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Ichigo Kurosaki
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Is that supposed to be a compliment? Keep talking while you can. I came here to kill you.
~ Ichigo to Tsukishima

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That wasn't Getsuga Tenshō. It was just my sword pressure.
~ Ichigo to Ginjo

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I wanted strength. I always, always wanted the strength to protect people. I remembered that when I lost my power. Rukia gave me the power to protect when what I wanted was power. Everybody helped me regain my power when I lost my power. That's why I'm going to protect them and fight you.
~ Ichigo to Ginjo

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Zangetsu, I won't ask you to 'lend me your power' any more. And I won't tell you 'don't get in my way'. I won't even say 'let us fight together'. I'll fight for myself. Thank you, Zangetsu. You are me.
~ Ichigo to Zangetsu

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Broken, alongside Zangetsu!!!

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What about despair...? I know all about it... I've been through it so many times and I've overcome it time and time again!
~ Ichigo to Yhwach

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Bankai! Tensa Zangetsu!!!
~ Ichigo using Bankai

Summary

Ichigo Kurosaki (黒崎 一護 Kurosaki Ichigo?) is the son of Masaki and Isshin Kurosaki, a Quincy with the powers of a Shinigami. Years after the death of his mother, Ichigo uses his innate spiritual awareness to help local ghosts, and unlocks his potential as a Shinigami when Rukia Kuchiki comes along in pursuit of a Hollow.

Powers and Stats

Tier: High 6-B | At least High 6-A, higher with Bankai | High 4-C, 4-B with Bankai | 4-B, higher with Gran Rey Cero Getsuga Tenshou, far higher with Bankai, even higher with Bankai and Gran Rey Cero Getsuga Tenshou

Name: Ichigo Kurosaki

Origin: Bleach

Age: 17 years old (27 in the Epilogue)

Gender: Male

Classification: Human, Hollow / Quincy / Shinigami / Fullbringer

Powers and Abilities:

Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Soul Physiology and Shinigami Physiology (Soul: High-Tier/Shinigami: High-Tier), Master Swordsman, Hand-to-Hand Combatant, Accelerated Development, Reactive Power Level (As noted by Grimmjow. Ichigo is able to evolved remarkably within a very short period of time and continued to grow even during battle), Multiple Selves (Types 1 and 2; Ichigo and his Zangetsus are separate spiritual entities that cannot be separated and have distinct personalities from each other), Limited Power Nullification (Reiryoku can null the abilities and techniques of those massively weaker than Ichigo), Resistance to Possession, Power Absorption, Extrasensory Perception (As a transcendent being he cannot be sensed by inferior opponents unless he allows it), Memory Manipulation (After Senna wiped everyone's memories Ichigo was the only one to retain his memories of her and even certain events such as him visiting The Valley of Screams before), Paralysis Inducement (Was unaffected by Candice's 5 Gigajoule arrow), Sealing (Broke out of a series of high level seals meant to seal off his movement capability), Power Mimicry (Tokinada can only copy Zangetsu appearance but not its power) and High Temperatures (Able to bathe in Kirinjo's hot spring, and without protection the water can cause the spiritual being's bodies to erode and rupture from exposure to the waters), Space-Time Manipulation, Deconstruction and Gravity Manipulation (Capable of withstanding the effects of Sosuke Aizen’s Kurohitsugi with full incantation which is stated to be able to warp space and time, and destroys the target on an atomic level).

All abilities in his first form, in addition to the above, Hollow Physiology (Hollow: High-Tier), Immortality (Type 3 and 4), Possibly Self-Sustenance (Type 1), Regeneration (Low-Mid; regenerated a hole in his chest) and Resurrection (Zangetsu's possession can resurrect Ichigo, healing his wounds), Berserk Mode, Body Control (Can grow extra appendages like arms or even spawn creatures from his body), Limited Telekinesis (With his ability "Chain" he can summon Zangetsu back to his hand if it's elsewhere), Instinctive Reaction (Zangetsu can save Ichigo from fatal wounds by deploying his mask at the targeted area)

All abilities in his first form minus Transformation, in addition to Quincy Physiology (Quincy: High-Tier), Limited Blood Manipulation (Using Blut, Ichigo can flood his blood vessels with energy to reinforce them), Resistance to Absolute Zero via Blut Vene (Due to being more powerful than As Nodt he should be able to replicate the same level of resistance he showed to Rukia Kuchiki's shikai)

All abilities in his first form minus Transformation, in addition to Fullbringer Physiology (Fullbring: High-Tier), Limited Resistance to Extrasensory Perception when using Bringer Light (Using Bringer Light makes the user harder to sense)

