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"My mother's greatest failure was her choice to lay eggs to build an army——an inefficient method if there ever was one. Her only success... was giving birth to me!!"

— Zazan referring to the Chimera Ant Queen in "10: Part 2"

Zazan (ザザン, Zazan) was a scorpion-like Chimera Ant Squadron Leader,[3] who, after the death of the Chimera Ant Queen,[4] proclaimed herself a Queen and set out to form her own colony.[5]

AppearanceEdit

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Zazan's initial anime design

Zazan was a humanoid Chimera Ant. Like the other members of her species, she had jointed hands and legs. She had long and unkempt fuchsia hair, golden eyes, purplish skin, and a large bust. On her forehead were several raised ovals, the same color as her hair, which resembled gemstones. Her long scorpion-like tail bore a red heart in the telson. She initially wore a two-piece yellow outfit, with a red star on the top and bottom, that bared her midriff, much like a bikini. After announcing herself as queen, her outfit changed to a corset and a more revealing brassiere (which only covered the area where her nipples were), with a long skirt to hide her tail from her enemies.

PersonalityEdit

Zazan was one of the more disobedient Squadron Leaders, as she allowed her subordinates to freely kill and eat humans. She was confident, egocentric, power-hungry, and vain. Despite having normally an arrogant and composed attitude, she easily got furious if anything damaged her beauty, revealing a considerable violent and vengeful side of her.[6]

PlotEdit

Chimera Ant arcEdit

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Zazan appears

Cheetu mentioned Zazan, when informing Colt that three of her grunts were subdued by Gyro's men.[7] When her doting subordinate Pike was under attack from Pokkle, Zazan paralyzed him with her stinger. Initially, she scolded Pike for his poor fighting technique but praised him for capturing a rare prey. This made Pike blush and praise her while following her back to the nest with the immobilized Pokkle.[3] With Netero, Morel Mackernasey, and Knov hunting the Chimera Ants surrounding the nest, it was revealed that Zazan is one of the fourteen Squadron Leaders to be left alive.[8] When Hagya declared that all of the Chimera Ants should become their own respective King and Queens, Zazan and a large number of other Chimera Ants, including Pike, agreed.[4] Sometime after going independent, Zazan stood atop a cliff and scoured the surrounding area.[9]

Within Meteor City and with the help of Pike, Zazan created her own personal hive and wreaked havoc among the residents, by transforming a copious number of them into mutant slaves. When half of the Phantom Troupe (Phinks, Bonolenov, Shizuku, Feitan, Shalnark, and Kalluto Zoldyck) returned home and were informed of the situation by local residents, the Phantom Troupe decided to annihilate Zazan and her army within the day.[5]

As the Phantom Troupe approached Zazan's nest, she announced her rulership over the city's residents; all who oppose her shall die, while those who don't shall be promised eternity in Paradise. At her throne accompanied by two servants, she commented her mother's greatest failure was her method of laying eggs to raise armies, but her mother's greatest achievement was giving birth to her. A male resident was dragged in by two grunts, beseeches Zazan to kill him; however Zazan stung and transformed him into a mutant beast. The beast kissed the end of Zazan's left foot, as of loyalty. Zazan gloated she was the Queen and with her Queen Shot Nen ability, she shall rule the world.[5]

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Zazan presents herself as the Chimera Ant Queen to Feitan

When the Phantom Troupe arrived in the nest and scattered, Pike reported to Zazan the intruders dispersed and they were not ordinary people as they feel to him; they were used to walking on the wild side. Finding out the intruders were strong, Zazan ordered Pike to go as well. Initially, Pike showed concern for Zazan's safety, but was assured by her and also praised. A flushed Pike went off after the intruders, while Zazan prepared herself to battle against the intruders as well while commenting how her mother's greatest misfortune was she never got the thrill of battle. Dressed in a Chanel skirt to conceal her metasoma from view, Zazan confronted Feitan who demanded to know where the Queen was. Amused by Feitan, Zazan informed him that he had found her. Unamused, Feitan used his Ren and inquired provokingly if she was joking. Vexed by Feitan's mockery, she answered that naughty children like him deserved to be spanked.[10] Feitan pulled out and opened an umbrella and in a split second and ambushed Zazan on her left side with an unconcealed sword. He destroyed her skirt and exposed her metasoma. Zazan scolded Feitan's use of a concealed sword and how he liked to hide things. Feitan rebutted she was no different, for wearing something so spacious to conceal her metasoma.[11]

