Characters: Naruto-The Legendary Sannin
The Legendary Sannin ("Three Ninja") are a trio of extremely powerful ninja of Konoha. They were students of the Third Hokage in their youth and eventually developed into powerful, feared ninja. Two of them, Jiraiya and Tsunade, play mostly mentor
roles, while the third, Orochimaru, is the main antagonist of the first series. All three are in their fifties during the main series, but only Jiraiya looks his age.Here be spoilers. Any thing that has not been aired on the free versionnote of Crunchyroll should be spoiler-tagged.Back to the main character index
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All the Sannin provide example of:
- Back from the Dead: All three of the Sannin have come back from being supposedly dead at one point or another:
- Tsunade was cut in half by Madara and left for dead. She held out long enough to try to sacrifice her life to save the other four Kage, but Orochimaru showed up in time to save her.
- Orochimaru has the ability to completely revive from any Curse Seal he's placed on someone.
- Jiraiya was killed by the Six Paths of Pain in Amegakure, but revived himself through sheer force of will long enough to send a final message to Naruto, before dying for good.
- Badass: All very powerful ninjas (at least by the standards of Part 1; by the time part 2 rolls around they're so much fodder, suitable only for being Worfed.)
- Facial Markings: They all have facial markings. Orochimaru has them weird eye outline dealys, Jiraiya has two red tear track type thingys and Tsunade has the jewel on her forehead, which extends to a full face marking when she's using her Creation Rebirth technique.
- Public Domain Character: They are based on three main characters from the classic Japanese story Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari (The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya). Lampshaded when an episode in the anime about Jiraiya has the exact same name as this book.
"You're wrong; that's not what makes a shinobi. You never did get it. A real ninja is one who endures no matter what gets thrown at him… Let me explain something to you: there is only one thing that matters if you're a shinobi, and it isn't the number of jutsu you possess. All you do need is the guts to never give up!"
Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka
(JP), David Lodge (EN), Jesús Rodriguez (Spain), Paco Mauri (Latin America)
The legendary Toad Mountain Sage, Jiraiya is a randy loner who spends much of his time Walking the Earth
. His first appearance in the series was during the Chunin exam arc, when he knocked out Naruto's trainer when the latter caught him peeking on a women's shower. Naruto (who had no clue as to the old man's true identity and power, and called him "pervy sage") subsequently badgered him into continuing his training personally.
Jiraiya is basically indolent and shuns responsibility, despite his great skill as a ninja. The village elders initially offered him the position of Hokage after the Third's death, but he turned it down because he knew he'd screw it up and then he suggested Tsunade as an a better option. He makes most of his money from writing the pornographic novels that are a runaway hit in the Naruto
universe (the same ones Kakashi is never seen without), and would much rather spend his time drinking, gambling, and wenching than doing anything serious. Nevertheless, Jiraiya is a fierce warrior and never backs down when he's really needed, helping to beat back Orochimaru's attack on Konoha in the Chunin Exam arc and always keeping his eyes and ears open regarding the whereabouts of Konoha's enemies, particularly Orochimaru and the Akatsuki.
Prior to the series, Jiraiya spent some time in the home of the great toads, who trained him and prophecized that he would eventually meet and train The Chosen One
. (Jiraiya initially believed this person to be Pain
, but later came to believe that it was Naruto. (Eventually it was revealed that both were the "Chosen One".
) Jiraiya returned to the village after this and operated as part of Konoha's active military for a time along with the other two Sannin. (During this period, he also trained several genin, one of whom would eventually become the Fourth Hokage.) When Orochimaru defected, Jiraiya tried to convince him to return to the village, but his failure to do so shamed
him so much that he left the village and wandered alone for many years
Jiraiya and Orochimaru's relationship is deliberately designed to mirror Naruto and Sasuke's. Sasuke, like Orochimaru, is naturally gifted and believes only in his own personal power, while Naruto, like Jiraiya, had to work his way up and believes in comradeship
. Jiraiya gave up on Orochimaru, but Naruto is determined not to do the same for Sasuke.
Jiraiya teaches Naruto the Summoning Jutsu
and the Rasengan (which he himself learned from his former student the Fourth Hokage) over the course of the series. He also attempted to find a way to allow Naruto to control his Nine-Tailed Fox transformations, but failed in this and settled for merely suppressing them instead. Many of Jiraiya's techniques are toad-themed as a result of his time in their community; he can summon them to assist him in battle, and can draw on their power to go into a more powerful "Sage Mode
". He also has several Fire-Style
techniques, and is implied to know many more, although he does precious little fighting in the series. His presence and power is what keeps Akatsuki away from Naruto for a time; Itachi believes that Jiraiya could beat any two Akatsuki members single-handedly. In Shippuden
, it's revealed that Jiraiya is Naruto's godfather, explaining his interest in the boy's safety and development.
At the end of the first series, Jiraiya takes Naruto on a three-year long journey to train in preparation for his future battles with the Akatsuki; this journey forms the Time Skip
that separates the two series.
, Jiraiya returns Naruto into Kakashi's keeping, then returns to gathering intelligence on Orochimaru and Akatsuki. Following a tip, he tracks the Akatsuki's leader Pain to the Hidden Rain Village, and engages him in battle. Jiraiya realizes that Pain is a former student of his, although greatly changed, and sends one of his toads with that information back to the village. He uses up all of his tricks, even going Sage Mode, but Pain kills him by crushing his throat with one blow. His final thoughts are of Naruto
His hobby was sneaking a peek into a Women's Bathing House.
Favorite phrase: "Free and uninhibited"
- Achilles in His Tent: Because he's always out of the village traveling.
- A Death in the Limelight: Doesn't do much in Shippuden until he goes to investigate Pain's whereabouts, a mission from which he never returns.
- Affectionate Nickname: Naruto calls him Pervy Sage.
- Badass: He's on par with the four other Kages in power, and would've become a Hokage if he wanted to.
- He actually defeated the first 3 bodies of Pain soundly, only got taken out by other 3 bodies whom he had no idea of their existence. Pain even doubted his own possibility of winning if Jiraiya had known about the 6 bodies in the beginning
- Badass Beard: Sage Mode
- Badass Bookworm: He Is an author after all.
- Badass Grandpa: He's over fifty, but he can still kick some serious ass.
- Blood Magic: Most of his strongest abilities (Sealing, Kuchiyose, Sage mode) are activated this way.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's a smart guy, but he prefers to spend his time messing around chasing girls instead.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Lazy, perverted, self proclaimed voyeur and all around slacker... who is also one of the strongest Shinobi in the Elemental lands, to the point that even Pain had to take him seriously.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: While nowhere near as strong as Tsunade, he could still level buildings and slaughter dozens of Ninjas in Taijutsu alone. By using Sage Mode he could throw huge summons through half a city with a punch.
- Casanova Wannabe: He's a sucker for women, even though his work is romantic enough to catch Kakashi's attention
- Childhood Friend Romance: An unlucky one-sided example with Tsunade.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He always protects the ladies, who he has a thing for.
- Cool Old Guy: Definitely, when he's not acting pervy.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Swamp of the Underworld
- Eccentric Mentor: To Naruto and Nagato. He forced the latter to wear frog suits.
- Determinator: Believes that the most important thing for a ninja to have is the willingness never to give up.
- December-December Romance: What it was shaping with Tsunade after the Time Skip before Pain made him croak.
- Evil Former Friend: He has one in the person of Orochimaru, and it's probably the reason why the latter didn't kill him.
- Facial Markings: born with 'em.
- Failure Knight: The deaths of Minato and Hiruzen took a huge toll on him. So did failing to bring back Orochimaru and finding out that Yahiko died and Nagato and Konan turned evil.
- Flanderization: Fanfics usually have him constantly hitting on Tsunade.
- Flat Character: Orochimaru accuses him of being this, claiming he died without changing anything about himself.
- Subverted in that he had a huge failure complex that he did nothing worthwhile in his life except for teaching Naruto.
- Frogs and Toads: His signature style.
- Generation Xerox: Initially displaying outward interest in Naruto for the latter matching his perversion and determination, he was eventually shown to be Naruto's godfather, who did truly care for his welfare and making him his inheritor of his philosophy of the "Will of Fire."
- Go Out with a Smile: Right before he dies, Jiraiya recalls that Naruto was named after the character in his book, and decides that he had succeeded in something after all.
- Geometric Magic: Probably one of the greatest seal masters in the series.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He knew that Pain could overpower him, but still fought him to gather information to help the village instead of running away and escaping. His defeat ended up costing him his life.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Near-pathological - even in his last moments he believes that his life was a complete waste and that he was a loser. His only goal in life was to have an awesome death. He managed it.
- Heroic Willpower: When fighting Pain he manages to get up - after being impaled multiple times AND his heart apparently stopping - long enough to scribble out a message on Fukasaku for the rest of the village.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Look at him. He attracts more attention that Naruto could ever dream of.
- Honey Trap: Villains attempt this on him once or twice throughout the series. Surprisingly, it doesn't actually work either time.
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A filler arc delves into the reason why Jiraiya has always been reluctant to go out with Tsunade. He doesn't want to, out of fear of hurting her by dying before her.
- It's Not Peeping It's Research: Basically his excuse.
- Killed Off for Real: He's killed by Pain.
- Large Ham: One among various examples:
"When you've reached the stature I have... THE LADIES KNEEL AND WORSHIP... AT YOUR AWESOMENESS
- Like a Grandson to Me: Towards Naruto.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: He's called "Pervy Sage" for a reason.
- The McCoy: To Orochimaru's The Spock
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Infiltrating the Land of Rain, led to his death.
- Mundane Utility: How he use the Rasengan.
- My Greatest Failure: Not having been able to stop Orochimaru from defecting, nor to save his pupil (the 4th Hokage) or his master (The 3rd Hokage).
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He acts as dumb as Naruto, but is the best Information broker in the Elemental Lands.
- The Obi-Wan: This to Naruto, even dying at his protege's future big enemy, who was once his student.
- Old Master: He's 50 and still one of the strongest people in the series.
- One-Man Army: He managed to fight off several of Pain's Paths, consecutively and concurrently, where those same Paths were only taken out by lots of teamwork from Konoha.
- Open Pervert: However, he doesn't like it when Naruto calls him "Pervy Sage".
- Parental Abandonment: Being Naruto's godfather and, you know, alive, Jiraiya really had no excuse for not raising the boy.
- Other than putting a target on the boy's back and Jiraiya's job of tracking both Akatsuki and Orochimaru, that is?
- The Peeping Tom: Jiraiya spies on girls in hot springs all the time. He calls it "research." Somewhat justified in that he's a popular author of trashy romance novels.
- Prehensile Hair: Used as a weapon.
- Playing with Fire: Can use fire jutsu, and often combines them with toad oil jutsu to make them the single strongest Fire Elemental attack in the series.
- Rapunzel Hair: Long white hair. And hard enough to perforate reinforced Chakra steel as if it were wet paper.
- Renowned Selective Mentor: Fits this trope to a T. He only had two groups of students before Naruto, and in both cases one of them was an insanely gifted shinobi who became a legend. He chose to train Naruto become he reminded him of the Fourth Hokage, his previous student and Naruto's father.
