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531White profile
Race Hollow
Professional Status
Affiliation Sōsuke Aizen
Special Ability Hollowfication Poison, Soul Infiltration
First Appearance
Manga Chapter 530
Japanese N/A

White (ホワイト, Howaito) is an experimental Hollow used by Sōsuke Aizen many years prior to his defection from Soul Society. It was created based on a Shinigami's soul.[1]


White is an almost completely black Hollow. It has a white mask,[2] and its light colored hair reaches down to the middle of its back. It has two long, forward-pointing horns protruding from the sides of its head, and its Hollow hole, located in its upper chest, is filled in. It has two blades in place of its forearms.[3]


White exhibits a cold, calculating personality. Like most Hollows, it acts entirely on instinct, and always chooses the weakest victims in the battlefield. It did not respond when questioned by Isshin Kurosaki. During their fight, Isshin noted it felt like he was fighting something more akin to a Shinigami rather than a Hollow.[4]


531White turns

White turns to face Isshin.

Some time ago, White was created from the souls of many Shinigami as part of Sōsuke Aizen's research.[5] It killed a number of Shinigami in Naruki City, prompting 10th Division Captain Isshin Shiba to investigate.[6] When Isshin tried to lure it out by exerting large amounts of Reiatsu, White attacked two nearby Shinigami before confronting Isshin.[7]

532Masaki kills

Masaki fires a Heilig Pfeil through White's head.

As it fought with Isshin, another Shinigami approached. Turning its attention to the new arrival, White fired a Cero at him before resuming its battle with Isshin. After the captain released his Shikai and was attacked by Aizen, White, continuing to exchange blows with him, lost one of its arms. When Masaki Kurosaki attacked it, White, avoiding her attacks while charging towards her, bit her shoulder before she fired a Heilig Pfeil through its head.[8] Having been severely wounded by this, White self-destructed, forcing Isshin to shield Masaki.[9]

But despite its apparent demise, by biting Masaki and destroying itself, White had already chosen her as its target for Hollowfication, achieving its final "transfer" stage.[10][11] Having entered her soul, the day after the battle it starts to Hollowfy her, putting her at risk of Soul Suicide.[12] However, by utilizing a special Gigai invented by Kisuke Urahara, Isshin was able to link his soul to both Masaki's soul and White, suppressing her Hollowfication.[13] White's influence would later be passed onto Ichigo Kurosaki, fusing with his Shinigami powers and becoming his Zanpakutō - Zangetsu.[14]

Powers and Abilities

Immense Speed: White is extremely fast, sneaking behind two unseated Shinigami and decapitating them before they even registered its presence.[15] White's speed allows it to keep up with and pressure a captain and Shunpo expert like Isshin Shiba.[16]

Enhanced Strength: White possesses great strength. When Isshin pinned down its arm, White launched him into the sky, destroying much of the ground around them.[17]

Enhanced Endurance: Even after losing its left arm, White remained able to pressure an injured Isshin in battle.[18]

Enhanced Durability: White is a very durable fighter. Its bladed arms repeatedly withstood clashing with Engetsu without showing any signs of damage until Isshin released his Zanpakutō.[19]

Immense Spiritual Power: White's Reiatsu is powerful enough to visibly intimidate Isshin Shiba, a Shinigami captain. According to Sōsuke Aizen, White should be able to easily defeat any Shinigami captain armed with Shikai.[20]

Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Using the bladed appendages on the ends of its arms, White held its own against Isshin Shiba, a known master swordsman.[21]

533White prepares

White about to self-destruct.

Cero: Despite Isshin deducing it is not a Menos, White can fire a Cero,[22] which is powerful enough to obliterate an average Shinigami without a trace.[23] Even Isshin, a captain-level Shinigami, was afraid of getting hit by it.[24]

Self-Destruct Mechanism: If White is severely wounded, the matter in its Hollow hole expands, followed by a massive explosion, which can heavily wound a captain.[25] According to Kaname Tōsen, the use of this mechanism indicates that White has reached its final "transfer" stage.[26]

Hollowfication Poison: White is capable of transmitting a poison that induces Hollowfication in its victims. However, this poison is so powerful that even Gotei 13 soldiers cannot survive it, let alone ordinary souls.[27]

Soul Infiltration: Much like Asauchi, White is composed of the souls of many Shinigami. Because of this, in addition to being able to Hollowfy others, White is capable of entering the soul of an individual and fusing with their latent Shinigami powers. By doing so, the Hollow essentially becomes the victim's Zanpakutō.[28] Though Aizen designed White for the purpose of Hollowfying Shinigami souls, it is also capable of entering those of Quincy.[29]


  • Sōsuke Aizen considers its name, White, to be ironic, for White has a black exterior but an "inner whiteness", due to its origins as a Shinigami's soul.[30]


  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 532, page 4
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 531, page 3
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 530, page 17
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 531, pages 12-15
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 540, page 13
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 529, pages 13-14
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 530, pages 15-17
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 532, pages 6-17
  9. Bleach manga; Chapter 533, pages 4-7
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter 534, page 17
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter 533, page 9
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 534, pages 9-18
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 535, pages 11-17
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 540, page 13
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 530, pages 16
  16. Bleach manga; Chapter 532, pages 8
  17. Bleach manga; Chapter 532, pages 8
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 532, pages 12
  19. Bleach manga; Chapter 531, page 12
  20. Bleach manga; Chapter 532, pages 4
  21. Bleach manga; Chapter 531
  22. Bleach Manga, Chapter 531, page 16
  23. Bleach manga; Chapter 531, page 12
  24. Bleach manga; Chapter 532, page 13
  25. Bleach manga; Chapter 533, pages 4-6
  26. Bleach manga; Chapter 533, page 9
  27. Bleach manga; Chapter 529, page 16
  28. Bleach manga; Chapter 540, page 13
  29. Bleach manga; Chapter 535, page 6
  30. Bleach manga; Chapter 532, page 7


Start a Discussion Discussions about White

  • More Zangetsu?

    13 messages
    • This is what I've interpreted: White had the ability to transfer its powers into the soul of a person. Urahara had a method to suppress a Hol...
    • JakenGuard wrote: Im not sure where I read or hear it but I wanna say Isshin got his Soul Reaper powers back after Masaki died. With that be...
  • theres missing information about whites soul composition and creation

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    • Azuchi67 wrote: as for stefan, nice use of taking only JUST enough to make an arguement and ignoring the rest while at the same time offer...
    • It seems that his point is to speculate and theorize. We dont infer information based on lack of facts or what ifs and maybes. Yet he finds...

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