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Naruto: 25 Crazy Things About Orochimaru’s Body

In the world of Naruto, most characters are ninja. They channel the energy of their bodies into amazing feats, like running up the side of a cliff or walking on water. Some ninja, also called shinobi, are more powerful than others, and can do some crazy things with their bodies.

The title character is known for having the nine-tailed demon fox Kurama sealed inside of his body. His former teammate, Sasuke, has special abilities in his eyes. Sasuke’s eventual wife, Sakura, has super strength. These details pale in comparison to some of the wilder attributes of being a shinobi, though.

Some characters can actually turn their bodies into smoke, like the Iburi Clan, while others take on the characteristics of their symolic animal, like Orochimaru.

Orochimaru is one of the names most often associated with the Naruto franchise. Save one or two heroic acts during Naruto Shippuden, he is most often a villain.

Orochimaru caused most of the conflict throughout the series. It was Orochimaru who ended the reign of the Third Hokage, and it was also Orochimaru who caused Sasuke to lose sight of the bigger picture and travel down a dark path.

He inspired a legion of followers in hideouts all over the Naruto world. Orochimaru also hid experimental laboratories everywhere and started his own village. He was often the person pulling the strings behind smaller conflicts.

With all of that in mind, fans know Orochimaru is powerful with plenty of unique abilities.

Many of these abilities are the result of what he’s done to his own body, which is why we’ve brought you the 25 Crazy Things About Orochimaru’s Body.

25 His Original Body Is Gone

The rogue ninja’s biggest goal has been immortality. After losing his parents at a young age, he witnessed a snake near their graves.

The snake, a symbol of rebirth, gave him the idea of living forever instead.

After deciding to learn every jutsu that exists and to live forever, he needed a way to make that happen.

Unfortunately for Orochimaru, the average human body, even one belonging to a ninja, can’t last forever.

He developed a method of transferring his soul to a new body in order to stay alive.

His original body might be long gone, but Orochimaru is still alive and well.

24 Vanishing Facial Copy Jutsu Gives Hosts His Face

With Orochimaru’s legion of followers and penchant for switching to new host bodies, he needs a way for his followers to know every body is still him. That’s where the Vanishing Facial Copy Jutsu comes in.

As its name implies, the jutsu copies the face of the user onto another body.

The jutsu was actually developed by shinobi spies to help them infiltrate other groups. They are able to place their hand over someone else’s face and “steal” their features.

The “vanishing” part of the name implies that when the person stealing the face is done, the original body no longer has a face.

Orochimaru keeps stealing his copied face from host bodies.

23 Earth Clone Jutsu Creates More Copies Of Him

Naruto fans know the title character is fond of his shadow clones, but he’s not the only one who can make copies of himself. Orochimaru, at least in the anime, prefers to use earth clones instead.

Shadow clones typically don’t have substance to them. Naruto’s are a rare exception.

With earth clones, the user’s power creates clones of them out of mud, giving a solid form to their clone that is able to fool people.

Earth clones can also use earth based attacks and reform from the mud once a hit takes them out.

It’s no wonder Orochimaru likes using them.

22 Itachi Uchiha Took His Left Hand

Before Orochimaru became obsessed with Sasuke Uchiha, there was Sasuke's big brother Itachi. It was Itachi who Orochimaru wanted to become his next host body, but that didn’t work out in his favor.

What Orochimaru really wanted out of the Uchiha clan was a Sharingan of his own. He thought using an Uchiha body would give it to him.

Instead, when Itachi and Orochimaru finally came into conflict, Itachi caught Orochimaru in a genjutsu.

In order to prevent Orochimaru from attempting to break the technique or fight his way out of it, Itachi cut off his enemy’s left hand in warning.

Itachi thought the warning would stop Orochimaru from coming after him again.

21 He Impersonated The Fourth Kazekage

Rasa was the Fourth Kazekage of Suna, the Sand Village. Naruto fans didn’t get to know him all that well. Instead, they got to know his kids: Temari, Kankuro, and Gaara. Rasa’s time in the series was relatively short.

Rasa made a deal with Orochimaru to invade Konoha during the Chunin Exams.

The Kazekage was unhappy with the economic decline of his region, and thought a show of strength would help. Instead, Orochimaru double crossed Rasa.

Orochimaru copied the face of the Kazekage and took his place while observing the Chunin Exams.

It wasn’t until much later that the teens participating in the exams learned that the Kage wasn’t their father.

20 His Soul Is Stored In Curse Marks

The curse marks that allow Orochimaru his own version of Sage Mode also store a piece of his soul and mind in every person he puts one on.

What this means is that if Orochimaru (and his host body) were ever to be defeated, he wouldn’t really be gone, as Sasuke discovered during Naruto Shippuden.

Instead, Orochimaru can be brought back to a physical form if that piece of his soul is extracted from one of those curse marks.

Anko underwent the painful process when Sasuke needed information from their former mentor.

It sounds a whole lot like Orochimaru took a page from Voldemort’s book and turned his followers into horcruxes.

19 He Lost Both Arms To The Third Hokage

Itachi Uchiha might have eliminated one hand, but the Third Hokage went a few steps farther. He made sure Orochimaru didn’t have the use of either of his arms in their final confrontation.

During Naruto’s Chunin Exams, once Orochimaru was revealed to be impersonating Rasa, he confronted the Third Hokage head on.

Knowing that they were fairly evenly matched, the Third Hokage tried to make sure that he took Orochimaru down with him, but that didn’t work out the way he wanted.

The Third Hokage, realizing that he wouldn’t be able to overcome his former student, decided to seal the power in Orochimaru’s arms, leaving them ashen and paralyzed.

18 Host Bodies Reject Him

There’s a reason why he has to keep searching for new host bodies. Just as his original body ages and breaks down, so too do his host bodies.

Switching from host to host isn’t just a result of aging bodies, though.

Once Orochimaru has inhabited a body for three years, it starts to reject him.

When the villain decided that he wanted Sasuke Uchiha to be his next vessel, it was near the end of his time with that current host.

The Third Hokage sealing his arms only sped up the process. Orochimaru ended up taking on a new host, commenting that in “a few years” Sasuke would be ready for him.

17 He Shares His Blood Type With Former Teammates

Though blood types aren’t typically discussed in the manga or the anime, the Naruto Databooks did share that information about the different shinobi.

Orochimaru has type B blood.

While this isn’t necessarily interesting information on its own, what is curious is that Orochimaru shares this blood type with his original teammates.

