|“||I wish I could be a superhero. The powers. The secrets. The costume. That would be awesome, right?||”|
Lê Chiến Kim or Kim Chiến Lê (in Western order), is a student in Miss Bustier's class at Collège Françoise Dupont. In "Dark Cupid", after being rejected and humiliated by his crush Chloé, he is akumatized by Hawk Moth and becomes Dark Cupid, a hate-spreading supervillain.
In "Party Crasher", in order to defeat the titular villain who had been able to capture Ladybug and her team, Kim receives the Monkey Miraculous from Master Fu. When the Miraculous is inhabited by Xuppu he becomes King Monkey, a monkey-themed superhero with the power of Jubilation.
Kim is muscular and taller than the average student at school; he has olive skin and grey eyes. He styles his hair, which is black with the ends dyed gold, into a sharp quiff.
He wears a red, short-sleeved hoodie jacket with big front pocket and hoodie and some white outlines at certain places. On the front of the jacket, there is a white logo, which is a downward-pointing pentagon outline outside of a smaller, filled-in pentagon with a red corner and a star. He pairs his top with navy blue track sweatpants, and red, white, and black sports shoes.
As Dark Cupid
Dark Cupid wears a black and red suit, along with large black wings attached to his back, each feather-like end of each tipped with two red stripes. On the sides of his neck, there are black lightning bolts. He wears a black head cover, the areas covering the top of his hair and around his eyes being red. The top of his suit is red, with a large white broken heart on his chest. To the waist down, the suit is black. From the elbow down to the hand is black, and from the knee down is red with a few strands of cloth sticking out above the back of each ankle. On his back is a black, red, and white striped quiver, which carries red arrows. On the quiver strap across his chest, the brooch, which is now red and black, is attached to it. His archery bow is based off a breaking heart. The handle is white with red heart halves at the ends, and on each side of the bow, there are two large gray and white spikes.
As King Monkey
As King Monkey, Kim wears a gold and dark brown mask that covers up most of his head, with the exception of his eyes, mouth and nose, ears, and hair. The Monkey Miraculous gains five black squares on the back once inhabited by Xuppu and is the division between Kim's hair and his mask. His hair becomes one spike on the top of his head, resembling a fire as his hair becomes toned red and orange, brown at the roots. Kim's suit resembles that of a track suit, being separated in two. His top piece is a light brown and at the center covering his stomach and pectorals is a light tan-ish color. A golden zipper rests at the base of the top, just underneath the collar of his suit. He has black shoulder pads that extend down to his upper arm with golden borders. He wears gloves that extend off of his suit. They are golden at his fingers, dark brown at his wrist, light brown at the rest and have tan cuffs. A golden belt with a dark brown buckle and brown spots on either side of his hips rests at his waist, separating the top from the bottom. At the back of his belt is a rope attached to a hook with a golden tip that resembles the tail of a monkey. His pants are all light brown like the top, however, at his calves, there is a dark brown section with gold borders. His boots are similar to his gloves, extending away from the body. Like Carapace, there is a division between his big toe and the rest of his foot. His soles reach up to the top of his foot and are golden, with brown highlights and the cuffs of his boots are golden. He carries a Ruyi Jingu Bang with gold on either end.
Kim is the "king of competitions." He enjoys making dares, much to the frustration of his classmates, and he is also very confident in himself and his athletic abilities, thus most of his dares involve using the person's body. Over-confident and proud, Kim sometimes boasts about his abilities and doesn't always take facts into consideration, believing he can beat a panther in a race in "Animan." He isn't afraid to tease others, either, as he gives Ivan a note telling him that he isn't brave enough to act on his romantic feelings. Behind his bravado are a few insecurities, like his fear of being humiliated and rejected. While hot-headed and rude sometimes, Kim is generally kind, appreciating Marinette's encouragement to confess his love to his crush in "Dark Cupid" — although Marinette isn't aware that his crush is Chloé. In "Syren", Kim admires Ladybug and Cat Noir so much that he wants to be a hero himself and is curious on how to become one.
