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Nymph and the Corrupted Miraculous is a Miraculous Ladybug fanfic written by Asexual Individual.

After an accident, Marinette is confined to a wheelchair, but after finding a brooch in the shape of a butterfly and the Kwami inside, she finds that being in a wheelchair doesn't stop her from becoming a hero. And someone steals the Miraculous from Master Fu and corrupts them for their own purposes, leading to the only remaining one to fall to a new wielder.


Nymph and the Corrupted Miraculous provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: Adrien's weapon as Catastrophe, instead of the Simple Staff he uses in canon.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Due to Nymph's heroic intentions, Lady Wi-Fi not only gets a mildly-tweaked design to demonstrate her hero status, but she is in full-control of herself, receiving her power to rescue Chloé from Catastrophe. Similarly, all of the canonical akuma who appear in this fic are agents of good and occasionally get tweaked designs.
  • Adaptational Intelligence:
    • Zigzagged due to Marinette and Ladybug being two separate people in this fic. When Lila makes her first appearance, Marinette uses logic to disprove her more outlandish claims instead of irrationally going after her in her superhero identity. However, Belle Aube (the equivalent to Ladybug) does angrily confront her on the spot.
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    • The canonical classmates fall for Lila's paper-thin falsehoods repeatedly. Here, Lila's lies are much less convincing, Nathanael in particular noticing that she refers to Nymph as just "Nymph" and not "Lady Nymph" like all of her actual champions. This leads to Lila deciding to take more care with her falsehoods and rely more on half-truths.
  • Adaptational Name Change:
    • Adrien goes by Catastrophe as a supervillain instead of Cat Noir as a superhero.
    • Marinette calls the butterflies she sends out "天使" (tiānshǐ, the Chinese word for angel) instead of Akuma. In addition, as the wielder of the Butterfly Miraculous, she goes by Nymph instead of Hawk Moth.
    • The wielder of the Ladybug Miraculous goes by Belle Aube instead of Ladybug.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Besides the Took a Level in Kindness mentioned below, Chloé, as of chapter 7, has had a Heel Realization and is working towards changing with Marinette's help.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change:
    • Instead of receiving the ladybug Miraculous by Master Fu, here Marinette stumbles upon the butterfly miraculous in an abandoned mansion.
    • Chloé's Akuma/tiānshǐ form is also different from canon; while originally she was a Palette Swap of Ladybug seeking revenge, here she's a phoenix-themed hero with flight and fiery arrows, fueled by her desire to save her father from Catastrophe.
    • While Kim's villain-form Dark Cupid uses his arrows to turn all forms of love into hate with his arrows, here his hero-form Guardian Amour fires arrows that briefly uncloud the corruption from Adrien's mind.
    • While Mylene's villain-form Horrificator was a fear-feeding monster that spat an amber-like goo, here her hero-form Monster Hunter is a Utility Belt Badass Normal with a back-strapped soaker-gun that shoots goo.
    • In-canon, Juleka and Rose are separately turned into the Clone by Conversion Reflekta and mind-controlling Princess Fragrance, here they are turned into Yue-Lien, a Handy Cuffs Battle Couple.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Adrien/Catastrophe, thanks to a corrupted Cat Miraculous. He also end up acting more like a Jerkass outside of his villain form, though so far this has mostly been limited to him being Innocently Insensitive towards Marinette and harshly, though rightfully, calling out Chloé for her controlling behavior.
  • Ambiguously Bi: When Marinette cements Lila as a part of her group with the hope of reforming her and becoming real friends, Lila seems to be much more interested in Marinette than their studying. Adrien, who is established as having a crush on Marinette, picks up on her intensity and only grows to hate her more.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Plagg finally gets out of the Cat Miraculous in chapter 17, but his memory has been totally wiped.
  • And Then What?: Trixx asks Lila what she's planning to do after she gets the Ladybug and Butterfly Miraculouses. She has no answer.
  • Anti-Hero: Discussed when a person who seems to be Belle Aube (actually Volpina in disguise) steals a painting; Plagg notes that some people will use their power both to fight villainy and for their own selfish gain.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Marinete's pretty good at this.
    • She gets in a good one on Alya when she falls for Lila's lies.
      Marinette: What evidence do you have to back up your claims?
    • She gets another good one when Lila tries to claim she can get her fashion show tickets, and proceeds to tear apart her entire character.
      Marinette: Lila, let me ask you something? Where do you think this will all end up?