- Retired Badass: Subverted. He seems to be just goofing off and ignoring his responsibilities to go on an endless vacation, but he's actually been keeping tabs on the Leaf's enemies.
- Summon Magic: Toads.
- Super Mode: Sage Mode which he himself never fully mastered after 30 years.
- Take Up My Sword: His last action before dying was to leave Naruto a code for how to battle Pain.
- Team Dad: To Naruto, despite refusing to become Hokage.
- Took a Level in Badass: In his backstory he was the "loser" of the Sannin and was incapable of defeating his friend Orochimaru. At the end he's one of history's most powerful ninja.
- Tragic Hero: Always failed to save the ones he loved.
- Trickster Mentor: To Naruto
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His Sage Mode turns him into a bestial version of himself.
- The Worf Effect: Averted. He's hyped up to be very strong, but we actually never see him win a fight, and even in his Backstory, we're only told about his failures (couldn't defeat Hanzou, was defeated by Orochimaru when he left the Leaf) rather than his victories. He's unable to prevent Itachi and Kisame from escaping, and is poisoned during the Sannin's fight. It's his fight with Pain (or more importantly, Pain's fight with All of Konoha's forces, the Toad Tribe, Kyuubi and Naruto) that established his Memetic Badass reputation.
- That, and having Itachi and Kisame tuck their tails between their legs and run for it when he showed up to fight.
- Worf Had The Flu: See above. But Orochimaru couldn't use his own arms...however Jiraiya's handicap was even greater due to most of his techniques requiring refined chakra control and that he could barely throw a kunai straight.
- World's Strongest Man: For a time he held this title. He was flat out said to be the only one strong enough to defeat Orochimaru during his invasion by Ebisu. Itachi AND Kisame both considered a too great of a threat for both of them (this is huge since despite Itachi's allegiance, he would kill Konoha shinobi to keep his cover), with Kisame even saying he was on an entirely other level. Not only that, he defeated Naruto's Four-Tailed Version 2 form within base, holding back so he wouldn't hurt his student (thus why he got such an injury), note Orochimaru couldn't do anything to Naruto in that form and at the end frantically pushed him away rather than keep fighting despite his bravado. And then his student Nagato considered him strong enough to be able to defeat him if Jiraiya had prior knowledge.
"I am the Fifth Hokage… You've trampled on our ancestors' treasure… their dream… And you will pay the price! As the Hokage, I will put a stop to you here and now!"
Tsunade is a veteran Hard-Drinking Party Girl
and gambler, although her lack of luck at the latter, which earned her the nickname "The Legendary Sucker", is almost as famous as her fighting skill
and miraculous healing abilities
. Tsunade, whose grandfather was the First Hokage (therefore, the elders refer to her as "Tsunade-hime" aka "Princess Tsunade"), became jaded and disillusioned regarding the village when both her younger brother Nawaki and her fiancé Dan were killed during the wars which criss-crossed the Naruto
world prior to the series. She turned her back on the village and sought her own amusements, with her fiancee's niece Shizune and her pet pig Tonton as her only companions.
She first appears in the Search for Tsunade arc, when Jiraiya and Naruto are seeking her to offer her the position of the Fifth Hokage. She initially refuses, and bets Naruto her treasured necklace that he won't be able to master the Rasengan in three days. Orochimaru also seeks her out during this time, wanting her to heal the crippling injuries he sustained during his fight with the Third Hokage, and offering to revive her brother and fiancee in exchange. After seeing Naruto successfully perform the Rasengan for the first time, a three-way battle ensues in which Jiraiya and Tsunade team up to defeat Orochimaru. Tsunade then returns to Konoha and accepts the position of the Fifth Hokage.
Tsunade has Super Strength
and the ability to concentrate chakra in her limbs, further increasing the power of her strikes. She is widely considered the greatest medical ninja in the world, and can hit vital points with precision or completely heal herself in midfight
. She also uses a transformation jutsu to keep her appearance eternally young, although that's more for the sake of her vanity than any strategic purpose.
, Tsunade mostly plays a support role, assigning missions and providing exposition. She's also come under attack from various militaristic factions in Konoha itself. She is confronted by Pain's Deva Path, but he decides to run away... but not before nuking Konoha. After the Shinra Tensei, she uses a great deal of chakra to save those that she can and heal people, but this has the side effect of wearing off her genjutsu and putting her into a coma, causing the position of Sixth Hokage to go to Danzo (pending approval by the village jonins), however she has since woken up from said coma and began complaining about the decision to send Naruto and Killer Bee into hiding instead of rushing recklessly into an attack on Madara without knowing anything about his true abilities.
Her hobby is gambling.
Favorite phrase: "One grab, a thousand gold" referring to getting rich without much effort.
- A Mother to Her Men
- A-Cup Angst: During her teenage years.
- Affectionate Nickname: Naruto calls her Grandma Tsunade. Doubles as Hilarious in Hindsight, as we now know that they are both related through the Senju clan. She is Naruto's cousin of some variety, but it's still funny!
- Afraid of Blood: Initially. Naruto helps her get over it. It was because her boyfriend was killed, and she couldn't heal him.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: When they were young, she caught Jiraiya peeping. She then proceeded to break six of his ribs, both of his arms, and puncture one of his lungs.
- Badass: Most need powerful high level jutsu to do enough damage to invoke the Chunky Salsa Rule, Tsunade just needs to punch.
- Badass Bookworm: She's the physically strongest of the Sannin and no slouch in the brains department either (though not as smart as Orochimaru).
