YMMV / Miraculous Ladybug

From the show:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Now that the Christmas special has revealed more details about the timeline of Adrien's mother's disappearance (at some point since the previous Christmas, potentially only a few months before the Origins episodes), fans are beginning to question whether she was actually any better as a parent than Gabriel when she was around - after all, she was apparently around for Adrien's last several birthdays before "The Bubbler" while doing little to improve them, and Adrien only got the kind of freedom he wanted (i.e, going to public school) after she was gone and with just a little bit of pushing from Nathalie.
    • Is Chloé just a heartless Alpha Bitch who cares for no one but herself and acts nice only to gain favour, or a misunderstood girl who's aware she's The Friend Nobody Likes and simply influenced by her father's own power and corruption? "Despair Bear" has managed to sort of provide a kind of middle ground - she doesn't seem to have advanced beyond her childish nature at all due to the sudden childhood trauma of her mother abandoning her.
    • Since the premiere episode of Season 2 revealed that Gabriel is Hawk Moth, there are several fan reinterpretations of his character. If he knows Adrien is Chat Noir, then he can seem underhanded and manipulative, faking concern for his son and being aloof to injuring Chat Noir. The flipside is Gabriel knowing he's fighting against his son, but accepting the situation and believing Adrien will understand, since his "greatest wish" appears to be finding Adrien's mother. Of course, whether or not he actually does know or just suspects his son of being Chat Noir is up for debate.
      • "Gorizilla" confirms that he did suspect Adrien being Chat Noir after seeing his ring, though it wasn't much to go on. His plan for the episode is to confirm whether he really is Chat Noir, and Adrien successfully (and accidentally) throws him off at the end with a body double.
      • In "Frightingale", is it just a coincidence that Gabriel wanted Adrien to play Cat Noir or is Hawk Moth suspecting him again?
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • An anime OVA for Miraculous Ladybug is in the works, which might satisfy the 2D fans.
    • Come "Antibug," Chloé Took a Level in Kindness on Ladybug's advice and starts to warm up to Sabrina, whom she cruelly treated earlier. She is still a bitch to everyone else, but this makes some sense as Chloé does not acknowledge being at fault unless beaten over the head with it, and sometimes not even then. The episodes "Despair Bear" and "Zombizou" in Season 2 develop her character even further, making her more sympathetic and setting up developments in the upcoming "Queen trilogy" of episodes.
    • Likely in response to Squick regarding the images in Marinette's imagination spot when she considers that Hawk Moth may be Adrien in the sneak peek from Korean Comic-Con 2017 (not helped that there was no voice audio, so one could easily mistake the scene as Marinette having a crush on Hawk Moth), the images were changed in the final version to Stylistic Suck edits of Adrien's and Hawk Moth's vector images and effects were added to make it more obvious that Marinette is just slippery-sloping her What If?.
    • One of Adrien/Cat Noir's most criticised moments in season 1 was his lie to Theo which caused the events of "Copycat" and the fact that he got away with it, while misleading Ladybug into believing it was her fault. It's made especially frustrating by the fact that this is one of the few episode where he exhibits any flaws at all, whereas Marinette has had several which have nearly always shown her learning a lesson from them). The season 2 episode "Glaciator" also revolves around his entitlement issues towards Ladybug, featuring him treating her with undeserved bitterness after she doesn't show up to a date he set up, which she never actually promised to and told him upfront that she already had plans, only giving him a "we'll see" after he asked if she might change her mind. The episode ultimately has him apologise for his behaviour during the fight, while also accepting her rejection and the fact that she likes someone else (she thinks) with more maturity. Reactions to this have been mixed, however, with some glad to see both some brattiness and some growth from him, but others feeling that his behaviour was unpleasant enough that his apology was too little too late.
    • Chloe's long overdue Character Development started in the second season, with the episode of Despair Bear hinting at a possible redemption arc which develops more in Zombiezou where she finally starts to deal with remorse, responsibility and sacrifice.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Badass Decay: Hawk Moth in season 2 has more difficulty keeping his own villains in line (Robostus and Gigantitan being prime examples), where in season 1, he managed to control his minions without any problem. His Benson-like tantrums in "Gigantitan" didn't quite help his seriousness.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Lila/Volpina is quickly becoming this. Part of the fan base hates her for disrupting the Love Square, lying to everyone and rejecting Ladybug's apology. However, others think she's a realistic character who breaks the typical Easily Forgiven trend and will get more development in the next season. A lot of this is due to Hype Backlash, as the character's design had been released months ahead of her first appearance and became a popular piece of Fanfic Fuel. Many fans made up Fanon personalities and theories about her and got angry when none of them were close to the truth.
    • Chloé. The fandom is torn between those who think that Chloé is an unlikable bully, while others believe that certain episodes show that she has the potential to develop. The fact that Chloé was hinted (and eventually confirmed) as the future owner of the Bee Miraculous only added fuel to the fire, creating a friction between the supporters of her gaining powers and a larger role on the show, those who wished that a different existing character would receive the Miraculous and those who were hoping for a completely brand new character entirely.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Gabriel is Hawk Moth to the surprise of nobody.
  • Cliché Storm: Aside from the Paris setting, it's a fairly run-of-the-mill teenage superhero series with Magical Girl elements, what with a thematic Monster of the Week every episode, B-plots involving typical school issues, and archetypical characters.
  • Common Crossover: Don't be surprised if you come across any crossover fan media between this and Sailor Moon.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • A noted in this Tumblr post, Chat has a lot in common with Odd Della Robbia.
      • He also possesses some similarities to Kid Rot, both being teenaged blonds with destruction-based powers, reliance on other living beings for said powersnote , dark color schemes, Woobie qualities, and crushes on the show's heroine; the big difference is that Kid Rot is a villain, while Chat is a hero.
    • Stoneheart, between his Rock Monster natures, his powers to grow when attacked and to create clones of himself, has many similarities with the true form of Rubilax from Wakfu.
