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I am a kwami, and my name is Tikki.

Tikki to Marinette, "Ladybug & Cat Noir"

Kwamis are divine, sprite-like beings who embody "abstract" concepts. They give certain powers to people with Miraculouses, transforming them into animal-themed super beings.

History

Kwamis Traveling the Universe

Kwamis flying through the universe.

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.[4] However, the Kwamis were spirit-like and, thus, couldn't be perceived by regular, tangible lifeforms, such as humans, and, thus, were unable to interact with them.

Thousands of 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.

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 a 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 the Kwamis. 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.

In "Sandboy", it is revealed that active Kwamis collect items from the outside world inside the Miracle Box to give as presents to inactive Kwamis for entertainment.[5]

Appearance

Generally, kwamis are small, being around 10 centimeters (4 inches) in height, with large heads, big eyes, and tiny bodies.[3] They have arms and legs, but they lack fingers and toes but 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.

Abilities

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Wayzz levitating next to Master Wang Fu.

Kwamis are divine beings who can phase through matter, levitate, survive without oxygen, and are also immortal. Despite the Miraculouses granting them physical form, the Kwamis don't show up on camera.

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.

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 each have a unique superpower, each power corresponding to the abstract concept that the Kwami embodies.

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Tikki helping Marinette transform.

When a specific command is given, a Kwami will inhabit its Miraculous to give the person wearing it the ability to transform into an animal-themed superhuman and gain a specific power based on the abstract idea or emotion that made the kwami come into existence. 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.[6] At the same time, the extent they can be aware of what is happening when their Miraculous is used is uncertain: after the battle with Stoneheart, Tikki and Plagg were unaware the Ladybug forgot to capture the Akuma.

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Tikki eating a cookie to regain energy to transform Marinette again.

When a Miraculous owner transforms, the invoked kwami transforms into pure energy to charge the owner's Miraculous and give them their power, thus, resulting in them in disappearing.[7]

The Miraculous transformation can last indefinitely, unless the Miraculous's special superpower is used, at which point, the wearer has five minutes until they detransform back to their normal form and the kwami leaves the Miraculous, completely out of energy.[8] As seen in "Anansi", just summoning the power can drain the kwami's energy. In "Timetagger", just staying transformed takes a toll on them if held for long periods of time. 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 one of these picky Kwamis, as all he ever seems to eat is Camembert cheese and not an ice cream sundae prepared by Adrien's personal chef.

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.

Despite their god-like nature, Kwamis can get sick, as seen when Tikki becomes sick after helping Marinette defeat a villain in the pouring rain. Wang Fu 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. However, since it's the kwamis that give their owners their powers and transformations if they transform under these conditions, it's likely that they won't be able to hold it for long let alone give their owners their powers. It's unknown if a damaged Miraculous has any effect on a kwami like in Duusu's case. 

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; they do not cease to exist.[9]

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 chant all 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's wearer instead.

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".

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 Tikki and Plagg were.

Power-ups

  • Normal Forms
  • Aqua Powers
  • Ice Powers

Potions from the Miraculous spellbook can alter a kwamis appearance and form by drinking the potion directly or consuming something that contains it. Besides modifying a kwami's appearance and form, potions also help the wielder get new abilities and appearances in their superhero form, depending on the potion the kwami consumed.

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Potions that give Miraculous users special powers: Orange, Red, Purple, Blue (Ice), Yellow, Green (Aqua), Pink

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 light blue.
  • Space - Mentioned by Marinette in "New Powers" and it's unknown what a kwami looks like or what powers they give in this form. The potion's color is unknown.

List of known Kwamis

The Kwami of Creation.

Inhabits the wearer's Earrings for them to transform into a ladybug-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Transmission.

Inhabits the wearer's Brooch for them to transform into a butterfly-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Illusion.

Inhabits the wearer's Necklace for them to transform into a fox-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Emotion.

Inhabits the wearer's Brooch for them to transform into a peacock-themed superhero.

The Kwami of a currently unknown concept.

Inhabits the wearer's Nose Ring for them to transform into an ox-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Evolution.

