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"I feared facing danger and opportunity... I put myself inside the safety of a cage, muffling even my own words, so that nobody could hurt me. I hated myself. But I couldn't fix it. My friends and my teacher gave me advice... but I brushed it off-- they didn't have those fears!! But even though you were much weaker than me... Gon, you broke me out of my cage!! I swear I will survive this... I will live thank to you!!!"

— Shoot McMahon, in "In the Unlikely Event Of..."

Shoot McMahon (シュート=マクマホン, Shūto Makumahon) is a Unidentified Beast Hunter,[1] Knuckle Bine's partner and a disciple of Morel Mackernasey.[2]

AppearanceEdit

Shoot is a tall, thin man with no eyebrows and pale skin. He wears a long pony tail on the left side of his head and has purple hair. He wears a long, purple robe with a large flowing sleeve on his left side, and a large piece protruding at the asymmetrical collar. Underneath his left sleeve, Shoot is missing most of his left arm aside from his shoulder, which is tattooed with a red star.

PersonalityEdit

Shoot has a timid personality and is often afraid of taking advantage of opportune times to attack an enemy.[1] His prudence makes him a good counterpart to Knuckle, as he counterbalances the latter's impulsiveness. He was willing to let thousands of people die for the sake of saving billions of others.[3] When the fight begins with Youpi, he becomes inspired by Gon and is able to fully unleash his power, overcoming his timidity and injuries.[4] By his own admission, he does not like hurting others.[5]

PlotEdit

Chimera Ant arcEdit

Shoot insisted on joining Chairman Isaac Netero, his master Morel Mackernasey, and Knov on their mission to exterminate the Chimera Ants. However, possibly due to how easily he gets intimidated,[1] he had to team up with Knuckle against two other assassin candidates picked by Netero within one month, and was left waiting in a town next to the border of NGL.[6] On that same day, Knuckle and Shoot recapitulate the rules in a bar, and Knuckle insists on fighting their opponents first and smiting them down.[2]

About 12 days later, Shoot observes Knuckle fight against Gon Freecss and Killua Zoldyck, thinking that they have already won Knuckle over and resolving to ambush them on their way back.[7] However, he is too scared to act.[1]

On the eve of the deadline, Shoot rebukes Knuckle for being too soft on his opponents, who even criticize him for it. He comments that if Knuckle does not want to go to NGL, he might just give them his tile, although they would refuse. Knuckle retorts that Shoot has spent the whole month skulking around, but the latter replies he will find the following day.[8]

When the appointed time comes, Shoot and Killua split off from Knuckle and Gon and head into the woods to fight. Preparing himself for the confrontation, Shoot declares he does not like hurting people, but that Gon and Killua have shown him there are times he must fight out of respect.[5] He attacks Killua with his disembodied hands, and is impressed with Killua's skill with his yo-yos. He quickly closes the distance and strikes him, taking note of his slowed reaction speed. As soon as Hotel Rafflesia deprives him of his left eye, Shoot attacks again, but this time Killua manages to dodge, causing Shoot to wonder if the previous hit was a fluke. He sends out his disembodied hands again, one of which hits Killua in his blind spot. When Shoot moves in to attack, however, Killua dodges again. Suddenly, Killua charges at him, knocking his hands aside. Seeing electricity around them, Shoot states he does not want to be electrocuted and jumps back. His words affect his opponent deeply[9] and Shoot ends up winning the confrontation.[10]

The following day, the defeated Gon and Killua accompany Knuckle and Shoot to the border of NGL.[10] The two witness the death of the Chimera Ant Queen.[11] Shoot then explores the nest together with Knuckle, and they are horrified to see the state Kite is in.[12] With a combination of Hakoware and Hotel Rafflesia, the two manage to subdue him.[13] During the two days before their rendezvous with Gon and Killua, Shoot observes them[14] to assess whether they can handle seeing Kite.[15]

When the appointed time comes, the Extermination Team members, except Netero and Palm Siberia, meet up and Shoot frees Kite from his cage. He then looks as Gon lets himself be pummeled by the manipulated Kite.[13]

Knuckle and shoot

Knuckle and Shoot in front of their target, Youpi

The group rides a train to the Republic of East Gorteau. When Shoot notes that Gon seems to have lost his fury, Morel explains he is "coiled up" like a spring. They dine at a restaurant. That night, I.R.S. disappears and Knuckle invites Gon to test out his Nen. Morel challenges Gon, saying he's having second doubts and that he must prove his determination and power by punching him, pretending he is Neferpitou. Shoot shivers upon feeling the bloodlust in Gon's Rock. When Gon stops and is declared to have passed the test, Knuckle and Shoot are charged with taking out Menthuthuyoupi, one of the three fearsome Royal Guards.[16]

