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Now you've seen all of the characters that are the main antagonists and protagonists for this series. Let's now take a look at the characters that make up Lelouch's main support group: the Gotei 13.

Please keep in mind that all characters, alive or dead, are listed here if their final or current affiliation makes them part of the Gotei if they are not a Post Humous Character. Also because of the rapid changes to positions and what-not this list is now in order of Western Style naming rather than by squad.Keep in mind that these are only tropes NOT shown in the main series. For details on these characters not shown here go to these pages here and here.


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Ashido Kano

A veteran Soul Reaper who was trapped in the Menos Forest for over three centuries. He was the 4th seat of Lelouch's original Captain, Akari Mari. He is encountered by Hitsugaya and Momo during a trip into the Menos Forest during the Lelouch and the Law arc and returns with them and is welcomed back to the Gotei with very little fuss. Considering the man spent a long time fighting for his life against a shit ton of menos and other hollows and was never actually declared deceased it's easy to understand that his return is easier to recognize and accept for the Central Forty Six than say Homura Yuna. He is made as Shunsui's vice-captain as it is the only senior officer position open at the time of his return. His Zanpakuto is Meiyo Okami (Honorable Wolf)

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His Shikai
  • Ascended Extra
  • Backstory of the Day: The Beach episode; he enjoys Surfing, dude! Mari taught him how; she's still better though.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: 'Defend the pack, Meiyo Okami'; it was originally 'Duel, Meiyo Okami'.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Naomi says she learned it from him, so obviously he’s this too.
  • Old Soldier: Considering the hell he's probably been through and isn't the least bit overwhelmed by everything or exemplifying the traits of a Shell-Shocked Veteran he definitely qualifies here. Of course he seems a lot softer of an individual than the usual portrayal of this trope.
  • Ship Tease: Lelouch tries to set him up with Yuna after she breaks up with him, due to their shared pasts with Mari, despite Ashido being a lot older than Yuna, though it's unlikely if anything comes of it given the lack of any mention of them interacting post Pursuit Of The Truth. Likely they're Just Friends. Naomi is also a candidate.
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  • Zen Survivor

Chief Prosecutor Byakuya Kuchiki

Captain of Squad 6 and head of the famous Kuchiki clan, but the first time we see Byakuya he is but a child and Lelouch actually teaches him a private lesson in Kido, under Yoruichi's supervision. As a child, Lelouch was something of an idol to him. As an adult, he continues to be one of Lelouch's strongest supporters.

Chojiro Sasakibe

Yamamoto's Vice-captain. Dies in chapter 104 due to a fever and the lack of attention paid to him in-universe. Though it was helped by Yolanda killing his Zanpakuto at Gonryomaru's request

Captain-Commander Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto

Head Captain of the Gotei 13. His bankai is Ryujin Jakka Mugen Ikari. He was the FIRST Shinigami to unlock Bankai. He is killed by Aizen and Nyra.

Gin Ichimaru

Though originally a "friend" of Lelouch's Gin is still the Magnificent Bastard Wild Card everyone knows him to be. Even after Talbumosuke's death, when Lelouch convinces the Central Forty Six to consider Gin a Fake Defector and Gin is reinstated into the Gotei as the Vice-captain of Squad 9 to replace Hisagi he remains this way until the end of Aizen's Revenge when he becomes Captain of Squad 12. Engaged to Rangiku

