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Gabriel Agreste/Hawk Moth/Shadow Moth

Akumatized form: The Collector

Both voiced by: Antoine Tome (FR), Keith Silverstein (EN), Hong Shi-ho (KOR), Hesham Shazli (ARA, S1E1 - S2E16) and Mohammed Ashraf (ARA), Roberto Encinas (SP), Dafnis Fernández (MEX), Ionuț Grama (ROM), Stefano Alessandroni (ITA), Jiří Valšuba (CZE), Xristo Bonin/Христо Бонин (BUL), Peter Flechtner (GER), Simen Sand (NOR), Hayato Fujii (J), Pavle Jerinić (SER), Volodymyr Tereshchuk/Володимир Терещук and Mykhaylo Zhonin/Михайло Жонін (UKR, voice-over and dubbing, respectively)
Gabriel voiced by: Gadi Levi/גדי לוי (HEB), Gábor Albert (HUN), Jacek Król (P), Ricardo Schnetzer (BP),
Hawk Moth voiced by: Eren Mor (HEB), Zsolt Sarádi (HUN), Michał Konarski (P), Guilherme Briggs (BP)

A masked man who seeks to steal the Miraculouses in order to combine them and gain ultimate power. He uses the Butterfly Miraculous to create akumas that corrupt civilians and transform them into superpowered beings under his control.


Unbeknownst to the heroes, his true identity is Gabriel Agreste, Adrien's absent father. He is a famous fashion designer, but is always too busy with his job or his supervillainy to spend any time with his son.

Later in the series, Gabriel repairs the Peacock Miraculous, unifies it with the Butterfly and becomes Shadow Moth.

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  • 10-Minute Retirement: After Style Queen is defeated, he declares that no akuma victim could ever top someone as naturally malicious and vile as Audrey Bourgeois, and if she lost then there's no point in even trying anymore. He renounces Nooroo and puts away his Miraculous, but quickly dives right back into villainy when he gets the opportunity to akumatize a transformed Miraculous wielder (Chloé), which is just too tempting for him to pass up.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His Sword Cane can slice clean through giant missiles.
  • Abusive Parents: While not physically abusive to Adrien, Gabriel can be emotionally abusive, such as micromanaging Adrien's entire life in trying to protect him from an unknown danger. As Hawk Moth, he claims that everything he's doing is to make Adrien happy, presumably by bringing his mother back. However, this could just as easily be his excuse to bring Emilie back for himself. While he toes the line at actually allowing Adrien to come to physical harm, he has no compunctions about akumatizing his close associates and risking him potentially getting caught in the crossfire. In "Riposte", he actually goes as far as to akumatize someone with a grudge against Adrien specifically. However, when she threatens Adrien, he tells her immediately that she must acquire the Miraculous before she can seek revenge. Up to Eleven in "Cat Blanc" - first he makes a deliberate effort to destroy Adrien's relationship with Marinette so that he can akumatize her, then when that fails and Cat Noir blows his secret identity in the process, he reveals himself to his son and exploits his emotional turmoil to akumatize him instead.
  • Adaptational Badass: Invoked in Volpina's debut; her illusory Hawk Moth uses a Shadow Walker-esque teleport to zip all over the city, looking untouchable by Ladybug and Cat Noir. The real Hawk Moth only has enhanced physical abilities like every Miraculous holder, and his power cannot be used on him directly.
  • Amazon Chaser: Implied. When Cat Noir (Adrien) call his father out on his stubbornness in "Simon Says", Gabriel is taken aback before smiling at Cat Noir's temper and fondly saying he (Cat Noir) reminds him of someone else. After Cat Noir leaves to fight the titular akuma, Gabriel looks at the picture of his wife. The whole scene implies Emilie has a similar temper like Adrien's and was a reason why Gabriel loved her so dearly.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Lepidopterans, like butterflies and moths, as his French name translates to "Butterfly" and his English name is "Hawk Moth", the common name for a family of moths known as "Sphingidae". His Miraculous and kwami are butterfly- and moth-themed in each respective dub. He corrupts butterflies to act as his akumas, regardless of dub.
  • Antagonist Abilities: His akumas can't be backtracked or traced, and he almost never takes part in fights himself. His akuma continue to function even if he's not transformed, making it even more difficult to determine if he's responsible for them. Finally, unlike the heroes, he can stay transformed indefinitely even after creating an akuma. Therefore, he can continue to attack Ladybug and Cat Noir on an almost daily basis, secure in the knowledge that they have no way to ever bring the fight to him.
  • Archnemesis Dad: He often targets the students in Marinette's class, meaning that he's knowingly victimizing the friends of his son Adrien. Over the course of season two, he begins to suspect Adrien is Cat Noir, though as of "Gorizilla" he's been thrown off the scent for the time being. However, when he finds out in the Bad Future of "Cat Blanc", he doesn't hesitate to manipulate his son's emotional turmoil to Evilize him, even physically assaulting Cat Noir just to twist the knife further.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His brand's logo is a butterfly, and there are subtle butterfly logos all over his mansion. Given that he only acquired the Moth Brooch just before the start of the show, these must have been in place well before he became Hawk Moth.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Despite the fact he doesn't fight directly often, he is shown to be capable of using a Sword Cane, as seen in "Robostus". More of this is going to show in the Heroes' Day two-parter special.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Downplayed, but he dumps the responsibility of taking care of his son on Nathalie, and tends to be harsh toward the Gorilla, even attempting to akumatize him twice (the second time succeeding).
    • Enslaved the butterfly kwami Nooroo despite Nooroo's warnings about the danger risked by using a kwami's powers for evil.
    • If people don't follow his orders, he's bound to threaten or try and take control of them unless they do their job.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: As shown in "Mayura", he is more successful in beating Ladybug and Cat Noir barehanded than with his cane.
  • Batman Gambit: Gabriel has shown good hindsight. In "Sapotis", he noticed Ladybug's disappearances in the middle of difficult battles to bring allies and suspected that she went to a guardian to get more Miraculouses. As revealed in "Heart Hunter", his chaos on Paris isn't only to find superheroes, but follow them to find the guardian who could decipher the spellbook. It worked.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He tends to get very annoyed when his victims ignore his orders or jeopardize his mission (namely, when they make the Miraculous irretrievable).
