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  • The reason why Hawk Moth never catches Ladybug and Chat Noir's Miraculouses: he lives under the same roof as the kwami of bad luck.
  • The various switches of the Loves My Alter Ego between Ladybug and Cat Noir. As their alter-egos, both Ladybug and Noir are both more confident. In Marinette's case, her added confidence makes her more attractive to Adrien, but Cat Noir's boost tends to manifest as an inability to keep his mouth shut that only makes him more obnoxious to Ladybug.
  • Plagg (Plague) getting power from cheese. Cheese is, to oversimplify, milk that rots in a certain way when combined with certain bacteria. It is decay turned into something good; just like Chat Noir is Darkness and Destruction, but fully on the side of good. (Based on this, Plagg could conceivably power up on yogurt or alcohol or even mushrooms.)
    • Similarly, Tikki gains power from cookies because cookies are made by combining numerous ingredients to create something better. Theoretically, any baked good or sweet could probably work.
    • This also explains why Plagg particularly likes Camembert cheese, which is made with unpasteurized milk.
    • Given that Plagg was able to power up off part of Tikki's macaron in "Dark Owl", it's likely that they (and by extension, possibly all kwamis) could theoretically power up on any food item, but have preferences for the above-listed ones, which would explain how they operated before said items were invented.
  • Why does Cat Noir get brainwashed relatively frequently? Simple. He might be on the side of good, but he does represent Darkness and Destruction. Neither of those is frequently associated with good.
    • Given the reveal in the second season, it could also be Gabriel's compulsion to control Adrien's life leaking through the Miraculous.
    • Also, black cats are bad luck, and there are many occasions of Adrien having bad luck in general, including the above.
  • Cat Noir appears perfectly happy to fade into the background while the media focuses on Ladybug. Given that Adrien's all too familiar with celebrity status as a civilian, he probably finds it a novelty.
  • You would expect the whole classroom to fear their classmates after being turned into the Monster of the Week and would no longer talk to them. However, if you think about it, all of them have suffered the same fate and can't escape from it when suffering great emotional pain, making them able to relate to their problem and not pick on them or blaming them since they did the same thing. Which makes the one time Chloé does it to Aurore even more Kick the Dog than usual, even for her.note 
  • This gifset pretty much sums up the love square of the two heroes, Marinette/Ladybug and Adrien/Cat Noir:
    • Ladybug/Cat Noir are "The Heroic" — As The Chosen Ones of the ladybug and cat miraculouses, respectively, their main responsibility is to perform heroic duties to ensure Paris's safety specifically from Hawk Moth.
    • Marinette/Adrien are "The Everyday" — They interact outside of their superhero lives as classmates and friends, but due to Adrien's reserved nature and Marinette's Gibberish of Love, they hardly make progress in this part of the "love square", and as such they are The Everyman or everyday to each other, meaning their personalities are up to the other's interpretation.
    • Ladybug/Adrien are "The Adored" — They both are with the "person" they deeply adore and are in deeply love with, to the point of being stalkers (benign ones, but still).
      • These identities are also literally adored the most by other people such as Chloé.
    • Marinette/Cat Noir are "The Natural" — Cat Noir aka Adrien acts like his true self since he doesn't have to be the "perfect Adrien" and he's talking to his close friend Marinette and not the girl he has a crush on...kind of; Marinette doesn't get nervous because it's not Adrien she's talking to...kind of. Plus, both don't have crushes on one another (kind of) and act very natural with each other.
  • The show makes use of the yin-yang symbol in the opening credits and later prominently featured in the two part origins episode but it also reflects on Adrien and Marinette whether they're in superhero or civilian mode. As Ladybug and Cat Noir they hold the powers of creation and destruction which are associated with yang and yin respectively. In the Chinese philosophy and religion, yin is usually feminine and associated with death and darkness while yang is usually masculine associated with life and the affirmative. Anyone who has seen an image of a yin-yang symbol can see the black and white portions have contrasting dots representing that each sustains the other. The symbolism of this is most obvious in their superhero abilities but it also appears in Adrien and Marinette as foils to each other. They may have different upbringings and personalities but both of them are only children with a Friendless Background, both enjoy video games, and being miraculous holders gives them each a much needed confidence boost, to name a few. It's even reflected in their day clothes and hair colors. (Marinette has darker hair and wears a dark gray jacket representing the traditionally feminine yin but the white t-shirt underneath could represent yang and hence her abilities as Ladybug. Adrien is blond and wears a white jacket representing the traditionally masculine yang but wears a black t-shirt representing yin and his abilities as Cat Noir.)
  • Ladybugs are associated with good luck, and Ladybug's powers reflect this. After all, luck is preparation (the Lucky Charm giving her exactly what she needs) meeting opportunity (her ability to see exactly how to use the charm.)
  • Despite the Two Person Love Square, it would appear that Adrien might have a subconscious inkling about Ladybug's true identity; just look at Cat's pet name for Marinette: "Princess". If you're confused, a princess would be referred to as "my lady" by her Knight in Shining Armor, which Cat wants to be for Ladybug, who is actually Marinette!
  • Marinette's intense dislike over Chloé was thought to be from the latter's unpleasant personality and frequent flirting with Adrien. That is partially true, but another and more personal reason is how Chloé would bully her in the past; "Origins" state it was for (at least) four years before the storyline.
    • It may have been longer, considering Sabine's astonishment is that they could be in the same class for four years in a row.
  • Some of the akumatized villains (like the Bubbler) have had particularly lurid and brightly-colored designs, which could make it hard for them to be taken seriously solely on a visual level, until you watch "Origins" and find out that the Butterfly Miraculous, which Hawk Moth is misusing to turn people into supervillains, is actually supposed to be used to turn people into superheroes, who are known for costumes with bright color schemes.
  • Both nice and pampered Adrien and Spoiled Brat Chloé are childhood friends, but how can they be friends but have different personalities? How they were both raised. For Adrien, his father kept him on a strict schedule to prevent any harm to his son; on the other hand, Chloé's father gave her all the freedom in the world while spoiling her rotten. It's because of Adrien's strict upbringing and limited interactions with others that kept him from being too influenced of their bad behavior (i.e., Chloé). And as for Chloé, she never learned her limits and thinks she's entitled to anything or anyone.
    • "Despair Bear" adds another level of depth to this difference. It's implied that Chloé's mother walked out when Chloé was a child, whereas "Santa Claws" states that Mrs. Agreste has been missing for less than a year, as she'd been around for the previous Christmas. While Adrien had his own mom to show him right and wrong, all Chloé had was her father spoiling her rotten.
  • Cat Noir getting knocked around or messing up so often makes a ton of sense when you realize that as Adrien, his life has been incredibly controlled and structured; Adrien simply doesn't have enough experience acting on his own initiative.
  • It may seem like a case of Idiot Ball that neither Marinette nor Adrien can recognize one another as Ladybug or Cat Noir, respectively. However, when Marinette transforms into Ladybug she keeps her regular hairstyle and eye shape; when Adrien becomes Cat Noir, both of them change. So, both teen superheroes may think the same rule applies to the other, as in Ladybug think Cat Noir's look is the same as his civilian while Cat Noir thinks Ladybug's look is different as a civilian.
    • On top of that, Adrien's look changing more drastically than Marinette's might be related to the fact that in his civilian identity, he's hiding more of his true self than she is. Hawk Moth's noticeable differences from Gabriel may indicate the same thing.
  • The Origins episode reveals that Hercules/Heracles was one of the Destruction Ring's previous owners, and there's a few similarities between Heracles and Cat Noir, at least on how their powers work and how it would have looked In-Universe.
    • In Greek Mythology, Heracles wore the Nemean Lion's hide as an indestructible armor; according to Word of God, the Miraculous holders are Nigh Invulnerable thanks to their outfits, and the lion hide obviously fits with the feline theme.
    • While it's never stated as having Super Strength, Adrien certainly gains a significant stamina and strength's boost when transforming, as Cat Noir can easily carry someone while running and jumping. As Heracles surely wasn't a lean male model but a trained warrior, he was already stronger than average without transforming, so the enhancement was surely much more noticeable.
    • Heracles would have used Cataclysm to break or destroy stuff he couldn't with his strength alone; for a casual onlooker, the Cataclysm would have looked like a Megaton Punch or as Heracles casually breaking something that would otherwise be impervious to damage, so the Destruction Power would have been taken as Super Strength.
    • Heracles' Weapon of Choice in most stories is a heavy club. If he gained a Telescoping Staff like Cat Noir, then, again, a casual onlooker would take some Artistic License when retelling one of Heracles' battles, and change the apparently Simple Staff for a more impressive-sounding club.
  • Why can Hawk Moth spread The Corruption to his butterflies, turning them into akuma that create villains? After all, that's not exactly a power that one generally thinks of for a magic that is explicitly stated in-universe as being supposed to make heroes. The Butterfly Miraculous's ability is empowerment. Hawk Moth isn't just empowering his victims with superpowers, he's empowering the dark emotions that drew his attention in the first place as well!
    • This is also why every single victim succumbs to him the moment they're touched by the butterfly, why he seems to have little control over them and why it looks like he can take on people with positive emotions as well as negative ones. Butterfly Miraculous was supposed to serve a heroic purpose and it might operate on empowering strong emotions in people and empowering them to act on them. Its purpose might originally be to give people who cannot act on their emotions, be it lovers separated by class division or subjects of a tyrannical ruler, a way to fight for feelings they're forced to bottle down.
  • There have been at least a couple of occasions where one of Hawk Moth's akumas managed to mind-control Cat Noir and instead of having the akuma remove the ring and bring it to him, Hawk Moth has the akuma use Cat Noir to try and get Ladybug's earrings. While this may seem like an example of the Idiot Ball at work, there is a good reason for this. Not only is Cat Noir generally the most powerful of the akuma's thralls, meaning that he has by far the best chance of defeating Ladybug, but if Ladybug does defeat the akuma, her Miraculous Ladybug ability will probably restore the ring to Cat Noir when it undoes the akuma's damage.
  • Mayura uses the Peacock Miraculous, so of course she's a Peacock Girl and not dressed like a peahen. It's not called the Peafowl Miraculous, so it doesn't have gender variants.
  • The fact that it's apparently been less than a year since Mrs. Agreste disappeared helps explain Adrien's behavior and personality. All indications are that Mrs. Agreste was a stay-at-home mom for much of Adrien's childhood, and even Mr. Agreste is implied to have been much less distant before his wife disappeared. So up until shortly before the show started, Adrien would have had a close relationship with one parent and a somewhat less distant relationship with the other, which would massively blunt the loneliness from being homeschooled and having few friends. Adrien might have still wished for more opportunities to interact with other kids, but he'd have been much more content with his life. And then his mother disappears and his father becomes even more distant than before. All of a sudden, the few people Adrien is used to interacting with are gone or the next best thing to it. A few months of that, and it's no wonder Adrien is willing to go to extreme measures to get some time with people.
  • The sheer number of awful puns and word plays Hawk Moth comes up with when naming his akumas is this when you consider whose father he is.
  • At first glance, you might think that Gabriel Agreste's use of a moth as his brand's logo and the moth motifs present all throughout the mansion's décor are some kind of subconscious confession to his possession of the Moth Brooch. However, both the mansion and the fashion line have clearly been in place for some considerable time as of the Origins episodes, which means that Gabriel must have chosen his logo and built those motifs into the décor well before he became Hawk Moth.
  • In the extended theme song, Marinette says in the daytime, she's Ladybug, and Adrien says Chat Noir is the hero of the night. Seems a bit odd, until you watch how they act when it's dark. Chat Noir is typically the more mobile one, while Ladybug sits and waits. And what time does Chat Noir do his biggest distractions? At night. Ladybug probably can't see that well in the dark, while Chat Noir not only has night vision, but a lot of other senses to compliment them. So Chat Noir is more suited to night time hero work, when he can see a lot better than anyone else, and Ladybug is best in the daytime, when she has enough light to see properly.
  • Gabriel being Hawk Moth does explain why he's such a jerk. Given how many people became corrupted because of Chloe's bad attitude, it makes total sense for him to be similarly unfeeling. If your power only worked on those who are upset about something, it would make sense to upset as many people as you can without raising suspicion.
  • Joan of Arc was a holder of the Ladybug Miraculous. That explains a lot (well in the Miraculous Ladybug universe at least):
    • How did an illiterate girl dismantle every single accusation and pitfall at her trial, forcing her accusers to blatantly violate ecclesiastic law and falsify everything to justify her conviction? Tikki instructed her.
    • Joan's famous voices: Tikki, and possibly other kwami. That Joan would equal to angels and saints to reconcile with her faith, assuming Tikki didn't present to her as an angel to begin with.
    • Tikki is extremely protective of Ladybug's secret identity. Joan admitting she heard voices was used against her at the trial to justify her first conviction and depict her as a witch. Time may have changed, but that event is bound to have left a mark.
  • Adrien's habit of throwing himself in front of attacks to protect Ladybug may not be just his love for Ladybug, but also a reasoned tactical decision. Remember, only Ladybug can purify the akumas or cast Miraculous Ladybug to undo their damage. If Cat Noir is taken out, Ladybug can still win the day, but if Ladybug goes down, Cat Noir has no hope of ultimate victory. Moreover, even if Cat Noir is killed or erased or whatever, as long as Ladybug comes out victorious she can bring him back with her Miraculous. Combined, these two facts mean that Cat Noir is expendable in a way that Ladybug is not, and Adrien is more than smart enough to have figured that out. So he takes the bullet because he knows that he can afford to die where his Lady can't.
  • While the series was in development, Alix was intended to be a friend of Chloé and Sabrina, as a reference to the Power Trio in Totally Spies! (Clover, Sam, and Alex > Chloé, Sabrina, and Alix). While Alix ended up becoming unaffiliated with Chloé in the show proper, the intended Shout-Out was preserved in a roundabout way - Chloé's only friend other than Sabrina is Adrien, preserving the Theme Naming even if the three do not function as a trio.
  • Marinette is initially reluctant to become a heroine, while Adrien Jumped at the Call. While this works with their characters (Marinette's desire to be normal vs. Adrien's sheltered upbringing), it also works with their names. Ladybug may be a Spider-Man Send-Up, but Chat Noir (aka Adrien Agreste), unlike Ladybug, has the sort of Alliterative Name found in many Marvel characters.
  • If you think about it, several of the villains' akumatized objects relate to or symbolise the circumstances in which they were akumatized:
    • Rogercop's object is his police whistle, representing how he was unfairly fired for being a By-the-Book Cop who was only trying to support the law. Unable to uphold the law, he proceeded to do just that with his newfound power and gave André the punishment he deserved.
    • Despair Bear's outer body, the Killer Teddy Bear, is the entire container of the akuma. Chloé's butler knew that her teddy bear Mr. Cuddly was her last gift by the mother that left her as a child, so he could use Mr. Cuddly to encourage Chloé to be good like her younger self. However, her meaner side gets the better of her and she fires her butler, giving him the shame to be akumatized. As the pilot of Despair Bear, his speech patterns resemble a parent scolding their naughty child, just as he sees Chloé as a naughty child who needs to be disciplined.
    • Prime Queen's object is the ratings monitor on her wrist. Nadja kept on asking Ladybug questions she was uncomfortable with answering (like if she and Cat Noir were in a relationship), both spurred by her desire to get a good scoop and her producers pressuring her into asking her those questions. After getting her show shut down, Nadja was akumatised into Prime Queen, who had all that in her mind when desiring for Ladybug and Cat Noir to show their love so the ratings can go higher.
    • When Anarka Couffaine is akumatized into Captain Hardrock, the akuma is located in the compass of her houseboat. Earlier in the episode, the compass goes wild when a magnetic statue is placed near it. It's a metaphor for Anarka's moral compass, since she does many unadultlike things like speaking like a pirate, owning a houseboat and having a childlike embrace towards freedom. This moral compass is what causes her to disobey the law and getting herself in trouble with Officer Roger. As Captain Hardrock, her compass is distorted even more, only being obsessed with her own freedom while denying it for everyone else, including her son and daughter.
    • Evillustrator and Reverser have their akuma in their pen and notebook, respectively. Nathanael and Marc have a Commonality Connection in their shyness and love for drawing and superheroes. They both had secret crushes; Nathanael loved Marinette/Ladybug (yet he still never knew the secret of them being one and the same) and Marc had feelings for Nath. In both cases, Nathanael served as the pen responsible for writing their akumatizations due to his love; his own akumatization as Evillustrator mainly focused on his love for Marinette (until he realised that she tricked him) and he caused Marc's akumatization by acting like a jerk when he thought Marc tricked him into believing Ladybug was who he was going to meet. He wrote all over Marc, the notebook, causing his akumatization into Reverser. After Marc is purified, the two forgive each other at the end and become friends, putting their respective akumatized forms into their combined comic to signify the combination of pen and paper.
    • Chloé's mother Audrey becomes akumatized into Style Queen with the rose on her hat. Just like the motif of a rose, Audrey is beautiful on the outside but prickly on the inside, just like Chloé. It also refers to how she left Chloé for her fashion career in New York, but at the same time inadvertently turning her into a reflection of her mother.
    • Chloé was akumatized twice as Antibug and Queen Wasp. In both cases, the akuma was located in her Miraculous (with Antibug's case being the fake Ladybug earrings, and Queen Wasp's being the real Bee Miraculous). This represents how Chloé wants to be a famed hero, but she doesn't know what makes a good hero in the first place. She gains Miraculous-themed superpowers, but she isn't as impressive as the others who have powers unique to them.
    • Riposte's object is her sword. Based on the code of honor for Japanese samurai, Kagami's family believes that losing is dishonorable, yet they must face their losses with dignity. Her akumatised sword may represent the samurai motif, but swords also represent conflict and violence. By getting an even sharper sword, Riposte is obsessed with violence rather than honor.
    • Malediktator's object is his sash. André was known for abusing his power as mayor in the past, like firing Roger because he didn't please his daughter and turning him into Rogercop. Because he decided to stop abusing his power, his wife and daughter leave him while calling him out for "not giving them what they want" and even telling him he can't even use his sash. While André has authority over his town, he can't control the spoiled attitude of his family.
  • Adrien's relationship with Ladybug tends to be strained sometimes, but there have been occasions where he begins to distrust Ladybug when he learns that their relationship wasn't meant to be. This is seen in "Glaciator" and "Frozer", which involves villains with ice powers. In other words, he felt a bit cold-hearted.
    • He also felt this way in "Syren", but to a lesser extent. Syren has water powers, and water is ice which has been warmed up to its melting point. Adrien had that feeling of coldness, but it was warmer since he felt shame about being Locked Out of the Loop rather than taking out his coldness on Ladybug.
  • Though the akumas must move very quickly, we've seen that they do take time to reach potential champions, and that if the victim's despair and anger fade during that time they can no longer be akumatized. That provides yet another reason why most akumatizations happen very close to the manor and St Francis-Dupont: Hawk Moth prioritizes closer sources of emotion because they are more likely to last long enough for the akuma to reach the potential villain.
  • Kagami shows traces of hostility towards Adrien's other possible love interests (not that Chloé and Lila don't deserve it), while Luka is friendly towards Adrien, his main rival for Marinette's affection. While some see an unfair gendered Double Standard here, a big part of it might be that Luka doesn't have to do anything to undermine Adrien's chances - Adrien's sheer obliviousness does enough of that without Luka's help.
  • Adrien winks at Marinette A LOT. Pet cats tend to wink at people they trust, thus Adrien constantly winking at Marinette may be his inner Cat Noir subconsciously telling her that he trusts her with his life and that he feels comfortable around her.
  • So, why on earth does Ladybug have a yoyo for a weapon? While it could just be Astruc's preference for Improbable Weapon User/s, yoyo's are believed to have been invented in in China during 500 B.C.. China is where the Mage made the Miraculouses in, and some believe the original use for yoyo's were for hunting. So it makes perfect sense!
  • The fact that Hawk Moth can akumatize Miraculous holders makes perfect sense once you remember his Miraculous was supposed to be used for good - giving other heroes a power boost when their usual abilities do not cut it seems to fit perfectly with its intended portfolio.
  • Adrien is allergic to feathers, which seems to be a trait shared with his mother; it is heavily implied that her mysterious illness was caused by the Peacock Miraculous.
  • Fridge with a bit of WMG: Throughout the series, there have been times Marinette/Ladybug and Adrien/Chat Noir came close to figuring out the other's identity, or in some episodes it was revealed to them but they either forgot or was directed away. Notice that in each episode where they come close to discovery, one or two of the four ships (Adrinette/Lady-Noir/Mari-Chat/Ladrien) was referenced. In the two episodes where they did learn the other's identity (Oblivio and Chat Blanc), three of the four were referenced. In Oblivio, there was no reference to Mari Chat and in Chat Blanc there was no reference to Ladrien. In order for the reveal to stick, all four ships will need to be referenced because both Adrien and Marinette will need to love both sides of the other, not just their idealized side.
  • The reason both the Butterfly and Peacock miraculouses do not require a vocal command. Their powerset is rather limited in combat, merely providing a cane and Combat Hand Fan as a method of self-defence. They provide support; it's the kind of thing you would have to be strategic about, which could include being sneaky.
    • The names are also quite noticeable: which would draw your attention more? "Mirage!" or "Akumatization!"
    • Fridge Logic might come in on why the other superpowers don't function this way, but this can actually be used strategically. Distract the villain from the akumatization and/or amokisation process(as they take up more time). Then they can power up their fellow heroes and defeat the villain.

