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Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck (ネリエル・トゥ・オーデルシュヴァンク, Nerieru Tu Ōderushuvanku)[1] is an Arrancar and the former Tres (three) Espada. She was also known as Nel Tu (ネル・トゥ, Neru Tu) when she was small, good-natured, and childlike. Nelliel lives in Hueco Mundo with her adoptive brothers and former Fracción, Dondochakka Birstanne and Pesche Guatiche, and their pet, Bawabawa.


Nelliel is a female Arrancar who has hazel eyes and green hair.[2][3] Her true form is that of a tall, fully-grown curvaceous and well-endowed adult with long waving green hair. Notably, she has a scar and the crimson line that runs across her face, and pronounced lower canine teeth. Her gown is now torn into a skirt and a top, connected with a single strip across her abdomen. Her skull mask also differs slightly; its features appearing sharper and less cartoonish with a pair of curved horns, but still missing some of its teeth.[4] A large "3" is tattooed on her back, indicating that she was the former 3rd Espada.[5]

In her child form, Nel's eyes are incredibly wide, the canines on her lower jaw are even larger than usual, and the remains of her Hollow mask make up a cartoon-like skull which sits on the top of her head. A crack runs along the left side of the mask and four teeth on the left side of the skull are broken off. She has a large scar coming down from her forehead to her nose and a crimson line that stretches horizontally across her face below her eyes. Her clothing consists of a simple green gown with a hood which covers her entire body.[6]

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Nelliel as the Tres Espada.

When she was an Espada, Nelliel wore a customized uniform that is a tight fitting long sleeved shirt with shoulder pads and puffy cuffs. This had a black line starting at the collar and going down to the left side of her chest and to the side and a puffy three lay bottom too. She had a two thin black sashes, one of which held her Zanpakutō. She also wore white gloves and white pants that are open at the end and standard Arrancar shoes.[7]

After being returned to her true form by Urahara, Nelliel wears a white, skintight outfit with tan fur lining around her hips. She dons white gloves with hoof-shaped gauntlets on her wrists that end in tan fur, green fur sleeves extending to her elbows, red pauldrons on both shoulders, long white leggings that reach up to her mid-thighs, and traditional Arrancar shoes with heels shaped like ram hoofs; her upper arms and upper thighs are left bare. Her hair is fluffier than it was in the past. Her Mask remnants have changed as well, looking more goat-like and less humanoid, and her horns have grown longer and have become more intricate, resembling her horns in her Resurreccion form. [8]


Nel's appearance is in stark contrast to her vocabulary, which contains a number of bizarre phrases and words one wouldn't expect such a small child to know, such as calling her uvula a "throat penis" and referring to herself as a masochist. Ichigo Kurosaki assumes her Hollow companions are responsible for this. During her group's super sentai intro she prefers the name "Thieves: Nel-Don-Pe." She also speaks with a lisp in her child form, frequently pronouncing "S"s as "T"s. Nel and her companions also represent oddities among Hollows; though most Hollows are evil, Nel actually fears Shinigami, assuming that they are, in fact, the evil ones.


An example of Nel's childish affection for Ichigo.

Despite believing that Shinigami are evil, Nel develops an attachment to Ichigo and follows him into Las Noches. When she returns to her physical form, despite growing up physically, she retains her child-like affection over Ichigo, including bear-hugging him after attacking Nnoitra without realizing that Ichigo was losing consciousness.

As Nelliel, she is much more mature, composed, logical, sophisticated, and intelligent than her child form. She is also relatively level-headed in terms of how to fight, stating that if one's excuse for a battle is to fight out of hatred, prejudice, or simple competition, as Nnoitra does, then it is merely instinctual and animalistic, and that it makes the challenger look "childish," "unworthy," and "not much of a warrior". Though Nelliel has proven during her last few minutes as a full-fledged Espada that it is 'acceptable' when it involves vengeance, she does not view even that as a reason to fight. Unlike many of the Arrancar, Nelliel is somewhat pacifistic, and according to her Fracción, has despised engaging in combat even when she was still among the upper ranks of the Espada, unless it involves self-defense and protecting those dear to her heart. It is for this reason that Pesche and Dondochakka decided to simply be content with her child form and banished themselves from Las Noches. She refuses to finish off weaker or injured opponents, and will stop fighting them once they've been disabled or incapacitated, a trait shared with Kenpachi Zaraki.

During her numerous fights with Nnoitra, Nelliel is relatively calm and silent when fighting, preferring to speak only when spoken to, a rather uncommon trait among most Arrancar. She enjoys reading, and often reads a book after her missions or after waiting for Nnoitra to wake up after their recent battle.

Nelliel is a loyal, respectful, and trustworthy warrior, who will diligently follow the orders of her commander, provided said commander has proven his worth. She's also knowledgeable, analytical, easygoing, fairly compassionate (usually towards her friends), humorous in her own right, and exhibits a cheerful, energetic demeanor when off-duty.


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Nelliel during her time as the 3rd Espada.

