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Adrien Agreste/Cat Noir/Mister Bug/Aspik/Snake Noir

Akumatized form: Cat Blanc (Cat Noir)
"Plagg, claws out!"

Voiced by: Benjamin Bollen (FR), Bryce Papenbrook (EN), Nam Doh-hyeong (KOR), Ziyad Sharif (ARA), Jesús Barreda (ES), Tomás González (MEX), Guy Zaydman/גיא זיידמן (HEB), Penke Bence (HUN), Maksymilian Bogumił (P), André Raimundo (EP), Fabricio Vila Verde (BP), Adam Portnoff (SW), Cristi Niculescu (ROM), Flavio Aquilone (ITA), Gökhan Özdemir/Türkçe (TUR), Alexander Shestopalov/Александр Шестопалов and Nikolay Bystrov; (RUS, season 1 and season 2 onwards respectively), Jakub Nemčok (CZE), Kamen Asenov/Камен Асенов (BUL), Maximilian Artajo (GER), Leo Meieran (NOR), Ryota Osaka (J), Predrag Damnjanović (SER), Dino Škare (CRO), Oleksandr Solodkyi/Олександр Солодкий (UKR, voice-over and dubbing)

"Being Cat Noir's awesome. I can finally do whatever I wanna do and say whatever comes to mind!"

A classmate of Marinette's, a boy who lives with his wealthy, distant father. Even at school, he's a bit aloof, although considerate. Adrien really opens up to his best bud, Nino. Adrien works part-time as a model, and is a Teen Idol in his own right. But he really comes into his own when he takes out his magical ring that turns him into the superhero Cat Noir. Cat Noir is quick with an insult, quicker with a pun, and as confident as - well, as the cat that got the cream. Cat Noir makes no secret of his big ol' crush on Ladybug; unfortunately for all parties, Adrien doesn't notice Marinette's humongous crush on him.

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  • Adorkable: Shows it more as Cat Noir with his attempts to woo Ladybug and love of puns.
  • Aesop Amnesia: After acting unjustifiably cold to Ladybug in "Glaciator" for seemingly playing with his feelings, he apologizes to her for his behavior, accepts her rejection, and is seemingly happy with their friendship. However, come "Frozer", he tries again to confess his love only to be rejected again despite knowing she has feelings for someone else, and acts cold to her again before they go after the titular akuma.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • "Adrikins" from Chloé.
    • He's called "kitty" occasionally from Ladybug.
  • Alliterative Name: Adrien Agreste.
  • Always Save the Girl: If it's between himself and Ladybug, he will always sacrifice himself without hesitation. Especially in "Timebreaker," where he lets an Akumatized Alix tag him to save Ladybug (knowing it means he might disappear forever), and "Gamer 2.0" where the Akumatized Max forces Chat Noir and Ladybug to fight each other before they can fight him, and Chat Noir doesn't even hesitate to throw the match for her.
  • Amazon Chaser:
    • As shown in the Origins Episode, Adrien's attraction to Ladybug is just as much her being a badass superheroine as it is her looks. He even lampshades it:
      Cat Noir: She's so stubborn! It's so irresistible!
    • While his actions tend to be mixed, there are hints he has an attraction to the strong-willed Marinette (who also happens to be the superheroine, Ladybug).
    • Adrien starts to have a modicum of attraction to talented fencer, Kagami in season 2.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: As Cat Noir, he wears two cat ear-shaped hairclips that sometimes move as though they were real cat ears.
  • Animal Eyes: When he transforms into Cat Noir, his pupils become vertically slit like a cat's. His sclera (the whites of his eyes) also turn green, mimicking a cat's huge irises.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing:
    • One of the very rare male cat heroes.
    • His aquatic version trades for what appears to be triton or salamander motifs.
  • Ascended Fanboy: invoked He's an anime fan who can actually transform into a hero.
  • As Himself: In-universe. He's the voice of Cat Noir in the 2D animated movie, and nobody is aware that Paris' favorite superhero is being played by the man himself.
  • Badass in Distress: Frequently requires rescuing by Ladybug due to being overpowered by the villain.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: He's a bad luck-themed hero with the power to corrode things. This doesn't stop him from using it for good.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Deconstructed. Adrien's friendship with Chloé is because of her being his sole friend growing up. However, this leads to him not calling her out on bratty behavior, in fear that the only friendship he's ever had will end. However, when she falsely calls the fire department, allows everyone else at school to get punished for it while abusing her father's influence to pull a Karma Houdini, and shows no remorse over it, Adrien's patience with her is finally pushed too far and he threatens to renounce their friendship.
  • Beneath the Mask: Adrien is the "superhero as true self" variant of this trope. As Cat Noir, he's an adventurous, wisecracking Casanova Wannabe. As Adrien, he's a lonely child at the mercy of a neglectful father who forces him to maintain a somber, perfect reputation. Activating his Miraculous' disguise gives Cat the freedom to act in ways that he never could otherwise (although many of Adrien's insecurities definitely carry over).
  • Berserk Button:
    • Hurting Ladybug in anyway. In “Animan”, he’s ready to tear the akumatized villain to shreds when he thinks he killed her.In “Oni-Chan”, he furiously demands a civilian to teleport the titular villain to his location so she can protect Ladybug and let her target Lila, since Lila just lied to separate the duo and has put her in danger.
