orbs of Reishi. Anything the Reishi comes into contact with is converted into a bomb. It's because of this that her attacks can not be blocked. It also makes her attacks omni-directional. In her Vollstandig, her explosive ability is amplified.
  • Hidden Buxom: Her uniform hides the fact she has an ample amount of cleavage, although her personality subverts the usual timidness associated with this trope.
  • Hidden Depths: Bambietta at first seems just like another bossy, arrogant and sadistic Blood Knight. But with the reveal that those zombified after death are not controlled by Giselle, it turns out that all her contrasting behavior as a zombie is part of her own personality. She is also quite interested in the politics and future of the Vandenreich.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: She's as vulnerable to her own bombs as everyone else is. Dangai Joue defeated her by forcing the bombs to explode inside her and Mayuri delays the detonation until she's in the middle of them, forcing Giselle to use her as a Human Shield.
  • Hot-Blooded: Similar to Rukia, Bambietta prefers to be calm and detached, and puts on an air of confidence and poise, but she's prone to really rash action once you get under her skin even a little bit.
  • Horror Hunger: Following her zombification Bambietta develops an uncontrollable lust for blood that often controls her actions and decisions
  • Hulk Speak: Following her injuries in the war and Giselle incompletely healing her, Bambietta suffers a bit from brain damage and as a result has problems speaking in complete sentences.
  • Humiliation Conga: Her bombs are rendered completely ineffective on Komamura thanks to Dangai Joue; she becomes a mass of charred flesh once her bombs explode inside of her; she's reduced to a begging mess when she sees her comrades approach; and finally, she's reanimated into a mindless corpse, completely at the service of one of her own allies. She even gets her head slammed onto a rock repeatedly after pleading with Giselle not to take so much blood from her, which ends up splitting her head open But as Giselle stated beforehand, she's already dead, so even this doesn't "kill" her.
  • The Id: She is the most emotional of the the three remaining female Sternritter and solely interested in getting Giselle's blood.
  • In-Series Nickname: Like the other female Sternritter, Bambietta also has one with Bambi. Though only Giselle calls her that. The other female Sternritter just call her Bambietta or tend to insult her. While with Giselle it can, depending on the situation, be an Affectionate Nickname, a Term Of Endangerment or both.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Bambietta has a violent, passionate personality. Her method of "de-stressing" is to choose a handsome, male subordinate and encourage him to expect a sexual encounter. Whether sex actually occurs is ambiguous, but the encounter always ends with her slicing him to pieces. Her female friends are irritated by the frequency with which she does this, and the mess it causes. This later continues after her death and reanimation as a zombie by the hands of Giselle, with the difference that she is now on the receiving end of the violence.
  • Irony:
    • Bambietta was disturbed at the idea of throwing your life away before you fight, since she feels you fight to live. After her zombification by Giselle, Bambietta is no longer "alive," but unlike Komamura, she's being forced to fight and did not willingly choose to discard her life.
    • Even though Bambietta gets killed very early on by Giselle, that very act and the following zombification allowed her to be one of the few Sternritter who survived the war. Thanks to becoming a zombie, Bambietta was able to avoid the multiple Auswählen and executions Yhwach performed, the constant infighting and backstabbing between the Sternritter or getting killed by a Shinigami, while many other of her comrades were not so lucky. And all of that because she was the Sternritter who died in the second invasion first.
  • The Leader: She attempts to invoke this, but it's ultimately averted. She acts like the leader of the five female Sternritter, but they clearly don't agree. Lilotto calls her a bitch, Candice chews her out for hogging the hunks to herself, Giselle doesn't think she's very sane, and they all decided to troll her by ditching her while she talked to herself. Although Candice and Giselle seem to respect her strength, even they treat her as no more than an equal.
  • Mad Bomber: The special power granted by her Schrift is to convert anything that comes in contact with her Reishi into a bomb. To fit with her volatile abilities, Bambietta has an equally volatile personality, causing building to explode whenever she gets upset.
  • Morality Pet: She serves as an inverted example for Giselle. Giselle, while an antagonist, is genuiely close to the other female Sternritter and several times worried about their well-beings. It thus at first seems like that Giselle is a nice, if snarky person to her female comrades. It's only through her interactions with Bambietta, that the depths of Giselle's insanity and sadism become clear. Though Giselle interestingly considers Bambietta the person she loves, so this is played straight from her own twisted perspective.
  • Mortality Phobia: Bambietta is deeply afraid of dying. She states to Komamura that she participates in the war in order to ensure her own survival. Bambietta is so afraid at the prospect of dying that she prefers being abused by Giselle as a zombie and begs Giselle to let her stay with her, than dying for real. When she’s fighting Rudbornn’s Calaveras in the novels, their complete lack of concern about charging straight into her explosions unnerves her so much that it reawakens memories of Komamura and leaves her screaming in terror for her friends to save her from dying.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has calf-high boots, black stockings and a micro skirt. She later removes her stockings (which reveal her long legs), unzips her shirt (showing off a rather large set of boobs) and adjusts her skirt (which shows more of her thigh on particular).
  • Multi-Directional Barrage: In response to Shinji screwing with her senses, she just starts pitching explosions in every direction.
  • The Nicknamer: She has nicknames for friend and foe alike. Komamura was given the nickname "Doggie" the moment they first met, while her four friends are called Lili (Liltotto), Gigi (Giselle), Meny (Meninas), and Candy (Candice).
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • She thought she had defeated the Seventh Division. Komamura rallies himself, his lieutenant, and all his subordinates with a single speech. She's stunned.
    • Has a larger one when Shinji uses his Shikai to invert her senses. Subverted in that she quickly recovers her composure and just starts shooting explosions in every direction, which eventually hits him.
    • She gets several in Chapters 557 and 558, first when she sees Komamura's Bankai without the armor, then when she sees that it isn't affected by her bombs, when she sees that he's totally fine with a hole in his chest, and (in the beginning of Chapter 558) when she realizes that her bombs are coming back into her.
    • Her final, and most visceral one, occurs when she begs Giselle to stop after the latter offers to "help" her. Sadly, this leads to her death and then use of her corpse due to Giselle's ability.
    • She has another more comedic one in the New Year's omake, once she realizes that she is about to get another of Haschwalth's very long lectures.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: After her defeat against Komamura, Giselle murders her and raises her as a zombie, though she doesn't show up until Giselle summons her against Ikkaku and Yumichika. Despite being dead, she retains her ability to use The Explode, can still activate Vollständig, and retains the ability to talk and feel. She's extremely tough to kill, too, as a stab through the neck does nothing and losing limbs is an inconvenience. The best that can be done to stop her is by shooting her with a Cero, as Charlotte Chulhourne accomplished, and even then, she still survived. After that, she gets a ton of her blood sucked out by her "master" and has her head busted open by having it be smashed repeatedly against the pavement. She's noticeably limp and blank-faced, but as Giselle herself noted earlier, Bambietta was already dead anyway, so even in this case she didn't die.
  • Out with a Bang: Implied to have inflicted this on at least one mook. She calls a random guy up to her room when she's in a foul mood, makes it clear she wants sex with him, and when she kills him, they're both in a state of undress. What exactly happened in between is left to the imagination.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Taken literally via The Explode. When she feeds her Reishi into an object, the object itself becomes a bomb. She's also one of the more powerful of the Sternritters, being able to fight several Soul Reapers simultaneously.
  • Precision F-Strike: Like Liltotto, Bambietta has no qualms about uttering profanity from time to time. When Hinamori (not too sensibly) tries to attack her, Bambietta asks:
    Bambietta: Are you the Lieutenant to the guy I just bitch-slapped?
  • Questionable Consent: While Bambietta clearly didn't agree with being killed and zombified, it is unknown how much of Bambietta's behavior as a zombie is because of Giselle's machinations and how much because of her own personality.
  • Security Blanket: Bambietta briefly serves as one for Giselle after the Auswählen. She is the only thing that manages to keep Giselle's already fragile sanity intact, as Giselle lunges into her, chanting that they both won't die.
  • She's Got Legs: Ever since she removed her stockings, there's been a lot of focus on her long, bare legs and thighs.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: After the war it becomes obvious that her experiences there, namely her fight with Komamura, left her with a severe case of PTSD.
  • Slasher Smile: When she sees Hinamori charging at her, Bambietta's smirk widens into a maniacal grin, accompanied by a crazed look in her eye.
  • Smug Snake: Bambietta is a highly arrogant woman who proclaims herself as the leader of the female Sternritters. She's actually a pretty dangerous fighter, but she has a pretty bad habit of being dismissive of her opponents. Naturally, she's the first of the female Sternritters to fall in battle. Surprisingly, her actual personality is much more humble and apologetic.
  • Sphere of Destruction: When her gal-pals don't immediately show up when she calls them, she flies into a rage and creates a huge radial explosion.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: She seems to have developed this for Giselle post-zombification. Despite the constant abuse she has to suffer under Giselle, who killed her in the first place, Bambietta does not want to leave Giselle and apologizes whenever Giselle hits her.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Zombie or not, getting your head bashed on the ground will result in serious injuries and as such Bambietta's mental capabilities did decrease. Though with a bit of blood those could easily be repaired, if Giselle would bother to do that.
  • Terms of Endangerment: She mocks Komamura's appearance by refering to him as "inu-chan" ("doggie").
  • This Is Unforgivable!: She says this of herself after being the first of the female Sternritters to lose.
  • Tsundere: When she realized that her entourage actually left her behind, she loudly voices her disapproval while carrying a red tint on her cheeks.
  • Unblockable Attack: Her explosions don't come from her Reishi, but whatever the Reishi touches, so attempting to block the Reishi with something will simply result in the shield blowing up in the opponent's face.
  • Underboobs: It's not the most noticeable thing about her Clothing Damage, but happens when her clothes are destroyed when she loses to Komamura. Having her explosions forced back into her body either destroys her bra, or she never wore one to begin with. While she's in a pile of rubble, the reader can see the bottom curve of her left boob completely exposed. The only thing covering the more naughty bits is her speech bubble.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As she loses control of her rematch with Komamura, her mental self-discipline begins to break down as well, manifesting in the numerous (and increasingly more visceral) Oh, Crap! moments.
  • Villainous BSoD: While fighting Arrancar, Bambietta remembers her fight with Komamura which greatly accelerates her fear of dying and causes her to shut down, unable to even move.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: According to Askin, Bambietta told him once that he should simply strangle his enemies once they are down instead of waiting for them to die. Askin didn't like that suggestion.
  • Worf Had the Flu: After being reanimated as a zombie, she still has all her powers, but is nowhere near as swift. As Mayuri deduces, killing her and then converting her into a zombie slowed down her reaction time significantly.

    F - Äs Nödt 

Äs Nödt
"True fear is without reason. It is not an emotion, but an instinct. True fear occurs without reason, without bounds. It is like a swarm of insects crawling up the body. We cannot escape from our instincts."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed spikes
Vollständig: Tatar Foras
Schrift: F - The Fear

Sternritter "F" of "The Fear" (stated by the author), who uses levitating spikes to subdue his opponents before massacring them. An intimidating force, he uses words as a weapon to reinforce his ability to disparage his opponents in the worst possible way.

He can manifest his Heilig Pfeils as hovering thorns capable of conveying his power. The Fear manifests as a black liquid capable of seeping through any material, and locks his opponents into their own worst memories until they die of fright. His Vollständig, Tatar Foras, transforms him into an abomination worthy of Lovecraftian lore, and fittingly amplifies his fear-based powers. Anybody looking into Äs Nödt's eyes will be instantly stuck into a nightmare and, as he's capable of surrounding his opponents with thousands of eyes, they're almost impossible to avoid.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: During Äs Nödt's final moments, a flashback reveals that before he met Yhwach, he was but an ill bedridden man, barely able to breathe and fearfully awaiting his death while simultaneously proclaiming how he hates living like that. When Rukia finally slays him with her Bankai, his last thoughts are filled with this old fear.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Äs Nödt is able to induce paralyzing degrees of fear in his opponents, which leave them unable to fight back and can easily traumatize them for life. Even people who have dedicated themselves to a life of selfless combat and self-sacrifice are not immune because even they have something they fear. This allows Äs Nödt to curbstomp even powerful opponents like Byakuya.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: When he suddenly and inexplicably jump-rushed Yamamoto, it quickly ended badly for him. Lucky for him, Bazz-B spared him a firey death.
  • Ax-Crazy: He acts with an aloof behavior, but underneath is an arrogant sadist. His second appearance, fighting against Rukia, has him repeatedly rant about how he wants the now-returned Bankai he stole back, declaring it as his own. He aslso takes delight in his ability to induce fear in his foes, laughing menacingly while doing so.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: His eyes are shapeless pools of nothingness. Occasionally, the white of an eye can be seen, but all it does is make the blackness of the eyes look even creepier.
  • Body Horror: On top of having a lipless face, he bears a Vandenreich emblem right beneath his left eyeball, and his Vollständig has stitches running down the front of his body, making it hard to distinguish his clothes from his actual skin, much like Ulquiorra's first Resurreccion. Once Byakuya makes his comeback and negates his Vollständig powers with just Senbonzakura's Shikai, Äs' stitched body splits apart to create a giant version of himself, with the original body becoming a husk hung around the giant's mouth.
  • Breaking Speech: Äs has a habit of frequently going on long, philosophical speeches on the concept of fear during his battles. Combined with his power of fear, his speeches are extremely effective, as Byakuya discovered the hard way.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: When he transforms into his giant form, he doesn't get to do anything before Rukia kills him with her Bankai.
  • The Coats Are Off: Takes off his coat right before engaging Rukia in a fight.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After inducing limitless fear in Byakuya, he uses the opportunity to deliver a very effective speech on fear and then proceeds to utterly thrash the captain with his own Bankai.
  • Custom Uniform: Äs Nödt's significantly differs from the other Sternritter, as it is longer and has more buttons than usual.
  • Deadly Gaze: In Vollständig, his Fear ability is amplified to the point he can induce fear just through eye contact.
  • Emotion Bomb: His Reishi thorns inject his opponents with The Fear, and in fact kill them from the overwhelming frenzy of terror they're whipped into. Not even the calm and collected Byakuya was immune.
  • Evil Laugh: His laugh (which he bellows while lamenting that he doesn't have Senbonzakura anymore) is written with an extremely thick font, giving off a vibe that's as creepy as everything else on him.
  • Facial Horror: He doesn't have lips underneath his mask, exposing his teeth and gums.
  • Fate Worse than Death: He threatens to inflict one on Byakuya after the latter No Sells his Vollständig abilities with just his Shikai.
  • Flechette Storm: He gives Senbonzakura a vicious edge that had never before been seen in the story. And used it to make a rag doll out of Byakuya, as a final assault after having mentally wrecked one of the most level-headed captains in the story.
  • Flies Equals Evil: The horrorfying nature of the Fear is often symbolized through flies or moths.
  • Ill Girl: He was bedridden and begging inside his own mind for death to come when Yhwach arrived and gave him a fragment of his power.
  • Kill It with Ice: How Rukia initially takes him by surprise, forcing him to activate his Vollständig. Then again when her Bankai finally kills him.
  • Lean and Mean: While not to the same extent as NaNaNa, he's still quite emaciated, to the point that we can see the outlines of his ribs when he is in Vollständig form.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: How he is killed. His giant form is frozen and shattered by Rukia's Bankai.
  • Logical Weakness: His fear inducing abilities rely on causing the users senses to go out of whack with irrational fear. As Rukia demonstrates when she fights him, if said person either lacks emotions for some reason, or is technically dead, the ability cannot work.
  • Madness Mantra: Gives a fairly disturbing one upon meeting Rukia after Byakuya regains his Bankai.
    Äs Nödt: I am... Lonely... Lonely... Lonely. Lonely. Lonely. I'm really lonely. Where is... my Senbonzakura?
  • Mind Rape: Äs Nödt's ability to induce fear can make the target go through incredibly unpleasant hallucinations. When fighting him, Byakuya attempts to encourage himself by invisioning Rukia's smiling face to remind himself of what he is fighting for, but Äs causes Byakuya to instead see Rukia's face melting and falling apart, allowing Äs the chance to demolish him with his own Bankai.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Vollständig dehumanises his appearance. His face becomes deformed, almost skeletal, and blood flows from his pupiless eyes. The upper half of his body is naked, and heavily emphasises his ribcage. A stitched scar travels from his throat right down his torso and down the robe that covers his body. His naked upper body and the flowing robe covering the lower half of his body appear to be a single unit, as if the robe is made from his very skin. The Quincy halo surrounding his head like a crown of thorns serves to make him look particularly unholy.
  • Mortality Phobia: As his final monologue reveals, Äs Nödt is deeply afraid of death, though he innitially denied this. He furthermore assumes that this is the case for everyone and basis his Fear ability on this. Byakuya later speculates that his final transformation is a representation of Äs Nödt's fear.
  • Nightmare Face: We see what's under his mask in Chapter 568. Let's just say there's a great reason he wears it. It gets worse when he activates his Vollständig, his eyes rolling back and dripping with Tears of Blood.
  • Not Quite Dead: Rukia appears to win her fight with him by freezing him to absolute zero. Thinking she's won the fight, she brings herself out of her Shikai power; however, he manages to break out of the ice and enters Vollständig to regain the advantage in battle.
  • One-Winged Angel: By rolling back his left eye, he activates his Quincy: Vollständig. His Vollständig, Tatar Foras, gives him Facial Markings, an emaciated upper body, and stitches running down his front. Taken one step further in the following chapter by transforming into a giant, grotesquely deformed version of himself.
  • Primal Fear: The point of Äs Nödt's power isn't about fear you can rationalise. It's about fear that goes to the very core of what it means to be alive. It's the kind of fear that runs solely on instinct and, as a result, it cannot be rationalised and therefore cannot be fought. In short, he weaponises fear into an Emotion Bomb that instantly "nukes" the victim. Äs Nödt was impressed by how well Byakuya resisted it, and even Byakuya succumbed.
  • Religious Bruiser: Äs Nödt is a Captain-level fighter and one of the few religious people in Bleach. He used to think a lot about the afterlife in the past and the possibility and fear of ending in Hell after death is one of his core motivations.
  • Spikes of Villainy: His mask has a row of vertically aligned spikes. They appear to be where his arrows are fired from. Later appearances has him wear gauntlets that also sport some.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Downplayed. He's not a ghost, but Äs Nödt himself fits the general appearance associated with one - including the generally white appearances, the long hair, the rather feminine face, and is one of the most disturbing characters in the series.
  • Supernatural Fear Inducer: His Schrift is called 'The Fear'. It allows him to induce intense fear into his enemies' hearts. He uses it by manifesting his power as a black liquid in his Reishi thorns, which inject The Fear into anyone who is struck by them. Once injected, the victim will experience deep-seated fear towards Äs, start to doubt themselves, stop thinking rationally and start panicing, and suffer hallucinations of their worst fear. The Fear is so potent that it will weaker targets to die from the overwhelming fear, but more strong-willed targets such as Byakuya are more resistant, though Äs believes that all will succumb to it eventually. In his Vollständig, The Fear is amplified to the point that he only needs to rely on eye contact for it to take effect.
  • Tears of Blood: After activating his Vollständig, trails of blood start running down his eyes.
  • The Unsmile: A spectacular one seen above upon stealing Byakuya's Bankai. And again when he fights Rukia.
  • This Cannot Be!: He reacts with calm disbelief when Rukia claims that she can No-Sell "Fear", since "Fear" goes beyond reason and strikes at the core of all living things. Rukia reveals that she technically isn't alive at the moment thanks to her Shikai's power.
  • Troll: Äs has a rather twisted sense of humor. He mocks Byakuya;s evisceration from his own Bankai by asking if his previous impaling of Byakuya has caused the captain to lose weight.
  • Unblockable Attack:
    • His Fear thorns can pass through any obstacle, even a wall of ice. The only defense is to dodge them or to be immune.
    • His Vollständig, Tartar Foras, induces fear via the optic nerves, so the only defense is to never look upon him.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: In addition to his creepy eyes, he has absolutely no eyebrows at all.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He completely loses his temper and threatens to inflict Byakuya with a Fate Worse than Death instead of merely killing him when Byakuya defeats Tartar Foras with only his Shikai instead of his Bankai.
  • The Walls Have Eyes: Part of his Vollständig's ability, to assure he can induce fear into his opponent through eye contact.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: It's revealed that, above all else, he dreads the idea of being punished by Yhwach, which inevitably means getting killed by him given the latter's attitude and plan.

    G - Liltotto Lamperd 

Liltotto Lamperd
"Leftover sweets and sprays of blood are two different things, you bitch."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed bow
Vollständig: Unnamed
Schrift: G - The Glutton

Sternritter "G" of "The Glutton". A short and skinny young girl with blonde hair. Liltotto is a Sternritter with an insatiable appetite, usually for sweets, but she has no issue with chowing down on people as well. Despite her youthful appearance, she has no qualms about blurting out profanity at her comrades.

She has the power to stretch and expand her mouth to bite through anything; if she eats somebody possessing a peculiar power, she will be able to use it once her unfortunate lunch has been digested. She has a jagged bow that creates a shape reminiscent of a toothy grin.

