2011 | 1999 | Manga
Barbon HxH 2011




Also known as

The Snake Charmer

Japanese Voice

Eiji Takemoto (1999)

Manga Debut

Chapter 5

Anime Debut

Episode 6 (1999)
Episode 3 (2011)


Male Male

Eye Color


Hair Color




Previous Occupation

Snake Charmer

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Bourbon (バーボン, Bābon), also known as the "Snake Charmer", was candidate #103 in the 287th Hunter Exam.[1]


2011 | 1999 | Manga

Bourbon design

Bourbon 2011 Design

Bourbon was a bulky man with a large nose. He was seen wearing a light blue and purple robe along with a tan turban.


He is a skilled snake charmer and is a Hunter Exam veteran taking the Hunter Exam many times before.


Hunter Exam arcEdit

Tonpa introduces him as a veteran in the Hunter Exam. He's said to be very tenacious and cautioned to never make him your enemy.[1] At the start of the Hunter Exam; Bourbon along with the other examinees run a 80+ Km marathon through the Zaban underground tunnel led by the Examiner Satotz.[2] In the second phase of the exam, Bourbon completes Menchi's retrial exam by collecting a Spider-Eagle Egg. After boiling the egg, he tries it and is amazed by its delicious taste.[3] On the site of the 3rd phase, the Trick Tower, Bourbon notes how there's not a single soul.[4]

Bourbon along with 25 (1 Dead) other examinees manage to pass the 3rd phase.[5] With the 4th phase of the exam being a manhunt on Zevil Island. Bourbon hid deep within a cave on the island and set a snake trap. The snakes were commanded to attack anyone whom enters the cave or touches him. The victims whom are attacked either die from the snake venom or can bargain with Bourbon for an antidote. However this all never came fruition due to him dying from anaphylactic shock caused by Ponzu's bees.[6]

However Bourbon's snake trap was not set in vain. His snakes kept Ponzu from escaping the cave after she entered it. The snakes also attack and incapacitate Leorio after entered the cave and tried to warn his friends about the snake trap. Unfortunately both Gon and Kurapika enter the cave, unaware of the snake trap.[6] As Leorio started to succumb to the snake's poison. Gon tries to retrieve the antidote from Bourbon's corpse, but is attacked by a swarm of snakes. However Gon manages to retrieve and use the antidote on Leorio and himself.[7]

Abilities & PowersEdit

Bourbon is able to control a large amount of snakes and force them to do his bidding. They will follow his orders even while he sleeps, or after his death. It's unknown if Bourbon had knowledge in the medical field, since he was carrying anti-venom with him, though this was probably a safety measure for himself and used as a bargaining chip for his victims.


  • Hunter Exam arc
    • Bourbon vs. Great Stamp[8]
    • Bourbon vs. Ponzu[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 5
  2. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 7
  3. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 12
  4. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 14
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 3, Chapter 23
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 30
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 31
  8. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 10