The anime Bleach was once one of shonen’s “big three,” and it had a hero to match. Ichigo Kurosaki is a classic shonen lead with grit, courage and a gung-ho attitude, plus a punkish antihero side that gave him a little more depth. This helped set him apart from his peers Monkey D. Luffy and Naruto Uzumaki.
But of course, Ichigo is not a perfect human being, nor should he be. Like every other cast member in Bleach, Ichigo has his unsavory side, and sometimes, his attitude or behavior takes a turn for the worse, and he might make as many enemies as friends during his quest to save the world. What are the ten least desirable aspects to Ichigo’s personality, overall?
10 Ichigo’s Minimal Sense Of Humor Makes Him A Wet Blanket
Bleach has more than a little humor, especially when characters such as Orihime Inoue and Rangiku Matsumoto are around, and these characters and more play off each other quite well for humor’s sake. But Ichigo isn’t feeling it.
Ichigo does make some wisecracks here and there, but overall, he’s a real wet blanket when the mood is light, and he feels like a real party pooper at times. Can’t he cheer up and appreciate everyone else’s good humor, instead of rolling his eyes so often?
9 Ichigo Is A Somewhat Arrogant Hero
To an extent, Ichigo has the right to consider himself the hero of the day, and it makes sense for him to boldly proclaim “I’m here to vanquish evil!” But the problem is, Ichigo gets a little carried away, and he thinks that he alone can save the day.
Ichigo’s name can be translated to “one defender,” but he doesn’t always have to take that literally. He sometimes annoys his allies or sabotages himself by refusing aid of any kind. Friends are there for a reason, Ichigo. Remember that.
8 Ichigo Can Be Condescending To Those Around Him
This negative personality trait often manifests alongside Ichigo’s other unsavory personality traits. Many characters in this series have a worse attitude than Ichigo, such as the snobbish Ulquiorra Schiffer or the ultra-conceited Sosuke Aizen, but Ichigo still has some overlap with them.
Here and there, Ichigo will subtly look down on someone else, or blatantly do so, and make his disapproval of them clear. He will often act this way based on first (and sometimes) false impressions, and in turn, make a bad impression on the other party. He treated Ganju Shiba like this, for example, and saw him as an annoying, worthless ruffian. Completely unfair.
7 Ichigo Is Sometimes Thoughtless When It Comes To His Friends
From time to time, Ichigo seems to take his friends for granted, or he might fail to factor their intents and feelings when he makes a plan or launches a mission to save the day. More than once, Ichigo’s friends objected to this, along the lines of “Hey, don’t forget to include us in your plans!”
Ichigo intended to invade Hueco Mundo totally alone, even though Uryu Ishida and Chad were ready and willing to help. Similarly, Rukia Kuchiki was ready to help, and she was saddened that Ichigo hadn’t anticipated this move.
6 Ichigo Can Be Rather Stubborn
It’s good for a shonen hero such as Ichigo to have serious guts and refuse to give in. As Naruto put it, “Give up trying to make me give up!” But Ichigo sometimes acts this way for the wrong reasons, and here and there, he digs in his heels, only to annoy everyone else.
Once Ichigo makes up his mind about something, it’s difficult to talk him out of it, even if his idea is flaws or risky, and it takes a kick to the face and some strong words to finally snap him out of it (often, Rukia handles this).
5 Ichigo Can’t Easily Process His Feelings
Ichigo can be somewhat forgiven for this one, since he’s a high school students, and everyone knows that adolescents are rather awkward with matters of the heart. Still, Orihime is deeply infatuated with him, and Ichigo could stand to give her a chance now and then.
Ichigo had difficulty recognizing Orihime’s feelings about him, and when Nelliel the Arrancar hugged Ichigo tightly in front of Orihime, Ichigo panicked. He could have been a little smoother, all things considered.
4 Ichigo Regularly Underestimates Others
Ichigo Kurosaki has every reason to feel confident in his abilities, such as his unique, black-bladed bankai. But he also has a bad habit of taking his friends and foes too lightly, and this has cost him a few times.
Ichigo insults his friends by presuming that they’re too weak to help (such as Chad and Uryu), and Ichigo really sabotages himself when he underestimates his foes, such as the fallen Espada named Dordoni. By this point, it’s bankai or bust, and Ichigo needed a minute to realize that.
3 Ichigo Nurses Grudges When He Should Let Them Go
A good shonen rivalry can push the hero right along, and for every Naruto there’s a Sasuke, and for every Goku, there’s a Vegeta. Ichigo, however, keeps forming and keeping grudges, and he and Byakuya Kuchiki became unfriendly rivals.
Ichigo and Byakuya never totally let that rivalry go, even when they became allies, and Ichigo kept spiting Byakuya behind his back. Ichigo also got dragged into a feud with Ganju Shiba (his cousin) far too easily, and he never really let that one go, either.
2 Ichigo Has A Short Temper
Ichigo has a tendency to blow his top, and that’s a trait that he shares with his friend Rukia Kuchiki. For the most part, Ichigo is aloof and detached, but if someone directly insults, challenges or snubs him, he will quickly fire back.
Sometimes, this is played off for laughs, but other times, a villain can bait Ichigo into attacking them, such as the time Ulquiorra baited Ichigo into combat by explaining that Orihime had been dragged to Hueco Mundo by Ulquiorra’s own hand.
1 Ichigo Is Quick To Criticize Others
More than once, Ichigo felt the need to voice his disapproval of something or someone around him, and he never looks good while doing it. Ichigo is more than willing to make snide remarks about someone else’s errors, bad sense of fashion or weak combat abilities.
Ichigo is also quick to criticize anyone who critiques him, and he appears rather juvenile in so doing. He’s often the “Oh yeah? Well you’re kinda ugly!” sort, typical schoolyard fare. He really ought to lose that bad habit.
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