Orochimaru, one of the most iconic and complex characters in the “Naruto” series, was a former member of the legendary Sannin and a central antagonist throughout much of the story.
His quest for immortality and insatiable desire for power led him to commit countless atrocities.
Orochimaru is one of the original series' key villains, if not the main villain, but in Shippuden, he takes a secondary position after being vanquished in combat early on.
If you haven't seen Shippuden all the way through, or have simply forgotten after consuming the hundreds of episodes that follow, you may have forgotten by whose hand Orochimaru is killed.
In this article, we will explore the enigmatic and somewhat elusive fate of Orochimaru, one of the most intriguing characters in the “Naruto” universe.
Who Is Orochimaru in Naruto?
Orochimaru, along with Jiraiya and Tsunade, is a veteran shinobi from Konohagakure, a member of Team Hiruzen, and one of the famous Sannin. He was a member of Danz's Root group and later defected from the village after being detected conducting experiments on the inhabitants, as well as a previous member of Akatsuki.
Orochimaru knows his strategy is wrong after several alleged deaths in pursuit of his aims. He then begins to take a more relaxed approach to things with the support of his old ally, Kabuto Yakushi, and his former student, Sasuke Uchiha.
How Did Orochimaru Die?
Sasuke Uchiha kills Orochimaru in Naruto Shippuden Episode 114, “Eye of the Hawk.” His death, on the other hand, is not that simple.
During the episode, Sasuke arrives to kill Orochimaru before attempting to take over the body of the young Uchiha. During their struggle, the Legendary Sanin attempts to perform the transfer ceremony; but, Sasuke is too powerful and resists the Jutsu, killing Orochimaru to finish the fight.
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While his body was shattered, Orochimaru was not entirely killed in this battle, but rather sealed under the curse mark. Orochimaru reappears during Sasuke's duel with Itachi due to his tiredness and lack of chakra but is immediately sealed away by Itachi's Susanoo's Toska Blade.
Later, Sasuke totally revives Orochimaru by activating the Evil Releasing Jutsu with a portion of Kabuto's DNA and Anko's cursed mark. Orochimaru has survived after returning using this Jutsu and can be seen in Naruto's sequel, Boruto.