Kurozumi Orochi is the current shogun of the Wano Country and an ally of Kaido, one of the Yonko. Due to his actions and role, he is one of the main antagonists of the Wano Country Arc and one of the central antagonists of the Yonko Saga.
Orochi is a rather large man with a big head and stocky build. He appears to be balding, with his dark purple hair being mostly seen on the sides and back of his head, and he has a long topknot in the back, as well as a thin mustache that sticks upward. His two upper canine teeth are longer than his other teeth and are blunt. They remain blunt in his hybrid form. He wears a kimono with a fan-shaped pattern on it, as well as a crown on his head.
Orochi is an extremely cruel and oppressive tyrant. Under his rule, the people of Wano suffered great famines. The officials under him also harshly enforce his regime, and he collaborated with Kaido to not only kill Kozuki Oden, but also allowed the Beast Pirates to turn Wano into a nearly complete wasteland in exchange for borrowing Kaido's power and protection, disregarding his own country and people in favor of his own self-interest. He even delusively believes that all his citizens are happy, oblivious to the fact that a majority of them constantly suffer from hunger. Due to his power and connections, he is completely fearless and arrogant, as he proclaimed to CP-0 that he does not fear the Celestial Dragons nor the Marines. He even shot one of the CP-0 agents, confident that they could do nothing against him.
Orochi has proven himself to be quite hypocritical. While he was propagandized as a hero for defeating the Kozuki Family and maintained Wano's isolationism, Orochi has allied himself with Kaido, a pirate, who in turn has various connections to the outside world. Orochi himself has made contact with such outsiders, such as CP-0, accepting a warship from them in exchange for weapons, and then demanding Vegapunk to be delivered into the country in exchange for more; by allowing CP-0 agents into his castle for negotiations and demanding Vegapunk as payment, he effectively broke the isolation policy (and the law he was supposed to have defended from the Kozuki) for his own agenda.
Orochi is also immensely extravagant and hedonistic, as he loves to hold banquets with luxurious food and drinks accompanied by refined music and dancing. He also has strict standards for his banquets, as he would throw away food that is not to his liking. Moreover, he employed only the finest geisha of Wano, such as Komurasaki, to perform at his banquets as Nico Robin was required to master Wano Style Dance as a geisha in order to get close to him. He is also very lustful, as seen when he tried very hard to find a reason to accept Komurasaki outright defying him simply because she was extremely beautiful and he could not see himself marrying anyone but her. His affections are very shallow, as Orochi only "loved" Komurasaki due to how beautiful she is and believing only he had the right to be with her. To vent his anger, he attacked other people in Komurasaki's stead. However, Orochi cannot maintain this delusional behavior forever.
Orochi has no tolerance of anyone who speaks ill of him, even if it is out of his earshot and in casual discussion. He has made it a capital crime for any such rebellious talks, which the Gifters enforce. He is also petty enough to mercilessly attack anyone who offends him, whether they are a man, woman, or child (though may hesitate with a woman he has feelings for). He gets angry if his target ends up being spared from his wrath, as shown when Kyoshiro struck down Komurasaki to give her mercy. He also will not let a grudge go as after Toko escaped his grasp, he hired an assassin to hunt her down.
Despite his lack of fear around even the World Government, Orochi is shown to be extremely paranoid. As his treasurer Kyoshiro noted, he is terrified of the ominous prophecy that he would be dethroned and killed. The masterminds of this plot would be rebels who supported the Kozuki Family and would be restored to power, reviving the open door policy that was suppressed after Oden's execution. This fear is substantiated by a covert Kozuki Family supporter who states that Orochi prohibited the use of weapons and banned Kendo, Karate, and Judo dojos to deprive any dissidents of the means to incite an rebellion. His paranoia also makes many of his servants view him as a coward for overreacting over the prophecy.
He has a habit of using the phrase "Don’t be reserved!" (くるしゅうない Kurushūnai?), an expression used in historical context by people of high social status in response to their servants. Like other characters, Orochi possesses a unique laugh: "Gufufufufu". He has also used the variations "Gufuhahaha" and "Guhoho".
Orochi has many subordinates in Wano, including the Kyoshiro Family, a yakuza gang. While all his men appear to be fiercely loyal to him, they do not have a lot of respect for him as person. Whenever Orochi brings up the prophecy about the Kozuki Family, his underlings generally do not take him seriously though they try not to laugh about his paranoia. They also talk about him behind his back, such as when Kyoshiro called him a coward.
