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Characters affiliated with the Hunter Association.
Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (2011 Series, Until Episode 122); Banjo Ginga (2011 Series, Episode 122 Onward), Bunmei Tobayama (1999 Series) (Japanese), John Snyder (2011 Series, Credited as Ian Alden) (English)
12th Chairman of the Hunter Association, which administers the Hunter Exams once or twice per year. While he never fought during the exams, Hisoka feels uncomfortable around him, and Gon and Killua fails to catch a ball Netero holds in a friendly game. Netero appears once more in the Chimera Ant arc as the head of the extermination team. He receives information on the King and the Royal Guards through Colt, finds Zeno, and arrives to fight the King directly. By this point, the King has amassed so much power that Netero is no match for him. Netero knows the King's real name (again, through Colt) and offers to tell it to him if he can defeat Netero. Netero dies fighting the King, but not before he can tell the King his real name.
His Nen ability emits a hundred-armed entity behind himself in the form of the bodhisattva Guanyin. After clasping his hands in a prayer the bodhisattva follows his hand motions to devastating effect, which is repeated for every attack. Thanks to years of training he can perform the required motions with immense speed.
- The Ace: Prior to his death, he was the strongest Nen user in the series, although he claimed that this wasn't necessarily the case anymore as he reached his prime over 50 years ago. Indeed, the Royal Guards and the Ant King were stronger than him when it comes to aura.
- An Arm and a Leg: Meruem sliced his right leg and his left arm during their fight.
- Arc Symbol: He is often associated with the heart. His T-shirt which he wears for serious fights has "heart" written on it, a poster of him in the Hunter's Association reads "the heart is important", his fighting style (Shingen-Ryu) can be translated as "Style from the Heart", he expresses his gratitude at some point by forming a heart with his hands, and he dies by piercing his own heart.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: This is how Hyakushiki Kannon works, it's a giant Fighting Spirit who can continuously hit you with his palm strikes.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva is a giant.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Banjo Ginga.
- Badass Boast: Drops quite a few of those during his battle against Meruem.This is a tomb. Your tomb.An ant should not talk down to humans!
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Fights with a Nen style that involves palm strikes.
- Batman Gambit: He is able to anticipate the reactions of Morel and anticipated what would happen after his death.
- Berserk Button: Downplayed. While Meruem genuinely meant his praise, Netero saw it as an insect looking down on humans and while he didn't lose his temper, he went on the offensive when before he was just reacting to Meruem's attacks.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Delivers the finishing blow to himself by piercing his own heart with two fingers, thus activating the Miniature Rose.
- Big Good: As the 12th chairman of the Hunter Association he served as the highest authority for thoes who fight monsters and explore the world until his death.
- Subverted a bit by mixing in some Good Is Not Nice. Netero's actions don't seem to be motivated by any kind of morality as much as they are by his love of fighting. He favors the strong, takes no issue with letting murderers become Hunters, and Bisky even remarks that he's unreasonable and untrustworthy. Netero may be the strongest and most important member of an organization that's largely a force for global good, but that is not the same as having everyone's best interest at heart.
- Blood Knight: He really loves fighting and prefers it to talking. Since he is the strongest fighter in the world, he never got a chance to enjoy battle anymore, until the Chimera Ants showed up. And he's really excited to challenge someone stronger than him.
- Body Horror: Using Zero Hand left him in an incredibly decrepit state, and he looked positively nightmarish and alien when he gave his Final Speech to Meruem.
- Breath Weapon: Hyakushiki Zero. This is Netero's last resort, meant to be used only when he cannot utilize any other of Guanyin's abilities. Netero first prays with all his heart. The Bodhisattva then appears behind Netero's enemy and tenderly clasps him within its palms. Netero then focuses every last ounce of his aura in preparation for this final attack, and the Bodhisattva mercilessly howls out an enormous flare of aura in an attempt to destroy the enemy.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The chairman of the Hunter Association and a rather silly, laidback old man with a penchant for goofing around. Averted when things get serious and you find out why this "silly old man" is in such a high position to begin with.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Taken to absurd lengths. When Netero had reached the limits of what his body and technique could achieve through mere physical training, he decided to show gratitude for this by performing a prayer and a straight punch 10,000 times a day for several years. At first, it took him eighteen hours to finish each set, barely leaving him time to sleep before immediately beginning anew soon after he wakes up the next day; by the time he had finished, he had reached the point where he could perform 10,000 punches in an instant. And thats before he learned about Nen...
- Cool Old Guy: Well, it's going to happen when you're a character over 110 years old and chairman of the Hunter Association. However, as the Chimera Ant arc goes into deeper information about his psyche, it becomes clear that he's more sinister than initially assumed. He still is the strongest person around.
- Challenge Seeker: Netero was disgusted that the "ultimate strength" that he had achieved was so powerful that he had no more oponnents left who could give him a good fight, which is why he approached his battle against Meruem with a sense of deep gratitude to everything that lead him to this moment, even knowing it'll probably be the last fight of his life.
- A Death in the Limelight: In the fight vs Meruem we discover all his backstory before his death.
- Determinator: Losing two of his limbs didn't slow him down one bit.You believe I cannot pray with one arm?
- Dirty Old Man: Downplayed compared to most anime exapmles, but he can briefly be seen checking out Menchi's rack.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Causes a nuclear explosion that eventually kills the Chimera Ant King via radiation.
- Eccentric Mentor: At his first appearance, he's an old, laid-back guy. Later on, he turns out to be much more dangerous than he looks.
- Famous Last Words: If Hell exists, I'll see you there.
- Fantastic Fighting Style: Shingen-Ryu Kung Fu.
- Fighting Spirit: The 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva. Netero emits a multi-armed Nen construct behind himself which takes the form of a gigantic statue of Guanyin, a Bodhisattva that is associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists. To start an attack, Netero first clasps his hands together in a fluid motion, as if in prayer. After that, the arms on the statue strike down upon their targets in conjunction with Netero's own hand motions.
- After having rated Pitou's strength he said that a sacrifice might be necessary, and after wearing his Kokoro t-shirt (that he wears only in serious fights) he said it might be the last time he'll do so.
- A more subtle one is in the opening to the Chimera Ant arc. Netero can be seen standing in front of the 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva on his left leg, while praying with only his right arm as his left is obscured. He would take on a similar pose while fighting Meruem, but not out of choice- the other 2 limbs have been sliced off. On a similar note, much earlier on when Netero is playing ball with Gon and Killua during the Hunter's exam, he specifically avoids using the two limbs which would he would lose against Meruem, but it's harder to prove that this connection was planned.
- A Good Way to Die: He was satisfied by his way of dying because he wanted to fight an opponent way stronger than him and do his best.
- Handicapped Badass: Continue fighting against Meruem despite losing his arm in the fight.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted. Netero stated that human potential is limitless and we know that Nen can slow down/prevent aging. So, theoretically, a talentless person will require much more time to catch up, but eventually will catch up. Netero himself managed to fight with Meruem on semi-equal ground due to insanely over-the-top training (even by Shonen standards).
- Heroic Sacrifice: Via nuclear bomb. It didn't stick... except it did, via radiation.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: For him a good Hunter should be prone to jump at the call like Ging and his son. He lacks this.
- Hidden Depths: When he first appears in the Hunter Exam arc, he seems like an eccentric old man, but even then it's made clear that there's a massive power gap between him and Gon/Killua. We don't get a good idea of what he's really like or how he got that strong until the Chimera Ant arc, where he reappears as one of its key players.
- Insistent Terminology: In his video will Netero mentions multiple times that his desire for the Hunter Association to reach the Dark Continent is just a request from an old man and it is not an order. The Zodiacs immediately realise that it is totally an order.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Netero is shown to be friends with many people who are much younger than him. The Zodiacs, the Shingen-ryu Kenpo martial artists (including Wing and Biscuit), Morel, Knov, and many other Hunters. Even old characters like Linne and especially Zeno are not nearly as old as Netero.
- I've Come Too Far: He started to feel sympathy towards Meruem, but had to continue his mission.
- Kirk Summation: His final speech to Meruem, in response to the latter's claim that he is but an individual. Possibly doubles as Shut Up, Kirk! since it was meant to be anything but heroic.I am not alone. Don't underestimate the human race, Meruem. [...] You understand nothing of humanity's infinite potential for evolution/malice.
- Lightning Bruiser: While Netero's strength is immense, his most fearsome asset is his ludicrous speed. He learned to punch faster than sound as well as perform the prayer motion which controls the 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva, making his attacks effectively impossible to dodge, which blindsided not only Neferpitou but even Meruem, who was otherwise stronger in most aspects but still could not keep up with Netero's insane speed so he opted to bear the brunt of his strikes while waiting for him to inevitably slip up.
- Like a God to Me: The people he defeated after his years spent training on the mountain saw him as this.
- Living Legend: Prior to his death, he was the oldest Hunter to be alive, and he is famed for many stories, such as being on the Dark Continent Expedition (twice) and having survive a fight with Maha Zoldyck (who is still alive).
- Major Injury Underreaction: Losing a leg? Just stops the wound with sheer will and goes on. Losing an arm? Goes on.
- Meditation Power Up: He meditated for a while before fighting Meruem. And his aura was so menacing it scared Killua.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Hyakushiki Kannon is multi-armed, powerful and extremely fast.
- Nightmare Face: Does this several times. For example, after the Hyakushiki Zero he loses his teeth, musculature and probably his eyes too, looking quite a bit like a wraith himself.
- Nominal Hero: A potential interpretation. Netero's willing to accept anyone into the Hunter Association should they pass the exam, regardless of where they fall on the morality scale. During the Chimera Ant arc he definitely veers into Hero Antagonist territory; rejecting Mereum's Heel Realization because he knows the Hunter Association will be held responsible by the Governments should he fail rather than for altruistic reasons.
- Odd Friendship: With Zeno who is an assassin. This might come from his relationships with Zeno's predecessors, Maha and Zzigg, the latter having explored part of the Dark Continent with him.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Used this on Meruem. He didn't know his name so Netero promised he'd tell him if he managed to make him admit defeat.
- Old Master: He is the grand master of Shingen-Ryu Kung Fu. Many Hunters are his disciples.
- Our Presidents Are Different: Justified. He is the president of the Hunter Association after all.
- Power Born of Madness: How Meruem views him. He believes that only a truly insane human could train to become this powerful.
- Rapid Aging: After his Hyakushiki Zero, Netero ages rapidly as a result of his aura being completely drained.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Hundred Guanyin. Due to Neteros own impossibly enhanced speed, the attacks of the statue are so fast that they may appear to originate from another dimension.
- Really 700 Years Old: While definitely not that old, he was already an old geezer when Zeno (Killua's grandfather) was a baby, and was one of the few people to get the best of Zeno's grandfather in a fight.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: Shaves down his beard and trades his robes in for a T-shirt and shorts in preparation for his fight with Meruem. It's noted that he only wears the shirt for serious fights and that he may not wear it again.
- Spam Attack: His palm strikes.
- Story-Breaker Power: Discussed. He outclasses everyone else in the setting due to his Nen ability (which requires both absurd amounts of concentration as well as physical skill) that he finds himself somewhat bored with life as he is unable to defeat an opponent of his skill. When he fights Meruem, he's happy he can finally fight an opponent to his fullest, only to realize that Meruem actually outclasses him in physical prowess alone. And so he Rage Quits.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Ordered the Zodiacs to try to conquer the Dark Continent before his death but wanted to act as if the choice was theirs.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With his son Beyond Netero.
