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"On Sunday, Marinette discovered who her arch nemesis really was. On Monday, she made Adrien’s father a deal."

Marinette and Adrien have been heroes for four years. Graduation and college are right around the corner for Paris' heroes, while Marinette and Adrien are in the beginnings of a relationship, but sadly, no end to the war against Hawk Moth is in sight. That changes when Ladybug accidentally discovers the true identity of her Arch-Enemy, leaving her with a choice she never expected to face: expose him then and there, potentially ruining Adrien's life... or give him what he wants in return for an end to the conflict?


Ladybug chooses the latter.

What follows is a downward spiral, as Ladybug and Chat Noir find themselves at cross purposes for the first time in their careers, resulting in an ever growing conflict that threatens to bring drag both heroes down, and all of Paris with them...

Truth and Consequences is a Miraculous Ladybug Fan Fic by siderealSandman, and is ongoing.

Truth And Consequences contains examples if:

  • Accidental Pun:
    Carapace: [fighting skeleton enemies] Hey numbskulls! I got a bone to pick with you...ahhh man, even Chat Noir would have groaned at that...
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: According to Thomas Astruc, canon Sarutobi Sasuke wielded the Monkey Miraculous. Here he's a Cat.
  • Amicable Exes: Prior to the story, Marinette was involved with Luka, and Adrien with Kagami. Both relationships have since ended, but both remain on friendly terms.
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  • Anachronic Order: Starting with Chapter 30, the fic bounces between the In Medias Res opening and the final leadup to How We Got Here.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Lampshaded. When Kagami (who at this point is working with Adrien) learns from Master He that she believes Hawk Moth is a warlock, she initially finds the idea ridiculous. Adrien sets her straight:
    Adrien: A thumb-sized talking cat powered by stinky cheese lives in my ring and gives me unfathomable powers of destruction, and you’re having trouble buying the fact that Hawkmoth might have gone to Beauxbatons?
  • Arc Words:
    Ladybug: I (We) can fix this.
  • Badass Boast:
    Gamemaster: But is it really a good idea to discuss battle strategy in front of your enemies?
    Master Crane: It is if you know there's nothing your enemy can do to stop you.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Right as Gamemaster is about to capture Kagami, Chat Noir shows up with the fully mastered Fang at his side.
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  • Black Speech: When Adrien finds out that Nathalie was actively aiding and abetting Hawk Moth the entire time, he utters a warped "L̶͎̖͈̖͕͔̭̰̅̅͑̃̑͑̂͠ȩ̷̪̥̬͇̖͉͉̠͂͋̓̚a̴̧̠͑͒̓͒̃̃̈́͑͊͘v̸̡̛͍̩̺̠̆̏͒̇̇͒̿̃̏͂͜ẻ̵̢̡̧͔̘̹͆̚͠ ̵"
  • Butt-Monkey: Mayura. Chat Noir effortlessly flings him around every time they fight, Kagami feigns not knowing who he is the first time they meet, Team Paris is put off by his slavish devotion to Ladybug, and at Mayor Bourgeois' gala Adrien deliberately gets his name wrong and wonders why he's Team Ladybug's new leading man when Carapace should have gotten the title by virtue of seniority. All of this contributes to the festering anger in Luka stoked by the creature in his Miraculous.
  • Broken Pedestal: Several.
    • Ladybug to Chat. While she's convinced that this is just a feud and that eventually they'll both be friends again, Chat holds almost no affection her any longer and is more than willing to take her down if she continues to stand with Hawk Moth.
    • Chat expresses the sentiment that he's not going to be calling Fu "Master" for much longer after finding out how badly his training was neglected.
    • Alya, Nino, and Chloé become increasingly disillusioned and mistrustful of Ladybug as her behavior becomes overbearing and it becomes more obvious that she's lying to them.
    • After being tricked into thinking Chat Noir is a traitor, the Parisians tear down the statue of him they'd erected.
    • Obviously, Marinette doesn't hold Gabriel in high esteem anymore after learning he's Hawk Moth.
  • Cliché Storm: In-Universe, Chat has this reaction to Gamemaster kidnapping Kagami and using her as collateral for his Miraculous. Pointing out how overused this plotline is goads him into releasing her.
  • Convenient Coma: Almost literally, since Master Fu is the only one who knows the identities of both Ladybug and Chat Noir; however, his health fails him early in the story, leaving him unconscious and thus unable to help defuse the situation.
