History Manga / HunterxHunter

28th May '17 6:34:44 PM NightShade96
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* AdaptationalJerkass: Killua is an AntiHero in all versions of ''Hunter × Hunter''; however, in the 1999 anime adaptation, there are more allusions to his dangerous CreepyChild nature from the get go.
27th May '17 1:41:03 AM Scabbard
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* AbortedArc: The end of the Hunter Exam Arc implied that Pokkle and Hanzo going to be important to the story sometime later, but the former was [[spoiler: killed off in the Chimera Ant Arc]], but the latter seems to be playing a part in the Dark Continent Arc. Of course, it's still possible that Pokkle could [[spoiler: return as a Chimera Ant]].

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* AbortedArc: The end of the Hunter Exam Arc implied that Pokkle and Hanzo were going to be important to the story sometime later, but the former was [[spoiler: killed off in the Chimera Ant Arc]], but the latter seems to be playing a part in the Dark Continent Arc. Of course, it's still possible that Pokkle could [[spoiler: return as a Chimera Ant]].
9th May '17 8:33:33 AM RInke10
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** It's basically the concept of "Contract" in Nen. One can increase their overall power by putting restriction to their Nen or ability use (i.e. "I will only use this skill on Tuesdays"). The user's ability to abide by their own rules in using those skills affect the effectiveness of the mentioned skills, and breaking their own imposed rules may result in them losing their Nen. But they can even [[Main/UpToEleven take a step further]] by setting "limitations" with higher stakes, such as risking their lives, as Kurapica did for his Chain Jail ability, which he swore he'll only use against the Phantom Troupe.

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** It's basically the concept of "Contract" in Nen. One can increase their overall power by putting restriction to their Nen or ability use (i.e.(e.g. "I will only use this skill on Tuesdays"). The user's ability to abide by their own rules in using those skills affect the effectiveness of the mentioned skills, and breaking their own imposed rules may result in them losing their Nen. But they can even [[Main/UpToEleven take a step further]] by setting "limitations" with higher stakes, such as risking their lives, as Kurapica did for his Chain Jail ability, which he swore he'll only use against the Phantom Troupe.
3rd May '17 9:59:39 AM firebird6
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*ChromosomeCasting: There are few female characters.
9th Apr '17 12:15:51 PM Eagal
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9th Apr '17 12:15:13 PM Eagal
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* {{Expy}}: [[spoiler: Chrollo]], who seems to be one of [[spoiler: Sensui]] from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''; in general there are a lot of ''Yu Yu Hakusho'' comparisons, like Hanzo and Kazemaru, Leorio and Kuwabara, and so on.
** Killua and Hiei. They even have the same creepy "This-Is-My-Assassin-Face" look. Their personalities, however, are completely different.
** Feitan starts as an expy of Karasu, but leans toward a DarkerAndEdgier version of Hiei in his later appearances.
** The Chimera Ant King and [[Anime/DragonBallZ Cell.]]
** Similarly, Zazan and [[Anime/DragonBallZ Zarbon]]. Both are feminine, then transform into a big ugly lizard-looking thing...
** Compare Menthuthuyoupi with [[http://www.mangareader.net/1415-45869-13/parasyte/chapter-56.html Gotoh]]from ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}''.
** Why is [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Wriggle Nightbug]] gay for Cell?
** Knuckle is a much more obvious and clearer expy of Kuwabara from YYH, just with different powers. He even has Kuwabara's love of stray animals, personality, and hairstyle.
** Upon arriving to an unknown land, two main characters run into a female martial artist who puts them through days-long TrainingFromHell to hone their skills, has trained one of the characters' mentors, and [[spoiler:can conceal her true age through manipulation of said martial art.]] Is this Biscuit or [[Series/JojosBizarreAdventure Lisa Lisa]]?
** Gon shares many similarites with Kid Goku. He's a [[KidHero young]], HotBlooded IdiotHero who loves [[BloodKnight to fight]], hangs around forest animals, has a heightened sense of smell, and surprises people around him with his audacious behavior. He even catches a giant fish in his first appearance.
** The Phantom Troupe are very akin to the American comic book group ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''; the latter are globally destructive, even though they are supposed to be a group of heroes; they don't bow down to anyone and don't follow any directive but their own; they disregard collateral damage without a second thought, but still they are remarkably charismatic in all the hubris. Though The Authority fights mostly "for the greater good" and are trying to "improve" the world according to their views, the Troupe fights mostly out of whim.
2nd Apr '17 6:30:30 PM nombretomado
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The series is notable for having many long hiatus breaks during its run, one of which continued for a grand total of 1 year and 20 days! ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' returned in 2010 ''Weekly Shonen Jump'' Double Issue #5-6, and ran for 20 chapters. It then went back into a year long hiatus since 2010 ''Weekly Shonen Jump'' Issue #26, but has finally returned again in 2011 ''Weekly Shonen Jump'' Issue #35-36, for 30 chapters then it went on a break again on Issue #16, 2012. It ''seemed'' to have settled into a system where we get one ''tankobon'' (single volume collecting ~10 chapters) every 6 months, instead of every 2 months; this puts ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' on par with mangas that get a new chapter each month, instead of each week. The manga is now back on track as of April 2016, and has been releasing chapters at a somewhat stable rate. Unfortunately, as of June 30, 2016, it has taken another {{Series Hiatus}}.

