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    General 
  • Adrien's home life. His mother is missing. His father is absent most of the time (and heavily implied to have turned emotionally abusive as well as the outright shown Parental Neglect after losing his wife). And he has no friends other than Chloé. And despite all of that, Adrien is still a sweet and kind person. He needs a big hug.
    • In the French dub, he addresses his father using the formal form of "you", which is normally used for strangers.
    • And the life he lives? It protects him from being akumatized...because he's used to being disappointed. Our poor kitty has gotten let down by his father so many times, being unsurprised by it happening again that it is a stinking super power! Adrien deserves all the hugs!
  • Sabrina's relationship with Chloé. The poor girl seems to think that friendship means completely subsuming herself to her "friend" and always comes back to Chloé no matter how much abuse the Alpha Bitch throws at her. Even Chloé's Pet the Dog moments can be read as her simply reasserting her control. In other words, if this were a romantic relationship, Sabrina would fit all the requirements for being a Love Martyr.
  • In the past, the Miraculouses were surely involved in spilling some blood, and not all of the past holders had a happy ending.
    • Joan of Arc really did receive a message of "divine intervention", this being the power of the Ladybug Miraculous. After fighting for her people —the French— she gets accused of heresy by the English, is unable to get herself out of her trial, and is burnt at the stake at the age of nineteen—not much older than Marinette. Only posthumously was she acknowledged for her heroism. She never killed anyone in her entire life. One wonders what Tikki's thoughts on the entire ordeal were.
    • Hippolyta, during Herakles' nine labors, is mainly said by myth to have either been killed, abducted, eloped to wed with Theseus and was seen as a traitor to her people, or eloped and was cheated on by Theseus—to which she responded by sicc-ing her Amazons on Theseus and co.—but was still killed. No Wonder Woman incarnation as far as we know.
  • Whilst it had been theorised long beforehand, it's finally confirmed in "Style Queen" that Gabriel is seeking the Miraculous because his wife is being kept in a stasis chamber underneath Agreste Mansion, either deathly ill or flat out dead, and he wants to use the ultimate power to save/revive her. The series Big Bad is really just a desperate man trying to pull his family back together.

    Season 1 
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Goodbye, Tikki...
The Bubbler
  • Adrien is a walking Tearjerker when it's his birthday but only one person remembered to give him a present and he doesn't know who, his father rejects his request for a birthday party, and his best friend turns into a villain on his behalf. His Eating Lunch Alone scene at home sells it, with Adrien looking like a kicked puppy.
  • Adrien's father assigned his assistant to buy Adrien a birthday present; his father couldn't be bothered to choose a present ahead of time. Ouch.
  • Nathalie callously taking Marinette's signature off the present for Adrien.
  • Marinette's transformation sequence after seeing her parents being abducted by Bubbler. The stock footage has been modified to give her distressed facial expressions rather than the heroic and perky face she usually has. It's easy to miss on the first watch, especially since this was first episode aired in the States.
  • Marinette argues with The Bubbler that adults love their children and care for them, to which Cat Noir mutters, "Most of them anyway."

Timebreaker

  • Alix breaks down upon seeing her pocket watch destroyed because of Chloé, and angrily puts the blame on her friends before leaving, despite their attempts to console her.
    Alix: You're all to blame!
    • The second time was probably even worse: after putting the blame on Ladybug, Alix kneeled down, visibly as broken as her watch, and angrily cries on its pieces. She doesn't even make an attempt to flee, after Future-Ladybug told the classmates to go away from Future-Timebreaker, leaving herself vulnerable to the akuma.
  • During her rampage, Timebreaker was about to take Ladybug's energy... when Cat Noir jumps between them to protect Ladybug, thus taking the hit for himself. While Timebreaker gloats at getting his energy. Ladybug lets out a Big "NO!" and tearfully embraces his fading body before angrily glaring at her and resuming the fight.
    • What's more, he had very little time to act, so it's likely he acted wholly on reflex, which is how he had the time to put himself in the position he was in, rather than just putting his body between Ladybug and Timebreaker. He's kneeling in front of her, hugging her, with his eyes closed and looking like he's about to cry himself. Only way he could have had the time to place himself like that is if he moved without thinking about anything except her safety.

Evillustrator

  • Chloé bullying Nathanael and Sabrina especially when later on Sabrina reveals she has no idea what true friendship is, concludes that Marinette is Not So Different from Chloé during a Not What It Looks Like moment and goes back to Chloé when the latter lends her a nice beret.
  • Evillustrator's heartbreak when he realizes that Marinette only went on a date with him so as to help Cat Noir revert him to normal.
  • Adrien's surprise when Marinette tells him that he is cooler than Cat Noir. What makes this sad? In the Webisodes Cat has admitted that he only gets to be himself when he's Cat Noir. In a nutshell, Marinette likes the mask (when he's "unmasked") rather than the actual person.

