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When it comes to luring superheroes, what could be better than creating supervillains?

Hawk Moth, "Ladybug & Cat Noir"

Akumatized villains, also called evilized villains, are people transformed into supervillains by Hawk Moth and his akumas.

Transformation

Alya akumatization

Alya being akumatized.

Whenever a person has strong negative emotions, such as anger, frustration, jealousy, disappointment, humiliation or sadness, Hawk Moth senses it from his lair and charges a butterfly with dark power to form an akuma. The akuma flies off from Hawk Moth's lair to where the person is, and it possesses an important object that belongs to the person.

Immediately, Hawk Moth telepathically links up to the person in order to communicate, using a butterfly-shaped light mask that goes around his and the person's eyes. Also, in that moment, the area around the victim's eyes darkens. He gives them a new name for their supervillain identity and then explains to the person that he'll give them the ability to accomplish their goals and/or get revenge, if, in turn, the person will retrieve the Ladybug Miraculous and Cat Miraculous from Ladybug and Cat Noir, respectively.

Kim corruption

Kim being corrupted.

Once the person agrees, black and purple smoke appears from the possessed object and surrounds the person. Once it vanishes, the person has transformed into a supervillain. If Hawk Moth needs to telepathically talk with them again, his light mask reappears on both Hawk Moth and the villain.

Abilities

Monsieur pigeon

Mr. Pigeon communicating with a pigeon.

An akumatized villain usually has an appearance and abilities that relate to their infected object, occupation, circumstances, and/or interests. For example, because of Xavier Ramier's love of pigeons and his object being a pigeon call, he becomes Mr. Pigeon, a villain with a suit based off of pigeons and the ability to command pigeons. In whatever way they're changed, an akumatized villain usually have enhanced abilities and skills. A lot of the time, their objects end up becoming their weapons, such as the Bubbler's bubble wand and Lady Wifi's cellphone.

Aside from their peculiar powers, supervillains seem to have enhanced strength and fighting skills (like Lady Wifi who manages to beat Cat Noir when they were both disarmed or the Mime who is able to hold the Eiffel Tower).
EV S01EP08 (509)

Hawk Moth briefly controlling the Evillustrator's hand.

Every villain, after being corrupted, remembers the cause of their distress and the person who caused it, so they usually try to get revenge. Additionally, some villains, namely Copycat, the Evillustrator, and Horrificator, remember the people whom they have romantic feelings for (respectively Ladybug, Marinette, and Ivan Bruel) and still care for them while transformed.

If a supervillain doesn't go and retrieve the Miraculous like they were asked to, Hawk Moth can control their bodies for a short period of time in order to inflict pain onto them until they agree to do it as quickly as possible.

Origins- Akuma multiplying

Akumas multiplying.

As seen in "Ladybug & Cat Noir" and "Stoneheart", if Ladybug doesn't purify a villain's akuma when she captures it, the akuma multiplies, and they transform various people into frozen copies of the villain. When the original akuma's victim is akumatized again, the copies unfreeze, and the villain has control them, able to make them follow his orders and desires.

Defeat

PH S01EP06 (697)

Jalil being decorrupted.

In order to defeat a villain and release the akuma, the special object that the akuma infects needs to be destroyed. After the object is destroyed, Ladybug uses her yo-yo to capture the akuma to "de-evilize" and revert it back into a normal butterfly. After the Miraculous Ladybug has reverted the damage caused since the akuma infected the villain, they are detransformed by the purple smoke, with only blurry memories of what happened (like a dream that can't be remembered clearly).[1]

