|“||My Kwami? I know! You're what gives superheroes their superpowers, right?||”|
They are cousins of Renlings, other spirit-like beings who embody human values.
Kwamis are divine beings that are formed whenever a new abstract idea or emotion comes into existence in the universe, such as creation, love, beauty, and mathematics. The very first Kwami ever to come into existence is Tikki, the Kwami of Creation, who came into existence upon the creation of the universe.
All of the Kwamis know each other and journeyed across the universe for eons. During their travels, they found their way to Earth and at some point and discovered their magical powers, born from the abstract concepts that they respectively embody, with Plagg using his powers to cause the extinction of the dinosaurs. That's when the kwamis realized, even though their powers were great, they were too strong and unfocused, leading to great damage. During their ancient past, the kwamis witnessed the rise of humanity and with it, from 5 to 7 million years ago, the birth of their "cousins" the Renlings.
However, the Kwamis were spirit-like, and thus couldn't be perceived by regular, tangible lifeforms, such as humans, and were therefore unable to interact with them. Despite that they had a deep yearning to learn more about humans unknowingly observing them.
Until one day, five thousand years ago, a Chinese mage figured out how to create special magical jewels, the Miraculouses. These jewels allowed the Kwamis to manifest in physical form, finally allowing them to communicate with mortal lifeforms, though the physical form can only be manifested when a Kwamis respective Miraculous is in the possession of an owner. In return for the privilege of having the ability to be perceived by mortals, the Kwamis were able to grant superpowers to their Miraculous owners. Through said owners they had discovered that their powers are far more manageable.
From that point on, Kwamis helped the wearers of their Miraculouses transform into heroes and achieve good all around the world. There were instances where they became stuck with villainous owners and were forced to help them with their diabolical schemes due to being bound to their miraculous owner's every command, such as Nooroo and Duusu currently in the series. Some of them have made long-lasting and meaningful bonds of friendship with their owners and to commemorate that special bond, they'd give their owner a jewel, known as a Kwagatama.
A long time ago (long enough for some Kwamis to forget), a magical spell was cast upon them. They are physically incapable of speaking their owners' names to each other or any Miraculous owners other than their own. However, if another Miraculous owner already knows their owner's identity, then the Kwami can speak their owner's name freely.
On occasion, incidents where an active kwami would get separated from their owners or find them in trouble would occur, and often used their powers to protect them, but only as a last resort.
Just as Miraculous holders were taught about the powers of the jewels, so were the kwamis, such as the Miraculous potions, that allowed them and their owners to change into their elemental forms. However, even though they were curious about how their powers could be modified, they were forbidden by the guardians to know as a precaution in case if they ever fell into evil hands.
Over time, the kwamis also became aware that they could unify their powers as well as the danger that came when one holder fused too many jewels together, as seen in "Miracle Queen", when Stompp, Roaar and the others refused to share their activation commands after seeing Chloe's rude and selfish behavior. They also knew that Chloe could've severely hurt herself, so they refused for her own safety. They also were aware of the Guardian's Code and sometimes, like their owners, shared meaningful bonds with the guardian's of their boxes.
In rare incidents not all kwamis know the identity of the guardian that has ownership of the Miracle Box they come from such as Nooroo and Duusu not knowing much about Master Fu before they became separated.
Sometimes, depending on certain situations or emergencies, Kwamis would often return to the home cities or towns of their previous owners, but come under the ownership of new holders, like in the case with Tikki.
Generally, Kwamis are small, being around 10 centimeters (4 inches) in height, with large heads, big eyes, tails in different sizes, and tiny bodies. They have arms and legs, and though they lack fingers and toes, Kwamis are still able to grab things. The animal theme that they display is reflected in their Miraculous; for example, Plagg is black with green eyes and has cat-like ears and a cat-like tail. Fittingly, his Miraculous is the Cat Miraculous.
