2011 | 1999 | Manga
Zeno is an old man of medium height with grey white hair that stands up on his head, and has a Fu Manchu mustache. He also wears alternating signs on his garb that say either "A Kill A Day" (一日一殺) or "Never Retire" (生涯現役). Most of the time he is seen with his hands behind his back and his back hunched forward.
While Zeno is a witty old man, his advancing age has not dampened his quick thinking and speed in battle. Despite his senior citizen status, he is a very formidable tactician and a skilled user of Nen. He remains calm and collected at all times and displays a unique sense of pragmatism. He takes satisfaction in being an efficient assassin and that seems to be his only conceit. Killing is just a job to him and emotion doesn't enter into it. He only risks his life if there is a reward to be gained. Zeno has high hopes for Killua, that is why he trusts the boy's ability.
While Zeno is violent and will kill without hesitation, he only does so when it is required to complete a contract; he avoids injuring innocents at all costs. Upon injuring Komugi accidentally, Zeno lost all desire to complete the contract on the Chimera Ant King and left, only after ensuring the fight between the King and the Chairman would not further injure civilians.
Despite his quick wits and pragmatism, he cannot escape the windbag stereotype attitude of an old man, oftening bragging about any new experience he encounters, making Silva to feel annoying.
Zeno is the previous patriarch of the Zoldyck Family. He only had one son Silva, who was born from an unnamed mother. He is the grandson of Maha Zoldyck. Being a member of the Zoldycks, Zeno was trained at a tender age in the art of assassination. He developed a great resistance against all types of poisons and has a high tolerance to electricity. According to Killua, he used to do infiltration in the Republic of East Gorteau.
Zoldyck Family arc
Zeno is first seen when he orders Milluki to let Killua go from the isolation chamber. He also tells Killua that his father Silva wants to talk to him. After Killua leaves, he asks Milluki about his opinion on Killua. Milluki thinks that Killua is one of the best in the entire history of the Zoldyck family, but he lets his emotion rise up on the surface, which makes Killua a failure as an assassin. Milluki also tries to impress his grandfather by informing him of a new invention of his called a mosquito bomb, but he admits it has various flaws to it, which Zeno then gives his own opinion of his grandson, saying that he always makes such useless inventions.
Yorknew City arc
After the massacre of a large number of Mafia gangsters by the Phantom Troupe, Zeno and Silva are hired by the Ten Dons to assassinate them. In the auction building in Yorknew City, after a number of other assassins who were also hired by the Mafia are killed, Zeno feels that this is not the job for them. Still, the two Zoldycks begin to search for the enemies in the building using Zeno's En, and finally they face Chrollo Lucilfer, the Troupe's leader. Chrollo admits to himself that it is quite difficult for him to take them on at the same time. Silva tells Zeno to be careful because Chrollo is capable of stealing other people's abilities.
Taking those words to heart, Zeno proceeds to attack Chrollo with Silva being the backup. Realizing that Zeno is an incredible fighter, Chrollo at first wants to steal his abilities but Zeno quickly deduces that he could only do so after a difficult set of four or five conditions has been satisfied. And so, he uses his Dragon Head technique to constantly keep Chrollo at a distance. As the fight goes on, Chrollo has a moment of distraction because he has to watch Silva as well while dodging Zeno's attacks. Zeno takes the opportunity to close in and pin him against the wall while shouting to Silva to kill Chrollo without paying attention to him. Silva immediately throws two huge balls of aura at them, causing a large explosion at the ground level of the auction building.
Suddenly Illumi interrupts their fight by calling and telling Silva that the Ten Dons have been killed. With this, Silva and Zeno spare Chrollo's life because their clients were the Ten Dons; and now that they have been killed, he is no longer the target of the Zoldycks. When he and Silva are leaving, Chrollo asks Zeno about who he thinks would win in a one-on-one between him and Chrollo, to which Zeno replies that he himself would most probably win if Chrollo fought with stealing intent, but if Chrollo fought to kill then it would be a different story.
