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Lilynette Gingerbuck|リリネット・ジンジャーバック|Ririnetto Jinjābakku, sometimes incorrectly romanized as Lilinette Gingerback, is an Arrancar. Apart from being an Arrancar, she herself is a sealed part of Coyote Starrk's power; when he uses his Resurrección, the two become one.

AppearanceEdit

Lilynette is a young-looking female Arrancar. Her outfit consists of white-colored briefs with a black line positioned in the middle, arm-warmers, a revealing vest with a high collar, and thigh-high, fur-lined boots. Her Hollow hole is positioned in the center of her stomach. The remainder of her Hollow mask is the form of a helmet with two horns on the top of her head. The left horn looks as if it has been cut off, and the left half of the mask covers her left eye. Her right eye is light pink and she has light green hair arranged in a very basic manner.

PersonalityEdit

Lilynette can be both cheerful and mischievous at the same time. She enjoys waking Starrk up in unusual ways, such as shoving her fist down his throat. Despite her initially childish behavior, she does have a more serious side, as she is concerned about the ominous occurrences in Hueco Mundo and shows sorrow over Aaroniero Arruruerie being killed. She also seems to be rather proud, quickly taking offense when underestimated due to her appearance.

Her relationship with Starrk is also unique amongst the Espada and their subordinates, appearing more comical and lighthearted. She does not address him with the usual "-sama" suffix (a Japanese honorific similar to Lord or Master), as the other subordinates generally do for their respective Espada, and simply calls him by his name. As such, her relationship with Starrk is more similar to that of a younger sister than a servant. Despite this familiarity, however, Lilynette does show a certain degree of respect for Starrk and knows of his true power, even when he chooses to be humble about it (or is simply too lazy to show it), to the point of being outraged that he allowed Baraggan Louisenbairn to lead the battle against the Shinigami in Karakura Town, knowing that Starrk is higher in rank and power than him. This is likely because Lilynette is actually part of Starrk, with the two having originally been a single Hollow. In their separated forms, Lilynette appears to retain all self-motivation and drive, while Starrk himself has next-to-none.

HistoryEdit

When Lilynette was still a part of Starrk, he was always alone. He tried to live with other hollows, but they lost their souls and died just by being around him, although how this happened is not explained. Because of this, he became jealous of the weak and wanted to become weak. In an attempt to escape his loneliness, he split his soul into two (himself and Lilynette). He claims he doesn't remember which of them they originally looked like and suspects that perhaps their original appearance corresponded to neither of them. Starrk wanted to become weak so he could join a pack and if that was not possible, he wanted to find someone as strong as him. It is perhaps for this latter reason Starrk wondered why he had to fight someone as strong as Kyōraku.

PlotEdit

Hueco Mundo arcEdit

She first appears after the 9th Espada Aaroniero is killed in battle. She wakes Starrk up and informs him of the occurring events but he already knows about it. Lilynette urges him to do something, but Starrk simply replies: "What do you want me to do about it?"[1]

Fake Karakura Town arcEdit

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Lilynette travels with Starrk to do battle with the Gotei 13 in the fake Karakura Town alongside the other top two Espada and their Fracción.[2] She angrily scolds Starrk and kicks him in the thigh when he agrees to let Baraggan take control of the situation with Aizen immobilized by Yamamoto's Shikai.[3] After the Shinigami have successfully defended the pillars that keep the real Karakura Town in Soul Society and the fake one in the Human world, she and Starrk engage in battle with Captains Jūshirō Ukitake and Shunsui Kyōraku.[4] Following an initial face down, though, Kyōraku asks Starrk if she could be taken somewhere else during the battle, as he would have problems fighting with a young girl nearby. Lilynette responds with furious disbelief, but Starrk tells her to be quiet, using the statement as an excuse to try to avoid a fight.[5] She is next seen arguing with Ukitake, stating that he probably should help Kyōraku due to Starrk's strength. When he politely refuses, Lilynette asks to fight him. Although Ukitake flat-out refuses to fight someone who looks like a young girl, she draws her Zanpakutō and decides to fight him anyway.[6] Despite her confidence, Ukitake barely needs to try to keep her at bay, even blocking her Cero with his bare hands. She is upset and stunned at how little she can do. Ukitake comments that Lilynette's powers (specifically, her Cero) are not mature and are lesser than the powers of a Menos, again begging her to "just go home" so he does not need to continue fighting her.[7]

