Western Animation / Miraculous Ladybug

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Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Miraculous or Miraculous Ladybug for short) is a Magical Girl / Superhero joint effort by France's Zagtoon and Method Animation Studios with Toei Animation. It premiered in France and Belgium in October 2015, and in EBS in Korea on September 1, 2015. The series premiered in the US on December 6, 2015 on Nickelodeon, and in the UK on the Disney Channel on January 30, 2016.

The story is about Marinette Dupain-Cheng, a junior high school girl living in Paris. Using a pair of earrings and the magic of her Fairy Companion Tikki, she has the power to become the superheroine Ladybug. Joining in her adventures is a black-clothed Cat Boy named Cat Noir, whose secret identity happens to be Adrien, Marinette's crush. Like Ladybug, he gains his power from his companion Plagg. Ladybug and Cat Noir are pursued by the villainous Hawk Moth, who seeks to gather the Miraculous...es to Take Over the World. To this end he corrupts normal people with akuma, turning them into supervillains to do his bidding.

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. It has a whopping budget of US$11.2 million.note 

A second season is confirmed to debut in 2017.

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


Miraculous Ladybug provides examples of:

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  • Accent Adaptation: In the French dub, Jagged Stone has a thick American accent. In the English dub, the French characters speak with American accents and Jagged Stone has a British accent instead.
  • The Adjectival Superhero: Miraculous Ladybug
  • Adorkable: Most of the main cast gets a moment of this from time to time. Special mentions go to Marinette and Cat Noir.
  • Adult Fear:
    • In general, anyone having a bad day or even righteous fury on someone else's behalf can get corrupted by Hawk Moth via an akuma. Also, Paris nearly gets destroyed Once per Episode.
    • In "Stormy Weather", Marinette's young charge Manon gets trapped in a carousel with her friend Alya by the Monster of the Week. Alya tries to distract Manon from the ice spikes that are growing into the ride and will impale them if Ladybug doesn't save the day.
    • The Bubbler spirits off all the adults and forces a bunch of teens to party on Adrien's behalf. Marinette gets to witness the former firsthand when it grabs her parents.
    • Timebreaker effectively kills multiple people by stealing their time, including Cat Noir. Marinette's reaction is absolutely heartbreaking. Luckily, time travel and Ladybug's World-Healing Wave fix that.
    • And then there's "Animan", in which Cat Noir honestly believes Ladybug has been eaten by the akumatised person of the week, currently in the form of a T. rex.
    • Another Manon one: in "The Puppeteer" Hawk Moth corrupts her, a child who was having a disagreement with her mother. Nadja has a terrified expression when she realizes what happened to her daughter and wants to stay to help.
    • Adrien as Cat Noir freaks when the akuma from "Simon Says" targets his father for sabotaging his win at a game show. For most of the episode he's in Let's Get Dangerous! mode and shouts at his father for not being concerned about his safety.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: 3D CGI, to be precise.
  • All Love Is Unrequited:
    • Adrien doesn't really think of Marinette in romantic terms, and in an ironic twist, Ladybug doesn't reciprocate Cat Noir's advances.
    • Chloé constantly hits on Adrien, who gently rebuffs her advances since they're Just Friends and a few times she's pushed his buttons by being a Jerkass.
    • Nino and Nathanael have developed crushes on Marinette in different episodes, but she doesn't reciprocate. Nino's quickly evaporates, especially when he starts dating Alya after going on a date with Marinette that an akuma interrupts.
  • Almost Kiss:
    • Ladybug and Cat Noir go through a series of these moments in "Dark Cupid", as Cat Noir has been corrupted by the villain's Hate Plague and Ladybug is invoking True Love's Kiss to cure him. She finally manages to pin him down near the end.
    • Adrien and Marinette also have this moment when acting for a student film in "Horrificator".
  • Ambiguously Brown: Some of the supporting characters (such as Alya and Nino) are this in the show proper, with their ethnicities never being brought up. According to the creator, Alya's family is from Martinique while Nino's is from Morocoo.
  • Anachronic Order: How the storylines come off, because of each broadcaster airing in a different order. There is a timeline to the show that can be gleaned from minor details (e.g. dates on news broadcasts), but for the most part, the episodes are pretty self-contained except for relationship and Character Development between episodes.
  • Animesque: Despite being an All-CGI Cartoon, due to being co-produced by Toei.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Ladybug and Cat Noir, for a ladybug and cat, respectively. This applies to all the Miraculous wielders to one degree or another — the other ones are peacock, fox, turtle, bee, and butterfly.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": The student film Marinette and her classmates try to make in "Horrificator" is rife with this.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Cat. Beyond his cat-themed abilities, his power set revolves around bad luck, destruction and decay. Definitely not the typical powers for a hero. His Cataclysm attack literally rots away the first thing he touches after triggering it. Imagine if he used it on a person.
  • Batman Gambit: When one of Kung Food's minions, the Brainwashed and Crazy mayor, is about to steal Cat Noir's ring, Marinette shows off several yo-yo moves and says the mayor can't do that. He takes up the challenge with a string of sausages, and brings a chandelier down on himself.
  • Battle Couple: Played with: Marinette/Ladybug and Adrien/Cat Noir technically reciprocate each other's feelings in a Two-Person Love Triangle involving their own alter egos, but they're not an item. They do, however, trust each other unconditionally and take down akuma as a team (not to mention the prodigious amounts of Ship Tease from their fights).
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Adrien only wanted a birthday party like a normal boy, something his father wouldn't give him. Fortunately the Bubbler, being Nino, was willing to oblige Adrien, at the cost of taking his classmates hostage, forcing them to party, and banishing anyone that pulled a droopy face. Adrien regrets his Moment of Weakness in trying to enjoy the party before stopping the Bubbler as Cat Noir, though fortunately everything wrapped up in a positive note.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The Miraculous have been around for thousands of years, and in the Origins we get a glimpse of some of their wielders. One of them was St. George.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Natalie, for Adrien's father. She's tasked with keeping an eye on Adrien and remembering to buy him a birthday gift.