The group splits up in the prescribed pairs until the night of the Selection. Killua informs everyone the process has probably already begun. Knuckle is disgruntled that he has to just wait while people are killed by the thousands, he lashes out at Shoot, who however states that if they fail, billions will die. Shoot corners him by pointing out Knuckle has no solution to offer.[3] One night, Knuckle feels Cheetu heading his way. He resolves to stop him, fearing he will acquire a powerful Hatsu ability by coming in contact with the King. Shoot agrees to accompany him, but demands he call Morel first. Knuckle informs his teacher Cheetu is still roaming freely, and Morel hangs up on him.[17] That morning, Shoot and Knuckle are ready to ambush him, but Cheetu changes his course. Knuckle is about to pursue him, but is stopped by Shoot. They realize the one who alerted Cheetu is a flying Chimera Ant.[18]

Some time later, Gon phones Knuckle, who gushes about their actions to stop the Selection, adding that their actions caused Morel and Knov to spring into action to prevent further deaths; however, that might leave them too exhausted to fight the Royal Guards, leaving the task to the four of them unless they decide to call in reinforcements. He asks for Killua's opinion, but Gon cannot reach him. They decide to meet up in Mandai, halfway between their current locations.[19] When they do, they are still unable to reach Killua. Gon notices a pack of collared dogs has followed the two Beast Hunters, and Shoot explains they have been fed by Knuckle. Knuckle gets flustered and, on the verge of tears, states that he has had no choice but to abandon those who would refuse his help. Unbeknownst to him, his outburst of emotion leaves a favorable impression on Meleoron.[20] Eventually, the Squadron Leader introduces himself and the four are contacted by Killua. Morel tells them Knov is unfit to continue, but that he has managed to plant all the exits.[21]

Two days before the attack Knuckle leads a strategic meeting which Killua and Ikalgo attend too. They brush up on their roles in the upcoming attack before Killua takes charge. When Gon insists on rescuing Palm, Shoot replies that worrying about her is an insult to her resolve, and convenes with Killua that if she has been captured, they will jump right into a trap as soon as the invasion begins.[22]

By slipping into the rallying crowd gathered in Peijin, the Extermination Team members gather in Knov's pocket dimension. Ten hours before the attack, Morel, his disciples and Meleoron discuss on how to get into the room closest to the palace without exposing themselves or shutting themselves off from their surroundings. Knov volunteers to keep tabs on the Royal Guards.[23] Six hour before the attack, Shoot reflects that he cannot worry about others when he is the most anxious, and that the fate of mankind rests in his hands. Ten minutes before the appointed time, the Extermination Team members begin to move towards the Royal Palace.[24]

The team decides to charge in from the entrance closest to the throne room, the one by the central staircase. Knuckle, Shoot, and Meleoron's target is Menthuthuyoupi.[25] Shoot is surprised that Killua and Ikalgo can manage to fight so close to the start of the mission. When the former begins wondering again if the King really hurt himself, Shoot announces they have three minutes left and asks if it is worth thinking about that at that time. One minute before the attack, Shoot walks to the exit.[26] At Morel's signal, he goes in after Knuckle and Meleoron.[27]

As soon as they turn the corner, the Extermination Team members find themselves in an unforeseen scenario: aura shards rain from above due to Zeno Zoldyck's Dragon Dive, which only Killua recognizes; Neferpitou's En cannot be felt; and Menthuthuyoupi, who was supposed to be elsewhere, is standing on the central staircase. Shoot pauses momentarily to prevent Menthuthuyoupi from attacking the invisible Knuckle and Meleoron by mistake. When Gon charges at the Royal Guard, Shoot is dumbfounded for a moment, then realizes that he moved in the event that Meleoron and Knuckle had been killed by the shards while undetectable thanks to God's Accomplice. He tears up with admiration for his companion's determination and finds his own. The Hunters' worries dissolve when they see the Royal Guard being pushed slightly to the right, understanding that Knuckle punched him to activate Hakoware.[4]

113 - Youpi versus Shoot

Shoot vs Youpi

Shoot stiffens momentarily upon being enveloped in Neferpitou's ominous En, a chance that Menthuthuyoupi seizes to unleash a destructive strike.[28] Shoot's right leg is severely injured in the blast. With his disembodied hands, he attracts the Royal Guard's attention to allow Morel to slip past him.[29] Finding strength in himself after being cornered, Shoot rides atop one of his hands and covers his right eye. His ferocious assault pushes Menthuthuyoupi in his defenses for a moment, allowing Shoot to return Morel's pipe to him.[30] After only a few seconds, however, Shoot suffers grievous injuries, but he continues to attack without sparing a thought for his own life. He succeeds in stealing one of Menthuthuyoupi's eyes with Hotel Rafflesia.[31]

