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Scarlet Lady is a Miraculous Ladybug AU fan comic written and drawn by zoe-oneesama on Tumblr. The first part can be found here.

In another universe, Master Fu decided to put the Ladybug Miraculous in Marinette's purse rather than her room. Chloe, still mad at Marinette for talking back to her, decides to rifle through her purse for something she can steal to take revenge. She ends up finding the fancy box the Miraculous is in and takes it, concluding that it's a family heirloom of some sort.

Naturally, this backfires: not only did Marinette not know about the box's existence, but now Chloe finds herself saddled with an annoying fairy who's trying to get her to become an actual hero. Hilarity Ensues.


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Scarlet Lady contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: In "Copycat", when the titular akuma tells him that Scarlet Lady might has a crush on him (she doesn't), Chat Noir is horrified.
  • Adaptational Badass: Due to Scarlet Lady being an incompetent Load, Chat Noir is forced to pick up the slack way more often.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed; Stormy Weather initially gets akumatized for the same Sore Loser reaction she had in canon, but her actions become slightly more justified when it's revealed that the contest was rigged against her.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Alec Cataldi intentionally mocked Aurore about losing the Weather Girl contest, and rigged it against her in the first place.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: As a coping mechanism for dealing with Scarlet Lady, Adrien and Tikki are far more sarcastic than they are in canon.
    • Adrien is also more rebellious due to dealing with both his restrictive lifestyle and the annoyance towards Scarlet Lady, leading to him cussing out Nathalie when she tries to keep him from going to school. He also displays more of a backbone when dealing with Chloe's antics, and possesses a crush on Marinette.
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    • While Marinette was a Shrinking Violet before Alya and her victory as Ladybug gave her more confidence in-canon, here she's far more confident in herself, saving Alya from Stoneheart and helping Chat Noir even without a miraculous. Her crush on Adrien also isn't as massive as it was in canon; she still likes him, but she doesn't obsess over him.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Marinette is an ordinary student since she never got the Ladybug Miraculous in this timeline. Some side material set in the future confirms that she is given the Bee to make up for Scarlet Lady and becomes the beloved and noble Marigold.
    • Chloe/Scarlet Lady is far less competent than canon Ladybug or even Queen Bee.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Played for Laughs when Alya realizes that the things Marinette likes about Adrien (gorgeous, stood up to Chloe) also apply to her.
  • Attention Whore: One of Chloe's motivations to play the hero is the idea of having all of Paris' attention.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For Chloe, it's anyone ignoring her, anyone badmouthing her, and anyone who gets in the way of her "romance" with Adrien.
    • For Adrien, it's hurting Marinette — to the point that he almost transformed out in the open when the Bubbler sent her to space.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During the battle with Stoneheart, Marinette arrives just in time to get Alya out of the way of a flying soccer net.
  • Broken Pedestal: It's a work in progress throughout "Copycat". At first, Theo blames his heartbreak over Scarlet Lady's rejection on Chat Noir; the more he sees her in action, the more that pedestal gets chipped away.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Since Marinette still lives in Paris, Hawkmoth's still active, and Chloe still causes several akumatizations by virtue of being herself, Marinette finds herself caught in the crossfire time and again.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In "Lady WiFi", all of Marinette's attempts to tell the titular villain that she isn't Scarlet Lady fall flat.
    Marinette: I don't even like Scarlet Lady.
    Lady WiFi: Girl, we gotta work on your self-esteem.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Alec, who not only rubs Aurore's loss in her face, but also rigged the votes so that Mireille would win.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: As Marinette notes, all Alya had to do to avoid the events of "Lady WiFi" playing out as they did was ask her about the suspiciously spotted object she saw her putting in her locker. Had she asked, Marinette would have happily told her that it was part of some costumes she was making so the kids she babysits can play heroes. She also ribs Alya for forgetting about how she was taken hostage during the Stoneheart incident.
  • Crazy-Prepared: As in Canon, Marinette has everyone's schedules plotted out on a board in order to make coordinating easier. When Alya ribs her for it in "Copycat", Marinette responds by pointing out that she forgot about the statue unveiling.
  • Crush Blush: Theo gets one while talking to Scarlet Lady, and later while watching Marinette call Scarlet Lady out... until Chat Noir steps in to shut that down.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Stormy Weather initially lays one down on Scarlet Lady and Chat Noir.
  • Damsel in Distress: Marinette becomes this in Chloe's place during the second Stoneheart attack.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Adrien/Chat, Tikki, Sabrina... anyone who hangs out with Chloe/Scarlet Lady on a regular basis, really.
