List of Hunter × Hunter characters
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The Hunter × Huntermanga series, created by Yoshihiro Togashi, features an extensive cast of characters. It takes place in a fictional universe where licensed specialists known as Hunters travel the world taking on special jobs ranging from treasure hunting to assassinations. The story initially focuses on 11-year-old Gon Freecss and his quest to become a Hunter in order to find his father, Ging, himself a famous Hunter. On the way, Gon meets and becomes close friends with Killua Zoldyck, Kurapika and Leorio Paradinight, who all aim to become Hunters as well, and catches the attention of the murderous magician Hisoka.
After becoming licensed, they clash with a gang of thieves known as the Phantom Troupe, before Gon and Killua enter the video game Greed Island in search of clues to find Ging. The two then immediately get involved in stopping the man-eating Chimera Ants from taking over mankind. Kurapika, Leorio and the other Zodiacs, a group of high-ranking Hunters, then begin escorting the Kakin Royal Family and Beyond Netero on an expedition to the unexplored Dark Continent. However, the ship ride is the start of a deadly game of succession among the princes to determine who will be the next king of Kakin.
Although most characters are human, most possess superhuman strength and/or supernatural abilities due to Nen, the ability to control one's own life energy or aura. The world of the series also includes fantastical beasts such as the Chimera Ants.
- Voiced by: Rica Matsumoto (1998 film, Japanese), Junko Takeuchi (1999 series, Japanese),Elinor Holt (1999 series, English),Megumi Han (2011 series, Japanese),Erica Mendez (2011 series, English)
Gon Freecss (Japanese: ゴン=フリークス, Hepburn: Gon Furīkusu) is an athletic, naïve, and friendly boy. Having spent a lot of time in the woods as a child, he gets along very well with animals and has superhuman senses such as heightened sense of smell and sight, as well as very keen taste. Raised by Mito, Gon wants to become a Hunter in order to find his father, Ging, who is one. During the Hunter Exam Gon befriends Killua Zoldyck, Kurapika and Leorio Paradinight. After successfully becoming a licensed Hunter, Gon and Killua learn about Nen from Wing and later train further under Biscuit Krueger.[ch. 47, 48, 137] After becoming one of the first people to beat Greed Island, and helping to stop the Chimera Ants, Gon meets his father.[ch. 335]
His flaws lie in his impulsive nature and stubbornness, as Gon's failure to think things through leads him to suffering. Though possessing talent far beyond the norm for his age, anytime his abilities are challenged he feels a need to prove his antagonist wrong. He continually strives to obtain greater power, with anger as a strong trigger, which furthers his extremely reckless tendencies. When his emotions are ignited, Gon becomes completely irrational. Gon's Nen type is Enhancement, which gives him his great strength and recuperative abilities.[ch. 60] His Hatsu is called Ja Jan Ken (ジャジャン拳) a play on "Janken," the Japanese word for rock-paper-scissors.[ch. 207] When Gon throws out "Rock" it is an enhanced punch, "Scissors" transmutes a sword from his fingers for mid-ranged attacks, and "Paper" emits a ball of aura for long-ranged attacks.[ch. 145, 193, 209] During his fight with Neferpitou, Gon enters into a Nen Contract in order to have "all the power [he]'ll ever have" and grows to an older state, which nearly results in his death.[ch. 305, 306, 324] After returning to normal thanks to Alluka Zoldyck's ability, Gon has lost the ability to use Nen.[ch. 333, 334, 345] Gon is a popular character with fans, coming in third place in the series' first two popularity polls.
- Voiced by: Kanako Mitsuhashi (1999 series, Japanese), Annika Odegard (1999 series, English),Mariya Ise (2011 series, Japanese),Cristina Vee (2011 series, English)
Killua Zoldyck (キルア=ゾルディック, Kirua Zorudikku) is initially introduced as a cheeky, cheerful and mischievous kid who befriends Gon during the Hunter Exam. His ruthlessness and aptitude in killing show the other side of him — deadly, violent, and bloodthirsty. A member of the famous Zoldyck Family of assassins, Killua has been trained to be an assassin since birth and conditioned to possess extreme tolerance for poison, electricity and pain. Although Killua fails during his first Hunter Exam by killing an opponent, likely due to his elder brother Illumi's influence, he attends the exam again the following year, earning his license by eliminating all other applicants in the very first trial.[ch. 36, 37, 148] Killua and Gon learn about Nen from Wing and later train further under Biscuit Krueger.[ch. 47, 48, 137] He becomes one of the first people to beat Greed Island, helps stop the Chimera Ants, and uses his sibling Alluka's special abilities to heal the dying Gon.
Conflicting with Killua's predisposition to kill is his unyielding loyalty to his new friends, as Killua puts them before himself without a single complaint. His greatest flaw is initially his fear of those seemingly more powerful than him,[ch. 210] a result of Illumi's instructions to be extremely cautious and only engage in combat if victory is absolutely certain. Showing great promise from birth, he possesses extraordinary agility and strength as a one-man killing machine. Killua has mastered many killing techniques at a tender age and is set to be one of the best assassins his family has ever produced. His Nen type is Transmutation, which allows him to change the properties of his aura into electricity.[ch. 60, 122] His Hatsu involves various uses of electricity to increase his physical capabilities, such as Godspeed (, Kanmuru), which allows him to move at immeasurable speeds.[ch. 281] Killua is a popular character with fans, coming in first place in the series' first two popularity polls.
- Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (1998 film), Yuki Kaida (1999 series, Japanese), Cheryl McMaster (1999 series, English), Miyuki Sawashiro (2011 series, Japanese),Erika Harlacher (2011 series, English)
Kurapika (クラピカ) is the sole survivor of the Kurta (クルタ, Kuruta) clan, a race with treasured irises that turn scarlet in times of anger or emotional turmoil.[ch. 7] Four years before the series, the entire Kurta clan was eradicated by a criminal group known as the Phantom Troupe[ch. 2], who desecrated their bodies by stealing their scarlet eyes, thereafter selling them on the black market. He participates in the Hunter Exam alongside Gon, Leorio and Killua in order to become a Blacklist Hunter and gain the resources to take vengeance for his people and retrieve their eyes.[ch. 2, 7] Despite his morals, Kurapika is not above adjoining himself to society's underworld — he aligns himself with the Nostrade mafia family as soon as the opportunity presents itself, and soon becomes head of Nostrade's bodyguards.[ch. 79] Normally intelligent, quick-thinking and levelheaded, upon sight of a spider, the symbol of the Phantom Troupe, he becomes enraged.[ch. 18] He kills Uvogin, causes Pakunoda's death, and seals Chrollo Lucilfer's Nen. He is later invited to join the Zodiacs as the "Rat" at Leorio's recommendation, and only accepts upon being told that Tserriednich Hui Guo Rou has the last batch of eyes that he needs to retrieve.[ch. 344, 345] This leads to his accompanying Woble Hui Guo Rou to the Dark Continent as her bodyguard.
Kurapika's Nen type is Conjuration. However, when his eyes turn scarlet, he becomes a Specialist.[ch. 83] He conjures a unique weapon — five chains, extending from each finger on his right hand. His ring finger, Dowsing Chain: The Guiding Ring Finger (, Daujingu Chēn), has a ball on the end used for dowsing and normal defensive and offensive purposes.[ch. 68] Kurapika entered into a Nen contract for the chain on his middle finger, Chain Jail: The Restraining Middle Finger (, Chēn Jeiru); in order to have an unbreakable chain that will fully incapacitate members of the Phantom Troupe, he offered his life should he use it on anyone other than its members.[ch. 83] His thumb chain, Holy Chain: Healing Thumb (, Hōrī Chēn), heals any injury with the crucifix on the end.[ch. 84] His little finger, Judgement Chain: Arbiter Little Finger (, Jajjimento Chēn), stabs an enemy's heart, allowing Kurapika to issue a command, which kills the enemy if not followed.[ch. 84] His index finger, Thieving Index Finger: Steal Chain (, Suchīru Chēn), uses the syringe on the end to extract someone's aura and Nen ability.[ch. 361] His specialist ability, Emperor Time: Absolute Mastery (, Enperā Taimu), allows him to utilize 100% of all types of Nen but shortens his lifespan by one hour every second he uses it.[ch. 83, 364] When he uses his index finger with Emperor Time activated, it turns into Stealth Dolphin: Index Finger in Emperor Time (, Suterusu Dorufin), a dolphin-like figure only he can see that allows him to use the stolen ability, informing him on its basic details[ch. 361], and grant the stolen ability to someone else (who then sees Stealth Dolphin as well) for a single use.[ch. 364] Kurapika was inspired by the Ohmu in Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Kurapika is a popular character with fans, coming in second place in the series' first two popularity polls.
- Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (1998 film), Hozumi Gōda (1999 series, Japanese), Jonathan Love (1999 series, English),Keiji Fujiwara (2011 series, Japanese),Matt Mercer (2011 series, English)
Leorio Paradinight (レオリオ=パラディナイト, Reorio Paradinaito) is a young adult who befriends Gon, Kurapika and Killua during the Hunter Exam. After losing a friend to a curable illness he could not afford the treatment for, Leorio decides to become a Hunter, seeking the large financial gains of the profession to become a doctor and treat the impoverished for free.[ch. 7] Though he is often outshone by the genius combat abilities of Gon and Killua, Leorio is rather talented. After becoming a licensed Hunter, Leorio assists his friends in their encounter with the Phantom Troupe from the sidelines. He resurfaces while Gon is hospitalized and enters the running to become the next Chairman of the Hunter Association, finishing in second place.[ch. 335] Leorio is later invited to become a member of the Zodiacs as the "Boar" and joins their expedition to the Dark Continent.[ch. 343] When the Black Whale finally sets sail, Leorio starts working at the medical facility on the third deck under Cheadle Yorkshire. Killua suspects that Leorio's Nen type is Emission after seeing him teleport a punch across a room with a wormhole.[ch. 325, 326] Leorio is a popular character with fans, coming in fifth and sixth place in the series' first two popularity polls.
- Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (1999 series, Japanese), Brendan Hunter (1999 series, English),Daisuke Namikawa (2011 series, Japanese),Keith Silverstein (2011 series, English)
Hisoka Morow (ヒソカ=モロウ, Hisoka Morōu) is a magician and serial killer who combines magic tricks with violence, and delights in battling those he considers strong to the point of sexual arousal.[ch. 5, 61] He is deceitful, playful, and narcissistic by nature, acting only in his own self-interest. In the manga, his sentences typically end with a suit symbol. Hisoka takes an interest in Gon and his friends after encountering them during the Hunter Exam, letting them live so that they grow into more worthy opponents.[ch. 28] Although he is initially positioned as an antagonist due to his affinity towards murder, he occasionally acts as a comrade to Gon, when it suits his own interests. Hisoka is revealed to be member number four of the Phantom Troupe, although he only joined for a chance to fight their leader, Chrollo Lucilfer.[ch. 78] He leaves the group when Chrollo's Nen is sealed by Kurapika and sets out to find a way to break the seal.[ch. 119] Having succeeding in this task, Hisoka dies after fighting Chrollo in Heavens Arena, but revives himself, and goes on a killing rampage against the Phantom Troupe.[ch. 357] Hisoka is currently believed to be on board the Black Whale, where he is being hunted by the Phantom Troupe and the Xi-Yu and Cha-R mafia families.[ch. 378]
Hisoka's Nen type is Transmutation, allowing him to change the type or properties of his aura. He most often uses Elastic Love - Bungee Gum (, Banjī Gamu), which gives his aura the properties of both rubber and gum.[ch. 55] He also uses Flimsy Lies - Texture Surprise (, Dokkiri Tekusuchā), which allows him to reproduce the texture of his choice on any flat surface; such as making a handkerchief appear to be skin.[ch. 55] Hisoka is a popular character with fans, coming in fourth and fifth place in the series' first two popularity polls.
