The King of the Chimera Ants
The Illuminating One
Hunter × Hunter
King of the Chimera Ants
Powers / Skills
Immense agility and reflexes
Skilled hand-to-hand combat
Playing Gungi with Komugi.
( once ).
Rule the world
Win a match of Gungi against Komugi (failed).
Learn his name (succeeded).
Defeat Isaac Netero (succeeded).
Protect Komugi (failed).
Find Komugi to be with her in his final moments (succeeded).
Attempted world domination
Type of Villain
|“||Who am I? Why am I here? A king with no name. A borrowed castle. My subjects are mindless drones. If this is the mandate of Heaven I have been given… I fear… I fear nothing… except the tedium that it will bring!!!||„|
Meruem is the main adversary of the Chimera Ant bow in the anime/manga series Hunter × Hunter. He is the most potent offspring of the Chimera Ant Queen, and the King of the Chimera Ants. He was voiced by Kouki Uchiyama ( who besides voiced Daryl Yan and Macbeth/Midnight ) in japanese and Max Mittelman in English .
Meruem is initially seen as a barbarous, crimson, pitiless, and aggressive drawing card. The Queen ‘s purpose to give parentage to a perfect offspring is reflected in Meruem ‘s mentality, with the Ant being disdainful and contemptuous towards all. He speaks in an highly persuasive and eloquent manner and has refined tastes for one of his species. He considers himself superior to all early forms of life and feels no business for his dying mother after his give birth. Meruem is besides very merciless and inconsiderate, killing and cannibalizing any Chimera Ant he deems as aweless and scathing. however, he silent held esteem towards the potent, complimenting Neferpitou for surviving an attack that had killed many without much price at all. As the history progresses, Meruem starts to grudgingly deference Komugi, a homo woman. As they spend time together, he grows to care for Komugi and finally even love her. From there on, Meruem begins to question the differences between the Ants and world. He battles with his identity as a half-human and half-insect, questioning the nature of violence and potency as true power. He is quite adept and learn things at an impressively amazing rate, being able of mastering any shape seen of display panel games in just ten matches and kill world champions with facilitate. During this prison term it is seen he displays a code of honor and disapproves of winning unfairly a attest when he rips his leave branch after placing a bet with Komugi to scare her and disrupt her bet on and even allows her to rest so that she can be at the best of her ability as he sees no compass point in winning otherwise. After his time with Komugi, he became much more suppurate, honest, and less prone to violence. A prime exemplify of this was when he went with Isaac Netero to fight him, but he revealed to the Hunter that he had no purpose of fighting and actually wanted to talk. This demonstrates a transition from his more bloodthirsty and merciless side, and even when Netero attacked him twice, he refused to fight back, entirely choosing to engage in battle when Netero revealed he knew Meruem ‘s name and that if Meruem defeated him, he would tell the chimera ant his name.
While at first, he viewed humans as nothing more than food that would only be utilitarian as cattle, he began to respect humans, viewing the amazing potential they had and the honest nature even weaker humans had, Komugi being the prime exemplar of that impression. What ‘s more, he became attached to changing human society, viewing the inequality of classes as absolute lunacy, and was determined to eliminate the system and the concept of inequality from the universe. possibly most lord of Meruem is his belief of the determination of power. After spend time with Komugi, he came to believe that baron was meant to protect the unaccented who deserve to live, and it should n’t be used to torment the defeated. After a brief loss of memory he seems to become much more respectful and nearer to his subordinates after being fed a part of them when he was dying, as he can feel things they can feel, and tell well if they are hiding something or not from him. At the same time, he can sense their commitment to him, causing him to put their commitment to the screen before considering to punish them, even more therefore if they answer truthfully despite having to admit miscalculations or mistakes they made .
Powers and Abilities
Meruem is considered to be one of the most potent characters in the Hunter x Hunter series so far. flush before his assimilation of Youpi and Pouf, Meruem is already highly durable. He easily withstands thousands of attacks launched at him by Netero, one of the most knock-down human fighters in the world, without suffering a unmarried rub. And Netero ‘s Zero Hand, which uses up all of his aura in an escalate blast, could barely give him cuts and bruises .
- Immense Strength: Meruem’s physical strength is inconceivable as he was able to use only one powerful strike with his tail to kill several other Chimera Ants. He was able to shatter a massive wall inside the Queen’s nest with only one punch. He also was able to rip off Netero’s left arm and right leg easily. He can also rip off his own arm easily. After absorbing Menthuthuyoupi and Shaiapouf, he could knockout Knuckle and Meleoron with a tap on the shoulder. However, there is a possibility of this being used with Nen.
- Immense Speed and Reflexes: Meruem can rip off limbs and obliterate entire bodies in less than a instant. He can move at extremely fast speeds when fighting Netero despite Netero landing multiple strikes upon him, he later than began to rip off Netero’s left arm and right leg in a flash by also dodging Netero faster-than-sound attacks. After absorbing Menthuthuyoupi and Shaiapouf, he gained the ability to fly, allowing him to move at super-sonic speeds in mere seconds.
- Immense Durability: Meruem is extremely durable as he was able to take thousands of incredibly-powerful super-sonic blows from Netero without suffering even a single scratch. He was also able to take on Netero’s most powerful move, the Zero Hand, which launches Netero’s entire aura upon his opponent and he only received cuts and bruises. He was able to survive the ultra-powerful explosion of the Old Man’s Rose that was released after Netero’s death and despite his body being nearly destroyed in the process, however, he was still alive after the fatal attack.
- Immense Agility: Meruem is able to move from angle to angle deftly. Immense pain resistance: Meruem was able to survive Netero’s Zero Hand while not appearing to from be different in the least, and he ripped his arm off without hesitation. His agility is phenomenal, being able to detect Knuckle and Meleoron and knock them out with great swiftness before they could even react at all after his reawakening.
- Extraordinary Intelligence: Meruem has extraordinary intelligence being able to learn and master nearly anything he comes across of by simply reading the rule book and playing a few games, he also uses his intelligence for Gungi in his battle against Netero and eventually succeeds by doing so. Also, seeing as how he epitomizes the meaning of melting pot, his intelligence is far beyond the likes of even the most intellectual humans.
- Enhanced Perception: The time that he spent when playing Gungi with Komugi have greatly bolstered his skills in perception and gave him supernatural foresight, as he can disrupt the flow or “rhythm” of his opponents efficiently. He was able to detect the Extermination Team in the palace, learn of Shaiapouf’s ulterior motive, and even detect Palm Siberia hiding in the closet.
- Excellent Strategist: He can create quick and effective means to defeat Netero during his intense battle and found a way to elude through Netero’s powerful defenses and was able to severely injure Netero in the process. Proficient in hand-to-hand combat: Meruem relies almost entirely on swift single blows bare-handed, including his deadly tail. He is able to decapitate anything in an instant.
- Nen: Like most Chimera Ants, Meruem is born with the ability to utilize Nen, whose immense amounts of aura surpassed the Royal Guards. He is a Specialization type Nen user. He had also bestowed both Shaiapouf and Menthuthuyoupi’s abilities for his own. By consuming other Nen users, Meruem can effectively boost his own aura.
- Meruem’s name means the “light that illuminates all”.
- Meruem takes inspiration from numerous Dragon Ball characters. He somehow resembles Frieza in terms of appearance and personality. Moreover, Meruem shares similarities to Cell; both characters are born as the ultimate bioweapon looking for a purpose in their vast powers and were nearly killed by a massive explosion, only to become more powerful. They also share similarities in appearances: having long tails and human-insect like appearance. His relationship with Komugi is also similar to Majin Buu’s relationship with Mr. Satan.