    • Hawk Moth's method of gaining minions is similar to that of the Sorcerer from Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja; They both target those who have succumbed to negative emotions, and use their powers to transform the target into a super-powered being.
    • Not to mention the many, many comparisons that have been made between Marinette and Spider-Man; two red-and-black invertebrate-themed heroes who swing from ropes and have a black cat-themed character as one of their love interests.
    • Upon the airing of Robustus, many have compared the titular akuma to one of the most famous examples of A.I. Is a Crapshoot, Skynet, on account of its near ubiquitous control of all technology in Paris.
  • Die for Our Ship: Chloé and Lila get hit by this hard for their crushes on Adrien. In a bit of a Double Standard, guys who crush on Marinette/Ladybug like Nathanael and Théo escape this entirely (it helps that, unlike Chloé or Lila, those two are nice people), with some fans even rooting for Lila to fall for Marinette only to hate her when she went after Adrien instead. Justified for the two boys escaping this as their attraction showed up in only one episode each and was never referenced again (not even Nathanael's despite being in the same class as them), while Chloé makes moves on Adrien in nearly every episode and Lila will apparently be a recurring character liable to do the same.
    • Ultimately averted with Kagami and Luka. There was some controversy surrounding them when they were first leaked, as all initial information about them was limited to Romantic False Lead. However, reception was bettered for the both of them as more information was released:
      • For Kagami, she received better reception after the airing of "Riposte". It helps that Marinette's attitude this episode is a huge step up from her explosion during "Volpina", and there has been considerable Adrinette Ship Tease since the beginning of Season 2, putting fans at ease about what threat she may offer to the Love Square.
      • For Luka, the few shots of him during the Season 2 Netflix trailer ended up cementing his popularity in the fandom, mainly due to his rather handsome design and his apparent skill with the guitar.
      • Despite this, both have become quickly target of the more diehard Marinette/Adrien shippers.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Rogercop. Up until he seized control of Paris from the mayor, the worst of his crimes was excessive force; he only attacked people that had been proven to have committed wrongdoing, such as the litterer, the mayor for abusing his powers, and Ladybug and Cat Noir for preventing an officer from making an arrest, i.e. knowingly aiding a criminal. But he is still under Hawk Moth's control, who then orders him to take Ladybugs and Cat Noir's Miraculouses. It can be easy to forget that he approached everything he did with equal amounts of seriousness and punishment, especially since he had a sympathetic motivation.
    • Chloé has a surprising amount of fans for someone who has few Pet the Dog moments in the entirety of the show so far and has singlehandedly akumatized at least nine people with her cruel antics. Being revealed as one of the Miraculous holders for Season 2 only increased her fans' adoration for her, as many see this as a sign of a redemption arc in the future. Then along came "Despair Bear", which gave her some actual character development at last!
    • Gabriel Agreste even prior to being confirmed as becoming Hawk Moth in order to bring back Adrien's mother has a lot of fans and people defending his parenting of Adrien, and his general actions as a supervillain. This often takes the form of people latching onto his Adult Fear reactions regarding Adrien's safety in episodes like "Riposte" and "Gorizilla" as proof of Even Evil Has Loved Ones, while ignoring or at least downplaying the fact that Gabriel put him in danger to begin with.
    • Lila flipflops between this and Ron the Death Eater in fan works, due to only appearing for one episode and mainly being seen from the protagonists' perspectives.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The Mime was well-liked in the preview. He is also Thomas Astruc's favorite villain.
    • Nathanael, one of Marinette's classmates, seems to be quite popular despite being a background character with barely a couple minutes of screentime. Then, in "Evillustrator," he was revealed to have a one-sided crush on Marinette, and served as the Villain of the Week - with a particularly ingenious skillset. His popularity has increased dramatically.
      • To a lesser degree, all of Marinette's classmates have their own little followings (usually around a specific group or couple of characters, be it best friends or a couple).
      • Nino Lahiffe, Adrien's first and best friend and the Spear Counterpart to Alya, makes for a good, growing example. That Nino is, in many ways, the best best friend a person could ask for, from being a ball of positive youthfulness, fervently sincere, non-judgmental, and selfless towards others, right down to the reason he was akumatized in the show being because he was angry over the unfairness that his best friend was dealing with (as opposed to the more typically selfish, internal reasons that lead to akumatization from most everyone else), helps to explain his ever growing fanbase. That, coupled with the reveal that he will eventually inherit the Turtle Miraculous and become the hero Carapace, on which the eve of the lead up to the reveal, between seasons, also saw the creation of a Fanon Miraculous Nino as the "Jade Turtle" in some circles (complete with surprisingly accurate fan design to the real thing), likely foreshadows a steady growth for the character's popularity, especially with Word of God stating that Season 2 will bring Nino more focus in general, including expounding on his family life.
    • Rogercop, for his Kick the Son of a Bitch crusade against the Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! Mayor and his Alpha Bitch daughter Chloé.
    • Prince Ali also gets a lot of fan attention for a character who only appears in one episode.
    • After "Riposte" first aired, Kagami was instantly well-liked and welcomed to the Love Dodecahedron.
    • Both Markov and his akumatized counterpart, Robostus, the first one for being absolutely adorable and having a sympathetic plight, and the second one for his absolutely brutal but efficient conquest of Paris, near-victory over Ladybug and Chat Noir, and actually turning on Hawk Moth and coming close to murdering him.
    • Luka became one once he made an appearance in the Netflix season 2 trailer, winning the fandom over with his handsome design, music skills, and personality.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Due to the fact that this is 3D CGI show, fans will theorise from continuity errors and reused item models, even if it's unintentional and just for budgeting purposes. For instance, theories sprung up over Madame Agreste's brooch being the same as the one Chloé gives Sabrina in Antibug, but Thomas Astruc Jossed those on Twitter, explaining they were simply both from the Gabriel brand and were unrelated.
