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

Shadow Moth

An akuma is a magic butterfly responsible for transforming people into supervillains. An army of akumas is created and led by Hawk Moth/Shadow Moth, while Ladybug and Cat Noir are tasked with capturing and purifying them.[1]

In "Dearest Family", Shadow Moth figured out how to evolve his powers, allowing him to create a Megakuma, a stronger akuma that is capable of breaking through the ward of the Magical Charms.


Before it is turned into an akuma by the Butterfly Miraculous owner, the butterfly is pure white.

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

In "Catalyst", when infused with extra power by Scarlet Moth, the akumas are crimson with bright red edges and white markings.

Creation and abilities

An akuma is an evilized butterfly. Its goal is to possess an important object of a person who feels strong negative emotions, forming a telepathic connection between the person and Hawk Moth.

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 magical energy.

Akumas have their own telepathic link to the Butterfly Miraculous owner, but if the akuma goes too far away, the link is disconnected. They can squeeze through impossibly small spaces, even being able to move through the seal of a windowpane.

Once the deal is made, the person is enveloped in a magical dark-purple ether, stemming from the object containing the akuma, that transforms the person into a superpowered champion.

A non-purified Akuma in the act of multiplying

If an akuma is removed from one's object but goes uncaptured and unpurified, it will multiply before returning to the Butterfly Miraculous owner and entering the cane. The copies of the akuma will subsequently fly around and indiscriminately seek out other people. Any person that makes contact with the akuma clones will turn into exact physical copies of the original host's superpowered form and be frozen like statues 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 transform them once again, and the aforementioned duplicates will awaken and be under the full control of the original, becoming a massive clone army.

When multiple akumas are in existence, they can be controlled by the Butterfly Miraculous owner, to the point of forming a giant swarm shaped like their head, which they can speak through.

In order to face the obstacle that Ladybug's Magical Charms represent to prevent his plans of akumatizing the Parisians, Shadow Moth is able to boost his powers by focusing on his desire to get the Miraculous to grant his wish. This created a much powerful akuma that Shadow Moth called mega akuma. This new akuma is able to break through the defenses of the Magical Charm and destroy it.


There are several ways to de-spell, reject or avoid the akuma and Akumatization:

  • As per all of the episodes of the main series, the Akumatized object can be damaged, causing the akuma to flee, and the target will return to normal.
    • The Ladybug Miraculous can then be used to capture and purify the akuma back into a butterfly while it attempts to flee.
  • As shown in "Despair Bear", "Gigantitan", "Chameleon", and "Ikari Gozen", if the emotions of the intended target weaken, an akuma will wait and/or be attracted to the person in the area whose emotions are the strongest.
  • As shown in "Riposte" and "Gigantitan", an akuma can be seen before reaching its target and possibly stopped and purified beforehand.
  • As shown in "Zombizou", the akuma can be intercepted by another person, who is then possibly akumatized instead.
  • As shown in "Catalyst", "Heart Hunter", and "Miraculous New York", the akuma can be called back by the holder of the Butterfly Miraculous.
  • Also shown in "Catalyst", the Butterfly Miraculous owner is limited to releasing only one akuma at a time. Hawk Moth circumvents this by creating an akumatized champion that gives him the power to release multiple akumas at once.
  • As shown in "Chameleon", an akuma can be taken and be used even without strong negative emotions.
  • As shown in "Startrain", the akuma can stray too far from its owner and lose its telepathic contact with the akumatized person.
  • As shown in "Miraculer", the target can reject and expel the akuma if they are strong-willed enough.
  • As shown in "Cat Blanc" Cat Noir is seen using his Cataclysm to destroy an akuma.
  • As shown in "Gang of Secrets"and "Rocketear", the target can resist the akuma, breaking the transformation.
  • In "Mr. Pigeon 72", Alya Césaire helps Marinette Dupain-Cheng learn the Ladybug Miraculous holder can create magical charms which repel akumas and protect those who wear it.
  • As shown in "Furious Fu", the Order of the Guardians' monks are taught a chant to repel akumas.


