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Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece

Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece. Still from the anime.


Kurozumi Orochi is a fictional character in the popular manga and its anime adaptation, the One Piece series, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda.


Disclaimer: This article will contain details revolving around Kurozumi Orochi and might contain spoilers for some viewers. Readers are advised to proceed at their own discretion.


Kurozumi Orochi was the former shogun of Wano Country and a member of the Kurozumi Family, which was a clan that had a history of attempting to seize power from the ruling Kozuki Family.


In his youth, Orochi was subjected to discrimination and prejudice due to his family's tainted reputation. However, he encountered some relatives who sympathized with him and together they devised a new plan to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming the shogun of Wano. This plan involved forming an alliance with one of the Four Emperors of the sea, Kaido.


With Kaido's assistance, Orochi's plan was successful, and they managed to overthrow the Kozuki Family, taking control of Wano Country around three decades before the present timeline of the series. Orochi's reign as shogun was characterized by tyranny, oppression, and corruption, as he used his authority to exploit and mistreat the people of Wano for his personal gain.


However, Orochi's alliance with Kaido eventually turned against him. Kaido betrayed Orochi and overthrew him, with the intention of taking Wano for himself. Although Orochi survived Kaido's attack on him, he harbored a deep grudge and sought revenge against Kaido and everyone in Onigashima, Kaido's stronghold.


As the story progresses, Orochi emerges as a significant antagonist in the Wano Country Saga.


All About Kurozumi Orochi


Name

Kurozumi Orochi

First Appearance in Anime

One Piece Episode 921: Luxurious and Gorgeous - Wano's Most Beautiful Woman, Komurasaki

Japanese Voice Actor

Hiroshi Iwasaki

English Voice Actor

Keith Silverstein

Birthday

23rd September

Age

54

Gender

Male

Status

Deceased

Affiliations

Wano Country (Kurozumi Family)

Beasts Pirates (former)

Occupation

Shogun of Wano Country (former)

Origin

Wano Country

Devil Fruit

Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi (Snake-Snake Fruit, Model: Eight-Headed Serpent)

Bounty

NA


Kurozumi Orochi’s History


Orochi's life began in hardship when his family lost their power due to his grandfather's crimes, plunging them into squalor. As a consequence of his family's past, they faced persecution and were hunted down by self-righteous citizens, leaving Orochi to live in constant fear. Over time, his intense hatred for the people of Wano grew, extending even to those who had no connection to his suffering.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
One Piece manga panel.


Around 41 years ago, Kurozumi Higurashi approached Orochi and revealed a shocking revelation about his grandfather's failed bid for the shogun. Higurashi presented Orochi with a plan to gain power, involving hoarding gold and producing weapons to gather influential allies. To aid him in this endeavor, she gave him the Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi Devil Fruit to consume.


Subsequently, Orochi encountered his relative Kurozumi Kanjuro, who had also suffered greatly due to persecution. Orochi claimed to have avenged Kanjuro's parents' killers and convinced him to pose as a member of the Kozuki Family until his death. Kanjuro, desiring death as an escape, readily agreed, and Orochi bestowed him with a Devil Fruit as well.


Initially working as a servant for Shimotsuki Yasuie 41 years ago, Orochi used deceit to frame Kozuki Oden, the shogun's son, for stealing money. Afterward, Orochi left Yasuie's residence, taking the remaining gold with him. As he ventured to Kuri, where Oden ruled as daimyo, Orochi manipulated Oden into lending him money multiple times with promises of repayment.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Approximately 30 years ago, with Higurashi disguised as Oden through her Devil Fruit powers, Orochi accompanied her to the shogun's castle. Higurashi, posing as Oden, asked the shogun Kozuki Sukiyaki to employ Orochi in the castle, which Sukiyaki agreed to. As Sukiyaki's health deteriorated, about 28 years before the present, Higurashi, disguised as the shogun, declared Orochi as the temporary successor until Oden's return.


Around 26 years ago, when Oden left his family in the care of his retainers, Orochi had already aligned himself with the fearsome pirate Kaido. Together, they established weapons factories and coerced citizens to work there under the threat of execution, solidifying Orochi's oppressive rule as shogun of Wano.