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Stormy Weather
  • In a series this focused on good and bad luck, it is really that surprising that Aurore lost the competition and was turned into a super villain? She had her umbrella open inside a building!

Copycat

  • Many fans have noted Adrien acting quite out-of-character in this episode — From smugly lying to Théo about the nature of his relationship with Ladybug, not owning up to his mistake like he did in "The Bubbler", and even redirecting the blame to Ladybug for not knowing about the akumatization, even though it wasn't her fault at all. So, why? Well, here are a few explanations, but they're not an excuse for his actions and behavior.
    • Unlike Marinette, who has most likely seen the the consequences of lying due to having a relatively normal childhood and being raised by emotionally attuned parents, Adrien probably never has given his limited social interaction and his father just ordering him on what to and to not do.
    • From a meta-standpoint, we've mostly seen Adrien's character through Marinette's eyes and his good if silly qualities as Cat Noir again through her eyes as Ladybug. So, we never see his more negative qualities.
    • Also, it's subtly implied that Ladybug is his Living Emotional Crutch. The "Origins" episode show that she was technically his very first friend. Sure he had Chloé and Nino, but the former was a bad influence while the latter was initially skeptical that Adrien was a good person because of his ties to Chloé.
    • Arguably crossing into Fridge Horror, but where would a Nice Guy like Adrien develop such cruel behavior? It seems at odds with his character...until you remember that two of his biggest influences for most of his life would have been Chloé and Gabriel. While his friendships with Nino and Marinette (among others) may be tempering this streak, they can't magically override a decade of toxic influence.
  • Why does Copycat's version of Cataclysm merely break the chains when Cat Noir's has been repeatedly shown to cause metal to rust severely? Because Copycat isn't as powerful as Cat Noir. He's imitating the power of destruction rather than actually possessing it.
    • To be more specific, the Cat Miraculous acts as a Power Limiter for Plagg. Since Copycat doesn't have Plagg's full range of powers, he can only copy Cat Noir's limited abilities.

Mr. Pigeon

  • As noted on the What An Idiot page, whoever Chloé got to make Marinette's design for her left Marinette's signature instead of, say, omitting the signature or changing it to match either their own or Chloé's. Why would they do this? Well, consider that Chloé is a consummate Alpha Bitch who throws her father's money and political position around to get her way from people not otherwise inclined to put up with her juvenile bitchery. The designer she press-ganged into helping her cheat may very well have decided that leaving in such an obvious indicator that the design was stolen from someone else was exactly what Chloé deserved and thus did exactly what she ordered.

Lady Wifi

  • Marinette doesn't consider that Adrien could be Cat Noir when Alya points out the similarities because Adrien is sane and Cat is a "goofball" in her words. This comes from the fact that she knows Cat better than she knows Adrien: Chat during battle makes a Hurricane of Puns, flirts with her, and maintains a Cheshire-like grin while fighting akuma that have destroyed Paris. Adrien in contrast is calm, polite and considerate, even without Marinette putting him on a pedestal. Mixing her dream image of Adrien with the reality of Cat Noir would undo Marinette's crush.
    • Likewise, Marinette wants to keep up the Mutual Masquerade because as a hero she feels it's her job to be serious and save the city, thus her relationship with Cat has to be professional. Knowing who Cat Noir is would undermine the professionalism, especially since he is a goofball. Not to mention that Cat had been Brainwashed and Crazy more than once, and in that state he'd easily reveal her identity just by calling Ladybug by her real name.
  • Why did Cat Noir decide not to peek in on Ladybug and find out her secret identity after they defeated Lady Wifi? It may have something to do with him losing his ring while he was locked in the freezer earlier, putting him at risk of being exposed in a very similar way.
    • It could also be a sign of just how much he loves her. His desire to know who she really is comes into conflict with her desire to uphold the Mutual Masquerade, and he decides to respect her desires over his own.
  • For once, Chloé's actions are actually justified: as the daughter of the mayor of Paris she's a recurring target for paparazzi, having her privacy invaded by journalists (or similar) is clearly a Berserk Button for her.
  • Lady Wifi has much more resemblance to Alya than most of the other villains (at least ones that aren't based off Miraculous users like Antibug and Volpina), who usually either have different coloured hair and/or skin, have costumes that cover their hair, or are given a completely different look. But the fact that it's so easy to tell her identity might have something to do with her motivation to uncover Ladybug's.

The Pharaoh

  • Jalil's insistence at performing the ritual would seem strange in the regular world, but considering that he lives in a Paris where a Magical Girl routinely fixes large swathes of destruction with her yo-yo... his belief becomes a little more understandable since Ladybug has confirmed in-universe that her and Chat Noir's powers are magic in nature.

Timebreaker

  • Why doesn't Alya guess that Marinette is Ladybug? Because during Timebreaker Ladybug and Marinette were in the same place at the same time, due to Time Travel.

Evillustrator

  • The reason why Adrien seem so upset at the end and why he flirted with Marinette despite being in love with Ladybug. Since Adrien knows who Marinette is, he figured to try to be his real self, as he stated in his web video that he feels like his real self whenever he is Cat Noir. Since Ladybug take her job seriously, she couldn't date or share what kind of guy she likes so he figured to be the real him in front of Marinette and later ask her in his Adrien persona if Cat Noir is cool and woo her. It crushed him when she said Adrien is cooler than Cat Noir. To him, Adrien was his superhero alias while Cat Noir is his real self, figuring deep down that no one would never love his real goofy self.
    • Adding on to this: why does Cat Noir go out of his way to be bombastic and hammy towards Marinette when he first "meet"s her, and why does Adrien bother asking Marinette what she thought of Chat Noir? If you watch the second Origins Episode, you'll know that their first meeting went horribly because she jumped to the conclusion that Adrien was like Chloé. Now that he's meeting her for the second time as the "self" he's more comfortable in, he wants to make a good first impression this time even if she doesn't know it.
  • Chloé commenting that she is Sabrina's Only Friend may hold some truth — unlike most of their classmates, Sabrina is Chloé's main ally/lackey and does just as much mean things as her "best friend" and even revels in Chloé's cruelty to others. So, if Chloé were to decide not to be Sabrina's friend anymore, realistically, who else would be? No one wants to be friendly with someone who laughed at your or someone else's pain.

Horrificator

  • The Smelly Wolf song depowering Horrificator and apparently causing her to revert to Mylène's personality makes even more sense when you remember that it's the song Mylène sings to make herself feel better when she is afraid. Hearing it probably calmed her down even in her Horrificator form, disrupting the negative emotions that made her vulnerable to the akuma in the first place.
  • Why did Mylèn want to be the star of the show, even when she was terrified? Because her dad is an actor, and she wanted to be like him.

Darkblade

  • Sabrina breaks into Marinette's room to look for something that could be used against the latter during the election for Student Council President and ignore the several pictures of Adrien. It makes sense because Adrien is a celebrity and already was even before his classmates (other than Chloé) met him. As far as Chloé and Sabrina know, there's nothing wrong with Adrien's fans loving him to that point.

Antibug

  • Sabrina becomes Vanisher when akumatized. Prior to that, we see her being unpersoned by Chloé. She (at one point) looked at Sabrina, then said she didn't see anyone.
  • Why was Antibug given a BFS by her Lucky Charm counterpart? It wasn't just a weapon. The Anti Charm is supposed to be a counterpart to the Lucky Charm, so the Antibug received something she could stick in the ground (or roof) to maintain her balance despite the marbles.

