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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 (四大貴族, Yondai Kizoku; lit. "Four Great 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 seal

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 seal

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 Clan by joining the Onmitsukidō. The Fēng Family (蜂(フォン)家, Fon-ke) 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-Fēng9th Head of the Fēng Family Granddaughter of Suì-FēngAlive
Former Members
Suì-FēngNoblewoman Suì-Fēng's GrandmotherDeceased †
Unnamed FatherNobleman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's FatherDeceased †
Unnamed MotherNoblewoman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's MotherDeceased †
Unnamed BrotherNobleman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's BrotherDeceased †
Unnamed BrotherNobleman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's BrotherDeceased †
Unnamed BrotherNobleman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's BrotherDeceased †
Unnamed BrotherNobleman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's BrotherDeceased †
Unnamed BrotherNobleman/Assassin Suì-Fēng's BrotherDeceased †

Kyōraku Family

The Kyōraku Family (京楽家, Kyōraku-ke) is an old, prestigious and high-ranking noble family.

(† = confirmed death)

Kyōraku Family
Name Title Relation Status
Unnamed FatherHead of the Kyōraku Family Father of the Kyōraku FamilyAlive
Unnamed MotherLady of the Kyōraku Family Mother of the Kyōraku FamilyAlive
Shunsui KyōrakuNobleman 2nd Son of the Kyōraku FamilyAlive
Former Members
Unnamed BrotherNobleman 1st Son of the Kyōraku Family
Father of Nanao Ise
Deceased †

Ukitake Family

A low-class aristocratic family.

(† = confirmed death)

Ukitake Family
Name Title Relation Status
Unnamed BrotherNobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of JūshirōAlive
Unnamed BrotherNobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of JūshirōAlive
Unnamed BrotherNobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of JūshirōAlive
Unnamed BrotherNobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of JūshirōAlive
Unnamed BrotherNobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of JūshirōAlive
Unnamed SisterNoblewoman Unnamed Younger Sister of JūshirōAlive
Unnamed SisterNoblewoman Unnamed Younger Sister of JūshirōAlive
Former Members
Jūshirō UkitakeFormer Head of the Ukitake Family Oldest Brother of the Ukitake SiblingsDeceased †

Ōmaeda Family

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

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

Ōmaeda Family
Name Title Relation Status
Marenoshin ŌmaedaHead of the Ōmaeda Family Father of the Ōmaeda FamilyAlive
Mareka ŌmaedaLady of the Ōmaeda Family Mother of the Ōmaeda FamilyAlive
Marechiyo ŌmaedaNobleman 1st Son of the Ōmaeda FamilyAlive
Maremi ŌmaedaNoblewoman 1st Daughter of the Ōmaeda FamilyAlive
Marejirōsaburō ŌmaedaNobleman 2nd Son of the Ōmaeda FamilyAlive
Mareyo ŌmaedaNoblewoman 2nd Daughter of the Ōmaeda FamilyAlive

Kira Family

A lesser noble family.

(† = confirmed death)

Kira Family
Name Title Relation Status
Izuru KiraNobleman Son of the Kira FamilyAlive
Former Members
Kagekiyo KiraNobleman Father of Izuru KiraDeceased †
Shizuka KiraNoblewoman Mother of Izuru KiraDeceased †

Kasumiōji Clan & Kannogi Family

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

Former Noble Houses

The 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.

Important Houses

While not exactly noble said families are notable for being highly respected and revereaed within Soul Society.

The Ise Clan (伊勢家, Ise-ke; lit. "Ise family") is a clan of Shinto Priests from Soul Society.


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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  • Komamura

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    • Assuming you mean the Noble Houses, I do not recall any source saying the Komamura's were a noble family. They were banished, but they were...
    • They were not of Noble blood, but they were banished.

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