As the fight continued, Zazan managed to land a kick to Feitan's face, knocking him back. Zazan mocked Feitan claiming he was no match for her. Although Feitan agreed with her, he mocked her back that his skills had dulled over time and now had found someone perfect to practice on. This only further infuriated Zazan.[12] Over time, the other Troupe members reached them; Kalluto was astonished by how superior their fighting styles were compared to his own. Feitan sheathed his sword back into his umbrella and dashed at Zazan, creating several afterimages of himself. Zazan realized that he was trying to ambush her from behind with his sharp tip of the umbrella, but stopped the attack by coiling her tail around the umbrella. Zazan then contemplated how Feitan had gotten increasingly faster during the fight and cursed her subordinates for their incompetence. Seeing an opening, Feitan pressed a tiny button on the end of the umbrella handle which fired the spike tip, hitting Zazan in the face. Although the attack gave her a tiny scratch that slightly bled, Zazan lost her composure, and in a fit of rage, tore off her metasoma, causing her to transform into a monstrous mutant.[6]

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Zazan being incinerated

She proclaimed she'll kill Feitan, however, he ambushed her from above and used Ko with his sword. However, the attack did not faze her, and she counterattacked, hurling a small quantity of aura at him, shredding all his upper-body clothing. When Feitan grounded himself, Zazan continued with a barrage of attacks[6] until finally breaking his left arm. Livid, Feitan started to speak invertedly and activates his Nen ability: Pain Packer, making the other Phantom Troupe members flee to avoid getting caught in the attack. Zazan then realized that her opponent's sudden increase in power. Talking to himself, Feitan murmured that he will return the pain given, changing it into heat. As he launched a Nen orb into the air, Zazan observed carefully. Feitan's Rising Sun Nen ability then activated and immediately burned off all of the hair on top of Zazan's head and began to incinerate her with its scorching heat. As she was incinerated and Feitan mocked her, she lamented her death.[13]

Abilities & PowersEdit

During her time as a Squadron Leader, Zazan had authority over her underlings, which she retained and amplified after proclaiming herself queen and enslaving a great number of humans. Her leading skills, combined with her power and the special properties of her stinger, allowed her to build a small kingdom.[5] Like all Chimera Ants, she was stronger than ordinary humans, and showed considerable fighting skills, being able to rival Feitan in close-quarters combat and even overpower him for most of the fight.[12] She was also fairly perceptive, realizing that Feitan was unguarded after using Ko and hurling a small quantity of aura at him.[6] After transforming, her physical abilities and aura increased greatly, to the point that she became impervious to physical attacks.[6] She was also adept at stealth, having managed to sneak up on Pokkle,[3] who has exhibited considerable skill in ambushes in his own right.[14]

Poisonous Stinger: Zazan's stinger contained a neurotoxin that can incapacitate a pro-Hunter in an instant.[3] According to Rammot, creatures stung by it normally sleep for about a month.[15]

Enhanced Strength: Zazan possessed a high degree of physical strength which rivaled Feitan's, the sixth strongest Phantom Troupe member in arm-wrestling. She was able to block his armed charge with her stinger, as well as to rip it off just by pulling with both hands.[6]

Zazan intercepts Feitan's attack

Zazan intercepts Feitan's sneak attack

Enhanced Speed and Reflexes: Zazan was fast enough to match Feitan in speed before the latter warmed up. She saw through his attempt to block her vision with his umbrella and quickly spotted him as he attempted to launch a sneak attack on her, dodging his offensive, although only just barely.[11] Her stinger attacks were at least as fast as his swordplay, and she was able to create an opening to land a kick on him.[12] Her speed caused Kalluto to remark she was in a different league from him, as he had a hard time following her movements.[6] Even when Feitan eventually became faster than her, Zazan managed to follow his movements and counter his slashes.[6]

Enhanced Durability: Even in her normal form Zazan had a very durable body, as a bullet fired at point-blank range only succeeded in putting a scratch on her face.[6] Her stinger was able to withstand multiple hits from Feitan's sword without injury.[11][12]

Proficient Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Zazan was skilled in unarmed fighting. She deflected all of Feitan's sword strikes with her stinger without ever getting hit by a frontal attack.[11][12][6] Her primary means of offense and defense was her venomous stinger; her proficiency at using it matching Feitan's sword skills.[11] She was also adept at using her legs to kick the opponent should she manage to create an opening with her stinger.[12] After the transformation, she began to attack with her arms, adopting a fighting style based on continuous, heavy punches.[6][13]

