Chrollo is a young man with black hair and grey eyes. Two of his distinguishing features are the cross-shaped tattoo on his forehead and a pair of orb-shaped earrings. He is usually seen wearing a dark purple coat that has white fur on the collar and wrists, unbuttoned to reveal his muscular physique. The coat is imprinted with a golden St. Peter's Cross on the back.
Prior to the foundation of the Phantom Troupe, Chrollo neither wore his trademark coat nor combed back his hair. When he approached Neon Nostrade to steal her Nen ability, he wore a blue blazer with his hair hanging down naturally and his cross tattoo hidden beneath a thick layer of wrappings. His spider tattoo has yet to be revealed, but the 1999 anime adaptation placed it on his right arm.
Chrollo is calm, intelligent, and charismatic, as he seems to be a born leader and able to hold the Troupe together despite the volatile personalities of its members. While he is a very capable strategist, Chrollo is also very confident in his own fighting abilities as well as in those of the other members of the Spider. He always has at least two people with him, which is why Hisoka found it so difficult to fight him. After he has admired the items that he targeted and acquired, Chrollo sells them all. It is also stated that Chrollo likes antique books.
Unflinching and unshakable, he is also an observer of human nature. Gon's hostility toward the Troupe led Chrollo to reflect upon the nature of himself and his actions. Additionally, when fighting Hisoka, who refused to back down even after seeing the extent of his abilities, Chrollo expressed a fascination for the inner workings of human beings. However, by his own claim, he sees no difference between a puppet and a person.
Chrollo shows no fear of his own death, even anticipating it. Melody stated that his heartbeat sounded as if he was happy living alongside death. To Chrollo, the Troupe is more important than his own life. He once stated that the survival of the group comes before the well-being of the leader, stressing that the head of the Spider is just another limb that can be sacrificed for the survival of the whole. In order to prevent their negative fortunes from coming true, Chrollo ordered the Troupe members to stay close and to assist one another. The only people Chrollo seems to care about are his fellow Troupe members. When he reads his fortune written by Neon which alludes to Uvogin's death, he cries for him. Later on, he orchestrates a massacre of Mafia members as a requiem to his fallen comrade. After the deaths of Kortopi and Shalnark at the hands of Hisoka, Chrollo appears visibly distraught and furious, vowing to kill him as soon as he sees him.
Like the other Troupe members, Chrollo is cold-blooded and not above inhuman mass murder, most notably when they brutually massacred the Kurta Clan. In addition, his use of Indoor Fish on an assassin reflects his apathetic nature towards his enemies. There is also an implied hostility between Chrollo and Silva Zoldyck, most likely stemming from their previous encounter after Silva's killing of a Troupe member.
Chrollo is a skilled actor and quite manipulative, as shown when he met Neon Nostrade and "befriended" her to steal her fortune-telling ability. During that time, he presented himself as an amiable and helpful man, always enthusiastic and smiling, who also displayed curiosity. However, Chrollo only intended to learn about Neon's ability to fulfill one of the conditions needed to steal it.
Very little is known about Chrollo's past except that he originated from Meteor City, a junkyard city inhabited by outcasts. People who live there do not exist in any official records and the existence of the city itself is known to a very few people. Sometime in the past, he formed the Phantom Troupe with six other Meteor City residents. It is unknown when and what the exact circumstances were, but Chrollo previously fought Silva Zoldyck before their encounter in the Cemetery Building.
Heavens Arena arc
After she heals his wounds at Heavens Arena, Machi tells Hisoka that all Troupe members must meet in Yorknew City by noon on August 30th. He asks if Chrollo will be present, and Machi assumes that he will be, adding that it may be their biggest mission yet and that Chrollo may punish him personally if he doesn’t show.
Yorknew City arc
Chrollo is first seen at a meeting of the Phantom Troupe in an abandoned area of Yorknew City on August 31st. He orders the Troupe to steal all the items at the Underground Auction and to eliminate anyone who gets in their way.
On the evening of September 1st, he, Phinks, Kortopi, Bonolenov, Pakunoda, and Hisoka stay behind while the other seven members infiltrate the Cemetery Building where the auction is being held and kill all the Mafia members and guests in the auditorium, only to discover that the vault had been emptied and the items relocated just a few hours before their arrival. As they escape in a hot-air balloon, Uvogin calls Chrollo and suspects that there’s a traitor within the Troupe. Chrollo reasons with him that an informant exists, but this person is not among them. After learning about the man named Owl who removed the auction items, he then tells Uvogin and others to cause a big disturbance to lure out the other Shadow Beasts.
