The characters of Bleach are an intriguing lot, all of them. Despite Bleach being an anime series, the characters of the show aren’t exclusively Japanese and come from different parts of the world and from different cultures. Basically, Bleach characters come in all shapes and sizes, regardless of the fact that the show takes place in Japan. In this article, we have decided to analyze a specific group of characters, as we are going to bring you a list of the 10 best black characters from Bleach, ranked based on their overall popularity.
10. PePe Waccabrada
PePe Waccabrada is the Sternritter “L”, the letter which stands for “The Love”. He is a large, dark-skinned man with a long forked beard that wraps around his mouth. He is bald and wears a pair of dark sunglasses, a pair of pointy shoes, a white tank top, a long cloak with the Wandenreich emblem on the back and trousers, with black suspenders, of the same color. He usually gets carried away by a floating white basket.
PePe has great faith in the power and influence of love, believing that love is responsible for all conflicts and is also the one that allows you to overcome all obstacles to pursue your goals. He believes that his body is pure and it is thanks to it that everyone loves him. However, PePe fails to understand that someone is unable to accept his love for him and is easily infuriated when this happens.
By placing his hands in the shape of a heart, PePe can launch bullets with which to make his targets fall in love. Anyone struck by these hearts falls in love with PePe, becoming so obsessed with him that he does everything Quincy asks of him, including attacking his own companions. This ability allows PePe to also take control of the zanpakutō.
Drawing a heart in the air with his hands, PePe activates his own Quincy: Vollständig: Gudoero. In this state the Quincy completely loses his clothing, except for a white underpants that surrounds his waist. The beard divides into four sections and PePe gains a pair of wings with sprawling feathers and holes, shaped like an eye, in the center, as well as the typical halo. This mode gives him a very high resistance, to the point of taking numerous punches from Kensei, sustaining moderate injuries.
9. NaNaNa Najahkoop
NaNaNa Najahkoop is the Sternritter with the designation U. NaNaNa can analyze a target’s reiatsu over a period of time to determine his opponent’s distribution of spiritual energy. To do this, he imprints his Schrift on the target and uses it to form a grid, which the quincy calls the Morphine Pattern; this allows him to identify the weak points present in the target’s reiatsu, increasing their size until the opponent’s reiatsu is exhausted.
8. Ōetsu Nimaiya
Ōetsu Nimaiya is one of the five Shinigami of the Royal Guard and holds the title of “God of the Sword”. Generally playful and cheerful, when it comes to talking about Zanpakutō, he becomes extremely serious. He is credited as the inventor of the Asauchi and the method by which they evolve into Zanpakutō by creating a deep bond with one’s Shinigami. Ōetsu has such knowledge in this field that he is the only one who can reforge a broken Zanpakutō in bankai state.
7. Zommari Rureaux
Zommari Rureaux is the Septima Espada. He is a former Adjuchas. It does not own fracción and represents drunkenness. The only remnant of his mask is a crest at the top of his head. He is dark-skinned, very tall, and muscular.
Zommari Rureaux has a very calm temperament and seems to enjoy solitude and meditation. However, he will lose his composure when his defeat is evident and will show before his death his fanatical devotion to Aizen, whom he considers his emperor.
He will also question Byakuya Kuchiki about the shinigami’s right to kill hollows, which he considers misplaced pride. His pride, calm, and speed are reminiscent of Byakuya.
6. Yammy Llargo
Yammy Llargo is the Diez Espada, identified by the “10” tattooed on his left shoulder. In the state of resurrection, however, the “1” disappears from the tattoo making Yammy assume the rank of Zero Espada and therefore of the strongest Espada. The aspect of death that he represents is anger. He has a powerful physique and dark skin.
His head, devoid of hair, has four particular protuberances. His thick eyebrows are orange, while the hair held behind the nape of his neck in a ponytail and sideburns on the sides of his face are black. The remainder of his Hollow Mask consists of a huge bone jaw. Endowed with great strength, he has an arrogant, grumpy, violent and short-tempered character. Rather selfish, he only thinks of having fun in fighting, eating, and sleeping.
Yammy is one of the first Espada to be introduced, as he travels with Ulquiorra to the world of the living to find Ichigo and probe his potential on behalf of Aizen. During the ensuing confrontation, Ichigo cuts off Yammy’s arm before the two Swords retreat. Back in Hueco Mundo, a doctor reattaches his amputated arm, and Yammy returns to the world of the living in the company of Luppi, Grimmjow, and Wonderweiss to distract the Shinigami as a diversion so that Ulquiorra can kidnap Orihime.
Here Yammy confronts Kisuke Urahara in a short battle, before ending the mission and returning to Las Noches, where he is concerned about recovering his energy. He later intervenes in the battle between Ichigo and Ulquiorra to help his companion, but is chased away by the Espada and therefore lashes out against Loly and Menoly who were harassing Orihime.
Before he can get his hands on Orihime, he runs into a trap set by Ishida that knocks him off the tower and in the fall accidentally knocks Ludbon who was fighting Rukia. Unleashed his resurrection, Yammy quickly defeats Rukia, Chad, and Renji. As he wonders how to kill the girl, he is attacked by Ichigo, after the fight against Ulquiorra, whose place will be taken shortly after by Byakuya Kuchiki and Kenpachi Zaraki.
During the fight, Yammy performs a second transformation that makes him even bigger and more powerful but is eventually defeated by the two Shinigami.
5. Lille Barro
Lille Barro is the Sternritter X, a letter which stands for “The X-Axis”. As the first Quincy to gain his powers from Yhwach, Lille sees himself as the most phenomenal servant of its leader and the one closest to divinity status. His combat weapon is a reishi rifle, Diagramm, which Lille carries on his back, under his cloak. The end of the barrel is extremely long and black in color, with a cross-shaped protrusion at the end. The final part of the shotgun is made up of two long triangular protrusions that stabilize it against the shoulder and trunk of the Quincy.
Thanks to it, Lille can pierce anything with extreme precision, overcoming any obstacle that stands between the rifle and the target. By opening the second eye as well, Lille makes itself intangible for a limited period of time, which can also extend to the duration of the battle if the eye is opened three times in a row during a fight. His Quincy: Vollständig takes the name of Jilliel and gives him a tunic and eight wings, with which he can keep himself stationary in flight or teleport.
In this form, Lille is in a state of perennial intangibility and can deliver multiple blows from the holes in his wings, strong enough to destroy entire portions of the city. Lille can also access a second enhanced form of his Quincy: Vollständig, in which the Quincy takes on a centaur-like shape, with a long neck and owl features.
4. Tier Harribel
Tier Harribel is the Third Espada and the only female among the Espada. She represents sacrifice, a concept that is part of the integrity and way of fighting of Harribel herself. Her personality is serious and restrained, she rarely speaks. She can perform energy attacks through the hole in the center of her sword called the Ola Azul. Her zanpakutō is named Tiburón.
She is capable of using large amounts of water as a weapon, as well as turning ice back into a liquid state with her Hirviendo ability. She is capable of launching a large stream of water at her enemy called Cascada and launching water projectiles which she calls La Gota.
She fights with Tōshirō Hitsugaya in Karakura and comes out unscathed from all of her attacks. Later Lisa Yadōmaru and Hiyori Sarugaki join him, however, it is Aizen who, once the rest of the Espada have fallen, wounds her almost mortally. She reappears in the final arc as the ruler of Hueco Mundo and was imprisoned by Yhwach.
3. Kaname Tōsen
Kaname Tōsen is blind, has dark skin and braided purple hair, and after serving as the 5th Headquarters of the 9th Division under Muguruma Kensei, he became the former captain of the 9th Division. Tōsen is mainly interested in the notion of justice, and became a shinigami in order to fulfill this ideal. This motivation of Tōsen comes from the murder of his best friend, forcibly married to a nobleman who killed her without being worried by the courts.
Aizen recruits Tōsen after this incident, promising him to overthrow the corrupt monarchy that reigns over the Seireitei (and thus do justice to his best friend). During Aizen’s rebellion, Tōsen goes with him to Hueco Mundo and gains Vizard powers, allowing him to summon a Hollow Mask to increase his strength.
2. Yasutora Sado
Yasutora Sado (inspired by wrestler Shad Gaspard), or Chad, as everyone calls him, is a low-talker high school student. Just like Orihime, he will develop a power alongside Ichigo via the Hogyôku hidden in Rukia’s body. He was born in Okinawa, Japan but lived in Mexico with his “abuelo” Oscar Joaquin De La Rosa (his grandfather).
His parents were certainly killed by a Hollow (he’s a Fullbringer); his father was Japanese (his name Sado) and his mother was Mexican (daughter of Oscar Joaquin de la Rosa). Yasutora is very tall (1.97m) and looks much older than his age.
1. Yoruichi Shihōin
Yoruichi Shihōin appears in the manga as a black cat speaking with a male voice (in the anime, during broadcasts in countries other than Japan, the male aspect of the voice has been enhanced). It is only later that it is discovered that she is in fact a woman, ex-commander of special operations and ex-captain of the 2nd division, 22nd head of the Shihōin family, one of the noble families of Soul Society, which she fled after Kisuke Urahara was banished.
She has never been seen with her Zanpakutō in a fight. She is defined, when appearing in the form of a cat, as Kisuke Urahara’s best friend. She is nicknamed “the goddess of lightning strike” (“Shunshin” in Japanese) or “Yoruichi at divine speed”. Indeed, she has reached a very impressive level of mastery of the shunpō technique.