Nelliel once held the rank of 3rd Espada. During her time in that position, she was constantly challenged by Nnoitra Gilga to fights to prove that males are stronger than females. Nnoitra once laid waste to an entire colony of Arrancar, prompting Nelliel to ask him why as he was given no order to do so. Nnoitra stated that no one ever ordered him not to kill them. Nelliel reminded him that Aizen's orders were to "seek the Vasto Lorde," further explaining that murdering entire colonies stood against that order. He responds that not everyone is loyal to Aizen and if they resist they are rebels and killing rebels is like helping Aizen. He further reasoned that if he can take them out then they are not Vasto Lorde, stating that he is following orders just fine. He then informs her that she has gotten awfully uptight over a couple hundred Hollows. Nelliel suggested that he should think before he speaks, as they themselves were once Hollows just like those he killed; it was their own good fortune that they evolved beyond that, nothing more. Nnoitra taunts her to attack if she felt she could beat him if it made her mad. She plainly responded that she was shocked as even becoming an Arrancar, Nnoitra was nothing more than a child. Nnoitra questioned her comment, but is attacked and seemingly knocked unconscious. When he wakes up he sees she is sitting near him reading a book while a dead Hollow lies nearby. When he asks her why she helped him, Nelliel simply tells him that she did not 'help him', she simply prevented the Espada from losing a member by putting an end to his suicidal behavior. Nnoitra explains that he can't stand her and she would obviously know that, asking why she keeps following him around. She simply stared at him and stated that it's because he was weaker than her.[9]

Sometime later, Nnoitra continued to kill Arrancar and Hollow alike, determining they were unfortunate for facing him. Nelliel noted to him that it was an Arrancar he just killed to which he responded he knew that and wanted to state as a fact something he would only explain once. Something he wanted her to know was that if she insisted on continually following him around, then no matter who stood in his path, he would not be benevolent or merciful. Sometime later, he challenges her to a fight to which Nelliel explains once again that she would not draw her blade against the likes of him. Stating that he will not draw her into his demented world, Nnoitra told her that she was over thinking as the only reason they needed to draw their blades against each other was for the simple sake of drawing their blades. Nelliel noted that she did not understand that reasoning. She then asked what drove his blood lust. Nnoitra simply stated that gasping for his final breath in the heat of battle; to have his entire being defined by that moment was his greatest desire. Nelliel questioned this philosophy, noting that it would be a temporary high. He agreed to the truth of that, but stated that nothing else could fill that void. He was given power and he would use it kill anyone standing in his way until he died on his feet, taking in his last breath.[10]

During this time, Nnoitra would constantly challenge Nelliel to battle; each time she would easily defeat him. It was during one of these battle she went to leave and he told her that it was a battle to the finish. When she asked him if he wanted her to finish him off, she told him that she simply refuses and further told him to stop talking all big. She stated that there was a time when they ceased being Human, and became beasts. Now, as Arrancar they had regained their sense of reason. She explained to him that rational people, when going to battle need a reason to fight and he had none. Nnoitra screamed at her that he had a reason, he could not stand her. Nelliel detailed that it wasn't a reason, just an instinct, as he is a beast and she didn't recognize him as a warrior. Therefore she had no reason to bear the life of someone not a warrior. After Nelliel left, Nnoitra was approached by Tesra Lindocruz who offered him a hand. In response, he threw his Zanpakutō at him, hitting the structure behind the Arrancar. Nnoitra told him not to act friendly with him, and that just because he lost did not mean they were of the same level. When Tesra asked why he had to pick on Nelliel and no other Espada, Nnoitra explained that it was because he hated her, some female being able to outrank, be greater than a man on the battlefield; that was his reason.[11]

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Nelliel talking to Nnoitra.

Sometime later, Nnoitra teamed up with Szayelaporro Granz (who was not an Espada at the time) to perform a sneak attack on Nelliel as well as test a device Szayelaporro created.[12] As Nelliel was searching for her Fracción, she was confronted by Nnoitra, who asked her if she was looking for something. Nelliel stated it was none of his business and asked if revealing his weapon was a form of intimidation. She advised him to keep it concealed if he didn't want to look weak and moved on. There was an explosion which got Nelliel's attention. Once the smoke settled, she saw her Fracción, Pesche Guatiche and Dondochakka Birstanne, gravely wounded. She turned to Nnoitra and asked him if he forcibly removed their masks as she became enraged.[13] They initiated a fight during which a device made by Szayelaporro created a fake image of Nnoitra and distracted Nelliel. By exploiting the opportunity, Nnoitra attacked Nelliel and hit her from behind, causing a wound to her head and her mask to break on the front left side. The attack scarred her forehead and left her unconscious.[12]

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Nelliel is defeated.

He took her unconscious body and stated that she would probably call this an act of a beast, but it didn't matter any to him. He was approached from behind by Szayelaporro who asked if there was anything else to which Nnoitra responded that his job was already over. Szayelaporro asked him if he needed to be so cold as they had worked as partners and that he should at least be allowed to admire their end. Nnoitra detailed that he didn't remember being his partner and they just happened to have the same motives. Nnoitra threw Nelliel off the side of Las Noches so that he could increase his power by the time she returned.[14] Nnoitra told Szayelaporro that they were going, but Szayelaporro told him that he would appreciate if he lost the presumptuous tone. Nnoitra snapped back that he wasn't even an Espada.

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Nelliel's body transformed into a child's.

Szayelaporro stated that if not for the equipment that he prepared, Nnoitra wouldn't even have had the chance to attack Nelliel. Nnoitra then asked if he should really be speaking to him that way. He looks over the side of Las Noches at Nelliel and her Fracción's prone bodies and was surprised as she had reverted into a child. Szayelaporro noted that he had not anticipated this and he had never seen anything like it before. He deduced that her Reiatsu was leaking out of the wound on her mask, shrinking her spiritual body as a result.[15]

Afterward, Pesche and Dondochakka vowed that they would protect this newly weakened Nel at any cost. They took the roles of her playful older brothers, never revealing to her their true identities or her own identity for fear of her memories coming back. According to Pesche, this was because she had always hated fighting, and in her child form she was spared from it.[16]


Hueco Mundo arc[]


Nel Tu is chased in a game of "eternal pursuit".

