Main Characters (Gon Freecss, Killua Zoldyck) | Hunter Association | Zoldyck Family | Phantom Troupe | Chimera Ants (Meruem) | Kakin Royal Family | Other Characters
Introduced as "the most horrible group of criminals in all history", they are a group of 13 thieves who specialize in very difficult targets. Unlike most other thieves, they generally don't rely on subtle strategy or minuted actions; perpetually reenacting the Gordian Knot parable, they prefer to resort to brute force. Loads and loads of brute force. Which is why they get such a reputation: They are less famous for what they steal than for the hundreds of people they kill in the process. In fact, as they already steal all the common objects they need on a daily basis, they have very little interest in the luxury items they target, and seem to chose them mostly because they know these items will be heavily guarded. Indeed, most of the members seem to be in specifically for the carnage.
They have a peculiar organization, being villainous True Companions of Ubermenschen (this doesn't go without the occasional internal frictions, though they have strict rules about settling those), and while they have a leader, the survival of individual members (including the leader) is not a priority; the survival of the group as the whole is. If a member dies, they simply get replaced.
Several of the members come from Meteor City, officially a gigantic landfill, less officially an autonomous city inhabited by millions of Unpersons, even less officially a Mafia-subsidized breeding-ground for anonymous hitmen.
The group is often referred to as "The Spider", because of the 12-legged spider tattoos that mark their membership.
- 13 Is Unlucky: To the public, they're so strong that the entire Mafia is powerless against them and they had to call in the strongest characters known to the readers at the time to put them down. On the flipside they're Unperson inhabitants of a city-sized garbage dump, two (and later on, another two) of their members have died, their leader is Brought Down to Normal and they're at the mercy of a boy half some of the members' age.
- Affably Evil: Many of the members can be genuinely amicable and reasonable if the situation calls for it, despite otherwise being ruthless murderers. This can make dealing with them somewhat frustrating for some characters, most notably Gon, who has a very strong hatred for people who have an understanding of morality, comradery and human decency despite seemingly being sociopathic savages, viewing such people as hypocrites.
- Affectionate Nickname: Shar, Fei, Bono, Uvo, Paku.
- Animal-Motif Team: Membership in the group is denoted by a spider tattoo and they're often called "The Spiders" or the like when referred to.
- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: While they don't necessarily hold themselves as being morally superior, they place zero value on the lives of outsiders, hypocritically place value on each other's lives to varying degrees, and are forbidden to seriously attack one another. This could also be applied on a larger scale to Meteor City itself. In short, Spider shall never kill a fellow Spider, but Hisoka would be the exception to this.
- Arch-Enemy: Towards Kurapika and much later Hisoka. In both cases, It's Personal, because Kurapika and Hisoka are both responsible for the deaths of several of their members.
- Alas, Poor Villain: The deaths of several of their members are played up quite tragically, right down to the surviving members mourning the deaths of their True Companions which contrasts their otherwise amoral nihilism.
- Anti-Villain: Ruthless and utterly monstrous as their crimes may be, the reason why they're like that is to protect their home of Meteor City from raiders and criminals, by creating the image of an evil organization so feared that no one would try to touch it. They're also characterized by their deep sense of camaraderie towards one-another, and are fully willing to perform humane actions if they see it as the honourable decision.
- Badass Crew: To the bone. Each member displays various skills that make them worthy threats to the heroes and Kurapika.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: They honestly don't hold a grudge against the Kurta clan. It was just another killing for them.
- Being Watched: No matter how good the watcher is, they can feel when they are being watched.
- Berserk Button: Harming the members of their group (especially the founding members) and attacking Meteor City. The reason is They were Childhood Friends who founded the group (originally just to dub salvaged episodes of a Super Sentai show) and committed many acts of evil to protect the Meteor City from outsiders after what happened to Sarasa (a childhood friend) who was mercillessly killed and dismembered by raiders just for the For the Evulz. That's why they took it as personal offense when the Chimera ants attacked the city as it would be insulting to their goal in the first place.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Of a sort. While individually, the members of the Phantom Troupe are very strong for nen users and as a group together, they are unstoppable, they only ever seemed concerned with stealing things. In most cases this means they only ever usually go up against your standard mook criminals or red-shirt police/peacekeeping force. This means that while they have plenty of experience with their powers and how to use them, they don't often have to engage a legitimate threat. The few instances where a Troupe member was challenged, hurt, or even killed, they were up against a serious opponent or someone who prepared for them. In both instances of Troupe members dying, the Troupe members in question barely did any real damage or put up much of a fight to their opponent. This goes even further in later chapters after the Phantom troupe is introduced with nen users appearing with comparable strength or possibly greater power which means that while each member of the Phantom Troupe is strong, they aren't the strongest in the world and there are in fact many other nen users who could match them in combat. The contrast is even greater when members of the troupe are compared to Hisoka (someone who goes out and actively picks fights with people who can hurt or even kill him), a former member who is now actively hunting them. Both Shalnark and Kortopi die in seconds (Granted, the fact that Hisoka had surprise on his side and that they were currently without their signature powers meant they didn't even get the chance to defend themselves).
- Card-Carrying Villain: They make little effort to hide their identity, because they really don't need to. Then it is revealed in the latest chapters they are invoking this for a good reason.
- Criminal Found Family: While they have Lack of Empathy for everyone else, they do care for each other and are deeply upset when one of their own dies. It is pointed out by Gon as serious Moral Myopia, but seeing as they're all Übermensch who think and function differently from society, it doesn't phase them as much. The Troupe was founded in Meteor City, a place where everyone abandons things they don't want—including people. They chose to join up and work together as one piece of a greater group of thieves that is more important than any of the individual members, but that doesn't mean they didn't slip into prioritizing each other fiercely, especially the founding members.
- Dark Action Girl: Machi, Shizuku, and Pakunoda are the female members of the fierce criminal organization.
- The Dreaded: The group are among the most feared thieves in the world. Given their impressive nen abilities and casual response to murder, it is understandable. It is later revealed that they are invoking this trope to protect Meteor City from outsiders after what happened to their friend Sarasa who was killed by the raiders.
- Dwindling Party: Subverted; despite the relatively high fatality rate that comes with being a Phantom Troupe member, due to the group's philosophy of no one leg being greater than the body, they're actually really efficient with replacing deceased or AWOL members.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Deconstruction; The Troupe, while completely merciless and uncaring of the effects of their wanton slaughter seem to care for one another, deeply mourning the loss of their friends and "family". Gon rightfully points out, however, that they have absolutely no moral justification for acting this way, and that if they realize what it is like to lose a family member, why are they so uncaring for the senselessly large amount of lives that they take? It is important to know that none of them give Gon a concrete answer, which implies that they know of this moral contradiction but are too scared to answer it and would rather just ignore it.
- Evil Virtues: Even the ones who otherwise seem like sociopaths are selflessly loyal to the Spider and/or Chrollo. This serves to make them less sympathetic rather than more, due to heavy Moral Myopia on their behalf.
- Faking the Dead: All of them thanks to Kortopi's ability.
- Freudian Excuse: Fridge Brilliance version: All citizens of Meteor City have either been discarded and left to die there, or are descended from people who have. Since the world has already demonstrated it doesn't care about their lives, why should they care about the lives of the people who threw them away? And Leorio states that people from Meteor City have a bond with each other stronger than even family, which might certainly explain why the Phantom Troupe shows such level of Moral Myopia.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The group and most of its membership originated from Meteor City, which is basically a giant garbage dump existing in a legal and political limbo where unwanted things (and people) are dumped from all over the world, meaning that everyone living there is an Un-person. Then they became the most feared criminals in the world.
- Genius Bruiser: Everyone of them has high physical strength and all members are also intelligent. Even the ones who don't look smart at all: case in point, Uvogin is a deadly Combat Pragmatist, and Franklin is a fairly logical person outside of combat.
- Genre Savvy: Part of the reason why they're so deadly as a group is that they've put a lot of thought into the formation of their abilities and Hatsu as part of a collective rather than individuals. While each is deadly on their own, looking at them as a group shows that their abilities all serve the Spider as a whole in some important way. Each of the twelve is divided based on what they can and can't do. Moreover it's this teamwork that is vital to the survival of the group as a whole and each member individually and without it, while each member alone is strong, the individuals within the group are vulnerable.
- Combat Specialists: While each of the group is clearly a capable fighter on their own, some members like Feitan, Phinks, Nobunaga, and Uvogin are excellent close-range combatants. This makes them key for defending the group as a whole from powerful Nen users, or individuals like the Holy Beasts.
- Support Specialists: Machi, Shizuku and Kortopi have poor combat performance in comparison to the rest of the group, but make up for it with their healing abilities, storage capabilities, and object-copying capabilities respectively
- Crowd Control Specialists: Individuals such as Franklin and Bonolenov have Hatsu that make them best for causing wide disruption and keeping crowds of opponents down at a time.
- Intel Specialists: Pakunoda, Shalnark, and Chrollo himself are used to gather information about the situation the thieves find themselves in, and use their Nen to aid the rest of the group. Pakunoda herself is especially useful in this regard, as her Memory Bomb allows her to communicate complicated facts to her allies with ease.
