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Rukia Kuchiki
Race Shinigami
Birthday January 14
Gender Female
Height 144 cm (4'8½")
Weight 33 kg (73 lbs.)
Professional Status
Affiliation Gotei 13, Soul Society
Occupation Captain of the Thirteenth Division
Shinigami Protector of Rider City
Team Thirteenth Division
Partner Eikichirō Saidō
Previous Partner Jūshirō Ukitake
Base of Operations 13th Division HQ & Kuchiki Manor, Seireitei, Soul Society; Rider City
Personal Status
Relatives Hisana Kuchiki (sister)
Byakuya Kuchiki (Adoptive brother)
Ginrei Kuchiki (adoptive grandfather)
Raian Getsueikirite (adoptive brother)
Education Shinō Academy
Shikai Sode no Shirayuki
Bankai Yuki Fīrudo no Ōgama
First Appearance
Japanese Voice Fumiko Orikasa

Rukia Kuchiki (朽木 ルキア, Kuchiki Rukia) is the captain of the 13th Division, previously its lieutenant under Captain Jūshirō Ukitake. Rukia is the younger sister of Hisana Kuchiki, the adoptive sister of Byakuya Kuchiki, and a friend of Ichigo Kurosaki.


Rukia in Captain haori

Rukia as Captain of the Thirteenth Division.

Short and petite, Rukia is described as a attractive girl with pale skin, violet-colored eyes and black hair, with one strand of hair always hanging between her eyes. Byakuya has said to Rukia that she strongly resembles Hisana Kuchiki. As a Shinigami of the Gotei 13, Rukia wears a standard Shihakushō. As a lieutenant, Rukia has her hair cropped into a bob that hangs about her face, and wears the same type of gloves as Byakuya, as well as a lieutenant's badge on her arm.


Initially born into a lower class, Rukia retains her modesty even as an adopted member of the nobility. She is graceful and "clean", yet chooses to talk to ordinary people. However, her cool and lone demeanor often forces her to hide her personal troubles even from her friends. According to Ukitake, Rukia never opens up her heart and has difficulty making friends. Rukia is clueless about the ways of the modern Human World. She is an accomplished actress, being able to act her way through a number of tough situations, such as getting out of trouble with school teachers or convincing the Kurosakis to let her stay at their house.

Rukia always has trouble finding clothes that fit her, especially when inhabiting a Gigai in the Human World, leading to her stealing clothes from Ichigo's sister, Yuzu. She likes to climb to high places. Rukia also likes everything that is rabbit-themed or resembles a rabbit People often have difficulty understanding her drawings, which are typically rabbit-like. Rukia's favorite foods are cucumber, eggs and rice dumplings.


Note: The history section of this page only pertains to fanon events, not canon ones.

After the events of Aizen's campaign, Rukia was made the lieutenant of the Thirteenth Division. By her own admission, she did not fight directly in the Akujin Crisis; being ordered to protect the Human World instead. After the crisis, due to the lack of captains and due to her experience, she was promoted to Captain of the Thirteenth Division.

After five Central 46 judges were killed in Rider City by its new Substitute Shinigami, Raian Getsueikirite, formerly Captain of the Tenth Division, Rukia was sent to investigate. She uncovered that they were allied with the Shinigami criminal, Setsuna Kōmei, but was assigned to become Rider City's Shinigami protector, as she was briefly for Karakura Town, indefinitely.

Powers & Abilities[]

Expert Swordsmanship Specialist: Rukia knows the basic-levels of Zanjutsu, of which she seemed to have only mastered the rudimentary skills. By her own admission, she has less talent in swordsmanship than Kidō.[1] However after much training by her former mentor, Kaien Shiba, her skill drastically improved. She has shown herself to be capable enough to hold her own in a battle, most notably defending herself from attacks from the 9th Espada, while he was using the expert swordsmanship skill of Kaien Shiba.[2]

