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Fashion Upgrade is a Miraculous Ladybug fanfic written by Soap Lady.

Following the events of "Ladybug", Lila goes to Bustier and Damocles with a sob story about how she's afraid that Marinette will retaliate against her for the events that happened. They decide to move the school's "Everyday Ladybug" to a new class where she won't be a discipline issue any longer.

The lucky teacher winds up being Mendeleiev, whose class winds up being a breath of fresh air for the harried Marinette. A new class and new friends help Marinette to a better way in her life but old schemes arise when a group project worth twenty percent of the yearly grade is announced. Marinette just wishes to go on with her life but Lila refuses to allow her any happiness and conspires to ruin her still. Who will triumph in this clash of spirits?


Fashion Upgrade contains examples of:

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Marinette for the entire school. The teachers know how well behaved she is and all want her in their class to the point they argue over it. The other students are intrigued and besotted with the idea of getting to know her. Her own class are rather disheartened to find out she's been moved out.
  • All Take and No Give: Tikki identifies this as a flaw of Marinette's. She gives so much of herself and never receives anything in return or even asks for such a return to start with.
  • Betrayal Fic: Lightly; Mlle. Bustier and Principal Damocles betray Marinette by declaring her to be the problem and booting her out of Bustier's class, and she eventually gets to call her former homeroom teacher out.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Damocles realizes this is true of Tom. The principal believes the man is like a Great Dane, large and fearsome looking but ultimately harmless. He nervously realizes that the man is actually more like a Pitbull, gentle and loyal to those he loves but very vicious towards anyone that threatens them.
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  • Bookends: The story opens with Lila spinning her sob story, and Principal Damocles reassuring Bustier that she hadn't done anything wrong. It ends with Bustier trying — and failing — to convince Marinette to transfer back, with Marinette letting her know that yes, she did in fact make some critical mistakes.
  • Comically Small Bribe: Lila tries to get Alicia to look the other way from her planned sabotage by offering her all the money she's got on hand: twenty euros. Alicia just laughs at her.
  • Commonality Connection: Nino and Chloe develop an Odd Friendship over their mutual protectiveness of Adrien, leading to an in-joke about them 'adopting' him and play-fighting over custody.
  • Evil Is Petty: Lila decides to get Marinette removed from the class because she hates that she couldn't keep her expelled.
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  • Flanderization: In-Universe, Kim bases his portrayal of Hawkmoth on footage of his brief outing during Heroes' Day, amping his Large Ham villainous posturing Up to Eleven.
  • Good Parents: Tom and Sabine are loving and protective to their daughter, giving her a say in her life instead of making choices for her and supporting whatever she decides. They also apologize for even slightly believing Lila's lies about her.
  • Grew a Spine: By the climax, Marinette has learned her own worth and is more confident asserting herself, as shown in her final conversations with Principal Damocles and Bustier. Damocles in particular realizes that she isn't asking for permission to use the spare fabric from the fashion show to make quilted bedrolls for the homeless, but that she's simply telling him what she and her classmates intend to do.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard:
    • Lila suggested the idea of Marinette's new class holding a fashion show specifically because she was hoping to see the anxiety-prone designer crash and burn. But the plan completely backfires thanks to Mme. Mendeleiev's class rallying together and treating the project as a true group project rather than dumping all the responsibility onto her shoulders.
    • Lila's attempt to sabotage the fashion show blows up in her face, as she gets Caught on Tape getting doused by an ink trap, and ends up sacrificing her spot as the lead actress since she can't get cleaned up in time.
    • She also runs into this when she tells Gabriel about her plan, claiming that she intended to expose her as a fraud/accuse her of stealing his designs. He calls her out on the lie and berates her for plotting to sabotage a fellow designer.
    • As if all of that wasn't enough, her downfall is ensured by her harassing Mylene: she gets Caught on Tape again, and unlike Alicia, Ivan has no qualms about releasing the video so that the whole school sees how she was treating his girlfriend.
    • Mlle. Bustier also gets hit by this: since she relied so heavily upon Marinette to 'be the bigger person' and help settle disputes, she finds herself increasingly at a loss once she's transferred out and isn't around for her to lean upon anymore.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick:
    • The play put on by Bustier's class depicts Mayura as the long-suffering underling of Clueless Boss Hawkmoth.
    • Marinette unintentionally played this role for Bustier; ironically, she was far more capable of resolving conflicts peacefully than Bustier herself is, making it harder for her to manage her class without her once she transfers out.
  • I Have This Friend: Adrien explains the Lila situation to Chloe and Nino this way, telling them that a fellow model he works with advised their friend to "take the high road" in dealing with a liar. He's quite shocked by their amused reactions.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Kim's version of Hawkmoth is a Large Ham Psychopathic Manchild Mood-Swinger prone to tears at the slightest insult. Gabriel's outrage over this brings him to the verge of a Villainous Breakdown, and he rejects Nooroo's concern over catching him crying.
  • I Warned You: After Lila gets squirted by the ink trap, Alicia notes that she warned her against trying to enter the costume room.
  • Insistent Terminology: Marinette makes certain to remind anyone who brings up 'her' fashion show that the show belongs to her class, not her and her alone.
  • Jerkass Realization:
