List of Espada

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Espada are the 10 strongest Arrancar in Kubo Tite's anime and manga series, Bleach

The Espada(十刃(エスパーダ,Esupāda,Japanese for "ten blades," Spanish for "sword") are the ten strongest arrancar in Sōsuke Aizen's army.They are ranked in order of their strength and have their respective number tattooed somewhere on their body as proof of their superiority.The Espada are also allowed to choose any ordinary arrancar and have them appointed as their direct subordinates,referred to as fracción(従属官(フラシオン),furashion,Japanese for "subordinate official," Spanish for "fraction").The members are listed according to their known rank.The first three hold the top three ranks although their specific ranks haven't been revealed, and as such are listed in order of introduction.


Current Espada

By order of rank:

1. Stark

Stark(スターク,Sutāku)appears to be very lazy as he is seen sleeping when the Espada learn of Aaroniero Arruruerie's death,and does not appear overly concerned by the news. Lilinette (リリネット, Ririnetto?),his young female fracción,typically shows the concern that Stark does not. When he is shown to be serious, however,his personality changes completely;he comes off as reluctant but nonetheless willing to do what needs to be done to complete the task at hand.He also appears to be a pacifist,going as far as to suggest that he and Shunsui Kyōraku pretend to fight until everyone else is finished (an offer which the peace-loving Kyōraku almost accepted).The remains of Stark's hollow mask consist of a bottom jaw that is positioned like a necklace and his hollow hole is on his sternum,right below the tip of his mask.While his combat abilities have not been shown, he is at the least very fast,as he easily manages to kidnap Orihime Inoue while Kenpachi Zaraki and Ichigo Kurosaki are only a few feet away.His laziness also manifests itself in his fighting style,as he refuses to fight Shunshui Kyōraku at full strength when asked to,just the same he shows himself to be a very capable fighter,observing that Kyōraku is ambidextrous and is trying to correct the angle of his swing to hide that fact.

2. Barragan

3. Halibel

4. Ulquiorra Schiffer

Ulquiorra Schiffer (ウルキオラ・シファー, Urukiora Shifā) is the fourth Espada, signified by the "4" tattooed to his chest.His name stems from that of a furniture designer named Patricia Urquiola.He has a largely stoic appearance,rarely even changing his facial expression,and does not allow the actions of others to impede the tasks set to him by Sōsuke Aizen.He will attack his comrades to get them to pay attention to him,and deems anyone he does not find of particular interest to be "trash" and therefore expendable.The remainder of Ulquiorra's hollow mask forms a broken helmet with a curved horn and covers the left half of his head.His hollow hole has moved since his first appearance;when first introduced it is at the base of his neck,but in later appearances it has been moved onto his chest.

Though Ulquiorra has yet to fight with his full power, he has displayed a number of unique tendencies;he usually keeps his hands in his pockets when in a combat situation, only bringing them out to deflect attacks,and Grimmjow Jeagerjaques notes that he tends to stab opponents in the chest,the same location as his hollow hole, whenever he is particularly interested in a battle,though it is unclear if Ulquiorra is conscious of this habit.He is very analytical;he almost accurately theorizes the means behind Orihime Inoue's abilities,and recognizes that Ichigo Kurosaki's power constantly fluctuates between comparatively very weak and far stronger than his own.He also seems to refrain from killing a person unless necessary,twice sparing Ichigo and proclaiming he would not harm Orihime because he had not been ordered to.He can replay events he has seen to others by removing and crushing his left eye,which then turns into dust and flows around those Ulquiorra is relaying information to.Ulquiorra is a firm believer in absolute materialism and has stated that what his eye cannot see does not exist.The name and released state of Ulquiorra's zanpakutō have not been revealed.Aizen leaves Ulquiorra command over Las Noches when he invades the false Karakura Town.

