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Recap / Miraculous Ladybug S01 E25 "Ladybug and Cat Noir (Origins Part 1)"

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Ladybug, call me Ladybug.

The origins of Ladybug and Cat Noir are revealed.


  • All There in the Manual: Master Fu's name appears in a lot of promotional material, but isn't mentioned in the episode.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Subverted with the Butterfly Miraculous, in two ways. One is that while Hawk Moth might be evil, its Kwami Nooroo has no choice but to serve him. The other is that the Miraculous is not actually meant to be used for evil.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Marinette asks if Tikki is a giant bug, mouse, or a bugmouse.
  • Character Development: Of the retroactive variety, in this episode Marinette becomes much more confident in herself.
  • The Chooser of The One: With the exception of Hawk Moth's brooch, Master Fu has all the Miraculous and decides who to give them to.
  • *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": Master Fu tries to activate his transformation sequence, but gets a cramp mid-pose and decides against it.
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  • Crash-Into Hello: How Cat Noir and Ladybug first met.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Plagg practically challenges Adrien to wield the Cat Miraculous and become Cat Noir.
    Adrien: But I'm stuck here! I'm not even allowed to go to school! What good is a superhero who's imprisoned in his own house?!
    Plagg: No good. That's why it's all going to change soon. If you're willing to change, that is.
  • Darker and Edgier: One of the darkest episodes in the first season. There is implied death of thousands, near-death experiences, and when the situation looks so helpless, there is no hope, and the situation goes From Bad to Worse.
  • Disaster Dominoes: While eating breakfast, Marinette sets down a box of cereal, causing a Rube Goldberg-like chain of events to spill everything on the table.
  • Do Not Spoil This Ending: When the episode was released early in Korea, Thomas Astruc himself suggested that people shouldn't watch it, but if they do they should avoid spoiling it to anyone. The Miraculous Ladybug Wiki actually went as far as to lock the episode's page to keep people from editing it.
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  • Epic Fail: For his first use of Cataclysm, Cat Noir tests it out against the goal post on the field, destroying it. Not having been educated on the finer points of his powers because he was too eager, he then attempts to use his power on Stoneheart, finding out too late that he only gets one use.
  • First Day of School Episode: The first day of the new school year at the college. Adrien and Alya are New Transfer Students, while Marinette is not looking forward to another year of being tormented by Chloe.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: It goes by quickly, but a shot of the Miraculous box after Master Fu has delivered Tikki and Plagg shows that a blue Miraculous (revealed in later episodes as the Peacock Miraculous) is missing.
    • Wayzz is sleeping in a Matchbox from Le Chat Nior, one of the very first cabaret in Paris.
    • Close attention to the locket Hawk Moth is looking at reveals that it is the Butterfly Miraculous.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The very first time Ladybug uses her yo-yo to perform a Building Swing, she launches it from her balcony to the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral. The spire collapsed in the April 2019 fire.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Marinette and Adrien's first attempts at using their powers are tentative at best. Ladybug is more dragged along by her own yo-yo that really using it for the usual Building Swing. Likewise, Cat Noir testing out his Cataclysm on a goalpost happens to be a bad idea, as he hasn't realized yet it's a one-use power for each transformation.
  • Inferred Holocaust: At one point Ladybug and Cat Noir see a building crumbling thanks to Stoneheart's rampage. Any possible victims are never acknowledged, even though this is the only episode where Ladybug doesn't use her Lucky Charm powers to fix the damage.
  • Instant Expert: Subverted with Cat Noir, who shows much more confidence with his powers than Ladybug, however due to his over eagerness, he goes to battle without knowing details how his Cataclysm works.
  • Is It Something You Eat?: In his very first appearance, Plagg asks this and tries to bite just about everything shiny in Adrien's room.
  • The Lost Lenore: It's hinted that Hawk Moth wants the power of the Miraculous to revive his lost loved one, as shown by a locket he keeps with a picture of a woman inside.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The Greek vase style drawing shows a creature which is this even by mythological standards. The snake hair is from the Medusa, the stinger tail is from a manticore, the wings are probably from the Sphinx. The human face can be either from the Sphinx or a mantichore, while the leonine body can be from the same as well as the Chimaera. None of the four were ever recorded to use tridents.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Master Fu is far more spry than he acts when testing Marinette and Cat Noir.
  • Odd Name Out: This is the only episode of Season 1 and the first in the series not named after the Monster of the Week.
  • Origins Episode: For Ladybug, Cat Noir, and Hawk Moth to an extent.
  • Out of Order: While this two-parter is intended to be season finale, Korea split first season of ML into two and put it at beginning of "season 2", making it their 14th episode. in other airings, it's number 15 without splitting, meaning it's stuck midseason.
  • Picky Eater: Plagg dismisses all fancy food that Adrien brought him as uneatable.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Master Fu claims to be 186, though how he achieved such longevity is not explained. It is implied, however, that it has something to do with his Miraculous, as his Kwami is a turtle like creature, which are symbols of longevity. The Powers That Be have stated it's due to his lifestyle, not anything to do with being a Miraculous holder, though only time will tell if that was said in all seriousness.
  • Secret Test of Character: Master Fu pretends to be feeble in front of Marinette and Adrien, both of whom rush to his aid unprompted. This convinces him that they deserve the power of the Miraculous.
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  • The Unreveal:
    • It looks like Master Fu is going to transform using his Miraculous, but *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!" ensues and he decides to recruit someone younger to help.
    • Hawk Moth appears for the first time sans costume, but is framed in shadow to avoid directly giving away his identity. However, he carries a locket with a picture of a woman, who later appears in a family photo with Adrien and Gabriel suggesting a connection.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The episode begins on the first day of the school year, an indeterminate amount of time before the everyday adventures seen in the present-day episodes.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Unlike Plagg, Tikki, went with a gentler approach to convince Marinette to become Ladybug.
    Marinette: This is all going too fast, Tikki... I... won't be able to pull this off!
    Tikki: Trust yourself, Marinette. Just say "Spots on".


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