True Sight: Secrets of the Miraculous is a Miraculous Ladybug Fan Fic by Jarl_Deathwolf.
True Sight: Secrets of the Miraculous contains examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: Subverted in most instances.
- Truesight himself takes the lead in battling "the Great Enemy", insists on training the heroes properly, is in favor of mutual identity reveals, and provides emotional support to the overwhelmed heroes.
- Adaptational Explanation: Despite half-Chinese, the series never explained why Marinette seems to have no ties to her Chinese heritage, not even speaking a word of Mandarin. Here, it is explained that due Sabine's rough childhood as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, she thought it would be easier for Marinette if she was raised as a purely French girl. In hindsight, she realizes that maybe it wasn't necessary as society nowadays is not as xenophobic as it used to be in her childhood.
- Amazon Chaser: When Adrien sees Marinette in a bikini for the first time, what he notices first isn't her breasts, hips or legs, but her surprisingly well toned muscles. He needs to make a deliberate effort to stop oogling at her.
- Big Damn Heroes: Multiple times throughout the story.
- Truesight arriving in time to save Chat Noir and defeat Hawkmoth being one of, if not the most, significant.
- The past Miraculous wielders are summoned to the present when Chat Noir sounds his horn, helping save the present wielders and turn the tide of the battle.
- Big Good: Truesight has been fighting the Great Enemy for thousands of years, far longer than anyone else and he is the one who forged the original seven Miraculous.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Ladybug gets hit with this from a vampire akuma.
- Chekhov's Gun: Truesight gives Chat Noir a magical horn, telling him to use it when he needs reinforcements. During the final battle, he uses it to call the Zodiac Miraculous wielders - and ends up summoning the past Miraculous wielders at a critical point, helping turn the tide.
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Master Fu tells Gabriel Agreste that he could have saved himself and his family a lot of trouble if he had heeded the warning he gave him and Emilie and handed the Butterfly and Peacock Miraculouses when warned them of what could happen to them if they kept using them.
- Cool Sword: Truesight's main weapon is Oath of the Sun, a magic sword that can hurt the Great Enemy and even leaves scratches on an otherwise indestructible Miraculous tool.
- Crystal-Ball Scheduling: While watching Tangled with Adrien, Marinette notices many similarities between Adrien and Rapunzel (the two of them being Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold trapped inside a huge and luxurious but lonely household with a controlling single parent, who want to see the outside world).
- Deal with the Devil: Any sorcerers that try to use the power of the Great Enemy will probably end up regretting it... If they live that long.
- Dramatic Irony: A bunch thanks to identity shenanigans.
- Dream Sequence: As the Miraculous holders' connection to their respective Miraculous strengthens they start having visions of past holders.
- Eldritch Abomination: The "Great Enemy" from beyond the universe. Their very presence bends reality and they require the energy of living beings to sustain their form in our world. The original reason the Miraculous were created was to fight them off.
- A Father to His Men: Truesight takes on this roll simply because of how young Ladybug and Chat Noir are. It's implied he had the same kind of relationship with the previous Miraculous holders. Especially Adrien, due to being the first adult in his life to really focus on Adrien's emotional needs.
- Fish out of Water: Truesight is thousands of years removed from a different universe. However, he has experience adapting to new cultures thanks to being summoned without warning so many times before. In his own words the "names of my gods would be meaningless to you".
- Flanderization: Done In-Universe with a play about Ladybug and Chat Noir, where the latter's tendency to Taking the Bullet is exaggerated to the point of being his only character trait.
- Foil: Truesight is this for Master Fu. Contrasting the Guardian with a more hands on approach to mentoring the heroes and placing emphasis on sharing secrets.
- Girl-Show Ghetto: In-Universe, Ladybug herself seems to be this. Adrien has a Ladybug-themed pajamas with the words "Miraculous Girl" on it, and laments that they don't make Ladybug-themed clothes for men. A laughing Marinette promises to make him a "big boy Ladybug pajamas".
- Glamour: The Miraculous are specifically stated to possess powerful protective magic to preserve the wearer's identity.
- A God I Am Not: According to Truesight, he was summoned in ancient Egypt under circumstances that led to people assuming he was a god. He eventually cleared up this misconception, but it took long enough that the legend of the god people thought he was stuck around even so.
- Godzilla Threshold: When the Blind Eye sorcerers send the Zodiac Miraculous they still have to attack Paris, the heroes realize that their only recourse is to use the Miraculouses in reserve (including the Butterfly and the Peacock) to counter them. By that same measure, Adrien is forced to accept returning the Butterfly and the Peacock to his parents, as they are the only ones with the experience in using them.
- Good Is Not Soft: While Truesight does not enjoy taking a life he is more than willing to do so in order to protect the innocent. Even willing to end Hawkmoth then and there once his identity is revealed. Only refraining because it would hurt Adrien.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Subverted by Truesight to the point that he doesn't take it off on first meeting the heroes.
- Ignored Epiphany: Gabriel was given a chance to actually be a hero and help save Paris from the Great Enemy - and after the Great Enemy begins to attack in earnest, he decides to escape, thinking he'll be able to survive and get his hands on the Miraculous to make a Wish.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: After years terrorizing Paris, Gabriel's identity as Hawkmoth is finally exposed. And Truesight will not allow him to get off lightly.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Truesight fits the bill with his medieval armor.
- Legacy Character: This fanfic puts far more emphasis on the fact that many historical figures used to be Miraculous wielders. And after Truesight is summoned, the current wielders start to have dreams about their predecessors.Even Gabriel.