List of akumatized villains

To see each villain's akumatized object, see List of akumatized objects

Season 1

Name/Villain Name Episode Description Villain Civilian
Nino Lahiffe/
The Bubbler
"The Bubbler" Able to fly short distances, along with using his bubble wand to create impenetrable bubbles with various effects.
Bubbler pic 1
Nino pic
Xavier Ramier/Mr. Pigeon "Mr. Pigeon" Able to control and communicate with pigeons with his pigeon whistle.
Pigeon pic 1
Xavier pic
Aurore Beauréal/ Stormy Weather "Stormy Weather" Can fly and controls the weather with her parasol.
Stormy Weather pic 2
Aurore pic
Alix Kubdel/ Timebreaker "Timebreaker" Can absorb energy from people she touches in order to travel back in time.
Timebreaker pic 3
Alix pic 5
Théo Barbot/Copycat "Copycat" Has the exact appearance and abilities of Cat Noir.
Copycat pic 2
Theo pic
Jalil Kubdel/
The Pharaoh
"The Pharaoh" Uses the powers of various Egyptian gods.
Pharaoh pic
Jalil pic
Alya Césaire/Lady Wifi "Lady Wifi" Utilizes her cellphone for attacks, and can teleport through cellphones.
Lady Wifi pic 3
Alya pic
Nathaniel Kurtzberg/
Evillustrator
"The Evillustrator" Draws objects that become real by using his drawing tablet and pen, and can erase existing items as well.
EvillustratorInfobox
Nathanael
Roger Raincomprix/ Rogercop "Rogercop" Can shoot out laser handcuffs onto people to make them follow his orders.
Rogercop pic 3
Roger pic 1
Lê Chiến Kim/
Dark Cupid
"Dark Cupid" Flies and shoots arrows that turn any form of love or friendship into hate.
Dark Cupid pic
Kim pic
Mylène Haprèle/ Horrificator "Horrificator" Shoots sticky goo from her mouth and grows larger by absorbing the fear of other people.
Horrificator
Mylene
Armand D'Argencourt/ Darkblade "Darkblade" Turns people whom he "knights" into his loyal soldiers.
Darkblade pic 7
Armand pic 1
Fred Haprèle/The Mime "The Mime" Allows any object he mimes to manifest as a solid, but invisible construct. Can only mime one object at a time.
Mime pic 3
Fred pic
Jean Duparc/ Magician of Misfortune "Princess Fragrance" Can make anything disappear with a puff of smoke.
Akumatized Background
Akuma Background
Rose Lavillant/ Princess Fragrance Uses a perfume gun which can fire different scents with different effects.
Princess Fr
Skärmbild (12)
Ivan Bruel/ Stoneheart "Ladybug & Cat Noir (Origins - Part 1)" Has superhuman strength and ability to grow larger every time he takes a hit.
Stone Heart
Ivan
"Stoneheart (Origins - Part 2)"
Otis Césaire/Animan "Animan" Transforms into any animal that he desires, including extinct species.
Animan Infobox
Skärmbild (29)
Simon Grimault/ Simon Says "Simon Says" Uses his deck of cards to command people to do what he wants.
Simon Says
Simon
Vincent Aza/Pixelator "Pixelator" Traps people in an infinite white plane inside picture frames in his room whenever he takes pictures of people through his lens.
PixelatorInfobox
VincentInfobox
Jagged Stone/Guitar Villain "Guitar Villain" Shoots beams from his guitar that have different powers according to the chord he plays.
Guitar Villain pic
Jagged Stone pic
Wang Cheng/Kung Food "Kung Food" Controls people who drink his soup, and can summon food weapons from his pouch, such as a pizza sword and sushi tonfas.
Kung Food pic
Wang pic 2
Max Kanté/
Gamer
"Gamer" Uses a giant robot from a videogame to turn people and objects into green balls of energy and upgrade it. Can also "save" a copy of it if it is destroyed.
The Gamer Akumatized
Max
Juleka Couffaine/ Reflekta "Reflekta" Turns people into identical physical copies of herself.
Reflekta pic 3
Juleka pic 2
Manon Chamack/The Puppeteer "The Puppeteer" Controls people using puppets that depict them. If she has puppets depicting akumatized villains, she can also transform people back into their previous akumatized form.
Puppeteer LQ Infobox
Manon LQ Infobox
Sabrina Raincomprix/Vanisher "Antibug" Has the power to turn herself completely invisible.
Vanisher pic
Sabrina
Chloé Bourgeois/
Antibug
Has the same powers as Ladybug, but as the complete opposite, such as having "Anti-Charm" instead of Ladybug's Lucky Charm.
Antibug pic
Chloé pic 9
Lila Rossi/ Volpina "Volpina" Can use her flute to create realistic illusions.
VolpinaWep
Lila

Specials

Name/Villain Name Episode Description Villain Civilian
Santa Claus/ Santa Claws "A Christmas Special" Gives out Christmas presents containing bats, spiders, and cockroaches.
Santa Claws
Santa Claus

Name/Villain Name Episode Description Villain Civilian
Adam/Replay "Replay" TBA.
No Screenshot
Adam

Trivia

  • Many of the supervillains' face masks, such as those of Stormy Weather, Lady Wifi, and the Evillustrator, resemble the shape of a butterfly, most likely in reference to the akumas. Similarly, the four eyeholes in Darkblade's helmet resemble the four wings of a butterfly.
    SW Aurore akumatized
  • When the akuma infects the object of the new villain and the light mask appears around their face, the darkened area is almost always an indication of the shape of their mask.
  • There are some cases in which a villain reappears or gets akumatized more than once.
    • In "Timebreaker", both Alixes from two different timelines get akumatized.
    • In "The Evillustrator" Nathaniel's dream includes Lady Wifi and Stormy Weather.
    • Ivan transforms into Stoneheart in both Origins episodes.
    • In "The Puppeteer", the Puppeteer uses her powers to bring back Lady Wifi, the Evillustrator and Rogercop.
    • According to Hawk Moth, Lila might return as a villain because she doesn't forgive Ladybug in "Volpina".
  • After Hawk Moth gives his victims their new names, they accept them and discard their former names until they are defeated.
  • Chloé is directly and/or indirectly responsible for making many of the characters vulnerable to Hawk Moth's akumas.
    • The people of whom she caused the akumatization are Alix, Alya, Nathaniel, Roger, Kim, Mylène, Wang Cheng, Sabrina, Juleka, and Rose.
    • The second person who caused the most akumatizations is Marinette, who caused Max, Chloé, Lila, and Santa's akumatizations.
  • Cat Noir and Ladybug usually try to persuade the supervillains to calm down and stop their rampage when they get a chance to do so.
  • Most of the villains are seen near Adrien and/or Marinette shortly before the akuma infects them.
  • The villains usually get what they want when they are transformed or defeated.
  • It is unknown if non-humans, such as robots, animals, or kwamis can be akumatized, but Season 2 will have some answers, as revealed by Thomas Astruc at SDCC 2016.[2]
    Guitar Villain and his Crocodile

    Fang as a dragon, transformed by Jagged Stone's akumatization.

    • However, animals and objects that are not infected by the akuma can be transformed with the akumatized villains.
      • Roger Raincomprix's police car transforms with him, its appearance changing and it being able to fly.
      • When Jagged Stone turns into Guitar Villain, Fang is transformed into a dragon.
      • Santa Claus's horses turn into reindeer, and his sleigh changes its appearance as well, gaining the ability to fly.
  • According to Nooroo, the Moth Miraculous is meant to create superheroes, rather than supervillains.
  • Thomas Astruc noted that Marinette would be a hard person to akumatize as she is an optimistic person.[3]
    • He also noted that Adrien has not yet been akumatized because he is so used to disappointment.[4]

References


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  • Does Hawkmoth get to choose what kind of Akumatized supervillian he creates?

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