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Makima (マキマ Makima?) is a high-ranking Public Safety Devil Hunter, who took Denji as her human pet. She is later revealed to be the Control Devil (はいあく Shihai no Akuma?) which embodies the fear of control or conquest. She serves as the overall main antagonist of the Public Safety Saga.

Appearance

Makima is a beautiful woman who appears to be in her mid-twenties. Her hair colour is a light red, normally kept in a loose braid with bangs reaching just past her eyebrows and two longer side bangs that frame her face. Her eyes are yellow with multiple red rings within them.

Personality

Makima is extremely cunning and manipulative. She controls Denji through the promise of a romantic and sexual relationship while also threatening him with extermination if he disobeys her. Ruthless and normally emotionless, she will do whatever it takes to reach her goals, even at the cost of the people she should be protecting.

Makima is an extreme fan of Chainsaw Man, the "Hero of Hell". Fascinated by its ability to wipe out the embodied concept of a devil through consuming them, her stated goal is to bring Chainsaw Man under her control in order to use its abilities to create an ideal world without fear, death, and “bad” movies. However, failure is also acceptable, as it would mean being eaten—an honor according to her.

Makima's true goal, however, was to be together forever with Pochita and lead a happy life with him. She always yearned for something like a family, being incapable of forming equal and meaningful relationships as the control devil.

Abilities

Physical Abilities

Immense Strength: Makima possesses a great deal of physical strength allowing her to fight effectively in hand-to-hand combat without relying on any of her subordinates. Her strength was great enough to overwhelm Pochita and shatter his chainsaws with her strikes.

Enhanced Smell: According to Denji, Makima primarily differentiates others through smell. In their first encounter, she was able to detect that Pochita still existed within Denji through his scent.

Supernatural Abilities

Control Devil Abilities: The full extent of Makima's abilities are mostly unknown. She has shown a variety of abilities either inherent as a devil, or borrowed from another devil. The following is a list of her shown abilities:

  • Makima has shown to control any being who she believes is inferior to her, even being able to force them into making contracts with her or another devil. It seems as though once placed under her control, the victim subsequently loses their memory. This ability works on humans, animals, devils, fiends and hybrids. She can channel the power of her victims by summoning them through a chain connected to her body. It has been shown that she can use the abilities of Angel Devil, Future Devil, Snake Devil, Punishment Devil and Zombie Devil. Even deceased individuals can be controlled in this manner. Makima was able to form a squad of weapon hybrids, three of which (Reze, Quanxi, and Katana Man) were former enemies who now behaved affectionately towards her. This suggests Makima can control individuals outright as well as changing their personalities in subtle ways.
  • Makima has shown to cause her target to be crushed by an invisible force. In order to use this technique, Makima appears to require a higher place, the name of a target and a human sacrifice. Makima forms a symbol with her hands and instructs the sacrifice to utter the name of the target. The sacrifice then dies and the target subsequently is crushed, leaving only a splatter of blood behind and their clothes. While she is using this ability, the people around herself close their eyes with a black cloth.
  • Makima has been shown to kill her targets if she looks at a person, seemingly being crushed from the inside.[1] She has also been shown to inflict damage to targets she points at with her index finger[2] which is strong enough to kill Power in instant[3] and send empowered Chainsaw Man to outer space. She has also shown to remove the heads of her targets in the vicinity from a short-to-mid range by using a sword; similar to her crushing ability, the people around her close their eyes with a black cloth. These abilities are similar to the Darkness Devil's and Gun Devil's, though it's unknown if Makima gained them.
  • Makima has shown to transmit her voice in others by placing her hand on his or her head even if the person is dead[4]. She uses this to command the devils that the person is currently contracted with.
  • Makima has been shown to control a large number of rats which allow her to travel around using them. These rats can then cluster together to form the shape of a human and thus allow for Makima to be transported to that location instantly.[5]
  • Makima borrows the hearing of rats, birds, and other lower life forms to hear conversations remotely, seemingly anywhere on the planet and possibly extending into Hell itself.[6][7][8] She was able to spy on Denji's and Reze's conversation and was listening in on Kishibe's conversation with Quanxi.[9] This ability can be circumvented by communicating nonverbally such as writing on a piece of paper.[6]

Contract Creation: As a devil, the Control Devil can bestow contracts upon humans for a price. Thanks to her ability to control humans, she can force them to make a contract with herself. The Control Devil has a contract with the Prime Minister of Japan in exchange of working for Japan.

  • As a result of her contract with the Prime Minister, any fatal damage inflicted to Makima is transferred into an appropriate illness or ailment affecting a random citizen of Japan. She was shown to have been shot in the back of the head and seemingly killed, only to stand up later with no visible wounds. She stated that she was merely grazed by a bullet, however, this is unlikely given the placement of the gun when it was fired, as well as the location of the blood from the exit wound. Later, she has been killed by Gun Devil after it fires a gunshot through her head. It is confirmed that she has been killed twenty-six times up until the attack of Gun Devil.

Blood Consumption: As a devil, the Control Devil should be able to restore its health by consuming blood.[10] She has been shown to regenerate her arm that has been damaged by Darkness Devil, however, it is unknown that whether this ability is derived from her regeneration ability or her contract with the Prime Minister.

Revival: As a devil, the Control Devil should revive in Hell after being killed effectively making it immortal.[11] After she has been eaten by Denji, she has reincarnated in China as Nayuta.