    • As Gabriel, anything that can remotely be construed as an insult towards his wife, including suggesting that he could ever love anyone else. In "Félix", he is in the middle of confessing to Adrien that he is Hawk Moth, when Adrien reveals that he already figured out his father's "big secret"... which is of course that he and Nathalie are in a romantic relationship. This makes Gabriel so angry he berates Adrien and storms off without finishing his confession.
  • Big Bad: He's the evil mastermind behind all of Paris's supernatural problems.
  • Big "NO!": Tends to utter this whenever he comes particularly close to getting the Miraculouses, only for his efforts to be foiled at the very last second.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Gets a case of this every single time Cat Noir falls prey to an Akumatized victim's attack and becomes Brainwashed and Crazy. It never once occurs to him to take the Cat Miraculous while he can. Rather, he has Cat Noir help take Ladybug's Miraculous. He also does this in "Copycat", where instead of having Copycat take the ring, he's perfectly fine with letting Ladybug do it, even though logically, she'd take the ring off and then try and smash it to get out the akuma. The most likely justification is that when the akumas can take thralls of their own, Cat is generally the most powerful of said thralls, and the only one who could stand a chance against Ladybug.
  • Brains and Brawn: In "Gabriel Agreste", Gabriel outright calls Nathalie the Brains to his Brawn. As Shadow Moth, he has the unified power of two Miraculouses, but since Nathalie fell ill after "Miracle Queen", he's been having limited success against Ladybug without Nathalie's planning and attention to detail.
  • Break the Haughty: After his The Bad Guy Wins in "The Collector," karma seems to be doubling down on him — in the form of giving him a tougher time with his Akumatized servants. The titular "Robostus" ends up invoking The Starscream and nearly killing him with his own defense system, and the titular "Gigantitan" is so frustrating to work with that Hawk Moth ends up looking like a borderline Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
  • Broken Pedestal: Zigzagged. Marinette looks up to him since he's a famous fashion designer and all, but she and many other people that know him personally are aware that he's an Ice King Control Freak.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Implied. The last name "Agreste" indicates he is of Italian descent.
  • Butt-Monkey: In season two, Hawk Moth is having far more difficulty controlling the akumatized villains. To wit, he ends up having to say "please" to Befana, has Robostus pull a Starscream on him and nearly kill him, is unable to wrangle Gigantitan with any degree of success, is unable to get Glaciator to attack Ladybug and Cat Noir (they're pretending to be a couple at the time), and initially has difficulty with the Sapotis, although he eventually gets them to focus.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Deliberately creates supervillains, refers to his transformations as "evilizing" people, and freely admits his plots are evil. Subtle this one ain't.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Fly away, my little Akuma, and evilize him/her!"
    • And when the Akuma finds its mark: "[Villain's name]. I am Hawk Moth..."
  • Classy Cane: His Weapon of Choice is a cane with a purple gem encrusted on its handle, symbolizing how he commands all the other villains in the show.
  • Clone by Conversion: If his akuma are released but not captured, they will clone themselves and infect anyone they can, turning their victims into mindless copies of the villain they originally created. If the original victim can be turned again, all the clones are enslaved to their will.
  • The Consigliere: What Nathalie is to him. He has a soft spot for her, so she's the only person whose advice he listens to.
  • Control Freak: Gabriel micromanages all aspects of Adrien's life, directly and by proxy.
  • Cool Mask: He wears a rather tight silver mask that conceals most of his face, save his eyes and mouth. When he's trying to communicate with his henchmen, a purple butterfly-shaped hologram appears in front of his eyes that matches the lines in his mask.
  • The Corrupter: Whenever he senses someone has powerful negative emotions, he sends out one of his akumas. The akuma amplifies those emotions and transforms the victim into an evil creature driven by that desire, who he then convinces to help him steal the Miraculous. It turns out he can do this to himself if he needs to.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • In "Simon Says," we learn that Gabriel has installed DEFCON-like security measures to protect his mansion in case of an attack.
    • He owns the Miraculous spellbook, and has it hidden in a safe that no one should be able to access without the right code. However, in the event that does happen, he has scans of all the pages just in case.
    • In the event someone starts to suspect his civilian identity of being Hawk Moth, he can akumatize himself to throw off suspicion. Even Master Fu buys it, since the wielder of the Butterfly Miraculous is immune to its power... which is why he temporarily renounced the Miraculous after creating the akuma to use on himself.
    • His lair is kitted out with a defense system in the event that someone should break in... though, this ends up backfiring on him after Robostus takes control of it and turns it against him.
    • He carries a spare akuma in his cane in case an opportunity for an akumatization presents itself while he's on the go.
    • In "Party Crasher", it's implied that he has his own nuclear reactor powering his lair.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Deals one to Ladybug and Cat Noir in "Mayura" until Rena Rouge, Carapace and Queen Bee steps in and inverse the trend.
  • Dark Is Evil: He taints his butterflies with black and purple energy before sending them off to corrupt someone.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Downplayed. He has a lightly tanned complexion contrasted by ash blond hair.
  • Darth Vader Clone: His masked alter ego gives him a deep, booming voice, he dresses mostly in black, he has the ability to mentally torture his minions if they disobey or fail him and he's the Archnemesis Dad of one of the heroes. He also carries a sword and has a lost wife whom he misses terribly; her disappearance was what drove him to the Dark Side.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • His plan in "Style Queen" was to deliberately provoke Audrey Burgeois as Gabriel so that she would be susceptible to akumatization. He didn't count on her going for Revenge by Proxy against Adrien when she couldn't get to him.
    • In "Cat Blanc", he akumatizes Cat Noir by taking advantage of his emotional turmoil, erases the limitations of his destructive power and forces him to obey his order to complete his akumatization. He never expected that his son would actually become so unstable that he would lead to his own Karmic Death.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in "Miraculous New York", when he attempts to start a global thermonuclear war, which probably wouldn't have exactly helped keep Adrien alive or his lair (containing, among other things, Emilie's stasis chamber) in one piece.
  • Disappeared Dad: Downplayed. Gabriel is physically present in Adrien's life and even micromanages his son's life to make sure Adrien is safe, but he's too busy with his job to actually spend time with his son.
  • Disneyland Dad: He has Adrien's entire life planned out in a calculated desire to protect him from the world, even going so far as to try and keep him home-schooled in-spite of how lonely it makes him. Due to his job as fashion mogul and his excursions as Hawk Moth, Gabriel could not actually be there for him and instead compensates using his vast fortune to keep his son happy and complacent with any material thing he wants.
