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Royal Guards
Royal Guards
Kanji

(おう)(ちょく)(ぞく)()(えい)(ぐん)
(じょ)(おう)(ちょく)(ぞく)()(えい)(ぐん) (Former)

Romanji

Ō Chokuzoku Goei-gun
Joō Chokuzoku Goei-gun (Former)

Debut
Manga Debut

Chapter 188 (Silhouettes; Before birth)
Chapter 197
Chapter 206 (All together)

Anime Debut

Episode 78 (2011) (Silhouettes; Before birth)
Episode 84 (2011)
Episode 88 (2011) (All together)

Group Statistics
Status

Defunct

Classification

Chimera Ant King Guards

Leader

Chimera Ant Queen (Former)
Meruem

Base of Operations

NGL (Former)
Royal Palace of East Gorteau

The Elite Royal Guards ((おう)(ちょく)(ぞく)()(えい)(ぐん), Ō Chokuzoku Goei-gun—lit. meaning "King Immediate Guard Force"; formerly (じょ)(おう)(ちょく)(ぞく)()(えい)(ぐん), Joō Chokuzoku Goei-gun—lit. meaning "Queen Immediate Guard Force") are three Chimera Ants entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the Ant King Meruem from enemies and any harm.[1] Furthermore, they offer their assistance and counsel to help him fulfill the biological project laid out for him by his mother.[2] In the case of the Royal Guards serving Meruem, however, the latter imperative began to threaten the integrity of the trio when the King's wishes began to change.

BackgroundEdit

Like other Chimera Ants, the Royal Guards are born through phagogenesis, but are genetically stronger than any other soldier ant and hatch with the ability to use Nen. Other Chimera Ants refer to as 'special beings' because of the power they possess. The guards assigned to Meruem are:

They are supposed to fight the Ant King's enemies. Despite their loyalty to the biological project of domination laid out by the Chimera Ant Queen,[2] they have no use for her person or interest in her well-being whatsoever after the birth of the King, leaving her to die despite having the power to save her.[1]

SynopsisEdit

Chimera Ant arcEdit

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TriviaEdit

  • As noted by Neferpitou,[3] all three Royal Guards have been smacked by Meruem once.[4][5][3]
  • Each Royal Guard embodies a different type of loyalty, and each of them has a different attitude towards Komugi:
    • Despite one momentary hesitation when the King's safety was not immediately at risk,[6] Menthuthuyoupi's devotion is absolute and unquestioning, which is partly due to his lack of human genes.[7] He was indifferent to Komugi prior to the explosion, but eventually accepted to keep her existence a secret when Meruem lost his memory in order to maintain the special bond that he had formed with the King after the latter fed on him,[8] exhibiting signs of selfishness.
    • Shaiapouf is more loyal to his idea of how the Chimera Ant King should be and the biological project laid out for him than the person of the King himself,[9][2] to the point he acts behind Meruem's back[2][10] and tries to manipulate him,[11] attempts to harm Komugi repeatedly,[12][2][13][14] and ultimately breaks down in tears when the King implies a human life is a blessing.[15]
    • Despite occasionally showing concern over Komugi's influence on Meruem, Neferpitou obeyed his orders to protect[16] and heal her,[17] even putting their own life at risk[18] and offering to help the extermination team in order to prevent her from being harmed.[19] Neferpitou acknowledged and accepted the changes Komugi caused in Meruem, stating that if she died, the King would stop being himself,[18] and showing they remained completely loyal to Meruem despite noticing how he was diverging from what was expected of him.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 213
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 301
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 261
  4. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 214
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 249
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 27, Chapter 289
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 26, Chapter 278
  8. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 308
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 257
  10. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 302
  11. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 309
  12. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 256
  13. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 303
  14. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 304
  15. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 313
  16. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 259
  17. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 268
  18. 18.0 18.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 26, Chapter 274
  19. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 28, Chapter 300