A fan-favorite villain in the Naruto universe just came out as non-binary, reports PinkNews.
In a recent episode of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime, Orochimaru—a powerful shinobi who has taken many forms throughout the course of the long-running and popular anime and manga series—revealed to their son Mitsuki that they don't identify as a man or a woman exclusively.
"Are you my father or mother?" Mitsuki asks.
"That’s a silly question. There have been times when I was a man and times a woman," Orochimaru replies. "Outside appearances don’t matter. The will to uncover all truth, that is the core of my being."
Obviously, fans had all sorts of feelings with a reveal of this magnitude.
Orochimaru, the most gender fuild anime character to ever exist. Mans been gay, bi, a man, a women, etc and will beat yo ass
— Hiei (@xhin7) August 2, 2018
orochimaru is gender fluid and i’ve decided to stan pic.twitter.com/6OtnMN6Xsj
— promiscuous boy (@ddaaanniieeell) August 5, 2018
not to be dramatic but i would die for orochimaru
— (@churhoee) August 6, 2018
Just got caught up on Boruto.
Did you know that Orochimaru identifies as non-binary?
Take this as a teaching moment, kids. I love this show. pic.twitter.com/3ThtzAtQAf
— Itsuki ( 伊月 ) (@MagicMarshmall0) August 8, 2018
shoutouts to non-binary Orochimaru with the high end parenting skills, between this, the millennial struggle, and game dev employee crunch mistreatment this show has had some legit topical writing on top of that INSANELY AMAZING FIGHT EPISODE pic.twitter.com/D6csCepALb
— Ryan Price (@BGCallisto) August 9, 2018
Orochimaru is non-binary and I don’t know why I’m excited that it’s canon now but I AM!! SO EXCITED!!
my favourite childhood show is progressing forward with the times, my heart is full!!!
— Farihini (@Mathemagical_) August 8, 2018
Orochimaru is mf non-binary Lmao thank you Naruto for giving us this.
— Tippi (@BlackSharpii) August 4, 2018
i knew i loved orochimaru for a reason my non-binary legend
— lil bitch (@witchmaglk) August 4, 2018