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"Part of me is an Ant now. As much as I hate it, I know how much you mean to us... As a species!!"

— Palm to Meruem in "Persuasion"
Chimera Ant | Human | Manga

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Palm Siberia
Kana

パーム=シベリア

Rōmaji

Pāmu Shiberia

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Kikuko Inoue

Debuts
Manga Debut

Chapter 200

Anime Debut

Episode 86 (2011)

Characteristics
Gender

Female Female

Age

22

Eye Color

Fuchsia (Human)
Dark Blue (Chimera Ant)

Hair Color

Black
Brown

Status

Alive

Occupation

Hunter
Clairvoyant

Nen
Type

Enhancement

Abilities

Merman Clairvoyance (former)
Wink Blue
Black Widow

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Palm Siberia (パーム=シベリア, Pāmu Shiberia) is a Hunter and Knov's apprentice. After being captured by the Royal Guards, she is reborn into a Chimera Ant soldier.

AppearanceEdit

HumanEdit

Normal | Date appearance

Palm anime

Palm in her usual look

On most occasions, Palm has long, unruly black hair and is accompanied by a frightening aura caused by stress. She is very thin, with sickly pale skin. She usually wears a light pink blouse and carries a knife. However on her date with Gon, she did herself up, and her appearance changed dramatically.[1] She combs her hair, which is actually brown in color, and wears fancier, more colorful clothes. Oddly, her skin color changes to a healthier shade of pink, too.

As a Chimera Ant, Palm retains her scraggly wavy hair, but it seems her mermaid crystal ball is fused with her body and now appears as a crystal orb over her forehead and small amounts of scales over her forearms and lower legs. Her eyes have color to blue, a possible fusion of the blue contacts she had with her while infiltrating the palace. Other than this, her physiology seems to have remained the same.

PersonalityEdit

93 - Scary Palm

Palm stabs countless of Gon dolls to calm herself.

Palm is initially shown to have an erratic personality which can be often intimidating to those around her. She has a tendency to talk too much and going off the course of the topic.[2] She is also stubborn and persistent like most Enhancers. Her volatile temper usually makes both Killua Zoldyck and Biscuit Krueger wary, except for Gon due to his expert experience with woman. Although often inclined to outbursts, Palm has shown a serious side during her undercover mission to infiltrate the Chimera Ant's king palace as a spy. She is also a good cook.[3] Although she denied it, the target of her affections is her teacher Knov.[2] However, her affections later go from Knov to Gon.[4]

Following her rebirth, she was briefly unable to feel emotions related to her memories, until Killua involuntarily cancelled the effects of her surgery. Her violent, psychotic demeanor disappeared, revealing she is actually quite intelligent. However, despite being back to her true self, she retains some aspects of the personality of a Chimera Ant, as seen when she was deeply displeased with Meruem begging and kneeling to her.[5]

PlotEdit

Chimera Ant arcEdit

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Palm's Date

Gon and Palm's first date

Palm first appears after Gon and Killua escaped from NGL. She wanted to enter NGL to follow Netero, Knov, and Morel that left a condition that she can only follow them if Gon and Killua win against Knuckle and Shoot.[2] Palm called Biscuit to help them get stronger for the upcoming battle,[6] there she develops a crush on Gon at one stage during his training. When Gon and Killua loses to Knuckle and Shoot, she makes Gon go out with her.[4]

Palm's secretary disguise

Palm is disguised as a secretary

Palm is sent in as a personal secretary to Director Bizeff[7] so that she can secretly see the Chimera Ant King and track his location. However she was discovered by Neferpitou's En and broke down, just like what happened to Knov. She committed suicide but was revived in time and transformed into a Chimera Ant soldier by Neferpitou and Shaiapouf as the first experimental soldier for the "selection". She was saved by Killua and after that she freed herself from Shaiapouf's control.[8] After that, she went to meet Gon and sees him depart to Peijin with Neferpitou.[9] She observed all of Gon's fight with Neferpitou and, after sending Killua to Gon, remains to protect Komugi[10] along with Ikalgo.[11]

Palm crying

Palm crying in front of the King

When the King goes in search for Komugi and senses them, Palm hides Komugi, separated from Ikalgo, and faces the King alone. She noticed that the King will be dying by the Miniature Rose's poison after he used his Nen to sense her emotion and mind and touched by the King's love for Komugi, she let them meet for one last time with the condition that she must see Meruem's truly dead from the poison.[5] She then go with the others to take Gon to a hospital and once inside she sees the King's death through her "Wink Blue" ability.[12]

13th Hunter Chairman Election arc Edit

A healed Gon

Palm and the others accompany a healed Gon.

After the King's death she is seen along with Ikalgo in the hospital near the Hunter Association's headquarter waiting for Gon to recover from his critical condition.[13] Being near to Gon, Palm along the others assists from the outside at Gon recover thanks to Alluka's powers feeling a strange and powerful aura.[14] She then accompanies Gon when he goes to meet Leorio in the room where all the hunters were voting for the new chairman of the Hunters Association.[15]

After Gon's recovery she's later seen in a hospital with Knuckle, Shoot, Ikalgo, and Meleoron looking at pictures of Small-billed Swans sent to them by Gon.[16]

EquipmentEdit

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Palm's crystal ball.

Crystal Ball: Palm owns a crystal ball mounted on top of a dried merman corpse. She previously used it to perform her clairvoyance.

Knives: Palm has occasionally used knives as means of intimidation or weapons. When running after Killua and Gon, she tied a bunch of them in her hair.