  • Death Glare:
    • Implied in "Copycat"; we don't get to see Chat Noir's face after he hears that Theo thought he and Scarlet Lady were an item, but whatever expression he turns towards his partner is enough to make her recoil with fright.
    • We do get to see the look he gives Theo after he starts Crush Blushing while watching Marinette yell at Scarlet Lady, which is enough to shut that down cold.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • In "Lady WiFi", Chloe finds out that Alya thinks Marinette is Scarlet Lady. She responds by snapping a photo of her getting into Marinette's locker, then makes a scene in the Principal's Office and railroads him into suspending her from school for a whole week. Discussed by Sabrina and Kim after they witness the whole debacle in the principal's office:
      Kim: I just thought Alya was taking something from Marinette's locker.
      Sabrina: And I thought Chloe just wanted to get her in trouble. I didn't know she wanted to go THAT far. Especially when Alya didn't even do anything to her.
      Kim: Maybe Marinette can talk to the principal and get her a lighter sentence...
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Chat Noir would just like some simple acknowledgement for his help in stopping the akumas, thank you very much.
    • Ironically, when Scarlet Lady describes her beloved Adrien to Theo as someone "beloved by all of Paris", he naturally assumes that she's talking about Chat Noir, and that he naturally gets that kind of acceptance because of his heroism.
  • Dye Hard: In-Universe, Adrien temporarily dyes his hair lime green as a form of rebellion against his dad.
  • Entitled Bastard: Chloe believes that she's entitled to Paris' love and affection, despite not really doing anything to earn it.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: In "The Bubbler", Hawkmoth expresses respect for Scarlet Lady staying out of the fight, believing that she hung back in order to protect her earrings. As opposed to her just... not caring about all the guests being endangered.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sabrina may be Chloe's lackey, but she's confused and upset by Chloe's behavior in "Lady WiFi". As she admits to Kim, getting Alya in trouble was one thing, but getting her suspended...? That caught her completely off-guard.
    • Both the mayor and Hawkmoth are creeped out by Theo's obssesion with Scarlet Lady (who everyone is aware is underage).
  • Evil Is Petty: How the AU begins; Chloe decides to steal from Marinette as payback for talking back to her, and ends up with the Ladybug Miraculous as a result.
    • In "Lady WiFi", Chloe snaps a picture of Alya getting into Marinette's locker and goads the Principal into suspending her for a whole week purely because she's salty over the very idea that Alya thought Marinette could be Scarlet Lady instead of her.
      Chloe: Too bad your friend Marinette isn't Scarlet Lady... or she might have saved you.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Adrien naturally develops these after stretches of dealing with akuma and other issues effectively by himself.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • After Stormy Weather shows up at the park, Marinette is so focused on comforting Manon that she misses Adrien transforming into Chat Noir right behind her.
    • When Marinette immediately recognizes that Lady WiFi is an akumatized Alya, Nino wonders how she can possibly tell. Marinette stares at him in disbelief before deadpanning that it's because of her phone charm.
    • Marinette gets another turn at this in "Mr. Pigeon" when a police officer gets mobbed and carried away right next to her while she's busy sketching.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • The premise: what if Master Fu put the Miraculous in Marinette's purse instead of her room?
    • In the "Lady WiFi" adaptation, as Chloe actually is the Ladybug hero here, Alya doesn't accuse her of being Scarlet Lady. Instead, she suspects Marinette.
    • "Copycat" flips who's unable to make it to the statue unveiling, as D'Argencourt refuses to let Adrien slip away from his fencing lessons, while the more fame-motivated Chloe naturally makes sure she has plenty of time not just to attend, but to doll up ahead of time. This also gives Theo a chance to confess his feelings directly to his crush, only for Scarlet to bluntly reject them.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Marinette does this towards Hawk Moth's projection during her speech.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: Alya's motivation as in canon. The reason Marinette gets involved in the first akuma battle is so she can get Alya out of there, because she believes Alya is freaking insane.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Mireille tells Aurore that she only joined the Weather Girl contest as a means of leaving her comfort zone and was never interested in winning, especially since the producers rigged the contest in her favor.
  • Got Volunteered: During Mr. Pigeon's siege, Chat suggests to Marinette that they might be able to lure him into a trap. Scarlet immediately 'thanks' Marinette for 'volunteering'.
  • Hand Wave: An animation error from the original version of "The Bubbler" that left Max without his glasses is given one; apparently, his mother was cleaning them for him when she got caught in one of the Bubbler's bubbles.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Chloe only does heroic things when it will benefit her and when Tikki forces her to.
