Public Domain Super Heroes
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Jiraiya riding a giant toad, depicted in an 1866 print by Yoshitoshi

Real Name

Jiraiya/Ogata Shuma Hiroyuki

First Appearance


Original Publisher

Japanese Folklore

Created by


Ogata Shuma Hiroyuki later known as Jiraiya


Jiraiya (literally "Young Thunder"), also known as Ogata Shuma Hiroyuki, was the protagonist of the Japanese folktale The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya. He was a ninja skilled in shapeshifting magic and could morph into a gigantic toad. He was the heir of a powerful clan in Kyūshū of the same name.

Jiraiya fell in love and married Tsunade, a beautiful maiden snail magic master. His nemesis was his one-time follower Yashagorō, later known as Orochimaru, who had mastered snake magic.

Public Domain Literary Appearances

  • Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari ("The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya")

Public Domain Film Appearances

  • Jiraiya (1914)
  • Nidaime Jiraiya (1917),
  • Jiraiya Gōketsu Tan (1918)
  • Gōketsu Jiraiya (Jiraiya the Hero, 1921)

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