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Expanded Universe

Szayelaporro Granz (ザエルアポロ・グランツ, Zaeruaporo Gurantsu) is an Arrancar and a former Cero (0) Espada in Sōsuke Aizen's army, before his demotion to Octava (8th) Espada. After his death at the hands of Mayuri Kurotsuchi, Szayelaporro became a Togabito imprisoned in Hell.



Bleach: Spirits Are Forever With You[]

Hundreds of years before Sōsuke Aizen's defection from Soul Society, Szayelaporro Granz was a Human alchemist employed by a certain nation, while his older brother, Yylfordt Granz, was a general in that nation's army. Working together, Yylfordt regularly provided prisoners for his brother to perform inhumane and lethal experiments on. Eventually those deceased victims became Hollows and proceeded to enact revenge upon the Granz brothers by murdering them.[1]

Ecstatic upon discovering an entire new level of existence for him to explore, Szayelaporro forced himself to become a Hollow and devoured his brother. Eventually, Szayelaporro evolved into a highly feared Vasto Lorde and became a member of Baraggan Louisenbairn's court; and when Baraggan was deposed by Sōsuke Aizen, the rogue Shinigami turned Szayelaporro into Espada 0 of his army.[1]

Eventually, Szayelaporro realized that his violent instincts prevented him from reaching his full potential as a scientist, and proceeded to separate his violent urges in the form of Yylfordt's soul from himself. In the process, Szayelaporro regressed back into an Adjuchas and was demoted to Privaron Espada. After significantly developing his Arrancar powers, most notably Gabriel, Szayelaporro was promoted to Espada 8.[1]


4th Movie Tie-In[]

After being killed by Mayuri Kurotsuchi, Szayelaporro appears falling into Hell. He lands along with Aaroniero Arruruerie, saying he's surprised to see him. Szayelaporro notes the sturdiness of Aaroniero's tank. Aaroniero questions why he brought it up, saying that he wished it to crack. Szayelaporro states he meant nothing by it, meaning only that if it had cracked, he could study the liquid inside it. Aaroniero tells Szayelaporro that he's never liked him, and moves to attack him with Glotoneria. However, Szayelaporro yells at him to wait, and says that they should work together to figure out where they are. Aaroniero states he doesn't care about that, to which Szayelaporro reminds him of the difference in their ranks. Aaroniero states those ranks don't matter outside of Hueco Mundo.[2]

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Szayelaporro attacks Shuren.

A voice interrupts the two. A man is seen standing on a tall rock, and informs them that they are in Hell. Aaroniero demands he comes down and explain, but the man mocks him, and informs them they are both already dead. Aaroniero doesn't understand, but Szayelaporro remembers his death, and moves to attack the man, asking if there is a way to escape Hell and return to Hueco Mundo, to which he responds there isn't. Szayelaporro says he better not be hiding anything, threatening to torture him. The man introduces himself as Shuren, and says they must follow him in order to survive in Hell.[3]

Three more beings appear behind Shuren. Szayelaporro asks what they are, and Shuren introduces them as Taikon, Gunjō, and Garogai, and orders them to attack the two Arrancar. Aaroniero releases his Resurrección and attacks. He tells his enemies not to underestimate the Espada and attacks Taikon. Szayelaporro also releases and attacks Shuren with a Gran Rey Cero. Shuren asks if he believes this attack is necessary to defeat him, but Szayelaporro says he doesn't mind incinerating Shuren. He adds that he is interested in the inhabitants of Hell, but he can examine Shuren's three comrades that are eaten by Aaroniero's Glotonería after he kills him. Shuren informs him that he too has judged him unnecessary.[4]

Shuren and the three Togabito defeat both Aaroniero and Szayelaporro. Shuren notes that their power was not enough to open it, referring to the gates of Hell.[5]

Powers & Abilities[]

Master Scientist & Inventor: Szayelaporro is the top researcher and spiritual weapons development specialist of the Espada.[6] Szayelaporro is a talented and intellectual scientist, and he is very sadistic. Szayelaporro has unique Fracción which he modified before having them turned into Arrancar.[7]

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Szayelaporro charges his Gran Rey Cero.

