Orochimaru by Masashi Kishimoto
Orochimaru (大蛇丸) is one of the main antagonists of the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, original video animations, movies, video games, and other collectibles. He is intended to represent the opposite of the protagonists' morals and values.

In the anime and manga, Orochimaru is a former ninja of the village of Konohagakure, and is currently the leader of his own ninja village, Otogakure, in hopes of destroying his former home. During his time in Konohagakure, Orochimaru acclaimed himself as one of the village's most powerful ninja; however, his desire for power led him to obtain a means for immortality by transferring between different host bodies. This desire for a host is one of his driving ambitions throughout the series, resulting in his desire to acquire Sasuke Uchiha due to his powerful genetic heritage. Orochimaru has appeared in media outside the Naruto anime and manga, including several video games.

Several anime and manga publications have praised and criticized Orochimaru's character. As one of the series' main villains, he has been praised in this regard; IGN compared his character to Darth Vader of Star Wars fame. His lack of saving qualities and open evilness was also praised by reviewers, with calling him the "first real villain" of the series. Among the Naruto reader base, Orochimaru has been popular, ranking within the top twenty characters in several polls. Numerous pieces of merchandise in Orochimaru's image have also been released, including action figures and plush dolls.

Orochimaru is voiced by Kujira in the animated adaptations of the series, while Yuriko Yamaguchi voices him as Shiore and Sachiko Kojima voices him in his female host body. In the English dub, he is voiced by Steven Blum, while Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Michelle Ruff voices him as Shiore and his female host body, respectively.

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Orochimaru (Naruto).

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