- View history
- 4 Associates
- 5.1 Positions and Roles
- 5.2 Coin Tossing
- 6.1 Kurta Clan Massacre
- 6.2 Zoldyck Encounter
- 7.1 Hunter Exam arc
- 7.2 Heavens Arena arc
- 7.3 Yorknew City arc
- 7.4 Greed Island arc
- 7.5 Chimera Ant arc
- 7.6 13 th Hunter Chairman Election arc
- 7.7 Succession Contest arc
- 8 Arm-Wrestling Rankings
- 9.1 Intertextuality and References
- 9.2 Miscellaneous
- 10 Translations around the World
- 11 References
Overview [ ]
The Phantom Troupe around the time of the Kurta Clan massacre
During their mission in Yorknew City , the group consisted of thirteen members,  but it currently has only ten.  Each member has a numbered tattoo of a twelve-legged spider on their body.  Those wishing to join the group can do so by killing a current member, thereby replacing them. The group’s leader fills other vacancies,  and members can offer nominations.  
Although they occasionally do philanthropic work, the Troupe mainly steals and kills.    After the leader revels in the group’s spoils, he sells everything.  Among their crimes is the massacre of the Kurta Clan and the stealing of their Scarlet Eyes .  They are also a major asset in the defense of Meteor City, as shown when they defeated Zazan and her group of Chimera Ants .  However, they were responsible for ruining the ideal partnership with the Mafia and are considered outliers even by the city’s standards.  
Despite their close ties to one another, they will allow those who have killed their members to join.  While Chrollo organized a massacre against the Mafia as revenge for one of their deceased members, Machi speculated that he might ask the killer to join the group. 
Origins [ ]
The "Something Troupe" discussing their future
Around fifteen years before the beginning of the series, prior to the creation of the Phantom Troupe under its common name, it was a group of children from Meteor City, a junkyard city that is inhabited by outcasts; doing live voiceovers for movies found in landfills. The group was formed after Chrollo, along with Pakunoda, Sheila and Sarasa, first staged Power Cleaners. This encouraged Uvogin, Feitan, Phinks, Nobunaga, Shalnark, and Franklin to join. Machi was also with them, but for some time she did not want to agree to the roles offered to her. With such a composition of people, the name "Troupe" was chosen, but there was still no idea for its second part. 
One day, Sarasa didn't show up at the show. The troupe learned that she had not been seen since yesterday. Most of the children watching the Troupe's shows decided to help in the search. Chrollo paired up with Uvogin, and after a long time of searching, they came up with the idea of checking out the Uga Forest. They gathered the other members and they all went into the forest together. There they found the scene of the crime, the instruments of torture, a note left behind and a sack hanging from a tree. Chrollo was the only one who could read the contents of the note, but he chose not to share it with others. When Uvogin took the sack from the tree, Chrollo decided to check the contents. It turned out that Sarasa's destroyed body was inside. Some time later, Troupe attends Sarasa's funeral, after which Chrollo talks to Uvogin about their group's future. He asks him to wait three years, in which he will be able to get the necessary funds to carry out his plan, which consists in creating a website that lures criminals to Meteor City, so that they may find Sarasa's killers amongst them and then they will exact vengeance on the culprits. During the conversation, they are joined by the other members of the Troupe, except for Sheila, who decides to leave the group. Each of the other members chooses Chrollo as the leader of the group, which will be formed in three years. 
Chrollo forming the Phantom Troupe
Around three years later, Chrollo founded the Phantom Troupe , along with Franklin, Uvogin, Machi, Pakunoda, Feitan, Nobunaga,  and Shalnark . 
Members [ ]
Active • Deceased • Defected
Associates [ ]
The Phantom Troupe occasionally hires outside assistance during their missions. Examples include:
- Illumi Zoldyck : hired to kill the Mafia's Ten Dons . He was accompanied by Maha and Kalluto . 
- Hisoka Morow : hired to negotiate with a Nen exorcist to remove Kurapika's Judgment Chain from Chrollo’s heart.  
- Abengane : hired to remove Kurapika’s Judgment Chain from Chrollo's heart.  
Hierarchy and Rules [ ]
Mirroring the metaphorical representation of the group as a twelve-legged spider, the Phantom Troupe is ideally composed of thirteen members in total, one "head" and twelve "legs".  All the "legs" are equal in ranking and decision-making power, and tasks are assigned based on each member's individual skills or preferences.  The "head" is the leader, whose orders are to be of the utmost priority; however, their life is not, since even the leader can be replaced. The members are expected to always adhere to the governing principle that the prosperity of the group as a whole trumps the survival of any one of its individuals, including the leader himself.  In Chrollo's case, however, several members had become so reliant on him that they prioritized his life over the group’s survival. 
The Troupe does not assemble frequently but gathers at the leader’s request, which can be discretionary or mandatory. Skipping a mandatory meeting could result in a member being punished.  Only the leader has the authority to add new members, although they can recommend candidates they deem suitable.  Defeating a current member is a viable way to replace them, which may not be subject to the leader’s approval. 
Other than following their leader’s orders and not fighting amongst themselves,  members are not expected to follow any specific procedures. Although some members believe buying and bidding to be against the ways of the group,  others have no qualms about resorting to legal, non-violent channels and transactions,  with at least two of them becoming Hunters for the associated benefits.   It has been noted that two members are always by the leader’s side when the Troupe gathers together, but it is unknown whether this is an official rule. 
Positions and Roles [ ]
Phantom Troupe members are assigned to or volunteer for certain activities in the group based on their aptitude. 
- Boss (団長, "Leader"): The leader of the Phantom Troupe. Currently held by Chrollo.
- Acting Leader (団長代理, "Leader Substitute"): The interim leader of the Troupe when the leader is absent. This position was granted to whoever killed Zazan first.  Formerly held by Feitan. 
- Commando Team (特攻  or 実行部隊,  "Vanguard/Attack Squad" or "Execution Squad"): Volunteers for this unit are frontline fighters. One of their main responsibilities involves protecting the recon and cleanup groups. Formerly held by Nobunaga and Uvogin;  currently held by Nobunaga, Phinks, and Feitan. 
- Recon (情報, "Intelligence"): Members in charge of information gathering. Formerly held by Shalnark and Pakunoda. 
- Cleanup (処理部隊, "Disposing Squad"): Members in charge of removing the evidence of the group's criminal activity. Currently held by Shizuku . 
Coin Tossing [ ]
Obverse of the Spider coin
Reverse of the Spider coin
Serious fights are prohibited among Phantom Troupe members. Since no member outranks another, if a clash of opinions cannot be solved through discussion, coin tossing is used to settle the quarrel.  However, disputes solved by the coin are only between two individuals.  The coin used is custom-made, with the heads side sporting the group's signature twelve-legged spider and the tails side depicting a spider's web.
Uvogin's Spider tattoo
Members of the Phantom Troupe, with the possible exception of Chrollo, sport a tattoo of a twelve-legged spider somewhere on their body. Inside the spider, there is a number ranging from 1 to 12, which differs for each member.  The only members whose tattoos have been seen are Shizuku  and the deceased Uvogin.  It is unknown how these numbers are assigned. Although the twelve-legged spider is instantly recognizable as the symbol of the Troupe, the fact that it’s numbered is not as widely known. 
History [ ]
Kurta clan massacre [ ].
The message left by the Phantom Troupe
Five years prior the 287th Hunter Exam , the Phantom Troupe approached the Kurta Clan for their valuable Scarlet Eyes and massacred all 128 villagers. It's reported that family members were made to face one another and stabbed multiple times, with their heads severed while they were still alive. Pure clan members had their eyes gouged out, while those who married into the clan had their eyes squashed and sustained more brutal wounds than the others. The adult males had the most wounds, but it's assumed that these were sustained during a struggle before they were captured. Those who were not related by blood to the clan were said to be mutilated in order to set an example. After this, the heads of those with Scarlet Eyes were all severed successively. Since the scarlet color is caused by anger and makes the eyes more valuable, it's reported that the Troupe members mutilated the children in front of their parents in order to intensify the scarlet color. Lastly, a message was left behind that read: " We'll accept anything you leave here, but don't ever take anything away from us. " 
Zoldyck Encounter [ ]
Chrollo Lucilfer vs. Silva Zoldyck
Three years prior to Southernpiece Auction in Yorknew City, Silva Zoldyck killed member #8 of the Phantom Troupe and fought Chrollo. The outcome of their fight is unknown,  but during their second encounter, Silva noted that Chrollo had improved considerably since then.  Their first fight was presumably when Silva became aware of the nature of Chrollo's Nen ability . 
Hunter Exam arc [ ]
Kurapika reveals to the Captain that his ultimate goal is to capture every member of the Phantom Troupe so that he can avenge the Kurta Clan . The Captain warns him that the Troupe’s members are Class-A bounties and that even veteran Hunters avoid going after them. 
During the first phase of the 287th Hunter Exam , Kurapika tells Leorio that the Troupe stole the Scarlet Eyes from every member of the Kurta Clan. He then reiterates that he plans to capture every member and retrieve the eyes of his clan.  During the exam’s third phase , Majtani reveals a spider tattoo on his right shoulder, shocking Leorio, who explains the significance of the symbol to Gon and Killua . After punching him into the floor, an enraged Kurapika tells Majtani that a genuine Troupe tattoo has the member’s number inscribed inside and that they don’t bother counting up the people they have killed. 
During Kurapika's fight against Hisoka in the final tournament, Hisoka whispers something to him,  and it’s later revealed that Hisoka knows something interesting about the Spiders, promising to tell Kurapika in Yorknew City on September 1 st . 
Heavens Arena arc [ ]
Yorknew city arc [ ].
On August 31 st , after Machi , Franklin , Feitan , and Nobunaga make their way through the Gordeau Desert toward Yorknew City , they meet up with the other Phantom Troupe members at an undisclosed location on the outskirts of the city. Their leader Chrollo orders them to steal all the items at the Underground Auction and to kill anyone who gets in their way. 
During a conditional auction, Shizuku meets Gon and challenges him in an arm-wrestling match to win a diamond ring. She proves to be a challenge for Gon but ends up losing because she used her weak hand. Franklin and Feitan prevent her from trying again, since the auction is about to begin. 
Feitan and Franklin welcoming the auction guests before the massacre
Uvogin , Machi, Shalnark , Nobunaga, Shizuku, Feitan, and Franklin head to the auction while the rest stay behind at the hideout. The members arrive at the auction, and after Franklin, Feitan, and Shizuku kill all the guests and dispose of the evidence,  they all discover that the auction items have already been taken from the vault. The members are forced to leave empty-handed, and Uvogin contacts Chrollo by phone to give him an update on the situation. 