He also took control of the ninja squad known as the Kozuki Oniwabanshu, with their leader Fukurokuju submitting to him. After a year, Oden returned to Wano and attacked Orochi, the oppressive ruler of the Flower Capital, to put an end to his tyranny. However, Orochi's subordinate, Kurozumi Semimaru, used a barrier to protect Orochi from Oden's attack.


Orochi revealed how he came to power and made a deal with Oden: if Oden danced naked in the Flower Capital once a week, citizens would be spared, and they promised to leave Wano in five years. Oden reluctantly agreed, and he began dancing as per the deal.


Five years later, Orochi had Kaido capture the yakuza boss Hyogoro and killed his family since he couldn't control him. Orochi then informed Oden that he would be building weapons factories in Kuri and told him about Hyogoro's fate. On the day of Oden's execution, Orochi was present to witness it and did not object to Kaido's deal to spare those who survived the boiling pot for one hour.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


During the execution, Orochi was displeased that Oden was holding his retainers above him with a piece of wood, but Kaido didn't intervene. Despite Oden surviving the one-hour trial, Orochi decided to execute him and his retainers with a firing squad, with Kaido shooting Oden in the head.


Before her death, Oden's wife, Kozuki Toki, cursed Orochi, prophesying that the Kozuki Family would seek revenge in 20 years. As Orochi's subordinates couldn't find the corpses of the Nine Red Scabbards, Orochi grew restless. He then approached other daimyo in Wano, demanding their loyalty, but they refused and rebelled with a large samurai army. Unfortunately, they were defeated by Kaido's forces.


A few years before Momonosuke's return, Orochi devised a cruel plan. He mixed faulty SMILE fruits with leftovers from the Flower Capital and fed them to the residents of certain towns, robbing them of the ability to express anger or sadness. Later, when the Kid Pirates were captured by Kaido, Orochi offered Killer a chance to save his captain by giving him a SMILE fruit.


Wano Country Arc


Orochi planned to hold a banquet as he is excited because he wants to make a courtesan named Komurasaki his wife. At the banquet, he meets with CP0 who wants to use him as a medium for their trade with Kaido. Orochi is thrilled by the amount of power he has in this situation and demands that they bring him Dr. Vegapunk next time.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


During the banquet, Orochi hears about a money changer named Kyoshiro who wants to avenge his comrades. Orochi agrees with him and takes the opportunity to warn his guests about a prophecy and an upcoming rebellion by the Kozuki Family. However, things take a turn when Komurasaki's young companion, Toko, laughs at Orochi, which infuriates him. Orochi attacks Toko but is stopped by Komurasaki, who refuses to apologize.


In a dramatic twist, Orochi transforms into an eight-headed snake with his devil fruit power but tries his best not to harm Komurasaki. However, Kyoshiro ends up striking down Komurasaki, making Orochi furious. As Orochi chases after Toko, Nami strikes him with a thunderbolt, further complicating the situation.


The next day, Orochi learns about a secret message being passed among loyalists to the Kozuki Family, so he orders the mass arrests of anyone with the crescent moon symbol on their ankle. He also sends his assassin Kamazo after Toko. When Kamazo fails, Orochi sends him to the Prisoner Mines to face consequences from the Beasts Pirates.


Later, Fukurokuju informs Orochi that they have captured Ushimitsu Kozo, but Orochi is too upset about the loss of Komurasaki to pay much attention. Fukurokuju reveals that Ushimitsu Kozo is actually Shimotsuki Yasuie, and Orochi orders his execution to be broadcast. Kyoshiro tells Orochi that the equipment for Komurasaki's funeral is already set up, and Orochi decides to have both events take place together.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


At the execution platform in Rasetsu Town, Orochi becomes enraged when Yasuie insults him. Yasuie is shot and killed by Orochi and his guards. Orochi enjoys the false mourning of the crowd, but when he sees Toko, he tries to shoot her. However, Zoro and Sanji intervene and protect her. Orochi orders his samurai to kill the duo, but Zoro's attack is blocked by Kyoshiro, and Orochi is taken back to his castle.


Later, Orochi is furious to learn that the Straw Hat Pirates have escaped. Fukurokuju assures Orochi that the Flower Capital is on lockdown, and they won't let anything harm him until they capture their enemies.


