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Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach. There are so many that they occupy eight pages. This page is for Ichigo and his True Companions.

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Note: To avoid confusion to people more familiar with the English-language releases, all names are in Western order.

Contains spoilers

Ichigo Kurosaki

 "I'm not Superman. So I can't say anything big like I'll protect everyone on Earth. I'm not a modest guy who will say it's enough if I can protect as many people as my two hands can handle either. I want to protect... a mountain-load of people."

Species: Human / Shinigami
Affiliation: Soul Society / Karakura High School / Xcution (formerly)
Zanpakutou: Zangetsu

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Ichigo Kurosaki

The main character. Normally an ordinary boy with some... weird sense of spirits, then turns into a Soul Reaper to battle Hollows. But his quest later evolves into beating other Soul Reapers, and later battling upgraded Hollows (also making a deal with the Visoreds by turning as one). Rather reliant upon Heroic Resolve to win his fights or to survive, which earns him some scorn from various observers (until he eventually kicks their ass, anyway). His Zanpakuto is Zangetsu.

After spending at least a year and a half with no powers, Kugo Ginjo approaches him. He has undergone training to fully manifest his Fullbring, which is channeled through his Substitute Soul Reaper badge, and became a temporary member of the organization Xcution. He has since been betrayed and regained his powers via Rukia, Isshin and Urahara. And Kenpachi, and Byakuya, and Renji, and Ikkaku, and Toshiro... And the entire Gotei 13.)

In the last arc, Soul Society AND Hueco Mundo have been invaded by the Vandenreich. Ichigo, now fully back to action, gathers his friends and decides to help them out. This, hwoever, will also bring him to find out many things about his own past and heritage...

  Voiced by: Masakazu Morita (JP), Yuki Matsuoka (as a child) (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (US), Eduardo Garza (Latin America), Sergi Zamora (Spain)

  • Angst? What Angst?: He seems to take that whole Big Brother Is Watching thing with Ukitake in stride. His passiveness about it was so frank that it even unnerved both Ishida and Ginjo. Ichigo does provide an explanation: He's in the middle of a fight, so it's essentially a scare-tactic. Ichigo knows this, so he very typically tries to ignore it, which would play this trope straight. However, he has metric buttloads of experience being mindscrewed and manipulated and Ishida's yelling at him, so at least on this occasion he's done some preliminary guesswork and deduces the information's not an immediate threat and thus not a priority and thus not worth thinking about at all, which he explains to Ishida. Which might lead into a Deconstruction of the trope.
  • Art Evolution: Aside from his face and form, his clothes have wildly varied in theme over the manga's run. He goes from bland traditional shinigami clothing, then adding a heroic mantle to it, to his PIMPTASTIC! coat, to monstrous Dia de Muertos masks on top of the stuff before, to form-fitting bone-armor, back to the old traditional look with some new armor elements, and finally his Bankai's clothes have taken a somewhat retro-futuristic look, while still retaining the classic pimpin' touch.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Ichigo will fight until he collapses. Then he gets up and does it again. And again. And again. Doesn't always work, though, like when Aizen nearly cut him in half and told him that he could have all the guts and courage in the world and it wouldn't matter because his body just would not work. Same situation when Ulquiorra utterly owned Ichigo (at least before uber-hollow form) and Ichigo could not be convinced to surrender.
  • Back From the Dead: Often with a power-up to go with it.
  • Badass
    • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Uryu when they fought off a mob of Hollows.
    • Badass and Child Duo: Ichigo looked after Nel throughout the Arrancar arc. This paid off when it turned out she was an amnesiac former espada stuck in Sleep Mode Size.
    • Badass Boast: The way he introduces himself to Renji.

  "The name is Ichigo. I'm the one who's going to beat your ass. How's it going?"

    • Badass Longcoat: His appearance after Tensa Zangetsu. Nicknamed the 'pimpcoat'.
    • Brought Down to Badass: The insane fights he gets into as a psychopomp have trained his reflexes and strength in his regular body. However, even at the start of the story he was an excellent martial artist before he quit the dojo. It's simply that his later levels rendered his original status irrelevant.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Ichigo's constant struggle with his hollow self Hollow Ichigo.
  • Battle in the Rain: In both the aptly-named "Memories in the Rain" mini-arcs.
  • Berserk Button: It's an older sibling's duty to protect their younger siblings. Don't threaten his younger siblings and don't be an older sibling that threatens your own younger siblings.
  • BFS: Even when it was in sealed form in the early chapters/episodes, it was still huge, a sign of his uncontrolled, unusually high spiritual power.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Older siblings mistreating younger siblings is a Berserk Button. He will even consider killing someone who's threatening his own family.
    • The basis of the fourth movie. Yuzu gets killed by the film's big bad soon after said bad guy's reveal which causes Ichigo to utterly flip out and he goes into his super hollow form.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Ichigo has pulled this off despite already being in the room. Several times.
  • Big "Shut Up!": In chapter 475, Ichigo gives one so big, it shatters Yukio's barrier, to his... surprise. It was directed at Ishida of all people.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Gets them when his Inner Hollow takes over or when he uses his Hollow mask.
  • Black Swords Are Better: When his sword enters bankai, it's completely black from hilt to tip.
  • Blood Knight: Subverted. He never backs down from a scrap, and he does seem to enjoy fighting, given that it's about the only time that he ditches the perpetual frown and even gives off a few Slasher Smile-like grins (just look at his face while he's fighting Grimmjow), but, to be fair to him, he never actually actively seeks out fights unless they're against someone who's threatening his family. His Inner Hollow, who most certainly is this, seems to indicate that his good side is living in denial.
  • Boring but Practical: His Bankai and zanpakuto in general. The Bankai doesn't give him an expansion of power like most usually do, but instead compresses it, meaning it can be used a lot longer. It also doesn't come with any fancy tricks, merely increasing physical attributes and turning his Sword Beam black and red. It also also compensates for Ichigo's major weakness of giving off too much Reiatsu by filtering it more efficiently.
  • Brains Evil Brawn Good: Subverted. Ichigo is an impulsive guy who goes through one Shonen Upgrade after another while the show's Big Bad Aizen establishes himself as a Magnificent Bastard who fights through subterfuge rather than raw power. However, when the two meet, Aizen reveals himself to also be MUCH more powerful than Ichigo, and not only has A God Am I attitude, but later on actually tries to literally make himself one. In fairness, Ichigo did try this before during his second fight with Ulquiorra, but it didn't last too long.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Once in a while, with Orihime.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Byakuya does this to him fairly early on, necessitating some Training From Hell courtesy of Urahara to get his powers back. Gets hit with it again when he uses his Mugetsu technique, which robs him of his Soul Reaper powers for one ultimate attack.
    • Can't Stay Normal: And then thanks to the machinations of the Big Bad Duumvirate he was brought back to normal for a few moments for the third time...before Rukia and the other Shinigami returned and gave him back his shinigami powers....which leads to Ginjo and Tsukishima setting a new standard for the 'Oh Crap' look
  • Brown Eyes: He fits down-to-earth and stable trustworthiness associated with characters of this trope.
  • Bully Hunter: Don't vandalize memorials or try to beat up Actual Pacifists when Ichigo is in the area. He demonstrates the trope quite nicely in his first appearance, and again in his and Sado's Backstory.
  • By the Power of Greyskull: "Bankai - Tensa Zangetsu!"
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Getsuga Tenshō!", "Mugetsu."
  • Catch and Return: Does this in his fight against Kirge.
  • Character Development: After the Fullbringer debacle, he becomes much calmer. And while he still won't hesitant to go into a fight, he seems to be more analytical about his situations than he was before.
  • Chick Magnet: An anime-only trope that will attempt to play up Ship Tease with almost any female Ichigo interacts with. It's almost guaranteed with anime-only characters (such as Senna and Ririn) but the anime will even alter canon female behaviour to accommodate this, such as randomly making Child!Nel clingy and jealous of Ichigo in response to Rukia talking to Ichigo.
  • Childhood Friend: He and Tatsuki go way back.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: If he gets together with either Tatsuki or with Orihime, since he met the first when they were around 8 and the latter when around 12. He and Orihime are Happily Married
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Inverted. His Badass Longcoat in Bankai seems to work as a Reiatsu Gauge. Lampshaded during the Fullbring Arc when it's revealed his fullbring power is a "clad-type", clothing him in a manner similar to his shinigami (and later Vizard) form. Sado observes it's typical for Ichigo who always "clothed" in power. Playing the trope straight is that when other fullbringers get a hold of it, their fullbrings expand into uniforms and enhance their inherent abilities further.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has traces of this; while he's not always partial to to the idea of attacking from behind, he's more than willing to attack someone while they're in the middle of talking, most notably against Renji.
  • Conflict Ball: Leeroy Jenkins tendencies as well, but as of 431 he's gone off with the mysterious new character without telling his friends because he feels he has nowhere else to turn. He also did something very similar when he decided to go and see the Visored without telling anyone.
  • Covert Pervert: When Rangiku begins unbuttoning her blouse, he clamps a hand over his eyes and protests against her impropriety. Meanwhile, his fingers have parted slightly, allowing him to peek at her. Later, when Urahara trolls his potential girlfriend Orihime into putting on a very Stripperiffic outfit for Ichigo's sake, it turns out that Ichigo had been desperately restraining the urge to oogle her ever since he saw her, and is extremely embarrassed when Chad points it out.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The final Getsuga Tenshou technique, Mugetsu. It uses up all of his Soul Reaper powers in a single (extremely powerful) attack, rendering him powerless afterward. He can't get them back easily, either.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His Bankai.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His mother got killed and eaten by a Hollow in front of him, what do you expect?
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Declaration of Protection: In the Hueco Mundo arc, he beats 'self up for not being able to help Orihime when she's attacked. Rukia notices this and has him not only talk to her, but promise to protect her. A promise that, few later, he must live up to.
  • Determinator: If he has to win, he'll keep fighting until he wins. Almost as if his Catch Phrase is "It's not because I can win or not. It's because I have to win". His zanpakutou (the one everyone believed to be such, anyway) is also quite focused on ensuring Ichigo continues being a determinator being very angry with Ichigo when his resolve is so shaken his inner world has flooded with despair.
  • Discard and Draw: Seems to be going this route in the new arc regarding his Fullbring abilities. But subverted when he lost them, and got his shinigami powers back instead.
  • Dissonant Serenity: After his return from his Training From Hell to fight Aizen.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: By the end of the manga, Ichigo has settled down in a more or less quiet and happy life with his father, sisters, friends... plus his wife Orihime and their son Kazui.
  • Enemy Within: Inner Hollow. Not really: The Hollow was his actual Zanpakutou aka the real Zangetsu, whereas the one everyone knew as such was the incarnation of Ichigo's Quincy heritage.. Only by accepting BOTH Zangetsus, Ichigo can truly blossom as a fighter and a Shinigami.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His introduction has him beat the crap out of some punks...only to make them apologize to the ghost of a dead girl for knocking over the vase of flowers that was offered to her.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Does this occasionally.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: His eyes turn blue when he gains Heroic Resolve against Kisuke and Renji, and his sclera turns black when he uses his Hollow mask, along with yellow eyes.
  • Expy: Word of God says the original Ichigo was Inuyasha.
  • Eye Scream: Takes a sword slice across the eyes as part of his training at one point. He learns to fight regardless, and soon he's healed by Orihime.
  • Face of a Thug: Ichigo's hair is naturally blondish-red. This is very rare in Japan; most people have to bleach their hair to do so and are considered Delinquents. People always picked fights with him over this.
  • Failure Knight: "I loved my mom. (...) She filled up the center our family revolved around. From that center, I stole mom from them, I did...!"
  • Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. No one is surprised (for long anyway) that he fights on a captain level but they were surprised to find out how he scores on school exams. Keigo called him a 'nerd' for it. He's also quite capable of using common sense and working things out on his own. More than one baddie has underestimated him in this regard.
  • Genre Savvy: Increasingly becoming more and more like this. As of lately, he said it on more than one occasions that he knows that he'll win because he has to win, and was able to successfully deduce that Gin Ichimaru was lying about the true power of his bankai. One could say that Aizen trained him very well. He's also very aware his enemies try to Mind Screw him as a tactic and is very fed up of it.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Aizen's manipulation was supposed to turn him into a Worthy Opponent. Instead he rocketed right past that into a literal Physical God.
  • Got the Call on Speed Dial: In fact, he gives The Call a ring twice. Once after losing his powers to Byakuya, and a second time after burning them out through the Final Getsuga Tenshou.
  • Guilt Complex
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Not as extreme as some other examples, but it's still very easy to set him off.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His father is a retired Soul Reaper. His mother, believed to be a normal human, turns out to have been a Pureblood Quincy. And even more: his mom was "tainted" with an artificial Hollow created by Aizen, which is still kinda alive within him. WOW, no wonder the guy had so much power.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: He does his hard work, but the hard work always seems to make him stronger than it should.
  • He's Back: Lampshaded by Gin who, after having assessed his state of mind during the Karakura Town knew he couldn't defeat Aizen, takes one look at Ichigo's eyes after his dangai training session and realises Ichigo's resolve is genuine.
  • The Hero of the Five-Man Band
  • Heroic BSOD: Ichigo is brought to the brink when Tsukishima turns all his family and friends against him, and Ginjo pushes him over that edge by robbing him of what little power he'd managed to accumulate. It takes a Big Damn Heroes moment from Urahara, Isshin and Soul Society to snap him out of it.
  • Heterosexual Life Partners: With Chad, and later also with Renji.
  • Hidden Depths: Looks up to Shakespeare as a role-model. For all his bluntness and rather one-dimensional approach to strategy, he hides a keen analytical mind as well an urge to understand and empathize even with his enemies.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not as much as others, but he does have his moments
