Bleach is easily one of the most popular anime on the planet and with its extended run-time of nearly 365 episodes, it’s easy to guess that over the years, many cool and awesome characters were introduced to the fans. Many of these characters have big fan followings.
Since Bleach has again gained hype due to the TYBW Arc coming this summer to conclude the series, we at MyAnimeGuru have curated a list of the Top 15 Most Popular Bleach Characters(Ranked) for you so that you can enjoy and relive the moments and the characters who made us love Bleach.
List of most popular Bleach characters
This list of the most popular Bleach Characters will be based on the overall impact of the characters in the story, their popularity among fans, and the number of episodes they are featured in. So without further ado, let’s start.
15. Grimmjow Jeagerjaquez
The Sixth Espada, Grimmjow is famous for his battle against Ichigo in Hueco Mundo in which he nearly defeated him but after Ichigo used his newfound hollow powers, he came up short. However, despite his nature, he is well-liked by fans and one of the most popular Bleach Characters.
Known for his violent temper, he is known for animalistic rage whenever he gets angry because of his days as a Beast-type Adjuchas & he believed that those who are not strong enough get devoured by others.
14. Yasutaro “Chad” Sado
A close friend of Ichigo, Chad is a very strong fighter. He is the epitome of friendship and is always ready to fight for his friends no matter how desperate the situation is. We see him accompanying Ichigo and others to Hueco Mundo in order to save Inoue. He even fought an Arrancar to help his friends.
Initially just a normal human, he was exposed to large amounts of Riatsu during Ichigo’s fight with Uryu and gained supernatural powers. He also accompanied Ichigo when he went to rescue Rukia in the Soul Society. This tells us how good-natured Chad is and one of the most popular Bleach characters.
13. Toshiro Hitsugaya
The 10th Division Capt is a force to be reckoned with, becoming the youngest captain and despite being younger than all other Soul Reapers, he is a strong fighter and went toe-to-toe with the 3rd Espada, Harribel who he gave a good fight. He has also unleashed the Bankai of his Zanpakuto, Hyōrinmaru.
Despite his cold exterior matching his ice-based powers, he is a very kind person and tried his hardest to help Lt. Hinamori get over her trauma of Aizen’s betrayal. Even after he was treated badly by her, he didn’t give up on her. His nature and strength make him one of the most popular Bleach characters.
12. Ulquiorra Cifer
As the 4th Espada, he is unimaginably strong and nearly killed Ichigo before Ichigo came back to life by means of his Vasto Lorde form. He is generally gloomy and has an enigmatic personality which makes him quite irritable to other characters. He also emphasizes instilling despair in his opponents.
He is completely loyal to Aizen and also one of his most trusted aides. He is also for some reason, strangely obsessed with Orihime since he was the one who was given the duty to guard her. Despite being the villain, he is one of the most popular Bleach characters.
11. Gin Ichimaru
The former Capt of the 3rd div and the closest aide of Aizen, he was one of the 3 capt who betrayed the Soul Society during Rukia’s judgment. He is a very enigmatic figure and we don’t really ever see him show any emotions.
Despite this, he is very strong since he was stronger than most of the Espada. After their betrayal, he along with Aizen and Tosen, traveled to Hueco Mundo and made it their base.
The only person who he seems to care about is his childhood Rangiku, for whom he even betrayed Aizen. Of his nature and his cool attitude, he is one of the most popular Bleach Characters.
10. Zaraki Kenpachi
Rage personified, Zaraki is the captain of the 11th division and also one of the strongest Soul reapers. He is a battle maniac and wants to grow stronger and stronger and cause of that always challenges other people. Despite his evil looks and murderous past, he is not a bad person per see.
In fact, his duo along with his Lieutenant Yachiru is one of the most loved in the fandom. He fought Ichigo when Ichigo broke into soul society to save Rukia and gave him one of the toughest fights of his life.
He also seems to be in a rivalry of sorts with Byakuya. All these make him one of the most popular Bleach Characters.
9. Yoruichi Shihoin
The former 2nd division captain and Kisuke’s closest aide, she is also one of the strongest women in the series. Known as the Flash Goddess for her blindingly fast Flash Steps and was also an expert at Kido spells. She is also the mentor of the current 2nd Div Capt Soi Fon.
She was always there to help Ichigo whenever he needed help and also trained him when he had to obtain his shinigami powers within himself. She also fought against Aizen alongside Kisuke and Shunsui in the final fight. Since the start of the show, she has been among the most popular Bleach Characters.
8. Capt. Byakuya Kuchiki
The 6th division captain, Byakuya is insanely handsome and also very strict and doesn’t even spare his sister if it means bringing shame to the family name. He is very proud of his family and will not spare anyone who mocks it and will them to the bitter end. He has fought strong enemies throughout the show.
