French Villainous Name: Le Dessinateur
Real Name: Nathaniel Kurtzberg
Root Cause of Transformation: Chloé Bourgeois
Item of Transformation: Tablet Pen
Primary Goal: Revenge Against Chloé/Have a date with Marinette
Of the akumatized victims of Papillon, the Evillustrator is perhaps one of the select few who are, from beginning to end of being possessed by Papillon’s power, not truly a villain. Of course, his wanting to take revenge on Chloé might come off as villainous to those who have had the great fortune of not having met the arrogant little brat.
Yet despite all of his justifiable rage against her, Nathaniel never allowed his vengeance to go beyond mere pettiness. Considering that she made it a point to embarrass him in front of a classroom of his peers, friends, and budding crush by revealing, and mocking, his illustrations that featured him and Marinette on a few, rather romantic, moments.
What makes Nathaniel a particular akumatized victim of note is that his transformation into Evillustrator was entirely of his own creation, so to speak. Rather, the form that he took and the powers that he had gained were those of his own self-created heroic self. His… hero-sona for lack of a better term and whether because of this form being that of a hero or Nathaniel’s own goodness of heart shining through the akuma’s darkness, he is one of the few to outright standup against Papillon.
He is also one of the few to show the consequences as Papillon makes no qualm of displaying that though the Evillustrator can act as he wishes, it is Papillon himself who holds the strings and can pull on them whenever, and however, he wants.
Also, lest I forget again, the Evillustrator is another example of the Miraculous wielders uncanny ability to identify akumatized victims with the littlest and oftentimes obscurest of details. For the Evillustrator, it was the signature that he placed upon an invitation he gave to Marinette to entice her to accompany him on a birthday date. A signature that, I kid you not, consisted of an exclamation mark in a square.
A signature that Marinette saw once.
There’s lucky, there’s magic, and then there’s Marinette.
Back to the evils of the Evillustrator, the first acts of villainy that he set out to do was to… well, frankly, make Chloé as miserable as he could. From bad hair days to erasing all of her worldly possessions, his reign of terror was curbed only upon being distracted by Marinette and her promise to enjoy an evening of romance with him for his birthday.
His powers are what put him at the top of the middle tier in overall capability but his mindset sticks him down to the bottom tier of actual evil. With pen in hand and tablet on wrist, anything and everything that the Evillustrator draws upon the tablet is made into reality and can even act on its own based on his intent.
Case in point, he created an oversized hairdryer that flew through the air in a relentless pursuit after Chloé. Likewise, the Evillustrator can use his tablet to erase objects within his line of sight, objects that can only be restored by Ladybug’s Miraculous.
The exact limits of the Evillustrator’s illustrations and erasing are never really demonstrated but from what little we do see, it would appear that he is at least limited to creating, and erasing, objects only and the more complex the object is, the more time he needs to illustrate it. The most glaring weakness of his however, and one that earns him the top of the middle tier, is that he cannot utilize his tablet without enough light. If the area he is in is too dark, his powers are useless though anything he has created will still remain.
As I’ve stated above, Nathaniel is not a bad person and even when he was turned into one by Papillon, he showed a remarkable level of self-restraint in concerns to his vengeance on Chloé Bourgeois, which, believe me, is a miracle unto itself. Because if any one of you believes even for a moment that Nathaniel was one of the few to be consumed by the darkness because of a certain blonde-haired witch… You best prepare yourselves to be disappointed again and again.