Inhabits the wearer's Pocket Watch for them to transform into a rabbit-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Intuition.

Inhabits the wearer's Ouroboros Bracelet to them to transform into a snake-themed superhero.

The Kwami of a currently unknown concept.

Inhabits the wearer's Hair Clips for them to transform into a goat-themed superhero.

The Kwami of a currently unknown concept.

Inhabits the wearer's Thumb Ring for them to transform into a rooster-themed superhero.

The Kwami of a currently unknown concept.

Inhabits the wearer's Pearl Anklet for them to transform into a pig-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Destruction.

Inhabits the wearer's Ring for them to transform into a cat-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Protection.

Inhabits the wearer's Bracelet for them to transform into a turtle-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Subjection.

Inhabits the wearer's Hair Comb for them to transform into a bee-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Multiplication.

Inhabits the wearer's Pendant Necklace for them to transform into a mouse-themed superhero.

The Kwami of a currently unknown concept.

Inhabits the wearer's Panjas Bracelet for them to transform into a tiger-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Perfection.

Inhabits the wearer's Choker for them to transform into a dragon-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Teleportation.

Inhabits the wearer's Glasses for them to transform into a horse-themed superhero.

The Kwami of Jubilation.

Inhabits the wearer's Circlet for them to transform into a monkey-themed superhero.

The Kwami of a currently unknown concept.

Inhabits the wearer's Collar for them to transform into a dog-themed superhero.

Trivia


  • The concept of the kwamis was created by Bandai.[10] A kwami is a "quantic (small) kami."[11] 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.[12] He also mentioned that the kwamis are supposed to look very cute.[13]
    • Nonetheless, in “Sandboy”, kwamis refer one another (Sass as an example) as brothers or sisters.
  • 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.[14][15]
  • According to Thomas Astruc, the name of every kwami has to be a short name with double letters in it.[16] Nooroo's name has two doubles.
  • 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.[17][18] They aren't genies themselves; however, genies do exist in-universe, according to Plagg in "Ladybug & Cat Noir".
  • If the 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.[19]
    • 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.[20] "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.[21]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • As Miraculouses have been used by people across the world throughout history, kwamis are likely able to understand and speak many, if not all, languages to communicate with their holders.
    • This also implies that the phrases used to transform and use their powers can be said in any language.
  • 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.
  • If Plagg's Cataclysm could take out most of Paris, it can be assumed that the other Kwamis have much stronger versions of their Miraculouses' powers. However, it is unknown if their powers could be as catastrophic and uncontrollable without a wielder like Plagg's.
  • It has been revealed that kwamis have "cousins" (creatures similar to them) named renlings (spelling not confirmed yet).
    • On July 31, 2020, Jeremy Zag revealed concept art showing 8 renlings.[22]

References

  1. It has been stated that Tikki came into existence when the universe was created from the Big Bang.
  2. At the end of The Pharaoh Tikki states that kwamis have always existed.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Confirmed to User:BelieveInMagic814 by the official Miraculous Ladybug Tumblr blog.
  4. Feri González confirmed this this on her Curious Cat account
  5. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/1044609037231362048
  6. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/704623675702714368
  7. https://twitter.com/Winny_BayDay/status/1108452682019287042
  8. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/653210855102877696
  9. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/1054706013239214080?s=19
  10. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/857161955387334656
  11. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/670391757713076225
  12. https://twitter.com/WinnyGZ/status/691395682016563201
  13. https://twitter.com/WinnyGZ/status/885888532975423488
  14. https://twitter.com/MiraculousINTL/status/987737108428320769
  15. [1] (direct video source here)
  16. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/648192126912720896
  17. Thomas Astruc at Japan Weekend, as reported by a fan Twitter account: https://twitter.com/Ladybug_Cartoon/status/780065249101774848
  18. As shown in "Sandboy"
  19. https://youtu.be/n1avxPB4txE?t=161
  20. https://youtu.be/-UURD3NcjWE?t=1404
  21. https://twitter.com/BeMiraculousLB/status/849007498627399680
  22. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDTezfrg3jM/

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