  • Black Comedy Rape: Invoked in the omake chapter 74.03 (the omake for ch 82)
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily defeats his own Zanpakuto in the Reapers and Heralds arc.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Lelouch. Though he’s not quite as intelligent the fact that Hisana considers him to be the best the Gotei has at coming up with a plan during the Reapers and Heralds arc and considering Gin’s other actions it definitely qualifies him for this.
  • Fake Defector: Debatable as to whether or not Gin himself is one, but Lelouch makes him out to be one to the Central Forty Six. But then again he really does care about Rangiku, so it is possible he is entirely this. He's lucky Lelouch spoke in his defense.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Good in only the sense of the fact that he’s once again affiliated with the Soul Society. Rangiku calls him out on it.
  • Guile Hero: Very debatable on the "hero" aspect but he is very intelligent. He continues the research on Lelouch's Sorting Algorithm of Hollows to apply it on menos and gillians.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Gin might be a psycho, but he's quite comical at times.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In chapter 61 he says that if he doesn't make it, he wants Lelouch to take care of Rangiku.
  • Karma Houdini: Gin isn’t getting any retribution, verbal or otherwise, for killing Hachigen. The Soul Society, of course, since Hachigen is just an extra hand and was written off in the records as KIA, will not lay a hand on him, but it’s amazing that Shinji or one of the other Visoreds haven’t given Lelouch a good scolding.
    • It’s possible they don’t know that he was set loose as Tosen’s replacement Vice-captain for Hisagi
  • Out-Gambitted: He comes up with a cunning plan during the Reapers and Heralds arc, and it is a very good one at that. Unfortunately Eien Tamashi and Lelouch were one step ahead of that.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Gin flat out says the key phrase “I grew up” to his Zanpakuto
  • Take That!: Invoked by the author at what Gin did to Aizen in canon replicated with Talbumosuke here, only it works.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: With definite shades of Nominal Hero.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Rangiku gives him a big one, including slapping him. Gin even denotes that he’d prefer she’d have Run him through with Haineko coming from a man who enjoys psychological torture and killed Hachigen in cold blood in Soul Chess, not to mention all of his actions in canon, this says something.

Hisana Kuchiki

Byakuya's wife and Rukia's older sister. She is first seen in the series as a student in one of Lelouch's Kido classes alongside Gin and Byakuya. Before she contracts a disease that would otherwise be fatal to her Lelouch reunites her with Rukia and Hisana continues to live rising higher and higher in rank. Currently she is the Captain of Squad 3. She was revealed to be pregnant just before going for the second battle and in one week after Hitsugaya's release from prison, she gave birth to twins Kyo and Isao. Her Zanpakuto is called Kaze no Irokoe. Her Bankai is called Saigo no Chu no Kaze no Irokoe

Ikkaku Madarame

The Hot-Blooded battle hungry 3rd seat of Squad 11. He is killed in the Battle of Karakura Town by Karrthus Darigaaz. As of his return in Permanent Sinner, he is Togabito #520.

Isane Kotetsu

Vice-Captain of Squad 4 after her predecessor was detained for insanity. Having Unohana for a captain obviously had nothing to do with that. Isane has shown her...interest and shyness around Lelouch and has become somewhat of a personal nurse for him whenever he's been injured and sent to her squad.

Izuru Kira

Vice-captain of Squad 3 and also a student of Lelouch's. Dies during the Aizen's revenge arc against Ulquiorra.

  • Actor Allusion: In chapter 78, saying that he believes in the path he’s chosen makes it seem like Izuru is about to whack Victor with a bo-staff.
  • Heroic Sacrifice / Taking You with Me: Does this against Ulquiorra to allow for Hisana and Byakuya to unleash their Synergy Strike.
  • What Might Have Been: Meta. Renji and Momo have Bankai and Rukia is on her way to getting hers, so he may have achieved it had he lived longer.

Jushiro Ukitake

The fatherly white haired captain of Squad 13. His Bankai is called Hanron Dekinai Sogyo no Kotowari.

Kaien Shiba

The still alive Vice-Captain of Squad 13. In the face of Metastacia, Lelouch's interference allowed Kaien to survive the encounter and avenge Miyako's death. His Bankai is named Nejibana Sora ni Rasen-jo. Married to Rukia.

Kaname Tosen

The Captain of Squad 9. Tosen was Aizen's subordinate, but Lelouch managed to convince him to make a Heel–Face Turn and betray Aizen. Tosen, even while on Aizen's side, can tell that Lelouch has a strong sense of Justice.

