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  • 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 [ ]

Young Phantom Troupe

The Phantom Troupe around the time of the Kurta Clan massacre

During their mission in Yorknew City , the group consisted of thirteen members, [4] but it currently has only ten. [5] Each member has a numbered tattoo of a twelve-legged spider on their body. [6] Those wishing to join the group can do so by killing a current member, thereby replacing them. The group’s leader fills other vacancies, [7] and members can offer nominations. [8] [9]

Although they occasionally do philanthropic work, the Troupe mainly steals and kills. [10] [7] [11] After the leader revels in the group’s spoils, he sells everything. [12] Among their crimes is the massacre of the Kurta Clan and the stealing of their Scarlet Eyes . [13] They are also a major asset in the defense of Meteor City, as shown when they defeated Zazan and her group of Chimera Ants . [14] However, they were responsible for ruining the ideal partnership with the Mafia and are considered outliers even by the city’s standards. [15] [16]

Despite their close ties to one another, they will allow those who have killed their members to join. [7] 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. [17]

Origins [ ]

Chap 396 - The Troupe

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. [18]

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. [19]

Chap 397 - Troupe Foundation

Chrollo forming the Phantom Troupe

Around three years later, Chrollo founded the Phantom Troupe , along with Franklin, Uvogin, Machi, Pakunoda, Feitan, Nobunaga, [20] and Shalnark . [19]

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 . [21]
  • Hisoka Morow : hired to negotiate with a Nen exorcist to remove Kurapika's Judgment Chain from Chrollo’s heart. [22] [23]
  • Abengane : hired to remove Kurapika’s Judgment Chain from Chrollo's heart. [24] [25]

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". [20] All the "legs" are equal in ranking and decision-making power, and tasks are assigned based on each member's individual skills or preferences. [26] 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. [20] In Chrollo's case, however, several members had become so reliant on him that they prioritized his life over the group’s survival. [27]

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. [28] Only the leader has the authority to add new members, although they can recommend candidates they deem suitable. [8] Defeating a current member is a viable way to replace them, which may not be subject to the leader’s approval. [7]

Other than following their leader’s orders and not fighting amongst themselves, [8] members are not expected to follow any specific procedures. Although some members believe buying and bidding to be against the ways of the group, [10] others have no qualms about resorting to legal, non-violent channels and transactions, [28] with at least two of them becoming Hunters for the associated benefits. [29] [30] 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. [7]

Positions and Roles [ ]

Phantom Troupe members are assigned to or volunteer for certain activities in the group based on their aptitude. [26]

  • 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. [31] Formerly held by Feitan. [32]
  • Commando Team (特攻 [26] or 実行部隊, [16] "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; [26] currently held by Nobunaga, Phinks, and Feitan. [16]
  • Recon (情報, "Intelligence"): Members in charge of information gathering. Formerly held by Shalnark and Pakunoda. [26]
  • Cleanup (処理部隊, "Disposing Squad"): Members in charge of removing the evidence of the group's criminal activity. Currently held by Shizuku . [26]

Coin Tossing [ ]

HxH2011 EP50 Coin Toss

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. [8] However, disputes solved by the coin are only between two individuals. [33] 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 Tattoo 2011

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. [26] The only members whose tattoos have been seen are Shizuku [34] and the deceased Uvogin. [35] 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. [6]

History [ ]

Kurta clan massacre [ ].

Phantom Troupe message

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. " [36]

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, [30] but during their second encounter, Silva noted that Chrollo had improved considerably since then. [37] Their first fight was presumably when Silva became aware of the nature of Chrollo's Nen ability . [38]

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. [1]

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. [13] 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. [6]

During Kurapika's fight against Hisoka in the final tournament, Hisoka whispers something to him, [39] and it’s later revealed that Hisoka knows something interesting about the Spiders, promising to tell Kurapika in Yorknew City on September 1 st . [2]

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. [4]

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. [10]

Feitan and Franklin Auction

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, [40] 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. [41]

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. [41]

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. [42]

Uvogin punches worm

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. [35] 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. [43]

Dalzollene stabbed from behind by Phinks

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. [7] 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, [12] 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. [30] [44]


Uvogin's last stand

In the Gordeau Desert, Kurapika eventually captures Uvogin with his Chain Jail , [45] 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. [46]

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. [17] With the help of Phinks and Pakunoda , who have been secretly following them, [47] they easily capture the two boys and bring them back to their hideout. [48] 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. [8] 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. [49] [50]

Chrollo orchestrating Requiem for Uvogin

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. [50] After helping her to get into the Cemetery Building , he asks her to tell his fortune, which she gladly does. [51] 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. [52] As the Spiders slaughter the police and 2,000 Mafia members outside, Chrollo finishes killing Assassin A and dedicates the requiem to Uvogin. [53]

As the Troupes massacre continues outside, Chrollo is cornered in the building’s basement by Silva and Zeno Zoldyck . [38] 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. [37] 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. [21]

53 - Troupe

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, [54] 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. [21] After that, the Troupe members return to their hideout and celebrate their successful plan. [54] 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. [3] 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, [26] 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. [55]

