Unlike the other Royal Guards, Shaiapouf bore a more human resemblance. He looked like a young adult, with a tall and lanky frame, thistle purple skin, and short dark blond hair, covering up his forehead and ears. The only insect parts that Pouf had were his multi-coloured butterfly wings and antenna. He wore a frilly white shirt, black pants and a pair of black shoes.
Shaiapouf posited himself as the most calm and rational of the three Royal Guards, often speaking about the importance for logic and reasoning, more than his emotions. However, his strong devotion to the Chimera Ant King clouded his judgement. He held a preconceived absolute ideal to live up to, with no room for amendment. Pouf also held the King to a similarly impossible ideal, manifesting in mad fanatical monologues and treacherous action when it appeared that his lord was being led astray. He was often seen reading books and playing his violin; he usually played this instrument while talking or whenever he was agitated.
Shaiapouf vehemently loathed Komugi. He believed the woman to be holding back the King from his supposed right to world domination, as the pinnacle of evolution. A master of psychological games and subterfuge, Shaiapouf was willing to deceive, betray, and murder anyone in order to preserve his image to the King.
In crises involving the Chimera Ant King, Pouf forsook delegated duty and acted solely according to the sway of his emotions. Shaiapouf was indeed the most irrational of the three Royal Guards; manic and demented by his magnification and love for the King. In the end, Shaiapouf became loyal only to his "version" of the King, not Meruem himself, and would constantly try to change the King to that version while getting privately enraged when it didn't happen. Of the three Guards, Pouf was the only one truly disloyal to the King himself and grew the least out of the three.
Nothing is known about Pouf's past when he was a human. Similarly to the other Royal Guards, he has no memories of his previous life.
Chimera Ant arcEdit
Shaiapouf is the second Royal Guard to be born and like the rest of the Royal Guards, he too was personally named by the Queen. He stays always beside the King and the other Royal Guards and serves as a transport to the King while they were searching for the new King's Palace thanks to his ability to fly. During this time, he serves as an adviser and explains the human behavior and actions to him.
As the King orders his Royal Guards to bring the champions of each of the human activities of the country, Shaiapouf, having wholeheartedly devoted his entire being to the protection of the King and the eventual domination of the world by the King, starts losing his temperament grossly by the King's obsession with the "insignificant" human, Komugi. The King is unable to defeat the girl at the game of Gungi, and even seems to care about her well-being. Shaiapouf views Komugi as a threat to the King, as his obsession with a mere human could undermine the King's rightful domination of the world as the most perfect form of life.
At one point of one of a game between Komugi and the King, the King bets his arm and tears it off after losing. Shaiapouf, concerned about the King's health, tries to help him and call for Neferpitou, but is quickly taken down with a lash from the King's tail, saying that he would dishonor the promise of no breaks in the play against Komugi. Meruem insists that if Shaiapouf is to be stubborn, he will end his life. Shaiapouf obliges, as he won't allow the King to suffer an injury, and when the King is about to end Shaiapouf's life, Komugi demands the King allow Shaiapouf to help him before any more games begin. The King then allows Shaiapouf to get Neferpitou to heal him, so long as they can do it while the King plays. As Neferpitou is unable to use their En and Puppet Dolls due to the large amount of aura needed to heal the King, Shaiapouf takes charge of surveillance and activates his En through the Royal Palace. Knov, who had been in the process of infiltrating the palace, is terrified by the sight of Shaiapouf's En and suffers a mental breakdown as a result. Later on, Shaiapouf considers killing Komugi, but upon the realization that killing the girl would forever deny the King any victory over her, bursts into tears and swears to end his own life after helping the King attain complete dominion.
As the selection day is coming, Shaiapouf with the other Royal Guards starts planning how to protect the King without being noticed by the enemy and without annoying the King (as he was more irritated with the Guards presence during his games). Shaiapouf flies into the highs and releases his scales in the direction of the gathered citizens and hypnotized every single one of them, so they follow their command more easily and won't flee.
Shaiapouf senses and sees the arrival of two great forces approaching from the skies, and when the Nen dragon separates in thousands, Shaiapouf's state of mind is even further distressed during the attack on the King's palace when he dashes to the King's room and finds it empty. Pouf not only realizes that the King must be in Komugi's room, but that he had known in his heart the King would be with Komugi in her room and rushed to the King's room anyway. Seeing that he wasn't there, Shaiapouf suffers a break down, considering himself a traitor and a trash, not worthy of being called a Royal Guard.
