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One who possesses reason should require a reason to fight.
~ Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck.

Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck is the former Tres (three) Espada. She is also known as Nel Tu, and she is a small, good-natured, childlike Arrancar. She lives in the desert of Hueco Mundo with her adoptive brothers and former Fracción, Dondochakka Birstanne and Pesche Guatiche, and their pet, Bawabawa. She is the archenemy of Nnoitra Gilga (who is responsible that she turned into a child after he severely damaged her head).

She was voiced by Tomoko Kaneda (Japanese) and by Colleen O'Shaughnessey (English).


Nelliel is a female Arrancar that has hazel eyes and short green hair. In her child form, her eyes are incredibly wide, the canines on her lower jaw are larger than usual, and the remains of her Hollow mask make up a cartoon-like skull which sits on the top of her head. A crack runs along the left side of the mask and four teeth on the left side of the skull are broken off. She has a large scar coming down from her forehead to her nose, this was inflicted by Nnoitra. She also has a crimson line that stretches horizontally across her face below her eyes. Her clothing consists of a simple green gown with a hood which covers her entire body.

Her true form is that of a fully-grown curvaceous and well-endowed adult with long waving greenish-blue hair, retaining similar features to her child form, including the scar and the crimson line that runs across her face, but her bottom canines aren't quite as pronounced. Her gown is now torn into a skirt and a top, connected with a single strip across her abdomen. Her skull mask also differs slightly; its features appearing sharper and less cartoonish with a pair of curved horns, but still missing some of its teeth. A large "3" is tattooed on her back, indicating that she was the former 3rd Espada.

Upon regaining her adult form thanks to Urahara's bracelet device, Nelliel attire is more fur like. She has shoulder pads and fur gauntlets with gloves. She wears a thin armor that covers her chest with the rest covering her upper body up to her thighs and socks up to her knees.


Nel's appearance is in stark contrast to her vocabulary, which contains a number of bizarre phrases and words one wouldn't expect such a small child to know, such as calling her uvula a "throat penis" and referring to herself as a masochist. Ichigo Kurosaki assumes her Hollow companions are responsible for this. During her group's super sentai intro she prefers the name "Thieves: Nel-Don-Pe." She also seems to speak with a lisp in her child form, frequently pronouncing "S"s as "T"s. Nel and her companions also represent oddities among Hollows; though most Hollows are evil, Nel actually fears Shinigami, assuming that they are, in fact, the evil ones.

Despite believing that Shinigami are evil, Nel develops an attachment to Ichigo and follows him into Las Noches. And when she returns to her physical form, despite growing up physically, she somehow retains her child-like affection over Ichigo, best-shown when she unexpectedly bear-hugged him after attacking Nnoitra without realizing that Ichigo was losing consciousness (although the anime's flashback of Nel's accident suggested that she was always somewhat childish outside of combat).

As Nelliel, she is much more mature, composed, logical, sophisticated, and intelligent than her child form. She is also relatively level-headed in terms of how to fight, stating that if one's excuse for a battle is to fight out of hatred, prejudice, or simple competition, as Nnoitra does, then it is merely instinctual and animalistic, and that it makes the challenger look "childish," "unworthy," and "not much of a warrior". Though Nelliel has proven during her last few minutes as a full-fledged Espada that it is 'acceptable' when it involves vengeance, she does not view even that as a reason to fight. Unlike many of the Arrancar, Nelliel is somewhat pacifistic, and according to her Fracción, has despised engaging in combat even when she was still among the upper ranks of the Espada, unless it involves self-defense and protecting those dear to her heart. It is for this reason that Pesche and Dondochakka decided to simply be content with her child form and banished themselves from Las Noches. She refuses to finish off weaker or injured opponents, and will stop fighting them once they've been disabled or incapacitated, a trait shared with Kenpachi Zaraki.

As witnessed during her numerous fights with Nnoitra, Nelliel's shown to be relatively calm and silent when fighting, preferring to speak only when spoken to, a rather uncommon trait among most Arrancar. She is even shown to enjoy reading, usually seen reading a book after her missions or after waiting for Nnoitra to wake up after their recent battle.