As a child, Orochimaru graduated the ninja academy and was teamed up with Jiraiya and Tsunade, two of the people who would go on to work with Naruto later in life.

Though the trio were not related, they all had type B blood.

They also were all immensely powerful and went on to earn the moniker of the Legendary Sannin.

16 He Can Copy Techniques Without A Sharingan

The main reason why Orochimaru wanted the body of an Uchiha to host his soul was to have access to their eyes.

The Uchiha clan had the Sharingan, an ability that allowed the ninja wielding it to copy any jutsu they saw.

What’s interesting is that Orochimaru didn’t really need a Sharingan, not even as a child.

The Third Hokage was Orochimaru’s sensei when he was fresh out of the Academy. During training sessions, Orochimaru’s eyes were so quick that he was able to copy his sensei’s hand signals to use the same jutsus even though he only saw them used once.

Orochimaru was termed a prodigy.

15 He Was A Prisoner In Sasuke’s Body

After Sasuke betrayed Orochimaru, deciding that the latter shouldn’t have the body of an Uchiha for his vessel, Orochimaru had to speed up his timetable.

He started to try to make Sasuke’s body his host in the midst of their fight, but Sasuke was smarter than he thought.

Sasuke actually reversed the process of making himself a host body.

Instead of allowing Orochimaru to take over, he absorbed his former mentor himself.

He had to use his own chakra to hold Orochimaru in place and keep his influence suppressed.

This meant that Orochimaru was effectively imprisoned in Sasuke’s body while Sasuke ran the show.

14 His Blood Is Poison

As Sasuke discovered when fighting Orochimaru, it’s not just his ninjutsu techniques that are dangerous. Orochimaru’s very blood can be hazardous to another ninja’s health.

When Orochimaru revealed his true snake form to Sasuke, the latter attempted to slice his way through the many smaller snakes.

Unfortunately for him, any blood spilled turned into a vapor. That vapor then became a paralytic agent, halting Sasuke’s movements when he interacted with it.

It does make you wonder just how Kabuto was able to infuse himself with Orochimaru’s blood to gain his powers.

13 He Caused An Intentional Design Change

Naruto series creator Masashi Kishimoto has had a great run with his characters. In addition to the original manga, there are multiple anime series and movies.

His character designs are even still being used in Boruto, the sequel series.

Interestingly, his design for Orochimaru changed throughout the manga.

According to the book Uzumaki: The Art Of Naruto, Kishimoto wanted to make it clear who the bad guys were.

In panels featuring Orochimaru, he would intentionally change the highlights in the character’s hair or create a stark background.

He wanted to make Orochimaru visually “creepier” to the reader.

12 He Is Inspired By A Japanese Folk Tale

Not only were Orochimaru’s look and skills inspired by a folk tale called The Tale Of Jiraiya The Gallant, but so was his relationship with his former teammates, Jiraiya and Tsunade.

In the tale, Jiraiya was actually the teacher of Orochimaru. Jiraiya was a shapeshifting ninja who could turn into a toad, while Tsunade had magic involving slugs.

Eventually, Orochimaru betrayed his teacher in the story, just as the Naruto version did with his teammates.

In the story, Orochimaru also became a snake master, which is what inspired his power set and appearance in Naruto.

11 He Shares A Voice With Wolverine And Ursula

In the world of animation, some voice actors get lucky with an iconic role or two. The voices of Orochimaru have certainly been lucky in their work.

Kujira, the Japanese artist who voices the character in her native language, is well known for her work in the anime world.

She’s also well known amongst Disney fans. Kujira was chosen to dub Ursula in the Japanese language version of The Little Mermaid.

Likewise, Steven Blum, who voices Orochimaru in the English version of, has become known for his Marvel work.

He’s voiced Wolverine in several different animated series.

10 Snakes Inspire His Body Modifications

Through his scientific experimentation, Orochimaru managed to make a lot of new modifications to his body. He combined his study of science with learning different ninjutsu to make himself more powerful.

His ideas were inspired by his favorite animal: the snake.

Orochimaru figured out how to give himself a snake’s “tail” to make his movement faster. The lower half of his body completely transforms when he does it.

He can also lengthen his arms, neck, and tongue in the same way.

In addition to making his body move like a snake, he can also shed his skin to unveil a new body underneath, effectively eliminating surface injuries.

9 His True Form Is No Longer Human

He might use a lot of different host bodies, but Orochimaru has one true form. Given his love for all things reptile, most fans guessed what it was before it was revealed.

“Orochi” actually means “giant snake” in Japanese, while “maru” is the suffix given to a man. His name literally means “giant snake man,” so there wasn’t a ton of mystery for manga readers or anime watchers who knew the meaning.

In actuality, after all of the experiments that he did to himself, Orochimaru’s true form

That snake was actually made up of smaller snakes that could put his injured body back together if damage was done.

8 Sage Mode Eludes Him

Sage Mode is a very powerful form in the Naruto universe. Not every shinobi can master it.

Sage Mode combines a ninja’s chakra with the energy of the world around them, creating senjutsu chakra. It allows them access to new abilities, but it requires huge chakra reserves and a healthy body.

Orochimaru attempted to master Sage Mode on his own.

Unfortunately, just as he discovered how to use it, he realized that his host body was too weak for him. As a result, Orochimaru had to find a way around it.

He developed a new way of harnessing the senjutsu chakra instead.

The new way involved a liberal use of curse marks.

7 He Fed On The Iburi Clan

While on his travels outside of the Hidden Leaf Village, Orochimaru set up several experimental labs and hideouts.

Near the village, though, was the Iburi Clan, living underground, whom Orochimaru just happened to find.

Initially, members of the Iburi Clan allied themselves with Orochimaru because he helped them with their specialty power.

They were able to turn themselves into smoke, but it was so unstable, their bodies would break down. Orochimaru used his cursed seals to help stabilize them.

After being mortally wounded and returning to their underground hideout though, Orochimaru decided it was more important for him to have their power.

He fed on their smoke, nearly destroying them all.

6 Other Souls Are A Part Of Him

When Orochimaru claims a new host body, his soul takes over. The existing soul has to go somewhere, right? Not exactly.

Instead, the soul that was already there has to share the space with Orochimaru. In fact, every time the shinobi leaves an old body behind, he takes the new souls with him.

It just so happens that his chakra is so powerful that he’s always in control.

Because all of these souls are combined, though, the personalities of the different people whose bodies he stole can influence some of his decisions. This is why his personality has shifted over the years in Naruto.