The Puppeteer

  • The three akuma dolls Marinette made in "The Puppeteer" along with Ladybug and Cat Noir are Rogercop, Evillustrator, and Lady Wifi. They sound pretty random, but all three are connected to Marinette (and their reasons for being an akuma are even indirectly related to her and to Chloé).
    • Agent Roger was fired by the mayor for refusing to arrest Marinette for stealing Chloé's bracelet without evidence.
    • Nathanael was humiliated by Chloé in front of the class for his drawings he did of Marinette because he had a crush on her.
    • Alya was suspended unfairly for trying to find proof of Chloé being Ladybug in her locker (whom is really Marinette), not to mention being her best friend.

Reflekta

  • Juleka's funny looking akumatized form makes sense because she wants to be seen and that form is not easy to miss.

Guitar Villain

Pixelator

  • Why wasn't the Lucky Charm sent to the pocket dimension when it was hit? Because its mirror is made to reflect light. Pixelator's attacks are basically just pixels of light. That, or it's magic.
  • Cat Noir can invoke Taking the Bullet for Ladybug, but Adrien fails at it in this episode when trying to save Chloé, leading to them both getting zapped into a White Void Room. Why? Because he can't summon his powers detransformed, or the agility he has as Cat Noir. It also serves as a Call-Back in "Guitar Villain" where instead of repeating his mistake he sends Chloé out of danger through the elevator while staying to transform and fight.
  • Cataclysm suddenly seems much more powerful in this episode. Rather than rusting metal, breaking stone, or several of the other acts of destruction he's used it for in the series, Cat Noir uses it to ouright shatter an entire pocket dimension, freeing everyone inside. This is several orders of magnitude above and beyond every other use of the power in the first season. Why? Because he's never needed to destroy something that big before. Cataclysm is in reality potentially as powerful as Ladybug's World-Healing Wave, just aspected in the opposite direction. If it is physically, or maybe even metaphysically, possible to break, Cataclysm can break it.
  • Ladybug's defeat of Pixelator involved having a compact mirror fly in front of Pixelator's camera at the right moment. Considering how small the mirror was and the fact that the plan working depended on a variable outside of Ladybug's control (the moment Jagged Stone opens his eyes and therefore the moment Pixelator fired his camera) it can be stated that Ladybug (who is based on an animal symbolizing luck and whose superpower is also based on luck) got lucky.

Princess Fragrance

  • Princess Fragrance not making Cat Noir give her his ring even when he's under control may seem idiotic, but there's actually a good reason for it. She still needs to get Ladybug's miraculous and, aside from Cat, the people with her are Chloé, Mayor Bourgeois, Prince Ali, and the schedule assistant. Not exactly people you would expect to do well in a fight against a superhero. Cat Noir's the only one among them who can fight Ladybug on an (almost) equal level.

Simon Says

  • A Flashback reveals that Marinette was once late for class because she was rescuing a Cat Up a Tree. At first, this feels like a ridiculously trivial use of Ladybug's time and power, but the cat's owner appears to be a little girl of Manon's age. Ladybug may be acting to curtail a second Puppeteer situation.
  • At the end of the episode, Marinette's parents say she is grounded no more, because she wasn't late to school or missing classes. Why? Well, the episode does imply heavily that Adrien's father is Hawk Moth, and if so, it would make sense he wanted to take a break after the events, temporarily cutting down the need for Ladybug.

Volpina

  • Master Fu living up to his 180s makes sense as he possesses the turtle Miraculous. Turtles and tortoises are known for their long lifespans.
    • If that's the case, it'd lead to some major fridge horror. Most animals have much shorter lifespans than humans, so the other holders have the life expectancy of a ladybug or cat.
      • Let's hope it's just due to him being a Miraculous holder in general, rather than which Miraculous.
      • Or that it's just due to the Turtle Miraculous being the keeper and protector of the Miraculous, so it's an effect purely limited to that particular Miraculous. This works out, since turtles and tortoises can be seen as symbols of protection, thanks to their hard, shield-like shells, which is perfect for someone known as the Great Guardian.
  • In Alya's video, Lila claims that she and Ladybug are "like this" while crossing her fingers, basically doing double Lying Finger Cross in front of everyone and getting away with it.
  • Before Volpina was actually introduced, fans suspected she would be a cool, heroic character. She got hundreds of fans, fanarts, shipping ideas...all while doing nothing to deserve it. Even when people learned she would be an akuma villain, some people still hoped for her to be the strongest or the noblest one yet. So many people felt betrayed once they found out that Lila was a character who lied to people to convince them she's amazing to get attention and popularity she doesn't deserve, including pretending to be an awesome super hero. In other words, fandom was another victim of her lies, even before she made an appearance.
    • The fact she's impersonating the Fox Miraculous holder is even more fitting considering her true character. While fox spirits in east Asian cultures can be benevolent, they can also be malicious and stories about malicious fox spirits result in ruin for everyone involved. Exactly what Volpina invokes herself.
    • Even more, she connects with both Italian fables and folk tales, where the fox tends to be a self-interested jerk, and the old French belief the animal was such a bad news they preferred to use the name of a fable character as an euphemism until they ended up renaming the species after him.
    • Lila's design invokes heavy fox-motifs to make her seem like the real Fox Miraculous user, but in reality, she's not only a fake, but the one who uses the real Fox Miraculous is someone else entirely. Knowing Lila is an Attention Whore that will lie to keep that attention, she also on an even more meta scale diverted attention away from the real Fox Miraculous holder by not making the audience think that the Fox Miraculous holder was someone the viewers already knew about.
  • Adrien calling Ladybug out on exposing Lila so openly makes sense not only because it was pretty tactless on Ladybug's part, but because unbeknownst to both her and Lila, he is Cat Noir, whom could easily ask Ladybug herself for the truth about Lila if needed (and thus prevent the entire episode from happening).
  • Volpina's illusion powers, considering her civilian self and lampshaded by Marinette herself. Volpina's illusions were usually big and flashy (such a meteor coming down on Paris) but broke apart at a single touch, much like the lies Lila told. Big and grandiose, but fell apart immediately when someone bothered to point out their wrongness.
    • It also ties into Lila's character. While she may be a liar, she lacks the skill or subtlety expected of an illusionist or trickster and goes for simple and straightforward, like saying that her powers make her a Flying Brick, one of the most straightforward superpower sets in fiction.
  • Both Lila and Chloé have a lot in common — An Alpha Bitch with a lying, jerkass personality (though Lila takes it Up to Eleven with the lying part), have a huge crush on Adrien (though it proves futile on their part), and their akumatization came from Ladybug doing an unnecessarily harsh action towards them. So, the question is: Why does Chloé forgive Ladybug for her actions, but Lila doesn't? Because, unlike the New Transfer Student Lila, Chloé has been rescued by Ladybug before and is aware of her goodness, while Lila's very first interaction with Ladybug was the superheroine yelling at her. So, Chloé was able to forgive her idol for one mistake, but Lila couldn't.

Origins Part 1 & 2

  • Alya's amusement about Marinette's Gibberish of Love makes sense when you realize that she and Marinette had a rather different first impression about Adrien, and how Marinette disliked him for appearing to be like Chloé.
  • If the French airing of the episodes, discounting the Origins episode, is the true chronology of the show, then by the time of The Bubbler, only Ivan had been akumatized in Marinette and Adrien's class at this point. Ivan also was the one to refused to party at Adrien's party set up by the Bubbler. It would make sense other kids might not be so afraid of a harmless-looking akuma, while Ivan, who has been akumatized himself, would not take any akuma lightly. Almost counts as a Rewatch Bonus.
  • The French have an expression, coup de foudre, which literally translates to "a clap of thunder" but it's more commonly used as an expression when people instantly fall in love. Looking back on the now famous umbrella scene, Adrien and Marinette are standing in front of the school in the rain, but the moment Adrien extended his umbrella, there's an audible clap of thunder the minute Marinette's crush begins.
  • And the moment that Adrien realises he doesn’t just like and admire Ladybug, but is in love with her? It’s as she faces down his father after he manifests as the low-resolution image of Hawk Moth formed by the cloud of akumatised butterflies - you can see it happen when Cat Noir blinks as Ladybug gets into her stride with her Shut Up, Hannibal! speech. After Ladybug releases the de-evilized butterflies, he explicitly says out loud (to himself) that “whoever she is beneath that mask, I love that girl”. Watching the whole sequence with freeze-frames after seeing “The Collector” is hugely revealing: when the butterflies coalesce into the shape of Hawkmoth’s head and it begins to speak, Roger Raincomprix, Chloé and Mayor Bourgeois look stricken, Ladybug looks shocked, but Cat Noir looks puzzled. His subconscious is standing up and screaming here!
  • The possible reason why Adrien is in love with Ladybug because Adrien usually meets girls who fawn over him because of his good looks or wealth, while Ladybug treated him like himself. Even it isn't positive most of time, Adrien was happy and in love for some girl who is treating him as a normal guy and not a model that you try to woo him.
    • Also, the possible reason why Marinette is in love with Adrien — The Origins episodes revealed that Marinette had no friends and was constantly bullied by Chloé. Then, she met Alya who defended her and Adrien later opened up that he wasn't a part of the mean trick Chloé was going to do and showed his vulnerability of not being in school before. In other words, Adrien was one of the first two people who treated her with kindness. Another added reason was that she understands him in a sense — she knows what it's like to grow up with little to no friends.
  • This post explains the reason for Master Fu choosing Marinette and Adrien to become the new miraculous ladybug and cat holders, respectively.
    • Marinette — Unlike Adrien's test, there are many candidates for the ladybug miraculous. It isn't just about being kind, but if someone will notice an old man in trouble and act to help him. To take in your surroundings, notice what you need, make a plan, and act on that plan. Just like what Marinette does as Ladybug.
    • Adrien: There are three candidates including Adrien and Master Fu doesn't fall until Adrien is about to go to school, which is what he wants most in the world. Realization hits when you think about Adrien's power as Cat Noir — the power of destruction, a power that can't be given in the wrong hands. Adrien could've just went into school no problem, but decided to help out Master Fu when he noticed he was in trouble. Fu fell to give Adrien a choice — Go inside the place Adrien has always wanted to go or help out an elderly man he hardly knows. Adrien, of course, chooses the latter...and is promptly taken home by Nathalie and the Gorilla. However, while Adrien is sad, he doesn't take out his anger on Master Fu. Like Marinette, Adrien's choice wasn't just to see if he was kind, but also to see if Adrien came down to the choice of being selfish or selfless, which would he choose. It’s a test to make sure if the hero of destruction ever breaks, instead of destroying the world, he’d destroy himself first. Just like what Adrien has done for Ladybug and others as Cat Noir.

The Christmas Special

  • Why is Gabriel willing to allow Nino into the mansion, despite calling him a "bad influence" on Adrien in "The Bubbler"? Given The Reveal in "The Collector", it's possible that Gabriel didn't actually hate Nino, and was just trying to upset him enough to akumatize him.

    Season 2 

The Collector

  • The Reveal in this episode also provides another possible reason as to why Adrien hasn't been akumatized yet: Gabriel doesn't have the heart to do so and/or doesn't want to put Adrien in danger as a direct result of his actions.
    • The Reveal is seen as underwhelming by fans as the show just up and presents Hawk Moth's true identity. However, it makes sense considering the show clearly knew that we knew given all the hints and clues even with all the doubts like in "Simon Says" they try to throw at us. If anything, it's adding to the Dramatic Irony with Ladybug and Chat now fighting Hawk Moth who's the latter's father as Adrien who's being crushed on by Marinette who's secretly his crush, Ladybug.
  • The Reveal that Nathalie Sancoeur, literally Nathalie without a heart or Nathalie Heartless, has been in on Gabriel's Hawk Moth-y ways all along.
    • It also makes sense why she would know about this: since he runs a large business, Gabriel would need her to help establish alibis for him while he's busy creating akumas so no one would be the wiser.
  • Gabriel throwing such a colossal tantrum before his transformation into the Collector may seem a bit odd, since he knows perfectly well what's going on, but there may be a reason for it. Gabriel had to renounce the Moth Brooch before he could become the Collector, which means that he had no direct control over the akumatization process and couldn't be sure how much of his personality and goals would carry over to the Collector. Therefore, he first stoked his fury over the loss of his book, to help ensure his akumatized self would stick to the "cover story".
  • Something else also makes sense with The Reveal–namely, the designs of some of the akumatized villains. A number of them (the Bubbler and Reflekta in particular) are fashion victim villains, despite Gabriel's career. This makes sense when you realize that Gabriel doesn't want people to find out he's Hawk Moth...and what better way to keep people from making connections between a supervillain and a famous fashion mogul than to have your minions dressed as gaudily as possible?

Despair Bear

  • With The Reveal that Chloé's mom left her at a young age, Andre's spoiling of her could be attributed to him trying to fill the void of a mother figure in her life.

Befana

  • Marinette having an Italian grandmother explains her occasional bouts of enormous hamminess and exaggerated gesticulation: she picked it up from her.

Riposte

  • In production order, this episode comes after "Troublemaker". That episode ends with it being implied that Adrien knows about Marinette's crush on him. With this in mind, Adrien telling Kagami that Marinette is just a friend isn't just his usual obliviousness, it's him not wanting to discuss the topic, especially not with another girl he's attracted to, and trying to deflect.
    • Also, when Adrien says the line, he glances slightly to his right, a common tell of dishonesty. Some fans interpreted this as him being in denial about his feelings for Marinette, especially since Kagami looks skeptical after he says it. It's not that (or maybe not just that), however: if he does know about Marinette's crush, he's deliberately leaving out information, albeit for a good reason.

Robustus

  • It's been hinted before that Hawk Moth doesn't have perfect control over the villains he akumatizes, but this episode drives home just how little control Hawk Moth really has: i.e. none. His big trump card to keep his akumatized minions in line is basically using telepathy to sell a bargain in exchange for the powers they already have and threatening to painfully revoke the powers he's given them if they try to refuse their end of it, and Robustus puts that on hold by hijacking Hawk Moth's own security system to try and kill him. And it's so appropriate, because the ability of the Butterfly Miraculous isn't control, it's empowerment.
    • This explains why Hawkmoth can reel his Corrupted Champions back in. As demonstrated in "Startrain", Startrain's plans only get more and more extravagant. Her emotions, thus plans are being enhanced. Hawkmoth can reel his victims back in because their obedience, thus loyalty is being enhcanced as well.

Gigantitan

  • On the heels of the previous episode showing how little control Hawk Moth has over his akumatized villains, this one shows he doesn't have that much control over the actual akumas he sends out if their initial target suddenly becomes unviable (i.e. gets over the angst that made them a target in the first place), whereupon the akuma seems to simply switch (a capacity hinted at in Despair Bear) to whoever happens to be closest and feeling miserable, even if they aren't that great a choice.

