Orihime Inoue
Orihime Inoue
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Continuity Bleach - Chapter 411
Age 17
Species Human
Hair Color Chestnut Brown
Eye Color Brown (or gray-violet if you go with the anime)
District North
Journal leekspin
Player Eve
Theme Song "The Finer Things" - Steve Winwood

"If I were the rain…that binds together the earth and the sky, who in all eternity will never meet…would I be able to bind the hearts of people together?"

History

Orihime's parents were not good people. Her mother was a prostitute, her father a drunkard. Their method of dealing with a crying child was to hit it until it became quiet. It was her brother Sora Inoue, fifteen years her elder, that protected her and kept her safe when she was a baby. The very day he turned eighteen, he ran way from home and took his baby sister with him. When she was old enough to ask where their parents were, he told her that they'd abandoned the two of them when she was three. At school she was timid and shy, making her a prime target for others to pick on her. She hated school. But she always looked forward to the time when Sora returned home from work, since that was when she didn't have to worry about being lonely.

Her brother always made her feel safe and wanted, and complimented her on the warmth of her hair color. It was her sole vanity, and a source of confidence and pride. One day, some of the school bullies cornered Orihime on her way home from school. They attacked her hair with scissors, claiming that the color 'pissed them off.' When her brother asked her why she'd cut her hair, she just smiled and replied, "No reason! I felt like a change!"

Their relationship wasn't perfect. He once gave her a pair of hairpins which she refused to wear because she claimed it seemed too childish. In truth, she didn't want to draw attention to her hair, but she couldn't bear to tell her brother the truth. They quarreled that night, and said nothing the next morning before he left for work. But just outside the apartment, Sora was hit by a car. Orihime carried Sora herself all the way to the Kurosaki Clinic, where a young Ichigo met her at the door on his way to school. She begged them to help save her brother, but by the time the ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital, it was too late. Broken-hearted, Orihime spent many lonely months mourning his loss. Her only real comfort came from remembering the kindness that Ichigo Kurosaki had showed to her that night.

After a year passed, she met a spunky, tough tomboy by the name of Tatsuki Arisawa who offered to walk her home. Orihime looked up, saw the smile, and returned it gratefully. Her cheer returned, brighter and warmer than ever. With Tatsuki to watch over Orihime, she became more extroverted as time went by, and began to make friends with ease. And when Tatsuki made it VERY clear that anyone who messed with Orihime would get a fist to the face, Orihime finally felt safe enough to begin growing her hair long once again.

Unknown to Orihime, the spirit of her brother lingered to watch over her, lonely and sad. One night, shortly after Ichigo had gained the powers of a shinigami, Orihime's brother was attacked by Hollows…monstrous spirits that had lost their hearts and feasted on the souls of others. They devoured Sora's soul, forcing him to become a Hollow himself, driving him into haunting Orihime and causing her to endure several accidents. One night he attacked Orihime and Tatsuki, nearly killing them both. Orihime even had her soul knocked right out of her body. Ichigo arrived just in time to save her, having been warned by Rukia Kuchiki that Orihime might be in danger. It was a fierce battle, but in the end, Orihime stopped her brother from killing Ichigo by throwing herself between the two and gently embracing the tortured Hollow. She told him she was sorry for begging him not to go when he was dying, claiming that it was her fault he remained behind instead of passing on. He regained his full consciousness, long enough to impale himself on Ichigo's Soul Slayer and pass on to the Soul Society with a pure, clean conscience.

Orihime didn't manifest any special powers until many weeks later when a Hollow attacked the school, using its abilities to take over the bodies of her classmates as well as Tatsuki. The spirit force that had bled into Orihime from her previous encounter with Ichigo manifested itself as six fairy-like spirits residing in the petals of her hairpins; three to raise a shield, two to heal, and one to cleave the enemy in half. With this, she was able to vanquish the Hollow and restore her friends.

When Rukia was taken back to Soul Society to be executed for her crimes, Orihime decided she would help Ichigo fight to get her back. She trained hard with fellow classmate Yasutora Sado (better known as 'Chad') under the guidance of the mysterious black cat, Mr. Yoruichi. When they were ready, Kisuke Urahara opened the door, and the rescue began!

After many hardships, the group finally managed to penetrate the defenses of Seireitei and were split up. Orihime wound up with Uryuu Ishida, and the two of them had to work together to get through to the White Tower. They became close friends, and each gained a better understanding of the other. When the 12th division captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi appeared to capture Orihime for his studies, Ishida protected her valiantly and made sure she was taken away from the battle. She was unwilling to go, but Uryuu ordered a nearby shinigami to escape and take Orihime with him by force. The shinigami knocked her out when she bit him.