His desire for power and immortality have always remained, however.

5 His Favorite Blade Is Inside A Snake

Every shinobi has their favorite weapons. Rock Lee likes his fists, Shino would rather use his insects, and Tenten likes anything that’s pointy or explodes.

Orochimaru might have a fondness for snakes, but his favorite weapon is a sword.

The Sword of Kusanagi is one of legend, and Orochimaru likes to keep it in a safe place when he’s not using it. That safe place is inside the mouth of a snake.

Of course, you might remember that his body is made up of smaller snakes, so the snake that stores the sword is actually a part of him too.

The sword, and the snake, are kept hidden in Orochimaru’s own throat.

4 Mitsuki Is His Son

After decades of experimenting with scientific modifications on the bodies of his followers (and his own), Orochimaru decided to take his work a step farther.

In Boruto, the Naruto sequel series following the next generation, Orochimaru has a son.

Mitsuki is the product of a cloning experiment, though the details of his genetic parentage aren’t entirely clear. He’s at the very least got some of Orochimaru’s DNA, but just who else might be one of his “parents” hasn’t been revealed yet.

Mitsuki, interestingly enough, doesn’t refer to Orochimaru as his father either, but as “parent.” However, there may be a larger reason for this.

3 He Takes Female Host Bodies Too

In the past, Orochimaru has used female host bodies to carry his soul. In the anime, the audience has seen one, though there very well could have been more.

With Orochimaru being more concerned about the power and health of a host body than anything else, some fans have speculated that he may be gender fluid, though the franchise has always used masculine pronouns for him.

Fans have also speculated that Orochimaru, with a female host body, might have even given birth to Mitsuki.

Knowing that Orochimaru takes on male and female hosts might be the reason behind Mitsuki calling him “parent” instead of “father.”

2 He Is Still Using Host Bodies

One of the complaints from long time Naruto fans watching Boruto is that Orochimaru got off easy for his crimes.

Some fans believe that, despite Orochimaru being the longest running villain, he deserves a break.

After all, he did help out the Allied Shinobi Forces during the War.

Others wonder why someone who kidnapped and experimented on fellow ninja didn’t get in more trouble. Boruto revealed that he’s still under surveillance.

Naruto commenting that Orochimaru looked even younger in an episode of Boruto raised a red flag for many viewers.

The implication, especially after the former villain told the Seventh Hokage not to worry, is that he’s busy finding new host bodies in the new era.

1 He Might Be The Strongest Shinobi

Despite weakening hosts and his general failure to take over different villages, Orochimaru might still be the strongest shinobi in the franchise.

Shortly after having his arms sealed by the Third Hokage, Orochimaru found himself in the middle of a confrontation with his former teammates, the Legendary Sannin Tsunade and Jiraiya.

With a little help from his follower Kabuto, Orochimaru was able to hold off both teammates without actually using anything requiring hand signs.

Sasuke, widely regarded to be one of the most powerful characters in the series, also remarked that the only reason why he was able to beat Orochimaru was because of Orochimaru’s weakened host body.


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Orochimaru (Naruto)

Fictional character from Naruto

For the Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari character, see Orochimaru.

Orochimaru (大蛇丸) is a fictional character from Naruto, a manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. In the anime and manga, Orochimaru is a former ninja from the village of Konohagakure who is well known for his abilities. He is one of the three Legendary Sannin and a former member of the terrorist organization Akatsuki. He sought to gain power, conducted inhumane experiments to find a means to cheat death, and built his own ninja village Otogakure. He succeeded to some extent in obtaining immortality by transferring between different host bodies, which became one of his driving motivations throughout the series as he targets Sasuke Uchiha for his genetic heritage. While he was the main antagonist in Part I of the series, Orochimaru's role was overshadowed by the Akatsuki organization prior to the Fourth Ninja War arc. By the events of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, he has seemingly redeemed himself and has sent his son Mitsuki to Konoha to become a ninja, while he himself occasionally works with Naruto (who has become the Seventh Hokage) and Sasuke. Orochimaru has appeared in media outside the Naruto anime and manga, including several video games.

Based on Japanese mythology, Orochimaru was created as one of the series' main antagonists, and was intended to represent the opposite of the protagonists' morals and values.[4] His snake-like appearance features were intended to make it easier for the reader to recognize that he is a villain. Orochimaru is voiced by Kujira in the Japanese version, and by Steve Blum in the English dub.

Several anime and manga publications have praised and criticized Orochimaru's character. He has been praised as one of the series' premiere villains by reviewers for his lack of redeeming qualities and open malevolence. Among the Naruto reader base, Orochimaru has been a popular character, ranking within the top twenty in several polls. Numerous pieces of merchandise with Orochimaru's likeness have been released, including action figures, posters, and plush dolls.

Creation and conception[edit]

Yamata no Orochi fighting Susanno. This scene is similarly shown in Naruto.

Most of the traits of Orochimaru's character were taken from Japanese mythology. Orochimaru originates from the Japanese folktaleJiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari where he opposes the title character who also appears in Naruto as his former ally.[5] He wields a sword named Kusanagi, which is said to be related to the creature known as the Yamata no Orochi;[6] in Japanese mythology, Yamata no Orochi is defeated by the god Susanoo, a scene which is re-imagined in the manga and anime: Orochimaru uses a technique called Yamata no Orochi, but is ultimately defeated by Itachi Uchiha's Susanoo technique.[5]

The introduction of Orochimaru to the series was first suggested by Masashi Kishimoto's superiors to improve the series' popularity. Kishimoto believed the series grew personality based on the Chunin Exams story arc and wanted it to end normally with Shikamaru Nara's victory. However, he eventually accepted their advice and Orochimaru was used to interrupt the arc.[7] In an interview, Kishimoto asserted that making the villains "flamboyant" was one of his "guiding principles", and attributed this to his desire to have the villains have a "powerful aura".[4] When asked if Orochimaru was still good, Kishimoto answered that Orochimaru is "truly evil" and that he is one of the several "hopeless evil characters" that appear in the series.[8] Kishimoto originally planned to make Orochimaru look androgynous, but made him creepier due to the concept of him being a strong antagonist.[9] Out of most of the characters, Orochimaru was the hardest one to write. Kishimoto wanted him to be a terrifying opponent, so he wondered if that was really the way to go to make him sound strong[clarification needed]: "Then I started thinking it was good like that, he's strong and creepy, and the creepiness started increasing."[9]

