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Kurapika

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (2011 Series), Yuki Kaida (1999 Series), Noriko Hidaka (Pilot OVA) (Japanese), Erika Harlacher (2011 Series), Cheryl McMaster (1999 Series) (English)

"I do not fear death. I fear only that my rage will fade over time."

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Speaking of not wanting to piss someone off, you really don't want to piss Kurapika off, either. He's cold and intelligent, at least when you first meet him. He listens to Honor Before Reason, which makes him go head to head with Leorio rather often. He's practically a walking encyclopedia, and it shows. Five years ago the members of the Kurta clan were wiped out, all but Kurapika. They were killed only for their scarlet eyes, which he is now bent on getting back, all 32 pairs. He also intends to inflict justice on those who did it, the Phantom Troupe.

Kurapika's Nen ability involves him conjuring chains, one chain attached to each of the fingers on his right hand. Each chain has a different ability: One chain is able to to be used to heal himself, another has a spike tip that he can embed in a person's heart, which will kill them if they violate certain conditions that Kurapika puts forth. The most prominent ability is Chain Jail, which is used to tie down its target and shut off their ability to use Nen (however, the ability will kill Kurapika if he ever uses it on anyone other than a member of the Phantom Troupe).

That's not even all. When Kurapika's eyes turn scarlet, he is capable of wielding every single Nen category to 100% efficiency.


  • The Ace: He is by far the best bodyguard of the Nostrade clan thanks to his high intelligence, and he is also the strongest. They all chose him as their leader and he became Nostrade's confidante and right arm. By the Dark Continent Arc, Kurapika has completely taken over the Nostrade family, and has been utilizing their resources to his ends.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the manga and 2011 anime, Kurapika is hell-bent on avenging his clan, and isn't above killing the Phantom Troupe in cold blood to achieve his mission. The 1999 anime adds some moments where he hesitates going through with killing the Troupe members, and he even suffers a nervous breakdown after killing Uvogin.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Eye variation. His eyes (when not in Red Eyes, Take Warning mode, obviously), are stated to be brown in the manga. They went from turquoise to dark blue to blue again in the first anime. In the second anime, they're a slightly brownish grey. He also wears black contact lenses in the Yorknew arc.
    • In the Studio Pierrot-produced OVA made for the 1998 Jump Super Anime Tour, his hair is red, as opposed to the blond hair he has in the manga and all other anime adaptations.
  • Aloof Ally: He is distant to the other bodyguards and his friends and prefers to work alone. However, he will work together when he realizes that he can't handle it alone.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Kurapika is very androgynous-looking, and was not referred to by any gender in the Japanese media for a long time. More gendered language versions tend to be less ambiguous, but even then, some of them guessed wrong (the German version originally used female pronouns) or deliberately use Gender-Neutral Writing (the English publishing of the manga at first).
  • The Atoner: The special manga chapters for the movie reveals that his childhood friend Pairo was badly hurt when trying to save him, and he wanted to go to the outside world and find a doctor that can heal him.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Kurapika's Hatsu is a borderline Story-Breaker Power that also hits the Super Power Lottery but there are a few factors which strangle its efficiency:
    • Emperor Time allows Kurapika to become a Specialist and use any Nen category with 100 percent efficiency, things that are outright impossible by the rules of Nen. Using it however sends him into a Heroic RRoD that gets worse the longer he uses it. He can't work around the fallout of using the Emperor Time either because he hasn't refined his basic usage of Nen the way Gon and Killua did. It also is specifically stated that staying in Emperor Time shreds away his remaining lifespan.
    • Chain Jail can bind someone and forcibly send them into a state of Zetsu, which is incredibly useful in a battle between Nen users. But he can only use it on Phantom Troupe members or he will die.
    • Steal Chain lets Kurapika drain someone's Nen and make use of their Hatsu. It even informs him what the Hatsu can do, avoiding the normal logistical problems that a Power Parasite ability runs into. But he can only use the ability once, the drain does take a bit of time, and like Judgment Chain can only be used during Emperor Time. Worse still until Kurapika fully uses the stolen ability he has acquired, Steal Chain will force his body to maintain Emperor Time which not only drains his lifespain but also puts his body through unbelievable stress.
  • Arch-Enemy: Let's just say the Phantom Troupe become just as determined to kill him as he is to killing them after the Yorknew City arc.
  • Badass Adorable: Hell yes. He is a bishonen, and he is formidable opponent due to his sharp mind, physical strength, and later, his Nen chains. All of this is accomplished through intense training and willpower.
  • Badass Boast:
    Uvogin: [You're] alone? I'm impressed. Where do you want to die? I'll humor any requests.
    Kurapika: I'd prefer a deserted wasteland, with no one nearby. (pause) ... Since I'll have you screaming at the top of your lungs.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's extremely smart, and thanks to Emperor Time, he can use all Nen types to 100% efficiency, including Enhancing Nen.
  • Badass Family: Uvo recognized their strength.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Eventually drops his tabard in favor of a nice dark blue suit that's appropriate for his status as a mafia boss and Zodiac, which he retains while working as a Kakin bodyguard. It's even used as his default outfit in his Jump Force appearance.
  • Badass in Distress: To a minor extent in both movies. Phantom Rogue kicks off with the villain stealing his eyes, setting the others on a search to find the culprit. In The Last Battle, he takes the bullet for Leorio and spends the last half of the film nearly dying from a deadly poison. It ups the stakes for the final battle, as he's sure to die if Gon doesn't defeat the Big Bad.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Aloof, soft-spoken and refined. At first glance. Kurapika is almost always underestimated. However, he is a great fighter and possesses an uncanny amount of intellect and physical strength. Threaten his loved ones or press his Berserk Button and he will proceed to either blindly or systematically kick your ass.
  • Beyond the Impossible: It should be impossible to master all the Nen categories at 100%. Emperor Time breaks that rule, even if it only allow him to adjust the power and precision when using others nen categories, see Chapter 108, and it comes with a price to pay.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Though not brothers, Kurapika serves as this to Gon during the Hunter Exam, complete with having a Berserk Button moment where his Red Eyes, Take Warning acts up while he watches Gon get brutally beaten by Hanzo. Kurapika's best friend from the Kurta village, Pairo, was also similarly protected and cared for.
  • Bishōnen: He's a very pretty, almost androgynous guy.
  • Blade on a Rope: His "Judgment Chain" has a blade attached to it that can pierce the victim's heart if they refuse an order Kurapika gives them. His "Steal Chain" is attached to a syringe that can drain the aura and steal the Nen powers of anyone it pierces.
  • Blessed with Suck: When his emotions are heightened, his eyes change into one the most beautiful shades of scarlet in the world. As another bonus, he gets an extremely useful power upgrade. However, it was because of their eyes' beauty that his Clan was hunted down, massacred, and then had their eyes sold through the black market.
  • Bounty Hunter: Every Hunter can do this, but he is a Black List Hunter so it's his main job.
  • Broken Ace: With his past, it's understandable.
  • Brutal Honesty: Kurapika never minces his words.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • He does come back in Chapter 339, but is seen actually being deliberate of his absence by ignoring any calls from Leorio.
    • He accepts to join The Zodiacs and travels with them to find the remaining Scarlet Eyes in Chapter 343.
  • Cast from Lifespan: Emperor Time comes with major drawbacks for its user. For every second Kurapika uses Emperor Time, he loses one hour of his remaining lifespan. Thus, one hour of Emperor Time would cost him 150 days, 24 hours would cost him ten years, etc. Worth noting is that Kurapika's Nen master warned him about this in a flashback back in Chapter 83:
    Izunavi: Nobody's equal in strength. How you feel day to day will affect you, as well as where you're fighting and its context. Nen is even more complex. Joy, sadness, fear, hatred, carelessness, devotion, excitement, doubt, pleasure, shame, determination — all the emotions you're capable of factor into Nen. It might enable something beyond 100%...

    ...But that's never a good thing. Especially in combat. Using powers beyond your capacity will always cause strain! It will become a weakness, perhaps fatal. You need consistent power to always come out on top.
  • Chain Pain: Kurapika fights using Variable Length Chains made of Nen. He can conjure several such chains with various powers.
  • The Charmer: Very easily gets Bisky to cooperate by calling her a delicate princess a few times.
  • Cheerful Child: Younger Kurapika.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: In the Nostrade clan.
  • Child Prodigy: When he was younger.
  • The Coats Are Off: You don't want Kurapika to take off his tabard.
  • Code Name:
    • The Chain Guy.
    • The Rat, after he became Pariston's replacement as a Zodiac.
  • Conditional Powers: What makes his Chain Jail so strong. If he uses that particular chain on anyone but a member of the Phantom Troupe, he will die.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • While Kurapika's talent and gifted intelligence allowed him to learn Nen quickly, he focused on his abilities to combat and punish the Phantom Troupe. His most powerful weapon, Chain Jail, won't even work on anyone other than members of the Phantom Troupe and if he tried to use it on someone else, he would die. His other Hatsu abilities aren't nearly as impressive. Furthermore he only learned how to use Nen techniques that he would find useful against the Phantom Troupe like "In". If that wasn't enough, he never trained his aura the way Gon and Killua did on Greed Island so he can't fight with Nen for a prolonged period of time without getting tired. Keep in mind that while Kurapika learned Nen in six months, he may have learned important Nen skills, but he never polished the basics like Gon and Killua, who spent months to train their Nen alone; and their talent is stated to be "one in ten million".
    • Also a flashback in Chapter 361 highlights Kurapika's flaws when it comes to battle approach, mainly that he's a combat version of I Work Alone. He actively seeks to engage enemies one on one, often having to arrange circumstances to facilitate that and his Hatsu is refined towards usage on a single target at any given time. It's also pointed out that he cuts other people out from helping him and doesn't know how to work with others in combat situations.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Chain Jail, as elaborated on in Conditional Powers. So much so that Wing warned Gon not to follow Kurapika's example by designing such a lethal Hatsu.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The story of his clan's massacre is absolutely tragic. Families were forced to face one another as they were stabbed and beheaded. Children were mutilated in order to make their parents' eyes turn an even more alluring shade of scarlet. All of Kurapika's friends, family, neighbors, etc. — gone, leaving behind only ONE survivor. The gore is nothing short of what a monster could accomplish, and Kurapika's quest for vengeance seems all the more understandable.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Kurapika is the protagonist of the Yorknew City arc, while Gon and Killua take a more secondary role, and the story is again mostly told from his perspective during the journey to the Dark Continent.
  • Death Glare: Even without using his family assets, he's really fond of this trope.
  • Determinator: Portrayed as one. Everybody says that he has an unflinching will.
  • Dirty Business: Subverted to an extent. He earns money through bodyguard and gambling but he has many connections with outlaws.
  • Disguised in Drag: During the Phantom Troupe arc, while trying to corner the Spiders. Twice in succession. If this wasn't already amusing enough to the fangirls, Chrollo also mistakes him for a woman.
  • The Don: By virtue of being the new head of the Nostrade family, although the group's sources of income under his jurisdiction are apparently legal.
  • Doomed Hometown: Was destroyed by the Phantom Troupe during his absence.
  • Dual Wielding: Before being Chained by Fashion.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: So much that he's successfully disguised himself as a woman at least twice so far in the series. Leorio even mentions at the beginning how Kurapika could easily pass off as a woman. Chrollo thought he was a girl, too, especially with that pink pencil skirt... Pointed out canonically by Leorio when he's thinking about a surefire bet that he could win. "Maybe I should bet if I'm a man or a woman... No, that'd be too obvious... But that'd work a lot better with Kurapika!"
  • Due to the Dead: Gives Uvogin a proper burial after killing him. With a shovel he apparently brought in advance.
  • Dumb Blonde: Inverted. Kurapika is a blonde, but one of the smartest characters in the series.
  • Effeminate Voice: Kurapika is an androgynous young man who is voiced by women in the anime.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the original anime, he makes an Early-Bird Cameo eating lunch at a restaurant when a poisonous spider crawls beside his plate. He immediately kills it with his fork, showing not only his hate for the Phantom Troupe (a.k.a. the Spiders), but how he's not afraid to face them.
  • Everything Sensor: His ring finger chain.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In the reboot, for the Phantom Troupe Arc, Kurapika's hair is noticeably longer. Where it once hung just over his ears and ended at the nape of his neck, it now brushes his shoulders. It's also referenced in the second opening, where he notices his hair has grown shaggy and unkempt from doggedly spending a lot of time out in the woods learning how to use Nen and his slow descent toward developing a much colder and crueler latent side to his character that has such an obsession with finding the resolve to be unwavering and strong, it starts to consume him. Kurapika later trims it back a little so that it's not swallowing up his face.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Only to twist the knife right before the moment of their demise does Kurapika tell his sworn enemies how his abilities work. Justified, since the enemy was already done for. As a matter of fact, Kurapika makes an effort not to divulge any details regarding his powers, or even shows them to anyone at the risk of being found out by the Phantom Troupe, taking away his edge.
  • Expy: Word of God says that he and his clan are essentially the Ohmu from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in human form. Both groups' eyes turn red when enraged, and certain parts of their bodies (their eyes and exoskeletons, respectively) are highly valuable and sought-after.
  • Fantastic Fragility: Kurapika put a condition on himself that he would die if he uses Chain Jail on someone outside of the Phantom Troupe (to avert He Who Fights Monsters).
  • Fantastic Racism: The Kurta clan has an ill reputation for their aggressive nature, which perhaps grants people some justification to engage in the morbid act of trading their eyes as treasures. In reality the Kurtas are a peaceful people who, while certainly prone to getting aggressive, are trained to control their rage (and whenever Kurapika does lose control, he usually has a pretty good reason to).
  • Four Is Death: One of his major motifs. Number 404 in the Exam, having four known chains being born at April 4th (4/4)... and what exactly is the ability of his fourth chain? Now he is targeting the 4th Prince. Ironically, the current fourth member of the Phantom Troupe is the one who is on his side... usually. Oh, and regardless of all this 4 business, he's the only survivor of a massacre on account of simply not being there when it happened, so he's also fully educated to the "death" part.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic. Intelligent, serious, aloof, goal-oriented and prefers to work alone.
  • Friendship Moment: During his reunion with his friends. His most moving scene so far.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A heroic example. During the Hunter Exam, Kurapika is an unknown Badass Bookworm. Six months later he becomes the chief bodyguard of his client and a threat to the Phantom Troupe.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Kurapika is very caring towards his friends, and at least civilized towards others. But he's also absolutely ruthless against his enemies.
  • Heroic RRoD: Using Emperor Time too much can take a toll on him and potentially cause him to lose consciousness. He had to stay bedridden for a while after the events of the Yorknew arc, and on the Black Whale, he used it for over 3 consecutive hours as part of a plan, which eventually caused him to black out for 9 hours... while Emperor Time was still active and thus draining one hour of his lifespan for every single second he was asleep.
  • Hero of Another Story: His quest for revenge against the Phantom Troupe and his time working for the Nostrade family get quite a lot of focus, and there's even a few extra chapters and a movie centered around his back story.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: All his clan. They are good people but are hated by a lot of persons because of their Disproportionate Retribution.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The Power of Friendship has become less and less his motivation as he continues on his path of revenge. He goes from being the Team Mom to not even picking up the phone when Gon is in a critical condition.
  • Image Song: "The Eyes Burning with Scarlet".
  • Innocence Lost: The young Kurapika was a man who had a never-ending thirst for knowledge and whose big dream was to go out and explore the world. A few weeks after he left the village, his entire clan was slaughtered and their eyes were stolen, making him stop his journey to retrieve the eyes of his fallen family and friends and bring justice to their murderers.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Was constantly taunting Uvo and used one occasion to capture him with Chain Jail.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: To Uvo!
  • Last of His Kind: His entire family was murdered.
  • The Leader: After the head bodyguard was killed by Phinks, a new leader had to be found. Kurapika, being the only one capable of standing toe-to-toe with Uvogin unflinchingly, is voted the leader of the bodyguards unanimously.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He may be The Smart Guy and The Strategist, but when he is really angered he screws up his own plans.
  • Licked by the Dog: When Kurapika is about to transfer Sayird's ability, that he stole earlier, to Queen Oito, so he can attack Vincent with Steal Chain, Kurapika first asks for Queen Oito's and Prince Woble's trust after his Declaration of Protection. When he reveals his scarlet eyes to them, the crying Woble stops crying and tries to reach out to Kurapika, which convinces Queen Oito to trust in Kurapika, no matter what.
  • Living Lie Detector: The chain on Kurapika's ring finger allows him to notice when someone is hiding something or outright lying.
  • Long Bus Trip: Isn't seen during the whole Chimera Ant arc.
  • Master of All: Emperor Time allows him to use abilities from every Nen category at 100% efficiency. Downplayed in that this doesn't mean he gets master-level expertise in all categories; his "Level" in each category remains the same as always, but his "Accuracy" and "Force" do not get penalized from trying to use abilities outside his natural category (Conjurer). He does have the potential to become a true Master of All should he become a skilled enough Nen user, whereas other people would normally never be able to use abilities from categories they're incompatible with to their full extent regardless of how skilled they are.
  • Mirror Character:
    • To Chrollo. Both are Specialists, fight using Conjuration, are extremely dangerous, intelligent, eerily calm in most situations, and both go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge when their family is killed. Heck, Kurapika actually possesses a Power Parasite ability, which allows him to temporarily steal the abilities of someone and use it one-time-only.