- Life Drinker: The Great Enemy does this to sustain their form in our world.
- Life Energy: Referred to as chi. The lack of magic in the environment is what led the Guardians to potion making; as a way to extract the chi from plants. It's also what the Great Enemy feeds on.
- The Magic Goes Away: Earth's magic has been on the decline for the past centuries. While Chat Noir finds it sad, Truesight claims it's a good thing, since the more magic trickles into this world, so does the Great Enemy's influence.
- Magic Knight: Truesight has extensive knowledge of magic in order to combat the Great Enemy.
- Male Gaze: Invoked and Played for Laughs:
Alya: Blondie, we couldve just stayed at the cabin. There is a heck of a better selection of movies there, and I couldve stayed in yoga pants.
Nino: You have deprived me of a treasure, dude.
- Manipulative Bastard: Gabriel, obviously.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Alya thinks this about Adrien after she sees him transform into Chat Noir, as he's already in a relationship with Marinette by that point but knows he's with Ladybug.
- Mundane Utility: Truesight can use his powers to give people temporary hair dyes. He dyes Chat Noir's hair pink and Ladybug's red, both at the latter's request.
- Mutual Masquerade: Contrary to the Fu and presumably the rest of the Guardians, Truesight doesn't share their views on secret identities. While he admits they can protect, he believes they're not worth all the trouble and misunderstandings they can cause. Tikki and Plagg thought the same after seeing how much Adrien and Marinette were needlessly suffering thanks to the Love Square, and put an end to it themselves.
Truesight: Fu can go on all he wants about safety and security, but when it comes down to it, trust cannot be built off of secrecy
- Named by the Adaptation: The Gorilla is given the name Francis.
- Never My Fault: Even after Gabriel's identity is revealed and Truesight calls him out for his treatment of Adrien he refuses to take responsibility for his actions. He even tries to blame Master Fu for not giving him a clear warning on what could happen, only for Fu to fire back that Gabriel never even tried to seek a clear warning.
- No-Sell: When an akuma hits Truesight's armor with its mind control paintballs the only reaction he gives is complaining about how long it's going to take for him to clean it.
- Outside-Context Problem: Played With. The last time the Great Enemy posed a threat was before even Master Fu's time. But that is exactly why Truesight arrived. While the heroes never heard about the Great Enemy before, their kwamis still remember those battles (whether they feel like revealing everything or not).
- The Paladin: Truesight has many qualities that raise him to this level. He is so selfless that he agreed to leave his home universe without the possibility of going back. Simply because strangers called for help.
- Parental Sexuality Squick: When Adrien tells the Dupain-Chengs that she invited Marinette (as well as Alya and Nino) to a cabin in the Alps for Spring Break, she shares her own intimate experiences on the place, much to Marinette's horror.
Sabine: I dont know if Marinette told you, but Tom and I had a romantic getaway in the mountains a few years into our marriage. It was heavenly.
Adrien: Thats cool! Did you guys go skiing while you were up there? Did Marinette go with you?
Sabine: Oh no, dear, we spent most of our time indoors. And Marinette wasnt around quite yet, though after we got back-
Marinette: Hey, guys! You just about ready to leave?! I sure am!
- Poor Communication Kills: Chat Noir's insistence that Rena Rouge keep Hawkmoth's possible identity as Gabriel Agreste a secret nearly ends in disaster. With Chat Noir's identity exposed and almost losing to him before Truesight gets there.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Flavius Aetius, the past Butterfly Miraculous wielder that is summoned by Chat Noir's horn, calls out Gabriel for his actions before beating him and taking the Miraculous so he can help in the fight.
- Relationship Upgrade: During their small vacation on the Agrestes' cabin in the Alps, Adrien and Marinette became a couple after Tikki and Plagg decided to do away with the Mutual Masquerade and forcefully revealed their secret identities to the other.
- Resurrective Immortality: After realizing new wielders would need guidance, Truesight established the summoning ritual so the Guardians could call on his wisdom. However, it comes at the price of vague memories of his previous lives.
- Sleep Cute: Marinette and Adrien fall asleep inside a pillow fort while watching Tangled during a sleepover at the former's house. Both Marinette's parents and Nino and Alya thought they looked adorable.
- Suddenly Voiced: The Gorilla, who never spoke in canon, speaks here. Though, he's at least a Terse Talker.
- Summoning Ritual: How Truesight arrives in Paris.
- Teleportation: Truesight can use his sword to transport himself across the city. The Pegasus Miraculous also grants this power to its wielder.
- Terse Talker: During the rare occasions when the Gorilla/Francis speaks, he rarely says more than a single word at a time.
- Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to Truesight's training, all of the heroes improve their fighting skills and the powers they can access from their Miraculous.
- Tranquil Fury: Truesight has this reaction to Gabriel's dismissive treatment of Adrien during an attack. And it's implied the "tranquil" part would quickly become a non-factor if he knew just how bad Gabriel usually is.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It's implied that the Blind Eye sorcerers are ignorant of the true dangers that using the Great Enemy's energy could unleash on the world.
- Villains Want Mercy: In typical fashion, Gabriel asks to be spared. The only reason he gets it is because Truesight does not want Adrien to lose his father. Gabriel, naturally, shows no gratitude for this and constantly attempts to weasel out of his self made prison - and still plots to steal the Miraculouses.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Marinette wonders if she's too late to save Paris, a summoned Joan of Arc tells her that Paris can be saved, and that she is honored to meet Marinette, calling her one of the greatest Ladybugs.