  • Hurting Hero: He blamed himself for his mother's death. He blames himself whenever he fails to completely save the day. He blames himself if his inner hollow takes control and causes him to do things that are against his beliefs even if he's in the middle of battle. He'll take the weight of the world to spare others suffering if he has to, and he suffers as a result.
  • Identical Stranger: Bears quite a resemblance to Kaien Shiba (both in personality and looks). This has been commented on a few times within the story and has led to some Epileptic Trees amongst the fans. It turns out they were related: Ichigo's father Isshin was Kaien's uncle, meaning they were cousins.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Since the very beginning. He gets his wish at the end of the Deicide Arc. This led to Be Careful What You Wish For in the new arc because his friends get attacked and he hates being powerless, so when he gets an offer to get his powers back, he accepts.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In order, Ichigo has been stabbed by Rukia, Grand Fisher, Byakuya once, Kenpachi twice, Byakuya again, Shiro, Ulquiorra twice, Tensa Zangetsu, Ginjou twice, and Rukia again.
  • Ironic Echo: Ichigo's remarks to Aizen after pulling off a Barehanded Blade Block are pretty much exactly the same as what Aizen said after blocking Ichigo's blade in their first meeting. Later he even lampshades their reversal of positions.
  • Irony: After Deicide, Ichigo becomes useless. And he hates it.
  • Jerkass Façade: In school, he was carefully cultivating the image of an all-around jerkass. At least prior to Kon first hijacking his body and ruining the rep by acting like a Cassanova towards his female classmates. Later on, he would only go into jerk-mode when trying to protect his friends and family.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Gleefully ignores the Soul Society's plan to prepare for the Winter War, JUST SO HE CAN SAVE HIS FRIENDS.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His power doesn't simply give him great strength, it gives him great speed as well.
  • Mana Meter: His outfit during Bankai also serves as a gauge for how much Spiritual Power he has left. Apparently if he has half of his clothes remaining he's on par with a captain-level Soul Reaper.
  • Mask Power and Mask of Power: His Hollow mask.
  • Meaningful Name: According to him, his name means "to protect one thing." It's also a homonym of "strawberry" (and his hair is strawberry blond), and can be written as "1-5", reflecting his age at the start of the manga (fifteen is juugo).
  • Mirror Boss: Hollow Ichigo loves using Ichigo's powers against him to show how much more skilled he is than him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Frequently torn clothes notwithstanding, THIS says it all. Wow.. Riruka nicely lampshades it at some point.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: His suggestion to dealing with Tsukishima.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Ichigo has a tendency to be used by an Arc Villain in a manner where his powers end up helping the Arc Villain in some way. Cue Heroic BSOD followed by Heroic Resolve moments as he takes the blame and then finds the resolve to fix his mistake. The Anime has a tendency to use this in Filler arcs much more than the manga does but it has been a plot point in the manga, too.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A Human-Fullbringer-Soul Reaper-Visored (And a Visored is already a hybrid of Soul Reaper and Hollow powers). In the fourth movie, he even becomes the Avatar of Hell, which brought a whole new set of powers. Ichigo seems to identify most closely with humanity, which makes sense, since he just wanted to be normal.
  • Orange Headed Hero
  • One-Winged Angel: Ichigo has two of these; his Hollow form and his final Getsuga Tensho.
  • Perpetual Frowner: More like perpetual scowler.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: His Getsuga Tensho can do serious damage to architecture. It more or less averts Arbitrary Maximum Range, and the Sword Beam itself tends to be absolutely gigantic. This is the other half of the basis for the Fourth Movie.
  • Physical God: For a short period.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: His default reaction whenever Yoruichi shows too much skin.
  • Platonic Life Partners: What he and Rukia actually are, according to Kubo. Confirmed at the end: he marries Orihime, she marries Renji, and they stay close friends.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: His Super Hollow form and after training for three months to fight Aizen.
  • Precision F-Strike: In the Karakura Town battle, Ichigo's language becomes very coarse at very stressful moments. Examples include when Aizen tells him he's arranged all his battles to date, when he witnesses the captains stab Hinamori and when he witnesses one of Aizen's new forms.
  • Punny Name: In Japanese his name is homonymous with "strawberry." In addition, his name can be broken down into the numbers one (ichi) and five (go). The sign that says "15" on the door to his room is a pun on his name as well as his age at the start of the story.
  • Razor Wind: A new ability he develops after getting his Shinigami powers back
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: Pointedly inverted: he loves chocolate.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Uryu and Chad's blue.
  • Semi-Divine: His mother was, as far as we know, a normal human. His father is a retired Soul Reaper, meaning that he's basically a human/ghost hybrid. Averted in the end: Masaki was a Quincy, and a quite powerful one.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to either Ishida or Chad. The latter has traits common to both types.
  • Ship Tease: He and Orihime get quite a bit of this, especially ever since the Arrancar arc.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ichigo seems to be pretty partial to Rukia and Renji's potential Childhood Friend Romance.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal: To Aizen.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Although somewhat similar to Karin in personality, the boisterous Ichigo is almost the complete opposite of quiet, thoughtful Yuzu.
  • Sinister Scimitar: His Bankai after the Time Skip looks like one.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Rukia is trying to explain something to Ichigo, his focus is always how bad her drawings are.
  • The Snark Knight
  • Spirit Advisor: Old Man Zangetsu.
  • Sticks to the Back: Zangetsu's released form does this. And it actually makes more sense than when it had a sheath far too long for Ichigo to be able to draw it from.
    • Though actually, the cloth seems to wrap around the sash too and tie it together with the blade.
    • Averted for his Bankai sword, Tensa Zangetsu, which has no sheathe despite being a more reasonable size. To date he has never actually held it at rest or set it aside, preferring to carry it by the handle at all times. Makes sense considering he only needs it when things get serious.
  • Story-Breaker Power: If Ichigo could use Mugetsu all the time without losing his powers, he would give Old Man Genocide a run for his money. Even without Mugetsu there was a reason he had to lose his powers. Ichigo before using Mugetsu cut down a mountain from the aftershock of his blade. This feat is to date the most impressive show of brute force in the series.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: His Inner Hollow.
  • Superpower Russian Roulette: To get back his power, the first time he lost them, Ichigo is forced to go through the hollowfication process.
  • Super Reflexes: Quite possibly Ichigo's greatest strength, one which he retains in human form. It's what lets him duel enemies who are technically far more skilled than him, and saves his life half the time. It makes up for his lack of power by allowing him to get close enough to where he can rely on his weapon to do damage.
  • Super Speed: Part of his bankai ability.
  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • Sword Beam: His Zanpakuto ability.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: With Rukia. Both have denied it, of course. They're not lying: he marries Orihime and she marries Renji
  • Technicolor Blade: His Hollow has his completely white.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: "Number One"... anytime when he's about to kick ass. Except when Aizen stopped him AND the song. It's a play on his name as well which, if spelled "Ichi-gou" (doubling the "o" sound at the end), means "Number One".
  • Took a Level In Badass: Understatement of the century. Ichigo gets his first when he learns bankai, a second when he masters hollowfication, a third when he returned from yet another round of Training From Hell even more powerful, and with longer hair and a calmer demeanor to boot and now after Rukia stabs him again making his shinigami powers return. Even Zangetsu returned with a new changed look..
    • In the fourth movie when 1: Ichigo sees the Hell chain coming from Yuzu's chest (meaning she is dead) and goes berserk and blows up half of Hell trying to kill Kokuto. 2: When one of the Guardians of Hell (a Kushannard) gives Ichigo its powers and he gets golden armor on half of his body, can control the Hell chains and the rest of the Kushannards bow down to him in this state.
    • As the end nears, Ichigo has managed to reconcile all of his heritages - the rests of the Artificial Hollow that Masaki passed on him, his Quincy side incarnated in Old Man Zangetsu, and (most importantly) the infamous Inner Hollow, alias the REAL Zangetsu. . All of this finally boosts his powers to a terrifying degree.
  • Tranquil Fury: His Deicide fight with Aizen.
  • Unskilled but Strong: According to Unohana, he has the power of an average captain with one sleeve of his Badass Longcoat left. Said coat is a Mana Meter, which meant that at the time he was well under half power, and this is completely ignoring the power boost from his mask. He seems to fight at a level on par with some of the younger, weaker captains, like Hitsugaya, despite having raw power well above them. When at full power, he eclipses the captains and even Aizen, too. He does, however, display the ability to figure out the holes in an opponent's technique and strategize accordingly. Even as early as his bankai training it was noted that he had an impressive ability to adjust his technique to changing circumstances. It's worth remembering that experience is the best teacher, and Ichigo's learning quite well. That said, sometimes Ichigo can come off as Weak but Skilled (see below).
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Was a very sweet, shy Momma's Boy until Masaki's death.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Rukia.
    • With Uryu as well. They probably argue the most out of anyone in the entire series, but when push comes to shove they have each other's backs. Most of the time, anyway.
    • Hell, most of Ichigo's friendships can be summed up as this. Chad and Orihime are the only ones he doesn't argue with on a regular basis.
  • Weak but Skilled: Despite Ichigo's insanely high potential, his lack of training and development often puts him at an explicit power disadvantage with foes, that he gets around by (usually) moving fast and eventually striking a decisive blow. This is mostly a product of his Bankai, which for most Shinigami gives an entirely new powerset more broken than the one before as well as enhancing all their attributes. In Ichigo's case, however, his Bankai just enhances his strength and especially speed and is just enough for him to break even when dueling stronger foes. He has no overpowered special attacks or hidden skills to rely on (apart from an underpowered Sword Beam, his other special attack drains his powers permanently), so all his effort in a battle goes into actually closing with the enemy and dueling them, or dodging their attacks.
  • The Worf Effect: Though sometimes the result of Worf Had the Flu.
    • The Worf Barrage: His Getsuga Tensho has never done any significant damage since his fight with Renji. Until the Deicide Arc and the point of returning his Shinigami powers again.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Ichigo doesn't care what gender his opponents are. It doesn't even have to be for anything important. During his second meeting with Rukia, he got her attention by giving her a swift kick in the backside.
  • You Killed My Mother: To Hollow Grand Fisher.
  • Younger Than He Looks: This speaks the best.

