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"When Skitter is tossed into another world in the aftermath of the battle with Noelle, how will she get back. And how will the light and fluffy world of Miraculous Ladybug deal with Warlord Skitter? the world—and innocent bystanders, want to know."
— Spacebattles summary.

Miraculous Escalation is a Miraculous Ladybug/Worm crossover written by cg99.

Skitter gets tossed into an alternate world's Paris due to the effects of a Tinker-tech bomb and almost immediately gets confronted by local heroes Ladybug and Chat Noir. This ends poorly, so she stakes out on her own to find out what this strange place is and how to get home, while Ladybug and Chat Noir try and stop her from doing too much damage in the process.

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Due to the authors disappointment with the season three finale, this story has been put on a temporary or permanent hiatus.


Miraculous Escalation provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Almost everyone is given an upgrade in competence. The miraculous holders' Rule of Cool powers are also preserved in the Worm-style setting as real powers, making them upper-level threats when compared to parahumans. The author has stated that Ryuko's power level in particular nears that of Legend.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Skitter starts considering less confrontational methods of dealing with authority once it is explained to her that the Miraculous universe runs on a more trusting system. This winds up bleeding into her actions when she returns home.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: As Tikki and Plagg state. Wishes are granted with their true power as incarnations of a concept. Because of their grand scale, the smaller and more personal a wish is, the harder it is for them to grant it without generating Butterflies Of Doom. Their power is so strong that even the last wish they granted, to re-write history so that World War III never came to be, has consequences still in motion decades later. Taylor compares it to fishing with dynamite. Explaining this to Hawk Moth is part of the reason he is willing to listen to the heroes' alternatives.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The minor villain Bloodspear exists mostly to get outwitted by Accord and then thoroughly trounced by Ryuko.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe, Ladybug's furious insinuation that the fear Skitter instills makes them similar to Simurgh Bombs (in that Hawk Moth can easily target these afraid people in the future) is treated as this, with everyone else asking her What the Hell, Hero? at how massively insensitive this is.
  • Entropy and Chaos Magic: Plagg's power is said to be this.
  • Evil Only Has to Win Once: Taylor brings up the fact that Hawk Moth can keep trying and will continue to disrupt Paris until he gets lucky.
  • Glamour: All miraculous holders have one that protects their identities and can only be broken by undeniable proof such as seeing the transformation.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Ryuko speaks Japanese while insulting the Asian villains from Worm.
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  • Heel Realization: Hawkmoth ends up having one when Chat Noir accuses him of kidnapping his mother, Emilie Agreste, as this unintentionally tells Hawkmoth that one of his worst enemies is his own son.
  • Heroic B So D: After killing Echidna/Noelle, Adrien has one and Plagg tries to help him through it.
    Plagg:You spared her worse pain, you spared others pain. And I know it hurts, because someone who doesn’t care is the last person who should wield me. You care, you hurt, but you’re still one of the best to ever bear my ring.
    • Chloe is brought along when Chat Noir starts popping Grey Boy bubbles mostly to stop it from happening again. She has troubles not having one of her own.
  • Hope Spot: Chat Noir becomes one once it is realized that he can destroy Grey Boy's bubbles, saving thousands of people and ending the suffering of not only them but all their loved ones.
  • If I Do Not Return: Hawkmoth, of all people, attempts this after giving Taylor the Butterfly Miraculous. Taylor, however, tells him to shove it, and that he will have this conversation with his son after they get through this.
  • Lighter and Softer: This is to be expected when much of the setting is in the Miraculous universe. However, it remains even after returning to Earth Bet. This is in part because the hopeful miraculous wielders are there to reach more peaceful solutions. The rest is because most of the darkest elements in Worm are getting eliminated one by one: The Slaughterhouse Nine, the Gray Boy loops they're responsible for, and the Fallen have all hit the chopping block so far.
  • Killed Offscreen: The Slaughterhouse Nine. It's what happens when you get on the wrong side of Cauldron.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Subtly done with Hawkmoth when Chat Noir understands the villain actually detains Emilie Agreste and accuses him from abducting his mother, letting Hawkmoth know who exactly wears the mask.
  • Mythology Gag: What's the name Taylor chooses when she is given the Butterfly Miraculous and learns how to create controlled clones of parahumans? Khepri.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: Ryuko launches herself into a Japanese rant regarding the ABB's actions and how it actually hurt the Asian community. Chat refuses to give Ladybug a translation, only revealing it was several "really not nice things".
  • Nightmare Fuel: Pretty much everything they learn about Brockton Bay ends up being this for the Miraculous characters.
  • Noodle Incident: Several original Akumas are mentioned but not much detail is given.
  • Oh, Crap!: The Earth-Bet residents have a collected one when they find out that Skitter has been akumatised into Gatekeeper, giving her the ability to summon portals within 20 miles and control bugs through them. She summons enough of them to block out the sun like a biblical plague.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Hawk Moth, who has gone to frankly absurd lengths to gather all of the Miraculous, 'willingly gives up the Miraculous Butterfly to Taylor. Why? Adrien is in danger, and he knows that he isn't in the right state of mind to protect him.
  • Offscreen Karma: A fitting end for the Slaughterhouse Nine.
  • Passing the Torch: A rare villainous example by Hawk Moth, to Taylor herself.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Skitter doesn't have a good intro to the world of Miraculous Ladybug. For starters, she doesn't speak the native tongue, and with her costume is mistaken for an Akuma. Chat and Ladybug attack her, so she responds by attacking them back. When she does try to peacefully communicate, Skitter accidentally terrifies Alya and, again, accidentally implies that she's holding Alya's family hostage.
  • Properly Paranoid: Skitter is running through burner phones and keeping her head down just as she would on Earth Bet, even though Paris loves its superheroes. Then Hawk Moth manages to track her civilian identity down.
  • Rule 34: Brought up in-universe as Alya says they have the internet in their universe after she hears people have written slash fic between Rena Rouge and Alexandria, and Nino mentions having to use safe search while googling his superhero identity.
  • Super Empowering: Hawk Moth, like usual. He turns Taylor into Gatekeeper with the power to open portals to other worlds. He goes one step further and gives her the Butterfly Miraculous when he realizes that she will need much more power to defend against Echidna.
  • Take a Third Option: Hawk Moth wants to use the power of the Ladybug and Cat miraculouses to grant a wish to save his wife, who he was unable to save with normal medicine. The heroes won't let him do this because of the Butterfly of Doom effect. Skitter suggests that if Hawk Moth gives her the power to go home she can bring one of the powered healers of her earth back to cure his wife.
  • Touch of Death: Chat Noir finally uses his power on a living person. He is horrified by it afterwards.
  • Trapped in Another World: Skitter ends up trapped in the Miraculous world. Part 1 ends when the story flips and Ladybug, Chat Noir, Rena Rouge, Carapace, Queen Bee and Ryuko return with her to Brockton Bay to help their world.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Ladybug's reaction after visioning the flash drive of information regarding Earth-Bet.
    • Queen Bee also suffers this when visiting the site of one of Gray Boy's atrocities.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Despite several weeks passing in the Miraculous universe, when a portal is finally opened back to Earth Bet, only seconds have passed. This is because the power that Hawk Moth gives Taylor to return home is based on her subconscious desire to return as quickly as possible. Time will tell if this trope is in effect for the Miraculous heroes.
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