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     How did the Hunter Organization get so much political power? 
  • How did the Hunters' Guild get so much political power? Entire sections of the world are closed off to non-members, most public services are expected to cater to them for free, they can organize for violent criminals to be released from prison under only their supervision, and they can kill people with no legal repercussions. Something's fishy about this bunch.
    • Would YOU like to be the one to tell people like Netero "No"?
      • This. If you take every instance of "Hunter" in the series, and replace it with "Certified Badass", it might be a bit awkwardly worded, but it wouldn't change the meaning of the story at all. You can be a badass without being a Hunter, of course, but only the Hunters' Association can certify you as one.
    • Probably lots and lots and LOTS of things like donations, rewards for jobs like monster/criminal extermination, etc. The insanely powerful Hunters provide a LOT of benefits for normal people, so naturally, reward for such work is probably expected or offered. And as mentioned above, you want these people to stay happy. Because God help you if you piss them off, or even just annoy them.
    • Depending on how many Hunters are like Gon mentally, only a few of significant power will do, closing yourself off to them would be like an open calling card and challenge to get into said area.
    • It's pretty obvious that HxH-world politics don't work quite like they do in what we laughably call the 'real world'... examples like the Neo Green Life/League and Ryuusegai, the Underground Auctions in York Shin (which happen annually at the same time as the regular auctions), the Hunters Exam itself... none of that would quite work in the real world.
    • Not to mention that the "restricted" parts of the world are either too dangerous or too delicate for normal people to enter. They probably have a controlling interest in the companies that sponsor those public services, what kind of prisoner would be dangerous to a Hunter and what kind of person who was dangerous to a Hunter would become a prisoner, and it's not like they can kill just anybody without legal repurcussions, just guys with bounties.
      • No, when talking to Netero about his reasons for taking the Hunter Exam, Hisoka says "Even if we kill someone, we're out of most of the responsibility..." Nothing about bounties in that statement. To answer the original issue, considering that Hunters are Nen users, and presuming that one in five is strong in Manipulation, you have a group of people who can run the world from the shadows very easily.
      • True, although "most of the responsibility" is very vague.
      • My guess is that they assumed that if you go over the line way too many times, more people will pay other Hunters to go after you, solving the problem and in a way keeping you in line. That's why no matter if you are the leader of the most fearsome mafia, you don't go bullying every other organization, difference in numbers is difference in numbers.
      • It's later revealed that a kill here and there won't be a problem but by Hunter law you'll be pursued if you abuse the rule as Illumi did.
    • It's kinda like Hunters are so badass that the rules of society don't really apply to them, anything they want they have the power and force to take it themselves if they wanted to, whether it be getting into dangerous areas or all kinds of services that require a fee for normal folk. Essentially, the Hunter status is a way of skipping all of the potential damage they may cause by giving them free rein to achieve whatever they want without the restrictions that normal people face.
      • Politics can't exactly function normally in a world where some people have superpowers. Some Hunters like the examiners or Wing are at least seen trying to keep Nen a secret from the general public, which is technically good because anyone could theoretically learn how to use it. For the association, it's probably also also a matter of having superior power, but it's still the difference between giving a few people power, teaching them how to use it and hoping they won't break anything too important, and giving everyone power and letting it all go to hell. The second option would probably render whatever law they have over in their world obsolete.
    • When Satotsu was giving Gon his license after the Hunter Exam was over, he explained that Hunters were given all of those advantages because of the good their predecessors did in the past.
      • He would say that of course. If the truth was far closer to marching on the governments of the world and forcing them at Nen-point to hand over the reigns of power to the Hunter Association, he is hardly likely to admit it. And would the truth even be common knowledge given the various mind-altering abilities we have seen?
      • Its not like the Hunter association is the political rulers of the world. In the Chimera ant ark, Netero even takes an order/request from the world leaders. "Good they did in the past" might just be code for "Work we do for the governments".
     Why is Killua named the Zoldyck family heir when he didn’t even have Nen at the time? 
  • How come his family says that Killua is the heir to the family business and one of their most talented when Kalluto has full control over his Nen abilities at an age Killua didn't even know Nen existed?
    • Nen isn't the only indicator of skill. Recalling Killua's past battles, it seems that, compared to Kalluto, Killua's Weak, but Skilled enough to be better than him.
    • Killua manages missions of the same difficulty without benefit of Nen at all. That makes him even more awesome. Perhaps it's what his mother was worried about - with Nen added on, he would be even more impossible to control.
    • Kalluto just got the knowledge of the existence of Nen earlier somehow, there is nothing that says you need a certain level of power to use Nen, Killia could have learned Nen earlier if someone else had told him about it or attacked him with it, and with his alleged skill he would have been more skilled than Kalluto at that age (10 I think) had he learned about it at the same age.
    • It's said that as the heir Killua is given more severe training. He said that they made him participate in the Heaven's Tower but he left before reaching the 200th floor, so they probably wanted him to learn Nen the hard way (by baptism) than more safely like they probably did with Kalluto.
     Why do all machine gun users hip-fire? 
