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Ladybug and Cat Noir once again face Max, now Gamer 2.0. Let the game begin!


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  • All Your Powers Combined: By the final round, both Gamer and Ladybug can use the powers of the defeated opponents. While Gamer can become any of the akumas used in the previous rounds, Ladybug can use the items of her used akumas plus Cat Noir's cataclysm.
  • An Aesop: It's important to keep a balance between working and playing so you don't get over stressed. Cat Noir delivers the said aesop, since the situation Marinette experiences in the episode is basically Adrien's daily routine.
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  • The Bad Guy Wins: Sort of; Gamer 2.0 was created because Max was frustrated that no one was available to play with him. Even though he loses, Gamer still got to play video games with someone, so he got what he wanted as Max too.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: Ladybug and Cat Noir go through every single character in the roster, but Bakerix, Pharaoh and Bubbler don't show off their moves. And it's implied there is even more characters: Markov is seen among the kidnapped, Vanisher is used despite the fact that she wasn't on the character roster (uh, probably) and Gamer takes on the form of Reverser. Then again, what's a Fighting Game without plenty of hidden unlockable characters?
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Ladybug fights Gamer by creating a smokescreen with a bag of flour, similarly to how he first beat her with Dark Owl's smoke grenade.
  • Call-Back: Some of the match-ups;
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    • Cat Noir uses Mr. Pigeon, one of the sillier villains, to defeat Dark Cupid, who made Cat Brainwashed and Crazy.
    • Ladybug using Copycat against Puppeteer makes a blunder worthy of the real Cat, activating Cataclysm just to have Puppeteer using it against her.
    • Cat Noir once again becomes a copy of Reflekta, only this time he has her powers, which he uses to transform Rogercop. And since he has more experience walking on heels, Cat easily moves to push Rogercop off the edge.
    • Cat uses Lady WiFi to defeat Timebreaker, who almost killed him, and also uses Weredad, who gave him a vicious beatdown, to defeat Frightningale, and also used Desperada, who he tried and failed to defeat over 25,000 times as Aspik, to defeat Pixelator, the first villain to incapacitate him as Adrien.
    • Ladybug uses Evillustrator, who loves Marinette, to defeat Volpina, who hates Ladybug.
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    • Ladybug defeats Antibug, whose civilian self is Chloé, with Kung Food, who Chloé was responsible for getting akumatized.
    • Ladybug defeats Gamer 2.0 by using Volpina's power of illusions.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Done a lot with characters like Stormy Weather, Mr. Pigeon, Dark Owl or Copycat.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Some of the fights, especially Copycat vs Puppeteer, Gorizilla vs Stoneheart and Darkblade vs Troublemaker.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Gamer abducts everyone who was previously akumatized and puts them into a giant game. He and the heroes face off using different villains, the winner getting the losing villain's powers to use for the final round. He didn't anticipate that Ladybug and Cat Noir, who previously beat all these villains, would have a significant advantage in knowing how to use and counter all their powers, so Gamer ends up with a comparatively less appropriate selection of mostly offense oriented powers, despite have access to all characters.
    • Ladybug, due to her stress from civilian obligations, tries to rush through the matches and chooses the wrong characters for the match-ups. For example, she picks Gorizilla to fight Stoneheart. At first, it seems even, but Stoneheart can grow larger, and Gorizilla can't. Luckily, Cat Noir is able to calm her down and she fights more effectively.
  • Discard and Draw: Gamer 2.0 is less of a new villain form and more original Gamer but with his own video game tournament instead of a giant robot.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Gamer broadcasts trough television, computers, jumbotrons and even advertising screens on bus stops.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Look closely when Manon is shown before being abducted by Gamer- she's playing with the same Ladybug and Cat Noir action figures Adrien had in "Syren".
  • Graceful Loser: After Ladybug beats Gamer, he gives her a "well played" and surrenders his akuma voluntarily.
  • Guile Hero: Ladybug wins by a trick: Gamer seemingly knocks her to the ground for a Ring Out, but nothing happens. Ladybug says it must be a bug in the game, and Gamer tests it by touching the ground himself, thereby ringing himself out. "Ladybug" turns out to be an illusory copy, and the real one then reveals herself.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When Gamer pits Ladybug and Cat Noir against each other, Cat Noir eliminates himself so Ladybug can save the day.
  • I Have to Iron My Dog: Marinette accidentally invokes this trope by being so stressed that she mixes up her already compacted commitments, and tries to correct herself. Chloe claims that she's blatantly lying (she is not) and no one wants to help Max on his video game.
  • Intangible Man: For the final round, Ladybug uses Troublemaker's pen to become intangible and avoid all of Gamer's attacks.
  • In-Universe Catharsis: Cat Noir and Ladybug playing as akumas who gave them so much trouble in the past, to defeat other akumas who also gave them nasty times. The overworked and stressed Ladybug in particular really enjoys letting off steam.
  • Irony: Ladybug yells at Cat Noir that he should select Copycat and end a battle quickly with a Cataclysm. When she uses Copycat herself against Puppeteer, he is taken over using one of her action figures and is instantly defeated.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Ladybug is clearly overjoyed when Evillustrator knocks off Volpina, aka Lila, with a giant boxing glove.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Marinette actually suggests the obvious solution that would wrap things up quickly: Pick Copycat and use Cataclysm to destroy the entire game and go after Gamer directly right away. However, Gamer accounted for this by counterpicking Puppeteer when Marinette tries it, and having her Cataclysm herself for a very quick defeat.
  • Kick the Dog: Unsurprisingly, Chloe twists the knife on Marinette trying to politely decline Max's request by stating how no one wants to be with Max.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Ladybug employs strategy and caution in her first fight, but after losing, she blindly picks Copycat and Gorizilla and suffers a humiliating defeat each time. Later, Gamer makes the same mistake when he charges at Troublemaker and ends up falling off the stage.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Cat Noir's first chosen character is Mr. Pigeon. He manages to obliterate his opponent with just one pigeon.
  • Logical Weakness: When Mime speaks, his powers stop working.
  • Off-Model:
    • Weredad's character select icon has white hair.
    • Antibug lacks her mask.
    • Pharaoh isn't wearing his scarab pendant.
  • Showdown at High Noon: The fight between Reflekta and Rogercop is one (it even has appropriate western BGM).
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: In-Universe, Ladybug has this attitude through most of episode until she mellows down.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Manon ends up turned into Puppeteer while holding Ladybug and Cat Noir's dolls, meaning that Copycat is the only character she could reasonably take on.
  • Vocal Dissonance: All game characters are voiced by their players leading to such oddities like Kung Food with the voice of Ladybug.
  • Workaholic: Marinette being too stressed about her tasks and obligations is one of the factors that causes Max's second akumatization and disturbs her performance at the beginning of Gamer's trial.

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