Following Chrollo’s order, Uvogin massacres the Mafia and four Shadow Beasts in the Gordeau Desert, but he is captured by Kurapika shortly afterwards. Five other Troupe members immediately give chase until they are stopped on the way by the remaining Shadow Beasts. They kill all of them except Owl, who they capture and torture to retrieve the auction items. Near midnight, they find where Uvogin is being held captive and free him after killing Dalzollene, the head bodyguard of the Nostrade Family. Uvogin, however, insists on finding the chain user and has the others tell Chrollo that he won’t return until he settles the score. After tracking down Kurapika and arranging a duel, Uvogin eventually meets his demise in the Gordeau Desert in the early hours of September 2nd. Back at the Troupe’s hideout, Chrollo surmises that the chain user is either a Manipulator or Conjurer and that Uvogin is likely to lose against them in a one-on-one fight. He tells the other members that if Uvogin doesn’t return by dawn, they will change their plans.
On September 3rd, thanks to a picture of her that was just uploaded on the Hunter Website, Chrollo finds and approaches Neon Nostrade, who has slipped away from her bodyguards to attend the rescheduled Underground Auction without her father’s knowledge. After helping her to get into the Cemetery Building, he asks her to tell his fortune, which she gladly does. Upon reading it, he cries once he sees the allusion to Uvogin's death. After the two talk and make their way to the auction, he knocks Neon unconscious with a swift blow to the back of her neck in order to get the Mafia members to call an ambulance. He then kills multiple assassins with ease and dedicates the requiem to Uvogin while his other comrades massacre the police and 2,000 Mafia members guarding the building.
As the Troupe’s massacre continues outside, Chrollo is cornered in the building’s basement by Silva and Zeno Zoldyck. Noticing how skilled Zeno is, Chrollo fights with the intention of stealing his abilities. However, Zeno sees through him and has him pinned against the wall while Silva throws two huge aura spheres at them, triggering an enormous explosion. Silva's transmitter suddenly rings, and Illumi informs him that the Ten Dons have been eliminated and that Chrollo was the one who hired him. Since Silva and Zeno were hired by the Ten Dons, they tell Chrollo that he is no longer their target now that the Dons are dead, leaving Chrollo alone and exhausted as he tells himself that he wouldn’t have been able to steal Zeno’s ability. Chrollo then contacts the other members and tells them to forget about the ambulance and that they will go ahead as planned.
The Troupe then makes use of Kortopi's ability to fool the Mafia with fake corpses of five members, taking over the rescheduled Underground Auction held on the building’s 10th floor and selling the copies of the items made by Kortopi’s ability. After that, he and the other members return to their hideout and celebrate their successful plan. The following day, Chrollo tells the Troupe that they will leave Yorknew that night once they retrieve the rest of the loot, but Nobunaga insists on finding the chain user. In order to persuade Nobunaga, he uses Neon’s stolen ability to tell the fortunes of Nobunaga and the other members, and they learn that five more of them will die in the next two weeks if they keep chasing after the chain user. They then intend to leave Yorknew to avoid the fortunes, but Hisoka alters his own with his Texture Surprise so that the Troupe will stay in Yorknew and he will have the chance to fight Chrollo.
Later, Chrollo is able to deduce that Kurapika is one of Neon's bodyguards and a surviving member of the Kurta Clan. Thanks to a pair of copied Scarlet Eyes that they sold to the Nostrade Family the night before, they determine that he and the other bodyguards are staying at the Hotel Beitacle. Chrollo then tells Kortopi, Machi, Nobunaga, Pakunoda, and Shizuku to go with him to the hotel. On the way, noticing that they are being followed by two people, he tells Kortopi, Nobunaga and Pakunoda to go ahead while he, Machi, and Shizuku stay behind. They then capture Gon and Killua again. Meanwhile, Pakunoda and the other two are able to learn Kurapika's name and face after capturing and killing Squala.
Chrollo, Machi, and Shizuku take the two boys to the hotel and meet up with Pakunoda's group in the lobby. He tells Pakunoda to check their memories again, but before she can reveal what she has learned about Kurapika, a power outage suddenly happens, allowing Gon and Killua to make an escape attempt. However, Machi and Nobunaga easily recapture them despite the total darkness. Shizuku is then the first one to notice that Chrollo is missing.
After the others also realize that Chrollo is missing, Pakunoda reads a note left by Kurapika that threatens Chrollo's life if she reveals Gon and Killua's memories to the others. Nobunaga tells her to stay quiet while they wait for the chain user's call, stressing that they need to keep the two boys as hostages. In a flashback, Pakunoda remembers the formation of the Troupe in Meteor City where Chrollo stressed the importance of the Spider as a whole, telling them to never forget that someone else will take over if he dies. Back in the present, Pakunoda considers betraying the Spider to save Chrollo and wonders what Chrollo would do, with Nobunaga calling Phinks and telling him to hurry after revealing that Chrollo was captured. Sitting chained in the seat next to Kurapika as Leorio drives, Chrollo says that he didn't think the chain user would be a woman, but Kurapika quickly removes his wig and warns him that his words could be his last. Chrollo then reminds Kurapika that he can't kill him since he left his friends behind. He then points out that the encounter wasn't even mentioned in his fortune, which means that it's entirely insignificant, causing Kurapika to fly into a rage.