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. [56] [57] 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. [58] Meanwhile, Pakunoda and the other two are able to learn Kurapika's name and face after capturing and killing Squala . [59]

HxH2011 EP57 Gon and Killua attack Machi and Pakunoda

Gon and Killua trying to escape from Pakunoda and Machi

Chrollo, Machi, and Shizuku take the two boys to the hotel [59] 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. [60]

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. [20]

57 - Shizuku

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. [61]

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. [62]

At the Troupe’s hideout, after Hisoka enlists of the help of Illumi, [61] 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. [62]

Confronting Paku

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, [63] 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. [27]

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. [27] 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. [64]

Pakunoda's death

Pakunoda's death

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. [64]

Greed Island arc [ ]

Phinks and Feitan at the auction

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. [65]

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. [66] When Machi, Franklin, Shizuku, and Shalnark ask about the game, Phinks invites them to play before entering the game. [67] 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. [68]

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. [69]

Phantom Troupe In Greed Island

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 . [70] 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 . [71]

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 . [22]

Machi, Nobunaga Hisoka spies

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. [23]

Chimera Ant arc [ ]

Chrollo is seen reading an issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump as Hisoka and Abengane approach him. [72]

The Phantom Troupe arrive at Meteor City

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. [14]

Zazan Defeated - Episode 97

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. [31] Kalluto encounters and kills Small Beetle , Phinks destroys Gorilla with a single punch, [73] Bonolenov crushes the Gun-toting Ant , Shalnark kills both Pell and Boki , [34] Shizuku drains Pike of all his blood, [74] and after struggling against Zazan , Feitan is eventually victorious against her, making him the acting leader of the Troupe. [32]

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. [32]

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. [75]

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 . [76] [77] [78] [79] [80] [81]

Chapter 357 - Page 19

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. [82]

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. [82]

Chrollo's first appearance in Black Whale

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. [83]

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. [33]

Chap 377 - Phantom Troupe members

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. [5]

Chap 377 - Spiders moving out

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. [5]

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. [16]

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. [16]

Chap 379 - Commando Trio

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. [11]

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. [11]

Chap 380 - Illumi and Kalluto found on Deck 3

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. [84]

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. [84]

Chap 384 - Spiders and Cha-R

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. [85]

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. [86]

Arm-Wrestling Rankings [ ]

Brigata Fantasma - AWR2

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. [10] [46] [48]

  • 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 " * . [87]
  • Gon was invited by Nobunaga to join the Troupe to fill the spot left by Uvogin, but he adamantly refused. [8]
  • 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. [6]
  • Machi told Hisoka to meet in Yorknew City at noon on August 30 th , [28] but the Troupe actually gathered together on August 31 st . [4]
  • Despite not appearing in the flashbacks, [20] [64] [19] 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."), [64] 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", [15] , 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. [26]
  • 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), [4] 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.
  • Their founding was also around or shortly before the time that Gon and Killua were born in canon. [51] [19] [88]

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 19.3 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
  • ↑ 51.0 51.1 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)
  • ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 6
  • ↑ Possible exaggeration.
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Demystifying Chrollo Lucilfer‘s Symbolic Forehead Tattoo

Hey there! If you‘re a Hunter x Hunter fan, you‘ve probably pondered the meaning behind the fascinating inverted cross tattoo on the villain Chrollo Lucilfer‘s forehead. As the enigmatic leader of the Phantom Troupe, Chrollo‘s tattoo carries some profound symbolic significance. Let‘s analyze its meaning together!

The Mysterious Appeal of Chrollo as an Antagonist

Part of what makes Chrollo so alluring as a villain is the complex duality he embodies between ruthlessness and empathy, intellect and bloodlust. Unlike some simplistic evil antagonists, Chrollo has layers that give him an air of mystery.

This reminds me of similar charismatic antagonist archetypes like Darth Vader from Star Wars or Loki from Marvel comics. Chrollo walks that fine line between cold-hearted villain and conflicted anti-hero. His contradictory nature is amplified by the bold symbolic tattoo marking his face.

Decoding the Significance of Inverted Crosses

Chrollo‘s forehead tattoo features an inverted or upside-down cross, sometimes called the Cross of Saint Peter. According to Christian tradition, Peter was crucified upside down by his own request, feeling unworthy to die the same way as Jesus Christ.

The inversion of this religious symbol takes on some more sinful or demonic connotations that perfectly match Chrollo‘s moral ambiguity. He styles himself as a sort of dark saint or martyr, but for acts of larceny and violence instead of faith.

Historically, inverted crosses symbolized the rejection of Christianity and heresy against the church. They have been adopted by Satanic or occult groups, as well as certain anti-establishment movements. All these connections resonate with Chrollo‘s own outcast status and criminal affiliation.

Speculating on Chrollo‘s Hidden Spider Tattoo

While Chrollo‘s forehead marking is obvious, the location of his Phantom Troupe membership spider tattoo still remains elusive. The 1999 anime adaptation placed this tattoo on Chrollo‘s right arm, but in the manga he keeps it concealed under bandages.