Rogercop

  • Cat Noir's reaction when Ladybug falls from the flying car, several hundred feet in the air. He shouts her name, and for a moment when Rogercop grabs him he goes completely limp, as if he's lost the will to fight.
    • Even worse - as she was falling, she threw out her yo-yo and called for him to catch her. He failed. If Ladybug hadn't caught herself on the way down, Cat Noir would have absoulutely blamed himself for the results.

Dark Cupid

  • To say that Kim was upset after Chloé humiliated him is an understatement.

The Gamer

Animan

  • During the episode's final confrontation, Ladybug appears to get eaten by a T. rex. The look on Cat Noir's face is heartbreaking.

Antibug

  • Chloé's Kick the Dog moment towards Sabrina for embarrassing her.
  • Sabrina's trauma after she's turned back to normal. My God, What Have I Done? is in full swing.
  • Given her general attitude, it's hard to feel too sorry for Chloé, but after being embarrassed on TV in front of her favorite rock star, and later getting told off by her idol and called a liar, Chloé first reacts with anger, declaring she is no longer Ladybug's fan, but then begins crying. It's a rare moment where we see Chloé like that.

The Puppeteer

  • Marinette never letting Manon win during their plushie fights. Manon points out the unfairness. The look of realization on Marinette's face when Manon calls her out just makes it all the more poignant.
  • Cat Noir freaking out at the thought of the Puppeteer controlling him. He likely flashes back to nearly killing Ladybug in "Dark Cupid".

Reflekta

  • Poor Juleka crying in the washroom after Chloé and Sabrina's cruel trick excludes her from the class picture. Not even sweet Rose, her best friend, can convince Juleka that she's not just an eyesore. It really hits home for anyone who's ever felt ignored or undesirable in the eyes of their peers.

Simon Says

  • It's quite sad to see how much Adrien misses his mother and how surprised he is when his father hugs him. Gabriel then ruins the moment by asking about Adrien's ring, reminding his son how little attention he receives from his father.
  • While Adrien is looking at pictures of him and his mom, Plagg is sitting on his shoulder, giving him a look of sympathy. Plagg, the little comical Kwami that's a bit of a jerk to Adrien, is feeling bad for him and his situation with his family.
  • Marinette gets punished for missing school. She was not doing it deliberately; it was because of her superhero duties as Ladybug. What's more is that after Marinette's parents pronounce punishment on her, they look very sad, implying they did not enjoy doing that.

Princess Fragrance

  • When Chloé tears up Rose's letter to Prince Ali.
  • Marinette tries to get entry into the Bourgeois' hotel by claiming to be Chloé's friend from school. The doorman promptly states that Chloé has no friends. Alpha Bitch or not, that's pretty sad.
  • Tikki's sick throughout the whole episode. Compared to her usual perky sweet self, the poor little fairy looks exhausted, perhaps even on the verge of dying. The way she insists in a tiny voice that she needs to transform with Marinette despite clearly being in no shape to do so is heartbreaking.

Volpina

  • Even if Lila deserves to be called out for her lies, she didn't deserve to be humiliated so harshly by Ladybug that she run away crying and got akumatized...
  • The defeated look on Ladybug's face while she's reaching for her earrings to save Adrien.
  • Even after her deakumatization Lila is still so hurt and upset that she rejects Ladybug's apology and developes a grudge against her.
  • After Lila is purified from the akuma, Ladybug is soon to detransform due to her use of the Lucky Charm, but still checks out Adrien's room first to see if he's okay. He, as Cat Noir, is in his bathroom, and turns the shower on to discourage Ladybug from entering, while pretending to be Adrien. After reassuring each other, Ladybug and Cat Noir lean their heads on the door and sadly sigh in unison; and when Ladybug leaves the house, Cat Noir exits the bathroom and forlornly stares at the window.

Rise! Ladybug Part 1

  • Marinette's whole way of being after she messes up her first run as Ladybug; she was shown from the beginning of the episode to have horrible self-esteem issues (not helped by four years of Chloé bullying her), and when she fails to catch the black butterfly, she refuses to believe she's good for anything except being a klutz. Adrien isn't much better since he's trapped in his own house with no friends at all, and his father is even worse at listening to him than in the present day.
    • Same for Nino when we see him in this episode, he just seems so depressed and isolated compared to the future when he's all smiles. It shows that his friendship with Adrien helped him as much as it helped Adrien.
  • After Adrien argues with his father concerning wanting to attend public school, he runs past a portrait containing both his parents and himself, most likely done before his mother vanished. If you look carefully, Gabriel has a hand on Adrien's shoulder and even appears to be smiling or at least content. It's a heartbreaking implication of the impact Adrien's mother's disappearance has had on both Adrien and his father.
    • Worse in comparison to the giant portrait of Adrien and his father in the front hall; all in black, sad Adrien and Gabriel, who looks more posessive than supportive.
      • Imagine eating (all alone) across the old family portrait and having to watch the new painting on the way to your room. Every single day.
    • Makes things even sadder, being that Gabriel is actually Hawk Moth. The reason why he captured a kwami, forced him to use his power for evil and turned humans – among them innocent children – evil, because his heart was broken when he lost the person he loved the most.
  • This one is sort of a Fridge Tear Jerker: Marinette's best friends are Alya and Adrien (usually as Cat Noir), both of whom just recently joined the school. Who were Marinette's friends before they came?

