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400px-Eight Hundred Heroes of Our Country s Suikoden 12

Ogata Shuma Hiroyuki later known as Jiraiya, with a heavy gun, overcoming a huge snake which has preyed on his toads. By Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

Jiraiya, literally meaning "young thunder", is a character from a japanese folktale called "Jiraiya Gouketsu Monogatari" (The tale of the gallant Jiraiya). He was a ninja who uses shapeshifting magic to transform into a gigantic toad. He fell in love with Tsunade, a beautiful young maiden who masters snail magic. His arch-enemy was his one time follower, Yashagorou, who later become known as Orochimaru, and he uses snake magic.

Jiraiya uses toad magic, which is one of the three character based on rock-scissor-paper in that era. It is said that Snake swallows Toad, Toad snags Slugs with their tounge and Slug dissolves Snakes with their mucus (which is untrue).

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