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Akumatization[1] is the special superpower granted by the Butterfly Miraculous to its owner.[2]


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Aurore gets Akumatized.

The Butterfly Miraculous owner first uses the Miraculous to detect strong emotions, presumably to detect when someone is in need of help. They then infuse energy into a butterfly, transforming it into an Akuma. The Akuma is then sent on its way to find the person it is supposed to bond with. Once the Akuma reaches the person, it possesses an object belonging to them and creates a telepathic link between the person and the Butterfly Miraculous owner. Once the person agrees to work with the Miraculous owner, the person is enveloped in a magical dark-purple ether. When the ether dissipates, the person is transformed into a super-powered being. The powers granted correspond with the person's personality traits and/or circumstances. The Butterfly Miraculous owner can remove one's powers by revoking the Akuma.

The Butterfly Miraculous owner is limited to only one Akuma at a time, however, more than one person can be Akumatized at the same time if they are both holding the same object the Akuma inhabits.

The Akumatized people usually follow the desires of the Butterfly Miraculous owner, with a few exceptions.

The Butterfly Miraculous owner can telepathically talk to their Akumatized champion from a distance, and whenever they do, a butterfly-shaped light mask appears over both of their faces. The Miraculous owner cannot control the champion's mind, however.[3] And according to Timetagger in said episode, an akumatized villain is able to feel a difference in the telepathic link being able to distinguish one owner from another.

If necessary, the Miraculous owner has the power to inflict pain on their champion, either for disobeying orders or using their powers for the wrong reasons.[4]

The Akuma/Akumatized champion must be within a certain range of the Butterfly Miraculous owner for the mental connection to be in effect. As seen in "Startrain", Gabriel lost his connection with the Akuma after it was outside his maximum telepathic distance of 150 miles, but it's unknown if the distance range is the same for all Butterfly Miraculous holders.

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Mr. Pigeon reverting back to Xavier Ramier.

If the object containing the Akuma is broken, it will be released and the transformation will be undone. If the Akuma is allowed to fly away, it will multiply into thousands and possess any random people they come across. These people are transformed into physical duplicates of the original Akuma champion; however, these duplicates will be frozen stiff like statues. If the original Akuma champion is re-Akumatized, the duplicates will come to life and serve as the originals personal army. The only way to prevent this is to capture and purify the Akuma before it can fly away currently, the only known way to do so is by using the Yo-yo granted by the Ladybug Miraculous.

Akumatization is a very helpful superpower, but the Butterfly Miraculous owner can only make one Akuma at a time. The only times there are multiple beings are when the Akuma duplicates or when the Miraculous owner' powers are enhanced, like when Hawk Moth uses Catalyst's powers to boost his own.

In "Félix", it is revealed that the Butterfly Miraculous owner can also talk through their Akumatized champions, much like how a Fox Miraculous owner can talk through their illusions and a Peacock Miraculous owner can talk through their Sentimonsters.

The Akumatization of the victim remains when the holder detransforms or even if the Butterfly Miraculous and/or its owner are no longer of this world, as seen in "Simon Says" and "Cat Blanc". Similar to the Miraculous transformations it can also temporarily completely restore impairments of their champions seen in "Ikari Gozen" but it will return when the champions are deakumatized and Ladybug's restoration power fixes everything.

However, like the Miraculous Ladybug (superpower), there are conditions, however, that are not subject to the akumatization's power:

  • After the powers of their akumatized champions are removed they can't do anything to fix the damage their champions leave behind.
  • If the akumatized champions negative emotions are too strong or the villains are too young to understand, the user will have a difficult time controlling them.
  • If the akumatized villain gets too far away from the Butterfly Miraculous holder or the connection to the akuma has been blocked the two won't establish a link and the villain as well as the akuma will act on their own accord.
  • The victim's body must be strong enough to hold the Akumatized transformation. If not, the transformation will drop and the champion will lose their powers.


For a complete list of Akumatization uses, see Akumatized villains.



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Nooroo explaining Akumatization with the Miraculous book.

  • Akumatization is the only superpower that requires an external factor not provided by the transformation to work; the butterflies.
  • Season 2 had responded to the question that Akumatization works on more than just humans, such as robots, animals, and kwamis.[5]
  • Sometimes, animals or objects are indirectly transformed with the Akumatized person, including Roger Raincomprix's car in "Rogercop", Jagged Stone's alligator Fang in "Guitar Villain", and Santa Claus' horses in "Santa Claws".
  • People can be Akumatized more than once, and it can be either with the same or different identity.
  • People feeling insufficient emotion can decline to become Akumatized, such as those targeted by Hawk Moth if they don't despair enough.[6]
    • In "Despair Bear", "Gigantitan", "Zombizou", and "Chameleon", it was shown that the Akuma would stop if its target has overcome his or her emotions.
    • In "Catalyst", Hawk Moth's powers were increased, and he no longer needed the consent of his target, though the Akuma still needed intense emotions to take hold of its target.
  • Like Cataclysm, Akumatization doesn't need the Butterfly Miraculous tool to activate it.
    • However in "Backwarder", since Hawk Moth was not in his lair and instead hiding in a train bathroom, he used an Akuma that was contained within his cane.
  • The Akumatized beings are meant to be superheroes, but the Butterfly Miraculous holder can also make them supervillains, Hawk Moth creating the latter for evil intentions.
    • Akumatized villains are chosen by Hawk Moth because of their negative emotions, like sadness or anger, but it's unknown if Akumatized heroes have to feel the same type of emotions to be sensed and/or transformed by the Butterfly Miraculous holder. Hawk Moth specifically goes after people who are in despair and are not happy because it is easier for him to manipulate people into doing bad things.[7]
    • If the person isn't despaired enough, they can refuse the Akuma.[8]
      • In "Zombizou," Caline Bustier almost manages to resist her Akumatization.
      • In "Miraculer", Chloé successfully resists her Akumatization.
    • Akuma means "Demon" in Japanese. Presumably, if the Butterfly Miraculous were being used to create heroes, not villains, it would be a different colored butterfly that was created and called something else.
    • In French, Hawk Moth tells his Akumas to "darken the heart" of his victims.
  • Sentimonsters can be Akumatized as they are the embodiment of one's emotions.
  • With the exception of the Butterfly Miraculous, Miraculouses don't protect their holders from being Akumatized.
  • According to an official book of ambiguous canon, the Butterfly's superpower is Evilize.
    • This is likely not true, as the book is known to be full of mistakes, and the Butterfly Miraculous' intended purpose is to create superheroes.
  • According to Marinette in "Hawk Moth and the Akumatized Villains", the stronger negative emotions a person feels the stronger they are as Akumatized villains.


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