Nelliel's also shown to be a loyal, respectful, and trustworthy warrior, who will diligently follow the orders of her commander, provided said commander has proven his worth. She's also knowledgeable, analytical, easygoing, fairly compassionate (usually towards her friends), humorous in her own right, and exhibits a cheerful, energetic demeanor when off-duty.

Powers & Abilities

Child Form

Nel Shower Neru Shawā): Nel's saliva seems to possess some weak form of healing power. She activates it by reaching into her mouth and massaging her uvula, causing her to vomit. The vomit has a similar appearance to saliva, leading her to believe that it is.

Cero Doble: A unique ability where Nel swallows an enemy's Cero and fires it back, with a force exceeding that of the original blast. This ability is indicated by the eyes on her skull mask glowing. Unlike in her original form, Nel does not mix the swallowed Cero with her own; instead, she simply sends it back. While her child form severely limits her Arrancar powers, she is still able to absorb and redirect a Cero blast from a Privaron Espada-class Arrancar in its released form, though the effort seems to tire her immediately.

Chōkasoku Super Acceleration): She can accelerate her movements with what appears to be a rudimentary form of Sonído. When she uses this Sonído form, her mask's eyes glow.

Original Form

Master Swordsman: As a former Espada, Nelliel has a great deal of experience in fighting, showing hardly any effort in her advanced use of swordsmanship. Her body flows elegantly when engaging in combat, so finely tuned that she can stop her attacks at a moment's notice, and subsequently execute lethal attacks with absolute precision. She easily defeated Nnoitra, who is a highly proficient swordsman in his own right, several times.

Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Even without the aid of her Zanpakutō, Nelliel has shown herself to be quite a skilled fighter. During her battle against Nnoitra, she was able to skillfully dodge and counter his attacks. She also used her swordsmanship in conjunction with her hand-to-hand combat skills.

Sonído Master: Her speed has greatly increased as well, fitting with her former position. She was able to repeatedly sneak up on and effortlessly avoid Nnoitra with her speed. She easily transported the badly hurt Ichigo to a safer place during one of Nnoitra's attacks.

Cero Doble: She retains her attack absorption ability in her original form, but now performs it with greater ease. According to Nnoitra, Nelliel's specialty is to absorb an incoming Cero and fire one of her own while returning it, thus creating a potent Cero Doble, sero dōburu, Spanish for "Double Zero," Japanese for "Heavy Performance Hollow Flash"). In her original form, the force(s) of the Cero Doble is augmented greatly, since she rebounds the attack while blending it with her own Cero, drastically increasing its power.

Hierro: Nelliel, while in her original form, Nel has Hierro befitting the strength of an Espada. It is strong enough to allow Nelliel to counter Nnoitra's blade with a kick and show no signs of injury.

Enhanced Strength: Her strength is greatly increased, fitting with her former position. With her great physical strength, Nelliel can fend off attacks from gigantic weapons like Nnoitra's, launch her opponent several meters away with a single punch, and effortlessly slice through the Hierro of an Espada-level Arrancar opponent with one swing of her Zanpakutō. She is also capable of stopping Nnoitra's Cero barehanded.

Immense Spiritual Power: As the former third Espada, Nelliel has a grand amount of spiritual energy, powerful enough for her Fracción to sense it from a large distance. Renji even stated that her spiritual power was close to Ichigo's, confusing the two for a moment.

High Intellect: While in her original form, she is shown to be quite intelligent. Having a great understanding of combat and its forms, and the methods behind an opponent's skill and intentions, she can discern personalities easily. She also has a philosophy on life that provides a code of honor, respect, and mercy. However, her childlike antics can sometimes block her intelligence. At one point, she latched onto Ichigo, who was clearly injured, to the point where he passed out, then latched onto him again.


Gamuza, Gamyūsa; Spanish for "Chamois", Japanese for "Antelope Knight"): Her Zanpakutō has a green sheath, a light green hilt, and a tsuba that resembles a pair of crescent moons joined together at the back.

