Ulquiorra Cifer, the "Cuarta Espada"
Ulquiorra Cifer, the "Cuarta Espada"

Aliases: Ulquiorra Cifer ("Cifer" was commonly spelt as "Schiffer", at one point)

Origin: Bleach

Classification: Arrancar, "Cuarta Espada" of Hueco Mundo

Static Strength: Class G+ (Ulquiorra is much stronger than Vizard Ichigo in "Shikai", who was able to casually press up and collapse roughly 32,173 tons-force).

Dynamic Strength: Ranging from Class M to Class G (Ulquiorra is at least physically equal to "Hueco Mundo Arc" Kenpachi, who is much stronger than his "Sereitei Arc" self, who can slice a skyscraper-sized building in half. He is also easily capable of collapsing the several-hundred meter tall quartz-based pillars in "Hueco Mundo" with a single strike. A simple sword-swing by "Murciélago" Ulquiorra, directed at Ichigo at point-blank range, was able to easily collapse a 100 ton+ fragment of a quartz-based pillar).

Combat Speed: Hypersonic+ ("Murciélago" Ulquiorra performs a combat-speed feat that ranges from Mach 6 to Mach 13).

Travel Speed: Subsonic+, possibly as high as hypersonic (bare minimum for "flash step"-related techniques is "faster than the eye can see" movement).

Destructive Capabilities: Kiloton-level ("Murciélago" Ulquiorra's "Cero Oscuras" managed to destroy roughly 40 cityblocks worth of surface area, and "Lanza del Relámpago" is even more powerful and of a wider area-of-effect).

Durability: At least Class M, possibly Class G (physically); Between Weaponized TNT and kiloton-level (energy-wise); Unknown, but likely peak-human at bare minimum (temperature-wise).

Intelligence: Ulquiorra is a very perceptive and analytical individual, quickly deducing a description of Orihime Inoue's engimatic powers and being largely correct with his hypothesis (though possibly not completely so), as well as the massive fluctuation in Ichigo Kurosaki's energy-signature. Ulquiorra is a firm believer in the concept of "materialism" (i.e, if something cannot be related to through the senses, it does not exist). Ulquiorra, unlike many of his brethern, retains his calm and collected composure throughout combat, having only generated a reaction of anger or fustration once in the entire manga, enabling him to constantly attempt to keep ahead of his own opponent.

Weaknesses: Ulquiorra's high-speed regeneration, though potent, cannot restort internal organs if they are lost, and relies on spiritual energy to activate. Ulquiorra's "Lanza del Relámpago" has a very poor rate-of-accuracy if it is thrown and drains alot of energy from being used. Like most Bleach-verse characters, Ulquiorra cannot fly in an environment that is particularly dense with spiritual energy (though this can be nullified by the wings that he grows in both of his released states).

Notable Equipment: His zanpakutō, "Murciélago": in its sealed state, Ulquiorra's zanpakutō takes the form of a standard-sized katana with a green handle and sheath. The guard has two curved extensions from its long sides, with a line going through both sides to give it an eye-like appearance. When Ulquiorra enters his released states, his zanpakutō is replaced with elongated energy-javelins, that can either be used for close-quarters combat, or be thrown as a ranged-weapon.

"Murciélago", in its sealed form
"Murciélago", in its sealed form

Powers and Abilities: Super-strength, super-speed, super-durability, super-senses, regeneration ("level 4"), event-recording/replaying (through the destruction of his eyes), flight (in certain environments that are not dense in spiritual particles, like Earth), energy-projection (through the techniques "Bala", "Cero" and "Lanza del Relámpago"), trans-dimensional travel (through "Garganta"), dimension-dumping (through "Caja Negación"), energy-detection (through "Pesquisa").

Techniques:

- Garganta (Throat [Spanish]; Black Cavity [Japanese]): A special technique inherited by most high-level arrancar, Ulquiorra is able to disrupt the dimensional barriers within and between various realms (such as Hueco Mundo and the real-world), forming a tunnel of constantly whirring energy, capable of being formed into a pathway composed of spiritual particles with concentration on the user's half.

