|“||You know, the question I had after Gerard first told me about our family? "Why us?" He quoted me Winston Churchill-- "The price of greatness is responsibility." Personally, I think it's more about knowledge. What we know, the truth, what we know about the world? That makes us responsible-- for a young couple, their daughter, anyone who doesn't have the power to defend themselves. Are you starting to get it?||”|
In Teen Wolf, Hunters are a secret organization of self-appointed protectors of the human community from supernatural threats; though they typically focus on Werewolves, they have also been known to hunt other supernatural creatures as well, such as Berserkers, Werejaguars, and Kanimas.
This organization has been around for centuries and are located all around the world, and they usually consist of large, old human families who also recruit among their friends. The Hunters have their own rules and hierarchy within their organization; the most notable among these rules is that, because they recognize that most wars have been started by men, they have a matriarchal leadership in which their daughters are trained to be leaders and their sons are trained to be soldiers. For their children, Hunter training typically begins in childhood, though in some cases, such as with Allison Argent, they don't begin training until they are in their teens. One of the young Hunter's first training sessions consists of being tied to a chair in a in a unknown location and given nothing but a small blade to cut themselves free. During Allison's first Hunter training session, she was captured by other Argent Hunters from a gas station and brought to the Hale House ruins, where she was tied to a chair. The hunters then played a recording on their phone as part of the training session before giving her a broken arrow with which to free herself.
"Ever wonder what happens if a Hunter gets bitten?"
"Ever wonder what happens if you get bitten?"
"What do you think your father would do?"
"What do you think he’d have to do?”
"When all it would take to change everything, is one bite."
The time it takes the young Hunter to free themselves depends on the skill level of the hunter in question; it took Allison two and a half hours to free herself, while Bennett took three. Conversely, Chris Argent claimed that he was able to free himself in seconds, though whether or not he was being truthful or facetious remains to be seen. Once the Hunter-in-training has learned all of the skills necessary to be an effective Hunter, they will forge a silver bullet as a testament to the Hunter's Code. This can vary based on the hunter's weapon of choice; however, since Allison Argent was seen forging a silver arrowhead to symbolize both her commitment to her family's new Code, as well as to show that her weapon of choice is the bow, it appears that forging a bullet is not necessarily a mandatory requirement. The Hunter will also typically etch their family's symbol into their bullets or arrowheads; for example, Chris, Kate, and Allison etched the Argent family fleur-de-lis into their ammunition, whereas the Calaveras, whose family name is Spanish for "skull," carves that symbol into their bullet casings.
Typically, once the young Hunter has finished their training, they will then begin to actively hunt supernatural creatures and defend humans, though this can vary among families as well; occasionally, if there is a large amount of supernatural activity in their region, the young Hunter may already have been going on hunts while still in training. This was the case for Allison Argent, whose family was actively hunting a pack of Werewolves, a Kanima, and a Kanima Master while Allison was just starting her training and needed all the help they could get, especially considering Allison was in school with the majority of those they were hunting and thus was in a better position to gather information for them.
|“|| "This is something different."|
"Well, do you know what did it?"
"No... But the Argents will. And this is the crucial part-- they'll have a record, or book. It'll have descriptions, histories, notations of all the thing that they've discovered."
The Bestiary is a system of documentation collected over the years by hunters who use it to keep records of everything they have hunted, particularly if they come upon "new" supernatural creatures their ancestors had yet to encounter, or if they learn any additional weaknesses of these creatures that can be used to their advantage. The Argent Bestiary has been shown in the series to include information on Werewolves, Kanimas, Wendigos, Hellhounds, Berserkers, and many more. The Argent Bestiary was originally written in Archaic Latin for unknown reasons, but it has since been translated into English by Lydia Martin. The Bestiary typically looks like a old, leather-bound book, but in Gerard's case, it was a on a flash drive until translated and put into a hardcover book by Lydia. It has over a thousand pages, according to Allison. There have been several occasions when the protectors of Beacon Hills had no idea what they were going up against, and sought out the Bestiary for more information, as it acts as essentially an "encyclopedia" of supernatural creatures.
For the majority of the Hunter community, their Hunter's Code is "We hunt those who hunt us," which is often translated into the traditional language of the Hunter family in question; for example, the Argent family, who is of French heritage, typically recites the Code in French, "Nous chassons ceux qui nous chassent." This has been the Code of many Hunters for many years including the Argent Family and the Calaveras. The Hunters have a set of rules or laws that they must follow, including (but not limited to) not hunting Werewolf children or attacking or killing Werewolves when there is no proof that they have spilled innocent human blood.
However, there are some corrupt Hunters who choose not to follow the Code, such as Kate Argent and Gerard Argent. Both Kate and Gerard have shown their willingness to hunt both young and innocent Werewolves; Kate has attempted to kill Scott McCall on several occasions, despite the fact that he was only a teenager and has yet to truly kill anyone of any species, while Gerard attempted to kill several several young and innocent supernatural creatures as well, including the innocent teenager Isaac Lahey. According to Chris Argent, Kate has spurned the Code because she learned to do so from their father Gerard, who hates shapeshifters and is willing to kill any of them for any reason.