  • All for Nothing: Liltotto, Giselle and Bazz-B form an Enemy Mine with the Shinigami when Yhwach's Auswahlen makes them realize how little he values them. Bazz-B is cut down by Haschwalth, but the latter's consequent actions imply that the fight slightly wavered Haschwalth's allegiance toward their Emperor. The two girls? Defeated off-panel, accomplishing nothing more than briefly disturbing Yhwach's nap. Liltotto can only express frustration at their failure to so much as put a scratch on him before collapsing.
  • All There in the Manual: The Bleach novels explain what happened to Liltotto after her fight with Yhwach and elaborate on her abilities and relationship with the other Sternritter.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Liltotto is able to use the ability of everyone and everything her stomach digested, and can also combine them to create new abilities.
  • Audience Surrogate: Following the end of the war Liltotto exiled herself alongside Giselle and Bambietta, and often voices the same things about the two as the audience thinks.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She thinks it would be more entertaining if Pepe joined the fight, even though Meninas finds him disgusting. Once Pepe does get involved, he brainwashes Meninas into sucker punching Liltotto.
  • Big Eater: Liltotto is usually seen munching on sweets and Bambietta implies she can't remotely get enough of them. When it's suggested she would be given anything she wishes for if she beats Ichigo, her thoughts are of food. Her power takes this to another level as she begins chowing down on every opponent she finds.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: Her Schrift allows her to use the ability of anything her stomach digests.
  • Characterization Marches On: She's introduced with an incredibly cheerful expression (albeit with some profanities) that doesn't quite mesh with the Deadpan Snarker seen later on.
  • Charm Person: Thanks to eating Pepe, Liltotto can use the Love and make everyone she hits fall in love with her. However, she finds this power disgusting and refuses to use it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She reveals that she and her group attacked Kenpachi specifically because he wore himself out fighting Gremmy. She and Giselle take out the Red Shirts while Candice and Meninas take on Zaraki. When Ichigo shows up, she tries to tag-team him with the other three, but eventually leaves the fighting to Candice. She later tells everybody not to waste time and just use their Vollständig right away.
  • Commissar Cap: She has a white cap with a black peak and the Vandenreich symbol at the center.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Tries to invoke this with the rest of the Sternritter when she notes that any Soul Reaper that is not a "Special War Power" should just be swept aside quickly and activates Vollständig.
  • Dark Action Girl: Of the Sternritter who fought post-Royal Realm Byakuya, only she and Meninas are capable of holding their own against him. She later goes on to defeat a Pepe-controlled Meninas with only minor injuries and kills Pepe herself. She likes to blurt out profanity and demean her enemies after eating them, which is also how she killed Pepe.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She doesn't think much of Ichigo's Dynamic Entry, pretty much agreeing with Meninas' suggestion that he botched it.
  • Death Glare: She gives a good one to Pepe after he mind-controlled Meninas into punching her in the face. Then she eats him.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • She and the surviving Sternritter temporarily ally with Soul Society after Yhwach betrays and tries to kill them.
    • In Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World she takes Giselle and Bambietta to rescue the Jagdarmee still fighting in Hueco Mundo, and battles Loly, Menoly, Rudbornn, Grimmjow, Nelliel, and Harribel. When Hikone crashes the party, however, she leads the other Quincy in allying with the Arrancar against him — to Giselle's confusion, as they'd just been trying to kill each other.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: When she wakes up in the new Vandenreich HQ, Liltotto believes that Haschwalth wants to interrogate her. While a sound conclusion, she couldn't be more wrong. Both Haschwalth and Yhwach are dead and she was in the HQ because Haschwalth ordered her evacuation.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She is not a big fan of Bambietta's tendency to kill men whenever she is upset. Later she makes her disgust over Giselle's zombification abilities clear.
  • Hammerspace: Liltotto constantly pulls out a new piece of food to eat throughout the entire war even though her uniform doesn't offer the space to store the food.
  • Heart Beat-Down: She can shoot love beams after she devoured Pepe.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Liltotto notes that she isn't at full strength because she has not eaten much (relatively speaking) yet.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She chastises Bazz-B for losing against Haschwalth, but then quickly notes the irony as she and Giselle didn't fare much better against Yhwach.
  • Jerkass: She's deliberately rude to everyone she talks to. While she does spare Meninas from death despite being controlled by Pepe and saves Giselle from outright death from Yhwach's Auswählen, she had no problem letting Bambietta die to become Giselle's zombie, even when she was begging for mercy and it was within Liltotto's power to save her by stopping Giselle.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Liltotto may be rude and pragmatic, but she deeply cares for her comrades, be it former or current. She saved the remnants of the Jagdarmee from the Arrancar and Giselle and feels truly indebted to Haschwalth's aide for helping her. Not that she would ever admit that.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Liltotto's Schrift is 'The Glutton'. She is able to consume and ingest matter . Her mouth can stretch and expand to bite people in half, then swallow them effortlessly. She eats a bunch of Soul Reapers, although she admits they don't taste good. She also devours Pepe, in an act of revenge for his actions against her and Meninas.
  • The Immune: Her stomach is so powerful that she can't be affected by poison. Even the fundamental weakness of Quincy against Hollow Reiatsu is no exception to that. It's implied that if she were at full power, that she would not be harmed by Hollow Poisoning at all.
  • Instant Expert: Thanks to The Glutton Liltotto can immediately master every ability she absorbs.
  • I Owe You My Life: Liltotto feels indebted to Haschwalth's aide because she saved her. Her leaving the Vandenreich and saving the remnants of the Jagarmee is partly because she wants to protect her saviour from Giselle and express her gratitude.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: She was nearly taken over by Pepe's Love powers and was punched out by a lovestruck Meninas (who had been hit with The Love instead). Her resultant devouring of Pepe is more than justified.
  • Kid with the Leash: Following the defeat of Yhwach, Liltotto has to keep an eye on Giselle as she is perhaps the only one who prevents her from unleashing a zombie apocalypse.
  • Little Miss Badass: Liltotto is one of the youngest participants in the blood war, but also one of the strongest. Out of the five Sternritter who attacked Byakuya, Liltotto was the only one alongside Meninas not to fall. After Pepe mind controlled Meninas, Liltotto was able to defeat Meninas rather quickly without any visible injuries and managed to keep her alive. Pepe's initial target for defeating the competition was even Liltotto. This is despite her own Schrift being a weak one and rather unsuited for non-lethal attacks.
  • Luminescent Blush: When Giselle tells her that Liltotto actually likes her and calls her cute, Liltotto's only response is to remain stoic and blush.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After surviving Yhwach's Auswählen, Liltotto makes the decision to help out the Soul Reapers if it means she can get into close enough proximity to Yhwach to avenge his attempt to abandon and kill her.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: In addition to being able to distort and expand her mouth, when using her powers her teeth transform into shark-like fangs.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: When Giselle suggests to zombify Ichigo, Liltotto just tells her to cut it out.
  • Not Quite Dead: Thought she died against Yhwach? Turns out she survived, albeit only thanks to Haschwalth's aide.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lets this reaction out once she discovers that the Sternritter left behind by Yhwach will end up as food for the Auswählen.
  • Only Sane Man: No matter which group she teams up with, Liltotto has the honor of being the only normal one. Among the female Sternritter, Meninas is a Dumb Muscle, Candice has a Hair-Trigger Temper and Giselle and Bambietta have their own issues. She later teams up with Bazz-B, who is hell-bent on revenge and Giselle, who is...Giselle. After the war she teams up with Bambietta, who suffers from PTSD and Giselle again. Comments from the novels imply that she may be this even to the entire Sternritter army, as she is one of the few Sternritter who don't exhibt Undying Loyalty and actually sees that your leader trying to kill and abandon you, is not something to be okay with.
  • Ore Onna: She uses the masculine ore as personal pronoun, and generally speaks in masculine speech patterns unbefitting of a little girl.
  • Parasol Parachute: Liltotto's arrival on the battlefield consists of gently floating down via an opened umbrella while eating from a jar of sweets.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite not showing too much concern for Bambietta, she spares a mind-controlled Meninas and saves Giselle's life from Yhwach's purge.
  • Picky People Eater: Played With. Liltotto eats people indiscriminately in combat for pragmatic reasons, but it seems that a person's personality greatly affects the taste. Pepe and the nameless Shinigami tasted disgusting. Ruddbon's Calaveras had no taste and parts of Loly's Resureccion tasted "unnecessarily spicy" but still good.
  • Poison Is Corrosive: The poison she produces from digesting Loly's Resurrección is able to melt everything it touches away.
  • Poisonous Person: After digesting parts of Loly's Resurrección, Liltotto gains the ability to produce poison.
  • Poisoned Weapon: She likewise is able to coat her arrows with said poison.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: The Glutton has the secondary ability to allow Liltotto to instinctively understand and master every ability it absorbs.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Defied. Liltotto is disgusted by Pepe's Schrift and does not want to abuse it like he did.
  • Precision F-Strike: "You bitch," to Bambietta.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Gives one to Pepe right before eating him.
    "... Dude, you damn well tried to kill us all. At the very least, you gotta... take responsibility, y'know?"
  • Rage Against the Heavens: What she screams to Yhwach after his outright callous treatment of the Sternritters still fighting on his behalf below the Soul Palace. Afterwards, she, Bazz-B, and Gissele ally with the Soul Reapers to take him down.
    "What the... What the hell is the meaning of this... Your Majesty... Just what... JUST WHAT WERE WE TO YOU??!!"
  • Rain of Arrows: She is the only Quincy despite Uryu who displayed the ability Licht Regen. In the novels Liltotto combines this ability with the poison she absorbed from Loly to basically create a rain of acid.
  • Regenerating Mana: Everything she devours with her Schrift allows Liltotto to recover Reiryoku.
  • Required Secondary Powers: The ability of The Glutton to use any power Liltotto absorbs would be rather useless, if it doesn't allow the user to understand how it works, which it thankfully does.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Don't let her young appearance fool you. Liltotto is a potty-mouth.
  • The Strategist: Apparently serves this position among the female Sternritters. She's the only one who appears to really care for any sort of true strategy, keeps her cool when Candice is losing it, lacks the physical strength of Meninas or Giselle's unique fighting abilities, and overall is the one who appears to prefer fighting in a group rather than separately against stronger enemies.
  • The Super Ego: Of the remaining female Sternritter. She is much more rational than Giselle or Bambietta.
  • Team Killer: She ate Pepe alive for trying to kill her and Meninas.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When she realizes Meninas has been mind-controlled by Pepe and is powering up to attack her, she responds with a grim "Aw shit..." before being decked across the face.
  • Tranquil Fury: She's surprisingly calm when she encounters Pepe again, plainly telling him he needs to take responsibility for his actions... all while slowly changing her mouth to its giant fangs in preparation for eating him.
  • Troll: Bambietta accused Liltotto of sneaking the group away from her behind her back just to screw with her.
  • Tsundere: Liltotto claims that Giselle should leave her alone, but actually wants her around. When she saved the remnants of the Jagdarmee in Hueco Mundo, she claimed that it was only so that they would not get in her way, when it was actually gratitude and compassion. Giselle lampshades it both times and calls her out on her true emotions.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: After Bambietta's loss against Komamura, Liltotto and the other female Sternritter gather around her. As Giselle is about to kill Bambietta, Candice and Meninas are quite unnerved about what is about to happen, Liltotto just stares away, with a bored expression, while eating an ice-stick, as if nothing unusual would happen.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She constantly bickers with the other female Sternritter and insults them, but at the end of the day, they are true companions and Liltotto would do everything to ensure their safety.
  • Villainous Glutton: While she is more of a jerk than evil, she has no problems devouring Shinigami and notes that no matter how much she eats, she is still hungry.
  • Was It All a Lie?: She asks Yhwach what they were to him after he decides to sacrifice the Sternritter left behind in Seireitei for the Auswählen.

    H - Bazzard Black 

Bazzard "Bazz-B" Black
"If you've got no problem with some dude coming out of nowhere and taking what ought to be yours, then I'll go and take it for myself!"
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed crossbow
Vollständig: Unnamed
Schrift: H - The Heat
Voiced by: Yuki Ono (JP)

Sternritter "H" of "The Heat". A passionate man with a fierce temper and a cocky attitude, he's not afraid to speak his mind, even to those with established authority.

He primarily fights through various forms of the "Burner Finger" technique, by focusing spirit particles and energy around him as flames. He also possesses a Quincy Cross that manifests as a pistol-crossbow.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the digital colored scans, his hair is portrayed as pink. However, the cover of chapter 640 gives him bright red hair instead.
  • Animal Motifs: He is often compared to a bird of prey and slightly resembles one. He is even named after the buzzard, a bird of prey.
  • All for Nothing: Bazz-B vowed that he and Haschwalth would become the strongest Quincies. When his family was killed by Yhwach, he vowed to avenge them. He is defeated by Haschwalth without ever having succeeded in either avenging his family or becoming the strongest Quincy.
  • Apologetic Attacker: He takes out four of the top seats of the Third Division brutally. Then he pulls off his hood and apologizes, stating his orders are to kill them all.
  • Berserk Button: Talk shit about him all you want, but do not insult his mohawk. He almost thought he found a kindred spirit in Renji since he found his eyebrows to be awesome, until the latter made fun of his hair.
  • Best Served Cold: Yhwach burned down his home and killed his family. He trained to become strong enough to earn Yhwach's trust so that he could eventually get close enough to Yhwach to kill him.
  • Birds of a Feather: He gets along with Renji pretty well, not surprisingly, since they are both rebellious, hot-headed punks with a backstory of a friend leaving them.
  • Blue Blood: Bazz-B used to be the son of Quincy nobles, which alongside his talent made him believe to be a prodigy.
  • Calling Your Attacks: One of the few Quincies who does that, not that he has to worry about it backfiring.
  • Character Development: Most notably in his behavior around Yhwach. Bazz-B initially joined the Vandenreich in order to kill him to avenge his family. But come present time and his plans had changed. When the Vandenreich invaded for the first time, he even admitted that he was just following orders. While he has no problems to speak against Yhwach or question his decisions, it is quite a far cry from his desire to kill him 1000 years ago. Bazz-B was genuiely surprised that Yhwach would perform the Auswählen upon the Sternritter. When he decides to kill Yhwach out of revenge, it is not for what he did to his family, but for performing the Auswählen and killing the Sternritter. Something happened during the first war 1000 years ago that made Bazz-B abandon his plans and become more loyal. And while they didn't exactly repair their friendship, Bazz-B was rather civil with Haschwalth and called him Jugo again.
  • The Coats Are Off: He takes off his coat after it is ruined by Hitsugaya. Once it's off his back, while he indicates that he's not going to go all out, he becomes significantly more dangerous and the fight takes a very grim turn as a result.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In less than a minute, he demolishes Kira's torso and arm, slams Katakura and Gori's heads to the ground, and cuts Togakushi down after appearing behind him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bazz-B is quite sarcastic. He tells Captain Hitsugaya that he believes the two of them would be a "good match" because his fire will melt his ice. He gets a kick out of addressing how Cang Du lost to Hitsugaya after saying he was gonna beat the kid.
  • Delinquent Hair: Bazz-B keeps his red hair in a long mohawk, adding to his skinhead-like look. After the first attack on Seireitei, his Mohawk was damaged and is now more unkempt and slightly damaged.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: When Yhwach chooses Haschwalth over Bazz-B, Haschwalth suggests Yhwach's chosen the wrong child. Yhwach asks Bazz-B if he really believed that his powers were swelling through personal talent and "genius". Yhwach claims that Bazz-B is impotent, his power boosted solely because Haschwalth gave him power.
    "You, the red-haired boy over there, tell me... I'm sure you felt your own powers swelling daily, just by being in this young man's presence. Did you... really believe this was due to your own prowess and abilities? You ought to be kneeling before this kind soul... this prodigy who fostered and nurtured the impotent you.
  • Enemy Mine: When Renji and Rukia get angry at Uryu for joining the Vandenreich, he admits the Sternritter are angry too and offers to help them kill him. Renji and Rukia aren't impressed. Later, he, along with the other survivors of Yhwach's Auswählen, agrees to a temporary alliance with the Soul Reapers in order to kill their former Emperor.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His Burning Full Fingers fires beams from all five fingers which twirl into a massive tornado of fire.
  • Evil Counterpart: While evil is a stretch, Bazz-B's relationship and backstory with Yhwach and Haschwalth mirrors the one Renji has with Rukia and Byakuya. Bazz-B is what Renji could have been, if Rukia were adopted by someone like Aizen instead of Byakuya. They even have rather similar personilities and tastes in fashion - or rather, Bazz-B thought they did until Renji pushed his Berserk Button.
  • Fiery Redhead: Technically Fiery Pinkhead, but he still checks all the boxes: Warm-colored hair, fire-based abilities, fierce temper, and a Hot-Blooded disposition.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: He uses fire-based attacks by pointing fingers at the enemy; the number of fingers he uses determines both the type of technique and the strength of his attack. Burner Finger 1 shoots a single beam of flame. Burner Finger 2 shoots a bigger beam of flame. Burner Finger 3 summons lava that can reduce men to bones in seconds. Burner Finger 4 turns his arm into a giant flaming sword. Burning Full Fingers uses all five fingers to create a massive tornado of fire that incinerates everything in his path.
  • Finishing Stomp: He killed a downed Soul Reaper by crushing his skull under his boot.
  • Flaming Sword: Pointing all of his fingers except his thumb forward, Bazz-B generates Burner Finger 4, a large sword out of fire with an elongated crossguard attached to his hand, which creates a massive explosion when swung. It also proves sharp enough to slice through buildings with ease.
  • Foreshadowing: When Rukia and Renji find out that Uryuu was with Yhwach, Bazz-B asks if if they don't like it that their friend became an enemy. This would foreshadow Bazz-B's own relationship with Haschwalth later.
  • Friendly Enemy: While fighting Renji and Rukia he apparently got chummy enough with them that they are on a first-name basis afterwards. Renji was notably worried about him when Bazz-B got hit by the Auswählen. When he and the left behind Sternritter team up with the Shinigami they again interact with Renji and Rukia the most.
  • Graceful Loser: After his defeat against Haschwalth he admits that losing against him doesn't feel as bad as he thought.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: One of the reasons for his fallout with Haschwalth was Bazz-B's inability to accept that Haschwalth was chosen into Yhwach's inner circle instead of him and that Haschwalth was the true prodigy.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He joins the shinigami up to the Royal Palace in order to defeat Yhwach.
  • Hot-Blooded: Bazz-B is a hot-headed, harsh young man. He's not afraid to speak out against something troubling him, even if it defies authority to do so. He's normally quite calm, but when his temper's taken a hit, he'll turn very emotional, and it damn-near got him killed several times over.
  • House Fire: Thanks to Yhwach, Bazz-B had the pleasure of watching his family and residence burn.
  • Hypocrite: Yhwach ordered the Bankai-stealers to fight their original Soul Reaper opponents. Bazz-B defies this order to take on Hitsugaya before Cang Du can find him, and criticises Cang Du for stealing the fight right back when he later arrives. Later, Bazz-B attempts to Kill Steal Ichigo from Candice and her group, claiming it's a right any latecomer to battle is allowed to have. He's annoyed again when other Sternritter promptly arrive and pull that logic on him.
  • Irony: His entire life is haunted by a series of these. As a child he was hailed as a genius, while Haschwalth was seen as talentless. Many years later it turns out that Haschwalth is a special Quincy with the ability to give powers, while Bazz-B's progress was only thanks to Haschwalth. Bazz-B's entire life was ruined through a fire. His Schrift would later end up fire-based. Haschwalth would eventually betray Bazz-B for Yhwach and become his right hand man, something Bazz-B orginally planned for himself. When he decides to fight Haschwalth in Wahrwelt, Haschwalth would defeat him with the very swordman skills he learned and improved so hard for Bazz-B's sake. After Cang Du was defeated by Hitsugaya, Bazz-B would taunt him, that, even though Cang Du insisted on taking the fight, he still lost. What were Liltotto's words after Bazz-B lost against Haschwalth?
  • I Shall Taunt You: Chastises Cang Du for losing to Hitsugaya after he insisted on being the one to fight him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Hitsugaya's new attack is used to pierce through Bazz-B's body and flatten him into a wall. Bazz-B makes a big show of how it only succeeds in ruining his coat.
  • Just Following Orders: He states the reason he's killing Soul Reapers is because the order he received was to kill them all.
  • Kill Steal: He claims his motive for shooting down Candice and her group is because a latecomer to battle has the right to steal their prey for himself. However, he complained about Cang Du doing this to him and isn't pleased when other Sternritter turn this logic on him.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: His response to Haschwalth not being chosen as the Emperor's successor is to angrily storm towards Yhwach's throne room without much of a second thought. Haschwalth stops him... only for Bazz-B to (attempt to) lash out at him after figuring that Haschwalth was too submissive to Yhwach.
  • Magma Man: By pointing three of his fingers, Bazz-B creates Burner Finger 3 which upgrades The Heat from a fire stream to lava that can melt anything.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After surviving Yhwach's Auswählen, Bazz-B makes the decision to help out the Soul Reapers if it means he can get into close enough proximity to Yhwach to avenge his attempt to abandon and kill him.
  • Not Quite Dead:
    • Hitsugaya believes he's won the fight when he impales Bazz-B with ice and so do all the watching shinigami who cheer his victory. However, Bazz-B's special cloak deflects most of the blow. Once he gets out of the rubble, the fight's back on.
    • When Yhwach hits a Quincy directly with the Light of Auswählen, that Quincy dies immediately. Bazz-B is hit directly with the Light. He somehow survives, losing only his Vollständig.
  • Oh, Crap!: Several throughout the series:
    • When he couldn't melt Hitsugaya's thin ice and was then pierced by it.
    • When Gremmy decides to cut loose and drop a freaking asteroid on all of Seireitei. Combined with a hysterical Dude, Not Funny! Though to Bazz-B's credit, everyone was freaking out when they saw it - even Haschwalth rushed off several Soldat to protect Yhwach from it.
    • When he's engulfed by Yhwach's Auswählen.
    • During the flashback when he runs into Yhwach himself, where planned on killing him by sneaking into the army ranks and making himself strong enough to fight him. The meeting happened too soon.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He introduces himself via his nickname and that's the only appellation anyone ever uses when referring to him. His name is actually Buzzard Black, and the only time it ever gets used is when Haschwalth yells at Bazz-B to try and make him stop fighting him.
  • Parental Abandonment: He lost his parents at a young age thanks to Yhwach.
  • Playing with Fire: Bazz-B's Schrift is called 'The Heat'. By manipulating the Reishi in the air, he can generate flames from his hands to throw fire at his opponents. It is also how he was able to prevent himself, Äs Nödt and NaNaNa from getting roasted by Yamamoto's Shikai. Considering how powerful Yamamoto and Ryukin Jakka are, this display of ability is very impressive. Bazz-B claims his flames are hot enough to melt Hitsugya's ice, and can manipulate his flames to slash through the ice.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: As a kid Bazz-B thought and behaved like a typical Shonen protagonist. Though in a twist Bazz-B would grow up to become an antagonist, thanks to Yhwach destroying his life by killing his parents and burning his home.
  • The Quincy Punk: Bazz-B dresses like a punk and is a rather violent and anti-authoritarian individual. Bonus points for being a Quincy, making him a literal Quincy Punker.
  • To Be a Master: As a child he made it his goal to be strongest Quincy ever together with Haschwalth. He remembers this as he collapses after his fight with Haschwalth.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Bazz-B's family was burned by Yhwach when he was young. Ever since, he harbored a desire of vengeance for the Quincy Emperor. Yhwach is the son of a Transcendent Being and is worshiped as a god by the Quincy. He joined his personal guard, the Sternritter, with strict purpose of getting close enough to Yhwach to kill him. Sometime between his joing the Vandenreich and the start of the series, Bazz-B seemed to have let go of his desire for revenge and become loyal to Yhwach. However this feeling of loyalty would only be temporary as his hatred would be reignited. When he's hit by Yhwach's Auswählen he calls out to the Quincy King demanding an explanation for his betrayal. He, Gissele and Liltotto join up with the Soul Reapers in order to kill Yhwach, who has killed and replaced his father as the Soul King.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Busby" or "Buzzbee"? Turns out it's "Bazz-B".
  • Team Killer: He shoots down Candice and her group so he can take the credit for killing their opponents. Nevertheless, they all get right back up anyway, and Liltotto chides him for thinking Burner Finger 1 (even a Vollständig-enhanced one) is enough to even slow them down. Later, he used the same attack on NaNaNa.
  • Tragic Dream: His goal to become the strongest Quincy ever becomes this as a representation of his broken friendship with Haschwalth. As Haschwalth leaves him defeated, Bazz-B can only remember the dream they never achieved.
  • Uncertain Doom: After his fight with Haschwalth, Bazz-B was last seen lying on the ground, bleeding and losing conscious. It is unknown if Haschwalth killed him since his wounds looked survivable, especially compared to what other characters managed to survive. Haschwalth's first action immediately after their fight is to order the treatment and evacuation of every Quincy outside the Schutzstaffel. Liltotto once she wakes up notices the Reiatsu of countless injured Quincy outside her room, making it ambiguous whether or not Bazz-B is among them.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Bazz-B and Haschwalth met as young children in the forest. When their families were destroyed, they lived and trained together for five years until they met Yhwach. At that point, Yhwach deliberately interfered with their bond, favouring Haschwalth and dismissing Bazz-B. When Bazz-B and Haschwalth fight, Bazz-B's words and thoughts are focussed entirely on how their friendship has fallen apart.

