Mask De Masculine is a powerful member of the Sternritter, the elite fighting force of the Wandenreich, with the designation of S - "The Superstar"
Nothing has been revealed about Mask's origin, we only know that at some point in the past Yhwach shared with him part of his soul, and gave him the letter of S to serve as one of the strongest Quincy in the Vandenreich, and a powerful member of the Sternritter.
Mask De Masculine is an antagonist of the BLEACH series that was created by Tite Kubo, It first began serialization Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in August 2001. He was first introduced during the The Thousand-Year Blood War Arc that began in Volume 55.
He first appeared in Bleach Volume 56 Chapter. 495, BLEEDING GUITAR BLUES.
Mask’s appearance is that of a large muscular man, with a visible moustache. His attire consists of the standard white Sternritter officer uniform, but Mask also includes a luchador mask with his general outfit which covers up most of his head, likely to match his persona as The Superstar. The luchador mask itself has a bold black star symbol on the forehead above his eyes. He also wears a large wrestling best around his waist which has the Vandenreichs insignia on the front of it, further adding to his persona of a wrestler.
While having little time to show his full personality, Mask is very much like his persona of a “Superstar”, constantly posing after his victory’s and requesting that they be counter out, or asking for the bell to ring, and he also shows care towards his fans, becoming enraged should anyone attack them. He is also seemingly closed minded and ignorant about the Shinigami, as he had absolutely no idea that a lieutenant was capable of using or activating a Bankai, believing such a feat was reserved only for Captain class Shinigami. Beyond this he seemingly has no fear at all, as he burst his own eardurms with his fingers without any hesitation to stop the effects of Rose’s Bankai.
When Ichigo arrived to assist the Gotei 13, Mask was one of the people who felt his reiatsu disappear suddenly. Mask is also present at the announcement that Uryuu is to become the next emperor, news which shocks him as he discusses it with fellow Sternritter members Bazz B, BG9, and Cang Du
During the Vandenreichs second invasion into the Soul Society, Mask attacks and defeats Ikkaku Madarame, Yumichika Ayasegawa, and Shuhei Hisagi. Just as he begins to gloat about having taken down most of the captain level threats, he notices the arrival of Rukia and Renji and sets off in their direction to taken them down himself. Before he could leave however Shuhei managed to stop Mask, to which Mask knocked him back into the ground. Before he could deal the final blow however, he is intercepted by Captains Kensei and Rose. Kensei immediately activates his Bankai and deals multiple blows to Mask, knocking him into a nearby building. Before he could celebrate however Shuhei tells them both that they have to first kill his companion James before they can kill Mask. As the realization dawns on them, Mask appears behind them completely revitalized thanks to James and hits them with a powerful attack, while announcing his ability “The Superstar”.
Kensei rises up from the rubble and attempts to attack him once again only to have his arm broken and be brutalized by Mask. Before Mask could deal the final blow however, Rose impales and bifurcates James with his zanpakuto, and then activates his Bankai, Kinshara Butoudan and begins his counter attack. Mask, after suffering through Roses Bankai, realises its weakness, and before Rose could finally kill him, Mask destroys his own ear drums with his fingers, an act which surprises Rose causing him to lose concentration which allowed Mask to fire his “Star Flash” straight through Roses chest. As he fires off a second beam to kill Rose however, it is blocked by Zabimaru, marking the sudden arrival of Renji and Rukia.
As Rukia takes the wounded Kensei and Rose to safety, Mask wonders why they would not attack him as a tag team, before realising that he is unable to hear Renji’s reply, comically asking for James to heal him once more. After James heals him he begins his assault against Renji using his Star Rocket Head butt, only for Renji to side step it and knock him straight into the ground. Enraged, Mask gets up and increases his power once more and strikes out at Renji with a powerful punch, only for Renji to catch his hand mid strike. Further enraging Mask, he begins as flurry of blows, laying waste to the general area, only for James to call out weakly as Mask turns around to realise that Renji has sliced up what remains of James’ body, as Renji finally lashes out himself cutting Mask straight across his abdomen.
Mask however manages to survive the attack, and once again calls out to the now destroyed James to cheer for him, causing James to regenerate from the pieces of his body and boost his power up even more, allowing Mask to take on a super powered form. Mask then begins his super powered assault against Renji, using enhanced attacks that caused mass destruction across a vast portion of the Seireitei. Finally activating his Vollstandig, he flies straight into the air and hits Renji with his most powerful attack, Star Flash: Super Nova, enveloping the entire area in a powerful column of energy and destroying a large section of the ground beneath him. The attack however failed to work, as Renji rises from the smoke with his newly improved Bankai, Souou Zabimaru. Mask impressed with his new power begins to attack, but is swiftly countered and flung into a nearby building, and as he emerges from the debris again to continue his attack Renji impales him with Zabimaru and activates his new ability, Zaga Teppou, causing a giant snakes head appears and clamp down on Mask. In the aftermath of the attack, Mask’s body has been ripped in two and reduced to ash as he crumbles away in the wind.