  • Why do all the folks with machine guns fire from the waist?
    • They're gangsta.
    • I don't think this is that uncommon in the real world. If you're firing full auto you need to compensate for recoil somehow.
     What is the point of the Hunter Exam being so deadly? 
  • The Hunter exam proctors seem dangerously homicidal. Leading them on a jog through a man-eating plant jungle? What's the point?
    • Some Hunters will end up doing this for a living. Also, they need to weed out the homicidal candidates (except for Hisoka, obv.) because being a Hunter means massive, almost above-the-law power.
    • When you look at all the things and people they have gone through after the exam, what would be the point of giving a Hunter License to someone who can't deal with a measily man-eating plant? They would be dead on their first job.
    • This actually becomes a plot point much later on, as some of the higher ranking Hunters want to reform the Hunter exams to prevent unnecessary deaths.
     How did Shalnark become a licensed Hunter? 
  • How can Shalnark be a licensed Hunter if everyone who comes from Meteor City (like the rest of the Genei Ryodan) aren't registered anywhere?
    • Only the original six members (Chrollo/Kuroro, Feitan, Franklin, Machi, Nobunaga, Pakunoda, and Uvogin) came from Meteor City.
    • His DNA wasn't on file (remember, he was one of the fake corpses the Mafia got their hands on) meaning that he is from Meteor City. As for the Hunter License: he could have stolen it or registered under an assumed identity.
    • She materializes a revolver, she could only shoot 6 bullets (which she said is the same number as the founding members). She is a founding member herself yet is not taking a bullet, throwing the number off, given that Shalnark is the smartest member so that may be the possibility she picked him.
    • He is a thief, after all. He probably stole it. Considering his ability, he could have made the original owner tell him everything about its use.
    • Most likely, they just give the Hunter License at the end of the exam to everyone who finishes regardless of personal records. I think that each License is tied to the user's Nen-signature/Nen-thumbprint (even if they're not Nen-capable yet, they can still give one off). This would explain why Hunter perks are unusable to anyone except the original carrier, yet Illumi could use "Gittarackur's" license for his assignment. They don't need personal records because that signature/thumbprint is all the proof they need of your identity. You can see that Shalnark is officially licensed and obtained it legitimately as he was required to vote for the 13th chairman—otherwise, they wouldn't have given him the obligation.
     Why did Killua K.O. Zepile? 
  • When Killua returns from Greed Island to do the Hunter Exam for the second time, why does he knock out Zepile? That guy helped them get enough money to get to greed island and got Gon enough money to get his Hunter License back.
    • He probably wanted to be back ASAP, and even one contestant could risk a second round. Nothing is lost by failing the Hunter Exam, so Zepile could always try again next time.
    • Killua also apologized to Zepile, recognizing him immediately and doing a quick knock-out. Killua likely figured Zepile wouldn't take it so hard and will try again later. Zepile is capable enough to have reached the exam, and he isn't dead (as far as we know).
     How are the characters see anything in pitch blackness? 
  • How do the characters manage to see anything in the middle of the night, in a pitch black forest, during the prelude to the first Hunter Exam?
    • It's a shonen manga, you can just chalk it up to Charles Atlas Superpower.
    • Leorio stayed behind and Kurapika followed Gon, who's spent most of his life in the wild.
    • Kurapika and Gon are both established as having more-than-human senses before that, in the manga at least. And at one point in the old anime, Gon explained that the path to his home in Whale Island got really dark at night.
     applicants dying left and right in the Hunter Exam Arc 
  • The Hunter Exam is incredibly risky and we see applicants being killed left and right, and not just because it's a special year with creepy people like Hisoka and Illumi attending, but also because of random obstacles like monsters, or animals, or whatever they are supposed to be. So basically, most aren't anywhere near the level that it takes to actually become a Hunter. Did they actually survive a previous attempt? I'm inclined to believe that they actually were rookies and just not important enough to mention, but there's nothing in canon to back it up (the manga and all the adaptations are kinda mashed together in my head, but I think it was stated somewhere that there were only about 20 rookies that time.)
    • The first part of Satotzu's test was just running in a tunnel, many failed to do just that. It's possible that many of the ones that died in the second half of the first test and the second attempt at the second test just failed on a very early and yet not lethal part of the previous year's exam. The sushi test wasn't life threatening either.
     Killua recognizing Zeno's Dragon Dive 
  • How did Killua recognize Zeno's Dragon Dive? Since it's a Nen attack, he couldn't have seen it when he was kid since it would have been invisible to him. So it means that he saw the attack after he learned Nen, but the places he went to after learning Nen was Yorkshin, Greed Island, then the Chimera Ant Island. So when did he meet Zeno?
    • Perhaps Zeno or Silva had told Killua about what he's capable of, and Killua recognized Dragon Drive based on his descriptions.
    • Dragon Dive is a pretty obvious/physically visible attack, isn't it? Perhaps Killua has seen it before, but without the Nen aura.
      • It's also a Transformation ability, and I'm fairly sure that if you haven't learned Nen everything from Emission and Transformation is invisible.
