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Akumatized villains, also called evilized villains, are people transformed into supervillains by Hawk Moth with Akumatization, the superpower of the Moth Miraculous.

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 then flies away from Hawk Moth's lair to where the person is, and 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 will reappear on both Hawk Moth and the villain.

As stated in "Robostus", any sentient creature with emotions can be akumatized. For example, the robot Markov is akumatized in the aforementioned episode, and infant August is akumatized in "Gigantitan". Sometimes, other living things are indirectly transformed with the main victim, such as Fang changing into a dragon in "Guitar Villain" when Jagged Stone is akumatized. Inanimate objects that are not the akumatized object can change because of the victim's akumatization, such as Roger Raincomprix's car transforming in "Rogercop".

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 has enhanced abilities and skills. A majority of the time, their objects end up becoming their weapons, such as the Bubbler's bubble wand and Guitar Villain's guitar.

Aside from their peculiar powers, supervillains seem to have enhanced strength, durability, and fighting skills. For example, Lady Wifi manages to pin down Cat Noir when they are both disarmed, and the Mime is able to hold the Eiffel Tower with his own strength.

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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 (Ladybug, Marinette, and Ivan Bruel respectively) and still care for them while transformed.

Hawk Moth can't mind control his villains, psychologically manipulating them instead.[1] He can't read their minds either, seeing and feeling only what they are seeing and feeling.[2] However, 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. He can also remove their powers, another threat he uses against his victims to keep them on-task.[3]

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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 over them, able to make them follow his or her orders and desires.

Because of Hawk Moth and the villain's mental connection, the villain can sense the location of Hawk Moth's lair if they want to find him, as seen in "Robostus" and "Dark Owl".

Defeat

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Jalil being de-corrupted.

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).[4]

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 control 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 Square
Alya Césaire Square
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 and can also turn cars into catapults.
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. Can also use the perfume gun to propel herself through the air.
Princess Fr
Skärmbild (12)
Ivan Bruel/ Stoneheart "Ladybug & Cat Noir (Origins - Part 1)" Has superhuman strength and grows larger and stronger every time he takes a hit. Later gains control over an army of other Stonehearts.
Stoneheart Square
Ivan Bruel Square
"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 Square
Simon Grimault Square
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. Can also "pixelate" the bodies and limbs of others, making them intangible.
PixelatorInfobox
VincentInfobox
Jagged Stone/
Guitar Villain
"Guitar Villain" Shoots beams from his guitar that have different effects according to the chord he plays. Also commands Fang, in a dragon-like form.
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 video game to turn people and objects into green balls of energy and upgrade it. Can also "save" a copy of his robot if it is destroyed.
Gamer Square
Max Kanté Square
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 Square
Sabrina Raincomprix Square
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 Suggestion 1
Chloe Suggestion 1
Lila Rossi/Volpina "Volpina" Can use her flute to create realistic illusions.
Volpina Square
Lila Square


Season 2

Name/Villain Name Episode Description Villain Civilian
Gabriel Agreste/The Collector "The Collector" Can imprison any person or object as a drawing within his sketchbook. Can also erase sketches by wiping them away.
The Collector Square
Gabriel Agreste Square
Nadja Chamack/Prime Queen "Prime Queen" With the energy from her watch, Prime Queen can phase objects and people, including herself, through screens.
Prime Queen Square
Nadja Chamack Square
Jean/Despair Bear "Despair Bear" Pilots a mechanical teddy bear from the inside, which has the power to control the mind of any person it is hanging on to.
Despair Bear Square
Butler Jean - Square
Kagami Tsurugi/Riposte "Riposte" Wields a sword and can strike at incredible speeds and slice through objects as thick as a car. She can also fire sonic blasts from her sword.
Riposte Square
Kagami temporary
Gina Dupain/Befana "Befana" Using her magical pistol, Befana can fire blasts that turn people into either coal statues or into fairy minions.
Befana Square
Gina Dupain Square
Markov/Robostus "Robostus" Can control electronic devices and grant them awareness.
Robustus Square
Markov Square
Mr. Damocles/Dark Owl "The Dark Owl" Uses a wide array of gadgets and tools, as well as enhanced agility and combat abilities.
Dark Owl Square
Mr. Damocles Square
August/Gigantitan "Gigantitan" Possesses enormous strength and size.
Gigantitan Square
August Square
André/Glaciator "Glaciator" Able to cover himself with ice cream and transform into a giant, regenerative monster with the ability to shoot ice cream at people and turn them into ice cream statues.
Glaciator Square
André
Ella and Etta Césaire/Sapotis "Sapotis" Engage in prankish behavior, and have the ability to multiply whenever they eat.
Sapotis Square
Ella and Etta Césaire Square
Adrien's bodyguard/Gorizilla "Gorizilla" Possesses enormous strength and a keen sense of smell.
Gorizilla Square
Adrien's bodyguard Square
Anarka Couffaine/Captain Hardrock "Captain Hardrock" Possesses an indestructible living ship that obeys her will, and an arsenal of weapons, including speaker shaped cannonballs, lasers, chains, and a microphone which doubles as a laser cutlass.
Captain Hardrock Square
Anarka Couffaine Square
Caline Bustier/Zombizou "Zombizou" Able to blow kisses that turn people into zombies who seek to kiss other people.
Zombizou
Caline Bustier Square
Ondine/Syren "Syren" Has the power to control water, swim incredibly fast and breathe underwater.
Syren Square
Ondine Square
Laura Nightingale/
Frightningale
"Frightningale" Has a whip in her microphone that forces everyone it hits to dance and rhyme or get turned into a magenta statue.
Frightingale Square
Clara Nightingale Square
Marc/ Reverser "Reverser" Currently unknown.
No Screenshot
Guy
Penny Rolling/ Troublemaker "Troublemaker" Can switch between being intangible and tangible.
Troublemaker322
Penny Rolling Square
Style Queen "Style Queen" Currently unknown.
Style Queen White BG Concept Art
No Screenshot
Queen Wasp "Queen Wasp" Currently unknown.
Queen Wasp
No Screenshot
Malediktor "Malediktor" Currently unknown.
Le Combat des Reines
No Screenshot
Gagotor "Gagotor" Currently unknown.
Gagotor
Civilian Gagotor
Frozer "Frozer" Currently unknown.
Frozer
Civilian Frozer
Currently unknown. Currently unknown. Currently unknown.
Purple pillow akuma
No Screenshot
Currently unknown. Currently unknown. Currently unknown.
Unnamed BW Outfit Character
No Screenshot
Currently unknown. Currently unknown. Currently unknown.
Unnamed black and red villain
No Screenshot


