Princess of Rukon District
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Black
Soul Reaper Rank:
Kaipuden: Unseated Officer
Shippuden: Unseated Officer/5th Seat Officer
Shikai: Sode no Shirayuki (Sleeved White Snow)
Hisana Kuchiki (Deceased) (Older Sister)
Byakuya Kuchiki (Brother-in-Law/Adoptive Brother)
Sojun Kuchiki (Deceased) (Father-in-Law/Adoptive Father)
Ginrei Kuchiki (Adoptive Grandfather)
Koga Kuchiki (Deceased) (Adoptive Uncle)
|Previous Partner(s): Miyako Shiba, Kaien Shiba|
|Partner(s): Jushiro Ukitake, Ichigo Kurosaki, Byakuya Kuchiki, Renji Abarai, Tsunaku Senju|
Soul Reaper World
|Base of Operation: Kuchiki Manor, Squad Thirteen HQ, Human World|
Ice Style (Kekkei Genkai)
Wind Style (Beginner)
Water Style (Beginner)
Kaipuden: 14 (147/148/149)
Shippuden: 15 (150/151/152)
Zanpuden: 16 (160/161/162)
|Previous Team(s): None|
|Team(s): Squad Thirteen, Ichigo's Group|
Story/Saga First Appearance:
Kaipuden: Spirit Orbs Saga
Rukia Kuchiki is an unseated Soul Reaper in Squad Thirteen under Captain Jushiro Ukitake, the younger sister of Hisana Kuchiki, the adoptive sister of Byakuya Kuchiki, and as well as a friend of Tsunaku Senju, Naruto Uzumaki, and Ichigo Kurosaki.
Rukia and her older sister, Hisana, were brought together to Inuzuri, 78th District of the Rukon District after they died in the World of the Living. Unable to live there while caring for a child, Hisana abandoned Rukia when she was still a baby. Rukia grew up on her own for a considerable amount of time. One day Rukia tripped an adult that was chasing Renji Abarai's group of friends and urged them to follow her to avoid losing the water they had stolen. Rukia joined their group, becoming their spiritual leader and they lived together as a family.
They all hated Inuzuri and the people there. Rukia exhibited some spiritual power during this time. Ten years after Rukia joined the group, with all of their friends dead, Rukia proposed that they become Soul Reapers and live in the Seireitei, noting that she had heard it was pretty there. Renji agreed with her. As they were quite gifted with spiritual powers, they entered the Shinō Academy with ease, where they struggled to prove their worth among those from noble families. The night before the welcoming ceremony for the new students of the Academy, Renji slept in a tree, against Rukia’s advice. The following morning, he fell out of the tree and landed on a headstone where a startled Izuru Kira had been praying, for which Rukia scolds him.
Two months after entering the Academy, Renji scolded Rukia for still not fitting in and informed her that he was going to the Human World for field training to practice Konsō for the first time. Rukia complains about this being unfair, but Renji retorts that it is about talent and that he will get stronger. Rukia replies that she will show him that she is the stronger one, but trails off. One day, while meeting with Byakuya Kuchiki and his entourage, Renji entered the room to tell her that he had passed an important exam. Disappointed with the interruption, the nobles left and told Rukia that they were eager to hear her answer. After they had left, Renji asked her what they wanted. He congratulated Rukia when she told him that they want to adopt her into the Kuchiki Clan, have her graduate immediately and assigned to the Squad Thirteen. Rukia thanked him and left. Rukia was told that Byakuya adopted her into the Kuchiki Clan due to her similarity to Hisana, whom he had married.
Rukia was admitted to the Squad Thriteen without taking their entrance exam. On her first day in the Squad, she is shown into a room by a fellow Soul Reaper, whom she tells to treat her like any other new recruit. After he leaves, she hears him and others talking about her and the favoritism shown to nobles. Rukia is disappointed that it is like that there as well. Lieutenant Kaien Shiba entered the room, introduces himself and scolds her for her weak reply. Rukia was deeply happy that she could have a normal relationship with her superior, rather than being treated as special. That evening, Rukia reported to Byakuya that her first day had ended peacefully and that she did not attain a Seated Officer position. Byakuya then told her to leave. Rukia soon became Kiyone Kotetsu's assistant and went on a mission to the World of the Living.
During her time in the Squad Thirteen, she became friends with Kaien. One day, seeing that she was gloomy, Kaien told her that as long as she is in his Division, he would stand by her even if he died. They were interrupted by the drunk Kiyone and Sentaro Kotsubaki who tried to encourage her. Kaien mentored Rukia, teaching her how to fight. Their first training location was Mount Koifushi of Hokutan, the 3rd district of the West Rukon District, where Kaien taught her about the concept of the heart. He was present when she learned her Shikai's first two "dances".
Rukia greatly admired Kaien's wife, 3rd Seat Miyako Shiba. She aspired to be like her one day. When Miyako was killed by a Hollow, Rukia, Kaien and Jushiro Ukitake went to its lair. She offered to go first in order to scout out its abilities, but Kaien asked to face the Hollow alone. When its special ability destroyed Kaien's Zanpakutō, Rukia attempted to help but was stopped by Ukitake. He told her that Kaien's fight was one of honor rather than a fight for his life. If she were to help, Kaien's life would be saved but his honor would be forever damaged. After protesting about this, Rukia reluctantly obeyed his order. However, the Hollow entered Kaien's body and possessed him.
The Hollow attempted to attack Rukia, but Ukitake blocked it and sent Rukia away as he fought it. Afraid to fight it, she obeyed, but she came back because she wished to help Kaien and was afraid to face her cowardice in future. As it leapt at her, she noted that it was no longer Kaien. Unable to bear seeing him like that, she stabbed Kaien. He thanked Rukia and apologized for dragging her into it. Kaien then died in Rukia's arms. Rukia brought the corpse to the Shiba Clan estate but was afraid to apologize since she felt guilty about her role in Kaien's death.
Forty years after her adoption into the Kuchiki family, Kiyone and Sentarō informed Rukia that she had been assigned to the World of the Living. Rukia thought this was a transfer order, which Kiyone denied, reminding her of her previous mission to the Human World, which Rukia still failed to remember. Ukitake told her that she was being assigned to Karakura Town for one month, which should be easy for her. Rukia thanked him for telling her. Ukitake asked if she had told Byakuya about it, but she replied that he would not wish to be bothered with such a minor thing. Ukitake offered to tell him for her, for which Rukia thanked him.
Powers & Abilites
- Kido Expert:
- Expert Swordsman:
- Flash Steps Expert: