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** There's additional FridgeHorror, too; look at Hisoka's hand while he says this. He basically slipped in a ''[[InterplayOfSexAndViolence rape pun]]'' towards a minor into a casual question about murder.

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** There's additional FridgeHorror, too; look at Hisoka's hand while he says this. He basically slipped in a a
''[[InterplayOfSexAndViolence rape pun]]'' towards a minor into a casual question about murder.murder.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ1XP7Af4Ww&t=114s The dubbed version is even worse.]] Instead of asking to kill Killua, Hisoka specifically says "If I see Killua and there's a chance, [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil can I...]]" before Illumi cuts him off. Combine that with the hand gesture, and no wonder [[PapaWolf Illumi]] is so pissed at him.


Despite being serialized in Magazine/ShonenJump, ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has been noted as being one of the darkest series to '''ever''' to have come out of Shonen Jump. With fairly extreme content such as mass murder [[InfantImmortality including children]], hundreds of extremely brutal deaths and a gritty atmosphere, many have been shocked at some of the stuff Togashi has written and drawn.

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Despite being serialized in Magazine/ShonenJump, ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has been noted as being one of the darkest series to '''ever''' to have come out of Shonen Jump. With fairly extreme content such as mass murder [[InfantImmortality ([[InfantImmortality including children]], children]]), hundreds of extremely brutal deaths and a gritty atmosphere, many have been shocked at some of the stuff Togashi has written and drawn.


[[caption-width-right:300:Just when [[MonsterClown he]] couldn't get any creepier...]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Just when [[MonsterClown he]] couldn't get any creepier...creepier.]]


*** All of the rage and anguish he feels culminates in [[spoiler: him finding out Kite has been DeadAllAlong, having a complete mental breakdown and blaming himself for being too weak. The especially sad part about this is that we've been leading up to it for the entire series. Togashi has drilled into our heads that above all else, Gon hates feeling helpless against stronger opponents and having his pride trampled on. Villains like Hisoka, Nobunanga, and Genthru all made him feel helpless too, but this time, his mentor was killed, mutilated, and turned into a puppet while he couldn't help him at all. When Neferpitou tries to kill him after breaking the news, he releases all the rage and despair he had kept locked away, creating a contract with his Nen and sacrificing his vast potential and his ability to use Nen, which enhances his body to its absolute physical peak, turning him into a full-grown adult within ''seconds''. In this state, he completely obliterates Neferpitou, a Royal Guard with an astronomical amount of aura and one of the strongest characters in the series by casually stepping out of the way of her attacks and punching her into a mountain with a Jajanken. After she passes out, he continues to bash her head in until it's ground into a bloody ''paste'', remembering Kite's lesson about finishing off Chimera Ants. When Pitou's Nen ability grows stronger after her death and manipulates her corpse to sever Gon's right arm, he picks it up and '''impales her''' with it without hesitation, before concentrating his aura into his stump and destroying the entire forest they fought in. The tranquil, hell-bent fury he shows here is incredibly disturbing, compared to his first appearance as a happy-go-lucky 12 year old boy. After his transformation, his body deteriorates overnight, giving him into a corpse like appearance. It's said that his Nen contract was worse than death, having spent all of his aura, he can do nothing but slowly die as his body withers away without any energy to sustain it. Nightmare Fuel ''indeed''.]]

