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''Hunter × Hunter'' is a fantasy adventure manga series drawn and written by Creator/YoshihiroTogashi, who began working on the series in 1998. It is known for many things- it's [[TroubledProduction long hiatuses]], it's large and engrossing world, it's colourful cast of [[EnsembleCast surprisingly deep characters that often have as much screentime as the four heroes]] and a heaping helping of [[CerebusSyndrome rather extreme darkness]] that can make it [[SurpriseCreepy fairly grim for a shonen series.]]

In a world much like our own, but with more danger and more mystery, a young boy named Gon Freecss, raised since infancy by his aunt, discovers from a traveling stranger his father's true identity: Ging Freecss, a world-famous Hunter.

In this world, you see, there are elite mercenaries known as Hunters. And Hunters truly are elite: among other benefits, they get access to world-class amenities and exotic locales that are off-limits to ordinary people. Of course, the life of a Hunter is also dangerous, for Hunters make their living taking on some of the most dangerous missions on Earth. Some scour the world for treasures or exotic goods, while others are {{Bounty Hunter}}s who track down the world's most dangerous criminals. Gon isn't so much interested in riches or fame, however: he wants to be a Hunter so he can track down his father.

Just becoming a Hunter is an adventure in itself. During the incredibly difficult and incredibly dangerous "Hunter Exam", Gon faces peril both natural and man-made. He also acquires a [[TrueCompanions circle of friends]], such as Leorio, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who wants to become fabulously wealthy so he can become a doctor and open a free clinic; [[BewareTheNiceOnes Kurapika]], a blonde {{Bishonen}} who is last of the Kuruta tribe, which was hunted into near-extinction by those who sought the Kuruta's "crimson eyes", which turn a fetching shade of red when emotionally excited; and Killua Zoldyck, the middle son of a DysfunctionalFamily of [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether notorious assassins]].

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.

In 2008, the original anime was licensed by Creator/VizMedia, but had various alterations to the DVD release, without informing the fanbase, causing sales to tank.

''Weekly Shonen Jump'''s double issue #35-36 in 2011 ultimately confirmed that the series would get a complete anime [[TheRemake remake]], disregarding the previous animated series and [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVAs]] by Creator/NipponAnimation to start from the very beginning of the story; it was animated by Creator/{{Madhouse}} and directed by Koujina Hiroshi, the character designs handled by Yoshimatsu Takahiro.

[[TheMovie Two movies]] for the series were also released.

The 2011 anime was one of the most requested shows for {{Creator/Toonami}} on Creator/AdultSwim, and fans finally got their wish when Viz Media announced that their brand new English Dub for the series will premiere on the block on April 16, 2016 at 1:00am EST, taking over ''[[Manga/{{Parasyte}} Parasyte -the maxim-]]'''s slot once that show ends its run.

It has a [[Characters/HunterXHunter character page]].

'''LateArrivalSpoiler warning:''' To those just starting with the manga/first anime or are watching TheRemake, beware of major unmarked spoilers for the first few arcs below!

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* TheAbridgedSeries
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** Killua in the first anime is given a more mature look, including slanted eyes, a more older looking face, and noticeably taller build than fellow 12-year-old Gon; in the 2011 reboot, Killua is given a more "cute and younger" design, with large and round expressive eyes, a height deduction, slimmer build, and age equivalent face. [[http://static4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120107110603/hunterx/images/d/db/Killua_1999.png Just]] [[http://images.wikia.com/hunterxhunter/images/b/bb/Killua_during_the_third_phase.jpg look]].
** Some of the ''Weekly Shounen Jump'' magazine issues featured chapters composed mainly of scribbles and character designs lacking in detail making the anime renditions more attractive; all of the chapters though were redrawn afterwards so that doesn't hold true for their tankobon release.
** Pakunoda has a more feminine face in the 2011 anime and even wears lipstick, in contrast to the manga and 1999 anime, which depicted her with plainer features.
* AffablyEvil: Hisoka, at times; at the very least, his demeanor is very calm and courteous for a bloodthirsty murderer.
* AllYourPowersCombined:
** Averted. Chrollo can steal others' Nen [[ImprobableWeaponUser through a book]], but he can only use one ability at a time [[spoiler:until he developed a bookmark, which allows him to use both the ability on the page the bookmark is on and the page the book has been turned to. Chrollo still has a limit of two, or only one if the ability requires both hands to use.]]
** Another aversion concerns Ging, who can imitate other people's Nen abilities; this however is not his Nen ability, as it's actually an innate skill. He shows it to prevent Pariston from learning about his actual Nen ability, which hasn't been shown.
** Yet another aversion concerns the Chimera Ant Squadron Leader Leol, who can conditionally steal other users Nen abilities; he has to see the ability first and then stores them in his mp3, which prints a little receipt that he then rips apart, allowing him to perform the ability once for one hour. However, he cannot use the ability if the subject has died, and he needs to do a "favour" to said person before being able to use the skill.
* AmbiguousGenderIdentity: Alluka is referred to as a girl by Killua and dresses like a shrine maiden. The rest of her family, who barely consider her a person, refer to her as male and in a flashback it's shown she wore more androgynous clothes as a little kid, implying she's transgender.
* AndYourLittleDogToo: The mafia community tries to pull this one on the Phantom Troupe. It doesn't work:
-->'''Mafia guy''': You are all dead. The community will kill you and your family. Torture and cut them to pieces. Give them the suffering of Hell.
-->'''Feitan''': Family? What's that?
* AnimationBump: The 2011 anime is generally very well animated, but it really ups the ante for particularly emotional scenes or important fights. Some examples of the latter are Gon vs. Hisoka and Netero vs King Meruem.
* {{Anticlimax}}: The Zoldyck Family arc. Most of the arc's buildup suggests that Killua is being held against his will by his family and is being tortured for daring to make friends, and that Gon, Kurapika, and Leorio will have to fight his incredibly powerful parents and siblings. Eventually it's revealed that this whole conflict, punishment included, was a fairly mundane argument between family members that only looked scary because everyone involved is a world-class assassin (c.f. the morbid inclinations of [[Series/TheAddamsFamily the Addams family]]). When Killua hears that Gon and company have come to the Zoldyck estate to pick him up, he just breaks his chains and walks out with them.
* AnyoneCanDie: Unless you're a main character.
* ArtEvolution: Even disregarding the infamous low quality art chapters published during serialization, the series' art can change a lot depending on which volumes you're reading, with [[http://fukkatsu.free.fr/imagesalacon/togashi-hysoka.jpg certain]] [[http://fukkatsu.free.fr/imagesalacon/togashi-illumi.jpg characters]] [[http://fukkatsu.free.fr/imagesalacon/togashi-pitou.jpg looking]] very different during certain points of the series.
* ArtShift: This is more in lieu to the author's hiatus, but one can see he was really rushing at the end of the Greed Island arc. The artwork looks on par with that of a sketchbook and yet SJ still published it.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority:
** The Chimera Ant hierarchy.
** The Hunter Association is kind of like this, though there's actual politics behind it. Presumably badassness is just a major consideration in voting.
** Subverted with the Phantom Troupe. Chrollo Lucifer is their leader, but he is nowhere near the strongest combatant in the Troupe. As a matter of fact their rank has very little to do with their abilities, though they do keep an informal tally on who's strongest in different areas like actual combat and arm wrestling, for example.
* AuthorAvatar: He even makes a cameo appearance as a plushie in the background of the manga.
* AuthorFilibuster: Killua's rant in Chapter 230 about despotic governments.
* AvengingTheVillain: What the Phantom Troupe want to do to Kurapika for Killing Uvo, Pakudona, and sealing their leader's abilities so that he's powerless.
* AwardBaitSong: The fourth ending of the 2011 anime, ''Nagareboshi Kirai'', which takes place during the emotionally-heavy Chimera Ant arc and has a much more low-key sound than the previous three ending themes.
* AwesomeButImpractical: One Heaven's Arena fighter had the ability to form a duplicate out of nen. It seems impressive at first, until it's revealed that that nen style is the exact opposite of his innate ability, and is complicated enough that he ''can't learn anything else'', making him a one-trick pony that's easily thwarted once the ability's weakness is found.
** Welfin's Nen ability consists of him triggering four missiles mounted on a band around his waist. Though it's fearsome looking, Welfin has to ask three questions for the missiles to actually shoot and seek their target. If the questions do not satisfy Welfin's conditions, the missiles would be shot and explode, but it doesn't work if Welfin is not able to ask the questions or if the target moves from the location in which Welfin estimates they are, meaning that they won't work blindly. As such, the ability is mostly for show.
** Cheetu has this very tendency with everything he comes up with, which is shown when he traps Morel in a conditioned Nen room that requires Morel to catch Cheetu to be able to escape. Morel quickly realizes that the Nen conditions for the imprisonment made by Cheetu have huge logical gaps, meaning he doesn't actually have to pursue Cheetu to catch him or that Cheetu cannot actually attack him if he doesn't want him to leave, so he sits the whole way through, playing with Cheetu's impatience. Eventually, Morel is able to trick Cheetu by using his smoke.
*** Cheetu spontaneously creates an ability while keeping Morel imprisoned which consists of a crossbow on his right arm. Though Morel is impressed at his coming with a weapon on the spot, he wonders why Cheetu would need a weapon that’s slower than Cheetu’s innate abilities. Frustrated with this quandary, Cheetu lets Morel leave.
** 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.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Played with, as Killua and Palm annoy the hell out of each other and were more than ready to come to blows, but they come to admit that they are valuable friends for the sake of Gon.
** Averted with Gon and Killua. Gon has very little qualms about admitting that Killua is his BFF; Killua will admit it to no one ([[spoiler:except Palm]]), not even to Gon himself.
* BackForTheDead: [[spoiler: Pokkle and Ponzu from the first Hunter Exam return in the Chimera Ant arc only to be brutally killed by the ants soon after.]]
** [[spoiler: Kurtopi and Shalnark]] didn't even get past one chapter of their debut comeback before they're [[Main/OffWithHisHead brutally]] [[Main/KilledOffForReal slaughtered]] by [[spoiler: Hisoka]].