    • At some point Killua could have seen Zeno use Dragon Dive without really knowing what it was or how he did it, even slightly "feeling" the aura, then figure it out after finding out about Nen, in the same way he figured Illumi used Nen on him in the Hunter Exam.
     The nature of Risky Dice 
  • Is Risky Dice time-based or event-based? If it's time-based, what prevents people from stockpiling Risky Dice (we see Gon do it, so it's possible), then using Risky Dice on Risky Dice and Return between missions that require it to get as many of them over with before the initial Risky Dice loses its effect?
    • It seems to be event based. There was a part where Gensuru kidnapped a player and made him roll Risky Dice. The player used Lottery once to get a random card and when he got the wrong one they didn't make him use another Lottery, which seems to indicate that Risky Dice is event based.
     Different levels of nen teaching for protags 
  • Ok, so after each Exam, those people who made it through and became new Hunters are let out into the world, but the Hunter Association sends people after them to make sure they all learn Nen. Ok, but why are the levels of teaching so absurdly different? Kurapika is able to perform a full Hatsu after the Heavens Arena arc, while Gon and Killua only got as far as Ren and Gyo, and Leorio was only taught Ten. In fact, Leorio was lied to by his teacher, since he mistakenly believes Ten and Nen to be synonymous. This puts Kurapika's combat power head and shoulders above the rest of the main characters. Why weren't all of them given the same level of teaching that Kurapika received?
    • Actually, there may be a bit of Fridge Brilliance to it. It's all about resolve; Kurapika's end goal is to defeat the Ryodan and get the scarlet eyes, he NEEDS Nen for that first one and if resolve was money, he'd be swimming in it like an anthropomorphic duck. Killua and Gon also learned Nen, but not to the extent of Kurapika, because Nen is not completely necessary for their goal, Gon wants to find his father and Killua just wants to tag along. They are also Nen prodigies. Now if you look at Leorio, he has one goal, to become a doctor by gaining a lot of money, there is absolutely no Nen training necessary for this goal. Now look at it from the perspective of their teachers. Kurapika basically forced his teacher to divulge information, Wing taught Gon and Killua because otherwise they would have been killed in the Heavenly Tower and while we haven't seen Leorio's teacher one can assume that he sensed the lack of resolve in him and just trained him in Ten to get rid of him. You can also see it as the teachers holding back the Nen knowledge to see how much their students want it.
    • Kurapika was also hasty, Gon and Killua weren't in any rush to learn Hatsu, in fact Gon only asked Wing for tips and ideas when they wanted to take the test to go to Greed Island. There's also the fact that Kurapika has an understanding of it and it's helped by his scarlet eyes but he doesn't have the same level of skill and mastery that Gon and Killua have.
     How are the Phantom Troupe the Big Bad of the series? 
  • This may be built upon a misunderstanding, but it always bothered me that In a world practically run by mobsters and mercenaries (no matter how wacky those mercenaries may be) how are we supposed to view the Phantom Troupe as the Big Bad of the series? So far they've only done one real evil thing in the series and even there it seems like the world is largely fine with it, I mean the eyes of the Kurata are sold for a high price in a well publicized market event for bigwigs to buy, and the main conflict of that whole arc was pretty much about one group of people trying to steal back what another group of people stole back after they stole them from another group of people so it's not like they are immoral par the world they live in. Hell if Kurapika died no one would care at all about the genocide of an entire ethnic group. It's not even like this is used to further Kurapika's character or how F'd up this world is, we're just supposed to know these guys are bad because they did that, which seems a little like lazy writing on Togashi's part.
    • I wouldn't peg them as the Big Bad, they may have started in that role for the York Shin arc, but they were more Anti-Heroes (loosely) in the Chimera Arc. Even then, having them as the Big Bad doesn't mean they have to be the cliché shonen big bads that want to destroy the world. Kurapika has a personal vendetta against them and Gon, Killua and Leorio are with him. So to the group the Ryodan appear to be the big villains by way of the other 3 not having their own villain(s), Hisoka excluded.
    • Simple, they were the Arc Villain of the York Shin arc, not the Big Bad of the series. Pariston alone is more of a threat.
     Greed Island and the 13th Chairman Election 
  • Now, from what I can recall, Greed Island is intended for Hunters only (though I'm sure other nen-enabled people have gotten in, as there seems to be more players than registered Hunters). Every Hunter is supposed to vote in the elections for th 13th chairman. However, not everyone on Greed Island can leave. Far from it. Chances are there are a number of Hunters (more than 5% of the world's Hunters, I'd bet, looking at the sheer number of players) who cannot leave Greed Island and thus cannot come to the Hunters Association HQ building to cast their votes. So what happens in cases like these? Do the election task force people come to Greed Island with special permission (I'm guessing Ging is a task force member and thus can get special permission) and allow them to cast absentee ballots?
    • There's probably an in-game event. Probably something that spawns Voting Ballots in every major city and lets every Hunter in the game vote.
