List of Hunter x Hunter characters


List of Hunter x Hunter characters

The Hunter × Hunter manga and anime series features an extensive cast of characters created by Yoshihiro Togashi. The series 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 focused on 12-year-old Gon Freecss, and his quest to become a hunter in order to find his father, Ging Freecss who is himself a famous Hunter. While on his quest, Gon meets and becomes close friends with three other members who are also on a quest to become hunters for their own reasons.

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Protagonists

Gon Freecss

Gon Freecss (ゴン=フリークス Gon Furīkusu?) is the twelve-year-old protagonist of Hunter × Hunter. Prior to the start of the series, Gon's father Ging leaves Gon as an infant in the care of his cousin Mito in his hometown of Whale Island. Seven years later, Gon meets his father's apprentice, Kite, who proceeds to tell him of his father's existence and occupation as a professional Hunter. Their meeting steers Gon towards deciding to search for Ging and to take the Hunter Exam. Gon wants to become a Hunter in order to understand the reason behind why his father chose the profession over being with him. He is naturally talented in a variety of ways, including superhuman senses, uncanny learning potential, social skills, and immense strength. However, Gon is simultaneously prone to influence by things he finds intriguing regardless of their inherent ethics. His recklessness often leads him into getting into situations harmful to himself.

Throughout the series, Gon adventures alongside his best friend Killua Zoldyck as a Hunter. Gon has been received well by Japanese readers, placing third in the first character popularity poll.[1][2] In Nippon Animation's 1999 adaptation, he is voiced by Junko Takeuchi in the Japanese version and Elinor Holt in the English dub. His voice in Madhouse's adaptation is provided by Megumi Han.[3]

Killua Zoldyck

Killua Zoldyck (キルア=ゾルディック Kirua Zorudikku?) is the deuteragonist of the series. Born as the middle child to a family of renowned assassins, the Zoldyck family, Killua mastered the trade at a young age and was designated to be the heir to the family business. But he rebelled against his family and ran away from home. Befriending Gon Freecss during the Hunter Exam, the pair decide to go on a quest to find Gon's father. Killua battles with his identity as a twelve-year-old and his identity as an assassin, often relapsing back to his former ways due to his upbringing. Manipulated and tortured by his father and elder brothers, Killua has been raised to tolerate pain and simultaneously enjoy the act of killing.[4] His tolerance to pain gives him strength, as he later develops his Nen ability to harness the power of electricity.

In Nippon Animation's 1999 adaptation, he is voiced by Kanako Mitsuhashi in the Japanese version and Annika Odegard in the English version. His voice in Madhouse's adaptation is provided by Mariya Ise.[3]

Kurapika

Kurapika (クラピカ Kurapika?) is the sole survivor of the Kurta clan, a race with treasured irises that turn scarlet in times of anger or emotional agitation. In his childhood, the entire Kurta clan was eradicated by a band of thieves known as the Phantom Troupe. The Troupe desecrates the bodies of his race by stealing their scarlet eyes following the genocide, thereafter selling them on the black market. He participates in the Hunter Exam alongside Gon in order to become a blacklist Hunter and gain the power to take vengeance for his race. Kurapika is not above adjoining himself to society's underworld in order to accomplish his own desires despite his strong sense of morality, aligning himself with a mafia family as soon as the opportunity presents itself. As part of his plan of revenge, Kurapika created a special chain able to bind any member of the Phantom Troupe, rendering them defenseless at the cost of forfeiting his own life if he uses it against anyone who not is a member of it.

In Nippon Animation's 1999 adaptation, he is voiced by Yuki Kaida in the Japanese version and Cheryl Mcmaster in the English dub. His voice in Madhouse's adaptation is provided by Miyuki Sawashiro.[3]

Leorio

Leorio (レオリオ Reorio?) is a teenager that befriends Gon during the Hunter Exam. After losing a friend to a curable illness that he could not afford the treatment of, Leorio dedicates himself to becoming a Hunter in order to pay for the costs of medical school to treat the impoverished pro bono. Though he is often outshone by the genius combat abilities of Gon and Killua, it should be noted that compared to the average man, Leorio is indeed very talented. Absent from the story since the "Greed Island" story arc, Leorio makes a reappearance after Gon is hospitalized. He finally displays some of his Nen abilities, using them to punch Ging in the face despite standing far from him after he declined Leorio's plea to pay a visit to his son.

In Nippon Animation's 1999 adaptation, he is voiced by Hozumi Goda in Japanese version and Jonathan Love in the English dub. His voice in Madhouse's adaptation is provided by Keiji Fujiwara.[3]

Hisoka

Hisoka (ヒソカ Hisoka?) is a magician, as well as a serial killer. Hisoka is deceitful, playful, and narcissistic by nature; he acts only according to self-interest. Hisoka combines his magic tricks with violence, and delights in battling against those he considers strong to the point of sexual arousal. In the manga, his sentences within speech balloons typically end with a suit symbol. Hisoka takes an interest in Gon and his friends after encountering them during the Hunter Exam; although he initially is posited as an antagonist due to affinity towards murder, he spends much of the series acting as both an adversary and comrade to Gon.

In Nippon Animation's 1999 adaptation, he is voiced by Hiroki Takahashi in the Japanese version and Brendan Hunter in the English dub. His voice in Madhouse's adaptation is provided by Daisuke Namikawa.[3]

Antagonists

Phantom Troupe

The Phantom Troupe (幻影旅団 Genei Ryodan?, lit. Phantom Brigade), also known as the Spiders, is the name for a gang of thieves that originated in the slum Meteor City. People who live there do not exist in any official records, and the existence of the city itself is known to very few people. The group consists of thirteen members, each with a numbered tattoo of a spider on their body. Those wishing to join the group can do so by killing a member, thereby replacing them. If a vacancy opens due to a member dying of other causes, the leader of the group, Chrollo Lucilfer, is responsible for finding a replacement member. Although they mainly steal and kill, they occasionally do philanthropic work.[5]

Chrollo Lucilfer

Chrollo Lucilfer (クロロ=ルシルフル Kuroro Rushirufuru?) is the founder and leader of the Phantom Troupe. He forms the group with six other homeless children in Meteor City in his youth, thereafter leaving it. The Troupe was joined by more members, in accordance with Chrollo's idea of a group with exactly thirteen members, including himself. He organizes the Phantom Troupe mainly to commit acts of theft, though it is unknown what the group does with the stolen objects. His Nen ability also allows him to directly steal the abilities of other users of Nen. He led the genocide on Kurapika's clan, the latter thereafter stalking Chrollo and neutralizing his Nen ability as punishment.

Bonolenov

Bonolenov (ボノレノフ Bonorenofu?) is covered in bandages and wears boxing gloves. These bandages cover up a large number of holes throughout his body. During the chimera ant arc, he was seen fighting with the other members of the Phantom Troupe against the chimera ants. His physical power ranks eighth among the Troupe,[6] and he is the thirteenth Troupe member. Bonolenov is a descendant of the Gyudondond, 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 and 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. They are called "Bap", 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.[7] As a member of this clan, Bonolenov possess this as his Nen ability, titled "Batte Le Cantabile".

