Hunter x Hunter is an action anime that follows Gon Freecss as he travels the world to become a Hunter and find his father. The series is one of the most popular adventure anime both inside and outside of Japan. This can be attributed to the colorful cast of Hunter x Hunter characters that Togashi has created over the course of 20 years.
Here’s a guide to help you find out all about the Hunter x Hunter characters.
Hunter x Hunter Main Characters:
Our main protagonist. Gon’s father left him at a young age to pursue a career as a Hunter. At 12 years old, Gon decided he would do the same and set out to find his father and become a Hunter.
Gon is friendly and energetic — the perfect protagonist for a shounen audience. He loves adventure and has a kind heart. He can be impulsive and aggressive, which puts him in some dire situations, but at his core, Gon only wants what’s best for his family and friends.
Gon’s best friend. They hit it off straight away during the Hunter exam and never looked back. Like Gon, Killua is cheeky and energetic, but he is a little more level-headed and emotionally mature. This comes hand-in-hand with his job as an assassin. A job that he’s been trained to do since birth.
Killua was trained to be an assassin by his family, who are extremely protective over him. The way he was raised means that Killua is often calm and collected under immense pressure. He also has the ability to accurately read his opponents and whether or not they are stronger than him, making Killua a formidable foe in battle.
Kurapika met Gon and Killua during the Hunter exam and ended up joining them on their adventure. He is kind and caring towards his friends and has a cool and intelligent air about him.
Kurapika’s weakness is that he has an uncontrollable anger when it comes to his tribe — the Kurta. They were massacred by the Phantom Troupe for their eyeballs — considered to be a beautiful treasure — driving Kurapika to become a Hunter in order to exact his revenge upon them.
Loud, silly and a little rude, Leorio is a good friend to Gon, Killua and Kurapika. He also meets the three others during the Hunter exam. For Leorio, his goal in life is to become a doctor who can save people — even people who don’t have money.
Despite his good heart and kind intentions, Leorio comes across as a bit brash. He often tries to talk his way out of unfavorable situations; ranging from haggling with shopkeepers to yelling at and tricking those that may be trying to harm him or his friends.
Known for his deceitful nature both on and off the battlefield, Hisoka is a kind of magician or jester who uses tricks and games to torment his opponents. When he meets Gon, he’s taken aback by his potential as a fighter. Because of this, Hisoka decides to follow Gon and challenge him occasionally to watch him grow stronger and develop into the perfect challenge.
Despite his trickster appearance and sadomasochistic behaviour, Hisoka is intelligent and calculating, always a step or two ahead of everyone he knows — friend or foe.
The Chairman of the Hunter Committee, Netero is an old man who initially appears frail and weak. When he first meets Gon and Killua, he seems cheeky and a little absentminded, but when he invites the two young boys to play a game, they quickly find out that he is much stronger than he appears.
Netero is known to be one of the strongest Nen users in the world, but is humble and kind and doesn’t brag about his abilities.
An old lady masquerading as a 12 year old girl, Biscuit is as strange as they come. She is a Nen master and agreest to help train Gon and Killua to improve their Nen abilities.
Using her cute, childlike appearance and demeanor to get what she wants by deceiving others, Biscuit is clever and cunning. But when it comes to her students, Biscuit is known for her tough-love approach to teaching. She truly cares about Gon and Killua and wants to see them become the best they can be.
Gon’s absent father. Ging is known as one of the top 5 Hunters in the world. He has travelled the world and has a multitude of achievements to his name. One of the biggest is his creation of the game ‘GREED Island’ with the help of his friends.
Ging has left clues for Gon to find him, but in order to do so, Gon must become a Hunter and prove himself for Ging to have a relationship with him.
The first real Hunter that Gon and Killua meet. Kite is one of Ging’s disciples. After he saved Gon from a bad situation, Kite decided to tell Gon everything he knew about Ging before giving him Ging’s Hunter License.
One of Killua’s younger siblings. Alluka has the power to grant any wish in exchange for something of equal value. The Zoldyck family is terrified of Alluka’s powers and has the child locked up for most of the series. It’s only when Killua comes back to the Zoldyck family house to rescue Alluka that we start to see the true nature of their powers.
Killua’s eldest brother. Illumi helped his father train Killua to be a professional assassin and has high hopes for his younger brother. He tried his best to manipulate Killua into following the path becoming the world’s best assassin, much to Killua’s dismay.
Illumi also has connections to Hisoka, a “give-and-take” relationship, as he described it. The two work together to keep an eye on Gon and Killua.
The cast of Hunter x Hunter is comprised of a multitude of characters ranging from good and wholesome to dark and malicious. This guide only covers a few, so the best way to get to know all of Togashi’s characters is to go and watch the classic shounen series.