  • Heroic Bystander: Marinette, repeatedly. She may not have a Miraculous of her own, but she's good at making do with whatever's she's got.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: Chloe's response to Tikki asking who the heck she is during their first meeting.
  • Hidden Depths: The Gorilla is surprisingly good with kids, as evidenced with Manon.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Despite stealing the Earrings from Marinette's purse — and Tikki brightly greeting 'Marinette' when she first manifests before realizing that something's wrong — Chloe has convinced herself that she was The Chosen One right from the start. When Tikki attempts to remind her of this in "Lady WiFi", Chloe outright ignores her.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: When Marinette stands up to Chloe, she declares that "I'm standing up to ALL supervillains, and a lowlife like YOU is no exception! I'm done taking orders from you and your stupid ponytail, so sit down!" Chloe's utterly outraged that she insulted her ponytail.
  • Ignorant of the Call: It's fairly clear to everyone that Marinette is a better superhero than Scarlet Lady, but she just sees it as helping with akuma attacks when Scarlet Lady won't.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Marinette still falls for Adrien and vice-versa, even without her being Ladybug.
    • Marinette still makes her speech to Hawk Moth when he tries to pin the blame for his actions on the heroes, though Chat suspects that part of it is her venting about someone else.
    • While she doesn't fight him as Ladybug, her involvement in the Stoneheart incident also fuels Marinette's resolve to stand up for herself more and not put up with Chloe's attitude problem anymore.
    • The umbrella scene between Marinette and Adrien still happens.
    • In the "Lady WiFi" adaptation, just like in canon, Nino tries to disprove Alya's initial guess as to who Scarlet Lady is by pointing out the major difference in personalities between the hero and the person Alya's accusing. Except this time, since Chloe is the hero, he has to point out that Marinette isn't bitchy enough.
    • Alya still gets hit with a week-long suspension because Chloe threatens to call her father if the Principal doesn't come down hard enough on her.
    • Theo's akumatization is still triggered by his jealousy of Scarlet Lady and Chat Noir's supposed relationship. But rather than Chat deliberately lying about how close they are, Scarlet Lady describes Adrien to him, unaware that all of her gushing description could also be applied to her partner, with Theo leaping to the obvious conclusions.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Chloe claims to Marinette that her gift of cookies and coffee will ruin Adrien's diet and that he won't take them from her. Adrien promptly takes the coffee from her, then gets down on one knee like he's going to propose to her.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: Stormy Weather creepily sings the old "It's raining, it's pouring" rhyme when she goes to attack Alec in the studio.
  • It's All About Me: Chloe as a superhero, in spades. She’s more concerned about looking good than she is about taking care of the akuma problem, and then takes all the credit for stopping the akumas when Chat (and Marinette) is the one who does all the work.
  • Landslide Election: The Weather Girl competition was this, with Alec telling Aurore that she lost by "half a million votes. Or was it a million votes?" Turns out they rigged it, deliberately inflating the numbers and only making Mireille merch.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Alec taunts Aurore after she loses the contest, rubbing in her face just how much Mireille won by. This doesn't end well for him once Stormy Weather is born. Nor does rigging the contest in the first place, as Mireille reveals the truth on Twitter and triggers a backlash against him and the studio.
  • Lemony Narrator: The comments made under the comics serve as this, responding to the events in the comics with varying degrees of snark. Such as chiding Adrien for barely getting any sort of cover before transforming.
  • Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman:
    • Chloe's very fond of her dear Adrikins, but can't stand Chat Noir because he's so disrespectful towards Scarlet Lady.
    • Downplayed with Adrien; his experiences with Scarlet Lady make him much more critical of Chloe's faults, to the point that he calls her out in "Origins Part 2" and declares that if she's going to act like a bully, they won't be friends anymore. In other words, her behavior as Scarlet Lady has made him far less tolerant of her antics as Chloe, though he isn't aware that they're one and the same.
    • Played for Laughs in "Lady WiFi": when Nino tells Adrien that Alya suspects Marinette is Scarlet Lady, Adrien looks utterly horrified by the notion, and Plagg teases him about it later.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted; the characters get a change in clothes whenever the author feels they should.
  • The Load: Scarlet Lady is completely useless in battle, and Chat Noir only puts up with her because she has a World-Healing Wave.
  • Love Confession: Theo gets his chance to tell Scarlet Lady how he feels after the statue unveiling. Her response?
    Scarlet Lady: Ha. Gross.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Adrien/Chat refuses to call Scarlet Lady anything but Scar (for the scars she leaves on his life), much to her ire.