    • Addressed more directly in The Last Battle, which features deliberate parallels between him and the Descendants of Shadow. The key difference between them lies in the Descendant's willingness to involve innocents and sell their souls — extreme lengths that Kurapika refuses to take.
  • The Mole: Joins the Mafia to hunt down flesh merchants and find the eyes of his clan. He intends to bring them all down. His boss, needless to say, does not know this.
  • Mole in Charge: He becomes the family's lead bodyguard when his predecessor is killed by the Phantom Troupe. After Light Nostrade's mental breakdown following the events in Yorknew City, Kurapika takes control of the entire Nostrade Family.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Looks thin and delicate, but he's pretty damn strong.
  • Necessary Drawback: Kurapika sets certain punishments in place for misusing his own abilities as a warning to himself to never cross the line on his quest for revenge — and his desire to follow these self-made rules only serves to further his resolve, thus boosting the power of his Nen all the higher. For instance, he knows that if he ever uses his chains on anybody but a Spider, a Nen Dagger will pierce his heart and he will die. Emperor Time's lifespan-eating drawback, however, seems to be an actual detrimental effect caused by using his Kurta eyes to empower his Nen abilities.
  • Nice Guy: Kurapika is really kind to others when he opens up to them. Although aloof and with a vengeful streak, deep down he's a kind-hearted and selfless young man, who cares about moral values.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Someone insulted Pairo during the Special chapter, it didn't end well for him.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: The Troupe gradually realizes that he is not just another foolish avenger; as Pakunoda notes, Kurapika is intelligent, very quick on his feet, calculating, secretive and most of all, cold-blooded. He is not a Blood Knight and he does not play around with his foes; he carefully plans out all of his actions to maximize efficiency, and he succesfully killed two Troupe members and briefly captured and incapacitated their leader despite being a Nen novice with little real experience prior. That said, he is very quick to anger and is occasionally Blinded by Rage to the point of carrying out his plans in a less than ideal way.
    • This extends to his performance on the Black Whale. He has next to no personal interest in Kakin's politics, the Zodaics' ambitions or the voyage to the Dark Continent, and is merely there to have Tserriednich's head on a pike, but despite that (or because of it) and despite guarding the most vulnerable Prince in the Succesion War, his no-nonsense nature combined with his immense intellect and strategic skills makes him one of the most formidable forces in the war, and the rest of the factions quickly acknowledge him as a threat.
  • No-Sell: Took a punch from Uvo and felt nothing at all.
  • Pet the Dog: Chapter 350 serves as a reminder that despite his ruthlessness and further seclusion, not even visiting Gon in his critical condition, at his heart Kurapika is still an empathetic person, as he holds the sleeping Prince Woble in his arms and looks at her melancholically, as she and her mother, Oito, were dragged into a succession battle between the fourteen princes of Kakin, without being able to protect themselves.
  • Polyglot: The common language spoken in the series is not his native language. He learned it when he was younger.
  • Power Nullifier: Two of his chains possess this ability.
    • Chain Jail forces its victim into the Zetsu-state, making them stop the flow of their aura and thus incapable of using Nen. However, it only works against members of the Phantom Troupe and will kill Kurapika if he tries to use it on someone else.
    • Steal Chain is a chain with a syringe at its end, which drains the aura and steals the ability of its victim temporarily, leaving them in a Zetsu-like state. Until the stolen ability is activated, Kurapika is forced to keep Emperor Time up.
  • The Power of Hate: The reason why Chain Jail is strong is his hate (and a Nen contract). Kurapika hates the Phantom Troupe so much, it fuels his willpower, which, in turn, makes his Nen incredibly binding and exceptionally difficult to overpower.
  • Power Parasite: Kurapika's chain on his Index Finger is Steal Chain, which allows him to drain the aura of his victim and temporarily take away their ability under certain conditions. The ability is returned to its original user, though, after using it once.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: After successfully rescuing Gon and Killua, Kurapika faints from exhaustion and the overuse of his Scarlet Eyes.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Kurta eyes become red when they experience strong emotions and give them a power boost. Kurapika can make his eyes red at will.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue calm and collected to Leorio's hot-blooded Red.
  • Refusal of the Call: Refused Mizaistom's offer to join the Zodiacs at first.
  • Revenge Before Reason: When he said he would stake his life on a Nen condition to make himself better able to fight the Phantom Troop, his Nen teacher was like "you're crazy!". It's defied where he gives up a chance at revenge to save his friends.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He is driven to kill the Phantom Troupe for the sake of his slaughtered family members. He is quite brutal.
  • Secret-Keeper: Mizaistom asked him to not reveal that there might be a mole in their group.
  • The Smart Guy: Without a doubt one of the smartest character of the series.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the Kurta.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name was romanized as Curarpikt in the 2004 databook.
  • The Spock: To Gon’s Kirk and Leorio’s McCoy.
  • The Strategist: Targeted Uvogin first because it was advantageous, and for the sole purpose of gauging the strength of his chains, therefore determining how he'd fare against the rest of the troupe were he to bind them.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: He averted the trope. Every Conjurer can do this but Kurapika lets his chains remain visible around his arm so that his opponents will think he is a Manipulator.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Appears cold and distant to others, due to his focus on avenging his clan. However, he shows a much warmer side towards Gon, Killua, Leorio, and Melody.
  • Survival Mantra: In the anime, the Kurta Prayer.
  • Talk to the Fist: Kurapika's favorite method of quickly silencing somebody who's talking shit is by introducing their face to his fist, whether it's a random mafia goon or the leader of the Phantom Troupe.
  • Tastes Like Feet: Kurapika concocts an appealing-looking pork dish for Menchi during the Hunter's Examination. Avoiding a Mess on a Plate, Kurapika's reasoning is that what matters regarding the dish is how it looks... regardless of what it tastes like. Unpredictably, after tasting his plate, Menchi promptly and soundly rejects this reasoning.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Look at how he treated the guy who threatened Pairo.
  • Team Mom: Very protective of Gon and Killua.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: In the 2011 anime, "Kusari Yarou / Chain Bastard" tends to blare up when Kurapika is getting some shit done.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the six-month gap after the Zoldyck Arc. The anime makes it even better. Now he is the boss of the Nostrade clan.
  • Tranquil Fury: One of the many, many shades of his rage.
  • Trauma Button: Anything related to the Phantom Troupe will set him off, as one unfortunate soul discovered during the Hunter Exam when he tried to intimidate him by claiming to be a member. Kurapika saw right through his claim, but still angrily one-shotted him in a blind rage. Even merely seeing a common spider ticks him off.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Of a different type than Gon or Killua. While Kurapika is a prodigy, a skilled strategist and fighter, he focused on learning the parts of Nen that would make him strong against the Phantom Troupe. As such he can understand and use complicated abilities like "in" and create his Hatsu in 6 months but he also neglected to train the fundamentals of Nen that Gon and Killua later learned on Greed Island. As such he relies more on his ability to strategize while using his Nen as a way of executing his plans but doesn't rely on Nen for the duration of the fight as he never trained his aura the way Gon and Killua did.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Kurapika is an enigma in the fact that, while he is often level-headed and reasonable, under certain circumstances, he can potentially fly off the handle. Chrollo makes a valuable note of this. As of the special comic covering his backstory, Unstoppable Rage was an In the Blood issue for the Kurta clan, which led to them being feared and hated.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: It is suggested that Kurapika's quest for revenge is taking him down a very unhealthy path. Besides the physical repercussions of using Emperor Time and the way he's becoming increasingly more distant to his friends (not visiting Gon during the Elections arc) and overall becoming a much more aggressive individiual in general (all but threatening to kill Mizaistom for merely talking about his clan), he experienced a Heroic BSoD when he was briefy tricked into believing the Troupe were killed and that he lost his primary purpose for living. He finally started getting better and even smiled when hanging out with Gon and Killua and realizing how important his friends are... only to discover that the bodies of the Troupe were fake and immediately revert back into a ruthless avenger.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Leorio, his best friend.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: It is implied that when the Kurta clan eyes turn red, they become overwhelmed with feelings for bloodlust and it takes a great deal of self-control to temper away those feelings. Kurapika fell victim to them when he was little, even before the massacre took place. And there have been times when he has outright blindly lunged at people with intent to kill them just because The Power of Hate excited the intensity of the effects.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Was Dual Wielding with two bokkens (connected at the hilt nunchaku-style) before mastering his Hatsu. In the 1999 anime, they were regular katanas with the sheathes tied on until he decided it was time to get serious.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: We discover in the special chapter that Kurapika was fascinated by the outside world when he was younger. He is probably still fascinated by the world but it's impossible to notice that in the manga. In fact he was very similar to Gon, which makes what happened to him and his clan all the more tragic.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: In the Dark Continent Arc, where Kurapika has gotten involved with Kakin's succession conflict, by being hired on as a bodyguard for the youngest queen, and her daughter, Kurapika successfully works to even the odds against them, mostly by playing things by ear, and adapting to the situation. His biggest move is contact his allies amongst the other bodyguards to notify and inquire about the Nen beasts, with the actual intent being to spread awareness of Nen amongst the other princes (Only a couple of the highest ranked princes were aware of the existence and nature of Nen and were planning to leverage that advantage heavily in the war), in order to force a stalemate, which he is able to parlay into a truce, and gain assistance from some of the other princes. This allows him to buy more time and breathing room to effectively protect his charges.

