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Orochi (オロチ) is the main antagonist and final boss of The King of Fighters '97. It and its followers are another interpretation of the mythical eight headed serpent, Yamata no Orochi. In the KOF series, Orochi was sealed 1,800 years ago by the three sacred treasures of Japan. The three clan's descendants are charged with protecting the seal over it.

Personality

Orochi is a powerful being that plans to serve Gaia by all costs. It will protect her from anything, even from what she created herself. It shows no mercy to humans, citing their sins and their harmful self-destructive acts, although it grudgingly does acknowledge their potential to be able to change for the better, holding on to some hope that humanity may one day understand the pain of nature and tells them that they still has chance.

Orochi by itself is not a sinister being and only desires balance between man and nature.

Powers

As a force of nature, Orochi has a vast and incredible set of powers. It can give powers to the Eight Heads of Orochi.

  • Telepathy - Orochi can project thoughts and talk to people mentally. It can freely read minds, especially its enemies, with no hindrances.
  • Telekinesis - Orochi can move objects with its mind.
  • Translocation - Orochi can translocate itself.
  • Possession - Orochi can possess the mind of any of its followers.
  • Energy Projectile - Orochi can release a projectile of energy from its hands.
  • Energy Pillar - Orochi can create a pillar of energy from the ground.
  • Energy Redirection - Orochi can create a rift in front of it which absorbs and redirects energy attack back to opponent.
  • Light Generation - Orochi can create a powerful light that damages the enemy.
  • Regeneration - Orochi can regenerate and heal itself.
  • Destroy Souls - Orochi can penetrate the enemy's soul and destroy it.
  • Nothingness Manipulation - Orochi's main power. As it is a God of Nothingness, Orochi has power over nothingness or voids.
  • Power Bestowal - Orochi can give any of the powers below to its followers. Alternatively, it can also grant power via a pact, often by blood.
    • Pyrokinesis - Orochi can give full control over purple fire. The fire has also tapping ability.
    • Electrokinesis - Orochi can give full control over electricity and thunder.
    • Geokinesis - Orochi can give full control over the earth.
    • Aerokinesis - Orochi can give full control over air or wind.
    • Necrokinesis - Orochi can give some control over death or death energy.
    • Superhuman Strength - Orochi has superhuman strength and also it can grant strength to it's followers or others via pact.
    • Cutting Powers - Orochi can give cutting powers (slashing hands, cutting aura, slashing projectile).
    • Snake Arms - Orochi can give the power Snake Arms to anyone.
  • Incarnation - Orochi can incarnate in any of its followers, particularly with any of its Heavenly Kings.

Fighting Style

Orochi fights mainly with its powers. A very unique thing about its moveset is that while kanji are used, they all seem to have alternate furigana readings that give off somewhat different meanings.

Coincidentally, it also shares animation for some of its kick attacks with Rugal (his Genocide Cutter & Double Tomahawk). Orochi is also one of the few characters who has a move that only inflicts damage upon its opponent falling to the ground from a normal knockdown.

The aforementioned tomahawk kick was inherited by Mizuchi while he retires it completely in 98UM in favor of a new set of kick moves. His Genocide Cutter imitation becomes a full-fledged land-based anti-air special attack as well.

Music

  • The Origin of Mind - The King of Fighters '97, The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match, The King of Fighters R-1, KOF: Sky Stage

Voice Actors

Game Appearances

Mobile Appearances

Cameo Appearances

Similar Characters

Cards

SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash 2 Expand Edition SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS Weiss Schwarz KOF98UM OL Cos大乱斗 Kimi Wa Hero KOF All Star KOF All Star KOF All Star

Sprites

The King of Fighters R-1 The King of Fighters '97 The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle

Gallery

Trivia

  • Orochi is well known for its glowing effect (rendered by hardware) since introduction in KOF'97. This effect has been lost in KOF 98 UM, and is rendered within sprite palate as Mizuchi.
  • Orochi is the first supernatural antagonist in the KOF series, though later revealed to have no true malice for mankind. True to the Yamata no Orochi origins, Orochi's true form is that of a giant serpent (with 8 heads) as seen in Iori's ending in SVC Chaos.
  • Orochi has no actual gender. It first used a female body as illustrated in the "battle of 1800 years ago", seen in The King of Fighters: Kyo. As of recent, due to using Chris as a host, Orochi is often identified as a male, and this design lingers even in KOF XIV.
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