  • Doomed by Canon: As of "Timetagger", it's been confirmed that succeed or fail, Gabriel will eventually come to no longer possess the Butterfly Miraculous... but someone will take his place.
  • Dub Name Change: His French name is Le Papillon ("Butterfly")note , but he's known as Hawk Moth in the English and Korean dubs. His Hungarian name is Halálfej ("Death's-head"), while the European Spanish one is Lepidóptero ("Lepidopteran"). In Polish version he's called "Władca Ciem" ("Lord of the Moths")
  • The Empath: A villainous example. The Butterfly Brooch allows its holder to sense the emotions of those around them. Its intended use is to bolster positive emotions and create superheroes, but Hawk Moth uses it to prey on negative emotions present anywhere in the city, with at least enough clarity to know exactly what the incident was that inspired them. As "Partycrasher" shows, he's fully capable of sensing positive emotions as well, they're just useless to him most of the time.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being the Big Bad, Gabriel has his loved ones. His prime motivation for creating the akuma villains is to save his wife, Emilie, who has fallen into a coma and as time goes by is only falling deeper. In addition, Gabriel does legitimately love Adrien and claims that bringing Emilie back if for him. However, Gabriel has allowed his obsession with bringing Emilie back to interfere with his relationship with Adrien making him controlling and cold. Not including his family, Gabriel cares for his assistant Nathalie. Despite still allowing her to use the Peacock Miraculous, knowing the implications that come with using it, Gabriel detransforms even though he has recreated an army of akuma villains when Nathalie falls ill.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Between brainwashing innocent people and not being the least bit choosy about victims, there aren't a lot of lines Hawk Moth hasn’t crossed already. However, when it comes down to the wire, there is one thing he will never do: let Adrien get hurt. That is, unless he finds out he's Cat Noir. Then that line goes right out the window, as "Cat Blanc" and "Ephemeral" show.
    • In "Sandboy", he forbids Nooroo from communicating, striking the kwami mute. He quickly revokes this order, saying that he was joking and that even he's not that cruel.
    • In "Queen Wasp", he's shown to be torn between his love for his wife and his son. Keep up with the akumas and the villains and risk Adrien getting hurt to save/revive Emilie or give it up for his safety but never get his wife back or save his son's mother.
    • In "Mayura" he's aghast when he realises that Nathalie has taken up the Peacock Miraculous to aid him, since he knows the strain it will take on her body, and begs her not to use it. In season 3 he drops this moral scruple and against his better judgement, actively employs Mayura's aid despite the risks to her health, though he does at least make sure she rest before using it again, but in "Ladybug" the scruple returns when he sees how the Miraculous has affected Nathalie and takes it back for her own safety.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: When Nooroo tries to go out for his birthday, he temporarily removes the poor kwami's mouth before playing it off as a "joke".
  • Evil Is Bigger: An official height chart gives Gabriel's height as 7'2"/220cm. The episode "Gabriel Agreste" reveals that the trope is invoked by Gabriel as part of his Miraculous transformation: when Shadow Moth and senti-Gabriel are standing face to face, Shadow Moth is a full head taller than his civilian self.
  • Evil Is Hammy: In costume, he embraces being a theatrical supervillain, a far cry from his civilian identity of the aloof, businesslike Gabriel Agreste. Made obvious by his transformation sequence when it occurs, which sees the cold and constantly-frowning Gabriel Agreste flash an evil grin that lasts until his cane appears.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: A few of his own Akumatized creations have defied him, but most of them he can manipulate into doing what he wants. Cat Blanc being a notable exception.
  • Evil Only Has to Win Once: If he gets the Cat and Ladybug Miraculouses, it's game over, but he loses nothing but time when his akumatized villains are defeated, and so can afford to keep trying again and again.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has quite a low, intimidating tone. His voice is noticeably higher-pitched when untransformed, so either it's a side effect of his transformation or he invokes this trope deliberately, perhaps so that nobody recognizes his civilian voice. At the end of "Party Crasher", he speaks deeply while untransformed, so it seems he does invoke this trope deliberately.
  • Evil Virtues:
    • Creativity. While he tends to recycle the same Evil Plan — akumatize someone, let them cause havoc to attract the heroes, have the villain take their miraculous — he has proven to have a very firm understanding of his miraculous and has applied Loophole Abuses in order to maximize its effectiveness in a variety of clever ways, including akumatizing himself to throw off suspicion of his secret in "Collector" and creating an army of akumatized villains by creating a villain that makes himself more powerful in "Catalyst".
    • Determination. His villainous champions have lost countless times and it only takes a major loss for him to lose his vigor, and even then it has been proven that it does not take much for him to reclaim his nerve.
    • Love. His end-goal is to procure the Ladybug and Cat Miraculous to wish his ailing wife back to full health, and one of his redeeming qualities is how he cares for his son. The only reason why he is such a Control Freak over Adrien is because he is afraid for his wellbeing and only wishes to ensure a promising future, and even then he is willing to bend his rules if Adrien asks nicely enough.
    • Loyalty. He is deeply offended by any suggestion that he's cheating on Emilie... whether the speaker meant to imply that or not.
    • Resourcefulness. He will sometimes use his civilian identity — aware that everyone sees him as a Control Freak and a tight-ass — to create akumas out of other people's hatred of him or use his power and influence to sow enough discontent among as many people as he can, as was the case with Bubbler, Simon Says, Style Queen and Gorizilla.
    • Valor. Even when the heroes undo his Super Mode as Scarlet Moth and breaks the spell he put onto his villain army, he still sticks by and fights Ladybug and Cat Noir two-on-one without his cane, proving that he was an Orcus on His Throne more out of being a Pragmatic Villain than a Dirty Coward. Even then he only flees after become grossly outnumbered when Rena Rouge, Carapace and Queen Bee join the fight and Mayura creates a sentimonster to be a distraction.
  • False Flag Operation: Twice. First, by permitting Simon Says to target him despite the risks and then corrupting himself into the Collector to throw suspicion off of his civilian identity when he believed the heroes were getting too close to finding out who he was.
  • False Friend: To any villain he creates. Since he actually has no control over their actions, he has to pretend he is giving them their powers so they can accomplish their goals. In actuality, he is just using them to get his hands on Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses.