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Lilynette insists on battling Ukitake and attempts countless attacks, only to fail miserably. Ukitake deflects and forces away Lilynette numerous times, but does not try to kill her. Instead, he's "training" her by not allowing her to use her own sword. Lilynette eventually becomes so frustrated that she begins to cry, still trying to get her sword back. It is later revealed that she and Starrk are, in fact, one. When they evolved from Hollow into Arrancar, instead of splitting their power between their body and sword, they had split into two bodies. If they were to merge back to one, their full power would be released. With that, she merges with Starrk, much to Ukitake's shock. [8]

When the Visored come to do battle with Starrk, he initially lets them attack him, depressed over Baraggan's death and Aizen's cold disregard of the 2nd Espada. However, when he lies in the rubble after an attack, she encourages him to protect his friends by fighting.[9] This seems to renew him, and he returns to re-engage Love Aikawa in battle. However, Shunsui returns and deals Starrk a fatal wound to the chest.[10] As Starrk remembers his past, Lilynette dies along with him.[11]

EquipmentEdit

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Sword: Lilynette has a sword that is drawn from the stump of the missing horn on her mask fragment. It resembles a scimitar with a standard katana hilt and an oblong guard.[7] After merging with Starrk, her sword is seen to still be beside Ukitake, where it is in the process of disintegrating.[12] Template:Clear

Powers & AbilitiesEdit

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Cero: Lilynette charges a light-green Cero through her left eye (which her mask remnants cover), and fires it from the center of her face. The power of the Cero is questionable, but Jūshirō Ukitake comments that even a Gillian-class Menos fires a more potent Cero.[7]

Spiritual Power: Despite being Starrk's other half, Lilynette seems to be a rather weak Arrancar, as during her duel against Ukitake, he was easily able to fend her off with low-level Kidō and minimal effort, and when she tried her Cero against him, he easily repelled it unarmed.[7]

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ZanpakutōEdit

Template:Translation: Unlike all other known Arrancar, Starrk's enormous power is not sealed in the form of a Zanpakutō. Instead, it is sealed in the form of another Arrancar, his own subordinate, Lilynette Gingerbuck, who is a separate distinct being but also an actual part of him.

  • Resurrección: Due to the fact that Lilynette and Starrk were originally one being[13], she shares his Resurrección, "Los Lobos". While she wields her own sword, in her (and Starrk's) Resurrección form, she is both of Starrk's guns. She can apparently still feel things and talk audibly in this form, as she says it hurts when he hits her against his head, and cries out when he slaps the back end of the gun.[14]

Appearances in Other MediaEdit

Lilynette appears as a support character for Starrk in Bleach: Flame Bringer and in Bleach: Heat the Soul 7.

QuotesEdit

  • (To Coyote Starrk) "That hurt! What're you gonna do if my head splits open, moron?"[15]
  • (To Coyote Starrk) "Ow, Ow, ow, that's my ass! You know damn well that's my ass, you bastard!"[15]
  • (To Coyote Starrk) "What're you just layin' around for? Isn't this a battle of revenge? How pathetic!"[16]
  • (To Coyote Starrk) "You're such a moron, Starrk! You're the Primera, have some sense of your position! And you've just been putting up a front and haven't even tried to take this seriously!! Why do you think that Aizen made you number one?! Because he believes in your power, right!? If you don't want to lose any of your comrades then the only thing to do is fight!!!"[16]

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