As the Troupe members make their escape in a hot-air balloon, Uvogin speculates that there might be a Judas among them, but Chrollo convinces him that there isn't and adds that the Mafia 's security would have been tighter if they knew about their plan. He guesses that they only received a vague tip and that the higher-ups trusted the source enough to act on it. Uvogin then tells Chrollo about the Ten Dons and the Shadow Beasts , adding that before they killed the auctioneer, he told them that a Shadow Beast named Owl showed up and somehow left empty-handed after emptying the entire vault. Chrollo guesses that he has a Nen ability similar to Shizuku's and that the Mafia knows that Nen is involved after 500 guests suddenly vanished. Uvogin asks for permission to fight them, and Chrollo tells him to cause enough of a disturbance to draw out the Shadow Beasts. 
After their balloon is shot down in the Gordeau Desert and dozens of Mafia members order them to come down from the high ledge, Uvogin assures his comrades that he will take care of them, sliding down the cliffside and confronting them. A Mafia member points a gun in Uvogin's face and asks if they kidnapped the guests, which Uvogin confirms. Uvogin simply smiles when the man asks about their leader, and when he fires at point blank range, Uvogin catches the bullet with his teeth and breaks the man's neck with a single swipe. He then begins to massacre the other Mafia members, surviving both a shot from a sniper rifle and an anti-tank missile. Kurapika and the other Nostrade bodyguards watch the carnage from afar when four Shadow Beasts arrive to deal with the Troupe. Worm , Leech , Rabid Dog , and Porcupine all confront Uvogin. 
Uvogin punching Worm
Worm is the first to be incapacitated by Uvogin's Big Bang Impact . After Uvogin is distracted by Porcupine and immobilized by Rabid Dog, Leech begins to insert his leeches into the wound on Uvogin's shoulder. However, Uvogin kills him by biting off a portion of his head and then spits out a fragment of his skull like a bullet to kill Rabid Dog. With Porcupine still attached to his arm and unable to use physical attacks against him, Uvogin lets out a loud scream right toward him that results in his death.  As Shalnark explains how to remove the leeches from his system, Kurapika takes advantage of Uvogin's paralysis and captures him with Chain Jail , quickly driving away from the canyon with the other bodyguards. Machi immediately uses a needle and a Nen thread to track Uvogin. She and four other members then chase after Kurapika by car, but just before they can catch up with him, the remaining Shadow Beasts arrive and stop them. 
Phinks stabbing Dalzollene from behind
Uvogin is taken to an undisclosed location and interrogated by Dalzollene and the other Nostrade bodyguards. Machi and her comrades easily kill the remaining Shadow Beasts except Owl. They then find out where Uvogin is being held captive and free him after Phinks kills Dalzollene. Kurapika eventually meets up with Hisoka, who tells him everything he knows about the Troupe and asks if he wants to team up, offering to reveal seven of their abilities if he agrees.  Machi tells Uvogin about the items and the deaths of the Shadow Beasts, but he insists on finding and killing the chain user instead of returning to the Troupe's hideout with them. She and the other members have no choice but to let Uvogin do what he wants. After the two talk some more, Kurapika tells Hisoka that he will give him an answer at the same time tomorrow. With help from Shalnark,  Uvogin eventually tracks Kurapika to the hotel where Neon and the rest of her bodyguards are staying. He allows Kurapika to choose where he wants to die, and Kurapika suggests somewhere remote since he is confident that Uvogin's death will be loud. Elsewhere in the city, Gon, Killua, and Leorio learn that bounties have been put on the heads of the Troupe members by the Mafia, seizing the opportunity to look for them.  
Uvogin's last stand
In the Gordeau Desert, Kurapika eventually captures Uvogin with his Chain Jail ,  and questions him about the location and abilities of the other Troupe members. However, Uvogin refuses to answer any of his questions, only asking Kurapika to kill him. Finally, Kurapika pierces Uvogin's chest with his Judgment Chain , telling him that he must answer all questions truthfully. Kurapika once again asks Uvogin for the location of the other Troupe members, but Uvogin only smiles and again refuses to answer, causing Kurapika's Judgment Chain to pierce Uvogin's heart and kill him instantly. Uvogin is then buried in an unmarked grave at the site of their battle. Back at the Troupe’s hideout, after Feitan tortures Owl to recover the auction items, Chrollo tells the Troupe members that they will change their plans if Uvogin doesn’t return by dawn. 
On September 3 rd , Machi and Nobunaga wait in the middle of a square in an attempt to lure out the chain user, but they attract Gon and Killua 's attention instead and are tailed by them.  With the help of Phinks and Pakunoda , who have been secretly following them,  they easily capture the two boys and bring them back to their hideout.  Nobunaga ends up liking Gon because he reminds him of Uvogin, telling the others that he wants to nominate him to be a Troupe member when Chrollo returns. Meanwhile, Shalnark prints a list of Nostrade Family employees from the Hunter Website and hands the photos to the other Spiders, telling them to memorize their faces. He adds that according to Uvogin, the chain user isn’t among them, so he suggests that they work in pairs to find someone who knows him.  While the other Spiders leave the hideout to look for the chain user, Nobunaga watches over Gon and Killua, but the two end up escaping by kicking through the building's walls.  
Chrollo orchestrating a requiem for Uvogin
On September 3 rd , using a picture of her that was just uploaded on the Hunter Website, Chrollo finds and approaches Neon Nostrade , who has slipped away from her bodyguards to attend the rescheduled Underground Auction without her father ’s knowledge.  After helping her to get into the Cemetery Building , he asks her to tell his fortune, which she gladly does.  Upon reading it, he cries once he sees the allusion to Uvogin's death. After the two talk and make their way to the auction, he knocks Neon unconscious with a swift blow to the back of her neck in order to get the Mafia members to call an ambulance. He then kills multiple assassins with ease and orders the other Spiders (excluding Nobunaga) to come to the Cemetery Building and cause chaos.  As the Spiders slaughter the police and 2,000 Mafia members outside, Chrollo finishes killing Assassin A and dedicates the requiem to Uvogin. 
As the Troupes massacre continues outside, Chrollo is cornered in the building’s basement by Silva and Zeno Zoldyck .  Noticing how skilled Zeno is, Chrollo fights with the intention of stealing his abilities. However, Zeno sees through him and has him pinned against the wall while Silva throws two huge aura spheres at them, triggering an enormous explosion.  Silva's transmitter suddenly rings, and Illumi informs him that the Ten Dons have been eliminated and that Chrollo was the one who hired him. Since Silva and Zeno were hired by the Ten Dons, they tell Chrollo that he is no longer their target now that the Dons are dead, leaving Chrollo alone and exhausted as he tells himself that he wouldn’t have been able to steal Zeno’s ability. Chrollo then contacts the other members and tells them to forget about the ambulance and that they will go ahead as planned. 
The Spiders celebrating after their successful plan at the auction
The Troupe then makes use of Kortopi 's ability to fool the Mafia with fake corpses of five members,  taking over the rescheduled Underground Auction held on the building’s 10 th floor and selling the copies of the items made by Kortopi’s ability. Backstage, Hisoka distracts Bean while Machi uses her Nen thread to hang and kill him.  After that, the Troupe members return to their hideout and celebrate their successful plan.  The following day, Chrollo tells the Troupe that they will leave Yorknew that night once they retrieve the rest of the loot, but Nobunaga insists on finding the chain user.  In order to persuade Nobunaga, he uses Neon’s stolen ability to tell the fortunes of Nobunaga and the other members, and they learn that five more of them will die in the next two weeks if they keep chasing after the chain user. They then intend to leave Yorknew to avoid the fortunes,  but Hisoka alters his own with his Texture Surprise so that the Troupe will stay in Yorknew and he will have the chance to fight Chrollo. 
Later, Chrollo is able to deduce that Kurapika is one of Neon's bodyguards and a surviving member of the Kurta Clan . Thanks to a pair of copied Scarlet Eyes that they sold to the Nostrade Family the night before, they determine that he and the other bodyguards are staying at the Hotel Beitacle . Chrollo then tells Kortopi, Machi, Nobunaga, Pakunoda, and Shizuku to go with him to the hotel while the others stay behind at the hideout.   On the way, noticing that they are being followed by two people, he tells Kortopi, Nobunaga and Pakunoda to go ahead while he, Machi, and Shizuku stay behind. They then capture Gon and Killua again.  Meanwhile, Pakunoda and the other two are able to learn Kurapika's name and face after capturing and killing Squala . 
Gon and Killua trying to escape from Pakunoda and Machi
Chrollo, Machi, and Shizuku take the two boys to the hotel  and meet up with Pakunoda's group in the lobby. He tells Pakunoda to check their memories again, but before she can reveal what she has learned about Kurapika, a power outage suddenly happens, allowing Gon and Killua to make an escape attempt. However, Machi and Nobunaga easily recapture them despite the total darkness. Shizuku is then the first one to notice that Chrollo is missing. 
After the others also realize that Chrollo is missing, Pakunoda reads a note left by Kurapika that threatens Chrollo's life if she reveals Gon and Killua's memories to the others. Nobunaga tells her to stay quiet while they wait for the chain user's call, stressing that they need to keep the two boys as hostages. In a flashback, Pakunoda remembers the formation of the Troupe in Meteor City where Chrollo stressed the importance of the Spider as a whole, telling them to never forget that someone else will take over if he dies. Back in the present, Pakunoda considers betraying the Spider to save Chrollo and wonders what Chrollo would do, with Nobunaga calling Phinks and telling him to hurry after revealing that Chrollo was captured. Sitting chained in the seat next to Kurapika as Leorio drives, Chrollo says that he didn't think the chain user would be a woman, but Kurapika quickly removes his wig and warns him that his words could be his last. Chrollo then reminds Kurapika that he can't kill him since he left his friends behind. He then points out that the encounter wasn't even mentioned in his fortune, which means that it's entirely insignificant, causing Kurapika to fly into a rage. 
Shizuku telling the others that the Troupe’s rules are absolute
Phinks, Feitan , and Shalnark soon arrive at the hotel. The Troupe members receive a call from Kurapika, who tells them not to follow him, not to hurt the hostages, and to give the phone to Pakunoda. He then tells Pakunoda to go to Lingon Airport alone to negotiate the terms of a hostage exchange and that the other members have to return to their hideout. Phinks, Feitan, and Shalnark try to follow Pakunoda, but Nobunaga stops them for fear that Chrollo will be killed, leading to a heated quarrel between the two groups, with Feitan stressing that Chrollo would agree with their decision to follow her and that Nobunaga’s way of thinking is an insult to the Spiders. The quarrel is eventually settled after Shizuku knocks Nobunaga unconscious and reminds the others of the Troupe’s rules. After learning that Kurapika has a way to see through their lies, the Troupe members agree to return to the hideout. 
Meanwhile, after Chrollo again provokes Kurapika, the latter punches him in the face multiple times before Leorio and Melody calm him down. As Chrollo stresses that he’s worthless as a hostage, Melody listens to his heartbeat and says that he enjoys the fact that death is always near him. Kurapika asks if he was the Troupe’s leader five years earlier when they massacred the Kurta Clan, but Chrollo stays silent as Kurapika readies his Judgment Chain . Chrollo then asks if he used the chain to kill Uvogin, also asking about his final words. He again refuses to answer Kurapika, who feels powerless about having to keep Chrollo alive. As Kurapika backs down and calls back Pakunoda, Chrollo realizes that Kurapika will prioritize his friends over his mission, hoping that Pakunoda will bring the other members with her to the meeting. 