Feitan

Feitan (フェイタン?) is one of the original members hailing from Meteor City and currently the de facto leader of the Phantom 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 reverted back to his native language which was shown with Chinese characters. After Feitan's victory over Zazan in Meteor City, he was 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 that fires out the tip. His Nen ability is called "Pain Packer: Unforgiven" which transforms the injuries he has received from his enemy into an attack. The more pain he receives, the stronger his attack is. Currently, only "Rising Sun: Burnt by the Sun" has been revealed, a miniature sun that burns anyone around him disregarding even alies, as shown by rest of the Phantom Troupe fleeing from the scene when he uses this ability. Only Feitan is unaffected by the attack, presumably because of the armor that is formed on him. He is voiced by Meredith Taylor-Parry in the English dub.

Franklin

Franklin (フランクリン Furankurin?) is very large, with multiple facial scars similar to that of a Frankenstein. His ability is called "Double Machine Gun", and is capable of shooting countless bullets composed of Nen from his fingers (which he himself modified). Franklin ranks fourth in physical power among the Troupe, and he is among the original members hailing from Meteor City.[6] Franklin is voiced by Yoshinobu Kaneko.

Kortopi

Very little is known about Kortopi (コルトピ Korutopi?). Exceptionally short in stature, he also has 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 terms of raw physical power.[6] In fact, his Nen abilities so far suggest that he is not involved in combat at all, but rather theft and subterfuge. His Nen ability is called "Gallery Fake", which allows him to make perfect copies of anything by copying the object with his left hand and producing it with his right. Kortopi is voiced by Umi Tenjin.

Machi

Machi (マチ?) is incredibly loyal to Chrollo, and is one of the original Phantom Troupe members from Meteor City. Hisoka seems to have an occasional interest with her, although it is hard to see whether it is genuine. Her ability is to form aura into thread, the strength of which is inversely proportional to its length. Besides attacking it can be used to track people, but was also shown used to stitch severed limbs back on. Physically, she is the strongest woman in the Troupe and the sixth strongest overall.[6] Machi is voiced by Noriko Namiki.

Nobunaga Hazama

Nobunaga Hazama (ノブナガ ハザマ?) has the appearance similar to ronin warriors in Edo period Japan, complete with a long katana that he uses with great finesse and skill. Nobunaga specializes in combining nen with the use of his katana in executing enemies. His best friend is Uvogin, and the two bring out the best in each other during combat. Seeing some of Uvogin's personality in Gon, he expressed interest in having Gon join the Troupe, though Gon adamantly refused. Nobunaga ranks ninth in physical power among the Troupe, and is one of the original members from Meteor City.[6] Nobunaga Hazama is voiced by Takashi Matsuyama.

Pakunoda

Pakunoda (パクノダ?), an original member of the Phantom Troupe from Meteor City, was fully loyal to Chrollo and even went against the Troupe in order to help him. She was killed by Kurapika's Judgement Chain in the climax of the Phantom Troupe arc by violating its restrictions placed upon her. Her ability was to read the minds of people she touched. Her secondary ability allowed her to transform the information/memories into the shape of a bullet which she fired into the heads of her companions from a gun, thereby giving them that information. Pakunoda was buried in the Troupe's Yorknew hideout. She was eleventh in physical strength.[6] Pakunoda is voiced by Yoshiko Iseki.

Phinks

Phinks (フィンクス Finkusu?) 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 and wears an Egyptian Pharaoh-like outfit in battle. Phinks seems to get along best with Feitan, and is almost always seen partnered with him both in and out of combat. His nen ability is called "Ripper Cyclotron", 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.[6] Phinks is voiced by Yoshiaki Matsumoto.

Shalnark

From his appearance Shalnark (シャルナーク Sharunāku?), member number nine of the Phantom Troupe, seems to be a normal boy. However, he is one of the most intelligent and quick-thinking members in the group——being adept at using computers and information gathering. Shalnark is also a licensed Hunter, so he has access to certain information that could be potentially useful to the Phantom Troupe. His ability is after sticking needles into someone, he has complete control over them by using his cellphone. He can also use this ability on himself, putting it in autopilot, which gives him more strength. Shalnark ranks tenth in physical power among the Troupe.[6] Shalnark is voiced by Yasuhiro Takato.

Shizuku

Shizuku (シズク Shizuku?) is extremely forgetful and can be an airhead at times which, along with her unassuming appearance, can cause opponents to underestimate her combat abilities.[8] Shizuku uses her nen vacuum "Blinky" ("Deme-chan" in the original Japanese version) in combat, which is able to suck up anything that is not nen created or that she considers living. It is also able to regurgitate the last thing sucked up. She is left-handed,[9] and the twelfth strongest physically out of the thirteen members of the Troupe.[6] Shizuku is member number eight, a replacement for the last member since the Troupe came together. Shizuku is voiced by Atsuko Bungo.

Uvogin

Uvogin (ウヴォーギン Uvōgin?) was one of the original members of the Troupe from Meteor City. Out of all of the Phantom Troupe, he was the strongest in terms of raw physical power.[6] Uvogin was so strong, direct hits from bullets, sniper bullets, and even anti-tank rockets did no visible damage to him.[10] Like all of the Troupe, he never hesitated to kill and particularly enjoyed combat against skilled opponents. Although he preferred to fight alone, Uvogin became stronger when fighting with a partner, usually Nobunaga, because he fought better when there was someone else to protect (although he would never admit this).[11] Seeking revenge on Kurapika for capturing him after his battle with the Shadow Beasts, Uvogin tracked him to the hotel where Neon Nostrade and the rest of her bodyguards were staying. They fought one-on-one in a small canyon on the outskirts of Yorknew City. Kurapika eventually captured Uvogin with his Chain Jail, and questioned him about the location and abilities of the other Phantom Troupe members. Uvogin refused to answer any questions, responding only with "Kill me." Kurapika then pierced Uvogin's chest with the Judgement Chain ability, giving Uvogin the condition that he must answer all questions truthfully. Kurapika once again asks him the location of the other Troupe members, to which Uvogin only smiled and said to Kurapika "Go to hell, you bastard." Kurapika's Judgement Chain pierces Uvogin's heart, instantly killing him. Uvogin was buried by Kurapika at the site of their battle. He was formerly the eleventh member of the Troupe. Uvogin is voiced by Eiji Takemoto.