- Badass Pacifist: Tsunade definitely has the power and combat skills to be Hokage but it is in her philosphy as a medical ninja that she not enter combat unless absolutely necessary lest someone tries to Shoot The Medic First. There's one exception to her rule: the medic can enter battle at will if she or he has mastered her Healing Factor technique. Something only she has succeeded into, so far.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Her punches are enough to kill anything. That isn't an Edo Tensei, but even Madara was worried about being hit by that.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted, as she takes a good amount of damage during her fights and has the battle damage to show it.
- Berserk Button: She does not appreciate being called old.
- Big Damn Heroes: Arrives with the other kages and proceeds to kick Madara.
- The Big Gal: ...Kind of. She's a mixture of the third and the fifth, but she fits this role effectively well with her fighting style. She only has to hit you once to kill and she's nearly immortal.
- Boobs of Steel: By far the bustiest woman in series (106 cm!), she's one of the strongest characters when it comes to fighting (she basically can one-hit-kill most of the fighters, provided she comes close enough).
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She'd rather laze about, but is forced to take action to maintain the village's safety. Must be why she's perpetually angry all the time.
- Broken Bird: Lost the love of her life and her brother to battle.
- Buxom Is Better: She's regarded as the most beautiful Kunoichi. Who knows why?
- Subverted in some of the Bonus Material when, after being asked how she remains so young and beautiful by Sakura, Naruto butts in and calls her breasts "ridiculous", says she's "too big" and that he doesn't find her as attractive as Sakura. However, this is mainly Naruto being his usual dumbass self (picking on Tsunade and hitting on Sakura, both of which he does regularly). Cue Naruto getting K.O.ed by both women.
- Boring, but Practical: Tsunade's Super Strength and medical ninjutsu give her the most raw physical power and regenerative ability in the series, but, conversely, significantly less flash than the techniques of other high-ranking ninja.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: Yep.
- Cartwright Curse: She sure seems to have bad luck with the men she likes....
- Cast from Lifespan: Her Mitotic Regeneration technique uses the chakra stored in her forehead to heal all her wounds, but it shortens her life.
- Cassandra Truth: Tsunade thinks it's a bad idea to keep Naruto locked up in the village/in the war and out of harm's way. Naturally, everyone disagrees. Too bad that Naruto's the protagonist, and him going out often results in Tsunade being proved right.
- The Chick: Of the Sannin. And of the Kages. Sort of. She seems to fit in just about every role in the Five-Man Band.
- Combat Medic: Her specialty.
- Combat Stilettos: wears high heels.
- Convenient Coma: Goes into one after the Pain invasion arc and is out of it within weeks.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: She literally defeats Naruto using only one finger.
- Curtains Match the Window: Fiery blonde.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Not her little brother, but her fiancée. Dan's death makes into a cynic for whom "Only fools want to be Hokages".
- Deadly Doctor: Uses less combative medical techniques than Kabuto but is fully capable of causing harm with her medical abilites.
- Flanderization: In fanfics she is known to hit Naruto for calling her Baa-chan.
- And hitting Jiraiya whenever he tries to hit on her.
- Trying to drink on the job and her inability to handle paperwork are both often played to excess.
- The Gambling Addict: Her quirk. It's apparently her grandfather Hashirama's fault.
- Generation Xerox: She did train Sakura to become a Hot-Blooded Combat Medic after all.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Tsunade is able to regenerate any wound she receives after releasing her Yin Seal causing her reputation as ageless and immortal in battle.
- Half The Woman She Used To Be: Courtesy of Madara. She's gotten better with a bit of help from Orochimaru and Katsuyu.
- Healing Factor: When the seal on her forehead is released.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Even after Jiraiya was unable to win her affections before his death.
- The Heroine: Seems to be all but stated with the five Kages' battle with Madara. She shares this role with Onoki.
- Heroic Fatigue: So much that she works herself into a comatose state.
- Heroic Resolve: She so desperately wants to save the people of the Leaf Village after the attack that she ends up overexerting herself into a coma.
- Heroic Second Wind: Tsunade's Yin Seal on her forehead functions as one of these, it has a constant storage of chakra built up in it which she can release to fuel her Healing Factor. This earned her reputation as immortal in battle.
- Hot Teacher: To Shizune and Sakura.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She was delivering a Shut Up, Hannibal! and tons of asskicking to the revived Madara Uchiha, (who was continuously berating her for never getting near the level of her grandfather Hashirama) until he got annoyed enough to drive a Susanoo Blade through her. And she still survived it, snapped the blade in half and threw it at him!
- Implacable Woman: Thanks to her seal, she will always get back up.
- Interface Screw: Her Important Body Points Disturbance inflicts this on opponents, using chakra to scramble the electrical signals the brain uses to control the limbs.
- Ironic Echo: When Jiraiya seeks her out and tries to get her to take the Hokage position, she badmouths it, calling it a "fool's goal". Later in her fight against Orochimaru, he says the same thing much to Tsunade's horror as she realizes she's been no better than him. This is one of the main factors that gets her to take the position.
- Irony: She has a massive losing streak when she gambles, but when she does win, it means something bad is about to happen.
- The Lancer: Depending on who you view as The Hero of the five kages.
- Lady Drunk: Previous to accepting the position of Hokage.
- Lust Object: For Jiraiya.
- Mama Bear: She becomes this for the village after she becomes the Fifth Hokage.
- Master Poisoner: Jiraiya touts her as the only person in the world who can spike a ninja's drink without their knowledge.
- Ms. Fanservice: Serves this for this series.
- Never Mess with Granny: She may be over fifty years old, but don't underestimate her. Orochimaru learned this the hard way.
- Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: In Chapter 601 after Madara gets bored fighting the Kages and buggers off, it's revealed that Tsunade has been bisected by a giant ass tree branch.
- Oba San: Naruto calls her Granny.
- The Obi-Wan: To Sakura, and to a degree Shizune.