On the day before the Fire Festival, Orochi receives reports from Kanjuro, his spy among Oden’s retainers. He learns about the plans of the alliance against him and finds out that Kozuki Hiyori is still alive and hiding in Ringo.


During the night, Orochi orders the Beasts Pirates to destroy the bridges connecting Wano's regions to stop the rebels from gathering. The next day, he travels to Habu Port and then boards a ship to Onigashima, where he enjoys a celebration with women from the Beasts Pirates.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


At the party, Orochi is pleased when Kanjuro brings Momonosuke to him. However, he learns that the plot to stop the Kozuki rebellion failed. Orochi wants complete destruction of his enemies and puts Momonosuke on display as a show of his victory. Kaido arrives and announces his plan to take control of Wano and turn it into a pirate paradise with its citizens as slaves. Orochi objects, but Kaido decapitates him.


Surprisingly, Orochi survives due to his Devil Fruit ability, and with Fukurokuju's help, he plans to seek revenge. They encounter the Nine Red Scabbards, who are weakened from fighting Kaido. Orochi taunts them but is quickly overpowered. He transforms into his monstrous form, but the Scabbards manage to cut off six of his heads. Despite this, Orochi survives again and sneaks through the castle, witnessing Jack being defeated by Inuarashi.


After taking shelter in the castle, Orochi contacts Kanjuro and praises him for being a successful spy. He orders Kanjuro to send a final painting to the basement, which he claims is their family's burial crypt. However, Orochi actually knows that the basement contains dangerous weapons that could destroy the island if detonated.


As chaos ensues with battles and damage on the floating island, Orochi grows impatient waiting for Fukurokuju to join him in leaving. He is shocked to find Komurasaki, whom he believed to be dead, playing the shamisen near his room. Orochi becomes emotional, as he thought he was dreaming. When he gets frustrated with Komurasaki's playing, the ceiling collapses on him, trapping him beneath rubble and preventing him from transforming into his Yamata no Orochi form.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
One Piece manga panel.


Komurasaki reveals that she placed a Seastone nail on Orochi to neutralize his Devil Fruit powers. Orochi pleads with her, insisting on his innocence and claiming he was used by Kaido. However, Komurasaki doesn't believe him, as he has a long history of betraying others, including her father, Kozuki Oden.


She tells Orochi that her father kept his end of the deal with him and Kaido for five years, hoping it would lead to Wano's freedom, but Orochi still betrayed him, leading to Oden's execution. After Hiyori reveals her true identity as Kozuki Hiyori and scolds Orochi for his terrible rule as shogun, Orochi tries to beg for his life.


Kanjuro's Kazenbo arrives but fails to burn Hiyori as ordered by Orochi. Instead, the fire ghost embraces Orochi and sets him on fire. The battle between Monkey D. Luffy and Kaido causes the Seastone nail on Orochi to dislodge, restoring his ability to transform. Despite being on fire, Orochi tries to kill Hiyori to spite her father, Oden, but Denjiro arrives and beheads his last remaining head.


Even as a burning head, Orochi's hatred keeps him alive. He uses his final breath to warn Hiyori that his family's grudge will haunt Wano forever. However, Hiyori declares that the Kurozumi family was meant to be destroyed, and Orochi finally succumbs to the fire and dies.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
One Piece manga panel.


After Orochi's death, the fire he started grows out of control, posing a threat to everyone on the island. Raizou releases a massive amount of water, which Jinbe uses to put out the flames. Meanwhile, Luffy defeats Kaido with his awakened powers, and Momonosuke, now aged to adulthood, safely lands Onigashima near the Flower Capital using flame clouds.


After the great battle, Momonosuke reveals himself as the true shogun of Wano, undoing Orochi's despotic rule and taking his rightful place as the leader of the country. With Orochi gone, the people of Wano can look forward to a new era of leadership and peace.


Kurozumi Orochi’s Personality


Orochi's personality can be described as a combination of greed, cunning, deceit, cruelty, and arrogance. His early experiences of poverty and persecution led to a deep-seated thirst for power and a desire for revenge against those he believed wronged his family.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Throughout his life, he developed a facade of timidity and servility, which he used to exploit others' sympathies and steal money. He was extremely deceptive and dishonorable, manipulating laws and rules to suit his own needs and never honoring promises or deals with those he considered threats.