Phinks, Feitan, and Shalnark soon arrive at the hotel. The Troupe members receive a call from Kurapika, who tells them not to follow him, not to hurt the hostages, and to give the phone to Pakunoda. He then tells Pakunoda to go to Lingon Airport alone to negotiate the terms of a hostage exchange and that the other members have to return to their hideout. Phinks, Feitan, and Shalnark try to follow Pakunoda, but Nobunaga stops them for fear that Chrollo will be killed, leading to a heated quarrel between the two groups, with Feitan stressing that Chrollo would agree with their decision to follow her and that Nobunaga’s way of thinking is an insult to the Spiders. The quarrel is eventually settled, and the Troupe members agree to return to the hideout.
Meanwhile, after Chrollo again provokes Kurapika, the latter punches him in the face multiple times before Leorio and Melody calm him down. As Chrollo stresses that he’s worthless as a hostage, Melody listens to his heartbeat and says that he enjoys the fact that death is always near him. Kurapika asks if he was the Troupe’s leader five years earlier when they massacred the Kurta Clan, but Chrollo stays silent as Kurapika readies his Judgment Chain. Chrollo then asks if he used the chain to kill Uvogin, also asking about his final words. He again refuses to answer Kurapika, who feels powerless about having to keep Chrollo alive. As Kurapika backs down and calls back Pakunoda, Chrollo realizes that Kurapika will prioritize his friends over his mission, hoping that Pakunoda will bring the others with her to the meeting.
When Kurapika meets Pakunoda aboard an airship, he uses his Judgment Chain on both her and Chrollo, setting two conditions for each of them (with Chrollo forbidden from using Nen and from communicating with other Troupe members). He then tells her to return to the airport with the hostages by midnight and to not tell the others where she is going. After Pakunoda agrees and returns to the hideout, she tells the others about the exchange and that she is leaving with just the two boys. Phinks becomes so angry that he wants to get rid of them and then go after the chain user, but Machi and Kortopi side with Pakunoda. They prepare to confront Phinks and Feitan, who think that she and the others are being manipulated by the chain user, but Gon interrupts their quarrel and emphasizes that Pakunoda just wants to save their leader. Phinks finally agrees to let Pakunoda leave after Franklin tells him that if they all keep fighting, it will be the end of the Troupe.
Just before the exchange, Hisoka unexpectedly appears and threatens to kill Gon and Killua if he cannot board Pakunoda’s airship. Kurapika has no choice but to let him go to the exchange site with them. After the exchange is successful, Kurapika looks down on Chrollo and hopes that he realizes what it’s like to have all his support systems taken away. Standing opposite him, Hisoka happily challenges Chrollo to a fight. He then reveals that he has never been a true member of the Troupe, removing the fake Spider tattoo from his back, and points out that it won’t be considered in-fighting nowl. Chrollo laughs and tells Hisoka that he isn’t worth fighting since Kurapika stabbed him with his Judgment Chain and rendered him unable to use Nen. Losing interest, Hisoka quickly leaves and tells Pakunoda that he isn’t interested in broken toys, assuring her that Chrollo isn’t in danger from him anymore. As Pakunoda sacrifices herself to give her memories to the founding members of the Troupe, Chrollo stands alone at the exchange site and looks toward the east.
Greed Island arc
After Phinks and Feitan encounter Gon and Killua at the Southernpiece Auction, the former tells them that the Troupe can’t kill the chain user since Nen doesn’t necessarily disappear after death and sometimes seek out the object of the user’s hatred. He then worries about Chrollo’s safety, but Feitan stops him before he can say anything else aloud. Phinks assures himself that Chrollo is looking for a skilled exorcist and that they just need to wait for him to return.
After seeing Chrollo’s name in his Greed Island book, Shalnark points out to the other Troupe members that the island is located due east of Yorknew. As they all remember the connection to his fortune, Shalnark guesses that Chrollo traveled there by sea and was teleported away by Razor, but because he can’t use Nen, he hired someone to play the game for him and to use his name as a message to them. As Shalnark adds that the Nen exorcist is on the island, Hisoka reveals himself and says that while Chrollo hired him, it was his own idea to use his name. Franklin guesses that Hisoka’s reward for helping Chrollo is a duel, and Shalnark assures the others that it’s only a matter of time until Chrollo returns. At that point, a smiling Chrollo is seen at an undisclosed location sitting in front of a JoyStation Console. Killua calls Kurapika and tells him about the situation, but Kurapika assures him that his Nen has not been removed from Chrollo. After Kurapika hangs up, he tells himself that while it isn’t Chrollo, it’s not unrelated.
Chimera Ant arc
After several Troupe members defeat multiple Chimera Ants including Zazan near Meteor City, Nobunaga texts Shalnark and asks for their help, with Phinks left disappointed that it wasn’t Chrollo contacting them.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arc
When Hisoka is left confused by Illumi’s mention of Ants and Netero’s death, Illumi tells him that he missed a lot while he was chasing after Chrollo, adding that he might have had the chance to fight the Ants or Netero otherwise.
Succession Contest arc
Chrollo finally decides to accept Hisoka's challenge and fights him at Heavens Arena, where he is a Floor Master. The two agree that the chase has become boring and start a match to the death. As Chrollo takes control of the referee with Shalnark's ability, Hisoka realizes that Chrollo was avoiding him after the exorcism so that he could collect abilities for the fight. Chrollo then uses the referee as a decoy to perform a feint and catch Hisoka off guard. After a brief but furious exchange of blows which sees Hisoka strictly on the defensive, Hisoka kills the referee, but Chrollo reveals two more abilities: an explosive mark and a bookmark that allows him to use a stolen ability without having to hold his book open. The two discuss Chrollo's new abilities, and he declares that he will show Hisoka three more, adding that Hisoka should be honored that he will be using the most abilities it has ever taken him to kill someone.
Chrollo then introduces Hisoka to another ability, Order Stamp. After putting the bookmark on that page, he creates a copy of the referee's body with Kortopi's Nen ability and uses the stamp to make it attack Hisoka. However, thanks to Chrollo's explanation, Hisoka easily deactivates Order Stamp by beheading the puppet. Chrollo finally shows the last ability he has prepared, Convert Hands. Much to Hisoka's annoyance, before the two can trade blows again, Chrollo reveals that one of his abilities belongs to someone who is already dead. He is surprised that Hisoka instantly realizes it is because the user's Nen has become stronger after his death. The ability in question is The Sun and Moon, which Chrollo has acquired in Meteor City. Thanks to the creator's resolve, once affixed, the marks will never disappear unless they explode. After finishing his explanation, Chrollo states that his victory is certain and asks Hisoka if he still wants to continue. When Hisoka consents, Chrollo thinks to himself that humans are fascinating creatures. After Chrollo runs away from Hisoka, the two end up in the audience, two of whom Chrollo manipulates to attack Hisoka while disguising himself with Convert Hands.
While Hisoka kills the manipulated spectators, Chrollo steals the clothes of another and puts them on, also retrieving the two antennae. He then places the bookmark on Gallery Fake and, after creating multiple copies with it, opens his book to Order Stamp in order to have around thirty of them attack Hisoka. As Hisoka is forced to retreat, Chrollo uses the opening to get behind him, switching the type of attack at the last second to trick him, causing Hisoka to fall into the crowd of puppets. While Hisoka fights them off, Chrollo damages him with a hit-and-run tactic, striking from his blind spots and blending in with the crowd. When Hisoka attempts to counter his next ambush attack with Bungee Gum, Chrollo dodges and kicks him to the ground, confidently saying that he saw it coming. However, he is hit by a second projectile that Hisoka had prepared.
Hisoka lands one more hit with the other projectile, but Chrollo manages to keep hold of the book and retreat into the audience. Unbeknownst to Hisoka, Chrollo uses this chance to identify the puppet whose head Hisoka had taken and places a fully charged plus symbol on its body. While Hisoka disables his puppets, Chrollo controls one spectator with Black Voice and gives him his appearance with Convert Hands. Hisoka finds the substitute and gives chase, killing it. Chrollo then steals the announcer's microphone and orders all his puppets to attack Hisoka. While Hisoka destroys them, Chrollo uses his phone to order a controlled human on whom he has affixed a fully charged symbol to trigger an explosion that seriously injures Hisoka's left hand.
Chrollo smiles with satisfaction at the explosion and orders some puppets on whose hands he has affixed fully powered symbols to climb to the second floor and, when Hisoka is in range, to blow themselves up. The blast wounds Hisoka and severs one of his legs. When Hisoka tries to break his fall by using Bungee Gum, Chrollo throws two spectators at him, causing him to fall back down into the ring filled with puppets. As Hisoka realizes that he may die and prepares to try something, the puppets swarm around him and cause an enormous explosion.
After the fight, Chrollo tasks Shalnark, Kortopi, and Machi with verifying Hisoka's death. Meanwhile, the media report that one of the combatants may have used a bomb that killed Hisoka along with many spectators. Chrollo is then seen on the phone with Shalnark where the two discuss plans to board the ship headed to the New Continent and to steal the treasure of Kakin’s royalty. Chrollo then asks Shalnark about returning his cell phone, but points out that there are no antennae. Shalnark says that he is okay for now, and Chrollo replies that he will give it to them on board the ship, with Shalnark looking forward to the entire Troupe getting back together.
In a crowded area on Tier 5 of the Black Whale, a man steps on a cockroach and says that they seem to find their way everywhere. He notices the dejected expression of a person sitting opposite him and says that he looks like he’s about to kill someone. After the person is revealed to be Chrollo, the man adds that he probably endured a lot to get onboard and tells him to forget about all his ties to the old world. However, Chrollo replies that it would be difficult since ties are meant to be severed, not forgotten.