  • Big Fancy House: The Agreste mansion is huge, and it only houses Gabriel, Adrien, and their employees. Adrien feels suitably lonely and constrained in it. In fact, its emptiness and stark black, white, and gray design are deliberately contrasted with Marinette's smaller, brightly-colored home and loving family.
  • Big "NO!": "Timebreaker" has quite a few, namely Timebreaker's response to the watch being broken the second time and Ladybug's response to Alya and Cat Noir being frozen in time.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: "Kung Food" features Marinette's Chinese great-uncle, whose Mandarin is better than his French. Because Marinette can't speak it, Alya enlists Adrien to act as a translator. Ship Tease ensues.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • "The Bubbler" is about Adrien's birthday and his lack of a party.
    • Several other episodes mention people's birthdays, mostly as a throw-away line, at least in the English dub. For instance, the Evilstrator asks Marinette out on a date for his birthday.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break:
    • Ironically, because it's his birthday, Adrien's friend Nino gets turned into the Bubbler over righteous fury about Adrien not being allowed to have a party. Cat Noir takes it in stride.
    • Both Nathanael and Alix got evilized on their birthdays.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • People corrupted by Hawk Moth's akuma take on the villain identity Hawk Moth gives them, declaring their former selves to be gone.
    • The Pharaoh can convert people into loyal mummies.
    • Dark Blade has the power to brainwash anyone with his sword and convert them into armored mooks.
    • Kung Food turns the people that ate his soup into mindless slaves, who pose a threat to Ladybug and Cat Noir.
  • Brand X: The main network, TV1, have a logo that look very much like the real-life main French network TF1 (which also runs the series in France).
  • Broken Aesop : The episode "Rogercop" is suppose to be conveying the message "don't be quick to point fingers", but the way it does it is highly flawed. First of all, when Chloé accuses Marinette of stealing her bracelet, Marinette starts listing motives that her classmates could've had for stealing it. Marinette's father tells her she shouldn't be making accusations like Chloé is doing, except that she wasn't; Marinette was simply trying to defend herself by saying she's no more guilty than anyone else. Then when the titular Monster of the Day tries to arrest the mayor for abuse of power, Ladybug gives a Meaningful Echo by saying Rogercop shouldn't be making accusations, except he wasn't doing that, either; the mayor was clearly abusing his powers (and some that he doesn't even have) by having Roger fired for not arresting Marinette without sufficient evidence, something that took place in full view of a classroom filled with students, their parents, and the teacher. Really the only ones who made any actual accusations were Chloé and her father, who both get Karma Houdini 's at the end of the episode.
  • Bruce Wayne Held Hostage:
    • When trying to capture Evillustrator, Marinette agrees to go on a date with him, since she believes she can get close enough to take his pen while Cat Noir follows in secret. As Ladybug, she makes an excuse about having secret business to attend to, leaving it to him.
    • A similar event happens in "Dark Blade", where Marinette is trapped inside city hall along with the mayor and her classmates, forcing Cat Noir to fight Dark Blade and his knights alone until she's able to get them to safety and transform into Ladybug.
    • In "Pixelator", Adrien is trapped in the villain's Prison Dimension early on, leaving Ladybug to fight alone until she cons him into releasing everyone.
    • In "Simon Says", the villain targets Gabriel while Adrien has to be Cat Noir while also convincing everyone that he's still in the house. He settles for the Bathroom Breakout to trick them.
    • Subverted in "Volpina". The villain creates an illusion of Adrien being held hostage, and Cat Noir has to figure out how to prove it's a fake to Ladybug without revealing his identity. He succeeds with Shoot the Hostage.
  • Building Swing: Ladybug gets around Paris in this fashion, along with Roof Hopping.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Any time Ladybug or Cat Noir get Green-Eyed Monster and act on their jealousy, karma comes to bite them in the form of new akuma.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Cat Noir, in contrast to his civilian identity. Marinette explicitly tells Alya that Cat Noir is too much of a goofball to be Adrien when Alya notes some physical similarities, and she doesn't like Cat's Large Ham tendencies. Even Chloé when Cat Noir was on bodyguard duty didn't notice the benefits of having a hero around in a skintight catsuit; she merely bugged him to do her physics homework.
  • Character Title: Besides the show's actual title, in the French and English versions each episode (save the first Origins Episode) is named after the villain fought in that episode.
  • Chekhov's Lecture:
    • In "Dark Cupid," Miss Bustier talks about how True Love's Kiss often works as a curse-breaker in several fairy tales. Guess how Ladybug later cures Cat Noir of Dark Cupid's Hate Plague?
    • In "Princess Fragrance," Miss Mendeliev lectures the class on the flammability of Rose's perfume. Good thing Princess Fragrance unleashes her attack near a boat full of fireworks.
  • The City Of Light: Takes place in Paris.
  • Clark Kenting: Played straight with Marinette/Ladybug, as her only differences are lighter hair/eyes. Adrien's transformation puts more effort into it, changing his hairstyle and eye color. It's also played straight with the more obvious villains of the week (eg. Lady Wifi), whom the heroes still have trouble recognizing.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Marinette gets hit with this hard when using her Lucky Charm to get the Alpha Bitch Chloé away from Adrien instead of using it to stop the Bubbler in "Bring Back the Adults". She loses energy on her transformation and has to power down to civilian form to recharge. Tikki calls her out for this, and for taking the time to pen her signature on a birthday gift to Adrien.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Jagged Stone tells Ladybug about his stalker, who goes to all of his concerts, digs through his trash, and followed Jagged Stone's mother to her weekly poker game. She comments how creepy that is and he objects, thinking she means the poker game.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How Ladybug and Chat Noir first meet; she was still trying out her powers when she crashed into him and accidentally got the two of them tangled in her yo-yo string.
