|“||All good Hunters get along well with animals.||”|
—Kite, to Gon
|2011 | 1999 | Manga|
Adam Hunter (1999)
Light Brown (manga & 1999)
Crazy Slots (Voiced by Koichi Sakaguchi)
2011 | 1999 | Manga
Kite is a tall, slender man in his late twenties or early thirties, although his age seems to change slightly depending on the media. In the manga and the 2011 anime, he is thin to the point of being gaunt, with long, unkempt white hair with the longer locks reaching his knees. He has an inverted triangle shaped face with a hooked nose, a pointy chin and big, roundish-almond eyes with small hazel irises. He wears 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 lylac long-sleeved shirt with a turtleneck, a yellow obi from which hangs a katana with a blue-green hilt and sheat, black trousers and shoes.
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.
In the 2011 version, during Kite's youth, he makes a living by stealing from people. Although it doesn't seem that he has any family, he 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. Kite considers Ging as the best hunter so his last test is the most difficult hunt in the world. 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 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 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.
In the 1999 version and the manga, 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.
In the 2011 version, 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.
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.
Reunion With Kite
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 were suddenly pushed away. It turns out that they were standing on top of a Chimera Ant nest and anytime they could get killed if the man didn't use his ability. Then it was revealed that the person who attacked them is actually Kite. They were later seen eating by a bonfire while telling stories. Kite told the boys how he met Ging and how it changed his life. Kite also admitted that he finally found Ging.
Chimera Ant arc
Kite has been hired by the country of Kakin to do ecological research as part of a biological survey, leading a team of six kids 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 Autonomous State and enters the region with Gon and Killua in order to exterminate the dangerous creature.
Upon arrival to NGL, only he, Gon, Killua, Stick Dinner and Podungo Lapoy were able to advance because of the country's strict rules. Although it was stated that they changed clothing when they entered NGL, he seems to wear the same outfit. Shortly after, the team receives a message from Ponzu — already in NGL with Pokkle. On their way to help, they were already too late to save Ponzu. After following the trails of dead bodies, they met Rammot and he tested the boys 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 was the one who faced him while the boys faced Yunju's subordinates. Kite was effortlessly fighting with Yunju until he finally used his Crazy Slots ability. The roll was 4 and became a rifle. He used the rifle to shoot Yunju in the head. The Mad Clown later clarifies that the best way to kill Chimera Ants is to aim for the head.
Yunju's death was immediately discovered by the ants so the trio became targets of the Hagya Division. Upon pursuing the nest, they were blocked by a huge number of Chimera Ants lead by Frog. They were given options by the officer and they chose to fight the ants one by one. After Gon and Killua defeated their opponents, Kite faced Frog and he rushed and used his Nen ability. The roll this time was 2 and turned into a scythe. Using his scythe's ability, Kite quickly defeats the entire division in one blow.
After getting close to the Chimera Sensing disturbance, Neferpitou appears, cutting off Kite's arm before he can defend himself. Knowing that they would only be a hindrance to Kite, Killua knocks out Gon and retreats, taking his friend with him. He then uses his nen ability to conjure a mace-like weapon to buy some time for the boys to escape. Unable to stand up to the Chimera Ant's strength, Kite is killed by Neferpitou. Although it was unseen both in the anime and manga, Kite was able to put up a fight since Neferpitou got some bruises after the battle.
Since Neferpitou enjoyed his fight with Kite, he keeps 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.
Though Pitou later reveals to Gon that Kite's vessel is dead, it has since been revealed that Meruem's younger twin sister has Kite's memories. This means that his brain was devoured by the Queen after his death. However, Ging states that Kite's survival might have 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.
Abilities & Powers
Immense pain tolerance:
Master weapon user:
|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 rifle, and a mace.|
|Type: Conjuration||Number 2: Scythe|
Kite conjures a very sharp and enormous scythe.
Silent Waltz, is only able to be used with his scythe and it is extremely destructive. The blade increases in size through Kite's Nen and it can only be used by swinging it in a giant circle. When Kite uses it to wipe out a plethora chimera ants, it takes out the enemies in all directions.
|Type: Conjuration||Number 3: Mace|
|Kite conjures a clown-like mace.|
|Type: Conjuration||Number 4: Rifle|
|Kite conjures a rifle able to shoot powerful bullets in quick succession without making any 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's kills 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 was only seen in the 2011 anime.
- Kite bares facial similarities to YuYu Hakusho character, Raizen.