As he tries to compose himself, he is quickly ambushed by Morel Mackernasey who uses his Smoky Jail to prevent him from escape. Seeing that Morel won't let him go, Shaiapouf uses his Spiritual Message to read Morel's aura and movements. Shaiapouf quickly envelops himself into a cocoon-like form and quietly starts his move. Shaiapouf started to separate himself into billions of creatures that could pass through the smoke particles and slowly, starting his escape from the Smoky Jail. Uncertain how to approach the situation further, Morel decides to attack the chrysalis, realizing it was empty after all.
Morel releases his ability and tries to confront Shaiapouf once again with his Deep Purple soldiers, but Shaiapouf uses his Beelzebub ability once more and split himself into dozens of tiny clones that overpowers him. The little clones starts fleeing and in an attempt to capture them, Morel is surprised by Shaiapouf's main body and is struck down by him into the floor allowing Pouf to escape with his giant pipe. Shaiapouf throws the pipe into a river and thinks to himself, that if Morel hadn't been so reckless and actually thought that he never escaped the Smoky Jail, he could have actually determined the true nature of his ability and try to seek out his true body.
Shaiapouf quickly leaves and upon his return to the palace, his miniature clones sees the current events. Wondering on why the enemy didn't attack Neferpitou, Pouf tries to sneak behind Gon to kill him who was with Neferpitou healing Komugi, who was hit by one of Zeno's dragons. Neferpitou stops Shaiapouf's intent to kill Gon, so it wouldn't be a risk for Komugi to get hurt again. Pouf decides to leave the situation to Neferpitou but Gon didn't allow him to leave. He agrees on staying on the condition that Neferpitou explains the situation to him. As he was listening Pouf separates himself into a tiny form and leaves after inquiring the king's whereabouts, leaving a clone of his main body to stay there so Gon wouldn't suspect anything.
On the way, Shaiapouf finds Menthuthuyoupi and explains the situation to him, realizing how much he has grown up. The two part quickly where the King is in order to help him. Elsewhere, a miniature clone is controlling a newly born Chimera Ant Palm into killing Killua, but is quickly killed by her, as she regained her memories and herself. In a third part of the palace, Knuckle confronts Shaiapouf who reveals in fact that he is a clone and that rather than fighting, he would like to talk but cannot leave since Gon won't allow him. Although Gon questions if Pouf's telling the truth, he still separates himself and tells Knuckle he will wait for him at the entrance of the palace. Upon Knuckle's arrival, Pouf's clone, with briefly shows the true form of a Chimera Ant and leaves the place without explanation.
Elsewhere, Shaiapouf in his main body arrives where the Miniature Rose just have exploded. Menthuthuyoupi and him try to search for Meruem in the middle of the rumbles, and when they do it, they bust in tears to see that is a burned corpse. Much to their surprise, their king is still alive so both of them give their own bodies and energy to restore their King. Soon as the King is well again, and even more powerful; Shaiapouf sends back his clone to the palace so he can kill Komugi, but just as the clone arrives finding nothing, he is struck by Knuckle hidden within Meleoron's ability and Potclean soon appears besides Pouf's main body. Having realized this, the King and the Guards hurry to the palace.
Meanwhile there, Shaiapouf's clone separate into lots of miniatures and started searching for Komugi. He realizes that Meleoron is the traitor that has been helping them and when the others get to know this, they try to deceive him so they could know if he is after Meleoron or Komugi. Without a blink, Shaiapouf goes after Killua and Komugi with the intent to kill her. Killua knocks down Komugi and starts fighting Shaiapouf who's hesitant to fight him as he discovers he uses electric shocks to burn down his cells. Meanwhile, his main body tries that the King regain certain parts of his memory, but when he asks to go to his former room, Shaiapouf quickly orders his clone to leave the battle get rid of the Gungi board and pieces. In another part of the palace, one of Shaiapouf's mini clones uses his Body Reconstruction technique to change his face into Komugi's and with the help of Welfin, they are able to trick Neferpitou into believing Komugi was with them and fine.
Struggling to keep the King's memories of Komugi a secret, Shaiapouf tries everything so that he won't remember her; but when Meruem starts retrieving the enemies, Shaiapouf comes up with the idea to make a competition with him and gain some time. The competition starts and Shaiapouf and Menthuthuyoupi go straight to finding Neferpitou and Komugi. Soon after Pouf finished scattering his scales, he finds Menthuthuyoupi dead laying on the ground. Shaiapouf tries to warn the King, but he starts to slowly regain his memories, however Pouf insists that the competition isn't over. Having no other option, but to continue, until shortly after, Pouf starts coughing up blood. Shaiapouf and Meruem confront Welfin, and the King begins interrogating him. Shaiapouf scared of what Welfin might say persuades Meruem to not question him until after the competition. Much to his dismay, Welfin out of sheer terror tells Meruem the name "Komugi".