Chimera Ant arc
During the Chimera Ant arc, it's revealed that Zeno is an acquaintance of Chairman Netero of the Hunter Association, and is hired by him to assist him in an assault on the Chimera Ant King Meruem's palace, formerly belonging to the dictator Ming Jol-ik, in East Gorteau. The two of them fly to the palace on a dragon created from Zeno's Nen. When they arrive, they are detected by Neferpitou and Shaiapouf. Zeno then breaks the dragon into a myriad of smaller dragons, which rain down upon the Royal Palace of East Gorteau from the sky. At the same time, he and Netero dive towards the palace. The dragons pierce through the palace and seriously injure Komugi, a normal human girl, by accident. Seeing that he has accidentally harmed an innocent and the King's caring attitude towards her, Zeno decides to quit the job, but not before making a Nen dragon to carry Netero and the King to a remote location so that they could battle each other with minimum human casualties.
While leaving, he meets Gon and his grandson Killua, who are members of the Extermination Team of Hunters and Ant defectors that have infiltrated into the palace, and tells them to judge what have happened inside—an Ant trying to save the life of a human girl—for themselves. He encounters another Ant, Cheetu, outside the palace, who follows him and tries to pick a fight with him to show off his new techniques. Zeno ignores Cheetu's incitement and tells him to look behind him. Thinking that Zeno is trying to use the oldest trick in the book on him, Cheetu keeps following Zeno, and his head is suddenly smashed by a descending Silva, who has come to pick up his father, in a single punch. The two Zoldycks leave the Republic of East Gorteau on a dragon. Zeno tells his son that he met Killua, and that Killua may have removed Illumi's needle from his brain, and that the mission was the most incredible experience he has ever had because time seemed to start moving really slowly, which implies that facing the King was the closest to death he has ever been.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arc
While Zeno doesn't make an appearance, Killua mentions that, like Silva, Zeno wants to keep Alluka close in order to control her, and that Zeno doesn't want Killua to be in danger. Regarding Zeno's relationship with the rest of the family, he has a give-and-take relationship with Silva and Illumi, and favors Killua most among his grandchildren.
Abilities & Powers
Zeno's enviable mastery over Nen, his training as an assassin, the experience gleaned over the years of activity and his calm and analytic mind make him an extremely powerful fighter. His name alone is enough to frighten anyone with knowledge about the underworld. Zeno confidently stated that it would only take him 7 seconds to kill a whole group of armed Mafia members, and that Chrollo Lucilfer, the leader of the Phantom Troupe, would require his full strength to stand a chance against him. During their fight, he managed to force Chrollo onto the defensive. Neferpitou, a member of the Royal Guard, grew very excited to confront him, having sensed his power through their En, while Zeno was undaunted by the immense aura of the Ant.
Immense Strength: Zeno can effortlessly lift debris bigger than him. He landed uninjured after leaping off his Nen dragon at a height of at least two thousand meters (the length of one of the tendrils of Neferpitou's En).
Immense Speed and Reflexes: Zeno can match Chrollo and Silva in speed. His reactions are fast enough to allow him to catch Chrollo's kick while at the same time unleashing a barrage of punches with his free hand.
Enhanced Agility: Zeno can cover long distances with only one jump. He landed gracefully after a free fall of two kilometers.
Immense Stamina: Although he complains using En is tiring, he deployed it with a radius of 100 m, which is twice the area a typical master can cover.
High Intelligence: Zeno has a keen intellect and a considerable amount of experience to back it up. He is extremely analytic in a battle, predicting the actions of genius fighters like Chrollo and coming up with perfect countermeasures in an instant.
Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Zeno might be superior to Chrollo in physical combat; he drew blood from the latter with a strike with the side of his hand, and later restrained him by grabbing his leg, keeping him off balance and cornering him with a series of extremely fast punches.