- Taking You with Me: The whole fight with Meruem was decided from the beginning. If Netero couldn't kill him with his abilities, he would trigger a nuke the moment his heart stopped beating, which would either blast the King apart or slowly take him down with radiation poisoning. And since it was contagious, it also took down two out of three Royal Guards.
- Technical Pacifist: He prefers peace, but he does like to fight a Worthy Opponent once in a while.
- Thanatos Gambit: Yeah, he died but Meruem was screwed.
- Took a Third Option: Die fighting a greater foe or let the Chimaeras win? Better yet, fool the King into thinking he was serious in fighting him and just poison him with radiation. The sheer pragmatism is amazing.
- Training from Hell: To a level that could have driven a lesser man insane. When Netero was 46 years old, he did 10,000 punches a day and it took 18 hours to finish 10,000 punches on his first day. After two years, when he completed the 10,000 punches, the sun had not yet set. And at the age of 50, he completed 10,000 punches in less than one hour and had more time to pray.
- Trickster Mentor: Very well known for being one. An example is when Killua and Gon are back on the borders of NGL, after fleeing from Pitou and leaving Kite behind, and are greeted by Netero, Morel and Knov. Netero gives Gon and Killua two halves of two different shogi tiles and one month to defeat Morel's disciples - Knuckle and Shoot - and return with the other halves of their shogi tiles. He would then allow them to join his Chimera Ant extermination team. Gon actually wanted to take this one step further and get this done in one week, which earns him a punch to the face by Biscuit, who clarified that when Netero gives you a month, a reasonable time would be a year. It turns out that while Gon and Killua were lacking strength (and the latter also lacked the commitment to fight a potentially stronger opponent), Knuckle and Shoot also had their issues with both being Reluctant Warriors (Knuckle is too nice to animals and tries to reason, while Shoot in general is a bit of a coward and does not wish to harm). All four eventually join Morel and Knov, resolve their issues and become key players in solving the Chimera Ant crisis, although it was Netero who killed Meruem and two of his three Royal Guards, by blowing himself up with the Poor Man's Rose.
- Weak, but Skilled: But only in comparison with the Chimera Ants. All members of the Royal Guard have much, much greater Nen reserves and abilities than he or any other human for that matter. Despite his great strategic mind, experience and the sheer speed of his attacks which allow him to one-shot Pitou and go mano-a-mano with the King, this is later subverted as he decides on eventually killing him with radiation poisoning.
- The Worf Effect: He comments that Pitou could be stronger than him. After this Colt confirms that any Royal Guard could beat him. Later appears to be unlikely though, as his brief encounter with Pitou has him smoothly flicking away the bloodthirsty Ant.
- World's Strongest Man: Seen this way by pretty much everyone in the series, but in his own opinion, he's gotten too old for the title to truly apply to him. But it's hard to tell whether this is true or not.
- Xanatos Gambit: He knew that his encounter with Meruem would lead to the latter's death one way or another- if not by defeating him in combat, then by unleashing the Rose on him.Meruem: "I see... you've had me in checkmate since the start."
Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (JP), Kyle McCarley (EN)
Former Vice-chairman of the HA and Rat of the zodiac. Despised by most of the zodiac, but has a huge faction of supporters within the association. Claims to be an able negotiator and often mentions the need to save time and money, yet he's a master of needlessly complicating things. After winning the chairman election, he immediately gave the position to Cheadle before resigning from his role as Rat of the zodiac not long after. Presently he has been seen among a group of people led by Netero's possible son, Beyond. Their intention is to go to the Dark Continent, an area beyond the known world's map that has been marked as forbidden territory.
- Aloof Ally: When he was still a Zodiac he and Ging were the only ones who never teamed up for missions.
- Batman Gambit: An absolute master of this.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: That cheery smile of his never reaches his eyes, especially if he's been interrupted. Played with in that instead of being drawn in, people find him off-putting and insufferable because of it.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: It's impossible to get a read on this guy. He appears to have morals, of a sort, but he deliberately keeps them vague and contradictory to help him mess with people. When the Zodiacs break down their various political alignments, Pariston is in a group of his own - "Extreme Leftist Patriot."
- The Chessmaster: He runs laps around everyone else during the election of the 13th Chairman.
- Crazy-Prepared: Cooperating with Beyond for the trip to the Dark Continent, he found competent allies for him.
- Death Glare: Every zodiac member but Ging gives him that.
- Dissonant Serenity: Part of what makes him come off as strange. His smile never leaves his face, even when someone would normally be offended.
- Expy: Of Baka Ki El Dogra.
- Hidden Depths: Not only is he torn up over Netero's death, but he does what he does not to be an ass, but to ensure there is always someone who will fight against the Chairman and ensure the Hunter Association never becomes "boring". He later leaves his position at the Zodiacs to prompt the human nations (referred to as the V5 and later as the V6) and thus the Hunters Association into exploring the outside world.
- For the Lulz: Another trait he shares with Ging.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: To the rest of the Zodiacs, a trait he shares with Ging, but he's at least a bit more popular with the Hunter's Association at large than him.
- The Gadfly: Knows exactly how to push the Zodiacs' buttons and enjoys every moment of it. This is especially true for Cheadle, who clashes with him during the election.Cheadle: Why? Why do I feel so irritated whenever he opens his mouth?
- Keet: Very upbeat.
- Manchild: Treats everything like a game. But unlike Ging, who gets bored easily, he's relentless.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His name is a clear anagram of Paris Hilton.
- Not So Different: With Netero and Ging.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He became Vice Chairman solely to be one of these. Netero kept him around apparently for his own amusement, but mostly because Pariston is a remarkable contrarian compared to the other Zodiacs.
- Perpetual Smiler: His grin never moves.
- Reverse Arm-Fold: Can sometimes be seen with his arm in this position.
- The Rival: Ging's.
- Rivals Team Up: Played with. The fact that the two former Zodiacs are both in Beyond's team should make them allies but with Pariston's attitude, that isn't likely. They gave the impression they will fight together to face Muherr's team and it turned out it was a plan for Pariston to learn about Ging's abilities.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He always wears a suit.
- The Sociopath: Seems to be this. Later zigzagged - he's legitimately heartbroken over Netero's death, but still seems to view other people as playthings more than anything else.
- Stepford Smiler: His smile hardly ever flickers, partly because it makes it difficult to guess what he's thinking. He puts on an infuriating happy face for the entire election, only to break down in tears after it's all over. Apparently all his scheming was just his way of paying tribute to Netero.
- Take a Third Option: Similarly to Ging except his "option 4" meant death.
- Tranquil Fury: He finds Ging annoying since he joined Beyond's team and think he will end up hating someone for the first time but you won't know by looking at his face.
- Troll: His primary motivation and defining character trait.
- He likes making things as needlessly complicated and drawn-out as possible, and making fun of his fellow Zodiacs. He wins the Chairman Election, only to immediately resign and appoint Cheadle, who was his most vocal detractor. In fact, he never even wanted to be Chairman; he originally took up the position of vice just to "play" with Netero by causing him problems. Naturally, this pissed Cheadle off royally.
- In Chapter 343 he admits to Ging that he only feels happy when he is hated by the others and can't help but try to destroy everything he loves.
- Worthy Opponent: He sees Ging this way. At the conclusion of the election he reveals that he believed Ging was going to win the whole time, even though Pariston was the leader in votes by a wide margin, and his victory was as much a surprise to him as it was to the rest of the Zodiac. He later admits that Ging may become the first person he will truly hate in his life.
Voiced by: Ikue Otani (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)
A Triple Star Disease Hunter and Dog of the Zodiacs. Pariston said she's the most competent of them overall. She is intelligent, serious, and level-headed.
- Badass Bookworm: She's a Triple Star Disease Hunter, which basically means makes her a super doctor, and eventually becomes the new Chairman of the Hunter Association post election.
- Break the Haughty: Famed for being the master of procedure among the Zodiac, but winds up totally humbled by the end of the election.
- Combat Medic: Incurable Disease Hunter. She also takes personal charge of Leorio's medical education as a favor to make him join the Zodiacs.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She is incredibly jealous of Pariston because his personality is similar to Netero's.
- The Leader: A bit downplayed once she becomes the new Chairman as, while she has the strongest voice in the Association, the job of running the Association is now more of a team effort between all of the Zodiacs not just her.
- Little Bit Beastly: As the Dog of the Zodiacs, she's chosen to alter her appearance to resemble her namesake, with a dog-eared headband and a black (fake?) nose.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name refers to the Yorkshire terrier, a breed of dog.
- The Mentor: She takes a shine to Leorio during the Chairman Election Arc and asks him to join the Zodiacs as the new Boar in exchange for taking him under her wing and teaching him all she knows about medicine. He accepts and is working in the medical station with her during the trip to the Dark Continent.
- Our Presidents Are Different: She becomes the new chairman of the Hunters association following the election.
- Out-Gambitted: She's hopelessly out of her depth against Pariston.
- Smart Guy: One of the smartest members of the Zodiac.
- Specs of Awesome: Wears glasses and is a Triple Star Hunter on top of being a Zodiac.
Twelve powerful hunters chosen by Netero to take over the Hunter Association in his absence, themed after the Chinese zodiac. All but Pariston and Ging changed their appearances, names, and personalities to match their zodiac character out of respect for Netero. These two eventually left the group.
- Animal-Motif Team: Each of them represent an animal of the Japanese version of the Chinese Zodiac and respect their chairman so much that all of them alter their appearance, personality, and name to resemble the animal they represent. Averted for Ging and Pariston. Later with Leorio and Kurapika (as they've been just recruited to replace the former two mentioned).
- Asskicking Equals Authority: You have to be strong if you were to become a Zodiac under Netero's rule. Since he was a Blood Knight, he demanded that a Zodiac would have to spar with him once in a while.
- Badass Crew: They are all strong enough to be Netero's sparring partners and all of them are Star Hunters. The latter was no longer the case after Ging and Pariston left and were replaced by Kurapika and Leorio.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: They're a rather silly, colorful bunch, but they're still highly experienced Hunters with a great deal of authority in the Association. One of them literally wears bunny ears!
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": They all adore Netero to the point that almost all of them changed their names, personalities and/or appearances to match their Zodiac animal (except Ging and Pariston) and they are top Hunters like him.
- Little Bit Beastly: As mentioned, their loyalty to Netero is such that most of them have altered their appearances to match their animal.
Child Voice: N/A (2011 Series), Urara Takano (1999 Series, Japanese), Elinor Holt (1999 series, English)
Adult Voice: Rikiya Koyama (2011 Series) (Japanese), Hiroki Tochi (1999 Series) (Japanese), Marc Diraison (2011 Series) (English)
Legendary hunter, former Boar of the zodiac, Greed Island creator, Kite's mentor, Gon's father. Double hunter on the level of triple hunters, and it is stated that he could easily become a triple hunter if he wasn't so lazy. Admired by Satotz for his pioneering archaeological work. Has been absent for most of the series but recently appeared to take part in the HA election. Despite these glowing accomplishments, Ging is a selfish, rude and stubborn man. His incredible power and massive reputation belie a shy man concerned with his appearances and reputation- he doesn't want to see Gon not because he hates him, but because he's incredibly shy and is worried about what his son will think of him.
