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Recap / Miraculous Ladybug S02 E05 "Riposte"

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A new student, Kagami Tsurugi, shows up to Adrien's fencing class.


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  • Amusing Injuries: Mr D'Argencourt is trampled over by his students on a staircase, and then he is hit by a cart full of books and smashed against the wall. But don't worry, he is perfectly fine in the next scene.
  • Big "NO!": Ladybug does this when Riposte cuts apart the sarcophagus she hid Adrien in. He's since transformed and left it.
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  • Audible Sharpness: When Kagami takes her fencing sword back from Adrien, it makes this noise.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Kagami Tsurugi's name can be translated as 'Mirror' (Kagami) 'Blade' (Tsurugi). Fitting for a fencer, and even more so for an akuma named after a technique where you mirror then counter an opponent.
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: Kagami plants her her foil in the ground as she leaves, which is doubly impressive considering the blunted tip is supposed to prevent people from doing exactly this. Later, at the Louvre, Ladybug is disarmed of Kagami's foil and it gets stuck in a nearby painting.
  • Bowdlerise: The French version has Riposte calling Ladybug "my Lady", whereas the English just uses her name.
  • Covert Pervert: When Marinette is fencing with Adrien, he tells her to touch him (as in, with the foil). Marinette's flustered expression makes it clear she was thinking of a different kind of touching.
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  • Exactly What I Aimed At: During their rooftop battle, Ladybug attacks Riposte with her yoyo, and gets the chimney behind the villainess instead. Riposte is ready to attack her when Ladybug yanks her weapon and causes most of the chimney to fall on Riposte, restraining her for a while.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Played With. Marinette notices Cat Noir's injury, but in the heat of the moment, doesn't connect it to the injury Adrien suffered earlier.
  • Flynning: While showing an accurate description of real, Olympic-level fencing at the beginning (fittingly, since it's a fencing class), the rest of the battles have a heavy dose of acrobatics. Lampshaded by Marinette, who asks if this is still considered fencing once Kagami and Adrien begin flynning for good. D'Argencourt eagerly answers that it is.
  • Follow That Car: Adrien orders his driver to follow Kagami's car. The Gorilla grunts, but doesn't discuss the order.
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  • Freudian Slip: Marinette tells Adrien "Nice to fencing, I'm totally into you." Then she realizes her mistake and corrects herself.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Adrien injures his ankle shortly after Riposte first attacks him, so Ladybug must protect him for most of the episode as he can't even move quickly enough to find a hiding spot and transform; once he does, he's still injured, limiting his effectiveness as Cat Noir.
  • Just Friends: When Kagami asks about Adrien's relationship with Marinette, this is his response. She doesn't seem entirely convinced, while Marinette was hoping for more. Tikki assures her that it's a good start.
  • Monumental Damage: The Louvre pyramid gets its top cut off by Riposte.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Marinette nervously declares Adrien the winner of his match with Kagami when she's the only witness, even though Adrien is convinced he was hit first, which renders Kagami vulnerable to Hawk Moth's akuma since she hates losing. In Marinette's defense, she admits upfront that she can't be sure, and D'Argencourt ignores both this and Adrien's opinion to rule him the winner, seemingly out of a bias against Kagami's insolent behavior.
  • Papa Wolf: Downplayed bordering on ambiguous; Hawk Moth, who is really Gabriel, akumatizes someone with a grudge against Adrien, but when Riposte directly endangers Adrien, Hawk Moth orders her to get Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses before taking her revenge. Rarely has Hawk Moth been so insistent that his villains honor their end first. Another notable thing above all is that he does nothing when she impulsively cleaves the sarcophagus Adrien was supposed to be hiding in in-half and he does nothing. This makes sense as by this point, Adrien was already active as Chat Noir, and Gabriel was implied to have learned that he was Chat Noir in "Simon Says".
  • Properly Paranoid: After multiple villainous attacks, Paris now has Akuma Alert protocols, calmly yet quickly evacuating the civilians from the places where Ladybug and Chat are fighting, or about to fight, an akuma, minimizing the risk of people getting injured or mind-controlled.
  • Right in Front of Me: At the beginning of the fencing trials, Marinette asks her masked adversary if he knows where Adrien is, and describes him as "tall, blonde, nice, super handsome". The fencer removes his mask, revealing that he is, of course, Adrien.
    Adrien: Thanks for the compliment!
  • Samus Is a Girl: Before she removes her mask, Kagami is referred as "he" by characters in the English version (despite the clearly feminine figure and voice, and the pink sword.) In the French version, everyone knows she's a girl.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Kagami's family has this mindset, which is why she's so disappointed about losing to Adrien.
  • Sore Loser: Downplayed with Kagami, who is polite about losing but is still upset enough about it to be akumatized.

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