09 April 2007

All about Killua

From the outside, Killua seems just to be the boy next door; cheeky, cheerful and full of mischievous ideas. However, his ruthlessness and aptitude in killing shows the other side of him--deadly, violent and bloodthirsty. Having been repeatedly tortured since birth, Killua has been conditioned to possess extreme tolerance for poison, electrocution, and pain. Possessing both extraordinary agility and strength to match, Killua is one mean killing machine--definitely not one to be trifled with, as many of his adversaries had seen. However, until recently his greatest flaw was to fear characters more powerful than him, such as his elder brother Illumi. Killua had been trained as an assassin by his brother to be extremely cautious and engage in combat only if victory was virtually certain. This impeded him as a Hunter, as it is stated more than once that victory is never certain, and that depending on the circumstances, someone has the potential to defeat a stronger opponent. Killua struggled with these conflicting ideas during the latter half of the series, as he started to encounter stronger opponents. However, his brother's teachings remained firmly entrenched in his mind, to the point that Biscuit prophesized that he would one day abandon Gon because of this. Biscuit gave Killua an ultimatum: Defeat Shoot for the right to go with Gon to fight the Chimera Ants, or leave his side. Killua lost, and resolved to leave after Gon had recovered from his fight, protecting him in the meantime. However, Killua finally had to face Biscuit's prophecy when he encountered a Chimera ant, while Gon (who couldn't use nen) wasn't far off and had no way of defending himself. Killua, preoccupied with his internal battle, was losing to the Chimera ant. At the last moment, Killua found that Illumi had planted a needle in his head with his ability, all the way back in the first Hunter Exam. This needle was responsible in forcing Killua to retreat whenever any situation looks potentially dangerous. Upon extracting the needle, Killua was freed from this restraint, and gained more confidence in battle.

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