    • There's a fan theory that posits that the Miraculous go to/work best when they are wielded by individuals who lack the traits the respective Miraculous embodies or represents, with the ideal of making the wielder better, more wholesome people. Examples include: the luckless and seemingly "responsibility incompetent" Marinette gaining the lucky charm Ladybug Miraculous, finding her lucky strides and being able to showcase competency and responsibility; the straight-laced, well-to-do, but trapped introvert Adrien gaining the "unlucky" and "destructive" but nonetheless free Cat Miraculous and becoming more extroverted and outgoing, with an emphasis on whimsical freedom. Likewise, the Butterfly Miraculous representing progression, change and transformation fit well with Hawk Moth's powers, as well as its wielder Gabriel's steadfast adherence to the past and inability to move on with his life, which is then contrasted with the reality that Gabriel clearly rejects what his Miraculous symbolizes, corrupting and twisting the nature of its powers to create super-villains who are weighed down by their on-going negativity that they can't move past from.
      • Going from this, this theory is also used to predict new potential Miraculous wielders, by seeing what the Miraculous' animals represents and who best fits the need for those traits in their lives. Nino's now confirmed Turtle Miraculous represents Nino's almost juvenile youthfulness being tempered by a sagacious wisdom and understanding, the likes of which the character has been shown to shun at times, whereas Alya, often self-destructive in the pursuit of truth, would do well to embrace at least a healthy dose of illusion and falseness via the Fox Miraculous. Chloé, in turn, could use, among other things, a nice helping of honey-like sweetness and selfless diligence and dedication in her life, as represented by the Bee Miraculous.
    • Hawk Moth in Season 2 is having a much harder time keeping his akumas in check, does it hint to Nooroo rebelling against him? Is it the consequences of using a Kwami for evil actions? Or is he simply suffering Villain Decay?
      • On the other hand, one might begin wondering just how much control Hawk Moth ever had over his akumas in the first place. After all, the ability of the Butterfly Miraculous is to empower others, not necessarily control them.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Many Akumatized targets don't look half bad, Stormy Weather, Timebreaker, Lady Wifi, Pharaoh, Princess Fragrance, Reflekta, Evillustrator, Antibug, Volpina, Riposte, and Zombizou are particular standouts.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Courtesy of "Antibug": even if the local Alpha Bitch is a Consummate Liar and won't admit that her selfish actions caused several people to become akumas, one should acknowledge the only time that she makes a good point since good advice can come from unlikely places. Though it should be noted that discouraging good behavior by refusing to acknowledge it isn't good, a single good action doesn't make up for repeated wrong-doing.
    • Your direct and indirect actions are going to make someone bitter and even spiteful someday whether you meant them to or not, and likewise, the possibility of you having a bad day while you're striving for a goal is very, very likely. Showcased best in "Gamer" where Marinette effortlessly beats Max fair and square in a fighting game competition in the school library. Whereas Max had trained an entire year putting practice into the game for a district-wide tournament where he'd be representing their school, Marinette is implied to have been gaming with her father (a high skill player himself) as a sparring partner in the same series of fighting game for at least a few years, with her only motivation for participating in the try-outs (something she knew about for all of five minutes after strolling into the library by chance) is a chance to hang out and spar with Adrien for the day, who's the runner up. Despite accepting defeat graciously at the library, the humiliation festered in long enough for an Akuma to take hold of Max. This plot has been repeated at least three times during the show so far, in the akumatizations of Aurore, Max, and Kagami.
    • In the episode "Volpina", Lila is a Consummate Liar and from what we see of her an Alpha Bitch, who has no problem making false promises note  and potentially ruining people's reputations note  as well as theftnote , putting people downnote  and attempting to manipulate her crush into a relationship with her, and yet the episode treats Marinette as being the one who was wrong, calling her "too harsh" when she called her out and making it all about Marinette's jealousy regarding Adrien, even though it was very clear that insulting Ladybug (Marinette herself) was what finally set her off. Keep in mind that the origins episode shows Marinette as having had no confidence or self-esteem at all until becoming Ladybug, so it makes sense for her to be defensive about Ladybug and the sheer fact that no one should have to put up with being badmouthed.
      • There's a bit of Disproportionate Retribution in the negative way Marinette/Ladybug is portrayed. Had she called Lila out on her lies as Marinette rather than feeling a need to do so as Ladybug (admittedly difficult because then she'd have to explain how Marinette knew Lila was lying), she might have been more sympathetic.
    • Just because you have been genuinely wronged doesn't mean that what you do in retaliation is justified. A large fraction of the akuma victims suffer from genuine and undeniable injustices (The Mime lost his job because a friend lied to him, Kung Food's soup was sabotaged, Rogercop was fired for refusing to follow an illegal order, and many more), but that doesn't make what they did as akumas right.
  • Genius Bonus: Antibug. There really are ladybugs that come in black with red spots, variants of ladybugs known as harlequins. However, they are an invasive species and considered pests in North America and Europe due to their damage to crops, infesting houses, and aggressiveness.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While previous French animated series such as Wakfu had niche English-speaking fandoms, Miraculous has a huge following in the English-speaking world, which goes even further into this trope as many of its fans are also fans of Japanese media (anime and manga).
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2 follows up on the hints at a greater plot provided by Season 1, puts more focus on the characterization of the heroes and their supporting cast, and also becomes much more willing to toy with the series formula.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Possibly unintentional, but the Sailor Moon theme song, "Moonlight Densetsu", is a love song with lyrics such as describing the lovers' relationship as a "miracle romance" and changing their meetings from "coincidences to into chances". Given that Cristina Valenzuela has fandubbed this (as well as being a voice actor for Sailor Mars) and Sailor Moon is a major figure on the magical girl superheroine genre, it's possible this wasn't a coincidence either.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • The season two premiere. You hear that sound? That's the sound of most of the fandom screaming "I KNEW IT!" after Hawk Moth finally reveals who he is. Then he akumatizes himself.