    • I'd always presumed the game on Greed Island was set up to have only one winner (or team of winners). Gon, Killua and Biscuit won, and Dwun gave them the prize. I think that after that, the game was over, and everyone left — presumably with free 'Leave's or open access to the dock. The alternative — keeping the game open indefinitely and giving permanent prizes to all the other eventual winners — seems utterly impractical. (It's also worth noting that Dwun, List and Razor were all seen in the voting montage in volume 30, so at minimum Greed Island would have been understaffed at that point. And we also saw several of the other players there.)
  • The googling-for-a-location segment in the movie. How many mountains with perfectly round holes in them does HxHverse have?!
    • Apparently a lot.
    • I'd guess about two natural and fifty seven formed by Nen destroying scenery in various death matches.
      • This is the only reasonable answer.
     Kite being reborn as a Chimera Ant 
  • How was Kite reborn as a Chimera Ant? He was killed by Nerfpitou while the Queen was still active, but his body wasn't fed to the queen, it was reanimated by Pitou — and then Knov and Morel captured his reanimated body using Shoot's nen ability. In fact, Kite's reanimated corpse was still "available" by the time Gon finally had his rematch with Pitou. So when did Kite get eaten by the Queen and reincarnated as a Chimera Ant offspring? Or did something else happen that I'm completely missing? Kite being the reborn baby ant doesn't make sense because he hadn't been eaten yet when the baby was born.
    • The Queen didn't eat the whole body, just the brain. Neferpitou told the king that the "tastiest" part of a human is their brain and the tastiest humans are nen-users. So, while she wanted to keep Kite as a training dummy she didn't need a brain for that.
      • That's not entirely impossible, though it's never explicitly stated. On the one hand, removing his brain while leaving his eyes both still attached as well as functional, seems both very difficult and very unlikely, simply due to the nature of the connection between the two. On the other hand, Nen.
    • Ging vaguely explained that this was not a result of the standard "Chimera Ant victims being reborn" thing and that it was Kite's powers. He mentioned a form of his Crazy Slots that would only appear if his life was in danger, and that was implicitly linked to his reincarnation. In-universe, it's presumably either a weird coincidence that it aligns perfectly with something the Ants are known to be capable of, or somehow Kite's unseen Crazy Slots weapon 'hijacked' or took advantage of this ability. It's definitely suspicious that the Ant Queen somehow conceived another child when she was so focused on Meruem's development. Logically she wouldn't want him to have competition while gestating, giving credence to the admittedly speculative idea that Kite's powers just sort of forced the issue... somehow. A meta explanation might be "Togashi forgot the exact details of the process and had to come up with another explanation after realizing he'd created a plothole."
     Genthru's powers 
  • From the Greed Island arc. Genthru aka the "Bomber" makes this big event of explaining his powers and that explaining said powers is the key to activating them. So why is the guy who was blown up at the beginning of the arc in order to introduce the bomber not running around telling people who the bomber is instead of just standing around. Furthermore, if the powers of all three "Bombers" are the same and the single person they are pretending to be is so notorious how has no one figured out the identity of any of them and that there is more than one bomber.
    • Explanation of the powers was only necessary for the time bombs. He was obviously around and used small bombs on the guy that only require touch.
      • But it was in the middle of a freaking town and furthermore Genthru says that "Little Flower" isn't strong enough to kill someone the way that guy was killed.
    • No one has figured out the identity because they're all killed. The bombers themselves could had started the rumors of "the bomber" to move their plans along (and to not seem suspicious forcing the word "bomber" into conversations without reason).
      • Still doesn't explain why they're killing some guy in the middle of a town or how they killed him if it was with "Little Flower" someone should have seen and been able to identify the person who did it, if it was with the timed bombs he should have been telling people who planted the bomb on him.
      • NPC witnesses said that the guy was alone when he suddenly exploded, which means that the Bomber definitely didn't use Little Flower.
     Dark Continent politics 
  • Can anyone fully explain how this whole Dark Continent politics thing is occurring? Over the recent chapters I'm more and more confused about WHY anyone is doing anything; especially the Zodiac, who in one chapter are meant to stop Beyond, and then several chapters later seem to want Leorio and Kurapika to join them on this voyage. Similarly, Pariston and Ging are looking to go, but I think it's implied they're a third group? Can anyone give me as concise an answer as possible?
    • basically it comes down to risk reward. If you believe a calamity is inevitable, perhaps divine retribution, then nothing is worth disturbing the place. If you believe that the calamities are proof of the danger and nothing more, it's worth exploring. There's a ton of cool shit on the dark continent, but it's covered in lethal shit. And if you bring the wrong shit back, we have a bad situation. Remember that chimera ants are from the dark continent and only considered rank B bio hazards. Imagine what a rank A is. Then remember that any scale is based off of knowns and there is the possibility of things that break the scale waiting for some fool to find them. I'd like to close by saying that they found berries that halt the aging process, but can only be grown on the dark continent, just to tell you exactly what level of treasure is involved. Risk reward.