Zeno is an extremely skilled Nen user, undoubtedly one of the finest to have been introduced so far. He is a Transmuter. Also, using Emission skills, he can create dragons that act as means of transport for himself or other people in a straight line for a prolonged amount of time, aside from employing them in battle, to devastating effects. At the sight of Zeno's Ryu, Chrollo, who is considered a genius in his own right, deduced he would not be able to stop the assassin's next attack with his defense alone and resorted to his Hatsu ability. Another example of Zeno's superior aura proficiency is given by his En: a Nen master can produce En with a 50 m radius, while Zeno is easily capable of releasing his En over a 100 m radius and even stated that he could increase it to a 300 m radius if he so elected.
|Zeno's Nen Type: Transmutation|
|Type: Emission||Aura Blast|
|Zeno can fire a blast of aura from his open palm powerful enough to knock back and lightly injure Chrollo Lucilfer while also breaking the ground under his feet.|
|Type: Transmutation||Dragon Head (|
|Zeno can transmute his aura into a tangible extension of the body in the form of a dragon, which he then hurls at the opponent as a straight shot. This ability is often used in conjunction with Emission, allowing Zeno to shoot the dragon as a projectile or use it as a means of transportation. It was first revealed in his battle against Chrollo Lucilfer. The dragon can continue to exist for an unspecified amount of time even after being detached from his body, as demonstrated when he employed it to transport Netero and Meruem a great distance from the palace. This was probably the ability that caused Neferpitou to grow excited when their En touched it. On that occasion, Zeno created a much bigger dragon than in his fight against Chrollo and flew with it while showing no visible strain. Dragon Head can also serve as a basis for other Hatsu abilities, such as Dragon Lance and Dragon Dive. Used in conjunction with the former, it can inflict light damage on a masterful Nen user such as Chrollo simply by brushing past him, as well as keep him restrained long enough for Zeno to close the gap between them.|
|Type: Transmutation & Manipulation||Dragon Lance (|
|This ability allows Zeno to control the dragon created with Dragon Head through precise motions of his hands, without emitting it. Due to its power and flexibility, it is perfect to attack while keeping the opponent at a safe distance. Zeno was able to make the dragon move quickly enough to prevent Chrollo from getting close to him, as well as to grip him the split second he was distracted by Silva. Since, like Dragon Head, this ability essentially consists in Zeno extending his aura and altering its shape as well as properties without separating it from his body, Dragon Lance can be classified as a Transmutation ability.|
|Type: Emission and Transmutation||Dragon Dive (|
|After getting above his target and using Dragon Head, Zeno shatters it in hundreds of smaller aura dragons that rain down from the sky. This technique can cover an area as vast as Ming Jol-ik’s palace and everything else within the outer walls, with each shard being capable of piercing through several layers of concrete before dispersing. However, it is inefficient against Nen users of high caliber, such as the Royal Guard and some pro Hunters, unless they are caught unawares, as the shards are relatively easy to dodge.|
- In the official databook, his name is "Zeno Zaoldyeck".
- Zeno is the only character who talks directly to the reader in the manga and viewer in the anime, explaining Isaac Netero's past, his ties to the Zoldycks, and the phenomenon for which the perception of time is compressed during a tough fight (a.k.a. Spirit Echoes), all in an interview-like fashion. He also clearly stated that he is not as powerful as the late chairman.
- Zeno compared himself and Isaac Netero to the elements of yin and yang respectively.
Anime and Manga Differences
- Zeno's exceptional En range was mentioned but never shown in the 2011 anime.
Intertextuality and References
- Zeno's Dragon Lance Hatsu ability resembles Hiei's "Dragon of the Darkness Flame" technique from YuYu Hakusho.
Translations around the World
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Members||Maha Zoldyck • Zeno Zoldyck • Silva Zoldyck • Kikyo Zoldyck • Illumi Zoldyck • Milluki Zoldyck • Killua Zoldyck • Alluka Zoldyck • Kalluto Zoldyck • Zzigg Zoldyck|
|Members||Tsubone • Canary • Amane • Zebro • Seaquant • Gotoh (former) • Mitsuba (former) • Kasuga (former) • Yasuha (former) • Hishita (former) • Hasama (former)|
|Members||Mike • Unnamed dragon|