Introduction

The Espada is a powerful group of Arrancar’s who serve lord Aizen in Hueco Mundo. Each one was a powerful Hollow even before becoming an Arrancar and ultimately an Espada.

I have always wondered how many were actual Vasto Lorde.

Toshiro did say that if gathering enough of them would be the end of the Soul Society.

And since it wasn’t I am guessing the actual number was not that high.

Much like the many factions in Bleach I love the diverse characters that make up this awesome group.

While some got more screen time/ development than others, collectively they are all awesome.

In today’s list, I am going to go over my favorite Espada from least to most favorite.

While I will take into account abilities, accomplishments, and overall design most of this will be subjective.

Obviously, spoilers alert.

Also, this list only contains the members during the Arrancar invasion arc so it will not include former Espadas like Nelliel

I will be basing my analysis on the anime only.

#10 Espada Number 5 Nnoitra Gilga with Despair as his aspect of death.

Nnoitra in the past. Bleah Episode 194 At 10m 44s

Nnoitra in the past. Bleah Episode 194 At 10m 44s

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Character Summary

First Appeared in episode 145. Nnoitra is really tall and lanky, unlike Yammy who is tall and muscular.

He wears the traditional Espada outfit but with a spoon shape covering for his head.

This is why I used to call him spoon head. Nnoitra always seems to be smiling and is kind of a prick to the other Espada.

His main motivation is to be the strongest and he can’t handle it when someone else is better than him.

This is why he hates Nel and worked with Szayelaporro to kill her.

It’s really interesting how his weapon changed from his past self to now.

You can see the progression in his power as it went from two crescents to four.

His Accomplishments and Abilities

Nnoitra mentions to Kenpachi Zaraki that his Hierro is the strongest among all the Espada and that no blade can cut it.

Obviously, Kenpachi Zaraki proved this to be false wrong by killing him.

But it is still quite strong and took a while for Kenpachi to damage him

Nnoitra can fire Ceros from his tongue which is quite unique for an Arrancar.

He is able to sense the power abilities of others. One example was when he analyzed Kenpachi’s abilities during his fight against Tesra.

Nnoitra can throw his Zanpakuto across long distances pull it back using the chain connected to his uniform.

Santa Teresa his Zanpakuto, is a long staff that has four large crescent blades at the end.

This is unique considering most Zanpakuto are swords.

His overall resurrection power is that it enhances his base abilities.

Also, each arm gets a staff that has one crescent blade.

Also, he gains the following powers:

  • The ability to create more copies of his weapons
  • He can regenerate his limbs at a fast rate
  • Nnoitra can grow an extra set of arms.

Nnoitra major accomplishments include:

  • Defeating Nel
  • Rising to the ranks of Espada number 5
  • Giving Kenpachi an excellent battle
Nnoitra's resurrection. Bleah Episode 201 At 14m 24s

Nnoitra’s resurrection. Bleah Episode 201 At 14m 24s

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Why he is Ranked tenth?

The problem that I have with Nnoitra is that he is an Espada version of Kenpachi.

If you don’t believe here are their similarities.

  • Both live to fight
  • Both barely use any special abilities associated with their groups
  • Their skins are very tough and shown to be hard to cut
  • They both have a yellow aura that surrounds them
  • Something covers one of their eyes.
  • Even their fighting style is similar in that both utilized their strong skin. For example, both of them grab Ichigo’s blade ignoring the sharpness
  • Both have long black hair and a tall body.

The only major difference besides appearance is that Kenpachi and Nnoitra reasons for not killing off weak opponents.

Kenpachi will not do it because it’s no fun and Nnoitra needs people alive to acknowledge him as the strongest.

My other gripes with him are that he is an annoying sore loser. It’s really hard to like a character that has a strange obsession with those who defeated him.

This brings me to another similarity both characters are obsessive over those who beat them.

For Kenpachi it’s Ichigo and Nnoitra it’s Nel. The only difference is Kenpachi’s is played for laughs where Nnoitra is downright creepy.

Beyond his fight with Kenpachi, there is nothing else about this character that I enjoyed.

#9 Espada Number 8 Szayelaporro Granz with Madness as his aspect of death.

Szayelaporro talking to Renji. Bleah Episode 159 At 14m2 0s

Szayelaporro talking to Renji. Bleah Episode 159 At 14m2 0s

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Character Summary

First appeared in episode 145.

Szayelaporro is the scientist among the Espada. He seems quite calm and methodical when you first meet him.

However, during his battles with the shinigami, he can become crazed and psychotic.

But normally he is cold and calculated and even shows no emotions when learning about his brother’s death.

Interestingly Aizen demoted him from being an Espada sometime in the past.

So he is one of the only Espada to return to his position.