As a tyrant ruling over Wano, Orochi took pleasure in making his subjects suffer, seeking to vent his anger and frustration for his family's past mistreatment. Under his rule, the country faced great famines, and he allowed the Beasts Pirates to devastate Wano in exchange for power and protection, showing a complete disregard for his country and people in favor of his own interests.


Orochi's arrogance blinded him to the fact that he was merely a pawn for Kaido, the true power behind the scenes. Despite relying on Kaido's protection, he maintained an arrogant and fearless attitude, believing he could defy even the Celestial Dragons and the Marines. This arrogance led him to oppose Kaido's plans when they conflicted with his own desires for a prosperous Flower Capital.


Despite hating his country, Orochi sought to project an image of being a heroic and benevolent ruler with a content populace. He used propaganda and deception to portray himself as the one who defeated Oden and maintained the country's isolation, all the while ignoring Kaido's true involvement.


Orochi displayed a domineering and intolerant nature, punishing anyone who dared to defy or speak ill of him, even in casual conversation. He was willing to kill anyone who offended him, regardless of age or gender, and he avoided taking responsibility for his actions, instead blaming others and branding them as criminals.


His mindset was exceedingly murderous, showing anger when targets escaped his wrath and sending numerous subordinates or assassins to eliminate those he considered threats, regardless of their strength or influence. He callously discarded and punished subordinates who failed to uphold his rule.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi was also an immensely extravagant and hedonistic individual. He took great pleasure in hosting banquets filled with luxurious food and drinks, accompanied by refined music and dancing. At these events, only the finest geisha of Wano, such as Komurasaki, were allowed to perform.


Despite his appreciation for beauty, his feelings for Komurasaki were shallow, as he only loved her for her looks, leading to possessiveness. Although Orochi displayed arrogance in his rule, he was not entirely overconfident due to his underlying cowardice. This trait made him highly cautious and attentive, taking any threat to his authority seriously.


As a result, he imposed strict measures, including banning the use of weapons and martial arts dojos to prevent any dissidents from inciting rebellion. His paranoia about the return of the Kozuki retainers, as foretold by Toki's prophecy, caused many of his servants to view him as overly fearful and paranoid. While Orochi was aware of this perception, he had the authority to carry out his commands regardless.


Despite his cautious nature, Orochi could also be complacent, especially after living safely and protected for two decades with the support of the Beast Pirates and his countless subordinates. This complacency led him to overlook certain risks, like not suspecting Kyoshiro's true affiliations or anticipating Kaido's betrayal.


In moments of anger or fear, Orochi could make rash decisions, exemplified by his public execution of Yasuie without considering the consequences of killing a popular figure. Furthermore, he failed to recognize the flaw in his policy of condemning dissidents to life imprisonment in Udon, allowing hatred to fester and grow among the people.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
One Piece manga panel.


After being betrayed by Kaido and humiliated, Orochi's excessive arrogance and anger drove him to madness. Seeking revenge, he resorted to setting fire to Onigashima, believing he could safely escape with Fukurokuju's help, unaware that he, too, would be trapped on the floating island.


Throughout his interactions, Orochi was known for his habit of using the phrase "Don't be reserved!", a manner of speech associated with people of high social status when addressing their servants. He also had a distinct and eerie laugh: "Gufufufufu," as well as the variations "Gufuhahaha" "Guhoho".


Kurozumi Orochi’s Appearance


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Kurozumi Orochi, as seen in the anime.


Orochi is a rather large man with a stocky build, giving him an imposing presence. His most distinctive feature is his big head, which appears to be balding, with dark purple hair mostly seen on the sides and back of his head. A long topknot extends from the back of his head, adding to his overall regal appearance. A thin upward-sticking mustache graces his face, adding to his air of authority.


In his Zoan hybrid form, Orochi undergoes a significant transformation. His main head takes on a darker olive green color with red scales, making it stand out from the other heads. The additional heads are a lighter shade with yellow scales, giving him a multi-headed, mythical look. All of his heads possess black horns, orange eyebrows, and light purple scales, further accentuating his fearsome appearance.


