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Sosuke Aizen is a former captain of the Gotei 13, After betraying the soul society, He became supreme lord in Hueco Mundo. He led a huge war against his former allies in hopes of getting the Oken (Kings Key) and destroying Soul Society, but was eventually recaptured and is imprisoned.
Aizen once worked, even before Kisuke Urahara, on research based on the Hogyoku, a device of great power. To do this, he sacrificed hundreds of Shinigami and extracted their souls to help research this infernal device.
110 years ago, Aizen worked under then captain Shinji Hirako as his Lieutenant. He was responsible for turning many of the former Captains and Lieutenants of the Gotei 13 into Vizards. After this, he became the Captain of the 5th Division and appointed Gin Ichimaru his Lieutenant. Then, Gin and Aizen's other subordinate, Kaname Tousen, became Captains of the 3rd and 9th Division while still remaining loyal to Aizen.
Birthday: 29 May
Height: 6'1" (185cm)
Weight: 163 lbs
Aizen was created by Tite Kubo for the manga Bleach. Aizen originally showed himself to be a quiet and intelligent man. He wears the tradition black uniform under his captain's jacket. During the Soul Society story arc Aizen started off wearing glasses and letting his hair hang down in a mess, to give off the appearance of a smart yet unassuming man who would often be overlooked. Aizen does change his appearance later at the end of the Soul Society arc, abandoning his glasses and straightening his hair. He crushed his glasses as if to signify his abandonment of his former life and slicked his hair back, making himself look much more unkind than he use to look. Also, after forming the Arrancars and the Espada, Aizen changes his clothes to resemble those of the other Arrancars, wearing little of his original Soul Reaper outfit. The underneath suit is similar, a black outfit made up of a kimono and a hakama, but the white coat has no symbols or rank on it to identify the person's rank or abilities. He gives off an air of callousness and dis-attachment from this time forward, often appearing bored.
Sosuke Aizen is a soft spoken and very intelligent man, who hides a dark and treacherous personality beneath his very warm appearance.
Sosuke Aizen served as the captain of the Soul Reaper's 5th Division. Aizen used this time to gain information, formulate plans and build trust in himself from his peers and followers. He has also used this time to gather and build a team of loyal and willing followers, in particular seeking out a select few trustworthy men, Gin Ichimaru and Kaname Tousen.
During the series Aizen admits that he has mastered all of the known Soul Reaper abilities, and felt he had reached a time in his life that he needed to go beyond these limitations.
In the Japanese language track of the show, Aizen is portrayed by Show Hayami. In the English dub, he is played by Kyle Hebert.
During the Soul Society arc Aizen uses his connections with other captains and lieutenants to maneuver unnoticed behind the scenes of a conspiracy he himself created, playing himself as unassuming but suspectful, giving off clues that he was on to some great conspiracy before playing himself as a victim. When Byakuya Kuchiki is sent to retrieve his adoptive sister Rukia Kuchiki, Aizen finds that the object that he was seeking to gain more powers is within Rukia. Aizen uses his knowledge and connections to gain access to the central government's stronghold, and begins to manipulate the actions taken against the innocent Rukia. Aizen starts his plan by killing the interior government's ruling members, whom were the government and judges within soul society, a group that held themselves apart from the outside, so it was easy for him to mask their deaths and use his hypnotic zanpakutou to become the government of soul society with the help of those he hypnotized. Aizen keeps himself under the radar by using his Zanpakuto's powers to hypnotize all on lookers, so that they see the central government like it was. With the central leaders dead Aizen starts passing orders down for the execution to be moved ahead and for it to be the most gruesome of punishments. Aizen realizes that to keep others from realizing that he is involved he must fake his own death, and does so masterfully, using his hypnosis to its fullest potential. It was quite easy for him to do this, he admitted. As everyone was so suspicious of Gin Ichimaru that they would never suspect the poor unassuming Aizen. Additionally Captain Yamamoto, the leader of all the soul reapers had been easily manipulated as he followed the orders of the central command completely blindly, never questioning their orders no matter how bad they were. He is made to look a fool by Aizen, even fighting the Captains he saw as his sons due to his blind loyalty to their orders and the law.
Aizen used his Zanpakuto to hypnotize everyone to think that he is dead, murdered by Toshiro Hitsugaya, thus turning some of those he deceived against the other captains that were trying to stop him.
