The Core Timeline is an amalgamation of chaos. The so-called real world has been overlapped with the realms of movies, comic books, anime, and more. Fanfictions have literally come to life.
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This Coreline story includes the following Tropes:
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Roger, throughout the story. Justified because it starts with him going to a high-class corporate meeting.
- Cool Car: A 2000 model 740I BMW, with pretty extensive modifications.
- Gratuitous French: Spread throughout (the story does occurs in France). The title itself is this, meaning "Ladybug, Cat, Soldier". The show's use of "Ladybug" instead of the more accurate "Coccinelle" gets a lampshade early, too.
- Hand Cannon: One of the guns Roger uses during the mission is the Eurocorp "Bullhammer" Mk. II revolver, a .600 Magnum monster with an additional rail accelerator on its barrel that, when turned on, gives the revolver's ammunition the kinetic impact of a 30mm (that is an aircraft-mounted and tank/Infantry Fighting Vehicle turret gun) cannon round.
- In the Style of...: Thrillers like The Bourne Series and Person of Interest, with the demolition-derby action of the James Bond films.
- It's Personal: You better believe that Stingray Industries takes it personal when several members of its personnel are Akuma-tized. This whole story is Roger going on a corporate-mandated Roaring Rampage of Revenge to find and take down (or kill) the Alternate of Hawk Moth/Le Papillon responsible for this.
- One Riot, One Ranger: Justified Trope because 1) it's a covert operation and 2) after the events of Coreline Operation Endgame, there is not nearly enough manpower for Stingray Security Services to toss around for a more regular surveillance operation (that it would probably involve keeping watch over all of the Alternate versions of Ladybug and Chat Noir on Paris doesn't helps any).
- Outside-Context Problem: Simply said, Corporate Samurai/spy and Magical Girl Warriors are a very Odd Couple, In-Universe and out. Better explained, even if having a faint idea of how Akumatization/Evilization works, Roger still ends up blind-sided by the first Akuma-possessed person that he comes across, and has to adjust his game on the fly in order not to step on Ladybug's and Cat Noir's toes while fighting him.
- Sidetracked by the Analogy: During his mission briefing, Roger sarcastically says that Chat Noir looks like Catwoman's child, only for Sylia Stingray to point out all the dissimilarities and then saying that he actually would be more like Black Cat's kid before stopping for a pretty embarrassing Beat.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: A violent Chase Scene overlaid with one of the villains playing the Janet Jackson song "Black Cat" over loudspeakers as some kind of demented battle hymn.
- The title is meant to be a pun in the manner of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
- Roger is pretty much channeling John Reese and Craig!Bond throughout the story.
- One Stingray Security Services secret safe house (of various spread throughout city) is mentioned to be on the same building where the Paris CIA safe house of The Bourne Identity was located/filmed.
- The Cool Car is a triple-barreled shout-out to The Hire, The Transporter and The World Is Not Enough.
- The use of Janet Jackson's "Black Cat" on a Chase Scene (although on that occasion is regular soundtrack, not diegetic music) is a shout-out to The Taking of Beverly Hills.
- One of Roger's weapons is a Walther "Deliverer", an In-Universe replica of the Fallout 4 handgun.
- Sylia Stingray's use of the term "search and destroy" on the first chapter's mission briefing is not really that unusual.
- The term "use extreme prejudice" (as in, do whatever it takes to stop Hawk Moth for good, including termination) is used on the mission briefing.
- Translation Convention: The story happens mostly in France, and as such, most of the characters are speaking French. This is translated to English for convenience's sake (although Roger does need to ask a couple of times for someone to slow down for him to understand what they are saying).