Originally Posted by Kakkakuzu
Well, I've always thought that Orochimaru was better AND stronger than Itachi. People just think he's weak because Itachi resisted Orochimarus attempt to take over his body (not the same thing as beating Orochimaru in battle) and Sasuke took it a step further when Orochimaru was weakened and basically hospitalized.
I'm pretty sure that full strength Oro would not fall to sharingan so easily (Itachi might still win, but I doubt even that)... if someone like Gai knows ways to fight against the sharingan, I'm sure Oro does too. He just had other goals than beating them. He wanted their bodies, which required him to go inside their heads and the sharingan just happens to be a very good weapon against that.
If someone like "Gai"? Pfft, Gai has been training to fight against the sharingan for a long time, unlike that of Orochimaru who was easily beaten by a young Itachi, by a simple genjutsu. As Itachi said it himself, Orochimaru's jutsus are completely useless against his eyes. Orochimaru admited it himself that Itachi was indeed stronger then him. If Orochimaru had not been in love with the sharingan and wanted it for himself it would not have made a difference. Itachi is the type of person you lose to the second lock eyes if you are mentally weak.
Your pretty sure that a healthy Orochimaru wouldn't fall for the sharingan so easily? Then I suppose Orochimaru had a splinter at this time, right?
All of those countless jutsus that Orochimaru has, were useless and he wasn't able to perform any of them. If he had been able to perform them, it would have ended much like how it ended with Deidara. ZzZzzzzzz