After consuming certain potions made from the Miraculous spellbook, their appearances will change. If the aqua mode potion is used, the kwami will gain fins and a fishtail. In "ice mode", the Kwamis gain crystals on their bodies.
Kwamis are divine beings of great cosmic power. They are immortal beings how have existed since the birth of the universe billions of years ago.
Kwamis each have a unique superpower, each power corresponding to the abstract concept that the Kwami embodies. However, the Kwamis powers are far too strong and uncontrolled. When a Kwami uses their superpower without a Miraculous holder to channel and focus it, it results in some kind of catastrophe, potentially resulting in the destruction of whole cities and the extinction of entire species. And yet, on occassion they can also have some degree of control when using their powers.
Due to their bodies being of spiritual nature, they are able to levitate and freely fly through physical space, even up in the sky at great heights, as seen in "Weredad". Kwamis are also able phase through physical matter, making it impossible to capture them. The only known exception to this rule is magical means, such as the Miraculouses, or Kwamibuster's vacuum. In "Sentibubbler", it is implied that even though kwamis can make themselves intangible, they can't do so for objects, not even the Miraculouses they are connected to, as noted when Tikki said "The earrings won't go through the bubble". As seen in "Miracle Queen", and given the fact that they once flew across the vacuum of space, Kwamis do not require air even if they're underwater.
Despite the Miraculouses granting them physical form, Kwamis don't show up on cameras, photos, videos, or screens as seen in "Kwamibuster" and "Truth", and they can't be seen or perceived by artificial intelligence, such as robots and androids, like Aeon. However, as seen in "Optigami", Kwamis can been seen through pictures and videos from technology if the footage is provided by magical means, such as if a Sentimonster transmits its vision to the technology contioning it's Amok.
Even though they are small, Kwamis appear to have a human level of strength. They have displayed the ability to hold and lift things that are larger and/or heavier than themselves. Despite their small size, there seems to be no limit to the amount of food they can eat; in "Dearest Family", Tikki was able to eat multiple galette's and still not get full.
They can also perform a ritual for their Miraculous owners where they create a Kwagatama inside their bodies from the hairs of their past and current owners. They then present the charm to their current bearer for a special occasion, such as a birthday.
Kwamis can communicate with each other on a Kwami's "cycle" (the Kwami equivalent of a birthday) if they gather in the Miracle Box at a specific time and all sing together. The more Kwamis there are, the stronger the connection is, and the more likely it is to work. They also can dispel the connection. If the Kwami being contacted is powering a Miraculous at the time, the other Kwamis will contact the Miraculous' wearer instead.
Kwamis are under a magic spell that prevents them from saying their Miraculous owners' real names to each other. They also cannot say the real names of their holders to other Miraculous holders. If they try, they will burp bubbles, as seen in "Sandboy" and "Reflekdoll". However, as seen in "The Collector", this rule does not seem to apply if the holder already knows the other holders identity, as Wayzz was able to say Master Fu's name to Marinette. Yet it seems in "Reflekdoll" and "Oblivio", they can say the real names of their owners as long as they're not in close proximity to another individual and despite other kwamis knowing the identities of other holders the spell seems to work regardless of any condition but they can say any version of their holder's hero name just fine. It's also unknown if the guardians placed the spell on the kwamis starting with their first owners or after an incident that led to a Miraculous holders identity being discovered leading to troubling results.
As seen by Plagg in "The Puppeteer 2" and Tikki in "Captain Hardrock", Kwamis aren't only able to just inhabit Miraculouses; they can also possess or inhabit other objects like a wax figurine head and locks.
Due to them and their Miraculouses have been used by people across the world throughout history, the Kwamis are able to automatically speak and understand any human language, which is essential due to them not knowing who their next Miraculous owners might be. As seen by Tikki in "Miraculous Shanghai" as she could fluently speak Chinese, meaning that the phrases used to transform and the use of their powers can be said in any language.