Kidō Expert: Rukia's greatest strength is her knowledge of Kidō, amongst her known skills are those for binding, healing and destruction. However, as she said herself, while her Kidō skill at the Shinō Academy were the highest of her class, the sheer power of them were just average when she joined the 13th Division.[1] Through continuous training, she has greatly developed this skill. She is able to switch from Zanjutsu to Kidō without delay upon losing her Zanpakutō.[3] She has shown she is able to use several high-level Kidō in rapid succession without incantations and still have considerable control and power. She has also shown great skill for using various spells in unique combinations, even using multiple spells simultaneously. Rukia has shown that she is capable of using a level 61 Bakudō spell and a level 73 Hadō spell consecutively, though she needs to chant the incantations for both to perform them.[4]

Enhanced Durability: Rukia has a great amount of durability. She was able to withstand being impaled by Aaroniero's Nejibana, in conjunction with his Glotonería and finish him off before losing consciousness.[5]

Enhanced Strength: Despite her size, she is actually powerful enough to defeat a superior opponent. Even without the aid of her Zanpakutō, she is still a considerable opponent. Her strength is displayed when Ritz is controlling her and she picks up Orihime with her own two hands, able to throw her in the air, despite her size.[6]

Hakuda Combatant: She was also seen in a Gigai fighting enemies with her physical strength (kicking, punching, etc.).[7] She is also capable of having hand-to-hand combat while in her Shinigami state, with augmented strength. During the Bount invasion, she showed herself capable of countering the swift and accurate attacks of Yoshi.[8]

Keen Intellect: Repeatedly in missions, Rukia has shown herself to be very intelligent, as seen from her ability to compensate against stronger opponents with combination attacks.[9][10] During her forced stay in the living world after losing her powers, Rukia proved herself very resourceful in assisting Ichigo with his new Shinigami duties. Rukia is also very knowledgeable, as shown from her knowledge of the Soul Society's history.

High Spiritual Power: Being a captain of the Gotei 13, Rukia boasts a high spiritual energy[11] and is capable of exerting large amounts of reiatsu when needed.

Shunpo Expert: Renji says that Rukia is also helpful and effective because of her high speed. During her battle against the Adjuchas of the Menos Forest, she skillfully dodged multiple attacks from several enemies.


Rukia's Shikai Form

Rukia holding her Shikai.

Sode no Shirayuki (袖白雪, Sleeved White Snow): In its sealed form, Sode no Shirayuki is a normal katana with a rectangular tsuba with inward-curved corners with curved slits above and below the blade and a series of curved lines embossed on either side of the blade. It has a reddish-brown hilt.