Rise! Ladybug Part 2

  • Adrien finally makes it to school and everyone seems happy to see him, especially Chloé. But then he greets Nino, who coldly asks him if he's Chloé's friend, ignoring Adrien's extended hand. Then, Marinette comes in a moment too late and sees what appears to be Adrien sticking gum on her seat (really him trying to undo a hurtful prank by Chloé to "put Alya and Marinette in their place" for "being rude to her") and refusing to believe anything he says for the same reason Nino treated him coldly. Given the close friendship Adrien eventually shares with both Nino and Marinette, it hurts to watch them treat him that way.
  • Chloé's treatment of both Ivan and Alya after the "Stoneheart" fiasco, cheerily calling after a fleeing Ivan that they're safer without him.
  • Mylène's apparent fear of Ivan, when all he wants is to confess his feelings.

    Season 2 
The Collector
  • Adrien is devastated when his father tells him that he's pulling him from school and the reactions of his friends aren't any better.
  • Adrien, as Cat Noir, is also devastated over the assertion that his father is Hawk Moth, but he can't let Ladybug know how deeply it affects him, lest he let the Cat out of the bag!
  • Adrien's panic over his father possibly being Hawk Moth is heartrending and even after his name is "cleared", fans are probably squirming uncomfortably at the idea that Gabriel has totally played both his son and Marinette and that he shows little concern over the various akumatees who have nearly killed both kids.
    • And Nathalie is in on the whole thing!
      • The extent to which Nathalie is aware of what Gabriel is really up to is unclear. He may have been deceiving her about its true nature.
  • Despite being the Big Bad and putting innocent lives in danger near-daily—especially in this episode, where his Akuma could have killed his own son without him realizing it—he genuinely does love his son and wife, with the heavy implication being that he believes his actions are within their best interest. When will he realize that this isn't the way to go about things?
    Gabriel: My son is the most important to me.

Despair Bear

  • Chloé manages to garner a lot of sympathy this episode, surprisingly. First, Adrien threatens to end their friendship when she calls the fire department out of spite for Marinette and her father being in the spotlight instead of her. She is clearly shocked at this. Then, we find out that she seemed to have actually been very nice as a little kid through some flashbacks, one of which shows her mother leaving, and crying while she cuddles her teddy bear for comfort. And yeah, Adrien really was her only friend growing up. Beneath the spoiled Alpha Bitch exterior, Chloé can actually be a nice person. She's just horribly out of practice, likely due to her father spoiling her selfish whims.
  • A subtle moment is when Adrien is chewing Chloé out. He doesn't explode on her, he doesn't even raise his voice. It just sounds like it hurts him to say it. It really underscores that, for the longest time, she was his only friend, and as much as that conversation had to happen, it's one he never wanted to have.
  • There's something really cruel about Chloé firing Jean (the Butler). The poor guy genuinely wanted to help and encourage Chloé to do her best.

La Befana

  • Gina is legitimately heartbroken when Marinette leaves her to go to the party.

Robostus

  • Monsieur Damocles does not just deny Markov his sentience by insisting he is a toy, he confiscates him away from Max, who Markov has never been separated from in his existence. It is genuinely distressing to hear Markov plead to Monsieur Damocles to bring him back to Max.

Dark Owl

  • When Hawk Moth discovers the Miraculouses he just got are fakes, his triumphant smile falls into a look of genuine heartbreak and he lets out a Howl of Sorrow. It strangely tugs at your heartstrings, more so with the heavy hints of what he wants the ultimate power for.
  • A Fridge one: Tikki and Plagg now know who is behind the mask of the other hero. Plagg knows who is really the girl Adrien is madly in love with and Tikki now knows that the boy Marinette loves deeply is the one always helping her in her heroics, but both know that, for the greater good, they have to keep this secret. Both hold the key to their wielder's happiness, but cannot do anything about it.