To follow the theme of distinguishing villains, Kishimoto attempted to make Orochimaru's face appear "pasty and sickly", which serves to emphasize the "scary looks" that Orochimaru expresses in the manga. Orochimaru's nature types are fire, earth, and wind. As these occurrences are his "trademark", Kishimoto modifies Orochimaru's appearance and the scene to focus on Orochimaru's face; for instance, highlights that are normally added to Orochimaru's hair are removed and the background is blanked out to create a "creepy atmosphere".[10]


In Naruto[edit]

Orochimaru acts as the primary antagonist for the first part of the series. After his parents were killed when he was young, Orochimaru's only source of affection was his teacher—Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Third Hokage—and his two teammates.[11] As they grew older, Orochimaru, Jiraiya, and Tsunade collectively became known as the Legendary Sannin (伝説の三忍, Densetsu no Sannin) due to their exemplary ninja abilities in the Second Great Ninja War against Hanzo.[12] Many of Orochimaru's abilities deal with snakes, which he summons to battle multiple opponents while simultaneously keeping himself out of harm's way.[13] Through his experiments, he has been able to add some snake-like characteristics to his own body.[14][15] In his desire to attain immortality to learn every jutsu (lit. 'technique'), Orochimaru developed a forbidden jutsu to steal his victim's body. Although he is essentially immortal, Orochimaru learns the process can not be done more than once every three years.

Orochimaru craved more power than could be obtained from training with his master and began abducting Konohagakure villagers for various experiments, with Yamato among his surviving victims. Unwilling to bring himself to harm Orochimaru upon learning of his actions, Hiruzen allowed his former pupil to escape and flee the village.[16][17] Orochimaru eventually joined the criminal organization Akatsuki and became partners with a fellow rogue ninja named Sasori. However, after he attempted to steal the body of Itachi Uchiha through a forbidden jutsu to gain the Sharingan (写輪眼, lit. "Copy Wheel Eye", English manga: "Mirror Wheel Eye") failed, Orochimaru was forced to leave the organization.[18][19] Orochimaru then founded his own ninja village, Otogakure, populated with ninjas loyal to him. They mostly serve as test subjects in his experimentation to become an ultimate being and as pawns to do his dirty work.[20]

During the Chunin Exams, Orochimaru plans the invasion of Konoha with the ninja of Sunagakure to not only kill Hiruzen, but also claim the body of Itachi's brother Sasuke Uchiha.[16] To that end, Orochimaru infiltrates the Chunin Exam during the Forest of Death portion by killing a Kusagakure ninja named Shiore, assumes her identity, and personally tests Sasuke before branding him with a Curse Mark. He also faces Naruto Uzumaki, who effectively resists Orochimaru's giant snake jutsu using the chakra of the Nine-Tail Fox. Orochimaru, using the Five Elements Seal, blocks access to the chakra of the Nine-Tails by disturbing the balance of the original seal. For the duration of the Exams, Orochimaru lays in wait and secretly murders the Fourth Kazekage to assume his identity and get close to his mentor as the invasion begins. However, Orochimaru is forced to retreat when Hiruzen sacrifices himself through the Reaper Death Seal to take away Orochimaru's ability to perform jutsu, with his forces pulling back while Sunagakure later learns of Orochimaru's treachery.[21] Orochimaru attempts to get aid from Tsunade before seeking out another way to cure himself in an attempt to be able to use jutsu again. When all his efforts prove unsuccessful, Orochimaru sends his Sound Four to fetch Sasuke in the hopes that a body-transfer will allow him to use his arms again.[22] When Sasuke takes too long to arrive, Orochimaru is forced to switch to the body of one of his prisoners instead,[23] and decides to train him until the day that he will be able to take Sasuke's body for himself.[24]

Two and a half years later, in the second part of the series, Orochimaru confronts Naruto and his friends when they attempt to track down Sasuke. When Sasuke attempts to kill Naruto, Orochimaru dissuades him by pointing out the Naruto's use in taking down Akatsuki and thus reducing the number of enemies he has. Sasuke eventually uses his Sharingan to void Orochimaru's technique and retains control of his body while trapping Orochimaru's soul within him,[25] which gives Sasuke access to many of Orochimaru's abilities in the process.[26] During Sasuke's later fight with Itachi, Sasuke is left too weak to continue suppressing Orochimaru's soul, allowing Orochimaru to escape and try to take his body again. Before he can do so, Itachi seals him away.[27]

After Kabuto's defeat, Sasuke learns of Orochimaru's survival, as the Cursed Seals are revealed to hold copies of Orochimaru's consciousness in them, along with Orochimaru's cells that Kabuto injected into himself and subjugated. Using the Cursed Seal Orochimaru placed on his former student Anko Mitarashi, Sasuke releases Orochimaru and gives him a new body that Jugo provides with an absorbed part of Kabuto's flesh.[28] Despite expressing no interest in the ongoing war and still desiring to claim Sasuke's body, Orochimaru joins Sasuke in his quest for answers over the nature of ninja, taking him and Taka to the Nara Shrine, where he undoes the Reaper Death Seal and regains the use of ninjutsu before transferring his being into a White Zetsu clone placed on Sasuke. In his new body, Orochimaru brings the first four Hokage back to life with the Reanimation Jutsu to give Sasuke the answers he wants. Seeing that his methods were flawed from inside Kabuto and interested in observing his former apprentice's new path, Orochimaru aids the Allied Shinobi Forces by helping Tsunade and the Kage, and assists in subduing the Shinju. After the Fourth Great Ninja War ends, among those caught under Madara's Infinite Tsukuyomi before being freed[clarification needed], Orochimaru resumes his experiments, albeit in a more humane manner, with Sasuke's Taka teammates supporting him as lab assistants, though Konoha remains suspicious of him and keeps tight surveillance on him in case he resumes his former human experimentation activities.