Fans have speculated it could be located on his chest above the heart as the central hub of the spider‘s web. Others suggest he bears it on his back, at the top of the spinal column like a spider perched ominously over its prey.

Some analysts think Chrollo doesn‘t have the tattoo at all yet, and is symbolically "marked" with it after initiating new members. This may be why he obscures its location. In any case, I love the added mystique this secret tattoo gives his character!

Interpreting Chrollo‘s Cross Tattoo Symbolism

There are a few profound ways we can interpret the meaning of Chrollo‘s inverted cross tattoo:

It represents the hypocrisy of claiming religious devotion while carrying out immoral acts. This matches Chrollo‘s contradiction as caring leader and coldblooded killer.

It symbolizes the fall from grace, like an angel cast out of heaven. Chrollo may see himself as a fallen angel forced into a sinful path.

It evokes Christian concepts like martyrdom and sacrifice, but in an ironic sinful context true to Chrollo‘s nature.

It acts as a leadership symbol of the Phantom Troupe‘s willingness to be "crucified" for their criminal brotherhood.

Overall, the cross tattoo seems connected to Chrollo‘s conflicting self-image as both a messianic saint-like figure and a cruel sinner. It makes him such a thought-provoking antagonist!

Diving Deeper into Chrollo‘s Origins and Ethnicity

Chrollo Lucilfer remains a man of mystery even after his introduction in Hunter x Hunter over 20 years ago. Many details about his background are scarce. But we can piece together some theories:

Most likely, Chrollo hails from the junkyard city of Meteor City. This harsh origin shaped his resourceful and detached personality. In terms of ethnicity, fans suggest Blasian (black Asian) Brazilian and Roma/Romani Gypsy ancestry based on his unique appearance.

His ornate, almost Victorian Gothic clothing also resembles aristocratic old world European styles. All these diverse influences make decoding Chrollo‘s origins part of the mystique surrounding him!

How Old is the Enigmatic Chrollo?

Chrollo‘s age is never explicitly given in Hunter x Hunter. Based on his appearance and maturity, most estimate Chrollo is in his mid to late 20‘s during the events of the story. Assuming the same aging as the real world, today in 2023 Chrollo would be around 35 years old.

Still quite young for such an accomplished and feared criminal mastermind! His prodigious talents must have enabled him to found the Phantom Troupe at a precocious age.

Just Who Could Defeat the Unflappable Chrollo?

As leader of the infamous Phantom Troupe, Chrollo reigns supreme with seemingly unmatched combat and tactical prowess. But a few elite Hunter x Hunter characters potentially have the skill to take Chrollo down:

  • His rival Hisoka, through underhanded trickery and unpredictability
  • Master assassin Illumi Zoldyck with stealth and manipulation
  • The vengeful Kurapika, mainly due to his perfect counter to the Troupe‘s powers
  • Legendary fighters like Netero, Maha, and Ging with their vast experience and abilities

Realistically however, Chrollo‘s genius-level intellect would allow him to outmaneuver or escape from most of these threats. Taking him by surprise seems the only sure way to overpower Chrollo!

Chrollo‘s Relationships Reveal His Duality

Chrollo‘s morally complex nature comes through in his web of complicated relationships and rivalries with various characters:

Hisoka – Their cat-and-mouse games reveal Chrollo‘s cunning strategic mind. Hisoka seems to be Chrollo‘s ideal sparring partner.

Kurapika – The righteous anger of this wronged foe contrasts Chrollo‘s detached intellectual curiosity. Their duel dynamic amplifies Chrollo‘s ambiguous magnetism.

Phantom Troupe – Chrollo‘s tender care for his thieves contrasts his lack of empathy for victims. He seems to crave this surrogate family.

Silva Zoldyck – This assassin wounded Chrollo‘s pride, showing that even he has weaknesses.

Analyzing these foils and parallels for Chrollo ultimately makes him a more fully-realized antagonist.

Just How Powerful is Chrollo Compared to Other Nen Users?

Based on Chrollo‘s demonstration of genius-level Nen talents, I‘d rank his power something like:

Nen Power Level Rankings:

  • Royal Guard

As this shows, Chrollo resides at the higher end of the spectrum, outclassed only by the absolute top tier of Hunters. His Score ability which allows him to steal Nen powers from victims makes him incredibly versatile and dangerous.

Chrollo has yet to show his full capabilities, so his ranking could potentially rise even higher! He likely still has some terrifying tricks up his sleeve for future arcs.

Closing Thoughts on Chrollo‘s Allure as a Villain

At the end of the day, Chrollo Lucilfer remains shrouded in mystery, and that‘s exactly what makes him such a compelling antagonist. The inverted cross tattoo on his forehead symbolizes Chrollo‘s complex duality between sinner and saint.

Underneath his cold exterior lieshints of empathy, intellect, and vulnerability, making him more multi-dimensional than your typical anime villain. I look forward to seeing even more of the enigmatic Chrollo‘s hidden depths revealed in future Hunter x Hunter storylines!

Let me know if you have any other insights into the cryptic symbolism of Chrollo‘s forehead tattoo or analyses of his intriguing character. I‘m always eager to discuss and theorize more about one of the most memorable villains in the Hunter x Hunter world.

