Top 10 Strongest Captains in the Bleach Anime

Bleach is an anime packed with heart-stopping fights and awe-inspiring characters. If there's one group that makes a bigger splash than most, it's the infamous Soul Reaper Captains of the Gotei 13. These elite leaders and warriors aren't just skilled, they're forces of nature.

But among these powerful Captains, who reigns supreme? There are so many unique and devastating powers on display from elemental Zanpakuto to cunning battle strategies. It's the age-old debate: who deserves the title of strongest?
The Top Ten
1 Kenpachi Zaraki - 11th Division Taicho Kenpachi Zaraki is a fictional character and an antihero in the anime and manga series Bleach created by Tite Kubo.

Kenpachi is my favorite Captain. He reminded me of myself when I was the roughest kid. I liked to fight because I thought it made me superhuman if I won. Kenpachi is pure skill, and even with that, he is able to defeat many, including Captains. Even the "judges" were scared to teach him, knowing he could become a huge threat. Not only that, he is never actually trying that much with opponents. To top it off, he doesn't even have Bankai or know the name of his sword. All this can help him increase his power by ten. Yet, sadly, he can't. Kenpachi is truly the strongest Captain, being the only one to beat opponents without the skills every Captain has.

Kenpachi and Yamamoto both met the same enemy, and both were ranked as potential people to bring an end to the Quincy revolution. Both faced the same enemy, and yet one of them survived to come back even stronger, while the other got killed with a single strike. That actually says something about him. Zaraki for the win!

2 Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai - 1st Division Taicho (Captain Commander)

No question. You don't become King Honcho of Honchos by being a pushover. As strong as all the Kenpachis are touted to be (yes, even Unohana), he was still the Big Cheese. You could argue that Shunsui could be stronger if he went all out, but he would be killing himself. Old Man Yama doesn't need a double-suicide-win ability. He'll just ash you and call you an "Insolent Pup." Then he'll drink some tea. Ywach didn't even try to attack until Yamamoto was down an arm, and even then, he went all out. No question.

Dude, clearly he's the strongest. The only way people can say otherwise is because they are just delusional, or don't want to face the truth. One of his attacks can destroy both the Soul Society and the World of the Living. Plus, he's the only one to even come close to harming Aizen. Face the truth, people. He's the top dog. Wooh! Old Man Captain for the win!

Most people say that because he lost against Aizen, he is weak. However, he never activated his Bankai in that battle. Plus, he is extremely wise. Not a single captain has his intelligence or his tactics. His flames can burn anything. It's unrealistic that Gin, Aizen, and Tousen survived that when they were surrounded, even for anime. Besides, if he wanted to, he could just beat them at that moment. But he chose not to.

3 Byakuya Kuchiki - 6th Division Taicho

Byakuya is the best badass character for me in this anime. His character is closer to a samurai than a shinigami. He depicts typical aristocratic behaviors and feels that he is superior to everyone else. He is sometimes proud and arrogant, but that's how nobles behave.

On the whole, he is my reason for watching Bleach.

I think Byakuya really is the strongest captain of all. Aside from showing his power with smoothness, pride, power, honor, and calmness with every battle, he also shows maturity and respect with his opponents. And he's so damn gorgeous too!

Kuchiki Byakuya all the way. It was hard. I thought about Kenpachi, but seeing Byakuya's skill vs. Kougo, like when he first attacks without Kido or anything like that, I feel I have to go with Kuchiki. Not only are his major sword skills deadly, but he can also sustain and endure much punishment. But he just can't go down.

4 Sosuke Aizen - 5th Division Taicho Sosuke Aizen is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

I'm not voting because he's my favorite character, but if you think about it, he basically beat all the other captains. No captain could match up to him, and the only one who could beat him was Ichigo in his final Getsuga Tensho form, who in the end was on a whole other level of power than Aizen. It just goes to show the difference in power between Aizen and the other captains.

This extremely evil man. For the longest time, it seemed like there was no hope of anyone beating him. He wasn't just strong physically. No, he had to be a genius too. He had the entire divisions turn against each other and killing their own. He gets my vote.