Mask is one of the stronger members of the Sternritter, the elite guard of the Vandenreich and commanders of the Vandenreich army. His power is great enough that he is able to dispatch two captains simultaneously without much difficulty on his part. His style revolves around his persona of “The Superstar” and he prefers to engage in direct physical confrontation using numerous wrestling moves of his own design, amped up by his incredible strength and Quincy powers. Despite his bulky build and large height, he is incredibly fast, being able to catch multiple Captain’s and Lieutenants off guard with his speed. He is also immensely durable, being able to take very power attacks from a Bankai enhanced Kensei with somewhat minor injuries to himself, and had no qualms about destroying his own ear drums to negate the effects of Roses Bankai, Kinshara Butoudan. Despite having never shown the ability to use standard Quincy weapons such as arrows, it's safe to assume that he should be capable of utilizing them.
His subordinate James is also linked to his power through an unknown method, which allows James to regenerate endlessly as long as Mask himself lives, and vice versa.
|Blut Vene - A skill inherently known by all pure blooded Quincy. By allowing reishi to flow through their veins, a Quincy is able to dramatically bolster their defence to levels where they are able to fend off direct attacks from a Captains Shikai. The defence is not completely absolute however, as sufficient power is able to tear through it, such as power from a Bankai or by a sufficiently powerful individual.|
|Blut Arterie - The counter to Blut Vene, a skill inherently known by all pure blooded Quincy. By flowing reishi through their arteries‘, a Quincy is able to boost their damage potential to incredible levels. Very little else is known about this skill, but it's said to be the only way a Quincy is able to deal sufficient and decent damage to a Bankai wielding Shinigami.|
The Superstar - Signified by the letter "S", "The Superstar" is the specialized ability granted to Mask by the emperor of the Quincy, Yhwach. Mask's ability allows him to augment and increase his overall power based on how many "fan" he has cheering for him, the boost in power he got from James was enough to revitalize Mask and give him the strength to knock 2 captains away a great distance with a single punch. Aside from his strength, Mask also gained augmented durability that allowed him to take a powerful direct hit from Kensei's Bankai, and simply block it with a single hand. The most notable benefit of his power however, is it's unique ability to completely regenerate any damage his body may have sustained assuming he has one fan alive to cheer for him, this power is also somewhat extended to his fans, for as long as Mask lives they are able to regenerate their bodies too.
Depending on how many fans he has cheering him on, Mask can take on an enhanced form which seems to increase his physique, power, and alter his attire to be more akin to that of an actual wrestlers. With this new form he also unlocks more powerful and deadly abilities that can cause mass devastation and destruction.
|Star Rocket Headbutt - Mask sends himself forward head first at the enemy with great power and speed. The strength of the attack, despite missing its intended target, was able to cause mass destruction in its wake.|
|Star Flash - Mask concentrates energy on the start on his mask and fires a powerful beam of destructive energy that was able to pierce straight through Roses body and leave a noticeable hole.|
|Star Lariat - Mask's super powered take on a traditional lariat, in which he claims can send opponents up to one mile away from the force of the hit.|
|Star Murder Punch - After being enraged, Mask is able to form a large star shape on the back of his hand, which he claims increases the power of his punches ten-fold. Mask is able to send off a flurry of these enhanced punches, which were able to cause a violent explosion in the general area where he used them.|
|Star Eagle Kick - Mask jumps straight at his opponent with frightening speed and lands a direct knee kick straight into their abdomen, dealing a massive amount of physical damage|
|Star Headbutt - As the name suggests, Mask grabs his opponents head and then slams his forehead into their head with great force.|
|Star Dropkick - Mas launches himself, feet first, towards his target and lands a powerful blow his his feet. The power of the attack is so great that it can knock someone through multiple buildings and off a great distance.|
|When Mask activates his Vollständig, he gains a noticeable cape on his back made of pure reishi that doubles as a set of wings, and a star shaped halo above his head, and two smaller wings emerge from the tip of his star shaped scar on his chest. In this form his power is increased exponentially and the large cape on his back allows him to fly through the air at high speeds. It also gives mask access to his most powerful Quincy ability.|
|Star Flash: Super Nova - After activating his Quincy: Vollstandig, Mask uses his newly formed reishi wings to fly high into the sky and makes a trail of reishi in the shape of a pentagram above his intended target. After activating the pentagram, a powerful column of energy in the shape of a star crashes into the ground obliterating anything within its confines. This is Mask's most powerful attack.|