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Look, I'm a kwami. I grant powers. Yours is the power of destruction, got it?

Plagg, "Ladybug & Cat Noir"

Kwamis are sprite-like, "abstract" creatures that give power to people with Miraculouses to transform into animal-themed super beings.

History

Kwamis Traveling the Universe

Kwamis flying through the universe.

As explained by Master Fu, Wayzz, and Tikki in the second issue of Miraculous Adventures, kwamis are formed whenever a new abstract idea or emotion comes into existence in the universe, such as creation, love, beauty, and mathematics. When these emotions came into being, kwamis were formed at different times, such as Tikki, the kwami of creation, who was formed at the beginning of the universe and was the first kwami (and being) to exist. However, the kwamis couldn't be spotted by regular tangible creatures like humans. While they were able to journey across the universe, kwamis weren't sensed by humans and were unable to interact with them.

The issue was solved thousands of years ago, when a mage figured out how to create magical jewels, Miraculouses, in order for the kwamis to be able to communicate with and assist people. From that point on, kwamis helped the wearers of their Miraculouses achieve good in the world, although there were instances where they stuck with villainous holders and forced to help them with their diabolical schemes.

Appearance

Generally, kwamis are small, being around 10 centimeters in height, with large heads and tiny bodies.[1] They have arms and legs, but they lack fingers and toes. The animal theme that their Miraculous has affects their appearances, such as Tikki being red with black spots and antennae like a ladybug and Plagg being black with green eyes, cat-like ears, and a cat-like tail.

Abilities

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Plagg helping Adrien transform.

Normally, kwamis can fly and levitate. They can also become intangible to pass through solid objects, like locker doors. Even though they are small, kwamis appear to have enough strength to hold things that are larger and/or heavier than themselves. They can live for thousands of years — possibly forever — having been around since before the creation of the Miraculouses.

Kwamis inhabit pieces of Miraculous jewelry, like earrings or a ring, in order to give the person wearing them the ability to transform into superheroes and gain a specific power, such as Plagg granting the power of destruction and Tikki the power of creation. The transformation can last indefinitely unless the Miraculous' special power (e.g. Ladybug's Lucky Charm or Cat Noir's Cataclysm) is used, at which point the wearer has about five minutes until they revert to their normal form and the kwami leaves the Miraculous.[2] To regain power, to strengthen themselves and to transform their wearer again, kwamis need to refuel by eating food. Some kwamis have a preference for specific foods: for instance, Plagg's favorite food is Camembert cheese, but he is willing to eat other types of cheese if Camembert isn't available for him.

Kwamis also perform a kind of ritual for their Miraculous holders where they create a Kwagatama inside their bodies from the hairs of their past and current holders. They then present the charm to their current bearer for a special occasion, such as a birthday.


List of known kwamis


The kwami of creation. Inhabits the wearer's earrings for them to become a ladybug-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's brooch for them to transform into a butterfly-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's brooch for them to turn into a peacock-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's necklace for them to transform into a fox-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's jewelry for them to turn into an ox-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's jewelry for them to change into a dragon-themed hero.
Inhabits the user's jewelry for them user to transform into a horse-themed hero.
Inhabits the user's jewelry for them to become a monkey-themed superhero.
Inhabits the wearer's jewelry for them to change into a dog-themed hero.
The kwami of destruction. Inhabits the wearer's ring for them to transform into a cat-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's bracelet for them to change into a turtle-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's comb for them to become a bee-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's jewelry for them to become a rat-themed superhero.
Inhabits the wearer's jewelry for them to transform into a tiger-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's jewelry to them to change into a snake-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's jewelry for them to transform into a goat-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's jewelry for them to change into a rooster-themed hero.
Inhabits the wearer's jewelry for them to transform into a pig-themed hero.

Trivia

  • A kwami is a "quantic kami."[3]
    • In Japanese, kami (神) means "God."
  • According to Thomas Astruc, the name of every kwami has to be a short name with a double letter in it.[4]
    • However, Nooroo's name has two doubles, whereas the others have just one double.
  • Wilfried Pain noted in a Twitter response that kwamis are "some kind of god" and don't exactly have genders.[5]
  • The concept of the kwamis was created by Bandai.[6]
    • Wilfried mentioned that the kwamis are supposed to look very cute.[7]
  • In "Timebreaker", Tikki is able to sense her own power in the Ladybug from the future.
    • Similarly, Wayzz is able to sense the power of Nooroo and the Moth Miraculous in "Ladybug & Cat Noir (Origins - Part 1)".
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      Marinette pointing at a hieroglyph of Tikki from an Egyptian papyrus.

