"If you lose even a little of this resolve and start backsliding, I'll kill you. You can live in peace knowing that."
Kite (カイト, Kaito) was a Contract Hunter and Ging Freecss' student. After his death, he was reborn as Meruem's twin sibling and a member of the Chimera Ant Royal Family. She was originally named Reina (レイナ, Reina), after Colt's sister, but took to calling herself Kite once again.
Chimera Ant | Human
Kite was a tall, slender man in his late twenties or early thirties. In the manga and the 2011 anime, he was thin to the point of being gaunt, with long, unkempt white hair with the longer locks reaching his knees. He had an inverted triangle shaped face with a hooked nose, a pointy chin and big, roundish-almond eyes with small hazel irises. He wore a light blue peaked cap resembling a beret, a long-sleeved white shirt with a turtleneck, an azure sash (perhaps an obi) wound three times about his waist, black trousers and brown shoes.
In the 1999 anime, he has more handsome traits, with gentler features, thin almond eyes of dark color, brown hair, and a more muscular physique. In this representation, he wears a purple peaked cap, a lilac long-sleeved shirt with a turtleneck, a yellow obi from which hangs a katana with a blue-green hilt and sheath, black trousers, and shoes.
As a Chimera Ant, Kite is a girl with long red hair, purple eyes, and freckles covering her face. She has a rat-like tail and she wears black leather suit and pants.
Kite is stern and stoic, occasionally blunt to the point of appearing rude. Although some may regard him as cold-hearted, he is actually caring, fond of animals as he is of people. However, he never hesitates, not even when he has to take a life if the situation demands it, as little as he likes it: in fact, after saving Gon, he punched him because his ignorance caused the death of a foxbear.
During his initial introduction as Meruem's sibling, Kite was an enthusiastic child, still playing with stuffed toys and swords, and still watched over Colt. As the time passed by, he matures and remembers the former Kite's memories. He has shown to value life, and not to always dwell on the past.
Kite does not know where he was born. By his own claim, he grew up in a shanty town. In the 2011 version of the anime, he makes a living by stealing from people. He lives on his own, and is helped by animals to steal food. His home is in the sewers. One day after stealing some bread, he finds Ging who has already befriended his animals. Ging said that Kite has potential so Kite forced Ging to make him his student. After bugging Ging, Kite was able to develop his Nen and Ging taught him how to hunt.
After mastering Nen, he passed the Hunter Exam with little difficulty. Although, Ging was not satisfied with Kite's accomplishment so he gave Kite a last hurdle. He wanted Kite to catch him. There were no clues or leads to begin from so he finally decides to go to Ging's home, Whale Island.
At the age of nine, Gon Freecss is attacked by a Foxbear mother protecting its cub. Kite saves Gon by killing the mother and then chastises the boy for making him kill it. He punches Gon in the face because of the boy's ignorance. He then tries to kill the cub, claiming it will grow up hating humans and will therefore be a danger to them. However, Gon stops Kite and vows to raise the cub.
Later, Kite informs Gon that his father did not die in an accident (as he was told by Mito) but that he is a professional Hunter and is Kite's mentor. He leaves Ging's Hunter License in the boy's possession and then leaves to find Ging as a final test—claiming that it is the most difficult hunt in the world. Sometime after he meets Gon, Kite finally finds Ging.
Hunter Exam arc
At the age of 9, Gon Freecss is attacked by a foxbear mother protecting its cub. Kite saves Gon by killing the mother and then chastises the boy for making him kill it. He then tries to kill the cub, claiming it will grow up hating humans and will therefore be a danger to them. However, Gon stops Kite and vows to raise the cub. When told the name of Gon's father, Kite informs Gon that his father did not die in an accident (as he was told by Mito) but that he is a professional Hunter and Kite's mentor. He leaves Ging's Hunter License in the boy's possession and then leaves to find Ging as a final test—claiming that it is the most difficult hunt in the world.
Chimera Ant arc
After Gon completes Greed Island, he uses the Accompany card in an attempt to fly to Ging with Killua. However, Gon is redirected to another person due to Ging's trickery. When Gon and Killua gets near him, they are suddenly pushed away. It turns out that they were standing on top of a Chimera Ant nest and they could get killed anytime if the man didn't use his ability. The person who attacked them is actually Kite. They trio is later seen eating by a bonfire while telling stories. Kite tells the boys how he met Ging and how it changed his life. He also reveals that he finally found Ging.