Chimera Ants

Chimera ants are a fictional species of insect, extremely dangerous and ranked first among insects that should be quarantined in the Hunter × Hunter universe.[12] They have voracious appetites and can consume several times their own weight within a single day.[12] Chimera ant queens possess an entirely unique method of reproduction, known as phagogenesis,[12] a fictional term describing the process by which chimera ants reproduce—through eating. By eating other creatures, a chimera ant queen imparts the characteristics the ingested creatures onto the next generation of chimera ants it gives birth to.[12] To take advantage of the genes of a particular species, chimera ants have been known to feed until the fodder species is driven to extinction. After tasting humans, the ants focus their efforts on gathering humans. This leads to them learning nen, which increases their strength, but also forms conflict, as their "past memories" as humans causes them to strive for individuality.

Chimera Ant Queen

The chimera ant queen is the first chimera ant to be seen in the series. Though chimera ant growth is generally limited to ten centimeters, a mutation has caused the queen to reach over two meters.[12] She first appears in the story when she washes up injured on the shores of the autonomous region of Neo Green Life (or simply N.G.L.), a small insular nation located on an island known as the Mitene Union. Driven by her reproductive instincts, the queen immediately begins to feed on small mammals and aquatic life in order to give birth to soldier ants, which she uses to gather larger prey in greater amounts. By chance, one of the soldier ants gathers two human children and feeds them to the queen; she finds them more delicious and nutritious than prior prey and subsequently orders her soldiers to concentrate on gathering humans. Due to N.G.L. being a neo-Luddite nation forbidding the use of modern technology within its borders, news of the giant chimera ant infestation is slow to reach the outside world. She dies during the chimera ant king's forced, premature birth.

Meryem

The chimera ant king, Meryem (メルエム Meruemu?), is the most powerful offspring of the chimera ant queen. With the ability to add the aura of those he's consumed to his own, his power stands at the precipice of creation in the series. Meryem is born arrogant, with preconceived notions of the superiority of chimera ants and treats humans as livestock. But also born without the knowledge of his own name, he has little sense of identity aside from his supposed destiny. Shortly after his birth, which he forced killing the queen in the process, Meryem leaves the hive and N.G.L. with his Royal Guards in search of a place to start his kingdom. He descends on the Republic of East Gorteau and takes over the country by killing its dictator, Ming Jol-ik. Meryem then uses Jol-ik's corpse as a puppet to order East Gorteau's entire population to gather in the capital city for a national rally, in order to create a situation in which entire towns and villages could be secretly abducted for a "selection": the forcible awakening of Nen in order to create an army of super soldiers to conquer the world.[13][14][15][16] The Hunters Association mobilizes an extermination team to raid the East Gorteau kingdom and assassinate Meryem, composed of a selected team of professional Hunters.

Meryem takes an interest in strategy games, defeating champion-level players by learning their battle tactics after disrupting the flow of their playing style. However, he is unable to overcome the skill of a seemingly dimwitted blind girl from the countryside named Komugi in the game she reigns over. As Meryem finds himself unable to disrupt her flow, the challenge of playing against Meryem awakens Komugi's Nen ability; thus, increasing her own skills. To the dismay of the Royal Guard, Meryem even starts show respect and care for Komugi while questioning his own violent methods as a way to rule. As such, the chimera ant king wavers between his human emotions and animal instincts. Meryem's faltering leaves him vulnerable, almost being destroyed in the fight against Netero due to his change in heart. His life is saved after he feeds on the bodies of Pouf and Youpi, assimilating their powers alongside their aura. However, due to the explosion, he temporarily loses part of his memories. The king later on recovered most of his memories, when he got back on the room where Komugi was treated by Pitou, He saw a piece of Gun-Gi and he remembered a portion of his memory. Due to Netero's final attack, a poison was implemented in him which was slowly causing Meryem to die. Meryem spent his final moments playing with Komugi and eventually died in her arms.

Royal Guard

Neferpitou

Neferpitou (ネフェルピトー Neferupitō?), also known as "Pitou", is a cat-humanoid chimera ant and the firstborn of the three Royal Guards. Gifted with abnormally powerful abilities, Pitou ranks among the strongest characters in the series. During an attempted infiltration into the nest of the Chimera ants, Neferpitou kills Kite and later repairs his corpse to manipulate as a puppet. Even Netero, the chairman of the Hunters Association and a man considered the world's strongest Hunter during his prime, self-affirms that Pitou may be stronger than he.[17] During the Hunter extermination team's assault on the East Gorteau palace, the chimera ant king's consort Komugi is mortally wounded and under the king's orders, Neferpitou medically treats her. Gon, however, threatens to kill Komugi unless Neferpitou agrees to restore Kite following the woman's treatment. Though he made a promise to go with Gon to Peijin to restore Kite, once they've reached the area, Pitou affirms that the task is impossible and subsequently prepares to kill Gon. In a rage, Gon forcibly ages his body through expending nearly all of his natural potential and kills him with the temporary Nen-boost. Postmortem, Pitou's corpse is manipulated by the remnants of his Nen ability until it is destroyed by Gon.

Shaiapouf

Shaiapouf (シャウアプフ Shauapufu?), "Pouf" for short, is a butterfly-humanoid chimera ant and another of the king's Royal Guards. He is the most cunning of the three Royal Guards, though his temperament and love for the king cause him to covertly defy the chimera ant king's orders in order to prevent his humanization. Having wholeheartedly devoted his entire being to the protection of the king, Pouf is grossly disturbed by the king's obsession with Komugi due to his perception of the inferiority of humans. Shaiapouf views Komugi as a threat to the king's rule, as his fixation on a mere human could undermine the king's eventual domination of the world. As such, Pouf frequently makes attempts on Komugi's life in order to get rid of her influence. Through his Nen ability, Pouf has the capability to split his form into fragments the size of cells. Therefore, he also has the ability to alter his own bodily appearance via the same method.

Menthuthuyoupi

Menthuthuyoupi (モントゥトゥユピー Montutuyupī?), nicknamed "Youpi", is the third of the chimera ant king's Royal Guard. Menthuthuyoupi is the largest of the Royal Guards and the only non-human hybrid among them, mixed with the genes of a magical beast instead.[18] 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 Nen ability allows for both bodily metamorphosis and the transformation of his own anger into pure destructive power.[19] His Hatsu allows for him to billow large quantities of his aura into his body through En, subsequently resulting in an explosion.[20] Youpi can use his explosive ability in conjunction with his shape-shifting, physically manifesting the blast's power into his own body. He loses this power, however, after feeding himself to the chimera ant king in order to revive him following Netero's suicide attack. He dies from radiation poisoning after entering the ground zero from Netero's nuclear bomb.