  • Cool Sword: Fang, a sword of destruction wielded by Sarutobi Sasuke, fueled by the Power Of Hate and created by the Ladybug and Black Cat Miraculous being used together.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Mayura and Chat Noir, to the surprise of exactly nobody; not only is the Black Cat Miraculous acknowledged as stronger than the Peacock, but Chat has four years of experience as a superhero, while Mayura has been at it for a few days.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Wielding the Ladybug and Black Cat Miraculous simultaneously would, in theory, grant any wish their wielder desires. In practice, it requires an incredibly strong will, and perfect spiritual balance. Only one person has ever successfully pulled it off, with the consequences of the failures ranging from turning the wielder's hair orange, to transforming them into a potted plant, to Ret Goning an entire civilization. Marinette is convinced she can pull it off; everyone else, not so much.
  • Damsel in Distress: Gamemaster kidnaps Kagami and demands Chat's Miraculous. He gets out of it by pointing out how cliche this plotline is, causing Gamemaster to release her.
  • Darkest Hour: The In Medias Res prologue. The Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses are destroyed, Hawk Moth is dead, everyone has turned on Marinette, and the fact that Adrien and Luka are still alive is described as a miracle.
  • Dating Catwoman: An example neither party is aware of; Adrien is dating Marinette, unaware that she is Ladybug and has betrayed Paris out of a twisted desire to protect him.
  • Demonic Possession: In Chapter 34, the monster inside the Peacock Miraculous fully possesses Mayura and forces him to kidnap Kagami.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Master Fu, the only one who could reliably defuse the conflict between Ladybug and Chat Noir (or failing that, reveal Ladybug's identity and be done with it), falls into a coma early in the story.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Hawk Moth sends an akuma in order to quietly kidnap Kagami. Unfortunately for him, akuma are terrible at being quiet and he gave this one the power to summon endless hordes of monsters.
  • Disappointed in You: Tikki towards Marinette, for obvious reasons.
  • Dramatic Irony: Chat tells Ladybug that he wouldn't care if Hawk Moth's family got hurt as a result of him being caught. He is unaware that he himself is Hawk Moth's son.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: At one point, Gabriel is shown chugging vodka and lamenting how low he's sunk in order to save Emilie.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Zig Zagged, but actually seems to be leaning towards being defied as time goes on: Marinette's motivation is that she feels she has, and would like nothing better than to retire, become a fashion designer, and pursue her relationship with Adrien... something she feels would be threatened by the revelation of Gabriel's identity. Tikki, however, points out that it simply doesn't work like that. Being a hero does not guarantee a Happy Ending, and it certainly doesn't make her entitled to one. Gabriel even uses part of this-her dream of becoming a fashion designer-to manipulate her into leaving Paris for a weekend so he can kidnap Kagami.
  • Eagleland: Stigma, the American mercenaries Mayor Andre hires to bring in Chat Noir, are a definite case of the Boorish; gun-toting thugs who do more to rough up the citizenry than anything useful, and flee in terror when an actual Akuma shows up.
    Mayura: And here I thought Americans with guns were the answer to all life's problems.
  • Every Man Has His Price:
    • Defied by Ladybug. During their initial meeting, Gabriel briefly considers buying her Miraculous off of her, but her Death Glare shuts that offer down before he's even finished taking out his checkbook.
    • When Hawk Moth launches an attack on Paris through Gamemaster, Chloe is able to board a sold out train to Paris by bribing a couple of American tourists for their tickets.
  • Evil Mentor: Tikki outright refers to Hawk Moth as Marinette's "new master" at one point. Marinette vehemently denies it, but several of their interactions give the impression of a lesson from a teacher to their student, such as his explaining why making Chat into a Hero with Bad Publicity works to their advantage.
  • Face/Heel Double-Turn: For most of the story, Ladybug is the villain working with Hawk Moth to protect Adrien while Chat Noir opposes her for the sake of justice. In Chapter 33, Ladybug has a Heel Realization and extends an olive branch to Chat, but in Chapter 34 a badly timed case of Demonic Possession leads Chat to swear revenge on Hawk Moth's son just to hurt her, and Ladybug ends up the more sympathetic and heroic party in the ensuing fight.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The story begins with Ladybug turning to Hawk Moth's side in order to protect Adrien from the fallout should it get out that Gabriel Agreste is a supervillain.