  • Heel–Face Turn: Lelouch convinces him to turn to betray Aizen
  • Heroic BSoD: In the aftermath of the Battle of Karakura Town arcs. He lost both his student and his best friend. It was bad enough that he considered resigning himself as captain until Lelouch intervened.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Tosen nearly gets his team annihilated because Zurik is able to absorb the elemental energy in his Bankai.
  • The Mole: His role after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Sixth Ranger: to the phantoms.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Yuna. She doesn't trust him for working with Aizen for so long; it's why she ends up as Shunsui's VC rather than his. Seems to have healed by the end, when he brings her some much needed medical supplies during Hell on Earth.
  • The Atoner: Becomes this to make up for the death of Shuhei and Sajin and all he did before Aizen tricked him into revenge. Yuna's going to make sure he sticks to it.

Kenpachi Kiganjo

The captain of Squad 11 before Zaraki's time.

Kenpachi "Hitteki" Zaraki

The captain of Squad 11. Wiped out his predecessor with a single swing. His Zanpakuto is called Fumetsu Seishin no Senso (Indestructable Spirit of War)

  • Awesome, but Impractical: Kenpachi’s Zanpakuto lets him increase his power the longer he fights to the point where he gains faux-meatallic skin with flaming eyes when he reaches level 5. His Zanpakuto is standardly weaker than Kenpachi. Without his eyepatch, Kenpachi equals his Zanpakuto’s level 3 and his Zanpakuto can wipe the floor with Kenpachi at level 5. Kenpachi ever getting to level 5 is this trope. Most enemies would not last long enough for him to get to this point. Vanguard has survived long enough to force this twice, and if he's around Ichigo, it's a given.
  • Arch-Enemy: Vanguard. Later becomes The Rival.
  • Badass Boast: "I’m Zaraki Kenpachi and I never quit"
    • Kenpachi repeats said boast after Ichigo snaps him out of his Heroic BSoD
  • Berserk Button: Gets notably angrier if you threaten Yachiru.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: 'Go All Out, Fumetsu Seishin no Senso'.
  • Even Kenpachi Has Standards: Kenpachi enjoys battle, but considers the SAZ massacre to be like roasting a pig and finds it despicable.
  • Foe Yay: With Nelliel
  • Foreshadowing: Of a sort; at Kaien and Rukia's wedding, he sings "Indestructible" by Disturbed; his Zanpakuto has a near identical name (spirit of war vs master of war)
  • Heartbroken Badass: If it is indeed true that he and the original Yachiru were more than friends. He qualifies for this.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers this after his Zanpakuto beats him
  • It's Personal: The main reason for limiting Ichigo's role in fighting Vanguard.
  • Memetic Badass: The omake of ch 82 turns him into this.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: His first battle against Vanguard.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Ichigo takes note of the fact that Kenpachi is in some serious funk by the fact that Kenpachi isn’t jumping at the chance to challenge him to a battle.
  • Take Up My Sword: Outright defied in his backstory. Kensei asks him if he was going to do this for Hekira Yachiru, but Kenpachi simply responds he’s not strong enough to do so and leaves. Presumably to get stronger.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Finally learns the name of his Zanpakuto.

Kiyone Kotetsu

The energetic co-3rd seat of Squad 13 and also the younger sister of Isane. Her Zanpakuto is called Usaginoashi

Kukaku Shiba

Kaien's irate younger sister. She is hostile towards Lelouch at first, but has come to be one of his biggest supporters in recent years (in-universe of course). After Isshin's banishment since Kaien is the head of the Shiba clan, which is the main family of the Kurosaki clan, Kukaku is sent to prison for political reasons. Lelouch, now a captain, bails her out in exchange for having her join his squad. She complies and is currently a 5th seat under his command. Her Zanpakuto is called Kyodai Bakudan (Mad Bomber).