  • Credits Running Sequence: The end of the opening credits has the two heroes running, with the kwamis flying around.
  • Curse Cut Short: In "Horrificator", the show deliberately leaves out a couple of choice words from the "Smelly Wolf" song.
    Ladybug: Smelly wolf, smelly wolf, trapped in a stinky hut
    Everyone: Smelly wolf, smelly wolf, I'm going to kick your[cuts to Rose clapping her garbage can lid-cymbals together]
  • Dark Is Evil: Hawk Moth spends his time standing in a dark room, is decked out in a dark purple suit, and imbues his white butterflies with black and purple energy to corrupt them.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Cat Noir wears dark clothing, but he is Ladybug's crime-fighting partner.
    • Ladybug's color theme (and also when you put the duo together) are red and black, classic villain colors.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The akumatizations serve as this for the minor characters; before they get akumatized the audience generally learns something about their family lives, personalities, or motivations. "Antibug" is this for Chloé in particular in which she first gets tormented by the episode's first akumatised person (who does not become Antibug), and in the second act becomes the title villain herself.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Invoked in "The Bubbler". When the Bubbler traps Ladybug and Cat Noir in a bubble and goes on a Motive Rant about parents never being there for their kids, Ladybug, who has Good Parents, say parents are only trying to protect their kids and love them. Cat Noir, whose father practices Parental Neglect, agrees with the Bubbler that not all parents are Good Parents, but that doesn't mean that you have to punish them all by default.
  • Deus ex Machina: Invoked with Ladybug's Lucky Charm, which produces an item that will solve whatever crisis she's dealing with. Also played with, as she has no idea what item will pop up and has to figure out how to put it to use. There are also times where she has to waste it on less important tasks.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Chloé sabotages Master Cheng's soup in a competition because his niece insulted her (and she really doesn't like soup). When Cheng is turned into an akuma, he goes after Chloé in revenge and tries to cook her, returning the favor.
  • Domino Mask: Marinette and Adrien's costumes both include one. In "Lady Wifi", Ladybug's is shown to be bonded to her face, making unmasking her more difficult than it might appear.
  • Double Standard: Whenever a guy has a crush on Marinette or Ladybug, they tend to be a Nice Guy who at worse is misguided due to akuma corruption, namely Evillustrator and Copycat. In contrast, whenever a girl crushes on Adrien, like Chloé or Lila, they tend to fall into the Alpha Bitch category. Justified in that Adrien as a fashion designer's son and model would attract Gold Diggers while Marinette attracts those who adore her sweet personality.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Cat Noir likes Ladybug, but he doesn't really notice Marinette. Ladybug likes Adrien, but doesn't seem to return Cat Noir's feelings. The show milks this for all its worth.
    • Alya is Cat Noir and Ladybug's biggest fan, chronicles their adventures for her blog, theorizes about their civilian identities... and has no idea that they're her friends Marinette and Adrien.
    • Chloé idolizes Ladybug, and is none the wiser that she's actually Marinette, the girl she's been tormenting for years.
  • Driven by Envy: Aurore is incredibly jealous of Mireille for beating her in a competition, hence her turning into Stormy Weather.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: Adrien seems to do this every day at home. He seems quite used to it, if not happy.
  • Edible Bludgeon: The weapons seen in "Kung Food", which has Marinette's Supreme Chef uncle as a villain, are all made out of food. There's a mace made out of seafood, a whip made out of sausages, a crossbow made out of cheese (which fires it, too), a bow and arrow set made of desserts, and a BFS made out of pizza.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: Marinette's home and school are located in the fictional 21st Arrondissment of Paris, which is somehow both directly across the river from Notre Dame (in the 5th) and in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower (in the 7th).
  • Election Day Episode: "Darkblade" opens with the results of the Paris mayoral elections; Chloé's father has once again won in a landslide with 97% of the votes. Meanwhile, Marinette's class is about to have their own elections for class president, with everybody being too scared to run against Chloé, except Marinette.
  • Empathic Shapeshifter: All of the villains, save presumably for Hawk Moth, are made to fit the feelings and desires of the people who get akumatized and the situations that caused those feelings. A jilted suitor becomes a bitter anti-Cupid, a timid actress becomes a horror movie monster, etc. Some of them are extremely context-specific as a result, like the Bubbler who is a party animal with a bubble theme because Nino wanted to throw Adrien a party at the time, and happened to be using a bubble wand when Hawk Moth noticed him.
  • Enemy Mime: One of Hawk Moth's victims is a mime, who gains the power to create invisible items by miming them, such as conjuring up an invisible sword for attacking or invisible vehicles to escape. However, he can only have one item mimed at a time.
  • Every Device Is a Swiss-Army Knife: Ladybug's magic yo-yo and Cat Noir's baton. Aside from being their main weapons, they also work as shields, grappling hooks, poles, phones (with internet connection!), maps, spyglasses, and basically whatever the episode requires of them.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: In a sense, Akumitized victims will always have a stained patch around their eyes; it seems this is how they communicate with Papillon / Hawk Moth.
  • Fake First Kiss: Ladybug gives Cat Noir their first kiss to break him out of Dark Cupid's mind control, but she still doesn't figure out that he's the guy she loves and their relationship doesn't change.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: In "Kung Food", Marinette tricks the brainwashed Mayor Bourgeois in catching his whip on a chandelier, which he then brings down on himself in an effort to dislodge it. Curiously, this results in him being wrapped up in his own whip, as opposed to being knocked out.
  • Foil:
    • Tikki and Plagg. While Tikki is more responsible and serves as The Conscience for Marinette, Plagg is content to let Adrien neglect his duties as Cat Noir and enjoy being normal.
    • Adrien's father and Marinette's parents. Gabriel practices Parental Neglect on a regular basis and denies his son pleasures like a birthday party, while Tom and Sabine are loving authority figures who gently nudge Marinette to do her chores.