- Older than They Look: Both played straight and inverted. She uses a spell to create the illusion of looking like she's in her 20's or 30's. It falls apart when she runs low on chakra, which reveals that she actually looks much older than she is (like she was in her 70's or 80's).
- Pen-Pushing President: One of the least pleasant aspects of her job as Hokage. The morning Sasuke disappears, she is actually caught sleeping on her parchments.
- Professional Gambler: She actually has very bad luck.
- Promotion to Parent: Took care (if one can really say that) of Shizune, her fiance's orphaned niece, after his death. Although it would be more accurate to say it's Shizune who tried her best to take care of the broken, alcoholic and compulsively gambling Tsunade...
- Power Tattoo: The Yin Seal on her forehead which gives a large boost of chakra when released.
- Running Gag: Destroying her desk in a fit of rage.
- Sexy Mentor: To Shizune and Sakura.
- The Smart Guy: Though it's not commonly exploited like Shikamaru or his father, she does have a great deal of intelligence, as might be expected from the world's foremost medical expert. It's just her common sense that suffers.
- Super Strength: In addition to possessing generic Super Strength, she can further increase the power of her punches thanks to impossibly precise chakra control. She's even stronger than A the Raikage and can shatter Madara's Susano'o with a single punch (if after activating her Super Mode).
- Team Mom: To Konoha after she becomes the Fifth Hokage.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her pendant.
- Tsundere: A grown up version.
- Unfortunate Nicknames: She's called "The Legendary Sucker" because she's terrible at gambling. Think about it, she's a blond, buxom, beautiful woman with the nickname "The Legendary Sucker".
- The meaning isn't present in Japanese though. The "sucker" in the original Japanese is kamo which means "duck," in the same sense as a "sitting duck", or an easy mark.
- Vain Sorceress: Subverted. She's very vain, but is also benevolent.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Tsunade's schtick in combat is to hit things. Hard. It works.
- World Of Card Board Speech: Delivered one to Orochimaru before kicking his ass.
- World's Strongest, Most Beautiful Woman: Shikamaru's father refers to her as "the strongest and most beautiful of all kunoichi."
"When there is a true desire in the heart and that desire is strong… That is when he finds real strength that even he did not know he had!"
Voiced by: Kujira
(JP), Steve Blum
(EN), David Robles (Spain), José Luis Reza (Latin America)
The series' first Big Bad
, Orochimaru wants to be the most powerful shinobi who ever lived, and figures he can accomplish this by mastering every jutsu ever devised. However, a single human lifespan is far too short to learn every jutsu, so he also needs immortality as part of the bargain. To that end, Orochimaru has experimented with various scientific and magical methods of extending his own lifespan, but until he finds a perfect method, he opts to go with the riskier and less reliable Grand Theft Me
method of immortality, switching his body for a younger one every few years. His desire to gain the body of an Uchiha (whose unique Sharingan would allow him to master jutsu much more quickly) is the driving force behind most of the events of the first series.
Orochimaru was initially trained by the Third Hokage along with Jiraiya and Tsunade, and was the most naturally talented of the three. The Third initially hoped that Orochimaru would become his successor, but as Orochimaru's selfishness and lust for power grew and made him go off the deep end, that forced him to select one of Jiraiya's students instead. While in the village, Orochimaru experimented extensively on its inhabitants, including his own students, hoping to develop new routes to power. He applied for the position of Fourth Hokage, hoping it would give him more leeway in this department, and when he was turned down, decided the village had offered him all it could and defected.....shortly after being exposed as a Serial Killer
who had been abducting innocents, and pro ninja, for lethal experiments. His closest friend Jiraiya chased him down and tried to reason with him, but Orochimaru laughed in his face.
From there, Orochimaru joined the criminal organization Akatsuki and tried to steal the body of Itachi Uchiha, and when that failed, conquered the Land of Rice Fields to give him a base of operations for his activities and a ready supply of test subjects, changing its name to the Land of Sound in the process. Then, during the actual series, Orochimaru destroyed Sasuke's confidence during the Chuunin exams and tried to bait him into betraying the village with promises of new and unlimited power, tricked the Sand Village into attacking Konaha, and killed his old mentor the Third Hokage, desecrating the graves of the First and Second and sacrificing his own proteges to do so. He treats his followers like pawns and is unconcerned when they die.
Orochimaru's original intention was to take Sasuke's body by the end of the first series, but Konoha's interference during the Sasuke Retrieval arc forced him to switch with some random prisoner instead. Since he has to wait three years before he can switch again, he decides to train Sasuke during the Time Skip
, Orochimaru's most recent body has all but given out on him, but he's still tough enough to tangle with Naruto's Four-tailed Fox form
during the second arc. Later, Sasuke attacks him while he's bedridden. Orochimaru reveals his true form (a snake made out of a bunch of smaller snakes) and tries to take Sasuke's body by force, but is defeated offscreen. The fact that fragments of his body have been integrated into the bodies of both his right-hand man Kabuto as well as Sasuke himself means we probably haven't seen the last of him, however. The portion of his body absorbed by Sasuke shows up in the fight with Itachi, where Sasuke, exhausted, lacks the chakra needed to suppress him. Orochimaru doesn't contribute much to the fight and is promptly flattened by Susanoo, the third technique of the Mangekyo Sharingan, trapping him in an endless dream state that cannot be undone or escaped from while also absorbing in his body, effectively killing him. Or at least killing the portion of him that leaped out of Sasuke and tried to attack Itachi. Using Anko's Cursed Seal of Heaven and a chunk of Sage Mode Kabuto's flesh, Sasuke resurrects Orochimaru, who strips Kabuto of his One-Winged Angel and agrees to help Sasuke despite openly admitting he still intends to take over his body.
