Noble is a state-privileged status which is generally hereditary. Titles of nobility are usually associated with present or former monarchies. The term originally referred to those who were "known" or "notable" and was applied to the highest social class in pre-modern societies.
Nobles in One PieceEdit
Nobles are not to be confused with World Nobles as nobles are people restricted to their respective kingdoms while the World Nobles are people who were descendants from the Twenty Kingdoms and live only in Mariejois whose noble status is universal.
A majority of the nobles shown in the series have been portrayed as heartless. In particular, the nobles from Sabaody Archipelago, who were afraid of getting infected after Hatchan was shot and remorseless at the fact he was shot, as well as the Goa Kingdom nobles deciding to have Gray Terminal burned and massacre the people living there who tried to escape to make the kingdom beautiful for the visiting World Noble, Saint Jalmack, in hopes to be given an advancement in their noble status. They also believe that the "commoners" are fools for reasons outside of their control, one key statement where a father told his daughter they were trash and fools because they were not born as nobles, claiming they were stupid for not "choosing to be born noble". All nobles with such an attitude have been shown to be very cowardly, where despite their fearsome reputation they often cower to any threat of physical violence. They also seem to believe people are only interested in money, often bribing or suggesting money as a form of defense and if that does not succeed suggest the consequences that harming them would cause, and will believe the person is insane if they do not accept the money or threat. In other words, they have no idea how the real world works outside their own petty and selfish reasons. Hody Jones even believes that by being a king, one has the right to be selfish. The royal family of Flevance denied its citizens of the dangers of Amber Lead solely to maintain their profitable market, and then selfishly abandoning the country once the poison accumulated to the point of fatality and finally known to the world. A noble becomes a true noble at age eighteen.
However, some of the few people to whom this has not extended would be the rulers of the Kingdom of Alabasta, who truly care deeply for their people despite the differences in social status and fight to protect them, going as far as self-sacrifice as well as considering blowing up their own castle. Wapol's father, and later his successor Dalton, also only cared for the welfare of their citizens, and are loved by the kingdom in return. Thalassa Lucas, a responsible king, also shows no arrogance. Also the monarch of an unknown country seemed willing to abdicate his throne to a pirate to save 500 of his royal guards who were held hostage by his crew and showed disgust at Lucci's brutal and unnecessary murdering of them. Sabo, who was deeply disgusted by the way nobles act, wished to have his status as one revoked, another prime representation of a benevolent nobility. This also extends to the depths of Fishman Island, in which Neptune, king of the island, personally came to thank the Straw Hat Pirates for their actions, protecting his servants at the cost of harm towards himself, and considers Hody's ideals of attacking the citizens as selfish. This also extends to his children and his late wife, who hope to use their powers to migrate their species to the surface and once and for all remove the cycle of hatred that has occurred between humans and fishmen. These nobles differ by having bravery and generosity that their debauched counterparts do not, willing to sacrifice their fortune, if not their own life, for the less fortunate.
The Wano Country have their own class of nobility, known as "Daimyo" (大名 Daimyō?, literally meaning "Great Name", but the Japanese word for "feudal lord"), whose families act as lords of the country. Although like nobles of the other countries that they are influential, they follow the creed of the samurai, and therefore are not spoiled by their wealth and status; they do not simply use money to solve their issues, and do not cower away when the lesser class use physical force, as the eight-year old Kozuki Momonosuke demonstrated. The Kozuki Family, lord of Kuri, has several retainers, even two from the foreign country of Zou.
The Vinsmoke Family are another unusual class of nobles, for a number of reasons. As the reigning royal family of the world's only ocean-going kingdom, they are the only royals recognized by the World Government who do not rule over a fixed, landed territory; despite this, they are also the only noble family shown to have direct influence over both the activities of the Marines, and their bounty system. They have a widely feared reputation as a family of killers, although this reputation appears to derive not from their treatment of their own citizens, but from their direct involvement in the Underworld as mercenary fighters. They are also the only territorially aggressive royal family, engaged in constant warfare to re-establish their former empire across the North Blue.
Though he was born into the powerful Vinsmoke Family, Sanji rejects his noble status and its privileges, running away from his family to live as a chef and pirate.
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|Homing's Wife ‡ †||Camael ≠|
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|Vinsmoke Judge||Vinsmoke Reiju||Vinsmoke Ichiji||Vinsmoke Niji||Sanji ‡|
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- Sabo is the only noble to be ashamed of his status.
- Sabo and Sanji are the only nobles known to have renounced their noble heritage.
- 17 years ago, a pirate captain tried to take the noble title of King from a certain kingdom by taking 500 soldiers as hostage, but failed when Rob Lucci slaughtered the hostages and then the entire crew.
- 12 years ago, the king of Goa offered the statuses of nobility to the members of the Bluejam Pirates if they burned down Gray Terminal. However, the king turned back on his words and left the crew to die by the very flames they've created.
- Hody Jones tried to give himself the noble title of King, though he failed to officially achieve it before being defeated by Monkey D. Luffy.
- Zeo proclaimed himself as the "Noble of the Fishman District" (魚人街の貴族 Gyojin-gai no Kizoku?)
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 64 Chapter 628 (p. 11) and Episode 548, Hody tells Neptune a king is supposed to be selfish when told by him that his actions are selfish.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 76 Chapter 762 (p. 8-11), The greed of the Flevance's royal family destroyed the citizens.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 589 (p. 6) and Episode 503, Sabo explains a noble's rite of adulthood.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 817 (p. 4-8), The Kozuki family revealed to be Daimyo.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 826.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 826, The patriarch of the Vinsmoke Family is revealed to be able to issue commands to the Marines, and to change bounty amounts and conditions of capture.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 81 Chapter 814, The Vinsmoke Family is described as an infamous family of killers.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Chapter 832, The Germa Kingdom's role in the Four Nation Coup, which saw the kings of four North Blue nations being murdered by the Vinsmoke Family, is revealed.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 44 Chapter 422 and Episode 305, Doberman recounts how a certain king nearly surrendered kingship to a pirate.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapters 586–587 and Episodes 500–501, Bluejam and his crew were falsely offered the chance to become nobles.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 64 Chapter 628 (p. 4) and Episode 548, Hody declares himself to be the new king after overthrowing the Ryugu Kingdom.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 64 Chapter 630 (p. 9) and Episode 550, Zeo's epithet is revealed after he is trampled on.