    • Adrien and Marinette come from radically different backgrounds — Marinette is from a loving middle-class family while Adrien is from a wealthy broken one. Marinette has a bold personality (except around Adrien) while Adrien often has trouble verbalizing his feelings. Their reactions to getting their Miraculous show this. Neurotic, insecure Marinette refuses the call, while sheltered, lonely Adrien jumps at it.
  • Foreshadowing: In "Stormy Weather", Manon complains to Alya that "you always win" about their hand-clapping game. The same complaint contributes to her becoming The Puppeteer later.
  • Funny Background Event: Nathanael can occasionally be seen faceplanting into his desk in some shots of the classroom.
  • Fusion Dance: What the heroes' Transformation Sequences amount to. Their respective kwamis fusion with the Miraculous during it and are nowhere to be seen until the transformations revert. This give them not only their powers, but also a notable change in personality, which becomes a mix of the civilian self and the kwami.
  • Genki Girl: Marinette/Ladybug has the typical characteristics and mannerisms of one.
  • Genre Savvy: In "Horrificator", all of the students are trapped in school, and Chloé decides to call for help. Meanwhile, Nino opts to continue filming his movie, his choice words being, "Dude, you know cell phones never work in horror movies." And he's right, when the rest of the students fail to get reception on their phones.
  • Gibberish of Love: Marinette in early episodes is like this around Adrien.
  • Gilded Cage: Adrien's life. On the surface he's a rich kid with a steady modeling job, good looks, nice friends and decent grades. Beneath the Mask, however, he has to deal with Parental Neglect from both his father and his father's assistant, and not being able to enjoy the normal things that most other boys his age have. He originally didn't even have friends, being homeschooled and wanting to attend school.
  • Good Parents: Marinette's parents are this — they're kind, loving, and supportive; in contrast to Adrien's distant and aloof "parent". The other most prominent parent, the Mayor, is implied to be a doormat when it comes to his daughter, resulting in her spoiled attitude.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • "Ladybug" is the heroine's name in the French version.
    • "Miraculous" is also the term used in French for the Transformation Trinkets.
    • And Ladybug's Invocation of her main power is still "Lucky Charm".
  • Gratuitous Japanese:
    • "Akuma" is Japanese for "devil".
    • "Kwami" stands for "quantic kami"; "kami" is the Japanese term for spirits.
    • The Korean version uses "Henshin!" as the heroes' transformation phrase.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It's what makes Copycat vulnerable to Hawk Moth. However, it's prompted by Cat Noir's jealousy, after he lies that he and Ladybug are together when he gets annoyed by Theo talking too much about his crush on Ladybug.
    Adrien: How did I not see that jealousy coming a mile away?
    Plagg: Yours or his?
    Adrien: Ha ha. So funny.
  • Hair Contrast Duo:
    • Played with. Marinette and Adrien have contrasting hair colors and behaviors, as civilians and as their alter egos. Dark-haired Marinette has a strong, outgoing personality, while blond Adrien is shyer and more reserved. Ladybug, meanwhile, tends to be cooler and more level-headed (although not without her own Not So Above It All moments) versus Cat Noir's hammier tendencies.
    • Best friends Rose and Juleka play this trope straight. Short, cheerful, idealistic, all-pink-wearing caring Rose has short blond hair, while tall, quiet, shy, goth-dressing Juleka has long dark hair and Peek-a-Bangs.
  • Handshake Substitute: Ladybug and Cat Noir almost always do a fist bump to celebrate having vanquished the Villain of the Week.
  • Hates My Secret Identity:
    • Played straight in "Antibug" where Chloé gets to meet Ladybug personally and keeps hugging her. Ladybug's response every time is to push her away with a disgusted expression and some light slapping, because of her personal experiences as Marinette.
    • Subverted in "Lady Wifi" where Alya leads Cat Noir to believe Chloé may be Ladybug (he is watching Chloé cosplaying) and is horrified at the possibility he may be crushing on her. Naturally, he is tremendously relieved when the actual Ladybug shows up to meet him.
  • High-Tech Hexagons: Close-ups on Ladybug and Cat Noir's superheroes costumes show they are composed of a fine mesh of hexagons.
  • Hoist By Their Own Petard: Ladybug gets two Brainwashed and Crazy chefs to turn their weapons against each other — dessert arrows and cheese crossbows respectively.
  • The Host: TV1's Alec, who seems to be the go-to host for all televised competitions seen in-series. He's appropriately bubbly and excitable during each one, although he's notably more down-to-earth when off camera. Unfortunately for him, all three of the competitions we've seen him host have had someone turn into an akuma.
  • Hour of Power: Whenever Ladybug or Cat Noir use their special abilities (Lucky Charm and Cataclysm, respectively), they only have five minutes before their transformation ends. The symbols on their Miraculous have five lights that will count down after the power is activated.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Cat Noir loves delivering these as Casual Danger Dialogue, much to Ladybug's exasperation.
  • Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: When Ladybug casts her Lucky Charm against Evillustrator, it creates a bouncing ball which, in one toss, manages to destroys a half-dozen light sources in the room to deprive him of his powers.
  • Hypocritical Humor
    • In "Kung Food", the villain snickers about Ladybug's Lucky Charm being a piece of paper; Cat Noir points out that Kung Food has been attacking them with "cheese and sausages".
    • From "The Gamer":
      Chloé: How can someone spend so much time in front of a screen?
      Sabrina: Yeah, totally. It's crazy.
      [both girls return to their cell phones]
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: In the French and English dubs, the episodes are named after the villains, with the exception of the first half of the season finale. This is not always the case in the Korean dub; the Korean title for "The Bubbler"/"Le Bulleur" is "Bring Back the Adults", for example.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • The entire plot of "Timebreaker" could have been avoided if Alya or Marinette remembered they have pockets. Instead they just hold Alix's antique watch in their hands while trying to juggle other tasks and it ends up being broken.
