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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 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 to no memory of the event.

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Episodes


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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 recurs 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 upon seeing Adrien, therefore becoming immune to akumatization.


Gallery

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References


ve Characters
Miraculous holders and related characters
Heroes

Marinette Dupain-Cheng/LadybugAdrien Agreste/Cat Noir

Villains

Hawk Moth

Guardians

Master Fu

Kwami

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

Previous Miraculous holders

Ancient 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 MariquitaMicazoyolinMudekudekuTentomushiTomoe Gozen

Future Miraculous holders

CarapaceLe PaonQueen BeeRena RougeUnknown Miraculous holder

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

AkumaHawk MothTrash Krakken

Akumatized villains

AnimanAntibugThe BubblerCopycatDark CupidDarkbladeGamerGuitar VillainHorrificatorThe EvillustratorKung FoodLady WifiThe Magician of MisfortuneThe MimeMr. PigeonThe PharaohPixelatorPrincess FragranceThe PuppeteerReflektaReplayRogercopSanta ClawsSilurusSimon SaysStoneheartStormy WeatherTimebreakerVanisherVolpina

Unknown and/or future villains

BefanaBlack and red villainBlack and white villainCaptain HardrockThe CollectorDark OwlDespair BearFrozerGagotorGigantitanGlaciatorGorizillaMalediktorPink villainPrime QueenQueen WaspRiposteRobustusRossignobleSapotisSmall purple villainStyle QueenTroublemakerVillain with hair sticks

Other characters
Teenagers

AdamAlix KubdelAlya CésaireAurore BeauréalChloé BourgeoisIvan BruelJean DuparcJuleka CouffaineLê Chiến KimLila RossiMax KantéMireille CaquetMylène HaprèleNathaniel KurtzbergNino LahiffePrince AliRose LavillantSabrina Raincomprix

Children

Ella CésaireEtta CésaireKenyaManon Chamack

Adults

Adrien's bodyguardAlec CataldiAndré BourgeoisArmand D'ArgencourtBob RothBreakerButler JeanCaline BustierChrisDoormanFire captainFishermanFred HaprèleGabriel AgresteGhetto BlasterHowardJagged StoneJalil KubdelJørgenKenya's fatherKillabeeMaidMarlena CésaireMetal Face DMrs. AgresteMr. DamoclesMr. KubdelMs. MendeleievNadja 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

DarkbladeMage

Future characters

AlbertAnansiAndréArletteAudrey BourgeoisAugustAugust's motherCésaire siblingCharacter in blue clothingChris LahiffeClara ContardGina DupainJuleka's motherKagami TsurugiKagami's motherLaura MaranoLindalee RoseLuka CouffaineMarkovOrder of the GuardiansSabine's motherThomas AstrucVivicaWayem

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

Start a Discussion Discussions about Akuma

  • Could Cat Noir possibly purify Akuma's with his staff?

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    • Avatar thoyrn wrote:i've been thinking about the idea for a while and i think that just because he doesn't have a lucky ch...
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  • Miraculous Holders Can Be Akumatized!

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    • I think The Collector hinted that a Miraculous holder can only be akumatized when they're not in possession of their Miraculous. 
    • It will definitely happen at some point in the show; it would probably take up two episodes and/or be a grand finale. It's more a question...