The Hunters' Code
- "Nous chassons ceux qui nous chassent"
- "We hunt those who hunt us" - The Hunter's Code
While simple in wording, the code covers many situations.
The portions of The Code mentioned so far:
- They only hunt werewolves who do harm to humans as long as there is proof.
- They do not kill younger werewolves, particularly children.
- They do not kill humans.
Not all hunters follow the code. Prior to the beginning of Season One, Kate Argent violated the code by killing most members of the Hale pack, including humans, in an arson fire. She also tortured and tried to kill Derek Hale and then tried to get her niece Allison Argent to kill Scott McCall.
In Season 2, Allison's grandfather, Gerard, says the Hunters will no longer follow the code due to Kate's murder.
Mexican hunter Araya Calavera, unlike the Argents, shows a much stronger adherence to the Hunters' Code and her family believes in its strict enforcement.
Aside from their moral code, the Hunters have an "honor code" that if one gets bit by a werewolf they would take their own life. Examples of this code are the suicides of Victoria Argent in Season 2 and Alexander Argent in Season 3.
One of a Hunter's earliest training sessions is getting tied up in some random place, and then the trainee must break free of their bonds to escape. They are timed during this exercise. (Ice Pick, De-Void)
In Alpha Pact, Allison states that Hunters forge silver bullets as a symbol of completing their training and as a testament to the code.
Introduced in Season 2, the Bestiary is a descriptive or anecdotal treatise on the various supernatural animals the Argent family have encountered or of which they have knowledge. Gerard keeps the Bestiary on a flash drive.
It is written in Archaic Latin.
In Season 3, Allison points out the bestiary is over a thousand pages long while trying to find out why Lydia keeps hearing a buzzing noise. (Read More...)
Weapons & Arsenal
Hunters use a number of different weapons include guns, crossbows, Chinese ring daggers, wolfsbane laced bullets, and "Flash Bolts."
Flash bolts are little bombs attached to arrows that explode on impact blinding those nearby.
They also use an electroshock weapon, similar to a cattle prod. Certain levels of electricity can weaken werewolves causing them to revert to their human form and, if applied in a constant current, keeping them weakened. The constant current will also stop their accelerated healing and, if the voltage is high enough, could kill them.
Gerard used a broadsword in Omega to cut a captured werewolf in half. Araya's hunters brought out a chainsaw in More Bad Than Good.
Smoke grenades are also used to help give them cover when they enter a building. (Fury)
Hunters set up elaborate traps using hidden trip wires to ensnare their prey. (Omega, Fireflies)
Infrared goggles are worn to see better at night.
Ultrasonic emitters use sound to drive or herd werewolves in a certain direction.
- Chris uses a smaller form of the sonic emitter in Alpha Pact. The sound allows Isaac to find the kidnapped parents beneath the Nemeton. (Lunar Ellipse)
- Gerard used what appeared to be a emitter that interfered with frequency. Unlike the other emitters, this one glowed red and once activated, it prevented the Dread Doctors from going any further. (The Sword and the Spirit)
Sonics also come into play when attempting to draw out werewolves. Allison played recordings of wolves howling through loudspeakers attached to an ATV. Erica and Boyd mistook the sound for another pack of werewolves and were captured. (Battlefield)
Kate shot Derek with a wolfsbane tipped bullet, which almost killed him. (Read More...)
Kate and two hunters head to Derek's house to question him about The Alpha. (Read More...)
Jackson is interrogated by Chris and reveals Scott as a werewolf. Later, Chris and another hunter attempt to pin Scott with their cars. (Read More...)
Chris Argent threatens Scott to stay away from Allison. Chris' father, Gerard, arrives for Kate's funeral. Later hunters capture a homeless Omega werewolf. Gerard slices him in half with a sword in violation of The Code. (Read More...)
Victoria Argent and the hunters kidnap and torture the principal to force his resignation. They then place Gerard in charge of Beacon Hills High School. A hunter dressed as a sheriff's deputy is then dispatched to kill Isaac with a syringe filled with wolfsbane. Allison shoots him with an arrow and he is ultimately defeated by Isaac Lahey. (Read More...)
Chris begins training Allison as a hunter. He explains that males are fighters while the female hunters are the leaders. A hunter is killed outside the Hale House by an unknown creature. Chris takes his body to Dr. Deaton for an examination. (Read More...)
Dr. Deaton explains to Scott that the hunters keep a record of all the creatures they've encountered. Gerard stabs Scott in the gut and threatens his mother. (Read More...)
The hunters' bestiary says of the kanima: “Like the wolf, its power is greatest at the moon’s peak. Like the wolf, the kanima is a social creature but where the wolf seeks a pack, the kanima seeks a friend.” (Read More...)
Gerard installed CCTV cameras throughout Beacon Hills High School. Allison says a team of hunters constantly monitors all surveillance cameras, including ATMs and private security cams, throughout Beacon Hills. The hunters' bestiary is re-translated and now reads “Like the wolf, its power is greatest at the moon’s peak. Like the wolf, the kanima is a social creature but where the wolf seeks a pack the kanima seeks a master.” (Read More...)
The hunters' bestiary is translated further giving more details about the relationship between the kanima and its master. (Read more...)
Allison and Chris try to stop their hunting activities and resume normal lives, but they each continue hunting behind the others backs.
After the defeat of the Darach and The Alpha Pack, Allison convinces her father that they are needed in order to protect Beacon Hills from "what ever else is out there" due to the reactivation of the Nemeton. She instates a new code, we protect those who cannot protect themselves.
A new group of hunters capture and torture Peter and Derek. They are searching for "La Loba" and believe the Hales know her whereabouts. (Read More...)
The leader of these new hunters, a woman named Araya, visits Chris in jail and chastises him for trying to "retire" from hunting. (Read More...)
Araya's hunters confront Derek at his loft. Again they ask for "La Loba" but are interrupted and beaten by Kate Argent. (Read More...)
The Calaveras, a family of hunters from Mexico, recovered Kate's healing body at the end of Season 1. They took her back to Mexico and tried to force her to commit suicide according to their code. Kate managed to escape and they've been trying to get her ever since. After Scott and his friends come looking for Derek Hale, Araya Calavera sends them to capture Kate. (Read More...)
The Calaveras and Chris head for La Iglesia to capture Kate. (Read More...)
Chris heals Gerard with yellow wolfsbane and enlists his help in defeating the Dread Doctors and the resurrected Beast of Gevaudan. However, he knew Gerard would have his own plans, so Chris turns on him after he and Scott don't need him anymore.
- Chris Argent (Active)
- Kate Argent (Werejaguar)
- Victoria Argent (deceased)
- Gerard (Active)
- Allison Argent (retired/deceased)
- Bennett (deceased)
- Alexander Argent (deceased)
- Henri Argent (deceased)
- Marie-Jeanne Valet (deceased)
- Araya Calavera
- Severo Calavera