"Pick your own favorite way to die."
Gotoh (ゴトー, Gotō) was a butler in service of the Zoldyck Family. All contact from outsiders first went through him before reaching the main house. He had served the Zoldycks for a couple of years, and the Zoldycks entrusted Killua Zoldyck, one of the sons in his care. Gotoh originated from Meteor City.
2011 | 1999
Gotoh is a tall man with sharp eyes and looks to be around early or late thirties; he is well groomed — from his black formal suit to his combed-back black hair. He has a trimmed beard and wears glasses with pointed frames.
An enigmatic and intimidating character, Gotoh is courteous as a butler should be, but is strict regarding the family's security and secrecy protocol. Despite his cool exterior he can be as hotblooded as Leorio, but typically keeps his temper under control. He's loyal and protective of his masters. According to Killua, Gotoh hates to use tricks and cover-up even during a game. Gotoh was also shown to be sympathetic to the feelings of Kikyo Zoldyck when her husband allows Killua to leave with Gon and his friends. Gotoh cares for Killua as if he was his own son. Killua once expressed to Gon his recurring nightmares of Gotoh chasing him with a knife.
Zoldyck Family arc
When Zebro contacts the Zoldyck Estate to inform Killua his friends have arrived. On the other-line, Gotoh disregards the fact Killua has any friends and warns Zebro not continue to wasting his time and hangs up. Gon then contacts the Estate himself and after trying to reason and argue with Gotoh to have Killua come out and meet with Gon and friends ultimately his request is denied due to the risk factor of Killua's safety. Less than a month later after Gon and company enter through the Testing Gate and manage to get past Canary, who leads them to the Employee Residence, the group is greeted by Gotoh and his associates outside the residence.
Within the residence Gotoh apologizes for his previous actions and proposes the group play a coin game, to pass the time. The group agree to play and after winning a few times Gotoh becomes serious and expresses his true feelings about the group taking away his Master Killua, going as far to say he loathes them for it. He also confesses that he was contacted earlier by The Madame with a somber voice and he easily perceived that she was heartbroken and cannot accept the fact that Killua truly wishes to leave. Confessing this the other butlers take Canary hostage and Gotoh threatens to kill her if they all lose his game, she'll be killed on the spot. As the game progresses, Kurapika and Leorio are each eliminated leaving only Gon left. But Gon manages to win the game after slicing open his bruised left eye to make it less swollen and figures out the coin had been held by the man behind him. Gotoh and his associates all clap and praise Gon for his deduction.
Killua enters the room and reunites with Gon and the others. He also orders Gotoh to ignore any orders from his mother, to which he understands. Before he leaves Gon approaches Gotoh and asks if he'll miss Killua and confesses he won't since the Zoldyck employees don't have any feelings towards their masters. Gon calls Gotoh a liar and before he leaves, Gotoh plays one last game with Gon and when asked which hand the coin is in, it's revealed that it wasn't in either hand. Gon baffled by this trick, Gotoh warns Gon that not everything in the world is what they appear to be, and wishes he takes good care of Killua.
Heavens Arena arc
Someplace outside far from the Zoldyck Estate, Kurapika shows and explains how Gotoh pulled off his final coin trick.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arc
As Killua talks with Morel Mackernasey on the phone from Zebro's booth. He insinuates something about his younger sibling Alluka, making Gotoh intervene the call. It's revealed from Gotoh that level 4 restrictions have been placed upon Killua for taking a classified item out of the estate, to which Killua refutes the notion that Alluka is an item. Gotoh then reviews the restrictions with Killua and when he convenes with Killua outside he questions why Canary is with them. Scolding Gotoh for his remark, Killua proclaims it's because Alluka is a girl and old guys like him wouldn't be able to give her any delicate care. Senior butler Tsubone accompanied with her granddaughter Amane appear, making sweat and become anxious. While also noting Tsubone is the only person in the estate that calls Killua, "Killua-chan". Alluka, after defending her brother from Tsubone's intimidation, requests that she give her pinky nail, shocking everyone, but she complies and doing so disappears from sight to avoid having to comply to any other requests made by Alluka.
In a limousine car heading to Gon's location, Gotoh handles a phone call on Killua's phone and becomes increasing aggravated by the pestering by the person on the other-line and hangs up on them claiming they should identify themselves first before requesting to talk with Killua, then apologizes and hangs up. Moments later Killua's phone rings again and when Gotoh answers it Leorio screams his name and demands to speak with Killua. Although set back by Leorio's outburst, Gotoh at first calmly talks with Leorio and tries to reason with him, about the risks Killua is making, but soon becomes livid by Leorio's questioning and attitude. Feeling regretful for his actions, Killua takes the phone over briefly to talk with Leorio. The phone is passed back to Gotoh when he lists a set of requirements needed to be accomplished before their arrival, to which Leorio can't complete them, but Morel takes over and listens to the requirements and assures Gotoh that they can be accomplished. Pleased by this, Gotoh requests for now on he communicates with Morel.