Nel is chased by Pesche Guatiche, Dondochakka Birstanne, and Bawabawa. While Ichigo Kurosaki, Yasutora Sado, and Uryū Ishida are running to Las Noches to save Orihime Inoue, they come across Nel and think she is a young Human being chased by three Hollows.[17] After Ichigo and his friends attack the three, Nel yells at him to stop being mean to them. Ichigo then realizes that Nel is actually a Hollow herself and not a Human.[18] They all then apologize to Ichigo and his friends because they didn't think their game of "eternal pursuit" would cause such a misunderstanding and they all introduce themselves. Nel tells Ichigo that Dondochakka and Pesche are her brothers and Bawabawa is their pet. Ichigo is confused by this as he's never heard of Arrancar having siblings. Dondochakka explains that he just found Nel lying around and that he just had to become her brother. Everyone then decides to ride Bawabawa to get to Las Noches faster.[19]

On the way there, Ichigo questions if they are really Arrancar since they have a different feel than the ones he met in the Human World. Nel explains that the ones who went to the Human World were Números, who are Arrancar who are at least as strong as Menos Grande. She continues to explain that they are ruled by the Espada and are combat experts who are "filthy bugs". She then notices that Ichigo is not like an Arrancar either because of his lack of mask and black clothes. Ichigo then tells her he's a Shinigami and that causes Nel to panic thinking that they will all get killed if they go to Las Noches. All of a sudden, Runuganga, the guardian of the white sands, appears and confronts Nel and her friends.[20]

Runuganga explains that he got information from Las Noches about people invading and that Nel joining with them is unforgivable and Nel tries to explain that she isn't with them. All of a sudden, Ichigo uses Getsuga Tenshō and splits Runuganga's head in half. Ichigo believes he's won, but Runuganga gets back up and brings his head back together. Nel explains that he is all of the sand in the area and that he can always come back together. Ichigo, realizing he can't be beaten, decides to escape and think of a strategy. Runuganga says he won't allow that though and forms a massive pit in the sand that starts sucking them down. Ichigo asks Nel if he has a weakness and she explains it's water and he asks where they're going to find that. All of a sudden, a huge blast of ice comes and completely freezes Runuganga. The ice breaks and kills Runuganga. Ichigo looks to see who did that and finds Rukia Kuchiki and Renji Abarai.[21] Ichigo jumps off of Bawabawa and goes to meet Rukia and Renji. Nel is panicked by this, continuing to think that Shinigami are bad.[22] Ichigo returns with Rukia and Renji and they begin riding Bawabawa again.[23] They eventually make it to the side of Las Noches and break into the palace with force.[24]


Ichigo, with Nel Tu on his back, encounters Dordoni.

Ichigo and his group break into Las Noches and split into five directions, leaving Nel and her brothers behind. The siblings decide to follow Ichigo, but get lost. Nel is the only one who catches up to Ichigo, arriving just in time to be confronted by Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio, a Privaron Espada with a number of #103.[25] When Dordoni tries to fire a Cero blast at Ichigo, Nel steps in, absorbing the blast and firing it back. Enraged, Dordoni attacks Nel, who is then saved by Ichigo.[26] Ichigo apologizes to her for holding back his power, which caused her to step in and get hurt. Dordoni then makes an attempt at attacking Nel further to goad Ichigo into using his Hollowfication. Outraged, Ichigo places Nel down and Hollowfies, attacking and defeating Dordoni with ease, as Nel looks on.[27] Dordoni later wakes up to a drooling Nel who is using her "saliva" to heal his wounds. He then explains to Ichigo and Nel why he has faced them and then goes to attack them again even though he has already lost. Ichigo swiftly takes him down and leaves with Nel.[28]

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Nel watches an unconscious Ichigo after his fight with Ulquiorra Cifer.

During her trip further into Las Noches with Ichigo, she witnesses his clashes with Ulquiorra Cifer, the 4th Espada and Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez, the 6th Espada.

After Ichigo finishes off Grimmjow, they are suddenly attacked by Nnoitra Gilga, the 5th Espada.[29] As they fight, Nnoitra notices Nel, recognizes her stating she has become pathetic and asks if her broken mask aches. Ichigo then questions how Nnoitra knows Nel.[30] Nnoitra explains that he wondered why she was here figuring Ichigo brought her, but states he realizes now Ichigo brought her not knowing who she really was. Ichigo is confused, not knowing what Nnoitra means so the Espada explains that she is Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck, an ex-Espada.[31] Nel tries to deny the accusation prompting Nnoitra to step on her, but Ichigo blocks the attack and while Ichigo is telling Nel to not worry, he is kicked himself and is sent flying.


Nnoitra recognizes Nel.