When a specific command is given, a Kwami will be pulled into their respective Miraculous, even if they do not want to. When a Miraculous owner transforms, the Kwami transforms into pure energy to charge the Miraculous and give the user their power, thus, resulting in the Kwami disappearing into the Miraculous. While the Kwami inhabits their Miraculous, the person wearing it will transform into an animal-themed superhero, the animal theme corresponding to the animal that the Kwami resembles.
The transformed person gains greatly enhanced physical abilities and become nearly invulnerable. They also acquire an Omni-purpose tool and the ability to use a more controlled version of the unique superpower that their Kwami possesses.
The Miraculous transformation can last indefinitely, but if the holder is underage, once the special superpower is used, they are left with only five minutes until they detransform back to their normal form and the Kwami leaves the Miraculous, completely out of energy. As seen in "Anansi", just summoning the power can drain the Kwami's energy, even if the power is not used on anything. To regain their strength for another transformation, the Kwami needs to refuel by eating food. Any food will work, though some have a preference for specific foods. Plagg is an example, as all he ever seems to eat is Camembert cheese and is barely shown eating anything else. In "Timetagger", just staying transformed takes a toll on them if the transformation is held for a very long period of time.
When the Miraculous is worn by an adult owner, the Kwami can maintain the transformation, even after the special power is used, and the power can be used multiple times. This is because when a kwami is paired with an adult holder, they can feed off their energy, sustaining themselves for far longer, while also meaning they don't have to be fed as much.
They are aware of the actions of the people who use their Miraculous when transformed, but they cannot communicate with their owners during that time. At the same time, the extent of the events that they can be aware of when their Miraculous is used is uncertain: after the battle with Stoneheart, Tikki and Plagg were unaware that Ladybug forgot to capture the Akuma.
If a holder wears the Miraculouses of two Kwamis' or more, their unification capabilities are activated creating a hybrid Miraculous holder and yet it's unknown if constantly fusing two Miraculouses or more will have lingering or harmful effects for the kwamis.
Despite their god-like nature, Kwamis can get sick, as seen in "Princess Fragrance" when Tikki becomes sick after helping Marinette defeat a villain in the pouring rain or snow. A Guardian can assist in their recovery and heal them. It's unknown if a Kwami can only get sick while inside a Miraculous or to what extent this could harm them or affect their wielders and their powers. However, since it's the Kwamis that allow their owners to transform and use their powers, it is likely that if they transform under these conditions, then they won't be able to hold it for long, let alone give their owners their powers.
In "Truth", it's revealed that a damaged Miraculous is dangerous for a kwami as well but to a lesser extent in the case with Duusu. Along with his personality change, he described it with his mind being trapped in chaos and living in a nightmare. But whether if it's the same for each kwami is unknown varying between their personalities and how their connected jewels get damaged or if there are more side effects. Since kwamis feed off the energy of their adult wielders it's also likely that they feed off more when their connected Miraculous is damaged to sustain themselves which would explain the cases with Nathalie and Emilie. Or if it's possible that the kwamis can still use their version of their powers when the Miraculouses are damaged.
As abstract entities, they have been around since before the creation of the Miraculouses, meaning even if their Miraculous is destroyed or erased from the timeline, they will return to their natural state, in which case they cannot be perceived by mortal senses under normal circumstances; even though they do not cease to exist.
When Kwamis are powering their owners, they have some level of resistance to an Akumatized villain's attacks, as seen in "Dark Cupid". However, if their owner is attacked by an Akumatized villain's powers and detransform afterward, the effects will transfer to the Kwami, as seen in "Oblivio" and “Miraculer”.
According to "Origins Part 1" and "Timebreaker", Kwamis are capable of sensing the power of other kwamis and even their own powers when active under certain circumstances like time travel. However, it seems that their range can be limited or they can't sense the powers of another Kwami when they're not active, as Wayzz was unable to sense Duusu when he was activated prior to the months before Nooroo were. As well as sense the aura of other beings, including humans, done by Liiri in "Miraculous New York".