    • Taking advantage of/hurting his loved ones. Adrien is pretty lenient to people hurting him, so long as it doesn’t harm the people he cares about. As Lila finds out, between getting Nathalie and the Gorilla in trouble with his father, manipulated events to deliberately hurt Kagami, work with multiple villains to kill Ladybug, and framing Marinette to expel her from school out of spite, pisses Adrien off to the point her wants nothing to do with her, and threatens to leave their “friendship” for all of her remorseless tactics.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Adrien is a very sweet and cordial young man. However, he's not afraid to call out anyone, be it Chloé or Ladybug, for their questionable behavior. "Onichan" highlights best why you should NEVER take advantage of his kindness. After Lila smugly worms her way through his private life and deliberately endangers his loved ones and heroic partner, Adrien is very upset with her, threatens to renounce her as a friend if she continues to hurt the people he loves.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: As Cat Noir, he is a wisecracking Pungeon Master who is usually the Butt-Monkey, but don't forget — he is the wielder of one of the two most powerful Miraculouses, and can corrode anything he touches to dust.
  • Big Man on Campus: Adrien is a very popular and kind character in school, loved by almost everyone.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Adrien has to deal with the titular akumatized villain on his birthday in "The Bubbler".
  • Boring, but Practical: While his Cataclysm is most often used in creative ways to turn the battle, it's also very effective at breaking akumatized objects (like Ikari Gozen's enormous metal sword or Frozer's skates) that can't be broken in other ways.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: When he takes up the Ladybug Miraculous as Mister Bug, he borrows Ladybug's usual purification phrases.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Cat is seemingly gunning for the "Most Times Brainwashed by Villains" world record believed to be currently held by one Samantha Simpson.
    • In the episode "Dark Cupid", he turns bad after being hit by one of the Dark Cupid's arrows. He is cured by The Power of Love via a kiss from Ladybug.
    • In "The Puppeteer", the Puppeteer manages to take control of him through his puppet.
    • In "Princess Fragrance", he falls victim to the villain's mind-control perfume.
    • In "Despair Bear", Cat Noir is briefly mind-controlled when the titular akuma grabs onto his leg.
    • In "Zombizou", he is the second-to-last member of the cast to fall under Zombizou's sway.
    • In "Malediktator", the titular akuma made Cat Noir think and act as a literal cat. That backfires on him hard, though.
    • Up To Eleven and above in "Cat Blanc", where he's akumatized in a Bad Future scenario, destroyed Paris, the moon and many others, Ladybug and Hawkmoth included.
  • Broken Ace: He's a popular model with a rich father, well-liked at school, speaks multiple languages, fences, plays basketball, and has tons of fangirls. As Cat Noir, he's loved by the people as a local superhero. However, this comes with a boatload of parental issues and a lonely upbringing.
  • But Not Too Foreign: The last name "Agreste" indicates he's of Italian descent.
  • Butt-Monkey: He tends to be the first one to get comically wounded, thrown around during fights, or subjected to Mind Control (ironically, more often as Cat Noir than as Adrien).
  • Calling the Old Man Out: This is most explicitly shown in "Simon Says", where Adrien (as Cat Noir) calls out his father for not considering his own safety, his stubbornness, and thinking he's above everyone else. Later on, as Adrien, he snarks that there's a lot that Gabriel hasn't noticed about him, ring aside.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Downplayed. He (as Cat Noir) is quite open about his love for Ladybug, but she thinks his flirting is just for fun and he's not serious. He also doesn't push a relationship on her because he respects her wishes of keeping their relationship as professionals and friends.
  • Cat Boy: As Cat Noir, this is the overall theme of his appearance; he magically gains cat-like eyes, but the cat ears and tail are just hair clips and a belt (though they still move as though they were real).
  • Character Development: In the beginning, Adrien wouldn't speak up against Chloé's mean actions because she was his Only Friend during the times he was homeschooled. Eventually, he stops making excuses for her and starts to actively reprimand her behavior. Incidentally, he gains more guts to talk back to his father, even if in sparse moments.
  • Character Tics: Puts his hand behind his head when around his crush, Ladybug.
  • Chick Magnet: He has his fair share of admirers, more so in his civilian alter-ego.
    • Marinette has only eyes for Adrien, becoming easily jealous when another takes an interest in him. And she admits that if "Adrien" wasn't around, she would like Cat Noir.
    • Chloé can't stop flirting with him, even when he makes it clear he only likes her as a friend.
    • Lila was instantly smitten with Adrien and lied about being close with Ladybug and being from a family of superheroes just to get closer to him.
    • Downplayed, but Astruc confirmed that Alya thinks Cat Noir is cute.
    • Both Aurore and Mireille are fans of his and go ga-ga whenever they see him personally or a poster picture of him.
    • After "Riposte" and "Frozer", Kagami pretty much let the door open to him, saying she'll be there when Adrien notice he's going after the "wrong target".
  • Childhood Friend: Chloé was his only friend for years. This is why he initially doesn't call her out on her awfulness.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: As Cat Noir he has no qualms constantly flirting with Ladybug, but always stops when she reminds him of the task at hand.