    • Chloé complaining about soup in "Kung Food" and being a racist Jerkass in front of her crush Adrien. Unsurprisingly, by the end of the episode, she is kicked out of the jury for tampering with Master Cheng's soup.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Averted with the akuma-possessed villains. Any attempt to appeal to who they were ends with a succinct That Man Is Dead reply. Cat Noir and Ladybug merely work together to free them of the akuma and return things to normal.
  • Imagine Spot: Marinette has a few when she thinks about Adrien, often used as a pretext for Art Shift. One of them takes the form of manga panels!
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The villain Kung Food tries to cook Chloé in retaliation for her sabotaging his soup.
  • In a Single Bound: Ladybug and Cat Noir can jump higher and further than most normal humans, though not to the extent of leaping over entire buildings.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: How Chloé is caught stealing Marinette's diary, when she hadn't revealed what was inside her "magic box".
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Fred Haprèle's boss Josiane looks like a younger Josiane Balasko, her French voice actress.
  • Instrument of Murder: Guitar Villain wields a guitar that fires devastating sonic blasts.
  • Insult Backfire: Cat Noir receives one in the seventh episode after hearing that the Pharaoh was stopped by a Ladybug before.
    Cat Noir: Well, you don't look a day over three thousand.
    Ladybug: Now you know why I am so much wiser than you.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: Cat Noir attempts to finally confess his love for Ladybug in the Valentine's Day episode, only for this to happen when they are attacked by Dark Cupid. Cue screams of frustration.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • When "The Bubbler" turns on the teens at Adrien's forced birthday party and begins imprisoning them in bubbles like he did all the adults, both Adrien and Marinette recognize they're to blame (Adrien for playing along due to his desperate desire to have a party with his friends, Marinette for spending more time trying to make sure Adrien knows she left him a present than actually stopping the Bubbler).
    • Marinette blames herself for provoking Chloé, who then sabotaged her uncle's soup, making him a victim for Hawk Moth.
  • It's Always Spring: The weather is perpetually warm and sunny, and school's always in session. The exception is "Stormy Weather", where the akuma victim pointedly makes the weather wintery as a method of revenge, the rain at the beginning of "Princess Fragrance" (a plot point as it makes Tikki ill), and the end of "Stoneheart" (because rain is never shown in the series, Marinette and Adrien's reconciliation stands out more and becomes much more heartwarming).
  • Jerkass: Natalie, Adrien's father's Beleaguered Assistant. When Marinette drops off a birthday present meant for Adrien, Natalie (who's panicking after realizing she forgot to buy a present on his father's behalf) takes the signature off Marinette's gift and says it's from Adrien's father.
  • Kent Brockman News: The news captions in Nadja Chammak's newscast are usually very silly and rarely informative. For example, when she's covering Mr. Pigeon's attacks, the caption reads "Rrooo Roloooo!"
  • Killer Yo-Yo: Ladybug's weapon of choice.
  • Kissed Keepsake: After Adrien briefly touches Marinette's shoulder, she swoons that she's never going to wash her jacket again.
  • Late for School: The intro shows Marinette running late for school with a croissant in her mouth, before tripping because of a black cat. Also happens often in episodes.
  • Legacy Character: "The Pharaoh" episode reveals that Tikki and other kwamis are over 5000 years old and have been assisting multiple Miraculous holders in the past. One of the Ladybug's Tikki helped was Tutankhamen's arch-enemy.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Gender flipped with Adrien. In civilian form, his hair is neatly combed back. But when he's Cat 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 sunlight into his lair, surrounded by a number of glowing butterflies who flutter around him. His powers, on the other hand, are firmly in the Dark Is Evil category, at least how he uses them.
  • Limited Wardrobe: For a show whose protagonists are an aspiring fashion designer and a model, the students pretty much stick to one outfit, even when interning at a hotel or exercising in P.E. class. In Adrien's case, we see him modeling his father's outfits and even in a fencing getup at one point, but for the most part he sticks to one outfit like the rest of the cast.
  • Lip Lock: The show was lip-synced to the English script (like a lot of European animation nowadays is), making it Lip Lock in its own native language.
  • Love Makes You Evil: A few akumatizations have to do with Hawk Moth taking advantage of other people's crushes (such as Copycat and Dark Cupid). Played with in the case of the Evillustrator; his crush on Marinette actually makes him less evil.
  • Loves My Alter Ego:
    • Adrien/Cat Noir loves Ladybug, but not Marinette. Marinette/Ladybug loves Adrien but not Cat Noir.
    • In a nonromantic slant, Chloé bullies Marinette, but is a huge fan of Ladybug.
  • Luck Tropes: Most likely all of them, as Ladybug is Good Luck-themed, and Cat Noir is Bad Luck-themed.
  • MacGuffin: The Seven Miraculous that Hawk Moth is trying to take for himself. Two of them supply Ladybug and Cat Noir with their powers. A third is how he gains his power.
  • Made of Indestructium: Ladybug's yo-yo and Cat Noir's staff. They've used it to stop cars, buses, helicopters or even a plane (though the last one was in Marinette's Imagine Spot, thus unclear if it actually happened) without ever breaking. Ladybug explicitly states in "Animan" that the cord from her yo-yo cannot be broken. (Although it does break in "Simon Says", but that is after the yo-yo is depowered.)
  • Magic Countdown: Though the stated time for Ladybug and Cat Noir's Hour of Power is five minutes, this tends to either be compressed or stretched out as the plot demands.
  • Meaningful Name: On both sides of the same coin, even:
    • Ladybug, who has good luck-based powers. Actual ladybugs are a symbol of good luck in France.
    • Cat Noir, which is English and French for black cat, has bad luck-based powers.
  • Meta Origin: Every super-powered character in show gets their powers from a Miraculous, if indirectly in case of Hawk Moth's minions.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The Miraculouses are made of magic jewels, as said in the opening of the first Origins episode.
  • Moment of Weakness:
    • In general this is how Hawk Moth finds his victims. They have a moment of sullenness or anger, and he sends a butterfly after them to feed on their negative emotions.