Others

Colt

Colt (コルト Koruto?) is a chimera ant with angel-like wings on his back and bird-like claws for feet. He was among the first chimera ants to be born by the queen following her change to an all-human diet. Colt is first seen in the manga leading his squad on a food-gathering attack on a human farming settlement. Throughout his appearances, Colt projects a very strict and formal attitude. He is extremely devoted both to the queen and his work, and was the only squadron leader that always gave all the humans he killed to the queen as food. When the queen was grievously injured as a result of the king's birth, Colt was the ant that decided to surrender contacted the Hunters in order to secure medical attention for her, and even offered his own organs to save her life. Colt's loyalty and desire to protect is a trait inherited from the first human eaten by the queen, a young boy trying to protect his sister Reina. Colt was partly born of the boy's genetic material, and had residual memories of Reina, even mentioning her name without realizing it. After the queen's death he cursed his inability to protect her and Reina, but soon noticed a tiny infant, no larger than a finger, among the queen's remains and vowed to protect and raise it. Following this emotional scene, a tearful Morel declared he himself would protect Colt and his ward from harm if they promised not to eat humans.

Meleoron

A chameleon-like chimera ant, Meleoron (メレオロン Mereoron?) is an eccentric among them, as he dislikes fighting or killing. Even though Meleoron has the rank of a squadron leader, he himself admits his actual fighting strength is only on par with a common soldier ant.[21] Meleoron dresses in a hooded sweatshirt with sweatpants, and is often seen smoking. His nen ability allows him to turn invisible, and while he holds his breath is completely undetectable by smell, sound or even touch. As a human, his original name was Jail. Meleoron regains his human memories and joins up with Gon and the other chimera ant exterminators for revenge, after his foster father, Peggy, is murdered by the chimera ant king.[22]

Ikalgo

Ikalgo (イカルゴ Ikarugo?) is a former officer of the chimera ants whom eventually befriends Killua. Ikalgo, an octopus, wishes he had been a squid instead. After saving Killua's life after a battle, he joins the extermination team in the assault on the palace of East Gorteau. Ikalgo has the ability to transmute his tentacles into guns, as well as possessing corpses and reanimating them according to his will.

Welfin

Welfin (ウェルフィン Werufin?) is chimera ant resembling a humanoid wolf. Welfin, a drudge at the bottom of the chimera ant hierarchy, is secretly aiming to reach the top of the kingdom by trying to gain favor with the king. Gaining better relations with the kingdom's secretary, Bizeff, Welfin reports anything out of the ordinary that he notices. He has an exceptional sense of smell, and is among the few figuring out exactly who the intruders into the king's palace are. He is striving to be the "Shadow King", in order to compete with his best friend Gyro — the former King of N.G.L. He is extremely paranoid, shown by his hatsu, and mistrusts everyone around him.

Leol

Leol (レオル Reoru?) is a chimera ant resembling an anthropomorphic lion. Before the death of the chimera ant queen, he was known as Hagya (ハギャ Hagya?), and was one of the not particularly loyal squadron leaders. Leol's memories of his previous life are not that of a human, but those of a lion.[23] During Morel and Knov's primary infiltration of the king's palace in East Gorteau, Leol faces Morel in combat. He assumes to be victorious after submerging Morel in an underground church using a stolen ability, but dies by asphyxiation due to a cunning strategy put into plan by Morel.

Cheetu

Cheetu (ヂートゥ Jītu?) is a cheetah-like chimera ant, and the fastest of all them. His speed is unparalleled, allowing him to dodge bullets with ease, punch even experienced Hunters several times before their body can move Personality wise, Cheetu is very simpleminded, unlike some other chimera ants, he has no greater plans and is simply content with being the fastest. Cheetu is first introduced along with the other recurring squadron leaders early in the chimera ant story arc. After the birth of the king and the death of the queen, he leaves N.G.L. and starts heading East, before Morel and Knuckle are called to confront him. Neither side is able to declare victory, with Cheetu running away. This causes him to realize he needs a power greater than pure speed, eventually seeking Shaiapouf for help in developing his own Nen in exchange for servitude. With his new power, he confronts Morel again, but is defeated by being psychologically tricked. Cheetu escapes, and later is seen boasting about yet another ability. He finally meets his end during the attack on Meryem's palace; he is crushed to death by Silva Zoldyck from above while attempting to pick a fight with Zeno, all the while boasting of his magnificent new technique.

Zazan

A scorpion-like chimera ant, Zazan (ザザン?) has the an the body of an extremely buxom, attractive woman and the scorpion's stinger tail. She is first introduced when she subdues Pokkle with her stinger, saving her doting subordinate Pike from his attacks. After the actual queen's death she proclaims herself to be a queen, starting a colony in Meteor City and turning a large number of humans there into subservient minions with her stinging ability. This causes the Phantom Troupe to attack her hive. Her ultimate ability is to transform herself into a hideous monster with even greater strength and super-hard skin, which she uses as a last resort against Feitan. It does her little good though, as Feitan ends up incinerating her with his Nen ability.

Hina

Hina (ヒナ?) is an exorcist that can remove nen, ultimately being stored in her belly. She is a member of Leol's troop, originally named Hirin before she changed her name. She dresses in cutesy clothes, and worries about the effect her ability has on her figure.

Rammot

Rammot (ラモット Ramotto?) is an officer in Colt's squad. He attacked Gon and Killua but was defeated by their Nen abilities, although they were unable to kill him before he fled. As a result of this confrontation, Rammot's aura nodes were opened and he became the first chimera ant to be able to control Nen. This in turn allowed him to forcibly awaken the Nen of other chimera ants. Rammot eventually sought revenge on Gon and Killua, but in doing so caused Killua to discover and remove a needle planted in his head by his older brother Illumi which caused Killua to flee from any opponent he was not 100% sure of defeating. Following this, Rammot was decapitated by Killua.

Gyro

Gyro (ジャイロ Jairo?) is the founder and former king of the Neo Green Life autonomous region.[24] As a human, he suffered an abusive childhood at the hands of an alcoholic father. His ambition is to spread evil throughout the world. Gyro's tenacity and pride as a former king allowed him to keep all of his human memories and break free of the chimera ant queen's control, vacating her domain.[24] As a human, Gyro and Welfin were best friends with similar backgrounds.

Other characters

Hunters Association

The Hunters Association is responsible for the testing and licensing of "Hunters" — 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.

Netero

Netero (ネテロ Netero?) was the Chairman of the Selection Committee for the Hunter Exam. Presiding over it, he had final authority over every stage of the examination and was assisted by his secretary Beans (named Maamen in the 1999 anime), who helps organize the Hunter Exam and presents the successful candidates with their license. Netero was said to have been the strongest Nen user in the world 50-years prior to the start of the series. Decades prior to the beginning of the series, Netero spent four years rigorously training every day in order to express gratitude to the martial arts. He eventually attains enlightenment, giving him the ability to punch faster than the speed of sound and the power of the bodhisattva Guanyin.[25] Netero was also the Grand Master of the Shingen-Ryu style of Kung fu(original Japanese version is Kenpō).[26] He committed suicide in an attempt to exterminate the Chimera Ant King by triggering a powerful bomb linked to his heart.

