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On her birthday, Miss Bustier is corrupted into Zombizou, who wants the whole city to love each other, whether they want to or not.


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  • 100% Adoration Rating: All of Miss Bustier's students love her, even Chloé.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of zombie films. The Villain of the Week, Zombizou, uses an Emotion Bomb to turn citizens into mindless zombie-like creatures intent on spreading love. Some trademark tropes of the genre appear — Our Zombies Are Different, Dwindling Party, Zombie Infectee, Heroic Sacrifice, and so on, but are played with the series's lighthearted aplomb.
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  • Almost Kiss: Between Cat Noir and Chloé while under the effect of Zombizou's virus, before the World-Healing Wave cures them and Chloé shoves him off. He did technically kiss her before, but that was on the neck.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Because Ms. Bustier steps in to stop the akuma from getting to Marinette, it's left unclear whether or not it would have affected her.
  • The Bait: Ladybug slowly loses classmates in her attempt to use Chloé to lure Zombizou out in the open.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Marinette gets mad enough for Hawk Moth to akumatize her, but Miss Bustier talks her down before it can happen and becomes the target instead out of fear for her student.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Miss Bustier is akumatized on her birthday.
  • Broken Aesop: Downplayed. Miss Bustier tells Marinette to try and change Chloé for the better by setting a good example. This isn't bad advice overall, but it is ignoring the fact that a large part of Chloé's bad behavior is that she rarely suffers the negative consequences of her bad behavior. Something that Miss Bustier is reinforcing by seemingly taking Marinette away for punishment rather than Chloé. Interestingly, it is both suffering consequences of her actions by being the primary target of the akumatized version of her nicest teacher as well as Marinette setting a positive example by taking back her earlier comment (that Chloé was heartless) which sets off the next step in Chloé's character development.
  • Call-Back:
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    • Nino, staying behind with an infected Alya, playfully points out that it's not the first time they've been in danger together, referencing the events of "Animan".
    • Chloé taunts Kim by saying he won't get a kiss from her, referencing that he used to have a crush on her in "Dark Cupid".
  • Cooldown Hug: Downplayed. When Ms Bustier hugs Chloé after she apologizes, she is first surprised and then clearly enjoys it before deciding to end it.
  • Compliment Backfire: Chloé actually gets offended by Rose saying that her hair looks nice today, because that implies it doesn't look great everyday.
  • Continuity Nod: Chloé admits she is bad at remembering birthdays in general, something implied in the first season when she was caught by surprise for Adrien’s birthday.
  • The Corruptor: Hawk Moth, as always, but since this is the first time we see an akuma victim trying to resist him, it is also an opportunity for him to show his skill at this: when Miss Bustier tries to fight him by saying she does not want to hurt anyone, he instantly offers her to spread love instead to get through to her.
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  • Covered in Kisses: Cat Noir winds up covered in kiss marks when he holds off a group of zombies atop the Eiffel Tower.
  • Deadline News: Zombizou invades the news station (and turns Nadja into a zombie) to give Chloé an ultimatum.
  • Driving Stick: Cat Noir claims he can drive a bus. When he finally gets behind the wheel, he has no idea what he's doing and it lurches forward in spurts. He does eventually get the hang of it.
  • Dwindling Party: Starting with Sabrina, the class falls to the zombie kisses one by one, until Marinette is the only one left. Fortunately, she's able to fix it with her yo-yo.
  • Funny Background Event: Invoked in the class Photo Montage with Marinette blissfully watching Adrien work on a chemical experiment while ignorantly messing up her own and Alya panicking over theirs.
  • Genre Savvy: Not only is Miss Bustier able to recognise an akuma and tries to fight it, but she also instantly deduces that she has been akumatised after waking up in a completely different environment with Ladybug and Cat Noir around.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Rose is zombified and kisses Juleka in the bus offscreen, Juleka's expression and with her hands holding her mouth implies Rose kissed her on the lips as we don't see any kiss marks on her face or body.
  • Go Through Me: Miss Bustier notices the akuma and tries to shield Marinette from it. Unfortunately, that fear is strong enough to make her a valid target.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Quite a few:
    • Miss Bustier steps in to protect Marinette from being akumatized, and her fear is enough for the akuma to make her a target instead.
    • When Sabrina and Mylène become the first zombies, Ivan stays behind to hold them off and lets the others escape.
    • Max shields Chloé from the zombies on the roof, and Kim sends Chloé ahead of him to the bus when there isn't enough time for both to make it.
    • Alix stops Rose and Juleka from infecting everyone on the bus, Rose having been unknowingly kissed on the leg by a zombie while rescuing Chloé.
    • Cat Noir stops a large group of zombies at the top of the Eiffel Tower so Ladybug can hide Chloé.
    • Finally, Chloé grabs Cat Noir when he's trying to kiss Ladybug, providing enough of a distraction for Ladybug to defeat Zombizou.
  • Heroic Willpower: Miss Bustier makes an admirable attempt to fight off Hawk Moth's influence when the akuma infects her lipstick, being the only person in the show to demonstrate any resistance at all, but ultimately he's able to talk her into accepting his power.
  • History Repeats: Once again, the akuma transforms someone other than Hawk Moth's intended target.
  • Human Shield: When Zombizou shoots her kiss at Chloé, Chloé's first instinct is to use Sabrina to intercept it.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Subverted. Cat Noir insists he can drive a bus, but when he fails miserably, he admits buses are not among the vehicles available in the video games he plays.
  • Improvised Zipline: Cat Noir uses his staff as the wire and his detachable belt tail as the zipline.
