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Emperor Yhwach

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"Conflict is always such a bitter affair."
Species: Quincy
Weapon: Unnamed sword
Schrift: A - The Almighty
Voiced by: Takayuki Sugonote  (JP)

The Emperor of the Vandenreich and the King of the Quincies. As a very ruthless autocrat, he has no qualms about committing one atrocity after another in his crusade. One thousand years ago, he confronted Shigekuni Yamamoto in an unresolved battle. He is the only person Yamamoto never calls a "child".

Yhwach holds the letter "A" of "The Almighty", serving as the supreme commander of the Vandenreich's military. Under the usage of the Schrift (or script), he personally bestows a letter upon a member of the Vandenreich, meant to correspond to their particular ability.

His Quincy cross - stylized as a military medal bearing the Vandenreich symbol - manifests in the form of a winged, eagle-themed sword. His power "The Almighty" allows him to give and take power, negate every harmful ability, once he understands it, and finally see and change the future.

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  • Abnormal Ammo: Summons a gigantic Heilig Pfeil (Quincy arrow, literally "Holy Arrow") from the sky and uses it as a sword.
  • Achilles' Heel: He's got major weaknesses that, when targeted together, help defeat him:
    • Despite Yhwach's phenomenal ability to see and counter any future, he's as vulnerable to Aizen's Kyoka Suigetsu as everyone else. It's about the only thing that can subvert the Almighty even a little bit, causing him to confuse a future he sees with one of Aizen's illusions. As a result, while he can see futures involving Aizen unfold, he won't necessarily recognise the reality of it as it cannot circumvent the illusion to see the truth behind it. This means he can't tell if an illusion is being used at all. He can see a future where he impales Ichigo, but if Aizen is actually tricking him at the time it happens with an illusion of Ichigo attacking him, then Yhwach's future sight will only see Ichigo attacking him and won't reveal that it's really Aizen using his power.
    • To kill Quincies, Auswahlen involves Yhwach creating a magical substance called Still Silver. The Still Silver clots the victim's blood, creating a silver blood clot that kills the Quincy once it reaches the heart. If he comes into contact with that Still Silver, all his powers are completely disabled for a split second. Knowing this weakness, Ryuuken collects the Still Silver from his murdered wife's body and secretly forges an arrow from it; he then keeps it secret for nine years, waiting for the day his son Uryuu, who is immune to Yhwach's powers, becomes capable of using it.
  • Actually a Doombot: He uses Royd Lloyd to scope out Yamamoto's Bankai, allowing him to seal it effortlessly after the ruse is uncovered.
  • Adaptive Ability: His Schrift allows him to assess everything that's thrown at him and predict accordingly. Haschwalth, then Yhwach himself, both assert that, once Yhwach has seen all that his opponent is capable of (or even what they will do in the near future), defeating him is next to impossible.
  • All There in the Manual: The manga ends with his apparent death and a final confrontation with Ichigo's son Kazui that leaves many questions. The subsequent novels reveal that he became the new lynchpin and that he is not as dead as it seems, still holding an influence over Soul Society.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In the final battle, Yhwach vows to Ichigo that he will one day return at a moment when Ichigo is at his happiest and take it all away. Ichigo is able to kill Yhwach because of three factors: Uryuu is capable of temporarily de-powering him without Yhwach being able to anticipate him, Haschwalth manipulated Yhwach's future vision of the moment so that Yhwach would dismiss it as a dream until it was too late, and ten years in the future, his reiatsu begins to appear in both the Soul Society and human world but is abruptly and mysteriously stopped by Ichigo's future son. The novels reveal that Yhwach possesses so much reiatsu even after death that he can be used to replace the Soul King as the lynchpin that holds together the world, but the actions of Ichigo's future son will have consequences that affect this situation.
  • Antagonist Abilities: To start with, he has the combined strength of everyone who's ever held a piece of his soul. However, when his Schrift is revealed, we learn that he also has a very extreme version of Combat Clairvoyance, as well as an Adaptive Ability which lets him negate any attack after he "understands" it. His ability, "The Almighty", is also revealed to not just be able to see the future, but change it, and any attempt to counter this will result in a "new" future that he can also change. Even if he's killed, his abilities allow him to Auto-Revive. Highlighting how story-breaking his powers are, the Gotei 13, Ichigo and the others don't even overcome his abilities with their own in the end—they have to temporarily take away his powers with a weapon created from Yhwach himself.
  • All Your Powers Combined: He gets the powers, memories, and skills of anybody who dies with a portion of his soul within them.
  • Answers to the Name of God: Yhwach's name is derived from the Tetragrammaton, YHWH, which is one of the names of the Abrahamic God.
  • Arch-Enemy: His enmity with Yamamoto goes back at least a thousand years, and Ichibei even boasts that his own enmity with Yhwach is stronger than it was with Yamamoto. He could also be considered one to Ichigo, due to being the real reason behind his mother's death.
  • The Assimilator: The very core of his being and how he grows and lives. He has a piece of his soul inside literally everyone, from Quincies to Shinigami and Visoreds. Once they die, he takes all of their powers and skills, as a way to extend both his life and his power. He even absorbs Mimihagi and the rest of the Soul King as well.
  • Assimilation Plot: The current cosmology consists of three main worlds (one physical, two spiritual) that are kept separated by physical barriers that require special gateways to cross. The lynchpin ensuring this separation and order is the Soul King, a creation of the Soul Reapers to keep the worlds separate and control the reincarnation cycle. Yhwach's goal is to destroy the Soul King, so that the three worlds will merge together and create a single world where life and death are no longer separated, effectively making every single living thing immortal in a world 'without fear of death'.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the Emperor of the Vandenreich and the most powerful fighter within his organization.
  • Ax-Crazy: His penchant for wanton brutality is incredibly disturbing, whether it's lobbing limbs across the room or obliterating corpses to make sure they're dead. His cool, calm smile at the sight of his carnage truly compounds that something is quite wrong with this man.
  • Badass Boast: He clarifies that the ancient folklore about a Sealed King is called the Kaiser Gesang (the Emperor's Song) and is about what he achieves at each stage of his recovery from being sealed. He reveals the final stanza is that, in nine days time, he will reclaim the world.