* BadassGrandpa: Netero, Maha, Zeno.
** BadassGrandma: Tsubone.
* BattleAura: Nen. See also KiAttacks.
* BattleButler: The Zaoldyck household is choke full of them.
* BattleOfWits: Many of the battles are like this.
* BattleTops: Gido tosses tops infused with Nen. When hit, the main character remarks that they hit like a sledgehammer. If the opponent gets too close, Gido can then spin like a top.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: This is the basis of Alluka Zoldyck's Nen. [[spoiler: If you grant three of her requests, she'll grant you one wish. But the wish [[LiteralGenie often has unintended consequences]], and the bigger it is, the more severe her requests become (to the point of asking someone to give her their organs). Whoever denies four consecutive requests dies on the spot, along with the person they care about most, and a number of other people in the closest degrees of separation from them (the number depending on the last wish's severity). However, this is all completely averted for selfless or compassionate wishes, which just make Alluka sleepy and bypass the entire request system.]]
** [[spoiler: Apparently the rules don't really apply to Killua but he might be the only exception. He doesn't need to fulfill Alluka's three requests before being granted a wish. All he has to do is ask nicely.]]
** [[spoiler:It's been revealed that Killua can even ''order'' Nanika to do things instead of asking as well. Such as sending Illumi home.]]
** In the Yorkshin Arc, Nostrade lackey Squala argues that he would not spill any information to the prospective bodyguard candidates, so FemmeFatale Baise plants one on his lips. Her Nen ability turns Squala into a masochistic slave for three hours(on the Animes, she stomps him in his face; on the Manga, she even stomps him on the groin, much to his pleasure), removing all resistance from him.
* BeeBeeGun: Ponzu, a competitor in the first Hunter Exam.
** Though not bees, the chimera ant Ikalgo can shoot weaponized bullet-shaped fleas through his air rifle. The flea hits prevent the victim's blood from clotting, which would induce death by blood loss.
* BequeathedPower: Pakunoda gets afflicted with a curse that causes her to die if she talks about anything related to her attacker. She makes her way back to the organization she works for and uses her powers one last time, to insert what she knows about her attacker into their memories so they all have detailed information about this assailant.
* BestServedCold: Kurapika dedicates his entire life to punishing the members of the phantom troupe who killed his entire clan.
* BewareTheSuperman: The Phantom Troupe. The Chimera Ants. And it certainly isn't unheard of among regular hunters.
* {{Biseinen}}: Chrollo and Hisoka, despite Hisoka being a MonsterClown.
** {{Bishonen}}: More typically, Kurapika and Shaiapouf.
* BlackMagic: On, as compared to Nen. While Nen is more of a neutral force that can be used for either good or ill, On draws explicitly from hatred, corrupts or poisons anyone who doesn't give themselves completely to the power, and requires steep contracts of its practitioners, such as the female user whose power activates only when she commits suicide.
* BlandNameProduct: Happens with the in-universe internet, e.g. Uoggre instead of Google.
* BlindAndTheBeast: The Chimera Ant King and Komugi.
* BloodKnight: Hisoka again. The only reasons he's helped out the main characters is because he wants to fight them once their powers are fully developed. Ditto his involvement with the Phantom Troupe, except he wants to fight Chrollo.
* BlowGun: Used to shoot a paralyzing dart at Gon.
** Ikalgo's flea rifle is air powered.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Several characters touch on this. Hisoka, Gon, The Chimera Ant King and a few others.
** [[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.
* BodyHorror: People on the receiving end of Illumi's pins, the people on the receiving end of Neferpito's ability. [[spoiler: Gon after the Chimera Ant battle. [[http://www.mangareader.net/hunter-x-hunter/333/10 Even Killua's terrified and he was a career assassin]].]]
* 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.
* BrawnHilda: [[spoiler: Biscuit]], at least in her true form.
** Tsubone is this plus BadassGrandma and BattleButler.
* BreakingTheBonds: Gon and Killua do this to show that they're to be taken seriously when taken hostage by the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Ryodan]].
* BreatherEpisode:
** [[spoiler: The Nanika/Election arc. [[WhiteandGreyMorality The bad guy turns out to be decent, and the EldritchAbomination turns out to be a cute little monster.]] Gon is healed, and finally meets his dad. Considering the [[CrapsackWorld Hunterverse]], the arc is refreshingly LighterAndSofter.]]
** The Greed Island arc, more or less. Especially since it takes place between two very dark storylines, and mainly involves Gon and Killua training and exploring a virtual world [[spoiler: that's actually real]] while finding items to return home. Things don't get too serious until the end, and while Genthru is a major threat, he's nothing compared to the [[ArcVillain antagonists]] who came before or after him.
** A sub-plot example: Surprisingly, the VillainEpisode [[spoiler:with the Phantom Troupe]] (episodes 96-97) in the Chimera Ant Arc is this. While its placement is early enough to not be in the darkest parts of the arc, it still manages to lighten the mood after the horrific content we've seen, with its campy MonsterOfTheWeek, being more action packed, and the lack of tension compared to what else is going on in the Arc.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Gon uses a DeadlyUpgrade to kill Pitou]].
** [[spoiler: And Netero stops his own heart to activate a bomb inside of his body in the hopes of killing Meruem. He nearly succeeds, but two of Meruem's Royal Guard heal him soon after...though it turns out the bomb was made with poison powerful enough to kill Meruem and anyone who comes into contact with him for too long]].
* TheBusCameBack: Nearly every previously introduced Hunter appears during the Hunter Chairman election, except for the deceased ones and certain villains.
* CallingParentsByTheirName: After finally meeting him face to face, Gon takes to calling his father by his name Ging. While he has a great deal of respect for Ging, he simply doesn't see him as a father-figure. To be fair, Ging doesn't see himself as such either.
* CallingYourAttacks: Lampshaded:
-->'''Killua: ''' Do you have to yell those words every time?\\
'''Gon: ''' Huh? Sure. Otherwise it's not like a special attack.\\
'''Killua: ''' Maybe... but you're telegraphing the enemy. What if you get attacked while you're yelling?\\
'''Gon: ''' I'll dodge and say it.\\
'''Killua: ''' What if you can't?!\\
'''Gon: ''' I'll still say it.
** This is partially explained by the nature of Nen, in where a user's familiarity with the activation of their ability will make that ability more powerful.
** And used to clever effect by Gon to psych out an opponent who knows about Gon's penchant for calling his attacks.
* CartesianKarma: Possibly subverted when one of the side characters gets kidnapped by the ants, brainwashed and altered to be one of them. She eventually comes to her senses, and as Killua points out, Gon's not one to judge and the Hunter organization isn't going to persecute her just because she's now a chimera ant.
** Also it's a pivotal point played straight with Gon. Blinded by his rage, he activates a technique that allows him to rapidly age/grow and defeat an enemy vastly superior to himself. Unfortunately after calming down, he's still mutated and puts himself on the brink of death.
** Also his teacher and role-model Kaito, who is made into a living rag doll for the ants to manipulate that Gon desperately wishes to bring back. The realization that [[spoiler:he can't do so, and Kaito truly is 'dead' is what pushes Gon into the transformation alluded to above.]]
* CastOfSnowflakes
* CannibalismSuperpower: Meruem is able to strengthen his aura by devouring active users of Nen.
* CerebusSyndrome: The series had some pretty questionable material to begin with (such as Hisoka being a pedophile) but gradually becomes darker and darker, culminating in the Chimera Ant arc which contains some of the darkest content in a shounen ever. It's so relentlessly dark and oppressive that it moreso resembles a gritty seinen manga like Berserk or Gunnm than anything that runs in Shounen Jump.
* ChainPain: Kurapika fights using {{Variable Length Chain}}s made of [[FunctionalMagic Nen]]. He can conjure several such chains with various powers.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: The four main characters are all able to lift several tons, ''before'' learning Nen, due to extreme weight training.
* ChildrenForcedToKill: Killua is an example. Being a member of a BigScrewedUpFamily of assassins, he's taught to kill from infancy, and forced into the life of an assassin without being given much of any choice in the matter. He was murdering people before he turned 6, and by the time he appears in the show at age 12, he's already killed hundreds of people.
* CloseCallHaircut: Biscuit's pigtail in the Greed Island arc.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The first ending for the 2011 {{Remake}} does this with the four main characters.
** Gon - Green
** Killua - Purple
** Kurapika - Red
** Leorio - Yellow
* CombatStilettos: Hisoka fights in high heels all the time.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Almost everything Gon goes through in the story is actually [[StealthMentor his father's way of testing him]].
** Killua's essentially going through the same process, trying to unlearn what his family's been drilling into his head for years and starting to open up to people.
* CondemnedContestant
* ConvictionByCounterfactualClue: When the Phantom Troupe starts suspecting that they may have a traitor, Chrollo quickly handwaves the notion away saying that a traitor would be driven by the lust for money or fame, and no Troupe member would be interested in something so trivial. [[spoiler: He completely ignores the possibility that the said member could be interested in something else, which was precisely the case with Hisoka.]]
* CookingDuel: One of the tests in the Hunter exam is all about this.
* ContinuityDrift: As a side effect of TechnologyMarchesOn and WebcomicTime, the in-universe Internet has seemingly become far more open and widely-used in the course of a year or so.
** Another side effect is that technology seems to have gotten a bit more advanced in recent chapters. Cell phones look like they've leapt ahead 5 years and at one point Killua is clearly using some kind of tablet PC. The Madhouse remake also retcons a few things, like VHS tapes turned into discs and a lot of the older-looking [=TVs=] in the show have been changed to LCDs.
** In the case of cell phones, they went from block-phones to flip phones, and now everyone's carrying smartphones, with no explanation whatsoever. That being said, abilities tied to now-obsolete technology keep their appearance, like with the [=iPod=]-looking Rental Pod and the early-00's cellphone Black Voice. With the case of the latter, the manga only depicts the back of the phone, dodging the drastically different appearances of cell phones nowadays.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Averted with Feitan's power ''Rising Sun'', which creates a miniature star which does exactly what you expect it to do: It produces tremendous heat and thus quickly and violently burns down everything within a perimeter of several dozens of meters.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The early tankobon covers are deceptively lighthearted, featuring a lot of giant cartoony animals. Eventually, when the Yorknew arc starts up, the covers get darker and more representative of the series, but Togashi occasionally throws the audience a curveball, like a cover of the Phantom Troupe as adorable chibis (followed by a cover of Gon and Killua as very vicious-looking chibis.)
** The same thing goes for some of the opening themes, specifically the 1999 anime's first theme and the theme to the 2011 reboot. Both have a cheery, upbeat tone and lyrics that can be quite misleading.
* CrapsackWorld: Thought 9/11 was bad? Here terrorists kill 11 million people in one event. The mob runs the world. Parts of the world are inhabited by demons.
** The 11 million people thing? It's not even an actual part of the plot. It was just ''a throwaway remark''.
** Oh, and that "parts of the world are inhabited by demons" thing? It's just a drop in the bucket compared to the Dark Continent, a DeathWorld so nightmarish it makes those of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' look like quiet urban parks. Said "continent" is actually the 95% of the world that is outside the "Known World" (its map, which includes all the continents of RealLife Earth in a different configuration, in fact represents a small archipelago in the middle of a "lake"), and Chimera Ants are actually one of the tamest calamities that are known to come from there; meaning, something potentially powerful enough to wipe out humanity in the Known World could potentially pop out at any time.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: A charming world full of funny creatures - and unfunny creatures, and bad, ''bad'' people.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Komugi is the best Gungi player alive by a large margin, but this has left her severely lacking in all other aspects of her life; she is timid, fragile and borderline stupid. As she argues, playing Gungi is the only thing that prevents her from being either destitute or even dead.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: Gon vs. Pitou.]]
** [[spoiler: Killua vs. ''every Hunter Exam applicant'' when he takes another shot at it.]]
* CuteBruiser: Subverted in Biscuit. The cute little girl form she has isn't her true form... And that one is ''not'' pretty.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Hina is an Ant and also pretty cute.
* CycleOfRevenge: The Ryodan killed the Kuruta tribe, so Kurapika [[spoiler:killed Uvogin]], so Nobunaga wants Kurapika dead...
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique:
** When Gon asks Netero how did Killua accomplish his Rhythm Echo technique in the Midnight Ball Game, Netero simply says that there’s no need for Gon to need or use something like that.
** Kurapika puts conditions on his Nen to increase its power, but it will kill him if he doesn't follow the strict code.
** Gon [[spoiler:forcefully ages his body to increase his power, causing such trauma that his life will be shortened, and he may even lose his Nen powers.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: The whole Chimera Ant arc.
** And before that, The York Shin arc. The series was dark before, but it's the first time it goes into truly grim territory.
** The whole manga really, when compare to most Shonen mangas. Each arc is filled with it's fair share of gore.
** It's arguably the darkest of [[YoshihiroTogashi Yoshiro Togashi's]] works.
** It's also a deconstruction of {{Shonen}} manga and anime.
** In regards to adaptations, the 1999 TV anime has a much more somber and moody tone than either the original manga or 2011 remake. It also amplifies the focus on Killua's moodiness and Kurapika's PTSD.
* DeathWorld: The Dark Continent.
* 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.
** Specifically, the IdiotHero and his frequent form of CloudCuckoolander instinctive ethics. Gon verges on BlueAndOrangeMorality sometimes, but it's just the kind of thing IncorruptiblePurePureness frequently invokes, carried just far enough to be slightly creepy.
** Gon Freecss (said hero) is designed in tribute to Son Goku in several ways; there is a ''reason'' Gon [[ShoutOut catches a giant fish as his first act]]. And then of course, he recently risked his life to turn into a huge muscle-guy with endless hair in order to destroy Neferpitou for destroying the mentor Gon wasn't strong enough or old enough to save... it was [[TearJerker horrifying as hell]], but a little bit funny, too. Because look, it's grown-up Goku UpToEleven.
** Also, in the beginning of the series Gon wasn't a very skilled fighter and didn't immediately learn how to hold his own against older and stronger opponents like most Shonen heroes do. He often had to rely on quick thinking alone to survive.
** There are several times where our heroes simply aren't strong enough to defeat or even challenge the villains. Rather than suddenly powering up to ridiculous levels and pulling out a victory, there isn't really anything they can do about said power gap, so they're forced to accomplish their goals by other means.
** FiveManBand dynamics also played straight and deconstructed. Interesting because Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio map onto the team from Togashi's first big series-- namely The Overpowered IdiotHero ([[KidHero Gon]] and [[JapaneseDelinquents Yusuke]]), the Small Scary Killer ([[HitmanWithAHeart Killua]] and [[AntiHero Hiei]]), the [[BewareTheNiceOnes Smart Pretty Boy]] ([[LastOfHisKind Kurapika]] and [[SomethingAboutARose Kurama]]), and the Big Idiot With A Heart Of Gold ([[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Leorio and Kuwabara]]).
*** Of course, Yusuke and Hiei weren't the best of friends, but the group had about as little cohesion--which is to say, everyone pursued their own goals, and fell back together by [[ContrivedCoincidence circumstance]]. However, when one looks at ''[=HunterXHunter=]'', those dynamics become a little different. ''Hisoka'' came back. The rest of the Phantom Troupe appeared to have a VillainEpisode wiping out a local outbreak of the new BigBad. Even members of the Zoldyck family show up every now and then, especially Zeno and Silva. Leorio is not likely to do so because of his studies. Nor Kurapika, due to his seemingly never ending quest to avenge his family name.
** Chrollo Lucifer is a deconstruction of the "enigmatic and powerful leader" character type, showing us how his mysteriousness and power make him incredibly unpredictable and rather unsettling. [[MonsterClown Hisoka]] shows us how truly terrifying a powerful, intelligent and psychopathic BloodKnight can be. And Meruem is an attempt to be psychologically ''realistic'' about a cosmic-level entity born full-grown to devour humans and conquer the world.
** The Zoldyck Family Arc is about Gon, Kurapika, and Leorio trying to save Killua from his assassin family. Unlike most [[RescueArc rescue arcs]], the heroes never get a chance to [[StormingTheCastle storm the castle]] and fight the bad guys (though they do make it past the front gate, which is no small feat), and instead the situation turns out to be little more than a typical family spat, and gets solved just as quickly--it only ''looked'' dire because everyone involved is a master assassin, so what could have been a rather normal argument with mom adds whips and guns.
** The Heavens Arena storyline, despite being a [[TournamentArc training arc]] all about how Gon and Killua progress from [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Charles Atlas Superpowers]] to [[KiManipulation nen-usage]], has a lot of subverted expectations. The CombatCommentator and large portions of the audience can't even see [[LifeEnergy aura]] and therefore have no understanding of most of the higher-level fights.
*** The protagonists never make it to the top of the tower, but they do: fight the same characters more than once, blow most their winnings at the beginning of the next arc, and spend two months meditating without even watching the on-going tournaments. They don't get pitted against each other, or have a serious fight against their new rival/friend Zushi. Gon doesn't even win his final match against Hisoka, although he does seem to be personally satisfied by the outcome.
*** And at one point their [[SuperEmpowering helpful]] mentor states outright that he suspects his latest students are monsters and he regrets having [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone taught them anything.]] And [[IncompletelyTrained no one]] becomes a master at the end of the arc.
** Just because Gon's TheHero doesn't mean he always fights the BigBad of a story arc; he's [[KidHero still young]], which means that in terms of power and skill he's sometimes completely outclassed, and more often than not a much stronger character will face the main villain instead while Gon faces an antagonist closer to his level.
** Neo-Green Life, an isolationist nation introduced in the Chimera Ant arc, examines the LuddWasRight trope and how difficult and ''dangerous'' an "all natural" society would be in the modern world. NGL permits no technology more recent than the practice of agriculture, meaning visitors must discard everything from metallic or plastic clothing items to modern necessities like eyeglasses, tooth fillings, and medical implants at the border crossing or face ''execution''. The checkpoint ([[LoopholeAbuse conveniently located just outside of NGL's actual borders]]) must employ highly advanced technology like MRI and ultrasound in order to effectively enforce this policy. Outside of protecting their immediate livelihoods (e.g. health precautions or self-defense from an attack), most NGL citizens would not attempt to stem the larger effects of an epidemic or invading hostile animal species because it's just "nature taking its course". The country's low technology level also means intranational communication is extremely slow (the internet is used at the aforementioned checkpoint for international relations, but only handwritten correspondence is allowed within NGL proper), which allows the Chimera Ant infestation to get out of hand before international aid can be summoned. It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:[[EvilLuddite the country was founded and is ruled by a man who wanted nothing more than to ruin other people's lives]]]].
** Nen itself is a ''massive'' deconstruction of KiAttacks in general. Compared to similar techniques in other series, Nen has a very definite and detailed structure that determines how people develop the abilities they have and how to best make use of those abilities. Compared to learned attacks from most other series (which are nearly always taught as part of a school of martial arts), how Nen manifests is heavily dependent on the individual. Also in comparison to other series, where fighters generally spam their special attacks all the time, Nen users are incredibly conservative when it comes to using their abilities in order to keep their opponents from learning the particulars of that ability, including its strengths and weaknesses.
** Each one of the arcs is a deliberate deconstruction of a common shonen fighting arc:
*** Hunter Exam Arc: The "contest" arc, in which several characters need to compete with each other in order to win a title. This arc examines what would ''actually'' happen in a contest filled with superhumans- the normal humans die in brutal ways, the empowered individuals run rampant and murder dozens, and Gon barely survives only because the only two people that know Nen are Hisoka and Illumi, who likes Gon enough to keep him alive for Hisoka and barely processes Gon's presence for Illumi. Heck, the people in the final phase win on a ''technicality''- only Gon really fought for his victory.
*** Zoldyck Family Arc: The "rescue" arc, in which the heroes try to save a friend/teammate from peril. The power gap between the Zoldycks and Gon and co. is so huge all they can do is desperately plead with the family to see their friend. As it turns out, Killua is in no danger at all, he leaves of his own volition and his father even lets him go after realizing he needs friends to properly grow, and that letting him grow outside their care is not an issue.
*** Heavens Arena Arc: The "training" arc, in which the heroes train in new abilities. Gon and Killua do ''not'' win the Heavens Arena, and actually treat it as a means to an end for their abilities to be tested. Their mentor, Wing, also expresses severe worry about unlocking their potential as they become extremely strong in a short amount of time.
*** Phantom Troupe Arc: The "villain squad" arc, in which the heroes face off against a group of evil villains. This arc examines what would happen if you took superpowered humans and put them in the real world- the power gap between the troupe and the mafia goons is massive, and only Kurapika, who has [[spoiler: limited his arsenal to specifically ''only fight the troupe'']] can stand a chance. Even still, Kurapika can only do so little, and most of the troupe escapes unscathed. This also examines some MoralMyopia inherent in villains that care about their friends yet murder dozens.
*** Greed Island Arc: The "deadly game" arc, in which the heroes must compete and win a game to survive. Greed Island is a very real place, and the horrific injuries Gon and crew suffer are very real. This also examines the rather horrific situation of coming to Greed Island and not having Nen- Gon's group manages to start a collection of cards just by trading people a way out of the game, who are desperate to go home.
*** Chimera Ant Arc: The "enemy army" arc, in which a large enemy force accosts the heroes, with a powerful leader. This arc in particular examines the idea of having an enemy that is significantly stronger than you- from the ''enemy's'' perspective. What is it like being devastatingly stronger than everyone else? How would something that is on another level from everything process the worth of other creatures? What would something that was meteorically stronger than everything else think when it realizes that other creatures can think just like it can? What would ''it'' constitute as strength? The Chimera Ant King is a rather somber answer to all of these questions. Even more deconstructive is that [[spoiler: the humans actually ''cheat'' to win- upon learning that he will die and realizing no one else can stop the king, Netero detonates a nuclear bomb in his chest than eventually kills the King from radiation poisoning, rather than a straight up fight.]]
* DeliberateInjuryGambit: Gon versus Genthru.
** Hisoka versus Kastro; the former voluntarily allows both of his arms to be cut and he still wins.
** A subversion is the fight between Isaac Netero and the Chimera Ant King Meruem. According to him, Netero's loss of limbs does not make him any less of a threat. Even though he delivers his ultimate attack, [[spoiler:he still is not able to inflict any significant injury to the King, so Netero decides to pierce his own chest to stop his heart, triggering a weapon of mass destruction to finally destroy the King. This deathly final act does bring the King to the brink of death, but he is revived by his Royal Guards. The King and his Guards would not die until hours later from a poisoning agent embedded in the bomb.]]
* DesignatedBullet: Kurapika's ability Chain Jail can only be used on members of the Phantom Troupe.
* DirtyCoward: [[TheLoad Tonpa]]. Not only does he admit that he's a lying, cheating son of a bitch, but that he also gets his kicks from watching men in their prime fail and die horrible deaths in the Hunter Exams. [[UpToEleven Sometimes]], he'll even sabotage his team's efforts to win if he gets far enough.
* DispelMagic: Finding a Nen user capable of this to help their leader becomes the goal of the Phantom Troupe following the Yorknew City arc.
* DitchTheBodyguards: Meruem’s ThirdActStupidity undermines his own guards on several occasions:
** he behaves like a spoilt child and complains that Neferpitou’s aura is grinding on his nerves (so could Neferpitou please disable it inside the castle?);
** he tears his own arm off so Neferpitou has to stitch it back together, doing which makes her disable her all-seeing aura for several crucially important hours;
** he directly orders Neferpitou to stay in a fixed position away from him when two top-level assassins arrive to kill him, and willingly leaves the other two of his royal guards.
* DodgeballIsHell: A subarc of the Greed Island arc involves Gon, Killua, Bisk, Hisoka, and some minor characters in a dodgeball game. The players on the other team throw the ball with sufficient force to break bones.
** The players on the heroes' team, however, are battle-hardened people with lethal superpowers themselves. The captain of the opposing team, Razor, is so powerful that he inflicts TheWorfEffect by his mere presence and is the only person shown so far to genuinely put MonsterClown Hisoka on edge.
* DramaPreservingHandicap: After his memory loss Meruem also gains some addition abilities. To stretch the plot suspense a little longer, he agrees to enter a contest of sorts with his royal guards and not use these abilities too often. Same with how he wasn’t inclined to attack Netero at first.
* DramaQueen: The chimera ant officer Pike borders on the {{Tsundere}} towards Zazan; the Royal Guard Shaiapouf often has tirades of ballet dancing and violin solos, and Kikyo Zoldyck acts this way towards her son Killua.
* DudeLooksLikeALady / AmbiguousGender:
** Kurapika is very feminine looking. It doesn't help that he's [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdressed]] on more than one occasion as a disguise. Up until WordOfGod confirmed it for the Philippine dub for the 1999 series, Kurapika's gender was a topic of speculation; [[spoiler: he's all boy]].
** Kalluto is more or less always in female clothing.
** The official data book lists Alluka's as male; two of Alluka's brothers (Illumi and Milluki) refer to Alluka as their brother. Killua, the person closest to Alluka, specifically states that Alluka is a girl and refers to Alluka as his sister multiple times. So Alluka’s biological sex may be masculine, while Killua's interactions show that Alluka’s self- gender-identification is feminine.
* TheDutifulSon: Illumi, Milluki, possibly Kalluto.
* DwindlingParty: The group of bodyguards working for the Nostrade family during the York Shin arc. [[spoiler: Only Kurapika, Melody, Linssen and Basho survive]].
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the Hunter Exam Arc (before Nen was introduced), Gon used a fishing rod as a weapon, Kurapika had a set of batons, and Kite used a katana. Once the characters started using Nen, their starting weapons were dropped. Another small example of weirdness was that Killua used to have a skateboard.
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: The first episode shows us Gon's hometown and family, and his motivation for wanting to be a Hunter in the first place.
* ElectionDayEpisode: Not only an episode, but an entire StoryArc devoted to the Election of [[spoiler: Chairman of the Hunter's Association.]] It shows off a very interesting power struggle, even the most good and honest characters are forced to retort to morally ambiguous tactics in order to increase their popularity, every movement (even the fights)is calculated to get more voters and support, and the masses are constantly swayed away by the candidates' showy propaganda, pompous speeches and shady promises instead of their actual arguments or background. And, for the most prominent characters, the election ends up being another game to test their skills against each other.
* EleventhHourSuperPower: [[spoiler: Gon transforming into [[FanNickname Adult Gon]] right after Pitou tells him they are going to kill him. Not that Gon was listening to Pitou.]]
* EnigmaticMinion: Hisoka to Chrollo.
* {{Ephebophile}}: 22-year-old Palm Siberia and 12-year-old Gon Freecss go on a date, much to Killua's horror. [[spoiler: [[KnifeNut It doesn't end well.]]]]
** When Killua asks Gon whether he has been on a date before, Gon tells him that while on Whale Island, he was taken out by passerby women from docking ships as an escort and that they [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "taught him things"]], much to Killua's surprise.
** There's also Hisoka's ''unusual'' interest in Gon, which does include him leering at the poor boy's backside during Greed Island. Killua doesn't approve of that either.
** Gon isn't the only boy Hisoka's interested in. It seems like ''both'' the 12 year old protagonists aren't safe from his fascination.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The very reason Colt betrays the Chimera Ant King. As such, Colt retains the memories of a human boy that was tasked by his own mother to protect his sister Reina. This is why Colt tries to preserve the Queen's legacy and structure, albeit unsuccessfully, not only as her son, but as her second-in-command too.
* EvilLuddite: The citizens of Neo-Green Life reject any technology newer than agriculture. While they seem to do this because they feel strongly about preserving nature, their extreme take on the ideology is quickly shown to be impractical and dangerous--having medical implants is a capital offense, and no one in NGL would try to stop an epidemic, for example. The country's founder is later revealed to have created NGL because [[spoiler:he had a hellish upbringing and wanted to ruin other people's lives on a grand scale]].
* EvilVersusEvil:
** In The Yorknew arc the Phantom Troupe goes against the world's major mafia families and eventually the Zaoldyecks, with the main cast caught in the middle.
** In Chimera Ant arc the Phantom Troupe (again) goes against one of the scattered Chimera Ant squadron leaders — Zazan.
* ExpoSpeak: A lot of detail on the world is woven through the series explaining how the setting is a CrapsackWorld.
* {{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 [[DragonBallZ Cell and Freezer]].
** Similarly, Zazan and [[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.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Many of the combatants during the assault on Meruem’s castle are top-level fighters and used to operating at scales of minutes, if not seconds and microseconds. So there happens so much during the opening moments of the battle that entire episodes are required to convey it all.
* EyeScream: The Phantom Rouge movie manages to be chock-full of this despite said eye-trauma being magic-induced and bloodless. Only dolls and corpses are ever shown with empty sockets, but there's just something unsettling about knowing that one [[spoiler:(and later two)]] of the main characters is wandering around with their eyes pulled out.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: the Chimera Ant King and Komugi]]
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: The Zaoldyeck Family are a family of [[ProfessionalKiller assassins]].
* FamilyThemeNaming: The five Zaoldyeck children. From oldest to youngest: Illu'''mi''', '''Mi'''llu'''ki''', '''Ki'''llu'''a''', '''A'''llu'''ka''', and '''Ka'''lluto.
** Plus they all have double ls in their names.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Most deaths in this series, and there's quite a bunch of them.
* FantasticFragility: The raw power of a Nen increases if you add weaknesses and conditions.
** E.g. Shizuku's and [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Coltopi's]] powers don't work on living beings; Genthru's main ability won't activate until he explains it; Kurapika will ''die'' if he uses Chain Jail on someone outside of the Phantom Troupe (in order to [[AvertedTrope avert]] HeWhoFightsMonsters). [[spoiler:On a different note, Kurapika learns from Mizaistom that the person who holds the Kurtas' eyes, a Prince of Kakin; as he is not in the Phantom Troupe, this poses a quandary to Kurapika's powers.]]
** This also explains why Gon calls out his attacks (see CallingYourAttacks above). He has subconsciously put a condition on his Nen attack, meaning he ''has'' to say the attack out loud, otherwise it wouldn't be as destructive, or even activate.