    I - Cang Du 

Cang Du
"The ones who lived together should die together. That's my style."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed wrist-claws
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: I - The Iron

Sternritter "I" of "The Iron". He initially seems stoic, but is very talkative when he gets going. He's not pantheistic, and thus doesn't believe that Bankai have souls or wills of their own.

His Quincy cross manifests as a pair of wrist-mounted claws. His ability allows him to harden his skin like iron, making him very difficult to damage.

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers an off-screen one to Rangiku Matsumoto, stabbing her just around her collarbone area and throwing her next to Hitsugaya.
  • Defiant to the End: Unlike BG9's pleas on principle of still being useful, Cang Du takes his execution rather gracefully, loudly declaring that he would rather die at the hands of Yhwach than Haschwalth. The Iron blocks Haschwalth from piercing him... the first time. Once Haschwalth bypasses it, Cang Du doesn't react quite as well as he did initially.
  • Discard and Draw: Lost the ability to use Vollständig when he stole Hitsugaya's Bankai, but regains use of it after the Bankai is returned.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He was ready to killed by Yhwach and accepted his demise without a comment. Until Haschwalth tried to kill him that is.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: A small vertical scar across his lip is one of his most distinguishing features.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Haschwalth slices the right half of his body (but not his head) when Yhwach puts him up for death row upon losing to Hitsugaya.
  • Hammerspace: We have no idea how he managed to bust out a full-bodied Rangiku from his cloak.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When he uses Daiguren Hyorinmaru for the second time, he spends the time to monologue about his philosophies instead of killing Hitsugaya immediately, thereby leading to Urahara's Hollowfication pills to transfer Daiguren Hyourinmaru back to its rightful owner.
  • Honor Before Reason: He had a chance to kill Hitsugaya and Matsumoto, but he admits that he's reluctant to do so because he doesn't like the idea of using Hyorinmaru against its original owner. This coming from a man who doesn't believe Hyorinmaru has a soul.
  • An Ice Person: The Sternritters have a medallion that allows them steal a Soul Reaper's Bankai. The one he stole was Hitsugaya's Bankai, Daiguren Hyorinmaru, which gives him control over ice.
  • In the Hood: Wears a hood that masks his features until Chapter 505.
  • Not Quite Dead: Thought he died when Hitsugaya froze him? Nope, he survived thanks to his Vollständig.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Hitsugaya fully regains his Bankai and freezes him into an enormous cross of ice.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Bazz-B. He's calm, quiet and obedient, contrasting Bazz-B's more gun-ho personality.
  • Super Toughness: Cang's Schrift is called 'The Iron'. The Iron hardens his skin to such an extent that it makes it very difficult for even powerful swords to cut him. However, Haschwalth bypasses this with a power that's designed to redress the balance.
  • The Stoic: He is a man of few words and rarely talks. Notably, he's the only Sternritter who doesn't show any visible reaction when Uryu is appointed Yhwach's sucessor when the Sternritter talked about the arrival of Uryu, his only contribution to the discussion was silence.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: A rare case where this works against him. When he decides to speak to Hitsugaya, he wastes so much time conducting a monologue about his philosophies that it leads to him getting affected by Urahara's Hollowfied Bankai strategy.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: An inversion, as he would rather die by Yhwach's hands than be killed by anyone else.
  • Together in Death: He comments that he believes those who have bonds in life should die together, even if he has to drag partners he's defeated in separate locations back to the same location before killing them. Cue him dropping an unconscious and wounded Matsumoto next to Hitsugaya.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is so loyal to Yhwach that he has no problems to be killed by him. Being killed by Haschwalth on the other hand...
  • Wolverine Claws: Using his Quincy abilities to absorb and utilize Reishi, Cang can generate a pair of four-clawed gauntlets on his wrists. Pushing them together creates a snake-shaped aura, but he didn't get a chance to use it before he was beaten.

    J - Quilge Opie 

Quilge Opie
"Each time I witness my victims struggling in vain, the same thought occurs to me anew: 'Can the death of the weak be so truly a wretched sight?' It hurts to watch. Hurry up and die."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed saber
Vollständig: Biskiel
Schrift: J - The Jail

Sternritter "J" of "The Jail". The nasty Executive Hunting Captain of the first "Jagdarmee" division, he is tasked with capturing and subjugating Arrancars into the Vandenreich. Just prior to the invasion, Emperor Yhwach himself entrusted Opie to stall Ichigo and keep him from returning to the Soul Society. Long story short, he pretty much succeeded.

As "the Jail", his forte is in creating Reishi cages capable of holding anything within them save for other Quincies. His Quincy cross manifests as an ornate military saber which can be used as a normal sword or fire arrows from the blade. His Vollständig is named Biskiel.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: After absorbing Ayon with his Sklaverei, his normal skin tone acquires an almost pale blue pigmentation, making him more unnerving.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As the Captain of the Jagdarmee, a special unit of dedicated Arrancar hunters, he's the strongest soldier in this group - topped off by the fact that he's a Sternritter, and consistently hyped as one of their top fighters just below Yhwach’s Praetorian Guard and Number Two without a complete Story-Breaker Power. Throughout his appearances, he manages to subjugate the remnants of Las Loches, fight evenly with Ichigo and even successfully trap him in one of his cages long enough for Yhwach to waste the Soul Society, take out Ayon (and even absorb it), and damn nearly kills Urahara, Chad and Orihime. Even Yhwach delivers nothing but praise for his abilities, and goes on to express minor surprise at his demise.
  • Ax-Crazy: Even among the other Sternritter, Quilge is particularly deranged. He is cruel and violent, killing Arrancars for little to no reason. He's sent to Hueco Mundo to recruit Arrancar, but instead spends his time murdering them in gruesome ways.
    Arrancar: Will... will I live if I say that will join you right away?
    Opie: [kills the Arrancar] OOK! That's not how it works! You will have to undergo an admission test! And this test is what will give you the chance to apply! Anyone that didn't understand what I just explained will end like this! [stabs another Arrancar] Like this. Like this. [stabs two more]
    Subordinate A: Is the captain really going to collect any Arrancars?
    Opie: [still stabbing in the background] You're gonna diiieee!
    Subordinate B: Of course he's not.
  • Bad Boss: Quilge is violently deranged, killing people at drop of a hat. These homicidal tendencies even extend to the Quincies under his command. When one of his underlings tried to run away as the unit was slaughtered by three fraccions, he butchered the guy. His callousness was enough to silence Apacci, Sung-Sun and Mila Rose (who never had to deal with that from Harribel).
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: After fusing with Ayon, his Reishi Sword becomes a Pata-esque blade-gauntlet that encases his arm up to the elbow. Even before this, when in Vollstandig his sword’s hilt appears to grow to envelop his hand, though it’s hard to see due to his tendency to obscure his sword-arm with his wings.
  • Blood Knight: Quilge is one of the most bloodthirsty of the Sternritter, and enjoys fighting against a challenging enemy. His enthusiastic praise of Apacci, Sung-Sun and Mila Rose for demolishing his soldiers shows that he definitely encourages the attitude.
  • Body Horror: When he is in Vollstandig, Quilge has an ability called Sklaverei. It allows him to use the Reishi absorbing ability of all Quincies to its logical extreme. He is able to completely enslave Reishi and steal it away from others. It also gives him the physical traits of whoever he absorbed. After absorbing Ayon, his left arm swells up, his teeth protrude such his face looks like a skull, and Ayon's eyes become attached to his Vollständig's wings. He doesn't like it either, complaining that he's been "tainted with evil".
  • Cool Shades: Very cool - they even have a radio built into them to communicate with Silbern. Considering Hueco Mundo is always in a perpetual nightfall, also counts as Sunglasses at Night.
  • Determinator: He will not stop until he completes his instructions. He catches a Zanpakuto bare-handed after it decapitated two of his subordinates, demolishes three lieutenant-level Fraccions at the same time, negates a point-blank Getsuga Tensho, tanks a beatdown from Ayon, and survives a shot from Urahara's Benihime. Even Yhwach delivers praise to his abilities.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Quilge is a mentally derange individual who will react violently over the smallest of reasons. He stabs right through an Arrancar, killing him instantly, just for asking to join the Vandenreich without waiting his turn. He also blows off one of his men's head for retreating from Harribel's Fraccion.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Quilge is the Executive Hunting Captain of the First Jadgarmee, and is tasked with forcibly recruiting Arrancar into the Vandenreich. His way of recruiting Arrancar involves continuously stabbing them to death until someone decides to fight.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: When powered up from absorbing Ayon into himself, his eyes transform to look like the eyeballs are covered by gaol bars.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In the Japanese version, he talks in polite speech when addressing his opponents and talking about the horrible things he plans to do.
  • Flunky Boss: At the beginning of his encounter with Ichigo, Opie summons three of his soldiers to take him on. All three are beaten easily.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Though in a much different way than Szayelaporro. He wears small, round, tinted glasses, and is a nasty, ruthless Sternritter.
  • Foreshadowing: When Opie absorbed Ayon, he said "I didn't want to use it if possible, for it corrupts my holy wings". Several dozen chapters later, we find out that Quincies can actually get poisoned, or corrupted, by Hollow energy, hence why they hunt Hollows.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: He's finally stopped after being sliced vertically by Grimmjow.
  • Holy Halo: His One-Winged Angel gives him one. He lost it shortly thereafter - thanks to Ichigo figuring out it was his weak spot - along with some of the traces of Ayon that he gained when he absorbed it.
  • Implacable Man: This man will not die! Even after Urahara blows a hole in his chest and assumes him dead, he persists in keeping Ichigo from leaving Hueco Mundo. It took getting sliced vertically in half to finally take him down.
  • The Jailer: His Schrift, "The Jail", allows him to construct prisons made from Reishi that can forcibly close gateways between dimensions and imprison opponents. Once they are trapped, their presence is sealed off from the outside, their Reiatsu can not be detected, and they will not be able to be heard from the other side. The strength of these cages is such that not even a point-blank, Bankai-enhanced Getsuga Tenshō from Ichigo was able to break it, and they will continue to exist even if Quilge dies. Ichigo does eventually manage to break it, but this is because he is part-Quincy and even then it took him a spectacular amount of effort to do it.
  • Jerkass: Even among the Sternritter, Quilge is barbaric, nasty, arrogant, and dangerously homicidal. If an Arrancar want to join the Vandenreich, he wants them to kneel down and lick his boots, but when they actually try to join peacefully, he butchers them anyway. When one of the few survivors suggests retreating, Opie kills him immediately. The guy definitely follows Yhwach's example.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: He ordered his subordinates to beat up two Numeros after they were already unconscious.
  • Knight Templar: Quilge views Arrancar as filthy, sinful creatures. He sees himself as righteous man enacting justice by brutally slaughtering the Arrancar. His Quincy: Vollstandig, Biskiel, is aptly translated as the "Justice of God".
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Quilge has an ability called Sklaverei, which enslaves Reishi. He is able to use this to completely absorb the essence of a spiritual being, while taking their physical traits in the process. He rips the flesh from Ayon and absorbs it into himself, giving him enhanced strength and a monstrous appearance.
  • No-Sell: A fairly clever example. He can't seal Ichigo's Bankai, so he has no way of intimidating Ichigo (or Urahara) in the same way he did to his previous enemies.
  • Oh, Crap!: He wasn't expecting that shot from Urahara, nor was he expecting the subsequent explosion that sliced him in half.
  • One-Winged Angel: He introduces the Vollständig form, explaining that it removes the drawbacks of the Letzt Stil that had previously cost Uryu his powers. His own Vollständig becomes much more monstrous after he absorbs Ayon, which he complains has tainted has wings with evil.
  • Secret-Keeper: Most of the Sternritter have no idea who Uryu Ishida is and know nothing about the Ishida family at all. Opie is one of the few confirmed to possess confidential information about both Soken and Uryu. As Soken has been dead for years and Opie still felt the need to clarify which Ishida had been firing arrows around Ichigo, it's implied he knows about Ryuken as well.
  • Secret Test of Character: An incredibly dark version. He tells captured Hollows and Arrancar that if they submit to him and swear loyalty, he will allow them into the Vandenreich's forces... but kills them if they actually do so. The only ones he really allows to join are the ones with the courage to fight back and the power to put up a decent struggle in doing so.
  • Serial Escalation: Goes from No Selling a point-blank Getsuga Tensho, to assimilating Ayon into him.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports a permanent one after absorbing Ayon. It's borderline Nightmare Face material.
  • Slouch of Villainy: In his first appearance, he sits on a large chair and rests his chin on his fingers.
  • Smug Snake: Subverted. He's definitely egotistical and highly arrogant, but he's still a very competent and threatening villain.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His official spelling is "Quilge Opie" but translations do sometimes use "Kirge Opie".
  • Take That!: Based on what he'd seen of the Arrancars, namely Menoly and Loly, he concluded Aizen's choice of subordinates was quite poor.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's absolutely loyal to Yhwach and the Vandenreich, and will faithfully follow the orders given to him even if he's grievously wounded or if his own life is at danger.
  • Villain Respect: In spite of his less than stellar opinion on Arrancars, after seeing the Tres Bestias easily defeating his subordinates, he ends impressed enough with their strength to offer them join the Vandenreich if they surrender instead of trying to kill them on the spot.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Quilge Opie is the first truly challenging enemy confronted in the Thousand Year Blood War Arc. He gives Ichigo a difficult fight, and is the first Sternritter to display all of the Quincy abilities that will soon make the coming fights more dire then they've ever been before.
  • We Can Rule Together: Impressed with the power of the Tres Bestias after they defeat his men, he offers them to join the Vandenreich if they surrender, even mentioning that they can keep serving Harribel while working for Yhwach. The Arrancar girls naturally turn down his offer and proceed to fight him, forcing Opie to crush them.

    K - BG9  

"Life? I had none to begin with."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed minigun
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: K

Sternritter "K", masked by a boney helmet. BG9 is calm, rational and generally talks in a calculating, computer-like way, and generally resembles a machine as a result. If he calculates that it'll help him in an interrogation, he will resort to violence and psychological torture.

His Quincy cross manifests as a hefty minigun.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Despite claiming that he has no life, he pleads for Yhwach and Haschwalth not to execute him, pointing out how there's no need to execute soldiers who survived their losses.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: His brain seems to function like a super-computer. He's nothing but analytical and academic, complete with scientific deductions on psychology and references to various numbers when discussing, say, number of questions asked, family generations, mile radius or Reiatsu percentage. This comes to a head when he sees Sui-Feng's Shunko; just by seeing it in action, he's able to calculate the perfect way to counter it — stabbing her in the wrist.
  • BFG: Whips one out very quickly when fighting Omaeda. It resembled an enormous, arm-length, ten-barreled minigun, emblazoned with the Vandenreich emblem and made up of the same wires that the rest of his body has. It's broken by Sui-Feng before he can even use it.
  • Combat Tentacles: He's able to produce long, thin, tendril-like appendages as required, shrouding the armor underneath his cloak. These are powerful enough to destroy concrete walls, skewer unsuspecting people and disembowel his victims if he removes them after impalement.
  • Cool Helmet: He has a vaguely skeletal knight-like helmet with two slits on both sides that hint at a single, glowing eye somewhere inside. Even when he strips down, he doesn't remove the helmet, creating the image of a tank loaded for war due to him being a helmet sitting atop an entire armoury. After being hit by Jakuho Raikoben, the helmet partially smashes revealing only blackness within.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Sui-Feng determines from his mechanical appearance and his claim of never being alive at all that he's actually a robot, and he appears to only have one eye.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He snarks about the lack of family resemblance between Omaeda and his sister, and contemplates the possibility that Omaeda's silence is due to the linguistic part of his brain disengaging from the shock of seeing his sister impaled.
  • Dirty Coward: BG9 is a ruthless individual who is willing to go to extreme measures to get what he wants. Even threatening a young girl's life to interogate her big brother. However, he himself is deeply afraid of death, as shown when he begs for his life when he is about to be executed, giving paltry excuse to spare his life.
  • Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: BG9 interrogates Omaeda for information on Soifon via psychological torture once verbal interrogation fails, ignoring Omaeda claims that he would've spilled the beans by now. He skewers Mareyo through the gut and holds her in the air, casually describing the detail of how she'll die if he allows her to bleed out. He also makes it clear that if Omaeda isn't cooperating by the time his sister is dead, there are three more family members within easy reach that he can start making examples of.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Flashes one brightly lit eye after getting pummeled by Sui-Feng. It also seems to be his only eye.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: He has one single mechanical eye behind the helmet. At one point, a stream of white can be seen coming from it, which could be anything from light to ooze of some kind.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His audio sensors reduced their strength because of the nearby explosions, so he was unable to gain any warning that his stolen Bankai had returned to its rightful owner until she hit him with it.
  • I Can Still Fight!: His rationalization of why Haschwalth shouldn't execute him for surviving based on pure luck.
  • Instant Armor: When he tries to attack Sui-Feng with a tendril, she grabs it, pulls it back, lifts him from the ground and throws him onto another building. As he gets up, his coat is gone, almost randomly replaced by a set of armor with so many stud-like missile launchers all over his limbs, waist and shoulders. He still has those tendrils, though.
  • More Dakka: His Spirit Weapon is a big-ass ten-barreled gatling gun and Sui-Feng's mini-nuke rocket launcher in his weaponry for God's sake! As if it wasn't enough, he's got Combat Tentacles and can call forth an armor filled with mini-missile launchers! This dude does not play around.
  • Mysterious Past: How exactly an apparent robot/cyborg became a Quincy is never explained. Noticeably, he shares the same fate as Robert Accutrone for never having the name and power of his Schrift revealed.
  • No Face Under the Mask: Other than that glowing orb, all that we can see under his helmet is a black speck of nothing.
  • Not So Stoic: He appears to feel genuine shock when he loses his stolen Bankai and sees it's about to be used against him. And again when he and Cang Du are brought before Yhwach for judgement.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: This dude is packing ballistic missiles all over his body, on top of functioning at the level of all other Sternritter. He is literally a walking armoury.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What the 'K' stands for is never revealed.
  • Rule of Three: He's willing to repeat a question three times before he changes "the format of the question," which means he'll resort to violence and psychological torture.
  • The Stoic: He's so calm, composed and rational-minded that he comes across as robotic at times. Even when his face gets hit by a spiked boulder, his only response was that he had two questions to ask of the person who hit him. Hell, even then, his only concern (as shown by the two questions) was not the boulder; it was that Omaeda still would not say where Soifon was. Talk about stone-faced. Subverted when he is about to be executed and starts panicking.
  • Uncertain Doom: BG9 was last seen to be executed alongside Cang Du, but after Haschwalth injured Cang Du, the scene cut away. While it can be assumed that both died that way, several moments during the war hint that at least one of them survived.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When he calculated that it was "necessary" to get Omaeda to talk, he impaled poor Mareyo as an attempt to make Omaeda reveal where his Captain is.