  • Clark Kenting: Not as overt as Ladybug, given his transformation includes bright green sclerae... but apart from that, it's really just slightly lighter hair in a slightly different style with a Domino Mask.
  • Color Character: Called "Chat Noir" (lit. Black Cat) in the French dub, and his costume is of a black cat.
  • Color Motifs:
    • Black — His main color scheme as Cat Noir and the color can represent power and beauty.
    • Green — His second primary color scheme (present in his transformation energy and the lights on his ring) due to his natural green eyes, that are more pronounced as Cat Noir.
  • The Conscience: He is always there to interrupt Ladybug whenever she goes too far towards the vigilante/selfish/obsessive side of things. Which isn't to say he's always right- sometimes she's angry for a damn good reason- but on balance, his presence makes her a much better superhero.
  • Covert Pervert: Not as Cat Noir, who's open about his interests in Ladybug (i.e., like seeing her in a bikini while grinning flirtatiously, trying to lean in for a kiss, being visibly and vocally excited over there being two Ladybugs, etc.), but as Adrien he keeps his thoughts to himself making him this.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed. While Cat Noir doesn't mind Ladybug hanging around other guys, he doesn't like it when they express interest in her. One particular Villain of the Week was the result of him lying about his relationship with Ladybug out of jealousy.
  • Cultured Badass: He can speak fluent Chinese, fencing is one of his hobbies, and he's a secret superhero.
  • Dance Battler: Like Ladybug, he doesn't stay still in combat. However, he is more prone to act more animalistic; running on all fours at times.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He wears dark clothing in civvie and alter ego forms, but is on Ladybug's side. He also has a set of powers that would normally lend themselves towards being a villain, but fights for good.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Adrien's skin tone has a slight natural tan. It's most noticeable against Cat Noir's black catsuit.
  • Determinator: Best exemplified in "Desperada", where he (as Aspik) tries to save Ladybug's life 25,913 times (which, assuming he went close to the five-minute time limit each time, means he was in the loop for roughly 89 days) before giving up.
  • Deuteragonist: To Ladybug's Protagonist.
  • Didn't Think This Through: As Cat Noir, he has a tendency to jump into action without a plan first. This rarely ends well for him.
  • Distressed Dude: Has been captured and tied up a number of times in the first season.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Despite Ladybug's continued rejection he continues to hope that she'll "fall for [him] one day".
  • Dork Knight: He's a studious, kind-hearted, sweet Ace who genuinely cares about others and literally Jumped at the Call. He's also a dorky, punny cat-boy, who despite being polite and pretty friendly, started the series as a homeschooled kid who had difficulty relating to his peers. He got better after Character Development kicked in.
  • Dramatic Irony: For all his claims that he and Ladybug are soulmates who will naturally gravitate together, he fears that she won't love him if he doesn't pressure her. (Because nobody else ever has.)
  • Dual Wielding: His staff can split in two if needed.
  • Dub Name Change: In the original French version, he is known as "Chat Noir", which is French for "black cat". Most dubs translate his name totally or partially ("Cat Noir" in the English version; "Black Cat" in the Korean version).
  • Dumb Blonde: Downplayed. Adrien has shown to be quite smart, as he gets good grades in school, but is lacking in a few social cues and has tendency to be impulsive on missions as Cat Noir.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: He has an obsessive fanboy, Wayhem, who constantly chases him.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: He keeps a ladybug insect-shaped plushie on his bed.
  • Expressive Accessory: The ears and tail of his Cat Noir costume are nothing but hair clips and a belt, but they sometimes move like an actual cat ears and tail, reflecting his mood.
  • Expy Coexistence: Adrien was made to replace the original concept character for Cat Noir, Felix, who was a more brooding and moodier boy. However, Felix ended up being introduced in Season 3 as Adrien's cousin.
  • Extreme Doormat: His fear of loneliness is such that (before Character Development kicks in) he won't assert himself socially.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs:
    • Word of God has explicitly compared Adrian to Snow White, with his father as the Evil Queen, Natalie as the Huntsman, and Marinette/Ladybug as his "Prince."
    • He also has a lot in common with Disney's Rapunzel, with his blond hair, green eyes, and very restrictive (almost prison-like) home life with an overprotective yet absent parent whom he doesn't yet realize is the villain of his story.
    • "Style Queen Part 1" makes it more explicit; Style Queen turns Adrien to gold and lay him out on a coffin-like bed with a rose in his mouth for Ladybug to find, resembling the iconic image from Disney's Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.
  • False Flag Operation: In "Gorizilla", Adrien manages to pull a similar trick to Gabriel's plan in "The Collector", with Wayhem's help. Gabriel comes dangerously close to discovering that Adrien and Cat Noir are nearly one and the same, only to fail due to Adrien's quick thinking and his own morality. Likewise, Adrien trusts Ladybug enough to throw himself off the top of a skyscraper because she asked, trusting that she'll save him without him having to reveal his identity.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: In the English dub, Ladybug notes that he has his mother's eyes.
  • Fashion Model: He models for his father's line.
  • Fatal Flaw: Sloth. Adrien's learned helplessness fucks him over a lot, usually by letting an already embarrassing scene worsen ("The Puppeteer 2") or by indirectly enabling the bullying of his loved ones ("Ladybug"). In that way, being Chat Noir has stunted his growth, because he internalized the idea that he needs magic to take action.
