Easter Eggs You Probably Didn’t Spot In Naruto

The “Naruto” series took inspiration for its world and characters from a variety of stories, including a Japanese folktale from the 1800s. The Legendary Sannin — Orochimaru, Jiraiya, and Tsunade — are based on characters from “Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari,” translated as “Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya.” Just by glancing at the name of the story, it’s unmistakable that Naruto Uzumaki’s sensei, Jiraiya, is named after the folktale hero. The story features a slug magic user named Tsunade, who served as the love interest for Jiraiya, as well as an evil snake magic user named Orochimaru.

As you can see, the “Naruto” series not only took the names of these famous literature characters but also kept their respective animal affinities. There’s even more to unfold with Orochimaru, as the character is also based on the Japanese mythology of Yamata-no-Orochi (Eight-forked Giant Snake), which inspired the epic battle between Orochimaru and Itachi in Episode 138 of “Naruto: Shippuden.”

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