Attack Potency: Large Country level+ (Fought on par with Tsukishima and cut off his arm) | At least Multi-Continent level (Far stronger than before, as he has regained all of his Shinigami powers, on top of his Fullbring powers), higher with Bankai (Fought and overpowered Quilge Opie even after he had absorbed Ayon and activated Vollständig) | Large Star level (Cut down the Weakened Soul King, capable of cutting through a casual Soul King Yhwach's darkness, and was even fit to replace the Soul King), Solar System level with Bankai (Killed Soul King Yhwach with a Getsuga Tenshou, again with the Zangetsu that appears from within as Yhwach's power was coming back to him, and is one of three people alive capable of defeating Hikone's full power, making him among the strongest in the entire verse) | Solar System level (Hollowfication provides a tremendous boost to Ichigo's power), higher with Gran Rey Cero Getsuga Tenshou (Pierced Soul King Yhwach's defenses and forced Yhwach to open his Almighty eyes, Gran Rey Cero is a greater boost than Cero Oscuras), far higher with Bankai (Soul King Yhwach feared Ichigo's Bankai enough to go out of his way not to fight it, instead destroying it with his Almighty), even higher with Bankai and Gran Rey Cero Getsuga Tenshou (Both these techniques drastically raise Ichigo's destructive output)

Speed: At least Massively Hypersonic (Can keep up with Tsukishima) | At least Massively Hypersonic (Faster than before), Massively Hypersonic+ with Bankai (At least 5x faster than before due to using Bankai) | FTL (Able to react to Yhwach's dark reiatsu. Ichigo was regarded as one of the only individuals capable of combating Hikone. Overwhelmed Candice, Mennias, and Liltotto, moving far faster than they can perceive with ease. Can casually redirect multiple Heilig Pfeil). FTL+ with Bankai (At least 5x faster than before due to using Bankai) | FTL+ (At least 5x faster than his True Shikai state with Hollowfication), Massively FTL with Bankai (At least 5x faster than before due to using Bankai)

Lifting Strength: Class M (Clashed with Tsuskishima and can send him back, his kick sent him flying) | At least Class M (Stronger than before, grabbed Ginjo and sent him flying) | At least Class G (Held back Yhwach), Class T with Bankai (Stronger than before) | Class T (Restrained Soul King Yhwach)

Striking Strength: Large Country Class+ (Comparable to his Attack Power) | At least Multi-Continent Class (Stronger than before), higher with Bankai (Comparable to his Attack Power) | Large Star Class (Comparable to his Attack Power), Solar System Class with Bankai (Comparable to his Attack Power) | Solar System Class (Comparable to his Attack Power), far higher with Bankai (Comparable to his Attack Power)

Durability: Large Country level+ (Comparable to his Attack Power) | At least Multi-Continent level (More durable than before), higher with Bankai (Comparable to his Attack Power) | Large Star level (Comparable to his Attack Power, blocked an attack from Almighty Yhwach, and is capable of surviving a barrage from a casual Soul King Yhwach), Solar System level with Bankai (Comparable to his Attack Power, Bankai amplifies Ichigo's statistics) | Solar System level (Comparable to his Attack Power, Hollowfication amplified Ichigo's statistics), far higher with Bankai (Comparable to his Attack Power, Bankai amplifies Ichigo's statistics)

Stamina: Superhuman. Ichigo is a stubborn man who won't give up on fighting even when seriously injured and near-death, at one point fighting against Zangetsu within the Dangai for 3 months

Range: Extended melee range, further with the shockwaves of his attacks, Hundreds of Meters to Kilometers with Getsuga Tenshō

Standard Equipment: His Zanpakutō, Zangetsu, and his Substitute Shinigami Badge

Intelligence: Above Average normally. Gifted in combat: At a very young age, Ichigo has trained in karate, sparring against Tatsuki on a daily occasion. As he got older, Ichigo gained more street fighting experience. He was shown to grapple opponents to the ground and beat up 5 thugs at the same with hand to hand combat alone. In the Fullbring arc, Ichigo is able to take on armed thugs with his bare hands alone. During his early days as a Shinigami, he was able to properly use Spirit Ribbons without guidance, even when becoming a Hollow, Ichigo was able to use this technique to locate his Zanpakuto hidden amongst numerous boxes at once. His swordsmanship skills were complimented by experienced fighters like Ikkaku, and held his own against master swordsmen like Byakuya in his Senkei, Ichigo was even shown getting better at swordsmanship during fights. Ichigo’s growth rate allowed him to master Flash Step in a very short period of time. Ichigo learned Bankai in 2 and a half days, when it usually takes prodigies 10 years to learn it. Later on in the Arrancar arc, Ichigo was able to improve his usage of the Getsuga Tenshou, such as wrapping it around his Zanpakuto to increasing his overall attack power. He combined a Getsuga with a Gran Rey Cero. He constantly adapts to his opponents and tends to learn their fighting styles. In the Fullbring arc, Ichigo is implied to have gotten rusty in combat, he was still able to learn about his Fullbring and use it effectively in combat, and later on, was able to adapt to fighting with his eyes slashed. In the War arc, Ichigo was stated to be unpredictable by Akon, and created a plan to use his other abilities against Yhwach and unlocked Horn of Salvation. When sensing Kyoka Suigetsu, Ichigo met up with Aizen and was able to instantly figure out the situation, stabbing Yhwach in the back and blew him away with a Getsuga Tenshou.