Rukia Kuchiki

 "In battles, the ones who get in the way are not the ones that have no power. They are the ones that have no resolve for battle."

Species: Shinigami
Affiliation: Soul Society
Zanpakutou: Sode no Shirayuki

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Rukia Kuchiki

The Deuteragonist and one of the two female leads of the story, the other one being Orihime. Rukia is the Shinigami that gave Ichigo his power at first and somehow acts like a guide to him; some may even consider her to be Ichigo's first mentor. Until the day when Soul Society dragged her back home, where she spent most of the whole arc as a Distressed Damsel (poor girl), heavily loaded not just by being a prisoner, but because she actually believes she's unworthy of living or being saved, due to a horrible incident in her past. In the Arrancar Invasion arc, Rukia comes back and shows that her power is back by killing Di Roy Rinker, before getting stabbed by Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez and training with Orihime Inoue afterwards. She took part in the Hueco Mundo arc, just barely killing off Aaroniero Arruruerie, getting briefly controlled by Zommari Rureaux, defeating Rudbornn Chelute and losing her, Chad AND Renji's fight to Yammy Llargo. Her Zanpakuto is Sode no Shirayuki.

In her absence from the plot pre-Xcution, she became a lieutenant and donned white tekkou, before reuniting with Ichigo.

  Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP), Michelle Ruff (US), Liliana Barba (Latin America), Belén Roca (Spain)

  • Action Girl <- -> Faux Action Girl: Zig zags between the two tropes. On one hand she is more or less capable when she recovers her powers, using her Zanpakutou in quite versatile combinations as well as coming up with plans rather fast in the heat of the moment; upon entering the Hueco Mundo arc, she kills an Espada and wins against Rudbornn like this. On the other, if Rukia can't use her zanpakutou, since it's a kido-based one and her powers tend to go more for kido manipulation, she's in quite the trouble; this is proved in her fight against Riruka, where her opponent was smart enough to transform her in a plush bear.
    • By the end, she has fully graduated into Action Girl. Even achieving Bankai.
  • Adorkable: Her love for cute things and bunnies- specifically Chappy, not to mention her drawing skills (or lack there of), plus her "innocent (and dramatic) girly schoolgirl" act she puts on in front of Ichigo's family and classmates is just too cute.
  • An Ice Person: Her zanpakuto, Sode no Shirayuki can generate ice towers and ice fissures.
  • Anime Hair: The weird forelock between her eyes almost never moves.
    • Subverted in the third movie, where it moves around a lot.
  • Art Shift: Whenever Rukia tries to explain things using bunnies.
  • Badass Adorable: She's small and cute, but her competence level is that of a high-ranked officer. She's eventually permitted to take over as lieutenant of her squad.
  • Baleful Polymorph: At the end of chapter 469 Riruka uses her Love Gun to turn Rukia into an adorable dog-like plushie.
  • Barefoot Poverty: While living in the poverty-stricken 78th district Rukia, like other residents of the district, has no access to luxuries such as footwear.
  • Berserk Button: Don't insult her drawings, however crude they may be. And God help you if you actually manage to besmirch Kaien Shiba's honor on her watch; that's one lesson that Aaroniero learned the hard way. Also, never make fun of her love for Chappie the will regret it. Oh, and in a less "grave" note: if you're her friend- PLEASE don't bring yourself down in front of her. At least she will yell "You Are Not Alone", and at most she'll kick you on the head.
  • Big Brother Worship
  • Big Damn Heroes: Chapter 459 began as Ichigo's Darkest Hour and ended with renewed vigor with her and others's return.
  • Break the Cutie: Her backstory, as well as several scenes in the Soul Society arc.
  • By the Power of Greyskull: "Dance - Sode no Shirayuki!"
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Some no mai, Tsukishiro!", "Tsugi no mai, Hakuren!", "San no mai, Shirafune!", "Juhaku!", various Kido spells... "BANKAI! HAKKA NO TOGAME!"
  • Childhood Friend Romance: It looks like she and Renji fit in here, rather than as Childhood Friends. Confirmed at the end, they're Happily Married and have a daughter named Ichika.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Ichigo and Orihime.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: She is technically dead.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Loves stuffed animals except for Kon. If her drawing were any hints. Used as a Weaksauce Weakness in a fight against Riruka.
  • Dangerously-Short Skirt: Often wears a schoolgirl uniform, and even kicks Shriekers' jaw with it back when she was in a gigai, but she rarely fights in it. Kon once saw what was underneath it and said "Nice angle".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: See Failure Knight entry below.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At times, she makes smart remarks towards Ichigo and Renji.
  • Dissonant Serenity/Nerves of Steel: She seems incapable of feeling fear.
  • Distressed Damsel: Soul Society arc. Note that she had extremely good in-story reasons that go beyond mere physical weakness to be one of these. It could be considered a subversion since she turned herself over willingly.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The third film makes Rukia barefoot through the whole movie. Also see Barefoot Poverty.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The Rukia from the end of the manga has achieved a LOT. She adquired Bankai, has made her beloved brother very proud, has become a captain by her own merits, is still friends with Ichigo and Orihime and everyone in Karakura... and she now has her own family, with her husband Renji and her daughter Ichika.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Both Renji and Orihime certainly like her a lot and Kon adores her. She's also had numerous Ship Tease moments with Ichigo and in one episode Chizuru is shown drooling over her and describing her physical features as "peaceful and adorable". She also has a good number of female fans.
  • Failure Knight: Her reasons for being willing to be executed stem from not being able to save her Big Brother Mentor and first mentor, Kaien Shiba.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: After the time-skip, she wears her sleeves at different lengths.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Now wears white, elbow-length tekkou.
  • Girl Next Door: To Renji.
  • Horny Devil: Dressed as a succubus in a Halloween volume spread, and in its corresponding filler episode.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Very, very frequently, by Hollows (Fishbone D, prior to giving Ichigo her powers ), by Soul Reaper (Aizen extracting the Hogyoku), by Espada (Grimmjow's hand and Aaroniero's trident), by Ichigo (in the third movie). It's become a rather morbid recurring joke among fans.
  • Killer Rabbit: Not to the same extent as Yachiru, but more formidable than she looks. Would probably be her favorite trope too.
  • Lady of War: You wouldn't expect her to be this considering her sarcasm and ill-fitting uniform, but she sure as hell is graceful when using her Zanpakutou. Its special attacks are even called dances.
  • The Lancer of the Five-Man Band.
    • Back in the Substitution arc, Rukia tripled as The Smart Girl for her exposition and The Chick for providing major moral support towards Ichigo. Nowadays, the role of The Lancer has been given to Ishida, while she's been regulated to The Smart Girl.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Considering Word of God has said she and Ichigo are NOT lovers but are still close, their relationship is best interpreted as this.
  • Magic Skirt: Quite a lot of the time, even when she kicks a Hollow in his jaw, we never get a Panty Shot, though it's subverted once you see this little jewel.
  • Miss Exposition: Usually the one to explain things to Ichigo, and therefore the audience.
  • Nice Girl: While not quite on Orihime's level, Rukia is a very sweet and selfless girl who always puts the good of her friends before herself. In fact, Ichigo claims that she spends too much time worrying about her friends and not enough time worrying about herself.
  • Not So Different: From Orihime:

Rukia: I know the loneliness of being a prisoner. I know the joy you feel when your friends come to rescue you and the fear of them being injured and defeated. Do not fear, Inoue... I'm coming for you now...

  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Her promotion to vice-captain, likely doubling as an offscreen Heartwarming, too
  • Rags to Riches: From a Street Urchin who barely made it into teenagehood, to the adoptive sister of a high-ranked captain.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Although on the surface it looks as though bright-haired Cloudcuckoolander Orihime should be the red oni to Rukia's Ice Person blue oni, the truth is completely reversed, with Rukia being the passionate girl who'll aggressively push people back into their happy place whereas Orihime is much more content to nurse her emotions privately or express them more gently. It's leads to quite the confrontation between the pair when Urahara tries to remove Orihime from the front lines of battle: Orihime already had emotional baggage and thus she backed down for a while, and Rukia was the other one aside of Matsumoto who helped her back on her feet.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Orihime.  Ukitake explicitly says that Orihime seems to be the first female friend Rukia has ever made, the girls become very close as time passes, Orihime has a direct part in Rukia's rescue and so does Rukia in the quest to rescue Orihime, Orihime refers to "Kuchiki-san" in glowing terms more than once, they had chapter covers where they're quite physically close while naked or half-naked, etc.
  • Running Gag: Horrible drawings and obsession with rabbits, plus her getting impaled at almost every fight she's in.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Mentioned once or twice in the early days of the manga, but not revisited since. The anime plays with it much more, however.
  • She's Got Legs: We get a lot of these shots during the third movie, particularly when she becomes Dark Rukia.
  • Shiny Midnight Black: She occasionally fits this trope, but not consistently.
  • Shipper on Deck: As she takes a sister-like role to both Ichigo and Orihime, she realizes the potential of a prospect match-up and subtly approves. i.e., she makes sure that Ichigo will promise to Orihime that he'll protect her (which can be seen as borderline Love Confession material in shonen manga), which is one of the turning points in their relationship as a whole.
  • Shorttank: Straightforward and brash, but also has a weakness for cute rabbits and shoujo manga.
  • Sleep Mode Size: She shrinks to a size where she could bath in Ichigo's coffee mug in the pilot.
  • Smug Super: Orders (to refrain from murder) or not, Rukia underestimated Riruka because the latter was "a mere Human with powers", enough that Rukia refused to use Sode no Shirayuki against her. By contrast, Ishida and Sado were both able to fight against Shinigami and Arrancars alike on their own, so this says a lot on how she feels about being a Shinigami.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Her Rags to Riches story has left her the apple of the eye of one of the most powerful aristocrat's in the whole of Soul Society. It hasn't stopped her from being down-to-earth, gentle or kind, however.
  • Suicide by Cop: She knew she'd be executed if she returned to the Soul Society, and at the time wished to die to atone for killing Kaien
  • Stepford Smiler: Her outgoing, cheerful, boisterous personality for a long time hid a deep grief and guilt over the death of her mentor and superior, Kaien who she was forced to kill.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Rukia is uncannily similar to her deceased older sister, Hisana. She and Byakuya also look like blood-relatives even though they're only adoptive siblings.
  • Technicolor Blade: Her Shikai is icy white. It's even called the most beautiful Zanpakuto. And then there's her bankai
  • Terrible Artist: One of her defining traits. Just don't tell her that.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Personality-wise, with Orihime. It looks like she's a straight tomboy to Orihime's straight girly-girl. However, more subtly, Rukia's a Tomboy with a Girly Streak who's into dresses, cute things and bunnies, whereas the Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak Orihime practices martial arts for a hobby (rather than for the necessity of war like the military characters do) and is into robots and sci-fi.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Rukia was raised in one of the most violent regions of Soul Society. She is quick-tempered, physically violent and shouts a lot. However, she's into cartoon artwork and cute and fluffy animals (especially bunnies), favours wearing dresses when given the choice, and loves romance stories. Renji states on one occasion that she has an inner grace that shines through even her roughest behaviour.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Ichigo, at first.
  • The Obi Wrong: After literally five minutes of her showing herself to Ichigo, Rukia gets depowered, spends the rest of the first story arc being useless in combat, and even becomes a Distressed Damsel afterward, triggering a rescue arc. Her drop in power is revealed to have been due to Urahara giving her an untraceable gigai specifically designed to drain her spirit energy, keeping the Hogyoku inside of her and away from Aizen for good. (At least that was the idea.)
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: As mentioned above, she and Ichigo are Like Brother and Sister. How do they show it? By constantly insulting each other and using sarcastic comments.
  • You Can See Me?: Word for word her third sentence in the series.

