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Marinette has had enough. She's taken the high road, she's ignored Lila and her constant lies, she's smiled and played nice with everyone. But she's still sitting in the back alone, her friends only talk to her to call her mean and rude, and no one's listening to her anymore. She's done. It's time to move on, to take care of herself for once instead of everyone else. A new school, new friends, a new life. This is for the best.


Moving On is a Miraculous Ladybug Fix Fic written by Ace_of_Spades_400, and one of many of its kind written after the airing of "Chameleon". At eleven chapters, it is currently complete.

Moving On contains examples of the following tropes:

  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Luka doesn't get a Miraculous until the climax.
  • The Ace: Allegra, the class representative of Marinette's new class and a musical prodigy.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: As they had yet to debut in the show at the time the story was written, the Dragon and Snake heroes have different powers than they do in canon.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Carter's crush on Marinette, which we only learn about after she starts dating Luka.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Claude, Allegra, and Alan are all superhero fans who end up becoming superheroes themselves.
  • The Atoner:
    • Chloe wants to atone for her time as the school's Alpha Bitch, but Lila's made it hard for her.
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    • Adrien tries to atone for how badly he screwed up by visiting Marinette more as Chat Noir.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Claude manages to figure out Ladybug and Chat Noir's identities when he realizes that Marinette and Adrien were the only people in Mme. Bustier's class who never got akumatized.
  • Bad Liar: After asking her friends to meet her later as Ladybug, Marinette notices that Claude seems to be doing the best job at keeping it a secret.
  • Big Bad: Lila is the source of the story's main conflict.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Three of the akumatized villains faced over the course of the story have these powers — Dream Snatcher, Clay Face, and Weaver.
    • This is also Viperion's special power, which he uses to override the control of the above-mentioned Weaver.
  • The Charmer: Claude playfully flirts with Marinette (and has apparently done so with several other new kids), but doesn't actively pursue her beyond that, and ultimately supports her decision to date Luka (after some dramatics, of course).
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  • Chekhov's Gunman: An akuma named Jester is mentioned at the beginning of the fight with Clownzilla. Marinette later finds out that this akuma was Claude.
  • Class Clown: Claude, Elias, and Carter all fill this role.
  • Class Representative: Allegra is this for her homeroom.
  • Cool School: Rose River Academy is one. It's fully dedicated to helping every student with their goals in life, no matter what they may be.
  • Cool Uncle: Jagged Stone sees himself as this to Marinette, to the point where he insists that she call him "Uncle Jagged". He later cements himself as this by using an interview to start tearing down Lila’s credibility among her classmates.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Kagami over the course of the fic, especially after she's brought into Marinette's new circle of friends.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Marinette hits hers regarding the situation with Lila in the beginning of the story, leading to her finally telling her parents what's been going on.
  • Disappointed in You: It's implied that Mme. Bustier feels this way towards her class in regards to how they treated Marinette. She regains her faith in them later upon discovering they plan to expose Lila.
  • Dramatic Irony: Marinette cuts ties with Adrien, but her relationship with Chat just keeps getting better. Then she finds out they're one and the same.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Alya and Nino both quickly forgive Adrien for keeping the truth about Lila from them, realizing it was partly their fault he'd done so in the first place.
    • Averted in regards to Marinette and her old friends. It takes plenty of time and a mutual identity reveal for her to forgive and start over with Adrien, and she doesn't fully forgive Alya and Nino until sometime between the story's end and the epilogue, which takes place years later.
  • Engineered Public Confession: The class sets one up, using Markov to record Lila confessing to her lies and calling for Hawk Moth to akumatize her.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Claude apparently had a crush on Luka in the past.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • Claude is the Id (the Class Clown and a frequent Large Ham), Allegra is the Superego (the class representative and a musical prodigy), and Alan is the Ego (he balances them out).
    • The Miraculous of Man are best wielded by one of these; notably, the Miraculous of Mind (which seems better suited to the Superego) goes to Claude, while the Miraculous of Soul (Id) goes to Allegra.
  • Good Parents: The minute they find out what's been going on, Tom and Sabine comfort their daughter and immediately start making preparations to have her transferred to a new school.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Hawk Moth, whose akumas tend to drive any plot not directly related to Lila and the fallout and who ends up akumatizing Lila upon request during the climax.
  • Heel Realization:
    • Adrien has one the day he learns Marinette transferred schools, realizing that his advice did nothing but hurt her in the long run.
    • Alya and Nino both get one when Adrien finally tells them the truth about what happened between Marinette and Lila.
    • The rest of the class has this after Jagged debunks one of Lila's lies on live TV, and they immediately make plans to expose Lila for good.
  • Hidden Depths: Luka gets surprisingly competitive during his bowling date with Marinette.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Marinette notes that it's unfair that she's calling out Adrien for being a horrible friend when she's done plenty of things that have violated his trust. The two decide to start their friendship over.
  • Imagine Spot: Marinette has a brief one, where Alan tells her to "woman up" and ask Luka out on a date.