The Phantom Troupe (幻影旅団, Gen'ei Ryodan), also known as the Spiders (蜘蛛, Kumo), is a gang of thieves with a 13 membership ever-changing roster. New entrants to the organization are chosen by their leader Chrollo, and those who kill a member may take their place. Each member bears a numbered tattoo of a 12-legged spider.[ch. 18] Chrollo and the founding members of the Phantom Troupe originated in the slum Meteor City (流星街, Ryūseigai), the residents of which do not exist in any official records, an ideal recruiting ground for criminal organizations. Although they mainly steal and kill, they occasionally do philanthropic work.[ch. 78] Currently, after he murdered two of their members following his defeat by Chrollo, the Phantom Troupe are on board the Black Whale hunting down Hisoka for revenge.[ch. 377]
- Voiced by: Yoshikazu Nagano (1999 series, Japanese), Richard Meen (1999 series, English), Mamoru Miyano (2011 series, Japanese),Robbie Daymond (2011 series, English)
Chrollo Lucilfer (クロロ=ルシルフル, Kuroro Rushirufuru) is the founder and leader of the Phantom Troupe, bearing the number 0, and is considered by its members as irreplaceable despite putting the Troupe before himself. Chrollo led the genocide of the Kurta Clan, and is targeted by Kurapika, who punishes him by forbidding both his use of Nen and any contact with his subordinates.[ch. 117] Hisoka acquires an exorcist to remove Kurapika's seal, to challenge Chrollo to a fight. Chrollo wins, kills him, and boards the Black Whale.[ch. 366] His Nen type is Specialization and his ability Skill Hunter: Bandit's Secret (, Sukiru Hantā) allows him to directly steal and use the abilities of other Nen users, which he stores in a Conjured book.[ch. 98] Chrollo came in fourth place in the series' second popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Chō (Japanese), Doug Erholtz (English)
Bonolenov Ndongo (ボノレノフ=ンドンゴ, Bonorenofu Ndongo) is covered in bandages and wears boxing gloves, and bears the number 10 in the Troupe. These bandages cover up a large number of holes throughout his body. During the Chimera Ant arc, he fights with the other members of the Phantom Troupe against the Chimera Ants. His physical power ranks eighth among the Troupe. Bonolenov is a descendant of the Gyudondond (ギュドンドンド), a small wild tribe that was chased out of their lands by development. When males of the Gyudondond tribe reach the age of three, they are circumcised and needles are inserted in various parts of their body. Over time, these needles are replaced with thicker sticks, and the holes are stabilized with bamboo stalks or stones. Using these holes, Gyudondond males are able to create a variety of sounds through air flow. They are called "Bap" (バプ, Bapu), the dancing warriors, and fulfill the role of shamans and performers in their tribe. Before combat, they use their bodies to play songs of battle. The Gyudondond believe that the more beautiful a sound that is played, the greater the spirit it can summon. Bonolenov uses the various songs he makes as a medium to materialize different effects (from an armor and spear to a scaled-down planet Jupiter) through his Conjuration Nen ability, titled War Anthem - Battle Cantabile (, Bato re Kantābire).[ch. 225]
- Voiced by: Akari Hibino (1999 series, Japanese), Meredith Taylor Parry (1999 series, English), Kappei Yamaguchi (2011 series, Japanese), Tom Bauer (2011 series, English)
Feitan Portor (フェイタン=ポートオ, Feitan Pōtoo) is one of the original members hailing from Meteor City and bears the number 2 in the Troupe. He is attired in what one would expect from a bandit—dark clothes partnered with a skullhead scarf that covers his mouth. He seldom speaks, but when he does, it is full of grammatical errors, giving the impression that he is not speaking in his native tongue. During the Phantom Troupe's fight with Chimera Ants, Feitan reverts to his native language, shown with Chinese characters. After Feitan's victory over Zazan in Meteor City, he is crowned temporary leader of the Phantom Troupe. Feitan's movements are incredibly fast, being able to leave afterimages of his body. He wields an umbrella that conceals both a sword and a gun. He later appears on the Black Whale with Phinks, Franklin, and Nobunaga.
His Nen type is Transmutation. His ability Unforgiven: Pain Packer (, Pein Pakkā) transforms the injuries he has received from his enemy into an attack. The more pain he receives, the stronger his attack. Currently, only Burnt by the Sun: Rising Sun (, Raijingu San) has been revealed, a miniature sun that burns anyone around him, even allies, as shown by the rest of the Phantom Troupe fleeing the scene when he uses it. Only Feitan is unaffected by the attack, presumably because of the armor that is formed on him.[ch. 229] Feitan came in tenth place in the series' second popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Yoshinobu Kaneko (1999 series Japanese), Steve Olson (1999 series, English), Kenji Nomura (G.I. OVA Series), Hidenobu Kiuchi (2011 series, Japanese), Edward Bosco (2011 series, English)
Franklin Bordeau (フランクリン=ボルドー, Furankurin Borudō) is very large, with multiple facial scars similar to that of Frankenstein's monster, and bears the number 7. He ranks fourth in physical power among the Troupe and is among the original members hailing from Meteor City. Franklin, along with the rest of the Phantom Troupe, is aboard the Black Whale. Franklin's Nen type is Emission. His ability is called Dual Machine Gun (, Daburu Mashingan) and allows him to shoot countless bullets composed of Nen from his fingertips, which he modified into guns himself.
- Voiced by: Umi Tenjin (1999 series, Japanese), Shinya Hamazoe (2011 series, Japanese), Tony Oliver (2011 series, English)
Kortopi (コルトピ, Korutopi) is short in stature with a thick and messy mane of hair covering his entire head, obscuring everything except for an occasional glimpse of his left eyeball. He is the weakest in the Troupe in raw physical power. In fact, his Conjuration Nen abilities suggest that he is not involved in combat, but rather theft and subterfuge. His Nen ability is called Gallery Fake: Divine Left Hand, Demonic Right Hand (, Gyararī Feiku), which allows him to make perfect copies of any object by touching it with his left hand and producing the copy with his right. He can make copies of living humans, but they will be immobile and lifeless. The copies vanish after 24 hours have passed. He is also able to know the exact location of any copy he has created by touching the original object.[ch. 109] Kortopi is the first of the Phantom Troupe members killed by Hisoka after his defeat to Chrollo.[ch. 357]
- Voiced by: Noriko Namiki (1999 series, Japanese),Marcy Lannan (1999 series, English), Takako Uemura (OVA, Japanese), Rena Maeda (2011 series, Japanese), Abby Trott (2011 series, English)
Machi Komacine (マチ=コマチネ) is incredibly loyal to Chrollo and is one of the original members from Meteor City, bearing the number 3. Physically, she is the strongest woman in the Troupe and the sixth strongest overall. Hisoka seems to have an occasional interest in her. She has an extremely keen intuition (the other members claim that she has never been wrong). Machi's Nen type is Transmutation. Her ability Nen Stitches (念糸縫合, Nenshi Hōgō) forms her aura into thread, the strength of which is inversely proportional to its length: a thread as long as the diameter of the Earth would be as strong as cotton, but a one millimeter-long thread can lift a ton. It can be used to track people, and also to stitch severed limbs back on.[ch. 55] Machi came in seventh place in the series' second popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (1999 series, Japanese), John Knight (1999 series, English), Naoya Uchida (2011 series, Japanese), Joe J. Thomas (2011 series, English)
Nobunaga Hazama (ノブナガ=ハザマ) has a similar appearance to ronin warriors in Edo period Japan, complete with a long katana that he uses with great finesse and skill, and bears the number 1 in the Troupe. Nobunaga specializes in combining nen with the use of his katana. His best friend is Uvogin, and the two bring out the best of each other in combat. Seeing some of Uvogin's personality in Gon, he expresses interest in having Gon join the Troupe, though Gon adamantly refuses. Nobunaga ranks ninth in physical power among the Troupe, and is one of the original members. Nobunaga is on the Black Whale with the rest of the Troupe, hunting for treasure and Hisoka. He, along with Feitan, Phinks, and Franklin, thrash three unruly passengers to gain seating in the cafeteria. Once the thugs submit to them, he asks them how they can get to the second floor. His Nen type is Enhancement. Nobunaga came in 14th place in the series' second popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Yoshiko Iseki (1999 series, Japanese), Tracy Sutton (1999 series, English), Romi Park (2011 series, Japanese),Erica Lindbeck (2011 series, English)
Pakunoda (パクノダ) is an original member of the Phantom Troupe from Meteor City. She is fully loyal to Chrollo, even going against the Troupe in order to help him. She is killed by Kurapika's Judgement Chain in the climax of the Phantom Troupe arc by purposefully violating the restrictions placed upon her. Her body is buried in the Troupe's Yorknew hideout. Pakunoda's Nen type is Specialization. Her main ability is to read the memories of people she touches by asking specific questions, a form of Psychometry.[ch. 103] Her secondary ability, Memory Bomb (, Memorī Bomu), allows her to conjure these memories into the shape of a bullet which she fires into people's heads, thereby giving them that information. She is 11th in physical strength.
- Voiced by: Yoshiaki Matsumoto (1999 series, Japanese), Lucas Gilbertson (1999 series, English), Kenn (2011 series, Japanese),David Vincent (2011 series, English)
Phinks Magcub (フィンクス=マグカブ, Finkusu Magukabu) uses his hands in battle, which has been shown to be extremely powerful. He is one of the original Phantom Troupe members from Meteor City, wears an Egyptian Pharaoh-like outfit in battle and bears the number 5. Phinks seems to get along best with Feitan, and is almost always seen partnered with him both in and out of combat. As with the rest of the Phantom Troupe, Phinks boards the Black Whale. Phinks, along with Feitan, Franklin, and Nobunaga, confront and thrash three unruly passengers. His Nen ability is called Kaiten - Ripper Cyclotron (, Rippā Saikurotoron), the strength of which is dependent upon how many times he rotates his arm; the more rotations, the more powerful his attack will be. In terms of physical strength, Phinks is ranked second among the Troupe members. Nen type: Enhancement.
- Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato (1999 series, Japanese), Jordan Schartner (1999 series, English), Noriko Hidaka (2011 series, Japanese), Griffin Burns (2011 series, English)
Shalnark (シャルナーク, Sharunāku) is member number 6 of the Phantom Troupe, and from his appearance, seems to be a normal boy. However, he is one of the most intelligent and quick-thinking members in the group, being highly adept at using computers and information gathering. Shalnark is also a licensed Hunter, so he has access to potentially useful information for the Phantom Troupe. He ranks tenth in physical power. Shalnark is the second member killed by Hisoka after he decides to wipe out the Phantom Troupe following his defeat by Chrollo.[ch. 357] Shalnark's Nen type is Manipulation.