  • Flexing Those Non-Biceps: As Cat Noir, he tries to show off his non-existent musculature to Marinette and Lady Wifi. They are not impressed.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses. He usually presents red roses to Ladybug as a symbol of his love.
  • Forbidden Fruit: Although he is not the trope, his Cataclysm power evokes the imagery of the "untouchable beauty" and whoever he dates, his father intends to always be controlling him.
  • Friendless Background: He states that before he started going to Marinette's school, he didn't have any friends (though he has known Chloé for a while).
  • Freudian Excuse: All Adrien's flaws- his inability to assert himself, possessiveness towards Ladybug, lack of foresight- all stem from his isolated and controlled upbringing.
  • Fun Personified: Chat Noir comes across as this to Ladybug so successfully that she's surprised every time he "breaks character". Every. Single. Time.

  • Genre Savvy: He believes that a beautiful girl falling out of the sky and fighting supervillains alongside him is the universe's way of telling him she's his soulmate. He's not wrong.
  • Gilded Cage: He felt this way about his life before he became Cat Noir, going so far as to run off so he could meet other kids.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: He believes strongly that all people can be reasoned with and met on diplomatic grounds. Sometimes this works, and the person is genuinely misguided (for example, Marinette). Sometimes they want nothing less than total control, and talking only gives them opportunities to hurt him more (for example, Lila).
    • Though averted with supervillains or otherwise geniunely evil people. The one time Hawk Moth tried to "reason" with the heroes he wasn't having any of it, while Ladybug on the other hand did briefly try to hear him out. Likewise once he gets a good look at just how geniuely malicious Lila could be he became much more hostile and untrusting to her.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: He unsuccessfully tries to invoke this in "Loveater". Ladybug's approval convinces him to try dating someone else for real.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He is blond and extremely kindhearted.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Cat Noir's outfit is essentially a leather catsuit (no pun intended).
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Zigzagged. Adrien takes fencing classes and is talented in it, but doesn't use a sword weapon in battle. However, he does incorporate his fencing skills into combat.
  • Heroic BSoD: In "Cat Blanc", after finding out that his mother is comatose and that Hawk Moth is his father all along, he becomes incredibly furious, hurt and devastated about these revelations, and gets akumatized as a consequence. As Cat Blanc, he manages to resist Hawk Moth's control for a moment, but unfortunately, the trauma becomes so great it overloads his Cataclysm, reducing Paris into a flooded wasteland and all the citizens (Ladybug and Hawk Moth included) are turned into lifeless statues. After that, he still remains in his akumatized self all alone in the ruins of Paris, suffering from severe mental instability because of his despair, pain and guilt for his actions. Fortunately, he gets better thanks to the past Ladybug.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He is Nino's best friend. They enjoy hanging out with each other, and they sit together in class. This is to the point that Nino actually goes to Adrien's father in hopes of getting him to allow Adrien a birthday party, and becoming visibly upset when he fails. Keep in mind that Nino is usually pretty laid back.
  • Homeschooled Kids: He only began attending middle school at the start of the current school year, and initially has trouble making new friends because of his association with Chloé; not helped by the fact that other episodes (eg. "Reflekta") imply that the kids in that college have known each other for years. And unlike the stereotypical example of being socially awkward, Adrien is pretty friendly, if a bit reserved. However, the Origins episodes reveal that he clearly didn't know how to act around kids his age and had difficulty understanding how classroom etiquette worked.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Adrien smugly lies to Théo about his and Ladybug's relationship and refuses to accept his part in Théo's akumatization. However, he threatens to end his friendship with Chloé for lying in "Despair Bear" and not accepting responsibility for her actions.
    • He is notably uncomfortable whenever Chloé glomps or attempts to kiss him, something that he tries to politely say to her. However, he constantly does this, especially the latter, to Ladybug even though she shows hardly any interest. And even after seemingly accepting Ladybug's rejection, he still continues to flirt with her despite knowing she likes someone.
    • In "Glaciator", Adrien is mad at Ladybug for seemingly playing with his feelings, even though she stated she had earlier plans in the episode. However, Adrien himself is a Master of the Mixed Message, which is best shown in "Frozer".
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: Drops this line in "Reflekdoll" when he gets to purify an akuma as Mister Bug.
  • Iconic Outfit: Adrien's black catsuit he wears as Cat Noir.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: As Cat Noir, he is playful, emotionally expressive, and bold to a fault...because he's overcompensating for the stress of his normal life, in which he can't be any of those things.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: His loneliness is rooted in his mysterious Missing Mom, emotionally distant father, lack of friends during his childhood sans one, and being homeschooled for most of his life. Word of God also stated that the bell on Cat Noir's suit is a reference to a domestic kitten, conveying his inner desire for a loving home.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Adrien dreams of making friends at school, even though he doesn't get off to a good start with his classmates due to his friendship with Chloé.
  • Innate Night Vision: He gains night vision when he transforms into Cat Noir. Which makes sense, as most cats have better night vision than day vision, and are known for being able to see in the dark comparatively well relative to humans.