She was taken back to his division's captain, Kenpachi Zaraki. When she told Kenpachi that she was a friend of Ichigo's, he resolved to help them in their struggle to save Rukia due to his respect for Ichigo's strength. (And ironically enough, Orihime was the only one of the group besides Ichigo who avoided capture.)

After a final battle where Orihime forced herself to remain on the sidelines, Sousuke Aizen's true colors were revealed. After he ascended to Hueco Mundo, Orihime ran forward to heal the injuries of the wounded.

Everyone returned to Karakura Town. Orihime was stronger than she'd been before, though she couldn't shake the sense that she hadn't been very helpful at all with the rescue operation. Nonetheless, she continued to train hard, and waited, looking to Ichigo for signs of what they should do next. The answer came in the form of two powerful human-like Hollows, an elite class called 'Espadas'. While trying to defend her friends, part of Orihime's powers were crippled with the destruction of one of her spirits.

When Aizen's plan to eliminate Karakura Town to create a key that would give him access to the king of Soul Society, Orihime ran to deliver the news to her friends, successfully finding Ichigo despite the barriers erected to shield him from the detection of others. When she went to Urahara's store to tell Chad and Renji, Urahara sternly informed her that she would not be fighting in the upcoming war due to the partial loss of her powers. She fled in tears, running into Rukia on her way out. Orihime confessed that she didn't want to be a burden to Ichigo and the others and would agree not to fight, but Rukia wouldn't have it. She offered to train Orihime personally in the Soul Society. After one of the members of the group training Ichigo restored Orihime's powers, she left with Rukia to prepare for the war.

Upon her return, Orihime was intercepted by the Espada Ulquiorra, who forced her to return to Hueco Mundo with him if she wished to prevent the deaths of her friends. Though Aizen told her that he had great interest in her powers, the true reason for her abduction was revealed; that she was merely bait, meant to divide the forces of Soul Society when Ichigo and his friends went to rescue her. With several of Soul Society's captains trapped in Hueco Mundo, Aizen departed to the world of the living to accomplish his original goals. Ichigo was successful in saving Orihime with the help of Uryuu and the others, and she remained behind in Hueco Mundo to heal Uryuu's decimated arm while Ichigo sped off to protect Karakura Town.

It was at this point that she awoke in the city of Nautilus. She returned to her world only once, in order to see the end of the war through, plus a few extra months to ensure that things really were going back to normal. Satisfied that things seemed peaceful, Orihime was able to return to Nautilus with a brighter outlook for the future.

Personality

There's nothing Orihime wouldn't do for her friends. Heck, there's nothing she wouldn't do for a stranger in need, for that matter! Orihime has always been a nice girl, understanding of the problems of others. Her sympathy shows no limits, and she can empathize honestly with those that are hurting. She's always thoughtful of others and their feelings. If she were to accidentally offend someone, she'd be mortified and apologize profusely. Whatever Orihime can do to help, whatever she can give, she feels it's all worthwhile to help someone smile.

Not many show the kind of unconditional love that Orihime has. She respects the decisions of others, and to the best of her ability, she'll help them with their goals. Particularly Ichigo. When others state their opinions, Orihime will usually agree with them verbally even if she doesn't share that opinion, or knows that what they're saying isn't true. As long as it's not hurting anyone, it's fine, right?

Most of Orihime's life was spent in solitude. She was an extremely shy girl in school when she was a child, and was often picked on. So she kept quiet and downplayed her intelligence in order to keep from standing out. She didn't have friends, and the only real person-to-person contact she shared was with her brother Sora when he came home from work. When he died, she spent an entire year feeling isolated and very much alone. Tatsuki changed her life for the better, encouraging Orihime to open herself up to others. And gradually, she did. But there will always be times that she finds herself missing her older brother, and spends a quiet moment confiding to the portrait she keeps of him. She's desperately afraid of being left alone again. It's a big part of why she's so determined to give her all in the war against Aizen. Without her friends, she has nothing, and she'd rather die than lose them.

When Orihime was little, her imagination was an escape from sadness and loneliness. In her mind, she could paint vivid landscapes and impossible scenarios. She always picked things that made her smile, living an action-filled and exuberant fantasy whenever she needed to just get away from things for a little while. As she's grown older and learned that she can find happiness just in being with others, her daydreams have decreased a great deal. But if you see her gaze become distant, and notice that her mouth falls open just a little bit, she's probably deeply involved in a colorful little world of her own.

