ATTENTION: This page contains information on the Gotei 13 in Ten Tailed Fox's stories.
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.
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.
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, a shinigami 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.
|3rd Division||Roka Asari|
|5th Division||Xander Kanagaki|
|7th Division||Kisho Iwahashi|
|10th Division||Hiroshi Miranda|
|11th Division||Manzo Eromalc|
|12th Division||Kentaro Ashikaga|
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|
|3rd Seat||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Sayuri Kuchiki||Senna||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Fuminori Kanagaki|
|4th Seat||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Nodoka Kumori||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant|
|5th Seat||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Ikkoku Tanebi||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant|
|6th Seat||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Shikaku Kouchou||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant|
Several of the Divisions of the Gotei 13 have specialties in how or what they operate. Some do not have a specified specialty, so we can suggest some specialties on the Talk Page of this article and agree on what Division to assign them to.
List of Fanon and Canon Division Specialties
|1st Division||Soul Society Home Security|
|2nd Division||Special Forces|
|3rd Division||Recreation and Activities|
|4th Division||Medical Aid and Supplies|
|6th Division||Investigative Bureau|
|7th Division||Therapy and Psychology|
|8th Division||Archiving and Information|
|9th Division||Central Intelligence (Seireitei News Magazine)|
|10th Division||Human and Hollow World Security|
|11th Division||Frontline Specialists|
|12th Division||Research and Development|
|13th Division||Public Relations|
|Kido Corps||Opening the Senkaimon gate|