At the Troupe’s hideout, after Hisoka enlists of the help of Illumi,  Franklin, Bonolenov , and Hisoka wait for the others to return, suddenly hearing a sound in the distance. After Hisoka suggests that they check it out and turns the corner to leave the room, Franklin and Bonolenov spot a child standing on the ledge of a nearby window. After the child leaps down and escapes, Franklin wonders if it's one of them and Bonolenov asks if they should follow. However, Franklin worries that it could be a trap and suggests that they wait until everyone returns. Hisoka , his eyes now entirely black, regroups with the other two Spiders. 
Phinks and Feitan confronting Pakunoda, Machi, and Kortopi
When Kurapika meets Pakunoda aboard an airship, he uses his Judgment Chain on both her and Chrollo, setting two conditions for each of them. He then tells her to return to the airport with the hostages by midnight and to not tell the others where she is going. After Pakunoda agrees and returns to the hideout, she tells the others about the exchange and that she is leaving with just the two boys. Phinks becomes so angry that he wants to get rid of them and then go after the chain user,  but Machi and Kortopi side with Pakunoda. They prepare to confront Phinks and Feitan, who think that she and the others are being manipulated by the chain user, but Gon interrupts their quarrel and emphasizes that Pakunoda just wants to save their leader. Phinks finally agrees to let Pakunoda leave after Franklin tells him that if they all keep fighting, it will be the end of the Troupe. 
Just before the exchange, Hisoka unexpectedly appears and threatens to kill Gon and Killua if he cannot board Pakunoda’s airship. Kurapika has no choice but to let him go to the exchange site with them. After the exchange is successful, Kurapika looks down on Chrollo and hopes that he realizes what it’s like to have all his support systems taken away. Standing opposite him, Hisoka happily challenges Chrollo to a fight.  He then reveals that he has never been a true member of the Troupe, removing the fake Spider tattoo from his back, and points out that it won’t be considered in-fighting now. Chrollo laughs and tells Hisoka that he isn’t worth fighting since Kurapika stabbed him with his Judgment Chain and rendered him unable to use Nen. Losing interest, Hisoka quickly leaves and tells Pakunoda that he isn’t interested in broken toys, assuring her that Chrollo isn’t in danger from him anymore. 
At the hideout, Phinks demands answers from Pakunoda and wonders to himself why she's holding her gun. Pakunoda tells them that Chrollo can't return, and Phinks angrily asks if she's joking, ordering her to explain and threatening her with violence if they don't like her answer. Pakunoda readies her ability and tells herself that she can fire six shots simultaneously for the founding members. She then asks Feitan, Phinks, Machi, Nobunaga, Shalnark, and Franklin if they will trust her and accept it. As Pakunoda prepares to shoot out her memories, Phinks thinks that the chain user is manipulating her, but Nobunaga assures him that it's really Pakunoda. Once Pakunoda fires the six shots along with her memories into the heads of the founding members, Kurapika's Judgment Chain activates around her heart. She prays that she will be the last as she falls dead to the ground. With the founding members left stunned, all of Pakunoda's memories suddenly flood into their minds. Shizuku checks on Pakunoda and confirms that she's dead, asking the others how it happened. Phinks says that he will explain everything and begins to tell the others why Pakunoda made her decision. Still standing alone at the exchange site, Chrollo looks toward the east. 
Greed Island arc [ ]
Phinks and Feitan encountering Gon and Killua at the auction
On September 6 th , Phinks and Feitan attend the Southernpiece Auction and are surprised to see Gon and Killua, who immediately run away. The Troupe members easily chase after them and tell the two that they have no plans to kill them and that they can’t kill Kurapika because it could result in post-mortem Nen . Feitan gives him a look, and Phinks realizes that he shouldn’t reveal anything else, assuring himself that Chrollo is looking for an exorcist and that they just need to wait. Phinks assures Gon and Killua that they are just there to enjoy the auction, adding that the other members have already returned home. Gon asks about Pakunoda, and as Phinks tells him that she died and sees the pained look on his face, he plays through one of Pakunoda's memories when she asked the two boys why they weren't trying to escape from her since she was injured. She told them that if they escaped, the chain user could just kill Chrollo. She asked the two if they were his friends, and Gon sternly replied that it's because they're his friends that they don't want him to be a murderer. After Killua replied that the hostage exchange is the best way to do things, Pakunoda stood in silence as the two boys looked back at her. Back in the present, Phinks tells the boys that Pakunoda was thankful to them, quickly turning around as he and Feitan leave. 
By attending the auction, Phinks and Feitan discover that Battera has purchased multiple copies of Greed Island and is selecting players through tryouts. Later on the same day, they attack a car carrying a copy, kill the guards, and take it back to their hideout to play.  When Machi, Franklin, Shizuku, and Shalnark ask about the game, Phinks invites them to play before entering the game.  After some online research, Shalnark invites Kortopi and Shizuku to accompany him into the game so that he can test a theory and so that he and Shizuku will be safer for the rest of the week. 
The three depart and begin to study the game's system. After witnessing the limited response patterns of the game’s NPCs, seeing that the cards copied by Kortopi cannot be turned into objects, and Shizuku's Blinky cannot inhale the game’s special items, Shalnark realizes that the game functions with Nen. He explains his reasoning to his two companions, advancing the possibility that the island exists in the real world and not in virtual reality. He then plans to use a " Toraemon " card in order to collect all the game’s special items. He tells the two that their first priority is to get " Eye of God " or " Analysis " and to meet up with Phinks and Feitan, who are seen to have killed Latarza and taken his cards. Phinks suggests that they have a contest to see which of them can kill the most players, and Feitan agrees, reminding Phinks to take their cards first. 
The Spiders heading to Greed Island
After the five leave the island with samples of rocks, Shalnark analyzes them and eventually determines the general location in the real world. The five of them plus Franklin sail towards the location marked by Shalnark, where they indeed find an island. However, they are promptly detected by Eta .  Upon reaching the shore, they encounter Razor , who introduces himself as a Game Master . He informs them that trespassers aren't welcome and that they can come back using the right way. He then uses an " Eliminate " card to send them to six different locations on the Azian Continent . 
After returning the right way and realizing that Chrollo headed to the real Greed Island according to his fortune, Shalnark tells the others that he must have hired someone to play the game for him and then use his name as a message to them. As he adds that the exorcist must be on the island, Hisoka reveals himself and says that it was his idea to use Chrollo's name. Franklin guesses that Hisoka’s reward for helping Chrollo is a duel, and Shalnark assures the others that it’s only a matter of time until Chrollo returns. At that point, a smiling Chrollo is seen at an undisclosed location sitting in front of a JoyStation Console . 
Machi, Hisoka, and Nobunaga spying on the Nen exorcist
Finally locating the exorcist, the Troupe has Hisoka make a deal with him so that he will remove Kurapika's Judgment Chain from Chrollo's heart. Shalnark then tells Hisoka that Machi and Nobunaga are tailing the exorcist, showing Machi’s thread to him and telling him to follow it. Phinks stresses the importance of the job, and Hisoka knows that it’s his only chance to fight Chrollo. Hisoka meets up with Machi and Nobunaga to spy on the disguised exorcist . He then senses Kalluto skulking in the shadows, and realizes that his ability allowed the Troupe to find the exorcist. After they introduce Kalluto as Hisoka’s replacement and Hisoka seems interested in him, Machi and Nobunaga warn Kalluto to be careful since Hisoka will go after anything. Hisoka assures Nobunaga that he will negotiate with the exorcist, and Machi asks him if he actually intends to fight Chrollo. Hisoka replies that he does and asks her who she wants to survive, with Machi quickly telling him that he can drop dead once he finishes the job with the exorcist. Hisoka then asks her what she will do if he ends up killing Chrollo, and Machi sternly tells him that she will chase him to the ends of the earth and kill him. 
Chimera Ant arc [ ]
Chrollo is seen reading an issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump as Hisoka and Abengane approach him. 
The Spiders preparing to return to Meteor City
During the Chimera Ant crisis , Phinks, Feitan, Bonolenov, Shalnark, Kalluto, and Shizuku all journey to Meteor City . On their way there, they discuss how the Chimera Ant invasion happened and why some of them came to the city. The Troupe is met by some locals who tell them about the self-proclaimed Queen making a nest near the city and wreaking havoc amongst the people, and how the assembly is currently dealing with it. Seeing that no immediate progress is being made, the Troupe take it upon themselves to solve the Chimera Ant problem, with Phinks assuring the officials that they will exterminate the Queen by the end of the day. The Troupe members approach the enormous nest and walk right in through the front door. 
Feitan victorious against Zazan
After Phinks explains to Kalluto that they will split up and that whoever kills the Queen first becomes the acting leader, the Troupe members go their separate ways within the nest.  Kalluto encounters and kills Small Beetle , Phinks destroys Gorilla with a single punch,  Bonolenov crushes the Gun-toting Ant , Shalnark kills both Pell and Boki ,  Shizuku drains Pike of all his blood,  and after struggling against Zazan , Feitan is eventually victorious against her, making him the acting leader of the Troupe. 
The Troupe members then encounter the transformed Meteor City residents, who all beg to be killed. However, Phinks refuses to do so and orders them to show what spirit they still have left as Meteor City natives. The other members ready their weapons, and after the Troupe members easily take care of the transformed residents and return to the city, they decide to stay and take care of any more Ants that appear. However, Shalnark receives a text from Nobunaga asking for help, and Phinks is left disappointed that it wasn't Chrollo contacting them, saying that he hates having to wait. Shalnark and Feitan jokingly tell Phinks that he’s acting like a girl with a crush, and Phinks angrily tosses rubble at the two injured Troupe members as they run away from him. 
13 th Hunter Chairman Election arc [ ]
When Hisoka is left confused by Illumi’s mention of Ants and Netero ’s death, Illumi tells him that he missed a lot while he was chasing after Chrollo, adding that he might have had the chance to fight the Ants or Netero otherwise. 
Succession Contest arc [ ]
After making contact with the Troupe to acquire the abilities of Shalnark and Kortopi, Chrollo begins a fight to the death against Hisoka at Heavens Arena .      