On the second day of the Black Whale’s voyage, Chrollo meets up with Machi at a crowded market in Tier 5. Both of them want to be the one to kill Hisoka after the deaths of Kortopi and Shalnark. Machi suggests flipping a coin, but Chrollo reminds her that coins are for disputes between two individuals, stressing that every member of the Troupe (including himself) wants to kill Hisoka. He then tells her to find Hisoka and guarantees that he’s somewhere on the ship.
All current members of the Phantom Troupe gather together in the crowded central dining hall, where Chrollo hears the reports about their fruitless search for Hisoka. They conclude that Hisoka is not in Tier 5, though the upper tiers are controlled by two other Mafia families. Chrollo encourages their newest member, Illumi, to introduce himself. He shares that he and Hisoka once had a give-and-take relationship, but Hisoka has now requested that he join the Troupe and have Hisoka as his assassination target. A group from the Cha-R Family then interrupts their meeting, with the leader rudely asking them to move from their table. Chrollo refuses and asks them to find somewhere else instead. The Mafia leader stops his subordinates from initiating a fight and identifies Chrollo and the others as the Phantom Troupe. According to the leader, the Troupe's rampage in Yorknew City allowed them easier access to the New Continent. The leader further orders the Troupe to do their business elsewhere. Before leaving, Chrollo tells him that they are looking for someone over 190 cm with an unpleasant air about him. The leader suggests that they look at the Royal Army's passenger list, but adds that it will be a hard task since the upper tiers require tickets. He offers him a free pass if they join the Cha-R Family, but Chrollo politely declines. Instead, he asks about gaining access to Tier 1, which prompts the Mafia leader to quickly dismiss his cockiness, telling him to get lost.
As the members walk away, Phinks muses that the leader showed his hand when Chrollo mentioned Tier 1, implying that there might be treasure hidden there. Chrollo stresses that they need to find Hisoka before going after any treasure. With the information they have all gathered, he orders the Troupe to bring him Hisoka's head, after which they can celebrate. Soon after the group splits up, Shizuku and Bonolenov ask Chrollo if he wants to team up. Chrollo agrees to work with them, but stresses that he will be the one to kill Hisoka. Shizuku points out that both her and Bonolenov's abilities don't work well against Hisoka's Bungee Gum, and Chrollo replies that he plans to attack Hisoka as soon as he sees him. Shizuku says that she will look for Hisoka in disguise, and Bonolenov says that he will transform rather than disguise himself, explaining that he will use his Battle Cantabile: Metamorphosen. He adds that while he can take many forms, he isn't strategic enough to come up with a plan, asking Chrollo for help. After Chrollo gives Bonolenov advice on how to use his ability, Shizuku asks Chrollo if he can read their fortunes again, hoping that it will give them some clues. However, Chrollo reveals that the ability disappeared from his book, and after realizing the implication, Shizuku likens Chrollo's book to the Death Note. As Chrollo stays silent, Bonolenov tells Shizuku that she keeps thinking that.
The three are last seen making their way from Tier 5 to Tier 4 through the central passage. On the seventh day of the voyage, after Phinks, Nobunaga, and Feitan discuss the current situation with Ken'i and Tajao, Phinks asks them to verify Morena's location while they contact the other Troupe members and hunt down the hit man. On the tenth day of the voyage, after Onior confirms with Hinrigh that Hisoka isn't in Tier 4, he says that he can give the Spiders permission to search that tier.
Ben's Knife: Chrollo is in possession of one of the famous Ben's knives, forged in Delon's central period. It has a black hilt with a slightly curved knuckle guard, similar to a D guard. Near the guard, the blade branches in two segments. The central one is the longest. It ends up with a sharp arrow point. The second segment is curved and serves as the edge of the knife. Its tip almost touches one of the central segments. A third segment acts as the back of the blade. It is connected to the others through two horizontal bars. Ben's knives are renowned for their exceptional sharpness, which allowed Chrollo to cut Silva's skin, a feat that led the assassin to recognize the weapon’s quality. Silva also judged from the blade’s shape that it was toxic. The toxin was so powerful, in fact, that 0.1 mg could paralyze a whale. Chrollo concealed it in a curved scabbard under his clothes.
Antennae: Chrollo carried Shalnark’s two antennae with him to activate Black Voice. According to Hisoka, a fishing line may have been used to retrieve them. However, both were lost/destroyed during the fight.
