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Recap / Miraculous Ladybug S 03 E 11 Desperada

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Jagged Stone's guitarist Vivica gets akumatized into Desperada. Armed with her evil guitar, she wants to punish Jagged Stone for firing her. But to defeat her, Ladybug needs help from a new ally.


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  • Amnesiac Resonance: Subverted. Adrien as Aspik jokes that he wishes Ladybug's Lucky Charm was a lucky horseshoe rather than a saddle, which she laughs and swoons at, complimenting his sense of humour. Later, when Luka joins the team as Viperion, Adrien as Chat Noir tells the same joke, hoping to get the same reaction. Sadly for him, she's not impressed this time.
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  • Anywhere but Their Lips: This marks the second time that Marinette/Ladybug kisses Adrien on the cheek. The first time was in "Mayura".
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Adrien and Kagami “accidentally” went to the band practice instead of fencing.
  • Bag of Holding: Desperada's guitar case leads to a pocket dimension that allows her to pull out instrument weapons.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Downplayed. Though she behaves civilly, Kagami shows displeasure when Marinette tries to greet Adrien and even clings tighter to his arm, though the displeasure might stem from her assumption of Marinette and Luka already being together. Kagami does advise her by the end to hurry up and choose, calling back to her previous advice in "Frozer" to not hesitate.
    • Desperada herself could be seen as one, as she goes around shooting any musicians that could rival her place as Jagged Stone's guitarist, male or female.
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  • Cold Sniper: Desperada camps out on the Eiffel Tower, waiting to snipe Ladybug when she comes out of the sewers.
  • Determinator:
    • Deconstructed with Adrien spending months trying to protect Ladybug from Desperada until he finally does the right thing and admits he's not the right person to wield the Snake Miraculous.
    • Likewise, this is the main threat of Desperada herself, as her persistence and accuracy are what contribute to her status as an Implacable Man.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jagged Stone fired Vivica because she ate his cereal and drank Fang's milk.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • At least part of the reason why Aspik didn't work as a hero was because Marinette got distracted by knowing it was Adrien under the costume.
    • Similarly, Adrien picks up on the fact that Ladybug is more receptive to his advances when he's not Chat Noir, and uses the opportunity to flirt with her. One of their (many) defeats was because he stopped to give her a rose.
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  • Everyone Can See It: The girls talk about how Marinette seems to really like Luka, and how she seems to be a better fit with him since she can actually talk to him normally.
  • Face Palm: This is Alya's reaction to Marinette continually trying to press Adrien into being Jagged Stone's guitarist rather than recognizing Luka's obvious talent.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Adrien's career as Aspik is necessarily short-lived (from an outside point of view). It's partly because he's already Cat Noir, but also because of Marinette's feelings for Adrien.
  • Failure Montage:
    • Adrien's time as Aspik is punctuated by a long string of scenes where Ladybug is zapped by Desperada.
    • There's a shorter one for Viperion, as he works out how to defeat Desperada.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Vivica was fired because she ate Jagged Stone's cereal and drank Fang's milk. Even Jagged felt that was extreme of him to do so, which resulted in him looking for a new guitarist and Vivica's akumatization.
  • Foreshadowing: Marinette trying to get Adrien to be Jagged Stone's guitarist, despite Luka clearly being the better choice, foreshadows both how Marinette's judgement is clouded by her crush on Adrien and how Luka, not Adrien, is a better fit to wield the Snake Miraculous.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Adrien is caught in a loop when he keeps resetting his Second Chance to save Ladybug. He can exit at any time by giving up, and he finally does after months of trying. (Assuming each loop was near the max 5 minutes, his total loops added up to roughly 89 days, which is close to 3 months.)
  • Guns Akimbo: At one point, Desperada wields two small horn-styled guns.
  • Implacable Man: Desperada's skillset allows her to be ever-present in tracking and following the heroes.
  • Instrument of Murder: Two examples.
    • The Snake Miraculous gives its bearer a harp, though Luka only uses it to get Desperada's attention and then as an improvised handcuff by tying her arm in the strings. His time travel ability is his most valuable asset.
    • Desperada is able to pull out musical-themed weapons out of her guitar case. Most prominently, she use a trombone-like instrument as a sniper rifle, two smaller horns as pistols, and her guitar like an axe.
  • Ironic Echo: When Alya points out that Kagami might be onto something with her comment that Luka being Marinette's boyfriend, Marinette replies that Luka is just a friend.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In her attempt to protect Adrien, Kagami charges in towards Desperada, armed with a stage microphone. Props for her bravery against a supervillain, but nonetheless, Kagami becomes one of Desperada's first victims.
  • Love Makes You Dumb:
    • Marinette says that Adrien would make the perfect guitarist for Jagged Stone, even though Adrien is a pianist and Luka, who has been playing guitar all his life, is right there. Then as Ladybug, knowing that she's working with Adrien prevents her from focusing properly during the battle with Desperada.
    • Adrien, meanwhile, gladly accepts his role as Aspik to impress Ladybug, even as Plagg pleads that he should refuse so he can be Cat Noir, and tries for tens of thousands of times to keep Ladybug safe before finally giving up and telling Ladybug to give the Miraculous to Luka instead.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Ladybug uses her Lucky Charm, she gets a saddle. Adrien makes the same joke both times, but Ladybug only laughs at the first one, when she knows it's from him and not Cat Noir.
  • New Old Flame: Jagged Stone and Anarka Couffaine have a past together as performers and possibly more. They are Amicable Exes for the most part.
  • One-Hit Kill: Desperada's weapons turn anyone they hit into a sticker on her guitar case. With her Improbable Aiming Skills and a sniper vantage point, she is almost as unbeatable as Party Crasher. It takes literally being able to rewind time to beat her, simply because the slightest mistake is an instant loss.
  • Swapped Roles: Plagg for once plays the voice of reason, telling Adrien that his plan to impress Ladybug as Aspik is wrong because he already has a Miraculous that he's supposed to be using. It takes three months of constant failure, but Adrien admits Plagg is in the right.
  • Taking the Bullet: Rose steps in front of Juleka to protect her from Desperada. Sadly, Desperada just fires twice and gets Juleka with the next shot.
  • Un-Confession: When Adrien as Aspik is resetting the fight against Desperada tens of thousands of times, we see an iteration where he tells Ladybug he's actually Chat Noir and that he's been in love with her since they met, knowing it won't stick.
  • The Un-Reveal: When Ladybug presents the Snake Miraculous to both Adrien and Luka she doesn't refer to it the usual way she does when giving out a Miraculous. When presenting a Miraculous she will say "Here is the Miraculous of the [animal] which grants you the power of [concept the kwami is the embodiment of]". Instead she says the Snake Miraculous grants the power of Second Chance, the superpower of the Snake not the concept. What Sass is the kwami of remains unknown.
    • Alternatively, Sass's 'concept' could actually be 'Second Chances', making it a very narrow concept with limited application, but extremely powerful within that narrow dominion.
  • Visual Pun: Desperada's guitar is literally an axe.
  • Wham Episode: Luka receives the Snake Miraculous for the first time in this episode and his alter-ego superhero, Viperion, officially debuts.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: The Snake Miraculous's ability, Second Chance, allows the wearer to rewind time back to the point of activation, so long as it's within a 5 minute window. This ability can be used as many times as necessary, so long as that time limit doesn't expire. Adrien says he'd been trying for months to succeed, 25,913 times, but could never manage. It's unclear how often Viperion rewound, but it was likely not as many.

 
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