Kyoshiro is the head of the Kyoshiro Family, and Orochi thinks highly of him and his connections, as he praised him during his banquet about the use of force against enemies. However, Kyoshiro has no qualms in speaking badly about Orochi behind his back, calling him a coward. However, after Kyoshiro "killed" Komurasaki, Orochi was furious though Kyoshiro stated that someone who disrespects the shogun must be punished. Even long after her "death", Orochi is still enraged at his actions.
Orochi seems to have a mutually beneficial cooperation with the Beast Pirates that enables him to maintain his authority and political power. Orochi purposely sacrificed most of the territory of Wano to be used by Kaido for his war preparations which allows him to utilize Kaido's support to ensure his dominion.
Orochi orchestrated the downfall of the Kozuki Family and execution of Kozuki Oden. Under Orochi's regime, people in Wano are taught that Oden and his retainers were evil samurai who tried to destroy the country by opening the borders. While most of his subordinates believe them all to be dead, Orochi is firmly confident they are alive and is obsessed with killing Momonosuke.
Surprisingly, despite this slander, he appears to consider Oden's primary retainer Kin'emon to be cunning and warns his banquet guests to be wary of the samurai.
Orochi originally used to be in love with Komurasaki and desired to make the woman his. However, As Orochi attacked Toko, Komuraski slapped him, which infuriated Orochi. Because of her beauty, Orochi gave her a chance to beg for mercy, but she refused, causing him to attack in a fit of rage. However, Orochi was furious when Kyoshiro struck her down on his behalf.
After Komurasaki was presumably murdered, Orochi fell into immense sorrow and depression, crying nonstop in mourning to the extend of lashing out at Fukurokuju for interrupting him and harboring a grudge against Kyoshiro for killing her.
Unknown to Orochi, Komurasaki is actually Kozuki Hiyori, the daughter of his most hated enemy, Oden. She holds a grudge against him since her parents’ death.
Despite not having done anything personally against him, Orochi despises Toko for laughing at him during his banquet. He mercilessly tried to kill her despite Komurasaki's pleas over her being a child. After Toko was able to escape, Orochi refused to let her live and hired Kamazo to hunt and kill her.
Back when Orochi obtained the status of Shogun, he gave Yasuie the chance to serve under him. When he refused, they tried to fight back, only for the him and the remaining Damiyo to be defeated by Kaido. Upon learning that Yasuie was still alive Orochi was furious and wanted to make an example out of him by executing him in front of the entire country. Yasuie on his part harbors scathing hatred for Orochi's cruel rein and ruining the country through his greed. As a final act of defiance, Yasuie took the blame for the crescent mark on the allies as a joke and to humiliate Orochi as a coward in front of his men and the citizens. Enraged, Orochi ordered his men to shoot Yasuie dead.
Orochi has countless dissidents who were against his despotic rule, mainly samurais who were former retainers and allies of the Kozuki Family. Those who openly defied Orochi were either sentenced to death or condemned to life imprisonment in the Prison Mine of Udon. Among them are Hyogoro and his fellow Yakuza bosses. According to Hyogoro, over ten thousand dissidents imprisoned in Udon were extremely enraged at Orochi and are fully prepared to revolt if given the right time. Dissidents who were in hiding chose to bid their time among the Wano residents and were also prepared to rebel, but they are currently being hunted down and imprisoned in the Rasetsu District.
Orochi has an arrogant and fearless attitude towards the World Government and its military forces. After the fall of Doflamingo, Orochi negotiated a weapons trade with CP-0 and took advantage of their weak position to make exorbitant requests.
Wano Country Citizens
A tyrannical and greedy ruler, Orochi held absolutely no concern for the welfare of his citizens, favoring only the rich while oppressing the poor. According to the laws he had set, only wealthy citizens can be considered humans. He had no tolerance towards citizens who dare to criticize or insult him, willing to kill Toko simply for laughing at his perceived cowardice. He also allowed most of his poor citizens to be enslaved by the Beast Pirates to hard labor in weapon factories for the sake of his own prosperity in the Flower Capital.
