YMMV / Hunter Hunter

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The villains have Graying Morality and ambiguous backstories, which leads to a lot of interpretation.
    • The Zoldyck is either a Badass Family that has every right to do whatever they do, or a creepy family who treats each other immorally.
    • Also, Silva Zoldyck and Ging Freecss. Do they really think that their sons are more than capable enough to last without their dad at such a young age, or are they just fathers who just don't care that their sons might be killed because they were too weak? It is more ambiguous with Ging though.
    • The Phantom Troupe. Are they justified for being upset for having one of their members die or are they, like Gon said, Hypocrites to be in such despair when they kill thousands of people with no remorse? Also is Chrollo stealing precious items For the Evulz or is he just does he want to make the troupe be remembered by the masses for having he and his group being Unpeople?
    • Are the chimera ants in the wrong for wanting the world to be ruled with Chimera Ants? Because on one hand, humans won't necessarily die and may become a chimera ant and any evil chimera ant only wants to kill humans, who are also resisting. But on the other hand, not all humans will survive and who there are some questions with Chimera Ants that haven't been answered (Can a Chimera Ant get pregnant with a baby? Would their friends, Chimera Ant or human, always recognize them? etc.).
  • Arc Fatigue
    • The Chimera Ant arc ran for more than 7 years, thanks to it having long breaks on top of lasting 132 chapters. This arc has been much better received in the 2011 anime due to the long breaks not existing...but even then, the arc took over a year to get through at 61 episodes!
    • The Hunter Exam in the original anime where portions of the arc was extended with Filler.
    • The Dark Continent arc ended up going the same way as the previous mentioned Chimera Ant arc due to the usual long breaks that Togashi has been taking. The arc officially started in March 2012...but released a total of just 1 chapter at the time; having many questioning why Togashi even bothered with the single chapter. Togashi would later come out of hiatus in June 2014, but was forced to go on hiatus again after releasing just 9 chapters due to health issues. The hiatus would then go for almost two years with Togashi returning as of April 2016.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Gon. His father abandoned him to be a Hunter, never once contacting him or checking in on him afterwards. His response? Try to become a Hunter to find out just how great it is that you would be willing to abandon your only son. He also isn't upset about most things. He isn't even upset about Mito lying to him for years about his father. The first anime subverts this by giving posttraumatic reactions after receiving pity from Hisoka in the exam.
    • Finally subverted in the Chimera Ant arc, where he goes through a severe Break the Cutie situation when his mentor is killed by an Ax-Crazy cat ant. He becomes infuriated with the latter's sudden show of empathy to an insult to his simple world view, and the Awful Truth that his mentor who's long been dead finally drives him down the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Asspull:
    • Killua getting over his psychological urge to "run away when he knows he can't win the fight" by literally ripping a needle out of his brain is seen as an easy cop-out given that there was almost no build-up to Killua suffering from this problem in the past.
    • Gon's overpowered adult form might come across as this considering how out of nowhere Gon reaches the King's power.
    • Hisoka coming back from the dead after his fight with Chrollo. While it's true that Nen can do a lot of things, the particular method Hisoka used to revive himself (essentially, post-mortem Nen CPR) still required a good deal of Artistic License Biology in order to work.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • The Tower of Heaven arc usually gets this for wasted potential beyond being just a training arc for Gon and Killua to learn the basics of nen. Throughout the arc, there is legitimate build-up to fighting possible "tower-heads" if one was to rise high enough in the tower...and yet Gon and Killua never get a shot to fight at least one of these leaders and basically called it quits after Gon's fight with Hisoka.
    • The Genei Ryodan arc was noted by many to have one of the most disappointing endings in the series due to almost all fights being cut short and others shoved offscreen and some wonder if the author actually plans to make it continue in some time.
    • Depending on who you ask, Mereum. Most tend to argue that there was hardly a reason to bring him back after his battle against Netero if he was just going to slowly die off to the poison of Netero's rose-bomb.
      • Pouf and Youpi also contract radiation poisoning from being around him, and they die offscreen. While Youpi at least gets a flashback, Pouf doesn't even get that.