As soon as the nominees for the Fourth Election for the 13th Hunter Chairman are revealed, Gotoh answers a phone call by Illumi. Immediately he announces Illumi's name raising tension and anxiety within the car. Briefly talking with Illumi, he then hands over the phone to Killua. It's revealed on a relationship pattern involving Killua's family and their workers; Gotoh and Canary are vigilant towards Amane and Tsubone who in turn are to them as well, Zeno Zoldyck supervises them, and they both trust Killua. After Killua challenges his brother the car is ambushed by a couple of cars whose drivers were being manipulated by Illumi causing them to be sent off a cliff. Down at the bottom of the cliff everyone unscathed by the crash and Gotoh contacts someone to inform them of the current situation. The group then run through the surrounding thick forest, but when Amane tries to reason with Killua that she, her grandmother, father, and grandfather all want the best for him, Killua activates his Godspeed Hatsu and disappears because she didn't mention Alluka's name.
Immediately Gotoh uses his cellphone to informing someone the situation at hand, while making some requests. As soon as Gotoh, Canary and Amane try to chase after Killua, they encounter Hisoka who confronts them. When asked who he is, Hisoka answers he's a magician who wishes to remain anonymous. Hisoka then attacks the group with his card, but Gotoh shoots down all of the cards with his coins. He then orders Canary and Amane to go on ahead and that he'll deal with the magician. The two of them skirmish both utilizing their Nen to the fullest extent, but in the end Hisoka gains the upper hand and kills Gotoh, by tricking him in a decoy attack. While piloting an airship from the Pallister airport, Canary tries to contact Gotoh, but to no avail. Morel also mentions not being able to get in contact with Gotoh, when he contacts Killua. Killua promises Morel he'll get in touch with Gotoh, but afterwards he contacts Canary and to inform her that he too can't get in touch with Gotoh.
After the incidents regarding the Election and Gon's recovery, Canary and Amane visit Gotoh's grave. It's revealed that the Kiriko's son is seen posing as Gotoh. It is implied that the Zoldycks recruited the Kiriko to keep Gotoh's death a secret from Killua and Alluka.
Coins: Gotoh carries a great number of coins in his pockets, firing them with his bare hands with more power than bullets. He also used them to test Gon, Leorio and Kurapika when they came to the mansion.
Abilities & Powers
Due to Gotoh being born in Meteor City, his existence is not recorded in any database, which makes obtaining information about him nearly impossible. As one of the most trusted butlers of the Zoldyck family, Gotoh has authority over many of the employees at the estate. He is an expert fighter that has shown to be extremely fast both in hand movements and reflexes. He also has a certain degree of superhuman durability, taking no damage when a truck crashed into the car he was in. His weapon of choice are coins that he can throw at the opponent with a flipping motion that makes them faster and more powerful than gun bullets. His accuracy and quick reactions allow him to strike down potentially fast-moving projectiles coming from multiple directions at the same time. He managed to put Hisoka in a tight spot, although the latter had revealed his Nen ability and quickly changed the tides of the battle.
Gotoh's Nen type is unknown. In the manga, the coins and his hands can be seen glowing with aura when he fires them, suggesting he may be a proficient Shu and/or Emission user, while in the anime, the coins do not appear to be infused with Nen, suggesting that he might be using Enhancement instead. Nonetheless, the Nen category he naturally falls under and what Nen type(s) constitutes his ability are both yet to be officially confirmed. In terms of Nen applications and techniques, Gotoh is shown to be a proficient user of Gyo and Hatsu, it is however unknown how many of the other applications he may be well-versed in.
|Gotoh's Nen Abilities|
|Type: Unknown||Coin Bullets|
|Gotoh can flip and rapidly fire barrages of coins as bullets from both of his hands at the same time, similar to the image of wielding a machine gun in each hand, but with more power than real guns. When needed, Gotoh can also add a rifling effect to each of the coins to cause more damage to his opponent(s) at the expense of losing the coins' traveling speed, the rifling is to such a degree that the coins would continue to spin and penetrate the target even if they're momentarily stopped by potent elastic and adhesive abilities such as Hisoka's Bungee Gum.|
- The Hunter × Hunter character guidebook published in 2001 reveals Gotoh originated from Meteor City.
- Gotoh shares the same voice actor as Ikalgo and Koala in the 2011 anime.
- When it comes to his coin toss game, Gotoh seems to favor having the coin in his left hand than his right for the outcome. During the game he played with Gon, Kurapika and Leorio, the coin ended up in his left hand for all of the rounds played apart from 2.
- (To Gon) "The world isn't made only of honest things. Be careful."
|Members||Maha Zoldyck • Zeno Zoldyck • Silva Zoldyck • Kikyo Zoldyck • Illumi Zoldyck • Milluki Zoldyck • Killua Zoldyck • Alluka Zoldyck • Kalluto Zoldyck • Zzigg Zoldyck|
|Members||Tsubone • Canary • Amane • Zebro • Seaquant • Gotoh (former) • Mitsuba (former) • Kasuga (former) • Yasuha (former) • Hishita (former) • Hasama (former)|
|Members||Mike • Unnamed dragon|