  • Fantastic Terrorist: A magical supervillain who uses his powers to brainwash other people into supervillains to terrorize Paris so he can get Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculous.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He'll may act like he's a friend to the villains he creates, but only as long as he's getting what he wants; the minute something goes wrong, out come the threats to remove their powers.
  • Fashion Designer: He's Marinette's idol and produces the "Gabriel" line that Adrien models for.
  • Fist Pump: A stand-by in Hawk Moth's hammy gesture repertoire is to dramatically clench his fist tightly for emphasis, usually as he monologues about how someone's negative emotions are very good prey for his akumas.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: In the French version, he's "Le Papillon", or the Butterfly. This is intentionally averted in the various dubs by the name change.
  • Foil: To his own son as well; both are famous people who project a calm, professional image to conceal their true selves. Both are also the holders of a miraculous that give them dark-themed alter-egos with more outgoing personalities; but while Cat Noir is a happy-go-lucky, Dark Is Not Evil hero who protects Paris, Hawk Moth is a sinister Light Is Not Good Large Ham villain who corrupts people with his powers.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: With his cold, unfriendly personality, it's obvious. Even more as the true identity of Hawk Moth.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • This forms the crx of his ultimate goal: he wants to get the Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses to fuse them together in order to get his wish granted.
    • In season 4, he uses the repaired Peacock Miaculous in tandem with the Butterfly Miraculous, becoming Shadow Moth.

  • Godhood Seeker: He wants Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculous because together they grant ultimate power.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: When used with its intended purpose, Nooroo's power should be turning people into The Champion or, as shown in "Queen Wasp", grant other Miraculous Users a Super Mode. Hawk Moth, however, uses it to corrupt people to suit his own ends.
  • Hades Shaded: Not that he wasn't already evil, but he gains a noticeable tan as Scarlet Moth.
  • Happily Married: Implied. While not much is known about Gabriel's relationship with his missing wife, there are moments that show they had a loving marriage — he keeps many pictures of her in their home, and Adrien explains in the webisode, "Adrien's Double Life", that ever since Mrs. Agreste disappeared, Gabriel has been a "changed man".
  • The Heavy: All the other villains? He creates and directs them in the first place.
  • Hero of Another Story: For a given value of 'hero'. Apparently the story of how he met Emilie and Nathalie could fill its own comic book. Their journey to Tibet to find the Miraculous is similarly alluded to.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: So far, the closest thing we have to his master plan is that he needs both the Ladybug and Cat miraculous to make a wish in order to "erase the past". As the series goes on, more and more hints are dropped that his ultimate endgame is to resurrect his comatose wife.
  • Hidden Depths: Beneath his cold, evil, and manipulative exterior, Gabriel is in fact a grieving, depressed, and heartbroken man who desperately wishes to be a happy family again with his wife and son. However, he stuggles with an inability to move on from the past and to be be grateful for his only child Adrien, which has caused him to become dangerously obsessed with finding a way to bring his wife back at any cost.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Played with. His unfriendly and callous behavior is responsible for at least three akumatizations; his status as Hawk Moth heavily implies he acted in such a manner not out of malice, but to goad potential victims into being upset enough to be akumatized.
  • History Repeats: He is desperate to prevent any more of his loved ones from taking up a Miraculous and dying, but pretty much all of them have/will. His son has technically died several times in the line of duty.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Bad Future seen in "Cat Blanc", Gabriel's reaction to discovering that Adrien is Cat Noir is to borderline Mind Rape the poor boy in order to akumatize him. Cat Blanc's initial Freak Out ends up killing Gabriel, along with the rest of Paris (and possibly France).
  • Hypocrite: Hawk Moth is a Manipulative Bastard who will say whatever he needs to get his More Than Mind Control to work, regardless of what he personally believes. However, on occasion he makes some genuine hypocritical remarks to himself when nobody else can hear them.
    • In "Sapotis", he mocks strict parents and declares that kids should be allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want. Gabriel is an extremely strict parent who micromanages his son's life.
    • In "Captain Hardrock", he expresses outrage at "the suppression of a soul demanding liberty and freedom". Again, Gabriel micromanages Adrien's life (barely even allowing him to leave the house), and is keeping Nooroo prisoner. Corrupting people into becoming your evil minions and using an Agony Beam when they disobey you isn't much in the way of "liberty and freedom" either.
    • Gabriel is constantly stating how much he worries over Adrien's safety, but often ends up putting his son in direct danger as Hawk Moth, with "Gorizilla", "Riposte", and especially "Cat Blanc" being the most prominent examples.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Gabriel's light blue eyes fit his cold, unfriendly bearing perfectly, and they can do one hell of a pitiless stare.
  • Ignored Epiphany:
    • In "Stormy Weather 2", he begins to question whether he's risking too much in his quest, but quickly snuffs out the thought and doubles down on his actions.
    • In the "Queen's Battle" trilogy, he's fully prepared to give up trying to steal the Miraculous and move on with his life after Style Queen is defeated. But once Chloé outs herself as the holder of the Bee Miraculous and becomes vulnerable to being akumatized, Gabriel just can't resist taking another shot at winning.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower:
    • His akuma can give his victims nearly any power he desires, and while they are all Personality Powers, Hawk Moth knows what he's giving them beforehand.
    • Once he becomes Shadow Moth by joining the Peacock Miraculous with his own, his amoks can create anything he desires, including copies of people that he can control.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: His facial features as a civilian are similar to Keith Silverstein's.
  • Ironic Name: Same as Adrien; a posh fashion designer and millionaire whose surname comes from a Latin word meaning, "rustic".
  • Irony:
    • The way his akuma minions look design-wise, you'd think that a fashion designer would have better taste (unless he's Not So Above It All or he does it deliberately so people don't realize they're the same person).
    • In "Startrain", he's fully aware of the irony that, with the titular akuma outside of his range of control, he has to root for Ladybug so she can save Adrien.
  • It Runs in the Family: He has the same desperate, self-destructive love for Emilie as Adrien has for Ladybug.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: While he does tend to be a giant jerk, even to Adrien, to the point he doesn't allow him to do things most normal kids should be allowed to do, he still loves his son. Also, he is quite reasonable and fair most of the time. Through underneath that, he's actually...Hawk Moth.