In Boruto[edit]

In the sequel series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, which takes place 15 years after Naruto, Orochimaru created two artificial humans based on his DNA, naming the youngest Mitsuki whom he considers a son and sends to live in Konoha to find his own path in life.[29] He also appears in the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring side story with his younger appearance noted by the confused main characters.[30] In the post-credits scene of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Orochimaru is seen watching Mitsuki with his teammates.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Out of the five films on the series, Orochimaru so far has only appeared in the fifth Naruto film, Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds.[31] He briefly appears in the fifth OVA "The Cross Roads". Orochimaru is a playable character in nearly all Naruto video games, including the Clash of Ninja series and the Ultimate Ninja series.[32][33][34] In some games, he utilizes variations of his techniques not seen in the anime or manga, and in the second installment of the Ultimate Ninja series, Sealed Arms Orochimaru is available as a separate character.[35]Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2 marks the first appearance of Orochimaru in a video game set in Part II, with the second one being Ultimate Ninja 5.[36]

Orochimaru also appears in two light novels from the franchise: in Sasuke's Story, he aids Sasuke in a mission by providing him information about his target,[37] and in Konoha Hiden, he makes a cameo congratulating Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyuga's wedding.[38]


Orochimaru has been featured consistently in the Weekly Shonen Jump popularity polls, commonly placing in the top twenty characters.[39] However, in the last popularity poll, he was out of the top thirty characters.[40] Merchandise based on Orochimaru has also been released, including action figures,[41][42] plush dolls,[43] and key chains.[44]AnimeCentral listed him as the tenth best villain in anime due to his objectives and methods, particularly how he scares Sasuke Uchiha the first time seeing him despite Sasuke's strength.[45] In the book's Ultimate Book of Bizarre Lists: Fascinating Facts and Shocking Trivia on Movies, Music, Crime, Celebrities, History, and More by Jamie Frater, Orochimaru was listed as the eighth most evil villain with the writer calling him "pure evil".[46]

Several publications for manga, anime, video games, and other related media praised and criticized Orochimaru's character. IGN writer Jason Van Horn compared Orochimaru's search for power and subsequent fall into villainy to that of Darth Sidious from Star Wars, and labeled Orochimaru as "something more than just pure evil".[47] Justin Rich from Mania Entertainment considered Orochimaru the "first real villain" of the series, noting that unlike Zabuza Momochi, the villain of the previous arc, he had no redeeming qualities.[48]DVDTalk's Todd Douglass Jr. celebrated the introduction of Orochimaru into the series, as well as the potential plot development from the curse seal Orochimaru placed on Sasuke, describing it as one of the best parts of the series.[49] Carl Kimlinger from Anime News Network stated that Orochimaru's influence over Sasuke kept the tension high, even when he had minor appearances.[50] Javier Lugo from Manga Life praised the fight between Orochimaru and the Third Hokage based on the surprises this encounter showed.[51] Bamboo Dong from Anime News Network labeled Orochimaru as a character that can not be killed.[52] IGN's Charles White considered Orochimaru as "one of the more interesting characters on the show" as he stateed Orochimaru "can literally steal the show at any time".[53] A. E. Sparrow from the same site praised Orochimaru's scenario in the 13th volume of the manga as he interrupts the story arc to engage with the Third Hokage in a possible deathmatch despite interrupting the fight between Sasuke and Gaara which readers had been looking for.[54]

After Orochimaru's fight against the Hokage, writer Deb Aoki commented that Orochimaru was in such poor shape to the point where he was replaced by Akatsuki as the new antagonists.[55] In the book The Rough Guide to Manga, Jason S. Yadao noted Orochimaru's impact in Part I of the series due to his influence on one of the protagonists, Sasuke, to abandon his comrades and join him.[56] Holly Ellingwood from Active Anime described him as "sinister" and noted his proposal to revive Tsunade's loved ones in exchange for healing his arms made it appealing.[57] Additionally, Kimlinger considered Kujira, Orochimaru's Japanese voice actress, to be one of the best from the series.[58]

Despite the character's minor appearances in Part II, most of them were well received. The way Orochimaru angers Naruto Uzumaki in their battleand his management over events ever since his reintroduction are deemed as "near perfect" by Mania's Chris Beveridge.[59] Orochimaru's fight against Sasuke in later parts of the series is praised by Manga Life's Park Cooper due to how it changes "the nature of things" in a short time.[60] While Beveridge agrees with Cooper, he finds that the fight did not bring a certain end to Orochimaru, which he thought would have made it more entertaining. On the other hand, Beveridge likes how a flashback showed Orochimaru's backstory in Konoha, which helped explain the reason for his character during the fight between the two.[61] His apparent redemption to follow Sasuke in later parts of the story is criticized by writer Jason Thompson during a review of the manga.[62] On the other hand, Bryce Coulter from the Fandom Post finds Orochimaru's change based on Sasuke's new interest intriguing due to the future possibilities of becoming Konohagakure's ally.[63] Ramsey Isler from IGN praises the relationship between Orochimaru and his ally Kabuto as the former often wondered if Kabuto was ever going to betray him.[64] In the final episodes of the anime Naruto Shippuden, Orochimaru made small cameos during the preparations for Naruto and Hinata's wedding which Amy Mcnulty from Anime News Network found hilarious.[65]


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Boruto: 5 Reasons Orochimaru Is A Better Person Now (& 5 Reasons He's Not)

One of the best Naruto villains was always Orochimaru, the manipulative snake who was willing to do anything for his own power and immortality. Arguably, with the other world-eating, edgy bad guys in the show, he was very entertaining and compelling. Sure, he was selfish and violent, but he was very unique.

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Also, he's the only alive, non-redeemed one by Boruto, so that only makes him all the more interesting. Speaking of that, Orochimaru isn't exactly a good guy by the time Boruto and his own son are going to school. There are signs he has become less of a raging monster. But there are others that imply he has just as many secrets and bad intentions.

10 Attentive Parenting (Better)

With all the absent-minded/actually absent parenting in Konoha (looking at you, Naruto and Sasuke), it's a surprise that Orochimaru is a fairly attentive parent. He and Mitsuki start off quite close, he makes decisions based on what's best for his son, and trains Mitsuki himself. Even though Konoha (rightfully) hates him, Orochimaru even went to Mitsuki's parent-teacher conferences.

Granted, some of the ninja parents set a pretty low bar for decent parenting. However, Orochimaru definitely does a lot better than people expect, especially considering his history. There's a reason that his son goes into school as one of the strongest, sure of themselves students there.

9 Cloning (Not)

Orochimaru's experiments and obsessions with warping power and science caused a lot of heartbreak and bloodshed. His quest for power only hurt everyone around him and Konoha itself.

While Orochimaru isn't blowing up Konoha and slaying the Hokage anymore, he didn't stop his sketchy, somewhat unethical experiments. After all, his son isn't a naturally born human. Instead, he was a clone that Orochimaru grew in a vat. And more disturbing, if Mitsuki ever perishes or betrays him, he has more. Not exactly a model citizen now.