The red eyes with blue irises on each head convey a sense of malice and power. Orochi's two upper canine teeth are notably longer and blunt, even in his hybrid form, setting him apart from ordinary creatures. Additionally, his purple tongue adds to the eerie aura surrounding him.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


In terms of attire, Orochi is dressed in a gold kimono adorned with a fan-shaped pattern, reflecting his status and opulence. Over the kimono, he wears a blue robe with intricate flower patterns, further showcasing his wealth and influence. To complete his look, Orochi dons a crown on his head, symbolizing his claim to rulership.


Kurozumi Orochi’s Abilities


As the shogun of Wano Country, Orochi wielded full control over the nation and its inhabitants. His rule was enforced by government officials, an elite ninja known as the Orochi Oniwabanshu, and a squad of unwavering samurai called the Mimawarigumi.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Digitally Colorized One Piece manga panel.


Additionally, his alliance with the powerful pirate Kaido, formerly one of the Four Emperors, provided him with significant backing. Kaido's support ensured that any threats to Orochi or his subordinates would be dealt with swiftly, making him feel invulnerable even against challenges from the Marines and Celestial Dragons.


However, Orochi's personal combat skills were lackluster, and he heavily relied on others to protect him and fight his battles. Instead, his strengths lay in his sharp intuition and strategic cunning. He demonstrated his cunning by orchestrating a mole within the Nine Red Scabbards, allowing him to correctly deduce that Oden's son and retainers were still alive, and that they were planning to overthrow him and Kaido, despite a lack of concrete evidence.


Orochi's intelligence network provided him with crucial information about the enemy alliance's plans, Kozuki Hiyori, and the time travel of the Nine Red Scabbards. Armed with this knowledge, he took effective actions to prevent their schemes from materializing, such as destroying the Thousand Sunny's cave and blowing up the bridges connecting Wano's regions. However, despite his efforts, he failed to stop their eventual movements due to a misread message and miscalculation on his part.


He was known to be a formidable swordsman in propaganda, employing a style called Orochi Two Sword Style, but this was nothing more than a facade. In reality, Orochi displayed little to no skill in swordsmanship and lacked any significant combat prowess.


On the other hand, Orochi exhibited impressive marksmanship skills, effectively wielding flintlock pistols and rifles. He could draw and shoot quickly with precision and had used these skills to shoot Shimotsuki Yasuie and target Toko.


Orochi's most significant advantage came from consuming the Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi, a powerful Mythical Zoan-type Devil Fruit. This transformation granted him the ability to turn into a full eight-headed snake or a human-eight-headed snake hybrid at will. In this form, he had enhanced physical capabilities, though he never demonstrated them in combat.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


The multiple heads and long necks allowed Orochi to attack in several directions simultaneously, reaching distant targets with ease. His strong jaws enabled him to deal considerable damage and intimidate his adversaries. Most notably, the Zoan Fruit granted him the ability to survive decapitation, as each time he was beheaded, he lost one head but could continue living until subjected to this process eight times.


Ultimately, Orochi's power rested on his political influence, cunning strategies, and the intimidation factor of his Devil Fruit abilities. However, in direct confrontations, he relied heavily on his subordinates to protect him and fight on his behalf.


Kurozumi Orochi’s Relationships

Kurozumi Family


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi feels anger and resentment towards the past persecution of his family due to the actions of his grandfather. However, despite avenging his family's past, Orochi does not seem to care much for his remaining relatives. He shows no concern for Kurozumi Higurashi's death, despite her support, and remains unaware of the suffering of other family members during his reign.


Kurozumi Kanjuro


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi recruits Kanjuro, an orphan whose parents were killed, and uses his loyalty to spy on Oden. Orochi finds Kanjuro's extreme loyalty disturbing but sees him as trustworthy and valuable. However, Orochi is willing to sacrifice Kanjuro when necessary and gives him a final mission to destroy Onigashima and kill everyone on it.


Allies


Orochi has numerous subordinates and allies in Wano, including the Kyoshiro Family, a yakuza gang. While they appear fiercely loyal to him, they do not hold much respect for Orochi as a person. They mock his paranoia and cowardice behind his back, showing their lack of genuine conviction for him.