By punching himself with his own hands, Shoot manages to avoid a particularly dangerous attack, but soon collapses to the ground, at the edge of death. Before Menthuthuyoupi can finish him off, Knuckle reveals himself.[32] The Royal Guard chases him and Shoot attempts to fly and then crawl away, determined not to pass out so Hotel Rafflesia will not be deactivated.[33] When Knuckle ventures too far, Menthuthuyoupi goes back. He sees Shoot but, deeming him too weak to pose a threat anymore, he walks away without killing him. Knuckle returns and helps Shoot up, but, figuring out the Royal Guard's thought process, becomes furious and swears to avenge Shoot. Shoot feels that he should stop him, but ends up begging him to hit Menthuthuyoupi for him. Knuckle accepts and leaves.[34]

However, he returns shortly afterwards, picking Shoot up and carrying him away before the Royal Guard unleashes a tremendous explosion.[35] Shoot passes out before Knuckle can avenge him.[36] While he is unconscious, Knov takes him to one of his Nen dimension rooms to get him medical attention.[37]

13th Hunter Chairman Election arcEdit

Shoot is seen again in the hospital recovering from his injuries with Meleoron by his side.[38] Shoot is later seen again with Knuckle, Palm, Meleoron, and Ikalgo, all looking at pictures of a flock of Small-billed Swans sent to them by Gon.[39]

Abilities & PowersEdit

90 - Shoot

Shoot in battle

Shoot has all the benefits granted by his status as a Hunter. He has demonstrated considerable combat prowess by briefly holding his own against Menthuthuyoupi, a Royal Guard, by himself,[31] although he suffered nearly fatal wounds.[32] With Knuckle's assistance, he was able to seal Kite's manipulated body.[13] His low confidence in his abilities has often proven an obstacle for him,[1] but Gon's example allowed him to discover his own determination, allowing him to attack Menthuthuyoupi with no regard for his own life.[4] He is very observant, noticing Killua's electric attack before the latter could carry it out. His Nen abilities allow him to compensate for the loss of his left arm effectively.[9]

Advanced Strength: Shoot's exact level of physical strength is unknown, but it is enough for him to push Killua back with a palm strike, although the blow caused no lasting damage to him.[9]

Enhanced Speed and Reflexes: Shoot can move so quickly that Killua's slightest distraction allowed him to close the distance between them before the younger Hunter could react, although he managed to avoid the ensuing blows when not under the effects of his brother's conditioning. He noticed electricity around Killua's hands and retreated before the latter's ability could connect.[9] While riding his hand, he becomes extremely fast, dodging and redirecting many of Menthuthuyoupi's attacks despite their number, and once managing to touch the Royal Guard's body.[31]

Enhanced Agility: Shoot has an excellent sense of balance, as seen when he effortlessly rode one of his floating hands with it moving at very high speed and changing direction continuously, all the while standing on only one leg.[31]

Immense Endurance: Shoot seemed unfazed by the grievous condition of his leg after Menthuthuyoupi's first attack, nor did he relent after suffering potentially lethal injuries on his whole body.[31]

Proficient Hand-to-Hand Combatant: With his exact degree of skill in martial artistry being unknown, Shoot is adept at close quarter combat, which he uses to activate his main ability, Hotel Rafflesia, as well as to exploit the blind spots it creates. He seems to attack primarily with his right arm, using palm strikes or hooks.[9]

Expert in Tailing: Shoot is exceptionally talented in chasing his target without them noticing. He observed Gon and Killua for weeks without either of them detecting his presence despite their incredibly sharp senses.[8][14]

NenEdit

Shoot ready to fight

Shoot's Hatsu abilities

Shoot is a Manipulator who specializes in manipulating three hands that he uses as controllable projectiles or as distractions to land a blow and activate Hotel Rafflesia.[9] The repeated disappearances and reappearances of his birdcage and especially of the hands seem to suggest they are conjured.[4][28][29][30][33][34] Since he does not like hurting others, Shoot made his main Hatsu ability one that can be used only by hurting someone, so he would resort to it when he had no other choice and thus no qualms about it.[5] Another ability of his enables him to turn small objects into two-dimensional imprints on his right hand.[2] He is an extremely capable Zetsu user who went undetected by Gon and Killua for nearly one month.[8] He also appears to be proficient at Shu, as he is capable of infusing his floating hands with aura.[9] During the attack on the Chimera Ants, following an intuition, Shoot covered his right eye, which, together with the excitement of feeling cornered, increased his strength.[30]