  • Badass Mustache: Following his reawakening from a thousand years of slumber, Yhwach quickly mounts an army to utterly defeat Soul Society, kill Yamamoto through clever deception; Ichigo's massive attack power only shreds a piece of his sleeve, right before Yhwach slams Ichigo down with relative ease. His mustache was impressive enough in the beginning, but as each subsequent appearance leads to darker events and brings him closer to the Soul King, the mustache increases in size and thickness accordingly.
  • Bad Boss: He seems to enjoy grabbing the attention of his henchmen by blowing off their limbs and will immediately kill off any Sternritter who have failed their tasks. He even kills those who are successful or still fighting if they can no longer directly aid him. Since he gains their powers when they die, when they're no longer useful alive, their deaths become very useful instead.
  • Bait-and-Switch: He sent Royd in as a Ditto Fighter decoy, tanking Zanka no Tachi while revealing all of Yamamoto's offensive secrets. Once Royd was defeated, Yamamoto deactivated his Bankai... and then the real Yhwach showed up.
  • Barrier Maiden: The light novel Bleach: We Do Knot Always Love You reveals that his corpse has been sealed away and serves now as the lynchpin holding the world together.
  • Batman Gambit: Understanding the conventions of shonen battle gives him considerable insight into how his opponents think.
    • Knowing that Yamamoto's weak spots were his short temper and extreme loyalty to his office, Yhwach goaded him into both Unstoppable Rage and Tranquil Fury by sending Driscoll to assassinate Sasakibe.
    • Appointing Uryuu as his successor forces Uryuu to be constantly scrutinised by the Sternritter who do not trust an unknown, unproven man being promoted so dramatically. The success of this scheme relied on Yhwach knowing just how paranoid his subordinates actually were.
    • Yhwach knows how the Soul Reapers respond to emergent threats (i.e., how long they'll likely to need to muster and train to be ready to face a new enemy) and times his attacks accordingly, including leading with his strongest fighters as a result of the Soul Reaper reliance on the Sorting Algorithm of Evil. This meant he actively planned for Royal Guard involvement in Soul Reaper training, including Ichigo's.
  • BFS: His Spirit Weapon manifests as a broad-bladed sabre almost as long as he is tall (and he's very tall), and he can create a truly massive reishi arrow that he can wield as a sword powerful enough to bisect Yamamoto in a single swing.
  • Big Bad: He is the progenitor of the Quincies, the Emperor of the Vandenreich, the creator of the Sternritter, and the orchestrator of the war with the Shinigami 1,000 years ago; even the creation of the Gotei 13 is implied to be connected to him. He's responsible for the Echt culture that brought Ryuuken and Masaki together and killed off both Masaki and Kanae. The Quincy bloodline that he is the progenitor of attracted Aizen's Hollowfication experiment White and provided a means of stabilising the Visoreds. Neither Ichigo nor Uryuu would exist without Yhwach's influence. He creates chaos and bloodshed to feed off souls, which keep him alive and functioning. He is uniting enemies against him, with Soul Reapers, Quincies, Arrancars and Humans all working together to defeat him.
  • Bishōnen: Both flashbacks and Tensa Zangetsu's appearance indicate Yhwach was very slender and feminine as a youth.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: The Quincy are a race of progress and evolution. They care about how the world should be. Yhwach creating a new, perfect world would eventually have led to stagnation and ceased all progress, the very thing the Quincy do not stand for. This is best illustrated by him absorbing Mimihagi, who governs stagnation and sided with the Shinigami, who prefer stagnation over progress, and abandoning the white Quincy color-scheme for the black color of the Shinigami. Fittingly, in the end his defeat was caused by the actions of four Quincy.
  • Blind Obedience: Yhwach despises blind loyalty, and when the established Sternritter saw Uryu Ishida as his choice of successor, he was glad they showed genuine discontent over that.
  • Blood Knight: When the Soul Reapers end up getting their Bankai back (besides Zanka no Tachi), Yhwach simply... smiles. It quickly turns into a wide, maniacal grin. Not only did he expect them to regain their Bankai, he was looking forward to it.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: When it comes to the Quincy, Yhwach operates under the question of whether they are more useful to him alive or dead, as he gets stronger with every dead Quincy. He expresses no joy, unlike with his slaughtering of the Shinigami, or sadness, but rather sees it as only natural and believes that the Quincy would be grateful for that and how they have to act. When questioned by Liltotto, he calls him sacrificing the lower ranks for the higher ranks an act of camaraderie and comrades helping each other. He is furthermore genuinely grateful for the service of each Quincy under him and is confused, why Ichigo is angry at him for killing his mother and believes that there is no greater joy then to empower him. As he was born with no senses or power, he had to sacrifice those around him just to survive and came to the believe that everything was for his taking and only natural that he would sacrifice others, once they stop being useful alive.
  • Break Them by Talking: Yhwach repeats Aizen's Deicide strategy of claiming that Ichigo's power development has all been for the sake of furthering Yhwach's goals. Yhwach further claims that, because Ichigo shares his blood, Ichigo's will is his own. When Ichigo dismisses his Quincy heritage and claims he'll "stop" Yhwach regardless, Yhwach points out that Ichigo's weakness against him is proven by the fact Ichigo can't even say he'll "kill" his own mother's murderer. By expositing on the true nature of his abilities while effortlessly trouncing both Ichigo and Orihime and negating their every means of attacking him, he succeeds in pushing Ichigo into true despair.
  • Casting a Shadow: In addition to being able to use shadows to teleport, after Yhwach successfully absorbs the Soul King, he becomes able to wield powerful, dark reiatsu as an extension of his own body.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • Haschwalth believes Yhwach named Uryu as his successor, in order to preempt any betrayal by him. Haschwalth's reasoning is that Yhwach is using Uryu to sow such discontent among the army, that they will then scrutinize Uryu too closely for Uryu to be able to make any move against Yhwach. It's also implied that Uryu's aware of this.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: His treatment of Luders (blowing off his limbs and watching him scream in pain) very closely resembles this.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Word of God states that Yhwach (and the Quincy race as a whole) is meant to symbolize cold, logical pragmatism (like trying to stab Ichigo in the neck in a fight). This is the polar opposite of the Arrancar, who represent unrestrained passion and instinct.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Yhwach easily defeats Yamamoto by taking his Bankai, cutting him in half and blowing him to oblivion. He easily downs Ichigo when they first meet, despite Ichigo being in Bankai. He swiftly destroys Ichibe'e after activating The Almighty and has no trouble defeating Liltotto and Giselle without taking a scratch.