When Kaido disposes of Orochi, his subordinates watch in shock and horror, but when given the choice to join Kaido or die, they quickly pledge their loyalty to Kaido for self-preservation rather than standing up for Orochi. Despite this, Fukurokuju, the head of the Oniwabanshu, later pledges allegiance to Kaido but reunites with Orochi to help him seek revenge against the Beasts Pirates.


Enemies

Kozuki Family


Orochi developed an extreme and irrational hatred of the Kozuki Family due to their unintentional role in his family's suffering. He blamed them for their downfall and desired to wipe out the entire bloodline completely.


As part of his rise to power, Orochi branded the Kozuki Family as traitors, accusing them of attempting to open Wano's borders, which further fueled his antagonism towards them. This hatred and desire to eradicate the Kozuki Family were the driving force behind many of Orochi's actions throughout the series.


Kozuki Sukiyaki


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi's resentment towards Kozuki Sukiyaki, the former Shogun of Wano and Oden's father, stems from the fact that Sukiyaki's birth derailed the Kurozumi Daimyo's plan to take control of Wano. Orochi believed that if Sukiyaki hadn't been born, he would have been next in line to become the Shogun by succession.


Orochi saw Sukiyaki's existence as an obstacle to his ambitions, and with the help of Higurashi, he secretly removed Sukiyaki from power and imprisoned him. This act showcased Orochi's ruthless and vindictive nature, as he took extreme measures to secure his position as Shogun and eliminate any potential threats.


Kozuki Oden


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Oden's relationship with Orochi was fraught with tension and manipulation. When they first met, Oden did not hold Orochi in high regard, considering him creepy and pathetic. However, Orochi approached Oden humbly and took advantage of their acquaintanceship to borrow money from him. Oden, out of pity and respect for Yasuie, obliged and lent Orochi the money, despite never being paid back.


In reality, Orochi considered Oden and the entire Kozuki Family as enemies and actively worked to overthrow them from the shogunate to rule in Oden's place. When Orochi seized the throne and orchestrated attacks on Toki and Momonosuke, Oden became enraged and attempted to slay Orochi. Orochi revealed his true intentions and treated Oden with hostility and humiliation, showcasing the depth of his betrayal and deceit.


Throughout their interactions, Orochi demonstrated his cunning and manipulative nature, exploiting Oden's good-heartedness and desire to protect innocent lives. Ultimately, Orochi orchestrated Oden's execution and portrayed him as a threat to Wano to solidify his hold on power and perpetuate his false narrative about the Kozuki Family. This relationship highlights Orochi's willingness to go to extreme lengths to achieve his goals, even if it meant betraying and deceiving those who once showed him kindness.


Kozuki Hiyori


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi's relationship with Kozuki Hiyori, who disguised herself as Komurasaki, is one of complexity and betrayal. At first, Orochi was infatuated with Komurasaki due to her beauty, and he desired to make her his own. However, his true nature as a cruel and tyrannical ruler was evident when he attacked Toko, a young girl, and Komurasaki bravely slapped him for it, infuriating him further.


As time went on, Orochi's obsession with Komurasaki grew, and he even gave her a chance to beg for mercy when he intended to harm her. However, she refused to submit to him, which triggered his rage. Kyoshiro, acting on Orochi's behalf, struck Komurasaki down, leading Orochi to fall into deep sorrow and depression over her apparent death. This incident shows Orochi's volatile emotions and how his feelings could turn from infatuation to rage in an instant.


Unbeknownst to Orochi, Komurasaki was actually Kozuki Hiyori, the daughter of his most hated enemy, Oden. When they eventually crossed paths again during the raid on Onigashima, Orochi could not control his emotions and burst into tears, expressing his inability to stop thinking about her. He was still unaware of her true identity at this point.


However, when Komurasaki revealed her true identity to Orochi, he was horrified to discover that he had been infatuated with the daughter of the man he despised the most. Hiyori showed her disgust for Orochi's cruelty, his role in causing misery to the poor, and taking away their ability to express sorrow.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


In a desperate attempt to save himself, Orochi pleaded for his life and claimed he was just a pawn of Kaido's and always respected Oden. He tried to manipulate Hiyori by promising to honor Oden's legacy if she spared him. However, Hiyori saw through his lies and manipulation, viewing Orochi as an honorless coward and cruel tyrant who hurt the people of Wano.


