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Lila manipulates all of Marinette's close ones, who turn against her, but an even bigger problem awaits Marinette: she is going to have to face a sentimonster that has taken the appearance of Ladybug.


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  • 10-Minute Retirement: After the doctor came to check up on Nathalie's health, Gabriel takes the Peacock Miraculous and says she will never be Catalyst or Mayura again. When he's asleep, she sneaks off and steals it back.
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  • All-Loving Hero: After getting framed and expelled Marinette is still willing to give Lila another chance.
  • Adults Are Useless: Neither Ms. Bustier nor Principal Damocles question Lila's lies, instead immediately believing that Marinette did everything she was accused of. Notably, when Lila claims that Marinette pushed her down the stairs, they not only believe her, but don't even bother to get her to a doctor, even though a fall down a flight of stairs should result in some nasty injuries.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Invoked by Lila at the end of the episode, stating she has a condition that causes her to lie compulsively and that this was why she accused Marinette of all of her wrong doings. Ironically, considering how often she lies, this might not actually count as a lie this time.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Rare heroic version. Adrien forces Lila to make another lie to exonerate Marinette or he will break completely with her. Lila doesn't want that and gives in.
  • Art Shift:
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    • While Alya investigates the incidents at school, the image takes on a grainy front.
    • While recapping all the crimes Marinette had supposedly committed, they are shown as crude chalk drawings on a blackboard.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: We all probably guessed that the Ladybug sentimonster wouldn't stick around due to Status Quo Is God, but the heroes wouldn't hurt her since she's an innocent; so Mayura does it for them.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Lila suffers no retribution for her actions, and even though Adrien pressures her to get Marinette back in school, she still worms her way into a photo shoot with him.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Hawk Moth pulls off his Scarlet Moth and Catalyst scheme again, and nearly succeeds when one of the new akumas is Marinette. And as he orders his akuma army to get Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculous pieces, Marinette starts taking off her earrings... only for Catalyst to collapse and Hawk Moth rushing to her side, prematurely ending their villainous plot.
  • Batman Gambit:
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    • Lila comes up with multiple lies to make everyone think Marinette stole the test answers, and her 'family's' necklace (actually the necklace she bought to impersonate the Fox Miraculous back in season 1)and pushed her down the stairs.
    • Mayura's plan is contingent on the premise that Cat Noir would beat the real Ladybug to the Arc de Triumph, which could very well have failed were Marinette not indisposed at the bakery.
    • When the fake Ladybug tries to fool Cat Noir, the real Ladybug pretends to be akumatized and suggests that Cat Noir use Cataclysm on her earrings, knowing that Mayura won't want to damage the Miraculous.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Adrien effectively forces Lila to lift Marinette's expulsion with a few well chosen words. All without raising his voice.
  • BFG: Sentimonster Ladybug uses her "Senti-Charm" to conjure a massive weapon that shoots immobilizing slime balls.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In villainous variant, Hawk Moth shows up just in time to save Mayura.
  • Broken Pedestal: Hawk Moth's redux of his Catalyst plan relies on the fact that Marinette is so well-liked at school that Lila's Frame-Up will not only render Marinette herself vulnerable, but also a significant portion of her classmates who are heartbroken by her fall. It may not be as wide-reaching as his first iteration, but it would have worked nonetheless.
  • Call-Back:
    • In "Chameleon" Lila states that she manipulate people by telling them what they want to hear. The Sentimonster Ladybug is able to trick Cat Noir by claiming to love him, which is just what he wanted to hear.
    • The beginning of the episode shows Adrien preparing for, and later attending, Marinette's birthday party from "Befana". Lila looks down on the party jealously from her window (she was pretending to be traveling the world during this period).
    • The ring-stealing kiss by the Sentimonster Ladybug is done almost exactly the same way as the one attempted by Wax Ladybug in "The Puppeteer 2". Chat falls for it again and this time no scent difference tips him off.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Lila and Gabriel's partnership, started in "Oni-Chan" and seen in "Miraculer", comes up in the beginning.
    • Lila and Marinette's confrontation at the end of "Chameleon" is shown again. Lila finally makes good on her threat.
    • When looking for a way to escape the bakery, Marinette uses her "Ladybug vision" in civilian form, as seen in "Oblivio".
  • Evil Laugh: Mayura goes full ham while fighting her sentimonster Ladybug, playing up the battle for the cameras so Cat Noir will fall for the act.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Alya seems to have absolutely no reaction to the fact that Lila's necklace (that she planted and accused Marinette of stealing) is a blatant replica of the Fox Miraculous. Given that she has wielded the Fox Miraculous on multiple occassions - and can be ridiculously thorough about superhero details regardless - this comes off as out of character.
  • Fingerprinting Air: Alya is confident she can get good fingerprint evidence from Marinette's locker. It doesn't work because janitor Fred wipes down the lockers.
  • Frame-Up: Lila frames Marinette for cheating on a test, then pretends that Marinette pushed her down the stairs and stole a necklace from her. It gets Marinette kicked out of school, but Adrien forces Lila to set things right at the end of the episode.
  • Freeing the Genie: Ladybug frees the sentimonster by giving her the amok object, gaining her gratitude and an alliance against Mayura. Unfortunately Mayura can just recall the amok and destroy her.
  • Gullible Lemmings: Once again, everyone besides Marinette, Adrien, Natalie, and Gabriel Agreste blindly believes every word out of Lila's mouth, even if it blatantly contradicts every lie she told earlier.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The sentimonster Ladybug joins the heroes after being given the Eiffel Tower charm containing the amok. It turns into a Heel–Face Door-Slam when Mayura simply recalls the amok so it can't be used against her.
