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Origin

Soi Fon grew up in the Soul Society as Shaoilin Fon (蜂 梢綾(フォン シャオリン)). As a child from the House of Fon, she was the youngest of six. The Fon house served the Shihoin noble house for nine generations. A family of executioners and assassins. She abandoned the name Shaolin and took the name Soi Fon, the name used by her grandmother. All five of her brothers died in their service, and while she did mourn their passing. She was also ashamed at their lack of strength.

During her time among the Onmitsukidō (隠密機動), she was selected to be the direct subordinate and chief of guard of Yoruichi Shihoin. Yoruichi would adopted Soi Fon as her protege, an unheard of honor beforehand and one that Soi Fon initially found very hard to accept. Even in battle, she was happy to be by Yoruichi's side. This made it even more devastating for her when Yoruichi betrayed and left the Soul Society to save her friend Kisuke Urahara.

Creation

BLEACH Vol. 10 JPN (Nov 2003)

Soi Fon (砕蜂(ソイフォン), Soifon) is a supporting character of the BLEACH series that was created by Tite Kubo, It first began serialization Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in August 2001. She was first introduced during the Soul Society: The Sneak Entry story arc that began in Volume 9.

She first appeared in BLEACH Volume 10, CH. 81 "Twelve Tone Rendezvous".

Her first appearance in character popularity polls was in the 2nd poll that was released in Volume 13. She ranked 44th place with only 29 votes. In the 3rd poll published with Ch. 214, she jumped to 16th place with 1628 votes. In the 4th poll published with Ch. 307, she fell to 25th place with 1228 votes. In a popularity poll of character's Zanpakutō published with CH. 348, Soi Fon's's Suzumebachi ranked 15th. In the Best Bout poll published with Ch. 392, her fight against Yoruichi ranked 9th, and the result was called "Big Boobs vs. Small Boobs".

Character Evolution

" I have no interest in whether it is right or wrong. All I care about is executing orders as a captain of the Gotei 13. All who get in my way are my enemies. All enemies must be slain. That is all that matters. "

Soi Fon - "BLEACH" Vol. 16 Ch. 138

Soi Fon character sheet in BLEACH: MASKED

In the original Japanese version of BLEACH, Soi Fon's name is romajinized as "Sui-Feng". Her name comes from the Pinyin transliteration of Mandarin Chinese. This is seen in the contents of the BLEACH: Official Character Book 2 MASKED. When she first appeared in the manga, Soi Fon didn't have her pair of long braids covered in white ribbons. The ribbons don't appear until Vol. 12 Ch. 99.

Major Story Arcs

Soul Society: The Sneak Entry Arc

Soi Fon was summoned to a meeting of the 13 Court Guard captains after the arrest of Rukia Kuchiki. Chief-Commander Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryusai announced that the Soul Society had been infiltrated by four humans. One using the powers of a Soul Reaper.

Soul Society: The Rescue Arc

Soi Fon faces Yoruichi

Soi Fon's lieutenant, Marechiyo Omaeda, talked about the rumors how the execution of Rukia might not be legitimate, but she was only concerned with the orders. When the Sokyoku was destroyed by captains Ukitake and Kyouraku, Soi Fon attacked Ukitake's lieutenant, but she was pulled off Sokyoku Hill by a masked person, who was later revealed to be Yoruichi.

In the battle in to forest, Soi Fon released the shikai of Suzumebachi on Yoruichi. Though her former commander had seemed to lose no speed in her century in hiding. Soi Fon thought she could defeat her with a technique she had been developing, but she had yet to give it a name. However, Yoruichi was already familiar with this skilled, becasue she had already developed the technique and named it shunkō. Unable to win against her mentor, Soi Fon broke down and eventually asked why Yoruichi hadn't taken her with her.

With their battle was over, Aizen was revealed to be alive. He had manipulated the whole situation, murdered the Central 46, and was helped by Gin Ichimaru and Kaname Tousen. It was all the claim the Hogyoku trapped in Rukia's fake Gigai form. Yoruichi and Soi Fon tried to capture them, but he and his allies escaped through a portal to Hueco Mundo, the Hollow's world. With the betrayal revealed, the humans were able to leave as allies for the battle with Aizen to come.