** Killua was conditioned by Illumi to retreat every time he faces an enemy he doesn't know he can defeat. [[spoiler:Though it's long argued that his training led him to be conditioned, Illumi's influence is entirely artificial, as he put a Nen needle in Killua's brain.]]
** The chimera ant Meleoron explains that his abilities render him and anyone he touches effectively invisible and imperceptible, but they are still wholly vulnerable to damage.
* FatBastard: Tonpa. Look at the entry for DirtyCoward above.
* FluffyTheTerrible: A giant guard dog with a cutesy name guards the Zoldyck household. Even [[FriendToAllLivingThings Gon]] is afraid of it.
* ForbiddenZone: The "Outside"/Dark Continent, original home of the super-sized chimera ants, quite possibly all magical beasts, and special types of humans. The land has been called "Humanity's most immense taboo" and all attempts to go there throughout history resulted in disasters. 200 years ago, the five greatest nations in the world agreed to outlaw any further exploration attempts. Doubles as a DeathWorld, as the forbidden area is actually the vast majority of their planet. There are four things needed to travel there: [[FourIsDeath authorization, means, qualification, and a contract...]]; likewise, whenever creatures from the Dark Continent cross, it means disaster to the human world and the ensuing disasters are barely contained.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Gon is Sanguine, Killua is Phlegmatic, Kurapika is Melancholic, and Leorio is Choleric.
* FunctionalMagic: The various "nen" powers.
* FunWithAcronyms: It's eventually revealed that 'Greed Island' is an acronym, consisting of the first name of everyone involved in its creation.
** [[MyNaymeIs Well, sort of...]] [[spoiler: One of the characters involved in the creation of Greed Island had his name changed by the protagonist's father to make the acronym work, which appears to be a sore spot for him to this day]]
* TheGadfly: Tonpa during the Hunter Exam arc, mostly to Leorio during the Third Phase. He consistently pointed out how much Leorio's opinions stood out from the rests of the group, as well as blamed him for the 50 hours they lost during his gambling session with one of the prisoners in the tower. It's not only for his own amusement, either; he's doing it to intentionally sabotage the team's chances of going to the next Phase.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: aside from the gorn, the most obvious example would be Hisoka's sexual overtones towards battle. In the 2011 series, he even gets a rather onomatopoeic boner at the prospect of fighting Gon.
** A female character is literally named "to fuck" in French - Baise.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: In Neferpitou’s and Meruem’s cases, the sheer intensity and strength of their aura can be so overwhelming for a regular Nen-user, that even a momentary exposure to it can have severe permanent psychological and physiological consequences. Knov, for instance, who was specifically picked up for the highest-threat and highest-difficulty level mission against Chimera Ants, became almost completely demoralised after seeing just the brink of Neferpitou’s aura at close range and soon after lost almost all hair on his head. Similarly, Welfin rapidly aged and his fur fell out when he felt the King’s killing intent focused on him.
* {{Gorn}}: Has LOTS of it, though much of it is (self-)censored because the manga runs in Jump. The writers of the new anime had gone on record saying they would be in deep trouble once the series catches up with the later manga arcs. The anime writers decided to go MoodWhiplash on the show, so after all the adorable cuteness of friendship and BloodlessCarnage in the first twenty episodes or so, [[spoiler: the Phantom Troupe comes in, and the body count spikes, with a side of big pool of blood, and nearly dead guy getting sucked up by a vacuum]].
** They did find a workaround about this, using [[SceneryCensor clever camera angles]] to cover [[spoiler:Gon severed hand]] among others. Some scenes where the brain or internal organs of the victims were shown [[spoiler:(during certain battles with Uvogin and Chrollo, The Bomber explosion mass-murder and before the Dodgeball battle)]] and notably everyone favourite pedo-clown hotspring scene ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar with Gon and Killua's eyes slowly following the offscreen ... "reaction" of Hisoka]]) were redone in the 2011 anime so that it doesn't show as much as in the manga.
*** Leol makes an appearance in TV and when the reporter asks him for proof, he proceeds to bite most of her upper body off; this is censored on the series cleverly as a glitch in the transmission as if the camera had stopped working when Leol attacked the reporter.
* GratuitousEnglish: In ''The Last Mission'' [[TheMovie movie]], TV broadcasts are shown with captions in English, inexplicably avoiding the in-universe alphabet. In those captions, Netero is presented as "President of Hunter X Hunter", producing a strange case of in-house CowboyBebopAtHisComputer.
* GroinAttack: The series had a secondary female character who could MindControl people after kissing them. The scene where she demonstrates her ability has her kissing her partner, then making him lay on the floor and have her pressing her foot to his crotch. ''Repeatedly''. As the guy ''begs for more'' and she lets out a shrieking NoblewomansLaugh. Also counts as GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The Chimera Queen absorbs the DNA of anything she eats and gives birth to hybrid children, and the Chimera King can mate with the female of any species and turn her into a Chimera Queen.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Subverted. While Gon and Killua have incredible natural talents when it comes to learning Nen, the true source of their phenomenal growth is the fact that they also train very dutifully to refine their abilities. The result is that they're able to make the kind of progress that would take most people years in a few months. As Wing exposes to Zushi, Gon and Killua have innate abilities beyond Zushi's, who is already gifted himself to a lesser extent. Their backgrounds also come into collation considering that Gon is the son of Ging, one of the greatest Nen users in the world, and Killua comes from an elite family of professional assassins and has been an accomplished combatant from an early age.
* HavingABlast: Gensuru the Bomb Devil's power.
* HeadsOrTails: Members of the Spiders flip a coin to settle disputes.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Hisoka has the power to make his aura sticky like gum, and the power to change the appearance and texture of thin surfaces. Those are his only Nen abilities. As lame as they ''sound'', the way he uses them makes them ''overkill''. He even named them in a rather cheesy manner, as they come from a chewing gum brand from when he was young.
* HeroicBSOD: Gon goes into one at a certain point.
* HeroicWillpower:
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Gon and Killua, although Killua's been seriously treading the line between this and HoYay in the latest arc.
** Considering the greater picture, Gon and Killua are each other's first friend '''ever''', as Killua was not allowed to make friends and Gon lived in an isolated island where the population was not sedentary.
* HiddenDepths: Underneath her manic behavior and fearsome appearance, Palm Siberia is a remarkably beautiful woman and a tremendous cook.
** Tonpa and his group deliberately invoke this trope. While they may seem like clumsy, reckless fools, their main goal is to get other contestants to fail the Hunter Exam and [[ForTheEvulz have fun doing it]]. This really shines through when Tonpa gives Gon's group (and by extension the audience) an in-depth look at how mob mentality breaks a group apart.
* HitmanWithAHeart: Killua.
** Also his grandfather Zeno, who takes great displeasure in having collateral damage.
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: Chimera Ants, though they're more intelligent and not aliens.
* HumanResources: The Chimera Ants prefer humans as fodder.
* HumansAreBastards: A recurring theme near the end of the Chimera Ant arc, that humans can be just as ruthless and horrible as the ants. [[spoiler: Especially when they break out the [[NukeEm "Rose".]]]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: This is the default attitude most Nen users have towards their powers. Many fighters go to great lengths to keep their opponents (along with anyone who might be observing the battle) from getting a proper understanding of what their particular Hatsu is and how it works, as doing so reveals the Nen's limitations and vulnerabilities. Being willing to reveal your Nen to another is either a gesture of complete trust or a sign of your confidence in your ability to use your Nen, despite your opponent knowing how it works (e.g. when Hisoka explains his Bungee Gum to Gon). As a consequence, many fights in the series are much more cerebral than your typical Shonen series' battles as the fighters spend much of the fight trying to figure out their opponent's Nen while trying to make use of their own without giving away its limitations.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The X 2011 Anime X Episodes.
* IdiotBall:
** Chrollo’s achievements and battle prowess indicate high intellectual potential. Despite this, however, he fails to even suspect that Hisoka may be betraying them. He also doesn’t compare and cross-analyse ''all'' of the predictions of future for his group members, which could’ve hinted on how to make all the members stay alive. [[spoiler: This ultimately results in Pakunoda’s death.]]
** One could say that the only Doylist reasoning behind Komugi’s character was to make Meruem undermine his own safety on several occasions, because otherwise he was too powerful to be killed. On different occasions, Meruem: 1. makes his most watchful guard lose focus for several hours; 2. ditches all three of his guards; 3. doesn’t engage the enemy even after the said enemy proves to have considerable battle experience and power; 4. doesn’t withdraw from the battle when the enemy drives him into a corner and shows that it can launch and land a powerful attack almost instantaneously.
* IgnoredEpiphany: The Chimera Ant king has ''several'' of these.
* {{Immortality}}: [[spoiler: A virus called Zobae makes people unable to die. As is speculated, [[FateWorseThanDeath it's unknown whether the victims retain a sense of self]] as shown with the "man" that is kept in isolation by the G5, so officially he's not longer considered human per se.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: The Chimera Ants.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: [[spoiler:Episode 128 of the anime. Technically it's not an orgasm but... can't tell more.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Chrollo and his books, Shizuku and her vacuum cleaner.
** And it's not just them either. Practically the ''entire cast'' are [[ImprobableWeaponUser Improbable Weapon Users]]. From dart boards to bank interest to mobile phones and even ''a giant pipe'', the characters have it covered.
*** Cheerfully subverted with Leorio,who, when threatened, promptly pulls out... A '''switchblade'''. A weapon so mundane that, in a Shounen series, it's approaching weird from the other side.
* InfantImmortality: Inverted in case of Reina, played with in case of Shidore.
* InsideAComputerSystem: See YourMindMakesItReal.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Meruem and Komugi]], it was being subtly developed along the Chimera Ants arc, mostly one-sided by [[spoiler:Meruem's]] infatuation with [[spoiler:Komugi]], although in the arc's climax/closure it was developed into a mutual relationship.
* IntimidationDemonstration: Early on, one of Kurapika's opponents punches a concrete wall, leaving huge cracks and chips in it, then reveals a tattoo resembling that of the Phantom Troupe as well as his kill count on his back. It turns out that he embedded a steel plate into one of his hands to enable him to punch with more force but can only do it once in a while as it really hurts, that [[spoiler: the Spiders have a membership number on their tattoos, and that their kills are so numerous that they don't bother to count.]]