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*** All of the rage and anguish he feels culminates in [[spoiler: him finding out Kite has been DeadAllAlong, having a complete mental breakdown and blaming himself for being too weak. The especially sad part about this is that we've been leading up to it for the entire series. Togashi has drilled into our heads that above all else, Gon hates feeling helpless against stronger opponents and having his pride trampled on. Villains like Hisoka, Nobunanga, and Genthru all made him feel helpless too, but this time, his mentor was killed, mutilated, and turned into a puppet while he couldn't help him at all. When Neferpitou tries to kill him after breaking the news, he releases all the rage and despair he had kept locked away, creating a contract with his Nen and sacrificing his vast potential and his ability to use Nen, which enhances his body to its absolute physical peak, turning him into a full-grown adult within ''seconds''. In this state, he completely obliterates Neferpitou, a Royal Guard with an astronomical amount of aura and one of the strongest characters in the series by casually stepping out of the way of her [[AmbiguousGender their]] attacks and punching her them into a mountain with a Jajanken. After she passes they pass out, he continues to bash her their head in until it's ground into a bloody ''paste'', remembering Kite's lesson about finishing off Chimera Ants. When Pitou's Nen ability grows stronger after her their death and manipulates her their corpse to sever Gon's right arm, he picks it up and '''impales her''' them''' with it without hesitation, before concentrating his aura into his stump and destroying the entire forest they fought in. The tranquil, hell-bent fury he shows here is incredibly disturbing, compared to his first appearance as a happy-go-lucky 12 year old boy. After his transformation, his body deteriorates overnight, giving him into a corpse like appearance. It's said that his Nen contract was worse than death, having spent all of his aura, he can do nothing but slowly die as his body withers away without any energy to sustain it. Nightmare Fuel ''indeed''.]]


** Fourth portion, make your way down a tower within a time limit with any pathway leading to unknown dangers. You can't scale down it (as one participant found out when he attempted it and some flying monsters quickly snatched him off the side), oh and it also acts as a prison for criminals to boot. Our heroes end up getting stymied by, not only a purposefully unhelpful participant who they get stuck with, but getting into several matches with some of the criminals who're more or less stalling for time (since however many hours they can manage to do so reduces their sentence). For the most part, the matches are somewhat comedic: Tonpa gives up and revels his true color the heroes though Killua knocks the wind out of his sails by stating his opponent would've ''tortured'' him if he didn't do so as quick as he had. We see how scary Kuripika can be when his opponent claims he's part of the Phantom Trope. And of course, said Killua vs Jones fight that was mentioned above comes about and again it's..not pretty. Likewise more of Hisoka's bloodlust is on and display as we see him fight yet another person who has a beef with him and, on a minor note, one of the participants managing to reach the end only to drop dead right at the end goal. Poor smuck.
** Fifth portion, steal the badge off an opposing target. Basically anything goes in this and the participants can use any means to get the badge, including killing. This is where Illumi, Killua's older brother, is finally introduced by the way to which he promptly kills another participant just because she accidentally shot at him. Gon is forced to confront Hisoka here , he does ''try'' to get the badge without him knowing or fighting and it is as utterly tense as it sounds. He would've succeeded too if the person targeting him didn't hit him with a numbing dart. This leads into Gon confronting Hisoka directly and luckily, him sparing Gon since he likes his development so far and doesn't want to kill him...right now. And then what happens after in the cave which is not reccomended for anyone with Ophidiophobia as Gon, Kurapika and Leorio end in a situation where a person's dead body ends up summoning tons of snakes around the cave.

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** Fourth portion, make your way down a tower within a time limit with any pathway leading to unknown dangers. You can't scale down it (as one participant found out when he attempted it and some flying monsters quickly snatched him off the side), oh and it also acts as a prison for criminals to boot. Our heroes end up getting stymied by, not only a purposefully unhelpful participant who they get stuck with, but getting into several matches with some of the criminals who're more or less stalling for time (since however many hours they can manage to do so reduces their sentence). For the most part, the matches are somewhat comedic: Tonpa gives up and revels his true color the heroes though Killua knocks the wind out of his sails by stating his opponent would've ''tortured'' him if he didn't do so as quick as he had. We see how scary Kuripika Kurapika can be when his opponent claims he's part of the Phantom Trope. And of course, said Killua vs Jones fight that was mentioned above comes about and again it's..not pretty. Likewise more of Hisoka's bloodlust is on and display as we see him fight yet another person who has a beef with him and, on a minor note, one of the participants managing to reach the end only to drop dead right at the end goal. Poor smuck.
** Fifth portion, steal the badge off an opposing target. Basically anything goes in this and the participants can use any means to get the badge, including killing. This is where Illumi, Killua's older brother, is finally introduced by the way to which he promptly kills another participant just because she accidentally shot at him. Gon is forced to confront Hisoka here , he does ''try'' to get the badge without him knowing or fighting and it is as utterly tense as it sounds. He would've succeeded too if the person targeting him didn't hit him with a numbing dart. This leads into Gon confronting Hisoka directly and luckily, him sparing Gon since he likes his development so far and doesn't want to kill him...right now. And then what happens after in the cave which is not reccomended recommended for anyone with Ophidiophobia as Gon, Kurapika and Leorio end in a situation where a person's dead body ends up summoning tons of snakes around the cave.