    • Dark Owl started as what seemed to be a lighthearted filler episode, and then the following things happen in succesion: Dark Owl imprisons Ladybug and Chat Noir, threatening to kill them unless they hand over their Miraculouses. Ladybug and Chat Noir unmask, but keep their eyes closed the whole time, causing Tikki and Plagg to not only see each other but see who the other hero's secret identity is (and gives then time to eat and recharge their abilities). And in the final standoff in Monsieur Damoclès' "lair", Dark Owl succeeds in pulling one earring off, causing Ladybug to start detransforming right there and then. The fandom just about had a collective meltdown.
    • "Zombizou". SO! Did you want an in-series confirmation that Marinette and Adrien weren't immune to akumatization? Well, you're in luck! Besides that, Miss Bustier becomes the first person to try and resist the akuma's influence after keeping it from infecting Marinette, Chloé gets some actual Character Development, and we get further confirmation that Hawk Moth/Gabriel's goals involve bringing back Emilie!
    • Judging from the teaser, "Troublemaker" is going to be another episode like this: besides the fact that the Villain of the Week can be seen pulling an earring off of Ladybug (just like what happened in "Dark Owl"), it looks like, thanks to a series of events, Adrien's finally going to figure out Marinette has a crush on him! Though an early script reading for this episode may have already indicated that Adrien still considers Marinette a friend regardless as questioned by Plagg after the television crew filmed Marinette's bedroom walls.
  • Ho Yay: Has its page now.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • Lila/Volpina's poor reception is due to the Fanon evolving from design teasers. Many fans believed Volpina would be a superheroine joining forces with Ladybug and Chat Noir, but instead the real character turned out to be a normal civilian who got akumatised after lying to impress Adrien and trash talking Ladybug.
    • Among the promises made by the production crew of the Christmas episode, were: information about Mrs. Agreste as well her relation with Hawk Moth, and the powers of the Turtle Miraculous. None of which were seen in the actual episode. This, and the Narm deriving from the musical sequences, sort of failed to live up to the expectations the fandom made around it as one of the three specials it was promised (the other two being an episode set in Shanghai, and the other a Halloween episode).
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming:
    • The Ladybug/Cat Noir ship is called "Lucky Charm".
    • Nino, a DJ, and Alya, whose akumatised form is Lady Wifi, are shipped as DJWifi.
    • Nathaniel, known affectionately in fandom as the 'Tomato Son' due to his hair and eyes, and Lila, whose akumatised form is a fox heroine are referred to as Tomatofox.
    • Kim/Alix are called Heartrate.
  • Idiot Plot: "Lady Wifi" stands out as this, relying on Alya being a poor investigator and a Horrible Judge of Character (when she suspects Chloé of being Ladybug) and Hawk Moth being a terrible strategist (when, after Lady Wifi has Ladybug restrained, he tells her to release her, force her to use her Lucky Charm to save Cat Noir, and then let her transformation run out, rather than just pull out the earrings immediately). The former point becomes even stupider after the Origins two-parter revealed that Ladybug saved Chloé from falling on her second day in the suit, which Alya, Nino and Adrien seem to have forgotten about.
    • Not instructing Lady Wifi to pull out Ladybug's earrings may not be an error so much as a plot point too subtle to be clear. Lady Wifi had just attempted to pull the mask from Ladybug's face, only to find it was fused to her skin via magic. It would be logical to assume that the earrings (an even more crucial accoutrement) might also be fused while Ladybug was transformed. Later, of course, Hawkmoth could test this out with his own Miraculous and discover it wasn't so; but it wasn't an unreasonable assumption at the time.
  • Inferred Holocaust: In "Syren", the titular akuma ends up flooding the entire city. How many people drowned? Were the deaths undone with Lucky Charm like the rest of the damage usually caused by akuma, or did everyone who died stay dead?
  • Informed Wrongness:
    • The ending of "Timebreaker" has Alix stating that she should never have asked someone else to hold onto the watch for her, and learning a lesson about her responsibilities. But it's hard to see why this is presented as irresponsible considering that her only other option at that point was to carry the watch while racing Kim, meaning an obvious risk of dropping it and breaking it. At best, you could argue she should have left it with her father at the restaurant to take home, but that just raises the question of why he didn't suggest as much when he knew she was about to leave to go skating. Really, Alix's only mistake was not choosing someone smart enough to remember they have pockets (or a purse, in Marinette's case).
    • "Rogercop" presents Marinette trying to look for other suspects as being no better than Chloé and her father's kneejerk accusations, which isn't entirely fair. It becomes especially jarring when she still gets called out for making non-specific, conditional statements like, "If there's a culprit, they're in this room."
  • Internet Backdraft: While the introduction of Rena Rouge has been praised among viewers, her design has caught flack in numerous group chats for having a very different body type from her civilian identity, Alya. She is visibly bustier and has a smaller waist, and hair far longer and thinner than Alya. Many have criticized that Rena Rouge is simply Volpina's model with Queen Bee Chloé's hair. Her reappearance in "Syren" got similar reactions, specifically accusations of whitewashing due to her skin tone being lighter even than Alya's in the same scene.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Sabrina. Yes, she's allied with Chloé and occasionally is as much of a jerk as she is, but she also has no idea what real friendship is, and gets easily crushed. Her father gets fired in one episode and turned into an akuma, forgetting who she is, and she can't understand that Marinette needing to handle a personal thing the day before a project is due is not the same as Chloé refusing to do schoolwork. Heck, when she gets turned into an akuma she doesn't even get a cool Evil Costume Switch! She's just invisible, and her outline shows that her outfit hasn't changed.
    • XY, the young and upcoming pop star in "Guitar Villain". He makes catty remarks about Jagged Stone being a dinosaur, but Guitar Villain trying to kill him for those remarks is Disproportionate Retribution. He also doesn't seem to be much older than Marinette, which could be a factor in him being a Spoiled Brat.
    • Aurore in the scene where she gets akumatised - while her Sore Loser ranting wasn't exactly endearing to the audience, she does earn some sympathy for the fact that she tried to fight off the butterfly out of fear when she saw it coming for her, especially if we assume that she had some idea of what it was going to do to her after the events of "Stoneheart".