Nnoitra comments that it does seem as though she has lost her memory, but after getting her head broken it's no wonder she has forgotten all that has happened. Ichigo questions what he means by broken; Nnoitra explains as he picks Nel up by her head that he is the one who broke her head. Ichigo yells at him to stop and becomes enraged, charging at him, but Nnoitra counters only for Ichigo to get in close and slash him down the center of his chest. But Ichigo then realizes his blade has made contact, but has done nothing. Nnoitra asks if he has already forgotten that there is no way he can cut him with that blade. He then kicks Ichigo again sending him further away, explaining that Nel always made him mad just like Ichigo is doing right now, thus why he broke her head from behind and threw her out of Las Noches. Ichigo screams at him to let her go and rushes to attack him, but Nnoitra counters and throws Nel away in the process. As he goes over to a wounded Ichigo, he states that it was time to end this as he grabs Ichigo's sword arm and breaks his wrist. Seeing Ichigo hurt triggers Nel's transformation into her original form much to Nnoitra's surprise.[32]

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Nel's Espada tattoo.

Nnoitra states that she has returned to her original form. Before he realizes it, she uses Sonído to move Ichigo to a safe distance away from him. After a small talk with Ichigo, who reassures her that they are still friends, Nel resolves to face Nnoitra. Though Ichigo is uncertain at first, he sees the tattoo on her back signifying her former rank as 3rd Espada. Nelliel rushes to attack Nnoitra and cuts him across the chest before he can react, surprising him. He tries to attack her, but she effortlessly kicks his Zanpakutō away, pushing him off balance and sending him a distance away from her. He eventually stops himself and fires a Cero at her, causing Ichigo to scream out trying to warn her. Nelliel simply places her hand up stopping the blast entirely much to Nnoitra's surprise. She then sucks the entire blast into her mouth and fires a Cero Doble at him causing a large explosion.[33] Tesra lets Orihime go as he runs off to aid his master, but no sooner than he does that he is sent flying away into nearby debris.[34] Nnoitra appears injured along his right side, asking Tesra who told him to let go of that woman to which he apologizes.

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Nelliel vs. Nnoitra Gilga.

Nnoitra smiles at Nelliel and asks her what was wrong, questioning her as to how he could still be alive following that attack. He notes that her face is asking that. He then admits that he forgot about her Cero Doble, her trademark technique. He then explains to her that she doesn't get it as she has forgotten one thing. He asks her how many years have passed since she disappeared. He then states that she shouldn't think the power of the current Espada is the same as when she was an Espada and that the number on her back is meaningless now.[35]

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Nelliel prepares to release.

The two Arrancar continue to battle with both facing each other evenly.[36] As they fight Nnoitra asks if she remembers calling him a beast and even saying their strengths weren't even. He then gloats, asking how it feels being beaten to death by the same beast.[37] Nelliel then kicks his Zanpakutō away as Nnoitra goads her. Nelliel tells him it's such a pity as it will be difficult to transform again after only just returning to her original form. Therefore she didn't want to resort to it, and she begins to release her Zanpakutō.[38] Nnoitra, realizing what she is doing, moves to stop her, but isn't fast enough and is forced back by the release of Reiatsu. He is quickly overwhelmed as Nelliel uses her "Lanzador Verde" technique which he tries to stop with his Zanpakutō, but the attack gets through, slamming him against a slab of rock.[39]

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Nelliel suddenly becomes a child again.

Nelliel goes to Nnoitra and tells him that it's over, but he should not despair as she will not take his life. However, she reverts into a child much to everyone's surprise. Nnoitra steps on her and laughs before kicking her again, prompting an enraged Ichigo to attack again, only to be slammed into the ground. After getting bored with fighting Ichigo, he commands Tesra to finish him off, to which Tesra releases his Zanpakutō and proceeds to beat Ichigo mercilessly. Nnoitra then forces Nel to watch as Ichigo is brutalized.[40]

She is soon healed by Orihime when Kenpachi Zaraki arrives to fight Tesra, then Nnoitra. Nel, after being left unconscious for a brief period of time, awakens and locks eyes with Nnoitra while saying his name as he dies, hinting that her memories are permanently restored. But when Coyote Starrk suddenly appears to kidnap Orihime, she remains on the battlefield as Ichigo leaves to rescue her.

The Thousand-Year Blood War arc[]


Nel arrives.

Seventeen months after Aizen's defeat, Hueco Mundo is attacked by an empire called the Wandenreich. As Nel, Pesche, and Dondochakka witness their ruler, Tier Harribel, being defeated by Yhwach, Harribel orders the other Arrancar to flee as she is captured before their eyes. Dondochakka is also captured not long after.[41] Sometime later, while Ichigo is patrolling Karakura Town, Nel falls out of the sky, surprising him. Before Ichigo can question Nel, she tells him that Hueco Mundo has been taken over.[42] Shortly after, Pesche arrives, and they are taken to Ichigo's home, where he explains what happened in Hueco Mundo.[43] Along with Ichigo, Orihime, Sado and Kisuke Urahara, Nel and Pesche travel to Hueco Mundo. Upon arriving, Nel is kept quiet by Ichigo as the enemy is close by. As the group notice all the bodies lying around, Ichigo stops Nel from looking at them.[44]

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Nel explaining the Tres Bestias to Ichigo.

As the group travels through Hueco Mundo, Nel suddenly senses Emilou Apacci, Franceska Mila Rose, and Cyan Sung-Sun fighting, and pops up from behind Ichigo, declaring this fact. When Ichigo asks why she's on his back, she replies she's going to protect his back, though with a mischievous gleam in her eyes, to which Ichigo just tells her to hold on tight so she won't get hurt. She explains to Ichigo who the Tres Bestias (3獣神 (トレス・ベスティア), toresu besutia; Spanish for "Three Beasts," Japanese for "Three Beast Gods") are, calling them "three crazy monsters." Then Nel proceeds to say the enemy will probably be wiped out in a matter of seconds if they're fighting, and calls it terrible, covering Ichigo's eyes.[45]

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Nel is shocked by Quilge's defeat of the Tres Bestias.