  • Author's Saving Throw: For the people that complained about the Chimera Ant Arc suffering from Arc Fatigue, the following Arc, the Hunter Chairman Election, was not only mercifully much shorter, but is the second shortest arc in the series (behind the Zoldyck Family Arc).
  • Awesome Art: Say what you will about The Remake, but there's no doubt that the series could really use the Madhouse touch, especially considering the manga's bad artwork (which gets fixed up in the volumes) or the original anime's bad animation.
  • Awesome Music: The original TV series has a great, fitting soundtrack. Some of the theme songs aren't too shabby as well!
  • Base Breaker: A lot of characters get very different opinions due the series' ambiguous morality on both the protagonists and the villains. For example, is Kurapika justified for manipulating the Phantom Troupe after what they done to his race, or is he just a Wangsty teenager who is giving the Phantom Troupe a hard time for childish reasons?
    • Also Hisoka. Is he a creepy, sadistic Ephebophile who does too many immoral actions to be likable or is he a sexy, fun murderer who is more Chaotic Neutral and should be in the series more in a meaningful way?
    • Ging. He is either a badass father who is just trying to test Gon's abilities, or a worthless deadbeat. Not helping matters was the end of the Greed Island Arc, after Gon went through hell and back just to find a means to teleport to him, only to end up getting telaported to Kite instead.
    • Meruem and the Chimera Ants in general. They are either unique, complex villains, or unsympathetic generic villains. For that matter, was Meruem's relationship with Komugi his redeemable trait leading to a cute pairing, or was it Stockholm Syndrome?
  • Broken Base: All over the place ever since the new series began airing, and even before that. There are fans (including those who are only familiar with the original anime) who either:
    • Are disappointed or don't mind that it's a reboot.
    • Are disappointed that the new series doesn't change things aroundnote  like the previous one did or don't mind that it's truer to the manga.
    • Lately each major arc seems to do this. Greed Island got really long winded and overly complex, but had some redeeming qualities shine through; and opinions are REALLY divided on the Chimera Ant arc. Some declare it the complete and utter ruination of the series, while others find it to have the depth and complexity that makes Hunter x Hunter stand out among Shonen.
    • Kurapika and Leorio being Demoted to Extra after the Spider arc.
    • The opening theme from the reboot has been used for all episodes regardless of the arc. You either love it or hate it. The former also started growing tired of it.
    • The narration throughout the palace invasion portion of the Chimera Ant arc gets this in both the manga, and the 2011 anime adaptation. You either enjoy it, because it brings a different approach to portraying how the battles go down, or you find it annoying, and just wish it did the battles in normal Shonen fashion.
      • In general, the Chimera Ant Arc is a divisive arc. Some love it for its Darker and Edgier approach, great villains, and mature writing. However, some hate it because of the aforementioned narration breaks, poor pacing (with some fights, like the one the Phantom Troupe took part in, that could have been on the cutting room floor), Gon feeling like a side character in his own series when he's not angsting over Kite, characters being unceremoniously killed off ( like Pokkle, Ponzu, and Kite) to show how much of a threat the Chimera Ants are, the anti-climactic resolution with the four main Chimera Ants, and Kite being reborn as a Chimera Ant, which renders Gon's Wangst completely pointless.
    • Hisoka bringing himself back from the dead after his fight with Chrollo. Was it a well thought out plot twist, or was it an Ass Pull that turned Hisoka into a Villain Sue?
  • Casting Gag: Chrollo Lucifer another character voiced by Miyano who has a supernatural book.
  • Creepy Awesome: Many of the villians, especially Hisoka, The Phantom Troupe, and The Chimera Ants.
  • Critical Dissonance: As mentioned on the Other Wiki, the Chimera Ant Arc (and Meruem in particular) has been praised by critics, while fan opinions are much more mixed.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A lot with Hisoka. In particular, his arousal of Gon and Chrollo, his Shower Scene and Biscuit's arousal of him and how he murders his opponents in glee.
  • Cult Classic: The original anime and manga had such a strong following that it got a revamp by Mad House in 2011.