His main ability, Black Voice: Mobile Fate Director (, Burakku Boisu), allows him to completely control the actions of others remotely using his cell phone after sticking a specialized antenna into their bodies. His secondary ability involves applying the antenna upon himself and putting his body on autopilot, resulting in an enhanced state with enough power to devastate most opponents. However, he dislikes this ability because he is subject to immense muscle pain for days after its use, and, as he retains no memory or control over what transpires, he can not derive any pleasure or satisfaction when he uses it to win a fight.[ch. 227] Shalnark came in 17th place in the series' second popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Atsuko Bungo (1999 series, Japanese), Emily Bachynski (1999 series, English), Miho Arakawa (2011 series, Japanese),Janice Roman Roku (2011 series, English)
Shizuku Murasaki (シズク=ムラサキ) is extremely forgetful, even an airhead at times, which, along with her quiet appearance, causes opponents to underestimate her abilities.[ch. 91] She is left-handed,[ch. 72] and the 12th strongest physically of the Troupe's 13 members. Shizuku is number 8, a replacement for a previous member. Shizuku's Nen type is Conjuration. She conjures the Nen vacuum Blinky (デメちゃん, Deme-chan), which can aspirate anything that she considers nonliving that isn't Nen-made, and regurgitate the last thing inhaled. Shizuku came in 11th place in the series' second popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (1999 series, Japanese), Mike Shepherd (1999 series, English), Akio Ōtsuka (2011 series, Japanese),Patrick Seitz (2011 series, English)
Uvogin (ウヴォーギン, Uvōgin) is one of the original members of the Troupe from Meteor City. Out of all, he is the strongest in terms of raw physical power. Direct hits from bullets, sniper rounds, and even anti-tank rockets do not cause visible damage to him.[ch. 75] Like all of the Troupe, he never hesitates to kill, and particularly enjoys combat against skilled opponents. Although he prefers to fight alone, Uvogin is stronger when fighting with a partner, usually Nobunaga, as he fights better when there is someone else to protect (although he never admits this).[ch. 93] Seeking revenge on Kurapika for capturing him after his battle with the Shadow Beasts, Uvogin tracks him to the hotel where Neon Nostrade and the rest of her bodyguards are staying. They fight one-on-one in a small canyon on the outskirts of Yorknew City. Kurapika eventually captures Uvogin with his Chain Jail, and questions him about the location and abilities of the other Phantom Troupe members. Uvogin refuses to answer any questions. Kurapika pierces Uvogin's chest with his Judgement Chain ability, giving the condition to answer all questions truthfully, in a last-ditch attempt to threaten him. Uvogin refuses for the final time, and is instantly killed, with his body buried by Kurapika soon after.[ch. 84] He is the 11th member of the Troupe and his Nen type is Enhancement. Uvogin came in 12th place in the series' second popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Yūko Maekawa (1999 series, Japanese), Mamiko Noto (2011 series, Japanese), Lauren Landa (2011 series, English)
Kalluto Zoldyck (カルト=ゾルディック, Karuto Zorudikku) is the youngest member of the Zoldyck Family, androgynous in appearance and wearing a feminine kimono. He is initially introduced accompanying his mother during Gon's retrieval of Killua, and later helps his family in the assassination of the Ten Mafia Dons who placed bounties on the Phantom Troupe.[ch. 41, 100] Kalluto joins the Troupe as Hisoka's replacement, bearing the number 4, during their entrance into Greed Island.[ch. 170] During the Phantom Troupe's assault on Zazan's palace in Meteor City, Kalluto reveals he joined them with the intention of retrieving his brother.[ch. 229] His Nen ability, Snake Dance (蛇咬の舞), uses a hand fan to control paper confetti that is sharp enough to cut metal.[ch. 226] Kalluto came in 14th place in the series' first popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Urara Takano (1999 series, Japanese), Victor Atelevich (1999 series, English), Masaya Matsukaze (2011 series, Japanese), Chris Hackney (2011 series, English)
Illumi Zoldyck (イルミ=ゾルディック, Irumi Zorudikku) is Killua's eldest brother, an experienced and expert assassin who played a part in Killua's training and upbringing. He and his father raised Killua to thrive on killing and to be incapable of friendship,[ch. 36] although Illumi planted a needle in Killua's brain to compel him to flee from unwinnable fights as his way of protecting him.[ch. 218] During the 287th Hunter Exam, using special pins to change his facial structure, disguising himself as Gittarackur (ギタラクル, Gitarakuru),[ch. 35] Illumi becomes a licensed Hunter and is possibly manipulated Killua into disqualifying himself.[ch. 37] After learning of and removing Illumi's needle from his brain, Killua later acts against his brother when he attempts to kill their sibling Alluka for the good of their family. Illumi also has a complex friendship with Hisoka, being hired by him to join the Phantom Troupe as their number 11 and kill him.[ch. 377] Illumi came in sixth and eighth place in the series' first two popularity polls.
- Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama (OVA, Japanese), Hiroyuki Yoshino (2011 series, Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (2011 series, English)
Genthru (ゲンスルー, Gensurū) is a player of Greed Island and a member of a large group of other allied players in the game.[ch. 143] A founding member of the group, he has worked as an informer recruiting new members for the last five years.[ch. 142] His secret identity is that of the Greed Island Bomber (, Bomā), working with his partners Sub (サブ, Sabu) and Bara (バラ).[ch. 144] He reveals that he placed a Nen time bomb on every member of the allied group using his ability Countdown: Sound of Life (, Kauntodaun), so that he can blackmail them for all the specified slot cards they hold.[ch. 142, 143] However, Genthru does not keep his promise and detonates all the Nen time bombs killing all the members of the allied group except Abengane.[ch. 144] He then rejoins Sub and Bara to continue collecting the rest of the specified slot cards in order to win the game. But is defeated by Gon in a one-on-one match (while Killua and Biscuit draw away his teammates and defeat them separately).[ch. 183] Genthru is also able to create detonations in his hands when he grabs something using Little Flower: A Handful of Gunpowder (, Ritoru Furawā).[ch. 142, 143]
Chimera Ants (キメラ=アント, Kimera Anto) are a species of insect, extremely dangerous and ranked first among those that should be quarantined in the Hunter × Hunter universe.[ch. 187] They have voracious appetites and can consume several times their own weight within a single day. Chimera Ant queens possess an entirely unique method of reproduction known as Phagogenesis (摂食交配, Sesshoku Kōhai): reproducing asexually while imbuing her offspring with the genetic traits of whatever she ate.[ch. 187] To take advantage of the genes of a particular species, a Chimera Ant queen has been known to feed until the fodder species is driven to extinction. One mutated Chimera Ant Queen in particular targets humans, leading to the creation of humanoid Chimera Ants who desire individualism and develop the ability to use Nen.[ch. 188] These human Chimera Ants also possess the genetic memories of their "past lives," some only having trace memories while others are their original selves reborn.[ch. 215] Following the death of the Queen, the colony disburses with a majority following the King Meruem while others attempt to create their own colonies.[ch. 214] Only a few of the humanoid Chimera Ants survive and are allowed to live among humans, classified as a new species of magical beast.[ch. 315]
Chimera Ant Queen
- Voiced by: Masako Ikeda (Japanese), Cindy Robinson (English)
The Chimera Ant Queen (女王, Joō) is the first chimera ant to be seen in the series, having mysteriously mutated to about two meters tall instead of their typical height of ten centimeters.[ch. 187] She first appears having washed up injured on the shores of the autonomous region of Neo-Green Life (or simply NGL), a small insular nation located on an island known as the Mitene Union.[ch. 188] Driven by her reproductive instincts to give birth to a Chimera Ant King with ideal traits, the Queen immediately begins to feed on small mammals and aquatic life in order to give birth to soldier ants to bring her larger prey in greater amounts. When one brings her two-human children to feed on, she notes them to be more nourishing then previous prey and becomes obsessed, sending her soldiers to concentrate on gathering more humans to feed on.[ch. 187] NGL's status as neo-Luddite enables the Queen's offspring to be unopposed before their activities are eventually learned by the outside world. The Queen is fatally injured when the Chimera Ant King forces his own premature birth, damaging her organs with massive blood loss.[ch. 213] Despite receiving treatment from Hunters, she dies while naming her son Meruem. But upon her death, the Queen is revealed to have birthed a twin sister to Meruem, who is later revealed to be Kite reborn as a Chimera Ant.[ch. 215, 316]
- Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama (Japanese),Max Mittelman (English)
Meruem (メルエム, Meruemu, alternately "Meryem"[ch. 215]) is the Chimera Ant King (王, Ō) and the most powerful of the Queen's offspring. Forcing himself out the womb at the cost of the Queen's life, Meruem is arrogant with little sense of identity aside from his supposed destiny and preconceived notions of his kind's superiority over humans.[ch. 213] Meruem leaves N.G.L. with his Royal Guards in search of a place to establish his colony, taking over the Republic of East Gorteau. Pitou uses the corpse of its dictator Ming Jol-ik to order a mandatory gathering of the entire population for a national rally, so they can secretly sort to find Nen users who will be used as food.[ch. 223] They will also use Pitou's ability to manipulate the people, forming an army of soldiers under their control.[ch. 230] The Hunter Association mobilizes an extermination team to infiltrate the East Gorteau palace and assassinate Meruem, composed of a selected team of professional Hunters.
Meruem takes an interest in strategy games, defeating champion-level players by learning their battle tactics after disrupting the flow of their playing style.[ch. 244] However, he is unable to overcome the skill of a seemingly dimwitted blind girl named Komugi in Gungi, the local game she reigns over. As Meruem finds himself unable to beat her, he starts to show respect and care for Komugi while questioning his own violent methods as a way to rule.[ch. 255, 258] As such, the King wavers between his human emotions and animal instincts, ultimately deciding to compromise by taking over the planet for the Chimera Ants, but sparing humans and leaving them to live in reservations.[ch. 288, 297] Meruem's faltering leaves him vulnerable, experiencing fear for the first time when Netero detonates the bomb in his body as a last resort.[ch. 298] Near death, Meruem survives and regenerates by feeding on the cells of Pouf and Youpi, acquiring their abilities as well.[ch. 299, 312] The King suffers temporary memory loss before recovering his memories of Komugi.[ch. 301] However, Netero's suicide attack ultimately takes Meruem's life due to the poison the bomb leaves behind; he spends his final moments playing with Komugi before dying in her arms.[ch. 318]
The Royal Guards are a trio of elite Chimera Ants whose objective is protecting Ants of the royal caste. They originally serve the Queen, who personally named them, until the King is born, after which they switch loyalties and follow him to the Republic of East Gorteau.[ch. 213]
- Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (Japanese),Sarah Anne Williams (English)
Neferpitou (ネフェルピトー, Neferupitō), also known as "Pitou" (ピトー, Pitō), is a cat-humanoid Chimera Ant and the firstborn of the Royal Guards. Androgynous in appearance, Pitou is one of the first Chimera Ants to fully utilize Nen with enough skill to be recognized by even Netero as a superior combatant.[ch. 201] Pitou shows a knack for medical/surgical procedures, prodding and manipulating Pokkle's brain in order to have the human divulge everything he knows about Nen to the Ants.[ch. 198] A Specialist-type of Nen user,[ch. 198] Pitou's ability Toy Repair: Doctor Blythe (, Dokutā Buraisu) heals injuries,[ch. 265] while Puppet Master's Serenity: Terpsichora (, Terepushikōra) can manipulate the body or corpse of others (as seen with Kite).[ch. 304] Realizing the potential threat Gon could pose to Meruem, Pitou plays on the boy's hopes to get him away from Komugi so he can be killed without endangering the girl.[ch. 295] But upon revealing Kite's fate, Pitou is brutally killed by Gon as a result of the boy forcibly aging himself at the cost of his ability to use Nen.[ch. 306] Despite Pitou's head being completely destroyed by Gon, Pitou's corpse is briefly reanimated by a more potent Terpsichora for the purpose of killing Gon, and severs the boy's arm before being damaged beyond repair.[ch. 307] Pitou is referred to in the manga using male pronouns, while the anime elects to use gender-neutral pronouns.
- Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese),Chris Niosi (English)
Shaiapouf (シャウアプフ, Shauapufu), also known as "Pouf" (プフ, Pufu), is a butterfly-humanoid Chimera Ant and one of the Royal Guards.[ch. 202] He is the most cunning of the three, though his temperament and love for Meruem causes him to covertly defy the King's orders in order to prevent his humanization. Having wholeheartedly devoted himself to protect Meruem while seeing humans as inferior, Pouf is grossly disturbed by the King's obsession with Komugi whom he views as a threat to their plans to the point of making attempts on the girl's life.[ch. 301] Pouf's Nen ability Bufferfly Scales Love Spring: Spiritual Message (, Supirichuaru Messēji) spreads scales from his wings into the air allowing him to read opponents' psychological states.[ch. 273] When inhaled the scales have a hypnotic effect on the human populace, keeping them in place to be sorted at the palace.[ch. 260] His other ability Beelzebub, King of Flies (, Beruzebubu) allows Pouf to break up his body into clones of various sizes down to nanosize.[ch. 286] Following the blast from Netero's bomb, Pouf runs to Meruem and allows him to feed on his own cells to save the King's life.[ch. 299] Pouf dies from the poison he was exposed to at ground zero of the bomb.[ch. 314]
- Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese), Joshua Tomar (English)
Menthuthuyoupi (モントゥトゥユピー, Montutuyupī), also known as "Youpi" (ユピー, Yupī), is the third of the Chimera Ant Royal Guards. Youpi is the largest of the three and the only non-human hybrid among them, mixed with the genes of a magical beast instead.[ch. 266] He is the most straightforward of the Royal Guards and possesses a strength that comes from complete selflessness and devotion to the King. Youpi's body can metamorphosize, such as forming wings to fly or additional arms for combat.[ch. 266] After feeling extreme mental stress, he learns his Nen ability can billow large quantities of his aura into his body and release it in a destructive explosion.[ch. 278] Through his fights with the Hunters, Youpi comes to respect them and Nen to the point of letting them live.[ch. 290] Following the blast from Netero's bomb, Youpi runs to Meruem and allows him to feed on his own cells to save the King's life.[ch. 299] Youpi dies from the poison he was exposed to at ground zero of the bomb.[ch. 312]
- Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Japanese), Chika Anzai (Kurt, Japanese), Zach Aguilar (English), Allegra Clark (Kurt, English)
Colt (コルト, Koruto) is an eagle-humanoid Chimera Ant squadron leader with wings, talons, and a beak. He is among the first Chimera Ants to be born by the Queen following her change to an all-human diet, later revealed to be a reincarnation of her first human victim Kurt (クルト, Kuruto) who died attempting to protect his younger sister Reina (レイナ) from Chimera Ants. Colt projects a loyal and formal attitude, being one of the few squad leaders who always gives all the humans they kill to the Queen as food. When the Queen is grievously injured as a result of Meruem's birth, Colt surrenders to the Hunters in order to secure medical attention for her and even offers his own organs to save her life.[ch. 213, 215] Soon after the Queen's death, Colt finds another offspring on her corpse. He vows to protect her and a tearful Morel promises to protect Colt and the infant from harm on the condition that they never eat humans.[ch. 215] After the battle, it is revealed that she is Kite reborn as a female Chimera Ant.[ch. 316]
- Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese),Bill Rogers (English)
Meleoron (メレオロン, Mereoron) is a chameleon-humanoid Chimera Ant squadron leader and an eccentric pacifist who dislikes fighting or killing, admitting that his fighting strength is on par with a lowly soldier ant.[ch. 243] Leaving the colony following the death of Peggy by Meruem, Meleron gradually regained the memories of his past life as a human named Jail (ジェイル, Jeiru) and that Peggy was originally his foster father.[ch. 242] This motivates him to swear revenge on the King and he teams up with Gon, whom he deems an ideal ally for this purpose. Meleoron's Nen ability God's Alibi: Perfect Plan (, Pāfekuto Puran) renders himself invisible and undetectable by smell, sound or even touch as long as he holds his breath.[ch. 242] His other ability, God's Accomplice (神の共犯者, Kami no Kyōhan-sha) allows him to use Perfect Plan on anyone he is touching.[ch. 243]
- Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (Japanese), Greg Chun (English)
Ikalgo (イカルゴ, Ikarugo), having wished he was born a squid, is an octopus-based Chimera Ant. Although he attacked Killua first, Killua stops him from committing suicide as he could imagine them being friends, and in return Ikalgo later saves the boy's life.[ch. 238, 241] Ikalgo can turn two of his tentacles into an air gun, can manipulate corpses with his Nen ability Forbidden Games: Living Dead Dolls (, Ribingu Deddo Dōruzu), and can use the corpse's Nen abilities as well.[ch. 269, 282] When manipulating a corpse he can use Tick Tock: Fleadom Fire (, Furīdamu) to fire special fleas from his gun.[ch. 237, 238] Having actually become friends, Ikalgo allies with Killua and the Hunters and is tasked with finding and escaping with Palm during the assault on the palace.[ch. 255, 273]
- Voiced by: Daiki Nakamura (Japanese),Xander Mobus (English)
Welfin (ウェルフィン, Werufin) is a Chimera Ant squadron leader resembling a humanoid wolf and possessing a powerful sense of smell.[ch. 261] In his previous life, Welfin was a childhood friend of NGL leader Gyro named Zaiqahal (ザイカハル, Zaiqaharu), who was captured while defending Gyro's base and fed to the Queen.[ch. 296, 309] Welfin became a follower of Meruem with ulterior motives in improving his own status. His Nen ability is Egg on Your Face: Missile Man (, Misairu Man) which conjures a back-mounted organism armed with missiles that implant centipedes that grow in size while feeding on the victim's defiance.[ch. 296] Using it for negotiation purposes, Welfin establishes an order or question for his target, if they refuse to obey or tell a lie the missiles attack.[ch. 276] Fear when confronted by Meruem causes Welfin to grow old in an instant, and he is only saved by uttering Komugi's name, causing the King to remember her and look for her instead.[ch. 313] After the battle, Welfin joins Hina and Bizef in seeking out Gyro in Meteor City.[ch. 315]
- Voiced by: Jiro Saito (Japanese); Taylor Henry (English)
Leol (レオル, Reoru) is a Chimera Ant squadron leader resembling an anthropomorphic lion, albeit with tiger-like stripes.[ch. 192] Originally named Hagya (ハギャ), he was a lion in a past life.[ch. 197] Leol is among the Chimera Ants who eat humans meant for the Queen, and later develops an interest in Nen users.[ch. 192] After the Queen's death, he sets out to form his own colony, but flees from Hunters back to the King's side.[ch. 216, 234] Leol's Nen ability is I.O.U. Dispenser: Rental Pod (, Rentaru Poddo), an iPod-like device that stores Nen abilities he can borrow from people indebted to him for the duration of an hour.[ch. 248] During Morel and Knov's primary infiltration of the King's palace in East Gorteau, Leol faces Morel in combat.[ch. 253] He assumes to be victorious after submerging Morel in an underground church using a stolen ability, but dies from carbon dioxide asphyxiation as part of Morel's cunning strategy to remove all oxygen in the church.[ch. 254]
- Voiced by: Motoki Takagi (Japanese), Cedric L. Williams (English)
Cheetu (ヂートゥ, Jītu) is a cheetah-like Chimera Ant squadron leader with unparalleled speed, allowing him to dodge bullets with ease and rapidly punch experienced Hunters before they can even move. He is among the Chimera Ants who eat humans meant for the Queen.[ch. 192] Compared to the other Chimera Ants, Cheetu is very simpleminded and egotistical with no agenda of his own while simply content with being the fastest. After the Queen's death, Cheetu leaves NGL and heads to the east before being impeded by Morel and Knuckle. Although he is tagged with Knuckle's A.P.R., Cheetu flees out of range, halting the interest-accruing.[ch. 221] The ordeal convinces Cheetu that he needs something other than pure speed and has A.P.R. exorcized by Hirin before getting a new Nen ability.[ch. 245] He confronts Morel again, with the new ability transporting them to a limited-sized area for a game of tag, but is defeated by being psychologically tricked.[ch. 247] Cheetu quickly develops another new Nen ability on the spot, a combined crossbow and claws, but is again tricked before fleeing.[ch. 248] He is later seen boasting about yet another new ability, but is crushed to death by Silva Zoldyck from above.[ch. 278]
- Voiced by: Azusa Nakao (Japanese), Allegra Clark (English)
Zazan (ザザン) is a scorpion-humanoid Chimera Ant squadron leader that resembles an extremely buxom, attractive woman with a scorpion's stinger tail, whose murderous subordinates include her doting right hand Pike (パイク, Paiku).[ch. 190] While gathering humans for the Queen, Zazan captures Pokkle and brings him to the colony.[ch. 190] Following the Queen's death, Zazan leaves NGL to start her own colony in Meteor City and turns a large number of humans there into subservient minions with her Nen ability Sexy Stinger of Rebirth: Queen Shot (, Kuīn Shotto).[ch. 224] This causes the native Phantom Troupe to attack her hive. Zazan is also able to transform herself into a larger monster with greater strength and super-hard skin, which she uses as a last resort against Feitan who ultimately incinerates her.[ch. 228, 229]
- Voiced by: Shinya Hamazoe (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English)
Rammot (ラモット, Ramotto) is an officer under Colt's command, a humanoid Chimera Ant with the genetic traits of a rabbit and a shrike.[ch. 191] Prone to acting on his own, Rammot attacks Gon and Killua to defend his food, and is losing before being saved by Colt while vowing brutal revenge on the two youths.[ch. 191] Being hit by the boys' attacks activates Rammot's aura, making him the first Chimera Ant able to utilize Nen.[ch. 194] This briefly goes to his head, until he meets Neferpitou, which humbles him and renews his loyalty to the colony.[ch. 197] He is then tasked with hitting the other Ants in order to awaken their Nen as well.[ch. 198] After the Queen's death, Rammot seeks revenge on Killua but is decapitated after the boy removes the needle Illumi implanted in his brain.[ch. 219]
The Hunter Association (ハンター協会, Hantā Kyōkai) is a non-governmental organization responsible for the testing and licensing of "Hunters" (ハンター, Hantā)—a person that has proven themselves through rigorous examination to be an elite member of humanity and who specializes in finding rare creatures, secret treasures, and other individuals. With the passing of the examination, a Hunter is awarded a license which bestows a number of benefits on the licensee. This results in massive registration numbers for the annual licensing exam with an extremely high failure rate.
- Voiced by: Bunmei Tobayama (1999 series, Japanese), Paul Hudson (1999 series, English), Ichirō Nagai (2011 series, Episodes 6–114, Movie, Japanese), Banjō Ginga (2011 series, Episodes 122–126, Japanese),Ian Alden (2011 series, English)
Isaac Netero (アイザック=ネテロ, Aizakku Netero) is the Chairman of the Selection Committee for the Hunter Exam.[ch. 13] Presiding over it, he has final authority over every stage of the examination and is assisted by his secretary Beans (ビーンズ, Bīnzu), who helps organize the Hunter Exam and presents the successful candidates with their license. Netero claims to have been the strongest Nen user in the world over 50 years ago.[ch. 202] Over 60 years ago, Netero spent four years rigorously training every day in order to express gratitude to the martial arts. He eventually attained enlightenment, giving him the ability to punch faster than the speed of sound and the power of the bodhisattva Guanyin.[ch. 265] Netero is also the Grand Master of the Shingen-Ryu (心源流) style of Kung fu.[ch. 60] Netero leads the team hired to exterminate the Chimera Ants, but after losing an arm and a leg and unable to inflict any significant damage on Meruem, he commits suicide by detonating The Poor Man's Rose (貧者の薔薇, Hinja no Bara) bomb implanted in his own body.[ch. 298] Survivors of the bomb's blast are eaten alive from the inside by poison, and can contaminate others.[ch. 311] Isaac Netero is the father of Beyond Netero, whose existence was kept secret until his death.
The Zodiacs (十二支ん, Jūnishin) are the high council of the Hunter Association composed of 12 top Hunters personally selected by Chairman Netero.[ch. 319] They have a code name based on a sign of the Chinese zodiac, and are tasked to decide the nature of Netero's succession after his death. Out of loyalty to the Chairman, most alter their behavior, physical traits, and even their legal names based on the animal each represents.[ch. 319] With Beyond Netero and Kakin intent on an expedition to the Dark Continent, the Zodiacs travel with them as chaperones hired by the V5, a group of the five most powerful nations of the world. They also aim to explore it before Beyond, as asked by Chairman Netero.