Shalnark's corpse with Kortopi's severed head
Chrollo wins the match and eventually asks Shalnark, Machi, and Kortopi to confirm Hisoka's death. When Shalnark and Kortopi begin to leave, Machi tells them that since Hisoka paid her in advance, she will stitch him up. Now alone with Hisoka’s corpse, Machi looks at the damage around his neck and face, thanking him for helping to exorcise Chrollo. As she prepares to stitch him up, aura suddenly surrounds Hisoka’s body and leaves Machi stunned before she realizes that it must be post-mortem Nen. Hisoka comes back to life and asks Machi to confirm that he was really dead. As Hisoka realizes how difficult it is to fight someone like Chrollo, Machi sighs and hopes that he has learned his lesson, telling him to pick his battles next time. She tells him to sit down while she stitches him up, but Hisoka expertly uses his Texture Surprise to cover his wounds and give himself multiple prostheses. When Machi turns her back to Hisoka and prepares to leave, he restrains her with Bungee Gum and asks her to tell the other Spiders that he will fight any of them on sight until he has killed them all. Machi threatens to kill him on the spot and orders him to remove his gum, but Hisoka references their love and tells her to get it off by herself, leaving Machi even more enraged. 
Chrollo then contacts Shalnark and tells him about Kakin 's journey to the New Continent , adding that the Troupe will steal the treasure on board. Chrollo asks if he will need his cell phone back and points out that he won’t be able to return the antennae, but Shalnark assures him that he doesn’t currently need it. Chrollo tells him that he will return it once they board the ship , and Shalnark happily looks forward to the whole Troupe getting back together. Shalnark then waits for Kortopi to leave a public restroom and wonders why he's taking so long. As Shalnark's phone rings again, he suddenly spots Hisoka walking out of the restroom carrying something in his hand. Shalnark drops his phone and runs toward Hisoka, who tosses the object in Shalnark's direction. After Shalnark catches it and sees that it's Kortopi's severed head, Hisoka quickly kills him and strings up his body on a playset as crows pick at him and Kortopi's head lying at his feet. 
Chrollo distraught after the deaths of Kortopi and Shalnark
In a crowded area on Tier 5 of the Black Whale , a man steps on a cockroach and says that they seem to find their way everywhere. He notices the dejected expression of a person sitting opposite him and says that he looks like he’s about to kill someone. After the person is revealed to be Chrollo, the man adds that he probably endured a lot to get on board and tells him to forget about all his ties to the old world. However, Chrollo replies that it would be difficult since ties are meant to be severed, not forgotten. 
On the second day of the Black Whale’s voyage, Phinks, Feitan, Franklin, and Nobunaga are seen aboard the ship confronting three members of the Buor Family in Tier 5 . They force them to talk about Kakin's three Mafia families, with Phinks guessing that there's a middleman between the boss and the henchmen. Franklin tells the Buor Family members to call over the person who makes the cut, and one of them replies that the next meeting is planned for Saturday. Phinks then tells the Mafia members that their new mission is to find everyone taller than 6'2" and get their room numbers. Also in Tier 5, Chrollo meets up with Machi at a crowded market. Both of them want to be the one to kill Hisoka after the deaths of Kortopi and Shalnark. Machi suggests flipping a coin, but Chrollo reminds her that coins are for disputes between two individuals, stressing that every member of the Troupe (including himself) wants to kill Hisoka. He then tells her to find Hisoka and guarantees that he’s somewhere on the ship. 
The current Troupe members gathering together
On the fourth day of the voyage, all current members of the Phantom Troupe gather together in the crowded central dining hall , where Chrollo hears the reports about their fruitless search for Hisoka. They conclude that Hisoka is not in Tier 5, though the upper tiers are controlled by two other Mafia families. Chrollo encourages their newest member, Illumi, to introduce himself. Illumi shares that he and Hisoka once had a quid-pro-quo relationship, but reveals that Hisoka has now requested that he join the Troupe and have Hisoka as his assassination target. A group from the Cha-R Family then interrupts their meeting, with the leader rudely asking them to move from their table. Chrollo refuses and asks them to find somewhere else instead. The Mafia leader stops his subordinates from initiating a fight and identifies Chrollo and the others as the Phantom Troupe. According to the leader, the Troupe's rampage in Yorknew City allowed them easier access to the New Continent . The leader further orders the Troupe to do their business elsewhere. Before leaving, Chrollo tells him that they are looking for someone over 190 cm with an unpleasant air about him. The leader suggests that they look at the Royal Army 's passenger list, but adds that it will be a hard task since the upper tiers require tickets. He offers him a free pass if they join the Cha-R Family, but Chrollo politely declines. Instead, he asks about gaining access to Tier 1 , which prompts the Mafia leader to quickly dismiss his cockiness, telling him to get lost. As the Spiders walk away, the group's leader asks Sun-bin if the Troupe is trouble, and he replies that they will reach Tier 1 if they want to get there and that they didn't even try to hide their Nen . As they worry about the Troupe upsetting the balance of power, the man tells Sun-bin to call their young leader and to warn him that there might be a fight. 
The Spiders splitting up to find Hisoka
Phinks tells the others that the leader showed his hand when Chrollo mentioned Tier 1, implying that there might be treasure hidden there. Chrollo stresses that they need to find Hisoka before going after any treasure. With the information they have all gathered, he orders the Troupe to bring him Hisoka's head, after which they can celebrate. Soon after the group splits up, Shizuku and Bonolenov ask Chrollo if he wants to team up. Chrollo agrees to work with them, but stresses that he will be the one to kill Hisoka. Shizuku points out that both her and Bonolenov's abilities don't work well against Hisoka's Bungee Gum , and Chrollo replies that he plans to attack Hisoka as soon as he sees him. Shizuku says that she will look for Hisoka in disguise, and Bonolenov says that he will transform rather than disguise himself, explaining that he will use his Battle Cantabile: Metamorphosen . He adds that while he can take many forms, he isn't strategic enough to come up with a plan, asking Chrollo for help. After Chrollo gives Bonolenov advice on how to use his ability, Shizuku asks Chrollo if he can read their fortunes again, hoping that it will give them some clues. However, Chrollo reveals that the ability disappeared from his book, and after realizing the implication, Shizuku likens Chrollo's book to the Death Note . As Chrollo stays silent, Bonolenov tells Shizuku that she keeps thinking that. 
In Tier 1, Onior Longbao and Brocco Li discuss the Spiders, with the latter mentioning that they couldn't even fit into Meteor City and that it will be difficult to control them since they don't care about life or death. He also mentions that some of his family's younger members are secret fans of theirs. The two bosses summon their underbosses and order them to find Hisoka before the Spiders do. 
In Tier 5, Nobunaga tells Phinks and Feitan that they will the tier to the Buor Family and search for Hisoka on Tier 4 . He plans to retrieve his weapon from the warehouse, and Phinks says that he needs to get something as well, with Feitan adding that his trick umbrella was smuggled in with the black market goods. Nobunaga wonders if the two are babysitting him, but Phinks and Feitan stress that they don't want to give Hisoka any chance to kill them. After arriving at the warehouse, the three encounter some henchmen of the Cha-R Family, one of whom leads them inside. As the man turns the corner, Nobunaga stops Phinks and Feitan, stating that he suddenly vanished from his En , with Phinks noting that he can no longer feel his presence. They walk down the corridor, which turns out to be a dead-end, and then hear a thud from behind them. They find the man lying dead on the floor with his throat cut open. Phinks and Feitan nonchalantly keep searching for the items on their own, ridiculing Nobunaga's concern and telling him that his priorities are weird. As the three continue to talk, the hitman Luini watches them from his portal in the ceiling and describes them as his idols, hoping that they can destroy the world together. 
Phinks, Feitan, and Nobunaga discovering that the warehouse guards are missing
After retrieving their weapons, the three return to the entrance and find that the other Mafia members are gone, but Phinks points out that one got away, noting a trail of dry blood and worrying that it's a trap. He then remarks that if someone had wanted to frame them as enemies of the Cha-R Family, the first corpse would have been enough. When Nobunaga replies that the murders may be unrelated to them, Phinks asks him if he believes multiple parties are involved. From Nobunaga's answer, he surmises that the culprit ran into them by chance and decided to use them, but switched back to his original plan when a fight didn't break out. They begin to follow the trail and surmise that Hisoka isn't involved, guessing that the culprit's target is the Cha-R Family. The trail ends at a locked door, and Phinks notices the two security cameras nearby, which he finds odd for Tier 5. After Nobunaga tries to open the door and finds that it's locked, the Cha-R underboss Ken'i Wang appears behind them with four armed subordinates. He asks if they are the ones who attacked the warehouse guards, but after the Troupe members say that they weren't involved, Ken'i receives a call from his subordinates about a man who entered their hideout with a wounded warehouse guard and yelled that the Spiders did it. Ken'i is annoyed that someone tried to manipulate the two groups into fighting and guesses that he was a hitman from one of the other families. Phinks speculates that they did so to fulfill an ability condition in order to teleport into their hideout at a later time, explaining the process in great detail and even mentioning Nen by name. While Ken'i asks the three Troupe members if they want to work together, he tells himself that they are dangerous and must be eliminated. 
Now sitting by himself in the Tier 5 central dining hall as he enjoys a meal, Franklin is approached by Ittoku , the consigliere of the Cha-R Family, and four other Mafia members. As Ittoku sits opposite him, Franklin reminds him that they already moved tables and asks if he has something else to say. Ittoku uses Franklin’s name and wonders if he’s going to look for Hisoka. Franklin replies that he doesn’t waste effort, explaining that since Hisoka is looking to kill them, he will come to find him as long as he sits and waits. Ittoku then reveals that two of his warehouse guards were killed and four were taken. Franklin assures him that the Troupe wasn’t involved, but then says that it depends on whether or not the Mafia members started the fight. Ittoku points out that Franklin’s three comrades were guaranteed to receive their weapons, wondering why they would fight them. Franklin then assures him that it wasn’t the Troupe and that someone else took advantage of the situation. Ittoku asks if it was Hisoka, and while Franklin says that it could be, he stresses that it wasn’t the Troupe. As he stands up to leave, Ittoku finally asks if the Troupe boarded the ship just for Hisoka, and while Franklin replies that they are still thieves, he stresses that they won’t take the next step until they find and kill Hisoka. After putting out his cigarette on his own steak, Ittoku apologizes and leaves with his men. 
Illumi and Kalluto being questioned by Mizuri of the Royal Army
Inside the Cha-R's hideout, after Ken'i and the Troupe members watch the surveillance footage, Nobunaga points out that the hitman will come to open the other door. Ken'i asks if they want to see what's inside, and Nobunaga refuses to do so for free, offering to kill the hitman. After Ken'i agrees, he introduces the Spiders to the other Cha-R members present. After telling them that the Cha-R has around 250 members on board, the supervisor Tsudonke recognizes the Spiders and keeps it to himself, wondering if he should ask them for an autograph. On an overview of the ship, Phinks and Nobunaga are still seen in the Cha-R's hideout while Feitan has returned to the entrance of the warehouse (since the three are now working with the Mafia family). Franklin is still in the central dining hall, and Machi is by herself in a standard cabin. Chrollo, Shizuku, and Bonolenov are seen making their way to Tier 4 through the central passage, and Illumi and Kalluto are on the observation deck in Tier 3 . As a lockdown is announced and everyone is told to remain in their cabins while the military looks for a stowaway with a deadly weapon, several soldiers come across the two Zoldycks on the observation deck. 