    L - Pepe Waccabrada 

Pepe Waccabrada
Species: Quincy
Weapon: The love stick Beshanul and unnamed bow
Vollständig: Gudoero
Schrift: L - The Love

Sternritter L of "The Love", who usually uses a flying saucer for transportation. He carries around a staff with wings and an eyeball and is capable of controlling others by making them love him, men and women alike. His Vollständig, Gudoero, transforms him into a form similar to Cupid, which enhances his Love abilities and lets him form heart constructs like ropes. His Quincy bow, drawn from his mouth, follows the Cupid theme.
  • Antagonist Abilities: His Mind Manipulation power makes anyone love him, allowing his enemies to take each other out for him, or to turn an enemy immediately into a friend. Basically, other people do the fighting for him. It works on anything with a heart; he can even control a Zanpakuto and make it attack its wielder.
  • Beard of Evil: He's got a long, long white beard. It's just shy of Yamamoto's in terms of size.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: He uses his staff to spy on Haschwalth and Bazz-B's conversation. He also hangs out with Askin, watching Gremmy's battle with Kenpachi.
  • Did Not See That Coming: After the fight with Giselle is over with, he tries to take control of one of Mayuri's zombies, gloating that his power works on Giselle's zombies. He gets beaten up anyway, and Mayuri explains that his zombies can't be affected like hers can.
  • Eaten Alive: He is cornered by Liltotto and attempts to beg for his life. Liltotto points out how he previously used his Schrift on her comrades and tried to kill them. She then uses her power to consume him.
  • Enemy Civil War: He's not adverse to starting fights amongst other Vandenreich members to claim all the glory for himself, taking over Meninas and making her attack Liltotto.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Not him, but about him. Whenever Pepe gets brought up, be it Shinigami or Quincy, characters voice their disgust over him and his abilities. Even being Mayuri's zombie slave is seen as preferable than being Pepe's love doll.
  • Fan Disservice: His Vollständig strips away all of his clothing save for his shoes and a speedo. Because he's a Fat Bastard, this isn't exactly a good thing.
  • Fat Bastard: He is heavily obese, and travels seated on a floating disc. His power involves turning friends and allies against each other; Askin himself called him a "monster" and Meninas finds him gross.
  • For the Evulz: Pepe takes a bit of sadistic enjoyment in using his power to cause mayhem. He laughs with glee when uses Jidanbo to destroy the R&D Institute. He'll use his power on anyone, even his own teammates, and make them attack each other for him own amusement.
  • Giggling Villain: Most of his first few appearances involved him bellowing out his Signature Laugh.
  • Glass Cannon: His abilities are powerful enough to give even Byakuya trouble, but his defensive capabilities are highly lacking. If anyone is immune to his power, he has no way to fight them or protect himself from their attacks. Kensei is able to easily incapacitate him as a result.
  • Glory Hound: Cheerfully remarks it hasn't crossed his mind that he'll get all the glory if he kills everyone else, including all his own comrades who are present.
  • Heart Beatdown: The evil, male, squicky version. All of his attacks are heart-themed, and it even extends to his speech bubbles.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After pitting his fellow Sternritter against one another, Pepe experiences a Humiliation Conga that includes Byakuya resisting The Love, Mayuri suddenly ambushing him, Meninas and Hisagi (both of which were mind-controlled into Love Dolls) losing to superior opponents, and Pepe himself suffering through a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by Kensei. His final fate is to be devoured by Liltotto, the Sternritter whom he tried to control with The Love and had Meninas punch out For the Evulz. It was a well-earned fate.
  • Love Freak: Just look at his quote above. He even goes into a lengthy speech about why love is the center of conflict and allows one to overcome all obstacles in pursuit of a goal and why he absolutely adores it as a result.
  • Mind-Control Device: Wields a large staff with an eye on it, which causes people to fall in love with him and fight their comrades over him.
  • Motor Mouth: After spending only a brief conversation with Askin (his first set of dialogue ever), he devolves into a person that just won't ever stop talking when he's faced by Byakuya.
  • Narcissist: He embodies the worst aspects of love as a concept, in that he wants everyone to love himself and forces them to attack their comrades for his personal glory. When he sees that there are beings unable to feel his love, he is shocked. He's also a coward at heart, as he begs Liltotto to spare him despite previously having her partner attack her. Liltotto is having none of it.
  • Nice Shoes: His shoes have very curly points, like elaborate winklepickers or jester shoes.
  • Not So Stoic: Turns from a laid back and mysterious Giggling Villain into a raving nutjob screaming how pure he is and how amazing his love is. It's quite jarring.
  • Oh, Crap!: He gets two in Chapter 596; the first when he sees that his power doesn't affect Mayuri's zombies, and the second when he sees Liltotto exude a cold stare at him after he's beaten down by said zombie.
  • Polyamory: Kind of, in a sick sort of way. He forces people to belong to him with his 'love' and likes stealing as many peoples' hearts as he can.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: He lets others or his Vollständig fight on his behalf. When someone gets past those, he loses quickly.
  • Putto: Possibly the concept of his Vollständig form. Unfortunately, he’s an obese adult.
  • Say It with Hearts: His sentences are usually written like this, to emphasize his powers and overall theme.
  • Signature Laugh: His presence can be revealed just from the "Geh, geh, geh" that floats into a panel.
  • Sunglasses at Night: He constantly wears a pair of sunglasses obscuring his eyes, even when he's indoors and lurking in shadowy corners. He discards them for his Vollständig.
  • Team Killer: Pepe is a dishonest man who use his power of love against his own Quincy comrades and heve them attack each other. Right after he takes control of Hisagi and makes him attack Byakuya, he suddenly takes control of Meninas and makes her punch Liltotto out. Liltotto returns the favor a few chapters later.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Beneath his narcissim, Pepe is a coward at heart. Despite trying to brainwash Liltotto and ambushing her with a lovestruck Meninas, Pepe still has the gall to expect she'll go easy on him and futilely shouts for forgiveness as she eats him whole.

    M - Gerard Valkyrie (Ṧ) 

Gerard Valkyrie
"At what point did I say this would be a one-on-one fight? In a fair duel, not even a miracle would allow you to defeat me! Come at me together!"
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Hoffnung (shortsword) / Unnamed buckler shield
Vollständig: Aschetonig
Schrift: M - The Miracle

Sternritter "M" of "The Miracle" and one of Yhwach's elite Sternritter the "Schutzstaffel" guard. A large, boisterous man who resembles a Nordic warrior of old. He wears an ornate helmet and cape, and he first appears in the Royal Realm. According to Askin, he is rumored to be the heart of the Soul King.

As the "Miracle", he can absorb any damage inflicted on him, and grow in size, strength and speed proportionate to the damage inflicted (the more powerful the attack, the bigger he gets). In battle, he wields Hoffnung, a double-edged sword normally sheathed within a small buckler shield, able to reflect tenfold any damage it receives. His Vollständig is named Aschetonig, which grants him a pair of large feathery wings, a new helmet and shield, and modifies his sword so that it can fire energy beams.

  • Achilles' Heel: Being the incarnated heart of the Soul King, he possessed his unbelievable abilities right from the start - not because of being granted them by Yhwach. Nevertheless, he still allowed Yhwach to bestow a Schrift upon him in a symbolic capacity - which ended up being what did him in, as having Yhwach's Schrift is precisely what allows him to carry out his Auswählen.
  • Adaptive Ability: Once of the abilities of his Schrift, 'The Miracle', is draw power from physical damage. The more damage he takes, the stronger he gets. Getting a beatdown from several opponents allows him to grow into a gigantic size, getting his arm cut off only causes a stronger one to regenerate in its place, and getting bisected from head to toe strengthens his entire body considerably.
  • Affably Evil: He's fairly laid-back compared to his fellow Sternritter, and acts fairly nice to his comrades - albeit he's slightly a bit of a dick to Askin, the newest member of the Schutzstaffel, and treats him much the same way an employer might treat an intern. In battle, he's also quite sportsman-like. He and Kenpachi bond a bit over their shared love of combat.
  • Antagonist Abilities: His Schrift is an Adaptive Ability which allows him to get stronger for every time he recieves physical damage. The more damage he takes, the more powerful, larger, and faster he gets. Most abilities are thus useless against him, because damage only contributes to his power growth. Even fatal damage or maiming his body doesn't work, because he always reforms Better Than New. He also has no Necessary Drawback from this; his speed, durability, and other physical attributes all increase at the same rate. Both Toshiro and Byakuya categorize his ability as something which "defies reason" because of this. The protagonists never find a way to defeat him, and he instead has his power and life stripped away by Yhwach.
  • Attack Backfire: Gerard's Spirit Weapon is a sword called Hoffnung. If Hoffnung is damaged in any way, the attacker takes damage. The only way not to is to parry it in such a way that the sword isn't chipped, or freeze it to negate the ability.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He proves himself to be part of the Schutzstaffel when taking down Lieutenants, Visoreds, Captains who have all ganged up against him. He then overpowers Hitsugaya, Byakuya and Kenpachi when the trio work together, even though Hitsugaya goes all-out, Byakuya is using ambush tactics, and Kenpachi is wielding his Shikai and has removed his eyepatch. It took nothing short of Yhwach himself killing him to finally stop him.
  • Badass Boast: After Renji tries to hold him off by himself, he prevents the other Captains and Lieutenants from walking past just by flaring his cape. He advises the Soul Reapers to attack as a group because no miracles will protect someone who attacks him one-on-one. After The Miracle is in full effect, he boasts himself to be the "greatest, fastest, and strongest" of the Quincy while beating down Kenpachi Zaraki, who is wielding his Shikai and has removed his eyepatch.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Weaponized. The nature of his Schrift, 'The Miracle' allows Gerard to overcome impossible odds and go beyond the realms of reason. When Hitsugaya overhears what The Miracle can do, he can only conclude that logic does not apply to Gerard's abilities.
  • BFS: His sword, Hoffnung, is moderately-sized in his base form, but when The Miracle is activated, it grows into the size of skyscrapers and becomes durable enough to endure a slash from Nozarashi, which was strong enough to completely obliterate a meteor.
  • Birds of a Feather: Gerard and Kenpachi get along surprisingly well, even though both are trying to kill each other. They both are brutes who enjoy a good fight above everything. When Hitsugaya tries to intervene in the fight, Kenpachi and Gerard push him aside and shout that this is their fight. Hitsugaya promptly lampshades that the two are like a match made in heaven.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: He states that his abilities are tied to the "hopes and desires of the masses". Thus, if he gets severely wounded, his strength, size and speed increase due to the masses' "fears". His sword is nigh-indestructible because it represents the masses' "hopes".
  • Cool Mask: He wears a mask modeled after Nordic warriors, shaped in the form of a winged helmet that covers the upper half of his face.
  • Cool Sword: His sword is kept sheathed in his shield, where only the hilt and a star at the centre of its quillon is visible. When unsheathed, the sword is black and the quillon slopes forward, forming the shape of an inverted 'V'.
  • Dynamic Entry: As Shinji's group approaches the palace, they're stopped by the sudden appearance of Gerard. He travels a great distance so fast that his landing causes a huge explosion.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Attacks that injured him in his normal size do not even scratch him once he's grown big enough. Those that do simply make him even stronger.
  • A God Am I: To a degree. The power he gains from being damaged causes him to grow into a giant. Gerard boast several times that he is now "God-sized". Since he is supposedly the heart of the transcendent Soul King, his claim is a way correct.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal!: A secondary aspect of The Miracle is that all injuries he sustains heal completely once converted into power. Even cutting him to pieces does no good, as the pieces simply grow back stronger than before.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: He is cleaved vertically in half by Zaraki's Bankai. However, his Quincy cross drags the two halves back together and he comes back stronger than ever.
  • I Am the Noun: Unlike most Sternitter he calls his holy form not his Vollstänidg. Instead he says that he is Achetonig, his Vollständig.
  • Invincible Villain: Gerard is literally invincible as he can regenerate from anything and always comes back stronger than ever. Also unlike Yammy, it is implied that there is no upper limit to this ability. Even means of incapitation such as freezing him solid doesn't work. Unsurprisingly, he comes out on top of every fight he's in, with not even the Royal Guard, all the Captains and Lieutenants, or even Kenpachi at full power being able to put him down. The only one capable of stopping him is Yhwach himself, and even that is implied to be because they are parts of the same being.
  • Large Ham: Once he's turned into a giant as a result of his Miracle's power, he shows little restraint as to how he looks down on the Soul Reapers he fights. They nearly get blown off their feet from his sheer volume.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Unlike the three other Elite Guards, who lean on the analytical side of things, Gerard blindly charges forward against the Squad Zero member they're facing. This tactic surprisingly lands a solid hit on Shutara, though she's revealed to be an illusion. He does it again versus Nimaiya, but the latter fells him in one hit.
  • Lightning Bruiser: When he is transformed into a giant by The Miracle, he is strong enough to destroy buildings like cardboard, fast enough to catch some of the fastest Thirteen Court Guard Squads captains with an attack, and isn't hurt by attacks that harmed him before.
  • Limit Break: His Schrift, 'The Miracle', is able to absorb damage that becomes converted into a massive size, strength, speed, and defense boost.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: A combination attack from Hitsugaya and Byakuya shatters him to pieces, but he just reforms and reaches his One-Winged Angel form.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: He carries a round Viking-style shield, complete with central metal boss, which also acts as a sheath for his sword. It is also strong enough to deflect a slash from Kenpachi.
  • Make My Monster Grow: One of the abilities granted by his Schrift "The Miracle" is this. He can take any damage he withstands and convert it into growing in size. He grows into a giant after being hurt by Renji, Shinji, and Byakuya.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname, Valkyrie, at first seems a little odd given that Valkyries are exclusively female while Gerard is obviously male. However, it becomes quite a bit more fitting once you realize that it foreshadows Gerard's true power of constant rebirth. Valkyries in Norse mythology carry fallen warriors into Valhalla, where the chosen warriors constantly fight each other to death, at which point they simply revive to do battle again. Gerard is living by the rules of Valhalla, where he can fight to the fullest without the incovenience of death. It also mirrors how the fallen Schutzstaffel were "chosen" by Yhwach to revive and do battle once more.
  • One-Winged Angel: Much like his comrade Lille, Gerard has a second form beyond his original Vollständig form that transforms him into a Godlike being after having his entire physical being destroyed and reformed.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: One of the abilities of The Miracle is to draw power from damage. Every time he is injured, he converts that injury into a power-up that makes him faster, stronger, and more durable than before. This includes making him grow in size. When he gets injured enough, he grows into a giant. Interestingly, Gerard himself states that he instead grows to the size of a God. Gerard is the heart of the Soul King and previous statements about the Soul King speculate if he indeed was a God and a giant, implying that Gods are giants.
  • Pieces of God: Gerard is revealed to be the animate heart of the Soul King. Therefore, he possesses immeasurable spiritual power. His Schrift is called 'The Miracle', which allows him to perform miracles on himself, most notably to convert every attack dealt to him into a power-up to make himself bigger, and harder to kill. This makes him almost impossible to defeat, as he is able to overwhelm three of the strongest Captains of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads, including Kenpachi, who immediately takes off his eyepatch and releases his Shikai from the start as he knows that Gerard is too powerful to hold back against. In the end, the protagonists never do get the chance to kill him, as Yhwach does the deed for them.
  • Schmuck Bait: He goads two Captains and their lieutenants into ganging up on him, mocking their ability to beat him. They all trounce him so thoroughly that it seems anti-climactic. Wisely, the two captains grow suspicious and tell their lieutenants to just finish the guy off. However, they all quickly learn that it's too late: attacking him all together was exactly what he wanted, because his Schrift's power is to absorb damage and convert it into size and strength.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports a nice one complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom after encouraging every one of the remaining Shinigami to come at him all at once.
  • Square-Cube Law: The Miracle uniquely allows him to defy this, as it increases his size, strength and speed accordingly, so much that it actually makes him even faster, overwhelming Byakuya, Hitsugaya and Kenpachi, even at their full powers.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Gerard is more or less unstoppable, as The Miracle gives him the ability to turn all damage into his strength. His ability kicks in even from injuries that he could not possibly have been alive to consciously activate, like having his head cut into ribbons by Byakuya. Even when his ability was supposedly frozen by Hitsugaya's upgraded Bankai, he still manages to reform from having his body shattered. Additionally, he even has the power to materialize and wield metaphysical concepts, for instance his sword Hoffnung which is forged from the hopes of the people. Meaning attacking the sword will reflect all damage to oneself. It's quite telling that he was only stopped by having his powers (and his life) outright taken away from him by Yhwach.
  • Stripped to the Bone: As happened with Robert, he is reduced to a skeleton by Yhwach's Auswählen.
  • Too Awesome to Use: His sword Hoffnung is only reserved for the toughest opponents as its abilities would be too cruel and unfair to use on weaker opponents.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He dresses like a Viking cartoon caricature, with bagging trousers, boots, a cape and a winged helmet-mask. He even has the shield. However, he does not wear a scrap of clothing above his waist. His cape has to be strapped to his shoulders as a result.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Yhwach kills him and the other remaining Sternritter after successfully stealing Ichigo's powers, as he doesn't need their help any longer.

    N - Robert Accutrone 

Robert Accutrone
"It's quite pleasing your morale has returned. Indeed. However, there's one thing you've miscalculated. Your leader will fall before our leader. After aren't the only ones to get fired up by your leader!"
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed pistol
Vollständig: Grimaniel
Schrift: N

Sternritter "N". A powerful, older gentleman who directly engages Shunsui Kyoraku in combat, and later summons the Soldat to lay waste to Soul Society. Stoic and pragmatic, he's not one for words and prefers quick-kills.

His Quincy weapon manifests as a traditional pistol. His Vollständig is named Grimaniel.

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a suit and tie underneath his uniform coat and is powerful enough to fight on par with Kyoraku.
  • Badass Mustache: He is a Captain-level enemy, and wears a moustache that almost completely hides his mouth.
  • Combat Pragmatist: During his fight with Shunsui, he aims straight for Shunsui's eye and guns him down the moment he's distracted. When he and several other members of the Sternritters all fight Ichigo, he purposely waits until Ichigo's neck-deep trying to deal with the others before appearing at his side with his pistol ready to fire right at his head.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: While fighting Shunsui, he kills a Soul Reaper messenger that had arrived at the battlefield without taking his eyes off of Shunsui.
  • The Gunslinger: His Quincy cross manifests in the form of a pistol, the design similar to a Beretta 92.
  • Holy Halo: When fighting his opponent, he briefly shows the halo that indicates Vollständig is being used.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Managed to headshot a Soul Reaper messenger without even looking at him.
  • Mercy Kill: He attempts to kill Liltotto to prevent her from suffering a more painful death and betrayal by Yhwach's Auswählen. Yhwach doesn't even give him the chance.
  • Mysterious Past: The most that's divulged about Accutrone's past is that he's an Old Soldier. Notably, not even the name and power of his Schrift was ever revealed when every other Sternritter aside from BG9, even the three Killed Offscreen by Kenpachi, got theirs at least briefly explained.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: He doesn't play around with his foes. As soon as an opening presents itself, he immediately moves in for a kill-shot.
  • Oh, Crap!: A massive one when he realizes that Yhwach has left to the Soul King's realm without him.
  • Old Retainer: He implies he was part of Yhwach's original army, given he refers to Liltotto and Giselle as newcomers.
  • Old Soldier: Robert is one of the older-looking Sternritter, and he manages to fight a seasoned captain like Shunsui to a standstill, even getting some lasting damage on the latter's eye. He shows his exasperation that the younger Sternritter lack his experience. When Liltotto suggests that they hold their ground until Yhwach returns to Soul Society, Accutrone's response is an anguish of exasperation. Having served under him for a long time, and learning how he treats his subordinates, Robert knows that the fact that Yhwach did not take them meant he had left them for good.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What the 'N' stands for is never revealed. His letter is only confirmed shortly before he's killed.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: His glasses gleam ominously while fighting Kyoraku, often hiding his eyes in the process.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Underneath his quincy uniform, he's wearing a suit.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He makes it clear to Liltotto and Giselle that he's lived long enough under Yhwach's service to know just how low the latter can stoop, including sacrificing those who were not "chosen" to accompany him to the Royal Palace.
  • Stripped to the Bone: When he's hit by Yhwach's Auswählen, he's reduced to a skeleton.
  • Tears of Fear: When he realizes that he was left behind by Yhwach, he knows all too well what's coming, and breaks down before Liltotto and Giselle.

    O - Driscoll Berci 

Driscoll Berci
"It sucks so bad to be this weak, ain't that right, Lieutenant!"
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed knuckle-dusters
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: O - The Overkill

Sternritter "O" of "The Overkill". A tall, dark-skinned man with a beard. He's a battle-hungry braggart who loves talking down to his opponents, even if he's found one worthy of his time.

His Quincy cross manifests as a pair of knuckles, allowing him to materialize his Heilig Pfeils as throwing spears. His ability increases his strength every time he kills an opponent.

  • Badass Beard / Beard of Evil: His beard dominates his face. He is also a remorseless murderer who reveled in the amount of Soul Reapers he killed.
  • Blade on a Stick: Driscoll can use the Reishi around him to create the arrows of light of the Quincies, the Heilig Pfiel. However, Driscoll's Heiligh Pfiel are long enough to be thrown as javelins, similar to Ulquiorra's Lanza Del Relampago. He killed Sasakibe by throwing and impaling him with one of these after stealing his Bankai, and was about to do the same to Hisagi until Yamamoto arrived in time to save him.
  • Blood Knight: Driscoll is a bloodthirsty man who's main method of gaining strength is killing, but he seems to prefer opponents that can put up a fight. He is after all happy his opponent is Yamamoto of all people.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He kills 107 Soul Reapers (including a lieutenant) in 182 seconds, and later does the same to Hisagi, who is unable to do him any harm. Ironically he ends receiving one at the hands of Yamamoto, barely having time to react as the Captain Commander burns him to ashes.
  • Death by Irony: A man called Overkill gets overkilled by Yamamoto, who torches him all the way to the bone when Driscoll confirms he killed Sasakibe.
  • Evil Gloating: The man will simply not shut up as he's pounding his opponents.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He's one of the tallest Sternritters, dwarfing both Hisagi and Yamamoto considerably.
  • Hero Killer: He claims to have killed about 100 Soul Reapers during his first appearance at Seiretei, with Sasakibe being one of them, making him the first antagonist of the manga to kill a named heroic character outside a flashback. He later comments to Hisagi that, upon arriving in Seireitei for the second time, he killed 100 Soul Reapers more.
  • Jerkass: Driscoll is a sadistic and ruthless man who enjoys slaughtering Soul Reapers. He brutally kills Lieutenant Sasakibe, and later brags about to his Capatain's face. He would later regret this decision.
  • Level Grinding: His whole power is based on becoming stronger with every kill, be it an ally or an enemy, much like level grinding in a video game.
  • Sadist: He greatly enjoys the carnage he causes, and mocks and taunts his enemies when he thinks he has the upper hand, to his delight. When he confronts Yamamoto, he decides to use his deceased lieutenant's Bankai to emotionally hurt him. Even his Schrift reflects this personality trait, as it makes him stronger the more he kills.
  • Shock and Awe: He used his medallion to steal Sasakibe's Bankai and tried to use it on Yamamoto. Predictably, it didn't work.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks he has what it takes to fight Yamamoto. He has no idea how absolutely wrong he is.
  • Smug Snake: He thinks having a Bankai means he's as powerful as the Captain Commander. Yamamoto burns that notion away pretty quick, along with the rest of him.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Yamamoto roasts him so hard that we are treated to a shot of Driscoll's burnt out skull before it disintegrates.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Operates on this principle in combat, as evidenced by his epithet and what he does to poor Sasakibe. Fittingly, Yamamoto treats him to the exact same principle in blowing him away with Ryujin Jakka.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Dude just had to rub Sasakibe's death in Yamamoto's face, prompting the latter to fry him in fury.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed literally in one chapter after his name is revealed.