Maki Ichinose

An 8th seat of the Eleventh division and a loyalist to Zaraki's predecessor.

Mayuri Kurotsuchi

The twisted successor over the Department of Research and Development to Kisuke Urahara. Killed off by Nyra and returns as Togabito #315

  • Asshole Victim: So much so that Lelouch and Unohana have no respect for his death and toast so that his time in hell will not be pleasant.
    • Turns out it was relatively pleasant.
  • Badass Decay: While never truly badass per se, he was able to hold off Kira Luz and Gin during the battles of Fake Karakura; come going to Hell, the best he can manage is #315. Even Tatsuki can do better than that.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Oh yes indeed
  • Killed Off for Real: By Nyra
    • Again by Marriane. Possibly for good this time. given Hell's rules.
  • Mad Scientist
  • Token Evil Teammate

Miyako Shiba

Kaien's deceased wife. Her Zanpakuto is Hagane Renge (Steel Lotus).

Momo Hinamori

Vice-captain of Squad 5 and a student of Lelouch's Kido class. Under our protagonist's guidance Momo has changed quite a bit from her Canon self. Now the New Captain of Squad 4. Her Bankai is Yudiana Tobiume Koken.

Nanao Ise

The pushy, upstart vice-captain of Squad 8. Killed by Loly in a very BRUTAL way.. Her Zanpakuto in this series is Fukuro (Owl).

Nemu Kurotsuchi

Mayuri's "daughter" and surrogate sibling of Lelouch as he is the one who teaches her how to live in Mayuri's place for the captain is far too busy with other things to waste his time with such menial activities. She is one of Lelouch's biggest moral supporters. She also takes Lelouch's virginity. She became Lelouch's girlfriend for a time. He then broke up with her to protect her, but the two have recently gotten back together and is also a member of the House of Lamperouge; though not anymore. Seems to have got together with Renji at present. Her Shikai is Tekubi-kiri Tamashi (Wrist Cutting Soul).

Nozomi Kujo

The 6th seat of squad 10 later promoted to 5th seat of Squad 6. Nozomi is from the Reigai filler arc in the Bleach Anime. Her Zanpakuto is called Arozome Shigure. More details about her can be found here.

  • Big Damn Heroes:She saves Euphie and Shirley alongside May Stowa against Tsukishima.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Lelouch for his perceived hypocrisy after they return from the Black Rebellion. She gets transfered out and promoted when she states her unwillingness to continue serving under him.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Nozomi is probably regarded as the most despised character in all Bleach media (check her entry on Bleach's own character page; it has nary a positive thing to say about her). In this, she isn't given anything like as much exposure; her myth arc is reduced to just 1 chapter, which is mostly Rangiku and Kendra centric, and while she makes semi-regular appearances from then on, particularly as part of Lelouch's team that went to Japan for the Black Rebellion, she is not a Spotlight-Stealing Squad. Nobody fawns over her, and while strong enough to be a high ranking officer, she doesn't have the godmods she had during the Reigei arc. There are times when she's grateful to others. While she's never going to be an Ensemble Dark Horse due to her canon representation, it's an improvement.

Rangiku Matsumoto

Rangiku is the first character Lelouch comes across during the series. She has known Lelouch the longest period. (He's lived longer in the Soul Society than when he was alive). Currently the Vice-Captain of Squad 10 Under Lelouch himself no less, though she still prefers to drink than do her work, Rangiku proves herself as a dedicated supporter of her allies and especially her captain.

  • Cry Cute: Rangiku breaks down into a heartbroken sobbing mess in chapter 61 because she has been trying to get Lelouch's attention, but he just shrugs her off and it hurts her.
  • Going Commando: Pulls this once as a means of seducing Lelouch.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Inverted. She’s been trying to get Lelouch’s attention for the longest time now, but he never seems to accept her advances. Can you really blame him?
  • Pet the Dog: Rangiku opts against telling Orihime that it’s all too likely Ichigo is dead rather than telling her the truth, knowing it would break her heart. She instead reinforces Orihime’s beliefs. Turns out she was right not to.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: says this to Lelouch in one chapter.
  • Sex for Solace: Does this with Lelouch for her own shattered soul.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Lelouch’s reaction to seeing her in chapter 15 after not having seen her in nearly twenty years
  • Stripperific: She wears the bare minimum of her Shihakusho in chapter 61 in order to seduce Lelouch.