Zodiac Twelve

The Zodiac Twelve (十二支ん Jūnishin?) are the high council of the Hunter Association composed of twelve individuals personally selected by Chairman Netero. Each has a codename based on a sign of the Earthly Branches (Chinese Zodiac), and were tasked to decide the nature of Netero's sucession after his death. Almost all of the members have the habit to shape their abilities, behavior, and even physical traits based on the animal each represents.

Ging Freecss

Ging Freecss, Gon's father, is an Archaeological Hunter and is Gon's motivation to become a Hunter because of his absence in Gon's life. Nearly nothing is known about him except that he is a "Double Hunter" (two stars) and has the qualifications, according to Kite, to become a Triple Hunter (three stars). He is extremely rich and as powerful as the president of a country. All other information about him is classified even in the official Hunters database. Netero said to Bisuke that Ging is one of the five best Nen users in the world. He is also the main creator of the Greed Island game.

Ging claims that he does not want to see Gon because he is too ashamed of himself for being absent in Gon's life. Despite that he seems confident in Gon's abilities and knows him better than anyone, as it was implied that he created Greed Island with the purpose of help with his training, to the point that he was willing to allow Gon to meet with him after beating the game, and claims that there was no need to visit him at the hospital as he is sure that despite being seriously injured, he will eventually recover. His codename is "Boar" and is one of the only two members who do not mimic its corresponding animal. His first real appearance in the manga is in chapter 319, where his suggestion of having all hunters elegible to vote or be a candidate in the election to decide the next chairman is chosen by a lottery. Ging Freecss is voiced by Hiroki Tōchi.

Pariston

Pariston is the current Vice-Chairman of the Hunter Association, whose codename is "the Rat." Similarly to Ging, he did not alter his physical appearance to match his animal. Pariston is a skilled politician and currently is attempting to secure the seat of Chairman. He is a lobbyist for the Temp Hunter program, taking donations from Temps in exchange for their employment.

Examiners

The Hunter Exam is divided into 5 to 6 stage, depending on the difficulty of the exam. Each stage is overseen by an experienced hunter. The 287th exam's (which is the one first shown in the series) first examiner is Satotz (サトツ Satotsu?), who tests the candidates' stamina by leading them on a marathon of unknown length through an underground tunnel. 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. The third stage is overseen by Lippo (リッポー Rippō?), testing the candidates in different aspects of group dynamics, both in a communal and individual front.

Examinees

The examinees that took part in the 287th annual Hunter Exam, the year the series' main characters took the exam.

Tonpa

Tonpa (トンパ Tonpa?) is nicknamed the "Rookie Crusher" by candidates with more experience taking the exam. He has taken the exam for 35 consecutive terms, never managing to pass. He often brags of his experience to those taking the exam for the first time and then offers them a helping hand. This is merely subterfuge as he takes a perverse pleasure in sabotaging their attempts to get the license. This time around, he trailed Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio while attempting various means to foil their advancement. In order to do this, he used methods like spiking drinks with a strong laxative and being contradictory simply to delay progress in a time-sensitive arena, where he was teamed up with them. He also attended the following hunter exam (given during the Greed Island arc), where he, and everyone else, was defeated by Killua. Tonpa is voiced by Yoshihiro Togashi.

Hanzo

Hanzo (ハンゾー Hanzō?) is an 18-year old Jōnin ninja from the Cloud Hidden Village whom has trained in the art of ninjutsu from the moment he could stand.[27][28] He decided to become a Hunter in order to find the elusive Hermit's Scroll.[29] In the first part of the exam, which is a marathon, Hanzo is easily able to converse, while most of the others are breathless and struggling. In the second test, featuring cooking, he is the only one to know what sushi is, as it is a dish from his home country, Japan. He is the third candidate to clear the deadly traps and puzzles of the Trick Tower. In the final test of the Hunter Exam, Hanzo is forced to battle Gon. His speed, strength, and battle experience easily exceed that of Gon. However, the only way to pass the final test to is force your opponent to admit defeat — Gon refuses to do so even after being severely beaten. Hanzo breaks Gon's arm to force him to admit defeat, but he still refuses. 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 final test. It is later stated by Wing that Hanzo learned Nen after the Hunter Exam, though he has yet to reappear in the series. Hanzo is voiced by Yoshiaki Matsumoto.

Pokkle

Pokkle (ポックル Pokkuru?) was making his second attempt to pass the Hunter exam. He is an accomplished archer that carries a bow and shaft of arrows wherever he goes. The arrows are tipped with a potent tranquillizer that, even with a small nick, induces paralysis for any person for up to a week. Pokkle's aim is to become a successful wildlife hunter through obtaining the license. During the discussion that took place after the end of the Exam, Pokkle had lingering doubts over the way Kurapika had passed the last stage. After the Hunter Exam, Pokkle is not seen again until the chimera ant arc, where he is traveling with several hunters and Ponzu. After being defeated by several chimera ants, Pokkle is brought to the hive and then manipulated by Neferpitou into telling the chimera ants about nen. After revealing it to them, Pokkle is killed and fed to the queen. Pokkle is voiced by Yukiko Tamaki..

Ponzu

Ponzu (ポンズ?) was one of the 24 that managed to enter the fourth stage of the Hunter Exam. Her secret weapon lies within her round cap, carrying neurotoxic bees under the surface that emerge and attack her enemies when she is threatened. During this stage, her bees accidentally end up killing Bourbon after falling into his trap. Ponzu is rescued by Gon, but her badge is taken by Leorio when she is unconscious, causing her to fail the exam. She was examinee #246 during the Hunter Exam. Ponzu later accompanies Pokkle a year later to the N.G.L. region on an expedition. Their group learns of the dangers of the chimera ants and attempt to warn the outside world. However, before they get the chance Zazan's squad detects them and Ponzu is the only one able to escape. She runs only far enough to send a bee with a warning to the strongest hunter nearby, who happens to be Kite. She is killed and eaten moments later by an officer from Zazan's squad.

Zoldyck Family

Maha Zoldyck

Maha Zoldyck is Zeno's grandfather[30] and the oldest assassin in the Zoldyck family. Maha has only appeared once in the series along with Kalluto and Illumi on a mission to kill the Ten Dons in Yorknew City in chapter 100 of the manga. Maha is the only Enhancer in the Zoldyck family, and is the eldest Zoldyck at the age of 98. It is also noted by Zeno that Netero is the only man alive that has ever survived a fight with him

Zeno Zoldyck

Zeno Zoldyck (ゼノ ゾルディック Zeno Zorudikku?) Zeno 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."[31] He appears to be on good terms with the Hunter Committee's Chairman Netero, who hired Zeno to assault Ming Jol-ik's palace in East Gorteau in order to catch the chimera ant king off guard. 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 Zoldyck is voiced by Tadashi Miyazawa.

Silva Zoldyck

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.[32] During the Southernpiece 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. This was Silva's second time fighting Chrollo, and according to Killua, he previously killed an unknown member of the Phantom Troupe. Silva recently appeared amid the assault on the Palace in East Gorteau, killing Cheetu on the way to pick up his father. Silva appears in chapter 321 page 12 when Killua appears asking for his help to show where his youngest brother Alluka is so he can help him to save gon. Silva Zoldyck is voiced by Kouji Ishii.