Abilities & Powers
As the leader of the Phantom Troupe, Chrollo is an exceptional fighter and revered as the strongest by most of its members. Machi ranks him cleanly above Hisoka, who has consistently desired a fight against the Troupe's leader far more than any other Spider. However, Chrollo tends to hold back if his opponent possesses an ability that interests him so that he can steal it. He was able to fight against Silva and Zeno Zoldyck simultaneously, both extremely proficient assassins, without leaving any openings for the former to exploit, though he was unable to cause significant damage to either of them and was ultimately saved by Illumi fulfilling his contract. In the past, he survived a confrontation with Silva, and Zeno stated that he would surely win if Chrollo fought to steal his ability, but that his victory would be less certain if Chrollo were serious about killing him. His greatest achievement on the battlefield may be his victory at Heavens Arena against Hisoka, another extremely powerful Nen user who at the time had no record of past defeats or even proof of struggling in fights.
Chrollo’s fighting style is adaptable and combines speed with deadly precision. He is able to kill skilled assassins with just a pen, sometimes even remaining concealed with Zetsu, not even using Nen as a result. Chrollo is also endowed with extraordinary strategic abilities as well as astounding strength of mind and willpower, even by the standards of the Troupe.
Preternatural Perception: While chased by Kurapika and Gon, Chrollo was able to sense that he was being followed as well as the direction from which his pursuers were approaching, whereas five other Troupe members failed to detect anything unusual even after he warned them.
Enhanced Strength: Chrollo ranked seventh in arm-wrestling among the Troupe. However, his rank is excellent given that Specialists are the weakest in employing Enhancement skills. He is nonetheless able to pierce through skulls with an ordinary pen. He is also capable of lifting adult males and throwing them over a distance of multiple meters using only one arm and while standing on top of a balcony.
Immense Speed and Reflexes: Chrollo was able to fight Silva and Zeno at the same time, avoiding or blocking their powerful attacks effectively. According to Pakunoda, he would have no trouble dodging an attack lasting 0.2 seconds. He landed a hand chop on the neck of Neon Nostrade that was so fast that neither the people in the hall nor people watching through the cameras (besides Assassin A who had to replay the surveillance footage) could detect his movement. In his match against Hisoka, he was able to steal a person's clothes, put them on, create more than thirty puppets with Gallery Fake, and blend into the crowd again all in a brief period of time.
Enhanced Agility: Chrollo can run on the sides of buildings, and easily jump horizontally from one to another. He also deftly dodged many of Zeno's long-distance attacks while never losing sight of Silva and quickly recovered his balance the few times he was hit. During his fight against Hisoka, he was able to dodge a fast-moving projectile while in mid-air.
Genius-level Intellect: Despite his young age, Chrollo is the leader of the infamous Phantom Troupe. His plans usually go smoothly, and he has shown himself to be both knowledgeable and intuitive. He was able to trick the Mafia into thinking that he and several of his comrades had died.
Master Strategist: Chrollo is highly intelligent. He managed to predict part of the chain user’s strategy of vengeance, though he was ultimately outsmarted by both Kurapika and Hisoka. He has complete control over his emotions, as demonstrated when he was captured by Kurapika and managed to take notice of the latter's weakness (that he would prioritize his friends over his mission). In his fight against the Zoldycks, Chrollo focused on stealing Zeno's ability in the midst of combat and left no openings for Silva to exploit, proving himself to be an efficient multitasker and quick-thinker. Before fighting Hisoka, Chrollo prepared a strategy that, by his claim, granted him a sure chance of victory, and indeed Hisoka, despite being a genius in combat, while able to respond and hold his own for a period, managed to anticipate only one of Chrollo's moves.
Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Chrollo's defense is top-class. He managed to put up a good fight against the two Zoldycks, using his skills at unarmed combat almost exclusively to block and dodge. He managed to confront Zeno and avoid his attacks at the last second in order to prevent Silva from exploiting his openings, keeping an eye on him the whole time. While he was mainly forced on the defensive in the aforementioned fight, he has also shown incredible offensive abilities when he knocked Neon unconscious and took care of the other assassins hired by the Mafia. Assassin A noted that Chrollo’s chop against Neon was so fast that it would have beheaded her if not for the perfect control of his movement. When Silva discovered Assassin D’s corpse, he noted that he was killed with one strike from behind and that there was no signature of the killer’s bloodlust. He also managed to fool Hisoka twice with a feint, inflicting considerable damage even while holding his book.
Proficient Weapon Specialist: Chrollo defeated and killed multiple skilled Nen users wielding just a normal pen. He was able to injure Silva's arm with a Ben's knife (the sole injury he could inflict during the confrontation), demonstrating his skills with this type of weapon.
Chrollo is a Specialist. His talent for Nen is judged prodigious not only for his age but even by the standards of masters in the discipline. His Zetsu was noted by Silva to be flawless, allowing him to sneak up on his opponent and kill them without leaving the faintest trace of bloodlust, although Hisoka was able to sense it an instant on at least one occasion. Like other skilled Nen users, he is capable of maintaining a state of Ten at all times. His prolonged use of Ren in confrontations suggests that he can use Ken as well. He also has knowledge of Gyo. The technique he relies on the most, however, appears to be Hatsu, with Chrollo proving to be extremely versatile in the technique. He has been able to employ numerous stolen abilities in battle to great effect, despite them using different Nen types, and has even utilized multiple Nen abilities simultaneously, in turn demonstrating his copious aura reserve. It is currently unknown whether this is entirely due to his skills, or if Skill Hunter allows him to mimic the proficiency of the ability’s original owner.