Some might call Orihime's view on life as fatalistic. However, that would imply a negative attitude, which simply isn't how Orihime sees things. She knows that life is uncertain. The people you love might be gone tomorrow. Even she might snuff it in a way no one could predict! So she seeks to live a rich and full life. There are a million experiences Orihime's never had a chance to savor. And it's not just the big things! It's the small things that she loves so much, like attending a real piano concert, or zipping in between traffic cones in a car (she can't drive, so if you see her trying to do this, RUN). Orihime wants to try everything she can, and every moment is dear to her. You will NEVER hear Orihime say that she's bored. There's just too much to do, and see, and live!

Orihime's sense of humor is…bizarre, to say the least. It's not sarcastic, and it sure isn't mean. There are no puns. For some reason, she just thinks it's funny to say things that come across as sounding amazingly stupid to those who don't know her well. And given how widely she smiles when she decides to start kidding around, even her best friends don't always know if she's joking or not. The best indicator is to watch for the 'tee hee' which she almost always includes when she's kidding. She loves comedy. She loves to laugh, and she loves to be around people when /they/ laugh, too. Her sense of timing is important too. She knows when it's time to be serious, and she's loathe to make inappropriate jokes at inappropriate times. But when things seem dark, look to Orihime's cheerful personality to attempt to brighten the mood.

You're never fully dressed without a smile. And Orihime's always wearing her best, even if she's sad. She doesn't want to bring anyone down with a gloomy attitude, so her words and her expression remain positive. (This is especially true if she's feeling a little down in the mouth herself.)

Once Orihime sets her mind on something, very little can shake her resolve to see it through to the end. She has a very strong sense of right and wrong, and she sticks to her guns. If she clenches her fist and lifts her chin with that stubborn glint in her eye, don't expect to change her mind. She might verbally agree with someone just to keep the peace, but she'll do it her way in the end. She's just one of those silently stubborn people.

At first glance, Orihime seems like an airheaded weakling. She's small, pretty, and innocent. She smiles too much. She giggles at little things that most people don't quite get. But Orihime's cagey. Her mind is always at work, and while it might not move along the same lines of logic that others use, she's actually quite brilliant. She sees things that others wouldn't consider. And when Orihime actually becomes ANGRY? There's probably nothing she couldn't accomplish.

Orihime seems to have little trouble making friends. She has no reservations about delivering honest and sincere compliments, and despite her flaws, her intentions and her big heart tend to quickly endear her to others. She's respectful of other people's beliefs and actions, and she will rarely preach or chide. There's not a mean bone in her entire body, so it's easy to like her.

Orihime is usually very good at reading people. She has a talent for seeing past the facades and false bravado, to the real heart and soul of a person. She's also very alert, though it sometimes appears that she's spacing out. Her environment is always carefully noted, and she can usually tell when someone is lying to her. Her most remarkable talent, however, is finding the good in people that no one else can see. (Bringing that goodness to light, however, is another thing completely. Her attempts bring about mixed results.)

There's precious little that actually frightens Orihime. An unexpected sound or appearance might startle her, but she's certainly no coward. She's faced incredible danger and impossible situations with her head held high, her mouth set firmly with resolve. Orihime's witnessed some truly horrible things in her lifetime, but she doesn't let it scar her. She doesn't dwell on the past. If she needs to, she'll weep. But it will never stop her from doing what she needs to do, and to keep moving forward.

Orihime's always been smart. She seems to rank consistently in the third spot of all the students in her year at school. (Ishida was first, and bookworm Ryo was second.) Orihime comprehends difficult situations quickly and quietly. Her logic is unusual, but it's normally very sound. She learns fast, remembers things vividly, and is academically gifted.

Orihime had to take care of herself ever since she was twelve years old. She learned to be responsible for her material needs at a very young age. Little by little, she's grown stronger and more capable of defending herself from danger. Tatsuki set her on that road, and Ichigo and Rukia provided a shining example of everything Orihime wished to become. She isn't satisfied to stay in the back, and is uncomfortable with being too reliant on others for protection. More than anything, Orihime wants to fight beside the others as an equal, and she's training hard to reach that level.

Orihime has very little real experience when it comes to fighting and dealing with threats. At times she can get in way over her head, and she has to rely on someone stronger to help her. She hates putting people out like that. She isn't desensitized to violence, and though she's seen some really awful things (like Mayuri's exploding human bombs), it never fails to affect her on a very real and personal level. Her powers are still largely untapped, since no human has ever possessed the talents granted to her by the hairpins she wears. Tsubaki is particularly difficult for her to manage because she lacks 'real killing intent' to use him effectively.

People tend to forget sometimes that Orihime is still just a sixteen-year-old girl. Her feelings are tender and easily injured. The other part of this flaw is that she can't stand seeing someone else get hurt, even the enemy. It's unlikely that she would kill to save her own life, and she'd seek out every other possible venue before resorting to such a thing for anyone else.