Kikyō Zoldyck

Kikyō 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.[33] She seems to be slightly paranoid and is cautious of Killua's friends. Kikyō is looking forward to Killua excelling in assassination and anticipates that one day, he will continue on with the family business. According to Illumi, Killua is her favorite son. Kikyō Zoldyck is voiced by Rena Yukie.

Illumi Zoldyck

Illumi Zoldyck (イルミ ゾルディック Irumi Zorudikku?) is Killua's eldest brother. He is an experienced assassin, whom along with his father was responsible for Killua's training and upbringing. During the 287th Hunter's Exam, Illumi disguised himself as Gittarackur, using special pins to change his entire facial structure. Illumi holds a twisted and emotionless love for Killua. He and Silva raised Killua to believe that the only thing sustaining him was darkness, and that the only joy he received through the world was in causing the death of others.[34] He was also responsible for planting a needle within Killua's brain, forcing the latter to run from battles he was not sure he could win. Illumi did this to ensure that Killua would able to live to carry on the family business and as a means of protecting his little brother. This needle is self-extracted by Killua in the battle against Rammot. A certain amount of friendship is shared between Hisoka and Illumi, although it is unclear as to how it developed. Illumi once came to the aid of Hisoka by standing in for him as a double in the Phantom Troupe's hideout, whilst Hisoka attempted to find Chrollo. Illumi Zoldyck is voiced by Urara Takano.

Milluki Zoldyck

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.[35] Milluki is talented in hacking computer systems, as Killua asked him to hack a memory card from Ging. He was also injured during Killua's escape.[33] Milluki was in charge of torturing Killua as punishment, but does not have the drive to carry it out very long as he becomes physical exhausted.[36] After being tipped off by Killua on the whereabouts of a Greed Island cartridge, Milluki's excitement resulted in one of the rarer moments in which he made an outside expedition in search of the game, he himself states that he had not left the mansion in eight years. However, he was unable to win a copy and left in frustration. Milluki Zoldyck is voiced by Katashi Ishizuka.

Alluka Zoldyck

Alluka Zoldyck she the second youngest sibling of Killua. He is said to be a dark, uncontrollable child with the ability to erase Nen. Once a person grants three requests made by him, Alluka's eyes turn black and he can grant any wish to that respective person. However, for the next person, the "requests" will become more demanding depending on the last "wish" granted. Also, if four of his "requests" are refused by a person in a row, that person and those closest to him/her will instantly die. Fearing that Killua would ask Alluka help to save Gon's life, his eldest brother Illumi asks for Hisoka's help in searching for Alluka in order to kill him, as he poses as a grave danger to the entire Zoldyck family in case of Killua getting killed by his power. Despite Illumi, Milluki, and the Zoldyck butlers referring to Alluka as a boy, Killua calls Alluka his sister.

Kalluto Zoldyck

Kalluto Zoldyck (カルト ゾルディック Karuto Zorudikku?) is the youngest brother of Killua. He was initially introduced accompanying his mother during Gon's retrieval of Killua from Kukuroo Mountain. Kalluto appears again during the Phantom Troupe arc, assisting his older brother Illumi with the assassination of the ten mafia dons that placed bounties on the Troupe's heads. Kalluto joins the Phantom Troupe as Hisoka's replacement, during their entrance into Greed Island. During the Phantom Troupe's assault on Zazan's palace in Meteor City, he reveals he joined them with the intention of finding his brother. His ability uses a hand fan to control paper confetti that is sharp enough to cut metal. Kalluto Zoldyck is voiced by Yūko Maekawa.

Nostrade Family

The Nostrade Family is the Mafia family that main character Kurapika joins in order to find information concerning his people's stolen Scarlet Eyes. It is headed by Light Nostrade (Raito Nosutorādo?), and according to its head bodyguard Dalzollene, is subordinate to the Ritz Family. The Nostrade Family was originally a minor provincial Mafia family of little importance, but by shrewdly using the fortune telling ability of his daughter Neon, Light Nostrade managed to greatly increase his position in the Mafia Community, to the point where even the Ten Dons seek his daughter's advice.

Before entering the Underground Auction several bodyguards to protect Neon are hired, including Kurapika, by Dalzollene. After the Phantom Troupe attack on the Underground Auction, several of the bodyguards are killed, including Dalzollene, which forces Kurapika to become the lead bodyguard. The discovery of Baise (ヴェーゼ Veize?)'s earring, one of the Nostrade bodyguards, is what helps Kurapika figure out what happened and finding the Phantom Troupe.

Neon Nostrade

Neon Nostrade (ネオン ノストラード Neon Nosutorādo?) is the only daughter of the head of the Nostrade family, Light Nostrade. Neon appears in the story when Kurapika interviews for a position among her bodyguards. Neon is spoiled; she receives everything she demands by threatening to cease the use of her ability for her father's benefit. Neon is also very involved with the occult and is an avid collector of rare human flesh, such as the Scarlet Eyes of the Kurta Clan. Neon Nostrade is voiced by Yuko Maekawa.

Neon cares very little about anything else other than her collection; even the death of her head bodyguard, Dalzollene, caused her no grief. However when Eliza, a family attendant, is heartbroken, Neon agrees to leave Yorknew City, despite not having obtained the auction items she desired. She loses her ability to Chrollo.

Dalzollene

Dalzollene (ダルツォルネ Darutsorune?) is a leader of Neon Nostrade's bodyguards and Kurapika's direct superior. His weapon is a katana inscribed with runes that increase its power when infused Nen. In the anime, he manages to pierce Uvogin by 5 millimeters with the katana. He appears to enjoy music and is dedicated to his job. He also was not hesitant to sacrifice three of Neon's bodyguards when he predicted Troupe activity at the Yorknew Underground Auction. He had developed his Ten so that he could defend himself from ten bullets. He is later killed by Phinks, as the Phantom Troupe infiltrate a Nostrade compound in order to rescue a captured Uvogin. Dalzollene is voiced by Hiromi Sugino.

Squala

Squala (スクワラ Sukuwara?) is one of Neon Nostrade's bodyguards. During the job interview for new hires, he was one of the two moles planted alongside the applicants in order to test their strength. Although Squala has been one of Neon's bodyguards for many years, he does not have a Hunters License. He is also in a romantic relationship with Eliza, one of Neon's female attendants.[37] Squala is later beheaded by Nobunaga. Squala is voiced by Norihisa Mori.

Basho

Basho (バショウ Bashō?) is one of Neon Nostrade's new bodyguards, hired along with Kurapika. When he was first introduced he was quick to underestimate Kurapika, but after Kurapika's display of his 'Dowsing Chain', he grew respect for him. His nen ability is called "Great Haiku: The Wandering Haiku Poet," wherein Basho writes a haiku describing a condition on a piece of paper, which then comes true. He is named after a Samurai who was famous for writing Haiku.