    Leorio Paradinight 

Leorio Paradinight

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (2011 Series), Hozumi Gouda (1999 Series), Nobutoshi Canna (Pilot OVA) (Japanese), Matthew Mercer (2011 Series), Jonathan Love (1999 Series) (English)

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"I'm a simple guy. Figured I'd become a doctor... so I could cure some kid with the same disease, tell his parents they owed me nothing! Me... A doctor! Now there's a joke!! Do you know how much it costs to even try to become a doctor? The mind boggles!! It's always about money! Always!! That's why I want it!"

Leorio may be a money-pinching cheapskate at times. That's certainly how we're introduced to him; he explains that his only reason for becoming a Hunter is so he can become rich. But the reason he wants to be rich? He wants to become a doctor, and open up a free hospital. The only problem was that he didn't have enough money to take the entrance exam, so instead, he took the Hunter Exam. While he loses his temper often and can be quite childish, he's a good and kind-hearted man. He's highly emotional, often acting on impulse.

For most of the series, Leorio hadn't even gotten past the Ten part of Nen, and thus hadn't picked up a Nen ability. After the Chimera Ant arc, though, he seems to have finally learned one that lets him transmit his punches through the floor. He later develops another ability that release his aura in pulses like an ultrasound to detect abnormalities, having been influenced by his medical studies.


