"Part of me is an Ant now. As much as I hate it, I know how much you mean to us... As a species!!"
Initially, Palm has long, unruly black hair and pale, sickly-looking skin. She is extremely thin and is often accompanied by a frightening aura caused by stress. She usually wears a light pink blouse and carries a knife. On her date with Gon, however, she drastically changes her appearance. She combs her hair, which is revealed to actually be brown in color and wears fancier, more colorful clothes. Oddly, her skin color changes to a healthier shade of pink, as well.
After becoming a Chimera Ant, Palm retains her scraggly wavy hair and much of her physiology but still experiences, a few notable changes in her appearance. After her transformation, Palm's mermaid crystal ball now appears as a crystal orb on her forehead. Scales cover most of Palm's forearms and lower legs. Her eyes are now blue, possibly because she was wearing blue contacts when she infiltrated the palace and the contacts fused with her eyes after her transformation.
Initially, Palm is shown to have an erratic personality that often intimidates her peers. She has a tendency to talk too much and veer off-topic in conversation. Like most Enhancers, Palm is stubborn and persistent. Her volatile temper makes most people wary, including Killua Zoldyck and Biscuit Krueger. The only exception to this is Gon because of his expert experience with women. Palm is often inclined to outbursts but is shown to have a serious side during her undercover mission to infiltrate the palace of the Chimera Ant King as a spy. Palm is also a good cook. The target of her affections is her teacher Knov, although she initially denies this. Later on, her affections shift to Gon.
After being reborn as a Chimera Ant, Palm is briefly unable to feel emotions related to her memories, until Killua involuntarily cancels the effects of her surgery. Her violent, psychotic demeanor disappears, revealing that Palm is actually quite intelligent. However, despite being back to her true self, she retains some aspects of the personality of a Chimera Ant, as seen when she was deeply displeased with Meruem begging and kneeling to her. She also seemed to be deeply moved by Meruem's final moments with Komugi, as when she announced the King was dead to Ikalgo, there were tears flowing down her cheeks.
Chimera Ant arc
Palm first appears after Gon and Killua escaped from NGL, creeping them and a few passers-by out with her appearance. She takes the two to a bar to explain what Netero wants them to do, introducing herself as Knov's pupil. She gets repeatedly sidetracked showering him with compliments and talking about her respect and love for him. Killua eventually snaps and asks what is the stipulation Palm mentioned. Her mood changes abruptly. She states the two boys must defeat Morel's apprentices, Knuckle and Shoot, within one month for the three of them to accompany Netero, Morel, and Knov. In her rage, she activates her Hatsu, causing the coffee to overflow.
With her ability, Palm researches the boys' past and calls Biscuit to help them get stronger for the upcoming battle. She warns Biscuit that she might become violent if they fail, and recommends she quit early if she thinks they do not stand a chance. Biscuit tells her to say that to Gon and Killua. She begins to develop a crush on Gon upon seeing his resolve to succeed. She explains that for the duration of the month, Netero, Morel, and Knov will scout and whittle the enemies, as the King is not expected to be born before two months. She is visibly concerned when Biscuit orders the boys to fight Knuckle and Shoot in their exhausted state. Ten days before the deadline, Palm notices they are only two-thirds of the way to improving their basics. Her killing aura begins to pour out, but she calms down when Gon swears they will win. The two begin to chat about food.
On the eve of the deadline, Palm furiously draws pictures of Gon and Killua and stabs them repeatedly. The next day, her bloodlust causes Biscuit to flee before Gon and Killua confront Knuckle and Shoot. Upon discovering they failed, Palm ravages the mansion and stabs countless dolls of Gon and Killua. As punishment for breaking his promise, she makes Gon go out with her. He invites her to train with him and Killua, but she becomes angry that they have the third wheel on their first date. Gon calms her down by saying he needs time to prepare a surprise to make their first date special.
The following day, Palm spruces herself up for their date, looking like a completely different person. She is embarrassed by his compliments. He takes her to a marsh with a single tree in the middle. Gon offers her a chair, but she sits on the ground next to him. When night falls, Sea Fireflies light up the tree. He hands her a barren shrub, calling it the most beautiful bouquet in the world, which leaves her dubious. Its sap attracts the fireflies, which cover it. Palm is moved by Gon's gesture. However, when he asks her for more time to train so she can defeat whoever is controlling Kite, she furiously declines. As punishment for hurting her feelings, she has him write apologies hundreds of times. When Killua returns, she notices his injuries and tries to stab him in the head for meddling. Killua effortlessly dodges her attack, grabs Gon and runs away. Unable to keep up, Palm locates them with her Nen ability. She ties several knives to her hair before giving chase. Outside of the mansion, she meets Knov, who asks her where Gon and Killua are and chides her for using her ability without permission. When he adds that her blood is a valuable resource she should use only for him, Palm's crush on Knov resurfaces and she "breaks up" with Gon.