Melody

Melody (センリツ Senritsu?) is a Music Hunter and is the kind and understanding member of Neon's bodyguards. She is always ready to listen to anyone's confessions and has the gift to make people open up to her. As Leorio notes, she is one of the very few characters who has made Kurapika open up to her. Melody's physical appearance is in short contrast to her kind soul. Due to effects of the "Sonata of Darkness", a musical piece said to have been written by Satan himself, her body is a short and her face disfigured. However, she was not always like this; she was once a normal person. She was transformed when she and a friend listened to the Sonata of Darkness. It is composed of four parts: piano, violin, flute, and harp, and it is said that whomever listens to it will be greatly cursed.[38] One night, Melody and her friend were drunk, and her friend played the Sonata. Its power was so great, that upon listening only to the first movement of the flute solo, Melody was disfigured, especially in her arm. Her friend was not so lucky; his entire body was disfigured like Melody's arm and soon perished after playing it. In exchange, her musical nen abilities were increased. Melody's goal is to find the sonata and destroy it.[39] Melody has the ability to emit her aura to people to soothe ease fatigue when she plays an instrument. She also has a very sharp sense of hearing and can tell a person's psychological state just by listening to their heartbeat.[40] For example, she knows when people are lying or when someone has completely lost his/her temper. Melody is voiced by Tarako Isono.

Greed Island players

Greed Island is a fictional video game in Hunter × Hunter. It was created, by Ging Freecss and ten of his friends, for the "Joystation" video game console in 1987 exclusively for Hunters. Only one-hundred copies were made that sold for 5.8 billion jenny (the currency of Hunter × Hunter), the highest ever for a video game, and it currently sells at auctions for at least 8.9 billion jenny. The game apparently transports its players' physical bodies into "the world" of Greed Island (though it is actually an isolated island that exists in the real world), 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.

Biscuit Krueger

Biscuit Krueger (ビスケット=クルーガー Bisuketto Kurūgā?) first comes into the story on Greed Island. Although she appears to be a little girl, in her true form she is actually a massive and extremely muscular woman several times the size. She stays in her young girl form because she hates her original form's appearance.[41] However, she does receive a tremendous power boost when she transforms to her real appearance. She helps Gon and Killua train while they are at Greed Island, leading them closer to the end of the game. Her goal on Greed Island was to get the gem found only in the game, Blue Planet. She was also the teacher of Wing, the man whom first taught Nen to Gon and Killua.[42] After the events of Greed Island, she returns to help Gon and Killua train for their battles against Knuckle and Shoot during the Chimera Ant arc. Biscuit Krueger is voiced by Akiko Kimura.

Genthru

Genthru (ゲンスルー Gensurū?)'s secret identity is that of the Greed Island Bomber (爆弾魔 Bomb Devil?). He leads the Bomb Devil trio, with members Sub and Bara. Among the players of the Greed Island game, Genthru first appears as a member of the allied players.[43] He played a role as an informer and a high position member of the group for the last 5 years. It was later revealed that he placed a Nen time bomb on every member of the allied group, so that he blackmail them for all the designated cards they held.[44] A sadist, Genthru doesn't keep his promise and detonates all the Nen time bombs, killing all the members of the allied group except Abengane.[45] He later rejoins his teammates, Sub and Bara, to continue collecting the rest of the designated cards to win the game. He was later defeated by Gon in a one-on-one match (while Killua and Biscuit drew away his teammates and defeated them separately).[46]

Tsezguerra

Tsezguerra (ツェズゲラ Tsezugera?) is an experienced Money Hunter and 1-Star Hunter. He is hired by Battera to beat Greed Island and also tests the people who want to enter Greed Island in order to earn the 50 Billion prize money.[47] He and his team ally with Gon, Killua, Biscuit, Hisoka and Goreinu to take part in the dodgeball game against Razor. He and his team later engage Genthru's in a game of chase in order to buy time for Gon to train against Genthru's "Little Flower" ability and for Killua to heal his injuries.

Abengane

Abengane is an exorcist; a Nen user with the ability to remove curses to himself or to other users. As one of the players hired by Battera to complete the Greed Island game, the Phantom Troupe and Hisoka find Abengane on the island and hire him to remove the curse placed on Chrollo by Kurapika.[46] One of the conditions for his ability to remove curses is that the creature he summons would attach onto himself, and devour both the Nen causing the curse and his own, rendering him unable to use Nen. The only way to rid himself of the creature is to fulfill the original condition for removing the curse.[48]

Goreinu

Goreinu (ゴレイヌ Goreinu?) is a Greed Island player who allies with Gon's party in the dodgeball game against Razor. His nen ability is to form 2 gorillas out of his nen.[49] He seems to control the gorillas and can quickly swap the position of them with his own or also with someone other, friend or foe. He later joins Tsezguerra's team and is the one who gives Gon, Killua, and Biscuit the remaining cards needed to win Greed Island.[50]

Razor

Razor (レイザー Reizā?) is one of the Gamemasters and a creator of Greed Island. Razor was entrusted by Gon's father that he was not to hold back against his son should he ever comes to Greed Island.[49] Razor is a key person in getting one of the hardest designated card of the game. To get the card, the challengers must confront Razor and his 14 devils in a group of 15 people, and defeat them in different sporting events. It it learned that the 14 devils were not his allies, but Razor's own ability to emit 14 Nen creatures at will.[49] He was defeated in a dodgeball game by Gon's allied party (consisting of Gon, Killua, Biscuit, Hisoka, and several other hunter/players hired by Battera). Razor later revealed to Gon that he was formerly a convict captured by Ging and brought to the island as a prisoner.[51] Inspired by Ging's spirit, Razor helped him create Greed Island and became the warden for the convicts. He also became one of Ging's friends and was entrusted to look after the island as one of its Gamemasters.

Chimera Ant Exterminators

During the chimera ant story arc, rumors of the infestation of man-sized chimera ants within N.G.L. prompt the Hunter Committee to send an official team to investigate and contain the threat. The extermination team was led by none other than the head of the Committee, Chairman Netero. Netero also handpicked those who were to accompany him, causing significant political bickering within the Committee.

Morel

Morel (モラウ Morau?) is a Hunter who uses a giant smoking pipe and smoke as weapons, and who has a great sense of compassion. As his role progresses during the chimera ant arc, Morel shows himself as an experienced and resourceful fighter, which is shown in his fight against Leol wherein he uses his pipe as a snorkel so that he could allow himself to breathe underwater, and in doing so suffocates his opponent with the carbon dioxide he had emitted. The smoke that he produces is controllable with his nen ability; he is able to make it take on various shapes and even act independently from him once commands are issued.