  • Dark Is Evil: He is the only Quincy that covers up his white uniform with a jet-black cloak. It makes him look like he's permanently enclosed in shadow. It's strongly implied that the reason the Quincies war with the Shinigami is solely his doing, rather than it being a natural thing for the two sides to do. After absorbing the Soul King, he forgoes all of the Quincy's "holy" attacks in favor of mauling his opponents with a mass of shadow.
  • Dark Messiah: Yhwach is the prophesied herald of the Quincies and their supposed salvation. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, he is a very, very dark and wicked figure.
  • Deal with the Devil: He thrives on people looking to him to become stronger by curing their problems and granting their wishes. He cures ailments, missing limbs and voids of the soul by inserting a piece of his own soul into them. This drastically reduces the person's lifespan as the soul fragment is designed to obtain a power-up from residing in the victim to strengthen Yhwach when it returns to him.
  • Devour the Dragon: Yhwach hits his remaining elite Sternritter with an Auswählen immediately after absorbing Ichigo's powers, completely preventing them from eventually killing Ichigo's allies in the process.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • He's quite surprised when Ichigo instinctively uses Blut to protect himself from Yhwach's attacks, and admits it was a mistake on his part to let Ichigo's Quincy powers awaken so soon. He had planned on awakening them later, implying he had wanted complete control over it happening.
    • He was fully aware of Mimihagi's existence, and admits Mimihagi lies beyond his sight. However, he is very surprised by Mimihagi's sudden decision to intervene on behalf of Soul Society and can't understand Mimihagi's motive for doing so.
    • Despite his precognition power, and knowing full well Uryu intended to kill him when first introducing Uryu to the rest of the Sternritter, he is caught completely by surprise when Uryu manages to shoot him from behind with an arrow of Still Silver to briefly take away his power.
    • He's incapable of telling the difference between the visions that the Almighty gives him and Aizen's illusions. As a result, the smallest of slip-ups on his part leaves him vulnerable, which is precisely what happens and leads to his defeat. Needless to say, when he realizes he cut down Aizen instead of Ichigo, he had his first true (and last) Oh, Crap! moment. In an ironic twist of fate, he actually did see this coming well before it happened - he merely thought it a dream due to a little tampering on Haschwalth's part. In that respect, he also didn't see his most loyal soldier's betrayal coming.
  • Disability Superpower: He was born blind, deaf, mute, and paralyzed, but with Healing Hands that could place his soul into other people with damaged or incomplete souls and bestow a multitude of abilities upon them. Since the piece of his soul returns to him when they die and brings their powers back with it, over time he was able to cure his own disabilities and accrue immense spiritual powers. The schtick is he needs to keep doing this or he will eventually revert to his blind, deaf, mute and paralyzed state.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He wants to hear about the present, not the future. When Luders gave his two cents on what the Soul Society would do after their attack, Yhwach blows him up.
  • Dissonant Serenity: No matter what happens, that smile will stay on his face. It makes for quite an unnerving sight when he remain calm even in the face of the atrocities he has caused.

    E - M 
  • The Emperor: He is referred to as 陛下 (heika = "Your Majesty"), the official way of addressing real life Emperor of Japan. He also pulls double-duty as King of the Quincies.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Mayuri once observes that reiatsu can only continue to exist if there is a heart that can beat which is why Muken imprisons those who cannot die by normal means. Yhwach appears to be killed by Ichigo, and his lingering reiatsu appears to be defeated a few years later, but even dead he still possesses enough reiatsu to function as the Spirit King. The Spirit King he replaces also had functioning powers even after Yhwach had stabbed him and Ichigo had split him in half. In the post war novels multiple characters, even though they don't know that he became the lynchpin after his death, speculate if Yhwach is responsible for the various plots that are happening. It's open ended as to whether or not Yhwach's threat is truly gone for good.
  • Establishing Character Moment: One of the first things Yhwach is seen doing is killing two subordinates for incredibly minor offenses. His exchange with Luders also foreshadows his Schrift, "A" of "The Almighty". From that point on, it's constantly reiterated that he is a terrible boss who will turn on his own subordinates as fast as he'll turn on his enemies.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Crosses this with even Mortality Phobia has standards. Yhwach is a monster and deeply afraid of death, but he is absolutely repulsed by the existence of the lynchpin and would not wish this fate upon anyone, believing that death is more favorable. It's later revealed that everyone who carries his blood cannot tolerate the existence of the lynchpin.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He cannot understand why Ichigo would oppose him even after learning of their blood relation and after Ichigo's Quincy instincts caused him to attack the Soul King.
  • Evil Counterpart: He and Yamamoto are both ancient, peerless leaders of military organizations devoted to eliminating Hollows and each other. Yamamoto obeys the law, protects his subordinates and maintains the balance of reincarnation, all the while holding a very short fuse. Yhwach marches at his own pace, murders his underlings on the fly and actively disrupts the balance of reincarnation, while maintaining an incredibly passive demeanor through all of it. Yhwach, however, points out they were once Not So Different in terms of their treatment of allies.
  • Evil Laugh: Upon defeating Ichigo while on Wahrwelt, Yhwach steals Ichigo's power and begins to laugh maniacally as Ichigo's power merges with his own. It is the first time he is ever shown laughing.
  • Evil Overlord: Yhwach resides within the Schatten Bereich (the Shadow Realm), the location of the Vandenreich (both the city and the organization), but he generally resides within Silbern, an ice palace. As a bonus, when he makes his debut, he'd already conquered Hueco Mundo on the side.
  • The Evil Prince: The Soul King is ultimately responsible for the balance of souls between worlds and is the linchpin of the three worlds. Yhwach possesses this unusual power to redistribute souls and spiritual power, and claims that nine days after he regains his power, he'll "reclaim" the world. As he stabs the Soul King, he calls the Soul King his father.
  • Eviler Than Thou: According to Shutara, Aizen may be the personification of evil, but Yhwach is even worse. Word of God states that the conflict with Aizen was a case of good versus evil, but the conflict against the Vandenreich is one where both sides are morally equal and Yhwach is an enemy, but not a villain; this, along with the events of the sequel novels, strongly implies that Shutara's claim cannot be trusted.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: While using his Schrift, the number of pupils visible in each of Yhwach's eyes increase. The pupils are capable of independent movement and contribute to his ability to see anything, including his opponents abilities and the future. The first use of his power increases his pupils from one to two per eye and the second increases them to three per eye.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Upon completing the absorption of the Spirit King, and the Mimihagi the Soul King's Right Hand, his body, and the ground around him, becomes warped by shadow. The top half of his head no longer details either human eyes or even a forehead. Instead, giant malformed eyes of varying sizes cover his face. Eyes also appear across his shoulders and neck. Wherever the shadow touches his body, eyes appear. They even seem to be forming across the ground that is intimately connected to his body via the shadows.