Orihime Inoue

 "There are so many things I wanted to do with my life! I wanted to become a teacher! I wanted to become an astronaut! I wanted to own my own bakery, and I wanted to go into Mr. Doughnut's and say, "I'll have them all!" And I wanted to go into Thirty-One and say "I'll have them all!" Ohhhh... I wish I could live life five times over. Then I'd be born in five different cities, I'd stuff myself full with different delicious things five times each, and I'd have five different jobs.... And then for those five times... I'd still fall in love with the same person... Thank you, Kurosaki-kun.... Goodbye."

Species: Human
Affiliation: Karakura High School
Power: Shun Shun Rikka

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Orihime Inoue

One of Ichigo's school classmates, plus the other female protagonist and "heroine" of the story. She's also deeply in love with Ichigo. Technically, they met as pre-teens on under rather tragic circumstances: her older brother and guardian Sora was seriously injured in an accident when Orihime was in junior-high and she tried to get him medical help, Ichigo's father Isshin (a doctor and owner of a local clinic) attempted to save him but failed, and Ichigo witnessed all of this. She is a bit ditzy and has some big melons, but was said to have the "brains and boobs" since she has the third best grades in her school. She's also rumored to be well-versed in Karate, but never gets a chance to use it, because... well, she's sweet and gentle, so doesn't have much killing intent. This later proves to be a double-edged sword when Orihime does receive her powers: The Shun Shun Rikka. Because their attack power relies upon killing intent, she is a weak attacker; but since she's a gifted healer and defender, she fares well as a The Medic and Barrier Warrior. Until it's revealed that her power was literally Winds of Destiny Change personified.

In the Hueco Mundo arc, she's given the very cruel choice to either see her hometown and her loved ones be massacred, or to go willingly with the bad guys. This seems to have been subverted; Aizen reveals some more of his plans to her, then lets her go and soon she's reunited with the friends who went to Las Noches to save her. But not before she and others get broken to Hell and back because of such ordeals. Thankfully, she comes out of it okay and is back to her happy self after a timeskip, joining Chad and Ichigo's quests with the X-Cution group, and later as they go into Hueco Mundo AND Soul Society to help them against the Vandenreich.

  Voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka (JP), Stephanie Sheh (US), Claudia Mota (Latin America), Nuria Trifol (Spain)

  • Abusive Parents: In the manga, it's briefly mentioned that Orihime's alcoholic father and prostitute mother were abusive; it was the reason her older brother Sora left them to raise her himself when he turned eighteen. It's the reason her brother stuck around after he died and it's the reason she lives alone now her brother is dead, only receiving a living allowance off a very distant relative if she performs well in school exams (which she does). She tells Riruka that the reason she can smile and talk comfortably about this situation is because she's been saved by Ichigo.
  • Almost Kiss: Famously, to a sleeping Ichigo.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Openly loves Ichigo and Rukia in different ways. One could also add Tatsuki as well.
  • Angst? What Angst?: While the audience knows better, Riruka is weirded out about how casually Orihime mentions that her parents were horrible people to the extent that her brother ran away with her to save her life before dying himself a few years before the story began. This leaves her all alone apart from a distant aunt who pays for her education. What's she doing at the time? Drooling over donuts.
  • Attack Reflector: Her new Shiten Kōshun (Defiant Shield of the Four Heavens).
  • Badass Adorable: When she's fighting the hollow that hurt Tatsuki, when she stops and injures Ginjou when he tries to attack Ichigo while he's being healed,, when she stands with Ichigo, Ishida and Sado to fight some hollows, and towards the end when Ichigo chooses her as his fighting partner.
  • Barrier Warrior: One of her abilities is to bring up a triangle-shaped orange-colored shield to defend either herself or her friends, usually absorbing so much of her enemies' attacks that it near-instantly shatters almost immediately after.But more recently she's developed the ability to absorb a blow and send it right back.
  • Battle Couple: With Ichigo, when they face the ascended Yhwach.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When she first unleashes her powers, she turns the tables on what the attacking hollow thought was the victim (Orihime) and the protector (Tatsuki), killing the hollow in a single strike for daring to harm Tatsuki. Later on in the X Cution arc, Ginjo gets introduced the hard way to this side of her.

 Orihime: Sadistic? I don't mind you calling me that. If you don't want to get hurt... Don't attack me when I say not to."