  • Resurrección: Its release command is "Declare". Nel holds her Zanpakutō up in front of her horizontally and calls out its release command. The Zanpakutō glows as a hazy smoke emanates from it. She calls out the name of her Zanpakutō, and the glow intensifies into a huge burst of spiritual energy that covers the surrounding area. In her new form, Nel takes the form of a brownish-green ibex-like centaur, complete with a black horse's tail. Her Hollow mask's horns become longer and more curved, and also extend slightly, framing the sides of her face, particularly the cheeks. The crack on her mask also closes up, although the missing teeth remain. Her shoulders are covered by white spaulders that come across her shoulder blade to her neck. She has white elbow guards and white gauntlets. The parts of her arm that aren't covered by armor are covered by a black material, which also covers her hands. There is a white ring at the base of her tail. Gamuza itself transforms into a double-sided lance. She is one of the few Arrancar known to have a weapon after her release (the releases of most Arrancar de-materialize their weapons upon release). These features grant her the overall appearance of a medieval knight or jouster.
  • Resurrección Special Ability: The only attack she has used in this form so far is Lanzador Verde. The full extent of Gamuza's abilities are still unknown.
  • Enhanced Strength: While in her released form, her might increases further.
  • Enhanced Spiritual Power: While in her released state, her spiritual power increases significantly.
  • Lanzador Verde, ransadōru verude; Spanish for "Green Lancer," Japanese for "Jade Lance"): Nel throws her lance at her opponent with extreme speed. As it travels through the air, it begins to spin and build up spiritual energy. When it reaches its target, it acts as a drill, inflicting extreme piercing damage. The technique is powerful enough to push back Nnoitra and break his Zanpakutō, which he was using to block the attack.


Ichigo Kurosaki

At first, when they met, while she was still a child, after Nel discovered he was a Shinigami, Nel was scared considering him a bad guy (which is ironic giving Hollows are the bad ones). She then tricks him in wanting to play "eternal tag" with him but after he saves her from a larger Hollow Nel warms up to him and gains a crush on him, which can be considered odd due to Shinigami's and Hollows being mortal enemies. She even clings to him a lot and asked Rukia Kuchiki "what's your welationship with Itsugo?". Even after Ichigo told her to not follow him into Las Noches, Nel wanted to stay with him while crying hysterically and clinging to him and happy that he later (albeit begrudgingly) gave her a piggy back ride.

Nel following Ichigo was actually a wise move as the latter was able to save him from his fight with Dordoni and heal him with her "Nel Shower" move. After his near death experience at the hands of Ulquiora, Nel cried uncontrollably begging Orihime to save him and cheered for him during his fight with Grimmjow while encouraging Orihime to do the same. Once Nnoitra showed up and revealed her status as a former Espada, Nel frantically denied everything to which Ichigo defended her without denying her. However, after seeing him get hurt by Nnoitra's foul play caused Nel to transform back into her adult form and regain her full memories. Nel then protects Ichigo while thanking him for protecting her after all this time and states she will protect him now. When Ichigo asks if they are still friends, Nel wholeheartedly agrees before resuming the fight with Nnoitra.

Even after regaining her memories and adult form, Nel still maintains her childlike crush on Ichigo and comically gives him a bear hug to the point he passes out due to her monstrous strength in her adult form to which Orihime had to stop her from nearly killing him.

17 months later, Nel, as a child again, traveled to the human world and begged Ichigo to help her save Dondachaka from the Vandenriech. Ichigo and his friends agreed to help her and ventured into Hueco Mundo to stop the Quincy's while entrusting her care to Orihime. After Urahara designed an bracelet that allows her to maintain her adult for whenever she wants, she happily tackled Ichigo after reuniting with him and gave him a bear hug like previously. Afterwards, along side Grimmjow, she allied with ichigo and his group to stop Juhabach from destroying the world.