    • Chloé of all people became one in "Despair Bear": in the past it's revealed that her mother walked out on her when she was just a child (complete with a picture of her crying her eyes out when it happens), stunting her emotional growth and leaving her clingy to Adrien because he was there to comfort her. In the present, Adrien threatens to break up his friendship with her, and the prospect of this turns her into a miserable, anxious wreck, showing just how damaged her psyche is.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Nathaniel may not be a major character, but it doesn't prevent him from being shipped with a lot of other characters in the show. This includes, but isn't limited to, Marinette/Ladybug, Adrien/Cat Noir, Chloé, Sabrina, Lila, and Juleka.
    • Marinette herself is shipped with just about all of her classmates, including Adrien, Nathaniel/Evillustrator, Chloé and Lila, Alya and occasionally Nino, usually in polyamory stories. Season 2 has added Kagami and Luka to the list.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Feed Adrien!" or "Let Adrien eat!" note 
    • Marinette's phone kleptomania. note 
    • "Eren, what are you doing in that cat costume?" note 
    • Nino and his potatoes. note 
    • "She's just a friend." note 
    • Adrien “Just a Friend” Agreste. note 
    • "Where is Lila?" answered by "On the Eiffel Tower" note 
    • After the events that caused Dark Owl to be a Wham Episode, memes popped up of Plagg desperately wanting to tell Adrien about Marinette's identity, but Tikki threatening him viciously to keep the secret.note 
    • Breakdance AU note 
    • Season 2 is fanficnote 
  • Misaimed Fandom: A lot of fans are very supportive of Ladybug's decision to confront Lila and humiliate her in front of Adrien for lying. The episode makes it very clear Ladybug was in the wrong as she gets called out by Adrien and apologizes to Lila about it later.
  • Mis-blamed: Some fans complain that the dubbers of the English version ruined the dialogue by putting in ridiculous words and phrases, especially "de-evilize." However, it was the show's writers at ZAG, not English dubbers, who wrote the English version, which the animation of the show was built around. Thomas Astruc even admitted that "evilize" was his idea.
  • Moe:
    • Marinette/Ladybug, of course. She's a Cute Clumsy Girl that's awkward around her crush, gets easily flustered and stammers when she receives any attention in school, and frequently blushes and assumes the worst when things are going bad for her.
    • Sabrina as well. She's something of a jerk, but she really is pretty sweet and supportive when she's not directly aiding in one of Chloé's schemes. With all the suffering she endures from Chloé, you really want to give the poor thing a hug.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Hawk Moth's choice of victim in "The Puppeteer" ( Manon, a young child) led some fans to believe that he crossed it, and it's kind of hard to blame them, even if he did treat her better than most of his victims.
      • Now that Hawk Moth is confirmed to be Gabriel Agreste, another MEH contender may be the stunt that he pulled in "The Collector": he akumatised himself fully intending to not only attack Adrien, but likely also to guilt trip him over supposedly causing the akuma in the first place.
      • "Riposte" is another contender, since he again had no qualms about sending an exceptionally dangerous akuma after his own son. While a later episode has made it clear that he isn't willing to sacrifice his son for his goal, he still made very little effort to keep him out of the line of fire (such as by redirecting Riposte to look for Cat Noir, which would have given Ladybug more time to hide him).
    • Chloé Bourgeois may often just be an Alpha Bitch, but her actions in "Reflekta" push her very close to having almost crossed this line. Locking Juleka, an emotionally insecure girl who has major problems with her image as a whole, inside a bathroom stall, alone and scared, so she can take her place in a school picture, may be the absolute worst thing she has ever done.
  • Narm:
    • In "Lady Wifi", Marinette recognizes that Alya is the Villain of the Week by the charm on her cell phone. It may not seem narm-y, until you see that aside from her outfit and mask, she looks exactly the same as she always does. It becomes even more so in "Rogercop" when Sabrina is able to immediately recognize that Rogercop is her dad even though his face and outfit is obscured.
    • Some of the villains can qualify, regardless of if they turn out to be Not-So-Harmless Villains. For example: The Bubbler and Mr. Pigeon: while they both may be legitimate threats in practice - those bubbles could have potentially suffocated every adult in Paris leaving vulnerable children alone, and pigeons and their waste are a genuine health concern, being considered "flying rats" - it's still hard to take their motifs seriously, which really isn't helped by both men's rather embarrassing-sounding monikers, The Bubbler's attempts to be Totally Radical, and Mr. Pigeon acting like a pigeon, complete with cooing and flapping his arms like wings.
    • Princess Fragrance was the audience's first taste of a Musical Episode, albeit not one that could qualify entirely as one (the dialogue was sung but there were no numbers). The musical elements were overlooked. Then the Christmas Episode rolled around, this time a bona fide Musical Episode to boot, with numbers impossible to look away from without missing plot-important sequences. It wasn't... pleasant.
    • The term "de-evilize" can be awkward to listen for some English-speaking people.
    • The spots in Ladybug's costume and the bell in Chat Noir's can be a bit silly to look at for some people.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The use of cheesy one-liners, predictable story beats, and a few truly laughable villains make the show hard to take seriously at times, but it fits well with the classic Magical Girl and superhero shows it's a throwback to. Also, all of Cat Noir's terrible puns.
    • Cat Noir, when under the control of "Princess Fragrance", sings everything he says with the most ridiculously-sounding deep voice.
    • Some people find the songs from "Santa Claws" corny, others however like them thanks to the context behind, especially "Cat in the Night" and "A Brand New Day".
    • Sure, "de-evilize" and "evilize" may be rather corny, but over time, they can grow on you.
    • The costume designs, while ridiculous to an extent, are still fitting for the respective characters.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Chloé's butler in "Antibug" when he's pretending to be an akuma villain while playing with Chloé with a moustache. Eventually becomes an Ascended Extra in Season 2, getting even his own akumatized form and episode.
    • The photographer in "Reflekta" (Vincent) who won't take Chloé's nonsense.