Arrancar Arc

Soi Fon was once again summoned to a captain's meeting to discuss the appearance of powerful humanoid Hollow's called Arrancar. Several Gotei 13 lieutenants were sent to Earth under the command of Captain Hitsugaya.

Fake Karakura Town Arc

To undermine Aizen's plan to destroy Karakura Town to create the King's Key, the real town was transported to the Soul Society with its people, and a fake was put in its place. Soi Fon was among the 13 Court Guard captains to join the the battle with Aizen and his Espada. She she battled against Ggio Vega. In their fight, Soi Fon refused to fall for Ggio's taunts, but this had the reverse effect of making him angry. She ultimately destroyed him by striking him twice with Suzumebachi twice, though it appears as if it was a single hit.

With Ggio Vega dead, Soi Fon and Omeda then fought against Barragan Luisenbarn, the Segunda Espada. With his ability to control age, Soi Fon was unable to hit him. The attacks would slow just before impact. As he then touched her left shoulder, she felt the bones break in her arm. When Barragan released his zanpakutō, the same arm was rotting to the bone. She ordered Omeda to cut on her left arm before the infection could spread to her entire body.

She then had Omeda distract him while she prepared her bankai. Though she struck him with the powerful missile, Barragan was still alive as the dust cleared. Once the Visored joined the battle, Hachigen Ushōda created a barrier around Barragan to condense the force of Soi Fon's bankai. This still failed to kill him. He was ultimately defeated as Hachigen transported his own age infected arm into the belly of Barragan, and he fell victim to his own power.

Soi Fon, and the rest of the Captains, attacked Aizen together. This was to give Ichigo Kurosaki an opening to strike. She attacked as a distraction for Hitsugaya to freeze Aizen, but he escaped attack and struck them all down. Aizen was ultimately defeated by Kurosaki, at the cost of his Soul Reaper powers.

The Thousand-Year Blood War Arc

Soiu Fon's bankai is stolen

The Soul Society suddenly came under attack from a force of Quincy calling themselves the Vandenreich, with an ability to steal and seal away a Soul Reaper's bankai. In this battle against Stern Ritter, Soi Fon purposefully sacrificed her bankai to discover the method of how it was done.

Powers & Abilities

Soi Fon's Battle Data

Soi Fon is the Captain of the 2nd Division in the Gotei 13 and the leader of the Onmitsukidō. She possesses various abilities in combat.

  • Hakuda (白打, hakuda): Hakuda is one of the four forms of martial-arts that is taught within the Soul Society. Only masters of this technique are accepted among the Onmitsukidō. Soi Fon's skill is what caught Yoruichi's attention.
  • Flash Step (瞬歩, shunpo): Flash Step is a high speed technique used by the Soul Reapers. Soifon is most likely the fastest captain currently in the 13 Court Guard, second to Yoruichi. She can use this to form visual clones of herself, and a super speed technique call Utsusemi (空蝉). This creates such a sudden burst of speed that it leaves a tangible after-image behind.
  • Kidō (鬼道, kidō): Kidō is a form of demon magic that is used in combat by the Soul Reapers. There are two forms of Kidō. Hadō for direct attacks, and Bakudō for support. Soi Fon is trained in these techniques, but it's among her lower ranked skills.
  • Shunkō (瞬閧, shunkō): The shunkō technique is an advanced technique that combines both Kidō and Hakuda martial-arts. Kidō is directed into the body to boost physical power. Though she developed this technique on her own, Yoruichi had developed this earlier but still hasn't mastered it.

Weapons & Equipment

Zanpakutō

The zanpakutō is the primary weapon of all Soul Reapers. Upon entering the academy, all Soul Reapers are given an Asauchi (浅打ち, asauchi), a base and nameless zanpaktō. The Soul Reaper imparts part of their very soul onto the blade. Soi Fon's zanpaktō is named Suzumebachi (雀蜂, Suzumebachi). This is likely in reference to her very hierarchical and 'wasplike' view of society and rules and regulations, as well as her waspish temperament. As a normal sword it appears as a Wakazashi with a hilt that looks akin to a chinese Dao sword.

