BleachThe Soul Society Captains rank among the series’ most recognizable characters, naturally inviting readers to ask which Captain ranks above the others in terms of strength. Bleach is known for its great fight scenes, innovative weapon and character designs, and intricate and intricate storylines. While the series ended a few years ago, the anime is getting a long-awaited proper ending by adapting the final installment of the manga: Bleach: The Thousand Years of Blood.
This list ranks not only the current Captains of the 13 Soul Society’s Court Guards, but also characters known to fight at Captain level, or who were once Captains but were resign at some point. While raw strength and power clearly play a role in these rankings, cunning and intelligence are also key factors when it comes to who is actually the strongest Soul Reaper Captain. After all, Bleach’s Bankai abilities can be extremely complex and it takes a talented mind to master them.
10 Yoruichi Shihoin – Captain of Team 2
Yoruichi is one of the most popular characters in Bleach, and an important ally of Ichigo. Once the Captain of Team 2 and the head of the Soul Society’s secret operations department, she eventually decided to leave to live discreetly in the human world with Urahara and his group of refugees. ta. Yoruichi possesses the unique ability to transform into a cat – great for espionage, but not so useful in combat. Yoruichi makes up for his lack of strength with clever tricks; she is known to carry things like razor sharp wire to set traps. She is a master at hand-to-hand combat and is capable of using some powerful transformations, such as her Shunko Raijin Senkei, which takes its name from a Japanese god of thunder. Unlike most other Captain-class warriors, her Zanpakutō has never been shown in her released state, making her abilities with Shikai and Bankai unknown.
9 Kisuke Urahara – Captain of Team 12
Urahara is a very intelligent character who served as the President of the Grim Reaper Research and Development Institute, and he hides incredible strength and speed behind his goofy attitude. Urahara also served as the captain of Team 12, the research division that Mayuri Kurotsuchi currently leads. Although Urahara wasn’t really someone to fight, that didn’t mean his abilities should be underestimated. Urahara kept his Zanpakutō disguised as a walking stick, meaning he could attack at any moment. Zanpakuto, Benihime, can manipulate energy for powerful attacks and defensive maneuvers.
Besides his swordsmanship, Urahara is also a master of Kido techniques, spells that can neutralize opponents and is also quite adept at hand-to-hand combat. Unsurprisingly, however, Urahara’s greatest asset is his intelligence, as it often allows him to formulate strategies and plans that can destroy unsuspecting enemies.
8 Tōshirō Hitsugaya – Captain of Team 10
Hitsugaya is the leader of Bleach’s Squad 10 and the youngest Captain in Soul Society. Hitsugaya is so talented that, according to series author Tite Kubo, he reached the level of Bankai before becoming a Shinigami – an amazing feat, as it normally takes decades. Like most Captains, he is a master of swordsmanship, with his Zanpakuto, Hyorinmaru, able to control and manipulate ice in its Shikai and Bankai states. With just one slash, Hitsugaya can transform into a dragon made of ice, capable of repelling attacks and overpowering enemies. His signature move is to condense ice into wings for his Bankai, allowing him to hover and fly in battle, and he can also draw moisture from the air to regenerate them from damage. harmful.
7 Mayuri Kurotsuchi – Captain of Team 12
Mayuri is both the Captain of the 12th Division and the President of the Research and Development Institute, taking over the position after Urahara was banished to the human world. Mayuri is an extremely scary and intelligent man, but he is not a good person. Known for his penchant for performing unethical experiments, his Zanpakutō, Ashisogi Jizo, is one of the deadliest around, as the weapon (which he modified) exudes a The poison can paralyze a person’s nervous system on contact. In fact, Mayuri’s abilities frequently change as he frequently interferes with his weapons, making him difficult to predict. He has also modified his own body to be able to transform into a liquid to avoid death, while his left hand can swing out like a grappling hook. These abilities guarantee him a rank among Bleach’s strongest, even if he’s not very popular.
6 Shinji Hirako – Captain of Team 5
Shinji Hirako is the current (and former) Captain of Team 5, and the former leader of Bleach’s mysterious Visored. As a Visored, Shinji possesses both the power of a hollow spirit and a God of death, a unique combination that only a few characters possess. Shinji’s slayer, Sakanade, has the ability to confuse opponents through the use of a pink mist. Anyone who inhales this mist will see everything being reversed, left right, etc. This innately tripped opponents for obvious reasons, often giving Shinji a chance to end the battle in an obvious way. fast. Although Shinji has a Bankai, he has never used it on screen, so its abilities are unknown. Shinji can also transform into a Hollow, wearing a white mask and giving him access to Hollow abilities, such as their Cero energy attack, though this transformation only lasts for three minute.