  • Fantastic Racism: He views Arrancars as Cannon Fodder because he can always get more. He has a very low view of mixed-blooded Quincies, intentionally wiping them all out in a purge six years before the relatively major events begin. He's a bit confused as to how Uryuu survived it.
  • Final Boss: He's the last opponent of the series, the most dangerous and most powerful.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • There was a volume spread picture that had Ichigo going through all of his opponents throughout the years. At the very top was a long black cloak with something resembling a wad of messy hair at the top, connected to four red and black chains. It looks rather suspiciously like Yhwach.
    • Opie mentions that Yhwach should adjust Blut, which works through a Quincy's blood, for the Vandenreich. Yhwach also refers to Ichigo and Uryuu as his "sons". Yhwach is the "First Quincy", the progenitor of all Quincies through whom his blood flows.
    • His physical appearance, including his facial shape, the type of moustache, the long, shaggy hair, the flowing black cloak that wraps his body in shadow, all make him look like Old Man Zangetsu. Old Man Zangetsu turns out to be Yhwach from a thousand years ago and Tensa Zangetsu turns out to be Yhwach from his teenage years because Ichigo has a Quincy's heritage, and therefore Yhwach's blood, running through his veins.
    • When the Quincies leave an area swiftly, they are enveloped by shadows. The first invasion reveals the quincies can enter the Seireitei's barrier because, Yhwach claims, they were already there. When his Hour of Power is over, Yhwach is pulled underground by shadows. When he begins the final battle, shadows envelop the Seireitei, coming from underground. It turns out the Quincies have been hiding in the shadows of Seireitei for a thousand years, and quite literally - they created a dimensional shadow realm right underneath the Soul Reapers' noses.
    • When he enters the Royal Realm, Yhwach dismisses the Soul King's palace as a "rotten grave" and sets up a new castle called Wahrwelt, a name drived from a work by Nietztsche called "How the true world became fiction". The Spirit King is the lynchpin that defines the boundaries between the worlds as the characters understand them to be, and he is kept in the Royal Palace behind a barrier. It eventually becomes clear that there's a question mark over whether or not the Spirit King is alive at all, and that the boundaries between worlds, including the lynchpin that sustains those boundaries, were deliberately created by the Soul Reapers. This makes Soul Society an artificial world that hides the truth about the real world that came before
    • Yhwach tells Ichigo at some point that a horrible fate will await him and considers ending his life an act of mercy. Captain Kyouraku also gives soul tickets to Tatsuki, Mizuiro and Keigo, so they can visit him in the future if he's not allowed to ever return to the human world. The novels reveal that the Royal Guard's original plan was to turn Ichigo into the new Spirit King, a fate both Kyouraku and Yhwach knew about.
  • For the Evulz: He admits that he has no reason to praise or critique how Ebern handled his mission, but he kills him regardless.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: He's the original Quincy, their go-to folklore king, and The Emperor of the Vandenreich. Or at least that is what the tales say.
  • Freudian Excuse: The very last chapter reveals that his ultimate motive was to destroy the current life and death cycle and create a new world where people don't have to live in fear of death.
  • A God Am I: It's all but stated that he's a Demigod, being a human of divine origins. As an infant, the people regarded him as a miracle and called him YHWH (one of the ancient Hebrew names for God), despite the price of his 'miracles' being their deaths later on so that he could absorb his power back from them. Knowing 'YHWH' was the name of God, Yhwach took the name for his own; his Schrift, the letter "A", even stands for "The Almighty". After he absorbs the Soul King, his own father, he's promoted to a full-time actual God.
  • God-Emperor: Yhwach is a Quincy monarch whose apparent god-like power caused humans to give him the name of God. The Quincies call him the "First Quincy" and the "Father of the Quincies" because his blood flows through every Quincy's veins. His Schrift is called The Almighty and permits him to see all potential futures, allowing him to plan for any eventuality and negate any power. Some Quincies are genuinely loyal through worship or ignorance, but others seek to oppose whenever they learn the truth. However, he is almost impossible to defeat or kill.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Yhwach has a nightmare of Ichigo cutting him with Getsuga Tensho. When he wakes up, he seems delighted and remarks on how exhilarating it is. In his fight with Aizen and Ichigo, he gets cut in half at the waist by Ichigo, but regenerates thanks to his ability to manipulate the future. He gets cut in half again not long after, this time when his powers have been temporarily negated by an arrow made of Still Sliver.
  • Hate Sink: Kubo stated that Yhwach was designed to be an antagonist but not an outright villain. Yhwach acts like a saviour to people as a way to insert shards of his soul into them so that he can empower the target; upon pulling back the shard, he obtains the target's powers but kills them in the process. He is self-centred, brutal, xenophobic, and sadistic, and truly believes that everything in the world exists for his taking. Yamamoto wanted him annihilated, he is behind the deaths of Ichigo and Uryuu's mothers, and his actions unite Soul Reapers, Arrancars and Quincies against him. After his death, the Zero Division uses his corpse as the new lynchpin and conceals the truth. Despite this, Yhwach is a selfish, brutal and sadistic tyrant who treats the lives of his subordinates as toys, making him despised in universe and without by those not sworn to him.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Once he finishes evaluating Ebern's performance against Ichigo, Yhwach declares him to be "a foundation for peace"... and then beheads him.
    • He praises Royd's achievements and overlooks his subordinate's sense of failure. Just as Royd wells up with joy at Yhwach's benevolence, Yhwach slaughters him and Yamamoto accuses him of being cruel.
  • Hour of Power: Some unspecified weakness limits his time outside his own territory. Energy seems to start bleeding off him when he hits the limit.