    • in addition to the previously mentioned super awesome things you can get on the Dark Continent (like an herb that prevents your body's breakdown from old age and a useful renewable energy source), Hunters just like to do awesome shit like face the scary stuff of the Dark Continent. The Zodiacs are going because a) Netero left a video basically ordering them to go; b) whatever governmental group that seems to run the hxh world told them to; and c) they like the challenge. The Zodiacs wanted Leorio to join them because it helps with internal Hunter politics since he became massively popular in the last arc, and they pick up Kurapika after Leorio requests it, and probably thinking that he'll be useful somehow. The Pariston/Ging group is Beyond's group—Pariston and Ging are vying for the position of number two in the group, not number one. While individual members may have different goals, it seems that they're also in it for the challenge more than anything.
    • It's actually how world politics works. The summit agreed to a no risk, no reward pact, by banning access to it. Beyond made it clear that he was gonna use a small but rich country to go there. The calamities could affect the whole world, making the risk a world threat, while the rewards would massively boost Kakin's power. It was more viable to get in on the action, even more, they even cut off Kakin, who will be taken to an intermediate island and told that's the dark continent.
     The Miniature Rose 
  • The Miniature Rose. How does humanity still exist in any meaningful fashion? It's a Fantastic Nuke that's cheap to mass-produce, delivers a lethal bioweapon explicitly stated to be perfect for making long chains of victims due to how long it takes for symptoms more serious than a nosebleed to show up, and is small enough to implant in someone's chest cavity on a deadman's switch detonator. 80% of the countries in the world refused to ban it because then they wouldn't be able to use the ones they already have. Even disregarding that there's implied to be a worse version, how has this "poor man's" version alone not resulted in a combination of politics and terrorism entirely wiping out humanity? Why is 99% of the world so terrified of calamities from the Dark Continent, but only 20% of it is concerned about these things?
    • Probably for the same reason the Cold War never ended in a full-out nuclear war (though we came close). It wasn't based so much in direct combat, but in paranoianote ]. There was a constant threat of a nuke falling at any moment, with each side developing bigger and deadlier weapons to outdo the other; however, the moment you drop a bomb on an enemy base, the other will immediately retaliate, resulting in disaster for both, with incredibly severe consequences like nuclear winter. With the Miniature Rose, having many of those in your arsenal ensures that you'll be able to retaliate against an attack, especially considering that in this universe they're much more widely available and easy to make (and what if other countries managed to keep bombs in secret?). It's still sad and stupid, but sort of justified in this universe.
    • As for the last question... Possible Paranoia Fuel incoming. The situation in real life isn't that much better, unfortunately, considering several powerful and not-so-powerful countries (including North Korea) have nuclear weapons at their disposal. The reason they haven't been used or disposed of? See above.
    • I think the main problem is that the rose does have a scary biological component, but it's actually not that big. Nukes do most of their damage in fallout as opposed to the initial blast. The rose is great at eliminating population centers, but if the poison only lasts a few hours before symptoms show, it's fairly easy to stop. Dark calamities are varied, but they're all still deadly, even after all this time. Basically it's about staying power. Radiation lasts for millennia. Dark calamities have been around for centuries. Rose poison burns itself out after a few days.
    • As above, they are basically nukes that can be made smaller (the smallest nukes are the size of a backpack, but have much less power), more easily (since it takes less specialized resources), and have more powerful radiation that spreads like a bioweapon (which we also have). As far as WMDs go, it isn't a huge leap from what we have in real life. Since you presumably don't fear a nuclear war right now and live on a planet were humanity hasn't been wiped out, you can relate. Besides that, its basically the only mundane weapon that has a chance against powerful nen users and monsters. Without it, normal people would be helpless before Nen users. If I was a world leader in the HXH world, I would certainly want a couple on hand just in case we hit the Godzilla Threshold.
  • How come none of the bunch of people who were standing next to Pouf when he collapsed and died got infected?
    • They were. Chapter 318 in the manga mentions that hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers died, and about 47,000 civilians woke up from Pouf's hypnosis, only to die after their conditions deteriorated.
     Killua's disqualification from the Hunter Exam 
  • During the last round of the Hunter Exam, how come it was declared that Gon would be disqualified if Leorio or Kurapika interfered with his fight with Hanzo, but when Killua killed the person Leorio was going to fight, Killua was disqualified and Leorio passed?
    • Killua wasn't disqualified because he interfered in the fight; he was disqualified because he killed another contestant (they were forbidden from killing any other contestant during that specific phase, not just their designated opponent. Illumi even says this when considering killing Gon). Also Killua never outright said he killed Leorio's opponent for the latter's sake. Leorio is the one who suggests that later on (when bringing up the exact contradiction you mentioned). To anyone else's eyes, including the impartial judge's, Killua just barged in for no apparent reason and killed a guy, therefore earning his disqualification.
    • Basically this. Also, the rule for not killing anyone was met with the condition that, if anyone killed anyone else, the killer would be disqualified and everyone else would pass automatically. It's assumed from this wording that all other conditions would be ignored, and that everyone but the person responsible for murder, regardless of circumstance, would pass. Basically, even if Leorio had been disqualified for Killua's interference in his fight, Killua's murder of Leorio's opponent overwrote that disqualification, and he and everyone else passed instantly.