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The series is notable for having many long hiatus breaks during its run, one of which continued for a grand total of 1 year and 20 days! ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' It returned in 2010 ''Weekly Shonen Jump'' Double Issue #5-6, and ran for 20 chapters. It then went back into a year long hiatus since 2010 ''Weekly Shonen Jump'' Issue #26, but has finally returned again in 2011 ''Weekly Shonen Jump'' Issue #35-36, for 30 chapters then it went on a break again on Issue #16, 2012. It ''seemed'' to have settled into a system where we get one ''tankobon'' (single volume collecting ~10 chapters) every 6 months, instead of every 2 months; this puts ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' ''Hunter'' on par with mangas that get a new chapter each month, instead of each week. The manga is now back on track as of April 2016, and has been releasing chapters at a somewhat stable rate. Unfortunately, as of June 30, 2016, it has taken another {{Series Hiatus}}.



* DeconstructorFleet: It's not that HunterXHunter doesn't stand on its own as a shonen fighting manga, but especially once you get into the [[CerebusSyndrome Chimera Ant arc]] it becomes hard to ignore that Togashi wants to deconstruct shonen manga, its villains, and the IdiotHero.

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* DeconstructorFleet: It's not that HunterXHunter it doesn't stand on its own as a shonen fighting manga, but especially once you get into the [[CerebusSyndrome Chimera Ant arc]] it becomes hard to ignore that Togashi wants to deconstruct shonen manga, its villains, and the IdiotHero.



* OpenSecret: The training and use of Nen is supposed to be a big secret in the world of HunterXHunter, only known to those who walk deep into the path of becoming a hunter and rare individuals. However, at least in the remake anime, everyone from the 200th floor and up of the Celestial Arena are Nen users, with showy Nen battles, open to a very large betting public and ALSO probably televised around the world. The commentator of the fights even talks about the use of Nen from the fighters in the arena. The only possible way for Nen to be the secret it was supposed to is if the Celestial Arena was the less popular than Public Access networks, which it can't be if it can afford to pay the winners up to the 200th floor upwards to MILLIONS of Jenny per win (about 100$ Jenny equals to about US$ 1). It is also jarring how pathetically weak the contestants of the tower are up to the 200th floor, at which point it seems to change the virtually flat difficulty curve of the tower with a 90º angle.