8 Leaving Konoha Alone (Better)

Other than letting Mitsuki enroll in Konoha's Ninja Academy, Orochimaru has actually left Konoha alone. Especially compared to all the chaos he used to cause during Naruto. He destroyed the village and hurt so many of its people in those days, and that's without mentioning corrupting Sasuke Uchiha and turning him into his own personal, mutated weapon.

In Boruto, Orochimaru is barely even seen anywhere near Konoha, only coming to the vilalge to support his child. Otherwise, he keeps to himself. Does that mean his intentions are good? Not really. But it does mean he's not the same active, constant threat to Konoha's very existence, which is a great improvement.

7 Keeping Secrets (Not)

Even though Mitsuki and Orochimaru used to be very close to one another, the snake Sannin's secrets and lies slowly started to drive a wedge between them. While Mitsuki hasn't completely rejected his parent like Log did, he doesn't look at him the same and certainly doesn't trust him.

After all, it's quite a shock to learn how many other clones he has hidden, or the fact he lied about Mitsuki's older brother's existence. And that's without mentioning the questionable reasons Orochimaru has for making Mitsuki in the first place.

6 Less Violence (Better)

Back in Naruto, Orochimaru was infamous for taking heads and spilling buckets of blood. He ended the lives of so many honorable ninja, even sacrificing some of his own people for his purposes. Anywhere Orochimaru was, there was always a threat of violence. No one was safe in his presence, not even his dearest acolytes.

By Boruto, Orochimaru has mellowed a bit in his old age. While he still has some sketchy ploys and schemes going on, and even more ethically questionable experiments, he isn't cutting throats as casually as before. The violence in his life has definitely decreased. Fans have to admit that's an impressive change for the terrifying Sannin.

5 Superiority Complex (Not)

Despite his machinations getting less bloody, Orochimaru doesn't seem any less full of himself. He still sees his brilliance and power to be better than everyone else. No wonder, considering he derived all his children from re-sequences of his own DNA, nothing else mixed in. That guy has a serious superiority complex.

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Some of his better improvements don't really effect this part of him. Like before, when he was a more frightening villain, he still sees everyone as a lesser being. He's the only person he respects. And while the Sannin gives his son slightly more respect, part of it is because he just sees Mitsuki as an extension of himself.

4 Workplace Behavior (Better)

Considering Orochimaru used to collect zealous followers so he could bleed them dry whenever he wanted, the fact he's stopped doing that is a big improvement. Half his plans used to include chopping his goons in half to do something evil and manipulative. Making Hiruzen fight off against the first Hokage and his friend, the Second Hokage by sacrificing two followers? As well as face Orochimaru himself? Not exactly fair, especially when the Third Hokage was an elderly man.

Let's all be thankful he stopped using his subordinates as meat to be churned for his experiments or revenge plots. They all deserved better than that.

3 Immortality Science (Not)

Even though Orochimaru has scaled back his operations and their actions, he hasn't stopped experimenting. He may not be attacking villages anymore, but he's still mixing ninja power with science to try to make himself a form of immortal. Living a very long time doesn't seem to satisfy him. He feels like his genius should be eternal.

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Maybe it'd be fine if his methods were ethical, but that hasn't changed (even if it involves less murder). After all, cloning is a pretty big gray area, especially if he's raising them to be possible vessels for him when his current body fails.

2 Speaking Terms With Naruto and Sasuke (Better)

In the thick of Naruto, Orochimaru wasn't on the best terms with either powerful ninja. Naruto saw him as the evil Sannin that ended the life of his Hokage. Sasuke used him to get more power, but then rejected him when Orochimaru tried to make him a new vessel. They both were at severe odds with the snake Sannin. And that's the bare minimum, there was so much more he did to ruin both of their lives.

However, when Boruto comes around, Sasuke, Naruto, and Orochimaru are on much better terms. Not great ones; they don't exactly trust him. But once they know Mitsuki is his, they don't block the young teen from their school. Instead, they let him in as long as Orochimaru keeps himself in check.

1 Manipulating His Sons (Not)

The shadiest thing Orochimaru is still doing in Boruto is manipulating those closest to him, still proving he does not have the best intentions. Even if it includes less bloody sacrifices, his victims now are his own sons. Orochimaru runs a cloning system, trying to raise powerful ninja loyal to him. Also, they can serve as vessels if he needs them.

His full intentions with his sons don't seem fully clear, but they're not great. Considering one son turned from him, Log, and his younger son, Mitsuki, doesn't trust him, Orochimaru is no paragon of redemption. Who knows if he's one push away from becoming the biggest threat to Konoha all over again?

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Orochimaru (大蛇丸, Orochimaru) is one of Konohagakure's legendary Sannin. With a life-ambition to learn all the world's secrets, Orochimaru seeks immortality so that he might live all the lives necessary to accomplish his task. After being caught red-handed performing unethical experiments on his fellow citizens for the sake of this immortality, Orochimaru defected from Konoha rather than be persecuted for his ambitions, and for many years sought the village's destruction in order to take revenge and demonstrate what he had learned. After several apparent deaths in the pursuit of his goals, Orochimaru realizes his approach is flawed through Kabuto Yakushi, his former associate, and begins monitoring the choices and actions of his former apprentice, Sasuke Uchiha.


Orochimaru was once an orphan who became a pupil of Hiruzen Sarutobi alongside Jiraiya and Tsunade. Orochimaru stood out as a genius - his talents, knowledge, and determination were considered by Hiruzen to be that of a prodigy seen only once a generation. According to Tsunade, Orochimaru had a twisted personality even as a child. His sadistic attitude was presumably due to the death of his parents. At some point after losing them, Orochimaru found a white sneak near his parents' grave, with Hiruzen's explanation of it representing fortune and rebirth inspiring Orochimaru to study kinjutsu and obtain knowledge of all techniques. Jiraiya theorized that Orochimaru went down this path in an attempt to forget his painful memories.


Orochimaru possesses a complex personality; however, more often than not, he was described as "twisted" by a large number of people, including Tsunade. Jiraiya speculated that the death of his parents while he was young, along with his horror for Tsunade losing Nawaki and later shedding tears when she lost Dan, implies that Orochimaru grew to disdain the fragility of human life and how it affected those still living, which led him to desire immortality. To that end, the primary purpose of Orochimaru's human experimentation is to test what modifications the human body can endure and harness a subject's unique abilities for himself. Once accomplishing this goal, Orochimaru had hoped to be worthy of the title of "ultimate being", unable to die and able to achieve his secondary goal to learn every ninja technique in the world, which would normally take many lifetimes to obtain.