As Dark Cupid, he is greatly bitter at love and seeks to avenge his broken heart by destroying all the love in Paris with his arrows. He is still very prideful but has no issues teaming up with one of his victims, like Cat Noir, to succeed.
As King Monkey, most of Kim's personality traits remain the same. However, as seen in "Party Crasher", Kim is a little goofier and silly while he goes one-on-one with the titular villain, albeit everyone else had been defeated. He is also heroic and it can be assumed he is loyal as after Party Crasher is defeated, he is seen without the Miraculous which means he must have returned it to Ladybug or back in the place he found it for Master Fu to take it back.
As a civilian
Kim is a very fast runner, being able to almost keep up with Alix, who was wearing roller skates, when they raced in "Timebreaker". In "Animan", Kim states that he came in first place in the County Athletics Tournament. As seen in "Syren", he is also a good swimmer. In the same episode it's also shown that Kim can use his own feet to hold things, as if they were hands.
As Dark Cupid
Dark Cupid can fly with his wings. Using his bow and rose-shaped black arrows, he shoots people, turning their feelings of love and friendship into hate.
The effect of the arrows varies from person to person; for example, Alya becomes mean-spirited to Marinette, while Cat Noir gets filled by the desire to destroy Ladybug. The lips of people affected by his arrows turn black.
Similarly to fairy tales with curses, the effect of the arrows can be reverted by a kiss.
As King Monkey
King Monkey has super enhanced skills, such as speed, agility, and strength, and he is almost invulnerable to physical damage.
His special power, Uproar, allows him to creates an item that upon contact, makes the target's powers to malfunction for a short period of time.
Kim and Max are best friends. Kim seems to trust Max a lot, as seen when he followed his friend's advice to ask Chloé out in "Dark Cupid". He thinks Max is unbeatable at video games and cheers him on in "Gamer", and feels bad when Max loses to Marinette. He also knows about and supports Max's inventions and intelligence, impressed with the arm that Max added to Markov since the previous time he saw the robot. The two often hang out together, such as going to the zoo in "Animan". He shows great concern for Max when he gets to turn into a minion in "Zombizou".
He and Max meet as their alter egos in "Party Crasher" and work well together.
Kim often hangs around Chloé and sometimes does her bidding. He has a crush on Chloé, but she rebukes his attempt to tell her his feelings with a gift, also humiliating him in the process. During his time as Dark Cupid, he goes for revenge against her, but he decides not to, believing that she is already heartless and shouldn't bother wasting an arrow on her. Despite his unknown feelings, he is aware of how awful she is, like when he prefers not to run for class president in "Darkblade" because she threatens to tell everyone about his fear of spiders. In "Despair Bear", he asks her to dance with him, not detecting her growing jealousy at Marinette dancing with Adrien while they're together. He is amused when he sees Chloé's teddy bear, Mr. Cuddly, being used by Butler Jean to keep her on her best behavior, but later, he tries to protect her from a possessed Sabrina like a "knight in shining armor."
In "Zombizou", Kim along with the other students knows that Chloé is responsible for a handful of the akumas in the city. But understanding that she is a part of Ladybug's plan, he sacrifices himself so everyone can escape. In “Syren”, he tells Ondine that he has invited Chloé to the movies with him; however, he later finds that she doesn’t show up. In "Malediktator", Kim is overjoyed when Chloé leaves for New York.Mr. Damocles in "The Dark Owl."
Kim usually seems to get along okay with Ivan, but he isn't afraid to get on Ivan's bad side. In "Ladybug & Cat Noir", Kim, aware of Ivan's crush on Mylène, gives him a note saying that he isn't brave enough to ask her out. Ivan attempts to punch him, which doesn't faze him as he looks on in amusement. However, he is terrified when Ivan as Stoneheart attacks him, and the next day in "Stoneheart", he comments that Ivan was seriously out to harm him.
Kim and Ondine are seen to be good friends, having made up their own game called "Secrets." They get along well, and are comfortable around each other. Kim is oblivious to her crush on him, but after learning her feelings, he invites her to the movies with him, implying that he may return those feelings.