As Orochi's plans to harm Hiyori failed, he decided to take her life in his final act of spite against Oden. However, this attempt was thwarted by Denjiro, who intervened to protect Hiyori.


Nine Red Scabbards


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi is deathly fearful of the Nine Red Scabbards, who are the loyal retainers of Kozuki Oden. He considers them his most significant threat and is constantly cautious and vigilant of them, even with Kaido's protection. He shivered in fear when they successfully escaped with Oden's sacrifice, and he demanded their corpses for relief.


Orochi correctly interpreted Toki's prophecy that the Nine Red Scabbards would seek vengeance in Oden's name, which only intensified his fear and caution towards them. He tried to eliminate them when given the chance and celebrated their apparent demise during the Fire Festival banquet. However, he underestimated their strength and determination, which ultimately led to his downfall and decapitation at their hands after Kaido betrayed him.


Denjiro (Kyoshiro)


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Denjiro, one of the Nine Red Scabbards, holds an immense hatred for Orochi due to his role in Oden's death. However, to gain insight into Orochi's plans and maintain a strategic advantage, Denjiro pretended to be Orochi's ally under the guise of "Kyoshiro," the head of the Kyoshiro Family. Orochi thought highly of him and praised him for his use of force against enemies during a banquet.


Kyoshiro didn't hesitate to speak badly about Orochi behind his back, calling him a coward. He used Orochi's blind trust to be left in charge of the capital, allowing him to free imprisoned rebels. Eventually, Denjiro revealed his true identity and played a crucial role in stopping Orochi from killing Hiyori during the events in Onigashima.


Shimotsuki Yasuie


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi was originally a servant for Yasuie, acting subservient to his master. However, Orochi ungratefully stole money from Yasuie and attempted to frame Oden to fund his own attempt to take over Wano Country. When Orochi became shogun, he offered Yasuie a chance to serve under him, but Yasuie refused and rebelled against Orochi, only to be defeated by Kaido.


Orochi held a deep grudge against Yasuie for his defiance and wanted to execute him in front of the entire country. Yasuie, on the other hand, harbored scathing hatred for Orochi's cruel reign and considered him responsible for ruining the country with his greed.


Yasuie's final act of defiance was taking the blame for the crescent mark on the allies as a joke and humiliating Orochi as a coward. Orochi responded by shooting Yasuie dead and making a mockery of his death, further fueling the animosity between them.


Toko


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi despised Toko for her constant laughter at his banquet, which he perceived as mockery of his authority. His decision to feed her a failed SMILE fruit, robbing her of the ability to express emotions other than laughter, was both an act of cruelty and an attempt to silence her.


Orochi's hatred for Toko intensified when she became associated with Komurasaki, whom he was infatuated with. He blamed Toko for Komurasaki's apparent death and sought to have her killed, hiring Kamazo to pursue her. Orochi's feelings towards Toko are primarily driven by his ego and desire for control, making her a target of his wrath.


Dissidents


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi's rule was met with resistance from countless dissidents, particularly samurai who were former retainers and allies of the Kozuki Family. These individuals opposed Orochi's despotic reign and were determined to bring him down.


Orochi viewed them as a threat to his power and resorted to extreme measures to suppress their rebellion. He had many dissidents imprisoned in Udon, and those who openly defied him were either executed or sentenced to life imprisonment. Orochi's treatment of the dissidents further fueled their resentment and desire to overthrow him.


Straw Hat Pirates


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi's alliance with Kaido made him a significant obstacle to the Straw Hat Pirates' plan to take down the Emperor. They deeply hated Orochi after learning of his role in Oden's tragic death, which only intensified their determination to defeat him. As allies of the Kozuki Family, the Straw Hat Pirates stood in opposition to Orochi and were actively involved in the Kozuki Revolution to free Wano Country from his tyranny.


Roronoa Zoro


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


As a member of the Straw Hat Pirates and an ally of the Kozuki Family, Zoro had a personal vendetta against Orochi. After witnessing Orochi's execution of Yasuie and learning about the use of faulty SMILE fruits to suppress the citizens' emotions, Zoro developed intense hatred towards the shogun.


Zoro's anger and impulsiveness were evident when he tried to attack Orochi to protect Toko and sought revenge for Yasuie's death. However, Kyoshiro intervened, preventing a direct confrontation between Zoro and Orochi at that moment.