- Heads or Tails?: Most if not all in-group disputes, no matter how small, are solved with a simple coin toss. This prevents the dispute from growing into something that could potentially cause a falling out.
- Hidden Depths: Despite being entirely in a position of power for the Yorknew City arc, they show mercy towards Gon and Killua several times, and Phinks and Feitan spare the duo when they bump into them during the auction. This is most likely because the two never posed an immediate threat, the troupe respects them for their tenacity, and that Phinks was thankful for the two showing Pakunoda kindness despite her despicable attitude.
- They place zero value on the lives of others and have no problem murdering basically anyone, but kill one member of their group and they'll go absolutely ballistic. Gon calls them out on this.
- In the Phantom Rouge movie, they're disgusted that Omokage would dare to steal Uvogin's eyes to recreate him as a puppet. The irony is completely lost on them.
- Invincible Villains: They're damn near unstoppable killing machines! Throughout the York Shin arc almost no one, save for Kurapika, Silva, and Zeno, is capable of killing or even hurting them.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: While the Troupe are a ruthless band of mass murderers, the Chimera Ants specifically Zazans squadron are probably their least sympathetic of their many victims. They are shown to be exceptionally sadistic toward the humans they hunted and killed, among their many victims were fan favorites Pokkle and Ponzu, turning the citizens of Meteor City into their personal slaves by mutating them into horrific abominations. All this makes it easier to root for the Spiders.
- Leitmotif: Requiem Aranea
- Moral Myopia: If you aren't a part of their little group, then you can just die painfully. Their Freudian Excuse somewhat explains: they all lived on a city filled with people that the world doesn't care about, but care about each other, so they are just following a much more cynical version of The Golden Rule.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: While the Troupe members are legitimately strong, they mostly only ever fight normal people or lower level nen users. As the series goes on and more nen users are introduced, it's clear that their reputation comes mostly from the fact that as a group they are almost unstoppable but individually they're not exceptional (barring Chrollo) and just well trained and experienced nen users. When they do fight people who are a real threat they are often cornered, injured, and few members have been killed.
- One-Man Army: All of them are master Nen users with unique or extraordinary abilities. Any one of them can take out armies of normal humans or even a large group of powerful underworld Nen users.
- Only One Name: Subverted. At least for the still-living members of the Troupe, everyone who only had their first name used in conversation has their last name formally revealed in Chapter 377 when the author finally decided on what surnames to bestow them.
- Pet the Dog: Despite their ruthlessness and the fact that they Would Hurt a Child, the Troupe actually takes relatively good care of Gon and Killua when they're initially captured, with Nobunaga even wanting them to join the Troupe altogether. Ultimately, at the end of the Yorknew Arc, they're actually touched by how Gon and Killua treated Pakunoda and decide to leave them alone.
- Phantom Thief: Downplayed. They have a few characteristics of the trope (a set of rules and ideals, stealing for the sake of stealing rather than a need, sometimes leaving calling cards, etc.), and the name certainly fits, but for the most part they're more like a gang of psychotic terrorists and they carry out their schemes with all the subtlety and class of a brick to the face.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Interestingly enough, when they're not on a job they don't actually bare any ill-will to Gon and Killua.
- Further complicating manners is Hisoka's subtext-laden fixation on Chrollo and his powers.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Deconstructed horribly. Despite most of them having wacky designs and personalities, they demonstrate how horribly dangerous a group like this could actually be in real life, as a single one of them is capable of brutally murdering hundreds of people. Also, unlike most examples, they function as essentially equals among each other making them more like Quirky Dragon Squad. Lucifer actually respect them instead of killing them if they're not immediately useful, which makes sense since a Bad Boss is a horrible model to actually keep your associates loyal to you.
- Rule #1: Serious quarrels between members are prohibited and must be settled by flipping a coin (they even have special coins with a spider printed on them, just for this situation).
- Rule of Symbolism: Spiders and inverted crosses as recurring motifs.
- Sliding Scale of Libertarianism and Authoritarianism: Heavily discussed, as the paradox of the Troupe is how a bunch of extremely individualist Übermenschen who completely ignore the laws, morals and conventions of society and who only care about themselves and each other are nonetheless brought together to cooperate in total submission to a collective, hierarchic entity.
- Specifically Numbered Group: In Hunter × Hunter, the Phantom Troupe is always meant to have 13 members—absolutely no more, and any new members are either selected by the leader or earn their place by defeating one of the members. They each have their number tattooed on them.
- Straw Nihilist: Along with Social Darwinist. They act like they adhere to these principles, but don't actually bother to put much philosophical justification behind these acts (the leader outright states that he never really thought about his own motive).
- Undying Loyalty: All of its members (except Hisoka) are loyal to the group. However this loyalty varies as some, like Phinks and Feitan are loyal to the Spider as an organization, while Pakunoda and Machi are loyal to Chrollo. This conflict of to whom be loyal to nearly led to a fight.
- Unperson: Those who come from Meteor City, at least.
- Unseen No More: Kurapika mentioned them a lot during the Hunter Exam and Zoldyck arcs before finally showing up during the Yorknew arc (with Machi appearing during the end of the Heaven's Arena arc).
- Villain of Another Story: They become relegated to the B-plot of the Greed Island arc.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Aside from Chrollo the other members of the Troupe don't seem to be getting stronger or improving and it seemed the only reason Chrollo even did it was to prepare for his fight with Hisoka. This actually seems to be a weakness of the group as a whole. Throughout the series, the troupe members are never really seen fighting anyone other than normal people or weaker nen users. Also, information given about their reputation implies that since all they seem to do is steal stuff and they often work together in at least pairs, they generally don't run into any serious threats. Every time a Troupe member has either been given a hard time or died, they were up against a serious opponent and usually the person they were fighting never seems all that injured afterwards. While they are experienced fighters and very proficient with the use of their nen they also don't seem to push themselves hard or strive to improve. The effects of which have been apparent and costly for them with several examples being:
- A member of the Troupe was killed by Killua's father Silva. While Zeno stated that it wasn't easy he didn't seem injured or that he even put up above moderate effort into the kill. Further, while he did tell the rest of his family to stay away from the Phantom Troupe, it's implied that this is almost certainly because their leader Chrollo will come after you.
- Nobunaga can extend his En to about 2 meters, but Biscuit stated that a true master could extend it to 10 meters. Zeno can extend his to 100 meters.
- Uvogin was very powerful and he did kill a bunch of the Shadow Beasts (the strongest nen users in the world of mafia), but one of them did inflict a paralyzing poison on him and it was confirmed that he could also secrete a powerfully lethal poison with his nen. If he had been trying to kill Uvogin, Uvo would have died. Further, he barely did any damage to Kurapika when they fought (what damage he did was healed easily) with the fight only lasting a few minutes and Kurapika making Uvo look like a clown. This often seems to be a trend as the Troupe member seems so used to handing out a Curb-Stomp Battle that they genuinely think that a threat capable of taking them out will never come along.
- When Feitan fought the chimera ant queen in Meteor City, he couldn't do any real damage even before she increased her power with her upgraded form. He won only because his nen ability has a wide range of effect and has the potential to do ridiculous amounts of damage (he essentially creates a miniature sun that fries everything around). Keep in mind that this chimera ant queen was a novice at using her nen, didn't master her aura or condition herself to reflexively use the basics of nen while she fought (essentially, she was matching Feitan with nothing more than her natural strength and toughness) when he underestimated her toughness and left himself defenseless from her aura (he had focused all of his aura into the tip of his sword to pierce through her neck, meaning he has no aura over the rest of his body to defend himself) she did massive damage with nothing more than a reflexive burst of aura. Feitan won that fight through sheer luck as A) if the queen had conditioned herself to enhance herself with her aura instinctively on top of her monstrous natural power, Feitan wouldn't have been able to keep up with her at all B) If she had more or at least more proficient use of her aura and more experience using nen, she could have killed Feitan outright with one shot while he was offguard and his aura wasn't protecting his body C) Feitan still had no way of actually hurting her and if he didn't have an Instant Death ability, she would have beaten him regardless of her inexperience.
- Would Hurt a Child: None of them have any moral objections when it comes to harming children, as shown when they first capture Gon and Killua. To be specific:
- Nobunaga repeatedly threatens to kill them, and slams Gon's hand even as it bruises and bleeds during an arm-wrestling match.
- Feitan grabs Gon's arm from behind and would have most likely broken it (or rather, would have started with peeling off a nail as form of torture), had he not lost a coin match of heads-or-tails with Nobunaga.
- In addition to being responsible for the Kurta clan's massacre, one of the victims was a boy named Pairo, Kurapika's childhood friend.
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (2011 Series), Yoshikazu Nagano (1999 Series) (Japanese), Robbie Daymond (2011 Series), Richard Meen (1999 Series) (English)
The leader of the Phantom Troupe, a mysterious, very intelligent and dangerous man. He has the ability to steal the nen powers of others, and keeps them in a book to draw forth with at any time.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: His Benz Knife is sharp enough to cut Silva's body. And its poison is so potent that just 0.1 mg can paralyze a whale.