Kite has been hired by the Kakin Empire to do ecological research as part of a biological survey, leading a team of six youths aspiring to become Hunters. When another expedition team finds an arm belonging to an enlarged Chimera Ant Queen washed up onto shore, Kite's group sets out to find the origin source. He reasons that the animal probably ended up in the Neo-Green Life (NGL) Autonomous State and enters the region with Gon and Killua in order to suppress the dangerous creature.
Upon arrival to NGL, only he, Gon, Killua, Stick Dinner and Podungo Lapoy are able to advance because of the country's strict rules. Shortly after, the team receives a message from Ponzu—already in NGL with Pokkle. On their way to help, they are too late to save Ponzu. After following the trails of dead bodies, they meet Rammot. Kite uses this chance to test the boys and see if they could defeat a Chimera Ant.
The group soon discovers a narcotics factory in the country, formerly producing weapons and the drug 'D²'. There they encounter Yunju and his team. Knowing that Yunju is the leader, Kite is the one who faces him while the boys take on Yunju's subordinates. Kite effortlessly fights him until he finally uses his Crazy Slots ability. The roll is 4, which produces a carbine. He shoots Yunju in the head, killing him. He later clarifies that the best way to kill Chimera Ants is to aim for the head, and do it as quickly and silently as possible.
Yunju's death is immediately discovered by the ants so the trio become targets of the Hagya Division. On their way to the nest, they are blocked by a huge number of Chimera Ants led by Frog. They are given options by the officer and they choose to fight the ants one by one. After Gon and Killua defeat their opponents, Kite faces Frog and activates his Nen ability. The roll is 2 and the roulette turns into a scythe. Using his scythe's ability, Kite defeats the entire division in one blow.
When they get closer to the nest, Kite touches Neferpitou's En to feel their strength. Sensing him, the ant appears, cutting off Kite's arm while he screams to Gon and Killua to get away. Knowing that they would only be a hindrance to him, Killua knocks out Gon and retreats, taking his friend with him. Kite uses his Nen ability to conjure a mace-like weapon to buy some time for them to escape. Unable to stand up to the Chimera Ant's strength, Kite is killed by Neferpitou.
Since Neferpitou enjoyed his fight with Kite, they keep the body instead of feeding it to the Queen. Soon after, his body is reanimated and used as a training dummy for new Ant recruits. Knuckle and Shoot manage to capture him afterwards and bring him before Gon. After taking some blows from Kite, Gon hugs him and vows to get Neferpitou so he can save him.
Unknown to Meruem and the three Royal Guards, there is another infant born at the same time when Meruem was born. After finding the child in the Queen's remains, Colt, a division commander extremely loyal to the Queen swears to protect the child at all costs. She is then raised by Colt like a normal human being, so that both of them are granted protection by Morel. Despite that, she still grows at the rate of a regular Chimera Ant and by the end of the Chimera Ant crisis, she already looks like a young girl in early childhood.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arc
The Hunter Association has classified Kite and Colt as magical beasts to keep them from being hunted down. It is revealed that the young girl has all of Kite's memories. Ging Freecss hypothesizes that Kite's survival has something to do with his ability "Crazy Slot"; whereby there is a number that will only appear when Kite has a strong will to survive and does not wish to die.
When she is seen again, Kite looks older and talks with Koala. After listening to his story, she proposes to him to stay by her side forever, to atone for Koala's sins as his life as a human and as a Chimera Ant. Then, Gon appears and apologizes to Kite for Neferpitou's incident, and says that they both need more training and that next time, he will protect him, fighting by his side. Both of them smile and Kite says that she is delighted that Gon came to see her and that he should go after Ging, saying that when he will need help, she will contact him and Killua. They say goodbye to each other and Gon goes to find Ging. Kite is then seen again with Gon, Koala, and the Amateur Hunters, watching a flock of Small-billed Swans.
Tachi: When he first met Gon, Kite used a long, slightly curved katana as his primary weapon. It has a black scabbard and a matching hilt without a tsuba. He carried it by hanging it to his left shoulder through a piece of thread attached to the koiguchi (scabbard mouth). He used it to kill the foxbear that was attacking Gon.