  • Insane Equals Violent: As Cat Blanc, after one hell of a Trauma Conga Line, the guilt of his actions of destroying Paris and ending up being isolated alone by himself in the ruins of Paris without help from anyone, he became deranged to the point his mood is constantly changing. At his manic mood swings stated, his fighting style become more aggressive and it is shown that he can freely use any variation of his Cataclysm depending on his will or his mood. Unlike when he as Cat Noir, he always careful when using Cataclysm by avoid it to not hit any living being.
  • Instant Flight: Just Add Spinning!: Cat Noir's staff can work like that to keep him in the air for a few seconds or ensure a safe landing.
  • Ironic Name: Adrien's surname, Agreste, means "rustic," which in no way describes his wealthy lifestyle.
  • Jumped at the Call: Is so eager to become a superhero that he transforms into Cat Noir for the first time before he had learned how his powers work.
  • Keet: As Cat Noir, he has boundless energy and optimism, as well as a very fun-loving jokester personality.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Downplayed. The creators mention that the reason it's hard to akumatize Adrien is because he's used to disappointment.
  • The Lancer: To Marinette/Ladybug. His sheltered upbringing by distant parents (primarily his father) contrasts Marinette's friendless, but relatively free childhood by loving and fair parents. As civilians, he's quiet and reserved unlike Marinette's energetic and friendly nature; as superheroes, their roles switch to a degree with Cat Noir having a cocky and playful demeanor to Ladybug's straightforward and professional attitude. Also, either as Adrien or Cat Noir, he's not afraid to call out Ladybug when she does something he doesn't agree with. As for their Miraculouses, they are owners of the two most powerful, but he tends to follow her lead in battle.
  • Large Ham: As Cat Noir, he's a lot more flamboyant and chatty. He also makes the occasional cat pun.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Whenever a new Villain of the Week shows up, Cat Noir doesn't waste any time in jumping into battle, which usually backfires.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • According to Gabriel, Emilie was stubborn and headstrong when it came to other people's safety, similarly to Adrien.
    • Like his father, Adrien is a popular Paris citizen thanks to fashion (Gabriel being a designer, Adrien a model), but both tend to have a Sugar-and-Ice Personality (although, Adrien is more sugar while Gabriel leans more to ice). However, both become more flamboyant, emotional, punny in their Miraculous alter-egos. On a darker note, both also have a selfish kind of love — Gabriel micromanaging his son's life to keep him from danger and endangering citizens to bring his wife back; Adrien, while nowhere near his father's level, has shown to be entitled to Ladybug, often acting bitter whenever she doesn't respond to his advances, as well as often putting his own feelings for her above hers and doing his job as a hero.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Like Marinette, he always wears the same outfit. It consists of a white button-down shirt with an upturned collar, a black shirt with five horizontal stripes around the chest which are colored (from top to bottom — yellow, olive green, bright green, dark green, and periwinkle), blue jeans, orange sneakers with white laces and a logo of a black butterfly in a circle on the sides, and his Miraculous ring.
  • Little Bit Beastly: As Cat Noir, his eyes are shaped to resemble a cat's.
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
    • Adrien is this to his father, and it's justified given that Adrien's mother (who is implied to be this to Gabriel as well) mysteriously disappeared and Gabriel is obviously afraid of something coming to harm his only child. This is also deconstructed given that Gabriel's way of keeping Adrien safe is to be a complete Control Freak over his son's life, and the situation was even worse in the Origins episodes.
    • Ladybug is not this trope to Adrien, but during his more panicky moments, he tends to forget that he has other friends (such as Nino and Plagg) who support him.
    • Occasionally, Cat Noir is this to Ladybug, though. In moments where she's almost entering in Heroic BSoD, he encourages her to not give up. It's very rare, considering their usual banter, but in her moments of self-doubt, Ladybug remembers Cat Noir is always there for her.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Unlike Ladybug, he is unaware of the significance of the Miraculous book his father has, does not know Rena Rouge's identity, and hasn't met Master Fu yet. By Syren, he is so fed up with Ladybug's secrets, he tries to bribe Plagg into telling him. By the end of the episode, however, Master Fu reveals himself to Adrien, finally bringing him into the loop. However, he still doesn't know Rena Rouge's or Carapace's identities, still has yet to meet other kwamis personally and has no idea his dad is Hawk Moth.
    • Averted on season 3's finale, where the identities of Hawk Moth, Mayura and Ladybug are the only ones he doesn't know by now.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: He's quite popular at school, but his home life is horrible: his father is extremely strict and distant, his mother is nowhere to be found (to be more exact, went missing according to Adrien's webisode), and Nathalie, his father's assistant and the person Adrien interacts the most with while he's at home, is also quite cold.
  • Lovable Jock: He fences and plays basketball, but is a Nice Guy.
  • Love at First Sight: Didn't happen, but due to mask-related misunderstandings and Adrien's love of romantic clichés, he thinks it did. Astruc explicitly compares him to a Disney princess.
