Orpheus is whatever the plot demands him to be. Sometimes he's full on Dr. Strange, and able to do anything with a thought. Others, he gets his kicked and pretends to turn into snakes, only to get shot.
Also, one thing to note is that when Doc washed his Walking Eye, all of the villains who showed up, and are within the Triad's danger level, went ape at the sight of it, which means that Doc is almost certainly a more prized, higher level protagonist than the full Triad combined. At least while they were rookies anyway.