- Affably Evil: He's a rather polite and soft-spoken guy, even to people who are currently trying to kill him.
- The Antichrist: He was a forsaken child, is a deceptively benevolent leader who causes unbelievable amounts of strife and destruction, has a nihilistic view of everything, carries around a book with him like a Bible, is very hard to kill and able to dodge a karmic hand of death even when it looks like he won't, and possesses a selection of powers far beyond those of anyone else. And then there's his name, which is an obvious corruption of Lucifer. As in an angel of light that was once a decent being, but is now corrupted and pure evil on the inside.
- To Kurapika. After the Yorknew City arc, it becomes very mutual.
- Hisoka has cemented himself as another contender for arch enemy after murdering Kortopi and Shalnark, and promising to hunt the Spiders down, one by one.
- Arc Villain: Of the Yorknew City arc.
- Art Evolution: When Chrollo returned to the manga, his design was noticeably different, more feminine. He became less muscular and more slender, softer rounder facial features, shorter jaw, less prominent cheekbones, thinner fingers, and looked much younger
- Asskicking Equals Authority: The uncontested leader of a gang of Persons Of Mass Destruction.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: One of his defining traits which is shown during his battle with Zeno and Silva.
- Badass Bookworm: He likes reading a lot, especially ancient books. Also, his ability has the shape of a book.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Battles Zeno and Silva in Yorknew while clad in a suit. Clothing Damage ensues due to the two consistently using aggressive Nen attacks.
- Badass in Charge: He is the leader of the Troupe for a good reason. His ability to take people's powers not to mention his intelligence prove his leadership qualities. He also managed to reach Floor Master level before his fight with Hisoka.
- Badass in Distress: He got kidnapped by Kurapika which is not a insult to Chrollo.
- Benevolent Boss: An evil one, but nonetheless he still qualifies. He may not care about the lives of innocent people (or anyone outside of his group), but he's genuinely friends with all of the members and they all follow him willingly. It's to the point some members willing give their nen abilities to him when he requires them for certain tasks, and he's willing to return them when needed as well.
- Big Bad: Of the Yorknew City arc, but he's mainly Kurapika's main enemy for the series.
- Blood Knight: While not showing it he definitely has shades of this, his fight with Hisoka being a clear example.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: When asked by Gon why the Troupe can so casually kill people who have nothing to do with them, Chrollo is genuinely confounded and goes into deep thought, as if he had never contemplated his rationale for committing mass murder up until this point. He even ponders that perhaps the answer to this question is the key to understanding himself, but he comes up blank.
- Broken Ace: Far and away the most dangerous member of the Phantom Troupe. His immense intellect combined with his amazingly flexible Nen abilities makes him an incredibly tough opponent to have to face in a serious battle, as he can and will use everything in his arsenal to construct elaborate battle scenarios which leave no openings for his opponents to exploit (as if trapping them in a spider's web). Besides his fighting skills, he's also very charismatic and a natural-born leader, and no member of the Troupe questions his authority. He is strong, cool, smart and charismatic but he is also a ruthless killer. An assassin even said he is addicted to murder.
- Brought Down to Normal: After Kurapika seals his nen. It doesn't last long.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He can only keep the powers he's stolen if the person he stole the power from is still alive. Because of this, when he comes across a person with a desirable power, he never fights them to kill, and won't let any of the other troupe members kill them, either. However, later after Taking a Level in Badass he finds out that some of his abilities could be an exception to this rule as one of his abilities stays even after the owner dies. Chrollo surmises that depending on the ability and person he stole it from, the ability itself could become an example of nen becoming stronger after death. He also learns that if he uses an ability he stole which has become stronger after the death of the user is activated and used, the ability won't disappear even if the page it comes from is closed. This is only maintained until the ability is used/activated but this is useful as if such an ability as used in conjunction with another ability, the other ability also won't disappear because of the permanence of the first ability, which allows Chrollo to use even more than the two his new ability "double-face" allows.
- The Collector: He collects nen abilities.
- Combat Pragmatist: Using the referee and even the public as weapons to fight Hisoka.
- Combo Platter Powers: With his Double Face, he is able to use his abilities this way. If Chrollo uses the a Nen ability in his book that doesn't disappear after the original owner's death, then that ability can be used with the another which also won't go away even if its page is closed. This is an example of the ability of Nen to grow stronger after death (some of Chrollo's powers remain after the original user dies but this is limited specifically to abilities that become stronger after death) and won't vanish until after it's used/activated. Going further is that a Nen-empowered by death ability itself can be used to continue a different ability even if both pages are closed because death-empowered Nen persists and keeps the other ability it's combined with from disappearing
- Creepy Crosses: He's a major Arc Villain with an Antichrist motif, a stylized cross tattooed on his forehead, and a trench coat with cross emblems on the buttons.
- Diabolical Mastermind: By leading a group of infamous criminals.
- Dissonant Serenity: Which freaks out Melody to the point of causing her a brief Heroic BSoD as he was not afraid of dying not even a little.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Explains his abilities and his strategy to Hisoka, claiming that he will win for sure.
- Expy: His visual design resembles Shinobu Sensui from YuYu Hakusho, a manga also created by Yoshihiro Togashi.
- Facial Markings: Two of his distinguishing features are his cross-shaped tattoo on his forehead.
- A Father to His Men: Despite claiming that the lives of individual members (including his own) are not as important as the group as a whole, he is visibly distraught whenever a member dies.
- Foil: To Kurapika. Both are calm, ruthless, Specialist type nen users, but Chrollo is a sociopathic murderer while Kurapika has a strong moral code over all.
- Having a Blast: His ability Sun and Moon that allows him to turn anything into bombs, including people.
- Hit-and-Run Tactics: Part of his strategy against Hisoka. Using his crowd of puppets for support.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Chrollo will intentionally hold back in a fight if he's trying to steal the opponent's ability. Even Zeno's doubts that he could win if Chrollo had intentions of killing him.
- Image Song: "1\\13".
- Impossible Thief: Skill Hunter allows him to steal abilities.
- Improbable Weapon User: So far, he fought with a book and a cape and he managed to easily beat some opponents using nothing but ordinary ballpoint pens.
- It Amused Me: Chrollo's motivations are particularly difficult to define; when asked about them, he outright states that he doesn't know and never really thought about it, he just does what he does because he can; he's reluctant to fight at full capacity even when he could or should, he gets the Phantom Troupe to steal impossibly well-protected objects only to get bored with them and sell them (even though he doesn't need the money), and sometimes steal them again later. And he wouldn't care if he were to die the next day.
- It's Personal: With Hisoka. As of the events since the fight between Chrollo and Hisoka at the Heaven's Arena, Hisoka has become the man Chrollo hates the most as after their duel Hisoka killed both Shalnark and Kortopi in retaliation for his defeat at Chollo's hands. While Chrollo also has it in for Kurapika for killing another member of the Phantom Troupe, Uvogin, Kurapika is simply a target for revenge while Chrollo is actively obsessed with finding and killing Hisoka.
- The Leader: Of the Phantom Troupe. Easily indicated by the fact his troupe mates all can him "Leader" instead of his name. Originally, he elected to have Uvogin to be the leader but the former instead made him to be the boss instead.
- Leitmotif: Gyakujuuji no Otoko
- Logical Weakness: Since he requires his book to use abilities, this means that he can only use one hand to fight since the other has to hold the book. After gaining a new ability, called Double Face, he now can use both hands to fight, while still being capable of using the abilities.
- Manly Tears: After confirming Uvogin's death, tears began falling from his eyes without him even realizing it. This is especially jarring and strange if you take into account that Nobunaga reacted the very same way.
- Meaningful Name: Chrollo comes from the verb crollare, which in Italian means "to collapse" (crollo means "I collapse"). Take one letter out of his last name and it's obvious what that name means.
- Moral Myopia: A theme of the series as a whole, but one that especially applies to him. He's perfectly fine with the murder of countless innocent bystanders but would sacrifice the entire world to protect his own team.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
- After his deathmatch with Hisoka, his failure to return Shalnark and Kortopi's abilities leave them sitting ducks against Hisoka when he decides to openly go to war against the entire troupe, killing both of them effortlessly. To be fair, though, Hisoka was considered to be dead by everyone after the fight, only having come back to life because of his exploitation of nen empowerment after death.
- Chrollo was the one who actually gave Hisoka the idea of "nen becoming stronger after you die." Had he not bothered to explain his abilities, Hisoka would not have thought to try to make a last-second contract with his Nen to come back to life.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He's drawn much more realistically than most other characters in the series.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: His default attire is a large coat and no shirt underneath.
- People Puppets: After taking Shalnark's ability he can now control people as well. By using his Sun and Moon symbols he can even turn them into living explosives. He also has the ability named Order Stamp that allows him to control corpses too.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted! At one point, during a sequence of massive carnage, he instructs the rest of the Spider to let an ambulance go unharmed. This looks like a Pet the Dog moment, because in the ambulance there is a girl he was discussing with before, and whom he knocked out before the main battle, being careful not to actually hurt her but then you realise he did this because he stole her divination power, and for the stealing to remain effective, she needs to stay alive.