After Kalluto explains that they were asleep, one of the soldiers asks for their ticket and wonders why a VVIP is down in Tier 5. Illumi replies that he is there on business, but the soldier explains that the passage between Tiers 2 and 3 will possibly remain closed for the duration of the voyage, offering to escort them back to the upper floors. However, Illumi repeats himself and says that they will stay in Tier 3. As Mizaistom and Botobai arrive, the former asks if the Spiders are on the ship, and Illumi confirms that every member is on board. Kalluto wonders why he would reveal that, and Illumi says that he is just too honest, but adds that he won’t answer any more questions. After Mizaistom offers them a room at the central police station and has Botobai lead them there, he is surprised that Illumi joined the Troupe as well and wonders what they are plotting. He then considers the possibility that the Spiders are on board to get revenge on Kurapika, debating whether he should tell him. 
Tajao discussing Morena with the Spiders
On the seventh day of the voyage, Tajao , the assistant to the Cha-R boss, emerges from the locked room in the Cha-R’s hideout, escorted by Ken'i. Phinks objects to the way Ken'i introduces them, making it sound like the Spiders are the ones who requested cooperation. After Ken'i gives Tajao his report, Phinks explains that they are looking for Hisoka, who was nowhere to be found in Tier 5. He says that the Troupe members will kill the hitman if they get permission from the Xi-Yu Family to allow them to search Tier 4. He is confident that the hitman will eventually return to access the passage leading to the upper tiers, perhaps in order to kill their boss . Tajao warns the three Spiders that an inescapable war might occur depending on where Morena is. He informs them of the rules that the families must follow, exasperating Phinks and Nobunaga. The two surmise that the most convenient course of action would be to kill Morena. Phinks urges Ken'i and Tajao to find her and assures them that the Spiders will come together to hunt down the hitman. 
On the tenth day of the voyage, after Onior confirms with Hinrigh that Hisoka isn't in Tier 4 , he says that he can permit the Spiders to search that tier. 
Arm-Wrestling Rankings [ ]
The Phantom Troupe uses arm-wrestling to determine how physically strong each member is. However, it should be noted that it’s unclear whether the arm-wrestling competition is done without using Nen , or while maintaining Ten . It should also be noted that all the members, except for Kortopi and possibly Kalluto (whose physical strength is never shown), can defeat a professional Hunter and Enhancer such as Gon in the competition, with Shizuku losing to him only because she used her right arm despite being left-handed.   
- Phinks Magcub
- Hisoka Morow
- Franklin Bordeau
- Feitan Portor
- Machi Komacine
- Chrollo Lucilfer
- Bonolenov Ndongo
- Nobunaga Hazama
- Shizuku Murasaki
- In the official databook , the group's name is also spelled as " Geneiryodan " * . 
- Gon was invited by Nobunaga to join the Troupe to fill the spot left by Uvogin, but he adamantly refused. 
- Majtani passed himself off as a Troupe member to intimidate his opponents, although his tattoo lacked a number. He claimed that he was one of the "Four Devas " of the group. 
- Machi told Hisoka to meet in Yorknew City at noon on August 30 th ,  but the Troupe actually gathered together on August 31 st . 
- Despite not appearing in the flashbacks,    due to the ambiguity of Pakunoda's statement (ちょうど結成時のメンバー分 "Just enough for the founding members."),  it is possible that Phinks is also a founding member of the Troupe.
- When Chrollo wrote out fortunes for most of the Troupe members, several of them were identified by the number on their tattoo, which corresponded to a month of the year, including Hisoka, "April",  , Shizuku, "August", and the late Uvogin, "November". Shizuku and Chrollo deduced that Pakunoda and Shalnark were also mentioned among the dead members. However, because it was never explicitly mentioned whether Pakunoda was member #9 or #6, and Shalnark #6 or #9, it is still unknown which member had which number. 
- All known #4 members, including the non-canon one, Omokage , have proven themselves treacherous or to have hidden agendas.
Intertextuality and References [ ]
- Some members seem to have been based on iconic horror figures/archetypes: Franklin ( Frankenstein's monster ), Kortopi ( Sadako Yamamura from the Ringu franchise, Kitarō from GeGeGe no Kitarō , or a generic ghost from Japanese folklore), Bonolenov (mummy), Pakunoda (witch, in her initial appearance),  and Hisoka ( evil clown ) are the most noticeable.
- It is possible that the Troupe has thirteen members to parody Jesus and the Twelve Apostles . Chrollo wears an inverted cross , often associated with St. Peter or Satanism , and he openly made reference to the New Testament , defending Judas Iscariot .
- Darknet was indirectly mentioned as the technology Chrollo wished to use in his plan.
Miscellaneous [ ]
- Several Phantom Troupe members ranked in both the second and third character popularity polls.
Translations around the World [ ]
References [ ].
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 2
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 5, Chapter 44
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 102
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 71
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 36, Chapter 377
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 3, Chapter 18
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 78
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 92
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 108
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 72
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 36, Chapter 379
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 79
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 7
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 224
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 105
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 36, Chapter 378
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 89
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter, Chapter 396
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 Hunter × Hunter, Chapter 397
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 114
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 100
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 15, Chapter 149
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 17, Chapter 170
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 18, Chapter 183
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 201
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 26.6 26.7 26.8 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 104
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 27.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 13, Chapter 118
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 7, Chapter 55
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 32
- ↑ 30.0 30.1 30.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 80
- ↑ 31.0 31.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 225
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 32.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 229
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 36, Chapter 371
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 227
- ↑ 35.0 35.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 76
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 0, Chapter 2
- ↑ 37.0 37.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 99
- ↑ 38.0 38.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 98
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 35
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 73
- ↑ 41.0 41.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 74
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 75
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 77
- ↑ 44.0 44.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 81
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 82
- ↑ 46.0 46.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 84
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 90
- ↑ 48.0 48.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 91
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 93
- ↑ 50.0 50.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 94
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 95
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 96
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 97
- ↑ 54.0 54.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 101
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 106
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 109
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 111
- ↑ 59.0 59.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 112
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 113
- ↑ 61.0 61.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 115
- ↑ 62.0 62.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 116
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 13, Chapter 117
- ↑ 64.0 64.1 64.2 64.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 13, Chapter 119
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 13, Chapter 120
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 13, Chapter 122
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 13, Chapter 123
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 14, Chapter 128
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 14, Chapter 134
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 15, Chapter 144
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 15, Chapter 145
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 226
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 228
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 320
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 34, Chapter 351
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 34, Chapter 352
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 34, Chapter 353
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 34, Chapter 354
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 34, Chapter 355
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 34, Chapter 356
- ↑ 82.0 82.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 34, Chapter 357
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 35, Chapter 366
- ↑ 84.0 84.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 36, Chapter 380
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 37, Chapter 384
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter, Chapter 390
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter Hunter Association Official Issue: Hunter's Guide; Character & World Official Databook (pg. 108)
- ↑ Possible exaggeration.
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The Phantom Troupe (in Japanese: 幻影旅団, Genei Ryodan ) is a world-famous gang of thieves and a criminal organization and are one of the main antagonists of the anime/manga series Hunter X Hunter . Collectively, they serve as Kurapika 's archenemies, being the ones responsible for killing his entire clan 5 years before the beginning of the series.
The group consists of a total of thirteen members, all of whom are extremely potent Nen users, each with a numbered tattoo of a spider on their body. Their leader and most powerful member is Chrollo Lucilfer .
- 1.1 Founding Days
- 1.2 Yorknew City Arc
- 1.3 Greed Island Arc
- 1.4 Chimera Ant Arc
- 1.5 Succession Contest Arc
- 1.6 Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge
- 2 Sense of Morality
- 3.1 Current Members
- 3.2 Former Members
- 5 Navigation
Biography [ ]
Founding days [ ].
Prior to the events of the series, Chrollo Lucilfer established the Phantom Troupe on Meteor City, a junkyard city inhabited by outcasts. People who live there do not exist on any official records, and the existence of the city is only known to a few people. Him, Feitan , Machi , Pakunoda , Uvogin , and Franklin are all founding members.
Actually, the founding Troupe members are a group of children doing dubbed voice-acting of films they found in the junkyard. They simply pick the name "Troupe" due to the group member's numbers and have no idea for a whole name. Soonafter, one of the casts named Sarasa went missing, causing Chrollo to postpone the next screening which was aired in a church in Meteor City. The Troupe found their fellow cast's dead body on a forest, mourning her death. Chrollo wanting to become a "villain" and redesign both city and himself, to keep away all the criminals who will use Meteor City and its residents for their crimes.
At some point in time, Silva Zoldyck killed the No. 8 of the Troupe and clashed with Chrollo.
Yorknew City Arc [ ]
The Phantom Troupe serve as the main antagonists of this arc, although they act partially as anti-villains as a significant part of their motivation is to protect their allies. Their initial goal is to attack the Yorknew City auction. However, after Kurapika kills Uvogin , they shift their focus to getting revenge on the one who killed Uvogin by wreaking havoc into Yorknew City and slaughtering the many members of the Mafia community. Chrollo fought Silva and Zeno Zoldyck in the Cemetery Building although they stopped after realizing that he hired Illumi , Kalluto , and Maha Zoldyck to assassinate the Ten Dons of the Mafia community (the Ten Dons also hired Silva and Zeno to assassinate Chrollo).
Gon criticizes them of hypocrisy as they care deeply about each other, but mercilessly murder innocent people. Eventually, they discovered that Kurapika killed Uvogin and went after him, but captured Gon and Killua instead. Pakunoda read their memories and discovered Kurapika's weakness, but Kurapika immediately captured Chrollo and threatened to kill him if Pakunoda spoke of Gon's or Killua's memories. A hostage exchange was set up to trade Gon and Killua for Chrollo. During the exchange, Kurapika put a blade on Chrollo's heart, preventing him from using his Nen and/or contacting the other Phantom Troupe members. He also put a blade on Pakunoda's heart, requiring her to return Gon and Killua by midnight unharm and without deception and preventing her from revealing anything about Kurapika. At the end of the arc, Pakunoda sacrificed herself by using her Nen ability to reveal Kurapika's powers to the other members.
Greed Island Arc [ ]
Phinks and Feitan met Gon and Killua on the auction, they attempted to flee although the two easily pursued them. Phinks explained to them that they have no intentions to harm them and are unable to kill Kurapika as his death will render him to bemore powerful. At the same time, he explains Pakunoda's death and she was thankful to them before they left. After attending the Southernpiece Auction, the two stole a copy of the game Greed Island and bring it back to their hideout. At the same time, A few of the members decided to enter the game and suspected that Chrollo was there to look for an exorcist to remove Kurapika's Nen. Instead, they found Hisoka , who ended up finding a Nen Exorcist whom he hired to heal Chrollo. At the same time, Kalluto became the new replacement to Hisoka.
Chimera Ant Arc [ ]
Feitan, Phinks, Shizuku, Bonolenov, Shalnark, and Kalluto went to Meteor City to defeat the Chimera Ants who have taken over and enslaved several Meteor City residents. Feitan then defeated Zazan , the one responsible for the Chimera Ants invasion to their hometown.