* ItsPersonal: Happens very often in Hunter X Hunter where bad guy will incure the wrath of the heroes (usually Gon).
** Since the Phantom Troupe killed his entire village and family, Kurapika's got this in spades.
* InvisibleToNormals: Nen and all abilities based on it are completely invisible to people who did not awaken their own Nen.
* JerkassFacade: Leorio initially claims he's only in it for the money, but he later reveals that he needs the money to pay for medical school because his dream is to open a free clinic, having lost his best friend Pietro to a curable but expensive disease.
** Kurapika is a rather unapproachable person when he is first introduced. Though he mellows out, he does so only with Gon, Killua and Leorio; still, he is the second most stubborn person in the series (after [[{{Determinator}} Gon]]) by a large margin. By the time the Chimera Ant arc is finished (from which he was entirely absent), he gets even worse.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: The original anime... Good lord, the original anime... It was to the point where they would occasionally stretch out one chapter of the manga over ''two'' episodes.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Gon.
* JustAKid: Gon and Killua get this a lot.
* KiAttacks
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The duo of Phantom Troupe members scouting the Greed Island is shown talking about how they've just killed a few random players, to see if someone had a more expensive world map on them. The killers proceed to their destination, announcing to do more killing along the way just for the kicks of it, while the camera shows the corpse, near which the duo talked. It turns out to be the guy who has earlier given clueless Gon and Killua their rough first experience of getting attacked by spells.
* KillItWithFire: Feitan's Rising Sun. Though fire might be [[HurlItIntoTheSun a little too soft a word...]]
** Bashio also uses his ability this way, though it is much weaker.
* KilledOffForReal: Quite a few so far, the most important ones being[[spoiler: Uvogin, Pakunoda, Kite, Netero, Neferpitou, and Menthuthuyoupi.]]
** As for the last chapter, [[spoiler: Kite]] seems to be [[BackFromTheDead alive]].
** The only major exception is the way Chimera Ants are created, [[spoiler: such as Kite might be now if taken at face value]], retain memories and personalities of the devoured humans used to create them. Initially these personalities are suppressed, but those who recover their memories fully can be said to be a form of this.
* KillerYoyo: Used by Killua, albeit sparingly.
* KnifeNut: Palm.
* LargeHam: Kuckle Bine and the chimera ants Ikalgo and Rammot; Leorio also has his moments of this.
* LastOfHisKind: Kurapika.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The 5th episode of the first OVA has a scene near the end which consists of the camera zooming out of Pakunoda's face while she has numerous flashbacks (in transparent). This lasts for about 1 minute and 30 seconds.
* LivingOnBorrowedTime: [[spoiler:As of Chapter 311, Meruem due to the Rose bomb's poison. Palm Siberia claims Meruem will be dead in a few hours. Shiapouf, who was infected by the poison when he fed Meruem his body, is dying even faster.]]
** Likewise, Pakunoda and Chrollo from the Phantom Troupe were given this treatment by Kurapika by rendering them unable to use their Nen or face death; Pakunoda [[spoiler:rescinded her borrowed time to reveal her troupe mates the appearance of the "Chain User"]], while the Troupe and Hisoka went to Greed Island to [[spoiler:find a Nen master that could remove Chrollo's conditioning.]]
* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn: Happens every now and then thanks to the series being over 15 years old but with relatively little time passing in-universe. This was especially bad in the Chimera Ant Arc (which spanned for nearly 10 years and was over a 100 chapters long, but in-universe it was no longer than a few months), where you could see people with flip phones at the beginning point of the arc and then suddenly smartphones near the end.
* LookBehindYou: Invoked by Zeno to Cheetu, though it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] with [[TooDumbToLive Cheetu not believing him]]. Cue [[spoiler:[[DynamicEntry Silva plunging down from the sky and smashing his head to the ground with one punch]]]].
-->'''Zeno:''' Well, I suppose it would make little difference whether you looked or not.
* LoudOfWar: When all else fails, [[TheJuggernaut Uvogin]] can kill another (superpowered) human being with his roar alone.
* LovableTraitor: Hiso-Hiso ♥
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Menthuthuyopi.
* LuckyCharmsTitle
* MagicAIsMagicA
* MagicalComputer
* MagicallyBindingContract: Nen users are able to use this to bolster their abilities and become more proficient in nen types they aren't compatible with, usually by handicapping themselves in some way.
* MalignantPlotTumor: The Chimera Ants arc started as a side story completly unrelated to the main plot. It ended up being longer than the Yorknew and Greed Island arcs combined.
* ManlyTears: The chimera ant Ikalgo has the tendency to cry when overwhelmed by emotion. At one decisive instance, he cries at his own inability to kill his fellow ant Bloster; thinking him a craven, Welfin tries to extort him and in turn Ikalgo roundly kicks his ass to complete submission.
** Bloster, whom Ikalgo spared, takes Reina (now an ant herself) back to her village to the arms of her mother. Grateful at him, the villagers offer Bloster food and shelter but he declines. In tears, Reina fetches him and pleads for him to stay. Moved by her grateful pleas and realizing that he literally has nothing else, Bloster cries and accepts to stay.
** Gon does this at the sight of Kite's mangled body, swearing to get him back to normal; [[spoiler: unbeknownst to him, Kite was already dead, but alive in a diminutive chimera ant girl.]]
* MeaningfulName: Meruem, according the the Chimera Ant Queen, means "The light that shines on everything." Meruem demonstrates the truth of this [[spoiler: when he reaches a level of power where he is able to use his Nen on individual photons, and in the chapter titled "A Flash".]]
* MeetCute: Subverted and lampshaded during the Greed Island arc with "Love-Love, The City of Romance" which is "famous for its easy meetings": Various {{Moe}}-looking characters [[CrashIntoHello crash into]] the main characters, [[BlindWithoutEm lose their glasses]], and generally [[DistressedDamsel need rescuing]], but the main characters (mostly) ignore them because they've got a mission to complete.
* TheMillstone: When Gon and co are forced to team up with Tonpa during one stage of the Hunter Exam, he actively ''tries'' to be one, as he's part of a group of contestants who deliberately sabotage other contestants' chances of passing the Exam [[ItAmusedMe for fun]]. Ironically, at one point his actions actually ''help'' the protagonists, in particular his [[DirtyCoward undignified, one second surrender]] when he faced one of the Prisoners in the Third Phase. He's very quick to point out to Leorio that his surrender only wasted a little of their time getting out of the tower they're supposed to clear, while [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Leorio's "play it safe" method of betting and his perversion over one of the Prisoners cost the entire group 50 hours of tower completion time, and virtually no real time to finish the course on their own.]]
* MixAndMatchCritters: An entire race of Mix-and-Match Critters, the Chimera Ants, is the foe during the Chimera Ant arc.
* MonsterClown: Hisoka.
* MoralityPet: The [[spoiler: Chimera Ant King]] only avoids slipping past the MoralEventHorizon because he takes care of a heavily handicapped girl when she's injured.
** 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.
*** From the beginning Gon was this to Killua. During the Hunter Exam arc Killua still murders people rather casually (including killing a couple of candidates because they were rude and he had a bad day), but thanks to Gon he grows to be a much more moral person.
** Gon, Killua and Leorio are this to Kurapika; while he recognizes that they are remarkable friends, he considers that the morality that they instill in him prevents him from accomplishing his vendetta against the Phantom Troupe, so he has repeatedly tried to keep them at a distance (most of the times unsuccessfully).
** Pakunoda seemed to be this to the Phantom Troupe before [[spoiler: she succumbs to Kurapika's chains]]. The efforts made to rescue Chrollo from Kurapika were not because he is the Troupe's leader (which arguably makes him expendable by the Troupe's rules), but because he is their friend and they don't want him to die. Pakunoda's [[spoiler:last act not only gave the Troupe Kurapika's face, but also the fact that to Gon and Killua, unlike the rest of the world, found Pakunoda's life to be valuable.]]
* MoreDakka: One of the Phantom Troupe removed his own fingers to replace them with Nen machine guns.
* MundaneUtility: One round of the Hunter Exam was a cook-off. Also used in the York Shin arc, where Gon and Killua use their aura-sensing powers to locate cheap antiques that they can later resell for a profit.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Shaiapouf is afraid Komugi might distract the King from his "true goal" and is therefore considering killing her for "the King's sake"]].
* TheMusical: Several musicals have been made.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: Often subverted, as ostensibly powerful and experienced characters are often defeated by weaker characters who simply have a better preparation and make a wiser or more optimal use of their skills; see Kurapika vs. Uvogin, Gon vs. Genthru, many fights against the Chimera Ants, and so on.
** [[DoubleSubversion Doubly subverted]] when Uvogin fights the Shadow Beasts. Just after we have established just how badass he is, the three Shadow Beasts, through carefully combined attacks and proper use of their abilities, quickly render Uvogin seemingly harmless... and then he manages to defeat all three of them in 10 seconds ''[[WithMyHandsTied using only his neck and head]]'' after warning them that that was actually all he needed to kill them, although to be fair he still would have died if his allies hadn't treated him or if the poison used by one of the Shadow Beasts was lethal instead of just paralyzing.
* {{Ninja}}: Hanzo.
* NotDrawnToScale: Height discrepancies are pretty off, but it's pretty apparent when you see Gon and Killua together and the two with the Phantom Troupe; canonically speaking, Gon is 154cm and Killua is 158cm, in the 2011 version, they are roughly the same height until the Chimera Ant Arc when it's more clear that Killua is taller than Gon. In relation to Machi and Shizuku, who are two of the closest in height to the two boys in the Troupe, height discrepancies become a bit more clear. As Machi is 159cm and Shizuku is 160cm, making them one and two centimeters taller than Killua and five and six centimeters taller than Gon; seen in the Yorknew City Arc, the two girls are a full head taller than both boys despite being roughly the same height as Killua, albeit a bit taller. [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0SFWJlt_Z8s/ULsJ252PYAI/AAAAAAACOD8/Pl6a8ptNT_E/s1600/%255BHorribleSubs%255D%2BHunter%2BX%2BHunter%2B-%2B57%2B%255B720p%255D.mkv_snapshot_00.23_%255B2012.12.02_15.01.23%255D.jpg See for yourself.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: There's an obvious one of Kim Jong-il; his name is even an anagram for Kim Jong-il.
