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Please note that this is the Narutopedia's article on animal species. If you are looking for the article on the team formed by Sasuke Uchiha then you should head to Hebi. For other uses, see Snake (disambiguation)
Three Ginat Snakes

Snakes as depicted in the series.

Snakes (蛇, Hebi), also known as kyodaija (巨大蛇; Literally meaning "Giant Snakes"), are the signature summons of Orochimaru, his assistant, Kabuto Yakushi, and his students: Sasuke Uchiha and Anko Mitarashi. They reside at the Ryūchi Cave.

Overview

The snakes vary greatly in size, body mass and species, from small enough to hide in one's sleeves to larger than buildings, and thin enough to be used to tie someone's hands[1] to strong enough to choke a colossal animal like the Island Turtle.[2] Although common snakes cannot speak human language like toads, some of their summoners could communicate with them. They are able to detect live beings by their heat and smell in order to track and lead their summoners to their prey.[3][4]

Nidaime Manda constrict

Manda II, the genetically-enhanced clone of Manda.

Orochimaru frequently summons snakes in battle, either having them attack for him or instructing them to carry out other tasks. While most snakes are very obedient and do as they are instructed, the largest snake, Manda, demanded a sacrifice of a hundred humans in exchange for helping Orochimaru.

Snakes have also mastered the use of natural energy to enter a Sage Mode of their own. The only known way to learn it is in the Ryūchi Cave with the White Snake Sage.

Known Snakes


Other Snakes

Summoners

Orochimaru is heavily associated with snakes: his personality, appearance and even name are snake-like or orientated. After many experiments and forbidden techniques, Orochimaru's true form indeed became that of a snake. Orochimaru was also able to use senjutsu, and with this knowledge he developed the cursed seals.

The first of Orochimaru's students to sign a contract with snakes, as well as the first to gain the cursed seal and survived. Anko learned several forbidden and snake-related techniques with Orochimaru, such as the Twin Snakes Mutual Death Technique. In the anime, it was also stated that she had built up an immunity to venom.[11]

Sasuke mainly used the snakes he summoned as shields to defend himself. After Orochimaru and the Cursed Seal of Heaven were removed from him during his fight with Itachi, Sasuke has not been seen summoning any snakes and has since then gained a contract with a hawk.

At first, Kabuto only aided Orochimaru in summoning snakes while his arms were disabled. He later began to summon snakes on his own after implanting Orochimaru's remains into himself. Kabuto continued Orochimaru's research and discovered the Ryūchi Cave, where he learned senjutsu from the White Snake Sage. He gained access to a Sage Mode which, according to him, allowed him to figuratively transcend from a snake into a "dragon".

A movie only character who used snakes mutated by the Chimera Technique.

Trivia

  • In the anime, it was mentioned by Hiruzen Sarutobi to his grandson Konohamaru that the rainbow symbolises snakes, and is deemed an omen of the coming of evil. This was recalled during the Invasion of Konoha, which was led by the snake-themed Orochimaru.[12]
  • Snakes have long since been associated with dragons: a testament to this, after entering Sage Mode, Kabuto stated that he had evolved from being a simple snake into a dragon.[13] Orochimaru's Eight Branches Technique is also described as ascending beyond snakes, becoming a dragon god.[14]

References

  1. Naruto chapter 514, page 17
  2. Naruto chapter 514, page 3
  3. Naruto chapter 514, page 4
  4. Naruto chapter 579, page 4
  5. Naruto chapter 165, page 19
  6. Naruto chapter 356, page 16
  7. Naruto: Shippūden episode 122
  8. Naruto episode 172
  9. Naruto: Shippūden episode 290
  10. Naruto: Shippūden episode 292
  11. Naruto: Shippūden episode 261
  12. Naruto episode 69
  13. Naruto chapter 579, page 19
  14. Third Databook, pages 310-311

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