  • Garganta Broadcast: Ulquiorra has been shown able to create a visual broadcast, similar to a television screen, using individual "Garganta" portals.

- Caja Negación (Negation Box [Spanish]; Anti-Membrane of Negation [Japanese]): A variant of the "Gillian"-exclusive ability "Negación", "Caja Negación" can be used to imprison opponents within an alternate dimension for eternity. It is primarily used to punish arrancar subordinates. However, should the technique be used on a being of similar or greater power (a fellow "Espada", for example), then "Caja Negación" will eventually be overriden, usually within a few hours. All the "Espada" are capable of this (as stated by Grimmjow Jaquerjaques, the "Sexta Espada").

- Hierro (Iron [Spanish]; Steel Skin [Japanese]): It is the hardened skin of an arrancar, which is a result of their compressed spiritual power. While their skin is strong enough to block even released zanpakutō bare-handed, it is by no means impenetrable. Stronger arrancar have proportionally stronger skin. Even for his particular rank, it is implied that Ulquiorra has a remarkably high "hierro", being able to deflect a "Kuroi Getsuga Tenshō" with his bare-hands and recieving only a shallow cut from a full-power swing of "Tensa Zangetsu" of a near-equal Kurosaki Ichigo, among other incidents.

- Pesquisa (Inquiry [Spanish]; Probe Circuit [Japanese]): The arrancar equivalent to the "Shinigami" ability to sense energy. It functions similar to a sonar. Unlike most other "Espada", Ulquiorra can immediately detect the exact energy-level of his opponent, and even the opponent's current stability and flow of the aforementioned energy, with a single glance.

- Sonído (Sound [Spanish]; Sound Ceremony [Japanese]): The arrancar equivalent to the "flash-step (shunpo)" ability of the "Shinigami". It allows the user to travel at incredibly fast speeds for short distances. Unlike "Shunpo", which emits a "swish" noise when activated, "Sonído" generates a brief static sound when in use. Ulquiorra has demonstrated a high-degree of mastery over "Sonído", arguably putting him on a similar league to the "Top Three Espada" (Tia Harribel, Baraggan Luisenbarn and Coyote Starrk).

- Cero (Zero [Spanish]; Hollow Flash [Japanese]): A blast of highly concentrated spiritual energy fired at the opponent. The "Cero"'s most distinctive and traditional form is that of a generic red beam, fired from the hands or mouth of a "Menos"-class hollow or an arrancar. Ulquiorra's signature "Cero" (while in his sealed form) has a unique green coloration, compared to the typical red variety. Ulquiorra generally fires "Cero" from his fingers.

- Bala (Bullet [Spanish]; Hollow Bullet [Japanese]): An arrancar-exclusive technique, which is performed by the user hardening his spiritual energy and releasing it as a swift blast. While this technique only contains a fraction of the strength of "Cero", "Bala" is 20 times faster and can be fired in rapid-succession, akin to a machine-gun. Ulquiorra's "Bala" is red in color, is fired off with a swift and casual motion of the hand, and generates gaping holes in the victims without any explosive effect.

- Instant Replay: According to Ulquiorra: "His eyes see everything. Nothing can escape it. What it doesn't see doesn't exist". The actual function of this ability allows him to replay events he has seen to others by removing and crushing an eye, which then turns into dust and flows around those Ulquiorra intends to use it on. The dust apparently relays not only his sight, but also his feelings.

- High-Speed Regeneration: Ulquiorra can quickly regenerate any part of his body, including bruises, cuts, deep wounds and even lost limbs or appendages. However, he cannot recover damaged or lost internal-organs or the brain. This power also requires that he has sufficient spiritual energy.