  • Love Epiphany: Adrien fell for Ladybug while they were dealing with Stoneheart. They successfully defeated him, but Ladybug forgot to purify the akuma, causing more Stonehearts to appear. When she went to take care of the problem, Hawk Moth attempted to break her spirit, but she stayed strong, telling him point-blank she's not afraid of him and he will be defeated. And after she performed a spectacular display of saving Ivan and Mylène, he fell for her right then and there.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Adrien readily agreed to wield the Snake Miraculous for a chance to impress Ladybug, even though he already has a Miraculous and would be more useful as Chat Noir. Even Plagg says he shouldn't do it. It takes him failing to save Ladybug over 25,000 times before he takes off the Miraculous and admits it was a mistake.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Downplayed. Adrien is nothing but sweet and respectful towards Ladybug, and is a nice person in general. However, when Théo expressed a romantic interest in her, Adrien as Cat Noir smugly lies about the context of his and Ladybug's relationship in order to get Théo to drop his romantic pursuit, causing Théo's akumatization into Copycat. Also, when asked by Ladybug what happened, he blames it on her and when Plagg calls him out on it, Adrien casually shrugs it off. This is one of the few times he's been very close to being a jerkass.

  • Make Them Rot: His Cataclysm technique causes whatever he touches to decay. Being a hero, this is used on non-living things only, although he does ponder what would happen while Brainwashed and Crazy in "Dark Cupid".
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Plenty of Adrien's interactions with Marinette are firmly in Ship Tease territory, yet he has insisted that Marinette is Just Friends. Cat Noir actually inverts the trope by being overly-romantic towards Ladybug, but having such a jokey, over the top, and overly flirtatious personality means that Ladybug doesn't take his advancements seriously.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Cat Noir, which is French for black cat, has bad luck based powers.
    • "Adrien" is the French form of the name Adrian, which can mean "the dark one".
  • Momma's Boy: Implied. Adrien mentioned his father was always stiff and cold even before his mother's disappearance, but any time Adrien is thinking about his mother, it's with fondness and love. This may mean that Adrien had a closer relationship with his mother than his father.
  • Morality Pet: Adrien is this to some extent to Chloé. He is the only person who she is never — at least intentionally — mean to.
  • More Hero Than Thou: Ladybug's life takes priority over his own. There is no doubt in Adrien's mind about this. Which is semi-justified, because she's the only one whose magic includes a Reset Button, but probably also stems from his own self-hatred.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Adrien is very cute, and so is Cat Noir (adding in a skin-tight leather catsuit). As a model, there are plenty of pictures of him looking cute.
  • Never My Fault: Zigzagged. Adrien admits to his mistake of not stopping the Bubbler sooner, but doesn't own up to being the one responsible for the akumatization of Théo into Copycat.
  • Nice Guy: Adrien is very friendly and helpful towards his classmates.
  • No Social Skills: Downplayed. Adrien is aware of social etiquette, but as the Origin episodes showed, he didn't know how to act around other kids his age, since his Only Friend for most of his life was Chloé. As Chat, it becomes more noticeable as the newfound freedom tends to cause him say whatever he's thinking without taking into account how it's making others feel like with his flirting with Ladybug or him lying to Theo to break his heart despite apparently hating liars.
  • Not Good with Rejection: As detailed under his Entitled to Have You section, Adrien has problems dealing with Ladybug rejecting his advances, often giving her undeserved coldness.
  • No Sparks: He really enjoys Kagami's company, and dates her for that reason, but he doesn't want to kiss her. Particularly notable given how he usually is.
  • Oblivious to Love: Infamously, he somehow manages to miss every indication of Marinette's massive crush on him, even when she accidentally says as much to him. In "Stormy Weather 2", it's hinted that Adrien is close to figuring it out, but is held back from fully believing it by his low self-esteem and his social cluelessness leading him to believe Marinette's constant denials.
  • One Head Taller: Adrien is a head taller than Marinette.
  • One-Hit Kill: As Cat Noir, his Cataclysm can cause something to instantly rot and destroy. Subverted when Miraculer steals this power and uses it on him, it just causes immense pain all over his body, but otherwise he's left unharmed.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • He's normally a pretty chill Pungeon Master, but put his father in danger and he reboots into seek-and-destroy mode. Notable examples include "Simon Says", who targets his father after a snub, and "The Collector", who is his father.
    • He usually does his Handshake Substitute with Ladybug as Cat Noir after they defeat an akuma, but whenever he doesn't do it, it's because he's genuinely worried about something else. Either the thought of Ladybug dead ("Animan"), or because he doesn't agree with her attitude ("Antibug") or his father being deakumatized ("The Collector").
    • "Glaciator" shows that by interactions with both his crush's identities: While Marinette witnesses a Cat Noir more kind and heartbroken because his lady didn't appear to see the surprise he prepared, Ladybug is stunned by his initial bitter behavior for the same reason.
    • Frustrated by Ladybug's secrets in "Syren", Adrien threatens to throw away his ring if Plagg doesn't spill. Given how much he loves the freedom that being Cat Noir allows him, this shows a lot.
    • In "Frozer", he's bitter again after Ladybug's second rejection and tries to keep the things in a professional level. He even suggests the best way to deal with a villain whose powers they don't know entirely is wait and observe...that coming from the guy who's usually jumping to the action without a second thought.
  • Overly Long Name: "Chat Blanc" reveals that Adrien has five middle names.
