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Recap / Miraculous Ladybug S01E03: "Copycat"

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Cat Noir: No, this is between me and him. I got myself into this mess, so I'm gonna get myself out.

After accidentally leaving an embarrassing message on Adrien's phone, Marinette tries to erase it, causing her to miss the reveal of a Ladybug and Cat Noir statue. To make things worse, Cat Noir tells Theo, the statue's sculptor, that he and Ladybug are dating. Heartbroken, Theo becomes infected by an akuma and turns into Copycat, Cat Noir's perfect look-alike, and goes on a crime spree.


  • Bluff the Impostor: Ladybug tricks Copycat by asking him if he told anyone about their secret promise.
  • Clear My Name: Cat Noir gets framed by Copycat. Fortunately, the stolen painting magically returning back to the museum fixes the problem.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Alya tells Marinette that she's at the museum looking to get more details on the Cat Noir robbery. Marinette responds, "Somebody robbed Cat Noir?"
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  • Didn't Think This Through: The cops try to trap Cat Noir in the museum when he has the well-known power to destroy anything he touches. At least they had cops guarding the entrance.
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: Adrien calls Copycat a terrible fake after hearing him make a bad cat pun.
  • Evil Knockoff: Copycat, naturally.
  • Fearful Symmetry: Cat Noir vs. Copycat.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Cat Noir charges through a group of riot cops to escape the museum.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Ladybug uses Copycat's Cataclysm to free Cat Noir from his chains. Extra points since he pulled the same trick on Cat.
  • If I Can't Have You...: "—then nobody will," said word-by-word by Copycat.
  • Imagine Spot: When Marinette panics after stealing Adrien's phone, she fears she will end up in jail, complete with manga panels to illustrating that.
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  • Ironic Echo: When Ladybug tries to defend Cat Noir's innocence to the cops, Lieutenant Roger tells her to leave the case to the experts. After Cat Noir escapes their trap and Lieutenant Roger asks Ladybug to go after him, she says she's leaving the case to the experts.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: Merely confessing her feeling to Adrien over the phone is already too much for Marinette. Knowing her dialogue with Alya was recorded...
  • It's Personal: Once Cat Noir figures out Copycat's identity, he only calls Ladybug to tell her he found him, not to tell her where he is or who Copycat is. Fortunately, she's able to track him with her yoyo.
  • Love Bubbles: How Copycat sees Ladybug when he finally confronts her.
  • Something Only They Would Say: During a struggle, Ladybug doubts which Cat is real until one of them calls her "Bugaboo", like the real Cat Noir did before.
  • Something We Forgot: Adrien leaves his chauffeur hanging for the latter half of the episode. Not that you could tell by his reaction.
  • Spot the Imposter: Ladybug manages to tell the two Cat Noirs apart by checking the number of pads on their rings.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Played for laughs when Marinette unveils a detailed schedule of Adrien's activities.
  • Voices Are Not Mental: Copycat has the same voice as Chat Noir.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Copycat wonders this while believing Ladybug and Cat Noir are a couple.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Adrien's schedule not only has an incorrect number of days per monthnote , they also don't match up in weekdays between March and Aprilnote .


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