- Personality Powers: The final straw that pushed Chrollo to become what he is today is a note that was found with their kidnapped friend's dismembered body (that until this day is just known to him) . His power is a notebook that can steal Nen.
- Power Parasite: Specifically, a Power Sponge - stealing abilities is his only power; the victim loses their special ability and are limited to being able to only use the basics of nen (as nen users can only create a few special techniques with their nen, it's unlikely that the target can create another nen technique). Chrollo has a tougher time than most to obtain these powers, as he needs to meet the person whose powers he's going to steal; Chrollo needs to hear the name of the power from said person and see it performed, so he can summon his book and transfer that power into it. Completing the transfer within 1 hour is essential, otherwise, his enemies will become immune to it. In addition, he needs to hold the book out in order to use these powers, leaving him open for an attack, but Chrollo's collected a number of powers from fighters stronger than him to compensate.
- Pretty in Mink: He is usually seen wearing a fur-collared leather and fur trench coat that is unbuttoned, revealing his muscular body, the coat is imprinted with the golden St. Peter's Cross on the back.
- Ship Tease: With Neon. Too bad he was faking it to get her power.
- Sizeshifter: One of his stolen abilities, Fun Fun Cloth, allows him to change the size of anything that gets covered by a cloth he summons.
- Spell Book: Skill Hunter in a way. All the abilities he stole are in the book.
- Spell My Name with an S: The databook's name for him is Quwrof Wrlccywrlir. His parents must have been fans of H. P. Lovecraft.
- The Strategist: One of the few examples of The Chessmaster that actually does get into the fray while thinking about the next move. His battle against Hisoka wasn't a typical Nen battle, instead being more akin to a military general commanding an elaborate impromptu war, which left Hisoka utterly helpless to fight back.
- Super Power Lottery: Once he regained his Nen abilities Chrollo advanced his Bandit's Secret becoming one of the most powerful characters in the series.
- Teleportation: One of his stolen abilities.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Chrollo is seething with HATE after Hisoka murders Kortopi and Shalnark.
- Took a Level in Badass: After he became freed from Kurapika's chain, Chrollo not only stole a variety of new powers (including some from his subordinates), but also developed a new ability that covers most of the weaknesses of his original nen power, making him incredibly more versatile and effective in combat at the cost of imposing more limits on his abilities.
- Tranquil Fury: After finding out that Hisoka didn't die after their match and killed Shalnark and Kortopi to get back at him.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Chrollo was exceptionally kind, cheerful, and nice when he was a kid, going as far as translating and dubbing a Sentai show that was in another language to make it understandable for everyone that wanted to see it.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Averted. He's the only member of the Troupe to be regarded as dangerous as their reputation implies, thanks to his intellect and diverse power set.
- Wicked Cultured: He enjoys reading books. He also somewhat plays a requiem to Uvogin using the explosions the Troupe was making.
Voiced by: Rena Maeda (2011 Series), Noriko Namiki (1st Voice), Takako Uemura (2nd Voice) (1999 Series) (Japanese), Abby Trott (2011 Series), Marcy Lannan (1999 Series) (English)
One of the founding members of the Phantom Troupe. She's able to give her aura the form of a thread, which she then uses variously for fighting, keeping track of people or objects, Vertical Kidnapping, using corpses as puppets, and reattaching severed limbs with great efficiency. Hisoka seems to like her a lot, much to her displeasure.
- '20s Bob Haircut: Back in the days when she was in Meteor City and Chrollo just founded the Phantom Troupe, Machi had a bobbed hairdo, before she changed her image into that of a ninja.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Has pink hair in the manga's official art, but has violet or dark blue hair in the anime. Fixed in the 2011 adaptation.
- Bodyguard Crush:
Even if there is a name for this emotion, I am the leg, and you are the head, right? Forevermore.
- Possibly for Chrollo, as the only times she has displayed strong emotions were when talking about him.
- If you count her Image Song, Thread ~Cruel Spider~ as canon, she does have feelings for him, but considers it hopeless because as long as they're both alive, it's never going to change that he is her boss.
- Badass Adorable: Machi's pecs don't care that there are no muscles in normal human anatomy that can apply a horizontal squeezing force across the sternum. They still easily trapped Killua's hand when he stabbed her in the chest with it.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Hisoka and her obviously has something going on between them although quite subtle.
- Combat Medic: She fulfills this role for the troupe healing and repairing injuries the members receive in their life of crime.
- Cruel Mercy: After Hisoka resurrects himself and declares war on the Phantom Troupe, he opts to spare Machi to send her as a messenger that he plans to kill the rest of them on sight.
- Cute Bruiser: With her big eyes and pink hair, she looks really cute, and it's known that she was the sixth physically strongest member when Uvogin was alive, making her the physically strongest female and making her even physically stronger than Chrollo who is just the seventh.
- Dark Action Girl: A given since she is part of the Phantom Troupe and grew up in Meteor City.
- Death Glare: She mostly gives glares towards Hisoka.
- Emotionless Girl: When she's not talking about Chrollo. She loses her cool when Hisoka promises to kill the Spider including her.
- Excessive Evil Eye Shadow: Plenty of it around her eyes, exemplifying her gloomy and Dark Action Girl nature.
- Gut Feeling: Hers is particularly spot on. At one point she's very surprised to find out she was wrong it later turns out she wasn't.
- Hanging Around: Has been shown in the anime to use her thread-like nen to string people up and hang them in the blink of an eye.
- Image Song: "Threads - cruel spider".
- Like Brother and Sister: She's often seen in company of Nobunaga.
- Master of Threads: Machi can transmute her aura into threads which she can use to sew up wounds, bind enemies or cut them. The threads have been used to reattach limbs which are shown functioning afterwards suggesting they have some regenerative properties. Machi has noted that the strength of the threads is inversely proportional to their length: a thread as long as the Earth's diameter would be as strong as cotton, but a one-meter long thread could lift a ton.
- Nightmare Face: The hate-filled expression that comes over her when Hisoka resolves to slaughter the Troupe.
- Ninja: She moves like one, and dresses like one. And uses Razor Floss, a weapon associated with ninja.
- Not So Stoic: Machi usually keeps a cool and aloof demeanor, but she is visibly enraged when Hisoka tells her that he plans to kill her and the rest of the Phantom Troupe.
- Older Than They Look: She looks like a teenager, but she's 24 years old.
- People Puppets: In a particularly creepy way.
- Perpetual Frowner: She rarely ever smiles to something.
- Pet the Dog: After Hisoka's death, she closed his eyes and was going to repair his body. After he resurrected himself, she volunteered to stitch him up. Keep in mind that Hisoka was no longer a member of the Spider and previously fought Chrollo in a death match.
- Razor Floss: Though she doesn't actually use her thread in a Clean Cut way, preferring strangulation.
- Ship Tease: With Hisoka.
- Stronger Than They Look: Despite her small frame and cute appearance, she is able to hold up dozens of dead bodies (all whom look to weigh a lot more than she does) by the end of her razor floss.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She pivots between laughably grumpy with a dry wit to indifferent to genuine malice.
- Tsurime Eyes: She has some of the most slanted eyes of the Troupe, showcasing her lack of craps to give.
- Tsundere: When Kortopi asks why Machi insists on stitching up Hisoka's dead body, Shalnark explains it that way.Shalnark: When all is said and done, Machi is a real softy.
- Unkempt Beauty: When she's dressed in undercover streetwear as a civilian.
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (2011 Series), Akari Hibino (1999 Series) (Japanese), Tom Bauer (2011 Series), Meredith Taylor Perry (1999 Series) (English)
A rather unpleasant fellow, initially introduced as the Torture Technician of the group, much later revealed to be also one of its top fighters. A sadistic, self-centered jerk with little patience, who respects only force and has yet to show any redeeming human quality. One of the founding members of the Phantom Troupe. His nen ability is to summon a suit of protective armor called "Pain Packer" that shields him from a number of explosive abilities, which are charged by his pain.
He along with Phinks are shown taking a de facto leadership role in some scenes where Chrollo isn't present, and seems to take a "What Would Chrollo Do?" approach to decisions. This may be foreshadowing to his later officially becoming temporary leader while Chrollo is indisposed.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: He speaks his "native language" when he is furious enough to activate Pain Packer, which in the original Japanese manga was rendered with letters that look vaguely Chinesenote but are in actuality just gibberish. In the 2011 anime, this was adapted as him simply speaking Japanese (or English in the dub) backwards.
- Bash Brothers: When tagged up with Phinks; one makes heads roll, the other makes heads fly.
- Blood Knight: Being the torture expert this does not come as a surprise.
- Convection, Schmonvection: Averted, and that aversion is the root of his power's effectiveness—the miniature star he creates vaporizes everything around it except for Feitan, who wears supernatural armor that protects him. Even his fellow Phantom Troupe members will succumb to its heat if they don't keep their distance.
- Creepy Monotone: In the 2011 anime.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Effectively roasted Zazan to a crisp because she broke his arm.
- Evil Laugh: When he kills Zazan. He lets loose with a disturbingly uncharacteristic bloodcurdling laugh.
- Fireballs: The more pain Feitan experiences determines how long and how much heat will be in his fireball.
