The Orochi is an ancient spirit which once was defeated
by the Yasakani and Kusanagi families and sealed by the Yata. However,
it struck a deal with the Yasakani, granting them its power and weakening
the seal. Orochi later ordered eight warriors, the Hakkeshu, to prepare
for its arrival. Goenitz eventually
broke the seal by killing the heir of the Yata. After his death, the New
Faces Team tried to reawaken Orochi. They succeeded by sacrificing themselves,
and Orochi then took over Chris'
Orochi's character origin is another interpretation of the mythical eight headed
serpent, Yamata no Orochi. In the KOF series, he is a chthonic
supernatural being that regards itself as executing the will of Gaea. He does
not regard humanity as trustworthy with regard to coexisting with the planet
without ravaging it and so seeks to extinguish it. He was sealed 1,800 years ago
by the three sacred treasures of Japan. The three clans' descendants are charged
with protecting the seal over it.
In KOF '97, his spirit possesses Chris (A herald of
Orochi) to fight in the mortal realm. He is sealed again at the end of the '97
tournament by the three descendants of the users of the three sacred treasures,
but the seal surrounding is broken in recent games by the demon Mukai. A clone
of Orochi appears as a boss in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum named Mizuchi.