Bleach: The 15 Strongest Characters, Ranked | CBR

The Bleach universe is divided into the human world, Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, and Hell. All these places have strong individuals, who usually end up joining units such as the Soul Reapers, Espada, Quincy, and Fullbringers.

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These fighters are exceptionally skilled, due to years of intense training. The Bleach universe is filled with characters capable of easily wiping out cities in the blink of an eye. The strongest warriors in this universe also happen to be the oldest, proof that nothing trumps experience in bleach.


Yoruichi was a princess of the Shihoin family, one of the four great noble families in the Soul Society. She relinquished all her titles before departing for the human world. After finding out her friend Kisuke Urahara was being set up, she helped him escape from captivity, where he then headed to the human world. Now a criminal, Yoruichi quickly renounced her titles and settled quickly into life on earth with Urahara. Yoruichi has consistently shown herself to be a top tier fighter in the Bleach universe. Her speed makes her a threat to any opponent and she might actually be the fastest character in Bleach.


This boy is not to be underestimated. Although the youngest Captain, he has earned his rank 100%, and his bankai, Diaguren Hyorinmaru, can take on even an Espada in battle. He’s a bit reckless and hot-headed at times, but he’s a sharp one, and his powers are, in fact, still growing and developing. Captain Kyoraku believes that someday, Toshiro will surpass even him, and that’s saying a lot.

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Is that the Grim Reaper? Close. The 2nd Espada is the fallen king of Hueco Mundo, and it’s easy to see how he became hollow royalty. Likely a Vasto Lorde, this arrancar is so tough, he only took a flesh wound when Soi Fon struck him with her devastating bankai with a direct hit. Barragan is the master of death, able to rot and dissolve anything around him: flesh, stone, even kido. What are you supposed to do against power like that?


Another Espada makes the list: the 1st Espada, Coyote Stark. He’s normally a lazy pacifist, but once the fighting starts, he has no equal. His swordsmanship can rival that of any Captain, and his battle intuition is razor-sharp, impressing Captains Ukitake and Kyoraku time and again. In his released form, he can fire hard-hitting cero blasts with ease, and he can summon packs of exploding spirit wolves, too.


Ichigo Kurosaki is the strongest part-time Soul Reaper to ever exist in the Bleach timeline. His unique ancestry accelerated his development and he quickly became one of the strongest fighters around. Not one for deep strategizing, Ichigo is known for his bullish and abrasive fighting style. This often manifest itself in his famous Getsuga Tensho technique, where his Zanpakuto condenses and releases Ichigo’s spiritual energy at his opponent. This move, even though simple, is devastatingly powerful, as those who’ve faced it would know.

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As the current holder of the title of Kenpachi, Kenpachi Zaraki stands as the Soul Society’s most physically intimidating force. Kenpachi does not rely on tricks or any special kind of ability. Zaraki has always been an all-out brawler, a man absolutely obsessed with winning and coming out on top. For much of the series, Kenpachi suppresses his powers so that he could enjoy his fights but, towards the end, he unleashed his true power. With his Bankai, Kenpachi is able to deal insane amounts of damage. However, his lack of control in this form currently limits his ability.


Lille Barro was a loyal member of Yhwach’s personal guard and was the first Quincy to receive an ability from Yhwach. This went to his head, and he would often proclaim himself to be Yhwach’s greatest ever creation. Despite being an experienced and dangerous combatant, Lille is often caught off guard by events he failed to predict.

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This makes him weak to adaptable fighters, but his deadly sniping skills means he’s still a major threat. His ‘Monk of Destruction’ form grants him intangibility and this, combined with light beams, makes him a handful.


Askin can often be sarcastic and unpredictable in his behavior, leaving his comrades frustrated. He takes this same sarcasm and unpredictability with him into battle, which often gives him the upper hand. Though playful in battle, Askin is also deceptively clever and is always on the lookout for his opportunity to strike. Askin’s “Deathdealing” ability means he often only needs one chance. His Monk of Destruction form was strong enough to combat Yuroichi, Urahara, and Grimmjow. Even though he did eventually lose, for a long while he held his own.


