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Sabrina gets akumatized by Hawk Moth. Now Miraculer, she can steal their powers from superheroes and is determined to show Chloé that she is just as worthy of her interest as Ladybug.


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  • Armor-Piercing Question: Mayura gives one, actually several, to Queen Bee:
    Mayura: Let me ask you just one question: do you enjoy being Ladybug's servant? Having to wait for her to loan you your Miraculous? Wouldn't you rather have boundless powers of your own?
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  • Back-to-Back Badasses: In Hawk Moth's lair, Hawk Moth and Mayura stand back to back just as they enact their plan.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: While the villains fail to steal any Miraculous, Chloe being told she won't be Queen Bee may have fulfilled their second goal of turning her against Ladybug.
  • Batman Gambit: Gabriel tells Lila about Adrien's friendship with Chloe, trusting that Lila will get jealous and make an effort to sabotage Chloe, thereby making her mad enough to be vulnerable to akumatization.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: While Ladybug makes a point that Chloe shouldn't be in the field due to everyone knowing she is Queen Bee, Chloe makes a point that Cat Noir wouldn't have any trouble dealing with Miraculer if he and Ladybug allowed her to become Queen Bee. Cat Noir acknowledges the latter.
  • Break Them by Talking: In their face off, Mayura pulls this on Queen Bee in an attempt to get her to join her and Hawk Moth.
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  • Broken Pedestal: When Ladybug tells Chloé that she probably can't be Queen Bee any more, she tears up her photograph of the two of them, saying she no longer wants to play the Ladybug role.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Chloe, as she's done before in "Heroes Day Part 1: Catalyst" and "Stormy Weather 2" tries signaling Ladybug with her "Queen Bee" spotlight.
    • The Ladybug and Cat Noir cosplay Chloe and Sabrina do in "Antibug" return.
    • The partnership Gabriel and Lila started in "Oni-Chan" resumes.
    • Chloe's butler tries to cheer her up with her teddy bear, from "Despair Bear".
    • Baby August from "Gigatitan" still wants a lollipop.
    • The exact same Lucky Charm BFS from "Sandboy" and "Chris Master" returns, summoned by Miraculer when she takes Ladybug's powers.
    • After finding out what being Cataclysmed feels like, Plagg says he'll never call the dinosaurs a bunch of wusses ever again, a reference to "Style Queen", where it was mentioned that Plagg accidentally caused their extinction through reckless Cataclysm use.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: Chloe responds to Mayura's question by pointing out that it was three questions.
  • Day in the Limelight: This episode focuses on Chloe, and her hopes of becoming Queen Bee again.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The whole episode is devoted to Hawk Moth and Mayura trying to get Chloe to pull one of these. They fail... for now.
  • Funny Background Event: Mayura fighting with Cat Noir as Miraculer and Chloe talk.
  • Heroic Willpower: Chloe refuses to fall victim to Hawk Moth's akuma, tossing aside the photo it was possessing. Hawk Moth targets Sabrina, instead, since she's also vulnerable at the moment.
  • Humiliation Conga: Chloe is put through one after Lila claims to be better friends with Ladybug than she is. She is skipped over in the battle against a major villain (The Destroyer), gets passed over again after getting her hopes up about the lollipop monster, then is reduced to trying the completely bogus Ladybug summoning dance that Lila told her about. When she confronts Lila later, Lila says that since Ladybug did show up that meant the dance worked.
  • Hybrid Power: With the stolen superpowers, Miraculer can hybridise them; she is able to cast Cataclysm from her own Lucky Charm.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: Mayura's power to turn emotions into sentimonsters seems less restricted than Hawk Moth's, since no telepathic conversation or consent was required to turn August's tantrum over a lollipop into a giant monster.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Mayura actually gets her filthy hands on the Bee Miraculous, and would have made off with it if Cat Noir hadn't hit her with his staff at just the right time.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Rena Rouge is able to disguise Ladybug to look and sound exactly like Chloe.
  • Noodle Implement: Whatever villain they fought at the start, Ladybug defeated it somehow with a rubber duck.
  • No-Sell: Chloé manages to reject Hawk Moth's akuma, the first person to be shown to be able to do so.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Ladybug puts off telling Chloe her decision about Queen Bee, leaving Chloe to work herself up with false hopes and almost get akumatized, and Chloe then takes out her frustration on Sabrina and gets her akumatized.
  • Power Parasite: Miraculer is able to steal the superheroes' powers, then use them at will or redistribute them to others.
  • Reality Ensues: Chloe's identity being public knowledge once more proves a problem. Hawk Moth and Mayura plot around the fact that Chloe is Queen Bee while Ladybug, Cat Noir, & Master Fu decide allowing her to continue being a hero would be detrimental if Hawk Moth planned to use that information as a trap, both sides reasonably deducing what the other side is planning.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Chloe gives one to Sabrina when the latter attempts to start their roleplay while she is depressed of Ladybug not coming to her once again.
    Sabrina: That's okay. We can still play Ladybug and Cat Noir.
    Chloe: Play?! With you?! Who are you, anyway? You don't have any powers, you're a nobody! I'm a superheroine, okay? I'm Queen Bee. You and I have nothing in common. Go away!
  • The Reveal: A few minor ones:
    • Rena Rouge's detransformation phrase is "Trixx, let's rest".
    • It's revealed that Ladybug can purify the Peacock Miraculous feathers.
    • Cat Noir isn't killed by Cataclysm when he's hit by it courtesy of Miraculer, though it bruises his ribs and he has trouble walking around afterward. Although, the power may have been weakened either due to being stolen or being combined with an object.
  • Spell Blade: Miraculer is fond of using Cataclysm to empower the items she summons using Lucky Charm, such as a hairdryer that shoots Cataclysm blasts or a sledgehammer that creates a shockwave of destruction when it smashes the ground.
  • Tickle Torture: How is Miraculer defeated? Brief flashbacks while playing with Chloe reveal Sabrina to be ticklish. The Lucky Charm turns out to be a feather-filled pillow, which Ladybug tears open and pulls out a feather while Rena Rouge, Carapace, and Queen Bee restrain Miraculer. The villain is then forced to shift Carapace's Shell-ter from her akumatized staff to protect her exposed armpits.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Ultimately what Hawk Moth and Mayura set out to do, they seem to have achieved. While Chloe rejects the idea, believing Ladybug will eventually need her, Ladybug tells Chloe she can no longer entrust her with the Bee Miraculous because of the threat that it places upon both Chloe and her family. This appears to have put a severe dent in Chloe's faith and admiration of Ladybug.
    • What Caline Bustier almost achieved, Chloe, of all people, does: she rejects an akuma.
    • Sans Hawk Moth, all the current Miraculous holders are out in battle.
    • We finally see Mayura and one of her sentimonsters again.

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