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* OpenSecret: The training and use of Nen is supposed to be a big secret in the world of HunterXHunter, world, only known to those who walk deep into the path of becoming a hunter and rare individuals. However, at least in the remake anime, everyone from the 200th floor and up of the Celestial Arena are Nen users, with showy Nen battles, open to a very large betting public and ALSO probably televised around the world. The commentator of the fights even talks about the use of Nen from the fighters in the arena. The only possible way for Nen to be the secret it was supposed to is if the Celestial Arena was the less popular than Public Access networks, which it can't be if it can afford to pay the winners up to the 200th floor upwards to MILLIONS of Jenny per win (about 100$ Jenny equals to about US$ 1). It is also jarring how pathetically weak the contestants of the tower are up to the 200th floor, at which point it seems to change the virtually flat difficulty curve of the tower with a 90º angle.
13th Feb '17 6:42:21 AM Sullytofu
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** [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality Gon]] [[FriendToAllLivingThings Freecs]] has distinct shades of this. He isn't TheUnfettered, because he is guided by a strong sense of right and wrong, but as the counterfeiter he hangs out with finally realizes, "He doesn't care about the good and the bad." Mostly it's enough to peg him as ChaoticGood, but that doesn't really do him justice. Neither the readers nor the other characters can really predict where his moral sense will take him, and he surprises even his best friend (a child assassin) a lot. A serial killer once trained him and Killua, and he cheerfully allowed the person to go free afterward even after it was pointed out that this would cause more young women to get eaten, because "he helped us". After one of the Phantom Troupe is killed by Kurapika, Gon and Killua are captured by his best friend, who suspects them of involvement and rants, in tears, about [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes how much it hurts]] to have lost his blowing-stuff-all-to-hell partner. And ''Gon responds with sudden fury,'' because he had assumed that the Troupe's members could do such horrible things because they didn't understand how much it hurt to lose people, which meant he couldn't hold it against them, but if they ''can'' and still do it they're so incomprehensibly evil he wants to '''end''' them. Tonpa admits how much he enjoys watching people fail miserably and die taking the hunter exams, which infuriates everyone else... except Gon, who continues treating him like a friend because he inadvertently helped them with his cowardice. Hanzo broke his arm during the hunter exam and when he threatened Gon's life, Gon simply said that "they would have to settle things in a different way" because if he died then Hanzo would lose (Gon not at all realizing the implication of the threat or simply didn't care about dying at all). He uses Komugi, a blind, innocent girl who’s been mortally injured, as a hostage to ensure Neferpitou doesn't try to escape before bringing Kite back, and even [[MoralEventHorizon threatens to kill her]] if s/he does. To sum it up Gon has a simple world view, lives in the moment and judges people by their personalities and his experiences with them.
** The Chimera Ants enter this territory from time to time, as well. Though they're largely just evil. Although most of the ants are evil and some are good, the king, Meruem, is a master of this trope. All the experiences he goes through continually shape his moral code which fluctuates wildly through the arc, turning him from what appears to be a Cell ripoff into one of the most deep and interesting villains in Shonen manga. And yet he always seems to have his code stuck somewhere in the Blue and Orange territory.

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** [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality Gon]] [[FriendToAllLivingThings Freecs]] has distinct shades of this. He isn't TheUnfettered, because he is guided by a strong sense of right and wrong, but as the counterfeiter he hangs out with finally realizes, "He doesn't care about the good and the bad." Mostly it's It's easy enough to peg him as ChaoticGood, but that doesn't really do him justice. Neither the readers nor the other characters can really predict where his moral sense will take him, and he surprises even his best friend (a child assassin) a lot. A serial killer once trained him and Killua, and he cheerfully allowed the person to go free afterward even after it was pointed out that this would cause more young women to get eaten, because "he helped us".us" (though said serial killer later turned himself in out of appreciation for Gon). After one of the Phantom Troupe is killed by Kurapika, Gon and Killua are captured by his best friend, who suspects them of involvement and rants, in tears, about [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes how much it hurts]] to have lost his blowing-stuff-all-to-hell partner. And ''Gon responds with sudden fury,'' because he had assumed that the Troupe's members could do such horrible things because they didn't understand how much it hurt to lose people, which meant he couldn't hold it against them, but if they ''can'' and still do it they're so incomprehensibly evil he wants to '''end''' them. Tonpa admits how much he enjoys watching people fail miserably and die taking the hunter exams, which infuriates everyone else... except Gon, who continues treating him like a friend because he inadvertently helped them with his cowardice. Hanzo broke his arm during the hunter exam and when he threatened Gon's life, Gon simply said that "they would have to settle things in a different way" because if he died then Hanzo would lose (Gon not at all realizing the implication of the threat or simply didn't care about dying at all). He uses Komugi, a blind, innocent girl who’s been mortally injured, as a hostage to ensure Neferpitou doesn't try to escape before bringing Kite back, and even [[MoralEventHorizon threatens to kill her]] if s/he does. To sum it up Gon has a simple world view, lives in the moment and judges people by their personalities and his experiences with them.
** The Chimera Ants enter this territory from time to time, as well. Though they're largely just evil. Although most of the ants are evil and some are good, the king, Meruem, is a master of this trope. All the experiences he goes through continually shape his moral code which fluctuates wildly through the arc, turning him from what appears to be a Cell ripoff into one of the most deep and interesting villains in Shonen manga. And yet he always seems to have his code stuck somewhere in the Blue and Orange territory.territory, possibly due to the mental divide he faces between his ant personality and human nature.