  • For such a supposedly rare game, there seem to be a lot of people playing Greed Island outside of the people that went in with Tsezgerra. Are there just other expeditions like Tsezgerra's that just happened to be going on at the same time? Also, even though it was explicitly stated that the game was life-threatening and not for the weak, how were Gon and the others able to find such wimps to round out their team for their fight against Razor? You'd think they'd have either died or escaped by that point, but nope, they're still there somehow.
    • Greed Island got its infamy for being a difficult game after countless players tried, and failed, to beat it. They also state that there's plenty of players who went into the game without coming back out. Each copy of the game can host multiple players, and there was 100 copies sold, so the number of players would reasonably hover around the hundreds. Moreover, it's outright stated that the wimps Tsezgerra's group picked up were stragglers who were both too weak to try to beat the game and unable to acquire a Leave card to escape the game. Tsezgerra's group hired them by promising them Leave cards in exchange for their participation in fighting Razor.
     The Hunter Organization is improbably small 
  • Unless I'm misreading something, this page seems to state there are 635 Hunters in total. Although the conditions for being a Hunter are extremely demanding, that seems like a rather small figure, assuming that the HXH world has a population size comparable to ours.
    • It’s not that surprising. Despite the job’s benefits, it’s still a job, not everyone wants to (and certainly not everyone can) be a Hunter. I mean, one of the earlier tests is basically making everyone take the wrong bus; and the number keeps getting smaller. I doubt the number of finalists who become Hunters ever even reaches double digits. Also consider that this job is incredibly risky, so it’s not hard to believe they lose at least one Hunter per year. Finally, you can assume the exam isn't being administered for more than a couple of years, or decades.
    • There has actually been 289 exams, once a year each. They said that 1 out of 10,000 people actually make it to the exam and that they sometimes go over a decade without a rookie passing. Stage 4 of the 297th exam was tailor made to greatly reduce the number. Even when Killua retook the test, they did a preliminary thinning, all for all brawl because there were too many applicants that year. That means that as said above, the people who pass rarely if ever reach the double digits. If they felt like it, Hisoka and Illumi could had killed and or scared every other candidate and both Ging and Killua were the only people to pass in their respective year.
     Allukas's lack of combat ability 
  • The entire Zoldyck family trains from a young age to be assassins. I remember something about Killua starting his training at three. Then why doesn't Alluka have any combat ability? Her younger brother can fight and use Nen but, not her?
    • Considering Alluka's powers the Zoldycks probably felt it would only make her more of a problem. Lock her up and throw away the key and all that.
    • Well they did find out about Alluka's abilities when she was pretty young. Killua was said he was trained to resist electricity and poison since he was 3, so it's possible that combat teachings come after.
    • I think they just decided that Alluka would be much more useful by just granting wishes than try to train something that they are not completely understand. The Zoldycks aren't idiots. Allukas room - while enclosed and under surveillance - is very nice with plush pets and toys and she looks fairly weak, it doesn't look like they made her make a run through hell.
     letting Knov leave during the Invasion 
  • It's easy to understand why Knov would lose his composure after facing the Royal Guard, but when you actually take a moment to consider his power, it's hard to believe that the infiltration team would let him go. It's understandable that his assigned role was finished and that the group had their entrances placed to get inside the castle, but then you consider some of his secondary abilities.
    • First is the overwhelming advantage they would have if they managed to seclude a single enemy and send trap them within his confined space. Even if walls weren't indestructible, it would still trap them as long as no one else entered the enclosed space and give them an overwhelming advantage.
    • Second is his scream ability, which supposedly teleports a portion of an enemy... somewhere else, effectively making it impossible to block. This would have been especially powerful combined with Meleoron's Perfect Plan and could have one-shotted basically anyone in the series.
    • When you combine these two factors, you have to wonder what would have happened if Knov had managed to keep his cool. Then again, that would effectively be why he was Put on a Bus.
  • Each of Killua's yo-yos weighs 50 kilos. Killua himself weighs less than 50 kilos. I know he has super strength, so it's not that surprising that he can easily run around with more than twice his body weight in his pockets, but how do his shorts even stay up?
    • Rule of Cool
    • Maybe that's why he always has his hand in his pockets.
     Riehvelt's whips should actually be pretty weak 
  • Riehlvelt's whips carry one million volt of current. That sounds impressive, but is less than some commercial stun guns. Any opponent at that level of combat would probably be in more pain from being hit at something moving at that speed than the electricity. And while we're on the subject, why does it give killua an electrical aura when it's that weak? Is this a case of cowboy bebop at his computer or something more sinister?
    • The electricity part was more of a hidden-ace-under-the-sleeve kind of thing, since he already could protect himself with his impenetrable wall of whips. And it doesn't give Killua electricity; it's just the first time we see that electricity is another of the many things Killua is immune to due to the Training from Hell he received. He simply decided later to use that immunity to his advantage by building his Nen ability around it; remember that his training to make a Hatsu involved electrifying himself with a taser.