* NotSoStoic: The Phantom Troupe's coda argues that since the world gave up on them, they do not care for anyone's life, [[spoiler:unless of course someone does come to respect their lives and existence as Gon, Killua and Kurapika show to Pakunoda. The very notion makes the Troupe stop their pursuit of the trio and focus on relieving Chrollo from his conditioning.]]
** Subverted with Chrollo; he makes an effort to prevent Neon Nostrade from being harmed once he steals her powers; the original owners should be alive in order for their skills to continue working for him ([[http://i.imgur.com/3x2o6HN.jpg Ch. 123, p. 4]]). Were Neon to die, the page with her skill would disappear from his book and he would no longer be able to use it. Still, she doesn't have to be in mint condition as he delivered her, only letting her live is enough.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: The Miniature Rose. [[spoiler:It even has radiation, called Rose Poison.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Biscuit, Netero, and Gon to a degree.
* OhCrap:
** Majitani gets two over his fight with Kurapika; the latter lets him know that he shouldn't be bragging and lying by saying that he's from the Phantom Troupe by beating the living lights out of him, and later, he has to stop pretending he's unconscious once Leorio tries to make him plunge into the abyss surrounding the ring.
** [[http://i.imgur.com/sT1TRkj.jpg Hisoka]], when he realizes that [[spoiler:a mishap with Alluka's powers might kill him too.]]
** [[http://i.imgur.com/pLLXIs7.jpg Illumi]], when he realizes that his accidental Killing Intent outburst might've frightened Killua away.
** Meruem, when he realizes that Netero had one last ace up his sleeve that he had planned on using from the very start.
* OldMaster: Netero.
* OneSidedArmWrestling: Used to hustle money by Gon & Killua.
* OnlySaneMan: Parodied with the 3 guards of the king; both [[TheStrategist Shaiapouf]] and [[TheJuggernaut Menthuthuyoupi]] see themselves as the only sane of the 3 guards... but in the heat of battle, they both lose a lot of time due to their respective temper problems, whereas only [[AxCrazy Neferpitou]] is able to keep their cool and display razor-sharp intuition and light-speed decision making even as all odds are against them.
** By comparison, Pouf has the tendency of arriving to the wrong conclusions when faced with pressure and being a DramaQueen in general, and Youpi tends to not think things through. Albeit superficially aloof, Pitou works best when cornered.
** Parodied also at Greed Island, out of Gon, Killua and Biscuit, the latter comes off as the most infantile and immature [[spoiler:even though she is actually 59 years old and buff as hell.]]
* 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.
** It is also odd that Killua wasn't taught about it in his family, considering he was a prodigy taught about all else in assassination, the lack of Nen training is glaring. Ostensibly, his restrictions regarding the knowledge of Nen are imposed by his parents and older brother in order to "keep him safe" according to them.
*** Killua mentioned that his father sent him to Heavens Arena at the age of eight, and told him not to come back until he reached the 200th floor. This was probably when Silva intended to breach the topic with him, but Killua decided to leave on his own immediately upon getting there, which likely made Silva reconsider how ready Killua really was.
*** This was probably what Illumi's needle was for initially. "See some dangerous shit you don't understand? Run!" Which would hold true for basically every advanced nen user when you don't know about nen.
* PaperMaster: Kalluto; Wing also demonstrates to Zushi how to alter paper to use it as a weapon.
* ParentalAbandonment: Several cases.
* PeoplePuppets: Neferpitou, Illumi, and Shalnark. Shalnark can even hypnotize himself to make him stronger.
* PersonalityPowers
* PettingZooPeople: The most human Chimera Ants.
* ThePlan: Everything Hisoka ever does.
* PowersAsPrograms: Chrollo and a few rare others can steal or borrow powers. One even borrows them through an iPod like device, and selects them like songs.
* ProfessionalKiller: The Zoldyck clan.
* ProjectileKiss: Palm Siberia shoots several at Gon, who in turn barely manages to dodge them.
* PromotionToParent: Mito, who raised her nephew Gon after her sister's death and Ging's departure.
* PsychoForHire
* PsychoSupporter: Played frighteningly straight with [[spoiler: Shaiapouf]].
* PutOnABus:
** Leorio & Kurapika for the Chimera Ant Arc (which lasted nearly 10 years in real life, much to the frustration of their fans). Then [[TheBusCameBack Leorio returned during the 13th Chairman Election Arc, with Kurapika reappearing for the following arc]].
*** Ironically, it looks like Killua has been put on a bus as of recently since he's off to travel with his sister Alluka for a bit.
*** Gon (you know, the series' ''protagonist'') too, thanks to [[spoiler:having lost his ability to use Nen]]. He's currently doing 2 years of school homework.
** Chrollo Lucifer was put on a bus since the Yorknew City Arc, or since he was effectively conditioned by Kurapika. As such, not even the Phantom Troupe know where the hell he is, but are still trying to relieve him from the conditioning. He does make a return later, nearly 200 chapters after his last appearance, fighting [[spoiler:Hisoka in the Heavens Arena]].
** Neon and Light Nostrade haven't been seen from even before [[spoiler:Kurapika took over their business.]] This one can even be considered an example of WhatHappenedToTheMouse, since [[spoiler:without Neon’s Specialization the family’s power will likely perish]].
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Phantom Troupe and the Chimera Ant captains.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: As soon as we start to see Pakunoda's good side, she dies. She's still a villain, it's just that we start to understand why she does the things she does... And then wham. Dead.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler: Kurapika.]]
* 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.
* RockPaperScissors: A BadAss attack even.
* RPGMechanicsVerse: The Greed Island, to an extent.
* SayItWithHearts: Hisoka ♥ - he also says it with spades ♠, diamonds ♦, and clubs ♣; Biscuit occasionally uses hearts too, but hers look different ♡
* SayMyName: [[TearJerker "Good night... Meruem...."]]
* SemanticSuperpower: Not inherent, but the really strong abilities have certainly-worded rules placed on them. Nen-users are encouraged to do so, as the stricter the rules and conditions placed on an ability are, the more powerful they become, plus you can leave open (or even find by accident) loopholes to exploit. The enemy is able to exploit those loopholes as well, though.
* ShaggyDogStory: Gon and Killua's adventures in auctioneering during the Yorknew arc. They never make anywhere near enough money for the minimum bid on Greed Island, and then have to make enough money anyway just to buy back Gon's Hunter license that he pawned for the seed money while they just go with an alternate plan to volunteer to play it for a multibillionaire that ends up buying all the copies.
** The guy that helped them in this endeavor also ends up leaving to take the Hunter Exam, only to get stomped by Killua in the first few minutes of the exam.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Palm Siberia, whose usual appearance is rather ragged: Messy hair, barefoot, a dirty dress etc. When she goes out on a date with Gon, she looks quite cute [[spoiler: When the date starts to turn sour she reverts to her old look.]]
** [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]] in the case of Phynx when he dresses up as an agent alongside his troop mates to free Uvogin from the Nostrade family bodyguards; even Uvo compliments him exactly like that when he sees him.
* ShirtlessScene: Hisoka in the shower, and again later bathing in a lake.
** Hisoka is completely naked in the last scene, at least in the manga (his intimates covered up by a ''speech balloon'', of all things). Gon and Killua don't seem too disturbed, but Biscuit, an older women who has the ability to turn into a little girl, has to run away and giggle furiously while red in the face.
** Gon and Killua don't seem too disturbed, until a naked Hisoka starts getting [[ShotaCon unabashedly turned on by their combat potential...]]
* ShockAndAwe: Killua's Nen ability allows him to generate electricity.
* ShoutOut: Characters from Manga/YuYuHakusho sometimes appear in the background of the manga as figurines, plushies, on wanted posters, etc.
** The Greed Island arc contains a card labeled [[Anime/{{Doraemon}} Toraemon]]. It does exactly what you think it does.
** CoolOldGuy Morau has a giant pipe as his nen ability, its name? Music/DeepPurple. And just in case that's too subtle, his first fight is against a water user.
** When the Phantom Troupe are running across walls, one person assumes they are ninjas as [[{{Naruto}} familiar symbols appear over his head]]
*** On top of that, Hanzo is a ninja from the Village Hidden in the Clouds, which shares a name with a ''Naruto'' location.
** When Leorio considers what could beating Greed Island lead to, one of his ideas is that it could lead to a [[DragonBall giant dragon that grants wishes]]
** In the recent Alluka/[[ElectionDayEpisode Election Arc]] of the 2011 anime, we see Alluka playing with some [[{{SailorMoon}} familiar looking dolls]] in one of the flashbacks. Extra points for this shout-out since Togashi is married to Sailor Moon's manga-ka.
** The series also received a ShoutOut in ''Sailor Moon: Crystal,'' where Ami and Usagi are at an arcade and one of the arcade games is Greed Island.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: To give just one example: Kuroro Lucifer? Chrollo Lusilfer? Quwrof Wrlccywrlir?
** How about having to choose between surnaming Killua as Zoldick or ''Zaoldyeck''? Or Jin/Gin/Jing/Ging Freaks/Freeccs? And then we move into the Chimera generals, with names like Neferpitou, Shiapouf, and Menthuthuyupi. And since the "official" romanizations are pure gibberish in many cases, no two fan translations are ever consistent. Even on this very PAGE there are vastly different spellings for the same character's name. Even the official translations from Viz use the company's own interpretations instead of the official books, though if at least one makes sense, it will go with that one (as is the case of Chrollo).
*** An in-universe example. Ging Freeccs forced his friend Wdwune (the guy who gave out the last card in Greed Island) to change his name to Dwun despite his friend's fervent protest.
*** An out-universe example. For a long time, the dodgeball player in the Greed Island game had his name translated as "Laser", until it was revealed that the "R" in the "Greed Island" title standed for his name's first letter. So it was changed to "Razor".