Soon after, Ichigo notices a massive explosion, prompting Nel to remind him that the Tres Bestias are devils and attempting to make Ichigo stay back while they fight, saying Ichigo would just get in the way and she wouldn't make fun of him. To this matter, Ichigo isn't pleased at all, and instead he continues on to the Jagdarmee of Hueco Mundo's base.[46] After arriving at the camp, Nel is shocked by the defeat of Harribel's Fracción.[47] When Ichigo begins to fight the Quincy, he leaves Nel to Orihime.[48]

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Nelliel appears in her adult form.

Several days later, as Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez is confronting Ichigo in the Soul King Palace, an adult Nelliel leaps over him and tackles Ichigo. Nelliel explains that Urahara made her an armband that allows her to transform into her adult form at will, though she is not sure that she can transform into her child form again. When Grimmjow berates her for being in the way, Nelliel tells him that she does not have to take orders from a lower-ranked Espada like him, prompting Grimmjow to challenge her to prove she deserves the rank of #3 more than he does. However, they are interrupted when a voice tells them to enter a nearby black box.[49]

Nelliel accompanies Ichigo and his allies through Wahrwelt, and the group splits up to look for Grimmjow after he separates from them.[50]

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Nelliel prepares to rescue her allies from Askin Nakk Le Vaar's Gift Bereich.

Nelliel later stands outside Askin Nakk Le Vaar's Gift Bereich, noting how it is collapsing like Urahara thought it might. She remarks that carrying four souls out of it would be difficult, and is shocked to see that the entrance is so small. She remarks that she wanted to see Ichigo again as she leaps toward the entrance.[51]


Reiatsu Transformation Armband: A special armband made by Kisuke Urahara, that Nelliel wears to help contain her Reiatsu allowing Nelliel to return to her original, adult form.[52]

Powers & Abilities[]

Master Swordsman: As a former Espada, Nelliel has a great deal of experience in fighting, showing hardly any effort in her advanced use of swordsmanship. Her body flows elegantly when engaging in combat, so finely tuned that she can stop her attacks at a moment's notice, and subsequently execute lethal attacks with absolute precision. She easily defeated Nnoitra, who is a highly proficient swordsman in his own right, several times.[53]

Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Even without the aid of her Zanpakutō, Nelliel is quite a skilled fighter. During her battle against Nnoitra, she was able to skillfully dodge and counter his attacks. She also used her swordsmanship in conjunction with her hand-to-hand combat skills.[54][55]

Sonído Master: As befitting a former Espada, Nelliel has great skill in Sonído. She was able to repeatedly sneak up on and effortlessly avoid Nnoitra with her speed. She easily transported the badly hurt Ichigo to a safer place during one of Nnoitra's attacks.[56] Nelliel's speed is great enough that Kisuke Urahara entrusted her to save himself, Grimmjow, Yoruichi, and Yūshirō from the Gift Ball Deluxe before it could kill them.[57]

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Nelliel absorbing Nnoitra's Cero.

Cero Doble (重奏虚閃 (セロ・ドーブル), Sero Dōburu; Spanish for "Double Zero", Japanese for "Heavy Duet Hollow Flash"): According to Nnoitra, Nelliel's specialty is to absorb an incoming Cero and fire one of her own while returning it, thus creating a potent Cero Doble. In her true form, the force(s) of the Cero Doble is augmented greatly, since she rebounds the attack while blending it with her own Cero, which is pink in color and drastically increasing its power.[58][59]

Hierro (鋼皮 (イエロ), Iero; Spanish for "Iron", Japanese for "Steel Skin";Viz "Iron Skin"): Nelliel has strong Hierro befitting the strength of an Espada. It is strong enough to allow Nelliel to counter Nnoitra's blade with a kick and show no signs of injury,[54][55] as well as block Nnoitra's Cero with the palm of her hand.[60]

Enhanced Strength: Her strength is greatly increased, fitting with her former position. With her great physical strength, Nelliel can fend off attacks from gigantic weapons like Nnoitra's, launch her opponent several meters away with a single punch, and effortlessly slice through the Hierro of an Espada-level Arrancar opponent with one swing of her Zanpakutō.[61] She is also capable of halting the full force of Nnoitra's Cero with one hand.[60]

Immense Spiritual Power: As the former Tres Espada, Nelliel has a vast amount of spiritual energy, powerful enough for her Fracción to sense it from a large distance.[62] Renji even stated that her spiritual power was close to Ichigo's, which led him to confuse the two for a moment. Her Reiatsu is pink.[63]

High Intellect: While in her original form, Nelliel is shown to be quite intelligent. Having a great understanding of combat and its forms, and the methods behind an opponent's skill and intentions, she can discern personalities easily. She also has a philosophy on life that provides a code of honor, respect, and mercy. However, her childlike antics can sometimes block her intelligence. At one point, she latched onto Ichigo, who was clearly injured, to the point where he passed out, then latched onto him again.[64]


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Nelliel's sealed Zanpakutō.

Gamuza (羚騎士 (ガミューサ), Gamyūsa; Spanish for "Chamois", Japanese for "Antelope Knight"; Viz "Capricorn Knight"): Her Zanpakutō has a green sheath, a light green hilt, and a tsuba that resembles a pair of crescent moons joined together at the back.[2]

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Nelliel's Resurreccion, Gamuza.

