|Shikai Release Command||Hoero|
|Occupation||Lieutenant of the 6th Division|
Abarai Renji is from the 78th district of Rukongai and lived there as an orphan with other orphans including Kuchiki Rukia. Life was hard for the orphans with a lack of food, water, and diseases. All of the orphans died besides Renji and Rukia and they decided to become Shinigami and joined the Shinigami Academy.
In the academy, Renji became close with later lieutenants Kira Izuru and Hinamori Momo. The three became part of the 5th Division under Captain Aizen Sosuke. They were eventually split up when Hinamori became the Vice-Captain of the 5th division and Kira became the Vice-Captain of the 3rd division. Renji was moved into the 11th division led by Captain Zaraki Kenpachi. In the 11th division Renji learned how to become a better fighter from Madarame Ikkaku.
Renji was later moved into the 6th division under Captain Kuchiki Byakuya and became Byakuya’s Vice-Captain. Renji’s goal is to one-day defeat Byakuya, but has been unsuccessful twice, even using his bankai in one of the fights.
Renji has a very unique appearance compared to most of the characters. His body is covered with tribal tattoos. When Renji first joined the Shinigami Academy he had no tattoos, but added them during his time in the Gotei 13. He has crimson hair kept up in a ponytail with a headband.
 Powers & Abilities
Zabimaru (loosely "snake tail") is the first zanpakutō in Bleach that had its shikai unveiled. In its sealed state, it appears as a normal katana with a dark red hilt and a rectangular guard. In shikai, Zabimaru changes into longer, segmented sword; each segment is progressively longer from the hilt and contains a pick-like protrusion at its end. The segments are attached to each other by extendable threads, which allows the blade to stretch to incredible lengths. Though it is designed to be used as a whip, Zabimaru also functions very well as a regular sword.
- Bankai: Renji's bankai is called Hihiō Zabimaru ("Baboon King Snake Tail"). Its form is an enlarged version of Zabimaru's shikai, however resembling the skeletal structure of a snake with crimson hair on the skull. Renji also gains a fur coating which completely covers his right arm along with a baboon's skull on the left shoulder. Unlike shikai, the joints of the blade are connected by Renji's spiritual power, thus making it easy for Renji to separate and reattach them at will, which is also the basis for one of Zabimaru's signature techniques. Nevertheless, Zabimaru in this state doesn't necessarily cut, but it is rather used for smashing objects and catching opponents in its fangs and crushing them. Because of its size and nature, Hihiō Zabimaru is a more difficult bankai to master compared to others.
- Special Abilities: Zabimaru's signature technique is called higa zekkō (lit. "bite of the baboon's broken fang"). In the attack, Renji disjoints Zabimaru's segments and surrounds his opponent with them using his spiritual power, allowing him to execute an omnidirectional assault on a target. Though this technique can be easily executed in bankai, it can only be used in shikai when Zabimaru's segments are forcefully ripped apart since they are linked by threads rather than spiritual power. Subsequently, the technique also causes damage to Zabimaru itmself. With experience, Renji managed to refine the technique by using his spiritual power to sharpen the segments and thus increase the attack's power. After Renji became more proficient at using bankai, Zabimaru gained a second technique called hikōtsu taihō (lit. "baboon bone cannon"), in which a powerful concentrated blast of spiritual energy is fired from its mouth. The technique is taxing on Renji, as it drains a significant portion of his spiritual power.
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