    • Both Marinette and Adrien suffer one in "The Bubbler". Adrien takes a few minutes to enjoy the party that the Bubbler has thrown for him, since he's never been to a party, and Marinette in Ladybug form gets him away from a Clingy Jealous Girl, while in civilian guise takes time to sign a birthday present she gave to Adrien. As both heroes realize, they gave The Bubbler an opening to start spiriting away dissenting partygoers.
  • Monster of the Aesop: Sometimes the Monster of the Week verges into this. The Bubbler is about the importance of adults, Horrificator is about facing ones' fears, The Gamer is about losing gracefully, etc.
  • Monster of the Week: The show's format. Each episode is about Hawk Moth sending out a different villain against Ladybug and Cat Noir. Sometimes broken, like with "Antibug" who counts two villains in one episode.
  • Monumental Damage:
    • In the Toei PV, The Louvre gets blown up and the Arc de Triomphe is cut in half by a Pillar of Light.
    • When fighting the Enemy Mime, Marinette deliberately goads him into cutting down the Eiffel Tower, just so he'll be forced to protect himself and give her an opening to grab the akuma-possessed item on his person. Thanks to her World-Healing Wave, it's not a big deal, and the tower is put right back.
    • In "Origins Part 1", Stoneheart destroys the Tour Montparnasse.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: How Master Cheng cooks, which is Truth in Television. When Hawk Moth turns him into an akuma, he turns the hotel pool into a large soup basin and plans to boil Chloé, Ladybug and Cat Noir in it.
  • Mutual Masquerade: Marinette and Adrien have no idea that the other is their crush/trusted superhero/partner.

    Tropes N to Z 
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Word of God says the heroes' costumes grant them this. They certainly can resist attacks that would severely injure or even kill a normal human.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Any damage that happens to Paris gets quickly undone with Ladybug's World-Healing Wave.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Despite Cat's skintight outfit and his physical strength, everyone sees him as more of a Casanova Wannabe and Pungeon Master.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • In "Copycat", Cat Noir (jealous of the sculptor Theo's interest in Ladybug) taunts him by implying he and Ladybug are secretly an item, thus creating Copycat.
    • In "The Gamer", Marinette crushes Max in a video game match so she can pair up with Adrien, despite knowing the guy specifically trained for the tournament while she was simply entering on a whim, allowing him to be akumatized.
    • In "Antibug", Ladybug's dismissive treatment of Chloé (who actually offered genuinely useful advice) while fighting one akuma leads to her becoming akumatised. Even before this, Cat Noir calls her out on her bad attitude, refusing to give their signature fist bump.
  • Oblivious to Her Own Description: Marinette can't see herself in Adrien's love poem (which is actually written about her but not to her) without some convincing from Tikki.
  • Oblivious to Love: Adrien to Marinette's crush, even when she stutters in from of him.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Marinette, Adrien and Alya when The Puppeteer compels Alya to turn into Lady WiFi on the train.
  • Once per Episode: Numerous, and sometimes more than once. Opening shot of Eiffel Tower, bad guy's butterfly scene, Marinette's transformation, Cat Noir's transformation (occasionally skipped), Ladybug confused by magic item, magical reset, Hawk Moth vows revenge with a pun.
  • One Myth to Explain Them All: The Origins Issue implies that Heracles and Saint George were wielders of the Black Cat and Ladybug Miraculous, respectively.
  • Opposites Attract: Ladybug: A symbol for good luck. Black Cat: A symbol for bad luck. Do the math.
  • Origins Issue: Episode 25 and 26 reveal how Marinette and Adrien received their Miraculouses and became Ladybug and Cat Noir.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience:
    • "Horrificator" is something of a horror movie as the Dwindling Party of classmates attempts to hide from the monster in the school. Lampshaded by Nino.
    • "The Gamer" turns into a hybrid video game/giant mecha battle near the end, complete with Calling Your Attacks and shout-outs to Street Fighter.
  • Pair the Spares: Alya and Nino, the best friends of our two main characters, who are implied to be in a relationship after the events of "Animan".
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Marinette's disguise is basically a small mask over her eyes; the transformation doesn't even change her hairstyle! Even so, many people mistake other characters as Ladybug when dressed in the costume; this is most blatant when Lady WiFi reveals that Chloé dresses as Ladybug in private and thus believes that Chloé is the real thing. So far Jagged Stone seems to be the only person who notices that Chloé's hair is different.
  • Parasol of Pain: "Stormy Weather" features the titular villain, "Stormy Weather" ("Climatika" in the French version), wielding a parasol with which she can control the weather.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Aurore Beauréal carries one in "Stormy Weather". Becomes a Parasol of Pain when she gets akumatized.
  • Le Parkour: Some of the duo's Roof Hopping looks like this, which is not surprising considering Parkour originated in France.
  • Picture Day: The subject of "Reflekta". Juleka is uncomfortable about having her picture taken and Chloé ruins it, causing Juleka to become akumatized.
  • Plot Hole:
    • Ladybug always throws her Lucky Charm Object in the air, even when it should be somewhere else. ("Copycat", "Mr. Pigeon", "Darkblade")
    • Cat Noir occasionally has to run before he times out, even if he doesn't uses Cataclysm during this transformation. ("The Pharaoh", "Darkblade") Although this is only if that's the only way to drain Cat Noir's power to that point and not just the most expedient one.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Chloé, when she says Marinette's uncle should just make sushi "like everyone else". As Adrien points out, sushi is Japanese whereas Marinette's uncle is Chinese.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Cat Noir sometimes uses his staff in baton form as a thrown weapon, and it usually ricochets back into his hand. Might be another magical property of it rather than just Improbable Aiming Skills, though.
  • Pungeon Master: Cat Noir is fond of making cat-related puns.
  • Random Effect Spell: Ladybug's "Lucky Charm" spell creates an item tailor-made to resolve a crisis, but Ladybug has no idea what the item will be in advance, so she has to figure out how to apply it.