After the election's end and meeting Gon, Ging resigned from his position as Boar of the zodiac.
- 0% Approval Rating: He's apparently so unpopular that when Leorio punched him out on live TV he suddenly skyrocketed to the third most popular choice in the Hunter election.
- Absurdly Youthful Father: Ging is 32 during the Election Arc, his son Gon is 14, meaning Ging was 18 when Gon was born.
- The Ace: The best example in the series. He is one of the best Hunters and is in the top 5 of the strongest Nen users. According to Kite in the fillers, he should be a 3 star Hunter but is not because of his laziness. Skilled Hunters like Satotz and Kite look up to him and he is very charismatic, he has a lot of contacts and friends who respect him and are not Hunters too. Heck, even the Zodiacs, who dislike his behaviors, know how good he is. He is the only one who can stand up to Pariston (who acknowledged him as his rival) and Cheadle admitted it. Balancing this is the fact that he's really not a good father to Gon, which cost him some popularity during the Election. Even Gon admits that he can't really think of Ging as his father.
- Action Dad: With a lot of stress on the Action. Rather iffy at the whole "Dad" bit, though.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: He is an Archeological Hunter.
- Aloof Ally: When he was still a Zodiac he and Pariston were the only ones who never teamed up for missions.
- Always Save the Girl: He was always the one to find Mito when she was lost.
- Always Second Best: Despite his reputation as one of the most powerful people, he is attempting to catch up to Don Freecss, an ancestor of his who was strong and savvy enough to have traveled half of the Dark Continent's coastline and submit back a book detailing what he saw. Ging suspects Don had become even more powerful upon exploring the Dark Continent due to the miracle cures he found there, including one that induces immortality, and thus Ging believes Don is still alive and still studying the Dark Continent.
- Ass Kicking Equals Authority: Joins Beyond's team and declares himself as the Number Two after clearly showing his intent to beat up anyone opposing to him.
- Badass Boast: To Pariston."I'll play with you personally from now on. Until you beg me to stop."
- Batman Gambit: His go-to method of doing practically anything. And, he's rarely wrong enough to screw up that badly at it, either.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: He does this with the recruits for the expedition to the Dark Continent to demonstrate his qualifications to be Number Two.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Doesn't want the job of Hunter Chairman, even though he probably could have won the election.
- Butt-Monkey: Pretty much the entire Hunter organization is fed up with his crap by the end of the Election arc, and he can hardly open his mouth without getting shouted down.
- Calling the Old Man Out: The reaction of pretty much all the Hunters during the election after seeing how irresponsible of a father he is. Mito had this reaction too, but Gon himself doesn't care.
- The Chess Master: Even Pariston considers Ging a rival when it comes to mind games."If my target moves just as I want them to...now that's a real hunt."
- Cunning Linguist: Knows multiple languages.
- Delinquent: Considered as one as among the Zodiacs. He also uses a delinquent tactic to outsmart them.
- Disappeared Dad: Left Gon in his cousin Mito's care to pursue his ambitions as a hunter. Then deleted or classified all records of himself from the Web and Hunter Organization database.
- Every Man Has His Price: Proposed to give to all the members recruited by Pariston for the expedition to the Dark Continent the double of what Beyond proposed if they accept him as Number Two. Though not everybody accepted it, it helped.
- Expy: Looks a lot like Yusuke Urameshi with stubble. It's even Lampshaded in a bonus comic.Yusuke: What do you mean I'm in the wrong manga? I'll kill you! Who the hell is Ging?
- For the Lulz: The main reason the others Zodiacs dislike his attittude is because he does things only because it amuses him.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Is this to the vast majority of the Hunter Organization. He's highly regarded and admired for his skills and knows most, if not all of them on a personal level, and every single one of them can immediately agree that he is a colossal pain in the ass.
- The Gift: Gon is gifted and Razor said he inherited his talent from him.
- Ground Punch: Coupled with Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs when he used Leorio's ability.
- Hate Sink: The Hunter community dislikes him due to his shirking of responsibilities (except when absolutely necessary as a Zodiac), constant rule-breaking, and Parental Abandonment. It's contrasted with Pariston's sparkling image to ironic effect. A downplayed example, since despite his faults he's a legitimate badass, honest about his selfishness and doesn't demand adoration or respect from other people.
- Hero of Another Story: Ging's legitimately earned the admiration of many people.
- History Repeats: His fascination with the Journey to the New World and its legendary author Don Freecss mirrors Gon's now-concluded pursuit of Ging.
- Intimidation Demonstration: How he mentally broke one of Beyond's more hostile subordinates.
- It's All About Me:"Hunters are a bunch of egomaniacs. We set aside everything else to get what we want."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite acting like a selfish pain in the ass most of the time, he's a pretty decent guy all things considered. He set up ruin excavations and preservation projects out of his own pocket, treated Razor, a criminal and murderer like a human being which deeply touched Razor, and after one of Beyond's team told him that the reason he needed money was to care for his sick sister and make sure she would be OK even if the he dies following Ging, Ging's response was, "Sorry, but after hearing that, there's no way I can let you die".
- Like Father, Like Son: He's a Wild Card with a somewhat flexible grasp on morality and responsibility who enjoys adventures more than anything else. This is the reason why, for all his apparent Parental Neglect, Gon never holds a grudge against him and in fact has a very easy time bonding with him when they meet at the World Tree. Ging knows his son well, and even when he was in mortal peril, he accurately predicted that Gon will survive and thus had no reason to worry.
- Manchild: Talked enthusiastically about his game for hours with an ex-convict. Sometimes seems as self-centered as a little kid. Has a reputation for only thinking about his own entertainment.
- No Hero to His Valet: Mito isn't terribly impressed by his accomplishments as a Hunter, and (rightly) sees him as an unreliable Manchild who abandoned his own son to her care.
- Not So Different: He admitted himself than him, Netero and Pariston are alike.
- Number Two: In Beyond's team, forcefully replacing Pariston.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Appears short-sighted and careless to other Zodiac members, yet predicted their entire meeting, dictated the rules beforehand, and got exactly what he wanted from it. He even included an unreasonable request he knew they would reject, in order to dispel any suspicion.
- Parental Neglect: To Gon. To Ging's credit at least he's honest about it and doesn't expect adoration from his son. Also, he left Gon to be raised by reliable people (Mito and his grandma) and did somehow support Gon in his quest to become a hunter.On a tape recording: "I don't want to see you."
- Notably, while other characters are very critical of Ging's poor parenting skills, Gon himself does not particularly mind, since he enjoys the "hunt" for him and he never really had much expectations for him as a father figure to begin with since he sees him as more of a friend or a mentor (he only ever calls him "Ging" rather than "dad").
- Power Copying: After being struck by Leorio's Nen ability, Ging figured out how to use it himself. It's not clear whether this is Ging's own Nen ability, or just being really good at analyzing other people's abilities.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Via intimidation.
- Renaissance Man: A master of archaeology, linguistics, game theory, Nen manipulation, the list goes on. No one really knows the full depths of Ging's genius since he usually can't be bothered to show it off.
- The Rival: Pariston's.
- Rivals Team Up: Played with. The fact that they are both in Beyond's team should make them allies but with Pariston's attitude...They gave the impression they will fight together to face Muherr's team and it turned out it was a plan for Pariston to learn about Ging's abilities. Though Muehrr later reveals does not mind pairing with Ging and Pariston, he still attacked Ging because he made the assumption that they could be bribed; Ging explains that he bribed them in order to confirm that they were the real deal and that they were not venturing into the outside world for petty reasons.
- The Run Away: He ran away to be a Hunter when he was younger.
- Scarf Of Ass Kicking: During his travels Ging kicked many asses with his scarf.
- Socially Awkward Hero: Pointed out by Elena- a lot of his motivation for avoiding Gon and sending him off on weird adventures isn't just him being a Stealth Mentor like he insists, he's just that bashful and awkward and has next to no fatherhood skills.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He is arguably a main character alongside Kurapika and Leorio in the Dark Continent expedition arc.
- Static Character: Invoked. No matter what happens he'll still stay true to himself.
- Stealth Mentor: Despite being on the run from his own son, he still uses Greed Island as a chance to train him.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With Gon.
- Take a Third Option: When an assassin asked him to choose between "option 1" and "option 2" he literally chose a third one.
- Trickster Mentor: Where to start? He... doesn't exactly set out to teach, and his methods are less "stealthy" than "using autopilot from two continents away". Yet, he still provides learning experiences: if you can keep up. Good luck with that...
- Wild Card: He acts as this in both the Zodiacs and Beyond's group, and may be even more unpredictable than Pariston, since whereas Pariston will usually pick a course of action most likely to screw with other people, Ging just goes with whatever amuses him most and then stops when he gets bored. When the Zodiacs are breaking down their various political factions, he's simply labeled "Idiot." Later joins Beyond's group precisely to prevent Pariston from sabotaging their mission.
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (JP), Armen Taylor (EN)
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: When he recruits Kurapika for the Zodiacs, he offers information about the Scarlet Eyes in exchange for joining.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: He uses three colored cards (Blue, Yellow and Red), each card has a different effect.
- Death Glare: Gives one to Parison along with the other Zodiacs.
- He's on the receiving end from Kurapika once he brings up the Scarlet Eyes.
- Great Detective: Double Star Crime Hunter.
- Improbable Weapon User: He fights with penalty cards.
- Nerves of Steel: Mizaistom isn't phased when Kurapika threatens that his next words regarding his breathen's eyes could cost him his life.
Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (JP), Alejandro Saab (EN)
Tiger of the zodiac. Short-tempered and aggressive.
- Berserk Button: Pointing out that he's book dumb.
- Book Dumb: He's not very smart.
- To give some perspective, he had no clue what Kakin or the V5 were, despite this apparently being elementary school level information.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is the most stupid Zodiac but remember, he is one of the strongest Hunters in the world.
Voiced by: Tomoka Kiriyama (JP), Kayli Mills (EN)
Rabbit of the zodiac. Absent-minded, but with a sharp tongue.
- Cunning Linguist: Paleograph Hunter and interpreter. She is developing a translation software for the Dark Continent.
- Deadpan Snarker: Enjoys making snarky commentary, especially at Pariston.
- Tattoo as Character Type: There is a rabbit tattoo on her back.
Voiced by: Megumi Han (JP), Jeannie Tirado (EN)
The Rooster. Very easily annoyed.
- The Beastmaster: Can manipulate birds.
- Belly Dancer: Must be one considering her attire and her profession of dancer.
Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP), Jason Marnocha (EN)
- Cool Old Guy: A hunter specializing in terrorists and one of Netero's sparing partners.
- Court-Martialed: He's in charge of the military side of the law during the voyage to the Dark Continent. Considering all the political intrigue happening on the 1st Deck - especially with nen-using soldiers involved - He's going to be VERY busy.
- Old Soldier: Botobai is a Terrorist Hunter and the oldest Zodiac.
Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (JP)
- Acrofatic: He is very fast and was able to intercept Kanzai when he wanted to attack Pariston.
- Beware the Nice Ones: After being angered by Pariston, he threatens to kill him. Extra point for having a Death Glare.
- Forest Ranger: He is a Ranger and a Poacher Hunter.