Weaknesses: Ichigo is brash and can rush into fights without thinking, and he can also be too merciful or have his powers limited by his lack of fighting spirit.

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

Shunpo: An application of Hohō used by Shinigami, allowing for high-speed movement, much faster than the eye can follow, used in combat and travel, typically in short bursts. The skill can be summarized as taking the least amount of steps to reach point B from point A. While he makes skillful use of Shunpo, Ichigo is not particularly well-versed in the specifics of the technique and his use of it is fairly straightforward.

Fullbring: Ichigo's Fullbring is dependent on his Substitute Shinigami Badge, which, when first activated, emits energy from its four sides in the shape of Tensa Zangetsu's tsuba. He uses it for primarily defensive purposes, but after he advances his control over it further, it covers him in black reiatsu and gives him a simple, black blade. Once completed, Ichigo's Fullbring covers him in white, bone-like armor and a black bodysuit, and in this form, he can create tsuba-shaped bursts of energy that he can use similar to a Getsuga Tenshō.

Shikai: Ichigo's True Shikai takes the form of not one, but two blades, one in the shape of his original Shikai and a hollow portion, while the other is smaller, more akin to a knife. The larger blade represents his inner Hollow, and the smaller blade his Quincy powers. When Ichigo merges with his inner hollow, the larger blade turns white.

  • Getsuga Tenshō: Ichigo's signature attack, a highly condensed blast of spiritual pressure released from the tip of either blade with a slash, taking the form of a crescent as it rushes forwards, or even an omnidirectional burst. Though Ichigo uses this ability several times before finding out its name, once he does, its power is greatly enhanced.
    • Getsuga Jūjishō: By firing a Getsuga Tenshō from both blades at once, Ichigo can create a cross-shaped explosion of energy with immense power.

Bankai - Tensa Zangetsu: To activate his True Bankai, Ichigo brings both the blades of his Zanpakutō together, fusing them into a massive blade similar to that of his original Shikai, with the smaller blade occupying the hollow inside of the larger. Yhwach regarded Ichigo's bankai as too powerful and destroyed it instantly before we could see its godly power. After Yhwach absorbs Ichigo's powers, the exterior of the blade shatters to reveal the True Zangetsu.

  • Enhanced Getsuga Tenshō: Ichigo can fire a massively powerful Getsuga Tenshō. When this technique was used against a Soul King-empowered Yhwach, Ichigo bifurcated him with the force of the blast and would have killed him were it not for The Almighty allowing Yhwach to reverse his death.
  • True Zangetsu: Ichigo shatters the white outer shell of Tensa Zangetsu to strike with the True Zangetsu.

Merged Hollow Form: After discovering the true nature of his Zanpakutō, Ichigo can enter into a more powerful state by merging with his inner Hollow. In this form, the left side of Ichigo's face and neck change to resemble the form his inner Hollow took on while fighting Ulquiorra Cifer, as well as his former Hollowfication; his left eye inverts in color with a black sclera and yellow pupil, he has dark marks running down his face and along his neck, and he gains a long, forward-pointing horn on the left side of his head. While in this form, the larger blade of Zangetsu turns white.

  • Gran Rey Cero Getsuga Tenshō: By using the longer sword of Zangetsu as a substitute second horn and with his blood as a catalyst, Ichigo can fire a Gran Rey Cero; moreover, he can combine it with a Getsuga Tenshō to create a massive slashing attack powerful enough to wound a Soul King-empowered Yhwach; though the latter quickly brushed it off, he noted that it was nonetheless a potent technique and proof that he had to begin taking Ichigo seriously.

Blut: An advanced Quincy technique that works by pumping Reishi into the user's blood vessels, reinforcing either their strength or durability to exceptional levels. There exists a defensive and offensive form of Blut, but only one can be used at a time; Ichigo seems to make subconscious use of these.

  • Blut Vene: Blut's defensive form, which makes its use clear in the form of a glowing trail that traces the user's blood vessels, which appears only when the enhanced area is struck. When consciously maintained at full power, Blut Vene can even negate the attacks of a Bankai user. It can also be used to stop the user's blood flow if they are badly injured, preventing them from bleeding out.

Key: Fullbring | Fullbring Zanpakutō | True Zanpakutō | Merged Hollow Form

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Notable Victories:

Notable Losses:

Twenty-Fifth Baam (Season 3) (Tower of God) Twenty-Fifth Baam's Profile (True Self Mode Tewnty-Fifth Baam and Fullbring Ichigo were used, Speed was equalized)

Inconclusive Matches:

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