Chimera Ant Royal Guard
Neferpitou (ネフェルピトー, Neferupitō), nicknamed Pitou, is a cat-humanoid Chimera Ant and the firstborn of the Chimera Ant King's three Royal Guards.
Neferpitou has the appearance of a humanoid cat with wavy white hair. His catlike ears and tails are covered with white fur. He has ruby-red eyes and a joint demarcated knee. His paws are slightly bigger than a normal paw for his size. His clothes are a blue overcoat with six yellow buttons and cufflinks, shorts and orange socks with thin black stripes, and also a pair of blue shoes.
Neferpitou is very loyal to the King, just like the rest of the Royal Guards and would sacrifice himself for him. Neferpitou gets distracted easily, loves to play a lot and that makes him the most curious of the three Royal Guards. Hence the cat-like appearance, Pitou is a cat Chimera Ant, who loves to play with his opponents like a cat would with its prey. Despite his cheerful and playful manner, Pitou has been shown to have a sadistic and terrifying personality.
Neferpitou is the first of three Royal Guards born for the Chimera Ant King. Pitou is also personally named by the Queen, as are the rest of the Royal Guards. Pitou, similarly to the other Royal Guards, has no memories of his previous life.
Chimera Ant arc
Neferpitou first appears when Rammot and Peggy look for the missing rare prey, Pokkle, in the Chimera Ant nest in NGL. Rammot, having acquired Nen after being attacked with it, suddenly feels Neferpitou's frightening aura. Pitou enters the room and smells life hidden under a pile of bones, discovering Pokkle. Pokkle is manipulated by Neferpitou and teaches the Chimera Ants about Nen and water divination, thereafter he is brutally killed and fed to the Queen.
Neferpitou discovers that he is a Specialist and exits the nest to find out the extent of his new found powers. Meanwhile, Kite, Killua, and Gon have made their way to the Chimera Ant nest and plan on killing the Queen before she gives birth to the King. Kite feels a powerful En, is seduced by it and stretches his own En out to meet it. Kite then understands the depths of the dark aura coming from Neferpitou. He tells Gon and Killua to run, but Neferpitou has already located the trio and slashes off Kite's arm in an instant. Gon quickly unleashes his aura after seeing Kite's arm ripped off, but Killua knocks him unconscious and runs away with him. Neferpitou battles and kills Kite, having enjoyed the match, decides to re-animate Kite's dead body as one of his puppets so he can enjoy another fight and the other Chimera Ants have something to try with.
The Queen is mutilated during the birth of the King, who then leaves with all three Royal Guards. Some of the remaining Chimera Ants flee NGL and start their own independent lives. Neferpitou assists the King in overthrowing the government of the Republic of East Gorteau. Under the guise of the former king of the Republic, Ming Jol-ik, the Chimera Ant King initiates the process of forcibly awakening Nen in the civilians of East Gorteau in order to form his own personal army to conquer the world—resulting in the deaths of millions unable to awaken Nen. As Ants formerly under the Queen's rule rejoin the King, the Hunters Association mobilizes quickly to stop the oncoming genocide by sending in an Extermination Team of Hunters to East Gorteau.
Residing in the East Gorteau palace, Neferpitou uses his Nen ability to manipulate hundreds of soldiers in the capital city of Peijin to rally citizens together. His plans are thwarted by Killua, Knov, and Morel. As the day of the selection finally occurs, the Extermination Team attacks the palace and causes massive damage. The King's consort, Komugi, is mortally wounded and under the King's orders, Neferpitou heals her. Gon, however, threatens to kill Komugi unless Neferpitou agrees to restore Kite following the woman's treatment. Though a promise was made to go with Gon to Peijin to restore Kite, once they've reached the area, Neferpitou affirms that it is impossible and subsequently prepares to kill Gon. Gon then forcibly ages his body through sacrificing nearly all of his aura and kills Neferpitou in battle.