His Accomplishments and Abilities

Szayelaporro is a brilliant scientist who has shown to create very interesting devices.

For example, he created a device that tricked Nel into attacking a Nnoitra that was merely an illusion.

But his best invention is his Fraccion which he can consume to heal any injuries received in battle.

While not much of a fighter he has some competency with a sword but he prefers to rely on his intelligence.

For example, he is able to create power traps and analyze his opponents Reiatsu.

But his best invention is his Fraccion which he can consume to heal any injuries received in battle.

While not much of a fighter he has some competency with a sword but he prefers to rely on his intelligence.

For example, he is able to create power traps and analyze his opponents Reiatsu.

Fornicarás is the name of his Zanpakuto.

  • When in his released form he gains the following abilities
  • The ability to protect his bodies with the newly grown tentacles
  • He can create clones of his opponents
  • He can liquefy his body to control a target that eats him
  • If his wings consume an opponent he can then create a voodoo doll that contains the organs of that person.
  • If he breaks the organ that organ in that person’s body will break for real.
  • His final ability is similar to the Xenomorphs from the Alien movie franchise. When injured Szayelaporro can impregnate an enemy using part of his own body. That part will then consume the victim until he bursts from the body.

Szayelaporro major accomplishments include:

  • Helping Nnoitra defeat Nel
  • Helping Mayuri posthumous find a way to escape Hueco Mundo
  • His awesome scene where he fights Shuren in hell
  • Being really unique and having a cool resurrection power.
Szayelaporro after bursting out of Nemu's body. Bleah Episode 199 At 12m 28s

Szayelaporro after bursting out of Nemu’s body. Bleah Episode 199 At 12m 28s

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Why he is Ranked ninth?

The problem with Szayelaporro and other Espada is that they seemed forced to me.

Because the soul society has a scientist so should the Espada. I noted the same issue with Nnoitra

They definitely made him different than Mayuri not different enough.

From a personal standpoint, I just forgot about this character altogether.

True I remembered that the Espada had a scientist but that’s about it.

I had to rewatch the episodes with him and look up stuff on Bleach wiki simply because of much I forgot about him.

His character just seemed forced.

#8 Espada number 7 Zommari Rureaux with Intoxication as his aspect of death.

Zommari preparing to release his Zanpakuto. Bleah Episode 197 At 6m 59s

Zommari preparing to release his Zanpakuto. Bleah Episode 197 At 6m 59s

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Character Summary

First appeared in episode 145.

Zommari is really cool Espada both in terms of his design and abilities.

He has white horns and skull earrings almost witch doctor like.

Compared to other Espada he is more refined and professional for a Hollow.

Although he changes that towards the end of the fight with Byakuya when it clears he is going to die.

Even the way he berates Aaroniero was rather respectful all things considered.

Also not like it matters but I enjoy his English dubbed voice over the Japanese voice. But weirdly he has two voices and it really messed me up.

Because one moment I heard a deep accent and the next it sounds like Yamamoto (which it was).

We don’t get a flashback and limited to a couple of scenes with him.

Which is a little disappointing when you consider how cool of a character is.

He is quite chatty and among all of the Espada fights his might have more dialogue than actual fighting which is a stark contrast to Grimmjow’s.

I mean he argues with Byakuya about who is arrogant it became very annoying.

Zommari likes to pass judgment on others and cannot take losing too well.

Also Zommari has no fraccion

His Accomplishments and Abilities

Zommari is very fast in fact he claims to have the fastest Sonido which is the Arrancar version of the flash step among the Espada.

But after watching Stark and Ulquiorra Cifer in action I highly doubt that to be true.

But that does not take away from his speed which is still impressive. Zommari is so fast that he can create clones of himself.

Unlike other Arrancar’s he does not use techniques like Bala

Brujería is the name of His sword release and is might one of the coolest sword releases among the Espada.

To release his sword he floats the sword above the ground and then claps his hands and turns his head until it is completely sideways.

His appearance changes significantly after his resurrection. Zommari’s torso is not inside of a bulb and covered by many eyes.

He can actually go inside the bulb for protection. His 58 eyes can each control one object per eyes.

If he controls a body part like the head he gains control of the entire body.

The ability is like Hado as Byakuya figure out.

Zommari explaining his abilities. Bleah Episode 197 At 9m 16s

Zommari explaining his abilities. Bleah Episode 197 At 9m 16s

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Why he is Ranked Eighth?

Besides fighting Byakuya there is nothing that Zommari does in Bleach,

And that fight against Byakuya was the worse of all the Espada battles.

I mean why did Zommari not use all of his eyes on Byakuya. He has this broken ability and does not use it.

But my main issue is a lack of impact. I think his abilities and design are interesting but they do not much with this guy.

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