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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.

Ranks

As with any army, the Gotei 13 has ranks. There are 20 ranks for officers but no ranks for non-officers. The lower the number is, the higher the rank. The ranks and their descriptions are below, from highest to lowest in terms of strength.  

Captain

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.


Division Captain Former Captain(s)
1st Division Akujin
Captain-Commander of the Gotei 13
Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto'
2nd Division Hide Yamatoro
Commander-in-Chief of the Onmitsukidō
Yoruichi Shihōin
Soifon
3rd Division Ichiro Rōjūrō Ōtoribash
Gin Ichimaru
4th Division Daisuke Kaoru Retsu Unohana
5th Division Zukia Tojiro Shinji Hirako
Sōsuke Aizen
6th Division Unknown
Commander-in-Chief of the Investigative Task Force
Ginrei Kuchiki
Byakuya Kuchiki
7th Division Izumi Naomoto Love Aikawa
Tsutsuji Itami
Sajin Komamura
8th Division Migoto Beppin Seireitou Kawahiru
Shunsui Kyōraku
9th Division Unknown Madara Kawahiru
Kensei Muguruma
Kaname Tōsen
10th Division Kakashi Hikaru Tōshirō Hitsugaya
11th Division Tuari Fire Kenpachi Zaraki
12th Division Unknown
President of the Shinigami Research and Development Institute
Kirio Hikifune
Kisuke Urahara
Mayuri Kurotsuchi
13th Division Unknown Jūshirō Ukitake
Kidō Corps Michio Tessai Tsukabishi

Lieutenant

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.

Soul Society

Division Lieutenant
1st Division Amatarou Omaha
2nd Division Unknown
3rd Division Unknown
4th Division Mizuki
5th Division Unknown
6th Division Keiji
7th Division Tanaka Toshinari
8th Division Unknown
9th Division Ushiko Touka
10th Division Unknonwn
11th Division Unknown
12th Division Kisei Sabaku
13th Division Unkonwn
Kidō Corps Kurai Yousei

Seated Officers

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.

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Division Speciality

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.

Division Division Speciality
1st No special duties have been noted for the 1st Division, other than their captain being the Captain-Commander of the Gotei 13.
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 No special duties have been noted for the 3rd Division.
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 No special duties have been noted for the 5th Division.
6th No special duties have been noted for the 6th Division.
7th No special duties have been noted for the 7th Division.
8th No special duties have been noted for the 8th Division.
9th The 9th Division is known to be in charge of the Seireitei Communication monthly magazine. All the lieutenants of the Divisions of Gotei 13 hand in their report to them.
10th No special duties have been noted for the 10th Division.
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 Kenpachi Kiba, were known for their thirst for fighting.
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 No special duties have been noted for the 13th Division.

Insignia

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.

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The Gotei 13 Insignias.

Division Flower Meaning
1st Chrysanthemums Truth and Innocence
2nd Tulip Seek Nothing
3rd Marigold Despair
4th Bellflower Those Who Grieve Are Loved
5th Lily of the Valley Sacrifice, Danger, Pure Love, Humility, Sweetness
6th Camellia Noble Reason
7th Iris Courage
8th Bird of Paradise Everything is Obtained
9th Buttercup Oblivion
10th Daffodil Mystery, Egoism
11th Yarrow Fight
12th Thistle Vengeance, Strictness, Independence
13th Summer Snowflake Hope

Uniforms

Most Gotei 13 personnel wear the standard Shinigami uniform, called Shihakushō (死覇装; Garment of Dead Souls) - a white shitagi, a black kosode, a black hakama, a white hakama-himo, white tabi, and waraji. The black hakama also has its owner's division insignia emblazoned on the inside, though it does not appear to have any significant reasoning other than minor security authorization. Lieutenants sometimes also wear an armband which carries their division symbol and its number, usually on their left arm. They are required to do this when they are summoned to a meeting but apart from this it seems that it is rarely compulsory; at the time the series takes place, the use of the armbands was noted to have fallen out of fashion.

Captains wear a white haori over the usual black Shinigami clothes, with the number of their division on the back, inside the Gotei 13 symbol (a rhombus). Some captains have long sleeves, while the others do not. It also seems that the color of the underside is division-, or at least captain-specific, as every captain has a different color of it.

Uniform Customization

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