Glaciator

  • Cat Noir in this episode is the source of most of the heartache in general.
    • Gets Stood Up by the girl he loves (or feels like it since Ladybug never really agreed to it) and becomes downright depressed by it, blowing out the candles one by one saying how much Ladybug loves him and says she doesn't love him at all on the last candle. He can't even bring himself to blow it out.
    • His talk with Marinette on her balcony has him telling her his feelings for Ladybug and Marinette even feeling bad for the poor guy as she realizes that all the flirting wasn't just bluster.
    • When he takes Marinette to see the surprise he had for Ladybug, the camera turns to him and he's huddled over the rail looking at a candle, depressed that his lady never came.
    • Finally, we have his utter bitterness towards Ladybug when they meet up to fight Glaciator. It's probably the only time Cat has intentionally been antagonistic towards Ladybug and after seeing what Cat did as Marinette, Ladybug spends a good part of the fight just trying to make up with Cat, only working when he himself realizes what an idiot he's being.
    • To make things a little worse, before Adrien leaves for the 'date', he's waiting for his father to have dinner with him. Instead, Gabriel just decides to eat in his office and only tells his son to practice piano before bed. Adrien's bitterness was unjustified, but it's not hard to think that part of it was Adrien feeling lonelier than usual.
  • Marinette's plotline in the episode is less overtly heartbreaking, but it's still hard not to feel sorry for her. She's surrounded by happy couples, and all André's obsessing over romance seems to do is remind her that she's alone. It really does feel like Marinette's starting to give up on any hope she might have that Adrien could feel the same way about her.
  • Dramatic Irony just makes the balcony scene worse. Cat Noir and Marinette are lamenting their loneliness, not knowing the person they wish to be with is right next to them. Cat Noir has no idea he's pouring his heart out to Ladybug and Marinette has no idea that at this moment, she's spending time with Adrien just as she hoped she would earlier.

Gorizilla

  • Adrien seems close to tears when he tells his father that he feels he's always too busy to talk to him.

Zombizou

  • At the beginning of the episode, Sabrina tries to defend Chloé by saying that she's not good at remembering birthdays, like her mom was. As soon as Sabrina says that, Chloé cuts her off, saying that she doesn't need Sabrina telling her life story. While it's a small moment, it's a pretty serious hint at just how badly Audrey's departure affected Chloé.
  • Ladybug looks like she's on the verge of tears when Alya is infected, and decides to stay behind.
    Cat Noir: There's nothing we can do for her!
    Alya: He's right... [stands on her knees, and smiles at Ladybug] Just go, and save us all.
  • Hawk Moth's comment about how if true love truly conquers all, in the end he will win. This seems confirmation that he is seeking out the Ultimate Power to save someone he loves.
  • Ms. Bustier is one of the few people we see fully reacting to the realization that they've been akumatized, and it's not pretty. For a moment, she hits the Despair Event Horizon after giving into Hawk Moth and hurting so many people, and fills with total self-loathing until Chloé takes responsibility for what happened - to see the person whose wonderful nature we saw the entire class gush about in the beginning of the episode on the verge of tears believing herself to be a terrible person is painful to watch.
  • Marinette does not take Ms. Bustier being akumatized in front of her well. To the extent that unlike most every other time she transforms into Ladybug, this time she looks visibly distressed. The difference is subtle, but undeniable.

Syren

  • Adrien/Cat Noir getting fed up with Ladybug keeping secrets from him. He nearly quits being Chat Noir until Plagg tells him that while Chat Noir can be replaced, Adrien can't.
  • Kim's clueless rejection of Ondine is heartbreaking. Hawk Moth proceeds to weaponize it. The flood that submerges Paris? Her tears.

Frightningale

  • Clara Nightningale's breakdown after she's forbidden to shoot her music video in Paris thanks to Chloé. Her crying sounds so genuine it's upsetting.

Troublemaker

  • When Penny shoves Bob, Alec, Jagged and the other camera men out of the Dupain-Cheng's living room, the other men head downstairs muttering to themselves, while Jagged stares back at the door like a kicked puppy.

Sandboy

  • We're shown just how bad Nooroo's situation is: the magic binding him to his master is so strong that he can't even leave the room and can even be kept from speaking if Gabriel wishes it. It's only slightly worse than how he treats his own son.
  • Adrien's nightmare is being trapped in his room; he's surrounded by iron bars and desperately crying out for his father. It's made worse by the fact that his father is indirectly responsible for causing this living nightmare in the first place, and is off being evil in some other part of the house while his son is crying for help.
    • It's subtle, but listen carefully to who Adrien calls out for help first. He calls out Nathalie's name before his father. While it's somewhat sweet that Adrien subconsciously sees Nathalie as a surrogate mother, it also just paints another layer on how damaged his relationship with Gabriel is. To put it bluntly — when Adrien was living through his nightmare, the first he yelled for help wasn't the man the who gave life to him, but his father's assistant. Because, on some level, Adrien believes that if he were in danger, his father wouldn't come as quickly as Nathalie.
  • Ladybug's nightmare is losing her powers and becoming useless and clumsy again. Cat Noir's nightmare is Ladybug hating him and becoming evil.
  • Even the generally unflappable Master Fu isn't immune; look past the narmy bedsheet ghosts and you see a man who is still tormented by his accidental destruction of everyone he knew and loved.