Dark Owl

  • In this episode, we learn that Gabriel Agreste specifically wants the power to erase the past, presumably to prevent whatever chain of events lead to his wife's death. This actually helps explain why he's fine with neglecting Adrien and hitting Paris with supervillain after supervillain: If he wins, then his Wish will not only erase Emilee's death, it will erase everything he has done or not done in the meantime. He will never have neglected Adrien or unleashed akumas against Paris.

Glaciator

  • This episode brings the Loves My Alter Ego cum Two-Person Love Triangle to light with the ice cream::
    • Marinette has ice cream with colors to match Adrien's lips and eyes. Cat Noir might have both, but unless she looks past all the false bravado(and terrible cat puns)she'll be oblivious to it.
    • Adrien's has flavors to match Ladybug's suit, hair and eyes. Marinette has the latter two, but he's in love with Ladybug, not Marinette. He sees Marinette as just a friend, just as Ladybug sees Cat Noir as just a friend.
  • There is also how they view their love life that's drawn into perspective:
    • Marinette is a Stalker with a Crush (thankfully with no Yandere qualities unless someone hits on him). She admires Adrien from afar but is too shy, she might even view him as so above her she's lucky he notices her. That kind of blind affection that can lead you to think he can do no wrong(though it's somewhat justified by his personality)is also the one that might confine you to thinking you have no chance with someone.
    • Although Adrien is also shy, he is courageous enough to try. He has grown up alone for just about his entire life, but he held on to a hope that he would one day make friends. He's now living that dream, and he probably thought since he had successfully made friends that he would work up the courage to get with the girl of his dreams. She might be a super hero, but he always believes and he said it himself:"I think you have to believe."
      • And as Cat Noir, he puts on a tough act that while typical Cassanova Wannabe is a common technique in TV-land to get the girl. And as someone previously homeschooled he probably had lots of time to watch these kinds of shows. This episode was the first time he let down his act and opened up to Ladybug about how he felt.

Sapotis

  • As we see the real Fox Miraculous in action, something comes to mind in comparison to Volpina. While Volpina is able to create many illusions without tiring, it's made clear she's so reliant on them once she's finally cornered, she's easily defeated. Rena Rouge, while only being able to create one illusion however, appears to be able to handle hand to hand combat just fine despite the fact it's the first time she's used said Miraculous. It's a testimony to the real Fox Miraculous still being stronger than the fake because of not having to rely on the illusions.

Gorizilla

  • Hawk Moth seems to be learning from his previous mistakes with uncontrollable minions. This time he akumatizes (even pushes him to the breaking point in his civilian persona) Adrien's bodyguard likely to specifically exploit the fact that the man is easy to boss around, enormous blue ape or not.
  • Why is Adrien so calm even when he's falling from the top of a skyscraper? It's not just that he trusts Ladybug to catch him, he also knows that even if he hits the ground, Ladybug's Miraculous can bring him Back from the Dead.

Captain Hardrock

  • The name of this week's Akumatized victim is a Shout-Out to Tintin, with the two most prominent cops in that series repeatedly showing up from nowhere to try and fail at arresting the protagonist. What does officer Roger do in this episode with the title character?
  • The entire premise of the villain. Captain Hardrock is a pirate who's motivated by a love of music. In other words, she's a literal music pirate.

Frightningale

  • In the end when the music video features all those characters, including extras, Chloe is nowhere to be seen. Most likely, Chloe was banned from participating in that music video after what she did earlier. Alternatively, Chloe also may have been too embarrassed by her actions and chose not to stick around.

Troublemaker

  • It makes sense that Jagged Stone would be the first person among those near the recently de-akumatized Penny because he's the only one who knows what's like being akumatized.

Anansi

  • If you're familiar with the legends surrounding Anansi, an African Trickster god, than you know he's famous for outwitting far stronger enemies. Anansi the villain, by contrast, is a brute-force user, and an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, but nonetheless far stronger than Ladybug and Cat Noir. How does Ladybug defeat her? By tricking her into beating herself, just like Anansi himself would've.
  • When she has her arm wrestling match with Nino, Nora puts herself in the position prescribed by the rules of the World Armwrestling Federation, and stays in it up until she realizes how much weaker Nino is and gets bored. As an athlete, and a rather strong one, it would be normal for her to know the official rules-and that they actually help her use all her body muscle for the competition rather than just the arm.
    • Nino initially puts himself in the same position as Nora, but quickly ends up out of it. He's initially imitating Nora, figuring out that if she went and assumed a certain position it would help... And immediately fell out because he's not actually used and had no idea he was only making things worse for himself.
    • In contrast to Nino, Nora mostly kept to the best position, just moving her non-competing arm to yawn and better assume a taunting position. As much as she was taunting Nino and didn't consider him competition, her muscle memory kept her in a mostly correct position.
  • Of course Alya will be quick to recognize Nino as the new hero; Ladybug already gave her the Fox Miraculous twice, so Alya knows that Ladybug can grant powers to people she trusts whenever Chat alone can't help her to defeat an akuma. So, when Carapace appears, Alya already knows the origin of his powers, and she's already thinking about his possible secret identity, confirmed via his Verbal Tic.
    • The fact Marinette and Adrien act differently then their superhero identities may be why she wouldn't be able to connect them back to Ladybug and Cat Noir among other reasons, unlike Nino, whose Verbal Tic is distinctive for her to recognize.

Sandboy

  • In this season, Plagg has become much more open at showing his affection for Adrien. This episode shows one of the reasons; now that Plagg is aware of Ladybug's identity, and he has seen her and Tikki's interactions, Plagg realizes that he and Tikki both have very nice, caring heroes, which is even more evident when comparing it with Nooroo's situation. So Plagg is no longer taking Adrien for granted and is more willing to show it.
  • Why did Master Fu's nightmare manifest itself as bedsheets ghosts instead of, say, actual people? Well, consider that the villain bringing his nightmare to life is a literal child. Bedsheet ghosts are probably what come to his mind first when he thinks "ghosts".

Queen Wasp

  • Some people think Queen Wasp was easily beaten by Ladybug and Cat Noir, but wasps can be drowned with a garden hose - so Ladybug and Cat Noir used Queen Wasp's Logical Weakness against her by bringing her underwater.
  • Prior to this episode there was speculation that the miraculous would protect against akumatization, only to be proven wrong here as Hawk Moth sends one to possess the Bee Miraculous. And why not? The Butterfly Miraculous is meant to work with the others normally and one of its best moves would of course be powering up a fellow Miraculous user. The only miraculous the Butterfly can't affect is itself.

Frozer

  • This YouTube comment perfectly captures Kagami's actions towards Marinette in this episode:

    "i came here after checking instagram and WOWWWWW there’s huge kagami hate everywhere. before everyone gets all mad because apparently kagami is ruining adrienette, think for a second. her tone came off as rude, but she’s a person who won’t sugarcoat anything for anyone. Yeah, even I think she could have been nicer, but I think she knows Marinette likes Adrien, and she’s telling her what she needs to fix if she ever wants to even be good friends with him. She’s telling her the truth. Her hesitation for everything makes it unable for them to get closer. Marinette knows it, even before Kagami told her. I don’t get it, what do people want? Do they want Adrien to chase after ladybug and get rejected and hurt again and again? For Marinette to quietly admire Adrien from a distance and never get anywhere? Why can’t they see other people? Adrienette will be endgame. Luka and Kagami are just there to help the story."
    • Further, it's not much of a stretch to assume Kagami was pretty hurt by the end of this episode, and just didn't show it outright. Her glance at the end towards Marinette while Adrien rejects her and talks about not switching targets implies that while Adrien's talking about Ladybug, she might think he's talking about Marinette. Think about it: she went out with a guy and the guy invited a female "friend" that he acts way more emotionally invested in, but doesn't even admit it when she asks. Adrien ditched her in the middle of their date, and the only reason he gave was concern for the other girl that he brought with him, even though said girl had her own date to look after her. Kagami knows Adrien's in emotional turmoil over feeling "stuck" and unable to change targets, and by the end of the episode, he's given her plenty of reasons to guess that it's because of romance issues and the "target" is a girl. Kagami doesn't know about Adrien being Chat Noir, so the most prominent girl she knows of in his life is Marinette, the girl he invited to accompany him on his date and didn't tell Kagami he invited. You have to admit—his decisions, and the situation with Marinette, look really bad from her perspective; considering she knows this is an attempt at a rebound relationship, I wouldn't blame her if she suspected Adrien did this partially to get Marinette's attention. When you put her advice to Marinette in this context, it sounds less snotty and more like genuine advice tinged with hurt pride.
  • Adrien's decision to ask out Kagami and not Marinette, while painful, also makes sense. Just before fencing class, he had once again been turned down by Ladybug. And then Kagami gives him a sort of encouragement. Given how stunted Adrien's social development is due to his isolated upbringing, it's understandable that he'd start leaning towards the first girl who'd offer him a hand. And given how shy Marinette acts around him, he'd decide that there was nothing between them and go for the new girl.

Heroes Day Part 1: Catalyst

  • Volpina's reakumatization has her using her power much more judiciously, and to much greater effect to smear Ladybug's reputation. Why didn't she do something like this the first time? The first time she'd had no experience and no time. This time she'd had months to think about how best to ruin Ladybug.
  • It's been made clear that Hawk Moth can grant practically any superpower under the sun (and possibly a few that have never before seen daylight), so why is it only now that he's thought to make an akuma that can empower him right back? There are many possible reasons he might have wanted to wait, but a big one can be gleaned from his previous akumas. Each one gained powers related to one or more of the following: The item that was possessed (such as with Bubbler or Lady Wifi), the event that upset them enough to be akumatized (such as Sandboy or Copycat), or their own personality/self-image (such as Anansi or Volpina). Hawk Moth needed to wait for a target that would be compatible with such powers before he could grant them, such as his all-too-willing assistant.

Heroes Day Part 2: Mayura

  • The heroes are shown swiftly defeating several villains, including several that gave them a really hard time originally. Part of this is of course because the heroes now have a great deal more experience under their belt and already know the powers of their opponents. However, it must also be noted that Scarlet Hawk Moth seems to have more control over his akumatized villains than he did as regular Hawk Moth, and because he has greater control over them, his minions have less autonomy to use their powers creatively or effectively. Not to mention that none of the villains have ever needed to work as a team before.
  • There's a bit of Fridge Awesome and Heartwarming in Adrien's role in the episode. Firstly, though it's never overt usually the heroics are planned by Marinette, with Adrien following her instructions, he doesn't complain but Ladybug is clearly the commander of the two. Also he's usually fodder to be whammied by Akumas. In this episode not only is he the only one other than Ladybug not to be akumatized on the heroes side, but (considering that Hawk Moth and Mayura escapes) he claims the heroes biggest win in the episode. The heartwarming comes when you realize that usually, Cat Noir can't help the akumatized victims, all he does is incapacitate them so that Ladybug can cure them. In this episode he gets to save all of them. This episode is certainly Adrien's CMOA and CMOH.
  • Rena Rouge, Carapace, and Queen Bee's rather disastrous 2nd time out (3rd in Rena's case) shows their lack of experience, not just in fighting but emotionally handing the situation. Nino completely loses it when Rena gets Akumatized, and Chloe loses focus when her family shows up. Mistakes that Ladybug and Cat Noir wouldn't make because they're far used to things like that. Cat Noir's been brainwashed so often at this point it's probably just a minor annoyance to Marinette now, she'll just add him to the list of people to save without missing a beat, and considering how many friends and family have been Akumatized now both are probably emotionally dead to it as well. Meanwhile Chloe might have been able to fight Malediktator before but that was after having spent the whole episode getting used to it first, not a sudden shock. Alya meanwhile probably would have a better handle on her emotions given that she's also had all her sister's Akumatized before and dealt with it rather well, but her lack of experience in fighting with Carapace and knowing who he is ended up having her take a hit for him. If they want to be able to tap extra heroes frequently, they'd best get some more practice, as calling in a rookie in a major disaster like this can backfire as they all found out.
  • When Hawk Moth akumatises Rena Rouge and Carapace, they don't become akumatized into evil versions of their Miraculous forms like Queen Wasp, nor their civilian forms' counterparts Lady Wifi and Bubbler respectively. Instead, they become red Palette Swaps of their Miraculous forms. It's reasonable that Hawk Moth would do something like that since his plan would be delayed if he were to think of new powers for Rena Rage and Carapire/Shellshock on the fly. However, Queen Bee was akumatized into Queen Wasp because Hawk Moth had plenty of time to think of a villain form for her when he sensed her negative emotions back in "Queen Wasp", so he could enhance her Miraculous powers so she could efficiently fight Ladybug and Cat Noir. Though Fridge Logic sets in when Hawk Moth has even more "important" priorities in his plan than brainstorming new villain forms like getting Prime Queen to record his every move (informing the citizens that the heroes are still alive and giving them hope) and making Guitar Villain and Frightningale play music rather than using their dangerous powers.
    • Actually, there's a bit of fridge brilliance over why Hawk Moth would want those two specifically by his side. Their powers involve playing music which allows them to force people to dance against their will (Guitar Villain) or turn them into statues if they can't sing or dance on the spot (Frightningale). And with Hawk Moth being the primary target for the heroes, it would make sense that these music themed villains with such dangerous powers would serve as his bodyguards during the battle.
    • There's another reason as to why he didn't turn Alya and Nino back into Lady Wifi and Bubbler despite their very useful powers. Unlike Chloe, Hawk Moth doesn't actually know who they are under the mask, so he wasn't prepared to change them into their former Akuma selves. He likely assumed Ayla and Nino were hiding away somewhere or part of the mob resisting him.
  • Given that Hawk Moth generally has a lot of trouble keeping his akumatized villains on track, and has to wait until people are in a position where they're prepared to accept his Deal with the Devil, it may seem odd that he has such close control over his minions in this and the previous episode, despite the fact that only two of them (Natalie and Lila) have any particular reason to follow his orders. But way back in Origins, Nooroo mentioned that part of the Moth Brooch's power is the ability to inspire loyalty to its Bearer in the champions it creates. Presumably Catalyst enhanced that part of the Moth Brooch's powerset as well.
  • Hawk Moth seems more than a match in hand to hand combat for Ladybug and Cat Noir combined. Since all Miraculous holders get enhanced physical abilities, it makes sense than an adult would be able to overpower two teenagers now that they all received a proportional upgrade.

