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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

15 Most Shocking Deaths In Hunter x Hunter

hunter x hunter deaths with gon and killua fighting stance with nen activated

Getting attached to some characters in different anime series is the norm. As the action and drama grows stronger, so does our bonds to the casts in these stories.

Characters die in video games and anime series all the time. Though we know that this is the nature for every show that exist nowadays, of course it is still heart-wrenching to see our beloved anime pals walking into the ultimate sunset of their lives.

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Tomato explosion

Hunter x Hunter provides a roster of unique characters, each having their own appearance, style, attitude, aura and ability. The main characters are indeed lovable and desirable. Apart from these guys, some antagonists and characters with supporting or minor roles are somehow cute or interesting enough to be adored by many fans of the series. Sadly, some of them are not lucky enough to survive an entire arc while there are some guys who existed from the start and won our hearts only to devastate us with their unexpected and terrifying deaths as the show progresses. 

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Admit it that some deaths in Hunter x Hunter really caught you of guard especially if you haven't read the manga and some spoilers around Hunterpedia, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Here are the most shocking, painful and terrifying character demise from the show. Let's start with the least remembered but disturbing enough down to the most traumatic event.

15. Bodoro

Bodoro was a martial artist who joined the 287th Hunter Examination. During the final phase of the examination which was all about making your opponent surrender to pass, this poor old guy was first beaten up by Hisoka. After a few matches between other finalists, Bodoro was matched with Leorio. Seconds after the fight begins, a pissed off and threaded Killua stabbed him from the back killing him instantly.

What is shocking about this? I didn't see his death coming since there should be no killing involved in the final phase of the exam or you'll be disqualified.

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Killua kills Bodoro

14. Kurta Clan

Famous for their scarlet eyes, the Kurta Clan was brutally massacred by a gang of class A thieves called Genei Ryodan. Those eyes were plucked out presumably and were sold to different flesh collectors. I got goosebumps right after hearing their story. What if the client demands the head with the eyes still intact? What if Kurapika's parents and Pairo's head were sold together with scarlet world wonder? Truly terrifying to think of.

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Kurta clan massacre

13. Squala

The Usop of Hunter x Hunter didn't get a chance to live long. After the Genei Ryodan went crazy on killing the mafia men and other people in the auction, I honestly thought that he was totally safe. This was the case until the group followed his tracks with the help of the fake scarlet eyes conjured by Kortopi. As we all know, death can come immediately with the presence of the Phantom Troupe.

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Nobunaga beheads Squala

12. Baise

I was 10 years old back then and I don't have the slightest idea that a beautiful and seductive anime girl like her will die in a very frightening way. Baise's death opened up my mind that anything could happen. It also gave me an impression that Hunter x Hunter is of a different level compared to other anime series I've watched.

Why do I think her death is terrifying? The answer is Shizuku. And I'm scared of her vacuum cleaner.

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Shizuku kills Baise

11. Dalzollene

By the time when Dalzollene took his turn on watching a paralyzed and strangled Uvogin, I just knew that he will be dead. But I expected that things would be very exciting. As the Phantom Troupe members arrived to redeem their comrade, I thought that an epic fight would happen. Maybe I expected a lot from him and I was too shocked after Phinks effortlessly pierced his body with bare hands.

He should have sensed it. Tssss.

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"Phinksed" from behind

10. Pakunoda

Pakunoda is indeed stepping in the line of fire during the final episodes of York New City arc. Though this was the case, I never thought that she would die without throwing out a good fight like what happened between Kurapika and Uvogin. I always had that typical thought about action series that a world-shaking brawl must take place at the finale season and between one of the main antagonist's lieutenants and an avenging protagonist. But I reminded myself before, "THIS is HUNTER x HUNTER". It's an action adventure anime that won't spoil you with fight scenes but will be forever awesome.

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Poor Paku... Meow :(

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9. Puhat

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Puhat's head

Now this is quite disturbing. Squala's head was cut off but we expected that to happen as he was chased by a swordsman.

Puhat on the other hand died from the explosive touch of the bomber. Before that, he was first introduced in Greed Island Arc as a very clever man as he was seen sharing his deductions about the screening exam held by Tsezguerra. Furthermore, he joined a team of veteran players which make it more unbelievable that he will be rewarded with a gruesome kind of death.

Puhat along with some Greed Island players were tricked by the bombers. After a failed interrogation, his head was cut off with Genthru's bomb and was sent back to the game to scare the remaining members of the group.

8. Gotoh

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Hisoka kills Gotoh

Being engaged on a battle with Hisoka guarantees death unless you are a protagonist, a member of Phantom Troupe, a Zodiac maybe, a royal guard maybe, Meruem or Netero. However, I am expecting this butler to put up a good and lasting fight but it did not happen. Hisoka seemed to be toying with him the whole time before slitting his throat.

7. Mitsuba

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Mitsuba's death

WTH was that? 

If you did not spoil yourself by reading the manga or Hunterpedia, this must have freaked you out totally. She was instructed by Kikyo Zoldyck, mother of Killua to decline all requests from Alluka. Obeying the orders from the lady of the estate, she declined Alluka's requests four times in a row and as a result, she was instantly crushed into minced meat. Her unfortunate story alone tells us how deadly Killua's favorite bro was.

6. Meruem & Komugi

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Meruem and Komugi

Not really a surprise but somehow crushing. One unusual pair with a very sweet and unique love story ending up dead can send you to the floor crying. At one point, the newborn Chimera Ant King came up with a decision to take the life of the Gungi player but he saved her instead of from an attacking bird. Right then and there, we started to care for the two and get scared for their lives.