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  • October 22, 2022

The Phantom Troupe is a clan of thieves from the 1999 anime series Hunter x Hunter. In the show, the 13 members famously had spider tattoos signifying their role in the clan.

Since the show ended, fans across the world have gotten tattoos to remember the show – ranging from interpretations of the clan’s spider tattoos to representations of the characters.

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This spider deviates from the spider tattoo in the Hunter x Hunter with more embellishment and details. The spider has 12 legs but no number on its body. The metallic design on its body and hints of gold on its legs make it stand out.

This tattoo is closer to the Phantom Troupe’s tattoos but is still personalized with hints of spiderweb between its legs. The placement on the elbow give the tattoo more dimension as it’s able to bend and move.

This tattoo is based on the character Shalnark, one of the antagonists from Hunter x Hunter. The portrait is created using no shading and very economic line work.

This tattoo is of Chrollo Lucifer, found of Phantom Troupe and member 0. Placing the tattoo on the upper arm in a triangle facing downward uses the natural shape of the body to frame the design.

Selectively using color, tattoo is dynamic yet simple. Stacking the eyes on top of each other fits will on the forearm.

Referencing Hunter x Hunter’s Manga origins, this tattoo of Hisoka Morow is a classic, playful way to honor the show.

This colorful rendering of Hisoka Morrow represents the character’s personality. Hisoka is a magical serial killer and former member number 4 of Phantom Troupe. The bright colors and playful design draw you into the tattoo.

Another way to represent the characters without getting a full portrait, is by using geometric shapes to fragment images. The simplicity of this design gives it a clean, attractive appeal.

The tattoo artist cleverly used a tarot card motif to represent the character’s identifying qualities.

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This watercolor depiction of Feitan, temporary leader and number 2 member of Phantom Troupe, is a colorful, eye catching remembrance of Hunter x Hunter.

What sets this tattoo apart is the quality of the colors. The artist used the tattoo owner’s skin to shade the character, giving it a lifelike quality, then was able to make all of the colors opaque. It almost looks like a pastel drawing.

This tattoo depicts the eyes of a villain from Hunter x Hunter. By coloring just the eyes a soft magenta, the tattoo is subtly eye catching.

This tattoo is just adorable, the design comes across as a refined doodle and the disheveled character is a playful twist on the typically serious Phantom Troupe members.

This forearm tattoo shows the entire Phantom Troupe walking together like a motley crew. It’s horizontal orientation and movement fit perfectly on the forearm.

Playing with Hisoka’s status as a magician, this tattoo features a lot of visually appealing imagery like cards and lightning. Anime style and bright colors give this tattoo life.

Here we have a simple and understated design, strategically using blue and amber to accent the portrait. The character’s smirk is fun touch.

This Hisoka tattoo has been designed with unexpected accents and details. The arms are curvy and the hands have fine lines and veins running through them, showing the artist took some liberties interpreting the character.

Most of the tattoos we’ve seen are placed on the arms or thighs, this one leans into the feeling of Hunter x Hunter giving the wear something akin to “eyes in the back of their head.”

Most depictions of Hisoka are brightly colored and wild, this one took a subtler approach and it paid off. The shading and minimal use of color is crisp.

A classic homage to Phantom Troupes Manga roots. Bold and high contrast, using stippling to put the character in shadow to represent the Phantom Troupe’s roll as villains.

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Machi has a spider tattoo on his right shoulder.

Her spider tattoo is located on the lower left side of her abdomen above her hip.

We hope this article provided you with enough inspiration to get yourself a Phantom Troupe Tattoo. Make sure to check out our list of Spirited Away Tattoos and Cyberpunk tattoos for more inspiration.

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30 Phantom Troupe Tattoo Ideas


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About Phantom Troupe Tattoos

30 Phantom Troupe Tattoo Ideas

If you’re an anime fan, there’s one TV show that came out during the ‘90s that you should check out. This very popular series is totally worth binge-watching.

It’s a show that revolves around a group of 13 crazy criminals who all sport a unique, numbered spider tattoo on their bodies. And these tattoos are the reason why the group is often referred to as ‘The Spider.’ 

Are you wondering which show this is? You might have guessed by now that it’s the hit anime series that debuted in 1999, Phantom Troupe .

Tattoos are one of the most important features of this show. The iconic spider markings signify a unique bond between the group members, and it’s why many fans of this series sport their very own Phantom Troupe tattoo.

Ever since the original Phantom Troupe was released in 1999, there has been a wild craze about the anime series.

After the success of the show, many fans of the series were seen wearing Phantom Troupe merchandise, such as T-shirts and hoodies. And, of course, several of them got the statement ’spider’ tattoos . 

Phantom Troupe is the name of a group of criminals in the popular anime/manga series called Hunter x Hunter . In the Japanese version of this show, the gang is famously known as Genei Ryodan . However, in the West, they’re known as the Phantom Troupe.

In Japan, Phantom Troupe tattoos literally turned into a rage after the wild success of the show and were seen everywhere. 

And that’s why in 2011, the anime series was remade with the addition of some new and exciting characters.