  • Recurring Extra: Theo, the sculptor who was turned into Copycat, is seen doing different jobs in later episodes: mover, flyer-passer-outer, boom operator. He also appears in the boy's bathroom in "Animan", leading some to speculate he might be a senior in Marinette and Adrien's school.
  • Red Is Heroic: Ladybug's costume.
  • Revenge: The most common akuma motivation is wanting to get revenge on someone who's wronged them.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Both Ladybug's and Cat Noir's Fairy Companions, which allow the two to transform.
  • Roof Hopping: Ladybug's and Cat Noir's preferred method of getting around Paris, though Ladybug supplements it with Building Swing and Cat Noir with pole vaulting thanks to his Telescoping Staff.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: Quite a few battles take place over the rooftops of Paris.
  • Rule of Seven: Seven miraculous, each bestowing a different power.
  • Running Gag: Marinette giving Adrien gifts but forgetting to sign them.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: Marinette starts off thinking Adrien is one of Chloé's cronies, but her crush on him begins after he apologized for their earlier misunderstanding and he gives her his umbrella to use after seeing that she didn't have one.
  • Save the Villain: Or at least Save the Alpha Bitch. Ladybug and Cat Noir do this whenever the akuma target Chloé, which is often.
  • Secret Test of Character: To test if Marinette and Adrien will make suitable candidates for their eventual Miraculouses, Master Fu sees if they will assist someone in jeopardy. Marinette is tested by seeing if she will pull him out of the path of oncoming traffic; Adrien's test is far less dangerous, he simply has to help the Master stand up after falling down.
  • Shipper on Deck: Alya and Marinette's parents ship Marinette and Adrien.
  • Shockwave Clap: Done by Pharaoh.
  • Shout-Out:
    • According to Word of God, Hawk Moth's creepy grey mask is based on the one worn by the movie version of Fantômas.
    • In "Mr. Pigeon", Cat Noir decides to dance while waiting for Mr. Pigeon to show up. Among the recognizable moves include the Moonwalk and Gangnam Style.
    • In the French version of same episode, a hilarious quote from La Cite De La Peur ("Good news for batavia lettuce lovers!") is used as a transition in TV news.
    • In "Origins", Alya theorizes that Ladybug got her powers by being bitten by a radioactive ladybug and tosses out every adjective that was included in a Spider-Man comic title for good measure. For that matter, Ladybug's form-fitting red costume and her use of her yo-yo to swing around the city are strongly reminiscent of Spidey.
    • Chloe can't resist tossing out superhuman references, referencing Cyclops of the X-Men and making a sardonic comment alluding to Hulking Out.
    • The fictional superheroine Majestia has a resemblance to Carol Danvers.
    • In "Kung Food", Kung Food's minions use caramel to seal off the hotel he's in, which comes out similar to the slime wall covering the museum in Ghostbusters II. Kung Food himself is a shout out of Goku's saiyan form. Also, he fights using a Pepperoni Pizza Buster Sword.
    • The battle against "The Gamer" is full of shout-outs to Street Fighter, with the heroes and Gamer trading signature attacks of the most famous characters (e.g. M. Bison's Psycho Crusher, Ryu's Hadouken, Ken's Shoryuuken, Dhalsim's Yoga Fire). Ladybug and Cat Noir's robot even goes into Ryu's fighting stance.
    • Marinette and Adrien go to the collège Françoise Dupont. Françoise Dupont is the secret identity of French teenage superheroine Fantômette, from a 1960s series of books later adapted into a live-action TV series and cartoons.
    • Rogercop seems to be a PG mix of RoboCop and Judge Dredd.
    • In "Bubbler", when Marinette is standing outside of Adrien's house, her surprise at the camera ball and the blunt way she's being spoken to strongly resembles C-3PO at the gate of Jabba's Palace.
    • In "Antibug", Chloé (a powerless human) is trying to help Ladybug (superhero), but Ladybug thinks she is just carelessly putting herself in danger and doesn't listen to her "biggest fan". Crushed by this, Chloé becomes Ladybug's Evil Counterpart with the goal of proving that she is better. Sounds familiar?
  • Sick Episode: Tikki is ill during "Princess Fragrance".
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Marinette for Adrien and Cat Noir for Ladybug, which makes a rare case of the characters being in a love quadrangle with themselves. Even more remarkable on Adrien's side as he has hundred of fangirls but is indifferent to anybody other than Ladybug (thus, Marinette).
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Prevalent.
    • Marinette starts off disliking Adrien, but falls for him once he shows her how kind he is despite his loneliness.
    • Rose has a Celeb Crush on Prince Ali, mostly for the fact that he does volunteer work with children's charities and clearly has a heart of gold.
    • Even Ivan, who's burly and scary at first glance, wins Mylène's affections when she sees his gentler side.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • When Marinette's uncle is turned into an akuma during a cooking competition, Plagg is only concerned that Adrien didn't sneak him any Camembert.
    • Likewise, a tied-up Chloé, about to be boiled in a swimming pool of soup, complains that the soup's steam is making her hair greasy. Lampshaded by the akuma Kung Food, who tells her that greasy hair is the least of her worries.
    • This is a common complaint of Chloé's, that despite whatever is happening to her, she only cares that she's personally inconvenienced somehow.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: A gender-flipped version; because Adrien is a good-looking model, while a teenager, he seems to attract a lot of girls that fall into the Alpha Bitch or Jerkass territory. Chloé makes it a point to hit on him while Lila violates his personal space.
  • Sore Loser: The direct cause of three akuma (Stormy Weathernote , Darkbladenote , and The Gamernote ) and a contributing factor in others.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: As the episodes progress, Ladybug and Cat Noir find themselves facing more difficult akuma. Hawk Moth creates two consecutive ones in "Antibug" Sabrina and Chloé and in "The Puppeteer" the titular akuma who is a child comes very close to stealing the Miraculous. Finally, in "Volpina" Ladybug nearly surrenders her Miraculous when the akuma pretends to be holding Adrien hostage. Cat Noir has to Shoot the Hostage to stop that exchange from occurring.