  • Tikki reveals that she is more than 5,000 years old in "The Pharaoh", suggesting that kwamis are immortal.
  • Kwamis are aware of the actions of the people who possess their Miraculous when transformed.
    • However, they cannot communicate with their holders when they are transformed.[8]
    • An example of this is when Plagg laughed at how Adrien said all the rude things to Ladybug when he was possessed by Dark Cupid's arrow as Cat Noir in the episode of the same name.
    • In "Ladybug & Cat Noir", Tikki and Plagg appear to be unaware whether the akuma was captured or not, so it is actually unsure to what extent they can be aware what is happening when their Miraculous is used.
  • Kwamis are like Aladdin's genie, having to obey their holders' desires.[9]
    • They are not, however, genies. Genies exist in universe, according to Plagg in "Ladybug & Cat Noir".
  • Kwamis can get sick, as seen in the episode "Princess Fragrance" when Tikki becomes sick after helping Marinette defeat a villain in pouring rain.
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    Sick Tikki.

    • Master Fu is able to heal them.
  • As revealed in "Ladybug and Cat Noir", when the current holder disposes of their Miraculous, the associated kwami disappears and goes back into the dormant Miraculous. When the Miraculous gets put on again, whether by the same user or a new one, the kwami comes out of the Miraculous.
    • If the Miraculous comes off by accident, like when Adrien's ring falls off in "Lady Wifi", the kwami is not pulled back into the Miraculous. The kwami will only disappear if the holder wants to get rid of the Miraculous.
  • It is unknown if kwamis can be akumatized, but Season 2 will have the answers, as revealed at the Miraculous Ladybug panel at SDCC 2016.[10]
  • According to Jeremy Zag, Season 2 will include an episode revealing the origins of the kwamis.[11]
    • The New York Comic Con 2016 panel additionally noted that there will be webisodes that focus on the kwamis, notably Tikki and Plagg, and that there may be more than one episode in new seasons that centers on them.[12]
  • The official Miraculous Ladybug Twitter account noted that while more kwamis will be seen in Season 2, it won't be all of them.[13]
  • In "The Collector", Plagg noted that kwamis aren't able to be filmed or photographed, not showing up and preventing others from discovering their existence.
  • According to Tikki in "Befana", kwamis give their Miraculous holders a symbol of friendship called a kwagatama.
    • A teaser trailer released on August 31, 2017, revealed that some of these new kwamis are based on the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, yet the rabbit was not included or confirmed.[14]


References

  1. Confirmed to User:BelieveInMagic814 by the official Miraculous Ladybug Tumblr blog.
  2. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/653210855102877696
  3. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/670391757713076225
  4. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/648192126912720896
  5. https://twitter.com/WinnyGZ/status/691395682016563201
  6. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/857161955387334656
  7. https://twitter.com/WinnyGZ/status/885888532975423488
  8. https://mobile.twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/704623675702714368
  9. Thomas Astruc at Japan Weekend, as reported by a fan Twitter account: https://twitter.com/Ladybug_Cartoon/status/780065249101774848
  10. https://twitter.com/dramadraws/status/756967147167809536
  11. https://youtu.be/n1avxPB4txE?t=161
  12. https://youtu.be/-UURD3NcjWE?t=1404
  13. https://twitter.com/BeMiraculousLB/status/849007498627399680
  14. https://pandasuite.com/viewer/2.0.2/59a6c26e48abe6f53a002dc9?t=1 (direct video source here)

ve Characters
Miraculous holders and related characters
Heroes

Marinette Dupain-Cheng/LadybugAdrien Agreste/Cat Noir

Villains

Hawk Moth

Guardians

Master Fu

Kwami

TikkiPlaggNoorooWayzzPollenDuusuTrixxRat kwamiOx kwamiTiger 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 CoccinelleMicazoyolinMudekudekuTentomushiTomoe Gozen

Future Miraculous holders

CarapaceLe PaonQueen BeeRena RougeUnknown Miraculous holder

Non-Miraculous superheroes
BirdyCamilla Hombee/VictoryDoormanKnightowlMajestiaUncanny 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 HardrockDespair BearFrozerGagotorGigantitanIce cream villainMalediktorOwl villainPink villainPrime QueenQueen WaspRiposteRobostusRossignobleSmall antenna villainSmall purple villainSmall villainStyle QueenTroublemakerThe CollectorVillain 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 BourgeoisArletteArmand D'ArgencourtBob RothBreakerButler JeanCaline BustierChrisDoormanFire captainFishermanFred HaprèleGabriel AgresteGhetto BlasterHowardJagged StoneJalil KubdelJørgenKillabeeMaidMarlena 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

AnansiAudrey BourgeoisCharacter in blue clothingCésaire siblingChris LahiffeGina DupainKagami TsurugiLaura MaranoLindalee RoseLuka CouffaineSabine's motherMarkovOrder of the GuardiansThomas AstrucVivica

Non-canon characters
FélixUnused Quantic Kids members (GavrocheKid MimeMelodieMercurySparrow)

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