As a captain, he has unlocked his Bankai, Senbonzakura which allows him to finish the enemy with a thousand flower petal-like blades. He once fought Ichigo to continue Rukia’s execution but since then has accepted Rukia. Of his cool demeanor, he is among the most popular Bleach characters.
7. Renji Abarai
The Lt. of the 6th Div is the definition of strength, perseverance, and loyalty. He was born in the slums of Soul society and through his pure training and resilience made his way into the training academy and became the 2nd highest member of the 6th division. Among the most popular Bleach characters.
He is very loyal and loves Rukia to the core, and no matter how much distance was between them, he never gave up on her and when she was ordered to be executed, he disobeyed his superiors to help Ichigo save her. He also followed Ichigo to Hueco Mundo in order to save Orihime.
He managed to marry her in the future and even has a daughter with her. He has also unlocked the Bankai of his Zanpakuto Zabimaru.
6. Sosuke Aizen
One of the best anime villains, you can’t just help to like him. A master manipulator who controlled even insanely strong people like Tosen, Gin, and Espada. However, he is also among the strongest himself since absorbing the Hogyoku and becoming immortal.
He is also responsible for inventing hollowfication and backstabbing Captain Hirako and others and even framed Kisuke in order to climb the ladder from Lt. to Capt. He manipulated everyone in the soul society and plans everything ahead of time. He made Hianmori obsessed with him who obeys anything he says.
While he wasn’t the strongest villain, he was surely the hardest to defeat, and even Kisuke, Yoruichi, and Shunshui together weren’t able to defeat him. All this makes him among the most popular Bleach characters.
5. Orihime Inoue
She is one of the most popular Bleach characters and one of the main characters. She is Ichigo’s classmate and has romantic feelings for him. In the epilogue, it is revealed that she married him and had a son. Initially scared by nature, her friendship with Ichigo and Arisawa made her overcome her fear.
While born as a normal human, she gained spiritual powers when exposed to Ichigo and Ishida’s battle and their riatsu. She can heal even the most severe of injuries, for which Aizen kidnapped her. She also assisted Ichigo and others in infiltrating soul society to save Rukia from execution.
She is clumsy and meek by nature, due to being bullied as a kid and her brother dying, but she is capable of fierce courage when it comes to protecting her friends and she even shows kindness to her enemies.
4. Uryuu Ishida
Initially seeing him as a rival to Ichigo, he challenged her to a dual, and their clash of Riatsu ended up giving abilities to Inoue and Chad. He is however very loyal by nature and assisted Ichigo in saving Rukia when she was sentenced to execution and infiltrated soul society with him.
He also helped him when Ichigo went to save Orihime from the clutches of Aizen in Hueco Mundo. He is one of the last remaining Quincy and takes pride in his powers. Whoever insults his heritage, he makes sure to defeat them. All these qualities make him among the most popular Bleach characters.
3. Kisuke Urahara
A genius inventor as well as a great fighter, he was banished from Soul Society by being framed by Aizen for the hollowfication incident. He is very kind-hearted and helped Ichigo in every stage of his fights from saving Rukia to being ready to fight Aizen.
He is also so laid back that people might assume he is not that strong but he was among those who fought Aizen during the final fight at fake Karakura town. He manages the Urahara shop in the town and takes care of otherworldly matters in the physical world. Among the most popular Bleach characters.
2. Rukia Kuchiki
Extremely brave and indefinitely loyal, through skill alone she made her way from the slums to the Shinigami academy where she was adopted by Byakuya. She was also the one who gave Ichigo his powers and was nearly executed for this.
She is a close friend of Ichigo and has been there to support him at every stage of his life. She is the current 13th division captain and is also a childhood friend of Renji who she eventually married in the Epilogue. All in all she is the No.2 of the most popular Bleach characters.
1. Ichigo Kurosaki
It’s obvious that the protag will be the best character. Unlike others, he doesn’t fight to become stronger or to make any point. He simply fights to protect those who are close to him and he fights for the greater good in order to protect his people, his town.
He is totally selfless and drop-dead handsome and also cool AF. He will also fight anyone and will do any craziness needed to save his buddies like when he infiltrated Soul Society to save Rukia and fought both Aizen and Yhwach. For all this, he is at the top of the most popular Bleach characters.
So this was our list of the most popular Bleach characters. It took a long time to curate this list since Bleach is a long anime and there are hundreds of characters who each played significant roles in the story but only the most popular Bleach characters made their way here as they were the most prominent.
I hope you had a good time reading this article and if you did do let us know in the comments.
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Who is the most loved character of Bleach?
Rukia Kuchiki is considered to be the most loved character of Bleach as she has come first in the latest popularity poll.
Who is the famous character in Bleach?
Ichigo Kurosaki is considered to be the most famous character of Bleach.
Who is the fastest person in Bleach?
Yoruichi Shihan remains to be seen as the fastest person in Bleach also known as the Flash goddess