The Hunters are also bound to a code of honor which dictates that, if a Hunter is turned into a shapeshifter, they must take their own life before their transformation on their first full moon. Most Hunters willingly follow this part of the Code, such as Victoria Argent and Alexander Argent, who both killed themselves moments before their first transformation. However, Kate, who does not follow the other laws of the Code, chose to ignore this rule as well, allowing herself to transform into a Werejaguar and even killing several Calavera Hunters in order to get free.
In the autumn of 2011, Allison Argent, as the newest matriarch of the Argent family of Hunters, changed their family's Code to "Nous protégeons ceux qui ne peuvent pas se protéger eux-mêmes," or "We protect those who cannot protect themselves." However, though Allison and her father Chris Argent committed themselves to this new Code, other Hunter families rejected it, such as the Calavera family.
Weaponryhuman, they typically would not stand a chance against supernatural creatures; as a result, what they lack in supernatural speed, strength, agility, and accelerated healing, they make up for in an abundance of weapons. They often use a number of different firearms, from shotguns full of buckshot cartridges (a favorite of Kate Argent), to assault rifles with large magazines (a favorite of Chris Argent), to small handguns or revolver pistols (the latter of which is a favorite of Araya Calavera). Hunters also often make the ammunition even more deadly by coating or filling the bullets with wolfsbane to poison their targets.Allison was fond of using Chinese ring daggers, while Gerard was best known for using a broadsword to cut Werewolves in half to ensure that they would stay dead.
In addition to lethal weaponry, the hunters also use non-lethal weaponry, particularly when they're trying to capture a supernatural creature for questioning. These weapons include ultrasonic emitters to corral and incapacitate shapeshifters via a high-pitched frequency, trip-wires, tasers and taser-wands. They also have items such as motion-sensor alarms and infrared goggles to help them better locate their targets in the dark.
Gerard is the father of Chris and Kate Argent, the father-in-law of the late Victoria Argent, and the grandfather of Allison Argent, as well as a descendant of Marie-Jeanne Valet and Henri Argent and the former patriarch of the Argent Family. Despite his outward appearance as a doddering grandfather and his love of baking desserts, Gerard has become well-known as being a corrupt and brutal Hunter who has no interest in following the Code unless it somehow benefits him. Not only was he responsible for the creation of the Alpha Pack after he ambushed Deucalion and his Betas, but he has also created a reputation for cutting shapeshifters in half with his broadsword to ensure that they cannot heal and survive his attacks.
Gerard first appeared in Season 2, when he came to Beacon Hills to attend his daughter Kate's funeral after she died at the hands of then-Alpha Werewolf Peter Hale in retribution for her role in the Hale House Fire. After he, his son Chris, and several of their Hunter companions came upon and killed an Omega Werewolf, Gerard announced that he would no longer be going by the Code, as he blamed all Werewolves for the death of his daughter. Though it seemed that he was trying to rid Beacon Hills of shapeshifters, it was soon revealed that his true intention was to force Derek Hale, the new Alpha of the Hale Pack, to give him the Bite in order to cure his cancer, using Jackson Whittemore, a Kanima of whom Gerard became the master after killing his first master, Matt Daehler.
Unfortunately for Gerard, Scott McCall had anticipated this and had swapped out his chemotherapy pills for ones filled with Mountain Ash, causing Gerard's body to reject the Bite after he received it from the unwilling Derek. Afterward, Gerard had no choice but to stay at an assisted-living facility due to his weakened state. He wasn't cured of his affliction until Season 5, when Chris gave him yellow wolfsbane and returned him to his healthy human self. The two then assisted the McCall Pack in stopping the recently-resurrected Beast of Gevaudan, though, once again, Scott and Chris anticipated Gerard's betrayal and came up with a back-up plan when it became clear that Gerard was only interested in immortalizing the Argent Family name once again.
Chris is the son of Gerard Argent and an unnamed woman, the brother of Kate Argent, the husband of the late Victoria Argent, and the father of the late Allison Argent. Chris was born into the Hunter lifestyle, and he has demonstrated that he is one of the most capable veteran Hunters introduced in the series. Despite being trained by Gerard, who often used dangerous tactics in his teachings, Chris grew up to be absolutely dedicated to the Code rather than spurning it like his father and sister. Though he initially slipped off the path when his anger at the newly-bitten Werewolf Scott McCall began dating his daughter, he finally saw the error of his ways when he watched Allison be corrupted just like his sister Kate.