  • Resurrección: Its release command is "Declare" (謳え, utae; Viz "Praise"). Nel holds her Zanpakutō up in front of her horizontally and calls out its release command. The Zanpakutō glows as a hazy smoke emanates from it. She calls out the name of her Zanpakutō, and the glow intensifies into a huge burst of spiritual energy that covers the surrounding area. In her new form, Nel takes the form of a brownish-green ibex-like centaur, complete with a black horse's tail. Her Hollow mask's horns become longer and more curved, framing the sides of her face, particularly the cheeks. The crack on her mask also closes up, although the missing teeth remain. Her shoulders are covered by white spaulders that come across her shoulder blade to her neck. She has white elbow guards and white gauntlets. The parts of her arm that aren't covered by armor are covered by a black material, which also covers her hands. There is a white ring at the base of her tail. Her sword is replaced with a double-sided lance. These features grant her the overall appearance of a medieval knight or jouster.[65]
Resurrección Special Ability: The only attack she has used in this form so far is Lanzador Verde.
  • Lanzador Verde (翠の射槍 (ランサドール・ヴェルデ), ransadōru verude; Spanish for "Green Lancer," Japanese for "Kingfisher-Green Javelin"): Nel throws her lance at her opponent with extreme speed. As it travels through the air, it begins to spin and build up spiritual energy. When it reaches its target, it acts as a drill, inflicting extreme piercing damage. The technique is powerful enough to push back Nnoitra and break his Zanpakutō, which he was using to block the attack.[66]

Child Form[]

254Nel Shower

Nel's healing "saliva".

Nel Shower (ネルシャワー, Neru Shawā): Nel's saliva possess some weak form of healing power. She activates it by reaching into her mouth and massaging her uvula, causing her to vomit. The vomit has a similar appearance to saliva, leading her to believe that it is.[67]

Cero Doble (重奏虚閃 (セロ・ドーブル), Sero Dōburu; Spanish for "Double Zero", Japanese for "Heavy Duet Hollow Flash"): Nel's unique ability where she swallows an enemy's Cero and fires it back, with a force exceeding that of the original blast. This ability is indicated by the eyes on her skull mask glowing. Unlike in her true form, Nel does not mix the swallowed Cero with her own; instead, she simply sends it back.[68] While her child form severely limits her Arrancar powers, she is still able to absorb and redirect a Cero blast from a Privaron Espada-class Arrancar in its released form, though the effort seems to tire her immediately.

Chōkasoku (超加速, Super Acceleration): In her child form, Nel can accelerate her movements with what appears to be a rudimentary form of Sonído. When she uses this Sonído form, her mask's eyes glow.[69]

Nel Tamapunch (ネル一打パンチ, Nel Stroke Punch): While being in her child form, Nel punches her opponent in their private region, which inflicts great damage if they are male.[70]


Child Form[]

Limited Cero Doble: In her child form, Nel's Arrancar powers are severely limited, and one use of a Cero Doble tires her severely.[71] Additionally, unlike her original form, she could not mix her own Cero into the enemy's reflected Cero.[72]


Time Limit: After regressing to her child form from a sneak attack by Nnoitra and Szayelaporro Granz and prior to having the armband Kisuke made for her, Nel's Resurrección seems to have a time limit before she regresses to her child form.[73]



Nel and her Fracción during their super sentai-style intro.

Dondochakka Birstanne (ドンドチャッカ・ビルスタン, Dondochakka Birusutan) is a large, spotted, humanoid Arrancar with a tiki mask and compound eyes. He appears to speak with a Yakuza-style accent (Mafia in the Dubbed episodes)- often ending his sentences with "dont'cha know" ("know what I'm talkin' 'bout?" in the dubbed episodes) - and is fairly tame in comparison to other Hollows. Despite his menacing appearance, he is prone to tear-filled outbursts at the slightest provocation, usually when he's worried about something.

Pesche Guatiche (ペッシェ・ガティーシェ, Pesshe Gatīshe) is a seemingly harmless, humanoid Arrancar whose mask resembles an insectoid head with a large pair of mandibles. He wears an eye patch and a loincloth. His Hollow hole is slightly lower than normal, positioned near his stomach instead of his chest. He and Dondochakka were once Nel Tu's Fracción, but had their masks forcibly removed by Nnoitra Gilga and Szayelaporro Granz, and were left for dead with Nel. After realizing that their master had reverted to a defenseless child, he and Dondochakka pledged to protect her. According to Pesche, they hid their true identities from Nel because they feared not doing so might cause her memories to come back. Neither of them wanted this, because Nelliel strongly disliked fighting, and in her child form, she would no longer have to fight. He and Dondochakka spent the following time traveling around Hueco Mundo, keeping Nel amused with games like eternal tag, while still training (probably without her knowledge) to better protect her.

Bawabawa (バワバワ, Bawabawa) is a giant, eel-like Hollow whose mask consists of a simple plate on his head with a pair of horns. He is a parasite that Dondochakka keeps inside him if not out, giving him a particular Fracción-state. He acts as both a pet and transportation for Pesche, Dondochakka, and Nel Tu. Bawabawa tends to get upset for not being included in the group's super sentai-styled introduction sequences.


Adult Nelliel censorship

Differences between manga and anime

Due to censorship, Nel's clothes, in her adult form, were altered slightly between the manga and the anime. The manga clearly shows the lower curves of Nel's breasts while her top is extended in the anime so that the curves of her breasts were covered.

