Bourbon (バーボン, Bābon), also known as the "Snake Charmer", was candidate #103 in the 287th Hunter Exam.[1]


Bourbon design

Bourbon's 2011 anime adaptation design

Bourbon 1999 Design

Bourbon's 1999 anime adaptation design


Bourbon's manga appearance

Bourbon was a bulky man with a large nose. He wore a light blue and purple robe along with a tan turban in the 2011 anime adaptation.


He was a skilled snake charmer and was a Hunter Exam veteran taking the Hunter Exam many times before.[1]


Hunter Exam arcEdit

Bourbon is introduced by Tonpa as a veteran in the Hunter Exam. He's said to be very tenacious and cautioned to never make him your enemy.[1] At the start of the Hunter Exam, Bourbon along with the other examinees run an 80+ km marathon through Zaban's underground tunnel led by the examiner Satotz.[2] In the Second Phase of the exam, Bourbon completes Menchi's retrial exam by collecting a Spider Eagle egg. After boiling the egg, he tries it and is amazed by its delicious taste.[3] On the site of the Third Phase, the Trick Tower, Bourbon notes how there's not a single soul.[4]

Bourbon along with 25 (1 dead) other examinees manage to pass the Third Phase.[5] With the Fourth Phase of the exam being a manhunt on Zevil Island, Bourbon hid deep within a cave on the island and set a snake trap. The snakes were commanded to attack anyone who enters the cave or touches him. The victims who are attacked either die from the snake venom or can bargain with Bourbon for an antidote. However, this all never came to fruition due to him dying from anaphylactic shock caused by Ponzu's bees.[6]

However, Bourbon's snake trap was not set in vain. His snakes kept Ponzu from escaping the cave after she entered it. The snakes also attack and incapacitate Leorio after he entered the cave and tried to warn his friends about the snake trap. Unfortunately, both Gon and Kurapika enter the cave, unaware of the snake trap.[6] As Leorio started to succumb to the snake's poison. Gon tries to retrieve the antidote from Bourbon's corpse, but is attacked by a swarm of snakes. However, Gon manages to retrieve and use the antidote on Leorio and himself.[7]

Abilities & PowersEdit

Bourbon is able to control a large number of snakes and force them to do his bidding. They will follow his orders even while he sleeps, or after his death. It's unknown if Bourbon had knowledge in the medical field since he was carrying anti-venom with him, though this was probably a safety measure for himself and used as a bargaining chip for his victims.


  • Hunter Exam arc:
    • Bourbon vs. Great Stamp[8]
    • Bourbon vs. Ponzu[7]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Language Name
The Arab world Flag Arabic بابون (Babun)
France Flag French Barbon
South Korea Flag Korean 버번 (Beobeon)
Russia Flag Russian Барбон (Barbon)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 5
  2. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 7
  3. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 12
  4. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 14
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 3, Chapter 23
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 30
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 31
  8. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 10
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