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Recap / Miraculous Ladybug S 03 E 22 Cat Blanc

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"Looking for my akuma, M'Lady?!"
Bunnyx returns to get Ladybug's help in averting a terrible future.


  • Abusive Parents: Gabriel crosses a new low when he blackmails Marinette into breaking up with Adrien in order to push her over the Despair Event Horizon and akumatize her, completely uncaring about the potential hurt he's putting Adrien through. Then he goes even lower once he learns that Adrien is Cat Noir, revealing his own identity as Hawk Moth to him and showing him Emilie's comatose body in order to push him over the Despair Event Horizon and akumatize him.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 0 with the potential for Class X-3. Cat Blanc's first Cataclysm destroyed Paris, but as the Sphere of Destruction covered all of France, it's possible the entire country was destroyed too. The "potential for Class X-3" part comes in when he prepares a beyond galaxy-sized Cataclysm, which Bunnyx states could cause "the end of the world".
    • Even worse, his Cataclysms affect much more than what they touch, so when he says everything he means EVERYTHING, so even the Universe would have been gone.
  • Bad Future: Bunnyx takes Ladybug to a future where, though a series of events, Cat Noir has been akumatized into Cat Blanc, destroyed Paris, and in the process killed both Ladybug and Hawk Moth.
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  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Hawk Moth hopes to akumatize his son and use him to kill Ladybug. He succeeds. Unfortunately for him and everybody in Paris, Ladybug is not the only casualty on that day.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Having bet her favorite plush on Marinette giving Adrien her gift, Rose snaps and threatens to cut off girl-time with her if she doesn't go through with it.
  • Big Damn Kiss: This marks the first time that Marinette and Adrien share a real kiss that is witnessed by Marinette's friends. Unfortunately, this event takes place in the Bad Future.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Marinette makes this remark about Bunnyx's Burrow.
  • Break the Cutie: Let's just say that Adrien suffers A LOT in this episode, from learning the truth about his parents, to suffering from a bad case of Sanity Slippage after accidentally killing everybody in Paris.
  • Call-Back:
    • Ladybug temporarily dominates Cat Blanc with the same submission move she used against "Prime Queen".
    • When Adrien realizes that Ladybug is Marinette, he thinks back to few previous episodes, in particular to "Glaciator".
  • Casting Gag: In the beginning of the episode, Alix ends up winning Rose's favorite unicorn plush Princess Twinkle Peach after she loses her bet, and still keeps it in her adulthood. Alix's voice actress Kira Buckland is a well-known figure in the Brony fandom, and has voiced main character Twilight Sparkle in many fan animations.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: How Hawk Moth akumatizes Adrien in the Bad Future: he reveals his true identity and goal to use the Miraculouses to bring back Emilie, making Adrien feel so conflicted between his love for Ladybug (guarding the Miraculous) and his love for his mother (siding with Hawk Moth to use the Miraculouses to bring her back) that the ensuing emotional distraught leaves him vulnerable to akumatization.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Cat Blanc has full access to Plagg’s powers as a god of destruction, while Ladybug only had limited access to Tikki’s powers as a god of creation. As such, she never really stands a chance in a straight up fight with him.
  • Deadly Disc: One of Cat Blanc's tricks is to throw Catacylsm discs.
  • Delayed Ripple Effect: Even though her future has been erased, Bunnyx disappears one limb at a time, just long enough for Ladybug to figure out the triggering incident and work up a solution.
  • Detonation Moon: Cat Blanc's first enhanced Cataclysm fires a beam which cuts the moon in half.
  • Discovering Your Own Dead Body: Ladybug discovers her own Cataclysmed body right next to Hawk Moth's. When she touches it, it crumbles to dust.
  • Dramatic Irony: After defeating Cat Blanc, Ladybug correctly assumes that the point of divergence is Adrien catching her delivering Marinette's gift and making the connection. However, she assumes he somehow let slip her Secret Identity and that caused the problem, rather than connecting the dots herself that Adrien is Cat Noir because both know her identity.