     Season 3 
Chameleon
  • Why are Marinette and Adrien the only ones to see through Lila's nonsense? Because they're the only ones who know the full circumstances behind her akumatization (Marinette through calling her out as Ladybug, Adrien through witnessing said callout) - while Alya (and possibly others) knows Lila was Volpina, they didn't witness the incident that led to her being akumatized. Even then, it would make sense that they wouldn't immediately jump to "illusionist akuma = lying normal person" - the akumas don't necessarily work that way (e.g. Bubbler).
  • It's no wonder Adrien would talk Marinette out of calling Lila out. He knows that's what caused Lila to be akumatized in the first place.
    • Exactly, more to the point he is concerned that Lila would be akumatized and sent after Marinette, while it may not seem like a good idea to let her get away with what she does Adrien is one of the few (as well as Mari and Hawk Moth) who is aware just how dangerous Lila can become and is in his own, albeit misguided way, trying to protect Marinette from Lila.
  • Lila getting the whole class minus Marinette and Adrien wrapped around her finger seems kind of a stretch, but Lila tells Marinette she tells people exactly what they want to hear after offering her a hand in friendship and offering to help pair her with Adrien. She doesn't buy it because she's already seen Lila at her worst and knows she's a constant liar but if she didn't (like if she didn't immediately know the Ladybug thing was false) that's a pretty spot on analysis of what friendly lovestruck Marinette would need to hear to warm up to her. Especially if Lila showed up a few months earlier when Marinette was still mostly friendless picked on by Chloe and couldn't get a word in around Adrien. She could have just as easily figured out what to say to everyone else to get them on her side (like for example helping Juleka with her "photo curse"), opening with the Ladybug lie which would gain points with everyone because the class loves Ladybug. Marinette is just unaffected because she knew the Ladybug friendship line was a lie, and because she's changed drastically in the last few months so Lila's thinking is slightly out of date.
  • Lila's akumatised objects. First is her necklace, then her bracelet, then her earring. Referencing three heroes whose Miraculous charms are those objects...and said three also serve as a Foil to Lila.
  • Adrien's advice to Marinette may seem flawed on the surface, but for a lot of people who have been in or grown up with mentally/emotionally abusive relationships, there's something to what he is saying. You never want to tip your hand to someone you know is abusive, because it can give them fodder for later, or, like Lila, cause them to lash out. (Something Adrien could have easily picked up on watching his father interact with Audrey.)
  • Alix, Ivan, Nathaniel, and Chloe are all absent from the lunchroom scene. Given that the first three are shown to be pretty introverted in their own ways, (Alix and Ivan being fairly ambivalent to anything not in their interests and Nathaniel as having his head in the clouds when he's not painfully shy) and Chloe is, well, Chloe, Lila would have to pursue them all individually instead of using one of her blanket lies.

Bakerix

  • Roland disowning Tom over a bread recipe puts Tom's fear (Bread coming to life) in "Sandboy" into a new light; Does he have suppressed guilt over the thing that caused a rift between him and his father?
  • Bakerix taking a "drink" from his bottle and Hulking Out is of course a Shout-Out to the magic potion from Asterix. But remember what Roland had originally said was in the flask: yeast. And what is yeast used for? To make bread rise and become more voluminous.

Weredad

  • Aside from Lila, the first villain to be akumatized this season is an Overprotective Dad who imprisons their own offspring under the belief that he is only doing it for their benefit, no matter what lengths he must take to achieve his believed goal. Doesn't that sound familiar to a certain someone?
  • How come Weredad was able to break Cat Noir's staff, which is strong enough to withstand Cataclysm and so far has been shown to be pretty much indestructible? Because his akumatization was because he felt that Cat Noir had strung along his daughter and hurt her on a romantic level, and many parents in that situation would want to tear the bastard to pieces until nothing remained. He has a very personal, powerful but altogether not unreasonable (from his perspective, anyway) reason to hurt Cat Noir which would give him the strength and resolve to break Cat's staff.

Backwarder

  • This episode actually partially justifies why even close friends like Alya might brush of Marinette's accusations and dislike of Lila as just Adrien jealousy because it shows that Marinette is just as against Kagami as she is Chloe or Lila. Calling "emergency meetings", which the girls look like they're just about fed up with, for the sake of keeping her away from Adrien. However unlike Chloe or Lila Kagami has done nothing to deserve this, being polite and civil to her, a little cold at worst. So them thinking her problems with Lila is just irrational dislike isn't as out of character and plot mandated as one might think, because Marinette does show irrational dislike for any girl with interest in Adrien even if they aren't also hostile to Marinette.

Stormy Weather 2

  • It seems weird for Chloe to Kick the Dog in regards to Aurora's bad grades after all of her Character Development in season 2, but two things; one, people don't just change overnight, it takes time an effort. And two, Adrien had been stated to be absent from school for a week due to an extended photo shoot. Without her Morality Pet present, it's no wonder for Chloe to slip back into her bad habits again.
  • It seems unusual from one little remark from Chloé to set off Aurore. But listen - this episode canonically takes place after The Queen Bee Trilogy, where Chloe was lauded as a hero and a savior in front of everyone. Now imagine Aurore being humiliated and laughed at by this girl who was supposed to be a superheroine and worked with Ladybug to stop Malediktator.

Animaestro

Oblivio

  • Despite being amnesiac and untransformed, both Marinette and Adrien were able to use Awesomeness by Analysis (Or what the episode recap page calls "Action Man Vision"), Ladybug-style. While it could be a way to illustrate how much they've grown, even mind-wiped, it's possible that both kids were always able to do that, but their ability was stunted by the abuse they've grown up with. (Chloe's bullying and Gabriel's micromanaging, respectively.) With their memories gone, both kids have forgotten that "You'll never be more than what I say you are" stuff and have nothing to hold them back.
    • The "Ladybug Vision" was said to just be a visual representation of her thought process when looking for stuff to form a plan with rather than any kind of special ability. Anyone can do that. Adrien just typically never needs it because aside from having a partner that does most of their planning, with something far more suited as a weapon in his staff and the power of destruction he's got plenty of offense by default and typically wouldn't need to improvise a weapon.
      • Actually, it's more that Adrien uses it as much as Marinette does (such as picking which objects to destroy). We just almost never see him use it because the show focuses more on Marinette's POV than his.

Onichan

  • Kagami's reactions to her various romantic rivals get harsher in proportion to their actual maliciousness. Marinette, a genuine Nice Girl, gets some blunt but much-needed advice on pursuing Adrien. Chloé a clingy jerkass gets a brief but ruthless Shut Up, Hannibal!. And finally, Lila, a sociopathic compulsive liar gets Kagami enraged/upset enough to be akumatized and then try to kill her. Despite her relative isolation, Kagami seems to have a knack for reading people.
  • Onichan is the first villain that uses Ladybug's Lucky Charm against the heroine. Kagami, being a sword fighter, is trained to block and counter an opponent's moves. Plus, since she already faced the heroes previously, she knows how they fight and move, which makes her a more dangerous villain.
  • Lila lies to Nino that she doesn’t have a crush on Adrien. Why? People think Marinette hates Lila because Lila has a crush on Adrien, so claiming that she does not like Adrien makes Marinette look paranoid to her friends.
    • Or, she's a genuine compulsive liar.
    • Or, she wasn't lying at all - she doesn't have a crush on Adrien. He just has the connections and the power she wants, and if she can get him on her side then her whole scheme becomes much easier.
      • Lila declared her love to Adrien while having the horn on her head and it didn't react, proving that it was not a lie.

Miraculer

  • How does Chat Noir survive being cataclysmed? Twice? Well, there's a few possibilities:
    • One is that as the holder of the Black Cat Miraculous, his power of destruction doesn't work properly on himself much like Hawk Moth can't akumatize himself.
    • Another is that Miraculer wasn't unleashing the full power of Cataclysm on him given that her use of it on the hotel roof later is markedly less destructive than would normally be expected of Chat's use and she showed the ability to tone down other stolen powers like Carapace's Shellter being made smaller.
    • A third is that Sabrina's powers "hijack" the actual ability to make it only do what she wants it to, also explaining why when she uses Ladybug's ability it just makes a BFS instead of a complex plan from a mundane object.
  • So, how is it Chloe can resist being akumatized, while it's later shown that Marinette can't? Well, for one, there's clearly some measure of Heroic Willpower involved, and Chloe is way more stubborn than Marinette (typically for the worse, but it comes in handy here). On the other hand, there's also the matter of experience; at this point in the series, Chloe's been akumatized no less than three times (once as Antibug, twice as Queen Wasp), making her tied for the most frequently akumatized person in the show. She knows what's happening, knows how it feels, and has the will and knowledge to resist it.

Timetagger

  • The Rabbit Miraculous has the power of time travel, and the Transformation Trinket is a pocket watch. In other words, it's a reference to the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. It could also be a reference to Alice herself, as the colours are white and blue, which she is known to wear, and it's used by Alix, who has a similar name to her.
    • Also, Bunnyx is pretty much a more refined, efficient version of Timebreaker, Alix's akumatized form.

Party Crasher

  • A couple people noted that Kim’s superhero outfit almost looks like a track suit. “Frightningale” confirmed that a Miraculous wielders appearance is based on their personalities and desires, so of course it’d be a track suit, Kim’s a major athlete!

The Puppeteer 2

  • Why didn't Hawk Moth give Manon the same kind of power as in The Puppeteer? While the statue of Ladybug and Chat Noir is right there, defenseless? Because the statue of Hawk Moth himself is there too! He has learned a lesson from Robostus.
    • It's also possible the power was just slightly changed because the wax statues were dangerous on their own while the original dolls were no threat, it was the fact that they puppeted the originals. Not to mention that puppetting the statues to control the originals would have been very cumbersome to work with unlike the dolls which were small and light enough to be levitated. And a whole museum of statues were immediate weapons where as controlling the originals would have wasted time with most of them having to travel the city to get to her. Granted she could cut out the battle entirely and just control the Ladybug and Chat Noir statues, but Puppeteer wanted to "play" with them because Manon felt neglected so she wouldn't want to instantly win anyway. Much like how in her first appearance she didn't just have Evillustrator make a new Ladybug doll for her to control and immediately win that way, because she specifically wanted Marinette's Ladybug doll she was denied earlier, she's a kid throwing a tantrum. She's doesn't want to be tactically efficient she wants to lash out at what made her mad.

Ikari Gozen

  • Marinette's hostility towards Kagami is in full swing this episode, but subsides when she discovers that Kagami has no friends outside of Adrien, who isn't even in her contacts list. At the end, Marinette decides to reach out to Kagami. In other words, a reserved Lonely Rich Kid is initially met with hostility by a more extraverted person of the same gender as themselves, only for the other person to reach out when they realize the truth about the rich kid's Friendless Background. Is that last sentence about Marinette and Kagami, or Nino and Adrien?
    • That also makes Marinette's hostility toward Kagami highly ironic, as a large part of said hostility is fueled by her crush on Adrien. However, in terms of personality, Kagami essentially is Adrien pre-series, before his Character Development started kicking in and without Chat Noir as a release. Note that Kagami starts acting much more bombastic as Ryuko, and transformed without hearing Longg out all the way - much like Adrien did his first time as Chat.
    • This also essentially means that Adrien is for Kagami what Chloé was to him. As mentioned above in "Copycat", Adrien's occasional Entitled to Have You outbursts toward Ladybug may be partially caused by Chloé's toxic influence on him. Meanwhile, Kagami is fairly civil towards Marinette, if a bit prickly. She's not getting the same toxic influence Adrien had - or at worst, she's getting a highly diluted form of it, courtesy of Nino and Marinette (among others).

Desperada

  • Adrien's outfit as Aspik may look strange to most viewers, mainly because of the fact that it covers his hair, but the real reason his hair is hidden is because if it wasn't, Ladybug might realise how suspiciously similar he looks to Chat Noir and Mister Bug.
  • Desperada's power is similar to that of Party Crasher. Since this episode chronologically takes place before the latter, it explains Chat Noir's reaction to Ladybug being captured first, since he's relived that moment with Desperada over and over.
    • It also explains why Chat was so eager to sacrifice himself during Gamer 2.0 (which also takes place after this episode) besides the fact that Ladybug is needed, and casts a sad light on his words to her regarding how he's willing to sacrifice everything to be with her.
  • Ladybug and Aspik's inabilities to focus on fighting Desperada and getting too distracted with each other continues to prove that Marinette and Adrien still can't work as a healthy and happy couple if they continue to hold all of each other's identities to their unrealistic standards. This is a good follow-up to "Oblivio", where it showed that they'd be a great couple if they didn't have expectations of each other already.
  • If any additional proof is needed that Adrien is not the right person to wear the Snake Miraculous, his Aspik form is the only miraculous form so far that does not get a magical weapon.
  • Aspik's name ends in -ik, a suffix that in European comics is used for villains and antiheroes. Even the name wasn't right for Adrien to be the Snake Hero.

Ladybug

  • For some reason, Mayura seems to really be hamming it up in her televised fight against the Sentimonster Ladybug, even including a fake-sounding laugh. What if she did that on purpose, knowing that appearing as the villain would spur Chat Noir into believing the sentimonster?
  • Adrien convincing Lila to make up a good lie to get Marinette back in school, as opposed to just telling her she has to tell the truth, is actually quite brilliant. While Lila of course hams it up as an illness she can't control to gain sympathy, she ends up admitting to the principal and the teacher that she's a pathological liar, which would make it a lot harder to pull off schemes in future since everything she says is suspect now. Adrien essentially got Lila to confess the truth by making her think she was lying.
  • Other than already knowing that she can fight off an Akuma, it makes sense that Chloe isn't afraid of the Akumas. With the exception of Lila, she was probably the only one in the locker room who didn't feel negative emotions. She was probably happy that it looked like Marinette would get expelled.

Startrain

  • It comes as no surprise that Chloe takes on a leadership role when the Akuma shows up; "bossy Alpha Bitch" has been part of her characterization from day one. However, the fact that she does such a good job at it that she nearly stops the Akuma on her own makes even more sense when you consider that her father is the mayor of Paris, and that the city has been through crisis after crisis since Hawk Moth showed up, so it's entirely conceivable that she picked up a few techniques for handling emergencies.
  • So the Horse Miraculous is a pair of... Shades??? Sure, this looks random, but keep in mind that the rabbit Miraculous gives the holder the power of time travel. It's entirely possible that the Mage saw the future one way or another.
    • It's more likely that it's supposed to be similar to horse blinders, which are designed to block part of their vision to keep them calm.
  • Since horses are one of the earliest forms of transport, it makes sense that the Horse Miraculous's power would be related to that.
  • Max's hairstyle as Pegasus is a ponytail.