Underneath that smile, Orihime is uncertain of herself and her abilities. She desperately longs to be useful and helpful to her friends, but often believes that she's too weak to be of much good. She lacks real confidence in herself, and is prone to psychological manipulation of this manner. Though she's improved a great deal after meeting Tatsuki, part of her will always remain that same shy, awkward little girl starved for someone to love her in return.

Though Orihime's fervent belief in the goodness of others is admirable, it can also be a terrible weakness. It's hard for her to look at an enemy as exactly that: an enemy. What she usually sees is another person with feelings and goals and dreams, just like herself. She just can't manage to attack with blind anger, nor can she force herself to be apathetic towards the feelings of others.

Orihime doesn't wear her heart on her sleeve. Most don't realize this, because she's so open and friendly with people. But her deepest, most private feelings are rarely shared with anybody, with the occasional exception of her best friend Tatsuki. If she's hurting, she keeps it bottled up inside. Orihime feels she should be the one to deal with her own problems, and doesn't think she should rely on others for this. It's not healthy for her, because those emotions continue to build, leaving her frustrated and weary, until she finally breaks down and cries.

Orihime tends to rely too much on her friends. Their goals, their opinions, their strength… It frustrates her at times, because she's very much aware of this flaw. And though she fights so hard to stand on her own two feet, she knows very well that she can't do it alone, and that tends to sting.

Abilities

Reiatsu

Orihime has a very strong sense of the spiritual realm. She can easily see and feel the presence of paranormal beings and activity and, to an extent, control her own spiritual power. She's quite gifted at controlling the level of her reiatsu, and she's probably the most talented of her friends. She's not the most powerful, however; that title belongs to Ichigo Kurosaki and Uryuu Ishida. Still, it does come in handy!

Orihime's Hairpins

Three-Heaven Connecting Shield (Santen Kesshun)

The Sacred Tri-Link Cutting Shield is comprised of Hinagiku, Baigon, and Lily. The three of them create an impenetrable, triangular, golden shield, rejecting enemy attacks. So far, nothing has been able to physically break past this defense (though Yammy has been able to form a small crack with an obscenely powerful thrust from his finger). Nonetheless, it can only stay up so long as Orihime is concentrating. If she's distracted or emotionally distraught, it can shatter easily. It can also be cracked if an attack is /extremely/ powerful or focused.

Sacred Dual Return Shield

The Sacred Dual Return Shield is comprised of Shin'ou and Ayame. This power isn't technically a healing spell, even though it is often mistaken for one. It's the power to return objects within a limited space to a state before they were destroyed or damaged. Hence, not only can Orihime fix people's injuries, she can also repair objects that were recently broken. Orihime does not need to be present, or even awake, to maintain the shield. She just has to be there to start it. This power can also be used to return something to a time before it ever existed. However, it takes a good deal of time to do correctly, and it's unlikely she could (or WOULD) use it on a living being since all they'd have to do is step out of the way.

Sacred Solitary Cutting Shield

The Sacred Solitary Cutting Shield is comprised of Tsubaki (the bossy, mean little guy!). This is Orihime's only real offensive power. He has the ability to enter and put up a shield inside the enemy, rejecting their physical bonds to, in short, split them in two. It's very handy against Hollows! But it must be aimed properly and with Orihime's full intent to inflict harm. If she lacks the desire to kill (which is usually the case against sentient opponents), the attack will be very weak or misaimed. Tsubaki can also be cut down before impact, and if this is the case, he's out of the fight for good and cannot be called back until he's been healed. Healing Tsubaki is incredibly difficult and can take days of concentration for Orihime to fix him completely.

Shiten Koushun (Four-Heaven Resisting Shield)

This shield seems similar in appearance to her usual Santen Kesshun. However, Tsubaki is added to the trio and positioned in the middle, and with his powers added, the shield not only blocks incoming attacks, but counters them and reflects the damage viciously back upon the attacker. The more violent the assault, the more damage that is done in return.

Sewing

Though she isn't the genius tailor that Ishida happens to be, Orihime is nonetheless regarded as one of the best in her peer group. Her stitches are bold and creative, and she has a talent for crafting handmade clothes and stuffed animals. And like the other members of the Bleach cast, she has a knack for REVOLUTIONARY FASHION.

Leek-Spinning

It's true. Here's proof. [http://www.leekspin.com/]

Nautilus

Orihime's been busy since she first awoke in the Southern District. The city granted her a welcoming gift of a hundred leeks, which she cooked into numerous dishes and offered to anyone who wanted to come by and eat. Wheeljack took her to his lab, Ground Zero, and fixed up an adjoining duplex for her to stay in. Once a week, Orihime cooks dinner for all who live in Ground Zero (and can assume a form that can ingest human food). She apprentices with Ratchet in his medbay, and owns a cake shop across the street.

