"You just have to tell the old lady what she wants to hear."

— Matthew in "The Ultimate Choice"

Matthew (マシュー, Mashu) was an aspiring applicant for the 287th Hunter Exam.[1]


Matthew is a tall and lightly tanned man. He has short black hair, a rounded face, and a large nose. He wears a white gi with the sleeves torn off with a blue shirt underneath, a green sash that also holds his two short staffs, white pants, and black boots that reach up to his knees.[1]


Matthew is a perfidious fellow with a pernicious side as he planned to lay traps ahead to hinder Gon and his friends from progressing any further with the Hunter Exam preliminary. When the Quizzing Lady asks him the two choice question, he answers the most logical one that he believed the old lady would want to hear the most.[1]


Hunter Exam arc

Matthew sneaks in the 2011 anime adaptation

Matthew eavesdropping on Gon's conversation with the Captain

Matthew eavesdrops the instructions of the Captain to Gon and his friends in Dolle Harbor and stalks them. On the way, they are forced to stop in a desolated alley by the Quizzing Lady and a bunch of masked people. The old lady asks them a dilemmatic quiz, for them to answer within five seconds. Matthew suddenly steps in and volunteers to answers first in order for him to set traps. He gives the old lady his answer and in return, the lady lets him through; however, the path is false and according to Kurapika, Matthew is attacked and possibly killed by a monster.[1]


  • Matthew's name was never mentioned in the manga nor in the 2011 anime adaptation and is exclusively used in the 1999 anime adaptation.

Anime and Manga Differences

  • In the 1999 anime adaptation at the end of the quiz, where Gon, Leorio, and Kurapika pass the test and the old lady reveals to them the true path, Matthew was seen along other failed examinees being attacked by an unknown creature during the end of the episode.[2]

Translations around the World

Language Name
The Arab world Flag Arabic ماثيو
France Flag French Mash


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 3
  2. Hunter × Hunter - Episode 4 (1999)
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