- Voiced by: Hiroki Tōchi (1999 series, Japanese), Ben Jeffrey (1999 series, English), Urara Takano (child, 1999 series), Rikiya Koyama (2011 series, Japanese), Marc Diraison (2011 series, English)
Ging Freecss (ジン=フリークス, Jin Furīkusu) is a Double Star Ruins Hunter and Gon's father and motivation to become a Hunter.[ch. 326] He left Whale Island to become a Hunter before he turned 12 years old, only returning ten years later to ask his grandmother to take care of Gon for a while.[ch. 65] But Mito felt him unfit to parent and gained custody of Gon, and Ging never returned again.[ch. 65] He is the main creator of the Greed Island video game, and is also the one who captured and placed Razor in the game. A member of the Zodiacs, his code name is the "Boar" and he is one of the only two members who do not mimic their corresponding animal.[ch. 319] At the end of the Chairman election, Ging at last meets Gon. He tells Gon to apologize to Kite and about the meaning of adventure before they once again part ways. He then resigns from the Zodiacs and joins Beyond Netero's expedition to the Dark Continent, buying his way into second-in-command in name only.[ch. 340, 347]
Ging claims that he does not want to see Gon because he is too ashamed of himself for being absent in Gon's life due to his own selfishness, and challenges his son to find him.[ch. 66] Despite that he seems confident in Gon's abilities and knows him better than anyone; he knew Gon would become a Hunter and left a memory card for Greed Island and a recorded message with Mito to give to him once he did, and knew Gon would eventually recover from his hospitalization. All information about Ging is classified even in the official Hunter database.[ch. 38] He is Kite's teacher and also inspired Satotz to become a Hunter.[ch. 1, 35, 38] Chairman Netero once told Biscuit that Ging is one of the top five best Nen users in the world.[ch. 138] Ging tied with Silva for 15th place in the series' first popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanese), Kyle McCarley (English)
Pariston Hill (パリストン=ヒル, Parisuton Hiru) is a Triple Star Hunter and Vice Chairman of the Hunter Association.[ch. 326] A member of the Zodiacs, his code name is the "Rat", and like Ging, he does not alter his physical appearance to match his animal.[ch. 319] Pariston was personally chosen by Netero to be Vice Chairman because he is difficult to work with and not a yes man.[ch. 321] Similar to Netero and Ging, he wants to have fun above all else, and throughout the Chairman election suggests and agrees to terms that put him at a disadvantage as he neither wants to win nor lose.[ch. 331] Pariston claims to feel happiness when people hate him and that he is compelled to hurt the things he holds dear.[ch. 343] Within the Zodiacs, he is the sole extreme left patriot.[ch. 348] He has the support of Temp Hunters, a pejorative term for Hunters who work government jobs subcontracted through the Association, via suspected kickbacks.[ch. 319, 331] Pariston is the eventual winner of the 13th Hunter Chairman Election. However, he immediately appoints Cheadle his Vice Chairman and resigns from his new position.[ch. 335] He then leaves the Zodiacs and joins Beyond Netero's expedition to the Dark Continent, although Ging also joins and buys him out of his position as second-in-command.[ch. 340, 343]
- Voiced by: Ikue Ohtani (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
Cheadle Yorkshire (チードル=ヨークシャー, Chīdoru Yōkushā) is a woman from the Zodiacs code named the "Dog".[ch. 319] She is a Triple Star Hunter, a doctor, and jurist known as the Disease Hunter.[ch. 326, 346] She is generally shown as an intelligent person. In the Chairman election, Cheadle repeatedly comes in second or third place, until she asks her supporters to vote for Leorio instead in order to prevent Pariston from winning.[ch. 332] Pariston wins but gives his position to her because he only wanted to have fun.[ch. 335] After she officially becomes Chairman, Cheadle accepts the resignations of Ging and Pariston and the Zodiacs chaperone Beyond Netero's trip to the Dark Continent. On the expedition, she is a part of the science team and directs the center medical care facility on the third deck.[ch. 346, 359]
- Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (Japanese), Armen Taylor (English)
Mizaistom Nana (ミザイストム=ナナ, Mizaisutomu Nana), code named the "Ox",[ch. 319] is a Double Star Crime Hunter and said to be a man with common sense.[ch. 326, 346] He is also a lawyer and manages a private security company.[ch. 346] Within the Zodiacs, he, Cheadle, Botobai and Ginta constitute the moderate conservative faction and often work together.[ch. 348] At the end of the Chairman election, Mizaistom asks his supporters to vote for Cheadle in order to prevent Pariston from winning.[ch. 332] On the expedition, he is a part of the intelligence team and devotes his attention to decks three and four, where the crime rate is much higher than expected.[ch. 346, 358] His ability Closed Courtroom: Cross Game (, Kurosu Gēmu) uses blue cards to admit people to his "courtroom," yellow to immobilize them, and red to dismiss them from the courtroom.[ch. 343, 348]
- Voiced by: Issei Futamata (Japanese), Jason Marnocha (English)
Botobai Gigante (ボドバイ=ギガンテ, Bodobai Gigante), code named the "Dragon",[ch. 319] is a Triple Star Hunter.[ch. 326] He is the most senior member of the Zodiacs and was close to Netero. He is a public prosecutor, military analyst, and Terrorist Hunter.[ch. 346] Within the Zodiacs, he, Cheadle, Mizaistom and Ginta constitute the moderate conservative faction and often work together.[ch. 348] On the expedition, he is a part of the defense team.[ch. 346] He and Mizaistom help the royal troops and private security to maintain order and handle the criminal issues on the Black Whale, with Botobai also acting as a court official.[ch. 358, 359]
- Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (Japanese), Alejandro Saab (English)
Kanzai (カンザイ), code named the "Tiger",[ch. 319] is a hot-tempered bodyguard and Treasure Hunter.[ch. 346] He has a short temper as shown when he easily gets mad when Pariston and Hisoka tease him. Within the Zodiacs, he, Gel and Saccho constitute the liberal/apolitical faction and often work together.[ch. 348] On the expedition, he is a part of the defense team and stands guard over Beyond's cell with Saccho and Saiyu.[ch. 346, 359]
- Voiced by: Tomoka Kiriyama (Japanese), Kayli Mills (English)
Pyon (ピヨン, Piyon), code named the "Rabbit",[ch. 319] is a linguist, interpreter and Paleograph Hunter.[ch. 346] She appears to be proficient in technology, as she is often seen on her phone or a laptop. Within the Zodiacs, she, Cluck and Saiyu constitute the reform faction and often work together.[ch. 348] During the later rounds of the Chairman election, Pyon acts as master of ceremonies.[ch. 331] On the expedition, she is a part of the intelligence team and makes software to recognize any ancient languages they might encounter on the Dark Continent.[ch. 346]
- Voiced by: Yuki Shirato (Japanese), Maureen Price (English)
Gel (ゲル, Geru), code named the "Snake",[ch. 319] is a woman with a calm attitude. She has the ability to change her arms into a snake which she uses to briefly threaten Pariston when he suggests the Zodiacs to make him the Chairman without election. Within the Zodiacs, she, Kanzai and Saccho constitute the liberal/apolitical faction and often work together.[ch. 348] She is a coroner, pharmacist and Poison Hunter.[ch. 346] On the expedition, she is a part of the science team.[ch. 346]
- Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese), Jeannie Tirado (English)
Cluck (クルック, Kurukku), code named the "Chicken",[ch. 319] is one of the most short-tempered members in the Zodiacs. She appears to have the power to manipulate birds, as shown when she delivers all Hunters ballots for the election.[ch. 320] Within the Zodiacs, she, Pyon and Saiyu constitute the reform faction and often work together.[ch. 348] She is a musician, dancer, and Botanical Hunter.[ch. 346] On the expedition, she is a part of the flora/fauna team and plans to collect intelligence and plants after landing.[ch. 346]
- Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (Japanese), TBA (English)
Saccho Kobayakawa (サッチョウ=コバヤカワ, Satchō Kobayakawa), code named the "Horse",[ch. 319] is a Double Star Problem Hunter.[ch. 326] He appears to be very strict about the rules, and is known as the "Worry Hunter". He is a detective and handyman.[ch. 346] Within the Zodiacs, he, Kanzai and Gel constitute the liberal/apolitical faction and often work together.[ch. 348] On the expedition, he is a part of the intelligence team and stands guard over Beyond's cell with Kanzai and Saiyu.[ch. 346, 359]
- Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (Japanese), TBA (English)
Ginta (ギンタ), code named the "Sheep",[ch. 319] is a ranger and Poacher Hunter.[ch. 346] He seems to be very sensitive when it comes to Netero's death, but he gets very mad when Pariston suggests himself to be Chairman without an election. Within the Zodiacs, he, Cheadle, Mizaistom and Botobai constitute the moderate conservative faction and often work together.[ch. 348] On the expedition, he is a part of the flora/fauna team.[ch. 346]
- Voiced by: Velo Takeda (Japanese), Christopher Bevins (English)
Saiyu (サイユウ, Saiyū), code named the "Monkey",[ch. 319] is a man whose appearance is reminiscent of the Monkey King. A Bounty Hunter and martial artist,[ch. 346] he also has a staff as his weapon. His ability consists of three Nen Monkeys; See No Evil robs an opponent of their sight if the attack connects, Hear No Evil robs them of their hearing, and Speak No Evil robs them of their speech.[ch. 349] Within the Zodiacs, he, Pyon and Cluck constitute the reform faction and often work together.[ch. 348] He is Pariston's informant within the Zodiacs.[ch. 348] On the expedition, he is a part of the defense team and stands guard over Beyond's cell with Kanzai and Saccho.[ch. 346, 359]
The Hunter Exam is divided into several stages, each one overseen by an experienced hunter. In the first shown exam in the series, the first examiner is Satotz (サトツ, Satotsu), who tests the candidates' stamina by leading them on a marathon of unknown length through a tunnel and a swampland filled with uniquely dangerous creatures.[ch. 6, 8] The second stage of the exam is administered by two Gourmet Hunters, Buhara (ブハラ) and Menchi (メンチ). Although Menchi fails all of the candidates due to her stubbornness, Netero pressures her into giving the candidates an alternative test.[ch. 12] The third stage is overseen by Bounty Hunter and prison warden Lippo (リッポー, Rippō),[ch. 17] testing the candidates in different aspects of group dynamics, both in a communal and individual front. Chairman Netero organizes the final stage as a one-on-one fighting tournament, where the winner must get his opponent to admit defeat. In a twist, contestants pass the exam after winning only one fight with the loser advancing to the next round, meaning only one examinee will fail.[ch. 33] Satotz came in seventh and 22nd place in the series' first two popularity polls.
The examinees that took part in the 287th annual Hunter Exam, the year the series' main characters took the exam.
- Voiced by: Yoshiaki Matsumoto (1999 series, Japanese), Lucas Gilbertson (1999 series, English), Daisuke Kishio (2011 series, Japanese), Ray Chase (2011 series, English)
Hanzo (ハンゾー, Hanzō) is an 18-year-old shinobi who has trained in the art of ninjutsu since he was born.[ch. 34, 38] He decided to become a Hunter in order to find the elusive Hermit's Scroll.[ch. 6] In the second test of the exam, featuring cooking, he is the only one to know what sushi is, as it is a dish from his home country, Japan.[ch. 11] In the final test of the Hunter Exam, Hanzo is put against Gon in a fight where one of them must admit defeat.[ch. 33] Despite his speed, strength, and battle experience easily exceeding that of Gon, Gon refuses even after Hanzo breaks his arm. Noting the lack of hate in Gon's eyes after this act, Hanzo realizes he actually has come to like him. He willingly bows out of the battle, giving Gon the victory needed for him to pass the exam.[ch. 33] Hanzo wins and passes the exam himself when he threatens the same to Pokkle in his next match, becoming a licensed Hunter.[ch. 35] It is later stated by Wing that Hanzo learned Nen after the Hunter Exam.[ch. 60] Hanzo later reappears in the Dark Continent arc as part of Kurapika's party and becomes a bodyguard of prince Momoze.[ch. 350] Ordered by her mother to protect Marayam instead of Momoze, a furious Hanzo blames himself when Momoze is killed and vows to make the murderer pay.[ch. 368] Hanzo came in eighth and 16th place in the series' first two popularity polls.