Since then, tons of Phantom Troupe fans have gotten inked with a Phantom Troupe tattoo. And they’ve been showing off their precious Phantom Troupe tattoo designs on social media sites like Instagram and Tiktok. 

This article will dig deep into the Phantom Troupe fandom. We’ll discuss the most popular Phantom Troupe tattoo ideas, explain what they symbolize, and show you the best tattoo designs.

So if you’re thinking of getting inked with one of these tattoos, you’ve come to the right place. 

After reading this article, you’ll understand:

  • What a Phantom Troupe tattoo is
  • What the tattoos mean
  • Best Phantom Troupe tattoo designs
  • Where to get the tattoo
  • How much they cost
  • History of the Phantom Troupe tattoo

What Do Phantom Troupe Tattoos Mean And Symbolize?

30 Phantom Troupe Tattoo Ideas

In the show, each of the group members has a spider tattoo , which marks their membership in the Phantom Troupe gang. And that’s why tattoos hold so much value in this hit anime series. Let’s take a look at each Phantom Troupe tattoo meaning, and find out its significance in the show.

The most popular Phantom Troupe tattoo design is the twelve-legged spider. The head of the spider symbolizes the leader of the troupe, and the twelve legs stand for the twelve ever-changing group members.

Each spider tattoo has a unique number that is placed on the twelve-legged spider’s body. Also, the tattoos are a bit of a mystery in the show since only a few of them have actually been revealed. 

But that’s not it! The Phantom Troupe tattoo plays such an important role in the series that any member that chooses to join ‘The Spider’ gang can do so, but they must kill an existing member and get their tattoo first.

Even though the show’s main characters are portrayed as criminals and villains in the beginning, as the series progresses, the show throws a big curveball at you (SPOILER ALERT)!

The bad guys suddenly turn into good samaritans by indulging in philanthropic work in their hometown, The Meteor City. 

If you’re planning to get a Phantom Troupe tattoo, it’s highly recommended that you choose the tattoo that your favorite character has .

Each individual in this show has a unique storyline with its own twists and turns, so we’re certain that you’ll find a character that you can relate to the most.

Where To Get A Phantom Troupe Tattoo

30 Phantom Troupe Tattoo Ideas

In the show, each gang member’s tattoo is located on a different place of their body , which helps them remain anonymous when they want to be. 

Here is a list of some Phantom Troupe characters and the tattoo placements on their body:

  • Chrollo: cross-shaped tattoo on forehead
  • Shizuku: #8 tattoo on the lower left side of her belly
  • Uvogin: #11 tattoo on the lower back
  • Hisoka: #4 tattoo on the center of his back
  • Bonolenov: #10 tattoo (the location hasn’t been revealed yet)

Since most of the Phantom Troupe members haven’t revealed their tattoos yet, and only a few members’ tattoos are publicly known, there have been lots of fan theories online about this topic.

One such theory is that most of the gang have tattoos on their back. That’s because their backs are fully covered with their costumes in the show. 

However, Shizuku is one of the exceptions since she has a tattoo on the lower left side of her belly. This popular theory is also why most of the show’s fans prefer getting a Phantom Troupe tattoo on their backs .

So, if you want to get inked with a Phantom Troupe tattoo, you have plenty of options .

You can choose the same tattoo spot as your favorite character, or you can choose a location that makes it easy to flaunt your tattoo to the world. As another option, you can get it on your back just like Uvogin and Hisoka.

If you’re sensitive to pain though, we recommend getting a spider design on your arms, back, or thighs since they’re generally the least painful spots to get a tattoo. But, the tools have improved a lot over the years, so getting a tattoo isn’t as painful as it used to be.

The level of pain you feel will also depend upon the design you choose, and the tattoo artist’s level of expertise . These are important factors to keep in mind before getting inked for the first time.

How Much Do Phantom Troupe Tattoos Cost?

30 Phantom Troupe Tattoo Ideas

The price of your tattoo will depend on several variables, which we’ve listed below. 

  • The size of the tattoo 
  • Its placement 
  • The quality of ink used 
  • If colors were used
  • The tattoo artist’s level of expertise

Taking all of these factors into consideration is important. Doing so will help you determine the final cost of your tattoo before you book your appointment at the parlor. Plus, it will ensure that you stay within your budget .

To give you a better idea about tattoo prices, here are the average costs of a tattoo.

  • A small tattoo like a cross or a heart usually costs around $80 to $150  
  • A medium-sized tattoo will cost around $200 to $400 on average 
  • A large tattoo like a picture or a portrait will usually cost between $450 and $800

So, a Phantom Troupe tattoo design can cost anywhere from $200 to $800 on average . 

Also, we have an important recommendation for you. To make sure you get the best results, we suggest that you get your Phantom Troupe tattoo done by an artist that’s familiar with this show since it’s one of the most popular anime tattoos ever. 

30 Best Phantom Troupe Tattoo Designs

Here are some popular Phantom Troupe tattoo designs you need to take a look at, especially if you’re planning to get a Phantom Troupe tattoo.