She also began construction on several Ewok treehouses, initially planning to live there and create a private place for newcomers or others with limited Bending skills to live. However, her attachment to Wheeljack and the others caused her to waver in her decision, so she's decided to stay with them permanently. She does open up the treehouses to those who need to take a break and be alone for a while, however.

One of her goals is to become strong enough to fix other worlds, due to her desire to be useful. She's trained with Lelouch, Axel, and Wheeljack to strengthen her Bending. She was unable to retrieve her powers for weeks until a fateful encounter with two Malboros interrupting a training session between her and Kick-Ass. When Zanith announced that she was one of five chosen to be taught by him, she responded eagerly to the affirmative.

Since coming to Nautilus, Orihime has avoided going home for fear of finding that the war with Aizen ended badly. However, as time passed, she drew inspiration from the courage of others who had ventured home, particularly Wheeljack and Mitham, and shortly after the new year she made the decision to return and see the end of the war through. When she came back to Nautilus, her heart was at ease, and she was able to commit herself fully to the welfare of the city. In the late spring of 2011, she was chosen to Ascend to the rank of Angelii, and bonded herself to Lelouch vi Britannia to begin her training with him.

Later in the summer, there was a reality storm that caused people to face their Shadow selves. For the first part of it, Orihime was able to reach her friends and help them overcome their trials, though the spite of Augie Farks' shadow caused her to feel a great deal of guilt. However, Orihime's own shadow manifested, blatantly revealing all of her hidden feelings, including her love for Ichigo Kurosaki, in front of those who had come to rescue her, including Ichigo himself. With their courage and steadfast protection, Orihime was able to accept her Shadow, and was granted the power of an ice-based Persona named Hikoboshi.

She currently owns a young shiba inu dog from Batman (she told Batman that she was naming it Batdog, but in truth she calls it Charlie-chan).

Relationships

Alice Hartsen: Orihime pretty much liked her from the get-go, and has no problems chatting up the hedge-witch about this and that. She thinks Alice's magic is fascinating, and appreciates her kind and polite personality.

Alphonse Elric: Ed and Al were the first two people she met when she Woke Up. Though she didn't stick around long enough to get to know them well, it's safe to say that she likes both of the brothers. Orihime feels particularly close to Al, since he treated her so kindly shortly after a city-wide event caused Orihime to stalk him and steal his cat trying to get his attention.

Augie Farks: Orihime confused him for Red Mist at first, but was able to discern pretty quickly that he was an entirely different person. He seemed to be having a rough time, so she invited him to her bakery for cake, and the two became fast friends. She likes Augie's creativity and active imagination, and she considers him to be a reliable, supportive person. After his shadow revealed that he harbored some bitterness toward her for not returning his secret romantic feelings, Orihime reluctantly kept her distance, afraid that he hated her. He went to sleep before the matter could be resolved, and she still feels guilty about it.

Axel: Axel is one of Orihime's two primary Bending teachers. He sent her a bathrobe to practice on, as well as to wear since she needed at least one outfit to change into to wash the other. She finds him to be an interesting sort of person, and she's appreciative of his help and tutoring. She fell in love with him for a day during a reality storm, but doesn't remember it. Ever since more of Axel's friends have Awoken and taken residence in his castle, Orihime's visits have decreased, since she doesn't want to bother him and because she has less reason to worry that he might be lonely. But she still likes him just as much as before, if not more, especially after he sang a rock song to cheer her up after the Marker's hallucinations ended.

Aya Brea: Orihime thinks very highly of Aya. She's easy to talk to, and as a member of the police force, Orihime has a great deal of respect for her. She's kind of curious to learn more about this talking house that Aya lives in, which also seems capable of cooking for her. Though Orihime won't admit it out loud, she worries about Aya, who looks after so many other people…but who looks after Aya? Thus, Orihime has made it her secret mission to make sure Aya doesn't get too overwhelmed or stressed out by the things she has to deal with on a near-daily basis.

Batman: Orihime knew him primarily as 'the one who was training Kick-Ass' for most of her time in Nautilus, until he fell into the Nile River. After he managed to get out, she invited him back to her bakery for tea and cake. She told him that she'd always wanted a dog but was insecure about caring for one because of her various duties around the city, which led to him surprising her with a shiba inu puppy. She promptly named it 'Batdog-chan' just to see his reaction, but named it 'Charlie-chan' in the end. She likes Batman, and tries to encourage him to spend time out of his cave whenever possible.