However, Neferpitou's loyalty and devotion to the King was so great that even after his death, Neferpitou's Nen still remained; his Terpsichora, even stronger than before, manipulated the corpse and attacked Gon. Gon, believing that Neferpitou is dead, is attacked by Neferpitou's corpse and loses an arm. Gon then pins Neferpitou to the ground with the arm he lost, and uses one final attack against Neferpitou, destroying Neferpitou's body.
Abilities & Powers
As one of the three members of the Royal Guard, Neferpitou is one of the most powerful Chimera Ants to live, and one of the strongest characters in the series. Not only he fought and killed Kite while suffering only minor injuries and having just discovered Nen, his strength was also complimented by Meruem, who failed to kill him with one of his tail strikes, leaving him merely bruised. It should be noted that Shaiapouf, another Royal Guard member, was driven through a wall by the same attack, although the king had increased his power at that time. Even the Hunter Association's Chairman Netero, considered the world's strongest Hunter during his prime, wondered if Pitou could be more powerful than him, as Colt, after witnessing both fighter's aura, reckoned. Gon and Killua were completely frightened by the extension and malice of his aura during their first encounter, and the latter stated that Hisoka's and Illumi's, two extremely skilled and evil Nen users in their own right, were incomparable to his. Owing to his feline lineage, he has enhanced senses: his sight, hearing and smell surpass a human's many-fold. He has also inherited very accurate instincts.
Immense senses: Neferpitou has extraordinary senses. He was able to smell Pokkle hiding in a massive pile of bones while he was hiding from him in Zetsu. He was able to spot Kite, Gon and Killua who were around more than half a kilometer away. He spotted Netero who completely turned off his aura in the storm of Zeno's Transmuted Dragons. He also spotted Morel's Deep Purple Smoke Troopers many kilometers away, and he was able to hear his cell phone that was on entire low volume with his extremely accurate hearing.
Immense strength: Despite his slender frame, Neferpitou is blessed with astounding brawn. He can rip off human limbs and heads without strain and with just one hand. His legs are so powerful that he can cover distances of more than half a kilometer with just one leap. He was also able to rip off the arm of the immensely powerful Gon when his power was reinforced after death. He can also pounce off the air with his incredibly strong legs and rush to the King's side. His true strength was never fully shown, however.
Immense speed and reflexes: Neferpitou can move so fast that he could reach Kite's party, who was very far away from him, as soon as they entered his En, and he managed to do the same to reach when separated from the King during Zeno's assault on the palace. His reactions are also top-notch, as he could catch a glimpse of Netero's hands moving whilst he was preparing his Hyakushiki Kannon. He was able to leap to Meruem from pressing off the air with extreme speed. He was also able to decapitate Gon even when Killua pushed Gon out of the way while in Godspeed.
Immense agility: Neferpitou can move very deftly and attack from any angle.
Immense durability: Neferpitou could withstand one blow of Netero's Hyakushiki Kannon without wounds. also, his tail did not get ripped off when he attempted to summon Doctor Blythe to stop his movement. More remarkably, a grown, empowered Gon needed to use his Jajanken: Rock several times before finally managing to crush his skull. He also withstood an powerful strike of Meruem's tail with the intention to kill him.
Immense pain resistance: Neferpitou was seemingly unaffected by one of Hyakushiki Kannon's palm strikes and hardly flinched when he broke his own arm, offering to injure himself more if it could prevent Gon from interrupting Komugi's treatment. He withstood Gon's punches without getting stunned and while trying to fight back.
Decent intelligence: His strength doesn't require him to think too much in a battle. Still, he is good at analyzing people and reading their feelings, and can understand the value of the humans he kills to select the ones to resurrect as puppets. Although not a good strategist, Neferpitou has highly developed instincts which often lead him to make the correct choice. He is a very fast learner when it comes to Nen, mastering it in an unprecedented short time. Also, he learned how human brain works and guessed how to manipulate it after reading just one anatomy book.