- The Gadfly: After wiping out a Chimera Ant nest, he jumps into a rare moment of this alongside Shalnark when they troll Phinks for being a Tsundere over Chrollo not having called the group back. He runs off comically grinning like a madman when Phinks starts throwing rubble at them as a result.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Mostly takes the form of Creepy Monotone / Tranquil Fury, but he sure gets angry easily.
- Handicapped Badass: His ability weaponizes this trope. He utterly destroyed Zazan after she broke his arm.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Most often hangs around with Phinks.
- Instant Armor: His armor becomes his attack.
- Jerkass: Even by the Phantom Troupe's standards. In the course of the story, he has addressed exactly one sincere compliment to someone.
- The Napoleon: Officially 155cm tall, he's the same size as 12-year-old Gon. He doesn't seem to have a problem with it, but still has very bad temper.
- Off with His Head!: Combined with a Nen-empowered hand chop to the neck, he rips people's heads off with frightening ease and sends them sailing through the air.
- Parasol of Pain: Subverted, as his umbrella is just a convenient way to conceal his sword, then doubly-subverted when the umbrella is revealed to also hold a powerful projectile firing mechanism.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's one of the smaller members of the Phantom Troupe but is ranked fifth in physical strength.
- Playing with Fire: Rising Sun. His pain becomes a miniature sun that burns everything.
- The Power of the Sun: His nen ability Rising Sun creatures a miniature sun that burns anything around it, with its power dependent on his pain. He uses his Pain Packer to protect himself from its heat.
- She's a Man in Japan: In the Arabic dub of the 1999 anime, Feitan is referred to as female.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the 2011 anime.
- Speech Impediment: His. Speech. Is. Stilted. And. Robotic. In. The. English. Dub. Eventually this was toned down in later episodes, however.
- There Is No Kill like Overkill: His answer to receiving a serious injury? Creating an uncontained, self-sustained, miniature fusion reaction (a very small star, basically), effectively turning the whole place into an absurdly powerful inferno for several minutes.
- Those Two Guys: Tends to have this Dynamic with Phinks as they almost always accompany each other in their free time.
- Torture Technician: His major roll in the gang of criminals.
- You No Take Candle: In the Japanese version he speaks with distinctively poor grammar, indicative of his different ethnic background to the rest of the Troupe (most likely being the Hunter World's equivalent of Chinese, although by nationality he technically hails from Meteor City like the rest of the founding members). The English translation of the manga has him speak in semi-stilted and choppy English, the 1999 anime's English dub gives him a female voice actress talking in Hulk Speak, and the 2011 anime's English dub gives him the peculiar Speech Impediment mentioned above until it was eventually toned down.
Voiced by: Naoya Uchida (2011 Series), Takashi Matsuyama (1999 Series) (Japanese), Joe J. Thomas (2011 Series), John Knight (1999 Series) (English)
One of the founding members of the Phantom Troupe, Nobunaga dresses and acts like a Toshiro Mifune's Samurai character. He was more than just best friends with Uvogin, and consequently didn't take the latter's death too well. He seems to see Gon as a Replacement Goldfish, but Gon isn't too happy about that.
- Affably Evil: Somewhat. He was genuinely friendly towards Gon and Kilua, even offering a chance for them to join the group.
- Avenging the Villain: After Kurapika killed Uvo, Nobunaga swore that he would find a away to avenge him.Nobunaga: I'll make his killer pay. I'll find him no matter how many people I have to kill!
- Bash Brothers: With Uvo, whom he says he's known and worked with since before the Phantom Troupe were even founded.
- Butt-Monkey: During the Yorkshin City arc, he is repeatedly prevented from fighting, often in slightly funny or humiliating ways. For example, when Owl traps their entire car in his Pocket Dimension scarf, Nobunaga is the only one who wasn't able escape because he was crammed into the middle seat.
- In episode 58, he lays unconscious on the floor as a Funny Background Event for half of the episode.
- Clean Cut: A master of this trope.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: but when he does get into battle, we suddenly understand why he's one of the first line fighters of the Spider.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: One based off an actual Samurai is even better.
- Exact Words: He told Squalla not to move under any circumstances or he would kill him. The moment his fiancé was threatened, Squalla forgot all about that and lurched forward... Nobunaga promptly took his head off.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It does not take much to piss him off.
- Hot-Blooded: Usually Played for Laughs showing how easy it is to get this man upset.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: His main fighting style.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His blade is stronger than his barking.
- Large Ham: His rants and goofy actions make it hard to take him seriously at times.
- Leeroy Jenkins: His tendency to fly off the handle has become well-known and infamous among his peers. Seeing the way he can barely restrain himself when he's pissed is proof of it. In the Dark Continent Arc, when Feitan and Phinks accompany him while the Troupe is scouring for Hisoka, Nobunaga assumes that they think he needs babysitting (they're really just following him to figure out how to get past the crime families on the Black Whale and work with them instead of getting into a huge fracas).
- Leitmotif: Iai no Kyoujin
- Manly Tears: He sheds waterworks over the loss of Uvogin.
- Master Swordsman: His lifestyle and role in the Phantom Troupe.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Oda Nobunaga
- Revenge Before Reason: As befitting of his Hair-Trigger Temper, he more then itching to try and avenge Uvogin. Especially when Chrollo first ordered the Troupe to pull out of Yorknew and he refused out of a desire to get revenge. The ploy doesn't work out however as all this does is cost them one of their members and nearly gets their leader killed.
- Sphere Factor: He can uses the En within a 4 meters radius (allowing him to detect the exact position of any living creature in that space and decapitate it, no matter how well hidden it is)
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Uvogin. Though they argue and fight a lot, and he criticizes Uvo for being simple minded and arrogant, he is crushed by Uvo's death. He is the only Troupe member to shed tears over Uvo, and he becomes obsessed with avenging him.
Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (2011 Series), Yoshinobu Kaneko (1999 Series), Kenji Nomura (Greed Island OVA) (Japanese), Edward Bosco (2011 Series), Steve Olson (1999 Series) (English)
The seventh and last founding member of the Phantom Troupe, Franklin is an intimidating looking giant, and has the ability to fire powerful Nen bullets from his fingers, at machine-gun rate. He really enjoys himself in battle, but has a more subdued and friendly personality the rest of the time.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: His Nen bullets are powerful (and the size of a grapefruit).
- A-Team Firing: Haha, no; when his ability is introduced, he slaughters an entire room of several hundred people in 10 seconds.
- Blood Knight: He's just as violent as Uvogin and Bonolenov.
- Body Horror: Among other things, he has a visible suture around the mouth, Buddha-style elongated ears with bone piercings, and cut-off fingertips. He did all this himself to look more threatening, but because of how Nen works, this also made his Nen bullets stronger.
- The Brute: He takes on this role more once Uvogin is killed by Kurapika.
- Characterization Marches On: He was first introduced as an easily irritated Jerkass, but because there were already several characters of this type in the Phantom Troupe, he was quickly reworked as a quieter, more sympathetic individual.
- Finger Gun: A literal example (Togashi seems to like this trope).
- Fingore: Detachable finger tips, linked with chains to the rest of the hand.
- Frankenstein's Monster: Seems to be a deliberate part of his look (flashbacks show him to have been more human looking once).
- Genius Bruiser: Like Uvogin he is not a fool by any means, being one of the most combat-focused members of the troupe while also ranking as one of their smartest and cool-headed.
- Gentle Giant: The "gentle" part applies only inside the Phantom Troupe. Outside, it's different.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has large scars on his face.
- Long-Range Fighter: His preferred method of attack with his ability.
- More Dakka: His power is to riddle several people with nen bullets.
- Odd Friendship: With Shizuku.
- Team Dad: He resolves the conflict between the members who want to let Chrollo die to find and kill Kurapika and the others who want to save Chrollo.
- There Is No Kill like Overkill: One of his finger guns is enough to kill several people and even blast away those who can protect themselves with Nen. Multiply it by ten, and you have yourself a walking bloodbath- Franklin alone wiped out an entire room of hundreds of high-ranking members from the criminal underworld, plus some bodyguards.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Uvogin and Nobunaga.
Voiced by: Miho Arakawa (2011 Series), Atsuko Bungo (1999 Series) (Japanese), Janice Kawaye (Credited as Janice Roman Roku) (2011 Series), Emily Bachynski (1999 Series) (English)
Shizuku is 19 years old, though she seems much younger mentally. She's quite absent-minded and very forgetful, and also considered rather weak in terms of fighting abilities in the Phantom Troupe (even though for most people outside of it she's a dangerously empowered little girl). However, she has an interesting Nen ability: she can materialize a cartoonish-looking, seemingly sentient vacuum cleaner named Deme-chan, (Blinky in the English translation), essentially a weapon that sucks combined with a Bag of Holding, as it can suck up almost anything, regardless of its size, with an apparently infinite storage capacity.
- Artistic License Biology: Shizuku herself; she only allows Deme-chan to suck up things that she doesn't consider to be alive, but that seems to only include animals visible to the naked eyes; blood, for instance, is okay (this is a plot point).
- Bag of Holding: Her Nen vacuum is used to hold treasure and corpses.
