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Recap / Miraculous Ladybug S 02 E 17 Reverser

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Marinette hatches a plan to have Nathaniel and another student named Marc work on a comic together; unfortunately, it doesn't work the way she hopes.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Marc is shown to be very effeminate, seems to use makeup, has visible eyelashes (unlike a majority of the male characters on the show), and is confirmed by Astruc to have been based on a bisexual friend.
    • According to official sources, he's the LGBT character Astruc said would be introduced and he indeed has a crush on Nathaniel.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Marc uses Nathaniel's sketches from the school's website as inspiration for his story "The Diary of Ladybug", and geeks out hard when he has a chance to see the originals. By the end of the episode, he and Nathaniel have combined the two into a comic.
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  • Badass Bystander: Both Alix and Nathaniel assist the heroes in the final fight against Reverser.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • Chloé and Sabrina appear early on, setting up a recipe for yet another swift akumatization at her hands. However, Alix drives her off without incident, and Marc is instead akumatized by a combination of Marinette's poor communication and Nathaniel picking up the Jerkass Ball.
    • In-Universe, Nathaniel is given a comic book script with the title "The Diary of Ladybug" with the author's name removed, and reads the opening scene about Ladybug having a crush on the Evillustrator (Nathaniel). He goes to meet the anonymous author under the impression that it's Ladybug confessing her feelings for him, but sees Marc and is disappointed and offended, believing it to have been a prank by him and Marinette.
  • Batman Gambit: Reverser manages to hit Ladybug with an airplane by sending a civilian falling into the river. Ladybug manages to rescue him, but is caught off guard and unable to block the airplane.
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  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Several people in Paris are protesting against the idea of sending garbage into space. While under Reverser's power, the Mayor decides to have it fall back into Paris.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Reverser's curse takes away Ladybug's skill and athleticism, making her an even worse klutz than she is as a civilian. It doesn't erase her Lucky Charm powers, however, allowing her to fix things with an assist from Nathaniel and Alix.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: After both Ladybug and Cat Noir get inverted, escaping into the river to avoid capture, Reverser convinces Hawk Moth to let him settle his personal scores first and then take the Miraculous, since they're no threat to him in their current state. Hawk Moth isn't happy about it, but agrees.
  • Call-Back: This episode features Nathaniel's Ladybug and Evillustrator drawings following the events of "Evillustrator".
    • Call-Forward: The drawing also feature the pair fighting Queen Wasp, from the future episode of the same name.
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  • Colony Drop: Mayor Bourgeois has started a program to have his city's trash launched into space in rocket-propelled containers. Reverser uses his powers to make the mayor direct these containers to crash back into Paris, and uses the resulting threat of annihilation to force Ladybug and Cat Noir to capitulate to his demands.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Xavier Ramier aka Mr. Pigeon is Reverser's first victim; upon being hit by one of his reversing airplanes, pigeons now fly away from him.
    • Alix's father also makes an appearance.
    • Kung Food appears in Marc's story as a villain defeated by Evillustrator.
  • Cowardly Lion: Cat Noir is cursed with cowardice, but he's willing to be blindfolded and flown on a kite.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Nathaniel and Alix get prominent focus in this episode.
  • Dramatic Irony: At the end of the episode, Nathaniel and Marc dedicate the first issue of their comic book to Marinette, who in their words "would make a super superhero...if she wasn't such a klutz!" The events of the episode show that Marinette can be incredibly heroic even as a klutz.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: The episode ends with the art club (including Marinette) laughing at Nathaniel and Marc's joke about her clumsiness.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Marc's voice deepens when he is akumatized.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Lieutenant Roger is a policeman but he's only carrying around a toy gun. He still manages to rob a bank with it.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Marc wears a multicolor shirt, and his name is a pun on the French word for "rainbow". As Reverser, however, his whole design is black and white.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In-Universe, the Evillustrator and Reverser become good guys and team up with Ladybug and Cat Noir in Nathaniel and Marc's comic book. The "bad guy turning good" trope is lampshaded by the art teacher.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Reverser threatens to have the mayor crush Paris under space garbage unless Ladybug and Cat Noir give up their Miraculous, along with Nathaniel and Marinette. Ladybug gets him to settle for just Cat Noir and Nathaniel as part of her gambit.
  • Hypocritical Humour: Adrien tells Marinette that it's rude to spy on people. The same Adrien who has a minor Running Gag of sneaking up on Marinette at the worst times.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Reverser uses paper airplanes as a weapon.
  • Jerkass Ball: After finding out that the book was made by Marc instead of Ladybug, Nathaniel is quick to accuse him of messing with him for kicks. When Marc tries to explain that he just wanted to write a comic book with him, Nathaniel declares that that will never happen before ripping up the book.
  • Meaningful Rename: In Nathaniel's comic book, Evillustrator changes his name to Mightillustrator after he becomes a hero.
  • Mirror Self: Invoked by Reverser, who inverts peoples' characteristics and/or personalities. For example, Chloé becomes the Beta Bitch and Sabrina the Alpha Bitch.
  • Not So Different: Marc remarks that Marinette is almost as shy as he is after watching her stumble over her words when talking to Adrien. She encourages him to "do as I say, not as I do."
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Nathaniel goes to Alix to talk about feeling mocked by Marinette and Marc, Alix points out that there has to be some miscommunication error, as "It's Marinette."
  • Oh Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: A rare Subversion: Marinette is actually a bit flattered that her heroics inspire artists like Marc and Nathaniel, and tries to get them to combine their efforts. It probably helps that their stories lack the usual Squick associated with this trope of course...
  • Pair the Spares: Platonic example; Nathaniel and Alix are established to be friends.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The conflict happens because Marinette gives Nathaniel "The Diary of Ladybug" and, in an agreement with Marc, doesn't tell him who wrote it. Nathaniel assumes the diary to be real but, at Marinette's insistence that he not ask about the author, doesn't confirm his suspicions. So he is surprised and immediately suspicious to see Marc in place of Ladybug at the park and turns to find Marinette watching from afar via her phone, leading him to assume he is being pranked. His resulting anger upsets Marc, who is then akumatized.
  • Self-Insert Fic: Nathaniel's drawings are basically real Ladybug adventures but with a reformed Evillustrator as her partner. When he and Marc make their comic book together, Reverser joins them as well.
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  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Gender-inverted with Marc, who is introduced sitting beneath the stairs writing a story to accompany Nathaniel's sketches.
  • Truce Zone: The art room (Room 33) is clearly meant to be this as the art teacher gently calls Alix out for mocking Chloé's artistic endeavors.


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