Western Animation: Miraculous Ladybug

Buying snacks at the bakery, fighting crime, pining after boys... typical Parisian teenager!

A Magical Girl / Superhero joint effort by France's Zagtoon and Method Animation studios with Toei Animation, set to premiere in France and Belgium around October 2015 (new release date here) and in EBS in Korea on September 1, 2015. Was initially under the working title Miraculous.

The story is about Marinette Dupain-Cheng, a middle-schooler living in Paris. After receiving a pair of magic ladybug earrings, she gains the power to become the superheroine... well, Ladybug. Her superpower is the power of Luck, if she uses it for altruistic purposes only. Joining in her adventures is a black-clothed catboy named Chat Noir (whose secret identity happens to be Adrien, Marinette's crush). Her Rogues Gallery includes a mime villain with dastardly shadow-based powers, another villain, a man who can control the pigeons of Paris, and the diabolical Hawk Moth.

Check out Zagtoon's page for the show here. Check out the three-and-a-half minute trailer which sparked a voracious premature fandom overnight here.

The anime has gained attention even before release for its beautiful animation and music. Little is known at the moment, other than that 26 episodes are planned, and it has a whopping budget of US$11.2 million.note  According to The Other Wiki, Miraculous Ladybug wrapped up pre-production this past April, and Anime News says the series is expected to premiere in Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. E.T in Nickelodeon in USA under the name of "Miraculous, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir" .

Not to be confused with Lovely Ladybug, which is a completely unrelated comic created by /co/ users.

It should be noted that many examples on this page currently reference tropes and ideas that were presented in earlier versions or documentation of the show. Many of these tropes may have changed in the final production.

This show goes by many names all a variation on Miraculous. Tales of Ladybug and Chat Noir.

Tropes include:

  • Casting a Shadow: The Mime villain mimics things like a bomb detonator and a mallet; his shadow reveals him holding the shadows of these things, and their very real effects.
  • The City Of Light: Takes place in Paris.
  • Clark Kenting: Played straight with Marinette/Ladybug. Adrien does a much better job at averting this as Chat Noir — his hair gets much wilder and his entire demeanor changes.
  • Clone by Conversion: Theo becomes one for Chat Noir as an akuma.
  • Cool Airship: In the PV, The apparent Big Bad goes around Paris in a giant blimp (with the butterfly motif, of course).
  • The Corrupter: Hawk Moth. He leads the akumas, evil creatures who transform normal people into villains.
  • Costume Copycat: Shows up in episode three. A sculpter in love with Ladybug turns into the villain of the week called Copycat because he mistakenly believes Chat Noir and Ladybug were in a relationship.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Marinette has blue hair and matching eyes.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Chat Noir wears dark clothing, but seems to be on Ladybug's side. Ladybug's color theme (and also when you put the duo together) are red and black, classic villain colors.
  • Domino Mask: Marinette and Adrien's costumes both include one.
  • Dramatic Irony: Chat Noir likes Ladybug, but he doesn't really notice Marinette. Ladybug likes Adrien, but doesn't seem to return Chat Noir's feelings.
  • Enemy Mime: One of the mooks is shown to have mime powers, such as conjuring up an invisible plunger for detonation and an invisible mallet for attacking.
  • Genki Girl: The trailer portrays Marinette/Ladybug as having the typical characteristics and mannerisms of one.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Marinette, which carries over to her Ladybug form.
  • Gonk: The Pigeon Man, with his two bulbous, protruding eyes and teeth, when compared to the other characters, looks especially cartoonish.
  • Green Eyes: Chat Noir/Ardrien's eyes are green.
  • Letting His Hair Down: In civilian form, Adrien's hair is neatly combed back. But when he's Chat Noir, his hair is much fluffier and wilder, and it seems he becomes a lot more expressive and daring.
  • Light Is Not Good: Hawk Moth starts his plans by opening a window and letting light into his lair, surrounded by a number of glowing moths who flutter around him.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Adrien/Chat Noir loves Ladybug, but not Marinette. Marinette/Ladybug loves Adrien but not Chat Noir.
  • Luck Tropes: Most likely all of them, as Ladybug is Good Luck-themed, and Chat Noir is Bad Luck-themed.
  • MacGuffin: The Seven Miracle Stones that Hawk Moth is trying to take for himself. Two of them supply Ladybug and Chat Noir with their powers.