Blurr: Though he seems quiet and reserved, Orihime finds him to be a very kind and friendly person. When she fell and hit her head, he was quick to show concern, and she decided immediately that she would be friends with him. He seems to look out for and watch over Orihime, while she works to help him open up and have fun.

Death: His appearance startled her at first, but after she began to speak with him, he seemed like any other person she knew and liked. He's patient, even-tempered, and kind of hilarious! BUT WILL HE LIKE ORIHIME'S CURRY?!?!?!

Dr. Holiday: Once again, this is a person who Orihime took an immediate liking to, and the feeling seems to be mutual (particularly since Holiday liked being referred to as 'Holiday-sensei'). Orihime appreciates the doctor's intelligence and compassion, and she's eager to share her new discoveries since they're both the curious type.

Edward Elric: Ed and Al were the first two people she met when she Woke Up. Though she didn't stick around long enough to get to know them well, it's safe to say that she likes both of the brothers.

England: When they first met, Orihime believed England to be a Yorkshire terrier, whom she promptly adopted and named "Chaplin-chan." He told her the truth several weeks later. Though she was disappointed in not having a dog anymore, she was delighted to know she'd made a new friend. His unicorn, Elizabeth, makes Orihime ridiculously giddy and happy. She adores that unicorn. England was also Orihime's first kiss, after a tainted chocolate caused him to make a move. Though she was petrified at the time, she's since gotten over it, and is actually kind of amused that she got kissed by a country.

Garrus Vakarian: Orihime's first alien! He's got a dry sense of humor that Orihime likes, though sometimes it's hard for her to know if he's being sarcastic or not. Nonetheless, she likes him, and she's awfully curious to know more about him and what it's like where he's from. Aliens are neat.

Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez: She's not entirely sure where the two of them stand. Grimmjow awoke from a much earlier time, shortly after his arm was lost in canon, while she knew him from the point where he was supposedly slain by Nnoitra. Having seen the potential in him for an ally, she approached him with a friendly demeanor and bombarded his communication device with messages beseeching him to let her fix his arm. They definitely share no romantic feelings; she just thought it would be funny.

Ichigo Kurosaki: Orihime was in love with Ichigo for over four years. For a long time she struggled with her feelings, believing that he loved Rukia Kuchiki and that continuing to hold affection toward him was selfish. When he appeared in Nautilus, a reality storm caused her feelings to become known to him. After she was able to accept this part of her, she felt relief in clarifying her affection, and their friendship seemed to be stronger for it. He returned to sleep a few months after that, which she interpreted to mean that he didn't return her feelings.

Isaac Clarke: Isaac was present in Nautilus for some time before Orihime finally took notice of him. They bonded quickly over a love of food (she loved to cook, he loved eating real meals), and the two share a close friendship. Orihime looks up to him as a big brotherly sort. It was thanks to Isaac that Orihime was prevented from losing her mind to the hallucinations that affected so many residing in Nautilus, and thanks to his pre-emptive warning, she was able to recognize her visions for what they were and escape to Helix when the hallucinations started to get violent.

Johanna Barker: Though Orihime can't really recall the circumstances over how they first met, she considers Johanna to be a kind person and a good friend. Ever since she found out that Johanna's master/guardian kept her cooped up indoors, Orihime's been determined to help Johanna live it up and be as free as she likes. It also helps that the two are both romantics at heart, which means that Orihime has another girl to confide in over relationship troubles.

Jun: Orihime LOVES Jun. She's never had a younger sibling, so she can't properly say that he's like a younger brother to her. But that's pretty much what he is. She loves his cheerful and kind nature, and finds his courage to be very inspiring. He's a great kid, and he has a monkey that's constantly on fire. What's not to like?

Kaywinnit Lee "Kaylee" Frye: Admittedly, Orihime is kind of fangirlish over Kaylee and her many space adventures, because seriously, it doesn't get much cooler than that! She really likes Kaylee, and finds her easy to talk to. When Orihime spent time in Helix tending to the neglected fields, she called Kaylee for help in fixing the irrigation system, and thanks to her mechanical skills, water flows freely to the trees and plants growing there.

Kick-Ass/Dave Lizewski: Orihime first met Kick-Ass through the communicator where she saw him fly (and crash) a jetpack. Finding that they both shared a love for superheroics, they began training together, starting with the art of jumping from one rooftop to another. She looked up to him, thinking that he was just as good a superhero as anyone from the comic books. Her perception of him changed from hero worship to something else when a Malboro attacked the two of them during a sparring match. Kick-Ass was brutally mauled trying to protect Orihime from the monster, and seeing him fight so hard to defend her was the trigger she needed to at last reawaken the powers of her Shun Shun Rikka to defeat the Malboro and heal Kick-Ass. Shortly after, he asked her to a dance, and an awkward attraction began to develop. Orihime had begun to fall in love with him, but not long after she got her feelings sorted out, he went to Sleep. Though she was heartbroken for quite some time, she looks back on it now with warm nostalgia. He was the first person she knows of that seemed to care for her in that way.

