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Le Papillon Rising by SophiaCrutchfeild is a Miraculous Ladybug fanfiction published on FanFiction.Net.

The story centers around a world where Adrien Agreste never took on the role of Chat Noir, instead becoming the supervillain "Papillon." However, that has somehow not prevented Marinette from semi-dating both sides of him, leading to his multiple breakdowns over her cheating on him... with himself.


It's complicated.

Featuring Dad Noir (Gabriel Agreste) and his mysterious missing wife who might not actually be dead... Which makes Adrien's whole reason for being a villain pointless, but c'est la vie, I guess!

Le Papillon Rising contains examples of:

  • Act of True Love: When Papillon takes the hit for Ladybug, knowing she's Marinette, and saves her life it comes off as this. Well, for a moment.
  • Adults Are Useless: Well, not useless so much as bad at parenting. Gabriel somehow doesn't notice that he's been neglecting his traumatized son so much that the kid's gone completely insane, even though Adrien is doing very little to hide it. Oh, but he's a great "Dad" to Ladybug, who he's protective of and tries many times to convince not to date Papillon... oh, the irony.
  • Affably Evil: Sure, he's crazy, but he's still Adrien. Even Nuru doesn't necessarily hate him.
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  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: The only explanation for Marinette's fantasies about Papillon.
  • Always Save the Girl: Adrien somehow gives Marinette magical immunity to the akumas. And doesn't give this to anyone else. Because he's obsessed with her from pretty much the moment he sees her. This may be a case of Author Appeal.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Adrien may be suffering from PTSD after seeing his mom die. And let's not start on the psychosis, sociopathy, and schizophrenia.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Adrien, to Marinette.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Gabriel Agreste is Adrien's father... but Mr. Noir is a hero who must fight against Papillon.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: The set-up for the whole freaking plot.
  • Anti-Villain: Adrien Agreste is not a bad person. Most of the time.
  • Archnemesis Dad: If one considers Adrien the protagonist, that is.
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  • Asshole Victim: Adrien looks for these for a little bit in the beginning. This falls apart quickly though.
  • Baddie Flattery: Sort of. In a weird way. Papillon is very, very nice to Marinette... and says some really creepy, somewhat perverted stuff to Ladybug.
  • Big Bad Slippage: He starts out wanting to just get the Miraculous, bring back his mom, and be done with this whole nightmare. At this point, he's a Yandere who wants to be god and manipulates everyone around him.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Adrien's akumas tend to get out of control and mess up his life. It's been implied that he'd actually rather die than hurt Marinette, but his ignorance causes him to terrorize her on a daily basis instead. He often goes without sleep, and can't sort out his love life at all, thanks to competition from himself.
  • Beta Couple: Gabriel and Bridgette don't get nearly as many scenes as Adrien and Marinette, but they're pretty much the only other couple that gets them at all, so they count.
  • Betty and Veronica: Marinette sees Adrien as "Betty" and Papillon as "Veronica"... Until Adrien starts stalking her and acting more and more deranged. Then the Betty/Veronica thing fades.
  • Bishōnen Line: Papillon "looks like a fae prince!"
  • Bittersweet Ending: After Adrien dies defending Marinette from Volpina, Gabriel uses the Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses to change the past so that Adrien can live, even if he has to play the role of Papillon himself. In effect creating the Lighter and Softer canon universe of the show.
  • Break the Cutie: Well, he sort of ends up breaking himself.
  • Broken Ace: Adrien seems to have broken slightly before the story began, by witnessing his mother's death. Becoming an evil villain to bring her back doesn't help things. He's almost unrecognizable as Adrien Agreste at this point.
  • Broken Smile: Adrien after the breakup.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Papillon has wings, and is surrounded by beautiful multicolored butterflies a lot. He also ends up completely destroying his mind and becoming the city's most wanted terrorist. His girlfriend notices.
  • Casual Kink: Nino asks why Adrien is stalking Marinette with butterflies. His response? "It's a kink of hers."
  • Clothes Make the Maniac: Adrien's pin, Gabriel's ring, Marinette's earrings...
  • The Corruption: Okay! Let's see, we've gone froma dramatic kid who wants his mom back and his dad to love him, and feels genuine guilt about his actions, to a Stalker with a Crush, self-proclaimed terrorist who wants to take over the world and make his girlfriend Princess of it all. She does not think this plan is a great idea.
  • Creepy Child: Oh my god, Adrien, you don't stalk girls like that without being labeled "creepy as heck!"
  • Creepy Children Singing: Ladybug is singing some rather alarming lyrics right before she runs into Papillon, and basically ends up screwing him in public, or at least making out with him. The singing is what leads him to her, and it's one of the few moments that shows the toll the situation has taken on her mental health.