5 Byakuya Kuchiki – Captain of Team 6
Rukia’s adopted brother, Byakuya, was also the first Captain to fight in Bleach. As Team 6 Captain, Byakuya is highly skilled in techniques such as Kido and swordsmanship. His Zanpakuto, Senbonzakura, causes his blade to split into thousands of tiny cherry blossom-like blades that can slice enemies into pieces before they move. His Bankai goes even further, creating a corridor of giant blades that break into countless cherry blossoms that he can control at will. However, Byakuya’s favorite technique does not use his sword. Instead, Byakuya uses a combination of the Quick Step technique with a martial arts specific gas-inspired attack that cuts the flow of psychic enemies through the opponent’s body and renders them helpless.
4 Jūshiro Ukitake – Captain of Team 13
Ukitake is the Captain of Squad 13 for much of Bleach and is one of the oldest and most experienced Shinigami in action. Ukitake has a debilitating illness that causes him to cough up blood, so he usually avoids confrontations when he can, but that doesn’t mean he can’t handle them when needed. He wields an enormous degree of psychic power due to his lifelong experience, which he can transform almost endlessly into attacks. Ukitake’s Zanpakuto is unique in that it is made up of two blades joined together and connected by a string while in the released Shikai state. This allows him to capture the energy shot at him and redirect it back to his opponent even more powerfully. So far, Ukitake’s Bankai has not been shown on screen, so its abilities are unknown. Even so, Ukitake still deserves a high rating, as he and Captain Kyoraku were able to put together strong opponents, even when he was in a weakened state.
3 Kenpachi Zaraki – Team 11 captain
Kenpachi Zaraki is the leader of Squad 11 and one of the most unusual Shinigami in the entire series. Zaraki craves a challenge, so he does things like wearing an eyepatch to suppress psychic powers or attaching bells to his hair to make battles harder (and therefore more fun) for himself. . He also goes through most of the series without ever knowing his Zanpakuto’s name or release status – a sword with which he struck down a dead Shinigami, rather than a sword forged specifically for him. that. Zaraki forcibly took the captain’s armband of Squad 11, defeating the former Captain and earning himself the title of “Kenpachi”, given to the strongest Captain in Soul Society. For Zaraki, it’s all about raw strength and talent – he’ll do anything to be the strongest.
2 Shunsui Kyōraku – Team 1 Captain
Shunsui Kyōraku has been both the captain of Bleach’s 1st Division and the captain of the Soul Society since the Millennium Blood War. Like Ukitake, he is one of the oldest and most experienced Soul Reaper Captains, and his Zanpakuto is similar in that it is also made up of two swords. His appearance resembles that of a classic samurai, and he has the right sword skills. An easygoing guy by nature, Kyōraku doesn’t want to fight if he can help, but he quickly ends battles that come his way. His Zanpakuto, Katen Kyokotsu, has the ability to force his opponents to follow the rules of children’s games. It didn’t sound like much, but many enemies despised it at their own peril. His Bankai ability creates an aura of despair, causing depression in all affected, so Kyōraku only uses it as a last resort when there are no allies around. It causes enemies to share the wound with him, causes them to take damage from their own attacks, and ultimately results in the opponent being decapitated.
1 Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto – Founder
Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto is the founder of the 13 Court Guards, with the intention of using them to fight against Quincy in the First Great War 1,000 years ago. Yamamoto, as the Captain of Bleach’s 13 Court Guards during that time, he’s definitely the oldest and strongest Shinigami. Yamamoto’s slayer, Ryujin Jakka, is said to be the strongest in Bleach, with multiple levels of Bankai devoted to it. As a fire-type Zanpakuto, the heat of his ultimate Bankai at full power could burn down an entire Soul Society if his battle went on for too long, which it almost did when he was. face-to-face combat with Wandenreich. While Yamamoto eventually lost to Yhwach and died, he was given a chance to prove his abilities truly deserved the fame before his departure.
While ranking anime characters is always subjective, this list tries to take into account the variety of powers in Bleach. All Bleach Captains and Captain level warriors are extremely powerful characters by any means and new feats can be demonstrated in Bleach: The Thousand Years Blood Battle can change this rank.