  • Flanderization: A justified example. As the fic progresses and the monster in the Peacock Miraculous exerts its influence, Luka's crush on Marinette warps into fanatical devotion.
  • Flash Back Echo: Ladybug and Chat Noir's first real fight as enemies is intercut with flashbacks to their first sparring session after they defeated Stoneheart.
  • Flipping the Bird: Plagg flips off Ladybug when he confronts her in Chapter 27.
  • Geas: The kwami are magically bound to certain rules, including their promise to Master Fu not to reveal Ladybug and Chat Noir's identities, even to each other. They can't consciously do anything that might lead to anyone learning a Miraculous holder's identity. Tikki outright refers to it as a geas in Chapter 14.
  • Generation Xerox: Gabriel's story of his and Emilie's youth is a mirror for Marinette and Adrien's own, with Emilie as the wealthy child celebrity with a controlling father and Gabriel as the wannabe fashion designer too nervous to talk to her. And there's the whole Love Makes You Evil thing...
  • Get Out!: Adrien's response after learning that Nathalie was knowingly serving Hawk Moth.
  • Healing Hands: After realizing that Plagg is teaching Chat to access more of his powers, Tikki (reluctantly) teaches Marinette how to use her powers like this, if only to keep her safe.
  • Heel Realization:
    • Marinette has one late in Chapter 18, but instead of turning back from the path she's on, she doubles down on her actions. It ultimately proves temporary, as subsequent chapters reveal she's gone back to her previous mindset that she's the one who's thinking about the greater good.
    • Marinette has another one at the end of Chapter 33 in the aftermath of Hawk Moth's attack on Paris. This time, she actually swallows her pride and asks Chat to work together one last time.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Ladybug invokes this on Chat by convincing Paris that he's the one who turned traitor, forcing him on the defensive.
  • Hope Spot: Chapter 34. Ladybug has had a full Heel Realization and successfully convinces Chat Noir to put aside their animosity and take down Hawk Moth once and for all. Then the creature in Mayura's Miraculous completely possesses him and abducts Kagami, leading Chat Noir to conclude Ladybug was leading him on, and he completely loses his shit and swears revenge on Hawk Moth's innocent son.
  • How We Got Here: The prologue shows a confrontation between Marinette and Adrien; their Miraculouses are apparently destroyed, and all that's left of Hawk Moth is a crater. The fic then rewinds three months to the main story.
  • Hypocrite: Many of Ladybug's assaults on Chat's character (particularly his "refusal" to bite the bullet in order to stop Hawk Moth) can apply truly, or at best equally, to her.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Fang is sharpest in the moment it is drawn from its sheath.
  • Ignored Epiphany: After framing Chat and failing to capture him during his furious confrontation with her, Marinette briefly realizes that her motivations for aiding Hawk Moth are ultimately selfish, but doesn't reflect very long on this and ultimately goes back into denial and convinces herself that she's the true good guy in all of this.
  • It's All About Me: Ladybug's reason for helping Hawk Moth ultimately boils down to her wanting Adrien for herself.
  • Madness Mantra: Mayura gets hit with this twice.
    • When confronted with extremely damning evidence that Ladybug has been working with Hawk Moth, Mayura's head starts ranting "Marinette doesn’t lie; Marinette is never wrong."
    • When demanding that Alya take down the Ladyblog article that questions Ladybug's integrity, he rants "TAKE IT DOWN". 55 times.
  • Missing Time: Being Akumatised is described like this; a big blank space in a person's memory. Luka gradually begins experiencing the same thing, which is what tips him off that there is something very wrong with his Miraculous.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the In Medias Res prologue and its aftermath, Marinette is horrified at what her actions have led to.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong:
    • Mayura slowly degenerates into a fanatical sycophant who is slavishly devoted to Ladybug in spite of any and all evidence she isn't on the level, caused by the creature possessing his Miraculous.
    • The Stigma mercenaries hired by Mayor Bourgeois insist on arresting Chat despite damning evidence of his innocence and an active akuma attack.
  • Never My Fault: Ladybug in spades. Everything, or almost everything, is Chat's fault in her view. She finally owns up to her mistakes at the end of Chapter 33.
    • Chat struck the first blow by trying to steal her Miraculous first! Never mind that this was after she issued an ultimatum to give up his Miraculous.
    • She only framed Chat Noir because he tried to get the media involved first! The fact that she actually is a traitor trying to help the villain who has terrorized Paris for years, mind raping countless people, and jeopardizing the lives of thousands is irrelevant.