*** All of the rage and anguish he feels culminates in [[spoiler: him finding out Kite has been DeadAllAlong, having a complete mental breakdown and blaming himself for being too weak. The especially sad part about this is that we've been leading up to it for the entire series. Togashi has drilled into our heads that above all else, Gon hates feeling helpless against stronger opponents and having his pride trampled on. Villains like Hisoka, Nobunanga, and Genthru all made him feel helpless too, but this time, his mentor was killed, mutilated, and turned into a puppet while he couldn't help him at ''all''. When Neferpitou tries to kill him after breaking the news, he releases all the rage and despair he had kept locked away, creating a contract with his Nen and sacrificing his vast potential and his ability to use Nen, which enhances his body to its absolute physical peak, turning him into a full-grown adult within ''seconds''. In this state, he completely obliterates Neferpitou, a Royal Guard with an ''astronomical'' amount of aura and one of the strongest characters in the series by casually stepping out of the way of her attacks and punching her into a mountain with a Jajanken. After she passes out, he continues to bash her head in until it's ground into a bloody ''paste'', remembering Kite's lesson about finishing off Chimera Ants. When Pitou's Nen ability grows stronger after her death and manipulates her corpse to sever Gon's right arm, he picks it up and '''impales her''' with it without hesitation, before concentrating his aura into his stump and destroying the entire forest they fought in. The tranquil, hell-bent fury he shows here is ''incredibly'' disturbing, compared to his first appearance as a happy-go-lucky 12 year old boy. After his transformation, his body deteriorates overnight, giving him into a corpse like appearance. It's said that his Nen contract was worse than death, having spent all of his aura, he can do nothing but slowly die as his body withers away without any energy to sustain it. Nightmare Fuel ''indeed''.]]

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*** All of the rage and anguish he feels culminates in [[spoiler: him finding out Kite has been DeadAllAlong, having a complete mental breakdown and blaming himself for being too weak. The especially sad part about this is that we've been leading up to it for the entire series. Togashi has drilled into our heads that above all else, Gon hates feeling helpless against stronger opponents and having his pride trampled on. Villains like Hisoka, Nobunanga, and Genthru all made him feel helpless too, but this time, his mentor was killed, mutilated, and turned into a puppet while he couldn't help him at ''all''.all. When Neferpitou tries to kill him after breaking the news, he releases all the rage and despair he had kept locked away, creating a contract with his Nen and sacrificing his vast potential and his ability to use Nen, which enhances his body to its absolute physical peak, turning him into a full-grown adult within ''seconds''. In this state, he completely obliterates Neferpitou, a Royal Guard with an ''astronomical'' astronomical amount of aura and one of the strongest characters in the series by casually stepping out of the way of her attacks and punching her into a mountain with a Jajanken. After she passes out, he continues to bash her head in until it's ground into a bloody ''paste'', remembering Kite's lesson about finishing off Chimera Ants. When Pitou's Nen ability grows stronger after her death and manipulates her corpse to sever Gon's right arm, he picks it up and '''impales her''' with it without hesitation, before concentrating his aura into his stump and destroying the entire forest they fought in. The tranquil, hell-bent fury he shows here is ''incredibly'' incredibly disturbing, compared to his first appearance as a happy-go-lucky 12 year old boy. After his transformation, his body deteriorates overnight, giving him into a corpse like appearance. It's said that his Nen contract was worse than death, having spent all of his aura, he can do nothing but slowly die as his body withers away without any energy to sustain it. Nightmare Fuel ''indeed''.]]



