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PostSubject: Hollows   Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:53 am

Almost all antagonists in Bleach are, by definition, categorized as hollows. Many of the hollows shown in the series have few, if any, speaking lines and are killed shortly after their introduction.
Hollows are departed human souls that have not been sent to Soul Society in due time, leading to their corruption. Once corrupted, they gain a skull-like mask, a drastically different physical appearance, and a very animalistic level of intelligence. Hollows crave other human souls, living or dead, to fill their empty hearts and ease their pain, starting with the persons it loved the most in its past life. They reside in Hueco Mundo when they're not scouring the human world for souls to consume. They will continue to search for and consume souls until they are slain by a Soul Reaper, at which point their souls are purified and they are allowed to pass on to Soul Society.
Some hollows have an unusually strong thirst for souls which leads them to consume other hollows. These hollows gather naturally, fighting to the death, and finally merging with one another, evolving into stronger and more intelligent forms known as menos. Within the menos, there are three levels of evolution. The first of these is the gillian, Japanese for "least of the great hollows", large and powerful but possessing very low intelligence and no individuality, the result of the merging of hundreds of hollows. In the rare case a gillian retains its consciousness, it can continue to consume other gillians and eventually evolve into an adjuchas, Japanese for "intermediate great hollow", gaining a smaller body and superior strength, speed and intelligence, compared to their previous form. From there, some adjuchas have the potential to evolve into a vasto lorde, vasuto rōde?, Japanese for "Great king of the Hollows". Vasto lorde are more humanoid in size and appearance and possess battle strength comparable or superior to a Soul Reaper captain, to the point where captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya speculates that Soul Society would be doomed if Sōsuke Aizen managed to get ten vasto lorde under his command.
As hollows evolve they gain access to unique skills and abilities, fueled by the souls they have consumed. The most basic of these abilities is Cero, high-powered energy blasts that can be fired from various body parts, such as the mouth or hand. There are at least two additional variants of the cero, though less commonly used.

Grand Fisher
Grand Fisher is, when first introduced, a hollow that has evaded the Soul Reapers for over fifty years. During this timeframe he killed Masaki Kurosaki in her efforts to protect her son, Ichigo Kurosaki. Grand Fisher's hollow form resembles that of a giant hamster with bird-like hands and feet. A "lure" (similar to those of angler fish) hangs from his forehead, which can take the form of anyone he wishes. He typically uses this ability to lure spiritually aware people into his grasp, making them easy meals, hence his name. In battle the lure can be used to take the form of someone close to the opponent, keeping them from attacking him. This lure also serves as a second body in case his larger one is wounded and needs to recuperate. After Ichigo is able to defeat Grand Fisher in battle he is converted into an imperfect arrancar, giving his hollow-form a more humanoid appearance. He carries a large zanpakutō on his back, which when released transforms him into a huge, monstrous creature with bull-like horns. When he tries to use this form to have a rematch with Ichigo, he is killed by Ichigo's father, Isshin Kurosaki.

Rudobone, Japanese for "funerary attacking force," Spanish for "funeral rites", a group responsible for dealing with rebels and intruders in Las Noches. Unlike most arrancar, his face is completely hidden. He carries a zanpakutō with the name "Arbola". He and his subordinates clean up after each battle, collecting data for Szayel Aporro Granz before killing any survivors: they presumably kill two of the three Privaron Espada off screen for failing to beat their opponents, and prepare to do the same with the third before being stopped by Retsu Unohana. Surprised by the arrival of a Soul Reaper captain, Rudobone and the rest of the Exequias withdraw in order to avoid conflict. Later he and the rest of the Exequias attempt to bar the progress of Ichigo Kurosaki, but they are intercepted by attacks from Ichigo's comrades.

Wonderweiss Margera
Wonderweiss Margera is an Espada-level arrancar. Wonderweiss is small, thin, and somewhat child-like, and what is left of his hollow mask remains on top of his head and resembles a tiara or small crown. Wonderweiss's personality is also child-like and even autistic; when sent on a mission to kill, he instead plays around with a dragonfly. He shows some hostility during this instance, firing a retaliatory bala energy blast toward Kisuke Urahara at one point, but quickly reverts back to his regular state after doing so. He isn't able to speak clearly, only saying a few syllables at a time. Kaname Tōsen says that Wonderweiss, like himself, is a pure being, though he makes a point of wondering whether he is pure good or evil. He follows Tōsen everywhere when possible and is hostile to what he perceives as Tōsen's enemies. The name and released state of Wonderweiss's zanpakutō have not been revealed.
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