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Shaiapouf
Kana

シャウアプフ

Rōmaji

Shauapufu

Also Known As

Pouf

Debuts
Manga Debut

Chapter 202

Anime Debut

Episode 86 (2011)

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Wataru Hatano

Profile
Gender

Male

Hair Color

Blonde (2011)

Eye Color

Amber (2011)

Status

Deceased

Occupation

Chimera Ant Royal Guard

Relatives

Chimera Ant Queen (Mother)
Neferpitou (Older sibling)
Menthuthuyoupi (Younger brother)
Meruem (Younger brother)
Kite (Chimera Ant) (Younger sister)

Nen
Type

Manipulation

Abilities

Spiritual Message: "Butterfly Scales Love Spring"
Beelzebub: "Lord of the Flies"

Image Gallery

Shaiapouf (シャウアプフ, Shauapufu), nicknamed Pouf, is a butterfly-humanoid Chimera Ant and one of the Chimera Ant King's Royal Guards.

Appearance

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Shaiapouf with his opened wings.

Shaiapouf looks the most human of the Royal Guards, as he resembles a young adult with a slim frame. His hair is dark blonde and kept short, covering up his forehead and ears. The only insect parts that Pouf has are his butterfly wings and antenna. Also, Pouf's skin is thistle purple. He is also the only one of the three guards that wears a suit. Pouf's outfit consists of frilly white shirt,  black pants and a pair of black shoes.

Personality

Shaiapouf posits 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 clouds his judgment. He holds a preconceived absolute ideal to live up to, with no room for amendment. Pouf also holds the King to a similarly impossible ideal, manifesting in mad fanatical monologues and treacherous action when it appears that his lord is being led astray.

Shaiapouf vehemently loathes the King's consort, Komugi. He believes 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 is willing to deceive, betray, and murder anyone in order to preserve his image to the King.

In crises involving the Chimera Ant King, Pouf forsakes delegated duty and acts solely according to the sway of his emotions. Shaiapouf is indeed the most irrational of the three Royal Guards; manic and demented by his magnification and love for the King.

Background

Nothing is known about Pouf's past when he was a human and it is unknown if he even remembers his past.

Plot

Chimera Ant arc

Shaiapouf

Shaiapouf arrives in the palace

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.[1] 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.[2] During this time, he serves as an adviser and explains the human behavior and actions to him.[3]

103 - Shaiapouf's worry

Shaiapouf expresses his worry for the King's loss

As the King orders his Royal Guards to bring the champions of each of the human activities of the country,[4] 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.[5] 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.

105 - Shaiapouf slapped

Shaiapouf is slapped by Meruem's tail

At one point of one of the King's game, he bets his arm and tears it apart. Shaiapouf, concerned about the King's health, tries to help him and call for Neferpitou, but he is quickly taken down by the King's tail, saying that he would dishonor the promise of no breaks in the play against Komugi. Shaiapouf asks him to better kill him, as he won't allow the King to be injured; and when the King is about to make that request, Komugi demands for him to be healed before any other game.[6] As Neferpitou is enabled to use his En and Puppet Dolls, Shaiapouf takes charge of surveillance and activates his En through the Palace,[7] much to Knov's terror who had infiltrated the place and suffers a mental break down thanks to him.[8] 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.

113 - Shaiapouf dances

Shaiapouf dances as he believes he is no longer worthy of being a Royal Guard.

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.

113 - Shaiapouf confronted by Morel

Shaiapouf is ambushed by Morel.

As he tries to compose himself, he is quickly ambushed by Morel Mackernasey who uses his Smoke 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 Smoke Jail. Morel, not sure what to do, decides and attack the chrysalis, realizing it was empty after all.

Capture

Shaiapouf takes down Morel.

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 stroke 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 Smoke 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 a 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.

Menthuthuyoupi and Shaiapouf while flying

Shaiapouf and Menthuthuyoupi on their way to the King

In 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. As he arrives, the clones, with the true form of a Chimera Ant, leaves the place without explanation.

128 - Unparalled Joy

"Shaiapouf and Menthuthuyoupi overwhelmed by the praise of their King"

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.[9] 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.

Shaiapouf confronts Killua

Shaiapouf's clone confronts Killua and his Friends

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 other 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.

