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Fly away, my evil/little akuma, and evilize him/her.

Hawk Moth

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 a black and purple substance 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, regressing 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


The Chase (4)

The butterfly's chibi design as seen in "The Chase".

  • 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, however, they are a sign of bad luck when in large numbers.
    • 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 super-being.
  • 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 the guests at Chloé'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 whose 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.
  • After an akuma is purified back into a normal butterfly it is unknown where they go afterwards if it's not back to Hawk Moth's lair.
  • They are similar in appearance whilst under Hawkmoth's power, as the Jigokuchō from Bleach, they even work similarly.

Gallery

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References


ve Characters
Miraculous holders and related characters
French Miraculous superhero team

Marinette Dupain-Cheng/LadybugAdrien Agreste/Cat Noir

Reoccurring Miraculous holders

Alya Césaire/Rena RougeNino Lahiffe/CarapaceChloé Bourgeois/Queen Bee

Villains

Gabriel Agreste/Hawk Moth

Guardians

Wang Fu

Kwamis

TikkiPlaggNoorooWayzzTrixxPollenDuusuRat kwamiOx kwamiTiger kwamiRabbit kwamiDragon kwamiSassHorse 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 MariquitaMicazoyolinMudekudekuPied Piper of HamelinSasuke SarutobiSun WukongTentomushiTomoe Gozen

Future Miraculous holders

MayuraUnknown Miraculous holder

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

AkumaGabriel Agreste/Hawk Moth

Akumatized villains

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

Other villains

Trash Krakken

Unknown and/or future villains

AnansiBlack and red villainCatalystFrozerGagotorMayuraMalediktatorQueen WaspReverserSandboySyrenStyle QueenZombizou

Other characters
Teenagers

AdamAliAlix KubdelAurore BeauréalChloé BourgeoisIvan BruelJean DuparcJuleka CouffaineKagami TsurugiLê Chiến KimLila RossiLuka CouffaineMax KantéMireille CaquetMylène HaprèleNathaniel KurtzbergNino LahiffeRose 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 ContardClara NightingaleDoormanEmilie 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 animalsWhiskers

Bands

Kitty Section

Characters from the past

DarkbladeMageOrder of the Guardians

Miscellaneous

AlbertMarkov

Future characters

Art teacherCharacter in blue clothingChris LahiffeLila's motherLindalee RoseMarc AncielSandboyMarinette's grandfatherNora CésaireOndinePhilippe CandeloroSabine's motherThomas AstrucVivica

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?

    81 messages
    • AAThe orange duck 42 wrote:Ladybug is creation, so she purifys the akumas. cat noir is destruction, so he would corupt them. Le Paon is going...
    • so cat noirs power would do the oposite of ladybugs, ladybugs takes away powers, so cat noirs would make them stronger, like darkblade's w...
  • I don't like the multiplying Akuma in Origins

    11 messages
    • Archangel999 wrote:At best I suspect he might use Lila/Volpina for such things, has for new powers for him, What ever they could be he w...
    • Le Paon will go with the akumitised villan to asist them, and hawkmoth will talk to ladybug and cat noir, like he did in origans, and ...