5. Nnoitra Jiruga

6. Grimmjow Jaegerjaques

7. Zommari Leroux

Zommari Leroux (ゾマリ・ルルー,Zomari Rurū)is the seventh Espada.He is a quiet,reverent figure that praises Sōsuke Aizen and despises Soul Reapers for arbitrarily judging hollows.The remnants of his hollow mask take the form of a necklace made out of teeth and a ridge of spikes running down the center of his forehead.Zommari has the self-proclaimed fastest Sonído among the Espada, referred to as Gemelos Sonído (双児響転 (ヘメロス・ソニード),Hemerosu Sonīdo,Spanish and Japanese for "sound twins").He can leave up to five afterimages in his stead when using it. His zanpakutō is Brujería (呪眼僧伽(ブルヘリア),Buruheria,Spanish for "witchcraft",Japanese for "sangha of bewitching eyes")and in his released state he gains a total of fifty eyes,each of which can be used to gain complete control of whatever or whoever they look upon;this technique is called Amor (愛 (アモル),Amoru,Spanish and Japanese for "Love").His legs are also replaced by a pumpkin-like structure that he can hide within as a defensive measure.When Zommari tries to avenge Aaroniero Arruruerie's death by killing Rukia Kuchiki, he is stopped and killed by her brother,Byakuya Kuchiki.

8. Szayel Aporro Granz

9. Aarionerio Arrurueirie

Aaroniero Arruruerie(アーロニーロ・アルルエリ,Āronīro Arurueri)is the ninth Espada,signified by the "9" tattooed to his two faces.He has an unusual glass capsule filled with red liquid and two floating masks in place of a head,which he usually covers with a tall white mask.The two masks tend to talk in tandem when revealed,giving the effect of two people speaking in turn. The upper mask speaks with a deep voice while the lower mask speaks in a high-pitched,child-like voice,and they appear to have a level of individuality as the lower mask is more afraid of death,screaming blasphemy to Aizen when he dies while the upper mask merely curses one word. He is the last of the first-generation Espada.Aaroniero possesses the ability to broadcast information of whatever he is currently seeing or experiencing to other arrancar,which he does prior to his death at the hands of Rukia Kuchiki.

Aaroniero is unique in that he can absorb other hollows in their entirety,not only giving him their power but their unique abilities and memories as well.Once a hollow is absorbed in this fashion,Aaroniero can manifest any aspect of them at will,including their physical form. Through an unusual series of events,he also absorbs the Soul Reaper abilities of Kaien Shiba. The weakness of this power is sunlight,which nullifies it on contact and reveals Aaroniero's true form.Aaroniero's zanpakutō is Glotonería (喰虚(グロトネリア,Gurotoneria,Spanish for "Gluttony," Japanese for "eating hollow") and it is unclear what its sealed form is,but Aaroniero seems to imply that it is a deformed tentacle-ridden appendage that replaces his left arm.In his released state the lower half of his body turns into a huge,purple,octopus-like mass with dozens of tentacles and cartoonish mouth-like mask pieces.With Glotonería released, Aaroniero can access the full range of his abilities at will, as opposed to the single ability limit imposed on him when it is sealed

10. Yammy

Yammy (ヤミー, Yamī)is the tenth Espada,signified by the "10" tattooed to his left shoulder. What remains of his hollow mask is the jawbone,which rests on his chin.He is the largest,but not the brightest,of the Espada,as he relies upon Ulquiorra Schiffer to explain things and give him orders while in battle. Yammy relies primarily on his brute strength and cero blasts in battle,taking little interest in using his sword until he is overpowered. Aside from his fighting abilities,Yammy can suck the souls from living humans en masse using gonzui (魂吸(ゴンズイ),gonzui Japanese for "soul suction").It affects a wide area,but any individual with even slight spiritual power is able to resist it to some degree.The name and released state of Yammy's zanpakutō have not been revealed.

Former Espada

By former rank

6. Luppi

Luppi (ルピ, Rupi)temporarily replaces Grimmjow Jeagerjaques as the sixth Espada,signified by the "6" tattooed to his right hip.He has a youthful and feminine appearance,and tends to be rather demeaning to opponents or those of lower ranks.The remains of his hollow mask (a top row of teeth) rests on the left side of his head.Luppi's zanpakutō is Trepadora (蔦嬢(トレパドーラ,Torepadōra,Spanish for "climber",Japanese for "ivy girl"),and in his released state eight tendrils sprout from a carapace mounted on his back,which he can control independently to combat a group.The tentacles can also grow spikes to cause additional damage.After Grimmjow's arm is restored,the reason for his demotion,he promptly kills Luppi to regain his rank.

Ex-6. Grimmjow Jeaguerjaques

He stayed in this group for 1 month.

3. Neliel Tu Odershwank

Privaron Espada

103. Dordoni Alessandro Del Socacchio

105. Cirucci Thunderwitch

107. Gantenbein Mosqueda

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