His hobby is creating techniques.
Favorite words: "destroy" and "chaos"
- Animal Eyes: Just one of his snake features. Actually more like olive than gold.
- Animal Motifs: Snakes
- Arch-Enemy: Orochimaru seems to make it his life's work to earn the hatred of a significant portion of the cast, from Anko Mitarashi and Hiruzen Sarutobi, to Jiraiya and Tsunade, and is probably this to the Leaf as a whole given his goal is to wipe it from the face of the Earth and that he topped its Most Wanted List. Naruto probably feels this way about him too, since even though Oro hasn't done that much to him personally, he doesn't forgive him for murdering the 3rd or corrupting Sasuke.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Even before he went all crazy, he was apparently very snake-like.
- Ax-Crazy: Not as blatant as Hidan or Deidara, but he definitely is abnormal.
- Back from the Dead: With a little help from Sasuke and Juugo. Was anyone surprised?
- Badass: Orochimaru is many things: creepy, twisted, and with serious pedophiliac undertones, but there is no denying that he is a Badass. The man fought (a drugged) Jiraiya and (a freaked out) Tsunade without his arms, and it ended in a stalemate. Later, he went mano-a-mano with a Four-Tailed Naruto while maintaining his For the Lulz attitude throughout the whole fight. The man gets mad props for that.
- Badass Bookworm: He is a mad scientist, after all, as well as a legendary soldier, assassin and spy and war hero.
- Handicapped Badass: At one point he lost both his arms to the Reaper Death Seal and still managed to put up a fight against Jiraiya and Tsunade.
- Bad Boss: Pitted the Sound Trio against Sasuke so he could test the latter's power and potential, knowing that Sasuke might cripple or even kill them; sacrificed two of them (and an unknown third) to summon the former Hokages as his enslaved zombie warriors; shrugs off the death of his most fanatical, devoted and powerful follower; teaches his underlings to not give a shit about each other (to the point of potentially killing each other for tactical advantages) gave the Curse Seal to Anko when she was his student, which very nearly killed her; implied to perform all kinds of horrid experiments on his own men, though most of his victims seem to be prisoners.
- Big Bad: Of Part 1.
- Big Bad Ensemble: He's one of the main villains in the series, especially the main villain in Part 1, though he's lost ground to Akatsuki in Part 2. Now that he's joined Sasuke's side and Sasuke has temporarily rejoined Konoha's side, he's technically undergone a Heel-Face Turn.
- Blow You Away: One of the two elemental ninjutsu he's used in the series was wind style.
- Body Surf: He has this turned against him by Sasuke in Part 2.
- Breath Weapon: Notably unique use of this trope involving launching snakes, swords and even himself from his throat.
- Broken Ace: To the Leaf, once a respected member of the Sannin, now a world class criminal who runs everyone's lives for his experiments. He has been redeeming himself as of late.
- Brought Down to Normal: The 3rd did this, which remained for the majority of Part 1. He got his powers back only to be sealed away twice. He later fixed this by cutting open the death god's stomach, which restored his arms.
- Came Back Strong: His new body after being revived yet again is mostly composed of Hashirama's cells. One benefit is that his Edo Tensei is powerful enough to restrain even the Second Hokage at full strength.
- Character Development: His new watchword. After some humbling losses at the hands of Itachi and the Sauce, he admits that while in the past he wanted to "be the wind that made the windmill move", he finds it more interesting to see where Sasuke's path takes him. When Tsunade observes a change in his attitude, he reasons that everyone changes, and that if they don't they die, presenting Jiraiya as an example of this.
- The Chessmaster: In comparison to Tobi or rather Obito's Xanatos Speed Chess, he sets out long laid plans that involve using others to ultimately get what he wants. However, it often results in some huge hitches due to unexpected actions.
- Contemplate Our Navels: He sometimes slips into this when he describes why he's seeking immortality.
- Cool Sword: The Kusanagi which is said to be able to pierce nearly anything as well as extend and float and attack independent of Orochimaru with a special jutsu. Interestingly it is a straight sword in the anime like it was supposed to be in the legend but is a katana in the manga because Every Japanese Sword is a Katana.
- The Corrupter: He excels at this, most of his pupils are insane and twisted due to his influence. He only partially succeeded with Sasuke (enough to make him leave the Leaf, but not sufficiently to make him his pawn).
- Crazy-Prepared: His Curse Seals turn out to be Soul Jars, all of them. Not only can he use them to ressurect himself (though he needs outside help for this), they even double as Sinister Surveillance and he can see and hear everything all of the victims do all the time (presumably, only when he is Only Mostly Dead and not, as now, when he is alive and kicking though) allowing him to remain up-to-date with the plot. On a broader sense, Tobi implies several times, to his chagrin, that Orochimaru knew more than he let on, and Kabuto confirms it. Sasuke even brought him Back from the Dead explicitly to help him get to the heart of the Kudzu Plot, albeit it seems he needs Orochimaru and one other person to do that.
- Creepy Child: Young Orochimaru wasn't evil yet, but he was rather disturbing to look at.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Voiced by a woman in the Japanese version, though her voice is deep enough to be mistaken for a male anyway.
- Deal with the Devil: Offers one to Tsunade and Sasuke; Tsunade turns him down, while Sasuke managed to scam him, albeit with some difficulty. Other deals probably didn't turn out so well for anyone but him.
- Determinator: Not even getting his arms sealed, Body Surf jutsu reversed on him or being sealed for all eternity can keep him down.
- Devour The Dragon: He was planning on doing this to Sasuke, but it got turned around on him.
- Diminishing Villain Threat: He's impressive in Part 1, but much less so in Part 2, essentially because his host body is too weak and has started to reject him.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Can disappear through walls and trees, an ability of earth users in Naruto.