      Lila: Huh?
      Marinette: Because here's how I see things playing out. At some point, people are going to find out about your lies, with or without my friends and I exposing them. And then no one will believe a word you say ever again. No matter how honest you're being, no matter how much you're hurt, people will believe that you're lying and believe the lies of others over your truths.
  • Badass Teacher: When Catastrophe attacks the art club, Mr. Haberkorn physically interposes himself between his students and the supervillain.
    Mr. Haberkorn: You will not touch my students.
  • Better as Friends: After going on a date with Nathaniel in chapter 13, Marinette friend-zones him. He takes his rejection with grace and honor.
  • Big Bad: A mysterious magic wielder who is corrupting the Miraculouses for their own goals.
  • Bruce Wayne Held Hostage: Happens in chapter 19 where Catastrophe demands that Nymph's Champion face him, unaware that Marinette is one of his hostages. She gets around this by faking a period.
  • Brutal Honesty: Whereas Canon!Chloé was insensitive to the point of malice, this incarnation of Chloé (due to Marinette's positive influence) uses her blunt, in-your-face personality for good, helping Alya get out of her funk after she was beaten by Catastrophe and pushing Nathaniel to act on his crush and ask Marinette out.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The mysterious Big Bad has no problem referring to themself and their allies as villains.
  • The Chooser of The One: Feeling impatient, Nooroo sent out butterflies from the brooch to find the brooch’s new owner, which led Marinette to him.
  • Concept Art: "Lady Wi-Fi as a Champion" by DreamVixen2511, who is the fic's writer.
  • The Conscience: Trixx tries to act as this to Lila, with little success.
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: By Chapter 21, with all of the superhero activity occurring in Paris, various toy companies have approached many of Lady Nymph's champions (since Nymph herself and Bella Aube are inaccessible) with deals to have toys and merchandise made of their Champion personas.
  • The Corrupter: The mysterious man corrupts the Cat Miraculous with a magic ritual. The ring itself ends up having this effect on Adrien.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Of the platonic variety. Chloé is very possessive of Marinette and her well-being, becoming jealous and vindictive towards Alya before she even officially becomes Marinette's friend. This also applies to Adrien, Chloé chasing away everyone that approached him claiming that they "weren't good enough."
  • Crazy-Prepared: Marinette carries a spare tiānshǐ in her Miraculous in case Catastrophe attacks while she's on the go.
  • Damsel in Distress: Chloé becomes one in chapter 10.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: Marinette, who ends up paraplegic after saving Chloé from a car accident in the prologue.
  • Drinking Game: Meta-defied in chapter 8. "Warning, do not attempt to make a drinking game out of how many times this chapter says, 'Royal Phoenix' or 'Catastrophe', you will be dead."
  • The Empath: Much like Canon!Hawk Moth, Nymph is able to sense the emotions of others to find a suitable candidate to bestow powers onto. When Catastrophe is able to destroy Lady WiFi's tiānshǐ, the severed connection affects both Alya and Marinette emotionally, Nooroo flat-out calling it a "trauma."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Catastrophe is threatening Mr. Haberkorn, Marinette pulls at his tail to get him to stop and winds up getting knocked out of her wheelchair. He immediately drops everything (like Mr. Haberkorn) just to help her back into her chair. He then falls for her Fake Period Excuse without question. While he could have done this because he is not one to pick on the disabled and (being a man) knows very little about menstruation, it is equally likely that he does these things because he actually likes Marinette.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: On Valentine's Day, Marinette finds her locker overflowing with cards. Even Adrien - her enemy in costume and neutral player in their personal lives - writes a card for her.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Marinette manages to get past Lila's attempts to fool her with her false identity, Lila ends up coming out of Marinette's "Crying Wolf/Friends Like You For Who You Are" speech with the lesson that she should instead use half-truths, splicing her falsehoods with actual charitable activities she could do to make them more convincing.
  • Fake Period Excuse: When Catastrophe tries taking the students in the art room hostage, Marinette is unable to transform since she is one of those students. To get out of it, she tricks Catastrophe into bringing her to the bathroom by claiming that she is having menstrual cramps. As she predicted, him being a man, he does not question this and gives her privacy long enough for her to transform and release a tiānshǐ.
  • Fan-Art: By TheGreysman.
  • Frame-Up: Volpina is introduced stealing a painting while disguised as Belle Aube to frame her for villainy.