Shaiapouf's death

Shaiapouf's death

Struggling to keep the King's memories of Komugi a secret, Shaiapouf tries everything so he couldn'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 insists that the competition isn't over. He has no other option but to continue until shortly after, he starts coughing 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". 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. When Meruem states that he'd like to try living as a human, Shaiapouf begins to cry and vomit. He is later seen to have finally fallen down to the floor and succumb to the Miniature Rose's poison.

Abilities & Powers

As a Royal Guard, Shaiapouf is one of the four most powerful Chimera Ants. However, he is not a front line fighter, preferring to use his remarkable intelligence and subtle abilities to outmaneuver his opponents. Having the genes of a butterfly, he is capable of flying.

Enhanced Strength: Although never actually engaging in hand-to-hand combat or displaying his overall strength, Shaiapouf, being part of the King's Royal Guards, is at least as strong like the rest of them. In fact, with just one kick, Shaiapouf was able take down a strong hunter like Morel and also was confident enough that he would be able to kill Gon when taking him for surprise at the King's Palace. It is shown in the anime that he is able to break 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.

Pouf's flight with nen

Shaiapouf propels his flight with Nen.

Enhanced Speed: Shaiapouf is able to travel long distances within short periods of time as seen when he travel from the landscape where the King was battling with Netero to the former's King Palace. He was also quick enough to strike back from behind at Morel and take his giant pipe without the former being able to chase him. It seems he can use his aura to propel his flight and at least double his speed. His copies managed to chase Killua while he was using Godspeed, although he was being hindered by Komugi at the time. He is also quick and agile enough to evade several Dragon Dives from Zeno's attack without getting hit.

Genius-level Intellect: Shaiapouf battles mainly relied on his tactical strength. He considers himself to be, among the three Royal Guards, the most intelligent and the most rational. Although his intellect is sometimes clouded by his love for the King, he displays enough calm to react the best in the worst situations as he was able to even break down Morel's plan when he was trapped in his Smokey Jail; not only surprising the former Hunter at his tactics but also able to free himself in a shorter time than the Hunters would have expected. He quickly deduced that for Morel's abilities he needed his Smoke Pipe, which he stole so he couldn't fight anymore. He was also able to make a quick plan and deceive the King so he wouldn't remember who Komugi was.

Nen

Shaiapouf knows the concept of Nen since birth as, like Neferpitou, he already displays aura and Nen abilities. He excels at Transmutation and Manipulation types. In fact, he is the one to ask among the Chimera Ants which is the best Hatsu to develop for every individual.

While he states that his En is not as large like Neferpitou's, he could at least cover the entirety of the King's Palace (although he was ordered by the King not to cover the floor where he and Komugi were), stating that his En goes far than some meters. His aura was frightening enough to make a professional Hunter like Knov to have a mental break down.

Shaiapouf's Nen Type: Manipulation
Type: Manipulation Spiritual Message (鱗粉乃愛泉 (スピリチュアルメッセージ) Butterfly Scales Love Spring)
SpiritualMessage Shaiapouf's ability, Spiritual Message, allows him to use his scales as a specialized En. Through their dispersal, he can read his opponent's emotions through the fluctuations in their aura. Shaiapouf used Spiritual Message in order to determine the best Nen abilities suited to Squadron Leader Chimera Ants, thereafter teaching them how to develop their own Hatsu. His scales also have a hypnotic effect to those exposed to it. The extent of hypnosis is not fully demonstrated. However, it is effective enough to make average citizens lose their will.
Type: Transmutation Beelzebub (蠅の王 (ベルゼブブ) King of the Flies)
125 - Shaiapouf Beelzebub His second ability allows for him to break his body into multiple miniature forms of himself. He can vary the size of each body; the smaller they are, the more he creates. Pouf can control them through his main form, which can only be reduced to about the size of a bee.
Type: Transmutation Body Reconstruction
130 - Shaiapouf as Komugi 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.


Trivia

  • 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 is also the name of a Judeo-Christian demon, sometimes identified as being The Devil.
  • The miniature Shaiapoufs resemble chibi caricatures.

References

  1. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 203
  2. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 214
  3. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapters 202 - 203
  4. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 23, Chapter 244
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 23, Chapter 247
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 249
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 250
  8. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 252
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 28, Chapter 299

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