  • I Gave My Word:
    • Lila is rewarded by Gabriel with a photo shoot with Adrien for her work against Marinette, even though everything didn't work out as Gabriel wanted.
    • Despite already having finished the photo shoot, Lila still fulfils her end of the deal and helps Marinette back into school.
  • I Have Your Wife: A mutual version happens between Hawk Moth and Ladybug with Cat Noir and Mayura, respectively. Hawk Moth has Cat Noir in his clutches, and though he can't take the ring because Cat Noir has his Cataclysm active, he can wait the heroes out. Meanwhile, Ladybug has Mayura tied up in her yo-yo and could expose her true identity at any moment. Both mutually toss their captives off the Arc de Triomphe in opposite directions, forcing both to perform a rescue and making it a mutual loss.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: The Peacock's power is far less restricted than the Butterfly's. Mayura doesn't need a person undergoing an emotional crisis, an object important to them, telepathic communication, or consent. She buys an ordinary trinket and uses it to create the exact sentimonster she wants.
  • Irony: At the end of the episode, Lila (on Adrien's request) "confesses" that she has a rare condition that causes her to lie compulsively and that's why she accused Marinette of the various crimes that had her expelled. Given that she is a Consummate Liar, she's technically telling the truth from a certain point of view.
  • Kick the Dog: Chat Noir and Ladybug are horrified when Mayura banishes the Ladybug sentimonster, since she's a sentient person that Mayura effectively murdered.
  • Model Couple: Adrien and Lila are this. Lila even gets an interview on TV because of it.
  • Nails On A Chalkboard: Ladybug uses her fork on a pane of glass, causing Mayura and the sentimonster to cover their ears.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Had it not been for Nathalie's health issues, Hawk Moth would have won; he had already akumatized Marinette, and she was seconds from taking her earrings off.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Averted. Hawk Moth tries making Nathalie into Catalyst again so he can make multiple akumas. It would have worked if she hadn't wasted her health on many less clever schemes beforehand.
  • Never Trust a Title: Due to the series' Idiosyncratic Episode Naming having the title of almost every episode refer to the episode's villain, this episode being titled "Ladybug" gives the impression that Marinette would serve as the villain. This plays into the above-mentioned Bait-and-Switch, as although Marinette is briefly akumatized, she is not the villain the title refers to. The actual Ladybug alluded to in the title is a sentimonster created by Mayura.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: As acknowledged by Cat Noir, Mayura's Ladybug is way more humanoid than any other previous sentimonster so far.
  • Not Helping Your Case: When Lila seemingly defends her, Marinette immediately accuses her. Not only does she makes herself look bad and ungrateful, she also plays right into Lila's hands.
  • Nothing Personal: Having no negative experience with Marinette (as far as he knows) and being fully aware that Lila is both a Consummate Liar and The Sociopath, Gabriel pretends he believes Lila when she tells him that Marinette is a bad influence for Adrien just to take advantage of the emotional fallout it creates.
  • Pet the Dog: Chloé is shown defending Sabrina from Scarlet Moth's butterflies.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Lila is willing to undo her plot against Marinette in order to appease Adrien.
  • Reality Ensues:
  • The Reveal: The Peacock Miraculous holder can create sentimonsters for themselves. It's also revealed that they are actual living beings controlled by the person who holds their amok, with the Ladybug sentimonster having self-awareness.
  • Sequel Hook: Gabriel suggests that he has an alternate means of finding Master Fu when Nathalie laments that she won't be able to help him in that endeavor.
  • Something Only They Would Say: An action. Both Ladybugs use their Lucky Charm (Senti-Charm in the fake's case). The sentimonster summons a huge gun, while Ladybug summons a fork. This confirms which is the real Ladybug in Cat Noir's mind.
  • Spanner in the Works: Nathalie's usage of the Peacock Miraculous damages her health so much that her coughing fits negates Hawk Moth's plan to Akumatize Marinette and her classmates.
  • Spot the Imposter: When the real Ladybug shows up, both Ladybug and Sentimonster Ladybug try to convince Cat Noir that she's the real one. Cat Noir chooses poorly.
  • Stepping Stones in the Sky: Ladybug jumps off the bullets fired by her sentimonster counterpart's BFG.
  • Tranquil Fury: While his tone is harsh, Adrien's voice remains level when he orders Lila to undo Marinette's expulsion with another lie.
  • The Un-Reveal: Although Marinette and Sabine were given the names "Princess Justice" and "Verity Queen", we never find out their akumatized forms or their precise powers, other than Hawk Moth's comment that they would be able to "reveal the truth", although the names might give a hint.
  • Wham Episode: On multiple fronts.
    • Catalyst returns, which leads to most of Marinette's class, Sabine, and Marinette almost getting akumatized, which is only stopped by Nathalie's ongoing health issues.
    • Gabriel hints that Emilie using the broken Peacock Miraculous is what caused her to be in her current state.
    • Mayura creates a sentimonster that's almost a perfect copy of Ladybug, almost fooling Cat Noir.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: When Mayura banishes sentimonster Ladybug, Cat Noir becomes furious over it and attempts to attack her, if it weren't for interference from Hawk Moth, who doesn't understand why he's making a big deal over it.
    Hawk Moth: Getting sentimental on a sentimonster?
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
    • Lila pretends to be injured at the bottom of the stairs, trying to convince students and staff that Marinette pushed her down the stairs.
    • Sentimonster Ladybug pretends to be injured so Cat Noir will get close enough for her to steal his Miraculous.

 
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