  • Humanoid Abomination: From the moment he was born, he could inject pieces of his soul into others, then retrieve it and kill them in the process, though the curing of ailments and bestowed powers led many to view him as divine for this. His Schrift produces Extra Eyes on each eyeball that give him omniscience and omnipotetence, including the power to "change the future" in a manner that is completely incomprehensible to anyone who faces it. After he absorbs the Soul King, his proclaimed father which itself is so bizarre that Aizen calls it "that thing", his body is largely converted to a mass of shadow with even more eyes. After dying, his corpse becomes the Soul King's replacement, whereupon he is also spoken of like an unnerving object.
  • Hypocrite: He claims to hate violence and preaches about peace, but he kills his subordinates without any hesitation and orchestrates a war with the Soul Reapers. This is reflected in how his volume spread picture contains the word "Peace" written in blood.
  • I Want Them Alive: He wants to defeat Ichigo without killing him so that he can force Ichigo into becoming one of his followers. He's apparently not very strict about it, though, since none of his followers see killing Ichigo as something they might regret.
  • Immortality Immorality: As long as he keeps reabsorbing souls of dying Quincies, he can keep extending his lifespan. Of course, the easiest way to do this is to organize war after war, guaranteeing as much death as possible to keep him alive longer.
  • Immortals Fear Death: His one true fear is dying, and his goal is to create a world where death doesn't exist to prevent that from happening.
  • Irony: He, Soul Society's greatest enemy is now protected by them and as the lynchpin holding the current world he despises so much, together.
  • Informed Attribute: His Auswählen is stated to be always fatal, stealing the powers of any Quincies hit by it and killing them by clotting their blood with Still Silver and stopping their hearts. However, the only Quincy shown being killed by it in that exact manner were Kanae Katagiri — who died offscreen — and possibly Jugram Haschwalth — who retained his power to trade injuries with his opponents. Robert Accutrone and Gerard Valkyrie were Stripped to the Bone when struck by it; and the other Vandenreich members hit by it only lost their Vollstandig powers — with the manga never explaining why this was the case.
  • It's All About Me: He is the progenitor of all Quincies and his blood flows through them. He doesn't take kindly to the idea of mixed breeds or tainted pure bloods. When he wants to rebuild his power, he thinks nothing of taking that power right back from them again, killing them in the process. In fact, the entire war between the Vandenreich and Seireitei is all for the purpose of increasing his life and strength. He tells Ichibei that everything in the world exists for his taking. Even his hunger for a world without death seems like aa way to escape that fate.
  • Just You And Me And My Guards: He pulls this when facing off against the Royal Guards. Every time someone has tried to attack Yhwach directly, he quickly reveals that he's still being protected by some unseen minion (or group of minions).
  • Karmic Transformation: The light novel Bleach: We Do Knot Always Love You reveals that his corpse is being used as the new Soul King.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: One of his most commonly used methods of asserting his authority.
    • After destroying Luders' arm (and watching him crawl as he struggles to deal with the pain), he says that it's fine for Luders to give his report while lying on the floor. As soon as Luders shows relief, Yhwach promptly threatens to destroy Luders' legs since he "doesn't need them for sitting."
    • He praised Royd for his role in the invasion, just before blasting him to bits. Yamamoto calls him out on it.
    • Does this almost literally in Yamamoto's case, via stepping on his head and pushing it the ground after killing him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: No villain has ever been quite as brutal or destructive as Yhwach. Not a single speck of his time is spent on comical moments, and the devastation he wrought to the Seireitei is unprecedented. Even a handful of the Sternritter get their own funny moments, but whenever Yhwach is seen, things turn serious very quickly.
  • Knight Templar: Yhwach's ultimate goal is to end the Soul King, undo the Original Sin of Soul Society and create a deathless, stagnant world. How does he intend to do this? By destroying the world and causing enough conflict, so that he will be powerful enough to execute his plans. Yhwach cares nothing for those he kills and destroys along the way, also being fanatically devoted to his own divinity while purging Quincies he deems 'impure' in his quest.
  • Lack of Empathy: According to Yamamoto, he has never had compassion nor mercy for others, not even his own men. Something he tends to demonstrate when he refers to annihilating his Stern Ritter as simply their lot in being his 'comrades' with no regard for their anguish.
  • Large and in Charge: He is so tall that when Royd copied his appearance, he Neck Lifted the 202 cm (6'7") tall Kenpachi Zaraki. Hinted at during the Soul Society invasion when Zangetsu strolls past Kenpachi and is clearly larger than him. Zangetsu is how Yhwach looked a millennium ago.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Yhwach has a habit of killing his subordinates when they are no longer useful to him, often by using Auswählen to leave a piece of still in their hearts while he absorbs their powers and make himself stronger. He also recruited Haschwalth to be his other half, bestowing The Almighty on Haschwalth every night. Ryuuken crafts for Uryuu an arrow that is made from the still silver that killed Kanae that can suspend Yhwach's powers for a brief moment when it touches his blood. Haschwalth feeds a vision of Ichigo killing Yhwach to Yhwach in such a way as to make Yhwach think it's only a dream, and the two events coincide to give Ichigo the moment he needs to cut Yhwach in half.
  • Leave No Survivors: During both the initial invasion of the Seireitei and the follow-up, this was the only order Yhwach gave to the Sternritter. Haschwalth even told Kyouraku up front exactly what they were ordered to do.
    Haschwalth: "His Majesty is fond of peace. He is fond of battles that are not drawn out, and so we were given only one directive: the instant and immediate extermination of all enemy forces."
  • Life Drinker: As long as people die, he lives. Anyone with even a tiny percent of his soul within them is suitable for absorption by Yhwach upon death. If he doesn't absorb anyone, he will revert back to his helpless child form.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Quincy uniform is pure white, although he hides that uniform behind a black cape. He wields the power of Light, but every time he brings forth the Light, it's to kill. The most significant use of his Light is used to destroy the Quincies themselves, calling back their power so he can redistribute it among himself and any living Quincies of his choice.
  • Make an Example of Them: He doesn't like fights. He sees two people bickering. He's told them in the past not to fight. The punishment? Lop off the arm of the one who started it just to ram his point home.
  • Mercy Kill:
    • When Royd is left dying from grievous wounds inflicted by Yamamoto, Yhwach lets him know that he did a good job before ending his life swiftly.
    • Yhwach thinks that killing the Soul King, who has suffered lifelong humiliation at the hands of the Soul Reapers, is the only way to free him.
    • Shortly afterwards he tells Ichigo that is going to kill him, because a horrible fate will await him. Said fate turns out to be turned into the lynchpin.