Aizen is the strongest because he's the smartest of all the captains, and his power is exceeded by no one besides Ichigo in their final fight. His pure skill alone was enough to shame the other captains while trying to retrieve Rukia.

5 Shunsui Kyoraku - 8th Division Taicho

This guy couldn't even release his Bankai in front of the others because of its devastating effects. As of now, this dude is the strongest captain in the Gotei 13. This is further proven by *Spoiler* him later becoming the new head captain after the death of Yamamoto. This guy is a beast, and I don't think he will be trumped by any other captain anytime soon. If Zaraki unlocks his sword's abilities + Bankai, he could give Shunsui a run for his money. As for Toshiro, Shunsui himself admitted that Toshiro has the potential to become stronger than himself. Therefore, as of now, this dude is the best.

I think that the series intended to make a big deal about this character. We only get to see a glimpse of his abilities, which overwhelmed Espada number one. I believe that if the series ever gets a second go, they will make good use of him.

How is Shunsui not 2nd? He fought Espada #1 Starrk in his Release Mode without his Bankai. Has the most experience besides Yamamoto. Known to have the highest spiritual pressure after Yamamoto. For God's sake, he became the new Captain-Commander after Yamamoto's death.

6 Toshiro Hitsugaya - 10th Division Taicho Toshiro Hitsugaya is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

Personally, I voted for Hitsugaya Taicho (that's how he likes to be referred to) not only because he's cute, intelligent, strong, cool, etc. It's because he has something that other Taichos don't have. He strives to be accurate, has perseverance, and does his duty exactly as it should be done. He also slashes back when things get tough and, what's more, he's mature! He's not some sort of perverted person, he doesn't think himself too high and mighty for other Soul Reapers, and he takes his job seriously.

Hitsugaya Taicho also became a captain not just because of natural talent, though he definitely had that, but because he was a hardworking person who sets their goal and goes straight for it without hesitation.

Toshiro, once he mastered his Bankai, was able to freeze all matter. He can send a blast of fire and then freeze the fire. Basically, any attack you send, even energy-based attacks like Getsuga Tensho, can be frozen. If you attack from a distance, he will freeze your attacks and stall. Get close, and as soon as you touch him, you get frozen because his body is at absolute 0. All Toshiro needs to do is stall for 4 seconds. Once that's done, he can unleash the flash freeze.

The flash freeze can instantly freeze anything around him, no questions asked. And it can't miss since it's instant. Basically, if Toshiro can stall you until his flash freeze is ready, the fight is already over unless you are someone who can survive at absolute 0. Even then, by the time you break out of the ice (which is only if you can survive at absolute 0, which is -274 degrees Celsius), he will have another flash freeze ready.

7 Retsu Unohana - 4th Division Taicho

Dude, her name even means "violent"... And the scariest part is, she looks like a sweet motherly lady, never raises her voice, and then all of a sudden she lets her hair down and BAM - the bloodthirsty and notorious, most-wanted criminal Unohana Yachiru. She even scares the other captains, and the only other ones that induce that kind of fear into their fellow captains are Yamamoto and Kenpachi. She should at least be up there with them, not fifth!

I give her third under Kenpachi. She heals so fast you could never accumulate enough damage to finish her. Plus, who even knows how strong she is in combat.

In the manga, she had a fight with Kenpachi, who is guessed to be the strongest, and Kenpachi wasn't even able to scratch her. Enough said.

8 Sajin Komamura - 7th Division Taicho
9 Juushiro Ukitake - 13th Division Taicho

If he wasn't sick...

10 Kisuke Urahara - 12th Division Taicho Kisuke Urahara is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

He is clearly among the top 5 captains and has so much to show. We don't know his full power yet. He hasn't even shown his full power of Shikai, let alone Bankai. And if he can give Hollow powers to others, I wonder what he can do with himself. And he practically knows everything that's going on and has even gone to the Soul King's palace and copied many things. He is the most intelligent person in Bleach, along with Aizen and a few others. Mayuri pales in front of him.

He seems to be depicted as a wild card, which gives me the impression his full potential won't be revealed until it has to. Other Soul Reapers seem to regard him as some sort of legend among captains.

Because he seems to know everything, that makes his action more rational. It is his biggest edge. Though, the former captain of Squad Two can be better.

