Linssen (リンセン, Rinsen) is a professional Hunter[1] who also works under the employment of the Nostrade Family as one of Neon's bodyguards[2] and after the death of Squala, becomes the most senior of the bodyguards.[3]


Linssen 2011 Design

Linssen's 2011 anime design

Linssen is a skinny man and is usually dressed in traditional Chinese clothing,[2] but later in the series is seen dressed in a formal tie and suit.[4]


Linssen is very fearful and insecure, which is shown from being absolutely against Kurapika's decision of capturing the member of the Phantom Troupe, Uvogin.[5] When criticized by Mizaistom for being a Hunter working for a Mafia family, Linssen showed some pride and justified himself, arguing that the income of the Nostrade Family comes from gambling and bodyguarding (both legal) and that the family pays their taxes, so he has nothing to be ashamed of regarding his work.[4]


At some point during his life, he took the Hunter Exam and passed, becoming a licensed Hunter.


Yorknew City arcEdit

The Nostrade Bodyguards

The bodyguards get their orders for the night of the auction

On a private runway at the Lingon Airport, Linssen, accompanied by Ivlenkov, Tocino, Dalzollene, and Squala, oversee Neon as she exits her private airship and enters into a private car that heads towards Yorknew City.[2] On the night of the Underground Auction in the Hotel Beitacle, Dalzollene instructs the bodyguards what items they'll have to buy (regardless of cost) and what each of their respective jobs will be during said auction. Linssen was assigned to guard the back of the auction house with Basho.[6] Dalzollene briefly mentions Linssen, saying that he'll contact him to inform him of the incident that occurred at the Underground Auction that night.[7] Sometime later, Linssen, along with the other Nostrade bodyguards, tracks down the thieves of the Underground Auction and witnesses Uvogin kill all of the Mafioso that confronted him.[8]

With all of the Mafioso dead, the Shadow Beasts appear before the Nostrade bodyguards and challenge Uvogin.[8] As the skirmish with Uvogin vs the Shadow Beasts goes on, Linssen exclaims that he has never witnessed Nen like Uvogin's. Later after Uvogin finishes off the Shadow Beasts the bodyguards are shocked and anxious by Kurapika's desire to capture Uvogin. To avoid any conflict between them all Melody plays her Nen ability A Field in Spring, to calm everyone down. This works however Kurapika still insists and manages to capture Uvogin. As they drive back to the Hotel Beitacle, Linssen spots a car tailing them.[9]

The remainder of the Shadow Beasts ambush the car tailing them and Linssen notes that they're out of sight. Back in the Hotel Beitacle, the Nostrade bodyguards try to interrogate the restrained Uvogin to find out where the missing auction items are, but to no avail.[10] With Dalzollene presumed dead, after Uvogin was rescued by his Phantom Troupe allies, Linssen along with the other Nostrade bodyguards all agree that Kurapika should become the new head bodyguard, so he can contact and inform their real boss Light Nostrade of the situation at hand.[11] When Light arrives in Yorknew and is brought up to date with the situation at hand, he thanks the bodyguards for their work and after he has his daughter out of the picture, he divulges important information to the group about the Underground Auction, Shadow Beasts, and how the Ten Dons plan to deal with the Phantom Troupe.[12]

As soon as Kurapika checks the Hunter Website, after locating Neon in the Cemetery Building, he finds a picture of Neon and all of the Nostrade bodyguards aside from himself and Melody on the website.[13]

13th Hunter Chairman Election arcEdit

Biscuit taking part in the election

Linssen taking part in the election

After the death of Chairman Netero, Linssen takes part in the First Election for the 13th Hunter Chairman, held at the Hunter Association.[1]

Dark Continent Expedition arcEdit

After the elections, in an undisclosed area owned by the Nostrade Family, Linssen is visited by Mizaistom Nana who wishes to see Kurapika. Linssen informs Mizaistom that Kurapika's away at the moment, and he'll take anything that needs to be delivered to him. Mizaistom, however, decides to stay and wait for him. Three lackeys try and kick him out, but Mizaistom restrains them with his Nen ability. Reluctantly, Linssen agrees to let Mizaistom see Kurapika, but warns against provoking him. Mizaistom then inquires about the organization, to which Linssen retorts that the organization isn't involved in any shady dealings. He explains that their main source of income is from bodyguarding and gambling, which are both legal in the country, that they pay their taxes, and all of their paperwork is up to date.[4]