Kim and Master Fu meet at the boys-only party at Adrien's house. When Master Fu nearly fell off the cooler he was standing on, Kim quickly caught him, impressing the guardian and making him decide to give Kim the Monkey Miraculous.
Shortly after Kim meets Xuppu, he took offense to the kwami calling him "nitwit" and sticking his tongue at him before Kim "fights back" with his own silly face, in which led to the two "bonding" through the silly faces they made and mimic from each other, before the Monkey kwami helps Kim to become King Monkey.
|Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Theme Song:||Appears|
|1. "The Bubbler":||Background||14. "Princess Fragrance":||Background|
|2. "Mr. Pigeon":||Background||15. "Ladybug & Cat Noir":||Appears|
|3. "Stormy Weather":||Absent||16. "Stoneheart":||Appears|
|4. "Timebreaker":||Appears||17. "Animan":||Appears|
|5. "Copycat":||Background||18. "Simon Says":||Absent|
|6. "The Pharaoh":||Absent||19. "Pixelator":||Background|
|7. "Lady Wifi":||Appears||20. "Guitar Villain":||Absent|
|8. "The Evillustrator":||Appears||21. "Kung Food":||Absent|
|9. "Rogercop":||Background||22. "Gamer":||Appears|
|10. "Dark Cupid":||Appears||23. "Reflekta":||Appears|
|11. "Horrificator":||Appears||24. "The Puppeteer":||Absent|
|12. "Darkblade":||Appears||25. "Antibug":||Background|
|13. "The Mime":||Absent||26. "Volpina":||Appears|
|Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Theme Song:||Appears|
|1. "Santa Claws":||Appears||14. "Frightningale":||Background|
|2. "The Collector":||Appears||15. "Syren":||Appears|
|3. "Prime Queen":||Absent||16. "Zombizou":||Appears|
|4. "Despair Bear":||Appears||17. "Frozer":||Absent|
|5. "Riposte":||Absent||18. "Style Queen":||Background|
|6. "Befana":||Appears||19. "Troublemaker":||Pictured|
|7. "Robostus":||Appears||20. "Queen Wasp":||Background|
|8. "The Dark Owl":||Appears||21. "Reverser":||Absent|
|9. "Gigantitan":||Absent||22. "Anansi":||Absent|
|10. "Glaciator":||Pictured||23. "Malediktator":||Background|
|11. "Sapotis":||Absent||24. "Sandboy":||Absent|
|12. "Gorizilla":||Absent||25. "Catalyst":||Appears|
|13. "Captain Hardrock":||Pictured||26. "Mayura":||Appears|
|Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Theme Song:||Appears|
|1. "Chameleon":||Appears||?. "Reflekdoll":||Absent|
|2. "Animaestro":||Absent||?. "Desperada":||Absent|
|3. "Bakerix":||Absent||?. "Startrain":||Appears|
|4. "Backwarder":||Absent||?. "Kwamibuster":||Appears|
|5. "Gamer 2.0":||Appears||?. "Feast":||Absent|
|6. "Weredad":||Absent||?. "Stormy Weather 2":||Flashback|
|7. "Silencer":||Absent||?. "Timetagger":||Absent|
|8. "Oni-Chan":||Absent||?. "Ikari Gozen":||Absent|
|9. "Miraculer":||Absent||?. "Cat Blanc":||Absent|
|10. "Oblivio":||Background||?. "Félix":||Unknown|
|11. "Party Crasher":||Appears||?. "Ladybug":||Appears|
|12. "Christmaster":||Absent||25. "Heart Hunter":||Absent|
|13. "The Puppeteer 2":||Pictured||26. "Miracle Queen":||Appears|
|1. "Marinette in Paris":||Background||16. "Max":||Appears|
|2. "Marinette and Fashion":||Background||17. "Mylène":||Absent|
|3. "Ladybug as seen by Adrien":||Background||18. "Rose":||Absent|
|4. "Ladyblog":||Background||19. "Alix":||Absent|
|5. "Adrien's Double Life":||Background||20. "Sabrina":||Absent|
|6. "Marinette and Alya":||Background||21. "Ivan":||Absent|
|7. "Marinette's Double Life":||Background||22. "Marinette as seen by Chloé":||Absent|