  • Missed the Call: Master Fu intended for Marinette to get the Ladybug Miraculous. Instead, Chloe found it.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Throughout "Copycat", Theo's crushes on girls (apparently) younger than him have been prompting others to ask about his age. Turns out he's the same age as Marinette and co.
  • Mundane Utility: Chloe uses a towel Lucky Charm to dry her hair.
  • Never My Fault: Played for Laughs.
    Master Fu: ...this one is not my fault, Wayzz.
    Wayzz: Master, would it not have been wiser to put it in her room or-
    Master Fu: NOT MY FAULT!!
    Narration: Well, who's fault IS it Fu?!
  • No-Sell: Chloe's attempts to throw her weight around don't work on the photographer at Adrien's photoshoot in "Stormy Weather". Instead, he sasses her taste in clothes.
  • Oh, Crap!: Master Fu and Wayzz when they realize Marinette didn't get the Ladybug Miraculous.
  • Oral Fixation: Theo has a striped lollipop stick in his mouth in the early parts of "Copycat", as well as the episode's splash card image. It gets crinkled up after Scarlet rejects him, reflecting his mood.
  • Papa Wolf: Andre isn't aware that his daughter is Scarlet Lady, but his parental instincts still go off when Theo starts gushing to him about the young superheroine, prompting him to ask "...Theo, how old are you again?"
  • Phrase Catcher: Theo, throughout "Copycat", gets variations of "...How old are you again?"
  • Playing the Victim Card: Chloe attempts this after Marinette stands up to her, turning to Adrien all teary-eyed and calling her a bully. Unfortunately for her, Adrien's not having any of it.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • The events of "Lady WiFi" kick off when Alya sees Marinette putting something red and black-spotted in her locker and decides to investigate rather than ask her about it. Followed by a Sustained Misunderstanding where Lady WiFi refuses to accept Marinette's insistence that no, she really isn't Scarlet Lady, insisting that she's just being too modest.
    • When Scarlet Lady gushes to Theo about her crush, he mistakes her description of Adrien as being about her partner Chat Noir instead, leading to him becoming Copycat.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The lack of Aurore balloons being sold at the park confuses Stormy Weather because the contest just ended and there should still be balloons promoting both girls. When the balloon seller reveals he was told to only make Mireille balloons, Stormy comes to the (correct) conclusion that the contest was rigged from the start. Later, Mireille reveals this on her Twitter, which results in serious backlash against Alec and the studio as a whole.
    • In order to make sure he didn't lose the window of opportunity to akumatize Nino, Gabriel had to run to his secret lair. As a result, he's out of breath while giving Nino the usual speech, something that Nino picks up on.
    • Adrien running himself ragged as Chat Noir naturally takes its toll, with his fencing instructor noticing that he's gotten 'sloppier' and resolving to address it with some one-on-one time.
    • Theo backhanding one of his concrete sculpts leaves him nursing an aching hand as Hawkmoth contacts him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Marinette gives one to Scarlet Lady after she starts belittling Theo again after he's been de-akumatized:
      Marinette: His sculpture was way better than you deserved, considering how you're always leeching of others' successes! You're lucky he's talented enough to work around your unfortunate face!
      Scarlet Lady: You DARE?!
  • Rule of Symbolism: The statue Theo makes in "Copycat" features Scarlet Lady leaping over a crouching Chat Noir. However, the design also makes it appear that she's standing on his back — which is driven home by the angle when Adrien first looks up at it.
    Adrien: ...Even as a statue, I'm pulling all the weight.
  • Running Gag: In "Copycat", people asking Theo how old he is. He's the same age as the main cast.
  • Sadist Teacher: In "Copycat", Adrien's fencing instructor D'Argencourt rejects his request to go get some water, bluntly informing him that his technique has gotten sloppier and that they're going to do some one-on-one training instead.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Sabrina gets the heck out of Dodge when Alya tries to share her Scarlet Lady theories with her.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Chloé to a T; she deludes herself into thinking she was chosen to wield the Ladybug Miraculous, ignoring Tikki's furious reminders that it was meant for Marinette.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • The Gorilla offers Marinette as a female partner for Adrien's photo shoot.
    • The Bubbler, when he sees that Marinette and Adrien are together, immediately agrees to play a slow song.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When heading to record the first akuma attack, Alya wonders how Lois Lane can do this and still look perfect.
    • The writer makes a joke about "r/weathergirlthings" in regards to Stormy Weather.
    • Marinette's reaction to the robot eye camera that the Agrestes use is to assume that HAL 9000 works for them.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Chloe when it comes to akuma attacks. The Bubbler just captured all the adults in Paris and is forcing her to attend a party on threat of joining them? Perfect time to cozy up to Adrien! The same akuma enables a slow dance between Adrien and Marinette? He's going down.