  • Kiss of Death: Zombizou's "zombie virus" is transmitted via kissing.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Chloé's track record of getting people akumatized. By this point, her entire class is so sick of her they seriously consider handing her over to Zombizou.
    Alya: That girl is worse than Hawk Moth!
    Alix: At least half the city has gotten akumatized because of her!
  • The Last Straw: Marinette loses it when she finds out that Chloé defaced her gift to Miss Bustier, nearly getting akumatized over it.
  • The Load: Chloé needs to be assisted and saved through most of the episode, because Ladybug is using her as bait for Zombizou. She ends up being the only non-brainwashed student besides Marinette, thanks to her classmates' sacrifices.
  • Logical Weakness: Since Zombizou's power comes from her lipstick, she can't use it without reapplying it every so often. Ladybug is able to exploit this by using makeup remover generated by her Lucky Charm and a scarf to wipe off Zombizou's lipstick. She then steals the lipstick when Zombizou tries to put it back on.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: The zombies have purple eyes, regardless of their natural color.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Hawk Moth's attempt to akumatize Marinette would have gone one of two ways had Miss Bustier not been there, both of them very bad. Either the akumatization would have worked and Hawk Moth would have gotten one of the two Miraculouses he wants hand-delivered to him by its very owner (and the only one capable of purifying his akumas at that), or Marinette's Miraculous would make her immune, which would be a big hint for Hawk Moth about who Ladybug is. And it would've been completely unintentional on his part!
  • Never My Fault: Chloé spends the entire episode refusing to admit ever doing anything wrong (even when nearly the whole class gangs up on her for her actions), lashing out at the people around her over every foible and embarrassment. She eventually does apologize to Miss Bustier at the end of the episode when she thinks all of her classmates are not there to see (since she did not know that Marinette and Adrien were watching), admitting she was feeling guilty for forgetting Miss Bustier's birthday and not getting her a gift.
  • Punny Name: Perhaps Lost in Translation, but Zombizou's name is a portmanteau of "Zombie" and "Bizou", the French word for "kiss". Appropriate, since the zombie-like state is passed through kissing.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Adrien fakes having been infected by the zombies so Ladybug will leave him in his locker, allowing him to transform without anyone thinking to look for him.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Zombizou's victims single-mindedly attempt to kiss anyone that isn't already a zombie, but retain some intelligence. Cat Noir is at least smart enough to use his Cataclysm to break into a room Ladybug had blocked from the inside.
  • Person as Verb: Marinette describes Chloé's latest act of pettiness as "Chloé pulling another Chloé".
  • Photo Montage: Used around the beginning of the episode, which detailed some of Marinette's class's activities prior to meeting back in Ms. Bustier's classroom.
  • Projectile Kiss: Weaponized by Zombizou, who can blow kisses at her victims to infect them. The zombies are forced to do so with direct contact.
  • Purple Is the New Black: Zombizou's outfit is mostly shades of purple with some black thrown in.
  • There Was a Door: Zombizou kicks in pretty much every door that gets in her way; when she does this in Principal Damocles' office (breaking the door in half), he's more concerned by this than the obvious supervillain right in front of him.
    Damocles: Excuse me, didn't anyone teach you to knock?!
  • Together in Death: A non-fatal example. Nino decides to stay behind with Alya after the latter was infected, and gets kissed into a zombie for his efforts.
  • Tsundere: It takes getting her entire class getting zombified, but Chloé is willing to admit she was wrong and even leaves Miss Bustier a gift at the end. She just tries to make sure no one (except Ladybug and Cat Noir) actually sees her do it.
  • Transformation Sequence: Marinette encouraged her teacher to resist the akumatization and feels so helpless and deeply sorry it failed. More, Ms Bustier is the best teacher ever in Marinette's eyes, and it is while trying to protect her pupil from the akuma that she ended up being the target. All that makes Marinette especially sorry and she shows an unusual sad face during her transformation sequence, which had never happened before.
  • Twisted Ankle: Chloé suffers from it at one point, forcing Rose to carry her to the bus.
  • Wham Episode:
    • This episode establishes that Marinette and (presumably) Adrien can be detected by Hawk Moth as suitable akuma victims if their negative emotions become strong enough. In addition, Hawk Moth's Wham Line further reinforces the theory that he wants to use the wish he will get from obtaining the Ladybug and Cat Miraculouses to bring back his wife.
    • This is the first time we see an Akuma possess an object not in physical contact with the victim. However, the object was being held a second before being possessed.
  • Wham Line:
    • Hawk Moth's line after being defeated in this episode, "If love does always conquer, then someday, my most cherished wish will come true for sure!" Yet another strong hint that his end goal revolves around the safe return of Emilie.
    • Another significant line from Sabrina:
      Sabrina: Chloé doesn't like birthdays. She just doesn't remember them, like her mom.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Nathaniel is seen running away with the rest of the class when Zombizou first attacks, but once they regroup with Ladybug he's nowhere to be found.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Non-fatal of course, but otherwise uses all the tropes one would expect, with people sacrificing themselves to the infected, moaning and hunched gait, the classmates slowly dwindling as they're infected one by one leaving Marinette as the only survivor, Alya telling Ladybug to go on and save them all while Nino decides to stay with her until the end. If it weren't for the Reset Button and everyone knowing it's temporary, it would be rather depressing.
  • Zombie Infectee: While rescuing Chloé, a zombie grabs Rose's leg just as Ladybug swings in to save them both. She seems fine, then the camera pans down to reveal that the zombie kissed her on the leg before being thrown off. She turns while on the bus and takes out Juleka and Alix before Ladybug restrains her.

 
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