|Height||196 cm (6'5")|
|Weight||92 kg (202 lb.)|
|Epithet||"H" — "The Hailfire"|
|Base of Operations||Wandenreich HQ|
|Signature Skill||Immense Firepower|
Anders is an unusually tall and muscular, broad-shouldered middle-aged man. He is completely bald, but he wears a trimmed beard and moustache of dark brown colour, and has thick eyebrows. His eyes are pale blue and piercing.
He wears a variation of the standard Quincy uniform outfitted with epaulettes and a long cloak. He dons a silver bracelet on his right forearm, to which his Quincy cross is attached by a chain.
Schäfer appears to be a very solemn and portentous person. He is constantly serious and imperturbable, as shown during his fight with the 5th Division's high-Seated Officers. Furthermore, even though he is not easily angered, if sufficiently provoked he becomes gradually more unrelenting.
He has a habit of talking in a lofty, sermon-like manner. Additionally, he tends to speak only whenever he knows he has some attention, and he does not interrupt other people talking, even when they are his enemies.
He finds Sōkatsui and Soren Sōkatsui spells "magnificent", as they remind him of the flames caused by Quincy's offensive techniques. Still, he thinks lowly of the Shinigami and compares them to "moths".
Schäfer participated in the Wandenreich's invasion on Seireitei. He was able to wipe out most of the Fifth Division, until only 3rd Seat Fudo Shōdo and 4th Seat Kana Enodoriko remained on the battlefield.
The two attempted to defeat the Sternritter with their Shikai, but were unable to inflict any damage. Even after 5th Seat Kurokawa Tadayoshi had joined the fray Anders still held the upper hand. Ultimately, he killed Shōdo and gravely wounded Enodoriko, enraging Tadayoshi in the process. The latter's Kidō proved to be ineffective, and only the unexpected appearance of Ikiryō Kuragari stopped Schäfer from killing the Shinigami.
The two Soul Reapers engaged Anders into a protracted, intense fight. Irritated by their persistence, the Quincy eventually activated his Vollständig and completely overwhelmed his opponents. Before he was able to finish them off, however, the Shinigami devised a plan to defeat him at a moment's notice.
Tadayoshi's barrage of progressively stronger Kidō spells stalled Anders and weakened him slightly, allowing Kuragari to take and destroy the Sternritter's Bankai Stealing Device. Subsequently, Schäfer was faced with Ikiryō's Bankai.
Whereas he fought the Shinigami to the best of his ability, the Bankai proved to be too strong. In the end, Anders was overpowered by its ultimate technique and perished, crushed by its dense darkness.
Soon afterward the battle site was investaged by a group of Quincy troops, who had been looking for Schäfer since the invasion was about to be suspended. All they were able to find were his meagre remains and his Quincy cross.
Quincy Cross: Anders carries a version of the Quincy cross that consists of five points, which is attached by a chain to his bracelet.
Bracelet: He wears an ornate, silver bracelet on his right hand. It seems to be closely connected with his Spirit Weapon, as he has been seen collecting Reishi on it to form it.
Bankai Stealing Device: Like presumably all of the Sternritter, Schäfer possesses a round, unnamed device that is roughly the size of a person's palm and has the Wandenreich insignia etched into its surface. He can use it to steal a single Bankai released in his vicinity.
Powers and Abilities
Expert Marksman: Schäfer is highly proficient with his crossbow, and is capable of achieving direct hits on distant enemies even when his vision is obscured by a cloud of dust. Whereas he has some trouble keeping up with fast opponents, he can use several techniques which help him overcome this issue.
High Spiritual Power: whilst Quincy of the past mostly relied on the energy absorbed from their surroundings, Schäfer boasts a large amount of Reishi himself, enough to intimidate a 5th Seat Officer with his presence alone.
Reishi Absorption: A Quincy primarily absorbs spiritual energy from the atmosphere and combines it with their own spiritual energy to form weapons or to fuel their techniques.
Ransōtengai: (乱装天傀; lit. "Heavenly wild puppet suit", "Disheveled paradise puppet" in the Viz translation): An advanced technique which allows the user to create mind-controlled spiritual energy strings with which one is then able to move their body in a manner similar to a puppet. Anders used it after receiving a severe wound from Ikiryō Kuragari, which would otherwise substantially decrease his mobility.
Hirenkyaku Expert (飛廉脚), lit. "Flying Screen Step/God Step", Viz translation, "Flying Bamboo-Blind Leg"): Anders is proficient enough in this art to evade a powerful Hadō spell in a split second, and later promptly disappear after being attacked from behind.
Reiniger ("Purifier"): By accumulating spiritual energy on his special bracelet, Anders can summon an ornate crossbow which is mounted on his right forearm.
Bardiel ("The Humiliated Son of God", also known as "the Angel of Hail"): Upon activation the air around Anders begins undulating, and his immediate surroundings are forcibly converted into spiritual energy which is then speedily collected.
In this form, Anders's appearance changes noticeably; his Reiniger becomes larger and more complex, his cloak elongates into a spreading cape and he receives a very high collar on his uniform. Additionally, a halo shaped like the Wandenreich symbol appears over his head, and he gains two pairs of wings on his back: one vast, and the other reversed and almost vestigial just below it.
- His Vollständig name was inspired by Bardiel, an Angel from the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise and in turn its own inspiration, the biblical angel of hail, storms and lightning.