- Bespectacled Cutie: She has the appearance of one, which perfectly hides her grotesque persona.
- Blood Knight: She shows a small smile in the anime when Feitan orders her to help him finish off the rest of the Holy Beasts.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She has a chronic goldfish memory that leads to many spacey moments, where people can't believe she doesn't remember anything she just did, no matter how significant it was.
- Dissonant Serenity: Her mostly calm expression makes a slaughter feel like this. It's especially notable during the first auction night in Yorknew City when she jumped and delivered a killing blow to a running Baise (despite the animators trying their best with the lighting, color composition, and the music to make her look menacing) and when she vacuumed the corpses and blood in the auction house like a housekeeper doing their daily chores.
- The Ditz: She tends to forget a lot of things often. And her glasses are always drooping off her face.
- Drop the Hammer: Another way she can use Deme-Chan.
- Emotionless Girl: Not in a cold way like Machi, but Shizuku shows even less emotion than her.
- Empathic Weapon: Deme-Chan, maybe.
- Forgetful Jones: She forgets people's names, even meetings with them and that she arm-wrestled Gon.Feitan: When she forgets something, it's gone.
- Genius Ditz: She occasionally has good hindsights and intuitions (like being able to instantly decipher the poetic code used in Chrollo's predictions).
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: Or to be precise, Girl with Monster-looking vacuum which she uses to smash people with.
- Grotesque Cute: Shizuku is a sweet collection of cartoonish and Moe tropes that are played in a completely horrific way.
- Hammerspace: Deme-Chan is a recursion, not only does it contains a Hammerspace, but since it is made of Nen, it can itself disappear at will into a Hammerspace. And guess how Shizuku uses it when not vacuuming anything.
- Hidden Buxom: She dresses in jeans and a long-sleeve black shirt so she barely has any skin on display. But when Shizuku's clothes are stripped off by a Chimera Ant, it's revealed that she has huge boobs - on par with Pakunoda at least. Many of her alts in the Hunter x Hunter Battle Collection card game go to great lengths to show them off, putting her in skimpy leotards with deep cleavage, small bikinis, and occasionally having her chest pressed up against things.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Literally inverted, she lost a round of arm wrestling with Gon because she is left handed.
- Improbable Weapon User: A vacuum of all things she uses as her weapon of choice. Combined with her own power it's still capable of smashing unsuspecting people's heads to death though.
- Innocently Insensitive: When Shizuku and Bonolenov learn that Chrollo no longer has access to Neon's fortune-telling ability (which means Neon died), she calls Chrollo's Bandit's Secret book a Death Note. She doesn't realize how she may have hurt Chrollo (and Bonolenov tells her nicely to keep her thoughts to herself), as Kortopi and Shalnark were killed by Hisoka while Chrollo borrowed their abilities.
- Killer Rabbit: Both Shizuku and Deme-Chan. Both are innocent looking enough, but have proven themselves quite more lethal than they appear.
- Little Miss Badass: She looks cute, but she is just as dangerous as the rest of the spiders.
- Ms. Fanservice: During her fight against the Chimera Ant named Pike, she had to strip down to her undergarments after being caught by his web.
- Odd Friendship: With Franklin.
- Rummage Fail: Shizuku can retrieve the last thing Deme-Chan sucked up. Everything else is lost forever.
- Sweater Girl: Shizuku is clad in a black turtleneck.
- Tareme Eyes: She and Shalnark have these eyes.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Blinky.
- Weapons That Suck: Literally the power of her Blinky vacuum.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Something like this happens in the Dark Continent Arc. By then, Neon Nostrade's fortune for Shizuku has vanished from Chrollo's book, and Chrollo thinks it's just because so much time has gone by that the Nen used to write it has completely dissipated. Shizuku, however, takes it as a warning sign of her impending demise. Although, it could also be the opposite and something has possibly happened to alter the outcome of her future and nullify the fortune, be it it for the better or worse.
Voiced by: KENN (2011 Series), Yoshiaki Matsumaya (1999 Series) (Japanese), David Vincent (2011 Series), Lucas Gilbertson (1999 Series) (English)
An ordinary looking guy, at least in his normal clothes, which resemble a jogging outfit. Phinks is often seen in his pharaoh-like headdress, used for ceremonial purposes in his country of origin. He is easily excitable and seems downright euphoric when he kills a nen fighter. His ability is a wind-up punch: He can charge up an arm by spinning it; each full circle will increase the power of the subsequent punch. He used this punch to kill the top bodyguard in Kurapika's group. Phinks accompanied Feitan into Greed Island and went on a killing spree. He tends to take Leadership of the Spiders when Chrollo is not around making him the unofficial underboss.
He later comes up with the idea for Zazan's killer to take temporary leadership of the Spiders, despite Feitan wining the contest Phinks still makes most of the decisions for the group.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond in the manga and 2011 remake, brunette in the 1999 version.
- Badass Baritone: Quite surprising for someone voiced by KENN.
- Bluff Worked Too Well: When he and Kurapika negotiate on the phone for their respective hostages. Kurapika warns Phinks not to harm Gon or Killua, and when Phinks claims to have roughed them up already Kurapika hangs up immediately. Phinks calls back sheepishly to admit he lied.
- Character Development: He mellowed after Paku's death.
- Co-Dragons: He and Pakunoda essentially serve as Chrollo's underbosses in the Troupe. When Kurapika kidnaps Chrollo, the rest of the Troupe are seen leaning on them on the decision makings.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: By his own admission, he apparently can never tell much force he should put into his Ripper Cyclotron.
- Enhanced Punch: Phinks's nen ability, Ripper Cyclotron, is basically a punch he enhances with more aura proportional to the number of rotations of his arm. After 15 rotations he was able to atomize a Chimera Ant (who are usually durable enough to shrug off bullets).
- Face Death with Dignity: Not him (so far), but he believes in it. After mopping the floor with a Chimera Ant Hive, the troupe came across a group of humans-turned ants begging to be killed. Phinks refuses a simply Mercy Kill for them and goads them into fighting him (and the rest of the troupe) to death.
- Face of a Thug: And he is one.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Veins start bulging in his head pretty quickly.
- Hot-Blooded: Very quick to get angry, but he becomes more calm after Paku's demise.
- Iconic Outfit: Rarely seen without his tracksuit or headdress.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though the Gold part is only demonstrated towards his comrades.
- Neck Snap: He is quite fond of killing this way and can do it with a flip of his wrist on someone's neck with such speed his victim's heads roll.
- Pet the Dog: He saves Kalluto before he got incinerated by Feitans' attack.
- Super Strength: Like the rest of the group. In Phinks' case he was ranked 2nd in terms of physical strength amongst the spiders, just below Uvo before the latter's death.
- Those Two Guys: Tends to have this Dynamic with Feitan, as they almost always accompany each other in their free time.
- Troll: He attempted to try this on Kurapika over the phone after Chrollo was captured, saying that he had to break a few of Gon and Killua's bones for resisting capture (they were unarmed). This resulted in Kurapika hanging up, Phinks calling back and apologizing, being warned by Kurapika not to try that again, and getting a Dope Slap from Nobunaga and Machi at the same time for risking Chrollo's life.
Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima (Japanese), Doug Erholtz (English)
Bonolenov comes from the Gyudondond Tribe, where villagers chosen to do battle will have holes punctured throughout their bodies. This allows them to become living woodwind instruments, making music by dancing. The tribe has a unique nen application where they infuse the air or the melody, allowing them to summon things to fight on their behalf. Bonolenov is normally wrapped up in bandages from head to toe; he will remove those bandages when he has to fight. His known summons are Prologue, a masked jungle warrior, and Jupiter, a round boulder with planet Jupiter's pattern on it. (Whether this refers to Gustav Holst's "Planet Suite" is unknown.) Bonolenov believes himself as a noble warrior and speaks in a formal, polite manner, even when insulting someone. He was most recently called back to Meteor City to help defeat the Chimera Ants that had set up a hive there.
- Bandage Mummy: With the exception of his eyes, Bonolenov is usually completely covered and bound in bandages to hide the holes in his body and prevent things from getting into them while not in use. The bandages come off when he gets into a fight.
- Berserk Button: Insult his tribe and he will destroy you.
- Body Horror: Under his bandages you see his body is full of holes.
- Blood Knight: Like Uvogin and Feitan.
- Dance Battler: His style of combat.
- Death from Above: His Jupiter attack, in which he conjures a giant sphere with the appearance of the planet Jupiter and crushes his enemies with it.
- Human Weapon: His whole body is a weapon. And he is able to conjure others.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: He fights with sound.
- Musical Assassin: His power is to create music through the holes in his body.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Really proud of his tribe, and since his Nen ability comes from their traditional way of war...
- The Quiet One: The last member of the Phantom Troupe to be shown speaking, and the one who lurks in the background the longest.
- Tranquil Fury: When the Chimera Ant he was fighting against shrugs off his opening attack, Battle Cantable: Prologue, he insults Bonolnov for not having a lot of pride in his abilities after stating before that his powers were fueled by his pride. Bonolenov calmly replies that the insult is just the ramblings of a beast, and that there's no point in taking it back. He then proceeds to squash the Ant flat with his Battle Cantable: Jupiter.
