Alternative Character Interpretation: Now that the Christmas special has revealed more details about the timeline of Adrien's mother's disappearance (less than a year since last Christmas, perhaps only a matter of 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 Adrien for so long while doing little to improve his birthdays or get him the kind of freedom he wanted (i.e, going to public school), and Adrien only got that freedom after she was gone and with just a little bit of pushing from Nathalie.
An anime OVA for Miraculous Ladybug is in the works, which might satisfy the 2D fans.
Come "Antibug," Chloe 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. Though this makes some sense as Chloe does not acknowledge being at fault unless beaten over the head with it, and sometimes not even then.
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.
The hop from 2D to CGI. While some are welcome to the change in art style and are impressed by the visuals, some others would have liked to see the Animesque, Pretty Cure-styled visuals seen in the original PV.
On a related note, there are those that are annoyed at how the show was changed from a darker superhero series meant for teens and young adults into a Lighter and Softer show geared towards younger audiences, while others argue that this change will help it gain a wider audience, since networks were not interested in the series until it was toned down.
Cat Noir's early 2D incarnation, Felix, is between Base-Breaking Character and Flame Bait status. Even though the show creators say he had limited story potential, his design implied enough maturity and interesting darkness to make some fans rant about him being better than Adrien. At the same time, many fans of the current show argue that Felix is a cliché "bad boy" type and would make a terrible role model that encourages girls to pursue jerks with the idea that "I can change him", while Adrien is a better character that gives a legitimate reason for Marinette to love other than "he's hot".
"The Gamer". As the debate goes, either Marinette is more selfish than Max in wanting to take his coveted spot in a gaming tournament, or she has the right to take that spot because Max lost in fair combat twice and thus was not the school's best gamer.
On a related note, it's hard to take Max's attempt to be a Graceful Loser seriously (or even buy that he's trying to be one), since any time he's around Adrien and Marinette, he's very obviously sulking about his loss in the way that's designed to inspire guilt. Further, Max has no idea why Marinette entered, meaning he doesn't know she entered because of Adrien. For all he knows, she practised just as much or more than he did. Others think his reaction is completely justified, and that his attempts to be a Graceful Loser work, and he has every right to be upset because Marinette entered right as the tryouts were ending, i.e. last minute. Also, he'd just been trounced by Adrien, so his ego/pride was already bruised and then Marinette "crushed" him, in Alya's words. No wonder someone who, according to Kim, has been practicing all year for this would at least momentarily fall into being a Sore Loser.
The NYCC spoilers, which confirmed, among other things, Alya and Chloe as the Fox and Bee Miraculous holders. Either it's a fun tease that only confirmed what many suspected or they revealed way too much way too soon and ruined all of the upcoming surprises. Not helping matters is that Thomas Astruc confirmed in a tweet that he hadn't wanted so much to be shown.
The constant delays and lack of concrete official updates note After the first season ended in early 2016 in France, the second season was slated to air in early-mid 2017. By then, Jeremy Zag claimed it'd be releasing in September/October, although Thomas Astruc said it depended on the broadcasters. In July, news from Comic Con pushed the U.S. airdate even further back to December 2017 from the creators has divided the fanbase. Some have grown frustrated with delays and some don't mind as much. This is not helped by the fact that the creators refuse to show anything from season 2 other than concept art and Word of God.
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.
He also possesses some similarities to Kid Rot, both being teenaged blonds with destruction-based powers, reliance on other living beings for said powersnote Chat has Plagg, while Kid Rot has an artificially-created parasite, 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.
Die for Our Ship: Chloe 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 Theo escape this entirely (it helps that, unlike Chloe 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 Chloe makes moves on Adrien in nearly every episode and Lila will apparently be a recurring character liable to do the same.
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.
The song from the trailer, sung by Noam Kaniel, the same person as the theme to Code Lyoko. The lyrics are Adrien (then Felix) trying to cheer Marinette up when "Every love went through your head/ Giving love turned bad".
The Mime was well-liked in the preview. He is also Thomas Astruc's favoritevillain.
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).
Prince Ali also gets a lot of fan attention for a character who only appears in one episode.
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 Chloe gives Sabrina in Antibug, but Thomas Astruc Jossed those on Twitter, explaining they were simply both from the Gabriel brand and were unrelated.
Evil Is Sexy: Many Akumatized targets don't look half bad, Stormy Weather, Lady Wifi, Pharaoh, Princess Fragrance, Reflekta, Evillustrator, Antibug, and Volpina 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.
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 Hawkmoth, 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).