  • Motive Rant: During his dying moments, Yhwach claims he wanted to create a world where everyone could live without fear of death.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: He proudly declares his name to Ichibei to prove it is no longer erased by Ichibei's powers and that Ichibei no longer has the ability to steal his identity.

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  • Nerves of Steel: He maintains his calm demeanor, no matter what happens. If he's ever surprised or taken aback, it's usually only for a few seconds, then the smile and serenity returns.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Once he's defeated Ichigo and taken his powers, he decides to use Auswahlen on the remaining Sternritter. At the very least, this saved Uryu, who was completely at Haschwalth's mercy and about to be finished off, and would end up assisting in his his defeat by temporarily shutting off his powers. He also relieved the Soul Reapers of having to deal with Gerald, whose Story-Breaker Power had proven impossible for them to overcome even when his powers were supposed to have been frozen, and would have spelled trouble for their society based on his size alone if left to rampage.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: As he sleeps, he dreams of Ichigo confronting him while asleep and slashing him in cold blood. Yhwach promptly wakes up, grins, and declares that there is no better dream than a nightmare.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Yhwach is a highly pragmatic villain who takes advantage of his opponents' decisions and actions to maximise his own plans. He brings forward the invasion of Soul Society by five days when he learns Ichigo is preoccupied in Hueco Mundo with Quilge. Yhwach prevents Yamamoto from reusing his (improved) Bankai against him by using his medallion to immediately steal it, leaving Yamamoto helpless against his lethal attack. He doesn't just kill Yamamoto, he obliterates the whole body to prevent healers like Orihime from ever reviving him. He knows Uryuu only joined the organisation simply to avenge his mother's death, so he leapfrogs him over established Sternritter to become Imperial Heir, ensuring Uryuu cannot plot against him. He toys with opponents like Ichibe'e just long enough to understand their powers, and then immediately kills them. When Ichigo activates his true Bankai, Tensa Zangetsu, Yhwach immediately warps reality to destroy it before Ichigo can even use it, let alone move it in its intact form. And when he sees Ichigo again with said Bankai repaired, he tries to break it again, though he only cracks an illusion Aizen created.
  • Not So Different: He claims Yamamoto, in his younger days, was every bit the ruthless, merciless monster that Yamamoto's accusing him of being. Unohana, who was one of the original captains that Yhwach calls "thugs" discusses with Zaraki how people like her are criminals who were captains instead of prisoners because of their strength. Multiple characters point out just how much Ichigo's impact on Soul Society has softened and changed the old man. Yhwach claims that softening is what allows him to kill Yamamoto; after defeating the Quincies a thousand years ago, the Soul Reapers lost the peace: peace gave the Soul Reapers something to fear losing, and so Yamamoto began to soften.
  • Not So Stoic: Yhwach, having kept a relaxed demeanor the entire arc, bursts into sadistic laughter after having taken Ichigo's Quincy power.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Uryuu hits him from behind with the special arrow that momentarily saps his powers, Yhwach's actually quite surprised. He rants that it won't make any difference.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Yhwach bids Ichigo farewell after he absorbs all of his power while promising that he will bring ruin to all of existence, including Soul Society and the Real World, now that he has neither further need for Ichigo nor the Sternritter. His plan is to replace the world with one of his own making.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He claims he's the only person strong enough to steal Yamamoto's Bankai without dying. He also invokes this with the other Sternritter, ordering the ones who stole a bankai that they have to finish off their former owners themselves.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Played With. During the initial assault on Soul Society, Yhwach leads the charge (well, using Royd Lloyd to lead directly while he goes off to find Aizen) and they inflict massive casualties, including Yamamoto once Yhwach shows up for real to steal his Bankai, and he only leaves when he realizes Aizen messed with his perception of time enough that he couldn't afford to stay out of his realm much longer. When the second major battle begins, however, Yhwach is content to wait in his palace after bringing the Silbern into Soul Society so he doesn't need to worry about his time limit, as he's waiting for Ichigo to return so he can assault the Royal Realm with his elite guard.
  • People Puppets: A limited form of it. By infusing his reiatsu into his sword, it resonates with Ichigo's Quincy blood and takes control of his arm when Ichigo grabs the sword, forcing Ichigo to cut the Spirit King in half. Ichigo overcomes it shortly thereafter, but Yhwach only needed it to work for the one attack.
  • Pet the Dog: After meeting a confused Haschwalth, Yhwach takes the time to explain Haschwalth's ability to grant power to others and ruffles his hair before sincerely telling Haschwalth that he needs him. It's the only time he ever even remotely shows anything resembling kindness or humanity to anyone. Much the same, he only allows Haschwalth some level of casual familiarity in conversation.
  • Playing with Fire: Yamamoto possessed the most powerful fire-type Zanpakuto in history. Yhwach stole the Bankai, Zanka no Tachi, giving him the power of the Sun. Even Yamamoto risked destroying the world every time he activated the Bankai, so Yhwach has not rushed to use it and ultimately never does use it even up to his defeat.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: His racist views on "blood purity" as a Quincy, leads to his willingness to cull any Quincy deemed to have impure blood, whether by birth or by Hollow taint. Masaki, Kanae, and countless others have died in his purge. He also implies it's not the only purge he has conducted.
  • Power Parasite: Yhwach steals Yamamoto's Bankai using his Quincy Medallion. He later strips Ichigo of his Quincy and Hollow powers.
  • Puppet King: Following his defeat, Yhwach has become the Spirit King and theoretically the highest authority in Soul Society, but he is also a sealed away corpse and seemingly unable to act.
  • The Purge: His use of Auswählen (roughly "Holy Selection") enables him to take the powers from Quincies he decides are "impure" or unnecessary. It kills most and leaves the few survivors completely powerless. As it's used by Yhwach to empower himself or redistribute Quincy power to strategically support his personal goals, he is unrepentant in the use of it. Notable victims over the years include Masaki, Kanae, Uryuu, Bazz-B, Liltotto, and Giselle. Much to Yhwach's confusion and interest, Uryuu is the only Quincy in history to have survived the purge with both his life and power intact.
