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Jiraiya and giant snake by Toyokuni III (1855)

Real Name

Orochimaru/ Yashagorō

First Appearance


Original Publisher

Japanese Folklore

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Golden Age Origin

Orochimaru was the antagonist of the Japanese folktale The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya. He was orignally one of Jiraiya's followers, Yashagoro, but was overcome by the spell of a serpent and became skilled in serpent magic. He took the name Orochimaru (Orochi means `monstrous snake') and attacked Jiraiya. However one of Jiraiya's other followers came to his master's rescue.

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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