|8. "Cat Noir as seen by Marinette":||Absent||23. "Lila":||Absent|
|9. "My Birthday Party":||Appears||? "Chloé as seen by Marinette":||Unknown|
|10. "Marinette and Adrien":||Background||? "Gabriel":||Unknown|
|11. "Master Fu":||Absent||? "Nathaniel & Marc":||Unknown|
|12. "Tikki":||Absent||? "Kagami as seen by Marinette":||Unknown|
|13. "Plagg":||Absent||? "Kagami as seen by Adrien":||Unknown|
|14. "Friends":||Appears||? "Papillon et les Akumatisés":||Unknown|
|15. "Nino":||Background||? "The Family":||Unknown|
|Tales from Paris|
|1. "The Notebook":||Absent||4. "Busy Day":||Absent|
|2. "Inspiration":||Absent||5. "Homework Essay":||Absent|
|"Happy Birthday to You!":||Background||Miraculous Ladybug OVA:||Unknown|
Comics and books
|"Issue 1":||Background||"Issue 5":||Unknown|
|"Issue 2":||Background||"Issue 6":||Unknown|
|"Issue 3":||Absent||"Issue 7":||Unknown|
|"Issue 4":||Absent||"Issue 8":||Unknown|
|Super Lady Luck:||Absent||Miraculous Mission Ladybug:||Absent|
|Throwdown!:||Absent||Ladybug Contra os Vilões:||Absent|
|Miraculous Ladybug & Cat Noir:||Appears||Miraculous Crush:||Appears|
|The Mini Menace Ladybug:||Absent||Ladybug PV:||Absent|
|First CGI promotional videos:||Absent||Korean musical:||Absent|
- Kim is of Vietnamese heritage. As such, his name follows Vietnamese naming conventions.
- "Lê" is his family name, "Chiến" is his middle name, and with "Kim" being his first name.
- In the French dubbed version, Kim's villain name is "Dislocoeur".
- Dislocoeur is intended to be a pun in French, "-cœur" meaning "heart" and "dis-" alluding to "disloquer", meaning "break".
- In the French dubbed version, Kim's superhero name is "Roi Singe" that means literally "Monkey King" or "King Monkey".
- While it is unknown what sports Kim plays specifically, Kim has made references to playing soccer in the French version, which is called football outside of the US. In "Darkblade", he is holding a basketball.
- Kim also makes a baseball metaphor in the English version of "Dark Cupid".
- Kim revealed he won the County Athletics Tournament in "Animan.
- In the first issue of Miraculous Adventures, Kim is on a lacrosse team with Adrien, Ivan, and Alix.
- Dark Cupid reappears in the two-part special event "Heroes' Day".
- Dark Cupid appears another time in "Gamer 2.0" for Gamer's powers.
- A statue of Dark Cupid appears in the Musée Grévin in "The Puppeteer 2".
- Kim is the third person to be chosen to receive a Miraculous directly from Master Fu.
- Much like how it happened with Marinette and Adrien, Kim showed that he was worthy by helping Master Fu when he was in a tight situation.
- Kim is the sixth person to become an akumatized villain and a Miraculous holder, excluding Gabriel Agreste, who akumatized himself.
- Kim is the second known person of Vietnamese origin to wield a Miraculous succeeding his Miraculous predecessor Bọ rùa.
- But unlike Marinette and her origin Miraculous predecessors who owned the same jewel (the Ladybug Miraculous) and yet like Kagami and hers both Kim and Bọ rùa owned different Miraculous jewels.
- Additionally, Kim is the third known person of Asian origin to use the Monkey Miraculous, after Sasuke Sarutobi (Japanese) and Sun Wukong (Chinese).
- King Monkey's tail, like Cat Noir's and Rena Rouge's, is fake.
- Also like Cat Noir, it responds to his emotions.
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