  • Papa Wolf: Inverted. In "Simon Says", when the titular akumatized villain goes after his father, Adrien drops his usual cavalier attitude as Cat Noir, fiercely attacks against the akuma's hypnotized cronies, and yells at his stubborn father to listen to someone else for once and get to safety.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Downplayed. Adrien's Cat Noir disguise gives him a likewise small mask, but also significantly changes his hairstyle and transforms his eyes into green cat ones, making it much harder for someone to guess his true identity. Lampshaded by Alya more than once, who points out that if you put Adrien in a black suit, mask, and cat ears, he looks kind of similar to Chat Noir. Marinette, who likes Adrien but not Chat Noir, denies the resemblance.
  • Parental Title Characterization: In the French dub, he addresses his father using the formal form of "you", which is normally used for strangers. This shows just how distant the two are.
  • Pretty Boy: Adrien is very slender with fine facial features. He's even a model!
  • Prophetic Names: Adrien means "The Dark one," yet there's nothing dark about him as a green-eyed, Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold Pretty Boy, unless one takes into account his troubled home life (which the webisodes confirm happened recently, after his mom disappeared) or his stint as Chat Noir, which his parents very much couldn't have known when he was born.
  • Pungeon Master: In the English and French version, he's fond of injecting (mainly) cat puns in his dialogue as Cat Noir. Unfortunately, they're pretty terrible. This might be because he doesn't exactly have a lot of practice telling jokes, as his father and father's assistant are distant, and he has few friends. Besides which, he doesn't exactly have a very large span of time to practice, what with spending maybe 15 minutes as Cat Noir a day, and making maybe 5 puns during that time. Of course, he might be making the puns bad on purpose around the villains to rile them up too, which likely doesn't help.
  • Race Fetish: All of the girls Adrien has shown attraction to are of at least partially Asian ancestry. Of course, he has no idea that two of them are actually the same girl.
  • Rare Male Example: Of both a Cat Girl and a Magical Girl Warrior.
  • Reality Bleed: His largest-scale Cataclysm-usage? Destroying an entire Prison Dimension to free all of the Victims of the Week in "Pixelator".
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
    • In "Lady Wifi", he makes several flirtatious remarks which (unbeknownst to him) are actually entirely true — if only because he's in a romance story.
      "Without this mask, you wouldn't be able to resist me."
      "You think we might know each other in real life?"
    • In "Dark Cupid", he assumed the unsigned letter he received came from Ladybug because a ladybug landed on it while he read it. It actually came from Marinette.
  • Running on All Fours: He is based on a cat, after all.

  • Save Scumming: As Aspik, he possessed the ability to rewind time by up to five minutes after a specific point, keeping his memories of what he'd done the other times.
  • Second Super-Identity: In "Desperada", Adrien briefly wields the Snake Miraculous and becomes Aspik (hiding the fact that he's Chat Noir). He eventually gives up and suggests that Luka take his place.
  • Secret Identity Identity: Supplementary material, as well as evidence in the show itself, indicates that Adrien views Chat Noir as his true self. That being said, the case is less severe than certain other examples of this trope; Chat Noir isn't so much a different person from Adrien Agreste, as he is Adrien with less of a verbal filter (manifesting in both positive and negative ways) and less need to live up to Gabriel's crushing expectations. The difference comes down more to Adrien's self-confidence issues than being Lost in Character.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • As Adrien, he is the one who suggests Luka wield the Snake Miraculous and is aware of his identity as Viperion. He has to play dumb as Cat Noir, though.
    • As Cat Noir, he is aware of Marinette's identity as Multimouse (as a ploy on her part to prevent him from finding out she's also Ladybug).
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: His jealousy is less malicious than Marinette's, but more persistent: he constantly encourages others, like Nadja, to pressure her into a relationship she doesn't want. (He doesn't feel guilt about hurting his perceived 'rivals', either.) After season 2, in which Ladybug shut him down twice, he seems to be growing away from this flaw.
  • Sexy Cat Person: A cat-themed hero who is hot enough to be a male model and very flirtatious.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Adrien was born into a wealthy family, but due to his father's overprotectiveness, Adrien wasn't allowed to go to public school until recently.
  • Shipper on Deck: Adrien was all for helping Nino get together with Marinette.
    • In-Universe, according to Silencer, even if Ladybug keep rejecting him, pretty much the whole Paris cheers for Cat Noir's success, some day.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He has never seriously considered anyone who isn't Ladybug or doesn't look a lot like her.
  • Skewed Priorities: During "Dark Cupid", he's more focused on confessing to Ladybug than fighting the villain.
  • Small Steps Hero: Adrien is the type of person who tries to do immediate good without thinking of future consequences.
    • Choosing to help Master Fu in "Origins Part 1" nearly costs him his chance to go to school.
    • Many times Chat Noir chose protecting the civilians instead of fighting the akuma, which resulted in him losing his weapon or getting captured. However considering what would have happened if he hadn't, this is a good thing.
    • Choosing to save Gabriel Agreste instead of fighting Simon Says could have cost him and Ladybug the battle if she didn't talk him out of it.
    • Preventing Marinette from exposing Lila as a liar near the end of "Chameleon" is meant to prevent a confrontation or a potential reakumatization but it comes with long-term consequences since Lila is still manipulating his classmates and attempting to turn them on Marinette and (even if Adrien doesn't know it) Lila has chosen to willingly work with Hawk Moth, so she'll be reakumatized anyways.