Finally making an appearance, Kurapika comments about the noise they all made. Mizaistom then formally introduces himself to Kurapika and requests he join the Zodiacs. Kurapika refuses and becomes enraged after Mizaistom mentions the Scarlet Eyes, but cools off when he learns he knows who has the final ones. Linssen remarks that Kurapika has been having a tough time trying to find the remaining Scarlet Eyes, so, in exchange for information on the Scarlet Eyes, Kurapika agrees to join the Zodiacs and go with them to the Dark Continent.[4] Days after Kurapika joins the Zodiacs, Linssen contacts Kurapika to inform him that the Kakin Empire website is recruiting bodyguards for the trip to the Dark Continent with a total of 6 requests.[14]

Abilities & PowersEdit

Linssen has all the benefits granted by his status as a Hunter. He has considerable prowess as proven by the fact that he successfully retrieved an item as part of a test required in order to be hired as Nostrade's bodyguard.


Linssen's Nen type is unknown. He is at least capable of using Gyo.[4]


Anime and Manga DifferencesEdit

Basho and Linssen

Linssen watching the election

  • During the Eighth Election for the 13th Hunter Chairman, in the anime Linssen sat next to Basho in the Hunter Association auditorium and watched the remaining candidates advise the audience on who they should vote for and held a debate with one another after their speeches.[15]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Language Name
The Arab world Flag Arabic لينسين
China Flag Chinese 凜仙
France Flag French Rinsen
Russia Flag Russian Линсен


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 320
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 71
  3. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 12, Chapter 112
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 343
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 76
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 72
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 8, Chapter 74
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 75
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 77
  10. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 78
  11. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 79
  12. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 10, Chapter 89
  13. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 11, Chapter 96
  14. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 349
  15. Hunter × Hunter - Episode 144 (2011)


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Nostrade Family Bodyguards
Leader Kurapika
Active MelodyBashoLinssen
Former DalzolleneBaiseShachmono TocinoSqualaIvlenkov
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Hunter Association
Chairman Isaac Netero (12th) • Pariston Hill (13th) • Cheadle Yorkshire (14th)
Vice Chairman Pariston Hill (Former) • Cheadle Yorkshire (Former)
Zodiacs Cheadle YorkshireCluckKanzaiKurapikaLeorio ParadinightPyonGelSaiyuGintaMizaistom NanaBotobai GiganteSaccho KobayakawaPariston Hill (Former) • Ging Freecss (Former)
Examiners Biscuit KruegerSatotzMenchiBuharaIsaac NeteroLippoTrick Tower's 3rd examinerTogariKharaMastaLuis288th Hunter Exam's 1st Phase ExaminerCheadle YorkshireKurapika
Classification of Hunters
Beast Knuckle BineShoot McMahonPokkle
Blacklist KurapikaLippoBinoltSeaquantBushidora AmbitiousSaiyu
Botanical Cluck
Crime Mizaistom Nana
Cute Cutie Beauty
Disease Cheadle Yorkshire
Gourmet BuharaMenchiLinne Hors-d'oeuvre
Hacker Ickshonpe Katocha
Head Teradein Neutral
Jackpot TsezguerraGoreinu
Lost Loupe Highland
Music Melody
Paleograph Pyon
Poacher Ginta
Poison Gel
Problem Saccho Kobayakawa
Provisional ThetaSalkovMyuhanDanjin
Rookie Gon FreecssKillua ZoldyckLeorio Paradinight
Ruins Ging FreecssSatotz
Sea Morel Mackernasey
Stone Biscuit Krueger
Temp CurlyGolemMarioneMascherPekoteroUsamen
Terrorist Botobai Gigante
Treasure Kanzai
Virus Sanbica Norton
Unclassified KiteHisoka MorowIllumi ZoldyckHanzoShalnarkBeans288th Hunter Exam's 1st Phase ExaminerTogariTrick Tower's 3rd examinerLuisMastaWingKnovPalm SiberiaShachmono TocinoKessBarryJeitsariIzunaviBashoKharaLinssenCuzcoGashta BellamZetsk BellamRodriotHagakushiTokarineZenjuDwunListLikkeGrachanKenzakiLatoonSheilaJedOgyuBillSayirdKurtonBelerainteKeeneyGiulianoRidge
Non-Hunter Associates
Pre-Examiners CaptainMichaelQuizzing Lady
Navigators Kiriko