  • Karmic Death: In the Bad Future, he finds out his son is Cat Noir, and proceeds to torment him, assault him, and twist the knife in before Akumatizing him. The Akumatized Cat Blanc no longer has Adrien's restraint and kills Gabriel in the process of destroying most of Paris.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Despite regular negligence of his son, Gabriel is actually this. In his introductory webisode, Adrien claims that, until recently, his father refused to let him attend public school because Adrien leaving the house worried him. It appears that, by keeping his son as busy and isolated as possible, Mr. Agreste hopes to prevent Adrien getting into an unspecific danger. The Christmas special pretty much confirms it. When he sees that Adrien is not in his room and the window is wide open, he frantically demands that Nathalie release a statement of his missing son and issue an immediate search party for him.
  • Kubrick Stare: Pulls one of these in his transformation sequence, complete with Slasher Smile.
  • Large and in Charge: His official height is 220cm (~7'2.6"), giving him a towering physique to match his authoritarian personality.
  • Large Ham: Despite his dark and serious tone, his VA (in basically any version; take your pick) is clearly enjoying themself.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The revelation that Gabriel is Hawk Moth is rather unceremoniously dropped at the beginning of Season 2, and many of his appearances afterwards make direct reference to this fact.
  • Legacy Character: In "Timetagger", it's revealed that the Hawk Moth identity will be taken by someone else in the future.
  • Light Is Not Good: Stands in a room filled with white butterflies, right in the beam of a large, handsomely wrought window. To some degree justified, at least with the white butterflies: he's perverting his Nooroo's benevolent powers for evil. His true identity, Gabriel Agreste, also wears a white suit, with bright red pants and highlights.
  • Logical Weakness: His miraculous has the power to give other people superpowers. This means that most of his plans involve him having to put his faith in other people to do all of the dirty work, but this has a few inherent limitations that he is forced to put-up with.
    • First, while his minions aren't necessarily in their right mind, they still possess free will of their own. They are capable of either ignoring him or misinterpreting his orders, often snatching defeat from the jaws of victory due to good old human fallibility. While threatening his villains with rescinding their powers or inflicting mild pain on them should they defy him works most of the time, there are times when this isn't enough. Robostus was able to keep him too busy fending off his own security system to stop him, Gigantitan was incapable of listening or focusing on the task at hand due to being a toddler, and the Gang of Secrets were so fixated on Marinette that they instantly abandoned a subdued Cat Noir to chase after an illusion of her while Gabriel ineffectually tried to get them to stop.
    • Second, the corrupting influence he has on his villains — often amplifying their darker impulses and silencing their civil conscience — tends to make them very easily distracted and prone to irrational behavior. Ladybug and Cat Noir have used this against them numerous times, often using whatever led to Hawk Moth akumatize them as a distraction right before defeating them.
    • Third, barring exceptional circumstances, he can only akumatize one person at a time. While they are strong enough to require both Ladybug and Cat Noir working as a team, the longer they fight to more Ladybug and Cat Noir's teamwork begins to overwhelm them. From the second season on, Ladybug also has the option of using other Miraculous to level the playing field.
    • Fourth, as revealed in "Startrain", he has a limited range when communicating and controlling his akumatized minions. Should they escape that range (in the case of Startrain, the Earth's orbit), they are free to act without Hawk Moth looking over their shoulder, Hawk Moth powerless to do anything.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Nooroo's power can't be used on the owner of the Miraculous, so when Gabriel has to get around people discovering his identity, he temporarily gives up being the holder of Nooroo to allow himself to be akumatized by an akuma he had previously created.
    • Catalyst is an even better example. Normally the Butterfly Miraculous can only akumatize one person at a time. Through giving Nathalie the power to increase his own, he is able to break his one akuma limit and amass an army of villains.
    • The normal rule is "one person, one akuma", but he can circumvent this in specific cases. The Punisher Trio and the Gang of Secrets consist of multiple former villains, reakumatized as a group with a single akuma because they shared a single source of emotional pain and an object of significance to all of them. Similarly, Sapotis and Oblivio are two individuals joined by a single akuma, the former creating identical, endlessly replicating copies while the latter are fused into a single being.
  • Love Makes You Evil: All of his supervillainy is to attempt to revive his comatose wife using Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses.

  • Macabre Moth Motif: He has this in the English and Korean version thanks to Dub Name Change. Hawk Moth has a dark color scheme and corrupts the Pretty Butterflies for his own selfish agenda.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Has missiles hidden in his evil lair, which nearly gets him killed when Robostus turns on him.
  • Make a Wish: This is why he wants both heroes' Miraculous. Whoever succeeds in merging the two will be granted a wish powerful enough to change reality or rewrite the past.
  • Manipulative Bastard: While he doesn't show it very often outside of taking advantage of his victims' Moment of Weakness, his civilian identity will occasionally tweak a situation to make people vulnerable to his Akuma.
    • In "The Collector", he Evilizes himself to throw off the heroes' suspicions.
    • His treatment of Lila in Season 3 definitely shows this side; Knowing how ruthless Lila is, he partners up with her as Gabriel allegedly to protect Adrien from bad influences, but in reality he's merely enabling her so she'll make people vulnerable to his Akumas.
    • His master plan in the Season 3 Finale has him taking advantage of Chloé's entitlement complex, turning her against Ladybug.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Just look at that pimpin' purple suit and that Classy Cane. Why would you expect anything less from a fashion designer?
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In French, a species of butterfly known as the grayling is called "agreste". He is Hawk Moth, who is butterfly/moth-themed yet prefers minimalist/neutral colors.
    • Zig-Zagged with his first name. In The Bible, Gabriel is one of God's messenger angels, who is most famously known for delivering the news to Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus Christ. This corresponds nicely with what he should be as the bearer of the Moth Brooch, which is used to make ordinary people into extraordinary heroes. But as Hawk Moth, he inverts his name's meaning by using Nooroo to create villains instead of heroes.
    • As with most names ending in -el, "Gabriel" is a theophoric name (names specifically invoking and displaying the protection of a deity). The name "Gabriel" derives from Hebrew "Gavri'el", literally meaning "God is my strength". He's invoking the protection and strength of a Miraculous, specifically.
  • Mission Control: He can see through his minions' eyes, and acts as their strategist and advisor from his lair. Depending on the minion in question, this is either a dangerously useful dynamic or a frustrating impediment.
