Man-faced Apes ((じん)(めん)(ざる)()()()()()()(), Jinmenzaru) are a race of carnivorous primates capable of disguising themselves as humans and mimic human speech.[1]


Aside from their heads which differ from each one, the Man-faced Apes all have fangs, frail thin bodies, are covered in fur excluding their hands and wrist area, pecs, abdomen, back area, calves and feet. They also have long sharp claws and toe nails.[1]


Man-faced Apes are known for being deceitful towards human beings. They tend to lure human prey into the Milsy Wetlands and have the other residential creatures take care of them as they're too weak of limb to do it themselves.[1]


They reside in Milsy Wetlands. They use their deceiving appearance and abilities to lure unsuspecting humans into the foggy wetlands and, when their guard is down, the Man-faced Ape and other animals attack and will proceed to devour the humans as they love the taste of fresh human flesh. They must resort to this sneaky tactic due to their lack of strong bodies and are quite weak and must resort to attacks in large numbers when their prey's guard is down.[1]


Hunter Exam arcEdit

The Man-faced Ape is first seen by the 287th Hunter Exam participants after completing the first part of the first phase of the Hunter Exam, i.e the marathon. Two Man-faced Apes were disguised as Satotz, the examiner at that stage and another man claiming to be the real Hunter examiner, in order to trick the applicants into thinking that Satotz was not the real examiner, and lure the applicants to devour them. Hisoka tests Satotz and the Man-faced Apes by throwing cards at them. Satotz catches the cards easily while the Man-faced Apes are killed.[1]


  • Since the ability to talk is a distinctive trait of Magical Beasts,[2] it is possible Man-faced Apes are counted as such, also keeping their human-like intelligence into account.

Anime and Manga DifferencesEdit

  • In the manga and 1999 anime, Hisoka kills both Man-faced Apes,[1][3] while in the 2011 anime, he only kills one of them.[4]
  • A Man-faced Ape with the appearance of Satotz makes an appearance during the 2nd phase of the Hunter Exam.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 8
  2. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 4
  3. Hunter × Hunter - Episode 8 (1999)
  4. Hunter × Hunter - Episode 4 (2011)
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Episode 9 (1999)