  • 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.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In contrast to Marinette's Complexity Addiction, Adrien will generally take simpler approaches, as himself or as Cat Noir. He's generally more thoughtful as himself, though. By simple logic, he correctly deduced Marinette is Ladybug at least two times before she comes with some zany scheme to mislead him.
  • Stepford Smiler: Adrien is affable on the surface, but feels very restricted in his everyday life. Therefore when he's Cat Noir, he can freely do and say what he wants since his Dad can't hassle him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: According to pictures shown in "Simon Says," Adrien is the spitting image of his mother, which is proven when a picture of the two together is seen. The less noticeable traits he inherited from his father are skin complexion and eye shape.
  • Stupid Good: His treatment of Lila at the beginning of season 3. He refuses to put his foot down in the face of her lies out of the blind belief that she will reform of her own volition despite all evidence pointing to the contrary. However, she finally pushes his patience too far in "Onichan" when she gets Nathalie and the Gorilla in trouble and conspires with an akuma to get Ladybug hurt.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Due to his strict upbringing, Adrien is obedient, serious, and slightly reserved. He's still a sweet person and shows a more relaxed side to those he's close to. His "sugar" side becomes more apparent as Cat Noir — becoming an energetic, cocky Casanova Wannabe with a habit of making terrible puns.
  • Super Senses: His cat ears enhance his hearing, enabling him to detect enemies from afar.
  • Taking the Bullet: Has taken five akuma curses meant for Ladybug: from Timebreaker, Dark Cupid, Reflekta (after he had already been hit), Zombizou, and Chameleon.
  • Teen Idol: He's a popular model.
  • Telescoping Staff: His primary weapon is a staff which can extend to seemingly any length.
  • Time Rewind Mechanic: As Aspik, he had the ability "Second Chance", allowing him to rewind time by up to five minutes to the point where he invoked the power, keeping his memories in the process.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: As Adrien, he has a less than warm domestic life, and as Cat Noir, he fails to woo the girl of his dreams AND he's a notorious butt-monkey. But some episodes give him a break, like having bonding time with his father and friends or managing to kiss Ladybug (even if he doesn't remember both times that happened). Add to that the fact he has at least two episodes per season that give more focus to him than to the title heroine.
  • Touch of Death: His Cataclysm power would be this if used against a living target. Fortunately for the show's rating, he doesn't use his power in that way, at least while in his right mind.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Both Marinette and Chloé note that he likes passion fruit.
  • Transformation Trinket: Cat Noir's ring.
  • Tranquil Fury: In "Ladybug", he calmly talks with Lila about her getting Marinette expelled from school and he gives an ultimatum: make up a new lie to get Marinette back in school, or he cuts her off for good.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Downplayed. While Adrien is a Pretty Boy Chick Magnet with a genuine kind heart, he also a troubling relationship with his father, a Missing Mom (with the implication he was closer to her), self-esteem issues, and even borderline entitlement problems in regards to his relationship with Ladybug.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: He and his cousin Félix look almost exactly alike, aside from their hairstyles and outfits. Félix, simply by changing his clothes and hair, manages to look exactly like Adrien.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's sacrificed himself for Ladybug several times.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • His decision to run away from home is the indirect cause of Santa Claus being akumatized during the Christmas Episode, as it leads Ladybug to assume the helpful Santa has kidnapped him.
    • In "Timetagger", a villain named "Monsieur Rat" is named as a member of Ladybug and Cat Noir's future Rogues Gallery. At the end of the episode, after defeating Mr. Pigeon for the umpteenth time, Cat suggests that Mr. Ramier find a different animal to obsess over so that he doesn't get akumatized so often. After he leaves, Ramier spots a rat...
  • Uptown Guy: Downplayed. While Adrien may have been born into a significantly wealthier family, Marinette isn't poor whatsoever, just from a middle-class family.
  • Weapon of Choice: His staff.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In one of his webisodes, Adrien admits that he doesn't particularly enjoy modelling, but does it because he wants to make his father happy.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In "The Bubbler", he decides to wait on stopping the titled villain because he can finally have a birthday party with his friends. But after seeing the dejected looks on his friends' faces from being forced to have fun by the Bubbler and seeing Ladybug come to stop the said villain, Adrien admonishes himself for being so foolish before transforming as Cat Noir.
    • In "Copycat", Plagg calls out Adrien for his jealousy of Théo for liking Ladybug, going so far as to lie about the nature of their relationship. Too bad, Adrien thinks it wasn't his fault.
    • In "Frozer," Plagg calls Adrien out for how leading Kagami and Marinette on.
      Plagg: You're supposed to be in love with Ladybug, now you're ditching Kagami for Marinette?
  • White Sheep: As of season three, every member of the Agreste family aside from Adrien and possibly his mother has been malicious - Gabriel is secretly Hawk Moth, and Amelie and Félix are both jerkasses and thieves.
  • The Worf Effect: Tends to get flung around, subjected to Mind Control, or otherwise incapacitated a lot due to his tendency to jump into battle without having a plan first.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no qualms over attacking females who have been akumatized. The fact that akumatized people seem to be more of their possessing butterfly-demon than the original person most of the time might have something to do with it.

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