  • Action Politician: While he ultimately drops out of the electoral race, he later becomes a Zodiac and thus one of the highest ranking authority figures in the Hunter's Association.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed compared to most of the cases but it's noticeable in the 2011 anime. In the manga Leorio was the only one able to open 2nd door of the Testing Gate, but he needed the help of Gon and Kurapika to open one door in this adaptation. He was also the one who beat the mafioso in the arm wrestling contest but in the remake they didn't even compete.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In public, to the whole Hunters Association for the sake of his friend.
  • The Alcoholic: Spent time drinking alcohol while Gon and Killua were kidnapped in the Yorknew arc.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Paradinight.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Always wears a snazzy suit.
  • Badass Normal: Despite not knowing how to use Nen, Leorio is way stronger and more capable than the average human, including people bigger and bulkier than him. He even earns Hisoka's approval, who decides to spare his life out of respect for his courage. He eventually does learn to use Nen, but he's still relatively a Non-Action Guy.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Although not related, towards Gon, especially during the Hunter Exam's final phase where he was shown to get pissed off at Hanzo for brutally beating Gon and even willing to take Gon's place in the fight.
  • The Big Guy: He is the least-developed Nen user for most of the series, not even having access to his Hatsu for quite some time, so when he does fight or exert himself he's relying on his natural strength alone. He's older and much taller than Gon, Killua, and Kurapika, and usually the most hot-headed and confrontational of the group, showing more courage and heart in the face of superhuman adversity than one would expect from a man without Nen powers. Nen aside, he's the most physically strong member of the main cast, forcing open the door of the second test alone and trouncing a mafioso in arm-wrestling, though most of his feats of strength are altered or omitted in the adaptations.
  • Born Lucky: Dude mostly lucks his way through the Exams for the most part. He manages to indirectly answer the trick riddle and reveal the way to the real path to the exams. Hisoka gets him through marshlands, following Gon's instructions allow him to pass Menchi's test, he gets the easiest competition in the trick tower, Kurapika helps him in the badge test, and Killua disqualifying himself allows Leorio to gain his license. Not to say the man doesn't have fortitude and grit, but his phenomenal luck is outstanding.
  • Blatant Lies: Leroute is a man indeed... Not his brightest moment. In the Hunter Exam arc, Leorio got suckered into believing an obviously female prisoner was something otherwise because she's a cunning manipulator, and tried to counter the expertly crafted lies with some of his own, which were pitiful in comparison. That earned his group a waiting penalty and a massive chunk off the criminals' sentences.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Returns in Chapter 325 with a Nen ability.
    • Now he is a member of the Zodiacs under the codename Boar for the Dark Continent Arc.
  • Butt-Monkey: If somebody is going to get an embarrassing physical attack, it's most likely going to be him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's rather transparent, but would never maliciously creep. Then again, if he has the opportunity to do so he will, feeling up Leroute during the Hunter Exam to confirm that she's female.
  • Classy Cravat: He wears his cravat even during his shirtless scenes.
  • The Coats Are Off: Usually takes off his jacket when he gets serious.
  • Code Name: The Boar. Replacing Ging as a Zodiac.
  • Combat Medic: He is both a medic and a Hunter.
  • Cool Shades: When he switches his specs to these.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Revealed a little bit too much about his "hobbies" during a passionate speech to the entire Hunter's Association.
  • Dead Sidekick: The death of one of his unnamed friend motivated him to become a doctor and is the reason why he thinks money can buy everything.
  • Determinator: He rises from the depths of poverty and goes through the hell of the Hunter exam just so that he can one day afford medical school and fund his own non-profit hospital. He initially lags behind his peers, barely even able to access his nen, let alone his hatsu, but he spends his free time studying and working out to keep up with his training and his future goals. His courage, heart unflinching loyalty and complete commitment to his dreams define his character, and earn him the respect of his much more powerful friends and enemies alike.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Delivered a smashing uppercut to Ging's jaw, much to the Hunter's Association collective delight. It's later revealed that Ging took the punch on purpose, but it was nevertheless one of Leorio's most glorious moments.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: Leorio is an excellent haggler.
  • The Driver: In Yorknew City arc he drives himself and Gon.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: As of Chapter 325, he's picked up the Nen ability that lets him transmit his punches through the floor.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: In-Universe. Despite being a Rookie Hunter, he became one of the most popular candidates during the elections.
  • Flipping the Bird: To Ging for not having visited Gon in the hospital.
  • Friendship Moment: With his three friends during their reunion.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Eclectic. He's kind and friendly but also short- tempered, is people-oriented but also has his goals, and is morally upstanding and level-headed but with a childish side.
  • Genius Bruiser: He might not be the strongest, but he doesn't need to be. He leverages what he does have with creative thought and medical knowledge.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to rile him up. Mind you, he can be talked down quite quickly.
  • Heroic Resolve: He would have given up at the first stage of the Hunter Exam if it wasn't for Gon.
  • Hidden Depths: At one point Melody, who can read people based on the rhythm of their heart, tells him that he has the most pleasant sounding heartbeat she's ever heard.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Abrasive on the outside at times; Mr Softie on the inside.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's impulsive, emotional and has a quick temper.
  • Hunk: He's quite muscular, and overall he looks handsome and very manly.
  • Image Song: "Leorio the HUNTER X DOCTOR".
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: May appear greedy and self-centered? Well, it's an act. In a certain sense, Gon is more "innocent", as he's still a kid, but still Leorio doesn't have any quality that could make him morally ambiguous and does what's right, while Gon is actually capable of quite cruel acts. Yes, Leorio is the only one in the team with no antiheroic qualities.
  • Jerkass Façade: The greedy and abrasive attitude hides the kindest heart of the group.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Subverted, Leorio isn't actually a jerk. He may seem greedy and have a stubborn and rough attitude sometimes, is Hot-Blooded, blunt and easily gets angry, but he's a noble and heroic person.
  • Knife Nut: The first of the series.
  • Large Ham: Whenever his Hair-Trigger Temper is set off.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: During the 3rd phase of the Hunter exam. To prove that Majitani was alive. Leorio, the resident Butt-Monkey, showed to the viewers he was a total badass.
  • Long Bus Trip: Isn't present during the Chimera Ant arc.
  • Manly Tears: When Gon got healed. Also one of the reasons why the Kirikos let him pass their little pre-exam.
  • The McCoy: To Gon’s Kirk and Kurapika’s Spock. He's easily the most impulsive and brash of the trio, which sometimes causes trouble for those around him.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: During his bus trip Leorio spent a lot of time drinking, masturbating, and inviting girls into his apartment.
  • New Transfer Student: How he will be included as part of the medical team to head to the Dark Continent.
  • Nice Guy: According to Senritsu, Leorio has the most gentle heart melody among the people in whole Yorknew. Despite being a bit abrasive at times and apparently greedy, he's a kind, noble and selfless guy at heart.
  • Non-Action Guy: Leorio isn't exactly weak, but he has much less interest in combat than the rest of the main cast, which is understandable as his primary motivation is to become a doctor.
  • Not What I Signed on For: His reaction when he learns more about their mission as Zodiacs. He is still willing to accomplish it though.
  • One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: Against a mafioso in the Yorknew arc.
  • Only in It for the Money: So he claims at the beginning of the series. Though that money is going to getting his medical degree and opening a free clinic.
  • Only Sane Man: In stark contrast to Gon's recklessness and self-destructive tendencies, Killua's cold willingness towards murder, and Kurapika's vendetta with the Phantom Troupe, Leorio simply wishes to become a doctor without having to throw himself headfirst into danger.
  • Out of Focus: Out of all of the main characters, he is easily the one with the least amount of focus with his Long Bus Trip (which is something that Kurapika has as well, but Leorio has yet to have an arc dedicated to him like the Yorknew arc was dedicated to Kurapika).
  • Over Shadowed By Awesome: He is very strong but is overshadowed by most of the fighters since he has not developed a Hatsu. This is likely to change since he has one now, with said Hatsu being incredibly useful to his profession as a doctor.
  • Parental Substitute: Notably acts more like a father figure to Gon than his actual dad during the Elections arc (Although he's nowhere near old enough to actually be his father despite appearances, so he's probably more like a big brother than anything. Then again, Mito, who Gon geniuenly sees as a mother isn't much older than Leorio herself and was 14 years old when she started raising Gon.).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Kurapika's Blue. Leorio is hot-blooded and impulsive, Kurapika is calm and collected.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: His philosophy, apparently, but it turns out to be an act.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Only ever wears business attire; dress-down Friday is for other people.
  • Shirtless Scene: Has several scenes in which his muscular figure is shown.
  • Specs of Awesome: He rocks those things rather well, it has to be said.
  • Street Smart: It helped Gon and Killua a lot in Yorknew City arc.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Yup. Ren and Nen makes it a bit more plausible than most cases, though.
  • Team Dad: Sure, he can be a bit rough, but he's good at motivating, herding, and caring for cats. Which is what Hunters basically are.
  • Thinking Up Portals: He can create portals with his Nen ability.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed; his teammates certainly aren't bad people by any means, but unlike the likes of Gon, Killua, and Kurapika, Leorio presents zero anti-heroic qualities, though ironically he is intially presented as the most amoral member of the team, claiming that all he cares about is getting rich. But that largely turns out to be an act.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the Phantom Troupe Arc, he could barely use his Nen, and then he went on a Long Bus Trip. When he came back, he actually knocked Gon's father, of all people, out of his chair at long distance, though Ging allowed it to happen and could have dodged easily. Eventually he became one of two remaining candidates for President of the Hunter's Association, and actually could have won had Gon not been returned to normal just in time.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kurapika.
  • Younger Than They Look: Shocks everyone early in the series when he tells them he's also a teenager like them... more than once even. He's only 19 at the start, making him just 2 years older than Kurapika. He looks like he’s in his mid-twenties at the very least.

    Hisoka Morow 

Hisoka Morow

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (2011 Series), Hiroki Takahashi (1999 Series) (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (2011 Series), Brendan Hunter (1999 Series) (English)

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"My greatest pleasure comes when such people crumple to their knees and I look down upon their disbelieving faces as their plans fail.♥"

Hisoka is the most reoccurring character throughout the series, often acting as either an antagonist, or (less frequently) an ally. There is only one story arc where he doesn't show up, and that's because he's off preying on someone else. He's a brilliant fighter and a psychotic murderer who would kill dead people if science would let him, but otherwise is only interested in the living, though they don't stay alive for very long after catching Hisoka's attention. He's particularly interested in Gon and Killua, to an unsettling degree; the main reason he hasn't killed them yet is because he wants them to grow stronger before doing so. He was a member of the Phantom Troupe for a time, but he only joined so he could fight Chrollo.