- Red Boxing Gloves: Always seen wearing a pair of these, with the boxing shorts and boots to match. It might be an allusion to Muay Thai Boxers, the fact that Bonolenov has to first dance in order to call his powers might also be a reference to the ritual that Thai boxers has to do in the beginning of a Muay Thai match where do a dance called the Wai Khru.
Inactive / Fallen Members
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (2011 Series), Eiji Takemoto (1999 Series) (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (2011 Series), Mike Shepherd (1999 Series) (English)
There's The Brute. There's the Implacable Man. And then, there's Uvogin, the Anthropomorphic Personification of brute force. He can stop an anti-tank rocket with his bare hand, hit back with the force of a small missile, and takes lot of pleasure in smashing his opponents to bits, literally. His Nen ability is to enhance his entire body to deal damage based on what he enhances, like enhancing his voice to scream impossibly loudly. One of the founding members. Also the first member of the Phantom Troupe to be killed by Kurapika.
- Afro Ass Kicker: His previous hairstyle was an afro and he had already kicked many asses.
- Animal Motifs: Lion.
- Badass Baritone: Being voiced by Akio Ohtsuka and Patrick Seitz certainly helps.
- Badass Boast:
- "My head and neck are all I need to kill you all." He wasn't lying.
- To Kurapika: "Where do you want to die? I'll humor any requests."
- Bash Brothers: With Nobunaga.
- The Berserker: He manages to be be this and The Juggernaut simultaneously.
- Blood Knight: He has an interesting take on the issue, claiming that he feels nothing when he kills people most of the time, but that he loves killing people who came to him to avenge someone.
- The Brute: He's the physically strongest and least strategic of the Phantom Troupe.
- Carpet of Virility: That wild man's chest has got plenty of hair on it.
- Combat Pragmatist: When he got paralyzed from the neck down, he used his teeth and his own voice to kill his aggressors.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He was first on the giving end of one against the four Shadow Beasts that came for him, three of them he killed even after being paralyzed from the neck down; killing one by punching him into smithereens, another by biting through their skull, another by spiting the skull fragment at him, and the last one with just his voice.
- Then, however, he was on the receiving end of one from Kurapika, who was able to completely heal the only solid hit Uvo landed on him, and spent the entire fight chaining Uvo up so he could torture him to death at the very end.
- Defiant to the End: When trapped in Kurapika's lethal Nen chains, Uvogin utterly refuses to reply to his questions, fully knowing he would be killed."Kill me... kill me, kill me... FUCK YOU!"
- Drink-Based Characterization: Uvo's favorite drink was a can of beer. Represents his manly and roguish exterior.
- Evil Counterpart: To Gon. Nobunaga points out their similarities (nen types and personalities) and even offers to recruit Gon into the Troupe.
- Genius Bruiser: Despite looking and generally acting like Dumb Muscle, as the Shadow Beasts found out, much to their detriment, he really isn't, slaughtering many in imaginatively and pragmatically brutal ways.
- Hot-Blooded: Along with Nobu he has the shortest tempter out of all the spiders.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He eats the head of one of Shadow Beasts and say it was a low-class meal.
- Kiai: A weaponized version, no less; at one point he screams so loudly that his opponent's brain explodes inside his head.
- Immune to Bullets: A bazooka won't hurt him either.
- The Juggernaut: According to source material, he stands at a whopping 8' 6" (making him over a foot taller than the second tallest member, Franklin) and weighs over 400 lbs. No wonder he can tear through Shadow Beasts.
- Killed Off for Real: The first member of the spiders to be killed by Kurapika's hands.
- Large Ham: One of the loudest members of the group.
- Leeroy Jenkins: What he appears to be at first.
- Made of Iron: Very much it takes a lot just to hurt this guy.
- Nemean Skinning: He wears the skin of what seems to be a bear.
- Megaton Punch: His Nen ability is Big Bang Impact, which is a punch with the explosive power of a missile.
- "Not So Different" Remark: While Uvo wasn't alive enough to utter this phrase himself at the time, the other Phantom Troupe members point out that Gon is similar to Uvo in a lot of ways.Franklin: He wears his emotions on his sleeve, and when he's angry he forgets about consequences. But most of all, he's strongest when he's fighting for someone else. [...] Uvo never admitted it, but he preferred having someone to protect.
- Oh, Crap!: One of his very few cases of complete and utter shock is an entirely understandable one against Kurapika, when the latter reveals his Specialist ability that allowed him to make a mockery of Uvogin's raw Enhancer ability. It's at this point that the battle's already been decided and Uvogin damn well knows it.
- One-Man Army: How badass is he? Well, at one point he kills three highly trained and superpowered assassins while paralyzed from the neck down.
- Revenge Before Reason: After he was captured, his fellow trope members bust him out. Stating they got the auction items, so the mission was more or less accomplished and they just had to disappear. But he was so pissed off at Kurapika capturing him, he refused to leave and wanted a rematch. It doesn't end well for him.
- Sacrificial Lion: He refused to cough up information on his comrades despite knowing it would lead to a painful death.
- Silver Fox: Used to have black hair, which turned gray when he got older, and he also decided to start keeping it long and untamed, which caused him to look a lot more like a wild animal.
- Screaming Warrior: He used this method to take down a shadow beast who manipulated hair.
- Super Strength: In theory, all the members of the Phantom Troupe have Super Strength, but in practice, Uvogin takes it further. Kurapika specifically targeted him first to see if Chain Jail would work on the physically strongest member of the Troupe.
- Undignified Death: A seemingly unstoppable juggernaut, Uvogin is bound by a seemingly flimsy chain by a dainty looking young man. If there was ever a scenario where underestimation was feasible, it was during this fight with Kurapika. Thing is, Kurapika is driven by a bloody vendetta, and the flimsy chain is an instrument created with the very purpose of killing Uvo and his friends. At the mercy of Kurapika, Uvo's heart is destroyed by the chain, unable to even lift a finger.
- Undying Loyalty: Even until his death Uvogin refused to rat on his allies to Kurapika.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's probably the most powerful human Enhancer in the series and, while not dumb, he doesn't even try to fight with anything other than pure strength. Even his Nen attack is just a really powerful punch.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nobunaga and Franklin.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: During his capture by Kurapika.
Voiced by: Romi Park (2011 Series), Yoshiko Iseki (1999 Series) (Japanese), Erica Lindbeck (2011 Series), Tracy Sutton (1999 Series) (English)
Not a very good fighter by the Phantom Troupe's standards, Pakunoda is in for her extremely useful ability to read the memory of people she touches. She's outwardly calm and confident, but seems to be more caring than she's willing to admit. One of the founding members. She was the next one to fall to Kurapika, but not in battle, but because she defied his Judgement Chain and martyred herself for the sake of protecting the rest of her fellow Troupe members.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Her design in the 2011 anime is slightly prettier than in the manga and first anime.
- Affably Evil: She acted very polite towards Gon and Killua.
- Awesome, but Impractical: She can create Nen bullets holding any of the memories she read, or even her own, then fire them at someone's head to transmit those memories to that person. If a person receives his own memory, he becomes amnesiac. This would be all good if these bullets didn't keep the full destructive power of normal bullets. However, all the members of the Phantom Troupe are Immune to Bullets, so
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Sans bra.
- Butter Face: A mild case. She isn't exactly ugly but her face is far from pretty.
- Cool Big Sis: The oldest female of the group.
- The Dragon: She's more or less Chrollo's second in command of the spiders.
- Generic Cuteness: Deliberately defied. Despite her knockout figure, her face is plain-looking at best.
- Gag Nose: Her face looks odd due to it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After having received a Judgement Chain from Kurapika, forbidding her to tell the other members of the Spider what happened to their leader, she fired six bullets containing her own memory at them, dying as soon as the bullets impacted, but thus managing to transmit all she had learnt about Kurapika.
- Living Lie Detector: What she is in effect when she uses her power. Even without it, she seems to be very good at telling if someone is lying or not.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her outfits highlight her figure, her ample cleavage and killer legs in particular are in constant display by her regular outfit.
- Navel-Deep Neckline: Despite wearing a suit, she has a neckline that plunges to her stomach.
- Not So Different R Emark: Melody points out that she and Kurapika are similar. They're both intelligent, level-headed, outwardly ruthless determinators that in reality care more about their comrades than the mission.
- Psychometry: She wants to know something about a person and get info from them, all she has to do is get in physical contact with him/her and activate her powers via a question. The only foolproof way to counter her skills is simply not knowing what she's talking about, as she's so good at it that she can even pick up subconscious thoughts and know when they're trying to lie to her.
- Respected by the Respected: She sacrifices her life to show the troupe that there are people in the world (Gon and Killua) that are willing to do good by them and place value in their lives, whereas they operated on the assumption that no one outside their group would. By doing so, they realize that there is a fundamental virtue in the boys' actions, where they don't want their dear friend Kurapika to kill people, good or villainous. This is the very reason the Troupe decide to lay off their conflict with Gon and Killua, though the hunt for Kurapika still remains a top priority for them regardless.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Lampshaded by Melody, who notes that the only reason the hostage exchange was allowed to happen is because Pakunoda is much more caring and humane than the other members of the Phantom Troupe, even though she tries to keep a stoic facade.
