Orochimaru was a part of team Hiruzen and was a part of the Legendary Sannin. Orochimaru possesses a complex personality; however, more often than not, he was described as "twisted" by a large number of people, including Tsunade.
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He is also somewhat of a perfectionist, always striving to make his various projects succeed, and likewise looks down on those who are sloppy and/or reckless in their projects. His charisma also attracts several followers, many of which he would not hesitate to send on potential suicide missions. Despite this, Orochimaru has a genuine interest in the development of his underlings and experiments.
|First Appearance in Anime||Naruto Episode #27 The Chūnin Exam Stage 2: The Forest of Death|
|Voice Actors||Kujira (Japanese), Stevan Blum (English)|
|Village||Konohagakure (Hidden Leaf Village)|
Orochimaru was an orphan who became a part of team Hiruzen and Jiraiya and Tsunade. Hiruzen thought of Orochimaru of that he was a prodigy that was only seen once in a generation due to his talents, insights, and determination.
Tsunade thought that Orochimaru had a twisted personality as a child and that was due to his parents passing away. One day when he was visiting his parent’s grave he saw a white snake which Hiruzen said represents fortune and rebirth. This inspired Orochimaru to study forbidden techniques to obtain knowledge of all the techniques that were there. Jiraiya thought that he was doing this to forget his painful memories.
During the Second Great Shinobi war, Orochimaru along with Jiraiya and Tsunade were battling Hanzo, who gave them the title of ‘Three Legendary Sannin’. This was a reward for surviving their battle with him while the rest of their group was easily killed in the process. On their way back to Konoha they encountered 3 Ame orphans, upon seeing them Orochimaru proposed killing the trio but Jiraiya stopped him by saying that instead of killing them he would choose to train them instead.
Sometime after team Hiruzen in was disbanded. Orochimaru became a member of Anbu and joined the organization which worked directly under Danzo and he also became a mentor to Anko. Orochimaru's ambition included becoming the fourth Hokage as he intended to use the title for his agenda.
Hiruzen sensed the potential evil in his pupil and tried to keep him straying away from the right path before slowly realizing that he was beyond anyone's help. When Hiruzen appointed Minato as his successor as the Hokage, Orochimaru cut all his ties with the village and started becoming less discreet with what he was doing.
Orochimaru performed various experiments on the shinobi he kidnapped from Konoha, using them as human gene pigs to test out and develop techniques that would grant him mortality. During his research stumbled upon the Ryuuchi cave and wanted to master senjutsu. He was unable to enter sage mode due to his fragile body instead developed an alternative method of harnessing his sage mode chakra using cursed hand seals.
As his test subjects began to die, Orochimaru got caught red-handed by Hiruzen’ even though he knew that it was his duty, the Third Hokage could not bring himself to kill his student. Seeing this as an opportunity Orochimaru escaped but he encountered young Kakashi and despite his best efforts, Orochimaru escaped.
He ultimately escape Konoha and joined the elite criminal organization Akatsuki. He was then partnered with Sasori and the duo did a lot of good for the organization. When Itachi joined Akatsuki, Orochimaru was quite intrigued by him. He tried to steal Itachi’s body to gain the Sharingan but Itachi trapped him inside a genjutsu and defeated him easily.
Orochimaru is an exceptional shinobi who is recognized as one of the strongest to ever exist. He was one of the only people who could compete against Hanso during his prime and became a Sannin. Orochimaru had powerful chakra reserves which were enough to crack stones.
His intent to kill is so strong that it can stop the enemies right in their tracks. He can absorb people’s chakra by physical touch which grants him access to their knowledge and skills. He is also very skilled in taijutsu. He is very fast and can move at such a speed that leaves his opponents disoriented.
Orochimaru’s knowledge and skill in ninjutsu are greater than any other existing shinobis, which means that he has a vast number of skills and techniques. His learnings of the forbidden techniques also help him have access to knowledge that not a lot of people have.
Orochimaru is skilled in all five basic nature transformations like wind release and Earth release, and he can also use the yin and yang release.
Orochimaru as we know was quite skilled and has a lot of techniques up his sleeve. Some of them were:
“Maybe, just maybe, there is no purpose in life… but if you linger a while longer in this world, you might discover something of value in it.”
“It’s human nature not to realize the true value of something unless they lose it.”
“Hate only gives birth to even more hate.”
“Darkness. When everything that you know and love is taken away from you so harshly. All you can think about is anger, hatred, and even revenge. And no one can save you.”
“Either people change or they die before they do. It’s one or the other.”
A. Yes, Orochimaru turned into a good guy during the redemption arc and by the time Boruto started.
A. Just like Jiraiya and Tsunade, Orochimaru is in his fifties.
A. Orochimaru played with his genetics and experimented. From his experiments he made a clone, thus Mitsuki was brought into this world.