As the King has remembered Komugi, because they were deeply linked, Shaiapouf was able to see just how deeply Meruem values the girl; thus, Shaiapouf finally admits to Meruem that Komugi was the secret he tried so desperately to hide. Expecting to be executed, Shaiapouf is surprised when he's told to find Pitou; he was also told to interrogate Knuckle and Meleoron, if they have a clue on Pitou's whereabouts, and allow them to go free. When Welfin states that Gyro is the only one he would call his king, and that Meruem was his enemy, Meruem states that he had hoped Welfin would find his king and adds that he hopes if Welfin can return living as a human; Shaiapouf begins to cry and vomit upon hearing those words. He is later seen to have finally fallen down to the floor, unable to fulfill the task he was given by his king, and succumb to the Miniature Rose's poison.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arcEdit
When the effects of Pouf's scales terminated, 46,613 civilians died from bodily failure, Soon after the King's death, Pariston Hill sent blimps to recover the 5,000 cocoons created by Pouf. Ging Freecss estimates the human-Chimera Ant hybrids to have hatched by the time of the 8th round of the chairman election, with each of them being capable of using Nen.
Abilities & PowersEdit
As a Royal Guard, Shaiapouf is one of the four most powerful Chimera Ants. Although he does not consider himself a front line fighter, preferring to use his remarkable intelligence and subtle abilities to outmaneuver his opponents, he has enhanced physical capabilities which not many humans can hope to rival.
Flight: Having the genes of a butterfly, Pouf is capable of flying, which he can do at very high speed. He can go even faster by using aura.
Enhanced Strength: Despite never actually engaging in hand-to-hand combat, Shaiapouf was able knock down Morel with a surprise kick, although he inflicted no significant damage. He also was confident that he would be able to kill Gon with a sneak attack. He broke several big rocks with ease, with a series of punches and kicks, as he was opening his way to see the King after Zeno's Dragon Dive started to fall upon them.
Immense Speed: While flying, Shaiapouf is able to cover long distances within short periods of time. He is fast and agile enough to evade the aura shards from Zeno's attack. He was also quick enough to strike Morel from behind and take his giant pipe without the former being able to react. It seems he can use his aura to accelerate. His copies managed to chase Killua while he was using Godspeed, although he was being hindered by Komugi at the time, and Pouf himself admitted it would be hard to catch him even with his full body.
Immense Durability: Shaiapouf managed to survive a head on tail whip from Meruem, ending up with just a bruise and some bleeding on his face, while taking little damage from being sent crashing into a wall.
Genius-Level Intellect: Shaiapouf considers himself to be, among the three Royal Guards, the most intelligent and the most rational. He is capable of coming up with and estimating the likelihood of a large number of possible scenarios, although his judgment is sometimes clouded by his love for the King and he is prone to overthinking. He excels at character judgment and manipulation, skills which he can employ on his enemies and allies alike. He is capable of determining a person's likely course of action with the help of Spiritual Message, giving Neferpitou the impression he could read their mind.
Master Strategist: Shaiapouf fights primarily by relying on his tactical skills. He was able to break down Morel's plan when he was trapped in his Smoky Jail, forcing him into a tactical dilemma while analyzing multiple scenarios. He quickly deduced that for Morel's abilities he needed his smoke pipe, which he stole so he couldn't fight anymore. Shaiapouf was also able to quickly formulate a series of schemes so Meruem would not remember Komugi.
Like Neferpitou, Shaiapouf was endowed with Nen abilities since his birth. He excels at Manipulation, his natural type. His Hatsu abilities are mostly meant for support and indirect strategies, encompassing a wide range of uses that contributed considerably to the royal family's power. His instinctive knowledge of Nen is so deep that he can bestow Hatsu abilities on other Chimera Ants that complement their natural abilities and characters.
