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That final kiss wasn't quite what we thought it would be.
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When Marinette's class makes a short horror film, the lead actress, Mylene, is akumatized into the Horrificator, a slimy monster that feeds off of fear.


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  • All Drummers Are Animals: In the impromptu band that defeats the monster, Cat Noir enthusiastically takes the drummer role, using his split staff as drumsticks and various trashcans.
  • All Monsters Are Dogs: After Horrificator is shrunken by the other students’ refusal to be afraid, she scampers out, jumps into Ivan’s arms and nuzzles him like a puppy.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Mylene as Agent Smith says the monster ate her family, friends, and dog.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: As usual, the heroes target the villain's akuma, though they can't even spot it until Horrificator shrinks down.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Shown in the end of the horror film, but not with who'd you expect.
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  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Cell phone coverage drops out when the Horrificator covers the building in goo.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Everyone shares this after the reveal that Mylene is missing. Alya complains about the changes Nino made to her script, Alix points out how many takes they've attempted so far, and Nino hates everyone saying "Cut!" for him when he's supposed to be the director.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Noticeable aversion — Ladybug and Cat Noir can't even tell that monster is female until they realize she's Mylene.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even as Horrificator, Mylene spares Ivan due to him cheering her up earlier.
  • Executive Meddling: In-Universe, Nino adds in a scene with the lead actress and actor kissing, something everyone is surprised by, especially Alya, the writer.
  • Genre Blindness: Chloé decides the smartest thing to do is to run off and hide on her own. She's in the middle of congratulating herself for her cleverness when she and Sabrina get snagged by Horrificator.
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  • Genre Savvy: Nino lampshades the horror tropes like the bad cell reception.
  • Halloween Special: Released on Halloween in France, and follows a typical horror theme.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Plagg remarks how Adrien claims he smells of Camembert when the latter takes off his shoe to convince everyone he was kidnapped.
  • Imagine Spot: Marinette has this when she realizes the inclusion of The Big Damn Kiss.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: When Adrien sneaks off to transform, he says that he needs to get his character's costume. Not only does no one question his skewed priorities given that they've already guessed there's an akuma in the school, no one notices that (as far as we've seen) his character doesn't have a costume.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As usual, Chloé's Brutal Honesty verges on cruelty, but she does have a point that if Mylene is too scared to play the lead in a student horror movie, they should replace her with someone who doesn't break character every time the script calls for a jump-scare.
  • Jump Scare: Most of the abductions of the students when the Horrificator gets to them.
    • In-universe, the scene Mylene is trying to film ends with a jump-scare. Unfortunately, the scare (Ivan popping up from behind a desk in a monster mask) startles her so much that she breaks character every time.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Adrien deliberately leaves his shoe behind before transforming so that everyone will think he was kidnapped by the monster too. Marinette does something similar by abandoning her phone.
  • Lovable Coward: Aside from Nino being frustrated by interruptions in filming and Chloé being Chloé, no-one holds Mylene's nervousness against her.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Hilariously weaponized with Juleka. See No-Sell below.
  • No-Sell: Juleka finds the Horrificator awesome instead of scary, and is hardly fazed by it. This proves critical to beating it.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: In-Universe, how Alya sees Nino's addition to her script.
  • Rule of Sexy: Chloé suggests adding a scene where she's wearing a nurse outfit for no reason other then that she would look good in it.
  • Running Gag: Nino hating how everyone yells "Cut!" when he's the director, and how he freaks out when the heroes start to appear or when something exciting happens that he would want in the film.
  • Ship Tease: When Ladybug fearfully calls out to Adrien while searching through the Horrificator's victims, he responds by calling out for Marinette with just as much concern. In addition, Adrien's noticeably more enthusiastic about kissing Marinette on camera than he was with Chloé.
  • Shout-Out: At one point, Ladybug calls Nino "Spielberg" on account of him recording everything that is happening.
    • The final act consists of the Horrificator being imprisoned by iron bars and weakened with sound a la Spider-Man 3's Venom.
  • Show Within a Show: The Students are filming a horror movie with the school as their setting.
  • Skewed Priorities: Filming grinds to a halt after Mylene runs off, largely due to Marinette and Chloe both trying to score the lead role and a kiss with Adrien.
    • Nino keeps his phone out and filming, even after it becomes clear that an akuma is loose in the school and the students are in real danger.
  • Spotting the Thread: When Chloé heads off to find a nurse outfit, she realizes that Marinette was just trying to get rid of her, since Marinette never agrees with her suggestions.
  • Sticky Situation: The Horrificator's goo can neutralize both superheroes by sticking them to walls on a direct hit. They're in a hurry to escape before it hardens. Cat Noir even calls the trope by name in the English dub.
  • Stock Footage: Stock animation, more like, but the animation on Ladybug's Lucky Charm closeup is from Stormy Weather/Climatika.
  • Title Drop: The name of the horror movie is the name of the episode and the villain.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: When Mayor Bourgeois sees the finished film, he disqualifies it, calling the monster "unrealistic and totally fake".

 
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