  • Shikai: Its Shikai command is "Dance" (舞え, mae). Rukia holds her Zanpakutō out in front of her and turns it in a circle counter-clockwise. While she is turning it, the blade, hilt and tsuba turn completely white. The tsuba becomes a hollow snowflake-like circle and a white ribbon forms from the pommel.[12] Sode no Shirayuki is regarded as one of the most beautiful Zanpakutō in the Soul Society.[13] The transformation comes along with a rush of cold air in all directions.[14]
Shikai Special Ability: Sode no Shirayuki has control over ice, much like Tōshirō Hitsugaya's Hyōrinmaru, but uses it in a different manner. Like Kaname Tōsen's Suzumushi and Kisuke Urahara's Benihime, Sode no Shirayuki possesses more than one ability in Shikai.[12]Sode no Shirayuki's abilities are labeled as "dances" by Rukia.
  • Some no mai, Tsukishiro (初の舞・月白, First Dance, White Moon): Rukia calls out the name of the dance while holding her Zanpakutō upside down. The blade glows and then she makes a slashing motion when her target is in position. When she does this, a large ice circle forms around her intended target which freezes everything that touches it. The circle not only freezes the ground but everything within the circle's influence including anything above it up in the air, creating an extending pillar of light that then freezes all within in the circle. Shortly after being frozen, the victim then shatters along with the ice.
  • Tsugi no mai, Hakuren (次の舞・白漣, Next Dance, White Ripple): Rukia calls out the name of the dance and punctures the ground once creating a large ice circle similar to the first dance, then she punctures the ground in front of her four times in a semi circle. She takes a battle stance as the ice particles begin to flow up from the punctures she made in the ground. They build up and then fire toward the target in a massive, powerful pure-white wave of ice from Sode no Shirayuki's blade, in turn encasing the target in a block of ice.
  • San no mai, Shirafune (参の舞・白刀, Third Dance, White Sword): Rukia calls out the name of the dance, which allows her to reforge her Zanpakutō with ice particles if it is broken, piercing through objects in its path. After piercing its target, it continues to freeze any surrounding objects, including the battlefield.
  • Juhaku (樹白, White Tree): Rukia stabs the ground which creates a trail of ice in the direction of her intended target. The ice then freezes the target from the base up in a continuing freezing process, as it transforms the target into ice.
  • Bankai: Yuki Fīrudo no Ōgama (雪のフィールドの大鎌, Scythe of the Snow Field): Rukia's Bankai does not follow the usual naming scheme of Bankai. Upon release, her sword releases a massive amount of white reiatsu from the tip of the blade and pommel of the hilt, extending out in both directions. This reiatsu then solidifies into a pure white double-bladed scythe. Her Shinigami shihakushō and captain's haori are replaced by a pure white dress with large bell-sleeves. Her legs and feet up to her knees also become encased in ice. Like Ichigo's Bankai robe, her dress is a part of her Bankai, and thus, the damage it takes reflects how much strength and spiritual energy she has remaining.
Bankai Special Ability: Rukia's Bankai allows her to manipulate ice to an even more improved degree than her Shikai. Her Zanpakutō's powers still take the form of dances, but are improved versions of the Shikai dances. Rukia's spiritual power now becomes far colder, freezing any liquid within range of her reiatsu. She is careful not to release her Bankai around Humans, or small children that dwell in Soul Society, as her reiatsu in Bankai is cold enough to cause severe frostbite. In addition, if one is cut by one of the blades of her Zanpakutō in Bankai form, the wound is almost instantly frozen over and receives frostbite.
  • Enhanced Some no mai, Tsukishiro: In Bankai, Rukia's first dance becomes far more powerful, and she seems to be able to use it in unique ways. Instead of drawing a circle with her Zanpakutō around her foe, she can simply draw circles in the air to release a powerful wave of ice that freezes everything within the circle's influence.
  • Enhanced Tsuki no mai, Hakuren: Rukia no longer needs to stab the ground to preform the technique. Simply by slashing her Zanpakutō, Rukia releases a massive wave of ice, far larger than her Shikai version, and equal in power to Ichigo's Bankai Getsuga Tenshō, from her scythe, which then overtakes and freezes her target solid.
  • Enhanced San no mai, Shirafune: In Bankai, should Rukia's Zanpakutō ever break beyond repair, she can use this technique to reforge her scythe completely. Should her Zanpakutō ever be completely destroyed in battle, she can use this technique to generate a katana resembling her Shikai to continue fighting with.
  • Daikama no mai, Shirohime: (大鎌の舞・白姫, Scythe Dance, White Princess): Upon calling out the name of the dance, Rukia's Zanpakutō will gain several white ribbons along the shaft of the weapon; each several feet long. She swings her weapon, causing the ribbons to elongate and begin moving. Anything touched by the ribbons becomes frozen, even the spiritual particles, or the atoms, that make that object or being up, preventing them from not only moving, but also from using their power to escape. The ribbons then completely wrap up the frozen target. Rukia states that once the target is completely wrapped in the white ribbon, they will die. There are three ribbons that appear when she activates this technique, meaning she may use it three times before it disappears and she has to wait until she uses Bankai next to do it again. She calls this move her trump card.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 268, page 8
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 266, pages 1-7
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 266, pages 9-11
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 266, pages 14-17
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 268, pages 17-19
  6. Bleach anime; Episode 85
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 9, page 8
  8. Bleach anime; Episode 93
  9. Bleach anime; Episode 155
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter 266, pages 7-17
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter 202, page 4
  12. 12.0 12.1 Bleach manga, Chapter 201
  13. Bleach manga, Chapter 202, page 3
  14. Bleach manga, Chapter 264, page 17