    P - Meninas McAllon 

Meninas McAllon
"You could've at least taken it outside."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed bow
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: P - The Power

Sternritter "P" of "The Power". Her uniform consists of frilled boots, frilled gloves and frilled skirt, a belt with a heart-shaped buckle, a large bow around her neck, and a white cap with the Vandenreich symbol.

Her abilities consist of super-human feats of strength, such as lifting an entire row of buildings with one hand. She possesses a heart-themed bow.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The cover of chapter 581, the digital colored scans and Bleach Brave Souls portrays her with red eyes and magenta hair, while the cover of chapter 640 portrays her with light pink hair and green eyes instead.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Liltotto and Giselle refer to her as "Minnie".
  • Boobs of Steel: She has the largest breasts of all the female Sternritter, and has Super Strength.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: She gets hit directly by Pepe's ability, who makes her infatuated with him and bound her to his will, even turning on Liltotto, attacking her without second thoughts.
  • Commissar Cap: One so nice, she wears it sideways.
  • Cute Bruiser: She looks innocent and acts girlish, but she hits like a rock slide and can toss around entire groups of buildings. She took out Kenpachi Zaraki with one punch (granted, he was already severely injured from his fight with Gremmy), and she's the only one of the eight Sternritter that actually got a clean hit on Ichigo himself. Even Robert Accutrone holds her strength in high regard.
  • Dark Action Girl: She indifferently kills some Soul Reapers by dropping entire buildings on them.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: She wears a frilled skirt instead of the standard trench coat.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When Ichigo arrives by slamming into the clock tower, she comments that it looks like he's botched his attempt at a Dynamic Entry. She also comments on how "full of himself" Ichigo is to try making a beeline to Yhwach while surrounded by eight Sternritter.
  • Enhanced Punch: Meninas's main power is vastly augmenting her physical strength to the point of massively bulking up, in order to deliver devastatingly powerful punches.
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: Her Schrift makes her able to expand her muscles to nearly the size of Opie's Ayon-enhanced muscles, presumably enhancing her strength along with it.
  • Hulking Out: Apart of Super Strength, her Schrift allows her to increase the size of her muscles, something that presumably gives her an even greater physical strength.
  • Jerkass: Despite her cute and innocent demanor, Meninas doesn't seem to care about the lives of her comrades much. She just stands aside and lets Bambietta die and become a zombie, even though she knew what Giselle might do.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's busty, she's got long legs and she has large hips. She wears a tight, form-fitting uniform with no sleeves, thigh-high stockings and a frilled skirt.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Zig-zagged. She has herculean strength despite her thin limbs, yet she's capable of producing much more muscle mass to increase her power.
  • Only Six Faces: She's basically Orihime with a clothing change and palette swap.
  • Pink Is Feminine: She has pink hair, which is accompanied by the most feminine bearing of the female Sternritter.
  • Super Strength: Meninas' Schrift is 'The Power', which increases her physical strength to supernatural level. She can effortlessly lift several buildings and their foundations, punch a weakened Kenpachi hard enough to paralyze him, and hit Ichigo hard enough to leave a bruise when he just came back from training in the Spirit King's realm. Even the other Sternritter are in awe of her strength, as shown when Robert Accutrone is surprised by Ichigo tanking a hit from her.
  • The Undead: The novel Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World reveals that at some point after Liltotto knocked her out she did, somehow, die (possibly from Yhwach's Auswählen), but was brought back from the dead and turned into this by Mayuri, along with Candice and Najahkoop.

    Q - Berenice Gabrielli 

Berenice Gabrielli
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unknown
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: Q - The Question

Sternritter "Q" of "The Question". A Quincy with pink and purple hair whose power apparently causes the victims to question everything about themselves. It didn't work on Zaraki, however, since he couldn't hear what was being said over the noise being made by Jerome. He tore out Berenice's throat before the Question could work on him.

    R - Jerome Guizbatt 

Jerome Guizbatt
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unknown
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: R - The Roar

Sternritter "R" of "The Roar". A large, tanned Sternritter that resembles a gorilla. He participated in the invasion of the Seireitei, where he was killed by Zaraki, who paraded his corpse on his back. He's able to launch supersonic howls.

    S - Mask De Masculine 

Mask De Masculine
"My heart is being consumed by the overwhelming desire to crush you where you stand... for the sake of justice!!"
Species: Quincy
Weapon: None
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: S - The Superstar

Sternritter "S" of "The Superstar". A large, fat, masked Luchador who accompanies Äs Nödt during the Vandenreich's initial Blitzkrieg against the Sereitei. A couple of cans short of a six-pack, but still one of the Sternritter. His constant companion (and groupie) James is always seen at his side.

He fights primarily using classic Lucha Libre wrestling moves, but his true power comes from a cheering audience - with James more than happy to provide that for him. Cheering him increases his strength and regenerates him. With enough cheers, his Vollständig power transforms him into a caped superhero with overwhelming physical abilities - and star-shaped lasers to boot.

  • Affably Evil: Mask largely leaves Hisagi, Ikkaku and Yumichika alone after pummeling them. He also seems to be genuinely grateful for his tiny partner James' support and he is genuinely pissed when Rose injures James. However, since he views Soul Reapers as villains, he won't hesitate to use lethal attacks if they threaten him enough.
  • Badass Mustache: Mask is powerful enough to take down two Captains. He also has a variation on the handlebar moustache.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Don't let appearances fool you. He fought and beat five Soul Reapers with Bankai, two of which were Captains, and didn't even need Vollständig to do it. He's also the one responsible for Renji's mortal wounds that lead him to the Royal Realm. He even catches Kensei's Bankai with one hand while still taunting him and later defeats Rose in a single attack after negating his Bankai.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Mask has a short, chubby bespectacled bald man named James as a tagalong partner to cheer him on. It turns out Mask's Schrift is to get stronger whenever someone is cheering for him, so of course it would make sens to have fan constantly accompany him.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When he meets Renji for the second time, it takes a while for Mask to recognize him. Mask says he can't be bothered to remember every "villain" he defeats.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Not all the time, but when he's putting on a show he calls out attacks with "Star" in the name, like "Star Eagle Kick", "Star Headbutt", and "Star Flash".
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Combines this with This Is Unforgivable! during his Villainous Breakdown.
  • The Coats Are Off: Like most of the Sternritter seen so far, he decides to take off his Vandenreich mantle when he gets serious.
  • Combat Pragmatist: One of the biggest examples of how far Vandenreich soldiers are willing to go to win their fights. The moment Rose explains how his Bankai manipulates sound, he intentionally ruptures his eardrums to render it useless.
  • Cool Mask: Mexican mascara used by Lucha Libre warriors.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of his fights have consisted of an ambushed strike that overwhelms his opponents with brutal strength. He took out Renji, Ikkaku, Yumichika and Hisagi like this, the latter three in a single attack. He even takes out Rose with one star-shaped laser beam to the chest, and breaks Kensei's right arm after giving him a brutal beatdown.
  • Dumb Muscle: Subverted. At first it seems that Mask isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. Äs Nödt dismisses him for not having read the reports that non-captains could possess Bankai, setting him up to seem like he's an idiot. Later on, it becomes clear he's not stupid so much as over-enthusiastic.
  • Energy Weapon: The star on his mask can shoot star-shaped beams powerful enough to take out a Captain in one shot.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: At first, averted. He challenges all of his opponents without them knowing that the key is to Shoot the Medic First, and doesn't describe his best attacks until after he's already leveled the opponent with them. But then played straight again when he allows James to recover his damage right in front of Renji, thus letting Renji figure it out quickly. He also explains how his anger-powered Star Mark works before attacking with it, which is good for the readers, because the way Renji reacts to it, we otherwise wouldn't have known what it did.
  • Expressive Mask: The star on his mask first becomes a question mark when he realizes he can't hear what Renji is saying, then becomes a lightbulb when he figures out how to fix the problem. When he enters his Super Mode, the mask pattern changes again, with Renji actually calling attention to it.
  • Friendly Fire: He incinerates his loyal supporter James in the huge area of effect of his Star Flash Supernova. Somewhat justified in that eventually James would have revived from that.
  • A God Am I: Mask appears to have a lot of overconfidence in his abilities. He Boasts to Renji that hewould stand no chance against his "Godly" power.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: Mask's Schrift is called 'The Superstar'. His strength is bolstered by the support of a cheering fan who believes completely in his "heroic" ability to defeat "villains". He can even heal his own injuries if a fan believes in his ability to achieve victory. He regards himself as a hero, but he works for the villainous Vandenreich, and it's strongly implied that he and his fan, James, are somehow two parts of a single being. Unlike a hero, he's willing to turn on even James if it means achieving victory.
  • Guardian Entity: After Mask and James are killed, Yhwach implies that Mask was just a manifestion of James's powers.
  • Healing Factor: Mask can use his Schrift's power to regenerate any wounds he sustains by having James cheer for him. He demonstrates this by healing his eardrums that ruptured earlier.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He might very well have won had his ultimate attack not accidentally vaporized all the James clones. Renji manages to block it by releasing his new Bankai, Soo Zabimaru, and kills Mask before James can be reborn, destroying both of them permanently.
  • Hot-Blooded: While not as overt as Bazz-B or Bambietta, he still has a very boisterous personality, acting like a luchador.
  • Humiliation Conga: Renji completely hands him his ass after activating his Bankai during their rematch: killing James, breaking his arm, impaling, bisecting, and incinerating him in rapid succession.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Renji skewers him before incinerating him.
  • Knight Templar: He's a self-proclaimed "hero", invokes a superhero aesthetic, refers to his foes as "villains", and claims to fight "in the name of justice", even though he's part of a villainous organization and is a pretty brutal fighter. He drops his "heroic" façade once he gets angry for being injured.
  • Large Ham: A Luchador who acts like he's theatrically performing for a wrestling crowd even when there's no-one around to watch. Turns out this is part of his power, since he's revived by the cheers of his fan(s).
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He charges in to help Äs Nödt against Byakuya and Renji and falls straight into Byakuya's trap as a result. He escapes it only to interrupt Renji's attempt to activate Bankai. Äs Nödt had been hoping to bait Renji into losing his Bankai but Mask hadn't bothered researching his opponents before fighting them so didn't know Renji had a Bankai at all. He corrects this mistake for the second invasion.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: He crushed his own eardrums and rendered himself deaf to save himself from the finishing blow of Rose's sound-based Bankai. Once the threat is removed, he can use James to heal the injury.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite his build and size, he is frighteningly fast and stealthy. In the span of a few pages, he blitzes Kensei, no-sells his Bankai and take him out in a couple of blows.
  • Masked Luchador: He's heavily luchador-themed and his mask seems to be central to his more powerful attacks.
  • Meaningful Name: He's so heavily luchador-themed that even his name reflects the symbolism. His mask also seems central to some of his more powerful attacks.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Thanks to his immense durability/Blut and James-induced healing factor.
  • No Body Left Behind: The end result of Renji's new and improved Bankai leaves him a scorched corpse which quickly crumbles into ashes.
  • No-Sell: Shrugs off Kensei's Bankai with no injuries.
  • The Power of Friendship: Believe it or not, this is sort of how his Schrift, 'The Superstar', works. Basically the more people cheer for him, the stronger he gets. Sort of like an in-universe Popularity Power.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Used on Renji while in his Super Mode.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: His outfit is a mash-up of a Luchador costume, a tuxedo, and the standard Vandenreich military garb. The bow-tie is an especially nice touch.
  • Shoot the Medic First: You can take him down, but he'll just get back up. It's his one-man fanclub that has to go down first, since his cheers revive and empower Mask. This is harder to achieve than it sounds. James can heal from basically any injury, and even regenerate from nothing so long as Mask continues to exist. Both have to be killed at the same time (more or less) for their deaths to stick.
  • Super Mode: When James is cut into several pieces, the pieces grow into numerous copies of James which all cheer for Mask. The extra cheering allows him to reach his full power and activate Vollständig.
  • Super Toughness: His power increases thanks to James cheering him on, allowing him to become capable of shrugging off Bankai attacks without injury.
  • Tautological Templar: Mask sees himself as a hero of justice. Everyone he faces in battle are cowardly villains in his eyes, regardless of whether or not they're actually villains. He claims his sole ambition is to eradicate all evil villains from the world, and he is very extreme about it. However, if he gets angry enough, he will abandon any pretense of fighting for justice and mercilessly pummel enemy until they are dead.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After James is bifurcated, his originally Affably Evil personality starts to falter. And when Renji starts upstaging him completely, it takes a complete nosedive as he completely loses his mind, something which carries on until he gets killed by Renji's true Bankai.
  • Villainous Friendship: He will chat casually with James while knocking out Captain-level Soul Reapers.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: His Star Flash Supernova, which involves tracing out a giant star in-flight with his Vollständig, from which the star beam powerful enough to completely vaporise several city blocks is fired. Still, it fails to harm Renji and accidentally obliterates James in the process.
  • The Worf Barrage: The fight deliberately turns the concept of hero and villain on its head with the villain playing the hero's role and the protagonist playing the villain's role. As a result, when Mask unleashes his power on Renji, it doesn't even slow Renji down, effectively demonstrating Renji's new level of power.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He mostly fights like a luchador.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In keeping with the theme of him being a luchadore who has cheering fans to please, he views himself as the hero and the Soul Reapers as the villains that must be defeated, even though it's the Quincies who are threatening the balance between worlds.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!: Making him angry increases the power of his punches by a factor of ten.


James is a short and chubby young-looking man who also acts as Mask de Masculine's sidekick.

  • Asteroids Monster: Slicing him up into tiny bits results in multiple copies of him forming from the pieces.
  • Blush Sticker: It only went off when he was bifurcated by Rose.
  • Death by Irony: Despite James's devotion to Mask, Mask has no qualms about killing James himself if it means taking out the enemy at the same time. Mask justifies his attitude based on the fact James will keep being 'reborn' from Mask's life-force, but that depends on Mask not being killed before James can regenerate. Either way, James's idealistic loyalty is met by only pragmatic opportunism from the object of his worship.
  • Fanboy: He exists for no other purpose than to cheer Mask on, which in turn is actually what boosts the Sternritter's powers.
  • Guardian Entity: While the opposite is possible, James appears to be the living embodiment of Mask's "The Superstar", as Yhwach congratulates James (not Mask) for his performance upon absorbing whatever's left of the Sternritter's spiritual power.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: As a key component of Mask's "The Superstar", his cheers empower Mask enough to take down Bankai-using Captains.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: He's actually quite easy to damage. He's chopped in half by Rose, and later sliced into chunks by Renji with no effort whatsoever. However, just dicing him up won't actually kill him. He is ultimately vaporized by Mask's star beam, and were it not for Renji killing Mask then and there, even this would not have killed him.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's twice been attacked and hasn't so much as seen it coming, let alone shown any ability to defend himself.
  • Self-Duplication: When Renji chopped James into pieces, every bit of his flesh became a new tiny James, cheering on for Mask.
  • Shoot the Medic First: He's not just a sidekick, he's an all-purpose strength booster and healer. Mask De Masculine's power allows him to get up and hit even harder than before when someone is cheering for him, James acts as his source of strength. Hisagi points out James should be killed first before Mask can be beaten. This is harder than it sounds, though. Cutting him in half failed to silence him, and cutting him into chunks caused all the chunks to sprout more of James, making Mask even stronger. Mask eventually explains that James is an extension of himself; even when completely vaporized by Mask's star beam, he'll eventually be reborn to keep cheering Mask on.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Wears a pair of goggles, even though night has descended upon the Soul Society.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Gets caught up in a massive blast caused by Mask's Star Flash Supernova.

    T - Candice Catnipp 

Candice Catnip
"All I know is that this guy just covered me in dirt. And that, he’s not getting away with!! How the hell many hours earlier than everyone else d’you think I have to get up every day to make sure my hair is perfect, eh?!!!"
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed bow
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: T - The Thunderbolt
Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama (JP)

Sternritter "T" of "The Thunderbolt". She's a passionate and headstrong young woman, whose bluntness extends towards peers such as Bambietta.

Her power allows her to electrify the spirit particles in the air, hence her title of the "thunderbolt". She is also capable of manifesting a Quincy bow from the heart-shaped buckle on her belt. Her Vollständig grants her six thunderbolt-shaped wings she can use as makeshift swords.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The cover of chapter 581 and the digital colored scans portrays her with lime green eyes and hair, but the cover of chapter 640 changes her eye color to blue. Bleach Brave Souls goes with the first color palette, however, here the color of her lightnings attacks and her Vollständig are changed from light blue to lime green.
  • Alliterative Name: Both her names begin with the same "Ca" sound.
  • Amusing Injuries: When she and her female group are tossed into a building, she has the unfortunate honor of being the first to land, so the other three end up using her as a cushion. It's capped off by Liltotto jumping off her face. She's certain they were doing it on purpose.
  • Artificial Limbs: A bizarre version when her left arm is destroyed by Ichigo's Getsuga Jujisho. Giselle manipulates the flesh from a zombified Shinigami to create a new arm for her.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears a knotted halter top that exposes her midriff.
  • Butt-Monkey: Among her peers, she's the one to suffer most punishment during their battle against Ichigo, suffering lots of injuries (such as losing an arm or being used as a cushion by her friends when Ichigo throws them to a bulding) while being mocked by her group too, to add salt to the injury.
  • Character Tics: Whenever she's excited, she licks her lips.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After Yhwach departs for the Royal Palace, with Ichigo in hot pursuit, Candice and seven other Sternritters engage the remaining Soul Reapers in a fight. Come Chapter 594, she, NaNaNa and Robert are found lying on the ground, presumably defeated by Byakuya.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both her eyes and hair are pale lime green colored in the digital colored scans and Bleach Brave Souls.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's hot-blooded, foul-mouthed, and gleefully fries some 11th Division Soul Reapers with her lightning bolts. She even electrocutes Kenpachi.
  • Death from Above: She introduced herself to the 11th Division by tossing lightning bolts down on some hapless Red Shirts searching for Yachiru.
  • Dual Wielding: She dual-wields lightning bolt-shaped swords drawn from the wings of her Vollständig, for a total of six.
  • Dynamic Entry: She announces her arrival on the battlefield by destroying Red Shirts with a lightning strike.
  • Elemental Weapon: Her bow fires electricity-imbued Heilig Pfiel, and she gains a pair lightning bolt-shaped swords after activating Vollständig.
  • Hot-Blooded: Candice has a very short temper. Among Bambietta's groupies, she's the easiest to provoke. Most of her hotbloodedness manifests in the (oddly funny) expressions she makes whenever she's offended, rather than violence.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World she criticizes Neliel and Halibel for wearing outfits that show off so much of their figures, while still wearing the same revealing Vandenreich outfit. Meninas calls her out on this, but she ignores it.
  • Jerkass: Candice is a very tempreramental person who will get angry at the slightest provacation. She also doesn't appear to value her comrade's lives much as she intentionally lets Bambietta die to become Giselle's zombie, despite being two feet away from her. She knew firsthand what Giselle's abilities could do, as evident later on when she tells Giselle to heal her arm, without resorting to using blood.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Candice's hotheaded nature can be detrimental at times. Her fellow female Sternritter had hoped to fight Ichigo with a unified strategy, given his special status. However, Candice is too fired up to care and charges straight in to fight him alone. When she loses her arm, Liltotto points out it's because she's fighting too emotionally for strategy, but it only fires her up even more.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her lightning bolts are powerful enough to scorch Kenpachi and she moves so swiftly she can blitz him when he's attempting to do the same to her. When Ichigo throws her into a building that proceeds to collapse on her, all it does is annoy her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her clothing exposes her large cleavage, her midriff and her legs. She's often positioned in panels to expose either her legs or cleavage and sometimes both. Occasionally her butt too.
  • Ms Swears-A-Lot: She's easily the most foul-mouthed of the Sternritter, with almost every thing she says peppered with at least one curse word.
  • Only Six Faces: She looks like a teenaged Rangiku.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: She chewed out Bambietta for killing attractive mooks every time she's frustrated. It's a waste of a hot guy.
  • Psycho Electro: Candice's Schrift allows her to project lightning bolts and use them as weapons, and she is a very vicious and merciless warrior serving Yhwach's ambitions.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: She flips out when Ichigo throws her into a building, not because he threw her or because she was injured... but because she got covered in dirt, complaining that it takes her hours to make her hair perfect.
  • Really Gets Around: Giselle suggests that she does, but Candice objects.
  • She's Got Legs: Her legs usually gain a lot of focus in panel shots, emphasised by the fact she wears nothing on them except for a pair of boots and tiny shorts.
  • Shock and Awe: The name of Candice's Schrift is 'The Thunderbolt'. It allows her to generate, discharge, and control lightning bolts. She can generate powerful lightning attacks whenever she wants, and her Heilig Pfiel is said to be a whopping five gigajoules. She is also very fast which allows her to blitz Kenpachi when he tries to blitz her.
  • Slasher Smile: She sports an epic, wicked grin (even sticks out her tongue and licks her lips) as she fries several 11th Division soldiers with her lightning.
  • The Undead: Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World reveals that she is, in fact, still alive (in a sense), after the events in the manga, having been revived as a zombie by Mayuri, along with Meninas and Najahkoop.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her shorts are incredibly small, barely bigger than underwear.
  • The Worf Effect: After being established as a powerful warrior by killing a lot of Red Shirts from the 11th Division and take down an injured Kenpachi, she later is beaten by Ichigo in many different ways once he arrives at Seiretei, to show his progress after his training in the Royal Palace. Later she's used to show how strong Byakuya became after going through a similar training, being defeated by him off-screen along with NaNaNa and Robert.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: Her electric attacks in the digital colored scans are portrayed as light blue in color (following the overall blue motif of the Quincy). Bleach Brave Souls, on the other hand, portrays them instead as green colored, following her own color motif.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is a pale lime green colour.

    U - NaNaNa Najahkoop 

NaNaNa Najahkoop
"Don't worry. Both you and your something or other won't have time to shed tears. You're gonna be dead in five minutes."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unknown
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: U - The Underbelly

Sternritter "U" of "The Underbelly". He wears a highly stylized afro and ski goggles. He enjoys insulting his opponents to provoke rather than to belittle them.

His ability allows him to find and exploit a target's weak points after observing them.

