What is Phantom Troupe (Gen'ei Ryodan)?
The Phantom Troupe has a total of thirteen members who are all very skilled Nen users. The leader (Chrollo Lucilfer) and founding members (Feitan, Machi, Uvogin, Nobunaga, Franklin and Pakunoda) of the troupe all came from Meteor City, a junkyard city which is inhabited by outcasts who do not have any official records.
Each member has a numbered tattoo of a spider on their body which resembles the symbol of the Phantom Troupe. In the spider tattoos, there are numbers ranging from 1 to 13; it is still unknown how the members have been assigned with their numbers and only a few of them have revealed their tattoos.
They are known as the main antagonists during the Yorknew City arc as well as the secondary antagonists in the overall series of Hunter x Hunter.
Chrollo is the leader of Phantom Troupe who originated from Meteor City. He formed the troupe along with six other residents in the city.
He is a Specialist type. His ability ‘Skill Hunter’ allows him to steal the abilities of other people and to use them as his own by using a conjured book known as ‘Bandit’s Secret’. The person who got their ability stolen would then no longer be able to use that ability.
Feitan is one of the founding members of the troupe. He serves as the group’s interrogator and is shown to be proficient when it comes to torturing enemies.
He is a Transmutation type. Feitan’s ability ‘Rising Sun’ allows him to transmute his aura into scorching heat which burns his enemy to death.
Franklin is one of the founding members of the troupe. His name and appearance is based on ‘Frankenstein.’
He is an Emission type and is the only known Emitter in the troupe. His ability ‘Double Machine Gun’ allows both of his hands to become shotguns.
Bonolenov is a member who is covered in bandages. He is also a member of the Gyudondond tribe.
He is a Conjuration type. His ability allows him to conjure warrior gear and a giant sphere similar to the planet Jupiter.
Very little is known regarding Kortopi and how he was able to join the Phantom Troupe and when.
He is a Conjurer type. He has an ability that allows him to conjure a replica of the object which he touches with his left hand.
Machi is one of the founding members of the troupe and is considered as the physically strongest female member in the troupe.
She is a Transmuter type. She has the ability to create threads which could be lengthened without any limit. Machi uses her threads to sew open wounds or to capture and immobilize her enemies.
Pakunoda is the former #9 member and one of the founding members of the troupe.
She is a Specialist type. Her ability allows her to read other people’s thoughts provided that she has physical contact with them.
Phinks is also from Meteor City. He is second to Uvogin when it comes to the physical strength.
He is an Enhancement type. His ability ‘Ripper Cyclotron’ allows him to increase the strength of his punches.
Shalnark is troupe member #6. He is a licensed Hunter and is fond of electronics. He is also from Meteor City.
He is a Manipulation type. His ability ‘Black Voice’ allows him to control his opponents through his phone by placing an antenna on them.
Shizuku is the troupe member #8. She is also from Meteor City.
She is a Conjurer type. She has the ability to conjure a vacuum cleaner named Blinky which sucks in everything except for living things or objects made of Nen.
Uvogin is one of the founding members of the troupe and is the former Phantom Troupe member #11. He is also considered as the strongest fighter in the troupe in terms of physical strength.
He is an Enhancement type. His ability ‘Big Bang Impact’ allows him to enhance his punch, enough to cause an explosion.
Nobunaga is one of the founding members of the troupe and is the Phantom Troupe member #1.
He is an Enhancer type. Little is known about his abilities and he is the only Phantom Troupe member who has not yet showed his Hatsu.
Hisoka is the former troupe member #4. However, it was revealed that he was a fake member and that he had used his Nen ability to imitate the Phantom Troupe’s spider tattoo.
He is a Transmutation type. His ‘Bungee Gum’ ability, which he named after his favorite gum when he was a kid, allows him to alter the consistency of his aura into a sticky substance which he uses on his offensive and defensive attacks. His ‘Texture Surprise’ allows him to apply his aura on a thin surface and change its appearance.
Kalluto is the youngest in the Zoldyck family. He joins Phantom Troupe as the replacement of Hisoka and hopes to find Killua.
He is a Manipulation type. He mainly manipulates paper for his offensive and defensive attacks.
People who wish to join the troupe would only be accepted if they could kill a current member. If a current member were to leave the group or die, the leader would be responsible for looking for a replacement of that member.
It is prohibited to have serious fights among the troupe members. In an event where they have quarrels, they use the Coin Toss method to settle their differences. The coin is custom-made, the heads side has a design of the shape of the troupe’s signature twelve-legged spider symbol, while the tails side has a spider’s web design.