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Fly away, my evil akuma, and evilize him.

Hawk Moth, "The Bubbler"

An akuma is a black lepidopteran creature responsible for transforming people into supervillains. An army of akumas is created and led by Hawk Moth while Ladybug and Cat Noir are tasked with capturing and purifying them.[1]

Appearance

Before it is turned into an akuma by Hawk Moth, the butterfly is pure white. However, once it becomes an akuma, it turns black with translucent purple highlights.

Creation and abilities

Hawk Moth creates an akuma by charging a butterfly with his dark energy. The purpose of an akuma is to possess an important object of a person, forming a telepathic connection between the person and Hawk Moth. Once the deal is made, the akuma in the object releases black and purple smoke that transforms the person into a supervillain. They also can squeeze through incredibly small spaces, being able to get through the crack of a closed elevator door, which is impossible for normal butterflies.

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A non-purified akuma duplicating.

If an akuma is removed from one's object but goes uncaptured and unpurified, it will duplicate itself exponentially before returning to Hawk Moth and entering his cane. The copies of the akuma will subsequently fly around and indiscriminately seek out other humans. Any humans that make contact with the akuma clones will turn into exact physical copies of the original host's villain form and be petrified in this state. Should the akuma's former host manage to regain the negative emotions that transformed them to begin with, the original akuma will leave the cane and return to corrupt them once again, and the aforementioned duplicates will awaken and be under their full control, becoming a massive clone army.

When multiple akumas are in existence, they can form a giant swarm shaped like Hawk Moth's head, which he can speak through.

Defeat

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Ladybug releasing a former akuma that was reverted back into a butterfly.

The akuma leaves the object it inhabits after it is destroyed. From there, Ladybug can catch it with her yo-yo in order to "de-evilize" it by removing the dark energy from it. Afterward, once the akuma reverts back to being a normal butterfly, she releases it, and the butterfly is free, not returning to Hawk Moth's lair.[2] If the akuma is released without being purified, it will multiply and infect other people. But when it is defeated and purified, its duplicates will vanish, reverting the original victim and the other people affected back to normal. The victim often has little or no memory of the event.

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Trivia


  • In Japanese, "akuma" (悪魔) means "demon" or "devil."
    • Akumas are not evil by nature. The black color just means they're charged with power.[3]
  • In most Asian lore, butterflies symbolize change, but they are a sign of bad luck when in large numbers.
    • Also, in some animistic beliefs, the sight of butterflies or moths approaching or entering one's house means that an unexpected guest or intruder will arrive in the near future.
  • Akumas are similar to kwamis, both being able to inhabit an object and transform a person into a superbeing.
  • The word "evilize" was created by Thomas Astruc.[4]
  • As seen in "Stoneheart (Origins - Part 2)", an akuma will not corrupt someone if they recover from their negative emotions, as Marinette manages to cheer Ivan up before Hawk Moth manages to akumatize him when he gets upset again.
    • This occurs again in "Despair Bear", when Hawk Moth tries to akumatize someone at Chloe's party.
    • Again in "Gigantitan", when Hawk Moth tries to akumatize Adrien's bodyguard he calms down upon seeing Adrien, which influences his negative emotions to disappear, therefore becoming immune to akumatization.
    • The same thing happened in "Zombizou," where the akuma was meant to akumatize Marinette, but her negative emotions fade away after Caline Bustier tells her that she is not punished making her immune to akumatization.
  • On occasions an akuma will attract to a person who's negative emotions resonate the strongest.
    • Seen in "Gigantitan", when August got akumatized instead of Adrien's bodyguard.
    • In "Zombizou", where the akuma was intended for Marinette but was drawn to Miss Bustier due to her being afraid.


Gallery

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References


ve Characters
Miraculous holders and related characters
French Miraculous superhero team

Marinette Dupain-Cheng/LadybugAdrien Agreste/Cat Noir

Villains

Gabriel Agreste/Hawk Moth

Guardians

Master Fu

Kwamis

TikkiPlaggNoorooWayzzTrixxPollenDuusuRat kwamiOx kwamiTiger kwamiRabbit kwamiDragon kwamiSnake kwamiHorse kwamiGoat kwamiMonkey kwamiRooster kwamiDog kwamiPig kwami

Previous Miraculous holders

Alya Césaire/Rena RougeAncient Chinese Bee Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Cat Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Fox Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Ladybug Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Moth Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Peacock Miraculous holderAncient Egyptian LadybugAncient Egyptian Miraculous holderBọ rùaCernunnosHeraklesHippolytaJeanne d'ArcLa CoccinelleLa MariquitaMicazoyolinMudekudekuPied Piper of HamelinSasuke SarutobiSun WukongTentomushiTomoe Gozen

Future Miraculous holders

CarapaceLe PaonQueen BeeUnknown Miraculous holder

Non-Miraculous superheroes
Camilla Hombee/VictoryDoormanKnightowlMajestiaSparrowUncanny ValleyUnnamed superheroes
Villains
Main villains

AkumaGabriel Agreste/Hawk MothTrash Krakken

Akumatized villains

AnimanAntibugBefanaThe BubblerCaptain HardrockCopycatThe CollectorDark CupidDark OwlDarkbladeDespair BearGamerGlaciatorGorizillaGuitar VillainHorrificatorThe EvillustratorGigantitanKung FoodLady WifiThe Magician of MisfortuneThe MimeMr. PigeonThe PharaohPixelatorPrime QueenPrincess FragranceThe PuppeteerReflektaReplayRiposteRobustusRogercopSanta ClawsSapotisSilurusSimon SaysStoneheartStormy WeatherTimebreakerVanisherVolpina

Unknown and/or future villains

Black and red villainBlack and white villainFrozerGagotorLe PaonMalediktorQueen WaspRossignobleSyrenSmall purple villainStyle QueenTroublemakerZombizou

Other characters
Teenagers

AdamAlix KubdelAurore BeauréalChloé BourgeoisIvan BruelJean DuparcJuleka CouffaineKagami TsurugiLê Chiến KimLila RossiLuka CouffaineMax KantéMireille CaquetMylène HaprèleNathaniel KurtzbergNino LahiffePrince AliRose LavillantSabrina RaincomprixWayhem

Children

AugustElla CésaireEtta CésaireKenyaManon ChamackMrs. Michelle's son

Adults

Adrien's bodyguardAlec CataldiAnarka CouffaineAndréAndré BourgeoisArletteArmand D'ArgencourtAudrey BourgeoisAugust's motherBob RothBreakerButler JeanCaline BustierChrisClara ContardDoormanEmilie AgresteFire captainFishermanFred HaprèleGabriel AgresteGhetto BlasterGina DupainHowardJagged StoneJalil KubdelJean TretiensJørgenKagami's motherKenya's fatherKillabeeMaidMarlena CésaireMetal Face DMr. DamoclesMr. KubdelMs. MendeleievMrs. MichelleNadja ChamackNathalie SancoeurOtis CésairePenny RollingPublic EnemyPrince Ali's chaperoneRoger RaincomprixSabine ChengSanta ClausSarahShaolin SoulSimon GrimaultThéo BarbotTom DupainVincentVincent AzaWang ChengWealthy womanXavier RamierXY

Animals

FangMinor animals

Characters from the past

DarkbladeMageOrder of the Guardians

Miscellaneous

AlbertMarkov

Future characters

AnansiCésaire siblingCharacter in blue clothingChris LahiffeLaura NightingaleLindalee RoseOndineSabine's motherThomas AstrucVivica

Non-canon characters
Félix AgresteUnused Quantic Kids members (GavrocheKid MimeMelodieMercury)

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