  • Alliterative Name: The "Na" sound is repeated throughout both his names.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: NaNaNa's Schrift is called 'The Underbelly', whcih allows him to analyze the Reiatsu of an enemy. Once he is finsihed understanding, he determine and targets any vulnerabilities found. He makes a grid around them that he calls the Morphine Pattern which pinpoints the holes in the enemies' Reiatsu and paralyzes them.
  • Badass Boast: When confronts a Captain-level opponent, he proudly boasts the he will be dead in five minutes.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Under his cape is a very small shirt that leaves most of his torso exposed.
  • The Coats Are Off: Takes off his cape when he confronts Ichigo along with his Quincy comrades.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After Yhwach departs for the Royal Palace, with Ichigo in hot pursuit, NaNaNa and seven other Sternritters engage the remaining Soul Reapers in a fight. Come Chapter 594, he, Candice and Robert are found lying on the ground, presumably defeated by Byakuya.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: He secretly watches Renji rest after his victory over Mask de Masculine, assuming some trap is lying in wait if he approaches. He's stunned when he realizes that Renji actually just fell asleep in the middle of enemy territory.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: He brags about his power to the Thirteen Court Guard Squads after using it on Aizen.
  • Jerkass: NaNaNa is a very arrogant individual who will critisice and mock even his own fellow Sternritter. He makes fun of Rose's love of music and guitar, saying he doesn't care to understand art.
  • Lean and Mean: He is thin and wiry even by his universe's standards.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Also takes part in jump-rushing Yamamoto. It goes about as well as you'd expect. Subverted in that he survived, and because of Bazz-B's Schrift, The Heat, at that.
  • Mysterious Watcher: After Renji kills Mask De Masculine, he "observes" him while he sleeps overnight, implied to be related to his power.
  • Redemption Rejection: He's offered the chance to join with the Soul Reapers by Kyoraku. He refuses, insisting that he, Bazz-B, Liltotto, and Giselle are there to fight them. Unfortunately for him, he'd only assumed the other Sternritters' intentions; Bazz-B guts him before accepting Kyoraku's offer.
  • Scary Teeth: His teeth are checkered black and gold.
  • Smug Smiler: He likes to smile mockingly at any new opponent, with those freaky teeth of his.
  • The Undead: In Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World he turns up alive (in a sense) again, as Mayuri has revived him as a zombie.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite being let for dead after being hit by Yhwach's Auswählen, NaNaNa remains blindly loyal to his Emperor. He tries to prevent the Soul Reapers from hindering his plans after his betrayal, and rejects Kyoraku's offer to join him.


Guenael Lee
"My very essence vanishes right before your very eyes and slips right out of your mind."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed dagger, Unnamed spear
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: V - The Vanishing Point

Sternritter "V" of "The Vanishing Point". A creepy old man who seems to enjoy messing with his opponents.

As the Vanishing Point, he can disappear and reappear anywhere at will - in a metaphysical sense as well as he is capable of erasing himself from his enemies' memories as well. His Quincy cross manifests as a knife.

  • Actually a Doombot: Turns out he was just a creation of Gremmy, the true "V".
  • Death by Irony: Since Guenael can make himself vanish from people's memories, Gremmy kills him by claiming he doesn't remember him and that he's vanished, killing him.
  • Defiant to the End: He angrily attacks Gremmy while he's being erased.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Takes his sweet time doing so, knowing they'll forget about it anyway. But then Yachiru starts hitting him with just her instincts...
  • Fish Eyes: His eyes go in different directions.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His power involves convincing his opponents that he doesn't exist so he can attack them freely. Gremmy kills him by declaring that he no longer exists.
  • Invisible Jerkass: He likes to screw with his opponents by sneaking up on them and then disappearing from their sight and memory several times in a row.
  • Knife Nut: Uses his knife to slash and stab people while they can't even see him.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: His invisibility doesn't just conceal his presence, but actively erases any memory of his existence from observers, kind of like a more combat-oriented version of the Silence. He can even make people forget him while they are hitting him.
  • Logical Weakness: If your opponent's first instinct to you magically appearing in front of them is to attack you, then the ability to erase yourself from their memory is useless as they will just hit you every time you appear.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He's introduced hugging Isane, having used his powers to sneak up on her.
  • Oh, Crap!: He's stunned when he realises that the reason why Yachiru can hit him is because she reacts on instinct instead of thought. His power is most effective against people who think about the moves they're about to make.
  • Red Herring: Part of what makes his power so sinister, is that he's not the real Sternritter V, and the genuine one is a lot creepier.
  • Squishy Wizard: Beyond his power of invisibility and erasing his presence, he doesn't have anything else going for him. His only weapon is a common knife and once Yachiru got around his power, he was pretty much done.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted. Yachiru initially stopped him in his monologue with a good punch to the cheek.
  • This Cannot Be!: His reaction to Yachiru actually managing to cut him, even though she should have only struck an after-image of his form.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He is at first very smug because he can predict everything Isane says and does. Unfortunately for him, Yachiru is anything but rational. He gets so angry that he starts ranting that she is a stupid beast and he will kill her.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He only lasts three chapters before Gremmy kills him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He had absolutely no problem hitting or stabbing Yachiru.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Is killed by Gremmy, who says he's bored with him now.

Gremmy Thoumeaux
"In this world, the most powerful force is imagination."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unknown
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: V - The Visionary
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (JP)

The true Sternritter V, "The Visionary". He appears before Isane and Yachiru as they deal with Guenael, and later challenges Kenpachi to a duel. Despite his youthful appearance, he is a quite cruel and powerful foe. Like Pernida and Gerard, he is implied to be a disembodied piece of the original Soul King - in his case, the brain.

Anything he imagines becomes real, from countless guns and missiles to even an incoming asteroid. This power can be further amplified by imagining multiple copies of himself.

  • Action Bomb: Gremmy's copies try this on Kenpachi. It doesn't kill him, but it's the most effective attack he tries.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: While Gremmy isn't the most sympathetic person, his death is still played in a rather somber tone. As he gracefully admits defeat, Gremmy reveals that he himself is just a product of his own imagination and shows his true form as a brain in jar. As he begins to vanish into nothingness, he laments that he still wants to win and how a world without imagination will await him. Gremmy was locked up his whole life and the only moments where he felt joyful and alive were also his last. Kenpachi who had earlier expressed great joy at the intense fight, is noticeably somber afterwards.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Gremmy's Schrift is called 'The Visionary'. He is able to alter reality by making anything he imagines become real. He is also capable of using his ability to create living beings, including a clone of himself to increase the effect of his ability.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Cites flat out that he's the strongest of the Sternritter as he can pretty much come up with anything to counter any attack.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he first enters battle, the other Quincies are shown to be unnerved that Yhwach has let him loose. As the fight against Kenpachi progress, Gremmy becomes increasingly excitable and begins taking unnecessary risks in response to his growing battle lust. When he begins unleashing attacks that will take out his own allies, and even the city everyone's fighting over, it becomes clear that the reason the Quincies are unnerved by Gremmy is because he is completely unhinged.
  • Beautiful Void: His character poem states that there being nothing is beauty in itself. His final moments have him state that a world without imagination awaits him.
  • Blood Knight: Gremmy has spent most of his life locked up due to how powerful his Schrift is. He is freed to enter the battlefield on the Vandenreich's second invasion of Soul Society. He confronts Kenpachi and engages in battle with him. For the first time in his life, Gremmy is faced with a genuine challenge which fills him with excitement at the prospect of killing Kenpachi.
  • Body Horror: When he perceives Kenpachi as a monster to be defeated, his body starts to tear apart from that monster killing him from within.
  • Brain in a Jar: Turns out this is his true form. The body of Gremmy that we have been seeing this whole time was just another product of his imagination. His remains are revealed to have wound up in the possession of Tokinada Tsunayashiro, who used them to create the artificial Soul Reaper/Hollow/Quincy hybrid Hikone Ubuginu.
  • Character Development: Gremmy during his short appearance grows from someone with zero experience, who is too arrogant to even bother moving a finger and someone who believes his power to be undefeatable, to someone who tries his best to win at all cost, who feels joy and desire for the first time and finally accepts defeat gracefully.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The function of his Schrift, The Visionary. Anything he imagines becomes physical reality. As Kenpachi discovers, however, this also means his changes don't stick unless he puts some effort into maintaining them. He turns Yachiru's bones into cookies, but they go back to being bone when he's distracted by his battle with Kenpachi.
  • Colony Drop: After his normal attacks on Kenpachi fail to do the job, he decides to go for broke and just drop a meteor on the entire area.
  • Creepy Child: Gremmy has the appearance of a young child. He takes great pleasure in how he can use his power of imagination to kill. His smiles are manic and insane and his eyes are vivid red, with no visible difference between sclera, pupil and iris.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: He allows Kenpachi to cut him which traps the sword in his body. This allows him to ambush Kenpachi with a giant hand that crushes him from the sky.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He lets Kenpachi strike him, confident that his imagined steel skin will protect him... until Kenpachi's attack cuts him anyway. He's fairly composed despite the surprise, however. When he can't kill Kenpachi conventionally, he summons a meteor to just destroy everything but himself, reasoning that his power would protect him from retaliation and Kenpachi's only recourse would be to attack him in vain. Apparently having failed to grasp just how crazy Kenpachi is, he's quite surprised when Kenpachi cuts down the meteor instead.
  • The Dreaded: Askin implies Gremmy's chaotic power is a problem for everyone. Upon witnessing Gremmy's willingness to destroy friend and foe alike just to achieve victory, he clarifies it's the extent of Gremmy's madness that's the real problem. Letting that madness be unleashed is why he felt Yhwach should have never allowed Gremmy to fight.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: He happily explains what his power is and what he is imagining. To his credit, this works favorably for him as a psychological boost (it's always easier to imagine and picture something if you say it aloud).
  • Explosive Decompression: He tries to do this to Kenpachi by imagining a pocket of outer space enveloping him. However, he's so focused on this that Kenpachi simply flies out and starts cutting his clones down, as they're too distracted to render themselves Nigh-Invulnerable.
  • Graceful Loser: He humbly accepts his defeat and tries not to make any excuses for his loss. Though he notes that he still wished to have won.
  • Healing Factor: He can heal his wounds simply by imagining that they've already healed. Kenpachi briefly manages to outpace this by striking him so quickly that Gremmy can't keep up with the damage, but Gremmy is back to normal as soon as there's a lull in the fight.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Gremmy believes Kenpachi's implacable power makes him a monster and concludes he must become stronger than Kenpachi to defeat him. In his imagination, he creates the monster he believes Kenpachi to be. However, during the process of being created, the monster kills Gremmy from the inside out.
    Gremmy: My power of imagination was perfect. It was too perfect. I was able to comprehend and understand all of your power. But I could not imagine... that you're the only one capable of withstanding your own power.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: The primary ability of his Schrift, The Visionary. If he thinks of anything in his mind, it will become reality. He's able to make Yachiru's arm break simply by imaging it to be "made out of cookies", conjure up multiple firearms, make his body harder than steel, heal any injuries he's sustained, create lava or water, and manipulate the surrounding structure to his liking. He's able to create a clone of himself to make his power stronger to attack the whole of Seireitei just by imagining an asteroid collision. His demise deconstructs the trope by exploring the clear question of whether the user's own fate is affected by his or her imagination.
  • Logical Weakness: Gremmy's power of Reality Warping and Imagination-Based Superpower allows him to cause anything to happen that he can imagine. While this makes him absurdly powerful, its danger runs both ways: if Gremmy imagines something that is harmful or even fatal to himself, then he will likewise be affected by it.
  • Metaphorically True: He boasts that he will not lift a finger to kill Kenpachi. Since his true form is a Brain in a Jar and his body is imaginary, he explains that technically he doesn't even have a finger to lift.
  • More Dakka: Conjures an absurd amount of guns and several missiles to attack Kenpachi. It doesn't work.
  • Mysterious Past: The end of his fight against Kenpachi reveals that Gremmy was just a brain projecting the illusion of a person. There is no explanation of how a brain could function in such a manner, how he came into existence, how he came to be with Yhwach and how he can undergo the blood ritual that empowers a Sternritter's Schrift. Yhwach managed to seal him away, despite Gremmy's power making this nigh impossible. Several other beings have turned out to be animated, self-aware body parts of the Soul King, or contain animated, self-aware body parts of the Soul King inside them, but Gremmy is never associated with the Soul King in the main series, leaving his existence and history a mystery. In Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World it's implied he's the Soul King's brain.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: Due to his Imagination-Based Superpower, he can block incoming attacks just by thinking he's made of steel. His ability to make himself resistant to any kind of strike can only be defeated if his opponent carries the self-belief of being able to cut anything, no matter what it's made of. When he starts cloning himself, he becomes even more durable to the point where even Kenpachi cannot cut him.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Not initially something he feels, but when the notion is brought up by Kenpachi, Gremmy quickly comes to believe that he's right. Because Gremmy's power has always just immediately given him anything he envisions, he's never really felt true desire before. It's not until he finds an opponent in Kenpachi too strong to simply imagine away that he realises what he's been missing, the new sensation of actually wanting to win turning him into a total Blood Knight.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Leans out of the way of Yachiru's sword swing and says her attacks are so predictable they're boring.
  • No Ontological Inertia: His changes don't really last unless he continues to focus on them. When he's distracted from Yachiru, her bones return to normal. When he finally dies, everything he creates during his fight disappears.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: As he vanishes Gremmy notes how a world without imagination awaits him, a prospect he find scary, yet also beautiful.
  • The Nothing After Death: As Gremmy dies, he notes that a world without imagination will await him. His character poem muses how that itself is beauty.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • After Kenpachi manages to truly injure Gremmy, Gremmy confronts the possibility of actually dying. When Kenpachi points out the danger in this, Gremmy is horrified to realise that if he imagines his death, his own power will kill him.
    • When he tries to imagine himself as the monster he believes Kenpachi to be, the monster kills him from the inside out in the process of being created. Gremmy realises what's happening too late to stop his own death.
  • Only Six Faces: Looks like Yukio with bigger teeth, curlier hair, and darker eyes.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The Sternritter are nervous about Gremmy entering battle and can't understand why Yhwach allowed it. Their primary concern appears to be that Gremmy is dangerously powerful and doesn't care if his own side is affected by his power. At the height of his battle with Kenpachi, he decides to drop an asteroid on to Seireitei just to try and kill one man. This leads to even Haschwalth being worried, who orders the Soldat to try and protect the sleeping Emperor from the falling asteroid.
  • Pieces of God: Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World implies that he was part of the Soul King, thus explaining his ludicrous amount of power.
  • Physical God: Gremmy claims to be the strongest of the Sternritter, second only to Yhwach himself. This claim is shown to be almost completely justified by both his immeasurable amount of Spiritual Power, and his Schrift granting him the ability to alter reality itself to the will of whatever he imagines. His power was feared by both Haschwalth and Askin, and he was able to fight on par with Kenpachi Zaraki, a top contender for the title of strongest Soul Reaper in the series. The only reason he lost at all was because he neglected to imagine his body as being as strong as Kenpachi's to contain his overwhelming power.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: With his ability to create or change anything, he can fight without moving a finger. He's amazed when one of Kenpachi's attacks forces him to use his hand to block it, but this doesn't subvert the trope: it's eventually revealed his entire body was also a figment of his imagination.
  • The Power of Creation: As a result of his power to manifest his imagination, he can create living beings. He can clone himself to increase the effect of his power, as shown by creating a meteorite that could've destroyed the entirety of Seireitei. He can also create other Sternritters such as Guenael Lee and Shaz Domino, who are able to exist as sentient individuals with agency.
  • Reality Warper: A side effect of his powers makes him into a minor one, being able to change the physical properties of people and places just by imagining them, such as making a giant arena sprout from the ground. Due to the concentration required, he doesn't demonstrate more than one change at a time for any person he's targeting though.
  • Reality Warping Is Not a Toy: When Kenpachi gains the upper hand in their fight, he nearly kills himself with his own power as a result of imagining the possibility of his own death. Kenpachi guessing what he's thinking snaps him out of it before he dies. He later dies for real via accidentally inflicting Body Horror on himself.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Once he begins to enjoy the fight, his expression becomes manic and insane. The chapter's cover art focuses on this expression and reveals his eyes are completely red, emphasising his unnatural state of mind.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: According to Askin Nakk La Vaar, Yhwach keeps him locked up until he has need of him. This is justified due to Gremmy's godlike power, and it makes him quite the problem should he decide to go rogue.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Most of the protagonists don't kill kids. Gremmy ends up destroyed by his own imagination, sparing Kenpachi from joining that short list.
  • Self-Duplication: What he calls his "Ultimate Technique". He can completely recreate himself, with the newly-made self every bit as real as the original. They can thus combine their powers to increase the power of his reality-warping, as shown by creating a meteorite that could destroy Seireitei and everything in it except for Gremmy.
  • Sense Freak: Fighting Kenpachi ends up making him one for the thrill of battle, having never felt it before, wanting to win never previously being relevant when victory was always just a given.
  • Slasher Smile: Unleashes a rather terrifying one against Kenpachi.
  • Smug Snake: Gremmy is convinced he's the strongest Sternritter, and boasts that his power of imagination is the strongest kind of power that exists. However, he struggles to imagine an attack that Kenpachi cannot counter. In the end, he is done in by his own power because he underestimated how strong Kenpachi's body is.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Gremmy", "Guremi" and "Glemy" are commonly used by fandom.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: He introduces himself by suddenly appearing inside the barrier Isane set up around the wounded.
  • Superpower Lottery: Gremmy can achieve anything he wants by making his thoughts reality. He can transform bones into cookies and kill with a thought. He can double his power by copying himself, open rifts in space and summon asteroids. He cannot be defeated directly; he has to defeat himself by creating a paradox whereby he tries to become something he also believes is impossible. Add to that, Quincy abilities like Sklaverei which in Vollstandig let Quincies absorb anything made out of reishi and Blut Vene which can shrug off Bankai-level attacks and you have a lottery grand prize winner.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He attempts to drop a meteor on the whole of Seireitei just to try and kill Kenpachi.
  • Thought-Controlled Power: He has to continue actively thinking about whatever he makes or causes with his powers, or else it resets to normal. Any side-effects that happened in the interim, however, seem to stick; Yachiru's bones change back from cookies when he stops paying attention, but she still has a broken arm.
  • To the Pain: He lovingly details to Kenpachi the effects of Explosive Decompression while inflicting it on him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: One is narrowly avoided the first time he is seriously injured by Kenpachi. However, when he's finally forced to accept the truth that he can't imagine something Kenpachi cannot cut, he falls into a manic, aggressive state and wildly imagines himself as the monster he believes Kenpachi to be. As a result, his own power destroys him from the inside out.
  • Walking Spoiler: Guenael was initially introduced as Sternritter V. Three chapters later, Gremmy appears and introduces himself as the real Sternritter V, revealing Guenael to be only a figment of Gremmy's imagination shortly before disposing of him.
  • What Is This Feeling?: As his fight with Kenpachi becomes more intense, Gremmy gets his first taste of a real desire to win. While he doesn't know why he feels this way, he realises that he's never felt so good.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Kenpachi Zaraki to be one, to the point that he creates an arena for them to fight one on one.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Tells Guenael that watching him fight was very entertaining, but now that he's bored, there's no reason to keep him around.
  • You Monster!: When Gremmy realises Kenpachi cut the asteroid with a single swing, he yells out that Kenpachi is a monster.

    W - Nianzol Weizol 

Nianzol Weizol
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unknown
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: W - The Wind

Sternritter W of "The Wind", (as in a winding path, wind-up toy, etc, not the movement of air) Weizol is a strange-looking man with two tongues, shaggy black hair, and a perpetual cross-eye. He is first introduced in the Royal Realm, when Yhwach summoned him against Senjumaru Shutara.

His ability allows him to distort space.

  • Creepy Child: He's a barefoot kid with two tongues and is constantly cross-eyed.
  • Died Standing Up: When Shutara fights him, she sews his clothing at super-speed to trap him in place, and also sews multiple pins into the clothing that pierce his entire body. He dies standing in the spot he's trapped in before eventually exploding.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: When he appears in the Royal Realm to protect Yhwach, he's wearing a Quincy uniform, but he doesn't wear the Quincy footwear. He's instead completely barefooted.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: He explains to Shutara that his power is used on enemies and attacks that he sees and then clarifies that by 'seeing' he means people that he has seen and memorised, making it obvious to Shutara that anyone he hasn't seen and memorised can defeat him. Fortunately for her, she can work at speeds that are faster than the eye can see or memorise.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Shutara quickly remakes his uniform while he is busy fighting her subordinates and turns it into a piece of clothing that pierces Nianzol from the inside out.
  • Logical Weakness: Subverted and Invoked. He tells Shutara his power can be used on enemies and attacks he sees, making her believe he has to literally see them. He then goes to explain that by "seeing", he means his power can only be used on attacks or people he sees and has memorized. Shutara simply reveals that she remade his uniform from scratch at super-speed while he wasn't paying attention, which impales him from the inside out.
  • Maniac Tongue: When he first reveals his presence, mocking Shutara for accusing Yhwach of insolence, his grin is accompanied by his two tongues lolling out in a W-shape.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: As long as he's aware of the attack, he doesn't have to move to twist space and deflect it.
  • Slasher Smile: He first reveals his presence with an unnaturally wide grin that reveals his twin tongues and bares his upper teeth. It's accompanied by his eyes rolling up into his head, giving him an off-kilter sense of lazy creepiness that is at odds with the fact he's in the middle of a fight against the Royal Guard.
  • Space Master: "The Wind" (not that kind) allows him to twist the space around himself, causing attacks to push to the side of the target. Anyone he is protecting with his power doesn't need to dodge, even at point-blank range, because their weapons simply cannot touch their intended target.
  • Speech Impediment: He speaks with a very pronounced lisp on account of his two tongues constantly hanging out his mouth.
  • Touch of Death: As a corollary to his Space Master powers, Weizol can use his powers offensively by deliberately trying to touch his opponents. Because his ability warps the space around him, this has the practical effect of making his finger as sharp as any sword. He uses this to cut several of Shutara's mooks in half.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed by his own uniform one chapter after his introduction.

    X - Lille Barro (Ṧ) 

Lille Barro
Vollständig 1 
Vollständig 2 
"If comprehension comes slowly, reaction will also follow suit. That's how it always is when you're on the losing side of things."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Diagramm (sniper rifle)
Vollständig: Jilliel
Schrift: X - The X-Axis
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP)

Sternritter "X" of "The X-Axis". A dark skinned young man with a tattoo over his left eye, he is the leader of the Schutzstaffel, Yhwach's elite guard comprised of exceptionally powerful Sternritter, and the first Sternritter to receive a Schrift.