  • Designated Hero: Lampshaded a lot. While in the Chimera arc, the King will allow several humans to survive, the Hunter Association wish the Chimera's complete extermination. It goes so far that even Gon could be a Designated Hero. His desire for revenge goes so far that he threatens the Chimera with killing the innocent Komugi.
  • Die for Our Ship / The Scrappy: While most of the characters are likable, fans genuinely agree that Pouf is an incarnate of the Ron the Death Eater trope, as he tried to have Komugi, the one who was causing Meruem to act kinder, killed and his Large Ham obsession with the king that go on for pages are very long winded, long story short: he is the least liked of the Royal Guards.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Hisoka usually gets this treatment.
    • Chrollo too. Heck, the whole Genei Ryodan could count, being a group of quirky, likable individuals (despite them all being murderous thieves).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Hanzo is highly remembered due to the pure badassery that he displayed throughout the Hunter Exam. He's probably the character people are wishing for the most to make a glorious return in the story (that doesn't include his cameos in the Election arc).
      • As of chapter 350 and to the fandom's delight, this wish was granted.
    • Knov was seen as mostly a bland character at first, but became a fan-favorite after a heartfelt performance was put on by his voice-actor for his infamous mental breakdown.
    • While initial opinions about Pariston were mixed, his never-ending manipulations and the revelation of his true intentions made him stand out within the readers (even more than Gon's father!)
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: An example exclusive to the Madhouse anime adaptation: Gon meets with Ging on the top of the tallest tree on the land, only for Ging to tell him that the tree they're on, is actually a small sprout from the Dark Continent much larger than their own homeland and all of it is taken to be very optimistic and exciting. Now it makes sense in the manga because it's the start of a new arc that will eventually succumb to Cerebus Syndrome, but the anime ending implies this will lead to an idealistic adventure. And that's ignoring the unresolved plot threads the anime has. It is unknown if the anime will ever continue considering the Madhouse's track record and the frequent and long hiatuses from the manga.
  • Estrogen Brigade: If Tumblr has anything to go by, Hunter Hunter has a fairly large female fanbase. Most of it focuses on Hisoka, but there's also fangirls for Chrollo, Illumi, Feitan, Phinks, Shalnark, Kurapika, Kalluto, Alluka, Killua and Gon (the last four are the Moe kind of appeal). The female fans tend to like to ship the aforementioned and others with each other.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: The male fans of the 2011 remake anime on Crunchyroll. One guy even said Hisoka was his new Waifu. They even say his Pedobear act is somehow inexplicably sexy.
    • Gon in canon and fanon, in canon, Hisoka is attracted to him, as he got an erection from getting wailed on by him in their fight in the Heaven's Arena Arc and in fanon, nearly 95% of the fanbase will say that Killua is also attracted to him, one could pose an argument for this in canon, but Togashi has not made any official statements on Killua and Gon's feelings for each other except them being best friends.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Pakunoda, some fans have said she'd be nice if it weren't for her nose, and others find her pretty even with it.
  • Fan Nickname: Hiatus x Hiatus for the series itself. No guesses why.
    • "Octobro" for Ikalgo has become popular after his appearance in the 2011 anime.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Every single scene featuring a shirtless Hisoka. See Shirtless Scene for more detail.
    • Some of the Humanoid Chimera Ants wear little clothing and their appearances and attacks can be unsettling, even for furries.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With the Naruto fandom ever since both fandoms began to argue on which death is the saddest between Neji's or Meruem and Komugi's which occurred on the same month.
  • Foe Yay: Hisoka towards Gon and Killua, and also towards Chrollo.
    • Illumi towards Killua & possibly Alluka.
  • Freud Was Right: It's hard to see Hisoka's dialogue as anything less than Double Entendres and Unusual Euphemisms. Doesn't help that he gets really excited for his fights for Gon and Chrollo which makes all of his fights prone to this also.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The Zevil Island portion of the Hunter Exam arc. And the Phantom Troupe arc takes this full throttle.
    • Another contender would be the Zoldyck Family arc.
