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Recap / Miraculous Ladybug S01 E08 "Rogercop"

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Parent's Career Day at Marinette's school gets interrupted after Plagg accidentally steals Chloe's new bracelet, and everyone is a suspect. After Officer Roger refuses to arrest Marinette without proof, Chloe's father fires him. Roger soon seeks revenge as akumatized Rogercop.


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  • By-the-Book Cop: Roger is a positive example, refusing to break the law even when the mayor orders him to.
  • Continuity Nod: Marinette's dad recalls a time when he had to bake a cake in the shape of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Once again, the local police are no match for Cat Noir.
  • Dramatic Irony: Neither Adrien nor Marinette knows how right Chat Noir is when he's teasing Ladybug:
    Chat Noir: I'd stick around, but then you'd see me without my mask, and you wouldn't be able to resist me.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: Invoked by Marinette to avoid being the only suspect. Her father calls her out on it.
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  • Flying Car: Roger's police car is affected by the akuma too, becoming a futuristic flying car and taking to the air to try and lose Cat Noir and Ladybug.
  • Gullible Lemmings: The police go right along with Rogercop's obviously illegal takeover, and then follow his orders without question.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: The tracking device that Rogercop attaches to the mayor's car is fairly small, but has a blinking light on it.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Downplayed. Rogercop uses his laser cuffs to arrest people, then compel them to carry out whatever "sentence" he passes with a blow of his whistle.
  • No Badge? No Problem!: Rogercop enforces the law despite being fired. Of course, it's his own brand of justice.
  • Not So Different: Marinette's father points out that she accused all her friends of being thieves, just as Chloe did to her.
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  • Pet the Dog: Plagg asks Adrien if he's okay after he learns that his father won't show up. The rest of the episode is a better example of how helpful he usually is.
  • Police Are Useless: The police just go along with a robot cop taking over the city, fighting Ladybug and Cat Noir on his orders.
  • Rage Against the Legal System: Admittedly, Roger was only fired rather than wrongly imprisoned, but the general idea of the trope still applies.
  • Rank Up: Officer Roger earns the rank of Lieutenant at the end of the episode.
  • Robo Cam: Seen in shots from Rogercop's POV.
  • Super Cop: Rogercop is a villainous and Knight Templar example.
  • Ship Tease: While filming the class presentation, Nino briefly focuses on Marinette and winks at her. Doubles as Foreshadowing for a later episode.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Villain Has a Point: While he goes way too far in his methods, Rogercop is right that Mayor Bourgeois is guilty of abusing his position.

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