- Voiced by: Kohei Kowada (1999 series, Japanese), Gerald Matthews (1999 series, English), Toshiharu Sakurai (2011 series, Japanese), Michael Sorich (2011 series, English)
Tonpa (トンパ) is nicknamed the "Rookie Crusher" by candidates with more experience taking the exam. He has taken the exam for 35 consecutive terms,[ch. 5] never managing to pass. He often brags of his experience to those taking the exam for the first time and offers them a helping hand. This is merely subterfuge, as he takes a perverse pleasure in sabotaging their attempts to get the license.[ch. 17] This time around, he trails Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio while attempting various means to foil their advancement. In order to do this, he uses methods like spiking drinks with a strong laxative and being contradictory simply to delay progress in a time-sensitive arena.[ch. 5, 16] He also attends the following Hunter Exam, where he, along with everyone else, is defeated by Killua.[ch. 148]
- Voiced by: Yukiko Tamaki (1999 series, Japanese), Graden Gant (1999 series, English), Yukitoshi Tokumoto (2011 series, Japanese), Bobby Thong (2011 series, English)
Pokkle (ポックル, Pokkuru) is an accomplished archer that carries a bow and quiver of arrows wherever he goes. The arrows are tipped with a potent tranquilizer that, even with a small nick, induces paralysis for any person for up to a week.[ch. 24] Pokkle's aim is to become a successful hunter of undocumented fantastic beasts.[ch. 38] He passes the exam and becomes a licensed Hunter. Pokkle is then seen in N.G.L. with Ponzu and several others before their group is attacked by Chimera Ants.[ch. 190] Pokkle is poisoned by Zazan and brought to the colony to be fed to the Queen, but, using a hidden antidote, is able to restore some movement and hide before the Chimera Ants start searching for him for his knowledge on Nen.[ch. 197] However, the newly born Neferpitou senses Pokkle hiding and he is subjected to his brain being prodded by the Royal Guard to divulge everything he knows about Nen before being killed.[ch. 198] Pokkle's Nen ability, Seven Spectrum Array: Rainbow (, Reinbō), creates a bow in his left hand and an arrow in his right; red arrows burst into flames on contact and orange are his fastest.[ch. 190] Pokkle came in 12th and 18th place in the series' first two popularity polls.
- Voiced by: Umi Tenjin (1999 series, Japanese), Leda Davies (1999 series, English), Haruka Kudō (2011 series, Japanese), Reba Buhr (2011 series, English)
Ponzu (ポンズ) is one of the 24 that managed to enter the fourth stage of the Hunter Exam.[ch. 23] She fights using chemical weapons, a wide variety of toxins, and prefers to set traps instead of fighting head on.[ch. 25] Her secret weapon lies within her round cap, carrying neurotoxic bees under the surface that emerge and attack her enemies when she is threatened.[ch. 31] During this stage, her bees instinctively end up killing Bourbon after she falls into his trap. Ponzu is rescued by Gon, but her badge is taken when she is unconscious so Leorio can pass, causing her to fail the exam.[ch. 31] She also attends the following Hunter Exam, where she, along with everyone else, is defeated by Killua.[ch. 148] Ponzu is then seen in N.G.L. with Pokkle and several others before their group is attacked by Chimera Ants.[ch. 190] The group is killed by Zazan's squad, but she escapes long enough to send one of her bees with a message to the strongest Hunter nearby, who happens to be Kite. She is shot and eaten moments later by a Chimera Ant.[ch. 190] Ponzu came in ninth place in the series' first popularity poll.
Chimera Ant Exterminators
With the infestation of man-sized Chimera Ants within N.G.L., the Hunter Association sends an official team to investigate and contain the threat. The extermination team is led by none other than Chairman Netero himself. Netero handpicks those who are to accompany him, causing significant political bickering within the Hunter Association.
- Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese),Kyle Hebert (English)
Morel Mackernasey (モラウ=マッカーナーシ, Morau Makkānāshi) is a Hunter and member of the team tasked with exterminating the Chimera Ants.[ch. 199] A tough yet very compassionate man with long hair and sunglasses, he is Knuckle Bine and Shoot McMahon's master, and acknowledged by Netero to be about equal to himself.[ch. 200, 202] He uses a giant smoking pipe and the smoke produced by it as his weapons. With his Nen ability Smoke Troopers: Deep Purple (, Dīpu Pāpuru), Morel creates smoke puppets that act independently from him once commands are issued.[ch. 244] Morel shows himself as an experienced and resourceful fighter, such as in his fight against Leol wherein he uses his pipe as a snorkel to allow himself to breathe underwater, and in doing so suffocates his opponent with emitted carbon dioxide. After the Chimera Ant incident is resolved, Morel is expected to be promoted to Triple Star Hunter.[ch. 326]
- Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese),Grant George (English)
Knov (ノヴ, Novu) is a Hunter and member of the team tasked with exterminating the Chimera Ants.[ch. 199] An intelligent man dressed in glasses and a suit, he is Palm's master and a target of her affections, and acknowledged by Netero to be about equal to himself.[ch. 200, 202] Knov's Nen ability Fourth-Dimensional Mansion: Hide and Seek (, Haido ando Shīku) is similar to teleportation in that he creates portals to a Nen dimension.[ch. 246] Inside this four-floor Nen mansion, he can store items or people. While others can only exit from a predetermined place, Knov can use his master key to exit from any previously set portal he wants.[ch. 246] While infiltrating Meruem's palace solo in order to place portals, Knov sees Shaiapouf's aura, which frightens him so much that he suffers a severe nervous breakdown.[ch. 251, 252] When he later returns to save the injured during the attack, his black hair has turned white from the psychological trauma.[ch. 290]
- Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese),Benjamin Diskin (English)
Knuckle Bine (ナックル=バイン, Nakkuru Bain) is a Beast Hunter and Morel's pupil.[ch. 200, 201] Despite appearing to be an aggressive man, Knuckle is very compassionate and easily moved to tears. He also gets along well with animals, having the habit of taking care of abandoned pets.[ch. 206] Knuckle's Nen ability is Hakoware: Bankruptcy, Chapter Seven (, Hakoware), where by lending some aura to his opponent via a punch, he attaches a small indestructible Nen-creature called Amortizing Power Redirector (ポットクリン, Pottokurin) or A.P.R. for short.[ch. 211] It follows the opponent wherever they go and grows each successive time Knuckle hits them and by 10% interest on the borrowed aura every ten seconds.[ch. 211] The opponent pays Knuckle back by hitting him, but he will not take damage until the debt is fully paid, and if the aura count exceeds their total remaining aura, the opponent goes bankrupt. At this point A.P.R. transforms into Individual Ren Suppressor (トリタテン, Toritaten) or I.R.S. for short, which attaches itself and forces the debtor into Zetsu unable to use Nen for 30 days.[ch. 211]
- Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese), D.C. Douglas (English)
Shoot McMahon (シュート=マクマホン, Shūto Makumahon) is an Unidentified Beast Hunter with one arm and Morel's pupil.[ch. 200, 205] Shoot's Nen ability is Dark Inn: Hotel Rafflesia (, Hoteru Rafureshia) and involves manipulating a cage and three disembodied hands that levitate.[ch. 212] Shoot can shrink and seal off what is hit by his hands, in the cage.[ch. 222] He has a timid personality and is often afraid of taking advantage of opportune times to attack his enemy.[ch. 205] In the fight against Youpi during the extermination team's raid on East Gorteau, Shoot becomes inspired by Gon, and by facing adversity is able to overcome his timidness and fight without concern for his life.[ch. 266]
- Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese),Karen Strassman (English)
Palm Siberia (パーム=シベリア, Pāmu Shiberia) is the pupil of Knov, for whom she has affections.[ch. 200] In order for her to accompany Knov on the extermination, Gon and Killua must defeat Knuckle and Shoot within one month, so Palm contacts Biscuit to train them further.[ch. 200, 201] On most occasions, she appears disheveled and stressed, exuding a frightening aura. However, she is depicted as quite beautiful when dressed up.[ch. 218] She develops a crush on Gon, but is unable to further their relationship. Palm can see the location of anyone she has seen with her own eyes by using a small mermaidcrystal ball relic fed by her blood.[ch. 220] Palm is sent into the Chimera Ant King's palace undercover as a secretary to Director Bizeff, the man who actually ran East Gorteau behind the scenes, in order to lay eyes on the King and Royal Guards and track them.[ch. 250, 252] She is captured and transformed into a Chimera Ant-hybrid, with the Nen ability Fury of Shadows: Black Widow (, Burakku Widō) creating defensive outfits from her hair wrapping over her body.[ch. 293, 294] Killua manages to help Palm regain her memories and return to the side of the Hunters. Palm's clairvoyant ability reformed into Wink Blue (, Winku Burū), which enables her to see the last three people seen by her right eye in the crystal ball on her forehead when she covers that same eye.[ch. 304]
- Voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara (1998 film), Yūji Kishi (1999 series, Japanese), Adam Hunter (1999 series, English), Shūichi Ikeda (2011 series, Japanese),Uki Satake (Chimera Ant, Japanese),Chris Smith (2011 series, English), Laura Stahl (Chimera Ant, English)
Kite (カイト, Kaito) is the very first Hunter introduced in the story. A student of Ging Freecss, Gon's father, he traveled to Whale Island three years prior to the start of the series looking for leads in order to pass his final test, find Ging.[ch. 1] After saving Gon from a foxbear, Kite revealed to him that his father is alive and the best Hunter there is, inspiring Gon to follow in his father's footsteps.[ch. 1] After completing Greed Island Gon runs into Kite again, who, after finding Ging, is in the middle of a biological survey searching for new species in the country of Kakin.[ch. 186] He is leading a team of young would-be Hunters named Banana Kavaro, Lin Koshi, Monta Yuras, Podungo Lapoy, Spinner Clow, and Stick Dinner. His Nen ability is Mad Clown: Crazy Slots (, Kureijī Surotto) where a clown-head randomly chooses a number from 1 to 9 and summons respective weapons, which he can not put away until he uses.[ch. 194]
Kite is killed by Neferpitou and his body rebuilt into a manipulated puppet to train the Chimera Ants.[ch. 222] He is captured by Knuckle and Shoot, with Gon vowing to put him right and get revenge; this never happens. It is later revealed that Meruem's twin sister found on the Queen's corpse is Kite reborn as a female Chimera Ant.[ch. 316] Ging claims that Crazy Slots has a number that only comes up when Kite "really doesn't want to die" and suspects this is the reason he is "alive."[ch. 335] While named Reina by Colt, Kite quickly matured while regaining the memories and personality of her former human male self and helps snap Gon out of his depression. Kite also forces Koala (コアラ, Koara), the koala-humanoid Chimera Ant hitman, to become her subordinate as penitence for the death of a girl whose physical appearance Kite has assumed as a Chimera Ant.[ch. 337] Kite came in tenth place in the series' first popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Kazuki Yao (1999 series, Japanese, episode 45), Tsuyoshi Koyama (1999 series, Japanese, episode 56), Masaki Aizawa (2011 series, Japanese), Imari Williams (2011 series, English)
Izunavi (イズナビ, Izunabi), named Mizuken (ミズケン) in the 2011 anime, is a Hunter and Kurapika's Nen teacher. Izunavi teaches him about Nen and informs him of the ability to make Contracts that strengthen your abilities based on how strict the limitation you place.[ch. 83] He reappears in the Dark Continent arc as part of Kurapika's party, becoming a bodyguard of prince Tyson.[ch. 350] Izunavi came in 24th place in the series' second popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Tarako Isono (1999 series, Japanese), Miina Tominaga (2011 series, Japanese), Dorothy Fahn (2011 series, English)
Melody (センリツ, Senritsu) is a Music Hunter and is the kind and understanding member of Neon's bodyguards.[ch. 73] She is always ready to listen to anyone's confessions and has the gift to put people at ease. As Leorio notes, she is one of the very few characters who have made Kurapika open up to them. Melody's physical appearance is in sharp contrast to her kind soul. Due to effects of the "Sonata of Darkness", a musical piece said to have been written by Satan himself, casting on whomever listens to it a great curse, her body is short and her right arm disfigured.[ch. 73] One night, Melody and her friend were drunk, and her friend played the Sonata. Its power was so great, that upon hearing only the first movement of the flute solo, Melody was disfigured. Her friend was not so lucky; his entire body was disfigured like Melody's arm and he died after playing it. Melody gained her Nen abilities in exchange. Melody's goal is to find the Sonata of Darkness and destroy it.[ch. 73] Melody has the ability to Emit her aura to people to soothe fatigue when she plays an instrument. Melody also has a very sharp sense of hearing and can tell a person's psychological state just by listening to their heartbeat.[ch. 121] For example, she knows when people are lying or when someone has completely lost his/her temper. Melody reappears in the Dark Continent arc as part of Kurapika's party, becoming a bodyguard of prince Kacho.[ch. 350] Melody was inspired by Nausicaä and Yupa in Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, or possibly Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke instead of Yupa. Melody came in 20th place in the series' second popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (1999 series, Japanese), Toru Nakane (2011 series, Japanese), Jake Eberle (2011 series, English)
Basho (バショウ, Bashō) is one of Neon Nostrade's new bodyguards, hired along with Kurapika. When first introduced, he is quick to underestimate Kurapika, but after Kurapika's display of his Dowsing Chain, he grows respect for him. Basho returns in the Dark Continent storyline as part of Kurapika's infiltration party, becoming a bodyguard of prince Luzurus.[ch. 350] His Nen ability is called The Wandering Haiku Poet (, Gureito Haikā), wherein Basho writes a haiku describing a condition on a piece of paper (such as "Anything I hit will explode"), which then comes true.[ch. 68]
- Voiced by: Tadashi Miyazawa (1999 series, Japanese), Hiroshi Ohtake (2011 series, Japanese), Sam Mann (2011 series, English)
Zeno Zoldyck (ゼノ=ゾルディック, Zeno Zorudikku) is Killua's grandfather and Silva's father. A witty old man, his advancing age has not dampened his quick thinking and speed in battle. Zeno wears alternating signs on his garb that say either "A Kill a Day" or "Never Retire."[ch. 95] He appears to be on good terms with Chairman Netero, who hires Zeno for the initial assault on the palace in East Gorteau in order to catch the Chimera Ants off guard.[ch. 263] He noticeably hesitates in the battle when he realizes the King has come to care for the safety of a human prisoner. Zeno favors Killua more than his other grandchildren. Zeno came in ninth place in the series' second popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (1999 series, Japanese), Kouichi Yamadera (2011 series, Japanese), Chris Tergliafera (2011 series, English)
Silva Zoldyck (シルバ=ゾルディック, Shiruba Zorudikku) is Killua's father. A silent, pensive figure, Killua's interaction with him seems limited. He allows Killua to go along with Gon on their journey to find his father, but only because he sees it as a crucial step in his development as the head assassin of the Zoldyck Family.[ch. 42] During the auction in Yorknew City, Silva and Zeno are both hired by the Ten Dons to assassinate the Phantom Troupe, but withdraw from the job when their clients are killed due to a job taken by Illumi, Maha, and Kalluto.[ch. 100] This was Silva's second time fighting Chrollo Lucilfer,[ch. 99] and according to Killua, he previously killed an unknown member of the Phantom Troupe.[ch. 80] Silva later appears amid the assault on the Palace in East Gorteau, killing Cheetu on the way to pick up his father. Silva tied with Ging for 15th place in the series' first popularity poll, and placed 13th in the second.