Queen Wasp

  • Hawk Moth suffering a Villainous BSoD after the failure of Style Queen. It would be cathartic to see the Big Bad who's callously corrupted so many innocent civilians into super-villains finally break down...except that Gabriel's standing before the cryogenic capsule containing his dead(?) wife, apologizing to her for not being able to succeed in his plan to bring her back.
    • In the French dub in particular, Gabriel sounds like he's barely holding back tears when he's apologizing to Emilie.
    • Later, when discussing the matter with Nathalie, Gabriel/Hawk Moth admits that He’s Back mainly because he can't give up - he misses his wife too much to stop now.
    • Take note of the look on Nathalie's face afterwards - they might be helping Hawk Moth, but it's implied they'd be happier if he just walked away from it all.
  • More insight into Chloé's relationship with her mother comes up in this episode - namely that she doesn't have one. Audrey Bourgeois abandoned her to pursue her career as a fashion critic in New York, and after seeing Marienette's design work, Mrs. Bourgeois intends to bring Marienette back to the Big Apple with her to work on her dream of a fashion designer. Said invitation does not include Chloé, who's deeply upset by this.
  • Chloé might deserve the chewing out she gets from Ladybug, the media, and her own mother for her misuse of a Miraculous, but when she flees back to her apartment, she lets her haughty mask slip into an expression of regret.
  • After being brought back to her senses, Chloé notices the destroyed akuma-object (her Miraculous) and cradles it to her chest, looking miserable. Luckily, Ladybug's Lucky Charm restores it.
    • Which leads to another tearjerker, as Chloé begs Ladybug and Chat Noir for another chance, only to be gently reminded that it takes a lot more to be a hero than she's ready for.
  • What Chloé says in the final few minutes of the episode drive home how hurt and broken she truly is over her mother's abandonment.
    Chloé: Why don't you love me, mom?
  • It's subtle, but Chloé essentially says Sabrina is her Only Friend in her conversation with Audrey, ignoring her longtime friendship with Adrien. So either Chloé no longer considers Adrien a friend, or she believes that Adrien no longer considers her a friend. Given what happens in "Malediktator", it's most likely the latter.

Malediktator

  • This episode shows that André learned his lesson in "Rogercop" and stopped abusing his powers. However, Chloé and Audrey storm into his office and order him to do exactly that by closing the school forever and banishing Marinette from Paris. He refuses to do so, so they berate him for being incapable of using his powers and eventually decide to abandon him and move to New York without a second thought. Even though André desperately tries to beg for his wife and daughter to stay, they both criticize him for not being able to satisfy his beloved daughter's needs. It leads to this exchange:
    Chloé: What kind of daddy are you when you can't even get me what I want?
    *Chloé and Audrey leave André*
    André: But... what more can I do?
  • After Chloé and Audrey board the helicopter and leave, André tries to run after them yelling a Big "NO!" before collapsing to the floor and sobbing in despair. At this point, his grief and hopelessness made him Hawk Moth's newest target.
  • When Chloé boasts that she's leaving in front of the entire school, they all start rejoicing and throwing a party. When Adrien hears the news, he is distraught. He tells Marinette that Chloé was his Only Friend when Gabriel wouldn't allow him out as a child, which makes Marinette understand and regret her harsh actions.
    Adrien: Chloé left? For good?
    Marinette: Yeah! Isn't it great?
    Adrien: Er... no. I think it's terrible. How can we celebrate a thing like that?
    Marinette: Er... Chloé's a total brat to everyone. She was useless anyway.
    Adrien: Nobody's useless, not even Chloé. When I was little I wasn't allowed out. She was the Only Friend I had.
    Marinette: Oh...well...uh... shoot.
    Adrien: She left angry and unhappy. I can't celebrate that... *he leaves*
    Marinette: I'm really sorry, Adrien.
  • Chloé meets Ladybug, who asks her about why Malediktator was so angry. At first, Chloé puts on her usual Never My Fault front and blames Marinette for being mean to her as well as her father for being angry all by himself. When her attitude starts to slip, Ladybug gently reassures her that she can trust her, which causes Chloé to reveal her hidden vulnerable side, admitting with tears in her eyes that she thinks she has no reason to stay in Paris as she's aware that she has no friends and she thinks of herself as useless. Ladybug reassures her that she can serve a purpose if she wants to, and gifts her the Bee Miraculous knowing that she can finally trust her to use her powers as Queen Bee responsibly.