- Telepathy: She can read the memory of people she touches; she has to ask a question to activate the memory, but said question can be very open, a detail Chrollo took advantage of at some point:Pakunoda: What do I ask them?
Chrollo: I want to know what they're hiding.
- Thought-Aversion Failure: Incorporated into her powers by the fact that a person she interrogates will instinctively think of the correct answer of any question asked of them, even if they know Paku's powers ahead of time and know they shouldn't think about it. The only reason Gon and Killua scrape by her interrogation is because, at the time, they genuinely didn't know the answers she was after.
- Vapor Wear: When she got older, she stopped covering herself underneath her suit jacket and let her buxom show.
Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (2011 Series), Yasuhiro Takato (1999 Series) (Japanese), Griffin Burns (2011 Series), Jordan Schartner (1999 Series) (English)
Shalnark is a young man and one of the original Meteor City inhabitants. He is kind of a distant fellow, both in his approach to life and in the way he fights. He is always thinking about something somewhere; this is how he was able to deduce Greed Island's nature. His weapon is a cell phone: By sticking an antenna on somebody, he can control his or her movements, and also dialogue through texting. Naturally, he sits back in a safe area while doing this. By sticking an antenna onto himself, he gets greatly increased strength and speed, but he can control his movements only by inputting them into his phone, he can't remember what happened, and he's rendered unable to move for days. Shalnark serves as the technical expert of the organization; when there is a problem with electronics, the other members turn to him. Isn't seen after the Chimera Ant arc, but seems to have had his powers stolen by Chrollo.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Has strawberry blond hair in the 1999 version but light blond in the 2011 remake.
- Berserk Button: Don't toss his cellphone around like a toy. He needs it to use his abilities, and while he treats people he controls like toys, that most certainly isn't one to him.
- Blood Knight: Not being able to remember all the ass-kicking he does in his Super Mode wouldn't be a useful drawback if he didn't enjoy bloodshed enough for that to be a non-negligible sacrifice.
- Brought Down to Normal: Allows Chrollo to take his powers in preparation for his fight against Hisoka. This bites him in the butt when he later gets ambushed by Hisoka.
- Character Death: Slaughtered by Hisoka in Chapter 357.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His death was shockingly abrupt and brutal, given how tough Phantom Troupe members are supposed to be. Hisoka distracted him with Kortopi's head, moved too fast too be seen with his new Bungee Gum prosthetic leg, disappeared from Shalnark's line of vision, and then hit him so hard his body hurtled off like it got hit by a train, killed instantly. In the manga, it happens so fast you can barely tell what happened, because he's hit so hard, his body is rendered a blur.
- Dissonant Serenity: His reaction to one of his People Puppets, who he had been forcing to shoot at Mafia members, being shot to pieces? "Aw, he broke." See "Perpetual Smiler", below.
- Dead Guy on Display: Hisoka leaves his corpse on a playground swing with his arms suspended by the swings' ropes, like a puppet. And just to add to the affirmation that he's dead, crows have gathered around him and started to pick at his body, as well as Kortopi's severed head.
- Dies Wide Open: Killed so suddenly his eyes stayed wide and vacant.
- Evil Genius: One of the smartest minds in the troupe: he's the one making computer searches for them, and he quickly understands that Greed Island is a real location.
- Golden Super Mode: By putting an antenna in himself, he can power himself up enough to easily kill a Chimera Ant, but to the cost of short term memory loss and pains for two to three days afterwards.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Gave his powers to Chrollo to give him an advantage in his death match with Hisoka. Not only does Hisoka survive, but the powerless Shalnark ends up being Hisoka's second victim after the match.
- Oh, Crap!: When Hisoka walks out of a park restroom with Kortopi's head, Shalnark immediately drops his smartphone (Chrollo is currently borrowing his usual bat-shaped phone) and springs into action. Hisoka lobs his buddy's head at him, which leaves Shalnark's attentions occupied long enough for Hisoka to rail into him and knock him dead with one blow.
- People Puppets: He even thinks of them as being "toys".
- Perpetual Smiler: In the manga, to unsettling effect.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Definitely has some shades of this. Looks to be somewhere in his late-teens, always carrying an innocent smile on his face, sees his People Puppets as toys, reacts with childlike disappointment whenever they get killedShalnark definitely comes across as one of the most unsettling members of the Troupe.
- Revenge by Proxy: Hisoka was obviously a little sore about losing so spectacularly to Chrollo (he only hit Chrollo once where Chrollo killed him (temporarily) while costing him his hand, leg, and nose). During the fight, both Shalnark and Kortopi's abilities were vital to defeating Hisoka. Aside from the obvious tactic of depriving Chrollo of weapons by killing them and that he knew they would be without their special abilities, Hisoka probably also killed them for their role in his defeat and that he knows it will sting that much more for Chrollo having his comrades die because of their connection to the fight (Chrollo will blame himself for their being defenseless and because their help singled them out specifically for Hisoka's retribution).
- Supernatural Phone: His phone along with his antenna allow him to control a person's movement and make them speak through texting.
- Tareme Eyes: His placid eyes demonstrate that he's mellow, but betray the fact he's a cold-blooded killer.
Voiced by: Shinya Hamazoe (2011 Series), Umi Tenjin (1999 Series) (Japanese), Tony Oliver (2011 Series) (English)
Kortopi is a short, small fellow with a childlike voice and maybe demeanor too. His hair is so long, it normally covers his entire body and goes down to his ankles, making him resemble Cousin It from The Addams Family. When he needs to express himself, he parts his hair to reveal an eye. Kortopi is a quiet fellow, with no speaking lines except for one scene. He is subservient, rarely acting on something without orders from someone else. Kortopi can duplicate anything he makes physical contact with and copies every last detail. The Spider organization normally sells off the counterfeit or to throw off pursuers. While Kortopi can make clones of people, they will be limp, lifeless bodies. He also cannot duplicate items infused with Nen, as he discovered trying to duplicate a Greed Island card. Kortopi is physically the weakest of the group. While he has endured one of Pakunoda's bullets to the head, he has not shown any combat capability. He allowed his powers to be taken by Chrollo and as a result was beheaded by Hisoka.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Has teal hair in the 1999 version but gray in the 2011 remake.
- Adaptation Expansion: He gets way more lines and scenes in the 2011 anime remake.
- Brought Down to Normal: Seems to have had his copying ability stolen by Chrollo, who attempts to use it against Hisoka.
- Cloning Blues: His Nen ability can clone anything he touches with his left hand, but the clones survive for only 24 hours.
- Enemy-Detecting Radar: Of a type. He can determine the location of any of his copies, or, in the case of the fake buildings, when someone enters them. Poor Squala unwittingly carries around the fake Scarlet Eyes, which leads the Phantom Troupe right to him.
- Me's a Crowd: Gallery Fake, the power to duplicate any object into a mock copy many times over, including people.
- Off with His Head!: Decapitated by Hisoka in Chapter 357.
- Out of Focus: He's arguably the least developed of the troupe, not helping matters is his death.
- Peek-a-Bangs: You can barely see his eye under his hair. In a dark twist, his face is seen at last in Chapter 357... right after Hisoka took his head off.
- The Quiet One: Speaks seemingly only about business, and only when he has to.
- Spam Attack: Not an attack per se, but he can create quite a few copies of anything he clones. He makes a small city of fake hideouts.
- Squishy Wizard: While his ability is very useful, he is the physically weakest member of the Troupe. It should be noted that he is the weakest in the group's standards.
- Undignified Death: Beheaded on the john!
Voiced by: Naohito Fujiki (Japanese), Joe Zieja (English)
Omokage is the main villain in the movie Phantom Rouge. He was originally the #4 of the Phantom Troupe, but he was replaced by Hisoka. His only reason for joining the group was to create Soul Dolls of the group before leaving them. After Uvogin's death he decides to take his eyes which catches the attention of his former group along with Kurapika and Hisoka.
- All Your Powers Combined: He can fuse with up to three soul dolls to use the strength and Nen abilities they possess.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When everyone including his sister confronts him he doesnt seem to get why they would have a problem with stealing other peoples eyes and making dolls out of them.
- Eye Scream: He likes to rip out the eyes of people to help create his soul dolls.
- Four Is Death: His number in the Phantom Troupe and his powers are related to death in that he works with corpses in a sense.
- Irony: His soul doll version of his sister Retz ends up killing him in the end despite his work and efforts to create her.
- Meaningful Name: His name means vestige which could relate to his involvement with the Kuruta massacre or his aged appearance.
- Necromancy: In a way he was able to revive his younger sister by turning her into a Soul Doll. She even gains some human feelings as movie goes on. His creations are not zombies in the traditional sense as they can eat and drink like people living can, but the main detail is the lack of eyes in most of his dolls.
- Shipper on Deck: Downplayed where he sarcastically asked Retz if she started to get attached to Gon when she begged him to return his eyes.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Well silver hair actually, but he still does vile things like ripping out a corpse's eyes or making a doll of his younger sister.