Neliel Tu Oderschvank
|Neliel Tu Oderschvank|
|Previous arrancar rank||No. 3 (Espada)|
|First Appearance||Anime: Episode 145|
Manga: Chapter 245
Neliel Tu Oderschvank (shortened Nel Tu or just Nel) is the former Tercera Espada in Aizen's army of arrancars. She debuts in the Bleach anime and manga series as a rambunctious arrancar child living in the deserts of Hueco Mundo with her adoptive brothers, Dondochakka and Pesche (Nel's former fracción), and their pet Bawabawa.
As a child, Nel appears as a short kindergarten aged girl with short green hair, large brown eyes, and a magenta colored mark going across her face just below her eyes. She also has a large scar, left there by Nnoitra, running down the middle of her forehead. The remainder of her hollow mask is a cartoonish skull with a crack atop her head, and her clothing only consist of green rags, which in her adult form tears to form a top and skirt. In her original form, Nel takes on the figure of a slender, well-endowed young woman. Her hair extends down to her hips and her mask has a more refined appearance, gaining two curved horns. On her back is a large number "3" tattoo, signifying her former status as the third Espada. Like her successor, the location of Nel's hollow hole, albeit being almost completely bare in her rags and resurrección, remains unknown.
In her child form, Nel is very jovial, affectionate, and rambunctious. She speaks with speech impediments, pronouncing names like Ichigo "Itsygo." Despite her erratic speech pattern, she's also unusually knowledgeable of things that children her age normally wouldn't understand, such as calling her uvula a "throat penis" and calling herself a masochist. Nel had developed a fear of soul reapers and claimed that they were the evil ones. Nevertheless, she has grown increasingly attached to Ichigo and has developed a child-like crush on him.
In her adult form, Nel becomes much more mature, logical, composed, and intelligent than in her child form. However, she is still jovial and very compassionate, especially towards Ichigo. Nel has a strong warrior ethic, stating that fighting out of contempt, prejudice, or self-gratification is merely instinctual and animalistic, therefore making one unworthy of being a warrior. Her personality and principles, however, contradicts her very being as her current state was born out of an instinctual lust for the slaughter and consumption of other souls. Nevertheless, Nel represents an oddity among hollows as she doesn't believe in killing others for the aforementioned reasons. She's also one of few Espada who exhibits honorable actions by refraining from finishing off weaker or incapacitated opponents as well or stopping when an opponent is rendered unable to fight. Nel is also very pacifistic, and refused to engage in combat even during her status as the third highest ranking Espada unless out of self-defense or for the protection of others. It is for this reason that Pesche and Dondochakka were satisfied with continuing their lives outside Las Noches with Nel having no recollection of her background.