His primary Nen ability, Bungee Gum, possesses both the properties of rubber and gum. His secondary ability is Texture Surprise, which he can put onto thin surfaces to change their appearance. As lame as it sounds, the former is deadly in combat and the latter gives him impossibly effective forgery skills.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Hisoka initially had light blue hair in the 1999 anime, but was eventually recolored to red in the Heaven's Arena Arc to remain consistent to the coloring of the manga. Additionally, in the manga during the Yorknew City arc, he dyes his hair light green but this is absent in both versions of the anime.
  • Affably Evil: He swings between this and Faux Affably Evil so often, it's almost a surprise he doesn't have two faces. Yet, he seems utterly genuine in both. While he's in any particular mode, that is.
  • Agent Peacock: Just take a long look at that picture again.
  • Always Someone Better: He was this to Gon in the Hunter Exam and Heavens Arena arc.
  • Amazon Chaser: Machi is currently the only woman who causes him sexual attraction. Much like Gon and Killua, he is fond of her ability and her strength.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Nothing is ever certain when it comes to Hisoka, but he has expressed interest in women before, as he hit on Machi during the Heaven's Arena arc. His fixation on Gon and Killua is theoretically purely about their strength as fighters, but Hisoka's reactions to them blurs the line between sex and violence so hard it's impossible to tell.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Gon. He's this to the Phantom Troupe as well, especially after Chapter 357.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • For all intents and purposes, Hisoka should not have arms after his fight with Kastro. Due to his Nen abilities, he can reattach one of his arms, albeit cosmetically; it takes Machi's Nen threads to actually reattach his arms to their full function.
    • On Greed Island, Hisoka participates in a game of dodgeball where, due to Killua and Gon's Nen, he apparently has his fingers mangled beyond repair. He doesn't even squint.
    • During their match, Chrollo makes one of the heads Hisoka is swinging around into a bomb and sets it off right when it returns to his hand. Later on during the same match he ended up losing his right foot.
    • After the match he replaced his missing body parts with nen rubber prosthetics, using texture camouflage making them indistinguishable from real ones, while also retaining rubber like characteristics. He is now a partially augmented man with speed and versatility superior to his original self, making it seems like his natural body is now the weakest link in his being.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: With just cause. He generally is way more dangerous than most. And, if his skills are just too different to directly compare their damage output with somebody else's, his creative use of them often more than compensates. Heck, finding (and bugging) "interesting people" is rooted in trying to find fun tests of his own abilities!
  • Awesome by Analysis:
    • Hisoka is able to rate properly the potential or strength of someone at a glance. He also created a method to discover someone's Nen category based on his personality. By his own admission it's an inexact science, but whenever he uses it he's usually right.
    • He actually said he wanted to fight Gon and Killua the most in the first arc and it turns out they were the most gifted examinees in the Exam.
    • He was also able to rate some of the Zodiacs and Illumi's strength.
  • Ax-Crazy: See him in action when he's overwhelmed by uncontrollable Blood Lust.
  • Back from the Dead: Killed by Chrollo, but sets his aura to revive him through an application of his Bungee Gum technique beforehand.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Hisoka becomes the first person since Kurapika to kill off two members of the spiders (Shalnark and Kortopi) and plans to kill the rest as well.
  • Badass Boast: He says this gem during the Hunter Exam when he is surrounded by a bunch of contestants.
    Hisoka: Hunters require prey. Why don't I play examiner... And judge whether you are Hunter material?
  • Batman Gambit: Using his Nen-powered forgery skills, he pulls a successful one on Chrollo, of all people. Every one of his fights involve this in same way. He baits and manipulates opponents until they unwittingly fall into his pace, and then he kills them in one move.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Hisoka wanted a fight with Chrollo? He gets it — and proceeds to get killed in the process. Though it turns out better for him than expected, since he set his aura to revive him with Bungee Gum beforehand.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: A little bit with Machi.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing the Hunter Exam arc has to one. Afterwards, however, this is heavily subverted; Despite appearing in almost every arc and being some kind of gamechanger, his presence is usually upstaged by the Arc Villain, and other times, he is even on Gon's side/on an intersecting path that doesn't conflict too much with the other protagonists despite how they often should be against one another.
    • Ultimately, Hisoka's relationship to this trope is zigzagged heavily. On one hand, he's only the main antagonist of an arc twice, that being the Hunter Exam and the Heavens Arena, and after that he's upstaged by more direct threats like Genthru and Chrollo. However, while Hisoka is not the most important instigator of conflict in the series, he is by far the most common creator of conflict, with him having a hand in just about every major conflict in every arc aside from the Chimera Ant Arc. He even deliberately antagonizes everyone he knows in the Dark Continent Arc, including the Phantom Troupe and Illumi, just to see how many he can take on at once, which drives a major conflict going on below deck.
  • Bishōnen: A very manly variety, but look at him when he doesn't have his typical clown getup.
  • Blood Knight: Hisoka kills people because he likes to, but sometimes kills because he needs to. Early in the series, Gon is able to easily track him just from the bloodlust he emits, and even bases his window of opportunity around when Hisoka can't resist killing the next person he meets.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: For practical purposes, it seems like he's a villain. But, he's really not: he's more like a more-or-less functional adrenaline junkie who will do anything to get or cultivate his fighting/entertainment fix. In general, aside from getting his adrenaline fix, Hisoka never seems to do anything that's bad or even illegal. He isn't a hired killer, he only joined the Phantom Troupe to get to Chrollo and never seems to engage in thievery unless he was with them, and by and large seems to ignore normal people and when not "entertaining" himself, he seems quite capable of functioning normally in society. Hisoka is probably best defined as an amoral extreme neutral party. Honestly, he's just as likely to help you as he is to kill you.
  • Body Horror: Hisoka has lost entire limbs and has mangled his fingers and legs in various fights throughout the series. This fazes him very little. He's also fond of removing the limbs of his opponents.
  • Bridal Carry: Hisoka is shown carrying an unconscious Gon this way after fishing him out of the ocean in episode 20 of the 1999 anime.
  • The Bus Came Back: In the respective following arcs following the Zoldyck Family arc and Chimera Ant arc.
  • Came Back Strong: Chrollo killed him, but he came back to life thanks to his Bungee Gum. Nen gets stronger through death, so it's possible his abilities got even more effective.
  • Camp Straight: Very camp and while his interest lies in both sexes and is extremely sexual in nature, he has only outright propositioned Machi.
  • Campy Combat: He has jester-like hair, clothing, and makeup and uses an alluring style of speech. Notably, he gets sexually aroused from fighting strong foes, regardless of their gender. His Nen ability "Bungee Gum" forms a pink aura with the properties of rubber and gum that's much more deadly than it sounds.
  • Catch and Return: Can do this with Bungee Gum.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: This is certainly one way to describe his over the top Blood Knight-ism... His "body language" at any point in a fight or building up to one leaves little to the imagination.
  • Combat Stilettos: And they don't slow him down for a second.
  • Consummate Liar: And, as it turns out, a natural counterfeiter. Trusting him rarely goes that well for those who do.
  • Comedic Shotacon: Hisoka is seemingly sexually attracted to strong people... regardless of age or gender, much to Gon, Killua and probably the audience's horror. This is most apparent in Greed Island, where Hisoka, nude, pops a boner upon seeing how much stronger the two boys have become since last seeing them, and later checks out their butts when walking behind them. A chill runs down their spine and they yell at him to walk in front.
  • Death Dealer: Uses them in the Hunters Exam, and for flair in his later fights.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Against Kastro.
  • Double Entendre: Some of his quotes when he is excited by a Worthy Opponent or someone who has the potential to become one bring to mind something else.
  • The Dreaded: Those who know of him very, very quickly learn to watch out for him.
    • Most nen users pick up on how malicious yet quiet his aura is, like a beast hiding in the brush stalking it's prey.
    • The fact that he could sense another nen user who was using a perfect state of Zetsu from his physical perception alone makes members of the Phantom Troupe call him a "monster".
    • His bloodlust is strong enough that even non-nen users can feel an implacable ominousness whenever near him while any animals in the area tend to flee.
    • Chrollo Lucifer, leader of the Phantom Troupe believed he needed more time to train and develop his power before he could confidently challenge Hisoka to a duel.