Knov

Knov (ノヴ Novu?) is an intelligent hunter dressed in glasses and a suit. He is Palm's master and the target of her affections. He can create warp gates to a "safe house" dimension, which he creates doors in. It is similar to teleportation, but instead of instantly arriving at the destination he goes to his safe house, which is a windowless room, with multiple doors. Within the safe house, he can store items and/or people. When infiltrating the chimera ant king's palace in order to place a portal, he came into contact with Shaiapouf's En. It frightened him so much he suffered a severe nervous breakdown and retreated from the battle. The effects were so great that his hair turned white; though he did return to assist with the attack, he considers himself unable to actually fight.

Knuckle Bine

Knuckle Bine (ナックル=バイン Nakkuru Bain?) is an Unidentified Beast Hunter and Morel's apprentice.[52][53] 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. Knuckle's ability is when he punches someone he simultaneously attaches a small nen creature with a timer on its head. It follows the opponent wherever they go and gives them Knuckle's energy until the opponent deals the same amount of damage originally dealt to them. If the energy borrowed from Knuckle exceeds his opponent's total aura, the opponent goes bankrupt. Bankruptcy causes the conjured A.P.R. to transform into the "Individual Ren Suppressor (I.R.S.)" ("Toritaten" in the original Japanese version), a demon-like mascot that follows and forces the debtor into Zetsu for 30 days.

Shoot McMahon

Shoot McMahon (シュート=マクマホン Shūto Makumahon?) is an Unidentified Beast Hunter,[54] Knuckle's partner, and the second disciple of Morel. He has a timid personality and is often afraid of taking advantage of opportune times to attack his enemy.[54] In the fight against Youpi during the extermination team's raid on East Gorteau, he becomes inspired by Gon and is able to fully unleash his power, overcoming his shyness and injuries.

Palm Siberia

Palm Siberia (パーム=シベリア Pāmu Shiberia?) is Knov's apprentice. She develops a crush on Gon, but is unable to further their relationship. On most occasions, she appears disheveled and stressed, exuding a frightening aura. However, she is depicted as quite beautiful when dressed up. Palm has the ability to track the location of anyone she has seen with her own eyes using a small merman relic fed by her blood. During the extermination, Palm is sent in as a personal secretary to Director Bizeff in order to covertly discover the chimera ant king's location, but is captured by Pouf and Pitou and transformed into a chimera ant hybrid soldier. However, with Killua's help, she is able to regain her memories and return to the side of the Hunters.

Miscellaneous

Mito Freecss

Mito Freecss is Gon's adopted mother, and cousin to Ging Freecss. In the manga Mito did not want Gon to become a Hunter because Ging only came back home once, to leave Gon, after he took the Hunter Exam. She did not want Gon to leave his family like Ging did. In the manga, Mito is Ging's cousin. However in the anime and novelization, Mito was made into the sister of Gon's mother, making Ging her brother-in-law. Mito was angry with Ging because he left her sister all alone at home and she had to watch her sister look sadly out of the window in hope of her husband returning. Her sister gave birth to Gon and died soon afterward without seeing her husband ever again. Mito did not want Gon to become a Hunter who did not care about his family like his father. As such, she fights and wins for custody over Gon. However, now that Gon has left, she tries he best to support him in his journey. Mito Freecss is voiced by Akiko Kimura.

Kite

Kite (カイト Kaito?) is the very first hunter introduced in the story. He is a disciple of Ging Freecss, Gon's father. After saving Gon from a foxbear on Whale Island, Kite revealed to him the truth about his father. Before leaving, Kite drops Ging's Hunter license, which Gon picks up. After leaving Greed Island Gon runs into Kite again, who, after finding Ging, is in the middle of a zoological survey searching for new species in the country of Kakin. At the time, he was leading a team of young would-be Hunters, seven children named Banana Kavaro, Lin Koshi, Monta Yuras, Podungo Lapoy, Spinner Clow, and Stick Dinner. Kite is killed by Neferpitou, and his vessel rebuilt into a manipulated puppet to train the ants. He is later captured by Knuckle and Shoot. Though his original body is dead, Kite was reborn as the Chimera Ant under the care of Colt. Kite is voiced by Yuuji Kishi.

Wing

Wing (ウイング Uingu?) is an assistant master of the Shingen-Ryu style of Kung fu; who's pupil is Zushi. He meets Gon and Killua at the Heavens Arena and eventually teaches them Nen. Although he initially refuses to train the two (even lying to them about the purpose of Nen), he changes his mind when they advance to the 200th floor of Heavens Arena, realizing they could die or be badly injured from the other Nen users. For the next several months he teaches them the basics of Nen, after which he announces they have passed the secret final requirement for being a Hunter. He does however, somewhat fear their immense potential. Wing's teacher was Biscuit Krueger, whom incidentally becomes Gon and Killua's second teacher. Wing is voiced by Masami Kikuchi.

Zushi

Zushi (ズシ?) is a young boy who studies Shingen-Ryu Kung fu and Nen under the tutelage of Wing, whom Gon and Killua meet in the Heavens Arena. He is a formidable fighter and a prodigy in his own right, said to have skills only 1 out of 100,000 people have. However, he is quickly surpassed by Gon and Killua, who are said to have skills only 1 out of 10,000,000 people have. According to the results of his water divination, Zushi is a Manipulator.[55]

Kastro

Kastro (カストロ Kasutoro?) was a prominent and talented fighter in the Heavens Arena. He hung out on the 200th floor of the Heavens Arena with the intent on building enough wins to become a Floor Master. His only loss was to Hisoka, so he trained rigorously to improve his Nen. After accumulating nine out of the ten required wins to become a Floor Master, he challenges Hisoka to a rematch.[56] While he appears to have the upper hand at first, Hisoka realizes that Kastro has been working in tandem with a doppelgänger created through his Nen.[57] Hisoka then performs an illusion using Nen to throw off Kastro, which leaves a opening for Hisoka to kill him.[58] Kastro's undoing was in the type of ability that he had chosen. Although he was born as an Enhancer, Kastro's ability completely ignored his strengths and used conjuration and manipulation. Furthermore, his conjured double was also flawed in that although Kastro gets dirtied from blows dealt to him, his double remained spotless in combat due to it being merely a reflection of what Kastro saw of himself. Thus making it easy to distinguish between the two.[59] Kastro is voiced by Yuuji Kishi.

Komugi

Komugi (コムギ?) is a blind girl who is a genius at Gungi, a board game in the series. She is introduced during the chimera ant arc and frequently plays the chimera ant king, in Gungi. The king developed feelings toward Komugi due to her brilliance and skill in the game, despite her being a human. She awakens to Nen as a result of playing constantly with the king, her ability being one that allows her to improve in the game.[60] During the raid on the palace of East Gorteau, Komugi is severely injured in her midsection as a result of Zeno's ability and was healed by Pitou. It is currently unknown if she is dead or alive or if she contracted the poison when she was playing with the king as he was spending his last moments of life with her.

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