Voiced by: Yuki Shirato (JP), Maureen Price (EN)
- Combat Medic: Poison Hunter, coroner and pharmacist.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Geru dresses in black and is her motif is snakes, relating to her status as a poison hunter. However, she is actually a medic and shows no signs of malice or immorality.
- Hot Scientist: Notably after the change with her lips.
- Partial Transformation: Her arm can transform into a snake.
- Progressively Prettier: Her initial design was different with bigger lips but it's no more the case in the manga. Madhouse took note of this.
Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (JP)
- Dual Wielding: He carried two swords in chapter 318, considering his status of Zodiac it's likely that it is the case.
- Gag Nose: Looks like a Horse nose.
Voiced by: Velo Takeda (JP), Christopher Bevins (EN)
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He is direct, provocative at times and has a lot of confidence in his skills, like Wukong prior his character development . Extra point for being a martial artist.
- Fighting Spirit: Uses three monkeys as Nen beasts to fight.
- Impossible Thief: The monkeys can steal the sight, hearing and speech.
- The Mole: Is Beyond's Inside Man, according to Kurapika's dowsing chain.
- Monkey King Lite: In addition to being based on the Monkey from the Chinese Zodiac, he is also based on Sun Wukong in that he that he enjoys battle, lacks humility (though Sun Wukong gradually became more humane and humble in the latter parts of the novel), and employs the use of a Telescoping Staff.
- Monkey Morality Pose: This is basically how his powers work. His three monkeys are See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Speak No Evil and steal his opponent's senses. Then he beats them senseless.
- Sir Swearsalot: Seconds only to Cluck.
- Telescoping Staff: As all characters based on Sun Wukong.
287th Hunter Exam
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (2011 Series), Yoshiaki Matsumoto (1999 Series) (Japanese), Ray Chase (2011 Series) (English)
A ninja from the hidden village of the clouds, Jappon (or simply Japan in the Viz translation). He passes the Hunter Exam in the same year as Gon, Kurapika and Leorio.
- Bald of Awesome: He is totally bald, but also a fast and powerful fighter.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's played mostly for Comic Relief, until his fight with Gon where his speed, strength, and battle experience easily exceeds that of Gon.
- Hanzo is extremely angry when someone sneaked up on Prince Momoze and murdered her in her sleep. He would have been there to protect her, if Momoze's mother hadn't ordered him to protect her younger son, Marayam, instead, so he partially blames himself for her death. Hanzo then goes out and seeks out Momoze's murderer to pay him back.
- Bluffing the Murderer: He manages to trick the guard Tuffdy into confessing the murder of Prince Momoze, by pretending to work for Benjamin and help Tuffdy get away with it and by blaming his colleague. Once he's got the confession, he immediately strangles Tuffdy.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It's even lampshaded by Tonpa. He talks too much and seems very social and friendly, but he is still a professional spy and assassin. You do not want to piss him off.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His battle with Gon in the Hunter Exam basically lasted one move; Hanzo flash stepped behind him and chopped his neck. Gon goes down, his head is spinning, and he's incapacitated. He remarks that, in a conventional match, he would have been declared the winner immediately. After this point, it shifts into a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Being a ninja, having such an ability was obvious. However, he cannot move or let others touch his real body while his Nen Doppelgänger is out.
- Expy: Of Kazemaru from Yu Yu Hakusho, Togashi's previous work. They are nearly identical (two bald ninjas), though Hanzo is the much friendlier version.
- Highly Visible Ninja: He doesn't hide the fact that he's a ninja. In the 13th Hunter Chairman Election Arc, he acts like an Attention Whore.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Make it look like a suicide, actually. Hanzo quickly dispatched Momoze's murderer, by strangling him with his back to it, later hanging him to make it look like he committed suicide.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His Hunter Exam match with Gon lasted over 3 hours and was entirely him beating the crap out of the kid, breaking his arm, and then bloodying his forehead.
- Nothing Personal: While Hanzo is an overall Nice Guy, he doesn't hold back on trying to force Gon to submit in their fight.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Throughout the Hunter Exam. Hanzo was largely a background player, but like the main characters, was a rookie. In Hanzo's case, he passed the exam largely with ease; being the third person to finish the Trick Tower behind Hisoka and Illumi and in the final stage was assessed by Netero as being the top candidate along with Gon based on potential. It's also mentioned that he managed to master Nen before Gon and Killua.
- Put on a Bus: Is away from the plot for several arcs on his search to find the elusive Hermit's Scroll. He briefly appears in the 13th Hunter Chairman Election Arc, and is hired by Kurapika to to act as a bodyguard for Kakin Empire Princes in the Dark Continent Arc.
- Torture Technician: In the final test of the Hunter Exam, Hanzo is forced to battle Gon. The only way to pass the final test to is force your opponent to admit defeat and Gon refuses to do so even after being severely beaten. Hanzo breaks Gon's arm as a part of his torturing skills to force him to admit defeat, but Gon still refuses. He willingly bows out of the battle, giving Gon the victory needed for him to pass the final test. Killua remarked that if Hanzo used some of his other torture methods Gon would have easily surrendered. After his match with Gon, he fights Pokkle and is able to quickly make him surrender with the same method.
- Unusual Eyebrows: In the 2011 anime.
Voiced by: Yukitoshi Tokumoto (2011 Series), Yukiko Tamaki (1999 Series) (Japanese), Bobby Thong (2011 Series) (English)
An archer who passed the Hunter Exam along with Gon, Kurapike and Leorio. He becomes a Beast Hunter and later is seen again in the Chimera Ant arc.
- The Archer: Fights with a Bow during the Hunter Exam. After mastering nen, he upgrades to nen-powered bow that he summons.
- Back for the Dead: After being largely absent since the first arc, Pokkle finally returns for the Chimera Ant Arc. He doesn't last long.
- Clark Kent Outfit: Shown while he's getting his brain poked and prodded by Pitou that he has at least a four pack going on.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Pokkle's brain is horrifically and thoroughly picked for information by Pitou (both figuratively and literally) before being brutally butchered and eaten by the Chimera Ants.
- Fan Disservice: By the time you see his physique, the circumstances pretty much guarantee hell never be the same. If the ants magically didnt eat him after the interrogation, he was still lobotomized.
- Hope Spot: He managed to hide himself in a pile of bones in the Chimera Ants' lair, and came close to escaping their notice...until Pitou sensed his aura.
- Killed Off for Real: He's eaten by the Chimera Ants once he revealed the secrets of Nen via Pitou's technique.
- Put on a Bus: Is away from the plot for several arcs, only returning in the Chimera Ant Arc where he's promptly killed off.
- Ship Tease: With Ponzu in both animes.
"Gittarackur" (Illumi Zoldyck)
Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa (2011 Series), Hitoshi Bifu (1999 Series) (Japanese), John Demita (2011 Series) (English)
An Archaelogical Hunter who is heading the first phase of the examination. Immediately takes a shine to Gon, as most people do.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Not only that, but a self-declared fan of Ging Freecs.
- Ambiguously Human: He extremely tall with thin gangly limbs, on top of having no mouth.
- No Mouth: Not literally. He just doesn't appear to have a mouth.
Voiced by: Aya Hirano (2011 Series), Yōko Ogai (as "Akari Hibino") (1999 Series) (Japanese), Amanda Céline Miller (2011 Series), (English)
A Gourmet Hunter, charged with hunting down rare ingredients, and one half of the second phase's examination team.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her bra is far too small to cover up any of the cleavage of her melons.
- Action Girl: All Hunters are legitimate badasses, and Menchi is no exception.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair in the first anime was pink with green hairbands, but in the second, the color scheme is flipped. The positioning of her top knots is also slightly rearranged.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her see-through outfit exposes her bellybutton.
- Berserk Button: Don't insult food or Gourmet Hunters.
- Big Eater: Along with Buhara, she has an incredible stomach capacity. But in her case, she's very picky that the food she eats is good, while Buhara is essentially a garbage disposal.
- Black Bra and Panties: She wears a black bra along side her already revealing attire. It's hard to tell if she also has the panties due to her daisy dukes.
- Chef of Iron: What being a Gourmet Hunter is all about.
- Combat Stilettos: Her boots have tall heels on them as well as several cute feminine pink bows. In the original manga and anime, they prove to be impractical for the task of tightrope walking across Spider Eagle webs, so she takes them off and uses her bared feet and toes to steady her. In the 2011 remake, she's skilled enough that she can cross the webs in the stilettos effortlessly.
- The Extremist Was Right: All Hunter examinees admit that her pursuit of ingredients and flavors are worth the risk, even to the point of putting one's life in danger.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She is not tiny but Buhara is HUGE.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's strict, short-tempered and easily gets angry, but she's a good person at heart and also has a soft spot for Gon.
- Knife Nut: When she gets pissy, she starts flinging her cutlery at people.
- Male Gaze: Half-naked and sexy she is indeed, and given that most of the people at the Hunter Exams are male, this is the typical reaction she gets.
- Ms. Fanservice: Seriously, take one look at her Stripperific garbs and you'll wonder how she manages to walk out in broad daylight without getting drooled over.
- Not Himself: Menchi is derailed in her duties as an examiner due to her sensing Hisoka's gigantic murderous bloodlust, causing her to become unbending and irritable which in turn leads her to prematurely and bluntly dismiss all the candidates of her Hunter's Examination stage. She is called on this by both Netero and Buhara, the former one allowing her to redo her stage with different, more permissive parameters so that there are at least some candidates left.
- Of Corsets Sexy: She has a short-sleeved variant of a corset underneath her bra.
- Orgasmically Delicious: Her pursuit as a Hunter Chef is to find these types of tastes.
- Out of Character Is Serious Business: When she notices Hisoka is among the Hunter candidates, she is positively mortified by the level of killing intent barely held at bay inside him. Following this, she allows her fear of him to start dictating that nobody is allowed to get through the exams and she should play it off as her simply not liking anyone's dishes.
- Picky Eater: Only a few chefs can satisfy her.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Buhara's Blue. She gets feisty, short-tempered, moody, and angry, while he is patient, gentle, approachable, and quiet.
- Statuesque Stunner: Diminished because she looks tiny compared to Buhara.
- Stripperific: Her outfit is alarmingly skimpy and lacy. The gist of her outfit is lingerie atop... well, more lingerie.
- Underestimating Badassery: Gourmet Hunters are not small fries.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She does. Specifically, blue daisy dukes.
Voiced by: Junichi Kanemaru (2011 Series), Keiji Takahashi (1999 Series) (Japanese), Tom Fahn (2011 Series) (English)
- Big Eater: He is big and is a Gourmet Hunter.
- Does Not Wear Shoes: For some reason, he doesn't bother with shoes.
- Gentle Giant: He's a rather nice and sweet guy, which Menchi lampshades as she thinks he's just too nice.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's enormous, far bigger than Menchi.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Menchi's Red. She's loud and plucky, he's calm and nice.
- Stout Strength: He's incredibly strong, able to stop many dangerous beasts with his mere bare hands.
Voiced by: Masatake Yamamoto (2011 Series), Yoshihiko Akaida (1999 Series) (Japanese), Derek Stephen Prince (2011 Series) (English)
The third examiner in the Hunter Exam, and operator of Trick Tower.
- Bounty Hunter: He is a Blacklist Hunter.