KITT: Orihime never thought she'd meet a sentient car, but she was happily proven wrong. She's impressed with KITT's politeness as well as his flawless Japanese…but what really made her fangirl was his stunt driving and ability to shoot flames out the back.

Kyle Madigan: She's still getting to know him, but so far, Orihime likes Kyle a lot. He's laid back, funny, and a good friend to Aya.

The Labyrinth: Originally, Orihime wasn't sure what to think of him. He scared her mentor, Zanith, and for a time she believed the Labyrinth met the Deva great harm. She mistook a brief visit to return Zanith's things as an attempt to hunt him down, so she threw a snowball at the Labyrinth. It dumped a treeload of snow on her in return. Upon seeing she was cold, it gave her a cloak of dark cloth that absorbed and nullified temperatures. When she realized it had no intentions of harming Zanith or anyone else, Orihime warmed up to the being, and nicknamed it 'Enraku-chan' after her teddy bear.

L: Orihime first met him due to his striking resemblance to Ulquiorra. Early on, the city swapped their clothes (including Ulquiorra's Hollow hole), which piqued Orihime's conversation enough to talk and visit with him. The city's gift of tons of cake helped inspire her to open her own bakery.

Lelouch vi Britannia: One of the first people Orihime spoke with. He escorted Orihime to visit the Heart of Nautilus, and was privy to the confessed worries and gratitude she usually doesn't express openly to others. He's also helped Orihime with her Bending, and is her other primary teacher. She trusts Lelouch and thinks of him as a kind and patient person, referring to him as 'Lelouch-sensei'.

Michael Trinity: Once you get past all of the crude language, Michael is actually a really nice guy. At least, Orihime seems to think so. He's a little impulsive (A LOT), and prone to do crazy things, but she likes that about him. He certainly isn't boring!

Mitham: Mitham is a sweet kid. Orihime feels awfully protective of him, and is quick to respond when he finds himself in a tough spot. He seems open and friendly around her, and she considers him a good friend. He also makes an adorable kitten. Mitham requested that she not use any formalities when referring to him. She complies as best she can, but it's not easy.

Ratchet: Ratchet is everyone's grandpa. That's the best way to describe the way Orihime sees him, except for the age. Robots just don't look OLD to her. But he's got her respect in spades. Orihime is currently apprenticing with him at the medbay to improve her medical knowledge, Bending capabilities, and understanding of Cybertronian physiology.

Red Mist/Chris D'Amico: He's foul-mouthed, sure, but Orihime likes him a great deal due to his dry sense of humor. She can't help feeling bad for him, recognizing the signs of loneliness and possibly even fear. Orihime believes that he's a good person beneath the prickly exterior, and is fiercely determined to be a reliable friend to him. He has a way of making her laugh, even though their senses of humor are definitely different. When he finally told her that he saw her as a friend, she got choked up.

Rion Steiner: Because he seemed lonely, Orihime decided to latch onto Rion and chatter at him in an attempt to cheer him up. He knows a great deal about Nautilus and the beings in charge, so she regards him as being very intelligent, and chided him when he disagreed. She still can't decide on what to call him.

Sae Kurosawa: A sweet girl who seems very shy. Orihime finds her to be very endearing, especially since Sae reminds her so much of Ichigo's little sister, Yuzu.

Sephiroth: In the beginning, Orihime wasn't quite sure what to make of him. She hated what he'd done to Zack, but at the same time she felt a little bad for him due to his past. After Zack was restored to his normal cheerful self, she tentatively reached out to Sephiroth in an active desire to know him better. So far, he's made a good impression on her, enough so that she now considers him a close friend.

Sideswipe: She doesn't hate him. She doesn't like the way he treats Wheeljack and some of the others, and she knows she's not exactly his favorite person either. So her philosophy is to just leave him alone for now, but she's determined to keep trying to establish some form of friendship.

Skyfire: Orihime took an instant liking to Skyfire when they first spoke with each other, fascinated with his love of exploration and discovery which she shares (albeit to a lesser degree, he gets pretty into it!). Whenever there's a new place Orihime wants to see, she's likely to invite him along with her.

Sora: Another nice person that Orihime found herself getting along with very quickly.