Succession Contest Arc [ ]
Chrollo, whose Nen curse had been exorcised, and Hisoka fought to the death in Heaven's Arena. It appeared that Chrollo had killed Hisoka. However, Hisoka survived and vowed to kill all of the members of the Phantom Troupe. He immediately killed Shalnark and Kortopi. The other members tried to find him and suspected he was hiding on the ship taking everyone to the Dark Continent. Hisoka wanted to be pursued and hired Illumi to join the Phantom Troupe and help try to kill him.
Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge [ ]
In the non-canon movie Phantom Rouge , Omokage manipulated the corpses of Uvogin, Pakunoda, and the Shadow Beasts to attack Nobunaga and Machi, only for Nobunaga to quickly dispose of them. The Troupe wanted to settle scores with Omokage due to reviving Uvogin and Pakunoda as puppets bent to his will.
Sense of Morality [ ]
The members of the Phantom Troupe will slaughter anyone without hesitation. However all of them (except for Hisoka) care deeply about each other. Gon asked both Nabunaga and Chrollo about this, and neither gave a clear explanation. Feitan and Phinks decided not to kill Gon and Killua when they discovered that they refused to kill Pakunoda when they had the chance to do so.
It is stated that they sometimes do "philanthropic work", though the nature of this is unclear. They seem to regularly help Meteor City, as is seen in the Chimera Ant Arc.
Members [ ]
Current members [ ].
- Chrollo Lucilfer - No. 0 (leader)
- Nobunaga Hazama - No. 1
- Feitan Portor - No. 2
- Machi Komacine - No. 3
- Kalluto Zoldyck - No. 4
- Phinks Magcub - No. 5
- Franklin Bordeau - No. 7
- Shizuku Murasaki - No. 8
- Bonolenov Ndongo - No. 10
- Illumi Zoldyck - No. 11
Former Members [ ]
- Omokage - No. 4 (deceased, non-canon)
- Hisoka Morow - No. 4 (defected)
- Shalnark - No. 6 (deceased)
- Unknown Member - No. 8 (deceased)
- Pakunoda - No. 9 (deceased)
- Uvogin - No. 11 (deceased)
- Kortopi - No. 12 (deceased)
- The Phantom Troupe are quite similar to the Band of Seven ; both are a group of mass-murdering criminals who do not care about anyone except for each other and have an entire arc revolved around them. Additionally, all members of both groups have a unique set of skills and abilities that set them apart from the others. In both cases, these include superhuman strength (Uvogin/ Kyokotsu ), proficient swordsmanship (Nobunaga Hazama/ Bankotsu ), built-in guns (Franklin/ Ginkotsu ) and healing abilities (Machi/ Suikotsu ). Coincidentally, both Uvogin and Kyokotsu are the first members of their respective groups to be defeated and killed.
- Members of the Phantom Troupe usually rank quite high in character popularity polls. Many of them come within the top twenty or thirty characters, according to the second character popularity poll and third character popularity poll respectively.
Navigation [ ]
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- 2 Afton Family
- 3 William Afton (Five Nights at Freddy's)
Hunter x Hunter: Every Member Of The Phantom Troupe, Ranked By Strength
The Phantom Troupe has some mind-bogglingly strong members but even among the strong, there are those who are stronger.
While the Hunter Association in the world of Hunter X Hunter may provide its Hunters with unlimited opportunities, some Nen users still turn to crime, like the Phantom Troupe. And, they're no joke, considering their members — called Spiders — have Class-A Bounties on their heads. As a result, their activities aren't just infamous across the world, but they have a fearsome reputation as well.
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In fact, the Phantom Troupe remains a fan favorite amongst Hunter x Hunter fans primarily because its members are so well designed and well-written . Well, that and the fact that Kurapika, a main cast member, made it their life goal to hunt the Phantom Troupe down. Which, thinking back, makes it extra odd that Gon hangs out with (and so often forgives) the current Troupe member Hisoka. However, some members of the Phantom Troupe just dominate the others in terms of power level.
Updated April 8th, 2023 by Jacob Buchalter: With the news of Hunter x Hunter's tragic cancellation , fans are looking just about anywhere for more HxH content. While it's understandable to cancel the story due to mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi's health problems (which is why the series has been on and off of hiatus in recent years), it's a shame that they couldn't work out a way to have Togashi keep writing and someone else illustrate the adventurers of characters like Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and more recently even Leorio. The Succession War arc and eventual Dark Continent arc were well underway and fans finally got a glimpse into the history of the Phantom Troupe and where it all begin. So, to reminisce on these fantastic characters, let's go through the Phantom Troupe once again and see how they stack up compared to each other.
Disclaimer: There will be manga spoilers for all characters mentioned
Starting things off with one of the more mysterious Phantom Troupe members, Kortopi was the twelfth person, or "Spider", to join the group. He is not at all shy about admitting he’s the weakest member in terms of physical strength. But, this is Hunter X Hunter, a world where raw physical power doesn’t mean anything in the face of well-honed Nen abilities.
Sadly, Kortopi’s Hatsu technique, Gallery Fake, is also not very suited for combat, as it basically boils down to him being able to create perfect copies of non-living objects with his Conjuration-type Nen energy. Or, at least, that's what anime-only viewers think. In actuality, the Hunter x Hunter manga has already shown the potential of this Hatsu as Chrollo used it in combination with a few other abilities in his deathmatch against Hisoka in Heaven's Arena. Even then, it was only worthwhile due to Chrollo being able to use it in combination with other Nen abilities, and with how quickly Kortopi was slain by Hisoka after the match, it's clear he never figured out how to fight with Gallery Fake himself.
Like Kortopi, Pakunoda is a very useful member of the Phantom Troupe, but her Nen techniques aren’t exactly suited for combat. All of her abilities are in the "Specialist" category, and they're all centered around the concept of memories and mind-reading. Using her Nen ability, known as Psychometry, Pakunoda could read a person’s memories, overwrite them, and even implant memories into others using an ability called Memory Bomb. This was a technique in which she conjures “bullets” made of Nen that hold the memories in question before firing said bullet into her desired recipient, doing no physical damage but implanting the memories into their mind.
All of these powers are obscenely useful for an organization so centralized on secrecy and thievery like the Phantom Troupe, but they aren’t exactly “combat-type” powers. These rankings aren't going to follow the canon 'strength' rankings of the Troupe, but in this case, it was right on the money putting Pakunoda in the eleventh slot.
13 Franklin Bordeau
People are right to associate the hulking Franklin Bordeau with the concept of sheer power. In terms of physical strength, Franklin ranks fourth amongst the Troupe's members. However, anyone who assumed that this meant Franklin was a close-combat fighter is entirely wrong. Instead, Franklin is the only Emitter-type Nen user in the Troupe, funnily enough. And, while he's gigantic now, the flashback to the Troupe's origins in the manga shows that he was a relatively average-sized kid, so this change in stature only really begins after the Troupe went from a video-dubbing group of kids to a full criminal organization.
Franklin himself possesses already remarkable strength and stamina, paired with equally admirable speed and reflexes. As an Emitter, Franklin can utilize his aura to release it in various forms. He prefers to release Nen-bullets through the barrels in his fingers, the tips of which he cut off himself. Normally, Emitters would just expel the Nen bullets from the tips of their fingers with no issue, but Franklin went all the way with them because he felt it would work better, and oddly enough it did, as self-imposed limitations absolutely make Nen abilities more powerful.
12 Kalluto Zoldyck
Being one of the esteemed children of the Zoldyck family (the same family as Killua) means that Kalluto is already superhuman in many ways, even before using Nen. However, Kalluto himself admits that he's the weakest member of the Troupe, at least to the group of members currently around him. Interestingly, this doesn't mean Kalluto underestimates his strength, rather its just that the Phantom Troupe is that strong on average.
As someone who has been trained as an assassin all his life at the Zoldyck estate , Kalluto already possesses advanced speed, agility, various elemental resistances, and weapons specialization. Kalluto can create afterimages of himself with Rhythm Echo, an advanced assassination technique that doesn't even use Nen.
Though, in terms of Nen, Kalluto is a Manipulator, a Nene specialization perfect for espionage and assassinations. His Surveillance Paper Dolls ability allow him to essentially put trackers on people with a paper doll in their likeness that lets him hear everything near that person. The sheer fact that none of the Phantom Troupe even noticed this Nen ability was being used is proof of Kalluto's expertise. But that's not all, as these paper techniques are actually quite useful in combat, so much so that Kalluto uses his Dance of the Serpent's Bite Nen ability playfully while going up against a fearsome Chimera Ant (though not at all comparable to someone like Meruem ), making sure to take his time and tear the Ant apart piece-by-piece with mere scraps of paper.
11 Nobunaga Hazama
Having the appearance of a traditional samurai, Nobunaga Hazama and his trusty katana already imply some degree of battle finesse. In terms of sheer strength, he ranks ninth among the group, which makes sense given that Gon beat him in an arm-wrestling match. However, rather than raw brute force, Nobunaga has shown that he specializes in dexterity and finesse, as all of his kills with his blade have had basically zero wasted movement.
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At his core, Nobunaga is a swordsman, capable of using his enhanced physical traits, preternatural perception, and observation techniques to maintain control in combat. As an Iaido specialist, Nobunaga can quickly draw his blade, make a lethal strike, and place it back on its scabbard within a micro-second. Befitting his combat specialty is his Nen nature as an Enhancer, boasting a powerful aura he could potentially use to enhance his physical abilities. In the later manga arc, primarily the Succession War arc, Nobunaga has been able to show off even more of his battle prowess and general thought process. But, the most absurd part is, he still hasn't revealed his actual 'Nen Ability'. The whole routine of using En to create a 'sphere of influence' where Nobunaga expertly cuts whoever steps inside in an instant is just a battle technique, it's not his Nen Ability. While this was amazing while the series was still going, now that it's been canceled it's absolutely tragic that fans never got to see what Nobunaga was truly capable of.
10 Shizuku Murasaki
The Specialist category of Nen abilities always seems to involve the weirdest powers, so it’s obvious why so many people instantly assumed that the Spider with the 8th tattoo, Shizuku Murasaki, was a Specialist/ After all, she's running around using a magical vacuum cleaner AKA Blinky, that seemingly has infinite capacity. But, in truth, Shizuku is a Conjurer. However, unlike Kortopi, Shizuku is adept at close combat (or at least capable) and her Conjuration-type Hatsu is versatile enough that it has applications both in and out of combat.
She’s got a great battle sense, seems to have admirable speed compared to the other Phantom Troupe members, and her Blinky Ability allows her to tackle problems in some truly unique ways.