Kaido


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi and Kaido had a complicated alliance, but it was ultimately a one-sided relationship. Over twenty years ago, Orochi allied with Kaido using the money borrowed from Oden, with the promise of helping Kaido take over Wano Country and monopolize its resources in exchange for Kaido's support in overthrowing the Kozuki Family. Kaido saw Orochi as a sickened individual due to his actions in robbing the people of Ebisu Town of their ability to express sadness or anger.


Kaido, however, was merely using Orochi as a pawn to achieve his own goals. Orochi allowed Kaido's crew, the Beasts Pirates, to take over parts of Wano and enslave its citizens for harsh labor in weapon factories.


When Kaido revealed his New Onigashima Project, Orochi objected to it, as it threatened his authority and control over Wano's resources.


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


In response, Kaido coldly decapitated Orochi, showing that he never cared about Orochi or his family's honor. Kaido then offered the remnants of Orochi's forces the choice of submission or death, effectively ending their alliance.


Despite being seemingly decapitated, Orochi survived and grew furious at Kaido's betrayal. He sought revenge by attempting to massacre Kaido's subordinates, but he was fully aware that he couldn't confront Kaido personally due to the latter's immense power.


Others


World Government


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi had an arrogant and fearless attitude towards the World Government and its military forces. After the fall of Doflamingo, he negotiated a weapons trade with CP0 and took advantage of their weak position to make exorbitant requests, threatening to end their supply of high-quality weapons for the Marines. He flaunted his alliance with Kaido in their faces, mocking even the World Nobles and asserting his power over Wano.


Orochi was particularly interested in Vegapunk's scientific capabilities and demanded the scientist be brought to Wano in exchange for the next shipment of weapons. His dealings with the World Government showcased his manipulative and cunning nature.


Wano Country Citizens


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
Still from the anime.


Orochi was a tyrannical and greedy ruler who held no concern for the welfare of his citizens. He favored the wealthy while oppressing the poor, forcing them to live in wastelands and eat only leftovers, resulting in many dying from hunger. He showed no tolerance for criticism or insults, willing to kill citizens for even minor offenses.


His cruelty stemmed from his hatred towards the majority of citizens who unjustly persecuted his family due to his grandfather's crimes. Despite not all citizens being involved in his family's execution and hunt, Orochi sought revenge on them all. He kidnapped innocent citizens and threatened to deliver them to Kaido as a tribute to force Oden's surrender.


Furthermore, Orochi prevented his citizens from mourning or expressing sadness by feeding them faulty SMILE fruits. He found their misery and depression disgusting and took pleasure in seeing them forced to laugh, claiming Wano Country was a "paradise" under his rule.


The citizens of Wano despised Orochi in secret but were too afraid to oppose him due to Kaido's protection. They longed for the return of the Kozuki Family and wished for Orochi and Kaido's overthrow.


Kurozumi Orochi in Other Media


Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece.
One Piece Treasure Cruise Cover.



Orochi is a playable character in One Piece Treasure Cruise.


Did You Know?


  • Orochi means "big snake or serpent" in Japanese, matching his Devil Fruit, the Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi.

  • Orochi's favorite foods are Yashiori no Sake and Pacific saury.

  • Ironically, Yashiori no Sake is a fictional drink that is used to kill the Yamata no Orochi.

  • He is currently the only Mythical Zoan user that is confirmed to be deceased.


FAQs

Q. Who is Kurozumi Orochi in One Piece?

A. Kurozumi Orochi was the former shogun of Wano Country. He allied with Kaido to overthrow the ruling Kozuki Family. He ruled with tyranny and corruption until Kaido betrayed him.

Q. Who is the voice actor for Kurozumi Orochi?

A. Hiroshi Iwasaki provides the Japanese voice for Kurozumi Orochi, and Keith Silverstein is the English voice actor for Orochi.

Q. What is Kurozumi Orochi's Devil Fruit power?

A. Kurozumi Orochi possesses the mythical Zoan-type Devil Fruit known as the "Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi." This Devil Fruit allows him to transform into an eight-headed serpent, resembling the legendary Japanese mythical creature, Yamata no Orochi.
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