The Contenders
11 Ichimaru Gin - 3rd Division Taicho

I don't watch any fillers, but there is absolutely NOTHING in the main storyline that suggests Gin is weaker than Shunsui, Unohana, and Ukitake. They all go into the same bin, with Shunsui probably the strongest.

Gin always hid his power. Even Aizen feared him until Gin killed him, but through some magical nonsense, Aizen was resurrected. He only had one goal, and that kept him from greatness.

Gin is stronger than a lot of these captains purely because of his Zanpakuto and experience. I would hate to have to face him, mostly because I would be fangirling too much for me to attack... Same goes for Byakuya and Toshiro...

12 Soifon - 2nd Division Taicho (Omnitsukido Corps Commander)
13 Mayuri Kurotsuchi - 12th Division Taicho (Captain of Research and Development)

His poison from his Bankai would leave anyone but a certain Quincy paralyzed. After that happens, he could pretty much defeat anyone no problem. Let's not forget his science antidote things. One sip and he can't be hurt because he just regenerates.

Creepy but yet awesome guy! I don't think anyone can escape his poison, and his bankai can eat people up and come out as a poisonous blade. The best!

Mayuri is simply the strongest. You simply can't kill him as he will turn to liquid and will reform after some days. Impossible to escape his poison.

14 Shinji Hirako - 5th Division Taicho

I agree that Hirako should be in the top. He was already a captain a hundred years ago, but now he also has hollow abilities. Also, he has not even shown his bankai yet.

I think Shinji should definitely be in at least the top 7. He is clearly up there with the best soul reapers.

15 Isshin Kurosaki - 10th Division Taicho

It seems to me he should be higher on the list considering he was on par with the number five spot. We should also consider that he hadn't fought in over 10 years and he didn't even use his Shikai to be the only one capable of doing any real damage to Aizen in his chrysalis stage, which was already more powerful than he was normally. His Getsuga Tensho with his unreleased Zanpakuto is far more impressive than anything Ichigo performed before he reformed his blade. Probably one of the highest Reiatsu characters we have seen.

What the hell... Did you forget about Isshin Kurosaki, the ex-captain of Squad 10? He is one of the most strongest captains. He fought Aizen without even releasing his Shikai and defeated an Arrancar with one strike.

He is funny and strong.

16 Yoruichi Shihoin - Former Captain of the 2nd Division Yoruichi Shihoin is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

An old lady who can whoop asses without even using a sword. Yoruichi is also the ex-general of Squad 1. She is a very strong and powerful woman who can easily beat Byakuya and other captains. She hasn't even gotten a scratch fighting 3 Squad Captains and 4 Vice Captains.

She's stronger than Soifon for sure. Why is she lower than her anyway?

Cracked Aizen's armor with only her fists. She doesn't even need a sword.

17 Rukia Kuchiki - 13th Division Taicho
18 Kensei Muguruma - 9th Division Taicho

What the hell, why has no one shown him yet! He is undoubtedly in the top 5. You must remember how Aizen said the Hogyoku could activate if given to someone with twice a captain's reiatsu. That's Wonderweiss. And Kensei held his own against Wonderweiss without even using his sword. Talk about essence.

Oh, come on, this guy was badass! My vote goes to this guy as well. Weakest, but still a captain. If he were to hollowfy against Mask, he could've really done some damage.

19 Roujuurou Ootoribashi - 3rd Division Taicho
20 Ginrei Kuchiki - 6th Division Taicho

This captain, even though being mentioned in filler, was a part of the canon. Non-canonically, he sealed Koga, who had Aizen's Zanpakuto, just smaller. Come on, that takes grade A badassery there.

21 Shuusuke Amagai - 3rd Division Taicho
22 Kaname Tosen - 9th Division Taicho
23 Kenpachi Kiganjo - 11th Division Taicho

Little is known about him, and he was killed in a single blow by Zaraki in front of 200 Shinigami. However, since he was a captain of the 11th division, we can assume he was a skilled swordsman, and judging by his massive size, he was likely extremely strong. He was also skilled enough to kill the 9th Kenpachi. Despite this, too little is known about him to rank him higher.

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