  • Bodyguard Crush: One way to see her love for Ichigo, since he often helps and protects her.
  • Break the Cutie: A massive plot point in the Arrancar Arc that led to a huge, but recoverable, Heroic BSOD. She was emotionally blackmailed into entering an Omnicidal Maniac's lair, received a brutal beating by two jealous Arrancar girls and had to watch Ichigo get beat up eight ways to Sunday by Ulquiorra.
  • Broken Ace: She's beautiful, an excellent student, popular at school, good at sports and karate and sewing, and quite friendly and kind. But she's also VERY broken inside from her brother's death, Abusive Parents, bullying, insecurities about her powers and her place in life/love, and is put through an extreme Break the Cutie process while held captive in Hueco Mundo. As such she has huge issues of self-worth that she hides behind a smile and her support of her friends. And it takes her a LOT to get better.
  • Broken Messiah: Her reaction when she realizes she's jealous of Rukia's closeness to Ichigo is this, which actually helps unleash the insecurities she had bottle inside for a while. Heck, she even feels bad about her jealousy, since she adores Rukia! She gets better with some help from Rangiku and Rukia herself, but later she's mentally tortured beyond belief and approaches this again.
  • Gray Eyes: Giving her the healer stereotype that goes with this eye trope, this is anime only as her eyes are brown in the manga.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Santen Kesshun", "Sōten Kisshun", "Koten Zanshun", "Shiten Kōshun".
  • Catch Phrase: "I reject."
  • The Chick and The Heart of the Five-Man Band.
  • Childhood Friend: With Tatsuki. Maybe with Ichigo too, since they were 12 when they met. And later, she and Ichigo qualify in Childhood Friend Romance
  • Cloudcuckoolander: See main entry. She's still feisty and cheery later, but
  • Combat Medic
  • Cute Clumsy Girl
  • Dangerously-Short Skirt: She's far from an Action Girl (until recently), but in the Shojo S opening theme, while dancing with Rukia, Orihime swings her skirt to the side, revealing part of her butt cheek.
  • Dead Older Brother: Poor, poor Sora.
  • Death by Falling Over: How she died or rather, was killed by her Hollowfied father, in the pilot.
  • Distressed Damsel: A Deconstruction of the trope. The Hueco Mundo arc is absolutely NOT shy about showing the tremendous emotional and physical strain it brings on a person forced in a hostage situation. It goes to the extreme of causing her an epic Heroic BSOD, since Ichigo and Ishida manage to reach for her, but It Gets Worse immediately afterwards - with Ichigo dead and Ishida badly injured. And before that she was thoroughly abused by various Arrancar, which brought her a huge mental toll. And she didn't get better until she was completely out of such a horrid environment. From then on, Orihime resolves to become mentally and physically stronger, and ultimately achieves it.
  • Ditzy Genius: She may be distracted and a bit prone to accidents, but oddly, she makes the 3rd highest grades of the rest of her school peers.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Subverted, she likes Ichigo a whole lot but doesn't actually expect him to love her back. According to the We de knot always love you novel, Ichigo was the one who confessed to her.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The Orihime of the last chapter of the manga finally has the family she had been denied in her early years. With Ichigo as her husband, a son named Kazui, a family-in-law that adores her, friends in both Karakura and soul Society, etc.
  • Empathic Weapon: Taken to the extreme with six different characters personifying her powers. The two most like her (Shun-o: outgoing and friendly, Ayame: shy and sweet) are her strongest power, the Soten Kisshun. The one least like her (Tsubaki: agressive and bossy) is not only her attack power but easily her weakest. Only by using Tsubaki in combination with others (Hinagiku, Lily and Baigon) she can draw his attack potential... mirroring how Orihime must now fight alongside Ichigo and Chad if she wants to not stay behind..
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Chizuru. Need we say more?
  • Hair Decorations: The pins that Sora gave her. She spends a while not wearing them (using them as lapel decs), but in the Thousand Year Old Blood War she puts them back again.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She starts wearing her bangs in the style of the above picture shortly before the Soul Society arc. She introduces a different one one after the Time-Skip.
  • Fan Service Pack: Her boobs grow even more after the Time Skip, and there's some more focus in her long legs after all. It's taken Up to Eleven in the Thousand Year old War, when she at first dresses normally but with a bit of Fanservice to spice it up (like Zettai Ryouiki), but then she gets a VERY Stripperiffic outfit...
  • Flower Motifs: Her hair clips; her clothes also have a lot of floral patterns, possibly to invoke an Innocent Flower Girl image.
  • Fighting From the Inside: Under Shu-Chan's power, she is one of the only ones questioning the memories implanted in her mind - she can't understand why she weeps when Ichigo hit his Heroic BSOD.
  • Genki Girl: Back in the old days of Bleach, she was energetic, which when added to her quirks, led fans and characters alike would think of her as weird or even crazy. After the end of her Break the Cutie ordeals, she's back to her old self, though with a stronger will.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: On one hand, she's gentle and nurturing. On the other, she's into robots and shonen manga.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Orihime does try very hard, but never gets a chance to do much: some of her friends tell her to stay aside, and when they don't or fail her enemies overpower her or force her into a Sadistic Choice. Justified Trope in that her powers are largely based on resolve. Thus her offensive weapon is weak because she doesn't like to hurt people and her healing is reality-defying. And now that she has decided to fight, her protective shield is both offensive AND defensive.
  • Healing Hands: what she's best at.
  • Hello, Nurse!: She's become extremely popular at school in the last manga arcs, and her beauty completely distracted Shishigawara and allowed her to "subdue" him without almost trying.
  • Heroic BSOD: Almost reaches the Despair Event Horizon when when Ichigo is killed and returns as a hollow. She gets better.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: "Being lonely... isn't nearly as bad as being in the way. If I'm just going to be a hindrance on Kurosaki-kun and everyone, then it's better to be lonely!"
  • Heterosexual Life Partners: With Tatsuki and Rukia.
  • Hidden Depths: Started out as a ditzy friend of Ichigo. Then the audience gets to see past the cute little smiles, especially once she reaches Hueco Mundo. Did we mention her power, yet?
  • I Kiss Your Hand: By Kon when he's in Ichigo's body.
  • Important Hair Accessory: Her hairpins, given to her by her brother on the day he died and which she vowed she'd never stop wearing. Cue the time-skip where she's now too old to wear them in her hair, but in keeping with her promise, continues to wear them... as lapel accessories. And then she puts them back on in the last arcs.
  • Important Haircut: Inversion: She let her red hair grow as a signal of her friendship with Tatsuki, after keeping it short due to an incident involving a Traumatic Haircut.
  • Informed Ability: She's a karate black belt (yellow, in the anime dub), but only used those skills once off-screen, relaying on her Barrier .
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She doesn't seem to be fully aware of the effect she has in some guys. Urahara uses this once to his advantage to dress her up super Stripperiffically so she'd be able to "cheer up Ichigo"; she enthusiastically agrees, and only fully realizes his intentions when Ichigo turns out to be QUITE Distracted by the Sexy.
  • Last-Name Basis: Addresses most people by their last names and vice-versa.
  • Longing Look: She has given Ichigo one on a couple of occasions.
  • MacGuffin Girl: How Aizen justifies her abduction. It was a decoy.
  • Madness Mantra: An internal example. "Kurosaki-kun...Kurosaki-kun...Kurosaki-kun...Kurosaki-kun...Kurosaki-kun...Kurosaki-kun...".
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Laughs off getting hit by a car since it was a recent occurrence for her.
  • Meaningful Name: Orihime is the name of the princess from the Tanabata legend.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Well, obviously. This is shonen after all. She used to dress a bit more modestly than other girls, but in the last arc she wears a damn Stripperiffic battle outfit with Cleavage Window, Underboobs, Bare Your Midriff, etc.
  • The Medic: Her other main mission, aside of being the local Barrier Warrior.
    • Healing Hands: By rejecting events up to resurrecting those whose body has been mostly eradicated.
    • Combat Medic: Has fully become this in the last arc, impressing Ichigo enough for him to handpick her as her first fighting partner against Yhwach himself.
  • Neutral Female: While she does want to help, she's often shoved aside by her protective friends or gets sheepish in battle.
    • Took a Level In Badass: During the 17 months Ichigo lost his powers, she worked hard to improve herself. At the very end, Ichigo takes note and asks her to be his partner in the fight against Ascended Yhwach
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: To her brother and caretaker, Inoue Sora, who died right after their only serious fight.
  • The Nose Knows: She is shown early on (and ONLY once) to possess the ability to detect Ichigo by scent. However, scent is often how sensing reiatsu is described as manifesting (the shinigami often comment on smelling hollow reiatsu) as and therefore was probably nothing more than an early sign that she was developing reiatsu-sensing powers.
  • Personality Powers: An interesting example, in that her most powerful abilities are those related to defense and healing due to her pacifistic nature. While she is capable of using her power to attack, her lack of aggression reduces its effectiveness unless she combines the attack with her shield. Also the fact that her power manifests in the form of fairies is indicative of her Cloudcuckoolander nature.
  • Plucky Girl: After recovering from her HM/Arrancar arc traumas.
  • The Pollyanna: Started off as this, went through a destabilising period during the Arrancar Arc and is now back to being this again.
  • Reality Warper: Her powers are revealed to have this quality to them, by "Rejecting" things. Her healing shield can go so far as to undo death.
  • Blue Oni to Rukia's red.
  • School Idol: By the time the X-Cution arc hits, Orihime has become one of the most popular students in Karakura High due to her beauty, kindness and charm. she even seems to have a bit of an Instant Fanclub.
  • She's Back: Returns to her good old goofy self after the Time Skip.
  • Ship Tease: With Ichigo, slowly and surely increasing through the story. Especially in the Arrancar, Lust, and Thousand Year Old Blood War.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She's Ichigo-sexual. At one point, she says she could be born five times and she would fall for Ichigo every time.
  • Skilled but Naive: Orihime has martial arts ability. In fact, she has black-belt level skill. She also has a one-hit kill ability that could potentially be devastating. The snag is that she is too idealistic and soft-hearted to be able to function as a warrior. The end result is someone who struggles to possess the mentality for battle which affects her skills and power. She's been working on this REAL hard, and boy does that pay fruit to the end.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: Happens when she cannot bring herself to kiss an unconscious Ichigo.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: She does want to be helpful, but gets told off many times by almost everyone except for Rukia (who openly tells her that she's valuable in the group when she thinks she isn't) and Chad (who first tells Urahara that keeping Orihime behind isn't a good idea, and later is very receptive to the idea of her fighting alongside him and Ichigo). In the newest arcs, however, the trope is compeltely discarded: she develops enough power and confidence to become a full-blooded Combat Medic, and helps out Ichigo against Yhwach himself.
  • Stepford Smiler: She used to hide her issues from the others.
  • Talking to the Dead: Has one last conversation with her brother after he tries to eat her as a Hollow.
  • Tender Tears: Cries a lot after the Soul Society arc. Not for a lack of a reason, though.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Buttered sweet potatoes! Donuts! Hot dogs!
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: With either Rukia, Tatsuki or Riruka.
  • Took a Level In Badass: After the timeskip.
  • Touched by Vorlons: She had power since she was born, but it was locked away and inaccessible until outside influences unlocked it: Ichigo and the Hougyoku
  • Winds of Destiny Change: The core of her powers. The command phrase for her powers is "I reject," as in fate.
  • Wingding Eyes

 Ichigo: How are you doing that? Your eyes look like 3s.