Shoot's Nen Type: Manipulation
Type: Unknown Imprint Conversion
Shoot token - episode 89 Shoot has the ability to turn pocket-sized three-dimensional objects into imprints on the palm of his hand[2] as well as to return them to their normal state without damage.[17] It appears Shoot can maintain the effect for at least several days.[8]
Type: Conjuration and Manipulation[9] Disembodied Hands
90 - Shoot's hands 190 - Shoot's hands 2 Shoot can conjure three disembodied hands which he then controls with Manipulation. He can coat them with aura and utilize them as projectiles capable of surrounding and pummeling the target, but also as diversions to close in on the opponent to activate Hotel Rafflesia. Shoot has a great deal of control over the hands, which he can position so as to exploit the blind spots created by Hotel Rafflesia. The aura around a single hand allows it to pack enough power to hurt Killua, although not enough to injure him significantly, as well as to permit it to come out of Killua's attacks, both physical and through his yo-yos, undamaged.[9] During the fight against Youpi, Shoot was able to control the hands with such accuracy, speed and power that they were able to fend off the Royal Guard's tentacles. He was also able to stand atop one in order to fly at great speed, which he regarded as his special technique.[30] Despite Shoot always utilizing the hands in conjunction with Hotel Rafflesia's cage, the two abilities appear to be distinct from each other.[13]
Type: Conjuration and Manipulation[9] Hotel Rafflesia (暗い宿 (ホテル・ラフレシア) Dark Inn)
95 - Hotel RafflesiaShoot's cage Through physical contact, Shoot can rob a target of specific body parts, corresponding to the area of impact,[9] by shrinking them and teleporting them into his birdcage, potentially until their whole body is sealed off.[13] The affected body part is replaced by a dark mist. Although the opponent feels no pain and is not actually wounded, Shoot's ability can throw their mind into disarray.[9][40] Furthermore, by targeting the eyes, Shoot can create blind spots to exploit in successive attacks.[9] To disengage the ability, Shoot opens the door of the cage, allowing the trapped target to walk out, after which they return to their normal size.[13] It is deactivated automatically if Shoot loses consciousness.[33] Since shrinking is associated with Conjuration,[41] it appears that Hotel Rafflesia also incorporates elements of this Nen type. Its teleportation component may signify the additional involvement of Emission.[42]


BattlesEdit

Battles


QuotesEdit

  • (To Killua) "I don't like to hurt people... but... you two showed me there are times when you must fight, out of respect!"[5]
  • (To Knuckle) "Because if we lose our cool now... billions of people will die!!"[3]
  • (To Gon) "For us to try to find her is an insult to her resolve."[22]
  • (To Knuckle) "Please Knuckle...!! That bastard...! He looked at me... like I was dirt!! That son of a bitch!! Get him for me!!"[34]

TriviaEdit

  • Shoot's name is derivative from a commonly thrown baseball pitch in Japan known as the shootball; Knuckle, Palm, and Gyro are all similarly named.
  • Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants, famous for their smell that resembles rotting flesh.
  • The hands Shoot levitates are all left hands. Coincidentally, he lost his left arm.
  • Since, after the Chimera Ant Extermination mission, Morel was being considered for a promotion to Triple-Star Hunter,[52] it is possible there was also talk of granting Shoot one star, since to become a Double-Star Hunter one's disciple must have received one star.[53]
  • According to the "Hunter × Hunter Manual" section found in the Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho official character book (Shueisha Jump remix), Shoot's stats are:
Story Arcs Spirit Skill Strength Nen Talent Intelligence
Chimera Ant arc: NGL 1/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 3/5 4/5

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 205
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 200
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 28, Chapter 231
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 266
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 211
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 19, Chapter 199
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 204
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 209
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 212
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 214
  11. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 215
  12. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 216
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 222
  14. 14.0 14.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 221
  15. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 220
  16. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 223
  17. 17.0 17.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 234
  18. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 235
  19. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 23, Chapter 243
  20. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 23, Chapter 244
  21. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 255
  22. 22.0 22.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 256
  23. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 259
  24. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 260
  25. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 261
  26. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 262
  27. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 263
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 267
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 268
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 269
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 31.5 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 26, Chapter 271
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 26, Chapter 272
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 26, Chapter 276
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 26, Chapter 277
  35. 35.0 35.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 26, Chapter 278
  36. 36.0 36.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 26, Chapter 280
  37. 37.0 37.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 27, Chapter 286
  38. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 316
  39. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 339
  40. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 26, Chapter 271
  41. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 9, Chapter 77
  42. Hunter × Hunter, Chapter 374
  43. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 20, Chapter 210
  44. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 265
  45. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 26, Chapter 279
  46. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 27, Chapter 281
  47. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 27, Chapter 284
  48. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 27, Chapter 285
  49. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 27, Chapter 287
  50. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 27, Chapter 288
  51. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 27, Chapter 289
  52. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 326
  53. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 331

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