* [[spoiler: Gon's TranquilFury at Pitou, which is very disturbingly subdued compared to how much he usually gets enraged over the tiniest things. His transformation into "adult Gon" after his HeroicBSOD is also ''terrifying'', in stark contrast to most shounen hero powerups.]]
* Netero's secret weapon, the Miniature Rose. [[spoiler: It's a nuke that claimed 110,000 lives the first time it was activated. In a world full of weird creatures and supernatural martial artists, something this mundane killing some of the most powerful characters in the series (through poisoning, no less) hits a bit too close to home. Worse still, it's compact, easy to make, and ''every'' country has a stock of these nukes lying in wait. The entire Hunter X Hunter world is basically wrapped up in a giant Cold War.]]
* [[http://i.imgur.com/1YeXKSw.jpg The face]] Shaiapouf makes at Knuckle when [[spoiler: he senses the King's been wounded.]] It's a perfect visual representation of his bestial nature and the hatred and contempt he holds for humanity and anyone who would harm the king.

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* [[spoiler: Gon's TranquilFury at Pitou, which is very disturbingly subdued compared to how much he usually gets enraged over the tiniest things. His transformation into "adult "Adult Gon" after his HeroicBSOD is also ''terrifying'', in stark contrast to most shounen hero powerups.]]
* Netero's secret weapon, the Miniature Rose. [[spoiler: It's a nuke chemo-explosive weapon of mass destruction that has claimed 5,120,000 lives since its creation. Dying in the blast is a mercy, because survivors absorb a poison released during the explosion that slowly destroys internal organs and emits more toxins through any kind of contact, creating a lengthy chain of victims. When terrorists got their hands on it and activated the bomb in an enemy capital, killing 110,000 lives people, an international treaty was singed that prevented further production, but a staggering 80% of all countries refused get rid of the first time it was activated. remaining Roses. In a world full of weird magical creatures and supernatural martial artists, something this mundane killing some of the most powerful characters in the series (through poisoning, no less) hits a bit too close to home. Worse still, it's compact, easy to make, and ''every'' country has a stock of these nukes lying in wait. The entire Hunter X Hunter world is basically wrapped up in a giant Cold War.]]
* [[http://i.imgur.com/1YeXKSw.jpg The face]] Shaiapouf makes at Knuckle when [[spoiler: he senses the King's been wounded.]] It's a perfect visual representation of his hidden bestial nature and the hatred and contempt he holds for humanity and anyone who would harm the king.Amt King.


*** All of the rage and anguish he feels culminates in [[spoiler: him finding out Kite has been DeadAllAlong, having a complete mental breakdown and blaming himself for being too weak. The especially sad part about this is that we've been leading up to it for the entire series. Togashi has drilled into our heads that above all else, Gon hates feeling helpless against stronger opponents and having his pride trampled on. Villains like Hisoka, Nobunanga, and Genthru all made him feel helpless too, but this time, [[spoiler: his mentor was killed, mutilated, and turned into a puppet while he couldn't help him at all. When Neferpitou tries to kill him after breaking the news, he releases all the rage and despair he had kept locked away, throwing away his future to get his revenge. Even discounting Pitou's CharacterDevelopment, it's made very clear that Gon will pay an awful price for the power he used to kill Pitou.]]