Frozer

  • We get the double emotional whammy of Chat Noir despairing that Ladybug will never love him back, and Marinette thinking that Adrien will never love her back.
    Ladybug: I told you already, I'm in love with someone else.
    Cat Noir: I know m'lady but, if he weren't here, would things be different between us?
    Ladybug: Well...you know, I can't even begin to imagine him not being here. *camera pans out to a bunch of Adrien advertisements in full Dramatic Irony mode*
  • Marinette thinking that Adrien is confessing he likes her only to find out he's talking about Kagami.
  • Marinette having an emotional breakdown when she can't choose between Adrien and Luka, plus seeing Adrien with Kagami.

Catalyst

  • It turns out that Lila has stayed at home for several month and had a permanent Face–Heel Turn ever since Ladybug destroyed her psyche back in 'Volpina'. She's excited when Hawk Moth gives her a chance to do evil again as Volpina and tarnish Ladybug's reputation when doing so. Had Ladybug not crossed the Moral Event Horizon in Lila's point of view, sure, she would still be a Consummate Liar, but at least she wouldn't have become the bitter and vengeful villain she is now.
  • To inspire fear and despair in Paris, Hawk Moth makes it look like he's akumatized Ladybug and has her kill Cat Noir with his own Cataclysm with Volpina's help.
    • The way everyone saw the incident. They're horrified when they see Ladybug, their savior from the akumas, turning into an akuma herself. However, they're even more horrified when she kills Cat Noir with his own Cataclysm, suggesting that they care about Cat Noir's heroism just as much as Ladybug. It gets even worse when suddenly akumas are everywhere and a whole army of supervillains lead by Hawk Moth himself appears.

Mayura

  • Hawk Moth, of all people, gets one when he realizes that Nathalie has taken up the Peacock Miraculous to become Mayura in order to save him from the heroes. Even under the present circumstances, you can tell that it wasn't what he wanted.
    Hawk Moth: No! Don't do this!
    • Worth noting that it's after Mayura vows that his despair will be embodied in a guardian spirit that Hawk Moth collapses to his knees. Before, when watching as Ladybug and the heroes closed in, he was wary, but not especially despairing. It was likely the realization that Nathalie was putting herself in danger for his sake which put him at the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Later, after managing to escape, Hawk Moth is seen tending to a visibly-exhausted Nathalie, reminding her that the Peacock Miraculous is damaged, thus its power being Cast from Hit Points. The worry in his voice makes it clear that he didn't want her to put herself in harm's way, even though he was cornered.
    • Overlaps with a heartwarming moment when Nathalie declares that it was Worth It to protect him. Hawk Moth is visibly moved by this.
  • At the end of the episode, while Marinette's classmates enjoy a picnic, Chloé refuses Sabrina's cake in her usual manner. Poor Sabrina burst into tears, and goes on for a while. Worse, absolutely nobody seems to notice it, especially since the attention is soon drawn to Adrien's entrance.
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    Season 3 
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"Save me."
Chameleon
  • Lila lies about having a hearing condition as an excuse to sit with Adrien, forcing Marinette to sit at the back. Marinette points out that she isn't comfortable with how she has to move to the back against her own will, so Adrien decides to move in order to accompany her. Then, Lila plays a Wounded Gazelle Gambit to make herself look sympathetic and shift the blame on Marinette, causing all of her classmates (including the nicest ones) to give her dirty looks. What makes this scene even worse is that in the previous episode, the class arranged a picnic for Marinette to celebrate how nice and helpful she was, but it didn't last long after Lila endangered her reputation. That was enough to give Marinette plenty of negativity for Hawk Moth to seek out, but luckily she was able to calm down when Ms. Bustier started her lesson.
  • After Lila paints Marinette as the villain once again, the latter storms off to the bathrooms. When Lila comes in, she tries to get Marinette to lower her guard only to be called out for all of the lies she told to the class. Eventually, Lila takes off her facade and threatens Marinette that she'll turn her friends against her and there's nothing she can do. This causes poor Mari to feel even worse than before, admitting that Lila is worse than Chloé and expressing her frustration before crying in helplessness. While Marinette has crossed the Despair Event Horizon on a few occasions, she hasn't gotten to the point where she began to cry up until now.
    • Marinette tried to expose Lila on several occasions. As retaliation, Lila threatened to take the most appreciated person in the class, destroy her reputation and make her end up all alone. At the end of the episode she declares war on Marinette.
  • Speaking of Kick the Dog, Lila later gets akumatized into the shapeshifter Chameleon, and her first act with her new powers is to transform into Adrien and act like a complete jerk to Nino, Adrien's best friend. The illusion is immediately debunked when "Adrien" leaps from the second floor, but imagine Nino's shattered relationship with Adrien had Chameleon kept the ruse up...