    • From the 2011 anime, the first 34 and a half episodes don't have any really "spectacular" moments with the animation alone despite the polished look the anime generally has. However, the first half of the fight between Hisoka and Gon would seriously make your jaw drop of how intense the animation and tone is. Also arguably Hisoka's schwing will most likely bring the audience's attention for those who weren't too impressed before.
    • The show's soundtrack is widely agreed to have improved
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Kurapika's Weapon of Choice before learning nen is a pair of swordchucks.
  • Holy Shit Quotient:
    • The final Bomb Devil fight. Particularly noteworthy because Gon fights a significant portion of the battle with HIS FREAKING HAND BLOWN OFF.
    • Episode 116: Gon's no longer being that innocent Moe kid seen at the beginning of the series.
    • Episode 126: the Netero-Meruem fight.
    • Episode 131: Gon's adult transformation.
  • Ho Yay: Fucking everywhere. Hunter x Hunter is the most homoerotic shounen fighting manga known to man. See for yourself.
  • Iron Woobie: Kurapika
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: See Broken Base
  • Jerkass Woobie: Well, to be fair, Gon did have to watch the person who inspired him to be a Hunter get his arm cut off, being turned into a puppet, confront the person that did it, broke their arm, and realized that the very same man would be dead this whole time... and that's not covering the battles with Knuckle and Shoot.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Gon, Gon, Gon, a thousand times Gon.
    • Killua's no slouch in this category either.
    • Or Kurapika.
    • And Hisoka, of course.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The series has attracted some trans fans due to the fact that some characters are implied to be non-cisgender or genderqueer. Examples include Neferpitou and Alluka.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Hisoka, Chrollo, and Pariston.
  • Memetic Molester: Hisoka. Even better (worse?) is that he appears to be an actual pedophile (thus, earning him the Fan Nickname "Pedoclown"). Couple that with his bizarre facial reactions, suggestive behavior, frequent arousals and the fact that he is a Monster Clown, and you get who is perhaps the best example of this trope in shounen manga history.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Gon's Nen-powered adult form seems to have become this in Japan as Gon-san, thanks to his very odd hairdo and serious, stoic expression on such a cheerful character.
    • YOU CAN SMILE AGAIN! explanation 
  • Moral Event Horizon: Several times, at least once for every villain. The Genei Ryodan are a very interesting example, as they start out on the other side of the Horizon and then slowly inch back as we learn more and more about them and the environment they came from. Then we learn what actually went down during the Kuruta massacre, which likely vaulted them back over the horizon for some readers.
    • Meruem constantly dances a fancy jig around this line.
  • Narm:
    • Gon's Nen-powered adult form. He is an adult wearing a kid's clothes. Also, his hair doesn't appear to have an ending.
    • The figure of adult Gon has hair that's roughly five or six times as long as the entire rest of his body. It's a miracle the thing can even stand up.
    • Hisoka's "stunning" magic trick in episode 32 is one of the simplest number tricks in the world - basically any "trick" which calls for you to picture a number and then subtract it at the end always has the same result.
    • The heart symbol that Netero makes with his hands during his fight with Meruem can be hard to take seriously as if Netero is telling the Ant King that he loves him. Even worse in the anime when the heart shape is colored pink.
  • Nightmare Retardant: While the series is noted for it's brutality especially compared to other shonens, the impact of some scenes can really be lost by the crappy art work. Averted in the anime though.
  • No Yay:
    • Hisoka to anyone he fetishes over. Even if you ignore the Shotacon implications for Gon and Killua and how creepy he is, it still is uncomfortable considering the fact that he really wants to fight, and most likely kill, his victim.
    • Illumi has a really disturbing fixation with his younger kid brother Killua.