Although Chrollo ranked seventh in arm-wrestling among the Troupe. it’s nevertheless impressive since Specialists are the weakest in employing Enhancement skills. Furthermore, his defensive usage of aura is so great that, despite fighting against both Silva and Zeno at the same time and enduring powerful blows, he took only relatively minor damage which did not impair his combat abilities, although he immediately understood that he would be unable to guard against Zeno's superior Gyo and collapsed from exhaustion immediately after the end of the fight.
Due to Kurapika's Judgment Chain, he was rendered unable to use Nen for a period of time. After the exorcism was performed, he acquired new abilities for the purpose of fighting Hisoka. The creation of Double Face and his explanation of The Sun and Moon imply that he knows about loopholes and post-mortem Nen, respectively.
|Chrollo's Nen Type: Specialization|
|Type: Specialization||Skill Hunter (盗賊の極意 Bandit's Secret)|
|Chrollo can steal the Nen abilities of others to use as his own through a conjured book known as "Bandit's Secret." The victim, of course, no longer has access to the stolen ability. The theft happens under strict conditions:
To use a stolen ability, Chrollo first conjures Bandit's Secret and turns to the page of the desired ability. The book must then remain open in his right hand, allowing him to use only one ability at a time. The abilities are subjected not only to the limitations but also to the emotions and thinking of their creators. For example, despite seeing corpses as immobile masses no different from objects, Chrollo cannot use Order Stamp on them due to the opinion of the original owner. Additionally, an ability vanishes from the book if its former owner dies. However, if post-mortem Nen is involved, Chrollo can still utilize the ability. Expert Nen users can see through some of these conditions, as Zeno rightly guessed that Chrollo needed to fulfill four or five of them before he could steal an ability.
|Type: Specialization||Double Face (栞のテーマ Bookmark Theme)|
|This bookmark allows Chrollo to maintain access to any ability on the page it is placed, even if the book is closed and he is not touching it, acting as a loophole for one of the conditions placed on Skill Hunter. With both hands now free, Chrollo can now use hand-to-hand combat in conjunction with his stolen abilities. Furthermore, if Chrollo keeps the book open to a particular page and uses the bookmark on another, he becomes capable of utilizing two stolen abilities at the same time. The bookmark was specified to belong to the book itself and not to be a stolen ability.|
|Type: Unknown||Indoor Fish (密室遊魚 Fish Playing Behind Closed Doors)|
|Described as a fish that can only survive in a completely sealed room, it seems to be made entirely of bones and feeds on human flesh. While a person is being eaten, they do not feel pain or bleed and will remain alive and perfectly conscious even if mortally wounded. When the fish disappears, the effects of the wounds manifest, very likely resulting in the death of the victim. Chrollo summoned two of them when fighting an assassin hired by the Ten Dons.|
|Type: Conjuration||Fun Fun Cloth (不思議で便利な大風呂敷 Wondrous Convenient Kerchief)|
|An ability originally owned by Owl, a member of the Shadow Beasts. The cloth is conjured and can increase and decrease in size according to the user's will. Whatever is covered in the cloth, even an object as large as a car, decreases in size until it fits in the palm of one's hand. The user can then return it to its original size by letting it out of the bag. People can also be shrunk this way, without being injured. After Owl used it to relocate the items at the Underground Auction, he was eventually captured and tortured by the Troupe, during which time Chrollo stole the ability. Chrollo then used the ability in his fight against Silva and Zeno, attempting to capture the latter so that he could steal his ability as well.|
|Chrollo displayed the capacity to teleport a person from one place to another without that person's consent. He did so while remaining immobile, and without seeing the person he wanted to teleport or the destination. He used the ability on Nobunaga to prevent him from attacking Hisoka. Both Phinks and Machi were unaware that Chrollo possessed the ability.|
|Type: Unknown||The Sun and Moon (番いの破壊者 Paired Destruction)|
|Two symbols appear on the backs of Chrollo's hands: a sun with a plus on his left and a waxing/waning moon with a minus on his right. By touching the intended target, he can mark them with a different symbol depending on which hand he used. When the two marks touch each other, they trigger an explosion. The marks can be created instantly, but to reach their full power, Chrollo needs to touch the target for three to five seconds. In the latter case, the explosion is powerful enough to kill people around the bearer of the marks, instead of just the bearer themselves. A symbol can be fully charged even after its application, by means of physical contact. Despite Chrollo saying that the marks themselves explode, the fully charged symbols were able to turn what they were affixed on into a bomb, including parts separated after the application of the symbols.