- Murciélago (Bat [Spanish]; Black-Winged Great Demon [Japanese]): Ulquiorra's "Resurrección" state, sharing its name with his zanpakutō. Ulquiorra extends his right-arm forward, and points his blade slightly-downwards, before chanting the release command "tozase!" (or "Bind!"). At that point, "Murciélago" unleashes with a burst of spiritual energy that falls around Ulquiorra as black rain. In his released state, Ulquiorra becomes bat-like in appearance. While in this form he gains giant wings on his back, his hair becomes longer and wilder on the left-side of his head, and the remains of his Hollow mask centers atop his head, with two large horns extending outward to the sides towards the front. The lines on his face become broader and more triangular and his fingernails lengthen. His arrancar attire becomes more form-fitting and closed at the top, becoming more like a robe towards the bottom. In this form, he can use his wings for flight. Ulquiorra gains a noticeable increase in all physical attributes, as well as the ability to generate "energy-javelins" and the capability to fire "Cero Oscuras".

Ulquiorra Cifer, with "Murciélago" released
Ulquiorra Cifer, with "Murciélago" released

  • Javelin Generation: Ulquiorra is shown to have the ability to generate elongated energy-javelins. He uses them as ranged weapons, throwing them at an opponent, and as a mêlée weapon.

  • Cero Oscuras (Black Zero [Spanish]; Black Hollow Flash [Japanese]): It is a black "Cero", which Ulquiorra states to be similar to Ichigo's black "Getsuga Tenshō". This Cero presumably can only be used while he is in his released state. Ulquiorra's "Cero Oscuras" is powerful enough to destroy a large part of the city-sized "Las Noches" dome. Ulquiorra refers to it as "my Cero", implying that "Cero Oscuras" is unique to the "Cuarta Espada". While in his "Resurrección: Segunda Etapa" stage, Ulquiorra is able to compact the "Cero Oscuras" into roughly the size of a regular "Bala", managing to increase its speed, power and rate-of-fire, while simultaneously reducing its un-necessary destructive capability and the fatigue it generates upon Ulquiorra's energy-reserves.

- Resurrección: Segunda Etapa (Resurrection: Second Stage [Spanish]; Sword's Release: Second Level [Japanese]): An ability that is seemingly unique to Ulquiorra (and a trait that "even Aizen has not seen"), the "Cuarta Espada" can surpass his natural limits and ascend to a second level, massively increasing all of his physical and energy-based abilities. Ulquiorra refers to his second state as "True Despair", both before and after its release, because the immensely dense spiritual pressure it releases instills despair upon those around him. While he retains his black wings, his long white coat is gone, revealing a more defined musculature with his chest bare and his Hollow hole (which has become larger) dripping black, blood-like liquid. His waist becomes covered in something similar to black fur, which also covers his arms and legs. His fingers grow claw-like extensions and his feet become like talons. His irises of his eyes turn yellow while the sclera becomes green. The tear-like marks under his eyes increase and turn black. Ulquiorra's mask remains turn into two long horns, and the "#4" tattoo is no longer visible on his chest. He grows a very long and thin but powerful tail which is capable of being used as a weapon or to lift and strangle a victim. In addition to the increased attributes, "Segunda Etapa" Ulquiorra can now compact his "Cero Oscuras" into a technique that replicates a regular "Bala", with increased speed and power, along with an instantaneous rate-of-fire and lack of unnecessary environmental destruction, and also being capable of creating "Lanza del Relámpago".

Ulquiorra, in his "Resurrección: Segunda Etapa" form
Ulquiorra, in his "Resurrección: Segunda Etapa" form

  • Lanza del Relámpago (Lance of the Lightning [Spanish]; Lance of Thunder and Lightning [Japanese]): Ulquiorra creates a javelin-like weapon using his spiritual power, which he can use as a projectile or as a physical weapon. When thrown, it produces an incredibly-destructive explosion on impact, which dwarfs the fortress of "Las Noches" in height. Ulquiorra prefers to not use the attack at close range, most likely because the resulting blast would damage himself as well as "Las Noches". While he can use these spears in rapid-succession without a major energy deprevation, he has difficulty controlling their trajectory. Ulquiorra is also able to use this attack as a blade, which disintegrates material upon impact, and can also be quite effective at cutting. In the anime, Ulquiorra is also shown to be capable of using a lance in close-combat, fighting the evolved Hollow form of Ichigo Kurosaki with it.

Ulquiorra Cifer demonstrating "Lanza del Relámpago"
Ulquiorra Cifer demonstrating "Lanza del Relámpago"