** According to the databook, the official spelling for Kurapika and the Gen'ei Ryodan are:
*** Kurapika - Curarpikt
*** Hisoka - Hyskoa
*** Kuroro Lucifer - Quwrof Wrlccywrlir
*** Ubogin - Wbererguin
*** Shizuku - Chzzok
*** Pakunoda - Phalcnothdk
*** Machi - Matiy
*** Phynx - Phynkss
*** Feitan - Heytun
*** Kortopi - Colhtophy
*** Shalnark - Syarnorke
*** Franklin - Fulunkln
*** Bonolenov - Vonnornoth
* SleepCute: Gon and Killua [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/a528451eaf76cd8b024a0873dae65be5/tumblr_mfm2p3Z3YP1r9oytgo1_500.gif in this precious moment]].
* SoundtrackDissonance: The new anime has this at times.
* SpoilerOpening: The first opening of the 1999 version wasn't one, but the second was. Especially the [=OVAs=] and the 2011 anime version have spoiler openings.
* StealthMentor: Hisoka shows hints of this at times, but who knows what his motives are: It could be that he's simply batshit insane.
** At least a part of his motives is that he simply wants to fight strong opponents. At present he's doing his best to help Chrollo get his nen powers back so he can fight him, and he also wants Gon to grow into a fighter powerful enough to give him a helluva fight.
** Also helps Killua out by tricking Illumi into revealing his killing intent so that Killua knows to avoid the area Illumi is in, because [[spoiler: Killua is on a mission to save Gon.]] Though also subverted later on as [[spoiler: Hisoka wonders if he should just kill Alluka to make Killua hate him and then kill Killua to make Illumi hate him so he has at least one strong opponent out of the three (Gon, Killua and Illumi) left, and gets to fight the second.]]
* StuffBlowingUp: Genthru's abilities.
* SuperCellReception: Pretty much everyone, from the 12-year-old protagonists, to the gang of bandits that Shalnark's a member of, to the [[MixAndMatchCritters Chimera Ant]] commanders have and use cellphones to communicate with each other over distances. Gon and Killua's beetle-shaped phones, in particular, are described as being able to get service nearly anywhere in the world.
* SupernaturalPhone: Shalnark uses his cell phone as his weapon of choice. It lets him mind-control anyone he places a receiver on (and seems to control what they say via him texting the phrases). He can also stick a receiver on himself to give himself a power boost, though he can only move by inputting commands into the phone, and it quickly exhausts him of his energy. It can work as a normal cell phone.
* SuperpowerLottery: Within some limits. There are six different schools of Nen you you can end up with that is random, and each school determines what type of powers you can develop for yourself. Ideally, the user develops the powers that are closer to his gradually and through a lifetime of training; this rule can only be averted if the user basically has a death wish and complete abandon [[spoiler: like Kurapika and Gon]] and even that has its own limitations and rules.
* SuperStrength: Several of the characters are absurdly strong even before you factor in Nen, as demonstrated above with CharlesAtlasSuperpower.
* SuperWheelchair: Gido from Heaven’s Arena.
* TakeThat: At the North Korean government, as seen in the Republic of East Gorteau, a dictatorial country that parallels with a country of the same name at its West side. It's ruled by a Supreme Leader whose name, Ming Jol-ik, is an portmanteau of the former dictator Kim Jong-il.
** Also, at China. The country's capital city is called Peijin.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Lampshaded. Knuckle thinks several paragraphs worth of text, realizes that he's thinking incredibly quickly and that the only way that could happen is because time slows down in the few seconds before he dies, then turns to see an obviously-fatal attack coming right toward him.
** Also averted, again with Knuckle, at least in the anime. His ability adds forced compounded interest on "loaned aura" at a rate of 10% every 10 seconds. By the time he's done explaining the ability to Gon, the "loan" had grown considerably.
* 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.
* ThoseTwoGuys: In droves: Gon and Killua (even though they are the protagonists, because they are children), Leorio and Kurapika, Knuckle and Shoot, Morel and Knov, Ging and Pariston among others.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Illumi and Hisoka.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: Wing and the Heavens Arena arc.
** Biscuit, who was also Wing's teacher.
* TortureTechnician: Feitan. His torture acts are actually never shown, but it is hinted in various ways that he is a particularily sadistic pervert. The fact that he partially subverts the trope by being not a weakling at all, but actually one of the strongest and toughest fighters of his group, does not render him any more sympathetic.
-->'''Nobunaga''': You're aiming to break his arm, right?
-->'''Feitan''': I was thinking of starting with the fingers. Carefully removing his nails...
** Neferpitou too. Their modus operandi is extracting information via wires implanted in the brain.
* TournamentArc:
** The Hunter Exam arc ends in a tournament, though it differs from your standard shonen tournament in that every match is a submission match (you ''must'' get your opponent to explicitly forfeit the match), and killing results in an instant disqualification. Instead of being the champion, the goal is to not be the one ''loser.'' Due to the forfeit requirement, the tournament is more of a series of [[BreakThemByTalking intense conversations]] than actual fights. It also leads to an interesting match where Gon wins the fight by getting the crap beaten out of him so hard that his opponent forfeits for fear of killing him because he refuses to submit.
** Subverted in the Heaven's Arena arc. The tournament itself isn't the goal -- the reasoning behind Killua and Gon's participation from the beginning was to earn money and gain experience. This fact is even lampshaded several times: When the woman registering the fighters tells Gon and Killua what awaits at the top floor both of them just say that they aren't interested; and when Kastro tells Killua that he'll meet Killua at the battle Olympia he receives a similar response.
* TrueCompanions: The four main characters and also the Phantom Troupe, who are a rare villainous example.
* UndignifiedDeath: The deaths of [[spoiler: Meruem, Pouf, and Youpi; though it was expected for them to perish in the throes of combat as the tremendous fighters that they are, they succumb to radiation poisoning from Netero's nuclear bomb without being able to lay a finger on anyone. In the case of Meruem, he was able to die peacefully at the side of his loved one; Pouf and Youpi instead fell pathetically like flies without ever understanding what hit them.]]
* VariableLengthChain: [[spoiler: Kurapika's]] weapon of choice after mastering Nen. [[spoiler: The chain is his Nen.]]
* 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.
** Palm ([[spoiler: before her transformation into an ant]]) is barely able to talk without mumbling and moaning.
* 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.
* TheVoiceless: The Chimera Ant Reina was a little girl who was captured by the ants and transformed into her new form. With the ants, she serves as a page to the ant Hina under Leol's orders. Hina long suspects that she can talk, but she's either unable or unwilling and she correctly concludes that Reina is actually very young. Turns out, Reina was so sad and scared that she was unable to talk until Bolster reunited her with her grieving human mother.
** The Chimera Ant Queen and her first ant offspring lack the physiological features to allow them to vocalize, so they mostly communicate via telepathy. It's not until the queen tries anthropophagy that her subsequent offspring develop the ability to talk.
* WaifProphet: Neon, although with her father's wealth she is far more SpoiledBrat than Waif.
* WarriorPoet: Bashio, quite literally. His Nen ability is to make whatever he writes in a Haiku happen, with the [[KillItWithFire effect]] being stronger the better the poem is.
** Netero is somewhat of a calligrapher.
* WeaponsThatSuck: Shizuku and "Deme-chan" / "Blinky."
* WhamEpisode: There are many examples in HxH, but Ging delivers a truly epic revelation when Gon catches up with him in Chapter 338. [[spoiler: We discover that the known world map, referenced throughout the series, is actually a collection of islands at the center of a giant lake, and the rest of the HxH world is both vast and unexplored by humanity.]]
* WhamLine: From Chapter 344: [[spoiler: Gon tries to use his Nen after being healed. "My aura... Isn't coming out...?"]]
** Previously, [[spoiler: when Pitou reveals to Gon that they had killed Kite a long time ago.]]
** [[spoiler: "Ko... Mugi?"]]
* WhamShot: There's an extremely touching scene in the Chimera Ant Arc where Gon manages to cheer up Killua by stating that [[spoiler: he believes that Kite lived]]. We then cut to [[spoiler: Pitou holding Kite's head, showing that not only did he lose the battle between him and Pitou, it cost him his life.]]
%% Commented out misuse * WhatTheHellHero: Pouf is already known for manipulating people, but [[spoiler: by lying about Komugi to Pitou, his fellow Royal Guard, he inadvertently caused the latter's death in Gon's hands.]] [[spoiler: Pitou,]] however was already preparing to fight Gon and was bidding their time for the circumstances to change, but otherwise they would not have breached their pact of honor with Gon (for the King's sake) or would have intentionally thrown Gon into despair, a fact that triggered [[spoiler: their fight, Gon's transformation, and Pitou's eventual loss.]]
%% Commented out misuse ** Against all odds and Pouf's wishes and efforts, Welfin does exactly what the King ordered him to do: [[spoiler: Reveal Komugi's existence to the King, effectively ending all malicious intent that was left in the King.]] Rather than continue their world conquering plans, the King [[spoiler: decides to spend his last living throes in the company of his loved Komugi, immediately ending the war.]]
* WildChild: Gon has all of the advantages: CharlesAtlasSuperpower senses, super strength but none of the disadvantages: The whole fish out-of-water thing. Wing notes that though he was raised in a town, he was very outdoorsy.
* WillfullyWeak: On different occasions, Meruem willfully handicaps himself against Netero and his guards.
* WorldOfBadass: When passing the Hunter Exam ''requires'' you to be a top-grade {{Badass}} at the very least, you know you're in one of these.
* WouldHurtAChild: Chimera Ants, Heaven's Arena fighters, Binolt, etc.
* WrongNameOutburst: The Chimera Ant Colt argues that his queen and mother has to be protected, and he absentmindedly refers to her as "Reina" and that his task is to protect her. [[spoiler: This implies that Colt has vestigial memories of a boy that was captured early on the ants' spread and was tasked that very thing by his mother; unbeknownst to him, his sister Reina is also a chimera ant, also survives the war, and reunites with their mother.]]
* YourMindMakesItReal: [[spoiler: Subverted. Greed Island has real effects because it's a real place, not a virtual world.]]
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