  • Reality Warper: Yhwach is able to manipulate reishi to create anything he wants, even stairs in the middle of the air. Once he absorbs the Soul King, this ability powers up to give him complete control over the Soul King's realm. He is able to dismantle Seireitei itself, using its reishi to reshape the Royal Realm into a city that's in the shape of a giant Quincy Cross, and placing his new palace at the centre. He also alters the density and consistency of the atmospheric reishi; the Soul Reapers find it impossible to use Flash Step because they cannot manipulate this altered reishi to create footholds in the air. The ultimate ability of The Almighty is to transform the future, enabling him to set traps and destroy Ichigo's new Bankai the moment he activates it and without moving, and bypass Orihime's shield to attack Ichigo.
  • Religious Horror: Yhwach is heavily inspired by Jesus and the abrahamic God. As such, many of his more horrifying and monstrous actions are direct references of inspired by the likewise horrifying actions Jesus and God performed in Revelation.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Although he looks like someone in his forties, he was alive a thousand years ago, where he looked like a man in his thirties. His exact age is unknown, but he is known to be at least twelve hundred years old (given he was more than two hundred years old before the initial invasion of Soul Society a millennium ago).
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He delivers a rather poignant one to Yamamoto right before obliterating his corpse, by accusing Yamamoto himself as well as the entire first generation of the Gotei 13 to be little more than murderous sociopaths - just like Yhwach himself. The damning thing is that Yamamoto actually can't disagree.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Yhwach named himself after the Hebrew and Christian God, based on what humans were calling him when he was miraculously healing the incurable as a baby. To empower the Sternritter, he makes them drink his blood from a cup, which is very strong Hebrew and Christian symbolism.
  • Sadist: While he conceals it pretty well usually, Yhwach delights in the pain of others, torturing and executing two Arrancar simply because he can, playing cruel mental games with his victims and by the end starts indulging in hysterical evil laughter at the emotional pain of Ichigo
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: According to ancient Quincy folklore, the Sealed King would regain his heartbeat after 900 years. He would then regain his intellect after 90 years. From that, he would then regain his power after 9 years. The final, more secret, stanza is that he would then regain the world after 9 days. The Final Arc is based on those last nine days and concludes with his corpse being resealed — as the new Soul King.
  • Seer: His Schrift, The Almighty, allows him to not only see the future but, as he explains it, to see every possible future. He describes this as every possible future being one granule in a dust cloud. Even if you prevent the granule which embodies a future currently on course, the future merely jumps to another granule, but Yhwach can see that one, too.
  • Shrouded in Myth: There's ancient folklore among the Quincy about a Sealed King. He's the origin of that folklore, although whether his legend is that of a hero or villain remains unknown.
  • Significant Double Casting: He has the same voice actor as Old Man Zangetsu, since Zangetsu's physical appearance is based on a younger Yhwach.
  • Single Tear: As Yhwach rants to Ichigo about his defeat, and how death will no longer cease to exist, he sheds a single tear as his dream of a world without fear will never become reality.
  • Slasher Smile: He flashes a somewhat sedate version when saying farewell to Yamamoto. However, with Ichigo, he doesn't hold back the smile.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: A defining characteristic of Yhwach is that oftentimes, he deliberately insults and belittles dead enemies (or allies) to the proverbial faces of their corpses. Then, there's the time he killed Yamamoto whom he truly hated... he then proceeded to deliver a poignant "Reason You Suck" Speech and proceeded to desecrate his corpse by hacking off his one remaining arm, stomping on his head, and completely incinerating the rest.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The name is officially "Yhwach" (pronounced "Yuu-Haa-Vahk"). Unofficial translations use the katakana to produce "Juhabach" or "Yuhabaha", or "Juha Bach" to give him a first and last name.
  • Super Empowering: Unlike the rest of the Quincies, who can collect reishi from their surroundings and make it theirs, he was born with the ability to give parts of his soul to others, and as time went on, he found a more efficient technique by carving initials of a letter inside them, which possibly hints at how the Sternritter were created. He can also use the Auswählen to distribute the power of Quincy he deems "unnecessary" to Quincy he deems "essential", causing them to become ever stronger and be reborn even if they had suffered fatal wounds.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Yhwach regards the future as malleable and susceptible to change. "The Almighty" allows him to see all possible futures and to transform any or all of them to ensure the future he wants will come to pass. What Yhwach is capable of doing has basically already been done. His ability removes causality by instantly ensuring the effect occurs. Once Yhwach absorbs the Soul King, there are no limits on what he can do; he can even rewrite his own death, making him impossible to kill while the ability remains active.
  • Superpower Lottery: He has the ability to insert pieces of his soul into anyone, whereupon that piece will soak up the abilities and power level of the victim. When Yhwach recalls the shards, he is empowered at the expense of the victim's life. He can therefore switch and distribute his power around people as he sees fit and kill people just by willing it to happen. As a result, if his power is reduced, he can simply absorb it back from the environment or people around him. His Schrift allows him to understand the future of what he can see in front of him and therefore counter abilities he is confronted by, and he can manipulate the future to cause events he "sees" to occur in the present.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The story has long established that the only way to be certain that a being of spiritual power is dead is by decapitating them. However, most characters do not account for this when they kill. Yhwach decapitates as a default method of death, as both Luders and Ebern discover. When he wants to make a point, he doesn't just kill Royd, he obliterates Royd's entire torso. To kill Yamamoto, he cleaves him in half, chops off his arm and then obliterates the entire body. Subverted with Ichibei: although he dismembers Ichibei, he does not obliterate the body, allowing Ichibei to later return to life.
  • The Unfettered: In the state of being very weak? Just conduct The Purge and regain power and extend your lifespan, of "unnecessary" and "impure" Quincy, regardless of age. Team Killing from his soldiers? It doesn't matter. Power ups from the heroes? It doesn't matter. Barriers keeping you from walking further? It doesn't matter. Squad Zero itself meeting up with you head-on? Fuck off. All four of your Schutzstaffel Elites falling to one guy? Conduct The Purge on your own soldiers so you can simultaneously revive and strengthen the elites. Destroying the world? A necessary sacrifice. No single thing can and will keep him from undoing the original sin by recreating a world without death, and there's not a single thing he will not do to further his goal of creating said perfect world.
  • Villain Ball: During their fight on Wahrwalt, he completely defeats Ichigo and drives him to true despair with the full scope of The Almighty before stealing Ichigo's power. Instead of killing Ichigo (and to a lesser extent Orihime), Yhwach lets him live solely for the purpose of doing it again in the Seireitei which results in Aizen and Uryuu having the opportunity to help Ichigo defeat Yhwach. Aizen's illusions buy Uryuu the time to obtain a power-nullifying arrow from Ryuuken and arrive in time to use it on Yhwach while also allowing Ichigo to set up the perfect strike. The defeat resonates ten years into the future to ensure the final factor in the destruction of Yhwach is Ichigo's own son. Had Yhwach simply killed Ichigo, none of this — including Ichigo's future son — would have been possible.