  • Freudian Excuse: While the corrupted state of his miraculous is a giant factor, a majority of the times Adrien takes on his supervillain persona link back to his aloof father (cancelled quality time, broken promises, increased work hours, etc).
  • Friend to All Living Things: Butterflies just love Marinette.
  • G.I.F.T.: Alya is subjected to this on her blog after her somewhat disastrous stint as Lady Wifi, which ended with Catastrophe killing her tiānshǐ.
  • Good Weapon, Evil Weapon: Due to his character alignment, Catastrophe trades the Simple Staff normally used by wielders of the cat miraculous in favor of Absurdly Sharp Claws.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When Nathaniel successfully asks Marinette out, a jealous Adrien attacks them as Catastrophe out of spite.
  • Groin Attack: Chloe, as Royal Phoenix, does this to Catastrophe in chapter 8 to get him off of her.
  • Heel Realization: Chloé has one in chapter 7, realizing how much of a bully she's been towards everyone thanks to Marinette (and Adrien yelling at her).
  • Hidden Depths: While Canon!Chloé wouldn't notice the misery of others if it shouted in her ear, the Chloé here noticed just how hard a time a combination of failing at being Lady WiFi and the negative feedback she has online has really affected her in-spite of her protests, even using her Innocently Insensitive personality to give her a pep-talk based on Brutal Honesty.
    Marinette: What just happened?
    Nooroo: Sometimes, it takes someone who's tactless to get through to someone who's stubborn. If someone's clinging onto their self-doubt, they need to be forced to let go.
  • Honey Trap: When Lila claims to Adrien that she is Belle Aube, Adrien decides to play along with her romantic advances so he can lure her into a trap and seize what he thinks is the Ladybug Miraculous.
  • Hostage For Macguffin: In his first attack, Catastrophe threatens to kill the Mayor unless he gets the Miraculous.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Adrien comes across as this to Marinette when he implies that she can't do things as simple as getting to her seat because she's handicapped.
  • Inspirational Insult: Chloé tells Nathaniel that he doesn't have the balls to ask Marinette out on a date, provoking him into doing just that.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Despite all of the changes made compared to canon, the Butterfly Miraculous' goal is still "get the Ladybug and Cat Miraculous", albeit for more benevolent reasons.
    • Alya's Champion form bears very few differences from her akuma form in canon.
    • Adrien still gets the Cat Miraculous, albeit corrupted this time.
    • While Chloé is friends with both Marinette and Adrien in this version, they still meet under mistaken circumstances that makes Marinette hate Adrien (though admittedly it actually was Adrien's own fault this time).
  • Internal Reveal: Chapter 20 has Adrien and Lila learn each other's secret identities.
  • Irony:
    • In canon, Marinette is the one with a massive crush towards an unknowing Adrien. Here, it is the other way around.
    • In canon, Marinette is the most hostile towards Lila. Here, she is the closest thing she has to a friend.
  • It's Personal: Belle Aube does not take it well when Volpina frames her for grand larceny.
  • Karmic Jackpot: In her effort to save Chloé from an incoming car, Marinette becomes injured in a way that leaves her in a wheelchair. Mayor Bourgeois rewards Marinette for saving her daughter by paying for all the expenses to make their life easier (like making her house wheelchair accessible) and Chloé decides to be best friends with her (possibly out of guilt), ending her bullying. While Chloé still acts like a brat to others, Marinette is able to tone it down.
  • Killed Off for Real: Catastrophe kills off Lady Wifi's tiānshǐ with Cataclysm.
  • Ley Line: According to Nooroo, the mansion that Marinette found the Butterfly miraculous in was built over a ley line so that his previous owner could use its power to place various magical protections over it, making it a certifiable fortress against any invading presence.
  • Magic Kiss: How Marinette turns her butterflies into tiānshǐ.
  • Meaningful Name: Alya named her superhero blog the "Kaleidoscoop", knowing that there would be more heroes created by Nymph other than Royal Phoenix and that a group of butterflies is called a Kaleidoscope.
  • Morality Pet: Marinette is able to tone down some but not all of Chloé's jerkish behavior.
  • More Than Mind Control: The Big Bad corrupts Adrien by playing to his insecurities and resentment of his father, combined with a little dark magic.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The art teacher is given the name Mr. Haberkorn, sharing his surname with his English voice actor Todd Haberkorn.
  • Necessarily Evil: Marinette acknowledges that Adrien's tongue-lashing towards Chloé’s behaviour was exactly what she needed in order for her to improve.
