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|“||SCREEEK! I vanted to steal Peach's power...but I changed my mind! You are much stronger...and evil! SCREEEONK! Vork vith me! SCREEP!||„|
|~ Antasma to Bowser.|
Antasma, also known as Akkumu (in Japanese: アックーム) in the Japanese version, is one of the two main antagonists of the 2013 Nintendo 3DS game Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. He is the insidious bat king and the archenemy of Prince Dreambert. Bowser later became his ally before betraying Antasma near the endgame.
He was voiced by Akiko Sugimoto.
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Abilities and Powers
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According to legend, Antasma was once a normal bat on Pi'illo Island until he somehow fed off a Pi'illo's nightmare which gave him power. He began continuously feeding on nightmares and eventually transformed into the evil Bat King.
At some point afterwards, Antasma then stole the Dark Stone in order to fulfill his chaotic dreams, but the Pi'illos led by Prince Dreambert (along with the Zeekeeper) managed to stop him by imprisoning him in the Dream World. But at the last moment, Antasma shattered the Dark Stone, causing its chunks to rain down everywhere on the island, turning all of the Pi'illos that they touched into stone and causing their civilization to vanish as his essence was sealed away.
Mario and Luigi: Dream Team
Many years later, Pi'illo Island became an archeological tourist attraction. Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toadbert all come to this island for a vacation, but while Luigi sleeps, he has a nightmare where Antasma appears and destroys the hot air balloon they were travelling on.
Mario and Luigi then travel through Pi'illo Castle, where they stumble upon a stone pillow that was once Prince Dreambert, Luigi then sleeps on it and creates a portal to the Dream World. As Princess Peach takes a closer look at the portal, Antasma appears and kidnaps her, hoping to use her power for his sinister plans. Mario attempts to rescue her with the help of Dreamy Luigi, but Antasma escapes into Dream's Deep with Peach and seals the way behind.
After finally making it to Dream's Deep, Mario and Dreamy Luigi confront Antasma until Bowser appears, furious that someone besides him kidnapped Peach. Sensing much more evil power within him, Antasma makes an alliance with the Koopa King, and they combine their power to defeat the Mario Bros. and then escape to take over the real world.
They then steal the Dream Stone from Dozing Sands and take it to Mount Pajamaja, where they use the Dreambeats to put everyone on the island to sleep so that their dreams can restore the Dream Stone's power. Bowser wishes for a castle as his base of operations, thus creating Neo Bowser Castle, which has the power to destroy anything he pleases. Bowser then somehow kidnaps Peach afterward and places Kamek in her place.
When the Zeekeeper destroys Neo Bowser Castle's barrier and sends it falling, Mario and Luigi were able to enter and confront Kamek, who Antasma aids by transporting him into the Dream World. Antasma then has Bowser fall asleep while using him as a pillow in order to increase his power, but the Mario Bros. wake him up by defeating his giant form in the Dream World.
Final Battle and Death
The heroes then confront Antasma and Bowser in the real world. The Bat King gloated that this time the outcome of the final battle will be different from before as he has Bowser to assist him, only to be shocked when Bowser betrays him by hurling him at the ground and then revealing that he was just using Antasma to further his own goals. As Bowser leaves him to be destroyed by the Mario Bros. while taking Peach and the Dream Stone for himself, Antasma is deeply enraged by this deception and swears to take revenge after dealing with the heroes.
He then fights Dreambert, and then reveals that he made a wish with the Dream Stone for the power to open dream portals at will, thus preventing him from ever being imprisoned again. Antasma defeats Dreambert, but Mario (re-entering the Dream World) fights him alongside Dreamy Luigi as the penultimate boss, and they defeat him. Returning to the real world, Antasma inflates like a balloon and his body explodes, thus he and his schemes are destroyed for good.
In Other Media
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Although having no direct appearance or reference dedicated to him in the game's story, Antasma makes a cameo appearance on one of Bowser's amiibo-exclusive Character Cards: a level 2 card that forces an enemy to drop the item they carry. He appears in his bat form on the card.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Antasma appears as a support spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His ability allows the fighter to start the battle equipped with Death's Scythe. He can be obtained by purchasing him from Anna's Emporium for 1,000 Spirit Points, or by defeating him in a spirit battle, which is against male Robin on the Battlefield variation of Peach's Castle. The floor is sleep-inducing and food items rain down, which powers up the opponent the more food they eat.
- Antasma seems to bear similarities in appearance to Cackletta, Princess Shroob, Elder Princess Shroob, and the Dark Star from the same series as well as villains from other series like Mortamor and Andross.
- Like Elder Princess Shroob and Fawful, antagonists of previous Mario & Luigi games, Antasma explodes into purple particles. He also expands before he explodes like Fawful, except Antasma's was more of an inflation, more painful-looking, and a direct result of his defeat rather than a self-destruct.
- Antasma's death scene is a physically darker version of the death scenes of other bosses in the game: in place of rainbow lights, rays of black, dark red, dark blue, and dark green lights shine from him, and he explodes into purple stars instead of rainbow stars.
- Sadly for him, Antasma is the first main antagonist in the Mario & Luigi games to be betrayed by Bowser.
- Though it is assumed that Antasma would have betrayed Bowser sooner or later, not being the type of villain who would completely share power, and was only shocked because Bowser beat him to the punch.
- The audience was likely meant to think that Antasma would betray Bowser first since he resembles a cross between the other villains who overshadowed Bowser in previous Mario & Luigi games.
- Most importantly, the player can infer that Bowser will betray any villain that works with him as a partner rather than for him as a minion. However, Bowser has gotten along with partners before, such as King Boo, who seems to be on good terms with him. It is possible that Bowser knew that Antasma could never be trusted and saw him as a severe threat to the world he wants to conquer.
- Antasma's name is likely derived from the Latin word "phantasma", meaning "spectre" or "apparition" or the Spanish word "fantasma", specifically meaning "ghost", with the first consonant cut off to reflect the prefix anti-, also reflecting his nature.
- Antasma's Japanese name, "Akkumu" is a play off of "Akumu", meaning "nightmare" and "Akuma", meaning "devil" or "demon".
- Antasma has many similarities with Count Dracula. Antasma speaks with a Slavic accent, similar to Dracula. Also, note that Dracula is a vampire and can transform into a bat. Antasma is a ghostly bat king and can also transform into a bat.
- In some translations, Antasma is called a count instead of a king, just like Dracula. His Russian name "Mrakula" is even a play on Dracula's name.
- In the Dutch translation, Antasma speaks with a German accent and he also uses actual German words quite frequently.