|Aliases||"T" - The Thunderbolt|
|Manga||Bleach Chapter #544|
Candice Catnipp is a powerful member of the Sternritter, the elite fighting force of the Wandenreich Empire, with the designation of "T" - "The Thunderbolt"
Very little is currently known about Candices life prior to joining the Wandenreich. However at some point prior to the invasion of the Soul Society, Candice was inducted into the elite Sternritter commanding force and bestowed with the letter “T”, signifying her as “The Thunderbolt”, by the Quincy Emperor Yhwach.
Candice Catnipp is an antagonist of the BLEACH series that was created by Tite Kubo, It first began serialization Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in August 2001. She was first introduced during the The Thousand-Year Blood War Arc that began in Volume 55.
She first appeared in BLEACH Volume 61 CH. 544 "Walking With Watchers".
Candice is a very beautiful, tall and well-endowed woman, with a somewhat slender but curvy build and light coloured skin. Her hair rather long and is bright green in color. Notable facial features include small thunderbolt shaped eyebrows in keeping with her designation of “The Thunderbolt”, green coloured eyes and highly prominent eyelashes.
Her attire is a variation of the basic Sternritter officers uniform, sporting the white double-breasted jacket, which she ties up and leaves slightly unbuttoned in order to show off her prominent figure, cleavage and midriff, a pair of short-shorts, a small heart buckled black belt to hold them up, s small pair of ankle high white shoes and a standard white officers cap with the Wandenreich emblem emblazoned on the front of it.
Candice is implied to highly promiscuous, shown when Giselle states that she likes to have fun with the male underlings of the Wandenreich, this if further exemplified when she berates Bambietta for killing the good looking ones to relieve stress. While she was battling against Ichigo during the invasion, Candice was also shown to be quick to anger and appeared to be somewhat vain and narcissistic about her general appearance, getting very angry that it was ruined during their exchange.
Major Story Arcs
Thousand Years Blood War Arc
Candice first appears with the rest of Bambiettas squad of herself, Liltotto, Meninas and Giselle, shortly after Yhwach had announced Uryuu Ishida as his successor. The girls enter into Bambiettas room shortly after she had brutally murdered a young man in service to the Wandenreich for stress release, under the pretense of more explicit activities. Candice expressed her annoyance at Bambietta, noting that she only kills the attractive men. A small argument starts between her and Giselle over this before, Bambietta interrupts them both by blasting a hole through the wall near them, telling them to be quite. Candice inquires as to why she is worried, to which Bambietta states that she is worried about the current and future state of the Wandenreich.
She and the other ladies are not seen again until the second invasion of the Soul Society by the Wandenreich, when Candice is shown to be surprised by the sudden activation of her Quincy: Vollständig, even getting into a short argument with Giselle once more over its activation
Later on during the invasion, both she and the other ladies come across the defeated Bambietta at the hands of Sajin Komamura. As Bambietta pleads with them to assist her, Candice and the others watch as Giselle uses her ability to enslave Bambietta and turn her into one of the many undead in her service.
Both she and the girls are not seen again until Kenpachi Zaraki defeated Sternritter member Gremmy Thoumeaux, attacking his subordinates before attacking Kenpachi directly, due to him having sustained heavy damage from his last battle with Gremmy, making him an easy target for her. The battle between them and Kenpachi goes on for a while until they emerge victorious, and as they discuss how they should kill the defeated captain, they are stunned by a large explosion in the sky high above them. Turning around to look in the direction of the new threat, they watch as it crashes straight into a tower nearby, however they are surprised when the new threat instantly appears behind them, showing himself to be Ichigo Kurosaki, having come from the Soul King Palace to assist the Gotei 13 in the defense of the Soul Society.
Candice quickly attacks Ichigo as he talks with Kenpachi, but is swiftly and effortlessly thrown into a nearby building along with the rest of the girls, by the superior Ichigo. Candice becomes enraged by this, stating Ichigo ruined her appearance before she created her unique Reishi Bow and fired her Galvano Blast, which imparts 5 gigajoules of electricity into her target, straight at the shinigami. Ichigo however emerges unharmed, stating that he won’t have any trouble fighting them, much to her shock.
All of the other girls begin to launch attacks at Ichigo, but they fail to work, as they are one after another thrown into Candice. Once more Candice rises up and activates her Quincy: Vollständig in an effort to kill Ichigo, noting that Yhwach will grant her any wish she desires should she succeed in killing Ichigo. Attacking him head on with two reishi swords in the shape of lightning bolts, they clash with one another, causing Ichigo to note that the two of them are perfectly matched due to them both duel wielding. Candice takes the chance to reveal that she has six swords in total, before knocking Ichigo back and using her Galvano Javelin against him. However Ichigo casually counters it with a single Getsuga Tensho., causing Candice to activate and unleash her ability, Electrocution. However Ichigo once again counters this with his own new ability, Getsuga Jujisho.
