|2011 | 1999 | Manga|
Hitoshi Bifu (1999)
Paul Hudson (1999)
Worm is red-skinned and has changed his body in such a way to resemble a worm, in correspondence with his code name. Long and thin with a pronounced potbelly, Worm takes on a look that to say the least, seems almost alien. His sinuous body structure enables underground movements a normal human would be incapable of. In fact, instead of digging with his arms he simply uses his pointed head to push into the earth and moves his neck in a circular motion to move through the ground.
Yorknew City arc
Worm (along with Leech, Porcupine and Rabid Dog) is sent to kill the Phantom Troupe members during their attack on the Mafia-run underground auction in Yorknew City. They engage Uvogin of the Troupe in battle in the Gordeau Desert. Worm immediately lands a punch on his face, but Uvogin's body is so tough that every finger on his right hand is broken from the blow. Uvogin retaliates by punching Worm in the face, knocking out some of his teeth and his right eye. Using his ability, Worm then tries to pull Uvogin into the ground, but Uvogin uses his strongest attack—Big Bang Impact—to cause an explosion that leaves a large crater and Worm blown to pieces. Ironically, Worm is the last of the four to die (after Leech, Porcupine and Rabid Dog). He is also seen advising Kurapika not to confront the Phantom Troupe.
Abilities & Powers
As a Shadow Beast, Worm is very influential within the mafia community. He is also a capable fighter, one of the best serving under the Ten Dons, since he was chosen as one of their personal bodyguards. However, he was no match for Uvogin. His Nen abilities have a central role in his fighting style, which seems to consist in sneak attacks, dragging his enemy underground to kill him in his territory, or pinning him down for other Shadow Beasts to finish.
Enhanced strength: Worm has a high level of physical strength. Uvogin, who was nearly unscathed after taking an anti-tank missile head-on, claimed he had felt Worm's punch, although it dealt no visible damage. Despite having five broken fingers, he managed to muster enough strength in that hand to restrain the Phantom Troupe member by grabbing his arm and diving underground.
Immense pain resistance: Worm seems to hardly feel any pain at all. He showed only surprise when his hand broke upon hitting Uvogin's skin. An instant later, he took a punch from him that completely crushed half of his face, and still he did not even falter for a moment before reacting. He used his maimed hand to keep Uvogin pinned down, despite all his fingers being broken. Although gravely maimed by the Phantom Troupe member's Big Bang Impact, he managed to drag himself to Kurapika and warn him not to fight the Spider.
Worm is a Transmuter, with probably a good control over Enhancement too. He is considered one of the ten most powerful Nen users in the mafia community. His ability allows him to travel underground effortlessly. This enables him to take his foes by surprise and evade their attacks easily. It also works well in combination with the abilities of other Shadow Beasts.
- A 2001 character book revealed Worm to be a Transmuter
- In Nippon Animation's adaptation, he is voiced by the same voice actor as Satotz.