  • Finger Gun: Cat Blanc fires a low-power Catacylsm from his finger by flicking it. It's not nearly as destructive as the standard but still plenty deadly.
  • For Want of a Nail: The Bad Future results from Adrien learning that Marinette is Ladybug because she transforms to drop a gift off in his room and is caught leaving. The two start a relationship, which Gabriel tries to ruin so he can akumatize Marinette. Adrien transforms in front of Marinette to save her, revealing his identity to Hawk Moth. Hawk Moth then uses the fact that Emilie is still alive to make Adrien conflicted enough to akumatize, which leads to Paris being destroyed (and Ladybug and Hawk Moth with it) when Cat Blanc can't bring himself to take her Miraculous. Ladybug corrects all this by erasing her name from the gift and then claiming to have delivered it on behalf of his fans in Brazil.
  • Get Out!: When Gabriel blackmails Marinette into breaking up with Adrien, Tom tells him in no uncertain terms never to stain his bakery with his presence ever again.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Adrien transforms in public to save Marinette from an akuma, because he knows that she's Ladybug and would be nearly impossible to stop if he let it happen.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Hawk Moth's plan to akumatize his son works and he finally gets of rid of Ladybug. But he and everybody in Paris shares the same fate as her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hawk Moth akumatizes Cat Noir, only to be killed by his own creation when Cat Blanc resists attacking Ladybug and accidentally destroys Paris instead.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Unfortunately, with villains like Hawk Moth around, it is. In the Bad Future, he freely exploits Marinette and Adrien's love for each other on two separate occasions in order to cause pain and akumatize them, and nearly succeeds.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Cat Blanc fires a Mega Catacylsm in this fashion, which snaps a building in half.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Gabriel torpedoes Marinette's relationship with Adrien just so he can akumatize her. Later he attacks and akumatizes his own son. Karma bites him when this eventually leads to his death by way of his own akuma in Cat Blanc.
    • The first thing Gabriel realizes after he learns Adrien is Cat Noir is that he can use him as a pawn for his schemes. Not a Heel Realization that he's been fighting his son this whole time, but that he can use him as a tool now.
    • When Ladybug and Cat Noir confront Hawk Moth in his lair, he reveals Emilie and his true identity to his son to break his spirit and starts to beat him up. When Cat Noir is devastated enough, he akumatizes him and orders him to kill the girl he loves.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: With a bit of Karma Houdini Warranty on the side. While most of Hawk Moth's akumatizations go unpunished, it is when he decides to be the terrible father that he is and take advantage of his own son by emotionally compromising him does it result in an akumatized villain that kills him, Ladybug and everyone in Paris and presumably destroys the Ladybug Miraculous.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: The Bad Future version of Marinette wears her hair down after working up the courage to give Adrien a gift.
  • Motive Decay: In the Bad Future Hawk Moth crosses every line he once had. Not only does he try to ruin the relationship between his son and Marinette, he even goes as far as beating him up, tormenting him psychologically, akumatizing him and ordering him to kill the girl he loves. And he never shows the slightest regret.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • The Bad Future would not have happened if Marinette hadn't signed her gift and inadvertently given her secret identity away to Adrien.
    • The episode illustrates a fundamental flaw with Fu's "identities" rule: Adrien finds out Ladybug's identity, but doesn't tell Fu about this vulnerability because he likes working with Ladybug and doesn't want her to be replaced. Therefore, a rule that is supposed to prevent information leaks makes those leaks worse when they do happen.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Averted. Cat Blanc still remains akumatized after he kills Hawk Moth with his Mega Cataclysm. To be fair, we've seen many a time that the creations of the Butterfly (and Peacock) Miraculous don't expire due to loss of transformation, distance, or even loss of the miraculous itself.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Rose is uncharacteristically assertive in getting Marinette to actually tell Adrien how she feels, which is enough to get Marinette to actually do it, at least until time travel shenanigans force her to sabotage herself for the good of the future.
