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Feitan is an antagonist in the anime/manga series Hunter X Hunter. He is a member of the Phantom Troupe, an infamous gang of thieves with class A bounties and the current de facto leader of the group. His physical strength ranks fifth in the group.
He is voiced by Akari Hibino in the Japanese version of the 1999 anime and Meredith Taylor Parry in the English version, while in the 2011 anime he is voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi in the Japanese version and Tom Bauer in the English version.
Feitan is of small stature, with mid length hair and wears dark clothes that sport the trademark skull crest that covers his mouth. He is muscular and lean. The location and number of Feitan's spider tattoo have yet to be revealed.
Feitan is the Phantom Troupe's interrogator, being very proficient in the art of torture.His speech usually consists of few words and poor grammar; when angered, he speaks a fictional language which is vocalized as inverted Japanese in the anime adaption.He is cold-natured, but very loyal to Chrollo Lucilfer and the Phantom Troupe as a whole. Feitan occasionally clashes with the other troupe members but seems to get along well with them overall. Feitan gets along well with Phinks, with whom he competes to see who can get more kills. Some subtle moments also suggest that Feitan has a good relationship with Shalnark, expressing protectiveness when he told the latter to just stand back and watch while he and Shizuku took care of killing the remaining Shadow Beasts and when he asked Machi later on about Shalnark's whereabouts when he didn't see him at the base. When Uvogin had been missing for a period of time, Feitan stated that Uvogin would not be killed so easily to reassure a worried Shalnark.Later, Feitan conceded on letting Gon and Killua go home after their first capture by the Phantom Troupe, but only after Shalnark determined that it would be fine to do so. The two also toasted each other while the Troupe celebrated their success after the second auction.
After Feitan tortured the person in charge of guarding the auction items, and the victim died unknowing of the information Feitan was seeking, Feitan remarked that the victim "deserved the most sympathy today," indicating a somewhat sympathetic side. However, he is nonetheless a sadist who enjoys inflicting pain, as his maniacal laughter and repeated mocks directed at Zazan while the latter was agonizing proves. He is implied to be very involved with all Phantom Troupe activities, remembering exact details of how long it's been since the last time all of the members have gathered together, what has changed since then and who the new members are or when Chrollo gives him instructions.
He also displays a humorous side, when he and Shalnark tease Phinks after their respective battles against the Chimera Ants, with Feitan wearing a goofy expression on his face the whole time.
Feitan is one of the original members of the Phantom Troupe along with Franklin, Machi,Pakunoda, Chrollo Lucilfer, Nobunaga Hazama, and Uvogin that originated from Meteor City, a junkyard city inhabited by outcasts who are not considered to be part of the society. People who live there do not exist in any official records, and the existence of the city itself is known to very few people.Later, the Troupe was joined by more members, in accordance with Chrollo's idea of a group comprising of exactly thirteen members, including himself.
Feitan is often seen in the anime and manga reading Trevor Brown art books.Feitan appears to be left-handed and seemingly ambidextrous as he is seen holding his sword in his left hand until it is broken and then switches to using his right hand during the fight with Zazan. When Chrollo used Neon's ability to predict the Troupe members' fortunes, Feitan was one of three members whose fortune was not told due to lack of information, since he doesn't know the date of his birth. After defeating Zazan, the self-proclaimed queen of the Chimera Ants, Feitan became de facto leader over the Phantom Troupe, until Chrollo gets the use of his Nen abilities back.
Abilities & Powers
Due to Feitan being born in Meteor City, his existence is not recorded in any database, which makes obtaining information about him nearly impossible.Feitan's abilities stand out, even among the Phantom Troupe, over which, being the interim leader, has a moderate amount of authority. His extreme speed, great strength and swordsmanship, together with his powerful Nen abilities, make him a deadly opponent. Since he rarely gets to fight at full strength, and he often under performs in terms of skills and abilities (despite them still being remarkable) for the first minutes of a fight. Feitan also has a great strength of mind and a ruthless behavior that prevent him from hesitating.
Enhanced Strength: Feitan is the fifth physically strongest member in the Troupe. He was able to restrain Gon right after the latter had won an arm wrestling contest against Nobunaga. His strength allows him to easily behead his opponents.
Immense Speed and Reflexes: Feitan's speed is among the highest in the Troupe. He is one of the fastest characters in the series. This speed is first introduced when he moves behind and restrains Gon in the blink of an eye. After he unleashed his howl, Uvogin stated that for Feitan, covering his ears before the sound reached him was no trouble at all. Feitan was also able to jump out of the car that Owl trapped with his Fun Fun Cloth in an instant. He beheaded multiple mafia members in an instant. He moved quickly in front of Gon and Killua at the auction in mere seconds. During his fight with Zazan, he showed extraordinary speed moving to multiple locations and creating multiple afterimages of himself while dodging all of Zazan's high-speed attacks, despite calling his own skills "rusty" and the other Troupe members commenting on that he was not at the top of his game.
Immense Agility: Feitan is able to attack from every direction while darting around at impressive speed, recovering his position quickly right after an exchange of blows and assaulting the enemy relentlessly.
Enhanced Stamina: Being able to dodge nearly every attack from Zazan and move at immense speeds without breaking a sweat, using a very powerful Nen ability that would waste a high amount of aura, and continuing fighting her even when he doesn't any means of attacking or blocking her proves his high level of endurance.
Enhanced Endurance: Feitan continued fighting against a very powerful enemy such as Zazan even after having one arm and some ribs broken. After winning, he killed, alongside the rest of the Troupe members, all the humans turned into monsters in combat. However, he is not as resilient as Hisoka, as he snapped after losing his arm, and his entire Hatsu revolves around the anger he experiences when others hurt him, showing that he is not well composed when taking pain. On the other hand, Phinks' offer to trade places with him was the main incentive.
Master Swordsman: Feitan is a very capable swordsman, using his concealed sword with lethal skill.He easily decapitated several armed mafia members before any of them could react, and redirected most of Zazan's attacks using his slim sword. He can spot an opening in the enemy's movements and exploit it to land a deadly attack, as well as performing multiple feints so quickly that Kalluto, a talented assassin, could barely count them. Adding Nen to his melee strikes, he can make them even deadlier.
Master Torturer: Feitan is adept at torturing people in order to get information out of them, as he did with Owl, or to exact revenge, as he was going to do with Gon, and is eager to do so.His sadistic nature was unveiled while he was killing Zazan with his Pain Packer: Rising Sun.