With Marcos' help, Palm disguises herself as a secretary and is put on a list sent to Bizeff, who selects her as an assistant. Together with four other girls, she is taken to a southeast underground hangar underneath the palace. Her mission is to see the Royal Guards and the King with her own eyes so she can track them at any time with her crystal ball. When Bizeff falls asleep after being drugged by Palm, she slips out of the hangar, having memorized the codes. She accesses his computer and leaves a message for her allies with her aura, telling them to assume she died if she does not contact them by the time of the invasion. She then infiltrates the palace through an elevator. However, by the time she reaches the staircase to the second floor, Neferpitou's En returns. She stabs herself to commit suicide, but the Royal Guard notices that she unconsciously used Ten when their En enveloped her and takes interest in her. They save her with Doctor Blythe and, together with Shaiapouf, they decide to turn her into an experimental soldier, destroying the neural connections between memories and emotional responses and placing her inside a cocoon, from which she emerges on the night the Extermination Team raids the palace.
She spots Killua and quickly doubles back, pretending to have just run into him. She asks him where Gon is and wonders whether Gon will like her despite her altered looks. She and Killua trade cutting remarks, but when he is about to answer her question, Killua notices that if she remembers him, she should be able to use her ability to find Gon. He enquirers why she came towards him, to which she plays coy. She demands to know where Gon is two more times, after which Killua calls her an enemy and prepares to fight her. Activating Black Widow, Palm comments that instead of bottling up her rage, she should have yielded to it. She effortlessly breaks one of Killua's yo-yos and bombards him with blows.
When asked why she wants to meet Gon, Palm has no explanation to offer but resolves to find him after killing Killua. He apologizes for calling her an enemy and tells her that Gon's mind is close to breaking. He requests that she say his name before breaking down in tears over his impotence at helping his friend. Noticing he is wide open, one of Shaiapouf's small clones orders Palm to kill him. However, Palm rebels and destroys it then disengages her ability. She thanks Killua for breaking the wall between her memories and her emotions, telling him he is not powerless. She resolves to do everything she can to help Gon but states Killua is the one he needs the most. Ikalgo indirectly mentions Palm to Welfin, inquiring if he's seen her. Welfin surmises it's the same woman that was caught and called "Number 1".
Killua fills her in and the two head to the central courtyard where they run into Ikalgo. Palm decides to stay and help them but resolves to wait for Gon to fight with Neferpitou before talking to him. After the three meet up with Meleoron and Knuckle, they go to Neferpitou and Gon, who leaves Komugi in their care as a hostage. She sees one of Shaiapouf's clones come toward the palace, having glimpsed him when he was putting her inside a cocoon and warns Meleoron and Knuckle, who ambush it. She then tells the other members of the Extermination Team that the King is still alive and that he is returning to the palace at tremendous speed. Palm opens the shutter to the warehouse while Killua baits Shaiapouf with Komugi to ascertain his target.
When the King arrives, she meets up with Killua outside of the perimeter wall. She explains to him how Wink Blue works and that Gon and Neferpitou have reached the hideout in Peijin. She suggests they slip into the crowd gathered in front of the palace and states the merits of being able to see Shaiapouf's core. He thanks her without saying why, which upsets her. She is moved by his declaration of friendship. When she checks on Gon, she is horrified to see him slumped on the floor while Neferpitou heals themselves. One of Shaiapouf's clones appears, offering to stop them in return for Komugi, but Killua burns it to smithereens. Palm swears to keep Komugi safe while Killua rushes to Gon's side with Godspeed. She envelops her with her hair and, after perceiving the King's terrible Ren, goes into hiding. She reaches the shutter to the underground hangar, but cannot decide if she should go in at the risk of trapping herself. She makes up her mind when Ikalgo arrives. The two exchange information and Ikalgo realizes Knuckle and Meleoron were kept alive to trade hostages. They decide to hide Komugi in Bizeff's apartments. Palm blindfolds and restrains the four other girls, and is surprised to find out that Ikalgo has been in contact with Welfin and Bloster. When the former is tasked with serving as an ambassador, she is about to include him among the three people she can survey when Ikalgo stops her.
She recapitulates the Royal Guards' intentions with Komugi before an incredulous Ikalgo, pointing out that human DNA has altered the mentality of the Chimera Ants. She concludes that the King's En did not sense she was carrying Komugi because she was covered by her hair and decides to hide her. When Ikalgo objects, Palm replies they have to delay the negotiations only for a few hours until the King succumbs to the poison of the Poor Man's Rose. They hide Komugi inside a warehouse and recognize their cruelty.