9 Machi Komacine
Machi Komacine has the appearance of a feudal Japanese kunoichi, which sort of matches Nobunaga's whole vibe. And, like Nobunaga, her appearance makes sense, given her absurd speed and dexterity. When combined with her enhanced strength and endurance, Machi is a terrifying combatant. She also possesses an incredible degree of muscle control, displaying resistance from otherwise fatal injuries. In terms of strength, she is ranked sixth among the Troupe's members. As an individual Machi plays the part of a 'cold but caring' criminal all too perfectly, so much so that she gives people like Hisoka a bit too much slack.
However, perhaps more interesting than anything else is Machi's Nen Ability. As a Transmuter , she "transmutes" her Nen energy into threads, and she specializes in using these Nen threads to do a variety of things. With Nen Stitches, Machi demonstrated the ability to not just heal injuries but even reattach severed limbs with ease. But, she's not just a healer, as Machi has stated that the strength of these strings is directly proportional to their length. So, with enough power behind a short thread less than a meter long, Machi could likely cut through most anything. Taking that into consideration, suddenly these aren't just threads anymore, and Machi is looking a lot more fearsome as a fighter.
8 Bonolenov Ndongo
Despite his truly 'odd' appearance and people assuming he really was just a side character , Bonolenov Ndongo still ranks eighth among the ranks of the Troupe. Bonolenov is famous not just for his enhanced strength but also for his incredible speed and reflexes. Thanks to his agility, stamina, and showmanship, Bonolenov not only dashes into combat, he does so gracefully as well, which makes sense, given that he comes from the fictional tribe of 'Gyudondond', a group of people who are world-renowned for the dance-like combat style using their self-made holes in their bodies.
In terms of Nen, Bonolenov proved strong enough to use more than two Nen types. However, he does incorporate this in combat - often using his man-made holes to create unique sounds via Battle Cantabile to conjure Nen weapons, armor, and more. He's able to use Battle Cantabile: Prologue to conjure up both a spear and battle garb and Battle Cantabile: Jupiter literally has him conjuring up a miniature version of Jupiter to crash down on his enemies. Additionally, in the Succession War arc, Bonolenov also hinted at an ability called Battle Cantabile: Metamorphosen, which apparently lets Bonolev transform his appearance in a variety of ways, though readers never got the chance to see this one in action.
Shalnark was a character that, at a glance, seems like he wouldn't 'vibe' with the rest of the Phantom Troupe. He was cheerful, responsible, and just very bubbly in general. But, as the show goes on, it becomes more and more clear that this jovial personality is just a facade for his darker tendencies. At his core, Shalnark was still a relatively emotionless murderer who thinks of the victims of his Manipulation-type Nen as mere 'puppets that are meant to be broken'.
In terms of ability, Shalnark was a Manipulator-type Hatsu user and one that used Nen needles implanted in his victim's neck to control them in a first-person view like video game characters through his phone. It was a fantastic technique in general, and Chrollo showed it off even more in his death match against Hisoka. In fact, Shalnark could even use this ability on himself, essentially triggering an 'Auto-Pilot' mode that was given a task and would not end until Shalnark's body had completed said task. Of course, this ability had some pretty nasty recoil, and it's a shame that Hisoka caught Shalnark in the brief period of time when Chrollo still had his ability, as it meant he had no way of fighting back against this killer clown.
6 Phinks Magcub
Tracksuit-touting Phinks Magcub looks like the typical anime delinquent, and he sort of is one at first, but as more events transpire in front of him, Phinks starts to think a bit more. Physically, Phinks is second only to Uvogin - meaning he's currently the physically strongest in the Troupe after Uvogin's demise. Though, funnily enough, he never even had a chance to show off this physical ability in the Succession War arc, as he mostly served as a conversational character to push the plot forward.
Given his status, it's expected for Phinks to possess incredible strength, durability, and stamina. He pairs this with astonishing speed and hand-to-hand prowess, capable of breaking people's necks in a flash. Moreover, his Nen nature as an Enhancer allows him to further augment his physical abilities. But, his real bread-and-butter comes from his Hatsu ability that's mind-blowingly strong simply because it's so simple. The ability is called Ripper Cyclotron, and it's an ability where every time Phinks 'winds' his arm in a clockwise direction, the Nen Aura in his fist increases, which means the next punch deals more damage. It's unclear if every new rotation multiples the current Nen Aura by a specific amount or if its exponential, but 15 rotations were enough to blow apart a Chimera Ant , and Phinks himself stated that likely half of those rotations would have still done the job.
5 Feitan Portor
Enigmatic and black-clad Feitan Portor serves as Number 2 amongst the Troupe and even served as their 'leader' during Chrollo's absence. However, being the Troupe's de facto leader is a testament to his sheer combat prowess, as the group is constantly fighting to prove themselves capable of taking this 'leader' mantle. While he's the fifth among the Troupe in terms of physical power, Feitan compensates for this with his lightning-fast speed. In fact, his speed, as seen so far, is one of the fastest of any character in the franchise, save for Killua , which makes Feitan all the more fearsome, given that the other speedsters fans have seen have moved at incomprehensibly fast speeds.
In terms of Nen, Feitan's Hatsu might not be what people expect based on his fighting style and general appearance. The common-sense guess would be that it increases his speed, but that's actually not it at all. Feitan is a Transmuter, capable of transforming Nen's natural properties into another type of energy. When enraged, Feitan can hide in a Conjuration-type Nen suit of armor called the Pain Packer that protects him from his true Emitter-type ability, Rising Sun.
When Rising Sun activates, it manifests a massive ball of blazing hot Nen aura in the area, similar to a sun. The only catch is, the actual 'heat' from this ability is directly proportional to the amount of damage Feitan has recently suffered. So, Feitan utilizes this by trying to defeat his opponent with his Umbrella Sword , and when enough damage has been done to him or he gets irritated enough, he switches to the Rising Sun approach. Either way, the upward potential of this ability and the scale of the damage it can deal is already scary, but the fact that Feitan only relies on it when he has to is what truly makes this Troupe member terrifying.
This grizzly and bulky fellow is the literal strongest member of the Troupe in terms of raw physical strength, boasting an impenetrable fighting spirit. While he doesn't possess any prowess in martial arts, Uvogin pairs his immense strength with enhanced speed and agility to take down foes with swings and punches. Likewise, he possesses remarkable durability, stamina, and endurance to last in prolonged battles.
For the most part, Nen users all have a 'type-specialty' that they're all naturally talented at . Killlua's specialty is in Transmutation so he uses that type of Nen most often. As a result of this specialty, Nen users develop techniques based around it, with only a few branching out to the next type on the Nen Hexagon, and even fewer (and more foolish) trying to use abilities directly across the Hexagon from their specialty.
For example, a Conjuration specialist will typically use Manipulation or Transmutation-type techniques if they were to use anything outside of Conjuration but would be foolish to invest much time or effort into Emission, as that is their weakest typing. But, Uvogin was the ultimate Enhancer and he only ever used Enhancer abilities, which made all of his Enhancement techniques that much stronger. Honestly, it was just bad luck (or too much pride) that Uvogin happened to go against Kurapika , a person who literally designed their entire technique around defeating the Phantom Troupe. There aren't many other people in Hunter X Hunter that Uvogin would lose to.
3 Illumi Zoldyck
As a member of the Zoldyck Family, Illumi is trained in the art of assassination just like all his other siblings (excluding Alluka). Outside his Nen, Illumi not only boasts incredible physical strength and speed but he also has remarkable pain tolerance. Paired with his intelligence and purely sinister aura, Illumi can form strategies on the fly and even manipulate people to do his bidding. But, all this puts him on par or slightly ahead of his Zoldyck peers. What really sets Illumi apart is his absurdly sinister Nen, his calculatingly cold approach to everything, and his staggering intellect.
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Illumi's incredible control over Nen fits his Manipulation specialization. With his expertise in needles, Illumi can do all sorts of things. He can use Body Alteration to radically change the appearance of himself or others, but only Illumi is likely able to withstand the pain of this ability. Not only that, but he can also infuse commands into his needles and implant them into his target's brain to subconsciously manipulate them, as he did with Killua. And lastly, he can also use these command-infused Nen Needles to completely control anyone he sticks them in, turning them into, what Illumi calls 'Needle People'.
2 Chrollo Lucilfer
Phantom Troupe founder Chrollo Lucilfer is arguably the deadliest of all the Troupe's members, with his remarkable skillset also earning the praise of Hisoka himself. While his sheer physical power measures only seventh in the group, Chrollo makes up for his lack of robust strength with remarkable combat skills, masterful adaptability, and enhanced speed, combined with a genius-level intellect and preternatural perception.
Befitting his intelligence is his Specialist status. With his Nen, he can conjure his Specialist-type Bandit's Secret book to trigger his true ability, Skill Hunter. With this, Chrollo has to follow certain conditions to steal various abilities from other Nen users . It's a highly-technical Hatsu skill, but thanks to Chrollo's genius, it's one of the most fearsome in the series. And, as time has progressed, he's even innovated upon this ability even further with the Double Face ability, which essentially acts as a bookmark that lets Chrollo close the book but keep the stolen ability active, a loophole that lets him use two abilities at a time. This new advancement in Skill Hunter and a truly genius plan is how Chrollo managed to defeat and 'kill' Hisoka in Heaven's Arena , though him borrowing the abilities of both Shalnark and Kortopi did also unintentionally lead to their deaths.
1 Hisoka Marrow
Ah, finally it's Hisoka, one of the more polarizing characters in the franchise. He has some diehard fans out there, and people who absolutely despise him, but both groups will easily admit he’s one of anime's most interesting (and strongest) fighters. But, unlike Uvogin, Hisoka isn’t the strongest thanks to his raw physical strength (though it helps), it’s because he masterfully stacks a myriad of talents and utilizes them with perfect efficiency and creativity.
Whether it’s the hundreds of ways he uses his Bungee Gum Nen Aura, his Texture Surprise conjuration technique, his sleight-of-hand tricks, his brawn, his martial arts proficiency, or even just his lust for battle, Hisoka is a true monster that has only become more terrifying due to his now-seemingly-infinite Nen thanks to the Post-Mortem Nen pact that he revived himself with after his loss to Chrollo.
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Team » Phantom Troupe appears in 52 issues .
A group of thieves and killers originally from Meteor City. The group has 13 members with 7 being original members. The group have A-Class bounties on their heads and are responsible for heinous acts like the slaughter of the Kurta Clan for their Scarlet Eyes.
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The 8th strongest member of the Phantom Troupe and their 13th member.
The leader and founder of the Phantom Troupe from Hunter x Hunter manga. Chrollo is one of the most dangerous Nen users in the world.
Feitan is one of the main antagonists from the manga Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi. He is a part of a band of thieves called the Phantom Troupe. He ranks fifth in physical strength in the troupe.
The fourth strongest member of the Phantom Troupe.
Hisoka is an antagonist in the manga Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi. Hisoka is a murderer that kills people he considers "strong" for entertainment.
A member of the Zoldick family of assassins and later the fourth member of the Phantom Troupe replacing Hisoka.
The weakest member of the Phantom Troupe.
The strongest woman in the Phantom Troupe and the 6th strongest member overall.
