Bleach has a large following and is considered to be one of the most important manga and anime series of its generation. This is why we are taking a look at the strongest Bleach characters, ranked from weakest to strongest. So let’s check them out!
Strongest Bleach Characters at a Glance
Here is a quick preview of the strongest Bleach characters:
- Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto
- Ichigo Kurosaki
- Gerard Valkyrie
- Ichibē Hyōsube
- Sōsuke Aizen
- Shunsui Kyōraku
- Byakuya Kuchiki
- Askin Nakk Le Vaar
- Lille Barro
- Kenpachi Zaraki
- Coyote Starrk
- Baraggan Louisenbairn
- Tōshirō Hitsugaya
- Yoruichi Shihōin
Now that you have seen a shortlist, let’s get more into detail.
Strongest Bleach Characters Ranked
15. Yoruichi Shihōin
And while famously known for being a cat, Yoruichi is actually a top fighter and a member of one of the noble families in the Soul Society. Despite being a Shihōin, she escaped to Earth and relinquished all of her titles, thus becoming a criminal in the eyes of her own kin. She is exceptionally powerful, with her speed being her top asset in a fight. You definitely wouldn’t want to cross her path when she’s angry.
14. Tōshirō Hitsugaya
Captain Hitsugaya is one of the youngest captains and he can get hot-headed from time to time, which is his weakness, but he has earned the rank and is despite these issues extremely powerful. A brilliant thing about his character development is that he is still developing and that his powers have been shown to grow constantly throughout the series. His superior believes that he will be able to surpass even him later on.
13. Baraggan Louisenbairn
Barragan is the second Espada and the former, fallen king of Hueco Mundo. This guy is a real menace. Not only is he virtually invulnerable and unkillable, but he can also dissolve everything around him and make it die. His exterior is covered with special protection that renders him immune to most types of attacks. Luckily for the protagonists, Barragan was weak on the inside, which was exploited in the series to defeat him.
12. Coyote Starrk
Coyote Starrk was actually the first Espada and had he not been so lazy, he would probably be even higher on this list. Starrk was an excellent fighter and had truly enormous powers, but he was very difficult to motivate to fight. But once he actually did it, the number of opponents that could defeat him was very small. Alongside his superior fighting skills, he could also summon a pack of exploding spirit wolves to aid him in battle.
11. Kenpachi Zaraki
As far as Bleach is concerned, Zaraki is probable the biggest victory addict in the franchise. He is exceptionally powerful, he is incredibly strong and he is absolutely obsessed with winning. For most of the time, though, he suppresses his powers so he can enjoy his fights – he really, really likes to fight – and can still deal amazing amounts of damage to his opponents. When he, ultimately, does release his true powers, Zaraki becomes even stronger, but the lack of control he has over them ultimately makes him vulnerable.
10. Lille Barro
As far as this guy is concerned, he is one of the most dangerous characters in the whole franchise. He is far from invincible – his biggest weakness are, actually, unpredictable situation, and we all how many of those there are in life – but once he gets in the mood, you should probably just stay out of his way. He is a skilled fighter, a skilled marksman and has powers that make him even more dangerous in tough spots.
9. Askin Nakk Le Vaar
Le Vaar’s biggest advantage in any battle is his unpredictability. He is quite sarcastic and doesn’t seem to take things quite seriously, but he is actually very clever, perceptive and deceptive. His approach frustrates and confuses his opponent, while all he is doing is actually tricking them into lowering their defenses, so he can strike. His attacks are quite powerful, as well as his special abilities, which is why we have placed him here on our list.
8. Byakuya Kuchiki
A nobleman among the fighters, Captain Kuchiki is as graceful as he is skilled, and he is both very graceful and very skilled. He might not seem like much, but he knows a lot of varying techniques and can use different powers to gain the upper hand in a battle. He has excellent agility and his movements are a form of art in their own right. He can easily overpower an opponent and his elegance is what makes him so dangerous in the first place.
7. Shunsui Kyōraku
Although he doesn’t look like the type that would be so high up on his list as he doesn’t look dangerous at all. In fact, his relaxed demeanor is something that often annoys his friends. But don’t let that fool you, Shunsui is exceptionally powerful. He is a master swordsman and has enormous spiritual power, which is why he rightfully became the Captain-Commander of the Soul Reapers. In that aspect, he deserves this spot.
6. Sōsuke Aizen
Dangerous as he is traitorous, Aizen became a persona non grata when he betrayed his squad. He is extremely fast and is a master swordfighter, but he also has an array of other powerful skills, abilities and techniques which make him an exceptionally dangerous foe. His special technique allows him to trap his enemies in an illusion, which then, in turn, allows him to strike them down with ease. He is a sneaky fighter and that is what makes him so dangerous alongside his usual powers.
5. Ichibē Hyōsube
The current commander of the Royal Guard and the protector of the Soul King, Hyōsube is a ridiculously powerful and experienced guy. He seems quite weak and comical, but he is actually exceptionally strong and has at least a millennium of fighting experience; he survived for so long, so you can imagine his victory ratio. His special power is his ink, which, when it covers an opponent, makes it lose its name and with it its power, which – in turn – can make them weak as an insect. Just… don’t get into this guy’s wave and don’t let him draw.
4. Gerard Valkyrie
When you just look at this guy, you see that he is a true brawler. His physique is amazing and his special ability, given to him thanks to the fact that he was a Sternritter, made him nigh unkillable, since every time he would take damage, it would not hurt him, but rather make him stronger. He was practically invincible during the time and died only when he lost his powers. Due to the fact that he depended on them that much, we placed him in the fourth spot.
3. Ichigo Kurosaki
Icihigo’s powers have grown through the course of the series. His development was written truly brilliantly and it was a thrill to see how he developed from a person who was drawn into his role against his will to one of the strongest fighters in the franchise. He was able to defeat his enemies and although he had trouble controlling his more powerful forms, Ichigo was able to master them and become one of the most powerful fighters in the franchise.
2. Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto
Okay, this old guy may not look like much, but his millennial experience and his unfathomable dedication to training are what make him so strong. He was the ruler of the Soul Society for ages and he was never really threatened by anyone. His experience, his knowledge and his skills are what make Yamamoto one of the strongest characters in the whole franchise, second only to the Soul King’s son.
This guy was so dangerous that they had to seal him away for 999 years. His return was the topic of centuries of folktales, but then he actually returned – the folktales proved to be true. Yhwach has proven himself to be more than just a threat. He is outright dangerous and a character that threatens to destroy the world ad everyone knew it. He is powerful, he is skilled and he has amazing abilities, which make him stronger even than Yamamoto. Alongside that, he is extremely intelligent and these elements are what make Yhwach the strongest Bleach character in the franchise.
Who has the strongest Bankai?
Zanka no Tachi is the Captain-Commander of the Gotei 13 and the strongest Shinigami. Yamamoto’s Bankai condenses all the flames previously released with his Shikai into his sword. As a result, it is hotter than the sun and is able to penetrate anything.
What is the weakest Bankai?
Ichigo Kurosaki’s Tensa Zangetsu is the weakest Bankai. It looked cool, but its powers were pretty weak when compared to other Bleach characters. It made his normal fighting style more effective by making him faster and giving him stronger Getsuga.