Most Powerful Bleach Characters (Anime Only)

I hope that at some point in the future the 'Bleach' Anime series is gonna be continued.
Until then, we cannot be certain how powerful additional characters from the Manga really are.
The list also includes a few characters which occurred only in Anime.
Many characters who occur in this list have more than only one 'form' (or 'resurrection'), to determine their rank only the (arguably) most powerful form was taken into consideration.

The Top Ten

1 Ichigo Kurosaki (final Getsuga Tenshō) Ichigo Kurosaki (final Getsuga Tenshō) Ichigo Kurosaki is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

The most powerful individual in Bleach. - Silurus_Glanis

2 Sōsuke Aizen (with Hōgyoku) Sōsuke Aizen (with Hōgyoku)

He is powerful, took on multiple tough opponents at a time. - Silurus_Glanis

3 Gin Ichimaru Gin Ichimaru

Out of all other characters except Ichigo he came closest to defeating a megalomanic and overpowered Lord. - Silurus_Glanis

4 Kenpachi Zaraki Kenpachi Zaraki Kenpachi Zaraki is a fictional character and an antihero in the anime and manga series Bleach created by Tite Kubo.

One of the strongest captains, defeated guys like Yammy (Espada #0) with ease.
It can only be guessed how well he would have performed against the Wannabe-Godlike One. - Silurus_Glanis

5 Head-captain Yamamoto Head-captain Yamamoto

He is really strong, but the 'Big Bad' of the series is beyond reach, obviously. - Silurus_Glanis

6 Kisuke Urahara Kisuke Urahara

Contributed a lot to the final downfall of the main antagonist.
Also, unlike several other captains before him, he put up a good fight against the 'Big Bad' (before it evolved to an even stronger version). - Silurus_Glanis

7 Ulquiorra Cifer Ulquiorra Cifer

I have no doubt that Lord Aizen would have ranked him as Espada #0 instead of #4, if he had known about Ulquiorra's 'segunda etapa'. - Silurus_Glanis

8 Yoruichi Shihoin Yoruichi Shihoin

Together with Kisuke Urahara and Isshin Kurosaki she put up a much better fight against the main antagonist than most other captains & visored before. - Silurus_Glanis

9 Jin Kariya Jin Kariya

We know he had an intense fight against the combined power of Byakuya and Ichigo (without Hollow powers), and didn't lose, so he must be powerful, obviously. - Silurus_Glanis

10 Byakuya Kuchiki Byakuya Kuchiki

Bankai is very impressive and crushes most oppenents with ease. - Silurus_Glanis

The Contenders

11 Mayuri Kurotsuchi Mayuri Kurotsuchi

He's not only one of the most amusing troll characters in Bleach, but also capable of crushing such strong opponents like Espada #8 with ease (thanks to his exceptionally good preparations for battles). - Silurus_Glanis

12 Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez
13 Coyote Starrk Coyote Starrk

The most powerful Espada (safe from Ulquiorra in 'segunda etapa' mode). - Silurus_Glanis

14 Isshin Kurosaki

One of those very few individuals who put up a good fight against the most powerful villain. - Silurus_Glanis

15 Shinji Hirako

Good performance vs. some of the strongest opponents. - Silurus_Glanis

16 Shunsui Kyoraku Shunsui Kyoraku

Very cool & skilled guy with a strawhat. - Silurus_Glanis

17 Yammy

Becomes the highest ranked Espada (#0) after using his Resurrecion, such that only the strongest captains like Kenpachi can defeat him. - Silurus_Glanis

18 Toshiro Hitsugaya Toshiro Hitsugaya

Simply freezes even some of the strongest Espadas (e.g. #3 Halibel) with his strong Bankai. - Silurus_Glanis

19 Baraggan

Scary & very powerful ability. - Silurus_Glanis

20 Uryu Ishida Uryu Ishida Uryū Ishida is a fictional character and major figure in the anime and manga series Bleach created by Tite Kubo.

As the story progresses he becomes remarkably stronger, defeats Espada #10 temporarily, and former Espada Arrancar #105 completely. - Silurus_Glanis

21 Kaname Tosen

Very devastating fusion of Shinigami & Hollow powers. - Silurus_Glanis

22 Jushiro Ukitake

Capable of reflecting a powerful Hollow attack onto its user, therefore one of several decisive individuals who took down Espada #1. - Silurus_Glanis

23 Baraggan Louisenbairn Baraggan Louisenbairn
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