Reflekdoll

  • Why do Marinette and Adrien know how to activate the other's Miraculous so quickly? Because during "The Dark Owl", They had to call out their transformation phrase in front of each other.
  • It may seem weird that Adrian got exactly what he wanted when using the Lucky Charm, but when you consider the fact that Ladybug has never tried to get what she wanted before and only relies on luck, it all makes sense. Tikki is the kwami of creation and luck, after all. Plus, Marinette still used the mirror like any old Lucky Charm (or at least, how she uses them).
  • The Doylist explanation for why Reflekta returned as the Villain of the Week for the episode where the heroes swap Miraculouses? Adrian would have needed pierced ears to wear the Ladybug Miraculous, and being Reflektarised before transforming makes that possible. (We don’t unequivocally see earrings on the Reflekta form, but the concealing ear flaps on the headdress make it possible for them to be there, and they would be an appropriate component of Reflekta’s psychedelic courtesan look.)

Cat Blanc

  • Cat Blanc flicking his bell after telling her that he's not Cat Noir anymore. Right after, Ladybug immediately goes after it. Perhaps Cat Noir wasn't as gone as he claimed and that flick was his way of giving Ladybug a clue as to where his Akuma was.
  • That the Akuma was in Cat Noir's bell makes total sense. According to Word of God, the bell represents Adrien's desire to be loved, which he had been denied all of his life by his family. Corrupting it mirrors how twisted Gabriel is to abuse his son's longing for affection.
  • Lila seems to not have been Akumatized over Marinette and Adrien's relationship in the Bad Future. Back in "Chameleon" she claimed it would have been ridiculous to fight Marinette over a boy-and apparently she meant it.
    • Alternatively, she avoided being Akumatized because she thinks Marinette and Adrien will break up and it would make her look bad.

Miracle Queen

  • All the new heroes from the past two seasons are mind-controlled and have their identities revealed, except for Bunnyx. This is because Bunnyx is from the future, and Alix hasn't used the Rabbit Miraculous in the present yet, so even if she was affected by Miracle Queen's wasps, she wouldn't go to her with the others.
  • Adrien being able to use the Snake Miraculous better than he did in "Desperada" might have something to do with him starting to move on from his feelings for Ladybug.
  • Only Hawk Moth and Mayura (and possibly Chloe) find out the new heroes' identities. Their ally Lila, who's implied to be the future Hawk Moth in Timetagger (or anyone else for that matter) is notably not present even though she'd be useful to give one of the non used Miraculous to. Which means after his defeat mentioned in Timetagger their identities might become a secret again, allowing for the future Miraculous Superhero team Bunnyx mentioned. And assuming these are different characters, then it also explains why Bunnyx, the one character we definitely know is part of it, wasn't exposed.
  • Hawk Moth rejecting and ditching Chloe as a disappointing failure is questionable when she was seconds from total victory with Dragon Bug under control and later dumping Snake Noir into the sun. But thanks to Snake Noir's Second Chance usage he doesn't actually remember any of that. From his perspective her army went down in seconds and she was immediately defeated afterwards.
  • The whole result with Chloe is yet another example of why Hawk Moth knowing someone's identity can be be so dangerous. Not even just stalking them at home, not even just using their loved ones against them, but just knowing who Chloe was and knowing what she was like meant he was able to exploit her character flaws to get her to do exactly what he wanted.

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Fridge Horror

    General 
  • Why does Hawk Moth's Miraculous control minds if it was meant to be used by superheroes? This gets especially disturbing when you consider the theory that using a kwami changes your personality.
    • On another note, if said theory is true, are the kwamis unaware of this, or are they committing Brainwashing for the Greater Good?
    • Perhaps the Mage wasn't right in his head when inventing the Butterfly Miraculous...
  • If you happen to be in Miraculous's version of Paris, all it takes is one bad day to attract Hawk Moth's attention, and to send an akuma after you. You don't even have to speak French to understand him or his corruption.
    • You probably have to accept Hawk Moth's "deal" in order to become fully akumatized, so presumably if you can't understand him, you're safe. But an internationally famous fashion designer can probably speak multiple languages.
    • After being de-akumatized, you'll lose your memories of what you did. You could wake up anywhere not knowing how you got there, and that's not even getting into missing out on several hours of your life. For example, Marc was de-akumatized while falling, and Alix, Nathanael, and Miss Bustier all missed a good portion of their own birthdays. And then there's Hero's Day...
    • You don't even have to be akumatized to suffer from this. Many of the villains can brainwash people, or even put them into a state that's as good as killing them. And it's shown that most of the brainwashed people don't remember what happened once it's undone.
  • Ladybug and Cat Noir have secret identities, but the akuma victims often don't. People like Alya, Kim, Sabrina, Chloé and Nathanael, who are minors, have been caught on video doing evil shenanigans. Although they have Laser-Guided Amnesia of what they were doing while corrupted, those identities are attached to them, as noted when Alya remarks on "Antibug" and "the Invisible One" coming to school.
    • More than a few villains have also come close to killing people - heck, Nathanael as the Evillustrator attacked Chloé with a buzzsaw at one point. Imagine if any of them had managed to get Ladybug and Cat's Miraculous. What reason would Hawk Moth have for keeping them transformed after that? Assuming Ladybug's purifying of the Akuma or breaking of their object is what gives them said amnesia, an ordinary person would be released from their brainwashing only to find that they'd committed murder.
      • Possibly not, as it's later implied that only those who are Not Brainwashed retain their memories. Still, it would still be terrible to wake up and find that you are responsible for Hawk Moth's victory.
  • On that note, it wouldn't take a genius to link half the akuma attacks to Chloé, and by extension her father the mayor. If a candidate for the mayoral election wanted to play dirty, he or she could point out that the mayor's daughter is a huge moral hazard to Paris and thus the mayor is not fit for governance. Hawk Moth in Season Two has confirmed that he likes to keep an eye on Chloé for this reason.
  • Given how Chloé worships Ladybug, it's quite horrifying that she's caused half the akuma that appear in the first season. Even worse is that given her It's All About Me, Never My Fault and Selective Obliviousness nature, in which she believes that everyone loves her despite all evidence to the contrary, including a case where Ladybug chews her out for going Leeroy Jenkins in a fight, Chloé will likely never realize. Though it would make for delicious irony if Hawk Moth ever thanked her for giving him a lot of people to corrupt.
  • Ladybug's death would mean two things for Cat Noir. He'd be running on massive amounts of grief, and his Cataclysm is the only thing that could stop Akuma victims. Sweet dreams.
    • Some Nightmare Retardant for that latter point is that A) they could just get a new Ladybug and B) Cat Noir might be able to use his Cataclysm on the tainted butterfly/moth. She's the only one who can purify the akuma, but that's not necessary for bringing a person back from akumatisation, just removing the tainted akuma is.
    • A fanfic, You Don't Know Me, deals with this very idea, it's not pretty.
  • Alya dedicates all of her free time on her Ladyblog, where she does her own investigative journalism into the activities of her favorite superhero Ladybug. Alya herself has collected footage and clues around Ladybug and her identity, like how her textbook narrowed the search to their school. It is clear that the Ladyblog is public and has a sizable following, as Adrien - given his crush on Ladybug - watches it frequently. However, this also means that Hawk Moth and his various akumatized villains have access to it too.
  • Adrien is point blank emotionally abused by his father (though this is clearly unintentional on Gabriel's part as he loves his son but chooses to show it by micromanaging every aspect of Adrien's life; losing his wife probably didn't help either) and this has apparently turned him into a Horrible Judge of Character. He's reluctant to even call out Chloé in the slightest because of their Childhood Friends relationship despite the fact that this makes his life difficult and she regularly tramples all over him emotionally and apparently Season 2 will have Lila managing to wrap him around her finger so thoroughly that Chloé is forced to pull an Enemy Mine with Marinette and Alya (though presumably while they're all masked up as their hero IDs) to save him from her. It's...probably best not to speculate what might have happened if Marinette and Nino weren't willing to give him a second chance...
  • With The Reveal that Gabriel is Hawk Moth, it means that he has willingly endangered his son's life on many occasions and even caused misery to others while he's in civilian identity. Namely he corrupted Nino by banning him from the mansion when Nino wanted to throw Adrien a birthday party, and refused to let Jack/Simon try to hypnotize him and was waiting for someone to corrupt on both occasions. Does this mean he's sometimes made Adrien feel miserable on purpose, to take advantage of the backlash?
  • The Ring of the Black Cat and the Earrings of the Ladybug can be used together to grant any wish, but to do so will cost the wisher something of equal value to what he gained from the wish. As of "Queen Wasp", it's now confirmed that Hawk Moth wants to bring his dead wife back. Which means if he succeeds, someone else is going to have to die. There's a few ways this can play out:
    • Hawk Moth doesn't know that the wish comes with a cost. Imagine how he'll feel if he succeeds in bringing his wife back, only to lose Adrien instead.
    • Hawk Moth plans to sacrifice Adrien. Though this is highly unlikely, since he's unwilling to let Adrien get hurt, and in "Gorizilla" he even abandons an assured victory in order to save him. Also his wife would probably be really pissed, and that kind of ruins the point of bringing her back.
    • Hawk Moth plans to sacrifice himself.
      • At the end of Queen Wasp, Gabriel says, "We'll finally be together once again," meaning it's unlikely he would do that.
    • As of "Queen Wasp", Nathalie has all but confirmed to be an Ignored Enamored Underling to Gabriel. She might be entirely willing to sacrifice herself for Gabriel's happiness.
    • As of "Felix" we know that Emilie has a twin sister (who is a total bitch). Gabriel might be aiming to exchange her for his wife!
  • Adrien is annoyed and uncomfortable whenever girls hit on him, or drape themselves all over him. He's also not surprised by this, due to being a teenage model and The Ace at school. The show has this Played for Laughs, but it's actually not that fun for Adrien. Considering how children in media industries are abused by authority figures, often with the authority figures being a Karma Houdini, how much danger is he in just when doing his day job?
    • Probably not much - Gabriel may be a weapons-grade Jerkass, but there's no evidence that he'd willingly let anyone harm Adrien. In fact, Gabe's main problem (aside from being Hawk Moth) is his overprotective nature.
    • That's assuming Adrien told his father. Considering Gabriel apparently has no problem with Chloe being around Adrien, it's entirely possible that he doesn't consider her Gold Digger behavior to be worth bothering about and Adrien is definitely fragile enough to have someone abuse him while convincing him that his father wouldn't care.
    • "Onichan" hints that the problem may be worse than was previously thought - Gabriel indicates that he's willing to let someone as toxic as Lila be around his son in order to pursue his ends.
    • The only girl he doesn't mind giving him affection is Kagami, as she regularly clings on him and he seems happy about it. Let's hope nothing changes that.
  • Throughout the show, the only characters we've seen be akumatized are usually nice people, and at worst just petty jerks. Now imagine if an already evil and depraved individual (e. g. a poacher or a terrorist) was hit with the akuma....
  • Adrien's mental state overall crosses into Fridge Horror territory. He's so used to disappointment that it's difficult to akumatize him. Gabriel can tell there's something wrong in his house because the only emotion he feels is happiness. This is bad, but it's when he already has school and his identity as Chat Noir to give him a break. What would happen to him if he was stuck in his Gilded Cage 24/7? His greatest nightmare is being locked up.
    • This can be even worse when you consider Chat's tendency to take the bullet for Ladybug. With how bad his mental health actually is, some of that tendency could very easily be him acting as a Death Seeker.
  • If Emilie naturally recovered from her coma, she would wake up in a glass box with no one around.
    • Unless Gabriel installed an emergency button/lever to open up the box from the inside, or if it opens up automatically when she wakes up.
  • Hawkmoth's magic grants him empathy so vast he can watch an entire city with it, and we have no reason to think he can turn that off if he wants to. Even if he could, his obsession with finding new victims means he probably wouldn't. So how much sadness and anger and fear is being piped into his soul every day? No wonder he's so depressed.

    Season 1 
Stormy Weather
  • Take a look at Aurore's behaviour in the elevator scene: She's the only victim we know of who saw the butterfly coming for them, and she actively tried to fight it off. Assuming that she was in Paris during the Stoneheart incident (and possibly others depending on the timeline), it's safe to say that she had some idea of what the butterfly was going to do to her. Meaning that regardless of her bitterness about losing the weather girl contest, she still didn't want to be turned into a monster over it. As such, the fact that she gets corrupted anyway says quite a bit about Hawk Moth's influence, or that of the Butterfly Miraculous in general.

Copycat

  • Adrien's behavior throughout the episode highlights a number of things:
    • One, the difference between him and Marinette when they are jealous of another person possibly getting close to the other. Marinette's response is to abuse her powers while Adrien's is to lie, something that Marinette has stated to repeatedly hate. The big difference is that Marinette has learned the error of her ways (mostly thanks to Tikki) and while Plagg did give Adrien a What the Hell, Hero? moment, the boy just shrugged it off, even at the end. So, the question remains: Will Adrien pull this stunt again?
    • Two, many fans thought Adrien was acting out-of-character, but in actuality...he wasn't. For most of the series, we only Adrien through Marinette's POV, so we mainly see the "lonely, Nice Guy with the occasional hiccup" or the "rambunctious, but lovable Cat Noir". This is the first time we see Adrien do a truly cruel act to someone else because we finally get the episode through his POV. Therefore, what other negative traits does he have besides this?
    • Three and the biggest one, Adrien's attitude toward Ladybug when trying to keep his lie a secret is reminiscent of emotional abuse. To explain, when she asks what happened, he blames her for Copycat's akumatization despite being fully aware that it was his fault. And even in the end, he laments only that his crush on Ladybug isn't returned. In other words, if the two become a couple and Adrien gets jealous, what's going to happen to their relationship if he does this again?

The Pharaoh

  • The textbook Alya found could easily have been used to narrow down Hawk Moth's search for Ladybug and Chat Noir's miraculous to the school, hence the sizable number of kids in akumatized students. Even more so, for every akumatized student, Hawk Moth is able to take each student out of suspicion for being Ladybug and Chat Noir. Through deductive reasoning, Hawk Moth will eventually find out who they are and their secret will not protect them and their family.
    • Hawk Moth could have discovered the Ladyblog when he turned Alya into Lady Wifi.
    • What's more, if Alya were to find out their identities while livestreaming, she'll have to live with the knowledge that she had unwittingly exposed and endangered two of her closest friends and their families. She doesn't seem to realize the potential long term consequences for her pursuit of their identities.