    • Chloe comes to recognize just how selfish and entitled she's been and starts working on adjusting her attitude for real.
    • Bustier has one after cracking under the stress of the play and abandoning her students, forcing them to work things out without her aid, as she realizes that she constantly put that same pressure onto Marinette, making her repeatedly step up and compensate for her failings as a teacher.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Once Alicia reveals Lila's attempted sabotage to her classmates, Jean, Curtis and Maison jump into action to calm everyone down so that they won't attract any akumas, then rechannel and refocus their anger towards arranging Lila's downfall the right way.
    Marc: When those three idiots take over class and become the voices of reason, you know the situation has gotten out of control.
  • Love Epiphany:
    • Downplayed; when Adrien sees Marinette modeling the Multimouse-inspired cocktail dress, his first thought is Now I know why so many guys have had crushes on her.
    • Later played straight when Chat Noir pays her a visit and realizes that aside from the lack of fencing and martial arts, she's got everything he likes in girls.
  • Mama Bear: Sabine for Marinette. She's the more obviously protective one of the parents and Damocles internally compares her to a tiger.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • Bustier making Marinette transfer to another class turns out to be the best thing she ever did for her, as she winds up in a much healthier environment and is surrounded by people who actually appreciate her, along with a teacher who actually does her own job.
    • Lila's scheming led to the above, as well as creates the competition in which Marinette comes to realize just how much better off she is in her new classroom.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging:
    • Upon finding Bustier stumbling out of the closet she hid away from all the drama in, Adrien swallows down his frustration and comforts her, reminding her that "Aren't you the one who's always telling us it's okay to ask for help when we're stressed out?" This causes her to dissolve into tears, having realized just how much pressure she put upon Marinette to handle things all by herself.
    • While offering Adrien advice for his 'friend', Nino notes that staying silent about the lying would be the worst thing they could do, since their friends will end up wondering why they weren't warned. Adrien can't help squirming a little after hearing that.
  • Papa Wolf: Tom for Marinette. He's a very big man that people naturally conclude is a Gentle Giant given his pleasant nature, which he is. But he's also all too willing to switch off the "gentle" part when his daughter is threatened. Damocles notes that Tom is likened to a Great Dane when it's more accurate to say he's a Pitbull.
  • Performance Anxiety: Vivienne is struck by this on the big day; as a result, Marinette models the Multimouse-inspired outfit instead.
  • Pet the Dog: Bustier's whole class (sans Lila) is shocked when Chloe steps up and saves the show by having prepared for Mylene to take over in case Lila had a 'diva moment'.
  • Precision F-Strike: Caline Bustier gets one when Hawkmoth attempts to akumatize them: "Out of my head, butterfly f*cker."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Marinette calls out Mlle. Bustier for wanting her to transfer back after the fashion show turns out to be a success.
    Marinette: I was in your class for two years before Lila Rossi ever set foot inside Francois Dupont. I didn't expect you to blindly believe me when I said I didn't cheat... even though that's what you did for her... but you could have at least heard me out. But you didn't. You threw me away as soon as I became the slightest bit inconvenient for you. And now you're upset because you now have to do something. Teaching and maintaining order instead of sitting back and having me take care of everyone else's emotional well-being. Everyone important, that is. Not Marinette, she can just drown, right?
  • The Scapegoat: Marinette is unfairly blamed for the drama Lila caused and transferred out of Bustier's class.
  • Sore Loser: Lila gets Marinette moved out of class entirely because she hates being thwarted and not getting her way. Adrien internally notes that Lila just hates losing.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Most of the staff refuse to believe that Marinette is a discipline problem given her Nice Girl behavior and how much she does to help others. Only Bustier, who leans heavily into being a Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher, and Damocles, who is motivated primarily by the desire to not get on the bad side of a diplomat, are inclined to believe Lila about Marinette.
    • While Adrien hopes Marinette will eventually rejoin the class, Nino has to remind him that they don't know if she can come back or even if she wants to given that she no longer has to deal with Chloe and Lila who have both been bullying her. (Nino isn't aware of Lila's actions towards Marinette but he does know there are problems between them and Marinette leaving means she doesn't have to deal with those issues.)
    • Marinette's former class is known as the "Akuma Class" because of how nearly everyone in it has been akumatized at one point or another. The rest of the school is also leery of them as a result, because Akumas may be victims in their own right, but nobody is going to forget their actions. Marinette was largely left alone by the rest of the school because she was part of the class but now that she's left they're willing to approach her.
  • Team Mom: Bellamy is a rare male example who makes shock blankets for his "kids". They help prevent akumatization.
  • Tranquil Fury: Downplayed; Marinette's calm, collected and quietly confident demeanor during their final conversation reminds Principal Damocles of her parents' rage when they confronted him, realizing that she shares the same potential for righteous fury, but is channeling it better, as though she doesn't consider him to be worth the full force of her Death Glare. As a result, he finds her smile more terrifying than a glower.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Gabriel starts seriously questioning Lila's value as an ally to him and his supervillain alter ego after the play and fashion show.


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