"His name... please let that child... the king... know his name... Meruem... It is the light that shines on... everything."
The Chimera Ant Queen (キメラ＝アントの女王, Kimera Anto Joō) was a mutant Chimera Ant responsible for the creation on an entire colony of ants that shared human genetic traits. She was the mother of the Chimera Ant arc's antagonist, the Chimera Ant King Meruem.
The Chimera Ant queen is the first Chimera Ant to be seen in the series. Though Chimera Ant growth is generally limited to ten centimeters, a mutation has caused the queen to reach over two meters. The queen, unlike former queen ants, also has the ability to walk upright on two legs and with only four insectoid limbs instead of six. The queen also has a set of human-like teeth in addition to two sets of ant mandibles. It is unknown how the queen came into being, however, it has been implied during the Chimera Ant arc that the queen bore human genetic material as her anatomy resembled that of a woman.
The Chimera Ant queen was completely dedicated to her goal of giving birth to a King, such that she focuses on it solely. Even as she was dying because of him, she was mainly concerned about whether he was perfect.
Chimera Ant arc
The Chimera Ant queen first appears in the story when she washes up injured on the shores of the autonomous region of Neo Green Life (or simply NGL), a small insular nation located on an island known as the Mitene Union. Driven by her reproductive instincts, the queen immediately begins to feed on small mammals and aquatic life in order to give birth to soldier ants, which she uses to gather larger prey in greater amounts. By chance, one of the soldier ants gathers two human children and feeds them to the queen; she finds this food more delicious and nutritious than prior prey and subsequently orders her soldiers to concentrate on gathering humans. Due to N.G.L. being a neo-Luddite nation forbidding the use of modern technology within its borders, news of the giant Chimera Ant infestation is slow to reach the outside world. By the time Hunters arrive in N.G.L. to investigate, the queen has given birth to all the Chimera Ants seen in the story. She dies during the premature childbirth of the Chimera Ant king, but not before she she passes on his name.
Abilities & Powers
The queen is a fearsome predator. Her intelligence seems to be human-like, and she can create traps for other animals. Even wounded, she is quick enough to catch a bat mid-flight. Her primary capacity is to absorb the genes of creatures she eats and then transmit them to her spawn. She can breed a very large number of ants in a short period of time, which she can use to glean more food and increase the quality and quantity of soldiers, giving birth to a full-fledged army on her own. The Queen also has impressive life force, as even after her womb was cut open and her inner organs damaged by Meruem, she managed to survive for a while. Although she cannot use it herself, the queen has shown the ability to sense Nen.
|The Chimera Ant Queen's Reproductive Strategy|
|By eating other creatures, a Chimera Ant queen can impart the characteristics of ingested creatures onto the next generation of Chimera Ants it gives birth to, as the queen can self-reproduce through food sustenance. Chimera Ant soldiers do not possess this ability, although they do have the potential for reproduction through mating with other species. Her abilities in producing soldiers apparently evolve after eating humans. In the first stage, she was able to give her offspring intelligences when they are born, then later she began producing clothes to each soldier as they are born, and then later her offspring, such as the Royal Guards, were born with Nen.|
- (Monologue) "My wounds are deep. I must heal. I cannot die. I have a duty. To give birth to the King! I am the Queen."
- (Monologue) "Not enough... no matter how much I eat this food. But I must not hurry to move. My body will be healed a little. First I must heal my body, and then find bigger food."
- (After eating Kurt and Reina) "This is delicious! It's very nutritious; the ultimate food. I need more of this food!"
- According to the "Hunter × Hunter Manual" section found in the Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho official character book (Shueisha Jump remix), the Queen's stats are:
|Chimera Ant arc: NGL||2/5||2/5||3/5||0/5||2/5||3/5|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 215
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 18, Chapter 186
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 18, Chapter 187
- ↑ Hunter × Hunter - Volume 19, Chapter 188
|Members||Chimera Ant Queen • Meruem • Neferpitou • Shaiapouf • Menthuthuyoupi • Kite|
|Squadron Leaders||Colt • Zazan • Leol • Cheetu • Peggy • Meleoron • Bloster • Welfin • Bihorn • Yunju • Alligator • Turtle • Chimera Ant Octopus • Panda|
|Officers||Boki • Centipede • Flutter • Hina • Frog • Ikalgo • Mosquito • Pike • Rammot • Ortho Siblings|
|Soldiers||Baro • Bat • Bombardier Beetle Chimera Ant • Coburn • Gorilla • Gun-toting Ant • Gyro • Hollow • Inzagi • Koala • Maenore • Palm Siberia • Pell • Pig • Rhino • Shidore • Snake • Stag Beetle • Taragette|