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Okay, I've posted this in the predictions, but I thought it might be worth posting here...
Due to the striking resemblances between the Soul King and Butterflaizen, as well as ideas triggered by the new Terminator film trailer, I've come up with a theory that the Soul King may actually be a future version of Aizen that has managed to travel back in time to reshape the Soul Society. The Aizen we know could well be unaware that the Soul King is actually himself. Let's explore...
First of all, there's the undeniable similarity in appearance. Not only do they look similar in the fact that their transcendental, but they also have very similar facial features. This would be explained if they were one and the same.
Secondly, Butterflaizen possessed the ability to teleport; if you extend this ability, it would give him the ability to move through both space and time. Given the current state of affairs within the Soul Society, I doubt he'd want to rule it, so the best bet is to go back in time to the beginning and reshape the Soul Society as he sees fit. This would explain the time loop.
Thirdly, the Soul King and Royal Guards didn't really seem to give a crap when Aizen was slaughtering the Shinigami during the Arrancar arc, despite the fact that they could have crushed him well before when Ichibei realised the nature of his Zanpakutou. This could either be because he hadn't bifurcated Yama-Jii, or it could be because the Soul King knew that stopping Aizen would effectively result in his downfall. We also know that Aizen saw the Soul King; perhaps this is because the Soul King allowed Aizen to see him in order to start the chain of events that would eventually create him.
Fourthly, the Soul King's "shell" resembles the Hougyoko, perhaps because it IS the Hougyoko in a more advanced form after having fused with Aizen for thousands of years.
Fifthly, the Soul King has a deep interest in Ichigo and his development; this interest seems to be the exact same as Aizen's.
And the list goes on...basically, what I'm saying is that there's substantial evidence to suggest that this theory may in fact be true!
What do you guys think?
idk. nobody can be in two places at the same time. Without even tackling the really big issues presented in your theory, there is still the problem that for your theory to work Aizen would be both the soul king and a captain in the gotei 13 at the same time.
Plus, you said aizen would go back and create SS as he sees fit. If so, then why would he make himself soul king, rule over SS and keep everything the same. His going back in time, would change the present SS and so all the events in the manga would be different.
The soul king and RG didnt care because they are all insanely more powerful than butterflaizen. Plus, Aizen would've never been able to recreate a royal key to gain access to RR because he wouldve needed the actual bones of the RG.
There is an uncanny resemblance between the two but this could be easily explained by the hokygoku. The hokygoku itself may have been based on something similiar that the soul king has himself. This would mean that Aizen was trying to copy the soul king's power, not the other way around.
To be honest I don't think aizen looking like the soul king is in itself that significant. Sure, there is a meaning behind it but I don't think it is some grand thing as what you are suggested. The fact is that aizen was using the orb to grant his wish. His wish to become the soul king, god of the world. So aizen looked like the soul king because that was his wish. The transformations we saw probably mimicked the stages of becoming the soul king itself and we might see juhabach or someone else go through something like that soon enough. Aizen being in a time loop would be a pretty respectable mindfuck though.
It's an interesting idea, but I don't know. It would be odd if Aizen, cunning as he is, saw the kind of trouble Yhwach would cause and was still this powerless when the Quincy made their move. He would have to have gone back in time knowing that his "son" (which may or may not be literal) would make a mess out of his kingdom, and that the Quincy were living in the shadows for 1000 years, etc. I guess how much sense it makes depends on how things play out now, but if the SK knew everything that has happened with the Wandenreich was going to happen, he was a bit silly for not helping his underlings do a better job. But then who knows, maybe he works in 'mysterious ways'...