  • The South Paw: Marinette is possibly left-handed.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff:
    • Cat Noir's weapon of choice is a retractable staff, so of course he does a lot of spinning with it to deflect attacks coming from the Villain of the Week.
    • Ladybug also does it by spinning her magic yo-yo; however in this case it doesn't so much deflect than create an impenetrable shield that disintegrate what's thrown at it. She uses it once to protect herself and Cat Noir from a blown-away bus; this doesn't stop it, but they end up safely inside through a perfectly round hole on its side.
  • Spoiler Opening:
    • Almost all of Season One's akuma victims appear in the opening theme song. The exceptions are Otis, Wang Cheng, and Lila.
    • Nooroo and Wayzz appear briefly in the opening theme long before they appear on the show. Both are major spoilers to boot.
  • Stepford Smiler: Adrien about his home life, given his only parent is either always working or ignoring him. He's warm and friendly to most of his classmates, and energetic as Cat Noir, but when alone the demeanor drops and he's much sadder.
  • Stock Footage: The animation of the evil butterflies exiting Hawk Moth's tower; Ladybug and Cat Noir's transformation sequences (as well as their "powering up" sequences). Zigzagged with Ladybug capturing the butterfly, releasing the akuma spirits from it, and letting it go ("Bye bye, little butterfly!"); while the panning shot of Ladybug watching the cleansed butterfly fly away is identical (at best, mirrored), the background changes to the final battle location.
  • Superpower Lottery: The powers people obtain after being possessed by the akuma range everywhere from Time Travel, Weather Manipulation, even channeling the Egyptian Gods... to controlling pigeons and magic bubbles.
  • Super Reflexes: Both Cat Noir and Ladybug get superhuman reflexes and agility from their transformations. During any fight, they keep moving all the time and are extremely hard to hit.
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • Happens (so far) twice with Cat Noir. Granted, he actually takes curses (from Timebreaker and Dark Cupid) meant for Ladybug, but still....
    • Played with in "Reflekta": Cat Noir takes a curse for Ladybug again, but because he is already affected by it himself, he suffers no additional ill effects, which he immediately points out.
  • Teens Are Short: With a few rare exceptions (like Marinette's mother, who's quite petite, or Ivan, who's a massive teenager), the adults are at least one head taller than most of the teenage characters.
  • Theme Tune Cameo:
    • Ladybug casually whistles the show's theme song after taking out four akumatized villains and a possessed Cat Noir single-handedly.
    • Jagged Stone's piece at the end of "Pixelator" is a piano rendition of the song that plays at the end of every episode.
  • Time Travel Episode: "Timebreaker", where Alix-as-Timebreaker wants to go back in time to fix the watch her classmates broke by accident. She accomplishes this by outright killing people to steal their "minutes".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Any civilian that falls under the thrall of an akuma becomes strong enough to take on Ladybug and Cat Noir.
  • Transformation Sequence: Both Marinette and Cat Noir get one, with surprisingly little fanservice for either of them. Thankfully, they only last fifteen seconds. However, this means that sometimes a character will transform twice in an episode.
  • Transformation Trinket: The seven Miraculous, each with an accompanying fairy and specific power:
    • Ladybug's earrings and Tikki, which grant the power of creation.
    • Cat Noir's ring and Plagg, which grant the power of destruction.
    • Hawk Moth's moth brooch and Nooroo, which grant the power to empower and control others.
    • Master Fu's bracelet and Wayzz, which hasn't been explained.
    • A peacock brooch, which hasn't been explained.
    • A bee-themed comb, which hasn't been explained.
    • A fox tail necklace, which hasn't been explained, but is implied by the "Volpina" episode to grant the power of illusion.
  • True Love's Kiss:
  • Two-Person Love Triangle: Or Square as it were. Marinette/Ladybug adores Adrien, but doesn't really care for Cat Noir that way. Adrien/Cat Noir is in love with Ladybug but only considers Marinette a talented classmate/friend. Neither has any idea of the other's identity.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Chloé after Ladybug saves her in "Kung Food", she complains that Ladybug took her time to mount a rescue. Ladybug promptly drops her with a sarcastic "whoops".
  • Valentine's Day Episode: "Dark Cupid", featuring Valentine shenanigans between Marinette and Adrien, Kim attempting to confess to Chloé, and a holiday-themed villain!
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Both Marinette and Adrien have to balance attending middle school and saving Paris. In "Simon Says" and "Princess Fragrance" it's shown that both of them frequently end up late or cutting class altogether.
  • Walk the Plank: In "Guitar Villain", the eponymous villain attempts to make an annoying pop star walk the plank... off the top of the Eiffel Tower!
  • What You Are in the Dark: After expressing interest (and being rebuffed) throughout the episode, Cat Noir has the opportunity to find out Ladybug's real identity without her knowing... he grapples with the idea for a few tense seconds but ultimately chooses not to look, even closing the door she'd unintentionally left ajar. Plagg is openly shocked at the decision.
  • The Worf Effect: In "Kung Food", it's shown how dangerous the title villain is when he and his minions nearly manage to defeat Cat Noir multiple times.
  • World-Healing Wave: After defeating and purifying an Akuma, Ladybug can use a spell to undo most of the damage it and the Monster of the Week caused. This even retroactively repairs things that led to the creation of the Akuma, and at one point resolved a temporal paradox. It also fixes any damage caused by the heroes themselves while fighting the villain.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: In "Ladybug and Cat Noir (Origins – Part 1)", it's revealed that possessing the powers of Tikki and Plagg at once would grant their user godlike power.
  • Your Mime Makes It Real: The Enemy Mime can mime whatever he wants into existence, from a sword to a car, including a bazooka. Only one item can be created at a time.

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