The ability was stolen from the elder of Meteor City. Although he since died, his Nen became so powerful after his death that Chrollo was able to retain his ability. For the same reason, once the marks are affixed, they will remain until they explode, even if Chrollo's book is closed. Their power is such that they can even counter the restrictions of Skill Hunter, preventing a copy created with Gallery Fake from disappearing even after the ability is no longer in use if a mark has been affixed on it. The Nen type of this ability is currently unknown, although its effects could be explained by a combination of Emission and Transmutation.
|Type: Conjuration and Manipulation||Order Stamp (人間の証明 Proof of Humanity)|
|Chrollo conjures a stamp that, when affixed onto a "puppet", allows the user to control it after giving a vocal command. To be considered a puppet, the object that the user wishes to control must have a head and be lifeless. This ability cannot be used to control corpses, as the original user did not view them as mere inanimate objects; it can, however, control Nen copies of corpses. Removing the head of the puppet will deactivate the ability. The stamp has the kanji for "person" (人) and leaves the same mark upon being affixed. The ability is capable of controlling a large number of puppets, but the orders cannot be too complex. Chrollo discovered that if he controls the copy of a person, giving commands that go against that person's beliefs can prove detrimental to the point that a command will sometimes be ignored. However, he discovered that using language that creates emotional distance—such as saying "break" instead of "kill"—can bypass the puppet's will. It is one of the abilities Chrollo stole to fight Hisoka and can be used to control more than 200 puppets at the same time.|
|Type: Unknown||Convert Hands (転校生 Transfer Student)|
|Two marks appear on the palms of Chrollo's hands: a black arrow pointing up inside an empty circle on his right and a white arrow pointing down inside a filled circle on his left. Touching a target with his right-hand causes them to take on Chrollo's likeness, while touching them with his left causes Chrollo to take on his target's likeness. If he touches a target with both hands, the two of them instantly switch forms. The ability only affects appearances, not abilities or personalities. Since the marks remain on Chrollo's hands, it is relatively simple to identify him, although clothing can be used to hide them. Nonetheless, it is an effective way to blend into a crowd. For the mark to appear on his right hand, which would otherwise be holding the book, Chrollo needs to use the bookmark, but after activating the ability, he can hold the book normally. It is one of the abilities that Chrollo stole to fight Hisoka. It is currently unknown what Nen type it uses. Its characteristic of making the affected object indistinguishable from the original makes it vaguely similar to some Conjuration abilities.|
Former Stolen Abilities
|Type: Specialization||Lovely Ghostwriter (天使の自動筆記 Angelic Auto Writing)|
|An ability stolen from Neon Nostrade. It creates accurate predictions of future events. The user cannot predict their own future. The ability requires:
The person who wants their fortune told must write the required information on a piece of paper and give it to the user, who then summons the "Lovely Ghostwriter" to compose the fortune on that same paper. The user does not know what he writes, being in a trance-like state. The fortunes take the form of poetry, composed of four or five quatrains corresponding to the weeks of a month. The first is always about something that has already happened. Neon refused to read the fortunes she told, feeling that it would spoil her ability, but she was willing to listen to what Chrollo had to say about a portion of his fortune. Chrollo, however, was willing to discuss and analyze the fortunes he told in great detail.
When Shizuku asked Chrollo to read her and Bonolenov's fortunes again, he told her that the ability disappeared from his book. As Shizuku seemed to implicitly surmise and Chrollo to confirm, it's very likely that Neon died at some point prior to the Black Whale's voyage.
|Type: Conjuration||Gallery Fake (神の左手悪魔の右手 Divine Left Hand, Demonic Right Hand)|
|An ability borrowed from Kortopi that allows Chrollo to conjure an exact copy of an object with his right hand when he touches it with his left. He cannot replicate living things except as inanimate objects, meaning that the copies will look like corpses, and although Chrollo seemingly can replicate conjured items, he is unable to replicate their effects. The copies that he creates vanish after 24 hours, regardless of their size. However, before their disappearance, Chrollo is able to track the movements of each and every copied object by using his En (provided that he can touch the originals). In his deathmatch against Hisoka, Chrollo used the ability to create puppets to control with Order Stamp, making more than 200 puppets at the same time. Although never confirmed, it is presumed that the ability disappeared from Chrollo's book after Kortopi's death.|
|Type: Manipulation||Black Voice (携帯する他人の運命 Mobile Fate Director)|
|An ability borrowed from Shalnark which allows Chrollo to completely manipulate a target by sticking an antenna into them and piloting them through a phone. Unlike Shalnark, he keeps out both antennae, using one on a target to attack his opponent and the other as feint if his opponent knows about the ability, enabling Chrollo to attack them. He can also give orders to a controlled puppet by talking into the phone. Although never confirmed, it is presumed that the ability disappeared from Chrollo's book after Shalnark's death.|
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