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*** All of the rage and anguish he feels culminates in [[spoiler: him finding out Kite has been DeadAllAlong, having a complete mental breakdown and blaming himself for being too weak. The especially sad part about this is that we've been leading up to it for the entire series. Togashi has drilled into our heads that above all else, Gon hates feeling helpless against stronger opponents and having his pride trampled on. Villains like Hisoka, Nobunanga, and Genthru all made him feel helpless too, but this time, [[spoiler: his mentor was killed, mutilated, and turned into a puppet while he couldn't help him at all. ''all''. When Neferpitou tries to kill him after breaking the news, he releases all the rage and despair he had kept locked away, throwing away creating a contract with his future to get Nen and sacrificing his revenge. Even discounting vast potential and his ability to use Nen, which enhances his body to its absolute physical peak, turning him into a full-grown adult within ''seconds''. In this state, he completely obliterates Neferpitou, a Royal Guard with an ''astronomical'' amount of aura and one of the strongest characters in the series by casually stepping out of the way of her attacks and punching her into a mountain with a Jajanken. After she passes out, he continues to bash her head in until it's ground into a bloody ''paste'', remembering Kite's lesson about finishing off Chimera Ants. When Pitou's CharacterDevelopment, it's made very clear Nen ability grows stronger after her death and manipulates her corpse to sever Gon's right arm, he picks it up and '''impales her''' with it without hesitation, before concentrating his aura into his stump and destroying the entire forest they fought in. The tranquil, hell-bent fury he shows here is ''incredibly'' disturbing, compared to his first appearance as a happy-go-lucky 12 year old boy. After his transformation, his body deteriorates overnight, giving him into a corpse like appearance. It's said that Gon will pay an awful price for the power his Nen contract was worse than death, having spent all of his aura, he used can do nothing but slowly die as his body withers away without any energy to kill Pitou.sustain it. Nightmare Fuel ''indeed''.]]


* The entire Chimera Ant arc is the kind of grade-A NightmareFuel that horror movies are made of. Giant MixAndMatchCritters swooping in and effortlessly butchering entire populations (by the hundreds. Daily), dragging whoever they don't kill back with them to have the flesh stripped from their bones and turned into giant meatballs for their queen (while they're still alive, mind you). If you're lucky, you'll get reincarnated as a Chimera Ant and continue the cycle, possibly on people you used to know.
** Early on, some Chimera Ants take over Gyro's base of operations and enslave some of the soldiers, essentially turning them into dogs. We're treated to a scene where the "dogs" speak out of turn and are crushed to death under an Ant's hoof. ''Graphically''.

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* The entire Chimera Ant arc is the kind of grade-A NightmareFuel that horror movies are made of. Giant MixAndMatchCritters swooping in and effortlessly butchering entire populations (by the hundreds. Daily), dragging whoever they don't kill back with them to have the flesh stripped from their bones and turned into giant meatballs for their queen (while they're still alive, mind you). If you're lucky, especially unlucky, you'll get reincarnated as a Chimera Ant and continue the cycle, possibly on people you used to know.
** Early on, some rogue Chimera Ants take over Gyro's base of operations drug factories and enslave some of the soldiers, essentially turning them into dogs. We're treated to a scene where the "dogs" speak out of turn and are crushed to death under an Ant's hoof. ''Graphically''.



** And then the end comes along, with {{Nightmare Face}}s galore, and Gon becoming very, ''very'' intense and pragmatic (to the point that he's willing to [[spoiler: kill an innocent girl.]]) For anyone who still remembers the old Gon from before all the hiatuses, it can be very unnerving.
*** All of the rage and anguish he feels culminates in [[spoiler: him finding out Kite has been DeadAllAlong, having a complete mental breakdown, and completely obliterating Pitou when he tries to kill him after breaking the news. Even discounting Pitou's CharacterDevelopment, it's made very clear that Gon will pay an awful price for the power he used to kill Pitou.]]