  • Creepy Family: Bridgette is most at home biting off fingers, and is implied to have been totally demented for Gabriel, druugging him at times, Gabriel thinks attacking plains is romantic and has no idea how to do emotions, and Adrien... oh god, where do you start with Adrien?
  • Cute and Psycho: Adrien, between surprising his girlfriend with flowers and taking her flying, likes to turn people into horrific monsters and attack other people using them.
  • Dating Catwoman: Adrien and Marinette are adorably in love with each other, while Papillon works to steal Ladybug's earrings. After the breakup, Ladybug and Papillon themselves put aside the battle to make out on a rooftop, while pretending the other person is the one the just broke up with, ending in moaning each other's civilian names and somehow still not putting the pieces together. Um.
  • Death Seeker: In the alternate ending.
  • Declaration of Protection: Papillon is fond of these.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Adrien practically says this verbatim after he tries to explain his plan. Not that realizing this changes his mind at all.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A guy pushes Marinette in a museum by accident, but doesn't apologize? Akuma time! Still, better than what he later does, akumatizing people just because he can.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Adrien after Timebreaker kills him.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Ladybug, pretty much every time she runs into Papillon.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Adrien by Marinette, and Papillon by Ladybug.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Adrien is only doing this to save his mom's life, after she was killed in front of him. He also truly loves Marinette, as Nuru has said a few times, and wants to protect her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. So far, Adrien hasn't passed up a single Akuma, although he felt guilt over Mylène. However, we never saw Nino or Alya get akumatized,and always makes sure to immunize Marinette.
  • Ex-Big Bad: In the alternate ending.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Adrien's are green. Papillon's are a mix of psychedelic green and purple. Apparently, Marinette finds that attractive.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He's a model as Adrien. He's incredibly beautiful as Papillon. He's horrible as both.
  • Fallen Hero: Adrien, in canon, is probably the most moral of all the main cast. Here? Not so much.
  • Friendly Enemy: Ladybug sometimes makes out with Papillon on rooftops, so you can't deny this trope.
  • Friend to Psychos: Nino. And he's starting to catch on as of the Animan chapters.
  • A God Am I: Adrien's idea to "make a perfect world" touches on this.
  • God Couple: Well, sort of. It's unclear if they're actually Gods yet, but Adrien and Marinette have a lot of power, and a messed-up love affair.
  • Harmless Villain: He uses this to justify himself. All damage he causes will, one way or another, be erased.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Bridgette and Gabriel appear to have been this.
  • Hidden Eyes: Well... they change. A lot. As in, Marinette has obsessed over both Adrien's eyes and Papillon's eyes and not seen that they're similar. So it counts as hidden.
  • Idiosyncrazy: Twisting his pin, talking to his butterflies... Adrien's full of these.
  • Inconvenient Attraction: What would you call falling for your arch-enemy?
  • Light Is Not Good: In contrast to the Dark Is Not Bad of the Black Cat, Papillon's butterflies are bright, he looks "like a fae prince," and he corrupts people into doing his dirty work, causing chaos to draw out the Miraculous.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Well, Adrien's not exactly a loner. He has Nino, sort of. And Marinette, sometimes. But he's certainly alone more than is healthy, and good lord is he a freak.
  • Love Across Battlelines: Does it really need repeating? ADRIEN AND MARINETTE.
  • Love Cannot Overcome: Marinette decides that love is not worth dealing with Adrien's psychosis any longer, and breaks up with him... Only to get back together in no time with his alter ego.
  • Love Imbues Life: Marinette kisses Papillon after Nathanael pretty much kills him. Suddenly, he's alive. Somehow.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Everrything Adrien does, he does for his family, and for Marinette. He has good reasons, but he's lost it.
  • Mad Dreamer: Adrien.
  • Mad God: Adrien.
  • Make Up or Break Up: Marinette decides it will be break up.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Adrien's treatment of Marinette marks him as one.
  • Mask of Sanity: Adrien seems... sort of normal? Well, not really. In fact, Papillon seems saner at times. So this trope is averted.
  • The Masochism Tango: The kind of relationship that Papillon promises Ladybug.
  • Neverending Terror: It could have been over the first day. Now, if Adrien wins he wants to take over the world and 'make it a better place.' Considering that he was quoting Death Note a few chapters ago, this won't go well.
  • Noble Demon: Adrien's trying.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Papillon gives Marinette one in the Timebreaker arc.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Adrien has no real plan, and takes every chance he gets. Even the ones that make him sick to contemplate.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Adrien, when Marinette breaks things off.