Voiced by: Machiko Toyoshima (2011 Series), Akiko Higuchi (1999 Series), Julie Ann Taylor (2011 Series) (English)
- Ms. Exposition: She's pretty much there to explain stuff.
Voiced by: Tomoya Kawai (2011 Series), Yoshikazu Nagano (1999 Series) (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (2011 Series) (English)
- Combat Referee: During the tournament; he's also in charge of tailing Hanzo while they were on the island.
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (2011 Series), Masami Kikuchi (1999 Series) (Japanese), Ezra Weisz (Credited as Ethan Murray) (2011 Series) (English)
Wing is Zushi's master, who Gon and Killua encounter at the Heavens Arena. When asked about "Nen", he initially only teaches Gon and Killua the principles of Nen of the Flame - meditation. When Gon and Killua however reach the 200th floor and their path is blocked by Hisoka, he changes his mind and teaches them the true principles of Nen. Wing eventually turns out to be a secret Hunter examiner. After Gon and Killua complete their basic Nen training, he is briefly seen again and gives Gon advice over the phone to learn "Ko". He shows up again during the Chairman Election arc, voting for a new Chairman and visiting Gon in the hospital.
Wing is a Shingen-Ryu kung-fu master and an Enhancer. He was a disciple of Biscuit Krueger.
- Bad Liar: He tries to dissuade Gon and Killua from learning Nen by explaining a different principle of Nen, but Killua, while thinking it was a solid explanation, immediately notices the holes in Wing's lies. It's only when Gon and Killua are in danger of dying that he steps in.
- Badass Teacher: Wing eventually becomes Gon and Killua's first Nen instructor after two are stopped from registering on the 200th floor by Hisoka, who, similarly to Wing, doesn't want gifted people to end up crippled, as all participants on the 200th floor know Nen.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a perfectly competent Nen user, but Biscuit mocks him for always leaving his shirt tail half-tucked.
- Character Tic: Only ever half-tucks in of his shirt tail, despite constant reminders.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It's hinted at. He's a genuine goofball, but he knows and teaches the principles of Nen, capable of turning paper into blades just like Hisoka, and an Enhancer. He's also a secret Hunter Examiner and the Assistant Master of Shingen-Ryu Kung Fu, meaning Netero thought he was capable enough to handle both jobs.
- Fantastic Fighting Style: Shingen-Ryu.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. Biscuit stated that he was bad at learning, but now he is a strong Nen user.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: He was Biscuit's Nen student and then becomes Gon and Killua's Nen teacher. Later the boys learn from Biscuit directly, who calls herself "their master's master".
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction when he teaches Gon about Nen because of his incredible talent and his attitude.
Voiced by: Masaki Aizawa (2011 Series), Kazuki Yao (1999 Series) (Japanese), Imari Williams (2011 Series) (English)
Kurapika's Nen mentor and secret examiner. He shows up again during the Chairman Election arc and is hired by Kurapika to board the ship to the Dark Continent and work as a guard for one of Kakin's Princes. Izunavi becomes a guard for the Sixth Prince, Taithon.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Kurapika doesn't respect him at all.
- No Name Given: His name was not mentioned in the manga until the Dark Continent arc, where he named as Izunavi. Until then, the Anime called him "Mizuken".
- Video Game Stealing: Snatches Kurapika's hunter's license while passing him in the street without Kurapika noticing until Izunavi shows it to him.
Greed IslandHunters that appeared the first time in the Greed Island Arc.
Young Voice: Chisa Yokoyama (2011 Series), Chieko Higuchi (Greed Island OVA), Akiko Kimura (GI Final OVA) (Japanese), Tara Sands (2011 Series) (English)
Adult Voice: Chisa Yokoyama (2011 Series), Takashi Hagino (GI Final OVA), Tara Sands (2011 Series) (English)
A little girl Gon and Killua meet once they enter Greed Island, who soon is revealed to be a middle-aged, muscle-bound woman in disguise. She becomes their trainer during the arc, helping to refine their nen and helping them in their search for Gon's father while seeking her own goal. She comes back into play during the Chimera Ant arc training them further.
Her nen ability summons a masseuse to relieve fatigue and restore aura to anyone she massages. She can also transform into her true form, becoming much taller and muscular.
- The Ace: Official databooks reveal that on the power chart list, she is only just slightly beneath the three Royal Guards, Meruem and Netero.
- Action Fashionista: She has a very elegant and baby-doll like appearance and is always immaculately dressed. She's also a monster who can beat people into the ground.
- Affectionate Nickname: She doesn't like formal titles (it makes her sound old). People that are close to her are allowed to call her "Bisc" or "Bisky". If you want to add an honorific to her name, you can call her "-chama".
- Apron Matron: She's very strict with her disciples, but her ambition is to make them stronger. As a result, she alternatively puts them through various wringers, cares for their welfare, leaves them alone and tells them to only call if necessary (and, she will make them pay if it wasn't all that important). She comments that if she were to follow their progress all the time, she would feel like their mother.
- Attention Whore: She will punch you if you ignore her.
- Badass Adorable: Her child form. Note that she is a Double Star Hunter, and also the master of Wing, Gon and Killua.
- Battle Strip: She removes her elegant gloves, dress, and shoes when she assumes her true form for the first time before Killua to give him a brutal training lesson as preparation for facing Shoot upon recognizing that he hadn't seen any combat against stronger foes, unlike Gon, who kept actively fighting Knuckle. However, the sight of a middle-aged muscular giant in just an undershirt and frilly pink child-size panties is not likely to be considered cute or Fanservice at all, just really disturbing.
- Berserk Button:
- Don't call her real form a gorilla or she will make you regret it.
- Or make fun of her age. Killua has been on the receiving end of this on several occasions.
- Also, don't ignore her/talk in front of her about a topic she doesn't fully understand.
- Becoming the Mask: She becomes really attached to Gon and Killua.
- Beware the Silly Ones: It can be easy to forget that Bisky is a 2-star hunter and one of the most skilled characters in the series.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She joined Gon and Killua because she wanted to break their friendship and introduced herself in a sweet and girly persona.
- Boobs of Steel: Only in her real form. When it comes to strength, she maxes out the stat according to the official databook.
- Brawn Hilda: Her true form. She hates it, so she spends most of her time looking like a little girl instead.
- The Bus Came Back:
- She decides to not accompany Gon and Killua after they finish Greed Island, but she quickly comes back to their help, when Palm calls her so she can prepare them for their eventual duel with Shoot and Knuckle to join Netero against the Chimera Ants.
- Once her job is done, she leaves again, but she returns for the Election Arc to vote for a new chairman and to visit Gon.
- And she again shows up when Kurapika hires trustworthy Hunters (she was recommended to Kurapika by Killua) to join him on the journey to the Dark Continent and keep an eye on the Kakin Empire's princes, so he can apprehend the Fourth Prince and retrieve the remaining Scarlet Eyes.
- Child-Like Voice: She prefers to present herself as a feminine little girl; in this form she speaks in a chipper, high-pitched, girlish voice.
- Consummate Liar: As is typical for a Transmuter. She has more than 50 years of experience, which makes her a very effective Living Lie Detector.
- Contralto of Danger: Her voice deepens as she transforms into her true form. This is taken Up to Eleven in the Greed Island OVA where she is voiced by a man in her true form.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: To Binolt, and later to Bara. They all go down after one good attack from her.
- Cute Bruiser: When she's in her child-like form.
- Dirty Old Woman: She becomes a drooling mess seeing a completely naked Hisoka and also likes looking at male porno magazines.
- Dumb Blonde: Inverted. Biscuit is a blone but is a master strategist and Nen master.
- Eating the Eye Candy: She acts embarrassed, but she really enjoyed the view of a naked, bathing Hisoka.
- Establishing Character Moment: She remains mysteriously silent during her first appearance and is implied to refuse to join up with the people trying to steal cards in Greed Island. Then we see that she has quietly tailed Gon and Killua. She thinks to herself in a sweet tone of voice that their friendship is nice. Then her face twists into a conniving, witch-like grin and she gets a kick over how nice it would be... to ruin it. Eventually subverted as she becomes genuinely fond of the duo; she become their teacher and steadfast ally.
- Genius Bruiser: She is one of the most experienced Hunters and Nen users to appear; she uses her vast experience to outwit others and achieve her goals.
- Girlish Pigtails: Is initially introduced with this hairstyle, to complete the little girl image. After Binolt cuts off one pigtail, she switches to a high ponytail.
- Girly Run: Has a massive one on the 2011 anime version, where she holds this pose while chasing Gon and Killua, who are doing their best to get away from her. Considering her real appearance, is pretty hilarious.
- Gonk: Her real appearance, at least in her opinion (she's enormously tall and muscular, although not exactly ugly).
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: While useless in combat, her masseuse, Cookie, turns out to be a good support ability, allowing Gon to get 8 hours of rest in only a half hour during another one of his Training from Hell sessions. Cookie transmutes Biscuit's aura into a lotion that can relieve fatigue and restores the vitality of the one she is massaging. Cookie can also be used to heal arthritis, burn off excess fat as well as heal locked joints and muscle tension. It's basically a perfect ability to recover.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Biscuit initially wanted to tease Gon and Killua a bit (and then outright destroy their friendship because Killua pissed her off), but ended up changing her mind because she saw the great potential in both of them and really didn't want to let them get killed by malicious players, so she decides to postpone her plans to complete the game to train the both of them, later on clearing the game with Gon and Killua together. She also often shows Anger Born of Worry towards her protégés.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She doesn't have any problems fighting and doing martial arts while wearing that dress. Subverted during the dodgeball match, she dodged Razor's ball but got a scratch on her enormous skirt that got her out of the field.
- Lady of War: She is very strong and fights gracefully when in her child-like form. Not so much in her true form, in which she's enormous and fights quite brutally.
- Larynx Dissonance: In the original Ova, her true form's voice is more masculine than the remake's.
- Little Miss Badass: Played with. She is introduced as a little girl with extreme nen potential, but is later revealed to be a muscle-bound fifty-seven-year-old woman. However, she prefers her child form because it's cute and allows her to be underestimated so she is seen like that most of the time. She kicks lots of ass while looking no older than Gon and Killua.
- Megaton Punch: Played for Laughs when done to Killua, Played for Drama when done in her true form in actual fights.
- Mood-Swinger: She's a Transmuter, and according to Hisoka, being whimsical and lying often is typical for one which is also the case for Biscuit. One moment she plays the innocent girl, while Beneath the Mask she is seething with anger. One moment she is pissed off as hell, then one moment later she wants to hug you and is in tears.
- Mundane Utility: Her ability allows her to summon a masseuse, Cookie, who can do all kinds of different massaging techniques. It has more uses than that, of course, but the first time Cookie is shown, Killua calls it useless.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Played straight and enforced. Biscuit is actually an incredibly buff and tall woman who grew to hate how husky and unfeminine she became. Eventually, her desires to look cute became so deep that they seeped into the will of her Nen and crafted themselves into her current ability; her body gradually shrank into a petite and adorable form as per her wishes, and she eventually learned how to control it. Her attitude, however, remained just as shrewish. A conversation in the Dark Continent Arc with a bodyguard reveals the origin of this power and implies that she essentially willed herself to look cute- and still actively does- when she reluctantly disables the transformation as proof of concept of Nen because he is a skeptical ideologue who is being a stubborn and distrusting nuisance. Ironically, the guy is totally in love with her badass buff body.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In her child form, she acts the part to make people underestimate her. Once her opponent realizes what a monster she is, she drops the act.