Abilities & Powers
Kite has all the benefits granted by his status as a Hunter. He is well liked by animals, a trait that according to Ging identifies a good Hunter. In the few years after passing the exam, he discovered 68 new species. One of his most impressive accomplishments, however, remains his tracking down his master, the elusive Ging Freecss. His competences allowed him to mentor the group of amateur Hunters as well as pro Hunters like Gon and Killua. While they were in NGL, Killua commented that he and Gon combined were weaker than a one-armed Kite. Kite could battle high-ranked Chimera Ants, organisms he had never met before, without trouble, even managing to inflict a few superficial wounds to newborn Neferpitou with only one arm, albeit at the cost of his life. When he was revived as a corpse, he put up a good fight against Shoot and Knuckle. It is unknown to what extent his abilities have changed after his rebirth.
Enhanced Strength: Kite can swing his weapons with a single hand and no effort. In his first appearance, he bisected an adult foxbear with only a one-handed slash.
Enhanced Speed: Kite can match Gon and Killua in terms of running speed. Furthermore, he moved so fast that Rammot lost sight of him for a moment, while the two boys could not evade his attack and their blows were blocked or dodged (although it should be noted that Gon is a slow starter and Killua still had Illumi's needle planted in his brain at the time). He was also able to kill Yunju, a Squadron Leader, in the few seconds Gon needed to charge his Jajanken. On more than one occasion, Kite has been shown to be able to move his left arm so fast and gracefully it leaves two afterimages. Since he does this in preparation for a fight, it is likely this is a sort of battle stance, implying he might have learned some martial art.
Enhanced Stamina: Kite can cover long distances running alongside Gon and Killua without tiring. A true testament to his endurance is given by the fact that he was able to fight the monstrously powerful Neferpitou after the shock and blood loss resulting from having his right arm cut off.
Immense Endurance: Kite withstood having his arm ripped off and still continued fighting, even inflicting a few wounds on Neferpitou (although the Guard had just been born).
Keen Intellect: Kite is able to accurately assess the risks of a mission, and come up with countermeasures to cope with dire situations. He seems particularly knowledgeable about biology, enough to convince a corporation to enlist him to do an important biological survey in Kakin.
Proficient Hand to Hand Combatant: Although he seems to prefer to rely on his weapons, Kite is hinted to be rather capable at fighting with his bare hands. In the anime, he single-handedly redirected Yunju's attacks and landed a high kick on his face. When his corpse was under the effect of Neferpitou's ability, he was unable to use Nen, but Shoot still commented he had a hard time defeating him and that he was dangerous nonetheless.
Master Weapon Specialist: Having chosen an ability that forces him to use a random weapon, it can be inferred that Kite is extremely adaptable: he can wield blunt weapons, firearms and swords with dexterity, although he does seem to prefer some over others: for example, he has a strong distaste for number 2, the scythe. When he carried a katana, he wielded it with one hand.
Kite is a Conjurer. He is known to have a powerful aura. He can extend his En as far as/about 45 meters (approx. 150'), but the radius varies 2-3 meters (approx. 7-10') depending on his physical and mental condition. He seems to be able to mask it with In, as Gon and Killua were unable to notice he was using the technique. It is unknown if he retains any of his Nen abilities or if he is capable of using Nen at all after his rebirth.
|Kite's Nen Type: Conjuration|
Crazy Slots (
|Kite's Nen ability is called Crazy Slots and allows him to conjure some weapons with a clown affixed to it. A roulette appears on the clown's tongue with numbers 1 to 9, each corresponding to a specific weapon. Whatever number randomly appears, the weapon that corresponds with that number appears. This means that Kite cannot choose what weapon he wants to use; he did this in order to increase the power of the individual weapons by making a Contract prohibiting selection by choice. The weapon drawn will not disappear until used. The clown on Crazy Slots can also talk and comment on Kite's actions and mood, to his chagrin. Only three of his weapons are shown in the manga: a scythe, a carbine, and a mace. According to Ging, a number Crazy Slot comes out only when he desperately does not want to die. Its power is so great that Kite managed to reincarnate as Meruem's twin sibling after his death.|
|Type: Conjuration||Number 2: Scythe|
Kite conjures a very sharp and enormous scythe. It cannot be dispelled until Kite uses Silent Waltz, which is also the only way the scythe can be utilized.