Souji Seta: Souji and Orihime first met in her bakery, where they'd agreed to tell each other about where they came from and the long story behind it. They became fast friends, and she lent him her willpower to help him construct a two-handed sword. She quickly felt at ease around him, as he was accepting of her quirks as well as her powers. Orihime responded to several anonymous singles ads, partly because she thought it was funny and wanted to know who each ad belonged to, and partly to recover from her recent heartbreak after Ichigo returned to sleep — one of the people who responded back to her was Souji. They went on their first 'date', causing her friendship to deepen. During a brief event where people felt compelled to give flowers, both she and Souji admitted that there was an attraction, which only strengthened after a fairy tale event where he played prince to her little mermaid condition.

Starscream: She's still getting to know the Decepticon, but right from the beginning she liked the unique quality of his voice. It's just so hilarious! He's confident and straightforward, both attributes she greatly admires, and when Orihime was turned into a bird, Starscream taught her how to fly. She enjoys baking him cakes since he seems to appreciate them so much.

Tally Youngblood: She first met Tally officially after Orihime listed her goals for the new year, which led to Tally volunteering to assist with the set on a future play. Later, after seeing Tally lying in the cold and looking very upset, Orihime got worried and invited her over for cocoa and chat to get to know one another better. Orihime was fascinated by Tally's tattoos, which moved in time with Tally's heartbeat. She offered to give one to Orihime, who eagerly accepted. Orihime now has a butterfly on her shoulder that beats its wings in the same rhythm as her heartbeat.

Tarrant "Hatter" Hightopp: What most people would describe as 'eccentric' doesn't necessarily match Orihime's point of view. She finds the Hatter to be funny, kind, and extremely intelligent, and she eagerly looks forward to his vast array of riddles (even if she feels kind of bad about not being able to supply many in return). She doesn't find his appearance alarming or unsettling in the least, and enjoys his company and tea parties.

Ulquiorra Cifer: They've had a rocky past, true. But Orihime doesn't hold a grudge, and her gut instinct is telling her that he's making a lot of changes for the better. Is it risky? Sure, she'll admit that Ulquiorra getting his powers back could cause a lot of damage. However, she has a strong feeling that things will be different, and she intends to help him discover the side of himself he kept repressed.

V: It's pretty obvious — Orihime is a total fangirl and she idolizes V as some manner of swashbuckling superhero. She has several theories about what he looks like beneath the mask, which shift constantly the more she learns about him. She likes his gentlemanly nature, and because he was bold enough to actually ask, Orihime has told him a great deal about herself. He's one of the few she feels safe enough around to be entirely open about herself.

Wheeljack: Shortly after she first woke up, Wheeljack invited Orihime to live with him and the others at his lab, and helped furnish her duplex with all the niceties of home. He was the first 'robot' she met, and though she was thrilled with the experience, she's come to appreciate and care for him as she would for any other of her friends. His human form tends to throw her off for a short time when he uses it. His regular form, however, is one she's very comfortable with. He often allows her to sit on his shoulder when he's working in the lab. Wheeljack is usually the one to transport Orihime to and from her various destinations to ensure she reaches those places safely. Originally Orihime planned her stay at Ground Zero to be only temporary until she could look after herself. But as time passed, she realized it was the closest place to a home she'd ever had, and its residents are like family to her. Wheeljack is practically like a father to her, and there's nothing she wouldn't do for him.

William Jesse: Currently Orihime's neighbor. She doesn't know much about him, but she did witness his drowning at sea. He seems fairly shy, so Orihime's held back in order to avoid overwhelming him. He is, however, part of the family, and she looks forward to getting to know him better once she thinks he's ready.

Wing: Orihime liked him from the get-go, as she usually does when it comes to giant robots. But the thing that really sealed her friendly affection for Wing was how he shielded her from a persistent sprig of mistletoe with his hand. She finds him very easy to talk to, and she was delighted when he decided to move into Ground Zero. Wing is easily one of Orihime's best friends, and it's almost impossible for her to be in a bad mood when he's around. She missed him sorely when he went back to sleep, but then he woke up again, and she immediately glomped his shoulder in happy reunion.

Xemnas: They haven't spoken all that often, but she finds Xemnas fairly intriguing just the same. She thinks his eyes are cool, and she likes the color of his hair. Her compulsion to mess with it isn't as strong as it is for Sephiroth, but she still feels the urge to style it every now and again.

Zack Fair: Zack's personality enabled him to hit it off with Orihime almost immediately. They'd only talked once, and they were both fast friends by the end of it. Her first meeting with Zack, however, was not so pleasant as she encountered him under Sephiroth's manipulation. It was because of Zack's change that Orihime found the focus and determination she needed to begin Bending.

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