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** And then the end comes along, with {{Nightmare Face}}s galore, and Gon becoming very, ''very'' intense and pragmatic (to the point that he's willing to [[spoiler: kill murder Komugi, an innocent blind girl.]]) For anyone who still remembers the old Gon from before all the hiatuses, it can be very unnerving.
*** All of the rage and anguish he feels culminates in [[spoiler: him finding out Kite has been DeadAllAlong, having a complete mental breakdown, breakdown and completely obliterating Pitou when blaming himself for being too weak. The especially sad part about this is that we've been leading up to it for the entire series. Togashi has drilled into our heads that above all else, Gon hates feeling helpless against stronger opponents and having his pride trampled on. Villains like Hisoka, Nobunanga, and Genthru all made him feel helpless too, but this time, [[spoiler: his mentor was killed, mutilated, and turned into a puppet while he couldn't help him at all. When Neferpitou tries to kill him after breaking the news.news, he releases all the rage and despair he had kept locked away, throwing away his future to get his revenge. Even discounting Pitou's CharacterDevelopment, it's made very clear that Gon will pay an awful price for the power he used to kill Pitou.]]



*** Just anywhere the King is fear inducing in itself because of his unpredictability, ''especially'' at the start of his birth. He demonstrates that he will immediately kill whoever even slightly annoys him without warning, and the requirement for that is ''very'' low. He kills two of his subjects after his birth, the first for seemingly ignoring his demand for food, the second of which was for '''offering to a handkerchief to clean off the blood off his tail''' when Meruem picked Colt specifically do it. He's not above ''eating'' [[ImAHumanitarian his own kind either.]] The king makes any BadBoss preferable.

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*** Just anywhere the King is fear inducing in itself because of his unpredictability, ''especially'' at the start of his birth. He demonstrates that he will immediately kill whoever even slightly annoys him without warning, and the requirement for that is ''very'' low. He kills two of his subjects after his birth, the first for seemingly ignoring his demand for food, the second of which was for '''offering to a handkerchief to clean off the blood off his tail''' when Meruem picked Colt specifically do it. He's not above ''eating'' [[ImAHumanitarian his own kind either.]] The king King makes any BadBoss preferable.



*** Then, there's Menthuthuyoupi, whose power is pretty much [[spoiler: weaponized BodyHorror, allowing him to grow multiple arms and gain hundreds of eyes as he gets angrier, making him look like something out of a Lovecraft work. His final form is the apex of his weirdness, resembling a grotesque centaur with a giant, deformed face in place of his shoulder.]]

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*** Then, there's Menthuthuyoupi, whose power is pretty much [[spoiler: weaponized BodyHorror, allowing him to grow multiple arms and gain hundreds dozens of eyes and increase his muscle mass to a ridiculous degree as he gets angrier, making him look like something out of a Lovecraft work.work. What's especially terrifying is his Rage Blast, where his body literally swells up with anger, turning it into a massive blob of faces that can detonate with enough force to create massive craters stretching dozens of meters wide. His final form is the apex of his weirdness, resembling a grotesque centaur with a giant, deformed face in place of his shoulder.]]



* If the Emperor wasn't nasty enough, the reveal in chapter 378 regarding what he does to his ''illegitimate'' children only makes him worse. What does he do? He gives them the choice of identity amnesty from the heritage line to the throne and if they accept it, they get the ceremonial right of having two razors ''drawn parallel with each other across the entirety of their faces as brands'' and then have them crudely stitched up. It makes refusing the offer (aka a swift execution) much more lucrative in hindsight for them.

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* If the Emperor King of Kakin wasn't nasty enough, the reveal in chapter Chapter 378 regarding what he does to his ''illegitimate'' children only makes him worse. What does he do? He gives them the choice of identity amnesty from the heritage line to the throne and if they accept it, they get the ceremonial right of having two razors ''drawn parallel with each other across the entirety of their faces as brands'' and then have them crudely stitched up. It makes refusing the offer (aka a swift execution) much more lucrative in hindsight for them.

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* If you watch [[Anime/SwordArtOnline Sword Art Online]] and compare it by Greed Island arc, what else can be more scary than being in a dead game? To begin with, Greed Island is no video game but is a real place in the real world and you use your own physical body instead of an avatar to represent yourself and there is no levelling up system or anything to decide your strength. Second, if SAO had red players formed the player killing guilds that kill others for fun, what is the equivalent in Greed Island? It's the ''bomber''. What makes the bomber more fearsome is that he is the one who warned the other players by touching them to plant the bombs. To one point, when all the players that joined forces with a group equivalent of a guild in SAO, had collected their treasures (cards to be specific), the bomber revealed his true colours and made the bombs he planted visible to the infected players. To defuse the bomb, you need to catch the person who planted them by saying, I catch the bomber, which is a way playing a tag. However, the bomber gets away with the collected treasures and also burn the face of the group's strongest member until he die in time, rendering the victims unable to do anything. The bomber made a deal with his victims that they need to collect more of the rare cards to a certain degree for him to get rid of the bomb. However, when the victims do comply to that standard and asked to remove the bomb, the bomber and his subordinates simply detonates all the victims at once. You can see that this is a quite cunning enemy. While not as scary as the hunter exam itself, the phantom troupe and Chimera Ants, having someone that secretly puts a restrain on yourself is not to be make off lightly.


** The [[BodyHorror brain]] [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] scene.

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** The [[BodyHorror brain]] [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] scene. The EstablishingCharacterMoment for Neferpitou, who lobotomizes a captured Pokkle and forces him to reveal every detail he knows about Nen. The entire scene is so graphic and disturbing that it had to be censored for Toonami's broadcast of the English dub.


*** The Royal Guards are no slouches in this department, either, both in-universe and in RealLife, but ''especially'' Neferpitou. One character catches a glimpse of his nen from the floor below him and is so horrified that his hair goes white and he refuses to fight anymore.

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*** The Royal Guards are no slouches in this department, either, both in-universe and in RealLife, but ''especially'' Neferpitou. One character catches a glimpse of his nen from the floor below him and is so horrified that his hair goes white and he refuses to fight anymore.


** The first portion of the exams aren't too bad, just a simple endurance test by traveling the length of ''five football fields'' and a stairway climb. But the second portion involves trekking through a very dangerous marshland. Before the test even begins, the applicants are demonstrated why the place is called Swindler's Swamp when two shapeshifting creatures try to trick them into thinking the current examiner is a fake and pulled a KillAndReplace so he could lure most of them away and eat them, only prevented because Hisoka proves the examiner the real deal. Once they continue, fog obscures visibility instantly and most of the participants end up killed gruesomely by the wildlife such as dinosaur creatures with strawberries on their shells, mushrooms that spread out spores that kill you and grow mushrooms on your corpses, butterflies that knock you out instantly if they fly by you and a crow that can imitate the examiner's speech and lead people who fall for it into a pit of spikes. To say nothing of utterly getting lost and losing your sense of direction during the trek. Heck Gon and Killua nearly end up eaten by a giant frog that hides underground until someone steps on it and swallows it's prey whole. Only escaping thanks to the spiked juice Killua held onto (though he claims he could've escaped without it).

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** The first portion of the exams aren't too bad, just a simple endurance test by traveling the running 80 kilometers and a similar length of ''five football fields'' and a stairway climb. But the second portion involves trekking through a very dangerous marshland. Before the test even begins, the applicants are demonstrated why the place is called Swindler's Swamp when two shapeshifting creatures try to trick them into thinking the current examiner is a fake and pulled a KillAndReplace so he could lure most of them away and eat them, only prevented because Hisoka proves the examiner the real deal. Once they continue, fog obscures visibility instantly and most of the participants end up killed gruesomely by the wildlife such as dinosaur creatures with strawberries on their shells, mushrooms that spread out spores that kill you and grow mushrooms on your corpses, butterflies that knock you out instantly if they fly by you and a crow that can imitate the examiner's speech and lead people who fall for it into a pit of spikes. To say nothing of utterly getting lost and losing your sense of direction during the trek. Heck Gon and Killua nearly end up eaten by a giant frog that hides underground until someone steps on it and swallows it's prey whole. Only escaping thanks to the spiked juice Killua held onto (though he claims he could've escaped without it).