In "Dearest Family", it is revealed that when a Kwami gets a strong craving for a certain type of food, it can cause them to mad with hunger. The Kwami will do whatever it takes to get as much of the food as possible, they even go as far as to show themselves in front of humans and use their special superpowers, despite the potential disaster. To make matters worse, if the Miraculous holder transforms while their Kwami is in a food-hungry state, the extreme craving will pass on to the holder.
The Miraculous spellbook contains recipes for potions that can alter a kwami's appearance and form, either by drinking the potion directly or consuming something edible that contains the potion. After the Kwami has ingested a potion, the kwami's Miraculous wielder will get new abilities and appearances in their superhero form, depending on the potion the kwami consumed. These extra powers last for only a single transformation.
The known power-ups are:
- Aqua - The kwami's legs are replaced with a fishtail, and their hands are replaced with flippers. It allows the kwami to grant underwater abilities to their holder. The potion's color is green.
- Ice - The kwami grows three ice shards somewhere on its body. In some cases some part of the body will be slightly altered, such as Tikki's spot which turns into a hexagon. It allows the kwami to grant ice-related powers to their holder. The potion's color is blue.
- Space - It is unknown what a kwami looks like in this form. It allows the kwami to grant space-related powers to their holder. The potion's color is purple.
List of known Kwamis
- The concept of the Kwamis was created by Bandai. A Kwami is a "quantic (small) kami." In Japanese, kami (神) often refers to a god or certain kinds of spirits.
- Wilfried Pain noted in a Twitter response that Kwamis are "some kind of god" and don't exactly have genders. He also mentioned that the kwamis are supposed to look very cute.
- According to Thomas Astruc during a Miraculous panel at Ludicomix 2018, some kwamis being inspired by the Chinese zodiac signs is because he wants the world to get to know the elements of Chinese culture.
- According to Thomas Astruc, the name of every kwami has to be a short name with double letters in it. Nooroo's name has two doubles.
- Interestingly, each of the concepts the kwami's represent all end with the suffix -ion. The only exceptions to this is Liiri, who is from the Native American Miracle Box.
- In "Timebreaker", Tikki can sense her power in the Ladybug from the future. Similarly, Wayzz can sense the power of Nooroo and the Butterfly Miraculous in "Ladybug & Cat Noir (Origins - Part 1)".
- Kwamis are like Aladdin's genie, having to obey their holder's desires. They aren't genies themselves; however, genies do exist in-universe, according to Plagg in "Ladybug & Cat Noir".
- If their Miraculous jewel gets destroyed, the kwami reverts to their spirit form, unable to be seen by living beings.
- According to Jeremy Zag, Season 2 would include an episode revealing the origins of the kwamis.
- The New York Comic Con 2016 panel additionally noted that there would be Miraculous Secrets webisodes that focus on the kwamis, notably Tikki and Plagg (revealed as "Tikki" and "Plagg"), and that there may be more than one episode in new seasons that centers on them. "Sandboy" is one such episode.
- The official Miraculous Ladybug Twitter account noted that while more kwamis would be seen in Season 2, it wouldn't be all of them.
- According to Tikki in "Sandboy", a kwami's cycle or birthday is equivalent to several hundred human years.
- Plagg used his Cataclysm to make the dinosaurs go extinct, but since this happened before the jewels were made, it means that kwamis are capable of using their powers in their spirit forms.
- Or most likely since they started their lives as cosmic and/or spirit like beings, Kwamis are likely born with their powers.
- Even though some kwamis don't have noses, they seem to have a sense of smell; for example, in "Stormy Weather" Plagg said he could "smell Camembert in his sleep."
- In "Oblivio", he was seen sniffing Adrien's shirt, smelling the Camembert within.
- According to Tikki in "Félix", Kwamis live forever, meaning that they are immortal.
- In "Feast", since the sentimonster's destruction returned the Guardians and the destroyed Miraculous, it means that not only are there more Miraculouses but, also, more Kwamis.