|Type: Conjuration||Number 3: Mace|
|Kite conjures a clown-like mace or a stick, which he seems to wield the weapon with a reverse grip. The true orientation and function of this weapon is still largely unknown. The clown, however, refers to it as a "good number".|
|Type: Conjuration||Number 4: Carbine|
|Kite conjures a carbine with its shape similar to a long-barreled handgun combined with an extremely long buttstock. It is able to shoot powerful bullets in quick succession and seemingly without making any noise. Regarding the "long-barreled" element described above, alternatively the front part/piece of the weapon is similar to and could be a type of suppressor (even being distinctively colored in the anime), which would explain the lack or reduced amount of noise.|
Anime and Manga Differences
- In the manga and the 1999 adaption, he told Gon that his father is alive and inspired him to become a Hunter.
- Kite is depicted killing the foxbear that attacked Gon in different ways. In the 1999 version he stabbed the foxbear, but in the 2011 version he sliced the beast in half.
- In the 2011 anime adaptation, when he was reunited with Gon, there was an additional scene where he saved Gon and Killua from a nest of Chimera Ants.
- His childhood and how he met Ging were only seen in the 2011 anime.
- This is the time where Kite finds out that the boy he saved is Ging's son. Ging praises him when he hits Gon in the face because it is common sense that foxbears should be avoided when they raise their cub.
- (To Gon) "I'm Kite. I'm a Hunter. I'm a disciple of Ging's."
- (To Gon) "Ging taught me hunting from the beginning. The last test he imposed on me is to find him. And this is much harder than any other hunt!"
- (To Gon) "All good Hunters get along well with animals."
- (To himself) "They're gonna find you soon, Ging. Gon is a special kid. An outstanding Hunter whom the animals love. He has even got himself an amazing partner."
- (To Gon and Killua) "My instincts tell me that it's here."
- (To himself) "NGL and Chimera Ants... this is the worst combination imaginable. This could turn out to be a biological hazard of unprecedented proportions!"
- (To Gon and Killua) "During these fights, I can't keep looking out for you. If you can't beat him, you'd better go back. Or you'd be just a hindrance."
- (To Gon and Killua) "If you want to become an exceptional Hunter, this is the ideal training ground. But from here on it's going to be hell, whether we win or lose."
- (To Gon) "Don't turn your eyes. If they throw or shoot something at you, you won't be able to react to it."
- (To Gon and Killua) "If you aren't satisfied, then all the more reason to become stronger."
- (To himself) "Why am I getting such a bad feeling about this? As if I've left something out... an uneasiness I can't seem to shake."
- (To himself) "But that's exactly what worries me. What if we encounter some of them who do care about their comrades? What will you do then?"
- (To Colt) "No, not it! My name isn't Reina! My name is Kite!"
- (To Koala) "Who would allow you to kill yourself and reset? Keep living apologizing to me every day."
- Kite is the first character to be shown in the manga.
- Kite bears facial similarities to YuYu Hakusho character, Raizen.
- Although it was stated that Kite's group changed clothing when they entered NGL, he seems to wear the same outfit.
- Kite is currently the only known Chimera Ant who both remembers her past life and is of a different biological sex to her past self.
- There is a running gag when Kite uses his Crazy Slots ability in which he always complains he got a "bad spin". Despite of this, he usually gets a very good weapon for the situation at hand.
- According to the "Hunter × Hunter Manual" section found in the Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho official character book (Shueisha Jump remix), Kite's stats are:
|Hunter Exam arc||3/5||4/5||4/5||3/5||2/5||4/5|
|Yorknew City arc||4/5||4/5||4/5||4/5||3/5||4/5|
Translations around the World
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|كايتو (Kaytu) [as Chimera Ant]|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)*||卡爾多 (Kǎ'ěr duō)|
|Russian||Кайто (Kayto or Kajto)|
|Кайт (Kayt or Kajt) [as Chimera Ant]|
|Greek||Κάιτ or Κάιτο|
|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 (Chimera Ant) • Stag Beetle • Taragette|