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Recap / Miraculous Ladybug S01 E24 "Volpina"

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You're not done with Volpina yet, Ladybug! You haven't seen the last of her!
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Lila, a new student, arrives at the collège, and Ladybug makes herself a mortal enemy by humiliating her. Akumatized, Lila becomes Volpina, master of illusions.


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  • Bathroom Break-Out: Like in "Simon Says", Adrien has to use his bathroom for quick switches to and from Cat Noir.
  • Blinded by the Light: Ladybug's Lucky Charm produces an ice cream bar with a foil wrapper, which she uses to shine light in the eyes of Volpina and her illusion clones. The real one flinches.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Inverted, with both sides being wrong. While Lila is lying through her teeth to be popular and get close to Adrien, Marinette makes the wrong choice by exposing Lila's falsehoods and embarrassing her out of raw jealousy when the gentler approach would have been to do so in private.
  • Bruce Wayne Held Hostage: Cat Noir turns back into Adrien in an attempt to talk Volpina down. When Ladybug shows up and tells him to leave so she can fight Volpina, he excuses himself to the bathroom so he can come back as Cat Noir. Things are further complicated when Volpina creates an illusion of Adrien who she threatens to kill, and Cat Noir can't outright confirm that she's lying. He just calls her bluff instead of allowing Ladybug to give up her Miraculous. Finally, when Ladybug worries about Adrien, he has to get back to his house in time to make her think he never left.
  • Call-Back:
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    • When Adrien confronts Ladybug about her behavior towards Lila, thinking she went too far, Ladybug replies that she hates liars, the same reason she gave as to why she was so harsh on Chloé during the events of "Antibug".
    • Cat Noir quickly turns on the shower to stop Ladybug from walking into Adrien's bathroom and discovering his secret identity, a trick he used in "Simon Says". Ladybug's reaction shows that she hasn't forgotten what happened either, slamming the door back shut in embarrassment.
    • One of celebrities that Lila claims to know is prince Ali from "Princess Fragrance".
  • Celebrity Lie: Lila goes through a whole parade of these to make herself seem popular, but she bites off more than she can chew when she tells Adrien that she is best friends with Ladybug and is a fellow superheroine herself. She even buys a fox tail pendant to pass off as her Miraculous. Ladybug angrily blows the ruse out of jealousy.
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  • Concealing Canvas: The fan theory that Gabriel is hiding something behind the portrait of his wife in his office is confirmed. Adrien and Plagg find a safe containing a tome about the Miraculouses... and Failed a Spot Check for the Peacock Miraculous.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Lila's claim that she knows Ladybug seems rather short-sighted considering the heroine herself is in the city, has saved the entire class from akuma corruption, and has given an interview to Alya before. Her bigger lies about being a superheroine herself are even worse, considering she wouldn't actually be able to show Adrien her superhero form.
  • Door Closes Ending: The episode (and the season chronologically) ends with the door of Master Fu's room closing behind Marinette.
  • Double Standard: For all the reasons to dislike Lila, no one calls her out on draping herself over Adrien, who is clearly uncomfortable and trying to nudge her away without appearing rude. If their genders had been reversed, maybe someone in the school would have put up a fuss.
  • Engineered Heroics: Volpina uses an illusion of herself stopping a meteor to pretend to be a hero, thereby gaining the trust of Cat Noir and Ladybug.
  • Enhance Button: Marinette is able to use her phone to zoom in to the necklace Lila bought while hiding behind a tree several meters away.
  • Evil Knockoff: Volpina is an interesting example, since the real Fox Miraculous bearer hasn't even showed up in the show, yet.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Marinette avoids detection by Adrien and Lila even though the hiding places she picks are rather inadequate.
    • Not only does Plagg fail to notice that the Peacock Miraculous is in Gabriel's safe, he also fails to recognize the Miraculous Book because of his craving of camembert.
    • Both Marinette and Adrien heard Lila calling herself Volpina, and yet when Volpina appears as an akuma, Chat Noir falls for the illusion whereas Ladybug is suspicious for the wrong reasons.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Volpina repeatedly tries to convince people that she's the strongest and most popular hero there is. Lila CelebrityLies might also count.
  • Flying Brick: Volpina tries to pass herself off as capable of flight and super strength, but it's just an illusion of her.
  • Foreshadowing: Most Akuma victims seem confused but no longer angry after they are cured. Lila, however, seems just as upset as she was before her corruption. Almost as if she was Not Brainwashed...
  • Go Look at the Distraction: Volpina conjures copies of Hawk Moth which teleport from building to building, leading Cat Noir and Ladybug in different directions so Volpina can corner the latter.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Gabriel's book about Miraculous is this, according to Tikki.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • The entire reason why Marinette follows Lila and Adrien into the library, even before Lila tells Adrien she knows Ladybug. Tikki even ask if Marinette is jealous.
    • Lila appears peeved when Adrien mentions Ladybug with a moonstruck expression, which is likely her incentive to lie about having a Heroic Lineage.
    • Marinette transforms into Ladybug to embarrass Lila, who was claiming to know Ladybug to get close to Adrien.
    • In story, Volpina pretends this is the reason why Ladybug dislike her and try to sabotage her "date" with Adrien.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Volpina tries this twice, first by threatening the citizens of Paris and second by threatening Adrien. A pigeon screws up the first one by betraying the illusion, and Cat Noir obviously knows she's bluffing the second time and calls it.
  • Internal Reveal: Marinette discovers that Master Fu is more than a simple vet.