According to Sasuke, becoming cruel with any good he had as a member of Team Hiruzen gone, Orochimaru's agenda made him develop a god complex and valued himself while delighting in striking terror in his first impressions. Though causing conflict to ease his boredom, Orochimaru seems to have no interest in wars started by others. His charisma also attracts a number of followers, many of which he would not hesitate to send on potential suicide missions if for his own personal benefit, expressing some remorse if they're unable to properly complete a task, having no sentimental attachments to any of them despite their values. Despite this, Orochimaru has genuine interest in the development of his underlings and experiments.

Taking Sasuke as an apprentice, seeing him as a prodigy like himself, Orochimaru intended to take the youth's body to obtain the Sharingan to reach another step in his goal of immortality and learning every technique in the world. This goal has developed to the point of obsession. However, despite knowing that Sasuke was willing to do anything for revenge, including sacrificing his own body, Orochimaru did anticipate treachery from his disciple and showed only a small level of surprise when it actually occurred. What truly surprised Orochimaru was Sasuke's decision to follow his own path and ultimately choosing to defend the village he initially swore to destroy, one that Orochimaru openly approved and was curious to see what would be the end result of this decision.

He also had an initial disdain toward Naruto Uzumaki, believing him to be a poor excuse for a ninja until he defeated Kabuto with the Rasengan. Despite attempting to kill Naruto at the time after coming to the realisation that he would become a threat to him in the future, Orochimaru became interested in Naruto's development, provoking Naruto during their battle to see his full abilities at the time. During the war Naruto managed to gain some of Orochimaru's respect for not giving into despair. Though coming to hate his home village, orchestrating a few attempts to destroy it, Orochimaru despised his former Akatsuki colleagues more. Throughout Part II, if Orochimaru was not busy with Sasuke's development, he would try to cripple Akatsuki's operations, as seen in the "Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission" arc and "Three-Tails' Appearance" arc. He expresses delight over the death of Sasori and later convinced Sasuke against killing Team Kakashi so they would thin out Akatsuki's membership.

An aspect of Orochimaru's personality is also his greatest weakness: his arrogance. He truly believed he was immortal at times, attacking recklessly against powerful opponents such as his former teacher and Itachi Uchiha. Both times, he was left crippled in some way since he either wanted to make his opponent suffer, like against Hiruzen, or because he was too uninformed to face his opponent, like against Itachi. Despite his distinct lack of morals, Orochimaru seems to be well-versed in psychological warfare and displays insightful wisdom when disparaging Tobirama for the actions resulting from his policies. He is also amusingly afraid of insects and bugs as seen during Naruto and Hinata's wedding.

After being revived by Sasuke, his personality changed a bit. While he still wished that he could gain Sasuke's body, he also realised that copying someone completely was a mistake from his observation of Kabuto and displayed interest in Sasuke's "different path". Wanting to see Sasuke's path, he chose to fight alongside the Uchiha instead of ignoring Madara's war like he planned, and even made it a priority to heal Tsunade and the other Kage after their defeat before hurrying to the battlefield. Orochimaru also seem to genuinely care about Sasuke's well being, as he originally thought it was best to take his time figuring out how to battle Tobi but quickly decided against taking his time when Karin sensed Sasuke was on the verge of death. Orochimaru has also shown signs of regret, seemingly saddened by his childhood friend Jiraiya's death. In the anime, he was one of people who congratulated Naruto and Hinata on their wedding. Years later, he appears to be on amicable terms with Konoha by sending his son, Mitsuki, to the village. In the anime, he also feels indebted to Naruto as the Hokage for watching over Mitsuki.

Orochimaru's experiences also resulted in him wishing Mitsuki to make his own decisions, admitting hat he has high hopes for the boy's natural growth, though he at times used manipulation and deception to put him in a situation where important decisions must be made.


Orochimaru's most striking characteristic is his snake-like appearance: he has very pale skin, golden eyes with slitted pupils, purple markings around his eyes and fang-like teeth. He also has pronounced cheekbones and straight waist-length black hair with some locks covering and framing his face or to his shoulders. The various bodies he takes over have each been modified to resemble his original form, except for the height differences. In Naruto Gaiden, Orochimaru's facial features soften and somewhat androgynous with his eye markings becoming black. He also wears his hair in a ponytail, allowing two locks to frame the sides of his face. In the manga, his skin-tone becomes noticeably fairer in complexion.

Orochimaru usually wears plain grey garbs with a black polo and pants underneath, a thick purple rope belt tied in a large knot behind his back, blue tomoe-shaped earrings, and shinobi sandals with bandages around his calves. He is seen wearing a kimono with different colours on several occasions, shown usually in flashbacks or inside his hideouts. During his time with Akatsuki, he wore the standard red and black Akatsuki robes with a slate blue ring, which bears the kanji for "sky" or "void" (空, kū), on his left pinky finger. After countless experiments with his body, his true form became a giant white snake made up of many smaller snakes, with longer, spikier hair, a scaled face with snake-like teeth and a long tongue, black eye markings, and a pointed chin.


Like other students of the Third Hokage, Orochimaru is an exceptionally talented shinobi, recognised as a natural prodigy; Hashirama Senju, a God of Shinobi, praises Orochimaru's skills. It wasn't until the Second Shinobi World War that their skills became widely known, dubbed by Hanzō as the Sannin, the strongest of their generation. Orochimaru's power was known and feared throughout the ninja world, such that Akatsuki, of which he was once a member, viewed him as a threat that needed to be eliminated. Shortly before the Konoha Crush, Hiruzen believed that no one in Konoha, himself included, could defeat Orochimaru. Although his invasion fails, it is indeed through Orochimaru's actions that the Third Hokage dies among many others and Konoha's military force is temporarily crippled. Although Sasuke defeats Orochimaru in Part II, he admits that his victory was attributed partially to the Sannin's weakening body.

Chakra and Physical Prowess

Orochimaru has reserves of chakra large enough to summon Manda and powerful enough to uproar dense surges of wind and crack stone. He can also absorb chakra through physical contact. Orochimaru rarely relies on taijutsu in battle, though the anime shows he is very strong, enough to knock down a tree with a single kick while under great physical pain. He is also fast enough to land a punch on a four-tailed Naruto that temporarily stunned him.