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History Of The Phantom Troupe Tattoo

30 Phantom Troupe Tattoo Ideas

Phantom Troupe tattoos became a big sensation when the Japanese hit show was released in 1999, so there’s no history of these tattoos before that time period.

Yet, tattoos have a long and interesting history in Japan . Different tattoos in this country have their own cultural importance and traditional significance. Some designs depict social status, whereas some serve as a punishment for criminals and slaves.

A popular tattoo symbol in Japan is the Japanese dragon , which symbolizes wisdom, blessing, and strength. The Japanese Snake tattoos, on the other hand, represent change, transformation, and rebirth. 

Additionally, the Japanese supernatural creatures with evil features symbolize war and destruction. That’s why these supernatural tattoos are mostly red in color .

Plus, the Japanese fish tattoos stand for success, the ability to overcome struggles, wealth, determination, and courage.

Even though this culture celebrates tattoos and considers them to be an art form , there was a time when tattoo practices were banned in the country. This was done by a Japanese emperor in the Edo Period (from 1603 to 1867). 

This was also a time when tattoos turned into symbols of crime and offense , which is quite similar to Phantom Troupe’s entire plotline, isn’t it?

Fortunately, the country lifted its tattoo ban in 1948 , and ever since then, the land has flourished with many unique tattoo designs and tattoo artists.

In the 1980s, during the rock ‘n roll era, Japanese tattoos gained popularity and were sported by various American rock bands and youth alike. 

Most traditional Japanese tattoos have meanings that are derived from folklore, traditional tales, and legends that have been passed down through the generations.

That’s why it’s always recommended to get a Japanese tattoo in Japan since getting it anywhere else won’t give you the same mystical experience!

Which Celebrities Have A Phantom Troupe Tattoo?

30 Phantom Troupe Tattoo Ideas

Popular TikToker and Instagrammer Vinnie Hacker , who is well-known for his lip-syncing on TikTok and Instagram, has a Phantom Troupe tattoo of a spider on the center of his chest.

Apart from him, there aren’t many celebrities that sport a Phantom Troupe tattoo.

However, Demi Lovato recently got inked with a 3D spider on her scalp, and it looks eerily similar to the Phantom Troupe spider tattoo . In fact, this spider looks so realistic that the star had to shave an inch of hair off her scalp before getting inked.

Later on, when explaining the meaning of her newest tattoo on Instagram Stories, Demi wrote, “She taught us about pottery and weaving. She taught us about fire and light and dark. She taught us that we are all connected on the web – each one of us having our place in the world.”  

We absolutely love Demi’s explanation of her tattoo! Her poetic words perfectly describe how much it means to her.

If you’re considering getting inked, each tattoo you get should symbolize and signify something important to you . This is especially true since tattoos are permanent, so they’ll be with you for a long time. 

For instance, you might want a tattoo design that represents a phase of your life, your life mantra, or something you believe in, which is exactly what Demi did when she got her tattoo.

Apart from being beautiful pieces of art, tattoos are also regarded as one of the best conversation starters and head turners . So, if you don’t mind getting some extra attention, a visit to a tattoo parlor might be a good choice for you.

Also, the next time you decide to get inked, think about how the tattoo relates to your personality and what message you want to communicate through it because these factors are ultra-important when choosing your body art.

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60 of the Best Hunter X Hunter Tattoos including Phantom Troupe Tattoos

  • by Juan Cruz
  • October 20, 2023 November 12, 2023

60 of the Best Hunter X Hunter Tattoos: Phantom Troupe Tattoo Ideas and More

As a huge fan of the anime and manga series Hunter X Hunter, I have always been fascinated by the intricate and unique tattoos that adorn the bodies of some of the characters. From the iconic Phantom Troupe spider tattoos to the intricate designs of the Zoldyck family, these tattoos are not only visually stunning but also hold great significance within the world of Hunter X Hunter.

If you’re a fan of the series and looking to get a Hunter X Hunter tattoo of your own, you’re in luck. In this article, I will be showcasing some of the best Hunter X Hunter tattoos out there, including some amazing Phantom Troupe tattoo ideas. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your own tattoo or just want to appreciate some amazing artwork, this article is for you.

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Phantom Troupe Tattoos: A Symbol of the Spider Clan.

The spider tattoo is the most recognizable of all the Phantom Troupe tattoos. It is a symbol of the Spider Clan and represents the group’s unity and strength. The spider is also a cunning creature, which is fitting for a criminal organization that values intelligence and strategy.

Each member of the Phantom Troupe has their own unique tattoo that represents their individual strengths and abilities. The Phantom Troupe tattoos are not just a symbol of the Spider Clan, but also a mark of their commitment to their cause. They are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals, even if it means breaking the law.

In conclusion, the Phantom Troupe tattoos are a fascinating symbol of the Spider Clan and their criminal organization. They represent the group’s unity, strength, and commitment to their cause. As a fan of Hunter X Hunter, I can’t help but admire the intricate designs and the meaning behind each tattoo.

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Gon Freecss

The protagonist of the series, Gon is a young and adventurous character who aspires to become a Hunter to find his father, Ging Freecss.

