The Gotei 13 (護廷十三隊, goteijūsantai; 13 Division Imperial Guards, or 13 Court Guard Squads in the English dub) is the organization which most Shinigami join, and one of the three main branches of military in Soul Society. It is split into thirteen divisions (hence the name), with several divisions having certain specializations. The Gotei 13 is subservient to the edicts of the Central 46 Chambers. They also have no jurisdiction over any of the noble families. The symbol of the Gotei 13 is a rhombus, all the 13 Divisions symbols are placed within the rhombus on the back of the Captains haori. The Kido Corps, not officially considered as part of the Gotei 13, is still under the authority of the Central 46, and works together with Soul Society, it is why it is actually here, but officially, both Kido Corps and Omnitsukido are not part of the Gotei 13.
This is a list of fan-made Shinigami characters who are a captain, lieutenant, or seated officer. The purpose of this list is so that, if we wish to make one of our characters a Captain or Lieutenant, we may check to see if the position has been used before for a fanon character. This is so that no character will conflict if we use them in a roleplay, but that does not mean that two character cannot be slotted for the same position. If two characters are the captain of the 7th Division, and both characters are used in a roleplay, one or both will have to change position.
A Captain (隊長, Taichō; lit. Unit Commander) is the leader of one of the thirteen divisions (with the special case of the Commander-General). A single Gotei 13 "unit" (隊) is estimated at about 200-500 troops.
Captains are generally the most respected shinigami within the Soul Society, with the Kidō Corps, and Onmitsukidō leaders possibly being on equal status. With one exception, all captains are able to utilize the final stage of their zanpakutō, and are more powerful than even their lieutenants. Knowing bankai gives captains an average of five-to-ten times the strength of shinigami who are unable to perform it. They have also extensively-trained, if not mastered, their bankai, allowing them to actually use the enormous power effectively in battle. Most captains are also skilled in the use of Flash Steps, Kidō, and generally have extensive knowledge of shinigami history and battle tactics. All of these factors create a huge power-gap between captains and lower-ranked officers.
It is not commonly stated but in truth the power of Soul Society lies in the Captains of the Gotei 13, as they are the leaders of its military arm. With them at full strength Soul Society is safe and near unbeatable, if they are broken their strength dwindles making them highly vulnerable. To be a Captain, your character must meet the following requirements
- Achieved, and possibly mastered, bankai.
- Passed one of the three different methods of attaining the rank officially.
- Passed the Captain Proficiency Test, which includes having reached Bankai as a requirement for passing. The passing of the test must be witnessed by three other Captain, one of which being the Commander-General (see above). Most Shinigami become Captains this way, so this is the standard method.
- Have personal recommendations from six existing Captains and approval from at least three of the remaining seven. So your character would have to be very friendly or very noteworthy. In other words, no matter how strong your character, they likely won't become a Captain this way unless they know how to network or have ideal values.
- Defeat a captain one-on-one with at least 200 witnesses from the captain's division. Kenpachi Zaraki is the only known current captain to have achieved his rank using this method. Due to this, it is heavily advised against, as using this for a character may be considered overpowering (or godmodding, as it's called by roleplayers.)
The Commander-General is the leader of the Gotei 13. He or she is the Captain of the 1st Division. This position is not meant to be used lightly, and using it for a character will put you at risk for criticism from other users.
A Lieutenant (副隊長, fukutaichō; Vice-unit Commander, often translated as Vice-Captain) is the 2nd seated officer in a division.
Lieutenants function as executive officers for their division, taking care of or supervising day-to-day operations. They (along with their captains) are not assigned to one specific squad. They generally only know the shikai of their Zanpakutō, but are still the second strongest in their division. In the case of a division captain's death, departure, or other circumstances making him unable to perform their duties, the lieutenant acts as the "substitute captain" until another can be assigned. They generally only know their Shikai, but in some cases may know Bankai, but rarely have mastered it.
Captains and LieutenantsEdit
Seated Officers Edit
Seated officers are the remainder of the officers in the Gotei 13 that hold ranks at or below 3rd Seat. Captains and lieutenants have the ranks of 1st and 2nd Seats, respectfully. Next to that, there are 18 more seats (3rd-to-20th). These ranks are somewhat analogous to junior officers or non-commissioned officers in modern military. There seems to be a distinction between senior and junior seated officers, just like in real-life armies. In the Gotei 13, only one person can hold a senior officer rank (such as 3rd or 5th seat), but there are several holders of junior officer ranks (e.g. 20th seat). This may vary from division to division however, as there are two 3rd Seats in the 13th Division. Seated officers often lead subunits within each division (for example, Hanatarō Yamada is leader of 4th Division's 14th Advanced Relief Team). Seated officers sometimes have shikai, but rarely do they have Bankai. However, a Seated Officer with Bankai is not unheard of.
|Division/Seat||1st Division||2nd Division||3rd Division||4th Division||5th Division||6th Division||7th Division||8th Division||9th Division||10th Division||11th Division||12th Division||13th Division||Kidō Corps|
|3rd Seat||Honoka Abarai||Juunan Shihōin||Yamato Kasumiōji||Vacant||Koga Satonaka||Kensai Kuchiki||
|(Reserved for Shiro)||Meru Mutsumi|
|Hisui Giyoushi||Tedasuke Shiba||Taiga Jinkou||Kekyuu Koguchi||Junichi Kuchiki|
|4th Seat||Tenma Satonaka||Gaika Shihōin||Hibiki Tsukiyo||Vacant||Shizuka Enyou||Adair Sturmburg||Vacant||Vacant||Kurai Koujaku||Tensai Kuchiki||Vacant||Aramoix Kurotsuchi||Shin'nen||Ryouiki|
|5th Seat||Vacant||TakashiNakahara (formerly)||Niriko Kuchiki||Vacant||Vacant||Seraphina Draco||Vacant||Shiria Kyōraku||Oshitari Yuuhei||Vacant||Kyousha Takeshi||Vacant||Vacant||Masatsugu Kobayakawa|
|6th Seat||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Rika Toutoi|
|12th Seat||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Shiba Zhijun
|18th Seat||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Satoru Takashi||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant|
Division Specialty Edit
It has been shown that the 13 divisions may each specialize in a certain area, but only a few division and their respective specialties have been made known.
