Naruto: Why Did Orochimaru Stab His Own Hand While Holding Sarutobi Hostage?

During Naruto’s Konoha Crush Arc, Orochimaru’s motivation for deciding to stab himself instead of Sarutobi is unclear but might hint at his humanity.

At the beginning of Naruto’s Konoha Crush Arc, Orochimaru grabs his former sensei, Sarutobi, and holds a kunai to his throat. However, instead of attempting to execute Sarutobi quickly, Orochimaru stabs his hand and lets him go. Letting one of the strongest ninjas, the 3rd Hokage go when Orochimaru attempts to destroy his village seems counterproductive and utterly illogical for such a calculating and cold individual. However, while Orochimaru’s mind may be a chaotic mess, the motivations inside that mind can potentially be uncovered by looking into his past and overall disposition.

If the situation is taken at face value, then Orochimaru is bored by his admission. Orochimaru, being bored when he stands ready to murder his former sensei and wage war on the village he grew up in, seems unlikely. With all of his goals in sight: the destruction of Konoha and the forceful recruitment of Sasuke Uchiha, it would only make sense that Orochimaru would be anything but bored. He uses this admission of boredom and a feigned yawn to hide his real emotions.

The momentary tears that Orochimaru tried to play off could be from the sheer joy of what lies ahead or a small moment of mourning as he is about to try and murder Sarutobi. Letting Sarutobi go instead of swiftly dispatching him plays to his potential joy as he would rather face the Hokage, one on one, to prove his strength. But, on the other hand, with a glorious battle ahead and his goals on the horizon, Orochimaru could be experiencing an overwhelming and dark sense of joy and excitement.

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During Naruto’s Konoha Crush Arc, Orochimaru’s motivation for deciding to stab himself instead of Sarutobi is unclear but might hint at his humanity. At the beginning of Naruto’s Konoha Crush Arc, Orochimaru grabs his former sensei, Sarutobi, and holds a kunai to his throat. However, instead of attempting to execute Sarutobi quickly, Orochimaru stabs his…

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