  • Mook Maker: The essential nature of his Akumatize ability and greatest strength. More so because every person that becomes a minion of his has the potential to become a One-Man Army and Person of Mass Destruction with a Superpower Lottery in their own right, each under his control to an extent.
  • Morality Pet: He only cares for three people; Adrien, his wife, and Nathalie. Everyone else is either collateral or a tool for his Monster of the Week.
  • More Than Mind Control: Hawk Moth's akuma amplify the negative emotions of his victims, then Hawk Moth plays on their desires to make them do what he wants.
  • My Beloved Smother: Gender Inverted and deconstructed. Gabriel is incredibly protective over Adrien, but it goes into Knight Templar Parent territory — Before allowing his son to attend public school, Gabriel kept Adrien homeschooled all of his life. Gabriel plans out every single detail of his son's life; Makes unfair decisions in regards to his son, the main example being unwilling to allow Adrien a birthday party or deciding that he and Nino couldn't be friends anymore. All of these over-the-top, even emotionally abusive actions, are done in the hope of keeping his son away from some unspecified danger. It is a combination of this suffocating-like over-protectiveness as well as Gabriel's emotional abuse, neglect, and busy work schedule, that strains his relationship with his only child.
  • Mysterious Parent: The fact that Gabriel is aware of what the Miraculouses are, secretly kept a book about them, and has the peacock brooch Miraculous implies that he is more connected to the supernatural happenings in Paris than he lets on. Adrien offhandedly mentions that even as Gabriel's own son, he doesn't know anything about him either. Once it turns out he's Hawk Moth, his connection to the akuma problems becomes pretty obvious — he's actively causing them. But this in turn raises new questions, as it also appears that he was aware of the Miraculous and had the book and the Butterfly and Peacock Miraculouses well before he actively started using them as Hawk Moth and it's even implied they had something to do with Emilie's current condition.
  • Mysterious Past: His goal becomes clear in Season 2, yet how he ended up the way he is in the present is yet to be revealed.
  • Mysterious Stranger: His non-transformed identity is a complete mystery to our heroes. The Season 2 premiere reveals that he's Gabriel Agreste, but no one else in-universe knows that except for Nathalie.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, notable French fashion designer.
  • Near-Villain Victory: In several episodes he has very nearly managed to akumatize Marinette, which would pretty much be an Instant-Win Condition for him since she would happily hand the only Miraculous capable of purifying akumas over to him.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Averted. He tries the Scarlet Moth plan again in "Ladybug" and almost succeeded in akumatizing Marinette, if it weren't for Nathalie's abrupt health issues.
  • Next Tier Power-Up:
    • After Nathalie stole Fu's tablet with deciphered spellbook pages, Gabriel gained knowledge about fusion spells, recipes for the potions which grant more powers to the holders, the process to repair Miraculouses, and the incantation needed for the wish-granting power of Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses. However, just like Marinette, since Master Fu was only able to partially decode the Miraculous spellbook, it is likely Gabriel's understanding is limited as well.
    • As of Season 4, he can unify the Butterfly and Peacock Miraculous and transform into Shadow Moth.
  • The Nicknamer: He gives the villain names to the citizens that are akumatized, and refers to them solely by these titles from the moment his akumas possess them.
  • Necromantic: He wants to use the wish granted by combining the Ladybug and Cat Miraculous to revive his comatose wife.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Averted. His akuma continue to function when Hawk Moth isn't actively transformed. Even when he deliberately renounces Nooroo's power and seals him in the moth brooch, they persist. The only way to stop them is to purify the akuma.
  • Non-Action Big Bad:
    • Hawk Moth's power is to give powers to others, whom he then controls, rather than gaining any powers of his own. As such, he waits in his dark room, sending out akuma to transform others so they'll do his work for him. "Robostus" shows he can defend himself with a Sword Cane in a pinch, but his performance suggests he lacks the stamina for a protracted battle.
    • Averted hard in "Mayura" - despite losing both his cane and his Catalyst buffs, he manages to take down both Ladybug and Cat Noir with just his fists. Only a Big Damn Heroes moment from Rena Rouge, Carapace, and Queen Bee stopped him from achieving total victory.
  • No Self-Buffs: In theory, but he's found some clever loopholes.
    • He can empower others, but Nooroo's power doesn't work on whoever holds the Miraculous. When he needs to akumatize himself to throw off suspicion, he temporarily renounces his power so he'll be vulnerable to an akuma he created beforehand, fooling even Master Fu, who was aware of the immunity, but not the loophole.
    • He can't buff himself, but he can give someone else the power to buff him. Catalyst removes his limitation of only one akuma at a time, allowing him to amass an army of nearly every previously created supervillain.
  • No-Sell: He is decidedly unimpressed when Chloé introduces herself as the Mayor's daughter in "Mr. Pigeon". (Since Chloé was Adrien's only friend for most of his life, it is somewhat surprising that Gabriel has to be introduced to her in the first place).
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Gabriel Agreste is a stern, no-nonsense man, but as Hawk Moth he's quite the Large Ham.
    • He's already a Large Ham, but it's to the point that when La Befana asks him what the magic word is when he orders her to get the Miraculouses, he has a Beat before sheepishly saying "Please?"
    • He can be seen singing "Merry Christmas To All" with everyone at the end of "Ladybug In Christmas".
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims to care about his family and seek the Miraculouses to make a better life for them, but he has way too much fun with his evil actions and manipulations for this to be entirely true. Plus, it's highly doubtful that his wife would want to be awoken from her coma at the cost he's willing to pay.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Season 4 reveals the true cost of the wish he wants to make - the complete destruction of reality as we know it. This is a price Shadow Moth is perfectly willing to pay to get his wife back.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Hawk Moth does not have any obvious day to day Evil Plan. While his overall goal is to acquire Ladybug and Cat Noir’s Miraculouses, even he doesn’t know how he will go about it each day. He Akumatizes whatever civilian he chances upon and from there mostly lets them decide how they will go about things and working it in his favor. The first time he orchestrated an elaborate Evil Plan is the Heroes' Day two part special.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Spends most of the series standing in the dark room he is in, and sends his butterflies when he detects a suitable victim. Justified, as his primary super power is the ability to bestow powers onto others. He finally steps out of his lair in the Heroes' Day two-parter special.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: In "Gorizilla", he gives Adrien a short speech about the need to be honest with each other. This apparently does not extend to telling his son that he's actually the supervillain who's been terrorizing Paris for presumably a year at the very least. Not to mention what really happened to Emilie. He does attempt to tell Adrien he's Hawk Moth in "Félix", but storms off without finishing after Adrien accidentally hits one of his Berserk Button.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: "Cat Blanc" shows that Marinette and Adrien can never get together as long as Gabriel is still active as Hawk Moth, because he will force Marinette to break up with Adrien, threatening to pull Adrien out of school if she doesn't, purely so he can akumatize the heartbroken Marinette.