Specials

Name/Villain Name Episode Description Villain Civilian
Santa Claus/ Santa Claws "A Christmas Special" Gives out exploding Christmas presents that can contain bats, tarantulas, cockroaches or weapons such as maces and swords for him to use. Also rides a flying sleigh that can phase through walls.
Santa Claws
Santa Claus

Comic books

Name/Villain Name Issue Description Villain Civilian
Adam/Replay "Replay" Manipulates time around him with his watch.
Replay
Adam
Silurus "Trash Krakken Part 1" Can control and manipulate both water and catfish.
Silurus - Akumatized
Fisherman - deakumatized

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 an 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.
  • People can be akumatized after the first time, though it's unknown if a person's second akumatization results in a different appearance or the same appearance from their first akumatization.[5]
  • There are some cases in which a villain reappears or gets akumatized in an irregular situation more than once.
    • In "Timebreaker", both Alixes from two different timelines get akumatized.
    • During "The Evillustrator", Nathaniel's dream includes Lady Wifi and Stormy Weather.
    • Ivan transforms into Stoneheart in both of the Origins episodes.
    • In "The Puppeteer", the Puppeteer uses her powers to bring back Lady Wifi, the Evillustrator, and Rogercop.
    • According to Hawk Moth, it is implied that Lila may return as a villain due to her not forgiving Ladybug in "Volpina".
  • After Hawk Moth gives his victims their new names, they accept them and discard their former names until they are defeated.
  • Ladybug and Cat Noir usually try to persuade the supervillains to calm down and stop their rampage when they are able to do so.
  • Most of the villains are seen near Marinette and/or Adrien shortly before the akuma infects them.
  • In most cases, the villains usually get what they want when they are transformed or after they are defeated. However, this is not always the case.
  • It is unknown if non-humans, such as animals or kwamis, can be akumatized, but Season 2 will have some answers, as revealed by Thomas Astruc at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.[6]
    • In "Robostus", it is shown that emotionally-aware robots can be akumatized, when it happens to Markov, Max Kanté's robot.
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Fang as a dragon, transformed by Jagged Stone's akumatization.

  • Various animals and objects that are not infected by the akuma can be transformed indirectly with the akumatized villains.
    • Roger Raincomprix's police car transforms with him, its appearance changing and it becoming able to fly.
    • When Jagged Stone turns into Guitar Villain, his crocodile 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.
    • Albert is also akumatized alongside Mr. Damocles, as Mr. Damocles's monitor was the akumatized object; Albert gains a human face, as opposed to his normal cartoon appearance.
  • According to Nooroo, the Moth Miraculous is meant to create superheroes rather than supervillains.
    • While Hawk Moth can force his victims into focusing on getting Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses by threatening to remove their powers or causing them pain, the ability is supposed to be used to keep akumatized heroes from becoming evil.[7]
    • Several times, however, akumatized villains would identify themselves as heroes, such as Dark Owl.
      • Some villains call themselves heroes as a ruse, such as Volpina.
    • A recurring element is people being akumatized into supervillain versions of heroes, such as Copycat and Antibug.
  • Thomas Astruc noted that Marinette would be a hard person to akumatize as she is an optimistic person.[8]
  • In Zombiezou, and Gigantitan, the akuma is seen by the heroes.
  • He also noted that Adrien has not yet been akumatized because he is so used to disappointment.[9]

References

  1. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/872000705967554560
  2. https://curiouscat.me/MiraculousMX/post/256989254 and https://curiouscat.me/MiraculousMX/post/257013573
  3. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/872020337164251139
  4. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/694696400995667968
  5. https://officialmiraculousladybug.tumblr.com/post/159693301937/can-someone-be-akumatized-more-than-once-if-so
  6. https://youtu.be/vtO8bbvmU0g?t=3012
  7. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/872021350373896196
  8. Report on Thomas Astruc at Japan Weekend: https://twitter.com/Ladybug_Cartoon/status/780024002706305024
  9. Report on Thomas Astruc at Japan Weekend: https://twitter.com/Ladybug_Cartoon/status/780024002706305024
  10. Tumblr blog miraculousdaily covering the information revealed by the writers on May 17, 2017.

ve Characters
Miraculous holders and related characters
French Miraculous superhero team

Marinette Dupain-Cheng/LadybugAdrien Agreste/Cat Noir

Villains

Gabriel Agreste/Hawk Moth

Guardians

Wang 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 HamelinSaint GeorgeSasuke 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 villainFrightningaleFrozerGagotorLe PaonMalediktorQueen WaspReverser SyrenSmall purple villainStyle QueenTroublemakerZombizou

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 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 LahiffeClara NightingaleLindalee RoseMarinette's grandfatherOndineSabine's motherThomas AstrucVivica

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

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