Proficient in hand-to-hand-combat: Thanks to his heightened physical capabilities, Neferpitou is an excellent brawler. He only relies on his claws to dispatch his enemies, and his fighting style makes full use of his remarkable strength, speed, agility, balance and flexibility.
Even before learning Nen, Neferpitou was still able to greatly scare Rammot with his great aura, and Gon, Killua and Kite shortly after.Together with the rest of the Royal Guard and the King, he is one of the fastest to learn it, accomplishing this feat without help. His aura is so abundant that he can keep his dreadful En and puppets active for hours and not get tired in the very least. When he first used Doctor Blythe, he was just imagining how to bring Kite back to fight him again: his powers are so great he only needed to think of an ability to make it happen. His Terpsichora can manifest in just 0.1 seconds despite its strength. Due to his boundless devotion to the King, his abilities can increase drastically if he senses danger. Not even death and the destruction of his brain could stop him from attacking Gon, whom he still sensed as a threat, with a more powerful than ever Terpsichora.
His En is the widest shown so far. It is irregularly shaped: rather than a sphere, it takes the form of tendrils of aura, a single one of which can be extended up to two kilometers.
|Neferpitou's Nen Abilities|
|Type: Specialization||Terpsichora (|
Terpsichora is a puppeteer conjured by Neferpitou (and hidden using In) to manipulate his own body. Terpsichora takes the form of a monstrous ballerina with aura strings transmuted from its fingertips to Pitou's body like a marionette. It is suggested by Pitou's phrase "dance past its limits" that Terpsichora grants Pitou with much more flexibility and agility enhancing his physical limit. Even after Neferpitou's death, Terpsichora was still able to function (and in fact, became stronger after her death).
|Type: Specialization||Doctor Blythe (|
|Doctor Blythe is a giant doll conjured by Neferpitou, used only to surgically treat damaged areas of the body. It cannot move from the position which it is initially summoned and is connected to Pitou's tail, limiting his radius of movement to 20 meters while the ability is active.|
|Neferpitou has an ability to simultaneously control large numbers of bodies and give it simple directives. Neferpitou conjures a large puppeteer (hidden with In) controlling the body using aura-transmuted puppet strings. If the one being manipulated can use Nen abilities, then those abilities can be ordered to be used as well.|
The only concrete evidence we have to determine Neferpitou's gender appears in the official databook "Hunter × Hunter Character and Word Data Book." In it, Neferpitou is referred to using the pronoun "彼” (kare) which is usually translated to “he.”
When speaking, Neferpitou uses the pronoun “boku,” (translated to “I” in English) which is used by both boys and girls in Japan.
Colt referred Neferpitou in anime at one point as "she".
In the cover of Volume 28 which is implied to be based off the coronation of Virgin Mary, Neferpitou takes the middle position which corresponds to Virgin Mary's.
From all this, it should be assumed that Neferpitou does not have a specific or “confirmed” gender. Although for the purposes of this article, it seems easier to use the pronoun “he” when referring to Neferpitou, considering that “he” has historically been used as gender neutral language in English.
In the manga, Togashi’s depiction of Neferpitou's body is a male, drawing Neferpitou's chest as totally flat. In contrast, the 2011 anime may depict Neferpitou as a female by giving him a prominent bust.
So, it is possible to that Neferpitou's gender in the manga differs from the anime.
- Neferpitou's name, like all of the Royal Guards, comes from the Egyptian god Nefertem and a character named Pitou from a French children's book series called Caroline et ses Amis.
- Neferpitou's second ability, Doctor Blythe, is modeled after the Blythe doll.
- Terpsichora is a Muse in Greek mythology that rules over dance and chorus.
- Neferpitou is the only Royal Guard that was not killed by the Miniature Rose and is also the only who was killed in battle.
- Neferpitou is the second Chimera Ant that Gon had actually killed under his own free will (the first being Baro).
- The length of Neferpitou's En is not mentioned in the 2011 anime series.
|Members||Chimera Ant Queen • Meruem • Neferpitou • Shaiapouf • Menthuthuyoupi • Kite (Chimera Ant)|