Ladybug releasing a former Akuma that was reverted back into a butterfly

The Butterfly Miraculous owner can revoke the akuma, taking away their champion's powers and turning the akuma back into a normal butterfly.

An akuma will leave the object it inhabits after the object is broken. From there, the owner of the Ladybug Miraculous can catch it with the yo-yo in order to "de-evilize" it by removing the Butterfly Miraculous energy from it. Afterward, once the akuma reverts back to being a normal butterfly, the Ladybug Miraculous owner releases it, and the butterfly is free, possibly returning to the countryside rather than to Hawk Moth's lair.[2]

If an akuma is set free from a broken object without being purified, it will multiply into countless akumas and possess any people they come across, turning them into physical duplicates of the akumatized champion. When the original is defeated and purified, its duplicates will vanish, returning the original champion and the other people affected back to normal.



Comics and books



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.[3]
  • The word "evilize" was created by Thomas Astruc. [4]
  • 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.
  • In the Korean dub, they're simply called "Black Butterflies".
    • Ironically, they are still called that in their scarlet forms, too.
  • "Mayura" is the first (and currently only) episode in which a regular black and purple akuma does not make an appearance.
  • When Cataclysm is used on an Akuma, it will be destroyed like everything else, as seen in "Cat Blanc".
  • While being powerful because they could create superhumans and even create a superhuman who could give the holder the power to make more akumas, the Butterfly Miraculous offers no protection to its holder.
  • An Akuma can be seen in the thumbnail of every Season 4 trailer in the official YouTube channel.


Click here to view the image gallery for Akuma.
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ve Characters
Miraculous holders and related characters
French Miraculous superhero team

Adrien Agreste/Cat NoirMarinette Dupain-Cheng/LadybugAlya Césaire/Rena Rouge/Rena FurtiveJuleka Couffaine/Purple TigressKagami Tsurugi/RyukoLê Chiến Kim/King MonkeyLuka Couffaine/ViperionMax Kanté/PegasusMylène Haprèle/PolymouseNino Lahiffe/CarapaceRose Lavillant/PigellaZoé Lee/Vesperia

Other Miraculous holders

Jessica Keynes/Eagle


Gabriel Agreste/Hawk Moth/Shadow MothNathalie Sancoeur/Mayura



Former 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 rùaCernunnosChloé Bourgeois/Queen BeeLa CoccinelleHeraklesHēi MāoHippolytaHua MulanJeanne d'ArcLa Déesse CoccinelleLa MariquitaMicazoyolinMudangbeolleMudekudekuPiáo ChóngPied Piper of HamelinSasuke SarutobiSun WukongTentomushiTomoe GozenWang Fu/Jade TurtleYi Sun-sin

Future Miraculous holders

Alix Kubdel/BunnyxBrazilian Miraculous holderFuture Butterfly Miraculous holderLadyLionLady ButterflyCaprikidCoq CourageMinotauroxTraquemoiselle

Order of the Guardians




United Heroez
Aeon/Uncanny ValleyAgent BlueAgent RedAgent YellowBarbara Keynes/KnightowlCamilla Hombee/VictoryDean Gate/DoormanHurricaneJessica Keynes/SparrowMercuryOlympia Hill/MajestiaSnowflakeStingThorn
Main villains

