character application info
Name: Orihime Inoue
Age: 17 (post Hueco Mundo arc, pre X-cutioner arc)
Strengths: Though Orihime's cheer and humor make her appear derpy, she's very intelligent and creative. She has the ability to learn new skills quickly, even faster than the rest of her friends when they're taught to send their spiritual energy into the spheres at the Shiba household. Her grades are exceptional, and she ranked third out of her grade level on her tests. Part of this is due to her hard work, as the money she receives from her aunt is based on her grades, but she's also got the brains to make it to the top. She's demonstrated her quick thinking when paired with Uryuu Ishida in the Soul Society, and suggests that they can move around more easily if they disguise themselves as shinigami.
Not only is she cagey, she's also shown that most of the time she's incredibly perceptive. She's one of the few who recognizes that Ishida isn't a bad person from the very beginning, and seems to get along with him far better than the others. Orihime is particuarly keen for recognizing when her friends are upset or sad, even when they try to hide it with a smile. But this isn't always the case. There are times when she's way off the mark, like when she states that Ishida must be in love with Rukia because he made her such a cute dress. She also seems oblivious to Ishida's affection for her, just because she's so focused on Ichigo.
There are very few people that Orihime doesn't get along with. She's polite, thoughtful, and quick to give earnest compliments at whatever she admires. She has a knack for making friends, even able to cause the grumpiest and most reticent people to warm up to her. Orihime's a great friend who works hard to look after people, whether it's trying to cheer them up, or leaving them bags of extra bread that she's allowed to take home from the bakery. She's a good listener, agreeable almost to a fault, and a hard worker. She also does her best not to take anything for granted, because she knows how uncertain life can be, and that the people she cares for could be gone the next day. Because of this, she strives to make each moment memorable, and lives each day to the fullest.
Flaws: Orihime's personality is layered. The personality she presents openly to others is much different than her hidden insecurities and fears. On the outside, she appears cheerful, exuberant, and many have stated that she doesn't 'look smart.' It's not that she's trying to lie, and most of the time she is pretty happy and easily excited about things. But she also has a tendency to keep that front going when she's sad or lonely.
In the deepest parts of her personality, Orihime is surprisingly insecure. Despite her good looks and her admirers (which she doesn't seem to realize she has), she doesn't really seem to think that she's good enough to be what Ichigo deserves. She beats herself up over her flaws and mistakes, and is quick to make self-deprecating remarks about her clumsiness or her weight. She tries so hard, but more often than not, she has no real pride in herself or her accomplishments. When she confesses her jealousy, she says she's disgusting, and breaks down in tears.
She's also desperately afraid of being lonely. She talks to her brother's picture about everything that happens, long after she's already said goodbye to his Hollow self. She felt responsible for him being a Hollow in the first place because she begged him not to leave her when he was dying. And despite this guilt, she does the same thing when Ulquiorra kills Ichigo. She screams tearfully at him for help, and this awakens his most monstrous and powerful form as a result.
At one point, Ishida observes that Orihime is the type who doesn't like seeing anybody get hurt, even if that person is an enemy. Others have accused her of having no true killing intent. This is partly true; she definitely doesn't take joy in seeing another person suffer, no matter what they've done to her. The fact that she heals and resurrects the two female Arrancar who brutally assault her is evidence of this. But she isn't a pushover either. When the Hollow attacks and hurts her friends, Orihime states firmly that she won't forgive it, and shows no remorse or reservations about destroying it. She also shows her anger and willingness to fight when facing Ulquiorra and Yammy, as well as when she demands to know if Shishigawara was the one who attacked and injured Ishida. He's completely shocked at how quickly her cheery and sweet demeanor changes the moment she makes the connection. In short, she prefers peace, but will never shy away from a fight or a challenge because she understands the costs of losing.
These darker aspects of her personality aren't something she likes to admit, most likely due to her childhood habits of hiding her troubles from her brother -- she didn't want him to worry about her when he was already working so hard and sacrificing so much to take care of her. She also seems to have carried over her guilt from fighting with her brother the night before he died, and shows a lot of aversion to contention and fighting. When someone does recognize and point out that she's faking her cheer, she'll sheepishly come clean, but more often than not she tries not to give other people a reason to worry about her. So she'll put on a smile, make dumb jokes, and keep herself busy to avoid becoming depressed. Most of the time she's pretty good at it, but she does have her rare moments where she completely breaks.
One of Orihime's greatest values is a sense of humor. She takes comedy very seriously, studying the different forms and types and trying to put them into practice. Even her toy bear, Enraku, is named after a Japanese comedian. This is a big part of the reason why most seem to think that she's ditzy, or dumb. She just thinks she's being funny and others don't realize she's just joking around. She does this when infiltrating the Vizard's hideout to find Ichigo, and greets them by asking where the bathroom is. They're not quite sure what to make of her. Orihime also becomes temporarily depressed when she thinks Urahara criticizes her for not having a sense of humor.
Her second driving motivation is a desire to feel needed, especially when her friends are involved. She tries so hard to be useful, and when she feels like she can't keep up, her self esteem plummets. Orihime trains relentlessly to be a better fighter and improve her powers, leaping onto any opportunity that's offered. There's very little she wouldn't do for her friends, or even total strangers, so long as she feels like she's useful. She's even said that she would rather be lonely and left behind than be a burden to her friends.
Finally, and most obviously, almost everything she chooses to do is for the sake of Ichigo. She's loved him for a long time, and her infatuation has only increased the more time they've spent together. When asked why she went to Soul Society to save Rukia, she replied that she did it to protect Ichigo. He's the one she chooses when she's allowed to say goodbye to one person, and if he's feeling down, she seems to feel some sense of responsibility, especially if she can't help him to feel better. Her reasons for loving him aren't ever outright stated, but in the beginning she says she just likes imagining his eyebrows. Likely his unusual expression, scowling even when he's smiling or being kind, was funny to her and cheered her up while her brother was being treated in his family's clinic. Then the more she learned about him, the more her affection deepened. Despite this, she's never been able to summon the courage to tell him how much she cares. When she tries to kiss him, she breaks down in tears and admits that she just can't, even though she thinks it's the last time she'll ever see him. It's possible that she just wants him to care for her on his own, and that confessing her feelings will make him feel obligated. Or maybe she's just afraid that he might reject her -- she does seem to think that he's in love with Rukia, and has confessed being jealous despite how much she loves and admires Rukia, which makes Orihime feel terrible.
Orihime lives fairly humbly, demonstrating a knack for being frugal and watching her budget. She sleeps on a floor mat, as she doesn't seem to have room in the apartment for a bed and probably can't afford one. She sews her own clothes. One might even assume that part of the reason she has such odd tastes when it comes to cooking comes from her limited budget -- she makes what she can based on what she can afford. This is also probably due to her sense of excitement and adventure, in that she always loves trying new things and having different experiences. Her cooking is bizarre, but her desserts are supposedly incredible. She states that her dream is to open a cake shop, which is probably why she takes a job at a bakery later. She's also proved to be athletic and good at sports, and seems to really like robots and laser beams for some reason.
Starting Faction: Empress
Goals: Orihime's extremely fixated on Ichigo in canon, so I think it will likely take her a while to break away from that (and she might not if an actual Ichigo joins). It might also take her some time to warm up to the idea of gaining powers with sex, but understanding the practical application of it will help her to at least consider it as a possibility if the situation seems dire enough. I'd love a small arc where she's manipulated or kidnapped over to the other side for the sake of her powers, but ultimately she'd be more fun to play on the Empress's side where she can support the others. If it's okay with mods and players, she might be able to help escapees get rid of their control bands too.