Reflekdoll

  • When Juleka is in front of the camera, the poor shy girl has a panic attack, and when she gets replaced by Marinette, she becomed so disappointed and upset that she gets akumatized and amokized.

Silencer

  • When Bob Roth calls his own son talentless during his gloating, XY is visibly hurt.

Onichan

  • It is clear that Lila suffers a lot because of the constant absence of her mother. It does not excuse her actions but it explains a lot.
  • When Kagami sees Lila's photo (of her supposedly kissing Adrien) she is completely heartbroken and even starts crying. Regardless of if you ship her with Adrien or not, it's particularly sad to see a normally stoic girl like Kagami break down.

Miraculer

  • When Chloé is ignored once again by Ladybug she is so upset that she lashes out at Sabrina. Her best friend is devastated.
  • Chloé's reaction to being told she can no longer be Queen Bee because of the threat to her and her family's safety. Uncharacteristic of known temper tantrum queen Chloé Bourgeois, she calmly detransforms and hands over the Bee Miraculous, it's clear how hurt she is. What is even worse is that she seems to have lost her faith in Ladybug; she does no longer want to play as her and even rips the photo apart.

Desperada

  • Aspik trying to protect Ladybug from Desperada's attacks for several months and failing 25, 913 times.
    • This deserves further elaboration. Adrien said he had been trying for months, and a little math proves he wasn't lying. He could've gone as much as 90 days. Damn. Someone needs to give this kid a hug. For those who care 

Startrain

  • When Adrien has to leave the trip early, Marinette is visibly disappointed. Thankfully, Alya managed to take a photo of Marinette and Adrien sleeping beside each other during the train ride.

Kwamibuster

  • Tikkie having to lie to Marinette. She does it to protect her and her secret identity, but she still feels awful about it.
  • Ms. Mendeleiev being mocked and laughed at on TV for her discovery.

Feast

  • Master Fu created a sentimonster that destroyed the temple and devoured all the monks and most of the Miraculouses. Since this day he had to live with this guilt.
  • Adrien gets worried and visibly upset over Natalie starting to suffer fainting spells like his mother did before she supposedly died. He clearly misses her as well.

Gamer 2.0

Ikari Gozen

  • Kagami depreciates herself and considers herself unworthy on several occasions.
  • Marinette realizes that Kagami has no friends and was trying to become hers. She feels horrible.
  • When Kagami is using Marinette’s phone, she accidentally sees a message from Alya in which she not only reveals that Marinette tried to make her fail, but she also expresses sympathy to Marinette for being “stuck” with Kagami. Kagami is so hurt that she almost gets akumatized.
  • As soon as Kagami realizes that her mother has caught onto her the poor girl is terrified.
  • Tomoe says that friendships can prove disappointing sometimes, implying that she had bad experiences.

Timetagger

  • Marinette suddenly loses the confidence in defeating Timetagger after having sent so many people back in time.
    • There's also the act she puts up when surrendering (even though it's fake). Everyone is convinced. It's not like the time when she and Cat Noir surrendered in "Dark Owl", she really had no chance in the present to stop Timetagger as he was just too powerful. If you look back, future Ladybug and Cat Noir were the real ones to put an end to him by following Ladybugs plan while they just managed to free the Akuma.
  • The fact that Bunnyx holds Cat Noir in low esteem, either not acknowledging him or constantly blaming him for damaging her Miraculous.
  • The titular villain reveals to Hawk Moth, after remarking that the Miraculouses aren't for him, but for the Future Hawk Moth instead. Gabriel is so distraught that he doesn't even comment on anything else in the battle, nor does he give his We Will Meet Again Speech. He just quietly closes his window, de-transforms, and doesn't even raise his voice at Nooroo. He just sadly leaves, lamenting that he has already lost. Even with Nathalie telling him he could have won, the look on his face is still full of distraught. Villain or not, it's hard to feel sorry for him.

Party Crasher

  • Markov accidentally redirects all of the power in Agreste Mansion to the music system; including the power going to Emilie’s life support and the elevator to Hawk Moth's lair. Adrien’s mom almost dies and Gabriel is powerless to do something because he is trapped.
  • Wayhem becoming heartbroken after thinking that Adrien lied to him.

The Puppeteer 2

  • Manon is ignored several times and gets more and more upset. When she is left alone she is so upset that she starts crying and gets akumatized.
  • Adrien thinks that Marinette is upset with him for some reason and feels bad about it.
  • Marinette realizes that Adrien is in love with another girl (and doesn't know it is her alter ego). She is really saddened about this.