  • One True Threesome: Adrien/Marinette/Nathanael has a good amount of fanworks and followers.
    • Adrien/Luka/Marinette gained popularity after Captain Hardrock aired.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show has a good amount of teen-to-adult viewers, perhaps due to the franchise having been planned for those viewers before it was toned down for a younger audience. Most adult fans seem to like it well enough regardless.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • A few have started calling the ship Chatbug or — more straightforwardly — Catbug.
    • The characters with Secret Identities add more complexity to the ships:
      • The Love Square, where we have four different ship names just for the two main characters; LadyNoir is a popular term for the pairing in the fandom for Ladybug/Cat Noir, Ladrien for Ladybug/Adrien, MariChat for Marinette/Cat Noir, and Adrienette for Adrien/Marinette.
      • Adrien/Nino = Adrino, while Cat Noir/Nino = Ninoir.
      • Adrien/Nathaniel = Adrinath, while Cat Noir/Nathaniel = ChatNath.
      • Adrien/Luka = Lukadrien.
      • Marinette/Alya = Alyanette, while Ladybug/Alya = Alyabug. Fans who avert the One Mario Limit and use Lila's akumatised name for Fox!Alya refer to Marinette/Fox!Alya as Volpinette, and Ladybug/Fox!Alya as Volpibug, which causes some overlap with the L Square below. Since the TFOU leaks in August revealed Alya's heroine name to be Rena Rouge, it's likely the ship names will change to reflect that.
      • Marinette/Chloé = Chlonette, while Ladybug/Chloé = Chlobug. Chloé's Bee heroine Fan Nickname is Queen Bee, Marinette/Queen Bee = Maribee, and Ladybug/Queen Bee = Ladybee. Her official name was leaked in August as Queen B, which may not affect the present ship names.
      • Marinette and Lila constitute the L Square, created before the SDCC 2016 spoilers confirmed Lila wouldn't be the Fox Miraculous holder. Marinette/Lila = Lilanette, Marinette/Volpina = Volpinette, Ladybug/Volpina = Volpibug, and Ladybug/Lila = Lilabug.
      • There is also the massively controversial Sin Square comprising of Gabriel Agreste (often secretly Hawk Moth) and Marinette. Gabriel/Marinette = Gabrinette, Gabriel/Ladybug = Gabribug, Hawk Moth/Ladybug = Ladyhawk, and Hawk Moth/Marinette = Marimoth.
    • Juleka/Rose = Julerose
    • Kim/Max = Kimax
    • Mylène/Ivan = Myvan
    • Chloé/Sabrina = Chlobrina
    • Chloé/Nathaniel = Chlonath
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • While the majority of fanfic depictions of Nathaniel are positive, there are a few where he becomes an abusive Romantic False Lead to Marinette so Adrien can save her. Even stories that don't portray him as outright abusive may show him as jealous or possessive, even in situations where they've been broken up for some time.
    • Marinette has been getting a lot of this since at least the start of season 2, thanks in part to the increasing number of akuma attacks she's been linked to. Even though none of her contributions to such attacks have been as malicious as the likes of Chloe or Gabriel, and despite being one of the few characters who almost always tries to make up for their mistakes, she tends to gets a lot of harsh criticism in some circles (some of which can be blamed on the actual show, which is far more likely to call her out on her flaws than Adrien).
    • Although he is a bad father, many diehard haters only see Gabriel Agreste as an abusive monster who's always been cold and distant to Adrien (despite the webisodes confirming he changed after his mom left). They rationalize any concern he shows for Adrien must be faked or done with only selfish intentions and dismissive of any canon positive portrayals of him
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • Considering that Evillustrator indulged in Poke the Poodle moments before it seemed that Marinette betrayed him, and he only wanted to take her out for a romantic cruise on the Seine and on his birthday, it is really hard to sympathize with Marinette and Cat Noir's well-intentioned attempt to disarm him.
    • Few, if any, viewers find themselves eager for Ladybug and Cat to hurry and stop Rogercop before he can get to the Mayor. Even more so when Rogercop simply forces the jerk to resign on live television instead of outright murdering him or anything. Though being forced to resign doees make the resignation less legitimate.
    • Some viewers may become tired of the Status Quo Is God aspects of the show after a while, and hope for an ending where The Bad Guy Wins for the sake of variety. Lucky for them, the show seems to be edging in on Nothing Is the Same Anymore for future seasons.
    • Robostus may have started out just like any other akuma in the show, and then he turns on Hawk Moth and starts firing his own security system of missile launchers against him. Many viewers, especially those who despise Hawk Moth, will find themselves finding it hard to wish that Ladybug and Chat Noir take him down quickly.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Mayor André Bourgeois, Chloé's father and the mayor of Paris. He spoils his daughter rotten, doesn't acknowledge that she causes a lot of trouble, and is as helpless as any authority figure to handle akuma. On top of that, he very blatantly abuses his position to order people around, making it very clear where Chloé gets it from.
  • Ship Mates:
    • In a non-romantic example, Alix and Nathanaël are this to all of the platonic relationships in the cast. They are the only two in their class without official best friends, so fans like to make them close so that nobody in the class is alone.
    • It's also popular to pair Nath with Chloé or Lila, taking care of both his crush on Marinette and the girls' on Adrien.
    • Often Myvan, Julerose, and Kimax shippers come hand-in-hand, as ships that involve minor classmates unrelated to the lovesquare.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Chloé/Nathanaël has become a very popular pairing among fans, despite their only interaction being in "Evillustrator", where the latter tries to kill the former as the titular villain. Fanfics, fanart, hell, even fanmade comics based around them have become quite common.
    • And that's not even going into the popularity of Lila/Nathanäel, who haven't even interacted with each other in the show so far!
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The series was animated to English scratch voice dialogue. Being redubbed with the official English cast led to some lines being just a hair out of time, all the more noticeable with the very well-pronounced mouth animation.