    • Chat Noir should have had her back and did what's best for Paris, but instead he's motivated by "bitter self-righteousness" and a thirst for revenge. Let's not think too hard about how she's willing to deny the thousands who've suffered at Hawk Moth's hands justice and that she's really doing this because she can't bear to hurt Adrien.
  • Mysterious Backer: Gabriel tells Ladybug that he received the Butterfly and Peacock from a mystery patron, but neglects to reveal he's still taking orders from said individual. And in chapter 27, we find out he's coming to Paris...
  • Not Helping Your Case: When Adrien finds out Ladybug convened a massive press conference to accuse him of turning traitor for Hawk Moth, he's furious. So furious he... goes and attacks her in the middle of the conference. On live TV. And accidentally Cataclysms the Mayor's house in the process. Afterwards, Kagami berates him for doing something so incredibly stupid, as it all but confirms her accusations in the eyes of the public.
  • Not So Different: The parallels between Marinette and Gabriel get increasingly pronounced as the fic progresses, namely in their relation to their respective love interests (Adrien and Emilie): both fell in love with someone seemingly unattainable, managed to get them anyway, and are now performing morally questionable actions for their loves' happiness. By chapter 29, she's having nightmares about becoming the same kind of workaholic Gabriel is, ruining her relationship with Adrien as a result. See if this line sounds familiar:
    Gabriel: Never mind the fact that she was as beautiful then as she is now and I was a skinny fourteen year old nobody who could barely say two words to her without making a total fool of myself...still honestly a bit surprised that she gave me the time of day.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Subverted. Marinette thinks this is what is happening at the gala when Adrien gives a toast about how noble and selfless Ladybug is. In reality, Adrien is Chat Noir and knows exactly what effect it will have on Ladybug.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ladybug and Hawk Moth share a big one when Chat Noir returns to fight Gamemaster. Ladybug directly namedrops the trope, while Hawk Moth drops a Rapid-Fire "No!" and orders Gamemaster to throw everything he's got at him.
  • Old Master: In addition to Master Fu, we're introduced to his colleague Master He (actual age unknown), a respected medical professional, wielder of the Crane Miraculous, and member of a group called "The Viziers", which is implied to be related to the Guardians Fu was one of. Once she finds out what's going on, she offers to help Adrien and Kagami.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Adrien pulls this on Ladybug during a gala in Chapter 27.
    Adrien: Now, most sane people would have just up and moved. But as anyone who has lived here recently can tell you, you can always count on the Heroes of Paris to do the right thing. Every one of us, in some way or another, has been saved by the efforts of Ladybug and her team at some point. Whether that's being protected from direct akumitization or being protected from all the...frankly silly ways Hawkmoth has attacked our city, we can always count on Ladybug to step up and do the right thing.

    Even with the...unfortunate business involving Chat Noir, I know we can rely on Ladybug and her new team to bring Hawkmoth to justice and avenge the thousands of innocent people he’s harmed over the years. I believe now, more than ever, we are on the road to a future without Hawkmoth and whatever cronies choose to support him!

    To Ladybug. The most honest, faithful, and truest friend this city has.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: A fully-trained wielder of the Black Cat Miraculous would be one of these; Diomedes (yes, that Diomedes) killed enough people in his day to populate an entire city in the underworld, and fought two Greek gods one-on-one.
  • Playing with Fire: One of the new powers Chat Noir unlocks is the power to conjure green flames at will.
  • Pocket Dimension: Sanctuaries. Special dimensions each miraculous have for the express purpose of training their wielders. They feature Year Inside, Hour Outside, the kwami can conjure inanimate objects out of thin air inside one, past wielders of that Miraculous can come Back from the Dead inside it to give lessons, and if a Miraculous wielder is killed during training, they come back to life! Adrien's less enthused about that last one.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • The only reason this story can function is due to the Mutual Masquerade, since a large portion of the plot boils down to: Marinette fights Chat Noir to help Adrien. Yeah.
    • This is also part of what contributes to Adrien's unwillingness to consider Ladybug's plan, since, from his perspective, she's giving over their Miraculous to their mortal enemy for the sake of total strangers, not realizing her relationship with Hawk Moth's son (him).