    • Also, voltage alone does not tell you how strong some particular electrical source is. It's charge that does. Voltage is simply the difference in electrical charge between two points—that is, how easily electricity flows. Sticking a fork in a 110-volt outlet will give you a nasty shock (and a constant worry for parents of babies), and that's because the charge is pretty high. At the same time, rubbing an inflated balloon with someone's hair will set the balloon at hundreds of thousands of volts, but it's safe to touch the balloon because its charge is ridiculously small. Those "Danger: High Voltage" signs are telling you not that you'll get a strong shock, but that it's easy to get yourself shocked. (Riehlvelt could've said his whips carry one million coulombs of electricity, but far fewer people are familiar enough with coulombs to not stop and be confused or look it up.)
     Chrollo taking Shalnark's powers 
  • How was Chrollo able to take Shalnark's powers? The conditions to steal an ability and put it in his book is that Chrollo has to learn the name of his subject, hear the subject describe his or her powers, see the powers used in person, have the subject put his or her hand on the book's front cover, and do all this within one hour or Chrollo cannot steal his or her powers ever again. But Chrollo has known Shalnark for a long time and is likely well-aware of what his powers are. How was Chrollo able to fulfill the "within one hour" part?
    • I need to double-check this, but I believe that Chrollo doesn't need to learn the target's name and powers within a time limit, rather that he needs to be told them - so if Shalnark (and Kortopi, and whoever else in the Troupe Chrollo might have the powers of) told Chrollo his name, explained his powers, and showed them off, it would fulfill the conditions even though Chrollo already knew these things. It's possible that even if the phrasing is 'learn', being verbally told something he already knows would still fulfill the condition, but that's more speculation. Edit: double-checked. Chrollo does not need to learn his target's name, this is one of the requirements for Neon's power. The requirements for Chrollo's hatsu are 1. witnessing the target's ability (easily done), 2. having the target explain said ability (so, even if he already knows it, the condition is activated by getting them to explain it, not learning it) 3. have the target touch the handprint on the cover of the book, and then 4. all within one hour. All of these conditions can be easily fulfilled by a Troupe member.
  • In the 1999 anime, Hisoka's eyes are blue. During the Hunter exam, on Zevil Island, in his second confrontation with Kurapika and Leorio, when he laughs at them, hiding his face behind his hand, we see his eyes become golden (which also happens to be their colour in the 2011 anime). It's too deliberate to be a mistake. What does it mean? Why did they change? Is it the usual 'eye colour change to indicate mood/personality change' commonly seen in anime? Why did it happen only once? We may never know.
  • Suppose you pass the Hunter Exam, earn you license, but die at some point. Would you be able to retake the Hunter Exam if by any chance you were reborn?
    • If you can prove you are the same person, you likely wouldn't have to. Kite, Hisoka, and Palm have all died and were reborn (two via the Chimera Ant process, one via an ingenious use of abilities). They seem to still enjoy Hunter privileges.
  • Since Hunter licenses can be destroyed, but cannot be replaced, how durable are the actual license cards?
  • This one is regarding the dub for the 2011 anime: Why didn't they have Vic Mignogna reprise his role as Baka Ki El Dogra? He's done roles for Viz Media before (one of which is still ongoing), so it's not like he has bad relations with the studio. Plus, it was only a few lines!
    • The 2011 adaptation is dubbed by Bang Zoom, who are based out of Los Angeles, not Viz, while Level E was dubbed by Funimation, who are based out of Texas. Even if it was the same character, Vic is attached to Funi, and probably can't do stuff for a different company. There's also the factors of location, scheduling and cost.
     Chrollo stealing powers 
  • How exactly does Chrollo steal someone's Hatsu? This is mostly referring to the inability on the part of the original user to recreate their Hatsu after he steals it. Now I'm still fairly early in, but the way it seems is someone's Hatsu isn't a typical superpower, but rather it's a specific application of their Nen. If for example, Chrollo stole something like Uvogin's Big Bang Impact, what is preventing Uvogin from using his Nen in exactly the same way to simply recreate the stolen technique?
    • People whose abilities have been stolen and placed into that book are then placed into permanent Zetsu, preventing them from ever using Nen abilities again.
      • That has never been stated. However, just like forcing a target into zetsu, Chrollo locks the victim's ability to use that Hatsu. Cheetu had the restriction of never using Tag again, so he couldn't even recreate it.
     Do the Phantom Troupe just kill people every time they need something? 
  • So, the idea behind the Phantom Troupe is that they do not use money and instead steal everything they want, and in most cases we've seen, they just kill whomever the object belonged to. Just how many people do these guys kill each day, and how do they get away with killing so many people while keeping a low profile? When Uvogin needed to drink some beer to get the leech eggs out of his system, he goes to someone's apartment and kills the inhabitant solely to rummage through his beer. When Nobunaga and Machi were at the café, were they going to kill the waitstaff when they receive their check? If Phinks needs new clothes, does he go to a department store, takes what he wants, and kills anyone who sees him so there are no witnesses? When Feitan wants to read a new book, does he take it off the shelf and burns the bookstore/library?