    • While they were off guard and without their signature techniques, Hisoka still killed two members of the Phantom Troupe in a matter of minutes if not seconds without so much as a scratch.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His introduction. Somebody just bumped into him with their arm. Seconds later, their arms are evaporated away by a disturbing Nen-empowered magic trick and they become the first person forced to drop out of the Hunter Exam. Turns out Hisoka hates it when people don't apologize for their transgressions, even the most minor of ones.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Even a violent sociopath with "interesting" tendencies like him is creeped out by Illumi's "brotherly affection" for Killua.
    • When Illumi suddenly takes an interest in Alluka, even Hisoka thinks playing power-and-control games with Nanika is Very Bad News and something best avoided for reasons well beyond Squick.
  • Evil Redhead: Varies a bit, but... his hair is usually red and he is very bad news.
  • Evil Versus Evil: As of Chapter 357, Hisoka has declared war on the entire Phantom Troupe by murdering Shalnark and Kortopi.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Lampshaded and then promptly justified. He has exactly one offensive power: He can make his aura both sticky and elastic. If you're close enough for him to tell you this, you are too close for that knowledge to save your life. The justification comes in when it's shown that Hisoka explaining his power can actually help him win in the case of Gon's fight against him, where he teaches Gon a lesson by hitting him with Bungee Gum in the middle of their fight.
  • Expository Pronoun: Always uses the boyish and somewhat childlike Japanese pronoun "Boku". When Illumi introduces himself in the Dark Continent arc as the newest member of the Phantom Troupe, he notably uses "Boku", despite Illumi's pronoun of choice having been consistently "Ore" since his debut. This suggests that this "Illumi" might be a disguised Hisoka, plotting to kill the Troupe from the inside.
  • Face Fault: With added Color Failure in the anime. This is his reaction to Chrollo sadly telling him they can't fight because Kurapika has snared him with Chain Jail and disabled his Nen.
  • Female Gaze: Once you get over the creepy (which isn't all that easy), he's rather comfortable to look at in his Shirtless Scenes...
  • Four Is Death: His number in the Phantom Troupe; was also applicant #44 during the Hunter Exam.
    • During the Hunter Exam he kills a group that gangs up on him with a four of spades.
  • The Gadfly: According to the situation; but, during a fight or the build-up, he's usually a 100%, distractingly nasty Troll, rather than the day-to-day, fairly playful Gadfly he otherwise plays at being.
  • Gag Censor: His hard-on upon meeting Gon and Killua in Greed Island in the manga is censored with speech bubbles that travel upwards along his crotch. In the 2011 anime he is only seen from behind, and his boner is implied through Gon and Killua's disturbed eyeballs sliding slowly upwards...
  • The Gift: While not commented on or stated by others specifically, even among nen users, Hisoka has almost unnatural talent. This is not only stated in the guide books but shown time and time again where his instincts and raw natural talent allow him to do things that shock even some of the most experienced nen users. While the Hisoka origin manga isn't canon, Yoshihiro Togashi did acknowledge it and his reaction was essentially that even though the story isn't official, the author pretty much nailed how good and dangerous Hisoka is, with Hisoka learning nen on his own in only a week and within a month creating his hatsu and killing an experienced nen user.
  • The Gloves Come Off: After his fight with Chrollo, Hisoka told Machi that he would no longer allow his opponents to dictate the terms of a fight or even the slightest chance to prepare. In other words, Hisoka's not screwing around anymore.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: In his fight with Chrollo he weaponizes several dismembered human heads. He also grabs a group of people with his Bungee Gum and uses them as a huge makeshift mace.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Bungee Gum doesn't seem very powerful but the more you see how Hisoka uses it the more you see its deadly applications.
  • Hero Killer: Played with. He could have killed all the other main characters no problem, but he spares them to kill them when they'll be stronger. He kills a lot of supporting characters though.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He is driven by his primordial carnal desires, though he is shown to be extremely intelligent and he is a fighter that is beyond excellence.
    • Based upon his time in Aiai, he seems to be quite well-aware of the typical dating sim tropes as he told Gon to pick-up a clumsy girl's glasses as they might become friends, and told Goreinu that he should have started an argument with the Tsundere girl instead of apologizing to her.
  • Hunk: Very handsome, muscular and manly overall.
  • I Lied: Hisoka will often use lies to trick his opponent, or to give them false knowledge. Crosses over with Troll.
  • Image Song: "Fantasy Requiem".
  • Implacable Man: Even death barely slows him down.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Or, "what your carnage has the potential to be". Hisoka only really picks fights with those he can feel this way about. Otherwise, the "fights" are more like "exterminating roaches that got in the way".
  • Invincible Villain: Portrayed as one. When Hisoka fights he never loses unless he is not serious. And even when he does die at the hands of Chrollo he's able to use his Bungee Gum to bring himself back to life.
  • Irony: His strong desire to fight Chrollo ends up robbing him of the chance. He manipulated Phantom Troupe into continuing their hunt for Kurapika and was the indirect cause of Chrollo losing his powers.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Everytime he fights. Unsettling his foes is only one of his tactics.
  • It Amused Me: The only reason Hisoka does anything.
  • Jail Bait Wait: Or something like it. He's waiting for Gon and Killua (whom he refers to as "unripe fruits") to become stronger, so that they'll be able to put up a more arousing fight when he finally decides to "pick" them.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His introduction is one of the first signs of the series' darker side.
  • Leitmotif: A foreboding flamenco tune that lets you know someone is about to die.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted; while all his outfits are similar looking, he sports a different one per arc at least.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He didn't react at all when Kastro sliced his arm: losing limbs is nothing to freak out out. Uncomfortable death? Bah: I'll set my aura to be able to walk it off and learn...
  • Manipulative Bastard: Hisoka preyed on Kurapika’s need for revenge against the Phantom Troupe so that he could fight against Chrollo without interference from the other members.
  • Mirror Character: Both Hisoka and Gon categorize others according to a unique set of principles that others don't understand. Gon likes people that he (and sometimes only he) considers to be kind. Hisoka likes people that he considers to be interesting, or have to potential to be interesting. Notably, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio meet both standards, and are well-regarded by both.
  • Mood-Swinger: He swings back and forth between Affably Evil and Faux Affably Evil as well as the playful Gadfly and malicious Troll very often... and sometimes falls into Ax-Crazy territory, just because. An example would be during the dodgeball match with Razor. Initially he's in for the simple joy of helping them out while seeing how far they've come along (and to pass the time), but he very consciously decides it's worth it to him to sacrifice his hands to help them win because Gon wanted a 'complete victory' over Razor when he works with them to catch Razor's spike, then immediately after they get what they need, he disappears off to go terrifically violent on Chrollo.
  • Monster Clown: He quite deliberately invokes the trope with his manner of dress, make-up and and style of showboating. None of it is meant to disguise how dangerously off-kilter or deadly he is. It pays to advertise: those who get the message bring their A-game; those who don't become passing amusements when they try kicking sand in his face.
  • Mundane Utility: Mr. Creatively Mundane Utility. From avoiding getting permanently tattooed, to faking haiku and computer screens, to dragging things from across the room to use, to hiding things in odd places, to covering just how injured he is and probably for quick make-up changes of a morning... He finds many, many uses for his various gums and rubbers.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Minus the make-up, he's quite the Bishonen. Even with the make-up, he's not exactly painful to look at.
  • Mysterious Past: Practically nothing is known about Hisoka's past, as he doesn't like talking about it. There is a one-shot manga which delves deeper into his background, but its canonity is dubious as it was not written by Togashi (although it was approved by him), and even then it only goes as far as to Hisoka's teenage years and how he learned Nen, but doesn't reveal much about what exactly he was doing collapsed in the middle of nowhere by a circus to begin with.
  • Nightmare Face: Busts out a pretty terrifying one during the Hunter Exams.
    • The one he bears during his fight with Chrollo is even worse. Just look at it.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Does this a lot. Can get infuriating for the other person.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • He chuckles in a startlingly pleasant and normal manner with the rest of the observers when Gon's stubbornness completely deflates the tension in his "fight" with Hanzo.
    • He's not too excited at the prospect of fighting Alluka-Nanika Zoldyck. When Illumi tells him that they're a target, it's a visible Oh, Crap! moment for him, which is rather uncommon.