    • It eventually becomes clear that a lot of the conflict stems from unresolved resentments the two had been building up for years, but never talked about; Ladybug for feeling like she was the one shouldering all the responsibility in their partnership while Chat didn't seem to take anything seriously, and Chat for feeling like Ladybug and Fu were keeping him Locked Out of the Loop because they didn't trust him.
  • Private Military Contractors: After Ladybug tricks Paris into believing Chat has turned traitor, Mayor Bourgeois hires a bunch of American mercenaries to keep the peace. They quickly prove to be little more than mindless thugs.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": When Chat Noir returns to Paris to fight his akuma, Hawk Moth can only respond with a panicked "No... No, no, no, no, no, no!"
  • Rapid-Fire "Shut Up!": Hawk Moth's reaction when Gamemaster starts monologuing to all of Paris.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The four years of non-stop superheroing have really taken their toll on Marinette: she can't leave Paris for even a day for fear of an akuma attack, severely limiting her options for college, and she's lost several jobs due to vanishing every time Ladybug is needed, all of which contributes to her desperation to see the whole thing finally end.
    • The only person surprised by Chat Noir's unwillingness to give up his ring when Ladybug asks is Ladybug herself, not least because of her unwillingness to explain herself.
    • Making Chat into a Hero with Bad Publicity has consequences Marinette failed to predict, like causing the owners of an animal shelter he supported to fall under suspicion of aiding and abetting him.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Ladybug maintains that Chat Noir's desire to bring Hawk Moth to justice is this, prioritizing revenge over the well-being of Hawk Moth's (legitimately innocent) family. Chat's anger towards Ladybug eventually grows until it proves her somewhat right (see Revenge by Proxy below).
  • Revenge by Proxy: After believing that Ladybug's peace offering was a trap, Chat declares his intent to let Ladybug go free, but guarantee Hawkmoth's son (unknowingly, himself) is sent to prison for life, because he knows that would hurt her more than anything he could do to her personally.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper:
    • Both Luka and Kagami had figured out Marinette and Adrien's (respectively) identities years ago, and kept it to themselves until now.
    • By the time Chapter 30 rolls around, Gabriel has already sussed out all of the heroes' identities except Chat Noir and Master Crane, and for obvious reasons keeps this to himself.
  • Self-Made Man: In this story, Gabriel Agreste is an orphan who built his company from the ground up, because Emilie's father would never have permitted her to marry a poor working class schmuck.
  • Shadow Walker: After Chat Noir takes a level in badass, one of his new tricks is the ability to create shadow portals to move through.
  • Shout-Out: Tons, mostly from Adrien.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Ladybug fears this befalling Adrien if word gets out that his father is Hawk Moth, leading to her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Size Shifter: Carapace, in Chapter 30, unlocks the power to transform into a giant. Master He calls it the Jade Colossus and remarks that she never thought she'd live to see it again.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Ladybug commits more and more morally questionable actions in her quest to get Hawk Moth's wish so she can retire without endangering Adrien's livelihood.
  • Smug Snake: Ladybug, believe it or not. She's dismissive of Chat Noir's fighting ability even after he fights her to a draw three times and becomes more powerful than she can handle solo, and insists that she has all the power in her relationship with Hawk Moth despite him knowing her secret identity and turning Mayura into his Unwitting Pawn, unbeknownst to her.
  • Soap Opera Disease: According to Gabriel, the illness killing Emilie is so rare, it didn't even have a name; he was less than amused when the diagnosing doctor decided to name it after himself.
  • Summon Magic: The Peacock Miraculous gives its wielder the power to summon and control four knights.
  • Suplex Finisher: Carapace uses this against a freaking Tarrasque.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Due to the monster infecting his Miraculous, Mayura slowly degenerates into a mindless sycophant who worships the ground Ladybug walks on and goes berserk at the slightest hint of disagreement with her.
  • Take That!: In Chapter 32, Carapace mentions he never liked the Godzilla movies, "especially the shitty American versions."
  • Teach Him Anger: Sarutobi's training for Chat boils down to this; according to him, the powers of destruction are fueled by negative emotions, and Ladybug's betrayal has left him with plenty of those...
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Enemy Mine aside, Ladybug and Hawk Moth still despise each other. At one point, Adrien even wonders if they couldn't just hide from the two until the partnership implodes on its own.
    • The rest of Team Miraculous with Mayura (Luka). Though, in his defense his Miraculous is infected with something worse than an akuma.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: When Chat Noir returns to Paris to save the day from Hawk Moth, the fic links to "From Shadows".