  • Perverted Sniffing: Ladybug becomes distracted by being in Adrien's room, even going so far as remark on "Adrien's scent" with her face in his pillow.
  • Place Beyond Time: Bunnyx's Burrow leads to a realm covered in small portals which she or anyone else can rewind or fast forward to any time or place in history, then travel through to reach those places.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Adrien began dating Marinette dishonestly, never telling her that learning her secret was what changed his mind. Not knowing her cover was blown kept her from taking the proper precautions. Both of them should have given up their Miraculouses according to the rules in "Kwamibuster," leaving Hawk Moth with no useful leverage even if he managed to akumatize Marinette.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Bunnyx leaves Ladybug to fend for herself against Cat Blanc to observe from afar and deduce the leading cause of the Bad Future from their banter.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: Cat Blanc is so distraught and unwilling to live with himself after all of the destruction he accidentally caused that when Ladybug refuses to hand over her Miraculous so that he can combine it with his own and use his wish to put everything back to normal, he opts to charge up a massive Cataclysm that would have wiped out the whole galaxy and everyone in it (including himself and the current Ladybug), rather than go on. Ladybug talks him out of it.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: While Hawk Moth's plan works, he doesn't live to see the consequences. Neither does any Parisian (including Emilie).
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The episode basically illustrates the consequences of our two heroes learning each other's identities, in the worst possible way.
    • It's shown that a romantic relationship between the two can never work out as long as Gabriel is around, since he will deliberately ruin it in an effort to akumatize Marinette. He does this even before he learns either hero's identity.
  • Ret Gone:
    • Cat Blanc and everything that happens in the Bad Future. Bunnyx almost suffer the same fate since she cannot exist if Alix is killed. (However, magic ladybugs fix the broken Moon, so it may be that a branched-off timeline still exists with Paris no longer flooded and everyone restored to life.)
    • The unicorn plushie that Alix won from Rose vanishes (from when she bet that Marinette wouldn't deliver the present). Her Ripple Effect-Proof Memory tells her she never had to give it back.
  • The Reveal: Bunnyx knows the secret identities of Ladybug, Cat Noir and the original Hawk Moth.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Word of God has stated that the bell on Cat Noir's collar symbolizes Adrien being a stray kitten who longs for a warm and loving home. In the Bad Future, Hawk Moth akumatizes Cat Noir's bell after revealing that his goal is to bring back Emile, making Adrien feel so conflicted between his love for Ladybug and his love for his mother that the akumatization works. In other words: Hawk Moth corrupts Cat Noir's desire for a warm and loving home.
  • Running Gag: Once again, someone brings up the theoretical hamster Marinette and Adrien could have together, but we don't learn its name.
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • Gabriel forces Marinette to break up with Adrien under the pretense of it hurting his brand, threatening to remove Adrien from school if Marinette doesn't do as he asks.
    • He does the same later when he reveals his identity and motivation to restore Emile, forcing Adrien to choose between his love for Ladybug and his love for his mother, and Adrien is so distraught that the akumatization works.
  • Sanity Slippage: His Trauma Conga Line and his months-long guilt of destroying Paris and his loved one certainly traumatized Cat Blanc to madness . It reaches a breaking point when Bunnyx brings the main timeline's Ladybug to fix his, which results in him suffering nasty mood swings.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: The Adrien from the Bad Future learns Ladybug's secret identity, and starts a relationship with Marinette without telling her he knows the truth because he doesn't want to risk them both knowing. He only reveals it when he has to transform into Cat Noir in front of her to save her from being akumatized.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong:
    • This is the mission of Bunnyx. Aware that something has gone wrong in the timeline but not exactly what, she and Ladybug must work out the point of divergence (Ladybug's signing the present to Adrien) and fix it (erase the signature and make up a cover story for why Ladybug delivered the present).