Abilities and Powers
As shogun, Orochi has full control over Wano Country and its inhabitants. He has government officials working under him who enforce his rule, and has a group of elite ninja known as the Orochi Oniwabanshu who serve and protect him without question. He also possesses the backing of Kaido of the Yonko, so if he and his subordinates are threatened, Kaido will hear about it and deal with the threat. He believes that, with Kaido's support, not even the World Government nor World Nobles can overthrow him nor topple Wano.
Stemming from his paranoia, Orochi has an extremely sharp intuition as he correctly guessed that Oden's son and retainers are still alive and that certain incidents around Wano Country are connected to Kin'emon, figuring out that they are planning to overthrow him and his ally Kaido.
As shogun of the Wano Country, Orochi is a supposedly powerful samurai. He uses a sword-style known as Orochi Nitoryu (オロチ二刀流 Orochi Nitōryū?, literally meaning "Orochi Two Swords Style"). According to propaganda, he used it to defeat Kozuki Oden and his retainers. He was seen using a katana to try to strike the young girl Toko. Though he cut through a thin wall with a swing of his sword, he has not displayed much skill, with his attack on Toko having missed and appearing to be executed wildly.
- Further information: Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi
Orochi ate the Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi, a Mythical Zoan-type of Devil Fruit which allows him to transform into an eight-headed serpent. Only one head bears his eyes and crown, while the others have more generic looks by comparison. In this form, he is given the ability to attack in multiple directions with his considerably strong jaws.
Orochi carries a pistol and appears to be quite skilled in using it, as he quickly pulled it out and hit a CP-0 agent in one shot, although the agent was unharmed by the bullet. He also possesses a rifle which he used to shoot and execute Shimotsuki Yasuie with.
Orochi came into power around 20 years ago, supplanting the Kozuki Family. Sometime in the past, Orochi joined forces with Kaido and the Beasts Pirates. Orochi and Kaido went after the Kozuki Family to discover a secret about Raftel that Kozuki Oden knew, and they executed Oden and his wife. Before she died, Oden's wife cursed Orochi, which he interpreted as a prophecy that the Kozuki Family would get revenge on him in 20 years. Orochi and Kaido then pursued Oden's son Kozuki Momonosuke and his retainers, but Momonosuke and his three guards managed to escape Wano.
Wano Country Arc
He was then visited by CP-0, who attempted to broker a new trade agreement with Wano Country due to the downfall of their intermediary Doflamingo. Orochi laughed at the World Government's desperation, telling CP-0 that they would have to send Vegapunk to Wano to establish future business relations with him. Orochi then went to his banquet.
While partying heavily at the banquet, Orochi saw the geisha O-Robi arrive and told her to come talk to him. He was surprised when Robin asked about Onigashima, and devoted his attention to Komurasaki. Orochi overheard talk about Kyoshiro sending the Flying Six of the Beasts Pirates to avenge his associates, and Orochi agreed with the use of excessive force, saying it was good against enemies as well as spirits. He cautioned the people at his banquet about the prophesied resurrection of Oden's Nine Red Scabbards, attributing the recent attacks in Kuri and the Flower Capital that he had heard about to Kin'emon. The young kamuro Toko then started laughing, and Orochi quickly became enraged as he moved to attack her, ignoring Komurasaki's plea to stop. Komurasaki then slapped him, and Orochi was stunned that she chose to forsake becoming his wife as he activated his Devil Fruit transformation.
Orochi tried to see if Komurasaki was playing with him, and went on a rampage after realizing she was not. He wrested her into one of his mouths, but ended up having much of the ceiling crash onto his head due to the kunoichi Shinobu punching through it from above. He let go of Komurasaki, and watched in shock as Kyoshiro struck her down to give her mercy. Still brimming with rage, Orochi blamed Toko for the incident and attempted to attack her again. As he pursued her and Robin, he was hit by Nami and Zeus' Thunderclap.
Fukurokuju later reported to Orochi about the capture of Ushimitsu Kozo. At first, Orochi was not interested, still grieving over Komurasaki, but when Fukurokuju revealed the thief's identity as Yasuie, Orochi ordered his men to make an example out of him. He then prepared to head out for Komurasaki's funeral and Yasuie's execution.
As Orochi approached the Rasetsu District prison, Yasuie insulted the shogun. Angered, Orochi proceeded to shoot Yasuie to death.
- Orochi means Snake or Serpent in Japanese, matching his Devil Fruit, the Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi.