"I have... a last request. I thought... of a name for him... Meruem... It means "light that illuminates all"... Let him know..."
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 main antagonist, the Chimera Ant King Meruem.
The Chimera Ant queen was the first Chimera Ant to be seen in the series. Though Chimera Ant growth is generally limited to ten centimeters, a mutation had caused the queen to reach over two meters. The queen, unlike former queen ants, also had the ability to walk upright on two legs and with only four insectoid limbs instead of six. The queen also had 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 focused on it solely. Even as she was dying because of him, she was mainly concerned about whether he was perfect.
Like most of her kind, the Chimera Ant Queen originated from the Dark Continent. It has been implied that she too bore human genetic material, yet how this came to be is unknown. While Chimera Ant Queens usually measure up to 10 centimeters in size, the Queen herself is believed to have undergone a mutation that caused her to increase in size.
Chimera Ant arcEdit
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. And soon after birthing a large amount of Squadron Leaders she summons them to her chambers and informs them that she'll focus her time reading the birth of the King. One of the Squadron Leaders suggests they increase their security around the Nest and inquires if they can all have names, to which she agrees. Thinking they're a strange bunch, the Queen pays no mind to it figuring it's due to them having Human blood within then and thinks she may have some in her as well. And notes that she'll personally name the yet to be born Royal Guards.
By the time Hagya's Squad ambush Kite, Gon and Killua, the Queen's appetite becomes so ravenous that she consumes 250 Human meatballs a day, while her abdomen becomes enormously round and the unborn King is visibly seen, still in the fetal stages.
As Killua and Shoot begin their skirmish, back at the Nest the Queen screams in agony as the King forcefully tries to be born, against the Queen's wishes, but he does not heed them. The King immediately ruptures the wound and is prematurely born, leaving his Mother incapacitated and exposing many of her reproductive organs. Seeing no other alternative, the Squadron Leader Colt seeks help from Knov and Morel Mackernasey to receive help from the Hunter Association. The association provides help, calling in a specialist Dr. Lee, but due to the complexity of the Queen's organs, she can do nothing to save her. Before dying she informs Colt that she has no regrets and names the King Meruem. Although dead, she gives birth to one last tiny baby that Colt will take under his wing.
Abilities & PowersEdit
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.|
- "My wounds are deep. I must heal. I cannot die. I have a duty. To give birth to the King! I am the Queen."
- "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|
|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 • Small Bear|
|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|