NenEdit

Zazan mastered Nen soon after her birth, to the point she could clash with a member of the Phantom Troupe and have the upper hand for a fair part of the fight,[11] suggesting that she might have been proficient at Enhancement. She also developed two powerful Nen abilities in a very short amount of time, one of which seemed to vouch for a high degree of proficiency in Manipulation.[5] Her ability to approach Pokkle without being sensed might mean she was capable of executing Zetsu.[3] After ripping off her stinger and turning into her hulking form, she threw a small quantity of aura at Feitan, showing decent skills in Emission. She apparently knew how to use Vows and Limitations to strengthen her Nen.[6]

Zazan's Nen Abilities
Type: Manipulation Queen Shot (審美的転生注射(クィーンショット) Sexy Stinger Of Rebirth)
Queen Shot By stinging a human, Zazan can transform them into a grotesque human-animal hybrid who becomes utterly loyal to her. Should the target be too weak, the metamorphosis will kill them.[5] The transformation is irreversible, but her control over the target's mind terminated with her death.[13] This seems to suggest her ability involves Manipulation. With this ability, Zazan was able to mutate and control at least a few dozen Meteor City residents.[5]
Type: Unknown Monster Queen Form
Monster Queen Form-1 This technique is Zazan's last resort. Zazan pulls out her stinger and transforms into a grotesque crocodile-like monster. Her durability increases dramatically, allowing her to come out of Feitan's Ko attack unscathed despite having just left herself completely open.[6] However, her skin could not protect her from the effects of Rising Sun. Her physical strength also receives a remarkable boost, as she managed to break his arm with a single blow.[13] Despite her bulk, she remained fast enough to keep up with him, forcing him on the defensive[6][13] whereas she lost to him in speed shortly prior to transforming.[6]


BattlesEdit

Battles
  • Chimera Ant arc:
    • Zazan vs. Feitan Portor[16]


QuotesEdit

  • (To captured Meteor City denizens) "I am your Queen!! You will surrender!! Anyone who defies me will be put to death!! The chosen will be promised permanent residence in paradise!!"[5]
  • (To a Drudge) "My mother's one misfortune is never experiencing the fun of combat."[10]
  • (To Feitan) "Rude brats need to be punished."[10]
  • (To Feitan) "A hidden sword... You like to hide things, little boy?"[11]
  • (To Feitan) "You bastard! How dare you scar my face?!"[6]
  • (To herself) " Is this the end...? But I'm the Queen... How could... this... be?"[13]

TriviaEdit

  • In the Hunter × Hunter: Battle Collection and Hunter × Hunter: Battle All-Stars, Zazan is a Manipulator.
  • Rather than in maiming herself by tearing off her own stinger, Zazan's sacrifice probably consists in her beauty (by transforming) and her ambition of becoming queen (without her metasoma she is unable to create subjects).
  • In her last few appearances, Zazan went through a somewhat noticeable change in physical appearance, in both facial structure and body proportions. In her earlier appearances, her face had a more roundish, softer, and more delicate look. During her battle with the Phantom Troupe, however, her face somewhat became longer and sharper, with a more pointier chin. Her breasts also suddenly grew to an even larger size than before, to the point of nearly becoming disproportionate.
  • Interestingly, unlike other Chimera Ant soldiers, she is the only one to refer to the late Chimera Ant Queen as her mother.[10] Even Colt, despite his immense loyalty for their creator, never referred to the Queen as such.

Intertextuality and ReferencesEdit

  • Zazan resembles Zarbon from Dragon Ball. They share an obsession with outward appearances, preferring a beautiful appearance over a stronger form. After shedding their respective shells, they both become significantly more muscular, but also more hideous, with reptile-like qualities. In exchange, their power increases drastically.

MiscellaneousEdit

  • Of all the known Chimera Ants Squadron Leaders, Zazan is the only female.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Language Name
The Arab world Flag Arabic زازان
China Flag Chinese 殺殘
Greece Flag Greek Ζαζάν
Russia Flag Russian Зазан

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hunter × Hunter: Battle Collection
  2. Hunter × Hunter: Battle All-Stars
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 19, Chapter 190
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 214
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 224
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 228
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 19, Chapter 189
  8. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 206
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 21, Chapter 216
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 225
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 226
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 227
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapter 229
  14. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 3, Chapter 24
  15. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 19, Chapter 197
  16. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 22, Chapters 225 - 229

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