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Recap / Miraculous Ladybug S 03 E 20 Party Crasher

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Nino throws a party for Adrien, but when Wayhem can't get in, he is akumatized into Party Crasher.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: Hawk Moth created one of his most capable and efficient villains out of circumstance. Gabriel akumatized Wayhem purely because he was nearby, and just to stop the party and return the power to Emilie's life support system. When the power is back on, and he starts coaching Party Crasher to take the Miraculous, Party Crasher proves competent enough with his powers to take out Ladybug, Chat Noir and the three other heroes who joined in to help them.
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  • Adult Fear: Gabriel when he realizes Emilie’s life support is failing due to lack of power.
  • Bad Liar: Ivan. For this reason, Nino tells him and the others to ignore calls from Marinette.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Both the titular villain and the new hero, King Monkey. Party Crasher in particular is so silly-looking that the entire party laughs at him when he first shows up. He quickly puts a stop to that.
  • Big Blackout: On a much smaller scale. Markov accidentally redirects all of the power in Agreste Mansion to the music system; including the power going to Emilie’s life support.
  • Black-Tie Infiltration: Marinette (poorly) disguises herself as a boy to crash into Adrien's party.
  • Brick Joke: Mayor Bourgeois shows up to the party to hide from Chloé’s attempts to put make up on him. Later during the montage, Chloe herself shows up looking for him, immediately followed by an equally in-need-of-hiding butler Jean.
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  • Boys' Night Out Episode: At daytime. A Wild Teen Party is hosted by Nino for Adrien. The "teen" part ends where almost the entire male cast of the show crash into the party. And Marinette, of course.
  • Broken Pedestal: Wayhem mistakenly thinks Adrien lied to him about not being allowed to have friends over when he tries to join the party in progress and the Gorilla can't hear him ringing the doorbell. (The bodyguard is wearing earplugs to shut out the loud music and playing with his new action figures). Wayhem's anger and disappointment are enough to get him akumatized.
  • Bros Before Hoes: Nino is specific about the party being guys-only, to give Adrien and his male friends some bonding time, so he has some excuses prepared for each of the boys to prevent the girls from knowing. It doesn't work with Marinette, though, because she has experience with improvising lies.
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  • The Bus Came Back: Wayhem is seen for the first time since "Gorizilla".
  • Call-Back:
    • Nino remembers the last time he tried to convince Gabriel to give Adrien a party didn't end well, but now he's fully prepared.
    • Roger, other adults, AND a poorly disguised Marinette do a Village People cover.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: In the form of "disco floor" vision, Party Crasher can see where his opponents are going to be next.
  • Comically Small Bribe: The Gorilla lets people into the house he is supposed to be guarding when he is given toy action figures.
  • Confusion Fu:
    • How Party Crasher is defeated by the heroes.
    • How King Monkey's power, "Uproar", causes Party Crasher's power to malfunction.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Close to every male character who appeared so far in the show shows up in this episode. They even get a Crowded Cast Shot after being freed from Party Crasher's disco balls.
  • Continuity Nod: Marinette once again makes a disguise from trash she finds in a dumpster to get into a place where she is denied entrance. The costume itself is very similar to the one she created in "Princess Fragrance", with a motorcycle helmet and a poncho-like garment.
  • Crazy-Prepared: For once, it's Nino who comes up with a Zany Scheme, fully prepared to give a surprise party to Adrien. It doesn't stop Marinette from butting in to take part, though.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For the male cast of Miraculous, especially Marinette's classmates.
  • Description Cut: Hawk Moth declares Party Crasher to be the most fearsome villain he has ever created... and then we see how ridiculous (Utterly ridiculous!) he looks. And then Hawk Moth turns out to be right.
  • Elevator Failure: Gabriel is briefly trapped inside the glass elevator that moves between the mansion and the repository when the power goes out. He transforms to punch his way out.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: King Monkey tags Party Crasher with a banana that causes his powers to temporarily malfunction. He then explains that he loves messing with other’s powers.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Kim is still swimming in Adrien's bathtub and only notices something strange when the Miraculous box lands on the bottom of the tub in front of him.