  • Nominal Hero: In Chapter 19, Lila/Gossamer seizes a tiānshǐ and challenges Catastrophe out of a selfish desire for glory and power. She proves so reckless and violent that Nymph is actually forced to resort to pulling the tiānshǐ.
  • The Nondescript: Belle Aube is not given a physical description, because doing so would probably blow her identity for any reader with two brain cells to rub together.
  • Not Brainwashed: Just like in the show, Lila takes up villainy of her own accord. In this case, Xue Ying chooses her with the knowledge that she would not need to expend more power to corrupt her miraculous.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Chloé and her father are usually jerks, but when Marinette sacrifices her legs to save Chloé, she is extremely grateful and her father foots the bill for appropriate renovations to the Dupain-Cheng residence.
    • Catastrophe is an unrepentant supervillain, but he instinctively helps Marinette when she falls out of her wheelchair and accommodates her when she fakes a period.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Very, very downplayed with Rogercop. He intends to arrest Catastrophe in direct violation of Nymph's insistence that he's being controlled, but she acknowledges that it is proper procedure and they work together regardless.
  • Playing with Fire: Royal Phoenix's main power, which she combines with The Straight and Arrow Path.
  • Punny Name: Catastrophe, which doubles as a Name To Run Away From Really Fast.
  • The Reveal:
    • Downplayed in Chapter 18. The author's notes acknowledge the readers' guesses that Belle Aube is either Chloé Bourgeois or Alya Césaire and confirm that she is indeed one of the two, but don't specify which one.
    • Chapter 19 reveals that the Big Bad is a woman, and she introduces herself as Xue Ying.
  • Samus Is a Girl: It turns out that the Big Bad is a woman.
  • School Idol: This version of Marinette is as beloved in school as canon Chloe 'thinks' she is. She is even more popular in her school than the canon version of herself, and not because she is Inspirationally Disadvantaged. So much so that Lila upon meeting her decides that becoming friends with Marinette is an excellent way to become popular herself.
  • Shout-Out: Alya compares Catastrophe's situation - an innocent corrupted by the source of their power - to Venom.
  • Spotting the Thread: Happens repeatedly to Lila in her introductory chapter.
    • When Lila claims to have personally met Nymph, Marinette points out that she has never shown herself in person before.
    • When Lila claims that Jagged Stone wrote a song about her, Marinette points out that that isn't Jagged's style and that Penny wouldn't let him go through with a potential PR disaster like that.
    • When Lila claims to have become a Champion multiple times, Chloé immediately points out that she only makes people her Champion once.
    • Lila refers to Nymph simply as "Nymph". Nathaniel points out that everyone who has been turned into a Champion calls her "Lady Nymph". She continues to do so even after her disastrous time as Gossamer.
  • Swiss Army Tears: Chloé as Royal Phoenix has these, being able to cry on her wounds to heal them. Perhaps a reference to Harry Potter, where phoenix tears have healing powers.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Adrien and Lila barely get along in either civilian or supervillain life, and Volpina has directly worked against Adrien's interests on occasion.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Lila spreads a rumor that she is Belle Aube. The first person she tells is the civilian identity of Catastrophe himself, who would have attacked her for her "Miraculous" if the real Belle Aube hadn't shown up at that exact moment.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While Chloé started out as a bully to Marinette, she soon turned around after Marinette saved her from getting hit by a car, crippling her in the process. While she still acts like a bitch at times, it is implied that Marinette's influence has toned down her "Queen Bee" behavior. Getting a talking to later on and then becoming a Champion make her take another level.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Due to her condition, Marinette becomes annoyed when everyone tries helping her when she does not need it. With the exception of Chloé, everyone backs off when she asks.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Chloé and Alya's personalities clash constantly, Marinette being the only thing keeping them from devolving into actual enemies. With that said, they do get along under certain circumstances, Chloé applying her Brutal Honesty onto Alya when her disastrous run as Lady WiFi left her stuck in her own head and both possessing well-deserved vitriol for Lila when they find out that she is a Consummate Liar.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 10, in which Catastrophe murders a tiānshǐ and (unintentionally) causes Nymph pain.
  • Wham Line: The ending of Chapter 15. "Tikki, spots on!"
  • You Did the Right Thing: After Marinette pulls Lila's tiānshǐ, she begins to have doubts about her actions. Master Fu reassures her that she made the right move.


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