|Appears in||Anime, Manga, Movie, OAV|
|Manga Debut||Volume #8, Chapter #71|
|Anime Debut||Episode #51
|Movie Debut||Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge|
|OVA Debut||OVA #1|
The Phantom Troupe (幻影旅団, Gen'ei Ryodan, Literally meaning: Ghost Brigade) also known as the Spider (スパイダー, supaidā) is most notorious criminal gang known in the world of Hunter x Hunter, the group consists of theives with class-A bounties.
Founded by 9 people--Chrollo Lucilfer, Feitan, Franklin, Machi, Nobunaga, Pakunoda, Phinks, Shalnark and Uvogin--, who were all abandoned by their parents and grew up in Meteor City, the Phantom Troupe later became infamous for its criminal activities and expanded. Every member of it has a numbered tattoo of a spider on their body.
Activities and PurposesEdit
The gang mainly steals and kills, although they do some philanthropic work once in a while. During normal times, each member can engage in robbery or assassination activities on their own account. However, when there is a big job to be done, the leader will order them to come together. They stop at nothing to get what the want, thus it seems like they do not have any concern for human lives.
The Phantom Troupe has 2 unchangeable rules:
- Rule 1: The existence of the gang is more important than the leader's life. Should the leader die, another member will take over the leadership.
- Rule 2: Any dispute between members must be resolved by flipping a special coin. The loser, who guesses the facing-up side incorrectly, has to listen to the winner.
The Troupe basically is made up of 13 members. Those wishing to join it can do so by defeating an existing member, thereby replacing them. If a vacancy opens due to some other reason, the leader of the gang, Chrollo Lucilfer, will be responsible for finding a replacement.
- Chrollo Lucilfer: The Troupe leader and one of the 9 original members. He has a cross tattoo on his forehead and is responsible for giving orders. His ability is to steal other people's Nen skills.
- Bonolenov: A man whose body is wrapped in bandages, making him look like an Egyptian mummy. He guarded the Troupe's hideout during their time in Yorknew City.
- Feitan: One of the 9 original members. The lower half of his face is covered by his raised collar. He fights on the front line and is responsible for torturing any captured enemy to extract information from them.
- Franklin: A hulking man with a scarred face and one of the 9 founding members. Despite his fierce appearance, he is sensible and very considerate towards his comrades.
- Hisoka: A former #4, who dresses like a court jester. He lusts for combat and joined the Troupe only to get a chance to fight Chrollo.
- Kalluto Zoldyck: The current #4 and Hisoka's replacement, a young assassin who wears a women's kimono. He helped find an Exorcist for Chrollo and joined the Troupe to bring back a brother of his.
- Kortopi: A short man whose long hair covers most of his head, leaving only his left eye visible. He has the duty of counterfeiting stolen items.
- Machi: One of the 9 original members and the strongest woman in the gang. She typically dresses like a female ninja, and is responsible for tracking the enemies and treating injured members using her aura threads.
- Nobunaga Hazama: #1 and one of the 9 original members. He is an Iaido expert who usually wears Japanese-style clothes and has the duty of fighting on the front line. He wants Gon and Killua to join the Troupe.
- Pakunoda: One of the 9 original members. She wore a skirt suit and was responsible for interrogating captured enemies using her ability to read mind. She was killed by Kurapika's Judgement Chain.
- Phinks: One of the 9 original members and an unarmed combat expert. He has no eyebrows and typically wears either a tracksuit or a Pharaoh outfit. His duty is to fight on the front line.
- Shalnark: One of the 9 founding members and a pro Hunter. He is a jovial, knowledgeable young man with an analytical mind. His duty is to gather and assess intelligence on the enemies.
- Shizuku: A very forgetful, innocent-looking young woman. She replaced the former #8, who was killed by Silva Zoldyck. She is responsible for getting rid of the evidence of the Troupe's crimes.
- Uvogin: The former #11 and one of the 9 original members. He was the strongest in the Troupe and took great pleasure in massacring the enemies in combat. On September 2nd 2000 he dueled Kurapika and was killed.
- Former #8: Killed by Silva Zoldyck 3 years before the start of the main story. The vacancy he or she left in the Troupe was filled by Shizuku.
- Former #4: Replaced by Hisoka 2 years prior to the beginning of the main story. It remains unknown whether he or she is alive or not.
- Below were the rankings of the Phantom Troupe's members in terms of arm wrestling before Kalluto joined them: