10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Orochimaru!

  • Orochimaru’s character is based on Japanese folklore The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya, also where Jiraiya and Tsunade also got their names. In the story, Orochimaru’s character was based on Jiraiya student named Yasha Goro. Later in the story, Yasha Goro was influenced by snake magic, from where he later took the name Orochimaru. This aspect of snake magic is also why Orochimaru has many different snake-based techniques and why Orochimaru himself is snake-based.
  • Just as Orochimaru himself is based on Japanese folklore, other aspects of Orochimaru’s story and technique are based on a few more Japanese folklore to be more specific the Totsuka sword used by the god Susanoo to kill the eight-headed and eight tailed snake Yamata or Orochi sometime depicted as a dragon but in Naruto Shippuden Itachi used this Susanoo along with Totsuka sword to seal Orochimaru while using eight branches technique which was basically a technique that turned Orochimaru into a giant eight-headed snake. This technique was also known to be Orochimaru’s most powerful snake technique. So with Orochimaru’s eight branches techniques based on the eight-headed snake, Suzanoo is also based on the god who killed this snake with a sword also appearing in Naruto.

  • Ironically, Orochimaru is the person responsible for creating the famous Naruto Mecha. Mecha Naruto is a pure filler creation originally designed by Kishimoto specifically for the video game Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution and also appears in Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, but its popularity in the game meant that it would eventually find its way to Naruto Shippuden’s legendary filler episode. Apparently, Orochimaru created it as an experiment to imitate a demon statue of the outer path and planned to use it to capture Kurama as a method to disrupt Akatsuki’s plans.
  • There is a bit of confusion when it comes to Orochimaru’s true height, as genin Orochimaru’s height was 150 centimeters, but in the animation studio Pierrot notes, Orochimaru’s height was 179.5 centimeters and the databook actually puts him at 179.4 centimeters, this fraction of a centimeter is where the confusion comes from, and in the Naruto Shippuden series Orochimaru’s height is 172 centimeters, which is probably due to Orochimaru’s weight change, which marks him 63.9 Kilograms in Part 1 of the series and in Shippuden, he weighs 57.3 kilograms. In addition to the weight, his blood type was B, which he shares with his fellow Sannin, Jiraiya, and Tsunade.
  • Something you may not know is that Orochimaru was the one who, with Kabuto’s help, created the hidden sound village, which he did for two different reasons, first so people could find individuality away from the five dominant villages and second so he could collect different ninjas for his experiment in his goal to acquire all the knowledge and techniques. Individuals who eventually inhabited his village were the ninjas who were loyal to Orochimaru but they were also ninjas on whom Orochimaru had done some sort of experiment or some sort of body modifications. After the Fourth Great Shinobi War sometime before the events of Boruto, Orochimaru made Hidden Sound Village a legitimate shinobi village due to his renewed interest in natural human development and a truce with Konoha, although the sound village started as a little bit of a sham it later become a legitimate and respected shinobi village.

  • Orochimaru’s birthday is October 27, in the first part of the series he is 51 years old, and in Shippuden, he is 54 years old, his exact age in Boruto is currently unknown. Orochimaru’s main goal was to get all the knowledge there is and achieve the impossible. Orochimaru, of course, had to become immortal, after many grueling experiments, Orochimaru’s immortality was apparently made possible through a curse mark he later developed. During an interview with Kishimoto a few years ago, a fan asked him if Orochimaru had indeed attained immortality – which Kishimoto confirmed that Orochimaru had truly reached immortality and he could survive any character in the series if he wanted to.
  • Orochimaru’s favorite food is eggs while his least favorite foods are anything cold, and Orochimaru was a Konoha ninja who completed 1,468 missions which can be divided into 16 D Rank 332 C Rank 521 B Rank 491 Rank A and 108 S Rank.
  • Technically, Orochimaru was still a member of Akatsuki even after he left the organization. The reason for this is that to become a member of Akatsuki one must possess one of the ten rings, for example, Toby or Obito wasn’t able to be officially recognized as a member of the organization until he obtained Sasori’s ring. As Orochimaru still possessed the ring, the Akatsuki never succeeded in recruiting the tenth member. Orochimaru technically still a member of Akatsuki until his alleged death by Sasuke when he no longer had the ring.

  • One of the most talked-about aspects of Orochimaru is whether he is a boy or a girl, and the answer is that Orochimaru is male, female, both, and neither. Orochimaru was born male, of course, but as Orochimaru started accepting different hosts along the way, it was also shown that he took the body of at least one female, which would later make Orochimaru a female, regardless of the truth the answer could be that at one point Orochimaru was technically a female.
  • Orochimaru was not thought of by Kishimoto himself but was suggested to Kishimoto by his editorial team. Kishimoto believes the series has attracted a lot of attention during the Chūnin Exams as it was a tournament and viewers were curious to see who will win. Kishimoto planned to complete the exam without any hostile conflicts and with Shikamaru ending up as the winner but his editorial team wanted Kishimoto to introduce a villain who would eventually nullify the test, especially since there wasn’t an obvious villain on the show at the time, except perhaps for Gaara, Kishimoto, although a little disappointed, finally gave up, and then he created and introduced Orochimaru. As far as how Kishimoto developed Orochimaru’s appearance well he purposely made Orochimaru very-snake like and flamboyant to help viewers identify him as a strong and confident villain also giving him a very sick and pale appearance to help over-consume his horrible facial expressions which were done to make him much more repulsive and vicious.