    • Cat Blanc's motivation in the Bad Future is also this, in a twisted way. When Ladybug shows up out of a time portal, he wants her to give him her Miraculous so they can use its Reality Warper abilities to "fix all this", presumably to make it so not only did his akumatization and the destruction he wreaked not happen, but make it so his mother never "disappeared" either.
  • Shout-Out: The inside of Bunnyx's Burrow is white, covered in circular portals and, as Ladybug notes, Bigger on the Inside, making it look very similar to the early versions of the TARDIS.
  • Status Quo Is God: Adrien and Marinette learn each other's Secret Identity over the course of the episode, but thanks to time travel, those versions of them never exist. Ladybug never realizes that Cat Noir and Adrien are one and the same when fighting his future counterpart, and she makes sure Adrien will never realize that she is Marinette and possibly spread that secret.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: After Ladybug refuses to hand over her Miraculous, Cat Blanc becomes so distraught that he creates a Cataclysm big enough to wipe out the whole galaxy (possibly the universe), himself with it, to Put Them All Out of Their Misery. He only relents when Ladybug (seemingly) agrees.
  • Summon to Hand: When Hawk Moth's cane is knocked into the water at one point he draws it back to his hand to strike when Cat Noir is near.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Cat Blanc is essentially this for Cat Noir. He can use as many Cataclysms as he desires, is uninhibited by size or force of said Cataclysm and doesn't time out after using one. Furthermore, it would appear that Cat Blanc is able to tap into the full potential of his kwami, given he was readying a universal Cataclysm (taking his powers to the Logical Extreme). He is also completely unhinged, desiring the Miraculous to repair his relationship with Marinette and fix everything, and willing to kill to do it.
  • Taken for Granite: Cat Blanc's Cataclysm leaves Ladybug and Hawk Moth as ashen statues that crumble at a touch, which the past Ladybug discovers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: VERY. Cat Blanc's Catacylsm has been upgraded to the power of infinite destruction. He has a wider range of abilities, no limit to their use, and can scale it to any size he desires, from flicking tiny projectiles to creating a galaxy-sized sphere of destruction.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • While Hawk Moth did akumatize his son on purpose, the annihilation of everybody in Paris and the flooding of the city was not his goal.
    • Unintentionally, but Rose, of all people, started the events that led to the Bad Future's timeline, after she snaps at Marinette for trying to come up with more excuses not to tell Adrien how she feels.
  • Wham Episode: Aside from Cat Noir being akumatized and causing an Apocalypse How requiring Time Travel to fix, this episode reveals plenty of strong details:
    • We finally see what happens when someone Cataclysms a person: they essentially turn to stone and crumble into dust, same as everything else. This was initially hinted at in "Heroes Day - Part 1", but it was done under Volpina's illusion, thus not providing solid confirmation.
    • This episode demonstrates how a reveal between Ladybug and Cat Noir would go down, going From Bad to Worse with Hawk Moth still around.
    • Cat Noir discovering his mother, providing enough emotional conflict for Hawk Moth to take advantage of.
    • The fact that Gabriel is desperate enough to ruin his own son's relationship with Marinette to akumatize the latter.
    • Cat Noir is able to Cataclysm an Akuma, meaning that Ladybug isn't required to come in and purify it to be rid of the threat, unless the akuma makes contact with a victim.
    • An akumatized villain can remain active and locked to its primary directive (take the Miraculous) even after Hawk Moth and the Butterfly Miraculous are gone, though Cat Blanc's motivation is to use their power to fix his mistake, rather than the reason Hawk Moth wanted them.
  • Wham Line: "Now you're breaking more than my heart, Marinette!"
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Cat Blanc had been pushed past his sanity limit when he destroys a large chunk of France and threatens to destroy the universe. By far, the most destructive akumatized villain Ladybug ever faced.


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"Chat Blanc"

After Ladybug refuses to hand over her Miraculous, Cat Blanc becomes so distraught that he creates a Cataclysm big enough to wipe out the whole galaxy (possibly the universe), himself with it, to Put Them All Out of Their Misery. He only relents when Ladybug (seemingly) agrees.

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