- The Dreaded: In Part 1, and still in Part 2 if to a lesser extent.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Twice, in an incredibly awkward manner both times. The first time, shortly into Shippuden, Sasuke attacks him, deciding he's not useful anymore. Orochimaru tries to use his Grand Theft Me no Jutsu on Sasuke, only for Sasuke to turn it back on him. Much later, during Sasuke's fight with Itachi, Sasuke runs out of chakra, which somehow frees Orochimaru... only for Itachi to seal him in a permanent, inescapable genjutsu before he can do anything.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Ever since he was a child.
- Eldritch Abomination: His true form, a bizarre snake-demon. Seems to be the result of decades' worth of experimenting on himself.
- Enemy Mine: He agrees to help Sasuke Uchiha find the answers he is looking for only because he is too weak to attempt his Grand Theft Me Jutsu.
- Evil Former Friend: To Jiraiya. This is also probably the reason why he didn't kill Jiraiya when the latter tried to prevent him leaving the Leaf.
- Evil Genius: To Akatsuki alongside Sasori and Tobi and to the Sound Village.
- Evil Mentor: To Sasuke, and implicitly to nearly all of his named underlings. But mostly to Kabuto.
- Evil Overlord: Ruled the Land of Sound with an iron fist, until Sasuke kills him.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Tries to find the meaning of existence by constantly experimenting on himself and his subjects so he can discover even more jutsu techniques.
- Face Stealer: Stole the face of a Grass genin before the second task of the chunin exam.
- Facial Markings: Born with them.
- Fallen Hero: Despite his claims to the contrary, his flashbacks establish that while he was always creepy, Orochimaru was, once upon a time, a genuine hero, or at least an Antihero. Watching everyone around him die caused him to become obsessed with obtaining immortality, first for the entire village, and eventually just for himself. Orochimaru would rather bite out his own tongue than admit this of course.
- For Science!: His primary motivation was to create completely new jutsus. Too bad he thought that in order to achieve it, he needed to experiment on human beings and to live forever.
- For the Evulz: So, why did he kill the Third Hokage and try to wipe Konoha off the map? Because peace is boring, that's why.
- Apparently this was a lie, as Sasuke figured out that Orochimaru does have a personal reason for wanting to crush Konoha.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Orochimaru reveals to his former sensei, the Third Hokage, that he has been using a technique called Living Corpse Reincarnation to transfer his soul into a different body once every three years. As expected, the Third Hokage is horrified by this revelation when Orochimaru shows him the true face of his host's body which comes off as completely unfamiliar to him.
- Four Is Death: Guess what number Sasuke was?
- From a Single Cell: Orochimaru came back at least twice from his curse mark thanks to his chakra stocked there. It's also heavily implied that the snakes that make his true form can also have this use.
- Generation Xerox: He has passed on his villainy and high amounts of creepy very well, if his proteges Kabuto, Sasuke and any self-respecting Sound shinobi are any indication.
- Grand Theft Me: When his current body begins to rot, he does this to an unwitting victim, it gets used against him by Sasuke, who used his powers until he was removed by Itachi. After he's revived, and releases the Hokages from the Death God's belly, he takes the body of a Zetsu.
- Green Thumb: After possessing a Zetsu.
- Hazy Feel Turn: He has aligned himself with Sasuke during the Fourth Shinobi World War. Sasuke has decided to aid the United Shinobi front, and Orochimaru has thus far gone along with him. How long this will actually last is unknown.
- Healing Factor: Can regenerate most damage by vomiting a new body out of his mouth. Sasuke had minor healing powers inherited from him.
- Hellish Pupils: Golden snake pupils to be exact.
- Hero Killer: Peaked with his assassination of the Third Hokage.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Frequently. He betrayed Akatsuki by trying to take Itachi's body, only for the latter to curb stomp him and Akatsuki to put him on their death list. He drew out his fight with Sarutobi to torment him, which gave Sarutobi time to fall back on his suicide justu and cost Oro his arms. And he corrupted Sasuke only to be betrayed and curb stomped by him when the time came to steal his body. He tried to get Sasuke's body years earlier too and if Kabuto hadn't convinced him to choose someone else (as Sasuke was taking too much time to arrive), he may have even died.
- Humanoid Abomination: The sheer amount of shit he did to himself eventually made him into one of these, able to turn his legs into a snake tail, shed his body to grow a new one, stretch his limbs and tongue, and throw up snakes. His real appearance is something to be seen.
- Immortality Seeker: It initially was to wait till his parents reincarnated, but eventually it devolved into becoming the perfect being.
- Implacable Man: It takes a legendary technique to finally seal him away.
- And it is revealed that even THAT didn't kill him. He will not die!
- Ironic Hell/Laser-Guided Karma: He wanted to live forever and now he will, it's just that he's also stuck in an eternal illusion. Now free, though.
- It's All About Me: Orochimaru may well be the most selfish character of the whole story. Outside of the Uchiha clan.
- It Amused Me: Gives a quote for this to the Third Hokage before they begin to fight.
- Joker Immunity: The guy just won't stay dead or sealed, even if he can be Put on a Bus for quite long periods.
- Killing Intent: His is so strong that it can induce visions of their gruesome death into weaker opponents (Sakura and Sasuke in part 1), or paralyse even experienced one (Kakashi).
- Knight of Cerebus: While Zabuza was intimidating, Orochimaru brings the first present death of a main protagonist, helps send The Lancer into serious Sanity Slippage and was playing for keeps.
- Lean and Mean: Not as buff as the rest of the Akatsuki.
- Looks Like Cesare: A reason why people were wary of him before his Face-Heel Turn.