Cat Blanc

  • Despite Adrien clearly being happy with Marinette, his father still tries to divide the couple by blackmailing Marinette to break up with his son so that he can akumatize the crying, devastated and heartbroken girl. It almost works, too.
    • Adrien is just as heartbroken as Marinette.
  • When Natalie learns that Adrien is Cat Noir, she is visibly shocked and shows regret.
  • As soon as he learns that his son is Cat Noir, Gabriel plans to akumatize him so that he can get his Miraculous. And unlike Nathalie he goes through with his plan without any regrets or qualms. If there were any doubts about Gabriel truly being a bad person, let this moment alone vanquish them all.
  • Adrien learns that his mother is still alive and that his father is Hawk Moth. He is incredibly furious, hurt and devastated about these revelations, and gets akumatized as a consequence. Unfortunately, the trauma becomes so great, it overloads his Cataclysm, reducing Paris to a flooded wasteland and all the citizens are turned into lifeless statues. Basically, Adrien, in his grief and confusion, killed everyone he had ever loved.
  • Moments before her death Ladybug still tries to calm Cat Blanc down and reaches out for him.
  • In the Bad Future, Paris is flooded and in ruins, while all that is left of the Parisians are statues. Doubles as Nightmare Fuel due to how freakishly-powerful an akumatized Cat Noir could be.
  • As unsettling as his character is, Cat Blanc is nothing more a broken and traumatized teenager who wants to atone for his mistakes by taking Ladybug's Miraculous so he can fix them and be able to be loved again.
  • Although Cat Blanc suffers nasty episodes of mental instability and constantly changes his behavior due to the Akuma's side effects, it's still heartbreaking when he sheds a Single Tear and sincerely tells Ladybug to save him.
    • This also can be doubled as part of Tears of Remorse after we see what already happened at him. At the moment where he is able to calm down and control his emotions, Cat Blanc realizes how screwed up he is right before he snaps once again when Ladybug tries to find his Akuma.

Felix

Ladybug

  • When Marinette and the "injured" Lila are in Mr. Damocles office to clear up the situation Lila's parents do not show up.
  • Mayura using the Ladybug Sentimonster to manipulate Cat Noir's feelings and steal his miraculous. The poor boy was finally getting his crush to love him back, and was seconds away from kissing her, just to realize that it was just a huge lie. His expression afterwards is heartbreaking.
  • The Ladybug Sentimonster is revealed to be Forced into Evil, with her own personality and willing to side with the heroes against Mayura. The later then procedes to destroy her on the spot, and Ladybug and Cat Noir can't do anything to save her; basically seeing Ladybug (a sentient being) 'dying' in front of them. This makes Cat Noir so furious that he'd have seriously injured Mayura if Hawk Moth hadn't arrived on time.

Heart Hunter

  • When Marinette realizes how close Adrien and Kagami are she is heartbroken but withdraws so that she won't be in their way.
  • Ladybug continues to ignore Chloé which clearly upsets her greatly. When her own parents get akumatized and Ladybug ignores her offer to help once again she finally snaps.
  • Gabriel has done some terrible things, both as a super villain and a parent. However, there's something truly upsetting about him tearing away all the progress Chloé has made, even if her doing the right thing is sometimes for the wrong reason. Even before this Chloé has started to resent Ladybug so much that Hawk Moth's manipulations are enough that she willingly joins him and allows herself to get akumatized. She swears revenge on the heroes.
    • When Pollen tries to talk her down Chloé immediately shuts her up harshly. The little Kwami is very upset about the downfall of her queen.
  • At the end of the episode Marinette is so utterly devastated that she breaks down crying.

Miracle Queen

  • The desperate Ladybug is blaming herself for everything that happened and even calls herself a failure several times.
  • Chloé has genuinely turned on Ladybug and joined Hawk Moth. She regrets nothing.
    • When Ladybug realizes this and confronts her their falling out is not pretty.
  • Many of the heroes might have to retire for good as Hawk Moth knows their identity now. As long as Hawk Moth is around it is unlikely that we will see them again.
  • Master Fu sacrificing his memories and leaving Paris for good.
  • Marinette misses her wise mentor and his guidance and worries that she is not ready to be his successor.
  • The kwamis, especially Pollen and Wayzz have to suffer a lot in this episode as they lose their Guardian. Wayzz couldn't even properly say goodbye to Master Fu and Pollen had to witness Chloé's downfall, her angry rant and her departure without even acknowledging her.

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A Special Christmas

    Webisodes 
  • In "Adrien's Double Life", we find out that Adrien's mother disappeared from a passing remark. He may not have elaborated much on it, but the absence may have affected him more than he's admitting, judging from how he acts sometimes when alone with Plagg.
    • On a related note, Adrien in the same sentence comments how Gabriel hasn't been the same since his mother vanished and that's why he tries to be there for him. At the time of writing, the full meaning of what Adrien is saying is unknown. But the implication of the comment is enough to hint the relationship between Adrien and Gabriel in present day may not have always been the case in the past.

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