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Killua Zoldyck

Killua is Gon’s best friend and comes from the infamous Zoldyck family of assassins.

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Kurapika Tattoos

Kurapika is a survivor of the Kurta Clan and is determined to avenge his people by hunting down the Phantom Troupe

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Hisoka Tattoos

Hisoka is a highly skilled and enigmatic magician who has a “fascination” with strong opponents and frequently crosses paths with Gon and his friends.

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Chimera Ant Arc

Some honorable mentions from one of the best arcs in the show

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13 Latest Phantom Troupe Spider Tattoo Ideas To Inspire You In 2023!

Phantom Troupe Spider Tattoos

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Are you a die-hard Hunter x Hunter fan looking to immortalize your love for the series in ink? Look no further! We’ve curated an impressive collection of Phantom Troupe spider tattoo s that are as breathtaking as they are meaningful. In this article, we’ll dive into what makes this ink so epic, how to make it uniquely yours, and what you need to consider before letting the needle hit your skin. Trust us, you’ll want to read this before heading to the tattoo parlor.

Phantom Troupe Spider Tattoo

For the uninitiated, Hunter x Hunter is a beloved animated film series that features the enigmatic Phantom Troupe – a world-renowned criminal organization composed of thirteen highly skilled Nen users. Each member dons a unique numbered spider tattoo , making for some truly striking body art.

The Phantom Troupe serves as the primary antagonistic faction in the Yorknew City Arc and remains one of the overarching adversaries throughout the series. Their actions have had a profound impact on the lives of the protagonists, particularly Kurapika, whose entire clan fell victim to the group’s merciless crimes.

However, the Chimera Ant arc reveals another side to the Phantom Troupe, as they take on a more anti-villainous role in defending Meteor City from a Chimera Ant invasion. This complex and captivating group has left an indelible mark on the Hunter x Hunter series, making their iconic spider tattoo s a must-see for fans and ink enthusiasts alike.

Shizuku Spider Tattoo Phantom Troupe

Shizuku Spider Tattoo Phantom Troupe

The Phantom Troupe is a notorious group of skilled thieves in the world of Hunter x Hunter, led by the cunning Chrollo Lucilfer. They are also known as the Spider, with Chrollo acting as the head and the other members as the pedipalps. Shizuku Murasaki joined the gang after a former 8th member was killed by Silva Zoldyck. Her physical strength is ranked 12th in the group, and she has the unique ability to erase all traces of Troupe activity. Shizuku is also an expert pickpocket. The black spider tattoo representing the Troupe is expertly crafted and can be customized with vibrant colors and numbers.

The HXH Phantom Troupe Spider Tattoo Hisoka

The HXH Phantom Troupe Spider Tattoo Hisoka

Hisoka Morow is a talented Hunter who was once a member of the Phantom Troupe and held the impressive title of #4, with only two other members surpassing him in physical strength. Hisoka is always searching for strong opponents, seeking out opportunities to grow and improve his skills. As a Hunter, he possesses incredible physical and battle skills, as well as extensive knowledge of Nen, making him a formidable opponent. Hisoka is also a skilled magician who uses Nen to enhance his tricks, able to create over a thousand different textures on smooth surfaces. The tattoo depicting the Phantom Troupe spider, which Hisoka represents, is an impressive display of the artist’s skill and love for the series.

Phantom Troupe Chrollo Spider Tattoo

Phantom Troupe Chrollo Spider Tattoo

The Phantom Troupe tattoo is an anime-inspired masterpiece that showcases different members of the group. The intricate inkwork on the skin is a testament to the artist’s passion for anime and the richly detailed movies that captivated audiences. Each spider in the tattoo is marked with their individual number, reflecting their unique roles and responsibilities within the infamous gang of robbers. Led by Chrollo Lucilfer, the Phantom Troupe is a formidable force with class A bounties. Chrollo, as member #0 and the gang’s founder, is a master fighter with versatile and lethal combat skills, strategic abilities, and impressive physical and mental strength. The Phantom Troupe tattoo is a must-have for fans of Hunter x Hunter.

The Phantom Troupe Spider Tattoo Locations

The Phantom Troupe Spider Tattoo Locations

Feitan Portor is a member of the notorious Phantom Troupe, a gang of robbers known for their criminal activities. He is ranked as the #2 member in the group and possesses the fifth-best physical strength among the members. Feitan became the leader of the Troupe after defeating Zazan until Chrollo’s return. His exceptional swordsmanship skills and incredible Nen abilities make him a dangerous opponent. The Phantom Troupe tattoo is an intriguing piece of art that can be made anywhere on the body. The precision used by the tattoo artist to create the spider limbs is a testament to their skill. As a part of the Hunter x Hunter series, this anime has numerous fascinating characters and storylines that fans of the series will appreciate.

The Phantom Troupe Tattoo

The Phantom Troupe Tattoo

Machi Komacine is a skilled fighter and the #3 member of the notorious Phantom Troupe. She is known to have great physical strength, ranking sixth overall in arm wrestling and being the strongest among the Troupe’s women. Machi’s fighting technique is unique as she can convert her aura into strings and use them to control her target’s movements or set up traps to capture or harm enemies. These strings are incredibly durable and difficult to break. The design of the tattoo perfectly captures Machi’s abilities and can be inked on any part of the body.