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: After spending the whole story up to this point doing mental gymnastics to try and justify her actions as "the right thing to do", Marinette confesses in Chapter 18 that, no, it's not the right thing to do, but it's the right thing for her, and after four years of self sacrifice, hasn't she earned the right to do something selfish for once?
    Marinette: Just once...this one time, we’re doing the right thing for me... even if I’m the only one who will...
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Ladybug admits that she only saw Hawk Moth as an anonymous force of evil, and finds it somewhat unnerving to see him cooking dinner like any other family man.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: After Ladybug's Face–Heel Turn, Chat is approached by Master Fu's colleague Master He, who offers to give him the opportunity to wield the full power of the Cat Miraculous.
  • Too Clever by Half: Tikki bemoans that this is one of the reasons why Marinette refuses to listen to anyone. She's so used to coming up with the clever plan and calling the shots that she hasn't truly considered whether nor not she's wrong.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In response to the circumstances, Plagg and previous Black Cats start teaching Adrien how to access a wider variety of the Black Cat's powers, including how to create portals, generate a caustic fire, and using Cataclysm with more finesse and creativity (such as destroying a color). It reaches a point where he can injure the other heroes through their supposedly indestructible suits.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Luka, after getting the Peacock Miraculous and becoming Mayura. The akuma infecting his Miraculous isn't helping.
  • Tranquil Fury: After Hawk Moth goes behind Ladybug's back and sics an akuma on Paris. The narration describes her voice as a venomous whisper.
    Ladybug: You...are a fucking dead man.
  • The Unfavorite: A mentor version. Master Fu horrifically neglects Chat Noir's training in favor of Ladybug, which bites them all in the ass when Ladybug goes rogue. Fortunately, his colleague Master He is more than willing to pick up the slack.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Ladybug not only dismisses all the times Chat Noir sacrificed himself for her but critizes him for not being good enough to avoid it.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • Team Miraculous is being used by Ladybug to get Chat Noir's Miraculous so she can deliver it to Hawk Moth. Alya, Nino, and Chloe downplay this, as they suspect Ladybug may not be on the level, but Luka plays this fully straight.
    • Mayura to Hawk Moth. His Miraculous was infected by something that not only fuels his negative emotions, and turns his affection for Marinette into a borderline obsession, but lets Hawk Moth see through his eyes; by the times the story reaches its climax, he's used this to figure out the identities of all of Paris' heroes except Chat Noir.
  • Victor Gains Loser's Powers: Sarutobi Sasuke challenges Adrien to a duel with his Cool Sword as the prize.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Paris at large is unaware that Ladybug has defected to Hawk Moth's side.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 26: Hawk Moth's mysterious backer, and someone else, is coming to Paris soon, and Gabriel is terrified.
    • Chapter 27: Hawk Moth, at the behest of his patron, has five black butterflies that he feeds ex-akuma butterflies to regularly. They're extremely malevolent, they frighten Hawk Moth, and there used to be six. The sixth one is possessing Mayura's Miraculous.
    • Chapter 29 ends with Hawk Moth going behind Ladybug's back to akumatize a man and force him to bring him Kagami.
    • Chapter 30 has Nathalie remove the battery from Marinette's phone when she's in London to prevent her from learning of the akuma attack, confirming what was long suspected that Hawk Moth knows her secret ID.
    • Chapter 33 is when Marinette finally realizes how little control she had in her alliance with Hawkmoth (i.e. none) and how badly she's abused the trust of her team and Paris as well as the strange behavior of Mayura since she gave Luka the Peacock Miraculous. Realizing she won't get her perfect ending after all, Marinette finally calls Chat Noir so they can bring down Hawkmoth.
  • What Would X Do?: When faced with an akuma who has his friend hostage and no apparent way to rescue her, Chat finds himself wondering what kind of half-baked scheme Ladybug would cook up to get out of the situation. He quickly hits a Eureka Moment thinking along those lines.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Whenever Ladybug grumbles that she just wants the whole Hawk Moth thing to end, someone (typically Tikki or Chat Noir) asks her why she doesn't just turn Hawk Moth in and be done with it
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • When Adrien and Kagami begin spending a lot of time together, their friends suspect Adrien is cheating on Marinette.
    • At one point, Chloe notes that the French ambassador to England owes her father a few favors because "the woman he checks into Le Grand Paris with isn’t always his wife."

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