    • This may also be applied to Luka, Nino, and Max, as they all hear the sound of Miraculous boxes being set down, but fail to see who placed the boxes.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The reason Hawkmoth always has a swarm of butterflies in his tower is that he raises them as a hobby.
  • Gale-Force Sound: After Markov boosts music at Adrien's party it's loud enough to knock over cars and Marinette's who unfortunate enough to be close to mansion at the moment. Like the last time something like this happened, this immediately brings police at their doorstep.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid:
    • Gabriel doesn't know what's happening upstairs, so he akumatizes Wayhem specifically to stop whatever caused Emilie's life support capsule to lose power.
    • After Ladybug is caught in Party Crasher's disco gloves and Chat Noir just doesn't listen to him, Master Fu himself delivers Miraculous to Nino, Luka and Max, so Carapace, Viperion, and Pegasus can give Chat a hand. When even that fails, he turns to Kim, giving him the Monkey Miraculous to become King Monkey.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Different from Marinette's schemes, Nino's actually worked a little too well. Not only did he give Adrien an unforgettable party, but almost the show's full male cast (and Thomas Astruc) invited themselves to the party, a villain included. Add to that redirecting all the house's power to the sound system, which could truly be the end for Adrien's mom.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Gorilla is revealed to be a big fan of superhero action figures.
    • André Glacier the ice cream vendor, Armand D'Argencourt the fencing master, Jean Tretiens the sanitation engineer, Roger Raincomprix the police officer, and Mr. Hessenpy the firefighter are all fans of the band Stationation and can perform a dance to their music. They identify with the performers who wear costumes matching their professions, and they regret not having anyone to represent the "moustached biker" until Marinette shows up in an improvised costume that matches. She is drafted into dancing with them, which she does very badly.
  • Hologram Projection Imperfection: There is a hologram of Gabriel Agreste that can be projected into the back of his car so that he can pretend to be away from home (on travel to Japan in this case). It flickers, and Nathalie adjusts it.
  • Irony:
    • Marinette suspects the boys are lying to the girls to cover something fun and start to investigate. She instantly lies to Alya and the others for that, though.
    • The titular villain is called "Party Crasher". He was akumatized because he was literally the only one to not crash the party.
    • Marinette chides Master Fu for going to the party and not being safer with the Miraculous box, to which Fu replies that they're perfectly safe because he has them with him. Neither are aware that they're in Hawk Moth's house, probably the least safe place in the city.
    • Make it painfully double to Gabriel: He not only created one of his most efficient villains that almost gave him the ultimate triumph, but all of the Miraculous were in his house, ripe for the taking and he had no idea... all of that when he intended to take a day off!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even though it's pretty obvious the school project was a lie, the Gorilla lets the boys have their fun and even lets all the other people wanting into the party in without asking questions, except Marinette because he was specifically asked not to.
  • Justified Save Point: This appears to be how Viperion's powers work. He invokes "Second Chance" and then can reverse time back to that point later, in order to try to fix something that went wrong (like the capture of Carapace).
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Apparently, the Monkey Miraculous is special enough to make Fu think twice before giving it to someone. He ultimately chooses to trust Kim. This pays off.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The Gorilla would never have permitted the party if he knew Gabriel was actually at home, showing that he doesn't share the secrets of Hawk Moth as Nathalie does. Given the nearly deadly power outage that developed, this is also an example of Poor Communication Kills.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Cat Noir doesn't even listen to Fu's advice after Ladybug is caught in Party Crasher's curse.
  • Monkey King Lite: Kim's Miraculous form, King Monkey. He carries a staff, his Uproar chaotically disrupts others' powers, and the Miraculous itself resembles the Golden Ring Headband.
    • This is actually justified, as the Miraculouses are said to have been made in China and Word of God states that Sun Wukong(the real Monkey King) was a previous holder of the Monkey Miraculous.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Party Crasher single-handedly captures not only Ladybug and Chat Noir, but also three other heroes (Carapace, Viperion, and Pegasus). He's at the point of delivering them to Hawk Moth when King Monkey intervenes.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Max uses his robot Markov to take over the electrical system of the house and crank up the music volume for the party. This turns off the life support for Emilie Agreste, causing Hawk Moth to summon an akuma in sheer self-defense.