    • It's shown that he likes Machi from the Phantom Troupe in both appearance and powers; this is especially notable because she's the only woman he's ever shown interest to in the whole story. It's too bad that she finds him extremely annoying and only has eyes for Chrollo.
    • However, bit of Fridge Brilliance, he could be seen as going for a twofer: severely injure or kill Chrollo, get one revenge-minded Machi out for your blood free. Hey, it's just grown-up pony-tail pulling.
  • Off with His Head!: Has killed many characters via decapitation.
  • Oh, Crap!: A subtle, under-pronounced case when Illumi theorizes that Killua's attempts to get a wish from Alluka to restore Gon might kill not only the Zoldyck family, but potentially Hisoka himself as well. The thought of it ropes him into the arc as a consequence.
  • Only One Name: We only knew his first name until his fight with Chrollo.
  • One-Man Army: Dismiss him from his looks alone at your peril: he can and does take multiple targets out on a regular basis.
  • Overarching Villain: While most of the antagonists are one-and-done in their respective arcs, Hisoka appears in multiple arcs throughout the course of the series, even when he's not filling the Arc Villain role.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: After punching Leorio during the Hunter Exam.
  • People Puppets: In the musicals, where his Bungee Gum is used to coordinate group dance numbers without the participants' consent.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Out of respect for Leorio's courage, Hisoka carries him through the Swindler's Swamp so he can continue the Hunter Exam. After knocking him out with one punch.
    • He also used his Bungee Gum ability to ensure Gon a "flawless victory" during the dodgeball match just like Gon wanted to have.
  • Playing Card Motifs: And how. Not content with being strongly associated with the Joker card while looking like he walked off that card himself, wearing the symbols on his clothes or using a pack of cards as very deadly weapons, but he also manages to enunciate the suit symbols in his bubbles, too. And, we're not just talking "♥~~~", here. Any surprise he likes to play?
  • Practically Joker: He shares the Joker's Monster Clown gimmick, obsession with the hero that borders on romantic, and capability to cheat death. There's also how he has a Playing Card Motif, with his being the joker card.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Not what you'd normally expect from a Wild Card. But, he can actually play the very long game if he reckons the pay-out will be worth the time, effort and patience put into it (heck: see what he's doing with Gon and, to a lesser extent, Killua). He's also not going to bother forcing a plan to stay on rails if a change of circumstances mean it becomes more worth his while to change tack suddenly, either (fighting Chrollo). After losing against Chrollo and quite literally coming back to life, he uses the experience as a "wake-up call" and decides from now on he's no longer going to allow his opponents to set up favorable situations and will now try to catch them as off guard as possible.
  • Put on a Bus: During the Zoldyck Family arc and Chimera Ants arc.
  • Raging Stiffie: An implied effect whenever he gets aroused in a fight. The 2011 anime takes this to new extremes, causing a bright light to flare up from his crotch with a "SCHWING" sound effect.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He dresses like a clown, wears high heeled shoes, is very soft-spoken and is one of the strongest fighters in the series.
  • Rubber Man: His Bungee Gum has these properties. As of Chapter 357 he's partially made of it, using it to replace the body parts he lost in the fight against Chrollo.
  • Self-Proclaimed Liar: Doesn't hide that he is a liar to Gon during their fight.
  • Sex Is Violence: He gets very turned on when Gon starts utterly wailing on him in the Heavens Arena arc.
  • Ship Tease: With Illumi. Chapter 377 in specific.
    • He also has got a bit of this going on with Machi in Chapter 357. And possibly ended there too.
  • Shirtless Scene: Has quite a few with him showering.
  • The Sociopath: He's a hedonist with no conscience and impulse control issues. He doesn't really any particular alliegance to enacting an evil agenda and is in fact Chaotic Neutral, but he is still very much this.
  • Slashed Throat: When he isn't killing his opponents through decapitation, he's using his Death Dealer playing cards to pull these off.
  • Sore Loser: After his crushing defeat at the hands of Chrollo in Heaven's Arena, he retaliates by vowing to kill the rest of the Phantom Troupe, even going so far as to kill Kortopi and Shalnark while Chrollo is still borrowing their Nen abilities.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Killua accuses him of this In-Universe when he eliminates Razor from the game.
  • Stage Magician: A very dangerous one. The trick with Hisoka is to figure out where he doesn't want you to look, and if that's a double-bluff.
  • Static Character: Since the beginning of the manga Hisoka didn't change at all. He is still a great character though.
  • Stealth Mentor: Hisoka helps Gon several times because he plans to fight the latter when he has become stronger.
  • The Strategist: His method of fighting mainly consists of entrapping his opponent, though he spares those who he thinks will turn out to have great potential to give him a worthy fight in the future. His main drive to fight primordially stems from his desire to decode his rival's strategy; if he finds the challenge too easy he just kills his rival, which is why so many people die by his hand.
  • Super Senses: His senses are so developed that even the Phantom Troupe members call him a monster.
  • Super Speed: He's already fast on his own, but can get even faster when he pulls himself from one place to another with his Bungee Gum.
  • Swiss Army Power: While he only has two special abilities; Bungee Gum which allows him to give his aura the properties of rubber and sticky gum with Texture Surprise which allows him to reproduce any image on a surface in perfect lifelike realism. The ways he exploits these seemingly mundane and unimpressive abilities with his genius and twisted creativity makes him one of the most lethal characters in the series. To wit, the various ways he has exploited said abilities are:
    • Using his aura to create bungee lines to repel and adhere to any surface.
    • Uses his aura to grab opponents and pull them in to lay down a beating.
    • Attach his aura to opponents and then to other objects to make said object strike opponents at high speed.
    • Uses his aura spread between both of his arms to both trap them and shield himself from oncoming projectiles. Can also fire them back.
    • Create prostheses for lost limbs that combined with his texture surprise make him seem like he was never hurt at all with the new nen rubber limbs making him arguably MORE dangerous than before.
    • Wrapping his aura around his lungs and heart so that they can expand and contract, allowing himself to come back from the dead.
    • In fact, his abilities are so flexible and adaptable that Hisoka is one of the few characters in the series who is unafraid to allow his enemies to find out what he can do, something that most Nen users consider to be one of the worst things that can happen to them.
  • Token Evil Teammate:
    • Whenever Hisoka decides to join the main characters as a group, he is this hands down.
    • He's even this when he was in the Phantom Troupe. While the other troupe members are an amoral gang of bandits and murderers, they enjoy fighting but don't really care about killing (except for Chrollo and Feitan). Even Uvogin admitted that he doesn't feel anything when he kills. Hisoka on the other hand is so twisted and addicted to death that the other members consider him crazy.
  • Trickster Mentor: Pity Killua and Gon in particular, as he doesn't just stick to stealthing their educations and quite likes seeing them up to their necks in things he hasn't always expressly designed to put them through himself (although: "waste not; want not"). He'll happily point them in a (dangerous) direction to look in if they're a bit stumped and seems to believe that white water rapids provide the best means of learning how to swim — even though he actually takes some care in making sure they don't try waterfalls too early (the 200th Floor greeting is a case in point).
  • Underestimating Badassery: Hisoka is very confident in his strength, and while for the most part he has every reason to be, it should be noted that most of his landslide victories were against marginally weaker opponents. Despite this, he has no upper limit in terms of who he wants to take on in a fight: early on he expressed a desire to fight Netero and mused about how defenseless he seemednote , and it is suggested that he would've tried to fight the Chimera Ant Royal Guard or Meruem had he known about the Ants. This came to a head when he finally got his desired fight against Chrollo. Despite knowing the nature of his Nen ability and having ample time to prepare, Hisoka was confident that he could kill him with Bungee Gum alone. He was tossed around by Chrollo and died in a violent explosion (however briefly).
  • Verbal Tic: Ends all of his sentences in the manga with a playing card suit symbol. There isn't a strong pattern to which one he uses, though he generally uses a heart when he's complimenting someone and a spade when threatening someone. He also uses a skull-and-crossbones symbol if he's just killed someone.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: A rather creepy, but quite active interest in anybody with the potential to grow powerful and entertaining, as it happens. But, it's genuinely... well meant. For a very specific, and ultimately terminal, meaning of "well meant".
  • Wild Card: Quite literally regarding his Weapon of Choice. As for which side? His own entertainment. Always.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: In the 2011 anime.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: Hisoka can pull his opponent into his reach (or directly into his fist) whenever he pleases, once he has attached his Bungee Gum on him/her.

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