After Kurosaki Ichigo throws a wrench in his plan by invading soul society, Aizen decides that he needs to retrieve the Orb of Distortion by other means. Aizen calls together the two captains he trusts the most, Gin Ichimaru and Kaname Tousen, and captures Kuchiki Rukia. Even under stiff competition from Ichigo and several Soul Reaper captains, Aizen proves his boasts true by easily fighting his way through all that opposed him. Since the execution platform was destroyed Aizen decides he needs to use a technique he discovered in Kisuke Urahara's old notes to extract the orb from Rukia's body. Aizen proves just how ruthless he can be when he orders Ichimaru to finish off Rukia since she was no longer useful to him. The last time Aizen is seen in the Soul Society is during his escape to the Hueco Muedo, the world that the Hollows exist in. During his escape Aizen reveals his true nature by altering his appearance after removing his glasses and slicking his hair back. Showing that the appearance all knew him for was always a disguise, even from the very start.
After escaping the Soul Society Aizen sets himself up in the Hollow world as it's new leader. How he did this is unknown, but there are clues that he had had involvement in Hueco Mundo long before he left soul society, perhaps even having followers there before he even became a captain of the soul reapers. With the Orb of distortion, Aizen was able to enhance the powers of stronger Hollows to magnificent proportions, enabling them to break the potentials they had held for a very long time and gain powers normally only held by the strongest Hollows. he also sends out Arrancar and Espada to try and seek out and establish contact with the greatest and most legendary Hollow: the Vasto Lordes (also known as Vast Lords). Whether he found any remains to be seen, as only the strongest espada remain, however it is unlikely he found any, as even the fifth Espada was not a Vasto Lorde and was sent to find them. Those of Gillian level and above were the only ones he deemed suitable for this process, and they gained powers of a minimum of vice-captain level. However the stronger Hollow became as powerful as Captains and were those who became espada. These he dubbed the Arrancar, Hollows who gained the powers of a Shinigami (soul reaper) in addition to enhanced Hollow strength and powers. They also manifested their own zanpaktou, a spirit slaying sword that was exclusive to shinigami. Within the Arrancar there were the Espada, and they are his private guard and agents. Each one of them is named one to ten in power, and their numbers slowly change over time, only the top ten Arrancar being accepted, the numbers they hold being their power level, with the number one being the strongest.
At this time, Aizen changes his appearance once more. Shunning the captains uniform he had worn for centuries, and instead wearing the uniform of the Arrancar, which is almost exclusively white. A reference to their old Hollow appearance. At this time, with his grand scheme over he suddenly begins to appear bored and detached. The most emotion he shows being a smirk occasionally when something happens or catches his interest. However his detachment from everything even starts to manifest towards his own followers. He hardly seems to care even when his Arrancar are killed, of even his elites: the espada. He almost casually begins to play them off against each other, such as when he removed Grimmjow Jaggerjack's number and gave it instead to Luppi, despite Luppi not being strong enough to hold the position. He later smirked as Grimmjow's destructive and vengeful nature eventually led to him killing Luppi in front of him in order to gain back his old number and position amongst the Espada.
Like many the other captains Sosuke Aizen is very proficient at fighting with his Zanpakuto. However he has shown that he is also very proficient in hand- to hand combat with his fists and feet. He has displayed super strength that surpasses most others. he has also shown that he is a master in kidou, which is also known as demon magic. He was able to block one of the Kidou Captain's best attacks using a chant-less protective spell.
Aizen claims that he is a master of all four forms and even releases one of the highest level kido, divine spells, on another captain. He claims to have mastered all shinigami abilities, and his feats so far prove this to be true.
Like all Soul Reapers Aizen has supernatural strength, speed, and stamina greater than that of all normal humans, yet his level is to a far greater degree than even most elite shinigami. His strength in particular seems the most impressive, and he is able to block monstrous attacks with his his fingertips.
Aizen can create blasts of energy, barriers and seals using his kido magic (demon magic) and can also short range teleport using shunpo (his skill in this also is drastically better than most others.) He also is able to walk and stand on air as if it were ground, as he is a spirit being. Additionally, like all spirits, he does not age.