Palm then hides into a bedroom in Bizeff's quarters. The King finds her and tells her the battle for the fate of humanity is over, and the Extermination Team won it. He adjoins he is aware of his fate, but that all he desires is to spend his last moments with Komugi. Despite protesting the King is lying, Palm understands he is speaking the truth and begins to cry. When he is about to kneel, she begs him to stop, her Chimera Ant component suffering from the significance of that gesture. She agrees to tell him where Komugi is on the condition that she can keep track of him with her ability. Meruem gives his consent, and Palm silently apologizes to Killua for breaking her vow. She then goes with the others to take Gon to a hospital. Once inside, in tears she reveals that the King has died.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arc
She talks to Gon in the hospital in the hope of helping him recover. When the boy returns, Palm, along with many other friends of Gon's, monitors the surroundings of the hospital wing. She is shocked by the tremendous amount of aura being released in the building as Nanika restores Gon back to normal. She then accompanies Gon to the headquarters of the Hunter Association to allow him to meet up with Leorio, while all Hunters are gathered to decide the next chairman. She is seen visiting a healing Shoot in the hospital along with Ikalgo, Knuckle, and Meleoron, and looking at the video of the Small-billed Swans sent by Gon.
Abilities & Powers
As a human Palm was a non-combatant, so she was not well trained for battle compared to the other Hunters, demonstrated by how easily Killua outran her. Even armed with a kitchen knife, she did not pose a threat to him even in his sleep. However she was an adept actress and infiltrator, as those skills aided her greatly during her undercover assignment under the guise of Bizeff's personal secretary.
After being reborn as a Chimera Ant, Palm became physically stronger and had all the benefits that many Chimera Ants present. According to Killua, her raw power probably exceeds his own. Her uncontrollable fits of anger seem to have subsided, enabling her to remain much calmer and collected. Upon sensing her resolve, Meruem was convinced that she would not reveal Komugi's location even under torture.
Enhanced Strength: After being reborn as a Chimera Ant, Palm become physically stronger, shattering one of Killua's yo-yos with a single, Ko-enhanced punch, pushing him back with another, and injuring his arms despite him parrying her blows.
Enhanced Speed: As a human, Palm was easily outrun by Killua, who could also vanish from her sight. Following her metamorphosis, however, Palm became much faster, landing scores of punches and kicks on Killua and preventing him from fighting back.
Keen Intellect: The disappearance of her psychosis enabled Palm to reason more coolly. She corrected Killua when the latter objected that there was no point to being able to see Shaiapouf's core, pointing out she would be able to tell him apart from his clones and that they could squash him if they found him. She managed to figure out the nature of the discordant actions of the Royal Guards concerning Komugi and that the introduction of human DNA in the Chimera Ant Queen's diet was at the origin of their stronger sense of self. She took matters into her own hands when only Ikalgo and her remained.
Skilled Chef: Palm appears to be an excellent chef. She used to cook large and delicious feasts for Killua, Gon, and Biscuit during Gon and Killua's training to fight Knuckle.
Palm is an Enhancer, so she can use her aura to increase her natural abilities. She is also capable of leaving messages by detaching her aura from her body. The message she left this way lingered for days. Since making shapes out of one's aura is a Transmutation ability, she might have some skill with this Nen type as well. She is capable of performing at least Ten, Ren, Hatsu, In, and Ko, which suggests she can also use Gyo and Zetsu.
After becoming a Chimera Ant, she retained her previous Nen ability, although it changed slightly, and developed a new one. Her aura, whose power caught Neferpitou's attention when she was a human, also became stronger as a result of her transformation.
|Palm's Nen Type: Enhancement|
|Type: Unknown||Wink Blue (淋しい深海魚 Winku Burū, lit. "The Lonesome Deep Sea Fish")|
|Palm's ability Wink Blue requires her to cover her right eye, after which she becomes able to see the last three people her right eye gazed upon at the same time. If she looks at someone else with her right eye, it displaces the oldest target. She was able to keep track of Shaiapouf's core and full-size clones, but not the smaller ones.|
|Type: Enhancement||Black Widow (暗黒の鬼婦神 Burakku Widō, lit. "Fury of Shadows")|
|Palm can wrap her entire body with her hair to form what seems to be a dress with a wide brim hat. This "outfit", which changes shape according to her emotions, can efficiently protect her body from attacks, enabling her to concentrate all of her aura on attacking using Ko instead of splitting it between offense and defense. Manipulation is possibly used to weave the hair into the armor.|
|Type: Unknown||Merman Clairvoyance*|
|Palm's original ability allowed her to observe a target at any time through her crystal ball. To do so, she needed to see them with her own eyes and feed her blood to a dried merman corpse carrying the crystal ball.[note 1]|
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