Other Abilities

High Alcohol Tolerance: Makima has an exceedingly high tolerance for drinking alcohol; able to out-drink both Aki and Himeno without showing any signs of being debilitated by the vast quantities of drink.[12]

Chapter Appearances

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Intro arc
1. Dog & Chainsaw Debut
2. The Place Where Pochita Is Appears
3. Arrival in Tokyo Appears
4. Power Appears
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Bat Devil arc
5. A Way to Touch Some Boobs Appears
6. Service Appears
7. Meowy's Whereabouts Absent
8. Chainsaw vs. Bat Absent
9. Rescue Absent
10. Kon Absent
11. Compromise Appears
12. Squeeze Appears
13. Gun Devil Appears
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Eternity Devil arc
14. French Kiss Flashback
15. Endless 8th Floor Absent
16. The First Taste Absent
17. Kill Denji Absent
18. Chainsaw vs. Eternity Absent
19. Nobel Prize Absent
20. Drinking Appears
21. Taste of a Kiss Appears
22. Cola-Flavor Chupa Chups Appears
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Katana Man arc
23. Gunfire Absent
24. Curse Absent
25. Ghost, Snake, Chainsaw Absent
26. The Gun is Mightier Appears
27. From Kyoto Appears
28. Secrets & Lies Appears
29. Perfect Score Appears
30. Bruised & Battered Absent
31. The Future Rules Absent
32. Over and Over Again Appears
33. Mission Start Appears
34. Full Team Absent
35. Minor Absent
36. Katana vs. Chainsaw Absent
37. Train, Head, Chainsaw Absent
38. Easy Revenge! Appears
39. Tearjerker Appears
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Bomb Girl arc
40. Love, Flower, Chainsaw Flashback
41. Before the Storm Flashback
42. Teach Me How to Swim Flashback
43. Jane Fell Asleep in the Church Mentioned
44. Boom Boom Boom Absent
45. A Fine Day for Explosions Mentioned
46. The Melody of a Massacre Absent
47. Luck With Women Absent
48. Kaboom Kaboom Kaboom Absent
49. Shark Hurricane Absent
50. Sharknado Absent
51. Dark Diving Absent
52. Lost Love, Flower, Chainsaw Appears
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International Assassins arc
53. In a Dream Appears
54. To Go to Enoshima Appears
55. Let's Go Flashback
56. A Curse and A Fist Mentioned
57. Suddenly Absent
58. Yutaro Kurose Absent
59. Mess Appears
60. Quanxi and Fiends' 49-Person Massacre Absent
61. News Reporter Mentioned
62. Super Mess Absent
63. Trip To Hell Absent
64. Welcome To Hell Absent
65. The Darkness Devil Absent
66. Woof! Appears
67. The First Devil Hunter Appears
68. Dark Power Absent
69. Shining Power Absent
70. Pinch Appears
71. Bath Flashback
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Gun Devil arc
72. All Together Absent
73. Everyday Life No More Appears
74. What the Waves Say Appears
75. 9,12 Appears
76. Don't Open It Appears
77. Ring Ring Ring Appears
78. Snowball Fight Absent
79. Play Catch Absent
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Control Devil arc
80. A Dog's Feelings Appears
81. Paw Appears
82. Always Eat A Hearty Breakfast Appears
83. Death, Resurrection, Chainsaw Appears
84. Hero Of Hell Appears
85. Bloody Good Gut Feeling Appears
86. Date Chainsaw Appears
87. Chainsaw Man vs. the Horrifying Weapon Humans Appears
88. Star Chainsaw Appears
89. Go Get 'Em, Chainsaw Man Appears
90. Super Power Appears
91. Power, Power, Power Appears
92. Zombie, Blood, Chainsaw Mentioned
93. You & Crappy Movies Appears
94. Chainsaw Man vs. the Weapon Humans Appears
95. Chainsaw Man vs. Control Devil Appears
96. This Kind of Taste Appears
97. I, Love, Chainsaw Appears

Trivia

  • Makima's ranking in the Popularity Polls are as follows;
    • Makima ranked 2nd in the First Popularity Poll, with 27,224 votes.
    • Makima ranked 2nd in the Second Popularity Poll, with 76,733 votes.
  • Makima smokes "hi-fight"s, likely a reference to the Japanese tobacco brand "hi-lite."
  • Makima was the first character Fujimoto had a solid image of as she is a character in "Breath of The Stars", one of the serialised works in Fujimoto's head, out of many fantasy stories he imagined in Junior High.
  • Makima was partially based on "Benten", a character in "The Eccentric Family" that Fujimoto liked, for she is an unfathomable higher being, with her own sadness we lowly humans can't comprehend. Something Fujimoto wanted to convey in Makima.
  • Fujimoto has mentioned FLCL as a source of inspiration for the girls of Chainsaw Man and Makima is likely based on Haruko from FLCL who is a manipulative, unpredictable being.
  • According to Fujimoto, if you remove the -ki- from Ma-ki-ma's name, you're left with Mama. Which ties in with Denji, who has always been pursuing Maternal things since the death of his mother at a young age.
  • Makima's final battle at the end with Chainsaw Man was inspired by the Shinobu vs. Araragi fight in the Kizumonogatri III movie according to a tweet by Fujimoto.

References

  1. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 33, Pages 16 - 17
  2. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 66, Page 8
  3. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 81
  4. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 66, Page 11
  5. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 52, Pages 6 - 8
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 66, Page 16
  7. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 66, Pages 5 - 6
  8. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 67, Page 2
  9. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 52, Page 8
  10. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 1, Page 13
  11. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 53, Page 13
  12. Chainsaw Man Manga: Chapter 21, Pages 2 - 4

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