  • One True Threesome: Hisoka X Illumi X Chrollo, also know as the "Adultrio"
  • Pandering to the Base: The 13th Chairman Election Arc panders to a considerable amount compared to previous arcs. Almost all of the named and alive Hunters appear as cameos with some plot-important characters to their respective arcs, including Hanzo, trying to help heal Gon from his injuries. Hisoka returns to team up with Illumi, when Illumi most likely didn't need help, and Illumi Lampshading how he was Put on a Bus during the Chimera Ant Arc. But probably the most blatant pandering, is when Leorio punches Ging with his Transmitter Nen in public, with everyone cheering Leorio on and calling Ging out for being a terrible father to Gon. Whether all of this was done in a reaction to the fans, or Togashi expected people to want these things to happen is unknown though.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Meruem, after his fight with Netero showed that he was already utterly untouchable, for him to then survive a a nuke and become even stronger. However, his Love Redeems Character Development quickly dispelled these feelings toward him.
  • Self-Fanservice: Illumi is suppose to have emotionless, wide open eyes (except for very rare occasions) yet fanart tends to give him more relaxed eyes to make him more attractive. This also applies to Chrollo and Feitan (albeit to a lesser extent) who have limited amount of emotions in canon.
  • Shipper on Deck: Most people who see Killua and Gon's friendship also see how they dance on the lines of Ho Yay and support their relationship, Bisky even initially tried to ruin their relationship, but found herself unable to once she saw how deeply they need and love each other.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Pokkle and Ponzu had some hints during the initial stages of the Chimera Ant arc... which was most likely established to make their deaths all the more painful.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general fan consensus on both movies is that they are simply "okay".
  • That One Attack:
    • Gon's Rock attack. Nearly all his opponents get scared by it.
    • Kurapika's chains. Anyone wrapped by them pretty much becomes his powerless captive.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The original anime adaptation; most of the Filler material wasn't well liked by the fan-base.
    • The 2011 anime
      • The early censorship throughout the Hunter Exam arc got a lot of flack for this. It cooled off once people saw how much darker it got from Yorknew City and beyond.
      • Episode 76 in particular got a lot of backlash due to the changes made to Gon and Kite's past relationship.
      • Kite's earlier mentions and appearances before the Chimera Ant arc not making the cut is a sore spot for some fans since it makes the Wangst Gon ends up suffering in said arc feel a bit forced.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Applies to many characters that ended up being Demoted to Extra as the manga went on; even Leorio and Kurapika.
    • Melody, a cursed flute player looking to find and destroy four pieces of music said to have been written by the devil. Almost sounds like the premise to an entirely new series.
    • Kite. He could have stayed in Gon's group and fill Leorio or Kurapica's spot. Instead, he is horribly murdered by the Chimeras and his death is used to give Gon angst (and thus Killua) for the entire Chimera arc.
    • Pokkle and Ponzu, two characters who, after being absent since the very first Story Arc, are brought back at the start of the Chimera Ant arc, just to get killed off almost immediately as a means to hype up the threat of the Chimera Ants.
    • Shalnark and Kortopi are unceremoniously killed by Hisoka seconds after Chrollo confirms that the Genei Ryodan will act during the trip to the Dark Continent. This was right after it was demonstrated how powerful and tactically useful their combined abilities were, and now with them dead, Chrollo most likely loses those abilities as part of his Nen limitation.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Despite its huge buildup, the Yorknew City arc ended in a very anticlimactic way. The explanation to why it ends is close to A Wizard Did It (see the Ass Pull entry for this one, however) and most of the characters that had been well received by fans are Demoted to Extra as a result.
    • The reason Bodoro forfeited his match against Hisoka was because he whispered something in his ear, tragically, Bodoro is killed by Killua before his fight against Leorio, and what Hisoka told him was never stated or mentioned again.
    • Pokkle and Ponzu could have made a cute couple had they not been killed by Ants.
    • The Phantom Troupe only showed up for one major fight in the Chimera Ant Arc, but they never cross paths with Gon and the Hunters Association. There was a perfect opportunity for them to form an Enemy Mine against the Chimera Ants. Instead, you could have cut their fight scenes out from the arc and nothing important would be missed.
    • The card-book game gimmick that helped establish the Greed Island arc really only scratched the surface as to what the card dueling game-world had to offer. It could have easily been it's own series.
  • Too Cool to Live: Kite, Uvogin, Netero and the Chimera Ant higher ups, especially Meruem who at that point was the strongest character in existence
  • Too Good to Last: The English dub of the 1999 anime, which was cut short after the original 62 episode run because the DVDs weren't selling as well as VIZ Media hoped.
