Who is the strongest character in Hunter x Hunter?

The matter of who is the strongest character in Hunter x Hunter depends on how you look at the show, from the past, the present or future.


One of the most popular Shounen anime series adapted from a manga is Hunter x Hunter. First debuting in 1998, and despite its long hiatus and sporadic breaks, the manga has produced two anime series, a single stand-alone film and over 390 chapters to date.

Considering the growing world of the manga, and characters that have come and gone throughout the years, the looming question has always been, who is the strongest character? A question which can be answered in three ways depending on the perspective.

What is Hunter x Hunter about?

The Shounen animated series of Hunter x Hunter premiered in 2011, with the premise being, “Gon Freecss aspires to become a Hunter, an exceptional being capable of greatness. With his friends and his potential, he seeks for his father who left him when he was younger.”

Though it premiered back in 2011, it currently has a total of 148 episodes, as it aired sporadically for eight years.

Who is the strongest character in Hunter x Hunter?

Various publications throughout the years have ranked who they believe is the strongest character in Hunter x Hunter. However, the ranking is never unanimous.

Why? Simply put, each publication has had a specific lens at which they have curated their ranking of the most powerful character in the manga series.

On the one hand, some rankings have based their positioning on chronology. Therefore, the most powerful character through this paradigm is based on the most prolific Nen user. While other ranking criteria looked at who was considered the most powerful within the manga series when it first started, and based the top spigot based on this criterion.

However, contrariwise, other lists looked to the future and based their ranking on who is the strongest character within the world of the story from this perspective. Neither is right or wrong, hence below we will share the top three unanimously strongest characters based on the aforementioned criteria.

1. Isaac Netero

For Hunter x Hunter fans who look to the past, chairman of the Hunter Association, Isaac Netero is considered the strongest character in the manga. This is as he spent years training his body and his Nen ability to perform at the ultimate potential.

Moreover, at this height, he was considered the most powerful Hunter and Nen user in the world. Through his Nen, he is able to summon the 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva and he has super-speed despite being over 100 years in age.

His biggest flaw was that he was defeated by Mereum. However, Netero is the only person to have made him experience true fear.

2. Meruem

Meruem is placed as the strongest character in Hunter x Hunter, which is no surprise, considering that he is considered the most perfect specimen within the world of the story. This is as at birth he was already considered more powerful than any other character within the manga.

Meruem was extremely intelligent, able to analyse and process possibilities of a scenario in seconds and was strong enough to eventually defeat Isaac Netero.

Despite his death within the world of the manga, his impact and strength has made him not only one of the strongest but memorable characters from Hunter x Hunter.

3. Adult Gon Freecss

Considering that Gon Freecss is the protagonist of Hunter x Hunter, it would make sense that he would grow up to be the most powerful character within the world of the story.

Therefore, through his mastery of the Nen and his ability with the Jajanken, he is considered one the strongest. This is more pronounced due to his age as compared to the aforementioned characters.

With Meruem already dead, there is no way to compare the two’s strength, hence the decision between the two characters has always been polarising.


Despite being one of the most sporadic mangas, Hunter x Hunter has contributed greatly to the rise of Shounen anime series in history. It is still one of the most popular and prolific series of this genre. More so, the manga comics are still airing to date, despite their occasional releases.

One of the biggest fascinations is who of the characters within the world of the story is the strongest. An answer that will solely depend on your perspective when it comes to the show, for instance you could consider a character who is informed by the past, present or the future of the story. Namely, including Isaac Netero, Meruem and Adult Gon Freecss.