    • There is some level of restraint over needless trouble. Shizuku must had paid the fare to arm-wrestle Gon for example.
      • This is accounted for in the 2011 anime. Shortly after Shizuku loses her arm-wrestling match with Gon, a member of the crowd notes that his money is missing. The implication is that Shizuku stole the money for the fare to arm-wrestle Gon.
  • Say the Phantom Troupe is eliminated completely, but someone in a few years time decides to recreate it, taking the name and image of the spider and follow their M.O to a T. Would Kurapika be able to use his chains against this new Phantom Troupe?
    • It would probably depend on if Kurapika considered them to be the "Phantom Troupe" or not. If he did, it would work. If he didn't, it wouldn't.
  • Where did the Chimera Ant Queen get all those different species? The domestic animals, insects, water-based animals, and birds all make sense. But where did she find a penguin, or an armadillo, or a lion?
    • The continent has things like the camp tiger (a horned tiger that cooks it's food) so it could have peculiar fauna.
  • How did Illumi figure out that Killua was hiding more of Alluka's rules? The only thing that could have tipped him off about that was the fact that he took Alluka out of her room, and even that can be reasoned as "He wanted to free her", which is ALSO one of his goals. There's nothing else that he's done since leaving the room that would tip him off, and if the information came before then, Illumi would have figured it out far sooner.
    • Because Killua was bipassing the known rules of Nanika.
  • What was the trick with turning some guys' arms into flower petals at the first appearance of Hisoka? It doesn't look like his Nenabilities, unless Texture Surprise can show moving images.
    • That was actually an anime-only thing, which I have no explanation for. In the manga, Hisoka causes the man's arms to suddenly vanish and nothing more, which he can most certainly do with lightning-fast movement, Texture Surprise, and his knack for Stage Magician-style misdirection.
    • its possible it was a combination of what happend in the manga with a bit of added slight of hand involved for the pedals
  • What was the point in Genthru killing the Kazsule alliance (except for Gon, Killua, Biscuit, and Goreinu)? None of them have anything he wants, nor is there any hint he suspects they know his abilities.
    • Probably just to cut down on competition, especially as Kazsule's group would definitely be more likely to help Tsezguerra than him.
  • How did Satotz not find out a thing about Ging in his research when Ging is one of the Zodiacs?
    • It could be a case of Early Installment Weirdness, before it was established that Ging was a Zodiac, but being a public figure doesn’t mean that everything is known about you. And despite being a Zodiac, Ging spends a lot of his time away from the public eye. It seems that Ging is good at keeping his personal life a secret. After all, most people who knew of Ging (I don't mean Ging's friends) and met Gon didn’t even know that Ging had a son!
  • How did Ickshonpe pass the Hunter Exam if he's never left his house (or whatever location he's at) to the point that nobody, not even the Zodiacs, knows what he looks like?
    • Whose to say he didn't take on the persona after passing the Exam? Or maybe he stole a license? It's very possible that people know who he is, but don't realize it because he's using an alias
  • If Nen abilities cannot be seen by ordinary people, does this mean that to the general public, Hisoka is walking around with visibly missing limbs, looking like he just stepped out of a burn ward?
    • Considering that he uses Texture Surprise on the limbs, probably not, unless he wants to screw with ordinary people.
  • If Gon has lost his Nen abilities, then why doesn’t he just have someone re-initiate him and get his Nen back? It probably wouldn’t be too much effort to find someone willing to do it who doesn’t have malicious intent. He could contact Palm, Killua, Knuckle, Shoot, Ikalgo, Meleoron, or even Hisoka on a good day, and have them force his aura nodes open. Hell, God’s Accomplice could probably do the trick, since any form of Nen can force the aura nodes open!
    • He doesn't need nen at the moment. Gon has already completed his quest to find his father, which at the time was basically his life goal. After being able to survive such a horrible ordeal, Ging suggested that Gon take the time to decide what to do with his life. So basically, Gon has choose between having a "normal" life or reawakening his nen and continuing the adventure as a Hunter. In the meantime, he's rather busy with the make-up schoolwork he has to complete after his years of absence. Which surprised me, because I didn't even think Gon had an education of any kind.
  • Why didn’t Biscuit teach Gon and Killua In? That would have been extremely useful for concealing their abilities! Especially Killua, who would want to keep knowledge of his abilities limited to those he trusts.
  • How do Kurapika's scarlet eyes affect his nen? I just didn't really understand how that worked and I felt that the explanation was kind of glossed over. I'm guessing that since his eyes turn scarlet when he's angry, it might have something to do with his emotions?
    • For all intents and purposes Kurapika's natural nen type is specialist. His scarlet eyes are his clans natural ability and that gives him mastery in each nen type. However his eyes only turn scarlet when he's very emotional so without emotions bringing it out he's just a normal person who can use nen. Think of the ability to turn his eyes scarlet and have mastery over more than just his predetermined nen type as his specialist ability

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