*** '''Brion,''' a spherical botanical weapon that protects the ruins of an ancient city. When the special forces of [[FictionalCountry United States of Saherta]] tried to enter the ruins, Brion utterly decimated them, leaving only two survivors. [[NothingIsScarier We aren't given a description of what Brion does to trespassers,]] but the accompanying image depicts [[AndIMustScream what appears to be a man, completely motionless,]] [[BodyHorror with Brion]] ''[[BodyHorror clamped over his head.]]'' Whatever this thing does to intruders, '''it ain't pretty.'''

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*** '''Brion,''' a spherical botanical weapon that protects the ruins of an ancient city. When the special forces of [[FictionalCountry the United States of Saherta]] tried to enter the ruins, Brion utterly decimated them, leaving only two survivors. [[NothingIsScarier We aren't given a description of what Brion does to trespassers,]] but the accompanying image depicts [[AndIMustScream what appears to be a man, completely motionless,]] [[BodyHorror with Brion]] ''[[BodyHorror clamped over his head.]]'' Whatever this thing does to intruders, '''it ain't pretty.'''


*** '''Pap,''' a creature that keeps people as pets. Not only is the idea of being turned into some ''thing's'' pet [[ParanoiaFuel already terrifying,]] but Pap turns its victims into [[BodyHorror horribly emaciated, baby-like caricatures of a human]] that are connected to Pap ([[NothingIsScarier who hide in logs and are completely]][[TheDarknessGazesBack hidden in darkness save for their eyes,]] mind you) by umbilical cords. The description of [[DealWithTheDevil "a trade-off between life and pleasure"]] implies that people who become Pap's pets [[LotusEaterMachine experience intense euphoria while in this state,]] which just manages to make things ''so'' much worse.

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*** '''Pap,''' a creature that keeps people as pets. Not only is the idea of being turned into some ''thing's'' pet [[ParanoiaFuel already terrifying,]] but Pap turns its victims into [[BodyHorror horribly emaciated, baby-like caricatures of a human]] that are connected to Pap ([[NothingIsScarier who hide in logs and are completely]][[TheDarknessGazesBack completely]] [[TheDarknessGazesBack hidden in darkness save for their eyes,]] mind you) by umbilical cords. The description of [[DealWithTheDevil "a trade-off between life and pleasure"]] implies that people who become Pap's pets [[LotusEaterMachine experience intense euphoria while in this state,]] which just manages to make things ''so'' much worse.worse.
*** And finally, '''Zobae,''' [[WhoWantsToLiveForever the immortality disease.]] The one person we've seen who's contracted it has become a [[BodyHorror horribly-disheveled,]] [[AndIMustScream almost catatonic mess,]] [[NothingIsScarier not saying or doing anything but leering at folks who pass its cell and occasionally nibbling at its arms.]] It's not mentioned if Zobae has any nasty side-effects besides eternal life, but either way, [[ImmortalityHurts it's clearly not a disease you want to catch.]]

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*** '''Pap,''' a creature that keeps people as pets. Not only is the idea of being turned into some ''thing's'' pet [[ParanoiaFuel already terrifying,]] but Pap turns its victims into [[BodyHorror horribly emaciated, baby-like caricatures of a human]] that are connected to Pap ([[NothingIsScarier who hide in logs and are completely]][[TheDarknessGazesBack hidden in darkness save for their eyes,]] mind you) by umbilical cords. The description of [[DealWithTheDevil "a trade-off between life and pleasure"]] implies that people who become Pap's pets [[LotusEaterMachine experience intense euphoria while in this state,]] which just manages to make things ''so'' much worse.


** Speaking of those five unspeakable terrors, let's take a nice look at all the [[SarcasmMode lovely]] things we've found out about them so far, shall we?:

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** Speaking of those five unspeakable terrors, let's take a nice look at all the [[SarcasmMode lovely]] things we've found out about each of them so far, now, shall we?:

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