Body Modifications Edit

In his quest to gain immortality, Orochimaru has made a number of modifications to his body over the years, referred to as the Power of the White Snake. With it, he can heal and regenerate from varying lengths of damage, usually through snake-like means; for injuries like bisection, he can reconnect himself using snakes; for more severe injuries, he can shed his skin to regurgitate a new body, free from all damage. Orochimaru's body modifications have also allowed him to manipulate the shape of his body for greater manouvreability, and enhanced his physical durability enough to survive a powerful punch from Tsunade.

Orochimaru's body modifications have resulted in his true form taking on the appearance of a giant white snake. The body is composed of many smaller snakes that can be used to attack the opponent. Even if the opponent manages to incapacitate him, the blood released by killing the snakes is poisonous, evaporating into the air and paralysing anyone who inhales it. This form also enables Orochimaru to use his Living Corpse Reincarnation, his main method of immortality. It allows him to transfer his soul into a new body by swallowing that person whole and absorbing their consciousness, thereby gaining control of their body. This can only be used once every three years, as Orochimaru's current body begins to reject him and forces him to find a new host. The souls of the bodies he has taken remain in Orochimaru's subconscious and he can modify his body as he sees fit.

Orochimaru has conducted research on Hashirama Senju's DNA in order to access the latter's rapid healing abilities. He eventually gains the ability after taking over the body of a White Zetsu clone, which contains Hashirama's DNA.


Orochimaru has a vast arsenal of ninjutsu styles. He is proficient enough with the Transformation Technique to stay undetected for long periods of time; his skill in fūinjutsu allows him to use the Five Elements Seal to seal off a person's chakra; he can summon a single Rashōmon gate or more to protect himself from enemy attacks; he can hide hide within surfaces to avoid damage, or use cursed seals to temporarily paralyse an opponent. The anime shows Orochimaru using other techniques, such as the Shuriken Shadow Clone Technique, chakra scalpels,[49] as well as space–time ninjutsu.

Orochimaru wields the legendary Sword of Kusanagi, showing enough proficiency to fight evenly with his former master Hiruzen. The blade is able to extend great distances, cut through almost anything, and even be remotely controlled. He normally keeps the blade within a snake's mouth inside his own throat and retrieves it by having it turning into a snake after use.

Nature Transformation

Orochimaru can use all five basic nature transformations, along with Yin and Yang Release. His elemental displays are brief in the manga, using only Wind Release to create a powerful gust of wind and Earth Release to travel underground. In the anime, he can create mud-based clones. After taking over the body of a White Zetsu clone, Orochimaru gained access to the latter's Wood Release — a simultaneous mixture of earth and water.


As his appearance suggests, Orochimaru has an affinity for snakes, using the unique arm tattoo to summon them for assistance in battle, his largest and strongest being Manda. He can also eject snakes from either his sleeves or his mouth to attack opponents; in the anime, the snakes can sprout Kusanagi-like blades from their own mouths for deadlier effect. He can even turn his lower body into a snake's tail, increasing his speed and mobility in battle. Orochimaru's ultimate snake-related technique is the Eight Branches Technique, where he transforms into an eight-headed, eight-tailed giant serpent with size superior to that of Manda.

Orochimaru can perform the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation, having further refined the kinjutsu developed by Tobirama Senju. Upon reviving the dead, he can implant them with special tags that erase their personalities, granting him complete control over their actions. During the Konoha Crush, Orochimaru revives the Second and First Hokage to fight his former teacher Hiruzen; the latter later seals away part of Orochimaru's soul within his arms, making him temporarily lose access to this technique. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Orochimaru uses the Shinigami Mask to spiritually restore himself, allowing him to use the technique once more. His prowess with it has increased, as he revives all four previous Hokage with nearly their full power and can use Hashirama's cells to strengthen his control.


During his research of Jūgo's clan, Orochimaru eventually tracked down the power source at the Ryūchi Cave and senjutsu. Although he lacked the body and chakra reserves strong enough to learn Sage Mode, Orochimaru developed another use for senjutsu chakra: the cursed seals. These seals contained some of Orochimaru's senjutsu chakra mixed with the enzyme produced by Jūgo, triggering a change similar to Sage Transformation, but with different side effects. These cursed seals can be used to enhance the power of one's techniques, and serve as anchors to Orochimaru's consciousness, allowing him to observe events through anyone branded by the seal. He can even be revived any number of times through the Evil Releasing Method, provided there are enough cursed seals and DNA.


Orochimaru has acquired a vast amount of information of the shinobi world from his time with organisations such as Root and Akatsuki, having set up a network of fully supplied hideouts throughout various countries. He has great charisma in manipulating people into becoming his pawns, providing insight into their past and promising them power in order to gain their loyalty. In battle, he can deduce the workings of an enemy's fighting style and respond accordingly.

Wanting to decipher all of the world's secrets, Orochimaru conducted extensive research and numerous experiments on himself and the DNA of other individuals to comprehend, attain, or reproduce their abilities. Research of abilities such as Hashirama Senju's Wood Release and Jūgo's Sage Transformation have allowed him to recreate those same abilities, or at least produce techniques based off of them, into other people. From experimentation of Shin Uchiha, Orochimaru has become more knowledgeable of human genetics, facilitating his overall research.

The anime expands on Orochimaru's knowledge in other areas: he creates the Mind Awakening Pill to help speed up the cursed seal's progression; he builds a sophisticated robot with advanced weaponry; he creates genjutsu pills that can subdue a jinchūriki and their tailed beast simultaneously; he cultivates the cells of a tailed beast to create a pseudo-jinchūriki.

New Era (Plot)

In the following years, between gaining a new appreciation for natural development of people and forming a truce between Konohagakure, Orochimaru ultimately reestablished Otogakure as a legitimate shinobi village.

Sarada Uchiha Arc

Fifteen years after the Fourth Shinobi World War, Orochimaru revealed himself to Sasuke and Naruto when the former demanded to meet him, wanting to inquire about Shin Uchiha. Naruto commented on his youthful looks, to which Orochimaru replied to "not stress on the details". After a talk, he explained that Shin was, in fact, an experiment of his in cloning technology and that he would be glad if they took him off his hands. He then went on to lecture about the ethics of cloning. Once he finished his story, Orochimaru happily decided to tell all he knew Shin's whereabouts in hope of the true Uchiha killing Shin.

Later on, Orochimaru commented the possibility that Sakura being already dead. Sasuke, however, disagreed, saying that she is strong enough to protect herself.

Versus Momoshiki Arc

Upon [[Team 7] capturing a bear within Konoha, Orochimaru overlooks the genin completing their mission from atop a building.


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