During the last episodes of Chimera Ant Arc, Meruem was extremely weakened by the poison of Netero's miniature rose. He and Komugi shared their final moments together playing Gungi. They kept on doing this until the King succumbs to the contagious poison.

5. Isaac Netero

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Netero's final moments

Hats off to the previous chairman of the Hunter Association. He led the Chimera Ant Extermination Team and started by invading the NGL ant colony. They failed to eliminate the Chimera Ant Queen before the Ant King was born but they were able to eliminate multiple chimera ant squadrons. They moved to East Gorteau with the plan to separate the ant king from its Royal Guards. Though they were successful in the operation, Netero-san sacrificed himself by using the miniature rose bomb to finish off Meruem.

4. Pokkle

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That look when you know you're _ _ _ _ e d

Pokkle was one of the 287th Hunter Examination passers alongside Gon, Kurapika, and Leorio. He became a magical beast hunter and went to NGL to hunt down the chimera ants. What he didn't expect is that some of the beasts his hunting can detect and evade nen. He was knocked down by one squadron leader and was taken to the base to serve as the most delicious food for the queen.

I guessed that he has a chance to escape as he managed to hide under the pile of skulls. He could wait for the right time to show up, stun some guards and completely get himself out of the hive. This was the perfect game plan until Neferpitou hatched from its balloon and used En immediately. Pokkle gave out a dead-scared look when he was discovered.

Later, he was seen naked with his skull opened up as Neferpitou manipulated him to squeeze out some information about nen. What a terrible way to get tortured before getting devoured by a hideous creature.

3. Neferpitou

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Neferpitou's death

Neferpitou's death can be the ultimate shocker of all especially to those who remained untainted from spoilers until episode 131 of the anime series. It was expected that Neferpitou would be killed but who does the killing was a big question back then. Before I fetched some spoilers from Hunterpedia, I guessed that this Neko would be killed by Knov, Morel, Netero, or Hisoka (if he would show up).

I was dreaming of a Bisky, Killua, and Gon vs Pitou kind of rumble but I was really surprised that Gon took the neko out on his own. An infuriated and forcibly-grown-up Gon wiped out Neferpitou's head, body, soul and everything after being mocked on bringing back Kite.

2. Ponzu

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Remains of Ponzu

Ponzu went to NGL with Pokkle and others. They were intercepted by some chimera ants until Pokkle was caught. She escaped from the scene and took a pause to use her bees in sending off a message. One of her bees was able to pass the paper to Kite but it was too late to save her. She resumed running to reach for the borderline of NGL but was shot down and devoured by a chimera ant soldier.

I consider this girl as the most unfortunate of all characters. Her death was incredibly disgusting, dreadful, and unexpected. The death scene was like watching a stomach-churning episode of The Walking Dead.

1. Kite

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Pitou with Kite's head

Kite earned the respect of many from teaching Gon a lesson in Whale Island, being Ging's nen student, slaughtering a pack of chimera ants in one swoop, and more. As someone who spent some time with his father, Gon looked up to Kite so much and would want him and Killua to be their next nen trainer. Since they don't have the time for training, the two friends decided to accompany the contract hunter in his mission.

They were able to defeat other chimera ants who were chasing them. While the ants are getting themselves tortured to acquire nen, Neferpitou was able to detect the trio from 2 or 3 kilometers away. Sensing the upcoming danger, Kite warned Gon and Killua to stay back. While trying to warn and protect the two young hunters, Kite's right arm was cut off.

Killua hit Gon at the back to knock him down and took him away from the scene. Kite was left alone to battle Neferpitou. It was quite a while before Kite's fate was shown. By the end of episode 85, a bruised Pitou was seen sitting down under a tree holding Kite's decapitated head and yearning for more battles with him.

Why is his death so shocking? We expected Kite to be there on the final brawl of the arc. And if he is going to die, it should be a bloody match. But episode 85? Seriously? The arc had just started and seeing Kite fading away this early is so sudden. I even pictured a Greed Island Arc kind of fun. Well maybe the G.I. arc was only a relief from the brutal York Shin City arc and Hunter x Hunter's unique kind of thrill kicks back in the Chimera Ant arc.

And most of all, Kite's death is the cause of all character changes/conflicts that really hit us right in the feels... :'(

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  2. nice article but i expected the death of the two kids on the list.. the scene where they were being eaten by the queen.

  3. Oh yeah I remembered yeah I wasn't actually expecting that too I mean they were just kids but then they got eaten and were reborn as Chimera Ants

  4. Yeah they are the most unfortunate, I guess... :)

  5. Yup, kids being devoured by beasts is one of the most horrible things to see.

  6. Many of the fans were shocked when Kaito died. Some even stopped reading the manga as they expected more devastating things to happen.

  7. *Killua's favourite *sis*
    Well written anyways.

  8. I have a question.. I’m not finished with hunter x hunter and I rlly need to know if Killua dies!! Can someone pls help me.PLS

  9. Killuasgirlfriend, I'm not finished with it either but I have seen some spoilers so great news killua doesn't die!

  10. Kurapika's GirlfriendFebruary 2, 2021 at 7:34 AM

    yea I have watched the whole anime and read all the mangas. Killua doesn't die :)

  11. i expected kurapika to be here

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  13. well i didnt expect kite to die

  14. stop watching for good when Ponzu died.

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