    • Paris — a popular tourist destination — is glaringly shown with only about fifteen different incidental characters filling up small crowds. While the show does have a higher budget than most cartoons, it would seem it burnt off most of the money on other special effects and ran out of budget for crowd scenes more accurate to real life.
  • Squick: Theo Barbot's infatuation with Ladybug can fall into this due to her being visibly in her mid-teens and him seemingly in his early-twenties. And even if you assume that people aren't supposed to notice the heroes' ages due to the magic of the Miraculous, the fact that he's also been linked to the similarly-aged Mireille raises some questinos.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • In "The Pharaoh" the professor is right to point out Don't Touch It, You Idiot! about the Staff of Anubis because ancient artifacts are delicate and can easily become damaged.
    • In "Darkblade", Armand D'Argencourt's seeming Sore Loser tendencies after losing the Mayoral election. Given his Humiliation Conga from his Jerkass opponent (Chloé's father, of course), it being a textbook Ironic Echo of said opponent's ancestors doing something similar to Armand's family long ago, and the public constantly hounding Armand for said loss, you really can't blame him for being so frustrated - and are probably surprised that he does nothing worse than Poke the Poodle (at least before Hawk Moth turns him into Darkblade) during his Rage Breaking Point.
    • Ladybug not taking Chloé's advice in "The Antibug." As she points out to Cat Noir, Chloé had lied to them earlier about her fight with Sabrina and was otherwise useless in battle as The Millstone and a bystander. She had no reason to trust Chloé's word.
    • Marinette in "Guitar Villain" when producer Mr. Ross wants her to design Jagged Stone's album cover to mimic that of XY's. Although Tikki tells her to stick to her guns and design it the way she would, Marinette has a good point in saying that Mr. Ross told her to design it a certain way; most graphic designers have to compromise their styles to satisfy clients. Marinette was just really lucky that Jagged had enough power as a musician to override what Mr. Ross wanted and tell Marinette to design it in her style.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Thanks in part to the talented English cast, the American dub has a strong reception among fans, and it's generally easier to find episodes in English than the original French.
  • Tainted by the Preview: During the year and a half long hiatus between the end of Season 1 and the start of Season 2, a lot of future canon developments have been spoiled through con previews, leaks, and creator reveals. New character concepts and hinted plots have especially divided the fandom as the show adds more and more Game Changers. This has especially applied to the new Love Interests, Kagami and Luka, to the point that Brand Ambassador Ferisae had to reassure fans to give the characters a chance.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Papillon/Hawk Moth, due to his extremely tight face mask, thin face shape and huge eyes making him look decidedly... off. Considering he's the main villain of the series so far, this may be on purpose. He looks especially creepy in “Dark Owl”.
    • Rose falls into this sometimes due to her enormous eyes, which are overly large even compared to the already large eyes of the rest of the cast.
    • Chloé can also be this since some of her expressions, specifically the ones where she narrows her eyes, unintentionally make her skin look really tight and plastic-y. Though some Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you consider she's exactly the sort of person who'd have a lot of 'work' done on her face.
    • The photo Adrien has of his mother as his desktop background, which is clearly his mother's head superimposed on Tara Strong's body, meaning she's a cartoon head superimposed on a human body.
    • Prime Queen's design is great and all, but there is just something off about her, especially the face. It really works.
    • Auguste, the baby in Gigantitan. He's remarkably ordinary in design except for having extremely bright green eyes, almost neon-colored, giving him a slightly artificial and off-setting appearance.
    • Due to the (lack of) detail on some of these models, this moment from Gorizilla is especially unsettling.
    • A few people have been put off by Luka's apparent lack of eyelashes.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: XY in "Guitar Villain". Jagged and Marinette dislike him for being "young" and considered a better musician, having overtaken Jagged on the music charts, and XY makes some catty remarks about Jagged Stone being a dinosaur. With that said, his fear when Guitar Villain kidnaps him and makes him Walk the Plank at the Eiffel Tower makes him endearing; he is also very childlike in his maturity and has a human reaction to Jagged after Ladybug purifies the latter.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Adrien/Cat Noir smugly lies about his relationship with Ladybug in "Copycat" to Théo, causing him to get akumatized, and shows no remorse when Plagg calls him on his jealousy. He does acknowledge to Ladybug that he got himself into this mess, but he very deliberately doesn't tell her how, instead deflecting the question by pointing out that she didn't show up to the statue unveiling. He tries to capture Copycat himself in an attempt to hide his lie, getting himself captured and used as bait in the process, and after Ladybug saves him, he still doesn't own up to his lie or apologise to Théo, leaving her to apologise for her absence as if that had been the cause of the akuma. He exits the scene on a slightly bitter note with a remark about how "his crush got crushed... that makes two of us" (referring to her stated assumption about "which cat was really in love with me".) The context wants the audience to be sympathetic over Adrien's heartache, but it's lost on given how he acts like he's entitled to Ladybug and doesn't even show a ounce of remorse over what he did, even transferring the blames on the "girl he loves".
      • From the same episode, Théo (the akumatized Copycat) can fall into this, thanks to just how he expresses his jealousy in the scene before he gets akumatized: he's no better in the Entitled to Have You department than Cat Noir was, and there's something unsettling about the fact that he gets this worked up over a superhero he seemingly hadn't met in person before who is visibly a lot younger than him.
    • Xavier Ramier in "Mr. Pigeon" is presented as a harmless Cloudcuckoolander Friend to All Living Things before he gets akumatised, but considering that he's knowingly breaking the law by feeding the pigeons despite having repeatedly been told that he's contributing to a genuine public health issue by doing so, and that his reaction to being called out indicates that he simply doesn't care about the impact of his behavior on humans, he can come across as one of the least sympathetic akuma victims of the series.
    • Jalil Kubdel in "The Pharaoh". His akumatization was a result of him attempting to perform an ancient spell with a historical artifact... but doing so could've resulted in his and his father's being fired. This is something that Jalil is aware of before he even attempted to do that.