Also like all spirit beings in the bleach world, Aizen possesses reiatsu (spiritual energy.) Reiatsu is the very source of a shinigami or hollow's power. Like all other spiritual beings, Aizen is able to emit his reiatsu in the form of an aura. The size and potency of the aura reflects the wielders own power. Most reiatsu auras extent only a few inches to a few feet off of their body in concentrated form but it actually spreads and can be felt from hundreds of meters away (very skilled reiatsu sensors can easily feel it for miles away.) A relatively strong aura in the presence of weaker spirit beings and even more so humans, will cause them freeze or faint immediately and if they continue to be exposed it, they will die. A captain's reiatsu is especially high, and Aizen's is said to be at least double that of the average captain. In recent chapters, Aizen's reiatsu has proven to be so powerful that it immediately kills humans who come even relatively close to him (even when he is not deliberately emitting it) and it even destroys physical matter upon contact. Even another captain cannot get close to him without sustaining injury and he is able to easily bring the Espada Grimmjow to his knees merely by releasing his reiatsu near him. The potency of Aizen's reiatsu is in fact so high that he can literally block attacks, even from other Captain's with it (as he did against Captain Soifon's suzemebachi assault.)
Aizen's Zanpakuto is name Kyouka Suigetsu, or Mirror Flower Moon Water. Kyouka Suigetsu's first release casts a hypnotic spell over all those who see it, regardless if they are aware of the it's ability. This effect is permanent and forever more enables Aizen to control a person's senses. It is horrifically powerful in this way, and enabled a manipulative man like Aizen to deceive people in soul society for centuries, even strong willed captains and vice captains. The only way to defend against Kyouka Suigetsu's ability is to be holding the blade before complete hypnosis can be initiated or not see it being released in the first place, which would force the opponent to fight Aizen blindly. This is its shikai ability, which is its first power. Such a powerful shikai ability is very rare amongst zanpakutou, as most merely have a form change and minor ability. Kyouka Suigetsu's second form is yet to be revealed. However its' second form would be its Bankai ability, which would be its ultimate power. Aizen definitely has one, as he is a Captain, and all Captains need to have a Bankai in order to become a Captain, with the sole exception being the warrior eleventh division, who accept those who are able to defeat their previous captain in melee battle. It is assumed that his Bankai ability would likewise follow the deceptive route.
With his Zanpaku-to Aizen can cast hypnotic suggestions and slice through his enemies without them being aware of his presence, the only one who has shown the ability to see through his illusions has been Shinji who casually wiped away his illusion, surprising Aizen and seemingly shaking him momentarily. When Aizen asked him "Since when did you know..?" Shinji replied casually "Since you were in your mama's womb..", perhaps suggesting that those who have foreknowledge of the ability might be able to guard against it.
More recently, after meeting with Aizen, Juha Bach said, "In the few minutes we were in contact, he managed to disrupt my senses.", after he though he had more time to be in the Soul Society. This hints that Kyouka Suigetsu also has the power to effect one's perception of time, though the extent of this ability is still unknown. However, it does confirm that Aizen is still in possession of his Zanpaku-to.
Aizen remains the same in the anime, in both story and personality.
Aizen has made an appearance in several games, usually as an unlockable character or final boss.
Bleach: The Blade of Fate (2006, DS)
Bleach: Dark Souls (2007, DS)
Bleach: Versus Crusade (2008, Wii)
Bleach: The 3rd Phantom (2008, DS)
Bleach: Soul Carnival (2008, PSP)
Aizen has appeared in his own Bleach Beat Collection, singing the songs Hanabira and Kyoka Suigetsu.
Aizen has appeared as a character in all the musicals except the final Bankai Show. He was portrayed by Kengo Ohkuchi.
Rock Musical BLEACH
Rock Musical BLEACH Saien
Rock Musical BLEACH The Dark of The Bleeding Moon
Rock Musical BLEACH Live Bankai Show Code 001
Rock Musical BLEACH No Clouds in the Blue Heavens
Rock Musical BLEACH Live Bankai Show Code 002
Rock Musical BLEACH The All
Aizen has been the subject of several memes related to himself and his Espada.
ABANDON YOUR ARROGANCE, HUMAN!- An example of extreme hypocrisy on Aizen's part.
Aizen is Superman- Sourced from Aizen abandoning Soul Society by removing his glasses and adopting a hairstyle in a similar vein to the transformation of Clark Kent into Superman.
AizenxTeacup- A pairing derived from Aizen's inability to be seen without a teacup while relaxing.
Final Transformation Names- Aizen has received several nicknames based on his succession of transformations during his battle with Ichigo, including, but not limited to: Captain Condom, Butterflaizen, LORD Gaga, KKK!Aizen.
OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH!!!!- Sourced from an out of character reaction by Aizen to a successful attack to himself.
Since when were you under the impression...- Sourced from a line of Aizen's referencing his ability to manipulate circumstances in his favor.
Taco Aizen- Taken from the fact that "Hueco Mundo" seems like it would be the name of a Mexican restaurant. Popularized by the bleach_capslock livejournal community.