Evillustrator

  • This episode was already an episode that made Nathanael a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds? Here's more Fridge Heartbreak: in his civilian guise he couldn't even muster up the nerve to ask Marinette out on a birthday date and drew out a Rescue Romance fantasy. Think about what he'll realize when hearing what he did as an akuma: he coerced his crush into going on a date with him, since Marinette wasn't in a position to refuse to a guy that can draw chainsaws out of mid-air, trapped her in a box on realizing that she was working with Cat Noir to get him back to normal, and tried to kill Chloé after promising Marinette that he wouldn't. Chloé the next day uses her trauma as an excuse to skive off physics homework, so Nathanael must have heard or realized after awakening in her apartment. No wonder he hasn't approached Marinette or asked her out in civilian guise; he acted out the way Gideon did in Gravity Falls, deconstructing the Nice Guy myth.
  • It really says something about how horrible this particular akumatization is that Hawk Moth hurt Nathaniel when he's displeased with his progress, something he had never done before and is either unable to do again or he doesn't do it because he feels it's necessary. Let me repeat that; the most likely reason that Hawk Moth didn't try to use pain on future victims Nathaniel's age or younger is because he doesn't think it's necessary.

Dark Cupid

  • Cat while Brainwashed and Crazy nearly killed Ladybug. In "The Puppeteer," he's more frantic than usual after learning that the titular akuma controls her victims through plushies, and Marinette happened to make a plushie of Cat. Likely he doesn't want to be forced to fight her again and relive the scenario.
    • Cat also states that he'd always wondered what happens when he attacks a person with Cataclysm, a power that decays whatever it touches to the point of destruction. It doesn't really take much imagination to picture how exactly Ladybug almost died.
  • Given how Dark Cupid's power works, how many people did assault or try to murder their loved ones?
    • How many relationships are now ruined because of their actions???

The Mime

  • Marinette was lucky she gave up trying to recreate that video she accidentally deleted, because if Alya noticed it was different from the video she already uploaded to her blog she might have figured out Marinette was Ladybug. Marinette isn't rich enough to afford a fake Ladybug costume like Chloé is and she couldn't make one in that short amount of time.

The Gamer

  • The Running Gag with Adrien and food becomes distinctly less funny when you realize that Adrien is probably on a very strict diet to keep a figure that his father approves of, meaning that combining that with the fact that he's probably starting puberty, Adrien probably spends many of his waking hours starving.
    • And if this is true, it's especially worrying considering that Adrien is a lot more physically active as Cat Noir than whoever's planning said diet can know about.
      • The kid takes fencing and another sports, as far as Marinette's knowledge of Adrien's activities lets us know. Any nutritionist that's worth their salt (specially in France, one of the countries with the best and most nutritious school lunches worldwide) knows that a child entering puberty needs to eat A LOT, being a model or not, and letting aside if Gabriel is a neglectful parent or not, for sure he wants his kid to be healthy at least for his looks (and as an inversion on his future: Adrien not eating enough will result on him not growing enough and having problems of health in future). And he needs to eat even more because of the amount of sports he does. So maybe after losing pounds because of running and climbing and basically being Chat Noir, the nutritionist maybe decided to make him eat MORE. We can say he's pretty far away from starving. So... maybe the kid was just craving for the delicious things that the Dupain-Cheng offered him?
      • Adrien lives in a Gilded Cage home where he has access to all the finest things money can buy, but that are empty of genuine warmth and affection. Baker parents that make snacks just because they care? That has to be the mother of all tempting novelties for him.

The Puppeteer

  • It's sheer luck that Marinette gave an akuma plushie to Manon as opposed to the torn Ladybug doll or Cat Noir. If Manon's akuma the Puppeteer had brought either Cat or Ladybug to life, not only would they have been Brainwashed and Crazy, with one of them taking down the other to steal their Miraculous, but either of their identities would have been outed to Alya and everyone on the train.
    • For that matter, if she'd given Manon either of the other akuma dolls, it's entirely possible that she would have been able to get to the others before Marinette or Adrien learned anything was wrong. At the very least, they certainly would have more of a head-start than Lady Wifi did.

Simon Says

  • Gabriel nearly died by his own hand. He deliberately goaded Simon to corrupt him, and then calmly accepted the possibility of a home invasion that threatened his, Nino, Natalie and Adrien's life.
  • Based on some big Season Two revelations, Gabriel aka Hawk Moth saw Adrien's ring and commented on it. Hawk Moth figured out that his son his Cat Noir, aka the goofball that has been brainwashed a few times and has the power to kill people if he desired.
  • After Gabriel gives Adrien a hug, which is a rare thing for a Jerkass like Gabriel, he then comments on Adrien's ring, which ruins the moment. Adrien then for the first time calls out his father for being neglectful and not noticing things about him. This doesn't bode well if Hawk Moth undergoes a redemption arc, or for their relationship to become repaired after Cat Noir finds out his father is a supervillain.

Volpina

  • Hawk Moth now knows that Ladybug will give up her Miraculous for Adrien, when before she would defy Hostage for MacGuffin, and there are a lot of hints that Gabriel is Hawk Moth. That doesn't bode well for season two.
    • And if the above is true, Adrien might get smacked in the face with the idea that his father is perfectly willing to let him be harmed or even die if it suits his purposes. Poor kitty...
    • Even worse? It's confirmed that Gabriel is Hawk Moth, and as the Collector, he may or may not (depending on whether he kept his own mind) have been willing to kill his own son.
  • The "General" folder notes that at least a few of the akuma victims have been caught on camera doing evil shenanigans. While this is bad enough for most of them, remember that Lila hasn't been in Paris for very long. While Alya, Nathaniel, and most of the others have had time to develop reputations outside of what they did while akumatized, Lila hasn't had nearly as much, so she's going to have a much harder time shaking off "threatening to throw Gabriel Agreste's kid off the Eiffel Tower" (not that she doesn't deserve it).
  • Volpina is an imitation of the Fox Miraculous holder. The Pied Piper was a past holder. What would have happened had Hawk Moth or Lila known?
  • While knowing that Adrien was Ladybug's weakness, Volpina opted to take hostage an illusionary double. Had she decided to go for the real deal, she would have won... Or, depending on the timing, exposed his secret identity to Hawk Moth. Who lives in the same home.

Origins Part 1 & 2

  • In the first part of "Rise! Ladybug", a discouraged Marinette begins to take off her Miraculous. Tikki is horrified and begins to beg her to stop. Though not confirmed at this time, this gives credence to the Fanon that as long as Cat Noir and Ladybug have their Miraculous, they're immune to akuma. Besides that, it's definitely canon that even if Adrien manages to transform and fight, he'll be caught in a losing battle until his energy runs out and be stuck in a constant loop while the akuma wreaks havoc on Paris.
    • Jossed, Word of God confirmed the miraculouses aren't immune to Hawk Moth's akumatization. It's Marinette's optimism and Adrien being used to disappointment that make it hard for either one to be akumatized.
  • The first time Cat used Cataclysm, he had no idea what it did and tried to use it on Stone Heart, but he'd already used up the charge. If there was more than one use per transformation, or if he hadn't touched the goal post first, he would have accidentally murdered Ivan, and the city would most likely refuse to accept his or Ladybug's help again, and almost certainly try to arrest him, which could lead to either Adrien's identity being revealed, or serious damage being done to the police force.
    • Let's not forget that Adrien probably wouldn't take it well the moment he realizes that he murdered an innocent civilian.
    • Actually, he probably wouldn't have killed Ivan. When Ladybug breaks the note and frees the akuma, the rocks that compose Stoneheart fall around Ivan and Cat Noir. The rocks seem to serve as an armour like Gamer's battle bot, not actually being part of his body. We see what Cataclysm does to stone in "Timebreaker"- it makes part of the stone crumble. All he would have done is probably trip up Stoneheart by destroying part of a leg, and Ivan's body is actually in the chest part of Stoneheart.
  • These flashback episode reveal a worse possibility: If the item is broken but the akuma isn't caught and purified, it clones itself and randomly corrupts innocent bystanders.
  • Imagine what would've happened if Hawk Moth hadn't decided to address the heroes in part 2, aside from both Ladybug and the Police still being unsure if the heroes were necessary until that moment no one knew where the Akumas were coming from. Imagine how much worse things could've been if they didn't know there was a specific villain out there...

    Season 2 

Despair Bear

  • Cat Noir is again Brainwashed and Crazy, and yet again tries to kill Ladybug using Cataclysm, but this time he comes closer to succeeding than ever before, because Ladybug accidentally immobilised the hand that doesn't have his ring. The scene that plays out once Cataclysm is activated is slowed down, almost to imply Ladybug's in-the-moment adrenaline, but in actuality, it would have taken less than 3 seconds for Cat to kill her.

Robostus

  • This episode reveals that using the Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses to alter reality comes with a price. Given the most popular suspicion about Hawk Moth's motive, that he wants to bring back his wife, whose life would he be willing to sacrifice to that end? An enemy? A random innocent? Adrien? Himself?
    • Does he even know that his wish comes with a price?
  • It's not apparent during the actual fight of the episode, but since the use of the Miraculouses to shape reality requires an Equivalent Exchange, and Robostus would have required to sacrifice someone else's humanity to gain his own, what are the chances Max was only there in that mecha as the appropriate sacrifice for the wish? Would Max have just turned into a robot, or would "sacrificing his humanity" cost him his life?
    • Adding on to that, the Miraculouses running on Equivalent Exchange poses another question, how does the universe "balance" Ladybug and Chat Noir's powers? If Lucky Charm balances Cataclysm, then what balances purifying an akuma or the World-Healing Wave?
      • Purifying an akuma balances the corruption done by Hawk Moth, and the World-Healing Wave balances any rampage that the Akumatized did, as is a direct result of magic involved and it is returning it "As it should be", that's why Tikki is very much against using Lucky Charm for personal gain.
      • Not to mention that the aforementioned World-Healing Wave is always triggered by the item created by Lucky Charm, heavily implying that they're basically the same power in a two-stage configuration, meaning that Cataclysm is the balance for both.
  • As soon as Max rejects Robostus' friendship, he angrily declares that he's done with humanity. He already accessed one security system consisting of missiles. It's possible that Ladybug and Chat Noir may have stopped an attempt on the human race, or at least all of humankind on Paris.
  • This episode gives us some horror that reaches all the way back to "Evillustrator". In this episode, we see that Hawk Moth has no control over Robostus' actions in the long run, only able to bargain futily. In contrast, when Evillustrator tries to go against Hawk Moth's wishes, Hawk Moth is able to use Electric Torture to put him back in line. This means one of two things. Either Nathaniel as an individual was able to be put under Hawk Moth's influence enough that Hawk Moth could hurt him if displeased or non-human akumas can't be under Hawk Moth's powers or threatened by him.
  • It's shown that Hawk Moth can akumatise a robot who is sapient enough to feel emotions. Now if there was someone like Sonny in the Miraculous universe...

Gigantitan

  • Helping someone who's feeling down/angry/resentful/etc. feel better won't stop an akuma that's already been sent out. It'll just find someone else nearby who fits the bill. Even babies aren't safe!
  • Hawk Moth's failure in controlling Gigantitan speaks volumes of Gabriel's parenting skills. If he can't even get a akumatized baby to listen to him even when resorting to baby talk what chance did Adrien have for a happy childhood?

Dark Owl

  • The reveal that the item an akuma possesses does not in any way need to be on the akumatized individual for them to keep the fullness of their powers. It just needs to be in physical contact with them at the time of possession. Several villains Ladybug and Cat Noir have fought previously would have been much harder, maybe even nigh impossible, to defeat had this been true for them.
    • Perhaps the akumatized item has to be used "as intended", and this episode is simply the first instance where said item is not something that needs to be carried on the person.

Gorizilla

  • Now that Hawk Moth is convinced that Adrien isn't Cat Noir, he'll likely resume going after him with no regards for his safety. If Cat Noir is ever destroyed and only then Hawk Moth realizes he let an Identity Impersonator deceive him...
  • Adrien wouldn't save himself from certain death out of blind faith Ladybug would somehow escape Gorizilla and rescue him. What if things don't work like this next time?
    • Not to mention that Ladybug's entire plan to save him from certain doom was "trust Cat Noir to show up in the nick of time." As we know but she doesn't, that wasn't a possibility. If Hawk Moth hadn't released her, Adrian would have hit the pavement.
  • Had Ladybug and Cat Noir not agreed to keep their identities a secret from each other, Cat Noir wouldn't bother with an Identity Impersonator and Hawk Moth would have learned his secret.
  • While Adrien is savvy enough to keep tight-lipped about using a Body Double to fool Gorizilla, Wayhem is established as very excitable and having dubious impulse control, especially where Adrien is concerned. If he accidentally blabs to the wrong person, Hawk Moth will not only figure out that he did not see Adrien and Chat in the same place, but will have even stronger evidence that they are one and the same. Adrien's short-term trick may have just set him up for long-term consequences.

Zombizou

  • So, uh, simple question...what if Miss Bustier hadn't been able to protect Marinette in time?! She would've gotten akumatized, gleefully handing her earrings off to Hawk Moth; there would've been no way to de-akumatize her safely unless someone outright killed the butterfly; and her secret identity might have been outed to Adrien/Chat Noir, among others. Ho boy...
  • Most of Hawk Moth's potential targets are so blinded by their negative emotions that they don't notice the akuma approaching, but Miss Bustier was scared when she saw an akuma approaching Marinette and tried to fend it off. When she was akumatised, she tried to fight its influence before eventually succumbing to Hawk Moth, and she felt very remorseful about her actions as Zombizou after being cured. This leads to several disturbing implications: one - Hawk Moth's targets do not necessarily need to feel negative emotions in order to be akumatised, as he was able to turn the loving and protective Caline Bustier into love-obsessed Zombizou, two - the Parisians are aware of the threat of Hawk Moth's akumas (with some of them experiencing their friends or family becoming villains), and three - when an akumatised civilian is cured, they are remorseful of their actions during their time as a villain.
  • In the classroom, Chloe is despised by her fellow classmates. It's not hard to see why - as Alix stated, Chloe's callous actions were responsible for half of the population of Paris being akumatised by Hawk Moth, especially her classmates. As detailed in the Fridge Horror above, those who have been deakumatised still remember what they did as villains, so they must be aware that Chloe was responsible for handing them over to Hawk Moth. Now, imagine what would happen if Chloe did something so horrible that it would result in a mass akumatisation, Ladybug and Cat Noir would be overwhelmed by villains and Hawk Moth would succeed in his goal, and he may even thank Chloe for causing all of this to happen.

