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Gender Masculine
Usage Japanese
Scripts 大蛇丸(Japanese Kanji)
Pronounced Pron. aro-chi-ma-roo, O-rō-CHEE-MAWR-uy, Oh-roach-ey-ma-roo  [key]

Meaning & History

The name Orochimaru is the name of the enemy of Jiraiya in the Japanese folktale Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari (児雷也豪傑物語) or The tale of the gallant Jiraiya. He was once a follower of Jiraiya's and was named Yashagorou (夜叉五郎) ,but was taken over by snake magic and changing his name to Orochimaru and having the ability to turn into a snake. In the end of the story, he fights Jiraiya and his wife Tsunade and defeats them with his venom. Jiraiya and Tsunade are healed by another one of Jiraiya's followers.

The name is made of three Japanese Kanji symbols. The first two are the kanji for large(大) and snake(蛇). Together they mean serpent. And the third kanji means circle(丸).

It is famous for being used in the famous children's Japanese anime Naruto as the name of one of the main antagonists.
Added 2/28/2008 by melina1028
Edited 9/3/2013 by Mike C, byakugan249 and melina1028