Candice attempts to counter the Getsuga, ignoring Ichigos advice to simply dodge the attack, and loses one of her arms in the process. Calling for Giselle to recreate her arm with her ability “The Zombie”, Candice and the girls prepare to continue the battle against Ichigo, but they are all quickly pierced by Bazz-Bs Burner Finger 1. Shortly after this, Robert Accutrone, Pepe Waccabrada and NaNaNa Najahkoop appear along with Bazz-B, and the girls rise up and prepare to do battle against the shinigami 8 on 1. However before they get the chance to kill him, several other Shinigami appear in order to give Ichigo time to leave the field of battle and follow after Yhwach, who was leaving for the Soul King Palace. Candice and the others then charge head first into battle with the Shinigami in an effort to kill them. However shortly after Ichigos departure, Candice and a select few of the other Sternritter are defeated after an unseen battle with Byakuya Kuchiki.
Powers and Abilities
Candice is a powerful Quincy in service to the Wandenreich Empire and a member of the elite Sternritter. As such, she is highly skilled in both close and long range combat, utilizing a multitude of Reishi based weaponry to her advantage. Like most Quincy, Candice opts to use the standard Reishi Bow for long ranged encounters, firing basic Holy Arrows from it with great speed and destructive power, however she has also shown the ability to utilize her own ability “The Thunderbolt”, in with her Holy Arrows for devastating effect. “The Thunderbolt” itself was shown to allow Candice the ability to briefly turn herself into electricity in order to avoid attacks, shown when she avoided a surprise attack from Kenpachi by shifting herself and appearing behind him to counter. Like all Quincy, “The Thunderbolt” has become a staple in her fighting style, constantly using it to devastating effects,
Unlike most Quincy however, when using her Quincy: Vollständig, she is able to physically remove her own wings and duel-wield them as weapons for combat. Her makeshift swords are shaped like lightning bolts, and were strong enough that she was capable of clashing briefly with a newly empowered Ichigo Kurosaki after he had both his power and Shikai renewed by the Royal Guard. With Quincy: Vollständig she also displayed the usage of two other techniques such as Electrocution and Galvano Javelin, both techniques utilizing the power of her “The Thunderbolt” ability to create a powerful electric/lightning based attack that was able to match the power of a Getsuga Tensho from Ichigo.
Blut Vene - A skill inherently known by all pure blooded Quincy. By allowing reishi to flow through their veins, a Quincy is able to dramatically bolster their defence to levels where they are able to fend off direct attacks from a Captains Shikai. The defence is not completely absolute however, as sufficient power is able to tear through it, such as power from a Bankai or by a sufficiently powerful individual.
Blut Arterie - The counter to Blut Vene, a skill inherently known by all pure blooded Quincy. By flowing reishi through their arteries‘, a Quincy is able to boost their damage potential to incredible levels. Very little else is known about this skill, but it's said to be the only way a Quincy is able to deal sufficient and decent damage to a Bankai wielding Shinigami.
Galvano Blast - After creating her Reishi Bow, Candice has the ability to infuse her Holy Arrows with power from "The Thunderbolt" in order to create a powerful attack known as the Galvano Blast. This attack, according to Candice, releases 5 Gigajoules of electrical energy into her target, and has the capability of reducing normal humans to dust with one attack
Galvano Javelin - After Candice summons her Quincy: Vollständig, she is able to utilize her "The Thunderbolt" in order to create large electric javelins, which she is able to throw at great speeds for long range combat. The power of this attack was great enough that she is able to match the strength of Ichigos Getsuga Tensho.
Electrocution - After Candice summons her Quincy:Vollständig, she gains the ability to use a powerful attack known as Electrocution. With this, she is able to coat herself completely in electricity, and when she is fully charged, Candice releases the energy in the form of a massive electrical blast.
The Thunderbolt - Signified by the letter "T", "The Thunderbolt" is an ability bestowed to Candice by the Quincy Emperor Yhwach during a blood ritual. With this power Candice is able to control, create and become electrical energy and lightning itself. She showcased the ability to briefly transform herself into electrical energy in order to evade attack, create constructs out of electric, and empower herself with electric. When combining "The Thunderbolt" with her Quincy: Vollständig, Candices attacks are strong enough to match the power of Royal Guard enhanced Ichigos Getsuga Tensho.
Like all Quincy: Vollständig, Candices release is highly unique for herself, coating her in electricity and grows 6 large lightning bolt shaped wings, a halo made from electricity and her body spontaneously release electrical discharges. With the Quincy: Vollständig, Candice gains a general boost in power, from speed to durability and overall attacking strength, this is most notable when she was briefly able to contend with Special War Potential Ichigo Kurosaki, despite the latter’s intensive power upgrade at the hands of the Royal Guard. Candice is able to utilize a multitude of power with her Quincy: Vollständig, even showing the ability to mix in her basic "The Thunderbolt" in order to further increase the power of her attacks. Her chosen weapons in this form are either a Javelin made of pure electrical energy, or removing two of her own wings, an action currently unique to her, and using them as bladed weapons, duel wielding them to great effect.