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In battle, my people are the most graceful in the world. I swear upon the spirits and my tribe...you can never defeat me.

—Bonolenov

2011 | 1999 | Manga

Bonolenov

Bonolenov
Kana

ボノレノフ

Rōmaji

Bonorenofu

Also Known As

Bono[1]

Debuts
Manga Debut

Chapter 71

Anime Debut

Episode 51 (1999)
Episode 41 (2011)

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Chō (2011)

Profile
Gender

Male

Age

30

Hair Color

Bald

Eye Color

Brown

Occupation

Phantom Troupe member

Nen
Type

Conjuration

Abilities

Battle Cantabile:
- The Prologue
- Jupiter

Image Gallery

Bonolenov (ボノレノフ, Bonorenofu) is one of the members of the Phantom Troupe, an infamous gang of thieves with class A bounties.[2] His physical strength ranks eight in the group.[3]

Appearance

2011 | 1999

Genei bono

Bonolenov's 2011 design


Bonolenov is covered from head-to-toe in bandages like a mummy, while wearing boxing gloves and shorts. These bandages cover up a mass number of holes throughout his body. Bonolenov's spider tattoo has yet to be revealed.

Personality

Very little is known about his personality and reasons for joining the Troupe. In the fight with the Chimera Ants he speaks in a very regal manner, and his pride as a warrior becomes apparent.[4] 

Background

Bonolenov is a descendant of the Gyudondond, a small wild tribe that was chased out of their lands by development. When males of the Gyudondond tribe reach the age of three, they are circumcised and needles are inserted in various parts of their body. Over time, these needles are replaced with thicker and thicker sticks, and the holes are stabilized with bamboo stalks or stones. Using these holes, Gyudondond males are able to create a variety of sounds. They are called "Bap", the dancing warriors, and fulfill the role of shamans and performers in their tribe. Before combat, they use their bodies to play songs of battle. The Gyudondond believe that the more beautiful a sound that is played, the greater the spirit it can summon.[4]

Plot

Yorknew City arc

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Bonolenov first appeared when he and the all of the members of the Phantom Troupe gather in their hideout at an undisclosed area in Yorknew City, where the leader of the Phantom Troupe Chrollo Lucilfer said that they will be stealing all of the items in the Underground Auction.[5] Bonolenov is later seen in the hideout with, Hisoka, Phinks, Pakunoda, and Kortopi as Chrollo talks on the phone with Uvogin, whom tells Chrollo that the items in the Underground Auction are missing.[6] Bonolenov appears again with all of the other Phantom Troupe members when, Pakunoda, Phinks, Nobunaga, and Machi bring back to their hideout Gon and Killua as hostages.[7] Bonolenov is seen again sitting on a pile of concrete rocks when Franklin asks her if Gon or Killua had any information retaining to the Chain Guy, to which Pakunoda answers with no they didn't. Later that night Bonolenov and the rest of the troupe receive copies of the Nostrade Family Bodyguards, by Shalnark.[8]

On the night of September 3rd, the rest of the Phantom Troupe (with the exception of Hisoka and Nobunaga) partook in a bloody massacre ordered by Chrollo, where 200 mafia men armed to the teeth around the Cemetery Building, were all slaughtered by the 9 troupe members.[9] Later that night, Bonolenov and the rest of the troupe celebrate the success of the heist.[10] On September 4th when Nobunaga confronts Chrollo on whether they should leave or not, Bonolenov could be seen sitting next to Pakunoda when Chrollo asks Nobunaga to answer his questions, he could tell him, his fortune.[11] After Hisoka suggests that everyone also get their fortunes told, Bonolenov along with Franklin and Machi read theirs.[12] When Chrollo decides to stay in York New City, because of Hisoka false prediction. Chrollo when decides to split the troupe into groups Bonolenov is chosen to stay in the hideout with Franklin and Hisoka.[13]

Bonolenov is seen again standing next to Chrollo when he says that he searched the Hunters Association website the day before with Shalnark to get information on Neon Nostrade.[14] After Kurapika captures Chrollo and takes him as a hostage, Bonolenov and Franklin receive a message from the other Troupe members that they all have to comeback to he hideout or else Chrollo will die. While Franklin calls Kurapika a bastard, Bonolenov compliments him saying that his actions were cunning.[15] Later when Franklin and Bonolenov hear something coming from the hideout, Hisoka checks it out while the two of them spot a child who jumps out a window from the hideout. While Bonolenov asks Franklin if the child was with associated with perhaps the Chain Guy and if they should go after him, Franklin thinks not and thinks it best not to follow since it could be a trap. Hisoka then reappears in front of the two, only to have different color eyes.[16]

Bonolenov appears again when Phinks tries to interrogate Pakunoda for some information on where the Chain Guy is.[17] Bonolenov is also caught by surprise, when Gon releases himself from the chains that bound him.[18] Later after the hostage exchange was complete and when Pakunoda returns to the hideout, he along with the rest of the Phantom Troupe, witness Pakunoda sacrifice her life.[19]

Greed Island arc

Bonolenov is seen again with the other Troupe members when they finally found an Exorcist they hope to recruit in order to help remove the Chain Jail around Chrollo's heart.[20]

Chimera Ant arc

During the Chimera Ant arc Bonolenov, Feitan, Shalnark, Phinks, Kalluto, and Shizuku all head back to Meteor City. While walking to Meteor city they discuss amongst each other about the Chimera Ant Invasion and how they have invaded Meteor City possibly just by chance or they were attracted by the smell coming from the trash.[21] While Shizuku notes that it's not just a coincidence and that like all of the countries in the world, Meteor City has their own secrets. Bonolenov also notes that the Chimera Ants were able to invade the city with assurance.[21] When they all finally reach the city Shalnark notes that since it's been quite a long while since they left the city, it really hasn't changed much since they left. The group is then approached by 3 people in hazmat suits and Shalnark asks them what's the situation is like.[21] They explain that including the ones whom joined their ranks they've lost over 300 people and while they've tried using explosives against them, they still are struggling against them. And further states that the council is divided on whom to classify as deceased, to which Phinks asks why.[21]

The men in the hazmat suits then lead the group to an abandoned church and show them a cloth with a bouquet of flowers on it. One of the hazmat suited men pulls off the sheet and reveals a horribly mutated and disfigured.[21] The man in the hazmat suit then tells the group that only yesterday he was once a human like the rest of them. While Shalnark speculates that this is the work of the Chimera Ants, Phinks points out the obvious saying that the creature is dead, so what's the big deal.[21] The man in the hazmat suit then explains that those who survive the bizarre transformation join the Chimera Ants side and whether you kill the one who transformed them will make the people transformed back to normal is unknown. That is why the council is leaning towards the factor on who is really dead.[21]

Phinks smirks at what the men in the hazmat suit tells them and says that they should be concerned on getting revenge, rather than debating on whether the mutated bodies are simply dead or just plain mutated. The men in hazmat suits pause in silence and Phinks says that nothing has changed and that they'll take care of the Chimera Ant problem.[21] Phinks also says that the Self-proclaimed Queen will be dead within the day as Phinks and the group head over to the main hideout where the Chimera Ants are nested. Shalnark proposes that the group break into the castle, to which Phinks is ok with.[21]

Bonolenov bandage 2011

Bonolenov without his bandages

The Troupe head into Zazan's Castle and while they all notice that nobody's around, they all decide on going their own individual way, in order to find the Queen and kill her, so they could become the temporary leader of the troupe. After they all finally scatter Bonolenov comes in contact with a Spiky Chimera Ant whom tries to hug him in order to kill him.[4] Bonolenov however dodges the Spiky Ant's hug and unravels his bandages revealing the holes all around his body. Bonolenov then starts to dance around, while music could be heard from the holes in his body.[4] As the music plays Bonolenov conjures some warrior gear onto his body, along with a spear and uses the spear to stab the Spiky Ant in the chest causing it to faint. With the Spiky Ant down, Bonolenov's warrior gear disappears and he puts back on his bandages. With his bandages back on Bonolenov tells to the Spiky Ant that he inherited the blood of the tribe that fights most beautifully in the world and by the name of his tribe, he will not be hindered by the Spiky Ant.[4]

Bonolenov Furious

The Spiky Ant on the other hand gets back up, with smoke coming out of the spot on his chest that Bonolenov struck and demands to know where he's going. Bonolenov seemingly surprised that the ant could get back up from such a strike, while the Spiky Ant continues on asking whether he really used that move on him with the real pride of his entire tribe and if that was the case then he has a cheap soul.[4] Furious to what the Spiky Ant said, Bonolenov takes off one of his boxing gloves and proclaims that he doesn't have to take back what he said and that it's only rubbish said by a mere beast and has no effect on him. Later it's revealed that Kalluto made a chain of paper dolls was made of each of the Troupe members, in order to eavesdrop on all of them to find out which of them made it to the Queen.[4] Bonolenov is later seen again fighting the Spiky Ant without any of his bandages, boxing gloves, or boots on, after Phinks defeats the Gorilla Chimera Ant and flips a coin on whether to go left or right.[22]

Inside Zazan's castle he fights one of Zazan officers and crushes him to death with his abilities.[23] He is one of the first to arrive in the place where Feitan and Zazan where fighting and in case of Feitan's defeat he will be the next one to fight her.[24] However Feitan defeats Zazan and he, along the others members, exits the castle.[1]

Abilities & Powers

Bonolenov fights gracefully, and playfully dancing to play music with the holes through his body and dodge enemy attacks.[4] His proficiency in martial artistry is unclear, as he has yet to hit an opponent physically. However, since the Bap are known as "dancing warriors", he must have some combat skills. It is unknown whether his box gauntlets are meant as a weapon or they simply cover the holes on his hands. In the fight against a Spiky Chimera Ant he waited for his opponent to grow tired before finishing him, though this might have been just a product of his anger and not a strategy.[23] When the Phantom Troupe killed the humans mutated by Zazan, Bonolenov assumed a boxing stance, indicating he might favor that style of combat if against multiple and/or weaker enemies or if he does not want to reveal his abilities.[1]

Enhanced Strength: Bonolenov ranked eighth in arm-wrestling, one place before an Enhancer,[3] despite a Conjurer having weak attitude towards Enhancing skills.

Enhanced Speed and Reflexes: Bonolenov is quite fast, as he was able to avoid a sudden attack from a Chimera Ant officer and all the subsequent offensive attempts of the creature without the need to block them, also stripping of his bandages in mere moments.[4] When equipped with the conjured lance, he stabbed the said Chimera before he had the chance of moving.[4]

Enhanced Agility: Bonolenov is very agile and acrobatic. In the 1999 anime he sometimes lazes off hanging upside-down.

Enhanced Stamina: He waited for a Chimera Ant, stronger than an average human, to deplete all of his stamina, whilst he didn't look tired in the least. Furthermore, he employed two powerful Nen attacks, with one of them creating a massive boulder, and still he didn't run out of breath.[23]

Proficient Weapon Specialist: Bonolenov chose to conjure a lance in a the fight against the Chimera Ant officer, meaning that he is at least decent at its use. With this weapon he managed to hit his opponent, though inflicting him no damage.[4]

Skilled Performer: He is an accomplished dancer (and player, due to his peculiar body), having inherited this skill from his tribe and combining it with his Nen attacks.[4]

Nen

As a member of the Gyudondond tribe, whose warriors "change melody in battle power",[4] and of the Phantom Troupe, Bonolenov is an extremely skilled Nen user. His attack's power is fueled by the pride he has in his legacy as a Bap, and the fact that he probably needs to perform a certain quantity of steps or an accurate dance to execute them might mean that they are strengthened by a limitation. It looks like the larger the number of holes he uncovers, the stronger is the ensuing technique. Aside from Conjuration, Bonolenov might also be able to use Manipulation, due to how his bandages cover him after he uses one of his techniques.

Bonolenov's Nen Type: Conjuration
Type: Conjuration Battle Cantabile: The Prologue (戦闘演武曲:序曲 (バト=レ・カンタービレ:プロローグ) Shadow War Fencing: The Prelude)
Battle Cantabile The Prologue Bonolenov plays music through the holes on his skin during battle, with different songs creating different effects, such as the transformation of his own body or the conjuration of objects. Two different effects of his ability have been shown: the Prologue and the Jupiter. The Prologue allows him to conjure warrior gear onto his body, along with a spear.[4]
Type: Conjuration Battle Cantabile: Jupiter (戦闘演武曲:木星 (バト=レ・カンタービレ:ジュピター) Shadow War Fencing: Jupiter)
Battle Cantabile Jupiter Jupiter allows Bonolenov to conjure a giant sphere (with the appearance of the planet of Jupiter) and crush his enemies.[23]


Trivia

  • In the official databook, his name is "Vonnornoth".
  • Bonolenov is the only current member of the Phantom Troupe that does not appear on Opening 4 of the 2011 series, even though he did make a short appearance in the Greed Island arc.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 229
  2. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 84
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 225
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 71
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 74
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 91
  8. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 92
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 96
  10. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 101
  11. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 104
  12. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 105
  13. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 108
  14. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 109
  15. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 115
  16. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 13, Chapter 116
  17. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 13, Chapter 117
  18. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 13, Chapter 118
  19. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 13, Chapter 119
  20. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 17, Chapter 170
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 21.7 21.8 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 224
  22. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 226
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 227
  24. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 228

Navigation

Phantom Troupe

Leader Chrollo Lucilfer
Active Members BonolenovFeitanFranklinKalluto ZoldyckKortopiMachiNobunaga HazamaPhinksShalnarkShizuku
Former Members UvoginPakunodaHisokaOmokage
Associates HisokaIllumi ZoldyckMaha ZoldyckAbengane

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