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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]


Before it is turned into an akuma by Hawk Moth, the butterfly is pure white and bluish. In "Party Crasher", the butterfly in its chrysalis form is the same color when it is purified by Ladybug or Hawk Moth and before being turned into an akuma pure white.

However, once the butterfly becomes an akuma, it turns black with translucent purple highlights.

In "Catalyst (Heroes' Day - Part 1)", when infused with extra power by Scarlet Moth, akumas are crimson with bright red edges and white markings.

Creation and abilities

Users of the Butterfly Miraculous don't have an endless supply of akumas, so when they start to run out, the users can grow their own over time. Hawk Moth creates an akuma by charging a butterfly with 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.

Akumas have a telepathic link to the Butterfly Miraculous holder but if the akuma goes too far away the link is disconnected.

Once the deal is made, the akuma in the object releases a black and purple substance that transforms the person into a supervillain. They can squeeze through impossibly small spaces, even being able to move through the seal of a windowpane.

On occasions, an akuma will be attracted to the persons whose emotions resonate the strongest,[2], ignoring the ones with stronger resistence[3] An akuma won't corrupt someone if they recover from their negative emotions.[4] If the person has a powerful resistence, they can avoid the akuma's possesion even when they are already in contact with Hawk Moth.[5]

When multiple akumas are in existence, they can be controlled by Hawk Moth, to the point of forming a giant swarm shaped like his head, which he can speak through.


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 people. Any person 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 intense 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.

First seen during "Catalyst (Heroes' Day - Part 1)", when the akumas are infused with extra power, they can transform anyone that still has intense emotion will be akumatized into a scarlet version of the previous (or new) akumatized villains. Those powered-up scarlet akumas don't need for the victim to accept the power given as they can force them into Scarlet Moth's control.


In "Catalyst (Heroes' Day - Part 1)", it is shown that Hawk Moth can revert the akuma into a normal butterfly when he remove someone's powers without Ladybug destroying an object or purifying the akuma.

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.

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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 energy from it. Afterward, once the akuma reverts back to being a normal butterfly, she releases it, and the butterfly is free, possibly returning to the countryside rather than to Hawk Moth's lair.[6]



Comics and books



The Chase (4)

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

  • In Japanese, "akuma" (悪魔) means "demon" or "devil".
  • 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 aren't evil by nature. The black color just means they're charged with power.[7]
  • The word "evilize" was created by Thomas Astruc. [8]
  • In "Party Crasher", it is shown that akumas are produced by butterfly farming from Hawk Moth’s repository.
    • As of this episode an akuma is yet to be seen in its larvae stage and it is also unknown what they eat when in that stage. Since they grow into white butterflies it could be possible that they start out as white caterpillars.
  • Akumas are similar to kwamis, both being able to inhabit an object and transform a person into a super-being.
  • Whilst under Hawk Moth's power, they are similar in appearance and function to the Jigokuchō from Bleach.
  • "Mayura" is the first episode in which a regular (black and purple) akuma does not make an appearance.
  • When Cataclysm is used on an akuma like everything else it will be destroyed seen in "Cat Blanc".


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  1. Unofficial Miraculous LadyBug Facebook fanpage. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  2. "Gigantitan" and "Zombizou"
  3. "Catalyst (Heroes' Day)"
  4. "Stoneheart (Origins - Part 2)", "Despair Bear", "Gigantitan", "Zombizou" and "Chameleon"
  5. "Miraculer" and "Startrain"

ve Characters
Miraculous holders and related characters
French Miraculous superhero team

Adrien Agreste/Cat NoirMarinette Dupain-Cheng/Ladybug

Recurring Miraculous holders

Chloé Bourgeois/Queen BeeAlya Césaire/Rena RougeLuka Couffaine/ViperionMax Kanté/PegasusNino Lahiffe/CarapaceLê Chiến Kim/King Monkey


Gabriel Agreste/Hawk MothNathalie Sancoeur/Mayura


Wang Fu



Previous Miraculous holders

Ancient Butterfly Miraculous holderAncient Ladybug Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Bee Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Butterfly Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Fox Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Peacock Miraculous holderAncient Egyptian Miraculous holderAncient European Cat Miraculous HolderBọ rùaCernunnosIron Armor Akumatized PersonLa CoccinelleHeraklesHēi MāoHippolytaJeanne d'ArcLa Déesse CoccinelleLa MariquitaMicazoyolinMudekudekuPiáo ChóngPied Piper of HamelinSasuke SarutobiSun WukongTentomushiTomoe Gozen