- Older Than They Look: Even her true form doesn't look 57.
- Physical Fitness Punishment: Gon or Killua had to do hundreds and thousands of push ups if they were slow at the Nen numbers training.
- Pink Means Feminine: She desires to look like a cute and feminine girl, so she wears a pink dress.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Her child form. Averted in her true form, which must be over two metres tall.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Killua about how he runs from fights when he thinks the opponent is too much for him to handle. While technically true, it's later revealed his cowardice is due to a needle his elder brother, Illumi, secretly stuck into his forehead brainwashing him into that mindset. Her words did clue Killua in on this in the next arc however.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The first sign that she's not a normal human being, and that she's actually got wicked intentions, is reflected in those brilliant pools of red irides.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: She was the one who trained Wing after all.
- Sleep-Mode Size: Her usual form is a small child because she doesn't like her true form.
- Team Mom: During the Greed Island arc while mentoring Gon and Killua. Kind of interesting, considering that Gon is raised by his aunt and Killua got a very abusive mother.
- Time to Unlock More True Potential: She wanted to train Gon and Killua because she was fascinated by their talent and found their potential wasted.
- Treasure Hunter: She is a Treasure Hunter.
- Verbal Tic: Ends most of her sentences with "~dawasa", which is a rather outdated type of Japanese dialect that hints that she is older than she seems.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Played for Laughs. If you need to rein in Biscuit, just sweet-talk her, i.e. compliment her girly looks and make her sound younger than she actually is. Killua figured that out, but felt it was too disgusting to use this to his advantage. He tells Kurapika to do it to make Biscuit eat out of his hand, and it works.
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (2011), Ryuuji Mizuki (OVA) (Japanese), Jay Allen White (2011) (English)
A Single Star Jackpot Hunter, who was hired by Battera to complete Greed Island and recruit new players to complete it. He, along with three other fellow Hunters in his team, team up with Gon's team, Hisoka and Goreinu to retrieve one of the final cards Genthru is missing. He agrees to buy time for Gon, Killua and Biscuit to come up with a plan to beat Genthru, and as thanks for their efforts, shares a part of the money reward Battera left, and leaves the rest of his cards to them, so they can complete the game.
Tsezguerra appears once more during the Election arc, voting for a new chairman and visiting Gon in the hospital.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Sadly, Gon and Killua mastered their aura better than him later.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Kiyoyuki Yanada's voice.
- Badass Beard: And a very well-trimmed too.
- Break the Haughty: When Gon and Killua broke his jump record. During the Dodgeball game, he also realizes that while his Nen control and battle experience still far surpasses them, they beat him in agility and reflexes and that he needs to train again.
- Brutal Honesty: Tsezguerra isn't the kind of person who minces words. This can make him sound like a jerk (although he is usually right), but if he praises someone, he really means it.
- When he assesses Gon and Killua's strength, he tells them that at their current state, they are no good and would die quickly. Even after Gon and Killua pass Tsezguerra's test, Biscuit told them the same thing Tsezguerra did. Only after training for months with a top class Hunter and Nen teacher did they gain a level where they could survive most of the players.
- He knows that he's gotten weak over the years, especially after he saw how agile and hardworking Gon and Killua are.
- During the dodgeball game, he makes it clear how injured Killua is and urges him to give up to not make it worse.
- When Gon challenges Genthru (despite everyone being exhausted and heavily injured), he calls Gon out for acting selfishly and rashly without thinking about the consequences.
- Character Development: He became a better person after his encounter with Gon and Killua.
- Genius Bruiser: As a single star hunter, he has to be excellent in fighting (although he admits he has gotten weak and needs to train more). It was his superior aura control that allowed him to survive a dodgeball hit, despite being too slow to dodge it. He also quickly understood how injured Killua was by holding the ball for Gon's shots at Razor, unlike his colleagues. When he plans to fight Genthru, he develops a plan that keeps the Bombers busy for weeks, (even ambushing them during their sleep) so Gon, Killua and Biscuit could come up with a plan to beat them, if he can't do it. His ambush on Genthru would have worked, too, if Battera hadn't pulled out all guards after giving up on Greed Island.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially a Jerkass, he becomes one thanks to his Character Development. He develops a fondness to Gon and Killua and during the Election arc, he even visits Gon in the hospital.
- The Leader: He leads his own team of Hunters to complete the game, and when he, Goreinu and Gon's team work together to get a card from Razor and later defeat Genthru and the Bomb Devils, he is the one who stays levelheaded and develops the plans.
- Only in It for the Money: He is more humble now, but he is still a Jackpot Hunter, who are the personification of this trope.
- Pet the Dog: Tsezguerra leaves a substantial amount of the reward money he got from Battera to Killua, Gon and Biscuit, as thanks for their efforts. Since Battera didn't need the cards anymore, he leaves them his cards as well, so they can complete the game.
- Stealth Mentor: His Brutal Honesty when Gon and Killua meet him can be interpreted in several ways. First of all, he blatantly told them they would die, or worse, be stuck on Greed Island at their current level. When Battera asks for Tsezguerra's actual opinion of the two boys, he makes it clear that he wasn't lying, but he also mentions that Gon and Killua have great potential and could change his mind in the four days they have left before the tryouts. Tsezguerra's words actually riled up Gon and Killua and made them rapidly make progress. The speed of their progress convinced him that they are good enough.
- Team Dad: Of the GI arc.
- Weak, but Skilled: Tsezguerra was, due to overall combat experience, still better than Gon and Killua when it comes to combat and aura efficiency during the Greed Island arc, but his dexterity and reflexes dulled over the years, leaving him more vulnerable to Razor's throws during the dodgeball game.
Voiced by: Hidetaka Tenjin (2011 Series), Kousuke Toriumi (OVA) (Japanese), Edward Bosco (2011 Series) (English)
A Jackpot Hunter who passes Tsezguerra's test and enters Greed Island right after Gon. He initially plays alone, but joins Gon's team to acquire a card from Razor before Genthru and the rest of the Bomb Devils can complete the game. When Genthru threatens the group, he supports Tsezguerra in buying time and supplies them with cards, until Tsezguerra decides to permanently leave the game. After Gon, Biscuit and Killua defeat the Bomb Devils, he gives the rest of his and Tsezguerra's cards to Gon. Goreinu appears again during the Election arc, visiting and guarding Gon.
Goreinu is a Manipulator, who can emit two Nen beasts. These Nen beasts can trade places with either himself or with anyone else.
- Animal Motifs: Gorilla. He is able to create two gorillas (one black and one white), and vaguely resembles them.
- Fighting Spirit: Goreinu's ability is to summon two gorilla Nen beasts, White and Black Goreinu.
- Nice Guy: He managed to negotiate out 4 billion Jenny of the reward from Tsezguerra's team, which he happily and equally shares with Gon, Killua and Biscuit. He also left them the rest of Tsezguerra's cards, so Gon can complete the game.
- Swap Teleportation: Goreinu can switch places with White Goreinu and can switch Black Goreinu's place with his enemies.
Voiced by: Akio Suyama (2011 Series), Katsuhiro Harasawa (OVA) (Japanese), Jon Allen (2011 Series) (English)
A Blacklist Hunter and serial killer, who targets Gon, Killua and Biscuit on their way to the City of Magic, Masadora. When Biscuit splits off of the group to lure Binolt away, he targets her and promptly is defeated by her with one hit. Biscuit then challenges him and tasks him to avoid Killua's and Gon's attacks, after which she would let him get away. He is quickly defeated by the two of them, although Gon lets him go as thanks for helping them with their training and he promises to leave the game and turn himself in.
Binolt's ability is of the Specialization category and allows him to analyze someone's physique by eating their hair.
- Bounty Hunter: He is a Blacklist Hunter, which is basically this.
- Evil Red Head: He's a Serial Killer, who Would Hurt a Child. Especially women in their twenties are his favority prey and he loves eating their flesh.
- Freudian Excuse: He was beaten when he tried to help a couple (he tried to return their wallet, they assumed he was stealing it). That event completely changed his way of seeing things.
- Genre Savvy: He doesn't underestimate Gon, Killua and Biscuit just because they are/look like kids. He waits until he gets a chance to assault them. Unfortunately, Biscuit knows his strategy and he has to face her.
- Graceful Loser: After losing to Biscuit, he does whatever she tells him to do, like giving away his cards and defending himself against Killua and Gon. After he loses to them, and is spared by Gon, he vows to leave the island and turn himself in.
- Irony: A Blacklist Hunter who is in the blacklist himself.
- Last Villain Stand: After analyzing Biscuit, he to his horror realizes that she's a physical monster. However, as a fellow martial artist, he challenges her honorably and is then quickly dispatched with one hit.
- Shear Menace: His favority weapons are his pair of scissors that he keeps around. He also uses them to make use of his ability.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: See Freudian Excuse above.
- Villainous Valour: After analyzing Biscuit's hair, he knows he has no chance against her, but he still challenges her. Biscuit acknowledges his dignity and that he's not just scum.
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (2011); Kae Araki (OVA) (Japanese), Brianna Knickerbocker (2011) (English)
A pair of Hacker Hunter twins and Game Masters of Greed Island, their names stand for the two "E"s in the name "Greed Island". Eta is seen when a player enters Greed Island and explains the rules to the player, while Elena is seen when a player leaves Greed Island, transporting them to an exit of their choice.
Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (2011 Series), Rakkyo Ide (OVA) (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (2011) (English)
A Hunter and Game Master of Greed Island, his name stands for the "D" in the name "Greed Island". He appears at the end when Gon completes the game, giving him the final missing card, rewarding him with the box that allows Gon to take three items with him when he leaves the game and telling him stories about Ging. He appears again during the Election arc, sitting next to his friends, Ging and List.
- Contrived Coincidence: Bizarrely, ever since his name was changed, Dwun's luck and health have both improved greatly.
- Hidden Depths: Easy to forget, but since he's one of the creators of Greed Island, he must be a Nen master. Further, the Election arc reveals he's a Professional Hunter.
- My Name Is Not Durwood: His name was Wdwune, but since Ging changed it so that his name would serve as the "D" for Greed Island, Dwun is his official name now. He resents Ging for not only doing this without his consent, but also unnecessarily removing the final E because he forgot.
- Adding insult to injury, none of his friends knew this until he mentioned it first.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His original name, Wdwune.
- Those Two Guys: With List.
- Trash of the Titans: His room is a complete pigsty.
Voiced by: Chika Anzai (2011), Hirofumi Nojima (OVA) (Japanese), Abby Trott (2011) (English)
A Hunter and Game Master of Greed Island, his name stands for the "L" in the name "Greed Island". He appears at the end when Gon completes the game, telling him stories about Ging. He appears again during the Election arc, sitting next to his friends, Ging and Dwun.
Invasion SquadThe squad of hunters from the Association assembled and led by Netero to eliminate the Chimera Ants. Killua and Gon eventually become a part of them, but things go downhill from there.
Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)
Morel is a Single Star Sea Hunter and one of the top operatives in the Chimera Ant Extermination Squad, acting, along with Knov, as support under Netero. While Netero is gone to seek a friend for help, he and Knov take charge of the operation and infiltrate and assault East Gorteau to stop the Chimera Ants' selection process and follow Netero's orders to split the Royal Guards from the King. After he defeats Cheetu and kills Leol, the squad assaults the King's palace and Morel confronts Shaiapouf first and later Menthuthuyoupi with Knuckle and Meleoron. Before he is killed though, Youpi spares his life, and he is brought to safety by Knov. In the Election arc, he sends support to Killua and helps in arranging Alluka's transport, so she can heal Gon.
Morel is a Manipulator and can, with the help of a giant pipe, transmute and manipulate tobacco smoke that can form into any shape he wishes. Morel can also create Smoke Troopers who can act as decoys or spies for Morel. They can work effectively as complex soldiers with automated commands if Morel puts a part of his aura into their core, also making them indistiguishable to humans when using En.
- Alliterative Name: Morel Mackernasey.
- Almighty Janitor: It's said he could become 3-stars Hunter after his achievements during the Chimera Ants arc.
- Blood Knight: He loves a good fight, particularly the moment a fellow Nen user reveals their ability.
- Cool Shades: Morel wears black shades everywhere.
- Guile Hero: What makes Morel a fearsome opponent is notably his tactical genius.
- Heroic Build: A huge build for a heroic Hunter.
- Humble Hero: Has no interest in becoming chairman and dismisses his own fighting abilities, even after helping end the Chimera Ant menace.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: To Gon as well as to Colt and the Queen's second child.
- When Colt found the Chimera Ant Queen's last baby in her body, he vows to protect and raise it, as amends for not protecting his sister (in his previous life) and the Queen. Morel threatened him before swearing to protect them if Colt swears that he and his ward would never eat humans with tears in his eyes.
- As noted by Knov, Morel already accepted Gon as a member of the Extermination Squad, but still wanted to test his resolve and strength, by asking Gon to hit him with his strongest attack. After Gon scared Morel to death with his Jajanken and apologized for almost trying to kill him, he laughs it off and treats Gon like every other squad member.
- Manly Tears: Sheds quite a few tears after Colt's Declaration of Protection to the Queen's last child as well as his promise not to eat anymore humans.
- The Power of Trust: As he puts it, few rules exist on the battlefield and one of those few is if a trusted ally tells you to follow his lead and not ask questions, then you shut up and follow his lead in silence.
- Shout-Out: His ability to create Nen soldiers out of smoke is called Deep Purple. His fight with Leol could also be described as smoke on the water.
- Smoke Out: One of his abilities, used to considerable tactical effect.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name was initially romanized as Morau, but officially it's Morel. Mackernasey can also be romanized as McCarnathy.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: He can hold his breath for hours.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Killua after he knocks out Gon and runs away with him when Pitou first appears telling him that he doesn't deserve to be called a Hunter if he's going to run from every tough fight before it starts.
- This Is Unforgivable!: The usually laid back Morel is very angry when he sees Leol use the Nen technique of a friend of his, assuming the ability was stolen.
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Grant George (English)
Knov is Palm's master and a top operative in the extermination squad, working directly under Netero as support along with Morel. His nen ability is to create portals into another dimension of his own creation. To someone who's unaware of his powers, he would appear to teleport. He uses this power to get into restricted, heavily guarded, or unknown areas and obtain information about the ants. He also allows others to use his dimension as a hideout or to allow people to brief others on what to do. After infiltrating the palace in order to set up his portals he witnesses many horrifying things that leave him a broken mess making him unable to participate in the actual Invasion itself.
- Break the Haughty: In his first appearance, he acts smugly condescending to Killua for running away from Pitou. Just sensing Pitou's nen aura causes him to have a breakdown.
- Cool Key: His master key.
- Heroic BSoD: Suffers one after his recon mission after catching a glimpse of Shaiapouf's aura and freaking out.
- Locked into Strangeness: His hair eventually turns completely white and then falls out completely due to stress from his recon mission.
- Megane: He fit the trope.
- Non-Action Guy: Seems to be this way since Knov is used mostly for reconnaissance and to create portals into the King's palace. However it is shown that, with his ability Scream, he can use his powers offensively; they're just not as valuable to the mission as the ability to get everyone into strategically sound places.
- Pocket Dimension: His ability creates this, giving him massive storage space, amoung other things.
- Portal Cut: His offensive ability Scream. Since it's never explored, we never find out whether or not it could have been a Story-Breaker Power.
- Portal Door: He creates them with his ability.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He always wears a suit.
- Those Two Guys: With Morel.
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese), Ben Diskin (English)
One of Morel's trainees. He normally looks and acts like a street thug and is laughably incompetent at all things except fighting. However, Knuckle is easily a match for Gon, and when the chips are down, can strategize as well as anyone else. Knuckle started out as Gon's sparring partner and seems to get stronger at roughly the same rate as Gon. Knuckle directly accompanies Gon and Killua, along with his partner Shoot, taking out Chimera Ants. Knuckle places an interest scheme on Cheetu, which freaks Cheetu out and impulsively retreats. Knuckle is the main opponent against Menthuthuyoupi. He turns invisible with Meleoron's help and punches Youpi, starting the interest. Knuckle then attempts to wear him out, and it almost works if not for Youpi's attempt at killing a weakened Morau, which causes Knuckle to lose control of the fairy.
His nen ability is themed on bank interest: he attacks his target, lending him or her some of his strength. At the same time, a fairy appears next to the target and displays a number on its forehead. Every 10 seconds, the fairy will say that the target has accrued interest and increases the number. Once the number reaches or exceeds the limit for that individual (different between people), he or she is temporarily unable to use nen.
- All Devouring Black Hole Loan Sharks: The theme of his Nen ability (see below), although he's not actually a moneylender.
- All-Loving Hero: One of Knuckle's first scenes is him going out of his way to take care of a puppy that was following him around town. When multiple dogs begin hanging around him he finds them all bowls so they can eat. Knuckle's such a nice guy he's the only one on the Invasion Squad who wants to find an alternative to killing the Chimera Ants.
- Brainy Brunette: A Genius Bruiser whose also Good with Numbers with black hair.
- Blatant Lies: He is not crying!
- Character Development: Went from somebody who was accused of being too soft in fights to going all-out in his last fight against Gon.
- The Coats Are Off: Every time he fights seriously.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When asked why he became a Beast Hunter, he avoids the subject due to painful memories. He discovered he had the ability to run without tiring after running from the police for entire night.
- Delinquent Hair: A pompodour that gives him a delinquent look.
- Emotional Bruiser: The very physical Knuckle goes into each fight wearing his heart on his sleeve. The palace raid is hard on him as he has to sit back and watch his comrades wear themselves out.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Shoot.
- Friend to All Living Things: He's noted to get easily attatched to animals, especially dogs.
- Fun with Acronyms: In the English version, the loan-shark fairies generated by his nen are called Amortizing Power Redirector and Individual Ren Suppressor — in other terms, A.P.R. and I.R.S.
- Genius Bruiser: He's physically strong and is an expert tactician.
- Going to Give It More Energy: His Nen ability lends the target power at a high rate of interest (that activates every ten seconds, too!) and gives them more every subsequent time he hits. The catch? If the nen exceeds his target's limit, they can't use nen for a month.
- Good with Numbers: It's mentioned that Knuckle mentally keeps track of the interest accrued by APR to estimate how much longer a fight will go on.
- Honor Before Reason: Despite his ability being the only possible chance the Invasion Squad has to neutralise Youpi's Nen he deactivates APR when Youpi threatens to kill a downed Morel. Surprisingly Youpi actually keeps his word and spares Morel's life thanks to his own Character Development during the fight.
- Hot-Blooded: He could compete with Leorio.
- Japanese Delinquents: His whole gimmick, in keeping with his past of previously being a delinquent. He wears the loose-fitting white jacket and pants of a typical delinquent, a thick pompadour, and lots of tough-talking and physicality.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's hot-headed and loud but has a heroic and kind heart.
- Light Is Good: He wears white clothing and helped fight off the Chimera Ants.
- Lightning Bruiser: Knuckle is both exceptionally fast and strong.
- No-Sell: If anyone under the effect of his Nen ability attacks him and the damage is less than that of the total built up in interest, the attack does no damage to him and interest is instead taken off the counter.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realized Gon was going to punch him in the back.
- Pet the Dog: Literally. One of the signs that the loud and tough-talking Knuckle is actually a nice guy is that he feeds stray dogs around the area and later accrues a pack of them.
- Plot-Powered Stamina: Lampshaded, as he mentions and actually shows that he is capable of running at full speed without fatigue indefinitely. He also can start running at full speed almost immediately. Though this is a somewhat mundane-sounding ability, it's shown that it is one of his greatest fighting assets.
- Power Nullifier: Potclean can do this.
- Pummel Duel: Against Gon.
- Smarter Than You Look: From his appearance and personality you wouldn't know it, but this Nen ability requires him to make extremely fast mathematical calculations in his head.
- Stealth Mentor: During his fights with Gon he actually notes several flaws in Gon's Jajanken as well as his overall battle strategy. Gon realises that this is Knuckles own way of trying to help him improve without outright saying it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Shoot.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Specifically when training with Gon and Killua, Knuckle takes off his shirt.
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese), D.C. Douglas (English)
One of Knuckle's partners and a trainee of Morel's. Shoot is incredibly shy, as he is extremely self-conscious and worries others will think lowly of him. He is afraid to speak or maintain eye contact with anyone but Knuckle. He is Knuckle's equal in combat, however.
His nen ability is a small floating cage and a bunch of floating hands. The hands are capable of powerful direct melee combat, but they can also warp a body part into the cage upon contact. Shoot neutralized Kite under Neferpitou's control in this way, by continuing to warp body parts until all of Kite was in that cage.
- Character Development: He started out as a very timid fellow, but when the fight with Youpi has begun, he becomes inspired by Gon and is able to fully unleash his power, overcoming his timidity.
- Cowardly Lion: Very hesitant to launch any finishing blows to anything.
- Eyepatch of Power: Invoked. He covered his right eye before fighting Youpi just because he felt badass enough.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Knuckle as lampshaded by the man himself who mentions that he never really liked Shoot before but facing near constant life or death situations has a way of making friends between people.
- Heroic Resolve: Gon became his source of motivation during the Palace Invasion.
- Gradual Grinder: He must inflict a certain amount of damage to steal body parts.
- Handicapped Badass: He has only one arm but can use Helping Hands to fight.
- Helping Hands: Three. One hand holds a lantern, while the other two are used for restraining opponents. All hands are detached from his main body, and some are stored on his person.
- Hiding the Handicap: Shoot normally has on a modified robe tailored with an overly long left sleeve that hides a stump with a metal cap bolted to the place where an arm would be. In battle, he unveils three disembodied hands with similar caps on the ends, and somehow, Shoot moves the hands through both the artifice on his missing limb and sharpened mental acuity.
- Not Quite Flight: Can do this with his Helping Hands.
- Not So Stoic: When going cowardly.
- Not Worth Killing: He goes all out in his one-on-one fight with Youpi and gets flattened. However, what really gets to him is the look of disdain the royal guard shoots his way after leaving him behind without finishing him off.