  • Ugly Cute: Senritsu is oddly adorable for a balding, bucktoothed Gonk woman.
  • Uncanny Valley: Illumi just does not look right. He hardly ever shows strong emotion, and his features look painted on.
    • It might run in the family a bit. Alluka has a tendency to look 'off' even when not in her black eyed 'wishing mode.'
    • Togashi is a master of putting just enough extra detail into a person's face to make them look...wrong (just look at Chrollo.)
    • The Greed Island OV As come off as this to some fans, thanks to unusual-looking character designs and primitive digitalized animation.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Meruem. He partook in an attempted genocide, his relationship with Komugi bordered on Stockholm Syndrome, and he played Gungi with her before he died knowing his condition was contagious. In fairness to the last one, he seemed to warn Komugi of it before it could affect her, but he makes little effort to stop her after she declines leaving.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Neferpitou and Kalluto come to mind.
    • Plus Kurapika, Senritsu, and others. It's a standard Togashism.
    • Melody, due to her curse making her look like a balding rat person with a withered arm.
    • Special mention goes to Killua's younger siblings Alluka and Kalluto. In Alluka's case, however, there's heavy implications that the character is a trans girl; Killua, the only member of the family who cares for Alluka, refers to Alluka as a girl, while the rest of the family refers to Alluka as a boy (when they aren't referring to Alluka as "it").
    • Even Illumi gets this sometimes. The biggest example was how in the South American dub he was voiced by a woman.
  • Vindicated by History: The Chimera Ants arc was controversial during its initial publication, mostly due to a severe case of Schedule Slip and a few plot developments some fans found questionable, but is now seen as one of, if not the best arc in the entire series.
  • Wangst:
    • Gon getting overly emotional over the loss of Kite in the later portions of the Chimera Ant arc is seen as this by some.
      • Especially for viewers who are only familiar with the 2011 anime, which cut out all mentions of Kite until the Chimera Ant arc despite his presence in the narrative starting in the very first chapter of the manga. Because of this, it's easy to view Gon's sudden and powerful attachment to the man as out of place in that adaptation, compared to the constant mentions of him and his relevance to Gon's journey in the manga.
    • In the same arc, Killua gets a little too sad by Gon's decisions to do things alone.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Even by Japanese standards, the manga (especially), and both anime series are considerably violent, especially during the Chimera Ant arc in the manga. Nonetheless, the story was intended for family reading/viewing.note 
    • Its worth noting that the English version of the manga is published under the Shonen Jump Advanced label for older readers. Something not even done with its predecessor, YuYu Hakusho.
    • During the latter half of the Chimera Ant arc, the reboot of the anime was moved to a later time slot.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The way guns are treated in the NGL during the Chimera Ant arc is interesting considering current Japanese politics and Prime Minister Abe's desire to increase Japanese military strength, regardless of how the public feels. Gyro's forces illegally acquiring and using guns to protect themselves was a good idea...until the Chimera Ants used those guns against them. Interpret that how you will.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: In the 1999 dub, Gon sounds more like a full grown woman than a prepubescent boy, Killua sounds like a teenage girl (his voice actor was only around 18 when she did the role), Kurapika sounds like a business woman, and Feitan is very obviously voiced by a woman talking in Hulk Speak for some reason.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Komugi has a Crippling Overspecialization in Gunpei. She is blind and has a running nose. Meruem is apparently the first and only person to act nice to her and she decides to stay with Meruem for his last moments knowing that she will die with him if she does.
  • The Woobie:
    • Alluka. As creepy as she is, it's hard not to feel sorry for her thanks to being constantly left in quarantine and used by her family as a tool. By the end of the Chairman Election arc, even her alter ego Nanika gets some woobie points.
    • From the same arc, the Zoldyck butlers as a whole can be considered this; forced into having to test Alluka's abilities with their lives on the line which ends up resulting in the deaths of many employees anyway. People wonder why they even took the job to work for the Zoldycks in the first place.
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