  • Large Ham: Claude, as the resident actor-slash-Class Clown.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Lila's lies are exposed at the end, and as a result all the goodwill she's built up is lost, she gets expelled, her mother grounds her, and she has to leave Paris.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: When Tikki, Pollen, Longg, Sass, and Plagg meet up together near the end, all of them gush about their holders or how they're all active together...except Plagg, who wants cheese.
  • Magical Flutist: Allegra as Melodie can use her flute to create large musical notes and use them in a variety of ways.
  • Must Make Amends: Alya's main goal when she gets akumatized into Backstabber. Her idea of making amends with Marinette involves murdering Lila.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Alya has this reaction when she realizes how horrible she's been to Marinette, and how she made Adrien feel that he couldn't tell her what Lila was doing.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Claude, Allegra, and Alan are all based on character concepts that never made it into the show.
    • Marinette dresses in an outfit reminiscent of one of her beta designs for her date with Luka.
  • Noodle Incident: Elias and Carter's stairwell theory, which involved a rubber chicken, a staircase in the school, and required Allegra's intervention.
  • Out of Focus: Alan gets the least screen time out of his friends.
  • Parental Neglect: Claude’s parents, of the "promise to show up to your play and then never come" variety.
  • Pass the Popcorn: The first time Kagami sits with Marinette and her new friends at lunch, the narration notes that she "seems to be enjoying the dinner and a show".
  • Personality Powers: The Miraculous of Man work like this. Performer Claude gets Your Mime Makes It Real abilities, track team member Alan gets Super Speed, and flutist Allegra becomes a Magical Flutist.
  • Persona Non Grata: Lila ends up banned from Paris until the akuma situation is dealt with, as it's too dangerous to let her continue living in the city.
  • Playing with Fire: The power of the Dragon Miraculous.
  • The Quiet One: Claude as Kid Mime. Invoked, as his powers won't work otherwise.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Marinette gives one to Adrien for how he never did anything to help her, especially since this means she can't trust him as Chat Noir.
  • Sad Clown:
    • The constant absence of his parents hurts Claude a lot more than he wants to admit, especially since he thinks he's supposed to be the "funny cool guy" that's always there for his friends and can't show that he's hurting, too. Marinette talks him out of this mentality.
    • Chat Noir continues to act flirty and fun-loving, but inside he's wracked with guilt over how badly he handled the situation between Lila and Marinette.
  • Serious Business: All of the arguments between Claude, Allegra, and Alan are treated as this.
  • Shipper on Deck: Tom and Sabine happily support the relationship between Luka and Marinette.
  • Ship Sinking: Any sort of romance between Marinette and Adrien in either identity is not to be, thanks to Adrien's unwillingness to confront Lila and Marinette ultimately hooking up with Luka.
  • Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Lila tries to imply that Marinette did this in order to design for Jagged Stone when the class starts praising the suit she made him. We don't see the class' reactions to this, but Alya (having long wised up to Lila's true nature) is disgusted.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Claude sees Ladybug's behavior during the fight with an akumatized Alya, realizes it's similar to how Marinette would act, and manages to figure out they're one and the same from there.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Lila becomes the spiderlike Weaver upon being akumatized in the climax.
  • Superpowers For A Day: Kagami and Luka both become temporary Miraculous holders over the course of the fic — the former getting the Dragon, the latter getting the Snake.
  • Super Speed: Alan gets these powers as Mercury.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Adrien's advice did not work out in the long run, and after two weeks Lila has successfully made Marinette a pariah and left the poor girl a wreck.
    • Adrien and Chloe both want to confront Lila, but they realize that, since she had such an easy time turning "everyday Ladybug" Marinette into the class' punching bag, she'll likely be able to do the same to them, the new kid and former Alpha Bitch.
    • Marinette loses her trust in Alya and Nino after they bully her and no longer recruits them as Miraculous holders. She also loses trust in Chat Noir after discovering he's Adrien, though she realizes that since they're supposed to work together, they'll have to patch things up as quickly as possible.
    • Marinette and her friends discuss her issues with Chat Noir in a public area and don't try to be discreet about it, leading to Kagami finding out their identities.
    • As it turns out, Lila’s mom is a diplomat, and all her work has just gone down the drain now that it's been revealed her daughter willingly works with a terrorist.
  • Those Two Guys: Elias and Carter, who are essentially the Fred and George Weasley of Rose River.
  • Time Skip: The epilogue takes place ten years in the future.
  • Trauma Button: Claude and (ironically enough) clowns, because he was turned into a clown-themed akuma and now any mention of them just remind him of his constantly-absent parents, the reason he was akumatized in the first place. Marinette helps him start to get over it.
  • True Companions: Claude, Allegra, and Alan. No matter how much they rag on each other, they always have each other's backs.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Luka, who supports all of Marinette's decisions regarding what direction she wants to take her life.
  • The Unmasking: So many happen among the heroes over the course of the fic that, by the end, most of them give up on trying to hide their identities from their teammates.
  • Visual Pun: Lila's powers as Weaver allow her to control people with a literal web of lies.
  • Wham Line: Jagged Stone, during an interview at the PMAs, decides to address a rumor going around about him. It's at this point the reader realizes that Lila's empire is about to topple.
    Jagged Stone: Apparently someone's saying I used to own a cat.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Marinette tells Adrien this when he considers himself unworthy of being Chat Noir.
  • Your Mime Makes It Real: Claude gets these powers upon getting his Miraculous. He can only make one construct at a time, and they only work if he doesn't talk.


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