His Quincy Cross manifests as a large sniper rifle, known as Diagramm. His ability is the "Perforator of All Creation", which makes his attacks unblockable and himself intangible. Barro's Vollständig is Jilliel. In this form, he obtains a halo and four pairs of wings, while also becoming encased within a vaguely seraphim form that lacks arms and possesses only rudimentary legs. If someone manages to kill him, he can enter an evolved form, which looks like a surrealist bird with amped-up powers.

  • All Crimes Are Equal: Or rather everything is sinful. Once he enters Vollständig, Lille considers basically everything his opponents do as a grave sin.
  • All There in the Manual: In the manga, Lille falls to the Seireitei after his fight with Kyoraku and Nanao and transforms into multiple flamingo-type birds. He is confronted by a zombified Kira but what happens after that is never revealed. The wrap-up Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World reveals that Lille survives Kira, Yhwach's second Auswählen and the destruction of Seireitei. He is eventually removed from the city and his current status is unknown.
  • Animal Motifs: Owls and birds. Upon his second transformation Lille gains several owl-like properties and once his power disperses, he transforms into a flock of birds.
  • Antagonist Abilities: He is a Long-Range Fighter who carries a Sniper Rifle that allows him to perform an Unblockable Attack. He also prefers taking his opponents completely off-guard, and his Always Accurate Attack strikes down the target with a One-Hit KO. He also has a Super Mode that gives him Intangibility (which is normally limited precisely because he considers it unfair) and, in the event that something does hurt him, can just regenerate into an even stronger One-Winged Angel.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Lille manages to achieve divinity or something very close to it in his holy form. In this form Lille displays several characteristics and move-sets displayed formerly only by Aizen when he became a transcendental and godly being. In this form Lille is so strong that only a weapon meant to use against Gods is the only hope of the Shinigami to counter him.
  • Asteroids Monster: When his Heiligenschein is damaged by Nanao's Shinken Hakkyōken, his body shatters and rains down on Soul Society, leaving his wings behind. Each piece regenerates into a wingless copy of himself.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the leader of the Schutzstaffel and has the feats to back it up. After Yhwach's Auswählen power-up, he easily defeats Nimaiya, a member of the Royal Guard, and later defeats Captain-Commander Kyoraku, even after Kyoraku enters Bankai. It gets even further pushed once he goes all out with his Jilliel — nothing less than a weapon specifically designed to kill Gods can do him in. And even then he is far from defeated.
  • Badass Boast: Lille was the very first Quincy given power by Yhwach, therefore that makes one of the most powerful of the Sternritter. As a result, he is a very boastful individual. He boasts to Nimaiya that the X-Axis is an Unblockable Attack. His attack slices through two separate Shikai and Nimaiya's chest and he tells the dumbfounded Royal Guard members to line up accordingly so that he can take them out in one shot . His Vollständig forces Kyoraku to use his last resort tactic — Bankai. He explains to Kyouraku that he is the first Quincy to have been given power by Yhwach and therefore a being closer to a god than a man. He then blasts Kyoraku before he can react. When he then survives Kyoraku beheading him, he declares that he is an immortal, invincible Messenger of God that cannot be defeated by Bankai.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: After his fall into the Seireitei and loss of power, Lille was transformed into a flock of silly looking birds that constantly made chirp sounds, but make no mistake, he was still a formidable fighter and managed to cause trouble for several days.
  • BFG: Lille's Spirit Weapon takes the form of a white-furred, black rifle that's longer than he is tall, and with a very thin barrel, called Diagramm. At the very end of the gun is a large cross. It leaves perfectly spherical holes behind and is capable of destroying entire cities with a single shot.
  • Boom, Headshot!: He fires a bullet that burrows through Shutara's forehead and destroys her headdress. No hesitation, no explanation of his abilities, no bothering to allow his opponent to react. It's just point and shoot.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: After his Heiligenschein is damaged, he loses his wings and is able to create numerous duplicates of himself. However, his duplicates aren't intangible and don't regenerate from attacks.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When the running Soul Reapers are forcibly split up by their differing abilities to handle the inhospitable Reishi environment as a result of injuries, stamina or strength, Lille decides to take advantage of this opportunity. He sets himself up in a protected location, at a distance, and snipes down any Soul Reaper that gets too isolated.
  • Cold Sniper: While Quincies are primarily long-distance fighters to begin with, Lille Barro has the power to shoot through anything between himself and his designated target, penetrating any substance. To that end, whereas other Quincies use bows and arrows, he uses a modified sniper rifle and picks off his opponents from a much greater distance than other Quincies. True to this trope, he keeps his cool much better than most of his Hot-Blooded comrades, even when an enemy gets within melee range. When sent to deal with the invading Soul Reapers, he opts to conceal himself atop city buildings and pick them off one by one instead of confronting them head-on. This cold pragmatism successfully incapacitates almost all of the lieutenants and forces the Captain Commander to play his hand.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After Yhwach both revives him and the elites and gains power ups, Lille demolishes Ōetsu just as effortlessly.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He is defeated by Nanao Ise, adided by her Captain Shunsui Kyoraku. His Heiligenschein is destroyed which result in him losing his Godlike powers and being drastically weakened. How does he intended to pay Shunsui for the loss of his God powers? By destroying the entire Seireitei of course.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Double Subverted. After he tells Kyoraku that the Sternritter have extensive intel on Soul Reaper abilities, Kyoraku asks him to give him a little info to keep things fair. Lille scoffs at the idea of fights being fair, but doesn't think explaining his power will put him at a disadvantage. He therefore consents to explain the basic gist of his power.
  • Facial Markings: His left eye is always closed and sports a black tattoo in the shape of an encircled saltire cross. If he receives damage three times, this eye opens, transforming the tattoo into a spiritual Quincy cross that activates the full potential of his X-axis power and triggers Vollständig.
  • Fallen Angel: Lille believes to have become this as his fight with Shunsui caused him to lose his wings and Heiligenschein and himself to become a sinner. Also a literal example as he fell from the Royal Realm in the sky into the Sereitei several miles below.
  • Feathered Fiend: The loss of his Godly power causes Lille to transform into a flock of flamingo-esque birds. While considerably weaker, he still towers over most Shinigami and is more than a match for an undead and augmented Kira. It took the entire Thirteen Court Guard Squads entire days to remove the birds from the Seireitei.
  • The Fundamentalist: Lille seems to consider Yhwach to be God Himself, and views himself as the messenger of God. Therefore, Lille wholeheartedly believes that everything he does in the name of Yhwach's cause is righteous. To him, the Soul Reapers are grave sinners that must be judged and punished. By the time he ascends to Godhood himself, Lille considers everything his enemies does to be unforgivable sins.
  • A God Am I: Lille believes himself to be closer to being a God than a human because he was the first Quincy with a Schrift gifted by Yhwach. It's partly justified as the several abilities he displays could be considered almost Godlike. Though he does specifically deny himself being a full-fledged God. Once he enters the second form of his Vollständig, only a Zanpakuto that specializes in the scattering of divine power can defeat him.
  • A God, I Am Not: As mentioned above, while Lille believes that he is closer to being a God than a human, Lille quickly mentions that he doesn't see himself as a full-fledged God, when actually called one. Lille is 'merely' a messenger of God. The one true God that Lille believes in is Yhwach.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal!: Even after Kyoraku manages to cut Lille's head off with his Bankai, bypassing his Intangibility in the process, Lille just grows a new monstrous one.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: During their first fight, Oetsu kills Lille by bifurcating him. It doesn't stick, though, courtesy of Yhwach's Auswählen.
  • Holier Than Thou: Thanks to his ascension into something close to godhood, Lille comes to believe that every action against him is a grave sin, even causing him to squint from a bright light, while everything he does is utterly righteous.
  • Holy Halo: Gains one in his Vollständig form named Heiligenschein.
  • Intangibility: One of the abilities granted by his Schrift, 'The X-Axis'. When his normally-closed left eye activates, he becomes intangible. In this state, swords pass right through him without causing him any damage. He intentionally keeps his left eyes closed to give his opponent a fair fight. When triggered three times, the left eye can remain open which activates his Vollständig.
  • Implacable Man: Lille stands out as one of the hardest to kill characters in the entire series. No matter what his opponents do, Lille finds a way to comeback and continue the fight. Be it Bankai, a weapons specifically meant to counter the divine or losing his power, Lille will not go down. In the end it took several days and the entire Thirteen Court Guard Squads to remove him from the Seireitei and he may still be around.
  • Knight Templar: Lille believes Yhwach to be God Himself, and himself, the first Quincy gifted with power, as His divine servant. As a result, Lille belives that Yhwach's cause to be the more righteous and holy one and has no problems with letting the world go to ruin. Lille's mindset in general is like that of a crusader.
  • The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: Lille initially sees Nanao's bladeless Hakkyouken as no threat to his intangible body, but puts up an arm to defend himself at the last possible second and is surprised to see it actually get cut and dispersed. He then chastises her for not making that cut count and vows not to let his guard down a second time.
  • Light Is Not Good: Lille at his most powerful is a brightly colored Godlike being. Lille in this state can generate balls of light to illuminate the entire area and can fire beams of light that will obliterate anything it catches. He uses it to purge sinners. Said sinners also happen to be the protagonistic Soul Reapers.
  • Marathon Boss: In the end Lille lasted several days without being defeated.
  • More Dakka: His Vollständig grants him four pairs of wings, all of which have three holes. Every hole can fire a shot simultaneously, leaving destruction in their wake.
  • Nice Hat: He's wearing a bicorne hat made of white fuzz, which can be confused for an extension of his hair.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Lille Barro, like most Quincies, favors getting the job done as quickly as possible. He is pragmatic and serious in his sniping expertise. He goes for head shots and kill his targets efficiently.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After his fight against Shunsui and loss of power, Lille managed to survive his fight against Kira, Yhwach's second Auswählen, the destruction of the Seireitei by Yhwach's hands and still managed to cause trouble for the Shinigami for several days until he was eventually somehow removed from the Seireitei. Alas, all of this was not shown.
  • Off with His Head!: Kyouraku bypasses his Intangibility with his Bankai and takes his head clean off. Lille just grows a new one, albeit more monstrous.
  • Ominous Owl: Once he transforms a second time Lille gains an owl motif and gains several characteristics of owls. This form recalls the bizarre and abstract nature of angels and is rightfully called 'fantastically grotesque'.
  • One-Winged Angel: The third time his left eye opens, his Vollständig "Jilliel" activates, giving him a halo, four pairs of wings, and holes all over his body and wings that produce his X-axis power. A further transformation gives him an owl's head with elongated neck, deer-like legs, and his original wings and halo. His arm movements can produce a "divine light" attack, and his "Trompete" attack erases a large part of the city. Lille can only be injured or defeated by a weapon that's designed to kill Gods.
  • Our Angels Are Different: He claims that, as the first person to have been bestowed a Schrift upon by Yhwach, he's the latter's best creation, and refers to himself as the messenger of God, with Yhwach being his God. When he is revived by Auswählen, he resembles the popular depiction of an angel, an attractive human dressed in white complete with feathery wings. However, his Vollständig, while retaining some of the Hollywood-angel traits like the wings and halo, is more inspired by the Bible's abstract depictions of God's messengers, creating an alien, inhuman form.
  • Physical God: Lille is the very first Quincy granted a Schrift by Yhwach, and is by far one of the most powerful Sternritters in the Vandenreich, and is able to access a second form of his Vollständig that transforms him into a Godlike being. He himself states that he is closer to a God than a human. In the end, only a weapon that was specifically designed to kill Gods could hurt him, and even that didn't fully destroy him.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Inverted; his Vollständig removes his already short hair and leaves him completely bald, with vaguely X-shaped streaks of light covering his head.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • He talks down to Senjumaru, claiming that her surprise is the result of being so weak that she doesn't realize she's lost until it's too late. He also claims that the Soul Palace was already conquered the moment Yhwach stepped into the realm.
    • In a soliloquy, he states that he can pick off the Soul Reapers the way a predator can hunt a herd: due to their differing abilities and injuries, the running Soul Reapers become separated from each other. He later comments on the vulnerability of the remaining survivors, stating that it only takes a single person to break a disciplined formation; Kyoraku promptly stops in an attempt to locate him and is instantly shot. Unfortunately for Lille, Kyoraku has a few tricks up his sleeve.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Both the Thirteen Court Guard Squads and the Vandenreich believe that Lille perished when Nanao's mirror sword reflected his God's trumpet on him. But unbeknownst to them, he transformed into a bunch of birds.
  • The Scourge of God: He sees himself as Yhwach's divine instrument to punish all sinners.
  • Shout-Out: His Trompete attack is based on the geometric figure known as Gabriel's Horn, which is nicely in line with The X-Axis motif. Traditionally, Gabriel is said to be the angel who will blow the horn to herald the coming of Judgment Day. What does "Jilliel" mean? Judgment of God.
  • Sole Survivor: Lille is the only member of the Schutzstaffel to survive the war.
  • The Stoic: Is very calm and calculating as befitting of his status as a sniper. That said... Once he switches on Jilliel and particularly in his second transformation, he turns into a Not So Stoic Large Ham - losing all self-control in favor of revelling in his God-like power.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Even for the standards of the Schrift and outside of them, The X-Axis is an exceptionally powerful ability. First off, its primary usage is an Unblockable Attack that cannot be conveniently dodged. And if triggered thrice, it renders Lille completely intangible. Physical attacks? Useless. Kido? It does absolutely nothing. And after that, if Lille were to be somehow actually injured, he can simply regenerate into a more powerful form that is casually capable of Godlike feats such as city-wide level of destruction. It is very telling that the only way he was defeated at all was due to a very specialized tool specifically meant to deal with the divine.
  • Super Prototype: Lille reveals that he was the first Quincy to ever receive a Schrift from Yhwach. The result was a nigh-intangible, absurdly destructive Godlike being who leads an elite squad which includes two fragments of the Soul King. The other Sternritter, who received their Schrifts later, are nowhere near as powerful.
  • Unblockable Attack: The Schrift that Lille was gifted with is called 'The X-Axis'. He aims for the target and releases his attack. However, this doesn't involve anything like "bullets", it simply pierces anything along his line of sight, hence the X-axis. It doesn't matter what comes between him and his target, as any obstacles will simply end up taking the same damage the target takes.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even after Yhwach decided to abandon the Schutzstaffel, performed the Auswählen on them and was killed and the war ended, Lille still chose to fight against the Soul Reapers in his name.
  • Villain Teleportation: While in his Vollständig, he can warp to any location in his direct vicinity, appearing as a spiraling circle while doing so.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He goes crazy over the loss of his Holy Halo, vowing to utterly destroy Soul Society as revenge for Kyoraku aiding in his defeat, proclaiming that even his death wouldn't be enough to satisfy him.
  • World's Strongest Man: Lille Barro is the very first Quincy to recieve power from Yhwach. As a result, Lille became one of the strongest Quincy to ever exist. He is selected by Yhwach to lead his Elite Guard. His Schrift, 'The X-Axis', enables him to pierce anything within his line of sight and become intangible. He can fight toe-to-toe with Shunsui Kyoraku, the new Captain-Commander of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads, and can even overpower him when he enters his Quincy: Vollstandig. He is also one of the only two Quincies (the other being Gerard Valkyrie) who can enter into a second form of his Vollstandig, which outright transforms him into a Godlike being that can only be injured by a weapon that is stated to kill the divine.
  • "X" Makes Anything Cool: The first of the Sternritter to receive powers from Yhwach, and easily in the running for the most formidable and powerful, is "X".

    Y - Loyd Lloyd 

Loyd Lloyd
"Please forgive me... Lord Yhwach."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unknown
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: Y - The Yourself

Sternritter "Y" of "The Yourself" is pale and bald, possessing a third eye tattoo. He wears odd buns on the sides of his head that obscure his ears. Initially thought to be a throwaway Sternritter killed off-screen by Kenpachi Zaraki, he carries a deeper secret than one would expect.

Loyd Lloyd's ability is to take the appearance and power of his foe.

  • Always Identical Twins: Their mimicry ability began before they were born. As a result, by the time they were born, they had learned to mimic each other and were therefore indistinguishable from each other.
  • Bald of Evil: Despite his youth, his head is completely bald.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Loyd is first introduced as a random Sternritter Kenpachi killed off. However, Kenpachi's description of Loyd's power is the set-up for the Royd reveal that leads to Yamamoto's death.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: While disguised as Yhwach, Royd defeated Kenpachi with his bare hands, even though Kenpachi had removed his eyepatch.
  • Ditto Fighter: They have the ability to mimic the forms of others. Each one, however, only copies a certain aspect of that person. Loyd copies their moveset while Royd copies memories.
  • Elite Mook: Loyd was praised by Kenpachi as being a tough opponent. Royd defeated Kenpachi bare-handed and manages to stand his ground against Yamamoto's Bankai before finally going down. Yamamoto had previously made short work of four other Sternritter with no effort. Yhwach praises his performance before killing him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Royd reacts with grief and horror when Yamamoto uses his Bankai to summon undead Quincy.
  • Neck Lift: Royd does this to Kenpachi while in the form of Yhwach, which helps establish just how tall the latter is.
  • Punny Name: Loyd Lloyd? The Engrish is hard not to notice. Furthermore, he has a brother named Royd, and the Japanese don't pronounce Ls.
  • Repetitive Name: Loyd Lloyd, despite the spelling variation, is a repeated name; in the Viz translation, it's Loyd Loyd, making it an example of Classic Classic, rather than Classic Classical. Complicated further by the twin's name being Royd Lloyd, bearing in mind that the Japanese don't pronounce Ls.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Yhwach doesn't have much respect even for the followers that successfully and perfectly carry out his orders. Royd sacrificed his life to carry out Yhwach's plan, but Yhwach still blasted his dying form. Yamamoto calls him out on this.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Royd realizes the skeletons he is fighting are Quincies Yhwach knew on a personal level, he's shaken to the core and starts acting less and less like the real Yhwach.
  • Walking Spoiler: Royd is such a twist that a section about Loyd cannot even lead with Royd's name, as Loyd was taken out off-screen and barely discussed except to foreshadow Royd. Royd himself was a major plot point that set up Yamamoto's death.

    Z - Giselle Gewelle 

Giselle Gewelle
"Nothing good will come to you even if you kill me."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed bow
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: Z - The Zombie

Sternritter "Z" of "The Zombie". A petite girl with quirky hair that's tied to make it look like she has antennae. She's a tad stranger than her other compatriots, publicly talking about whether or not someone's had sex without a care in the world, and generally acting flighty in the middle of battle. Despite this, she is capable of great sadism and cruelty.

As "The Zombie", she possesses a powerful Healing Factor, making her very difficult to kill, and she is able to use dead bodies to heal her teammates. She can also control anyone who comes into physical contact with her blood, making her victims a type of "zombie". Perhaps to reflect this, she also has a bone-themed bow.

