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 Piece
A majority of the nobles shown in the series have been portrayed as stingy, ignorant and 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 that the commoners were trash and claiming that 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, they suggest the consequences that harming them would cause. They will believe the person is insane if they do not accept either money or threats. In other words, they have no idea how the real world works outside their own petty and selfish reasons.
However, it is shown by Sabo that some people born into nobility do not always inherit this heartless attitude. In fact, Sabo completely rejected his noble status and was even ashamed to have been born a noble after the burning of the Grey Terminal. Sabo himself would later choose to join the Revolutionary Army after being saved by Monkey D. Dragon and despite his amnesia, he rejected returning to his family after Dragon informed him of his identity as a noble. Sabo would eventually become the army's chief of staff and Dragon's second-in-command, making himself an enemy of the World Government.
According to Sabo, a noble only becomes a true noble at age eighteen.
Regular Nobles are not to be confused with World Nobles, as they are restricted to their own respective kingdoms while the World Nobles are people who were descendants from the Twenty Kingdoms and live only in Mary Geoise whose noble status is universal.
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 regions that make up the country. Although they are influential like nobles in other countries, 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.
Other World Nobles
|Saint Rosward||Saint Charlos||Saint Shalria||Saint Donquixote Mjosgard||Mjosgard's Father|
|Saint Jalmack||Saint Camael ≠||First Lady ≠||Saint Donquixote Homing ‡ †||Homing's Wife ‡ †|
|Donquixote Doflamingo ‡||Donquixote Rosinante ‡ †|
|Outlook III||Didit||Sabo ‡||Sterry ‡||Ahho Desunen IX|
|Kozuki Oden †||Shimotsuki Yasuie †||Shimotsuki Ushimaru †||Daimyo Fugetsu †||Daimyo Amatsuki †|
|Daimyo Uzuki †||Daimyo Kurozumi †||Daimyo Shimotsuki †||Daimyo Hitaki ≠ †||Kikuhime|
|Victoria Cindry †||?????|
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- ≠: the character is non-canon.
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- Sabo is the only noble shown thus far to be ashamed of his status and to have renounced his noble heritage.
- 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.
- 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. 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 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 630 (p. 9) and Episode 550, Zeo's epithet is revealed after he is trampled on.