Idiot Plot: "Lady Wifi" stands out as this, relying on Alya being a poor investigator and a Horrible Judge of Character (when she suspects Chloe of being Ladybug) and Hawkmoth 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 the earrings right now). The former point becomes even stupider after the Origins two-parter revealed that Ladybug saved Chloe from falling on her second day in the suit, which Alya, Nino and Adrien seem to have forgotten about.
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).
As argued under Broken Aesop on the main page, "Rogercop" presents Marinette trying to look for other suspects as being no better than Chloe 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."
Sabrina. Yes, she's allied with Chloe 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 Chloe 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".
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.
One of Chloe's favorite games is to dress up as Ladybug and have Sabrina dress up as Cat Noir. Note that Cat Noir is a guy who constantly flirts with Ladybug.
Sabrina's surprisingly quick to drop Chloe and adopt Marinette as her new best friend. When she believes Marinette abandoned her work on their school project and accuses her of being just as uncaring as Chloe is, it can come off as a jaded lover who's had her heart broken one two many times. Alternatively she's simply that desperate for an actual friend, which is much worse.
Rose and Juleka are shown hanging out with each other a lot, sometimes standing really close to one another.
"Feed Adrien!" or "Let Adrien eat!" note In episode 15, Adrien was really eager to eat Marinette parents' food, but kept having them taken away from him before he even managed to touch them; cue the fandom wanting to feed the poor kitty.
Marinette's phone kleptomania. note She's stolen three people's phones in the series (Adrien's in "Copycat", Alya's in "The Mime", and Chloe's in "Reflekta"), but the fandom portrays her as a compulsive phone stealer. Ironically, she actually sacrifices her own phone twice, in "Horrificator" and "Antibug".
"Eren, what are you doing in that cat costume?" note Adrien is voiced by Bryce Papenbrook in the English dub who also happens to be the voice of Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan. Due to Papenbrook using the exact same voice for both characters, multiple jokes such as the former have spawned.
Nino and his potatoes. note After the only shot of Nino in the Christmas special trailer aired, the fandom immediately latched on to the fact that he looks like he is eating a baked potato out in the snow - in his usual summer clothes. Cue any and all jokes about Nino's passion for potatoes and urgent need of a jacket. Worth noting that, in the actual episode, the shot in question had Nino clearly indoors, while Marinette and Adrien spent significantly more time outdoors in their regular outfits.
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.
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 Chloe's schemes. With all the suffering she endures from Chloe, you really want to give the poor thing a hug.
Moral Event Horizon: Hawkmoth's choice of victim in "La Marionettiste" 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.
Chloe 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.
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 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.
Chloe's butler in "Antibug" when he's pretending to be an akuma villain while playing with Chloe with a moustache.
The photographer in "Reflekta" (Vincent) who won't take Chloe's nonsense.
One True Threesome: Adrien/Marinette/Nathanael has a good amount of fanworks and followers.
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.
A few have started calling the ship Chatbug or — more straightforwardly — Catbug.
Thanks to the Two Person Love Square, 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.
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.
The Scrappy: Chloe's father, 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 Chloe gets it from.
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 Chloe or Lila, taking care of both his crush on Marinette and the girls' on Adrien.
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!
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.
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 "Lady WiFi" the principal has no choice but to suspend Alya for photographing the inside of Chloe's locker because it is a violation of privacy and photographs like that could lead to cyberbullying. Alya feels wronged, but she overstepped her bounds as an Intrepid Reporter and a classmate.
In "Darkblade", Armand D'Argencourt's seeming Sore Loser tendencies after losing the Mayoral election. Given his Humiliation Conga from his Jerkass opponent (Chloe'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 Chloe's advice in "The Antibug." As she points out to Cat Noir, Chloe 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 Chloe'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.
This Is Your Premise on Drugs: The show is basically a Magical Girl show on crack, due to its frenetic pacing. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially since this fast pace trims the transformation sequences to only fifteen seconds.
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.
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.
Chloe 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.
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: Xavier Ramier is presented as a harmless Cloudcuckoolander before he gets akumatised, but considering that he's knowingly breaking the law by feeding the pigeons despite being told that doing so is contributing to a genuine public health issue, 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.
Values Dissonance: The fact that the mayor runs a major hotel in the city would be a considerable scandal in the US (especially since, in "Princess Fragrance", he appears to be encouraging foreign dignitaries to stay there), but it's apparently considered unremarkable in-universe.
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.
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 Chloe'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, Hawkmoth's kwami. He, like all kwamis, wants to use his powers to help people, but Hawkmoth basically enslaved him and forces him to do evil.
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.