    • Nadja Chamack in "Prime Queen". Sure, you were trying to boost ratings for your new show, but inquiring about Ladybug and Cat Noir's relationship is not the most professional thing to do, at all. Even though you had agreed not to ask about their identity, that is still intruding on their private life. Yes, it may be a seemingly obvious thing to ask, but all the same, it is still their private life, and should not have been pressed as much as it was.
    • Gina Dupain, Marinette's grandmother. In "Befana", it's Marinette's birthday, and she arrives unannounced, and expects Marinette to spend the whole day with her. That's not bad in itself, but is heavily implied that she hasn't visited her family in years and even communication is not all that common, as she doesn’t even know how old Marinette is(Her gifts are appropriate for a 5 year old) and instead of trying to become a part of her life she just throw a pity party for herself. And it’s not her fault, but when other people get akumatized out of love, they usually try to protect, or at least not hurt the person they love (Evillustrator, Copycat, Stoneheart, Horrificator, Princess Fragance, even the Bubbler) but her main objective as Befana is to turn Marinette into coal.
    • Marinette, Alya, and the rest of the girls involved in the plan to get Marinette to confess to Adrien in Gigantitan. Not only is Marinette scarily informed of Adrien's whereabouts at any point in time once more, a sore point for some viewers — and even lampshaded by Alix — their plan hinges on framing the Gorilla for parking someplace inconvenient for Marinette to make a move on Adrien without his intervention. The girls are required to do this three times during the episode, so the Gorilla receives three parking tickets from Agent Roger, all for doing his job, and having done nothing to deserve this. It's perhaps mitigated a bit by the fact that, had the plan gone off without a hitch, he would have been able to move the car without getting any tickets at all, but it still doesn't excuse them manipulating two people trying to do their jobs. Gorilla may not have become akumatized thanks to Adrien's last minute intervention, but one can hardly blame him for being in a poor mood by the end of the episode when he picks up Adrien.
    • Anarka Couffaine in "Captain Hardrock", who shows no concern about the damage caused by her speakers (likely adding up to thousands of euros considering how many cars were blown over), pays no respect to Roger when he tries to call her out on violating noise restrictions, and then gets herself into further trouble by revealing she has none of the relevant permits for her houseboat. She ultimately faces no consequences for this, with Roger even pointing out that the speakers are still over the legal limit but choosing to let it slide for no reason beyond "it's the music festival."
  • The Un-Twist: Gabriel Agreste being Hawk Moth was so blatantly telegraphed throughout Season One that a portion of the fandom didn't believe it was going to be true, since it was far too obvious to be considered a twist. Turns out that the show was just being very heavy-handed, and dropped The Reveal rather unceremoniously in the first episode of the second season.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Trixx was introduced to Miraculous fans outside of the context of the show and was mistakenly believed to use she/her pronouns until Trixx' introductory episode where viewers were slightly shocked to hear an unmistakably male voice.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: As noted on the main page, the CG version of Miraculous Ladybug was produced for $11.5M, more than most Western productions. This has blessed the show with highly-detailed visual design, dynamic battle choreography, expressive animation and particle effects.
  • The Woobie:
    • Adrien, who is a Stepford Smiler about his home life, does a suffocating modeling job to make his dad happy but leaves no time for him to hang out with his friends, and crushes on a Magical Girl whom he thinks is better than he is and rebuffs his romantic gestures. Heck, in his birthday episode only one person remembered to give him a present and his best friend got turned into an akuma on his behalf. He says he only feels like himself when he is Cat Noir in the webisode about his "Double Life".
    • Master Cheng, Marinette's uncle. He doesn't speak French well, gets his prize-winning soup sabotaged by a bratty teenager, and then gets turned into an akuma. At least the other characters could speak French and knew about Ladybug, but he looks traumatized when he wakes up next to the pool and doesn't know what happened.
    • Marinette herself, especially in The Birth of Ladybug Part 1, where she's a completely different person prior to becoming Ladybug. Her lack of self-confidence, uncertainty and self-esteem issues are poignant due to believing she's a klutz who can't do anything right, not helped by Chloé's bullying her for 4 years prior to the story and that's before Adrien came in. She's even a doormat to her bullying, whereas in the present, she does stand up for herself. When she fails to purify the Akuma on her first job as Ladybug, she feels like she has completely failed, to the point that she almost gave up being Ladybug from there. While she does gets better in the present day, there are hints that being Ladybug hasn't completely solved the issue, which show up from time to time.
    • Nooroo, Hawk Moth's kwami. He, like all kwamis, wants to use his powers to help people, but Hawk Moth basically enslaved him and forces him to do evil.
  • Woolseyism:
    • Hawk Moth's original name was "Le Papillon" in the French version, which translates to "Butterfly." While it contradicts the Akumas, it would be hard to take a villain seriously if he's named "Butterfly." Plus, the name change does make some sense as Hawk Moths belong to the same Order as butterflies.
    • The use of distinct invocations when Miraculous-Wielders perform their Transformation Sequence such as Marinette's "Tikki, spots on!" is more exciting and iconic than the French's usual "transform me!"
    • Jagged Stone's British accent conveys the kind of foreign rockstar appeal the American French accent goes for in the original. Seeing how they're all in France anyway, the reverse would just be awkward. In addition, since the character's name has obvious references to The Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger in particular, one could argue that a British accent would have been more appropriate to begin with.

From the comic:

  • Internet Backdraft: Issue #3 has garnered backlash for an extremely problematic sequence in which Marinette, wearing a bikini, has to transform into Ladybug to stop a villain, but finds herself naked in an unfamiliar part of New York City when she detransforms, with the entire situation being treated as Naked People Are Funny. And then Marinette runs into what appear to be black gangsters looting from a building, and begs them not to kill her... only for it to be revealed that the men are from a charity. Not helped in that when tweeted about it, Thomas Astruc stated that he saw that there was nothing wrong with it since it gets addressed at the end of the comic. While Astruc's thoughts do reveal that the intended aesop of the comic was "Don't judge a book by its cover", fans have agreed that it's a poor execution of such a common aesop and have refused to pick up the issue.
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