Appearances in Other Media[]

Video Game Appearances
Blade Battlers
Blade Battlers 2nd
The Blade of Fate
Dark Souls
The 3rd Phantom
Flame Bringer
Tasogare ni Mamieru Shinigami
Shattered Blade
Versus Crusade
Heat the Soul
Heat the Soul 2
Heat the Soul 3
Heat the Soul 4
Heat the Soul 5
Heat the Soul 6
Heat the Soul 7
Soul Carnival
Soul Carnival 2
Hanatareshi Yabou
Bleach Advance: Kurenai ni Somaru Soul Society
Erabareshi Tamashii
Soul Resurrección
J-Stars Victory Vs
Brave Souls
Paradise Lost
Jump Force
Rebirth of Souls
Novel Appearances
Letters From The Other Side
The Honey Dish Rhapsody
Spirits Are Forever With You
The Death Save The Strawberry
Can't Fear Your Own World

BBSNelliel's post-timeskip outfit

Promotional art of Nelliel's new outfit in Bleach: Brave Souls.

  • Nelliel is also playable in Bleach: Brave Souls in various different appearances, including one with her post-timeskip outfit that she wears in both the Thousand-Year Blood War arc and Can't Fear Your Own World. In this form, Nelliel is a ranged strong attack character with the "Power" Attribute and the "Shinigami Killer" ability. Her unlockable skills are "Berserker +40%", "Bruiser +40%", "Devastation +60%", "Frenzy", "Guard Break", "Paralysis Duration -100%", "Poison Duration -100%", and "Sprinter +1", while her Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%". Nelliel's special is Creature of the Wind (疾風の獣, Hayate no Kemono; Japanese for "Gale Beast"), where she dashes forward and fires a Cero that inflicts immense damage.
  • According to her character trailer in Brave Souls, Nelliel's aspect of death is Lamentation.

Nelliel in her original adult form.

  • Nelliel is also playable in a version of her adult form that draws from her appearance during Ichigo Kurosaki's fight against Nnoitra Gilga. In this form, Nelliel is a melee normal attack character with the "Technique" Attribute and the "Arrancar Killer" ability. Her unlockable skills are "Party Technique Attribute Arrancar Normal Attack Damage +20% (+30% in Guild Quests)", "Berserker +60%", "Bruiser +50%", "Flurry", "Freeze Duration -100%", "Melee Damage +10%", "Poise", and "Sprinter +2", while her Soul Trait is "Damage Taken -16%". Nelliel's special is Cero Doble (重奏虚閃, Jūsō Kyosen), where she swallows a Cero before spitting it back out alongside one of her own, inflicting immense damage.
BBSResurreccion Nelliel

Nelliel using her Resurrección, Gamuza.

  • Additionally, Nelliel is playable in her Resurrección, Gamuza. In this form, Nelliel is a melee character with a "Speed" Attribute and the "Espada Killer" ability. Her unlockable skills are "Bombardment", "Bruiser +15%", "Frenzy", "Havoc +15%", "Long Reach +20%", and "Sprinter +1", while her Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%"; when Resurrected, her unlockable skills are "Bombardment", "Bruiser +20%", "Frenzy", "Havoc +20%", "Long Reach +20%", and "Sprinter +1", while her Soul Traits are "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%" and "Fire Duration -55%". Nelliel's special is Lanzador Verde (ランサドール・ヴェルデ, Ransadōru Verude; Spanish for "Green Lancer"), where she hurls her lance forward, inflicting immense damage to any enemy it hits.
BBSArena Nelliel

Nelliel's Arena form.

  • Nelliel is also playable in a form specifically tailored toward the game's Arena mode. In this form, Nelliel is a ranged normal attack character with the "Heart" Attribute and the "Shinigami Killer" ability who has a chance to inflict Lacerate with every attack. She has three Innate Skills built in at ★5: "100% Chance To Hit Dodging Shinigami", "Sprinter +2", and "Weaken Duration -100%", and her unlockable skills are "Party Heart Attribute Arrancar Normal Attack Damage +20%", "Berserker +30%", "Bruiser +20%", "Debilitator +2 secs.", "Devastation +20%", "Flurry +1", "Hit Hidden Enemy Chance: 100%", "Long Stride" and "Poise", while her Soul Trait is "Normal Attack Damage +20%"; meanwhile, her Arena Traits are "Damage Taken -10%" and "Normal Attack Damage +13%", while her Arena Abilities other than "All Stats +5%" are "Flurry +1" at level 2, "Start Power-Up Item +2" at level 5, and "Last-Ditch Survival rate +100%" at level 10. Nelliel's special is Lanza Embestir (ランサ・エンヴェスティ, Ransa Envesuti; Spanish for "Lance Rush"), where she performs a charging lance attack that inflicts immense damage and Lacerate.
BBSSwimsuit Nelliel

Nelliel wearing a swimsuit.

  • Additionally, Nelliel is playable in a swimsuit form. In this form, Nelliel is a melee character with the "Heart" Attribute and the "Arrancar Killer" ability whose second Strong Attack has a chance to inflict Burn. Her unlockable skills are "Bruiser +20%", "Frenzy", "Havoc +30%", "Long Reach +20%", and "Sprinter +1", while her Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Recharge Time -14%"; when Resurrected, her unlockable skills are "Bruiser +30%", "Devastation +40%", "Frenzy", "Havoc +30%", "Long Reach +20%", and "Sprinter +1", while her Soul Traits are "Strong Attack Recharge Time -14%" and "Strong Attack Damage +16%". Nelliel's special is Summertime Wind (サマータイムウィンド, Samātaimu Windo), where she catches a magnificent wave that breaks upon her enemies, inflicting immense damage.
BBSSwimsuit Nelliel 2

Nelliel wearing a swimsuit.

