|Occupation(s)||Shinigami – 13th Division|
high school student
|First Appearance||(Manga): Volume 1, Chapter 1|
(Anime): Episode 1
|Zanpakuto||Sode no Shirayuki|
Rukia Kuchiki is a shinigami in the 13th Division under Jūshirō Ukitake of the Gotei 13. She is the sister-in-law, later adoptive sister of Byakuya Kuchiki, the captain of the 6th Division, and a member of the noble Kuchiki family. On an assignment in the world of the living, she meets Ichigo Kurosaki and through a series of circumstances ends up turning him into a shinigami, thus drastically changing both his and her own destiny. Since then, she has acted as the primary liaison between Ichigo and Soul Society should a spiritual phenomenon or enemy threaten both Soul Society and Karakura Town.
Rukia has quite a dynamic personality which comes as a result of being a talented actress. At the onset of the series, she comes across as grim, somber, and stoic, which she generally maintains throughout the series whenever placed in a dire situation, engaged in combat, or in the presence of superiors. However, when attending school with Ichigo or interacting with her classmates, she quickly changes her demeanor to that of a frolicky teenaged girl.
Rukia appears as teenaged girl with a petite physique. She has big violet eyes and short black hair. Her most striking feature is the strand of hair that falls in the middle of her face, which she somehow manages to keep tucked neatly between her eyes at all times. She generally has a dead serious expression, though she can easily change it being a talented actress.