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You know I could tell you a lot of things that would scare you, Dina. I could tell you that I'm going to make you my prison bitch. I could tell you that I'm going to make you my house mouse, that I will have sex with you even if we don't have an emotional connection; that I'm going to do to you what the spring does with cherry trees but in a prison way. Pablo Neruda. But why bother? You're too tough, right. Yeah, I know how easy it is to convince yourself that you're something you're not. I mean you could do that on the outside. You can just keep moving, keep yourself so busy you don't have to face who you really are. But you're weak. I'm like you Dina. I'm weak too. I can't get through this without somebody to touch, without somebody to love. Is that because sex numbs the pain or is it because I'm some evil f*** monster? I don't know. But I do know that I was somebody before I came in here. I was somebody with a life that I chose for myself and now, now it's just about getting through the day without crying. And I'm scared. I'm still scared. I'm scared that I'm not myself in here and I'm scared that I am. Other people aren't the scariest part of prison Dina. It's coming face-to-face with who you really are. because once you're behind these walls there's nowhere to run, even if you could run. The truth catches up with you in here Dina and it's the truth that's going to make you her bitch.
~ Piper breaking Dina, Season 1
Bitches got to learn
~ Piper to everyone outside hearing her break Dina by talking, Season 1
I'm quite Gangsta with an "A"
~ Piper's egotistical boast to everyone around her, Season 4

Piper Chapman is the main protagonist of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

She is portrayed by Taylor Schilling, and Clare Foy as a child.


In the beginning, Piper appears to be a somewhat innocent character who strives to be on her best behavior and not get in trouble with any of the inmates while doing her time quietly. However, throughout the series, as she spends more time in prison, a darker side of Piper is revealed; she is cruel, spoiled, sanctimonious and will be manipulative to get what she wants, and heartlessly doing so, as seen in her interactions with Brook Soso.

Both sides of Piper are shown repeatedly throughout the series, albeit the former less the more time Piper spends in prison. Piper also has a habit of coming off as obnoxiously self-righteous at times. However, unlike many of her fellow inmates (notably Alex), she is often willing to reflect upon her negative actions and work on character flaws pointed out by her peers (such as her commonly referred to self-indulgent attitude).


Piper has blonde hair, blue eyes, an infinity tattoo on her left side, a tattoo on her left arm in white ink that says "Trust no bitch", and a fish tattoo on the back of her neck. She is tall and thin, and so typical of the perfect female stereotype that her nickname in prison quickly becomes "Blondie." She also has other nicknames due to her appearance for example: "Taylor Swift", "Lindsay Lohan", "Dandelion" and "College".

She usually wears a white t-shirt under her tan jumpsuit, and she notes that the prison-issue canvas slip-ons look like trendy Toms ("I Wasn't Ready"). The few exceptions are when she gets furlough; where she wears several other articles of clothing, and the bug bite infestation; where she wears the same blue uniform that everyone else does.


The day before she has to leave for prison, Larry, Pete, and Polly throw a farewell party for her. She apologizes to Polly because she is going to miss her baby shower, and the two joke about how Piper is going to keep her eyebrows maintained behind bars. Later that night, she and Larry decide to have sex one final time before she leaves. Just as they begin, she excuses herself to go use the toilet and Larry tells her that she is beautiful. In the bathroom she sobs, the realization that she is leaving for prison hitting her. When she comes back out, she returns Larry’s compliment and gets back into bed. When he notices that she has been crying she tells him to forget about it and just have sex with her ("I Wasn't Ready"). The next morning, Piper and Larry drive to Litchfield in order for her to surrender.

Start of Villainous Acts

Season Three

In Season Three, she is shown at her darkest and most manipulative side when she makes a business which sells worn undergarments by inmates who have to wear them for 2 days at a time or more, sneak them to a guard, who drops them off to Cal, who sells them online, then keep the money for herself. She meets Stella Carlin with whom she becomes a 'friend with benefits', and eventually a business partner after Alex wants out of her panty business. Soon, Piper's panty wearers, led by Flaca, realize how much money they're missing out on and refuse to work until they get a fair wage.

After taking advice from Red, Piper realizes she needs to pay them. When looking for a phone to get a cash card to keep her business running, she finds a variety of illegal contraband, including a shiv made out of hardened candy, a lighter, cigarettes and weed. After making the arrangements to put money in their accounts, Piper collects all the panty-wearers and tells them the good news. She then fires Flaca to set an example. Later, Flaca begs for her job back by truthfully telling Piper that her mother is sick, leading Piper to rehire her at a low starting rate. However, when Cal tells her that all her money is gone, Piper automatically blames Flaca because she was in the Library when Piper was using her phone to pay the inmates.

She quickly finds out that it is not Flaca, but instead Stella Carlin, who stole her money in one desperate move because she was getting out in a few days. Piper then collects all the contraband she found during the search for the cell phone and stashes them in Stella's bunk. She also stashes the screwdriver she uses in her fight with Pennsatucky in "Can't Fix Crazy", calmly remarking to Boo, "Sorry about your dildo, Boo; cost of doing business. I'll make it up to you.", to which Boo replies, "Damn, Chapman, That is some stone cold shit". Piper then leaves whilst saying: "I don't fuck around. Let the people know". 

Season Four

In Season Four, not long after getting Stella framed for possessions and thrown into maximum security facility, Piper begins to walk around Litchfield prison like she owns the place and that everyone should bow down to her. She notices two female inmates running away and assumes they were running from her out of fear. Then she notices everyone running outside and takes this in pride. Piper then blocks the entrance from Squirrel when she tries to run outside to the lake. Piper stands tall with a smug smile on her face, declaring to Squirrel that she is "quite gangsta now". Squirrel scoffs at this and moves her aside. Cheng then corrects Piper, telling her that everyone is running because of a big hole in the fence leading to the lake, not because of her. Piper can just say "Oh". Afterwards, she starts bragging to Alex and Lolly that she's is quite gangsta around the place and that they shouldn't talk to her in such a disrespectful way. Lolly tells her off but Piper ignores her and leaves. 

When word gets around prison that dirty panties are being sold for money, the prison staff start checking bunks and throwing prisoners into the SHU or extending their sentences. Piper panics and frames her supposed opponent Maria and the dominican girls, already increasin the racial tensions between herself and the girls. Not long after Maria is framed, she is confronted and threatened by an teary eyed Maria but Piper just stands her ground albeit shakened and tells her right hand man Hapakuka that she had to do what she had to do. Then Piper contemplates throwing Hapakuka under the bus to save her own hide, only to be betrayed by Hapakuka and thrown to Maria and the dominican girls where she is chastized for her racism and pride and betrayal and branded with a swatiska as punishment.


           Orange Is The New Black logo Villains

Dayanara Diaz | Denning Sisters | Desi Piscatella | Kubra Balik | Maria Ruiz | Pennsatucky | Piper Chapman | Pornstache | Yvonne Parker | Linda Ferguson | Madison Murphy | Natalie Figueroa | Thomas Humphrey

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