  • Villainous Breakdown: During his final fight with Ichigo, Yhwach starts to lose his calm composure, showing signs of stress and rage as he begins to experience unexpected events that he had not foreseen. Never having been able to understand Uryuu's abilities, he begins to scream when Uryuu's arrow temporarily disables his powers. It goes into full-swing when he realizes Haschwalth had disguised one of his future visions as a nightmare, ensuring that the one vision Yhwach did receive was ignored as a dream.
  • Villain Has a Point: Hollows cannot exist if humans don't die, so the creation of this new world by the Soul Reapers also created the Hollows that hunt and destroy humans. However, Yhwach is treated as wrong for wanting to restore the previous world where death and fear don't exist, believing it to be a better quality of life for everyone than what currently exists.
  • Villains Never Lie: Despite being ruthless and brutal, Yhwach has a reputation for honesty and is stated to hate lies. He tells Ichigo without hesitation that he destroyed Soul Society. He tells Uryuu that his "Holy Selection" genocide of the Gemischt nine years ago was supposed to kill Uryuu, too. However, he is a master word-smith, being able to obscure context and consequences without lying. By telling the Vandenreich that Uryuu was the "last survivor", he hides the existence of Ryuuken (an Echt Quincy). Telling the Sternritter their job is to fight and die for him fails to reveal that this means they're fair game for his "Holy Selection" the moment they become useless to him.
  • Villain Takes an Interest:
    • He's very interested in the "Five Special War Powers", combatants he feels can change the tide of the entire war. He extended an offer for Ichigo to join the Vandenreich (whether he wanted to or not), and a large part of his first attack against the Seireitei was an attempt to bust out and recruit Aizen (he refused, but Yhwach expected this). As for Kenpachi, Urahara and Ichibei, they are what he would consider kill-on-sight targets. Having them around gives the Soul Society an advantage that's a little too close for comfort for him.
    • No Quincy in history has ever survived The Purge with both their power and life intact. Most die, and the few who don't are left completely powerless. When Yhwach performs Auswählen against all impure World of the Living Quincies to regain his power, Uryuu makes history by being the sole Quincy to ever survive without losing his life and power. Yhwach is so fascinated by this that he recruits Uryuu, makes him his Unexpected Successor, and claims Uryuu is capable of surpassing even him. Haschwalth believes Yhwach is keeping Uryuu as close to him as possible precisely because Uryuu has every reason in the world to kill him.
  • Villain Team-Up: Subverted. He claims to have approached Aizen as a way to recruit the former Arrancar leader into the Vandenreich, but Aizen refused. Yhwach didn't seem to mind it, however.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: Yhwach completely hates values, such as justice and honor. This is why he hates how the Gotei 13 became weak during the 1,000 years of his absence.
  • Visionary Villain: Yhwach hates lies, so he plans to destroy the biggest lie in existence: Soul Society, creating the true original world without death and fear in the process.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: During the first invasion of Soul Society, he captures Yamamoto's bankai (and kills him afterwards), which has flames as hot as the Sun and could destroy the world if left activated for too long. However, he's content to let his soldiers do the fighting for him.
  • We Have Reserves: When asked why he keeps killing his Arrancar soldiers, he replies that he can always get new ones.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: Because he can see all possible futures, the true power of "The Almighty" is to "alter the future", causing events to happen in the present that would have happened in a chosen possible future.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": His "Holy Selection" wiped out the entire Gemischt ("mixed-blood") Quincy population with the exception of a single individual. Holy Selection is not an automatic process; Yhwach personally selects every single Quincy that he intends to steal power from and every single Quincy he will redistribute that power to. Nine years ago, he destroyed the Gemischt to restore his own power. During the invasion of the Royal Realm, he redistributes power from multiple Sternritters to revive his elite Schutzstaffel; although he only steals the Vollstandig from, it instantly kills Robert and he informs his victims that they should be grateful to be aiding their comrades.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Holy Selection occurred when Uryu was eight years old, and Uryu was the only survivor. Yes, Yhwach tried to kill an eight year old boy just for existing. Not only did Yhwach kill, then take the powers and life force of an unspecified number of Echt and Gesmicht Quincy, which consisted of adolescents and adults, but Quincy children as well, except one. This proves that regardless of how old or young his victims are, and what their hardships are, Yhwach will remorselessly harm and kill them all.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Everything plays out in his favour. As his soul spreads to both his soldiers and those they fight, it doesn't matter who wins or loses, he grows stronger anyway. Aizen prevents him immediately recruiting Ichigo, resulting in Ichigo training in the Royal Realm. Ichigo's return leaves the gateway open just long enough for Yhwach to invade. When his elite Sternritter are defeated, he revives them to fight again. Although Uryuu has the ability to surpass Yhwach, Haschwalth believes that Yhwach has put Uryuu in a position where he's so politically and spiritually bound to Yhwach that he can't betray him even if he wanted to.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: However when Ukitake summoned Mimihagi and ruined Yhwach's plan, he was quickly able to recover from the setback and create a new plan that put him in an advantageous position.
  • You Have Failed Me: Even though they survived, he's far from happy that Cang Du and BG9 only survived from the lucky timing of their Vollstandig activation. He therefore orders Haschwalth to punish them.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Yhwach only has limited use for anyone, even his most elite Sternritter. He kills Ebern for no good reason after Ebern tested how easy it would be to steal Ichigo's Bankai. He abandons most of the Sternritter once they've sacked Seireitei, stealing the powers of the ones left in Seireitei to empower the elite few he's taken to the Royal Realm. When he eventually defeats Ichigo, he steals the power from the last few Sternritter, including Haschwalth. Younger Sternritters are shocked whenever Yhwach turns on them, but older Quincies like Robert, who dies when Yhwach steals his power, have seen it happen before.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Yhwach must absorb the souls of his fallen minions and those who have come in contact with them in order to stay functionally alive. This adds up to a very large portion of the cast, including the Soul Reapers, as the first Vandenreich invasion was meant to build up this plan. He can also use his Auswählen to do it at will, which he uses against most of his Sternritters to revive his Schutzstaffel elites.
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