- Mad Scientist: Tries to discover ninjustu and immortality through experimentation on his subjects and victims.
- Manipulative Bastard: He plays on literally everyone's emotions. Tricked the entire Sand village into a war with Konoha by murdering and impersonating their leader.
- Master of Disguise: A very gruesome example, since he tears off the faces of his victims to wear over his body. In fact, his usual face is actually a mask worn over his host, only worn out of Shape Shifter Guilt Trip as well as maintaining his identity.
- Mega Manning: He wants to get this ability and this is why he wants so badly the sharingan.
- Necromancer: One of three, the other two being Kabuto and the Second Hokage. They all used the same technique too: Impure World Resurrection.
- No Sense of Personal Space: In regards to anyone.
- Orochi: Turns into one when Sasuke is weakened enough to unseal him, only to be sealed again by Itachi. Currently provides the page picture.
- Overly-Long Tongue: Weaponized of course.
- Poisonous Person: His true form has poisonous blood which will vaporize and become airborn.
- Post Mortem Comeback: A particularly bad execution, since he just randomly rematarialized during the fight between the Uchiha brothers, after getting sealed within one. Itachi finsihed the job by sealing him a second time, finally ridding Orochimaru from the series for good. Subverted, he is still alive.
- Pragmatic Villainy: If a more selfish version. Clearly recognizes certain potential, and won't kill those who are outright useful to him or his goals, even if frustrated and in a You Have Failed Me mood.
- Retcon: Orochimaru was presumably the one in charge when Tsunade's brother Nawaki died. He was there to meet her when she arrived. In the first part of Naruto, he's shown giving a callous response that Tsunade throws back at him later: All living things that have form must perish eventually. Later, during his death scene, it is one of several events shown in a montage and instead he's obviously clearly upset as he hands Tsunade the pendant. Obviously, the latter is more sympathetic as it's part of a sequence showing how twisted he became over time instead of the original portrayal of always being a twisted monster.
- Which actually makes sense in series as well: having become a monster, it's likely that both he and Tsunade have gone out the way to forget that he ever did her any favours.
- Scaled Up: His true form.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His final fate. Note that the can is not even material. Then Sasuke opens the can...
- Serial Killer: Before his formal defection, he had been abducting an unknown number of victims and performing gruesome, typically fatal experiments on them- this included ANBU, Jounin, Chuunin, innocent civilians, teenage children (including his own pupil), and sixty newborn babies of whom only one- Yamato- ultimately survived.
- Shout Out: Medusa is based on him.
- Sinister Surveillance: His Curse Seals let him spy on everyone who has one, letting his see and hear whatever they do. Seems to only serve this function when he is "dead", though.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: To Akatsuki
- Smug Snake: Naturally.Though, he remains a high-functioning type, straddling the line between this and Magnificent Bastard. Its arguably the smugness itself that is what gets in his way.
- Though, that said, Tobi is seriously worried that he knew more than he let on. The fact he actually used Sasuke in the first place also shows he's far more cunning than he appears, as subsequent revelations suggest he knew his actual worth in terms of Oro using him to become a new Rikudou Sennin, and not just for his Sharingan eyes as he claimed. And now he is back.
- Snake Person: Can take this shape giving himself tremendous speed.
- The Sociopath: Should be pretty obvious by this point of the page.
- Soul Jar: The Cursed Seals.
- Spanner in the Works: He was this to the Akatsuki which is why he was marked for death by them.
- The Spock: Originally in the Sannin, before becoming The Sociopath.
- The Spymaster: He has a huge intel network that allows him to maintain control of less powerful villages or nations
- Took a Level in Jerkass: in his Back Story
- Too Powerful to Live: The only way to get rid of him was to seal him. And it had to be done twice to actually work. He's technically still alive. And now he's at large again.
- Übermensch: Tries to change the world through war. Tobi beat him to it. Abandoned the village largely because he rejected its ideals and values.
- The Unfettered
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Inverted. He was certainly no where near as evil as a child, and had a couple of sweet moments, but even Sarutobi admitted that even back then Oro had "eyes full of malice and ambition". He ignored this because it was a time of war and someone like that might be needed; that, and he was too proud of him to admit it.
- Villain Ball: He is far too arrogant and sadistic for his own good and he has been guilty of Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? since as far back as the Chuunin Exam arc, which ultimately cost him his arms.
- Villainous Friendship: with Kabuto. The two had a very twisted bond, but a bond nonetheless. And when revived, while he doesn't break the genjutsu on Kabuto, probably didn't know how, all he did was to reclaim his chakra and release sage mode on Kabuto, while leaving the rest of him perfectly safe.
- War Is Glorious: Expresses this belief in the Chuunin Exam / Konoha Invasion arcs (or rather, he expresses the belief that "peace is boring").
- What the Hell, Hero?: He called out the Second Hokage people for creating Edo Tensei, as well as for revealing it to the world.
- Wild Card: Following his second resurrection, Orochimaru pledges to support Sasuke regardless of whether he chooses to destroy or protect Konoha. Sasuke ultimately chooses the latter option, but whether Orochimaru will keep his word remains to be seen.
- The Worf Effect: At the start of Part II he was quickly killed off by Sasuke to show off how strong Sasuke had gotten.
- Worf Had The Flu: When he loses, this is usually because of this. Save for when the 3rd Hokage sealed his arms and later when Itachi sealed him entirely.
- And he's still around, EVEN after all that.
- Would Hurt a Child: Once proposed to kill three war orphans, although he viewed it as a Mercy Kill, since "a miserable life is all that awaits them". He has actually murdered many, many children though (For Science!), including infants and his own pupils / minions, and has made several attempts to kill others.
- He also attempts to kill an unconscious Naruto during his battle with his former teammates.