|1st||This division is the head of Gotei 13 and the ones responsible for relaying Central 46 orders, dealing with Soul Society law and monitoring the other divisions. The captain of the 1st Division is also the head of all other captains and the leader of Gotei 13, given the rank of General Commander. Likewise, the 1st Division vice-captain is leader of the vice-captains and has authority over all vice-captains, next to their own captains and the General Commander. This division has the least number of shinigami.|
|2nd||The 2nd Division is closely tied to the Onmitsukidō, with many members holding positions in both units. As a result, many members of the 2nd Division are skilled in the use of hakuda, stealth and assassination.|
|3rd||The 3rd Division, under Kagerou and now Kei, has become the division known for elimination, often deployed in groups to quickly deal with hordes of opponents. Its members will also take on single killings where stealthy assassination is impossible. This division has developed into more of a structured organization than others, with different people being respected as the best for specific tasks, and certain combinations noted as highly effective.|
|4th||The 4th Division is the medical/supply division. They are responsible for both treating the injured and doing most manual labor such as cleaning Seireitei. Because of this, they have keys to most of the buildings and know the underground sewer system well. According to various members of the 11th Division, 4th Division members are rather weak at combat instead using their power to heal. The 4th Division is further divided into teams that have specific assigned jobs.|
|5th||In recent times the 5th Division has been tasked with putting further emphasis on nurturing Shinigami of great skill for the future; it is curretly led by Captain Wataru Hino.|
|6th||The 6th Division is the Investigative Task Force of Soul Society and the premier peace keepers during times of peace. They are responsible for keeping the peace, the investigation of any crime within the borders of Soul Society, and act to safeguard the citizens and nobility.|
|7th||Officially the 7th Division are responsible as liasons for all offices within Soul Society. In essence, they coordinate with the other divisions, as well as acting as speakers on behalf of the nobility and the citizens. Unofficially their responsibility is as the liasion between Soul Society and Rukongai, and for this reason are often tasked with patrol and investigations within Rukongai. Often a Shinigami that is encountered in Rukongai, likely belongs to this division. Individually their responsibilities include fostering closer relations with the citizens of Rukongai.|
|8th||The 8th Division is in charge of Reserves & Backup. its the mass reinforcement division. Their shinigami are split into groups that are talented in kidou, offensive tactics, or defensive tactics. When any of the other divisions require extra shinigami or reinforcements, the 8th is the division they turn to first. Aside from the 11th and 13th, the 8th Division has the most amount of shinigami.|
|9th||The 9th Division is one of the primary combat forces within Soul Society, responsible for its protection from all external forces. Traditionally, Ninth Division has overseen arts and culture, for this reason it is known to be in charge of the Seireitei Communication magazine. All the lieutenants of the divisions of Gotei 13 hand in their reports to them. Furthermore along with 5th Division, the 9th Division is traditionally known for accepting new applicants from the Academy and providing additional training and experience before they are transfered to other divisions.|
|10th||The 10th Division is in charge of planning, coordinating, and executing large missions. Everything is run through their division first, and if approved, the 10th Division gathers the required shinigami from each division, assembles them, assigns duties, plans the attack, coordinate the shinigami according to the mission, execute the attack, and then keep maintenance over it. That includes sending out more reinforcements and information regarding the mission.|
|11th||The Eleventh Division is the melee combat Division with a specialization in swords-only combat, forgoing the other Shinigami arts. It is mentioned that it is tradition for the current Kenpachi, the title held by the best swordsman in Soul Society, to hold the position of Eleventh Division Captain. The former captain Kenpachi Zaraki, and current captain Tadashi Kori, are known for their thirst for combat.Under Tadashi, the 11th Division also cooperates in a joint venture with the 7th Division, which uses Academy Students as spies.|
|12th||Other than the 12th Division's connection to the Shinigami Research and Development Institute, no special duties have been noted for the 12th Division. Members are tasked with research and collection of data and samples, and the captain is the President of the R&D Institute.|
|13th||The 13th Division's role is Defensive Tactics & Seireitei Protection, is the ones that actually send out patrols on a daily, frequent basis to survey Seireitei. If a threat occurs, they find and take care of it, sometimes with help from other divisions. They also work together with various divisions. If a threat is a large enough, the 13th Division is in charge of sending out shinigami, assembling them, assigning them duties, and other things. Their job is similar to the 10th, except on a smaller basis.|
Each of the 13 divisions in Gotei 13 have their own symbol that represents the division's primary role, which all seem to be based on flowers. When a power limit is placed on a captain or lieutenant, their symbol appears on a certain part of their body until the limit is lifted. Each symbol also has a specific meaning.
|1st||Chrysanthemums||Truth and Innocence|
|4th||Bellflower||Those Who Grieve Are Loved|
|5th||Lily of the Valley||Sacrifice, Danger, Pure Love, Humility, Sweetness|
|8th||Bird of Paradise||Everything is Obtained|
|12th||Thistle||Vengeance, Strictness, Independence|