Zanpaktō have three separate forms, but the final two can only be obtained through strict training. Not every Soul Reaper is capable of activating the final two forms.

Shikai

Shikai form

Shikai is the first of the seals on a zanpaktō. Activating this power is gained by learning the name of the sword. This is done through extensive training. Upon speaking the name of the zanpaktō, it will take on a new form with unique abilities.

The release command is "Sting all Enemies to Death" (尽敵螫殺, Jinteki Shakusetsu). Suzumebachi's shikai form is of a gauntlet over the right arm and and a piercing stinger over the middle finger.

  • Shikai Special Ability: A special ability of Suzumebachi in shikai is called Nigeki Kessatsu (弐撃決殺). Once an opponent is struck by the stinger on Soi Fon's hand, a mark known as Bee Crest Flower (蜂紋華, hōmonka) will appear on the body. If Soi Fon strikes this mark a second time, it will kill the opponent instantly. It does this by spreading a powerful venom throughout body of the target. The entire body of the target is completely obliterated.
  • Counter-Poison: Suzumebachi's venom can also be used as an anti-venom by Soi Fon by stabbing herself.

Bankai

Bankai Form: Jakuhō Raikōben

Bankai is the final seal of the zanpaktō. This can only be performed using extensive training that can take years. Releasing this form will also imbue the soul reaper who can use it with enhanced abilities. Use of bankai is one of the requirements of being promoted to captain in the 13 Court Guards.

Suzumebachi's bankai is known as Jakuhō Raikōben (雀蜂雷公鞭, jakuhō raikōben). Suzumebachi takes the form of large armor that covers Soifon's entire right arm and a face shield that covers the right side of her face. Though the power of this form is highly destructive, Soi Fon is reluctant to ever use it. This is becasue she perfers to specialize in covert operations, and the power of Jakuhō Raikōben is far from subtle.

  • Bankai Special Ability: The spear that covers Sio Fon's right arm is actually a high explosive missile. Once launched the missle adopts fins that assists it in the aim of target. The impact is a devastating explosion of spirit energy. The magnitude of the blast is so great it leaves Soi Fon drained and exhausted. She can fire no more than three missiles within a day.

Ginjōtan

The Ginjōtan (銀条反) is a steel sash worn under armor. While the weight does hinder the wearer from movement. The tremendous recoil produced by using her Bankai requires that Soi Fon be anchored to something secure using this sturdy fabric.

Statistics

Birthday: 11 February

Hair: Black

Eyes: Khaki Green

Height: 5'0" (150cm)

Weight: 83lbs

Other Media

Anime

BLEACH (2004)

Soi Fon manga to anime Comparisons

The BLEACH animated series is a direct adaptation of Tite Kubo's original manga. It's produced by Studio Pierrot and first began airing in October 5, 2004. Soi Fon's r first anime appearance was in BLEACH - Episode 24 "Assemble! The 13 Division", which aired on March 22, 2005. Her character in the Japanese series has two voice actresses. The first actress was Tomoko Kawakami (Ep. 24-182) and was later replaced by Hōko Kuwashima (Ep. 206+). The U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is performed by Karen Strassman.

In the original anime that aired in Japan of Tite Kubo's BLEACH series, alterations were added to Soi Fon's backless outfit that was exposed during her fight with Yoruichi in the Soul Society Arc. A white undershirt was added to cover the sides of her breasts and back. This alteration was also made to Yoruichi's's clothes and this change has persisted throughout the production of the anime in Japan. Similar changes were also made to other female character's provocative manga designs, such as Tier Harribel.

Movies

Games

As a series based mainly on fighting and battles, Soi Fon has made numerous playable appearances in the BLEACH series of games.

(For a full list of games that feature Soi Fon, see her profile on Giant Bomb. HERE)

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