  • All for Nothing: Liltotto, Giselle and Bazz-B form an Enemy Mine with the Shinigami when Yhwach's Auswahlen makes them realize how little he values them. Bazz-B fights Haschwalth and loses, but the fight may have slightly wavered Haschwalth's allegiance toward their emperor. The two girls? Defeated off-panel, accomplishing nothing more than briefly disturbing Yhwach's nap.
  • Alliterative Name: Despite the spelling of Giselle's name, they both start with the same soft "Gheh" sound.
  • All There in the Manual: After failing to kill Yhwach, Giselle was last seen lying in a pool of her own blood with no confirmation if she died or survived thanks to her abilities. Advertisment for the novel Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World reveals that she indeed survived. The novel further elaborates on her abilities and her relationship with Bambietta.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Something is not right with Giselle's mind. Giselle seems to have some disconnection with reality, as she genuinely doesn't seem to realize that performing Cold-Blooded Torture and receiving an orgasm while hearing the screams of someone she kills, makes her a sadist, as she denies being one. She likewise seems to have no problems with abusing Bambietta, even though she loves her, despite being much nicer to people she doesn't have the same affection for. It seems Giselle treats Bambietta that way, precisely because she loves her. Giselle can go from bashing Bambietta's head in a fit of rage to gushing and hugging her in extreme joy and proclaiming how much she loves her within mere seconds. And while she looked at what she had done, Giselle had a look of confusion on her face, as if she doesn't realize what she actually just did. She also displays several control and abandonment issues throughout the series and that is without going into her necrophilac tendencies.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Or rather ambiguous sex. Giselle presents herself as female, but Yumichika and Charlotte imply that Giselle may be a transgender woman. It is not confirmed if they are right or wrong and Giselle's true sex is played as a mystery.
  • Animal Motifs: The Cockroach. Her hair resembles Cockroach antenna and like cockroaches she is very, very hard to kill.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Giselle's Zombie abilities are triggered via contact with her blood, so she entices her opponents to cut her ensuring they become covered in her blood. If they are alive when this contact happens, they are placed in a state of undeath allowing Giselle to control their minds. If they were dead, they're resurrected under Giselle's complete control. Giselle's Healing Factor is so great she's almost impossible to kill and instantly heals even lethal injuries.
  • Badass Adorable: Giselle has the face of cute young girl and likes to engage in funny shenanigans, but according to Liltotto she is even stronger than Meninas and Candice.
  • Bad Boss: When Bambietta begs for Giselle to give her... something unspecified, Giselle responds by punching her, grabbing her by the hair, and flashing a Slasher Smile after giving her a False Reassurance. Giselle also has no qualms about using her as a Human Shield or performing Cold-Blooded Torture.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: It's implied that Giselle's and Bambietta's relationship is more than platonic, at least from Giselle's part, but this doesn't stop Giselle from abusing Bambietta psychologically and physically. Her abuse has been played for horror as much as it has been sexualized.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Giselle is a cheerful person who likes to make silly faces and snark at friends. Giselle is also a ruthless fighter who is remorseless when forcing a bunch of Shinigami soldiers to kill themselves, and has no qualms about murdering her own teammates to gain access to their abilities, as with Bambietta.
  • Blood Magic: Anyone Giselle's blood touches becomes a "controlled corpse". Smaller amounts only work on weaker individuals, and they retain their sense of self. On stronger individuals, more blood is required and it will take time to work its way through the target's system, causing the target's complexion to become dark red. These zombies are fanatically loyal to Giselle and almost impossible to kill short of full vaporization. It can even revive the dead. Quincies can only be converted after death and with Hollows the effect is only temporarily.
  • Bokukko: Giselle uses the word boku, which is a word normally used by men. It's not associated with people who have the more feminine appearance of Giselle. Both Yumichika and Charlotte separately identify Giselle as being male which enrages Giselle. Regardless of that, the use of "boku" does reflect Giselle's childish personality and behavior and her quite infantile mindset rather well.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Liltotto notes that Giselle is stronger than several of her comrades, but in battle Giselle prefers to let her zombies fight and rather fool around. The post manga novels note the possibility that Giselle could rival a captain like Mayuri in intelligence, if she simply put some effort into it.
  • Cat Smile: Giselle's most common expression, highlighting a cheerfully mischievous, sadistic personality.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: After Mayuri injures Giselle in their confrontation, Giselle hides away in a cave with Bambietta. To heal, Giselle absorbs Bambietta's blood, which causes a great deal of pain to the latter. Giselle decides to add to the pain by biting and tugging a chunk of Bambietta's skin. When Bambietta pleads with Giselle not to take so much blood, and says she doesn't wanna die from it, Giselle responds by repeatedly slamming Bambietta's head onto a rock while saying "You're already dead!" All Giselle cared about was getting as much blood as possible, regardless of whether or not it was too much for Bambietta to handle (who was rendered incapacitated from it). Though Giselle knew that it would not kill Bambietta.
  • Combat Medic: Giselle can decompose corpses into new limbs to replace severed ones. As a result, Giselle's the group's designated healer.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Despite her claiming otherwise, Giselle derives immense sadistic pleasur from inflicting pain. Giselle will openly admit to getting very turned on by killing Bambietta and zombifying the corpse. She also doesn't seem to mind getting chopped to pieces when she has to use her power which relies on her blood splattering on whoever she wishes to control.
  • Consuming Passion: After her fight with Mayuri, Giselle retreats with Bambietta in cave and begins to suck her blood and bite her flesh in order to regenerate. The panels and Bambietta's moans make it look much more sexual.
  • Control Freak: Giselle seems to have problems, if other people, especially Bambietta, don't listen to her commands. Whenever Bambietta doesn't follow or even talks back, Gisellle immediately resorts to violence and once became very enraged. Giselle mentions that the lack of control is one of the disadvantages of zombifying someone after death. It would also explain her preference for the undead, as zombies can't disobey.
  • Cute and Psycho: Giselle has the innocent face of a little girl and behaves likes that most of the time, but she also once bashed Bambietta's head against the ground in sheer rage, only to gleefully embrace and declare her love for Bambietta a few seconds later. She is more than just a bit unstable.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Giselle's quick to push Candice's buttons, often making side comments that irritate the latter.
  • Death Is Cheap: Giselle's Schrift allows her to negate the death of anyone as long as their bodies are intact and bring them back as zombies. Combining her ability with Mayuri's science is one of the very few ways to bring someone truly back from the dead.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Giselle controls targets through blood contact, so goads opponents into recklessly attacking. This ensures Giselle's blood splatters all over the targets, snaring them. This backfires on Ikkaku and Yumichika because Yumichika immediately deduces what Giselle is up to. This forces Giselle to enact Plan B - bring out already created zombies to fight on Giselle's behalf.
  • Did Not See That Coming: Mayuri taking control of Giselle's zombies, turning them against Giselle.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She acts very friendly and childish no matter the situation. But behind that act is a truly cruel and vile person. Giselle is very gentle and calm when offering to help Bambietta, but the blind panic this offer causes Bambietta makes Giselle's serenity appear creepy. It's later revealed Giselle's idea of helping was to murder Bambietta and inject the corpse with her blood, effectively creating an immortal and loyal zombie with Vollständig and The Explode completely intact. After revealing that her blood effectively brainwashes them if it comes into contact, Giselle cheerfully orders the Red Shirts to commit suicide.
  • Domestic Abuse: Giselle is in love with Bambietta and in several ways behaves like her girlfriend, but this does not stop her from abusing Bambietta.
  • The Ego: Of the rough Sternritter faction following the death of Yhwach. She is not as calm and rational as Liltotto, but also not driven by insticts as much as Bambietta.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Giselle is constantly snarking, teasing and smiling when she interacts with most people. This makes her true feelings and thoughts hard to read even for her closest friends. Combined with her status of a Wild Card it gives her an eerie aura of unpredictability.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Giselle is a horrible, horrible person, but she is friends with the other female Sternritter and often concerned for their safety. Her love for Bambietta is likewise genuine. She is not above abusing Bambietta but at the end of the day she will make sure that Bambietta will survive and prevent what Bambietta would find much more gruesome: dying for real.
  • The Exile: When Liltotto choses to abandon the Vandenreich following Yhwach's defeat she takes Giselle with her, both because of their friendship and to make sure that Giselle doesn't abuse her necromantic powers.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Giselle's confession that she doesn't want Bambietta to die is accompanied by a face covered in dark silhouette. It makes Giselle look sinister, and for good reason: Giselle kills Bambietta to convert her into a zombie that will do whatever Giselle wants her to do.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Giselle looks cute and innocent, but she is one of the most depraved characters in the entire series.
  • Faking the Dead: After Zombie Kensei stabbed her, Giselle was able to convince Mayuri that she was truly dead. Giselle would later taunt him for that mistake. She later manages to fool Yhwach of all people after he easily defeats her and Liltotto.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Giselle always carries a cheerful, pleasant smile, speaks sweetly, and offers to help others and treat them well. It. Is. A. LIE. You don't want Giselle's kind of help — smiles and affectionate behaviour means Giselle is thinking of turning you into a zombie... and by the time Giselle starts smiling, it is alrady too late to run away.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Candice spurns Giselle's attempt at using blood to heal her arm, Giselle mopes around about how she can't zombify Quincies unless they're already dead. This is exactly what happened to Bambietta.
    • Giselle's collection of fallen Soul Reapers is foreshadowed earlier in the arc, when we see one Soul Reaper collapse after his fight and a shadow loom over his fallen form. It turns out the shadow that fell over the fallen Hitsugaya was Giselle, who calls on him to fight Mayuri on Giselle's behalf.
    • Giselle and Liltotto collapsed on the ground after their fight with Yhwach and he immediately went to sleep. Once Orihime and Ichigo arrived at Yhwach's throne room, there was no trace of the two. This would foreshadow their survival and Haschwalth's aide rescuing them during the night.
  • For the Evulz: Giselle's decision to reanimate Bambietta into a mindless zombie. While it does make sense to keep a powerful ally around, Giselle demonstrates the ability to conventionally heal allies. Giselle wanted to turn Bambietta into a zombie. It wasn't a necessity, and it wasn't compassion. Despite this, she claims to not be a sadist.
  • Freak Out: When Bambietta pleads Giselle not to take too much blood so that she doesn't die, Giselle completely loses her composure and bashes Bambietta's head against the ground, shouting that Bambietta is already dead. It takes a moment for Giselle to realize afterwards what actually happened.
  • The Gadfly: Giselle likes to flirt, insult or snark in order to get a reaction from others. This takes a turn for the dark in her interactions with Bambietta. Giselle admits the reason for her psychological torment of Bambietta is because she likes to see her break down and cry.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal!: Giselle claims not to be a very good fighter. That doesn't matter because what Giselle doesn't mention is the phenomenal ability to heal. Giselle can instantly recover from being cut in half and even unbreak a broken neck. When a Red Shirt cut through Giselle's heart, Giselle still regenerated, although at a somewhat slower than usual pace and with the help of stealing the blood of others. Even Yhwach was unable to kill her.
  • Hair Antennae: Giselle's hair is tied on top to give the effect of insect-like antennae coming out of the head.
  • Healing Factor: Despite being sliced from shoulder to stomach, Giselle just pushes the two pieces back together and is instantly healed. When Giselle's neck is broken by Ichigo, it is instantly reset as if simply cricking a joint. Being stabbed through a vital point, however, is quite the work to heal from; Giselle heals herself by sucking the blood from Bambietta's zombiefied body.
  • Healing Hands: Giselle can use her Schrift to heal people by taking parts from others, including the dead, to heal their own. This is done to restore Candice's arm. Giselle is also able to repair zombies in this fashion. She can also heal herself as well from any injury up to, and including getting sliced vertically in half using 'The Zombie'.
  • Hidden Depths: There are instances that show that Giselle is highly intelligent. She knows which buttons she has to push in order to get a rise of her friends and enemies alike and is easily able read the stoic expressions of Liltotto and figure out her true feelings and thoughts much to the later's chagrin. She is able to fake the dead to such a degree that it even can fool the likes of Mayuri and Yhwach. Her giving Hitsugaya the Schutzstaffel uniform implies familiarity with the history of the Hagal Rune. The novels later state the possibility that her intelligence could rival Mayuri.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mayuri manages to quickly study Hisuguya's blood in his zombified state and make a virus to counteract it that puts Giselle's zombies in Mayuri's control. He then promptly sicks one of the zombies on Giselle, stabbing through Giselle's chest in no time.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Giselle denies being a sadist, but takes great pleasure in zombifying enemies and allies alike, even gleefully humiliating and abusing an undead Bambietta. She also notes that Bambietta is rather crazy, despite not being a paragon of sanity herself.
  • I Love the Dead: She displays several necrophiliac tendencies throughout her screentime. Giselle is very, very enthusiastic about not only the creation and acquisition of new zombie thralls, but there are heavy sexual undertones regarding the treatment of personal "favorites", such as Bambietta's reanimated corpse. Her character poem outright states that she loves the dead.
  • Implausible Deniability: Giselle is genuinely perplexed when people suggest that she is sadistic and publicly announced that she isn't. But reading her trope page makes it impossible to portrait her as anything but one.
  • Insult Backfire: When Liltotto tries to insult Giselle by calling her a bitch, it only causes her to smile in delight.
  • I Shall Taunt You: When Giselle appears alive and well in front of Mayuri and Kyoraku after being seemingly destroyed by the former's zombies, Mayuri condescendingly comments on her durability. Giselle's response is to make a childish face at him.
  • In-Series Nickname: Both Bambietta and Candice call Giselle Gigi. Mayuri later gives her the name Zombie Girl.
  • Jerkass: Do NOT let her childish and cute demeanor fool you. Giselle is one of the most depraved and sadistic of the Sternritter. She kills Bambietta for no other reason then to turn her into one of her zombies so that she can do whatever she wants to her. She constantly abuses and harms her for no other reason than to get off on her pain.
  • Karma Houdini: Giselle is a very sadistic individual who abuses Bambietta a lot and killed her in the first place. Yet she survives the events of the final arc with no repercussions and seemingly lives happily ever after.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Bambietta was never a pleasant person, so having Giselle reanimate her into a corpse could be seen as well deserved karma. However, Bambietta already had her comeuppance in the form of Humiliation Conga in her fight with Dangai Joue. Therefore, Giselle's zombification of Bambietta, and corresponding desire to do the same to Candice, is portrayed as overkill villainy rather than karmic justice.
  • Lean and Mean: The skinniest of the Sternritter (barring Liltotto) and easily one of the most utterly depraved characters in the entire series.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Giselle is barring Meninas the most feminine Sternritter. She is also madly in love with her female friend Bambietta and not above (jokingly) flirting with Liltotto.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Giselle claims to be positively turned on by Bambietta's pleading and begging Giselle to not "help" her.
  • Madness Mantra: In chapter 604, after being de-powered, Giselle is seen embracing Bambietta again, while repeatedly saying "Bambi-chan won't die... because I won't die... I won't die... I won't die..." with enormous bags under her eyes.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: When Giselle's left shoulder gets sliced in half, she just smiles and carries on talking. The wound disappears quickly.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After surviving Yhwach's Auswählen, Giselle makes the decision to help out the Soul Reapers if it means getting into close enough proximity to Yhwach to obtain revenge.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Her necrophiliac tendencies aside, Giselle remarks how a banged-up and half mummified Bambietta looks cuter than usual. When seeing the cold expression of Liltotto Giselle finds that expression really creepy but also claims that she likes it.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Gives an epic one in Chapter 596, when Mayuri reveals that he can turn Giselle's zombies into his own.
    • Gets another one in Chapter 603 when Robert explains what's about to happen to the Sternritter left behind by Yhwach.
  • Only Friend: Giselle is the only one who doesn't insult Bambietta, opting instead to make fun of Candice and is the only female Sternritter, who calls Bambietta by her nickname. In general it seems that Giselle is the only one, who actually likes her. Unfortunately for Bambietta, Giselle feelings are a bit extreme.
  • People Puppets: While the Zombie appears to be necromancy at first, it is essentially this. Those who come into contact with Giselle's blood are enslaved to her will and become "corpses" that are fully self-aware but unable to act of their own volition. Giselle can control any flesh that has touched her blood, living or not, with the exception of Quincy flesh, which must be dead first, giving the impression of creating zombies. This is how she forces the Squad 11 members to commit suicide and is even able to transfer flesh to her comrades to heal wounds and restore limbs.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Giselle's constantly smiling, but displays a range of expressions from quirky smile to unhinged grin.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Giselle wears a dress that reaches mid-thigh and black stockings that reveal no skin at all.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Giselle's blood acts as this, infecting a host and making them slaves to Giselle's will.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Giselle's blood covers a bunch of 11th Division soldiers; when Giselle orders them to kill themselves, they do.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Giselle is genuinely insane, but that only becomes apparent in her interactions with her love Bambietta.
  • Reverse Psychology: One of Giselle's favorite tactics in order to goad others into attacking her is using reverse psychology, by telling her opponents that they shouldn't attack her. Considering how her power relies on blood contact, she's not wrong.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Almost everything about Giselle are an allusion to the bokor from voudon religion. The battle and use of Hitsugaya against Mayuri strongly resembles the zombification process of the original myth.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: How can Giselle easily increase the scope and effectiveness of her abilities? By mixing her blood with water.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Giselle greatly enjoys taking control of others and claims murdering Bambietta aroused her, displaying a characteristically serene and cheery demeanor the whole time.
  • Squee!: When Candice ordered Giselle to heal her arm, the latter is elated... and then Candice tells Giselle not to use blood. Giselle is disappointed.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: A minor example. Giselle still treats Bambietta horribly, but following the end of the war she stops resorting to physical abuse, whenever Bambietta doesn't follow her orders, when before that would be her first response.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Giselle has no qualms about sacrificing an ally if it means obtaining another zombie.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After being healed by Haschwalth's aide, Liltotto leaves with Giselle, since she believes that Giselle would turn their saviors into zombies and use their flesh to heal herself. Giselle later expresses no qualm about the idea of zombifying Ichigo even though it was him who defeated Yhwach in the end.
  • Voodoo Zombie: Everything about Giselle is a based on the bokor from Voudon beliefs. Giselle is able to create zombies by spreading her blood and like in the original myth, Giselle's zombies can both be undead and reanimated through her blood or living and Brainwashed into slavery. Bambietta's pleads for something...unspecific is reminiscent of the addictive effects of zombie powder. Like in the original myth Giselle is capable of both healing others and creating zombies. Even Giselle's Ambiguous Gender is a reference to the two hands of the bokor, the male right hand that uses white magic to heal and the female left hand that uses black magic to create zombies.
  • Wild Card: After the end of the war, Giselle lost any semblance of affiliation with any faction and unlike Liltotto is loosely motivated at best by her desire to get her former comrades back. She is such a loose cannon that Liltotto has to keep an eye on her, lest she unleashes a zombie apocalypse.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Giselle has a tendency to hit or otherwise abuse Bambietta and every time she tells Bambietta that it is her own fault.
  • Yandere: Giselle has an... extreme liking towards Bambietta, particularly as a zombie. Giselle becomes enraged after hearing Bambietta's plea to not take so much of her blood and repeatedly bashes her head into the pavement until it cracks open and knocks her out. When Giselle realizes what happened, she glomps Bambietta happily, and gushes over over how much she loves her.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Anyone who's died/nearly died over the course of this arc is fair game to be one of Giselle's zombies. Giselle's had a lot of time off-screen to run around converting people.

    Σ - Shaz Domino 

Shaz Domino
"Yes, the great Shaz Domino will do the Hogyoku a favor and make good use of it."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed knives
Vollständig: Unknown
Schrift: V - The Viability / Σ - The Sigma

When Akon's team attempts to open the Garganta to save Ichigo from an invisible room, Domino locates the room and defeats the team quickly with throwing daggers. He is defeated by Ichigo before he can reveal anything other than his name. A short story in the 13 Blades fanbook; Beginning of the Revive of Tomorrow expands upon his character:

Sternritter "Σ", Shaz Domino is a figment of Gremmy Thoumeaux's imagination just like Guenael. He is V, "The Viability", which allows him to absorb reishi into himself to regenerate his body. Able to regenerate into a real person, he escapes Gremmy's control. Made an honorary Sternritter by Yhwach, he receives the Greek letter Sigma, "The Viability" being renamed into "Stigma" (Holy Scar).

Grateful towards Yhwach, he attacks the SRDI together with Pepe. During the Second Invasion, he enters the Central 46 Library in order to find information on the Hogyoku to become even more powerful. He is defeated by Kira and remains stuck, sinking further and further underground.

His Quincy cross manifests as throwing daggers.

  • All There in the Manual: The majority of information on him including his power, true identity, and motivation is only presented in the short story, Beginning of the Revive of Tomorrow.
  • Actually a Doombot: According to Ryohgo Narita's short story Beginning of the Revive of Tomorrow, he, like Guenael, is an illusion created by Gremmy. However it is subverted in the fact he becomes a real being with his powers, signifying that he was able to escape Gremmy's control.
  • Become a Real Boy: Part of Shaz' motivation is to become a real Sternritter and not just a imaginary one. He wants to prove that he is a real person and not just a creation of Gremmy. It helps that his ability allows him to become real.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Subverted. Right as he's about to explain his abilities (and presumably his letter/epithet), Ichigo blasts him with a Getsuga Tensho before we get to hear anything.
  • Facial Markings: Has leopard markings on the right side of his face and outfit.
  • Fate Worse than Death: His fate. After being struck by Wabisuke, he continuously sinks further and further underground as he's absorbing reishi by breaking up the ground. Kira notes he might be able to escape if he can destroy and regenerate his whole body instead of just the same parts.
  • From a Single Cell: His Shrift. He is able to absorb reishi to regenerate parts of himself. It's so advanced, he's even able to regenerate a real body as opposed to the fake body that was created by Gremmy.
  • In the Back: He throws three daggers at 3rd Seat Akon while the latter was busy trying to bring Ichigo through the Garganta.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Ichigo throws a Getsuga blast at him before he finishes speaking. It results in an explosion and Shaz is never again seen in the manga. This is a subverted trope because novels that wrap up the manga story reveal that he actually survived Ichigo's attacks thanks to his regenerative abilities.
  • Knife Nut: His Quincy weapons look like some throwing daggers.
  • Meaningful Name: His Schrift is called 'The Viability'. This describes the ability of a thing (a living organism, an artificial system, an idea, etc.) to maintain itself or recover its potentialities. Like a brain being able to live without the rest of his body, as Gremmy is, for example-
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: His ability allows him to regenerate any lost limb or wound, which Kira notes as him never being able to die.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Translations have called him "Jaz" or "Shaz". Shaz is the correct spelling.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted to hell and back. He's not given the chance to chat about his powers before he's defeated.
  • Trans Nature: The plot of the short story "The Beginning of the Revive of Tomorrow" starts with Shaz trying to find information of the creation of the Hogyoku. His goal is to create one himself, so that he can turn from a Quincy to a Hollow/Quincy hybrid. He assumes that his regeneration ability should prevent the resulting soul suicide.

Arrancar Vandenreich members

    Asguiaro Ebern 

Asguiaro Ebern
Species: Arrancar
Zanpakuto: Unknown
Weapon: Unnamed cannon battery

An Arrancar affiliated with the Vandenreich, appearing suddenly in Ichigo's room to introduce himself. He attempted to steal Ichigo's Bankai, before returning to the Emperor to confess his failure.

His Quincy cross manifest as a huge cannon battery.

  • Badass Longcoat: He has a long, white, double-breasted trench coat with shoulder straps, tied using a black belt at its waist, which is adorned with a decorative buckle.
  • BFG: He pulled out a gargantuan spiked bow to fight Ichigo.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A bit flighty; he refuses to get off Ichigo's bed, lies about being a blatantly obvious Arrancar, and accuses him of being uncivilized when he finally kicks him out of his room.
  • Eyepatch of Power: His mask covers his left eye, with three holes on it.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Which apparently always looks like that.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: When he made his debut, by hiding in an alleyway.
  • Mook Maker: He was the one who baited those Hollows into attacking Shino and Yuki.
  • Off with His Head!: Yhwach kills him after deciding that he's done all he's worth keeping around for, with a panel showing a large splash of blood. Later, his body is seen on the ground, with his head clearly separated from it.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Luders gets killed, Ebern looks both shocked and alarmed as the blood sprays all over his face.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He's the first of the Vandenreich we meet and he attacks Ichigo very quickly into the arc. Then we learn how harsh his master is.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name was first translated as "Ivan Azgiaro". Volume 55 of the manga gave the official spelling, "Asguiaro Ebern".
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He is killed by his boss almost immediately after Luders is.

    Luders Friegen 

Luders Friegen
Species: Arrancar
Zanpakuto: Unknown
Weapon: Unknown

Another Arrancar under the service of the Vandenreich. One of seven masked "ambassadors" sent to Yamamoto's office, he delivered a declaration of war to Captain-Commander Yamamoto. Apparently he is The Rival to Ebern, but nothing significant ever comes of it.
  • Break the Haughty: His boss clearly doesn't approve of his cocky behavior, which led to Luders' utter humiliation.
  • Facial Markings: Circular piercings appear all over his face.
  • Mouth of Sauron: He was the spokesman for the Malevolent Masked Men, though his master is quickly revealed, subverting the trope.
  • Multicolored Hair: Black and white, which makes him strangely look like Tsukishima on one side and Kokuto on the other. The white side is very static and possibly his mask fragment.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Luders loses his arm, he begins to realize just how little he means to Yhwach and just how much Yhwach is toying with him.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He really seemed like The Dragon of the Vandenreich, but he's quickly killed for veering off-tangent by speculating about the future instead of focusing on the present.
  • Smug Snake: He tried to egg Ebern into a fight in front of his boss. Was not worth it.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Is killed off very quickly after he's introduced.
  • Your Head Asplode: Yhwach quite literally turns his head into a pool of blood.

Alternative Title(s): Bleach Wandenreich


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