* BountyHunter: a possible career option for licensed Hunters. Gon and his friends even give it a try themselves as part of a money-making scheme.

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* BountyHunter: a A possible career option for licensed Hunters. Gon and his friends even give it a try themselves as part of a money-making scheme.



* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Gon uses a DeadlyUpgrade to kill Pitou]].

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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Gon uses a DeadlyUpgrade to kill Pitou]].Pitou. He sacrifices his ''life'', turning himself into an emaciated corpse that the audience isn't shown much of, thankfully. He's later restored to normal, but has been BroughtDownToNormal and can no longer use Nen, but it's unknown if he can simply go through the training again or if he's a normal person forever.]]



* {{Expy}}: [[spoiler: Chrollo]], who seems to be one of [[spoiler: Sensui]] from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''; Hanzo: [=HxH=] and Kazemaru: YYH
** Leorio strongly resembles Kazuma Kuwabara: YYH; Killua/Hiei: YYH as well, they even have the same creepy "This-Is-My-Assassin-Face" look. Their personalities, however, are completely different.
** Feitan starts as an expy of Karasu: YYH but leans toward a DarkerAndEdgier version of Hiei: YYH in his later appearances.
** The Chimera Ant King and [[Anime/DragonBallZ Cell and Freezer]].

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* {{Expy}}: [[spoiler: Chrollo]], who seems to be one of [[spoiler: Sensui]] from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''; Hanzo: [=HxH=] in general there are a lot of ''Yu Yu Hakusho'' comparisons, like Hanzo and Kazemaru: YYH
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Kazemaru, Leorio strongly resembles Kazuma Kuwabara: YYH; Killua/Hiei: YYH as well, they and Kuwabara, and so on.
** Killua and Hiei. They
even have the same creepy "This-Is-My-Assassin-Face" look. Their personalities, however, are completely different.
** Feitan starts as an expy of Karasu: YYH Karasu, but leans toward a DarkerAndEdgier version of Hiei: YYH Hiei in his later appearances.
** The Chimera Ant King and [[Anime/DragonBallZ Cell and Freezer]].Cell.]]



** HumanityIsInfectious: And yet the better human qualities, like the ability to learn and change, and the ability to express empathy for others is ultimately what shines through in a lot of cases. By the end, [[spoiler: not a single malicious ant is left alive, and even the morally ambiguous ones are looking for a positive goal in life.]]



** Possibly you could state that on the blimp, Gon played this part for Killua. He was about to kill the girl when he heard Gon still fighting for her outside, and it brought him back to his old self. Since then he's seemed to avoid killing people if there was an alternative.

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** Possibly you could state that on the blimp, Gon played plays this part for Killua.Killua early on. He was about to kill the girl when he heard Gon still fighting for her outside, and it brought him back to his old self. Since then he's seemed to avoid killing people if there was an alternative.



* PersonalityPowers

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* PersonalityPowersPersonalityPowers: Nen is primarily based off of how the user is currently feeling. A particularly hateful or angry user, for instance, will produce a vile, stinging aura rather than the calm, neutral one that usually exudes from people.



* TheRemake: In just another one of the series come back from its hiatus, Jump's double issue #35-36 (2011) confirmed the rumors that Hunter X Hunter would get a new anime adaptation, the surprise was that it won't be a continuation from where the previous [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVAs]] left off, it will be a complete remake, starting from the very begining of the manga.

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* TheRemake: In just another one of the series come back from its hiatus, Jump's double issue #35-36 (2011) confirmed the rumors that Hunter X Hunter would get a new anime adaptation, the surprise was that it won't be a continuation from where the previous [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVAs]] left off, it will be a complete remake, starting from the very begining of the manga. It continued for a few years before leaving off at an open-ended (though not unsatisfying) note at the end of the Chairman Election arc, due to said arc being the most completed arc at the time.