Renji Abarai

The butt of all of the author's jokes when he needs someone to suffer hilarious amounts pain, suffering or just to be the Punchline. Renji does eventually manage to get the recognition of Squad 6 Vice-captain he deserves, but that doesn't stop the author from stealing his dignity every now and then. Renji was, much to Lelouch's chagrin for his lack of ability, one of Lelouch's Kido students.

Captain-Commander Retsu Unohana

Captain of Squad 4 now the NEW Captain of Squad 1 and both a terror and a mother to her allies, a nightmare to her foes. Her Bankai is Minazuki Zenmetsu (Purify the Flesh by Total Eradication).

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Yeah, there’s a reason she is the second longest running captain.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Her Bankai's ultimate form can only be achieved if all five of the heads are destroyed simultaneously and her blade is broken. Good luck with that.
    • It gets better; She has a form beyond that, requiring her to get drenched in blood before she can use it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Used to be this. Still is on special occasions
  • Badass in Distress: During a portion of the Aizen's Revenge arc.
  • Black Comedy Rape: There's a hilarious omake incident between her and Isane.
  • Blood Knight: Used to be this too. Along with Blood Lust.
  • Brought Down to Badass: She’s expels a lot of reiatsu during the second battle of Karakura Town due to using her Bankai and healing a bunch of people, but she is confident that she can, along with Shunsui, Ukitake, Byakuya and Tessai, defeat Ulquiorra. They do, thanks mainly to Jushiro.
  • Child by Rape: An indirect product of one involving Kasumi's Rape.
  • Covert Pervert: If the omakes are to be believed, Unohana rather enjoyed the time the Shinigami Women's Association walked in on Lelouch, Ukitake, and Byakuya watching "Adventures Up The Ass III: The Marathon."
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gives one to Sparrga and to a lesser extent Nyra; receives one from Kasumi.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In spades. She was originally a Rukongai serial killer, but a visit from Rita and a show of where she would wind up and how she could not go there changed her to be a more beneficial individual. Of course, at first, this didn’t stop her Blood Knight tendencies. It was after she lost someone very important to her that she stopped being Ax-Crazy and has spent her entire life changing herself and making something better of herself. It appears she seems to bury it all, but the tendencies are still there, but now she can control it.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Unohana is able to cow the Soul King to her will by threatening to "go crying to mommy" in reference to her surrogate mother Rita. Completely justified, as it happens.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Her braid is removed for good and she lets her hair cascade down after becoming the Head Captain.
    • Please note that as this was written before The Reveal in canon, the throat scar Kenpachi gave her is not present.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: There are eyes on her wings courtesy of her Bankai’s ultimate form
  • Fanservice: Unohana wearing nothing on her top except her bra during her battle with Minazuki
  • Flanderization: In canon, Unohana is benevolent, but if she smiles everyone falls in line. In the fic, her mere presence frightens those around her.
  • Four Is Death: She’s the fourth person to fight Spargga. The end result is not pretty.
  • Heel Realization: If her Dark and Troubled Past was anything to go by, Unohana stopped creatively killing people because she didn't like the atmosphere in hell and didn't want to go there.
  • Heroic BSoD: Breaks down when she’s forced to act like an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight again
  • Irony: Unohana became the captain of the medical division, despite her Dark and Troubled Past
  • Laughing Mad: She is awfully happy when she’s shown in the past butchering hollows and people.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: If she undoes her braid it's a sign that she's taking the fight seriously. To prove a point Her fight against Ichigo's hollow form has her doing this. This action is absent in her fight with Spargga. Despite the fact that she used Bankai on the latter, keep in mind which battle was a Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • As of the end of the Aizen's revenge arc her braid is gone which means now that if she has to step into the fight AT ALL shit has hit the fan. Case in point look at recent events in Canon with Yamamoto Vs Juha Bach.
  • Licking the Blade: Does this in a flashback. And it's creepy.
  • Made of Iron: Ichigo's half-hollow form ripped Ulquiorra to shreds. She survived an encounter with it.
    • One of the lines put it nicely "A normal captain would’ve had their back torn in half"
    • She didn't just "survive it". She, technically, won against it by knocking Ichigo out of it. This woman is scary
  • Magic Knight: Never seen more prominent than with her battle against Ichigo’s half-hollow hybrid form.
  • Martial Pacifist: Excessively justified.
  • One-Winged Angel: She can transform into one if she bathes in the blood of her enemies enough.
  • Power Gives You Wings: her Bankai’s ultimate form
  • Reformed Criminal
  • Slasher Smile: Used to sport this
  • Stepford Smiler: If what Spargga said is to be taken at face value Unohana is possibly a Type C or perhaps used to actually be an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight and very very Cute and Psycho and Took a Level in Kindness and buried the tendencies. Word of God has not commented on this yet.
    • Confirmed with the events of chapter 94 and also apparently has shades of type B as well. There is a lot she is hiding behind that smile.
  • The Atoner
  • The Reveal: The reincarnation of Kasumi's kid.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: A la Backstory.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Had one of these. Sadly, note the "had".
  • Unexpected Successor: The NEW Captain of Squad One by Rita herself, and CONFIRMED by Yamamoto HIMSELF.
    • Not too unexpected considering Tite Kubo himself has gone on record saying Unohana is next in seniority (even though canonically Kyoraku got the title), but bearing in mind who is running the show here it's understandable to think Lelouch would've been promoted instead.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Inverted. Unohana was fracking nuts when she was young.
  • You Are Not Alone: Gets told this when she begins to have doubts about being the new Captain Commander.

