Zhang Lei Hui Guo Rou (チョウライ=ホイコーロ, Chōrai Hoikōro) is the Third Prince of the Kakin Empire and the son of his father's third wife, Tang Zhao Li.
Zhang Lei is a short, bald man with squarish slanted eyes and bags under them. His appearance resembles that of a Chinese monk. He appears to have no eyebrows, with lines departing from the bridge of his nose arching over his eyes. Above each of them are three dark dots in a column, with the biggest at the base. He has a dark pencil mustache, a very square chin and elongated earlobes.
In Tubeppa's opinion, he takes pleasure in luxury and excess. According to Shimano he is tolerant and generous enough to start a negotiation, implying that he is a diplomatic man. He seems to be a pacifist at some degree as he avoid in killing but not hesitate in the slightest if it comes down to it. He can also be kind and cruel at the same time.
Given a Guardian Spirit Beast's appearance and abilities are influenced by its host's character, it is likely that Zhang Lei is a devout Buddhist, given his guardian beast resembles the dharmachakra (☸), a representation of the Buddhist dharma, Gautama Buddha's teaching of the path to Nirvana and is connected to the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. Furthermore, the beast seemingly in a deep meditation, not to mention that it is the least threatening and obscene-looking Guardian Spirit Beast.
Succession Contest arcEdit
Zhang Lei participates to the ceremony on the eve of the beginning of the expedition and boards the ship, thinking he will win the succession war while saluting the cheering crowd. He also takes part to some formal event. Like the rest of his family, he resides in the 1st deck of the ship. During the party, his Guardian Spirit Beast is revealed.
Sometime during the ceremony, Zhang Lei asks his father about the conditions for becoming king. Nasubi answer his question by simply saying that the one sole survivor will be the official successor of the throne. He finds out about what happened to Prince Woble's bodyguards and that only two of them are still alive. Zhang Lei finds it absurd that someone would go after the baby first of all princes. He concludes that whoever wiped them out would've killed their own as well in order to avoid any suspicion since the bodyguards that were assigned to the 14th prince all belonged to other queens. After that, one of his men informs him about the Guardian Spirit Beasts.
He later surmises that Prince Benjamin has sent the bodyguards to spy on all the other princes after Kurapika's announcement regarding the beasts. Zhang Lei thinks that is the best time to learn about the Guardian Spirit Beasts. Zhang Lei is one of three Princes to try and get in contact with Kurapika and is the one that Kurapika talks with first due to Shimano's tampering. Zhang Lei compliments Kurapika for choosing him over Benjamin, after a brief discussion Zhang Lei gets to the point about wanting information about Nen and gives him permission to enter his room. Kurapika accepts the invitation on the condition that Oito and Woble can come along as well to which Zhang Lei accepts.
When Shimano is asked why Zhang Lei was connected first instead of Benjamin, Shimano answers that she wanted to ensure her own safety because of her fear of Benjamin and because she views Zhang Lei as kind yet cruel, but they could use that to their advantage if they're careful.
Arriving in Zhang Lei's room, he welcomes Kurapika and Queen Oito and offers them a bottled water. Jumping into things Kurapika explains a little information about Nen and Zhang Lei surmises that's what the emergency announcement earlier was about. Kurapika then states that the information he has may affect the outcome of the Succession War, Zhang Lei inquires if where they are now is an appropriate place. As Coventoba a Soldier for Benjamin and Slakka a spy for Queen Duazul each stand on either side of him. Although Prince Zhang Lei doesn't mind continuing the conversation, he realizes that Kurapika has also been contacted by Prince Benjamin and Prince Tubeppa and an appointment as well afterwards. So the meeting is cut short and since Prince Woble lacks man power due to a Spirit Beast attack, Prince Zhang Lei offers his bodyguards Sakata and Hashito to help guard them until the time of the next dinner banquet.
Abilities & Powers Edit
Being one of the eldest princes, Zhang Lei possesses significant political influences and assets to help him winning the throne.
Like the rest of his siblings, Zhang Lei received an egg from which a Guardian Spirit Beast, a type of Nen beast, hatched to protect him. Since it is a parasitic-type ability, he has no control over it. The Guardian Spirit Beast is subjected to two rule-like instincts: it is unable to fight other Guardian Spirit Beasts as well as to directly attack the host of one. Its abilities are currently unknown.
|King||Nasubi Hui Guo Rou|
|Queens||Unma • Duazul • Tang Zhao Li • Katrono • Swinko-swinko • Seiko • Sevanti • Oito|
|Princes||Benjamin • Camilla • Zhang Lei • Tserriednich • Tubeppa • Tyson • Luzurus • Salé-salé • Halkenburg • Kacho • Fugetsu • Momoze • Marayam • Woble|