  • Parental Neglect: While Gabriel's success ensures that Adrien is provided for financially, Gabriel himself is never around at home and only seems to contact his son through an iPad. Although judging from what Adrien means by Gabriel 'not being the same' since his mother disappeared, this might not have always been the case.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Justified. Like Tom and Sabine, Gabriel is unaware of his son being a superhero, unlike them, it's to be expected given how rarely he spends time with Adrien.
  • Personality Powers: As the series progresses, we see Gabriel as a Well-Intentioned Extremist who exhibits a distant personality with an authoritarian grip on every aspect of his life (from business to domestic life) who tends to take the good and wholesome things in his life — like his wife and son — and turn them into an obsession that he is perfectly willing to decimate all of Paris for — casualties be damned — if it means clinging to it. As Hawk Moth, he is able to empower, corrupt and manipulate anyone from the safety of his home, turning a tool that was meant to be used for good (the Butterfly Miraculous) into a weapon to fulfill his own selfish goals.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Sure, he corrupts little Manon into Puppeteer without hesitation; but during her villain run, he's nothing but polite to her the whole time. Of course, it's not too surprising that he knows the pragmatism in being gentle to make a child behave, considering his secret identity is a parent.
    • Furthermore, in "Kung Food", before he sends his akuma after Wang Cheng, he remarks that a great artist was wronged, implying he is aware of and respects his abilities as a chef.
    • In "The Pharaoh" he says that there is nothing wrong with wanting to live out a fantasy, which indicates he sympathizes with Jalil's idea of bringing Nefertiti back to life. Since he is Gabriel Agreste and his own goal is to revive his near-dead wife, this makes sense.
    • In "Gorizilla", he can't bring himself to gamble Adrien's life on the possibility that he is Cat Noir and orders Gorizilla to release Ladybug so she can rescue him.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: The episode "Gang of Secrets" revealed that his psychic connection to his victims can hurt him just as much as he can hurt them. When Lady Wifi renounces her power after a Rousing Speech from Ladybug, the psychic backlash actually manage to bring Gabriel to his knees.
  • Powerful and Helpless: While Hawk Moth's powers are dangerous and versatile, he is only able to bestow such powers onto others and thus has to rely on others to do the work for him. Half the time he cannot even get his minions to cooperate, either carrying out his orders incompetently (like with Bubbler), completely ignoring him (like Gigantitan) or outright attacking him before he can incapacitate them (like with Robostus). It does not help that his corrupting influence makes them easily distracted and irrational. While he is capable of defending himself against things like his corrupted defense system or even Ladybug and Cat Noir when he absolutely has to, he typically prefers to hang back and let his akumas do the dirty work.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Before taking on Ladybug and Cat Noir bare-handed in Mayura.
    All right, kids. Watch what a man who's got nothing to lose can do !
  • Psychotic Smirk: He gives these often as Hawk Moth, which is a huge contrast to how calm he is as Gabriel Agreste. His transformation sequence also ends with him giving a wink and subtle smirk.
  • Pungeon Master: Occasionally indulges in puns, such as saying that he'll "draw [Nathaniel, an artist] into my evil plot". Which would certainly explain where Adrien got it from.
  • Purple Is the New Black: His suit is predominantly purple with black highlights, and his akuma are imbued with (evil) purple energy.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: In the Cat Blanc alternate future, he succeeds in akumatizing Cat Noir, but the ensuing Angst Nuke destroys all of Paris, including himself.
  • Rags to Riches: It's insinuated his career came like this by Audrey Bourgeois, who claims Gabriel was a nobody before she discovered him. Of course, given Audrey's inflated sense of self, the story is dubious.
  • Reality Warper: It is his goal to become one with the help of the Ladybug and Cat Miraculous. In Ephemeral he succeeds and starts the process of making his wish until Sass goes back in time.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: During the episode "Mr. Pigeon", he acts as the judge for a derby designing contest. When confronted by two identical derbies (the original by Marinette and a copy made by Chloé) he calmly allows Marinette to present proof that her design is the original. He proclaims her the winner, praising her for her hard work and assuring her that Adrien will wear her derby during his next photo shoot.
  • The Reveal: "The Collector" reveals that Gabriel Agreste is and always has been Hawk Moth.

  • Satanic Archetype: He corrupts people with his akumas in a way very similar to Demonic Possession. He tempts those he corrupts and grants them power based on emotions and desires so they can get him the Miraculous.
  • Secret-Keeper: As of "Miracle Queen", Hawk Moth is aware of the identities of all of the temporary heroes introduced up to Season 3 other than Bunnyx.
  • Self-Made Man: In "Style Queen", it's revealed that he started out working in a "cramped studio" before Audrey Bourgeois made him a household name. Though it's possible that part of his family's fortune originated from his wife, by now he owns his own successful fashion empire under his name.
  • Shipping Torpedo: When Adrien hooks up with Marinette in "Cat Blanc", he threatens Marinette into dumping him in order to make one or both of them vulnerable to Akumatization.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Is greatly offended by the mere suggestion that he could ever love anyone other than his wife.
  • Sherlock Scan: He was able to notice Ladybug's earrings and Cat Noir's rings when they officially meet for the first time. Subverted, as virtually everyone knows about their Miraculouses, Hawk Moth having announced it in his debut. Reverted as he was the only one to have actually noticed his son's ring. Given the contents behind his wife's portrait, he clearly knows more than the average citizen.
  • Sigil Spam: His butterfly symbol courtesy of the akumas and the glowing masks that appear on the faces of his super villains. It almost proves to be his undoing, but some diabolical skulduggery on his part causes the heroes to wave off the fact that his motif is very similar to the logo of one of the biggest fashion designer brands in Paris.
  • Slasher Smile: During his transformation sequence, he sports an impressive one as soon as his mask is on.