Rurichiyo Kasumioji

Yes. that Rurichiyo. Princess of the Kasumioji clan and vice-captain of Squad 5. Rurichiyo makes use of the spiritual power that she has in honor of her fallen bodyguards Ryusei “Kenryu” Kenzaki and Rusaburo “Enryu” Enkogawa who gave their lives to protect the Soul Society, and her, during Aizen’s revenge. Her Zanpakuto is called Suzume Enbukyoku (Sparrow Waltz).

Sajin Komamura

The canine Captain of Squad 7. He is killed in the second battle of Karakura Town by Spargga.

Sentaro Kotsubaki

The Hot-Blooded co-3rd seat of Squad 13. He is killed by the Togabito Zurik

Shuhei Hisagi

The Covert Pervert Vice-captain of Squad 9. Shuhei was also one of Lelouch's students while at the academy, but only during his final year. Killed by a Cero from Gloria.

Shunsui Kyoraku

The laid back senior captain of Squad 8.

Tetsuzaemon Iba

The manly Vice-Captain of Squad 7. Fired by Yuna Homura for disrespecting her when she is given the status of 7th Squad Captain. He is replaced by Susanna Shapikni.

Toshiro Hitsugaya

The young child prodigy of Bleach makes his appearance very late in the first portion of the series, changing his destiny greatly. he does not become a captain until after Aizen's defection and is instead Captain of Squad 5 rather than Squad 10.

Yachiru Kusajishi

The child looking Vice-captain of Squad 11. She calls Lelouch by his in-universe nickname Lulu. Her Zanpakuto is called Okotte Kemono (Mad Beast). She grows up a little as of ch 142.

Yumichika Ayasegawa

The effeminate and self acclaimed beautiful 5th seat of Squad 11. 3rd seat with Ikkaku gone


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