Syren

  • What if Tom insisted on tasting one of Marinette's "macaroons" to the point he actually did it? We have no clue what a power up designed for kwami consumption does to humans who eat it.
    • Considering the one recipe we have seen so far in its entirety consists of seaweed, a pearl and a tear of joy, the macaroons would probably just taste really bad. It’s most likely that since Kwamis gain energy for their powers from the food they eat, that these transformation recipes chemically alter them. There’s no reason to think that the transformation foods would have any more of an effect on humans than eating the plain ingredients would.
      • Additionally, humans are far larger than kwamis, and as such a larger dose than just an incredibly tin macaroon would be needed to have any dangerous effect.
      • And who said the macaroon Tom tried to eat wasn't one of the recipes we have not seen in its entirety?
  • Syren floods the whole city and we do see people evacuating to the rooftops. But Paris is a city with a large population, and there should be much more people there. What happened to the ones who couldn't make it to safety or higher ground?
    • There's no mention of casualties from Stoneheart destroying a building, and Ladybug's status quo-yo was able to restore the people Timebreaker erased. Therefore, it's possible that the World-Healing Wave brings people killed in akuma attacks Back from the Dead. Which of course brings all the Fridge Horror inherent in worlds where Death Is Cheap to the table. Would those who died remember it?

Troublemaker

  • Troublemaker actually took one of the earrings and Ladybug started detransforming. If she hadn't gotten it back in time, her identity would have been revealed.

Style Queen

  • The fact Plagg is responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs and the disappearance of Atlantis. Chat Noir is a Power Limiter for Cataclysm, above all else. Without him, even a tiny tap on the floor from Plagg, implied to be holding back as much as possible, wrecked the Eiffel tower, and continued to spread without limit. And it's implied he couldn't stop it on his own, since he told Ladybug to fix everything quickly. One has to wonder what would happen if she wasn't able to do so, for whatever reason.

Queen Wasp

  • Take the fridge horror from the Zombizou episode and add in the fact that being transformed by a Miraculous doesn't protect you from akumatization.
  • What happened to Pollen when their Miraculous was akumatized? What affects could an akuma have on a kwami? Could kwamis be akumatized themselves?
  • What happened to Pollen when their Miraculous was Destroyed? She wasn't seen popping out of the fragments like the Akuma was. And while she returned later, she wasn't seen at all for the rest of the episode, even after the comb was restored.
  • It's established that only a Cataclysm can destroy a miraculous enough to release the akuma. So if Chat Noir himself were to be akumatized with his ring, Ladybug had better hope there's a Miraculous that can copy his power.

Catalyst

  • Here Volpina returns, and with a single illusion she convinces all of Paris that Ladybug has been Akumatized and Chat Noir is dead. Thinking about what she did in "Volpina", it means the first time she was holding back.
  • As Volpina demonstrated, a single illusion at the right time and right place is sufficient to mentally weaken a person. Or even an entire crowd. This leads to the following:
    • A: The Fox Miraculous could be used to easily render virtually anyone vulnerable to akumazation! Lila's villainous persona of Volpina had the power to use illusions simply due to the Personality Powers mechanic of the Moth Miraculous. If Hawk Moth had the Fox Miraculous, he could target nearly anyone at almost any time, resulting in much more common akumazations. Gabriel could even have Natalie use it!
    • B: Even if it's a complete fabrication, this tactic would still leave a window of opportunity for the Akuma. If the hoax lasts at least until the Akuma reaches its victim, that's all Hawk Moth needs.
    • C: There isn't any need for Hawk Moth to the background checks on every single person. Just frightening a person is enough. Even prior to this episode, "Zombizou" and "Sandboy" established that fear/panic is enough for the (start of) akumazation. In some cases, just creating an illusion of an old villain returning would suffice.

Mayura

  • At the end of the episode, we learn that the Peacock Miraculous is damaged, and Nathalie seems ill after using it.
    • The Miraculouses are shown to be Nigh Invulnerable, with the only thing confirmed to be able to destroy one being Chat Noir's Cataclysm ability. Since the Miraculous appears intact, it likely wasn't Cataclysm that damaged it. Therefore, if a Cat Miraculous user didn't damage the Miraculous, who - or what - did?
    • Given that Nathalie's not feeling so good after using it, and that the Agrestes are hinted to have known about the Miraculouses for some time, is the Peacock Miraculous responsible for Emilie being in her current state?
      • "Feast" all but states that yes, it is. Adrien notes that Nathalie's symptoms are identical to his mother's before (what he thinks was) her death.
  • While Cat Noir managed to destroy Hawk Moth's cane and dispel Catalyst's boost, there is absolutely nothing stopping Hawk Moth from simply doing it again. We see in this episode that the same person can be akumatized with the same powerset multiple times, and since Catalyst was a willing akumatization, Hawk Moth can presumably akumatize her again whenever they want. One akuma at a time was bad enough, and now Hawk Moth will be able to launch multi-akuma attacks on a regular basis.
    • Perhaps, but on the other hand he'll probably have a harder time spreading mass panic to Paris the way he did again given that they eventually rose up against him in the end. So unless he specifically tries to get Dark Cupid first he likely won't be able to get as many Akuma as he did here barring some other complex set up. At the very least it probably won't be easy.
  • While the heroes realize that Volpina was used to set up the attack, does anyone know that Lila was a willing volunteer? She actively collaborated with Hawk Moth to cause this crisis yet as far as anyone knows she was an innocent victim that was coerced.
  • Hawk Moth attempts to call out the heroes for simply using their Miraculous to fix akuma's and tiny problems and little else, saying they should have bigger aims using them for the world beyond just small steps. While this is mostly to get them to lower their guard, and that could it all it is, it's worth noting that there's been implications Hawk Moth has greater ambitions beyond just making his wish to save his wife, then letting everything go back to normal. He wants all the Kwami and Miraculous under his control (as seen in Sandboy) as well as the guardian and all the knowledge of the book and order. He also has his son and heir specifically take Chinese and combat lessons in addition to schoolwork, an odd choice for modeling but would be a major boon in Miraculous use. He could be planning on forming his own order to have control of all things Miraculous related, which in the hands of a man who thinks little of causing mass havoc and mind control for his own purposes, could be very dangerous.

     Season 3 

Chameleon

  • In "Mayura", Marinette's classmates threw her a party because of her helpfulness and good deeds and even organized her to kiss Adrien, and everybody is happy by the end of the episode. Come "Chameleon", and her reputation is put at stake when Lila easily convinces everyone with her lies and pulls Wounded Gazelle Gambits to turn the class against Marinette. Almost everyone including the nicest ones is practically hypnotized by her lies and Marinette's relationships are quite severed. But this begs the question: what if Lila could ruin another person's reputation the same way she did to Marinette? What if she targeted Chloé, who already draws lots of ire from her class for good reasons yet is starting to change for the better, and made her out to be worse than she already was? If Marinette being shot by Death Glares from her class was already harsh, imagine Chloé going through the same thing.
  • In the bathroom, Lila exposes her true colors and acts absolutely relentless towards Marinette, telling her that she'll lose all of her friends and there's nothing she can do. Now why would Lila act like such a jerk towards Marinette of all people, aside from being the only one opposed to her lies? If she isn't aware of the girl right in front of her being the superhero who was responsible for turning her into a grudge-filled sociopath, then what's on Lila's mind when she's trying to bring Marinette down?
    • The fact that Marinette already tried to expose her several times before and refused her offer of friendship is surely a reason.
    • An even worse question to think about: would Lila's treatment and hostility towards Marinette worsen if she found out that she was Ladybug?
  • Chameleon's defeat involves her being tricked into transforming into an oyster, who is then shucked and has her pearl broken, causing the akuma to fly out. Notice that Lila can be heard struggling in her oyster form, so imagine the agony she must have felt when that happened.
  • The way Lila acts towards Marinette in the bathroom scene - she acts in a cold, calculated manner, as if she was used to treating people like this when they didn't comply to her. Who's to say that Marinette isn't the first victim - what if, at her old school(s), she pulled the same things with other children?
    • And what became of those students?
  • Marinette knows that Lila is a liar and untrustworthy and all-around a terrible person, but if she had been telling the truth, or the situation had happened with another character, the class would have still turned against Marinette.
    • True, but then again if Lila was really telling the truth about being that interesting and attention worthy as a person as improbable as it would be, Marinette would either not be against her to start with, or would have been in the wrong for jumping on her case when she wasn't lying.
  • When Marinette throws the napkin at Lila she reflexively catches it with what basically amounts to a boxing parry, and as Chameleon once she copies Chat Noir's powers she overwhelms Ladybug as easily as Anansi (a formidable kickboxer) had done. Apparently, Lila is a serious threat even from a purely physical point of view...
    • Her apparently being into combat sports also explains how she got away with claiming she had tinnitus when she would have had to show a medical certificate: she would have been injured in a spar and actually got tinnitus, and would have got the certificate that then she explained in another way to hide her actual fighting abilities.

Backwarder

  • Ladybug's Rummage Fail when she gives Adrien's letter to Marianne. Not only is the universe conspiring against her getting anything done, but her own yoyo is trying to screw her over.
  • Gabriel held up a train to England just for his Hawk Moth shenanigans. How many people had to go there for some sort of urgent business to do and were held up?

Stormy Weather 2

  • Stormy Weather literally spun the Earth off its axis. How many people would have died?
  • What would the rest of the world, who probably weren't aware of Ladybug and Chat Noir and their heroics in Paris, have thought about the planet suddenly being turned back to normal with no apparent explanation after?

Oblivio

  • Who knows how much destruction occurred as a result of Oblivio’s memory-erasing powers?

Silencer

  • Before it aired, people had been dreading this episode because of one simple question: exactly what would have to happen to get Luka, one of the most laid-back and relaxed characters on the show, feeling negatively enough to get akumatized?
  • This episode confirms that Miraculous user's powers are voice-activated. If Ladybug hadn't found a loophole to still be able to use Lucky Charm, she and many other people could have permanently lost their voices. She also wouldn't have been able to detransform without removing her earrings, and wouldn't have been able to transform into Ladybug after that.

Onichan

  • The fact that Hawk Moth sends a supervillain to get rid of a teenage girl is disturbing.

Miraculer

  • If Ladybug hadn't been able to do the cure, Chat could have very well have slowly died from being hit with a Cataclysm.

Timetagger

  • The fact that there's still a Hawk Moth in the future means that the Butterfly Miraculous and Nooroo are still in the hands of an evil person years later, and that person might be treating Nooroo even worse than Gabriel does now. Tikki and Plagg still don't have their friend back.
  • Since Marinette is Ladybug, she ends up being too busy to babysit for Alya, and the latter ends up calling Lila to take over the job instead. In other words, Lila is already starting to make good on her promise to steal Marinette's friends. And it will be very easy for her to manipulate the children she's babysitting.
  • The episode hints that Lila is the future Hawk Moth. One would assume that her motivations are far less sympathetic than Gabriel's.

Party Crasher

  • The life support system keeping Emilie alive fails because Markov redirected all of the power in the Agreste mansion to the speakers in Adrien's room, which would never have happened if Max hadn't brought him along. Thankfully, the life support system turns on again in time due to Party Crasher capturing Markov, but imagine if it had been too late, and the guilt Max and Markov would have felt if they ever found out about Emilie's condition and that they unknowingly caused her death.

Ladybug

  • The Sentimonster of Ladybug is Forced into Evil by Mayura, and is perfectly willing to help the heroes once freed. What does this imply about the other Sentimonsters Mayura has created?
  • Marinette was ready to give up her Miraculous to Hawk Moth, and only avoided being akumatized by a lucky coincidence. It also says a lot about how easy it would be for her to give in to her desire for justice against Lila.
  • Lila wasn't surprised when the Red Akumas came by. She likely already suspected Gabriel of being Hawk Moth... And now, she knows.

Startrain

  • It's revealed that Hawk Moth loses control over akumas that are too far away, but if it akumatizes someone, he doesn't even need to communicate with them to make them Brainwashed and Crazy, they just need to be feeling enough of a negative emotion.
    • Not to mention that that means that an akuma can do something crazy like drive a train into space with his son aboard and there's nothing Gabriel can do about it because he can't control them.
    • It gets worse. Not only could Hawk Moth not control Startrain, her goals continued to escalate as time went on. First she just wanted to go to space; then she wanted to explore the galaxy, then she wanted to conquer the universe. Between this and the disturbing rate at which Robostus devolved into an Omnicidal Maniac, it's very likely Hawk Moth's influence is just about the only thing that keeps akumatized villains sane.

Feast

  • While chasing after Master Fu and the Miracle Box, the titular villain knocks aside several cars with drivers and possibly passengers inside, which more than likely injured or even killed them. Of course, the World-Healing Wave would have healed/revived them in the end, but they might still retain the memories of their injuries/deaths. Not to mention the Miraculous guardians, who haven't been around for 172 years, so they would be Fish out of Temporal Water, though that might not be a problem since they're secluded from the modern world.
    • Secluded might be a stretch. Keep in mind that the French news was made instantly aware of the temples existence after it appeared. Who's to say other countries aren't keeping a close eye on it already?

Cat Blanc

  • There had been complaints from Adrienette shippers on how slow their relationship is building and how it hasn't become official. But this episode demonstrates that in the timeline where they do become a couple, it goes off without hitch, until Gabriel steps in to seperate them, so he can upset Marinette and akumatize her. Though he's desperate to save his wife, he's willing to hurt people's feelings and damage relationships at every opportunity, include his son's. Thus making Adrien's dad a roadblock in the crucial development of their relationship. Until Hawk Moth is defeated/out of the picture, that road block stands.

Miracle Queen

  • It's revealed that when a Miraculous Guardian passes on their ownership of a Miracle Box, they lose their memories of it. Since Master Fu had been a guardian for most of his life, he lost nearly all his memories. Does this mean the same thing will happen to Marinette should she give the box to someone else? Will she forget ever being Ladybug? Hopefully she won't do it until she's about to die from old age...
  • Hawk Moth learns the identities of all the new Miraculous users (except Bunnyx because she's from the future), just by telling everyone affected by Miracle Queen's wasps to come and get their Miraculous if they've used one. Who's to say he won't do the same thing with any other people Ladybug gives a Miraculous to?
    • He needed the Bee Miraculous and Chloé to do that. He no longer has the former.
  • Now that the Peacock Miraculous is repaired, it can be used without causing the holder to become ill. Which means that Gabriel can use it for himself, or combine it with the Butterfly Miraculous.
    • This might also mean that Duusu is more mentally stable now, which means she could realise she's being used for evil, and end up being treated the same as Nooroo.
      • However, considering the fact that Duusu is the kwami of Emotions, her current state could just be her normal self. She's just very emotional and has low-impulse control.
  • Although the Peacock Miraculous is now fixed, who's to say that the damage it's already done to Nathalie isn't permanent?

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