- Voiced by: Rena Yukie (1999 series, Japanese), Junko Iwao (2011 series, Japanese),Michelle Ruff (2011 series, English)
Kikyo Zoldyck (キキョウ=ゾルディック, Kikyō Zorudikku) is Killua's mother. She was injured attempting to prevent Killua from running away from home to take the Hunter Exam, although she is proud of Killua for doing so.[ch. 36] She seems to be slightly paranoid and is cautious of Killua's friends. Kikyo is looking forward to Killua excelling in assassination and anticipates that one day, he will continue the family business. According to Illumi, Killua is her favorite son. Kikyo came in 13th place in the series' first popularity poll.
- Voiced by: Katashi Ishizuka (1999 series, Japanese), Kimiko Saito (2011 series, Japanese), Laila Berzins (2011 series, English)
Milluki Zoldyck (ミルキ=ゾルディック, Miruki Zorudikku) is Killua's second eldest brother and an obese figure who possesses a strong aversion to performing any kind of physical activity. He seems to be a sort of otaku, since his room is covered with figurines from various anime, manga and video games.[ch. 69] Milluki is talented in hacking computer systems, as Killua asks him to hack a memory card from Ging. He was also injured during Killua's escape.[ch. 36] Milluki is in charge of torturing Killua as punishment, but does not have the drive to carry it out very long as he becomes physically exhausted.[ch. 42] After being tipped off by Killua on the whereabouts of a Greed Island cartridge, Milluki's excitement results in one of the rarer moments in which he makes an outside expedition in search of the game, he himself states that he had not left the mansion in eight years. However, he is unable to win a copy and leaves in frustration.
- Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese),Xanthe Huynh (English)
Alluka Zoldyck (アルカ=ゾルディック, Aruka Zorudikku) is the second youngest sibling of Killua. While the other members of the Zoldyck family refer to Alluka as male or as an object, Killua, who is the closest to Alluka, states that Alluka is female.[ch. 320, 321, 324] Alluka is a dark child with the ability to grant wishes and a second personality, named Nanika (ナニカ, "Something") by Killua.[ch. 323] Once a person grants three requests made by Alluka, Nanika grants their wish.[ch. 322] The bigger the wish, the bigger Alluka's demands will be for the next person.[ch. 322] If four of Alluka's demands are refused in a row, at least two people, the refusee and their closest friend/love, will die.[ch. 322] A larger wish requires more deaths in the next round when the demands are refused; dying in the order of the amount of time they have spent with the refusee.[ch. 322, 323] Once people die in refusal, the demands "reset" to the lowest difficulty level.[ch. 324] Because Alluka's power is considered too dangerous, Alluka is locked up alone in a room full of toys. Fearing that Killua will ask Alluka's help to save Gon's life, Illumi asks for Hisoka's help in searching for and killing Alluka, as Alluka poses a grave danger to the entire Zoldyck family in the case of Killua getting killed by Alluka's power.[ch. 323] Killua eventually has Alluka cure Gon without consequence, as he can make demands of Nanika without paying a price.[ch. 333, 336] After Gon is healed, Killua demands Nanika not grant anyone else's wishes and starts traveling together with Alluka.[ch. 336, 338] The caption to a standalone illustration of Alluka in Volume 33 of Hunter × Hunter reads "Ai. I'm from the Dark Continent.", possibly suggesting that Alluka's power is due to the Gaseous Life-form: Ai (アイ) that humans brought back from the Dark Continent.[ch. 341]
Greed Island players
Greed Island (グリードアイランド) is a video game created by Ging Freecss and ten of his friends for the "Joystation" video game console in 1987, exclusively for Hunters who know Nen.[ch. 69, 184] Only 100 copies were made that sold for 5.8 billion jenny (the currency of Hunter × Hunter), the highest ever for a video game.[ch. 69] The game seemingly transports its players' physical bodies into "the world" of Greed Island (though it is actually an isolated island that exists in the real world),[ch. 134] only releasing them when they die (at which point they die in real life too), when they win, or when they use a special card in the game that lets them out.
- Voiced by: Chieko Higuchi (Greed Island OVA, Japanese), Akiko Kimura (GI Final OVA, child form, Japanese), Takashi Hagino (GI Final OVA, adult form, Japanese), Chisa Yokoyama (2011 series, Japanese),Tara Sands (2011 series, English)
Biscuit Krueger (ビスケット クルーガー, Bisuketto Kurūgā) is a Double Star Stone Hunter who Gon and Killua team up with in Greed Island.[ch. 137, 326] Although she appears to be a little girl, her true form is actually that of a massive and extremely muscular 57-year-old woman several times the size.[ch. 137, 177] Biscuit stays in this young girl form because she hates her actual appearance, but receives a tremendous power boost when she transforms back to her real appearance.[ch. 177] Her goal in Greed Island is to obtain a gem found only in the game, Blue Planet.[ch. 138] She becomes Gon and Killua's second teacher, and is also the teacher of Wing, the man who first teaches Nen to Gon and Killua.[ch. 137] After the events of Greed Island, Biscuit later helps Gon and Killua train for their battles against Knuckle and Shoot during the Chimera Ant arc.[ch. 201] She later joins Kurapika's party at Killua's request during the Dark Continent arc, becoming a guard of prince Marayam.[ch. 350]
|Killua Zoldyck||Gon Freecss|
Status of Relationship
Also Known As
• Battle Couple — Killua and Gon spend much of the series working together to take down bigger enemies
• Birds of a Feather — Killua initially approached Gon because they were the same age, and then because they're similar in other ways. They're both prodigies no one can keep up with who love danger
• Declaration of Protection — Killua repeatedly risks his life for Gon's sake. 'I need to protect him'
• You Are Worth Hell — In the Chimera Ant Arc, Killua accepts that he will die beside Gon. 'In a worst case scenario, it will be a lover's suicide'
- “Gon, you are light. Sometimes you shine so bright I have to look away. But even so, is it still okay if I stay by your side?”
- — Killua, monologuing internally
Killugon is the slash ship between Killua and Gon from the Hunter x Hunter fandom.
Killua and Gon first meet when they take the Hunter Exam together, and grow into fast friends because they are the only two who are the same age. This is interrupted when Illumi, Killua's brother, tells Killua at the end of the final part of the exam that someone like Killua has nothing he wants and should return home. Killua states that his largest desire is to be friends with Gon, and Illumi interjects that his desire is really to kill Gon, not befriend him. Leorio, Gon and Killua's mutual friend, interrupts this to say that Gon and Killua are already friends regardless of what Illumi says. Either way, the impact of Illumi's words is devastating for Killua and he returns home.
Gon, who has been unconscious for these events, wakes up and decides he immediately has to get Killua back. He confronts Illumi about what happened, tells him he's a horrible brother and (unknowingly) breaks his arm during the confrontation. Gon and Killua's mutual friends accompany him when he goes to Killua's family's mansion to get him back. There, Gon undergoes several tests of endurance and pain to get Killua back. He succeeds, and a depressed Killua cheers up to hear Gon came up for him. Killua tells his father all about Gon, and he gets permission to leave with him.
After they leave the Zoldyck mansion, they decide to train together in Heavens Arena. During this arc Killua expresses his admiration for Gon, and admits to Wing, their mentor, that he and Gon are a bit similar in their recklessness.
Killua asks if its okay if he can visit Gon's home with him. Gon agrees. One night while star watching, Gon confesses to Killua that he's his first friend. Killua admits the same is true for him. Gon says he always has fun when him and Killua are together, and asks if he wants to stay with him while he tries to find his dad. Bashfully, Killua agrees.
During a reconnaissance mission they get captured. Killua offers to take on the enemy alone (and die) so Gon can get away, but Gon hits him on the head and says he can't say things like that. Killua points out Gon's hypocrisy, because Gon often says things like that. Gon replies "I'm allowed to but you aren't!" They both manage to escape after.
Gon expresses concern for Killua multiple times after a spell is cast on him. They join a group that holds a possible solution, but after the group says some things that upset Gon he declines their offer. Killua tells the group he can't join them because 'the leader' (Gon) declined and rushes after him. Gon apologizes for declining the offer even knowing about the spell cast on Killua.
Gon thanks Killua for coming to Greed Island and doing all this with him to help him find his dad. Killua thinks to himself that no, he's not doing this just to find Gon's dad. He's doing this for, (Killua doesn't finish his thought but it's heavily implied he is doing this simply because he cares about Gon). Gon tells Killua he's glad he met him, and Killua thinks in response 'No Gon, meeting you makes me the fortunate one'.
In one of the Greed Island Tutorials, Gon tells Killua that ‘He can look through his binder any time he wants’ while smiling and seemingly blushing. This was meant to be comical, but could be an implication of flirting. Another thing from the Hunterpedia's, is when Killua kisses Gon to demonstrate one of there allies (Baise) nen ability. However, the Hunterpedia's are not canon.
They meet a new mentor, Biscuit, and she comments herself that they 'make a great team'.