Orihime Inoue

At first Nel didn't really know her but, seeing she has healing abilities, tearfully begged her to save Ichigo from his fight with Ulquiora. After seeing her scared face after looking at Ichigo's Hollow mask, Nel told her to cheer for him to while asking why she's afraid of him even though he's fighting for her. She told her that though he's using that mask it must be hurting him but he's still fighting for her even after getting beaten up. With those words, Orihime realizes she's right and encourages Ichigo to fight Grimmjow and defeat him.

Since then, the two are close friends with Nel defending Orihime when Ichigo lifted her up and, after stating she's "not that heavy" she hits him in the groin stating that's no way to talk to a lady. After regaining her original adult form, Orihime seems to have gained a jealous side, as she blushed heavily on both occasion when Nel ran over to give Ichigo a big hug but frantically had to stop her from nearly killing him due to her enormous strength.

Much like Ichigo is so similar to Grimmjow, Nel is very similar to Orihime in terms of personality and appearance: the both have long wavy hair with very curvaceous and attractive figures and are kind, pacifistic, cheerful, up-beat, loyal and each have a sense of immaturity. In fact, the two could potentially be the best of friends with their closeness.

Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez

Grimmjow is a fellow Arrancar and former Espada like Nelliel. While in her child form, Nel was utterly terrified of his presence to the point she shook in fear in his presence. However, she recognizes his strength and skills, calling him Grimmjow-sama at the time. Grimmjow has no hesitation to snap at her if she irritates him as when she was crying over Ichigo's condition, he told her to shut up or he'd hurt her causing her to back away behind Orihime.

After regaining her original adult form, Nel no longer fears him to the point she puts him in his place stating she does not take orders from a lower ranking Espada. Grimmjow mocks her for that stating that since Aizen is gone numbers don't mean anything now and confidently wanted to prove he's stronger than her.

Regardless, unlike her nasty relationship with all the other Espada, it appears there is some degree of respect between the two of them as they both allied with Ichigo and his friends to defeat Juhabach and defend their home of Hueco Mundo. Also, unlike most characters, Grimmjow is the only one to call her by her full name rather than just Nel hinting at a more cordial relationship.

Nnoitra Gilga

Nnoitra was an Espada along side Nel when she was still a part of Aizen's army. At the time, he was ranked 8th and she was still the 3rd. Nnoitra constantly challenged her to prove men were superior to women in every way only for Nel to defeat her with minimal effort every time. Nel constantly disapproved of Nnoitra's crude violent and disrespectful behavior towards her and their kind in general and had no problem stating he was weaker than her at the time. Nnoitra, wanting to prove his superiority towards her and force her to fight him, he forcibly ripped her fraccion's masks off to goad her into fighting him. Nel, enraged at him hurting her friends willing chose to fight him. However, with the help of Szyael Apporo Granz, Nnoitra was able to trick Nel and gravely wound her on her head cracking her mask and leaving a permanent scar on her face. Afterwards, he through her out of Las Noches and laughed at her suffering at her turning into a child, promising he would become stronger than her when they meet.

Upon reuniting several years later, Nnoitra mocked her child form and did not hesitate to kick her in her child form to prove his superiority. However, Once Nel returned to her adult form, the battle turned to her favor and began brutally assaulting Nnoitra for harming Ichigo and Orhime with his foul trickery. She then released her Zanpakuto and easily defeated him, but the massive energy from her release caused her to return into a child. However, she was saved by the timely arrival of Kenpachi Zaraki who would later finish the fight with Nnoitra and kill him. As he died, Nel regained her memories and looked at Nnoitra one last time before he died.

Pesche, Dondachaka and Bawabawa

Pesche, Dondachaka and Bawabara are Nelliel's Fraccion and, unlike most Espada's relationship with their Fraccion, Nelliel deeply cares for them which is reciprocated in kind by them. Also, Nel has a very casual relationship with them as apposed to most others. After she was turned into a child by Nnoitra with no memories, Pesche and Dondachaka resolved to protect her even at the cost of her life, believing this was a blessing due to her pacifistic nature and hatred of fighting. Since then, the duo pretended to be her "brothers" and play whatever games she wants while secretly training to protect her when the time comes.

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