Future Miraculous holders

Adrien Agreste/Aspik/Mister Bug/Snake NoirAlix Kubdel/BunnyxBrazilian Miraculous holderFuture Butterfly Miraculous holderFuture Queen BeeKagami Tsurugi/RyukoMarinette Dupain-Cheng/Dragon Bug/Lady Noir/MultimouseWang Fu/Jade Turtle

Non-Miraculous superheroes
Doorman (hero)Camilla Hombee/VictoryKnightowlMajestiaSparrowUncanny ValleyUnnamed superheroes
Main villains

Gabriel Agreste/Hawk MothAkumaNathalie Sancoeur/Mayura

Akumatized villains

AnansiAnimaestroAnimanAntibugBackwarderBakerixBefanaThe BubblerCaptain HardrockCatalystChameleonChristmasterThe CollectorCopycatDarkbladeDark CupidDark OwlDespair BearDesperada • Destroyer • The EvillustratorFrightningaleFrozerGamerGigantitanGlaciatorGorizillaGuitar VillainHorrificatorIkari GozenKung FoodLady WifiMagician of MisfortuneMalediktatorThe MimeMiraculerOblivioParty CrasherThe PharaohMr. PigeonPixelatorPrime QueenPrincess FragranceThe PuppeteerOni-ChanQueen WaspReflektaRena RageReplayReverserRiposteRobostusRogercopSandboySanta ClawsSapotisShell ShockSilencerSilurusSimon SaysStoneheartStormy WeatherStyle QueenSyrenTimebreakerTroublemakerVanisherVolpinaWeredadZombizou


Butterfly SentimonsterDormant SentimonsterLadybugLollipop MonsterReflekdoll

Other villains

Trash Krakken

Unknown and/or future villains

Apkli • Cat Blanc • Dr. Sadness • Hawk Moth (future)Heart Hunter • Ignoblia • KwamibusterMiracle Queen • Pain and Tears • Monsieur RatStartrainTimetagger


Miss Bustier's class (Ivan BruelJuleka CouffaineMylène HaprèleAlix KubdelNathaniel KurtzbergRose LavillantSabrina RaincomprixLila Rossi) • Ms. Mendeleiev's class (Aurore BeauréalMireille CaquetJean Duparc) • AdamMarc AncielLuka CouffaineOndineKagami TsurugiVivicaWayhem


AugustBoyElla CésaireEtta CésaireManon ChamackChris LahiffeMrs. Michelle's sonQuentin


Adrien's bodyguardEmilie AgresteArletteArt teacherThomas AstrucAugust's motherVincent AzaMr. BananaThéo BarbotAndré BourgeoisAudrey BourgeoisCaline BustierButler JeanAlec CataldiMarlena CésaireNora CésaireOtis CésaireNadja ChamackSabine ChengChris (performer)Clara ContardAnarka CouffaineMr. DamoclesArmand D'ArgencourtDoormanGina DupainRolland DupainTom DupainFire captainFishermanAndré GlacierSimon GrimaultFred HaprèleMr. KubdelJalil KubdelMarianne LenoirLila's motherMaidMs. MendeleievMrs. MichelleClara NightingalePhilippeRoger RaincomprixXavier RamierPenny RollingBob RothSanta ClausSarahJagged StoneJean TretiensTomoe TsurugiVéroniqueVincent (Adrien's photographer)XY


FangMinor animalsWhiskers


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Characters from the past

Darkblade (ancestor)



Future characters

Claudie KantéLindalee Rose

Other characters

AliFélix Agreste




BreakerWang ChengGhetto BlasterHowardJørgenKenya's fatherKillabeeMetal Face DPrince Ali's chaperonePublic EnemyShaolin SoulWealthy woman

Characters from the past

MageOrder of the Guardians

Future characters

Sabine's mother

Non-canon characters
Unused Quantic Kids members (GavrocheKid MimeMelodieMercury) • Dany Boon

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