  • Smug Snake: He's very confident in himself but repeatedly fails in his attempts to steal the heroes' artifacts, never bothers to change strategy and always ends up crying in frustration and his moments of cleverness are few and far between.
  • The Sociopath: Oh, let's see: Ruthlessly manipulates people for his own ends? Check. Willing to cause ruination to Paris just to achieve his goals? Check. A grandiose sense of self-worth and a complete Lack of Empathy? Check. In fact, he could be classified as a downright monster if it weren't for the fact that he dearly loves his wife and son (and even then, he consistently shows that said son's physical and emotional well-being is expendable if it gets him closer to bringing back his wife).
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Hawk Moth" is the official English spelling, but there are some who spell it as "Hawkmoth", one word, after an art book spelled it that way.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Only in the French version, where he's called "le Papillon" or "the Butterfly".
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: While Gabriel is a stoic and aloof man, he does beam with pride when he talks about Adrien to Ladybug. He can also be fairly reasonable.
  • Super Empowering: His Miraculous grants the power to empower others. He infuses a butterfly with his power, creating an akuma which then infects someone experiencing strong negative emotion. The victim is granted Personality Powers, centered on an object involved in the incident. Though Hawk Moth uses this power for evil, its original intent is to create heroic champions. It's not clear how this works in comparison to his use of it.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His minions often get distracted by their own interests, forget about getting the Miraculous and at worst even ignore his warnings when Ladybug is conning them.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Whatever it was that motivated Emilie to die using a broken Miraculous, Gabriel survived. He's thought of nothing else since.
  • Sword Cane: In "Robostus", his cane is revealed to hide a blade, which he uses to defend himself when Robostus turns on him.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Wrecks his own study in apparent rage over Adrien misplacing his antique book during the Season 2 premiere.
  • Tareme Eyes: Inverted. His eyes as Gabriel are dropping, but in contrast with his son, it's more akin to Dull Eyes of Unhappiness. As Hawk Moth, he has pointy Tsurime Eyes that makes him more intimidating.
  • Telepathy: How he communicates with his victims.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: His actual motive for trying to steal the Miraculous isn't explained for some time. It's eventually indicated he wants to use their combined power to rewrite reality, allowing him to heal his wife or prevent whatever happened to her in the first place.
  • This Cannot Be!: It never occurred to him that an Akumatized victim would be able to break free of his power if given the proper motivation.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Has a picture of Adrien's mother in a locket.
  • Tragic Villain: He is never truly happy. At best, he is smugly triumphant before the heroes manage to defeat him...again.
  • Transformation Trinket: His brooch is the Butterfly Miraculous.
  • Undying Loyalty: Surprising both himself and the audience, he throws away a decent chance at victory to save Nathalie. He feels for both her and Emilie.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Subverted with Nino and Simon's akumatizations; they are initially presented as his aloof personality accidentally setting them off, but the revelation that he's actually Hawk Moth indicates that he was probably intentionally trying to cause that.
    • Played straight in "Cat Blanc". Akumatizing Cat Noir results in the annihilation of Paris and all of its inhabitants, Hawk Moth included, by his supervillain alter-ego.
  • Villain Ball: He barely ever takes steps to make sure that the people working under him are focused on taking the Miraculous. But subverted big-time during "The Collector"... He Akumatizes himself for once, proving to be a relentless No-Nonsense Nemesis against Ladybug and Cat Noir — and has it double as a Xanatos Gambit to free himself / Gabriel Agreste of suspicion.
  • Villain Override: Though he usually favors the carrot in getting those he transforms to do his bidding, he's threatened to remove their powers if they don't play along, and can cause them pain if they resist his demands.
  • Villain-Possessed Bystander: He can sense strong emotions and create "akumas", dark butterflies that seek out those consumed by negativity and transform them into supervillains with vast new powers and zero moral or emotional restraint. He promises his victims the chance to fulfil their desires, most often for revenge against whoever or whatever upset them, in return for retrieving the Miraculouses of Ladybug and Cat Noir. He is actually the holder of the Butterfly Miraculous, whose true purpose is to create heroes from ordinary people, but he twisted its power towards his evil ends.
  • Villain Song: In the franchise' official YouTube channel, Hawk Moth has his own theme song titled "🦋 HAWK MOTH - THEME SONG 🎵", the music video a clip-show with Hawk Moth himself singing his motivations as he swears to take Ladybug and Cat Noir's miraculous.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's nearly impossible to talk about Hawk Moth's motivations or Gabriel's characterization from Season 2 onwards without revealing they're one and the same.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Gabriel is utterly consumed by the grief of losing his wife and wishes to bring her back to make Adrien happy, so they can live as a family again. However, his methods of achieving said goal are extremely destructive and heinous.
  • When He Smiles: Gabriel always frowns as a civilian, and regularly sports a smug and sinister smile when he is Hawk Moth. However, he does show a genuine warm smile in the series, like on his previous family portrait, when he expresses concern over Nathalie and Adrien or when he appreciates someone like Marinette's talent on fashion designing.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: One of the biggest problems with his relationship with his son is that Gabriel is always busy with work (or supervillainy). This is on top of keeping Adrien locked into a busy schedule of modeling work and lessons. At the end of "Simon Says", Adrien passive-aggressively rips into his dad for his distance.
  • Wicked Pretentious: Gabriel is a high-society fashion designer who lives in a mansion, but he's actually a destructive, hammy asshole who gives his akumatized minions gaudy outfits and nicknames.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Hawk Moth doesn't hesitate to akumatize women and fights Ladybug directly in "Mayura".
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • A significant number of his akuma victims are small children, and while the infant August's first akumatization was an accident, he goes along with it without the slightest hint of remorse.
    • In "Mayura", he shows no objection to attacking Ladybug and Cat Noir personally, and his dialogue hints that he knows (or at least suspects) that they're young teenagers, which is later outright confirmed in "Timetagger".
  • Xanatos Gambit: Akumatizing himself in "The Collector." The Collector gets Ladybug's and Cat Noir's Miraculouses? Obviously good. He fails? Because they're the same person, he still makes the good guys stop suspecting Gabriel as Hawk Moth.
  • Yandere: If becoming an Omnicidal Maniac Supervillain didn't give you a clue, perhaps the whole "talking to his halfway dead wife" hobby could clue you in.

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Like all miraculous, the Butterfly Miraculous was created as a tool for great heroes, but Hawk Moth intends to use it to create supervillains under his thrall.

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