Cero: A Hollow ability that allows one to fire a potent beam of spiritual energy.

  • Gran Rey Cero (王虚の閃光 (グラン・レイ・セロ), Hairihhi Pufairu; Spanish for "Grand King Zero", Japanese for "Royal Hollow Flash"): As an Espada, Szayelaporro is able to use this Espada-exclusive Cero variant, which produces a much larger and more powerful version of the normal Cero. Szayelaporro's Gran Rey Cero is colored pink.[8]

Sonído: Szayelaporro can use Sonído well enough to easily evade one of Renji's attacks.[9] He was also able to catch Uryū Ishida, using Hirenkyaku, off guard.[10]

Great Spiritual Power: As the Octava Espada, Szayelaporro has a great level of spiritual power. His Reiatsu is pink.

Soul-Separation: Similar to how Coyote Starrk and Lilynette Gingerbuck separated themselves, Szayelaporro was able to separate the soul of his brother, Yylfordt Granz, from himself. This allowed him to excise the violent urges that hindered his scientific mind, but greatly weakened his overall power, to the point of devolving into an Adjuchas.[1]


Fornicarás (邪淫妃 (フォルニカラス), Forunikarasu; Spanish for "You Will Fornicate", Japanese for "Lewd Concubine"): When sealed, Fornicarás takes the form of a standard sized katana with a greyish-blue handle and grey sheath, and its tsuba is similar to the nucleus of an atom. Instead of directly wearing his sword at his waist, Szayelaporro has two frilly light-purple strings tied to his waist that holds Fornicarás at two points, letting Szayelaporro carry his sword at about thigh height.[11]

  • Resurrección: Its release command is Sip (啜れ, Susure).[12] Szayelaporro releases his Zanpakutō by calling out its command and then swallowing it, with a pink glow emitting from his mouth.[13]
Resurrección Special Ability: Szayelaporro's released state grants him a number of different abilities.
  • Gabriel (受胎告知 (ガブリエール), gaburieru; Japanese for "Notice of Conception"): Szayelaporro's final ability allows him to be reborn if he is injured beyond repair by "impregnating" an enemy. When he has physical contact with the victim, he can implant a portion of himself inside their body. He then "devours" his way out of their body by absorbing all the fluids and chemicals of the victim, like an insect leaving a cocoon or husk. This process is claimed to be fatal to the victim. He matures and develops his body back in a matter of seconds from a liquid-like casing coming from the victim's mouth.[14] Szayelaporro takes great pride in this ability, comparing it to that of a phoenix, pretentiously proclaiming himself a "perfect being" because of it. It was used on Nemu Kurotsuchi, but despite Szayelaporro's remarks on killing the victim, she survived.[15]

Former Powers & Abilities[]

Immense Spiritual Power: As a former Cero (0) Espada, and a Vasto Lorde Arrancar, Szayelaporro possessed a truly immense amount of Reiryoku. Evidence of Szayelaporro's power is that a perfect clone of his original self, Cien Granz, possessed enough Reiryoku that he could fight on even footing with Kenpachi Zaraki, even forcing the Shinigami to take off his eyepatch.[16] Szayel lost a significant amount of his Reiryoku by splitting off Yylfordt Granz from himself.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Bleach novel; Spirits Are Forever With You, Chapter 11
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter imaginary number 1, pages 4-9
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter imaginary number 1, pages 9-13
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter imaginary number 1, pages 14-19
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter imaginary number 1, page 20
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 265, page 7
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 272, page 13
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter imaginary number 1, pages 9-13
  9. Bleach anime; Episode 162
  10. Bleach anime; Episode 163
  11. Bleach anime; Episode 191
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 288, page 3
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 288, page 4
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 304, page 16
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 305, pages 1-3
  16. Bleach novel; Bleach: Spirits Are Forever With You Part II