After the death of his wife, Victoria, after she had accidentally been bitten by Derek Hale, Chris insisted that he and Allison leave the Hunter life in hopes of not losing any more family. However, when the Alpha Pack and a Dark Druid named Jennifer Blake caused numerous deaths in Beacon Hills, they both returned to hunting, though this time, instead of believing all supernaturals were equally bad, they began to work as allies of the newly-formed McCall Pack, protecting innocent humans and supernaturals alike from the evil acts of malevolent supernaturals. He once again took a break from hunting after the death of his daughter, Allison, but ultimately returned to the pack, knowing that Allison would have wanted him to help her closest friends protect the town.
Inactive Hunter; deceased
Victoria is the deceased wife of Chris Argent and the mother of Allison Argent. She was just as extreme and crazy as anyone else in the family, maybe even worse. It is unknown if Victoria married into the life style of hunting or if she was born into it and just happened to marry a fellow hunter but what is know is that she hated werewolves just as much as anyone. She even went as far as trying to kill Scott McCall in effort to keep him away from her daughter. She hit him with her car and then locked him in a room with a device that pumps Wolfsbane into the air, it was going to seem as if Scott had a asthma attack but Derek Hale came just in time to save Scott, however, in the process of fighting off Derek, she is bitten. Being a hunter, she is forced to follow the code of honor, meaning she has to kill herself which she does with the help of her husband, they drive the knife through her chest just as her eyes start to glow yellow.
Active Hunter; Werejaguar
Kate is the sister of Chris Argent and the daughter of Gerard Argent. Even though Kate was brought up in the "family business", she has no respect for the laws and rules that a hunter must follow. Two main codes that Kate broke was not to kill humans and not to kill werewolves that have not killed anyone, she broke both of these rules in one event. Kate orchestrated the entire Hale House Fire, the house was home to many werewolves and humans, many of which had never taken a life as far as we know. Kate first returned to town to catch The Alpha and kill it but in the end, it was her that ended up getting her throat slashed by the alpha. Legends says that if the claws of an alpha goes deep enough, it can turn a person, this proved to be the case with Kate, after her resurrection, she went after Scott Mcall, blaming Allison's death and the fall of the Argent family on him, her plan fails but she manages to escape, she has not been heard from since.
Inactive Hunter; deceased
Allison is the late daughter of Chris and Victoria Argent. After moving to Beacon Hills, she quickly fell in love with a boy named Scott McCall, she was a hunter in-training and he was a new werewolf, not the best combination but they got past it. Allison learned about her family's hunter history through her aunt Kate, after learning the truth, she became more invested in this history and wanted to know more and wanted to be more she started practicing on her own but eventually began training her with father until the death of her mother put a hold on that. She eventually began bonding with her grandfather who she was unknowingly being manipulated by, learning the truth about him ended their relationship. Once her friend Stiles Stilinski became possess by a Nogitsune, she along with the rest of the pack began fighting for him and his freedom. Allison is the one that figured out that the Oni weakness was silver, she used a silver arrow that she created to kill one but she was then stabbed by a sword and moments later she dies in the arms of her first love.
Inactive Hunter; deceased
Alexander was the uncle of Chris Argent. Like most Argents, he was a werewolf hunter. Back in 1977, he was bitten by The Demon Wolf; Deucalion. Rather than become a werewolf, he blew his head off with a shotgun just as his eyes were glowing yellow.
Inactive Hunter; deceased
Bennett was a hunter who was working with Chris Argent, he captured Allison from a gas station and took her to the Hale House where he played a recording during her first hunter session. He waits outside with a timer, seeing how long it will take Allison to get free, it took her two and a half hours. He tells her not to feel so bad because it took him three. As he was getting ready to leave, a tail wraps around his leg and pulls him to the ground, after being scratched on the neck, he pulls out his gun but can barely stand, he's becomes paralyzed due to the venom and he is killed by the kanima.
Active Hunter; Leader
Araya is the leader of a family of hunters based in Mexico. The first time Araya appears, she is torturing Derek and Peter Hale for the location of La loba They originally believed she wanted to know the location of Cora Hale but it was later revealed that she was looking for Kate Argent. After failing in retrieving Kate, they decided to make a deal with Chris, if he comes with her then she won't hunt Scott and his pack, he takes the deal and they leave to go and find Kate.
Severo is a hunter from the Calaveras and he is Araya's right hand man. He accompanies Araya to Chris Argents home to convince him to return to hunting. Once Chris notices that someone is there he pulls out his gun and Severo pulls out his, its a stand off but before it goes nay further, Araya stops it. Through her instruction, he begins to recite the code to Chris over and over, "we hunt those, who hunt us". Some time later when Stiles and Lydia come to Mexico looking for Derek, he spots them and takes them to Araya.
- The Calaveras treat the Code like it is the law, and have made it their job to enforce it, particularly when a fellow Hunter is bitten by an Alpha-- in that case, they will supervise the Hunter to ensure that they kill themselves before their first transformation.
- Gerard and Kate have broken the Code on multiple occasions and as a result are known as rogue hunters.