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Recap / Miraculous Ladybug S02E16 "Troublemaker"

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There's no more Penny to deal with all your problems, Jagged! From now on, there's only Troublemaker! And I'll make your life nothing but problems!

Marinette convinces her parents to let Jagged Stone film a TV show in their bakery, but when shooting moves to her room, things get out of hand.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Acting Unnatural: Marinette's idea of laying low involves tiptoeing sneakily while crossing the road.
  • Adult Fear: The cameramen barging into Marinette's room and broadcasting all her private affairs to the world.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Even though it's never been said Sabine has any self-defense experience she is able to wield a peel like a Simple Staff when attacked by Troublemaker.
  • Ascended Fangirl: When Marinette claims the photos on her wall of Adrien are because she loves fashion, he invites her to his next photo shoot.
  • Blatant Lies: When Adrien confronts Marinette about the pictures of him on her walls, she tries to play it off as just being interested in fashion and not him. It's left ambiguous for now whether or not Adrien buys it...
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  • Bottle Episode: The majority of the action takes place at the Dupain-Chengs' bakery.
  • Character Tics: Penny fiddles with her pen a lot.
  • Continuity Nod: Jagged Stone mentions that Marinette designed an album cover for him.
    • Adrien, much like in "Evillustrator", sneaks up on Marinette from behind her locker door.
  • Deleted Role: The script reading at comic-con had Alya revealing Penny's crush on Jagged in the bakery scene, but between the reading and the airing of the episode, she was removed and her lines were given to Marinette and Sabine.
  • Freak Out: Marinette curls up in the corner of her room after her wall of Adrien photos is broadcast live on television.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Troublemaker uses her power to phase through the floor and then return from a different position between attacks.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Cat Noir gets annoyed by Ladybug making a bad joke.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Troublemaker uses Marinette's knitting needles as darts.
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  • Intangible Man: Troublemaker can make herself intangible with a click of her pen, but she has to be holding it to use the power.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Troublemaker manages to remove one of Ladybug's earrings, and she starts transforming back to Marinette, with a good portion of the suit and mask disappearing; it's only thanks to Cat Noir's help that she can recover the earring before she becomes easily recognizable.
  • Nice Guy: Adrien seeks out Marinette to make certain she's okay after an akuma appears at her house, and accepts her Blatant Lies so he doesn't embarrass her, but assures her that he doesn't mind having fans.
  • Shout-Out: The "Flour, Eggs, and Butter" song that Tom and Jagged riff on is a major sound-alike for "Smoke On the Water".
  • Show Within a Show: "Fill My Shoes", in which the participant tries doing another person's job.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: In a probable Call-Back to "Evillustrator," Adrien inexplicably sneaks up on Marinette as she closes the door of her locker.
  • Tempting Fate: As she's about to close her locker's door, Marinette comments on how glad she is that Adrien didn't see her. As she closes the door, she and the audience learn he's next to her.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Once Ladybug finds the super glue, we're not told how she intends to use it. When Troublemaker attacks again, her plan goes off without a hitch.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: A rare example when an actual mundane difficulty happens (a cable gets disconnected).
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After conjuring a broken plate, Ladybug and Cat Noir return to her room. Cat Noir decides to investigate the roof, with Ladybug complaining she only has the plate for protection. When Troublemaker takes advantage of them splitting up and goes for the Miraculous again, she gets caught by the super glue Ladybug has covered her earrings with, allowing Cat Noir to steal her pen.


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