  • Nelliel is also playable in a second swimsuit form. In this form, Nelliel is a melee strong attack character with the "Mind" Attribute and the "Hollow Killer" ability who has a chance to inflict Drain with every attack. She has three Innate Skills built in at ★5: "Full Stamina Only Increased Strong Attack Damage +40%", "Guard Break", and "Sprinter +1", and her unlockable skills are "Berserker +40%", "Bruiser +20%", "Damage to Drained Enemies +20%", "Debilitator +2 secs.", "Devastation +40%", "Frenzy +1", "Havoc +20%", "Heart Link Slot Potions +5", and "Super Heart Link Slot Potions +5", while her Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%". Meanwhile, her Arena Traits are "Strong Attack Damage +13%" and "Focus +30", while her Arena Abilities other than "All Stats +5%" are "Strong Attack Damage +10%" at level 5 and "Strong Attack Damage +20%" at level 10. Nelliel's special is Summer Beach Memory (サマービーチ・メモリー, Samā Bīchi Memorī), where she rests on the shore after playing to her heart's content, inflicting immense damage and Drain.
  • A unique form for Nelliel appears in Brave Souls to commemorate the inclusion of the Can't Fear Your Own World light novel. Designed by Tite Kubo, this appearance mirrors Ulquiorra's own Hōgyoku-enhanced power, transcending Resurrección.[75]
BBSNelliel's Hogyoku Resurreccion

Nelliel's unique form in Bleach: Brave Souls.

  • All traces of Nelliel's Hollow mask vanish and are replaced by four curling black-and-white horns that jut upward from her head. She retains her equine lower body, though the fur is now darker in areas and extends to cover her upper body, arms and hands. Glowing pink markings extend from her torso to her chest and shoulders, while the scar on her forehead is cracked open and filled with pink Reiatsu. Fur identical in color to her hair forms on her back and her tail, the end of which blazes with pink Reiatsu. Nelliel's eyes become darker and her pupils turn slit-shaped. Her weapon changes from a dual-ended jousting lance to a stylized spear blazed in pink Reiatsu, with the Hōgyoku resting in the hollow handle.[75]
  • In this form, Nelliel is a melee normal attack character with the "Power" Attribute and the "Arrancar Killer" ability, who has a chance to inflict Weaken with every attack. Her unlockable skills are "Berserker +40%", "Bruiser +80%", "Debilitator +5 secs.", "Devastation +30%", "Poise", and "Sprinter +1", while her Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%". Nelliel's special is Lanza de Luz Gamuza (ランサ・デ・ルソ・ガミューサ, Ransa de Ruso Gamyūsa; Spanish for "Lance of Light Chamois"), where she unleashes her high-density Reiatsu from the top of a hill, inflicting immense damage and Weaken.[75]


  • The theme song that Kubo chose for Nelliel is "Wrapped" by the singer Gloria Estefan on her album Unwrapped.[76]
  • In the English version of the anime, Nelliel does not speak with a lisp while in her child form. She does, however, call Ichigo "Itsygo" at times.
  • In the Bleach manga, Nel has green hair but in the original anime, her hair is turquoise.[2][77] Her hair was changed back to green for the anime adaptation of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc.[78]

  • According to Q&A #73 by Tite Kubo on his fansite "Klub Outside", Nelliel has the largest bust size amongst the Bleach cast.[79]
  • According to Q&A #463 by Tite Kubo on his fansite "Klub Outside", Nelliel's Hollow Hole is located inside her heart.[79]
  • According to Q&A #553 by Tite Kubo on his fansite "Klub Outside", Nelliel's aspect of death was "sacrifice", the same as that of Harribel.[79]

  • Quotes[]

    • (To Orihime Inoue) "Itsygo's out dere fightin' for you! Why're ya acting like yer afraid of Itysgo? Din't you say Itsygo's a nice person?! Well yer right! Nel tinks he's nice too! Itsygo's so nice, when he heard Ulquiorra say yer name, he charged right at 'im! Itsygo is a human! But den he became a Shinigami, an' even put on dat mask and used dat dangerous power! Dere's no way Itsygo isn't gettin' hurt! He's gotta be sufferin'! But Itsygo's usin' his powers and gettin' injured all cuz he's fightin' for you! What's-- What's gonna happen if ya don't cheer for Itsygo?!"[81]
    • (To Nnoitra Gilga) "There was a time when we ceased to be Human and became beasts. And then in becoming Arrancar, we regained our capacity for reason. One who possesses reason should require a reason to fight."[82]
    • (To Nnoitra Gilga) "You are a beast. I cannot accept you as a warrior. I have no desire to be burdened with the life of one who is no warrior."[83]
    • (To Nnoitra Gilga) "Carrying a weapon on your shoulder is threatening behavior. If you truly wish to appear strong, hide your weapon as you walk."[84]
    • (To Nnoitra Gilga) "This isn't a reason to fight! But you hurt people who were very dear to me! And you're going to pay for it!"[85]
    • (To Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez) "If you're going to pick a fight in the middle of a conflict, do so elsewhere. At any rate, I fail to see what gives you, the Sexta, any right to order me, the Tres, around."[86]


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