The Numbered Tattoo

The Numbered Tattoo

Uvogin, the late #11 member of the Phantom Troupe, was known for his incredible physical strength and was the strongest member of the group in that aspect. His expertise in close combat made him a formidable opponent, even against armed groups. Uvogin had a powerful technique where he would charge his fist with Ko, a special technique in the Hunter x Hunter world, and deliver a devastating punch that could create an explosion similar in power to a small missile. The spider tattoo with the number on the back is an accurate representation of the Troupe’s logo, and it includes all the intricate details of the design as seen in the series. Fans can even find similar spider toys in the market that closely resemble the tattoo.

Phantom Troupe Tattoo

Phantom Troupe Tattoo

Franklin Bordeau is a member of the notorious Phantom Troupe, holding the number #7 and ranking fourth in terms of strength within the group. As a strong Nen user, he is a formidable opponent in battle. Franklin’s preferred method of attack is using his Nen bullets, which he can fire at varying tempos, numbers, and power levels to overwhelm his opponents.

Franklin’s ability involves expelling aura bullets from his fingertips, each possessing incredible speed and power. With his ability’s high rate of fire, Franklin can easily decimate his enemies in mere seconds. This black tattoo, featuring the Phantom Troupe’s number system, serves as an accessory and symbol of belongingness to a group. It’s a perfect idea for fans of anime and groups of friends looking for a unique and meaningful group tattoo.

Spider Tattoos Characters

Spider Tattoos Characters

Nobunaga Hazama is a skilled swordsman and the top member (#1) of the Phantom Troupe, a notorious gang of robbers with class A bounties. He is known for his physical strength which is ranked ninth in the group. Being born in Meteor City, Nobunaga is hard to track and obtain information about. He is incredibly confident in his sword skills and is willing to cut down anyone who approaches him without caution. Nobunaga is skilled in Iaido, a controlled movement art that involves drawing a sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting off an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then placing the sword back in the scabbard. The tattoo of the Phantom Troupe, especially of Nobunaga, represents power and skill, and it is popular among anime lovers and those who admire the group’s unity and strength.

The Categories of Phantom Troupe Tattoo Members

The Categories of Phantom Troupe Tattoo Members

Phinks Magcub, the Phantom Troupe’s fifth member, is a formidable fighter with incredible strength and hand-to-hand combat abilities. He ranks second in physical strength within the group and is now the Troupe’s strongest member since Uvogin’s passing. Phinks possesses a unique Nen ability called Ripper Cyclotron that allows him to strengthen his punches by rotating his arm clockwise. With each rotation, his aura grows in his fist, producing powerful electric energy that can take down even the toughest opponents. This black spider tattoo can be personalized with the Phantom Troupe tattoo number of your choice, making it a perfect choice for any part of the body. The entire tattoo is crafted with black ink, leaving ample space for you to customize it with your preferred number.

The Hunter X Hunter Tattoo

The Hunter X Hunter Tattoo

Kortopi is the twelfth member of the infamous Phantom Troupe, and while he may not be the strongest in terms of physical power, his skills in theft, misinformation, and tracking are highly valued by the group. Kortopi’s Nen ability is known as “Gallery Fake,” which allows him to conjure up perfect replicas of any item he desires. These replicas are so perfect that even a Nen user cannot tell the difference between the original and the fake. The tattoo featuring the Phantom Troupe’s iconic spider emblem is beautifully made with black ink, creating a striking contrast against the skin.

Phantom Troupe Back Tattoo

Phantom Troupe Back Tattoo

Kortopi’s Nen ability is called “Gallery Fake,” and it allows him to replicate an exact copy of any non-living object he touches with his left hand by summoning it with his right hand. The replicas disappear after 24 hours, and Kortopi can track their movements by touching the original object. This tattoo is perfect for fans of the Hunter x Hunter series, and those who want a non-permanent option can opt for a temporary tattoo that can be easily removed with baby oil. This way, they can change the tattoo design and even choose to display different phantom troupe member numbers as desired.

Shizuku Phantom Troupe Tattoo

Shizuku Phantom Troupe Tattoo

The Shizuku Phantom Troupe tattoo is an iconic ink design that holds its roots in the anime series “Hunter x Hunter.” For fans of the dark and mysterious Phantom Troupe, getting Shizuku’s number 8 spider tattoo is a bold way to showcase allegiance to this renegade group.

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Alright, let’s wrap this up. The Shizuku Phantom Troupe tattoo isn’t just a casual choice—it’s a statement, a nod to one of the most compelling groups in anime. Before you go under the needle, make sure you’ve done your homework: choose a skilled artist, consider the placement carefully, and think about any customizations that can set your ink apart. Don’t overlook the potential risks either, like allergic reactions or infection; always opt for a reputable tattoo parlor. At the end of the day, it’s about getting a tattoo that you’ll be proud to show off. So, are you ready to join the ranks of Phantom Troupe fans with some epic ink? Go for it, and make it count.

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