Tatsuki's thoughts: Orihime's really gotten better with her face gags.

Yasutora "Chad" Sado

 "I don't believe that an absolute power really exists in any world. Power is unstable. It changes constantly. Small differences will always appear, as one has between you and I. So the one who widens that gap will be the winner!"

Species: Human
Affiliation: Karakura High School / Xcution
Fullbring: Brazo Derecha de Gigante

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Yasutora "Chad" Sado

The big, stoic friend of Ichigo. Despite his big body, Chad never seemed to initiate a fight. But he has sufficient toughness that he survives being hit by a falling steel girder. Also have a love of cute things. Chad spends his free time by playing in a band (since he lives alone, this might also be a source of income). He develops a power - a mutated arm called Brazo Derecho del Gigante (Right Arm of the Giant), which serves as an attack before it was revealed that it was more suited for defense. Later, he develops the Brazo Izquierda del Diablo (Left Arm of the Devil), which is geared primarily for attacking. Unfortunately, he is also the constant victim of The Worf Effect. So despite getting new powers, it would seem that he really Can't Catch Up. Let's hope he does in the end.

Has finally appeared after timeskip, and his powers are revealed to in fact be a form of "Fullbring" related to his tattoos. He allies himself with the Fullbringer group named Xcution, who Ichigo has gone to to get his powers back.

  Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (JP), Jamieson Price (US), Dan Osorio (Latin America), Oriol Rafel (Spain)

  • Badass Baritone: Very, very deep-voiced.
  • Badass Normal: Before his powers manifested, he beat up a hollow by tearing a telephone pole out of the ground and beating it senseless. Bonus points because he couldn't actually see it, Rukia was telling him where to aim.
  • The Big Guy of the Five-Man Band.
    • Used to double as The Lancer back in the Soul Society arc, but he's been regulated to The Big Guy following every other arc.
  • Brown Eyes: Stable, trustworthy and down-to-earth, Sado is a leading example of this trope.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half Mexican.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "El Directo", "La Muerte".
  • Can't Catch Up: Poor Chad has been hit by this stick hard.
  • Character Development: Has been given quite more spotlight in the X-Cution arc, alongside Orihime.. Gets some more in the Thousand Year Old Blood War.
  • Curb Stomp Battle: Almost all of his fights put him on the giving or receiving end of one of these, even right after Crowning Moments of Awesome.
  • Friendship Moment: How Chad became friends with Ichigo is very heartwarming, and the lengths Chad will go to to protect his friends is incredibly touching.
    • Also, Orihime doesn't forget to tell Ichigo that during the time he was depowered, both she and Chad did their best to get physically stronger and wait until he gets his powers back. Aaaaaaawwwww!
  • Gentle Giant: Very soft-spoken and loves cute things.
    • Genius Bruiser: Has very good grades as well, and can make rather sharp observations about what happens around him.
  • Heterosexual Life Partners: With Ichigo.
  • It Got Worse: It's starting to become a tradition in the series; the moment Chad loses a fight the story takes a darker turn.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Becomes this in the Hueco Mundo arc, not that it matters in the long run though since the poor guy often ends up as the series' Designated Jobber.
  • Made of Iron: Shrugged off getting hit by a falling steel beam. And this was before he got his powers.
  • Martial Pacifist: He only fights when he really has to.
  • Out of Focus: Until the X-Cution arc.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: A Mexican coin that his "Abuelo" Oscar gave him, and he outfitted as a necklace.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: The Soul Reapers typically take center stage, so much of Chad's Badass Decay can be contributed to this.
  • Peek-a-Bangs <-> Blinding Bangs
  • Perma Stubble: Has acquired a nice goatee recently.
  • Platonic Life Partners: He and Orihime evolve into this in the last arcs.
  • Power Fist: A good part of his powers manifest through this.
  • The Quiet One: Even his Sweat Drop is subdued. He talks more in the Full Bring arc that he had in all previous seasons combined.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Toyed with. His parents died when he was a little boy, so he spent a good part of his life under the watch of a Mexican Cool Old Guy named Oscar Joaquin de la Rosa, whom he referred to as "abuelo" (Spanish for "grandfather"). It's not fully known if the "Abuelo" was his real grandpa or just a distant relative/family friend, but Chad considered him as his gramps for all that was worth.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Proud user and wearer of a pink Hawaiian shirt.
  • Self-Made Man: At the very end of the manga, he's an extremely popular and high-ranked boxer.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Has traits of both types; he's a Manly Man to Uryu and a Sensitive Guy to Ichigo.
  • Shipper on Deck: It's no coincidence that he pretty much goaded Ichigo into talking about Orihime's Stripperiffic battle outfit in the last arc. Later, when he sees Ichigo almost cradle Orihime to him when they're attacked, he gives them a thumbs-up.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Maybe not in the stereotypical pretty boy way, but he does have his dedicated fangirls. Tellingly, in the last arc he gets an outfit that leaves him totally bare-chested.
  • Touched by Vorlons: He had power since he was born, but it was locked away and inaccessible until outside influences unlocked it. Ichigo and the Hougyoku Later on, it's explained that his power comes from one of his parents being attacked by a hollow and the residue of that attack being passed on to him via his mother before he was born. This is the explanation for Fullbring and Ginjou convinced Sado his ability is Fullbring, even though Sado himself has speculated that his power may differ in certain ways to Fullbring.
  • The Worf Effect: In Soul Society, he plows through dozens of Soul Reapers just to get one-shotted by Shunsui. While in Hueco Mundo, he gets pulverized by Nnoitra almost immediately after declaring that he's now strong enough to protect his friends.
  • Younger Than They Look

Uryu Ishida

 "I am calm. That's why I can fight you!"

Species: Human / Quincy
Affiliation: Karakura High School
Quincy Bow: Ginrei Kojaku

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Uryu Ishida

A member of the Quincy, a race of warrior archers. Uryu holds quite a dislike towards Soul Reapers, but eventually he's not above helping his Soul Reaper friend Ichigo, though he never fails to mention that they're not friends and he only helps for his own reasons that nevertheless happen to overlap with Ichigo's. He's also academically gifted and makes sewing look completely awesome.

Currently helping take care of any hollows that enter Karakura. Until he's injured by Ginjo (not Tsukishima, as Ichigo initially thought). He spends a while in the hospital, but after being healed he aids Ichigo to fight Ginjou. In the Final Arc, he at first aids Ichigo, Orihime and Chad to fight Hollows, but is unable to join them in their upcoming quest to Hueco Mundo... as he has found out that the Big Bad had something to do with his mother's death, so he tries a Reverse Mole act. When it doesn't work, he keeps fighting on his own as much as possible.

  Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (US), Victor Ugarte (Latin America), Óscar Muñoz (Spain)