    • Played for Laughs when Stormy Weather goes after the balloon seller in the park, only to pause and openly wonder why she's going after him when asked about it, noting that "It's just balloons." Proceeds to get Zig-Zagged when she still goes after him, demanding to know where HER balloons are, and learns that they were instructed to only make merchandise for Mireille.
    • "Copycat" opens with Chloe prepping for the big statue unveiling by putting on makeup... including lots of eyeshadow. Tikki points out that she'll be wearing a mask, meaning that nobody's going to be able to see her handiwork. (Chloe, naturally, completely ignores her.)
  • Splash of Color:
    • Tools made by the Lucky Charm are colored red. This includes a lipstick vial and her lips when she's using it to touch up her makeup while Chat fights an akuma without her.
    • Hawkmoth's speech bubbles when communicating with akuma targets are light violet glow around white outlines, as are the mask outlines.
    • Chat Noir's eyes are colored green when he's using night vision/in the dark.
    • The scarf Marinette made for Adrien is colored in when he wears it, and the shadows on his hair are tinted light green while the hair dye's in it.
    • Similarly, the suspiciously spotted object Alya sees Marinette putting into her locker at the start of "Lady WiFi" and everything connected to her "special project" is colored in.
  • Spot the Impostor: Defied — upon finding out there are two Chat Noirs running around in "Copycat", Scarlet Lady doesn't care that one of them might be innocent and opts to capture them both instead.
  • Spotting the Thread: Marinette immediately identifies Copycat as a fake not just because the real one wouldn't rob a museum in broad daylight, but because she recognizes the lollipop sticking out of his mouth as the same type the sculptor had.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: During "Mr. Pigeon", Sabrina reasons that if Chloe wants to steal one of Marinette's designs, it would be much easier to pick up and use one of the sketches she's balled up and discarded rather than going after the one she plans to enter into the contest. Chloe doesn't give her a chance to finish the thought.
  • Symbol Swearing:
    • Used when Adrien tells Nathalie to tell Gabriel "Fuck you!" when she tries to keep him from leaving.
    • And again here, when Chat Noir is fighting an Akuma while Scarlet Lady reapplies her lipstick. Though which one of them he's cussing out is anybody's guess.
    • Marinette gets a turn in "Copycat" when the titular villain abducts her.
    • Chloe's reaction to the pigeon invasion: "WHAT THE $@#$?!"
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The only reason Chat Noir works with Scarlet Lady is so that she can use Lucky Charm to fix everything at the end of a battle; otherwise, they're constantly at each other's throats.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Chat Noir's first line in the comic is a declaration of how awesome being a superhero is going to be, not knowing what his partner will be like.
    • When Chloe announces that she'll fight Stormy Weather without too much prodding from Tikki, the kwami realizes that even Chloe can be selfless...then Chloe announces why she's fighting Stormy Weather (for ruining a "date" with Adrien), which causes Tikki to rescind this statement.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Manon, maybe you shouldn’t have told the supervillain that hates Mireille's guts that you voted for Mireille?
  • Two-Person Love Triangle: Marinette has feelings for both Adrien and Chat Noir, not realizing they're one and the same; Adrien feels the same about Marinette.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Chat Noir pushes Scarlet Lady out of the way of an attack by the Bubbler. She thanks him by yelling at him for messing up her hair.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: 'Villain' is a stretch, but Scarlet Lady knows how to work the media and play to the public, making herself look better at the expense of others. Especially her poor partner Chat, whom she paints as someone she has to 'clean up after'.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Marinette would like to point out to the Bubbler that, while she agrees with his motives, she doesn't support his methods.
  • Wham Line: At the end of "Copycat":
    Adrien: Is that Theo?! What is he doing [at school]?!
    Nino: Dude, he goes here.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Chloe often finds herself on the receiving end of this from Tikki, Chat and others. Not that she cares.
    • Tikki gets especially frustrated with her for how bluntly she rejected Theo after the statue unveiling:
      Tikki: Are you proud of how you treated that young man?! And after he said so many nice things! That you don't deserve!
      Chloe: Ughhhhh, let it gooo...
  • Win-Win Ending: In the end of "Stormy Weather", Aurore and Mireille resolve the matter of the contest by becoming co-weather girls.
  • Younger Than They Look: "Copycat" reveals that this is the case with Theo, who's actually the same age as the rest as Marinette and her classmates. It's hinted that they deliberately invoke this effect with his goatee, protesting that it's the only reason his clients respect him.


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