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"How that boy's grown. If I hadn't been prepared, he would have lost me!! He'll be a great assassin... Sakes, I'm getting sentimental in my old age."

— Tsubone referring to Killua Zoldyck in "Riddle"


2011 | Manga

TsuboneDesign

Tsubone
Kana

ツボネ

Rōmaji

Tsubone

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Ikuko Tani

Debuts
Manga Debut

Chapter 324

Anime Debut

Episode 140 (2011)

Characteristics
Gender

Female Female

Eye Color

Black

Hair Color

Lavender

Status

Alive

Occupation

Zoldyck Family's butler

Relatives

Amane (granddaughter)

Nen
Type

Unknown

Abilities

Rider's High

Image Gallery

Tsubone (ツボネ, Tsubone) is a female butler of the Zoldyck Family. She and her granddaughter Amane were officially informed when Silva Zoldyck ordered them to accompany Killua and Alluka.[1]

AppearanceEdit

Like all Zoldyck butlers, she wears a black formal suit. Tsubone is a relatively tall and bulky old woman. Her hair is tied up into two pigtails, and she wears a monocle on her right eye.[1]

PersonalityEdit

Tsubone is an experienced butler of the Zoldyck family. She is extremely loyal to Silva, and will not hesitate to execute his orders. Among all servants, Tsubone is the only one that dares to call Killua "Killua-chan" and Alluka "Alluka-chama".[2]

Although servants of the family should not harbor feelings of any sort towards their masters, she admitted she is very fond of Killua, while she can't love Illumi and Milluki as they remind her of their mother.[3] Another instance of her attachment to the Zoldyck family is seen when Killua apologizes to Alluka and Nanika, and Tsubone is seen shedding tears.[4]

PlotEdit

13th Hunter Chairman Election arcEdit

Tsubone scaring Killua

Tsubone intimidating Killua

Silva Zoldyck orders Tsubone and Amane to accompany Killua alongside Gotoh and Canary. If he ever breaks the rules, Tsubone will immediately take Killua back home and if he resists, he will be knocked down without hesitation. Alluka suddenly appears to ask for her pinky fingernail. While everyone is in a state of shock, Tsubone fulfills the demand with every appearance of delight and tells Killua that she will now conceal herself. In this situation, Nanika will not be able to request wishes from other people since Alluka's three wishes for Tsubone are not yet done, revealing some of Tsubone's cunning- according to the rules of Nanika's wishes and demands, Killua should not be able to make a wish as long as the demands are pending.[1]

Butlers chasing after Killua

Tsubone chasing Killua

Tsubone appears again when she is running after Killua and Alluka, who have slipped the Zoldyck butlers' oversight. Tsubone thinks to herself that Killua has become mature and that he will someday become a splendid assassin. She remarks on her inappropriate conduct, admitting that she is unable to love Illumi and Milluki as they resemble their mother.[3] When Killua notices her he uses his speed to leave her behind, so Tsubone calls Amane and Canary, and demonstrates her Nen power- she turns into a motorcycle that they use to intercept Killua, who loses them by running over forested terrain, but whom they catch up to again at the airport. Tsubone then discreetly follows Killua and Alluka until they are confronted by Illumi. Tsubone admits that she is the "peeping tom" by which Kikyo and Milluki are watching the inner mission through her monocle. In the following confrontation, Killua demonstrates to Illumi that Nanika can heal a person without harming anyone else by asking Nanika to heal Tsubone's left hand. Satisfied, Illumi leaves and Tsubone and Amane proceed to accompany Killua and Alluka to the hospital.[5]

In the hospital, Tsubone and Amane watch as Nanika successfully heals Gon.[6] Illumi arrives again and asks Killua to hand over Alluka to him. Instead, Killua wishes for Nanika to teleport Illumi back to the Zoldyck mansion. With Illumi gone and Alluka back in her normal state, Tsubone gets a call from Kikyo telling her that the lookout order on Killua is cancelled.[4]

Abilities & PowersEdit

Being the best butler of the Zoldyck family, Tsubone is a resourceful servant of the family whose combat ability is implied to be very high. Not only Killua, but even Illumi seem to prefer to avoid fighting against her. In spite of her age, she is in perfect physical condition. Her huge build grants her reach over most enemies. Tsubone is also rather intelligent, capable of predicting what Killua would do and react accordingly.

Immense Perception: Tsubone managed to understand that someone was watching her, even though the person in question was not physically there but used the hidden camera in Tsubone's monocle.

Immense Speed: Tsubone managed to tail Killua in the forest from a notable distance while he was using Kanmuru, albeit for a short time and because she expected he would resort to that ability. Previously, after granting one of Alluka's requests, she left so fast that even Killua lost sight of her.

Enhanced Agility: Tsubone can leap to the top of high trees in mere instants.

Enhanced Endurance: Tsubone did not hesitate to rip off three of her fingernails, which she did smiling all the time.

High Intelligence: Tsubone is very observant and experienced. She anticipated every move of Killua and prepared effective countermeasures. Additionally, she has impeccable control over her emotions.

Master of Stealth: Tsubone managed to tail Killua without him realizing at first. Both Illumi and Killua failed to notice her approaching when coming face to face for the first time after freeing Alluka.

NenEdit

Tsubone can Materialize extremely complex objects like a motorcycle and other means of transport. However, to do so, she must morph her own body, and she needs someone else to pilot her and feed her aura as fuel. Thus her ability is strictly supportive. Her Zetsu seems to be flawless.

Tsubone's Nen abilities
Type: Conjuration Rider's High (大和撫子七変化 (ライダーズハイ) Japanese Woman Seven Transformations)
Motorcycle form Description
Tsubone transforming into motorcycle Tsubone's Nen ability is called Rider's High.[7] It is stated to be a form of Conjuration Nen and it allows her body to materialize into various vehicles. This vehicle form then uses the aura of her rider(s) as propellent, meaning she can't use this ability without a rider. When the number of riders increases, so does the speed of the vehicle. The name of the ability implies Tsubone can morph into seven different forms, although thus far she has shown only two: the first is a motorcycle that, when rode by two Nen users, can run at a speed surpassing Killua's "Kanmuru", the second is a glider that can fly above the clouds and shoot down foes in flight.
Glider form
Tsubone transforming into jet plane


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 326
  2. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 324
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 327
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 336
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 330
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 332
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 329

NavigationEdit

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Zoldyck Family
Family
Members Maha ZoldyckZeno ZoldyckSilva ZoldyckKikyo ZoldyckIllumi ZoldyckMilluki ZoldyckKillua ZoldyckAlluka ZoldyckKalluto ZoldyckZzigg Zoldyck
Servants
Members TsuboneCanaryAmaneZebroSeaquantGotoh (former) • Mitsuba (former) • Kasuga (former) • Yasuha (former) • Hishita (former) • Hasama (former)
Pets
Members Mike • Unnamed dragon