  • One of the Boys: Marinette tries to pull that disguising herself as a "man", making her the only "invited girl".
  • One-Hit Kill: Party Crasher can capture any person or object by touching them with a disco-ball hand, or hitting them with a beam at a distance. They are caught on one of the mirror facets of the ball.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A lot of the episodes problems are due to misunderstandings. Adrien tells Wayhem he's busy and not allowed to have an friends over because he had no idea Nino would throw a surprise party and as a result Wayhem thinks he lied to him and is upset enough to get Akumatized. Meanwhile, Nino tells Gorilla to keep Marinette out and refuses to answer phone calls because he thinks she wants to bust them for backing out of their plans to plant trees when, in fact, she really just wants to join in the party. Also happens almost literally when Adrien lets Max mess with the house's power systems not knowing his mother was in a life support capsule underground that very much needs that power.
  • Power Incontinence: King Monkey's power, "Uproar", causes the powers of others to randomly malfunction. It screws with Party Crasher's Power badly enough, that King Monkey is able to run directly at his pinata and shatter it. (The pinata itself was formerly a mini-helicopter that Party Crasher made from his disco balls to deliver the captured heroes and their Miraculous to Hawk Moth.)
  • Shoot the Mage First: Hawk Moth advises Party Crasher to be wary of Viperion given his Second Chance ability. Viperion resets time almost immediately after this comment to save Carapace, tipping his hand to Party Crasher and causing the latter to tag him first instead. With Viperion's defeat, Party Crasher easily disposes of the rest of Cat Noir's team.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Stationation - the band who's record is played at the party - is a very deliberate Expy of the Village People.
    • The scene where Party Crasher (who's wearing disco balls like boxing gloves) climbs the stairs and cheers is based on the training montage from Rocky. Even the music is similar.
    • "It's-a me, Marino!"
  • Stalker with a Crush: Marinette is at it again, this time disguising herself to crash Adrien's guys-only party.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Ladybug shows Pegasus the location of Rolland Dupain's place on her yo-yo map, to pick up an object she needs (a cassette player) without Max knowing how she knew of that place in advance.
  • True Companions: Despite Adrien's agenda keeping him too busy to socialize, it's clear not only Nino, but his other classmates consider him a true friend (even Luka). If they can't bring Adrien to a party, well, they can bring the party to him!
  • Uncanny Atmosphere: How does Hawk Moth know something is fishy at his home? He can't feel any other emotions sans happiness.
  • Villain Has a Point: For once, Hawk Moth has a good reason for using his powers: to eject the intruders from his home and to restore power to his wife's life support systems.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Gabriel had no intentions of being Hawk Moth today; he planned to spend his day harvesting butterflies in his garden before the party cut off the power to the room.
  • Volleying Insults: Kim calls Xuppu a plushie. Xuppu calls Kim a nitwit. This quickly degenerates into the two making faces at each other.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Kim spends the bulk of the episode solely in his bathing suit, including his Transformation Sequence.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Ladybug is captured and, deeming Cat Noir needs allies, Master Fu calls upon Luka, Max, and Nino, who are hiding nearby, to become Viperion, Pegasus, and Carapace once again. This is an odd example in that this wouldn't have been as much of a "wham" if the episodes had aired in the intended order and Viperion and Pegasus had been introduced already.
    • Master Fu chooses Kim to be the Monkey Miraculous holder, King Monkey, after he saves him from a fall. King ends up being the key to free the other heroes and stop Party Crasher.
  • Wham Shot: For the first time, we see that the secret elevator from Gabriel's atelier leads directly to the garden room with his wife's coffin. We also see him harvesting butterflies for his akumas from cocoons on the plants there.
  • Worf Had the Flu: A very rare instance where Ladybug is incapacitated before Cat Noir. Contrary to what you'd expect, that doesn't prompt Cat Noir to solve the problem, but King Monkey does, instead.
 
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