Similarities and differences between the two. Why are they similar? What did the authors intend by giving them both snaky features? Would they work together or oppose each other? Who would win if they opposed?
The relationship between evil and snakes is easily understood in western culture. Snake=Satan=Evil. Making characters with such features is an easy way to connect them with the dark side lol. However, since Naruto started in Japan (or somewhere around there? I just assume since it came out in another language first) it would be interesting to research the re-occurrence of snake-like villains in other culture's myths. – Slaidey7 years ago
It started in Japan. It was never another language unless someone translates it and dubbed the Anime but it all started in japan with the Japanese language.. – SpectreWriter7 years ago
In Orochimaru's case the snake symbolism is--at least as I understand it--meant to represent not evil, but immortality, with the snake's shedding of its skin representing rebirth. – Winter7 years ago
Similarities between these two characters go beyond the snake features. They are both geniuses in their own fields, and their ambitions cause them to go beyond the constraints of what their respective societies consider to be "acceptable". Differences could include how the society and culture each character was raised in, influenced their development and their values - this could lead into whether Orochimaru and Voldemort would collaborate or oppose each other. Another would be how Orochimaru did have friends and a mentor at one point, while Voldemort only ever had followers. – lnr17727 years ago