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Orochi / Mizuchi
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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' body.

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.
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The King of Fighters '97

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King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, King of Fighters R1, King of Fighters R2, Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS

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Page Updated:  Apr. 8th, 2018

Orochi is easily one of the most powerful SNK characters ever created... it's interesting to see their take on an all-powerful (Dragonball Z level) design, but at the same time, Orochi might be a bit too powerful for the series. As a cheap-ass boss, I guess he gets the job done... and he's an easy design to hate. From a design standpoint, Orochi doesn't strike me as an exceptionally exciting design, but you gotta love a guy who doesn't even have to even "try" very hard to destroy his opponents.

In closing, I'm glad he was only featured in a "saga" of the KOF series. Thankfully he's not one of those must-have characters in the KOF franchise... that would just get annoying, fast. 

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Orochi Animations