Abilities & PowersEdit

As a human Palm was not well trained compared to the other Hunters, demonstrated by how easily Killua outran her. Even armed with a kitchen knife, she did not pose a threat to him even in his sleep.[17] However she was an adept actress and infiltrator, as those skills aided her greatly during her undercover assignment under the guise of Bizeff's personal secretary.

After being reborn as a Chimera Ant, Palm became physically stronger and had all the benefits that many Chimera Ants present. The psychotic nature that upset her mind in the past seems to have disappeared, and as such she becomes much more calm and collected.

Enhanced Strength: After being reborn as a Chimera Ant, not only did Palm become physically stronger, but she acquired a new Nen ability that allowed her to concentrate all her aura into attacking. She managed to deal damage to Killua despite him parrying her blows, and shattered one of his yo-yos with only one punch despite the former carrying the full momentum of a swing.

Advanced Speed: Following her metamorphosis, Palm became faster, landing scores of punches and kicks on Killua so quick and strong that he was put on the defensive without being able to fight back. 

Palm attacks Killua

Palm attacks Killua

Keen Intellect: The disappearance of her psychosis enabled Palm to reason more coolly. She managed to quickly figure out the feelings of Meruem for Komugi and those of the Royal Guard and formulated the rest of their plan to trap the King.

Decent Hand to Hand Combatant: Palm is decently skilled in hand-to-hand combat, overpowering Killua during a brief clash before regaining her senses and snapping out of Pouf's control. 

Skilled chef: Palm appears to be an excellent chef. She used to cook large and delicious feasts for Killua, Gon, and Biscuit during Gon and Killua's training to fight Knuckle.

NenEdit

Palm is an Enhancer, so she can use her aura to increase her natural abilities.[2] She is also capable of leaving messages by detaching the aura from her body. Interestingly, the message she left remained after her temporary death. After becoming a Chimera Ant, she retained her previous Nen ability, although it changed slightly. It is revealed by Meruem that her aura has become stronger, leading the King himself to comment that she has “the strongest beauty of all the times [he has] seen”.

Palm's Nen Type: Enhancement
Type: Unknown Merman Clairvoyance (former)
Hunter X Hunter - 94 - Large 33-2- Palm is a clairvoyant. Her ability requires her to see the target with her own eyes, and then to feed her own blood to a dried merman corpse carrying a crystal ball.[17] After fulfilling these conditions, Palm can observe them with her crystal ball at any time.[18]
Type: Unknown Wink Blue (淋しい深海魚 (ウィンクブルー) The Lonesome Deep Sea Fish)
128 - Palm Wink Blue After becoming a Chimera Ant, Palm can now use her powers of clairvoyance without having to spill blood. Palm's ability Wink Blue requires her to cover her right eye, after which she becomes able to see the last three people her right eye gazed upon at the same time.[19]
Type: Enhancement and Manipulation Black Widow (暗黒の鬼婦神 (ブラックウィドウ) Fury of Shadows)
Palm-Black-Widow
Palm can wrap her entire body with her hair to form what seems to be a dress with a wide brim hat.[20] This "outfit" can efficiently protect her body from attacks, enabling her to concentrate all of her aura on attacking using Ko instead of splitting it between offense and defense.


QuotesEdit

  • (To Shaiapouf) "My name is Palm Siberia!! Not No. 1!!"[8]

TriviaEdit

  • Palm's name comes from the baseball pitch known as a palmball; Knuckle, Shoot, and Gyro are all similarly named.
  • Her surname, Siberia, may be inspired by an old fashioned Japanese cake, popular in Japanese bakeries, named after the trans-siberian railway it is meant to resemble. This could be a reference to Palm's love of sweet things. Alternatively, her surname might have been chosen to create a contrast: palms are in fact associated with tropical environments, while Siberia is renowned for its cold temperature - reflective of her extreme behavioral changes.
  • Palm's clairvoyance ability as a human appears to have been retconned by the time she started working for Bizeff.[18] When Gon and Killua first met her, it was heavily implied that, after feeding her blood to the merman, she could formulate a demand, and the ball shows her the answer.[17] This version of the ability was not limited to her knowledge, as it was able to let her find Biscuit despite never having met her before and not knowing she mentored Gon and Killua in the past.[6]
  • Palm's initial appearance is reminiscent to that of Sadako Yamamura from The Ring.
  • Palm bares a similar appearance and personality to Yukako Yamagishi from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, who can also control her hair and develops a crush on a main character.
  • According to "Hunter × Hunter Manual" section found in the Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho official character book (Shueisha Jump remix), Palm's stats are:
Story Arcs Spirit Skill Strength Nen Talent Intelligence
Chimera Ant arc: NGL 1/5 1/5 1/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
Chimera Ant arc: Palace Invasion 3/5 3/5 3/5 4/5 5/5 3/5
  • Gon classifies Palm in the category of Fanatic Woman.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic بالم سيبيريا (Balm Saybiria)
Chinese 龐姆•西貝利亞 (Páng mǔ Xībèi lì yǎ)
French Pâmu Shiberia
Russian Палм Сиберия (Palm Siberiya or Palm Siberija)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 218
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 200
  3. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 205
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 217
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 314
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 201
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 250
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 28, Chapter 294
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 28, Chapter 300
  10. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 305
  11. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 309
  12. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 316
  13. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 331
  14. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 333
  15. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 334
  16. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 339
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 220
  18. 18.0 18.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 252
  19. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 304
  20. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 28, Chapter 293

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