This aloof, aristocratic Soul Reaper is not only the Captain of Squad 6, but he’s also the head of the esteemed Kuchiki family. He’s got a lot on his plate, but he handles it with grace and dignity, and he’s equally graceful on the battlefield. His skillset is varied, from flash steps and diverse kido spells (like Riku Jokoro) to expert swordsmanship and his devastating bankai. Once he surrounds an enemy with those countless petal-blades, it’s “gg” for sure.


Even prior to becoming the Captain-Commander of the Soul Reapers, Shunsui Kyoraku was a man famous for his impressive sword skill and massive spiritual power. His attitude is often relaxed and carefree which often annoys his lieutenant, Nanao Ise. But, much like everyone else, she knows that Shunsui is one of the wisest and most experienced warriors in Soul Society. His Zanpakuto can sometimes be moody and childish, and this manifests itself in its abilities. Anything that gets within the range of Shunsui’s spiritual power has to play a game, where Shunsui gets to decide the rules. His Bankai takes this to a different level, which makes him a contest for even the most powerful of combatants.


He is the traitorous Captain of Squad 5 and the supreme leader of the dreaded arrancars. What is Sosuke Aizen capable of? He boasts unbelievable speed and swordplay in combat, and he can also use a wide variety of impressive kido without the incantation (even kido spells in the 90!). But most potent of all is his shikai, Kyoka Suigetsu, which traps his enemies in convincing illusions. He can then control his enemies, or cut them down with ease.


Ichibe Hyosube holds the epithet of “High Priest” and is the current commander of the Royal Guard, a special unit of Soul Reapers tasked with protecting the Soul King and royal family. Ichibei has a range of ridiculously strong abilities, as well as at least a millennium of fighting experience. Ichibei’s Zanpakuto releases ink. Anything that ink covers lose its name and anything without a name loses its power. In his Bankai, Ichibe’s ability gets even stronger. He gains the ability to assign names to anything he wants by writing Kanji on his target. Ichibe used this power against Yhwach and temporarily made him as weak as an ant.


Gerard Valkyrie was a part of the Quincy elite forces, known as the Sternritter, where he served as one of Yhwach’s personal protective guards. For most of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc, Gerard faced off against the combined force of Byakuya, Kenpachi and Toshiro’s Bankai.

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He was only killed due to Yhwach taking back the powers he had given to his Sternritter. His ability as the “Miracle” allowed him to make miracles manifest whenever he’s in danger. This ability makes him nigh unkillable in most circumstances, because every time you hurt him, he becomes stronger.


Yamamoto ruled over the Soul Society for over a thousand years and not once did a single Soul Reaper ever threatened to knock him off his perch. His dedication to training and his strong spirit has made his Bankai a weapon of mass destruction. He has repelled numerous invaders from the Soul Society and even claimed victory over Yhwach, the son of the Soul King. Yamamoto is an expert in the Shinigami techniques of Shinpo, Kido, and Hakuda. This, in combination with his experience and Zanpakuto, means most opponents are left trembling in fear, even before Yamamoto attempts to incinerate them.


A thousand years ago, the Soul King’s son, Yhwach, was sealed away for 999 years. Legend says he would regain his pulse after 900 years, his intellect would return after a further 9o, his power 9 years after that and, in 9 days, he would take back the world. This turned out to be more than a folktale, a true to life retelling of Yhwach’s backstory. After returning, the Quincy King reignited his war with the Soul Society. Yhwach has a host of nigh undefeatable abilities, inclusive of m future manipulation, enhanced durability and an insane healing factor, to name just a few. In the final war arc, Yhwach came up with a plan to defeat Yamamoto using his subordinates, highlighting the fact that Yhwach has considerable brains to go along with his brawn.

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