* SurpriseCreepy: You wouldn't guess it from the page image, but ''Hunter x Hunter'' is pretty dark for a shonen series. A lot of philosophical themes like the worth of the individual and the unfairness of the world are discussed, and topics like genocide, mass murder, inferiority, the idea of a ForeverWar come up during the infamous Chimera Ant arc. There is also a rather unsettling amount of serious violence even in the early points of the series- at one point during the Yorknew City arc, Uvogin, one of the resident bad guys, bites off part of a guys skull and uses the bones like bullets as he spits them at people.



* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. [[spoiler: The Chimera Ant King essentially ends up talking himself to death, and tries it on the heroes as well.]]
* ThirdActStupidity: Meruem for reasons mentioned under the IdiotBall section. Meruem’s bodyguards for staying stationed around Meruem ''all the time'' instead of dispatching one at a time to remove the obvious and looming danger and just be done with it.

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* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. [[spoiler: The Chimera Ant King essentially ends up talking himself to death, death due to a change of heart, and tries it on the heroes as well.]]
* ThirdActStupidity: Meruem for reasons mentioned under the IdiotBall section. Meruem’s bodyguards for staying stationed around Meruem ''all the time'' instead of dispatching one at a time to remove the obvious and looming danger and just be done with it. [[spoiler: Considering he has ulterior motives i.e finding out what they're hiding from him, his seeming idiocy becomes more understandable. It's also implied that he's aware already that he's dying, and wants to spend his last hour with companions.]]



* VerbalTic: Not sure if it counts but, most of Hisoka's word bubbles have the symbol for one of the four suits in a modern deck of playing cards; in other words, it'll have Clubs, Hearts, Diamonds or Spades.

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* VerbalTic: Not sure if it counts but, most of VerbalTic: Hisoka's word bubbles have the symbol for one of the four suits in a modern deck of playing cards; in other words, it'll have Clubs, Hearts, Diamonds or Spades.



* VillainOfAnotherStory: The main character Gon becomes friends with Killua, a kid that comes from a family of professional hitmen. While Killua is nice to Gon, at least at first, he's way less moral, they even have to face people wanting to take revenge on him for the things that his family did.

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* VillainOfAnotherStory: The main character Gon becomes friends with is Killua, a kid that comes from a family of professional hitmen. While Killua is nice to Gon, at least at first, he's way less moral, and they even have to face people wanting to take revenge on him for the things that his family did.



** [[spoiler: "Ko... Mugi?"]]

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** [[spoiler: Welfin ends the Chimera Ant arc by saying a single word that evaporates the remaining evil left in Meruem: "Ko... Mugi?"]]
16th Jan '17 6:26:26 PM DustSnitch
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** Ging is a deconstruction of the typical DisappearedDad seen in Shonen stories. He's a BadAss, sure, but his neglect towards his son Gon is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and frowned on InUniverse. Gon's goal of finding Ging also deconstructs the trope of a Shonen protagonist going on a quest to find their missing parent. Gon spends a large part of the series looking for him, and while they do get along, even Gon acknowledges that he doesn't really see him as a father, but as an awesome relative he's heard great things about, and realizes that he [[ItsTheJourneyThatCounts didn't necessarily want to meet Ging so much as find him]]. After he finally accomplishes this goal [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife he's left wondering where to go from there]].

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** Ging is a deconstruction of the typical DisappearedDad seen in Shonen stories. He's a BadAss, badass, sure, but his neglect towards his son Gon is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and frowned on InUniverse. Gon's goal of finding Ging also deconstructs the trope of a Shonen protagonist going on a quest to find their missing parent. Gon spends a large part of the series looking for him, and while they do get along, even Gon acknowledges that he doesn't really see him as a father, but as an awesome relative he's heard great things about, and realizes that he [[ItsTheJourneyThatCounts didn't necessarily want to meet Ging so much as find him]]. After he finally accomplishes this goal [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife he's left wondering where to go from there]].



* RockPaperScissors: A BadAss attack even.

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* RockPaperScissors: A BadAss badass attack even.
15th Jan '17 3:24:46 PM xIrelandx
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** But it's somewhat averted, in the 'heterosexual' department: [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/b0924de7c704ee271e40581763365d2f/tumblr_inline_n84jzwJRI01rrn75w.gif Killua kisses Gon. He likes it.]]
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