- In "Miraculous Shanghai", it is revealed that Kwamis are slightly color blind, since Tikki sees things in a pink tint. However, it is not known if this is the case for all Kwamis, or if so, whether every Kwami sees things in pink, or in a different color.
- It is revealed in "Truth" that Kwamis squeak when their heads are touched.
- In "Gang of Secrets", it is revealed that Kwamis don't fall in love.
- This seems understandable as Kwamis are immortal and accordingly there is no need for Kwamis to fall in love with their own kind.
- It seems only when they're active kwamis get to experience loving and caring bonds with the owners they receive.
- This seems understandable as Kwamis are immortal and accordingly there is no need for Kwamis to fall in love with their own kind.
- Although kwamis can't speak to their owners directly when transformed, it's seems in "Lies", they can do so through their owner's Miraculous tools.
- Even though the kwamis have known each other for a great amount of time not even they know or possibly remember everything about each other's powers.
- As of "Miraculous New York", "Queen Banana", "Hack-San" and the many past holders, it's very reasonable as to why the kwamis had to wait a very long time for an owner:
- What, who, where, when is the threat in the world and how long it will last.
- What Miraculous and person is best suited to handle the job.
- So that no previous or (if any) disgraced superheroes harbor any jealousy or grudges towards new holders when they are chosen, due to the emotional attachments they have towards the superpowers that used to belong to them.
- As well as due to harboring emotional attachments to the people that use them.
- Just like people, the kwamis may also need time to heal from the abuse or misuse from evil owners. As well as when it comes to losing owners they were proud to have.
- According to Thomas Astruc, the form the kwamis have now isn't their only one, which means that before the animals they represent appeared, they may have looked different.
- It's also unknown how the kwamis gained the animal forms they were based on. However due to them having the ability to transform their wielders through the jewels, it's likely before that they used their transformation powers to turn themselves into the forms they have now.
- Usually when changing appearances especially into animal ones the kwamis could have:
- As they became fascinated with humans, the kwamis could've been fascinated with the animals that roamed the earth themselves and even though they couldn't be seen it's likely they wanted to blend in.
- After that they observed the animals they picked but since most of the current animal forms they have now didn't exist at the time they arrived to earth. It's possible that some of them started with the animal ancestors of their current animal forms then over the millions of years as animals evolved the kwamis used their powers to modify their appearances while there were others that had to wait before they could transform.
- Despite their age, the kwamis seem to possess a childlike innocence, but they still seem to be very wise.
- Kwamis have their own variant of Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, called Kwami-Kwa-Who! It goes: "Kwami-kweeny-koomy-who, the special chosen one is you!".
- If a Kwami's connected jewel is destroyed first, then they go back to their original forms but it's unknown if the same holds true when or if the kwami is destroyed first.
- All kwamis have at least one set of double letters in their name (Tikki, Trixx, Mullo,...). The only known kwami which has more than one set of double letters in its name is Nooroo, with two.
- All kwamis cannot be seen on cameras, videos, screens or by robots, much like how vampires have no reflection in mirrors.
- However, unlike vampires, Kwamis do have reflections in mirrors, as seen in "Bubbler" and "Truth".
- The only way for this rule to be bent is through the use of magic. When Mayura created a sentimonster (Optigami) that could record anything it spied into her tablet, she was able to capture kwamis in video. Applying that idea, it's possible that robots, when powered by a magical source, can perceive kwamis as well.
- It has been stated that Tikki came into existence when the universe was created from the Big Bang.
- At the end of "The Pharaoh" Tikki states that kwamis have always existed.
- Confirmed to User:BelieveInMagic814 by the official Miraculous Ladybug Tumblr blog.
- Feri González confirmed this this on her Curious Cat account
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- Thomas Astruc at Japan Weekend, as reported by a fan Twitter account: https://twitter.com/Ladybug_Cartoon/status/780065249101774848
- As shown in "Sandboy"