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)
One of Knuckles's partners and a trainee of Knov's. She first appears as a knife-crazy psychotic woman whom Gon and Killua constantly run from. However, she regains her composure, both behaviorally and appearance-wise, for Gon's date with her, which quickly goes awry. She went undercover as one of Bizef's prostitutes and sent to an underground facility, but escapes and attempts to spy on the King. Ikalgo follows her there but is slowed down considerably by Bloster, who coincidentally happened to be there. She winds up captured but not killed, rather turned into a chimera ant-hybrid. She awakens with some new abilities such as being able to detect where a person is with the newly made orb on her forehead able to turn her hair in armor and weapons. Pufu tries to manipulate her into killing Killua, but his words allow her to come to her senses and break free from Pufu's control. She is currently helping the others.
- Action Girl: After her reincarnation.
- Ax-Crazy: This woman suffers BIG problems if she is denied any chance to enact her inner desires. She goes completely stir-crazy due and taken over with progressive Blood Lust. The worse she gets, the more her appearance starts to go to seed, as her Nen becomes foul and dark and starts to warp and twist her looks. Her skin turns pale, it makes her eyes turn from blue to red, her auburn hair dirties into a blackened, scraggly mess, and she neglects to wear shoes, until finally she almost completely resembles the girl sealed in the well in The Ring.
- Subverted after her reincarnation as she acts far more stable.
- Back from the Dead: Pitou and Pouf revive her as a Chimera Ant.
- Barefoot Loon: In her more unhinged moments, she forgets to wear her sandals. It's a good sign she's really starting to lose it.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After her death she is used as an experiment subject by Pitou and Pouf to become an ant soldier. She breaks out of it.
- Came Back Strong: After her resurrection, she became strong enough to compete with Killua.
- Cannot Spit It Out: To Knov.
- Character Development: Went from being an Ax-Crazy Yandere that ended up putting the lives of Gon and Killua in danger for an useful ally to both of them especially towards the latter where he acknowledges her as a friend.
- Creepy Loner Girl: She has long disheveled black hair and mostly keeps to herself, playing with her creepy mummified mermaid. Curiously enough, when Gon agrees to take her out on a date, She Cleans Up Nicely.
- Cute Monster Girl: She is attractive even after becoming a Chimera Ant.
- Driven to Suicide: She attempted suicide when the Royal Guards detect her in the palace, but Pitou healed her and they used her in an experiment.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A pale, thin woman with long black hair to fit her Ax-Crazy attitude, almost to the point of resembling a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl. After being turned into a hybrid, her skin is notably more ashen.
- Emotion Suppression: The Royal Guards had separated her emotions from her body, but she recovered herself thanks to Killua.
- Expy: Of Yukako Yamagishi. Both are crazy yanderes who love a tiny guy. Later, Palm even develops the same power as her.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She didn't really like Killua when they first met, but the stress and trauma of the mission push them together. They have Undying Loyalty to each other by the end.
- Honey Trap: As part of her role in the Extermination Squad Palm is send in undercover as one of Bizeff's harem girls in order to break into the palace and use her Wink Blue ability to spy on the King and the Royal Guards.
- Instant Armor: She can grow her Prehensile Hair to act as armor.
- Knife Nut: A nigh-psychotic woman who likes to brandish a knife around.
- Magic Eye: With her Wink Blue power she has the ability to remotely observe any three people she likes.
- The Mole: Disguised as a secretary to spy on the ants.
- Nightmare Face: She's very prone to them due to her mentally instability and obsessive nature.
- Prehensile Hair: After she Came Back Strong, she became capable of growing her Rapunzel Hair even longer and using it as armor.
- Rape as Drama: Invoked. She planned to stage her Heroic Suicide as that of a troubled young woman who couldn't take Bizeff's treatment of her. Pouf and Pitou had other ideas.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: When Palm's personality stabilizes, she behaves normally and dresses attractively instead of skulking around as a frumpy lunatic. Seriously- she becomes someone you wouldn't even recognize in a crowd until she speaks and gives her name. Simply being given the chance to go on a date with Gon clears the sawdust out of her troubled head and she arrives looking very cute and a stark contrast to the Palm seen thus far- so much so that the change is eerie.
- Sphere Eyes: After becoming a Chimera Ant.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Knov.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: She, on most occasions, sports this appearance because of scruffy long black hair and too much make-up, not to mention a frightening aura caused by stress. However, she is shown to be Beautiful All Along when she gets rid of the look, takes a shower, and combs her hair to go on a date with Gon.
- Superpower Lottery: With her new powers, her clairvoyance ability has been strengthened and she is able to attack at maximum power and still have a great defense with her hair armor. Considering she is an Enhancer, that combination is deadly.
- Took a Level in Badass: Following her resurrection of sorts, Palm is far more emotionally stable and more competent in a fight, capable of taking on Killua. Not to mention how she takes over the control of the operations in the last minutes of the invasion when Killua leaves the area and faces the King alone.
- Transhuman Treachery: Downplayed. After being transformed into a Chimera Ant hybrid she fall completely under Poufs control, but breaks free. Even after coming to her senses, she still struggles to resist serving the King.
- Yandere: Though she has become more stabilized after becoming a Chimera Ant.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: To Killua of all people. The two are frequently sniping; Palm considers him a brat and Killua considers her a crazed hag.
- You Are Number 6: Pouf and Pitou named her Number One like when they used her as a guinea pig.
Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda; Uki Satake (2011 Series), Yuji Kishi (1999 Series), Shigeru Nakahara (Pilot OVA) (Japanese), Christopher Corey Smith; Laura Stahl (2011 Series) (English)
A contract Hunter trained by Ging Freecss. He saved Gon's life, and was the one who informed Gon that his father is alive and a Hunter. He later reappears in the Chimera Ant arc with his teammates doing ecological research, which Gon and Killua end up helping him with. He is killed by Pitou early in the Chimera Ant arc. However, we later learn that he reincarnated as a Chimera Ant.
His nen ability involves summoning a random weapon, each one corresponding to a number. Once summoned, he can't put it away until he uses it—despite this being a huge disadvantage, it makes his weapons far more powerful.
- Adaptation Expansion: The 2011 anime goes deeper into his backstory on how he met Ging.
- Anger Born of Worry: When they first meet, he strikes Gon and berates him for wandering into foxbear territory.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Kite has many cool weapons but he is not the one who chooses them. Crazy Slot and some weapons have strict conditions as well, making him using them a potential disadvantage. Sometimes he is obliged to use a very powerful weapon to kill a bunch of fodders.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Gon.
- Came Back Wrong: When Pitou brought his body back to life, his soul had already departed and he was left a Soulless Shell.
- Casting Gag: Kite is voiced by Shuichi Ikeda, who voices the Big Brother Mentor of another Shonen protagonist who also lost his arm while protecting him.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He stomped all the ants he encountered. That is, until he finally received a stomping by Pitou.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Apparently grew up parentless and had to steal food from others.
- Gender Bender: After the reincarnation.
- Handicapped Badass: Kite loses his arm by Pitou but continues to fight on, even though he loses.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He has Gon and Killua run away while he holds off Pitou, who kills him swiftly.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Gon. So much...
- Major Injury Underreaction: When Pitou sliced his arm off.
- Morph Weapon: His weapon can transform into a Sinister Scythe or a Short-Range Shotgun.
- Multi-Melee Master: He has a morph weapon and knows how to use it very well. He must also be a competent swordsman since he used a saber to kill the Foxbear who was threatening Gon.
- Mystical White Hair: In the 2011 anime.
- Soulless Shell: When he was recaptured by Knuckle and Shoot.
Voiced by: Ichitaro Ai (2011 Series); Norihisa Mori (1999 Series) (Japanese), Tony Oliver (2011 Series) (English)
Voiced by: N/A
Teradein runs the human resources department of the Hunter Association, one of the candidates for the 13th Hunter Association Chairman Election, and the leader of the anti-Netero faction alongside Bushidora and Loupe. He believes the structure of the Association, in particular its exams, leads to needless deaths and wants to become the new chairman to put a stop to it. He finds himself in Hisoka's path and promptly meets his end.
- Ironic Name: His name may be "Neutral," but he is among the most opinionated of all Hunters.
Voiced by: N/A
Bushidora is one of the faces behind the anti-Netero faction and is a candidate for the 13th Hunter Association Chairman Election. As a Blacklist Hunter, he spends his days dealing with the worst of humanity and has, like Teradein, grown tired of deaths caused by the exams. He is well-known among Hunters for his strength in combat and is the muscle behind the anti-Netero faction. He challenges Hisoka, who swiftly kills him off.
- Bounty Hunter: He's a Blacklist Hunter.
- Killed Offscreen: By Hisoka.
- Meaningful Name: "Ambitious" shows his ambition to become a Seirin Group member.
- The Worf Effect: He has been killed easily by Hisoka to remind us how strong he is.
Voiced by: N/A
A Lost Hunter, who specializes in tracking down missing or stolen items. He is the third-in-command of the anti-Netero faction and is a candidate for the 13th Hunter Assication Chairman Election. Unlike Teradein and Bushidora, who honestly want to help the Hunter Association, he intended to use the anti-Netero platform to boost himself to victory. He ultimately doesn't win, but because he happened to be somewhere else when Hisoka and Illumi attacked Teradein's base of operations, he lived through the attack.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His two teammates are dead but we don't know what happened to him.
Voiced by: N/A
A Beauty Hunter, who strives to make the world a more beautiful place. Seems to be popular among a small amount of Hunters but is eliminated from the 13th Hunter Association Chairman Election early on.
Voiced by: N/A
A Hacker Hunter, Ickshonpe's job is to track down cybercriminals and bring them to justice. He is a mysterious and reclusive figure known to the public only through the image shown to the left but is much-admired for his deeds. Unlike the other candidates, he is deliberately, and unlike Leorio, openly trying to lose the election, as he is concerned only with the virtual world and not the real world. He makes it to the third-to-last round of the 13th Hunter Association Chairman Election anyway.
- Ambiguously Human: Uses an avatar to make public appearances.
- Playful Hacker: Hacker Hunter.
- Proud to Be a Geek: The real world isn't even reality for him.
- Unknown Rival: Seems to be this to Ging.
Voiced by: N/A
A Medic Hunter, her passion is to find cures for diseases. She is eliminated early on in the 13th Hunter Association Chairman Election.
- Meaningful Name: Norton is a reference to Norton Antivirus.
- Shrinking Violet: In her speech video, she states that she dislikes the spotlight and asks her voters to vote for someone else.
A Double-Star Gourmet Hunter, who is after Isaac Netero's death the current oldest member of the Hunter Association. She went with Netero and Zzigg Zoldyck on the unofficial expedition to the Dark Continent several decades before.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She was first introduced as a minor character during the Election arc, being one of the top 16 candidates after the fifth election. She's later mentioned as one of Netero's friends who went with him to the Dark Continent.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She may be a little senile, as she said in her losing candidacy speech that she'd rather Netero have come back to life and become chairman again.
- I Was Quite a Looker: The flashback from chapter 344 depicts her as a much more attractive young woman.
- Intergenerational Friendship: She and Zzig had this relationship with Netero, who was notably much older than them.
- The Quiet One: Prior to the Election arc, she hasn't spoken a single word for five years, probably because of her age. The anime makes her outright The Voiceless.
- The Voiceless: In the anime, instead of giving a speech along with the other losing candidates, she just sleeps and then wakes up without uttering a single word.