Pouf is capable of using En, although his is far inferior to Pitou's, and it allowed him to cover the area from the throne room to the central staircase. His aura was so frightening that Knov suffered a mental breakdown upon seeing it at close range (although Knov had probably encountered Shaiapouf's En in the state of Zetsu, which might have contributed to his mental collapse).
|Shaiapouf's Nen Type: Manipulation|
|According to Welfin, Bloster, and Cheetu, Pouf has the faculty to bestow Nen abilities on others. He does so by enveloping them in a cocoon in which they lie, unconscious, until the process is complete. Subjects with intact memories regenerate from the cocoons more quickly: Palm and Cheetu emerged in less than a week. Pouf was capable of creating more than 5,000 cocoons for the survivors of the selection, although he was originally expected to generate ten times as many, with the twofold purpose of increasing the quality of Meruem's food and creating a loyal army of Nen users. When used on humans, the cocoon has the additional effect of turning them into human-Chimera Ant hybrids, creating a whole new species. With Pitou's assistance, Palm was made into an experimental soldier with all her memories, but no emotions associated to them, due to the emotional charge of recollections affecting the process of learning Nen in unpredictable ways. This would have allowed the Royal Guard to insert Nen-using hybrids into human society to erode it from within, although the experiment was eventually deemed a failure.|
|Type: Manipulation||Spiritual Message (|
|Spiritual Message allows Pouf to use his scales as a specialized En. Through their dispersal, he can read his opponent's emotions through the fluctuations in their aura, which, coupled with his intelligence, allows him to interpret their state of mind and personality and formulate strategies accordingly. His scales also have a hypnotic effect to those who breathe them. The hypnosis is potent enough to completely suppress the will of average humans, causing them to follow orders even if they led their bodies to destruction. After his control terminated, 46,613 civilians died from bodily failure, which also implies he could control an even greater number. Pouf cannot spread his scales against air currents.|
|Type: Manipulation||Beelzebub (|
|Shaiapouf's second ability allows him to break his body into multiple miniature forms of himself. He can vary the size of each body, down to nano-size at the smallest; the smaller they are, the more he creates. Pouf can control them telepathically with astounding accuracy through his main self, which can only be reduced to about the size of a bee, sharing their perceptions.
Beelzebub can be utilized to create thousands of small clones in order to escape confinement or spy on large areas undetected, or to form copies indistinguishable from the original in order to fight. However, said body-size clones are much weaker than the original, as is the hypnotic effect of their scales. All clones are also far less durable than the original: the small ones can be destroyed with weak physical attacks, while Killua was able to incinerate large parts of a body-size clone with his electricity. Since Pouf has control over every single cell in his body, he can easily recreate his clones if they are broken with sheer force; however, if the cells themselves are damaged, for example by being burned, he is powerless to restore them, resulting in damage to his body when the ability is disengaged.
|Type: Manipulation||Body Reconstruction|
|Shaiapouf can split his body at cellular level, making it possible for him to reconstruct his body to look like someone else. He can reconstruct his face, physique and even his voice. This ability can also be used for healing purposes: by feeding someone else his own cells, he can heal their injuries, even potentially lethal ones. However, it is unclear if it would work on someone without special assimilation abilities.|
- Shaiapouf's name, like all of the Royal Guards, comes from the Egyptian god Shai and a character named Pouf from a French children's book series called Caroline et ses Amis.
- Shaiapouf's technique, Beelzebub, is named after the Ancient Philistine god of the same name. Also of note, Beelzebub (known as the "Lord of the Flies") is also the name of a Judeo-Christian demon, sometimes identified as being The Devil.
- Shaiapouf's small clones resemble chibi or SD caricatures.
- He has a habit of saying "That's all there is to it" at the end of many sentences.
- According to the "Hunter × Hunter Manual" section found in the Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho official character book (Shueisha Jump remix), Shaiapouf's stats are:
|Chimera Ant arc: Palace Invasion||3/5||5/5||5/5||5/5||5/5||5/5|
- Similarly to the hypnotic power of Pouf's butterfly scales used in his Spiritual Message, which may be partly a natural trait/ability inherited from some creature, the Hypnosis Butterflies that reside in the Numere Wetlands also hypnotize their prey, although being through its flight pattern the anime adaptations suggest the use of scales.
Translations around the WorldEdit
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Members||Chimera Ant Queen • Meruem • Neferpitou • Shaiapouf • Menthuthuyoupi • Kite|
|Squadron Leaders||Colt • Zazan • Leol • Cheetu • Peggy • Meleoron • Bloster • Welfin • Bihorn • Yunju • Alligator • Turtle • Chimera Ant Octopus • Panda|
|Officers||Boki • Centipede • Flutter • Hina • Frog • Ikalgo • Mosquito • Pike • Rammot • Ortho Siblings|
|Soldiers||Baro • Bat • Bombardier Beetle Chimera Ant • Coburn • Gorilla • Gun-toting Ant • Gyro • Hollow • Inzagi • Koala • Maenore • Palm Siberia • Pell • Pig • Rhino • Shidore • Snake (Chimera Ant) • Stag Beetle • Taragette|