One of the original members of the Phantom Troupe and their 9th strongest member.
One of the original members of the Phantom Troupe and the 11th strongest member. Her ability allows her to read her opponent's mind. She eventually falls victim to Kurapika's judgement chain.
A member of the Phantom Troupe and the second strongest of the group.
A member of the Phantom Troupe and the 10th strongest member of the group. Shalnark is also a licensed Hunter.
The 12th strongest member of the Phantom Troupe and the 8th member.
The physically strongest member of the Phantom Troupe and one of the original members.
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15 Strongest Phantom Troupe Members In Hunter X Hunter, Ranked
The Phantom Troupe is a terrifying group that includes some of the worst thieves and strongest Nen users in the Hunter x Hunter world.
The Phantom Troupe is a group that includes some of the worst thieves in the Hunter x Hunter world. Also known as the Spider, this notorious group consists of thirteen members, all of whom possess exceptional Nen abilities and talents. Most of the Phantom Troupe originate from Meteor City, a dilapidated scrapheap town whose location remains unknown.
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Characters like Kalluto, Illumi, and Hisoka join the Troupe for their own personal reasons. However, membership can only be secured if an applicant manages to kill and replace one of the thirteen members. No matter how they are ranked in terms of overall power, it is incredibly difficult to defeat any of them in a head-on battle. Even Gon and Killua aren't strong enough to take the Spider down.
Updated on October 25th, 2022 by Ajay Aravind: The Phantom Troupe was effectively disbanded in the Hunter x Hunter anime, but Chrollo regains his lost Nen during the Succession Contest arc in the manga. Shalnark, Uvogin, Kortopi, and Pakunoda are already deceased at this point in the story. The remaining survivors board the Black Whale, a massive transport ship headed toward the Dark Continent. What they plan to do upon reaching their destination is anybody's guess.
15 Kortopi's Gallery Fake Is Probably One Of The Most Practical Nen Abilities in Hunter X Hunter
Kortopi doesn't have much physical power, but his Nen abilities make him a worthy addition to the Phantom Troupe. As a Conjurer, he can duplicate any object he comes into contact with. These include everything from articles of clothing to entire buildings. Kortopi's Gallery Fake is probably one of the most practical Nen techniques in Hunter x Hunter .
While he's capable of replicating living creatures, his Nen facsimiles look like mannequins or dead bodies. Despite these limitations, Kortopi eludes his opponents with relative ease, including those with heightened En.
14 Shalnark's Black Voice Can Effortlessly Override The Human Consciousness
Shalnark was once a licensed Hunter, but he eventually joins the Phantom Troupe at some point in his life. He possesses tremendous strength, even if he doesn't look very robust. Shalnark's Nen technique is based on Manipulation . His Black Voice can effortlessly override the human consciousness, similar to Illumi Zoldyck's Corpse Control.
That said, Shalnark's version is far weaker than the advanced style employed by his former comrade. Shalnark's most fearsome ability, however, is Autopilot Mode. By applying Black Voice to himself, he gains a considerable boost in fighting power and agility.
13 Pakunoda's Pyschometry Makes Her A Truly Formidable Opponent
Pakunoda doesn't really look like a villain; on the contrary, she resembles a stock character in an office-themed Josei novel. As a Specialist, Pakunoda has some of the rarest Nen abilities mentioned in Hunter x Hunter . Her combat prowess may be negligible, but her Psychometry makes her a truly formidable opponent.
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With this technique, Pakunoda can scan people's minds and extract any data she deems relevant. Her targets have no choice in the matter, as Pakunoda easily sifts through reams of conflicting information to find what she needs.
12 Machi Komacine's Nen Stitches Are Capable Of Fixing Seemingly Permanent Injuries
Machi Komacine's general demeanor is surly and withdrawn, but it's clear that she cares about her teammates. Her sense of loyalty extends to Hisoka , even though she doesn't totally trust him.
Machi's strong grasp over the Transmutation and Emission categories allows her to craft unique abilities like Nen Stitches, an infinitely superior alternative to surgical suturing. In addition to sealing surface injuries, her Nen Stitches can remedy permanent injuries. Machi's Nen Threads are equally impressive, turning unsuspecting opponents into her personal marionettes.
11 Bonolenov's Battle Cantabile Translates Music Into Offense And Defense
Bonolenov is almost always wrapped in bandages from head to toe, somewhat like an Ancient Egyptian mummy. He openly acknowledges his flaws, but ultimately manages to work through them and win the fight. His Conjuration-based Nen ability , called Battle Cantabile, translates music into offensive and defensive attacks.
This technique has two subtypes, both of which are remarkable. Battle Cantabile: The Prologue summons combat armor and weaponry, whereas Jupiter spawns a massive Jovian-esque orb that basically pulverizes anyone in the area.
10 Shizuku Murasaki Depends More On Tactical Foresight Than Brute Force
Gon nearly loses an arm-wrestling match to Shizuku Murasaki, despite the latter employing her weaker hand. She is also an adept parkour artist, scaling sheer vertical surfaces without losing an ounce of traction. Shizuku depends more on tactical foresight than brute force, as shown in her duel with the Chimera Ant Pike.
Although technically a Conjurer, Shizuku's Nen construct is incredibly specialized. Blinky is an aura-based vacuum cleaner capable of sucking up nearly every material and object known to humankind. Shizuku occasionally fights with Blinky, but she wouldn't last very long against strong opponents.
9 Franklin Bordeau's Double Machine Gun Can Decimate Countless Enemies Within Seconds
Franklin Bordeau's imposing stature and stern appearance underscore his overly belligerent and bloodthirsty nature. His Nen ability exclusively relies on Emission. Franklin's Double Machine Gun is an extremely dangerous technique, converting his aura into high-caliber bullets.
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These Nen missiles fly through his fingertips at ultrasonic speeds, allowing him to decimate dozens of enemies within seconds. Franklin augments his Double Machine Gun by intentionally sawing off his fingertips, consequently ridding himself of subconscious Nen restrictions.
8 Kalluto Zoldyck Displays An Array Of Breathtaking Powers And Abilities
Kalluto might be a Zoldyck, but he relinquishes his kin-related duties in favor of joining the Phantom Troupe. While he isn't nearly as strong as his elder brother Killua , Kalluto displays a range of breathtaking powers and abilities. He replaces Hisoka after the latter reveals his true colors, and quickly becomes an integral part of the Spider.
As a highly trained assassin, Kalluto's Zetsu expertise earns him Hisoka's grudging praise. He can plant untraceable wiretaps on chosen targets without alerting them, including various members of the Phantom Troupe.
7 Nobunaga Hazama's Iaido Skills Put Him A Notch Above His Comrades
If Hunter x Hunter was set during Japan's Edo period, then Nobunaga Hazama would unquestionably be among the top five combatants in the story. His swordsmanship skills alone put him a notch above his comrades. As a self-proclaimed Iaido virtuoso, Nobunaga's katana movements are all but imperceptible.
Even someone as fast as Killua cannot escape Nobunaga's attack range without paying a fatal price. He's an Enhancer, but he's never shown using any Nen technique. However, this just means that Nobunaga hasn't had the opportunity to showcase his powers yet.
6 Phinks Magcub's Ripper Cyclotron Charges And Stores Power Using Rotational Motion
Considering his proficiency at unarmed combat, Phinks Magcub rarely resorts to his Nen abilities. He assassinates several Mafia guards without exposing his location, easily outpaces Killua, and annihilates the Chimera Ant Gorilla. In addition to being a competent Enhancer, Phinks displays a high level of understanding of Zetsu, Ryu, Ten, Gyo, and Ren.
His Ripper Cyclotron technique charges and stores aura via motion, not unlike a wind turbine — the number of arm rotations is directly proportional to his power output. Further, there doesn't seem to be any upper limit to this terrifying ability.
5 Uvogin Is Notorious For His Indomitable Grit And Devastating Strength
Uvogin's indomitable grit, devastating raw strength, and shaggy appearance make him the Wolverine of Hunter x Hunter . That said, he's not a fraction as heroic as Logan. On the contrary, Uvogin is the most brazenly violent member of the Phantom Troupe, a character trait that often annoys his colleagues.
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His ostensibly durable skin is immune to bullets, heat, and almost all kinds of damage. Uvogin's Big Bang Impact is exactly as cataclysmic as it sounds. This technique produces so much energy that it leaves a gigantic crater in the ground. Thankfully, Kurapika undermines Uvogin's intense aura and eventually kills him.
4 Illumi Zoldyck's Nen Aura Can Only Be Described As Nightmarishly Ominous
Illumi Zoldyck's Nen aura can only be described as nightmarishly ominous. He manages to terrify Killua into submission with a single glare, a monumental achievement to say the least. Illumi's versatile approach, comprehensive knowledge, and flawless precision satisfy all the criteria required in an assassin — or, for that matter, a member of the Phantom Troupe.
Illumi has four iconic Nen abilities: Needle People, Body Transformation, Corpse Control, and Hypnotic Spell, each more terrifying than the next. He may not be as strong as Silva and Zeno yet, but he's certainly capable of surpassing them one day.
3 Feitan Portor's Rising Sun Is Ridiculously Overpowered And Vaporizes Everything Within Its Range
Feitan incorporates Conjuration, Emission, and Transmutation into his Nen ability, a feat that's simultaneously difficult and dangerous. His Zetsu, Ren, Gyo, and Ten are unparalleled, but he's best known for Pain Packer and Rising Sun.
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The latter technique is ridiculously overpowered and affects everything in the environment, including any unfortunate bystanders. Rising Sun generates copious amounts of heat, vaporizing anything within range. The Chimera Ant Zazan slowly asphyxiates and roasts to death as Feitain coldly mocks her arrogance.
2 Hisoka Morow's Battle Expertise & Nen Proficiency Are Beyond Phenomenal
Hisoka is one of the most mysterious characters in Hunter x Hunter . On the other hand, the entire world is probably aware of his unnerving obsession. Like many stereotypical shonen antagonists, Hisoka lives to fight. This cryptic clown is one of Hunter x Hunter's focal centers, a bizarre blend between lovable antihero and malicious villain.
Hisoka's battle skill is beyond phenomenal: he continuously modulates his combat strategy, even in the middle of a heated duel. Although he only has two Nen techniques in his arsenal, Hisoka doesn't need anything more than Bungee Gum and Texture Suprise to turn the tide in his favor.
1 Chrollo Lucifer Is Undoubtedly The Strongest Member Of The Phantom Troupe
Chrollo Lucilfer is undoubtedly the strongest member of the Phantom Troupe. He demonstrates his overwhelming power on several occasions and almost always earns his opponent's admiration. The Zoldycks would have likely defeated Chrollo during their battle in Yorknew City, but not without sacrificing one of their lives in the process.
Chrollo's Specialist Nen type defines his career path — his Skill Hunter not only allows him to steal others' Nen abilities, but also completely master them. Chrollo's manga-exclusive battle with Hisoka is one of the highlights of Hunter x Hunter .
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