Later on they have to play a game of volleyball and Gon needs to use a powerful attack on it. Killua is the one who holds the ball for him. He hides his injuries from holding the ball for Gon, but someone else on the team discovers it and offers to hold the ball in place for the winning goal. Gon admits he knew about Killua's injuries but that 'It has to be Killua.' These words visibly surprise Killua and its clear he takes them quite to heart after. Killua holds the ball for Gon and they end up winning the game.
In this arc, Killua and Gon's codependency on one another reaches its peak.
Killua is forced to knock out Gon when they encounter an enemy that is too difficult for the two to handle, and Killua runs carrying Gon away from the enemy. After reaching town, Killua expresses regret that he left Kite, their mutual mentor, alone to die. Gon tells Killua he didn't, that Kite is surely okay. Killua then declares one of his most famous monologues on Gon: "Gon, you are light. Sometimes you shine so bright I have to look away. But even so, is it still okay if I stay by your side?"
After this, they practice and eventually face against Knuckle and Shoot while trying to earn the ability to go back to the Chimera Ant Arc. Killua is given an ultimatum by their other mentor Biscuit that if Killua can't beat Shoot, 'he should leave Gon's side'.
Gon loses his nen temporarily to Knuckle in his fight with him, and Killua loses his battle with Shoot. Killua then comes to the conclusion 'he will have to leave Gon's side', but he decides to stay with Gon until he regains his nen to protect him.
When Gon cries about how painful it is to be weak after losing his fight, Killua's face twists in sympathy.
During his time without nen, Gon promises to go on a date with Palm to make up for the fact they lost the fight with Knuckle and Shoot, as they promised her they would win it. Killua asks Gon if he's ever been on a date before, and Gon says he has. Killua's surprised and thinks 'wow Gon's a real adult!' but then Gon clarifies he's including dates with his mom/aunt, Mito. Gon asks Killua if he's ever been on a date, and Killua replies he's never been on one, he's only ever been with Gon, and thinks 'and I really don't want that to change'.
Killua follows Gon and Palm on their date, and feels embarrassed about the fact it looks like he's obsessed. During the date, an ant attacks and Killua takes him on solo. During the fight, Killua has a breakdown because he wants to run away but also wants to protect Gon. When he thinks to himself about his fear of losing Gon, he cries out 'Gon is my precious friend. My most precious friend in the whole world' and while reflecting on memories of Gon he manages to find that his brother, Illumi, planted a needle in his head and rip it out. Having done so, he deals with the ant and feels more confident returning to Gon.
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After the war with the ants was over, Gon was severely injured when he made a contract to defeat Pitou. He then later was brought to the hospital. In one scene, Knov is talking to Killua and Killua insists on healing Gon himself instead of asking for a specialist. He then goes to get his sister, Alluka to heal Gon. Then, is seen crying over Gon’s injured arm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImoPFgIt-jY
The ship has been the most popular in the HxH fandom since the manga started publishing in the 90s on all sides of the fandom. In fanworks, it is usually depicted alongside Leopika (Leorio x Kurapika).
Togashi, the mangaka, has written multiple LGBT characters in the past which gives some precedence to believe it may be made canon by the end of the series.
During the Heaven's Arena arc, Hisoka (a transmuter nen user) says that 'Gon and him have good compatibility' because Gon is an enhancer, and Hisoka is a transmuter. It's often thought this dialogue is purposefully also referring to Gon and Killua, since Killua is also a transmuter.
During the preview for episode 123, Gon asks Killua what he wants to be in his next life, so Killua asks the same question in return. Gon answers with "In my next life, I want to be me, and meet you again" which prompts Killua to call him an idiot.
A popular theory among fans, is that during the production of Hunter x Hunter 2011 version, some of the staff shipped KilluGon, due to the references and ship tease in the Hunterpedia's.
- Gon Freecss/Killua Zoldyck tag on AO3
- Gon Freecss & Killua Zoldyck tag on AO3
- Killua/Gon tag on FanFiction.Net
- Killugon tag on Tumblr
- Killugon posts on Twitter
- Killugon tag on Pixiv
- Killugon tag on DeviantArt
- There are multiple nods to the ship in canon, such as the HxH 2011 adaptation including their ship name under a romantic umbrella (the same as drawing a heart around a pair of names).
- During the Yorknew Hunterpedia additions in HxH 2011, a kiss is added.
- In one Hunterpedia, Gon gestures to an umbrella. This umbrella is called ‘Ai-Ai Gasa’ which literally means ‘Love-Love umbrella’. It’s said that Japanese sweethearts draw this as an expression of their love. The characters underneath the umbrella can be translated to ‘Gon’ and ‘Killua’.
- The ending, "Nagareboshi Kirari", shows Gon standing next to a picture of Ging that fades into a picture of Kite. After this, it shows Killua standing next to a picture of Gon that fades into another picture of him.
"Gon, you are light" scene
Before he’s roped in to rule Whale Island, Prince Gon Freecss seeks a single personal wish that can only be found in the treacherous fae region of Aiai. If he is to return safely, he needs a bodyguard. Killua Zoldyck has no desire for such a job. He is an ex-fae assassin who hides his dark past. All he wants is a good night’s sleep, then to travel onwards to see his sisters. However fate has other ideas.
Aiai is full of romantic challenges. As they travel, Killua and Gon embark on a fake relationship to help keep them safe from the advances of fae in the region who wish to trap humans. They face incubi, nymphs, troupes of wild fae, enchantments, and physical challenges. Neither are looking for love, but the biggest romantic challenge for them both turns out to be each other and the terrain of their own pasts.
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The 10 Worst Things Gon & Killua Have Done To Each Other
The world of anime is full of great bromances. Eren and Armin, Gon and Killua, and new entries to the world of anime Bam and Khun each remind viewers just how beautiful a childhood friendship can be. Unfortunately, no relationship is perfect, so even iconic bromances like these have their ups and downs.
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Hunter X Hunter gave anime fans one of the best bromances in all of anime, but the relationship between Gon and Killua is far from perfect. On a number of occasions, Gon and Killua damaged their relationship by acting out of their own self-interest. The list below makes note of the 10 worst things Gon and Killua have done to each other.
10 Killua Left Gon After The Hunter Exam
The relationship between Gon and Killua began when the two met while taking the Hunter Exam. Although they were both there for different reasons, they soon discovered that they had quite a bit in common and quickly became friends.
Still, when Killua failed the exam due to his brother's interference, he left without even telling Gon where he was going. This led to Gon sneaking into the Zoldyck estate, putting his life at risk in order to reunite with his friend. After watching Gon break through a literal wall in order to pass the Hunter Exam with his friends, Killua should have known that Gon would chase after him following the exam. This means the silver-haired kid put his new friend in mortal danger for little to no reason.
9 Killua Compared Gon To Hisoka By Drawing A Power Scale In The Sand
Hisoka is one of the most memorable characters in Hunter X Hunter. Though he is also one of the creepiest anime characters ever put to screen, fans still love him thanks to his unique nen abilities and captivating character design.
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At one point, Gon also fixed his eyes on Hisoka because of the way he taunted the young green-haired protagonist during the Hunter Exam. When Killua tries to explain just how unreasonable Gon's plan for revenge is, he draws out a power scale that surely makes his friend feel powerless. There had to be another way for Killua to explain the gap between Gon and Hisoka without insulting his already infuriated friend.
8 Gon Monopolized Self-Sacrifice
When Gon and Killua are imprisoned by the Phantom Troupe during the Yorknew City Arc, Killua sees it as an opportunity to fight against the programming his brother Illumi placed him under as a child. In order to keep Killua safe, Illumi and Silva Zoldyck used nen to force the young assassin to run away from any fight that he wasn't guaranteed to win.
Fortunately, Killua understands that in order to grow as a fighter and keep his friends safe, he has to be willing to put his life on the line from time to time. Gon refuses to let Killua fight though, demanding that he is the only one who can sacrifice himself for others. It is a moment that might slip by casual fans, but once fans have come to terms with Gon's habitually selfish behavior, it is difficult to miss.
7 Killua Left Gon Alone To Learn Hatsu
Before Gon and Killua can enter the Greed Island game and begin their Isekai arc, they must learn how to specialize their nen with Hatsu. Even though Killua seems to have a decent understanding of what Hatsu is and how to discover it, he refuses to give his friend any hints.
Perhaps Killua believed that his silence would motivate Gon, but when the enhancer was forced to reach out to Wing for advice, it becomes clear that Killua was only handicapping his friend. If Gon hadn't reached out to his former teacher for advice, there is a chance he never would have been able to enter the Greed Island game. Considering that the entire point of entering the game was to find Gon's father, it was a bit rude of Killua to be so stingy with his knowledge.
6 Gon Used Killua As A Filter
"It's my job to say crazy stuff. It's your job to stay cool and stop me." This quote is another prime example of Gon selfishly hoarding character traits to himself while expecting Killua to accept his role as the secondary character in his adventure.
It may be true that Gon is the protagonist of Hunter X Hunter, but there is no reason for Gon to consistently remind Killua of the fact that he is a secondary character. In fact, as far as manipulating the plot is concerned, Killua serves as a stronger protagonist than Gon on a number of occasions. If Gon expects Killua to stay around and continue to clean up his messes, he should be more than willing to do the same for Killua from time to time.
5 They Both Casually Abuse Each Other Verbally & Physically
The way Killua and Gon take jabs at each other throughout the Hunter X Hunter series is often perceived as cute because they are kids, but it gets very close to the line of physical and verbal abuse. For example, when Gon breaks his arm in the Heavens Arena Arc, Killua makes a joke of resting his foot on Gon's cast before leaving to go watch Hisoka's fight with Kastro.
Killua knows very well of Gon's obsession with Hisoka, yet he still leaves his friend behind and goes to watch the fight despite knowing his friend can not do the same. In the grand scheme of things, this moment may play itself off as comedic, but it is still a pretty terrible way to treat a friend who has just been injured.
4 Gon Destroyed Killua's Hands During Dodgeball
Most of the abuse that goes on between Killua and Gon is the result of their childish behavior. This is to say that neither of them usually intend to hurt the other, even when they do.
This is not the case when Gon completely destroys Killua's hands during their game of dodgeball in the Greed Island Arc. In order to win the match, Gon is forced to use his new Hatsu technique, but the only way to make it work is by putting Killua in harm's way. It comes as a surprise later when Gon reveals that he knew his attack would hurt Killua. It was completely uncalled for, considering the green-haired protagonist didn't even ask Killua if breaking every bone in his hands was okay.
3 Gon Yelled At Killua For Not Caring About Kite
Gon seems to believe that people are who they are today and will never be able to change. This is particularly evident when Gon assumes that Killua doesn't care about losing Kite just because he is able to control his emotions and stick to the plan they made prior to entering Chimera Ant territory.
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It is true that Killua began the Hunter X Hunter series with a carefree and standoffish attitude that would make anyone believe that he is void of emotional attachments, but as the series progresses Killua changes. His emotional connection to Gon and Kite is made very clear during the Chimera Ant Arc, yet Gon still believes his friend is unable to register the emotional weight of losing them.
2 Killua Stalked Gon On His Date With Palm
The Chimera Ant Arc gives viewers a number of episodes where Gon is forced to live a relatively normal life due to his nen being blocked. One of the episodes that Gon is powerless sees him go on a date with Palm.
With a character design borrowed directly from The Ring, Palm is one of the most terrifying characters in Hunter X Hunter. On top of that, Gon is powerless to stop Palm from hurting him if the date goes awry, which has led many to believe that Killua was only looking out for his friend by stalking the date. Still, it is clear that Killua didn't trust Gon to handle the situation well, and even endangered his friend's life by following the pair around during their date.
1 They Decided To Leave Each Other Indefinitely
Of all the things that happen between Gon and Killlua throughout the Hunter X Hunter anime, the two never leave each other's side for more than a week at a time. It is very clear throughout the series that the two of them balance each other out. Furthermore, the two are able to consistently bring out the best in each other by motivating the other to train and become stronger nen users.
The way they leave their relationship with so much ambiguity is proof of the fact that their friendship was not as airtight as many fans believe. Perhaps when the series returns, fans will get the chance to see Gon and Killua reunite.
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