  • Abnormal Ammo: Ishida's battle against Cirucci Sanderwicci in Hueco Mundo took this one, applied Rule of Cool, and made an arrow made of a chainsaw lightsaber.
  • Aloof Ally: And he keeps insisting on being this even after having been through hell and back to help his friends... sorry, his not-friends.
  • The Archer: Like all the Quincys. Ishida really lives up to this trope's Weapon of Choice facets, being tall and thin, cerebral and aloof, etc. Really, all he needs are pointy ears.
  • Anti-Hero: Type IV -> Type III
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Ichigo when they fought off a mob of Hollows.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Badass in Distress: In a way. His Reverse Mole act fails and he's pretty much trapped in his role, having to fight The Dragon at some point without any support from his friends who are desperately fighting his own battles. He survives, but barely.
  • Bad Liar: He's not out in the middle of the night because he wants to help Rukia, he's just on the way home from the 24-hour crafts store. And he totally didn't grab that bag at home so he'd have an excuse. Not at all.
    • It's even lampshaded when he tells the teacher that his injuries (actually from trying to save Ichigo) are from falling down the stairs. The entire class thinks "What a lousy liar!" and "Who on earth would believe that?"
  • Bishounen
  • Beam Spam/Rain of Arrows: Seriously, firing up to 1,200 shots in a second? Now THAT's something.
  • Berserk Button: Comparing him to or mistaking him for Ichigo in any way. More seriously, Mayuri pressed a major button when he revealed to Uryuu how he had tortured and experimented on his grandfather.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: His bio quote comes from a short exchange with Ulquiorra, who is shocked at the ferocity of Ishida's attacks as he defends Ichigo and Orihime.
  • Bow and Sword In Accord: Uryu does have a melee option. He just doesn't use it often... and even then he has the option of firing it.
  • Bullet-Proof Fashion Plate
  • Bunny Ears Lawyer: Scores incredibly high in tests. Is a badass example of The Archer. Is very eccentric but some of his quirks border on Fridge Brilliance. Particularly his dislike for buttons.
  • The Chew Toy: Prone to getting some harsh abuse piled on him, both comedic and otherwise.
  • Chainsaw Good: Laser Chainsaw even better.
  • The Comically Serious
  • Crazy Prepared: He carries extra costumes around in case one gets damaged.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Many Quincy materials have these
  • Cruel Mercy: Danced around. After he "befriended" Ichigo, he refused to kill some of his opponents, satisfied in depriving them of their powers. He even offered Mayuri to stay alive, if he apologized for his deeds.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: His excuses for turning up in class with bandages/sling are often flimsy, and often lampshaded. Not that the teacher cares.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His desperation technique in the Soul Society arc makes him incredibly powerful, but at the cost of his Quincy powers.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The biggest of the group.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Attempts this on Ichigo early in the series. Ichigo's response is more or less to tell him to shut his face.
  • Dysfunctional Family: He has a Missing Mom, his grandpa died in a really ugly way, and he and his father don't get along, to say the least. Until almost the end.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end of the manga, he's at peace with himself and with Ryuuken. And still a close friend of Ichigo, Orihime, Chad, Rukia, etc.
  • Energy Bow: His signature weapon is a pure energy bow of the type where both bow and arrows are made of reishi.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Repeatedly when he uses Seele Schneider. Thankfully, it's not nearly as much as Izuru Kira.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: During Quincy Final Form, his clothing changes into a quincy uniform on the right side of his body and shinigami on the left side. After the time-skip, his fringe is arranged asymmetrically to fall long on the right side of his face.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Subverted. He was believed to have gone through a huge one in the Thousand Year Old Blood War arc, and even directly attacks an horrified Ichigo who must be shielded by Orihime... but it turns out he was attempting to play Reverse Mole. And Yhwach knew it.
  • Foil: As a Quincy, he's Ichigo's opposite in nearly every way. His power draining Quincy Final Form even ended up foreshadowing Ichigo's similar Final Getsuga Tenshou and his powerlessness afterwards. And even more: their parents (Ryuuken and Kanae, Masaki and Isshin) have a shared pasts.
  • Freudian Excuse: Doesn't hate the Soul Reaper until he thinks they let his grandfather die. It turns out he was the sole "impure Quincy" that survived Yhwach's early purge, whcih took the life of his mother Kanae and prompted his father Ryuuken to quit everything related to the Quincies.
  • Gratuitous German: Some of the more advanced Quincy techniques fall into this.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Ulquiorra even lampshaded Ishida's calm, aloof personality by observing he would never have expected Ishida to lose his cool in battle. Ishida simply retorts - quite calmly - that he hasn't lost his cool and that's precisely the reason why he's attacking.
  • James Bondage: In the Bount arc.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Very chivalrous and generally well mannered, has a weak spot for women: his friend Orihime and Yoshino from the Bount arc, also tried to protect Rukia when she was powerless, got pissed off at Mayuri for abusing Nemu even before he knew who Mayuri was, and he even spared the life of his female opponent Cirucci, mercy he doesn't show to others of her kind. Contrary to his popular image, he is also one of the most capable leading characters in the series, having fought tough opponents and held his own against enemies far stronger than himself. The Quincy, people of whom he is supposedly Last of His Kind also had a medieval Christian knight theme given to them by the author.
    • Stood up to Ulquiorra and kept attacking, even when he lost a hand, unfazed. Ulquiorra himself was rather surprised.
  • The Lancer: Fits the traditional concept, even up to implications of a Face Heel Turn.
  • Large Ham: Whenever he tries to act cool. "Tell Aizen that a Quincy has come! For the one you truly have to fear is not a Shinigami, but a Quincy!"
  • Last of His Kind: Uryuu, and most of his friends, believe he's this.
  • Longing Look: Occasionally to Orihime, from time to time, which leads fans to believe that he might have a crush on her. If he actually likes her that way, he keeps it totally under wraps. He doesn't.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Having his hand lopped off by Ulquiorra (just badly burnt and broken in the anime, but still looks gruesome), and later being impaled by Hollow Ichigo gets nary a whimper out of him.
  • Man in White: Like all Quincies.
  • Medium Awareness: During the fight against Szayel-Aporro Grantz, Pessche does something that makes him wonder if it's okay for them to air. After the fight, Kurotsuchi does something off-screen, and Ishida claims it was something they definitely couldn't air.
  • Missing Mom: At first, his mother is not even mentioned in the manga. She gets one brief appearance in the Bount arc, but all one knows is that she had a sad look. Her name was Kanae Katagiri, and she appears in a Whole Episode Flashback later in the story.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Sewing has never been so awesome.
  • One-Winged Angel: His desperation technique in the Soul Society arc literally looks like it gives him a single, glowing wing. That is, until you remember the archer motif and realize that it's not a wing, it's a freaking quiver. A realization that increases the HSQ by a factor of 10.
  • Out of Focus: A lot of the time, but he's made comebacks every time he's returned, particularly by tagteaming with Ichigo against Ginjo.
  • Parental Abandonment: He once was estranged from his father to the point that he didn't even call him "father." His mother was murdered in very messy circumstances.. It's all but stated that he and Ryuuken ultimately made amends.
  • People Puppets: Somewhat uniquely, he has the ability to do this to himself. When Mayuri's shikai paralyses his limbs, he uses a quincy technique called Ransoutengai to allow his limbs to keep functioning in a manner that's described in-universe and being akin to how a puppeteer controls a puppet.
  • The Proud Elite: He is the last Quincy, the number one student in his class, and very proud of both. That pride plus his unwillingness to appear soft can make him difficult to get along with, and although he often pretends he cares little for the rest of his group, he has always come through for them.
  • The Rival: Has the dubious honor of having been Ichigo's first rival, but they've never fought directly.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Does this quite often.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to either Ichigo or Renji, depending on the fight.
  • The Smart Guy of the Five-Man Band.
    • Doubles as The Lancer, especially once Ginjo betrays Ichigo.
  • The Southpaw: He uses his left hand for sewing and drawing his bow.
  • So Last Season: He does seem to upgrade his bows regularly.
  • Specs of Awesome
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Student Council President: After the Time Skip.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Tsundere: Sort of. It's not like he wants to help Soul Reapers, he just wants to defeat Ichigo later, or he's just passing through, or he wants to restore his honor as a Quincy, or they just happen to have the same goal... and of course they're not friends. Never forget that. Nope, Orihime, don't tell him that he and Ichigo are best friends... or better do so, since he looks so hilariously flustered.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Subverted because the fandom doesn't hate Ishida for what happened: Ishida chose to use hollow bait to attract hollows for a contest between himself and Ichigo. Unfortunately, as a result of those actions, an excessive amount of powerful hollows turned up, including a menos grande which allowed Soul Society to locate the missing Rukia, kick-starting the Soul Society arc. This is causes Ishida consternation as the tiny amount of bait he used should never have caused such consequences. Aizen was responsible. He took advantage of Ishida's contest to set up a Secret Test of Character for Ichigo and was actually the one who kick-started the Soul Society arc.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was already pretty unhappy before his grandfather died, but after that everything went downhill.
  • Vibroweapon: Seele Schneider is this.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Most of his interactions with Ichigo consist of them snarking at each other, though by now it seems they're just doing it out of habit. Hilariously lampshaded by Orihime.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: One of little Uryu's motivations for getting stronger was to have his aloof father acknowledge that he's doing the right thing.
  • The Worf Barrage: His Sprenger has yet to completely defeat an opponent despite seeming very powerful with the exception of the Captain Amagai filler arc where it basically disintegrates his opppnent and his weapon.
    • Also, Licht Regen does virtually nothing to Ulquiorra. Justified as Ulquiorra's a tank personified. And, in a way, Uryu knew what he was getting into.
    • Subverted in the Fullbringer arc which appeared to have him be a victim of The Worf Effect but which set him up to assist Ichigo in his final fight against the Arc Villain.
  • You Killed My Grandfather: To Mayuri. He never really managed to avenge his grandfather, though, and it's not likely he ever will, thanks to Mayuri being a Karma Houdini par excellence.
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