AkumaGabriel Agreste/Hawk Moth/Shadow MothNathalie Sancoeur/Mayura

Akumatized villains

AnansiAnimaestroAnimanAntibugBackwarderBakerixBefanaBubblerCaptain HardrockCat BlancCatalystChameleonChristmasterThe CollectorCopycatDarkbladeDark CupidDark OwlDespair BearDesperada • Destroyer • EvillustratorFeastFrightningaleFrozerFurious FuGamerGigantitanGlaciatorGorizillaGuitar VillainHeart HunterHorrificatorIkari GozenKing CashKung FoodKwamibusterLady WifiLiesMagician of MisfortuneMalediktatorMimeMiracle QueenMiraclonizerMiraculerOblivioOni-ChanParty CrasherPharaohMr. PigeonPixelatorPrime QueenPrincess FragrancePuppeteerQueen BananaQueen WaspReflektaRena RageReverserRiposteRobostusRocketearRogercopSandboySanta ClawsSapotisShell ShockSilencerSimon SaysSimplemanSole CrusherStartrainStoneheartStormy WeatherStyle QueenSyrenTechlonizerTruthTimebreakerTimetaggerTroublemakerVanisherVolpinaWeredadWishmakerYanLuoShiZombizou


Banana Boom-BoomButterfly SentimonsterDormant SentimonsterGuiltripHack-SanLadybugLollipop SentimonsterLight EyeMega LeechOptigamiReflekdollRobostus sentimonsterSentialecSentibubblerSentinino/Senticarapace

Other villains

CashMike Rochip/Techno-PirateLila RossiBob Roth

Future villains

Apkli • Dr. Sadness • Future Hawk MothIgnoblia • Pain and Tears • Monsieur RatPsychomedianQilinTimetagger


Miss Bustier's class (Adrien AgresteChloé BourgeoisIvan BruelAlya CésaireJuleka CouffaineMarinette Dupain-ChengLê Chiến KimMylène HaprèleMax KantéAlix KubdelNathaniel KurtzbergNino LahiffeRose LavillantSabrina RaincomprixLila Rossi) • Ms. Mendeleiev's class (Marc AncielAurore BeauréalMireille CaquetJean DuparcZoé Lee) • Kagami TsurugiLuka CouffaineOndineThéo BarbotVivicaWayhem


AugustBoyElla CésaireEtta CésaireManon ChamackChris LahiffeMrs. Michelle's sonQuentin


Adrien's bodyguardEmilie AgresteAnne-Jeanne Théoxanne du BocqualeArletteThomas AstrucAugust's motherVincent AzaMr. BananaAndréAndré BourgeoisAudrey BourgeoisCaline BustierButler JeanAlec CataldiMarlena CésaireNora CésaireOtis CésaireNadja ChamackSabine ChengChrisClara ContardAnarka CouffaineMr. DamoclesArmand D'ArgencourtDoormanGina DupainRolland DupainTom DupainSimon GrimaultFred HaprèleFire captain #HessenpyClaudie KantéAlim KubdelJalil KubdelMarianne LenoirMaidMs. MendeleievMrs. MichelleJean-Pierre MonlataingClara NightingalePhilippeRoger RaincomprixXavier RamierPenny RollingMrs. RossiBob RothSanta ClausSarahJagged StoneJean TretiensTomoe TsurugiVéroniqueVincentXYDino Huggie


EdgarFangMinor animalsWhiskers


Kitty Section

Characters from the past

Darkblade (ancestor)



Future characters

Didier RoustanHarry ClownLindalee Rose

Other characters

AliChungDelmarFélix Graham de VanilyJiaoKang


Amelie Graham de VanilyCashChun ChengPrince Ali's chaperoneShu Yin ChengWang ChengYen Cheng



Prodigious Related

Fei Wu/LadydragonWu ShifuRenlings (Hou HouMa MaLong LongHu HuShe SheTang TangXiong XiongYing Ying) • Mei Shi


Akumatized person with helmetIron Armor Akumatized Person

Non-canon characters
Adam/ReplayBreakerDany Boon/GagotorFisherman/SilurusGhetto BlasterHowardCharlotte Basquet/SculptiaJørgenKenyaKenya's father/Trash KrakkenKillabeeLibrarianMetal Face DPublic EnemyShaolin SoulUnnamed superheroesUnused Quantic Kids members (GavrocheKid MimeMelodie) • Wealthy woman