  • Property of Love: Marinette refuses to be this.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Meh, more like "Psycho Ex-Boyfriend," but every other aspect of this trope applies to Adrien. He uses his secret alter-ego to try and get Marinette to tell him how to get her back, decides randomly to become a god so she'll be happy (because THAT logic makes PERFECT sense) and "attacks" her as Papillon so she... won't like Papillon. Which won't make her like Adrien any better, since she only broke up with him because he was stalking her. ADRIEN'S NUTS.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: Is it a surprise? Adrien and Marinette.
  • Reluctant Psycho: Weirdly, Adrien. He doesn't seem to like being crazy, and at a few points, knows for a fact that he's messed up. You have to feel bad for him. Well, sorta.
  • Retired Badass: Gabriel, in the beginning.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: In Chapter 21, when Gabriel deduces the akuma must be Adrien, Chloe, Mylene or Ivan, Marinette rules Adrien out because "he didn't have much reason to be upset". The real reason is that Adrien is this fic's Hawk Moth.
  • Sadist: Gabriel and Bridgette. Weird, considering that they're superheroes, and have been since childhood.
  • Sanity Slippage: Adrien starts out as we all know him, sort of, with a plan to quickly grab the earrings and bring his mom back from death. This doesn't work very well. His decent into madness has included stalking, hallucinating, and quickly stopping his initial attempts to remember that the akumas are people.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Adrien, sort of. He's only okay with making out with Ladybug on a roof if he's pretending she's Marinette... Which is ironically accurate.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Adrien, in a gradually-picking-up-velocity way... He was sane, even logical at the beginning, but as of late, he's been getting worse and worse. Marinette breaking up with him didn't help.
  • So Happy Together: For a moment, Adrien and Marinette seem to have put everything aside and are trying to work through their issues... It doesn't last a week.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Adrien has a tendency to be a bit... Possessive... About Marinette. And that includes following her, sending his butterflies to spy on her, waiting outside her house and staring through the windows, growling her name while making out with her alter ego in her place after they break up, and creating more than a couple akumas specifically to keep her in love with him.
  • Stalking Is Love: Adrien tries to justify himself with this. Nobody buys it.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Pretty much everyone who gets together at all.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Adrien, so so much.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: As of recent chapters Adrien is coming to see Papillon as this. That might explain why he was so upset by Marinette's 'cheating.'
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: When things shift to Adrien's view. Hallucinations, sociopathic plans, and total obsession with Marinette all seem perfectly natural to him. The poor sunshine child...
  • Tragic Villain: In the alternate ending, he DIES to stop his plan, regretting everything, and believing the girl he loves more than anything hates him. His last thoughts are of how much he loves her.
  • Trapped in Villainy: At this point, even if Adrien tried to be a hero, he doesn't think he could.
  • True Love's Kiss: Ladybug kisses Adrien to break a curse. Adrien is not pleased.
  • Two-Person Love Square: There's one aspect that remains unchanged.
  • Unholy Matrimony: The direction this is headed, if Ladybug and Papillon keep their "romance" going.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Basically everyone.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Adrien's started to use this logic, saying he'll fix the whole world once he's god.
  • Villain Opening Scene: In which Adrien freaks out over a fairy, acts like a bratty teenager, doesn't listen to the kwami and misses half the speech, and decides to become a Jr. Necromancer.
  • Villainous Crush: Read the page.
  • Villainous Valor: Adrien hasn't won once, but that doesn't stop him from taking every opportunity to present itself.
  • Villain Protagonist: Adrien.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: Mr. Noir and Ladybug only ever do the fighting when Adrien decides to throw a tantr- sorry, cause an akuma attack.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: Adrien stalks Marinette. A lot. He's a huge creep for a while. Then after ditching him, Marinette decides his name is the one to moan while kissing Papillon.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Does it need saying?
  • Yandere: Adrien slips into this. He acknowledges it. Nathanael too.
  • Young Conqueror: Adrien Agreste wants to become this. Or maybe he doesn't. Actually, his motivations are really confusing.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Sort of. Adrien gets upset whenever Marinette and Papillon have a moment. However, he IS Papillon. So he has no real excuse.


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