The Noble Houses of Soul Society have an unclear role in the culture, social and governmental aspects of that dimensions existence. The Four Noble Families carry the most weight and appear to have some influence over the governmental institutions (i.e. Central 46 Chambers) and even institutions outside of the government (i.e. Shin'ō Academy). The military (i.e. Gotei 13, Kidō Corps & Onmitsukidō) have no authority to act against a noble family without evidence that their actions are treasonous to Soul Society.

Four Noble Families

Shihōin Clan

Shihōin Family Emblem

By tradition, the head of the Shihōin family leads the Onmitsukidō. Also known as the Tenshiheisōban (天賜兵装番, House of Godly Gears)[1], they are the Caretakers of the Hōgu (宝具, lit. "Treasure Tool") and Bugu (武具, lit. "War Tool") said to have been bestowed on them by the gods.[2]

Kuchiki Clan

Kuchiki Family Emblem

Members of the Kuchiki family have been known to wear Kenseikan (牽星箝, lit. "Star-Pulling Insert") in their hair, which symbolizes their nobility as one of Four Noble Families. The Kuchiki family also has a white scarf made by the master weaver, Tsujishirō Kuroemon III. The scarf is made from the Ginpaku Kazahana no Uzuginu (銀白風花の紗, Silks of the Silverwhite Wildflower), a silver-white, windflower light silk, and is a family heirloom that is handed down from generation to generation and is given to each Kuchiki family head. The scarf alone is worth enough to buy ten mansions in the Seireitei.[3] By tradition, the family has been charged with compiling and protecting the history of Soul Society.[4] The family resides in the Kuchiki Family Manor.

Third Great Noble House

No information about this house has been revealed.

Fourth Great Noble House

No information about this house has been revealed.

Lower Noble Houses

Noble Houses
Parent House Shihōin Clan
Family Head Suì-Fēng
Family Seat Seireitei, Soul Society
Affiliation Onmitsukidō, 2nd Division, Gotei 13, Soul Society
Specialty Assassination & Executions

Fēng Family

Traditionally serves the Shihōin family by joining the Onmitsukidō. The family makes its living as assassins and executioners.[5] Any member who doesn't pass the test to get into the Onmitsukidō's Executive Militia is exiled.[6]

(† = confirmed death)

Fēng Family
Name Title Relation Status
Suì-Fēng 9th Head of the Fēng Family Granddaughter of Suì-Fēng Active
Suì-Fēng Noblewoman Suì-Fēng's Grandmother Deceased †
Unnamed Brother Nobleman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's Brother Deceased †
Unnamed Brother Nobleman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's Brother Deceased †
Unnamed Brother Nobleman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's Brother Deceased †
Unnamed Brother Nobleman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's Brother Deceased †
Unnamed Brother Nobleman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's Brother Deceased †

Kyōraku Family

An old, prestigious and high-ranking noble family.

(† = confirmed death)

Kyōraku Family
Name Title Relation Status
Unnamed Father Head of the Kyōraku Family Father of the Kyōraku Family Active
Unnamed Mother Lady of the Kyōraku Family Mother of the Kyōraku Family Active
Unnamed Brother Nobleman 1st Son of the Kyōraku Family Active
Shunsui Kyōraku Nobleman 2nd Son of the Kyōraku Family Active

Ukitake Family

A low-class aristocratic family.

(† = confirmed death)

Ukitake Family
Name Title Relation Status
Jūshirō Ukitake Head of the Ukitake Family Oldest Brother of the Ukitake Siblings Active
Unnamed Brother Nobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of Jūshirō Active
Unnamed Brother Nobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of Jūshirō Active
Unnamed Brother Nobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of Jūshirō Active
Unnamed Brother Nobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of Jūshirō Active
Unnamed Brother Nobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of Jūshirō Active
Unnamed Sister Noblewoman Unnamed Younger Sister of Jūshirō Active
Unnamed Sister Noblewoman Unnamed Younger Sister of Jūshirō Active
Noble Houses
Parent House Shihōin Clan
Family Head Marenoshin Ōmaeda
Family Seat Ōmaeda Manor, Seireitei, Soul Society
Affiliation Onmitsukidō, 2nd Division, Gotei 13, Soul Society

Ōmaeda Family

An aristocratic, rich family. The family has a history of service in the Onmitsukidō.[7]
(† = confirmed death)

Ōmaeda Family
Name Title Relation Status
Marenoshin Ōmaeda Head of the Ōmaeda Family Father of the Ōmaeda Family Active
Mareka Ōmaeda Lady of the Ōmaeda Family Mother of the Ōmaeda Family Active
Marechiyo Ōmaeda Nobleman Oldest son of the Ōmaeda Family Active
Maremi Ōmaeda Noblewoman Sister of Marechiyo Active
Marejirōsaburō Ōmaeda Nobleman Brother of Marechiyo Active
Mareyo Ōmaeda Noblewoman Sister of Marechiyo Active

Kira Family

A lesser noble family.

(† = confirmed death)

Kira Family
Name Title Relation Status
Izuru Kira Nobleman Son of the Kira Family Active
Kagekiyo Kira Nobleman Father of Izuru Kira Deceased †
Shizuka Kira Noblewoman Mother of Izuru Kira Deceased †

Kasumiōji Clan and Kannogi Family

Note: These Noble Houses are only in the anime and information concerning them does not constitute canon material.

Former Noble House

Shiba Clan

The family was once the fifth great noble family, having prestige along the lines of the Kuchiki and Shihōin families. For an unknown reason, the Shiba family fell from their high status position after the death of Lieutenant Kaien Shiba. The family specializes in fireworks.

Appearance In Other Media

Former Noble House

Ryōdoji Family

Once a noble family in Soul Society exiled from their position 1,000 years ago. They are now known as The Dark Ones.[10]

References

  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 159, page 7
  2. "Bleach": Official Bootleg KaraBuri+, page 82
  3. Bleach Official Character Book Souls, page 188
  4. Bleach anime; Episode 88
  5. Bleach: Official Character Book SOULs, page 196
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 159, page 8
  7. Bleach Official Character book 2 MASKED, Kubo's Interview
  8. Bleach anime; Episode 189
  9. Bleach anime; Episode 174
  10. Bleach movie; Bleach: Memories of Nobody
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