Hunter × Hunter (Japanese: ハンター×ハンター Hepburn: Hantā Hantā, abbreviated: HxH) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine and journal since March 3, 1998, although the manga has frequently gone on extended hiatuses since 2006. As of June 2017, 360 chapters have been collected into 34 volumes by Shueisha. The story focuses on a young boy named Gon Freecss, who discovers that his father, who he was told was dead, is actually alive and a world-renowned Hunter, a licensed profession for those who specialize in fantastic pursuits such as locating rare or unidentified animal species, treasure hunting, surveying unexplored enclaves, or hunting down lawless individuals. Despite being abandoned by his father, Gon departs upon a journey to follow in his footsteps, pass the rigorous Hunter Examination, and eventually find his father. Along the way, Gon meets various other Hunters and also encounters the paranormal. The original inspiration for the manga came from Togashi’s own collecting hobby.
Gon Freecss (ゴン=フリークス, Gon Furīkusu) is a Rookie Hunter and the son of Ging Freecss. Finding his father is Gon’s motivation in becoming a Hunter. Gon is a young boy with long spiky black green tipped hair and large, hazel brown eyes. His usual outfit is composed of a green jacket with reddish edges covering a black or white tank top underneath, green short shorts, and green, laced boots. In some arcs such as the Greed Island and Chimera Ant arcs he takes off the jacket and wears only the tank top. In the Greed Island arc and at the beginning of the Chimera Ant arc he wears the Paladin’s Necklace, a Greed Island card with the ability to purge any external effects to a card the wearer is holding.
Killua Zoldyck (キルア=ゾルディック, Kirua Zorudikku) is the third son of Silva and Kikyo Zoldyck and the heir of the Zoldyck Family, until he runs away from home and becomes a Hunter. He is the best friend of Gon Freecss, and is currently travelling with Alluka Zoldyck.
Kurapika (クラピカ, Kurapika) is the last survivor of the Kurta Clan. He is a Blacklist Hunter and the current leader of the organization founded by Light Nostrade. He became a member of the Zodiacs with the codename “Rat” (子, Nezumi). His goal is to avenge his clan and recover the remaining pairs of Scarlet Eyes.
Leorio Paradinight (レオリオ=パラディナｲﾄ, Reorio Paradinaito) is a Hunterand a member of the Zodiacs with the codename “Boar” (亥, Inoshishi). He is currently a medical student, with a goal to become a doctor.
Hisoka Morow (ヒソカ゠モロウ, Hisoka Morou) is a Hunter and former member #4 of the Phantom Troupe; his physical strength ranked third in the group. He is always in search for strong opponents, and would spare those who have great potential, such as Gon and Killua in order for them to get strong enough to actually challenge him. He originally served as the primary antagonist of the Hunter Exam arc and a secondary one of the Heaven’s Arena arc, before becoming a supporting character during the Yorknew City arc. During the 13th Hunter Chairman Election arc, he briefly reprised his role as a secondary antagonist.
Isaac Netero (アイザック＝ネテロ, Aizakku Netero) was the 12th Chairman of the Hunter Association and the Head of the Exam Commission. In his youth, he was extolled as the most powerful Nen user in the world, and retained dreadful strength even in his old age.
Hanzo (ハンゾー, Hanzō) is a jonin (上忍, jōnin—translatable as “upper man”, the highest ninja rank) from the Cloud-Hidden Village in Jappon. During the 287th Hunter Exam, he was applicant #294 and decided to become a Hunterin order to find the elusive Hermit’s Scroll (隠者の書, Inja no Sho). He is currently one of the bodyguards of Prince Marayam Hui Guo Rou.
Illumi Zoldyck (イルミ＝ゾルディック, Irumi Zorudikku) is the eldest child of Silva and Kikyo Zoldyck. During the 287th Hunter Exam, he appeared under the guise of Gittarackur (ギタラクル, Gitarakuru). He served as a secondary antagonist of the Hunter Exam arc and the primary one of the 13th Hunter Chairman Election arc.
Kite (カイト, Kaito) was a Contract Hunter and Ging Freecss‘ student. After his death, he was reborn as Meruem‘s twin sibling and a member of the Chimera Ant Royal Family. She was originally named Reina (レイナ, Reina), after Colt‘s sister, but took to calling herself Kite once again.
Silva Zoldyck (シルバ＝ゾルディック, Shiruba Zorudikku) is the current head of the Zoldyck Family and the father of Killua. Silva is a tall, muscular man in extremely good physical condition. He has long, silver-blond hair with blue cat-like eyes, and is always dressed in a sleeveless or short-sleeved shinobi shōzoku outfit and wears a pair of wristbands.
Alluka Zoldyck (アルカ＝ゾルディック, Aruka Zorudikku) is the second youngest child of Silva and Kikyo Zoldyck. Under unknown circumstances, she was possessed by a mysterious Dark Continent creature, which her family named Nanika. The two currently share Alluka’s body.
Canary (カナリア, Kanaria) is an apprentice butler of the Zoldyck Family. Anyone attempting to pass her post on the estate will be expelled via force.
Chrollo Lucilfer (クロロ=ルシルフル, Kuroro Rushirufuru) is the leader of the Phantom Troupe, an infamous gang of thieves with class A bounties. His physical strength ranks seventh in the group.
Shaiapouf (シャウアプフ, Shauapufu), nicknamed Pouf (プフ, Pufu), was a butterfly-humanoid Chimera Ant and one of the Chimera Ant King‘s Royal Guards. Unlike the other Royal Guards, Shaiapouf bore a more human resemblance. He looked like a young adult, with a tall and lanky frame, thistle purple skin, and short dark blond hair, covering up his forehead and ears. The only insect parts that Pouf had were his multi-coloured butterfly wings and antenna. He wore a frilly white shirt, black pants and a pair of black shoes.