  • Lying Finger Cross: On her video in the ladyblog, Lila actually does this gesture to illustrate her so-called closeness with Ladybug. But, suitably, it look much like the lying finger cross.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Volpina trains a large group of missiles on Ladybug in an effort to get her Miraculous. Once Ladybug figures out that they're fake, she dispels them all.
  • Master of Illusion: Volpina's powers are illusion-based.
  • Morality Pet: Adrien tries to be this to Lila/Volpina, even confronting her as himself rather then Cat Noir. It doesn't work.
  • Near-Villain Victory: If not for Cat Noir, Ladybug would have surrendered her earrings to save illusion!Adrien.
  • Nightmare Face: "It would be my pleasure Hawk Moth."
  • The Nose Knows: When Volpina runs off with an illusion of Adrien, Cat Noir claims that it's fake because he can smell the difference. Ladybug doesn't buy it since Adrien is no longer in the bathroom, and Cat Noir can't explain that one away.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Lila has none where Adrien is concerned, even though he's very uncomfortable.
  • Not So Different: Lila lied about her grandmother and her relationship with Ladybug just to impress Adrien. However, Marinette's only goal for revealing this was so she wouldn't have competition for dating him.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • When Cat says "You're bluffing!" when Volpina threatens to toss a hostage off the Eiffel tower, you know that he means business, especially when the hostage is Adrien Agreste.
    • Also you know Ladybug messed up when Adrien calls her out on her behavior, albeit gently asking if she was too rough on Lila.
    • You can also see that Ladybug and Cat Noir's teamwork has taken a hit when he immediately believes a complete stranger (Volpina) over Ladybug. Of course, Cat Noir flirting with Volpina right away, when previously he's seen to have a Single-Target Sexuality towards Ladybug, is an even earlier indicator.
    • Tikki is extremely proactive in trying to get the Miraculous book, which shows just how important it is.
  • Personality Powers: As Volpina, Lila has powers to create illusions or in another words make convincing lies. Ladybug even lampshades that when she figures it out.
  • Properly Paranoid: Ladybug finds it a little suspicious that a new hero would show up just in time to stop a meteor, and voices more suspicions that she just happened to have spotted Hawk Moth out in the open. She is entirely right to be suspicious.
  • Reality Ensues: While Lila lied about her relationship with Ladybug and her grandmother being a superhero, she isn't quick to forgive Ladybug for chastising her for it in front of Adrien; especially since Marinette only did it for her own gain.
  • Rejected Apology: After Lila is freed from the akuma, Ladybug tries to apologize, but Lila refuses to accept it.
  • Separated by the Wall: Ladybug and Cat Noir (pretending to be Adrien) have a moment of this with the bathroom door.
  • Sequel Hook: Hawk Moth notes that Lila hasn't gotten over her anger and may be vulnerable again, while Marinette is set to learn the secrets of the Miraculous from Master Fu.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Adrien sheepishly makes it clear that he wasn't on date with Lila.
  • Shoot the Hostage: A variant: Cat Noir tosses his stick at the illusion version of Adrien when Ladybug's about to surrender her Miraculous to Volpina. Ladybug's quite horrified.
  • Shout-Out: Fox-themed Volpina with illusion powers resembling mythical kitsune, often uses them to create one or numerous copies of herself. Shadow Clone Jutsu, if you prefer.
  • Slasher Smile: Just before transforming, Lila makes a pretty disturbing one (See Nightmare Face above).
  • Spanner in the Works: Volpina comes closer then anyone to take Ladybug's miraculous and she would have succeeded too...if it wasn't for a pigeon flying to close to her illusion.
    • She also seems to have successfully threatened Ladybug and Cat Noir's teamwork: Cat Noir flirted with Volpina, while he had previously only flirted with Ladybug; he didn't call Volpina/Lila out on her lies at any point and in fact believed her over Ladybug right away; and the episode notably didn't end with Ladybug and Cat Noir/Adrien mending their connection, instead being separated by a closed door and both notably saddened.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: Volpina holds illusion!Adrien this way when holding him hostage. Justified in that she's also dangling him off the Eiffel tower to make Ladybug surrender the Miraculous.
  • Stock Footage: It's very brief, but a shot of Ladybug slamming the bathroom door shut when she thinks Adrien is in the shower is reused from "Simon Says".
  • That Liar Lies: Ladybug engages in that when confronting first Lila and then some trough rest of episode, even calling her "Super Liar" mockingly.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Marinette going Green-Eyed Monster creates the akumatized villain of the week.
  • Villain Teleportation: Invoked by Volpina; it appears that Hawk Moth has the ability to teleport in a violet blur from one spot to another, just ahead of the heroes, but this is an illusion meant to split the two apart by having them chase separate copies.
  • Wham Episode: Probably the biggest one of the series so far in terms of plot advancement. Both the audience and the characters start to learn more about the lore of the Miraculouses, and we get our first glimpse at the potential powers of one of the remaining ones, the Fox Miraculous. We also find out that not only is Gabriel Agreste apparently researching the Miraculouses, he already has one: the Peacock Miraculous stored in his safe. The episode ends with Adrien beginning to have doubts about his father's intentions and Marinette being lead by Tikki to Master Fu in order to learn the secrets of the Miraculouses.
  • Wham Line: When Ladybug tries to apologize to Lila:
    Lila: Forget it Ladybug, you were right. We'll never be friends.
    • The very last line of the episode.
    Master Fu: Hello, Ladybug.
  • Wham Shot: When Adrien gets into his father's safe, the Peacock Miraculous (or a convincing copy) can be seen on the upper shelf. Sort of a meta example, as both Adrian and Plagg ignore the item; the wham is mostly for the audience.
    • When Lila picks up the Miraculous book, she opens it and comes across the Fox Miraculous's pages, revealing it's existence to the audience.
    "A vixen superheroine? Hmm, interesting."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Adrien calls out Ladybug for her overly harsh method of confronting Lila about her lies.

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